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3 up, 3 down for 4/12: Alexei's missiles

Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:48 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 2:21 pm
By Matt Snyder


Alexei Ramirez, White Sox. The Cuban Missile launched a few bombs of his own Tuesday night, the latter of which emphatically ended an extra-innings victory for the White Sox. All told, he scored three of the White Sox's six runs and drove home four of them.

Tommy Hanson, Braves. The Braves entered the game having lost of five of six games while Hanson was 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA after two starts. With the offense entering the game reeling, a big pitching performance was needed to ease some of the pressure, and Hanson came through. The 24 year old worked seven shutout innings against the Marlins, only allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. The outing -- along with the five runs the offense scored -- should be enough to get the team back on track.

Michael Pineda, Mariners. The burly right-hander is a specimin, I tell you. He stands at 6-foot-7 and hits up to 99 on the radar gun. Through seven shutout innings, he was absolutely dealing for the Mariners. They tried to get one more out of him and he didn't have enough steam left to finish the eighth. Still, he ended with 7 1/3 innings, five hits, two earned runs and seven strikeouts against a pretty potent offense in the Blue Jays. He picked up his first career win in his first career start at Safeco Field. 


The Cubs. What a disaster. Poor planning left this one an obvious loss for the Cubs. The players sure played like they expected to lose, too. Let's see ... three errors, Tyler Colvin loses a fly ball, back-to-back Astros bunt singles began the start for relief pitcher James Russell -- who was on a 55-pitch count by the way -- and you have the recipe for an 11-2 loss. To be fair to Russell, his final line shouldn't have looked near as bad. Nearly every batted ball found a hole and the defense was atrocious behind him. Plus, he's a reliever that was trying to get through three innings before the Cubs emptied the rest of the bullpen (is it spring training?). One Chicago outlet said Jeff Samardzija was a "bright spot." Really? He allowed three hits, a walk and two earned runs to the Astros in three innings. I'll grant it was probably the best he's ever looked, but that's not saying much at all. Just erase this one from memory and move on.

Cardinals pitching staff. Not to be outdone by their rivals, the Cardinals coughed up 13 runs to the Diamondbacks. Considering Chris Carpenter was taking the hill, this one has to be considered worse. He was lit up for eight runs on eight hits and three walks in just four innings. He gave up a reported 478-foot bomb to Justin Upton. What's worse for the Cards, the offense actually crawled back into the game -- cutting it to 9-8 at one point -- but then the middle relief melted down. The final tally: 13-8 D-Backs.

Cory Luebke, Padres. Well, he got two outs in the top of the 11th, but then everything unraveled. The blow-by-blow for the rest of the inning reads as follows: single, double, walk, single single, homer to dead center, groundout. That's six runs on five hits, including a mammoth exclamation point by Drew Stubbs to make it 8-2 -- the eventual final. Have fun trying to chip away at that ERA now an inning at a time, Cory. That's quite the unappealing uphill battle.

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