3 up, 3 down: Believe in 'The Hopper'
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:54 am
By Matt Snyder
First things first, big ups to the Cleveland Indians for scoring 19 runs in a game. That's quire impressive. You won't find them included here, because I wanted to spread the love a bit.
Burke Badenhop, Marlins. The unheralded -- yet effective -- middle reliever put himself in the spotlight late Monday night with a bat in his hands. After throwin a scoreless 10th inning, Badenhop was left in to bat with runners on first and second (backup shortstop Ozzie Martinez was available to pinch hit, too). He swung at ball three with a 2-1 count, but worked the count full. On the payoff pitch, Badenhop laced a single to center that plated Mike Stanton for the go-ahead run. The Marlins would hold on, 2-1, despite fellow pitcher Jonathon Niese tripling in the bottom half of the 11th. Needless to say, it was quite the wacky night at Citi Field -- but the end result was the Marlins moving to within a game of the Phillies in the NL East.
Colby Lewis, Rangers. The White Sox were returning home after a successful road trip that saw them win six of their last eight. Manager Ozzie Guillen promised the fans his team would make it up to the fans for having not had home success earlier in the season. Lewis had other ideas, as he spun his first career shutout. He only allowed five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Rockies' offense. The Rox entered Monday night 9-16 since their 11-2 start. They hadn't won a series since April 26 and were 3-9 in their last 12. And they were facing Tim Lincecum. After being shut down for four innings by Lincecum, the Rockies' bats woke up in a big way. Carlos Gonzalez came through with the big blow -- a three-run home run that drove Lincecum from the game. The final line for the two-time Cy Young winner was: 5 2/3 innings, nine hits, six walks, two home runs (Seth Smith with the other) and seven runs (only three earned). That's gotta build some confidence in the Rockies' clubhouse and could possibly get them right back on track.
Joaquin Benoit, Tigers. Max Scherzer was brilliant again for the Tigers, working seven solid innings against a hot Blue Jays offense and lowering his ERA to 2.81. The game was tied at one entering the eighth, but Benoit pitched the Tigers right out of the game by allowing three runs on four hits. That means he's given up 16 hits and 12 earned runs in his past six outings -- spanning just five innings.
The New York Yankees. With all the soap opera stuff involving Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Rafael Soriano and the entire front office, it's getting to be a bit much. Oh, and the Yanks have now lost six games in a row for the first time under Joe Girardi. Monday night, they built a 5-1 lead off Rays' ace David Price only to blow it and lose 6-5. They're now in a virtual tie with the Red Sox and Blue Jays and closer to last place than first.
Orioles' bullpen. Chris Tillman left with a 6-0 lead, but over the following four innings, the Orioles would unsuccessfully use six relievers. Mike Gonzalez gave up four runs (though only one was earned). Jeremy Accardo was charged with two hits and one earned run. Clay Rapada got an out, but walked the only other batter he faced. Jim Johnson allowed three hits and a run in his inning of work. Koji Uehara allowed a hit and walk in his inning, though he did get through it with a zero on the scoreboard. Last, and certainly least, closer Kevin Gregg coughed up the game in the ninth when he walked Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia before Adrian Gonzalez's walk-off two-RBI double.
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