Game Seventeen - Cubs 8 Brewers 1
WP - Ryan Dempster (2-0) LP - Jeff Suppan (0-1) Save - None
The Cubs beat the Brewers for the third time on the young season behind another gem by Ryan Dempster. The Cubs' top right-handed starter could easily be 4-0 on the year. Dempster held the potent Brewers' offense to one run on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings with a walk, four strikeouts and he hit two batters.
The Cubs offense jumped on Jeff Suppan in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Ryan Theriot and Kosuke Fukudome gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead. One of the Brewers' three errors on the night led to the Cubs' second run before Dempster took the mound. But the Cubs defense prolonged the home half of the first and Prince Fielder came within inches of tying the game at two.
A fielding error by Chad Tracy and a dropped exchange on a tailor made double play ball off the bat of Ryan Braun allowed Prince Fielder to hit with a man on and two outs in the first. Fielder hit a ball to center that hit off the top of the wall. When Fielder launched Dempster's offering it looked like the game would be tied at two.
Marlon Byrd did not assume the ball left the park and fired back to the infield. Byrd's heads-up play kept Braun from scoring as the Brewers argued the ball left the park. The umpires ruled it was not a home run then took a look at the replay. Replays showed Fielder missed his second homer of the season, and tying the game, by inches.
After the first inning, Dempster went into cruise control and picked up his defense while the offense went to work against Jeff Suppan.
Lou Piniella's offense pounded out 13 hits with each of the starters recording at least one hit. While Dempster did not contribute to the hit parade, he dropped two sacrifice bunts in four trips to the plate.
The top of the Cubs lineup finished the game 5-for-12 with three walks, three runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBI.
Ryan Theriot jump-started the Cubs offense. He started the game with a double, scored the Cubs' first run, tripled in another run and hit the ball all night to right field.
The Cubs outfield had a very good night at the plate. Kosuke Fukudome (2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI) gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead with his second longball of the year in the third. Marlon Byrd finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Tyler Colvin was 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
Lou Piniella's crew improved to 7-10 with Friday's win in Milwaukee ...
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(Triple-A) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (8-7) beat Lehigh Valley (6-9) 6-3: Box Score - Recap
MONTERO WATCH: Jesus Montero was 1-4 in the game. He doubled and scored a run, reached on an error by the shortstop, and grounded out twice. Montero made a nice play blocking the plate on a play at home to save a run in the 3rd. Montero is currently batting .275.
PITCHING: Ivan Nova got the start for SWB. He came into the game with no decisions in 3 starts and a 2.04 ERA. Nova tossed a scoreless 1st inning giving up a walk, but wiped it out with a DP. He got the side in order in the 2nd, with 2 strikeouts. LHV picked up a run in the 3rd on a single, walk and rbi infield hit to cut the SWB lead to 3-1. A nice doubleplay from Juan Miranda at 1st to Jesus Montero, with a nice block of home plate, saved Nova another run. Nova got the side in order in the 4th with 2 more strikeouts. Another scoreless inning in the 5th with a walk and the the 3rd DP of the game. Nova threw a perfect 6th inning picking up his 6th strikeout. He ran out of gas in the 7th inning. He loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks and was relieved. Another good game by Nova as he picked up his first win. The only downside was the 5 walks. He did erase 3 of them on DP?s. He became the first Yankee starter to get credited with a win this year, 1-0. Nova?s line: 6.1 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 7 K?s--5 walks. 8 GO-3 FO, 95 pitches--58 strikes.
Mark Melancon relieved Nova in the 7th with 1 out and the bases loaded. He struck out the next 2 batters to get out of the jam. Excellent job by Melancon in the 7th inning, but it didn?t carry over to the 8th. In the 8th, 2 runs scored on 2 singles a walk, and error to cut the Yankee lead to 6-3. Melancon?s line: 1.2 IP, 2 runs, 1 ER, 2 hits, 4 K?s--1 walk.
Jonathan Albaladejo tossed a perfect 9th inning for his 4th save.
OFFENSE: Drew Carpenter RHP got the start for Lehigh Valley. Colin Curtis was the hitting hero for the Yanks with 3 doubles, a single, and 3 rbis. The Yanks took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on and infield hit by Kevin Russo and rbi double by Curtis. The Yanks picked up 2 more runs in the 2nd inning when Chad Huffman and Russo singled. Curtis hit his 2nd double for 2 more rbis, and a 3-0 SWB lead. In the 5th, Eduardo Nunez picked up his 2nd hit of the game and stole 2nd base (7), but was stranded. Jesus Montero had a leadoff double in the 6th and scored when Jon Weber hit a rbi triple. It was Weber?s first extra base hit of the season. Weber then scored on a wild pitch to up the SWB lead to 5-1. Curtis hit his 3rd double of the night to start of the 7th inning. He scored when Juan Miranda added a rbi single to make it 6-1 SWB. The Yanks threatened but did not score in the 8th when Russo was HBP, and Curtis picked up a single.
NOTES: Zach McAllister gets the start for SWB Saturday. Former NY and SWB Yankee Cody Ransom played 3rd for LHV.
- Big Guy
Kevin Russo, 3B: 2-for-4, 2 R, HBP
Colin Curtis, CF: 4-for-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, R
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 2-for-5, SB (7)
Juan Miranda, 1B: 1-for-4, RBI
Jesus Montero, C: 1-for-4, 2B, R
Jon Weber, DH: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, R
Chad Huffman, LF: 1-for-4
Reegie Corona, 2B: 0-for-4, R
Ivan Nova (W, 1-0): 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, WP (1.88 ERA)
Mark Melancon: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (2.25 ERA)
Jonathan Albaladejo (S, 4): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (1.00 ERA)
Pitches-strikes: Nova 95-58, Melancon 38-22, Albaladejo 13-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Nova 8-3, Melancon 1-0, Albaladejo 1-0.
(Double-A) Trenton (9-6) beat Portland (7-8) 9-1: Box Score - Recap
Batting:Austin Krum, CF: 1-for-5, RDavid Adams, 2B: 1-for-5Austin Romine, C: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBrandon Laird, 3B: 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB, 2 RDamon Sublett, LF: 1-for-5, RBI, RReid Gorecki, DH: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, RKevin Smith, 1B: 2-for-4, 2BDaniel Brewer, RF: 1-for-4, 2B, RBILuis Nunez, SS: 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 R
D.J. Mitchell (W, 2-1): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (3.07 ERA)Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (2.45 ERA)Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (0.93 ERA)Grant Duff: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, WB (2.25 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: Kelly, C 5-1, Lawson 3-5, Rice 1-0, Mitchell, D. 8-4, Arias 2-0, Schmidt 0-1, Duff 1-2.
(High-A) Tampa (9-7) beat Daytona (6-10) 11-3: Box Score - Recap
Abraham Almonte, RF: 1-for-3, BB, 2 RWalter Ibarra: 1-for-5, R, HBPJose Pirela, 2B: 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 RBradley Suttle, 3B: 2-for-5, 2B, RMelky Mesa, CF: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, RMitch Abeita, C: 1-for-3, 2 BB, RMyron Leslie, 1B: 1-for-4, RBI, BB, RJack Rye, LF: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, RAddison Maruszak, DH: 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, R
Daniel Kapala: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, HB (2.77 ERA)Brad Rulon (W, 1-0): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (1.29 ERA)Tim Norton: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (0.00 ERA)Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (2.19 ERA)Jonathan Ortiz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (1.69 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: Kapala 4-1, Rulon 3-1, Norton 2-4, Venditte 3-2, Ortiz, J 1-1.
(Low-A) Charleston (6-10) beat Hickory (8-8) 6-3: Box Score - Recap
Zolio Almonte, CF: 1-for-4, IBBDeangelo Mack, LF: 1-for-5, RBILuke Murton, 1B: 1-for-5, HR, RBI, RRobert Lyerly, DH: 3-for-4, BB, R, SB (1)Kyle Higashioka, C: 2-for-4, BB, RJimmy Paredes, 2B: 3-for-5, RBI, RTaylor Grote, RF: 2-for-5, HR, RBI, RGarrison Lassiter, 3B: 0-for-3, BBKelvin Castro, SS: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, R
Shaeffer Hall (W, 1-0): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HB, (0.71 ERA)Ronny Marte: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (6.00 ERA)Michael Solbach: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.13 ERA)Ryan Flannery (S, 4): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (3.86 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: Hall 4-6, Marte, R 1-1, Solbach 1-0, Flannery 1-1,
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Here are the current ERAs for the guys who started and finished tonight's game for the Royals: 11.37 and 11.74. Those are only the current ERAs from the one-time franchise symbol and rotation stabilizer, Gil Meche, and one of the more interesting live arms snagged by Dayton Moore, Robinson Tejeda. We're nearing a crisis here, regarding this pitching staff, and I'm not sure there's an immediate solution. I didn't think the Royals would be really really bad this year, I merely thought they'd be bad. Now, I'm not sure. They really might lose 100 games.
The Royals have flown under the radar a little bit this season. We can thank the Astros and Orioles for that. (The Orioles are 2-15!) The won-loss record has never been particularly ugly, and 6-10 isn't even that ugly right now. The baseball commentariat hasn't really had its collective, "man, the Royals are bad" moment yet, in part, of course, because that is unnecessary.
That may be coming though. Tonight, it feels like things are about to get ugly.
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Jose Reyes celebrates a triple by singing the national anthem, seemingly unfazed by the creepy, disembodied arm.
Until about the 4th inning, everything was going just fine for the Braves. Not great perhaps, but OK--they had a 1-0 lead, Kenshin Kawakami was dealing, and they were starting to hit the ball hard off of Mets starter John Maine. Midway through the 4th, though, Maine experienced some spasms in his non-throwing elbow and was removed from the game. His final line: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, and a 0.053 WPA.
Maine's injury would turn out to be the best thing for the Mets, because Maine was replaced by Hisanori Takahashi. Takahashi, who is in his first year in the big leagues after a long and mostly undistinguished career in Japan, proceeded to mow down the Braves hitters, striking out 7 men in 3 innings (can we just call him the Japanese Sean Marshall now?). The first time through the lineup, our hitters seemed to be completely baffled by Takahashi's funky delivery, which has all kinds of pauses and jerks in it. We did finally break through against him in the 7th, scoring a run on a Martin Prado single, but by then it was probably too late.
During the innings in which his former NPB colleague was on the mound, Kenshin Kawakami suddenly became hittable--very hittable. He gave up a monstrous solo homer to Mets rookie Ike Davis in the 5th and was saved from another homer when the wind knocked down Rod Barajas' long fly enough for Melky Cabrera to catch it. The hits kept coming for the Mets in the 6th, highlighted by back-to-back triples by Jose Reyes and Jason Bay that led to 2 runs. Kawakami's final line: 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, and a -0.123 WPA. Not bad overall, but not good enough tonight (the story of KK's season so far).
While the Braves' outfield made a few nice catches, the rest of the defense was kind of hellish. I won't recap them for you--I'm neither a masochist nor a sadist. Suffice to say that the Braves made 4 errors in all. That total does not even count the huge mental lapse that led to a run in the 7th, when nobody covered the plate after a dropped pop-up, allowing Angel Pagan to sneak in for the Mets' 4th run. The Mets added a 5th run the same inning on a David Wright RBI single. Takashi Saito was charged with both runs.
As bad as the Braves looked all night, they had a chance to tie in the 9th off Francisco Rodriguez, who was not sharp at all. Rodriguez gave up a hit to Melky Cabrera and a walk to Yunel Escobar to bring the tying run to the plate in the person of Nate McLouth. And McLouth gave it his best shot--about 380 feet worth. Unfortunately, McLouth's long fly went juuuuust a tad bit foul down the right field line, and instead of a tie game, the Braves went down meekly from there. McLouth would strike out, and so would Martin Prado to end it.
MVP: Jose Reyes-- 2/4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, K, 0.226 WPA; and Hisanori Takahashi-- 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.074 WPA (and his first hit as a batter as well)
LVP: Every Braves' position player except Martin Prado
MVPILE (MVP in a losing effort): nobody... Infante and Chipper were the Braves' top WPA guys, and both had terrible nights in the field.
Clutch play: Davis' homer-- 0.159 WPA
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