- I cannot even with the Mets.
— Bottom of the eighth, trailing the Astros 4-3, runners on the corners with one out. Justin Turner strikes out swinging on a ball in the dirt, and the runner on third base tries to come home but oops, tagged out. Inning over.
— Bottom of the ninth, still trailing 4-3. Jose Reyes leads off with a single. Josh Thole, the next batter, promptly tries to bunt but pops it up, oh and Reyes is caught off first base. Double play. David Wright flies out to end it and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats, tied for the longest streak of his career.
—- At least Daniel Murphy homered for the first time since October 2, 2009, which also took place against the Astros.
- Uh, Bartolo Colon. 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K??? I don’t know either.
— This was his first win since May 26, 2009, and it was with the same umpire behind home plate too.
— the Yankees beat Brett Cecil, who was 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA against them in five games last year.
—- Mark Teixeira had three doubles tonight. He’s now hitting .259/.380/.638/1.018, and it’s April!
—– The Yankees went 0-for-8 with RISP and still scored six runs.
- It’s April 20th and the Red Sox just won their first road game.
— Did you know Jed Lowrie and Sam Fuld were teammates in college? This is a serious fact.
- The Cubs split their double header. That means yes, this season, they’ve been 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, and 9-9.
— In Game 1 of their doubleheader, Matt Garza went up against Dustin Moseley. Going into the top of the ninth, the Cubs were leading… you guessed it… 1-0. That would mean Moseley had gotten no run support for all his starts, while pitching very well. The Padres actually rallied to tie it up off Carlos Marmol, but ended up losing.
— The Padres got nine walks and nine hits in this game, but scored just one run.
—- I should add that at this point Moseley has a K/9 of 2.8 and an ERA of 1.40. Unlucky in some ways, lucky in others.
—– Completely unrelated to Moseley: in this game, time got delayed because some seagulls flew onto the field at Wrigley and dropped pizza by the pitchers’ mound.
—— Padres reliever Mike Adams retired 27 in a row (in many separate games, of course). Actually, his streak ended at 28 in a row, so it was an Armando Galarraga perfect game. Oh snap.
- The Nationals have their first four-game winning streak since… 2005. Oh wow, I know they’ve been terrible, but 2005?!!
- Stolen from @joe_sheehan. Four is the number of:
— teams tied for the NL Central lead
— Jose Contreras saves
— Kyle Farnsworth saves.
- The Rays went 1-8 in their first nine games, and have gone 8-1 since then. Welcome to .500! (I’m gonna blame Manny, irrationally.)
— They played the White Sox, who haven’t led for 51 innings, and scored just nine runs in their last six games.
- The Dodgers just hit their first non-Matt-Kemp home run at Dodger Stadium.
— Jon Garland complete game win in just his second start off the DL.
- Luke Hochevar had a perfect game through five innings.
— He ended up with a line of 6 IP, 5 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, L. Oops.
— He’s the fourth starter so far this year to have a perfect game through 5+ innings. Three of them have lost.
—- Justin Masterson is 4-0 for the 13-5 Indians, who played the Royals tonight.
- With Texas losing a series to the Angels, they’ve lost three series in a row and are now out of first place. The last time they were entirely out of first place was June 7, 2010, when Cliff Lee beat them.
— Speaking of Cliff Lee, he couldn’t get Ryan Braun out today, but Kyle Kendrick could. Lee also walked someone on four pitches. — The Phillies had two home runs by Placido Polanco in their current homestand. He hadn’t hit a home run since last July.
—- Back to the Rangers: They lost in a complete game victory by Jered Weaver, who now has as many wins as the Mets.
—– And as many wins as the home run totals for the Twins’ entire team. Who’s OPSing .598. (On the other hand, I was looking at the team stats and the Cardinals are OBPing .354 and the Yankees are slugging .487 as a team, eesh.)
—— Howie Kendrick hit his sixth home run of April. He had ten all last year.
- And finally, with many thanks to my lovely co-writer-on-hiatus Rebecca, all of the following things happened today/tonight:
— Vlad Guerrero homered
— Cliff Lee started
— Bartolo Colon started
— MLB took over a team
— There is no other conclusion other than that MLB decided to hono(u)r the Expos today.