Pirates 4, Cubs 2
- Kevin Correia gave the Cubs fits, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing just four hits and two walks. He struck out only two, continuing his yearlong trend of successfully pitching to contact – to the tune of a 7-4 record in 11 starts. If I owned him, I'd be selling after this one.
- Doug Davis (0-3) was predictably awful for the Cubs, walking six batters, hitting a guy, and surrendering four hits and four runs (two earned) while failing to get out of the fifth. He is just terrible.
- Joel Hanrahan blew away three Cubs in a row for save No. 14.
- Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer! Twelve homers and 29 RBI, ridiculous.
- Couple hits and a couple steals (9) for Andrew McCutchen. He also drove in a run.
- Jose Tabata stole his 13th base and continues to walk about as often as he strikes out – a good portent for that batting average rising eventually.
Nationals 2, Padres 1
- John Lannan had his best start of the year, allowing just two hits and two walks in 7.2 shutout innings, striking out five, but received no decision, thanks to...
- Drew Storen (4-1), who blew his first save of the season, allowing Jason Bartlett's ninth-inning homer (his first of the year!), but got the win thanks to...
- Holy hell, Michael Morse. Fourth straight game with a homer, and this one a walk-off leading off the ninth against Mike Adams (2-1).
- Clayton Richard walked three against just one strikeout, but he allowed only three hits and one run over seven innings. This may have been his best start of the year, so... yeah. Don't get too excited.
- Danny Espinosa homered (7) and stole a base (4), reminding us of his 20-20 potential that won't be realized as long as he keeps hitting around .200.
Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
- Ageless knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (2-1) agelessly knuckled his way through seven innings of two-run ball, allowing just five hits and a couple walks.
- Rick Porcello (4-3) got crushed on the other end, allowing six runs in three innings – enough to get him lifted before the fourth.
- Did you know that Jacoby Ellsbury is a stud? I knew that Jacoby Ellsbury was a stud all along. Seriously, I actually did. He hit his sixth homer, stole his 18th base, drove home his 27th RBI, and scored his 33rd and 34th runs of the year. BALLER.
- Carl Crawford ripped his fourth homer of the year, and if you haven't been paying attention, he's hitting .333 in the month of May with three homers and three steals. (He was caught stealing too, but meh.) Buy-low window: closed tight.
- Dustin Pedroia stole his 10th base already, and we're less than a third of the way through the season. His career high is 20.
- Jhonny Peralta was the only Tiger to record an extra-base hit all day, homering (8) off Wakefield and doubling in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon.
- Austin Jackson swiped his eighth bag.
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2
- Kyle Drabek struggled with his command, walking five and requiring 121 pitches to get through 6.2 innings, but he allowed just three hits and two runs. Casey Janssen (2-0) got the win in relief.
- Mark Buehrle (4-4) turned in a very Mark Buerhle-esque start: seven innings, nine hits, two walks, three strikeouts, three runs. That line fits him like a glove.
- Welcome back to the handshake line, Jon Rauch. It was Rauch who was called upon in the ninth, and he worked around a hit to strike out a couple batters and pick up his sixth save.
- There was a double steal: Rajai Davis (14) to go with three hits, and Jose Molina (1) on the back end. Each drove in a run, too.
- Juan Pierre had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. In other news, I hate Juan Pierre.
Phillies 6, Mets 4
- Okay, good news first. Chris Capuano had perhaps his best outing of the year, striking out eight (including the first four batters of the game) over six innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after only 78 pitches because Terry Collins is a brilliant genius.
- Roy Oswalt was up to the task on the other end, also going six innings and allowing two runs (one earned), but he allowed nine hits (eight of them singles) and struck out just two.
- Francisco Rodriguez (1-1) allowed five hits and three runs in the dreaded non-save situation, making a winner out of Antonio Bastardo (3-0), who worked a solid inning, struggling only against Ruben Tejada, who saw 16 pitches before working out a walk.
- Ryan Madson struggled through the ninth, giving up a run on three hits, but got a double-play grounder to escape with his 10th save.
- There was base-stealing: Ben Francisco (3) and Domonic Brown (1) for the Phillies; Daniel Murphy (2) and Angel Pagan (5) for the Mets.
- Pagan, making his return from the DL, went 2-for-4 with the steal and a run scored.
- Justin Turner racked up four hits and is now hitting .329.
- Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts, snapping his six-game hitting streak, and is now down to .247.
- Jimmy Rollins had a pair of hits and drove in three runs.
Rays 5, Indians 0
- David Price (6-4) got back on track in a big way, hurling seven dominant innings. He struck out 12 and allowed just four hits and a couple walks.
- Josh Tomlin (6-2) struggled early, allowing six hits and four runs in the first two innings, but he did manage to hold the Rays scoreless on four hits over the next four innings. Again, he walked no one (just 10 all year), but he gave up two homers (10 of those, too).
- Those homers: to Casey Kotchman (2) and Sam Fuld (3).
- Matt Joyce: 3-for-4, .377. Okay.
- B.J. Upton: 0-for-4, strikeouts all. Bossman!
Reds 5, Braves 1
- Mike Leake (4-2) was just good enough, allowing a single run despite seven hits, three walks and just two strikeouts over six innings of work.
- Tommy Hanson (5-4) was not good enough, getting yanked in the fifth and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks. He still has a nasty 2.80 ERA and 1.07 WHIP (not to mention a K per inning) despite the poor record.
- Jay Bruce drove in a run for the sixth straight game with an infield single (when you're hot, you're hot) and stretched his hitting streak to nine games.
- Craig Kimbrel gave up a two-run homer to Ramon Hernandez (7) in the ever-more-dreaded non-save situation.
- Brandon Phillips (4) and Chris Heisey (3) swiped bases for the Reds.
Diamondbacks 7, Astros 6
- Daniel Hudson (6-5) gave up six runs (five earned) in the first four innings, but he hung in there for six and his offense got him a win. He gave up eight hits and a walk, striking out four. I love that guy.
- Brett Myers allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over 5.2 innings, but Wilton Lopez (1-2) finished the job in the seventh.
- Juan Miranda's pair of two-run homers (5) accounted for all of Arizona's offense against Myers. Your NL-only attention, please.
- Kelly Johnson stole his eighth base and Hunter Pence his third.
- J.J. Putz continues to cruise, working around a walk for his 15th save.
Giants 5, Brewers 4
- Welcome to the big leagues, Brandon Crawford. His seventh-inning grand slam in his major league debut made a loser out of Shaun Marcum (6-2), who up until then had allowed just a single run. Crawford had been playing in advanced A ball before being promoted, so, um... that's not a great moment for Marcum.
- The slam made a winner out of Tim Lincecum, who allowed three runs on six hits over seven solid. He struck out four without a walk.
- Rickie Weeks hit his ninth homer, accounting for two of the three runs off Lincecum.
- Andres Torres swiped his fifth bag, while a couple Brewers padded double-digit steal totals: Ryan Braun (11) and Carlos Gomez (13).
- Brian Wilson struck out two and worked around Mark Kotsay's pinch-hit single (and Gomez's steal) for his 14th save.
- Eli Whiteside got plowed into by Prince Fielder, but survived, unlike some other Giants catcher who shall remain nameless.
Angels 6, Twins 5
- Scott Baker shut down the Angels for six beautiful innings, fanning six and allowing six hits and no walks, but saw the absolutely horrendous Minnesota bullpen blow yet another one, as a parade of awful relievers – Alex Burnett, Dusty Hughes and Jim Hoey (0-2) – combined to give up five runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth. Poor Ron Gardenhire.
- The Twins' bullpen implosion got Tyler Chatwood off the hook after he allowed 11 baserunners (eight hits, three walks) and four runs over 5.2 innings.
- Scott Downs (3-1) got the win in relief and is still pretty much as beastly as ever.
- Jordan Walden made it interesting by giving up a couple hits, but nailed down his 11th save.
- Alexi Casilla came a homer short of the cycle and also stole his fourth base.
- Erick Aybar hit his third homer, a three-run blast off the aforementioned Hughes.
Cardinals 10, Rockies 3
- Boy oh boy, Ubaldo Jimenez. Dude won 19 games last year with a sub-3 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning; this year, he's 0-5 with an ERA that's back to pushing six after surrendering six runs on 12 hits to the Cards. He lasted six innings, though, which is... a plus.
- Jake Westbrook (5-3) was the beneficiary of his team's 10-run outburst. He gave up five hits and three runs over five innings of Westbrookian work. Somehow, he still has an even higher WHIP than Ubaldo (1.56 to 1.52).
- Colby Rasmus did serious damage, snapping an 0-for-18 skid with four hits, including two triples, three RBI and a steal. No, of course I didn't bench him in a fantasy league. How could you accuse me of such a thing?
- Allen Craig keeps starting at second and keeps hitting, too. He went 2-for-3 with a run batted in before being lifted for a pinch-runner.
- Cardinals reliever Brian Tallet left the game with elbow tightness.
- Matt Holliday didn't start, but came on as a pinch-hitter and was intentionally walked.
- Bruce Billings made his MLB debut for the Rockies, allowing a run on five hits in two innings of mop-up duty.
Royals 12, Rangers 7 in 14
- Weren't we just overdue for a good Dave Bush implosion? Bush (0-1), the seventh man out of the Rangers' bullpen, was lit up for three homers and five runs in the top of the fourteenth inning. Nice. That made a winner out of Royals reliever Blake Wood (2-0).
- Nate Adcock made his second career start in this game, and it went, well, less than swimmingly, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits in just 2.2 innings – but hey, no decision! Someone's buying steaks for the hitters this weekend.
- Colby Lewis was better, but not exactly loads better, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a couple walks over six innings of work, breaking his streak of five straight quality starts.
- A lot of big homers happened for the Royals: Alex Gordon (6) to blow the save for Neftali Feliz in the ninth; Melky Cabrera (7) and Eric Hosmer (4) back-to-back, then Brayan Pena's three-run blast to break it open in the fourteenth.
- The Rangers got all their power hitting out of the way early, as Ian Kinsler (6) and David Murphy (4) homered off Adcock in the first inning.
- The Royals' bullpen put together 11.1 shutout innings. Even Joakim Soria, who got too much offense to get a save.
- Hosmer went 4-for-7 overall and drove in four runs, lifting his average to .284.
- Not as impressive: Nelson Cruz, 0-for-7 with three strikeouts and seven men left on base. He's plodding along at .202.
Dodgers 3, Marlins 2
- The Javier Vazquez resurgence continues! Six innings, just three hits and two runs (solo homers both). He struck out three and walked one. Two straight quality starts for Vazquez have finally given his remaining owners something to point to as they desperately try to trade him for anything. Anything at all. It was for naught anyway, as Clay Hensley (0-1) lost in relief.
- Andre Ethier (5) and James Loney (2) provided the offense against Vazquez with the solo shots.
- Jon Garland walked four and allowed five hits over 6.1 innings, but somehow surrendered only a run. He struck out two. And that's a Jon Garland start for you. Rookie (and potential future person of interest if he moves into the rotation) Rubby De La Rosa (1-0) picked up an eighth-inning "blown save," allowing Greg Dobbs' game-tying single, then got his first major league win via walk-off.
- Hanley Ramirez walked three times, stole a base (11) and scored two runs. He also went 0-for-1 to drop his average to .210. Over these past two seasons, he's been hitting so many more balls on the ground and so many fewer line drives. When will he get right again?
Athletics 6, Orioles 2
- Gio Gonzalez met with the control struggles of Christmas past (or something like that), walking five batters and surrendering five hits in, um, five innings, but he allowed just two runs (one earned) and struck out seven. That wasn't good enough to win; Brad Ziegler (2-0) did that with two innings of shutout relief.
- Chris Tillman struggled, too, lasting just 4.1 innings and allowing six hits and three walks, but also just two runs, one of which was unearned. Alfredo Simon (1-1) helped him out of a jam, then gave up three runs the next inning. Sounds about right.
- Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 with his eighth homer.
- Mark Ellis stole his seventh base, but is hitting only .206.
- Mark Reynolds dipped back under the Mendoza line with an 0-for-2, but he did pick up an RBI via one of his two walks. This makes it one game in a row that he hasn't struck out.
- Vladimir Guerrero and Nick Markakis each went 1-for-3 to extend their twin hitting streaks to 12 games.
Mariners 4, Yankees 3
- Both A.J. Burnett and Michael Pineda struggled with walks, each of them surrendering five bases on balls in five innings, but Burnett did one better, striking out six to Pineda's five and allowing two runs to Pineda's three, only to see Luis Ayala (1-1) blow the game for him.
- David Pauley (3-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win and now has a 0.89 ERA and 0.73 WHIP, neither of which I'm inclined to believe is for real.
- Brandon League worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save.
- Mark Teixeira had two hits, including his 14th homer.
- Curtis Granderson (7), Russell Martin (5) and Eduardo Nunez (6) victimized Miguel Olivo for steals, but Olivo got 'em back to a degree, swiping his second of the year.
- Derek Jeter: 1-for-5, .254. Jorge Posada: 0-for-3, .178.