Padres 6, Mets 5: I watched this one, as did many of you I’m sure. Allowing the winning run on a three-base error followed by a balk ain’t exactly starting things off in the new park with a bang, is it? I gotta say, though, I love the fact that those guys in the restaurant behind the chain link fence in right can just get right up in Ryan Church’s face and taunt him as he’s trying to make plays out there. I predict that we will have (a) a beer splashing incident; followed by (b) the installation of Plexiglas by the time the All-Star break rolls around. My overall TV impressions of Citi Field: OK, I guess, but they did get a little cutesy out in right, didn’t they? And is it just distorted on TV, or is that out of town scoreboard really at blimp level?
Dodgers 11, Giants 1: Orlando Hudson hits for the cycle, which is always fun, but I’d personally rather be Andre Ethier, who hit two homers rather than just one and drove in two more runs than did Hudson. Randy Johnson sees his ERA shoot north of 11, which is not fun at all if you’re interested in seeing history. 300 seems very far away at the moment.
Phillies 9, Nationals 8: The Phillies win one for Harry the K.
White Sox 10, Tigers 6: Signs that I may be on the Internet too much: I read the recap of this as I was putting these together last night and saw the thing about Konerko and Dye each hitting their 300th homer and thought “wait, didn’t that happen a couple of days ago?” Than I realize that, no, it was earlier in the afternoon and it just seemed like days ago, because I’ve probably read the same amount of online content that most people read in a week since then.
Cubs 4, Rockies 0: Ted Lilly and three relievers handcuff the Rockies, allowing only one hit. In Colorado’s defense, it was 36 degrees, delayed, and rainy, and I’m guessing that there aren’t a ton of places to get comfortable in the visiting clubhouse in Wrigley Field.
Pirates 7, Astros 0: I’m not going to spend much time this year talking about how these games impact my fantasy teams, but do know that I needed this start from Zach Duke very very much, and because I got it, I don’t feel nearly as stupid for trading Xavier Nady away to get him. Probably doesn’t matter, though. John Lackey’s injury and the presence of Nick Blackburn and Jonathan Sanchez — who I have named “the arsonist twins” — have pretty much sunk me already.
Rays 15, Yankees 5: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Wang isn’t yet all the way back from last year’s injury (1 IP, 6 H, 8 ER). I’m also going to go out on a limb here and note that if the Yankees find themselves running Swisher out at first base and Ransom out at third very often, it’s going to be a long damn season. Finally, I’m going to out on the farthest limb of all and say that if Swisher is your most effective pitcher of the night, you’ve got some problems.
Orioles 10, Rangers 9: Sure, they may have been outslugged, but how about Andruw Jones (2-3, HR, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI)? It’s almost as shocking to see him hitting well as it is to see arguably the best defensive player in my adult life at DH, probably out of necessity.
Royals 4, Indians 0: Is Zach Greinke on his way to pulling a 1972 Steve Carlton? Well, not if he continues to throw 100 pitches in five innings, but he could definitely be one of those guys who win 20 for an otherwise bad team. With a four run lead entering the ninth, this would have been a nice night for Trey Hillman to have given Joakim Soria a rest. And he tried. But Ron Mahay didn’t have anything and the Mexicutioner had to come in to save his bacon.
Blue Jays 8, Twins 6: Everyone pitched in to this lousy performance by the Twins’ staff. From Kevin Slowey allowing five runs on thirteen hits to Luis Ayala and Matt Guerrier allowing the Jays to pull ahead for good, it was a sold all around effort. Well, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey didn’t help: he allowed no runs in the ninth, which leads me to think that he should probably be the Twins’ all-time pitcher. Unless management doesn’t feel like winning and being awesome and everything.
Reds 7, Brewers 6: Yovani Gallardo vs. Edinson Volquez should have been a pitchers’ duel, but they gave up thirteen runs on ten hits and eight walks. Volquez won by process of elimination. The game went 3:28, and from the looks of the boxscore, it was probably a pretty brutal affair.
A’s 8, Red Sox 2: Jon Lester gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in six innings. He picked two guys off of first base in succession, but the key to winning in this league, son, is to keep ’em off the bases to begin with.
Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 1: Brian Barden hit his first career home run — the game winner — against the team that drafted him. Todd Wellemeyer gave up one run on seven hits and struck out four in seven innings. The Cards are 6-2, and it’s about this time every year that I start wondering why I discounted them so completely before the season began.