Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Stealing Signals: Swisher Sweets.

A's 6, O's 5 - Nick Swisher had one on in the fourth inning against Erik Bedard, and he had one off, adding a solo shot later to his two-run homer, and that solo shot turned out to be absolutely necessary. Closer Huston Street still has the occasional Lidge every once in a while, and he almost coughed up that lead in the 9th.

Rays 10, Yanks 8 - A-Rod tried his damnedest, really he did, but you can only do so much in the face of shitty starting pitching. Jacks #13 and #14 came tonight, tying the record set by Mt. Pujols last year for HRs in April. But it wasn't nearly enough, as Kei Igawa had another craptacular start, and B.J. Upton knocked in four runs (one a solo homer) to push TB for the win.

Phillies 11, Astros 4 - Philadelphia's bats are picking up. Jimmy Rollins was a double short of the cycle, Chase Utley hit a Ryan Howard-style homer, and Shane Victorino, Wes Helms, and Pat Burrell (!) each had three hits. All players on both teams wore #42, as the prior attempt at a Jack Robinson tribute had been delayed.

Mets 6, Rockies 1 - Really, really not fair to a bottom-dweller in the NL West to go to Shea for its first road trip outside the division. Carlos Delgado hits a jack, Moises Alou goes 3 for 3, and Jose Valentin chips in a three-run homer and 4 RBIs overall. John Maine continues to shine brightly, throwing 7 and 2/3 and giving up seven hits. Matt Holliday's three hit game was the only Rox positive.

Marlins 8, Braves 7 - Special delivery for Mr. Willis, Mr. Dontrelle Willis! With his pregnant wife in the hospital, Dontrelle becomes the first NL pitcher to win four games (while giving up 5 runs). He did help his own cause with a couple of hits while throwing 6 2/3. Miguel Olivo and Dan Uggla go deep to give the D-Train run support.

Brewers 5, Cubs 4 (12 innings) - Prince Fielder goes out twice, including one in the 12th to top the extra-inning comeback against Chicago. The Cubs are 3-8 at home right now.

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