MLB Recap: Nationals remain undefeated

Nationals win again; Blue Jays and Indians launch seven homeruns Photo: Bryce Harper scores in the first inning/AP Alex Brandon

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2013 — Thursday saw a lot of action across the country. There were a lot of homeruns and the Nationals emerged as the only team with a perfect record.

The Washington Nationals completed their three game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 6-1 victory in D.C. Jordan Zimmerman gave up eight hits and two walks, but was able to limit the damage done to just one run. That one run came in the second inning on a solo shot from Justin Ruggiano. Washington’s first four batters combined to go 8 for 14 off Marlins pitching, including Ryan Zimmerman going 3 for 3 with a double and a walk.


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Michael Morse hit his fourth homerun of the season for Seattle, but it was not enough to defeat A.J. Griffin and the Oakland A’s. Seattle’s 22 year old rookie starter Brandon Maurer got roughed up in his Major League debut to the tune of six earned runs in six innings. Seven starters for Oakland had at least one hit and the A’s won 8-2 to split the four game series.

One of many new acquisitions for Boston was Ryan Dempster. Unfortunately, he was unable to go more than five innings. He gave up five hits, four walks and three runs while striking out eight. 40 year old Andy Pettitte gave up only one run in eight innings pitched for the Yankees. New York avoided a sweep from their bitter rivals, beating the Red Sox 4-2 in the final game of the series. Brett Gardner went 2 for 3 with a homerun.

The Reds beat the Anaheim Angels 5-4. Aroldis Chapman picked up the save and Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 with his first homerun of the year. There was a positive note for Anaheim even though the loss dropped them to 1-2 on the year. Both Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols connected for their first hits of the season. The expensive duo were a combined 0 for 15 heading into this game.

Cliff Lee stopped Philadelphia’s skid with an awesome eight inning performance. Lee gave up only two hits and zero runs, while striking out eight Braves. Chris Medlen picked up the loss for Atlanta, giving up two runs in five innings. Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with a double and a stolen base.


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The Twins took their first series of the year, beating the Detroit Tigers 8-2. Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit their first homeruns of the season, both were given up by Tigers starter Rick Porcello. Mike Pelfrey pitched effectively for five and a third innings. Minnesota then used six different pitchers out of the bullpen to secure the victory.

San Diego avoided a sweep to the Mets in New York by beating the Mets 2-1. Eric Stults turned in a solid performance with five scoreless innings and seven strikeouts. Huston Street earned his first save of the year for the Padres. Jacob Turner had three of the Mets’ five hits, but they were unable to capitalize on any of them.

The Orioles’ Miguel Gonzalez went six and a third innings and gave up just two runs to earn his first victory of the year. Chris Davis continued his hot streak for Baltimore, going 2 for 3 at the plate with his third homerun and four RBIs. Davis is now batting an unsustainable .636 on the year. Roberto Hernandez took the loss for the Rays.

J.P. Arencibia connects on one of his two homeruns/AP Photo


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It was a slugfest in Toronto as both teams combined to hit seven homeruns. J.P. Arencibia crushed two homeruns of the four homeruns the Blue Jays hit off Brett Myers. Everybody in Cleveland’s lineup had at least one hit except Drew Stubbs, who went 0 for 5. This was obviously not a game for those who love watching good pitching.

In other games yesterday, the Cubs beat the Pirates 3-2, with Travis Wood picking up the win. The Royals avoided a sweep at the hands of the White Sox with a 3-1 victory. Jeremy Guthrie got the win for the Royals in Chicago with a nine strikeout performance.

ON TAP THIS WEEKEND…

The Nationals are the only unbeaten team in baseball, but does it count when you beat up on the Marlins? Washington will get a real test this weekend when they travel to Cincinnati to play the Reds in what is surely the series to watch this weekend. Another notable series this weekend will be Anaheim and Texas in Texas. The San Francisco Giants will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco in a rematch of the 2012 NLCS matchup. Zach Greinke will take the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first start for the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

 


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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