MLB Recap: Reds and Braves keep winning

Reds and Braves keep winning, Philly fans should be worried about Halladay, Marlins and Astros keep losing. Photo: Brandon Phillips hit a homerun in the 6th inning/AP Jeff Roberson

LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2013 — The Cincinnati Reds and their new Big Red Machine keep mashing in St. Louis. Atlanta is still loving the Justin Upton trade. The Mariners happily the Houston Astros. If you forgot to watch baseball yesterday, here is what happened.

The Cincinnati Reds continued their 2013 offensive assault with 13 runs in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of a three game series in St. Louis. The game was tied 4-4 heading into the ninth inning when Cincinnati put nine runs on the board. Jay Bruce went 4 for 5 and Brandon Phillips went 2 for 5 with a double and his second homerun of the season. Jaime Garcia pitched well for 6 2/3 innings, while striking out 10 batters, but the Cardinals’ bullpen could not hold the lead. Final score: Cincinnati 13, St. Louis 4.

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The Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles on the shoulders Clay Buccholz’ seven shutout innings and eight strikeouts. Adam Jones hit a homerun in the top of the ninth off Boston closer Andrew Bailey, but that was the extent of the comeback. Final Score: Boston 3, Baltimore 1.

The Atlanta Braves improved to 6-1 on the season after beating the Marlins on Monday. Justin Upton went 4 for 5 with his sixth homerun of the year. Paul Maholm gave the Braves seven scoreless innings and seven strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel gave up a hit and a walk before locking down his third save. Kevin Slowey pitched well again for the Marlins, but picked up his second loss. Final Score: Atlanta 2, Miami 0.

The Seattle Mariners took the first game of their series with Houston. The Astros dropped to a record of 1-6 and have not won since their opening day victory against Texas. Kendrys Morales went 2 for 3 and knocked in two runs for the Mariners. Final Score: Seattle 3, Houston 0.

San Francisco beat Colorado with Madison Bumgarner getting the victory for 5 2/3 innings of work. Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 3 and Hunter pence hit his third homerun for the Giants. The Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez went 1 for 4 at the plate and hit his third homerun. Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 2.

The Kansas City Royals scored all three of their runs in the eighth inning to beat Minnesota. Ervin Santana went eight innings without giving up a homerun and striking out seven. After seven scoreless innings, Kevin Corrreia came out for the eighth inning to give up a leadoff double, a sacrifice, a run scoring single, and a run scoring double before being pulled. Final Score: Kansas City 3, Minnesota 1.

Roy Halladay got roughed up again, this time by the Mets/AP Tom Mihalek

The Mets continued their hot start by beating the rival Philadelphia Phillies. John Buck hit a three run homerun off Roy Halladay in the second inning. Halladay surrendered seven earned runs in four innings. This is another rough outing following Halladay’s five earned runs in 3 1/3 inning performance in Atlanta. Philadelphia fans have to be worried, at least mildly, about Halladay at this point. Final Score: Mets 7, Philadelphia 2.

The Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, TX. Alexi Ogando turned in another good performance for the Rangers with 5 1/3 innings and gave up only one run. The bullpen was shaky for the Rangers giving up three runs in the final two innings. Fortunately, the Rangers had enough offense earlier in the game for Joe Nathan to get the save. A.J. Pierzynski hit his first homerun as a Ranger and Mitch Moreland hit his second of the year. Final Score: Texas 5, Tampa Bay 4.

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Pittsburgh righted their ship and beat the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Pirates’ starter Wandy Rodriguez left in the third inning with tightness in his hamstring. Andrew McCutcheon broke up a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Starling Marte and Garrett Jones added an eighth inning homerun. Jason Grilli picked up his second save of the season. Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 3.

Hiroki Kuroda returned for the Yankees after leaving his last start with a bruised finger. Kuroda went 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts against Cleveland to get his first win of the season. Ubaldo Jimenez returned to his now familiar form with seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Robinson Cano hit two homeruns for the Yankees. Final Score Yankees 11, Cleveland 6.

Milwaukee took the first game of the series from the Cubs in Wrigley. Ryan Braun returned for the Brewers and went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Marco Estrada picked up the win, going seven innings with only two earned runs. Edwin Jackson picked up his second loss as a Cub by giving up five runs in six innings. Final Score: Milwaukee 7, Chicago 4.

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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