March 30th Highlights
The first Monday of the season is here! Only one undefeated team remains, let’s check in on the full action:
Jorge Soler goes yard 3 times and drives in 6 runs as the Royals blow out Detroit, 12-6.
The Cubs come back down 2 in the ninth before Ian Happ hits a walk-off homer to defeat the Pirates 6-5.
Rafael Devers homers again! His 5th in 4 games is not enough as Orioles edge the Red Sox 4-3.
The Mets barely hang on 2-1 over the Phillies. Steven Matz goes 6 strong innings with no runs and 6 K’s. Edwin Diaz gives up a run but strands runners at 2nd and 3rd for the save.
Tampa Bay hits 5 homers with 2 from Austin Meadows to take down the Yankees 7-2.
The Rockies’ Trevor Story hits two homers and one in the 9th to break the tie handing the Dodgers their first loss of the season.
Evan White hits his first Major League home run as Seattle beats the Twins 6-5 in a battle between two previously win-less teams.
The Padres’ Dinelson Lamet outduels Felix Hernandez in his Braves debut as San Diego takes home the 1-0 victory.
BOS- LHP Jeffrey Springs sent down, LHP Brian Johnson called up
NYY- OF Giancarlo Stanton placed on 10-Day IL, OF Clint Frazier called up
1:10 PM: KC @ DET
Jorge Soler blasted 3 homeruns and had 6 RBI at Comerica Park where the Kansas City team beat the Detroit ballclub by the score of 12 to 6. Soler had a big day with his bat. He laced a one-base hit plating a run in the 1st inning, lofted a three-run 'big-fly' in the 2nd inning, lofted a solo-blast 'downtown' in the 7th inning and hit a bases-empty home run in the 9th inning. Offensively, Kansas City was a juggernaut. They scored in 6 separate innings. The win went to Mike Montgomery(1-0) who allowed 2 runs in 5 innings. Daniel Norris(0-1) was the loser. He was not very effective, surrendering 7 runs in 2 innings. 'I was really seeing the ball today,' Soler said 'I wish it was always this easy.'
4:10 PM: PIT @ CHC
WEB GEMS- Bot 8th: Kevin Kramer robbed Ian Happ of an extra base hit. The Chicago (NL) club edged the Pittsburgh club in 10 innings at Wrigley Field by the score of 6 to 5. Both teams had scored 5 runs after nine full innings. Chicago (NL) won the hard fought contest in the 10th inning. Ian Happ blasted a solo shot making Chicago (NL) victorious to the delight of the the home town crowd. Chicago (NL) had 14 hits for the game and Pittsburgh had 8. The winning pitcher was Rex Brothers(1-0) who allowed no runs in 1 inning. Nick Burdi(1-1) suffered the loss in relief. He was unable to retire a batter giving up 1 hit and no walks.
6:10 PM: CHW @ CLE
WEB GEMS- Top 9th: Jake Bauers robbed Nomar Mazara of an extra base hit. First baseman Carlos Santana had 3 base hits and 2 RBI as the Cleveland club outscored the Chicago (AL) team 12 to 6. Zach Plesac(1-0) delivered a fine performance for Cleveland. He went 6 innings and surrended up 2 hits and 2 walks. Plesac chalked up 8 strikeouts. Chicago (AL) was out-hit by Cleveland, 15 hits to 8. Dylan Cease(0-1) ended up with the loss. He was knocked around pretty good, giving up 6 runs in 3 and 2/3 innings.
6:35 PM: BOS @ BAL
One run was the difference at Camden Yards as the Baltimore club defeated the Boston team 4 to 3. Wade Leblanc(1-0) pitched a fine game. He surrendered 4 hits and 1 walk in 6 innings and gave up 2 homeruns. For the game Baltimore out-hit Boston 10 to 6. Leblanc got help from Mychal Givens who earned his 2nd save. Brian Johnson(0-1) was hit with the loss. He was touched for 3 homeruns in his 3 and 2/3 innings of work.
6:40 PM: WAS @ MIA
Jonathan Villar knocked 2 homeruns as the Miami team bested the Washington team 3 to 1 at Marlins Park. The Miami fans enjoyed the offense provided by Villar. He lofted a solo-blast 'downtown' in the 1st inning, hit a bases-empty home run in the 2nd inning and laced a base-hit in the 8th inning. The pitchers took over after the 4th inning as neither team was able to score again. The victory went to Jordan Yamamoto(1-0) who went 7 innings, allowing 1 run. Yamamoto was helped out by Brandon Kintzler who recorded his 2nd save. Anibal Sanchez(0-1) was tagged with the loss.
7:07 PM: CIN @ TOR
The Cincinnati club cruised to a 7 to 2 victory over the Toronto club at Rogers Centre. Toronto fell behind quickly as the Cincinnati offense came through in the first inning when they came up with 2 runs on 2 hits. The highlight belonged to Eugenio Suarez who deflated the mood of the partisan fans when he cleared the fences for a two-run home run. Cincinnati had a total of 11 hits for the game. The victory was credited to Anthony Desclafani(1-0) who went 5 innings, allowing 1 run. Trent Thornton(0-1) was the losing pitcher. He was hit hard and gave up 7 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings.
7:10 PM: NYY @ TB
Designated hitter Austin Meadows ripped 2 homeruns at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay club beat the New York (AL) ballclub 7 to 2. In the bottom of the 5th inning Tampa Bay went on top for good scoring 2 runs on 2 base hits. After two were out Brandon Lowe jump-started the scoring when he hit a bases-empty home run. Meadows followed next and he lofted a solo-blast 'downtown'. Tampa Bay totaled 10 hits on the night. The win was credited to Yonny Chirinos(1-0) who went 5 innings allowing 2 runs. Jordan Montgomery(0-1) took the loss. He allowed 3 homeruns in 5 innings of work.
7:10 PM: PHI @ NYM
WEB GEMS- Bot 3rd: Didi Gregorius robbed Michael Conforto of a base hit. At Citi Field, the New York (NL) fans witnessed a great pitcher's duel. Steven Matz(1-0) finally bested his Philadelphia opposite, Zach Eflin(0-1), by the score of 2 to 1. New York (NL) set the tone of the game in the first inning scoring one runner. Amed Rosario reached on an error. Jeff McNeil was next to bat, but he was a strikeout victim. Pete Alonso then hit a deep fly scoring the run. Philadelphia threatened in the 9th but their rally came up short. Edwin Diaz recorded his 2nd save. Eflin was given the loss. When questioned about the loss, Philadelphia's manager said, 'The fans got to see an exciting game out there tonight. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it done this time. Next time, though, we'll be the clubhouse with all the smiles.'
7:40 PM: STL @ MIL
Left fielder Christian Yelich had 2 base hits as the Milwaukee team topped the St. Louis ballclub in 10 innings by a score of 3 to 2 at Miller Park. The score was tied at 2 after nine. Milwaukee won the game in the 10th inning. Lorenzo Cain drew a walk. Milwaukee's manager then called for a steal which was successful. After an out was recorded, Yelich was walked intentionally. Ryan Braun was up next and he was walked intentionally to load the bases. Manny Pina came to the plate and drew a walk giving Milwaukee the win and sending the home town fans into a frenzy. Milwaukee had a total of 8 hits for the game. The win was credited to Josh Hader(1-0) who went 2 innings allowing no runs. Tyler Webb(0-1) was the losing pitcher in relief.
9:40 PM: SF @ ARI
At Chase Field, the Arizona fans witnessed a great pitcher's duel. Zac Gallen(1-0) finally bested his San Francisco opposite, Drew Smyly(0-1), by the score of 3 to 0. Gallen pitched a fine game. He surrendered 4 hits and 3 walks in 7 innings. Neither team managed to score after the 3rd inning. Archie Bradley preserved the game for Gallen, recording his his 2nd save. Smyly ended up with the loss. He gave up 3 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings.
10:07 PM: HOU @ OAK
WEB GEMS- Bot 2nd: Martin Maldonado blocked the plate, saving a run! George Springer had 4 hits and 2 RBI as the Houston ballclub bested the Oakland ballclub 6 to 2 at Oakland Coliseum. Springer had a big day against Oakland. He bombed a two-run dinger in the 3rd inning, doubled in the 5th inning, delivered a base-hit in the 7th inning and slapped a single in the 9th inning. Houston had 15 hits for the night while Oakland had 7. The win went to Austin Pruitt(1-0) who allowed 1 run in 6 innings. A.J. Puk(0-1) took the loss. He pitched 5 innings and surrendered 7 hits and 1 walk.
10:10 PM: ATL @ SD
Dinelson Lamet(1-0) and Felix Hernandez(0-1) dueled it out with Lamet and the San Diego club coming out on top of the Atlanta club by the score of 1 to 0. Lamet had a solid outing for San Diego. He was reached for 3 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. Atlanta went down quietly in the 9th. Kirby Yates recorded the save, his 2nd.
10:10 PM: COL @ LAD
Trevor Story rocketed 2 homeruns and scored 3 times as the Colorado ballclub outscored the Los Angeles(NL) ballclub 6 to 5. The deciding run was scored by Colorado in the top of the 9th. After two outs Story cracked a solo homerun. Colorado totaled 10 hits on the night. Scott Oberg(1-0) went 1 inning allowing no runs for the win. Wade Davis earned his 1st save. Kenley Jansen(0-1) was charged with the loss in relief.
10:10 PM: MIN @ SEA
WEB GEMS- Top 7th: Dan Altavilla robbed Josh Donaldson of a base hit.
The Seattle ballclub edged the Minnesota team at T-Mobile Park by the score of
6 to 5.
Seattle plated all the runs they needed in the 5th inning when they came up
with 6 runs on 5 hits. The highlight belonged to Dan Vogelbach who
electrified T-Mobile Park when he smacked a three-run homer. Minnesota was
out-hit by Seattle, 9 hits to 4.
Taijuan Walker(1-0) went 5 innings allowing no runs for the victory. Matt
Magill recorded his 1st save. Jhoulys Chacin(0-1) was the loser. He allowed
5 hits and 1 walk in 4 innings.