March 31st Highlights

Madison Bumgarner faced his former team, the Rangers opened their new ballpark, and Rafael Devers didn’t homer?! Let’s check in on the top highlights from Tuesday’s games:

Joey Gallo is the trivia question answer to who hit the first home run in Globe Life Field. Todd Frazier added two more as Texas remains undefeated with an 11-4 victory over the Angels.

The Indians and Franmil Reyes continue to mash. Reyes’ 3rd HR of the season is a walk-off winner for Cleveland.

The Blue Jays cough up a 7-0 lead but manage to win in extra innings over the Reds, 8-7.

Jean Segura drives in both Phillies runs and Aaron Nola strikes out 12 Mets to get his first win of the season in a 2-1 win.

Kwang-Hyun Kim makes his ML debut and stymied Brewers hitters, limiting them to 3 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings picking up the win.

Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner stepped on the mound against his former Giants for the first time. He struck out 10 in 7 shutout innings for his 1st victory as a member of the Diamondbacks.

Oakland needed 11 innings to beat the Astros 4-3 with Ramon Laureano’s solo HR being the walk-off game winner.

Max Kepler hits 3 homers and drives in 6 of the 7 Twins runs as Minnesota wins their first ballgame of the season, 7-0 over the Mariners.

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Today’s Transactions
TEX- 2B Rougned Odor placed on 10-Day IL, OF Scott Heineman called up
TOR- LHP Thomas Pannone sent down, LHP Marc Rzepczynski called up

4:05 PM: LAA @ TEX
Todd Frazier launched 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI as the Texas ballclub topped
the Los Angeles(AL) club by a score of 11 to 4 at Globe Life Field.

The home town fans were very appreciative of the fine hitting performance
provided by Frazier. He delivered a solo blast in the 1st inning and popped
a two-run clout over the fence in the 6th inning. Texas had 14 hits overall,
while Los Angeles(AL) had 11.

The victory went to Corey Kluber(2-0) who went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs.
Andrew Heaney(1-1) ended up with the loss. He pitched 1 inning and
surrendered 8 hits and 1 walk.

6:10 PM: CHW @ CLE

In a dramatic ending at Progressive Field the Cleveland club won in their last
at-bat beating the Chicago (AL) ballclub by the count of 8 to 6.

Cleveland scored the winning runs in the 9th inning with 2 runs. After an out
was recorded, Jose Ramirez initiated the scoring spurt when he drew a walk.
Franmil Reyes was next and he clubbed a two-run home run resulting in an
exciting win for Cleveland and a raucous post-game celebration by the home
town fans. Cleveland finished with 11 hits while Chicago (AL) ended up with
8.

Brad Hand(1-0) was the winner allowing 2 runs in 1 inning. Alex Colome(0-1)
took the loss in relief. He surrendered 1 hit and 1 walk in 1/3 of an
inning.
6:35 PM: BOS @ BAL
Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr collected 2 extra-base hits and had 2 RBI at
Camden Yards as the Boston team, running on all cylinders, ripped the
Baltimore ballclub by a large 12 to 1 margin.

Boston took the lead for good in the top of the 2nd inning when they tallied 3
runs on 3 hits. That early scoring was all that Eduardo Rodriguez(1-0)
needed. Boston had 13 hits for the game and Baltimore had 5.

Kohl Stewart(0-1) was charged with the loss. He was unable to control the
Boston offense and allowed 8 hits and 4 walks in 2 and 1/3 innings.

6:40 PM: WAS @ MIA
One run was the difference at Marlins Park as the Washington ballclub defeated
the Miami ballclub 6 to 5.

Washington brought 4 runs across the plate in the 4th inning when they had 4
base hits. The big moment was provided by Yan Gomes who disappointed the
partisan crowd when he tripled emptying the bases. Miami tried
unsuccessfully to come back in the 9th.

The victory was credited to Joe Ross(1-0) who went 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing
4 runs. Daniel Hudson was credited with his 2nd save. The losing pitcher was
Sandy Alcantara(1-1). He allowed a few too many baserunners giving up 8 hits
and 4 walks in 4 innings.

‘I had a little blister on my index finger before the game, but I thought it
was nothing.’ Ross said. ‘I was lucky I got a win because I couldn’t put the
ball where I wanted it.’

7:07 PM: CIN @ TOR
WEB GEMS- Top 6th: Brandon Drury robbed Eugenio Suarez of a base hit.

The Toronto ballclub registered 4 runs in the 5th inning and and the
Cincinnati ballclub locked up in an exciting one-run game at Rogers Centre.
The final score was the Toronto ballclub 8, the Cincinnati ballclub 7 in 10
innings.

Both teams had scored 7 runs after nine full innings. Finally, Toronto
prevailed in the 10th inning. Travis Shaw slapped a single. After an out
was recorded, Joe Panik stepped in and he lined a base-hit. Bo Bichette then
would hit into a fielders choice giving Toronto the win and sending the home
town fans into a frenzy. Toronto had 14 hits for the game and Cincinnati had
11.

The win was credited to Sam Gaviglio(1-0) who went 1 inning allowing no runs.
Amir Garrett(0-1) suffered the loss in relief. He gave up 2 hits and no
walks in 1/3 of an inning.

7:10 PM: NYY @ TB
19,995 fans were treated to a fine game at Tropicana Field as only one run
separated the combatants at game’s end. The Tampa Bay team won by the
slimmest of margins, 3 to 2.

Ryan Yarbrough(1-0) earned his pay with a solid performance for Tampa Bay. He
was reached for 4 hits and no walks in 6 innings. New York (AL) made it
exciting in the 9th, but they were unable to push the needed runs across.

Yarbrough got help from Jose Alvarado who earned his 1st save. Jonathan
Loaisiga(0-1) was the losing pitcher. He gave up just 2 runs and 2 hits in 6
innings.

7:10 PM: PHI @ NYM
Aaron Nola mowed down 12 New York (NL) batters as the Philadelphia team
outscored the New York (NL) team 2 to 1.

Nola(1-1) pitched well for Philadelphia in their victory. He went 6 innings
surrendering 6 hits and 1 walk lowering his ERA to 3.27. After the 3rd
inning, neither team was able to score.

Hector Neris gained credit for his 3rd save. Michael Wacha(0-1) suffered the
loss. He pitched 4 and 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and 3 walks.

‘I had my good stuff tonight.’ Nola said. ‘As the game went along I started to
get the feeling that I was going to strike out a bunch of hitters.’

7:40 PM: PIT @ CHC
The Chicago (NL) team bested the Pittsburgh team by a 6 to 3 score at Wrigley
Field.

Tyler Chatwood(1-0) gave a fine effort for Chicago (NL). He went 6 innings
and surrended up 6 hits and 2 walks. Chicago (NL) rapped out 10 hits for the
night.

Chatwood got help from Craig Kimbrel who earned his 1st save. The losing
pitcher was Derek Holland(0-1). He gave up 4 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.

7:40 PM: STL @ MIL
WEB GEMS- Top 9th: Keston Hiura robbed Yadier Molina of a base hit.

Matt Carpenter hit a homerun and had 2 RBI at Miller Park where the St. Louis
club beat the Milwaukee ballclub by the score of 4 to 3.

St. Louis brought 2 runs across the plate in the 5th inning when they came up
with 3 base hits. They would prove to be the difference in the contest.
Milwaukee threatened in the 9th but St. Louis was able to put down the rally.

Kwang-Hyun Kim(1-0) allowed 2 runs in 7 innings, and picked up the victory.
Giovanny Gallegos recorded his 3rd save. Brandon Woodruff(0-1) was hit with
the loss.

9:40 PM: SF @ ARI

WEB GEMS- Top 8th: Carson Kelly blocked the plate, saving a run!

Madison Bumgarner whiffed 10 batters at Chase Field as the Arizona team beat
the San Francisco club 2 to 0.

Bumgarner(1-0) pitched well for Arizona in their victory. He went 7 innings
allowing 6 hits and 2 walks dropping his ERA from 5.40 to 2.25. Andrew
Chafin relieved and was untouched by San Francisco as he recorded the save,
his 1st.

Andrew Suarez(0-1) absorbed the loss. The Arizona fans were thrilled by the
performance put forth by Bumgarner, but it was clearly his strikeouts that
they enjoyed most. ‘When he reached 10 strikeouts the fans showed him their
appreciation with a loud cheer.’ Torey Lovullo said following the game.

10:07 PM: HOU @ OAK
WEB GEMS- Bot 9th: Michael Brantley robbed Franklin Barreto of an extra base hit.

The Oakland team nipped the Houston ballclub in 11 innings 4 to 3 at Oakland
Coliseum in a hard fought contest.

The game was deadlocked at 3 after nine full innings. Oakland was victorious
in the 11th inning. Khris Davis drew a walk. Robbie Grossman stepped into
the batter’s box and he grounded into a double play. Ramon Laureano then
smashed a solo-shot out of the park giving Oakland the win much to the
delight of the home town crowd. For the game Oakland out-hit Houston 7 to 4.

Yusmeiro Petit(1-0) picked up the victory, allowing no runs in 2 innings.
Chris Devenski(0-1) took the loss in relief. He pitched 1 and 2/3 innings
allowing 1 hit and 2 walks.

10:10 PM: ATL @ SD
WEB GEMS- Top 9th: Fernando Tatis Jr robbed Tyler Flowers of a base hit.

Chris Paddack went 8 and one third strong innings as the San Diego ballclub
bested the Atlanta club 4 to 0 at PETCO Park.

San Diego took the lead for good in the bottom of the 2nd inning plating an
isolated run on 2 hits. That early scoring was all that Paddack(1-0) needed.
San Diego had 9 hits for the game and Atlanta had 5.

Emilio Pagan was credited with his 1st save. Mike Soroka(0-1) was charged
with the loss. He gave up 7 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings.

10:10 PM: COL @ LAD
WEB GEMS- Top 5th: Corey Seager robbed David Dahl of a base hit.
Top 6th: Corey Seager robbed Ian Desmond of a base hit.

Shortstop Corey Seager had 3 base hits and 4 RBI at Dodger Stadium as the Los
Angeles(NL) ballclub beat the Colorado team in 10 innings 5 to 4.

Both teams had scored 4 runs after nine full innings. Los Angeles(NL) won it
in the 10th inning. Justin Turner drew a walk. Cody Bellinger followed and
he drew a walk. After an out was recorded, Seager then doubled resulting in
a mighty exciting win for Los Angeles(NL) and the 55,534 home town fans in
attendance. Los Angeles(NL) had a total of 9 hits for the game.

The victory was credited to Adam Kolarek(1-0) who went 1 inning, allowing no
runs. Yency Almonte(0-1) was the loser in relief. He allowed 1 hit and 3
walks in 1 and 1/3 innings.

10:10 PM: MIN @ SEA
Jose Berrios retired 10 batters on strikeouts and Max Kepler knocked 3
homeruns and had 6 RBI at T-Mobile Park where the Minnesota team beat the
Seattle team by the score of 7 to 0.

Kepler was a source of great heartache for the Seattle faithful all evening.
He just kept pounding out hits! He bombed a two-run dinger in the 6th inning,
lifted one out of the park for a two run home run in the 7th inning and
cracked a two-run shot in the 9th inning. Minnesota out-hit Seattle for the
game, 10 hits to 4.

Berrios(1-1) got the win allowing no runs in 7 innings. Marco Gonzales(0-2)
was hit with the loss. Seattle’s manager was impressed with Berrios and his
10 strikeouts. ‘It’s tough to generate runs if you can’t make contact with
the ball.’

 DATE VIS  R  H  E  HOME R  H  E INN  WIN                   LOSS
----- ------------  ------------ ---  --------------------  -------------------
 3/31 LAA  4 11  2  TEA 11 14  0      C.Kluber (2-0)        A.Heaney (1-1)
 3/31 CHA  6  8  0  CLA  8 11  0      B.Hand (1-0)          A.Colome (0-1)
 3/31 BOA 12 13  0  BAA  1  5  1      E.Rodriguez (1-0)     K.Stewart (0-1)
 3/31 WAN  6 12  0  MMN  5 10  1      J.Ross (1-0)          S.Alcantara (1-1)
 3/31 CIN  7 11  0  TOA  8 14  1 10   S.Gaviglio (1-0)      A.Garrett (0-1)
 3/31 PHN  2  4  1  NYN  1  8  0      A.Nola (1-1)          M.Wacha (0-1)
 3/31 NYA  2  6  1  TBA  3  3  0      R.Yarbrough (1-0)     J.Loaisiga (0-1)
 3/31 PIN  3  9  1  CHN  6 10  0      T.Chatwood (1-0)      D.Holland (0-1)
 3/31 SLN  4  7  0  MLN  3  5  0      K.Kim (1-0)           B.Woodruff (0-1)
 3/31 SFN  0  8  1  ARN  2  7  0      M.Bumgarner (1-0)     A.Suarez (0-1)
 3/31 HOA  3  4  0  OAA  4  7  1 11   Y.Petit (1-0)         C.Devenski (0-1)
 3/31 CON  4  7  1  LAN  5  9  1 10   A.Kolarek (1-0)       Y.Almonte (0-1)
 3/31 ATN  0  5  1  SDN  4  9  0      C.Paddack (1-0)       M.Soroka (0-1)
 3/31 MNA  7 10  0  SEA  0  4  0      J.Berrios (1-1)       M.Gonzales (0-2)

LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2020 Strat-O-Matic Season
 
AL East                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Boston BOA               5   1  .833 ----   156  
2020 Tampa Bay TBA            3   2  .600  1.5        
2020 New York (AL) NYA        2   3  .400  2.5        
2020 Baltimore BAA            2   3  .400  2.5        
2020 Toronto TOA              1   5  .167  4.0        
 
AL Central                  WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Cleveland CLA            4   1  .800 ----   158  
2020 Kansas City KCA          3   1  .750   .5        
2020 Detroit DEA              1   3  .250  2.5        
2020 Chicago (AL) CHA         1   4  .200  3.0        
2020 Minnesota MNA            1   5  .167  3.5        
 
AL West                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Texas TEA                5   0 1.000 ----   157  
2020 Oakland OAA              5   1  .833   .5        
2020 Houston HOA              4   2  .667  1.5        
2020 Los Angeles(AL) LAA      1   4  .200  4.0        
2020 Seattle SEA              1   5  .167  4.5        
 
NL East                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Washington WAN           3   2  .600 ----   157  
2020 Philadelphia PHN         3   3  .500   .5        
2020 Miami MMN                3   3  .500   .5        
2020 New York (NL) NYN        2   3  .400  1.0        
2020 Atlanta ATN              2   4  .333  1.5        
 
NL Central                  WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Chicago (NL) CHN         4   1  .800 ----   157  
2020 St. Louis SLN            3   2  .600  1.0        
2020 Pittsburgh PIN           2   3  .400  2.0        
2020 Milwaukee MLN            2   3  .400  2.0        
2020 Cincinnati CIN           2   3  .400  2.0        
 
NL West                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Los Angeles(NL) LAN      4   1  .800 ----   157  
2020 San Diego SDN            4   2  .667   .5        
2020 Arizona ARN              4   2  .667   .5        
2020 Colorado CON             3   3  .500  1.5        
2020 San Francisco SFN        0   5  .000  4.0