Stealing Signals: Changing His Evil Ways

Angels 4, Royals 0 – I don’t think you could have gone up to an Angels fan and told them that Ervin Santana would have rebounded quite in this fashion after being just awful in road starts in 2007.  Santana pitched a complete game shutout against Kansas City, and he actually needed to be that good: the Halos didn’t score until Casey Kotchman drove in Erick Aybar, who had tripled to lead off the 9th. Garret Anderson and Brandon Wood then hit yard shots to pad the lead. Santana joins rotation mate Joe Saunders at 6-0.

Dodgers 5, Mets 1 – Cinco de Mayo was not kind to the sole starting pitcher on the day from Mexico: Oliver Perez started off poorly by giving up a lead-off homer to Rafael Furcal and it only got worse from there.  Blake DeWitt got his first career homer and Matt Kemp had a 2-run shot. Chad Billingsley got through 6+ in which he frequently worked out of situations with runners on base.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3 – Usually if you walk eight batters, you’re gonna get shellacked as a pitcher, but Daisuke Matsuzaka is 5-0 after doing so against the Tigers, which speaks to the futility that Detroit’s line-up is in right now. Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz all hit homers.

Phillies 11, Diamondbacks 4 – Max Scherzer’s eagerly awaited first start became a harsh lesson in not getting ahead: he got pounded for five runs in four innings before he got pulled, and the Phillies then took it out further on the bullpen as old man Jamie Moyer retired 10 in a row at one point for the win.

Blue Jays 1, White Sox 0 – Hooray, pitcher’s duel! Dustin MacGowan goes toe to toe with Javier Vazquez and wins on the strength of a sole Matt Stairs homer.

Cardinals 6, Rockies 5 – Always an interesting play to watch in highlights: on a grounder from Rick Ankiel, Albert Pujols is wheeling around second and scores on the play to provide the game winning run.

Athletics 2, Orioles 1 (F/10) – Emil Brown apparently hits .464 with runners in scoring position. He had two on in the bottom of the tenth and drove in a walk-off single after Huston Street blew a save in the ninth.

Photo: AP/Ed Zurga

One Response

  1. Jose Oquendo has given up trying to stop Albert at 3B. He knows it’s a futile gesture.

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