Jarrod Parker nearly no-hit the Rangers last night, taking the no-no into the eighth inning before a Michael Young single broke it up. The A's went on to romp the Rangers 12-1, the third time they've allowed double digit runs in a game this week. Those three times have come against the Mariners (twice), and the A's, two of the worst offenses in baseball. Luckily for the Rangers, those same Mariners managed to beat the Angels, preventing them from picking up a game in the AL West.
Game of the Night: Giants 3, Cubs 2. The Cubs got a pair of runs in the second, but unbeknownst to them, that would be all they'd get. Brandon Crawford drove in a run in the bottom of the second with an RBI double, and another in the fifth on a fielder's choice. Joaquin Arias would give San Francisco the lead on a run-scoring double play in the seventh, and that would be it for the light-hitting Cubs offense.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Parker is the big story here, shutting out the Rangers over eight while allowing just one hit, three walks, and six strikeouts. Rockies rookie Christian Friedrich went seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out four in a 4-0 Rockies shutout.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Mike Moustakas went 3/4 with three runs, two RBI, a pair of doubles, and a homer in the Royals 10-7 loss to the Twins. In the A's 12-1 blowout win over the Rangers, Seth Smith went 4/5 with two runs, one RBI, a double, and a triple. Kendrys Morales went 2/5 with a pair of solo homers, while his teammate Mike Trout went 4/4 with two RBI, one run, and a double in the Angels 8-6 loss to the Mariners.
Spotlight Series: Writeup coming later today...
Other Games: I think I touched on most everything here. The Cardinals beat the Mets 5-4 to avoid a four game sweep. The Phillies fell to the Dodgers 4-3, with LA scoring a run off of Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.
Today's Games: Chris Young makes his season debut for the Mets against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals. James Shields takes on Andy Pettitte in the Bronx. Chad Billingsley taks on Cliff Lee in Philly. Orioles ace Jason Hammel will start against Jon Lester in Boston. Tim Hudson takes on Anibal Sanchez in a pivotal AL East matchup between the Braves and Marlins. The winless Ryan Dempster starts for the Cubs in Milwaukee against Yovani Gallardo. Tim Lincecum will start in San Diego.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.
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