Hoppin’ Round the League: May 16

Everyday, I will be recapping the previous day’s slate of MLB games. This is the first installment in that series.

Phillies 4 – Orioles 1

Nick Pivetta had a career high 11 Ks in this win for the Phillies. He let up the only run on an Adam Jones homer in the first, one of two Baltimore hits, but then he settled down and only walked one going seven strong. Pivetta was a guy who had a great Spring but hasn’t quite carried it over so I’m sure Philly fans will love to see this even though it was against a weak Baltimore team. Andrew Casher got the start for Baltimore and struck out six in 5 2/3. Cesar Hernandez had a nice game with a triple and a solo home run. Maikel Franco and Rhys Hoskins also both drove in a run continuing their hot start.

Pirates 3 – White Sox 2

The Pirates looked to stay hot in this one as they down early on a Leury Garcia homer before Sean Rodriguez drove in two to take the lead. Yolmer Sanchez, who is quietly having a great year, homered on a rope to right field to tie it up before Josh Bell ended up driving in the winning run. The Pirates swept the Sox and held onto first in the NL Central. Neither started got a decision in this one as Santana take the win, Soria with the loss, and Felipe Vasquez picking up the save, his eighth on the year.

Indians 6 – Tigers 0

Trevor Bauer was dealing in this one striking out ten in eight shutout innings. The Indians got there run support off a Brantley homer and spread out production with an RBI from Jose Ramirez, Erik Gonzalez, Lindor, Roberto Perez, and Kipnis. Notably for the Tigers, Artie Lewicki came on in only his second appearance of the year and threw four scoreless innings letting up only three hits, a walk, and striking out four.

Cardinals 7 – Twins 5

Miles Mikolas looked to continue his so-far stellar season for the Cardinals however did not pitch great in this one, only going 4 2/3 and letting up two runs on seven hits and two walks. However, the Cards teed off on former teammate Lance Lynn with the helps of four walks from Lynn. They got 2 RBIs from Dexter as well as a Tommy Pham insurance bomb in the 8th to help propel them to victory. For the Twins, Logan Morrison hit a two-run bomb and Max Kepler and Joe Mauer drove in their other runs.

Blue Jays 12 – Mets 1

The Mets continue to fall back into mediocrity with an ass-kicking at the hands of the Jays. Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernadez, and Richard Urena hit 1, 2, and 3-run bombs respectively along with Smoak driving in two more and Donaldson driving in a pair as well. Zach Wheeler takes the loss, and J.A. Happ takes the win as he was outstanding throwing seven scoreless innings only letting up two hits with ten Ks and no walks.

Rays 5 – Royals 3

The Rays were lifted by a two-run single from Adeiny Hechavarria and a CJ Cron solo homer. Jake Faria started for the Rays getting a ND, and Jason Hammel picks up his fifth loss on the year. Mike Moustakas drove in his 30th run and continues to have a good year coming off a long offseason of waiting for a contract. Matt Andriese came in relief for the Rays and threw 3 scorelesss picking up the win, with Alex Colome notching the save, his ninth on the year.

Brewers 8 – DBacks 2

Travis Shaw got it going for the Brewers putting a two-run shot off the right field pole in the first inning before Domingo Santana followed it up with another homer the next at bat. Christian Yelich then followed them up in the top of the second with a two-run shot before Tyler Saladino hit a solo shot in the fourth. Daniel Descalso went deep for the DBacks for their only runs, and other than that Brandon Woodruff was pretty good striking out 6 in five innings for his second win of the year.

Rangers 5 – Mariners 1

This was really a pitching duel for most of the game with Bartolo Colon going 7 2/3 scoreless for the Rangers and Christian Bergman throwing seven scoreless for the Ms. A great Bartolo moment came in the bottom of the fourth when Bartolo took a rocket off the stomach before picking it up and tossing it to first for the out. After taking a 1-0 lead in the eighth, the Rangers got some luck first scoring two on a dropped third strike which went to the backstop and then getting another on a slow roller and a lazy play by M’s replacement second baseman Andrew Romine. Kyle Seager drove in Seattle’s only run, his 28th on the year.

Reds 6 – Giants 3

The Reds jumped out to a hot start with a Joey Votto RBI single before Adam Duvall hit a three-run shot to put them up 4-0 in the top of the first. The Giants got two in the bottom half and a Brandon Belt solo shot a few frames later, but there was perhaps no bigger play then this catch with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Scooter then followed that up with a solo shot in the top of the seventh and the Reds take the game.

Marlins 6 – Dodgers 5

The Dodgers continue their rough start to the season with a tough loss to the Marlins. The two teams traded punches and were tied at 5-5 in the 6th when J.T. Realmuto went deep to put them up one and ended up being the winning run. Yasmani Grandal also went deep for the Doyers and Starlin Castro had a day going 4-5 with a double and an RBI.

Red Sox 6 – Athletics 4

Chris Sale took the bump and finally got some run support with three runs in the first partially thanks to a JD Martinez two-run bomb, his seventh in May. Sale was dealing too, and did not let up much outside of a two-run Marcus Semien shot over the monster which was then followed by a Mookie three-run shot that cleared the monster. Stephen Piscotty kept playing well following the passing of his mother with a spectacular catch in the right field foul seats, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Sox as they avoided getting swept by the A’s.

Braves 4 – Cubs 1

The Braves jumped out to an early lead on an RBI single by Freddie Freeman before Kris Bryant would drive one in to tie it up. Albert Almora had a hell of a catch in the top of the 2nd to rob Tyler Flowers of a homer. The game would remain tied at 1 until Carl Edwards came in the 8th and let up three runs on three hits on two walks to give the Braves a 4-1 victory. Brandon McCarthy had a nice start, striking out eight in six innnings.

Astros 2 – Angels 0

Justin Verlander continued his incredible season thus far with a complete game shutout of the Angels to go along with him notching his 2,500th career strikeout. He fanned seven and let up five hits and a walk and his way to his fifth victory of the year. Garrett Richards also pitched well, letting up two unearned and allowing only four hits and a walk in seven innings. This series should be a lot of fun this year, as the Astros are still the champs and the Angels have matched Trout with Ohtani to turn into a very real contender.




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