Friday, May 16, 2008

Around the Horn - 5/16

9-0. That's where Brandon Webb stands now after the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies yesterday, 8-5. Webb became the first pitcher since Andy Hawkins, yeah him, in 1985 to win their first 9 starts. Counting the end of last season, Webb has won 11 straight.

The Yankees are woeful coming into tonight's Subway Series, but the Mets aren't exactly firing on all cylinders. They dropped 3 of 4 to the last place Washington Nationals, including yesterday's 1-0 defeat. Mike Pelfrey had a no-hitter into the 7th inning before allowing the game's lone run. The Mets base running killed them in the 8th and 9th innings, including a game ending double play when Carlos Delgado lined to 1st and Carlos Beltran was easily caught off of 3rd. Billy Wagner then had a post-game tirade to the media and on his weekly spot with Michael Kay on ESPN radio. Not much different than Paul Lo Duca's blow up last season.

The Astros came back from a 6-0 hole to beat the Giants 8-7 on Lance Berkman's 15th home run in the 9th inning. The red hot Berkman, whose game winner went into McCovey Cove, is hitting .392 with 43 RBI.

The Pirates came back from 5-1 to beat the Cardinals 11-5. Jason Bay snapped a 5-5 tie in the 8th with a pinch-hit 3-run home run. Jason Isringhausen (1-5) blew his 6th save and was placed on the DL after the game, more for mental ailments than physical.

Cole Hamels tossed a 4-hit complete game shutout in the Phillies 5-0 blanking of the Braves. Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard, and Shane Victarino all went deep. The win moved the Phillies within a half-game of 1st place behind the idle Marlins.

Ryan Dempster struck out a career high 12 batters in 8+ innings in the Cubs 4-0 win over Greg Maddux and the Padres. Dempster also drove in the game's first run.

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless duel with the Brewers with a 6-run 6th inning, en route to a 7-2 win. Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, and Gary Bennett each homered in the inning off of Ben Sheets. Ryan Braun hit his 10th of the year for the Brew Crew.

Jim Thome singled in the game winner in the top of the 9th as the White Sox beat the Angels 4-3. The win gained the Sox a split of the 4-game series.

The Royals swept a 3-game series from the Tigers for the 2nd time this season. Gil Meche was his 3rd game and the Royals clobbered Kenny Rogers for an 8-4 win. Jose Guillen broke out of a season long slump with a home run and 3 RBI.

The Blue Jays recalled Joe Inglett from the minors just in time. Inglett singled in the game winner in the Blue Jays 3-2 win over the Twins in 11 innings. The win enabled the Jays to hop over the Yankees and out of the basement in the AL East standings.

Their scoreless streak came to end, but the Indians beat the A's 4-2 behind 7 stellar innings from Aaron Laffey. The one run allowed by Laffey was unearned, so the Indians starting rotation has still not allowed an earned run in 50.1 innings.

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