The Super Wrap
With rain here on the East Coast washing out a couple games on an already light day I've decided to combine the AL and NL Wraps into one Super Wrap. Consider this the Voltron of baseball recaps.
Quote of the Night
"I don't even feel that good. But I'm just getting enough outs."
-- Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo after winning his third game of the year to become the first Cincinnati pitcher since Pete Harnisch in 1998 to open a season with three straight wins.
The Washington Nationals decided not to let two rain delays stop them from winning their second game of the season. In his major league debut, Jordan Zimmermann gave the Nationals a legitimately good outing, giving up two runs and six hits over six innings to earn the win against Atlanta ace Derek Lowe before the smallest crowd ever at Nationals Park (12,473). Both teams scored twice in the fourth but the Nats were able to add one more in the sixth. Washington's new bullpen seemed improved Monday as Kip Wells, Joe Beimel, Garrett Mock and Joel Hanrahan combined to pitch three perfect innings of relief. Rain delayed the start of the game by over two hours and then paused the game in the seventh inning before play resumed and the game ended a little after midnight.
Though this is the Orioles' first series loss of the season, it feels like they've lost more, doesn't it? Baltimore got pasted in another series finale as Boston's Justin Masterson, appearing in the place of an injured Daisuke Matsuzaka, went 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits. Mark Hendrickson was on the mound for the Orioles and took the loss but only allowed three runs to the Red Sox in his five innings of work. Dustin Pedroia led the Red Sox by going 4 for 6 with three RBI and three runs.
Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees
Postponed due to rain.
San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies
Postponed due to rain.
Pittsburgh turned in their fourth shutout of the season (and third in four games) as starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings against Florida. The Marlins, sporting the best record in baseball, aided their own demise with three wild pitches, a balk and six walks while allowing the Pirates to steal three bases. For Ohlendorf, this was his first win since being traded to Pittsburgh from the Yankees last season and the first time he's gotten any runs to support him this season.
The Reds scored twice in the first and twice in the seventh as Bronson Arroyo improved to 3-0 on the season. The win moves Cincinnati above .500 at 7-5 despite the fact that they have trailed in 10 of their 12 games. Houston's struggling sluggers Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee showed up Monday night, hitting back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth inning.
Colorado continues its early season freefall as the Rockies drop their seventh game in their last eight outings to fall into a last place tie in the NL West with San Francisco. Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis gave up all six of the Diamondbacks' runs in five innings of work including a three-run homer to catcher Miguel Montero and a solo shot to third baseman Mark Reynolds. Jon Garland, on the other hand, kept Colorado off balance, striking out five and allowing only two runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the season.
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