A list of tidbits and observations from April 5th, 2010.
Jason Heyward did about as much as he could do to live up to the hype in his first game. Heyward crushed a 3-run homer off Carlos Zambrano and added an RBI single to cement a 2 for 5 day with 4RBI.
Stephen Drew hit a deep fly ball to center that ricocheted off the wall and caromed into left field, leaving Tony Gwynn Jr. in the dust and Kyle Blank nowhere to be found. Drew was able to hustle around the basepaths for an inside-the-park homerun. Dan Haren pitched brilliantly in the game, allowing 1 earned over 7 innings with 4k’s.
Albert Pujols started off the year with a 2 homerun game, Colby Rasmus added a 2-run shot and Yadier Molina hit a grand slam in the Cardinals 11-6 victory over the Reds. Chris Carpenter was sharp with no walks, 5 hits and 2 runs allowed over 6 innings. Last season Carpenter gave up 7 home runs, but today he served up two.
Ubaldo Jiminez started off 2010 strong with a win over the Brewers. Jiminez pitched 6 strong innings giving up 1 run while walking 1 and striking out six. Ian Stewart helped provide the offense with 2RBI, including a 430 home run.
Garrett Jones joined Albert Pujols on the multiple home run wagon. Jones launched a Vicente Padilla pitch into the Allegheny river in the first and took him opposite field in the third. The Pirates got a strong start out of Zach Duke and went on to defeat the Dodgers 11-5.
David Wright is off to a good start to break his home run slump, taking Josh Johnson deep in the first inning. The Mets jumped on Johnson early as he surrendered 4 runs in 5 innings while walking 4 and striking out 3. Johan Santana pitched great in the 7-1 win, allowing 1 run through 6 and striking out 5.
Roy Halladay was brilliant in his national league debut. The perennial CY Young candidate threw 7 strong innings, walking 2 and striking out 9 while allowing only a single run. Placido Polanco was the source of a surprising bit of offense with a grand slam off of Jason Bergmann in the 7th.
The back to back CY Young champion was just as good, if not better, in Houston. Tim Lincecum threw 7 shutout innings with zero walks and struck out 7 Astros en route to the Giants 5-2 win.
Mark Buehrle took the hill for his 8t opening day start, a record for the White Sox. Buehrle pitched 7 scoreless innings with 3 k’s and 1 walk as the Sox blanked the Indians 6-0.
Shawn Marcum mastered his 85mph fastball and took a no-hitter into the 7th innings against the Rangers. Alas, it was not to be. Nelson Cruz tied the game in the 7th with a 3-run homer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a walkoff single in the 9th to give the Ranger the W.
Zack Greinke was again the victim of the Royals bullpen. Greinke was nearly flawless. 6 innings, 1 earned, 1 walk and 4 k’s. The ‘pen, however was the exact opposite. 2 earned from Roman Colon, who failed to record an out paved the way for 3 earned in one third of an inning by Robinson Tejada. Greinke can’t finish every game himself, but this will be a trend throughout the year.