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4/25 MLB News and Notes

Today was a big day for strike outs! A lot of good pitchers and some good hitters had a ton of strikeouts today. There was also another historic homer and a bunch of multi-hit games from players in a Rockies uniform.

-The Texas Rangers struck out 19 times, albeit in 11 innings. The Rangers 6-8 hitters looked like this: Hank Blalock went 0-4 with 4 K, Nelson Cruz was 0-4 with 3 K, and Brad Wilkerson went 0-5 with 4 K. In the same game Kenny Lofton stole 2 bases giving him 8 for the season and Ian Kinsler hit his 8th homer of the season.

-The Braves-Marlins game turned out to be a fine pitchers duel. Scott Olsen went 8 innings while giving up 3 runs (all solo shots in the 1st and 2nd) and striking out 10 while walking only 1. Tim Hudson was on the other side putting up 8 innings allowing 3 runs and walking none while striking out 12! Neither pitcher got the win. Chipper Jones hit his 7th homer of the season and Kelly Johnson lead the game off with a homer for his 5th. Johnson has raised his average from .150 to .306 in his last 8 games (14-28).

-Chad Durbin proved he could pitch tonight going 8 innings allowing 3 hits and zero runs and striking out 9 while walking zero. Marcus Thames got the start at 1B against the lefty and went 0-3 with 3 K.

-Notable hits: Barry Bonds belted homer #741. He now has 7 homers and 15 RBI with a .346 AVG on the season. Chase Utley went 5-5 with 2 doubles, giving him 13, and 3 RBI. Jimmy Rollins hit his 8th homer, retaining the NL lead in homers.Josh Hamilton hit his 6th homer of the season. David DeJesus keeps on raking. He went 3-4 raising his AVG to .337 and hit his 4th homer. He’s finally becoming a better fantasy option than Mark Kotsay. Craig Biggio went 3-5 and he is now only 49 hits away from 3,000.

-The Mariners took advantage of an A’s team that didn’t have Nick Swisher, Milton Bradley, or Mark Kotsay in the lineup. The Mariners won 2-0 in a great pitchers duel. Jarrod Washburn got the shutout allowing 3 hits and 2 BB while striking out 2 in 9 innings. Joe Blanton also went the distance allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 BB while striking out 6. Both runs were solo shots by Jose Guillen (2) and Kenji Johjima (1). Raul Ibanez was 0-4 with 3 K.

-More Notable hits: The Rockies hit outside of Coors. Willy Taveras went 5-6, Todd Helton went 4-5 with 3 RBI, Matt Holliday went 2-4 with 3 RBI, and John Mabry homered and drove in 4 runs. The Rox had 7 guys with atleast 2 hits. Jose Reyes went 4-5 in the loss and Shawn Green continued to hit driving in 3 runs and raising his AVG to .351. Derek Lee and Cliff Floyd each went 4-5. The Cubs finally hit and scored 9 runs on 16 hits, all without Alfonso Soriano.

-Notable misses: Wily Mo Pena got the start in CF and supplied an 0-4 game with 3 K, dropping his average to .120. Mike Pelfrey got pounded and looked awful on the mound. He gave up 6 runs on 8 hits and one walk in 3 innings, ouch! This is so awful it’s hard for me to write, Morgan Ensberg went 0-7 and left 10 men on base! That’s right, 10 men! The Astros lost in 16 innings. B.J. Upton made his 6th error of the season. John Patterson dropped to 0-4 on the season and raised his ERA to 7.71. He allowed 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 BB in 5.1 innings. His velocity is down and he has only 11 SO against 17 BB in 23.1 IP.

-The Diamondbacks couldn’t hit Jake Peavy. Peavy struck out 16 in 7 innings on only 2 hits and 3 walks and no runs. Chris Young was 0-4 with 3 K, Carlos Quentin was 0-3 with 3 K, and the team had 18 K in 9 innings. The D-Backs still won the game when Stephen Drew delivered big off of Trevor Hoffman in the 9th for the win, it was his first homer of the season.

-Some news from the minors: Brewers 20 year old righty Will Inman is dominating High-A ball with a 1.19 ERA in 22.2 IP with 29/5 BB/K rate. Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is hitting .415/.493/.717 with 4 homers and 20 RBI in 16 games in AAA. Billy Butler, the guy who will eventually replace Mike Sweeney in KC, is tearing AAA pitching up to the tune of .342/.437/.644 with 6 homers, 21 RBI and a 12/10 BB/K rate in 20 games. Did I mention he turned 21 a week ago? Braves catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is showing a ton of promise. He is .377/.472/.754 with 6 homers in 61 at-bats in AA. Last year, in the same league, he hit .230 with 9 homers in 313 at-bats. How much longer will the Brewers go with the Counsell/Graffanino platoon at 3B? Ryan Braun is raking in AAA. He has 7 homers and is hitting .338/.423/.765 and a 10/7 BB/K rate. Once he gets his defense going…

-I told you there were a lot of strike outs…

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