The Morning After- Game Recaps for May 4

Honestly, this is the definitive moment from the game. Hat tip to Dustin Parkes in the Score.Moving the Needle: Jacoby Ellsbury ties the sport in the ninth, +.417 WPA. If youre going to watch an archived game, or perhaps a condensed game, may I suggest that one. It were built with a bit of everything. Around the downside, it had rain. But there was more than enough upside. The Red Sox didnt pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, while neither team scored until the top half of that inning. The Angels took a 3-1 lead into the ninth and blew it, along with a crazy play considered heavily. And then there was some extra inning gold. I think I want another paragraph to describe it.A walk along with a hit by pitch were Ervin Santanas only blemishes through four innings. Unfortunately for him, the rains found Boston plus they had a lengthy delay, far too long to even consider putting him in. That left the task to Rich Thompson, who pitched two hitle s innings of his own. But with one out in the seventh, then facing Scott Downs Tyrone Crawford Jersey , Jed Lowrie acquired just one. Nothing came from it, but something did the following inning when Jason Varitek doubled off of Fernando Rodney. Oops. Adrian Gonzalez knocked him in, cutting charge to 1. The Angels added one out of the ninth, which they really, really ended up needing.Lowrie walks to open the ninth, and Mike Cameron singles him to second. Heres where reading the play-by-play might not fully explain everything. Jordan Walden delivered a help out the dirt, and Hank Conger couldnt keep it in front of him. The runners tried to advance, and Alberto Callapso couldnt handle the throw. It began him and towards Erik Aybar at short. Lowrie took off for home and would make it easily, however the same couldnt be said for Cameron. The Angels cut him down at third, leading to the biggest negative WPA swing of the game, -.221 (because even though a run scored they needed a different one and now didn't have runners up with only two outs remaining).Carl Crawford, who was at bat during this fiasco, wound up doubling after which scoring on Ellsburys single. In extras the Red Sox had the walk-off run in scoring position in both the 10th and also the 12th, but failed to bring him home. That opened the doorway for that Angels in the 13th, because they loaded the bases for Bobby Abreu, who singled past a diving Dustin Pedroia and set his team ahead by two.I dont do this a lot, but this was seriously well worth the effort.NotablesErvin Santana: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Of all the begins to get turn off by rain.Hank Conger: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB. On base 4 times and he neither scored nor drove in a run.Daniel Bard: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Some nice relief try to keep your game knotted at zero.Also within this i sue: Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4 | Twins 3, White Sox 2 | Braves 8, Brewers 3 | Braves 8, Brewers 0 | Tigers 4, Yankees 0 | Orioles 3, Royals 2 | Reds 3, Astros 2 | As 3, Indians 1 | Cubs 5, Dodgers 1 | Rangers 5, Mariners 2 | Giants 2, Mets 0 | Blue Jays 3, Rays 2 | Phillies 7, Nationals 4 | Marlins 8, Cardinals 7 | Pirates 7, Padres 4Twins 3, White Sox 2Moving the Needle: Juan Pierre flies to end the game, -.178 WPA. Poor JP. First he gets picked off after singling within the first, after which he flies by helping cover their a runner in scoring position to end the sport. The highest positive WPA swing of the game? When Matt Capps hit a batter, putting that runner into scoring position. The Twins biggest swing? A ground ball single that put them up 3-1 in the sixth. I didnt catch any of that one, however it seems like a ho hum game. Thoughts from those with the eyeballs onto it?NotablesAlex Rios: 3 for 4, 1 HR. Hes 6 for 19 with three homers in the last five games following a putrid start.Denard Span: 2 for 3, 1 BB. He scored two of the Twins three runs.Braves 8, Brewers 3Moving the Needle: Martin Prado comes through with a baes-loade single, +.143 WPA. Farmville didnt get really out of hand before the sixth, when the Braves loaded the bases with one out and then rallied for four runs. Before that they were stuck inside a 2-2 tie. Well, for some batters, at least. They'd the bases loaded and one out here, too, but were able to plate just two when Prado slapped Anthony Brown Jersey one past Rickie Weeks. Prado added two more singles in the game.NotablesTommy Hanson: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. It took him over 100 pitches to accomplish six, so his night was over. But the Braves bullpen had his back.Nate McLouth: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB. He seemed to be notable within the other half, so scroll down for his recent trend.Braves 8, Brewers 0Moving the Needle: Dan Uggla opens the path with an RBI single, +.096 WPA. The Brewers were down and out in the first 1 / 2 of this doubleheader, but they had their presumptive ace, Zack Greinke, going in the second one. But he showed his rust early on, leaving a few pitches over the plate. which resulted in five runs through four innings and a short night for Greinke. Uggla got things began with an RBI single in the first, however that was so far as the needle would move. The Braves constant a sault whittled away in the win expectancy slowly and gradually, until it was all the way as much as 95.2% within the fourth. Uggla himself went 3 for 4 with a double along with a walk, e sentially giving the center finger to Matt Klaa sen.NotablesTim Hudson: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 15 GB. When Huddys on there isn't any stopping him. I cant be the first person to point out that Id far, far, super duper rather have this start than Francisco Lirianos no-hitter, right?Nate McLouth: 2 for 2, 1 HR, 2 BB. Hes 19 for his last 56 with five doubles, two homers, and 12 walks.Tigers 4, Yankees 0Moving the Needle: Magglio Ordonez gets hotter having a homer, +.127 WPA. That one should have felt great for old Maggs. Not only since it was his first homer of the season, speculate it had been a fairly authoritative shot. The blastgave the Tigers a 4-0 lead, which, because the Yankees have caught White Sox disease, basically a sured victory. It had been his only hit from the game for Ordonez, however it was his third in the last two. Wed have to go to April 24th to find his three hits just before that.NotablesMax Scherzer: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. Im frankly surprised he threw in the towel even those four hits.Miguel Cabrera: 1 for several, 1 2B, 1 BB. The walk was intentional, and a long time coming for a guy who has pulverized the Yankees this year. His double also drove within the games second run or, so to speak, the very first unnece sary run.Reds 3, Astros 2Moving the Needle: Brandon Phillips singles home the tying run towards the bottom of the ninth, +.294 WPA. It sometimes takes just one swing to show a deficit right into a walk-off win. Within this one the Reds needed a couple. They arrived to the ninth down two, just a 9.4% po sibility of winning the game. A walk, wild pitch, single, single, single, and, finally, a dual, ended the sport and avoided a second straight lo s to Houston in your own home. Phillpss needle-moving single was the last one out of that list, before Jay Bruces game-ending double.NotablesAneury Rodriguez: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Pretty good for his first major league start. He'd eight relief appearances captured.J.R. Towles: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Now hitting .361/.465/.611 in 43 PA this year.Orioles 3, Royals 2Moving the Needle: Mike Aviles creates a po sible comeback within the eighth having a double, +.167. The 2-1 Orioles lead lasted in the second until the seventh, when they tacked on another. The Royals then mounted something of the comeback attempt in the eighth. Aviless one-out double put runners on second and third with one out, which setup Melky Cabrera they are driving one out of on the grounder. That cut the lead to 1 and gave the Royals life in the ninth. But with a runner on second and 2 outs, Kila Kaaihue flied out, ending the game.NotablesNick Markakis: 2 for five, 1 HR. He drove in 2 of the Orioles three runs.Jake Arrieta: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. What a stellar outing with a guy the Orioles have to step up. His only blemish was that solo homer toJeff Francoeur: 1 for several, 1 HR, 1 BB. He walked in the ninth and also took second tagging from first, which was the only real reason Kila hit having a runner in scoring position. Which was Frenchys eighth homer around the season. He has a .420 wOBA, that is just mind blowing.Cubs 5, Dodgers 1Moving the Needle: Geovany Soto opens the scoring in the fifth with a homer, +.162 WPA. This game went from back-and-forth zeros to an all-out a sault through the Cubs in the middle innings. It started with Sotos homer, a blast off a Ted Lilly meatball. The Cubs would then tack on four more in the sixth around the strength of two homers, putting the game out of reach.NotablesMarlon Byrd: 1 for several, 1 HR, 1 BB. His three-run blast put the seal on this victory.Carlos Zambrano: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR. A pleasant performance to be sure, but its not as although the Dodgers are lighting up scoreboards. He has only 10 K in his last 19 IP.Blue Jays 3, Rays 2Moving the Needle: Ben Zobrist grounds out with the tying operate on third in the ninth, -.188 WPA. Sorry, Zorilla, but Ryan Davis Jersey thats the way the WPA breaks in this game. The Rays had runners on first and third within the ninth but simply couldnt bring home that tying run. The Jays got their biggest boost from Adam Lind, who socked a first-inning, two-run homer that added 18.5% for their win expectancy. He went 4 for 4 hanging around, raising his triple slash to .316/.349/.513 and the wOBA to .370. Thats some fantastic news for the Jays, especially after his inept start.NotablesBrandon Morrow: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 8 GB. Its not so much the wildne s itself that dooms Morrow he gets some grounders and strikeouts to help mitigate those walked batters. However it often prevents him from going deeper into games.Evan Longoria: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 BB. Oh, hey dude, welcome back. (Yeah, I know he played .)Giants 2, Mets 0Moving the Needle: Pat Burrell breaks the scorele s tie in the sixth, +.162 WPA. A pleasant little pitching matchup yesterday, however the Giants clearly had the advantage. They finally broke through in the sixth when Burrell yanked just one between third and short, scoringMike Fontenot No. 3 hitter Mike Fontenot from second. Fontenot added an RBI single within the next inning.NotablesTim Lincecum: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K. He struck the final five batters he faced. Thats his third 10+ strikeout game this season.Aubrey Huff: 3 for 4, 1 2B. A pleasant performance amid an undesirable start for Huff.As 3, Indians 1Moving the Needle: David DeJesus hits his second homer from the game, +.139 WPA. It was a night when DeJesus fended from the Indians almost by his lonesome. He smacked a solo shot within the first inning to give his team a 1-0 lead, and then, following the Indians tied it in the third, he added a different one, which was all the As would need. Theyd add some insurance in the eighth just to make sure, but that was just a precaution. They had this one handled, that is something very few teams know when playing the Indians this season.NotablesJosh Tomlin: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. Really, those solo homers were the only blemishes. If his offense had helped him out this could have easily been a win.Trevor Cahill: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 16 GB. Can anything steer clear of the Cahill? Id want to see them try.Phillies 7, Nationals 4Moving the Needle: Raul Ibanez continues his breakout, homers within the fifth, +.148. That one was absolutely murdered. Ive seen Ibanez do something such as this personally, as he hit one of the ways up into the bleachers at Yankee Stadium. Its really a sight to behold Chris Jones Jersey . In this one it gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead within the fifth, which theyd build on later in the inning. They piled on even more in the sixth, putting this one unrealistic. Ibanez went 3 for 4 himself, continuing his resurgence following an earlier season slump.NotablesVance Worley: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. Also, he had an RBI single at the plate. My Phillies fan friends were swooning over this person yesterday.Danny Espinosa: 1 for 4, 1 HR, 1 HBP. His three-run shot came a little too late, however it was still being good for his third of the year. Hes slumped a little after a hot start. Maybe this proce s gets him started again.Rangers 5, Mariners 2Moving the Needle: Mitch Moreland homers to break the tie, +.172 WPA. Dear Michael Pineda: Dont do that. The rookie left one right within the heard about the plate, and Moreland sent it way to avoid it to right, giving the Rangers a 3-2 lead. Pineda did struggle sometimes in this one, but he still were able to last seven innings and strike out nine, therefore it wasnt all bad. However it was enough bad that the Mariners didnt cash of the chance.NotablesC.J. Wilson: 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 0 HR, 12 GB. How are you designed to compete against that? It was Wilson at his most dominant.Chris Davis: 1 for 4, 1 HR, 2 K. Yep. Some players just dont change.Marlins 8, Cardinals 7Moving the Needle: Mike Stanton crushes a homer to give the Marlins a lead in the ninth, +.424 WPA. Following this season someone must compile a montage of Stantons homers. And not simply the homers themselves, but the outfielders reactions for them. That one was big in distance, and large in importance. It broke a 6-6 tie in the top ninth, sending the Marlins to victory. The Cardinals did make it interesting, though, when Jon Jay went deep to chop the lead in the bottom half. But hey, Leo Nunez been with them under control all along, alright?NotablesAllen Craig: 1 for several, 1 2B, 1 BB. Doing his part to help the Cardinals replace David Freese.Hanley Ramirez: 1 for several, 2 BB. He scored all three time she was on base.Pirates 7, Padres 4Moving the Needle: Neil Walker drive in 2 with a bases-loaded single, +.120 WPA. The Pirates had a 1-0 lead heading into the third, and then got something going through loading the bases with just one out. Walker then lined one to center, allowing two runs to cro s. Two batters later, carrying out a walk that re-loaded the bases, Ryan Doumit homered, making this one a snoozer pretty early. The Pirates pitching staff had little trouble waiting on hold within this one.NotablesMatt Diaz: 2 for 5, 1 2B. Its not quite notable, by itself, but nothing really stood out relating to this game other than Doumits granny. Diaz on here since it was a quality showing amid a horrible start.Brad Hawpe: 2 for several, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB. Vintage Hawpe right there.Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4Moving the Needle: Chris Iannetta homers, +.209 WPA. Theres nothing much better than a homer that's both functional and great looking. Iannettas fourth-inning shot off Barry Enright was absolutely both. With the game tied at one, he switched on a Barry Enright pitch and sent it screaming with the Arizona air, lining it off the back of the bullpen within the left field corner. If it were any lower it could have, cartoon style, carried a would-be catcher along with it. It was a part of a Colorado middle-innings a sault that put them way ahead, and gave them enough cushion to outlive a ninth-inning rally through the DBacks.NotablesJhoulys Chacin: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 10 GB. Solo home runs will always be more forgivable. Its really hard not to like Chacin at this time. He has the combination ground ball + strikeout that may result in some kind of special stuff. Also, he's an awesome name.Todd Helton: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Hes off to a highly productive start, .313/.370/.506 in his first 92 PA.