Musgrove strikes out 13, but homers lift Brewers over Padres
The Padres scored quickly and then seemed to settle in for another series in which runs figure to be hard-earned. They managed two hits, their fewest since 2019, and lost 3-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night at Petco Park. Joe Musgrove struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just four hits in seven innings, but the first two were home runs — by former Padres infielder Luis Urias in the third inning and Billy McKinney in the fifth. Brandon Woodruff, the first of the three Brewers starters who entered this series with a combined ERA of 1.82, had allowed one run over 13 innings in...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
SF Giants pick up fourth shutout victory of April, Kevin Gausman beats Phillies with his splitter
The Giants are scoring the fewest runs per game of any major league team, but the starting rotation has been so dominant that the offensive struggles have hardly mattered. With six scoreless innings from right-hander Kevin Gausman, three more from a trio of relievers and a two-run homer from Brandon Belt, the Giants secured their second straight shutout win in a 2-0 victory in Philadelphia. After defeating the Marlins 1-0 on Sunday, Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler made his first visit back to Citizens Bank Park with the Giants and notched his 200th career win, bringing his managerial record to an...
The Mercury News
DeJong, Cardinals capitalize in rematch with Nationals' righty Ross, win in a landslide, 12-5
WASHINGTON — Monday night, they feast. The Cardinals’ on again, off again, shutout again offense roared in its rematch with Washington Nationals righthander Joe Ross. Five games after Ross riddled the Cardinals and set the stage for a run of frustrating games against righthanded pitchers, the Cardinals answered with 10 runs against him on the way to a 12-5 thumping at Nationals Park. Paul DeJong hit a grand slam to chase Ross in the fifth inning and give the Cardinals a 10-2 lead at the time. DeJong finished with two homers and five RBIs to go with three runs, and it was his production in the ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Paul Sullivan: Despite some early issues, here are 12 things we like about the start of the Cubs and White Sox seasons
CHICAGO — The start of the 2021 season has been a mixed bag for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. The Cubs came into the new year with low outside expectations, but somehow managed to make them even lower after the first 15 games. The Sox were touted as World Series contenders, but are still trying to get above the .500 mark. We’ve addressed the Cubs’ hitting woes and the Sox’s bullpen issues ad nauseam, but there have been plenty of good things to discuss as well. Here are 12 things we’re happy with so far. 1. Yermín Mercedes His 8-for-8 start was historic and the .717 slugging percentage throu...
Mets will look for more good fortune from their strong arms to create distance in first place
DENVER — The Mets (7-4) soared from Denver to Chicago on the back of their stellar rotation, with their latest brilliant start coming from Marcus Stroman’s eight innings on Sunday. Their next trio of arms have potential to help the first-place Mets further separate themselves from the rest of the NL East pack. Jacob deGrom, Stroman, Taijuan Walker and David Peterson have a combined ERA of 1.95. Throw in Joey’s Lucchesi’s single start, and the rotation ERA slightly rises to a still-solid 2.28. That early-season rotation dominance is without pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard, who are...
New York Daily News
Brian Cashman still has faith in Aaron Boone, Yankees roster
NEW YORK — After losing five straight and being swept by their division rivals, Yankees manager Aaron Boone hinted of changes to come. Those changes, however, will neither be a major shakeup of the roster nor include Boone or his coaching staff. Brian Cashman spoke with reporters on Monday to acknowledge that the Bombers have been awful to start the 2021 season, but expressed confidence in the roster he built, in his manager and staff and that he will not change course 15 games into a season. “I think we’re all in the same boat with performance, our record is just reflective of our organizatio...
New York Daily News
Kyle Hendricks gives up 4 first-inning home runs as the Chicago Cubs lose 13-4 to the Atlanta Braves in an abysmal ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ debut
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs made their 2021 “Sunday Night Baseball” debut against the Atlanta Braves, and the game was basically over before the opening cliche from ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez. One day after a 13-4 win over the Braves, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks served up four home runs in a six-run first inning on the way to a 13-4 loss before 10,343 on a comfortable, 60-degree night at Wrigley Field. The Braves took two out of three in the series, leaving the 6-9 Cubs in last place in the National League Central. Manager David Ross said before the game it’s not a distraction for the players ...
Starling Marte exits Marlins’ loss with injury. The details and options moving forward
MIAMI — He was their last hope on Sunday. Miami Marlins center fielder Starling Marte, who hit a go-ahead home run in Friday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants and who manager Don Mattingly has praised as one of their most consistent players, stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the Marlins down a run. Two pitches into the plate appearance, he reached toward his left oblique. Mattingly wasn’t going to take any chances. Marte, despite pleas otherwise, was coming out of the game. “The one thing we didn’t want to do,” Mattingly said after the 1-0 loss...
Michael Kopech allows 1 run in 3-plus innings in his first start since 2018 as the Chicago White Sox win 5-1 to sweep the Boston Red Sox in a doubleheader
BOSTON — The Chicago White Sox needed a starter for the second game of Sunday’s split doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. Michael Kopech was ready for the assignment. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in three-plus innings in his first start in 31 months, and the White Sox swept the doubleheader with a 5-1 victory in Game 2. Kopech retired the first nine batters he faced. He walked Enrique Hernández to begin the fourth, and Alex Verdugo followed with a single. Kopech exited, having thrown 41 pitches. It was Kopech’s first start sin...
Mariners finally see success against Astros, take weekend series
Even before COVID-19 protocols forced four starters — second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and catcher Martin Maldonado — and backup infielder Robel Garcia to the injured list just before the series, the 2021 version of the Houston Astros was seemingly diminished. Justin Verlander was hurt. George Springer left in free agency. And even the aging Josh Reddick, who just signed with the Diamondback, was a missed presence to the team. Wile players such as Alex De Goti, Chas McCormick, Ronnie Dawson and Taylor Jones who were largely unknown before...
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