National League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: NY Yankees 3, Chicago Cubs 0 (Game One)
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Masahiro Tanaka allowed only two bunt singles over eight strong innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka (2-0) struck out 10 and walked just one to win for the second time in three starts this season. The rookie right-hander from Japan lowered his ERA from 3.21 to 2.05 after posting a 24-0 record and 1.27 ERA in his native country last season. He had set down 15 in a row before Anthony Rizzo's bunt single against the infield shift to begin the seventh inning ended that streak. Tanaka responded by retiring the final six batters he faced -- striking out three of them -- before being lifted for reliever Shawn Kelley to start the ninth. Carlos Beltran homered and Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Yankees, who have won three straight. Dean Anna, starting at shortstop for a resting Derek Jeter, drove in the other run for New York, which has won four of five overall and improved to 5-3 on its current nine-game homestand that ends with tonight's nightcap. Rizzo finished with two hits and Junior Lake had the other bunt single for the Cubs, who have lost three in a row. Jason Hammel (2-1) suffered the tough-luck loss, surrendering three runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked three in dropping his first decision of the season.
Final Score: Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 0
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Johnny Cueto continued his great start with a three-hit shutout and finally received some run support to pick up his first win of the season, as the Cincinnati Reds earned a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Cueto had surrendered just five runs and 13 hits over 21 innings in his first three outings this season, but the Reds had scored just one run while he was on the mound. They quickly got one in the first without a hit and Joey Votto clubbed a two-run homer in the seventh to provide some cushion, as the Reds took two of three from their NL Central rivals in a period of less than 24 hours. Monday's series opener was suspended by rain in the seventh inning and the Pirates completed an 8-7 win late Tuesday afternoon before Cincinnati earned a 7-5 triumph in Tuesday's regularly scheduled game. The Reds won a series for the first time this season. Cueto (1-2) was brilliant on Wednesday, limiting the Pirates to a pair of infield singles and a double. He did not issue a walk while setting a career best with 12 strikeouts, throwing 71 of his 107 pitches for strikes. Francisco Liriano (0-3) was the hard-luck loser and remained winless in four starts this season. He yielded three runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 1
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Lucroy drove in two runs to push the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, to avoid being swept in the three-game set. Aramis Ramirez had three hits and drove in a run, while Carlos Gomez and Lyle Overbay each had an RBI for the Brewers, who snapped a two-game skid. Wily Peralta (2-0) surrendered only one run on six hits with three strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings. Allen Craig's solo home run accounted for the St. Louis' lone run. Yadier Molina and Jon Jay had two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who entered the game with four straight wins. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (1-1) exited the game in the fifth inning with a leg injury. He laid down a bunt and grabbed his hamstring after getting thrown out at first base to end the frame. He immediately called the team's trainer and limped off the field. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts in four innings before exiting the game. Seth Maness took the mound in relief of the injured starter.
Final Score: New York 5, Arizona 2
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Dillon Gee tossed seven scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season and Anthony Recker homered, as the New York Mets downed Arizona, 5-2, to sweep the three-game set. Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Kirk Nieuwenhuis each drove in a run for the Mets, winners in five of their last seven and owners of their first road sweep of Arizona since a four-game triumph from June 8-11, 2006. Gee (1-0) was yanked after only 72 pitches, having allowed only three hits while striking out three. He also added an RBI groundout. Paul Goldschmidt doubled and homered, while Aaron Hill added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks, who finished their homestand 0-6. Brandon McCarthy (0-3) was tagged for seven hits and three runs over his 5 2/3-inning outing.
04/16 19:12:39 ET