National League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: NY Yankees 3, Chicago Cubs 0 (Game One)
Final Score: NY Yankees 2, Chicago Cubs 0 (Game Two)
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - This time, there was no controversy over Michael Pineda's latest impressive start. The New York Yankees hurler fired six scoreless innings to help the Bronx Bombers complete a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory in Wednesday's nightcap. Five days after drawing plenty of attention -- for both his performance and for an apparent foreign substance on his right hand that was caught by television cameras -- when tossing six innings of one-run ball to defeat the Boston Red Sox, Pineda (2-1) held a punchless Chicago offense to four hits and a walk. It was his third straight strong outing since returning to the majors following a two-year absence caused by shoulder problems. The shutout was the second of the day for the Yankees' staff, with Masahiro Tanaka yielding just two singles and fanning 10 over eight frames in New York's 3-0 triumph in the opener. The Yankees last blanked an opponent in both games of a doubleheader on Apr. 9, 1987, doing so against Kansas City.
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.
Final Score: Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Julio Teheran pitched his first career shutout to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Teheran (2-1) allowed just three hits with four strikeouts to lead the Braves to their fifth straight victory. Evan Gattis continued his hot play of late by going a career-high 4-for-4 with a solo home run. Gattis stroked two home runs in Monday's 9-6 win to open the series. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, and Jimmy Rollins accounted for Philadelphia's three hits while Cliff Lee (2-2) threw a career-high 128 pitches across nine frames. He surrendered one run on 11 hits with 13 strikeouts for the Phillies, who have dropped two straight.
Final Score: Washington 6, Miami 3
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Walters hit a solo homer during a three- run eighth inning as the Washington Nationals rallied past the Miami Marlins, 6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Ian Desmond added a two-run single in the eighth for the Nationals, who improved to 5-1 against Miami this season. Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer. Washington starter Tanner Roark allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings. Drew Storen (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the seventh to pick up the win. Derek Dietrich smacked a three-run homer for the Marlins, who failed to build off Tuesday's 11-2 victory. Jose Fernandez gave up three unearned runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. He entered Wednesday's game with an 11-0 career record in Miami. Mike Dunn (0-2) took the loss after giving up the homer to Walters.
Final Score: San Diego 4, Colorado 2
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Cashner followed up a one-hit performance with another solid start to help the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Cashner, who fanned 11 Detroit Tigers on Friday in a 6-0 win, struck out five and allowed two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday. Tommy Medica hit a solo homer, Chris Denorfia had two RBI and Alexi Amarista scored twice in the Padres' third win in their last four. The two teams wrap up the four-game set on Thursday. Justin Morneau went 3-for-3 and knocked in both Colorado runs, while starter Jorge De La Rosa went six innings and surrendered three runs -- two earned -- with four strikeouts and a walk.
Final Score: San Francisco 2, Los Angeles 1
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pablo Sandoval's RBI single in the seventh inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. The news for the Dodgers could have been worse. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game after he was hit on the outside of his left hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch leading off the seventh inning, but X-rays taken during the game came back negative. Buster Posey also had an RBI single for the Giants, who won the opener of the three-game series 3-2 on Tuesday on Hector Sanchez's RBI single in the 12th inning. The Giants are 4-1 in the season series. Dee Gordon drove in the Dodgers run with a triple off Vogelsong in the sixth inning that scored Los Angeles starter Paul Maholm. The Dodgers have dropped the first two games of the series after sweeping Arizona to start a six-game road trip.
04/17 01:49:28 ET