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MLB Recaps 04/18/16


GAME OF THE NIGHT – Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Jason Heyward, a former Cardinal, returned to St. Louis for the first time Monday. As everyone had expected, he got a not-so-welcome back, as he was booed on his way up to the plate and just about everything else he did.

John Lackey, another former Cardinal, went up against Mike Leake. Lackey improves to 3-0 after giving up four hits and one walk in seven innings over the Cardinals.

Leake on the other gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings of work. Leake takes the loss and now sits at 0-2 on the young 2016 season.

The Cubs got their runs with an error, base hits, and a home run. The Cubs got their first run in the top of the 6th inning when Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to center field. The home run he hit was his third of the year.

Kris Bryant scored on a throwing error by shortstop Aledmys Diaz off the bat of Jorge Soler. Addison Russell then sacrifice flied to center to send in Montero.

The pitcher also came through to drive in the games fourth run, Lackey drove in Matt Szczur. The fifth and final run came off the bat of Kris Bryant, allowing Ben Zobrist to score.

The Cubs and Cardinals will go at it again Tuesday night at 7PM (central time) and Wednesday afternoon at 12:45PM (central time).

(by Connor Jennings)

Rest of Tonight’s Games


Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

Carlos Rodon and Hector Santiago were the starters for today’s Angels and White Sox game.

The game was all but over in the first inning.

Carlos Rodon 23-year-old southpaw was rocked for 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.  Calhoun, Simmons, Soto and Giavotella all had RBI’s. Jake Pietricka came in relief for Rodon that very inning.

From then one Hector Santiago threw a 7 inning shutout, giving up only 2 hits, while also striking out 10.

The game ended as a 7-0, with the Angels shutting down the White Sox.

The White Sox have simmered down to an 8-5  record. The Angels are now 6-7.


Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox

Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox and J.A. Happ started for the Blue Jays today.

Josh Ruteledge of the Red Sox caused the only damage for most of the game in the 2nd inning. He drove in Hanley Ramirez with an RBI double.

But in the 8th inning, Red Sox middle reliever Koji Uehera in relief gave up 4 runs, including RBI’s to Michael Saunders, Troy Tulowitzki, and Russell Martin.

The Red Sox tried to rally back against Blue Jay’s closer Drew Storen with a Dustin Pedroia single, a Travis Shaw RBI double and a Hanley Ramirez RBI double, but the two runs did not matter, the game ended 4-3, Blue Jays.

Storen earned the save and Happ the win for the Jays, while Koji Uehera earned the loss for the Sox.

The Blue Jays are now 7-7, and the Red Sox are 6-6.


New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets, and Jared Eickhoff started for the Phillies today.

In the first inning, David Wright hit a solo home run off of Eickhoff, which was soon answered by Freddy Galvis’s RBI single in the 3rd.

But in the later innings, the Mets slowly chipped at the 1-1 tie, with 1 run in the 6th and 9th, and 2 runs in the 8th.

Noah Syndergaard was his usual dominant self, allowing only 1 earned run over 7 innings of work, along with striking out 8 batters.

The Phillies last effort wasn’t enough, only scoring one run off of Mets closer Jeurys Familia.

The Phillies are now 6-8, whereas the Mets are 6-6.


Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds

Dan Straily started for the Reds and Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies today.

This contest was low scoring; Christian Adames had an RBI groundout in the 2nd for the Rockies, and Zack Cozart scored on an error in the 6th inning for the Reds.

In the 8th inning, the Rockies surged forward with a solo home run from upstart rookie Trevor Story and a 3 run homer from Ben Paulsen.

In the bottom of the 9th, Boone Logan came in and shut down the Reds 1,2,3, earning him the save, and a Rockies 5-1 win.

Jordan Lyles earned the win (1-1), and Reds reliever Ross Ohlendorf took the loss.

The Reds are now 6-7, and the Rockies are 8-5.


Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

Jose Fernandez and Tanner Roark started for the Nationals and Marlins respectively.

Miami scored early with 3 runs off Roark in the 1st, with an RBI single from Christian Yelich, and a 2 RBI single from Marcell Ozuna.

Jose Fernandez allowed only 1 earned run over 6 innings with 9 strikeouts.

The Marlins scored 3 more unanswered runs, flapping their gills to an easy victory, 6-1.

The Nationals dropped to 9-3, and the Marlins added win number 4 to go along with their 7 losses.