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MLB Recaps 4/19/16


*not all MLB games recapped*

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

Today the 6-8 Angles faced off against the 9-5 White Sox.

Mat Latos started for the White Sox, and Matt Shoemaker started for the Angels.

The Angles never really had the chance to get their offense going. Mat Latos threw a gem of a start, 6 and 1/3 innings of 2 hit no run ball.

Todd Frazier’s and Jose Abreu’s solo home runs were enough, and the White Sox added 3 in the bottom of the 8th with a Melky Cabrera 2 RBI triple and a Lawrie RBI single.

The White Sox won 5-0. Wednesday they face off again at 2:10 PM Eastern Time.


Houston Astros at the Texas Rangers

Today the 5-9 Astros faced off against the 8-6 Rangers in an AL west matchup.

Derek Holland started for the Rangers, and Scott Feldman started for the Astros.

The Rangers jumped on Feldman early, scoring 3 runs in the first inning, the runs coming off a Prince Fielder 2 run homer and an Ian Desmond RBI single.

The Astros came back the next innning to score 2 runs themselves, with back to back RBI doubles from Carlos Gomez and Marwin Gonzales.

After Texas scored 1 and 2 in the 6th and 7th, the Astros weren’t able to chip back a lead.

Even though he gave a run in the 9th, Shawn Tolleson earned his 4th save as the Rangers won 7-5.

Wednesday the Astros and Rangers play the 2nd game of their series 8:05 PM Eastern Time.


Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

Today the 7-5 Tigers faced the 9-4 Royals in an AL central showdown.

The Tigers started Shane Greene, and the Royals started Yordano Ventura.

The Royals came out hitting early against pitcher Shane Greene, scoring 8 runs in the first 5 innings, including a Salvador Perez home run.

But after the fifth, the Royals just could not do anything against the Tiger’s bull pen.

The Tigers scored 6 runs in the final 5 innings, which included a Miguel Cabrera RBI double and a Jared Saltalamacchia 3 run homer, but it wasn’t enough to catch up the Royal’s 8 runs.

Wade Davis earned his 6th save for the Royals, and the Tigers lost 8-6.

The Tigers and Royals play the 2nd game of their series tomorrow at 7 PM Eastern Time.


Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

The 10-3 Nationals played the 4-8 Marlins in Miami, an NL East match up.

Adam Conley started for the Marlins, and Stephen Strasburg started for the Nationals.

No runs were scored at all until the 7th inning, in which the Nationals exploded for 7.

Bryce Haper’s grand slam and Jason Werth’s, Wilson Ramos’s, and Ryan Zimmerman’s homers led the 7 run surge.

Stephen Strasburg pitched very well; 8 innings with 10 strikeouts while only allowing 3 hits.

The Nationals ended up winning in a blowout 7-0.

Wednesday the Nationals and Marlins play game 3 of their series starting at 7:10 PM Eastern Time.


Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds

The 8-6 Rockies faced the 7-7 Reds in Cincinnati today.

Robert Stephenson started for the Reds and Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies.

In the second inning the Rockies scored 1 from Ben Paulsen RBI single, but the Reds scored a scorching 4, where Jay Bruce and Tyler Holt both stole a base, and Hamilton stole 2nd and 3rd.

Those 4 runs in the 2nd were enough to hold off the Rockies until the 9th inning, where Mark Reynolds hit a 2 run home run to bring the game within one.

Tony Cingrani was able to finish the inning out, and the Reds won 4-3.

The next and final game of the Rockies, Reds series ends Wednesday at 12:35 PM Eastern Time.


Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves.

The 8-6 Dodgers faced off against the 4-9 Atlanta Braves today.

Williams Perez started for the Braves and Alex Wood started for the Dodgers.

This game was all Braves, who seemed to score a couple runs every other inning.

Corey Seager produced the only run of the game for the Dodgers, with a ground out RBI in the 7th.

William Perez and Ryan Weber combined for 7 innings with only 1 earned run, leading the Braves to a 8-1 spanking of the Dodgers.

Game 2 of this series will be played Wednesday 7:10 PM Eastern Time.


Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

The 6-7 Rays faced division rival 6-7 Red Sox today.

Joe Kelly started for the Red Sox and Drew Smyly started for Tampa Bay.

Joe Kelly left the game 4 batters in with an appareant shoulder injury.

Drew Smyly had a fantastic start; 8 innings, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 11.

It wasn’t until the top of the 10th were the Rays put the first runs on the scoreboard, with a Kevin Kiermaier home run and a Dan Jennings 2 RBI ground rule double.

Alex Colome came into the game and shut down the meat of the Red Sox lineup, ending the game 3-0.

Game 2 of this series will be played Wednesday at 7:10 PM Eastern Time.


New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

The 7-6 Mets played their divison rival the 6-9 Phillies today.

Vince Velasquez started for the Phillies and Logan Verret started for the Mets.

This game was all Mets, starting with a Michael Condorto two run homer in the first, then a 3 run Yoenis Cespedes home run in the 3rd.

The Phillies could not touch Jason Verret, as he pitched a scoreless 6 innings with 6 strikeouts.

The Phillies only run was Ryan Howard RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.

The Mets smothered the Phillies 11-1, all of their runs coming from their 7 home runs. (

The final and next game in the series will be played Wednesday at 7:05 PM Eastern Time.


Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees.

The 7-7 Athletics faced off against the 5-7 Yankees today.

Michael Pineda started for the Yankees and Erick Surkamp started for the Athletics.

This game was close all the way through due to the pitching performances of each team.

Surkamp pitched 5.2 innings while allowing only 2 earned runs, and his bullpen didn’t allow a run.

Pineda pitched 6.0 innings giving up 2 earned runs as well; He also struck out 7.

The game was tied going into extra innings, and Oakland was able to squeeze out a win.

Mark Canha’s go ahead RBI single allowed Ryan Madson to come in and close the game for the A’s.

The Athletics won 3-2. Jed Lowrie had 4 hits for the A’s, leading the team.

Game 2 of the Athletics, Yankees series is Wednesday at 7:05 PM Eastern Time.


Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

The 11-3 Cubs played arch rival 7-7 Cardinals in St. Louis today.

Jamie Garcia started for St. Louis, and Jason Hammel started for the Cubs.

Jason Hammel had an excellent outing; 6.0 innings while striking out 6. His only run allowed was a RBI triple to Yadier Molina in the 2nd inning.

Hammell drove in both runs in the 4th, driving in his team’s only two runs.

Hector Rondon recorded a rocky but still successful 3rd save as the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 2-1.

The game 3 finale between the Cubs and Cardinals will be played Wednesday at 1:45 Pm Eastern Time.