Tha Sports Junkies 101

The Lead: Day Game Recaps

Today’s lead involves the Rockies, Reds, Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, and Angels.


Chad Bettis took the mound today for the Rockies and went up against Raisel Iglesias of the Reds.  Bettis went six innings, gave up three hits, three runs (two home runs), walked one, and struck out five.  Iglesias pitched six and two-thirds, giving up two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out eight.

Things got started in the bottom of the second inning when Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run.  Immediately after that, Adam Duvall went deep and the Reds took the 3-0 lead over the Rockies.

Things stayed quiet until Carlos Gonzalez drove in a run on a double.  The double by Gonzalez was the 1,000th hit of his career.  He also shortened the Reds lead to two runs.

With the Rockies down 3-1, Gerardo Parra came through with a single that drove in CarGo, making the Rockies within one.

Tucker Barnhart doubled a few innings later scoring Adam Duvall. With the Reds leading 4-2, Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled, scoring Barnhart and bringingthe lead back to three runs.

Colorado wasn’t done yet…

The Rockies tied the game on a sacrifice bunt by Parra, as well as a two run double by Ben Paulsen.

In the bottom of the ninth Tucker Barnhart came to the plate and singled.  Brandon Phillips scored, and the Reds took the game over the Rockies by a score of 6-5.

Ross Ohlendof took the win for the Reds, while Christian Bergman suffered the loss fore the Rockies today.

The Rockies fall to 8-7, while the Reds improve to 8-7.)


Chris Sale was spectacular for the White Sox once again today.  He pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, giving up one run, striking out three, and walking none. Chris earned the win for the White Sox today, he is the first pitcher to reach four wins this season. Garrett Richards took the hill for the Angels, pitching six and one-third innings of four-hit ball, giving up two runs, walking four, and striking out six.

Tyler Saladino of the White Sox got the scoring started by hitting a solo shot in the first inning.

Things were quiet until the fifth when Austin Jackson laid down a sac bunt. With a throwing error by Richards, Alex Avila was able to score, giving the South Siders the 2-0 lead.

The Angels got their run from Rafael Ortega, who singled to score Kole Calhoun in the eighth inning.

However, that was all the Angels could come up with and 2-1 was your final score today in Chicago.


Kyle Hendricks took the mound for the Cubs Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis and went up against Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals. Kyle pitched five and one-third innings, giving up seven of the nine Cardinal hits. He gave up all four runs, while walking two, and striking out five. Martinez, went seven innings, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out five.

The Cardinals sturck first on a home run by Matt Holliday, who hit a two-run home run, scoring Piscotty and giving the Cardinals the early 2-0 lead. A wild pitch by Kyle Hendricks brought in the the third run for the Cardinals in the bottom of the second inning. Later that inning, pitcher Carlos Martinez singled, giving the Redbirds the 4-0 lead.

The one positive thing from the Cubs side was a monster home run by Anthony Rizzo, who shrunk the lead by three.

And then in the seventh…

A three hour and twenty-one minute rain delay. (every writer’s nightmare)

After the rain delay, Anthony Rizzo singled, scoring Fowler, and bringing the Cubs within two. Kris Bryant also came through in the eighth inning.  He grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Heyward.

The Cardinals also had one more in them.

Yadier Molina singled to give the Cardinals the 5-3 lead.

The Cardinals avoided the sweep, which they are really happy about, I imagine.