Monday, June 25, 2012

Q hit first dinger

For the second week in a row, Sunday was "Q-day" for the Detroit Tigers.  After collecting 5 hits last Sunday in Detroit, Quintin Berry (.309) hit his first major league home run in his first at bat in Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon, spotting the Tigers to a 2-0 advantage.  Quintin then walked and scored the winning run in the top of the 8th inning, proving once again to be the catalyst in a 3-2 Detroit victory.  Just for good measure, he also stole a base, his 11th in 11 tries.

In Philadelphia, the Rays won a pair of games against the Phillies, 3-2 and 7-3.  In the day game Cole Hamels (3.03) was fantastic, tossing 7 shut out innings, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7, and leaving the game with a 1-0 lead.  It did not take Antonio Bastardo long to give it up.  Antonio (2-2, 3.75) retired only 1 hitter, before walking 2 and giving up a 3-run home run to Carlos Pena for the game winner.  Mike Schwimer did pitch a 1-2-3 9th inning, and Carlos Ruiz (.351) had a hit and a walk.

In the night game, it was recently recalled BJ Rosenberg who could not get it done.  Rosenberg got only 2 outs, but struggled with his control and walked 4 batters, 2 of which scored.  Jacob Diekman came on with the bases loaded, and after allowing a runner to score by walking the first hitter he faced, Diekman then retired 4 in a row, but it was too late for Philadelphia.

In Houston, Jay Happ (6-7) was very good for the Astros, going 7 strong innings and giving up just 1 run on  4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5 to win his 2nd straight start in a 7-1 Astros victory over the Indians.  Happ was totally in charge the entire way.  Lou Marson (.231) was 0 for 3 for the Tribe.  The victory for Happ was #34 for HomeSiders in the majors this year.

In Boston, the Red Sox beat the Braves, 9-4, Michael Bourn (.311) was 1 for 5 for Atlanta.

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