Sunday, July 1, 2012

Marson's 4 hits pace Tribe

In Baltimore, Lou Marson rapped out 4 hits (2 singles, a double and a triple) and also reached base on a walk, knocked in a run and scored 3 times for the Indians, as they beat the Orioles, 11-5.  Marson lifted his average up to .284 and regular playing time has finally helped him find his rythym.

In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.307) had 3 walks and a double, drove in a run, stole 2 bases and scored twice as the Braves evened their series with Nationals with a 7-5 victory.  Michael has now stolen 22 bases, and is 3rd in the National League as he looks for his 3rd stolen base crown.  This is his free agent year and he is looking for his big payday after this contract expires.

In St. Pete, the Detroit Tigers exploded for 5 runs in final 2 innings to take a 6-2 victory over the Rays.  Quintin Berry (.306) had a walk and a hit for the Tigers.

Both Cole Hamels and Jay Happ pitched well enough to win on Saturday, but both lost their starts by identical 3-2 scores.  In Miami, Hamels (10-4, 3.07) threw 7 innings against the Marlins, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. Carlos Ruiz (.358)  had a single and a double and was stranded on base as the game ended.  In Chicago, Happ (6-8, 4.81) went 6 innings, allowing the Cubs 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.  Jay is pitching a little better the last couple of starts.

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