First thing I noticed this morning is that the Cleveland Indians have placed Lou Marson on the 15-day DL, with a cervical neck strain resulting from that jarring collision over the weekend. So Lou was unavailable to catch Carlos Carrasco's season debut and first major league start since August 3, 2011. Carlos had a typical outing for someone who had his surgery. His arm strength was there, in fact a young man Carlos' age sometimes throws a few MPH harder, but the command takes a little longer, and the Yankees were ready and pounced on him for 7 runs on 7 hits, and 2 walks in just 3.2 innings. When Carlos plunked Kevin Youkalis right after Robinson Cano homered, he was ejected. I did not think it was intentional. The Yanks got 7 more runs off Brett Myers, who took one for his team and saved their bullpen, and went on to a 14-1 win. On the whole, Carlos' debut had some good things to build on, and with a few more starts and a chance to get in a rythym, he could be his old self by the time the weather warms up in Cleveland!
In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the year, and the Phillies beat New York, 8-3. Domonic Brown chipped in with a single and scored a run as Philadelphia evened their series at a game each. Kyle Kendrick (0-1) will get the ball tonight.
Feel good story of the day comes out of Daytona, where Nick Hernandez got the ball for the Clearwater Threshers, and battled his way through 5 innings to get the win in a 5-4 Thresher's victory. Nick has not pitched since 2010, missing the last 2 year with various injuries. He was 3-1, 1.61 in 8 starts for Lakewood in the spring of '10. Those were his last win until yesterday. Welcome Back, Nick!! Cameron Perkins (.333, single, double, triple, RBI, run) and Aaron Altherr (2 hits, walk, run) led the attack. Gabriel Arias (1 run, 2 hits, NO walks, 2Ks, hold) and Colton Murray (1 run, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 Ks, save) each threw 2 innings................In Allentown, the Pawtucket Red Sox beat the IronPigs 5-1, holding Lehigh Valley to just 4 hits. Cesar Hernandez (.462) had 2 of them, with Darin Ruf (.308) and Pete Orr getting the other 2. Tyler Cloyd fell to 0-2, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, 6 strike outs in 5 innings. Justin De Fratus and Joe Savery each threw 2 shut out innings of relief...............In Portland, Cameron Rupp (.381) had 3 hits and an RBI to lead the Fightin Phils to a 3-2 win over the Sea Dogs. David Buchanan threw 6 strong innings for the win, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, both runs coming in the 1st inning. Tyler Knigge also threw a scoreless inning (1 hit, 2 Ks) in for Reading.
In Round Rock, Lisalverto Bonilla pitched 3 good innings in relief, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3 and picking up the win in the Express' 4-2 win over the Iowa Cubs................In Salt Lake City, Tuffy Gosewisch had 2 hits, including his first home run of the year for Reno, and the Aces coasted to an 11-3 road win..................In Buffalo, in a 5-inning rain-shortened game, Syracuse defeated the Bisons, 8-2. Anthony Gose (.292) had an RBI triple and scored a run, accounting for both Buffalo runs...........In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.423) had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in 2 runs, but the River Cats fell to 1-5, losing to Tacoma, 9-5......In Corpus Christi, Domingo Santana (.286) ripped 3 doubles and also walked, scored a run and knocked inh 2 to pace the Hooks to a 6-0 win over Tulsa.........After an 0 for 20 start, Jonathan Villar got a single and scored a run for Oklahoma City, and the RedHawks took a 5-3 road win in Nashville.
In Indianapolis, Quintin Berry was 0 for 3, but walked and stole his 2nd base of the year for Toledo in their 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Indians.......In Fresno, Travis d'Arnaud was 0 for 4, and the 51s dropped a 4-1 decision to the Grizzlies.
Roman Candle explodes!
OK, so the BlueClaws lost again last night, 6-3 to Hagerstown, but the electricity that is generated from the speed of Roman Quinn (the Roman Candle) as he raced around the bases for an inside the park home run was absolutely thrilling.