9 to Know – Quick hits
- Yankee Freddy Garcia tied the American League record with five wild pitches in 4.2 innings against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yanks won 5-4 in 12 innings as Mariano Rivera earned his first save of the season.
- Andre Ethier celebrated his 30th birthday with a home run as the Dodgers celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium with a 2-1 win over the Pirates.
- The great Vince Scully missed calling the opener for just the second time in 63 years. The 84-year old virtuoso has a severe cold. The only other time Scully missed a Dodgers home opener was in 1977, when he was calling the first round of the Masters golf tournament for network television. And I’m sure he did a far better job than the bland Jim Nantz. Get well soon, Vinny!
- Yeah, things were going too good for the Mets.It turns out that David Wright‘s right pinkie was broken the night before and the doctors put it in a splint and cleared Wright to return to baseball activities as soon as he can tolerate it. In his absence, the Mets lost their first game of the season, 6-2, to the Nats.
- Braves fans were jonesing for a win and Chipper returned and delivered. Chipper Jones came off the DL and had a pair of hits including a homer as the Braves got their first win of the season, 6-4 over the Hapless Astros.
- The majors had their first postponement of the season as inclement weather prevented the White Sox from playing in Cleveland. Meanwhile, the Royals game in Oakland was stopped in the 8th because of rain. The Royals won, 3-0.
- The Card kept winning, topping the Reds, 3-1 as Kyle Lohse moved to 2-0. Carlos Beltran and David Freese each hit their NL leading third homers of the season. Miguel Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes also have three each to lead the AL.
- The Brewers beat the Cubs, 7-4. I’m just saying.
- Jayson Werth had four hits for the Nationals last night. It’s the ninth four-hit game of this young season: