Saturday, April 18 MLB Roundup

After an abysmal road trip, the only thing the San Francisco Giants can take pride in is that they are not the Washington Nationals.

No, at least they have three wins and the defending Cy Young, who surely could stop this horrific losing streak on a dime. That’s exactly what he did Saturday, but there was one major problem… nobody told the rest of the Giants the stopper came to work today. Lincecum pitched 8 innings of shutout ball with 13 stikeouts. Unfortunately for the Giants, the game lasts 9 innings. The second the ace stepped off the mound, the D’backs jumped all over the giants with a gigantic offensive explosion of 2 runs. The final 2-0.

Could the first three games in the gargantuan new Yankee Stadium have started any worse? The cheers that christened game one of “We want Swisher” made its second appearance in three games. After being embarrassed in game one by the Tribe, the Yanks did win game two, but game three makes that win a distant memory. The Indians put up 14 runs on the Yankees… in one inning! Most teams won’t even score 14 runs in a game all year, let alone in 1 inning! At least the Yanks had a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning though, they do have that going for themselves. Chien Ming Wang’s catastrophic comeback continued giving up 8 more earned runs in 1.1 innings. His ERA now skyrockets to 34.50! No that’s not a typo, that’s just what your earned run average would look like after giving up 23 runs in 6 innings… And if you’re a Yankee fan at least the 180-million-dollar hit a clutch A-rodian home run in the 6th, Indians win 22-4

In other action the Nationals lost of course, this time in extra innings to the Marlins, Johan Santana shutdown the brewcrew, with the help of J.J. Putz and K-Rod for the 1-0 win, and Manny Ramirez took Aaron Cook deep twice leading the Dodgers to their 7th consecutive victory. Also, in what would have been the stunner of the day, had the Yankees not let 22 runs be scored on their home field, the offensive juggernaut that is the Texas Rangers was shut out by Zach Greinke and the Royals. Greinke went the distance in this one and starts the season 3-0 with an ERA the opposite of Wang’s, 0. Finally, Brad Lidge gave up a three-run homer in the 9th to the San Diego “Super” Padres, losing his streak of 47 straight saves, the third most of all time.

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