Top Performances From April 19th
Nelson Cruz leads the Mariners to a comeback win.
Nelson Cruz is on fire to start the 2015 season and on Sunday he showed just how important he is to a winning Seattle Mariners season.
In his first at bat in the bottom of the first inning, Cruz launched a 1-0 count over the left field fence for his seventh home run in the season. In the bottom of the third, he hit a three run home run, number eight on the season, to left field. Cruz was not done as he saved his best heroics for his last bat, when he drove a single to left field, to drive in his fifth run of the game and the winning run in a come from behind Seattle 11-10 victory over the Rangers. He finished the game 3 for 6, 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s.
Yoenis Cespedes helped lead the Tigers to a 9-1 victory with an offensive explosion. The Tigers left fielder hit a grand slam to left field to put Detroit up 4-0 in the bottom of the first. In the bottom of the third, Cespedes launched a two-run home run, his third homer of the season, to put the Tigers up 7-0. He finished the game 2 for 4, 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s.
New York Mets
Matt Harvey (3-0) won his third game of the season and helped lead the Mets to their eighth straight victory and 10th overall on the season. In the first inning, he got Dee Gordon to fly out to right field and then struck out the next two batters on 97 and 96 MPH fastballs. In the top of the third and Marlins up 1-0, he struck out Giancarlo Stanton with a 97 MPH Four-seam fastball to strand two runners on base. He would finish the game tossing six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
Adam Jones hit his fifth home run on the season in a 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. In the first inning, Jones hit a two-run shot over the left center field fence to put Baltimore up 2-0. In the top of the fifth he hit a line drive single to left field and hit a bases loaded clearing double in the top of the sixth to put the Orioles up for good. He finished 4 for 5, HR and 5 RBI’s.
Stephen Strasburg started the game in a zone as he retired the first 14 batters before giving up a single to Carlos Ruiz in the top of the fifth inning. Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning, and after striking out Grady Sizemore to start the inning, he gave up a double and a single to give up his first run of the game. He was replaced with one out in the inning. He tossed 7.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking two and striking out seven to earn his first victory in the season.
Scott Kazmir (2-0) had a solid outing but came up on the short end of the stick as the Kansas City Royals scored late to ruin any bid for Kasmir’s third win of the season. He kept the Royals off the board until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kansas City scored on a ground out. Kazmir would settle down and not allow another run. He finished tossing 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five, lowering his ERA to 1.33.
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (2-1) won his second game of the season by pitching a gem. He worked himself out of a jam in each of the first two innings, before giving up a run in the top of the third to the Reds. He settled down and retired the next 12 batters before giving up a single in the top of the seventh. He finished the game tossing eight innings and allowing one run on seven hits, walking two and striking out four, lowering his ERA to 1.71.