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Stay For a Nightcap - Bad Decisions Edition

Pirates 4, Nationals 2

- Paul Maholm struck out a season-high eight over seven solid innings to pick up his first win of the year. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks.
- John Lannan took the loss on the other end, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings. It's gotta be a deep league to start him.
- Joel Hanrahan put a couple men on base, but struck out a pair for his sixth save.
- Brandon Wood made his Pittsburgh debut and hit a two-run double in the Pirates' four-run fourth.
- Ian Desmond has already made seven errors; last year he made 34. It's not like he has a good UZR to make up for that, so you have to wonder how long he sticks at short. Something for keeper leaguers to consider.

White Sox 2, Yankees 0

- In fantasy, some nights you feel like a genius, and other nights you feel like a moron. I sat Phil Humber in a weekly league even though he had two starts this week because one of them was at Yankee Stadium. Whups. Humber allowed one solitary hit over seven shutout innings against the Yanks to improve to 2-2. Once upon a time, the Mets took Humber third overall, so there is some pedigree here.
- Oh, I sat Sergio Santos in another league, and he picked up his first save of the year, going 1.1 and giving up two hits, but no runs. It helps that the White Sox actually won a game.
- A.J. Burnett was effective over eight innings, allowing just a single run on three hits and two walks, but he struck out just two. Interesting that his best start in terms of innings and runs is also his worst start in terms of strikeouts.
- Brent Lillibridge stole a base as a pinch-runner and scored the run, too. The guy only has 15 at-bats on the year, but he's got five hits, a homer, three steals and four runs. Economical.
- Curtis Granderson (2) and Eduardo Nunez (1) stole bags for the Yankees.
- Gordon Beckham went 0-for-3 and is now hitting .200 even.
- Jorge Posada went 0-for-3 and is now at .145... with six home runs.
- Adam Dunn broke his streak of 13 straight games with strikeouts, going 1-for-2 with a couple walks. He may just be rounding back into form after missing time due to an appendix operation.

Marlins 5, Dodgers 4

- Brian Sanches is this year's Tyler Clippard, appearing in the right place at the right time (and giving up the right amount of runs – none) to collect his third win of the season, all out of the bullpen. Sanches has always been a solid reliever, but this season he's gone nuts, allowing just one hit in 13.2 innings.
- Jamey Carroll's error helped Jonathan Broxton to his first blown save and first loss of the year, as he allowed two unearned runs. Two walks (one intentional) and two hits helped.
- John Garland (seven innings, four hits, two runs, 4:1 K:BB) pitched well for the Dodgers, as he was touched only by a pair of Chris Coghan home runs, doubling Coghlan's homer total for the year.
- Ricky Nolasco gave up seven hits over 6.1 innings, and a couple walks, too, but just three runs. Thank Ryan Webb for letting two inherited runners score.
- Hanley Ramirez didn't start, but he hit a pinch-hit single off Broxton in the ninth.
- Jerry Sands started in left field and batted fifth, and went 3-for-4 with his fourth double and his second steal of the year. He's only hitting .233, but he should be owned in every NL-only and keeper league.
- Carroll stole his third base.

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 4

- Blue Jays and Rangers in Texas? That means homers. Corey Patterson (2), Jose Bautista (8!), Juan Rivera (1), Nelson Cruz (6) and Yorvit Torrealba (3) all went yard.
- Colby Lewis served up six runs in five innings for his third loss, and those reports about loss of velocity sound pretty scary now, particularly after he gave up all three Toronto homers in the fifth inning. At least he'd gone four scoreless before that, if you want a silver lining.
- Kyle Drabek had the bare-minimum quality start, allowing three runs in six innings to improve to 2-0. He walked two and allowed five hits, but struck out just two.
- John Rauch gave up Cruz's homer, but held on for his fourth save.
- Not only does Bautista appear not to be a fluke, it's very possible that he's a borderline superstar. 1-for-2 withe the homer and two walks today, he's batting .364 with eight homers and a 21:15 BB:K, good for an OBP over .500 and a slugging percentage well in excess of .700.

Rockies 5, Cubs 3

- Matt Garza remained winless as a Cub, largely thanks to Starlin Castro's three errors and one of his own. He allowed just three hits and a walk, striking out seven, but was charged with five runs (one earned). He's given up five runs in three of his five starts this year, but he also has a sick 41:9 K:BB ratio over 30.2 innings. Owners impatient with Garza's zero wins and unpretty ERA and WHIP numbers should feel free to offer him to me.
- Esmil Rogers was sort of terrible today, allowing 12 baserunners (8 hits, four walks) in 5.1 innings, but only three runs. He struck out just three. Even in NL-only leagues, he's a bench guy.
- Darwin Barney hit his first career home run off Rogers.
- Huston Street has eight saves already.

Reds 9, Brewers 5

- Chris Narveson's train ground to a sudden halt today, as he imploded for seven runs on eight hits in just 2.1 innings. He's still a little better than useless just because he's a lefty with a good K rate.
- Bronson Arroyo (3-2) won on the other end, going 6.1 and allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits. He helped his own cause with an RBI single, too.
- Ryan Braun had two hits, including his eighth home run, stole his third base, and is hitting .378. He's hit in tenth straight and been on base in every game, making last year's somewhat disappointing season seem a distant memory.
- Drew Stubbs went 3-for-5 with a pair of steals (8) and two runs.
- Jay Bruce had a homer (3) and a steal (3), driving in two and scoring two.
- Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with three RBI. He's hitting .364, nearly 100 points above his career average.

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 0

- Ian Kennedy (3-1) was in top form today, throwing a three-hit shutout and ringing up 10 Phillies hitters. He retired the final 11 batters consecutively.
- Gerardo Parra (1) and Chris Young (5) hit homers off Cliff Lee, who struck out 12, but allowed four runs in seven innings. Take out his nine-run disaster against St. Louis and Kennedy has very fine season numbers.
- Justin Upton (4) and Ryan Roberts (3) stole bases for Arizona.
- Raul Ibanez's 0-for-3 dropped the elderly slugger to .179. He has just one homer on the year.

Angels 5, Athletics 0

- The untouchable Jered Weaver won his SIXTH game of the year, striking out 10 in a seven-hit shutout. He's undefeated, he's striking out better than a batter per inning (again) and he has an ERA of 0.99. Definitely the best pitcher in baseball right now.
- Gio Gonzalez was rough for the second straight time out, giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings. He did strike out a batter per inning, at least.
- Good day/bad day for Coco Crisp, who had three hits, but made an error and was caught stealing.
- Howie Kendrick broke out of a 2-for-22 skid with a couple hits and a couple RBI.

Padres 5, Braves 3

- Ryan Ludwick's second home run of the game was a walk-off shot in the 13th inning off Cristhian Martinez. He's got four on the year.
- Ludwick made a winner out of Cory Luebke for the first time this season. He worked two scoreless innings.
- Derek Lowe went six solid, allowing two runs and striking out eight, but was failed by his bullpen.
- Dustin Moseley allowed just four baserunners (all hits) over six innings, but three runs. He struck out two.
- Jason Heyward (6) homered for Atlanta.
- Orlando Hudson stole his EIGHTH base.