There had to be some beauty around the majors yesterday besides that mining disaster at Yankee Stadium. And there was. A lot of cool games were played and it was fun looking at the box scores. Here are some highlights:
- Johan Santana gave up only five hits in seven innings and no base runner got beyond first base as the Mets beat the Brewers, 1-0 in new Citi Field. Santana is going to like pitching there.
- Ian Snell pitched a great game against the Braves as the Pirates shut the Braves out, 10-0. The Braves are falling like a rock and have lost five straight without Chipper Jones in the lineup.
- Manny Ramirez hit his first two homers of the year as the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 9-5.
- Zack Greinke raised his shutout innings streak to 34 as he blanked the Rangers, 2-0. Greinke hasn't given up a run in 20 innings this year. Millwood was the hard luck loser for the Rangers.
- Even Yankee castoffs had a bad day yesterday. The A's had another good start from young Trever Cahill, but couldn't score any runs and lost to the Blue Jays in extra innings as Dan Geise gave up two runs for the loss. Geise had been released by the Yankees after Spring Training.
- Wandy Rodriguez only gave up two hits and struck out ten as Houston shut out the Reds.
- Brad Lidge blew his first save since 2007 as the Phillies lost to San Diego, 8-5. Lidge parted with four runs as San Diego got a come from behind win.
- Edwin Jackson pitched seven and two-thirds shutout innings and Rodney got his third save as the Tigers shut out Seattle. Bedard was the hard luck loser and pitched well.
- And in probably the best game of the day, Arizona and San Francisco traded zeroes for eight innings yesterday as Doug Davis and Tim Lincecum pitched brilliantly. Lincecum, in particular, struck out thirteen and returned to last year's form. But in the top of the ninth, Jeremy Affeldt and Brian Wilson beached the Giants and Chad Qualls pitched the bottom of the ninth to preserve the shutout for the Diamondbacks.