||[May. 11th, 2006|04:55 am]
National League Central
Chan Ho Park ran his career record to 7-0 against Milwaukee as Park and two SAN DIEGO relievers combined to shut out the Brewers, 3-0. Brewers starter Chris Capuano logged his eighth straight quality start, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs and striking out 6 in 6 innings, but Park, who also went 6 innings, didn't give up any runs on 7 hits and a walk, while striking out 4. The pivotal frame was the bottom of the 4th, where San Diego sent 9 men to the plate and scored their three runs on a Josh Bard 2 RBI double and an Eric Young RBI single. Capuano limited the damage to three runs by leaving the bases loaded, striking out Mark Bellhorn on what could have been ball 4. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 6th save in as many chances.|
LOS ANGELES got to Houston starter Taylor Buchholz early and often, recording 12 hits and scoring 8 runs in 4 1/3rds. Houston attempted to mount a comeback with a 3 run 7th and 3 run 9th, but the Dodgers held on for the win, 9-6. Continuing a perfect homestand, Los Angeles took advantage of Houston's rookie pitcher, as Jeff Kent had a three-run homer in the first, and in the second, Rafael Furcal muscled up against Buchholz with a three-run homer, and it was 6-0 before Dodgers starter Brett Tomko had broken a sweat. Tomko only surrendered 1 hit and 3 walks over 6 innings, striking out 3. Houston scored 3 in the 9th on Franquelis Osoria, including a Lance Berkman 2 run HR, but Danys Baez came on to strike out Morgan Ensberg and Preston Wilson to end the game.
St. Louis tagged Byung-Hyun Kim for 10 hits and 7 runs in 4 2/3rds innings, including Albert Pujols' 18th home run of the season as they defeated Colorado, 7-4. Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan struck out 7 in 5 innings while giving up 3 runs, but Suppan had plenty of run support behind him. Juan Encarnacion hit a 2-run homer in the third inning, and Gary Bennett pitched in an RBI double while Aaron Miles pitched in an RBI single. Both Cory Sullivan and Matt Holliday had 2 hits, an RBI and a run scored for Colorado. Jason Isringhausen worked the 9th for his 10th save.
Carlos Zambrano recorded his first victory of the 2006 season, and Chicago recorded their first victory since May 1st, defeating San Francisco, 8-1. Zambrano (1-2) picked up the win in his eighth start, giving up one run on five hits and five walks over eight innings. He struck out six to regain the National League lead with 54 K's. Jacque Jones went 3-3, scored twice and drove in 4 runs, including a 2 run HR in the 6th, while Barry Bonds finished 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout, and he's still looking to record career HR 714. Giants starter Matt Cain fell to 1-5 by giving up 8 runs (7 earned) in 5 1/3rd innings.
Brandon Webb moved to 6-0, giving up 3 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings with 6 K as ARIZONA defeated Pittsburgh, 7-4. Pirates starter Paul Maholm tried his best to keep up with Webb, giving up 3 runs in 5 2/3rds on 10 hits, but Pittsburgh's bullpen gave up 4 runs in the final 3 innings to seal their fate. The Pirates had several chances, recording thirteen hits, but it was a series of missed opportunities from Jason Bay and Jeromy Burnitz that undid the Pirates. Bay finished the game 1-5 with 3 strikeouts and 6 LOB, while Burnitz, currently hitting .185, finished 0-5 with 1 strikeout and 5 LOB. Chad Tracy went 4-4 for Arizona, and Shawn Green went 3-4 with 3 RBI. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless 9th for his 10th save.
Cincinnati banged out 13 hits, none bigger than Scott Hatteberg's two-run double in the eighth inning that gave Cincinnati the lead for good as they defeated WASHINGTON, 9-6. Cincinnati's offensive explosion came at a perfect time after the bullpen gave up the lead in the eighth inning, spoiling a solid outing by starter Aaron Harang. Adam Dunn led off the eighth with a walk against Nationals reliever Mike Stanton (1-4). Austin Kearns followed with his fourth hit of the night, a double to the left-field corner that put runners on second and third. With first base open, Nationals manager Frank Robinson elected to to intentionally walk rookie Chris Denorfia to load the bases for Hatteberg with no outs. Hatteberg lined a double in the gap in right-center to plate Dunn and Kearns for the go-ahead runs. Reds closer David Weathers picked up a blown save, but recorded his first victory of the season.