Andy Pettitte struck out 10 over 7.2 shutout innings while Russell Martin blasted a grand slam home run Tuesday as the Jersey Boys began building momentum for a monumental upset of Scully's Slammers.
At the same time, mischief was brewing in the South Division as Jason Kubel scored three times, drove in five runs and went yard while Gerardo Parra had four hits to give HUMA the early advantage over the red-hot Cys.
Jersey Boys 9, Scully's Slammers 3
The Jersey Boys have built a significant series lead but, more importantly, they hold large category advantages in Runs, RBI, OBP, ERA, and WHIP. The Slammers need to get the offense started in a hurry. Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Carlos Peña, Jed Lowrie, and Andre Ethier have started the week a combined 2-for-25 with no runs or RBI. Pitching is also a problem as James Shields and Yovani Gallardo failed to earn quality starts Tuesday. Zack Greinke will try to get the team back on track tonight when he takes the hill for the Slammers.
HUMA 9, The Cys 1
Just as the Cys move into contention for the South Division lead they find themselves in a dogfight with the league's last place team. HUMA had three homers, 11 runs scored and 12 RBI Tuesday. Kuble, Joey Votto, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia combined for nine of the 12 runs batted in. In addition, Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmerman and Chad Billingsley all had quality starts while Kenley Jansen had a save for HUMA. This leaves the Cys trailing big in five of the six pitching categories. Edwin Jackson and Brad Lincoln will take the mound tonight with an opportunity to put the Cys back in this series - or dig a deeper hole.
Vicious Fishes 7, A-Rod's Mirrors 2
The Mirrors fell flat on their face offensively Tuesday, scoring just one run and two RBI while striking out 15 times. Denard Span, Adam LaRoche, Alex Rodriguez, and Dustin Pedroia were a combined 0-for-17 with eight Ks. The Fishes didn't manage a lot of offense but they did get home runs from Rafael Furcal and Bryan LaHair. Jason Hammel struck out seven over five innings, allowing just one run, but labored with his pitch count and couldn't get the quality start for the Fishes. Neither team has a starter scheduled to pitch today.
Twinkle Toes 7, The Machine 2
Given the history between these teams, it wouldn't be surprising to see the series decided on the last pitch or at-bat Sunday. On Tuesday, both teams had one home run and seven RBI. Twinkle Toes scored eight runs while the Machine had seven. The difference came in the pitching, where Ian Kennedy, Tim Hudson, and Ubaldo Jimenez all earned quality starts for the Toes. Kennedy was sensational, striking out 12 over six scoreless innings. Hudson tossed a complete game shutout. Those three starts put tremendous pressure on the Machine to respond and the Toes can really tighten the screws when Madison Bumgarner takes the hill this afternoon.
Give it a Yankee 7, The Bulls 4
Both teams are waiting for their bats to wake up in this series. They've combined for three homers and nine RBI in two days. Dan Murphy, Carlos Gonzalez, Nate Schierholtz, Mike Carp, and Hunter Pence are a combined 4-for-38 with two RBI and one run for the Bulls. Brandon Phillips, Adrian Gonzalez, Gordon Beckham, Erick Aybar, and Cory Hart are a combined 1-for-23 with one run to start the series for Give it a Yankee. Tonight is important on the hill for the Bulls as Chris Capuano, Wei-Yen Chen, and Bud Norris all start with an opportunity to grab the Quality Start category lead. Josh Beckett will pitch for Give it a Yankee.
Bacon at Mile 11 8, Home Run 101 3
Home Run 101 is staring at some big deficits in the offensive categories following a night where the team had just three RBI. Meanwhile, Dan Uggla was pounding two home runs as Bacon scored nine times and drove in seven. On the mound, Cliff Lee struck out 12 and earned a quality start for Bacon but Anibal Sanchez was rocked for seven runs as the team ERA stands at 5.60. Ryan Dempster tossed seven shutout innings for Home Run 101 as the team ERA sits at a cool 1.00 and the WHIP at 0.67. Josh Johnson, Johnny Cueto, Colby Lewis, and Wade Miley could burn Bacon to a crisp with quality starts for Home Run 101 tonight while rookie Hector Noesi will try to keep Bacon competitive in the pitching categories.
Los Coche Bomba 6, High Cheese 2
Bomba has built the early lead in this series on pitching. Bruce Chen tossed seven shutout innings while striking out five Tuesday and relievers Greg Holland and Alexi Ogando both earned holds as four relievers combined to pitch 4.2 innings of shutout ball. For High Cheese, the Homer Bailey experiment blew up, as the veteran hurler allowed six runs in three innings. Offensively, the teams are close despite Mark Trumbo's two home runs, four RBI effort for High Cheese Tuesday. Adam Wainwright will pitch for High Cheese tonight with an opportunity to lower the team ERA and take the Quality Start category.
Lower Haighters 7, Marin Menehunes 5
The Menehunes continue to get contributions from veteran players as illustrated by Scott Hairston's home run and stolen base on Tuesday. Hairston also scored three of the team's five runs. For the Lower Haighters, second baseman Neil Walker had a home run and a stolen base while Albert Pujols scored twice. Carlos Quentin homered twice but he was sitting on the bench. Sonavabench! On the mound, Jaime Garcia and Tim Lincecum were both rocked for the Menehunes while Ricky Romero was walking the quality start tight rope, allowing three earned runs over seven innings. In the 'pen, Joe Nathan earned a save for the Haighters, Huston Street pitched a shutout inning while reliable setup man Sean Burnett coughed up a run while recording just one out but emerged with a valuable hold. The starting pitcher roller coaster ride continues for both teams tonight as the Menehunes will pitch Max Scherzer and Felipe Paulino while the Lower Haighters counter with Clayton Richard and Brandon Morrow. Hold on tight and feel free to scream.