Alexis Rios went 2 for 4 with a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored, and two RBI and Michael Morse was 4 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI to power Give it a Yankee to a big lead over the Lower Haighters on Tuesday.
Give it a Yankee's lineup pounded out 15 hits, had an OBP of .425, eight RBI and nine runs scored.
Give it a Yankee 10, Lower Haighters 1
While the bats were pounding out runs, it was a hold from reliever Aaron Crow that may prove pivotal as this series continues. The Lower Haighters have built their pitching staff around a strong bullpen and not winning holds and saves is likely the difference between winning and losing a series. That was evident again Tuesday when Joe Nathan and Addison Reed recorded saves. Reed's relief work came at a cost to the Haighters, as he allowed two runs to score. Albert Pujols and Giancarlo Stanton both hit home runs as the Haighters kept the offensive categories close. Jonathon Niese will pitch today for Give it a Yankee, looking to build on growing Quality Start and Strikeout totals.
Jersey Boys 6, Marin Menehunes 6
Carlos Marmol earned a save Tuesday as the Menehunes continue to go toe-to-toe with one of the best bullpens in the league. Carlos Ruiz provided the offense, hitting a home run, scoring twice, and driving in two runs. Jonathan Papelbon earned a save for the Jersey Boys but gave up a run in the process. Freddie Freeman and Austin Jackson both scored twice while Freeman and Curtis Granderson each knocked in two runs. With the Menehunes leading the Quality Start category by one, Tim Lincecum will take the mound today. Andy Pettitte pitches for the Jersey Boys.
Los Coche Bomba 5, Vicious Fishes 4
The Fishes pounded out nine runs and seven RBI Tuesday and earned an improbable quality start from Carlos Zambrano to keep this series close. Prince Fielder and Dexter Fowler both hit home runs with Fielder driving in four RBI. Alex Gordon scored twice while Nelson Cruz stole a base. Yadier Molina and Michael Bourn both hit home runs for Bomba, with Molina plating three RBI. On the mound, Bruce Chen had a quality start and Jason Motte scored the team's second save. If the Fishes want to keep this series close - and possibly pull the upset - they'll need their three aces to pitch well today. Tommy Hanson, Jason Hammel, and Chris Sale have the opportunity to put Bomba in catch-up mode the rest of the week.
High Cheese 10, Home Run 101 2
Mark Trumbo and Jay Bruce both hit home runs to help High Cheese divert attention from a very mediocre performance on the mound Tuesday. Ace Gio Gonzalez and newly acquired Dillon Gee gave up eight runs over 11 innings while John Axford allowed yet another run in relief. The Cheese did get a quality start from Vance Worley and a save from sensational closer Tom Wilhelmsen. Home Run 101 would also like to erase Tuesday's pitching performance, as setup man Cory Wade allowed four runs while recording just two outs. For a team built around pitching, that type of disaster can be fatal in a series. Offensively, the team scored just twice and knocked in four runs, two off the bat of Ian Desmond. High Cheese will try to rebound on the mound today behind Homer Bailey and Jered Weaver.
A-Rod's Mirrors 6, The Cys 5
The Mirrors drove in eight runs and scored six more Tuesday as Adam LaRoche hit two home runs and Alex Rodriguez added a third. The big night at the plate helped the team open significant leads in the RBI and Home Run categories. On the mound, Justin Masterson failed to deliver a quality start for the Mirrors but the 'pen was air tight, as four relievers combined to toss three scoreless innings with Rafael Soriano recording a save. C.J. Wilson had a quality start for the Cys but Yu Darvish gave up four runs over seven innings, despite striking out 10. At the plate, Melky Cabrera hit a home run and five different players each scored a run. The pitching categories are extremely close in this series as rookie Matt Moore and veteran Roy Oswalt draw starts for the Cys today.
Scully's Slammers 6, Bacon at Mile 11 3
Ryan Zimmerman finally broke out of his slump for Bacon on Tuesday. The former All-Star third baseman has had a miserable season but he hit a home run and scored three times while Brendan Ryan stole a base as Bacon kept the offensive categories close. Jed Lowrie hit a home run and scored twice for the Slammers. Both teams will have a pair of starters in action today. Zack Greinke and James McDonald will pitch for the Slammers while Anibal Sanchez and Trevor Cahill start for Bacon.
The Bulls 7, Twinkle Toes 2
The pitchers took over this series Tuesday. Twinkle Toes had three quality starts, a hold, and a save while the Bulls countered with two quality starts, a hold, and a save. Tim Hudson, Bronson Arroyo, and Ryan Vogelsong pitched 22.2 innings, allowing just four runs, while striking out 14 for the Toes. Mike Adams allowed a run in relief but did earn the hold while Brett Myers earned a two-out save. For the Bulls, Jason Vargas struck out 10 and Phil Hughes pitched eight scoreless innings. Relievers James Russell and Santiago Casilla tossed 2.2 scoreless innings with Russell notching a hold and Casilla a save. Offensively, Ty Wigginton hit a home run for the Bulls while Ian Kinsler did the same for the Toes. Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound today to try and maintain the pitching momentum for the Toes.
The Machine 7, HUMA 4
HUMA began to make up ground in the offensive categories Tuesday as Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Josh Hamilton, and Jason Kubel all hit home runs. Even with three home runs, the team had just four RBI and five runs scored. J.D. Martinez hit a home run for the Machine and drove in two runs but it was the injury to pitcher Daniel Hudson that could impact the team long term. Hudson left Tuesday's start with forearm tightness after giving up five runs in just 1.2 innings. Gavin Floyd and the bullpen rallied in Hudson's absence with Floyd pitching seven innings of shutout ball while striking out nine to earn a quality start. Relievers Matt Thornton and Antonio Bastardo each pitched a perfect inning to record holds. HUMA has an opportunity to turn this series into a dogfight as Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, and Jon Lester all pitch today. If all three pitch well, the team could take the lead in both Quality Starts and Strikeouts. Rookie Jarrod Parker will try to defend the categories when he starts for the Machine.