Kerry Young? by Jason Wojciechowski Monday, April 12, 2004, 04:35 PM
Kerry Wood got eleven strikeouts in seven innings, allowing just one run, and picked up his second win of the year. With all eyes on the Cubs and Wood's filthy stuff being on WGN every couple of days, he has as good a shot as anyone at winning the Cy Young this year.
Adam Dunn smacked his fourth homer of the year already. RBI are pretty meaningless, but early in the season, you get fun things like this: that homer gave him his fourth RBI of the season as well.
Carl Crawford is running wild in Tampa Bay, as he swiped second and third with just one pitch in between the steals, bringing his season total to six.
Victor Zambrano is also running wild, as he threw 119 pitches yesterday. It's still April. On the other side, maybe we shouldn't be too alarmist. He's 28 years old, well past the injury nexus, and this is his third start of the year, as he was involved in the Japanese series against the Yankees. Decent pitching (a 4.08 ERA) combined with Mike Mussina's struggles (Mussina was his opponent in both of his games against the Yankees) have conspired to give Zambrano a 3-0 record already. I hope he's enjoying his time at the top.
Tom Glavine pitched his second good game in a row, giving up just one run in seven innings against the Expos. He'll try to set the record for least strikeouts by a successful pitcher this year, though, as he whiffed just one Quebecois.
Mark Bellhorn found himself in the leadoff spot for Boston, and did well, getting a single, three walks, and a stole base, helping the Sox to a 12th inning victory over the struggling Blue Jays.
Junior Spivey was the entire Brewer attack against Roy Oswalt and the Astros, going 4-4 with three doubles and a walk. Some assorted other guys got on base, but no one else had themselves a nice day to support Spivey.
A Beckett vs. Millwood pitcher's duel in Florida resulted in a 3-1 win for the Marlins, as the younger pitcher gave up just two hits and a walk in seven innings, leading to one run, while striking out 11.
Marlon Anderson broke a tie in the top of the ninth with a pinch-hit homer for the Cardinals, and Jason Isringhausen, despite giving up three walks, closed the game in the bottom half. Albert Pujols hit his fourth homer, getting to Randy Johnson, who uncharacteristically walked four on his way to a crummy outing.
The Giants scored five runs in the top of the eighth after Jake Peavy left to salvage a win from the Padres. Jason Szuminski, the celebrated MIT grad and Rule 5 pick, got his first major league action, giving up an unearned run in the ninth.
Charles Johnson took the donut for the Rockies, striking out all four of his times up, padding Odalis Perez's pitching line for the Dodgers. Shawn Estes, though, led the Rockies to victory with a one-run performance over seven innings. Shawn Chacon got the save despite allowing another run, bringing his ERA to 15.43 in his quest to singlehandedly undermine my fantasy team.