A little bit of everything happened in MLB Saturday, but the Red Sox and Cubs really stood out amid the madness.
Boston took home a 10-3 victory over the Rays for its seventh straight win since its bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead in the season opener. The Red Sox have been succeeding on the back of their starting pitching and Saturday was no different.
Rick Porcello tossed 7 1/3 innings and allowed just three runs, giving him two wins to start the year. Xander Bogaerts’ six RBIs were a big help as well.
Meanwhile, the Cubs have been remarkably up and down so far on the young season and it took a two-run single from Ian Happ in the ninth to break the game open. After leading off the season with a home run on the very first pitch of 2018, Happ had struck out in 16 of his next 24 at-bats.
He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Saturday before stepping to the plate in the ninth and the big hit came as a relief to the former first-round pick.
When a reporter asked an obvious question, about whether his slump was frustrating, Happ had an obvious response.
“Uh, yeah,” he told reporters.
Asked Ian Happ if the strikeouts were getting frustrating: “UH, YEAH.” Maddon said after the hit everything tonight will be better for Happ. Dinner, ‘tranquil” sleep, etc.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 8, 2018
Studs of the Night
Andrew McCutchen went 6 for 7 with four RBIs and a walk-off, three-run home run in the 14th inning to give the Giants a 7-5 win over the Dodgers. It was the first six-hit game of the season in MLB. The most recent six-hit game came from Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon April 30, 2017.
Gerrit Cole threw seven innings of five-hit, shutout ball with 11 strikeouts in the Astros 1-0, 10-inning win over the Padres. Cole has struck out 22 batters in two starts for Houston.
Dud of the NIght
It would be hard to call out Jacob Turner without also pointing out what Dillon Peters did for the Marlins. Peters gave up nine earned runs, three walks and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings for Miami. Turner gave up eight earned runs in one inning of work. The Marlins understandably lost to the Phillies 20-1.
Mariners designated hitter Dan Vogelbach has struck out 34 percent of his plate appearances in MLB and Saturday just reinforced that fact. The 25-year-old went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in an 11-4 win over the Twins.
The Rockies beat the Braves 3-2 in extra innings, but the game never would have gotten there without Ozzie Albies’ spectacular diving catch in the ninth.
.@albiesozzie97 really likes the concept of #freebaseball. pic.twitter.com/WNhN8wn5Ct
— MLB (@MLB) April 8, 2018
Marlins (2-6) at Phillies (3-4) 1:35 p.m. ET — It’s not every day we’ll tell you to watch a Marlins game, especially this season, but this will mark Jake Arrieta’s debut for the Phillies and that is must-see TV.