Major League Roundup -- April 21
Published on April 22 2013 6:44 am
Last Updated on April 22 2013 6:44 am
Written by Millie Lange
Milwaukee 4, Chicago Cubs 2
MILWAUKEE -- The errors and the losses keep adding up for the Cubs, and may lead to some changes on the roster.
Ryan Braun smacked a three-run home run to lift the Brewers to a 4-2 victory Sunday and completed a sweep over the mistake-prone Cubs, who committed two more miscues, and dropped to 3-11 in their last 14 games.
"You outhit a team every day and you lose," Chicago manager Dale Sveum said. "It doesn't happen very often."
The Cubs did just that, outhitting the Brewers, 22-16, in the series, including a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo in the third to back Scott Feldman, who was making his first start since April 11 after being skipped because of back problems. But Feldman also made a critical error, which led to Braun's home run. The Cubs rank second in the Major Leagues with 17 errors, trailing the Nationals, who have committed 18.
Philadelphia 7, St. Louis 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Mitchell Boggs' latest agony culminated with a go-ahead RBI hit by Ben Revere that almost took the reliever's hat off and a three-run homer by Erik Kratz that landed in the left-field stands. But it started with him muffing a soft grounder on what Boggs said was his best pitch of the inning.
"My breaking ball to Young was a great pitch, exactly what I wanted it to be," said Boggs, who momentarily had the ball in his glove before it rolled away behind him. "I should have caught that ball, most Major League pitchers catch that ball 100 percent of the time. It was right to me."
Instead of two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies, who had twice erased one-run deficits, had the winning run on base. Young went to third on Domonic Brown's single to left-center and scored on Revere's smash up the middle. Kratz unloaded on an elevated first-pitch fastball and closer Jonathan Papelbon finished off the Phillies' 7-3 victory that gave them a split of the four-game series.
Minnesota 5, Chicago White Sox 3
CHICAGO -- Through 17 less-than-perfect White Sox games this season, the team's bullpen stood as its one immovable force.
This current seven-man relief crew posted a 1.63 ERA and .177 opponents' average against entering Sunday's series finale against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field, which stood as No. 1 in the American League for both categories.
But even the South Siders' steadiest of contributors to date wilted in Minnesota's 5-3 victory.
Sunday, April 21 Scoreboard
New York Mets 2, Washington Nationals 0
Cincinnati Reds 10, Miami Marlins 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Atlanta Braves 2
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco Giants 5, San Diego Padres 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Colorado Rockies 4
Philadelphia Phillies 7, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Toronto Blue Jays 8, New York Yankees 4
Kansas City Royals 4, Boston Red Sox 2
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Oakland Athletics 1
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 4
Minnesota Twins 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Texas Rangers 11, Seattle Mariners 3
Los Angeles Angels 4, Detroit Tigers 3 (13 inn)
Kansas City Royals 5, Boston Red Sox 4 (10 inn)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Baltimore Orioles 4
Monday, April 22 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:05 p.m. - Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies
6:05 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
6:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
7:40 p.m. - Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies
9:10 p.m. - Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres
9:15 p.m. - Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
5:30 p.m. - Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox
6:05 p.m. - Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
6:10 p.m. - New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
7:10 p.m. - Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
7:10 p.m. - Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
9:05 p.m. - Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
7:10 p.m. - Miami Marlins at Minnesota Twins