Recapping the events of April 21:
Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison was placed on the 15-day DL with a left lisfranc sprain (link). In other words, his foot hurts. Scott Cousins is taking his spot in the lineup, and he took full advantage in Thursday's start by hitting a grand slam as his first career home run.
Mets outfielder Angel Pagan left Thursday's game with a pulled side muscle (link). If it's the oblique, expect a DL stint.
Mets outfielder Jason Bay played his first game since coming off the DL. He batted fifth, doubling and scoring twice.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be reevaluated on Monday to see if he will be able to come off the DL on Tuesday (link). Zimmerman is suffering from an abdominal strain, and it doesn't appear likely that he will be ready to come off the DL.
Cardinals 5, Nationals 0
(STL) Kyle Lohse: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
(STL) Matt Holliday: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI
(STL) Albert Pujols: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
- The Cardinals moved to 10-9 while the Nationals dropped to 9-9.
- Lohse threw 72 strikes over 111 pitches, allowing just two singles and two walks. It lowered his ERA to 2.01.
- Tom Gorzelanny allowed just two hits in five innings, but he allowed two runs and four walks.
Mets 9, Astros 1
(NYM) Chris Capuano: 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
(NYM) David Wright: 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
- The Mets moved to 6-13 while the Astros dropped to 7-12.
- Wright, Mike Nickeas and Ike Davis each hit homers for the Mets, who touched up J.A. Happ for six runs in 4.2 innings.
- Capuano made the most of his third start and fifth appearance this season, allowing one run on three doubles and three singles over seven innings. He induced eight groundouts to zero flyouts.
Marlins 9, Pirates 5
(FLA) Scott Cousins: 2-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
(FLA) Brett Hayes: 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
(PIT) Pedro Alvarez: 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
- The Marlins moved to 11-6 while the Pirates dropped to 8-11.
- The last three hitters in the Marlins lineup combined for eight of the nine runs driven in. Cousins, Hayes and Mike Stanton each hit a homer.
- Chris Volstad allowed five runs in 5.1 innings for the Marlins, while James McDonald allowed eight runs in three innings for the Pirates.
Phillies 3, Padres 0
(PHI) Roy Oswalt: 6 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
(PHI) Ben Francisco: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI
- The Phillies moved to 12-6 while the Padres dropped to 8-11.
- Oswalt pitched a one-hitter over six innings, racking up 106 pitches due to deep counts and strikeouts. The bullpen combined for three scoreless innings behind him, totaling four hits allowed.
- Two homers led to all three runs in the game. Francisco hit one along with a sac fly RBI, and Brian Schneider hit the other.
- Mat Latos allowed three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings, walking five and striking out seven. Records mean nothing, but it is worth pointing out that Latos remains winless for the Padres.