When a pitcher like Ubaldo Jimenez allows just one earned run and two hits in seven innings he’s expecting to win.
After starting the season 6-0, with a 0.93 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP, Jimenez probably expects to win every game anyway. But on Sunday, Clayton Kershaw stole the spotlight from the player who should start the mid-summer classic in July.
Kershaw struck out nine Rockies batters and allowed just five baserunners, three on walks, in eight shutout innings to improve to 2-2.
Jimenez vs. Kershaw ended up the best pitchers’ duel of the day, but there were plenty of other noteworthy performances. Here are nine more:
Ichiro Suzuki — Stole three bases in a 3-for-5 day. He scored one run.
Alex Rios — A perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate was boosted by three runs scored and a solo homer. He’s hitting .324 and has been scorching for a week.
Vernon Wells — Rios former teammate in Toronto, Wells went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and another run scored.
Denard Span — Scored twice, drove in three runs and stole a base in a 3-for-4 day.
Nick Blackburn — Scattered four hits in seven shutout innings. Blackburn walked two and didn’t strike out anyone, but improved to 3-1. He’s got a 4.76 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.
Tim Stauffer — Made an emergency start for Kevin Correia. Stauffer lasted just five innings and struck out one, but scattered six hits, didn’t walk anyone and didn’t allow a run. He has a 0.94 ERA and a 0.39 WHIP. In the last week he has a pair of wins and 19 Ks in 23.1 innings.
Jason Vargas — Won his third game with another outstanding performance. He didn’t allow and earned run and struck out four. He allowed six baserunners (two on walks) in 7.1 innings. He improved his ERA to 3.00 and his WHIP to 1.00. He’s become a viable fantasy option in deep leagues.
Chris Narveson — Dropped his ERA nearly a full point, allowing one earned run in 5.2 innings. He allowed five baserunners — two on walks — and improved to 3-0. He struck out eight and now has 23 Ks in 26.2 innings. His ERA is still a shaky 5.06 and his WHIP is 1.58.
Jeremy Hermida — Hit a two-run homer and drove in another run in a 2-for-4 day.