It was a night of 3s for Florida pitcher Josh Johnson. As in three hits allowed. Three hits provided (one of his most productive days at the plate) and a career-high three RBI.
But it was another career-high that deserves the most praise. As in 12 strikeouts against the San Diego Padres on Monday. In a season-high seven-inning outing. Johnson has a 34 to 12 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far this season.
Other big performers from Monday’s games included:
Austin Kearns is doing all he can to earn more playing time with the Cleveland Indians. He went 3.for-4 Monday against the Angels with his first homer of the season, along with a stolen base and a walk. His emergence is a direct threat to Matt LaPorta in the lineup. Stay tuned.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez produced a similar outing Monday against the Diamondbacks, hitting a homer, swiping a base and walking in a 2-for-3 performance. Many had Gonzalez pegged as a sleeper candidate this spring, and more nights like this will help him fit that bill.
Locked in a pitchers duel with Roy Halladay Monday, Jonathan Sanchez walked away the victor after he pitched five strong innings while giving up just three singles against a very potent Phillies lineup.
Jered Weaver pitched his fifth consecutive quality start by allowing just one run in six innings against the Cleveland Indians while striking out seven batters.
Brandon Inge led Detroit over the Rangers with a 3-for-5 outing with two homers, a double and three RBI. Teammate Miguel Cabrera did his share, also going 3-for-5 with a go-ahead long ball in the ninth off Texas closer Neftali Feliz.
Lyle Overbay went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI against the Red Sox on Monday. It was Overbay’s second homer in as many games, and could spell the end of his mini-slump to start the season.
Dan Uggla went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a stolen base as the Marlins routed San Diego to the tune of 10-1 Monday night.
In eight innings of work, Dan Haren struck out 10 batters while allowing just two runs and two walks against the Rockies.
After a very slow week, Dustin Pedroia was 3-for-6 at the plate Monday night with three runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases in a scorefest with the Toronto Blue Jays.