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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Apr 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

Heyward shaving cream.jpgBraves 4, Rockies 3: Heymaker. The Braves trailed 3-2 with two-down in the bottom of the ninth. Heyward comes to the plate with the bases juiced and hits a two-run single to left field and that’s the ballgame. He had earlier walked with the bases loaded, giving him three RBI on the day. Martin Prado drove in the other Braves run, as he, Heyward and Brian McCann continue to be the entirety of the Atlanta offense. The Braves should have had much more, however. They walked 11 times, had eight hits yet only the four runs, suggesting a team that is fairly allergic to hitting with runners in scoring position. But hey, Heyward’s legend grows.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1: The Platonic ideal of a Giants-Dodgers game. A sunny 75 degree afternoon in L.A., a fabulous pitchers’ duel and a big bomb from the big-name slugger. Zito and Kershaw both gave up one run in seven innings, more or less, but the run charged to Zito came when Sergio Romo gave up a pinch hit homer to Manny Ramirez allowing both Ramirez and an inherited runner to score. Manny’s homer tied him with Mike Schmidt for 14th place on the all-time list.

Rays 7, Red Sox 1: Four straight losses for the Sox and five of their last six. This one was a textbook wood-shedding. Matt Garza stifled the Sox’ bats, shutting them out on four hits over eight innings. Two run homers for Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton provided more than enough offense. The heart of the Red Sox’ lineup — Pedroia, Martinez, Youkilis and Drew — combined to go 0-12 with one measly walk, though Dustin Pedroia did have a sacrifice fly in the ninth. I suppose there will be much written tomorrow in the “what’s wrong with the Red Sox” vein, but the fact is that they just played the Rays and the Twin, and it’s not unreasonable to think that the Rays and the Twins are simply better than the Red Sox this year.

Brewers 11, Nationals 7: Jason Marquis surges past Mike Gonzalez in the race for worst signing of 2010! The man who styled himself a mentor to Stephen Strasburg over the winter didn’t get any of the seven men he faced in game out. Four of them got hits, one of them walked, the other two were hit by pitches and all seven of them scored. They went on to score three more on Miguel Batista’s dime. Doug Davis’ day was pretty ignominious too. Staked to a 10-run lead, he couldn’t even lodge the five he needed to qualify for the win.

Cardinals 5, Mets 3: La Russa and Manuel probably started drinking straight from the bottle when they realized that it was 3-3 in the eighth and extra innings loomed again, but Ryan Ludwick wanted no part of it and hit a two-run jack to end it in regulation. Adam Wainwright went the distance for St. Louis, which may be a sign that La Russa is losing confidence in Joe Mather’s ability to close a game.

Pirates 5, Reds 3: The two homers from Jay Bruce were not enough to break the Reds’ losing streak, which is now up to five games. Lots of people — myself included — figured the Reds could be a bit frisky this season. Not frisky enough to make the playoffs or anything like that, but frisky enough to turn some heads and make them the trendy pick for next year. If they’re going to make that kind of noise they’d better get hoppin’. They’re 5-8. The Pirates, in contrast, picked by many to challenge for the worst record in baseball, are 7-5.

Marlins 2, Phillies 0: The Phillies have suddenly lost three of four, the last two due to lack of offense. It was Nate Robertson — Nate Robertson?! — yes, Nate Robertson who silenced the Philly bats yesterday, shutting them out for six and a third. Not that he was infallible or anything — he walked four — but he dodged bullets. Cole Hamels was excellent (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 8K) but if you don’t score, you can’t win. Dan Uggla was the entire Florida offense, homering once and doubling in the second run.

Angels 3, Blue Jays 1: And now the Angels have won four of five, this time behind Evin Santana’s almost shuotout. How almost? He was 3-2 on Adam Lind with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when he gave up a solo shot. Next batter was Vernon Wells who lined out, ending the game.  Ricky Romero — who came close to a no-no his last time out — was excellent too (8 IP, 1 ER), but just like Cole Hamles in the Phillies’ game, he couldn’t do better than a shutout. Or even a near-shutout.

Yankees 5, Rangers 2: Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the year helping the Yankees sweep the Rangers. Ramiro Pena, playing short for the Yankees because Derek Jeter had a cold, was quite an admirable substitution, hitting a two-run single. Andy Pettitte was Andy Pettitte, pitching four-hit ball. Rich Harden was awful, walking six guys and hitting two more in three and two-thirds.

Indians 7, White Sox 4: Shin-Soo Choo hit a grand slam and drove in another run on an RBI single. He has now hit in seven straight, raising his average a couple hundred points over that time, which is the sort of thing that makes April awesome. To say that Gavin Floyd didn’t have it today would be an insult to the concept of having it (1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 BB). He faced five guys in the second inning and all of them reached. It was the first time the Tribe has swept the Chisox at home in seven years.

Astros 3, Cubs 2: After giving up a two-run single to Marlon Byrd in the third, Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros’ pen shut the Cubbies down. Ryan Dempster gave up only one run himself, but Carlos Marmol couldn’t close the deal. Pedro Feliz’ sacrifice in the 10th provided the winning margin.

Royals 10, Twins 5: Alberto Callaspo hit two three-run homers and Carl Pavano added to the fairly lengthy list of disastrous starting pitching performances on Sunday (3.1 IP, 11 H, 7 ER).

Orioles 8, Athletics 3: A homer and 4 RBI for Ty Wigginton helps the O’s end their skid at nine. Brett Anderson, the Athletics’ new $12.5 million man, got beat up (5 IP, 8 H, 6 R). He’s a professional so I’m sure it wasn’t because he went on a two-day bender to celebrate his new contract, but it’s the sort of thing I like to imagine happens once in a while. Like, he woke up in Tijuana yesterday morning with a woman named Sharlene on one side of him and a donkey on the other, couldn’t find his ID so he paid a man with an eye patch to smuggle him back over t
he border and then stowed aw
ay in a crop duster to get back up to Oakland in time for the game. What with all of that — which I’m almost certain didn’t happen — only giving up six runs is something of an accomplishment. But shhhh!  No one tell Brett than he and Sharlene are married!

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 3: On Friday night Chase Headley hit a three-run homer with two outs in the
ninth to seal a come-from-behind victory. Yesterday’s two-run double in the seventh was not quite so dramatic, but it served San Diego’s interests just fine. That’s four straight losses for the Dbacks. Indeed, there are a lot of streaky teams in baseball right now: the Yankees and Indians have won four in a row and the Rays have won six in a row. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, White Sox and Rangers join Arizona with four straight in the tank, and the Reds have their five-game skid.

Tigers 4, Mariners 2: Eric Byrnes subbed-in for the sore-calfed Milton Bradley yesterday and really got his money’s worth. He was in a collision at the plate (out), he slammed into the wall trying to catch an Austin Jackson fly ball (triple) and laid out to catch a hit off the bat of Carlos Guillen (popped out of his glove). Open question as to whether 110% of nothin’ is still worthwhile, but it’s kinda fun to watch.

  1. Patrick - Apr 19, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Ya know, Carl (The Smartest Pitcher in Baseball – Twins fans know what I’m talking about) has been absolutely money every time I’ve gone to see him or watched him on TV… Until yesterday.
    When he shat the bed. Against the ROYALS. I watched this guy shut down the Yankees in the playoffs last year. And Liriano excepted, I’d make a case for him as the staff ace.
    Yesterday was not pretty… They just plain teed off on him.

  2. Jonny5 - Apr 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Damn those Feesh. Between the boys travel team tryouts, two rec league games, a dinner date with some baseball team parents, Picking up a yard of mulch, and doing landscaping, I’m not worth a crap today. On top of it all Hamels finally finds his groove and the offense has nothing in its tank. At least the Flyers jumped ahead to a one game lead against the Pesky Devils of NJ.

  3. Dr Paisley - Apr 19, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Actually, Craig, it wasn’t Sharlene that Brett Anderson married in Tijuana. . .
    “Calabash as”

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Like, he woke up in Tijuana yesterday morning with a woman named Sharlene on one side of him and a donkey on the other, couldn’t find his ID so he paid a man with an eye patch to smuggle him back over the border and then stowed away in a crop duster to get back up to Oakland in time for the game.

    Absolutely amazing. In other news, noticed some posts from you [Craig] on Sunday, any chance for ATH for fri/sat games?

  5. whcardsfan - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    First it is Ryan Franklin who is the Cardinal’s closer and secondly Wainright only threw 104 pitches. Oh, and lastly, the bullpen kinda needed a rest after 20 innings the previous night.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Church: Just a little bonus, filling in for Drew. ATH can be a bit of a time-suck for me, and I usually need the weekend to recover, watch a movie or two, etc. Not saying I won’t do a handful of weekend ATH’s this year, but I can’t really see it becoming a habit.

  7. Curious George - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    First it is Ryan Franklin who is the Cardinal’s closer

    Wow. Just wow.

  8. Oscar - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I think it’s probably going to shape up as a closer-by-committee, with Franklin, Mather, and Felipe Lopez all in the mix. Also, rumor has it that yesterday afternoon, Jose Oquendo had an “eye-opening” try-out back at the Cardinals’ minor-league complex. He’s a few years removed from closing, but has had some success in the past, and could probably at least be a viable set-up man for the Cardinals.

  9. Old Gator - Apr 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Don’t lose too much sleep over it. Remember last season – August or early September, I think – when the Feesh played the Feelies tough and then got filleted by the dull blades of the Gnats? Right now the Feelies are playing like one of their fans threw up on them, but every team has its collective cycles of feast and bulemia and this just happens to be one of them. I think yon Meester Harks ought to be a bit more circumspect about pronouncing a gem out of Nate Robertson portentous in lieu of the fact that the Feelies are demonstrably sagging on their own terms for the nonce.
    Craig is inadvertently closer to the mark when he points out that Dan Uggla was all of the Feesh offense. They guy is clearly aware that he’s trade bait, probably suffers no such hallucinations about the team’s chances this year as Harks does, and is killing himself to play his way to a contender. Who out there thinks he’ll still be with us at the trade deadline? Hah? In the midst of yesterday’s odd euphoria about Nate Robertson, Chris Coghlan took the oxcollar. Having crossed the Mendoza line going south like some latterday John Grady Cole, he now seems to have drawn a bead on offensive numbers that would embarrass a designatedhitterball league relief pitcher. He is critical to the Feesh offense, and is suffering not merely a Sophomore Slump but a Sophomore implosion. Not good.
    And there’s still the bullpen. And the manager is still an idiot. And the owner is still a cave troll. I’d love to see the Feesh surge, but in my modest experience sailing out of Bimini, such creatures always fight the hardest just before being gaffed and boated.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Whoops, hit “Post Comment” too soon, so I will now post this post-comment comment.
    Hey Craig, great photo of the Heyward Child. Is that a still from the coming remake of There’s Something About Mary rewritten to take advantage of certain cultural stereotypes?

  11. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I figured as much, but since the move from shysterball to the big time, it was worth it to ask :)
    captcha: comment snootier (wtf captcha!?!?)

  12. APBA Guy - Apr 19, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Craig, Craig, Craig…
    You spent a long weekend in the Bay Area (we have pictures of you and the Mrs. in Napa to prove it) and you didn’t learn that Bay Area residents DON’T go to Tijuana. They go to Cabo. That’s where Brett was when he married…whoever or whatever he married.
    And he was ragged in his last start also, but since that was against the mighty (snicker) Mariners nobody noticed, except his pitching coach: ball’s getting up, missing with his slider, always going to the slider with 2 strikes, etc..
    The A’s are now 9-5, and the entire Bay Area is in stunned disbelief, and not just from the Hemp Fest at the Cow Palace over the weekend (15,000 attendance, legal consumption on premises, welcome to Amsterdam).
    It’s 9:23 here, unemployment is UP to 12.6, but the Rays already have a 6-0 lead in Boston.
    What was that Theo was saying about run prevention?

  13. Kro - Apr 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Threadjack!: My favorite alcohol to drink straight from the bottle is Jagermeister. In fact, I’ve only ever had Jager straight from the bottle. Oh sweet licorice on the streets, brown bagging it in Berkeley.

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