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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Apr 23, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

Pirates foam fingers.jpgBrewers 20, Pirates 0: I think the most remarkable thing about this game is that the Brewers were set down 1-2-3 in the first inning.

Phillies 8, Braves 3: This series began with the Phillies bullpen breaking down, but that ended up being a fluke. The real story of the series was that the Phillies got great starting pitching in all three games, and between that, their patience at the plate and their excellent defense they clearly showed that they are the better team right now. And Derek Lowe showed something too: he has nothing left.

Rockies 2, Nationals 0: When Ubaldo Jiminez gave up the double to Willie Harris in the first inning, Johnny Vander Meer — as has become his tradition — opened up the bottle of champagne he’s been saving, celebrating and savoring the fact that he remains the only man to pitch back-to-back no hitters. Wait, what? Johnny Vander Meer died in 1997? Oh, never mind.

Athletics 4, Yankees 2: The Yankees turned a triple play and pissed off Dallas Braden something fierce, but they lost the game. My thought on the Braden thing: I’ve never heard of the unwritten rule about not walking on the mound, but I want to think less of A-Rod for it all the same if that makes any sense. Mostly I just want someone to recut the video of Braden jawing at Rodriguez with the audio from the “get off my f—— obstacle” scene from “Full Metal Jacket” because that would be cool.

Reds 8, Dodgers 5: Manny left in the sixth after straining his right calf.  When the season started I thought oblique injuries would be all the rage, but it turns out that calf injuries are really where it’s at. Just goes to show that you can’t predict fashion.

Mets 5, Cubs 2: Johan Santana blanked the Cubs for six innings and ended up giving up only one run, Ike Davis had three hits and K-Rod came into a jam in the 8th and put out the fire, earning his first save of the year. Those things together make this a very satisfying win for Mets fans.

Indians 8, Twins 1: A nice win for the Indians, but the big story coming out of Cleveland yesterday is that the Indians have invited me to the Tribe Social Deck for the game against the Tigers on May 7th. This gesture of taste and goodwill no doubt led to their fine performance.

Rangers 3, Red Sox 0: C.J. Wilson gets his first career win as a starter. He was matched by Clay Buchholz for most of the game, but things unraveled in the 7th as, after one run was already in, a stolen base put Nelson Cruz into position to score on a David Murphy double and a throwing error by Buchholz allowed Murphy to score.

Rays 10, White Sox 2: The rays outscored the White Sox 22-2 over the past two games to take the series. Tampa Bay completed a 9-1 road trip. Given the home field advantage they’ve come to expect in the Trop, this bodes well. Seven walks, seven hits and seven earned runs for Jake Peavy who, even if he can’t be happy about his game, has to at least appreciate the symmetry of his performance on an aesthetic level.

Tigers 5, Angels 4: Great moments in efficiency: Justin Verlander threw 125 pitches in five innings. He got the win, however, after he was bailed out by a Tigers’ bullpen which has thrown 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings. And here I thought that would be the team’s weakness this year.  In other news, Torri Hunter was presented with his Gold Glove before the game. He then proceeded to bat from the DH slot. There’s got to be some kind of lesson in there somewhere, but I just can’t tease it out.

Marlins 5, Astros 1: Jorge Cantu extends his hitting streak to 20 games.  Know what? I think baseball history needs a little shaking up and something as random as Jorge Cantu hitting in 57 straight games would totally do the trick. Viva chaos and all of that.

  1. Brianovich IV - Apr 23, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    it’s nice that you can admit defeat, Craig. Without a few gift pitches from Ryan Madson your heir-apparent Bravos would have been swept right out of there. As for Lowe it must suck to be out-pitched by a man who learned the trade from Grover Cleveland Alexander.

  2. Doracle - Apr 23, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Nice to see that the Indians aren’t holding it against you that you picked them to finish behind the Royals.
    Seriously, I would consider it a highly successful season if the Indians win 75 games and most of their young talent takes a step forward. My expectations are pretty reasonable, but picking them to finish behind the Royals is fighting words.
    In other news, my boy Andy Marte helped the cause with a home run and three RBI. He basically also gave back a run with a dropped foul ball, but I’m willing to look past that just to see someone other than No-neck Peralta at third.

  3. enough already - Apr 23, 2010 at 7:37 AM

  4. YankeesfanLen - Apr 23, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    For years you’ve been correctly deriding two teams for their racist treatment of Native Americans, now we’re going to go the rest of the season hoping for a Braves-Indians WS. Since you have a law degree have you considered a governmental appointment in Washington? Oh, wait…..their football team.

  5. Doracle - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    I went to a couple of WS games in ’95, Braves vs. Indians. The protesters really came out of the woodwork before the games.
    The worst part about following a team with a racist logo is hearing all the yahoos defending it with facile arguments. “Hey, if we ban Chief Wahoo, maybe we should ban the PIRATES logo because PIRATES might be offended,” that kind of crap.
    Also, the hippies always glared at me in college. That was before I gave up my Chief Wahoo clothing, and they did not like Chief Wahoo one bit.

  6. BigPhil - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Tony LaRussa would have Troy Glaus hitting 9th by now. What’s the Braves’ solution for him? Can’t keep sticking him in there.

  7. enough already - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    And another thing: it really irks me to be the standard-bearer for Omar Minaya because I’m really not his biggest fan. But it seems to me that he’s gotten a lot of heat over the people he didn’t sign, particularly pitchers. Marquis has floaters. Lowe has nothing left. And, though I am NL through and through and can’t really comment on how Lackey is pitching, his last outing was no prize winner. Anyway, I feel better now.
    Captcha: admitted quibbled – no fooling!

  8. Jonny5 - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    How is Brave, and/or Indian racist? “Redskin” I can understand, but seriously people….. Please tell me you’re joking to change myself from Laughing at you, to laughing with you.
    -Well Craig, it looked like the 47 year old still has some magic in him huh? When is someone going to tell Jamie he’s 47? Seriously he joined the Majors 3 years before Jason Heyward was born. Escobar seemed to be so frustrated with being unable to catch up to the 70-80 mph tosses that he smashed his bat into the ground. Primadonna that he is.

  9. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    They really don’t have another choice. Eric Hinske is the backup plan. The Braves’ gambled on Glaus performing this year. I think it’s too early to panic or cut bait, but the simple fact is that if Glaus does not cut it, there really is no plan B.

  10. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    EA: Joel Piniero was really the one that got away this offseason. He looks fantastic. I’ll grant you though that he was likely a Wilpon veto as opposed to an Omar whiff.

  11. enough already - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Ooops. I forgot about him. I wanted that deal.

  12. Moses Green - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    How is Chief Wahoo racist? Seriously? This is one of those things where if you have to even ask, you’ll never really understand. Don’t come back on this one Jonny, cuz you’re totally wrong. Please be the one person on this board who just shuts the fuck up when they’re totally wrong. Don’t frickin start in with this crap.

  13. Doracle - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I can live with the name itself. It’s the logo. Chief Wahoo is really, really racist.

  14. jwb - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    “I thought oblique injuries would be all the rage”
    To be fair, Travis Buck hit the DL yesterday with a strained oblique. Hamstrings have the lead, but obliques are just a few back with 145 games to play.

  15. peteinfla - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    What about Freddie Freeman, isn’t he on the horizon?

  16. haje16 - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    April 23rd 4pm. A generic sales office in New York City.
    The Boss “bet you wish you’d chosen the Yankees as your team, not the Indians”.
    Me:”dont be so sure, CC has been known to struggle down in Oakland”
    TB: “wow, only a true Yankee fan could know that about one of our pitchers”
    how soon they forget from whence the big man came.

  17. jwb - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Freeman’s performance above A ball has been less than inspiring.
    (Insert obligatory comments about small sample sizes, young for his leagues, etc. He’s only 20 and at AAA, after all.)

  18. Old Gator - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    I agree that Chief Wahoo is racist. He doesn’t like Armenians. He doesn’t like people from Dahomey. He doesn’t like Seventh Day Irridentists – or Orthodontists, either, especially orthodontists from Dahomey or Armenia. He doesn’t think that Louise Erdrich is “indian” enough and he’d rather wake up the night after a bender next to Linda Tripp than Leslie Marmon Silko.He thinks Sherman Alexie is an Uncle Cuckoo Feather. And he lives in perpetual dread that some Indonesian with Kuru will move onto his rez vectoring some horrible prion that will drive down the value of his hogan and infect his buffalo herd with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. None of this is rational. I think the commissioner ought to send him off to the same political correctness counselling/golf resort – the one built over the sacred burial ground in partnership with Robert Redford – where he sent Buzzy Bavasi.

  19. ralph - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    “Hey, if we ban Chief Wahoo, maybe we should ban the PIRATES logo because PIRATES might be offended,” that kind of crap.

    How about Notre Dame’s mascot, then? He’s wildly offensive to Irish Catholics. The absolute stereotype of pugnacious, ugly, drunken mick.

  20. peteinfla - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Thanks JWB, thought he was off to a better start. No “small sample” retort from me. Stil though, you have to wonder if with Glauss’ slow start, how long till the Braves start thinking about it – or some other option at 1b.

  21. Evan - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    I wonder if people would consider it racist if they replaced Chief Wahoo with Chief Slot Machine…

  22. Ron - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    A picture, a logo, or a symbol is not racist. It’s not possible. You’re attributing human thought to an inanimate object. A logo is just a logo.
    The reasoning behind using the logo can be racist. The perception of what the logo means to the people looking at it can be racist. The law can even define it as racist. But its still just a logo.
    So the way you look at it, the entire Cleveland Indians is racist, anyone who who refuses to be offended by it is racist, and the goverment is allowed to enact laws that control our thoughts.
    Racism is a bad thing, and shouldn’t be tolerated. But to compare a picture to something like Jim Crow is silly at a minimum, and insane at the maximum. It’s still just a logo. Its an inappropriate logo to some, and to others, its just a logo. Just like cartoons in a Danish newspaper.
    There are a lot of ways to express your distatse at a picture, but accusing millions of people, most of whom don’t really give a shit one way or the other, of racism is never going to accomplish anything. The harder you push, the harder people will push back. All you’re going to do is get more people up in arms over the fact they are being called racist, when that isn’t even the problem.
    Try fighting the real issue (the logo) instead of creating a false outrageous one (racism) that doesn’t even apply in this case. Becasue it’s still just a logo.

  23. Ron - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    That should have been a reply to Moses Green or Doracle. I hit the wrong post.

  24. enough already - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    My logo was posted before the racism argument currently taking place. It refers to Ike Davis, newly called up to the Mets, and Craig’s post from yesterday. I didn’t say anything about the Indians or Braves

  25. Ari Collins - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    “Indians”, to Native Americans, is racist. It’s a name that has nothing whatsoever to do with what they call themselves. If this were any other ethnicity, one that isn’t the single poorest and most marginalized in America, we wouldn’t stand for it. There wouldn’t be a Washington Negros, New York Yids, or Texas Wetbacks.
    Essentially, the rule is this: if you are not a member of a racial group and think that something is not racist towards that group, you MIGHT want to think about the fact that maybe, as not a member of that group, you might not actually know what the #%$) you’re talking about. You won’t find too many Native Americans saying that “Indians” or “Braves” isn’t racist. That might tell you something.
    Sorry to be such a downer! I just get frustrated at willful ignorance. Carry on having awesome ATH articles!
    captcha: “was vivider”. As in, this comment thread was far more vivid before it got derailed into a “discussion” of racism. Go us!

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