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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Apr 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

Dana Eveland.jpgRed Sox 13, Blue Jays 12: Just your standard 25 run, 34 hit, 4+ hour nine inning game. Lyle Overbay, Jose Bautista and Jason Varitek each had 4 RBI, Bill Hall, Jeremy Herminda and Travis Snider all had 0-fers, and the starting pitchers — Josh Beckett and Dana Eveland — were each tied up and were placed, sitting backwards, on the backs of donkeys while wearing giant carnival masks and then led out into some forbidding desert to die.

Brewers 17, Pirates 3: The Milwaukee Brewers! What a rotten name! We were trapped. There they stood,
between us and the alley. The Milwaukee Brewers staring out at us with their yellow
eyes. They had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!

Royals 3, Mariners 1Kyle Davies beats Felix Hernandez? OK, that’s unexpected, but weird things happen from time to time. Yuniesky Betancourt goes 2-4 and is now hitting close to .350 on the year? Well, that is a little peculiar. Bruce Chen gets a save? Screw it, I’m maxing out my credit cards and pulling the kids out of school, because the end is friggin’ nigh.

Marlins 10, Padres 1: Josh Johnson pitched a complete game, striking out 12 and giving up a lone earned run and he went 3-4 driving in three.  A guy who can do that on a regular basis is worth $25 million a year. Ryan Howard? Not so much.

Tigers 8, Rangers 6: Neftali Feliz gives up back-to-back homers to Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge in the ninth to lose the game. I hate to see Feliz struggle, but any little thing that may push him out of Certified Closer land and back into being a starting pitcher is fine by me.

Cubs 4, Nationals 3: The Nats battled back from 3-0 to send the game to extras, and then Brian Bruney comes in and allows a single, a walk, a single and a walk to end it. His former team, the World Champion New York Yankees, were in Washington yesterday meeting President Obama. There’s a reason he did not accompany them.

Cardinals 4, Braves 3: “Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery, noted observer of the Atlanta Braves.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3: Dan Haren was on: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 10K. Adam LaRoche’s three-run homer in the first was a the big blast.

Giants 5, Phillies 1: Yes, of course it makes perfect sense that the Giants would score the most runs they had in a over week — 5 — on the night they face Roy Halladay. Wait, it actually does. Before last night Halladay had faced the Giants twice in his career and on each occasion they had scored . . . five runs.

Angels 5, Indians 2: The first several paragraphs of the game story are spent here comparing Jered Weaver to Jeff Weaver. Am I the only one who finds this odd? Hideki Matsui had his 1000th major league hit last night. I saw his performance. I would like to have a player like him in my lineup.
Mets vs. Dodgers: Postponed:  Remember that “Happy Days” episode where the Fonz performed in “The Rainmaker?” What the hell was up with that?

  1. josh - Apr 27, 2010 at 5:51 AM

    Craig channeling his inner Repoz. Not quiet an obscure band reference, or really obscure at all – but perfect nonetheless.

  2. enough already - Apr 27, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Brian Bruney, wasn’t he the guy who challenged K-rod to a duel? Who needs Elijah Dukes?

  3. Jonny5 - Apr 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Dirty Sanchez! :>/

  4. Fuggles - Apr 27, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Perhaps Craig should slow down on the tippling before writing the nightly “And That Happened:” and give us more actual baseball content and less vague references like “Mad Max” and *ugh* “Happy Days”???

  5. Rays fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Maybe it’s still too early in the morning, but I don’t understand the “Christmas Story” reference…does Farkus play for the Brewers (or maybe Ralphie for the Pirates)?

  6. Levi Stahl - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    I listened to the Cardinals game on MLB audio last night, and some problem with the feed gave the announcers’ voices a huge echo, like they were calling the game over the stadium speakers . . . or they were god.
    I love Mike Shannon, but I’m not sure I want to live in a universe where he’s all-powerful. Can God create so much Budweiser that even He can’t drink it all? The mind reels.

  7. lar @ wezen-ball - Apr 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Lost in the Brewers drubbing of the Pirates yesterday (and in your awesome, yet slightly esoteric, recap of the game, Craig) is the fact that, in the first inning, Gregg Zaun somehow forgot how to throw the ball back to the mound. The announcers mentioned “shades of Mackey Sasser”, but I’m not sure I know that story. It looked worse than Chuck Knoblach, though. (the video: )
    Seeing the replays of it this morning reminded me of a great Peanuts strip: (Enjoy!)

  8. salvo - Apr 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    “The first several paragraphs of the game story are spent here comparing Jered Weaver to Jeff Weaver. Am I the only one who finds this odd?”
    Less odd than having your longest ATH recap, by word count, be a quote having nothing to do with baseball from a Frenchman at the bottom of the ocean.

  9. Pirates South a/k/a Atlanta Braves - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    The level of sheer ineptness and suckitude of the 2010 Atlanta Braves is just depressing. You could at least count on, at a minimum, decent pitching and defense even if struggling at the plate. But this year? It’s ALL bad. Is Terry Pendleton the WORST hitting coach in the Major Leagues? I defy you to name another who has been less successful.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    The Braves are notorious for muddling through the first half of the season and then beginning their relentless rise after the all-star bust. Whereas I don’t think they’re bound for glory this season, Craig’s reverence for the Heyward Child notwitstanding, I do think they’ll be comforted in their hour of need by an attack of baseline competence and become a creditable team well before the dust has settled right there on the feed.
    Re the Feesh, yes, Josh Johnson may well be worth $25 million some day, but you each have one guess at who he won’t get that from. Show of hands?

  11. APBA Guy - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Since there were no Beloved A’s on the basepaths last night, Los Gigantes had to suffice, especially since they were facing Halladay last night.
    Even the great ones have an off night: lots of missed locations, and lots of balls leaking up over the middle of the plate. The Giants actually hit those tonight, unlike the A’s last week against Hughes, and Sanchez was able to take advantage of the Continental Shelf phenomenon in the Phillies line-up (after Werth, the drop is steep).
    The Phillies REALLY miss Jimmy Rollins. Sanchez had too many men on in all the odd innings: 1,3, and 5 but could escape because Ben Francisco (.176) and Wilson Valdez (.167) could not get a hit. Not once.
    One more good hitter might have made it a game for the Phils (or Feelies, if you are from Macando).

  12. scatterbrian - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Me thinks Craig’s riffing on the bully theme.

  13. Rays fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks. Hate it when I don’t get a joke.
    My first thought watching that game: Zaun should start reading Victoria’s Secrets catalogs.

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