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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 1

Apr 29, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

Gardenhire argues.jpgBecause I’m running late with these, let’s break them up into two installments. Here’s the AL edition. The NL edition will follow later this morning.  Thanks for bearing with me.

11, Twins 6
: Interesting play in the sixth, when Johnny Damon hit a
deep drive to center. Denard Span caught it after a very long run, but
dropped it after taking a couple of steps. The umps
ruled that Span hadn’t held the ball long enough for an out, and it
ended up being scored a two-base error, after which the floodgates
opened. Gardenhire got ejected arguing the call, but the
replay seems to back him up
. Looks like he simply dropped it tryin
to take it out of his glove for the throw.

Rays 10, Athletics 3: James Shields was dealing — fanning 12 — and Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena each went long, giving the Rays their 13th win in 15 games.  Bad day for Dallas Braden, who said after the game: “Someone apparently didn’t tell the Rays that [batting practice] was
over when they took the cage off the field.” Braden’s pretty good at telling opposing players to knock it off. You’d think he would have said something.

Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0: Jon Lester allowed only one hit and struck out 11 in seven innings as the Sox, winners of seven of nine and Jays, losers of nine of 12, each begin to return to expected form after some early season tomfoolery.

Angels 4, Indians 3: I can’t count how many times I’ve been in a ballpark and overheard some half-drunk, uninformed guy say “dude should totally lay a bunt down here. They’d never expect it” when it’s clearly not a bunting situation. I think there was even a law requiring that in Cincinnati when Adam Dunn was still around. Grinds my gears every time I hear it, because it evinces a profound ignorance of the game and winning strategy.  In other news, Howie Kendrick laid down a bunt with two out in the ninth inning “driving” in Torii Hunter to win the game. I’d give credit to Mike Scioscia for creative thinking, but he had been ejected seven innings earlier.

Rangers 6, White Sox 5: Jake Peavy walked five and gave up six runs on six hits. Guess he didn’t have it figured out after all.

Mariners 6, Royals 5: Gil Meche gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings. He’s now 0-2 in four starts with a 10.13 ERA. Opponents are batting .338
against him. And he’s only owed another $25 million or so.

Yankees 8, Orioles 3: The O’s got 11 hits of CC Sabathia, who was pitching with a big lead for much of the game and apparently just daring the O’s to hit it, but they couldn’t do much with all of those baserunners.


  1. thatGuy - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    That Span missed call was a crock… Same ump that threw him out last night as well… Can you say Conspiracy? Not that it matters, between Baker and Crain they couldn’t miss bats for a good portion of the next 4 innings anyways.

  2. MU789 - Apr 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    How many times have you seen a shortstop or second baseman drop the ball taking it out of the glove when turning a double play. The umps always call an out at second and they never have the ball as long as Span did.

  3. Eric Cioe - Apr 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Span caught the ball, no doubt. But what happened after that?
    I understand that the umpire blew the call. But after years of this sort of crap happening in the Metrodome, like when Inge got HBP in 163 last season and it wasn’t called, I don’t feel the least bit bad. Besides, the error didn’t hurt as bad as the, you know, two free passes and three consecutive doubles did.

  4. APBA Guy - Apr 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    The Rays doubled up on the A’s in the two game series 18-9, moving Braden’s ERA in this game from 2.75 to 4.20, and in the previous game, Ben Sheets’ ERA from 2.77 to 5.00. Funny what an AL East lineup can do to you when it’s really cooking.
    And for the record, neither Longoria’s nor Pena’s blasts were cheapies. Brad Kilby, a lefty recalled from Sacramento, isn’t terrible, but he got one up to Longoria who deposited it about 15 rows up in left after having fouled two similar pitches off Braden in previous at-bats. Not a bad two game series for Evan: 3 for 9 with two doubles and an HR, both doubles the ground rule variety meaning with a little more loft they would have been out, too. Amazing bat speed.
    The best play of the series was by the Rays in the top of the 5th with the score tied 2-2. Eric Patterson had singled. Adam Rosales (subbing well for Mark Ellis) doubled to left. Carl Crawford, who’s very fast but has a left-fielder’s arm, cut the ball off while Patterson was being waved around third. Patterson is also very fast. Crawford threw a perfect strike to Bartlett who was beautifully positioned to receive the ball and throw to the plate. Bartlett’s throw was perfect and Jaso got the tag down as Patterson attempted a wide slide away from the tag. Great professional execution of the relay play that absolutely took the wind out of the A’s. In the bottom of the inning the Rays scored 6 and seemed to be saying “OK, we’ve toyed with you long enough. Game over.” Of course they then hit the two moon shots the next inning for emphasis. Very, very impressive.
    Finally, Shields appeared highly motivated to get to 10 strikeouts. Tampa has a promotion that if the starter gets to 10 every fan gets a free pizza (voucher I’m assuming). When he hit 10 the roar from the Oakland like throng of 10,691 (29.7% of capacity) was actually louder than for the Rays scoring. Give the people what they want!
    It’s really a shame to see so few people there. I’ve been to the Trop, and I can absolutely understand why people wouldn’t go. There’s no parking, the neighborhood could be a lot better, and it’s a way worse venue than the Mausoleum, which is already way worse than any other major league stadium, but at least has a beautiful playing surface and improving concessions (Kona Longboard lager plus Kinder’s barbecue: now that’s gametime satisfaction) But still, another 5000 per game and they could keep one of Crawford or Pena at the end of the year.

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