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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 2

Apr 29, 2010, 7:12 AM EDT

Hoffman head down.jpgAnd now for the Senior Circuit.

Pirates 6, Brewers 5: Oh, Trevor. We covered this as it happened yesterday, but to reiterate: Hoffman was taken long by Ryan Doumit in the ninth for the second game in a row, and has now blown four of seven save chances this season. He blew
only four saves all of last year.  For what it’s worth his counterpart Octavio Dotel was bet up too, but I don’t think any of us lose any sleep over Octavio Dotel’s struggles.

Mets 7, Dodgers 3: John Maine struck out nine Dodgers in six innings as the Mets wrap up a 9-1 homestand. When reached for comment Ned Colletti ripped rookie pitcher John Ely for his terrible debut, ripped Fernando Valenzuela for his weight and ripped Steve Garvey for using too much hairspray.

Cardinals 6, Braves 0: Just when you think the Braves can’t sink any lower and get any more depressing they surprise you with something like this. Braves pitchers walked nine guys and Braves batters got only seven hits. They were as threatening as a doorstop in this game. Batting averages for the Braves starters yesterday: .197, .361, .241, .203, .200. .197, .200, .160.

Phillies 7, Giants 6: If I would have told you before this one that Tim Lincecum would strike out 11 and pitch into the ninth, I bet you wouldn’t have guessed the outcome. Lincecum doesn’t strike me as a violent guy, so it’s not like he’d go hit his closer, Brian Wilson, over the head with a metal chair or anything after this one, but I’m sure there was a long “Duuuuude. Not cool, dude,” exchanged.

Reds 6, Astros 4: The Reds scored three runs in the fourth inning when Hunter Pence lost a fly ball against the backdrop of the Houston sky on a day when the Minute Maid Park roof was open. Which just proves what I’ve been saying for years: playing baseball games in the open air is an abomination, and I will not rest until all teams play their home games in domes.

Diamondbacks 12, Rockies 11: Shades of pre-humidor Coors Field. Arizona led 6-0, then trailed 11-6 in this one, and that was all before the fifth inning. In the 10th Kelly Johnson homered off Franklin Morales to seal the win. A.J. Hinch was ejected in the ninth when the Dbacks loaded the bases but failed to score. He was run when Mark Reynolds was called out on a force play at home. Hinch’s take was that catcher Miguel Olivo’s foot came off the bag, and he held his hands wide apart to show the ump and the entire crowd just how badly the ump missed the call. I like those kinds of theatrics, but umpires don’t for some reason.

Nationals 3, Cubs 2: If anyone else had Matt Capps getting to 10 saves before the end of April in the office pool, please come to Kathy’s cubical and collect your winnings. Oh, and check out this sick, sick catch from Marlon Byrd. Screw skill. I’ll take luck any day.

Padres 6, Marlins 4: Down four early, the Padres came back with a five-spot in the fifth and an insurance run in the eighth. The big blow was a three-run double from noted RBI-man David Eckstein. The scrappy Adrian Gonzalez singled home the go-ahead run.  

  1. Jonny5 - Apr 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    The Phills Giants game was a pretty boring game up until the ninth inning when all hell broke loose. It became insanely exciting until the very end, it wasn’t pretty but damn you have to see the highlights,And Brian Schnieder makes the most awesome play at the plate to preserve the win for Philly. Thank god for Jayson Werth. This guy has more clutch plays this season offensively and defensively than anyone. If the Phills let this guy go, the Howard deal will be frowned apon for a long long time. Keep Werth and both deals will look good imo. Seriously Ruben, Keeping Werth will be a face saving move for the club.
    ——— > Craig, have you ever seen something like this before? http://www.wmmr.com/shows/jaxon/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10110115 I’m sending 20 bucks myself.

  2. Levi Stahl - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    The Braves did turn four double plays, Craig. That’s something to be proud of, right?

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Makes all the hurt go away, Levi.

  4. Levi Stahl - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    At least the Braves turned four double plays. That’s gotta count as a good thing, right?

  5. Old Gator - Apr 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    About all I can say on the bright side of the Feesh’s debacle yesterday is that Chris Coghlan had another couple of hits and is approaching the Mendoza Line from below for the first time in weeks. Coghlan must have realized how close he was to being sent back to the farm and sold for ethanol to make up for that star-crossed rig in the Gulf. Boy, could the Teal Kittens use him coming around. On the negative side, Cameron Maybin’s latest flirtation with the rare air above .300 seems to have ended for the nonce and he has yet to show much of his power this season.
    .
    I think it’s now safe to say that Nate Robertson will not be this year’s Mark Redman after all.
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    Feesh back to .500, their natural habitat. When they were up in the first division for a while, they reminded me a little of the occasional saltwater denizen that gets netted halfway up the Mississippi. Scrooge McLoria sits in his money vault seething, too embarrassed to face the portrait of Jack Benny on his wall, finding all kinds of ways to blame Fat Freddy for subverting his theory that you can run a successful baseball team using the K-Mart business model. The clock is ticking on Fat Freddy’s tenure – especially unsettling since Freddy has to wind it himself, his boss being too cheap to buy an electric model.

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