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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

May 6, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

Sergio Romo.jpgGiants
3, Marlins 2
: Barry Zito is now 5-0 after throwing another gem (7
IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4K). But give mucho credit to Sergio Romo, who atoned for
blowing Tim Lincecum’s game on Tuesday by coming into a bases-loaded,
no-out jam in the eighth to (a) fan Hanley Ramirez on three pitches; and
(b) induce Jorge Cantu to hit into an inning-ending double play.  I
hope Zito bought that man a steak after the game.

Reds 5, Mets 4: I think Jerry Manuel read Ozzie Guillen’s “When I want to quit, I’ll do a lot of stupid things
and make sure they fire me and get paid”
quotes from yesterday morning, because what else could explain (a) taking David Wright out of the game in order to keep Fernando Tatis in it; and (b) using Pedro Feliciano for four straight games, which is only increasing the pressure on an already overtaxed Mets’ pen.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 4: The Tribe are losers of four straight and eight
of their last 10, but this one was particularly painful. Cleveland led
4-2 with two outs in the ninth when Chris Perez gave up a double to Fred
Lewis, Luis Valbuena booted what would have been a game-ending grounder
which allowed Lewis to score and then Perez gave up a two-run shot to
Adam Lind. Perez had been in since there was one out in the eighth.
Asked after the game about using Perez for a five-out save, Manny
Acta made references to Rollie Fingers and Mike Marshall
. Unless
his point was to explain the quality of pitcher that Chris Perez most
certainly is not, I’m not quite sure where he was going with that
comparison.

Pirates 4, Cubs 2: Look kid, we know you’re not Charlie Morton — he can’t pitch and you just did — so just cut the crap. Now tell us: what did you do with Morton? Is he safe? Because if any harm comes to him, well um, aw, forget it.  You gonna be ready to start in five days, “Charlie?”

Phillies 4, Cardinals 0: No one ran onto the field last night. Not even the Cardinals’ hitters, apparently.

Red Sox 3, Angels 1: That’s six straight losses for the Angels. There was a bomb threat before the game. In the game: Big Papi hit a bomb. Coincidence? Why, yes, it most certainly was.

Athletics 4, Rangers 1: This is gonna be one of those years where the AL West champ wins, like, 80 games, isn’t it?

Twins 5, Tigers 4: The sweep. Rick Porcello walked four guys, gave up five hits and allowed five runs in 5.1 innings. After the game he said “it was better.”  Sad thing? He’s not wrong. Miguel Cabrera hit two more runs in a losing cause, and currently has one of the quieter .372/.450/.655 seasons I’ve seen in a long time.

Yankees 7, Orioles 5: Homers from the Nicks and a two-run double from Teixeira give the Yanks a comfortable lead and then the bullpen — after Andy Pettitte’s early exit — takes it home despite the unavailability of both Mo (injury) and Joba (resting).

Braves 7, Nationals 6: A see-saw battle decided with Matt Diaz’s RBI single in the 10th. There had better be a lot more of those in his bat, because Jason Heyward left the game with a groin strain and is probably going to miss a few days, and he has basically been 100% of the offense lately babies.

Astros 4, Diamondbacks 2: The ‘Stros stop the skid on a walkoff jack by Carlos Lee. His first since God knows when, but not this year.

White Sox 9, Royals 2: The Chisox are the Bureau of Reclamation: Freddy Garcia wins, Andruw Jones and Alexis Rios homer.

Rays 8, Mariners 3: Matt Garza pitched eight strong innings to
improve to 5-1 on the season, and helping the Rays win their 20th.
Cliff Lee came out of the gate looking electric, but it didn’t last. He ended up allowing five runs on 10 hits in eight innings. Milton Bradley is getting the help he needs, it seems. The rest of the Mariners need some help too.

Brewers 11, Dodgers 3: The Brewers scored a bunch in the first inning, took a long break and then blew up again in the eighth. I’m not going to say that giving up 11 runs on consecutive nights was unnerving for Dodgers fans, but True Blue L.A. wrote the entire recap of last night’s game in pig Latin.

Rockies 6, Padres 5: Ian Stewart hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the 12th, breaking out of his slump and giving the game to the Rockies. And yes, I did forget this game when I first published the post this morning. I can’t tell you why. Maybe it’s because my brother — who is from San Diego — has been visiting me for a week, I’m getting a little tired of it and I’m just being passive aggressive about all things San Diego.

  1. Moses Green - May 6, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    Marlins fans watching competent relief work must feel like all of these white-hooded commenters when they watch TV and see people who are lucky enough to have evolved thumbs. Amazement followed hard by paralyzing waves of envy.
    I’m not sure what the Stros-D’Backs writeup means, how to fix it, or indeed whether it even needs fixing.

  2. gen - May 6, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    unreal finish to that game.. Cito Gaston really should have pinch run for Molina in the 7th

  3. Old Gator - May 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Pardon me while I violate a long standing policy of going right to the Feesh commentary to answer Craig’s question about what might explain last night’s eccentric strategy of Jerry Manuel (Hah! Got the right Manuel this time!). Here’s a possible explanation: stupidity. Sometimes, as the simple never tire of reminding us, the simple explanation is simplest. Or some such thing.
    .
    Okay, the Feesh. Yes, my dear Moses, a blown-prone boolpen does make a difference. The Bargain Basement is a great place from which to look up at .500, and the Feesh are looking more and more like they’re going to be craning their necks pretty often this season. But really, you can’t blame the travails of the worst-fielding team in Beisbol entirely on that tightly knit little fraternity of arsonists out there in right field. Yesterday, left fielder Brett Carrol demonstrated that whatever afflicts the infield is catching – or, in his case, not catching – after dropping a routine fly ball for a two base error and setting up the unearned run that was the difference in Nate Robertson’s Zodiac malign alignment last night. Carrol had one of the two Bytes of the Nyte, explaining “I expect to catch that ball. I just missed it.” Fortunately, the Feesh had taken extra infield practice before the game. Fat Fredi may not be much of a gameday strategist, but at least he has an acute sense of where the team’s real shortcomings are hidden. The other Byte of the Nyte was Fredi’s; asked why the team couldn’t cash in its bases-loaded opportunities in the eighth and ninth with the right guys up at the plate, he replied sagely, “We had opportunities in the eighth and ninth with the right guys up to the plate, and it didn’t happen.” Now that’s the kind of incisive analysis you would normally expect from a Tim McCarver, you know?

  4. Jonny5 - May 6, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Moses, what happened to all the hope??? Take a deep breath, and slowly exhale as you say “I am a hollow reed, wind blows through me freely” Ya know breathe in the blue, breathe out the red kinda thing. (Learned that from perfect strangers) Anyway, you’re on the internet dude, suck it up. Anyone can get on here and mindlessly ramble, insult, or even be rational, it’s a hodge podge of folks, If you can’t take the heat? Well you know the rest.;>p Wooo Hoooo, how bout them Phills??? And it’s going to be Halladay tonight, nice….

  5. JBerardi - May 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Upon hearing about the bomb scare, Dustin Pedroia strode into the middle of the clubhouse and barked, “Bomb squad? Bomb squad? They’re early!” and flexed his muscles in anticipation of all the ‘bombs’ he would hit later.

    http://soxblog.projo.com/2010/05/bomb-scare-at-f.html

  6. APBA Guy - May 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    In the Shyster days, ATH would attract tons of comments. Now, buried by a torrent of other posts, only 5 by the time my West Coast eyes pop open. Sad, but at least the 5 are from familiar, hard-core ATH fans.
    I’m surprised Gator didn’t mention that Hanley’s strikeout by Romo came on not one pitch in the zone. Bases loaded, no outs, and Hanley’s hacking like Cesar Izturis. Good curves by Romo, but only one even briefly looked like a strike.
    And Craig, my over/under on the AL West winner is 82. Though god knows which team it will be:
    Seattle: no offense, weak starters after Cliff & the King.
    A’s: weak offense, injury prone, excellent bullpen, fair starters.
    Texas: Best offense, questionable rotation, weak bullpen, ownership handicap.
    Angels: Steady but mediocre rotation, weak bullpen, mediocre offense.
    The winner will probably be a team that has a hot streak for two weeks and plays above itself.

  7. Romosexual - May 6, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    That is one handsome pic of my boy Serge.

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