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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

May 11, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

Damon homers.jpgTigers 5, Yankees 4: Johnny Damon hit a homer and Austin Jackson drove in a run on a groundout. That’s cool and all, but otherwise they combined to go 1 for 7 with three strikeouts. Despite that, how much you wanna bet that the New York papers make a huge “oh, if we only had those guys!” fuss this morning?

Reds 2, Pirates 1: How to tell if a team is for real? It wins the games it’s supposed to win. A lot of teams have had a problem doing that when the Pirates are involved this year, but Cincy took care of it last night.

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 3: Andre Ethier went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI. He’s probably happy that Ronnie Belliard had that contact clause requiring him to lose weight seeing as though he’s carrying this team on his back and everything.

Phillies 9, Rockies 5: Carlos Ruiz and Ross Gload (?!) did most of the damage here, as the Phillies came from behind twice and capped the night off with a four-run ninth inning. In other news, Huston Street threw a bullpen session yesterday. He has been missed.

Braves 8, Brewers 2: Tommy Hanson threw eight scoreless with 8Ks and Martin Prado hit a grand slam. I love the quotes from the Braves in the game story about how it feels like they’re turning it around and everything. One-game winning streak, dudes. For Milwaukee, Ryan Braun left the game in the seventh after getting plunked.

Marlins 4, Cubs 2: Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the sixth but, in clear violation of baseball’s unwritten rules, the Marlins broke it up and won the game. Wait, correction: it was only a violation of Ted Lilly’s unwritten rules. Still, gotta have respect for (Ted Lilly’s) game, Marlins. Totally bush league if you ask me.  In other news, Cody Ross stole home on a double steal, and that’s always fun (video here).

Angels 5, Rays 4: The Rays’ bats were suffering a perfect game hangover for a long time in this one, but finally woke up late to come from behind and tie it at 4 in the ninth. The winning run came in the 11th, with the sequence going like this: a single, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Note: no animals or baseballs were harmed in the manufacturing of this run.

Nationals 3, Mets 2: Adam Kennedy and Ryan Zimmerman hit back-to-back jacks and Luis Atilano and five relievers, who did not include closer Matt Capps or winning machine Tyler Clippard, kept the Mets’ bats quiet. A couple of baserunning mistakes hurt the Mets. First, David Wright got doubled off first base on a popup. It had been so long since he had been standing on first perhaps he forgot what to do over there. Second, Jeff Francoeur got caught in a rundown between third and home after breaking for it on a chopper back to the mound.  He’s Jeffy, though, and for him those things just happen sometimes.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6: Brandon Morrow walked five dudes in the second inning. In fact, the Red Sox’ four runs that inning came by virtue of a single hit. The Jays’ 2-5 hitters combined to go 0 for 16.

  1. enough already - May 11, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    I don’t have much to say today but I will quote Utley’s hair: Wow…who didn’t see THAT uncalled-for shot coming?
    Well, CC, my time with you is drawing to an end. I’m gearing up for a fight before I go.
    Catcha: Oh, Lovejoy.

  2. YankeesfanLen - May 11, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Of most concern, the Universe has had by far the least 1-run games (3) and no wins.
    Specific problems last night were ARod’s error in the first and Ordonez’ catch in the eighth. Johnny Who’s homer only made a difference if you wanted it to.
    Of the 3 papers, Times was most sentimental, but of course Post had to have back page “Damon’s Revenge”
    Captcha: AZZINI mansards- some fancy Italian roofing product?

  3. Mathew - May 11, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    That what I said when the Phillies signed Gload, who? but he has been the teams best pinch hitter so Im happy they did it.

  4. Ron - May 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    ESPN.com’s headline for the Tigers/Yankess game was “Jackson, Damon lead Tigers to victory”.

  5. oh Hal - May 11, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    The Hanson thing had all the appearances of a deliberate act. He missed his spot grossly and nailed the guy who has hit him the hardest. Then he compounded it by repeatedly throwing to first when he was still in pain.
    I’m sure everyone will say to wait before conclusions are drawn, but Tommy looks dirty.

  6. GimmeSomeSteel - May 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    You forgot to mention that when the Reds went to Pittsburgh earlier this year, they got SWEPT by the not-exactly-mighty Pirates. so much for winning the games you’re supposed to win.

  7. Jonny5 - May 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    And let’s not forget the Flyers went to 3-2 in the playoff series against Bahhhstan. Not bad for being down 3 games to none. Oh whoops, wrong blog. ;>)

  8. APBA Guy - May 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Joe Maddon was Scioscia’s bench coach before he took over at Tampa. Guess he still knows the old man’s head: last night the runnin’ Angels were 0-2 on steal attempts. But Mike must have been watching his protege as well. Tamps, 0-1.
    Thats’s a combined 0-3 for two of the fastest, stealing-est teams in the majors.

  9. Old Gator - May 11, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Normally, Cody Ross runs like a toad making for the pond ahead of an onrushing watersnake, but last night he was pure greased lightning in his dash for the plate. It’s nice to see the Feesh win a game on guts and initiative instead of standing around in the batter’s box waiting for the opposing pitcher to heave them a beachball down the middle. I’m somewhat jetlagged at the moment and so haven’t yet had an opportunity to contemplate the startling concept of Fat Fredi calling a hail Mary play, but the view of Macondo from Nyoric is compromised by haze and distance anyway. Still, a win is a win, and finding one for Nate Robertson lately has been about as likely as shipping a valuable gift to China via USPS Priority Mail and actually having it get there (and yeah, I speak from experience).

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