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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

May 12, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

Johnny Cueto.jpgReds 9, Pirates 0: Johnny Cueto tosses a one-hitter. He was one single and one HBP away from a perfect game, but the fact that he hit the same guy who got the single — Ronny Cedeno — probably made him feel better.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1: Who are you, Mr. hard-throwing, efficient pitcher, and what have you done with Daisuke Matsuzaka?! (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9K, 106 pitches).

Mariners 5, Orioles 1: More controversy: Larry LaRue reports that Don Wakumatsu wanted to use Mike Sweeney to pinch hit in the seventh inning, but he was found raging in the clubhouse.

Marlins 3, Cubs 2: The Cubs have now lost four in a row and seven of eight. Another error for Starlin Castro.

Mets 8, Nationals 6: The Nats had a 6-2 lead entering the eighth when the wheels fell off thanks to the bullpen. Newly called-up Chris Carter hit a clutch two-run double for the Mets and David Wright and Jason Bay each had three hits. Ike Davis had another one of those pretty swell catches in which he leans over the dugout railing. Frankly, I’m beginning to think that he’s just showing off. Kind of like Ric Flair doing that little flip up and over the turnbuckle thing. Except Davis sells his move better.

White Sox 5, Twins 2: The Sox did all of their damage in the fifth inning. And hey, look who got the save! Why, it’s Bobby Jenks, who was supposed to have been demoted or forgotten about or whatever. Just the latest example of one of baseball’s most important maxims: don’t ever listen to what Ozzie Guillen says unless he’s just sort of pontificating about stuff that doesn’t relate directly to him in which case you really should listen because that dude is totally raw and totally hilarious, brother.

Indians 8, Royals 2: Two homers for Russell Branyan. Trey Hillman was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a play at third, thereby requiring him to retire to the clubhouse and watch the remainder of the game on a video monitor. Hey Trey: get used to watching Royals games on TV.

Astros 6, Cardinals 3: Jason Motte is like an offensive lineman in that you only notice him when he screws up. We all remember that blowski against the Reds back on April 8th because it was, like, the only day game everyone was paying attention to that afternoon. We recognize this performance — homers given up to both Berkman and Pence — because it was also notably awful. We missed the mostly admirable work he did in between, however. Motte had gotten his ERA down to 1.69 as recently as a week ago. He got lit up last night. It happens.

Braves 11, Brewers 3: Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske each had three RBI and the Braves had their first laugher of a win all season. Dave Bush wasn’t horrible for the Brewers, but the pen was.

Athletics 7, Rangers 6: Daric Barton homered in the 11th and hit the winning RBI single in the 13th, as the A’s win a wild one. Andrew Bailey and Neftali Feliz blew saves. Pinch runners were thrown out at the plate, Eric Chavez hit a homer. Really, nothing in this game was particularly ordinary.

Rays 7, Angels 2: Scott Kazmir is Tampa Bay’s career leader in wins, starts, innings, and
strikeouts. He faced the Rays for the first time last night and they made it clear to him that he is of a different era in team history (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2K.)

Dodgers 13, Diamondbacks 3: Lots of runs and stuff for L.A., but the thing that jumps out at me the most is the fact that Dan Haren had ten strikeouts in six and a third innings, but also gave up ten hits. there’s a combination you don’t see every day.

Padres 3, Giants 2: Barry Zito was lost, walking seven guys and giving up six hits. It’s a wonder the Padres didn’t score more off him.

Phillies vs. Rockies: Half a mile from the county fair and the rain keep pourin down.

Yankees vs. Tigers: Oh, the water. Hope it don’t rain all day.

  1. Ron - May 12, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    Hillman used 3 pinchhitters in the 9th.
    Guess who didn’t get to swing the bat?

  2. Moses Green - May 12, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    … stoned me just like jelly roll

  3. Moses Green - May 12, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    New sitcom idea: Ike and the Cyborg. Hotshot rookie first baseman teams up with robot sidekick and Air Bud to pull a struggling once-proud baseball franchise back to the playoffs. Sudden power and a series of less-than-plausible catches from Ike, plus clutch hits and deadpan humor from the Cyborg.
    Superboy should play Ike, and for some reason I think it would be funny if Michael Caine voiced the Cyborg.

  4. Mark Smith - May 12, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    Who was raging in the clubhouse? Wak? Sweeney? Or Larue?
    And you didn’t mention Hudson’s 6 BB? 6 BB!

  5. (Not That) Tom - May 12, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    My guess is Craig left it intentionally vague out of fear of Mike Sweeney showing up at his house and threatening to beat him up. Because Sweeney’s big and stuff.

  6. SuperMAX - May 12, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Not to mention Johnny Cueto had no walks, as well. Now that was an exciting game to watch.

  7. lar @ wezen-ball - May 12, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Nine of Haren’s strikeouts came in the first 3 innings. That’s pretty impressive (even if he did give up runs at the same time). Too bad he was only able to get 1 more the rest of the game.
    And please don’t ask me what’s going on with the Brewers. I honestly have no idea…

  8. Marty Winn - May 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    The Braves did win the season opener against the Cubs 16-5, that was a bit of a laugher.

  9. APBA Guy - May 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    The A’s game did demonstrate the value of extraordinary outfield play in tight games. Nelson Cruz was absent last night rehabbing in Oklahoma City, so David Murphy was in right for the Rangers. In the top of the 7th, score 2-2, Chavez singles. Patterson then smokes one to right which Murphy misjudges, overrunning and missing his jump for a run scoring triple and the A’s lead 3-2.
    In the bottom of the 8th Ziegler hits Michael Young, then Hamilton unloads to right center (a mere 444 feet). Kinsler doubles and Breslow comes in to face Murphy. Looking for redemption, Murphy sends a rocket to right. Ryan Sweeney runs back to where the ball should be coming down, but it was hit so hard that Sweeney has to jump for it and makes the catch, saving a run and ending the inning. Texas up 4-3 instead of 5-3.
    The two teams go back and forth until the bottom of the 12th, now 6-6. With two outs Guerrero singles off Tyson Ross. Blanco pinch-runs for Vlad. Kinsler singles to right off the end of his bat. Blanco takes off, sees the ball bounce to Sweeney’s right and appear to get by him. Head down, Blanco is waved to the plate by the Texas 3rd base coach. But what Blanco doesn’t see is that Sweeney had spotted the crazy spin on Kinsler’s hit and had slowed enough to be able to reach back and cut the ball off. He then threw to cut-off man Rosales who relayed to Powell. Blanco was dead meat at the plate.
    Good playing from Sweeney, as usual. Of course after that the A’s production crew reran the clips of Sweeney’s great catches in center last year against the Rangers. No doubt the Rangers are sick of seeing him and can’t wait for Cruz to return.

  10. Ed - May 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    As a Rays fan, I have not seen Scott Kazmir throw a good slider since the end of 2007. Ever since he hurt his elbow at the star of 2008 his slider has been MIA. And without that slider he’s not that good. My guess he’s one pitch away from Tommy John surgery…

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