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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

May 13, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

Roger Bernadina.jpgNationals
6, Mets 4
: Roger Bernadina was 3 for 5 with two homers — including
the game-winner — and had a
sweet grab in right field
. And did Rob Dibble really say — in
dialect — “that boy’s good!” after his ninth inning homer?  Why yes, he
. Oy.

Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2: Tim Wakefield’s knuckler was dancing all day, but it took a bad step in front of Travis Snider’s bat in the seventh. Shaun Marcum, in contrast, made almost no mistakes, allowing only two hits and shutting out the Sox over seven. Worth noting, even in a loss: David Ortiz has hit in five straight and is hitting.310 with three home runs in May.  Still striking out too much and not walking enough, but it’s something.

Rockies 4, Phillies 3: Miguel Olivo caps off a 5 for 5 day with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the tenth. Melvin Mora left the game with a strained butt.  Really. Indeed, it would be wholly accurate to say that Mora is day-to-day with an ass.

Twins 3, White Sox 2: I don’t care if the Twins won. This was a pretty sweet catch.

Cubs 4, Marlins 3: Carlos Silva at 4-0 is but a half-step down on the improbability scale from Ugly Kid Joe coming out with a hit single and selling out arenas.

Tigers 2, Yankees 0:  At least no one can blame this one on Javy Vazquez (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K). Or can they?

Yankees 8, Tigers 0: Phil Hughes was sharp once again and the Tigers wasted Jeremy Bonderman’s best start of the season. Well, maybe wasted is too strong a word — he stood to be the loser even when he left — but that six-spot the bullpen allowed in the ninth inning was pretty dispiriting all the same.

Braves 9, Brewers 2: Another bullpen catastrophe for the Brewers as Manny Parra and Carlos Villanueva each give up two runs in one inning of work and Trevor Hoffman allows three, raising his ERA to 12.00 on the season.  For the Braves, Eric Hinske may be winning the left field job, as he had his second multi-hit game in a row. Of course, the way the Brewers pitching has been going, this series sweep may not have provided a true read of any Braves hitter’s ability.

Reds 5, Pirates 0Handled this one yesterday afternoon.  Between this ugly and lifeless shutout and the Penguins’ Game-7 loss to the eighth-seeded Habs, yesterday may have been the worst day in Pittsburgh sports since Sid Bream slid home safe.  We now return this blog to another three years of ignoring hockey.

Rays 4, Angels 3: Usually when one team has a starter strike out 12 guys and the other team has to use six pitchers, the 12-strikeout guy’s team wins. Not so yesterday, as David Price and five Rays relievers beat Jered Weaver’s 12 Ks in seven innings. The Rays scored twice on passed balls charged to Angels’ catcher Ryan Budde. Scioscia ought to just pencil his own name into the lineup for day games after night games.

Orioles 5, ______ 2: Brad Bergesen pitched seven and two-thirds innings of one run ball as the Orioles win.  I will not name or talk about the O’s opponent in these recaps until they stop being jackasses and cease their juvenile blackballing of reporter Larry LaRue.

Astros 9, Cardinals 6: Kyle Lohse was on duty when the Astros scored all nine of their runs, but he was only charged with four. This says far more about the randomness of the earned run rule than it does about Loshe’s performance, because he was hit pretty hard, pretty often.

Rangers 10, Athletics 1: Remember that thing I said in the power rankings the other day? About
how the Rangers had been playing with one hand tied behind their back? 
Yeah, this is what I was talking about.Derek Holland struck out seven in six shutout innings in his first start of the season. The offense let loose. It’s not going to take much for a team to separate itself from the pack in the AL West this year. Perhaps the Rangers are doing it.

Padres 5, Giants 2: That sound you hear is the sound of people coming to grips with the fact of how for real this Padres team is. They’re now 5-0 against the Giants this year, the only team in the west who looks poised to put up much of a fight. I’m struggling to think of a team that, in the preseason, looked so bad but once the bell rung looked so good.

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 3: Hiroki Kuroda returned to the park where the comebacker smacked him in the head last year and, despite a leadoff walk he chalked up to nerves, cruised, striking out nine and giving up three runs in seven and a third.  Manny Ramirez had three RBI. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I hadn’t even realized that he had returned from the DL. If you can’t depend on ridiculous Manny hype in this world, what can you depend on?

Phillies vs. Rockies (game 2): Postponed: The sky was dark and gloomy, the air was damp and raw, the streets were
wet and sloppy. The smoke hung sluggishly above the chimney-tops as if
it lacked the courage to rise, and the rain came slowly and doggedly
down, as if it had not even the spirit to pour.

Indians 4, Royals 0: Multiple rain delays, so for a while I thought this one was going to be postponed. I even picked out a rain quote before I went to bed and everything: “Up the two terrace flights of steps the rain ran wildly, and beat at the
great door, like a swift messenger rousing those within.”  That’s from A Tale of Two Cities. As entertainments go, it’s far more engaging than a Royals-Indians tilt that stretches late into a Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Um, of course, I watched a lot of the Indians-Royals tilt and relied on Cliff’s Notes for a A Tale of Two Cities back in the day, so what does that say about me?

  1. Curious George - May 13, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    I watched a lot of the Indians-Royals tilt and relied on Cliff’s Notes for a A Tale of Two Cities back in the day, so what does that say about me?

    It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times…

  2. Old Gator - May 13, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Using Cliff’s Notes to pass a course is roughly the equivalent of using PEDs, but it is a far, far better thing you do by confessing your sins than anything Jose Canseco has done (I mean, it’s not like he turned to one of the cameramen and said “show them my head; it will be worth it”), and it is a far more entertaining career you go to than any lawyer has ever known. Incidentally, there’s an implicit crib sheet for the passage you purloined in any number of folk and blues tunes, so I’ll just cite the version from the Grateful Dead’s “So Many Roads:” Born where the sun don’t shine / and the rain refuse to fall / Winin’ boy ain’t got no name at all….
    The Feesh. While Craig was perusing the Cliffs Notes to Dickens, the Feesh seem to have been studying the Cliffs Notes to Don Quixote again, since their crunchtime impersonations of windmills have shown an attention to detail that would have impressed Edmund Keane. John Baker and Hanley Ramirez both struck out with RISP in the eigth and ninth, respectively, Hanley blinking. The Feesh came into Wednesday’s game ranked 29th out of 30 teams with a .199 average with two outs and RISP, by the way, and I gotta guess it must be something like .191 now.
    “The clutch” seems to be something an auto mechanic would tell the Teal Titans these days if they asked him what was wrong with them. When it was pointed out to that tactical genius, Fat Fredi, that the Feesh had some chances there in the seventh with two runners on and the guys they wanted at the plate but that they just couldn’t get those runs in, Fredi replied, with his normatively acute analytical acumen, “We had some chances there in the seventh with two runners on and the guys we wanted at the plate. We just couldn’t get those runs in.”
    Whumpf! Know what that was? Yep, the sound of the Feesh hitting the basement floor in the NL East, right next to the Braves (Nice to have company, Craig? But you know what they say about Feesh and visitors) and the lowest-ranked Scrooge McLoria’s budget for this K-Mart team.

  3. enough already - May 13, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    “The sky was dark and gloomy, the air was damp and raw, the streets were wet and sloppy. The smoke hung sluggishly above the chimney-tops as if it lacked the courage to rise, and the rain came slowly and doggedly down, as if it had not even the spirit to pour.”
    I am sooooo going to miss this. Thanks for making my mornings, CC.
    And the extreme irony of the captcha: CIA concoct

  4. YankeesfanLen - May 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Keep the rain quotes at the ready, Craig. No doubt the Universe will not play again til Saturday as the murk from Motown will follow them home to wash out first meeting of the year with the M&M boys.
    Vasquez actually seemed to need the extra 18 hours to do a good job, the murk was in Pena’s head as he had some kind of blockage by the fates of the lineup and came up twice with two outs and two or three on base and opted out of playing the hero in game 1.
    So, enough already, what’s your opt out excuse?

  5. enough already - May 13, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    I’m going to a land far, far away bereft of baseball and with limited internet access. Seriously, I am going to miss this blog and all the regulars even you: YFL, Moses, Utley’s hair, BC, Gator, and anybody else I missed.

  6. Jonny5 - May 13, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    I think most of the Phillies went out and got smashed the night before. Not too sharp. As I expected, The Gnats have transformed into the Nats, And where’s Steven Strausberg? Oh that’s right, He’s not even up yet, But he will be later this season. Wait until that happens, This is going to be one fun to watch team. They already are actually, I gotta say it. One thing The Mets look just a little better than expected And the Braves are looking way worse than I thought. I guess I was drinking some of that Braves Koolaide too (AHEM!). Now the Feesh are floundering after KEEPING talent by paying them????? Bizarre. Thank goodness it’s a long season. Ahh, Spring….

  7. enough already - May 13, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Oh yeah, gonna miss you too, Jonny.

  8. ralphdibny - May 13, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    In the picture you posted, is he calling Mets fans losers?

  9. Joe - May 13, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Last year I picked the Padres to finish first in the NL West. This year I picked the Padres to finish last in the NL West. This is why my day job title is “accountant.”

  10. Xpensive Wino - May 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Didn’t the Padres win like a ridiculous 15 of their last 17 spring training games this year. How is it that they looked so bad before the bell rung?

  11. Craig Calcaterra - May 13, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    On paper they looked bad. Who puts any stock in spring training results? 1/2 of any given ST game is played by minor leaguers and NRIs.

  12. Jonny5 - May 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    What did I miss? Are you moving to South Nepal or something?

  13. enough already - May 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Ha. Close and there are mountains there. I think they probably play a sport that’s like a cross between baseball and hurling, using a sheep head for a ball. The game lasts 2 weeks and the losers must carry onions to the winners until the next match is scheduled, which of course is entirely up to the winners so there is a long time between matches.

  14. Moses Green - May 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Sounds like every Yankee-Red Sox game.
    Be well – have fun.

  15. JK - May 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    And Padres will still finish last. Remember, last year the Royals were 18-12 after 30 games and look how they finished…

  16. Drakos - May 13, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    The Padres were 12 games over .500 for the last 62 games of last season. That was good for 5th best in MLB over that time span. They might not be a .600 team but the sample size for good play is more than the 33 games they’ve played this year.

  17. APBA Guy - May 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Lost in Texas 4 homer barrage last night was the fact that Nelson Cruz returns later this week, hopefully after the beloved A’s have scuttled out of town.
    Also lost was that the Rangers powered their homers into the teeth of a 25 mph wind that was pushing in from right field. Of course, Hamilton’s 425′ screaming liner was a cheapy compared to his 444′ the night before, but it left the yard in half the time so he gets extra credit for that.
    And he gets Ben Sheets velocity today so maybe he can shoot for 450′. Texas is scary when they get a little pitching.
    Captcha: organize Bradley
    Is that a command or a dream?

  18. Deborah - May 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    You are a horrible reporter Craig Calcaterra. I will certainly not be reading any future drivel from you. God you are an awful writer — must go along with the personality.

  19. unemployed legal secretary - May 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    The Padres are for real – and this year the Red Sox are not.

  20. Briansd27 - May 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    KC was not a balanced team. Padres pitching is top notch and have the best bullpen in baseball. Gregerson 7th inning specialist is unhittable this year. Adams 8th inning specialist has batters completely baffled by his deep pitch selections and release that looks the same regardless of what he throws and Bell is still dominant. Personally I think Adams is the best of the 3.
    You can doubt all you like, but I will be smiling at the end of the season.
    Your email smells like Dodger Fan. LOL

  21. Old Gator - May 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Gee Craig, I didn’t know you had an ex-wife too.

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