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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

May 17, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

Torrealba dropping popup.jpgDodgers 1, Padres 0: The Dodgers sweep the West-leading Padres despite being two-hit. Maybe
I’m being overly pessimistic, but I’m starting to get the feeling that
you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the
right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that
place where the Padres’ wave finally broke and rolled back.

Reds 7, Cardinals 2: “Their hitters were on, their pitcher was on. They just beat us,” Tony La Russa said after the game, declining to offer some lame, hair-splitting excuse or citation to some obscure rule or custom following a loss for the first time since anyone can recall. The Reds win for the eighth time in ten games and are now in first place
in the NL Central. It’s the first time a team other than the Cardinals
has held that slot since last July.

Giants 4, Astros 3: According to the game story, several Astros’ players
walked the two miles from their team hotel to AT&T Park when taxis
refused to drive around the hubub caused by the annual Bay to Breakers foot
. He’ll deny it until the cows come home, but I have it on
pretty good authority that Brett Myers joined in with the runners for
three-quarters of a mile wearing buttless leather pants, as is the
custom for many of the race’s participants.

Twins 6, Yankees 3: You don’t see the Yankees suffer a bullpen implosion like this very often, as Joba loaded the bases and Rivera walked one in and then allowed a grand slam to Jason Kubel. Thank God Javier Vazquez is being sent down to the pen to help those amateurs out.

Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Neither John Lackey nor the Boston bats were very sharp yesterday, with the former allowing nine hits and walking four, and the latter mustering only seven hits of their own. A two-run homer for Ramon Santiago may be even more rare than that Yankees bullpen implosion.

Angels 4, Athletics 0: Remember over the winter when everyone was not signing Joel Piniero because, um, well, I can’t really remember why, but I’m sure they were very good reasons (CG, SHO, 1 BB, 5K).

Rockies 2, Nationals 1: Jeff Francis didn’t get the win but he was the man of the day, allowing one run on seven hits over seven. Most of the seven hits weren’t all that hard, either. If Colorado is going to shake off the cobwebs and jump into this race, Francis’ return to form will be necessary.

Royals 5, White Sox 3: Brian Bannister after his win: “It was a good enough outing, not a great outing. I
was savvy. I always try to be savvy.”  I can’t decide if that quote is awesome or lame.

Cubs 4, Pirates 3: The Pirates bullpen has actually done a pretty spiffy job of protecting the late leads they have had, but they didn’t do it yesterday, walking dudes and throwing pitches in the dirt and stuff. Xavier Nady had the game winning hit.

Rays 2, Mariners 1: Cliff Lee took a 1-0 lead into the seventh having allowed only two hits, but then doubles by B.J. Upton and Sean Rodriguez tied it and an eighth inning Carl Crawford triple + sac fly gave the Rays the win. Tough luck loss for Lee, who struck out ten.

Braves 13, Diamondbacks 1: Martin Prado went crazy, going 4 for 6 with two homers, as the Braves offense continues to wake up from its season-long slumber. Nice day for Tim Hudson who, while he’s been doing OK, hadn’t been striking out too many fellas. I’ll take six Ks in eight innings against one walk, though.

Indians 5, Orioles 1: Jake Westbrook has won two in a row, allowing only two runs in fifteen innings. Sure, those were against the Royals and Orioles, but you figure a couple of the GMs to whom the Indians will be offering Westbrook this summer will fail to realize that.

Marlins 10, Mets 8: A day on which good fundamental baseball laid down and died for the Mets results in their fifth straight loss and seventh of eight. Chris Coghlan pinch hit in the seventh inning and fouled off six two-strike pitches before hitting a three-run jack which is always fun. Jonathan Niese hurt his hamstring, which is scary considering he needed surgery on it last year. 

Blue Jays 5, Rangers 2: Brandon Morrow on the mechanical flaw he fixed prior to this game: “When I’m really bad mechanically, like I was in Boston, I have a
tendency to break down on my back side and become really rotational and
spin open.”  I hate it when that happens.

Phillies 4, Brewers 2: Six straight losses at home for the Brew Crew. On the bright side, this is the only one of those six losses that was even remotely close.

  1. RSN - May 17, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    RE: Bannister. Definitely awesome. Only way that comment would be more awesome is if he had a mustache.
    Captcha: Ill injector. Wasn’t that a Beastie Boys album title?

  2. Ron - May 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Piniero didn’t get much notice because he doesn’t strike people out. And that isn’t pitching sabermetrically, and we all know that if someeone doesn’t pitch sabermetricallly, they can’t be any good. Ground ball outs don’t count, only strikeouts. Because strikeouts are what are used in all the formulas, not ground balls. So if his FIP, xFIP, WAR, WARP, VORP, and Worf the Klingon don’t meet acceptable levels, he can’t really be any good.
    I mean, seriously, for the last year and half, he’s been winning games. How gauche. What the hell does he think he’s doing by winninbg games. Didn’t he get the memos that he’s not supposed to do that?

  3. Jonny5 - May 17, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Yup, and how ’bout them Flyers? The spot in the playoffs comes down to the final game of the season and a shoot out. They beat the Devils in the first series. They then go down 0 games to 3 in a 7 game series, they win the next three to go to a game 7 in Baaahhhhstan. They then, (over my dinner at chili’s with the wife, kid, and a beer) Proceed to go down by three goals to zip. Then the time out comes and the Flyers score the rest of the goals that night to take the series in 7, one of 3 NHL teams to do so in the playoffs. And last night? They blank the Habs out 6-0? Wow, talk about momentum…. In other snooze Danny Briere was seen in my neighborhood last night at the local hibachi bar with his family and a couple buddies. Oh yeah, and how ’bout them Phills? Looks like they’ll get warmed up with the “Pitts”burgh hiney pirates and the Chicago Flubs before facing off against the Baaaahhstan Sockpuppets this weekend. On another note, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Yankees bullpen implode. Thoroughly. For some reason it was quite satisfying to me… bleh, back to work.

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Keep believing that if you want, but you couldn’t be any more wrong about everything you just wrote.

  5. Carroll - May 17, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    I’m not that into Star Wars, but I think the Worf the Klingon system does include GB% and BB/K ratio.

  6. Ron - May 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    I bow to your superior knowledged and rejoice in the fact that Piniero will now be eligible for the Cy Young award.

  7. J - May 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    I was somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the Padres reference began to take hold.

  8. Brian - May 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Actually, Pineiro was quite good last season according to all of those stats you mockingly cited. It’s been written in many places that you can be successful without a high strikeout rate. It typically takes a very high groundball rate and very low homerun allowed rate, both of which Pineiro appears to have developed over the last couple of seasons.
    Just take a look at his Fangraphs page and see for yourself:

  9. Ron - May 17, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    We have a winner. Phone lines are now closed.

  10. scatterbrian - May 17, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Settle down Ron. Piniero got groundballs about 60% of the time last year, which was easily a career high by 12%. That is what made teams cautious. I don’t really understand why you have to pull the Colin Cowherd routine.
    Also, I wouldn’t get too excited about Piniero’s efforts against that A’s offense.

  11. Ron - May 17, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Who’s Colin Cowherd?

  12. scatterbrian - May 17, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    The host of a nationally broadcast morning sports radio show who is also afraid of math.
    His jokes are a little edgier though. He makes “you down with OPP?” references when he brings up baseball’s more obscure acronymic stats, like OBP.

  13. APBA Guy - May 17, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Scatterbrian is actually being kind when he cautions not to “get too excited about Piniero’s efforts against that A’s offense”. The A’s currently rank 27th in team OPS, better than only Pittsburgh, Seattle and Houston.

  14. scatterbrian - May 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    You’re right, I was. The offense was absolutely pathetic against the Angels this weekend. Saunders and Piniero are good pitch-to-contact types, but the A’s made them look unhittable.
    Please just release Eric Chavez. He’s cheating on fastballs so badly he’s swinging over breaking balls in the dirt. Dude’s bat-speed is gone, and his defensive contributions long gone. It’s amazing to me that the A’s still do not see this six weeks into the season, after they determined Chavez was a better DH choice than Jack Cust based on Cust’s 50ish Spring Training PAs.

  15. Fishy - May 17, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Paraphrasing a Hunter S. Thompson quote to lead off? Very nice. Now, don’t take any guff from these swine…

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