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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

May 18, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

Marcus Thames celebrate.jpgYankees 11, Red Sox 9: Papelplosion.  The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead and found themselves down 9-7 nearly four hours and eight and a third innings into it when A-Rod hit a two-run homer to tie it and Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer to win it. Papelbon had a day off on Sunday, but one can’t help but wonder if that 2+ inning outing on Saturday night was still lingering in that right arm of his.

Rays 4, Indians 3: The game ended on a squeeze play in the 11th, which is pretty sweet. I didn’t see any of this, but I did watch their AAA teams play each other down in Columbus, with the Clippers beating the Durham Bulls 5-1 on the strength of a grand slam and a solo shot off the bat of Carlos Santana. That there is a young man who probably needs to be in the major leagues right now.  If you’re curious, here’s a picture of Columbus, Ohio’s Huntington Park with my bald head and sideburns, stage right, taken by Will.  Not bad for an iPhone.

Phillies 12, Pirates 2: I watched that Clippers-Bulls game with Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll, who was in town for Will Carrolly things. During the game I was complaining about Nate McLouth and made some reference to the trade with the Pirates that brought him to Atlanta in exchange for Charlie Morton. Will says something to the effect of “Morton throws hard.”  The score of this one flashed up on the out of town scoreboard. Then Will, after taking a thoughtful pull of his beer, says “didn’t say he threw well. Just hard.”

Padres 3, Giants 1: I guess the Padres just have the Giants’ number. That’s seven in a row this season for San Diego against the Giants.  Random game story factoid of the night: “Bruce Bochy, who still has an offseason home in suburban Poway, was
bummed because he might have to have his 16-year-old Labrador

Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 1: Edwin Jackson is always good for pulling some otherworldly performance out of his back pocket amidst a string of terrible starts and last night was a fine example: eight shutout innings of 12-strikeout ball. Add Hanley Ramirez getting benched for not hustling after a ball he kicked out into the outfield and you have a night the Marlins would prefer to forget.

Reds 6, Brewers 3: Johnny Cueto follows up his one hitter with seven innings of one-run baseball (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 7K). From the game story: “A fan wearing a Reds batting helmet and a red shirt with a “1” on the
front danced in the second row behind the dugout when the team took the
field for warmups, yelling: “First place! First place! First place!” The
scoreboard made a point of emphasis to show the division standings,
drawing cheers.”  Glad to see Cincy acting like they’ve been there before. Sheesh.

Twins 8, Blue Jays 3: Justin Morneau went 3 for 4 with two homers a walk and four RBIs. Morneau is having an absolutely sick season, by the way. .375/.491/.710 with 11 homers and 29 RBI, which puts him on pace to [quickly figuring] . . . be totally awesome.

Mets 3, Braves 2: If you tell me that (a) the Mets are in town; and (b) Derek Lowe actually pitched OK, I would have bet between 50 and 75 dollars that the Braves would have won, but alas it was not to be. Mike Pelfrey had a good night and either bad luck or bad baserunning by the Braves got him out of a couple of jams that should have been more trouble than they were.

Rangers 4, Angels 3: Scott Kazmir gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings in what was probably his best outing of the
season, even if it was in a losing cause. This was the first time these two teams have faced each other all year, which is rather astounding to me.

Cardinals 6, Nationals 2: The fact that the Cardinals scored four runs in the first inning probably means that Albert Pujols is going to be batting cleanup for the foreseeable future.

Royals 4, Orioles 3: An ugly game between bad teams in horrible weather. Ned Yost: “We have played the last three, four nights in muddy weather and it’s
been sloppy out there. I’m coming to find out we’re pretty
good mudders.”  I hear his mother was a mudder. Yeah, this baby loves the slop, loves it, eats it up. Eats the slop. Born
in the slop. His father was a mudder too.
Cubs 4, Rockies 2: A walkoff two-run homer for Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the 11th.  Welcome to the party, pal.

Dodgers 6, Astros 2: John Ely has faced 84 guys in a row without walking anyone. Last night he threw first pitch strikes to 20 of the 25 guys he faced. Pitching coaches all over baseball are walking around their clubhouses today saying “why can’t you be more like Johnny?”

Athletics 8, Mariners 4: Gio Gonzalez on the Athletics breaking their five-game losing streak: “Sometimes I psych myself out. I didn’t even realize we
were in such a long losing streak.”  He later failed to add: “It feels ‘out there.’ A major rush.  I mean it doesn’t just feel ‘out there’ but it feels out there.”

White Sox vs. Tigers: Postponed:

Let the rain kiss

Let the rain beat
upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you
a lullaby.

The rain makes still
pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes
running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a
little sleep-song on our roof at night–

And I love the rain.

— Langston Hughes, a man who, for all his talents, obviously wasn’t a big baseball fan.

  1. YankeesfanLen - May 18, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    So much for the rivalry being dead. You got 20 runs for your 3:47 out of this one, kinda felt when the bottom of the order got mowed down in the 8th that it would be a pie night.
    First walk-off, 14 left.

  2. CYGNUS X-1 - May 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    regarding the reds and thier fans reacting to bring in first and acting like they have been there before,um well excuse the excitement since it has been awhile since they have had a winning record let alone been in first place,9 years in fact so cut us some slack already.besides isn’t that a little more fun to watch then the cardnials acting like they own baseball with all thier pouting over every thing that doesn’t go thier way? a reds pitcher does a little fist pump to himselself after getting out of a jam and pujols goes nuts on him,this after they pounded the same pitcher the night before or how about carpenter getting bent out of shape because a guy on the astros gets upset at himself for missing a pitch he thought he should have hit?they seem to think there are 2 sets of rules in baseball 1 for them and 1 for everybody can’t throw inside on them or else it’s a base clearing brawl but it’s perfectly fine if thier guys do it.

  3. Jonny5 - May 18, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    It rained pretty well last night in Philly, it didn’t let up until probably the 6th inning, Still they had their 59th sold out home game, and the seats were pretty packed. Damn, Ryan Howard drives in 6 runs with a nice change in his plate attitude. It seems he’s no longer trying to hit every ball he swings on out of the park. If they keep throwing him junk, he doesn’t mind dropping the head of the bat to get contact and a single. Is it me or does he even look faster? J-roll looks good for his first night back, 2 hits an RBI, And Werth is still hot as ever with a 3 run homer and a RBI Double, his 20th double this season. With the “pitts”burgh pirates and the chicago flubs for BP for 3 more nights the Phills should be ready for the Baahhhhssstan beaneaters matchup this weekend. BTW Charlie, Shane Victorino was born to be leadoff. Victorino singled leading off, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Rollins’ RBI groundout. And he’s got 8 homers to boot. Philly Fans are still awaiting the return of our ROY runner up J.A. Happ. PS, GO FLYERS!!! The most exciting postseason of Flyers history, next stop, Lord Stanley’s cup.
    WOOT WOOT!!!!

  4. Jonny5 - May 18, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Gotta say you do have a point, the cards seem over sensitive, looks like an impending implosion/ impending winning streak in the making to me. I’m beginning to dislike this team myself. Between these “unwritten rules” that only apply to their opponents, and being mananged by the biggest a-hole manager in the majors, I’m actually hoping they implode and sit in last place all season. Which is nearly impossible btw… But one can hope, can’t they?

  5. Gomez - May 18, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Re:reds and their fans…it’s not like we aren’t subjected to constant reminders of the Yankees and their 26 world titles. Are you telling me they don’t introduce them as “Your World Champion New York Yankees”? I know that’s a bigger accomplishment than being in first place for 2 days, but come on. And believe me, other teams have done the same thing in the past. I’ve been to several stadiums (most recently Dodger Stadium) where they were honking the fact the home team was in 1st.

  6. Rib - May 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Huntington Park looks pretty sweet…much nicer than that pit Cooper Stadium. Do they still do the cowbell thing there in Columbus?

  7. Corey - May 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Am I really the first person to catch the Die Hard reference in the Cubs-Rockies recap and the Bull Durham reference in the A’s-Mariners recap? I mean I know it’s a baseball column, but the pop culture throw-ins make me smile.

  8. david - May 18, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Was there a ghost Right Fielder at Huntington Park? Take another look at that next to the actual RFer. Apparently their ghost runner also wanted to play the field.

  9. Craig Calcaterra - May 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    They’re very light on the cowbell thing now. They play the song before the game starts, and some people ring them during the game, but it’s obviously something they’ve moved on from.

  10. Craig Calcaterra - May 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    The ghost image is because the pic is actually a couple of separate pics Carroll took and them meshed together with some iPhone application that is beyond my understanding.
    In other news, anyone every run from one end of a panoramic photo to the other back in the day? That was always fun.

  11. Professor Longnose - May 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Seinfeld and Costello?

  12. John - May 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Any Reds fan who had to watch Corey Patterson or Willy Taveras wave at pitches like a toddler with a flyswatter, endure Ken Griffey Jr.’s metamorphosis from Willie Mays to Duane Kuiper or watch Eric Milton throw batting practice during games can say celebrate pretty much however they want over a team that fields well, runs the bases smartly, hits big and pitches lights-out. Reds fans have seen a first-place team in May in living memory, but what they haven’t seen is a truly good team. So no, they haven’t been there before.

  13. scatterbrian - May 18, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    To quote John McClane and Craig, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

  14. APBA Guy - May 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    How you know your pitcher has nothing: in the first inning of a cool, drizzly night in the Mausoleum, Kurt Suzuki sends a pitch to the warning track. Kevin Kouzmanoff then follows with a homer to right center, sending his OPS to .646. He’s the clean-up hitter.
    Of course, his .646 is higher than all but 2 of the Mariners’ starting nine. Aside from Lee and King Felix, their starting pitching, as evidenced again last night, is nothing special. Hard to see no offense and 40% of a rotation as a winning formula.
    Then again, with Anderson and the Duke on the DL, the A’s are following the same formula.

  15. birdman6824 - May 18, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Craig, maybe you and Will could go in together to buy part of a AAA franchise:
    (my dad and I are one of the 755 owners, as he bought one of the original 24,488 shares in 1956 )
    Appropriate captcha: owner mailings

  16. MVD - May 19, 2010 at 5:54 AM

    Not that he has pitched more than one inning often in his major league career, but Papelbon is one of the poster children for starting pitching prospects who never got a chance to start due to excelling at relief pitching, and due to that, I feel he should have a little of that starting pitcher stamina in him.
    Also, just had to dis the Reds again didnt ya Craig. :)
    Its as if we’ve had much to be happy about in the baseball world recently…or as if every stadium crew doesn’t make a major point to show that their team has reached first place…
    Oh, and the #1 fan? His name is Chuck, he’s at the vast majority of home games, if not all of them, dresses outlandishly baseball-y to every one, and takes his overboard fandom seriously.

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