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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

May 20, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

Pagan slides.jpgNationals 5, Mets 3: Triple plays and inside the park homers are pretty cool. Sadly, they only count for three outs and one run, respectively. Hats off to Angel Pagan all the same.

Royals 8, Indians 4: Kerry Wood came into a save situation in the ninth
and gave up a triple, a single, a double, two straight walks, and
another double before Manny Acta took him out of the game. By that time
the Tribe’s one-run lead had turned into a four-run deficit, whatever was
left of Kerry Wood’s trade value evaporated and the fates reserved Wood
a one-bedroom apartment next door to Trevor Hoffman’s new place in
Sunny Acres: An Active Community for Active Former Closers.

Pirates 6, Brewers 4: Nine straight losses for the Brew Crew. Ask not
for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Ken Macha.

Cubs 4, Phillies 1: 20 year-old Starlin Castro hit a single off 47
year-old Jamie Moyer which I think means that Castro is now only one
degree removed from Cap Anson.

Angels 3, White Sox 2: Joe Saunders out-duels John Danks. Literally: they
chose main-gauche daggers and thrusted and parried until Danks lay
bloody and dead on the U.S. Cellular Field pitcher’s mound. It was a
harsh sight, but Danks died with his dignity and honor intact. Saunders
indicated after the game that, in light of his noble opponent’s display
of pluck and courage, he would wait the customary fortnight before
courting the Widow Danks.

Braves 5, Reds 4: The Reds have been the league’s biggest comeback artists all year and almost pulled it off again last night, but Jason Heyward wasn’t having it.  After blowing a four-run lead, Heyward doubled in Martin Prado with the winning run for Atlanta’s second walkoff win in a row.  Heyward was a beast — two doubles and a triple, two runs scored and an RBI — and the mind reels at where this team would be without him this year.

Red Sox 3, Twins 2: Clay Buchholz played stopper, giving the Sox their first decent starting pitching performance since the last time Clay Buchholz pitched (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K).  A two-run homer for Big Papi, who’s now up to .367/.407/.755 for the month of May.

Astros 7, Rockies 3: Clint Barmes threw away what should have been out number three in a tie ballagme in the eighth, opening the floodgates for four unearned runs. Jeff Keppinger had four RBI for the Astros, who plated the most runs they’ve had in a single game in a week.

Rays 10, Yankees 6: Not as close as the score suggests, as the Rays had a 10-2 lead entering the ninth after batting around in the fourth and eighth
While, sure, the Yankees made it kinda interesting with four runs in the final frame, it was just too big a deficit to cause anyone to get too worked up about it.  In other news, I could have sworn that putting Berman and Sutcliffe in the same booth was outlawed at the Third Geneva Convention, so how no one is on trial for it this morning is a mystery to me.

Marlins 5, Cardinals 1: Hanley Ramirez apologized, gets three hits and life goes on.

Rangers 4, Orioles 3: I guess you can still call it a “walkoff” if it’s a sacrifice fly, so hey: walkoff sac fly for Nelson Cruz. Dave Trembley used seven pitchers, six of which pitched in the final three innings. Maybe he has a personal quota of some kind and suspects that he won’t be around in July, August and September in order to fulfill it.

Padres 10, Dodgers 5: San Diego (a) snaps the Dodgers’ win streak; and (b) busts out some unheard of for them levels of offense.  Six RBI for Adrian Gonzalez on a homer and a couple of singles. And if this isn’t Ramon Ortiz’s last start in a Dodgers uniform, something is seriously wrong (3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB).

Diamondbacks 13, Giants 1: I was totally unaware of who started this game for the Giants, but when I
saw the score I said “Wellemeyer.” Although to be fair, six of the Dbacks’ runs came in a nightmare eighth inning, and were the responsibility of Brian Medders.  That’s what you call takin’ one for the team. Adam LaRoche hit two of the Dbacks’ six homers.

Blue Jays 3, Mariners 2: Milton Bradley came back and had a couple of hits, but nothin’ else good happened here for Seattle, which lost its fifth in a row and seventh of ten.

Tigers 5, Athletics 1: Justin Verlander out-duels Dallas Braden. No knifes this time, just pitches. Complete game four-hitter for Verlander. Braden gave up two runs over six, but then left because he wasn’t feeling well and had to have an IV after the game. Except in the 209 they don’t use a syringe and a saline drip. They use a rusty nail and motor oil.

  1. Ron - May 20, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    In the Royals game, Ned Yost had Soria warming up in the bullpen in case the Royals took the lead. Once it got to a 4-run lead and was no longer a save situation, Soria sat down and Bruce Chen got to finish the game.
    Ned Yost is a card-carrying member of the Managers Association.

  2. Moses Green - May 20, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    Next resident of Sunny Acres? Mariano Rivera.

  3. Moses Green - May 20, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    They don’t have “flu-like symptoms” in the 209 either. They just keep drinking between innings.

  4. Dan - May 20, 2010 at 7:21 AM

    Berman-Sutcliffe, leading the sports world in a show false gravitas and moral outrage since 1998.

  5. Carroll - May 20, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Kerry Wood was just a homer shy of the pitching for the cycle.

  6. Old Gator - May 20, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    A good night for the Feesh. L’affaire Hanley recedes into dormancy, to be awakened by his next outburst of lethargy (nice turn of the oxymoron there, no?), petulance and sulking. Fortunately, he only seems to have episodes measuring above 3.5 on the Rectal Scale about once a season. Of course, the local sportswriters, having hauled out their correspondence-school child psychology diplomas at the first sign of puer aeternitismo and unleashing out of the ripeness of their own unassailable maturity a vomit of sanctimoniousness in Hanley’s direction, still haven’t put their synthetic sheepskins back in the drawer. Macondo area newspapers and sports talk radio are to be avoided at all costs for the next few days, although you could use them as backups to your Ipecac if you get a walnut stuck in your throat.
    Lost in Hanley’s three-hit “you need me more than I need you” performance, though, was Anibal Sanchez’ seven shutout innings against a tough team. This was Sanchez’ fourth or fifth quality start in a row and easily his best of the lot, suggesting it wasn’t just a sequence of forays against the star-crossed Mutts and Those Pesky Gnats that accounted for his improvement. He’s steadily regaining his pre-surgery form and building back his confidence. It also helped that his defense wasn’t assiduously trying to give the game back for a change. Anyway, Anibal back to his old self would mean almost as much to the Feesh as a Hanley recumbent in the love and admiration of his peers.

  7. Luis - May 20, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Starlin Castro played with Koyie Hill for the 2010 Chicago Cubs Exclude Koyie Hill
    Koyie Hill played with Rickey Henderson for the 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers Exclude Rickey Henderson
    Rickey Henderson played with Phil Niekro for the 1985 New York Yankees Exclude Phil Niekro
    Phil Niekro played with Warren Spahn for the 1964 Milwaukee Braves Exclude Warren Spahn
    Warren Spahn played with Tony Cuccinello for the 1942 Boston Braves Exclude Tony Cuccinello
    Tony Cuccinello played with Edd Roush for the 1931 Cincinnati Reds Exclude Edd Roush
    Edd Roush played with Nixey Callahan for the 1913 Chicago White Sox Exclude Nixey Callahan
    Nixey Callahan played with Cap Anson for the 1897 Chicago Colts

  8. Levi Stahl - May 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    I had two strange baseball dreams last night. The first one: in my job as a book publicist, I had to promote a biography of A. J. Pierzynski . . . by Mark Buehrle. The basic thrust of the book? A. J.’s kind of a jerk.
    And then I dreamed that my grandparents had become friends with Wade Boggs. He hung around their house all the time, just sitting around. He’d gotten a bit chubby, and his mustache was shaggier, and he was always wearing his Rays cap and chuckling to himself.
    That one made me wake up laughing.

  9. Jonny5 - May 20, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    A two run night for Jamie Moyer, Damn, is he really 47? It’s A shame the Phills offense can’t get it’s feet. The last 2 nights they’ve been quite impatient at the plate, and faced some excellent pitching.

  10. Paul Martin - May 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    So where is the RED HOT BLUE JAYS thread?

  11. APBA Guy - May 20, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Verlander had it all working last night. 98 mph in the 8th inning, and complete control of his curve. Still, the A’s can’t be too bummed. They had King Felix and Verlander back to back and came away with a split, better than expected, as the A’s are exposed against quality starters.

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