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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

May 27, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

Adrian Beltre home run.jpgRed Sox 11, Rays 3: I’m going to imagine the next Shaughnessy column: “Theo Epstein and his calculator cavalry wowed all the stat-butts eating Fruit Rollups in their step-dad’s carports by selling them on ‘run prevention.’  Well, from where I’m sitting, scoring 11 runs against the best team in baseball is not ‘run prevention.’ And what’s with Adrian Beltre going 4 for 6 with two homers, a triple and six RBI?  I thought he was there for his glove? Note to Theo: call me when you stick with a plan, because from where I’m sitting you’re just making this up as you go along.”

Mets 5, Phillies 0: The Phillies get shut out for the second game in a row, this time courtesy of Hisanori Takahashi and a trio of relievers. Word is that Charlie Manuel held a closed door meeting after the game. According to Shane Victorino,  Cholly simply told his team to “play with some intensity . . . no reaming. No yelling at anybody.” Good thing too, because if he did people would start filling up his comments section calling him a hater for doubting the Phillies’ greatness.  Oh, and don’t look now, Philly, ’cause something might be gainin’ on ya. As in, the whole NL East, which is within 3 games of y’all.

Yankees 1, Twins 0; Yankees 3, Twins 2: Yeah, I know the first one was technically yesterday’s game but it’s not like I’m going to go update the Wednesday ATH, so let’s just pretend that this was a doubleheader.  In game one Jeter hit a dinger that held up and threw in one of those patented jump-throw things he doesn’t need to do.  Andy Pettitte pitched a gem in the second one, getting the win when Nick Swisher hit the daylights out of one out to right field in the top of the ninth.  Mariano saved both of them because he’s less man than machine.

Reds 4, Pirates 0:  The Pittsburgh Pirates: when you absolutely positively have to get a shutout.  Seventh one against them this year. Three of them courtesy of the Reds. Last night it was Arroyo for seven and two-thirds.

Braves 7, Marlins 3: Tommy Hanson walked five dudes, but otherwise bounced back from his worst start as a major leaguer to allow two runs on four hits.  The Marlins had a 2-1 lead until the Bravos exploded for six runs in the seventh.

Angels 6, Blue Jays 5: If Bobby Abreu hadn’t made an error in the top of the ninth, the Angels wouldn’t have had to bat in the bottom of the ninth.  Yet if the Angels didn’t bat in the bottom of the ninth, he wouldn’t have had a chance to hit his game-winning single.  There are monks who spend their whole lives on mountaintops in silent contemplation and intense prayer trying to figure this kind of crap out, you know. That’s why baseball friggin’ rocks.

Athletics 6, Orioles 1: Brian Matusz allowed six earned runs in five innings. Adam Rosales was 3 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBI. From the game story: “The Orioles gave away Nolan Reimold bobbleheads to fans entering the ballpark, even though
Reimold was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on May 12.” That’s the saddest thing that has happened at Camden Yards since Robin Williams’ wife got shot down in the “Bop Gun” episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Astros 5, Brewers 0: Roy Oswalt: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9K and absolutely no reason to be toiling for this Astros team anymore.

Mariners 5, Tigers 4: A big two-run homer from Mike Sweeney followed by a two-run single from Josh Wilson gives the M’s a come-from-behind victory.

Royals 5, Rangers 2: Luke Hochevar allowed only two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking
none in eight innings.  We’ve seen flashes like this from him before. Here’s hoping he’s finally putting it together.

White Sox 5, Indians 4: Bobby Jenks allowed
three runs to score and had two runners sitting on base with nobody out.  But then Manny Acta decided that merry-go-round was spinning too fast and ordered a bunt which (a) gave the Sox something they hadn’t been able to get yet (i.e. an out); and (b) took the bat out of Shin-Soo Choo’s hands due to him being intentionally walked to fill the now-open first base. Jenks then struck out
Austin Kearns and got Russell Branyan to fly out and that was that.  Gee, if only they had one more out to play with, I’m sure they could have gotten the tying run home from third and lived to play on!  Sadly, there was absolutely nothing whatsoever that could have been done about it, what with the Moral imperative to bunt and all.

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 3: Ubaldo does it again: eight innings of shutout ball, lowering his ERA to 0.88.  Just ridiculous.

Nationals 7, Giants 3: We’ve secretly replaced the fine pitching performance Tim Lincecum usually serves with Folger’s Crystals (4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 5BB).

Padres 2, Cardinals 1: You wanna know how you do it? Here’s how, they score zero runs, you score one. They score one run in 13 innings, you score two! That’s the San Diego way!

Dodgers 8, Cubs 5: The game was delayed for 18 minutes in top of the fourth inning after a
nearby fire caused the lights to go out at Wrigley Field. This trick is known in the Cubs’ organization as “pulling a Mrs. O’Leary with a Vicki Lawrence twist” but it didn’t work this time.

  1. Moses Green - May 27, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Love Homicide LOTS. Bop Gun is the one where David Simon invented flash mobs.
    2 random Homicide notes: The biggest surprise for me in the aftermath of the show was that Clark Johnson didn’t go on to dominate entertainment for years to come. Note 2 – it was really weird to see Mike Kellerman pop out as a pinhead in the last season of 24. I guess that guy has done a lot of work, had a recurring role in Judging Amy, I just haven’t seen any of it. Of course Judging Amy was a train wreck, but at least it lived a while.

  2. Jeter - May 27, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    I like the OSN – except when they make fun of the Captain -err- I mean when they make fun of me.

  3. Levi Stahl - May 27, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    A fun side effect of the Cubs blackout was that, soon after the lights came back, WGN lost their feed from the TV booth and, alertly, switched to their radio feed against a WGN logo. That went on for at least a half-inning.

  4. Jonny5 - May 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    I don’t remember ever seeing an entire division this tight (NLeast). And Booo!!! on the Phills for looking as if they all have the flu, Well everyone but “all star” 3rd baseman Polanco. ;>P

  5. Joey B - May 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    “I’m going to imagine the next Shaughnessy column:”
    There are just so many guys up there with such an inability to put together an original thought. I was just reading an article by Wilbur Ross (?) about how bad the RS are and that they should have the ‘Sale of the Century’. Short-term thinking seems to thrive up there.

  6. Old Gator - May 27, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    The Feesh look so small and faraway from out here in Freesco, but you could still hear the dull thud of the boolpen imploding – I figure the vibrations must have been carried as e-waves through the North American plate. Burke Badenhop looks increasingly clueless out there.
    The question is, will Scrooge McLoria do the obvious thing and go out and spend a few shekels for a little boolpen reinforcement, or just get as far as the July deadline, figure his K-Mart payroll isn’t going to carry him to the post season yet again – he takes a while to figure these things out, apparently – and conduct another payroll dump?
    Did I call that a question????
    Overs and unders, anyone?

  7. KR - May 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    That Shaughnessy imitation was eerie.

  8. SS - May 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    “A Mrs. O’Leary with a Vicki Lawrence twist”… oh Craig, that is so good! That’s the reason why I go to your blog first thing!

  9. I Love Baseball - May 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Let’s talk Red Sox run prevention. The only pre-season changes to their regular defense/lineup from last year are Beltre, Cameron and Scutaro. It’s not like Brooks Robinson, Willie Mays and Ozzie Smith were available. So they didn’t sign Bay. Big deal. Who else was available for the other two positions? Not much. “Run prevention” is a smokescreen. If their pitching had been as expected to this point (it may be getting there) Theo’s comment would look like genius rather than BS.

  10. J Rose - May 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    So, who or what are the Rays bandwagoners gonna blame today?

  11. Joey B - May 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    “Run prevention” is a smokescreen.”
    Not really. The RS were #13 in defensive efficiency last year in the AL. It was helpful that both Beltre and Cameron were available on short contracts, but they could’ve stuck with Lowell at 3rd, already under contract, left Ellsbury in CF, and hired another big bat/weak glove in LF. They chose to upgrade the defense.

  12. JB - May 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Is there any better time of year than baseball season?! Go Yankees!!
    check my story at porkchopfactory. com

  13. paul - May 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Theo’s ‘Run Prevention’ was all BS. He got Cameron to be 2011 4th outfielder and he got Scutaro to be 2011 utility infielder.
    Mark my words – he is going all in on Jayson Werth and the Double A cuban defector – Iglesias will be the starting SS.
    Victor Martinez will not wear a Sox uniform next year unless it says White Sox.
    The two guys at AAA: Wagner (who is out with a broken hand but is far better catcher than anyone on the major league level), Dusty Brown and some sort of combo of Varitek or an AJ Pierzinski. I also won’t be surprised to see Youkilis go back to 3rd and a big push for Ty Wiggington (who always flies under the radar and all he does is produce)at 1B.

  14. Moses Green - May 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    If the Feesh are within spitting distance in a few weeks they’ll get one cheapo guy, then if they’re still in it at the deadline they’ll get a disgraced overpriced closer type (Bobby Jenks anyone?) since they’ll only have to overpay him for a couple of months.

  15. SuperMAX - May 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Did you see that amazing catch by Brandon Phillips last night? Jumped up and snatched it right out of the air, and landed squarely on the softest thing he could find: his rear. It’s amazing things like that that make me proud to be a Reds fan.
    Recaptcha: tangent major; I sense this may have some corrolation to all the Red Sox-Rays talk around here…

  16. Moses Green - May 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    The Reds picked up Phillips for a guy named Jeff Stevens, who made his debut last year in relief for the Cubs. Another reason to be proud. More reasons to be proud – homegrown talents Cueto, Leake, Bruce, Votto and Stubbs. Not too many clubs have that kind of high-level homegrown talent at the major league level. And don’t say “Rays” anyone because the Reds didn’t get to pick 1st 18 times in a row.

  17. APBA Guy - May 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    The A’s won a road game yesterday. Of course, it was in Baltimore so chances were good, but after Tuesday’s embarrassment yesterday’s score reversal was welcome.
    My hiking group were talking about how things just felt weird out here yesterday. Then Gator announces that he’s in hiding somewhere in the Bay Area. Coincidence?

  18. Commenting on Stupidity - May 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Theo’s ‘Run Prevention’ was all BS. He got Cameron to be 2011 4th outfielder and he got Scutaro to be 2011 utility infielder.

    He got a gold glove caliber center fielder. He got a gold glove caliber third baseman. He signed a very good starting pitcher. He upgraded at shortstop.
    Mark my words

    Because they are so worthy? I can barely tolerate reading your words let alone recording them for posterity.

  19. JBerardi - May 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    The run prevention thing is not BS. What’s BS is that people took it to mean that the Sox decided they didn’t care about offense anymore. That’s hardly the case, however. The Sox are currently second in baseball in runs scored per game. Last year they finished third in that category. So how were they going to improve on that, given the players available to them in the offseason? Theo’s focus on run prevention isn’t about him disregarding the importance of offense, it’s about the offense not really having much room to improve in the first place. The result? Well, the defense is clearly better, both to the eye and by the stats, and the offense is still second only to the Yankees. The starting pitching has been an issue, but that just seems flukey to me, considering the starters they have.

  20. paul - May 27, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Because who is so worthy? WTF are YOU talking about. Are you familiar with Theo’s ‘Bridge’ year? No kidding he signed a good pitcher but he was not building this team for this year. “You can barely tolerate reading my words” Wow. You must have a tough life there little man. Mark this (fill in the obscene gesture of your choice – I’m sure you been given them all)for posterity. Toolbag. I mean, what a loser you must be, to respond “I can barely tolerate……………” Wow. Talking baseball. Talking effing baseball. Baseball. Baseball. This blog must really rile you up. You must log off, pound the table walk around and reflect on how everything in your life is wrong. Go hang yourself and maybe you won’t have to tolerate anything anymore. Have good day Theo

  21. megan - May 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    It was way sadder when the Indians gave out Victor Martinez bobbleheads the day after they traded him to the Red Sox.

  22. Moses Green - May 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Lighten up, Francis. Disagreeing with you isn’t cause for hanging.
    I disagree with you about almost everything you said. Youk never plays anywhere but 1st again, Ty Wigs isn’t coming, Iglesias is far from ready. In fact, the only thing I agree on is that Theo will probably be all-in on Werth, along with a dozen other teams.
    Should I go fit myself for a noose as well?

  23. Merkle Boner - May 27, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    The San Diego way used to be The Giants Way

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