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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Apr 12, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

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Rays 16, Red Sox 5: After scoring 20 runs in their first nine games, the Rays asplode for 16. The most damage was inflicted by leadoff hitter Sam Fuld who went 4 for 6 — all extra base hits — with three RBI.  If this was the NBA Fuld would have stopped on first with that last double of his to get the cycle. Thank God this isn’t the NBA. Oh, and Fuld has some sweet catches in left, too. Before the season started there were Red Sox fans who liked to mock the Yankees’ pitching problems. Well, the Red Sox have now given up 69 runs in 10 games, so there isn’t anyone this side of that team of guys with handlebar mustaches who played the Gashouse Gorillas in the Bugs Bunny cartoon who Red Sox fans can mock for their pitching. And at least they signed Bugs later.

Mariners 8, Blue Jays 7: Wow. You figure that if you get seven runs and 12 hits in six innings off Felix Hernandez that you’re going to win. And the Jays had to figure they would given that they were up 7-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh. But nope: the M’s came back. Luis Rodriguez’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth was the game-winner. Milton Bradley was a key part of the comeback too, homering in the seventh and walking in a run and scoring the following inning. After this debacle, I’m guessing John Farrell is going to be loathe to go to his pen tonight.

Indians 4, Angels 0: Break up the Indians. That’s eight straight for Cleveland, this one coming on eight shutout innings from Mitch Talbot of all people. Asdrubal Cabrera‘s solo homer in the first was all the Indians would need, but Matt Laporta added a three-run jack in the second.  Are the Indians this year’s version of last year’s Padres?

Rockies 7, Mets 6: Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Mets took the lead but the bullpen blew it. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Rockies were powered by Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, each of whom drove in three. Jason Isringhausen pitched for the Mets. It was his first action in a Mets uniform since 1999.  Man, 1999 was a long time ago.

Rangers 2, Tigers 0: I thought that putting Neftali Feliz in the pen in favor of Alexi Ogando was a dumb move. And the part of that in which Neftali Feliz is not currently a starter is still dumb. Overall, however, the Ogando-in-the-rotation thing has been straight aces. He shut out the Tigers for seven innings running his scoreless innings streak to 13 in his two starts.  He left with a blister problem in this one and had a blister in his first start as well. Here’s hoping that isn’t a recurring theme.

Athletics 2, White Sox 1: Man, this one has to hurt. Mark Buehrle pitched eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball only to get the no-decision because his offense couldn’t do much of anything against Dallas Braden and Tyson Ross and because a Juan Pierre error in the ninth inning allowed the A’s to tie it up. Into the 10th and Kurt Suzuki homers off Jesse Crain for the game winner. Anyone have surveillance on Crain to make sure he’s not really a double agent, still on the Twins’ payroll?

Cubs 5, Astros 4: The Cubbies jumped all over Nelson Figueroa for 5-0 lead and then held on as the Astros chipped away but fell short. Starlin Castro was 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Second smallest crowd in the history of Minute Maid Park (20,175). I’m not going to say that baseball has come a long way in the past 25 years, but I remember some random promotional giveaway night at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in the late 80s that drew a little over 20,000 and Skip Caray went on and on about how weird it was to play in front of such a big crowd. And while the Braves drew particularly poorly then, it wasn’t uncommon for teams to routinely have four digit attendance nights without anyone saying much about it.  Only a handful of teams back then would think of a 20K night as some dire low.

Dodgers 6, Giants 1: For the second time on the young season, Clayton Kershaw shut the Giants down. Shutting them out, in fact, through six and two-thirds anyway. Including Opening Day and his last start against the G-men last September, he hasn’t allowed a run over his last 23 and two-thirds innings against San Francisco. The game was dedicated to Bryan Stow, who was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day. Before the game the players came together on the mound, offering a joint statement about how the rivalry needs to stay on the field. It was a nice gesture as was the fund raising to benefit Stow that each team has done in recent days. Sadly, however, the type of people who attacked Stow are likely immune to this message. After all, if the example of sportsmanship baseball players typically exemplify and the nature of baseball itself doesn’t set the proper example, the words of players likely won’t either. Like the man said: there’s a meanness in this world.

Reds 3, Padres 2: Once again Edinson Volquez was shaky in the first, allowing two runs, but once again he settled down and that’s all the Padres would muster all night. Mat Latos was the opposite in his season debut: he started strong, notching five strikeouts in his first three innings, but then made mistakes to Jonny Gomes and Chris Heisey, whose homers accounted for all of the Reds’ scoring.

Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 2: Kyle McClellan allowed one run over six innings. He also doubled in a run in the third and singled in a run in the fourth to — wait for it! — help his own cause. Yadier Molina scored on the double, so without looking I’m going to say he was on third or else the double lodged in the wall or something. It was the most runs the Cards have scored all season. Oh, and Albert Pujols hardly contributed, going 1 for 5 with no runs scored.

  1. saturn1111 - Apr 12, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    “The Rays asplode,” huh? Does this mean they pulled those runs out of their ass…as it exploded?

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    What is the deal with the Red Sox? They can only “get up” for the “good” teams? Well, somebody better let them know that they are not one of the “good” teams. 10 games into the season, and they are SIX GAMES worse than the Cleveland Indians. SIX!!! Tampa Bay stinks this year and they threw up a 16 spot on them. The run differential for the Red Sox is -31!!!!!!! Are you kidding me?

    • bobwsc - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      you said it thought, they’re only ten games into the season. once they click, watch out. granted Dice-K and Lackey are who we thought they were – bums.

  3. bigxrob - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Craig,
    I agree the Neftali Feliz should have been moved to the rotation this year since he would be more valuable. I’m curious as to what you would have been saying about Mariano Rivera circa 1997 (I think) when he took over as the closer for the Yankees. He was a starter in the minors. Would you have been writing about how he should be given a chance as a starter since that would give the team the most innings out of him?
    This may be difficult looking back since he has historically great and such a big part of the Yankees WS titles. But I think there is at least a correlation between the two.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

      Rivera wasn’t nearly the minor league starter that Feliz was. His pitching repertoire was way more limited. His K rate wasn’t nearly as good as Feliz’s was and, unlike Rivera as a starter, no one has ever questioned Feliz’s durability. Rivera was also given a shot — not a long one, but a shot — to start in the bigs, and he didn’t do all that well. Feliz has never been given that shot. He’s never been given a big league start.

      My view is that you make a guy a starter until he shows he can’t start. Feliz should be allowed to show what he can do as a starter. If it doesn’t work, then and only then should he be in the pen. As Rivera’s example has shown, such a pattern is more than a little workable.

      • bigxrob - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

        That’s what i like about this site: Ask a question, get a staright answer.
        Thanks Craig.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        Kiss up. Why not give the minionmeister a shiny red apple while you’re at it?

      • Mike Luna - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        Everything Craig just said is 100% accurate, except that he may not be considering how shaky the ‘pen actually is right now. They’ve got untested, old, and O’Day.

        Taking Ogando and Feliz out would have been a very, very risky proposition to start the season, especially considering that there are more than enough starters waiting in the wings at the moment.

        No doubt that Feliz deserves a shot to start and, if he doesn’t next year, I will raise Hell. I do understand the logic of management, though, because the make-up of the bullpen would make me just as uncomfortable.

  4. paperlions - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Molina actually scored all the way from first on McClellan’s double because…. LaRussa called a hit and run with the pitcher up, Molina on 1st, and a 2-1 count…..of course, it worked…..with McClellan getting his first career extra-base hit and RBI….now we can look forward to many more such calls leading to Molina (or other slow guys) getting thrown out stealing and then the pitcher striking out…..because, hey, it worked before.

  5. phukyouk - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    ” Are the Indians this year’s version of last year’s Padres?”

    do you mean are they going to go on a ten game losing streak late int he season and lose the division?

    • tolbuck - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      Would make sense. The Tribe has a history of blowing leads late in the season. In fact, quite a few of them were against the Yankees.

  6. uyf1950 - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    As good as the Red Sox looked Sunday against the Yankees they looked 10 times worse against the Rays yesterday.
    As a side note. Every year it seems one or 2 teams take everyone by surprise with how well they play early on this year is no exception. The end result however is usually those teams falter a couple of months into the season. I suspect this year will be no different either. As the saying goes the “cream always rises to the top”. That’s just my opinion.

  7. BC - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    #WINNING

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Duh.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    There’s a school of thought (mine) that shows the Yankees and Red Sox play in a vacuum when they are head-to-head. Their schedule is 144 games a season, then the 18 between themselves. And it proves nothing because they end up splitting this series.
    But wait- it does prove something. If those games cancel each other, then you can only count the remaining 144, and so, for the season so far, Advantage Yankees.

    • bleedgreen - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Sort of like when division rivals play each other in the NFL. Especially the NFC East. It doesn’t matter how good or how bad the teams are, the games are USUALLY pretty close, even if the favored teams win. The Redskins bring it to the Eagles every year, despite the Eagles usually being fairly good and the Redskins being fairly bad.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      And those 18 games last as long as the other 144.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        Funny, and true.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        They just want to give the fans their money’s worth. Quite considerate of them, I think. Do we complain when Bruce Springsteen blows his allotted time and just keeps playing songs that weren’t supposed to be in his set list?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        I could say something here about requisite national broadcasts each and every time they play, leaving the rest of us baseball addicts no choice but to languish through those games with no recourse. But I won’t.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM

        Great restraint there, Ut. In the immortal words of Abe Lincoln (who built great cars) “Better to be quiet and thought the fool, than to open one’s mouth and leave no doubt”.
        How do you make those smiley face little things? Is that the “hotmeal” app?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Type a : and follow it with a ) or a P

        Like this :) :P

  9. easports82 - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Downside to being a Mariners fan on the East Coast.

    Of course, there’s plenty of room to argue that being a Mariners fan in general is a bad idea.

  10. mplsjoe - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    8 IP, 2 H, 0 R. If only Mark Buehrle knew how to win.

    I will never tire of this joke.

    • clydeserra - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      he pitched well, but give it up for Dallas Braden and Tyson Ross, (and Fuentes) who kept the whitesox to 1. I think that is a better feat than shutting out the A’s.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      Or Zack Greinke in this game:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA200905090.shtml

      Or Justin Verlander yesterday.

      If they just knew how to WIN!

      • cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        Yeah, or Jesse ‘Hagar’ Litsch. He bagled the Mariners for 5 innings then got to sit and watch how not to do it courtesy of his bullpen. I criticized that goofy red beard of his and now I hope he keeps it and the bullpen all grow red beards.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

        Or this (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA201009130.shtml) game between Sabathia and Price, right at the height of people screaming that we had to ignore Felix being a better pitcher because he “didn’t know how to win.”

      • Old Gator - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        Cur68: never seen “bagle” used as a verb before, and not even as a synechdoche for “chewing hard.” You go beaver boy.

      • cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        Gator; Ida used ‘hockey pucked’ but I’m trying to fit in with the zeitgeist; American themed foods.

  11. trevorb06 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    ‘If this was the NBA Fuld would have stopped on first with that last double of his to get the cycle.’

    Or maybe if he was bla… aming the media on the criticism of Manny for him retiring and wanted to get the cycle ‘for Manny’ being such an outstanding player, PEDs or not. :)

    See what I did there?

  12. Jonny 5 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    I never saw Papi move that fast. Ever. I had a proud moment for the big lug.

    • cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      I was watching him for a signs of a heart attack. He runs like city bus accelerating to make a light.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      I didn’t see it. Describe it to me in terms of John Kruk.

      • Old Gator - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        Pappy runs at a pretty clean 180 degree angle to the ground. Kruk runs at a slight rightward lean to compensate for the missing testicle.

    • tribester - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      Papi got his annual triple out of the way early this season. This is 12 seasons in a row with a triple.

  13. atribecalledtwolves - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    I can’t believe the Tribe has won 8 in a row. Without Sizemore, nonetheless. I’m sure they’ll come back down to the ground as the summer months come around and they have to play the Twins, White Sox, and Tigers more. But wow, good for the Royals and Tribe to get off to good starts.

  14. APBA Guy - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    That error by Pierre was fairly tough, the wind had picked up and gusted, pushing the ball further to his right late in its flight. He had to make a late adjustment and missed it, clanking off his glove. He was never Ichiro out there, but this was a tough play. A lot of times on long runs you see an “H” from the official scorer, but this was 50-50. Too bad for Buerle who had incredible tilt on his breaking stuff.

    Crain’s pitch was up and centered, a lot like the pitches Kinsler was getting opening day, an oddity in his pitching sequence, giving credence to Craig’s conspiracy theory. Kurt’s first homer of the year, giving the A’s 5 in 10 games. Willingham has 3. Braden’s game was typical Braden, lots of off-speed, lots of movement, the Jamie Moyer playbook, basically.

    The A’s are now .500, and for the last 5 games, each starter has allowed 1 ER or less. And no errors during that period, after 9 in the first 3 games. This is how Beane drew it up. I’m not sure he actually expected it to work out.

    • cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      I felt for Juan The Beaver Pierre. That was indeed a tough play and The Beaver is a decent dude. He shoulda got the benefit…

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

        Seisenta y ocho, sometimes you make it too easy. Felt for the beaver?

  15. feartherallythong - Apr 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Dear Mr. Calcaterra,
    I object to the following statement in your article, “…the Rays asplode for 16…”
    It is spelled ” ‘splode”. As in, “You’ve got some ‘splodin’ to do…”
    Sincerely,
    The Ghost of Desi Arnaz

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