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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 20, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

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Brewers 9, Phillies 0: Roy Halladay threw 123 pitches in his last start and got tattooed for six runs on ten hits in this one. Coincidence?  Randy Wolf returns to his old stomping grounds (stamping grounds? Can we get a ruling on this) to shut down his old mates (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER). Well, he left after 2006, so at least some of them are his old mates.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5: Mariano Rivera was handed a two-run lead in the ninth inning and … he blew it. A leadoff double followed by a wild pitch brought the Jays to within one and then a walk and two singles later — one of them a bunt single — and it was all tied up. A Travis Snider RBI double in the 10th ended it.  I suppose this sort of thing happens from time to time. Probably doesn’t matter. According to very reliable sources, the machines became self-aware just after 8PM last night, so the attack on humanity begins tomorrow. It’s good to know that both Rivera and Halladay are humans, so at least they’re on our side.

Angels 15, Rangers 4:  The Angels’ young bats break out in a major way. Mark Trumbo homered and drove in four runs, Hank Conger had two hits and scored twice and Peter Bourjos had four hits, including a homer among his four hits. Colby Lewis got rocked in his first start back following a missed turn due the to birth of his second child. More on that a bit later this morning.

Mariners 13, Tigers 3: Man there were a lot of blowouts yesterday. This one was pretty surprising given how inept the Mariners have been on offense. But when the opposition walks you 11 times — 11! — you’re going to score a bunch. Jack Wilson got three of those walks. How do you not throw strikes to Jack Wilson?

Rays 2, White Sox 1: A complete game for James Shields, who gave up a run on four hits and struck out nine. And he wasn’t messin’ around either. He threw 105 pitches and the game took two hours and twelve minutes. The Sox have lost six in a row and the Rays have won seven of eight.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 0: Brett Anderson (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER 8K) shut down the Sox who — and I’m not making excuses for ‘em, just stating facts — had to wake up early on Monday for that Patriots’ Day game then fly out to the west coast for a night game last night. How are you not jet lagged after that? John Lackey didn’t pitch poorly, but when you don’t score …

Orioles 11, Twins 0: You’re Ron Gardenhire. You take a beating like this and you think, hey, silver lining time: I got a closer who can’t close anymore and I need to build his confidence back up. We’re down 8-0, so let’s put Joe Nathan in to get a zero-leverage inning under his belt and get him on the way back to being productive, OK?  Nathan comes in in the eighth and gives up a three-run bomb to Vlad Guerrero. Oof.

Marlins 6, Pirates 0: Josh Johnson was masterful once again, shutting out the Pirates on two hits over seven innings. He’s now 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA, he has a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 27 innings and opposing hitters are batting .112 against him.

Astros 6, Mets 1: Wandy Rodriguez‘s first three starts were bad-good-bad, so he was due for “good,” right? (note: never take me to Las Vegas because I don’t understand how the world works). Rodriguez stymied the Mets, who have lost 11 of 13. Second baseman Justin Turner — new deck chair on the SS Mets — was 1 for 4 in his season debut.

Braves 10, Dodgers 1: The Braves explode against the Dodgers’ bullpen, putting up eight runs in the top of the ninth. Eric Hinske pinch hit that inning and, since they batted around, had both a homer and an RBI single. Not bad considering Braves pinch hitters had entered the game hitless on the year. Six two-hit shutout innings for Brandon Beachy.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4: Two homers for Ryan Roberts, who wasn’t even supposed to start. Thanks Melvin Mora‘s sore foot!  The Reds have lost five of six, mostly because of bad starting pitching.

Royals 5, Indians 4: Kansas City jumped out to a 5-0 lead and nearly blew it as the Tribe scored four over the final three frames. Bruce Chen has now won seven straight decisions stretching back to last year.

Giants 6, Rockies 3: Ubaldo Jimenez‘s return didn’t go much better than his debut, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings. A three-run homer for Pablo Sandoval.

Padres vs. Cubs: POSTPONED:  You can dream the American Dream, but you sleep with the lights on and wake up with a scream. You can hope against hope that nothing will change. Grab a hold of that fistful of rain. Grab a hold, grab a hold, grab a hold. Grab a hold, grab a hold, grab a hold of that fistful of rain.

Nationals vs. Cardinals POSTPONED: See the sky about to rain, broken clouds and rain. Locomotive, pull the train, whistle blowing through my brain.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Nice to see Travis Snider get the winning hit for the Jays. Earlier, he struck out with the bases loaded. So far, the kid is having a strange month. He has only 9 hits in 59 at bats for a .153 batting average but they have been productive hits as he leads the team with 11 RBI’s. He also has 5 stolen bases.

    • missthemexpos - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      So much potential, hope the Jays continue to give Snider a chance, as the future can only be better.

  2. Jonny 5 - Apr 20, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    I stayed for the entire game….. We needed to find things to cheer about. “Way to get walked!!!, Good Eye!!!” Well good luck for the Phills, I left and took the dark cloud that follows me around home. Wolfy out pitched Roy Halladay. Huh?
    And Roy still got applause when he left. The guy still kept the Phills in the game, if they could muster some hits. It was Herndon who really blew it last night. I believe it was 3 runs allowed and he had two men on base when Herndon came in and allowed everyone to score on a home run, or something like that. Roy didn’t have his best stuff and probably would have come out with 3 runs allowed if Charlie doesn’t pull him. That was the point that everyone knew The game was lost. Well we stayed for moral support. Us and about 10,000 other slightly wet fans waited until the end.

    • cur68 - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      How’d your cousin Phillie Bot do? Didn’t blow a hoe through Chooch, take hostages or declare itself a god did he?

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM

        blow a hoe? interesting.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        Damn you Heyward!!!!!!

        Philbot debuts before today’s game. All I have to say is that Doc spent a little time with it after the game last night, so Wolfy might want to steer clear of the field today…I’m jus’ sayin’….

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        Ohh his outing isn’t until tonight. Word has it, He may have Roy’s favorite pillow as the backstop. Chooch just doesn’t trust robots, too many terminator movies for him. Either that or he really is stuck in the 80’s still. His music choice for his turn at bat? Phil Collins “in the air tonight”. I laugh my a$$ off every time I picture him driving his Mercedes singing that song out loud with his accent. ” I could FEEL It come in da winnnn toni-eeeee Ohhh loo–ooore!!”

      • cur68 - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:07 AM

        heh, heh, heh … I said “blow a hoe”… heh, heh heh

        So it’s tonight your cousin, The Brain, tries to take over the world, is it Pinky? Well, I’m ready. I’ve downloaded a plan for building and EMP device out of soup cans, a vacuum cleaner, and 10 cats. I shall be able to defend myself against the machines for as long as the supply of cats hold out. I’m sure El Bravo sees the obvious dirty joke in there.

        Let me know what he says about those game tickets I asked for.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      Halladay was trying to point out how KK looked the night before.

      Seriously, though, this was a complete meltdown. Offense and defense failed to show up—which is good that they happened the same night. Two friggin’ hits?!? To Wolfy?!? Come on. The Brewsers have made a few spectacular plays so far, so kudos to them (mmmm…kudos…granola bars…mmmm). Who knows what would’ve happened without them?

      Woe are we Phightins Phans!!!! How long must we wait for our ace to pitch again?!?!?!? Oh, that’s right….

      • Chris Fiorentino - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

        It’s really all my fault because I said they wouldn’t lose three games in a row all year. Now that they have lost two, there’s a real chance they lose three…er, Cliff Lee going today? Scratch that…I stand by my prediction…no 3 game losing streaks this year.

  3. RickyB - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    In order to stay compliant with the powers that be, “stomping grounds” is what you want to write.

    • Lukehart80 - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Agreed.

  4. thebrettman - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Loved the snider bat-breaking…

    Like they said, that was a good way for him to end an otherwise miserable night.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Bewildering as Mo’s blown save was, the next twenty or so will go without a hitch. Over the last ten days, 6 runs wins it, five runs, maybe not. Culprit: 1-8 with RISP.
    You may be stamping around an auto factory, but by and large you’re stomping everywhere else.

    • Panda Claus - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      Does stamping around also happen at a tramp factory?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        Does this deserve a rim shot?

  6. lar @ wezen-ball - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Come on, Craig! You too?

    Skynet did not become self-aware last night. You know that. It came self aware on August 29, 1997. And it probably looked something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_midwZ2f0#t=0m15s

    I expect more from you, Craig.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      But 4/19/11 was the date from the TV series! Yeah, it pales, I know, but 2007 has come and gone, and what good apocalyptic cult doesn’t take the opportunity to pick the next best doomsday?

      • lar @ wezen-ball - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        I understand that. And you’re right, we always need to pick the next one to celebrate.

        But while I don’t mean to equate the TV series with the Star Wars prequels, I can’t exactly take anything post-T2 seriously… It’s better that way.

  7. sportsdrenched - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Are Bull Pens in general having a rough year? Or am I just noticing it more?

    What say you, Stat Guy?

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Prior to the last few games, the Phightins pen was relatively solid. But, as I said, that was prior to the last few games, so the jury’s still out.

  8. cur68 - Apr 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    My heartburn reached new levels of low pH watching Snider flail at curve balls in the dirt. Reminded me of Andres Galarraga; everybody in the park knows its a bouncer, but he was still swinging. Then there he is in the 10th; young Mr. Snider. Looking determined and, as it turns out, looking for the low pitch. It was like those Disney movies I was addicted to as a kid. It always works out just fine in the end. Game 2 today. Get to see Bartolo in action, which something you don’t see in print out side of the medical journals; I’m watching a Colon work. Or something.

  9. APBA Guy - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    That’s Mr. Anderson to you.

    Yes, you could see something wasn’t right with the Sox. Maybe it’s the same something that hasn’t been right with them so far this year. Maybe it was the jet lag.

    Then again, maybe it was Mr. Anderson. At least for the first 6 innings. After showing Big Papi a bender for strike one he did not seem comfortable in the box again last night. Youklis got the hard slider at the back ankle for strike 3. He was never again a threat, either.

    But the jet lag theory gains creedence based on Mr. Anderson’s 6th and 7th, when he started to fall behind and had to spot his fastball. He didn’t show the big 97 mph pitch tonight, but showed a lot of 2-seam and cut fastballs he’s been working on this Spring. As those are new pitches, many were not hitting Suzuki’s spots. But the Sox missed those, miraculously. Pedroia hit one well, but what would have been a Monster ball in Fenway died a sad and lonely death into CoCo’s glove in left center, not even making the warning track. Fosse pointed out that in July that ball hits the Mausoleum wall also, but in April through mid June the Oakland night air is too cool and heavy to get good carry.

    Lackey’s infuriatingly slow pace kept Oakland off balance all night, their lone run against him came on a Crisp single, steal of second, ground ball advance to third, run scores on a ground ball in the bottom of the first.That was it until the Sox pen gave up 4 in the bottom of the 8th.

    Always good to see former A’s bench coach Francona and former A’s pitching coach Curt Young at the park again. Francona was with the A’s for one year before going to Boston, but Young was with the A’s for 23 years, including the last 7 as pitching coach, overseeing the development of Braden, Gio, the White Rabbit, and yes, Mr. Anderson.

    Day game after a night game today. Always tougher to hit in the daytime sun at Oakland.

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