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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 21, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

Jered Weaver

Angels 4, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver remains insanely good, winning his fifth while pitching a complete game, striking out eight and walking no one while allowing a lone run. Your move, Dan Haren.

Marlins 6, Pirates 0:  Man, they were right about Charlie Morton looking just like Roy Halladay! Both of them got beat up while surrendering six runs on ten hits in their most recent starts. The resemblance is uncanny, really.

Tigers 3, Mariners 2: Rick Porcello had his strongest outing of the year so far, getting tons of groundouts and pitching into the seventh. It ended up being a decent enough west coast swing for Detroit, which has somehow won six of nine despite seeming to have the air of a team in crisis. That sometimes happens when teams from back east head out west. We sort of ignore their games unless there’s a real reason to focus on them the next morning, be it a big win or an ugly loss. Win 3-2 games? Eh, that may have been on Mars, and we thus pay little attention.

Phillies 4, Brewers 3: This was a fun one to watch live while simultaneously surfing the web yesterday. Chris Narveson was cruising and a bunch of people were tweeting about how deceptive he was and effective he was and how people should take notice. And I swear, just as I was reading one of these pro-Narveson pieces, he gave up the three-run jack to Placido Polanco, which tied the game. This is my favorite moment from the game, though. Braun ended up being safe at home, but I feel kind of Ed Sedar. You get the sense that he’s used to being overruled. Maybe by Mrs. Sedar. The exact moment of mental detachment is so easy to see. It wears so sadly comfortably on him.

Nationals 8, Cardinals 6; Cardinals 5, Nationals 3; The Nats should have won the first one in a walk, seeing as though they jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the third. It was somewhat close, though, thanks to some bad defense and bullpen work by the Nats in the middle innings. Jake Westbrook is a mess right now. Mitchell Boggs got his first save as the Cardinals new closer in the second game. At this time I would like to remind everyone that split doubleheaders always make me feel like life is nothing but a futile and pointless struggle. I like doubleheaders — don’t get me wrong — but the natural order of things demands that baseball players go to sleep having moved one step forward or one step back. A split doubleheader opens the door to too much existential thought.

Rockies 10, Giants 2: Lincecum and Sanchez stymied the Rockies, but they got to Cain (4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER). For those who care, Jorge De La Rosa got the best of Mark DeRosa in the battle of the De/Rosas.

Cubs 2, Padres 1; Padres 5, Cubs 4: Reed Johnson hit a walkoff homer in the 11th inning for the first game. A game in which Dustin Moseley got no run support for the fourth straight outing. He’s got a 1.40 ERA and nothin’ to show for it. The Padres got back at the Cubbies in the nightcap, jumping out to a four-run lead against James Russell, who showed once again that, as a fill-in starter, he makes a pretty good reliever. And yes, more existential thought here.

Astros 4, Mets 3: Where do you go from “blah, blah, blah, blah?”  I mean, as I explained I liked that approach, but it seems that with a team like the 2011 Mets, you may not want to shoot the wad with your apathy and disgust in game 17. Anyway, maybe you don’t leave R.A. Dickey in as long as Terry Collins did. Or maybe that’s hindsight. R.A. Dickey is awesome.

Orioles 5, Twins 4: The Twins were the cure for whatever ailed the Orioles. Baltimore has taken two in a row from Minnesota after dropping eight straight. Matt Weiters had a two-run homer and has six RBI over his last two games. The Twins need special graphing calculators with an extra battery pack to calculate six RBI.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2: Bartolo Colon made his debut as a Yankees starting pitcher and he did better than Phil Hughes had done (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K).  Curtis Granderson had a homer, a triple and a couple RBI as he continues to hit with some serious power in the early going.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 3: Hey, the Sox won a road game! Against Gio Gonzalez, no less, who had been as hot as any pitcher in baseball not named Jered Weaver. Homers by Kevin Youkilis and Jed Lowrie did him in.

Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1: The once-hot Reds have lost six of seven and are now a .500 team.  Ian Kennedy was smacked with a comebacker on the mound but stayed in the game and got the win.

Rays 4, White Sox 1: That’s seven straight in the terlet for Chicago and eight wins in nine games for Tampa Bay. The Rays are now at .500 and, unlike the Reds, are happy about that fact. A.J. Pierzynski got ejected in the bottom of the six for arguing balls and strikes. Ozzie Guillen on why A.J. got run: “he said not a nice thing to the umpire.” That’ll getcha every time (NSFW language!)

Indians 7, Royals 5: Luke “Opening Day Starter” Hochevar ran out of gas in the sixth inning and the Tribe made him pay for it. But was it really running out of gas, or was it brain lock on Hochevar’s part? He balked twice in the sixth inning, the second one bringing a run home. Those who saw the balks (I didn’t) said they were legit, non-ticky-tack calls. Then, despite allowing four runs in that ugly sixth, Ned Yost allowed Hochevar to come out for the seventh, and he promptly walked the first two hitters he faced who also came around to score. Not sure what Ned was thinking, but given that the Royals mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, one wonders if the outcome would have been different if Yost had gone to one of the live young arms in his pen a bit more quickly.

Dodgers 6,  Braves 1:  Derek Lowe had nothing going for him other than his usual copious amount of frothy sweat. L.A. treated him like a batting practice pitcher, snagging five runs on nine hits in three innings. Normally this would make me mad, but I feel for the Dodgers. They’re orphans now, so they should be treated with patience and care.

  1. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Apr 21, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Don’t worry, Craig, the Dodgers will always have Uncle Vin.

  2. uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2 – The Yankees lead by their new #2 starting pitcher silences the Jays. Just kidding obviously, or am I? But, based on his performance Colon did a great job. In fact if posters here were to be honest with themselves all the “re-threads” the Yankees signed this past winter have done very well for themselves and for the Yankees (Colon, Garcia, Chavez, Martin). Even Jones in his very, very limited role so far. Granted it’s early still, but with each passing game they prove their worth. That’s just my opinion.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      I’d put Colon at #3, AJ is still getting the benefit of the doubt. We seem to have solved the rotation problem to some degree and earlier in this season than most times when the problem presents itself.
      Notice how we win without the Gardner-Jeter black hole in the lineup. And we’ve rid ourselves of the GIDP curse of the Rangers, except for a certain shortstop who was allowed one last night. When does the Metropolitans Fire Sale begin?

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        yankeesfanlen – all kidding aside and like I said I know it’s early (there are those dreaded words again) I think at this point AJ, Colon and Garcia are pretty much all the same. I’d give a slight edge very slight to Garcia, AJ, then Colon. But I don’t know if at this point there is that much of a difference.

        About the Mets “Fire Sale”, I hope it doesn’t start for a while actually. I don’t think the Yankees are ready just yet to make a decision on Jeter and where he’s going to play if/when they want him to move. Although right now I would have no problem with them moving Jeter to LF and making the Mets an offer for Reyes. Then they could use Gardner as the 4th outfielder/pinch runner. That’s just my opinion, but since the Yankees haven’t ask for my opinion yet you probably won’t see this happen for a while.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

        You guys are whistling in the dark. Only the Royals have played more home games, and the Longorialess Rays are nipping at your heels. When the home/road numbers even up and the Yanks still have a comfortable lead then I will echo your optimism.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        spudchukar – we may be whistling in the wind but it’s a happy whistle. Not many fans on this site or the others for that matter gave the Yankees much of a shot when Pettitte retired, they lost out on Lee and they saw who Cashmen signed during the winter. I think even you my friend would have to admit to being surprised that the “re-threads and the Yankees have played this well. So at this stage my friend all I can tell you is as a fan of the Yankees I’ll take 2 games ahead of the 2nd place Rays which by the way have played 2 more games then the Yankees and 4.5 games ahead of the “best team on paper” the one by the way all the so called experts and most fans expected to walk away with both the division and the AL title. That’s just my opinion.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

        All valid points my friend, except perhaps noting the Rays have played more games. My comment was to highlight the favorable schedule, and not get too far ahead of ourselves. The Red Sox struggles are pleasant, but they will rebound. I predicted this would be a 4 horse race, with no wild card coming from the East, and nothing I have seen so far would alter that prognostication.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        spudchukar, my friend the schedule is what it is. The Yankees have played 11 home games. Just for reference the Rays have played 12 home games, don’t see much of an advantage there for the Yankees. I agree with you about the Red Sox they will rebound but again as far as a favorable schedule the Red Sox have played 9 home games a 2 game difference versus the Yankees so far. That doesn’t seem like much of an advantage to me either.
        As for your thoughts on how the race in the east will shake out you may be right personally I don’t share your view. We’ll just have to wait and see, it’s a very long season a lot can happen between now and Oct. 3rd..

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        Spud- I guess you’re right. Poor Sox and Rays not winning the Wild Card.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        Thanks for the home games correction, I hadn’t checked it in a couple of days and the Rays now have played 12 games at home. And yes the schedule is what the schedule is, but that does not mean one should not temper one’s enthusiasm when smiled on by the schedule gods. When you have played 69% of your games at home, a 10-6 record is more like 8-8, and vice versa.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

        spudchukar, my friend. I have no illusions about the time of the year it is in the schedule or anything else for that matter. But what applies to one applies to all. If your record relationship is accurate it also applies to the Rays and Red Sox. It would seem to me if you equate the Yankees 10-6 record to an 8-8 record because of their home schedule so far. Then I would have to assume the Rays 9-9 record should probable equate to 6-12. The Red Sox would even be worse since their 6-11 record should probably equate to 4-13 since 5 of their 6 wins were at home. It’s all relative my friend. You can’t apply one standard to the Yankees without applying that same standard to the other teams. That’s just my opinion.

  3. wonkypenguin - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Loved the Twins calculation joke. They needed a run in the ninth, and I wasn’t even a little bit hopeful because that would require…a run.

    Also: Carlos Marmol. Glad he’s the second coming of Mitch Williams when he was with the Cubs, which is one of my earliest childhood memories of being frightened and elated within 2 seconds of each other.

  4. kmgannon - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Hochevar’s balks were indeed legit calls; they were clear as day. Weirdest inning I’ve seen in a while.

  5. umrguy42 - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Alas for my Cards in the first game, when Pujols flied out to end the nice rally they had in the middle… runners on the corners w/ 2 outs in a 7-5 game. *sighs* It could’ve really cleared up your existential angst there, Craig. Oh well. On to the next *whistles a jaunty tune*

  6. Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Damn, I could have sworn that was Roy Halliday the Feesh teed off on last night. Ah well, I guess I can stop dancing around the living room now. My wife will appreciate that, since she has a fractured toe and won’t have to bend over to pick up the lamps again.

    Last night Hanley made two sparkling plays, one a from-his-knees peg to first that didn’t sail into the field boxes for a change. Is he actually paying attention, loosening up at last, or did statistical probabilities finally just catch up with him? Only time will tell. It would help if his bat would begin to follow his fielding around too. Also on the brighter side, the Iron Giant seems to be finding his range. He still doesn’t have a home run this season but his double last night was about as close as you can get to one and still not have it. Technically he was one for three and continues his agonized climb away from the Mendoza Line.

    One more game against the Bucs and then the Rockies arrive, and reality begins to set in. The Feesh and their temporarily, slightly fabled boolpen get to test themselves against a first-division team at home. They’re hovering a lofty four games above the strange attractor. Let’s see if they can do better than split.

  7. Ari Collins - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    The correct term is “The War of the Rosas”.

    • nyetjones - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Or you coud go with the rough “de la” translation and call it “The War of the of the Roses.”

  8. ginnitti - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Weaver is in a contract year coming off an offseason where he lost arbitration to the Angels…clearly he’s showing them up. Time to think long term on this kid finally? http://www.spotrac.com/mlb/los-angeles-angels/jered-weaver/

    • pauleee - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Thanks, Buzzkill. I had forgotten that he lost in arbitration. Word is, no one has ever resigned after losing arbitration the year before he becomes a FA. Oh well, it’ll be fun while it lasts.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      It will be interesting to see how the Weaver/Angels thing shakes out as they get closer to to the trade deadline and end of the season. Weaver will definitely be in high demand especially with the lack of “quality” pitchers for 2012. Also, their are other factors that may come into play. Weaver will only be 29 at the end of the 2011 season. Scott Boras is his agent and based on past history their isn’t a lot of love lost between Boras and Moreno. You would have to think that Boras is going to be looking for at least $20MM per probably more for a minimum of 6 years for his client. Is that something Moreno would entertain to resign Weaver?

      • pauleee - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        His brother Jeff pitched for the Angels as well, and not doing terribly well, they just dropped him mid-season. I don’t remember how much animosity there was, but blood being thicker than water, that might be another reason for Jered to leave.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        uyf- Having even lived through Jeff’s tenure (saw him win one at OYS circa ’03), I’m sure I would LOVE the other J. Weaver in ’12. Know you like to keep the Universe actuarily sound,however getting Jared and King Felix, deleting Grumpy, and we’d only be at +-230MM to start the run for 29.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        yankeesfanlen – I’d love it. But the realist in me says it’s probably an unrealistic expectation. Being a fan I have no problem with the money (payroll) because the Yankees would more then make it up at the gate, promotional events and with the Yes Network. It also would allow them to fill out the last two spots with some combination of Hughes, Nova, Noesi, Brackman, Stoneburner or Phelps. I’m assuming that both pitchers Benuelos. Betances and Montero, plus would have been given up as 3 of the pieces to package for a trade.
        But I think a starting rotation of CC, King Felix, Jered Weaver and 2 of the 6 above would be lights out for at least the next 5 years. Five starters like these five would probably cost the Yankees about $75 to $80MM per. Versus their 2010 starting rotation payroll of about $65MM. Is the extra $10 to $15MM per worth it? ABSOLUTELY. Allowing for increases in arbitration of the next couple of years your probably right the Yankee payroll would probably only increase by about $20 to $25MM over it’s present or 2010 level. The Yankees cost for players are fixed at 1st, SS, 3rd, the outfield. Cano is really the only full time player contract wise the Yankees have to worry about.
        Well time to wake up from the dream because it’s probably not ever going to happen, but it’s nice to speculate my friend.

    • saltwatertrout - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Weaver has an arbitration year left and will be a free agent after the 2012 season.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weaveje02.shtml

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        That’s true. But if the Angels come to the realization that they won’t be able to resign him probably their best bet is to trade him at the end of this year. If they wait until the trade deadline in 2012 they won’t receive the same value for him. First, the 2013 FA class is pretty deep their won’t be a lot of reasons for clubs in need to part with a lot to get Weaver versus signing one of the other FA. Like I said earlier with the 2012 FA class very, very weak the Angels could probably hold out for a pretty substantial return in exchange for trading him.

  9. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    The world is in order again. The Cards are in first, albeit thrice tied, and the Rays are soaring. Where are all those Berkman raggers? I am beginning to like Lance a Lot.

  10. dreadpirate82 - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    The Hochevar balks were no-brainer calls. The strangest part about that 6th inning is that he had been perfect for the 5 innings that preceded it, in addition to retiring the last 16 batters he faced in his previous start. He was dealing until Brantley hit that single and all hell broke loose. The entire start was a perfect capsule of his career.

  11. fearlessleader - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Pssst…..the MSNBC home-page link to this article says “Jeff Weaver still insanely good.” It’s funny ’cause he never was.

    • fearlessleader - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      Two thumbs down on my comment? There are two people in this world who think that Jeff Weaver is or was “insanely good”? Okay. :)

    • Ari Collins - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

      Yeah, the only thing I can think of is that your (now four!) thumbs-downers can’t read (like the MSNBC linker) and thought you were saying that Jered Weaver was never insanely good.

  12. APBA Guy - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Braden must not have been in the dugout to whisper to Gio yesterday, because Gio’s curve ball was finishing center cut, which isn’t a good spot when the Sox are swinging it. After Tuesday’s schooling at the hands of Mr. Anderson, the Sox must have had a good night’s sleep to get over their jet lag, because Lowrie and the Youker, who couldn’t even make contact Tuesday, were seeing Gio very well. That bodes well for the Sox for the rest of their road trip which continues today in Anaheim, Beckett v. Chatwood.

    As for the beloved A’s, they take the shuttle to Seattle to play in an even more pitcher-friendly park for the next 4. The get the King today and Crown Prince Pineda tomorrow, which has all the makings of a series split, which would leave the A’s at .500.

    Geren may want to separate Mr. Anderson and Gio in the rotation of Mr. Anderson continues throwing such a high percentage of curve balls and low-90’s fastballs. That’s exactly Gio’s repertoire, and in essence it allowed the Sox to see the same pitches 6 times. with predictable results. Either Mr. Anderson goes back to the mid 90’s FB plus slider he had in the past, or Gio and McCarthy should trade rotation spots. Otherwise, Gio could have a very long year.

  13. APBA Guy - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Braden must not have been in the dugout to whisper to Gio yesterday, because Gio’s curve ball was finishing center cut, which isn’t a good spot when the Sox are swinging it. After Tuesday’s schooling at the hands of Mr. Anderson, the Sox must have had a good night’s sleep to get over their jet lag, because Lowrie and the Youker, who couldn’t even make contact Tuesday, were seeing Gio very well. That bodes well for the Sox for the rest of their road trip which continues today in Anaheim, Beckett v. Chatwood.

    As for the beloved A’s, they take the shuttle to Seattle to play in an even more pitcher-friendly park for the next 4. The get the King today and Crown Prince Pineda tomorrow, which has all the makings of a series split, which would leave the A’s at .500.

    Geren may want to separate Mr. Anderson and Gio in the rotation if Mr. Anderson continues throwing such a high percentage of curve balls and low-90’s fastballs. That’s exactly Gio’s repertoire, and in essence it allowed the Sox to see the same pitches 6 times. with predictable results. Either Mr. Anderson goes back to the mid 90’s FB plus slider he had in the past, or Gio and McCarthy should trade rotation spots. Otherwise, Gio could have a very long year.

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