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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 27, 2011, 5:55 AM EST

New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

White Sox 3, Yankees 2: Rafael Soriano‘s tenure in New York could not be starting worse. Last night he came in with a 2-1 lead in the eighth and gave up a two-run homer to Paul Konerko that proved to be the game winner. In the ninth Brent Lillibridge saved the day with two game-saving catches in right field.  With one out and runners on first and second he tracked down an A-Rod fly ball at the wall. Then Robinson Cano hit a sinking liner to right, and Lillibridge made a spectacular diving catch. A strong outing from Gavin Floyd (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10K).

Indians 9, Royals 4: This series, as the series in Kansas City was last week, is still a battle for first place in the AL Central. Jack Hannahan had two homers and Shin-Soo Choo drove in four.  In other news, according to the AP game story, the back of the t-shirt worn by winning pitcher Justin Masterson has the Charlie Sheen catchphrase “duh, winning!” written on it.  I was prepared to mock this in some way until I looked at the HardballTalk site stats yesterday and realized that one insignificant little post I did mentioning Charlie Sheen received damn nigh unprecedented traffic. Really, it got over ten times the amount of clicks the next most-viewed post got yesterday. To you and me Charlie Sheen is played out. Not so to many, many people, it seems.

Mets 6, Nationals 4: Five straight for the Mets.  Allow me to eschew the details of the game itself so that I may note that Ryota Igarashi got the win despite throwing four pitches which, while totally in keeping with the rules that govern such matters — he was the pitcher of record when the Mets took the lead and, despite his “brief” appearance, he was effective — it’s yet another argument about how silly it is to measure pitchers by their win totals.

Marlins 4, Dodgers 2: On the bright side: Don Mattingly didn’t need to decide who, among his many conflicting choices, is his closer. Ethier extends his hitting streak to 23.

Blue Jays 10, Rangers 3: Adam Lind has had a rough beginning of the season, but last night he had two homers and five RBI. Matt Harrison had nothing — he gave up seven runs in three innings — but hey, it got Brett Tomko five innings of mop up work. I’ve considered writing a short story or, if it can get any momentum behind it a novel, in which an aging  mop up man plays a role. The details are hazy and, as is the case with most of my fiction ideas, I never get very far with it. But whenever I see something like five innings out of Brett Tomko or someone quite like him, the wheels start turning again.

Brewers 3, Reds 2: A rare occurrence: Brewers beat the Reds. They were 0-4 against them this year coming in and had dropped 19 of 22. Solo homers from Braun, Fielder and Weeks did the trick. The Reds only got two hits off Marco Estrada, one of which was a Brandon Phillips two-run homer. Otherwise Mike Leake pitched well (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 K) and deserved a better fate. Indeed, some might say he was robbed.  Not me, but some might.

Mariners 7, Tigers 3: Oh, Ryan Raburn.

Rockies 4, Cubs 3: Two bombs from Todd Helton off James Russell, who have up three homers in all. In his two starts moving into the rotation due to the Cashner and Wells injuries, Russell has given up eight runs on twelve hits in eight innings and has walked as many as he has struck out (4).  The Cubs need to do something new with the rotation before they get buried.

Giants 3, Pirates 2: Two of the Giants’ runs, including the game-winner, came on sacrifices and the other came on a fielder’s choice. Viva small ball.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1: Giving up 12 hits and walking two more in six and two-thirds is no way to go through life, Clay Buchholz. Zach Britton, on the other hand, allowed one run on five hits in six innings to pick up his fourth win and, I presume, though I haven’t looked at what other AL rookies are doing, an early lead in the AL Rookie of the Year race. Boston’s five-game winning streak is over. Vlad Guerrero, by the way, is the only man in Major League Baseball with enough at bats to qualify for the batting title at the moment who has not walked once this season. 87 at bats and counting.

Astros 6, Cardinals 5: The bullpen strikes again! The Astros were down 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth but scored two runs, one on a Mitchell Boggs wild pitch. The runner had reached third on a Yadier Molina passed ball. Hey, anyone who saw it: was it really a passed ball? And, for that matter, was the wild pitch really a wild pitch?  Boggs thought it was after the game, for what it’s worth, but those things are sometimes subjective. Regardless, Boggs didn’t settle down after that, allowing three more singles including the walkoff RBI by Bill Hall.

Braves 8, Padres 2: David Ross was another of many two home run hitters from Tuesday night and Jair Jurrjens tossed a complete game.

Diamondbacks 7, Phillies 5: Roy Oswalt got rocked. On the bright side, the Phillies scored 5 runs for the first time since April 9th!

Angels 8, Athletics 3: Second baseman Alexi Amarista just got promoted from Salt Lake City. Alexi Amarista is five feet seven inches tall. Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double and added a third RBI with a sacrifice. I know it’s early and we’ve yet to see if he gets his uniform duty a lot, but his size, his position and his quick start may force us to allow a non- American white person into Club Scrappy! For the A’s, Brandon McCarthy didn’t exactly fool anyone (5.1 IP, 7 R, 14 H).

Rays vs. Twins: POSTPONED: Walked in the corner of the room, junkyard fool with eyes of gloom. I asked him time again: Take me in and dry the rain, take me in and dry the rain, take me in and dry the rain, take me in and dry the rain, the rain, the rain, the rain, the rain, my rain now [cool instrumental breakdown].

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    We can now expect future posts to be titled as such?
    Top 5

    1) “Jimmy Rollins hits for the cycle, Charlie Sheen thinks that’s swell”

    2) “Derek Jeter allows a hit while daydreaming, You know who’s dreamy? Charlie Sheen”

    3) “Charlie Sheen”

    4) “Major League is actually the best baseball movie EVER. Starring Charlie Sheen”

    5) “Terry Francona was asked what’s changed in the last couple of weeks for his team, “Duh Winning”. (allegedly)

    • BC - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      #WINNING

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        Duh.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    The Canseco assisted home run was less graceful but give Raburn props for added distance!

  3. grafe2 - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    I remember Brett Tomko. I remember for everyone.

  4. 4d3fect - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    drawing a blank on the lyrics (cool btw). Source?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      Beta Band: “Dry the Rain.” From their “Three EPs” disc or, as is more widely known, from the “High Fidelity” soundtrack.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        “High on life” you say?

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        I can get you a rainout.

      • umrguy42 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        @Old Gator: $100.

      • nyetjones - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        4d3fect: It’s good.
        Craig Calcaterra: I know.

      • tomemos - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        I will now sell five copies of The Three EPs by the Beta Band.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    AJ wastes a whole cream pie to be confounded by feats that were not lilliputian.

  6. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Feesh on a roll. Worst they can do on this homestand is 7-2 with a loss tonight. They beat Kersaw, which ain’t no fiddlin’ around. The Iron Giant has definitely tightened up his zone and his swing. Hanley seems to be coming around. The downside: John Buck seems to have reverted to his pre-2010 form. He can’t hit a beachball with a canoe paddle at the moment and he’s made some critical errors which, thank Buddha, have for the most part been swallowed up by the competence being displayed around him.

    I’ll be in Cincinnati this weeked to see the Cincinnati Ballet’s collaboration with Over the Rhine and will most likely pay attention to the Reds on local cable at the hotel as part of my ongoing project to watch at least one game per season featuring two teams about which I care not a rat’s ass. But also must buy a few packages of goetta (which I guess you could think of as Cincinnati scrapple – though that’s forcing it a bit) to bring home without having to pay insane next-day shipping prices.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      I think Goetta is 5 x the breakfast meat scrapple is. “Backfat and organ meat” Sounds like a dirty movie, but no, you eat that when you dare eat scrapple.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Mmmm…hot dog reject in block form…

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        Yeah, I was trying to be circumspect about goetta in my comparison. Technically, it’s just pork shoulder, steel cut oats and herbs and seasonings. Of course, in a Cincinnati area cafe it tastes a lot better than the mere ingredients list would lead one to anticipate. Ergo, the goal of my experiment here is to bring the stuff back to Macondo, fry it up in a pan haunted by the spirits of morcilla and chorizo, and see if it tastes the same away from Cincinnati. I’ll even buy some free range eggs to go with it, as a control group.

        As far as Cincinnati chili, though, that stuff is going to taste the same no matter where you eat it. >urrrrrrppppppp. ‘Scuse me.

  7. cur68 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Goooood mornin’ all. See the Rangers/Jays game anyone? No? Well yesterday was a banner day. It all worked out pretty much as I wanted. The Jays ka-REAMED the Rangers incase you haven’t heard. This after a bitter and acrimonious debate on the nature of pharmacist induced performance with some cretin who dared accuse the front runner for this years Chuck Norris Award for Manliest Man in MLB, Jose Bautista, of doping. Jose merely was walked a lot and hit a single. Those PEDs sure make him patient. The beaver men got it done behind Adam Lind and some shaky pitching from the Rangers. A favorable call or 2 by the ump didn’t hurt the boys of beaverton one bit.

    In other game related news, Brett Tomko looked better than the starter, Harrison, a kid a decade or so younger than he. Us old guys can still bring, eh?

    The Canucks won. Wooo-hooo! A nailbiter in OT. A veritable beaver-fest of joy, innit?

    Oh, and the Phlyers won, as I’d sort of hoped they would. So the Phaithphul still have something to be happy about, too.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Yes the Flyers handed out an a$$ whooping last night and this pleases me greatly.

      And I also highly doubt that Jose is a user. I mean look at him, he’s built like normal guy in shape, because he’s a pro athlete and all, maybe…….

      • cur68 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        ‘Roid heads are not known for their patience, either. While it’s a fallacy to say that steroids cause aggression what isn’t as much a fallacy is that it reduces your impulse control. As such a roiding happy person tends to be more happy and vice versa. Bautista was always swinging at bad pitches prior to 2009. And, because he always had good hand-eye coordination, he’d hit them and he’d fly-out a lot. Now he’s so patient at the plate you’d swear he knew what was coming. There is no drug for that.

        I feel kind of sorry for the Pirates. They had the best chance to see what they had in this guy and not only wasted their chance but nearly his career. I love a good underdog story. There’s a nice novel in this one.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      The Flyboys managed to get Ryan Miller dumped from the net for the first time in his playoff career. I was almost 1000% bonkers. I’m not a big believer in game-to-game (or series-to-series, for that matter) momentum, but I do somewhat pity the next opponent.

      And your top ranked Canucks almost fell victim to Heyward’s Hawks—who just happened to be on the verge of not making the playoffs, not to mention facing an 0-3 series hole. Any worries about that, beaver boy?

      • cur68 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM

        Nope. That’s just how Bobby Lu rolls; give ‘em hope then CRUSH them!

        Mwahahhahahahaaaaaaa….!!!!

  8. spudchukar - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Now that the Pheesh, are solidly entrenched atop the NL East, it appears the Pheelies only hope is the wild card slot. Too bad for them the 2nd wild card spot won’t go into effect until 2012. But in a division with the Nats, Mets, and listless Braves, the chances remain real. On the plus side they have Lidge to look forword to to finish out games, in the second half.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      I refuse to acknowledge the primacy of the Feesh at this early date. I wouldn’t want to be accused of weeshful theenking. I woke up this morning and saw the standings and scratched my head a little. They’ve played one fewer game than the Feelies so I don’t know how solid their entrenchment is – and would only remind them of George Tyrebiter’s sage advice to his son Peorgie: “Don’t eat with your hands, son. Use your entrenching tool.”

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        Gators can scratch their heads? Huh…I guess I learned something new today.

      • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        I confess a bit of comment trolling with the previous post, but alas with the Yanks, Sox, and Pheelie losses it is “All Quiet on the Eastern Front”.

        Coghlan’s 3 run double puts the Pheesh up 4, despite some horrendous baserunning by Stanton et al, who tiptoes around the bags as if he were afraid he might harm them somehow, and with Anibal by the Sea, hurling through 3 shutout innings it appears the Pheelies will still be looking up at the Pheesh, come morn.

      • 4d3fect - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM

        “That’s Dad SIR, to you son!”

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      You’re pretty chippy for a potato bird. Ya know… ;)

  9. uyf1950 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Well here we are on April 27, 2011 and what I have to admit that I thought was the strongest aspect of the Yankees team the bullpen is really struggling. The Yankees have lost 8 games total, and while still in first place with a 2 game lead over the Rays, 4 of those 8 loses can be directly attributed to the bullpen’s failure to hold the lead. That’s not a good thing. It looks like may be the Yankees starting rotation at least for one full turn through it has finally settled in. Keeping the runs allowed 3 or less well within a manageable level and the innings pitched serviceable at least 6 innings or more. It looks like the Yankees starting rotation should be able to hold it’s own even without the services of Phil Hughes (for who knows how long) till at least the trade deadline. The offense will do it’s job on most days the only question in the immediate future is the bullpen. When will Soriano pull out of the funk he’s in? Will Joba be able to be consistent? Two questions I’m not sure the Yankees or any Yankees fan has the answers to. That’s just my opinion.
    Before anyone brings up Mo’s 2 blown saves. I’ve not brought him in simply because I believe part of the issue is over use this year, he made his 10th and last appearance on April 24th the 2nd of his blown saves. In both 2010 and 2009 he didn’t make his 10 appearance until April 30th a full week later. Add on top of that, that one of the reason’s for signing Soriano was to relieve Mo on occasion and give him a much needed rest. The Yankees clearly have not been able to do that. One because early on the starting rotation with Hughes included they were not able to go deep in the games and clearly Soriano has not (at least to date) been the pitcher he was in 2010. So for those very reasons and because of who Mo is and what he has accomplished he gets a pass in my book. That’s just my opinion as well.

  10. APBA Guy - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    The Angels showed again last night why it is unwise to write them off in pre- or early season AL West discussions with their thoroughly professional dissection of Brendan McCarthy and the A’s. After the first trip through the order it seemed the entire Angels team realized McCarthy was having trouble keeping his slider down in the zone and collectively they refused to swing at any pitch that started at the knees. McCarthy kept falling behind and had to elevate, plus he kept missing his location. That’s a bad combination when you top out at 91 mph, and the Angels sprayed the ball all over the park. Peter Bourgos’ standing triple showed CoCo what the next level of speed looks like after CoCo’s triple Monday night. And CoCo, the A’s only more-than-tepid hitter at the moment, left the game with a leg issue. Altogether not a good night for the A’s.

    Speaking of Amarista’s vertical challenges, he may be listed at 5’7″, but standing next to such skyscrapers as Aybar and Callaspo it was pretty clear that 5’7″ is a height devoutly to be wished and never to be obtained. My guess is 5’5″, maybe, in spikes. He is every bit a product of the Angels clone factory where they stamp out slick-fielding, fast slap-hitters who sting the ball and show good poise at the plate while making every play in the middle infield.

    Tonight is Dan Haren v. Tyson Ross with the Angels looking for the sweep, and only half a game behind the Rangers. Those Rangers come to Oakland Friday, sans Hamilton and Feliz, but still with plenty more offense than the A’s.

    One of Comcast’s “Baseball Insiders” was a guest in the broadcast booth last night, and he predicted the A’s offense would “come alive” soon because there were too many “professional hitters” in the A’s lineup. This is true, strictly speaking, as all these guys are being paid to hit. What’s at issue is the degree to which they are and can be successful at this endeavor relative to their peers. If their peer group is limited to say, the Padres, or the Pirates, then yes, they will “come alive” at some point. But for most of this collection of A’s their best days are behind them, whether those days were in AAA or with another MLB team, or from a career year now long past.

    Oakland has allowed only 81 runs so far this season. That’s 1 more than Philly, who have allowed the fewest in the majors. But Philly has a +20 run differential while the A’s are +2. Despite not having Utley in the lineup, and all the other “woes” we see ascribed to the Philly offense, that +20 is consistent with a division leader (Cleveland and St Louis are +30 to lead the category). Last year only one A’s starter had an OPS over .800 (Jack Cust) and he’s now in Seattle. This year no A’s regular is over .800.

    Can the A’s offense “come alive”? They may improve marginally. There will be the occasional “explosion”. But A’s owners are treading water here, awaiting the outcome of the Selig slow-boat to San Jose commission. The team on the field is a .500 team, not an embarrassment, but not worth the prices they are charging for tickets most nights. In any other business if you had as much unsold product as the A’s (empty seats) you’d drop prices to clear inventory. The A’s have chosen the Angelos Way, which is to play to empty stadiums and pay out less than you take in from TV and revenue sharing. No, it would take Dr. Frankenstein to make this A’s offense “come alive.”

    • marinersnate - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      Yes, early season talk of the AL West being a two horse derby between Texas and the A’s may have been just a wee bit premature.

      Oh, and:

      “Last year only one A’s starter had an OPS over .800 (Jack Cust) and he’s now in Seattle.”

      Cust is hitting .176 out of the four hole for the M’s this year, with an OPS of .511! Want him back? We would of course demand just compensation, such as you running across the Bay Bridge to AT&T and picking us up an order of Garlic Fries.

  11. Matt - Apr 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Ryan Raburn has a history of using his defensive prowess to create HRs: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10015643

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