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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

Apr 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

New York Yankees' Colon follows through on a pitch to Chicago White Sox during their MLB baseball game in New York

Yankees 3, White Sox 1: Bartolo Colon is pitching like it’s 2002 again or something (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER). Quick! Bartlo! Send an email to 2002-era Craig and tell him not to put off that trip to Paris he planned with the missus and then cancelled. Contrary to what they each said, the trip would not wait another year because in another year they had a Mookie in the oven and then another one 19 months later that effectively punted European travel for a decade or more. Dear God, 2002 Craig was too stupid to live.

In other news, I’m leaving my fortified compound and I’m travelling to New York this morning. Among the many things I will do there between today and Sunday is to catch tonight’s Yankees-White Sox game. The weather forecast looks iffy, however. I sure hope it doesn’t get cancelled. Because God knows that there’s nothing else to do in New York.

Mets 6, Nationals 3: The Mets just will not lose. A pinch-hit homer in the eighth from Daniel Murphy tied it up and a two-run double from Murphy sealed the deal in the ninth. Six in a row for New York.

Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 4: Some more offense for the Phillies, who bombarded Joe Saunders and avoided the sweep. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard go yard. After the game Charlie Manuel said “Anytime you hit, you feel good about yourself.”  Then — and here is where the video of the interview with Manuel got a bit jumpy, so I could have it wrong — he said “You know, with some offense you got that vim! That vigor! That pep! That get-up-and-go that makes a fella feel swell. We hit the long balls, bury the Braves, get Roy some hardware, Burma Shave!”

Pirates 2, Giants 0: James McDonald and a quartet of relievers shut out the Giants. A strong outing for Madison Bumgarner, but it was for naught. The fifth loss in six games for the Giants.

Mariners 10, Tigers 1: Where in the heck did this come from? Doesn’t matter to Erik Bedard. He’ll take the runs, because they helped him get his first win since 2009. Justin Smoak had a three-run homer and a two-run double. That’s two homers and seven RBI for Smoak in the two games since he returned after missing time due to his father’s death. Not exactly repeatable motivation, but hey, whatever gets him through the dark days right now.

Braves 7, Padres 0: Tommy Hanson dominated the Padres, striking out 10 over the course of seven shutout innings. Chipper Jones had a triple and three RBI, passing Mickey Mantle on the all-time RBI list. He now stands second all-time for pinch switch hitters behind Eddie Murray, whom he’ll never catch. Mat Latos has now lost nine straight starts stretching to last season.

Indians 7, Royals 2: Cleveland jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first on an Orlando Cabrera bases-clearing double and never looked back. The Indians now have the second biggest division lead in baseball. For their part, the Royals have lost eight of ten, pretty much ending all of that “are the Royals for real” talk which no one in their right mind ever should have answered in the affirmative.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4: It was a tough day for Luke Scott but he rebounded nicely with a homer in the fourth. Overall the O’s jumped out to a 4-0 lead, frittered it away in the eighth inning, but then had their bacon saved by a Vlad Guerrero RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to pull it out. Vlad was put in position to score, it should be noted, when Jason Varitek let not one, but two balls get by him, with he and fellow base runner Nick Markakis advancing to second and third, respectively, on the first one and Vlad advancing to third — with Markakis getting tagged out — on the second.

Reds 7, Brewers 6: Cincy squandered leads of 4-0 and 6-4, but pulled it out via some nifty relief work from Aroldis Chapman to get out of an eighth inning jam and a 10th inning bomb from Drew Stubbs. For the Brewers,  Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee finished a combined 0-for-12.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6: Both teams got awful performances from their starters — Jo-Jo Reyes for Toronto and Derek Holland for Texas — but the Rangers pulled it out with a Mitch Moreland homer to center in the seventh.

Athletics 2, Angels 1: Both teams got great performances from their starters — Tyson Ross for Oakland and Dan Haren for Anaheim — but the Athletics pulled it out with a Connor Jackson RBI groundout in the tenth.

Dodgers 5, Marlins 4: Between this post and this post you have all you need to know. Andre Ethier is a beast and Vicente Padilla, at least for now, is a closer.

Cardinals 6, Astros 5: It’s a win, but the Cardinal bullpen woes continue. Kyle Lohse shut out the Astros for seven innings, only to have to bite his nails as the pen — particularly old closer Ryan Franklin and flavor of the month Eduardo Sanchez — almost cough it up a 6-0 lead in the eighth and ninth. They had help from Fernando Salas too.

Rays 8, Twins 2: Tampa Bay scored four in the first off Francisco “Dead Man Walking” Liriano and won it going away. Liriano is now 1-3 with a 9.13 ERA. In 23.2 innings he has walked 18 and struck out 18. What in the hell happened to him? Sam Fuld reached base four times in five plate appearances and Ben Zobrist drove in three.

Rockies vs. Cubs: POSTPONED: Bake those biscuits good and brown, it ain’t gonna rain no more. Swing your partner round and round, it ain’t gonna rain no more. Bullfrog sitting on a lily pad, he looked up at the sky. The lily pad broke and the frog fell in, he got water all in his eye.  Oh, it ain’t gonna rain no more, no more, it ain’t gonna rain no more. How do you suppose the Old Man knows it ain’t gonna rain no more?

  1. uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    Great, great outing by Colon, just what the Yankees needed. 8 Innings, 6 strike outs, 1 base on balls and he lowered his ERA to 2.77 …and it looks like Mo is back on track.

    • phukyouk - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      not that he was ever off track….

      • jwbiii - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

        Two consecutive bad games and blown saves is, um, is uncharacteristic the right word?

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Two blown saves in a row for Mo is very uncharacteristic of him. That’s really what I was referring to.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        jwbiii – the answer to you question is – YES. I think we were both typing our replies at the same exact time.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      What was that unexpected happening by Bartolo in the second? Looked like he melted down for about 15 pitches to load the bases, then mowed the next three batters down. Weird.
      Hope we get our bats back soon.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

        He got out of another smaller jam in the 6th inning when he gave up only 1 run. He just pitched a great game, in my opinion. It’s kind of funny in a way the Yankees have all these very, very expensive players and you expect them to do well. But here you have guys like Colon, Garcia, Chavez and Martin guys that virtually everyone thought were washed up getting the job done every time they get a their shot and for basically the cost of a value meal at McDonalds.

      • sdelmonte - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Yeah, the hitting patterns of the Yanks is a stealth story. Easy to hide low averages under a cloud of homers and strong starting pitching and wins. But I am not sure if the story is “Martin and A-Rod hold the fort while team wakes up” or “Posada and Swisher drag team down.”

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        sdelmonte – no doubt Posada and Swisher are not performing up to expectations. Let me correct that. Swisher is not performing up to expectations. Posada I because of his age and the position he’s played all these years is probably performing only slightly below expectations. But it’s not only Martin and A-Rod holding down the fort it’s Granderson and Cano. The 4 of them have performed very, very well this early in the season. But like I said for the equivalent of the price of a McDonalds value meal you can’t beat what Calon, Garcia, Chavez and Martin have given the Yankees so far.

      • banksatdixie - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM

        The four of them and Teixeira. By simply hitting better than his weight he is having an excellent start to the season by his usual April standards.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        ufy- these temporary quiet bats are just befuddling. Even Tuesday’s game looked like it was going to be a walk-off. And if it’s going to be by home runs (kind of early in nthe season to have so many) than so be it.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        The 6 home runs and 16 RBI’s aren’t bad either.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

        yankeesfanlen – the way I look at it and I know it’s a cliche but a win is a win. The Yankees seem to do things in spurts. Even last year if you recall the offense would be great for a while then quiet down, then the bullpen would be lights out then go bonkers, etc… It looks like the same thing is happening again this year.

  2. nps6724 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Craig, you may want to correct this line:

    “He now stands second all-time for pinch hitters behind Eddie Murray, whom he’ll never catch.”

  3. wonkypenguin - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    My guess is Liriano is doing a tryout for the Yankees. Perform terribly at first, get everyone thinking you suck, have the Twins front office decide you’re low character and the fans have turned on you, and have the Yankees deal we heard about in the off season fly through.

    Put on pinstripes. Then return to old form. Done and done. /I’d add in something about then beating the Twins in the playoffs but it looks like the Yankees are going to have to try to beat someone else this year.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      My friend, I agree with you I think Liriano is doing this because he wants out of the Twin Cities.

  4. rsnorth - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Craig,

    Dan Bard took the wrap for crossing up Varitek on at least one of the two pitches that got by in the 8th. Bircher Boy Luke Scott flipped his bat after driving a ball onto Eutaw street and drew a death stare from Josh Beckett as he circled the bases. Lots more Boston-Baltimore meetings to come.

    • rsnorth - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      That would be rap, not wrap for Bard. but after the 8th it was a wrap for both teams.

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    The LA/Oakland game last night showcased the strengths and weaknesses of both teams. Ross pitched like he did in Spring, throwing downhill with controlled movement and low 90′s velocity. At 24 he’s an old man by A’s starter standards, but it is taking a bit longer to harness that movement. He had a 1-0 lead going into the 9th when Kevin Kouzmanoff decided to to contnue his Muff-A-Thon 2011 with his 6th official error in 23 games (he’s had at least two more that were ruled hits) on a grounder by Izturis. Aybar next tried to bunt, but pulled the bat back and was hit by Fuentes. Only the first base ump ruled that he had offered at the pitch. Replays showed clearly that the bat movement was a pull back. Scoscia argued with no success, and no ejection. Later in the inning after Aybar sacrificed the Angels did score on an Abreu double, but had Aybar been on first with that HBP they might have had two runs.

    In the 10th Pennington led off with a sharp, slicing ball that appeared to be heading to Wells until Bourjos came out of nowhere and clearly distracted Wells who fell and missed the ball. The speedy Pennington raced into 3rd with a three base Kouzmanoff (error scored as a hit) and scored on Jackson’s Baltimore chop.

    Strong pitching marred by sloppy defense. Weaver’s ERA is .99 and Haren’s is 1.23. Tyson Ross is 2.76. Not bad for the 6th starter.

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