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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

May 3, 2011, 6:13 AM EDT

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Athletics 5, Rangers 4: The promise of the Athletics’ offseason: adding a bit of offense to cover the holes from last year and bolstering the bullpen to solve the team’s other big weakness. Job well done as far as this game goes, as Hideki Matsui hit a walkoff homer in the 10th after the Athletics’ bullpen shut the Rangers out on two hits over four innings to end it. Grant Balfour made it interesting in the top of the 10th, but he wiggled out of it, so we’ll call that a bug and not a feature of the New and Improved Athletics.

Red Sox 9, Angels 5: Jered Weaver proves mortal. The Angels’ ace gets his first loss of the year after Boston tags him for three runs on six hits in six innings. Which isn’t a ton, but any hope of Weaver getting a no-decision was lost when Hisanori Takahashi and Francisco Rodriguez got lit up like a pinball machine in the seventh. All of Boston’s nine runs were driven in by the 2-5 hitters, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis and Ortiz.

Nationals 2, Giants 0: Tom Gorzelanny gave up only three hits in eight innings as the Giants continue to search for a way to score runs. In fact, they’ve been shut out three times in the past six games.  As I noted yesterday, it was Military Appreciation Night. Active duty members who have to wake up early tomorrow were probably pleased, therefore, that this game took only two hours and two minutes.

Braves 6, Brewers 2: The last time the Braves met Yovani Gallardo he shut ‘em out on a two-hitter. This time the Atlanta bats do a bit better, scoring five runs on nine hits — plus four walks — in five innings. Jair Jurrjens has been outstanding in all four starts he’s had this season.

Yankees 5, Tigers 3: Seven straight losses for Detroit. This one was winnable. Down 3-0, the Tigers rallied to tie it in the seventh but the Yankees clawed back with two in the ninth. One of the runs scored on an Alex Avilia passed ball. But he also had two homers. And here I thought the book on him was that he was a good defensive catcher who couldn’t hit much.

White Sox 6, Orioles 2: Two homers for Paul Konerko and a sac fly to boot on a four-RBI night. Mark Buehrle allowed twelve baserunners — eight hits and four walks — in six and two-thirds innings of work, but he did not allow a single run to score.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 5: A Gaby Sanchez grand slam in the third gave the Marlins the lead, a Lance Berkman three-run shot in the bottom of the inning took it right back for the Cards. Mike Stanton would make the difference later, however, homering in the fifth and hitting a leadoff triple in the eighth and subsequently scoring on a sac fly.

Dodgers 5, Cubs 2: Andre Ethier is now halfway to Joe DiMaggio with 28-game hit streak. That’s not going to happen, but he is only three games short of the Dodgers’ record, set by Willie Davis in 1969. James Russell is now 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA since moving to the rotation to take over for the injured Andrew Cashner. It’s almost like Carlos Silva won that job out of spring training after all.

Pirates 4, Padres 3: The Pirates beat the Padres for the first time in ten games against them.

Astros vs. Reds: POSTPONED: These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall. This is the wonder of devotion – I see the torch we all must hold. This is the mystery of the quotient – Upon us all a little rain must fall.

  1. uyf1950 - May 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Well the Yankees started their 7 game road trip on a positive note, winning and increasing their lead over the 2nd place Rays to 3 games. Colon pitched another very, good game, unfortunately he did get credit for the win (7 Innings, 3 ER and 7 K’s). The Yankees had several opportunities to score before he was taken out of the game for the 8th inning but didn’t, so Joba gets the win and Mo gets his 11 save of the season in just 26 games (he’s appeared in 15 of those games). With the exception of 2 hiccups on his record Mo’s performed like a trooper. For a team whose pitching everyone thought was suspect at the beginning of the season the entire staff has performed pretty well, 5th in team ERA in the American League.
    One final comment. After this road trip which ends for the Yankees on May 9th the Yankees will have played 32 games 18 at home and 14 on the road. Versus the Red Sox 20 at home and 15 on the road and the Rays 19 at home and 15 on the road. Hopefully the relatively similar home versus away records of the 3 teams will dis-spell those posters from saying the Yankees have had an advantage by playing “more” home games. Need I say it, but that’s just my opinion.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

      Colon not coming away with the win was reflective of the whole messy game. Something like 2 for 12 with RISP, sometimes on third with as little as one out. This was one there for us to lose. Verlander was off the plate more than I’ve ever seen him and we were buzzing like flies on the bases to little result. That durned Comerica is so big it stifled ARod’s power and called back Jorge’s almost-homer. Gladly put this one in the “barely W” colomn.

      • uyf1950 - May 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM

        My friend I can’t deny it is disappointing to see the Yankees leave so many men is scoring position many times with less then 2 outs and many times it is with Jeter at the plate. BTW there is an interesting piece that I think you would enjoy reading on Yankeeanalysts on Jeter I’ve copied the link here if you want to read it:
        http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/2011/05/like-mattingly-the-greatest-test-of-jeter%E2%80%99s-leadership-could-come-when-it%E2%80%99s-time-to-step-aside-29233

        Getting back to your comment about the park. I’ve always been of the opinion for example when fans complain about the weather effecting their teams performance the weather is the same for both teams. While it is a little different analogy about the ball parks because many teams build their teams around their parks in my opinion the dimensions of the parks are the same for both teams. That’s why it always troubles me when fans complain that the Yankees park and it’s dimensions. When the teams play there there batters have the same opportunities to take advantage of the dimensions as the Yankees players…and in my opinion that goes for ever park and ever team. When the Yankees play in Seattle it does no good to complain that the Yankees are not as capable to take advantage of their power it is what it is. Every team plays the hand they are dealt. Sorry about the “soapbox” but that just my opinion. Anyway a “W” is a “W” whether barely or by a whole lot. Talk to you later my friend.

      • Kevin S. - May 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        Colon not coming away with the win was reflective of how non-sensical it is to use pitcher wins as a way of judging pitchers.

  2. Old Gator - May 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Anybody want to see a ridiculous home run? Go to the Feesh’s web site (flamarlins.com) and watch the highlight clip. The Iron Giant hit this one off the facade of the third deck in left field, and it was still climbing when it hit the facade just to the left of the “Big Mac Country” sign – and some idea of how hard he crushed this poor leetle beisbol can also be gained from watching how far back onto the field it ricocheted. On Sunday, he put one in the farthest row back in dead center in Cincinnati. He’s only hit four so far this season, taking his time coming back from several injuries, but every single one of them could have qualified for the X-Prize if Branson hadn’t japped it while he was still at AAA. His triple was hit maybe even harder – that left fielder hadn’t even turned around yet before it got over his head. The big guy was really putting on a show for the third beer crowd.

    All of this is being accomplished without steroids, without Red Bull, and without the clandestine assistance of crippled dwarves pulling invisible wires from behind the curtains. As long as Bud Light doesn’t ban mutants, the Feesh are good to go.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      Gator, how is life in Macondo so far above the Golden Prognosticator?

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

        Well, for what it’s worth, Macondo is experiencing a protracted drought during the season when we usually get Biblical deluges on a daily basis. The local bull gators are bellowing for mercy as their gator holes fill with algae and muck. I feel their pain, even while floating in my saltwater pool with a pina colada and a copy of Kerouac’s Visions of Cody. I can’t help but think that the phenomena of the Feesh’s rappel to Olympus and the prayer of the broken earth for rain are somehow related. My usual bunch of correspondents via my Ouija Scrabble board have been silent on the issue, which is not a good thing. I half expect my halite chlorinator to crap out, you know?

        I do know that if it doesn’t start raining soon, the Feesh are going to have to start learning to walk on their fins. And all you have to do is turn on TPN to see where that process leads, even when half of those idiots don’t believe in it.

    • salvomania - May 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      His triple was hit maybe even harder – that left fielder hadn’t even turned around yet before it got over his head.

      Actually the Stanton triple was a line drive shot to CF that glanced off Colby Rasmus’s glove. I thought Rasmus had a chance to catch it, and looking at the replay, I’m kind of surprised he didn’t—his glove was right there.

      That home run was ridiculous though: it seemed like a 60-degree angle off the bat (although in the replay you can only see the ball for about a twentieth of a second) that was out in about 3 seconds.

  3. APBA Guy - May 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I wouldn’t make too much of the A’s success in this one game, although the 3-1 series win over the stumbling Rangers is gratifying. Keep in mind that at this moment the A’s have the advantage in the Battle of the Team Physicians, with only Andrew Bailey down hard. The Rangers are down the reigning MVP plus reigning Rookie of the Year. The team that has taken most advantage of this is the Angels who are now tied with the Rangers for the division lead. The Angels are down Kendrys Morales of course, who played only a little last year also.

    Tonight the Indians, 19-8, come to town in a real test for both teams. It’s a chance for the A’s to see if they can win a series against a hot team, and a chance for the Indians to see how they do against some serious pitching. The A’s have Tyson Ross tonight, who was very good in his last outing after an impressive Spring.

  4. rsnorth - May 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Didn’t expect to see Robert Plant making ATH. Good stuff Craig.

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