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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 5, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

Tim Hudson

Braves 8, Brewers 3; Braves 8, Brewers 0: A day the Brewers would like to forget. The Braves scoring eight runs is rare enough, but doing it — in the first game at least — with no homers is even more rare for this station-to-station team. Tim Hudson threw a 102-pitch one-hitter in the nightcap, spoiling Zack Greinke‘s Brewers’ debut.  Tim Hudson may be one of the more overlooked awesome pitchers in baseball.  It’s like everyone forgot about him when he went down for Tommy John surgery a few years ago. But since he’s been back: quiet excellence.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 2: Joe West and his crew are a joke.  They tossed Joe Maddon after the ump got together and reversed West’s safe call on a tag play at first by Adam Lind on Sam Fuld, calling him out. Except they had it right the first time. The rest of the game was characterized by a crappy strike zone and multiple ejections when people complained about it. Joe Maddon on Twitter after the game:  “If ever a play screamed for instant replay we saw it at first base in the 7th inning tonight. I think Joe West got it right the first time.” Watch Maddon get fined now while West gets … nothing.  But not everything sucked in this game. Check out this relay throw by Yunel Escobar and plate block by Jose Molina. Mercy.

Giants 2, Mets 0: The Giants discover that you don’t have to fix your offensive woes when Tim Lincecum takes the hill and shuts out the opposition for seven innings while striking out 12. If there was any doubt that Bruce Bochy wanted this one badly it was put to rest when he used four relievers to pitch the final two innings, with three of them getting to retire one batter each and Brian Wilson taking the entire ninth.

Phillies 7, Nationals 4: Vance Worley: the fifth ace. In his second start, Worley allows one over six innings, brining his total to one run allowed in 12 innings on the year.

Pirates 7, Padres 4: Kevin Correia sat in the lotus position and vowed revenge before this game. “For what, Kevin?” asked Clint Hurdle before the game. “You left them via free agency. It’s not like they did you dirty or anything.”  Correia trained an intense look on his manager and then slowly walked away, a lonely pan flute playing in the distance. He knew what he must do (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER).  As far as revenge goes it was rather mediocre, but a win is a win. Or so said Correia’s sensei before their final battle, which each knew had to end in the death of the vanquished.

For the uninitiated in the ways of And That Happened, now would be a good time to let you know that as the season wears on I find it harder and harder to find interesting things to say about kind of blah teams like the Pirates and Padres, so I go off on these sorts of flights of fancy. Which is to say that, no, I have no real proof that Kevin Corriea killed his sensei. It’s just what a lot of people are saying is all.

Tigers 4, Yankees 0: Max Scherzer blanks the Yankees for eight innings and someone woke Magglio Ordonez up to hit a two-run homer. Derek Jeter leaves with a sore hip. If I were in the situation Jeter’s in I’d probably be happy to have a sore hip right now.

Orioles 3, Royals 2: Luke Scott went two for three with two walks. So he says.

Twins 3, White Sox 2:  The White Sox have lost 17 of 21 games. And I picked them to win the Central. Good thing I’m not a betting man.

Cubs 5, Dodgers 1: Carlos Zambrano gave up one run on five hits over eight innings. And boy, did the Cubs look spiffy in their throwbacks doing it. Check out those socks.  An off-day for Andre Ethier as his elbow is wonky, so the hitting streak counter remains at 29.

Reds 3, Astros 2: I hit this one up yesterday. If the Astros’ closer continues to be Lyon, Astros fans will be dyin’.

Angels 5, Red Sox 3: Two and a half hours of rain delays plus a five hour, thirteen inning game that ended at 2:45 AM? That ended with Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in relief and giving up a two-run RBI single to Bobby Abreu? Plus a 1:35 PM start today?  Oh yeah!

Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4: Chris Ianetta had a two-run homer. His line on the year is weird: .188/.388/.453.  Not many hits — 12 — but he has made the most of them, with eight going for extra bases.

Marlins 8, Cardinals 7: A two-run homer from Mike Stanton in the ninth broke a 6-6 tie. He hit it off an Eduardo Sanchez fastball. This a night after Sanchez dusted Stanton with sliders in a key ninth inning matchup. Hey Eduardo: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Rangers 5, Mariners 2: C.J. Wilson totally handcuffed Seattle, pitching a complete game and striking out 12.

Athletics 3, Indians 1: David DeJesus hadn’t hit any homers all year. In this one he hit two. Overall the A’s only had four hits, but it was enough to stand up for Trevor Cahill, who gave up one run on five hits over seven innings.

  1. Jonny 5 - May 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    I refuse to believe the Sensei was killed by Correia until I see the photos.


    BTW, highlight reel, Polanco to Howard last night to help end Worley’s night. Polanco is Superman, He is our Hispanic Superman. And more than likely our very best player. More applause from the fans to Amaro for getting him back to Philly. “I have never played this well” (Polanco)

    • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      Polanco’s play was awesome, but Howard’s dig out of the dirt wasn’t anything to sneeze at either.

      Part of me thinks Worley isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and Blanton may spend a wee bit more time on the DL. One run over 12 flippin’ innings? And that run could have been avoided if that ball was fielded better by Victorino (ya know, the short Hawaiian guy in center?) and 3 for 4 RAUUUUUUUULLLLLL. Oh, and Baez should be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List, ’cause, ya know, he can’t.

      • Jonny 5 - May 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        Howard is an underrated defender of all things safe on first. And I think Worley will be back in AAA soon since Amaro doesn’t like his $$ sitting around. Prime example Steenking Baez. I’ve been quiet on Worley since he hasn’t faced much adversity yet, but the kid seems to have what it takes to play in the major leagues. I’d keep him down unless needed if it were my choice, because sitting in the pen is no good for anyone, and it seems that’s now KK’s job. The Phills need Worley to be stretched out so they’ll leave him in AAA when Blanton gets back.

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 5, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    There was an old team from New York
    Who knew their bats they can’t cork
    They go to Motown
    And get mowed down
    At the plate they look like a dork

    • Jonny 5 - May 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Lenny, you are awesome. That is all.

  3. heynerdlinger - May 5, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Why did they play that game last night in Boston? They have a game today, so they could have easily played a double-header (yes, I know that the Angels are heading back to LA tonight). And while I’m asking, why are the Red Sox playing two four-game series against the Angels, but have only a single two-game series in Oakland (and Detroit comes to Fenway for only two games this year)?

    I’m not much one for conspiracy theories, but I find it an interesting coincidence that the last time we saw so many two-game series was also preceding a contract negotiation and the result was the introduction of the unbalanced schedule.

  4. RickyB - May 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    What I found fascinating from the footage of the ejections in the Tampa Bay-Toronto game:

    • Who in their right mind would put Angel Hernandez and Joe West on the same crew?

    • When did Davey Martinez decide to grow a beard to look like one of the hillbillies in Bugs Bunny cartoons? Johnny Damon giving him tips?

  5. Old Gator - May 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Feesh hanging tough. The Iron Giant hits a Wimpy Burger home run into the left center lower deck a measley few rows back that Emilio Bonifacio could have hit. What’s the big deal with this guy?

  6. APBA Guy - May 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    It’s getting warmer in Oakland, as the A’s have hit 5 HR’s in the last 3 games. That’s a definite sign of life. The White Rabbit has been, statistically, the 3rd best starter in the AL so far this season, just behind Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. More importantly to the A’s he’s been the stopper as he was yesterday, although he still worked down in the count too often. The A’s see-saw back to .500, with a chance to go over tonight with Mr. Anderson who was terrible last time out. If he bounces back, no arm worries, if he doesn’t….

  7. tribester - May 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Tomlin deserved a much better fate than to have his first lost to a team with so few baserunners.

  8. macjacmccoy - May 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Also before Worley gave up that 1 run he pitched 23 straight shut out innings in the Majors with the Phils. The kid can pitch hopefully he can keeps it up in triple A when Blanton comes back and can take over a rotation spot in 2012 if/when the Phillies decide not to pick up Oswalts opition.

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