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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 6, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

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Angels 11, Red Sox 0: Not the best 22 hours or so for the Red Sox. After Wednesday night’s marathon they come in bleary-eyed and get utterly shellacked by the Halos. Eight runs on ten hits in four innings for John Lackey who, to be honest, should have been the best rested of all of the Red Sox given that he was probably sent home early the night before.  Speaking of rest: I almost wonder if the road team has an advantage bouncing back for a day game 11 hours after the night game ended. Since they don’t have a drive and are staying at an in-town hotel instead of their suburban mansions — and since they don’t have family with them who they want to see in the morning — I’m guessing it’s a shorter time from the ballpark to head-on-the pillow for the visitors, and I bet they got more sleep.

Tigers 6, Yankees 3: Know what I really don’t want to hear much more of? “What will they do about Derek Jeter” talk. Because here’s what they can do: nothing. They give him a day off here and there and each time Eduardo Nunez comes in and throws the ball all over the place. I guess he hits a little, but the fact is that Jeter doesn’t have an heir at short. He’s not getting moved any time soon. The talk about moving him up and down the lineup seems like deck chairs on the Titanic stuff. Eduardo Nunez. Ick.  Three out of four for the Tigers who, at times anyway, look like the only team who even remotely has it in them to make a run at Cleveland. Meanwhile, the Yankees’ lead over Tampa Bay is down to one game.

Reds 10, Astros 4: Homer Bailey returns from the DL and looks good: six innings, four hits, a run and seven strikeouts. Jay Bruce is heating up too (3 for 4, HR 3 runs).

Cardinals 6, Marlins 3: It’s not often you see Josh Johnson get beat up, but the Cardinals did it. Four runs batted in for Lance Berkman, including three on a tie-breaking home run in the eighth. Colby Rasmus, Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday all had nice days too.  Those four in the middle of the lineup can do some damage.

Indians 4, Athletics 3: Oakland had a ton of chances here, stranding runners in scoring position in extra innings twice and leaving a bunch of other guys on base.  The Indians, however, got the hits when it mattered with 12th inning RBI singles from Jack Hannahan and Lou Marson.  The Tribe is 21-9, matching their best start in franchise history. They’ve done that a few times, actually. One notable time: 1948. Which, if you’re an Indians fan, should mean something to you.

Mets 5, Giants 2: Mike Pelfrey helps the Mets avoid a sweep, allowing one earned run (and another unearned) on four hits in seven and two-thirds. Don’t get too excited, though, Mets fans. This was a very getaway day lineup for the Giants. Oh, and this is fun: K-Rod allowed three baserunners but none scored. He’s been doing a lot of that recently, giving him a strange looking 1.35 ERA but a 1.88 WHIP.

Royals 9, Orioles 1: Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and a walk. Bruce Chen allowed one run on five hits over seven. And most significantly of all: the Royals called up Eric Hosmer after the game.

Rays 3, Blues Jays 1: David Price was rough stuff, striking out ten in eight innings. Johnny Damon got his 2,600th career hit.

Braves 2, Brewers 1: Brandon Beachy continues to impress (6 IP, 0 ER, 9K) as he makes homers from Martin Prado and Eric Hinske hold up.

Phillies 7, Nationals 3: Philly jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Yeah, I think that was enough for Roy Halladay, who struck out 10 in seven innings.

Mariners 3, Rangers 1: Justin Smoak‘s hot streak continues with a home run against his former club. Since coming back to the team after the death of his father he is batting .353 with three homers, four doubles and 13 RBI.  The Mariners are 7-2 during that stretch.

Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 2: Down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Arizona rallied for two runs off Huston Street. In the bottom of the 11th Justin Upton singled home Chris Young. The Diamondbacks finish a pretty respectable homestand in which they took two of three from the Rockies and Phillies and split four with the Cubs.

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 6, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    There was an old veteran sport
    Whom fans had a wish to abort
    His proxy stepped in
    Played with chagrin
    And now we have no one at short

    • bigxrob - May 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM

      Very nice. good job.

    • uyf1950 - May 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      yankeesfanlen my friend. Do not despair, relief is in the air. The yankees have 3 current issues as I see them.
      Nunez, had a good offensive day, it’s just his defense was terrible. Hopefully that will come around with some more playing time. Which I think he is going to get. I do see Jeter splitting more and more time as SS.
      Posada, is done stick a fork in him. I see potential solutions here. First, Montero gets called up to be the DH and back up catcher or Jorge Vazquez gets called up to DH. Regardless even if Vazquez gets the call I see Montero being called up by the All Star break and replacing Cervelli as the back up catcher.
      Swisher, is not coming through in the clutch or for that matter most other times, right now. Don’t be surprised if we start to see more and more of a rotation in the outfield with Jones (just to shake things up).

      Also depending on how long Chavez is expected to be out for the Yankees for them to call up Pena if necessary. Then hopefully when Chavez is healthy for Cashman to put together a package for a pitcher that might include Nunez, Romine and another prospect (not Banuelos or Betances). I think if the Yankees have any desire to go after Reyes at SS (which I hope they do) that will be done in the off season, assuming he doesn’t sign an extension with anyone before FA.

      We will just have to wait and see.

  2. bleedgreen - May 6, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Halladay gives up 2 runs over 7 innings and Phils fans say “Whats wrong with Roy?”

    Either way, we’re so spoiled with the way our pitchers have been. Hopefully Lee can mow down the Bravos tonight, and let Roy Oswalt take out his tornado frustration on them tomorrow.

    • Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      The Braves get a “break” and miss Roy. Well big Roy anyway. Lucky for them they don’t have to face #1. Lee, Oswalt, Hamels. And Oswalt has no Tornado frustration now. He took his frustration out on those tornadoes themselves. Like Pecos Bill.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 6, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Braves miss Big Roy the first time they played as well? I don’t believe the Braves have faced him this year, but I’m too lazy to look that one up. Just don’t count the Braves out…they have my homie Beachy tearing it up, Hanson is nasty and Hudson is indeed quietly being dirrrrrty (that’s five “r’s” which is dirrtier than Aguilera). Just need Uggla to wake the F up and the line up is much better too.

      • Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 10:07 AM

        They did miss Big Roy and the Phills lost a game of three. To Cliffy. The Braves need to pitch well and they can win. And they can pitch well with those guys you listed. You get to meet the wrath of a “These guys beat me soundly last time Cliff Lee” good luck with that.

  3. Paul White - May 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Why is Detroit the only team in the AL Central that could make a run at Cleveland? The Royals are leading the league in runs per game, scoring more than a run per game more than Detroit, and that’s without a single PA from Hosmer yet. They need pitching help, but their 4.71 runs allowed per game is pretty indistinguishable from Detroit’s 4.66, and they have two stud lefties in Triple A who can improve their rotation immediately as soon as they are finally called up.

    Don’t sleep on KC. Some of their bats are going to regress, but they’ve got a lot of help on the way that will likely impact them before the All-Star break. Detroit, not so much.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

      Pitching, mostly. If they can do something to help the rotation, sure, I’ll grant that they could make some noise.

    • Detroit Michael - May 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      Because no one completely wipes out pre-season expectations of how good teams are after only 20% of the season has been played.

      Kansas City has a chance in this weak division, sure, but their probability of winning it or finishing second to Cleveland isn’t nearly as high as Detroit’s probability.

      • Paul White - May 6, 2011 at 10:16 AM

        True, Detroit’s probability is likely higher than KC’s. I just don’t think they are “the only team who even remotely has it in them to make a run”. KC has earned the right to be in the conversation, particularly since they’ve got ample home-grown talent to promote or use in acquisitions, and ample payroll flexibility to accommodate anyone they acquire. Whether Dayton Moore can do anything with that situation remains to be seen, but they shouldn’t just be dismissed.

  4. steveflack - May 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    “Know what I really don’t want to hear much more of? “What will they do about Derek Jeter” talk”

    Yeah, me too. Now, if Craig would just stop writing “What will they do about Derek Jeter” posts.

  5. deathmonkey41 - May 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    John Lackey is wondering where the juiced-up Red Sox bats are. He didn’t sign with a team that has a guy like Big Papi flying out lazily to the outfielders even though he’s swinging as hard as he can- he signed with a team that has a guy like Big Papi who hits 54 HRs on pitches that he’s completely fooled on. If Lackey’s going to get more W’s, he better start having “Big Papi’s Dominican Protein Shake Day”. He needs those old, juiced-up Sox of old to combat that horrid ERA. Who knows- maybe they have the next Bill Muelleresque batting champion already on their roster- he just needs to “Work on his swing” like Jose Bautisa.

    • cur68 - May 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM


      To All; this is a troll alert folks. This is not a test. If you feed the troll keep in mind it has no understanding of a statistic, does not use logic, and relies on the use of “LOL” rather than any knowledge.

      That is all.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM


        To All: this is a stalker alert folks. This is not a test. If you post on this message board, this stalker will follow you around and make follow up comments to everything you post even though he claims you’re not worth it. He has no understanding of a statistic, he does not use logice, and relies on the reasoning “He’s a scrappy player” and “One of those HRs was an in-the-parker” to explain away a jump of 40HRs in one season to a career journeyman’s bat.

        That is all.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM


  6. bobwsc - May 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Theo Epstein: “Matt Holliday passed on our low ball offer, so I’ll throw all this money at John Lackey. I could just burn it but giving it to Lackey is the same thing, and being the sadist that I am, I’d like to torture Sox fans for 5 years.”

  7. rollinghighwayblues - May 6, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    He shouldn’t be wondering where the bats are because that was the hand that fed him last year. Granted, his three of four losses were all games in which the Sox put up zero runs but he has to atleast give them a chance. Giving up 8 ER in 4IP and 9 ER in 3.2IP doesn’t really put a whole lot of life in the lineup after they have to watch Lackey pitch like a shell of his former self. He should still be thanking that lineup for giving him 5.15 runs of support a game last year to overshadow his putrid ERA in which hes getting paid $15+M.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      Highway, that was my point. Not that he’s losing close games- he needs lots and lots of run support if he hopes to win a game.

      • spindervish - May 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM

        You had no point. Your post was a bunch of lazy steroid-innuendo bullshit ostensibly organized around a half-assed joke about how Lackey needs like 10 runs of support per game if he’s going to get some wins. Talk about a fucking non-sequitur.

      • rollinghighwayblues - May 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        Agree completely. I was just reiterrating his days of saving grace of a lineup putting up boatloads of runs are over. He just needs to pitcher better plain and simple, but part of me says that ships already sailed.

  8. spudchukar - May 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Many of the Yankees woes would be mitigated, had they had the Cardinal foresight, and resigned Berkman.

    • spindervish - May 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Yeah, cause after the last couple years it was totally reasonable to think Berkman would turn into Babe Ruth at age 35. The Cards are geniuses I tell you.

      • spudchukar - May 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        And the Yanks are obviously not.

  9. bcopus - May 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Can anyone teach me how to use logice?

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