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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 16, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista watches his homerun off Minnesota Twins' Hoey during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

Blue Jays 11, Twins 3:  Jose Bautista is not a man. He’s a machine. A Terminator. A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. Not a robot. A cyborg. A cybernetic organism (3 for 5 3 HR, 4 RBI).

Braves 3, Phillies 2: The second straight complete game loss for Roy Halladay.  How the Braves manage to take two of three from the Phillies on successive weekends and then drop two of three to Washington in the middle of that is beyond me.

Reds 9, Cardinals 7: Just when it started feeling like the Cardinals were going to give themselves some breathing room in the division, they come in to Cincinnati and get themselves swept. But the Reds can’t be totally happy because they had yet another horrific outing from Aroldis Chapman. Coming in with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning, Chapman walked four of the five batters he faced, forcing Dusty Baker to use arms he never would have had to, opening the door for a little plunking/fracas action and allowing the Cards to make a game of it. Time for a time-out for Chapman.

Brewers 9, Pirates 6: We all have cities that are our kryptonite, I suppose. Mine in Cincinnati. Nothing good has ever happened to me either personally or professionally in Cincinnati and I’d sooner spend a weekend in Hell than have to do accomplish something important in the Queen City because at this point the place is in my head. Same goes for the Pirates and Milwaukee, where the Brewers have taken 33 of the last 36 meetings between these two. In this one Zack Greinke was good until the fifth when he hit a wall and have up five runs, but Ryan Braun homered, tripled and drove in four and his buddies drove in five more to bail Greinke out and give him the win.

Padres 8, Rockies 2:  Mat Latos snaps his 10-game losing streak and the Padres continue to pile on the runs in a far above average fashion for anyone, but in a damn nigh astonishing fashion for the San Diego Padres.

White Sox 4, Athletics 3: Trevor Cahill loses his first game. Two of the four runs he allowed were unearned, but they were unearned because of his own throwing error, so clearly they should not be charged to him at all.

Mets 7, Astros 4: Justin Turner homered and drove in five which was not something a lot of people making prop bets in the sports book made money on yesterday, I’d imagine.  Carlos Beltran sat out Saturday with some eye problems but was back yesterday. His quote: “I woke up this morning and I could see clear. I came to the ballpark and went to the cage to make sure I saw the ball good.”  Jeez, all of this “I, I, I, eye” stuff with him. It’s all about Beltran. So, so selfish.

Rangers 5, Angels 4: Chris Davis hit a homer and drove in the go-ahead-for-good run with an eighth inning single. Texas takes two of three from the Angels and now sit a half game back.

Orioles 9, Rays 3: J.J. Hardy hit a grand slam and the O’s take their fifth game in their last six. Sam Fuld left the game in the seventh inning with a cut to his lip that required some stitches. You shoulda seen the other guy.

Nationals 8, Marlins 4: Jason Marquis got the win and hit a two-run double. He said this of his hitting after the game: “”It can help you win ballgames. It can help make two-run games, four-run games and make it a little easier.”  Next start: Marquis will work on subtraction and multiplication. Pfun Pfact: last weekend the Nats took two of three from Florida in Miami, this weekend the Marlins took two of three in D.C.

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1: Ian Kennedy remains hot. On the heels of his tough loss to the Giants in which he pitched eight shutout innings, Kennedy gets the W this time, allowing one run on four hits in six innings while striking out eight. Back to back homers in the second by Xavier Nady and Ryan Roberts were all the support he needed, though he got one more on a sac fly.

Red Sox 7, Yankees 5: The sweep, and the Sox are at .500. In other news, with a bunch of walks, home runs, pitching changes, an it-would-only-be-a-big-story-if-it-happened-in-New York-or-Boston drama, and three hours and forty-one minutes to play a nine inning game, this was one of the more Red Sox-Yankees games you’ll ever see.

Gians vs. Cubs; Royals vs. Tigers; Mariners vs. Indians: POSTPONED: Many people don’t realize this, but the official record keeper of Major League Baseball keeps highly-detailed records of the specific types of rain that postpone games. So far he has two hundred and thirty-one different types of rain entered in his little book, and he doesn’t like any of them.

Indeed, just since this season has started, he’s noted that baseball has been canceled due to type 33 (light picking drizzle which made the roads slippery), 39 (heavy spotting), 47 to 51 (vertical light drizzle through to sharply slanting light to moderate drizzle freshening), 87 and 88 (two finely distinguished varieties of vertical torrential downpour), 100 (postdownpour squalling, cold), all the sea-storm types between 192 and 213 at once, 123, 124, 126, 127 (mild and intermediate cold gusting, regular and syncopated press box-drumming), 11 (breezy droplets), and, yesterday, his least favorite of all, 17.

And as the season progresses on, the rain clouds drag down the sky after him for, though he does not know it, the official record keeper of Major League Baseball is a Rain God.  All he knows is that his working days are miserable and that he has a succession of lousy ballgames.  All the clouds know is that they love him and want to be near him, to cherish him and to water him.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 16, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Target Field is not home run friendly, yet Bautista has hit 7 home runs there in 7 games. Of his 70 home runs during the last 2 seasons, only 3 have not been to left field. Those 3 were all hit in Target Field.

  2. professorperry - May 16, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    And let us all fail to brew a cup of perfect tea while we mourn Douglas Adams, taken from us too quickly.

    Also, you’re a geek, Craig.

  3. halladaysbiceps - May 16, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    The Phillies offense is a disgrace. Second complete game loss for Halladay. These starting pitchers cannot continue to go out there and have to pitch to near perfection to win games. It will wear thin real quick.

    No one in the lineup can hit with any consistency with the exception of Polanco and Howard. For the love of god, please bench Ibanez and start playing Mayberry Jr. the majority of the time. Also, start benching Francisco for more playing time for Gload. This offense NEEDs to start scoring more runs!!!

    I don’t know what else can be done. Utley is still a few weeks away. I don’t know what kind of immediate impact he can have with his injury. We are still a couple of months away from the trade deadline and trades are still hard to make this time of year.

    Philles, dig in deep to will some runs to score. Losing (2) straight series to the Braves is unacceptable with that pitiful display of run production.

  4. Jonny 5 - May 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    I’ll keep saying it, if no one else will. Best record in baseball.

    Now that that’s said, I’ll also keep saying this. Start John Mayberry Jr. He deserves a shot if you’ll keep trotting Ben F, and Raul I out there. Charlie did you overhear John Jr. calling you a hillbillie or something? Cause you’re treating him like you did. Give him a shot.

    BTW, baby blue must be a bad luck color for Roy huh?

    • uyf1950 - May 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      Jonny 5 – If you’re implying that the Phillies have the “best record in baseball” you might want to wait until that’s actually true. Phillies have the most wins but not the “best record” right now that honor belongs to the Cleveland Indians by percentage points. Now that may change after this evenings games but it may not. Just like to keep things as accurate as possible. BTW, good luck this evening against spudchukar’s, Cardinals it should be a very good game.

      • Jonny 5 - May 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

        Nice catch.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - May 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    The Phillies will be just fine. People need to relax until October. If you want to say they won’t hit in October, then OK, I’m with you there and I still fear the little man with the mullet. But come on…the Braves are pitching very well right now and it’s not surprising that they shut down the Phillies.

    The Phillies are still far and away the most consistent team in the National League and will win 100 games. Tonight is the third chance for them to have a 3 game losing streak…and they have Cliff freaking Lee to stop the bleeding. Look for them to score early and often off Westbrook and for Lee to throw a gem. This team will NOT lose 3 in a row all season.

    I’m going to bed now…wake me up in Mid-September when they are 15 games up.

  6. cur68 - May 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Bautisita “A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. Not a robot. A cyborg”, eh? Maybe. Could also be a Replicant, Nexus 6 model, no incept date, too.
    Whatever he is, he pwned the Twins. Just pwned them. Like wow.

    Somewhere, in lorrie full of lug nuts bound for Newcastle, under a curtain of rain, just sodding down, Rob McKenna is finally happy. He is not alone.

  7. rebarratige - May 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    This week’s rain delay entry sounds like something out of “The Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh, Prop.”

  8. phukyouk - May 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    The Yanks will be in 3rd or 4th by end of week and its all the fault of their offense. 200 Million + and we cannot score runs without a HR or hit in the clutch. its going to be a looooooooooooooong season

    • sportsdrenched - May 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      If that’s the case. Don’t get defensive when the rest of us use this “one” down summer to pile on. This opportunity doesn’t come along but once every ten years so I’m going to take it.

      • phukyouk - May 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        nah… we deserve anything we get.. we are playing like sh*t right now. tonight when Arod comes to bat with 2 on and one out an promptly hits into an inning ending DP remember that he makes more than the whole Tampa team combined. disgraceful.

  9. missthemexpos - May 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Lost in all the talk over Bautista’s hitting ability, is the respect runners on base are showing with regards to his throwing skill in right field. Bautista filled in admirably at third last season, however the outfield is definitely his natural posistion.

    • cur68 - May 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Good point MTE. He’s a dynamite defender in RF. Actually, he’s been good as a defender wherever he’s been asked to play. There’s something about that guy’s humbleness, willingness to play wherever he’s asked, and bat wherever he’s asked, all for the low low price (comparative to certain other AL East team rosters) of 13 mil/year over 5 years. Given his 2010 production and defense he was about a +12 WAR, $64.96 million value expectation (thanks fangraphs!). I do believe he’s exceeding that in 2011. Like, wow. I think the very best players post a WAR of 7 or better. So I bet this is another category in which he leads.

      One big worry I have though; JB closed his stance since 2009. He used to hit open when he was bounced around from 5 different teams in his rookie year, 2004 (an MLB record for trades of 1 player). That violent swing can’t be good for his back, hips, and knees; especially as he hits from so closed off. That’s a lot of torque to his lower back and his hips. Notice that Adam Lind is down with a bad back? He’s also a bit more closed than he used to be and is swinging like he’s trying to kill a steer. If Jose can hold up all season he’ll win the home run title again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he had more spine trouble.

      My biggest worry now is the All Star Game; JB will very likely be in the Home Run Derby this year (last season’s snub probably saved his life) and I am dreading it. He could easily end his whole season right there.

  10. APBA Guy - May 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    When I left for a week’s vacation the A’s were at .500 and most of the team was hitting at an OPS around .700. Imagine my surprise when returning a week later to find that nothing had changed. All three teams still “in it” in the AL West went 5-5, which actually means Texas won the week since LA and Oakland need to be distancing themselves from the Rangers during this period of peak Ranger injuries.

    This will be an odd week for the A’s. First the Angels then the Twins come to town for two games each. Then the A’s “travel” to SF for a weekend series with the marquee matchup next Saturday of Mr. Anderson v. Timmy Lincecum. I’m looking forward to that, especially after getting off the plane yesterday and snapping on the tube and seeing the Giants ring ceremonies replayed. The whole sense of vacation return time warp was reinforced too much by that and the A’s non progress.

    • marinersnate - May 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      “All three teams still “in it” in the AL West went 5-5”

      Hey, we resemble that remark!

      Actually, I watched most of the A’s-CWS series. The one game I am still having trouble with is friday’s. Down one run, two outs in the bottom of the 8th and Coco Crisp tries to.. steal HOME? The CWS win 4-3. Ouch.

      The best thing about the weekend in Marinerland was getting rained out in Cleveland saturday and sunday. That meant that we did not have to watch Brandon League attempt to close games. I wonder if Toronto would trade Brandon Morrow for Brandon League? No, of course not. That would be stupid. No one but no one would trade a stud starter like Morrow for a reliever like League.

      This weekend, with interleague play starting, we roll into SD to play our “natural rivals”. Anyone notice what the Padres’ have decided to do with the bat’s lately? Just in time. Things just keep getting better for the M’s.

  11. uyf1950 - May 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Let’s state the obvious and get it out of the way. The Yankees are playing horribly right now. The offense and relief pitchers are not doing what they are getting paid very handsomely to do, with very few exceptions. Swisher and Posada are killing the Yankees offense and to be fair A-Rod and Tex to a degree are contributing to the offensive problems. The Yankees are clearly missing Chavez he would have been an excellent option to DH with all of Posada’s problems. It’s time for the Yankees to shake things up. Whether that means calling up Montero or doing something with the relief pitchers in the not to distant future the Yankees need to do something. Having said that even with all the issues, there is a bright side even with a 5 game losing streak and losing 9 out of the last 12 games the Yankees are still only 2 games behind the Rays. Who they play these next 2 games. Now there are 3 possible scenarios over the next 2 days. First, and ideally if your a Yankees fan they win both games and leave Tampa tied for the AL East lead. Second, which is like kissing your sister they split the 2 games series and leave Tampa exactly how they arrived 2 games back. Third, and the least desirable if your a Yankees fan they lose both games and leave Tampa 4 games back. Well as you might suspect as a Yankees fan I’m going to go with #1 they win both games and leave Tampa tied for the AL East lead. Call it optimism, call it dreaming, call it whatever you like but I firmly believe that the Yankees will break out of their dull drums this evening and AJ will get them going with a good game. And that’s really just my opinion.

    • spudchukar - May 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      Maybe they are in “Dull Drums”, but more than likely they are stuck in a motionless sea, more commonly known as the doldrums. Just a little dig, my friend, but you did wish the Pheelies luck, and they are going to need it.

      • uyf1950 - May 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        Yes I did, but I also said it should be a “very good game”. Not taking anything away from the Cardinals. BTW I welcome any and all corrections to my grammar and spelling. Except from Red Sox fans. Just kidding. If it’s not to late, good luck to the Cardinals this evening. May the “better” team win. How’s that?

      • spudchukar - May 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        Genuinely Fair, as usual.

  12. yankeesfanlen - May 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    I had a mental list of all the things the Universe needs to do to right this ship all the way from Granderson to keep up the good work, buddy! to THE FAT TOAD- get out of town, with a strongly worded admonition to a certain crybaby. And no further details will now be provided except to say that it is Kevin Long who must be the most frustrated man in town.

    • uyf1950 - May 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      The Yankees recent troubles will pass, my friend. I also hold out hope that because of the Yankees recent “issues” Cashman may be forced to pull the trigger on a trade or trades sooner then he would have otherwise. Or may be even like I said calling up a prospect or 2, possibly Brackman and Montero. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We shall see, the full story has yet to be written. That’s just my opinion.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Yeah, I’m not really that despondent simply because it’s the Red Sox anyway. I already know the answer to that one- a 9-9 split by season’s end.
        As said previously, bringing up prospects will give them some Major League experience, and I’d rather witness some rookie inexperience than veteran ineptitude. Seems our fielding and hitting can’t get much worse.

  13. Ari Collins - May 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    This song seems to be perfect for your feelings on Cincinnati.

  14. nicosamuelson2 - May 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Last year, I made many comments on these boards about Bautista being a fluke. As a Twins fan, it has become clear that Jose read those comments and has decided to take it out on my team. *waving white flag*

    • spudchukar - May 16, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      Hats Off, NS, a seldom seen sight, an admission of error in commenting, and with a humorous flair!

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