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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 18, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees 6, Rays 2: Wait, I thought the Yankees’ season was over and everything was doomed, so how does this happen? Two homers for A-Rod, and a two-for-three night for Jorge Posada, who will probably now stick in the seventh spot in the order for a while because, hey, no drama. But since apocalypses apparently aren’t proceeding as planned, I suppose I can make reservations for dinner Saturday night without worrying about anything crazy happening.

Cardinals 2, Phillies 1: Danys Baez loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth of a 1-1 game and was yanked for J.C. Romero who promptly gave up a walkoff RBI single to Lance Berkman. Fact is, though, that Charlie Manuel has nothing to work with in those situations. There’s no one there, short of using Halladay out of the pen, who you can really count on to get strikeouts in those kinds of situations. And of course, the fact that the Phillies are in those situations have an awful lot to do with the fact that their offense is in a coma, but that’s well-covered territory by now.

Braves 3, Astros 1: Hit it up yesterday. And I can’t wait to see if it’s Yadier Molina, Buster Posey or Geovany Soto who gets more votes for the All-Star Game than Brian McCann. The Brian McCann whose feats yesterday put him in pretty rare company.

Rockies 5, Giants 3: The AP game story calls the Rockies’ three best players the “Big Os — Ubaldo, CarGo and Tulo.”  We really doin’ that?  Anyway, those three all came up big and put the Rockies back on top in the NL West by a half game.

Reds 7, Cubs 5: All of the Reds runs were unearned. And you think Mike Quade was mad after Monday’s game? Here was his quote after this one: “If we haven’t hit rock bottom, we’re pretty damn close.”

White Sox 4, Rangers 3: Texas blew a 3-0 lead and then the winning run scored on a wild pitch.

Indians 7, Royals 3: Well, I guess compared to Monday night this was an improvement, but still, the second-to-worst pitching staff in the AL is not doing anything to stop the best offense in the AL.  Not that this should be a terrible surprise.

Dodgers 3, Brewers 0: Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the first and the rest of the game was mere detail.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1: “[Eric] Patterson was called out on appeal by third-base umpire Joe West for leaving the bag early, though replays appeared to show Patterson on the base when Upton caught the ball.”  Joe West screwed up a call? Now I’ve seen everything.

Atheltics 14, Angels 0: There was a brief time a couple of years ago in which I kept writing Gio Gonzalez‘ name when I was referring to Vin Mazzaro and vice-versa.  I guess confusing that now would be rather silly. Gonzalez shut out the Angels on one hit over seven and the offense asploded. Four RBI for Mark Ellis.

Twins 2, Mariners 1: Francisco Liriano pitches his second best game of the year (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 9K), out dueling Felix Hernandez who had another one of his had-to-be-perfect-but-wasn’t losses.

Marlins vs. Mets; Orioles vs. Red Sox; Pirates vs. Nationals, Blue Jays vs. Tigers: POSTPONED: I’m a-goin’ back out ’fore the rain starts a-fallin’. I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest. Where the people are many and their hands are all empty. Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters. Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison. Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden. Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten. Where black is the color, where none is the number. And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it. And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it. Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’. But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’. And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard … It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

  1. halladaysbiceps - May 18, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Another beauty that the Phillies turned in again last night. Ryan Howard looked like a flailing whale as he swung and missed pitch after pitch by Garcia. JC Romero comes in at the end like the kiss of death he usually is and gives up the winning run on one pitch. And in the middle of it all Mike Stutes is injured. Who is the Phillies training staff made up of? They ought to be led by Dr. Jack Kevorkian so he can put an end to this misery of an offense.

    Four losses in a row and counting. The Phillies will make De La Rosa look like Cy Young tonight.

    Rain is in the forecast all day and night in Philly. Let us pray that this game is rained out so we can be spared another display of futility in hitting tonight.

    • Ace - May 18, 2011 at 7:39 AM

      “The Phillies will make De La Rosa look like Cy Young tonight.”

      Well, last night they made Jaime Garcia look like he’s 5-0 with the lowest ERA in all of baseball. So I guess anything is possible.

    • Phillies Homer - May 18, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      I wasn’t expecting the Phillies to hit yesterday. Garcia is probably an early season NL CY Young favorite the way he is pitching so far.

      A positive is the Roy Oswalt pitched extremely well in limited innings. And Kyle Kendrick is really proving all of us wrong. To come in after the Stutes injury and keep the game tied for two innings is huge. I actually turned the game off when the Phils brought in KK.

      I’m confused why Ryan Madson wasn’t brought in instead of Baez/Romero though? Those two are proving to be the weakness in our pen.

      • halladaysbiceps - May 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

        The reason Madson wasn’t put in was because they didn’t have the lead at the time. Typically, the closer is not brought in until you have a lead. At least that’s how the Phillies seem to approach it.

        But, yes, I would have brought in Madson, especially how this team is not scoring right now. I play my best players, regardless of matchups, etc.

        Ruiz should have been starting as well.

      • Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        Ruiz just came back from a back injury and started the night before. You give him a break against a non division opponent at this point. Plus he hasn’t been an offensive +, probably due to his back acting up. I would probably have used Madson though, if he’s not feeling tweeked (who knows, maybe he hurts too?). Baez is not going to hold a lead unless you’re up by 3 at least. Oswalt looked pretty good last night which is a relief. Kendrick was his usual lucky self last night. The way I see it, trotting out Kendrick, Baez, and Romero are three ways to give away a tied, or one run game.

      • Phillies Homer - May 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        That was the worst “reason” you gave for not putting him in. Really Sherlock? Charlie is normally good with putting the right pitcher in at the right situation… It definitely wasn’t a situation for Romero.

        And while I disagree a little with Ruiz, only that I want him to stay healthy so give him a day off here and there… I am going to agree that Sardinha needs to go. That was the worst “play at the plate” defense I have ever seen. Get off your fat @$$ and dive at the guy! No way Berkman gets by Ruiz in that situation.

      • Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        I was making a point that “You” a fan don’t know what’s going on with Madson, he could have a case of the mudbutts for all you know. His elbow could be sore from the last outing, you don’t know. I would have used him if healthy I said. I just was trying to make you aware that the team knows 100x more than you do about their players, and the game, because you seem to overlook that fact with your posts. Although they (the team) do tend to overlook the fact that Baez makes a good batting practice pitcher, and that’s about it.

      • Phillies Homer - May 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        My “Sherlock” reference was directed towards biceps’ response: “They didn’t use Madson b/c they didn’t have the lead at the time.” Not yours, J5. As I agree there could have been another reason, other than Cholly goofing, for not putting Madson in.

        Baez isn’t cutting it though. Send him down and bring back Vance!

      • Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        Sorry, I actually thought you were biceps because you said “sherlock”, I wasn’t paying attention.

      • Phillies Homer - May 18, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        I’m offended!

  2. uyf1950 - May 18, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    FINALLY a win for the Yankees. There I’ve said it. I feel a whole lot better. Hopefully this game gets the Yankees and A-Rod rolling. I would like to say the same thing about Posada but I don’t think that’s really going to be the case.
    I think the teaser offense we saw from Jeter one week ago was just that. Considering in his last 7 games he has gone 4 for 31 a .129 average. As for Posada he’s going to have to have an awful lot of games like last night to make up for his play so far this year and I just don’t see that happening. But if A-Rod can keep it going and Tex can get is usual early season slump out of the way sooner rather then later the Yankees offense should be just fine. That’s just my opinion.

    • paperlions - May 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      Of course that is all it was….it was in the launching pad of Arlingtion. That place has been skewing the perception of player performance since it opened. It is a tough place to pitch.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Happy, happy, happy about the WIN. Now if we can stop these pointless miscues, only half of which are called errors. The 28 we’re looking for is not that many errors by 5/17. Robbie has now had his annual allotment.
      We’ll probably join the rainout parade vs. O’s, then R & R vs. Metropolitans. At least we can get a better look at Reyes.

      • uyf1950 - May 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        My friend, the trouble is the weather forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look that good either.

  3. cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Watched the Athletics v Angel last night. Someone seems to have put a word in Gio Gonzalez’s ear, because he decided to spank the Angels. Personally I think Dallas Braden must have phoned it in to Gio. Th Angels were certainly looking for answers. It rained like heck during this game, so I think the Angels can blame it on the rain.

    4 rain outs yesterday. This must be some sort of record.

    • rebarratige - May 18, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      “4 rain outs yesterday. This must be some sort of record.”

      I can’t speak for the other three, but the rain-out in Washington, as Craig pointed out yesterday, was pure BS. The weather was fine all day. I was stuck in the office, though, so I suppose I shouldn’t complain. Not like I would have been at the Park anyway.

      • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM

        Oh right, I forgot that one of those rain outs was in name only. Rob McEnna must have left town unexpectedly.

      • atlsp - May 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

        And speaking of records, are we on pace for a new season-high now? I recall from that post the other day that we were already on pace for the most in about a decade so I’m guessing the 4 rainouts yesterday added heavily to that projection.

    • APBA Guy - May 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      No question Braden was on the phone to Gio before the game, or at least a text. The Angels have dropped 5 of 6 but are within .5 games in the Battle of the Team Physicians. However, they looked atrocious last night, especially the pitchers, who could not seem to get anything down in the zone. Oakland can hit bad pitching, and last night was about the worst I’ve seen from an opponent all year.

      You knew it was going to be a tough night for LAA anyway when Gio set down the first 9 in a row. Kid can drop a hook when he’s on, and the close ups of his grip on the ball showed that the rain was mainly mist interrupted by something heavier at times. LAA’s usually scrappy offense is decidedly in a funk, but their pitching seems to have reverted to the mean at the same time which has produced close game losses when their top starters go, and big spread losses at the back of the rotation. If I’m Scoscia I’m worried because they needed to get a gap on Texas with the Rangers’ injuries but they didn’t do that, and soon Cruz and Hamilton will be returning.

      The A’s now have 2 games against league doormat Minnesota before facing the Giants over the weekend, a series that is supposed to coincide with sunny, warmer weather.

  4. schmedley69 - May 18, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Did anyone notice that the Cardinals fans were booing their own players again last night? Where’s the national outrage? What a bunch of hooligans they have in St. Louis.

    • halladaysbiceps - May 18, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      No one really cares about Cardinals fans. They have no passion. Their boos are more like wimpers, like if your dog runs away when you were a kid. If it were in Philly, it would be on every major news site.

      • vintage1496 - May 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        That’s a little harsh – I think Cardinals fans are a pretty passionate, well-respected bunch.

        I did notice them booing, it was at Greene after he dropped a pop-up… you know, the error that lead to Garcia losing his shut-out and the game being tied. Not sure any news network would take note of that, regardless of location.

      • Old Gator - May 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        The Cardinals began going downhill the minute Tony LaRussa brushed the sleeve of Glen Beck, one of the few hominids out there who can lay claim to being an even bigger asshole than LaRussa, and Prince Albert accepted an award from the hands of the Queen of the Tundra Trash. You could see the rotten karma passing from Beck and Palin to the Cardinals like an electric arc leaking two-stroke lawnmower oil. They might as well have picked up the prion-vectored brain rot that afflicts both of those nattering nabobs, except both looked clean enough to have showered that morning. Lucky break there, at least. There’s no hope for ideological pollution, St. Louis. It’s wait till next year time.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

        Gator bringin’ the truth! Preach Gator preach! I suspect the “Beck bump” or “Palin bump” has the opposite effect as the “Colbert bump”?

    • Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Yeah, it was a well deserved booing. As a matter of fact the Cards should have won it anyway, if it weren’t for that error Philly would have been blanked.

  5. Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Dany’s Baez makes me want to puke when he comes out. Game over. I knew it, and everyone else did too. Bleh! Anyway, another fine example of a team with offensive woes. It’s interesting when one of the few guys hitting at all is John Mayberry Jr. I saw Tony LaRussa smile the evil Grinch smile when he saw Baez warm up…

    • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM

      Hey J5 is it really “Dany’s Baez” with the apostrophe? If so his momma sure must have liked race horses because that’s what that sounds like. Pity Dany’s isn’t more of a stud. I say geld him and sell him to a petting zoo.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Hey J5 is it really “Dany’s Baez” with the apostrophe?

        I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Wife is a teacher, had a student named Te-a. Having no clue how to pronounce it, my wife kept saying (tea-uh). A few months into the school year she has the first parent-teacher conference with the mother. Take it away:

        Wife: Tea-uh is doing a great job, she just needs to work on (something I can’t remember)
        Mother: Ok, we can do that. But her name isn’t Tea-uh
        Wife: Oh I’m sorry. She never corrected me. How do you pronounce it?
        Mother: It’s Tedasha, the dash isn’t silent

      • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        church; know what’s ironic? I work in a neonatal intensive care. I see more goofy baby names than most people see hot meals. “Te-a” just beat them all. Like, wow.

      • bigxrob - May 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        Thanks church, that is easily the funniest thing that I will read all day.

      • vintage1496 - May 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

        Ditto big rob – definitely the funniest thing I’ll read all day.

        This may be second: My aunt works in neonatal as well, and a woman had twins but hadn’t named them yet. So on their little wristbands, the hospital ID’d them as “Twin A” and “Twin B.” The first baby ended up being named Twina.

      • Old Gator - May 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        “I say geld him and sell him to a petting zoo.”

        Good idea, considering that it is no longer politically correct to tease Galapagos tortoises into lugging your fat little sugar-addicted spawn about while chasing the strawberry a-dangle that ever recedes towards the horizon. It’s just as well too, because some of those round little yuppie brats are clueless enough to fall off even the saddleback subspecies. And what petting zoo can afford to be sued by the daddies and mommies of those little brats when they hit the turf like plastic baggies full of raw chicken livers and go >splat!<

        There's also a shortage of soylent green, by the way. So we have options.

      • Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        “Hey J5 is it really “Dany’s Baez” with the apostrophe?”

        CUR, LOL!! I put that in there without even realizing it!! too funny.

        Copo, that was pretty funny. In ways. Poor girl btw…. She’s probably doomed.

      • jimbo1949 - May 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        hmm, coulda swore it was Tehyphena.

  6. easports82 - May 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    After he gave up the two in the first, Felix looked like he knew the game was lost. Oh, for want of a non-offensive offense.

  7. wonkypenguin - May 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    The Twins win one for The Killer. Chances are good it will only be one, but still – it was a nice tribute to watch.

    However: Can we please discuss the craziness of having a laminated photo of Harmon placed under home plate? Is this a guy thing? As a female, I sometimes am confused about tributes males have for one another, but this one just seems completely baffling.

    • Old Gator - May 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      Well, whatever you do, don’t ever eavesdrop on the kitchen of a restaurant where a bachelor party is underway.If putting a photo under the plate baffles you, I can’t wait to see the look on your face when they seal that stripper inside the cake.

  8. Old Gator - May 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    The Feesh and the Mutts were rained out last night. Who said they could get you a rainout? Nyorc is a strange city full of strange; mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt.

  9. Chris Fiorentino - May 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Another bad offensive performance for the Phightins but at least this was against a guy who has been pretty unhittable this year. Encouraging job by Oswalt…I am confident he will be fine provided he stays off the bulldozer the rest of the season. The Braves are heating up and it’s going to be much more fun if they stay in the race.

    Home Sweet Home!!!

    • bigxrob - May 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      Maybe they should fire the hitting coach…again.

  10. Tim's Neighbor - May 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    It was day baseball here in Atlanta and I had the day off. Free tickets were just a phone call away. And I was close to going, but then I thought about how cold it was for us (only 62 degrees) and I just couldn’t do it. Who can sit through a baseball game in those temperatures? McCann decided to smite me because of my pansyness.

    • Phillies Homer - May 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Ha… this is the exact impression I have of Braves fans. Thanks for confirming!

      • Tim's Neighbor - May 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        I’m more of a Cubs fan being from the Chicago area, but I just left my professional job for the Braves last week (I’ve seen almost every game live the past two years). But that’s TMI. As Alex K can confirm, I am a pansy when it comes to chilly weather. Awful. Awful. Awful. I always tell my wife had she gone to grad school out east, I never would have followed her.

        But you are right to say that most Atlanta fans are like me. We’re all transplants. The ballpark is more full of entertainment seekers than it is Braves fans on a normal weekend day.

    • wlschneider09 - May 18, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      At Target field that was the high for the month of April.

    • sportsdrenched - May 18, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Old Hoss Radburn, and Lefty Scroggins would have come up in the stands to beat you down for being a sissy. Probably good that you stayed away.

      Who’s Lefty Scroggins, IDK. I made that name up. But if he were real He’d have lost his left hand in a sword fight during the Civil War, but also lead baseball in ERA and Wins…in the 1870’s.

    • Alex K - May 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      It’s true. He’s the biggest cold weather pansy I know. I make fun of him 10-20 times a year for it.

  11. spudchukar - May 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Limping back to Pheelie, after a 3-5 road trip, the Invincible Phightens are leveling out once their competition has winning records, as predicted. The upcoming homestand should be interesting although they get a break with the depleted Rangers. Nonetheless, I still contend they will finish May a mere 5 games above .500, looking up at the Pheesh and Bravos with the pesky Nats nipping at their heels.

  12. natstowngreg - May 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Took the day off, to celebrate part of my Big Six-oh Day at Nats Park. Got all the way to the escalator at Navy Yard Metro, about half an hour before game time. Only to see fans going the wrong way. One actually bothered to tell me the game was postponed (this being Washington, Land of the Self-Important).

    Turned around, went home, spent much of the afternoon watching it not rain. The Nats did something unuusual, a pre-emptive rainout based on forecasted t-storms (announced too late to affect many fans’ travel plans). T-storms that didn’t come. Normally, they would start the game, then hope to get it in, even if it meant waiting out multiple rain delays.

    Not sure at whom to be madder — the Nats or the weather forecasters.

    • sportsdrenched - May 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      This happened once at Kauffman. We were already in the stadium. The called the game because there was a tornado moving east….75 MILES away!

      It never rained a drop that night at the K.

    • jimbo1949 - May 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Must have hired the weather person for the DC school system/fed gov. Preemptive forecasting is their forte.

  13. curr68 - May 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Sometimes I sit with my head propped in my hand, lazily and dreamily scribbling “JOSE” in my notebook…

    • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      :)

      I’m honored. No one’s ever gone to this kind of trouble on my behalf before. I do believe, until Fiorentino’srash makes an appearance, I’m the only poster with his own evil twin. Eat your own livers with jealousy everybody!

      Tell me ‘curr68′ is this an evil me type thing? I hope so, since then I can feel like Spock must have when he got to converse with his alter ego in the Mirror Mirror episode. Do you have a goatee (since I don’t) and are you a bedwetter (since I’m not)?

      • spudchukar - May 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        I was thinking more along the lines of a “minny cur”.

      • jimbo1949 - May 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        mini cur moniker?

      • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        mini-curr you complete me…

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