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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

Wes Helms

Marlins 1, Giants 0: Anibal Sanchez with the shutout and Ryan Vogelsong took a tough loss.  And at the risk of being a big jerk here, am I crazy for thinking that the articles about the Giants that have taken on a tone of mourning over the Posey injury are a bit much? It sucks. It’s awful. You have to love a young talent like Buster Posey and it’s not at all cool to see him get knocked out for the season.  But the “it was tough for Vogelsong to take the mound” and the “with the home fans stunned and grieving” rebop is laying it on a bit thick. It’s sports. Injuries like this happen several times a year. I don’t recall anyone talking about “mourning” Kendrys Morales‘ injury last year. Or Jorge De La Rosa‘s. Or Stephen Strasburg‘s. Please move past this, people …somehow.

Cubs 9, Mets 3: As mentioned yesterday, R.A. Dickey left this one with an injury. No word on whether there will be any rules changes about how pitchers cover first base on a grounder to the right side in the wake of all of this. For the Cubs, Carlos Zambrano pitched six strong innings and went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI on a cold day in Chicago.

Red Sox 14, Tigers 1: I don’t know about rules changes for barreling over catchers or rules changes for covering the bag, but I do know this: pretty soon we’re going to have to change the rules for Red Sox games. Like, institute the mercy rule or something. Second game in a row with two touchdowns for the Bosox.

Athletics 4, Angels 3: You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you.  Well, when you pitch eight shutout innings, you probably have a case for that.

Phillies 10, Reds 4: In a day game after a 19 inning game the night before, you have to figure that the team who can get the most out of their starting pitcher is gonna be the team that prevails. Done and done, with Cliff Lee going eight for the Fightins and Homer Bailey leaving after four with shoulder wonkiness for the Reds. Raul Ibanez continues his May rebound by going 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBI.

Orioles 6, Royals 5: That’s five straight wins for Baltimore, this one coming on a Vlad Guerrero RBI in the 12th. Vlad has hit in 11 straight games, and is at .354/.400/.476 for the month. The bigger hero here, though, was Nolan Reimold, who had four hits, two of which were homers, and four RBI.

Juan Pierre 3, Blue Jays 1: Juan Pierre drove in two runs and the third White Sox run scored on the same play as his second RBI single by virtue of a throwing error. Jose Bautista‘s slugging percentage slipped below .800. Gee, I sure hope he’s OK.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3: Miguel Montero drove in three and Micah Owings got his first win in over a year. The Diamonbacks have won nine of ten and are a mere 1.5 games out of first place. If you say you saw this coming, please stop lying.

  1. kcq101 - May 27, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Wonkiness?

    I had to Google this one and, based upon the resulting sub-100k results, I call B.S. Short of a dedicated Wikipedia page or hearing it used on TV (particularly Fox New, MSNBC, and Bill Maher), a Google search of anything less than 100k in results is far from real/factual.

    Nonetheless, is there a geek-stat out there for a pitcher’s ERA, net of any type of offensive production metric (NL players, primarily)?

    • CJ - May 27, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      It’s legit. Wonky is the root word. I hear it used more across the pond than over here, but it’s legit nonetheless.

      • paperlions - May 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM

        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wonky

      • CJ - May 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM

        given the definition, I guess those that question the legitimacy of the term are–ironically enough–wonky.

  2. handsfour - May 27, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Amen re. the reaction to Posey. I wasn’t aware that he died in the collision…
    But I suppose Giants fans have to be cut a little slack; having a good young position player is a new experience for them.

    • APBA Guy - May 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Yeah, it was all the Bay Area was talking about yesterday (that and how the weather hasn’t been quite perfect yet this year).

      I think the mourning was over the loss of the Giants’ chance to repeat. It will be really tough to stay in the race without Posey, and remember the Giants were in first when this happened. The hope is that, like last year., their pitching can keep them in it, but then again, last year Posey’s promotion was the catalyst that fueled the run. As for stunned, not so much, not that I saw anyway. As I said before, at root, SF is built on a solid blue-collar foundation. Contact doesn’t bother most of the old fans, maybe some of the new ones. Nobody likes losing a great young player, especially at a shortage position, but there is some hope that he may be back in 8 weeks, though I’d say that sounds like wishful thinking, but the medical reports yesterday were…opaque…so it’s hope moreso than belief.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - May 27, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    I am surprised the Giants didn’t have a moment of silence for Posey’s 2011 season. The problem is that this kind of stuff is contagious in an abstract way. Even though Utley went 2 for 15 his presence took pressure off the other guys..and of course seeing like 40 pitches in 2 days helps too. If everyone is going to act so morbid about Posey it will affect the rest of the team. They need to get a solid replacement in there asap and put this injury behind them.

    In other news, the phillies went 6-3 on this “impossible” homestand and now have the bib already tied on ready to feast on the Mutts, Nationals, Pirates, Dodgers, and Cubs their next 15 games. I guess when come out of that stretch 11-4 we will hear about how easy their schedule was. ;)

    • CJ - May 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM

      The moment of silence last night wasn’t for Posey, it was for their season.

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      A little over a week ago everyone was in mourning gear for the Feelies. I recall sitting back here with a piña colada and a nice healthy lean pan con lechon with melted lowfat soy cheese on a multigrain roll and shaking my head, thinking all those media-addicted panicking Feelies fans and myopic onlookers were probably confusing the team’s prospects with that moron Camping’s latest doomsday prediction. Folks, this team takes the division. Comfortably. Barring a plane or bus crash. I know the Feesh appear to be blowing bubbles up their tailpipes but they are built to fade the way the jetstream is built to shift southward in September. Let’s enjoy the spectacle while it lasts but let us have no illusions about where this is all going – Blanton or no.

      • CJ - May 27, 2011 at 9:06 AM

        didn’t hear a peep from me. I was saying to wait until Utley and Brown got back and then see what happened. Granted, they haven’t done a whole lot since returning, but its still no coincidence that the offense picked up virtually the exact moment Utley returned.

      • spudchukar - May 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        Yes, I believe it is exactly that-coincidental. Plus perhaps an overrated and overworked Reds pitching staff.

  4. bigxrob - May 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Maybe Bautista is scheduled for a steroid test soon.

  5. yankeesfanlen - May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    During this interminable stretch of 48 hours without the Bombers, I attempted to listen to the game(?) between the Mets and Cubs. Reyes stretches a single into a home run with the Cubs throwing the ball around the field like a Memorial Day beach ball (Chicago like timely games during not so timely weather). Then R A Dickey stumbles over himself for a simple play at first.
    Howie and that other guy aren’t too bad.
    Apparently mid-point in the game they decided it was the Cubs turn to hit. I was long gone.

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      It was one of those games where the team generating the least amount of fiasconesse lost. At least the Cubs don’t have an owner telling them that they suck.

      Anibal Sanchez is looking more and more like the kid who pitched a no-hitter as a rookie. Josh, Ricky and Anibal are going to be the Seaver, Koosman and Matlack of their generation. Now if only Hanley would go down to the crossroads and renew his deal with that funny looking guy with the red skin and horns….

      • rsnorth - May 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        I believe fiascosity would be a better description.

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Fiasonesse assumes that a great deal of skill, practice and concentration goes into the achievement of such incompetence at the professional level.

  6. Jonny 5 - May 27, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Man Lee gave up 4 runs!! What kinda crap is that?? It’s like a half a run an inning. Well he’s lucky he drove in 3 RBI to make up for it, or he’d be on my sh— list today. so I guess we’ll call it giving up 1 run for him??? (Lee when he was contemplating Texas, NY, or Philly with a pouty face, But hoooooneeyyyyy I wanna hit tooooo! Hitting is fun….)

    Anyway, it’s nice to see Philly doing things offensively, nice to see Utley go yard.

    • halladaysbicepts - May 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      Yeah, Cliff Lee is pitching decent this year. But, as you know, he throws so many strikes that he gets hit around quite a bit because he sometimes just refuses to throw a garbage ball for the hitter to chase to keep them guessing. His key is to spread those hits out through the course of game and not to turn them into scoring chances (like most pitchers, but especially him because his location is so good).

      But, we all know who the god of this staff is……The DOC!!!!!!

      • Jonny 5 - May 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        Charlie said it best I think. He said Lee doesn’t just want to pitch well, he wants to impress you every single time. And that does cause him trouble. And yeah, Doc is basically the king of the staff, with the rest being his royal subjects.

      • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        Who’s the joker?

      • halladaysbicepts - May 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        The joker of Doc’s Royal Court would be Kendrick.

      • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        I’m assuming Hamels—despite his King Cole monniker—would be the queen?

      • Jonny 5 - May 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        Oh no, Kendrick is definitely the Princess. He’s the Kendrickorn princess, look it up, I beg you. http://www.thefightins.com/tr-pierce/the-futile-utility-of-kyle-kendrick/

        Cole is the Prince by far. Who else could have so much fun with that hot wife of his and other people’s children and get away with it? http://images.sportsbybrooks.com/3/9/39a6978d2fbea021c74ded003fcd7eef_hamelsad.png

        Oswalt? Jester. http://jockpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/oswalt-smile.gif

        And Lee would be like the Kings wild brother who’s also sleeping with the queen behind the King’s back. because he does this to women.
        http://www.sawauto.com/uploader/up/omgomgomgomg.gif

  7. rebarratige - May 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    You’d cry too if your starting catcher was Eli Whiteside.

    • phukyouk - May 27, 2011 at 9:11 AM

      for the record the NY media would have a field day with a player named whiteside..

      • sknut - May 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        I cry every time Butera steps to the plate, and I have seen the catcher stand up and tell everyone to move in its quite embarrassing.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Admittedly, I would lnow where to even look for a baseball rule book, but I have a question about the DET-BOS rain-out. When a game is rained out in the middle somewhere, aren’t the stats supposed to revert to the last complete inning? So, in this case, shouldn’t the Sox 5-run top o’ the Eighth be wiped out, since the Tigers did not get their hacks in the bottom of that inning? It would not really change the game outcome at all (Sox would win 9-1 instead of 14-1) but I thought that was how it is supposed to work.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      that was SUPPOSED to say…”I wouldn’t know where to even look….” Sorry y’all.

    • mornelithe - May 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      I double-checked, just to make sure, but this issue was already raised, and addressed in a different thread.

      MLB Rule 4.11:

      “The score of a regulation game is the total number of runs scored by each team at the moment the game ends.”

      and continues,

      “(d) A called game ends at the moment the umpire terminates play, unless it becomes a suspended game”

      Thanks to HeyNerdlinger for the information. (I copied and pasted)

  9. clydeserra - May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Bautista must be off the sauce

  10. purnellmeagrejr - May 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Calcaterra must be exhausted after trying to come up with a cute little something for each game. Well, if that’s the price you have to pay to be annoying …

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      Yet you read anyway. What an odd choice by you.

      • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Masochism makes you do funny things.

  11. APBA Guy - May 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Mr. Anderson had indeed mastered the matrix yesterday in Anaheim. Two years ago his feature pitch was the 97 mph fastball. Last year it was the hard slider at a right-handed hitter’s back foot. Yesterday it was a late-breaking curve ball. As Ray Fosse said in his pre game “keys to the game” for Mr. Anderson the key is staying healthy. He’s the stopper, but with several “forearm tightness” scares in the last two years, we all hold our breath when he takes the mound. Yesterday was 8 innings of 3 hit ball against an Angels team with Morales (out for a year now) and Howie Kendrick on the DL.

    Game oddity: Conor Jackson playing first after playing third the night before. As most of you know Jackson is an outfielder by trade, so what was he doing at those infield corner spots? Behold:

    Kouz: .571 OPS
    Barton: .587 OPS

    Jackson’s at .685.

    Barton’s RF is amazing again this year, but his nickname has evolved from “Caught Looking” to “Caught Napping”, he’s become so passive at the plate.

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