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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 30, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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Dodgers 8, Marlins 0: Clayton Kershaw was probably happy to have all of that offense behind him, but he sure as hell didn’t need it (CG SHO 2 H, 10K).

Rays 7, Indians 0: Actually, the same can be said for Jeremy Hellickson (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6K). Evan Longoria was 2 for 3 with two walks from the leadoff spot. It was his second day in a row there and his second day of getting on base like it’s going out of style. Which, given the depressed offensive numbers around baseball this year, it kind of is. Interesting.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3; Tigers 3, Red Sox 0: A ninth-inning pinch hit homer by Big Papi wins the first of the twin bill. That was the second time Oritz had faced Jose Valverde in his career, and it was the second time he went long off him. In the nightcap it was all Justin Verlander, with the Tigers’ ace throwing 132 pitchers in seven and two-thirds. But (a) he didn’t allow a run; and (b) he was still throwing nearly 100 m.p.h. when he finally left the game. I think paying attention to pitch counts has saved a lot of guys’ arms. But I also think that there will always be a handful of guys who would have been just fine had they been handled like they were 1970s starters anyway. Verlander is one of those guys.

Rangers 7, Royals 6: Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria each allowed the other team to take the lead in the ninth, but since the Rangers batted last, it was a bit more problematic that Soria did it. And check out the play at the plate that ended the game. Did Brayan Pena have images of Buster Posey dancing in his head? Is not trying to slam into the catcher the new inefficiency? Or are we trying to hard to graft narratives onto what are essentially random events?

Brewers 6, Giants 0: Sometimes someone does a way better job of distilling a game’s essence than I do. Here’s a tweet from Andrew Baggarly yesterday: “Well, this game is a turd sandwich for the Giants.” Eight shutout innings for Yovanni Gallardo. That’s twelve earned runs in just over 19 innings for Matt Cain since he agreed to be interviewed on HBT Daily that time.

Braves 2, Reds 1: Martin Prado hit a two-run homer to put the Braves up in the sixth and threw out the would-be tying run at the plate in the top of the eighth. Well, he was credited with throwing out the would-be tying run, but the replay showed pretty clearly that David Ross didn’t get the tag on Paul Janish before he crossed the plate. In this case the lack of replay helped my rooting interest, but I don’t care, we really do need replay to correct these kinds of calls. TV viewers knew within 20 seconds that the call was wrong. An ump in the booth could have known just as quickly, if not quicker given that he wouldn’t be sifting through reaction shots. Anyway, another solid outing for Jair Jurrjens (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).

Cardinals 4, Rockies 3: Seven wins for Kyle Lohse as the Cards finish up their nine-game road trip with a 6-3 mark. Of course six of those games came against the Royals and the Padres, but hey, they’re winnin’ the ones they’re supposed to win.

Angels 6, Twins 5: I can’t decide if I’m more impressed by Mark Trumbo‘s 436-foot home run or by the fact that Russell Branyan stole a base.  Well, I suppose Branyan does average one a year or so for his career, so maybe this was inevitable.

Athletics 6, Orioles 4: The Athletics give Zach Britton his worst day as a major league starter, touching him up for six runs on ten hits. More significantly, the A’s see the return of Andrew Bailey, who pitched a perfect seventh inning and allowed Bob Geren to do what a lot of people figured he could do this year, trotting out Bailey, Fuentes, Balfour and Breslow one after another (though not necessarily in that order).

Diamondbacks 4, Astros 2: J.A. Happ was pretty solid and hit a home run to — wait for it — help his own cause, but the Dbacks rallied because they are now apparently invincible. Really, since the five-game losing streak they had in the middle of May, the Diamondbacks are 14-2. And now they are alone in first place at the top of the NL West.

Yankees 7, Mariners 1: Andruw Jones (a three-run double in the third) and CC Sabathia (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) help the Yankees avoid the sweep.

Padres 5, Nationals 4: Given that they had only scored 15 runs in their previous 11 games, five runs for the Padres is pretty impressive. And they needed all five. The last one came on a ninth-inning infield single by Ryan Ludwick. Ludwick had three hits and two RBI and Brad Hawpe had two hits and two RBI.  The Nats have lost nine of 11.

Mets 9, Phillies 5: Vance Worley just didn’t have it yesterday, so Charlie Manuel decided to send out Kendrick, Romero and Baez after him, which is basically the “let us live to fight another day” pupu platter.  Three RBI for Josh Thole, who also had three hits. Four hits for Jose Reyes. Seventeen in all for the Metropolitans.

Blue Jays 13, White Sox 4: This game was basically over once Aaron Hill hit a grand slam in the first inning. A 4 for 5, 3 RBI day for Corey Patterson because the world has gone crazy or something.

Cubs 3, Pirates 2: Rain delay: 2:34. Game time: 2:36. Cool. A nice start from Ryan Demptser and solid relief from Kerry WoodSean Marshall and Carlos Marmol.

  1. curr68 - May 30, 2011 at 6:01 AM

    I have a poster taped to the ceiling above my race car bed of Justin Bieber in swim trunks with Jose Bautista’s face pasted onto it.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 30, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      Double r 68, you hopeless imposter, one can imagine what you were doing at 6:02 AM.

      • JBerardi - May 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Imagine? He’s pretty explicit about it, really…

    • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      You little scamp. Got up early to elaborate your love ode but forgot to post anything about the Red Sox, did you? Let me help; Sox won one, lost one, net gain of 0. AGon (I know how much you enjoy these little contractions) was 3 for 0 in the 1st and 3 for 0 with a walk and strike out in the 2nd. Maybe he should shave that beard? Maybe be KYouk did better, let me see…nope; 0fer in both. Your bearded warriors need some help, mini-curr.

      I floridly, belittlingly greet you this fine AM mini-curr. See what I did there? I’m working on my florid & belittling, just for you little doggie.

      And I agree with Len; stop that stuff and find a healthy relationship. You’ll go blind.

  2. uyf1950 - May 30, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    The Yankees were able to salvage 1 win in Seattle after giving up leads in both the previous games and taking loses. I don’t know if yesterday’s game showed the Yankees anything but it was a perfect example of small ball (stolen bases, doubles, triples). Hopefully it also makes Girardi think outside the box as far as the DH goes. Nunez while he isn’t going to hit a lot of home runs he has a decent batting average, provides speed on the bases and hustle, then there is Chavez when he returns. Posada needs to be benched sooner rather than later. I would like to see less platooning of Gardner in left fiend and a little more platooning in right field between Swisher, Jones and Dickerson at least until and if Swisher gets his act together. That’s just my opinion.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      I’m not happy with the “when in Rome” small ball stuff because I don';t think we do it particularly well. No evidence of much of it in game 1 or 2 or we would have come back, or perhaps not needed 12 innings until 3:15 AM EDT to not have it happen.
      I’ll give 10 more games of “Leave Swish Alone” before I lose faith.

      • uyf1950 - May 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        My friend, there are 2 reasons the Yankees don’t do small ball well and they are both easily corrected. First, they don’t practice it enough. Second, the line up Girardi puts in virtually every game is geared to the “long ball”.
        Just one more thing your comment about “No evidence of much of it in game 1 or 2 or we would have come back, or perhaps not needed 12 innings until 3:15 AM EDT to not have it happen.” is exactly why the Yankees need it. Had they been able to move runners over, etc… they probably would have come away with at least 1 win in those first 2 games against Seattle.
        I like the home run ans much as anyone but just the long ball isn’t going to take the Yankees to where they need to go. You don’t have to look any further then last years Blue Jays and their home run record total. That’s just my opinion.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM

        Not real enthused about us learning small ball when our real problem, based upon a couple of miscropically missed HRs was the deadball Safeco.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    One of the umpires didn’t show up for Sundays Phillies game. Wally Bell I believe. I hope he is ok.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      So the poster who gave a thumbs down hopes the umpire is not ok?

      • Ari Collins - May 30, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        3 now. But come on, everyone agrees that Cowboy Joe West should just @*$#ing die, amirite?

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        No, I hope “Cowboy” Joe West and those of a similar ilk get fired.

      • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 10:06 AM

        Fire his a$$. He needs to live so as he can fully appreciate his shame. Hope Wally Bell turns out to be just stuck in a drive thru some where and nothing dramatic.

  4. Justin - May 30, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Nice to see the Twins with a little fight in them but just like this year it falls short. At least our first 4 had a good game for once (Here is the recap http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/twins-battle-back-but-still-fall-short/)

  5. rebarratige - May 30, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Man, I am so glad I was only listening to the Reds-Braves game on the radio. This is the first I’ve heard of any serious questions about that play at the plate. They were nice, those 12 hours of ignorant bliss.

  6. cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    I was at work till 1945 (Mountain Time) and the only substantial parts of a game I really saw (ok, to be honest, I fell asleep on the couch while eating and the dogs ate my calzone but I made it to the bottom of the 8th) was the Reds v Braves. Saw that play at the plate. Janish was safe; Ross totally missed him. He didn’t need to clobber the catcher, just slide under him. He even hook slid a bit. That’s how you score a run, folks. Didn’t matter anyways; Ross was blocking the plate while waiting for Prado’s throw; runner interference. Janish was still safe. The umpire really booted that call, didn’t he?

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Yep, terrible call. He looked out at first glance as well. But you are absolutely correct, that is the way to score a run. As I have been saying for days, the hook slide is the most effective way to beat the catcher not bowling him over.

      • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

        More injured catchers over the weekend, ‘army. Its getting to be an epidemic. Considering how valuable these guys are to a team, you’d think they’d jut start enforcing the rules and stop it with this mayhem. Exciting play yes, but then it gets real boring as the 3rd string guy gets in there and proceeds to demonstrate why he’s the back ups back up.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        I always thought the hook slide around the catcher was more exciting anyhow. One of the most exciting plays I have seen was the Rollins “Matrix Slide” in extra innings to beat the Padres.

  7. kiwicricket - May 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    That $150M ‘Trichechus manatus’ the Yank’s tamed pitched well on the weekend

    • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      Yes, he did Kiwi’, but then he’s always been a stud. When that overweight Bufo marinus starts pitching up to expectations then they’ll REALLY be cooking, though.

  8. halladaysbicepts - May 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Vance Worley is a piece of sh*t. Everyone in Philly is has overblown this kid as the savior of the 5th starting spot since last year. Too much pressure to put on a kid. The Mutts abused him like a red head step child. Because of the piece of sh*t Worley, the Phils did not sweep the Mutts. Pathetic. I was so disgusted watching that game that I kicked the sh*t out of my grill as I was cooking out yesterday.

    I have always said you need to see a pitcher for (2) full seasons before you know what you have.

    Vance, get your prescription on those piece of sh*t googles checked.

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

      hb; you gotta calm down. Worley may not have had it, sure, but how bout that offense, eh? How bout some love for the hitters? Be happy dude, your team can score some runs and with the 4 dudes ahead of Worley they’ll win WAY more than they lose. No club wins them all man and this gives The VW Bus a chance to get some game practice against malicious hitting and real world stress. He’ll get better because of it.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        cur68,

        I have a 5 alarm hangover and am in no mood for rational thought right now. Watching that game yesterday sent my blood pressure up like a Chinese firework. All I’m saying is that the Phillies have no idea what kind of pitcher they have with Worley. At least with Fat Joe Blanton, you knew what you had. He could give you a half decent start every once in a while.

        I blame this all on Fat Joe Blanton. It’s because this fat pig picked up too much food that his arm became hurt and “Cranky”. F-you, Fat Joe Blanton.

      • spudchukar - May 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        Don’t worry, no one will be able to tell the difference.

      • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        Dude, I ain’t your mom nor your temperance advisor, so feel free to ignore my unsolicited advice, but IMO you really need to cut back on the ethanol. It’s ruining what should be a really happy baseball season for you. Your boys are so far ahead of the competition they can all start practicing switch hitting during games and the pitchers can throw off-handed for the 1st 2 pitches/batter (hell those guys could and still strike out the side spotting every batter 2 off the plate as they step up).

        Worley will improve and Fat Joe will be fine out of the pen, you’ll see. Now have a laugh, a big glass of water and a greasy meal; it’ll improve your mood no end.

    • kiwicricket - May 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      Do you really need to start your Monday morning off like this?

      • halladaysbicepts - May 30, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Yes. I’m not happy at all with the Phillies game yesterday. They should have swept the Mutts. Not sweeping that team is inexcusable.

        Vance Worley is in my sights…

  9. spudchukar - May 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Finally, home runs from Hill and Encarnacion. If you would have told me the Jays would have 1 homer a piece from them, two wins from Morrow, Lind on the DL, and Snider in AAA, and be right in the thick of the AL east, you certainly could have lightened my wallet. Fear the Jays. But in order for them to continue to compete, a third base acquisition, or the return of Bautista to the hot corner is a must. Now that the first real MLB milestone is about to be passed, sellers should become more evident, although they are not alone in their need at 3B, and there isn’t alot to choose from.

    • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Morning spud'; Agree re. 3rd base. Jose needs to go back there & Travis Snider to right field. Snider’s hitting had been showing some improvement and he’s got some good outfield arm so he can add something (finally). The real question is “when is Adam Lind and his celery stalk back getting off the DL?” That will heat up the Jays no end.

      BTW; what’s with Kyle Lohse? His right arm looks like a telephone pole while his left is almost withered in comparison. I can’t think of any other pitcher that is that out of proportion (if no one mentions Jim Abbott that statement will hold up).
      Shouldn’t being that lopsided be a detriment to his pitching? I can’t understand how he doesn’t fall down after every pitch. He sure can deal it though. Like, wow.

      • spudchukar - May 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        It is more illusion than actual size. The scar from his forearm incision makes it appear that he has a Popeye right arm. It was an odd injury, something to do with the muscle sheath causing contraction difficulties. You probably know a lot more than me, but it was necessary to open up a large part of his forearm, thus the scar. His control is awesome, and he hasn’t had a bad outing yet. If Rasmus hadn’t fallen asleep in the 7th he might have gone the distance, only 81 pitches, but like you say he isn’t very big, and saving some ammo for later was probably the correct decision.

        From what I hear the Jays are reluctant to move Bautista, any ideas or AAA prospects for 3B?

      • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        No AAA prospects @ 3rd I think. We got a nice kid coming along as a catcher, though. Bet he could make the change. I don’t see why Snider couldn’t play 3rd, now that I think about it. He’s pretty nimble for a big kid.

        I didn’t know about Lohse needing surgery on his pitching arm. Was it compartment syndrome or something like that? The hand goes numb and cold?

        At any rate, muscle sheath injuries are tricky. I wonder who did the surgery? There’s a paper in it if I’m any judge. That has to be a rare condition in MLB; I’ve never hear of it in a pitcher. I thought it only happened to guys who use jack hammers a lot. I wonder if Lohse has any off season hobbies that contributed to it. Maybe he rides dirt bikes or something? Should be both arms though if it’s bikes. Weird.

  10. halladaysbicepts - May 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    The Mutts can all go eat a bag of di*ks!!!!

    • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      At moments like these I really miss BC. Where has that guy been? New owner, Mets winning some games, Wilpon making an a$$ of himself, hb insulting his team after they took one off the best team in baseball and not a peep out of BC.

      C’mon dude: who’s a chipwich?

      • yankeesfanlen - May 30, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        Yeah, where is the Voice of Hartford? I think he also was secretly a FOU (fan of the Universe)?

  11. simplicitymadecomplex - May 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Note to cur68 – Mike Marshall late of the Expos and Dodgers had a right arm that was [and maybe still is] twice the size of his left one. Yes, he only has 2 arms.

    It is definitely PIE over cake no matter what type of icing is used.

    For all beaver lovers this one is for you: http://youtu.be/NsCToU10CT0

    • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      duuuuuuuuude…ROFLMAO….this is now my new theme song… :)

      You know I never noticed Marshall’s arm? Probably because when I was watching him I didn’t have the ‘eye’ for it yet.

      As for pie v cake; stay where you are. Someone will be along to collect you for re-education shortly. Someone with cake.

  12. spudchukar - May 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Good stuff on the Beaver/Fever Simp, now I have to explain to the household why a baseball blog directed me there, but I’ll manage.

    Cur, I think you got it correct on the Lohse injury. If I remember right it is the first for baseball, more common on bicyclists et al. Lost feeling in the arm/fingers and numbness, couldn’t finish off pitches, but he sure can now.

    The Snider move won’t happen, left-handed you know. Gotta make a trade I say, or put up with the Encarnacion defense.

  13. APBA Guy - May 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Craig-no love for the “mighty” A’s sweep of the O’s?

    My former favorite team and my current favorite team squared off in front of an unusually good crowd yesterday (mid-60’s, long weekend, and sunny, yielded 16,000. Sarcasm noted.) and saw another O’s pitcher unable to command the strike zone. It’s like they all went to the team meeting, heard the coaches go over the A’s lineup, then ignored everything they heard, or were completely unable to execute the game plan. What impressed me was that after 3 games like this, Showalter maintained his cool. And with Joe West’s umpiring crew in town making bad call after bad call, he still maintained. That’s a pro at work. Baltimore is definitely improved, but they really miss Roberts. Of course, by now they should be used to not having him in the lineup, but they have yet to have a decent substitute available.

    So the A’s are back to .500, just in time to see the Yankees, and the A’s have their “Big Three-Redux” lined up: the White Rabbit, Mr. Anderson, and Gio. The Yankees, also being serious pros, have been to Safeco and the Mausoleum before, although doing it on the same road trip has to be their least favorite week of the season. They handled both Seattle righties Pineda and King Felix pretty well, let’s see how they do against the lefties Mr. Anderson and Gio. It’ll be fun getting Len and the other guys take on these games.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 30, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      APBA, you’re exactly right on this being our least favorite week, particularly with those low ERA’s everyone has waiting for us. I say, when you hit’em, do it well, but uyf disagrees and thinks we should stoop to their level. Our compromise has to be the Andruw Jones double+stretch, and to keep the bases full.
      Our typical solution for the next three games would be Colon-Garcia-AJ spotting you 4, then see what the bats can produce.

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