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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

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Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four.

Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. And it wasn’t a cheapie, either: Moyer allowed no earned runs in seven innings while scattering six hits. Doing that with 78 m.p.h. “heat” is one of the more astounding things you’ll ever see on a baseball diamond. Congratulations Old Sport.

Marlins 5, Cubs 2: Ozzie returns and … the world goes on. No protests. One fan kept yelling insulting stuff at Guillen from the crowd, but that was probably a good 10-15 fewer fans doing that in this one than in most games. As for the baseball: the return of an effective Josh Johnson (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) was way more important than the return of Guillen.

Nationals 1, Astros 0: This one ended in 2:12. Everyone has someplace to be, I guess. Well, not the offenses, because they weren’t going anywhere. Gio Gonzalez, Tyler Clippard and Brad Lidge combine for the shutout. Wandy Rodriguez was almost as good, giving up a couple of bloop hits to allow a run.

Braves 9, Mets 3: Atlanta finally beats New York. Johan Santana — who at times looked like he was bending in his first two starts — finally broke. The Braves roughed up Santana, knocking him out in the second inning, though they had the help of some ugly Mets defense in the process. It was the shortest start of Santana’s career.

Orioles 3, White Sox 2: Every season the Orioles begin at the top of the standings by virtue of being first alphabetically. It’s strange to see them in first place via their actual record, but there they are. Homers from Nolan Reimold and J.J. Hardy.

Blue Jays 7, Rays 3Jose BautistaAdam Lind and Brett Lawrie all hit homers. Two-time Gold Glove winner Evan Longoria had three (3)(III)(tres) errors. The Rays have lost six of eight.

Yankees 8, Twins 3: CC Sabathia and the Yankees were down 3-1 in the third, but the big man tightened up. Russell Martin got the night off, allowing backup Chris Stewart to rack up three RBI.

Tigers 3, Royals 1: Miguel Cabrera snapped an 0 for 22 streak with a single and later added another single, this time of the RBI variety.

Brewers 5, Dodgers 4: A see-saw battle, with the Brewers taking the lead, losing it on an Andre Ethier homer in the eighth and then getting it back in walkoff fashion via a two-run George Kottaras double.

Cardinals 2, Reds 1: A helluva pitching duel between Johnny Cueto and Kyle Lohse goes 10 thanks to Mitchell Boggs being unable to hold a 1-0 lead in the eighth. But never fear, Matt Carpenter is here hitting a sac fly after Reds pitchers loaded the bases with walks in the bottom of the 10th.

Giants 4, Phillies 2: Three hits for Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz. A stolen base for Posey, which is yet another encouraging thing regarding his recovery from injury. Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs over six.

Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4: Pittsburgh lost starter Jeff Karstens after one inning due to some shoulder trouble, but as Clint Hurdle said after the game, they got it done with “duct tape and chicken wire.” Which, while people normally refer to that as some crazy, lucky half-ass way of fixing a problem on the fly, does suggest a lot of planning. Who the hell has chicken wire laying around these days? That requires an incredible amount of forethought, frankly.

Indians 9, Mariners 8: A seven-run fifth by Cleveland erased an 8-1 deficit and then Jason Donald hit a tie-breaking single in the seventh. Donald also took a ball to the mouth in the ninth, after which he said “Hopefully my girlfriend still wants to date me after getting smoked in the mouth like that.” That’s what she said.

Athletics 5, Angels 3: Yoenis Cespedes went two for four and drove in two. He only hit singles, though, and only struck out once which is kind of sad given that I was sort of cottoning to the idea of him being the next Rob Deer.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    The Orioles are certainly eating their Cheerios, but they can forget about the breakfast of champions. They will not be in first place in the AL East for very long. Tampa Bay’s pitching staff is not going deep in most games. This is taxing the bull pen and currently is leading to a losing record.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Ozzie returns and … the world goes on. No protests. One fan kept yelling insulting stuff at Guillen from the crowd,

    Hey! Old Gator was at the game! How about that!

    • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Nyuknyuknyuknyuk.

      The Hanster is on a roll, having now raised his average from .135 to .286 in the past three or four games, and driving in the GWRBI (it climbs out of its coffin at dusk, which is why you no longer see this stat promulgated for day games) two consecutive nights in a row – which, not coincidentally, happen to be the first back to back wins the Feesh have posted this season. He’s startled Tommy awake twice in two nights now, and Tommy is beginning to get pissed off. We continue to speculate about how the Hanster has managed to rid himself of Scrooge McLoria’s accursed .342 amulet – we have considered the possibility that he threw it into the Soufriere volcano, but…..could he possibly have entombed it in a cement vault beneath Tommy itself?

      The return of Slobbering Ozzie was an anti-climax, what with one – count ‘em, one – septuagenarian looking protester shuffling cantankerously around outside the stadium, in addition to the one – count ‘em, one – loudmouth in the second deck on the inside, who was apparently oblivious to how much of a putz his very unanimity, not to mention his impending laryngitis, made him appear. On the other hand, the body count was something like 24,000 and change last night, the lowest of the season at Macondo Banana Massacre Field so far. Was it Ozzie or the so-called “Tuesday Night vs. the Cubs Effect” (TNvtCE)? In other words, what has gotten old fastest: Slobbering Ozzie’s incipient comsymp proclivities, or the Cubs’ century-and-change prion-vectored neurological disease Die Vloek an der Geitbok-engendered Hapless Harry act? No doubt the busloads of sociology grad students flocking to Macondo Banana Massacre Field to research these questions, pockets filled with government funding that they can spend on overpriced tube steaks, empanadas and beer, will offset the limited number of Cuban dinosaurs who boycott the games in the hope that the attempted sacrifice of one loudmouthed idiot of a manager will offset sixty years of utter foreign policy futility.

      Incidentally, Ozzie dropped Mi…er, Giancarlo Stanton to sixth in the lineup to give his gimpy-kneed slugging right fielder a little breathing room in the order to get his bat up to snuff after sitting out most of spring training and the Iron Giant responded with a booming double of the left field wall, although he hasn’t got a dinger yet this year. That ball he crushed in the eighth inning last night indicated that he’s finding his range, though. And of course Josh Johnson seems to have found his angel in the wilderness and pitched what would have been a decent game for anyone else, though still subpar for JJ. But it sure beat the batting practice performances of his first two games.

      Providence provided the Astros and Cubs to give the Feesh some leeway to find their legs (feens?) and they seem to be ready to evolve into air-breathers at last. Go, sarcoptyregii!

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Thus spoke Zarathustra!

      • bravojawja - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        I thought the Cubbies drew well on the road. They sure do here in Atlanta. Is it just that Chicagoans’ sausage-filled arteries won’t allow them to wander as far as South Florida and they simply collapse here?

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        “Thus spoke Zarathustra!”

        Meh. Thus Spake Zarathustra was just The Prophet on steroids.

  3. psuravens19 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Anyone else enjoy watching the Red Sox get embarrased, or is it just me?

    • antlerclaws - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      One excrutiatingly long (for Boston) half-inning went lasted nearly half as long as the whole 9 innings of the Nationals-Astros game.

  4. Panda Claus - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    The statement about the Orioles starting in first place alphabetically is both hilarious and true.

    In other news, Brett Lawrie is turning into a monster. What a steal he was, Shawn Marcum or no Shawn Marcum.

  5. natstowngreg - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    The Nats are 9-3. Just wanted to mention that.

    Yeah, I’m pleasantly surprised as well, though their early schedule hasn’t been the most challenging. The pitching has been pretty much as advertised (good), as has the offense (not so good).

    Ozzie & the Fish come to Natstown for the weekend, a matchup of trendy NL East picks. Looking forward to seeing Ozzie get thrown out of at least one game.

    • RedHeadedBastard - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      I agree with you. The Nats pitching is as good as advertised. The offense, aka Zimmerman and Espi, need to produce. i dont think they can rely on pitching the whole year. if the offense steps up consistently, the Nats should be a force.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Agreed, the current pitching performance can’t be sustained over a full season. Michael Morse returning would also help create more run support. So would the advent of the Bryce Harper Era, but he’s scuffling with AAA pitching right now, so we Nats fans need to continue to be patient.

        Saving graces thus far have been Adam LaRoche’s unusually hot start; Ian Desmond’s hacking resulting in lots of hits; and Jayson Werth’s return (thus far) to something more like his Phillies’ performance. And BTW, Espinosa has displayed a surprising ability to draw walks.

    • jwbiii - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      This is a day old, but you rarely see baserunner intimidation like this.
      http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/rick-ankiel-throw-earns-standing-ovation-nats-fans-134322346.html

  6. paperlions - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    It is “duct tape and bailing wire”, and I have both sitting on the same shelf in the shed.

    • jwbiii - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Don’t forget the cable ties! And yes, I have all three on the shelf in my workbench.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Can a team have a gut-wrenching win? Great start for the Cards, but Tuesday Night was not a win to write home about. Lohse was even better than his first two outings, but an untimely and unlikely error by Descalso opened the door, and Boggs kicked it off the jamb, with his fielding blunder and overall ineffectiveness.

    Yeah, it may sound greedy, but this was hardly a satisfying victory. The Reds seem listless, luckily for the Red Birds, cause a team on a roll would have beaten them. So many wasted opportunities. Ahead in counts, with runners in scoring position, and hittable pitches either fouled off or popped up. Hopefully the LOB futility was used up in one evening and a return to productivity is in the offing.

    A couple of good outings by Garcia and Wainwright could bury the Reds in an early season hole.

    • salvomania - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Why yank Lohse after 7 at just 90 pitches? He’d only allowed 5 baserunners and looked sharp all night.

      I’ll never understand removal of an effective, untired starter just because it happens to be the 8th inning…

      • paperlions - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Couldn’t agree more. Unless Lohse said he was tiring or his velocity was down (I don’t recall that), he was rolling, changing speeds, pitching down to both sides of the plate, keeping hitters off balance all night so that even their hits were mostly softly hit.

        I’d love to understand the motivation for these types of moves….unless the motivation was, “well we have this bullpen and they need to pitch”, which is a strategy designed to win fewer games.

      • ajcardsfan - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        I think it’s Matheny being cautious more than anything. He’s in his first year, we already have Carpenter out and I don’t think he wants to strain our starters as it is. That’s just my theory though, I might be flat out wrong.

      • spudchukar - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        To be fair Lohse did miss with a couple of pitches up in the 7th, has a history of quickly losing it in later innings, and 90 pitches early in the year isn’t anything to disregard. That said, I too believe that Lohse should have started the eighth, especially since it was the bottom of the Reds order coming up.

        Plus, if a move has to be made, I like Salas in the eighth inning role. Sure, he had a couple of shaky outings earlier in the season, but he seems to have regained his velocity and I trust him more than Boggs.

        There are a few quality 2B out there currently, and before we expose Boggs and Greene to the rest of the league as “all talent, no brains” kind of guys, how about moving the two of them in one package and bring in a right-handed hitting second baseman and a left hand hitting catcher.

      • paperlions - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        I am completely open to the possibility that there was a good reason…I’d just like to know what it was.

        Totally agree that Lohse has a history of losing it fast.

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    The marlins had a lot go wrong during their first 10 games and have managed to climb within a game of .500. I think once they start getting comfortable at home, they are going to win a lot of games in the lime spaceship

    • RedHeadedBastard - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      i think it’ll be hard for them to settle at home with the Gates of Hell staring them down every night.

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        And speaking of spaceships, the Strange Attractor has hovered within the Feesh’s grasp two or three times already this season, kinda like the mothership in Close Endounters coming up over the crest of Devil’s Tower (though no one has yet convincingly explained how it got below Devil’s Tower without being seen in the first place), but with Heath Bell apparently settling down last night (oh alright, it was the Cubs – but how does that explain the Astros?) and the Hanster finally seeming to come around, they have a pretty good chance of climbing aboard the .500 express tonight. Now they just need the Iron Giant to get hisself up to speed and they can make a run at the soft white underbelly of the Gnats this weekend.

  9. spudchukar - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Just when MLB umpiring seems to have reached its nadir, Ron Kulpa lowers the bar even further. Waiting for the St. Louis game to start I click over to see how the Rangers and Red Sox are doing, not that Texas needed my help in this one.

    I have witnessed some awful ball and strike calls in my day, but I must admit, and Umpire Ron you should too, especially with that last name, that a pitch from John Lester to Ian Kinsler that was judged a strike was so egregiously erroneous that at first, much like Kinsler, my first reaction was utter disbelief.

    Next I couldn’t do anything but laugh. I believe Kinsler wanted to argue, but he couldn’t muster up a sound, since the shock was still reverberating through his finely trained athletic neurological recognition system. It was almost like an out of the body experience, that a pitch so far removed from what has commonly been judged a ball, was now called a strike.

    Maybe somewhere, somehow there is a plausible excuse, but I am going with an extra dimension/time warp explanation, cause nowhere in the reality that I am most familiar with did that pitch even remotely approach the strike zone.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      “Mea” Kulpa? Ironic name for an umpire.

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Perhaps, but wouldn’t Mia Kulpa be a terrific name for a Vivid Girl?

  10. protectthishouse54 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Since April is always CC’s worst month, it was nice to see him settle down last night to preserve the win. After the Yankees regained the lead, he seemed to say “enough is enough” and started mowing em down. Maybe this sparks his hot streak a little earlier than usual.

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