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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

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Twins 6, Yankees 5: Justin Morneau hit two homers. That’s four homers in six games, which hopefully means that Morneau is back to his mashing ways. Jason Marquis, who missed most of spring training when his daughter was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, made his first ever start in Yankee Stadium and got the win with his daughter — now healthy — looking on.

Rockies 8, Padres 4: Chase Headley had two homers too, though they were in a losing effort. Still count, though. It says so right there in the rules.

Cardinals 11, Reds 1: The Cards’ bats continue to go nuts, touching Matt Latos for eight runs in five and two-thirds. Carlos Beltran and Tyler Greene homered. Jaime Garcia, in addition to handcuffing the Reds, tripled in a couple of runs. This was Adam Wainwright’s reaction to it. I think the Cardinals are having fun.

Rangers 6, Red Sox 3: Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer — his fourth bomb in three games — and drove in four. Bobby Valentine got booed when he made a pitching change in the eighth. Kevin Youkilis hit a home run, but his heart wasn’t in it, I hear.

Marlins 9, Cubs 1: Miami racked up 14 hits including a dinger from Hanley Ramirez, his third in as many games. Four straight losses for the Cubs.

Nationals 3, Astros 2: Three Astros relievers combined to walk three Nationals and allow two runs in the eighth inning. One of them was on a bases loaded walk to Jayson Werth. Washington pitching was good again, but they only struck out four in nine innings. Dudes: we’re used to K Street here, not 6-3 street, OK?

White Sox 8, Orioles 1: Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn have, at various times over the past year or so, looked like they had giant forks sticking out of their backs. Last night Peavy pitched seven strong innings and Dunn doubled in three runs to break it open late and walked a couple of times.

Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1: Pittsburgh started the west coast swing poorly but finished strong. Pedro Alvarez hit a homer and, as the game story noted, “he raised his batting average 32 points to .074.” Good times.

Rays 12, Blue Jays 2: Four homers for the Rays including a Luke Scott grand slam. He asked the official scorer to only grant him three RBI for it because even numbers are socialist.

Braves 14, Mets 6: Atlanta knocked R.A. Dickey out early and kept piling on runs. This with Chipper Jones and Brian McCann out of the lineup (though Jones did pinch hit, doubling in a run and scoring). The offensive outburst overshadowed a poor outing by Jair Jurrjens, who couldn’t make it to the fifth inning.  His performance this season has thus far been … worrisome.

Tigers 4, Royals 3: I could tell you all about what went down here, but I’ll just note that Prince Fielder stole a friggin’ base and let you pick the pieces of your mind up off the floor for the remainder of the morning.

Brewers 3, Dodgers 2: A walkoff sacrifice fly for Ryan Braun in the 10th. More impressive: Zack Greinke hit a double. Him and Jaime Garcia: making the case against the DH last night.

Giants 1, Phillies 0: Holy crap. Cliff Lee threw ten shutout innings and got a no decision. That’s because Matt Cain threw nine shutout innings and three Giants relievers combined for a tenth and eleventh while Melky Cabrera singled home Brandon Belt in the Giants’ half of the eleventh inning for the win. More on this one later this morning.

Athletics 6, Angels 0: Meanwhile Bartolo Colon shut the Angels out on four hits over eight innings himself. Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer. The Angels are kinda reeling, yes?

Mariners 4, Indians 1: Jason Vargas was on it, striking out seven in seven innings in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history (11,343). Apparently seeing Eric Wedge’s old team come to town is not a big deal to some people. The Indians’ four-game winning streak comes to an end.

  1. ditto65 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    West Coast baseball is the work of Satan. Or something.

    • georgia - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:34 AM

      I’m not sure Satan drove Matt Cain to pitch nine shutout innings against the Phils or drove Cliff Lee to pitch 10 shutout innings against the Giants.

      I could be completely wrong though!

      • ditto65 - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM

        Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody could watch that at a decent hour?

        Satan, I say.

  2. hcf95688 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    Bartolo Colon made the Angels his senoritas last night,

    • gustavov8 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      He threw 108 pitches, 82 for strikes, 38 strikes in a row… he’s 37, this smells like DL stint to me :(

  3. georgia - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    Fielder stole a base? I thought David Ortiz stealing second against the Padres last season was surprising! This takes the cake, pie, and other items.

  4. spudchukar - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Only 4:59 to be precise, and the Pheelie/Giant game was a classic. At what point does the Pheelie management come to the conclusion that A) the line-up currently in use isn’t going to cut it, B) that they are wasting one terrific pitching outing after another with the presently employed offense, C) that all the cash they have invested in said pitchers is just pissing in the wind, if it does not translate into victories, D) that even the defense, once the pride of a very good team is letting them down, E) that eventually the Fans will become despondent which will result in an attendance decline, less income, less revenue to procure offensive upgrades F) that Halliday and Lee are not Spring chickens and that eventually Father Time will catch up with them, G) that guys like Hamel may see the writing on the wall and choose to go elsewhere.

    I keep hearing from the Phillie Phaithful that their minor league is loaded with some of the best talent in Baseball, so either call up these heralded saviors or send them packing for players who can help now. Time is not on your side. Neither am I, by the way; just offering a little friendly advice.

    • georgia - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Halladay one day beat Moyer’s record as the oldest pitcher to win a game. Heck, he could probably become the oldest player to win the Cy Young award eventually.

    • Marty - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      H) Any Philly offense against Cain would have given the same result.

      Ref: 2010 NLCS

      • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM

        Granted he does have a history of success vs the Pheelies, but last night he did so with relative ease, certainly aided by the impotent Philadelphia attack, and I use that word loosely. So while the #2 Giant hurler is indeed capable of shutting down most any team, it isn’t necessary to overhype his performance. Doing so imprudently “raises Cain”.

      • Marty - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Cain allowed fewer base runners.

        There were more scoring ops for the Giants.

        Lee was out pitched by a hair.

    • paperlions - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      I hear the Phillies phuture is murky, at best.

      BTW, the Phillies minor league system is one of the worst (or, at least, most depleted). They have almost nothing in the upper minors because they’ve traded it all away.

      • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        Yeah, I agree, it is only the Phaithful who keep chirping about their abundant minor league scenario.

    • pw38 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      If only Cliff Lee had an offense like the Rangers have. Oh wait…

  5. spudchukar - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Pure speculation here, but look for the Cards to deal Shane Robinson to Boston for a couple of low minor league hopefuls. The Sox are in dire need of a capable CF (Repko not being the answer), and St. Louis probably feels obligated to give Robinson a chance to prove himself. He has no chance of getting any meaningful playing time in St. Louis. It would be beneficial to keep a right-handed option in center, but with Beltran again gliding in the outfield, he may get the call allowing soon to be DL leaving Craig, and RBI machine Carpenter some playing time.

    We could choose to move Schumaker instead, but he has neither the speed nor defensive abilities of Robinson, in left-handed, and may in fact be a lesser hitter. But I doubt the Sox would be inclined to pursue that option, but hey, I can dream can’t I?

    Unfortunately for the Birds, Boston doesn’t have any major league departables that are of interest so they will have to settle with the young, under developed types. Which may say more about the Red Sox predicament than any blithering that Valentine is spouting.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      I hope we hold onto him, he looks like he’s a good player, and kind of like the situation with Matt Carpenter. We don’t know when an injury will strike, so why not keep the backups ready and plentiful?

      • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        We cannot keep him in the Majors, cause when Skippy comes back or Allen Craig, he is the most likely to go. Have to keep Komatsu or lose him, plus Robinson has languished in AAA long enough, time to set him free.

  6. levistahl - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    The Wainwright GIF is great–I’m just glad to see him able to use his arms and elbows so comfortably. If the man can throw an obscene gesture like that, I’m confident he’s just days away from rounding back into top pitching form.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      What are you talking about, he was just stretching ;)

  7. southpaw2k - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Tigers 4, Royals 3: I could tell you all about what went down here, but I’ll just note that Prince Fielder stole a friggin’ base and let you pick the pieces of your mind up off the floor for the remainder of the morning.

    ——————————————

    I assume you mean Prince Fielder somehow sneaked onto the field in between innings, or perhaps after the game had ended, and stole one of the bases from the field as a memento for his private collection. The idea that Prince Fielder could somehow run from first base to second, slide, and successfully beat the catcher’s throw defies about 8 laws of physics. Not to mention that Fielder would likely collapse from exhaustion from such a run.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      During the Nats’ home opener, they had a game where a boy was given 45 seconds to run from deep CF to 2B, literally steal the base — take it out of the ground and run it back to his starting point.

      The kid made it. Wonder if Prince would have.

    • pharmerbrown - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Collapse from exhaustion or collapse into a black hole?

      It would seem to me that the only Prince steal is the result of a blown hit-and-run attempt — either the pitcher buried it after Prince had left first, or the batter forgot to swing and the catcher was doubled over in laughter. Not normal laughter either… that insane tittering to one’s self that one does to prevent one’s left thumb from gouging out one’s right eye.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      This is the Royals we’re talking about. No amount of science, or statistics can explain their futility. Even when other people (not their fans, or anyone tasked with selling tickets or advertising) say they have good players.

      The once trendy pick to “surprise some people” have started 3-9, lost seven in a row, and HAVE YET TO WIN A HOME GAME!

      And don’t come with the small sample size, or it’s early. Let me tell you about a sample size. 20 years of being historicly shitty, is that enough of a sample size?

      (yes, I’m mad, bro)

    • mckludge - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Didn’t watch the game, but they probably decided to have the 1B not hold him on. Even the slowest people can steal in that case. Hell, Brian McCann stole a base this year because they didn’t hold him on first.

  8. natsattack - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Go to bed, Craig!

  9. milieuxmorass - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    The DH is socialist.

    • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Actually proponents are much more Fascists.

      • mckludge - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        I thought strikeouts were Fascist.

  10. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    So now the league knows the secret to beating R.A. Dickey: Make it rain.

  11. natstowngreg - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    There has been some discussion about the Nats extending Jordan Zimmermann’s contract. This would be great, but there’s a nagging concern. what if Jordan doesn’t want to stay with a team that won’t score any freakin’ runs for him?

    Still, the Nats managed to win another against the Pesky Astros(tm). [That's how the Astros strike me. To say they lack talent is an understatement. They are going to lose a great many games. But they're not going down quietly.] After all the bad baseball from my favorite team since 2005, it’s nice to be able to root for a team that’s 10-3, even knowing it’s not likely to last.

  12. kopy - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Morneau has (I believe) 7 HRs in 8 games at the new Yankee Stadium, and 5 HRs in 80 games at Target Field. Either he’s back to his mashing ways, or he’s getting a nice statistical boost from visiting a wiffle ball park.

    • pharmerbrown - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      The YES broadcast actually quoted that during the game last night. Remember the days when Twins at Yankees was good for as many wins as games being played?

      • kopy - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Well, I’m a Twins fan, so I wouldn’t call them “wins.” But I know exactly what you’re talking about!

  13. okr1st - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    So Pedro Alvarez is 2 for 27 on the year with two homeruns 13 K’s and 1 BB. Haha!

  14. drez146 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Glad to see the Angels lost again and last in there division. I love seeing teams that try and buy championships fail. I’ll go drink my haterade now.

  15. pw38 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Mike Napoli has officially woken up from his long winter slumber. I’m trying to remember the last time there was a line up with as many hard outs as the Rangers have right now. I know it’s early, blah blah, but these games count just as much as games in June and September so the Angels need to get their stuff together because they’re already 6 games behind Texas.

  16. APBA Guy - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Bartolo Colon’s 38 strikes in a row were almost all fastballs, almost all on the corners, and the mistakes were missed by the Angels’ hitters. However, the same can not be said for Ervin Santana, who hung two sliders last night and had both of them taken deep by Cespedes and Gomes. Santana’s pitch sequence to Cespedes in particular was inexcusable, as Santana threw him 4 straight sliders. The pattern to strike out Cespedes is fastballs in off the plate to get two strikes (Cespedes as yet is insufficiently patient) and then offspeed stuff away or in, but off the plate, with a sharp break. Slurvy stuff he kills. Vargas found that out, giving up 2 HR’s, one in Japan and one in Oakland.

    The Angels are off to a slow start as their older players (Hunter, Abreu, Wells) look, frankly, older. No, they aren’t making mistakes, and no, they aren’t hitting much either. If hitting is contagious (see Rangers) the Angels are the opposite right now, immune from hitting. That will change. But also, their pitchers need to sharpen up. Too many mistakes, mainly on sliders (Barton’s homerun Tuesday was also on a hanger), and if the A’s are hitting them out, what will good-hitting teams do?

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