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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Apr 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

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Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The platonic ideal of a late-dynasty Yankees game: Four hits for Jeter, homer for A-Rod, a CC Sabathia win and a Mariano Rivera save.  In other news, I sorta feel like I wanna be the guy who starts writing the breathless “can Derek Jeter hit .400?” articles. Maybe I’ll do one later today.

Giants 6, Mets 1, Giants 7, Mets 2: In the first game, Lincecum  finally pitches like Lincecum. Well, not really like Lincecum — more like a shadow of Tim Lincecum who likes to walk guys — but after his first couple of stinkers, this was quality. Madison Bumgarner ties up the Mets in the nightcap.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 1: Eleven straight losses for K.C., ten at home. In other news, someone you love lost their job since 2008 while Ned Yost remains gainfully employed. For now.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: Jason Motte came in to lock down a 2-1 lead in the ninth, but the Cubbies had different ideas: walk, walk, groundout to put both runners in scoring position and then a Joe Mather two-run RBI single to win it for Chicago. A great Jaime Garcia start was waster (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).  If Tony La Russa was still alive, Motte would be working mopup duty tomorrow and La Russa would be claiming that the Cardinals never had a closer, and who are you talking about anyway?

Red Sox 6, Twins 5: Cody Ross homered in the 7th to tie it and homered again in the ninth to put the Sox ahead for good. Jon Lester wasn’t sharp — he gave up five runs in seven — but the pen actually held Minnesota scoreless for two innings, which is a cause for celebration with the Sox.

Dodgers 7, Braves 2: I watched the first couple innings of this. Between listening to Vin Scully and watching Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp play, I’m sorta tempted to turn heel on my Braves and root for the Dodgers this entire series. It was especially easy to do last night what with Jair Jurrjens becoming this year’s version of 2011 Derek Lowe and over four innings of Livan Hernandez Time.

Diamondbacks 9, Phillies 5: The return of an effective Justin Upton (2 for 3, HR 2 RBI). I may have said on the HBT Extra going up today that Kyle Kendrick filling in for Cliff Lee wouldn’t be horrible. Which just goes to show you that you can’t believe anything you see on video (3 IP, 11 H, 7 ER).

White Sox 4, Athletics 0: Jake Peavy throws a three-hit shutout, overshadowing another great Bartolo Colon start.

Brewers 6, Astros 5: Ryan Braun was 3 for 4 with a double, homer and two RBI, breaking a 2 for 20 slump. Zack Greinke struck out nine in six innings. As go the Brewers stars, so go the Brewers.

Rockies vs. Pirates: POSTPONED: When the rain falls, there’s magic in our lives. When the rain falls, we’re happy deep inside. When the rain falls, it cleans away the corners of our minds.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Sox finally catch a break. Carroll was out at 3rd on his leadoff triple but they managed to keep him from scoring, which as you said is cause for celebration.

    Also, why do homer broadcasters feel the need to fantasize about every possible way a guy can score once he’s standing on 2nd or 3rd especially? Just call the damn game as you see it, not as you want it to be.

    • mplsjoe - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Which homer broadcasters are you talking about? And why does that particular piece of homerism bother you so much?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        It’s not the only part of homerist broadcasting that bothers me, it’s just the one that really stood out during the Twins’ broadcast last night.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    The Jays just swept a 4 game series in KC for the first time ever. KC played well enough to keep each game close. Hosmer, Moustakas, Escobar and Gordon all had a good series. This is a good young team that is having a bad stretch. I fully expect them to break their losing streak in Cleveland.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      Si.com produces weekly power rankings based on WAR and other statistical measures. They had the Royals ranked 7th after Sunday’s games. The Jays were ranked 20th. KC’s problem is that they are not hitting with runners in scoring position. I am not a fan of WAR; however, having watched them lose to the Jays for 4 games, it is obvious that the team is much better than its record.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        I think it’s a young team that is so used to losing that they don’t know how to win. They probably should have sprinkled a few more players in there with veteran experience that have been with winning and losing teams.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        Hats off to the Jays. I don’t get to see them play much, but I really like some of their guys after seeing them 4 times over the weekend. Big fan of Lawrie, that guy’s a player.

        On the flip side, KC has now lost 11 straight – another classic KC tailspin. It’s uncanny how they manage to string together so many losses. Fan backlash is at an all-time high – really sad because optimism was at an all-time high 3 weeks ago. That’s life as a Royals fan, though. Looks like I’ll have plenty of free time in the evenings this summer… ah, who am I kidding?! It’s still baseball (kinda). I’ll still watch.

      • l0yalr0yal - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        I beg your pardon?

        “…it’s a young team that is so used to losing that they don’t know how to win.”

        Last year, they won AAA ball. The year before, AA. The year before, they won their A league. They are winners, and they expect to win. Somethings not quite there, and I’d venture a guess that it’s their pitching, not the fact that they haven’t won— because they have. Try again.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        Fan backlash is at an all-time high – really sad because optimism was at an all-time high 3 weeks ago,

        This post by Rany makes me really sad for this franchise. Seeing all those losing streaks put in perspective with other teams. Can’t believe it’s driven Rany nuts!

        http://www.ranyontheroyals.com/2012/04/time-out.html

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        l0yalr0yal – Apr 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM
        I beg your pardon?

        “…it’s a young team that is so used to losing that they don’t know how to win.”

        Last year, they won AAA ball. The year before, AA. The year before, they won their A league. They are winners, and they expect to win. Somethings not quite there, and I’d venture a guess that it’s their pitching, not the fact that they haven’t won— because they have. Try again.

        Winning in the minors is different than winning in the Pros. There isn’t nearly as much pressure and once things start going wrong, young players might not necessarily now how to right the ship. I didn’t call the players losers- the franchise has been losing for a long time now- it has to permeate the culture. It’s just human nature. I’m thinking if the young players had some veterans to look to during a losing streak, it probably would be different…or at least Charlie Sheen.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    One comment about Boston. Bard was the winning pitcher in relief. It should be obvious to Valentine that Bard is better suited to the pen than the rotation. The sooner that he becomes the closer, the better for Boston.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      proudly, don’t lose sight of who the Sox were playing it was the Twins and if the Twins had driven in that man from 3rd base in the 8th inning with no one out. They outcome of yesterdays game there probably would have been completely different.

    • plummer2512 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Did you see Bard get the “win”? A walk plus a ROCKET to Youkilis that 2 feet in any direction gets by and the go ahead run on third scores. Hardly a dominant performance. Lucky more the way I see it. Bard should be left alone. They’re going to “Joba” him…

  4. prosourcetalk - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Nice to see Peavy pitching like an ace again

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      The dude just needs to stay healthy.

  5. uuddlrlrbastart - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    In a tremendous effort to misunderstand even the simplest concepts, Harold Reynolds on MLB Tonight referred to Jon Lester’s 5 ER in 7 innings as a true quality start, I assume because his offense came back to tie up and then win the game. However, he scoffed at Zack Greinke’s 3 ER in 6, presumably because Greinke was pulled and the bullpen tried to blow it. He further wondered why CC Sabathia’s start (4 ER in 8 innings) wasn’t a quality start and then discussed how he’s a true ace because he has a 5.27 ERA or something.

    I am probably more annoyed than is necessary because it’s Harold Reynolds and who really cares, but it’s the outright refusal to understand that annoys me.

    • lazlosother - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Agreed, and when Mitch Williams carried on about how Bard has to be a closer in Boston, how he would make everyone in the pen pitch better, my brain hurt.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        You can soothe the pain with alcohol.

      • bravojawja - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        And, because it’s Boston, fried chicken.

      • dwrek5 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        The worst one of the night for me was Hawk Harrelson saying a manager doesn’t have control of the game unless everyone in the lineup is willing to bunt. It was the 4th inning, no outs, and the #3 hitter was up. I like Hawk, but come on man!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        Mitch Williams carried on about how Bard has to be a closer in Boston, how he would make everyone in the pen pitch better, my brain hurt.

        While he won’t make them pitch better per se, he’ll make the bullpen better just by joining. If he becomes the best pitcher in the ‘pen, it pushes everyone else down thus removing the worst relief pitcher and making it stronger overall (thinning out the herd).

        Whether this is the right move or not is another story. 170+ IP at league average is better than 60IP of elite pitching. [for instance, in '07 aj burnett pitched 165IP at a 4.33 FIP or 2% better than average, and was worth 2.6 fWAR. mariano rivera has topped that once in the last 7 years]

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    I am aware that it is a long season, but the Phillies are in serious trouble.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      And now Pence is heading to the doc’s office.

      —Sigh—

      • drmonkeyarmy - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        It’s the whole line-up…too many outs without the power. I mean, Freddy leads the team in XBH. I repeat, Freddy Galvis lead the team in XBH. That is a real problem.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      As a Yankees fan, I believe it to be the Curse of Cliff Lee.

    • spudchukar - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Spot on diagnosis good Dr. It is the low on base percentage that is killing the Phils. Too many easy outs, not enough extended at bats. Sure a lot of it can be blamed on the Utley/Howard absence, but even if they were present, they would have minimum opportunities for RBIs with the current line-up.

  7. uyf1950 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Craig, you’re joking right about a piece on Jeter possibly hitting .400 right? If ever there was a time to say it’s early in the season this would be it. Let me know around August.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Specifically, August 12. I have some free time that day. I’ll give you a call. Maybe we can meet for coffee.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      How ’bout can Jeter hit (into) 400 (double plays)?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      .400 is absurd, but since Jeter came back from the DL in june last year, he’s played in 85 games. Here’s his breakdown:

      .347/.394/.487 – .882 OPS

      2b – 20
      3b – 3
      HR – 8
      RBI – 54

      It’d be the highest OPS he has had since ’06.

  8. uyf1950 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Well the Yankees took those young upstarts from Arlington down a notch last night. Just kidding honestly. But it was a good performance by the Yankees especially as the piece says by the “old guys”. Jeter’s performance to date is starting to boarder on the unbelievable and it’s nice to see A-Rod hitting the ball with a little more authority and power. CC’s rounding into form. Please no jokes about CC rounding into anything. And well Mo is Mo and that’s always a good thing.

    One final comment here. It’s concerns the Blue Jays. I wish they would give the Yankees a little breathing room. They continue to play very well. I want to caution the fans of the Rays and Red Sox they just might surprise a few people this year and sneak up on the traditional leaders in the AL East.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Do not tell anyone about the Jays. Just go along with SI.com which has them rated 20th in their power rankings. The Jays are not hitting very well, but their base runners are going from first to third on a single. They are manufacturing runs. In the field, they have a lot of double plays and a triple play. Three of their starting pitchers are inexperienced. The closer is on the DL. Just ignore them until they open up some daylight on the rest of the AL East.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        Now surely you jest. If you recall I’ve been one that has been saying since spring training watch out for the Blue Jays. They are definitely better then people have given them credit for. Just telling it like I see it, my friend.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        I like that Lawrie kid. I still think Ramus is a d-bag, but still…

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Lawrie is a complete extrovert and is fun to watch. Rasmus is a shy introvert and was devastated by the verbal abuse from the great leader on his former team.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        TLR called, he wants you to capitalize Great Leader when referring to him.

      • md23rewlz - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        I don’t really think the one triple play they’re going to turn all year is indicative of anything.

    • spudchukar - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      UYF, never in my wildest dreams would I ever believe I would read a comment from you that actually stated that you believed the Rays, yes the Rays, are a traditional leader in the AL East. Hats off, to you my friend.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        Like I said just telling it like I see it. And after 4 years of the Rays being at or near the top of the AL East they deserve that.

  9. Lukehart80 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I think Jeter has a great shot at .400.

    Every game could be the one where his knees give out, or he slips a disc and has to miss the rest of the season. He just has to keep the average up until that day. Friday?

  10. randygnyc - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    The blue Jays sweeping the royals is news, why. KC is arguably the worst team in baseball and currently went 0-10 on this last home stand.

    And I’m laughing at the red sox. I wrote just yesterday morning that by skipping Bard in the rotation and “temporarily” letting him pitch out of the pen is just going to cause more turmoil. It’s clear that Bard belongs there to everyone else except Bard. Average salaries for relievers, including closers, is significantly lower than starters (yes, there are some highly paid closers, 5 I think)

  11. sdelmonte - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    And alas, the Mets are now the team everyone but me was expecting. On the other hand, moving the fences in does seem to be working. For the other team’s hitters.

    How about that Jeter? Is there a fountain of youth under the new stadium? If so, will it work for Andy? And why didn’t it work for Jorge?

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Yeah, how about that Beep-beep wind-up toy? Please do remember that as the key wound spring keeps turning the action gets slower…..and slower….

      • sdelmonte - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Yes, but last year at this point Yankees Universe – or at least Tabloid Central – was all “OMG, Jetes is done! Why did they re-sign him for that much money?”

  12. mplsjoe - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    The Twins’ loss is on Gardenhire. Once Marquie gave up the single in the 7th it was clear he was gassed. Gardy left him in to face Ross = 2 run homer, tie game. Gardy’s only post-game explanation was that starters should pitch 7 full innings. The man manages by title.

    Oh, and let’s also thank the dearly departed Bill Smith, who gave us the immortal Capps-for-Ramos trade, because we simply had to have a “real closer.” Good move.

    • kopy - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      As the old saying goes, “Don’t let Jason Marquis start a fresh inning against a potent offense during his 2nd start of the year after he’s already thrown 97 pitches and missed most of Spring Traning.”

      • kopy - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        Also, one of the guys on 93X this morning referred to him as proven closer Matt Collapse. I’m going to steal that.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Yes, my grandmother used to gather us around the fire and tell us that all the time.

  13. gatorprof - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Where are the Jeter is over-rated, he sucks, he should retire folks?

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Right here

    • Kevin S. - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Gladly eating crow.

  14. ajcardsfan - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Last night was frustrating for anybody that was a Cardinal….such a disappointing ending to what was a great game. In all fairness, even though Motte blew it, Boggs about did the same thing in the 8th. We’ve got 3 great starters right now, with our bullpen looking a bit shaky when we need them close out strong. Hopefully, they’ll get the kinks worked out before the end of May

  15. spudchukar - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Another lackluster performance from the Redbirds. While there were many contributors to the loss, one has to seriously question Molina, assuming he was calling pitches in the ninth. As Motte squinted in for the sign to Mather, I was screaming at my computer,”no, no not a slider”, but neither the Cards nor my computer act like they can hear me, and thus St. Louis gave up the two-out, two-strike single to Mather that did them in.

    A great at bat by pinch-hitter LaHair was actually the impetus for the Cub rally, but it exposes Motte’s one dimensional approach. Here is where a breaking ball under the hands would have finished off LaHair, but the Cards chose never to try that in his 14 pitch at bat, as he spoiled one fast ball after another, leading to a walk. Unnerved Motte then proceeded to struggle with the strike zone to Soto who was also walked, an infield dribbler by Clevenger, put runners at second and third. Up comes, Joe Mather, the pride of Sandpoint, Idaho, and ex-Card who looked over matched until the spinning very hittable slider sat up for Mather to stroke it up the middle for the 2 RBI game winner.

    Granted a couple of line drive hit-and-run plays, and a leaping grab of Beltran’s soft liner by Starlin Castro kept the Cubbies within reach, but the Redbirds played with fire by wasting opportunities, and got burned by Mather.

    Boggs escaped the 8th, but contrary to Cards’ announcer Boggs adorer Ricky Horton, he was fortunate to get through the inning without surrendering runs. This is the second straight appearance for Boggs, where he was less than stellar, his last time out he faced only 3 hitters, who all hit screaming line drives right at defenders, only the hear Horton proclaim, “Great job by Boggs”. Horsehockey. He did make a very good hard sinker down and in to Barney to finish the eighth, but the preceding sliders were miserable pitches.

    And Tyler Greene, again added nothing but a dropped throw on a Molina dart that should have retired speedy Campana. Greene and Boggs are two of the most “traditionally talented” Cards youngsters, but I wish we would package both of them in a deal that would bring a left-hand hitting catcher and a right-hand hitting second baseman. When scouts refer to players having 5 tools, those tools above the neck, are never mentioned. Combined Boggs and Greene do not break triple digits on the Stanford-Binet, and it is becoming apparent to me that their lack of mental acuity will forever restrain their other more obvious physical ones.

    Sometimes showcasing talent can polish other team’s images of certain players, but the problem with that theory is it can also illuminate weaknesses. I say move this duo before it becomes painfully obvious to all, the reason these two have failed to reach their potentials. Give me the savvy, but less showy Jay and Descalso, you know those guys we win games with.

  16. loungefly74 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    ahhh 7-2 and 6-1…the kind of wins i like to see my Giants get. heck, if they score 3 or more I’m happy!

  17. APBA Guy - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Tidy. That’s the word to describe Peavy’s effort last night. Lot’s of max effort to hoist the velocity over 90 with movement, which was far too much for the A’s. Bartolo only made 3 mistakes last night with location, at one point tossing 20 strikes in a row. But two of those mistakes were to Dunn and Konerko, veteran hitters of the “moose” category, of which the A’s have none. Tidy can also be used to describe the A’s offense, or lack thereof, but only in conjunction with another word, in this case, bowl.

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