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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball.

Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels lineup with the exception of Peter Bourjos.

Mariners 7, Tigers 4: Sometimes Max Scherzer is good, sometimes he’s bad and rarely is he anything in between. This was a bad night: five runs on ten hits in five innings. Michael Saunders had a couple of RBI doubles for the M’s. Meanwhile, while the box score shows no errors for Brandon Inge, Kurt from SB Nation felt it necessary to depict his play at second base thusly.  Which says a lot about how the Tigers blogosphere feels about Brandon Inge.

Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Matt Wieters hit a homer that was made possible thanks to the glove of outfielder Eric Thames. As in, the ball bounced off Thames’ glove and over the fence. Thames hit his own homer the inning before, so I suppose this made it even.

Reds 9, Giants 2: Matt Cain proves somewhat mortal, but what put this game out of reach was the bullpen “help” from Dan Otero, who gave up six runs on six hits in an inning and two-thirds. Meanwhile, Matt Latos shuts San Francisco out over the course of seven innings. Three RBI for Brandon Phillips.

Pirates 5, Rockies 4: When Jim Tracy’s Rockies meet Clint Hurdle’s Pirates, I like to pretend that the two of them — each of whom once managed for the other team — were traded for one another. Straight-up challenge trade, like, in the middle of the season. Manager had to fly in before game time, get his new jersey and just get out there.  In other news, Jamie Moyer — whose first ever appearance against the Pirates came when the now nearly 63 year-old Rick Reuchel was on the team — left with a 2-1 lead after six strong innings but the pen couldn’t hold it.

Mets 2, Marlins 1: Jose Reyes returns to New York and goes 0 for 4. So much for that drama. More important here were the performances of Johan Santana and Josh Johnson, each of whom are trying to show the world that they’re truly healthy and an be aces again. On this night they were: Santana struck out 11 in six and two thirds while giving up only one and Johnson struck out nine and gave up one over the same distance.

Indians 4, Royals 3: Derek Lowe: one run on eight hits over six innings. Jonathan Sanchez: 115 pitches and he couldn’t even go five. Uglyville, U.S.A. as the Royals drop their 12th straight.

Red Sox 11, Twins 2: The Sox break out the bats. Six guys in the lineup had at least two hits. David Ortiz drove in three. Mike Aviles went 4 for 5 with a homer. Josh Beckett allowed two runs over six.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: The second 3-2 loss in a row for St. Louis. Alfonso Soriano drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the 10th. It maybe shouldn’t have happened, though, as Tony Campana — who scored the winning run — maybe shoulda been called out at second when he stole it earlier in the inning. Silver lining for the Cardinals: Adam Wainwright finally pitched well (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 7K).

Brewers 9, Astros 6: A five-run sixth inning capped by a Rickie Weeks homer. Corey HartTravis Ishikawa and Carlos Gomez also homered. Milwaukee has beat Houston 11 straight times.

Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 5: I guess Hunter Pence‘s shoulder is OK: he hit a two-run homer, sparking the Philly offense to its best day in over a week.

Athletics 2, White Sox 0: Tommy Milone shut the Chisox out over eight innings, besting Gavin Floyd in a pitcher’s duel and stopping the Sox’ winning streak at four.

Braves 4, Dodgers 3: Martin Prado only had one hit, but it was a biggie: an RBI triple in the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. He drove in another earlier in the game on a groundout. Atlanta also scored on a wild pitch.  Chipper Jones had a homer too. On his 40th birthday. He always hits on his birthday: for his career his is 21 for 49 with five homers on April 24th and the Braves are 11-2.

Nationals 3, Padres 1: So far the Gio Gonzalez deal is feeling pretty good for Washington. He allowed only two hits in six shutout innings, running his scoreless innings streak to 20.

  1. natsattack - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Sleep, Craig!

    • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Not while the Nats are playing on the:Left Coast.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        More like not while the Braves are playing on the Left Coast, methinks.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Early season parity in the AL East. 4 teams are tied for first and the Dead Sox are beginning to think that there is a light up above.

    On that home run that went off the glove of Thames, he made a great play just getting to the ball and it probably was going out anyways.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      I don’t care if they’re just beating up on the Twins, the Sox need something like this series to get a bit of confidence back.

  3. spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    No “maybes” Craig. The Cards got robbed. Check out the play at the plate in the first inning and see why the Cubs were given their lone run in regulation play. Two bonehead calls by an increasingly inept MLB umpiring crew. Not sure I am ready to support “bots”, but if job security in defined by excellence in performance then the Men in Blue are inviting technology to replace them.

    That said, it was the Cubs, and even an injury beleaguered Cards squad should be able to overcome two miserable calls. I ranted about Tyler Greene yesterday, but once again he cost St. Louis. He does not have good baseball instincts. Why Daniel Descalso lost his starting job at second base is a mystery. Matheny has some explaining to do. I am all in betting that he starts at 2B today.

    4 struggling aces all righted their respective ships yesterday. Darvish, Wainwright, Johnson and Santana all turned in excellent performances.

    A note to Tyler Greene: you are not going to endear yourself to your manager or teammates by playing a game-winning hit off to the side, allowing what should have been no more than an infield single off your chest, into a game winning hit. The homer official scorer, who credited Soriano with a hit, may have done you a favor, but your manager, coaching staff, players, and knowledgeable fans know otherwise. This gutless attempt should see you relegated to the pine for the foreseeable future, and from my perspective, hopefully assures your ticket out of town. When you are out of options, both literally and figuratively, shying away from an admittedly hard hit, one hopper is the kind of play that those who decide your Cardinal future will point to. A first-round pick in the 2005 draft, who still seems mystified by the “little things” so integral to MLB success. Sorry Tyler, I know you work hard, and seem like a good guy, but if you haven’t “gotten” it by now entering your 8th year of professional baseball, you most likely are not going to ever get it. Adios, and Good Luck.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Wouldn’t you want a fifth umpire sitting in front of a review monitor to be able to buzz down and correct the call in, like, thirty seconds? The solution, one that should be palatable to the umpires’ union, is staring baseball in the face yet they ignore it.

    • paperlions - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Yeah, both those calls were horrible…especially DeJesus at the plate…he never came anywhere near touching the thing. I am pretty sure the home plate ump was a minor league call up to replace a “regular” MLB ump.

      The Cardinals just aren’t playing good baseball right now….yeah, some of it is due to injuries, but some of the guys in the lineup aren’t taking particularly good ABs and the fielding as been spotty by a lot of guys.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        He was a minor league call up Paper. They said as much during the broadcase last night.
        I realize the umpires have rotations. But certainly they could have choosen (1) of the (3) other MLB umpires to take home plate. No? Very surprising to me. For what it’s worth…the call at 2nd bothered me more than the call at home. The replay of the play at home clearly illustrated he did NOT touch home plate. It didn’t illustrate (for me anyway) that Yadi tagged him either however. So…if he didn’t touch the plate…and Yadi didn’t tag him…

      • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        …Then the homeplate ump had no business calling him safe, plus Yadi went back to make the tag (for a second time) and only chose not to do so when he saw the ump give the safe sign. Same mistake on the play at second, where again I contend he was tagged, but the ump again should not have given any signal. Welke has no “rookie call-up” excuse. Waiting for the MLB front office to offer an apology today….waiting…waiting….

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      With you Spud. Tyler absolutely can NOT let that ball get out of the infield. You take it off the chest. When a guy is trying to secure more playing time he certainly didn’t endear himself to the Manager last night. You take it off the chest. You are also dead on in regards to his instincts. I have seen him play SS several times in person. Good seats…behind the dugout. He just doesn’t read the ball well. Meaning…when pitched he doesn’t seem to have a good grasp of where it is most likely going to be hit. He also has issues at times with playing hops. Most glaring…he struggles to field the ball and step on the bag when trying to turn DP’s.
      He seems to be searching…searching…searching for the bag. Instincts.
      You take it off the chest!

      • ajcardsfan - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        I’m glad I missed last nights game, I probably would have been cussing out loud again, but I had work to do at home, sadly. I heard Matheny got tossed after arguing on one of the bad calls? Also, I’m in full agreement that Greene needs to be bench and Descalso put in

  4. mendozaline215 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Reblogged this on The Mendoza Line.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    The Red Sox win two in a row…my god, what a stunning development.

    I was just checking MLB team rankings…I was very surprised to see that the Sox are tied with the Yankees and Mariners for the FEWEST fielding errors in MLB, and they’re ranked in the Top 3 or 4 in most offensive categories…

    …and yet, DEAD LAST in ERA by almost a full run. That’s a degree of pitching putridity that’s incomprehensible for a team with the 3rd-highest payroll in MLB.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      They are only 3.5 games behind the rest of the AL East and have won 5 out of their last 10 games. There is still hope in Boston.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        Very true, but no fanbase in pro sports is more defeatist and alarmist than the Red Sox, as you’re well aware.

        I just think those stats are highly instructive. Hell, before looking at them this morning, I was under the incorrect assumption that the Sox were ranked near the bottom in all three categories (offense, defense, pitching) when it’s really only the pitching that is in dire straits thus far.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        They lost to good teams and are beating bad teams. I don’t see how a 15-5 stretch against the Twins and A’s should change my opinion of this team.

      • cltjump - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        That sounds familiar… ;)

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Their pitching is something that can be fixed as the year goes on. They’ll get Bailey back as well as Dice-K (for whatever that’s worth) and there’s always moves to be made before the trade deadline. It’s way too soon for Sox fans to be seriously concerned but, as aceshigh11 said, that’s kinda what they do best.

  6. beefytrout - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Technically, it’s impossible for Darvish to have faced the best offense in baseball, because they wear the same uniform he does.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Technically, the Rangers have a lower OBP, lower wOBA, lower wRC+ and fewer Runs Scored per game than the Yankees do. But by all means, make snarky inaccurate comments about the post.

      • beefytrout - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        TEX Batting Avg: 1st
        TEX Runs Scored: 1st
        TEX Hits: 1st
        TEX HRs: 1st (tied)
        TEX SLG: 1st
        TEX RBI: 1st

        Not sure how I was being “snarky” when the case can be made that Texas actually does have the best offense in baseball…

      • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        Texas’ runs scored (and RBI) are first solely because they have played an extra game, which is why RS/G favors the Yankees. Despite that, you chose to go with raw totals anyway. Batting average is worthless. Basically, the only relevant offensive stat in which Texas is better than the Yankees is slugging percentage (and that’s even driven by BIP fluctuation, as the Yankees have the higher ISO). That’s certainly not enough to contradict Craig’s claim.

      • Mike Luna - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        “Batting average is worthless.”

        It’s neat when you can completely disregard every stat that doesn’t support your argument.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        It’s neat when you can use thoroughly-discredited stats to bolster your argument. I’m hardly the first person to poo-poo batting average.

      • beefytrout - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

        Technically, the Rangers took two out of three from nyy, so I’m happy.

  7. Detroit Michael - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    “So far the Gio Gonzalez deal is feeling pretty good for Washington.” I disagree. Given that Gio has an ERA of 1.52 and Tom Milone has an ERA of 2.00, Milone is under his club’s low cost control for several more years and Oakland received other usefule players in that trade, I would say that having a 0.48 ERA advantage so far does NOT make the deal better for Washington. Given Milone’s minor league performance, it wouldn’t be completely shocking if he ended the year with an ERA about a half of an earned run worse than Gio posts.

    I thought that Oakland won that trade when it was made, so there’s a lot of confirmation bias at this point probably. Your mileage may differ.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      I wish Tom Milone and the other prospects from that deal well, and am happy he’s off to a good start. However, Milone was the least of the four prospects. He could be a good #3 starter for someone, if he continues to pitch to his ability.

      The Nats got a proven, quality starter who is only 26 years old. and under team control for several years. Getting someone like that cost significant talent, but was worth it, IMHO.

      BTW, Gio has pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings; 6 H, 4 BB, 21 K, 0.50 WHIP, 2 wins.

  8. bronxbomber213 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Mr Darvish pitched as advertised…he had the yanks off balance all night flailing at any of his 7 pitches in any location at any time…if I were to split hairs I could groan about how the curve he struck granderson out on with the bases loaded in the 3rd was in the other batters box but that would be wrong..plus it makes ripping arods soft ass bouncer to 3rd for a double play come with a little more conviction..don’t take anything away fr Yu tho..he was lights out!!!

  9. artisan3m - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Darvish was fun to watch last night. I earlier wrote that I considered him to be just “average.” Crow pie for breakfast is not all that bad. I can’t believe Washington is starting Feldman against the Yankees tonight. They have owned him in past games but maybe he will be inspired by Yu’s Tuesday night performance. Hope so.

  10. sdelmonte - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Somewhat incredibly, the Mets have yet to score a single run while Johan is on the mound. I say “somewhat” because Johan is naturally pitching against everyone else’s aces, but for this to happen four starts in a row is distressing. The good news is that he seems to be fine. And given that the Mets are once again sending players to the DL at an alarming rate, a little good news is nice.

    Here’s a thought about the importance of pitching depth. The Yanks need help and they can turn to Andy Pettitte. The Mets need help and they can turn to…Miguel Batista? Whatever doubts I had about the Yanks having seven starters are forgotten – here’s proof you can never have too much pitching.

    • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Guess what, the exact same statistic can be found in St. Louis for Adam Wainwright’s starts.

      • sdelmonte - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Looking forward to the inevitable Johan-Wainwright matchup. It will probably be a slugfest.

  11. cltjump - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Clutch Chipper. ;)

  12. bblair917 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I love how the Yankees are the best offense in the league when they’re shut down by a pitcher everyone is high on. Let’s see how Yu does next time around against the Yanks now that they’ve seen him.

    • pw38 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Lame excuse. All teams face pitchers for the first time yet if the Yankees struggle it’s just the way it is. Adjust in game, other teams can do it. The team they played last night didn’t seem to have an issue.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Yankees are notorious for losing to pitchers they are facing for the first time. Hold off the coronation for a while. Meanwhile the dearth of offensive output must have seemed like deja vu to Kuroda, who pitched very well.

    • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Perhaps the Yanks will fare better the more they see Darvish, which can be said by about every other team in MLB, by the way, but for now it comes off as whiny excuses. To date: Darvish-1, Yankees-0.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Yu didn’t shut the Yankees down last night because they’d never seen him before. He shut them down because his stuff was ridiculously unhittable.

      • bblair917 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        I just think there’s a real trend with the Yanks and how they do against pitchers they’ve never faced, that’s all. And I think it’s a little early to talk about Darvish living up to the hype. Some teams adjust well, some don’t. Calling it a whiny excuse is a little much.

      • bblair917 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Also, Darvish gave up 7 hits, 2 more than Kuroda. So ridiculously unhittable doesn’t really tell the story the right way. Runners LOB unfortunately is the Yanks achilles heel so far this year.

      • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Hey Blair a little classy competitive advice. Give Darvish his due, and wait til’ the next meeting and rejoice when your Yankee theory comes to fruition, otherwise you sound whiny.

      • bblair917 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        I wouldn’t say that’s classy advice. I thought I gave him his due, I think he pitched well. Just because I’m not gushing doesn’t mean I’m whining. My post was simply about the Yanks trend of not hitting pitchers they’ve never seen. If you want to spin it feel free. It’s a shame you can’t just disagree in civil manner.

  13. spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    As alluded to above, 4 aces, 3 of whom are recovering from arm injuries, and the other adjusting to life in MLB, all put up strong performances for the first time in 2012, Johnson, Santana, Wainwright, and Darvish. I know this cause they are my 4 primary starters on my fantasy teams.

    Here is an oddity, two of the four, Adam Wainwright and Johan Santana, have yet to be supported by their respective teams. Both pitchers have had exactly zero, as in (0) runs scored while they have been pitching. To be clearer, their teams have scored zero runs for them while they were in the game in their 4 starts.

  14. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    The beautiful moment in the Mets game was four consecutive 2-out walks. By four different pitchers.

    You don’t see that every day.

  15. Utley's Hair - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    The Phightins bats have awakened…presumably and hopefully. Is there any way we can rule out offensive narcolepsy? Or with the sudden outbursts and extended dormancy, possibly Tourette’s?

    Pete—or Iron, as apparently Chuck calls him—Orr came through in a big way with a bases loaded triple. However, Juan Pierre should’ve been back in the dugout, rather than on first, after Angel Hernandez nixed a pretty good sliding catch in left by Kubel. After that, old man Contreras singlehandedly negated Hernandez’s blown call by giving up three runs. The Hawaiian sent a former-Phil Mike Zagurski offering Flyin’ over the fence.

    By the way, last series in San Diego, the Phightins had Balkin’ Bob Davidson. For this one, they have Angel Hernandez. Please no Cowboy Joe at the Bank against the Cubs…please?

    • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Not to cast a shadow on your upcoming series, but I believe the umps union has decided to stand as one and defend the likes of Davidson, Hernandez, and West by lowering their collective game calling to that trios’ level. No longer will the Union allow that trio to hold sole glory of being the worst three. There is a concerted effort to give them some real competition this year for that dubious distinction.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        The Umpires Union Axis of Evil have a bunch of groupies…great….

      • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Well said. Solidarity reigns. Should be a quite a race to the bottom, however my money still rests on Hernandez. I know that is an uninspiring front runner bet, but there is only one Angel.

  16. APBA Guy - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    The Tommy Milone enigma continues. How can the embodiment of Jamie Moyer as a 40 year old in Milone’s mid 20’s body continue to baffle MLB hitters? The same way Moyer did: with pinpoint control. But Milone’s k/9 is under 5.00, usually a sign of trouble to come, generally the second time through the league. But last night he was a wonder to behold, keeping the ball down in the zone, starting the White Sox hitters at-bats with curve balls for strikes, and never topping 88.

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