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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

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Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason. It’s a satisfying answer to me on some level. I think I’m going to start using it in everyday conversation:

Mookie: Dad, why do you keep putting strawberries in my lunch. You know I don’t like strawberries.

Me: Hey, I’m just trying to make pitches.

Dodgers 2, Nationals 0: Chris Capuano outpitches Gio Gonzalez as the Dodgers sweep the Nationals. They’re now 0-2 with Bryce Harper. Let’s pretend that’s a thing because it will probably annoy the hell out of him.

Twins 7, Royals 4: Single, double and a triple for Josh Willingham in his first game back from paternity leave. Man, I remember going back to work after my kids were born. Most relaxing place to be on the planet after a few days of that noise. Don’t look at me like that. The people with parents know what I’m talking about.

Mets 6, Rockies 5: Johan Santana was pretty awesome again, but he had a big lead blown when Tim Byrdak gave up an 8th inning pinch hit grand slam to Todd Helton. The Mets pull it out in extras, however, when Ike Davis singled home David Wright.

White Sox 4, Red Sox 1: Gavin Floyd took a no-hitter into the seventh but then he eased up on that stuff because he realized that if you throw a no-hitter you’re gonna suck on your next outing and he didn’t want any part of that. Just ask Phil Humber. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. He’s at .231/.368/.513 and is on pace for 35+ homers. So I guess that means Adam Dunn is back to being Adam Dunn.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: Zack Greinke scattered seven hits and gave up one run over six to help the Brewers avoid the sweep. The game ended on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out at the plate on a delayed double steal thing, which was kinda interesting.

Orioles 5, Athletics 2: The A’s led the O’s 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, but then Matt Wieters doubled home two runs to tie it and then Wilson Betemit walks off with a three-run homer. For the first place Orioles.

Cubs 5, Phillies 1: Matt Garza allowed one hit over seven innings and struck out ten. The hit was to Jimmy Rollins leading off the game and he wasn’t touched after that. Philly only got two hits all day. There is just little if any light to be seen with their offense right now. They just don’t have the talent in that lineup to get the job done. It’s that simple.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 2: Edwin Encarnacion has homered in three straight games. The M’s were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

Braves 4, Pirates 3: Welcome back Tim Hudson. He was rusty, but he survived and stranded a bunch of Pirates runners. Bad defense hurt Pittsburgh too. Andrew McCutchen just plain dropped a fly ball Hudson hit in the third, and Hudson eventually came around to score. In other news, I was reminded, as I am reminded every year, that Pirates games are blacked out in Columbus, Ohio. Which makes all kinds of friggin’ sense.

Indians 4, Angels 0: The best thing about the Angels since the callup of Mike Trout: outfield defense. Trout is great with the glove, Peter Bourjos is probably the best in baseball and Torii Hunter has a gajillion gold gloves. So of course the Indians scored two runs when Hunter done lost one in the sun. Manny Acta after the game: “The mighty sun was on our side today.”  I can just picture how he said it too. I love Manny Acta so much.

Diamondbacks 8, Marlins 4:  Wade Miley had a no hitter going into the sixth. In other news, I learned who Wade Miley was yesterday. Jason Kubel drove in three. Kubel is hitting .333/.400./528 this season. Guess he doesn’t miss Target Field all that much.

Yankees 6, Tigers 2: CC Sabathia was solid for eight innings and despite stranding a ton of runners early, the Yankees won easy. The Tigers have lost eight of ten.

Reds 6, Astros 5: Jay Bruce has hit four homers in four games. Joey Votto drove in four runs. The Reds entered April like a lamb but are leaving it like a lion.

Rays 5, Rangers 2:  David Price had struggled against Texas his entire career, but he beat ‘em last night. Three hits for Ben Zobrist. Josh Hamilton left with back stiffness. Ron Washington left because he got ejected.

  1. georgia - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Someone at HBT needs to do a “Nationals 0-2 with Harper” piece. It probably would piss him off to no end. He’s not doing too bad though – pretty patient so far, getting ahead in the count, and only a single strikeout.

    • mybrunoblog - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      You honestly think Bryce Harper gives a rats turd if some baseball blogger writes a “Nats are 0-2 since Harper arrived” story? Really? Really? Come back to earth dude. It’s nice here.

      • cleverbob - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        I see Harper as more of a Maxim reader…

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Snide, and cleverbob

  2. natsattack - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    A strawberry disliker? What have you been teaching your kid, Craig?!

    • madhatternalice - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Well, you know, we’re seeing a lot less kids enjoy strawberries at lunch nowadays, Joe. Me, I blame it on global warming. You see, when the extremes in temperature aren’t there, children’s taste buds don’t expand enough to fully enjoy the taste of a ripe strawberry. You know, I remember a day when Anne and I went strawberry picking. What a gem of a day that was. This was before all your ozone layer problems. Hey, Joe? Why are you standing on that chair, Joe?

  3. brockw82 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Craig, you are up at this un-godly hour too? What is your excuse? Mine is law school exams :(

  4. crispybasil - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    He’s a guy who just knows how to make a lunch.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    It looks like CC Sabathia is starting to get into a rhythm as the warmer weather approaches. Fortunately stranding all those runners didn’t come back to bit the Yankees on the butt like they usually do.

    These next 3 games on the Yankees schedule should be pretty telling for both clubs can the Orioles continue their good play and can the Yankees start to play a little more consistently and get to 1st place. However that would take a sweep by the Yankees. And to be honest right now as a Yankees fan I’d settle for 2 of 3.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Never settle, uyf, less than that is regression! Three games vs. the O’s and a FOUR game set in KC is Universe Nirvana.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        yankeesfanlen, that’s good advice, but why be greedy.

        BTW, I wonder what has happened to Ari my favorite Red Sox fan. Haven’t seen much of him this season. I wonder if it has something to do with the lackluster performance of the Red Sox so far?

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Yeah, I wonder where Ari went. Always appreciated his comments. And why can’t we have BC back to represent the Metropolitans?

  6. proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    E5 is having a very good season for the Jays so far. He is hitting .310 with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs Now that he is primarily a DH, he no longer has to worry about making erratic throws from third to first. The former DH , Adam Lind is flashing some leather at first. Last night a routine ground ball hit the bag at first and bounced high over his head. Lind caught it with his back to the bag, turned and threw to the pitcher covering for the out.

  7. sleepyirv - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Note to the ump who threw out Ron Washington- You don’t need to get the last word. You do not say something to a manager or player as he’s walking away. You get the “last word” already when your decision stands, no need to rub it in. Especially on the guy’s birthday.

    Never forget the ump’s mantra: You are not the show!

    • paperlions - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      Yeah, the umps are frustrating me more often than I can remember. I realize that, in general, the bad calls typically even out over the course of a season, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

      Yesterday in the Cardinal game, in the bottom of the 9th with men on 1st and 3rd, no out, and Freese at the plate. He took the first 4 pitches from Axford, none were particularly close to the strike zone. At that point, the count was 2-2 with the ump calling off of each side of the plate strikes…nothing like a 24 inch strike zone to speed things along.

      • spudchukar - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        Yep, not only was Freese the recipient of some sorry strike calls, he then fanned on another outside heater that was also off the plate, which I am certain he wouldn’t have swung at had the earlier pitch to that side of the plate not already been called a strike. Freese is susceptible to chasing breaking balls off the plate, but not the straight hard stuff.

        So Freese should have walked, bases loaded no body out, and Molina who also chased a couple of pitches out of the zone, most likely would have taken a different approach, knowing that a walk would tie the game, and at that point it did not look like Axford could find the plate.

        Of course St. Louis botched a sure scoring chance earlier, when Garcia inexplicably broke for home on Holliday’s obviously deep enough fly ball, thereby robbing St. Louis of a 2-0 lead, flummoxing Garcia for the next inning, spoiling what up until that point was his most impressive outing of the year.

        And then there was the final play, the much discussed, practiced, and ill-advised double steal attempt. IMHO, it caused Molina to chase a pitch way out of the zone, for strike 3, and put Tyler Greene in a decision making position, Much like the new DirecTV adds, don’t put Tyler Greene in a crucial decision making position. The result was hesitation, being hung up in the proverbial “no-man’s land”, and then an awful slide attempt. Sometimes that strategy might work, but not when you trail by a run in the ninth, and the runner on third has a reputation for a less than stellar mental acuity.

      • paperlions - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Yeah, that double steal was a poor call (as have been most of the “hit and runs” on 3-2 counts with 1 out….so far nearly every one of those has resulted in a strike ‘em out throw ‘em out).

        Green should have been going as soon as the ball left the catcher’s hand…and the probably makes it…that is a play that requires a player totally commit ASAP or you don’t make it…..and Yeah, Yadi probably doesn’t swing at a head high FB if that play isn’t on.

        It isn’t clear what happened on the Garcia play. Replays seemed to show Oquendo yelling “GO!” on contact, which Garcia did….but he didn’t find the ball in time to get back to the bag to tag up.

        Just a poorly played game with a little bad luck thrown in….they had some innings where they hit 5 balls hard but 3 would be right at guys….it happens.

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

        Absolutely correct on the double-steal play, which is why I am not a big fan of it, particularly with a productive hitter at the plate, if it were a pitcher then it is worth the risk. The primary reason I am not a big fan of the play is because for it to work, the runner on third has to sell out. If he waits to make sure the catcher throws through, then his break is most likely too late, although still should be closer than Greene was, and if the catcher makes a good fake throw motion then the runner is hung out to dry. This is the Big Leagues, and counting on a team to be asleep or incapable of executing two throws isn’t all that likely, particularly when Lucroy a bright and heads-up catcher is the primary defender.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        I missed the game yesterday. Sounds like that is a good thing as my frustration would have been at the boiling point in the 9th inning.
        From your and Spud’s recap…it was real ugly all the way around.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      As a ref/ump, I can’t agree more. I hate tossing people and giving out tech’s. If I give out my first T (generally after they’ve been warned), I say that’s it. No more from you and I move on. If I toss them out, I turn my back and walk away. I’m not showing them up, I’m not engaging in an argument and they can yell all they want. People usually look/feel pretty stupid while yelling and no one is listening.

      The key is proper communication before fighting happens. Often times, this can all be prevented. Though, God bless em, some players/coaches just can’t seem to help themselves.

  8. danandcasey - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    “I’m just trying to make pitches” is a shorthand version of: “We gotta play ‘em one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ballclub. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.”

    • sportsdrenched.com - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Then, when the “Skipper” is asked to comment on the player who just said those things he will say: “Lame Nickname+y has lots of GRIT.” and “Plays the game the right way.” or maybe “I like how he goes about his business”

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      How did Girardi and Beep-beep invade this blog?

  9. danaking - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Is Rot Sports Pittsburgh available in Columbus? That’s the only reason I can think of for Pirates games being blacked out. Even then, you’d think it would be the Reds or Indians who would be dark.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Nope, we don’t get Root here. Cleveland and Cincy are blacked out, but at least we get their games (all Indians, most Reds).

      The reason why Columbus is Pirates territory is that the Pirates’ owner back in the 60s (and into the 70s) was John Galbreath, and he lived and was based in Columbus. As was the Pirates’ AAA team, then known as the Columbus Jets. I suspect that Glabreath had visions of making central Ohio a Pirates stronghold. It never really happened, but the TV territory legacy remains.

      • spudchukar - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Sure would be swell if someone from the MLB brain trust could rationally explain their choices in MLB.com blackouts. Living in Central Idaho, a mere 650 miles from Seattle we are blacked out of their games. We used to also be blacked out of Kansas City games, which is just around the bend, 1325 mile jaunt.

        My question; Are blackout rules put in place just to spite those who ardently follow baseball? In their infinite wisdom, do those who decide such things actually fear that by airing games to residents 650 miles away that they are protecting the Mariners from those of us who decide to stay home and watch, rather than hop in the car and take in a home game?

        Wouldn’t fans, of all persuasions be more apt to attend games as they become more interested or hooked on Mariner baseball, by actually watching alot of games? And lastly do they not know that I can most regularly tune into most Mariner games on my TV?

      • jarathen - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        spud, as a resident of Iowa, blacked out of six teams, I feel your pain. Nevadans know it all too well also.

      • spudchukar - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        I guess I shouldn’t complain, sounds like you guys have it worse off, but it is what I do best.

  10. heynerdlinger - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    “The first-place Orioles.”

    There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  11. mybrunoblog - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    The Orioles are in 1st place and it’s almost May, the Mets have a better winning pctg than the Yankees and Pujols can barely hit his weight. When do the monkeys fly out of my ass?

    • jwbiii - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Just breathe deeply and remember that Mariano Duncan once hit four home runs in a month. The feeling will pass without any damage to your rectum.

  12. Jonny 5 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I can’t wait until a pitcher just gets honest with us and says “I have been on FIE-ERRR dawg haven’t I?”

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Kendrick will be the first to say that…except it will be an effigy.

  13. APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    The A’s sorry loss yesterday was a bit of a surprise, given Balfour’s effective outing Friday in a 5-2 win. But Baltimore is playing sound baseball, and against mediocre teams that can be effective enough in stretches.

    For the A’s, today starts a stretch of Boston, Toronto, Tampa and Detroit for 12 games. By the time they host Detroit no doubt the Tigers will be back to their normal selves, so the real prospect of the A’s being 4-5 games further below the Strange Attractor looms large.

    Yesterday Colon put himself squarely into the AL East conversation as a fill-in by lasting 8.1 and dropping his ERA to 2.53. We all know he won’t last the entire season. But how much would Boston be willing to pay for 10 or more starts like Colon had yesterday? They could send Buchholz down, get him squared away, and steady the ship until July. If Colon blew up then, so what, he’s cheap now. The same scenario would play out for the Yankees and the Jays. Anyway, the Great and Powerful Beane is no doubt lighting up the cellular air with calls this morning.

  14. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I’m stuck in New York this week – continuing education requirement for a couple of professional licenses, which I need to do every few years. It’s the most fun you can have with your brain dead. Ergo, I have only been able to follow Josh Johnson’s continuing fall off the table from a safe distance. No way to see how his location was, though it sounds like his velocity is down by a few kliks.

    On the bright side, the Iron Giant finally put one in the seats and awakened Tommy from his millennial slumber but, of course, it was too little, too late. The Feesh are in real danger of tanking (Feesh tanking – get it? Hah…hah….) this season before they get through June.

    They’ve been pulling good crowds at Macondo Banana Massacre Field so far but they got pretty solidly booed yesterday during their fifth and sixth inning meltdowns, and booing is the last stage before staying home and watching the Heat in the playoffs or, worse comes to worst, seeing if there’s any torque left in wives or long term girlfriends instead. Will theFeesh snap out of it? Well, sort of – but they still need to make some key lineup changes and find themselves a good situational hitter / ribby guy. If they think they can take advantage of the Feelies’ power shortage, they’re going to be in for an unhappy surprise when the Gnats and the Braves motor past them. And if Josh Johnson really has some intractable issues, they’re flat-out dead in the water unless they can talk Roy Oswalt down off the fence or make a trade for some more rotation help. They blew their opportunity to unload Tweeter this offseason – still can’t figure out why they hung on to him like Ishmael to Queequeeg’s coffin – so the patches they need are likely going to be more expensive this time around.

    • marinersnate - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      “I’m stuck in New York this week”

      For the first time in my life I feel sorry for New York….

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Where were you when Gerald Ford was President?

  15. brewcrewbombers - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    The Crew avoids the sweep….ill take it. As usual Hamilton stepped on his crank with a lofty prediction and Happy Birthday Ron…..ejection. Two minuted ago……
    WIFE: Honey i thought i asked you to take the dog out..
    ME: Hey, i am just trying to make pitches.
    WIFE: STFU and take the dog out

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