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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EST

Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began.

Yankees 5, Rays 3: Two homers for Raul Ibanez. Which most nights would get him kudos, but we have used up our kudo supply on Josh Hamilton.  In other news, remember those Kudos chocolate covered granola bars? When my brother was in the navy and his ship was sent to the Persian Gulf in late 1990, the Mars Corporation sent an utter ass-load of those Kudos bars to them. They had them all the time every day and they got sick to death of them. Summer 1991 they were back in Norfolk and they had a dependants’ cruise, allowing the families onboard. I went with my parents. They still had tons and tons of Kudos bars, and the sailors were begging everyone to take handfuls of them with us so they could clear out the stock. Rumor was that they’d get better candy bars once those where gone.  I have no idea why I just told you all of this.

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 1: A big night for multi-homer games. Carlos Beltran had two and drove in six runs. Like I said, we’re out of kudos. Would you care for a Skor? Or a Whatchamacallit? God, I love Whatchamacallits. Jake Westbrook pitched seven shutout innings. He gets some Necco Wafers. Sorry, I know that sucks, but we’re running out of candy.

Athletics 7, Blue Jays 3: Earlier in the day yesterday I was on a radio show in Toledo that covers the Tigers and we talked about how hilarious it would be if Brandon Inge was a big hero this weekend when the A’s play the Tigers.  Well, he’s warming up: walkoff grand slam. He’s had two straight 4-RBI games.

Pirates 5, Nationals 4: Rod Barajas hit a walkoff two-run homer. Henry Rodriguez was fugly in the ninth: a walk, two wild pitches and then that tater. The fact that the Nats signed Mike Gonzalez yesterday is no accident.

Braves 3, Cubs 1: Hey, on the bright side, the Cubs actually gave Ryan Dempster one run of support. Which is a ton for him. I think they’re gonna see if they can trust him with that and if things go well they may score two runs for him sometime in the near future. No need to go crazy or anything. Braves are tied for first, by the way. And while I watched this whole game, I didn’t focus too hard on the second half because I was busy riffing on Chip Caray on Twitter. I gotta start watching the opponents’ broadcasters so I’m not so distracted with fun pursuits like that.

Mets 7, Phillies 4: Philly jumps out to a 4-0 lead but Joe Blanton didn’t have nearly the mojo last night that he had in his last start. The first four guys in the Mets lineup went 8 for 17 with 5 RBI.

Astros 3, Marlins 2: Houston ends Miami’s seven-game winning streak. All-Star infielder Omar Infante had two errors on one play in the sixth allowing two Houston runs to score.

White Sox 5, Indians 3Alex Rios tripled home the go-ahead run off Chris Perez in the 10th and scored himself on a subsequent fielder’s choice. Rios has beaten up on Perez quite a bit in recent years.

Twins 5, Angels 0: Scott Diamond had seven shutout innings. The Twins had 12 hits and walked four times.

Royals 6, Red Sox 4: Billy Butler with a big three run homer in the eighth. The AP game story, at least as it was written as of 11:15 PM last night, referred to Butler as the Royals’ “portly designated hitter.”  Which is pretty hilarious and I’ll be sad if they scrubbed it out by this morning.

Brewers 8, Reds 3: Aramis Ramirez his a bases loaded tripe and Ryan Braun had three hits and scored twice.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1: Ryan Vogelsong outuels Clayton Kershaw. Brett Pill‘s third inning two-run bomb was all that was needed.

Tigers 6, Mariners 4: Kevin Millwood has to be about done, right? (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3K). The pen was shaky again, as Jose Valverde walked the bases loaded in the ninth, but this time the Tigers shook loose.

Padres 3, Rockies 1: Comeback story Jeff Suppan wins again. Will Venable doubled and tripled. The Rockies have lost five straight.

  1. mungman69 - May 9, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    Special kados to Josh Hamilton and his 4 home run game. 18 total bases must be some kind of record. Right now Texas is the best team in baseball while the Phillies (winners of 102 games last year) are in last place,

    • schmedley69 - May 9, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      This site’s obsession with the Phillies is borderline creepy. What do the Phillies have to do with the Josh Hamilton story?

      • RickyB - May 9, 2012 at 7:26 AM

        It’s not just this site. Phillies fans are parasites — once they infiltrate a site, they will infect every aspect of it. There is no escaping it save blowing up the site and starting over. But sooner or later, they will be there again. Actually, let’s equate Phillies fans with cockroaches. They could survive a nuclear holocaust and eventually rule the world, which is admirable, I suppose, and also a bit sad.

      • schmedley69 - May 9, 2012 at 7:39 AM

        I think you are missing my point.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Uhhh, this isn’t a thread about Hamilton dude. That was done last night if you want nothing but Hamilton slurping. Anyway. I think all the fertile women in the stadium better pick up an E-P-T kit the way Hamilton was spraying his manliness everywhere last night.

    • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      Craig, speaking of too much of a good thing, did you know that when the rescue workers reached the Donner Party in the spring, there were four unopened cases of Beefaroni in one of the wagons?

    • catsmeat - May 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      19 total bases is the record, actually. Shawn Green did that while on the Dodgers — 4 home runs, 1 double, 1 single.

  2. The Baseball Idiot - May 9, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    The Navy gets the gravy, while the Army gets the beans.

  3. Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    More bizarre than the Feelies infestation is the violent allergic reaction of the local body politic. Obviously, I’m no fan of horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches nor is the team my rooting interest but come on, folks, they’re only posting here and discussing their favorite club. It’s not like they’re barfing on your daughter or streaking the field in a beery haze. If it bugs you, just step up the discussion of your favorite team a notch. Then you can be everybody elses’ weltschmerz for a change. And really, how preposterous is it to take your collective angst, bile and existential disorientation out on the Feelies when you’ve got the Borg so heavily represented here too? World turned upside down, man.

    Now then, back to the stars of this year’s edition of The Franchise, those lovable, slapstick banana republicans, the Feesh. Last night they reverted to type, punched out a gentle mist of four hits or so to back Anibal Sanchez’ most recent little gem and then coughed it up when Omar Infante debuted his new Keystone Kops routine on a grounder that was itself routine, booting the ball in the first place and then throwing it at the kid with the ice cream cone in the first row of field boxes instead of to all star first baseman Gabby (.154) Sanchez, permitting two runs to score and setting up the late inning debacle that splattered the Rainbow Warriors back against the strange attractor — Gallipoli, Francisco, Gallipoli; they never made it off the beach. Stex, your kids played silky smooth and icewater-blooded baseball last night, waited for their opening and pounced on it. Kudos.

    Tonight, Josh Johnson tries again to find his lost Joshness, but the way he’s been peetching lately, I feel a bit like Gerald Ford’s caddy when I anticipate this game.

    • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Incidentally, Tex, just wanted you to know that I’ve been in San Marcos all this week, picking up the games on local cable in my AARP budget rate motel room while otherwise enjoying real barbecue, producing methane out of bean burritos and otherwise enjoying the rain-induced riot of gallardia, pink thistle and cornflower along the hill country roadsides. No rattlesnakes yet, though, which is kind of a shame because I promised Friendo that I’d find him a playmate this trip.

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

        Who needs the stinkin’ earned runs when you can just watch the ball roll around the infield? Early on looked bad for the home team, what with the HR seeming to be the only thing the feesh could hit. But you have to say the pitching was solid by both sides. Marlins bats just went cold. Astros weren’t exactly pounding it, but 2 errors on one play kind of iced it.

        Have fun out there. It’s been the best wildflower season in several, since we actually got winter rain. If we had ever gotten any cold weather, it would have been spectacular. Drink a Shiner for me.

      • APBA Guy - May 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Check out Rudy’s in Austin for barbecue, if you haven’t already. And stay away from the co-eds sunning themselves by the river. Remember your heart.

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Throw a rock in that part of the state and you hit a good barbeque joint. I like the Rudy’s franchise just fine, but central Texas has the best in the state across the board.

        The coeds were always there for looking. We never get too old for that.

      • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        I’m an old Rudy’s hand, but if I’m going to schlep up to Austin I’m going to the original Salt Lick in Driftwood (on the shore of the Tethys Sea, no doubt). Aside from terrific brisket and ribs and smoked turkey, their motto – “You can smell our pits from here” – is too hilarious not to honor their audacity with a bit of patronage. In San Marcos, I’m partial to Fuschack’s on the east side of I-35 between Guadalupe and Wonder World. And then there’s the nonpareil catfish fry at the Clear Springs Cafe, with those perfect hushpuppies and fried onion strings. And after a pleasant ride along the Blanco Road skirting Devil’s Backbone, I need to stop into Milagros for a bowl of their killer tortilla soup. Life is good. Back to Macondo tomorrow morning, though.

        As far as the Texas State coeds, where the hell did all these blondes come from? Man, you could ream out my eyeballs with hot pokers and I’d still look.

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Used to be old week end destination for me when I was in grad school. Of course, that’s 40 years hence. Back then, I favored New Braunfels area. That part of Texas still favored its German heritage – in fact you still heard it spoken in a lot of places. Now, of course, the population of Texas has nearly tripled and that whole section of the Hill Country feels like a freeway to me. We would canoe the rivers (San Marcos, Guadalupe, or Medina) by day and eat barbeque or German food at night; usually camping out.

        But it is still beautiful, and the people are still friendly. There are just a lot more of them.

    • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      It’s fashionable to bash Philly and it’s fans I guess. EFFIM.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        In fairness, when a group is rather insufferable when their team wins…they are asking for other fans to pile on when their team struggles. This is true regardless of the platform (blogs, comment sections, bars, work, etc.).

        In the Phillies case, there are some additional circumstances, as anyone that expressed doubt about the Phillies greatness were shouted down with no little to no actual argument as to why those opinions may be wrong. For example, many opined during the last couple of years that the Phillies were getting too old too fast and were not supplementing with enough solid young players, which would probably result in a decline in team performance sooner rather than later. This resulted in legions of Phans belittling those opinions (whether expressed by analysts, bloggers, or commenters) and stating that players that were 30-32 had many more years of healthy peak production ahead of them and the Phillies had a tremendous farm system (at this point RAJ had already traded all of the upper level talent away), and RAJ was magical (when it isn’t clear he’s even an average GM). Well….

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Don’t take this wrongly. I like what you guys contribute. Would that all the teams had the support you guys give on this site.

        But you can be kind of easy to troll.

      • phillyphreak - May 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        “But you can be kind of easy to troll”

        ^ Bingo. This is why.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        So it’s fair to just aimlessly bash Philly fans why again?

      • phillyphreak - May 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        I don’t think it’s fair to bash any team’s fan base. I think it becomes sort of a game to some people when a fan base is slightly defensive and irrational. Every fan base has those types of fan and I’d bet that if the Mets or Pirates were good for an extended period of time, those fans would be targeted for baiting/trolling just like Phillies fans are now.

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Correct, phreak. You guys are just the fat cats right now.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        PL, You’re basically saying it’s fair to bash Philly fans now for sticking up for their team when they were bashed previously. Why does that justify it?

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        J5,

        “Fair” is not the right word. It’s a blog. People say anything they want. Nobody has to be fair.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        When have I ever bashed Philly fans?

        I had no idea that Philly fans as a group thought trash talking and banter was a 1-way street.

        For the record, I don’t think saying that a fan base is generally wrong about their team is “bashing” it is an opinion that can be debated.

        Philly fans (as a group) are far more than “slightly defensive and irrational”.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Philly fans (as a group) are far more than “slightly defensive and irrational”.

        I used to feel the same way PL. But looking at this thread. Well that tells me they have every right to be defensive. They are piled on for rooting for their players. They ae piled on for rooting for their team. And now they are even piled on for merely typing the word “Phillies” in ATH.

      • phillyphreak - May 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        I think the Phillies fan thing gets a little skewed. It seems to me that whenever there’s an article about the Phillies (i.e. Howard, Hamels etc) that there are a lot of people who come to HBT and comment on only that article. Those people generally whine a little bit more than most.

        But most of my friends are pretty rational when it comes to talking Phillies. The problem is that the irrational fans are just louder than the rational ones.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        That’s exactly right Phreak. Then it becomes “fair” to blanket all fans with labels much like you see here. I mean we’re equal to cockroaches and parasites after all. And then told we’re “irrational and defensive” for calling folks out on it.

  4. urfinished - May 9, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Well done sir…well done.
    With all the candy mentioned mixed in, I would’ve loved a George Costanza ‘Twix’ reference…perhaps tied in to the Royals portly DH…but beggars can’t be choosers.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - May 9, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Phillies are in trouble. Said it a couple weeks ago and will say it again. Playing a bad brand of baseball right now. I’m not counting them count because I’ve seen them go on crazy runs before though. I believe the offense will get sorted out, but they have other issues….mainly a crap bullpen.

    • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Phillies are 14-17, 5 games out. They are playing bad baseball right now, but they still have arguably the best starting top three in MLB. That alone is enough to assure that they will be in the mix all the way. They need to make changes, but they are far from out.

      Listen to this Astros fan talk.

  6. antlerclaws - May 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    My own Kudos-type story:
    Just before I shipped out for Iraq, I got one of those Chik-O-Stix hard peanut butter candy, and I mentioned I loved those as a kid and hadn’t had one in years. A few months later, through the well-meaning of others, I received thousands of these in the mail. I couldn’t give enough away, and both me and my roommate ate so many that I can’t look at one nowadays without getting some kind of sugar nausea. I left many, many of those over there for future soldiers, and since those things probably last forever, they may still be eating them seven years later.

    • kopy - May 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Man, we (as a country) have been in Iraq a long time.

  7. mungman69 - May 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Josh Hamilton and the Phillies were mentioned because this is a baseball site. It is not just a Josh Hamilton site or a Phillies site. It IS a baseball site. Here, I’ll mention the Detroit Tigers. There, you happy now? Geez

    • dink53 - May 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Currently, there is nothing baseball related going on with the tabbies. Better example needed.

  8. oldnumero7 - May 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    AP now has Butler as “lumbering.” Not nearly as awesome.

  9. sdelmonte - May 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    The Mets have played the Phils five times this season, all in Philly. And won four. They won last night with a depleted lineup, on a night with a starter who wouldn’t make the roster of most MLB teams. I don’t think for a second that the Mets are really a better team than the Phils. But the Mets don’t seem to be afraid of the Phils now. Which doesn’t bode well for the Phils going forward, since I am pretty sure that other teams feel the same way.

    Tonight, Gee vs Lee. Will tickets be free? Who will go on a spree? Watch it on TeeVee! Who wins? We’ll see.

    • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      The Phills are playing more pathetic than I’ve seen them play since ’06 there Happy Gilmore. And the Mets, are playing good baseball, plain and simple.

    • thecapedbandito - May 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      And they beat a team with a depleted lineup and a bullpen in which 3 or 4 guys wouldn’t make the roster of most MLB teams. Also, Joe Blanton’s tummy started grumbling around the 4th or 5th inning and his focus switched to the post-game spread.

    • Joe - May 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Tickets should be free the way the Phillies have been playing. And of course nobody’s afraid to play them right now. They’re providing a service to the rest of the NL–free wins for whoever wants them.

    • Utley's Hair - May 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      That matchup sounds like the title for an awful Ben Affleck movie.

  10. mybrunoblog - May 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Pujols went hitless again and is batting .190….That sound you hear is Art Moreno trying weep softly but those big ole sobs just keep bursting out.

    • paperlions - May 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      For comparison, the Cardinal pitching staff is hitting .147. This actually gives them a higher offensive WAR than Pujols as offensive replacement level for 1B is quite a bit higher than for pitchers.

      Cardinal pitchers have walked in 3.8% of their PAs; Pujols has walked in 4.7% of his….and the only reason AP has a higher walk rate is because of 2 IBB.

  11. drez146 - May 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Albert Pujols 9 RBI for the season
    Carlos Beltran 6 RBI last night
    I’d say the cardinals are fine without him

    • dink53 - May 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Maybe it takes a year to adjust to AL pitching. Adam Dunn is getting it d… accomplished this year after a Pujols like season last year.

      • stex52 - May 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

        Doesn’t seem reasonable. Pitching is pitching. They’ve seen it before. Adjustments may be the right word, but I think they are more personal and mental.

        And frankly, AP started very slowly last year, too, and then had an injury. I hope he is not starting to slow down, because I thought we were watching the career of one of the best in history. But time will tell.

      • mybrunoblog - May 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        They are paying Pujols to produce now. Waiting a year was not in the Angels play book.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Yeah, that’s why last year’s WS was so low scoring…unfamiliarity with pitchers. This common “reason” to explain the occasional player that struggles after switching leagues is another example of narrative-driven non-sense that has no evidentiary basis whatsoever. People ignore all of the players that don’t struggle when switching leagues (which is nearly all of them) and fashion the narrative around the exceptions.

  12. cltjump - May 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Now it’s just “lumbering designated hitter”……. :(

  13. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I understand why people rip on Chip Caray, but having MLB.TV and Extra Innings on the satellite over the last several years has taught me the Braves could do a lot worse than Chip and Joe. They get a little corny — and Chip will never live down his “base hit … caught out there” moment — but they’re professionals and they do a good hometown broadcast without expressing a lot of over-the-top bias. I can think of several broadcast crews who are rightfully considered better … but there are also plenty that are decidedly worse.

    While I’m droning about broadcasters, I’d be curious to know Craig’s (or any other Braves fan’s) opinion on the Braves’ radio crew of Jim Powell and Don Sutton. I really enjoy listening to those guys.

    • salvomania - May 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Fisted!

  14. cur68 - May 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Beaver Men late relief continue to kill them. What can one say but another gem from Romero, wasted by Cordero…more rhyming people, less bellyaching (but if you gonna eat all that candy, what do you expect?).

    • APBA Guy - May 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Cur-whoever is thumbing you down didn’t actually see the game. Romero had the A’s where you expect a good pitcher to have the A’s: practically hitless.

      But another HR by Inge? Wow. He’s playing solid defense but cannot hit a pitch below his waist, inside, or with any sharp movement. Hence the .146 batting average. But leave a mushball up and over the outer half and he swings out of his shoes, and occasionally something good happens.

      Parker and Cook make the A’s professional scouting debt look like 21’st century Nostradamuses. Parker was a little wild but it was wild down. Cook is gaining confidence with each appearance that he can get guys out.

      However, in addition to the late inning relief woes, I have to observe that Bautista, Encarnacion, and Lind all look out of sync. I’d like to believe it’s jet lag, for your sake. But…

      • cur68 - May 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Romero is gonna throw a no-no sooner or later, mark it down in big letters. Meantime, Cordero marmoled in classic marmolian fashion. In fact Chris Perez also marmoled. My friend yankeesfanlen informs me that Robertson was one shaky pitch away from marmoling himself. However, with Matt Albers serving up the winning 3 run shot to the portly Butler, we have a 3 marmol performance, so I declare the Marmocalypse upon us. Hide your daughters.

  15. uyf1950 - May 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    The Yankees and Nova won and the Rays and Shields lost that’s all you need to know about that game. Everything else is superfluous.

    • chill1184 - May 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Mike Francessa is that you?

      • uyf1950 - May 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Don’t know who that is. To answer your question, NO.

      • cur68 - May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        uyf1950: yankeesfanlen, who is sitting here having coffee with me, says, waitaminute, waitaminute, waitaminute, you say what? How do you NOT know who Francessa is, even by accident? It is almost impossible to miss his enormous lifeform on YES with his call-in show. Somehow you’ve managed to avoid YES network and remain a current on Yankee news. HOW? Can you perform a public service and tell us all how you’ve done this, because we’d like to avoid Mike Francessa, too.

  16. Chipmaker - May 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Babe Ruth’s longest streak of games with 4+ RBI was — two.

    Which he did seven times.

    Inge’s in good company.

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