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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

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Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward take-back-the-park initiative pretty soon. Philly-a-tude! Phillies-o-rama! Phillandia!

Rays 4, Yankees 1: Welcome to what everyone else has had to deal with forever, Yankees fans: shaky bullpen work.  Granted a 1-0 lead isn’t the easiest thing to protect, but David Robertson left little doubt about whether this one was going to be blown, giving up four runs.

Rockies 6, Padres 2: Left-hander Christian Friedrich pitched six solid innings and …. wait.  Sorry, I can’t continue this one. I need to clear something up. [dials the Rockies clubhouse]

Me: Mr Freed-rich …
Christian Friedrich: “Fredrick”
Me: You’re putting me on.
Christian Friedrich: No, it’s pronounced “Fredrick”
Me: Do you also say “Christ-Ean”?
Christian Friedrich: No… “Christian.”
Me: Well, why isn’t it “Christ-Ean Frederick?”?
Christian Friedrich: It isn’t; it’s “Christian Frederick.”
Me: I see.
Christian Friedrich: You must be Craig.
Me: No, it’s pronounced “Cray-ag.”
Christian Friedrich: But they told me it was “Craig.”
Me: Well, they were wrong then, weren’t they?

Pirates 4, Nationals 2: Erik Bedard left with an injury after one inning but the Pirates didn’t miss a beat: five guys combined to pitch eight innings of two-run ball and Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 4.  Bryce Harper went 0 for 4, but he did catch a Pedro Alvarez fly near the wall and then turned around with the ball in his glove and taunted Pirates fans with it, and that’s pretty effin’ solid.  As a tremendous fan of Ric Flair and Tully Blanchard, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a heel in Major League Baseball right now.

Reds 2, Brewers 1: Hit this one up yesterday. Zack Greinke‘s bad luck and lack of support has to remind him of his days back in Kansas City.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2: Adam Lind was moved down to eighth in the order. Must not have liked it because he hit a homer. Brandon Morrow struck out ten.

Cubs 1, Braves 0: A two hour and five minute game on getaway day. I have no idea if this is common for the Cubs, but I am shocked — shocked! — that the Braves went down quietly while a plane waited for them at the airport.

White Sox 8, Indians 1: Jake Peavy (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) and Adam Dunn (1 for 3, HR, BB, 2RBI) continue to carry this team.

Angels 6, Twins 2: Mike Trout had a couple of doubles and a couple of RBI. Albert Pujols singled in a couple of runs. I’ve been telling people for a while that I’ll feel way better about Pujols being back on track if he starts to simply hit a bit — singles count — as opposed to us watching the home run totals as if they mean everything.

Royals 4, Red Sox 3: Two of the Royals runs were unearned thanks to a Marlon Byrd error. Bruce Chen gave up three runs while pitching into the seventh. Adrian Gonzalez had a bases-clearing double.  The Sox have lost seven of eight. Those games were against Oakland, Baltimore and Kansas City. Which, sure, they’re all playing decent ball, but no, they were not supposed to be abusing the Boston Red Sox.

Marlins 5, Astros 3: I fell asleep before this one ended and I set ATH to post this morning before I woke up. In the meantime, Old Gator supplied a pithy recap that will suit our purposes just fine:

The Feesh took down the Astros 5-3 in extra eenings last night, playing beyond Craig’s bedtime when he wore himself out trying to button the rear hatch on his Pooh pajamas after having already put them on … Josh Johnson peetched seven pretty solid innings, thank Buddha, giving up just two runs and looking, if not like the dominant monster he was early last season, at least a lot less like the batting practice machine he has been in most of his starts. Probably Slobbering Ozzie had noticed something about his motion, and Josh discovered the flaw while he was trying to figure out what Ozzie had said to him in the first place. Omar Infante got Ryan Webb back the two runs he gave away for him the night before with a walkoff seengle in the twelfth.

The Astros have assuredly not been the doormats everyone expected them to be, at least not in the early going, and it’s a shame these hungry kids will have that degenerate, post-classical phenomenon known as designatedhitterball in their futures, this just as they’re getting good at real baseball. Perhaps playing well enough to surprise everyone is their bucket list.

Dodgers 6, Giants 2: Lincecum looked good for three innings and then hit a wall in the fourth, giving up a bases-clearing triple to Tony Gwynn Jr. In other news, I don’t care if he plays 15 years, I will still have trouble getting my mind around the fact that Tony Gwynn’s son is playing major league baseball. I never have this trouble with other kids of major leaguers, but for some reason it just doesn’t match up for me with Gwynn, who no matter his age, shape or infirmity, I am convinced stopped playing baseball only a year or two ago.

Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 2: Arizona is skidding, St. Louis is surging. Close until the ninth when Matt Holliday drove in two with a double and Allen Craig hit a two-run bomb.

Mariners 2, Tigers 1:  John Jaso drove in the go-ahead late after Jason Vargas allowed one run over eight innings. Detroit is a .500 team on May 10th. No one saw that coming.

Rangers vs. Orioles: POSTPONED: Pfft. As if Josh Hamilton isn’t powerful enough to have just stopped the rain with his bat and his determination. Weak sauce, Hamilton.

  1. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    Josh Hamilton did not play (rain).
    The Phillies lost 10-6. No bullpen help.

  2. jblah - May 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    the phillies are terrible this year. they are NOT an up and coming team. they have too many old people. its time to start the overhaul of this team. obviously what we are doing now isn’t working.

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

      Nobody’s called the Phillies an “up and coming team” this year. Any team that’s won its division five years in a row is already pretty much there, don’t you think?

      • jblah - May 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        I agree. i just wish i could have a positive outlook for the phillies as i do for the flyers and the sixers..who knows about the eagles..but they should get busy on redoing their lineup with draft picks and trades.

  3. natsattack - May 10, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Neo-Classical?
    Is that the era when the matrix died?

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Been reading Neuromancer again, have we?

  4. Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    There was no neo-classical period. It was just a silly invention of retired old college professors who couldn’t give up their armless statues and togas for articulated, rotating Bullwinkles and bellbottoms. Without shitcanning designatedhitterball and returning to the real thing, there can be no renaissance in baseball. The classical period ended instantly the moment top fawrrty raydeeo was invented although many didn’t notice that until Ron Blomberg stepped into the batter’s box and ushered in the dark ages and blew the gates off to let the barbarians of boredom in. The classical had been replaced by the post-classical, or kitsch, period. The kitsch period is still with us. Some, mostly Republicans, have proposed a neo-classical period but this is mostly campaign rhetoric – I’ve seen a lot of those signs by the roadside here in the atavistic empire of Tejas this week. And it is not true that dinosaurs staged a comeback after the K-T meteorite, either. So there. You want dates? Too bad about you. It’s five AM and too early even for me to get that pedantic. Plus, I’ve got a flight to catch back to the magical world of Macondo in an hour or so, and barely enough time to scarf a breakfast burrito from Jasmine’s en route.

    The Feesh took down the Astros 5-3 in extra eenings last night, playing beyond Craig’s bedtime when he wore himself out trying the button the rear hatch on his Pooh pajamas after having already put them on. In his bitterness and frustration, he left us this ridiculous speculative question on a nonexistent neo-classical period. Here’s the question as I would have put it, in the fullness of my own bountiful good spirits after a week of richly rewarding historical research in a fine taxpayer-funded institution and lots of time spent ogling co-eds, whose anxieties written in their faces during finals week lent them a tincture of depth and substance that blondes don’t generally exhibit, enhancing their other various contours and making it possible for me to feel more like a philosopher than like an old lecher about my observations and musings. Ready? OK, Craig: Jean-Paul Sartre wrote in Being and Nothingness that the knowledge of death engenders a psychic hemorrhage in my world which bleeds in death’s direction. Discuss.

    Got that? PK, now for the recap. Josh Johnson peetched seven pretty solid innings, thank Buddha, giving up just two runs and looking, if not like the dominant monster he was early last season, at least a lot less like the batting practice machine he has been in most of his starts. Probably Slobbering Ozzie had noticed something about his motion, and Josh discovered the flaw while he was trying to figure out what Ozzie had said to him in the first place. Omar Infante got Ryan Webb back the two runs he gave away for him the night before with a walkoff seengle in the twelfth.

    The Astros have assuredly not been the doormats everyone expected them to be, at least not in the early going, and it’s a shame these hungry kids will have that degenerate, post-classical phenomenon known as designatedhitterball in their futures, this just as they’re getting good at real baseball. Perhaps playing well enough to surprise everyone is their bucket list.

    Tex – I’m going back to black beans and rice. You can’t wrap Cuban bread around it,

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      PS – Slobbering Ozzie is the postclassical Casey Stengel. Discuss.

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM

        Dear Professor. I would get an F if I tried to answer that.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 7:27 AM

        I can be bought. Ship me a couple of smoked meat sandwiches on rye with lettuce, tomato, onion and horseradish mustard. Wrap your paper around it and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so I can mail you back your A.

    • ThisIsBaseball - May 10, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      Your posts never cease to amaze me. I always wait to see your input, but I sure hope you’re not a “hunt and peck” typer.

      • Old Gator - May 11, 2012 at 12:38 AM

        Nope. I’m a hunt and kill without mercy type. I make Ted Nugent look like Elmer Fudd. I think meerkats are ground skeet, for example. I hate meerkats.

    • chumthumper - May 10, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      I don’t know what the hell you said, but I like it.

    • stex52 - May 10, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Vaya con dios, amigo. Fair wind and safe voyage. Glad you enjoyed your time in “God’s Country”. (Even I have to put quotes on that one). Ozzie as the post-classical Casey Stengel. Great concept. Cognitive dissonance with the 21st century addition of the F-bomb in copious quantities. Plus the sneaking suspicion that maybe that guy is a little craftier than we give him credit for.

      It’s a shame this is the end of the Miami/Houston series for the year; no more Castro jokes with the Houston catcher. The Marlins will clearly be more of a challenge in the East than most figured. Good luck on that. And no one regrets the move of Houston to DH-ball more than I. C’est la vie.

      Black beans and rice? Definitely. A lot less overwhelming than the boracho brand down here.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        I always enjoy my research trips to Texas State, blonde coeds notwithstanding. On the other hand, if there were a God, some of those girls would be living proof of his existence. Ah well, women like that aren’t for eggheads like me anyway. The football players take them.

        Sitting at Bergstrom waiting for my slightly delayed flight – no connection required though, thank Buddha. Stopped at Jasmine’s tacqueria on the north side of Ben White just off the airport exit for my traditional farewell burgeoning breakfast burritos – it’s a little dive with mamacita en la cucina, you know the kind of place. Great coffee too. It’ll hold me all the way home.

        Incidentally, some of the idiotic campaign signs along the road reminded me that there was, indeed, a so-called Mayan postclassic, when the Toltecs came down from Teotihuacan and occupied Yucatan and imposed an imperialistic regime of bloviated chest-thumping, the progressive concentration of wealth in the hands of the priestly class and their sycophants, and ruinous warfare on Mayan civilization. It led, inevitably, to another round of famine and collapse. Ultimately, the weeds and iguanas took over. You read about it, and it reminds you a lot of the way Bush succeeded Clinton.

        So it goes.

      • stex52 - May 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Eye candy is one thing. Remember that at some point you have to talk, too. I am content.

        I look on the bright side. Austin is more the future of Texas than the signs you see on the side of the road. Four of the five major urban areas lean left at this point. The pendulum will swing back toward the center as the population urbanizes. Probably never more than a swing state, but adding a second argument to the marketplace of ideas will be good for us.

        Sartre; celebrity or philosopher? Gopnik had a too brief but interesting article in New Yorker.

        Oh yes, baseball. Good luck to the feesh in New York. Both teams playing well, but I thought Miami looked better.

  5. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Old Gator: nothing to see here, please move on.

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      Allright, I am going – but without me, Circling the Bases will be as interesting as Bucharest – on a Monday night.

    • spudchukar - May 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      What possibly gives you credence to dis? Did I miss some witty repartee from your blitherings? How about earning some chops, before annointing yourself as Critic-in-Chief?

  6. aceshigh11 - May 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    The Red Sox continue to be THE most embarrassing team in MLB.

    This has got to be the most dysfunctional, unlikeable group of losers in the club’s history. There was a time when the Sox were loveable losers, but this particular club is bloated, entitled, passionless and flaccid.

    I’m almost rooting for them to lose now, because every loss brings the ownership one step closer to blowing this team up and rebuilding.

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Injuries have played a roll; however, I am surprised by the performance of the established starting pitchers.

    • wlschneider09 - May 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Clearly you haven’t seen the Twins. Although, in fairness to the twins, I don’t think you can use the adjectives bloated and entitled to describe any of them.

      • aceshigh11 - May 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        True…the Twins are in bad shape, but I’m sure they’ve got more heart.

        Also, they didn’t enter the season with either the massive payroll or the expectations of the Red Sox, especially after last September’s debacle. This was a team arrogantly projected to be a lock for the World Series last year.

        That makes them doubly worse in my mind.

      • wlschneider09 - May 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        Good point.

    • cur68 - May 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      I saw the Red Sox live vs the Royals, aces. They have a butt-load of hitting. Just awesome hitting. What they don’t have is pitching. This is not a blow it up and start over type deal, IMO. Just overhaul the bullpen and starting rotation…and get a new manager. That last one most of all.

    • sportsdrenched.com - May 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      thumb up for using “flaccid”

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      However, the Feesh have the most embarrassing manager in beisbol – and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that

  7. 12strikes - May 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    KK is done.. He is … at best… a below average player.
    He’s not the only problem the Phillies have, but he is the easiest to fix. CUT HIM.
    Bring up a minor leaguer . What’s the difference if a minor leaguer gives up 5 runs or if KK does.

    He sucks…

  8. angrycorgi - May 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    What’s wrong with the MASN/Orioles play-by-play guys?? Two days ago they collectively butchered Mark Whiten’s name (one called him “Mark White” and then the other guy corrected him and said “Mark Whitson”) and then last night they are whining about the Rangers having fun on the tarp after the postponement was announced saying they would all get fined…which I’ve never seen happen for slip-n-sliding on the tarp. Not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    • jimbo1949 - May 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      IIRC Rick Dempsey, former Oriole catcher and current studio co-host for MASN pre and post game shows, had some renown for doing the same acts: sliding on the tarp on the rain. Play by play man Gary Thorne and color man Jim Palmer may have just been busting Dempsey’s balls, or maybe they’re just old farts.

  9. Jonny 5 - May 10, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    I already knew Kendrick was less than a good pitcher when Amaro signed him to a 2 year extension. I already knew Chad Qualls was just an ok pitcher in the twilight of his career when Amaro signed him. Contreras looks like you could stick a fork in him now. Then there is Bastardo who carried much of the weight last season and he can’t get outs when the team NEEDS them. Mike Stutes, another one who carried much weight for the team last season is on the DL. And then there is the 50 M dollar closer who must be thinking this is going to be the most under worked season he’s ever going to get with this bunch in front of him. The Phillies bull pen is TERRIBLE, it’s even worse than their offense with the loss of 2 of their better bats.

    It’s funny, I knew that Kendrick was going to give the game back before he even got his first pitch to the catcher. I bet he did too.

    • phillyphreak - May 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      The problem is Amaro doesn’t know, or recognize, or care about these things. This was a poorly built team from the beginning. Though I don’t think the bullpen is this bad.

      • Jonny 5 - May 10, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        It can’t get worse Phreak, that’s pretty clear.

  10. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Boston needs to clean house. The players act like they are entitled to act like morons. They don’t care.

  11. sdelmonte - May 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Weird that the Mets were down 4-2 and all I could think was “ah, big deal, the Mets will come back.” But I was right. And apparently the Mets are leading the league in comeback wins. Part of me wants to have permission to believe in them. The rest of me knows it’s way too soon and that division is way too tough. And that they preceded the current winning streak of five with a losing streak of four, in the style of many .500 clubs. But it’s still fun for now and I am not going to let a little thing like reality bother just yet.

  12. bleed4philly - May 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Start calling Kendrick ” Shelly” cause he does is get shelled

  13. pauleee - May 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    What, no love for a Young Frankenstein reference?

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I’m loathe to use the thumbs either way since I think they’re stupid in the extreme – just a cheap shot way of avoiding conversation and justifying opinions. However, I gave the preceding post a thumbs-up, reluctantly, since its reference to the author of Frankenstein – however oblique, not to mention its incipient gesture towards cousin Percy, even though his poetry always seemed kinda wussy to me (I lean towards “Howl” and “The Idea of Order at Key West” myself) – struck me as a nice neo-classical touch for this blog.

    • 1jarhead - May 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      I was a little surprised nobody else commented on the Young Frankenstein reference. One of the all time great movies and Eye-Gor is one of my favorite characters- “Damn those eyes”. As a Phillies fan, it’s nice to see something that stops me fom wanting to cry and makes me smile, so thank you Craig. I’d like to think that the Phillies can’t get any worse and then they prove me wrong; it used to be that i was always sure thaey could come back from any deficit, that has completely reversed and i’m not confident they can win unless it’s at least a 7 run lead. Now lets get your heads out of your asses and win a few games.

    • Utley's Hair - May 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      It’s Frahnkunshteen.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Neigggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      • Utley's Hair - May 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        Frau Bluecher.

  14. ajcardsfan - May 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Cardinals finally get a sweep, and it made me happy.

  15. seahawksbmx - May 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    “Erik Bedard left with an injury after one inning…”
    —————————–
    As a Mariner fan, I believe I’ve read this line about a dozen times in the past.

  16. spudchukar - May 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    At some point Mark McGwire deserves a little recognition. Last year the Cards led the NL in slugging and OBP on their way to the championship. This year they are on a quest to better that mark. Holy batshit Robin, they are mashing. When Berkman returns on Friday, the plethora of wealth only increases. I guess Robinson in the odd man out, which is a shame since he has played so well.

    Here’s hoping the Cards’ fans give Furcal a rousing reception at home this weekend. The dude should be recognized for his contributions so far in 2012. He is the team MVP at this point in the season among a handful of candidates.

    Who would have thunk the Red Birds would be touting a league leading win total, with Carpenter on the shelf, Wainwright struggling to find his form, Salas and Sanchez offering little, Holliday around the .250 mark, and Berkman with zero HRs?

    Is Craig healthy enough for second base? Some kinda line-up if he can handle the role.

  17. APBA Guy - May 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    No TV broadcast of the Jays and A’s but plenty of clips. The Jays muscle took advantage of the warm Mausoleum air, but the A’s couldn’t lay a glove on Morrow and thus couldn’t make a game of it. But talk about streaky: Encarnacion, 1 for his last 21, Lind 2 for his last 32. Yikes. Hard to make it to the top of the East like that.

  18. Old Gator - May 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Think Big Mac can make it to the hall as a batting instructor?

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