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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected.

Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying homer to Alfonso Soriano in the ninth but then stayed on to be the pitcher of record when Yadier Molina hit the game winning single in the bottom half of the inning. After the game Mike Matheny said “”There’s going to be some loud music playing in the clubhouse, and there’s going to be some crazy stuff on the plane, too.”  Somewhere, wherever he is, Tony La Russa had a pain shoot up his side.

Phillies 4, Astros 3: As we noted yesterday, Hunter Pence hit the walkoff homer. But the real play of the day came from umpire Bob Davidson, who in ejecting Charlie Manuel for no apparent reason apart from his own combative insecurity, truly lived up to his reputation yesterday. Oh, and Cliff Lee was pretty amazing despite the no decision.

Tigers 10, White Sox 8: Ugly all around. An eight-spot for the Tigers in the sixth inning helped them win it, but that was sandwiched by another bad, bullpen-stressing Max Scherzer start and a Jose Valverde injury on the other side. Chicago of course feels bad about it too, what with giving up a six-run lead.

Padres 6, Nationals 1: Strasburg was cold from the get-go. Just icy. The fireballer had to be hot about how bad his start was. Really burned him up, I’m sure. Oh, and Bryce Harper hit another homer, but he’s old news compared to Strasburg’s burning bits and pieces.

Indians 5, Twins 0: Derek Lowe’s shutout — and really, his entire season so far — is basically this to all Braves fans who enjoyed him losing 17 games last year. Not that we’re crying because we’re doing just fine without him, but still.  As for the Twins: currently on a worse pace than the 1962 Mets, so there’s that.

Angels 4, Athletics 0: Albert Pujols broke out, going 3 for 4 with two RBI singles. Ervin Santana pitched seven and two-thirds shuout innings.

Brewers 8, Mets 0: The Travis Ishikawa and Zack Greinke show. The former drove in five with the help of two homers. The latter shut the Mets out for seven innings, striking out seven. Oh, and right after Rickie Weeks hit a homer, Ryan Braun was plunked on the next pitch by D.J. Carrasco. Umpire Gary Darling ejected Carrasco. Darling must be an HBT reader and knows that intentional plunkings should not be tolerated. Good man.

Marlins 6, Pirates 2: Omar Infante went 4 for 5 and is hitting .325/.350/.598.  Remember when everyone made fun of him making the All-Star team a couple of years ago. Tell me: how many teams wouldn’t want that kind of production from their second basemen right now? Josh Johnson: two runs over seven innings for his first win in over a year.

Rays 4, Blues Jays 3: Down 3-0 after four innings, the Rays rallied and David Price won his fifth, retiring 12 of the final 13 he faced. And then there was ugliness, as Brett Lawrie was ejected after losing his sh** and throwing his batting helmet at the umpire. Then manager John Farrell got ejected too. Then:

Police and stadium security were seen pointing into the crowd after an exchange between fans and umpires as the crew headed off the field through the visitor’s dugout.

Canadian players and fans? Acting threateningly? Unpossible! Enjoy your suspension, Mr. Lawrie.

Braves 6, Reds 2: Tim Hudson allowed two runs over seven innings and the Braves had no problems holding the 6-0 lead they had after only four innings. Why are the Braves winning so much? The top seven of last night’s lineup sported OBPs as follows: .399, .374, .368, .360, .331. .348, .362.

Orioles 5, Yankees 2: Chen outduels Sabathia.  Guessing that’s the only time I’m gonna ever write that.

Royals 7, Rangers 4: The last time we saw Vin Mazzaro throw a pitch that counted he was in the process of giving up fourteen runs to the Indians in what was probably the worst single-game performance by a pitcer in baseball history. Last night: surprisingly repectable: he gave up three runs in five innings, which isn’t bad against that Ranger lineup.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 1: Weird: Andre Ethier started in center, which is something he has never done. Chad Billingsley continues to struggle. The Dodgers’ five-game winning streak ends.

Rockies 5, Giants 4: The Rockies blew a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning, but Marco Scutaro‘s ninth inning homer broke the 4-4 tie.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    I have always publicy said here that Bob Davidson is a bad umpire. However, there are two things that are not being said:

    1) as Deadspin tried to say, Davidson did not obstruct the catcher from going after the ball. He was making the call loudly and emphatically so that everyone knew what it was (correctly). He does not not know which the catcher is going to turn, and making the original call is more important than playing hop, skip, and jump with the catcher. Lastly, the umpire cannot (as Deadspin tried to say) obstruct the catcher. It’s not possible. The umpire is part of the playing field, and can no more obstruct a player than can the wall, the pitchers mound, or bullpen area. Deadspin needs to spend as much time learning the game/rules as it does comlaining about everything.

    2) Manuel was arguing a strike call, which is against the rules, and is an automatic ejection. Anything that happened after that is Manuel’s fault as much as Davidson’s. Manager are supposed to know the rules, not put themselves above them. Maybe the call was bad. Maybe it was good. Doesn’t matter. The manager cannot argue balls and strikes.

    Seems to me there is an additional point to be made. Lots of managers (Cox, LaRussa, Manuel, Valentine, Washington) spend a lot of time arguing balls and strikes and getting ejected, while guys like Acta, Matheny, Scoicia, Mills, Sweum, etc) hardly say a word.

    I guess ‘old school’ is okay for some things, but not for others.

    • The Common Man - May 16, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Bob Davidson knows that, when I bring my kids to a baseball game, what I’m really there to see and hear is the umpire screaming f-bomb after f-bomb at the manager. What a showman!

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 7:19 AM

        So it’s okay for the players and mangers to do it?

      • The Common Man - May 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

        Of course not, TBI. But anyone looking at that video can see that Davidson is the aggressor here

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        Actually, I don’t see. I see an umpire doing his job (correctly in this instance) and I see a manager, once again putting himself above the rule book, pissing and moaning about something he already knows he’s not supposed to argue.

        Davidson shouldn’t have responded, I agree., but if Manuel keeps his mouth shut, there is no argument. You can complain about the umpires all you want. I know you can’t wait for the day when there are no more, but the fact is, Davidson did nothing wrong here.

        I agree he’s a bad umpire and needs to go, but that doesn’t mean he was wrong. Manuel was. It’s funny, but watching the video, I didn’t see the catcher kicking off about it. It’s funny that Manuel doesn’t know the rulebook as well as his players.

      • stex52 - May 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        What kind of argument is that, TBI? Baseball players act badly, so umpires are free to do it, too? I know “he did it first!” is a popular excuse in our culture, but c’mon.

        No excuse for Davidson acting the way he did.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        That’s not what I said stex. By the same token, no excuse for Manuel acting the way he did.

        Why are you so willing to give him a pass beyond the fact that the commenters on this site hate umpires?

      • paperlions - May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Obviously, it isn’t okay for anyone to do it…but it is least acceptable for an umpire. They are supposed to be the arbiters of the game, which requires them to stay calm and composed when others lose their cool, which should be easy because umpires have no vested interest in the outcome…they should not emotionally invested in any call or outcome. The last thing an umpire should do is escalate a situation…in Davidson’s case, it is usually the first, second, and third thing he does. Players and managers should be able to have a discussion with an umpire without the umpire going into a tirade. Umpires also should not go looking for confrontations, but should try to avoid and diffuse them….Davidson does the exact opposite.

        He bad at both aspects of his job: calls on the field, and controlling situations. No one is saying that being a good umpire is easy, but that doesn’t mean you make excuses…it means you fire those that don’t measure up and give another person a shot.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        I agree 100% paperlions. Always have.

        I just feel that the fact that someone is a bad umpire gives the players and managers the right to act to children.

        Umpires should never respond, but the fact is, there should not be situation that they have to respond to because of temper tantrums by managers.

        Asking a question is never an issue. Most umpires encourage it as a way to keep things moving.

        Being questioned continually about something that is in the rule book is the issue.

      • paperlions - May 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        Yep. I would say that MOST MLB umpires are good at their jobs and typically do not fly off the handle…which is why we don’t know their names (at least, not very well)….because they do their job well and quietly and are never (or rarely) the focus of a story.

        …but MLB really needs a mechanism to remove bad umpires.

    • phillyphreak - May 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Was Manuel even arguing the strike call? He must have said something from the dugout about Davidson blocking Schnider. Then Davidson went all “Brett Lawrie” on him. It was a complete disgrace for an umpire reacting to dugout chatter (which we probably can correctly assume this chatter happens ALL THE TIME).

      • drunkenhooliganism - May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        The batter swung and missed. Manuel was not arguing balls and strikes. The Baseball Idiot is the one that’s misinformed here.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        What’s it called when a batter swings at a pitch and misses it?

      • phillyphreak - May 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        TBI, he wasn’t arguing balls and strikes. He was saying that Davidson got in the way of Schnider. Just because a strike was called doesn’t mean that the strike call was the basis of the argument.

    • Utley's Hair - May 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      What’s a comment rightly criticizing an umpire’s idiotic “Look at ME!!!!” actions without a Baseball Idiot reply blindly defending any and all umpire actions from any and all criticism, no matter how appropriate it is? Way to keep up the well, work, TBI.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Exactly where did I blindly defend any and all umpire actions? Why don’t you actually try reading what I wrote? Or is common sense beyond your comphrension?

        Oh yeah, you’re a Phillies fan, and last night was rough. You found out your God bleeds. That he’s really human and can be a complete ass at time. Sorry your fantasy world was shattered, but Manuel’s just a guy. One who was as wrong as anyone else last night.

        I’d call you a prick, but I’ve already called you a Phillies fan. No need to repeat the insult.

      • Utley's Hair - May 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        I was referring to your comments on every post that calls into question an umpire’s actions. They’re apparently never wrong and any sleight is an offense to you and all humanity. Not specifically to yesterday, but I guess you just blindly lash out when your blind allegiance is called into question.

        By the way, anybody connected to baseball is a human being, open to making mistakes. Even Manuel. And, yes, even Balkin’ Bob Davidson. Manuel made no inappropriate moves until AFTER Barkin’ Bob had already removed his mask, advanced towards Manuel, started barking like a junkyard dog and THEN tossed him. So there’s that.

        Umpires are human. Humans make mistakes. It’s the fact that some umpires repeatedly make themselves the center of the story that makes it so egregious. Umpires are right most of the time, but they are sometimes wrong, Davidson, West and Hernandez more than average.

        My problem is that you never allow for the possibility that they are not infallible, and anybody making any claims against them are ever correct. Get over yourself.

  2. mungman69 - May 16, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    The Phillies mismanage their bullpen and still win. Amazing.

    • ame123 - May 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      Do explain how they mismanaged it yesterday.

      • Utley's Hair - May 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Putting Qualls in?

  3. proudlycanadian - May 16, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    As far as Lawrie is concerned, the umpire clearly screwed up. The pitch that was called strike 2 was quite outside and the call was late. The pitch that was called strike 3 was also a ball and the call was late. On both pitches, Lawrie was on his way to first before the call was made. Sure he lost his temper; however, the umpire richly desirved all the distain that he received.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 16, 2012 at 6:42 AM

      “All of the disdain?”

      “a disgruntled fan in the stands at Rogers Centre tossed a mostly full cup of beer and hit Miller in the right shoulder as he walked off the field.”

      And as for those calls, the plot to those pitches is linked below. Both were bad, but one was borderline and the other not outside the realm of bad calls which occur every day. I’m sorry, but Lawrie needs to grow up and keep his cool about that kind of crap.

      • proudlycanadian - May 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        The fans were loudly booing the ump Craig. He had it coming. The pitch that was called strike 2 was quite outside. Did you actually see the pitch? I was watching it on TV and I saw the replay. It was not borderline. It was in the opposite batters box.The ump then compounded his mistake by calling the next pitch a strike even though it was high. As far as Lawrie losing his temper, he admitted that he made a mistake. He did not throw his helmet at the ump. Instead it bounced off the ground and then hit the ump.

        The umpire on the other hand was not man enough to admit his mistakes.

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        The link above is to the Pitch f/x plot of the location. The Pitch f/x sensors have a better view of it than drunk fans or people watching on TV. It was not in the other batter’s box. It was a bad call, but a pretty garden variety one.

        And even if it was egregious, that in no way excuses Lawrie’s temper tantrum. Defend your guy all you want, but I have this feeling you would not be so forgiving of him if he wasn’t a member of the Blue Jays. He acted like a child. Why can’t you acknowledge that?

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        Delmon Young swears he didn’t throw his bat at the umpire either.

        He was just tossing it to the batboy so he didn’t have so far to go

    • indaburg - May 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      I watched the game too last night, and it was not the first high and outside strike that umpire Bill Miller called duing the game. I remember thinking after the first one, wow, that was high strike. Price threw the earlier one but I can’t remember the batter. Nevertheless, Lawrie’s reaction was deplorable. His helmet actually hit the umpire’s elbow. Bad call or not, you gotta keep your cool a little better. Anger management, anyone? The fans who threw things also reacted stupidly. I love baseball, but let’s keep a little perspective here. It is, after all, just a game.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      The ball outside for strike two was a bad call, but don’t act like it was late. Lawrie was racing out of the box thinking he had the walk. If you watch Miller, he was already in his motion to call the strike. That might have been a principal call. You see it from time to time. Strike three was BARELY high. And if he had been giving pitches at the top of the zone all night, Lawrie has NOTHING to complain about but his own immaturity.

    • angrycorgi - May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      So when a pitcher gets squeezed by the ump, its okay for said pitcher to throw the ball at the ump? Part of professional baseball is acting professional. You can’t go nuts on an ump everytime there was a perceived bad call or every game would be a series of fist fights and ejections.

      • proudlycanadian - May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        If only the umps acted professional and did not act like prima donnas even when they screw up.

      • angrycorgi - May 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        Here is the 9th inning at-bat to Molina from the same game. Molina gets a called-strike for the K further off the plate than Lawrie did. I wonder why Molina didn’t go nuts on Miller. Hrmmm.

        http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/numlocation.php?pitchSel=445163&game=gid_2012_05_15_tbamlb_tormlb_1/&batterX=66&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3

    • paperlions - May 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Not for nothin’….this type of behavior (and a general lack of maturity) is why Milwaukee was willing to trade Lawrie.

      • proudlycanadian - May 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Milwaukee made a foolish mistake.

      • paperlions - May 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Mayhaps. He’s on pace for about 12 HR with a league average OBP (essentially, he’s been a league average hitter this year) and plays slightly above average defense. He’s young, but there doesn’t seem to be much room for his power to develop (which is mostly what changes for a lot of hitters from age 22 to 25). What he has done this year is much more in line with his minor league record than what he did in Toronto last year.

        I thought the Cardinals made a horrible mistake trading Rasmus. I was wrong. They may have made mistakes with him before that….but the trade itself, wasn’t one of them.

  4. awinsawin - May 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Charlie Manuel was not arguing strikes. It’s clear on the deadspin video that Davidson’s first comment to Manuel refers to being in the way of the catcher making a play on the passed ball. (I forget the exact exchange, I watched it last night). I thought Stan Hochman got it right…he pointed out Davidson’s unshaven appearance as a clue that Davidson did not expect the game to be played( heavy rain in forecast) and possibly led to a lack of preparation for the game.

    • rollinghighwayblues - May 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      The exchange you speak of, Davidson to Manuel, “Do you think I wanted to block his ass?!”

  5. Joe - May 16, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    I disagree with the “you hit my player, I’m going to hit your player” form of retaliation. I don’t like it or agree with it, but I understand it.

    I do not and will never understand the “that guy just hit a home run and therefore I am going to plunk the next batter” form of retaliation. A guy’s not supposed to try to hit a home run off you? That’s super-bushleague.

  6. Jonny 5 - May 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Let’s not get too excited about Beckett. After all Seattle is one of the few teams with an OPS worse than Minnesota. They have the second worst OBP in baseball. Hey but they have more home runs than Philly does.

    So not only does using Papelbon in non close situations leave Philly without their high priced closer in a close game they need saved, and the save is blown by a pitcher who kinda blows. But also Houston uses their closer on the road in a tie and loses the game. Which seems like it’s pretty ironic given the chatter on HBT lately. It was very pleasurable for me to see Myers give up a bomb in cbp playing for a different team than the Phillies. Thank You Brett Myers for that.

    Bob Davidson is a terrible Ump btw.

  7. rockthered1286 - May 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Chen hitting 94 on the gun. He’s no Darvish, but at 4-0, and the O’s 6-1 when he starts, I’m liking then Chen move in the off season big time. I’m not seeing my O’s slowing down anytime soon, espeically when you see guys like Xavier Avery, Ryan Flaherty, and Scott Tollefson contributing in place of injured starters, and we’re still winning. It’s truly a breathe of fresh air in Baltimore!

    • madhatternalice - May 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Chen and Hammel have been ridiculously fun to watch this year.

  8. mybrunoblog - May 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Angels won and managed three hits. Two were infield hits and the third barely made it to the outfield from what I read. Yeah they look like line drives in the box score but hardly a “break out” in reality.

    • mybrunoblog - May 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      No coffee yet. I meant to insert the name Pujols in my post but you probably get the drift. Pouring a hot cup now. Much better after I inhale this thing.

    • APBA Guy - May 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Bruno-you’re correct about Pujols 3 hits. All were dribblers into the teeth of the shift. The only reason he wasn’t 1-4 was that two of the dribblers were hit so softly that there wasn’t really a play for the infielders.

      The A’s leave Anaheim the way they arrived, a hair above .500, 12th in offense in the AL, 3 runs behind Anaheim for 11th.

      The Angels at least got a good effort from Santana, but have to be worried about Haren. He was topping out at 89 and throwing a lot of junk. The broadcasters think it’s his back. On Pujols, the belief is he’s so overanxious that he’s pulling his hip out far in front of his hands resulting in swings that can only produce weak contact. That was certainly the case yesterday, and most of what I saw the day before. A good example of how to right that tendency is to review what Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers was doing to the A’s this past weekend, going the opposite way with line drives. He was 10 -17 after having had a poor week previously.

      Anyway, the A’s head to Texas with Tommy Milone on the hill. Texas could easily get 10 runs in 3 innings.

  9. 18thstreet - May 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Josh Beckett, shuttin’ down that powerful Seattle lineup! He’s back, baby! This is just like that time he pitched well against the Twins. Doesn’t get any tougher than that.

  10. sdelmonte - May 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Twins are not quite at ’62 Mets level. When they sink to .250, then they will be there.

    But OW nonetheless. Just looked at the stats, and the lowest ERA for a starter is Pavano at 5.14. He’s also the only pitcher on the club with enough innings to even qualify for the ERA title.

  11. sportsdrenched.com - May 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Pleasantly suprised with the Royals performance in Texas. I thought for sure Texas was going to put double digit runs on Mazzaro, but baseball is like that sometimes.

    Don’t look now, but it’s not out of the question that the Royals get back to .500 before the month is out.

  12. randomdigits - May 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Sabathia has an ERA+ of 114 right now and Chen is at 167. Chen has a 2.45 ERA (should be lower since the 2 runs last night were FA) and a 1.20 WHIP.

    He has pitched very well all season and I don’t think him outpitching Sabathia in a game should strike you as that unlikely.

    And before you start talking about first time through the league…that was his second start against the Yankees.

  13. Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Feesh anybody?

    It was a quiet game that passed without any incidents or fanfare. The other Josh – the one who’s not a golf-happy, chicken-munching, beer guzzling clubhouse coldsore – seems to have found his rhythm again, if not all of his old velocity. 7 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 1BB, 6K. His velocity is not quite there yet – a bunch of 92-mph fastballs, one or two harder than that, but his location is definitely improved from his handful of nightmare batting practice starts to open the season. Look, the guy didn’t pitch for most of last season and all through the weenter. Even if his multiple shoulder issues have cut into his velocity a bit, he has made some adjustments to his mechanics so he’s not overthrowing or underthrowing or lurching off the mound like he did at the beginning of the season. What he’s got left in the tank is still plenty to work with.

    The Mujic Man and Randy Choate redeemed the boolpen for the nonce with two perfect innings. JJ’s first win in a solar circuit. Good on ye, JJ.

    Announced crowd of 24 grand and change on a wet drippy night in monsoon season. Not bad, but the crowd inside Macondo Banana Massacre Field seemed maybe a third smaller than that. Part of that, I suspect, was due to the Heat flaming out down the street against the Pacers at the same time. Every so often the dumbotron flashed the Heat score and there was disaffected snuffling in the crowd. It was quieter, overall, than it’s been the last few times I entered the giant Cuisinart on 17th Avenue. On the bright side, the rain has been great for my papaya and banana plants, and it’s keeping the goddamned monk parrots off my fruit trees. We seem to have a bumper crop in the offing, and in another couple of weeks, the Macondo Banana Massacre Yanqui Imperialist Fruit Collective will be exporting loaves of its world-famous banana bread to the lucky few. Unfortunately we just eat the papayas straight up or make smoothies or batidos with ‘em, since they’re so full of papain that papaya bread dissolves itself. On the other hand, alert to its nutritional benefits, I actually like papain. Does that make me a mamasochist?

    Anyway, Omar Infante goes 4 for 5, and Bonny steals another base – that’s 19 for 19, people. Jose Reyes goes hitless but works out two walks and scores a run. and the Hanster goes 3-for-5. The Feesh responded to the Chihuahua’s pronouncement that the team wasn’t considering moving in the fences by hitting no home runs. Take that, you noxious little dweeb.

    • natstowngreg - May 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Yes, fish. A nice piece of poached salmon with lemon butter sauce, please.

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        Wild caught. In addition to being loaded with mercury, farm raised salmon tastes like farm raised white bread.

  14. Ari Collins - May 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    For those saying Beckett’s shutout innings don’t in some way count for something: the Mariners are tied for 21st in RS. This is not the worst offense in baseball. And even the worst offense in baseball doesn’t get shut out every day. So sure, discount it some for being against a below-average offense. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a well-above-average start.

    Fact is that while when Beckett has been bad he’s been VERY bad, 5 of his 7 starts have been quality. And while two of those have been against SEA (t-21st in RS) and MIN (t-28th), they’ve also come against CHW (t-13th), TB (8th), and TEX (1st).

    Has he pitched like an ace? No. But he’s pitched pretty well in 5 of his 7 starts, against both terrible offenses and great ones, so saying he’s been a bad pitcher is either ignorant or dishonest.

  15. deathmonkey41 - May 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    There’s nothing more painful than losing the f—— game against Wei-Yin Chen once again. F—— pathetic. No f—— energy. We just go through the motions. We take the day off today instead of tomorrow. If we go to and play the way we did in Baltimore, it’s going to be a f—— long-ass, God—— May, Nothing against Wei-Yin Chen, I have a lot of respect for this kid. But our approach at the plate, that’s not a good club out there. F— it. I’m tired of protecting people … I take my s— back, what I said in Tampa. I take it back. This thing about ‘one day at a time.’ One day we’re good, three days we’re bad. We don’t have energy in the dugout. We had a horse’s— approach at the plate for the 90th time.

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      What does f__________ mean?

      • Utley's Hair - May 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Somewhat similar, but a bit more profane than [Expletives].

  16. mojosmagic - May 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    If not for unions Bob Davidson would be umpiring T Ball in Hoboken. He is an incompetent buffoon.

    • sportsdrenched.com - May 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Not that I would ever make my team travel to Hoboken for a game, but I would like to see what it takes to get ejected from a T-Ball game.

      • mwarneridx - May 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Can you call a balk when the pitcher doesn’t actually… you know… pitch?

      • Utley's Hair - May 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Davidson already calls balks when the pitchers don’t actually balk, so I think he could find a way to do it.

  17. Loren - May 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    3 for 4 with 2 RBI looks great in the box score, but I’m not sure if three infield singles really counts as a break-out for Pujols.

  18. natstowngreg - May 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Stephen Strasburg had a bad start. Take note, because it won’t happen often.

    The Nats win the season series over the Padres, 3-2. Scheduling oddity: they finish their season series over 3 teams (Reds, Padres, Pirates) by May 17.

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