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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EST

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Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San Diego next month — Rangers-Padres on June 18! —  and it would be really useful for me if the secondary market was flooded with cheap, unwanted tickets.

Nationals 5, Phillies 2: A lot of folks in the Bryce Harper/Philly threads of the past few days have said stuff about how, for all of the talk, this isn’t truly a rivalry. I tend to agree. For it to be a real rivalry, one team can’t dominate the matchups so thoroughly. The Nats take the fourth of five meetings so far this year, and have beaten Philly six straight times in Citizens Bank Park. Harper singled, tripled and drove in two.

Reds 4, Braves 3: Brandon Phillips hit two homers and Brandon Beachy backs up his best start of the season with his worst (7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). Not that it was horrible. You can get a win with a line like that, but Mat Latos was better (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8K). Michael Bourn had two home runs in a losing cause. In case you haven’t noticed it, Bourn — a Boras clients — is making himself some serious bank in his walk year (.323/.376/.439, 13 SB and the usual solid D).

Mets 3, Pirates 2: R.A. Dickey struck out 11 in seven innings, which was a career high. Which means that in the space of five days the Pirates were dominated by one of the the hardest throwing starters in baseball in Justin Verlander and one of the softest throwing in Dickey. The Pirates offense is like some weird scientific control group or something. A time trial. They’re setting the bogey for every pitcher in baseball, and there’s something damn noble about that.

Twins 9, White Sox 2: Twins fans aren’t quite sure what to make of a starting pitcher who goes deep into games and strikes out a lot of batters, but they’ll accept what they got from P.J. Walters last night (CG, 5 H, 2 ER, 8K).

Marlins 7, Rockies 6: Nolasco vs. Nicasio! With special referee Tom Nieto!  On hand were Chris Nabholz, Russ Nagelson and Cholly NaranjoTsuyoshi Nishioka sends his regrets from Rochester.

Astros 2, Cubs 1: The Astros gotta be the most respectable team everyone thought would lose 100+ games in history, right? Jose Altuve with a homer, Brett “trade for me because I’m a proven closer, I swear” Myers got his 11th save.

Rays 8, Blue Jays 5: Carlos Pena was moved to the leadoff spot and had two hits, including a homer. Dude: you’re a table setter. Make things happen. Home runs kill rallies. Hasn’t anyone ever told you that?

Yankees 3, Royals 2: New York is lucky they won this one. Because I have it on good authority that all of those hacks who write “If the Boss was alive …” columns when the Yankees struggle are in the process of actually reanimating Steinbrenner’s corpse and unleashing him on the populace. He’ll have a hunger for brains. And calzones. But mostly brains.

Indians 5, Tigers 3: Cleveland ends a ten-game losing streak to the Tigers. Andy Dirks had two hits in the two-hole and Miguel Cabrera was walked three times batting third. Prince Fielder was 0 for 5, however.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1; Brian Matusz struck out nine in six and a third as the Red Sox managed only two hits all damn night. I think it would be hilarious now if Josh Beckett called a closed-door meeting in which the pitchers yelled at the Red Sox hitters, after which Beckett came out and told the press that he’s totally a leader. And if he had the whole press conference while wearing Payne Stewart-style golf pants.

Giants 6, Brewers 4: Giancarlo Stanton, nothin': Buster Posey homered off the Miller Park scoreboard. He also hit a double and blocked the plate to prevent a run, which is something he was told not to do, but hey, heat of battle, yo.  The Giants have won eight of eleven.

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 7: Down one in the ninth inning and down to their last out, the Dodgers Ivan De Jesus hit a two-run double, completing the comeback after being down 6-1 in the sixth inning. It was the Dodgers’ sixth straight win. The Dbacks’ bullpen work was reminiscent of 2010.

Rangers 3, Mariners 1:  Elvis Andrus tripled home two runs in the third, but it was one of only four hits for the Rangers who won this one with pitching and defense. Matt Harrison tied up the M’s (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) and Josh Hamilton made two pretty spectacular plays in the outfield, robbing Seattle of hits.

Angels 5, Athletics 1: C.J. Wilson probably figured before the game “heck, our offense stinks, but if the other guys can’t score, they can’t win.”  So he shut out the A’s on one hit over eight innings. A homer and a sacrifice fly for Pujols.

  1. uyf1950 - May 23, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Well let’s just say the Yankee hitters didn’t supply and offensive explosion but they did enough to get the win. Also another nice outing by Phil Hughes this time 6 innings, 2 ER’s, 7 K’s and just 2 Walks. Very nice indeed.

  2. ditto65 - May 23, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Bait the Phans. Bait ‘em!

  3. mungman69 - May 23, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Roy Hailiday just isn’t the same pitcher. He’s lost o lot off of his fastball.

    • Phillies Homer - May 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      What team does Roy Hailiday play for?

    • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      I said this earlier this season. Big Roy’s fastball barely cracks 90mph these days. Seems to move ok, but maybe it was the velocity he threw at that made the movement effective? But without the true heat to blow past the hitters he’s just not the same guy. This worries me.

  4. natstowngreg - May 23, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    lol @ Nats-Fightins’ not being a rivalry. They play each other 13 more times. We’ll see.

    A milestone was reached last night. They beat Roy Halladay. The next milestone is beating Cole Hamels.

    Odd situation with Ruiz and Gerry Cederstrom. It was unusual to see a catcher turn around and complain at length to the plate umpire. Most likely, it was something he said, rather than the turning around, that got him tossed. Cederstrom, to his credit, didn’t do a Bob Davidson and get in Ruiz’ and Cholly’s faces. In fact, the Nats’ TV had a close-up of Cholly’ argument, and Cederstrom hardly said anything.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - May 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      You knew watching it that when Ruiz turned around for the 2nd time that if he said anything with the word “strike” or “ball” in it then he was gone… but, still, I’d really like the umps to not always have to have the last word and have thicker skin. NFL refs get totally screamed at and they just either look stone-faced towards the field or calmly explain their ruling. It takes a lot to get ejected, let alone even draw a flag. I’d love to see fewer managers and players kicked out of games.

  5. rockthered1286 - May 23, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    How bout dem O’s hon?

    • aceshigh11 - May 23, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      The Orioles are definitely legit this year. Major kudos to Showalter for getting the most out of a young, hungry team.

      I don’t know if they have enough to win the division but being in first place going in to the end of May proves they’re legit.

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        Gloryhole fans are bending over backwards to compliment everybody involved in this year’s unexpected run except Peter Angelos. Why, you’d think there was no Peter Angelos. Faced with the prospects of having to eat crow the size of a Thanksgiving turkey for a family of ten that’s invited all the aunts, uncles and cousins over for the holidays, Baltimore fans have maintained the kind of silence about their beloved owner that used to be reserved for knowing when your boyfriend was sailing on a container ship for Liverpool in 1942. You’d be led to believe, based on the utter silence, the refusal to acknowledge his mere existence, that there never has been a Peter Angelos. Where are the accolades for the dark genius who shaped this team? Where is the acknowledgment of the secret moves, canny trades, clever drafts and, above all, the bountiful generosity in keeping two generations of washouts and hasbeens employed in the game that finally paid off in this exhilarating first quarter of a 2012 season?

        Come on, Baltimore – if Milwaukee can erect a statue to the wretched Bud Light, you can construct a Colossus of Camden Yards to bestride the harbor and keep benevolent watch over your destiny. Don’t think. Just do it. It is only fitting and proper.

    • rockthered1286 - May 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      How could you possibly give this a thumbs down unless you are a Bo Sox fan? Matusz 2 hit ball with 9 K’s through 6 1/3 innings, and total dominance by O’Day, Strop and JJ to close it out. JJ continues his save streak, Tolleson who was a minor league contract pick up back in November jacked one, Betemit crushed one, and other than Youks HR, it was a well played game all around.

      This team has to be the feel good story of the year so far. Where the Nats down the road have built on #1 picks, (2 of the best in a long time between Stras and Harper) along with a few big name FA acquisitions, the O’s have relied on players like Xavier Avery, Tolleson, Chen, Andino and a few utility guys filling gaps while we wait for key injured players like Reimold, Roberts and Britton to make their way back, all awhile we maintain 1st place headed into the end of May.

    • seanmk - May 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      aceshigh11 how does them being in first place now “prove they are legit.” Last year at this time the cleveland indians were 30-15 at this exact date, they ended 80-82. The O’s have a lot of games to play still and their pitching staff does not inspire a lot of confidence in me that they will keep up this kind of performance.

      • paperlions - May 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        This.

      • aceshigh11 - May 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        You make a good point…they could still crater out, but there’s SOMETHING there that resembles a very solid team. We’ll just have to wait until the end of the season to find out if they’re punching above their weight class or not.

      • rockthered1286 - May 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        I’ll take a stab here: depth. Something the Indians lacked last year. While our rotation has been solid, we still have Britton waiting in the wings, allowing us to either drop Hunter back to the pen or possibly put him on the block. Depth in the field as well, where the fill ins are playing like starters and the injured Reimold, Roberts and Reynolds are all itching to get back and get in the action. For once we are going to be buyers not sellers, and have the depth available to make the right moves. Not saying we are aperenial playoff contender now, just a much improved version of what we used to be.

      • seanmk - May 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        adam jones is having a break out season, chris davis is surprisingly hitting, hardy and wieters are both hitting for power, Nick Markakis is having a decent season, they have some good pieces here.

  6. nolanwiffle - May 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Good game at Nationals Park – North last evening. An old school whuppin’ behind the woodshed.

    • Phillies Homer - May 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      In order for it to be dubbed “Nationals Park – North” you need fans to go there. Hell, in order to be considered a “fanbase” you need fans.

      Baby steps.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - May 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Nationals Park – North?… Staking claim to someone else’s park and you can’t even show up to your own.

      Oh, how dominate the Nationals have been vs. the Phillies. Great, you won 2 games in Philly this year. You really want to brag about beating the Phillies in games last year? Is that like a moral victory after getting beat 27 times between ’09-’10? Or all you can get out of another losing season?

      It’s still pretty early and the Phillies are playing with Mike Fontenot and Hector Luna every night. Why dont’ we wait and see for a couple months before you start staking claim to another city’s park.

      • nolanwiffle - May 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Hamels! You’re next! And for Crist’s sake show some stirrup…..we wanna see old school, country hardball.

  7. aceshigh11 - May 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Jeez, it looks like the Phillies are REALLY going to have regrets about not having been able to go deep into the playoffs last year.

    I thought they would be able to ride their ace rotation to at least a few seasons of NL East dominance before age caught up with them, but it looks like they may have had only a one year window.

    Not that I’m a Phillies, but I would love to see Halladay and Lee get at least one WS ring.

    • chill1184 - May 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      Lee should’ve stayed in Texas if that was the case

      • Francisco (FC) - May 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        4th Time’s the charm right?

      • mybrunoblog - May 23, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Stayed in Texas to get a ring? Umm, didn’t the Rangers lose the last two World Series? Just mentioning….

      • aceshigh11 - May 23, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        Hey, to win the World Series, you’ve got to first GET to the World Series.

        I don’t know if the Rangers are going to end up being this century’s version of the ’90s Braves, but I would think they’d be able to win at least one with the talent they have.

  8. Lukehart80 - May 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Cool moment in Cleveland last night when Chris Perez entered the game, his first appearance since his somewhat critical comments about the fans, and was given a standing ovation.

    Granted, there weren’t many fans there for it, but maybe a comeback win over the team’s biggest rival, while the Perez flap has more people paying attention, will lead to more people coming out (or maybe it won’t, we’ll see).

    In any event, good on Perez for saying what he felt, and good on the Cleveland faithful for giving him some love.

  9. mybrunoblog - May 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Is it just me or does it seem like the Dodgers never lose? I,m happy for mattingly. If you don’t like a guy like Donnie baseball then you probably dislike ice cream,Christmas and puppies.

  10. Francisco (FC) - May 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Craig was feeling smug and clever. Nothing like posting for shits and giggles. However, it didn’t have the same… feel… as before. Something was missing. He chomped on his bubble pipe and said so aloud.

    “Probably because they’re stinking up the place,” said Tiffany.

    Craig frowned. “Did I say that out loud? It’s true, you can only get so much joy from shooting fish in a barrel. But I’ll take my jollies when I can. But it’s getting harder. I get them properly riled up with that Harper battery quip but then the young man acts all mature and says how it’s a great place to play in and even gave a nod to the local legend. I had to shoe-horn in my post around his follow up comments to get a reaction out of the wildlife. No help from Harper at all after that.”

    Tiffany replied, “Well it’s a city thing, ALL of their sports franchises have stunk since last year. Their last hope seems to be their Basketball team.”

    “Basketball?”, asked Craig with a confused look on his face.

    Tiffany blew air between her teeth. “Craig, we’ve been through this. It’s the orange ball that goes through a hoop to score.”

    “Uh-huh,” Craig said uncertainly.

    “It’s about the size of a Volleyball…”

    “Volleyball?.”

    Tiffany hung her head and sighed while Craig just shrugged helplessly with palms open, shaking his head.

    • Old Gator - May 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      What a coincidence. The Heat’s destruction of the Pacers pre-empted the usual Feesh cable television broadcast at Tobacco Road last night, and the radio broadcast was shunted to some little pirate station transmitting from a hand-cranked generator based on one of the abandoned stilt-perched feeshing shanties in Biscayne Bay. Nobody wanted to tell me what its band was so I had to follow the game on my dumbphone, which my odd Hemingway hound Fido tells me is about as much fun as trying to eat from a bowl that’s been left outside your crate.

      The Rocky Mountain Oysters’ peetching staff collapsed last night, as usual, after they put up a fourspot against Ricky Nolasco’s evil pod-person twin – only his pod twin can hit, so his two RBI double in the third was a dead giveaway about which one we were dealing with, and Ricky-pod and the Feesh won. Kevin McCarthy would have loved it. Ricky is now the all time Feesh wins leader with – and aww, isn’t this just too poetic – sixty nine victories.

      • stex52 - May 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Pre-empted? By basketball??? That’s terrible. I’d rather watch a 24-hour “Titanic” marathon.
        But I have similar problems when the Astros are pre-empted. The local radio network has enough power to knock down an incoming ICBM, but the announcing has taken a turn south. Milo Hamilton is safely over the hill, and Dolan and Raymond are chatterers.

        I look forward to the new Astros’ network next year. Especially if they keep the present FoX SW crew.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Coming back to Indy now Gator. Bring on Game #6!
        “Gloryhole.” Hahahaha!

      • APBA Guy - May 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        OMG, a reference to the original, Don Siegel version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the brilliant, under-appreciated version with it’s dark McCarthyism tones.

        BTW, can the Feesh even see the Strange Attractor from their lofty perch?

  11. ajcardsfan - May 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I was glad to hear Wainwright found his mark again and was able to put some control in his throws

    • El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      He was superb. It was a fun game to watch after seeing him really struggle most of the year.

  12. Jonny 5 - May 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    The Phillies play like a bunch of Poopy pants. Besides Ruiz, Pierre, and most of the pitching staff.

    Poopy Pants!

  13. El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Philllies Phuck the Phillies.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      PPPPPPTP!

    • dennisund - May 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      You are quite mindphucked.

  14. roycethebaseballhack - May 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Part of me wishes Nike Golf, or Callaway or some other golf equipment beast would get Beckett under contract and make us the funniest golf equipment commercial of all time.

  15. sonoco - May 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Check the replay on Posey’s tag at home. He was way off the line and made a swipe tag. Cabrera’s throw was AWESOME!!!!

    • Gamera the Brave - May 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      sonoco
      Thanks for being one of the very few Gigantes commenters here – sometimes I get NL East/AL East burnout. We have APBA Guy to rep the Swingin’ A’s, but the Giants have a pretty small readership here…

    • goawaydog - May 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      agreed! Melky’s throw was a no hop laser from left field and Buster played it perfectly. Cain looked good, striking out 7 with no walks (wont mention all the hits or 4 runs but the G-men scored 6 so that;s what matters). And Busters moon shot off the centerfield scoreboard? nice

  16. icanspeel - May 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    In regards to Padres tickets.. You are in luck Craig. 1 benefit of going to Padres games is finding great tickets for cheap prices no matter the game. Living in San Diego they try to sell me season tickets but I always tell them that I can get individual tickets for less than season ticket prices in better seats without the commitment.

  17. APBA Guy - May 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    When you get 1-hit, it’s hard to find anything positive in a game. The A’s this morning are probably reduced to saying that Pennington put on one of the great displays of defense at short in the first 3 innings of the game, part of an overall team display (including Donaldson’s official Web Gem tm) and Cowgill’s toss-out of Kendrick at the plate. The A’s had 5-count ‘em-five great plays in the first 3 innings.

    And they needed every one. New-Guy “My Man” Godfrey’s first pitch of the game to Trout was an 87 mph mushball that had Trout so startled that he jumped back out of the batter’s box with a look that said it all: damn, I could’ve killed that pitch. From then on, the Angels were smokin’.

    Albert’s homer was on an 86 MPH Mark Leiter Special that could not have been anymore perfectly centered in the zone. The tense and emphatic conversation in the A’s dugout between Curt Young and Bob Melvin seemed clear: “Get the Sacramento Shuttle back here, this kid’s got nothing.” Godfrey came out of the game with a “cramp” in his pitching hand in the 3rd. I like that one. It’s original and can disappear as mysteriously as it appeared.

    The A’s have the distinct pleasure of facing Jered Weaver today, as he attempts to best CJ’s one-hitter. Rookie Jarrod Parker faces him today after his wost start of his young career last time. Personally I think Parker is the real deal, making the Cahill trade worth it by himself. Could be a good game.

  18. angrycorgi - May 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    24 hours after Hamilton committed an error on one of the worst throws I’ve ever seen him make, he redeems himself with defense. Good to see him bounce back from that error with some spectacular play in CF.

  19. Cris E - May 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The Twins are on a 5-1 roll. Let’s give it up for a complete rotation rebuild by Memorial Day. Whoo whoo!

  20. mgflolox - May 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Don’t know if anybody has beaten me to this observation, but I think Bryce Harper has played his last minor league game, barring an injury-rehab stint or something like that.

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