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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 25, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

Angel Pagan

Giants 14, Marlins 7: There have been times over the past couple of years when the Giants wouldn’t score 14 in a week. And when he played in New York and Atlanta, there were weeks when Melky Cabrera wouldn’t drive in four, but here we are. Angel Pagan did the same. The Marlins bullpen gave up nine runs in less than four innings.

Phillies 10, Cardinals 9: Given that the Cardinals lost, I assume that Rally Naked Guy (warning: man-butt) isn’t going to take off like the Rally Squirrel, but I like his pluck and moxie. Three RBI a piece for Shane Victorino and Freddy Galvis.

Padres 11, Mets 5: What’s gotten into these low-powered west coast teams? San Diego broke out the whuppin’ sticks too, rapping out 18 hits. Eric Stults (hmm?) gave up one run over five.

Reds 6, Braves 3: The Reds swept the Braves in a four game series and have won six in a row overall.  Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam. There were approximately 467 home runs — give or take — in this series. All of the Braves’ pitchers are likely suffering from Great American Ballpark PTSD.

White Sox 11, Twins 8: Speaking of home runs, the White Sox had five of them. One of them was by Alejandro De Aza in the sixth inning. He had what was initially called a home run in the fifth as well, but it was overturned on replay.

Indians 2, Tigers 1: Justin Verlander was near perfect in his previous start. He would have had to be again to win this one. Despite giving up only two runs — one a tape measure shot in the first from Shin-Soo Choo — he and the Tigers lost because Justin Masterson gave up only a run in seven innings despite walking five dudes. The sweep for the Indians, who would like you all to know that, yes, they are for real.

Angels 3, Mariners 0Albert Pujols was 3 for 3 with a homer.  Folks, El Hombre is back. Deal with it.

  1. El Bravo - May 25, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    I was at the same point in the angels game when i passed out or else id give u a recap. El hombre doesnt want u to call him that.

    • cleverbob - May 25, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      Same here with the Phillies game. It was damn near midnight and I think they were still in the 8th inning. Yet again, Cholly leaves Blanton in for way too long. You’d think after all these years he’d finally realize that Joe’s arm turns into a pumpkin after 5 1/3…

      • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        The Cardinal Philly game is what happens when you have an umpire that doesn’t think the bottom 6″ of the strike zone exists. He called a lot of pitches in the bottom of the balls, making pitchers from both teams bring the ball up.

      • Francisco (FC) - May 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        If Halladay had been pitching he would have barked at the umpire setting him straight on where the strike zone was.

      • Utley's Hair - May 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        Fat Joe didn’t even make it that far, Bob. He hit the buffet after giving up the tying run at 7-7 at 4 1/3…and being spotted a 6-0 lead after the second. Hey, we wanted him to look more like Doc, right? Sadly he picked that atrocity in Atlanta…. :(

      • cleverbob - May 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        My god, it was that early? I was already fading in and out of consciousness by the time he gave 4 back.

  2. cleverbob - May 25, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Oh, and obviously Naked Rally Guy was a Phillies fan.

    • Utley's Hair - May 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Duh…otherwise he wouldn’t have run onto the field. But he’s more of a bandwagon fan. A hardcore Phan would’ve gotten himself Tased.

  3. digitaldonnie - May 25, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Tribe sweeps Tigers. Masterson was masterful, Prince Fielder is fat, Choo is a beast in the leadoff spot. Yea folks, Cleveland is for real

  4. danaking - May 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    14-7. 10-9. 11-5. 11-8. It’s vbeen trending this way for a while. Maybe now Ton Verducci et al will stop telling us how this is the most pitching dominatedyear since Grover Cleveland Alexander took his first drink.

    • The Baseball Idiot - May 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      1960 World Series:

      6-4
      16-3
      10-0
      3-2
      5-2
      12-0
      10-9

      Individual game scores over a short period of time, be it a day, a week, or even a month, do not determine if pitching or hitting dominates.

      At the end of the year, one was better than the other. Picking one day of 162 means nothing in the broader scheme of things.

    • natstowngreg - May 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Per Baseball-Reference.com, the MLB ERA is 3.87 thus far this season. That is below last season’s 3.94 (which was the lowest since 1992). The trend has been toward improved pitching.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        This is true….about 5 years ago MLB-wide ERA was in the mid-4s.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        According to Baseball-Reference, errors and runs/game are up in the National League, and down in the American League.

        Its also May, and hitting numbers go up in the heat of summer time, just as they are suppressed in the cold of spring.

        Using 40 some games to determine the outcome of a season seems like an uneccessary exercise.

        Of course, doing it your way would mean that Cole Hamels and Lance Lynn will split the Cy Young vote with 28 wins each.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        It is only May, but there really wasn’t much cold weather across the country this spring. Most days have had higher than average (5-12 F higher) highs and lows here in the NE.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Fair enough, but picking one day of the season like danaking did in order to determine seasonal outcomes doesn’t really work.

        You used data from the last 5 years. That makes for a better argument.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        Agreed. It is only May….every May there are narratives that no one remembers come September…then they do it all over again (often citing the previous years small sample to support arguments) and ignoring the last 4 months of the season.

      • natstowngreg - May 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        BI, I was responding to someone who took a few scores in one day to say that offense has improved in general. You pointed out, correctly, that these scores were not representative.

        I did not use just the MLB ERA thus far this season. I went back on Balseball-Reference.com and looked at MLB-wide ERAs going back to 1901. The most recent trend in ERAs has been downward. That is based on 20 years’ data, not 8 weeks’ data. Also, I didn’t say that the trend will continue through this season. You and paperlions pointed out reasons why it may not.

      • spudchukar - May 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        PL, just so you know it isn’t warm everywhere. I woke up to 4 inches of snow on the ol’ tent this morning, and it is still snowing to beat the band. Temperature? 33, with a high predicted to make it into the low 40s the next three days.

  5. mybrunoblog - May 25, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Isn’t it funny how all the baseball “experts” pretty much told all the AL central teams not to even show up this year? The Tigers were going to run away with the division and the other teams would be lucky to be .500 .
    It’s fun when the experts are wrong.

    Pujols? Yeah he is showing signs of like but talk to me when he is is above .250 and is consistent. One good three or four game stretch doesn’t mean he is “back” .

  6. delawarephilliesfan - May 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    A fan running on the field has “pluck and moxie”

    A lot of angles from which I could criticize that comment, but how about this one: in recent years, fans have run on the field and attacked personnel from the visiting team.

    Pluck and moxie? How about criminal trespassing.

    • drunkenhooliganism - May 25, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      “Hakuna Matata”

    • snowbirdgothic - May 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Apparently security plucked his moxie pretty good.

  7. justiniodiddly - May 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    The Indians are 8 games over .500 with a +1 run differential, and are on pace to go 37-7 in one run games. This is not a formula that portends success over a 162 game season.

    • mybrunoblog - May 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Portend is an interesting word but I sort of get the idea that people who use that word also have all their canned goods perfectly aligned in their kitchen cabinets and they wash their hands 19 times a day.

      Good thing for the Indians they have 118 more games to try and prove your thoughts wrong.

      • justiniodiddly - May 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        If you prefer it worded differently that is just fine. Once the horse shoe that is jammed up their ass is removed and they stop winning 80% of close games, we will see the the team they really are.

        We had to put up with this silliness last year when they started 30-15 and were actually outscoring their opponents, before failing to finish the season with a winning record.

        The Indians and their fans should treasure this time, because those 118 games will most likely not be as kind and will be filled with announcers talking about how “they just can’t get the big hit like they did earlier in the year.” Derek Lowe has walked more hitters than he has struck out, has a 1.41 WHIP, and is leading the AL in ERA. What could possibly go wrong?

    • jlovenotjlo - May 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Beat me to it, Justin. They’re playing .500 baseball with lots of good luck. However, it is starting to look like 84-87 wins could take the AL Central, so I say there are still 4 teams in that division with a good shot. Well maybe 3, sorry Royals.

  8. darthicarus - May 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I’ve almost come to the point where I don’t want to put Tigers games on the radio anymore in fear the neighbor’s will call social services for child abuse.

  9. natstowngreg - May 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    I was going to quip about Braves ptichers’ PTSD and this weekend’s Nats visit to Atlanta. Then I remembered the soldiers I’ve met who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, and sorry, it wasn’t quite as funny.

  10. mungman69 - May 25, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    There were 33 hits in the Phillies, Cards game. Is St Louis a great hitters park?

    • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Nope. This is what happens when the strike zone for the night starts at mid-thigh.

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        I disagree – I watched the whole game and thought that ump was givin a huge strike zone – Furcal gave an unchracateristically long look at a pitch way outside that was called a strike.

        It seemed like every picther was worn down by the heat. Plus Blanton sucks

      • paperlions - May 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Disagree all you want, then go look at the pitch FX data and see all the little green dots in the bottom 6″ of the strike zone and the lack of little red ones.

        The ump was highly inconsistent on the corners, but the bottom of the zone was a ball most of the night.

  11. sleepyirv - May 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    This rundown hit a couple sour notes: Streakers are obnoxious idiots who interrupt regular fans attempts to watch a baseball game. And Albert Pujols is back after he hits for a month not a week since that’s how long is slump last. Saying otherwise is for the talking heads on ESPN.

  12. Old Gator - May 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I did one thing right and one thing wrong yesterday. The right thing was to buy a skewer of pinchos and a corn and queso blanco arepa from the little umbrella cart across the street from the stadium for seven bucks total instead of spending three times as much on the same items inside Macondo Banana Massacre Field, then plant myself on the outdoor side of the Clevelander to enjoy the air conditioning and the anatomy of the seven-to-eight cracker rating, yet hopelessly awful dancers, bedecked in those perpetually stupid Vegas-style kitsch feather headdresses

    All good so far. The mistake was going inside for that fiasco of a ballgame. Craig duly consigned the Feesh boolpen – in this case, Ryan Webb and Mike Dunn – to their deserved perdition. Alex Fernandez’ Strike Zone batting and pitching practice indoor camp is just down the street from me and none of his machines are as obliging as those two were last night.

    However, what the bubble pipe king did not tell you – and your best friends won’t either, but I will – is that the entire team played like a bunch of clowns. During the sixth inning, when the wheels – er, rudders – came off the Feesh, they were booting balls – Greg Dobbs kicked Blanco’s single into the pits of center field and gifted a triple out of it (why the official scorer didn’t call it an error is beyond me; you’d think he would worry about winding up like Shyam Das with that sort of generosity); Brett Hayes and the Hanster conspired, a play later, to botch a rundown of Blanco between third and home on what would have been a double-play ball if Blanco had still been on first; Anibal Sanchez threw a bunch of wild peetches allowing a runner to score and two others to advance; bloops were falling in so blatantly that you could actually see the lines of karmic force guiding them to where they ain’t. A few innings later Tweeter had to throw himself on his ass to avoid being brained by an incoming peg from the Iron Giant. The Giant thought it was funny. It didn’t look like Tweeter did.

    Speaking of the Iron Giant, the high point of the game was the line drove rail gun shot he crushed into the Budwiser Bowtie Bar in dead center field. It was over in seconds. I have to check the speed on that one. It’s always good to watch Tommy light up, spit up, and generally behave like Jake Gyllenhaal’s Christmas Party dance in Jarhead. He popped out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, though.

    I promised APBA guy some impressions of the Jints. Well, they’re opportunistic, and presented with a lineup of Killer Klowns from Outer Space they took all the advantage and had all the fun they could. I don’t think Melky Cabrera is going to stay this hot, but I was mainly there because I’d never seen Vogelsong pitch before. The Feesh made him throw a lot of peetches – 36 in the first two innings – and waited on him pretty well before they came apart, but he stuck it out before tiring in the sixth. Blanco impressed me, though – he’s fast and aggressive, or at least was tonight.

    But the most interesting stuff going down at that game was the Feesh ineptitude. And Why Ozzie would play .118-hitting Chris Coghlan when he had .173 hitting Bryan Petersen on the bench is beyond me. BTW Coghlan went 0-4 last night. He’s toast. Wet toast. Finished. Kaput. Time to think seriously about selling shoes.

    • APBA Guy - May 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      The entire town is taking off work today to celebrate the Giants scoring 14 runs. Which is their total from the previous 4 games. But the town, as it awakes from it’s Anchor Steam hangover, is nervous: today is Timmy vs. Josh Johnson. Small Mammal vs. Small Forward. Timmy has not looked good lately. Johnson’s last outing was vintage. If the Giants get another 14 runs, and they may need them all, expect craziness this weekend: it’s the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Memorial Day, which is a big deal around here as the Bay Area, despite its well-deserved reputation, is actually very fond and proud of its veterans and active duty personnel.

    • jimeejohnson - May 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Old Gator smashes the stereotype of the ignorant, redneck Floridian, again! I assume you like avocado, too.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Funny you should mention the old mystique of the Florida cracker – I was just talking to a visiting friend from Nyorc about that today, about how in south Florida, and Macondo especially, a dense sedimentary layer of Cuban, other Caribbean and Latin American corruption rises upon the all but forgotten anicent oolite strata of Good Ole Boy networking. It’s kinda like the way they built that yuppie suburb on top of an Indian burial ground in Poltergeist and pissed off the spirits, you know?

  13. slumdog66 - May 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Complete laziness on the angel mariners game. You failed to mention Dan haren fanned a career high 14k. Don’t be an a**

    • jimeejohnson - May 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      a** = angel?

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