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Settling the Score: Sunday’s results

May 28, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers a pitch during the first inning of his MLB American League baseball game against Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum in Oakland

Yeah, it’s Monday, and you usually get an And That Happened on Monday. But it’s a holiday and I’m still in Texas there is too much good BBQ and other stuff here for me to keep my concentration for a full-blown recap today. Selah.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3
Reds 7, Rockies 5
Royals 4, Orioles 2
Mets 2, Padres 0
White Sox 12, Indians 6
Giants 3, Marlins 2
Tigers 4, Twins 3
Pirates 10, Cubs 4
Rangers 12, Blue Jays 6
Cardinals 8, Phillies 3
Yankees 2, Athletics 0
Dodgers 5, Astros 1
Angels 4, Mariners 2
Diamondbacks 4, Brewers 3
Nationals 7, Braves 2

  1. natstowngreg - May 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    And here I was so looking forward to your commentary on the Nats’ sweep of the Braves.

    The Nats scored 22 runs in 3 games. Happy as we Nats fans are at the development of an actual Major League offense, Braves fans must be worried about their pitching. Not so much Beachy; last night was likely just a hiccup in Beahcy’s season.

    A “not again” moment when Jesus Flores left the field. Reports are that it’s nothing serious.

    Young Mr. Harper faced Old Mr. Hernandez. Livan made him look silly with one of his 63-mph pieces of slop. Something in which we Nats fans delighted when Livan was doing it for our side. As it happened, Harper got another chance. Home run. More on The Education of a Young Hitter from Adam Kilgore:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/bryce-harper-meets-livan-hernandez-homers/2012/05/28/gJQAnSTmvU_blog.html

    Being 6-3 in the difficult portion of the schedule, the Nats are off to Gatorland and the Miami-Dade County Baseball Palace. Z vs. Z this afternoon.

    • dan1111 - May 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Nice job filling in for Craig, Greg!

    • Francisco (FC) - May 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Nice. Now you have to do the rest.

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Yep. The rest of us are on vacation.

      • natstowngreg - May 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Dream on.

  2. RedHeadedBastard - May 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Livo has and always will be the Achilles Heel of the Braves.

    • kiwicricket - May 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      Elephants don’t have heels

  3. uyf1950 - May 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Nice way to start a road trip with a 3 games sweep. Never an easy thing to win 3 straight games against any team especially in their home park. But what I liked more than the win or the sweep of Oakland was Kuroda’s performance. He looked very good last night even if the A’s are not an offensive powerhouse. Allowing just 4 hits and no runs in 8 innings. Very nice and much needed.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      You know what’s even harder? wining 4 straight games against a team in their home park. The Phillies tried and failed, but they did leave St. Louis 3 out of 4; winning a 4 game road series is not an easy feat.

      • mianfr - May 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        Both of these posts are useless.

      • uyf1950 - May 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        mianfr – thank you for that thought provoking comment. I can’t speak for Francisco but I’ll try and do better next time so as engage that brain of yours into more meaningful conversation. Have a nice day.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      I may have mentioned over the past couple of weeks that the Universe is fine at .550 on Memorial Day.
      Misguided pup Oriolesfanmatt thinks he’ll gloat upon arrival to MB on June 24th. Hardy-har-har.

  4. Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I theenk the Feesh played yesterday and lost. The Good Ricky showed up, but so did the usual run of impotent Feesh heeters, three of whom were batting .190 or below. During this recent run they proved they can hit struggling pitchers but Matt Cain on his game? Not so much. For all the talk about how hot they’ve been, the Feesh are still mired in third, have played 6-4 for their past ten and can still look down and see the Strange Attractor with the naked eye. It was nice t see them hike their RISP to .350 and change until I after cleaning the grill and kicking back to enjoy a cold coconut water I took another look at the stat and realized that it was only for the recent games they had won. Ah me. Otherwise, they’re still that same anemic seetualtion heeters that they have been for going on a year now.

    Jimmy, do you think the Feesh could get a decent return on his carcass if they traded John Buck for a case of Soylent Green?

  5. goawaydog - May 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Melky melky melky and more melky, HR, single single single, 2 steals for the day. .369 BA, majornleague leading 73 hits, to go with a bakers dozen of doubles, and league leading 6 triples. Dude is flat out raking the ball. Oh and Matt Cain pitched good too.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Got Melky?

      Safe as Melky.

      The Melky way.

      A nice hot cup of Melky tea.

      Melk it for all it’s worth….

      • 4d3fect - May 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        can anyone be bothered to post a few pics of the Melkmen frome phon co park?

      • yankeesfanlen - May 28, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Thank you, John Sterling

  6. gmsingh - May 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Why hasn’t there been anything said about Konerko hitting .399?

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Because .399 is not the new .400.

      • gmsingh - May 28, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        That’s why a post on HBT magically appeared about Konerko. Boy, it sure is tough being right all the time!

  7. indaburg - May 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    The Rays took 2 of 3 from the Red Sox, thwarting the Sox’s latest attempt to stick their heads above the .500 line. Yesterday, the Sox got a taste of what the Rays felt Saturday night with Alfredo Aceves blowing the lead in the ninth, giving up a two run homer to Sean Rodriguez. Everyone was on their best behavior, and no one got beaned.

  8. APBA Guy - May 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    A Yankees sweep of the suddenly impotent A’s. Tommy Milone was keeping everybody off balance except for Texeira, who doubled twice. And speaking of off-balance, Kuroda had the entire A’s line-up front-footing it against his assortment of change-ups, hooks, sliders, and assorted mush. That works in a big ball park like the Mausoleum (and Dodger Stadium) not as much with lefty hitters in Yankee stadium. Hence the 4.10 ERA entering yesterdays game. My guess is that Cashman and the brain-trust felt they could live with 4-5 runs per game at home since the Yankees were likely to score 6-7. But against a lefty, the Yankees aren’t nearly as powerful. If this series marks Tex’s annual turning point, the Yankees will have begun their climb towards the playoffs. The A’s, on the other hand, look like the # 28 offense in the MLB, scoring only 5 runs in the 3 game set against the Yankees.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Come September, we’ll see whether the Feesh or the A’s have the lowest RISP. The loser buys the winner a lingonberry pancake breakfast at Sears. Deal?

    • yankeesfanlen - May 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      All quite true, and actually have a wager with an O’s fan about the standings on June 24th. Relatively harmless as it’s all-you-can-eat grits at Akel’s Pancake House on 17 Business in MB, I’d never care to collect, and he’ll never win

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Tell you what, Len – here’s a welcome break from grits. It’s called upma , and it’s an Indian (as in where Columbus thought he was) breakfast porridge. There’s an “instant” brand called, believe it or not, “Mother’s” (मां की) that comes in a pouch and empties directly into a pot of two and a half cups of boiling water. Stir. Thassit. I add frozen green peas (हरा मटर) and bird peanuts (ए) while the porridge is cooking up, and sprinkle butter (‘ गिनी. ज) and chopped cilantro leaves (धनिया) over it. You can add soymilk if you like for a creamier texture. Any Indian grocery sells this stuff. Yum.

      • kiwicricket - May 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        Wada. Warm and fresh. Very hard to beat.

    • cogitobaseballergosum - May 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Um… Koroda’s been much better at Yankee Stadium than on the road, and the Yankees have hit lefties better, if not quite as hard, as righties.

      Kuroda at home: 3 – 2, 3.41 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
      Kuroda away: 1 – 4, 4.55 ERA, 1.45 WHIP (and that’s after last night’s game, which improved his away line considerably)

      Yankees vs. LHP: .275/.342/.450
      Yankees vs. RHP: .263/.336/.463

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