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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

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Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour.

Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now over .500. And Pujols hits his eighth homer. Mark Trumbo homered again. Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos put on a defensive clinic. That’s 11 of 15 for Anaheim and eight in a row. It’s like April and the first half of May never happened.

Marlins 3, Nationals 1: Anibal Sanchez hasn’t lost to the Nationals in 19 starts (he’s 8-0 with a 1.97 ERA against Washington). That’s pretty impressive. As was his performance in last night’s game (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER). The Marlins are 20-8 in the month of May, which is the best record in baseball in that span.

White Sox 7, Rays 2: Chicago is also hot. They’re winners of seven straight after rocking Big Game James for six runs on ten hits. Hideki Matsui had a homer in his first game back in the bigs.

Mets 6, Phillies 3: Joe Blanton didn’t have it. Scott Hairston did, hitting a two-run shot to give the Mets some breathing room in the sixth. Omar Quintanilla made his Mets debut and went 3 for 4 and scored twice. Easily the best debut for a Mets player with Q as the first letter of his last name ever. You can look it up.

Blue Jays 8, Orioles 6: Adam Jones hit two homers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Jays, who snagged a 8-1 lead by the fifth inning. Brett Lawrie had three hits and three RBI. And no umpires were harmed in the making of this baseball game. The O’s have dropped four straight and seven of ten.

Braves 5, Cardinals 4: The Braves finally break their losing skid thanks to a three run homer by Dan Uggla and a shot from Michael Bourn as well. Fredi Gonzalez batted the pitcher eighth. I’m guessing Fredi credits that bit of strategy for the win and will be doing it constantly now.

Royals 8, Indians 2: Mike Mike Moustakas drove in four and Will Smith got his first career win. In other news, whenever the Royals face the Indians, I get the lyric from Dylan’s “Summer Days” in my head which goes like this: “I got a house on a hill, I got hogs out lying in the mud/Got a long-haired woman, she got royal Indian blood.”  It’s a fairly nonsense song, but it rocks and gallops, Dylan has gotten away with that kind of thing for 50 years now and I love it so I don’t care.

Cubs 5, Padres 3: Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings on what was his own bobblehead day in Wrigley Field. Alfonso Soriano hit a homer. His seventh in 13 games. I don’t guess he gets a bobblehead day this year. The Padres have lost five straight and eight of nine. Which just means the price for that game against the Rangers I’m taking my kids to on June 18th gets cheaper and cheaper. Heck, at his rate I may be able to get some inexpensive Field Box VIP seats or something. Keep losing, San Diego! Do it for the children!

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3: Justin Verlander done got blowed up (6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER). David Ortiz went 3 for 4, doubled, homered and drove in a couple.

Reds 8, Pirates 1: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier had two hits and drove in two, helping snap the Pirates’ four-game winning streak. The day before he saved someone’s life at a restaurant by giving the Heimlich maneuver. Not a bad 24 hours or so for the guy, no?

Mariners 10, Rangers 3: Josh Hamilton went deep again, but that was about the only thing that went right for the Rangers. John Jaso hit a two-run homer and had an RBI single. Scott Feldman got the loss for the Rangers. He was starting as a fill-in for Neftali Feliz. Roy Oswalt was signed on the same day. Do I gotta draw you a diagram, people?

Brewers 2, Dodgers 1: Ryan Braun‘s two-run homer in the first was all the Brewers needed. My friend Todd was at the game. He texted me last night to tell me that at one point Braun threw a ball into the stands to a fan, but the fans threw it back to him, which made him laugh. So then at the end of an inning he caught another ball and faked a throw to the stands. Fun times.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1: Melky Cabrera had three hits. That makes 50 hits this month for him, breaking Willie Mays’ team record for hits in May. He has 77 hits in 50 games. Who knew the Giants were getting mid-2000s vintage Ichiro?

  1. inkedchef - May 30, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Not just a good day for Todd Frazier, been a pretty eventful week for the guy…..
    5/23-first big league walk-off HR
    5/27-hit HR without the bat actually in his hands
    5/29-saves a guy choking on a steak then goes and gets 2 steaks of his own vs. the Buccos

    Put that one in the time capsule, gonna be tough to top.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 30, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    No umpires were harmed in the Jays game; however, that young hot headed catcher for the Orioles got tossed for arguing balls and strikes. The argument got heated and for a moment, I wondered if he was going to get violent. Fortunately, his manager got between him and the ump.

    Lawrie also made the defensive play of the game in the 9th inning when he caught a foul ball that Brooks Robinson would not have reached.

    • natstowngreg - May 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      A foul ball Brooks Robinson could not reach? Inconceivable.

      • proudlycanadian - May 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Not that one. Lawrie’s speed made the play possible.

      • natstowngreg - May 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Brooks Robinson would have started toward the ball quicker. That’s how he was able to get to balls other 3B could not.

    • cur68 - May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Never mind the nay-sayers, PC. I saw the catch. Lawrie was like lightening. He broke right away; he was like the The Flash, he was so quick. The slide on his back under the ball was to give himself more time (as it was hooking a bit away form him). In the end he made the catch look really easy, he got there so fast. The mid-slide, spin-around, back-to-his-feet-in-one motion was just the effortless gravy on top. Robinson v Lawrie? Yeah, I’ll take Lawrie in that one.

      • proudlycanadian - May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        That catch took the wind out of the Orioles who had 2 on and the go ahead run at the plate. Another thing that I liked was seeing Arencibia covering third in case the runner at second had decided to try to go to third.

      • cur68 - May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Yep, smart baseball all the way around by the Beaver Men. Tonight they go for the sweep. This is who they are, I think. Steady, if unspectacular pitching (although Romero was great thru 5.5) with a monster offence to see them thru the late innings. They need Bautista to shorten his swing a bit, copy E5 in fact, and then he’ll start hitting all over the place. What I’ve been amazed by is Jeff Mathis’s hitting. That guy was supposed to have no bat. In fact it seems that LA of Anahiem is where good hitting goes to die. Mathis is not bad. Not bad at all. Strong as an ox, too. He flip his bat at a ball and it’ll go to the wall. Nice to have that kind of easy power.

      • natstowngreg - May 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Naysayer? Moi? Not at all. It was a great play. But I’m not buying the idea that Brooks Robinson would have failed to make the play.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    If the Red Sox can get to Verlander, it’s a very positive sign indeed.

    And I’m glad to see Pujols and the Angels turning things around. The AL West is an interesting division and it’ll be that much more interesting with a competitive Angels team and a Pujols playing to his full potential.

    • proudlycanadian - May 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      The “Risen From The Dead” Sox are still last in the AL East but are only 3.5 games out of first place. It is getting very interesting.

  4. natstowngreg - May 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    In the pantheon of Nats-killers, Anibal Sanchez ranks right up there with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Tim Hudson. Edwin Jackson also pitched well but made the critical mistake, a wild pickoff throw. Did I mention that I’ve seen better fish tanks than the ones at the Baseball Palace in seafood restaurants?

    Wait a minute. Melky broke a record held by Willie Mays? Melky is saving the Giants’ season? Are we talking about the same Melky?

    • natstowngreg - May 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      In my haste to scribble something this AM, forgot to congratulate Jhonaton Solano on his first MLB hit. A solid opposite-field double off Heath Bell.

      Also forgot to mention that Heath’s fastball was, per the MASN radar gun, a couple of ticks faster Tuesday than it was Monday. It’s possible that the radar gun gained an MPH. More likely, Heath is getting back into form.

  5. Old Gator - May 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I hope Anibal keeps this up, because it will be fun to see him take the Feesh to the cleaners when he’s ready for arbitration, especially after the way they jerked him around in the offseason. Last night was a teepical Anibal game – well peetched, with about as little run support as the team could provide, which in this case was barely enough.

    The Hanster found his home run stroke again after a week or two – can’t recall when he parked his last one – for a nice little late game insurance run.

    But the best news for the Feesh, I think, was that the Iron Giant when two for three including a two out ribby double in the sixth and hiked his average to .298 in his quest to round into the Complete Slugger. In a local interview yesterday the Giant noted that he’d always hit for average in the minors and didn’t want to be one of those all or nothing guys who go one for four with a dinger all the time. He’s being more patient, and he’s also taking greater advantage of his speed for a big guy. Under the radar, he’s stealing more bases when he’s walked, which is something opposing peetchers will need to take into consideration in close games. And of course, also going somewhat unnoticed because of the focus on his power, he’s been making terrific plays in the outfield and he has a rail gun for a throwing arm,

    • APBA Guy - May 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      I’m surprised more isn’t being written about the Giant’s progress vs. the seeming lack of progress by Heyward, who came up at the same time and was even more acclaimed.

      • Old Gator - May 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        It’s solicitude. We’re all mindful of Craig’s deeply sensitive nature and of his disappointed adoration of the former Heyward Child. Clearly, you’re not wearing your “Love him, Protect Him” t-shirt today.

  6. prophet215 - May 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    If there’s a god, Blanton will land on the DL before he can start again.

    • Old Gator - May 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      There is no God, and Blanton is his prophet.

    • Utley's Hair - May 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      To paraphrase what said before, we wanted Fat Joe to be more like Doc. Unfortunately, he’s emulating the 2012 version. The Phightins should be fine. I’m not (too) worried…yet…

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        As terrible as they have played to be only 4 back is amazing. If they are 4 back when Doc gets back, I predict that they will have a Secretariat-at-the-Belmont-like showing in August and September and may even carry that momentum into the playoffs.

  7. - May 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Mosquito’s put on Mike Moustakas Repellent so they won’t bite him.

  8. Ben - May 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Mike Moustakas is quietly having a really good season. Is he still rookie eligible?

    • Ben - May 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Nope, definitely not rookie-eligible. Too bad.

  9. goawaydog - May 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Giants middle of the order: melky 3-4, posey 2-4 w/2rbi, (first runs scored off Brian Shaw when pitching on the road in 10 games) Pagan 2-4. Pagan plays with an angry face, i have not seen one of those at the yard since Will the Thrill Clark glowered his way around Candlestick. Vogolsong struggles but still goes out in the 7th even though he had 100+ pitches at that point, the man is a horse in disguise.

  10. APBA Guy - May 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    My girlfriend will vouch for the fact that I called Willingham’s home run last night, based entirely on how poorly Fuentes was throwing. Not that Balfour was any better the inning before, he had the good fortune to face the less productive part of the Twins line-up and thus escaped harm.

    But we (A’s fans) watched Willingham all last year as he blasted 29 HR’s in the Mausoleum and on the road, and watching him swing his first 3 times at bat he looked dangerous. With 9 HR’s he’s approximately on pace for 29 again, and since Target Field looks like it plays similarly to the Mausoleum in terms of power, 29 or that neighborhood looks achievable for him.

    Parker was who he is for 6 innings, too many walks, too many 3-2 counts, but ultimately too much stuff for the Twins. What was shocking was Cole DeVries, who never touched 90 on the gun but kept the punchless A’s off balance all night. Two nights of this in a row had the A’s announcers dreaming of a lineup with Cespedes and Manny. It looks like the Great and Powerful Beane has decided that the loser in the Manny-world incarnation will be Cowgill, no surprise-a .240 SLG is bad even by A’s anemic standards. What’s shocking is that Crisp will still see regular playing time, not the Smith/Gomes platoon. The outfield is expected to be Cespedes in left, Crisp in center, and Reddick in right. So average in all fields with plus arms in the corners. But a real penalty offensively in center, though Crisp had a very good game last night. But a 179/229/194 line doesn’t lie. Neither does his declining UZR150. Most of us would prefer the platoon in left, Cespedes in center, and Reddick in right, with Crisp used as a 4th OF/defensive replacement/pinch-runner.

    Amazing that a team purportedly rebuilding still pays so much homage to declining veterans like Crisp and Fuentes.

    • kopy - May 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I agree about Willingham’s potential for this year. I don’t know how much stake I put into “protection” for a hitter, but I think the potential to be sandwiched between Mauer and Morneau (both lefy, and hitting well now) means more managers will have leftys throwing to Willingham than they’d otherwise like. Of course, Fuentes is a PROVEN CLOSER, and he has to pitch in the 9th no matter who is hitting, right? RIGHT?!

      Also agree about Cole DeVries. Wild on control last night, but hitless for an extended period of time. As an undrafted free agent who sat in the Twins’ farm forever (and wasn’t exceptionally good there), he shouldn’t really be holding any lineup down.

    • Reflex - May 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      I’ll be confirming this with your girlfriend over breakfast…

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