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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 10, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

Robinson Cano, Yan Gomes

Yankees 14, Indians 1: “Man, where are the Yankees going to get any offense with all of their big hitters on the DL?” no one is asking today like they asked so much last week. I guess nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say, but nothin’ comes out when they move their lips — just a bunch of gibberish — and Yankee haters act like they forgot about Cano (4 for 6, 5 RBI).

Astros 16, Mariners 9: Meanwhile, in the other west coast park with a shorter porch, two teams not known for offense combined to hit eight homers, including two from Chris Carter and another one — a baseball-leading sixth — for Mike Morse. That 16-spot from Houston goes a long way towards covering up some overall offensive ineptitude on the stat sheet.

Phillies 8, Mets 3: Everything else may be going sideways, but Cliff Lee is still Cliff Lee. Two earned runs in eight and two-thirds with six strikeouts. Ryan Howard and Michael Young went back-to-back in the third inning, each their first homer of the year. Miguel Cabrera had his first homer of the year yesterday too, so you can totally say that Howard and Young are on an MVP-pace if you’re so inclined.

Nationals 8, White Sox 7: Adam LaRoche went 0 for 15 until hitting two straight homers in this one. Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth hit bombs too. All needed given some overall sloppiness and bad bullpen play in this one.

Padres 9, Dodgers 3: Will Venable drove in four for the Padres who are happy to finally be home after ugly series in New York and Colorado. The new fences in Petco Park gave Juan Uribe a homer that would have been an out last year.

Tigers 7, Blue Jays 3: Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with four RBI and that homer I mentioned. It’s almost like he’s awesome or something. Worst start since 2004 for the new-look Jays.

Braves 3, Marlins 2: Kris Medlen‘s second start looked a lot more like his 2012 second half. I guess facing the Marlins helps (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER). Justin Upton didn’t go yard, but he did hit a looong RBI double which would have been out in all but two or three parks. Homer for rookie Evan Gattis, who is making it pretty difficult for the front office to figure out what to do when Brian McCann comes back.

Rangers 6, Rays 1: Rangers’ fifth starter Nick Tepesch makes his major league debut and all he does is go seven and a third allowing one run on four hits.

Royals 7, Twins 4: Jeremy Guthrie won his seventh straight decision, getting all the run support he needed in a five-run first inning. The Royals are 5-3, by the way. It’s the tenth anniversary of that Mike Sweeney-led Royals team which made everyone think they were back in contention, only to falter later. Same thing going on again, or have they truly turned the corner and become the 2012 Orioles, redux?

Cubs 6, Brewers 3: Kiwicricket sent me the part of the box score which makes your head explode: “W: Marmol (1-1, 12.27) ; L: Axford (0-2, 24.30) ; SV: Fujikawa (2).” Always fun to see a game come down to a battle of Proven Closers. And Axford wasn’t even closing.

Athletics 9, Angels 5: Five runs in the seventh for Oakland, led by John Jaso‘s pinch-hot three-run homer. A seesaw game, as Oakland had a 4-0 lead once, fell behind 5-4 and then this rally. Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 and is now hitting a cool .138. The Angels join the Jays in 2-5 land. I guess winning the Hot Stove League doesn’t carry over.

Cardinals 5, Reds 1: The new-and-improved Lance Lynn struck out ten in six innings while allowing only one run. Bronson Arroyo cruised into the sixth and then gave up a pinch hit homer to Matt Adams.

Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 5Garrett Jones had three hits and two RBIs. The Pirates had 11 hits overall, winning their second straight game and finally waking up on offense. Brandon McCarthy has surrendered 19 hits in 11 and two-thirds innings thus far.

Giants 9, Rockies 6: Tim Lincecum was shaky as all get-out for one inning, acceptable for four others, but overall allowed six runs in six innings while walking four. The Giants’ bats rescued him, however, led by a Brandon Crawford three-run homer in the sixth and then some general hit-parade fun. Lincecum got the win in his first outing despite walking the park and a no-decision here despite melting down for a while. You feel like he’s walking on the edge of a knife, though.

  1. fanofevilempire - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Craig, you get more points if you rap that line, I give you a point for printing it, as I was
    reading I was thinking this is familiar but wait a minute……………..

    • dondada10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Your sentence turned into the protagonist of the popular TI-83 game “Snake.”

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Did you check out the ellipsis on that guy? Impressive!

  2. randygnyc - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Yankees clawed themselves back to an even .500 after a horrible start to the season. The Yankees won their third in a row, a first for any AL East team so far this year. During this winning streak, the Yankees have scored 32 runs while only surrendering 7. Pettitte continues to impress, giving up his second earned run of the season. The bombers crushed 5 home runs last night, including Cano who has hit 3 in the last 2 games. He’s got 7 Hits and 7 RBI in the first 2 games of this series, raising his average to over .300 after starting 3 for 23. And yes, the Yankees lead the majors in home runs, with 15, 8 games into the season.

    • royhobbs39 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Wait? It took you eight minutes to cut and paste this? What took so long? Unable to push refresh while pouring your coffee?

      • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Gotta love the way the Borg found their footing. Len, wherever he is, must be mighty pleased.

      • bigharold - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        ” Len, wherever he is, must be mighty pleased.”

        Right On Right On!!

  3. mattintoledo - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    “It feels like he’s walking on the edge of a knife, though.”

    Or the Tigers’ bat rack.

  4. hittfamily - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:18 AM


    • sportsdrenched - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Ahh, the hash tag used by many a Royals fan during Jeff Francoeur’s tunure in Kansas City…until December.

  5. ryanrockzzz - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Michael Young has looked good for the Phillies so far this year. MVP no LOL, but he’s been solid at third and has hit the ball. Nice to see they could get to the 5th inning without Chad Durbin coming in, AGAIN.

    • snowbirdgothic - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      “Solid”, in the way, say, Rodin’s “Thinker” is solid bronze, and almost as mobile.

      • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Rodin’s “Thinker” – isn’t that the one he actually wanted to call “Man Shitting Without Newspaper”?

      • snowbirdgothic - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        “L’Homme Chier Sans Journal” is actually part of the “Gates of Hell” sequence. Or possibly what he called that naked statue of Balzac.

      • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Heh – I always try not to think of that Balzac statue. I’ve seen it in the…eh…in the bronze. From behind, it looks less like he’s doing what he looks like he’s doing from the front. Or maybe, it looks less like he needs to eat a lot more rice and bananas. Whatever. Happy fact: Rodin got ahold of Balzac’s tailor, who much have been a hundred years old by then, to get some of the writer’s bodily dimensions for his statue. Man, thet that is dedication.

        I would still like to see how Henry Moore would cast that statue, though. It would probably be a lot less embarrassing to look at.

      • snowbirdgothic - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I’m fairly certain that Moore’s Balzac would have been slightly more recognizable as a human figure. Then again, “Moore’s Balzac” sounds like the name of a band playing to six bored hipsters in a bar in Park Slope on a slow Tuesday.

  6. janessa31888 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    This Indians fan is furious this morning. Carlos needs to grow up and act like a professional even if he cant pitch like one. Phillies committed highway robbery when they got Cliff Lee. You lucky people. Must be nice to have an intelligent GM. And now we have that awful Brett Myers starting tonight. NOOOOOOOOOO!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Myers threw long relief last nighg.

    • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      I hate to say this, but the only thing funnier than a furious Indians fan is a nun falling down a flight of stairs.

    • Joe - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I don’t believe I’ve ever seen Ruben Amaro Jr. described as “intelligent” in print. “Imbecile” and “idiot,” on the other hand, quite a bit. Granted, the latter are mostly coming from embittered Phans in the philly news comments sections, but still.

  7. uyf1950 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Wells, Hafner, Youkilis and Cervelli are quickly making Yankees fans say: Granderson who, Ibanez who, A-Rod who and my personal favorite Martin who. Sorry guys I couldn’t help it.

  8. historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Well, someone has to say it. The Yanks were scoring like Astros yesterday. That might mean the end of the Doom! I wouldn’t count the Noah’s Ark in the AL East out, though.

    As for my Tigers, Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! That’s how it should be every day, boy…except less DK on the highlight reel. Miggy goes boom and Hunter continues to be The Facilitator we needed to get things going. Anyone who sniffed at DD for picking up the “old man” can just unsniff your hate-sniffles and take a whiff of the sweet smell of veterany goodness. We’re coming after you, Royals!

  9. thebadguyswon - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    The Yankees still aren’t very good. Give it another 50 games.

    • joshcarey - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      You mean give it 50 games so most of their injured All-Stars can get healthy and back into the lineup? Yeah, that will totally turn them into a terrible team.

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        You mean injured senior citizens.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      The best thing about time zones is that the Yankees fans come out early with a notable presence, but as the morning wears on, they fade into the pack…which may end up a metaphor for their season or something…

      • jolink653 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Yeah, the Yankees always have that problem, don’t they? Oh wait…

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Dude, at least be funny.

  10. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Why Roenicke brought Axford into the game when the outcome was still undecided is really baffling. I get that if they aren’t planning on DFA’ing him in the near future he needs to pitch and the Cubs provide a better chance for him to get some confidence back but the Crew can’t give away games with the start they’ve had.

    • abaird2012 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      It was the drugs they gave him for his back pain. Definitely not performance-enhancing.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Dear Indians,

    Please keep pitching to Robinson Cano. Thank you.


    Every Yankees Fan

  12. deathmonkey41 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I watched the Indians broadcast of that game. One of the broadcasters was lambasting Carrasco after he hit Youk. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a broadcaster so disgusted with his own player before. The other broadcaster threw out the possibility that he slipped on the mound, but the dude just cut him off with, “That wasn’t a slip. He threw that intentionally. This is the same garbage that got him the six game suspension to begin with,” It was actually kind of funny- especially since Youk didn’t get hurt and hit a HR later.

    • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      And yet I can’t imagine Harry Doyle corking off like that.

  13. Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I watched the Feesh game last night, but I’m not really sure why. Without the pomp and circumstance and palpable excitement of opening night (guffaw), there wasn’t a lot out there besides Justin Upton to demand attention.

    It hurts to watch the Iron Giant right now. His timing is nonexistent, his swing looks like a four-stage Rube Goldberg process, and his stats – .154 BA – are approaching the point where they could be confused with Tweeter’s usual RSP; the team the Feesh put on the field last night was batting a collective .218 and it will soon take a grad student in quantum physics to plot such infinitesimal averages. I’m not worried about the Giant for the long haul – his Aprils are notoriously bad – but when he starts connecting, he’s going to get even fewer pitches to hit than he’s getting now. Catch-22; help the bombardier! And if you are the bombardier, help him! Help him!

    Chris Coghlan is busily at work punching his teecket back to New Orleans; he’s ohfer, period, and starting to make “I have faith in the Lord” noises, which is a sure sign that he’s totally lost at the plate again. The ironically y’clept Christian Yelich ought to be paying attention, because the VETERAN PRESENCE of Juan Pierre won’t be enough to justify trotting his antique nates and two-cylinder throwing arm out there indefinitely once Coghlan is released or processed into Soylent Green (thin wafers, probably for sacramental use, one suspects).

    Meanwhile the 1-7 (which projects to the same season W/L as last night, 1-161, so that hasn’t gotten any worse) Feesh haven’t gotten a bad performance out of one of their starters yet. Wade LeBlanc held a team on fire to a couple of runs on a half dozen scattered hits. Ever starter has kept the Feesh in the game – well, I mean, technically speaking. I suspect the peetching will hold up until the heeting comes around, at which time I fully expect the peetching to collapse. It’s the Feesh way.

    • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      PS – if Jimmythemarlinsfan is watching, the preceding post contained not one backhanded swipe at the wretched Scrooge McLoria or his leetle heetman, the Chihuahua. It was an esperryment, and about as much fun as wearing a suit and tie to retirement.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        You’re such a suck-up.

    • spudchukar - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Blame Stanton’s slump on Washington Irving, or Irving Washington.

      • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        I suspect he’s acting out his depression over having to be window dressing for Scrooge and the Chihuahua.

      • spudchukar - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        For your sake I hope he stays in Miami, for his sake I hope he gets moved.

      • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Imprisoning him here and making him miserable does me no good whatsoever as a fan, especially when he puts up the kinds of fractions that he’s putting up now. I would rather watch him playing for the Giants or Padres on MLB TV, enjoying himself and terrorizing the league, than have to endure the sorry spectacle to which he’s been reduced here.

    • hasbeen5 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I really enjoy your posts when they’re about baseball.

      • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Well thanks, but at least try one of my recipes.

    • Old Gator - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Which reminds me – why don’t women with large families have four or six nipples? Two make no sense. Maybe the fundamentalists are right about evolution.

      ‘Course that might force the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition to switch to legal sized paper….

  14. chicitybulls - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Thanks Nats for “giving” the Sox their 7 runs. Cause obviously Craig doesn’t think they can score on their own. Especially since the “he’s gotta slow down at some point” Paul Konerko hit a homer.

  15. dkphilly1122 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Morse is a beast!! Glad the Nats got rid of him!! Good to see him doing well, always loved watching him crush balls out even with the Nats.

  16. APBA Guy - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The focus on Josh can be looked at two ways: he’s a bum right now, hitting .138 and if possible looking even worse than that. That’s the current narrative.

    The other way to look at it is that he keeps coming up with men on base. Lots of men on base. That means the Angels offense is doing what it needs to do, except for one thing.

    So Mike has a decision: Continue to drive everyone crazy with Josh batting 4th, or move him down until he finds his stroke.

    But this frenzy for all things Josh masks a more fundamental problem. The Angels starting pitching isn’t very good. They gave up 9 last night to the beloved A’s. Nine against a team that, shall we say, lacks superstar talent. Even if Josh is hitting or at least making contact, it’s hard to overcome 9 runs. Especially when the A’s bullpen looks like it’s back in midseason form. With Weaver down for 4-6 weeks the situation for the Angels is even more dire. The analysts would say “someone has to step up.” The reality is these guys are not the “step up” sort. But they have to do better. And Josh needs to hit.

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