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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Apr 19, 2013, 6:48 AM EST

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Orioles 10, Rays 6: Time to re-bookmark Matt Wieters Facts. The Chosen One’s grand slam in the 10th gives the O’s their 17th straight extra innings win.

Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2: Frankie Cervelli hit a homer to tie it in the ninth. He also had two — not one, but two — catcher’s interference calls. Don’t see that everyday. Oh, and the AP game story spends a lot of time talking about how a guy named Zack Hample caught two homers in the game. It’s the same Zack Hample who has written a book and filmed videos about snagging baseballs at ballparks. He’s a professional ball hound or whatever.  Which makes this passage funny:

Even though he lives in Manhattan, Hample was wearing a Diamondbacks cap because he’s been a fan of Bell’s since 2004.

“Zack’s crazy. I know Zack from when I was a rookie with the Mets,” Bell said. “He probably was a Padres fan when I was a Padre, a Marlins fan when I was a Marlin.”

If you’ve seen his videos and things you actually know that he wears the cap of whatever team he happens to be visiting because he believes players on the field and in bullpens are more likely to give him a ball if he’s a local fan. But whatever.

Mariners 2, Tigers 0: Of course a Mariners offense that is struggling to score runs gets two off Justin Verlander, who otherwise struck out 12. Meanwhile, Hisashi Iwakuma and two Mariners relievers handcuffed the Tigers on getaway day.

Brewers 7, Giants 2: Yovani Gallardo hit a homer and gave up only one run over six innings. I’m guessing some Brewers blog somewhere will call this “redemption” or something. If they do, I highly suggest you not read that Brewers blog anymore.

Cubs 6, Rangers 2: Everyone I know who lives in Chicago said it was biblical-level rain there yesterday so I have no idea how they got this one in. Anthony Rizzo hit one 475 feet. Alfonso Soriano notched his first homer and RBI of the year.

Red Sox 6, Indians 3: Six in a row for Boston. More great pitching too: John Lester gave up two runs on four hits in seven.

Rockies 11, Mets 3: The Mets finally get the hell out of Colorado, and not a moment too soon. It was 28 degrees in Denver yesterday. Snow outs in Minnesota than a couple snow outs in Denver along with cold games. I don’t think anyone has ever been as happy to see Queens as the Mets likely were when they got home last night.

Cardinals 4, Phillies 3: Carlos Beltran with the go-ahead homer in the eighth. Yadier Molina was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Adam Wainwright has now pitched 29 innings without walking a batter. Cole Hamels, meanwhile, hasn’t won a game yet this year. I guess you want him to emulate Cliff Lee in some ways, but maybe not in this way.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 1: R.A. Dickey had to leave early with neck and back tightness but he pitched well while he was in and got the win anyway. Dickey is around my age and I get neck and back tightness for no reason sometimes. I wonder if he makes big, exaggerated noises when he stands up and sits down and if he gets unexplained ear hair and stuff like I do too.

Braves 6, Pirates 4: Evan Gattis had a two-run pinch hit homer in the eighth. Both Uptons and Chris Johnson homered too. If the Braves were in New York columnists would be wringing their hands and wondering if the Braves hit too many homers as if that were actually a thing someone should ever worry about. For my part, I get blacked out of Pirates games here in Ohio so I couldn’t watch it. Thankfully, though, there’s a useful Twitter feed to follow in such situations.

Reds 11, Marlins 1Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping Tony Cingrani win his first big league start. Here’s hoping he keeps up the momentum for next time so he can get his first win over a big league opponent.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Those ball hawkers are useless.

  2. wirrawizard - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    I’ve glanced at Hample’s blog before. He gives a few of the balls away, plus a lot goes to charity Pitch In For Baseball. His actions may seemingly make him look like a douche, but he actually does something positive.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      They all give some away but I read “The Happy Youngsters” blog, he was a ballhawker in the Milwaukee area. He did some nice things as far as giving kids balls etc.. But the way they go about getting the balls in the first place generally is pretty shitty in my opinion.

  3. philliesblow - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Nice to see an ATH with no rain outs to report.

  4. paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Random observation: The Phillies have not walked a single time in their last 4 games.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Isn’t it Craig’s job to point out Phillies idiocracies?

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        It’s a group effort. The Cards are in the midst of a 4-game series in Philly, so I felt it was free game for me.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        I understand.

      • Robert Dobalina - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        The Phillies are toast. This team hasn’t had heart since the Carpenter ripped it from them in game 5 of the 2011 NLDS. The bottom of the 9th last night was a microcosm of this team right now. 1st and 3rd nobody out. Pinch hitter comes up, swings at first pitch and weakly grounds out to Short on a drawn-in infield. J-Roll strikes out feebly. Then Galvis comes up and grounds out weakly to 2nd. Just awful.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        I am not here to defend the Phillies, but we are less than three weeks into the season. The sample size is small and early results should not be projected into a full season.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Walk, Don’t Run. That’s what Johnny Smith might say.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Yo Bob, toast? In April? C’mon man, way to early for that kind of negativity!

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        I don’t think the Phillies are toast, per se….but it really isn’t a particularly good team. They’ve got Hamels, Lee, and Hallady….the Chase and not much else on offense, with probably a below average offense and defense (in terms of fielding, not pitching). Their best players are all old and declining and probably none their younger players are even average regulars. Not exactly a formula for success.

        Yeah, it is early. But this team figures to get less healthy as the year goes on, and so far they are 4-2 against the Mets/Marlins and 2-8 against everyone else.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Idiocracies, or idiosyncrasies?

      • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Early or not, as PL et al have written, this just isn’t a very good team. The outfield production is putrid. The defense is sub-par. Even if Halladay regains some semblance of his old self, and Hamels comes around, there isn’t the offense to take advantage of their work.

        Tonight, will be a more telling test for Halladay. The Feesh may have been just what the Doctor ordered, but hardly a truthful indicator of one’s prowess. Look for the Cards to pack the line-up with lefties, Carpenter at 3rd, Descalso at second, and Adams at first.

        As many early season prognosticators could plainly see, this team is clearly far behind the Braves or Nats, and are closer in talent to the Mets than either Atlanta or Washington.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      I think it’s up to 39 innings now since they’ve drawn an unintentional walk. Last night MLB Network said it’s the Phillies longest streak since 1920. If anyone has the ability to find the record by a team for consecutive walk-less innings that would be, well, something.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      And what’s with not giving me a Kozma update? :(

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Well….he didn’t really do anything. :-(

        Which is far better than what Descalso did when he started at SS on Wednesday, Descalso was a disaster in the field that game.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Well, that’ll learn you. Kozma!

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Descalso had 1 error on a throw, turned two GBs that should have been outs into IF hits, and then just completely missed another ball that he should have gotten. His sucky play contributed them at least 3 runs that game.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Are you sure that wasn’t Brandon Inge then?

      • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        PL, your description of Descalso’s play is darned near perfect. In the past, he has played adequately there, and his powerful arm is an asset, but for some reason he didn’t rely on it, instead choosing to throw off-balance, resulting in on of his miscues.

        But he must be contagious, cause last night, Carpenter, Kozma, and Freese, all played similarly. A little harsh on Kozma, cause he only failed to come up with one ball up the middle, but it was a crucial play, and it is a play he needs to make. It was as if he were emulating Descalso the night before, and I believe it was even an easier play.

        The Cards aren’t going to ever be great on the infield. But they do have to make the routine plays. All in All Kozma has been very good so far defensively, and he did produce a meaningful sacrifice fly to put the Red Birds ahead.

        Compound the misplays, with Adams at first, which is a liability, and hopefully minimally so, the Cards were fortunate to escape with the win. It wasn’t pretty to watch, and that kind of play may result in a win versus Philadelphia, but not against many teams.

  5. themuddychicken - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    “he wears the cap of whatever team he happens to be visiting because he believes players on the field and in bullpens are more likely to give him a ball if he’s a local fan.”

    Well this game was in New York, not Arizona, so the Bell story could still hold some truth to it.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      I think he actually carries both teams’ caps in his backpack and switches depending on who he’s near at the moment.

      • themuddychicken - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        Hmm, this guy intrigues me.

  6. Old Gator - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    The Feesh continue migrating to deeper water. A few more like last night and they’ll begin evolving some of those weird adaptations to where there’s no more light. Huge eyes to see the ball better, if at all; phosphorescent skin to make them easier to pick off first; an ability to metabolize sulfur so they won’t have to hold their noses whenever Scrooge McLoria visits the clubhouse to give them an inane pep talk. Phenom Jose Fernandez, after two great starts, got a nasty lesson in what happens when you face a major league lineup that can grind and pulverize and has been watching videos of your delivery. In the long run that will be good for the kid, who will likely bounce back just fine.

    The return of the Iron Giant to active duty for the Feesh was a bit underwhelming – a single, two errors, including one that, in the scope of a non-blowout, might have been labeled “costly” but in the context of the 2013 Feesh might better be called “sunk cost.” John Maine’s comeback of the year award got put on indefinite hold after he threw a few innings of batting practice to the Reds.

    The Feesh scored their traditional run on a Justin Ruggiano dinger in the fourth. In other news, the Strange Attractor was claimed off waivers by the Feather Lice.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      That is a low blow. The Jays have claimed many players off waivers hoping to send them to the Triple A team in Buffalo., but they do have standards and the Strange Attractor would be a fish out of water in Buffalo.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        If I’m not mistaken, the Feather Lice can return it within 30 days if they’re not fully satisfied.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        It will be placed back on waivers rather quickly. The Angels, Dodgers and Yankees are rumored to be interested.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        I was informed on Facebook by one of my favourite wineries (Peller Estates), that Caplansky’s Deli will have a food truck at an upcoming event at the winery. As you are a fan of Caplansky’s, I thought that you may be interested.

      • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Soon to be known as a Rule 6 transaction, or perhaps a device to be named later.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Proudly: if you go, make sure to order a couple of their smoked meat donut holes.

        No, no, don’t ask for clarification. Just order them. I promise you you won’t be sorry.

    • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Fernandez has an electric fastball and boy does he know it. He’s going to be pretty good, providing he doesn’t wreck that big arm. Once he cultivates a change up and a curve ball in there, he’s going to have some nice games. Meantime, he can get once through the order watching guys wiff at his 99mph stuff and then he can watch as they adjust to it and clobber the snot out of it. If the Feesh have a pitching coach (DO they have a peetching coach?) they need to get started on that ASAP.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        They do, they do. You see, Scrooge McLoria leased him back from the team he sold him to – that way his salary comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account.

  7. indaburg - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Last night’s Rays loss was a particularly disheartening loss. We actually got hitting. Even Loney got into the action, hitting a home run. Really, he did. We had leads during several points of tbe game, starting with a 3-0 lead our ace, Price, couldn’t onto. This time, it was our strength, our pitching, that let us down.

    Seventeen straight extra inning wins. What gods do these Orioles worship?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Mammon!

    • lapsncaps - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Jobu of course!

      • indaburg - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Impossible! I worship Jobu and the less well-known subdeity Zim-bu, and it’s not working for my Rays. Why hast thou forsaken me?

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        I keeps tellin’ ya: stopp drinking Jobu’s Rum. Is very bad. Very, very bad.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        It’s probably leftover animus from the War of 1812 — and you are friendly with the enemy. Jobu says: America!

      • timmmah10 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live… is it a live rooster?.. We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose’s glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present.

    • APBA Guy - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Well, I would say the Rays need a bit more selectivity at the plate, but not until the next three games are over.

      Last year at this time the Rays were hovering around the Strange Attractor, with a -8 run differential. This year the differential is -20, almost all of the difference is on the Runs Scored side, and TB is in last.

      • indaburg - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        I like your As, and normally, I root for them but my poor boys are suffering.

        The Strange Attractor? I’m not familiar with this one. Please explain.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Ah! Well, we can’t have you doing projections if you don’t understand the Strange Attractor:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attractor

        Read down about halfway through the article on attactors in general to the Strange one. This should clarify everything for you.

        Meanwhile, the temperature dropped below 80F last night here in Macondo so it took the steam a little longer to come up, but the Babbage engine is running fine now and, based on last night’s debacle in the Queen City, currently projects a season record of 3-159 for the Feesh. When I programmed in the X-factor of Jose Fernandez getting slapped around, the projection skewed to 0-163. Clearly, there’s a worn sprocket in there someplace.

  8. 4d3fect - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Craig, do you really want to have ear hair explained to you?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Not particularly. All I know is that I never had any until almost the exact moment my daughter was born and now it grows like kudzu. I think there must be some link to it and evolutionary obsolescence. “Welp, you’ve served your biological purpose, human male, time to grow you over with nasty gross crap because, really, who cares?”

  9. Alex K - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    The rain in Chicago stopped mid morning. There is a chance of rain again today. Is it summer yet?

    • jarathen - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.

    • tmohr - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      No, it’s 36 degrees with snow flurries this morning, after 7 inches of rain in 24 hours. The neighbor’s dog was swimming in their front yard yesterday.

      • Alex K - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        There was no snow when I left the house this morning, but I know it’s a possibility. There were multiple people at my work that had their basement flooded yesterday. On the bright side the grass is really well watered!

  10. jarathen - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    The Angels have not lost in DAYS. DAYS!

    • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Let’s hope that ends today.

  11. ravensallday2012 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Let’s go osssssss

  12. hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Two plays last night that could have been corrected with replay:

    Moments before Wieters hit the walk-off slam, Adam Jones crossed 2nd base and returned to 1st base without retouching 2nd (probably the longest single of his life). The Rays appealed, awkwardly, throwing to 2nd base first, then throwing to 1st base and tagging Adam Jones, who should have been called out. The replay looked like he didn’t retouch 2nd. Also seen in the replay is the reason no umpire knew of Jones’s actions: the umpire at 2nd base had his back turned to the base.

    In the 4th inning of the Phillies/Cardinals game Molina doubled down the right field line that replay showed to have sliced just foul. 2 runs scored on the play. *Almost* impossible to see with the naked eye.

    • spudchukar - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Correcto burrelled one, Molina’s drive down the right field line was indeed foul, it was close, maybe an inch or two, but even this Cards fan knows St. Louis caught a break.

      And if you are correct about the Rays, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, then that would make 3 times this early season the Rays have been jobbed in the 9th.

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