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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Apr 22, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

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Angels 4, Tigers 3: Watched most of this one as I painted a couple of rooms in my house. Two highlights of the game for me were (1) overhearing my girlfriend use some really bad language the second or third time the Tigers left the bases loaded; and (2) Tigers color commentator Rod Allen, when describing Prince Fielder‘s swing on his homer, say “he lifts, and separates.” So I guess Prince Fielder is now a bra. As for that first part, it happened so often that when Mark Trumbo finally hit the walkoff homer in the 13th it had been three hours since she had written the game off.

Rays 8, Athletics 1: Roberto Hernandez — who, if he had any style, should call himself “Fauxsto Carmona” — got his first win since coming out as Roberto Hernandez. The A’s, like the Braves, were once hot and now are not. From the AP Gamer:

One day after having a DJ play music in the clubhouse to help relax his team, Maddon had a magician doing card tricks Sunday.

“It’s about just keeping the guys ready, keeping the guys loose,” Maddon said. “I want them to be prepared mentally, and not be exhausted mentally whenever they go out on the field. Things like that, I do things to break it up.”

Maddon is like the CEO at a 1999 dotcom startup. “Look, guys! We have a foosball table! And a free soda! It’s not work if it’s fun!

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 4: Colorado’s eight game winning streak comes to an end.  Didi Gregorius hit a home run and singled to start a two-run rally in the ninth inning. And he still has a name that sounds more like a character from “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” than a ballplayer, but that’s OK.

Rangers 11, Mariners 3Leonys MartinMitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre each hit homes. Nelson Cruz did too, but his was a grand slam. The sweep.

Indians 5, Astros 4: Drew Stubbs made a slick over-the-shoulder catch in the first inning which turned into a double play, halting any further damage in a rocky start for Ubaldo Jimenez. He later homered. Thinking about creating a marco that writes” ____ take two of three from Houston” with one keystroke.

Twins 5, White Sox 3: Everyone had the Twins at 8-7 through 15 games, right? The White Sox are losers of 9 of 12.

Giants 5, Padres 0: Seven shutout innings for Barry Zito who has apparently chosen to alternate good and bad starts as opposed to go on extended hot and cold streaks. Always keeping us guessing. He won’t be pigeonholed. Buster Posey hit his first homer of the year. And he was still out at second in the 2010 NLDS.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Seven wins in a row for the Brewers, who started so poorly. Ryan Braun hit a home run. He was later ejected for tossing his bat. And because Major League Baseball has it in for him, man.

Pirates 4, Braves 2: The Buccos take three of four from the previously-hot Braves, powered by two RBI from the previously-ice cold Clint Barmes because baseball. And because of those yellow caps and pullover jerseys, but I went over that last week.

Royals 4, Red Sox 2; Royals 5, Red Sox 4: The Royals sweep the doubleheader, winning the second game on a bases loaded walk in the 10th. Have a day Greg Holland: saves in both games with five total strikeouts.

Mets 2, Nationals 0: Dillion Gee gets his first win with a nice start and the Mets take two of three from the Nats. They were aided by Jayson Werth not really thinking.

Dodgers 7, Orioles 4: L.A. snaps a six-game skid. Mark Ellis drove in three. Jake Arrieta walked the ballpark and hit a batter.

Reds 10, Marlins 6: Joey Votto started the year slow but he had three hits and a homer on Saturday and did it again on Sunday. Don’t hate the Marlins. They’re performing a fantasy team assistance service here.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 4: J.P. Arencibia hit his seventh homer of the year, helping the Jays avoid the sweep. Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera had good games too. All three of those have been mentioned in HardballTalk posts for either being in trouble or angering people for some reason over the past few years than for baseball stuff. Viva Evil.

Phillies 7, Cardinals 3:  Erik Kratz scored the tying run in the seventh and hit a three-run homer to break things open in the eighth. Michael Young has a 12 game hitting streak. He was also called “a professional hitter” by Dan Shulman once. Now that he’s actually hitting well he’ll probably lose that moniker soon.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    About Arencibia’s 7th home run of the season, it was meaningless as the Jays had the game won at that point. His double in the 6th inning when the Jays were behind was more important as were the 4 walks by Lind. In the 6th inning, Rasmus drove home Lind. Lawrie drove home Arencibia and Rasmus and Melky drove in Lawrie. Boone Logan was the hard luck loser of the game as the only batter he faced (Rasmus) scored the winning run. I feel sorry for Logan as he did not deserve the L.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      My friend, now I could respond like some other teams fans and get all defensive about the Yankees loss. But as I like to say I call them like I see them. Whether or not it was a hard luck loss for Logan doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that he didn’t take care of business with the one batter he faced. Logan is a FA after this year and I honestly don’t see him returning to the Yankees in 2014 he’s been inconsistent over the last year plus and the Yankees have several prospects and other more then capable “loogy” types in their system.

      Other then a few recognizable faces from this team next years Yankees will probably be have many, many new faces and be almost unrecognizable to the average fan.

      Good luck to the Jays the rest of the way EXCEPT on April 25 through April 28 when the teams meet again.

    • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Its funny how one win can change a person’s mood. These guys had been depressing the snot out of me. Where were the bats? Well they turned up yesterday and about ‘effin time, too. Adam Lind walked 4 times. He was like Jim in The Office: utterly unmoved by anything Dwight would do to get even. If it wasn’t hittable, Lind just ignored it. Nice.

      Kawasaki as the leafoff man was just the right thing to do. Gibbon’s best move as a manager thus far. ‘Saki San has the game to get on base, and Melky has the game to hit baseballs all over the park. Were it not for the (IcantbelieveI’mwriting this) hot hitting, slick fielding Vernon Wells, E5 would have added to the glory over the past 2 games. But, that’s Wells for you. Utterly pants till you want him to be pants then he turns into Willie ‘Effin Mays. Man’s The Devil.

      Orioles next. C’mon Beavz!

  2. 18thstreet - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Craig’s misunderstanding why the dot-coms were offering free soda. It wasn’t because the employers wanted to make a fun workplace. It was to keep the employees in the building. A soda costs 50 cents. A walk to CVS to buy one takes 10 minutes at my office (and I work in a dense urban environment). Do the math, and you can see how it makes sense.

    • seitz26 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Couldn’t they just have accomplished the same thing by setting a vending machine to sell soda for 50 cents? I think there’s some element of “give them something for free that doesn’t cost the company very much a a gesture of goodwill”. Having worked at firms that charge for soda and firms that don’t (my current firm even provides free beer for Fridays/after hours), while it’s not a reason I’d choose to work somewhere, it’s definitely a nice touch. And if they sold sodas for a buck a piece, I’d probably pay that instead of walking somewhere to buy one.

    • dluxxx - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      So you’re saying that the dot.com startups were using statistical analysis back in the 90’s??? Inconceivable!

    • tmohr - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      A soda costs 50 cents? Where is this magical place where soda (or pop, as we call here) is less than a dollar?

      • APBA Guy - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        This was 15 years ago when Coke etc, was 50 cents in the office vending machines.

        There was also an element of competition for engineering talent. Little stuff like free cokes and bagels kind of trickled down from Microsoft, who had the same market presence in the late ’90’s as Google does now, so the dot-com’s got into a “me-too” thing because not having free cokes was more noticeable than having them.

        But absolutely, keeping people at their desks was a major consideration. A few dot coms even supplied cots for people’s cubicles. I remember one place where they encouraged workers to live full time at the office. Google still has elements of that today, with 3 meals and free laundry service, but they also have free bus shuttles with wi fi so you can work on your commute.

        Early stage start-ups in SF are often housed in ‘incubators” where the founders live 24 x 7. Crazy.

      • hittfamily - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        A 12 pack costs $4.99 at Publix. Or Wal-mart, or Target. Where do you shop for soda? Tiffany’s?

  3. kcrobert10 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Go Royals go….

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      The Royals are playing well. It is nice to see them with a winning record so far this season. I also suspect that they will finish the season with a winning record.

  4. wlschneider09 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Zito’s pretty consistent, great at home, lousy on the road. Wasn’t he like this a couple years back?

    • 18thstreet - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      I don’t know anything about Barry Zito’s personal life, but when there’s a significant home-road split (beyond the ballpark factors) I always wonder if there’s something personal going on. As in, is the player partying too much when he’s away from his wife (Zito’s not married)? Just a thought.

      I doubt any of this explains what’s happening with him. He’s had three great starts at home (SD, COL, STL) and got shelled at MIlwaukee. Just a small sample, I’d guess.

      • jwbiii - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Until recently, Zito was quite the man about town. During the 2011 offseason, he married Amber Seyer, a former Miss Missouri (Sorry, no good picture of them together)

        http://coedbc.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/amber-seyer-9.jpg

        So unless this performance split is fairly recent, the homebody/road party animal isn’t the cause.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Universe takes the series again without going over the Papa John’s line (6 runs and a win). although when Klapisch expresses optimism, I start to worry. Rays next, guess not too many runs are needed anyway.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Welcome back my friend. Good to see you posting a few times.

      • Old Gator - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Ditto. Hope all things are well, Len. You’ve got a lot of friends out there.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Welcome back Len!

  6. indaburg - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    I did work at one of those dot coms. We had a pool table, a ping pong table, free bagels, and espresso. And it was fun. Now I wipe butts. It’s not as fun. You know what is? Watching the Rays hit the ball. Whatever works.

    • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Hey! I wipe Butts too (well, baby butts: less onerous than big people butts, but still butts). It pays well, though. And I get to travel. But yeah: the absence of pool tables, ping pong, bagels & free espresso is a bit of a hole in my life. That should be a rule, eh? If butt wiping is involved you get the pool tables, ping pong, bagels & free espresso, dammit!

      And watching Beavers hit the ball for a change is much more fun than any dumb ole Rays.

      • Old Gator - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        What is it about butt wiping that occasions travel? Do you go upcountry to wipe bucolic butt? Inner cities to wipe poverty butt? Up into Nunavut to wipe Eskimo butt with a heated cloth? Or perhaps there are butt wiping conferences, like the ones I go to except that the celebrated excrement is post-alimentary instead of postmodernist? Do tell. And are bed pans really obsolete now?

      • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I traffic in baby butts, my friend. The twins I was looking after this weekend were from up north somewhere. Thus they qualify as Nunavut Butts.They were, each of them, the size and heft of a can of coke so yes, the cloth was heated (and really soft. Otherwise its cold stress and skin removal). And we DO have butt wiping conferences. Only we dress them up with fancy names like “Western Peri-Natal Research Meeting” and the like. We find it aggrandizing and lends us an air of confidence and dignity while we sit in the bar after blithering for 20 minutes about the esoterica of baby poop and hit hit on the waitress in that awkward, overbearing, nerdy manner that researchers favour (“Bring me another Bellini, my dear, and inform this lout across from me that he shall be buying unless he wants his next publication summed up with the word “scatology” “). And yep, you CAN travel the world dealing out wipings to baby butts.

        I don’t know from bedpans: haven’t even SEEN a bedpan in 17 years.

      • indaburg - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        I will trade you baby butts for 80 year old butts.

      • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        No thank you. Why don’t you trade in your 80 year old butts for babies? Patient population in the world, your average group of preterm infants.

      • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        er…”*Best* Patient Population…” jeez

  7. rjmarrella - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Craig, get over it. Michael Young is doing just fine. 12 game hitting streak and no errors. Hating on him just makes you sound like a fan-boy.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Michael Young is on a BABIP-driven singles binge. He’s striking out more than he has in a decade, and his ISO is barely .100. Talk to me when 40% of his balls aren’t finding grass, because that sure as hell isn’t going to last.

      • beefytrout - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        singles binge: otherwise known as “knocking out hood-rats” or “slaying randoms.”

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        I think he’s called a professional hitter because he’s the only one on the team with a walk rate consistent with his career %.

  8. detroitr1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Craig,

    Welcome to the world of Rod Allen. Drinking games have been developed based on his commentary.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Maybe Craig should work in a weekly segment on Rod Allen’s fashion reviews. Who’s appreciation of the game isn’t heightened knowing that Rod likes CoCo Crisp’s beads and thinks that Rick Porcello is a handsome young man? Question of the week: Does he or does he not think Trout looks heavier this season?

      • detroitr1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        The question is, will Craig start saying ‘I see you big fella’ on HBT?

  9. yahmule - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    “Fauxsto Carmona.” :)

  10. uyf1950 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    What went unreported on scores from Saturday that I think bares noting now is: Chien-Ming Wang threw 5.1 scoreless innings in first Triple-A start. A game SWB won 5-3. Now that that has been properly noted we can more on.

    • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Lookin forward to the season’s first Wang/Fister type matchup. Hope Chien-Ming makes back to the bigs soon.

  11. snowbirdgothic - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Jayson Werth not thinking is like…

    Well, it’s like lots and lots of things that happen very frequently.

  12. heyblueyoustink - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    “overhearing my girlfriend use some really bad language the second or third time the Tigers left the bases loaded”

    Poppycock you say!

  13. kalinedrive - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Lost in the offensive doldrums of the Tigers was Al Alburquerque throwing 2 perfect innings with 5 consecutive strikeouts, including striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 8th. When he has control, he gets an awful lot of swing-and-misses.

    • Old Gator - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Great name for a wrestler, that.

  14. therealtrenches - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I agree that it’s early and the jury should still be out on Michael Young. But he’s a career .300 hitter who’s currently hitting a little above that. What’s the big deal?

    • spudchukar - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Unfortunately, hitting is his only prowess as he illustrated repeatedly in the 4-game tilt against St. Louis. Combine his defensive mishaps with those of Utley and Howard, throw in Dom Brown’s adventures in left and you have the makings of a defensive circus that negates what is still a pretty good starting staff.

      • therealtrenches - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        I have no doubt that he’ll start bootin’ balls all over the hot corner. And our current outfielders may even make the gimpy-era Pat Burrell look like he comes straight out of the Spalding Manual. Also, last night’s commentary team was right when they said that teams owe it to themselves to put fielder’s choices in Howard’s to see if he has the nerve to try and throw out the lead runner. But his glove isn’t as bad as people say. Don’t you think Utley’s poor defense over the past two games will vanish. It’s probably the result of him pressing.

        You’re right: it’s still a pretty good start. Doc and Hamels have looked better of late, and Kendrick has been a pleasant surprise. His pitches had filthy movement last night.

        Though it is past time to start cultivating youth, for this year at least, the Phils could be right there, fighting for a playoff spot.

  15. Old Gator - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I spent the afternoon helping my daughter buy a car so I missed Alex Sanabia’s sixth inning meltdown – an event which has become kinda traditional for him – and came home just in time to catch the postmortem on Faux Sports, which, appropriately enough, carries the Feesh games here in Macondo. Jeff Conine, also known as Meester Feesh, and the Ariana Huffington (in her prime) look-alike who works with him (I will learn her name one of these days) probably have to endure daily facial massages to be able to go on forcing smiles after having to watch the debacles and come up with chirpy things to say afterwards.

    Mike Redmond has aged rapidly, like David Bowie in The Hunger. And, like Bowie, there is no release. There is only Zoul.

  16. spudchukar - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Rich “Romper Room” Dubee actually explained Cliff Lee’s control issues, the prior evening, in an interview with ESPN reporters, Sunday night, on the wind. Granted in was breezy Saturday night, but the exact amount of force a 25 mph gale, can have on an object the size and weight of a baseball is negligible at best.

    Not sure what you are smoking Mr. Dubee, but look for the next Pheelie Phailure to be explained away by an unusually heavy dose of Cosmic Rays, and not those emanating from Tampa Bay.

  17. spudchukar - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    If only the Diamondbacks could put Zaphod Beeblebrox in their front office. One noggin’ devoting attention to Sabermetrics, and the other to “Old School”.

  18. APBA Guy - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    PASS (Post Astros Series Syndrome) in full effect for the A’s as the Rays erupt and sweep over the weekend. The Ray’s outscored the A’s 17-4, with even Fauxsto (have to like that) getting into the act.

    The A’s travel to Boston today. I was hoping for a 3-3 road trip. There is still hope. But 3-3 seems like the shore as seen from the deck of a ship, steadily receding in the distance.

  19. Jason Lukehart - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I don’t know what a marco is, Craig, but you might also want to create one for “rocky start by Ubaldo Jimenez.”

  20. sisqsage - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Normal people would be out at second. Not Buster Posey, Craig. Not Buster Posey. When are you a) going to learn this,
    and
    b) get over it?

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