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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Apr 23, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

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Red Sox 9, Athletics 6: Just yesterday Mike Napoli was named player of the week for last week. He’s making a bid for a repeat now, hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs here. Overall he has 25 RBI in 19 games.

Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Chris Tillman had a one hitter into the seventh. Nick Markakis walked it off with an RBI single which was made possible by Aaron Loup hitting a guy and then Munenori Kawasaki throwing the ball away on what should have been out number three.

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2: Practically the whole AP game story for this one was recapping game 5 of last year’s NLDS. Which, sure, I suppose provides a nice story and everything, but isn’t exactly insightful about today. For today know that Shelby Miller struck out eight in six and two-thirds and that while Drew Storen handled the ninth inning again, he didn’t contribute to the loss.

Rays 5, Yankees 1: Matt Moore is now 4-0 after giving up one run on two hits and fanning nine in eight innings. Two homers for Ryan Roberts.

Phillies 3, Pirates 2: Johnathan Pettibone made his MLB debut and it was a good one: two runs on six hits and striking out six in five and a third. He also reached on a walk and came around to score.

Mariners 7,  Astros 1: It’s almost unfair to make Houston face King Felix. Hernandez struck out nine in six shutout innings and, for once, got some run support in the form of homers from Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero. It was Hernandez’s 100th career win. If he got seven runs to work with more often he’d have, like, [does calculations on the back of an envelope] 3,394 wins.

Reds 5, Cubs 4: This one went 13 innings an lasted four and a half hours. I’m pretty sure there are committees within the United Nations who are working diligently to eliminate 13-inning Cubs games from the world on a human rights basis, but so far their work has been stymied by Real Politik concerns and obstructionism in the Security Council. The Cubs actually had a 4-2 lead in the 13th. Unfortunately the rules of baseball required them to try to close out the win in the ninth, where Michael Bowden coughed up three runs on four hits including a Jay Bruce RBI double.

Indians 3, White Sox 2: The White Sox are reeling, losers of ten of 13. Justin Masterson walked a few too many guys but picked up his fourth win. Two of them have come against the pale hose.

Brewers 7, Padres 1: Not exactly thrilled with my pick of the Padres as the surprising team in the NL West this year.  Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt hit homers and the Brewers won their eighth in a row. Kyle Lohse pitched well but injured his pinkie finger while batting. Commence your DH/anti-DH arguing … now.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4: Brandon Belt after the game: “I’m pretty lightheaded and my kidneys hurt right now.”  Uh oh! [looks at game story]. Oh, OK, it’s just because his teammates mobbed him during the walkoff celebration. Now if he’d only hit when he started.

Rangers 7, Angels 6: A.J. Pierzynski with a homer in the ninth which proved to be the winning run. Adrian Beltre hit a drive that fell just short of the wall before that. Safe to say that Ernesto Frieri wasn’t fooling anyone.

Braves vs. Rockies: POSTPONED: My eyes are blind but I can see. The snowflakes glisten on the trees. The sun no longer sets me free. I feel the snowflakes freezing me. Let the winter sun shine on. Let me feel the frost of dawn. Fill my dreams of flakes of snow. Soon I’ll feel the chilling glow.

Marlins vs. Twins: POSTPONED: There is no end to what we can do together. There is no end. The willow turns his back on inclement weather. We can do it, just me and you.

  1. captaincanoe - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Nice

  2. mustbechris - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    oh no, a pitcher got his magical hand injured just like any other batter (who throws the ball in the field too!) so we need to play “flag baseball?” lohse is a good hitter, could probably be a position player if he wasn’t a pitcher. the DH is terrible, it’s bad enough the interleague situation going forward forces me to watch the DH throughout the year now; when it comes to the NL I will probably stop watching baseball entirely.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Zzzzzzz.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Dude, you don’t understand. He’s going to STOP WATCHING BASEBALL ENTIRELY!!!! Pitcherwannabehitter ball is pure, yo zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        ( Drops heavy text book next to Historio’s desk, waking her up)

        Listen here, you pinko pitchers shouldn’t have to hit wannabe (sarcasm, but said in the voice of a 1950′s grizzled educator),

        Keep the DH in the junior circuit, keep purist strategic baseball in the senior circuit.

        And you, Calcaterra, quit being a rabble rouser.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Can I take a moment to enjoy the fact that the AL has been around since 1901, and everyone still understands the phrase “Junior Circuit.”

        And can I take a moment to note that I’m not an especially young man, and the DH started two years before I was born? I think it’s amazing that we’re still arguing about it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Traditioooooooon! Tradition!

        /violins

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        It reminds me of these Cathedrals in Salamanca I once visited. One was the new one and the other the old one. The old one was built in the 1200s while the new one was built in the 1400s.

      • dickschofield8291986 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Tradition, thou art for suckling children,
        Thou art the enlivening milk for babes;
        But no meat for men is in thee.
        Then –
        But, alas, we all are babes.

        -Stephen Crane

      • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Dick Schofield’s embroidered name was in the first pair of Cardinal pants that I ever wore. Red thread, spelling his name in cursive script, on the inside back waistband next to the Rawlings label.

        It was a thrill to don those all-wool trousers, in late February in St. Petersburg.

        Stephen Crane poetry also rocks!

    • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Kyle Lohse is a bad hitter. A bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad hitter.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lohseky01.shtml#batting_standard::none

      • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Lohse’s career line of 151/171/173 is actually pretty good (for a pitcher). Last season NL pitchers hit 129/162/168.

    • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Hey, Chris if you are going to be a member of the Kyle Lohse fan club, you must be a little more accurate. Granted Lohse is a good athlete, and an excellent fielding pitcher. He runs well and can be used as a pinch runner. But about the “good” hitter claim, somewhat exaggerated. He has improved, puts the bat on the ball, and the result is a fair number of hits, (and here it comes) for a pitcher.

      But about the “could probably be a position player”, uh, never. Not with his approach at the plate.

      However, Lohse again showed why he was deserving of the contract he sought. He didn’t register another quality start, but that is only cause he got “plunked on the pinkie”, which ought to be a song, but that is for another day. Only 5 innings of work, but again stellar. That is 4 for 4 for the Milwaukee hurler, but of course that is unsustainable, cause he still doesn’t strike out enough.

    • darthicarus - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Actually, Lohse injured himself while running to first base so he technically wasn’t “batting” anymore.

      • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        Oh, thanks for the clarification. Got some bad info.

      • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Right. More of a Chien-Ming Wang broken foot injury than an A.J. Burnett broken face injury.

  3. indaburg - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Matt Moore. Rays Ace? Discuss.

    • dondada10 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Who’s better: Moore or Harvey?

      • indaburg - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Good question. I have really liked what I have seen so far from Harvey.

      • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Let’s hope that’s a good barstool debate topic for the next 15 years or so.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      Go fish.

  4. Innocent Bystander - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    “With a Little Luck”…and I had you pegged as a John guy. Go figure.

  5. mj1818 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    NL Central is the only division in the National League with 4 teams over .500, toughest division in the NL?

    • thomas844 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      I think so. Many argue the NL East but mainly it seems as though it will be a two horse race between Washington and Atlanta, and even Atlanta has cooled off lately. The NL Central has 4 teams that are all a threat to win the division, not to mention they were the only NL division that had two teams play in last year’s NLDS. One could argue the NL West as well with the defending champs and the way Colorado has been playing, but I’ll have to see more from them first.

    • cktai - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      NL Central is the only division in the National League with 5 teams under .600, weakest division in the NL?

  6. paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Shelby Miller threw about 5 pitches in the bottom 1/2 of the zone last night. Somehow, he lived in the top of the zone (and above it), and was only hurt the one inning. If the kid can figure out how to pitch up and down to change eye level, with the explosive high FB he is showing, he could turn out to be okay.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Kozma!

      • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Still like to see the Red Birds move Kozma to the lead-off spot versus lefties, while Jay is struggling. He sees a lot of pitches, coaxes a few walks, and he is the fastest starter. Plus it would give him the chance to see some better pitches. Hitting eighth is a tough spot, and it might get him going.

        The Cards’ hitting instructors have probably spotted this flaw in his swing, (haven’t they), at times his hips leave too early and produces a swing that kinda swings around the ball. Didn’t see this last year, but I noticed it a couple of weeks ago. Before he was waiting on the ball well, and then pop, he could bring his hands through the zone, particularly well on pitches inside, but when the hips fly open too soon, the back shoulder dips, and you sorta scoop at the ball, and that first movement ties you up on pitches inside and in order to get the barrel on the ball you bail and lose the snap that produces power. Hope he can get back to the form that we saw last year and coming out of Spring Training.

      • natslady - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        @historiophiliac. Troll.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        No way, I love my homeboy!

    • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Hard to know for sure if Miller was up with his pitches, or if that was the general game plan vs. the free-swinging Nats. Sure seemed to work, but as you allude to, a better balance might be the more prudent approach, going forward.

      Especially, with two strikes, and ahead in the count, his 96 mph heater with movement is deadly, just like to see him paint knee high 91 mph first strikes a little more often. But considering this is his rookie season, and his first half in AAA last year wasn’t anything to brag about, his start so far has been special.

      • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Yeah, I’m not complaining. He’s 22. The fact that his FB can be effective thrown high so often is something in itself.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Need the DH? Cause it provides more offense. Here are a few more suggestions for the titillatingly starved.

    1) Dump the mound. I mean, lets make it an even playing field. Why should pitchers have the elevation advantage?

    2) Do away with all forms of curves, sliders, change-ups, splitters, knucklers, and screw-balls. It is deceiving the hitter and unjust. Real men bring it hard, straight, and fast. None of this fancy-assed, movement.

    3) But not too fast, I mean if 80 MPH is good enough for cars, it ought to be good enough for pitchers.

    4) Narrow the plate size. 16 inches, Really? Why? A guy just cannot be expected to cover that much space. Macho baseball that is what we want, bring it down the middle, 6 inches ought to do, then hitters would have the chance to put the barrel on every strike, like Real Americans, and some Canadians.

    5) Move in the fences. Nothing frustrates me more than seeing a guy blast one to centerfield, only to have some fast dude run it down, producing an out. Why penalize guys who hit with straight away power? I say 275 down the lines, 350 to Center and 320 to the alleys. So when a hitter smacks one good he gets his just dessert.

    6) Unlimited number of pinch runners. Who wants to see slow guys run? Plodders, who needs them?
    In fact, even sluggers shouldn’t have to run from home. Start a speedster, right behind the catcher, who in a sprinter’s stance can take off on contact. If the ball clears the fence, then of course the home run trot, will still be available, and the speedster can just veer off allowing for the circling of the bases by the home run hitter.

    7) Unlimited defensive substitutions. I mean who wants to watch some fat guy, yeah I’m talking about you Delmon Young, try to catch and throw? Increase the rosters, so there are offensive and defensive teams, then you will see some real skills.
    8) 4 strikes for a strikeout. Why should the pitcher get 4 balls before a walk, and a hitter get only 3 for a strikeout? C’mon, its only fair.

    9) Move the foul poles. I am so tired of seeing my fav slugger smash one, only to bend just barely foul. Keep the foul lines, but move the poles 20 feet or so into foul territory so if a guy hits one out, he gets credit for a homer. It only seems fair, and I want to see some runs, dammit.

    Just a few early morning thoughts, to bring some life to the game that is being pummeled in the TV ratings by football. It is 2013, ya know, ya gotta adapt to the times.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      The special teams argument was kinda fun. The rest not so much. I give it a 5, I guess….but mostly just because you closed with a hint of “baseball is dying.” Always good for a point.

    • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      I like it. To some, it may seem silly….but that is the same logic for the existence of the DH. The DH is akin to saying the QB can’t be tackled in football….making up a special rule because of the nature of the position rather than recognizing the trade off in player contributions to creating/preventing runs.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        No, I think it’s like expecting the QB to do punt returns…since, you know, he can run too and that way the offense is all on the field when they get the ball.

        Urp. Football. :(

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        pitcherwannabehitter ball, I mean,

      • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        In today’s MLB, shortstops can’t hit either, let’s call them defensive specialists and have 2 DHs.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Oh, I KNOW you didn’t just disparage Kozma, Sir.

      • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Nah, he’s fantastic…he just got caught up in the wash.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        I’m enjoying what a homer you’ve become. It suits you. Now, to work on your Holliday Affinity.

      • cktai - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:17 AM

        I think everyone agrees that football would be a lot better if they get rid of these silly platoons and force everyone to play on both sides of the field. Would probably reduce injuries as well, because you can’t be 300 lbs if you have to remain on the pitch for 60 minutes

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Genius stuff right there! Well played Spud. Well played.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      I think it’s perfectly normal for baseball to tinker with the rules, now and then, to aim for entertaining 5-4 games that last two hour and 45 minutes. (I think the NFL does this all the time. They want close games with lots of passing, and they adjust the rules to make it happen.) The late-60s version of baseball sounds boring as hell to me.

      From what I understand, the DH came to pass because the AL was getting crushed by the NL, attendance-wise, in the early 1970s. Many fans like a little more offense.

      Me, I think they should tinker with the rules to encourage fewer strikeouts and more balls in play. Bill James suggested (in the “new” Abstract) minimum bat handle thickness would accomplish this. I’d also change the rules (James, again) to shrink time between pitches and mid-inning pitching changes. “More offense” really isn’t the problem. But baseball, like all human endeavors, can be improved.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Specifically, (a) I’d ban the mound conference (except for injuries) and (b) not allow players to call “time out” in the batters’ box (except when attacked by dogs with bees in their mouths).

        That the pitcher and catcher cannot communicate is their problem, not mine. Throw the ball. And do it within 20 seconds, as the rulebook requires. If a coach has something to say to the pitcher, say it at the end of the inning.

  8. skeleteeth - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    I guess Napoli can hit non-Red Sox pitching @ Fenway?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      So far he is proving me wrong.

      • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Napoli has hit everywhere he has played. The one thing the guy could always do was hit….didn’t matter if he was in a pitcher friendly (LAA) or hitter friendly (TX) park.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      He mistakenly mixed up his locker and Big Papi’s. He thought those “milkshakes” were his.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Hey, when’s Carlos Ruiz* coming back? Whatever happened to that guy?

        *If Death Monkey isn’t a Phillies’ fan, replace Carlos Ruiz’s name with whatever steroid-adjusted player is on your favorite team. I can’t believe anyone who roots for any MLB team would point fingers here.

      • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Ruiz’s suspension was for amphetamines, which may be a more effective performance enhancer.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        deathmonkey lives in the Philly area, but is not a Phillies fan. Ruiz got suspended for Adderall, which can be used as a masking agent for PEDs. Which is what most people get suspended for- the masking agent and not the actual PED.

      • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        deathmonkey, I stand corrected. It seems that MLB lists adderall as an amphetamine.

        http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5786:all-time-mlb-milb-drug-suspensions-2012&catid=59:organizational-reports&Itemid=137
        http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/Phillies_catcher_Carlos_Ruiz_suspended_25_games_for_Adderall_use.html

  9. aceshigh11 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Snowblind!

  10. Old Gator - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Feesh snowed out. And why not? Their owner is the undisputed master of snowjobs.

    Yes. I said snow jobs. Dear Buddha, what dirty minds you have.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Yes well, we’re sure that man is capable of getting jobs of every kind to suit his fancy.

  11. spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Rick Ankiel certainly has struck out a lot this season, 24 times in 38 PA, but he is sporting a .921 OPS for the Astros. Hang in their Rick, I’m still pullin’ for ya.

    • stex52 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Thereby pointing out a weakness in OPS as a statistic in a small sample. His OBP is .237, he has no (NONE) walks. Unless you really think he is likely for a 40 HR season (something he has never gotten close to) the K’s are going to kill him.

      We’re all pulling for Rick. But he desperately needs some balance in his batting.

      • Old Gator - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Is he the team’s Achilles Ankiel?

        …sorry about that.

      • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        A better question might be, is a player valuable if he posts a season-long .921 OPS, homers 50 times but fans, oh say, 300 times. On most teams, probably not, but for the Astros, gotta think he gets the PAs.

        And nobody here was attempting to point out a weakness in the OPS. Neither the HRs, nor the strikeouts are likely to happen, but Ankiel has taken a new approach this year, changed his bat angle to the ball, something I always believed he needed to do. Obviously that angle hasn’t always been successful, but when it has the results appear positive. With more time and perfection, perhaps the results will be a little less extreme, but If he would continue to play everyday versus right-handers, pinch-hit, late in games when the lefties are gone, he very well could near the 40 homer mark.

    • cktai - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      24 K’s in 38 PA is not bad when you realize he started the season with 12 K’s from 14 PA. Definite improvement.

  12. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Glad to see the Red Sox victory, but can someone please tell me why they traded Jed Lowrie again (and for garbage no less)???

    • stex52 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      They did it because he had been injured so much that they weren’t getting the value they thought they should have out of him, and they traded for a “proven” reliever. Why the deal didn’t work better for them I’m not sure. The guy pitched well everywhere else.

      But I’m not arguing that it has worked out well for the Sox. It hasn’t.

  13. wonkypenguin - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I honestly thought you were making fun of Jonathan Papelbon by calling him “Johnathan Pettibone” and I couldn’t figure out why that was related to his guns comment or some other Phillies-baiting thing. Then I looked him up. And somehow, it struck me as funnier that it WASN’T a joke.

    • spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Sounds more like a Confederate Civil War General or the mayor of a hick town in Mississippi.

  14. deathmonkey41 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    And CC comes up small in another match up against an ace. Go figure.

  15. whitdog23 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    so the reds and cubs were in the 13th…then the game went back to the 9th?? guess I missed this rule being added in the blog generation where facts don’t matter and editors don’t exist

  16. APBA Guy - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Symptoms of Post Astros Series Syndrome (PASS):

    - 0-4 immediately following sweep of the Astros
    - Being dominated by Felix Doubront

    AJ Griffin, like Tommy Milone not the same outside of the Mausoleum, couldn’t find his touch with his offspeed stuff yesterday. Fastball after fastball, resulting in XBH after XBH, Norris called it and Griffin threw it, all at 90-91 mph, for some of the loudest shots I’ve heard so far this year. The 41 degree, raw and windy conditions may have had something to do with it, but the Sox hardly seemed to notice, driving two monster HR’s against the stiff breeze.The beloved A’s are 6-8 against teams not named the Astros.

  17. jwbiii - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Again, the White Sox commit an error which leads to the winning run scoring in the 3-2 loss to the Indians. We know that clutch fielding exists, but is it reproducible?

    The Cubs’ bullpen failure by committee plan continues to work flawlessly. There is no truth to the rumor that Theo Epstein is talking to Keith Foulke.

  18. El Bravo - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    “Reds 5, Cubs 4: This one went 13 innings an lasted four and a half hours. I’m pretty sure there are committees within the United Nations who are working diligently to eliminate 13-inning Cubs games from the world on a human rights basis, but so far their work has been stymied by Real Politik concerns and obstructionism in the Security Council. The Cubs actually had a 4-2 lead in the 13th. Unfortunately the rules of baseball required them to try to close out the win in the ninth, where Michael Bowden coughed up three runs on four hits including a Jay Bruce RBI double.”

    This may be your best game recap ever.

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