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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 24, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

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Angels 5, Rangers 4: Howie Kendrick with two homers, including the walkoff in the 11th. Kendrick after the game:

“It’s a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field”

I hope someone brings the Rangers some food overnight. Maybe go back to their hotel, get guys a change of clothes or something.

Cardinals 2, Nationals 0: Adam Wainwright threw eight and a third scoreless innings striking out nine, and improved to 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA on the season. The Nats have lost eight of 11.

Pirates 2, Phillies 0: Jeff Locke and four relievers combine to shut out the Phillies. Michael Young kept his hitting streak alive — it’s now at four games — but an otherwise forgettable offensive night.

Twins 4, Marlins 3; Marlins 8, Twins 5: Oswaldo Arcia hit a massive homer in the first game. Right before he did it. Bert Blyleven speculated on-air as to whether Ron Gardenhire would have him bunt. Methinks that with that guy’s power that, no, Gardenhire is not gonna have him bunt. The Marlins take the nightcap with 16 hits. Which is probably their month’s supply of hits. Royals lead the division by a game with the Twins right on their tail. This is kinda fun while it’s lasting.

Athletics 13, Red Sox 0: Rain-shortened game or mercy rule invoked? NO MAN CAN SAY. Everyone will talk about how putrid Alfredo Aceves was — and after the game he had the nerve to ask why his teammates didn’t hit – but how about seven, three-hit shutout innings from Bartolo Colon?

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3: It’s kinda early in the morning so my critical thinking skills aren’t totally sharp yet today, but when I see this in the game story:

It was the 100th consecutive game the Orioles have won when leading after seven innings

My b.s. detector starts to go off. Not because it’s not true — it is, in fact, a fact — but because it sounds too superficially impressive a feat for a team that, while good last year, hasn’t been dominant or anything. Someone can check it and tell me I’m wrong, but this smells like “a triple short of the cycle!” Meaning: a fact which sounds kind of impressive but which actually describes something which happens quite a lot.

Yankees 4, Rays 3: Ichiro had a two-run, RBI single in the ninth and, though he did not get the win, I think it’s fair to say that Phil Hughes out-dueled David Price. Has a lower ERA on the season than Price does too, if you care about such things (5.14 vs. 5.52).

Braves 4, Rockies 3; Braves 10, Rockies 2 : Atlanta takes the first chilly one thanks to homers from Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Dan Uggla. They take the second one thanks to homers from Justin Upton, B.J. Upton and Juan Francisco. It’s almost like this team hits a lot of homers or something.

Cubs 4, Reds 2: Carlos Marmol blew the save but got the win. He now leads the Cubs in wins. That’s fun. I’m sure no one else on the team thinks that’s fun but him, but it is fun.

Dodgers 7, Mets 2: Two homers for Mark Ellis. Clayton Kershaw was no great shakes, but after Jon Niese left in the third with a leg contusion, it was too much to ask for five Mets relievers to hold on.

Brewers 6, Padres 3: Nine in a row. Clayton Richard was a disaster in the first two innings and after that it was academic.

Astros 3, Mariners 2: Astros and Marlins win on the same day. Bet that doesn’t happen a lot this summer. Sadly, what proved to be the winning run came at the expense of Justin Maxwell’s broken hand on a HBP in the third.

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 4: J.J. Putz blew a two-run lead in the ninth — and a four-run lead overall — but the Dbacks gritted this one out and won in 11, thanks to some heads-up base running by Didi Gregorius. He took second base on what should have only been a single after Andres Torres lollygaged his way to the ball, then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.  And if you think I’m beating this grit thing into the ground, well, I’ll stop when Diamondbacks players stop saying stuff like this after the game:

“That’s the spirit of this team,” [Brad] Ziegler said. “We’d prefer to jump out to a big lead early and kind of coast to the victory, but when that doesn’t happen, we know we have a lot of guys on this team that are going to fight to the last out.”

Indians vs. White Sox: POSTPONED: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing  Memory and desire, stirring  Dull roots with spring rain.

Royals vs. Tigers: POSTPONED: For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses. Rain; empty river; a voyage. Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilight. Under the cabin roof was one lantern. The reeds are heavy; bent; and the bamboos speak as if weeping.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    But I thought all those 1 run games the O’s won last year was a fluke? Also, what the hell is wrong with the Nats? I know it was against the Mets, but when I saw them they looked good. Bullpen?

    • nbjays - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      It’s like the Nats are snakebit or something… all I know for sure is Danny Espinosa is still not impressed.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        8-13 bluejays!!

      • hasbeen5 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Mendoza is not impressed with Espinosa’s batting average.

    • paperlions - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Winning 100 games in a row while leading isn’t really the same as being 29-2 (or whatever) in 1-run games.

      In general, one would expect a team’s record in 1-run games to be about the same (in terms of winning %) as in non-1-run games. This year the O’s are 4-3 in 1-run games and 8-5 in other games….which is about what you would expect.

      • dl3mk3 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        From retrosheet.org: Winning percentage (roughly) for leading after 7 is 75% for a one run lead, 89% when leading by 2, 95% for 3 run lead, and 99%+ when ahead by 4. Basically the O’s have anywhere between 25 to maybe 10 extra wins over the past 100 games to get the streak? Pretty impressive actually when accounting for beating the odds.

      • Cran Boy - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        According to the totally awesome baseball-reference.com Play Index, the Orioles were the only team last year that didn’t lose a game after leading after 7 (74-0). Braves and Rangers were next best with two losses each. Padres, Pirates, and Rays lost three each. So it’d appear that going undefeated in games led after 7 is unusual.

      • madhatternalice - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        I think I head Gary Thorne the other day say that the record for consecutive wins when winning after 7 is 113 by the Yankees, so I don’t think this kind of streak is as usual as it may seem.

      • madhatternalice - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        I’m not sure how you can downvote a fact, but OK.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      @dondada10: As an O’s fan, I understand the reality that their record in one run games last season was unsustainable for multiple seasons. And until last night they were just .500 in one run games.

      I’m not sure how the O’s being a game over .500 in one-runners supports your argument. To paper’s point above, I expect their winning percentage in one run games to roughly mirror their overall winning percentage.

      That said, I’d like to see the O’s play in less one run games. The offense is not clicking yet, and the starting pitching has been below-average.

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      ” Also, what the hell is wrong with the Nats?”

      Part of me says it’s still April, easy there cowboy.

      And another part says: maybe they were overrated.

      But then again, that would be Bryce Aries Harper heresy. What to do, what to do…..

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        “What to do, what to do…..”

        Let The Force guide you, just The Force quide you.

        Oh, I just heard from The Force, it said troll the Nats fans

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

        Something to consider. I’m still fence sitting on the Phils a bit until it gets warm. Hopefully they’re not 15 games out by the time that happens.

  2. Matt Loveland - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Maybe it’s because I’m a Brewer fan, but that Orioles feat is impressive to me. And yes, the Brewers last 7 innings were academic. They put me to sleep.

  3. kiwicricket - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    The first Atl/Col game ended when Colorado’s CATCHER was caught trying to steal second with two outs in the 9th. Face-palm.

    Bartolo ‘Dugong’ Colon was fantastic in miserable weather. Always seems to pitch well in cold weather, not sure what it is about his physical makeup which lends itself to that….

  4. indaburg - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I would not say Hughes outdueled Price. Hughes pitched a heck of a lit better than Sabathia on Monday.
    Rodney gave up the game in the ninth. It was your typical Rays loss. No run support.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      So, I couldn’t find anything on WebMD for acute Valverdian Redux Disease. Do you have something for that? I can’t take codeine or rum.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Triple Martini’s?

      • 4d3fect - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        But on OTOH, codeine WITH rum, mmmm, delicious.
        ‘s why they call it a Painkiller.

      • indaburg - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        The potential cure is still in clinical trials: BrianWilsonix.
        There’s no telling if it will make it past Phase III.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Look, I’m willing to pay full price for that Beardinase, if you can get your hands on it. You got connections, right?

      • indaburg - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        The FDA is like run by Bud Selig.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        BTW, blacked out on the Tigers game, so Rays it is. Bring the Doom! Are you going to get a gnome?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Rays!

  5. randygnyc - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Tough luck loss for David Price. The walk he issued in the 9th scored long after he departed. Turns out that go ahead run he was charged with wasn’t even the difference in the game

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Two strong outings in a row for Hughes. Hopefully he keeps that up because Ivan Nova sure isn’t.

      • vallewho - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        yeah. This would at least build up his trade-value. He can do well in the NL.

  6. lewp - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    I’m surprised the Rangers pitchers are doing as well as they are. Mildly surprised, but surprised none the less. And what about this weather? Almost a freeze last night here in Texas. Of course we should probably enjoy this while we can.

  7. rockthered1286 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Craig, the O’s actually hold the 3rd longest win streak when leading after 7. Keep in mind this is regular season only, as they did blow a lead against the Yanks in the playoffs last year. But as far as regular season streaks go? Props due on this one for the yard birds.

    • madhatternalice - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Second longest, according to Rob Neyer:

      http://www.baseballnation.com/2013/4/24/4261490/baltimore-orioles-2013-streak-lead-seventh

  8. alexo0 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    I guess no one noticed that the extremely rare feat of two brothers going back-to-back took place last night.

  9. cktai - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    The Orioles had 18 blown saves last year, which puts them somewhere in the middle of the pack. Now a number of these blown saves could have come from the 6th inning, but I imagine in many of them, the Orioles actually came back and grabbed the win anyway.

    I am not sure what that means in term of how special 100 consecutive wins after leading in the 7th are. I just thought it was interesting in the context.

  10. aceshigh11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    To paraphrase Sam Peckinpah:

    BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO ACEVES!

  11. philliesblow - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    At least the rain prevent the reappearance of the Big Potato for another day.

    And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

    • KR - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Right….

      What’s a cubit?

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        It’s an arcade video game developed and published by Gottlieb in 1982. It is a platform game that features two-dimensional (2D) graphics. The object is to change the color of every cube in a pyramid by making the on-screen character jump on top of the cube while avoiding obstacles and enemies. Players use a joystick to control the character…. Oh wait, that’s Q-Bert, my bad.

  12. abaird2012 - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    “Noah … NOAH!”

    ” … what …?”

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Am I on Candid Camera?

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        I ain’t gonna go get no other cleanup heeter. You change one of ‘em.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      That’s my second favorite of his routines. :)

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        And the first is…Little Tiny Hairs?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        No, the Chicken Heart That Ate New York City, of course.

        “Why the hell’s the sofa on fire?”
        “The Chicken Heart’s coming to get me!”
        “You idiot, turn it off.”

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        But the one about getting his tonsils out is right up there too.

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Are you ready for the lie?

        You can have all the ice cream in the world you can eat….

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        ICE CREAM! We’re gonna eat ICE CREAM! I’m not even gonna eat it. I’m gonna smear it all over my body! And then I’m gonna put a green cherry in my navel.

      • philliesblow - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        “Junior Barnes, I’m going in the house, and get an orange
        soda for us. You just wait right here. ha ha ha ha ha.”

        You gunky.

  13. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    For the next rain/snow out, I think “The Wreck of Edmund Fitzergald” needs to be worked in. Really seems fitting this month….

    • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Anything would be preferable to “Sweet Caroline.”

      Okay, so the Feesh split a doubleheader and collected an unsconscionable sixteen hits against the Tweenkies pitching. Time for some soul-searching in the Minneapolis bullpen. Pelfrey is still coming off Tommy John surgery and all the foxes, bears, weasels and rabbits on the field were still wearing white last night, but what’s the bullpen’s excuse?

      The Iron Giant seems to be stirring from his millennial slumber, kinda like Chthulhu. He came up to the surface of Rio Mendoza last night, gulped some air and then drove in his first two runs of the season. Yep, I said his first two. I suspect he will be absorbing his gills and losing his tail any day now. If only he could get his head into his fielding and stop wasting that howitzer of an arm of his.

      With that win, the Feesh now project to 5-157. Notice the steady improvement?

      • cardsfanandi - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        They’re slowly sneaking up to that Indametrics-calculated record there.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I hope Burgie gloats a bit.

        Oh, he scoffed at her results, but she’s on the verge of becoming our own Nate Silver here.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Did you know? Meerkats like to sing “Sweet Caroline” while they pray to idols of Kevin Youkilis Fatheads.

  14. randomdigits - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    100 games is the second longest streak since 1961. Of course they did lose a game they led after 8 innings last season and they did lose a playoff game that they led after 7 last fall.

    But yeah 100 games is kinda pretty uncommon.

  15. Bar None - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Also of note Carlos Villanueva threw 8.1 innings of one run baseball (2 runs when Marmol allowed CV’s baserunner to score). Villanueva was expected to be a bullpen guy and has one of the best ERAs in the game right now and he pitches deep every game. He is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise horrid early Cubs season.

  16. jgillmeister - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Don’t forget your spell check – cruelest is spelled with one ” l “, not two

  17. tridecagon - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Cardinals fans would pay VERY LARGE sums of money for their team to have 100 wins in a row with a lead going into the 8th.

  18. gbrim - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Craig, you are beating the ‘grit’ thing to death. Stopped being entertaining weeks ago. As to Ziegler’s comments, the DBacks are using SF as their model to build the team. Good pitching, close games, fundamentally sound baseball. We will see whether it works, but your favorite term has nothing to do with it.

  19. timpaz - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    How much longer is Gibson going to stay with Putz been terrible all year

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