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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Apr 30, 2013, 6:27 AM EDT

Brandon Moss

Athletics 10, Angels 8: Nineteen innings. Six and a half hours. Sixteen pitchers, including A’s Opening Day starter Brett Anderson who pitched five and a third innings out of the pen. The Angels, for their part, had two pitchers — Tommy Hanson who started it and Jerome Williams who came in later — each of whom pitched what would have been a quality start. Ended on a Brandon Moss two-run homer, his second of the night/morning. Albert Pujols had two homers as well. It ended less than an hour and a half before my alarm clock went off this morning. It was the longest game in Angels history and the longest game ever played in Oakland. At least they follow it up with a night game rather than a day tilt.

Braves 3, Nationals 2: Atlanta beats Washington for the eighth straight time dating back to last season. The kicker: they did it without any home runs.

Astros 9, Yankees 1: Hey, even the worst teams win several dozen times a year. You just don’t expect them to beat the tar out of Andy Pettitte, that’s all. Catcher Carlos Corporan went 4 for 5 with a homer, double and four RBI. Lucas Harrel allowed only one run in six and a third.

Tigers 4, Twins 3: Prince Fielder‘s three-run homer helps the Tigers to their fourth straight win.

Marlins 4, Mets 3: The Marlins won in 15 innings, but they lost their best player — Giancarlo Stanton — to a strained hamstring and he may miss more time than that after saying he felt a “pop” in his leg. Five straight losses for the Mets. No one is leaving this game happy.

Indians 9, Royals 0: Ryan Raburn hit two homers and drove in four and Ubaldo Jimenez tossed seven shutout innings to notch his first win in 12 starts. Wade Davis was shelled.

Cubs 5, Padres 3: Darwin Barney went 2 for 3 with two doubles and Cody Ransom went 2 for 4 with a home run. Chicago, you may not have noticed, has won five of seven.

Brewers 10, Pirates 4: Milwaukee hit five home runs, including one from Yovani Gallardo of all people, in the rout. They hit three triples too. Gallardo likewise allowed only one earned run in seven innings. Miller Park continues to be a house of horrors for the Pirates.

Mariners 6, Orioles 2: Joe Saunders with a complete game, allowing only two runs against his old mates. At least I assume they were his mates.  I dunno. Maybe everyone hated Saunders in Baltimore. Called him “jerkface” and stuff. We never can really know these things.

Reds 2, Cardinals 1: Mat Latos outdueled Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17. The Cards have dropped three in a row.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4: San Francisco halts its losing skid, coming behind after Matt Cain allowed three home runs in the fourth inning. Brandon Belt drove in three.

Rockies 12, Dodgers 2: Colorado rattled off 19 hits. Including three from pitcher Tyler Chatwood who drove in two to [all together now] help his own cause. His six shutout innings helped that quite a bit too.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Astros stuck it to my Yankees yesterday. Lucas Harrel is going to be an all star pitcher. Could win 15 games this year for the steps. Yankees looked tired and young. Austin Romine made his 2013 debut behind the dish. Completely unimpressed with this young man. Perhaps he’ll prove respectable over the next 6 weeks and can be used as trade bait.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Craig, the Angels lost 10-8.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Craig was probably half asleep when he wrote that.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Yeah, that confused the hell out of me. I had to check the score elsewhere. It’s really not nice to do that to people before they’ve had their morning coffee.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        Yeah, pleading early on that one. Oh well.

      • indaburg - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        When I read it at 6:30 am, it made perfect sense for the home team to win by 8 runs. I didn’t even question it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Yeah sorry for bumping into you and stepping on the cat in the hallway…

  3. indaburg - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    “Hey, even the worst teams win several dozen times a year.”

    See that Old Gator? Even the Feesh. (Who, I just heard on the radio, outdrew the Mariners, 15k to 9k. Macondo cant even boycott right.)

    • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      I sincerely enjoyed last night’s episode of Doom Watch. (Cue Yankees running down the beach in slow motion, tripping & falling away one-by-one until Mo is the only man standing — arms crossed, owning that damn beach.)

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Inda: see my comments below. I won’t find my abacus for another four or five column inches.

  4. RoyHobbs39 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Craig, I am not sure how a home team can win an 18 inning game by eight runs?

    • RoyHobbs39 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      Or even a 19 inning game.

  5. jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    There’s something really terrible about being an Angels fan this year. It’s just about the worst. They’re not a team with a robust farm system that is paying dues towards a young core. They’re an overpaid garbage fire of a team with no future. Instead of championships, we’re looking at a Mike Trout crossing out the days on his calendar when he can leave.

    At least I’m a Lakers fan, where the situation is totally diff…. oh.

    When does football start?

    • rmcd13 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Being an Angels fan has always been terrible.

      • jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Nah, 2002 was pretty nice.

  6. kcrobert10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Go royals go. Oh no we suck again…

    • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      1 game up on the Royals! King of the woooooooorld!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        *Kings

        Dammit. We need an edit function. I haven’t had my performance enhancing liquid this am. :(

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        12 year single malt?

      • dluxxx - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        I prefer a 16 year Lagavulin myself…

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        16 year Glenlivet Nadurra, my personal choice, but to each their own!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        You guys kill me.

        /pours Irish whiskey from flask into coffee

  7. paperlions - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Stanton felt a “pop”. Sorry, that is not a hamstring strain….sounds like a ligament gave up the ghost.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      Do you play a doctor on TV?

      • paperlions - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        Ah…..no comment.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        No, but he stayed at a Holiday Inn last night?

      • dondada10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        I used to play doctor with a neighbor girl.

        Ah how I miss college.

      • spudchukar - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        The one time I tore my hamstring, people in the stands by third base as I rounded the bag, said they could hear the pop. It was severe, the muscle sheath included, and I literally could not make the leg muscle work. If there was a “pop” felt or heard, then it is more than likely more severe than a strain.

        But the descriptive words “strain”, “pull”, “tear”, are all just gestimates and pretty inaccurate. Even minor muscle soreness is due to small muscle tears. But a ligament need not be included with “pops”. Isn’t that so Cur?

  8. uyf1950 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Ugly loss by the Yankees but give the Astros credit they completely outplayed the Yankees. The good thing about baseball it’s only one game and there is always tomorrow. Or in this case there is always today, since it is now Tuesday.

  9. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Paper- more likely a torn hamstring muscle.

    • paperlions - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      You are probably right….but a pop in a hammy, that is going to be a pretty bad tear, isn’t it? Calling that a strain, strains credulity.

      • randygnyc - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        He was laying there in a lot of pain. I see magnets in his immediate future.

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

        It depends what grade strain. A grade 3 hamstring strain is a tear. (I play a nurse IRL.)

      • paperlions - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Well, technically, they are all tears, aren’t they? Would anything less severe “pop”?

      • indaburg - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        It can be a pull, partial tear, or complete tear. From what I’m reading. It sounds pretty bad. Poor kid.

      • spudchukar - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        PL, see my post above. But yes any muscle soreness is due to small muscle tears, so the medical jargon isn’t very representative of function or dysfunction. All muscles are “pulled”, the reason for striation, as they work, and the stretching produces “strains”, then minor to major tears as they work. “Tears” of which there are degrees, are more aptly described as detachments, and are the type of injuries that sideline athletes.

        More knowledgeable commenters feel free to correct the above paragraph, but this is how I’ve had it explained to me by OS’s.

  10. dondada10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Terry Collins might be the first skipper to go this year. The Mets have been listless this year. It’s scary to think what the record would be if it weren’t for John Buck (!) and Matt Harvey.

    I can see Alderson giving fans Wally Backman in an attempt to inject some life into the season..

    • jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Scioscia’s got to be headed out the door unless this team starts pouring out wins like wine at a wedding catered by Jesus.

      • randygnyc - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        I agree. No way he survives after spending a half a billion dollars on 4 players. The expectations are enormous. So must be the disappointment.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      John Gibbons has to be added to this list. I have no idea why he was re-hired in the first place.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Terry Collins is one of the biggest problems the Mets have. Aside from that pesky “talent” thing.

  11. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Whatever befell the Iron Giant – and we will know by the end of the day, as he slides down the anthropophagus esophagus of the MRI this morning – what went “pop,” the guy is probably wound too tight. I read last year that his body fat percentage was pushing the limits of science fiction, and anyone who’s watched that viper strike swing of his knows how strong he is. I suspect he needs to get himself started on a rigorous stretching and yoga conditioning program to loosen himself up a little, to go along with his bodybuilding work.

    Somehow, the Feesh managed to outlast the Mutts last night when the Nyorcans were unable to Wright themselves. Lost in the anguish of the Iron Giant’s injury was the fact that it was the first time all season that the Feesh were able to win back to back games. This is nothing for the Mutts to be proud of. This would have been nothing for the Toledo Mudhens to be proud of. Still, it was amusing to watch the King Kong and Godzilla of RISP futility slug it out to see who could leave the most runners languishing on second and third. Feesh won that too, 1/13 versus 1/18. This is an unforgiving game – it’s like a state with the death penalty and a Good Christian governor.

    As far as the Feesh outdrawing the Mariners, remember: (a) included in the attendance figures are several thousand multi-year package season seats bought by gulls who took Scrooge McLoria at his word about building a winning team with a payroll to match, patrons who would gladly barf back those seats in an instant; (b) the figure includes distributed freebies, which are numerous, and (c) you’re getting those figures from Scrooge McLoria’s Fuzzy Math department – the same one that promulgated the report to the Macondo County Commission in the runup to the stadium disaster about how much money the Feesh had “lost.” Feel free to believe them if you’ve got nothing better to do.

    • indaburg - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      I tuned out when we discussed fuzzy math in school. Regular math is difficult enough. I’ll just stick to fuzzy navels. I find the drink most helpful while calculating Indametrics.

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Gerard Hoffnung once commented that if he had to give up all of his organs but one, he’d elect to keep his navel. Seems he liked to eat celery in bed and it made for a convenient place to keep the salt.

      • indaburg - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Only you would know this. Hoffnung was a great pragmatist.

        (Have you ever been on Jeopardy? You must, I beg. Trebek won’t know what hit him.)

  12. dluxxx - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    My Twins were rolling until Big Pelf had a hiccup (sure, we’ll call it a hiccup, not another shitty inning) in the bottom of the 6th. Up to that point, he was cruizing and had gotten through the prior inning with only 7 pitches. Thus, his rough start to the season continues. I expect him to struggle this year considering he is coming back from TJ surgery, but it seem like if he could avoid these “big” innings, he’d be pretty servicable.

    Oh well, at least we have an easier road ahead of us with Verlander and Sanchez in the next two tilts. Should be fun.

    • dluxxx - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Also worth noting, Mauer is in the middle (end hopefully?) of a career long hitless streak. He always seems to hit well against Verlander, so maybe he’ll snap out of it today. Don’t take my tone in the previous post the wrong way. I’m pleasantly suprised by the Twins performance this year. I’m not sure it can last, but it’s fun to watch.

  13. sportsdrenched - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    The last 2 games by the Royals are why it’s hard to buy in even when the team is on a good run. During past good runs games like these are the regression back to the 20 years of sucktitude, rather than the exception to the rule that even good teams have over the course of a long season….so given the track record…I have to assume the Royals are slipping back to their old ways.

    James Shields goes tonight against his former team. It’s hard to call a game a must win in early April, but this is the type of game Shields was brought here for. Stop the bleeding and get back on track.

  14. mornelithe - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    “Astros 9, Yankees 1: Hey, even the worst teams win several dozen times a year. You just don’t expect them to beat the tar out of Andy Pettitte, that’s all. Catcher Carlos Corporan went 4 for 5 with a homer, double and four RBI. Lucas Harrel allowed only one run in six and a third.”

    “Red Sox 6, Astros 1: John Lackey had one more tuneup against minor leaguers yesterday. Looks like he’ll be set for his return from the disabled list Thursday versus the Twins. He’s really gotta be looking forward to that.”

    *Scratches head* Wha?

  15. natslady - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Adam LaRoche got hitting advice from Chipper. Really. They spent about 1/2 hour gabbing and watching video. That led to Adam getting a hit and a walk, so his slash is now a whopping .143/.224/.273. He’s right there with the other Adams (Hicks and Dunn) and, ooops, BJ Upton. .146/.222/.281.

    The Dans at second base aren’t doing so great either.

    Dan Uggla .177/.308/.342
    Danny Espinosa .182/.222/.251

    So now everyone is chastising Clippard for giving up a run in the 7th and saying, “I walk the lead-off guy a lot of times.” Clip, just because you do it doesn’t mean you should do it. Find your fastball and all will be forgiven.

  16. tmohr - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    From Gallardo’s player page – “The homer was Gallardo’s second of this season and 12th in 319 career at-bats.”

    I’m not sure why Craig is surprised by Gallardo’s HR. He has a better career HR rate than any of his four teammates who also homered last night.

    Perhaps it’s time to make him the next Martin Dihigo.

  17. APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I have to admit, I did not watch all of the A’s game. Nor did my DVR. I always put an extra hour on, which turns it off at midnight. Not nearly enough as it turns out. For 45 years or over 3,560 games, that would have been plenty. But not last night.

    I did watch attentively as the A’s trotted out their endless short relief. I did not see Mr. Anderson lower his ERA to 6.21.

    Interesting trivia notes:

    – Melvin gave up the DH when Mr. Anderson came in.
    – The A’s have 3 guys over .900 OPS (Lowrie, Smith, Donaldson) and one more in the vicinity (Moss), yet the key guy seems to be Cespedes

  18. shaggytoodle - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Has a player ever locked up the Silver Slugger award, faster than Gallardo?

  19. theptbnl - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    To bad the 19 inning game was in the American League. One of the real joys of a game like that is seeing a pitcher play the outfield.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Agreed. Designatedhitterball is monotony unchained.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        The D is silent.

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