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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 1, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

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Braves 8, Nationals 1: That’s nine straight wins by the Braves over the Nats dating back to last season. Someone should ask Danny Espinosa if he’s impressed by the Braves yet. Tim Hudson notched his 200th career win. In pretty grand style, too: he homered and doubled in addition to pitching seven strong innings.

Indians 14, Phillies 2: Ryan Raburn hit two of the Indians’ seven homers as Cleveland obliterated Roy Halladay and three Philly relievers. Delmon Young came back for the Phillies and homered.

Marlins 2, Mets 1: A two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run scoring on a wild pitch for the Marlins. The run before that came in the form of Chris Coghlan, who may very well have been out just before that when he overslid the third base bag. Viva The Human Element. The Mets have dropped six straight. The Marlins have won three in a row, two via walkoff.

Yankees 7, Astros 4: Three RBI singles from Travis Hafner and a bunch of small ball supported Hiroki Kuroda. Phil Humber uncorked four wild pitches. Note: the word “uncorked” is only used in reference to wild pitches, just a “ensuing” is used only in reference to kickoffs. I think that’s in the Chicago style guide.

Padres 13, Cubs 7: Quentin was 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and three driven in. The Padres have won five of six. Seven homers were hit in all.

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7: Man, that first Encarnacion shot was impressive. His second homer but the Jays ahead. Jon Lester, who had been so good so far, had a Number of the Beast line: six runs on six hits in six innings.

Brewers 12, Pirates 8: Rickie Weeks had a three run homer and five RBI. The Brewers have beat the Pirates nine straight times and are 46-7 against them in Miller Park. Milwaukee so thoroughly owns Pittsburgh at home that the Pirates are gonna have to ask permission to leave after today’s game.

Tigers 6, Twins 1: Cabrera and Fielder homered, Verlander was Verlander and the Tigers have won five straight. I have this feeling that they’re not gonna play that derp-around-until-September-before-taking-control-of-the-division game this year like they did last year.

Cardinals 2, Reds 1: The redbirds snap their three-game losing streak. Jaime Garcia tossed eight strong, Matt Holliday had a two-run jack.

Rangers 10, White Sox 6: Last time out Yu Darvish got a lot of offense behind him and I called him the recipient of the Run Support Award. That was somewhat misleading because he pitched extremely well that night and didn’t really need that support. Last night he sorta needed it, as he gave up four runs and was in a close one until the Rangers broke out for six in the sixth.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1: Pablo Sandoval with a two run homer in the ninth. Those two runs were the only ones San Francisco needed as Madison Bumgarner pitched seven shutout innings, besting Trevor Cahill on a pitchery night.

Royals 8, Rays 2: James Shields faces the Royals and scatters two runs and five hits over seven innings. Well, the runs weren’t scattered — they both came on a homer in the first — but that was about all the damage the Rays could do against him. The Royals were stymied by Alex Cobb until the sixth, when they broke through for four runs. By the way: anyone remember Stymie? Whatever happened to him anyway? Totally underrated.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 2: Hanley Ramirez comes back and homers. Hyun-Jin Ryu stuck out 12. Also: Psy was at Dodger Stadium for some reason. Which I liken to M.C. Hammer showing up at your dorm party in 1994. “Sure, we totally remember you, dude. Just … why?” Ryu gave his game-worn jersey to Psy after the game. You’ll probably be able to buy it from Psy in a year or two.

Athletics 10, Angels 6: Yikes the Angels stink.  Yoenis Cespedes drove in four. After the game he said:

“The reason I was so good was because when I got here, I drank (an energy drink),” said Cespedes, who doubled and tripled to pace Oakland’s 10-hit outburst. “I was ready for the game.”

But don’t listen to him. Stimulants players use to wake them up for a game are in no way performance-enhancers. When Mickey Mantle swallowed a handful of greenies after a long night, he was just allowing himself to play at his native ability.

Orioles 7, Mariners 2: Bandon Maurer surrendered four runs in the first and the rest was mere detail. Nate McLouth led off the game with a homer. He’s hitting close to .500 over his past 10 games and has scored 14 runs. Manny Machado has hit in nine straight.

  1. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Yankees defeated the Astros 7-4. After 2 days of watching the stros, I must admit, they have an endearing quality about them. They all seem to give maximum effort and I like their attitudes. There is something to be said for having all cheap young guys instead of cheap, old guys.

    • southofheaven81 - May 1, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Michael Kay said during the broadcast that “They play like they have a chip on their shoulders.” I agree, it’s fun to watch them scrap.

    • wonkypenguin - May 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      I agree as well. I’ve caught a number of their games this year, and they’re just downright likable.

    • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      The Borg beat the Astros! The Borg beat the Astros! Let the bells ring – let there be rejoicing! The Borg beat the Astros! Let the breasts of sterile mother-wannabes overflow with milk and beer (well, they might have boyfriends while they wait to conceive); let the intestines of city pigeons be cleared of gram-positive bacteria! The Borg beat the Astros! The Borg beat the Astros! Let every airliner that ditches in the Hudson feature more legroom in coach! Let all New York subway pretzels be crispy on the outside and soft and steamy on the inside! Let Sammy’s Famous serve gas and cholesterol-free gaqrlic-laced Roumanian tenderloins! The Borg beat the Astros! The Borg beat the Astros!

      ….sorry Len, I get carried away with myself sometimes….

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Apparently, there’s a giddy homer inside that crusty shell.

    • APBA Guy - May 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      The A’s are 6-0 against the Astros. I like them too, since they are like the Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters. But fun to watch? No. It’s fun to watch your team hit against AAA pitching for a game or two. But in the 6 games I saw the Astros were pathetic. Scrappy, maybe, but still pathetic.

      • randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        But I got to see their kid Harrell pitch on Monday and was left very impressed. And their second baseman Altuve is the real deal. He had a great year last year, but I’m an AL guy so I didn’t get to see him play. Print media can only convey so much. It was a pleasure seeing such a pint sized talent with my own eyes. Sure losing gets old and the stros will be lucky to win 65 games this year, but their ownership has a viable plan. They are trying to follow the Nat’s blueprint for success and are supremely focused on it. That’s more than can be said for many MLB teams that seem content on wallowing in mediocrity. I might just be an undercover Astros fan.

      • APBA Guy - May 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        I’m hoping their plan works, and I think Luhnow’s on the right track. I favor the idea of building via growing talent and supplementing with free agents. But they are a long way away from that. As you point out, we’re starting to see a couple of guys rise to the MLB level. But they need way more than a couple.

  2. KR - May 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    I believe the style guide allows for hilarity to ensue as well as kickoffs.

    • kalinedrive - May 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      And you can uncork the champagne when advancing to the next playoff round.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Lester is an interesting person to watch this season. His first 4 games were terrific. In his last 2, he was lucky to get “no decisions”. Which Lester will we see for the rest of the season?

    As far as Edwin’s homers are concerned, the Jays needed that. The first was into the upper deck and the second won the game.

    • kiwicricket - May 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      The Beavers were lucky to scrape out the win. A good start then they typically tried to flush it all away with an awful error. A costly error once per game and bad base-running is no way to operate.

      • proudlycanadian - May 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        I turned my TV off in disgust after that error, but quickly returned to the game after I calmed down. Tonight it is the Jays against the Red Sox and the Leafs against the Bruins. Should be fun.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Speaking of pitching even when the jays win, their pitchers still do a terrible job. the AL east is nowhere to be son if you cant pitch and the jays flat out can’t pitch!! Jays will be all but eliminated by memorial day

      • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        /poo FLUNG

      • indaburg - May 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Dirtyharry and Blue Jays sitting on a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a weird Harry-jay hybrid in a baby carriage…

        Admit it, you love them.

      • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Ewww. Gross. A DirtyMonkey/Beaver Cross.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Son? Harry is cur’s daddy!

        /giggling

      • indaburg - May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Who are we to deny their love? Be free, harry. Be free.

      • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        He IS free. Free in his enclosure at the zoo. They DID try and release him back into the wild. However he was caught pilfering from the town dump. Again. For his own protection, and in the hopes he can learn to NOT steal crap, he’s being kept near some other chimps so that maybe he might learn from their example. A work in progress. Also, no self respecting beaver would get any where near the Ole Poo Flinger. Not till he’s had a damn good wash, at any rate.

    • proudlycanadian - May 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      A cyber stalker on HBT! OMG! Who would have thunk it?

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        You need to counter with some well-placed 1812 jokes.

      • proudlycanadian - May 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        The mouse is not worth the effort.

  4. hittfamily - May 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    The Rays/Royals game was really weird. Cobb had it on cruise control.80 pitches through 5 2/3, and only 4 went for hits. The Royals had done a whole lot of nothing, and then the 6th came. Out, Out, hit, hit,hit,hit,hit. Through 5 2/3, he allowed 4 baserunners. 5 of his next 9 pitches went for hits, including 2 doubles and a homer. The wheels fell off for the Rays. It was really depressing to watch a guy dominate the entire game, and then instantly lose it.

    • indaburg - May 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Yeah, I was bummed by last night’s loss. Cobb was on cruise control, and his stuff still looked great. I thought we had this game sealed. Then, boom. KC got hits off of some good pitches too. Like Andersen said last night, it’s almost as if KC knew what was coming. Oh, well. There’s tonight.

  5. Matt Loveland - May 1, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I don’t like what it says about me, but I very much enjoyed watching Hudson’s homer bounce off that kid’s glove. Hudson had a night that is why I love the game.

  6. uyf1950 - May 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    The ageless wonder Mo Rivera converted his 10th save in 10 opportunities in April. Not bad for an old guy. Also, Kuroda lowered his ERA to 2.25 but not before this fan did some nail biting. Fortunately he was able to work out of a couple of early inning jams. Ichiro, Cano, Hafner and even Nunez were the offensive stories for the Yankees on this night. BTW, Stewart doubled his season RBI total last night when he drove in a run.

    • southofheaven81 - May 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Nunez is just going through a little rough patch. He’s always been a defensive liability but he can swing the bat pretty well. He’ll straighten himself out.

  7. kiwicricket - May 1, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Perhaps Mickey and Chooch were just “trying to stop the waves behind his eyeballs” ??
    So they “popped their reds, popped their greens and blues” ???

    • kiwicricket - May 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Their eyeballs!!! Edit function!

  8. philliesblow - May 1, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Alex Avila is attempting something unique. For the season he has 3 HR & only 3 RBI. How long can he go only driving in himself?

    The Tigers have 25 runs in their last 4 games. 20 of them have come via the long ball.

    • kiwicricket - May 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      There seems to be a bit of that this year. Guys with 7HR and 10RBI? Weird.

    • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      We have started better this year than we have in awhile. That feels good. We had a Nervous Ninth last night again, but thankfully it worked out. It is rather nice to be up early.

      • dluxxx - May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Maybe you were nervous, but I didn’t see my Twinkies overcoming a 5 run lead in the 9th. Now had they kept in Alburquerque that might have been a different story…

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        That’s why I was nervous, and I was glad Leyland pulled him. Sometimes he seems to like seeing if they can pull themselves out of jams like that. He’s the Love Guru, you know. He doesn’t like to bruise egos and prefers to let them work things out. I would say generally this year, he hasn’t given them as much rein. Sorry for your Twinkies, but we got Royals to beat!

      • dluxxx - May 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        No need to apologize for the Twinkies. They are what they are, and I’m enjoying it while I can. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they look like in a few years though. Sano and Buxton are tearing it up in the minors, as is Berrios. We have some really solid prospects coming up in the next year or two and then, with a bit of pitching help, we should be back to competing for the division title every year.

        At least that’s what I keep telling myself…

        As to Leyland being a love guru, I’m now imagining him in a turban crooning love songs to Miggue and Prince in the locker room. Thanks for that!

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Happy May Day!
        :D

      • philliesblow - May 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Hang in there dluxx, I heard Twinkies are coming back in July.

  9. hittfamily - May 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    The Rays DFA’d Shelley Duncan. I heard somewhere this is the first time since 1968 that a member of that family has not been in the big leagues, either playing or coaching. They had a pretty good run.

  10. indaburg - May 1, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Hey Big Game. I’ve been thinking about ya. You looked shaky last night in the first, but then you came out with your extraordinarily WtW and shut us down. You looked good. Real good. Too good. I hope the Royals are treating you well. Looks like they are. It seems the Royals way last night, lots of hitting and good pitching, is better than the Rays’ current ways. It wasn’t you. It’s us. Miss ya. Keep in touch.

  11. kiwicricket - May 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Seems to have gotten a lot of stick before even arriving from the Phans, but Delmon Young is a proven professional hitter. Guy turns up and launches a bomb in his first game. Look for him to carry the offense. #Phillyingrates.

    • thegreatstoneface - May 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      he’ll do that any time you’re hopelessly behind, or solidly ahead. he’s a treasure…

  12. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Ok, I’ll say it. How about Doc Halliday?

  13. Detroit Michael - May 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Turns out that Stymie spent a large portion of his life addicted to heroin. Too bad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Beard_(American_actor)

  14. RoyHobbs39 - May 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Craig, I would disagree with your singular uses of the words “uncorked” and “ensuing”. I tend to relate the word “ensuing” more to “chaos” than to “kickoff”. And “uncorked a wild pitch” is probably used as much as “uncorked his “.

    Example: When Grienke uncorked his wild pitch, Quentin then uncorked his anger. The ensuing chaos led to multiple ejections and a broken collarbone.

    • Cris E - May 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I think someone uncorking a wild pitch is more common than uncorking his wild pitch. To me that sounds like he had it with him, as everyone does, in preparation for this moment. A wild pitch is something that everyone recognizes but is a little more rare.

      On the other hand chaos ensues all the time. (The judges would also have accepted melee or hijinks.)

    • RoyHobbs39 - May 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I meant to write “uncorked his (emotion)” I tend to use “uncorked my anger” instead of “unleashed my anger.” Then again, I drink a lot.

  15. jaysfan64 - May 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Edwin hit a ball into the 500 level of Rogers Centre becoming the 14th player to do so since 1989…on the list are Delgado, Green, Canseco (3 times), McGwire, Manny, Jayson Werth, Shelley Duncan……Rasmus just missed it last season…looking down from that area it hits you just how far that is…

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      who cares? The jays strike out a TON, dont walk, and have a terrible team batting average. Thats without even bringing up their pitching which is just as bad.

  16. gbar22 - May 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    “There is something to be said about having a bunch of cheap young guys instead of a bunch of cheap old guys”

    Yeah the worst record in the league and a 90+ loss team vs the old guys and their 90+ win team.

    Yankees fans would never tolerate the Astros cheap young talent. Fun for them to observe someone else’s misery from a distance but never at home.

  17. ksbuff - May 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I think you’ll find James Shields faced the Rays rather than the Royals last night. There was a fairly big trade between the two teams this off-season…

  18. stlouis1baseball - May 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Bronson Arroyo threw 78 pitches through 7 innings. Jaime threw 84 pitches through 7 innings.
    Efficiency at it’s finest. Holliday hit a two run laser (seemingly with his left forearm).
    But the bigger story (in my opinion)…were the 18 groundballs Jaime had through 8 innings.
    That’s gettin’ it done.

    • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      The news report last night called Holliday “the pride of Stillwater.” lol

      • stlouis1baseball - May 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        Awesome. Stillwater is a decent sized town too. Hahaha! Your boy Kozma also had a hit.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        Yea! Happy May Day!

      • paperlions - May 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        On opening day, I brought a giant bag of peanuts and a refillable container to work. Everyone enjoys the peanuts, so a lot of people have started bringing them in to keep them available. Today, a girl in the lab from Michigan (East Lansing, I think) brought in a bag of peanuts her Mom sent her in the mail after hearing about the peanut jar. A genuine bag of ball park peanuts from Comerica Park. Gotta love Moms.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Awww. I bet you feel fortified by all that Tigers awesomeness. You’ll probably be on fire today!

        Happy May Day!

      • paperlions - May 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Cards have a day game today….so, yeah, I’ll be super duper productive.

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

        Me too. Sanchez is starting. I’ll expect a Kozma update then, you know.

      • paperlions - May 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        1 for 4 with a key RBI single during a 3-run rally. Of course, he came up earlier with a guy on 2B and then with men on 2B and 3B and bounced out to SS each time.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Not so bad. We lost to the Twinkies. :( It turned into a crappy May Day in general for me.

      • paperlions - May 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Sorry. Have some vodka soaked olives, that usually helps.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        I’m gonna need a lot of them tonight. Did I mention this is my favorite holiday?

      • paperlions - May 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Hmmm….well, that’s….unique. Cheer up.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        I prefer “eccentric.”

    • paperlions - May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      The Cardinals struck out ZERO times last night….and that includes 3 pitcher ABs. Garcia only struck out 3 guys on the night (one was Arroyo). Despite guys not swinging and missing much, they also didn’t hit the ball hard much.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Why are you being such a N*ncy? Be a homer. It’s okay.

  19. deweyks - May 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Last night was the Tigers’ pitchers fifth consecutive game with 10 or more strikeouts, which ties an American League record. And Anibal Sanchez is on the mound this afternoon.

  20. kcrobert10 - May 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Go royals go. Ya I didn’t think it was going well at all the with 2 outs in the 6th a single then bam off to the race’s. To bad the tigers won 2.

  21. goawaydog - May 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The Panda is phat.

  22. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Gator- Sammy’s is one of my most favorite places in the world. Their Romanian steaks are almost 2 feet long. Perfect with some chopped liver and seltzer.!

  23. Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Your Feesh moment, brought to you by Old Gator’s Key West Chipotle Avocado Seafood Sauce and Marinade. (Let’s see if that draws as many thumbs down as “reblogged on…..”)

    The Feesh appear to have found another team as inept and hapless as they are. This could be dangerous, considering that said other team is the Mutts, who are hovering just a few games above the Feesh in the standings, and would be blocking their view of the Strange Attractor if the Chihuahua hadn’t traded it to the Feather Lice in return for a player to be underpaid later.

    Following an interminable peetcher’s duel between Hefner and Kevin Slowey that arrived puffing and panting in the bottom of the ninth with the Mutts up 1-zip, the visitors unraveled like a ball of yarn in the paws of a panther kitten, allowing hits to the likes of Chris Coghlan and then permitting a team that couldn’t buy a GWRBI on a layaway at K-Mart to win on a wild pitch. It was heartening to watch the dozens of Feesh faithful celebrating in the stands, especially as messengers arrived to let the ones in the second and third decks who didn’t realize that no one would have given a shit if they had moved down to the field boxes seven innings earlier, why the players had left the field and weren’t coming back out until tomorrow.

    In other news, I had a shock this morning when I found our odd Hemingway hound, Fido, lying on his back on the floor of the den. Thinking he had fallen from his muffin bed up in the corner by the ceiling and brained himself, I grabbed him and started administering CPR – only to have him flake apart – it was like trying to butter a matzo three weeks after Pesach. Then I looked up and there was the real Fido, still happily snoozing away up there in the corner. You’d think that by now I would have learned that he moults in early May. And I’ll spend half the morning tweezing quils out of my palm for my trouble. No play fetch today, you meeserable dog.

    • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      I must’ve missed the recipe attachment…

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        2 tbsp olive oil
        1 medium avocado, ripe, mashed
        1/2 small onion or shallot, finely diced
        1 large clove garlic, finely diced
        1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped well
        1/4 cup sour cream
        1 tsp cumin
        1 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
        1/4 tsp salt
        1/4 tsp pepper
        dash smoked paprika, unafraid

        Mix this stuff up in a bowl, spoon into a plastic container, let macerate at room temperature for a few hours, then stick it in the fridge until you decide what kind of fish to fry, saute or broil before topping with this stuff.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Wait, can you use it on chicken?

  24. skids003 - May 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Hey Craig, as a fellow Braves fan, that was great for Hudson. He is a class guy, and what better way to win your 200th. I hope you do an article on him.

  25. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    “Son? Harry is Cur’s daddy”.

    Are you sure you don’t want to revise this?

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