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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 3, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

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Cardinals 6, Brewers 5: Jake Westbrook with career win 100. And get this: dude allowed only one run in six innings and his ERA increased. Which, yes, will happen when you come in at 0.98. It’s now an unsightly 1.10. He talked after the game how 100 was a goal for him. And while, no, it isn’t 300, it represented him being a grinder and sticking around and stuff. I think there’s all kinds of underrated glory in that. 300 game winners are spectacular, but they’re on that far right side of the bell curve with which most folks don’t have a frame of reference. 100 game winners have been around the block and seen a good deal of bad to go with the good and all of that.

Orioles 5, Angels 1: Chris Tillman with eight shutout innings. He’s from Orange County, so maybe it was the home cooking. Unless maybe his mom can’t cook and it was really just like, “hey, awesome, we get to eat at Del Taco!” or something.

Tigers 7, Astros 3: Fourteen innings in Houston, decided when Houston intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to get to Don Kelly. Kelly was up to the challenge and singled in the go-ahead run. Matt Tuiasosopo then doubled in two more followed by a Jhonny Peralta sac fly. Get this: seven shutout innings from the Tiger bullpen. You don’t expect that very often.

Nationals 3, Braves 1: Washington earns the split behind a nice outing from Dan Haren, who was really in need of a nice outing. It was the first time he’d gone past the sixth inning this season. First time he reached the eighth in nearly a year.

White Sox 3, Rangers 1: You know what the real tragedy about all this is? Hector Santiago was not even supposed to be here today! But he was and pitched well (5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6K). Then he closed the store to play hockey, went to a wake and tried to win back his ex-girlfriend without even discussing how he felt about his present one.

Phillies 7, Marlins 2: Kyle Kendrick: Phillies ace. He picks up his third win after allowing only two runs over seven innings. Domonic Brown was 3 for 4 with a homer. Ryan Howard had a solo shot. Juan Pierre notched his 600th career steal.

Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1: The Blue Jays waked a lot of Red Sox. How many times did they walk the Red Sox?

Haha, no, actually it was ten. And David Ortiz even took the day off. Man.

Padres 4, Cubs 2:  Travis Wood deserved better, but bad defense and bad bullpen work did him in.

Rays vs. Royals: POSTPONED: Last time I was here, it was rainin, doesn’t rain here anymore. The streets were drowned, and the water’s waining, all the runes washed to shore. Now I’m here lookin’ through the rubble, tryin’ to find out who we were. Last time I was here, it was rainin, ain’t rainin’ anymore.

  1. randygnyc - May 3, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    I am publicly making a pledge regarding the Blue Jays. I posted this yesterday at the end of the Josh Johnson thread long after it disappeared into the abyss so I figured I reiterate it again.

    During my time here at HBT, I have found Proudly and Cur to be two of the best contributors on this forum, although I do not always agree with them. Before the season began, the unbridled enthusiasm shown by many Jays fans really irked me. Something about their giddiness and a lack of empathy for the fans of other teams. I’m not sure. That’s not important in the scheme of things. In retrospect, my assessment was too harsh. No, it was disgusting. It’s been a long time for those fans to have something to cheer about. That fact escaped my consideration, which it deserved. Then, as the Blue Jays underperformed, I took extra joy in slamming the team. Often times at the expense of fellow posters here. There was something sadistic and unhealthy about it.

    After reading some posts today, I decided to make a pledge to refrain from commenting on the Blue Jays for the foreseeable future. It’s one thing to lambast an organization, but there isn’t anything constructive about making their fans feel bad, especially Proudly and Cur. 2 stand up guys in my opinion. Sorry guys.

    • indaburg - May 3, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      That’s mighty nice of you. I knew there was a decent person in there, differences aside.

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Is it me or has there been a lot of hugging it out on here lately?

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        I’m not so sure….somehow he doesn’t recognize that “lack of empathy for the fans of other teams” (a trait he assigns to PC and Cur) is the defining characteristic of Yankee fans….well, that and an Empire State Building sized sense of entitlement and arrogance…it’s a long list, but that one is definitely on there.

      • indaburg - May 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Debbiedownerlions.

      • randygnyc - May 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Paper- exactly my point. The condition you’re referring to is called Yankee Privlege. Proudly and Cur only lacked empathy when viewed through the distorted prism of that Privlege.

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        I admit, they were kind of annoying (okay, really annoying)….I chalked it up to “excited fans that haven’t had a whole lot to positive to root for in a while” and tried to let it go.

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Why does everyone get so upset about homerism? Throw peanuts and yank their chains and don’t get all upset about it. It’s all baseball…even if you have to watch the pitcher bunt…urp.

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I don’t mind homerism, per se…..I just have a hard time with any opinion that isn’t supported by fact (or that is in direct conflict with fact)….it is a key cog in my profession, and you really can’t start ignoring facts just because you leave work. So….when someone says things like, “their AAA team will have a better rotation than some MLB teams” and it is obviously completely untrue as the AAA rotation didn’t even look like it would be good for a AAA team….then I just kind of go on “auto-ignore”.

        As discussed a few days ago, I don’t mind homers that are 100% aware of their homerism (i.e. loving a player and talking him up, but being 100% aware of your own hyperbole).

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        I always discerned a skein of self-abasing parody in Cur’s enthusiasm – as one might expect from somebody who wipes baby tushies for a living and who by his own admission actually attends professional conventions on baby tush wiping. Proudly has been more sober about it, but then, he once worked at a golf club – and surely I don’t have to elaborate on the difference between the impact on one’s self image of working with tushies and working with balls, do I?

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Isn’t it the Apocalypse or something if Yankees fans don’t feel privileged? You can’t just pick on Phillies fans all the time. You need someone to give the Doom treatment to.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      I thought peoploe were being a little over-enthusiastic about the Blue Jays this year, but I have to admit that I’m surprised by how bad they’ve been. Does John Gibbons have compromising pictures of someome in Jays ownership in a hotel room with a dead hooker or something? I’m not sure what he did in his first go-around to warrant a second one…

    • sandpiperair - May 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      So are you admitting to being dirtyharry1971?

      • randygnyc - May 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        No, I am most certainly NOT Harry.

  2. mungman69 - May 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Phillies bear Miami. They are on their way now. Who? I dunno.

  3. dondada10 - May 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Speaking of sticking it out, Juan Pierre could potentially end this season 15th on the all-time steals list.

  4. paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Ugh. I appreciate “loyalty” to your players and all….but at some point Matheny is going to have to realized that playing shitty players more than you have to does not lead to winning baseball games. He keeps pulling Westbrook early when he’s cruising, which has directly led to losses….last night the bullpen gave up 4 times as many runs as Westbrook while pitching 1/2 the innings. Boggs is a disaster right now, so stop bringing him in to pitch in important situations.

    Descalso’s defense has always been over-rated by fans. He was never a defensive upgrade over Freese at 3B and he is not a defensive upgrade over Carpenter at 2B. Nonetheless, he continues to be brought in as a defensive replacement as part of late-game double switches. He’s been a disaster in the field this year, repeatedly blowing easy plays, and he still can’t hit (never has been able to).

    Please Mike, just stop.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      “last night the bullpen gave up 4 times as many runs as Westbrook while pitching 1/2 the innings.”

      This. Right. Here.

      Gonna’ be an issue we are plagued with the entire year.

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Of course, some of that problem was horrible defense. Holliday played a routine FB into a ground rule double, and Descalso turned an easy double play ball into men on 1st and 2nd….but the BP hasn’t been steady. Rosenthal looks better and so does kelly. Boggs looks scared to throw a strike.

    • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Kozma!

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Damn right Kozma!

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Much better.

    • fearlessleader - May 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      The best part of last night’s bullpen meltdown was the tweet from Ryan Franklin telling everybody to “relax!!!!!!!”

      Sounds as though Boggs will be swapped out for Gast today, none too soon. Matheny was clearly going to continue sending the poor guy into the lion’s den until Mozeliak removed the option to do so.

      • fearlessleader - May 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Wait—not Gast, Martinez! That’s an interesting development. Excited to see what he’s got (besides, I assume, a visa).

    • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      PS That’s exactly how Tigers fans feel about Don Kelly…and Jose Tigre #1.

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        I get the feeling that Don Kelly is kind of the new version of Inge….you keep hoping he goes away, but he does just enough to keep getting playing time.

        You should really blame this on Castellanos, if he had developed as expected, he be in the bigs now playing 3B and/or a corner OF spot.

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I’m telling you, Leyland is a man of great faith. Actually, this time it’s V-Mart’s fault b/c Leyland subbed Kelly in to run for him. :(

  5. historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    The good news is the Tigers won and some bullpen unknowns (Jose Ortega and Luke Putkonenianson what?) were good. The bad news: we are never freaking getting rid of Don Kelly. I should be happy, I know. But, it’s only been 7 hours and the laudations are already getting to me. A-Jax was on third with Miggy and then Prince up to bat. Behind them was Don “Leyland’s Pet” Kelly. Kelly himself said it best: “If I’m in the other dugout, I’m walking Miggy and Prince too.” Only Kelly rises to the occasion and hits a single…and suddenly he’s the game hero. Some ding dong at MLB.com started in about Kelly’s destiny to win that game. (gagging) He’s the headline for several papers (even though Tuiasosopo scored two behind him) and some used the “clutch” word. And, really, what this nonsense will do is endear Kelly to the Love Guru even more. Dangit.

    • dawgpoundmember - May 3, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Kelly has 4x as many hits off lefties in the past week then he did all last year, he has 4 hits off lefties this week.

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        So you think this might be his career week?

    • natslady - May 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Only saw a little of the game. Saw that Ankiel gave it to youse with his error in the 8th (terrible) and just now watched the video of his throw home in the 14th (awesome). Well, he’s in the majors at least, makin’ some $$ and not takin’ those minor-league buses. Oh, Rick.

    • Detroit Michael - May 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Craig wrote: “Get this: seven shutout innings from the Tiger bullpen. You don’t expect that very often.”

      The Tiger bullpen is now 11th out of 15 AL teams in 2013 ERA. That’s not good obviously, but perhaps no longer suitable for a punchline either. The complete lack of a plan for 2013 closer was notable but the bullpen as a whole should be OK.

      Oddly, Tampa Bay has the AL’s worst bullpen so far, although it usually has been a strength for the Rays during recent seasons.

      • timmmah10 - May 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Tigers bullpen is much improved from the start of the season. Valverde helps spread out the talent… but Ortega looks good. He’ll be a nice piece down the road. Al-BBQ needs to stop throwing so hard and start riding his slider at a speed he can harness. It’s a ++ pitch but constantly missing his spots is destroying his worth.

        The Tigers are going to get 6+ a night from their starters, and if they don’t they have Smyly as a really good long reliever. That back end of the bullpen will be shored up, but only the best 4 guys from the SPs (Verlander, Max, Fister, and Anibel) and RPs (Assuming they go experience… Valverde, Benoit, Coke, Dotel) will really be used during the post season which is all that it really matters. They should easily qualify for hte post season with their roster in their division.

  6. thedoubleentandres - May 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Nice clerks reference

    My Grandma used to always say whats a good plate with nothing on it?
    What does that mean?
    I dunno man she was fkkin senile

  7. Francisco (FC) - May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Love the Ferris Bueller reference. We need more of those.

  8. stlouis1baseball - May 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Congratluations to Jake Westbrook for picking up his 100th win! Solid career.

  9. mplsjoe - May 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Clerks and Ferris Bueller in one ATH? Well played, Calcaterra.

  10. jhadley4 - May 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Nice Ryan Adams drop

  11. dirtyharry1971 - May 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Lets give it up for the 10-19 bluejays!!! Only 10 1/2 games back!! How many series have they won this season? 1? 2 maybe? LOL

    • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Don’t amuse yourself so much. Your keyboard will get hairy.

  12. Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Feesh fall to Feelies, who as I predicted on the Cliff Lee thread yesterday used the opportunity of the Keystone Korps’ veesit to commence Operation Frequent Manhood (with apologies to Gary Trudeau). I know that involved in their scaling and cleaning of the Feesh last night were a couple of runs scoring on a wild pitch, a passed ball, a really bad error by Donovan Solano that led to two unearned runs, and mostly the kind of pointless flailing at incoming rounds that led to another pathetic RISP of 0-7. However, Ryan Howard crushed one, and then put on a display of Frequent Manhood by hobbling at high speed to score from second that was about as much fun to watch as films of rescue workers loading ambulances in West, Texas.

    Now, I have to confess that all I got to watch of last night’s mauling were lowlight clips on various sources, just to lend a sense of authenticity to these proceedings. In reality, I was celebrating the end of the semester (even the end of the semester when you’re teaching part time to compensate a bit for the paltry portfolio performance of your investment accounts is an excuse to transition from cerebration to celebration) under the auspices of the lissome Brie up at Luna Star Cafe and missed the telaghast. That, plus the onset of the annual spring Macondo monsoon slowed the roads and made the passage through the SR 826-836 construction zone more agonizing than usual (and as a special treat for my viewers, here’s a link to the special 826-836 construction project so you can see what your correspondent has to put up with, especially when you remember that this is Macondo and that the same local bureaucracies that brought you Macondo Banana Massacre Field, ignored the deterioration of the great Biscayne sewer main until it cost billions to repair, authorized the importation of cane toads to fight sugar beetles and seeded the eastern Everglades with maleleuca after dynamiting the coral ridge that held back the Glades in the first place are responsible for thinking out the construction detours, or not): http://www.826-836.com

    Anyway, what all this is leading to is that Faux Sports Florida, which telecasts the Feesh games (who else would?), usually re-telecasts early evening or afternoon games around 11PM for those of us navigating the construction detours. Unfortunately, last night Cowboy Junkies were live webcasting their concert at Yoshi’s San Francisco at 11PM EDT and that sublime event kept me from watching the replay. Ergo I had to base my game report on secondhand information, surmise, exaggeration and innuendo, and I just feel awful about it.

    • jwbiii - May 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      As an added bonus, that lovely road construction project is right near the airport. This guarantees a steady stream of clueless turistas entering the traffic flow, increasing the degree of difficulty and reducing the speeds for the double lane closing slalom.

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        I have always been bitter about how the Bernoulli effect doesn’t apply to traffic. That said, yes, you’re right that the tourists would have to be clueless indeed, considering that the project is west of the airport whereas the beaches, Coconut Grove and Brickell are all to the east of it. The tourists in question would have to be going the wrong way in the first place well before they reached the construction.

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        PS – note how I demur from insinuating that any of these tourists might be looking for Macondo Banana Massacre Field, also situated to the east of the airport, despite that fact that it was built with tourist taxes on the assumption that…that…I’m sorry; the entire premise was too ridiculous for me to repeat it here.

      • jwbiii - May 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        While this is true, the Turnpike is to the west. If your clueless tourist is headed north (Boca Raton) or south (the Keys) that would be a reasonable choice.

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        jw: score a point for Key West, even allowing the connecting flights to Key West from MIA on several airlines. It’s still an awesome drive down the overseas highway – I do it ever few weeks during the tourist orfseason to feast on the key lime pie at Blue Heaven and the conch chowder with bird pepper sauternes at Louie’s Backyard. But for Boca etc., it’s far saner to reach the north by heading east from the airport for a few minutes on SR112 and picking up the northbound express lanes on I-95 to the turnpike via the border control facilities at Golden Glades.

    • APBA Guy - May 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      But OG, they are “connecting communities”. It says so right at the top of the web page, so it must be true. Communities of what, it doesn’t say. Burmese pythons, maybe?

      • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Burmese pythons are solitary. Killer bees and fire ants are social, though.

  13. gerryb323 - May 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I expect Westbook will be a D-back soon with all that grinding and grittiness.

  14. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Also, this happened

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      And I fail at posting pictures. Link instead.

      http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/765482818.gif?1367555857

  15. kelshannon19 - May 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    No mention here that the Astros also struck out 18 Tigers. Well, they did. So boo on you.

  16. delsj - May 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    If Uncle Charlie had let Kendrick work himself out of the 6th inning in the home opener rather than going to that retread Durbin, ke might be 4-0 and ERA sub-2.

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