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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 6, 2013, 6:58 AM EDT

Allen Craig

Cardinals 10, Brewers 1: The four-game sweep of the Brewers. Four RBI for Allen Craig. That’s six straight wins for the Cards, who are in their customary first place position in rather quiet fashion. The six first place teams right now: Boston, Detroit, Texas, Atlanta, St. Louis, San Francisco. Not many surprises there. I guess Boston would be the biggest one, and it’s not like they’re some Cinderella story. Viva Big Team Hegemony.

Braves 9, Mets 4:  A double, a homer and three RBI for Freddie Freeman. Reed Johnson drove in three two. Meanwhile Brian McCann is likely coming back today, and will take at bats away from Evan Gattis. Reed Johnson will continue to come off the bench. B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, however, will continue to play every single day to no apparently effective purpose.

Twins 4, Indians 2: Mike Pelfrey: stopper. Or something. He pitched well and the Indians’ six-game winning streak comes to an end. Brutal stretch here for the Twins as the came off Detroit to play the hot Indians and now on to Boston. Had to win one in there somewhere lest this become the road trip from Hell which effectively ends the competitive portion of Minnesota’s season.

Nationals 6, Pirates 2: Clint Hurdle intentionally walked Adam LaRoche to get to Tyler Moore. Moore then hit a three run homer. Didn’t watch the game but I’n guessing there was a nice iso camera shot on Hurdle right after that. And that Hurdle knew it and just chewed his gum and stared straight ahead for a few seconds. Man’s a pro. He knows how to handle those situations. Oh, and Bryce Harper’s day ended early because of an Ump Show.

Athletics 5, Yankees 4: Not a great day for Andy Pettitte, giving up a couple of homers and walking four. The Yankees clawed back, however, only to see Josh Donaldson take Boone Logan into the upper deck in the eighth inning. Grant Balfour got into trouble late but held on.

Blue Jays 10, Mariners 2: I guess Toronto is going to win some games. And winning one in a blowout will help that embarrassingly poor run differential get better faster. Mark DeRosa hit a three-run homer. Melky hit a solo shot. Brandon Morrow was on point for eight innings.

Reds 7, Cubs 4: Was at a restaurant last night. In the bar there was some greatest highlights of the year kind of show. They showed Ben Revere‘s amazing catch in center at Great American Ballpark against the Reds from earlier this year. I didn’t recognize the show as a past highlights show at first because I wasn’t really paying attention. Thought it was SportsCenter or something. My brain: “wait, the Phillies aren’t in Cincy, whaaaaa ….?”  It took me far longer to reconcile all of that than it should have. In other news, the restaurant I was in last night makes great, great martinis. Maybe that should be “in related news …”

Royals 6, White Sox 5: Late heroics in Kansas City. Billy Butler with a two-out, two-run double in the ninth to tie it on a pitch which, had he missed it, would have ended the game. Alex Gordon hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th to win it. The Royals have come from behind in 11 of their 17 wins this season. Also: the Royals have 17 wins this season. And a lot of people laughed when I picked them to finish ahead of the White Sox back in March.

Marlins 14, Phillies 2: Is this the end for Roy HalladayAdeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple off of him, and now he’s heading to the DL. This is the stuff of long absences and, in some cases, the end of a pitcher’s career. Let’s hope this isn’t a Brandon Webb or Johan Santana situation.

Rangers 4, Red Sox 3: I watched this one until it was 3-0 Red Sox and thought “well, Darvish has some good stuff, but he’s leaving things up, so this probably won’t end well.” It ended well, as the Davids Ortiz and Ross homers were all the damage the Sox would do, while Darvish struck out 14. He’s doing a lot of that striking out hitters thing lately.

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 1: Back to back homers by Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable and a solid outing from Edinson Volquez, as the camo-clad Padres win. The once-struggling Padres have won eight of eleven. Arizona is on a mini-skid.

Orioles 8, Angels 4: I feel like the O’s have been on the west coast for three years. OK, just checked: it was 11 games. And they won seven of them. Not too shabby. The Angels, meanwhile, continue their worst start in franchise history and have dropped seven of nine. Not that Seven of Nine is a bad thing at all.

Tigers 9, Astros 0: This was more of a snuff film than a baseball series. I kept wanting to throw a towel into the ring. The Tigers outscored the Astros 39-8 in the four-game series.

Rays 8, Rockies 3: If you give up three runs in Coors Field you can win as long as there aren’t runners on base. That’s what Alex Cobb did anyway. [Craig randomly looks at the box score, notices James Loney is hitting .398/.444/.532, spits coffee out all over the screen].

Giants 4, Dodgers 3: I have a houseguest from Los Angeles at the moment. We got home and watched some of the Dodgers game last night. It’s a month into the season and this Dodgers fan already has a feeling of inevitable blah, predicting the bad things like first-pitch-swing outs for Juan Uribe and stuff. The Dodgers have a new feel about them, but they also have an old feel about them.

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

    That one surprise team on the leader board got swept on the weekend. The hockey and basketball teams in Boston also had a poor weekend.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Did you know that here we are on May 6th and the bluejays have won exactly “1”series this year so far?

      • Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Best you could come up with after they slobberized the Crew of the Minnow yesterday? What is this recycled egg carton mulch, schadenfreude withdrawal or something?

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        See, now that one actually required some research.

      • indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        See, ‘philiac. That’s how I know harry is a closet fan. He probably didn’t even have to look that stat up. He knew it. He keeps stats like that in his Jays mash book that he keeps under his pillow.

    • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Gotta love that anti-Boston obsession. How are the Jays doing again?

      • proudlycanadian - May 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Tonight many eyes will be focused on the left arm of Clay Buchholz. Will there be a liquid substance on it like there was in his last game?

  2. kcrobert10 - May 6, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Go royals go. Going for the sweep today. I to picked the royals to finish in 2nd behind Detroit but o didn’t think they would break 500. So they have surprised me to. Hope they keep it up I’ve never experienced post season baseball before can’t wait.

    • sportsdrenched - May 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Indeed, and we’ve got Sale v Shields to get us through the afternoon today. Win today and they’ll tie their best start since 2009….but don’t look up what happened the rest of that season.

      • Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I remember.

        If they get to the playoffs, the steak at the Majestic is on me, as long as Lucky Wesley’s band is playing that night. Then we can all get drunk, smash the plexiglass case holding Bird’s Massey Hall plastic saxophone and pass it around for a toot while slurring “here, my esteemed constituent….”

  3. philliesblow - May 6, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    He’s leading the world in BA & RBI, then does this……….

    • philliesblow - May 6, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      Sorry, wrong link. Should have waited for the caffeine to kick in.

      • proudlycanadian - May 6, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        Great play. I am shocked. Who would have believed it?

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        He made a similar play the day before too. Thanks for bringing that up because some people don’t like giving him credit for the good things he does in the field. No, he isn’t the best defender out there, but he does make some good plays — it would be nice if people recognized that too.

      • detroitr1 - May 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        The narrative that he is bad on defense is tiresome. He has limited range–but he can and does make plays like this. The meme still holds, but the reality is more complicated. Teams do try to bunt on him and more often than not, he makes the out. The real issue with the Tigers infield defense is the spot between Peralta and Infante (see the Porcello game against the Angles). Peralta can make some good plays…but it’s the range at SS that hurts the Tigers the most.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Yes, he does make some nice plays. None of which changes the fact that his below average range makes him one of the worst defensive 3B in the league. It isn’t even a narrative, just a fact. I’m not sure why people are so defensive about it; he is still a fantastic player and is more valuable with the defense he provides at 3B (such as it is) than if he was playing at 1B.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Stick a t-shirt in it, paper bag!

  4. tmohr - May 6, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    You left out the part in the White Sox/Royals game where Robin Ventura intentionally walked Chris Getz with a runner on second and two outs in the 10th, which after another walk, brought Gordon to the plate.

    Evidence is building that Ventura really doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    • dan1111 - May 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      He walked Getz to bring up Kottaras. That would be defensible in that situation if Kottaras were even a slightly worse hitter than Getz.

      However, actually Kottaras is the much better hitter against righties!

    • proudlycanadian - May 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Are you implying that Ventura will soon be sent down the highway?

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I am implying that Burhle is taking the hill tonight and is coming off of back to back 3HR games and is currently tied for the AL lead in HRs. Could the 3rd time be a charm?

  5. lionsfan415 - May 6, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Must be killing you right Craig, seeing how dominant the Tigers are, we all know how much you hate them.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      I hate the Tigers? News to me.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        You hate and troll every team, remember? ( Because if you don’t, there will always be some twit about to remind you. )

      • Alex K - May 6, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        It’s true and you know it! You hate the Tigers and all their fa……nevermind.

      • thomas844 - May 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I haven’t really seen him troll any team other than the Phillies, which they deserve.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        “which they deserve.”

        More like it draws reaction, I mean where the hell is trolling the Expos fans gonna get ya as far as the bean counter goes?

    • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Uh, Craig grew up a Tigers fan and his gf is a Tigers fan.

      Try again.

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        And today I am actually wearing a 1968 Kaline road shirsey. Must be to help focus my hate. Or something.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Braves fan = Tigers fan?

      • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        I know he’s a Braves fan NOW, but there’s no reason to think he suddenly hates the Tigers.

      • Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Craig, has that Kaline jersey got realistic birdshit splatters all over it?

  6. kalinedrive - May 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Well, sure, the Tigers beat up on the Astros, but you should still give a little standard cut-and-paste blurb about Verlander’s line: No hitter through 6.1, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K, 2 BB, ERA down to 1.55. Just another day at the park.

  7. indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    That’s right, mofos. James Effin’ Loney. He also has a BABIP of like .750 (give or take .200–I’m at work on break and don’t have the time to look it up.) I will enjoy it while it lasts.

    Next up, the Jays and Rays. Seeing as how the Rays tend to play up to the level of their opponents, this should be scintillating (no offence to my maple leaf loving friends).

    • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Offence taken!! It is ON!

      /shakes fist

      My boys will clobber your boys like they clobbered . . . clobbered . . . something. I’m sure they clobbered something. Must have. Anyhow, like that. Your boys are gonna get it.


      • Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Take it easy. Take it easy.

        By the way, do you wear a gauze mask when you wipe a tushy? I’ve been concerned about you inhaling some neuropathic, methane-borne spore forming anaerobe.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Preterm baby butts and their emissions are pretty near pathogen free in the early postnatal period, thank Dog. This is not to say that you shouldn’t take precautions with body fluids and such, but premies have more to fear from our pathogens that we do from theirs. I wear gloves, but rarely a mask, and its a notable occasion when I’m protecting myself from the child rather than the child from me.

        Only rarely do you run into a child with something you gotta be careful of in terms of your own health, and since I’m not a female of childbearing years, I’m even more durable than my colleagues. However, not every odd skin lesion is a big deal. In fact, I spent part of yesterday giving a lecture to some students on precisely that: the tendency for some infants to develop acne-like pustules. A condition known as “Acne neonatorum”. Anyhow, after a long digression into skin bacteria, maternal hormones, and the relatively small amount we know (or care) about why this acne-like stuff happens, I found myself being asked for skin advice from a group of young ladies who could only be described as “excessively focussed on their appearance”. It was an effort not to mess with them and suggest goofy stuff like smearing themselves in banana mash or something. But, between you me and HBT at large: if you want to avoid having the poxy skin of a teenager in love, DON’T walk around with a high filtration mask on all day.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        I regret reading all of that. Ugh.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Knowledge should never be regretted. Now mash this up and apply it to Gator with a trowel…

        /hands over a banana

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        In the future, you should put warnings at the beginnings of comments that they will mention lesions, pathogens, and babies. You know, give a gal fair warning to skip on.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Why don’t you just eat that banana, instead? It’ll soothe your troubled tummy.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        I can’t eat after reading THAT.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        You poor delicate soul. Watch the BeaverMen game tonight then. Its them against The Devil Rays. After seeing all that futility unfold you’ll feel instantly better since it means Your Boys will CRUSH either team. Then have the banana.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        I’m giving my final tonight, so I might put the game trax up while watching them sweat and squirm as they write furiously and curse under their breaths.

      • indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        I never regret reading anything banana related. Beautiful fruit.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Are you going to tell her the rules of banana eating or are you going to leave it to me? You know how indelicate I am.

      • indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        I’ll just keep that little nugget of gold to myself. I inhaled one this morning on my break. Poor thing never stood a chance. On the positive side, no teeth were used. No time for teeth. You’ve been such a positive influence.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        I shall thank the Handsomeshithead on your behalf. It is his list of rules, after all.

        He was quite pleased to hear that his rules for Female Evaluation for the Handling of Phallic Fruit have been disseminated internationally. He’s thinking of publishing, in fact. The mind boggles.

      • indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Yes, please do thank him for me. He’s a giver, that Handsomeshithead.

      • cur68 - May 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        I’ll pass on your thanks, sure, but I’ll also tell him you think he’s a conceited boob. Don’t wanna swell his head more than it already has been.

      • indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Hehe… you said boob.

  8. kcrobert10 - May 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Aren’t you tigers fans at all worried that the bullpen is still a mess. I also worry about them long term. They have a lot of money tied up in guys who will be going out of there prime in the next few yrs.

    • detroitr1 - May 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Lol-are you really worried about the Tigers as a Royals fan? To answer your question though, the Tigers are in ‘win-now’ mode in order to win a World Series before the (very generous) owner Mike Illitch passes away. He’s 83. His last wish is to get a World Series ring. The organization is taking the risk with players like Fielder in order to (hopefully) meet that goal now…

      The bullpen? Eh, the problems are on the DL right now. Valverede is wait-and-see.

      • kcrobert10 - May 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Ok maybe worrie is the wrong word as a Royals fan but I’m just saying they have a lot of issues with money that could be fatal in a few yrs. Also most money people site that there payroll is out of wack with there income eventually I know he is old but as a business model he has to be going broke. I will also point out Mr k tried and tried to throw money chasing one more championship after 85 then he died and look what happened the last 15 yrs we have averaged 60 wins a yr brutal if u ask me.

  9. natslady - May 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Tried to be objective about the Harper ejection, but the general consensus from Nats fans who were at the game is that it was excessive, that Hirschbeck did not “warn” Harper, nor was he “nice” to him as he claimed to reporters after the game. Harper is banged up from a collision with the wall in Atlanta, and can’t hit, so it wasn’t the worst thing that ever happened.

    An off-day and then the Tigers come to town, after that the Cubbies–extremes, the best (or pretty near) and the worst (or pretty near). Some stats about the Nats, Tigers, and Cubs…

  10. Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    So much has already been written about Doc Halladay’s implosion before the Feesh yesterday afternoon that there isn’t much I can add, except that in addition to being plunked twice and homering twice Justin Ruggiano iced the cake (fork you, pie people – the burden for coming up with a metaphor appropriate to such moments rests upon your shoulders) with a flat-out prone diving catch of someone or other’s line drive during some inning or other (I was coming back from the kitchen where I was fixin’ myself a nice late traditional Ethiopian baseball lunch of lamb tibs and altkilt wot over injera and caught the replay).

    Also, some Reds blogger somewhere, obviously deranged from eating a batch of poorly fried goetta infused with some weird neuropathic spore forming anaerobe at breakfast, wrote that the “Marcel Ozuna era” had dawned at Macondo Banana Massacre Field and made the Iron Giant “expendable,” and hallucinated a trade for peetchers that would insinuate the big guy in between Votto and Bruce and make the Reds “dominant.” It’s not that I’m arguing Scrooge McLoria would never trade the Giant – he would trade his mother to the Arabs for a large enough supply of peanut M&Ms – but not for peetching prospects, Bubba, whoever you are. It’s all about run production.

    Aww, who am I kidding? It’s all about that putz stuffing his pockets.

    • manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      “…Justin Ruggiano iced the cake (fork you, pie people – the burden for coming up with a metaphor appropriate to such moments rests upon your shoulders)…”

      You mean Ruggiano shut their pie-holes? I like pie.

  11. APBA Guy - May 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    There were some nice A’s touches yesterday, especially Cespedes homering in front of his mother and assorted other relatives and friends. The story was reported in Spring this year about Cespedes’ family finally being able to join him in the US and how that had allowed him to be more relaxed.

    Good move by Melvin to pull Straily when he did, up 4-1 and with a baserunner on first. Even though Blevins came in and sucked the mop, allowing 3 runs to score, it was still the right move, and Blevins had been hot. The rest of the “A” bullpen did its job (3 IP, 3 H, no runs) and Donaldson won it.Donaldson is at .874 OPS, better than league average and playing a decent 3rd.

    More importantly, Oakland won a road series and they did it with good pitching, giving up only 8 runs at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees pitching was very good as well, only allowing 9 runs. You have to believe when the Yankee stars return that team will be even better.

    Now the A’s move on to Cleveland. I’m looking forward to seeing the Indians. Their team chemistry seems outstanding, possibly as a result of Swisher and his infectious enthusiasm. At 14-14, the Indians should be a good test for the As pitching.

    • Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I would have been much too embarrassed to homer in front of my mother. Although, to be honest, the way she was raised she probably would have thought I was just scratching something.

      • APBA Guy - May 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        The smile on Cespedes’ face as he came back to the dugout after his home run trot said it all: this huge weight was gone, really gone. Very nice moment.

  12. randygnyc - May 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    TWINS VS RED SOX tonight is must watch baseball. (Even doable that the Yanks are off). Clay Bucholz on the bump. Occupy Cheaters. The whole world is watching.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      LOL on the occupy troll. Nice.

  13. rockthered1286 - May 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Tardy to the party but wanted to throw this out there:

    The yayrdbirds have 19 W’s on the year, which is good enough to be tied for second in the AL Beast. They just took 7 of 11 on a left coast trip, which is a victory in my book. And yet… somehow, despite their success, you can look at the rest of this lineup, including bench bodies, are wonder how they are winning with these numbers:

    Wieters- .225
    Hardy- .210
    Casilla- .200
    Reimold- .200
    Flaherty- .125

    Again, can’t complain when you’re winning, but at what point do you stop and say enough of this debacle? Now Hardy has a glove, and that I can respect. Same for Wiet. But the others are just turrible. With Roberts still a month away (at least) do you honestly continue to let Casilla and Flaherty whiff and pop out every at bat, or do you give Schoop a shot before the position gets overcrowded again? And why not go look at a Thome for DH as opposed to Riemold? Imagine what even the slightest bit of extra pop could do to this lineup… it’s just frustrating!

    See? 1 successful year for the O’s and we, the citizens of OPACY, have become spoiled and entitled. Eh, it happens…

  14. dickschofield8291986 - May 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    The Dodgers have a new feel about them, but they also have an old feel about them.

    It’s the Lakers all over again. Buy “Names” like Hanley, Gonzalez, Crawford, League (!)– you don’t need to look at current skill level, they must be good because they had huge contracts, amirite? And who cares about the back-end roster , no one notices Sellers, Luis Cruz, Uribe, etc., because they’ll be blinded by the shiny Names.

    Ditto for the Angels.

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