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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 17, 2013, 6:40 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers' Verlander reacts after leaving the game against Texas Rangers in their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

Rangers 10, Tigers 4: So much for pitching porn. Darvish wasn’t exactly sharp early but he ultimately settled down. Meanwhile, who put the benzedrine in Mr. Verlander’s Ovaltine? He was a hot mess. And I do mean hot. He was lighting up the radar gun in the early innings but was overthrowing and seemed to have no idea where the ball was going. Just a mechanical disaster, really, unlike I’ve ever remembered seeing him. Darvish ended up going eight innings and improving to 7-1.

Mariners 3, Yankees 2: Andy Pettitte left with a muscle injury. Andy Pettitte is 40. So basically, this is his life now (warning: a bit of bad language, but if you’re 40, you NEED to hear this because it’s 100% true).

Mets 5, Cardinals 2: The Mets end a six-game skid behind five hits from Daniel Murphy and David Wright. From the AP gamer about Jon Niese:

Terry Collins thought it was no coincidence the lefty rediscovered his groove in shirt-sleeve weather and paved the way for the New York Mets’ slump-buster.

That word he used: I do not think it means what he thinks it means.

Pirates 7, Brewers 1: Travis Snider hit a 458 homer that ended up in the Allegheny River. Snider went 3 for 5 with three RBI and the Pirates won their sixth of seven.

Red Sox 4, Rays 3: Down 3-1 in the ninth, the Red Sox loaded the bases off Fernando Rodney and Will Middlebrooks cleared them with a double. Just bananas. Oh, sorry Fernando, not bananas at all. Rodney has already blown three saves this year. He only blew two last year.

Reds 5, Marlins 3: [Craig press three keys and his "The ____ sweep the Marlins" macro is activated]. This one was competitive at least, as Mat Latos ran out of gas in the ninth and Aroldis Chapman couldn’t close the deal either, sending it to extras. Brandon Phillips, who had homered earlier, hit a sac fly for the go-ahead run in the 10th.

Giants 8, Rockies 6: Down 6-0 early, the Giants put up five in the fourth and three in the sixth. I didn’t see the broadcast, but I’m gonna assume the announcers said “no lead is safe in Coors Field” approximately five times. San Francisco has beaten Colorado ten straight times.

White Sox 5, Angels 4: Yet another rally on a night that seemed to have many of them. The Sox were down two in the eighth when they scored three. The go-ahead run came on a bases-loaded walk to Jeff Keppinger, who had not walked in over 140 plate appearances so far this year.

Nationals 6, Padres 2: Stephen Strasburg pitched eight innings allowing only one earned run. Bryce Harper shook off his ailments from the fence collision in L.A. and hit a 432 foot homer in the seventh.

  1. moogro - May 17, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    The Yu and V-mart communication during his at-bats made this really fun to watch.

    • natslady - May 17, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      The look on Miguel Cabrera’s face when Darvish through the 62 mph “wut-wuz-zat” pitch? Priceless.

      Since the Nats game was so late a bunch of us were watching the Texas/Tigers Match of the Aces. What happened to Verlander? Is he injured? The last time I saw him lose it so completely was the All-Star game, when he claimed, “Oh, that was just for fun, the fans wanted to see 100 mph.”

  2. aceshigh11 - May 17, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Brilliant comeback for the Red Sox last night…down to their last strike and trailing by two, Middlebrooks rips a bases-clearing double into the gap. Can’t get any more clutch than that.

    On another note: a shockingly poor performance by Verlander for what was supposed to be a highly-anticipated pitchers duel. Even the greatest have the occasional off nights, so no need for Tigers fans to worry yet.

    • natslady - May 17, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Pretty off night day… I didn’t know you could have a negative game score, Rick Porcello.

      Player	Date	Tm	Opp	IP	ER	GSc
      Justin Verlander	2013-05-16	DET	TEX	 2.2	8	15
      Phil Hughes	2013-05-15	NYY	SEA	 0.2	7	10
      Allen Webster	2013-05-08	BOS	MIN	 1.2	8	10
      Roy Halladay	2013-05-05	PHI	MIA	 2.1	9	13
      Philip Humber	2013-04-20	HOU	CLE	 0.1	8	2
      Rick Porcello	2013-04-20	DET	LAA	 0.2	9	-3
      John Lannan	2013-04-17	PHI	CIN	 1.2	6	14
      Bud Norris	2013-04-17	HOU	OAK	 0.2	6	15
      Barry Zito	2013-04-16	SFG	MIL	 2.2	9	9
      James McDonald	2013-04-15	PIT	STL	 1.2	3	15
      Vance Worley	2013-04-12	MIN	NYM	 1.0	7	6
      Josh Johnson	2013-04-11	TOR	DET	 1.1	6	15
      Brandon Maurer	2013-04-09	SEA	HOU	 0.2	6	15
      • natslady - May 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Where IS that edit button? Oh, well, get the idea. Verlander’s Game Score was 15. Obviously, his problem is excessive name length.

      • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Funny you should mention that because Porcello is starting tonight. Urp.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Not having a Blue Jays game to watch, I followed 3 other games last night. Turned to the Seattle game just in time to see Mike Morse hit a bomb. The guy is incredibly strong. Saw parts of the Verlander mess and had trouble believing that both Cy Young candidates were giving up a lot of runs. For the Rangers, Moreland is a very hot hitter. Saw the end of the Rays game. Rodney had walked the bases full and with a 0 and 2 count, Middlebrooks hit a bases clearing double for the win. A big part of the fun in baseball is the unpredictability. The unexpected happens very often.

  4. Old Gator - May 17, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Equilibrium was restored and the precession of the axis of the baseball universe lulled as the Feesh undertake the aestivating Astros for a flat-finned tie for worst record in baseball and baseball-like diversions. You might even say there was a leveling of the Happy Chandler wobble, mightn’t you? I got the calming news when we reached our snuggy little motel high in the Berkshires last night after a day of schleppy plane travel and then hours of scenic touring on mountain roads with lousy radio signals.

    The animated Jose Fernandez (animated? He might even be CGI, given the distparity between how he plays and the rest of this baseball bycatch plays) peetched about as well as usual, allowing two earned run s on five hits with five Ks over seven pretty good innings. As usual, that wasn’t good enough.

    So here, until Sunday, we are camped out astride the slip-strike fault that separates the Evil Empire from Beanbag Nation – a region rife with psychological anomalies, of homes divided brother against brother, little sister against older brother (children are horrible, especially little girls) and so forth. Interessin’ catbird seat.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Good for you. My grandfather’s favorite place to stay was the Red Lion Inn. I checked up on it a few years ago – pretty sure they haven’t changed the downstairs oriental rug or furniture in over 100 years.

      Any Borg fans you see from that particular vantage point will have that “hunted” look.

      • Old Gator - May 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Haven’t seen one yet. The Red Lion is still the Red Lion, and beautiful and elegant, even venerable, as it is, it still serves the most overpriced and overrated Sunday brunch in the Berkshires. And Stockbridge is still the most pretentiously cutesy tourist village in the region.

        Give me the quiet blue collar charm of Housatonic, the little hot dogs and great little science and art museum of gritty, unpretentious Pittsfield (home of Herman Melville, who, you will recall, bore a striking resemblance to a certain hirsute relief pitcher), and the multivalent culinary and artistic joys of Great Barrington (without the traffic).

        But most of all, give me these knockout gorgeous country roads.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I have had that brunch. The food is overpriced and overcooked, the antique chairs purgatorial.

        And you’re oh so right about the Berkshires. Those are similar to roads I traverse every day, my wife is averse to my backcountry shortcuts. Once I took her in my pickup truck on a shortcut that involved a long section of dirt road on a switchback, she was thoroughly unamused. It’s my second favorite local road. Ah well – to each their own.

      • Old Gator - May 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        PS – oh and dear Buddha, give me the rich avogelomono and the scrumptious giant grilled fresh sardines at Aegean Breeze on Route 7 north out of Great Barrington, with a nice swig of ice cold Retsina to wash it down.

    • jwbiii - May 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      No mention of Juan Pierre’s massive power display?

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_05_16_milmlb_pitmlb_1&mode=wrap#gid=2013_05_16_cinmlb_miamlb_1&mode=video

      • jwbiii - May 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Eh, crap. That didn’t work at all.

      • jwbiii - May 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Let’s try this

        http://sports.yahoo.com/video/pierre-flashes-defense-power-050000185.html

  5. redguy12588 - May 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    The pirates beat the brewers in a 4 game series. The pirates haven’t beaten the brewers in any series since 2009.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      The Pirates are playing good baseball. Everyone keeps talking about it being a two team race. My Father has been bemoaning the Pirates. Worried. His theory…they way you guys folded up at the half-way point the last two years…it’s just a matter of time before you are over the hump. Personally…I am worried about the Cardinals’ bullpen. Middle relief anyway. People are going get tired seeing me repeat myself. But it’s gonna’ be the achilles heel all year.

      • ottograham - May 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        The Bucco’s are definitely involved in the division race for now. I am 23 and do not remember the Pirates ever being in a post-season series. Truly hope it comes to this city sooner than later.

  6. indaburg - May 17, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Verlander’s face pretty much summed up my night. What a heart breaker for my boys. The homestand ended how it started with our relievers stumbling. Very symmetrical. Science tells us symmetry is what we find beautiful, but no, this was ugly. This loss has me maudlin.

    I am going to need a post with pics about Kemp rescuing puppies from a burning building to cheer me up. Or at the very least, some spectacularly absurd and obscure story by OG to make me smile. Hey ho, it’s off to work I go.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      At least it was your “so fresh so clean smells like Old Spice and victory” boyfriend Big Papi in the middle of everything.

      It could be worse – you could root for the Blue Jays.

      • indaburg - May 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Rays, Jays. At this point, what’s the difference? I may as well root for them. Welcome to the pit of despair. Not even a fresh smelling Papi makes me smile.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        What about gentle ministrations and a sponge bath from an androgynous albino with a tickle in his throat? Half a giggle?

      • cur68 - May 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Some of us DO root for The Beav, thank you very much, Uncle Mo. Our Boys face the Loathsome Evil that is The Empire tonight. They do it with Replacement Level pitchers and must face the Boba Fett of The Empire, that Hired Bat, that Darkest Evil, that Hooved & Horned Monster we know as . . . Vernon Wells.

        Nothing much good will happen for My Boys tonight.

        -Rasmus will SO about 3 times, but still reach base at least twice and be stranded each time
        -Some key Beaver will get injured & be lost for at least 6 weeks
        -Some normally sure handed Beaver will make an error and either fail to plate a run or allow a go ahead run
        -Beaver Bull Pen Pitchers not named “Casey Janssen” will assplode
        -There will be Umpiring Errors galore ands the outcome will that AWLAYS come up Advantage Empire
        -Lyle/Bay will clobber at least two homers, in direct contradiction to his previous skill set when a Beav: the line-out

        /sobbing

      • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Seriously, what happened to Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells? Pinstripe pixie dust magic.

      • cur68 - May 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        They re-united their powers of suck and, in a classic DC Comics move, discovered that their respective negatives directly cancelled out when combined with the Magic Of Girardi. Together, Lyle & Vernon are The Two Headed Monster of Evil.

      • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I see that Cur has reverted to the old inverse psychology gambit. It might work.

      • cur68 - May 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Worked for the last 4 games

        /wards off evil eye

  7. detroitr1 - May 17, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Verlander has only one pitch working right now–his changeup. His fastball lacks movement and when he amps up the velocity–as we saw last night he has no control of it–which was (is) his forte. I saw only one 12-6 curveball from him the whole night. I don’t get that at all. That pitch is what got him his success besides the high velocity fastball. Hitters would look for the fastball and he would drop that 12/6 curve in for strike 3. The only thing I can assume is the issue right now is that he took off an extra 2-3 weeks from his normal ST routine because of pitching deep into the playoffs last season. If it’s not that, it could be more than mechnical at this point. The guy has pitched a lot of innings since his rookie season….

    • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      BTW, I guess last night filled you in on Reed.

      • detroitr1 - May 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        When Downs and Reed out pitch Verlander….it’s a sweet ass game.

      • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        LMAO! Fans dig the bullpen.

  8. nbjays - May 17, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Like PC, I was also flipping through 3 games (Tigers/Rangers, Rays/Bosox, Mariners/Yanks) on Sportsnet and after watching Andy Pettitte leave the game with an injury after striking out 2 batters, then flipping the channel and watching Verlander cough up 7 runs in one inning (including 2 bases-loaded walks), I decided that it was time to go to bed before something REALLY BAD happened… thus missing the Fernando Rodney implosion.

    Baseball is a beautiful sport but it can be dog-ugly sometimes.

    • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I want to ask all you bad-jinx Jays fans to STOP WATCHING TIGERS GAMES!!!! Thank you.

      • indaburg - May 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        In addition to the Sox-Rays, I was watching Tigers-Rangers too. Any real fan of the game wanted to see that match-up but alas, don’t believe the hype. Sorry about that. I wanted a nice pitcher’s duel. I’ll send Verlander some plaintains.

      • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Well, at least I didn’t have to look at it. The gametrax was bad enough. He didn’t do so well last year when I saw him pitch in Arlington either. Does anything ever live up to the hype though? I’m sure we’ll lose tonight too. I just hope when Sanchez pitches tomorrow night and I’m in the stands with a cold one (it’s gonna be in the 90’s) that we have a nice win…and not just because of the ride home.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        What are you looking at historio – I’m guestimating a five hour drive that starts around 11 p.m. That about right?

        Yeeesh.

  9. philliesblow - May 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Some days Verlander channels Nuke LaLoosh and goes all million dollar arm and 5 cent head, announcing his presence with authority instead of pitching.

  10. paperlions - May 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    While everyone seems to still consider the Tigers an elite team, and maybe they are, this year they are 6-1 with a +36 run differential against Houston and 16-16 with a +18 run differential against everyone else.

    • indaburg - May 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I am going to take the liberty to speak for ‘philiac when I say:

      Phthththththththththththtthththththtpthththtpththtththththpthththpththpththpththpthpthpthpthpthptthth

      • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Boy, he’s lucky you responded first because I wasn’t going to be so nice. It appears Kozma! has gone to his head…and I think he ought not to chide PC for mean trolling.

      • nbjays - May 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        So Verlander channels Nuke LaLoosh and ‘burgie channels Bill the Cat… man I love HBT! :-)

      • paperlions - May 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Facts must hurt.

      • indaburg - May 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Ever thought about Prozac?

      • paperlions - May 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Does it change reality enough to alter the facts?

      • indaburg - May 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        No, but it may cheer you up enough to improve your social skills a bit. You’ve been downerlions.

      • paperlions - May 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Eh, it’s been a very busy and stressful week…every time I think I know what the work priority list looks like…something else comes down the pike before I can get anything checked off the list and fucks up my day….much of which has been idiot derived…so…I’ve had little patience for idiot lately, in any format.

      • indaburg - May 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        I get it. But sometimes, noblesse oblige, you know?

      • paperlions - May 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Yeah, I know.

        /hangs head in shame

      • paperlions - May 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        But…you know….I stand by that basic observation, take out the Tiger’s performance against the Astros, and they have been very ordinary this year.

      • indaburg - May 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        LOL

        Yeah, yeah…

  11. chill1184 - May 17, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Nice to see Jon Niese have a good outing after his several bad ones.

  12. heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    “Terry Collins thought it was no coincidence the lefty rediscovered his groove in shirt-sleeve weather and paved the way for the New York Mets’ slump-buster”

    “Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.”

    • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Is “shirt-sleeve weather” a thing? I am unfamiliar.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        I think, as someone who is either wearing dress sleeves, or shirts without sleeves, generally speaking, I think there could be if one truly ponders it.

      • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        That must be for people who don’t divide their seasons by tornado or not.

  13. natslady - May 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    And in the Late Show, Stras was B+. It would be really nice if he could just settle in as a member of the rotation without all the fanfare and scrutiny. Won’t happen, of course. He gave up one earned in eight innings, altogether now, “eight innings.”

    The unearned came after an RZim throwing error. Of course. What you don’t see is that Zim’s great range allowed him to get to the ball in the first place. If he hadn’t, hello earned run. (Scoring is crazy). Everyone is very proud that Stras didn’t melt down after the error, he actually looked over to Zim and signaled “I got this.” (I didn’t know there was a signal for “Don’t worry about your error, bud, I got this” but apparently there is.) So he behaved like any other s.o.b. should behave, and now he’s all grown up, thankyouverymuch. Remember that for the next time it rains, the ump makes a bad call, etc. etc. Naw–I’m glad for the big lug.

    Harper a-movin’ kinda slow there in the outfield, but yummy, yummy, in my tummy–let’s put that over the centerfield wall, I mean WAY over it. Fences moved in? Wimps.

    LaRoche with a 13-game hitting streak and a homerun.

    Davey had a long heart-to-heart with Danny Espinosa and sat him for the game. Does that work? “You there, in the corner until you hit better.”

    • heyblueyoustink - May 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      “Harper a-movin’ kinda slow there in the outfield, but yummy, yummy, in my tummy–let’s put that over the centerfield wall,”

      Everyone knows the rule, when in doubt, hit the one in the middle! ;-)

    • foreverchipper10 - May 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Isn’t this the first time in his pro career he has ever gone eight innings?

    • nbjays - May 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      “Davey had a long heart-to-heart with Danny Espinosa and sat him for the game.”

      But was Danny Espinosa impressed with Davey?

  14. bendover09 - May 17, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    The humidity was really high here in Texas , felt weird. Not sure if that plays a factor in pitching , but out of the two Yu figured it out whatever it was .

    • sportsdrenched - May 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Come to think of it. Why did we expect a pitchers dual in Arlington again?

  15. kalinedrive - May 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Verlander: “I know one thing: I’ll get it back, and I’ll get it back in a hurry.”
    He has tWtW. Never fear.

  16. darthicarus - May 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    After seeing the recap of last night’s game this was one of the few times I’m glad I don’t have cable & that MLB.TV blacks out local games. Would have been a bummer watching Verlander struggle like he did. Can’t win em all but back-to-back duds from JV isn’t very encouraging.

    • historiophiliac - May 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      He’s always better in August, right?

  17. unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Mr. Verlander would have been better off with the benzedrine in the Ovaltine, he looked a lot more like he took the Nembutals from Mr. Murphy’s overalls.

  18. markofapro - May 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Could the left fielder for Rays slid feet first to prevent man from first scoring?

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