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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 22, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

Wilin Rosario

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4: One of four games to require ten frames last night. This from the AP gamer:

Reliever Matt Reynolds tried to outthink his former teammate, guess what pitch Wilin Rosario would be looking for and throw the opposite. Only, Rosario knew Reynolds was trying to get inside his head, so …

Long story short, Rosario spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder, thus his game-winning RBI single in the 10th.

Angels 12, Mariners 0: As Matt noted, Trout hit for the cycle. May be the first bit of actual fun the Angels and their fans have had all year. Now, pardon me while I go relitigate the 2012 MVP race again like the Cabrera people did when he hit three homers the other night. Oh, wait, I won’t do that because I’m not a crazy person.

Orioles 3, Yankees 2: This one ended on a Nate McLouth walkoff bomb. Chris Dickerson hit two homers. Those homers were Phil Hughes‘ only two blemished, but they were enough to get it to extras.

Pirates 5, Cubs 4: A pinch hit grand slam for Travis Snider in the sixth spoiled Matt Garza‘s return. Garza pitched well but, unfortunately, the Cubs have a bullpen.

Tigers 5, Indians 1: Max Scherzer was dominant, allowing one earned run in eight innings and at one point retiring 22 straight Tribe hitters. Miguel Cabrera homered again and is now one bomb off Triple Crown pace.

Braves 5, Twins 4: Evan Gattis hit a tying homer in the ninth and Freddie Freeman singled in Jason Heyward in the tenth. It was Bobby Cox’ and Kent Hrbek’s birthdays yesterday. Glad one of ‘em is sad and one of ‘em is happy.

Rays 4, Blues Jays 3: The second straight Alex Cobb start that went 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER. If he made that his thing he’d have a pretty nice career. A late rally for the Jays but it fell just short.

Reds 4, Mets 0: Mike Leake shut the Mets out on three hits over seven innings and the pen handled the other two. The Mets offense is, whoa.

Athletics 1, Rangers 0: Yu Darvish‘s last start was billed as a pitcher’s duel. It wasn’t. This one was, but Drew Dan Straily bested him, tossing seven two-hit shutout innings.

Phillies 7, Marlins 3: I guess Ryan Howard‘s knee is OK. The big guy drove in three on a pair of RBI singles. Delmon Young homered. Most of the Phillies damage came after Jose Fernandez left after five.

Brewers 5, Dodgers 2: Zack Greinke had a nice run at Miller Park when he was with the Brewers. Not so nice last night as he surrendered five runs on nine hits in four innings. The Dodgers offense all came via Greinke’s helping his own cause and a Nick Punto RBI. In other words, the big guns.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1: Sox win.

Royals 7, Astros 3: Houston took a three-run lead into the top of the seventh and then the Royals put up 2, 4 and one-spots in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Is a one-spot a thing? OK, sure it is.

Cardinals 10, Padres 2: Adam Wainwright coulda sucked last night and the Cards still woulda been OK, what with five runs to play with while he was in the game. He didn’t suck (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6K). And the Cards woulda bailed him out with five more late runs anyway.

Giants 4, Nationals 2: The Braves rallied and one in the tenth, the Nats got rallied against and lost in the tenth. Trains heading in different directions this past week, with the Nats now 4.5 back. As for the Giants: a Gregor Blanco triple ties it in the ninth, a boooooming Pablo Sandoval wins it in the tenth.  We’ll have more on this one later this morning.

  1. uyf1950 - May 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    We all knew at some point it had to come to an end. The end I am speaking about is the Yankees winning every game this season where they scored the 1st run. Still a good game and a good outing by Hughes and like the piece above says the only 2 blemishes yesterday for him were the 2 HR’s. Anytime a starter goes 6 innings and gives up only 2 runs they give their team a chance to win, Unfortunately the Yankees just couldn’t get any offense going. You win some you lose some. BTW, I do want to add that I really like the way Claiborne has pitched since the Yankees called him up. He’s definitely a keeper, in my opinion.

    • joeflaccosunibrow - May 22, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      When they flashed the graphic of how Nuno had not allowed in Herne run yet, I knew he was due to cough one up.

    • Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      No, they couldn’t keep winning *every* one-run game, but one of the reasons they’ve had so much success (besides randomness) is their fantastic bullpen. The greatest one-inning reliever in MLB history had thrown a grand total of one inning in the previous week. But of course you’re not allowed to use your closer in a tie game on the road, so the Yankees lose with an inferior pitcher on the mound.

      • Liam - May 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Usually I am the first one to argue for using the closer in a tie game on the road, but they used Rivera on Monday night and won’t use him three days in a row. With that in mind, I don’t think it was the worst thing to try and win the game without using him last night.

      • Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        You don’t know if you’re going to need him tonight. You did know they were in a tie game where the next run sinks them last night. Should have gone with him.

  2. kcrobert10 - May 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Go Royals go. It only it took only a week to win but its worth the wait right.

  3. paperlions - May 22, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    While the Mets offense is not great, they have the second most RS in their division….so….you know, Philly, Washington, and Miami have been more “whoa-ful”.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Washington: 4.5GB

      Philadelphia 5.5GB

      Mutts: 9GB

      There’s some real life “Whoa-ful” for you.

      Back under your bridge, creature.

      • Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Considering we were just discussing the Mets’ offense, not their overall team, RS is more relevant that record here.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Exactly. Address the topic stereotypically hypersensitive Phillies fan.

        The Mets suck because they can’t get anyone out, not because the offense if horrible.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Do you seriously think noting a fact that happens to include the Phillies in the list of relevant teams is trolling? You have problems….not Philadelphia Philly sized problems, but still.

      • jm91rs - May 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        You can’t say anything good (not that it was even very good) about a non-Philadelphia team in the east, or heyblue is gonna come get you. His optimism is entertaining.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Actually, I enjoy kicking around the Mutts when I can. Call it the classic Philadelphia<New York complex if you're going to become Dr. Phil of HBT, Paper me boy, self imposed expert on all things, now psychology.

        Last time I checked, taking shots at division rivals was a-ok. Or should I been a fan or detractor of every team without bias?

        And until the Phils are mathematically eliminated, Kevin, guess you'll just have to deal.

        Happy Wednesday, one and all!

      • chill1184 - May 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        The raw sewage subhumans know as Phillidouchia fans are funny because they refuse to acknowledge that their team is getting old and think they’re going over take Washington and Atlanta. At least they can look foward toward the Eagels and Flyers. Oh wait…

      • heyblueyoustink - May 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        ” The raw sewage subhumans know as Phillidouchia fans ”

        Ahhh, that’s what I was looking for. A * wonderful * generalization of an entire group of people.

        Well done!

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Let’s use those “/s” indicators, people.

        I’m pretty sure we can find a discussion level somewhere shy of “you’re a douche” and “go f- yourself.”

        Good morning. My coffee maker died. :(

      • heyblueyoustink - May 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        My condolances on the coffee maker.

        See what I was alluding to, by the by?

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        You think the fascists in Washington are winning? ;)

      • heyblueyoustink - May 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        I see a little of the “f” word up there in the commentary. ;-)

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        You’re offended b/c they said “fan” instead of “phan”? lol

  4. cur68 - May 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Melky struck out to end the 9th inning rally. Pitch one: 2inches off the plate, away and high. Strike 1, for some reason. Pitch 2, fouled off, but it was in the same place. Pitch 3, higher and further out: called strike 3. Not a single pitch thrown for a strike and none of them were close even.

    Can’t blame ‘Nando: he was getting a called strike on a stupid spot. Can’t blame Melky for swinging at pitch 2: that had been a strike on the first pitch. Strike 3? Utter bullshit. What chance does a batter have to hit a pitch over the letters and 3 to 4 inches off the plate away?

    One thing about robots, they may want us all DEAD but at least they are consistent.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation.php-pitchSel=407845&game=gid_2013_05_21_tbamlb_tormlb_1&batterX=72&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif

      • paperlions - May 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        Let me try this:

      • paperlions - May 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        well…that didn’t work…any help on inserting images?

      • cur68 - May 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Nah, s’all coll. The link goes straight to the pitch track. I remember those balls as high and away. Robot has them at just well off the plate. Don’t matter none: they STILL weren’t strikes, not one of them.

        Robots, NOW!

      • APBA Guy - May 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        That graphic says it all.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        “Americans go home”?

    • indaburg - May 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Quit yer whining, beaver.

      • stex52 - May 22, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Leave him alone, you troll!

      • indaburg - May 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Revenge for 1812! Try burning down our White House again.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        What I want is revenge for the Battle of Quebec. No one cares about the White House anymore.

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        I’m with you if you want to storm the Frontenac bar, OG.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Inda…
        Please know I am eternally indebted to you for posting that link.

      • indaburg - May 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        I aim to please, m’lord.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        I didn’t realize you were submissive. We must get together.

      • indaburg - May 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        I can be both, Gator.

  5. proudlycanadian - May 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    One reason why the late rally by the Jays fell short is that the home plate ump rang out Melky Cabrera on a phantom strike. Actually all three pitches to Cabrera were outside (he did swing at the second one). For a change, a bad call went in favor of the Rays. In Monday’s game C. B. Bucknor called Henry Blanco safe when he was clearly out.

    After it became obvious that Ramon Ortiz (who claims to be only slightly older than Craig) could not throw his pitches were he intended to throw them, he was pulled from the game in the third inning. The Jays bullpen went to work very effectively. The shaky Rays pen on the other hand almost blew the game.

    For some reason, Longoria seems to own the Jays this season. He is hitting over .500 against them. He was so confident at the plate, that he was smiling when he faced the Jays pitchers. Isn’t that against one of the so called unwritten rules. “Thou shalt not smirk when facing a team that you own.”

    • cur68 - May 22, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Was told informed by a RaysSuperFan that he could have been smirking over the birth of his daughter. That tends to make dudes smirk. Also disclosed by self same Fan, when asked whom on the Rays Team Longo’d let date his daughter, he chose David Price. When asked whom he’d prefer she NOT date, he said Luke Scott. Make of that what you will.

      • indaburg - May 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        If this was your baby mama, you’d have a perma-smile too:

        http://www.google.com/search?q=jaime+edmondson+pictures&hl=en&gl=US&source=android-browser&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=S7ycUbCxG4TMrgHK2oH4Dg&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=360&bih=526&sei=dLycUb_kL8z84AOgl4C4AQ

        Like I told you, this is a team with a convicted rapist. Longo would rather his baby girl date the rapist than that crazy birther freak.

      • stex52 - May 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        If she looks like mama, Longo had better stock up on the bird shot. He will be busy when she’s 17.

    • indaburg - May 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Longo wasn’t smirking. That’s just his face.

      If it makes you feel better, he’s been owning a lot of teams this year. He’s been mashing.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Hey look at the bright side, you are still only “10″ games back!! Now as to the real reason the jays lost……starting pitching….you dont have any….

  6. philliesblow - May 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    In today’s edition of ATH, Craig proves he is a glass half-full kind of guy by focusing on the positive and saying Sox win instead of Sox lose.

    Meanwhile, Alex Avila’s batting average continues to be a giant sucking sound. How long do Tiger fans have to endure his struggles when there are a couple hot hitting catchers in AAA and AA? He’s making Don Kelly look like Tony Gwynn.

    And Miggy just continues to be Miggy.

    • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      You notice also that Craig says he’s NOT crazy…as if that isn’t the 1st sign of crazy.

      • philliesblow - May 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Craig’s not crazy. Obsessed maybe, but not crazy.

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Great, now I have this mental image of Craig doing Beyonce dance routines in his lair. So crazy in love, so crazy in love…

      • unclemosesgreen - May 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Oh he’s crazy all right … crazy like a fox.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Crazy? It’s crazy allright, so crazy it JUST MIGHT WORK.

      • philliesblow - May 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        If there’s any Beyonce dancing going on under Craig’s roof, it’s @norunsupport singing “If you like it put a ring on it”.

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        That’s terrible. It’s a break up song, dude. Don’t wish for her to move on. :(

  7. daveitsgood - May 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Dan Straily

  8. RoyHobbs39 - May 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    You must not be watching those Chicago/Boston games. Again…the Sox lost.

  9. brockw82 - May 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Nice Princess Bride ref Craig!

  10. Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Well, the Feesh and the Astros remain locked in their Siamese cellars this morning, tied for the worst record in baseball and sort-of baseball like diversions. I’m not sure what happened to the Astros – watching two awful teams at the same time is a lot to ask of someone on a soggy Tuesday evening. The Feesh, on the other hand, enjoyed five pretty decent innings out of Jose Fernandez, who gained valuable big-league experience peetching against Joe West. The Kid, as he has apparently been named by the spawrts tork hosts and seconded by the Feesh announcers – who mentioned the ecological niche vacated by the late great Gary Carter while verifying Fernandez’ new nickname – must have been warned about the big fat dumb umpire who would be calling his game. Despite some utterly ridiculous calls, he kept his cool and stayed focused on the task at hand. Good on you, Kid.

    Then it took the Feesh boolpen about six peetches into the seexth eening to begin the laborious process of giving away the game as Scrooge McLoria’s Warrias bumbled, fumbled and stumbled away the last four innings, turning a tight one into a barfer (we don’t do laughers here anymore).

    In other news, this was the third high school midweek sized baseball crowd in a row at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. For a while there the Feesh cameramen were avoiding pan shots of the empty stadium, but now they seem to have figured, what the hell, we’re not fooling anyone anyhow. Thirteen thousand and change, most of which represent original multiyear discount packages harking back to the orfseason before last and weren’t ackcherley there. It’s an interesting process, though, to watch the fans in the cheaper seats gradually work their way down to the field boxes as the game progresses, like cargo shifting in the hold of a tramp freighter on a rough sea. The ushers, what few of them are left on the payroll, probably think resistance is futile, and some may even collect a tip or two for their indifference. By the end of the game, you see warm bodies in the lower rows and the ghosts of the Tequesta up in the seats that have been vacated.

    • stex52 - May 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      The Astros’ fate was disturbingly similar. A solid performance over six by Norris undone by his bullpen in the final three inning. 3-0 turned into 3-7 like magic.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Ack! Same score, too. I hope this wasn’t an example of spooky action at a distance.

      • stex52 - May 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Good. Then we can blame it on quantum mechanics.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Fine with me. The bastards charged me a fortune to repair my dilithium crystal drive last week – and they only had it in the shop for a parsec and a half!

  11. dluxxx - May 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Craig, I’m sure that Hrbek wasn’t heart broken about the loss last night. He has two shiny rings to Bobby’s one. :)

    Did you see that Dan Gladden had Hrbek’s jersey hanging out of the press box last night? It was weighed down by the bobblehead of Hrbek clearly and cleanly taging Ron Gant out. ;)

    • Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Is “taging” a new term for “pushing?”

  12. chill1184 - May 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Miguel Cabrera is just awesome and congrats to Trout for hitting the cycle

    • Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      More of this, please.

  13. historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I miss you, Austin Jackson. :(

    • unclemosesgreen - May 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Geez – when you miss out on your morning coffee you get emotional, dontcha?

      All Los Tigres’ rivals must be cowering, saying nooooo, not more Don Kelly! He’s a hitting machine, a coat-rack looking raker.

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        I love that teams are starting to walk Miggy…to get to Prince. lol

        Derp Kelly is obviously there to make Tuiasosopo look hot. Kelly’s the guy your folks want you to take to the sock hop, and Tuiasosopo is the guy who sneaks you off on his motorcycle while Don fumbles at the punch bowl.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        After which poor Don shakes his fists to the heavens and shouts “TUIASOSOPOOOOOO!!!”

      • Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Don Kelly, or Manti Te’o?

      • historiophiliac - May 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Well, Kelly isn’t going to make any Maxim Hot 100 list, so you’d better go with Te’o.

  14. moogro - May 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Me and Gattis proved sabremetrix is a joke, Perk! You poopy face! Me and Gattis are awesome!

    Great night of ball all around the league.

  15. APBA Guy - May 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Everybody who had Dan Straily out-pitching Yu Darvish raise your hands.

    Thought so.

    Count me among those wondering who it was on the mound for the A’s last night. Going way back, I’d say Mike Cuellar, or more recently Mike Boddicker, or sticking with Mike’s, Mike Mussina. Straily was the embodiment of an old Orioles Way pitcher: work fast, throw strikes, change speeds. He had the good-hitting Rangers off balance with an assortment of pitches that, while showing good movement, were also commanded to all 4 corners. Like I said, who was this guy?

    Still, Darvish was excellent. The HR to Cespedes was a good off-speed pitch. Cespedes was off-balance and front-footed when he hit it, but he has serious strength as everyone knows. Darvish really was never in serious trouble otherwise.

    Even more amazing is that Straily went 7 innings, meaning it was only Doolittle and Balfour last night. The A’s “A” set-up bullpen (Blevins, Doolittle and Cook) are as good as anybody (2.08, 0.90, 1.74) and with Balfour closing (1.47) winning a game with a lead going into the 8th is a high probability outcome.

    Getting a lead is not as unlikely as it has been in the past as the A’s team offense is 8th in MLB in OPS. That’s hard for most fans to keep in mind, including A’s fans.
    Anyway, A’s go for the sweep tonight before heading to Houston for the weekend. Parker was much better his last outing, so here’s hoping he’s taking whatever it is that Straily took before last night’s great start.

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