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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

May 28, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

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Rays 10, Marlins 6: Two three-run homers for Kelly Johnson. He also singled, doubled and stole a base. He has 24 RBI in 21 games in May. Six straight losses for the Marlins despite what was, for them anyway, an offensive outburst.

Tigers 6, Pirates 5: While it was his second win in a row this one was way better, personally speaking, for Justin Verlander. Thirteen strikeouts and three runs over seven innings.

Orioles 6, Nationals 2: Fifteen hits for the O’s and a nice start for Jason Hammel in the first of a weird, four-game home-and-home series in four days for Baltimore and Washington. Davey Johnson vowed not to shave until the Nats’ bats “came alive.” At this rate he’s going to look like Billy Gibbons before it’s all over.

Astros 3, Rockies 2: A walkoff ground rule double for Brandon Barnes in the 12th. The Rockies stranded 15 runners in this one. That’s, like, more than two Gilligan’s Islands worth of castaways.

Reds 4, Indians 2: Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth off Nick Hagadone, who was just called up from Columbus. Shoulda stayed here in Columbus, man. It’s so much safer here.

Cardinals 6, Royals 3: Yadier Molina homered and drove in four. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright scattered 12 hits over eight innings. If you can call 12 in 8 a “scattering” as opposed to the Royals simply squandering multiple opportunities.

Twins 6, Brewers 3: Joe Mauer hit a homer that was reviewed and upheld on replay for the second time in three days. He’s just not a big fan of the human element.

Athletics 4, Giants 1: Dan Straily with his second straight strong start, allowing one run over six innings. Madison Bumgarner was shaky. Four in a row for the A’s.

Diamondbacks 5, Rangers 3Diamondbacks 5, Rangers 4: Tyler Skaggs struck out nine in six innings in the first one. Yu Darvish strikes out 14 in seven and two-thirds in the nightcap. The difference: Skaggs won his start while Darvish got the no-decision thanks to a ninth inning RBI single by Cliff Pennington.

Mariners 9, Padres 0: Aaron Harang with a four-hit shutout and his best start in four years. Not that he needed it thanks to the M’s bats. Homers from Jason Bay and Michael Morse, among other destruction.

Mets 2, Yankees 1: A rare late-innings failure for the Yankees bullpen. Not that they had a huge margin for error, but still. Daniel Murphy with an RBI single to center off Dave Robertson in the eighth. It was the first time in 23 games the Yankees lost when leading after six.

Blue Jays 9, Braves 3: Five driven in for Edwin Encarnacion. Rookie reliever Cory Rasmus got mop-up duty for Atlanta and gave up an RBI double to his brother Colby. Which wasn’t very nice. Not all good for Toronto, though, as Brett Lawrie left with a sprained ankle.

Cubs 7, White Sox 0: Jeff Samardzija with a two-hit shutout. And like Harang’s gem, he didn’t have to do it given what the bats did. Two RBI a piece for Julio Borbon, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 3: Tyler Cloyd couldn’t make it out of the third inning and Alfredo Aceves didn’t stink for once. The Sox have won 10 of 13 and have taken sole possession of first in the east.

Dodgers 8, Angels 7: The eight-game winning streak is over. Not that the Dodgers made it easy on themselves. The Dodgers were down 6-1, thanks in part to numerous defensive miscues early — many not called errors — which helped Anaheim build their lead. Adrian Gonzalez remains hot. Even Juan Uribe got into the act, going 3 for 3 after coming in late as a pinch hitter.

  1. stanleyfrankmusial - May 28, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    If they had been opposed by anyone but the hapless Royales with Cheese, I believe the Cardinals would have lost that game. But they weren’t, so they didn’t, and continue to sport the best record in MLB. No word on whether Bob Gibson will be activated to make Thursday’s start…I’d say the limit has been reached on the number of pitchers they can DL and still keep up this torrid pace.

    • sportsdrenched - May 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I’m sure whoever the Cards run out there will have a QS, I wouldn’t worry. That dude Lyles from the Astros went 6Ip, 6h, 1er, 1bb & 3K’s against them.

  2. rockthered1286 - May 28, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    I would just like to thank the O’s offense for giving us a 4 run lead going into the 9th, effectively keeping Jim Johnson on the pine. Also kudos to Hammel with a strong performance out pitching Gio in what I think was Hammels strongest performance of the season. He’s now 4-0 against the Nats on the road.

    Sidebar- Machado goes 3 for 5 and adds another double to his league leading 23. The kid is just phenomenal.

    • chill1184 - May 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Machado is going to be something special I believe

  3. indaburg - May 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Nice job, Mets.

    Sorry, Gator. My metrics were just a little bit off. Contrary to some people’s opinion, I don’t believe I always know what I’m talking about.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Ah, I see you’ve picked up a thumb harpie. I have several – wear their stupidity and gutlessness with pride, I say.

      Anyway, it was me who predicted a low scoring game with the boolpen blowing it in the late innings, so I have to take a lump (make it one of those carcinogenic sugar substitutes, will you – I can’t have sugar in my coffee) as well. The Kid went overboard trying to please the hometown crowd, it seems, and had hisself a “learning experience.” He hit two batters and walked another to load the bases before giving up a hit, a squeeze bunt that Brantley parlayed into a run when he failed to notice the runner on third heading towards him and his throw pulled Dietrick orf the bag. Then the dinger. The kid was throwing 99 MPH during this stretch, mind you. But I was right about the boolpen, at least – after the Feesh had waddled to within a run (at 7-6) out came Lookout Below and A. J. Ramos to serve up the Gravity’s Rainbow moment. There was also a wonderfully misplayed infield popup that fell for a double while the converging infielders were too busy watching each other to see where the ball was.

      Best of all was the seratonin-replacement atmosphere of the Tropicana Dump, which is always the star of its own show. Everyone’s favorite hypertrophied Morlock dome is the only building I know of that seems to be struggling with depression; its architects somehow achieved the remarkable by designing an eyesore for a slum. I do hope some of the Feesh made it across the street to the new Dali Museum building, where the artwork seems to incarnate the same logic by which the Feesh play their inept version of designatedhitterbball, what with all those droopy clocks and watches expressing the rhythmless ennui of the dumbed-down game and its patternless procession of club-wielding half-ballplayers.

      • indaburg - May 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        “An eyesore in a slum”… I am laughing. The architects were just trying to meld with the surroundings. Poor Trop. She’s not pretty, but she is mine. Almost all NL teams who play the Trop will misplay one ball.

        I didn’t realize The Kid had settled in the Tampa area when he migrated to the US. A number of the Feesh grew up in the shadow of the Dali Museum.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        There’s worse things. I grew up in the shadow of the Praying Hands.

      • spudchukar - May 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        How did Tampa lose the Dali museum?

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Spud: far as I know, it was always more or less in the same place, on the Bay side of St. Pete about a quarter of a mile southeast of the great gunite plantar’s wart where the Razed play. The museum constructed a new building a few yards from the old one and moved the collection to it, having enough extra space to unpack some of the collection that had been rotating through storage, and – of course – expand the gift shop.

        On my last visit there I was overjoyed to discover that “Destino,” the collaboration between Dali and Walt Disney originally meant for Fantasia, was now available on DVD. It (and the two cornsnakes I rescued from the road, one coming and one going home, plus the brunch at the Broken Egg and visit to the hall of horse drawn steam calliope wagons at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota) made the entire four and half hour drive each way more than worthwhile.

        “In Connecticut, the butterflies are disconnected.”
        -Salvador Dali

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Indy: yep, after escaping that large unnamed island ninety miles from Key West in under a hail of gunfire (everyone escapes that large unnamed island ninety miles from Key West under the proverbial “hail of gunfire,” but I ain’t never heard of one of ‘em getting hit yet – either the citizen sentinels of the Revolution can’t hit anything as badly as the Feesh batters, or they just want it to look like they done their duty but don’t really want to hurt anyone). The legend goes that the Kid, his mom and a dozen or so others navigated a storm at sea in an open boat one night during which time he saw someone fall overboard, dived into the sea and grabbed her and hauled her back through six foot caps to the boat – only to discover that he had saved his own mother. True story. You have to respect the Kid on so many levels.

        Knowing the Chihuahua, the Feesh had probably written out a whole passage about how the kid rolled cigars in a Tampa sweat shop to support his family, but decided that it might be overkill and nixed it.

      • spudchukar - May 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Thanks OG, guess I just got it wrong. Yeah, I visited the museum in 2011, when I was in Florida for Spring Training. As I remember it was near Ybor City, and a pretty good restaurant, I believe it was called the Columbia, specializing in Hispanic food.

      • indaburg - May 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        That is an amazing story about The Kid. I think you’re right about the soldiers wanting to appear as if they have done their duty without actually hurting anyone.

        I will wear their malice with pride. If someone hates my ideas, it means I stood for something.

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Spud: the museum was never in or near Ybor City, which is in Tampa, on a different planet entirely, with the cosmic ocean between them. In 2011, as it has been since Florida first emerged from the primeval waters (for reasons best know only to itself, given the way it keeps trying to dive back under it through the sinkholes) it was parked down the road a bit from the Tropicana Tumulus in St. Pete, where it still squats today.

        That must’ve been one hell of a night in Ybor, hermano.

      • spudchukar - May 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        OK, I’m all screwed up about the locale of the museum. I was staying on St. Pete Beach, and visiting the Tampa scene. Between the addling senility and rum sotted old bean often fails me.

    • raysfan1 - May 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Historiophiliac, as an ORU alumnus I will acknowledge they are no more perfect than any other institution; however, the praying hands statue is not ugly. The Trop in St Pete is.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        I didn’t say they were ugly. Rather, I found them burdensome to grow up under. Appeal to the Great Spirit is a better piece though, really.

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        It’s hard to imagine that kids were praying for X-Boxes that long ago. I mean, they hadn’t even been invented yet. Allahu akhbar.

  4. jrs45 - May 28, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Chapman throwing at Swisher’s head will make it an interesting series now.

  5. paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Wainwright wasn’t hit particularly hard. Of the 12 hits, at least 4 were pop-ups to no man’s land that fell in between 3 or more fielders…another was a grounder to 1st that hit the bag and bounced over the 1B-man’s head….of course, that happens from time to time when you can’t miss bats. The Royals had only 1 XBH, the Cardinals didn’t walk anyone, and turned 2 double plays. Despite all the hits, the Royals only had 5 ABs all game with RISP.

    • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      And?

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        And Koz slacked only going 1 for 5 (after going 4 for 4 with 3 doubles the day before). Holliday was 0-fer-the-series.

      • spudchukar - May 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        And, the message is that Wainwright did indeed “scatter” 12 hits, many with two out, and mostly harmless. He wasn’t his sharpest, but he kept the Royals from centering the ball, made pitches when he had to, and thus got through eight innings, giving the bull pen some rest.

        Adams had a tough day, but he did prevent a double on one of the few well hit balls the Royals could muster. But he should be in the line-up again today.

        Lough had an impressive performance, but he is 27, and unless he is a Kozma like late bloomer, he may just be on a hot streak.

        I posted this yesterday, but Kozma has committed only 1 error in 2013. In his first two years of low level minor league ball he totaled 68. Some kind of turnaround.

    • sportsdrenched - May 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      The Royals scored 11 runs against the Angels a few weeks ago…all on singles. I haven’t seen an offensive dumpter fire from them like this since 2004-2006.

  6. oasiserfede - May 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Darvish doesn’t know how to win.

    • thedoubleentandres - May 28, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      He got the job done against Verlander

    • quintjs - May 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      interesting thumbs up/ down ratio on a site that has basically created tWtW metric…

  7. proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Minor quibble about Rasmus. Colby did not get an RBI on the double off Colby. He did say that his stomach was churning during the at bat, but he did what he had to do. Earlier in the inning, he (reluctantly?) offered a high 5 to Encarnacion after Edwin’s 3 run blast off Corey made the score 9 to 1. Later on, the 2 run homer by Gattis made the score a more respectable 9 to 3.

    • proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Meant to write “Colby did not get an RBI off Corey.” My bad.

    • cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      The Lads did what I hoped, PC: came out scoring. I was wrong about one thing, though: they DID get the pitching they needed. This Mark Beuhrle, where was he in April? I’m glad Our Boys got this guy. He’s turned into a fine MLB pitcher and a model Crafty Lefty. He could teach the youngsters a thing or two about battling through tough times, throwing smart, not hard, and basically hanging in there.

      Morrow in a few hours. He’s going to need those bats today, too. Lets hope they still have some of that Old Beaver Magic left in them, eh?

      • nbjays - May 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Yes, Cur, nice to see the bats come alive early and often. Buehrle was indeed crafty, and got the good pitches where he wanted them when he needed to. The Rasmus/Rasmus duel was great, even if E5 did already somewhat spoil his debut. Older bro Colby took younger bro Corey to school, basically saying “Don’t pitch me away bro, or I’ll take you to left field.” We won’t ruin the narrative by noting that that’s the first time Colby has taken anyone “to left field” in ages.

        My fave moment was the sparlking DP started by ‘Saki-san on the ball to his right. Sweetness right there!

  8. historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I enjoy that I can look forward to Brandon Inge’s strike outs now. Damn, I like Cutch and I’m happy the Pirates are doing well. Of course, I’m happier that we got the win… The little fascist in me loves that our pitchers can go innings without needing anyone else on the field. Oh, ahnd what ahbout that Jhonny Pheralta. Whow! It seems weird that he went 4-4 and Prince Fielder did some running yesterday! All around, it was a fun game and V-Wiggles was dancing at the end.

    Seriously, couldn’t they let them use the snow camo with the home whites? All the desert stuff did was make the OE D hard to read and the unis look generally dirty. I hope they don’t do that again. I can’t believe they couldn’t design anything better than that.

    • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Of course, it is often like they don’t have a full compliment of defenders….so the pitchers have probably just adapted out of necessity.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Any time you want to take Don Kelly off our hands, you are welcome.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Camo is bad enough, but pixellated camo? Yeesh.

      Not even a chuckle for the Mar-Inge-ilization of Don Kelly? Tough crowd.

      Obviously Inge doesn’t read this blog, because he would have summoned his clutch Inge superpowers and hit a towering homerun in the top of the eighth just to spite you. Sidenote – unkudos to Josh Harrison on one of the worst pinch-running appearances in the history of pinch-running. For shame.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Yes, I laughed. Let’s call him Inge 2.0 from now on, shall we?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Only if V-Wiggles becomes The Big Potato

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Big Potato Wiggles? You can’t spud him down. C’mon! Just don’t do that Papa Grande nonsense. He’s past that — and it’s too close to Ortiz anyway. That’s just an ego title.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Spuds McWiggles?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Winner!

        (You know I just expect you to make me laugh now.)

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Fried chicken and an Old Thumper for HBT’s loudest Sawks fan.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        I’ll have mine w/ fried okra, please.

  9. sknut - May 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    On the Mauer HR Angel Hernandez told Gardy he hoped Miller park has an HD TV to view it on and they have three. Come on MLB get the same stuff in all buildings before its too late.

  10. aceshigh11 - May 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Red Sox are rolling along nicely. Never would’ve believed it in my wildest dreams that they’d be in the mix after last year. Totally different vibe and team this year…a pleasant surprise.

    And a hearty well-done to the Mets (my NL team from my home state who I don’t give nearly enough attention to anymore).

    • proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      LOL! Old evil eyes pitched very well for a change and Farrell is certainly not Valentine. Quite a turn around from that losing streak earlier in the month. The AL East continues to be interesting.

  11. yarguy - May 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    “Not all good for Toronto, though, as Brett Lawrie left with a sprained ankle.”

    I would think there are a number of people with the Blue Jays who view this as good news.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Lawrie sounds well and truly snakebit. Let me give him to Friendo three or four times to help him build up his immunities.

  12. proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Kind of strange to me that the Jays played at home on a US vacation. They also play at home on July 4. It just makes more sense to me that the Jays play in the US on American vacations and at home on Canadian vacations. At least the Jays got to wear their nifty blue and red Maple Leaf hats yesterday, instead of those ugly camouflage hats worn by the umps and all the other teams.

    • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Revolutionary War grudge match?

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Wny begrudge it? I shudder to think of the balance of trade if all the Canadian provinces were states of the US.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Now Gator, you know they’re sensitive about that “near-America” stuff.

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        I think it’s funnier when French waiters assume they’re American and treat them like shit.

      • cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        One of these days, ‘philliac, you’ll be taken to discover ice (if you’re lucky, it’ll not be the basis of your final thought in life). I don’t mean that weak, fatty, American Ice, ya’ll get Down There. I mean that 10 000 Year Old stuff we have up here. Real Ice. Ice from the dawnnatime. Ice flavoured with the blood of Amundson, Giovani Caboto, Hudson, Baffin and Those Other Dudes.

        Then we can stop with this “Near American” stuff.

        My people know ice. We know it from birth. And this puts us as far from you lovely Americans as it is possible to be.

        Why?

        Well, because, until You Know Ice, you ain’t cool.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Hey, hey, Beaverman. I wasn’t hating. I love the cold, though I never use ice in mah drinks. I have some ice fishing in my genetic lineage (of the weaker sort, of course). In fact, if this global warning keeps up, I’m gonna have to get on that Marry-A-Canadian website so I don’t have to sneak in. Feel free to recruit for me.

      • cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        You will be made welcome. One thing, though: eat you seal blubber in a civilized manner. Knife and fork, only. Two Fisting it with the seal blubber is only for special occasions.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Oh, I just can’t do blubber. :(

      • cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        You will learn to LOVE the blubber. Its the only way to build up insulation to stay warm.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        That’s what the Canadian is for.

      • cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        We’re often gone on the hunt. That’s why we bring home so much blubber.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Well, there goes that option…

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Is it possible that designatedhitterball arose in Canada during the last ice age, among the mammoth hunters?

      • cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Not only possible but a certainty, Gator. The whole thing is spelled out in Waning-Pleistocene Ice sculpted to depict a Great Hunt. Its found in a ‘berg cavern not far from where Roald Amundsen’s Famous Words, “Fuuuuuuuuck Meeee, its cold!”, were uttered.

        Of course, in those days they called it “He who shall jump last onto the mammoth to clobber it ‘twixt the eyes once the others have baited it into charging over a small cliff”. This, in later times, came to be known as “Ritual Suicide”.

        The practice of being the most Useless Defensive Hunter But With a Mighty Club is preserved to this day as “The Designated Hitter”. It is believed to have been developed as a hunting technique based on the depiction of a Spear Thrower lying stomped flat with his shattered club beside him as he attempted to bunt the mammoth to death.

        The DH: defensively useless but better than watching Pitchers Hit get injured.

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Then we’re probably lucky that Franklin disappeared. He might have come home and fucked up cricket, too.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Proudly – you may laugh at our camouflage, but not one of our ballplayers was hit by a sniper yesterday – though to be fair, Fernandez did hit two Rays.

      • nbjays - May 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Yeah, but desert camo? On a green baseball field?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Jungle camo is out of vogue.

      • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I don’t know. We might elect another Republican some day, so we’d better be dressed for Venezuela.

  13. deathmonkey41 - May 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Unfortunately David Robertson was hurt by a bloop double, a horrible passed ball, and the fact that he kept falling behind hitters. Robbie Cano made an unbelievable play to throw a runner out at the plate right before Robertson served up that game winning single. On the positive side, Phil Hughes had another good outing.

  14. APBA Guy - May 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Dan Straily had another strong outing yesterday continuing with his formula of work fast, throw strikes, and change speeds. While he throws 90% fastball/slider, it’s the 10% change-up that was his out pitch yesterday. The A’s “A” relief, now ranked # 1 in the majors (ERA, BA allowed, etc) shut down the Giants over the final 3 thoough Balfour allowed two base runners for a nervous finish. Full house at the Mausoleum, with lots of mixed couples (ie, A’s male, SF female). My girlfriend’s opinion is that the females respond to the Giants’ superior marketing. Lew Wolff was in attendance as well, first time that I can recall since the season’s first few games.

    Josh Donaldson homered again yesterday, and now is second in the AL (behind some guy named Miggy) in 3B OPS, a few points ahead of Longoria. The A’s opponents may need to be more selective against Donaldson for a while until he cools off. He’s batting behind Cespedes, who has been very inconsistent so far, with a .740 OPS compared to Donaldson’s .940.

    The Giants are throwing a rookie in Vogelsong’s spot tonight, Michael Kickham, about whom I know nothing, other than his minor league stats aren’t that good. He faces Jarrod Parker, who has had issues with fastball command so far in 2013.

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