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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 2, 2014, 5:22 AM EDT

Bochy replay AP

Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4: Welp, Day 2 of instant replay and everything that many of us said could go wrong with a challenge-based system went wrong:

(a) A critical call was blown;
(b) the call could not be reviewed because the manager was out of challenges;
(c) the wholly arbitrary rule that umpires can’t initiate reviews before the seventh inning was in effect;
(d) the blown-but-unreviewable call constituted the game’s margin of victory; and
(e) all of that led to extended delays.

As for the facts: the entire description of what went wrong and why can be read here.

As for the opinion: Why a totally defensible, but ultimately unsuccessful challenge on one play deprives a manager of a challenge on a wholly unrelated play is utterly beyond me. Why umpires — or anyone — can’t initiate review of plays that are clearly botched before the seventh inning is likewise beyond me. Why Bruce Bochy and the Giants have to bear the burden of fixing the umpire’s mistakes — and do so in a manner that requires game show-like calculation and management of scarce, gimmicky resources — is so far beyond me that I’d get jet lag if I had to go visit it. Baseball sold the challenge system on its “uniqueness and charm.” This was certainly unique, but not at all charming.

I’m sure, to the extent there are any official responses to the events of this game, they will reference the fact that, as recently as last season, the same outcome would have occurred here but, unlike last year at least there was a chance for the run-scoring call here to be reviewed (that chance being had Bruce Bochy not burned his challenge). Don’t accept that answer. Baseball had carte blanche and the support of everyone to institute a system that got calls right. They chose, however, to go with a system that, by definition, does not have getting calls right as its sole objective. A system which managers do not care for and which its former head of umpiring said “would lead to unbelievable confusion and would miss the point of instituting replay.”

Well, mission accomplished.

Rangers 3, Phillies 2: Adrian Beltre singled home Shin-Soo Choo in walkoff fashion. Before that there was replay stuff here too, but it was the other side of the coin from the Giants-Dbacks game. Ron Washington came out on to the field following a play at third on a sac bunt but ultimately didn’t challenge the call that the Phillies runner was safe. A few minutes later Washington successfully challenged a pickoff play which eliminated a runner at second who would have scored on a subsequent hit. Of course, anyone who lauds this as an example of the system working and cites it as a counter-example to what happened in the Giants-Dbacks game needs to explain to me how justice would’ve been served had Washington used his challenge on the sac bunt. And they should also note that even though only one replay was used here, the game was delayed both times anyway because we’re letting managers walk out on to the field to chat while everyone ponders whether a challenge should be issued.

Dodgers 3, Padres 2: Yasiel Puig disrespectfully hit a baseball off of the Western Metal Supply Building in left field for a two-run homer. Just pathetic, really. That building was declared a historic landmark in 1978, and this arrogant, hot-blooded young punk decides that attempting to damage it with projectiles is a good thing to do. Someone needs to sit him down and teach him how things work in Major League Baseball.

Astros 6, Yankees 2: There was a certain segment of Yankees fans who spent the past few days on Twitter lamenting that baseball’s marquee franchise — with its retiring demi-God shortstop — deserved better than to start the season on what was, in effect, baseball’s fourth “Opening Day,” on the road, in a night game and against baseball’s worst franchise. Keep opening like this and you’re gonna get this kind of quaternary billing on the regs.

Braves 5, Brewers 2: Freddie Freeman hit two homers and Jason Heyward hit a two-run shot of his own. Alex Wood continued his excellent spring training pitching into the regular season, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings. The Brewers had taken eight of the previous ten games against the Braves, six of which were won by shutout. Atlanta scoring five off of them is like some kind of miracle.

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Marlins 4, Rockies 3: Nate Eovaldi allowed two runs and struck out six. The Marlins even scored a couple runs for him after he left a tie game to hand him the win. And while four runs may not seem like a great luxury, they are for Eovaldi. He’s had the worst run support in baseball over the past couple of years.

Blue Jays 4, Rays 2:  Drew Hutchison pitched his first game since June of 2012 and got the win. Adam Lind‘s three-run homer would be all the runs he’d need. Fun times: with Jose Reyes out, Melky Cabrera was the Jays’ leadoff hitter. He went 2 for 5 and scored a run.

Mariners 8, Angels 3: Brad Miller hit two homers and Justin Smoak hit a bases-clearing double after Mike Scioscia decided to intentionally walk Robinson Cano to get to him. If Smoak can keep taking advantage of other teams’ understandable reluctance to pitch to Cano with men on base, the Mariners may actually have something here.

Indians vs. Athletics: POSTPONED: Though he is unaware of it, Indians catcher Yan Gomes is a Quasi Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer. In laymen’s terms: a Rain God. The clouds want to be near him, to love him, to cherish him and to water him. This could be a bad thing to be as a baseball player, but it may give him a lucrative second career in taking money from resorts and similar places in exchange for not going there.

  1. thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    How many words for ‘rain” does Yan Gomes have use of and what kind of rain was it that washed out the game?

    Otherwise, way to go Dodger Blue. We may have Kershaw in the shop & Kemp needing his tires rotated but we got a win. Our maligned, gas guzzling hot rod Puig was enough to carry us yesterday. Another game vs The Padres tonight than a day off tomorrow for some reason and its over to play more Cali-Ball with the Giants.

    I love baseball season.

    • bsbiz - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:34 AM

      Yan Gomes was a miserable bastard and he knew it because he’d had a lot of people point it out to him over the years and he saw no reason to disagree with them except the obvious one which was that he liked disagreeing with people, particularly people he disliked, which included, at last count, everybody.

      He has 231 types of rain in his little book and this was a particular type of rain that he particularly disliked, particularly when he was trying to play baseball. He had a number for it. It was rain type 17.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        On the bright side, no lorry driver could handle inclement road conditions like Rob McKenna.

  2. simon94022 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    The replay challenge system represents the footballization of the game. It’s a tacky embarrassment. Just have a super ump in the booth, or remote from New York, with authority to intervene and review plays when necessary.

    • moogro - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      This.

  3. ez4u2sa - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    I see Sabathia is off to a lackluster start not being to beat the worst team in the AL last year. Sabathia has had some good years but, sorry Yankee fans, his best days are behind him. Better hope Tanaka is for real.

    • NYTolstoy - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Though I am very worried on how Sabathia will pitch this year I typically don’t freak out this early. Since CC tends to pitch poor early on the season in cold weather and by June July he starts to heat up. He typically does very well in the second half but again he’s not the same player he was a few years ago. So I’m not thinking top notch stuff but probably better then last year.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        The game was in Houston and, according to the box score, the temperature was 78 degrees. So cold weather was not a factor.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        I’m honestly a little worried about how he’ll hold up through the season with as much weight as he lost. He kind of looks alarmingly thin.

  4. renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    What do you mean about Puig “disrespectfully” hitting a 2 run homerun? Did he just hit the building with that or did he do any things other than that? Haven’t watched that game though but I’m curious to know. Oh and what a win for the Braves today ! Heyward yo the man of the day my man :-D!

    • renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      Freeman too, those 2 bombs are my new LBC “hari ng padala” gift of this awesome win.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      I see Mr. Calcaterra’s sarcasm doesn’t carry well internationally. That comment about the respect of Puig’s homer was meant as an ironical statement and not a literal one. I think when you see statements that imply emotion onto something that clearly has none associated with it you can assume its someone trying to be funny. Its just and attempt to use the language of the likes of Bill Plaschke to frame something to highlight how stupid Plaschke is. I applaud the effort wholeheartedly since I LOATHE Plaschke

      • renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        Wow… That was sarcasm? I really need to know more on how this site works, cause that nearly got me there…

      • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:31 AM

        Renaado, if you just assume that most of the things people say on here are sarcasm, you’ll never go wrong. “And That Happened” is actually fueled by sarcasm. ;-)

      • baberuthslegs - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:34 AM

        @renaado Sarcasm is sometimes difficult to detect when words are typed and not spoken. Hang in there and welcome to HBT. (Yes, I know you’ve been posting for awhile, but welcome anyway).

      • renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Yes, I’ve been here for exactly a week now, I just really love talkin baseball here with you guys.

  5. nymets4ever - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Renaado – basically, just assume that everything Craig says is laden with layer upon layer of spiteful snark, and I think you’ll be good to go. Note: This does not apply to PED-using ballplayers, whom he loves dearly.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      … he said snarkily (but not surprisingly.)

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      Don’t you talk to Renaado – don’t even look at him. Everyone who reads your idiotic commentary is temporarily diminished in mental capacity. Anyone could come up with more informative and entertaining comments than you by simply smashing their head against the keyboard and using spell check.

      If you ever had a single cogent or informative fact in your head it would die of loneliness.

      • Old Gator - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Mo – heh heh, you were wearing your surgical gown this morning, I see. Taking on Mutts4 is a lot like dissecting one of those unidentifiable decomposing things that washes up on the beach from time to time, isn’t it? Nothing but soft parts to cut into but the smell is awful.

        Okay, let me know when you’re ready to go on break and I’ll be happy to take over for you.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        I’ve been accused of using words like a shillelagh. Ah, well. I don’t have the energy to take them all on every day – tap into the ring any time.

      • stex52 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Or we could just do a mob takedown. It’s tempting. But trolls never care what you say. They just want to make you say something.

      • sandwiches4ever - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        The “using spell check” part is a nice touch, sir. Good work.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        I thought the entire rant was hilarious. Thank you for brightening my late morning, Unk.

      • nymets4ever - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Aww, look at how the Craig Buttbuddy Brigade so furiously rushes to their Master’s defense at the slightest sign of someone have a dissenting opinion about him. Haha

      • stex52 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        You waste our time, troll.

      • Old Gator - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        No, Craig has little or nothing to do with it. it’s just the legions of mutts4 detractors rushing to remind the object of their contempt of what a schmuck he is.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      I don’t think its that people love Mr. Calcaterra so much. We all seem to be united in despising you, though.

    • moogro - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Renaado, stay away from this one. He’s a dealer of stupidity.

      • renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Well… I’m just here for Baseball guys I won’t bother statement that aren’t related to it and if it’s a stupid one? I’ll just try my best to ignore it.

  6. dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Did anyone else read Craig’s Puig HR comment and think of that old ad (Pepsi?) with Vlad and A-rod smashing HRs until they break something out there and A-rod yells, “Run!” giving him the chance to steal the Pepsi from Vlad? That was probably the beginning of the end for A-rod’s Image.

  7. historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    I finally got to see out season opener (no challenges by the way — maybe that means we play the right way). Anyhoo, Torii was unusually sloppy to start. V-Mart was roar! The Oldtimer we picked up was the hero of the day, thankfully, because Castellanos was no calm bat man. He did get a pretty hit at the end, and Oldtimer closed it out with a walxoff (hrmmm, don’t know if I like it). JV was good, but as usual, the Royals remain his kryptonite. The good news is that the defense and the bullpen made up for it. I KNOW! We may have found a work around for V’s weakness — and that would be Ausome. Eat ‘em up, Tigers!

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Then after Alex Gonzalez gets to the locker-room it’s time for his spanx-off. Hmm, I like it. I like it a lot.

  8. stex52 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Okay, so Houston starts the season 1-0, just like last year. Let’s hope they tear up the rest of the script.

    Hats off to Jeter. Admittedly a loss to a bad team and a HBP is not how he wanted to start it, but he got a full house and a good reception. Thanks for the memories, Jetes. Come back anytime.

  9. lazlosother - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Not a very good start for us Yank fans, also not surprising considering CCs’ spring. Oh well, onward and upward. At least there was a notable lack of snapped, twisted and sprained limbs. As an aside, the Jays won so we might not get to enjoy Harry this morning.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      About “dirtyharry”- I hope he sticks his ugly face on here. I’m looking forward to pointing out the disparity over the Blue Jays getting beaten in game 1 by the virtually consensus pick for the AL East winner with their ace vs The Yankees and THEIR ace getting the crap kicked out of them by The Astros, virtually the consensus pick for worst team in baseball

      The whole sample size argument goes out the window on a morning like this. Birds are singing. The sun is shining. The air smells of rain and growing things. The Dodgers play tonight and Puig is hitting already. Its a good morning. Welcome back, baseball

      • Old Gator - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Our virtual village idiot makes a studied habit of not showing up on mornings when the same excrement he routinely dishes up can be dished back at him. In addition to being puerile, stupid, illiterate, monotonous and delusional, he is also gutless.

        Go on with your day. Unless some gull gets lucky and brains him with a clam, he’ll be back as surely as a freshly resistant typhus bacteria.

      • dluxxx - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Gator. In that case, I hope that our brothers to the North go 161-1. I could stand to not see Harry for the rest of the season…

  10. happytwinsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    in spite of having only about one third their payroll, i see the twins are tied with the yankees.

  11. grumpyoleman - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    I hope everyone is ok after the replay review didn’t work out as planned. Lord knows if a call isn’t 100% correct the world may stop turning.

    • moogro - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      You don’t seem very smart.

  12. Old Gator - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I didn’t get to watch the Feesh doink the Rocky Mountain Oysters last night but I did pick up the last few innings on their new raydeeo flagship. Changing networks was a good idea – Scrooge McLoria knew his patchwork quilt of a team wasn’t going to get much airplay in competition with Team LeBron on the same channel so he switched over to another station where all the hosts sound like pimply teenagers with deviated septums. This seems to be the enunciative gold standard that replaced the glottal stop in spawrts broadcasting in the modern age.

    Well, from what I heard…pardon me, hoid – last night, Nate Eovaldi, the Feesh’s Drysdale to El Keed’s Koufax, was trying to channel Walter Johnson and play “hit me if you can” with his heater. He was up around 97-98 on his fastball but didn’t really have his slider or changeup working and got nicked for two when he decided, damn it, I’m not gunna get this thing to break unless I throw it a few more times, then thought, well screw that, and went back to blowing them past the American yetis again. Still, six Ks in six innings. Not bad, really. As Craig noted Eovaldi has been the beneficiary of the kind of support a tea party fanatic would offer a homeless family, but the Feesh went all socialist for him and bestowed a hitherto unthinkable bounty of four runs upon him. Then apparently arthritic Mike Dunn, the long reliever doomed to haunt the enemy eighth, explored the middle of the strike zone and coughed up back to back dobles to Cuddyer and Gonzalez, making it a one run game but A J Ramos bailed him and the Feesh out.

    Keed-less game attendance plunged by about sixty percent from opening night, back to a slightly better than normal fifteen grand and change and the stands in the highlight videos this AM were tangled up in blue. I imagine Scrooge will be ordering his f/x weezards to cue up the idoru again..

    New league battle cry: break up Casey McGehee!

    • spudchukar - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      McGeheehee!

    • groupofsevenrules - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      “so he switched over to another station where all the hosts sound like pimply teenagers with deviated septums”

      Yes, I know – I hear them when I visit the States so I know what you’re talking about.I don’t know how people listen to these guys now, honestly. When the geese migrate overhead they’re more soothing to listen to. I remember when sports show hosts had deep resonant voices and excellent pronounciation. You have them pegged.

      I think this nasal schoolyard voice disease set in with “colour” commentators first, since it was more important that they be formerly famous athletes than that they had a clue about what they should sound like. Fortunately, it isn’t as bad in Canada and has not yet infected hockey announcing.

  13. asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    When Justin Smoak came up to bat, they had a graphic saying how he was 0-12 with 8 strikeouts with the bases loaded in 2013. Clearly it is Fox Sports’ fault the Halos lost last night for jinxing it.

  14. spudchukar - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Well naysayers, those boys from the Great, Great Northwest, once again showed their stuff in LA-LA land. Granted, it came at the expense of Mr. Wilson, however, the Smoak base-clearing rope, should give teams pause when IBBing Cano.

    The Nicaraguan Natural continued to dazzle, suggesting his ST success could translate into the regular season. Tonight, James Paxton takes to the hill, looking to do likewise.

    Oh, by the way, that Miller kid is pretty good. Looks like the Mariners are headed in the right direction.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      I’ve been impressed. I haven’t watched them much before, but they seem like they might do pretty well.

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