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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EST

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Blue Jays 3, Rays 0: When the plan works, it looks great. Jose Bautista hitting two homers and Mark Buehrle tossing eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. That’s how they drew it up on paper entering last year and that’s what they counted on happening for real this year.

Rangers 4, Phillies 3: Jonathan Papelbon was handed the ball with a 3-1 lead and promptly gave up three runs on four hits and two walks, including a game-ending bases-loaded walk to Shin-Soo Choo. And then Papelbon blamed his defense for not turning a double play to end the game despite the fact it was drawn in because he had loaded the friggin’ bases. He had no command and no velocity. And, apparently, no sense of shame or responsibility.

Tigers 2, Royals 1: Welcome to Detroit Ian Kinsler. A homer and the walkoff single for the sleazeball whisperer. Not such a warm welcome to newcomer Joe Nathan who couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the ninth, but we’ll let that slide for a moment. He has a lot to overcome what with the curse that old fortune teller placed on anyone who is named the Tigers closer.

Pirates 4, Cubs 3: Sixteen innings. 5 hours and 55 minutes. Ended at 1am and they gotta turn around and play today at 12:30. Sometimes I write my best stuff when I am tired and punchy. Some of the greatest albums were recorded in the wee small hours when everyone was totally wiped out. I doubt the best baseball is played under exhausted conditions, but I suppose we’ll see this afternoon.

Astros 3, Yankees 1: Jarred Cosart allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. Dexter Fowler homered and tripled. Thank goodness this was a baseball game and not a gutter wrestling match, because otherwise his contributions would’ve been meaningless and unwelcome.

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White Sox 7, Twins 6: There were approximately 11 people on hand for this chilly game. Those that stuck around for the 11th inning saw some fun stuff. Leury Garcia bunted for a base hit, took second on a balk, took third on a wild pitch and scored the winning run on another wild pitch. The balk and wild pitches came courtesy of Sam Deduno. The overall arc of that inning came courtesy of Rube Goldberg.

Reds 1, Cardinals 0: I have a sick, sick side of me that wants 2014 to be 1968 redux. All pitching, no hitting. Batting leaders who hit .301 and home run leaders who it, like, 23. Adam Wainwright or someone pulling a Denny McLain and Felix Hernandez or someone pulling a Bob Gibson. Hand-wringing about lowering the mound or juicing the balls. It’s not gonna happen, but when you see a couple of 1-0 games on the same day you think about it. In this one you think about how Carlos Martinez giving up three hits in the ninth to lose the game wasn’t particularly likely but happened anyway.

Athletics 6, Indians 1; Indians 6, Athletics 4: If two teams split a doubleheader is their overall velocity 0? I think so, but it’s been a long time since I took physics. Scott Kazmir tossed seven and a third shutout innings against his old mates in game 1. The Indians rallied from one run down in the ninth to take the nightcap. Jim Johnson has now pitched two games for the Athletics and he has stunk up the joint both times.

Nationals 5, Mets 1: Gio Gonzalez allowed one run over six innings and [all together now] helped his own cause with a solo home run in the fifth. The Nationals have struck out Mets batters 31 times in their two games, which is a modern major league record for the first two games of the season. Kind of an esoteric record, actually, which means far more for the ones against whom it was set than the ones setting it.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2: Whew! This, I was told, was a must-win game for the Red Sox. Thank God they won. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each hit two-run homers. Napoli singled in two more in the seventh.

Rockies 6, Marlins 5: The Rockies offense finally woke up as all eight position players had a hit in this one. The pitchers were seen over at the smoking circle with the upperclassmen saying that “hitting is for geeks,” but that bravado really only masks their own insecurity.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0: Welcome to San Francisco Tim Hudson. Well, the game was technically in Phoenix, but let’s not get technical. Hudson allowed only three hits, no runs and struck out seven while pitching into the eighth inning.

Dodgers 5, Padres 1: Dan Haren was good and terrible in his last spring training appearance on Saturday. Guess he figured something out since then. He allowed only an unearned run in six. There was an attempted replay challenge in this game, but the umpires ruled that it wasn’t timely, as Bud Black took a while to come out of the dugout. This is why, in other challenges, managers are coming out early and stalling as their coaches review the plays and flash them a thumbs up or thumbs down. It’s also another reason why manager challenges are stupid.

Mariners 8, Angels 2: James Paxson pitched seven scoreless and Robinson Cano had his first RBI as a Mariner, while Justin Smoak, Mike Zunino and Corey Hart all homered. That makes it a sweep for Seattle. Expect enthusiasm to surge among Mariners fans. Expect the same old gripes and groans we’ve heard for the past two seasons from Angels fans. In both cases it’s justified.

Braves 1, Brewers 0: Dueling no-hitters into the seventh but then a Chris Johnson home run provided all of the game’s scoring. Matt Garza was great until then. So too was Aaron Harang, who was on fire:

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  1. paperlions - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    There are only 6 undefeated teams already and 1/2 of them are the White Sox, Astros, and Mariners. Yeah, teams have only played 2 or 3 games….so what? That’s still fun.

    Also fun, the relative quite from DirtyHarry as the Blue Jays are in first and the Yankees look every bit their age and it is only April 3rd.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      You beat me to it! I was rambling away saying the same thing and here you are first in line with your points nearly exactly the same as mine.

      You young people are quick

    • wlschneider09 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      Hear hear! Especially on the Harry bit.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Thanks, Obama!

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        he saved GM yet you want more.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Donuts!

    • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Pitchers seem to be ahead of hitters early in 2014, particularly in the NL Central. That said, if I am Mike Matheny I sit Holliday, Bourjos, Peralta, Carpenter, and Molina in today’s game. Molina only due to day game after a night one, but for the rest, their benching comes with a message, I expect competitive ABs.

      Carpenter’s ST and start to the season is puzzling. He appears to be distracted and detached. And he has been K’ing at an alarming rate. Maybe just too much emphasis on working the count. A little more aggression might behoove him.

      Holliday’s approach isn’t characteristic either. He hasn’t once tried to take advantage of a gaping hole with a runner on first, preferring to send the baseball into orbit. And the newly acquired duo of Bourjos and Peralta, were particularly disappointing in last night’s game against the Cincy lefty.

      Both Cueto and Cingrani were sharp, and hits weren’t going to come easy, but the St. Louis approach was reminiscent of the WS, and not of a club that battled. Of course it is early, and too soon to draw many conclusions, however result and approach are two different things. A line-up that employs Robinson in left, Jay in center, Kozma at SS, and Descalso at third and Cruz behind the dish probably won’t be good enough to defeat Bailey, but it is one that will do all they can to make his outing difficult, and so far in 2014 Cardinal hitters have not had the approach that extends ABs and makes life tough for the opposition hurler, and the substitute line-up might remind those watching that every PA is important.

      • paperlions - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        It’s early. Expectations are high. Guys are trying to prove all of their worth in a single AB or game instead of letting the game come to them.

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        You are correct of course, but I still employ the line-up I suggested. Holliday and Molina cause the Red Birds play for the next 7 days, Jay cause it is a tough righty, Descalso cause Carpenter is struggling and had a hot Spring, and Kozma cause Peralta hasn’t been particularly impressive either at the dish or the field. As you implied it is a long season, reserves need playing time, the defense would be better in places, not behind the plate or in center, but the gloves in left and SS make it a wash, and from the dugout perhaps a different perspective might enlighten those who have had the good fortune of starting the season on the line-up card.

      • jm91rs - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        2nd game of the season, I think it’s ok to be a little off this early. But yes, please bench 5 of the starting players for today’s game (which probably won’t happen anyway thanks to this ugly rain.)

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Sure, it might be construed as an over reaction, but Jay and Cruz should probably get the call anyway. And newly acquired Peralta and Bourjos should be reminded that being a starter isn’t a given. Holliday cannot play everyday, and Carpenter just isn’t himself, and Descalso came out of ST hot. So the line-up change isn’t just punitive but prudent. It is a long season and with no days off for the next 7 days, it is an ideal time to alter the line-up card.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        They have played two games. You don’t sit dudes this early. Lol! You give em’ some time.
        I do agree with sitting Yadi…because of the late/early morning finish followed by a day game today. I also agree with Carpenter’s K-rate. But again…it’s been two games. I like him working the count. He has a great eye. Didn’t he lead baseball last year with the most pitches seen?

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        Can’t argue with the working the count statement, but his swing seems too passive to me. He is one guy who needs to pull the ball some and he seems to be feeling for the ball.

        Of course it is too early to draw many conclusions, but guys need to stay sharp, and the group I mentioned deserve playing time too. It is a long season, and winning series number one isn’t vital, and hey it might just result in a victory.

      • jm91rs - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        I’m jealous that your team can pay a guy as much as Peralta makes and sit him out to send a message. Damn you guys and your young cheap team.

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Just checked Accuweather, and the radar map is butt ugly. Don’t know about the forecast, but it doesn’t look like Baseball will be played today in Southern Ohio.

    • indaburg - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      It’s almost worth having my team lose two games just to have that idiot off the comment boards.

      • paperlions - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Well, that’s just silly. Maybe it’s a silver lining.

      • indaburg - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Yes, it’s silly. I was kidding…

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Interesting. So how many games would you cough up to the Sawks if I’d just up and leave these parts?

      • indaburg - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Not a single game. Not even a run.

        That’s more a reflection of how much I want to beat the Sox than how much I want to keep you around these parts.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Ha ha – I figured as much on both.

    • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Seattle comes out blazin’ in 2014. 10-3, 8-3, and 8-2, romps on the road in Anaheim. If power ratings were equitably given out today the Mariners would reign supreme. Contributions up and down the line-up, and the young starters’ performances have been sparkling. Somethin’ brewin’ up in the Great Northwest and it isn’t just Red Hook.

      • paperlions - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Was this a reference to the legalization of weed in Washington?

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Honestly, no. But thanks for the thought, and one certainly could ascertain that from the reference, but to be truthful, Red Hook is a beer, and the blazin’ coincidental.

  2. moogro - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    They should have just set a goal of getting all the calls right this year.

  3. thetoolsofignorance - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Its a good morning. Dodger Blue with the victory. All we needed was for Haren to hold things down and let the hitting carry him. He doesn’t have to be an ace, just decent so this was more than I expected.

    Another day off today. I don’t care for all this day off stuff. I like my team to play so i can fall asleep in front of the laptop watching them. Then I have nice surprise to wake up to. Its going to be a dull evening. I think I’ll console myself by seeing if The Yankees are who I thought they were.

    But what is this I see on HBT? ANOTHER Yankees loss? Again to the Astros, is it? On Jeter Appreciation Night, too? oy. What is the world coming to? Maybe the Yankees can get out of town with a win? Its a delicate thing when you open your season against one of the worst teams in baseball and can’t get a win.

    In the meantime The Orioles and Red Sox are engaged in mortal combat and the Blue Jays and Rays are playing “my slugger is greater than yours” with each other. All THOSE teams have a win. in fact, the virtual lock pick for cellar of the AL East seems to have 2 wins to the Rays 1. How is THAT possible? Ah small sample size, how I love you. They get to have a fourth contest tonight. There is no way the lowly blue jays do anything but slink out of town with a draw over four games I think. I think that deserves my viewership as well. I might even confiscate the TV for tonight’s contest and multi-view this one.

    For some inane reason I’ve grown fond of the AL East teams. I spent so much time arguing about them in the off season that I actually went to see them when I was in Fort Myers Beach. The Blue Jays and Red Sox in particular were a fun group to watch. Perhaps this evening isn’t going to be as boring as I thought? Good.

  4. dondada10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    The Mets have struck out 30 times in their first two games. I believe that’s a record.

    • nbjays - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Yes, and nymets4ever is as conspicuous by his absence as dirtyharry1971 is… what a wonderful day at HBT.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        It’s funny how they seem to appear and disappear at the same time. Hmm….

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Ubaldo’s first start as an O… there’s ways to look at it: we can either say he gave up 2 bombs being stupid trying to blow a fast ball by 2 great fastball hitters in Ortiz and Napoli (and Jimenez doesn’t even have a plus fastball), OR we can say he pitched a hell of a lot better against the BoSox this time around than he did in either appearance against them in 2013. I mean, once he made it out of the 2nd I felt a bit of relief.

    In all seriousness though, I was pissed about those fast balls. You know what you’re up against. You know what they are capable of, and you essentially serve it up to them on a platter. Napoli owned Ubaldo last night. No argument there. And Webb coming in and imploding didn’t give us much of a fighting chance either…

    Good thing the home opener counts for more than game 2/162!

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      You can’t leave a fastball on the inner middle of the plate on a 0-2 count and expect them to stay in the park. With the exception of those two pitches, he pitched really well last night. Sadly it only takes two pitches to give up 4 runs and that was more than enough. He showed me last night, exactly why Cleveland was so frustrated with him. He was dominant all night, and then he serves up two crush me home run derby pitches for no good reason.

  6. thedoubleentandres - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    If Stex is around I’ve been meaning to ask you about this Jarred Cosart. He really impressed me in a spring training game I watched (against the Nats I think) Seems to be a really solid pitcher.

    • stex52 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Cosart was drafted by Philly and traded with Jon Singleton and some spare parts for Hunter Pence and money. It was generally agreed that it was a better deal for the Astros in the long run. Cosart has been eagerly anticipated as the first piece that the Astros traded for to lead the new team. I expect Singleton later this year.

      Cosart came up late last year to mixed reviews. The ERA was great but his total walks and WHIP were mediocre at best. Good stuff. The important question is can he improve his control and pitch counts? I think most see him as a #3/#2 starter.

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Yeah, just a matter of command for the youngster. Lots of stuff, just a question if he can harness it. Then again it was the Yankees who he was facing last night, so one shouldn’t take too much away from his early season success. Go ‘Stros.

      • thedoubleentandres - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Many Thanks for the feedback there fellas, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for him this season

  7. janessa31888 - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Everytime Corey Kluber is scheduled to pitch, I will pray for rain. I cant believe the stupidity of the Dolans and Chris Antonetti thinking they can have a good rotation without Justin next year. Every time I think about it, I get angry. #antiDolanrage

    • janessa31888 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Sorry I’m so crabby this morning, but the of strong possibility of losing our best pitcher has really gotten to me. Glad we were able to win the second game of the Doubleheader.

  8. keltictim - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    All the success paplebon had in Boston ruined that kid. Talk about inflated sense of self worth.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Yes, being great gave him the impression that he was great.

      He’s an ass (and he was one in Boston, too), but your comment makes no sense.

  9. historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Beautiful Brad went 2 for 2 on replay challenges yesterday. Craig, do you think he has an advantage there from being the handsomest manager in baseball?

    • ashot - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      I do think his handsomeness distracted Aoki just a hair (see what I did there) and allowed the throw to beat him to first.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        That totally explains why he tripped on Miggy’s foot. Stay in the game, man.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      A brief update for you. The operation was a success and the patient lived. I can’t put any weight on my left leg for 6 weeks. I am getting around quite well in my wheelchair. My surgeon is about 30. He is very good and knows it. He did train under the best orthopedic surgeon that I have ever met.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        I hope your time on the DL goes smoothly and you can continue to contribute here on the benches. :)

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        I will do my best.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Ouch – all the best rehabbing. Even though you aren’t weight bearing, make sure you do range of motion as soon as you’re allowed.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        Hey there my Canadian friend. I’m glad to hear your operation went well. Look after yourself. I’m sure a Blue Jays victory tonight will speed your healing process.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Thanks to everyone for the kind words.

      • indaburg - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Best wishes for a quick recovery, pc.

      • Old Gator - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Speedy recovery, and may Kattakju send you gentle beavers.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Thanks.

      • dluxxx - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Glad to hear you’re doing well PC. Hopefully you have a speedy recovery.

      • nbjays - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Hey, on the upside… you get to rehab with baseball on the tube. It would have sucked to have to do this in November… then you’d have to watch hockey.

        Speedy recovery mon ami!

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Merci.

      • jwbiii - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        And it seems you have been cleared to begin baseball commenting activities!

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        from now on if harry bothers you you can whack him with your cane.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Leave it to Gator to come up with the name of the Inuit goddess of medicine.

        Feel well, PC. Good that everything turned out OK.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Thanks.

      • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        I salute your recovery with a Kokanee. May your recovery be quick and complete, my Canadian friend.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Thanks and enjoy your drink.

      • Old Gator - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        @groupofseven: you got me started when you told me the Inuit word for “idiot.” I wasn’t kidding when I said I checked out an Inuit dictionary. It’s your own fault.

  10. renaado - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Braves 1 – Brewers 0… That’s my sleepin pills right there!

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Shoulda watched the game. It was actually pretty exciting. Good defense and tension.

      • renaado - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        It was pretty darn amazin, Awesome pitching duel on both sides and what a blast for Johnson to break up a scorless tie, Thankfully the Braves won it.

  11. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Third game in a row
    Puig hits his cut-off man — BAM
    Up yours, Bill Plaschke

    • ashot - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      He’s still on pace to miss the cutoff man like 50 times this season.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Very nice. Here is a reprint of my Red Sox summary.

      Harbor laser show
      4 hits for the jockey
      Order is restored.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      i counted. five – seven – five baby, impressive!

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Yes for koufax, not so much the green guy. “hits” was supposed to be “singles.” Ah well.

        EDIT FUNCTION!

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        5-7-5 and
        All that jive makes me feel fine.
        Yeah, baby. Get down.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Haikus were invented so that “Up yours, Bill Plascke” could be considered poetic.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Yes. I saw that. Puig was just fine last night. No evidence of cancer anywhere in his play. The team condescended to catch balls he threw to them and he continues to be one of the hottest young talents in all baseball. I see we are having some fun with haiku’s this AM. I am terrible at these things but in honor of my Dodgers I’m going to make an effort-

      Mighty is his bat
      Stronger still his throwing arm
      Puig for MVP

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        the third fourth and fifth
        syllables of the third line
        from an acronym

      • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        the winner

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      I gave you a thumbs up for the “up yours” comment.
      Hopefully, he continues to “play the right way” so this is the rule and not the exception.
      I mean…it is kind of telling that you are actually noticing him hitting the cut off man.
      Meaning…it hasn’t been common place thus far.
      Make no mistake Sandy…I love the kid. He’s exciting to watch and he’s good for baseball.

  12. broncosbrowns - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Fun fact from yesterday: It was the first time the Braves won a 1-0 game in Milwaukee since they were the home team theire.

    • renaado - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      I thank the Heavens for that.

    • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      And I am proposing a change to the English lexicon, as illustrated in your comment. Never again, would I screw up the there/their thing.

  13. proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Bautista had a very good spring and is continuing to hit well. He is being more selective this year as indicated by the 2 walks yesterday. Melky had a torrid spring (mainly singles) and continues to hit. Toronto’s infield defense is much improved this year. The results showed in yesterday’s game. While Reyes is on the DL, he has been replaced in the field by Diaz, who is superb with the glove. .

    • thetoolsofignorance - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      So that’s the lay of the land is it? Bautsita and Cabrera continue to hit like they did in spring training and the pitchers continue to pitch like they did, too. historically Edwin Encarnacion is a slow starter. He seems to like to get his strike outs all over and done with by the middle of April. The he starts hitting them all over the place with about 30, maybe 35 into the seats. If they hold the mighty Tampa Bay Rays to a draw over 4 games then that is going to be one hell of a team when Encarnacion DOES start hitting in support of their efforts. This is the team I expected to see last season. Maybe Reyes can get his injuries over with early in the season, too. It would be nice to see what they are like with him playing for most of the season

  14. sdelmonte - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Losing to the Nats? Not that big a deal. Striking out so much? That is worrisome. No bat discipline is a sure way to go nowhere fast.

    And while two games are a tiny sample, Granderson has been dead so far. And is already getting booed. Welcome to the Queens side of NYC, Curtis.

    • thedoubleentandres - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      I am very worried about Granderson. Seriously

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        It’s two games…and he does strike out an awful lot even when playing well. Give the guy some time.

  15. happytwinsfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    being at this place they insist on calling work, i had to monitor, rather than watch, the twins game on the yahoo game viewer page thing. the play descriptions were thought arousing. jason kubel hit a double to “shallow right”. being that jason kubel these days runs about as well as i do one wonders about the white sox defense. cognitive order was restored by the report that one of the white sox hit a homer to “deep center” as opposed to shallow center.

    warm rays of hope brightened the account. kubel also hit a “ground rule double” which i presume to mean it almost made it to the fence. as another poster once called him it appears that “the corpse of kubel” hath arisen. i consider it to be a glimmer of hope that willingham got a hit or two. if the twins are to have a respectable offense this year he will be a corner stone. more importantly, hicks had another good game. if the twins are to have a respectable team this year and the several next, he will be a cornerstone.

    yesterday i was inclined to say 1 down 103 to go, today, disregarding the particulars (wild pitches – heah it was cold) of this sloppy april defeat i say 2 down 87 to go.

    • dluxxx - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      It was a brutal game, and I was watching it here at “work” as well (although on MLB Gameday). I have been a Gardy apologist for most of the last few years, but we’re only two games in and I really have to wonder at some of his decision making.

      Batting Suzuki 2nd in game one seemed like a terrible idea to me, and of course he’s the “best” hitter on the team thus far and knocked in all of the team’s RBI that game.

      The one I really questioned was pinch running Jason Bartlett for Josh Willingham with the Hammer on 3rd base and Kubel on 2nd and nobody out. So subbing Bartlett’s bat for Willingham’s in the 7th with no outs and a tie game? Not a good decision. Especially when 3 pitches later Plouffe scores both runners on a single. It would have been nice to have the Hammer’s bat in the lineup in the later innings.

      So, bad loss, and questionable decisions on Gardy’s part. I feel like I’m ready to jump on the “Fire Gardy” bandwagon….

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        i hear you about gardy. besides not hitting at all this spring, i imagine bartlett isn’t exactly a burner on the bases. but who the manager is doesn’t seem to have much effect generally on overall wins and losses. there’s a very interesting article over at five thirty eight – sports which finds after comparing the win loss totals of a gazillion managers over eleventy billion years to the win loss totals to be expected based on projected player performance levels, that all but 5 or so fall into the -2 to +2 wins a year category.

        i’d rather see molitor managing than gardy, but mostly only because i’m tired of gardy’s shtick.

        we’ll see how hughes does today

  16. djandujar - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I love that you gave Rube Goldberg a shoutout.

  17. druhlman - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Brad Ausmus was 2/2 on challenges! Take that Umpires!

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Brad Ausmus is already out managing Ned Yost, which isn’t hard. Just goes to show you that experience in managing might be over rated.

  18. wonkypenguin - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Is there a rule requiring Cubs closers to hit at least one batter per save situation? Because Jose Veras looked to be in prime Marmol form.

    • Old Gator - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      No but, as is the case in so much of baseball, there is an unwritten rule that requires it. Cubs relievers who don’t play the game the right way usually come down with an infection of that prion-vectored Indonesian neurological disease, die Vloek van der Geitbok and become ravenous for rijstaffel dog kebabs and raw brains.

  19. Old Gator - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Bad night for Henderson Alvarez and the Feesh. Alvarez couldn’t keep his fastball down and hung his breaking pitches. The Rocky Mountain Oysters teed orf on heem for five straight hits in the first inning, and then in the fourth the middle of the Feesh infield came unglued with back to front Alphonse and Gaston routines by Dietrick and Hechavarria. Blessed with five outs in the inning (six if you figger a double play got blown) the Oysters put up three more, whereupon Alvarez was sent to the showers without recording an out in the inning wherefore to commune with the astral projections of Ed Halicki, Carlos Zambrano, Phil Humber and Dallas Braden about how many guys’ careers followed the coyote off the cliff after pitching no-hitters.

    Another noteworthy perspective: the Feesh were patting themselves on the back on yesterday’s assorted local spawrts tawrk raydeeo shows for how well they harvested RISP on Monday and Tuesday. Last night they had guys in position for at least the tying runs in the seventh and eighth and tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning, and managed one run to make it less close than it looked on a wild pitch in the eighth that brought them within one. Popouts, strikeouts and groundouts did the rest. So on spawrts tork raydieo last night, the guys were congratulating themselves about how they “got back in it” and “fight” and “don’t give up.” Well, good – nothing like an excrescence of almost to salve a loss. Ahh, that old familiar Feesh feeling returneth.

    On the bright side, the Feesh boolpen has performed yeomanly service thus far, and the Iron Giant deposited a fairly quotidian twofer dingaling into the dead zone in right center for his first of the season (see previous thread on this subject).

    On the expected side: the Casey McGehee saga continues as he extended his hitting streak to three games and looks to be the not quite third baseman the Feesh have been searching for since Mike Lowell departed for the Beanbags. Also, “paid” attendance last night at Macondo Banana Massacre field was 15,800 but you know if you watched the game that not nearly that many warm bodies ackcherley showed up. So no, the Chihuahua won’t be ordering more hot dogs or paper trays for chicken dessicants and fries anytime soon.

    • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Go Fish!

  20. stupidusername - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Ryan Howard hit a 415 foot HR off a lefty. I was sure there’d be some snarky comment about that not being possible.

    • spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Blind squirrels manage to eat too. How’s that?

    • Old Gator - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Bah. All I can say is that if the universe were ruled solely by natural law like all those Godless scientists would have you believe, it would not have been possible.

  21. deathmonkey41 - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The Yankees continue to take an awful approach at the plate- swinging early, often, and almost always for the fences. They don’t take bad pitches- they just try to foul them off. Also i doesn’t seem to matter to them if the ball is a foot and a half outside- they almost all try to pull every pitch out of the park. It’s been going on for years, but yet Kevin Long still maintains his genius title somehow. He must have compromising pictures of one of the Steinbrenners.

  22. spudchukar - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    You take it, no you take it said Edgardo to Cito.

  23. macjacmccoy - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Its kind of funny that this loud mouth and his unit is the only reason the Phillies aren’t 4-0. Maybe he should spend less time worrying about the position players, starting pitchers, and how they interact in the locker room and more time worrying about why the part of the team that he is the de-facto leader of is giving up leads that everyone but his group is responsible for.

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