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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Apr 4, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

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Athletics 3, Mariners 2: Coco Crisp with a leadoff, walkoff homer in the 12th. He did it by doing the one thing they tell you not to do as a hitter:

“I was just going up there to swing as hard as I could. Probably nine times out of 10, I ended up with a strikeout with that approach. Tonight was that one time that it ended up working out. I’m not going to have that as my everyday approach but I’m just grateful that it worked out tonight.”

You know, driving home, he thought “well, maybe I can try that a little bit more and it won’t hurt any. I can keep it under control.” It’s what all hardcore home run junkies say to themselves when they start dancing with Mr. Longball. Let’s just home Crisp has a good support structure to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: Boston racked up 14 hits. Xander Bogaerts has reached base in eight of his 12 plate appearance via five hits and three walks. This kid is gonna be amazing and you can all say you saw it when it started. Assuming you were paying attention late last season.

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 5: Five runs in the eighth capped by an Angel Pagan three-run homer. Also: the Diamondbacks, obviously in an effort to delay the inevitable, released the hounds and the bees, and the hounds with bees in their mouths so every time they barked they shot bees at you.

Twins 10, White Sox 9: The Twins trailed 9-8 entering the ninth but came from behind via a Trevor Plouffe RBI single and an Oswaldo Arcia triple. Also: Chris Colabello drove in six. This guy spent forever putting dents in outfield walls in independent ball and then raked like nobody’s business once he finally got to the affiliated minors. Glad to see him getting it done in the majors.

Nationals 8, Mets 2: The sweep. Four hits for Ryan Zimmerman. Three RBI for Adam LaRoche, including one on a bases loaded walk. Also: thats 39 strikeouts for the Mets in three games, by the way. Maybe take a pitch, dudes?

Marlins 8, Rockies 5: That’s three of four for the Marlins from the Rockies. Casey McGeehee played the hero here, driving in three in the seventh and eighth. I think the Marlins are better than they were last year, but let’s be clear about something: they’re playing the Rockies here.

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Cubs 3, Pirates 2: Jason Hammell pitched two-hit ball into the seventh. Emilio Bonifacio went 2 for 4 and scored twice. He’s now 11 for 16, but before you get too excited about that, know that he’s done this kind of thing before only to finish seasons with pretty pedestrian numbers.

Cardinals 7, Reds 6:  Three hour, forty-two minute rain delay. Three hour, forty-one minute game. Todd Frazier hit two homers, but that wasn’t enough. In other news, there was some fun fan interaction between Matt Adams and a Reds fan:

Rays 7, Blue Jays 2: Nice night for the Rays’ doorbuster bargains: Chris Archer signed a $25.5 million deal on Wednesday and allowed two runs, four hits, two walks and had seven strikeouts in six innings last night. Evan Longoria is one of baseball’s least expensive superstars and he hit a three-run homer.

Yankees 4, Astros 2: Oh well. There go the Astros’ dreams of a 162-0 season. Yangervis Solarte had three hits and an RBI, which is rather annoying because now we all have to look up Yangervis Solarte to see just who the heck he is. Dexter Fowler had his third straight multi-hit game for the Astros.

Royals vs. Tigers: POSTPONED: April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.

  1. aresachaela - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Matt Adams. Get a hold of yourself ! That is definitely not the “Cardinal Way” everyone is talking about !

    • renaado - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:39 AM

      And you know this how exactly might I say? Ares..I just taught you about Baseball last month, there’s absolutely no possible way you could have known about this “Way” thing that quickly…

      • aresachaela - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        Oh Ren. I don’t see anything wrong in learning new things correct? And also I’m pretty sure I got the “Way” thing right anyways.

    • yarguy - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      I understand that the rule is that fans don’t have to give players the opportunity to catch a ball that will land in the stands, but isn’t that a stupid rule? Why shouldn’t players have every opportunity to make a play?

      • aresachaela - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        If you ask me I’m pretty sure the fans are just going for the baseball, from what I’ve seen in TV whether it’s in there own park or not they won’t give up when a ball lands in the stands. Well i dunno about my statement though, I think it’s better if you’d ask Mr.Ren here he might know a thing or two :-).

      • jm91rs - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Because what’s the worst you’re going to do to the fan that interferes with a foul ball? Ask him to go home? I’d go home for my team to have an extra out in the game. It’s going to happen.

      • American of African Descent - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        So you’ve paid $75–$100 for each seat that allows you to compete with a player for a foul ball.

        And you’d be willing to give up those entertainment dollars so that the team you root for can have an extra out? (It’s not really your team unless you’re an owner. And if you’re an owner, you really should be in a suite.) I don’t normally criticize the consumption choices of others, but I certainly wouldn’t go home to “help the team.”

      • clydeserra - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        because its fun? And baseball is entertainment?

  2. renaado - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Dang.. I’m so psyched for the Braves to play tomorrow !

    • NatsLady - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Bring it on!

      • aresachaela - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        I’m with your Nationals Natslady! Go trash my Ren’s Braves tomorrow!

      • renaado - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:48 AM

        Seriously Ares… Stop bashing the Braves already and go stick with your Yankees I’m pretty sure Masahiro Tanaka we’ll be pitchin tomorrow so you just make a statement about that.

        Also, Challenge accepted Natslady! And may the best team win the series !

  3. baberuthslegs - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Can anyone here read lips? I want to know what the dude’s g/f is saying as Frazier flips the bird.

    • aresachaela - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Probably “F@cki#g S#IT”.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Let’s see how I can make this HBT friendly… she’s saying another variation of the word cat.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        She seems classy.

  4. buffalo65 - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Bring on the Yanks. Over under on McGowans shoulder blowing up? Hope he’s the next Chris Carpenter but not hopeful.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      We know one thing for sure. The game will not be rained out.

  5. zidanevalor - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    The standings already show why you can’t analyze baseball in or put too much stock of one or two games. We are about four or five days into the season, and every team but two (the Tigers and Nationals) have already lost a game, and the Tigers have only played twice. This is why articles like Shaughnessy proclaiming game two of the regular season was a “must win” are stupid.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      And the Nats first 3 games were against the mighty Mets. So there’s that to take into consideration when starting 3-0.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Well its a good thing Daniel Murphy finally decided to play this season.

    #differencemaker

  7. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    No Oriole magic last night. Actually I take that back, there must have been some magic in Chen’s hat last night. How he gave up 12 hits and ONLY 4 runs is shocking. Bullpen on the other hand held the BoSox to 2 hits over 3 1/3. And personally? I think Britton is making one hell of a case to work his way into this rotation. Pending on how Chen and Gonzo start this season, it would not surprise me if we see Britton and Gausman in this rotation by June-ish.

    Then again, weather pending for today’s game in Detroit, we may see a spot start by Gausman tomorrow! I hate double headers but I’d like to see how Gausman looks after a solid spring.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      I was rooting for y’all before but not this series! I’m hoping for a great start from Sanchez…and for Miggy to finally go boom.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        I won’t mind (or be shocked) if your Miggy goes BOOM, as long as our Miggy (Gonzalez) does NOT go boom and implode on the mound. Our starters gave up 9 of the 11 runs surrendered in the first series and the O’s have yet to score more than 3 in a game. Not a great equation at all.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        See I spoke it into existence. My Miggy has imploded. Looks like pure garbage out there. So far 3 IP, 7H, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 3ER at 60 something pitches, and 2 on with none out to start the 4th pre-delay.

        And I’m also not happy about the bats we fielded today. Wieters and Hardy out, Clevenger and Lombardozzi in. Although Flaherty and his 0-13 to start the year are the bigger issue. I mean at least give me some Delmon Young out there. We get past Cruz and then offer up 4 easy outs (Clevenger, Flaherty, Lombardozzi, Lough). It’s like waving a white flag before the first pitch.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Pray for more rain.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Go get those Tiggers – one out of three against the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox isn’t bad. Now the O’s starters get to pitch against guys like Alex Gonzalez and Don Kelly, with no more Prince Fielder to worry about. Should be a little easier.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        Detroit hitting .215 in their first 2 games so my optimism is starting to elevate just a hair!

  8. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    How dare Coco Crisp hit a rally killing home run.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Several innings earlier, the HP ump helped kill a rookie pitcher’s chance at history. Bottom 5th, Roenis Elias had not allowed a hit and was rolling. 2 out, Punto takes a 2-2 pitch right down Broadway, and everyone starts leaving the field, a no-no through 5. How far can the kid take this one? We’ll never know. The HP ump was the only person in the world who thought it was ball 3. Forced to return and make another pitch, the rattled rookie promptly allows a single. Sigh. Bobo Holloman still stands alone.

      • spudchukar - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Some pitches are close, and one can excuse the ump. This wasn’t one of those. It dissected the strike zone both horizontally and vertically. Because it was a curve Barksdale will undoubtedly proclaim it was high. It wasn’t.

      • clydeserra - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        that was a bad call. One of several on the night.

        Still, He was coming out before he got to 9 innings.

  9. historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory — falling on my head like a new emotion.

    • renaado - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      I’m pretty sure Baseball isn’t likin that :-(.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    ““I was just going up there to swing as hard as I could. Probably nine times out of 10, I ended up with a strikeout with that approach. Tonight was that one time that it ended up working out. I’m not going to have that as my everyday approach but I’m just grateful that it worked out tonight.”

    So, Coco Crisp took the Kevin Long approach to hitting?

  11. sdelmonte - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    I thought the Mets were pretty good with plate discipline last season. Am I misremembering, or is something immediately screwed up that shouldn’t be? Either way, fans are already abandoning the season, with one buffoon of a reporter declaring them unwatchable already.

    Putting aside the fact that I don’t think any major league team is ever unwatchable, it amazes how quickly some fans and some reporters get fed up. It’s three games. Not a great start, but not something to get all angry about. This is is why I so rarely go to any Mets blogs.

    • thedoubleentandres - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      I think I seen a stat buddy that said last years mets are one of very few teams in the last 100 years to have more strike outs than hits.

  12. indaburg - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Couple of other notes regarding Longoria’s homer last night. It was his 163rd career homer. That ties the all-time Rays home run record which exemplifies what a nascent franchise this is. It’s also the first homer of the season for any Ray. By this time last year, I think Crush Davis alone had 10 homers.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      I’m pretty sure all of those HR’s were against the Rays, too.

  13. unclemosesgreen - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

  14. sportsdrenched - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Didn’t get to watch much ball yesterday. But at least there’s ATH.

  15. spudchukar - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    After back-to-back 1-0 contests, the Cards rebounded and outlasted the Reds 7-6, to take the initial series of 2014. The Reds struck early as Lance Lynn’s slider deserted him early as Bruce launched a two-run dinger, and then Frazier bombed a grooved fastball far into the upper deck. But Lynn regrouped and held the Reds scoreless thereafter.

    Matt Adams proved the all his off-season and ST work was well the effort, as he continued to torch the Reds’ shift, setting the stage for Peralta’s 2-iron bringing the Cards within one. St. Louis kept up the pressure on Bailey, and reasserted their dominance over the Reds hurler, working counts, driving up pitch counts, and taking what he gave them. Again Adams roped a double to left, beating the shift, and then Jay delivered the tying run also taking a Bailey pitch to the opposite field.

    The Cards took the lead for good in the 5th as Wong coaxed a walk and scored from first on a Holliday double. After a Craig walk, and the Bailey exit, Molina torched a 2-1 fastball with the runners going but his drive found Votto’s mitt, ending the threat with the double play.

    St. Louis wasted a lead-off double by Adams in the sixth, but kept up the pressure in the seventh. Carpenter and Wong worked walks, and then Holliday drove one deep into right center, Hamilton closed fast but couldn’t quite reach the smash and the ball struck to tip top of the wall and ricocheted back on the field where Bruce dove to catch the ball before it hit the ground. Confusion pursued, as Hamilton claimed the ball had hit his glove, but the extensive and long-lasting replay showed otherwise. The indecisive call by the umps limited St. Louis to a long single and no run scored on the play, but singles by Craig and Molina, plus a wild pitch plated another and the Red Birds took a four-run lead.

    Frazier, who earlier clobbered a mammoth homer, hit an “only in GAB” one in the bottom of the frame to bring the Reds within one off Neshek, but then St. Louis chose door closers Siegrist and Rosenthal and Reds never threatened to tie the affair.

    A series win against rival Reds, but the paltry Red fan base, again failed to answer the bell, and empty seats were again the norm in what was once a proud organization. Gonna be hard to pay all those contract seekers in Cincy when so few Ohioans show up. Of course the Reds will blame the weather for the lack of support, but it rains in St. Louis too, and one still cannot find a seat.

  16. handsomedansome - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Kudos on the Wasteland reference, Craig.
    Go Royals

  17. dluxxx - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Nice to see the Twins pull out a victory after getting the lead, coughing it up, getting it again, coughing it up again and finally getting it back.

    It got a little hairy there for a minute with a one out double and throwing error putting the tying run on third with only one out, but Perk shook off Wednesday’s shaky outing and closed the door as we have come to expect. Nice to see a mark in the W column, and hopefully we go out and ruin Cleveland’s opening day….

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      yeah, go get cleveland boys. you never want to squander a chance to get to 500.

  18. happytwinsfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    i’m so proud of myself. after seeing from this place they insist on calling work that the game would be rebroadcast in the evening, in a titanic triumph of will i forced myself not to learn the outcome of the game until the rebroadcast. after 8 innings of oh my god the pitching is as bad as last year and did we really sign this guy for 3 years, i was rewarded with a soul renewing 9th inning rally. however it seems that god is parsimonious in his blessings, as he dumped a good half foot of snow on us right after the game.

    today i may rest my will as the twins tv station prefers to soil the airways with a basketball game. but i still must make myself ignore that whisper in my ear saying, “if thou doth not win today, thou shalt not see 500 this year”.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Seriously? It was 80* here yesterday. I turned on the air for a bit last night to cool the place off (I was hot the night before and had a hard time sleeping.). It was muggy with the rain.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        that’s exactly what i said to myself this morning when i stepped outside, “seriously?”.

        oh, and thank you for sharing.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        If it makes you feel better, I didn’t enjoy it. It’s too soon to be that warm.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        that’s okay. it’s already well on its way to a slushy demise.

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