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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EDT

Ryan Braun AP

Brewers 10, Phillies 4: Wouldn’t you know it? Ryan Braun picks yesterday to go back on steroids! Or at least that’s what I assume Phillies fans are thinking this morning. Three homers and seven RBI for a guy a lot of people think didn’t know how to play baseball before taking PEDs but, you know, clearly did. In other news, Braun was booed lustily while Marlon Byrd was treated just fine by the hometown crowd. But sure, let’s pretend that people booing Braun is all about morality and not blind team loyalty.

Dodgers 3, Tigers 2: Carl Crawford with the RBI double to win it in the 10th. I think Brad Ausmus is learning that maybe the Joba Chamberlain-Phil Coke bullpen combo is not his best go-to option in extra innings when the game is on the line. Also, a rough game for Torii Hunter. He leaves the game with a knee contusion AND he has Vin Scully talk about his dad being a crack addict during one of his at bats.

Giants 7, Diamondbacks 3: Tim Hudson allowed two earned runs over eight in his Giants home debut and Brandon Belt looked amazingly like Barry Bonds with his first inning homer.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 7: The Sox outhit the Rangers 14-13, but they also grounded into five double plays. Which kind of kills your momentum.

Orioles 14, Yankees 5: Twenty hits, including homers from Delmon Young, Adam Jones and Matt Weiters. The stadium was half empty. Half of the starters were gone towards the end of the game. There’s nothing sadder in Yankee Stadium than apathy.

Nationals 5, Marlins 0: Gio Gonzalez and four relievers toss the shutout. Anthony Rendon had an RBI single and an RBI double.

Blue Jays 5, Astros 2: Melky Cabrera has homered in four straight games. That’s another player that, you know, actually knows how to play baseball despite the “he’s a PED creation” narrative.

Mets 4, Braves 0: The Braves celebrated the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run by getting their butts shut the hell out by Bartolo Colon, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde. I hope Hank shot some seriously disapproving looks down from his luxury box as the evening wore on. It would have been better had he taken a bat and showed these jackwagons how to hit. In other news, this is my new spirit animal.

Indians 8, Padres 6:  David Murphy hit a three-run homer and had four RBI. When were one of you guys going to tell me David Murphy played for the Indians? Jeez, dudes, I thought we were friends here.

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White Sox 15, Rockies 3: Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia each hit two homers and the White Sox hit six in all. Nineteen total hits. Just another day in Denver.

Cardinals 7, Reds 5: Lance Lynn spotted the Reds four early runs but the Cards got ‘em right back. Matt Holliday hit the go-ahead RBI double. Yadier Molina homered and Peter Bourjos had three hits and an RBI of his own. The Reds are certainly digging quite a hole for themselves early.

Mariners 5, Angels 3: Corey Hart hit two homer in his home debut for the Mariners. With that, every single team has now played a home game. So this is the last of the lining up on the foul lines for introductions until the All-Star Game, I reckon.

Pirates 7, Cubs 6: Quite a lot of two-homer days for players yesterday, with Starlin Castro doing it too. But the Pirates ended up on the winning side of this see-saw battle. They blew leads of of 4-0 and 6-4 before prevailing on a Russell Martin sac fly in the eighth. Which is the equivalent of being the low kid on the see-saw and then getting off to let the other kid slam their butt on the ground.

Rays 1, Royals 0: Chris Archer and Yordano Ventura provided a nice young pitchers duel, shutting out the opposition for seven and six innings, respectively. James Loney‘s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth provided the game’s only score. In other news, someone please tell me how a 1-0 game can go three hours and thirteen minutes.

  1. eagles512 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    That’s quite the reach comparing Byrd to Braun when Braun proved to be the biggest liar around.

  2. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Ventura’s filthy.

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tQC3P9mr3G8/U0SWpTpsPWI/AAAAAAAAB_8/izc8OmZ_xT0/s500/yordano.gif

  3. earpaniac - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Fooled me. I thought for sure when I saw the title “Bartolo Colon being Bartolo Colon” it would show him eating an entire cow or something.

  4. dlevalley - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Re: Bonds and Belt:

    1. That Belt gif is not from last night’s homer. It’s clearly against the A’s, not the Diamondbacks;

    But, more importantly,

    2. Belt’s and Bonds’s swings are WORLDS apart. Yeah, they’re both left-handed. Yes, they both took a few glory steps out of the box in those gifs, and the way they dropped the bat was similar. But other than that, they get about their respective swings in entirely different ways. The most fundamental of which is that Bonds’ bat speed is flash-fry to Belt’s slow-cooker. Totally different character.

    Craig, you’re great, but just because a bunch of people tweet out a fun gif doesn’t mean their baseball analysis is worth repeating.

  5. madhatternalice - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care about the incessant FanDuel offers?

  6. illuminancer - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    The Belt gif is not only not from last night; it’s at least a couple of years old. It gets posted to McCovey Chronicles regularly because we love it so.

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