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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 13, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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It’s way early, but the Brewers sure look good.

Star center fielder Carlos Gomez hit his fourth home run of the season, staff ace Yovani Gallardo put together his third straight quality start, and closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his fourth save in as many chances as the Brew Crew topped the Pirates 3-2 on Saturday night at a sold-out Miller Park.

It was the eighth consecutive win for the Brewers, who now boast a three-game lead over the Bucs and Cardinals in the National League Central standings.

Milwaukee currently owns the best record and run differential (+25) in the major leagues. Kyle Lohse will try to keep it rolling Sunday.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Red Sox 4, Yankees 7

Rays 1, Reds 0

Cubs 4, Cardinals 10

Indians 12, White Sox 6

Rockies 1, Giants 0

Royals 1, Twins 7

Marlins 4, Phillies 5 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 1, Orioles 2 (12 innings)

Pirates 2, Brewers 3

Astros 6, Rangers 5 (10 innings)

Nationals 3, Braves 6

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 5

Tigers 6, Padres 2

Mets 7, Angels 6 (13 innings)

Athletics 3, Mariners 1

  1. johnnysoda - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    And That Happened- Saturday Edition

    Rays 1, Reds 0- A home run by James Loney in the second was the only offense here, continuing what has so far been a low-scoring series. The Reds have only scored once thus far against Tampa, and sit 5 ½ games out less than two weeks in.

    Yankees 7, Red Sox 4- Five home runs from the Bombers- including two from Brian McCann- was the source of all the scoring as New York guaranteed a split. Every starting Yankee got a hit except Brian Roberts, who is hitting a dismal .129 with no homers to begin the season. It’s a long way from Cano.

    Indians 12, White Sox 6- It was a close one until the seventh, when the Indians tacked on two, and four more in the ninth put the game to bed. David Murphy had a triple and a home run while driving in four, while Swisher and Kipnis also homered.

    Twins 7, Royals 1- The Twins scored seven runs in the first two innings to end this one before it really got started. Kansas City has been outscored 17-2 in the first two games of the series and sits in the AL Central basement- albeit only two games out.

    Cardinals 10, Cubs 4- Another one that was ended early, with big innings by St. Louis in the second and fourth. Allen Craig picked up a hit, raising his batting average to a whopping .105. Of course, if this was in July or so, we probably wouldn’t notice this, but the early season is a slump microscope.

    Rockies 1, Giants 0- Brett Anderson exited with a bruised finger after three sharp innings for Colorado, so it took a village (five relievers) to blank the Giants. Troy Tulowitzki’s sac fly in the third inning was the only scoring.

    Brewers 3, Pirates 2- Eight consecutive wins for the Brewers now. This represents their best start since 1987, when they won their first thirteen. Now, even though we all know how that season turned out (missing the playoffs), this should at least inspire some excitement among a Milwaukee fan base that probably didn’t expect a contender.

    Phillies 5, Marlins 4- Six straight losses for Miami after their promising 5-1 start, proving once and for all that it’s probably not a good idea to judge a team based off the first week. Jimmy Rollins had the walk-off homer. That’s his second longball of the year, after having only six all last year.

    Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1- The O’s were but one strike away from sealing it in the top of the ninth when Colby Rasmus hit one out to send it to extras. Baltimore wound up winning it in the twelfth anyway, rendering Rasmus’ homer a mere time consumer.

    Braves 6, Nationals 3- Five Braves pitchers combined for fourteen strikeouts as the Braves clinch a series win. The Nationals lost more than the game, however- they also lost Ryan Zimmerman for up to six weeks. A sweep would just be more kerosene on the fire.

    Astros 6, Rangers 5- Houston held a 5-1 lead at one point, and watched it slowly fade away as the game went into extras. Jose Altuve bailed them out with a sacrifice fly in the tenth. The man who got the save, Kevin Bass, had a 6.75 ERA going into this game. The guy who blew it in the ninth, Kevin Chapman, had a 13.50 ERA. If these are the Astros’ best late inning options, it’s not looking good.

    Tigers 6, Padres 2- After 26 long, frustrating at-bats, Justin Verlander finally gets his first career hit: a ground ball single in the second. He got another one in the fourth and scored. Wasn’t bad on the mound either (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) as the Tigers avenge being one-hit the previous night.

    Mets 7, Angels 6- Raul Ibanez earns his 2,000th career hit in style- with a three run, two out, bottom of the ninth homer of Jose Valverde. Anthony Recker gave the Mets the lead back with his bomb in the 13th, sparing the Mets another painful game in Anaheim.

    Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 5- Arizona attempted a feeble rally in the ninth, but it didn’t matter as their record worsens to a dismal 4-10. That’s their second worst start behind 2003, when they began 3-11. However, they managed to finish 84-78 that year, so I guess anything is possible.

    Athletics 3, Mariners 1- Sonny Gray continues his strong start (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), while a Josh Donaldson homer in the first proved the difference.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      unless the last two games are the start of a new trend, no game with the twins in the early lead is over before it’s started.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      @johnnysoda: well done!

    • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      I can’t believe how fast you have done this man, knowing this page came out at 8:56 then you finished this at 8:59 then the time gap between this page and the statement you’ve written here are only 3 minutes. Certainly intriguing.

      • johnnysoda - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        I typed them up the day before, as the games were going final. I do not possess some magical super-typing ability.

      • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Oh.. I see, thanks. Just pretty updated is certainly the precise word here.

      • aresachaela - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Time zones could also probably be a factor here Ren.

      • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        I’m taking that as an another alternative.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      About time. I do believe you shirked your duties last weekend.

      I can’t decide which is my favorite: it took a village to blank the Giants or Rasmus’ homer was a mere time consumer. he he

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Rasmus’ homer was a mere time consumer

        Gets my vote.

  2. renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Awesome win today again Braves! I’m really sensin the Brew Crew are really goin to be a big deal in this season from now on, yeah I know it’s still early in the regular season but their build up in the clubhouse is seriously goin strong right now.

    • brewcrewchamps - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      I hope you’re right but did you see the line up the crew is rolling out today? Jeesh…lyle friggin overbay is in the five hole. The team is really thin, so if there is an injury or two the lineup is toast.

      • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Well the atmosphere in their clubhouse is certainly positive though.

      • brewcrewchamps - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Definitely, and the pitching has been spectacular so far. Maybe I’m just a Lyle hater, but I cringed when I saw his name on the line up card today.

        They are playing really good baseball right now. Every aspect is looking good, bullpen usage might become an issue at some point, but I’ll just enjoy what it is at this moment in time. Which is watching good baseball, and that’s a lot more fun than watching bad baseball.

        But in the end, whichever way it goes, it’s still watching baseball.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Thud! or Splatt! – ? Your choice. It’s the sound of the Feesh hitting the basement, their habitat of choice for the past three years. They saved their imitation of the first week of last season for the second week of this season. When the spinning in their heads and the ringing in their ears abates they will be looking up at the strange attractor again as it begins receding in the distance. Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua rolled it out of the assembly room just in time.

    Not even a week ago the Rainbow Warriors headed north full of high illusions. This reminds me of the story of the tortoise and the snail. See, there was this snail making his way through the woods, oozing slowly over leaves and twigs on his long slimy foot. Schlurrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrppppp. Coming towards him from about three feet away was a tortoise. Whufff, plodddd, whuffff, plodddd, whufff, plodddd. And this snail keeps ambling along, scchlurrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrppppp. And the tortoise keeps getting closer, whufff, plodddd, whuffff, plodddd, whufff, plodddd. And this snail passes over a rock and suctions his way over a dead branch and back down onto the leafmeal again, scchlurrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrppppp. And the tortoise bulls through some ferns and twigs, whufff, plodddd, whuffff, plodddd, whufff, plodddd. And this snail is just navigating around a fallen branch scchlurrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrrpppppp, schlurrrrrrrppppp when the tortoise collides with him and lumbers over his coiled shell whufff, plodddd, whuffff, plodddd, whufff, plodddd, krrrrrrunnnncch!

    A few hours later the snail wakes up in the hospital. He’s in traction, his shell in a plaster cast, his bloodshot eyestalks bent awry at grotesque angles. The doctor sitting by his bedside says “you’ve been unconscious for a week – some boy scouts found you on the trail like this and rushed you in here. What happened to you? This snail replies, “I dunno – it all happened so fast!

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      please stop, the sound effects are drowning out my voices.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Put on the long version of “In-gadda-da-vida” and turn your headphones up to eleven.

    • groupofsevenrules - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Hey Gator -

      In answer to your lingering question of yesterday, no, I get my weekends off, bless the benevolence of Athabascan Erl. Unless I get offered some French tutorials, in which case my wife and I flip a coin to see which one of us takes it this time. I have one more week of the aptly named “gravyard shift” which was a favour to a friend who covered a late shift for me a few months ago so I could take an evening substitute teaching job and pile the money back on top of my day shift largesse.

      Today though the weather report is decent – mid forties farenheit, spring such as we know it settling in at last (but the nights are still ridiculously cold, even for a “boreal,” I think you once called us). So I am going fishing. I had a decent winter of ice fishing for trout – the erl companies stock the lakes around here, why I don’t know. I think they do it to tranquilize us. The problem is that lake run trout aren’t native here and they keep dying off en mass when the lakes freeze over and stay that way for long periods, trapping too much CO2 and maybe methane in the water. So, they come back and re-stock them again, and again, and again.

      I prefer the river and the creeks anyway – pike, walleye, perch. The perch up here are smallish but very sweet. The pike aren’t huge either but you can get lucky with a nice fat walleye. We also have very small creek trout that you can fry whole and eat like sardines (if you want to risk getting arrested). We figure on two or three more years at the most of piling up the savings before we can sell the cabin and move back to civilization – we’re thinking of Victoria. The east is a mystery to us now.

      You fish, right? Fresh or blue water? You being a marine biologist and all that (smirk).

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        I’m between shopping and cooking again but, both really. Down here in Macondo, mostly blue water (by which I guess you mean salt water – “blue water” usually means wa-a-a-y-y-y-y orfshore and as a rule I don’t go after tuna or billfish. I mostly go for obscure sea life (guffaw) like grouper, snapper, yellowtail, mahi-mahi (which is what we used to call dolphin but the PETA people freak because they think we’re talking about the cetacean dolphin), amberjack, barracuda (this latter of which most folks don’t realize can be smoked to perfection and whose meat thus blessed will grace a bagel and cream cheese with just as much sublimity as alder-smoked white king salmon). I once hooked a small hammerhead that snatched whatever else it was I was reeling in. We just cut the line and wished it the best.

        Freshwater in Macondo is a piscine invasive species festival. There’s nothing out there in the canals anymore except tilapia, peacock bass and northern snakehead, and the occasional 1972 Chevy with the cold case where’d’e’go gone to brindled bone in the front seat. If you do land a couple of snakeheads, which is getting easier and easier all the time, they’re the best fight in fresh, and they happen to be absolutely delicious. They also make fantastic sushi. Really. All that notwithstanding, you better have a good pair of pliers and some thick gloves too because the farking softshell turtles will hit your hook faster than any feesh, and they be beeg mon – the size of a trashcan cover, with long necks and wicked jaws like chicken scissors.

  4. happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    the prophet gator: ‘just when he’s been so awful for so long that you dread his occurance in the rotation reecky comes up with a …’ in this case one earned run over eight innings.

    don’t look now but the twins have scored the second highest number of runs in the american league, and they have a run differential of plus, yes plus 2. if they win today, a distinct possibility given that the pitching confident royals came into to the series with 11 pitcher and their bullpen has been tortured these last two games, while the twins who got 14 and third innings from their starters the last two games, carry a heretofore much needed 13 arms, they will hath seen 500 twice this year.

    woohoo, time to throw away the haldol.

    • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Minnesota Twins; offensive juggernaut? Well yes and no. They currently rank #3 in runs scored in 2014. And hats off to the starts by Kubel and Plouffe who are soaring. Add better than expected beginnings from Suzuki and Colabello, and now Mauer is being Mauer, and these 5 lead the onslaught. However, they are the only 5, qualifiers, to excel.

      Every day when checking the scores I noticed their were no dearth of runs scored in AL Central match-ups. So research shows this: Runs scored 1st, Chicago (WS), 3rd, Minnesota, 5th Cleveland. Who is 2nd and 4th, Arizona, who has played 2 more games than anyone else, and 4th Colorado the nose bleed state. Thus one could claim the AL’s best 3 offenses lies in the Central Division. But whoa.

      Here are the standings in runs allowed by those pitching staffs, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. After today, Chicago will have faced Minnesota 3 times, Colorado 3 (in Denver), and Cleveland 4. Cleveland has played 3 vs. Minnesota, and 4 against Chicago. The Twins have faced Chicago and Cleveland thrice each.

      So is it great offense or lousy pitching. Probably a bit of both. Some of the offensive outputs has to be contributed to the teams facing less than stellar hurlers, but certainly not all, especially the Twins who have had to face the tougher Oakland and Kansas City staffs.

      Still, it gives reason for optimism for these 3 play-off deprived cities, but remember, soon runs will be tougher to come by.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        this is all true, but do note that there are quality starters in the central like sales, masterson, shields and the entire tiger rotation. also note that the lowest scoring team, the royals, in the league are also in the central.

        as for the twins offense, hope must be tempered with the observation that many of their runs were gotten in non competitive games that got away from the other team’s staff. it would be more encouraging if they were consistently scoring 5 or 6 runs a game instead of 10 at a time in stat padding blow outs. we’ll see well they do against the kitty rotation.

        now, back to the voices.

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Not sure how the Royals inept 2014 fits into this conversation, but the Twins’ fans should be hopeful, because Mauer et al, haven’t taken off yet.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Delighted that you were granted a dose of the good Reecky, hap. Yeah, when he’s on you can’t touch him up very much. Frankly, I’m surprised he went midcontinent – he’s a California boy and I thought once he escaped the tendrils of Scrooge and the Chihuahua and reached the sunset side he would stay there. Ah well – money.

  5. aresachaela - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    YEANKESS WIN!! McCann’s two dingers are the key to this victory!

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      And the Red Sox lost. I would have been happy regardless of which team won.

      • aresachaela - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        (Ehrrrmmmm!!!… “Cough”) Blue Jays :-P.

  6. proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    The standings in the AL are very close so far this season. Nobody is off to a terrific start and nobody is off to a horrible start. My Jays are pitching and fielding much better than they did last April, but so far, their hitting has disappointed.

    • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      The hitting is lagging behind the pitching by quite a margin. Buck & Tabler pointed out that in fact both the O’s and The Beav seem to be in this boat. I’m not complaining. The pitching, a major weak spot from last season, seems to be in form. That and IF defence. Two of the things we really needed. Its a matter now for E5, Rasmus (Jobu bless him for that homer) & Lawrie to awaken their bats from the torpor of the off season. Bautista and Navarro can’t do it all and no one really expects Izturis to be Jose Reyes Jr. for much longer. Goins actually hit a ball with positive results, though. That was nice. He still needs to be in AAA. Although with Reyes back soon, and Diaz being sent back, he’ll more than likely move to 2nd.

      Lets hope Colby’s bat has awakened.

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        I’ll second your take Cur. The offense hasn’t awakened, but the bigger concern coming into 2014 had to be the pitching and defense and both have been greatly improved. So there should be real reason for optimism north of the border. I agree that Encarnacion should break out soon, he has hit into some tough luck too. The bigger questions are Lawrie and Rasmus. I guess Lawrie will snap out of it, and Rasmus, who knows. But neither can be as bad as their starts, and to be honest only Cabrera is excelling.

        The figure that jumped out at me. The 16 walks for Bautista. That won’t continue if the others raise their collective games.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Its a matter now for E5

        Any chance is he hurt? I can’t remember which game it was against the Yanks, but he hit, what I thought was a bomb to LF, only to see it drop in for a double (or was it a catch?). Seemed like last year that would have been 20+ rows deep.

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        I know the shot to which you refer, COPO. I put it down to the wind knocking the ball down. I don’t think he’s hurt. I think he’s getting hosed on low strike calls off the inner part of the plate, and pitchers are feeding him low breaking balls in; that’s a weak spot for him. Also, he’s trying to hit away from the shift on two strikes and letting balls get deeper. Once he gets that timed up, he’ll be en fuego. I hope.

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        How could I forget Melky! All that smack talk about Melky being washed up and PEDs creation this off season seems to be little more than hot air. He’s a beast. A 12 game hitting streak and fielding like he’s Grady Sizemore 2.0 out there. Hat tip to Melky.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        You got your wish. Colby homered in the first inning. EE has 2 hits and also scored on a squeeze bunt by Diaz. Goins was originally penciled in at SS, but for some reason unknown so far, was replaced by Diaz.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Oops my mistake. Diaz replaced Izturis in the lineup. I do not know why. I was having a nap when it happened.

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Buck & Tabler report that Izturis sprained his knee. Too bad. He was en fuego.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Shi Davidi reports Izturis to DL, Kratz to minors. Kawasaki called up Happ called up to pitch in the pen. There will be more changes when Reyes and Janssen come off the DL.

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Saki-San! Woot!

      • Shayna - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        With Passover barrelling down at me like a Mack truck, I haven’t had much time to watch the games but, judging by the box scores and the bits I’ve seen, the pitching has been manna from heaven compared to last year. That and the improved infield defence really seem to be giving us at least a decent shot in every game.

        By the way, best seasonal wishes to anyone engaged in something Paschal in the next few days. Tough to go without televised baseball now but at least there’s the newspapers the next day. And it’s a small price to pay for the joy of the holiday itself.

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        L’chaim, Shayna. The pitching has been better than I expected. And the infield defence? OUTSTANDING. They are right now saving Mark Buehrle’s butt. 3-1 for Our Boys vs the Fearsome O’s with Ubaldo. Woot.

      • Shayna - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        8-1 Blue Jays over O’s in the 7th. Hits up and down the line, including a homer from Lawrie. I think I heard the hitters’ alarm clock ringing. Go Jays!

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Its officially A Laugher in Baltimore. Jose Bautista with a 3 run homer. 11-1. So far they don’t even need the offence, but man its nice anyways.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      the jays have allowed 5 fewer runs than the yankees. i expect your favorite nemesis is feeling rather blue. would a victory jig fit into your therapy.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        A few days ago, he said that he was going on a 2 week vacation in Hawaii. Who goes to Hawaii in April?
        Unfortunately, I am unable to do a jig due to the ankle operation.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        totally off topic, but michelle bachman is on the tube right now. her eye lashs look downright lethal – the wrinkle free stretched face devil look. i wish she could be married to rob ford.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        PC:

        “Dear friend he is not to be dwelt upon for it is by just such wise that he is invited in”

        ― Cormac McCarthy, Suttree

        happy: probably just another re-run of Dark Eyeshadows.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        A happy result for you today.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        sure is. i love the way the royals handed the game over in the eighth and then artfully went out with a batter interference call in the ninth. good things happen when you pitch well.

  7. chiadam - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    If MLB is going to stop games to look at a replay and still get the call wrong, then I hope replay is a one-year experiment. How the call at second in the Boston – NY game was upheld is beyond me. How the call at first in the Atlanta – DC game was upheld is beyond me. Replay in any sport does not guarantee that the correct call will always be made, but MLB has totally faceplanted with their process thus far.

    • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Well the system itself is still pretty new, trial and error is still pretty much applied there.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      How the call at second in the Boston – NY game was upheld is beyond me

      From the article last night, the umps didn’t have the angle that this* picture showed. Not sure if that’s a better or worse argument though:

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/12/mlb-admits-they-messed-up-on-replay-in-red-sox-yankees-game/

      • moogro - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Sounds like they oughtta sync the fans feed with the ump feed.

  8. timmons94 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Looks like the royals are still the royals. Moose hitting under .100 huge error yesterday. Hosmer no homers. Butler looks awful at plate. Gordon is a stud. I hope they turn it around. Great baseball town. Best stadium in baseball

    • brewcrewchamps - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      When do they give up on Moose? He hasn’t helped the team in the slightest for a long time.

    • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      The best stadium in Baseball is, at best, a slight exaggeration. Have you seen Pittsburgh, San Francisco or Seattle? Good luck to the Royals, and here’s to hoping the offense awakens. As to Moose, I am afraid he is a lost cause, despite his great Spring.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        I’m partial to Pittsburgh, but I haven’t been to KC. I’m thinking of taking mom in the near future.

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        The renovation has brought it above average, but no way is it in the same “ball park”, as SF, Sea, SD, or Pitts.

  9. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    After nine years playing in the majors, 6-time All Star, MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander got his first hit! Boy, did he look serious about it — and then joyous. Before the pride could wear off, he got his second hit! 2 for 2! Yeah, buddy! By the time he got to third and had a chance to score, he was intense! No laughing and straightening his tie like Max last season against the Mets. No. Verlander was focused. He almost looked sick from adrenaline rushing through his system. You know he doesn’t run much. The experience was pretty foreign to him and he was practically gulping air. It was comical and adorable to watch him stretch his quads in serious preparation to run. His face looked like he was about to ask someone to prom. Clearly, he was about to do a monumental thing that everyone does but is no less a milestone moment for all who survive. At the crack of Torii’s bat, he ran — scoring easily (mercifully, though not dramatically). Later, of his batting, he said: “I was in the zone.” He grounded out his third AB, and with that he improved to a .069 lifetime batting average. The Tigers got 11 hits in the game, and 2 of them were Verlander’s. Such are the farcical stylings of pitcherwannabehitter ball.

    (This afternoon’s game will feature All Star and Cy Young winner Max Scherzer who sports an average of .167 lifetime. Whee!)

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      hank aguirre lives!

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Well done. I still remember his baseball card. And the analogy is apt. Aguirre struck out 236 times in 388 ABs.

      • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        What happens to the other remaining 152 at bats spudchukar?

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        His lifetime BA was .085, so you figure it out. Baseball-Reference.com is a good place to start.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        Hank Aguirre, the wrath of Dog?

    • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      If his eyes didn’t freak me out I’d totally watch The Tigers for the chance to see Scherzer with the bat. But, alas, those eyes…they see right into my putrid curdled wounded little soul. I can’t take it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        You are embarrassing the heroes of 1812, you chicken. Rub some seal blubber on it and play through.

        I think the key to our success last night was that I wore my old school crazy-eyed Tigers t-shirt.

        Do you think it weirds batters out when they have to look into His Heterochromianess’ eyes at the plate?

      • cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Those eyes make my skin crawl and causes a deep and abiding regret for all the people I’ve ever hurt, the wrongs I’ve done, and the loves I’ve lost due to my own failures. No seal blubber is potent enough to assuage such feelings. Anyone that steps in against him better be a shallow and careless person otherwise they are lost. Utterly lost.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Or, like me, they must be pure of heart, good and kind.

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        He hit .226 in his only full season with Arizona. The boy is from St. Louis. He can hit.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Only for a pitcher in the NL is .226 considered being able to hit. That’s Don Kelly territory.

  10. APBA Guy - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    After the King, Erasmo. The A’s body language as they took their at bats in the 1st told the whole story: No Fear. And Sonny Gray reminds me so much of Rich Harden I’m afraid to say it out loud, since we all know what happened there. Harden had 3 pitches last night, heat to 97, tight 12-6 curve, and the standard issue A’s change-up. Very nice.

  11. janessa31888 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Murphy strikes again!!!! Saves Justin’s hide!!!

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