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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Apr 15, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT

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Braves 9, Phillies 6: This one was gonzo. A pitchers duel for seven innings, with Ervin Santana striking out 11 in six and Roberto Hernandez only allowing two himself. Then all hell broke loose. The Braves hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the eighth to go up 5-1, the Phillies socked back at ‘em for five runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 6-5 and then the Braves scoring four more on a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth to win it. Two homers for Uggla. Two for Evan Gattis. No-shows from Jonathan Papelbon, who has pitched a lot lately, and Craig Kimbrel, who hasn’t, but had a sore shoulder. A leadoff four-pitch walk to B.J. Upton in the ninth, which I’m pretty sure is classified as a crime against humanity. Really, if gamblers were orchestrating this game it wouldn’t have gone off any less crazy than it did. Man, baseball is fun.

Oh, almost forgot. Check out the line of the pitcher who got the win for the Braves:

source:

Yeah, baby. Wins!

Cardinals 4, Brewers 0:  Jhonny Peralta with a solo shot and Jon Jay with a three-run bomb. Some of my correspondents told me that the Cardinals broadcasters (a) criticized Carlos Gomez for “swinging too hard” in the early innings, as if that were some sort of Cardinals-special unwritten rules violation; and (b) were getting on Ryan Braun‘s case for PEDs while Peralta sat there in Cardinal red hitting bombs with no criticism whatsoever. I need confirmation on this, folks. Because if it’s true, the Cardinals have gone way beyond self-parody.

Nationals 9, Marlins 2: Two doubles and an RBI for Bryce Harper and Jordan Zimmerman rebounded from a bad start against Miami last week. The Marlins have dropped eight straight, which sorta kills that “the Marlins are frisky!” storyline I and many others were partial to in the early going.

Orioles 7, Rays 1Wei-Yin Chen allowed one run in six and a third and the O’s teed off on Chris ArcherMatt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits. The O’s built a 6-0 lead early and had 13 hits total, including five doubles.

Pirates 7, Reds 7: SUSPENDED: Following a metric butt-ton of rain and soggy conditions, they’ll pick this one up at 5:30 PM today before the scheduled game this evening. As it stand now, ten homers have been hit in this incomplete game, including two by Gaby Sanchez and two by Neil Walker.

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Mariners 7, Rangers 1: Colby Lewis ran out of gas in the sixth and then once he was gone his defense ran out of skillz. Seattle scored six runs on six hits and three errors that inning and that was all she wrote.

Athletics 3, Angels 2: John Jaso hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri. He has done this sort of thing against the Angels before. I’d call him an “Angel killer” but that seems so dark and evil. Here’s what he said after the game:

“Donaldson hit that ball hard to start off the inning, and it kind of started there,” Jaso said. “I think Cespy just missed a pitch, too, so we definitely had some good swings going and some good momentum against Frieri.

Wait, he calles Yoenis Cespedes “Cespy?” OK, he’s even more evil than an Angel killer. That’s just the worst.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3: A win, but a costly one as both Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares left the game with injuries. Lagares’ is more serious — a hamstring — while Granderson just banged his forearm against the wall. In brighter news, the Mets rattled off 13 hits against the Dbacks, who have been just awful so far this year.

Padres 5, Rockies 4: The second time in less than a week we’ve had a game decided by a wild pitch/bad throw back to the pitcher covering home/two runs score play. This happened in the eighth, with Rockies pitcher Rex Brothers on the mound. Best part: he walked the bases loaded with two outs first to set up the clown shoes ending. So no, not the best night for that guy.

  1. johnnysoda - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    I would like to know if the Pirates and the Reds are going to wear number 42 for both games, or if they’ll have their normal uniforms for the first game and wear 42 for game 2.

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      So tell me Craigster, why didn’t the brilliant new NBC language filter blur the mouth of the fat guy on the left when he said “oh shmmmpppfffff”? Is this a family site or not?

      • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Lip reading is so imprecise, you can’t be sure what the fat guy really said. Just silently mouth the words “You suffer much” to somebody, and he/she will think you said, “You son of a sea cook”!

  2. thedoubleentandres - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    This is great here…Phillies fans jeering Uggla then BOOM! grandslam. The reactions are priceless

    http://deadspin.com/phillies-fans-reactions-to-dan-ugglas-grand-slam-are-am-1563288296

    • ashot - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      That video is pretty spectacular.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      I want to marry that video.

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Sex, lies, and videotape.

  3. paperlions - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Craig, don’t confuse the Cardinal broadcasters with the Cardinals. They are 12 kinds of horrible and NOT employees of the Cardinals, but of Fox Sports Mid-West. They suck every game. They say stupid things every inning of every game. They are so horrible that I watch the feed from the other team on MLB.TV and in situations in which both broadcasts are unbearable, I just mute it.

    • ashot - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Paperlions, don’t confuse this comment section for one of those comment sections where facts are relevant and things are not twisted to support our preconceived notions. Every single Cardinal fan ever born is exactly like those Cardinal broadcasters. That’s just a fact.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        You do realize that this is one of the most fact-based comment sections for baseball on the internet (non-paywall division, anyway), right? Off the top of my head, Fangraphs and Posnanski’s blog are the only two that are better, and they both attract a more niche crowd. We have our share of tools that wander in, but for the most part facts reign supreme here.

      • ashot - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Simmer, Kevin. I was being sarcastic. I really enjoy this site and the comments (for the most part). And I religiously follow Craig on Twitter.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        We have our share of tools that wander in

        Since when did Handy Manny sign up?

    • dkb1968 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Also, please understand that, while they are on Fox Sports Mid-West, they ARE employees of the team. For both TV and Radio, MLB teams sign and supply their own broadcasters that work with the entity broadcasting the game.

      Unless, that is, the Cardinals are different than every other team in MLB. And, remembering the “Cardinal Way” that might be the case.

    • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      PL, yeah the announcers are pitiful. As I wrote a couple of games ago, what irks me the most is when they re-enforce their predetermined narrative with descriptions of play that have no basis in reality. That said, Gomez indeed swung too hard early in the game. He is a very talented guy but was too amped in the first and couldn’t catch up to Lynn’s heat with his overzealous swings.

      Since I have the Extra Innings package, I only heard the Brewers call of the game so I have no idea about the PED double standard. If St. Louis’ broadcast did indeed criticize Braun for his PED use, then Craig would be one for two in analysis, but as many have said before it isn’t Braun’s usage that is so egregious but the innocent lives he tarnished.

      Lynn and Cruz seemed to connect well, perhaps that duo will become a trend. To get the win with Molina resting against the hot Brewers was gratifying. The Red Birds put together what was probably their best effort of 2014, and give themselves a good shot of a series win. Gotta love Matheny’s usage of Martinez, it takes some pressure off Rosenthal and maximizes his talent. Screw the traditional roles garbage.

      • paperlions - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        They seem to finally be clicking. Peralta’s bat is coming around a bit. I love what I’ve seen from Wong. His approach at the plate is improving and he is hitting a lot of balls hard. A little more patience would be nice as his contact rate is high enough that he could get away with it, but he’s young, it’ll come.

        I think Lynn was set up perfectly for last night’s game. Lynn is death to RHB, and the Brewer lineup last night went R,R,R,R,R,L,L,L, pitcher….and the lefties were Overbay, Gennet, and Schaefer. That was perfect for his stuff.

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

        Yeah, the Brewers don’t match up well against the Cards. All those righties against an all righty staff. Plus outside of Lohse they have a power-type group of starters that St. Louis’ hitters prefer.

        I agree totally on Wong, a little more patience would be preferable and he has to be careful not to get too “pull happy” but he has hit a lot of balls well with little to show for it, as has Carpenter.

        It is time for a good performance from Miller, and his stuff matches up well against the Brewers, much like Lynn.

    • Balladeer - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Genuine question: Do you really watch the other teams’ feeds every time? If so, that’s a bummer, but I feel you, I’m getting mighty tired of Dick Enberg. I know he’s a HoF broadcaster and all that, but he is so out of touch with today’s game it’s exhausting. He kept calling Carlos Gonzalez, aka CarGo, Cargo Gonzalez. He genuinely did not realize the distinction between the nickname and his real name.

      • paperlions - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Yep, if I have the volume on, I do. Their announcers are really that horrible If I have it muted or both team’s announcers are too horrible to suffer, I’ll use the Cardinal feed because they put up stats and graphics that are Cardinal-centric. I can put up with almost any team’s announcers for a series (there are exceptions), but listening to the same wrong-headed BS from the Cardinal guys day-after-day-after-day is just too much. I live in CT now, a lot of times the Red Sox game will be on TV and I’ll have the sound on for the TV because their announcers are good, and have the Cardinal game on the laptop with the sound off.

    • The Rabbit - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      What Lions said! Not a Cardinals fan but moved to the “territory” and watch the local broadcasts. It could be worse, though. It’s not Rex Hudler.
      Craig: Can’t confirm the info from other commenters (The mute button is my friend during the Cardinal games.), but it sure sounds exactly like something they’d say,

      • paperlions - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Yeah, I should have added that part….I couldn’t confirm, but, yep, that sounds exactly like the kind of tripe you can expect from Horton, Hrabosky, and co.

    • 4d3fect - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Paperlions, I’ve begun to enjoy using the local radio audio overlay for some of these annoying McTelecasters. Seems to help. Maybe you could try it?

      • paperlions - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        I tried that before Time delay is usually an issue.

      • 4d3fect - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        On MLB.tv? Huh. haven’e experienced that. Yet.

      • paperlions - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        You can overlay them in the same window? Really? I did not know that….if used to be radio or TV, I didn’t know it let you mix and match….that is cool, will definitely have to check it out. Thanks.

      • 4d3fect - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        *haven’t”
        Using the Roku 2XS for this, feared it’d be a disaster, but no. If I need all the details, I’ll pull up a game(s) on my desktop.

  4. chill1184 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Im more concerned about Lagares’ injury, Fing a

  5. cur'68 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Watched Phillies/Briaves with some Phans. They’ve grown stoic in their depression. Predicting Howard’s strike out at the hands of a lefty. Grim nods at the back-to-back-to-back homers. Cold, dead eyes surveyed the lead at 6-5. Acerbic comments about “Pooplebon”. Calm acceptance at Uggla’s grand slam.

    Those guys may need to be put on 24 hour surveillance for their own protection.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Ok now I know you’re lying, Pooplebon didn’t pitch yesterday… oh wait, we don’t need him to actually pitch and suck to make acerbic comments about him. Carry on.

      • cur'68 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        You guys have my concern. Its been harrowing paying attention the ups and downs of the Phillies.

        I’m going to suggest y’all try some seal blubber. It works for m.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        As a Sawks fan, I can tell you that we all had a Papelboner when he took over the closer role in Boston. Mr. Splitty used to be so deadly. Now that he’s a ‘spotting his slower fastball’ kind of guy, no more Paps priaprisms, just Pooplebon jokes.

      • cur'68 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        He’s lost enough velocity to make that splitter hittable. Anyone with a modicum of plate discipline knows to wait for the high one in the centre.

        (FC: I know it was Diekman that coughed up the Uggla homer. Jonny5 and Utley’s Hair were quite glad it WASN’T “Pooplebon” at first, hence all the “Pooplebon-mots”. That lasted until Diekman loaded the bases and then the homer . . . then I was thinking I needed to buy those guys a beer and keep sharp objects from them)

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        I know you know that, but If I acknowledge that I know that you know then I can’t knowingly make a Pooplebon joke.

      • cur'68 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Your point, sir
        /hat tip

  6. thedoubleentandres - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Challenge of the day for sabermetrics enthusiasts….Read this article without tearing at your robes or clawing your face

    http://thedailynewsonline.com/opinion/article_9fe71590-c1ae-11e3-8c1d-0019bb2963f4.html

    Heres a preview… “Scouts are no longer gruff men with beer guts and a cigar dangling from their mouth but computer geeks who wouldn’t know a good baseball prospect if one came up and slapped them in the face with a Louisville Slugger.”

    • dan1111 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Apparently whoever wrote that things you can “slap” someone with a bat. Has he ever seen a baseball game?

    • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Give the scouts their due, they’re also amateur physiologists who “project” the players’ physiques. When the Rangers drafted lefty Robbie Erlin in the third round, one scout said, “if he was two inches taller, he’d have been a first-rounder.”

  7. renaado - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Awesome comeback win today Braves! Uggla’s slam right there is the definite game changer!

  8. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Chen surprised me last night: kept his pitch count down, threw strikes, made it past the 6th (barely) and only gave up 1 run. Not sure what got into him but I’m a fan. And I know it’s early but after an abysmal start by the rotation in the past few weeks, we’ve seen quality starts from Gonzo (6IP, 3ER), Tillman (8IP, 0ER), Norris (7IP, 0ER) and Chen (6.1IP, 1ER) in the past week. MUCH better.

    I was also surprised that the bats woke up against a very good pitcher in Archer. I’m not sure what exactly happened there. I did notice Archer yelling at himself. I mean REALLY yelling at himself. I’ve seen him talk to himself but he looked livid. Not sure if he was missing locations or the O’s bats just had a solid night, but regardless, I’ll take the W!

    I would say tonight will be another good one but I’m assuming it’ll be rained out given today’s forecast. Which means I’ll end up trying to find something else to do tonight. Which will inevitably lead to playing Monopoly with the wife. And nobody walks away from a game of Monopoly in a pleasant mood. Ever.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      A nice win by Baltimore. They remain close to the lead in the AL East and are ahead of the defending World Series champions.

      • southpaw2k - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Yes, we’re only 2 weeks into the season, but a mere two games separates first place from last place in the AL East. This could be a wild division if by late August there’s still a super small gap separating the top two or three teams.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        Actually, the last place Red Sox are 3 games behind.

  9. jimmyt - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Any predictions on who that Cardinals will be playing in the World Series?

    • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      The Cards have a track record. The last time they appeared in two World Series in three years (’04-’06), separated by a Championship Series loss, they followed that with two straight years of missing the playoffs. ‘Past performance is no guarantee of future results’, but that’s a double edged sword for a team that’s been so successful in this century.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Only the gritty Diamondbacks keep the Feesh from having the worst record in baseball. That was quick, wasn’t it? Let’s see if you can guess what there was yesterday before their latest debacle against the Gnats. Yes – a closed door meeting. Third week of the season, and closed door meetings already. And the babble on the local spawrts tork raydeeo programs is becoming toxic, as are the fan comments on the spawrts tork web sites. Journeymen regressing to journeymen performance. Opposing hurlers free to peetch around the Iron Giant again. Casey McGehee thinking that, compared to this, playing a few miles from Fukushima maybe wasn’t so bad after all. All this and a blood moon – which perhaps signals that Rafael Furcal will be back in three more weeks, just in time to start playing his way towards the trade deadline. And Scrooge McLoria must be wondering why, after spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on scrapheap acquisitions this past orfseason, this is what he gets for it.

    • renaado - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Yeah, The Marlins made a good move on acquiring Casey there. I watched some of his videos a year ago when he still plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, he surely did find his stroke while playing back there in Japan. Based on my observation he surely improved his discipline at the plate not to mention driving the ball well in right, he’s power there is also tremendous knocking up 28 homeruns (yes, I know the ball is juiced there but there is no denying about he’s improvements and adjustments playing on a different country with a different culture..), there in the Majors he’s probably just hitting the ball for contact there as of now and not try to do too much by hitting homeruns. May Casey have a good season there with the Marlins cause he’s fans back there in Japan are also rooting for him well.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Casey got orf to a terrific start but has cooled considerably this past week, along with most of the other Rainbow Warriors. He’s down to .280 now, and I don’t think he’s hit any home runs yet. But in all fairness to Scrooge McLoria’s everyday galley slaves, what has really boated the Feesh these past ten days has been their peetching – rotation and boolpen alike. Even El Keed was pretty bad last time out. I figure it’s because they brought in Marmol from Chicago – by my calculations, it’s about the end of the usual incubation period for the “Vloek van der Geitbok” prion, so it’s not surprising to see the rest of the staff becoming infected. I see that Redmond got Cishek up last night in a hopeless cause just to get him some work – the poor guy must have been feeling about as useful as an eight track cartridge out there in the goat pen.

      • voteforno6 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        My hope is that the Marlins call up Henry Rodriguez at some point this season, just for the chance that Rodriguez and Marmol could be warming up side-by-side in the bullpen. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        ROFL – not bad, not bad. Since by your own admission you take late shifts to pay back favors, I see that I can go on vacation any old time and leave you to cover for me. Eggselent.

        One major correction – always italicize Die Vloek van der Geitbok instead of putting it in quotation marks. Speaking of which, you need to read some stuff by George Will, an unfortunately conservative political commentator down here who is also a terrific baseball writer. He said in an interview for the Ken Burns baseball documentary that he grew up in central Illinois where he and his friends had a choice between rooting for the Cubs or Cardinals. His friends picked the Cardinals and grew up happy and liberal. He picked the Cubs and grew up bitter and conservative. He has since propounded an elaborate theory of “Cubness” whereby the number of ex-Cubs on any given team, based on their service time at Wrigley, determines the team’s won-lost potential in any given season. It’s pretty grim stuff.

        I can’t gainsay the eight track cartridge ref, though. That’s perfect.

        However, there was no reference to the Chihuahua. You need to work on that one.

        And some day we need to talk politics. Heh, heh….

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Michelle and I crafted that so lovingly and all you can do is correct our punctuation? What are you, some kind of hatchet man for the Modern Language Association today?

        As far as talking politics, not a chance. You’d view me as slightly to the right of Metternich. But I will definitely check out George Will, since you imply that I would find him a kindred spirit. I hear that “Men at Work” is pretty good.

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Ack! When you mention the Modern Language Association, you are talking politics. Buddha forbid I should ever be about doing their dirty work! I’d feel like an academic Joe Torre. It may just be that ’cause they’ve got so many people on their board who know how language works, they’ve been able to get away with posing as fashionably leftist for so long when, in reality, they’re just bigtime status quo freaks whenever professional perks are at stake. Oh and their style and rules people – they’re worse than the Linnean killjoys who stole brontosaurus from us! They change their citation format rules more often than the genus designation of garter and water snakes or painted turtles and sliders. To hell with them.

        Yep, Men at Work is, I think, Will’s best – his Tony Gwynn chapter is a classic – but he’s also got a collection of occasional baseball prose called Bunts I enjoyed very much. I think his “Cubness” theory might be included in that one, although I suspect it was originally published in one of his regular syndicated columns some years back. Go for it, especially if springtime makes you feel as atavistic as most of my conservative friends.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Gator, I’ve been reading George Will’s work in the local organ of The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy for over three decades. Won’t say if I agree with him on the great issues of the day, but his best work is on baseball.

        Yes, I recall what he said to Ken Burns. One of the guys in our Nats (half) season ticket plan is a Cards fan from southern Illinois, who proves the point. (Especially relevant, with the Cards making their annual visit to Nats Town this weekend.)

    • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      There’s only one thing wrong with George Will’s Cards-Cubs story: it doesn’t fit the Red Sox fan experience, at least from 1919 to 2004. My dad was a Red Sox fan until 1948, when he attended the playoff game the Sox needed to win to meet the Boston Braves in the ONLY chance Boston ever had for a subway series. When they lost, my dad got so upset, he became a Yankees fan! And yet, is there a more liberal state than Massachusetts?

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Not quite the same thing. Borg fans are hegemonists, which is closer to nationalism than to a particular political ideology. You can be a left-wing hegemonist (see China) or a right wing hegemonist (see Russia). You can’t be a happy left wing conservative or a bitter right wing liberal.

  11. goodellisruiningtheleague - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Nationals won’t get >80 wins

  12. anti canadian brigade - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Anyone who is a casual baseball fan knows that wins is a secondary stat for rating pitchers. But why Craig, do you have to point out the very few times that a win is given credit to a pitcher that didn’t deserve it? Are you going to leave a sarcastic comment every time a pitcher has a line of 7IP, 5K, 4H, 2ER and wins a game? Let the Craig clones bash me……..

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Naaahhh, your idiotic handle suggests that they’d just splatter ectoplasmic slime all over the place.

      • anti canadian brigade - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Awesome ghostbusters blast.

    • dan1111 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Why don’t you like Canadian brigades?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        cause they whupped us so bad in the war of 1812 ??

      • cur'68 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Aw, leave him alone, fellas. Lots of people hate us. We can be unlikeable. Other day I seriously angered a little boy I met at the beach. He was going to pick up what sure looked like a jelly fish. I stopped him and was he ever mad. Turned out it wasn’t a jelly fish, just some random piece of plastic. His anger remained unabated. Even his parents and brother trying to get him over it failed to calm to the little fellow for a time. He’d been thwarted and that was that.

        I did admire his parent’s reaction though. The anger and tears of children, even for their own long term good, are a fleeting thing. Words to live by. He was eventually distracted by a fish hawk diving in after a meal in any case. We parted as mutual admirers of that at least, bless him.

        So go ahead and hate on us. Knowing that we meant well, we all tend to be pretty calm about it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        I super-hate stoic cur.

        Booooo!!!!

        /throws peanuts

        /hopes you aren’t allergic

      • cur'68 - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        I love peanuts. Dry roasted, salted ball park style peanuts, of course. Those peanuts cheered me right up. Thank you.

  13. phillysports1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I was at the Phillies game last night , everyone started to leave when the game was 5-1 top of the 8th inning. We came back but lost the lead again. I know it’s early but those are the kind of games we MUST win !

    • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      The Phillies were 5-5 at the beginning of that game, and .500 after ten games might be the high point of the season. There will be plenty of time to tie your guts in knots, but it’s early, so relax and enjoy it while you can.

  14. aresachaela - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Yes!! YEANKEES TOMORROW! Knock those Cubs out of the park !! HAHAHAHAH XD!!

  15. indaburg - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Not even that delightful video of Phillies fans catatonic after Uggla’s grand slam can cheer me this morning.

    Matt Moore out for the year, Archer sucks, Cobb on the DL. I see the Rays at no better than a 3rd place finish right now and Price traded before the trade deadline.

    • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Archer sucks? One tough outing, and two very good ones. Sure the season ending loss of Moore will be tough to overcome, but Cobb will be back in a month, and playing in the AL Least should insure the Rays of being near the top upon his return.

      • indaburg - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        I’m just bumming. Let me wallow, will ya?

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Ok, sure. Just let me be your beacon of light that brightens your path out of gloom. The Rays always find a way. And even without Moore and Cobb their pitching is still better than the Red Sox, Jays and O’s.

      • stex52 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        I will point out that, while Archer got pounded, he gave up one BB and had six (or 7) strikeouts. He also toughed through five innings. I saw that as a learning experience. Optimism helps, but the kid had some bright spots.

        Oh, and Hey, Indy.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I will point out that, while Archer got pounded, he gave up one BB and had six (or 7) strikeouts. He also toughed through five innings. I saw that as a learning experience

        It seems the Philly bullpen insists on having lots of learning experiences lately.

      • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        spud, your “learning experience” talk is inspiring, but let me give you some philosophy I read on a match book cover: experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Y’all have Hellickson coming back.

      /smirks in a Sawks’ fan kind of way

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        The bad news for Sawks fans is that all the pitchers in their rotation are healthy.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Well Sally, that’s because you’ve learned in the last year or so that even Phillies Phans can be pleasant people with Pheelings. You were thinking of us when you saw that video didn’t ya?

      • stex52 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        I was, FC. I wrote about it on the other thread. Y’know, the heartbreaker.

      • indaburg - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Phans have pheelings??? Huh.

  16. wonkypenguin - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    The A’s are so deceptively good and have some fantastic young pitching that was on display last night with Jesse Chavez. The first one to Trout with a knee-buckling curveball was fun to watch.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_04_14_oakmlb_anamlb_1&mode=video

    I’m just mentioning it as a girl with a pitching fetish that as long as Jim Johnson isn’t on the mound, the A’s are worth looking at.

  17. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    BTW Craig it is well known that the Cardinal TV broadcaster s are among the worst in the business so congratulations on the cheap shot! The other thing is I don’t remember Peralta thrashing MLB when he got caught and swearing that he didn’t do it. Owning up to ones mistakes is a good thing. Lying about them, not so much.

    • uwsptke - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      The thing is, Peralta lied too. He denied ever using PED’s, and said “anyone who says otherwise is a liar”. But that’s a fact that seems to be lost on the Cardinal fans who continue to look down their noses at Braun while somehow defending the likes of Peralta and Mark McGwire.

      Braun, Peralta, and McGwire have quite a few things in common. None have ever served a suspension for actually failing a drug test. All three, when faced with pretty damning evidence, initially denied any wrongdoing. All three, when the writing was on the wall, came clean. All three have been welcomed back by their respective clubs. Yet it’s somehow OK for Cardinal fans to look at Braun with disgust. I didn’t watch the game last night, but I’m guessing Brewer fans were smart enough to realize the hypocrisay of booing Peralta.

  18. savior72 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Way to report on the soap opera drama with the Cards announcers and leave out other helpful info like Lynn pitching 7 strong innings and striking out 11.

  19. dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Hey! The Twins didn’t lose! I call that a good day. :)

    • dan1111 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      If they play like this for the rest of the season, they have a shot.

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Of what? Old Grandad?

      • dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        If they play like yesterday for the rest of the season, they’ll finish 80+ games back. ;)

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      they hath seen 500 two days in a row.

      and for yet another day, the frantically fleeing tigers failed to put ground between themselves and the streaking twins. run little kitty, run run run.

      • dluxxx - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Here kitty kitty kitty…

      • historiophiliac - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        We were off yesterday.

  20. scruffmagee - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    re: The Cardinals announcers. This is how it went down.

    Dan McLaughlin mentioned something about Braun and how the Brewers fans cheered him and he’s not sure if they should

    (I immediately took note of this and facepalmed)

    Rick Horton commented that both he and Peralta served their time and everyone should move on. He commented that you people may not agree with the current penalty system, but they served what was given to them under the current system.

    I’m far from a fan of their broadcast, but hats off to Horton for calling it like it is and moving on from the discussion.

    • truthbomb3636 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Thanks for the clarification. I wonder if Craig will update this post now that he has the story?

      Nah, not his style. Let the misinformation run wild!

  21. APBA Guy - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    The beloved A’s held off until the 9th last night, in recognition of the Angels crowd which begins to filter out around the 7th inning. Anything to give Arte a few extra concession dollars.

    But seriously, I haven’t seen Jaso take a swing like that since he’s been playing for the A’s. Very welcome especially after Hector Santago had taken the team completely out of its rhythm for 7 innings, working quickly and hitting his spots, except for Yo’s bomb (none dare call him Cespy).

    Unreported by Craig-due no doubt to the vapors over Uggla-Jim Johnson threw a scoreless 8th. Alert the media!

  22. historiophiliac - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    I love this blog.

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