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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 24, 2014, 7:14 AM EDT

Pineda Pine Tar AP

Red Sox 5, Yankees 1Michael Pineda: master criminal. I have a longer, more in-depth post about this here. Short version: the “Jeez, Pineda! How can you be so dumb?!!” angle everyone has jumped to in the hours since he got caught misses the important point of all of this. In the meantime, remember: some have claimed that about 90% of pitchers do what Pineda did. If that’s true, perhaps it’s worth looking at the signals baseball has sent about pitchers using foreign substances before we decide either how bad or how dumb a guy Pineda is. As for Pineda: thankfully no one in New York will turn this into a week-long drama and try to compete with one another for the hottest take on it all. Oh, wait. That’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Rangers 3, Athletics 0: Martin Perez has tossed two straight shutouts and has 26 consecutive scoreless innings overall, as he shut out the Astros for eight innings a couple of starts ago. After the game, Ron Washington said Perez “has weapons and he can throw them all for strikes.” I don’t know about pine tar, but I feel like having weapons is TOTALLY against the rules, so maybe someone should check Perez’s pockets next time out.

Braves 3, Marlins 1: Aaron Harang (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER 11K) is no Martin Perez, but he continues to be one of the better last-week-of-spring-training pickups in baseball history and is either (a) proof that the Indians made a big mistake cutting him in March; (b) proof that pitching in the National League is easier than pitching in beer league softball. or (c) proof that baseball is just a weird game you can’t predict sometimes.

Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 5: It’s probably fitting that the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field featured a pull-your-guts-out loss for Cubs fans. They had a three-run lead entering the ninth inning and, even though Pedro Strop and some bad defense allowed the Dbacks to load the bases and score two runs, they did get the Dbacks down to their final out. Then James Russell and Justin Grimm came in and threw matches on the kerosene Strop poured all over the place. Aaron Hill‘s two-run triple gave the Snakes the lead and, ultimately, the win.

Mariners 5, Astros 3: Two homers for Kyle Seager helps the Mariners avoid the sweep.

Giants 12, Rockies 10: Hector Sanchez hit two homers to help his team avoid a sweep too, but his second one was a grand slam in extra innings that gave the Giants the game so he gets extra points over Seager.

Nationals 5, Angels 4: Let’s mix up the Dbacks’ come-from-behind victory with the sweep-avoiding big hits from the Mariners and Giants games: a come-from-behind, sweep-avoiding victory for Washington, this one thanks to a two-run double by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche‘s game-winning RBI single.

White Sox 6, Tigers 4: Wait, here’s another twist: how about a come-from-behind grand slam? Eh? Like that? Marcus Semien and his teammates did. What I liked: watching Jose Abreu hit his second home run of the series into the bushes behind the center field wall at Comerica. That is seriously, seriously far and not a ton of folks can reach that place. Abreu has done it on two swings that looked pretty effortless. That dude is stronger than all get-out.

Indians 5, Royals 3Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBI, while Bourn, Nick Swisher and Kipnis — Cleveland’s 1-2-3 hitters — combined for six hits and three RBIs. Kipnis’ RBI double in the seventh put the Tribe ahead.

Reds 5, Pirates 2: Alfredo Simon started out a bit shaky. He said it was cold and he had a hard time feeling the ball. Gee, if only there were something he could put on his fingers to help him out … Alas, he settled down and ended up pitching six and two-thirds of two-run ball. Simon is in the rotation filling in for the injured Mat Latos. He has a 1.30 ERA in that role.

Orioles 10, Blue Jays 8: Baltimore spotted Toronto a 6-1 lead but won anyway, thanks in part to Nelson Cruz‘s two homers. Chris Tillman gave up seven runs on nine hits and after the game Buck Showalter said “in a lot of ways, it might be one of his best outings this year.” OK.

Mets 3, Cardinals 2: The Mets came close to blowing this in the ninth, but with one out shortstop Ruben Tejada fielded a throw from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to nail Matt Carpenter at the plate in a play so close they had to go to replay. In other news, Michael Wacha struck out ten and walked five in four innings. Nuke LaLoosh is going to sue him for stealing his bit.

Brewers 5, Padres 2: Yet another win for the Brew Crew, yet another save for K-Rod. Next year when someone asks me to write up my predictions I’m just gonna post a picture of the 2014 Brewers with the words “There is no God, the universe is chaos” scrawled across it.

Twins 6, Rays 4: All Chris Colabello does is drive in runs. Four more here for 26 on the year, which is a franchise record for the month of April. The best part though was Colabello’s quote about RBI after the game:

“RBIs are a product of opportunity, and I’m thankful to this coaching staff for believing in me enough to put me in the middle of this order, and to the guys in front of me for getting on base. My job is to knock them in, and it just so happens this month there’s quite a few of them.”

Would that anyone remember that at MVP voting time.

Dodgers 5, Phillies 2: Zach Greinke won his fourth, striking out 11. Cole Hamels made his season debut, allowing two runs in six innings and then getting yanked after 86 pitches. About which he wasn’t pleased. More on that later this morning.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    The tag by d’Arnaud on Carpenter was a damm good play but now it seems that Farnsworth may be hurt.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Actually Craig, Tillman’s performance against the Jays showed a lot of true grit. He gave up six runs in the second inning and then shut down the Jays. Baltimore’s pen was tired and the team needed Tillman to go much deeper than 2 innings. He was damn good following the second inning.

    For the Jay’s the #5 spot in the rotation remains problematical. McGowan pitched well for 4 innings, but ran out of gas in the 5th inning. The in-house alternatives of Happ, Rogers and Redmond are not appealing as those 3 are also 4 inning pitchers. For now, I expect that the Jays will continue with McGowan with the hope that he will be able to go deeper into games. Down on the farm, both Stroman and Nolin are pitching well in Buffalo.

    Toronto’s #8 hitter got a 3 run homer for the second game in a row. The season is young and Lawrie is only hitting .165 to go with his 5 home runs and 18 RBI’s. That is a lot of production given the low BA.

  3. Charles Gates - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Michael Pineda and the leadership of Derek Jeter. Oh, wait, selective narratives. Never mind.

    • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Girardi should have warned Pineda that you can’t have pine tar so far up your neck.

    • ltpm3 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      I think its hilarious that Jeter ran over there and acted so concerned about the umpire checking out Pineda, knowing what the umpire was looking for was 12 inches from his head in that huddle. I am just amazed that the entire Yankee dugout, knew it was there and never said a word. Did they seriously think teams were going to just turn the other cheek every time Pineda got up to pitch and was smeared with pine tar right out in the open??? Rather arrogant of the Yankees. So happy Farrell finally said something. Now, every time Pineda pitches the other team will be checking him out every inning he comes out of the dugout to pitch.

  4. renaado - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Nice win by the Braves today, Harang pitched superb against the Marlins striking out 11. Gattis 2 run double there in the 8th inning is the definite game changer.

    • voteforno6 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Does anybody know how long until Harang’s pact with Satan expires?

      • renaado - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Hehe, dunno. But I’m lovin it though ;-) .

      • Kevin S. - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        If he quits the team before the last day of the regular season, he can go back to Hannibal, Mo. and be Aaron Boyd again. How sneaky can a fellow get?

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    I know it doesn’t make sense what Buck said about Tillman’s outing but here’s how I look at it through his eyes: he got lit up in the 2nd. 35 pitches, 6 runs. Instead of falling apart he came back and went the next 3.2 innings in 40ish pitches, striking out 5. I believe Buck’s reference to be more about Tillman’s ability to shake off a rough inning and get back into a rhythm as opposed to getting lit up in the 2nd and falling apart. So kudos to Tillman on that note.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      I agree.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    RE: PINEda…

    http://www.quickmeme.com/img/80/80ea7472b7a3bd9773b8307953eb2f923b8107248df1f050e3c0a25c405d5858.jpg

    • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Well done. Howsabout a pat on the back from an old unreconstructed poststructuralist?

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Ah, but can you read Derrida in French?

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        No, and neither can you. No one can.

  7. goskinsvt - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    “I’ll have a post on that later this morning, but as you may have guessed given how I roll, it’s a bit different than the “Jeez, Pineda! How can you be so dumb?!!” angle everyone has jumped to in the hours since he got caught”

    Craig? A contrarian?? No…..

  8. southpaw2k - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    My group of friends set up Fernando Tatis Day last year to celebrate his two grand slams in one inning on April 23, 1999. Last night, we were out commemorating the anniversary while dem O’s were playing. After Cruz hit his grand slam in the 5th, everyone in the group all wondered about how awesome it would have been had Cruz’s earlier blast been with the bases loaded as well.

    The circle of life.

    Still, glad to see the offense finally taking off, and Manny is coming back in a couple weeks.

  9. chip56 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    I think everyone agrees that the pine tar rule is dumb. Even Farrell & the Boston players said as much. But by being so obvious about it Pineda really left them no choice. Farrell actually seemed more annoyed at the fact that by checking Pineda he opened the door for his guys to be checked more frequently. No doubt next time Lester or Bucholtz face the Yankees Girardi will have them looked over.

    • rjostewart - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      If Buchholz is using the sunscreen this year, it isn’t helping.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Whelp, I think it’s fair to say that Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty did less damage to their driveaway Cadillac while they were on the road than the Feesh have done to their record while they were on the road: 1-8 so far. The Rainbow Warriors scored a total of four runs in their three games / 28 innings with the Braves, and without the Crew of the Minnow to chew on watched the strange attractor fade in the distance yet again. Nate Eovaldi pitched well, six innings of one (unearned) run ball, but the Feesh seem determined to make up for Scrooge McLoria’s impecuniousness by being generous afield with unearned runs. They’ve been tripping up their starters relentlessly during their schneids, and even tripping up their boolpen which has demonstrated repeatedly how little help it needs to make gifts of a game on its own. Last night, it was Mike “The Tablesetter” Dunn putting the winning runs on base with a walk and a single so that A J Ramons, one of the least offensive of the Feesh arson squad, could dash in and give up the gamer, a two run double, to a well-rested Evan Gattis. Thereupon they became gefilte Feesh for Craig Kimbrel, who seems to have found his rhythm again after a short rough patch since he corked orf at Fat Freddi after being pulled the other night.

    The Feesh get a night orf to lick their wounds – one would think the taste of wound must be getting pretty old by now – before heading up to Wilpoon Land to take on a team being run by almost as big a bunch of bunglers as their own ownership.

    • voteforno6 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      I’d say that the Wilpons are even bigger bunglers – at least Loria is making money.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      You’d think a steady diet of Bud Lime and wound would drive people north to freedom. I can see why y’all feel driven to gun violence.

    • groupofsevenrules - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      I will be able to watch some of that series for a change, since I go back to my usual bourgeois day shift next week and aside from heading down to the river for trout have nothing else to do this weekend but drink some of our fine national brews and watch baseball. I don’t think the Mets have ever forgiven the Feesh for finishing them off and sending Glavine away so ignominiously a few years back. They’ve been wet-planking the Feesh ever since.

      Yes, Loria is making money but if I understand it, he actually sold artwork to Bernie Madoff’s wife. Do you know if that’s true?

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        I never read that but would it surprise me to find out that Macondo’s Fiscal Rapist was palling around with Bernie and fam? Not one little bit.

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        But it was a phony Mona Lisa

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Re: the Caddy – that’s what you get when you let Moriarty drive all the way to Chicago.

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Lost now down the country miles in his Cadillac
        I can tell by the way you smile he’s rolling by
        Come wash the nighttime clean
        Come grow this scorched ground green
        Blow the horn, tap the tambourine
        Close the gap of the dark years in between
        You and me, Cassady….

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Always one of my favorites – they played it at my first show.

        Just reread an essay by John Barlow on the writing of the lyrics. Good times – talks about sitting with Cassady tossing back shot glasses full of green Mexican Dexedrine. Say that 3 times fast. Green Mexican Dexedrine.

  11. cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Funny…I seem to remember a few people in this comments section arguing fervently that the Cardinals ability to hit with runners in scoring position was the result of talent and training, not just luck. And those of us arguing that they would regress next year were dead wrong.

    Weird that their just hitting just .238 with RISP this year. I guess the coaching staff forgot to remind them how to hit with RISP this year, right?

    • Kevin S. - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Well, they did lose Clutchy McClutcherton to the Yankees this offseason, what’d you expect would happen?

      • cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        Ahh, I see. He’s the one who taught everyone else how to hit with RISP, and since the players all have short memories, they forgot how to and there is no one left to teach them. Mystery solved!

      • Kevin S. - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        It’s the only explanation, really.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Can we please wait til the All Star break before we start making assessments about performance for the season? We’re still only a month in.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        And yet quite often, you will see many a female judge their own boyfriend’s performance after just one night. It’s not fair really. Guys should get at least as many opportunities as Cardinal hitting before being assessed.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        If it makes you feel any better, I read in Women’s Health that like 39% of us will silently suffer through it. Only like 20% will slink off quietly and change their numbers.

        PS It seems like there should be a happy medium between one time and Cardinal Chances.

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Speaking for myself, I was more than happy not to drive in any ovums….

      • detroitr1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        “Can we please wait til the All Star break before we start making assessments about performance for the season? We’re still only a month in.”

        Yep, Tigers fans are in an existential crisis over a bullpen that could fall between clown college and really f’#$&#$ bad.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        You are NOT making me feel better. I’m clearly going to have to change my picture to the crazy tiger for this season.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Can we please wait til the All Star break before we start making assessments about performance for the season? We’re still only a month in.

        I can’t possibly wait that long to rub my rightness in everyone else’s faces.

        Besides, there is a slight possibility the Cardinals RISP numbers will go way, way up, thus denying me the opportunity of saying “I told you so!”

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        If it goes up, they will mock you in August for what you said in April anyway, but go ahead and mark your territory if you wish.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        If it makes you feel any better, I read in Women’s Health that like 39% of us will silently suffer through it. Only like 20% will slink off quietly and change their numbers.

        Leaving 41% who will actually say “Hey, since you don’t have a vagina, let me give you some tips there partner”, thereby improving the experience for all parties involved.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Did I suddenly wander onto cosmo.com?

        I am not reading any of this, Dad.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        If it goes up, they will mock you in August for what you said in April anyway, but go ahead and mark your territory if you wish.

        So, should I change my username and deny that I ever posted under CohnJusack now or do you think it’s worthwhile to wait it out and see if the low average holds?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        Only if you change it to doydllobler.

  12. thedoubleentandres - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Man the Mets have a winning record, maybe things will be different this year, maybe this thing on my back is benign, maybe I AM putting enough money into my pension…maybe everything is going to be okay.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1764898!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/matt-harvey.jpg

      • thedoubleentandres - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Way to pee on my bonfire….that utterly shameful, despicable picture of Matt Harvey disrespecting his poor mother has ruined my day

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        I apologize profusely. It really isn’t nice to kick a Mets fan. I should know better. I am sorry. Have a nice day.

  13. stex52 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Astros went to the well one day too many in a row with Josh Fields. They lost a chance for an extraordinary road sweep. I think three saves in three days was a lot to expect and they need to diversify some. But Albers is hurt, Crain still hasn’t made it to the team, and putting Qualls out there is like pulling the pin on a hand grenade. I guess Porter thought he was thin on choices.

  14. frank35sox - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Craig Calcaterra–naturally dispositioned to disparage other’s opinions; especially those grounded in sound logic.

    No, I will not be reading your article to follow. It stinks so foully or unnecessary snark, yet it hasn’t even been written.

    • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      You remind me of those fundamentalist jackwagons who were picketing out front of Monty’s Python’s Life of Brian. Won’t see it, but we hate it.

      • voteforno6 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Some people just need to learn how to look on the bright side of life.

  15. tbird05 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Craig, you live in NY?

    • groupofsevenrules - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Craig lives in Columbus. He couldn’t afford to live in NY on a blogger’s salary – not even with the Braves rubber souvenir tomahawk endorsements.

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Hey, it ain’t like Fort McMurray is the suburbs of Regina either, you know?

      • tbird05 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        See this is funny because he said, “As for Pineda: thankfully no one in New York will turn this into a week-long drama and try to compete with one another for the hottest take on it all. Oh, wait. That’s exactly what’s going to happen.”

        Love it. Craig should throw a party for all of us that read his posts just to comment and give him a hard time.

        Sorry Craig…its just that sometimes you leave the door wide open.

  16. card0109 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    In addition to Chris Colabello driving in four runs, it was his mom’s birthday. As MLB/FSN interviewed her about watching her son play on her birthday, Chris hit his two run home run. The rest of the interview is just adorable.
    http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2014/04/23/73156870/colabello-homers-while-his-mom-is-being-interviewed

    • sknut - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      I saw that live and it was pretty incredible and got a little dusty in my house. You can hear her say another present. He is a cool story about perseverance and sticking with it. He also got the game winning hit, quite a month for him.

    • dluxxx - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Yeah, I was going to mention this too. Colabello is having a killer April, and that was just a great baseball moment. He said after the game that something weird always happens when he plays on his Mom’s birthday.

      Her reaction is just great, though, and if I didn’t know any better, I’d think that the whole thing was choreographed. Marny mentions a “birthday present” like right before he hits the ball. Amazing.

  17. drewy44 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    No mention of yet another Puig bat-flip triple?

  18. dluxxx - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    The meltdown of the rapist in the 12th inning of the Twins game couldn’t have happened to a worse person. I casually mentioned Lueuke was a rapist to the fiancée while we were watching the end of the game, and got all worked up when I had to explain the whole situation to her. She was pretty disgusted and kept asking “Why would they hire him?”

    I had no answer. How do you answer that question when you wonder the same damn thing…

  19. Professor Fate - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Greinke has 17 straight starts (20 if you count last year’s playoffs) of allowing two earned runs or fewer, the most since 1900. Kinda glad he opted out of the trip to Australia that helped put Kershaw on the DL.

    From ESPN Stats & Information, his MLB ranks since July 30:

    Wins: 11 (tied for first)
    ERA: 1.82 (fourth)
    WHIP: 0.95 (third)
    K/BB: 5.7 (fifth)
    Chase pct.: 33.9 (third)

  20. happytwinsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    For too long deliverance has been achingly close. Again and again my boys come within arm’s reach of the mud be spotted kitten mange, only to see it slither away in a panicked burst. Too long delayed the day when the phrase “looowwly twins” is banished from all lips replaced by, “THE FIRST PLACE MINNESOTA TWINS!!”

    The sympathetic magic bestowed upon my boys by my current habits is obviously ineffectual. The good or bad constancies of not changing one’s underwear during a winning streak, a change in the part of the hair from the left to the right such disruption in the ethereal flow ending the losing streak, are the common and wise practice of all, but my boys need and deserve more. It came upon me to change my morning habit of checking the standings by doing so with my glasses off.

    Of course, it worked.

    The kitten is in the pot. The soldiers of the north march by the golden royals carriage, on the side of the road, with broken wheel and a raging orson wells inside. The Chicago landers have been tricked into wrigley, locked into a dank tunnel beneath, benumbing my in-laws to silence.

    And roy hobbs colabello hit a home run, on her birthday, for his watching mother. I saw that with my glasses on.

    It can work for you too. Take off your glasses and re-discover your team’s place in the standings. Then come back, put your glasses back on and sing with me. I promise you the highlight of your day.

    • card0109 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      This is so wonderful…. Thank you for putting into words what all Twins fans are feeling thus far this season.

    • dluxxx - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      I like the sound of that. “First Place Minnesota Twins”. Who would have thought anyone would be able to say that this late in the season?

  21. penguins87and71 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Going to be a long summer in Pittsburgh.

  22. APBA Guy - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Thankfully Craig didn’t have time to stop at the roadside salt stand to throw a few wheelbarrow loads into the wounds of us suffering A’s fans. He left unreported that yesterday’s blanking gave the Rangers the series sweep and vaulted them into 1st in the West. Two painful losses due to bullpen implosions followed by the shutout. If the A’s players looked like they were in cruise mode already in April, hopefully this will reignite their usual higher energy team play. Playing the Astro’s next should also help.

    • stex52 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      We will hope not, won’t we?

  23. pipkin42 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Chris Tillman just knows how to win. Duh.

  24. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    The bottom of the 9th masked the fact that the Nats were terrible for 26 inning in the Angels series and as a team are hitting .192/.291/.272 for the last 7 games (30th in MLB). I didn’t count pitchers. If you count pitchers, the Mets are worse.

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