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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Apr 29, 2014, 6:36 AM EDT

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Athletics 4, Rangers 0: A three-hit shutout for Sonny Gray, who ups his records to 4-1 and lowers his ERA to 1.76. Seventy-three of his 108 pitches went for strikes and the hits were only singles. His counterpart, Yu Darvish, turned in his shortest major league start ever. Three and a third innings, while allowing four runs and six hits while throwing 83 pitches and walking two.

Padres 6, Giants 4: Rene Rivera drove in five. When I saw the box score and it just said “R. Rivera,” I thought of Ruben, who played for the Padres for several years. And yes that was over a decade ago, but some things just stick in your mind. Like bad baseball players we all somehow thought would become good baseball players simply because they had a couple of decent tools. The 90s were terrible, man.

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 5: Troy Tulowitzki homered, had two doubles and drove in three. Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer and has a 12-game hitting streak. The Rockies are averaging 5.48 runs per game, leading all of baseball.

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Angels 6, Indians 3: It was 3-3 in the eighth when Mike Trout hit an RBI single and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run triple. I’m a year younger than him and I’m pretty sure if you asked me to run 270 feet I’d die. Joe Smith got the save. His first since taking over closer duties.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 3: Khris Davis hit a run-scoring triple in the 12th. This after he struck out four times. So, yes, a Golden Sombrero, but it had a nice pretty band on it.

White Sox 7, Rays 3Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer, Adam Eaton had a two-run double and Marcus Semien doubled in the winning run. The Chisox took three of four from the Rays.

Cubs vs. Reds: POSTPONED:  We can go for a walk where it’s quiet and dry. And talk about precious things. But the rain that flattens my hair. These are the things that kill me.

  1. Kevin S. - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Stealing swag from Derek Jeter and getting Jon Miller to declare you just did the worst baserunning in the history of the game will cause you to stick in people’s minds.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Obligatory vid:

      • Kevin S. - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        It was because he used his welfare check to get tattooed and high, amirite?

      • renaado - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:22 AM

        I’ve never laughed so hard in my life! Best video of the day.

      • deepstblu - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        He looked like a squirrel in the middle of the street with a car approaching.

      • ptfu - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        And yet, Bruce Bochy somehow saw fit to start Ruben Rivera over Steve Finley in the 1998 World Series. I don’t want to hear about platoon reasons, or that Finley had a down year. Finley was still miles better than this clown.


  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Not much happened yesterday due to a paucity of games. I am sure that the Indians are having second thoughts about sending Masterson out to pitch in the 8th inning. In retrospect, probably should have been replaced by a relief pitcher at the start of the inning.

    • dondada10 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      The thumbs fairy is back?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        he’s a war of 1812 veteran

      • nbjays - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Apparently, and he/she sure has it in for PC.

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Its just ‘harry. He’s been kicked out and he’s all mad. Whatever.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        If we didn’t know who it was before – I guess we know now.

        Actually we know then, too.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        I think there’s more than one. You know evil always comes in an axis.

  3. janessa31888 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    And the losing continues. Thankfully, the newest book from my favorite suspense author came out today so I can distract my mind from this aggravating streak of all around stinkiness.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:05 AM

      A rough year for the Indians so far, especially after outperforming expectations last year.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    A full slate of games today and while most US fans will not be focused on the Royals / Jays game, it will be important for a couple of Blue Jay players. It will be the Jays debut for second baseman Chris Getz and he will be facing his former team. It might also be the last start for Dustin McGowan. If he can’t go very deep into the game, he will likely be sent to the bullpen and be replaced in the rotation by Marcus Stroman. Stroman has been pitching very well in Buffalo as has Sean Nolin. Brandon Morrow should not be feeling very comfortable either, as Nolin’s era after 4 starts in Buffalo is 1.96. Nolin is throwing harder this season than he did last year.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      I had forgot Getz was in the Toronto organization. Have fun, maybe he won’t be as maddening for you as he was for us. Although, the maddening part wasn’t Getz’ fault. It was Dayton Moore’s stubbornness in sticking with him when a replacement player could have been had for nothing.

      I like the Royals to take 2 of 3 this week. Vargas-Chen-Ventura. With the loss coming with Bruce Chen and his ERA over 7 tomorrow night.

  5. Kevin S. - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Looks like renaado and pc have drawn the harpy straws today. Good job, guys!

    • renaado - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      Harpies strikes back I’d say. I wouldn’t call this an achievement though, LoL.

      • aresachaela - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:48 AM

        Don’t worry Ren! I thumbed up your post there XD!!

      • renaado - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        Achaela… Now the harpy’s are comin to you.

      • aresachaela - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        HAHA XD!! Like I’d let this event bother me.

    • renaado - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Hey Kevin does this happen often at other sites too?

  6. lewp - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Looked like Gray owned the rangers last night.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      If it doesn’t say so on Wikipedia it’s not true.

  7. indaburg - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    The Rays pitching continues to underwhelm and ChiSox batters took advantage. Abreu, dang. He looked like he was taking batting practice. He’s my definite early pick for RoY. Lacking the pitching depth to sustain the loss of both Cobb and Moore (thanks, Colome), these are dark days in the bay. Record is currently 11-15, cellar dwellars at 4.5 games back. I forgot what the cellar looked liked. Dusty. It’s still early, but they can’t afford to fall back any further. Érik Bédard goes tonight against Lackey. I don’t expect Bédard to staunch the bleeding.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Abreu looks like a heady mix of ROY / MVP in the making. He real strong.

      The floating carpets are floating below the thermal layer to avoid sonar arrays, just like last April. September is really Maddon-Time.

      Erik Bedard is a cheap fall-back position, and John Lackey is the purported ace of the Sawks. If the Rays drop the Sawks, it’ll be time to grab … oh wait, don’t want to get banned.

      • indaburg - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        I’m going to report this comment as offensive to be on the safe side.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        That’s probably the safest course of action.

  8. thedoubleentandres - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Can someone explain this to me…nearly everytime I see an outfielder make a catch they do a little Bull horns/Finger Waggle type thing and I always wonder does this mean anything? Is it somethin to do with the shift or is it jus a way of saying Hell Yea I made a catch.

    • mckludge - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      They are telling the rest of the team how many outs there are. It’s a fundamental that they teach from little league. Make sure everyone on the team knows how many outs there are. 1 finger – 1 out, 2 fingers (“bull horns”) – 2 outs.

      • thedoubleentandres - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Ahhhhhh I see. I always did like you mckludge

    • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      And why do we make sure the OF players all know how many outs there are? Because no one wants to be John Kruk…

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Dagnabbit Cur, I’d forgotten about that and now you remind me. It’s like whenever I go to Rogers Centre they’ll put up the dreaded Joe Carter home run on the big screen. Every. Single. Game. Really, as a Phan visiting that stadium is an endurance test.

        May the thumb harpy visit you and peck your thumbs today!

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        That’s my all time favourite John Kruk Moment. I love that little 20 second clip of it. its short, gets the point across and makes Phans cringe. It has it all.

        Now the Joe Carter/Mitch Williams WS Homer is on a different level. Its The Bacon to the Kruk “How Many Outs, John?” lettuce-and-tomato video. Its SOOOOO delicious…..

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Not as much fun as all that Pooch Humping that went on in Beaver land last night. We never saw a team actually go that far into the negative before.

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Please. Have some decorum. The Zen Beaver Nation is in mourning. Also, I fell asleep and missed the whole debacle pretty much.

        I suspect the ~75 point difference in score will hold up, so this week is going to be all about me whining in as creative a manner as possible. I’m also going to perfect my thousand-yard-stare-of-pathos, too. I want to get it to the same wattage Jon has his at: Extinguish-Tire-Fire.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        We’ve been waiting for the rant since this morning. I predicted you would go all Dark Helmet on your team.

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Well, the bulk of my team hasn’t played but the rant is brewing up. We’ll see the lay of the land after this nights work. My Boys have to try and deal with a suddenly potent KC Royals. This should be nerve wracking stuff.

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Kruk’s skills and attention to the game are just as sharp as a “baseball analyst” for ESPN as this fine clip shows what they were when he “played”. I watched the Yanks-Angels game the other night (since I am way too cheap for YES, it was an opportunity to see a game.) Kruk must have made me yell at my TV at least a dozen times, “will you just shut up?” The only reason I did not mute it was that I love the buzz of the crowd between bits of game action (as long as the ESPN clowns stayed quiet.) That calm sound of a baseball game on TV is the quintessential sound of a summer night for me (but I grew up listening to Yanks and Mets games on free TV when almost every game was on.)

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Ah Krukker The Analyst. He does not shut up, does he? This is why I listen to the visitor feed when The Phils play at home and the home feed when they’re on the road.

      • stex52 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Check later, guys. I’m building up a rant about a certain ace pitcher I drafted.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        I’d humbly suggest this wasn’t the definitive Kruk moment. That was when he totally bailed while facing Randy Johnson in an All-Star Game. As in, “I ain’t gettin’ killed in no exhibition game!”

  9. tmohr - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    “The Rockies are averaging 5.48 runs per game, leading all of baseball.”

    The Rockies have scored 7.42 runs per game at Coors, and 3.93 on the road. Business as usual.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Thank you! My first thought (without the precise numbers) when I read that line. Coors, the place pitchers go to die and hitters go to pretend they’ve got it.

  10. moogro - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Can we all just nickname Coors the Humidor?

  11. [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Completely offtopic, but goodbye vivabear! Don’t let the door hit you in your ass on the way out!

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Boo the full comments didnt nest: let’s try this one:

    • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      /golf clap

      • nbjays - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Golf clap, hell…. standing O is more like it.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Craig was admiring his homer there, but you just jumped in the pool celebrating, fka COPO.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        I’m not a pool person, I’m more of a “salsa dance around the bases” kind of guy (especially the one who can’t dance).

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Don’t pee in the salsa! Take your time around the bases.

  12. dluxxx - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Test test test…

    • dluxxx - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Whew…. I posted one earlier that didn’t take and I thought I was a goner…

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        To paraphrase an old baseball anecdote about Hornsby (not the musical one) – “when that comment is over the line, Mr. Calcaterra will let you know.”

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        The 1991 World Series was a tragic miscarriage of justice for which we weep bitter tears>


      • dluxxx - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Yes. Very much so. Ron Gant was obviously pulled off the base, and Jack Morris was a roider. No other explanation makes sense….

      • Old Gator - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Next step is to petition the Craigster to get rid of the thumbs. Leave the idiocy back on Facebook where it belongs.

        Incidentally, Craig asked me – seriously – to let those of us who have his email or are on Twitter to let him know when someone goes over the line. He’s got tons of stuff to do putting these blogs together and doing other NBC work and hasn’t had as much time to spend on the comment sections as he used to. He would have taken out most of yesterday’s trash a long time ago if he had seen some of the comments they had been making.

        He doesn’t want to lose good people from the commentariat because the site has become unpleasant or abusive. Ergo, if we notice someone committing some of the cardinal sins Craig outlined yesterday in his now-hear-this post, he asks that we alert him ASAP rather than just wait for him to spot transgressions himself, because he may not have the time. This doesn’t mean to get over-sensitive and load up his inbox, but to make a note of it when the obviously excessive stuff goes on.

      • dluxxx - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Yeah, I normally don’t get too excessive unless I was playing with the trolls or the bigots. Otherwise I play nice for the most part. Except for the occasional ribbing of Historio and her Tiggers.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        OG – “He doesn’t want to lose good people from the commentariat because the site has become unpleasant or abusive.”

        I feel certain that you meant to say he eventually noticed that the site has been positively hemorrhaging good commenters since the Yahoo merger.

        I engaged him in endless debate during the Circling the Bases startup time over banning a group of commenters, he wanted nothing to do with it. I’ve emailed him countless times over specific comments Unclean Harold, Sewerbear, and others. Nothing.

        Too bad so many good horses had to leave before he figured out it’s his job to shut the barn door.

        Any idea why he suddenly decided to give a crap?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        what does the “report comment” feature do?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        probably not enough unless a ton of people do it. I’ve accidentally hit it once or twice =\

        Any idea why he suddenly decided to give a crap?

        Probably the website’s exposure. Even the most controversial threads in the beginning topped out around 100 comments, but most were 10-20. Look at some of the old WS threads in ’09 with the Yanks and Phils, maybe 30-40 comments. Now a monday morning ATH has 60+.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        OG-good to know, and I’m glad that those two were banned. I know a couple of people have come out and said they would not comment any longer because of the deteriorating atmosphere in the comments section, and I certainly have scaled back. So maybe it’s time to ramp up again.

  13. beermakers - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Before Davis hit his go ahead triple, the LF for StL. had a chance to get him out but intentionally didn’t catch a ball that went foul, because he knew he couldn’t throw Lucroy out and he would be the go ahead run.

    Instead Davis tripled to right and later scoring a run.

    The “wily vet” maneuver would up backfiring, in a big way.

    • glennsyank13 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Either way a run scored or would have scored. Might as well try and not let any run score.

      • beermakers - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Yeah a run would have scored either way, except the way he went about it he wound up giving away 2 runs.

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