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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 2, 2014, 6:29 AM EDT

Roenis Elias AP

Mariners 4, Yankees 2: Rookie Roenis Elias struck out ten Yankees in seven innings. Not bad. Robinson Cano doubled and drove in two. The Mariners take both games of the abbreviated series and have won five of six overall.

Rays 2, Red Sox 1; Rays 6, Red Sox 5: The Rays did NOT want to play a doubleheader yesterday to make up Wednesday’s rainout. Boston did. Be careful what you wish for Boston, because you done got swept. Replay controversy in the first game, where Dustin Pedroia was called out at home in the seventh. Replay made it appear as if he was safe, but it was ruled “inconclusive” and the call on the field stood. The Sox’ third base coach was ejected for arguing after the replay call. Pedroia and Jake Peavy each made comments after the game critical of replay. Expect fines and stuff. In game 2, Yunel Escobar homered off Koji Uehara leading off the ninth to put the Rays up for good.

Reds 8, Brewers 3: Brayan Pena hit a pinch-hit homer that sparked a five-run rally in the eighth. Big catches from both center fielders in this one: Billy Hamilton with a diving catch of a Carlos Gomez line drive and Gomez robbing Joey Votto of a home run. Hamilton sprained his hand on his and will miss some time.

Marlins 5, Braves 4: And the sweep. The first two games of the series were blowouts, the third a tight one. Either way the Braves are happy to be leaving Miami. It was the first time the Marlins have swept the Braves at home in almost eight years.

Dodgers 9, Twins 4; Dodgers 4, Twins 3: Four hits and two RBI in the first game for Yasiel PuigScott Van Slyke and Drew Butera came up big in the nightcap, each homering in the 12th. Not bad for a warm weather team who looked pretty uncomfortable in cold Minneapolis conditions.

Rockies 7, Mets 4: Juan Nicasio was a one-man gang: he pitched seven scoreless innings and drove in three runs. Also a One Man Gang?

Orioles 5, Pirates 1; Orioles 6, Pirates 5: A rare single-admission doubleheader. I’d be curious to see the actual number of people who stayed for all 19 innings and all seven hours and five minutes of baseball + the time between games. Steve Pearce had three hits and two RBI in the opener. Not bad for a guy who the Orioles released a couple of days ago. The nightcap featured the return of Manny Machado, and it also featured a walkoff homer by Matt Wieters in the 10th. 

Blue Jays 7, Royals 3: The Jays salvage one. Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus each homered and drove in two runs. Mark Buehrle worked in a lot of trouble, but notched is fifth win.

And with that I’m out of here for the weekend. Aaron and the fellas will be covering today. I lucked into some Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets, so as you read this I am heading down to Louisville for a Decadent and Depraved weekend. Well, not that depraved. I’m going far more southern dandy than Hunter S. Thompson here. I mean, I even got a bow tie.

Have a nice weekend, y’all.


  1. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Have a great time in Kentucky Craig. Give us an update on the bourbon when you return.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    A couple of recent roster moves paid off for the Jay’s yesterday. Playing second base and hitting second, Chris Getz was 2 for 5 and had 2 stolen bases. Nether Goins or Diaz would have given them that production. He was hitting second because Melky was still hurting. Replacing Melky in left field was Anthony Gose. Gose was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. He also threw out a runner at home. If the recently departed Moises Sierra had been in left field, the Jays might have lost the game. Aaron Loup threw a very efficient 22 pitches over 2.3 innings for the save.

    • nbjays - May 2, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      Lots of movement in the AL East yesterday. The Rays swept the doubleheader from the Red Sox and moved into a tie with Boston for last in the division. The Yankees lost and Baltimore won two, so the O’s are a mere half game back of the Empire. The Jays win puts them alone in 3rd, but things are so tight that a Jays loss last night would have had them below Boston and Tampa.

      The AL East is currently the tightest division, slightly ahead of the NL East, with only 3 games separating first and last.

    • sportsdrenched - May 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      I said the Royals would take two of three from the Jays, they did that. I consider yesterday just one of them games a team will have over the course of a season.

      Although, Chris Getz getting 5 AB’s in a game, and hitting in 2 of them is troubling to me. Do better Royals!

      Now, Now they need to get 2 of 3, if not sweep the Tigers.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    A few notes on the O’s games:

    -The first game had a 20+ minute rain delay mid-game. The second game was delayed 45 minutes due to rain. And by the time the second game of the double header ended? It was around 1am-ish, which gave the O’s players minimal time to turn around, jump on a plane, and head out for a road series against the Twins.

    -As for attendance? I know there were plenty of bodies out there yesterday. And as much as I don’t WANT to think it had something to do with the “I Like Our Guys” tee shirt giveaway (that’t a Buck-ism for those non-O’s fans)? I’m sure it did. However I cannot assume many bodies were left by 1am this morning still watching the second game.

    -We need more Buck-isms.

    • southpaw2k - May 2, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      I really want one of those “I Like Our Guys” t-shirts. I looked online to see if they were sold anywhere and haven’t had any luck finding them yet.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        I’m with ya. My coworker was trying to grab me one last night. We’ll see how that goes…

        They also need a “Wan-To” shirt.

        If you want to see a great list of Buck-isms, check this out-

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Update: Got my “I Like Our Guys” shirt. And it is awesome.

    • historiophiliac - May 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      A friend of mine was at the afternoon game. He said they played Riders on the Storm during the rain delay. Funny.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      The replay of Wieter’s homerun showed a VERY empty park. Not a big surprise considering multiple rain delays, crappy weather, and a Thursday night. I couldn’t stay up long enough to see the ending myself. Biggest surprise of the night, and a note I’m really surprised I didn’t get noted: Tillman used 49 freaking pitches in the first inning alone. And the team still managed a sweep of the double header. That pitching staff is in desperate need of a Maddox in Minnesota tonight.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        I saw Tillman hit 49 in the first (and somehow only managed to give up 2 runs), but he did settle in after that and went the next 3 2/3IP on 63 pitches. So props to him for that.

        Hopefully we can get the starters deep this weekend BUT I don’t see that happening tonight. Ubaldo is pitching. Nuff said.

  4. aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Elias is darn good! Kuroda is decent striking out 7 but still overpowered… Ellsbury may the Homeruns keep going if you can I’ll be rooting for it XD!

  5. aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Craig! Good luck there! Please tell us if you found some Kentucky Fried Chicken joint there XD!!

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      I think this is more Craig’s style

  6. valentin10 - May 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Reblogged this on Mon site officiel / My official website.

  7. renaado - May 2, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    You fought hard Braves, you fought hard and thats all that matters, Truly a close game that never fails to disapoint.

    • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      REN!! Both of our teams lost so no bet won alright? HAHA XD!!

      • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 7:50 AM

        Since when was the time you paid me even one peso when my team won and yours haven’t?

      • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        😛 .

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        I think we need to pull back on the “XD” a little bit there.

      • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        But… I’ve been doing this for a long time now, ever since I joined this site last month 😦 .

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        Yanno.. no room for bitterness on this board. I’ll allow it!! XD !!

      • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        YAY!! 😀

  8. koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Hey Minnesota –
    I wrote this haiku for you.
    Thanks for all the fish:

    The color purple…
    Alice Walker has issues
    But Prince is the King.

    • happytwinsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Hey evil empire
      Your warriors did very (too) well
      Have a nice flight back

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        They go straight to Miami
        And then to D.C.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Silly Thumb Harpy
      I am revered in Japan
      For these very skills

  9. renaado - May 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Hmm, so far this Harpy’s or whatever this is seems to thumbs up unrelated statements for example valentin10 like here.

    • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      This harpy is an event LOL!! I’ve seen worse back at the PBA site in facebook though.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Isn’t it funny how the Harpies rise up when you least expect it, then disappear without notice the next day?

      • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        True. I’m really curios about that.

      • southpaw2k - May 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Sign that it’s clearly Friday and I’m already on weekend time: I swear when I first read your line, I thought you said, “Isn’t it funny how the Herpes rise up when you least expect it….”

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        SP- So you’re saying it’s a good thing I said the Harpies rise up as opposed to flare up?

      • southpaw2k - May 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        If you had said “flare up,” I’d probably have to run to the eye doctor to get my eyes checked. Or take the rest of the day off.

        One of the two.

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Limited internet access at his or her mental institution is my guess.

  10. clydeserra - May 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Pedroia looked like he missed the plate to me.

    Maybe his foot touched the black, which isn’t part of the plate.

    • ezthinking - May 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      There wasn’t any angle that showed he touched the plate. The Red Sox are the biggest bunch of whiners going.

  11. dillongeeescapeplan - May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Frustrating losses, especially when you aren’t used to Uehara blowing saves. 😦

  12. Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM


    • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      BASEMENT!! Cover XD!!

    • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      LOL. Just don’t mind it that much.

    • nbjays - May 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Small things amuse small minds, Eutaw. Happy Friday!

  13. uyf1950 - May 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Disappointing 2 game series with the Mariners. But the great thing about baseball is this time of the season there is always tomorrow.

    • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Agree with that, Tomorrows game is definitely for the Yankees!!

  14. happytwinsfan - May 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Let’s not concern ourselves with something as trivial as game outcomes, shall we?

    The Twins called up Kris Johnson for his second major league start in 8 years of trying.

    I was expecting to see a fresh faced kid, glowing with excitement. Instead I saw a 29 year old journey man with the little train that could expression. “I think I can I think I can I think I can I know I…”. Even better.

    Let’s see: $10,000,000 (about average Dodger player salary) / ( 500 (at bats) * 4 (pitches per at bat) ) = $5,000.00 per pitch SEEN (not just hit fair , not just hit fair or foul, not even just swung at, but all of the above plus those just looked at). This is the lineup that the little train held scoreless all by himself for four.

    Leaving the game with one out in the fourth, the pitch count in the nineties (almost half a million bucks!), runners at the corners, but still no runs in, there was a very nice cheer from, given the sparseness of a chilly makeup game, crowd at the Hubert H Humphrey Metro No Dome. It ain’t all just about winning don’t cha know.

    The somewhat more talented younger reliever elicited a double play to end the inning, and the never say die young middle age man, has a league leading Major League Baseball ERA of 0.00. Wish I had something like that to tell my grandkids about.

  15. indaburg - May 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Rays do NOT like day to night doubleheaders. We do like them here, we do not like them there. we would not like them anywhere.

    Sox, if you let us be
    We will try them
    You will see.

    Say! We like them!
    We will play them in the rain!
    We will play them all again!
    We like sweeping day night doubleheaders!
    We even like them wearing sweaters!
    Thank you Sox!

    • clydeserra - May 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      the red sox (and cubs) have special rules that let them dictate rain outs.

      Its sad how MLB caters to them.

    • natstowngreg - May 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      And thank you, Doctor Seuss!

  16. dluxxx - May 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    What a miserable day yesterday. Stayed home from work with a sinus infection. Figured, “Hey, I can watch the Twins double header.” I ended up feeling more miserable than I did before. Ish.

  17. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Wow, the thumbdown are strong in today’s thread.

    • aresachaela - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      I’m sure they’ll just miss Craig for the weekend XD.

  18. stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Enjoy the Mint Julips, Sundresses and big Hats CC!
    Oh…and please put $20.00 on every 5 horse for me. Again…$20.00 on every 5 horse.
    The Derby, the Oaks, etc… Any winnings will be split right down the middle for your trouble.

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Stephanie Abrams was dolled up to kill in her annual RFTR dress and bonnet this morning. And then there’s Al Roker sitting next to her. Talk about the princess and the toad. It made me imagine Craig at the Derby in a bonnet – and let’s face it, he needs it a lot worse than Stephanie does. Anyone out there good with Photoshop? Come on – don’t let this one slip by.

      Anyway, I overslept after staying up until four thirty this morning jotting down notes comparing the stylistic innovations of Kerouac’s Subterraneans and Tristessa and by now the whole Feesh sweep of the Braves thing is old news. So, I will merely make the observation – lost in Fat Fredi’s brouhaha over “stolen signs” (remember those German commandos dressed as GIs switching road signs in The Battle of the Bulge? Spoiler alert: Telly Savalas orfed ’em.) was the momentous news that the Feesh have climbed over the shellshocked, deeply embittered Braves and hauled themselves back onto the Strange Attractor at last. It’s hovering up there, wobbling a bit under the unaccustomed weight, but it must feel to the Feesh like a desert island burgeoning with coconuts to the ossifers of the HMS Bounty.

      Last thing I heard about the stolen sign controversy was that, after examining all the different levels of the outfield stands and checking the pasties of the dancers at the Clevelander for hidden cameras, and finally realizing that there’s no place to hide in Tommy, Fat Fredi now claims the signs were stolen by a guy with high powered binoculars in the Goodyear Blimp. Now all he has to do is explain how that guy was able to see through the closed roof of Macondo Banana Massacre Field. Good luck, Gordito.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        I don’t know which is funnier. The image of the Princess and the Toad or C.C. a bonnet!

  19. jimeejohnson - May 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Still celebrating certain hateful individuals getting banned. See ya!

  20. umrguy42 - May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Dat Hat… Craig, I’m sorry, but with that hat (why does it look so *big*?) and those sunglasses in the last picture, you look like you’re about 15 :p

    But bow ties are cool.

  21. APBA Guy - May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    No A’s game yesterday, and there was already a picture of Reddick with his Pedroia bobblehead in another post, so some random observations.

    Is Uehara healthy, or is age 39 just catching up to him? He’s been leaving the ball up in the zone, without movement, a lot so far this year. That shot that Escobar hit was just hammered.

    Conversely, is Balfour healthy? Only hitting 92 on the gun, and mixing in a ton of sliders, this isn’t the same guy I saw in Oakland the last two years.

    Evan Longoria’s OPS is about .720. Will Maddon drop him from clean-up until he gets his stroke back?

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