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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 5, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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For those who care, I had an excellent weekend at the Kentucky Derby. Well, in terms of fun and mint julep drinking anyway. My gambling didn’t go so hot. I tried to find baseball-related bets wherever I could find them. The Derby itself had two that caught my eye: General A Rod which, for cryin’ out loud, if I’m not betting on that horse I’m not betting at all. Also: Commanding Curve, which I bet on for Clayton Kershaw reasons. A Rod was, not surprisingly, history’s greatest monster, finishing 11th. Commanding Curve placed, but I bet on him to win. I also threw a karma bet to Vicar’s In Trouble because I liked that he had a woman jockey. He finished 19th out of 19 so, well, blah.

I won with the bourbon every single time, however. I also looked absolutely effing amazing in my Derby finery, so it was a successful weekend. If you want to read my extended thoughts on the Derby and my weekend there, feel free to head over to this writeup at my personal blog. Now, on to the baseball:

Rays 5, Yankees 1: A standup, three-run inside-the-park home run for Wil Myers. Which, hey, great for him. But can someone tell me where the heck Carlos Beltran was as that play was unfolding and why it took him so long to get to the ball after Ellsbury missed it? I know we don’t call errors when fielders some nowhere near the ball — and even if we did, it’s not like any reasonable system would actually charge Beltran with an error here such that Myers was deprived of his homer — but there is no way on Earth that play goes down like that if Beltran is properly playing his position. Guess it doesn’t matter, though given that the Yankees could only muster one run off Erik Bedard and the Rays’ pen. And that CC Sabathia gave up ten hits and couldn’t even make it out of the fourth.

White Sox 4, Indians 3: With the Tribe leading 3-1 in the ninth, Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer off John Axford. That’s a big ol’ “WELP” for the home crowd. Up to that point Corey Kluber had allowed only one run on three hits in eight innings while striking out 13, including one point where he struck out seven White Sox in a row. That and 50 cents gets him a bag of chips. Hell, may not even get him a bag of chips these days. I haven’t worked in an office with vending machines for a long time. What do chips cost?

Marlins 5, Dodgers 4Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in three and Jeff Baker hit the game-winning single to help the Marlins walk off in the ninth. The ball ricocheted off the wall and hit Yasiel Puig in the face as he went up to try to make the grab. He needed help getting off the field. Jose Fernandez was said to be lacking his normal command yesterday but still struck out ten dudes and was in line for the win until the pen blew it.

Giants 4, Braves 1: A week ago yesterday the Braves won a 1-0 game in ten innings and baseball scribes looking for something to write settled on “The Braves are surging and their rotation is frickin’ awesome,” or words to that effect. They haven’t won a game since. Brandon Crawford‘s two home runs and Madison Bumgarner‘s six strong innings sent the Braves down to their six straight defeat. They’ve scored ten runs in those six losses. Meanwhile, the Giants have won five straight and nine of ten.

Blue Jays 7, Pirates 2: A Colby Rasmus grand slam in the second and a Melky Cabrera two-run homer in the fifth made this one a laugher. Rasmus doubled and singled too, putting him [altogether now] a triple short of the cycle. With it the Blue Jays prevent the Pirates from sweeping, but they’ve still lost nine of thirteen.

Twins 5, Orioles 2: The Twins take two of three from Baltimore with the help of a bases-loaded walk and a two-run triple from Kurt Suzuki and six and two-thirds surprisingly good innings from Phil Hughes. Joe Mauer left the game with back spasms. He’s day-to-day.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single in the 10th helping the A’s avert a sweep. Jim Johnson saved it in the tenth with the help from a sweet play by Daric Barton to gun down Will Middlebrooks at third base and then from a game-ending double play to squelch the would-be rally.

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Mets 5, Rockies 1: Gee. No, GTE. No, Gee, you old man who remembers more 1980s and 90s TV commercials than he does stuff someone told him an hour ago. Dillon Gee with six shutout innings. Which I originally wrote as “shoutout innings,” which would have been cool too.

Mariners 8, Astros 7Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist each drove in two, helping Collin McHugh to is first major league humbling in this three-start season (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER).

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3: The Padres avoid the sweep. Even in the loss, though, the Dbacks have to be pretty encouraged by their weekend.

Reds 4, Brewers 3: Tenth inning, score tied at 3 with two outs. Chris Heisey draws a four-pitch walk from Tyler Thornburgh and Todd Frazier follows with the game-winning double. Three of four for the Reds. If the Brewers have another series or two like this no one will be asking all of those “are the Brewers for real?” questions.

Tigers 9, Royals 4: Justin Verlander had a no-hitter into the sixth and was staked to a 7-0 lead before he faltered. So, no, this one was not in doubt. Torii Hunter drove in three with a couple of RBI singles.

Phillies 1, Nationals 0: Seven and a third shutout innings for Fauxsto Carmona, besting Gio Gonzalez in a pitchers’ duel. A Chase Utley RBI single in the first was all of the scoring in this one.

Rangers 14, Angels 3: Two RBI doubles for Prince Fielder and four RBI including a three-run homer for Michael Choice to lead the Rangers’ hit parade. Not the prettiest outing ever for Yu Darvish but with that kind of run support he could afford it. Ugly all around for the Halos.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4: Too exhausted to do anything put put up the score. I’ll update the specifics in the morning.


  1. lewp - May 5, 2014 at 5:21 AM

    Wow Craig, it’s 4:20 AM in Texas and you already have the results up for Sunday? That just means you were up late.
    I suppose when Prince Fielder hits, you stay awake. Let’s hope you lose more sleep in the future.

  2. maddog11896 - May 5, 2014 at 5:26 AM

    Go Brewers!!!

  3. ch0psuey - May 5, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Was only able to watch two games today, SF-ATL and my Padres against the Dbacks. Learned a couple things in the SF-ATL game…. I believe there is an obvious VooDoo Hex if you ever play a team with 3 starting players with the first name Brandon. B.Crawford had a pretty good day and Madbum is just wicked,

    In the Padre game Rene Rivera came up big again, which I found kind of funny as there were two catchers in the Padres starting lineup. Yasmani Grandal played at first today as Yonder Alonso sat out and Rivera caught. Funny thing as Yonder Alonso got double switched in the 8th and hit a infield bloop in the 9th to score Cameron Maybin and get the walkoff.

    My son who is playing Pony baseball won both of his games this weekend and the kicker is he is on the Padres and they play the Giants in the Winners Bracket this Thursday, hehe good stuff.

  4. kiwicricket - May 5, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    Is Brett Gardner’s nickname ‘Fetus’ in the Yankee clubhouse?

  5. renaado - May 5, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Guhh… 6 games now, Hopin the Braves should snap this streak against the Cardinals tomorrow. Awesome to see you back again Craig!.

  6. dondada10 - May 5, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Colin McHugh started a bunch of games for the Mets and Rockies the last two years.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 5, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      Gah. Oops.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Sooo…you didn’t place any bets ANY (#5) horses? I told you I would split any and all profits. It’s a sure a thing as there is CC. With little to no financial input from your end of things.

  7. riceforpres27 - May 5, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    It was Hernandez not carmona pitching for phils

    • renaado - May 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM


    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 5, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      It wasn’t as big a story as some others:

      “He was a regular part of the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation for six years under the name of Fausto Carmona, which he had used to obtain a visa to pitch in the United States. After his true name and age were revealed (he had claimed to be three years younger than he is), he missed much of the 2012 season due to lack of a valid visa, followed by a suspension from MLB for identity fraud.”

    • clydeserra - May 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Carmona, not glue

  8. Jonny 5 - May 5, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Well at least you found no dead bodies in your rental like a certain Minnesota fan did I know of who is a long time hbt reader.

    • paperlions - May 5, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Well, that’s just terrifying. I suppose now I have to ask the rental agent if they checked for dead bodies before taking possession of the rental.

      • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        Yikes! That version of the Derby is all Elmore Leonard instead of Hunter S. Thompson. I pick neither.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 5, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Glad to see you back Jonny! Where you been?

  9. proudlycanadian - May 5, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    The Yankees seem to have only one reliable starting pitcher. Sabathia is having difficulty morphing into a soft tossing lefty. I am certain that they will be looking closely at the upcoming free agent pitchers. It would be fun if they went after Lester. Of course, there is a chance that the Red Sox might be sending Lester to LA at the trade deadline.

  10. baberuthslegs - May 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Craig, you looked amazing, but not as “amazing” as Johnny Weir. I’m still shaking my head at how “amazing” he looked.

    • umrguy42 - May 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      The dark jacket for Craig was better, IMO. With the light one, he just needed the right hat, and he could go dancing with Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews…

  11. proudlycanadian - May 5, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Earlier in the season, Dustin McGowan had been running out of gas after about 65 pitches. Yesterday he threw 101 pitches over 7 innings giving up 1 run. McGowan has an insulin pump because he is diabetic; however, he had not been using the pump while pitching. Yesterday he did use the insulin pump and the difference in his stamina was noticeable.

    Defensively, Bret Lawrie had a good game while playing second base and Juan Francisco had a decent game playing third. Adam Lind (DH and 1B) will come off the DL on Wednesday. Once Lind returns, expect the Jays to frequently go with a similar lineup to the one they used yesterday to keep both Lind’s and Francisco’s bats in the lineup.

  12. johnnysoda - May 5, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    I, too, was at the Derby, plus the Oaks the day before, and made some pretty nice money. I didn’t have the winner (California Chrome), but I did use him in some multi-race bets, which won me some money. It was mostly the other races on the day that did me some good. Watching Wise Dan- considered by some to be the greatest grass horse in American racing history- win the race before the Derby was a blast.

    Didn’t like General A Rod at all (had a great trip in his last race and didn’t fire), and thought Commanding Curve’s chances were slim (but I thought he has a chance to improve later in the year). And Goddamnit Craig, everyone knows only one horse has won from the 1 post in the last 50 years! Those are the kind of horses you toss out instantly.

    Anyway, so the day after the Derby, I went to the Reds game. Well, technically, I only went outside of the stadium, because the game was at 4 (!!!), and my flight was at 5. So I got some Skyline chili and went to the Reds museum, which was a pretty cool place. They have this exhibit on the wall where they have 4,256 balls on the wall to represent Pete Rose’s record, plus a white rose bush outside the museum where his 4,192nd hit landed. So that was pretty cool.

    Final note- no, I did not see Craig. I looked, though.

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Skyline? Meh. It’s OK in a pinch for a serious jones, assuming you can find the chilli under all that cheese, but it’s rotgut compared to Empress Chili ten minutes from the airport in Florence – no comparison! – and Camp Washington chili, prince of ’em all, just orf I-75 ten minutes north of downtown. At least you didn’t descend to Gold Star.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Skyline chili sucks. The state of Ohio (and my Redlegs loving buddies) think they have the chili market cornered however. Nasty stuff. I don’t need vinegar, cinnamon (or nutmeg)…whatever the hell it is…in my chili.

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        If some nincompoop hadn’t decided to call a late Minoan pasta sauce “chilli” in the first place, you wouldn’t have a horn to toot, fella. It’s like calling your feet “dogs.” It’s not Tex Mex chilli and was never really meant to be confused with it. I think of it as “Cincinnati Sludge.” and dearly love it, when done right. Skyline, whose founders popularized the sauce from Kastorini stateside many moons ago, still claim originary credit for their current mass produced product which I seriously doubt tastes anything like what Nick Lambrinides served in 1915. When they started putting pinto beans in the five-way, they started calling it “chilli” for lack of anything better to call it, and it stuck. A confusion of metaphors, is all. Ahh, but served over spaghetti, I will take it over any slobber of tomato sauces.

  13. goodellisruiningtheleague - May 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Should’ve just bet Commanding Curve across the board

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I was just reading in Kiplinger that the average racehorse costs $75,000 or so plus around $25,000 per year to board, which doesn’t include veterinary services. For that kind of money, I hope they throw in the plow for free.

  14. philsphilsphils - May 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Not surprised to see the Braves coming back down to earth. In the end I see the Nationals getting their act together and taking the division back.

    • NatsLady - May 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Phils played well, expecially one Mr. Jimmy Rollins, who was dynamite on the field and hustling on the basepaths. Makes you wonder–he seems motivated.

  15. Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Thanks to Craig for clarifying how Yasiel Puig totaled himself out hitting a padded fence; so Jeff Baker’s double ricocheted into his face? Yeah, that’ll do it. The guy walks in armor like a knight, though; he’ll be OK.

    El Keed’s location wasn’t all that bad yesterday, ackcherley. Bucknor wasn’t giving him the corners. In addition, one of his walks, one of the runs and two of the hits he gave up were just after being tagged on the upper thigh, uncomfortably close to the eggs, by a line shot orf the bat of Dee Gordon in the sixth. Otherwise, 10 Ks in 7 eenings, two earned runs. He takes it. Abuela takes it too – there were many cutaways to her and his mother standing, whistling, cheering and applauding – but, mercifully, no shots of their faces after he took that liner in the leg. Scrooge McLoria’s camera crews are nothing if not….tasteful.

    And after spending the night stranded on the strange attractor, the Feesh have managed to levitate themselves above it again, but those gossamer reality waves still tug, ever so subtly, from below. Sitting snugly in the basement of the division, which is separated from bottom to top by exactly 1.5 games, the Rainbow Warriors are poised to climb over the Mutts this week if they can keep running on the home cooking like this.

    So the Feesh sweep the Braves and take two out of three from the Bums, two very good teams, and now entertain the Mutts. Eovaldi vs. Niese. Both teams have been playing over their heads lately, so this should be an interesting matchup.

  16. historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    This is a pet peeve. She’s a female jockey. Woman is a noun, and in this case you are most certainly referring to her sex so you need the adjective “female” instead. Thank you for not using jockette…or lady jockey.

    • nbjays - May 5, 2014 at 9:08 AM


      • aresachaela - May 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Pffft XD.

      • clydeserra - May 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM


    • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Female woman?

      • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM


      • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Okay, just wanted to be sure in this case. I once dated a parthenogenic woman and the amniocenteses to beat all those paternity suits cost me a bloody fortune.

      • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        I don’t think it occurred to Craig what the literal meaning of his compound noun would be, but such language is too, too gauche for Derby society. As for you, OG, no one doubts your sordid associations with Victoria and the other old queens.

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Lou Reed had me beat by miles.

  17. phillysports1 - May 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM


  18. aresachaela - May 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Lay off the tea party next time Beltran.

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      He wasn’t high. He was just having one of those dreams where you’re running and running and not going anywhere.

  19. Liam - May 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Chips here cost 55 cents. Total pain to have to find a nickel whenever I want SunChips.

  20. sportsdrenched - May 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Ahh, We’re through one of the three weekends of the year everyone pretends to be into horse racing.

    The Royals got swept by the Tigers and looked pretty lame doing it. Which means…..I don’t even like baseball anymore. (until tonight)

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I am not even a little bit into horseracing. However, I am into glue and dog food.

      • johnnysoda - May 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Your loss, man.

    • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      And, yet, I am still mad at Country Breakfast for ruining EVERYTHING. But, we looked pretty good. We are starting to warm up.

      And, people are only really into being seen and the fashion. I don’t think we’ll get a Seabiscuit-type craze again. By “people,” of course, I mean “Craig.” You can take the boy out of West-By-God-Virginia…

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Only time of the year when nobody mocks his foppishness. He gets away with that Braves cap the rest of the season. Now if we could only talk him into a propeller beanie….

      • sportsdrenched - May 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        You can tell from the write-ups Craig was only there to drink and gamble.

        Similar to the reasons I like to go fishing. Rarely do I care if we catch any beer, just as long as we drink all the fish.

      • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        If you join a book club, you don’t have to wear waders.

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        I thought so too, but the first discussion on our schedule was Trout Fishing in America by Brautigan.

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      You think so, hah? Try horsing a model airplane together some time.

  21. dluxxx - May 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I had a wonderful day at the Twins game yesterday. My fiancée surprised me with “Champions Club” tickets. Needless to say, it was a nice way to enjoy a beautiful (relatively speaking) spring day at Target Field. The seats were amazing, the food and drinks included with the seats was fantastic, and Phil Hughes didn’t stink it up. All in all a great day of baseball.

    We hung out for about an hour after the game and finished our drinks, and then ran into Gardenhire and Rick Anderson in the lounge as they were waiting for the bus to take them to the airport for the trip to Cleveland. We got some photos with them and I tried to talk baseball, but my beer-addled brain couldn’t put together any real cogent thoughts or points. So basically it was like, “Well that Dodger series sucked, but you guys were pretty good against the Orioles.”

    • dluxxx - May 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Also, the Twins had a lot of fun with the “Star Wars” day theme. They played the Imperial March while the Orioles players were announced, and things like that. My favorite was the take on the old “Walks Will Haunt” bit they took from the old Metrodome. Normally it’s a pixilated ghost saying “Walks Will Haunt” but instead they had Yoda saying “Haunt, Walks Will.” Instead. It was pretty funny, and also true as those 4 walks in the 5th inning ended up “driving in” the game winner.

    • happytwinsfan - May 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Luck out. I only got to watch the first three innings as my attendance was required at a family event where my grandson made me wear a Freddy Kruger Mask while he went Captain America on my ass.

      This was Hughes second good outing in a row. Maybe the next one won’t be a “surprise” to a certain Braves fan

    • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      That sounds awesome! I’m so jealous. I’m glad you had fun.

      • dluxxx - May 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Thanks! The best part was that I was going over the laundry list of things I was going to get done around the house. I had probably more than I was actually going to accomplish, but I was laying there listing the things I was going to do like finish raking the leaves, cleaning out the gutters, running some errands, putting down some fertilizer and grass seed in some spots of the yard, etc. As I was finishing up she was like “That’s a lot of stuff, you think you can get it all done?” and I was like, “Probably not.”

        Then her alarm went off and she was like “Time to get ready, it’s your day.” She’s normally terrible at keeping secrets, but she did a great job of it yesterday.

        I gotta be the luckiest man alive.

      • historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Sounds like it! That’s great.

  22. APBA Guy - May 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Very lucky win yesterday for the beloved A’s. Boston starting pitching in this series was excellent, but their bullpen looks shaky to me. I’d add Uehara to the list of “those who might have shoulder problems.” He doesn’t have the command he had last year, or the movement on his pitches.

  23. Andee - May 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Chips cost a dollar. I know.

  24. sandwiches4ever - May 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I think we should have an update next week when Beltran finally gets to that ball.

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