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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

May 6, 2014, 6:40 AM EDT

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Twins 1, Indians 0: Our season-long tribute to 1968 continued last night with four games in which the losing team was shut out. Here both teams posted goose eggs for nine innings and Eduardo Escobar‘s 10th inning homer was the only offense.

Nationals 4, Dodgers 0: A three hour-plus rain delay chased Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann. Five Nats relievers finished what Zimmermann started, however, completing the shutout. Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa two-run homers bookended the scoring here.

Tigers 2, Astros 0: Max Scherzer gambled by not taking what was reported to be a huge long term contract offer from the Tigers this past offseason, but so far the gamble is looking pretty good. He’s 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA after shutting down the Astros for eight innings on three hits while striking out nine. Anthony Bass pitched an inning for the Astros. He’s from the Detroit area and pitched at Wayne State. His mom was in the stands and the Fox Sports Detroit crew interviewed her and had the camera trained on her. Then he gave up a homer to Victor Martinez. So that was an uncomfortable bit of narrative building gone awry.

Blue Jays 3, Phillies 0: Old friend J.A. Happ shut out the Phillies for five and the bullpen carried it home. Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs in the first two innings. A costly win for the Jays, as they lost Brett Lawrie with a hamstring injury.

Cardinals 4, Braves 3: Lucky number seven losses in a row for Atlanta. This one despite Fredi Gonzalez’s tribute to Tony La Russa via batting the pitcher eighth. Ninth hitter Ramiro Pena went 2 for 4 and homered so I guess that sorta worked, but Gonzalez can manage the hell out of a game and it’s all for naught if the Uptons and Chris Johnson go a collective 0 for 11 and you spot the opposition a 5-0 lead. In other news, on April 10, Freddie Freeman said “pitchers got nothin’ to get me out with.” He went 2 for 4 last night but since then he’s batting .258. In the past ten days he’s batting .225. Guess those pitchers found something.

Angels 4, Yankees 1: Jered Weaver allowed one run over eight and Ernesto Frieri, apparently restored to closing duties by Mike Scioscia, handled the ninth. Joe Girardi and Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley were ejected in the eighth for arguing balls and strikes. I wonder if we’ll have a lot more of those this year. Managers can’t argue anything else anymore now that replay is here, so they have to channel that stuff someplace else, right?

Mariners 4, Athletics 2Stefen Romero‘s first major league homer broke the tie in the fifth and put Seattle up for good. Chris Young allowed two hits over six strong innings to win his second straight start

Marlins 4, Mets 3: The Mets took a 3-0 lead into the eighth but the Fish rallied for three that inning and walked off in the ninth on a Casey McGehee RBI single. That eighth inning rally came while Dice-K was pitching for the Mets, ruining a Jon Niese gem, so I assume that bullpen experiment with him is nearing an end.

Giants 11, Pirates 10: If the shutouts were an homage to 1968 this one was an homage to 1999: a long game with crappy pitching which ended on a bad defensive play. Of course that run scored on a bunt by one pitcher to the opposing pitcher, so there was some element of small-ball at play here. The Giants win their sixth straight after being down by six runs after five innings. In other news, one of the Pirates’ pleasant surprises last year — Jeff Locke — made his first big league start of the season here and looked terrible. Then again the Pirates as a whole, at 12-20, are reminding us all that it’s not 2013 again.

White Sox 3, Cubs 1: Baseball used to pump up these big city crosstown interleague rivalries with P.R. and weekend starts. Guess we don’t do that anymore, because I didn’t hear a peep about this one until I looked at the scores before bed last night. Anyway, Jose Quintana freakin’ rolled, allowing only one hit and a sac fly over seven innings and Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the top of the 12th. Jeff Samardzija deserved a better fate: he went nine, allowing only an unearned run on a sac fly in the first inning, but got no decision.

Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 3: Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer, walked three times, singled and drove in three. A lot of people say Gomez doesn’t respect the game. Who cares if he can play it this well. He’s at .291/.360/.567 on the season and is probably the best defensive center fielder in baseball. The game should respect him.

Rockies 8, Rangers 2: Troy Tulowitzki won the April Player of the Month Award yesterday then went out and hit two homers and drove in four. Meanwhile, Jordan Lyles improved to 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA so, despite the guff the Rockies took for dealing Dexter Fowler, that trade is working out for Colorado so far.

Padres 6, Royals 5: Another 12-inning game, this one ending on a Will Venable two-run single. It was the second walkoff in a row for the Padres. And that wasn’t the only drama: Jedd Gyorko‘s ninth inning homer forced extras.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 6, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Fans of both his current and former teams were shocked that Happ shut out the Phillies for 5 innings. Fans of the Jays were relieved that the bullpen did not blow the lead. As Happ had not pitched for 12 days and this start was scheduled before Morrow’s injury, it is my hope that the Jay’s were showcasing Happ for a potential trade.

    Bautista preserved the shutout when he threw out Byrd at home. It was a great throw. Too bad that HBT chose not to feature it last night. Lawrie indicated that the hamstring had bothered him for a few days. At this stage he does not think that it is serious and that he will only need a few days off.

    • nbjays - May 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Melky is still en fuego, and Joey Bats kept alive his streak of reaching base safely by getting plunked. He’s now reached in all 32 games this season.

    • kevinbnyc - May 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      The big question: When are they going to stop trotting out the J.A. Happs of the world and let Stroman have a shot?

      • timmmah10 - May 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Tonight?

  2. proudlycanadian - May 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    The Yankees have come back to the pack in the AL East. All 5 teams are within 1.5 games of each other. At this stage, the NL East looks like it is stronger than the AL East.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 6, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      “he NL East looks like it is stronger than the AL East.” it odes indeed appear this way, proudlycanadian. I don’t know what to think of the AL East. No one seems to want it is the uppermost impression I get.

      • proudlycanadian - May 6, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Every team in the AL East has pitching issues.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        Im watching this from highlights so I don’t tend to see the issues. what I do note is that no one team actually has taken advantage of the others. At this point, where its all seems pretty equal in terms of hitting and pitching I’d think we should be seeing the effect of managerial decisions. Lineup constructions, Bullpen use, AAA player use, the like. Its always been a question for me. how much effect does the manager have? It seems not much.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 6, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        I looked at Bautista’s throw to get Byrd. Some arm on him. To find it I googled “Bautista’s throw”. There was a veritable laundry list of him throwing out runners. I had no idea he was that good. There was also one of him being thrown out. By an umpire. Some temper on him.

      • nbjays - May 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Jose has a cannon for an arm. Most of the AL knows better than to run on him, but it appears the NL is still learning.

  3. natstowngreg - May 6, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Theater of the Absurd at Nats Park. Mid-3rd, while Teddy won the Presidents’ Race, the grounds crew worked furiously to keep the field playable, despite the rain. Being the Dodgers’ only visit of the season, the umpires were determined to keep going. Eventually, after many bags of drying agent, Mattingly came out to complain that they should have unrolled the tarp. On this point, I agreed with Donnie Baseball.

    Finally, the umps, after consulting with the groundskeeper, gave up on this exercise in futility. I tried waiting out the rain for about 90 minutes, watching the Washington Wizards win their playoff game on the big screen. then a bit of Cards-Braves. Still, the rain did not stop. Clearly, this was going to be one of those nights when Metro closed before the game ended.

    Arriving home after 11:00, the game still had not resumed. Finally did after 11:30, following a 3:17 delay. Five Nats pitchers finished off the shutout. At least, Jordan Zimmermann’s good work was not wasted.

    The Nats take over the NL East lead, due less to their own successes than the Braves’ failures. Tonight, with better weather forecast, Clayton Kershaw returns. Young Blake Treinen is to make a spot start. Picked up when the Nats traded Michael Morse to the Mariners, Treinen throws hard, doesn’t always know where the ball is going. Should be interesting.

    • recoveringcubsfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      Pending the outcome of the game, will they call him “Treinen,” “Failen,” or “Succeednen” tomorrow?

    • someguyinva - May 6, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      “Treinen throws hard, doesn’t always know where the ball is going”

      Should we call him “Nuke” or “Meat”?

      • voteforno6 - May 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        I don’t know…I sure hope Screech doesn’t get too comfortable, though.

  4. ashot - May 6, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Jeff Samardzija should change his name to “Jeff Samardzija deserved a better fate.” That’s pretty much the only context anyone says his name.

    • paperlions - May 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      Well, he could have chosen to play football. He willingly signed with the Cubs, what did he expect?

      • ashot - May 6, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        He has two no decisions in games where he pitched 7 or more scoreless innings. I think he expected to get at least a little run support from even the Cubs. Then again they were the worst hitting team in modern history last year so I (and perhaps Jeff Samardzija deserved a better fate) should lower my expectation.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        I was being sarcastic.

      • ashot - May 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        I know you were being sarcastic. That’s why I liked the comment. I was pointing out that there is actually quite a bit of truth to your comment.

    • kevinbnyc - May 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      He might need to get in line behind Cliff Lee for that.

  5. philliesblow - May 6, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    2 time MVP playing like there’s Kryptonite in his shorts, rookie manager, garbage bullpen, lost starting SS for maybe the whole season and off season trade of Dog for a LOOGY, a prospect and a utility guy since traded for a washed up now-released guy. Despite all that, tied for best record in the majors.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Such optimism. You left out Coke and Mrs. Kelly’s son (aka The Anchor). Eat ‘em up, Tigers!

  6. kastout11 - May 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    The Cubs stink. Samardzija is pitching his butt off and they still lose. Look at his numbers. ERA is 1.62, WIP is 1,12, he struck out 7 and only gave up 3 hits last night. His talent is being wasted in Chicago. They need to trade him to a team that might contend within the next 5 or 6 years because clearly the Cubs will not contend for at least that long.

  7. dluxxx - May 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    The Twins have the third longest winning streak in baseball right now. They’re hot! Oh wait, it’s a 3 game winning streak? And the team they’re chasing has a 6 game winning streak? Oh, nevermind…

    Now I just need to figure out how the Tigers have only played 27 games. I thought the Twins had all the rainouts and bad weather.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      No, we had a snow out and multiple rain outs — and some off days. I hate when we’re behind. It was that way last year too. I feel like it wears them out playing more at the end, but I guess they do it because of Nature and stuff.

      • happytwinsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        The Tigers have won 6 straight and the Twins, starting to get some pitching, have won three straight. Starting to feel a little like …..2006. You could live with that couldn’t you?

    • happytwinsfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      We also have 4 ‘quality’ starts in a row. We asked Santa for some decent starting pitching and we’re getting it, even though it’s not Christmas and even though Meyer and May aren’t here, yet.

      My favorite part of last night was when Colabello easily translated Escobar’s rapid Spanish in the post game interview. Brothers

  8. gloccamorra - May 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    The Royals-Padres game ended with what should have been called a ground rule double, since the ball hit the ground and bounced over the fence. The runners at second and third were running on the play and would have scored on the play anyway, so I guess it was ruled a single because Venable never reached second. He was mobbed by his teammates between first and second before the winning run scored. I wonder if the Royals can protest.

  9. NatsLady - May 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Er, Craig. You spot the other team a 5-0 lead and they win 4-3? (The fifth run was taken away in a replay review).

    • ud1951 - May 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Fredi’s managing is so good, he can spot the other team to a 5-0 lead and only lose 4-3.

  10. penguins87and71 - May 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    The Pirates aren’t going anywhere this year! The season is over for them, all there is left to do is play out the string of games. It’s looking like last year was just a flash in the pan, Pirates need to rebuild, get rid of everyone besides McCutchen.

    • renaado - May 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Everyone besides McCutchen? Your jokin… Still it’s pretty early to speculate the Pirates aren’t goin anywhere this year though, I’d probably be thinkin that after the All-star break if they struggle after that then it’s safe to say they’re out.

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