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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 7, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

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Marlins 3, Mets 0: It’s not just Jose Fernandez in Miami. Henderson Alvarez tossed his second shutout of the year, allowing six hits, striking out seven and not walking a soul. Casey McGehee drove in two.

Braves 2, Cardinals 1: The Braves snap their seven-game losing streak and do so with a fantastic performance from Gavin Floyd, making his first start post-Tommy John surgery. Floyd went seven, allowing only one run on six hits.

Dodgers 8, Nationals 3Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Clayton Kershaw! Nine hits scattered over seven innings, nine strikeouts and nothing else doing. 

Pirates 2, Giants 1: A walkoff replay review. Well, a walkoff triple with the runner advancing home on an error, but Starling Marte was initially called out and then the call was reviewed and overturned. That’s the first time that has happened in history. And, for as odd and anticlimactic the whole thing was, this is the sort of play — a game-deciding play that the umpires on the field got wrong — that replay was designed to overturn.

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5: Toronto jumped out to a 5-0 lead, Philly rallied for five with the help of a Cody Asche grand slam and then Toronto scored the winning run in the tenth on a sac fly. Cole Hamels gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings. He has given up 13 earned runs in 16.2 innings over three starts.

Tigers 11, Astros 4: A seven-run win and still not as close as the score would suggest. Miguel Cabrera had four hits and drove in four. The Tigers have won seven straight.

Indians 4, Twins 2: Josh Tomlin got the callup from Columbus and then got his first win since 2012, striking out four, walking one and taking a shutout into the seventh. Nice bit of bookending going on here as his last start before TJ surgery was against the Twins and he was shelled.

Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 5: Aaron Hill went 4 for 4 with a pair of RBI singles on Monday. On Tuesday he hit a two-run homer in the eighth to help the Snakes take this one. I’m sure there are other ways to have fun in Milwaukee, but this is a pretty good one for a ballplayer.

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Orioles 5, Rays 3: There was a 19-minute delay in this one due to the lights going out thanks to a nearby storm. Which, sure, scoff all you want about the quality of Tropicana Field, but at least they have a roof. Ryan Flaherty and Nick Markakis drove in runs after play resumed to give Baltimore the lead and the game.

White Sox 5, Cubs 1: Gordon Beckham‘s homer in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie and the Southsiders rallied for three more in the ninth to beat the Northsiders. Four hits in all for Beckham, which is pretty spiffy for a guy who has been struggling as much as he has.

Red Sox 4, Reds 3: A walkoff hit for Grady Sizemore in the 12th. He had previously singled home a run in the third and had another hit in the eighth.

Mariners 8, Athletics 3Roenis Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh, Justin Smoak drove in three and the M’s won their fourth straight.

Rockies 12, Rangers 1: The Rockies rap 21 hits. Carlos Gonzalez had five of them and Troy Tulowtizki and Drew Stubbs each had three. Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 26 games. The 2014 Rockies are re-earning the name Blake Street Bombers. They are just destroying everyone on offense.

Royals 3, Padres 1: Alex Gordon singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and Billy Butler followed with an RBI double to help the Royals snap their five-game losing streak. Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to hold the Padres to six hits.

Yankees 4, Angels 3: Most of these games last night felt the same, at least when reading the box scores. A late run to break a tie with a solo shot or something. Which, hey, OK, not every game needs to be totally dramatic. Just odd. Here Brian Roberts did the deed for New York, hitting his first one of the year.

  1. renaado - May 7, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Snapped!

    • aresachaela - May 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I applaud you Ren, were really glad you didn’t shout GUUUUUHHHH!!!!! back at our classroom today like what you did yesterday XD.

      • renaado - May 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        Well, you could say I let out all my frustations that time. That and I’m just relieved I didn’t throw my laptop yesterday.

      • aresachaela - May 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        LOL.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 7, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    A nice win by the Jays. Drew Hutchinson was coasting along with a 5 run lead when he ran into trouble in the 6th. After giving up the grand slam, he then retired the next 7 batters he faced. The 23 year old showed true grit to go 8 innings after the disaster in the 6th. When rookie call-up Marcus Stroman entered the game in the 9th, I was quite confident that the Jays would win. Indeed, Stroman got the first win of his major league career. For the Phillies, the elegantly named Cole Hammels, only went 6 innings and raised his era. to 7.02.

  3. nbjays - May 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Nice resilience by Drew Hutchison last night. He was cruising until he came unraveled in the 6th and gave up a 5-spot to tie it, capped by a Cody Asche grand slam. Most starters would have been done like dinner at that point, but Hutch retired the next 7 hitters, completing 8 innings. Rookie Marcus Stroman pitched a great 9th, giving the Jays a chance to retake the lead in the 10th.

    Sloppy baserunning by the Phillies early on, with both Marlon Byrd and Freddy Galvis getting caught in rundowns on the same play in the 2nd.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Unless I’m counting wrong, this is 3 wins in a row for the Blue Birds, is it not? And looking over the baseball news I see your hard throwing right fielder has something of a steak going with reaching base. Good starting pitching with only one real meltdown inning. Even that was more bad luck than anything as your starter was very good leading up that. Matched Calyton Kershaw’s line up until then pretty closely.

      • nbjays - May 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        And Hutchison’s biggest mistake of that inning wasn’t giving up the slam to Asche, who was having a hot night at the dish. It was walking John Mayberry Jr. with 2 outs. Mayberry was coming off the bench as a pinch hitter and hadn’t seen Hutch pitch before. Hutch got ahead of him but couldn’t seal the deal.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        On the whole, Hawk Harrelson can KMA but he does provide us with a fine saying we can now employ about this promising young pitcher. He has “TWTW”. Yes, the will to affect an outcome which is beyond his control. (Thank you, Hawk. Now KMA)

        all levity aside, nice work by Hutchison to rally like that. And nice work by the Blue Jay bullpen to not cough it back up

      • nbjays - May 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        I must admit, though, that I damn near had a stroke when I saw Sergio Santos warming up in the bullpen. Glad they brought in Stroman instead.

  4. mackie66 - May 7, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Im so glad you morons at PFT like the new and improved MLB. The next thing you will want is a mechanical pitching machine to replace the human pitcher cause the human hits way to many batters that always starts fights and we can’t have that. Cant hit the catcher blocking home plate,,and now instant replay that slows down the game and takes out the human element. You morons have managed to bastardize the NFL and now MLB,,,be proud,, especially when folks stop going to the ball park,,,,

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 7, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Im so glad you morons at PFT like the new and improved MLB.

      So I’m guessing you enjoyed MLB more when minorities couldn’t play, a walk took six balls, and fielders left their gloves on the field for opposing teams?

      • historiophiliac - May 7, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Why did he come here to yell at PFT readers? I’m so confused. Need…more…coffee…

      • dluxxx - May 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        I think he forgot to take his meds this morning. He seems a little confused…

    • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      MLB attendance is on pace to set yet another all-time attendance record. Go stew in your bile. If you can’t get along without hard contact, there’s always hockey, and this is a midterm election year.

      • ditto65 - May 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        Hockey has replay, so he won’t be happy there, either.

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        So do elections. Just ask Tricky Dick.

    • indaburg - May 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Takes out the human element? Are robot players now playing? No one wants that.

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        There’s just Tommy. Enjoy your hot steaming mug of liquid pacemaker.

    • cshearing - May 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      I don’t want robot pitchers, but I do want a robot calling balls and strikes. Much more efficient and accurate.

      • moogro - May 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        yep

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        I have this image of Nicholas Cage arguing with an emergency call box near the end of The Vampire’s Kiss, and I can see any number of ballplayers doing the same thing with a home plate robot.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - May 7, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Glad to see Tillman return to form last night. His only mistake was a 2 run shot in the first, then didn’t give up a hit again until the 6th. First time in 4 games he’s made it to the 6th. Which in Baltimore? Is a rarity.

    And I appreciated the 20ish minute delay from the power outage. It was perfectly timed with getting the wee lads and lasses to bed in the Eutaws Finest household, and came back just as I got them down. Thanks Mama Nature.

    As Pat Travers once said: “Boom, Boom… Out go the lights.” Actually he may have said that a few more times than once…

    • southpaw2k - May 7, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Are you holding your breath over Matt Wieters’ condition as much as I am?

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        Yes. Big time. I thought this year would clarify for us who we should keep between Wieters and Davis (considering they are both Boras clients and Uncle Pete is cheap, we know we won’t keep both), and instead we have a potential season ending injury for Wieters and Davis riding the DL with an oblique. With the injuries and the poor pitching I am still in shock that we’re in 1st place in the division, but if Wieters is done for the season? It won’t last long.

    • umrguy42 - May 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Hmm. Lights go out in New Orleans during the Ravens-49ers Super Bowl. Lights go out in Tampa during an Os-Rays game… a “storm”, sure. Did anybody check the whereabouts of Roger Goodell? ;p

      /football conspiracy theory references

  6. philliesblow - May 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Nice MLB debut for Robbie Ray last night. Of course it was against the Astros so maybe an * is required. Good BP session for Miggy as well.

    • detroitr1 - May 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      Ray had some bad luck in the first…but against a real team (apologies to Astros fans–the Tigers were there in 2003 and know the pain) he was leaving his pitches up. That’s especially dangerous when he was using his changeup. However, he kept throwing strikes with runners at 1st and 3rd and one out (compare him to Ortega in terms of composure). Watching his fastball later on lead me to believe it was just nerves. It (FB) got down in the zone. I even think the umpire was squeezing him a bit. He’s legit. He’s not Fister (no Illusions)…but he’s–what 22? He is meeting his projections.

      Ray helped Dombrowski silence the critics a bit…

  7. Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    The Astros have been too quiet lately. I don’t like it.

    • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      The Astros want that first pick in the draft once again.

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        Gee, sure hope they don’t catch a cold!

      • yahmule - May 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        I notice the “hopelessly overmatched” went 3-4 with a double last night.

      • yahmule - May 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        The “hopelessly overmatched” George Springer I should say.

  8. thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Dodger Blue and Kershaw with a victory! I am in no position to jump around at the moment, but I sure feel like it. Ryu back soon, Kershaw back now, and more wins. Its enough to make an old coot want to dance around.

  9. Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Well now, yesterday was an orf day for me but it was nice to watch Henderson Alvarez asphyxiate the Mutts last night (though I’m not sure how they broke their asses in the first place – I got home after the third inning). Yes, Virginia, there’s more than just El Keed down here. Day ‘fore yesterday Nate Eovaldi got lit up twice in the first inning, then chowed down and went six more without allowing a run while striking out ten until the Rainbow Warriors could fabricate a comeback. Matsuzaka almost got his head taken orf by an Iron Giant beebee during his Fukushima revisited eighth inning, and of course the inevitable Clutch Casey drives in the weener in the ninth by bouncing a brutally hard comebacker orf of Germen’s leg – I gather the kid is okay because I haven’t read anything to the contrary – and right between first and short into right field. McGehee is rapidly occupying the echological niche once populated by Cody Ross – the little round face like a Netsuke, the clutch capability (the guy is batting over .370 last I looked with RISP – call him the un-Tweeter).

    Speaking of the un-Tweeter, this is a great time to reflect on how much dead weight the mastrophobic Mantis Man larded into the lineup while runners were growing adipocere out on third and second for the years of his interminable tenure at Macondo Banana Massacre Field and Joeprodolsharklife Stadium – the same Tweeter the Feesh wouldn’t trade when they had multiple opportunities. Now with a couple of guys in the lineup who can cash in those mouldering chips, lookit the standings. I still think this is an enjoy-it-while-it-lasts kind of thing but even so….

    So much for Monday. Last night is was just Alvarez and his supporting cast of characters. Nine strong, his fastball got faster and his slider broke like grandma’s porcelain as the game went on. No walks, seven Ks, grounders all over the place enough to get the moles thinking about filing a complaint downtown. I think there were maybe three or four fly balls to the outfield all night. McGehee with the two out ribby again. Feesh wake up a half game out of first behind the Braves.

    The Braves? Where did they come from?

    Anyway, I spot Jacob Turner a few more starts to return to his form and begin evolving into the kind of starter he can be. This is already a great rotation. It’ll be fun to watch this year but by next season, when these kids have matured some more…oh boy.

    • umrguy42 - May 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      OG, I was meaning to ask, as I realized I couldn’t really tell the answer – are you actually a Feesh Fan, or more of a Jane Goodall-esque observer?

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Jane got to let the chimps pick the ticks out of her hair for free. You don’t catch any breaks like that with Scrooge McLoria – his trainers charge by the hour. Meanwhile, just sit back, crack open a beer, and enjoy the ambiguity.

      • dluxxx - May 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        OG is a fan of many things, including El Keed, the Iron Giant and confusing readers of his long winded but highly entertaining posts. I have no idea what he’s saying half the time, but I just can’t help myself.

      • umrguy42 - May 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        Case in point, his reply to me (although not technically long-winded :p)

  10. jm91rs - May 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Not so fun fact….The Reds haven’t won in Boston since game 7 of the 1975 World Series.

    • nbjays - May 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      The curse of the Green Monster?

    • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Heh – that ackcherly is a great fact, whether it’s fun or not from where you sit. Just out of curiosity, how many interleague games have they played up there since ’75 anyway.

      • Kevin S. - May 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        They were swept at Fenway in 2005. That’s it.

    • sandpiperair - May 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      They played a seventh game that year? All anybody talks about is how the Sox won game 6 (which is how I prefer to remember it also).

  11. uyf1950 - May 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Hopefully last nights game was the start of a very good run for Kuroda. He pitched very well allowing just 1 ER (2 unearned) over 7 plus innings. And the most unlikely of Yankees hero’s last night Brian Roberts with a 9th inning go ahead HR.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      This Yankee infield is going to drive me to drink far more than I already do.

      • historiophiliac - May 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Do you need some stale leftover Doom Watch popcorn? I might have some left.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Yes please. I tried passing some to Jeter yesterday, and just like a ball to his left, he missed it =\

      • Kevin S. - May 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        If paying $13 million to acquire Vernon Wells didn’t make me an alcoholic, I don’t think anything can.

  12. goodellisruiningtheleague - May 7, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    NationaLOLs

    see ya in the NL East cellar

    • natstowngreg - May 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Pathetic. The Nats, for all their trials and tribulations, are a half-game out of first.

  13. username5891 - May 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I remember when the Marlins shutdown the Rockies at the beginning of the year people said it was just the Rockies. I said they probably got the best offense in the NL…Marlins look like they might challenge this year.

  14. sportsdrenched - May 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Hey, the Royals won, but I was asleep when it happened. I used to like the west coast road swing because the games were back out of the way of activities and such. But now I can’t stay awake for them.

  15. happytwinsfan - May 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Anybody see where that tiger ran off to? Haven’t been able to spot it for days now. Hope it isn’t perched up in some tree branch waiting for us.

    • dluxxx - May 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Now all we need is a tuna fish sandwich…

  16. moogro - May 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    The WSH/LAD game was much closer than it seemed. Treinen for Washington was matching Kershaw until the 6th when he made an error on a comebacker followed by a LaRoche bobble on a comebacker that was graciously called a hit when Gordon beat Treinen to the bag. Another perfectly weak one down the first base line for Crawford and the bases were loaded with no outs, and like that, Treinen was done. Washington escaped the inning down 3-0. If that wouldn’t have happened, we’d be looking at 3-3 or 4-3 and different strategies after Perez had one of his nothing nights and gave up 3 and got the hook.

    • natstowngreg - May 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Kerhsaw threw 89 pitches, 21 balls. Twenty-one. Many, many 0-2 counts. For the most part, the Nats’ hits were not well-struck.

      .

  17. gloccamorra - May 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland did NOT combine to hold the Padres to six hits. The Padres held the Padres to six hits.

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