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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 8, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

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Marlins 1, Mets 0: A three-game sweep and an 8-1 homestand for Miami. Three of the Marlins past four games have been walkoff wins, including this one, which was won on a walkoff sac fly. Tom Kohler and Steve Cishek combined for a two-hit shutout.

Indians 4, Twins 3: Mike Aviles with a walkoff single. The Twins carry a eight-man bullpen and Joe Mauer is hurt, but not on the DL. That means they have 11 position players available, which means that shortstop Eduardo Escobar played left field. The Indians’ ninth inning rally kicked off when Escobar got turned around on a fly ball and it ended up landing on the track for a double. Maybe — and this is just a suggestion — teams don’t need eight-man bullpens.

Pirates 4, Giants 3: Pittsburgh takes two of three as Gerrit Cole pitches a nice game. Overall the Pirates have won 4 of 6 following a bad slide before that. Meanwhile, the Giants’ hot run has been cooled off a bit. If this is where their season turns south, let’s all claim it was because of that walkoff reply from Tuesday night. We can call it “The Curse of Technology” or something.

Mariners 6, Athletics 4; Athletics 2, Mariners 0: Felix Hernandez was no great shakes in the opener, but the M’s won. Erasmo Ramirez was pretty good in the nightcap but the M’s lost. Jim Johnson saved that one. While his Tuesday performance was pretty gross — two hits, two walks and four unearned runs — Johnson hasn’t allowed an earned run since April 9.

Nationals 3, Dodgers 2: A shaky first inning for Stephen Strasburg but after that he cruised, pitching into the eighth inning and allowing only those two first inning runs. That’s sort of been his m.o. this year, but that pattern — shaky at first then settling in and going deep into the game — is probably preferable to the old Strasburg who would kick everyone’s butt but be gone by the sixth, either because he was gassed or because everyone was babying him.

Blue Jays 10, Phillies 0: A swell pitchers’ duel until the Jays put up a nine-spot in the seventh. Mark Buehrle cruised, winning his sixth game and setting a pace that had this one over in less than two and a half hours. Cliff Lee summed it up best afterward: “They flat out beat us in every way. Shut us out and scored 10 runs. That’s a pretty good beating right there.” Yup. Jays have won four straight.

Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 2: Signs of life for Arizona, as the Snakes have won five of seven. Bronson Arroyo has turned it around personally too, notching his third straight solid start after a horrific April.

Red Sox 4, Reds 3: The Sox climb back to .500 with a sweep of the Reds. The Reds have lost 11 one-run games this year, which is the sort of thing that has to just gnaw at a team.

Royals 8, Padres 0: James Shields wasn’t terribly sharp, but he did manage seven shutout innings all the same. Eric Hosmer drove in four. Andrew Cashner was beat around. After the game he said “we’re kinda in a team-wide funk.” Which would be cool if he meant, like, a Bootsy Collins funk, but that’s not what he means.

Orioles 4, Rays 3: Two homers for Adam Jones and a two-run homer for Jonathan Schoop to break a 2-2- tie.

Cardinals 7, Braves 1: Adam Wainwright shut ‘em down and Mike Minor looked awful yet again. The Braves’ offense looked worse. Of course they’ve had a ton of practice looking terrible. Wainwright had two hits and scored twice too and is hitting .400 on the season.

Tigers 3, Astros 2: Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers continue their hot streaks. Cabrera and Victor Martinez homered and the Tigers won their eighth in a row.

White Sox 8, Cubs 3: Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight game, Jose Abreu had two doubles and Paul Konerko shook off the rust and hit a three-run double. Four wins in a row for the Chisox.

Rockies 9, Rangers 2: Nolan Arenado extends his hitting streak to 27 games, tying the Rockies’ all-time mark. Three straight easy wins for the Rockies over the listless looking Rangers.

Yankees 9, Angels 2: Derek Jeter with his first homer of the year. People have been suggesting that maybe he needs a break or something, but he’s had slow starts like this in the past and came around to be perfectly Jeterian for the rest of the year. While, sure, he’s more likely to break down at 40 than he was at 30, there’s no reason to think he can’t be his old self at the plate for long stretches this season.

  1. aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    YEANKEES WIN!!

    The Marlins are really a definite threat in the NL East now. Sad to say the Braves are falling from the sky now Ren.

    • pdowdy83 - May 8, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      I can’t say the Marlins are a threat until they decide they can win a game on the road. They are 2-10 away from home and a ridiculous 17-5 at home. That’s a whole lot of home games so far. 11 in a row and14 out of their next 20 are on the road so this is a good time for them to show if they are legit or not.

      • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        You could say the Marlins are pumped up now then!! Yes, there are a ton of games left but there chemistry in the clubhouse tells us they’re really improving.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        The “chemistry” in their clubhouse (and Buddha only knows how you got ahold of their urine samples in the first place) looks from here like one of those Gilbert chemistry sets we used to have when I was a kid. Big blue metal case that unfolded like a wandering Bible salesman’s sample portmanteau. Most of the houses in my neighborhood that blew up or burned down could be traced to handing seven year olds little booklets of experiments with things like sodium and water that came with those kits. Fortunately, there were no microwave ovens when I was a kid with my very own Gilbert Little Home Terrorist Kit or I can only imagine what the booklet would have suggested I do with my gerbil. Children are horrible, yes, but buying them one of those made them not merely horrible but terrifying.

      • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        …. Your statements are the best Old Gator :-D! Atleast for the children are horrible part :-(, but no matter! I’m no kid anymore HAHAHA XD.

      • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Legit as in “giraffe legit”?

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Legit as in the Copenhagen Zoo subjecting poor Darius to the Anton Chigurh treatment.

      • hermitfool - May 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Ye Olde Gilbert Chemistry set. Thanks for the memories, Hoss. The mind spins off the planet when considering the infinite destructive possibilities of the timely addition of a primitive microwave oven.

    • renaado - May 8, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Agree with pdowdy83 here Achaela, it’s still far to early to speculate that the Braves are goin down. Anything can happen in this game. Yes, the Braves are struggling this month. I think them bein swept by the Marlins somewhat diminished their confidence from my standpoint, but I’m positive they’ll find there winning ways on what they’ve done early in the season and put these losses behind them.

      • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Just admit it Ren…

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        …they say its the first step in dealing with it.

  2. Francisco (FC) - May 8, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Man, watching that 7th inning in Toronto was like Spock doing that mind meld with the Horta in the original series episode.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 8, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Toronto’s walk off occurred in the 7th inning. The rest of the game was played to help the concession sales. Buehrle has been terrific in 6 of his seven starts. Cliff Lee pitched extremely well for 6 innings. The 9 runs the Jays scored in the 7th inning was a season high for MLB. Two of the three home runs were hit by players who began the season in Triple A and one of them (Kratz) will probably be heading back to Triple A as soon as Navarro is fully healthy. Since Kratz has caught for Lee, he is familiar with his stuff. Juan Francisco has impressed since his call up. He is extremely strong. His former teams messed up when they let him go. With Lee and Buehrle pitching, the game only took 2 hours and 23 min, despite all the runs that were scored.

    • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Fun fact: Edwin Encarnacion becomes the first Blue Jay ever to triple and homer in the same inning. Whodathunkit?

    • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Fun Fact #2: Joey Bats has now reached base safely in 34 consecutive games to start the season, topping Joey Votto’s streak of 33 a couple years back. Only 51 more to beat Ted Williams’ 1949 streak of 84 straight games.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Gentlemen-

      Compare the run differentials from last season to this season’s so far. Thus far you’ll see that The Blue Jays are a far different team than a year ago as are The Red Sox (so far worse), The Orioles (worse) and Rays (WAY worse). The Yankees are about the same. as you’ll note from 2013 the run differential from that season has the Red Sox 1st and The Cardinals 2nd, so this bears watching. If these trends continue then the division is likely yours.

      Looking at The Dodgers, I see its about the same as last season, so I’m not too worried about my team. I do love a good underdog (which is a bit trying since The Dodgers are not underdogs and are in danger of becoming The Yankees West) and I certainly got tired and fed up with all the ragging certain commenters were heaping on your team and yourselves. What was that about? at any rate I find myself rooting for your team to do well if only to shut up the morons. So far so good.

      • proudlycanadian - May 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        Thank you. By the way, the prime individual who dumped on the Jays constantly has been banned.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        You mean that dirtyharry twit dont you? He was a homophobic dimwitted unfunny troll. I’m glad he is gone.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        He has dwindled into a thumb, or several thumbs, which from one angle isn’t quite as satisfying as “gone” but until Craig retools the system a bit so that you ackcherley have to be logged in to use the thumbs, which isn’t quite as satisfying as just getting rid of the stupid things, he will still be with us as a harpy. He would be better advised to go find three new presidents with whom to shake hands.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        You see? You see? There he is now! His footprint is as readily identifiable as a yeti’s. And he will be forever entrapped by his reflexive thumb mania until he can fool someone else into taking his place here. That won’t be easy, finding someone who’s an even bigger idiot than he is. Best of luck to him.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        So that’s what’s going on with all the negativity. I thought I’d offended one Orioles, Red Sox and Yankee fan each (the Rays dont seem to have any).

  4. uyf1950 - May 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Nice game for the Yankees and Nuno last night. With pretty much everyone contributing offensively except Soriano. It was a good 3 game road series for the Yankees taking the last 2 games. The game wasn’t even really as close as the 9-2 score with the Yankees missing several scoring opportunities with RISP and less then 2 outs. The starting pitching finally coming around allowing just 3 ER’s in 19 1/3 innings in Anaheim after some ugly games at home in Yankees Stadium.
    Now on to Milwaukee for 3 games where Tanaka gets the ball for the first game with no DH and pitchers batting. Good luck to him on Friday.

    • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      It’s very clear Ma-kun will now be 5-0 this season!!

    • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Ma-kun has already tried batting in his highschool days at this Koshien thing or tournament back in Japan. He was once a catcher converted pitcher back in his elementary days. “ALL HAIL THE YAKYUBAKA SITE!”

  5. thetoolsofignorance - May 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    The Dodgers should have won this one. They had Strasburg on the ropes a number of times and could not deliver the goods. Dee Gordon was actually held in check for this game. only 1 hit. This is something which hasn’t happened too many times before this game and I’ve grown used to seeing him on base and flying around the basepaths to the helpless bewilderment of catchers, pitchers and base defenders. The Nationals kept Gordon off the bases but for one hit and steal and managed a win. Coincidence? I do not think so. Sooner or later HBT will have to make mention of Dee Gordon’s impressive season

    Now, since I’m up early and stuck sitting around, I’ll take stock of how my much disputed AL East predictions are looking. And what I see is that my dark-horse prediction, The Toronto Blue Jays, have a pleasant 4 game win streak with an out and out clobbering of the Phillies. The fact that they beat up Cliff Lee and didn’t allow a run in spite of their bullpen being allowed to have a say in this game may mark a turnaround in their fortunes. What will they do with A.J. Burnett today? Burnett’s allows more walks but fewer hits and half the earned runs than Lee. Lee strikes out more players and gets deeper into games but gets hit harder than Burnett. It will be harder for the Blue Jays to bat around on Burnett like they did on Lee I think. But patience at the plate might be the way to get this done. Burnett can be wild. One thing against the Jays is R.A. Dickey as the Canadians send their knuckelball pitcher in today who’s not been particularly good so far this season. I hope they go with a tight defensive team for the infield because there will be hard hit ground balls galore in this game.

    My other prediction was for The Rays to win this division and The Yankees to lose. That one is not working out too well for me. The Rays can neither hit nor pitch at the moment. I like to be right at least once a year about baseball but typically find myself more wrong than right and it looks like I’m going to see my annual baseball prediction failure with The Rays and The Yankees. So far I am diametrically wrong about these two clubs. The Yankees have pitched and hit and The Rays have not. Only 1.5 games separate the top 4 teams in the division with the Rays back around 4. One of these kids is not like the other and that kid is going to be in big trouble soon if they don’t figure out a way to pitch and hit

    • emdash01 - May 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      You could also say the Nationals should’ve won by more, considering they had Haren on the ropes in the 1st and 5th, and Brian Wilson in the 8th, and only managed three runs. Both teams let a lot of opportunities go by.

      I didn’t think Strasburg was particularly on the ropes, though – he allowed 7 hits, sure, but they were all ground ball singles that got through. That’ll happen sometimes.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        I see things with Dodger Blue glasses my friend. I see those hits and I see opportunity. Incidentally Dodger Blue is very near to Blue Jays Blue. Coincidence? i think not

  6. trbmb - May 8, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Only 2 walkoffs last night? Must have been a dull night. As Russ Hodges once exclaimed, ‘The Giants win the walk off. The Giants win the walkoff’

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Get it right: “The Giants win the walk off! The Giants win the walkoff’!The Giants win the walk off!” It needs Eddie Stanky running down the third base line, too….

  7. southpaw2k - May 8, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Once again, Tommy Hunter managed to raise my blood pressure a few notches. He’s probably still the best option the O’s have to close games, but I would be quite happy if by mid-July they found a closer on the market to move Hunter back to being the set-up guy.

    • nolanwiffle - May 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      He’s a modern-day Don Stanhouse.

  8. jacobmcbride1 - May 8, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    The Tigers are too good right now, when you are sure of victory before the game starts it is not near as fun, I guess I can deal with it though. Joba Chamberlain has been dominant, probably the closer for a long time after Nathan retires.

    • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      “Joba Chamberlain has been dominant”

      Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

      • jacobmcbride1 - May 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        It’s really not surprising, if Jeff Jones fixed Max Scherzer he can easily fix Joba.

      • detroitr1 - May 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        More Twilight Zone: Rajai Davis’ has a .330 BA (so far)

      • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Yeah, what’s up with THAT??

    • detroitr1 - May 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      The Tigers might have lost that game on any other night…but Astros…

  9. sdelmonte - May 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Oy. The Mets went to Miami and sank into the sea like body parts on Dexter. Only without the narration. Maybe with as much cursing. Hard to believe a week ago this season looked so much better.

    On the plus side, Wheeler is coming along nicely. But at the moment, it’s reverted to “wait for the future stars to arrive” as the offense has died again and the pen is a wreck.

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      It was a tossup between wrecked pens for all three games. But look, a couple of weeks ago the Feesh were losing eight straight, remember? Both teams are flawed in ways that make them very streaky. The Mutts will embark on another hot streak of indeterminate duration soon enough, and much as I hate to piss on the aquacade, the Feesh will eemplode again soon enough. It’s liable to be like that all season. Even last season, the Feesh went on a few hot streaks that left some pundits gibbering about how they had turned a corner or some such thing. Even the Diamondbacks, who were nothing more than lamentable last week and wallowing in torpitude and disgrace, have just won several in a row and the Cubs and Astros suddenly have worse records than they do. Like the song says:

      And the seasons they go round and round
      And the painted ponies go up and down
      We’re captive on the carousel of time….

      Now on the positive side, Tom Koehler pitches eight shutout innings against the Mutts and dropped his ERA to 1.99. Not bad for a fifth starter. Really. Not bad ‘tall. The big differences this year are that (a) the young guns have another year of experience under their belts; (b) the Iron Giant is healthy (so far) and looking ahead to the arbitration year that will force Scrooge McLoria to trade him if he is smart enough not to sign an extension; (c) Casey McGehee is playing third instead of Polanco, with the caveat that the cleanup hitter hasn’t got a home run yet; (d) but the biggest difference maker has been Saltalamacchia; he’s the only guy on this team right now who has not only been on a winner but was in the thick of winning as opposed to just along for the winning ride; last season the Feesh’s production from their catchers was about on a par with a random sampling of Soviet municipal bureaucrats, and (e) most of the scrapheap crew who are playing over their heads haven’t had their Coyote moments yet.

      So, Meester sdelmonte, take heart and share the joy and the misery in equal proportions. It’ll all settle out by September 30.

      • happytwinsfan - May 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Reality is for people who can’t handle drugs and realism is for people who can’t handle fantasy.

        Abandon yourself to delusional optimism and soar to Whitman-esque heights. When the feesh implode you can go back to the comforting shadows of realism.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Look bub, you can say what you like about reality, but it’s still the best place to get a steak.

  10. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Tommy Hunter seems to be doing everything he can to lose ball games. If he keeps giving up hits at this rate, he won’t last in his new role very long.

    • yahmule - May 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Weird season for Hunter. Traditionally, he handles righthanded hitters with ease and gets smoked by lefthanded batters. This year, his split is reversed.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        He seems to be struggling from the windup and seems to settle in when he gets to the stretch

  11. Liam - May 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Crazy game in the Midwest League last night.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2014_05_07_cliafx_burafx_1&t=g_box&sid=l118

    • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Nope, this is. Hong Sang Sam pitched like crap in that 1st inning!! HAHAHA XD. “All hail Spotv too which I don’t understand what their saying!”

      • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Crap, wrong video!

    • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Search the highlights there (05.06) date then you know what I mean…

  12. janessa31888 - May 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Way to go, Mike!!!! First walkoff win of the year.
    Sadly, no one around here will care what the Indians do tonight, since they will be too busy throwing fits over the Browns latest bad draft. Its hilarious. Hopefully, Justin will deliver a strong outing and actually get some run support this time.

    • proudlycanadian - May 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      So far this afternoon, the Indians are having a fine game. Did I ever mention that Brantley and Masterson are on my fantasy team?

      • happytwinsfan - May 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Or someone else is having a bad game.

      • proudlycanadian - May 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        That also.

  13. yahmule - May 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I didn’t know where to post this, but it was a very nice way to start my morning.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/06/down-syndrome-national-anthem-fenway-video_n_5269626.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

    • Kevin S. - May 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      I’d either tweet Craig or use the Feedback button above the Top Posts section on the right sidebar.

  14. peddealer - May 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Craig, is there any team in recent history with success with only a 6 man bullpen? Or does it always teeter between 7-8?

    I actually agree with you on this point! Yay!

  15. peddealer - May 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Also Craig, you did a sloppy job with you bow tie, care to see me show you how it is really done?

  16. dluxxx - May 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    The Twins always seem to carry too many pitchers, and never put players on the DL. I can see them keeping Mauer on the roster and has back spasms lasting another week before they finally put him on the DL.

    I can see why they want to carry some extra arms in the BP, however with how crappy their starting pitching was through the first month of the season. Also, they’re in a stretch of 13 straight days without an off day and started it out with a day/night double header.

    Ultimately they need another outfielder up pronto. Right now they have 3 players on the roster listed as outfielders. One of them (Colabello) is filling in for Mauer at 1st base, and the other two are Sam Fuld and Jason Kubel. That spells trouble. They have Chris Herrmann who is a backup backup catcher, and should be a 7th outfielder (yeah, that far down the list) who can fill in at spots.

    Here’s my idea for a quick fix. Send down one of the 3 (3!!!!) shortstops on the roster for a outfielder or 1B (thus moving Colabello back to the OF) or put Mauer on the DL and get another OF up. The only other players on the 40 man roster that are outfielders, though are Max Kepler (A+) and Kenny Wilson (AA).

    In other words the Twins need to either get someone off the DL ASAP or drop someone from the 40 man and add a AAA OF for the interim.

    • happytwinsfan - May 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      And why do they carry a third catcher when (after this back spasm thing is over) they have available as an emergency catcher a guy who started at catcher for ten years.

      Colabello has looked clueless in right field a couple of times that I’ve noticed and even had a Bill Buckner moment the other night at first base. I love the guy but he’s beginning to look more and more like a DH only. Kubel, reliable glove, limited range, Fuld okay but not more, right field – player du jour who you can’t put anywhere else. Defense is a little ragged at the moment.

      On the bright side isn’t it nice that the team’s primary concern right now is something other than starting pitching.

  17. natstowngreg - May 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Yes, Strasburg was babied in the past. That has been chronicled to death. However, Davey Johnson allowed him to go longer last season, and Matt Williams is continuing the trend.

    Lost in all the BS about Strasburg was the simple reality that he needs a lot of pitches to get through a game. Yesterday, 7.1 innings took 114 pitches. Perhaps someday, he will become a more efficient pitcher. It may not happen for a long time, until he’s no longer capable of striking out a batter-plus an inning.

    Couple of tidbits, courtesy of Adam Kilgore:

    Strasburg ERA, innings 1-2: 7.31
    Strasburg ERA, innings 3-end: 0.89

    Rafael Soriano, 25 consecutive scoreless innings. A lot of them have been more exciting than needed, but they were scoreless.

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