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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 9, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

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Giants 3, Dodgers 1: I tend to go to bed after the east coast games end so it’s not often I get to watch Dodgers games, but I stay up once in a while to do so. Lately, though, I’ve had a bad habit of getting a Josh Beckett start every time I do. It’s like turning on The Three Stooges a couple of times a month and getting a Shemp. Heck, even Shemp is better than watching Beckett. It’s like getting a Curly Joe. This is the case even where, as here, Beckett actually pitches relatively well. He’s just slow and inefficient and hard to watch. Anyway, Ryan Vogelsong pitched well too, and after the game he offered rare, revealing insight by saying he was “just trying to make pitches. Really makes you think, man.

Blue Jays 12, Phillies 6: Two homers for Edwin Encarnacon and five in all for the Jays, who have just dismantled Philly this series. Toronto outscored Philadelphia 31-11 in their four game set. Philly has started out 15-18 for three straight years. Viva progress.

Astros 6, Tigers 2: Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs and six hits in seven and two-thirds. This breaks the Astros’ five game losing streak and the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak.

Indians 9, Twins 4: Four hits — a homer, two doubles and a single — and three RBI for Asdrubal Cabrera. After a game in which shortstop Eduardo Escobar struggled to play left field, Ron Gardenhire decided putting him in center. He screwed up again here, allowing a run to score when he misjudged a liner that ended up going to the wall. Meanwhile, the Twins used a couple of relievers who hadn’t had work in a week and only had one position player on the bench. Thank goodness the Twins have all of those relievers.

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Marlins 3, Padres 1: All pitching until Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the eleventh to give the Marlins their fifth straight win. That’s 11 homers and 40 RBI for Stanton on the year. He’s pretty good.

Orioles 3, Rays 1: Steve Pearce — the guy the Orioles released on April 27, only to re-sign him two days later — hit a two-run homer and made a key defensive play, stretching big for a double play ball at first base in the fifth that got Ubaldo Jimenez out of a jam. Maybe releasing Pearce was just some grand motivational tool. The Orioles should release everyone. Maybe they’d win the division?

Rangers 5, Rockies 0: Matt Harrison tossed five and a third shutout innings to get his first win since 2012 and combined with four relievers to shut out the Rockies. Much needed after getting pummeled by them for three straight games.

Cubs 12, White Sox 5: Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Mike Olt all went deep to help the Cubs avoid the sweep. Olt’s was a grand slam in the eighth. Rizzo had three hits and Olt, Ryan KalishNate Schierholtz and Junior Lake each had two. Fifteen hits total for the Cubs after managing just 12 in the first three games of this series combined.

Mariners 1, Royals 0: Hisashi Iwakuma was dealing, tossing eight shutout innings while striking out seven and issuing no walks. Corey Hart‘s RBI single in the third was all he needed.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    The Jays hitters participated in a “Live Batting Practice” against the top 4 Philadelphia starting pitchers. For Jays fans, it was fun to watch. It was probably a nightmare for Phillies fans. Nice to see EE get hot. Juan Francisco continues to be a revelation. Can’t understand how his former teams gave up on him. Pitching with the big lead in the 9th inning, Esmil Rogers gave up 3 runs. It is obvious, that when Janssen returns, Rogers is the most likely person to get the axe.

    • nbjays - May 9, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      Nice to see Lind go yard in his first game back. This bodes well. And Edwin… wow… just wow! With him heating up, expect Bautista to get fewer walks but see some better pitches.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 9, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      Or Santos. I would be just about as happy either way. Janssen cannot return soon enough for me.

      • proudlycanadian - May 9, 2014 at 7:49 AM

        Santos pitched a clean inning a couple of days ago.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 9, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Monkeys and typewriters, PC.

  2. Old Gator - May 9, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    The Feesh were cheered by the return to form of Jacob Turner, who was creaky as a door in the Amityville horror house on his first start orf the DL last week. He allowed only one earned run on a third inning pitch to opposing hurler Ian Kennedy, and I won’t say that pitch was fat but it was scheduled for bariatric surgery the next morning. The Feesh got one back in the sixth when Dietrich singled home Garrett Jones, but Kennedy and Turner otherwise traded zeeps until the eleventh, with Kennedy fanning twelve Feesh in the process…yeah, that’s what you want, finish an afternoon game at home, pile into a plane, get to San Diego late, and then play a game the next night jetlagged and sleep deprived, and have it go into extra innings. But thanks to Gyorko the Man-Frog’s well rested two out error in the top of the eleventh, putting the aforementioned Dietrich back on base, the Iron Giant, who just luhh-huuuvs hitting in his native southern California (back to which he has made minimal secret of wanting to play himself) came up and parked a low and away pitch from Goose Gossage simulacrum Dale Thayer on the beach simulacrum over the right field fence where a boolpen ought to have been. Fake beach. fake Goose. Nice symmetry there. I was waiting for Thayer to scream AFLAC! when the ball went over. There was no T-Rex on the field to save him this time, though the Padres send T. Ross to the hill tonight. Another nice symmetry. And speaking of nice symmetries, Mike Redmond said the other night that the Iron Giant’s previous home run was the hardest ball he had ever seen hit. Last night, he said rhetorically that that was the hardest ball he had ever seen hit.

    So the Feesh bestir themselves this morning in the NL West in sole possession of first place in the NL East. Nice symmetry there too. We seem to be full of symmetries since last night. The world is round and more than five thousand years old, despite what many Republicans believe. Symmetry. Speaking of which, the Feesh have now circled through their rotation and tonight they start over with El Keed, who in addition to having appointed himself the official water carrier of the game-ending soak-the-hero ritual (and he’ll be squattin’ on the coals / giving drinks to poor damned souls, ie, those under contract to Scrooge McLoria) will see if breathing that California air will do for him what it does for the Iron Giant.

    Incidentally, having nothing to do with anything – nothing does, of course, until synchronicity bares its symmetrical countenance – out east of San Diego is the San Diego Zoo safari park, where you get to ride through packs of wild animals who would love to eat you in gouts and leave your scattered carcass for the buzzards – and people pay for this – in a covered train. I seem to recall that when the park was opened back in the early 80s there was a contest among local schoolchildren to name the train. The original choice for a name was “Wgasa Bush Railway.” When some reporter asked the kid who submitted the winning entry (conveniently forgetting that children are horrible) how he or she (can’t recall which it was) came up with the name, the kid admitted to getting it from his/her daddy, who worked for a public relations firm. Turns out it was from a stamp used on interoffice memos at this PR agency, and it meant “Who Gives a Sh*t Anyway?” Or something like that.

    • renaado - May 9, 2014 at 7:23 AM


    • groupofsevenrules - May 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      I have learned that when OG gets on a roll like that, what might sound like gibberish is almost always based on fact (the main exception is when he talks politics). Well, maybe not fact, but on something. Googling Gator has become a bit of a zone pastime here on HBT, so when I read “Gyorko the Man-Frog” above I thought, well now, that can’t just be a toss-off. Nothing of his ever is. So I looked it up. This is the closest thing I came up with but it HAS to be right: r

      After reading one of OG’s longer posts I often need to recover by trying to translate “Finnegan’s Wake” into French.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM


      • Shayna - May 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Pas difficile, mon ami. Mr. Joyce just requires you to reverse the usual polarity of translation. Take care of the sounds and the sense (what there is of it!) takes care of itself. Vas-y!

    • vanmorrissey - May 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Hey, after Turner with his 9.00 ERA, Arroyo last week with his 7.70 ERA going into games, Padres offense make any pitcher look like Cy Young. Of course with Fernandez going tonight, that’s Walter Johnson, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan rolled into one. Would love a 27 up, 27 down, 27 strikeout performance because we all know the Padres can do it!

      • voteforno6 - May 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Or, he could get knocked out in the third inning.

    • trollingforjustice - May 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      dont use this page for your personal blog…..

      • Old Gator - May 9, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Oh? And who put you in charge here, nobody?

      • renaado - May 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Old Gator statements and humor here are clearly the best. Glad we have him here in HBT.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - May 9, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Orioles first three game sweep of the year, and they are now 5-0 against the Rays. That’s all I’ve got today I only half watched the game as I was watching the NFL draft simultaneously.

    • proudlycanadian - May 9, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      They are in first place. Enjoy!

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Without Wieters behind the plate, with Crush Davis out, and with the rotation unable to make it out of the 6th 90% of the time too.

        And that last part terrifies me. While I’m happy Ubaldo JiMAYnez (you’re welcome for that) has turned the corner, we really need pitchers to start going deeper into the game. The pen is going to get worn out and quickly. And it’s only May. Yikes…

      • randomdigits - May 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Dan has the Norfolk shuttle going.

  4. cac2008 - May 9, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Funny And cute…

  5. nvl004 - May 9, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    I am pretty happy with where the Orioles sit. Hardy and Weiters have been injured and lost a little bit of time. Obviously Machado and Davis have lost significant time with DL stints. Don’t look now, but come June they could be hanging around with reinforcements on the way. Getting position players healthy, while guys like Bundy, Gausman, or maybe even Santana could bolster the bullpen or take the spot of a struggling starter.

  6. phillysports1 - May 9, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Blue Jays and their Dominican swagger was too much for my Phil’s. Give Toronto all the credit.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      I do NOT believe it is a coincidence that Rob Ford has gone into rehab this past week.

      • Francisco (FC) - May 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        So does this mean that when Rob Ford returns the Jays will tank?

      • Shayna - May 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Puh-leez! I come here for a Ford-free zone. I’ve taken to telling people that I’m from Mississauga. At least Hazel isn’t an alcoholic liar with an endless supply of hubris. Now to return to the heart of the matter — go Jays! Pitching? We don’ need no stinkin’ pitching.

      • Old Gator - May 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Speaking of Rob Ford, I’m heading up to Toronto in June, when the last snow can reliably be expected to have melted. Looking forward to hitting Caplansky’s for a cracked meat sandwich.

      • gloccamorra - May 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        When San Diego had an embarrassing mayor in Bob “Flying Fingers” Filner, he was charged with breaking the law, forced to resign, convicted, and sentenced to house arrest. What’s taking Toronto so long?

  7. dkb1968 - May 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    For the last several years the Ramgers have gone through a “June swoon,” I am hoping this years version has taken place April/May and is now out of the way. And while this may not mean “great” baseball, I would settle for at least “good.”

    I am hoping, understanding the nature of hope, that last night’s game against the Rockies was the catalyst. Decent pitching, decent hitting. In the AL West, that should be enough. The A’s, while always exceeding expectations, have to be playing above heir heads (of course, I said that last year too). The rest of the division, Angels, Mariners and DisAstros, should really be just cannon fodder by the end of the season.

    Odor flashed good glove, now if the bat shows up (I know, I know, he is probably in the majors WAY too early, and would not be here at all if the replacements for Profar could hit their way out of a wet paper bag) and the other bats continue what they started last night, we might be able to dig out of this.

    Geaux Rangers!!

    • beefytrout - May 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      I had the same thought… after 2 years of hot starts that led to nothing, maybe the Rangers can manage a hot finish this year.

      Perfect encapsulation of why baseball is the best, from last night: Rangers get lit up by the Rockies for 3 straight games, then somehow manage to be the first team this year to shut them out. The Rangers also lead MLB in shutouts this year. Go figure.

  8. tmohr - May 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    For Chrissakes, Craig, everyone knows that Curly Joe never appeared in a Stooges short. You’re thinking of Joe Besser.

  9. dluxxx - May 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    The Twins made it interesting for the first few innings, but you just knew that they were going to run into some issues with that outfield. Seriously, playing a career infielder as your starting CF is not going to end well…

    They have a tough stretch coming up with the Tigers and Red Sox. If they can hold there own here and keep from a prolonged slump, then I’ll be happy.

    • happytwinsfan - May 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Hold their own?

      I want a sweep in Motown. Hick’s glove will be back in center, the starters are looking good, we’re scoring more runs than the Tigers and have the better bullpen.

      Kitten, the other white meat.

      • dluxxx - May 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        I like your optimism. Go Twins!

      • Cris E - May 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        I’ll have what you’re having.

        Having two competent outfielders will be good, and the starters are finally resembling the off-season plans. But geez, the huge run scoring of April is drying up: Pinto has cooled off, Colabello is turning back into Colabello and Mauer is trying to shake off his annual not-quite-DL trip. It could be a good series, but I don’t expect it to be high scoring for either team.

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