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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 12, 2014, 6:33 AM EDT

Athletics 9, Nationals 1: A pair of three-run homers for Derek Norris off the guy for whom he was traded to Oakland in Gio Gonzalez. A three-game sweep for the A’s, in which they outscored Washington 21-4. Oh, and Gio got mad at a teammate for missing a fly ball and flashed some Natitude at him:

Angels 9, Blues Jays 3: Hank Conger hot a three-run homer and drove in five. Even walked once. He also was shocked in the seventh inning when Jered Weaver — who had a pretty good game going — walked a dude and then, during the subsequent mound discussion, told pitching coach Mike Butcher that he needed to come out of the game because he was gassed. Which ended up being the right call, but was kinda weird. No one ever admits that. Usually a manager or a pitching coach has to make that judgment call with the starting pitcher usually claiming he’s good to go even if he’s missing several limbs like the Black Knight in “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Personally, I like the honesty. Weaver has nothin’ to prove. Good to see a guy risk violating baseball’s rules about pitchers always having to say they want the ball for the good of the team.

Brewers 6, Yankees 5: Mark Teixeira tied things up with a homer in the top of the ninth but then Mark Reynolds’ drove home Rickie Weeks from third with two outs in the bottom half for the walkoff win. K-Rod gave up that homer to Teixeira, blowing his first save of the year. But he did vulture a win, so good for him.

Red Sox 5, Rangers 2: One man on in the first inning — THE FIRST INNING — and Ron Washington intentionally walks David Ortiz to get to Mike Napoli. This even though a lefty was on the mound. All three guys ended up scoring. Someone probably needs to check on Joe Posnanski to see if he didn’t stroke out or anything when that happened.

Twins 4, Tigers 3: I went up to Detroit for the game on Saturday. On the way up there I learned that Don Kelly, and not Rajai Davis, was playing left. I was kinda sad because I’d never seen Davis play in person before and sort of wanted to see his defense and maybe see him steal a base. Yes, I realize that’s kinda pathetic, but some players just sorta interest me and Davis is one of them. Anyway, in the first inning Kelly makes a leaping catch to rob someone of a homer and the next inning Ian Kinsler or someone stole a base, so I got all of that defense and base running jones out of my system. Then a day later this game happens, Davis gets the nod in left and lets a ball skip past him, helping the Twins rally in the eighth. Can’t predict baseball.

Braves 5, Cubs 2: Homers from Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward and another solid start from Aaron Harang help the Braves to a series sweep. Harang struck out nine Cubs in six innings and Braves pitchers struck out 14 overall. Even more can’t predict baseball.

Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 1: Chase Anderson — who could easily be the name of a secondary male character in an airport bookstore-quality espionage thriller — made his major league debut and acquitted himself quite well, allowing one run on two hits in five and a third. Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero each hit homers. And then Anderson was killed passing along the microfilm to the main character who, however broken up he acted about his faithful sidekick’s death, totally forgets about it for the rest of the story.

Mets 5, Phillies 4: The Mets ended their five-game skid after a late three-run rally and then won it in the 11th after loading the bases ahead of Ruben Tejada‘s walkoff single. Cole Hamels struck out 10 in seven innings while throwing 133 pitches but was denied his first win of the year and the 100th win of his career.

Indians 6, Rays 5: Nyjer Morgan and Michael Bourn each drove in two. One of those for Morgan came on a solo homer in the eighth which was his first big league homer since July of 2012. Cleveland took two of three.

Reds 4, Rockies 1: Aroldis Chapman can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop, ever, until he notches 102 on the radar gun in his first appearance back since having his bran pan cracked by that comebacker. Homer Bailey allowed one run in seven and a third.

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Astros 5, Orioles 2: The Astros avoid a sweep and halt the O’s five-game winning streak. I feel like any time the Astros win in Game 3s or Game 4s of series this year it will halt the opponents’ extended winning streak.

Royals 9, Mariners 7:  Dustin Ackley hit two homers and Kyle Seager hit a two-run shot to give the M’s a 7-5 lead but then Johnny Giavotella hit a three-run homer in the seventh so there went that. The Mariners committed five errors which, God.

Giants 7, Dodgers 4: Sergio Romo blew the save to sent it to extra innings but the Giants pulled it out. Of course they did. It’s Dodger Stadium and the Giants have owned Dodger Stadium of late, having taken five of six from their rival in Chavez Ravine.

Padres 5, Marlins 4: They lost to the Marlins in dramatic fashion on Thursday night but the Padres came back and took three of four. Bud Black:

“It’s a much better vibe, there’s less tension in the clubhouse and in the dugout. When you don’t score there’s tension. And it’s been released a little bit and the guys are playing a little more relaxed. That is what winning does. When you don’t score, things get a little tight.”

And here I thought winning is caused by a positive attitude, not the cause of it. Crazy.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5: Pittsburgh tried to climb back late with a ninth inning rally but Trevor Rosenthal squelched it. Allen Craig and Yadier Molina had RBI singles in a four-run first inning which probably caused a lot of folks to switch away from ESPN.

  1. Francisco (FC) - May 12, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    I saw that game. Trevor Rosenthal didn’t squelch anything, if anything he squeaked through that inning. He was the reason the Pirates had a comeback at all.

  2. Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    So the Feesh are suddenly feeling that little tug from below again. No, it isn’t the puppy wanting to be fed. It’s the gossamer reality waves of the strange attractor beckoning them back to abject mediocrity after their home winning streak has fallen apart like halvah on the sunset side this weekend. The Feesh got three consecutive poor outings from their top three young guns, very little run production when it counted, and scored as many as four runs only once in six games but lost that one anyway. Mother’s day treated Feeshermen to one of the Rainbow Warriors’ time-honored traditions, the death by neglect of men in scoring position. Overall I think that the acquisition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been an excellent move for the Feesh, but I gawked when his RISP was posted as he came up with the bases loaded in the eighth with the team down by a run: .187 (down to about .164 now after he feebly grounded out). Those are Tweeter numbers, Oy! On the fresh side of the halocline they also finally got five innings of scoreless relief from their shaky boolpen to kick orf the post-Marmol era. Henry Rodriguez, reconstituted from AAA, threw a scoreless frame of relief. Rodriguez has a blistering fastball but his stats are full of clumps of dark matter too. He can be walked to death.

    On to Tinseltown for a collision with the redemption-hungry Bums. Should be a fun series.

    • emdash01 - May 12, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Henry Rodriguez is one of the wildest pitchers I’ve ever watched. In his most memorable appearance for me, he almost hit the batter in the head with 98, then missed away by a foot, and it somehow funneled up along the backstop and threw itself back at him and nearly hit him in the head. It was kind of impressive, in a way.

      • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        You should have told him to throw at the bull mascot.

  3. 4d3fect - May 12, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Bums be stumblin, OG, like the ones around Pershing Park. Feesh should be so lucky.

    • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Oh sure – I bet you the Bums would trade Magic Johnson for Scrooge McLoria in a heartbeat!

      Anyway, it’s Griffith Park that concerns me. I recently read a report that its once-common horned toads (Phrynosoma blainvillii) have all but disappeared, leaving the underbrush to the wretched, hard-biting alligator leezards. I have also read that the Bullwinkle statue in front of Jay Ward Productions stopped rotating because bikers who hung out in the area were pissing on it and eventually snarled its gears (from A History of LA by Sandy Pearlman).

      • clemente2 - May 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        The horned toads are gone. All over the LA region. The alligator lizards are here, in mutitudes.

        I liked the horned toads.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Horned toads are great. The problem seems to be the red ant incursion from South America, which has wiped out the oher types of ants on which the horned toads mainly feed – they need the formic acid ants contain in order to sustain their metabolism, and they can’t get enough of it from the red ants.

        Alligator lizards are nasty customers. They’re OK terrarium pets but you can’t handle them – the break their tails off and bite like sons of bitches. At least they eat roaches.

  4. southpaw2k - May 12, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Took my mom to OPACY for our 10th annual Mother’s Day baseball game. Packed house, and even though Tillman had his absolute worst outing that I can recall in a long time, it was a beautiful day. With Crush back in the lineup, I feel a whole lot better about the infield, despite having Wieters on the DL. Detroit comes to town next, and hopefully the O’s can get back in the win column with some lovely totals before they hit the road again.

  5. trbmb - May 12, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Yes, I walked off after the first inning, relieved that I did not miss an actual and magical walk off. Do they have walk offs in the NFL, or is that stupidity limited to MLB?

    • clydeserra - May 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      first, walk off was coined by Dennis eckersley (walk off piece) to describe, coming into a game getting 3 outs and walking off the field with the win.

      second, yes, there are last second wins in football. They are not common. Basketball buzzer beaters are pretty common though.

      third, stupidity? what the?Baseball is entertainment, why is it stupid to be entertained with a victory out of the jaws of defeat (or de-tie and another inning)?

      • trbmb - May 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Thanks for helping me understand the origin of walk off, i.e.. Eckersley the originator, although I suspect if that was the case, we would have been constantly seeing games classified as walk offs many years ago (if he coined this while still playing). Also, by his definition, a walk off could occur after the top of the Ninth, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such be so labeled.

        Anyway, my Walk off comments are only humor, given Walk Off declarations are suddenly so common. Although I do still recall the famous Russ Hodges call. ‘The Giants Win The Walkoff, The Giants Win The Walkoff’. Once more, just sarcastic humor.

        But I am convinced if Gary Bettman was in charge of MLB, we’d have a point system, 2 points for a normal win, 3 points for a walk off.

      • clydeserra - May 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        a little googling on my part shows I am a little off. Eck coined it for the negative feeling of walking off the field when you give up the game winning hit.

    • historiophiliac - May 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      You say you walked off, yet here you are. Perhaps you got stuck in a revolving door. At any rate, no, you won’t get a game-ender like that in football. What stupidities you get there are the 20-minute last 2 minutes, intentional play-killers, and anyone with play cheat-sheets on their person. Have a nice day.

      • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        No, it’s just that dream everyone has of trying to go somewhere – walking, running, whatever – and being stuck in place. Like most of the greatest advances of civilization, the invention of the revolving door was merely mankind’s attempt to give shape to its dreams. Come on now Histy, you of all people should know that.

    • emdash01 - May 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Think it’s called a Hail Mary in football.

      • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        It’s also called that in etrading.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 12, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    If Bastardo just wandered off….and we never heard from him again……

    I suppose he is no worse than Diekman/Manship/Holland/Other Shmuckity-Schmucks….but good God! Is it too much to ask you don’t give up THREE extra base hits when holding a 3 run lead???

  7. Joe Vecchio - May 12, 2014 at 8:35 AM

  8. umrguy42 - May 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    “his first appearance back since having his bran pan cracked by that comebacker”

    “bran pan”

    I thought he got hit in the head, not in the butt ;p

  9. hittfamily - May 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Good lord the Rays bullpen is painful to watch. It’s almost like we shouldn’t have traded Alex Torres, he of the .60 ERA through 15 innings, for Logan Forsythe, he of the .182 average and no homers through 74 PA.

  10. sdelmonte - May 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    The Mets finally win one, and you can’t say that they gave up. Still no sign that most of the bats are going to do much, though.

    And now it’s time for the Subway Series, between a team that missing three starting pitchers and a team missing an oomph at the plate. Hard to be up for this one, and easy to imagine a lot of dull baseball the next four nights. The best thing I can say about it is that three of the four games are on free TV (though fans of Supernatural are probably scratching their heads about why the season finale is being pre-empted).

  11. dw3dw - May 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Both the Norris home runs were on 3-0 counts.

    • clydeserra - May 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      and were preceded by failing to retire Cespedes when the should have, in the first on a play Desmond should make, and in the second on a pop up that fell on the grass in fair territory (rolled foul untouched) between the catcher and thirdbaseman (cepedes ended up walking)

  12. dluxxx - May 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    My Twins took 2 of 3 from the Tigers and are still in last place in the division. However, they’re only 5.5 back at this point and there’s lots of baseball left to play. Especially if they Tigers go on a losing streak when those double headers start catching up with them…

    • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Kitten good (urrrrppppp)…’scuse me….

      • dluxxx - May 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Especially with a nice Cajun rub and then smoked for a solid 4 hours with apple wood chips.

      • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Really? I didn’t think they were especially appetizing without bean sprouts, lo mein noodles and soy sauce.

      • happytwinsfan - May 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        The only cat around here is old and stringy, but I was inspired to treat some chicken drumsticks with cream of asparagus. Eaten with glasses off it was a convincing substitute.

    • jimeejohnson - May 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM


      • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Well, but that’s the answer to everything, innit? I love the stuff. When visiting the sunset side, I make a beeline for The Stinking Rose up on Columbus Avenue in North Beach and immediately order a bagna calda and muse upon what to order next while plouging through the toast sticks dipped in that sublime brew.

        And of course there is America’s greatest living poet of garlic, the wonderful novelist Jim Harrison, who sings its praises in his incomparable paen to mere eating, The Raw and the Cooked:

  13. uyf1950 - May 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Two tough loses for the Yankees in Milwaukee this weekend, but it happens. The Brewers are a good team. Now it’s a 4 game series for the Yankees against their cross town rivals the Mets. Hopefully the Yankees have better luck this year than last year when they lost all 4 games.

  14. APBA Guy - May 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    The A’s continue their all-or-nothing play in May. I have to admit, it was a good feeling watching those Norris home runs off Gio. Not that Norris is suddenly Johnny Bench or anything approaching that. He’s a platoon player who is hot at this point, and a plus defender.

    As for Gio, still has too-frequent outings with command issues. Great arm, durable, I was sorry to see him go. But that’s why the G & P Beane gets the big money and I watch on TV.

    Notice how the Angels are creeping back above .500? The West race is far, far from over.

  15. renaado - May 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Man! Been busy these days, Nice outing durin that day Braves.

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