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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

May 13, 2014, 5:49 AM EDT

Cubs Celebrate AP

Cubs 17, Cardinals 5: There’s a score that’ll lead to some deceptive stats for a little while. Team ERAs and averages and run differentials and things like that. Doesn’t make the Cubs good nor the Cardinals bad, but it creates temporary analytical chaos and that’s always a good thing. Anyway, 17 runs in support of Travis Wood is fun. Especially considering that Jeff Samardzija has gotten 15 runs of support over his eight starts. Junior Lake drove in six.

Tigers 4, Orioles 1: Benches cleared after Bud Norris plunked Torii Hunter following an Ian Kinsler home run. No punches or anything or really any shoving and stuff, but it does seem like Norris was throwing at Hunter out of frustration. Rick Porcello won his fifth start in a row and sixth game overall.

Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 5: Arizona carried a 5-4 lead from the sixth to the ninth but then Kevin Frandsen and Danny Espinosa each hit solo homers and that was that.

Mets 9, Yankees 7: The Mets continue to own the Yankees for some reason. This time after overcoming three-run deficits twice. Four Mets homers, some shaky Yankees relief, a successful bullpen debut for Jenrry Mejia and a gimpy Mark Teixeira — who couldn’t make it to second base on a ball to the wall and then turned into the first out of a game-ending double play — all factored in this one.

Dodgers 6, Marlins 5: Yasiel Puig hit his third homer in four days — this a three-run job — and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He has 26 career homers. This one was the 12th that came on the first pitch. I’m sure that means he’s doing something wrong and destructive to the team. Dan Haren allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings without walking anyone.

Blue Jays 7, Angels 3: Mark Buehrle wins his seventh of the season. He’s the first guy in the bigs to do that. Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie each hit homers. The Jays avoided a four-game sweep. In other news, weekend series that wrap around to Monday were invented by fifth columnists back in the 1940s in order to destabilize society and annoy game recappers.

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Giants 4, Braves 2: Tim Lincecum had his best start of the year, striking out 11. A lot of pitchers have had their best starts of the year facing the Braves lately. Tyler Colvin and Freddie Freeman each hit homers into McCovey Cove. It was the first time two homers hit the water in the same game since Barry Bonds did it twice himself on May 18, 2002.

Rangers 4, Astros 0: Colby Lewis tossed five and two-thirds shutout innings, striking out eight, and the pen finished the job. Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor hit homers. Odor’s first as a big leaguer.

Athletics 5, White Sox 4: Jesse Chavez went eight innings and the A’s won their fifth straight. A Jed Lowrie double, a Josh Reddick triple and a Josh Donaldson homer accounted for Oakland’s scoring.

Mariners 12, Rays 5: Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the seventh before giving up a three-run double, but he got staked to a 9-0 lead after three innings and notched his first win in a month anyway. Then he got ejected as he was barking at the umpire while leaving the game, which is probably the best time to get ejected if you have to do so.

  1. renaado - May 13, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    I can’t believe I saw a Philippine flag hangin around in the 309 feet sign when Colvin hits that 7th inning triple off Floyd… Or is it just me. Still a good game though nonetheless.

    • illuminancer - May 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      It was Filipino Heritage Night at AT&T last night.

      • renaado - May 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Amazing, glad to see my fellow “kabayans”(fellow countrymen) lovin the game of Baseball there.

    • daveitsgood - May 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      It was Filipino Heritage night at AT&T. The Giants tend to have marketing promotional nights pretty much every night for anything and everything. Thursday is Japanese Heritage night, Friday is Metallica night, Saturday is strike out cancer day and are giving out Orange fedoras? The list goes on and on. The marketing group there definitely earns its keep.

      • renaado - May 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Truly a wonderful sight this is. I’m really happy for the Giants doin this for my fellow countrymen livin there in the States. I may be a Braves fan but this is certainly a sight I will really remember.

      • daveitsgood - May 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        You would have loved to have been there then. Pregame ceremonies included a tinikling dance performance.

      • renaado - May 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I’m currently livin in the Philippines now here in Manila. And definitely, the Tinikling dance is the most well known traditional dances here in the Philippines, those Barong tagalogs are really used by men here as a traditional clothin when playin that while Balintawak or Patadyong are for women. Really nice if I were there to see it. I thank the Giants on doin this wonderful event for em.

    • illuminancer - May 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      It kind of made it extra-cool that Lincecum pitched so well last night, too.

    • clydeserra - May 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Tagalog is the third most commonly spoken language in California, I think

  2. proudlycanadian - May 13, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Buehrle did not have his best stuff during his 7th win as he walked 5. He allowed the first 2 hitters in the 7th to get on base. Delabar bailed him out by striking out Trout and getting Pujols to hit into a double play. During the same game that Lawrie returned to action after missing games due to a hamstring problem, Rasmus exited the game with a recurrence of his hamstring problem. Consequently, Rasmus missed the chance to hit against his brother with the bases loaded. Juan Francisco who replaced Rasmus at the plate managed to drive in 2 runs. Following the Rasmus injury, the Jays had to shuffle their position players and Lawrie moved from third to second. He made a couple of nifty plays at second. Even though a couple of HBT types such as Craig think that Lawrie is having a poor season, he does have 7 homers and 23 RBI’s in 121 at bats. By contrast, Trout has 7 homers and 24 RBI’s in 147 at bats. So far, Bautista, rather than Trout, is quietly having a MVP type season.

    • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      Delabar did a great job getting out of that 2 on nobody out jam in the 7th. As Buck Martinez said during the game last night, sometimes the save doesn’t come in the 9th inning.

  3. 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Seattle Mariners 20-18
    New York Yankees 19-18

    … just an observation for the Yankee fans who said that Cano would regret leaving New York because he’d never win in Seattle.

    • girardisbraces - May 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Yes, because a half game makes a world of difference, and also 38 games is an accurate historical sample with which to judge his decision.

      I think you forgot your “/sarcasm” there.

      • 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        What I object (and objected) to was the absolute certainty that the Yankees would always be winners, and the Mariners would always be losers. Robinson Cano left for more money. But he didn’t permanently give up on his chance of winning. And 40 games into the season, we can see that he didn’t join a bottom-feeding club nor did he leave on oncoming dynasty.

      • clydeserra - May 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        don’t forget that two of the mariners best pitchers have been on the DL, they are set for a fall just yet

      • girardisbraces - May 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Absolute certainty? No. But given the past history of each club, and the failure of the Mariners to support Cano’s signing with other moves to make the team stronger – they won’t make it to the playoffs with Cano and King Felix alone – in the short term it’s a questionable decision.

      • 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        I wouldn’t bet on Cano plus Felix being enough to get the Mariners to the playoffs, but the Red Sox — in 1999 — had Nomar, Pedro, and bunch of luck (like a couple good-but-not-great players having career years.)

        Two really great players can do a lot for you, as long as luck’s on your side.

  4. dondada10 - May 13, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Exciting game at Yankee Stadium as the Mets showed a lot of resiliency. And with Meija shifting to the pen and Familia throwing so well lately, the Mets might be able to actually turn their bullpen into a strength.

    • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      The Jays broadcast featured this trivia question last night regarding the Yankees-Mets game: Name the 5 players present that have played for both the Mets and the Yankees. Hint: All 5 saw playing time in the game.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        I can think of some-
        and I think that is it. Maybe a pitcher? With all the odds and sods in the two pens it probably is a pitcher and I can’t keep track of them. They jump team to teal like fleas on dogs and I didn’t see the game so I don’t know who threw

      • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        You got 4 of the 5, Tools, and were correct on the 5th. It was Kyle Farnsworth. Nicely done!

        /golf clap

      • unclemosesgreen - May 13, 2014 at 9:25 AM


      • groupofsevenrules - May 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        I’m running to work but has anyone noticed that Mark Buehrle is making a pretty good early case for the AL Cy?

      • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        He obviously has The Will To Win™, seeing as his strike zone command was off last night. He threw 102 pitches; 53 strikes and 49 balls (52% strike rate). C.J. Wilson wasn’t a whole lot better at 56%.

  5. historiophiliac - May 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Everyone was testy last night. Beautiful Brad was angry and argumentative. Torii was mad about being hit and had words twice with Norris about it. It took some time to get things to die down, and then Norris sulked in the dugout while my buddy texted great obscenities to me about the Tigers. Best line of the night was Mario: and here comes the bullpen now, only because they have to. It’s bizarre watching Joba calm down Torii. Anyway, it was an exciting game. I hope tonight is good too.

    I switched over for the 9th of the Mets-Yankees game and saw the nice little ending there. Then, I switched to the Chisox-A’s, but the A’s had a good lead and I went to bed shortly. Good baseball day.

  6. chill1184 - May 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    His name is Duda, Lucas Duda.

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  7. thetoolsofignorance - May 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    another fine Dodger Blue victory and led by that young punk Puig. I tried to enjoy this game but the news that one of the finest young arms in baseball was lost to surgery was a cloud over it

    On the plus side for baseball, Mattingly came out in support of Puig and Gomez who are in my mind two of baseball’s most fun young people to watch. I applaud Donny Baseball for this one since the baseball decorum police have had way too much say about it already. its about time one of “theirs” told them to stuff it

    • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      “Baseball Decorum Police”… nice term, Tools. :-)

      • clydeserra - May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        they live inside McCanns Head

      • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        +1 for the Cheap Trick reference.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      The fun part is that every time I see Puig homer, I notice the bat flip and I snicker.

  8. unclemosesgreen - May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    The King got ejected for arguing balls and strikes in a game where he issued no walks. In which 4 walks were issued, total, by both teams. Weird.

  9. mvp43 - May 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Watching the self proclaimed guardians of baseballs unwritten rules get drilled by the Cubs was quite satisfying.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      All the more so for its rarity. Enjoy it whilst you can. It isn’t going to happen very often in our lifetimes.

    • NatsLady - May 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      I only watched the 9th inning. I had the Cubs for 17 runs against the Cards, but Descalso had to pitch in order for me to cash in my ticket.

      • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        The odds on that bet must have been astronomical.

      • NatsLady - May 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        As an astronomer, I’m now rich. As a music teacher (sigh), I’m not.

      • nbjays - May 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        As someone with two musical kids in lessons, I salute you as a music teacher.

  10. Old Gator - May 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Keeping the El Keed watch this morning. Nothing new so far. All I can add is that the Feesh are now in full road mode, losing their fourth straight on their fourth consecutive shaky start by one of their vaunted stable of young’uns. They’ve managed to jack their woeful run production during this stretch of losses by a full run, this time scoring five in a losing cause while their pitching wilts. Only the sunset side natives, Yelich and the Iron Giant, seem to be thriving in the alien atmosphere. The Giant added two more ribbies to up his league leading total to 42. Yelich seems to be finding his power stroke.

    I went to sleep with the Feesh up 3-1 at the end of the third after a short report on El Keed waiting for additional opinions from the Macondo docs. One fun item was that Saltalamacchia threw out Puig trying to steal second when the World’s Second Greatest Monster slid into Pasadena instead of the bag. I prefer to believe that Puig was ackcherley gazing into an alternative universe where second base sits two feet further out into short center field than it does in this one.

  11. savior72 - May 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Cubs must have been saving all those runs for the Cards after only scoring 4 in 3 games against theBraves.

    • yourcubreporter - May 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Yes, truly they must have gotten caught in atl looking ahead on the schedule! Good to see, though! Go Cubs Go!

  12. bronxbomber213 - May 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    The Yankees are such a JOKE!! This team is down right terrible in all aspects with the exception being the bullpen when they are rested! The offense is feast or famine an the starters which was looked at as a strength are now one of the weakest rotations in the game save Tanaka! McCann is a chump and where is this Beltran everyone has been touting for years? Honeslty I think Chris Stuart and Vernon Wells could equal the production of those two at 90% of the cost!! This is essentially the same team as last year just wayyy more expensive and the ownership should be embarrased!!

    • 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Ellsbury’s been good. And so has Kelly Johnson.

      • bronxbomber213 - May 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Ill give uou those two and Solarte but otherwise this offense is pathetic!! Ellsbury is the only consistent threat at all!! And let’s be honest do you think phelps Nuno and (gulp) Aceves can get this team on track? Never mind the fact that BP Sabathia can’t get ANYONE out and Kuroda is just a so-so pitcher thus far! They are awful and i don’t see it getting any better anytime soon and by the time it does it may be too late!!

      • 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Hey, man. I’m a Red Sox fan. I don’t want the team to get on track.

        Aceves had his moments for the Red Sox. You don’t want to count on the guy, though.

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