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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 14, 2014, 7:04 AM EDT

Dallas Keuchel AP

Astros 8, Rangers 0: Dallas Keuchel tossed a seven-hit shutout. I’m obligated by The Guild to say he scattered those hits. L.J. Hoes drove in three. Meanwhile, Matt Harrison left the game with back stiffness early.

Angels 4, Phillies 3: There was an awful lot of Philly-based press about Mike Trout yesterday, seeing as though he’s from nearby Millville, New Jersey. It was like a kid from nearby coming to play a game in May was Philly’s World Series or something. As it was, Trout’s slump continued and he was a non-factor here. Defense was a factor, as in Cody Asche committing not one, but two errors in the sixth inning allowing all four of Anaheim’s runs to score and all of them to be unearned.

Tigers 4, Orioles 1: A 1-0 lead in the ninth and Tommy Hunter on the hill was not enough here. Hunter surrendered back-to-back homers to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez and — bam! — that was that. Really, it sounded like “bam!” when the home runs were hit. That’s not me trying to add color here.

Padres 2, Reds 1: That stuff I said on Monday about Aroldis Chapman being the Terminator or whatever? Well, anyway. Chapman surrendered a ninth inning homer to Chase Headley after entering a tied game. That was only the third hit of the game for the Padres, but it was enough to give them their fourth straight win.

Mets 12, Yankees 7: Being in Yankee Stadium sure has cured the Mets’ offensive woes. Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer in the first and Daniel Murphy hit one in the fifth. This game fell two minutes shy of four hours, so it was good an agonizing for masochistic Yankees fans, who now root for a .500 ballclub.

Brewers 5, Pirates 2: Gerrit Cole hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch in the third inning because of course he did. No ill-will sprung from it, however and everyone moved on. Gomez came around to score, so viva the unwritten rules. Cole sure showed Gomez. Marco Estrada didn’t have any grudges to deal with. All he did was win the game with six serviceable innings.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 4: R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts. Juan Francisco hit a homer. Melky Cabrera gunned the would-be tying run down at the plate in the eighth, but I suppose we’re not supposed to mention that because he tested positive for drugs a couple of years ago and now “questions have arisen” in bored and suspicious people’s minds.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3: A 12th inning walkoff plunking, as Justin Grimm hit Greg Garcia with the bases loaded in the 12th of a 3-3 game. Rough inning for Grimm as he gave up a single and two walks to load the bases before the game-ender. Kinda deflating for Chicago, which had rallied off Trevor Rosenthal to tie it in the ninth.

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Royals 5, Rockies 1: James Shields allowed one run over seven while striking out eight. One of those eight was his 1,500th career strikeout.

Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 1: “I have a Strasburg.” “Oh yeah, well we have an Arroyo.” I dunno, just trying to dramatic that all up. A one run complete game for Bronson Arroyo. A two-run double by Paul Goldschmidt in the fifth put Arizona up for good.

Twins 8, Red Sox 6: Two homers for David Ortiz but a walkoff homer for Chris Parmalee was better. Had to feel good for Parmalee, who has spent part of the season in the minors.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 1: Josh Beckett gets his first win since 2012 and it comes against his old team. Yasiel Puig had an RBI double and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Miami has lost five in a row.

Braves 5, Giants 0: Mike Minor pitched shutout baseball into the seventh. Ryan Vogelsong  . . . didn’t. Two RBI for Freddie Freeman. The Braves’ three-run sixth was keyed by Jason Heyward who tagged up to take second base on one play and managed to duck under a tag at home to score even though the ball beat him there by ten feet.

Athletics 11, White Sox 0: Drew Pomeranz and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss hit homers — two for Moss, actually. The A’s are tied for the most wins in baseball and lead everyone in baseball in run differential with a +73.

Rays 2, Mariners 1: As in the Orioles-Tigers game, a 1-0 lead wasn’t enough as Fernando Rodney blew the save by allowing all of the opponents’ runs in the ninth. That (and some pretty awesome pitching) allowed David Price to get the win. Price went the distance and struck out 12. Hisashi Iwakuma had eight shutout innings flushed down the toilet.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - May 14, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    How much more do we need to see of Tommy Hunter? He hasn’t had a clean save yet, and allows multiple hits/walks each outing. I love Buck, but come on — it’s been plainly obvious for several weeks now that even though Hunter was technically getting saves, he was also getting pretty lucky.

    His performance to date is not sustainable for a closer. Everyone knew what was going to happen last nite.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Name me the last GOOD closer the O’s had who was consistent.

      Not Tommy Hunter (2014).
      Not Jim Johnson (2012-13)
      Not Kevin Gregg (2011).
      Not Michael Gonzalez & the committee (2010).
      Not George Sherrill (2008-09).
      Or Chris Ray (2006-07).
      Or BJ Ryan (2005).

      …which puts us back into ’04 now, so to sum it up, the O’s have gone over 10 years without a reliable closer. That’s scary.

      • detroitr1 - May 14, 2014 at 7:41 AM

        Didn’t Johnson have something like 50+ saves in 2012?

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM

        Saves are like wins- they don’t paint the full picture of the pitcher. JJ DID have back to back 50+ save seasons, however he also led the majors in blown saves last year, and overall was never ever ever able to get a clean inning. He typically allowed the lead off hitter on and eventually into scoring position before he could close anything out. And JJ is a pitch to contact guy- not what you want in a closer. He pumped out a 2.5ERA in 2012, putting him 12th in closer ERA, and a 2.89ERA in 2013, 22nd in closer ERA. 12 blown saves over 2 years and 9 losses to top it off.

        While 2012 was JJ’s best year? My issue was with his consistency- he steadily declined throughout 2012, and moreso in 2013. And we’ve all seen what he has become for the A’s in 2014.

      • clydeserra - May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        yes. yes we have seen what he has become with the A’s

      • Detroit Michael - May 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        The 2012 Orioles bullpen performance was one of history’s best, actually. I’m not claiming that was their true talent level or anything like that, but you’re overlooking that year.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 15, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        The bullpen was overall good- that was never the debate. I am specifically speaking on behalf of the closer role. Do you remember in 2012 the O’s had that crazy good record in 1-run games? And everybody called it pure luck and said it wouldn’t continue? Jim Johnson was also a recipient of that luck. As mentioned, he is incapable of a 1-2-3 inning and he’s a pitch not contact closer, which is not what you want. So while statistically it looked good for him in ’12, he was luckier than he was good. I think there’s a good logical reason behind the fact that his ONLY good year (in ’13 he has a ton of blown saves and losses despite his 50 saves) was preceded by several mediocre years, and his 2014 follows suit as well.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      I’ve had my hat in the ring for O’Day since day one. Seems to be the only guy who can get consistent outs on the team. Hunter’s gotta go. Going to be a long year if they keep trotting him out there. Thing that has me worried is I know how loyal and stubborn Buck can be.

  2. nbjays - May 14, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    V-Mart may have gone BAM!, Craig, but as Historio will no doubt tell you, M.G.B.!!!

    It’s a good day for Blue Jays fans when a Jays win (against Masterson, who has always been tough on us) coincides with losses by the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles. Only the Floating Shark-head Carpets ruined the party, but they were badly in need of a W, so it’s all good.

    • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Well, Miggy’s was a three-run shot so….boom!

  3. proudlycanadian - May 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    The beasts of the AL East continue to have a rough season. The Yankees have lost 4 straight. The Orioles have lost 3 straight, but still have a 1.5 game lead.

    • sdelmonte - May 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Bleacher Report has a good analysis of the AL East woes today.

  4. dondada10 - May 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    I believe the Mets have now beaten the Yanks 6 straight times dating back to last season. If the Boss were still alive somebody on the Yankees staff is getting fired today.

    • sandwiches4ever - May 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Zombie Steinbrenner will fire Billy Martin.

      • nbjays - May 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        …again…

  5. Eutaw's Finest - May 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    I take nothing away from the 2 bombs hit by the Tigres last night but for crying out loud… Tommy Hunter is terrible. He relies too heavily on that fastball and he just can’t hit his spots. Poor Ubaldo pitched his butt off AGAIN last night (that’s 1 ER in his last 18 IP for those wondering at home) and backup catcher Caleb Joseph put on a defensive show (caught 3 stealing on the day) while getting his first career major league hit and then Tommy does what Tommy does best- hang a fast ball over the heart of the plate. You could literally hear the collective groans of the crowd last night when that ball left the yard off Miggy’s bat.

    I keep hearing people pumping Patton for closer now, possibly Britton, maybe O’Day… honestly anybody but Hunter right now.

    • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Ubaldo was good. We were getting nowhere offensively — which is why it all came down to the 9th. You could see dejection in Beautiful Brad’s face. (BTW, I think he’s going to be famous for that counter business. Nerd it up, baby.) I was glad Smyly held his own but was prepared to lose by 1 run. You have no idea how much I was yelling at Torii through the TV to take his time and be smart. I hate when our guys get anxious to make the last out. Then Miggy went boom — and V-Mart too so as not to be outdone — and my digestion greatly improved.

      +1 for playing the Beastie Boys, by the way.

  6. philliesblow - May 14, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Amazing how the replay system continues to play such a critical role in the outcome of games. The O’s probably win 1 – 0 last night without it. Rajai Davis was called out stealing second but the call was overturned after replay. After the steal, DKB and Kinsler made outs & the game would have been over. Instead Hunter gets a 2 out walk to bring Miggy to the plate. BOOM!

    • paperlions - May 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      I prefer to think of it as missed calls playing a less critical role in the outcomes of games.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        I agree paperlions. I would rather see an outcome based on what happened rather than what was called incorrectly

      • Old Gator - May 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Perhaps you’ll pardon this atavistic throwback’s affection for the fallible human element, and my nostalgia for the good old days of retreating bitterly to a fetal position in a dark corner, sucking on an old beer while grumbling about blind crappy umpires and the cosmic injustice of the baseball diamond. It was conducive to a more philosophical cant of mind than this…this…computerized dystopia of certitude we inhabit now.

        On the other hand, I guess it does open up the field of employment as an umpire to the mayopic, the astigmatic and the cataract ridden. But even then, we will not have achieved true equality in employment until those with glaucoma can become umpires without living in dread of testing positive for weed.

      • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Yeah, that was a super exciting 2:18 of baseball.

      • paperlions - May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Like the super exciting times when managers come out to argue calls when everyone knows the chance of a call being over turned is 0%? Or all of the other super exciting bits of baseball, like 30 seconds between each pitch when there is a runner on base that is kinda fast…..or the 185 seconds between any two of Clay Buchholtz’s pitches.

        Baseball’s goal should be to maximize excitement, in that case, the more bad calls the better because you never know what call the ump will make, which would create suspense and excitement. The goal should be for the teams that should win to win more often based on what actually happened.

      • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        In all candor, a mess of a game can be fun to watch. Also, it did my heart good when Gardenhire got tossed the other day.

        My other concern is that replay becomes a strategic tool like in mouthbreatherball that gets used to break momentum instead of for making accurate plays…which we’ve already seen. That, to me, is far, far worse for the game.

      • moogro - May 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        paperlions: “Baseball’s goal should be to maximize excitement.”

        That’s also why baseball should maximize player safety.

  7. thetoolsofignorance - May 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Things came up all Dodger blue last night. Puig continues to be Puig and it was another Dee Gordon day with a double and a run but no stolen bases. Beckett was good enough against a downcast Marlins team but goodness me is he slow. I napped off and on between his pitches and would doze of at the 0-1, wake up around the 3-1 nod off again then rouse in time for the 3-2 breaking ball foul off, then drift in and out as he struggled with the idea that a 91 mph straight pitch on the inside corner was a good idea and he could just go ahead and throw it. if anyone needs amphetamines its the Dodger fans trying to watch Beckett work

    • paperlions - May 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      He’s been even better than last year. Walk rate up 3%, K rate down 3%. Hitting with a little more power. Better defense. He’s 23, making adjustments, fun to watch, and very good at baseball.

      • Old Gator - May 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Great intro to the bardic tragedy of the Feesh, guys. Thanks. Yea

      • paperlions - May 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        I feel so bad for Fish Fans. Having to deal with the owner who is never going away is bad enough, but then to have Fernandez stripped away so mercilessly is a cruel fate. It is almost like the Gods of Baseball are telling MLB that they will not allow the games of those teams to be enjoyed until suitable ownership is found.

      • Old Gator - May 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Dumbsquat send key hidden somewhere in my keyboard…I will hunt it down and melt it for seam filler in my next airplane model. Anyway….

        Yeah, great intro to the tragic tale of the Feesh. The team announced last night that El Keed will indeed have to undergo TJ and he’s now back home in Tampa cherrypicking his surgeon from among a trio of the world’s finest. It’s hard to overstate how beloved he as amongst that endangered species known as Feesh fans, and I predict that his hospital room will be no place for anyone with pollen allergies. Oh, you think I’m making a joke out of this, do you? Well, it’s that or cry.

        Speaking of jokes, the Keed-less team stumbled to its fifth straight road loss, a diegesis which has become dolorously familiar this season. They’re now 1-5 for the trip, 20-19 for the season, sliding backassward towards the basement they furnished so tastefully during their last road trip. They’ve got a way to go but they seem to be accelerating at at the Joycean 32 feet per sec. per sec. despite having been relieved of the mass of El Keed. Ever since he took ill and then the horrible news broke, they’ve been playing like the Hesperus. Jake Turner was in command through five and then unraveled like Oogie Boogie in the sixth. As usual, Yasiel Puig was right in the middle of everything – I really love this guy, not least of all because of the way he drives the puckerpolers ever deeper into self-impalement.

        So: the strange attractor is once again the largest object in the Feesh firmament, outshining even the moon, and it will take only one more performance like the last five to return them to the state of equilibrium to which the last generation of physicists would have liked us to believe was our natural destiny. Of course, that generation didn’t have the delusional budget of Scrooge McLoria to contend with and the backloaded equation had yet to be proved, nor had it yet been established that 180 lbs. of dark matter could own a baseball team.

        Tonight, the Feesh hurl callup Anthony DiSclafani at the Bums in a desperate attempt to ward of mere mediocrity. In other news, the Feesh announced “New Lower Yearly Prices” for remnant-season teeckets a few days ago. I expect that with last night’s awful news, they will be announcing “New, Even Lower Yearly Prices tomorrow.

  8. happytwinsfan - May 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I fell asleep last night with the Twins safely (seemingly) in the lead. Since I slept through the loss of the lead I didn’t need to be awake for the walk off. Probably for the best. For me the aggravation of losing a lead has a bigger impact than the retaking of it. Besides hearing all about it made for a very nice morning.

    Anybody notice that the AL Central has the best collective won loss record in the AL, the one positive feature of our leaping Tiger.

    • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Snap out of it!

      • happytwinsfan - May 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Yeah yeah, now you’re going to tell me that I’m still asleep and they actually lost. Surrrre.

        I can’t believe they brought in Leibrandt to pitch to Puckett.

      • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Did sadtwinsfan hijack your account?

      • happytwinsfan - May 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        no, he’s too busy gloating over Buxton’s sprained wrist and watching The Days of Wine and Roses with drunkentwinsfan

      • Old Gator - May 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        I like my wine with a sueeze of Lemmon.

      • happytwinsfan - May 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I actually googled “sueeze” to see if it was some erudite reference. Anyone else, I spot them the missing “q”.

      • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        #drunkspelling

      • happytwinsfan - May 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        (swings and misses slider by a foot)

  9. sdelmonte - May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Yes, taking two of two in the Bronx, and six in a row overall from the Yankees, is nice. But those games are mainly a reminder that neither team is very good, with the same 19-19 record. At least the Mets have been hitting, but Zack Wheeler seems to take a step backwards for every step forward.

    Today, it’s the debut of Montero, who might be a decent back of the rotation pitcher. And the likely end to the streak, since Tanaka is pitching for the Yanks.

    There is just something missing from the whole thing this year. The fact that there is no overall “rivalry week” seems to matter. So does the quality of play. And I think these were scheduled too early. The buzz in NY isn’t about baseball. It’s about the Rangers. Maybe next year they should play these in July?

    • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Your glass appears to be half-full. Waiter!

      • sdelmonte - May 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Yes, but the glass came from Shake Shack!

      • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        /scoots away

  10. stevietimmy - May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    “…but I suppose we’re not supposed to mention that because he tested positive for drugs a couple of years ago and now “questions have arisen” in bored and suspicious people’s minds.”

    But isn’t that the function of “bloggers” such as yourself? To be “bored and suspicious”? Yes, let’s post pictures of what one wears for the Kentucky Derby but god forbid someone else should raise a question about an admitted cheater.

  11. hcf95688 - May 14, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    The A’s are A’s-mazing!

  12. dluxxx - May 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Nice win by the Twins last night. Big Papi does what he’s done since leaving the Twins, but it wasn’t enough for the Sawks.

    The Twins lineup looks like a lineup for the last game of a beer league softball tournament when everyone is drunk. We had a RF in LF, a SS playing CF, a 1B playing RF, Nunez batting DH and a C playing 1B*. Pretty weird, but it worked.

    *I know Mauer is a 1B now, but he really is a C playing 1B in my mind.

  13. Liam - May 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    “This game fell two minutes shy of four hours, so it was good an agonizing for masochistic Yankees fans, who now root for a .500 ballclub.”

    I am pretty sure every Yankee fan had switched over to Rangers-Penguins by the 4th inning.

  14. stlouis1baseball - May 14, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Gotta’ hand it to those Brewers…all they continue to do is win ballgames.
    It’s definately early, but they certainly appear to be for real.

    • sportsdrenched - May 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Which brings up the question. When do you stop saying “it’s early”? I vote for Memorial Day.

      • Old Gator - May 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        This is baseball. Labor Day.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Memorial day sounds like the right time to me as well.

      • historiophiliac - May 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        All-Star break?

  15. phillysports1 - May 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    CODY ASCHE FINISHED WITH 3 ERRORS. 3 !!!!!!!!!!

  16. Detroit Michael - May 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I remember when 3,000 career strikeouts for a pitcher was extremely noteworthy, but of course that standard has become a bit diluted in contemporary times. How noteworthy is it that James Shields recorded his 1,500th strikeout in just the ninth year of his career?

    Sort of noteworthy, but not on a Hall of Fame track exactly either.

    Since 1996, in roughly reverse chronological order, it’s been done by:
    James Shields
    Tim Lincecum
    Cole Hamels
    Felix Hernandez
    Justin Verlander
    CC Sabathia
    Johan Santana
    Hideo Nomo
    Pedro Martinez

  17. sportsdrenched - May 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Baseball is a weird game. The team with the least amount of home runs beat the team with the most home runs by out homering them.

    The Royals and Rockies only play a two game series, so I will take a “small sample size, but still” sweep of the Rockies.

  18. APBA Guy - May 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    One of those games last night that, just a few years ago, would have been headlined “XXX dominates A’s”, showed how the G & P Beane has evolved. Many fallaciously attributed to Beane the notion that baseball can be reduced simply to numbers, that scouting did not matter. Then there was the movie, which reinforced that notion, showing as it did sad scouts being humiliated and ignored in their dotage by a triumphant, smug, incredibly handsome GM.

    In fact, Beane’s current approach is a blending of scouting and numbers as evidenced by last night’s triumph, a win accomplished without the services of Josh Donaldson, btw.

    Drew Pomeranz: 5 IP, 0 ER. Received in trade for Brett Anderson, who was owed $ 9.5M. Anderson is on the DL with a total of 15 IP in 2014, after extensive DL stays in previous years.

    Brandon Moss: FA signed in December 2011 after a year of minor league ball with the Phillies.

    Josh Reddick: traded from Boston in December 2011 for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney. Bailey pitched a total of 43 innings for Boston in 2012 and 2013 and is currently on a minor league deal with the Yankees. Sweeney has not been an impact player, and is currently on a 2 year deal with the Cubs at $ 1.5M annually.

    I could go down the line like this, adding Cespedes (Cuba), Donaldson (from the Cubs for Rich Harden), and Norris (from the Nationals for Gio).

    The bottom line, is that when confronted with the reality of “star” players who reach expensive FA status, rather than sign them to contracts in the $ 8-20M p.a. range, Beane flips them for a package of prospects, out of which emerges a key contributor. The scouting part comes in the things the A’s do to identify guys with upside, sometimes tweaking a batting approach or changing a position.

    It’s a thing of beauty when it works, and it worked really well last night.

    • daveitsgood - May 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Lest we not mention, Josh Reddick’s walk up music, Careless Whisper. Exploiting the market inefficiencies of George Michael is the new Moneyball.

  19. janessa31888 - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Who is this guy and what has he done with Justin Masterson? :( Woe is me.

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