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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 16, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

Mike Trout walkoff AP

Angels 6, Rays 5: Mike Trout‘s walkoff caps a four-run ninth inning rally. The homer came off  Brad Boxberger, but even if he lit the match, Grant Balfour spread the kerosene by walking two batters and giving up an RBI single just before Trout’s three-run bomb.

Twins 4, Red Sox 3: Another walkoff. This time the hit was delivered by Aaron Hicks. A day after his own team ripped him in the media. I guess in between Wednesday and Thursday Hick, to paraphrase Ron Gardenhire, studied the game a little more, studied the pitchers a little bit more, did drills and everything, threw his talent out on the field and said, “I can do this.”

Brewers 4, Pirates 3: Oh, another walkoff. Here it was Khris Davis, who delivered a two-run single off  Mark Melancon. when the Brewers were down 3-2. The Brewers have won four of five and still have a five-game lead in the Central. I keep saying to myself “the Cardinals will close that gap in time” — and I still believe that — but it would help their cause of the Brewers started to lose. A pity for St. Louis that Milwaukee doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with all that.

Reds 5, Padres 0; Padres 6, Reds 1: Johnny Cueto is gonna petition the league office to have all of his starts move to the afternoon because he’s lights-out during day games. Well, he’s pretty amazing during all games, but his day game performances has been pretty incredible over the years. Even before yesterday’s gem he had a 2.53 ERA in daytime starts compared to 3.94 at night. On the 2014 season he’s now down to a 1.25 ERA and has three complete games. He had only six in his whole career before this season.

Blue Jays 4, Indians 2: Two homers for Edwin Encarnacion. At this point I’d insert that “Nacho Libre” video but the short version with just the chorus of that song and no preroll ads seems to have been taken off YouTube. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to call NBC to have them buy me that movie. A craftsman has to have tools at his disposal.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 3: Well, the Cardinals are at least trying to do their part. Playing the Cubs helps as they’ve lost nine of eleven. Here Michael Wacha pitched seven solid innings and [altogether now] helped his own cause by driving in two runs.

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Orioles 2, Royals 1: Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the fourth for all of the runs Baltimore needed. He’s on pace for 50 homers and 145 RBI. Someone alert Buster Olney that he needs to write a column telling everyone it’s OK to think Cruz is juiced.

Yankees 1, Mets 0: Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double for the only scoring in this one. The real show here: rookie reliever Dellin Betances coming into the game for the Yankees in the middle of the game and striking out six Mets in a row. He picked up the win too, and I now predict the New York media will anoint him the Yankees’ savior.

Giants 6, Marlins 4: A Buster Posey RBI double came in a three-run fifth inning that put the Giants ahead for good and helped Matt Cain get his first win of the year. Cain wasn’t fantastic — he gave up a couple of homers early — but he did give San Francisco eight innings.

  1. renaado - May 16, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Just watched the recap of Trout’s walk-off 3 run HR. And I say this again… Trout’s damn awesome! (C’ming from a Braves fan.)

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 16, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Love the announcers, “Mike Trout has done a lot in his career, already. He’s just 22 years old but he’s never had a walk off HR…”

      ALSO STOP JUMPING ON THE DAMN PLATE!

      • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Haha, gotta agree on that. Ever since that Morales injury, players jumpin on the plate scares me a little.

    • apkyletexas - May 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Trout stopped and enjoyed that blast for a tenth of a second before he started his home run trot.

      I think we may have another Puig on our hands. Total disrespect for the game. Act like you’ve been there, pal.

      • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        Dude, it’s a game “ender”. LOL.

      • spursareold - May 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Dude, it’s sarcasm.

      • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        God! I really need to know more about this.

      • nbjays - May 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Ren, if you need an advanced course in sarcasm, this is the place to get it. So much expertise concentrated in one place.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Dude, it’s sarcasm.

        Apkyletexas doesn’t think Maddux belongs in the HoF. I’m not really sure his comment is sarcasm.

      • apkyletexas - May 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Maddux was boring, and he pouted. Boring, pouty people shouldn’t be celebrated. What’s so hard about that?

  2. johnnysoda - May 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    No Friday And That Happened tomorrow. Heading down to the Preakness, the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown. Go California Chrome.

    And even before last night’s game, Betances had been very sharp.

    • proudlycanadian - May 16, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Enjoy the horse race Johnny. I hope that you never forsake baseball for football.

      • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        “I hope that you never forsake baseball for football”.

        I second this.

    • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Definitely. Just a watched a part of that game where Betances pitched the 6th and 7th inning and he’s certainly cruisin along and has been really good in both innings. Truly dominant so far in the pen.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      I love that you felt the need to explain the Preakness. I was caught a little by surprise at how many HBT’ers don’t know about thoroughbred racing. Not surprised that so many outright don’t like it, I haven’t spent quite that much time in cigar smoke filled private gentlemen’s clubs yet.

      Anyhow, have fun. Forecasts call for a 40% chance of haiku Saturday.

      And here’s a little caprice to throw into your handicapping, torrential rains are coming to Bal’more today and it’s uncertain when they’ll clear out. If it rains hard enough for long enough, it can take a good 4 hours for the turf to dry out. Also the infield at Pimlico is mostly turf, so it drains pretty well, but if it rains hard enough you’ll want hip waders if that’s where you plan to be.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 16, 2014 at 7:31 AM

        Not uncertain about the rain. It’s here. It’s been here since 4am-ish, and will be gone by noon today. The infield will be dry (sans the mass amount of booze being spilled all day Saturday), but the track may still be a muddy mess.

        If there’s one thing to be concerned about with the infield @ Preakness? Lorde is on the mainstage. So yanno… bring earplugs.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        Ah – thanks. I had outdated intel.

        When it comes to the weather, always trust the guy who can look out a window.

        The dirt was all rolled yesterday so that will be fine, and a 4 p.m. end to rain will mean the turf course will be fast and dry come tomorrow morning.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        What’s worth watching today is that mudders will have a huge advantage on the turf races, but the curveball is that some of the turf races could get moved to the dirt track.

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        Isn’t there a Gentlemen’s Club Talk for this kind of discussion?

      • indaburg - May 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        “Not surprised that so many outright don’t like it…”

        I don’t like sports where the athlete might get euthanized if he or she gets injured. Kind of puts a damper on things.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        The cigar smoke usually keeps out all but the dizziest of dames. How the hell did historio and burgie get in here?

        Who’s working the f’in door?

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        I like the idea of euthanizing racehorses. It holds down the price of glue.

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Don’t worry. I’ll let myself out. You gents have a nice day.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        I thought the Irish loved horse racing.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Horseracing sucks, and it’s not a sport. But I enjoy the cigar discussion

        /gauntlet

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 16, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Infield fest for the insanity Johnny? Or sitting in the seats with the ladies and their fancy hats?

      California Chrome’s odds are at 3-5, and there’s pretty much no other horse even close. I think the next closest is Social Inclusion in the 8th post, then every other horse is looking at 10-1 odds or worse. This should be a runaway for Cali Chrome, headed to the Belmont Stakes looking to complete that Triple Crown! The only factor will be how the track is effected by today’s weather. Could be a muddy mess tomorrow out there…

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        This horse walks uninvited into the owner’s private club at the Preakness, pulls up a stool at the bar, snorts and gestures towards the bottle of Jim Beam special reserve. The freaked-out bartender nervously pours the horse a shot. This horse grips the shot between its forehooves and knocks it back, lets it drop back onto the bar, and then slumps disconsolately. After a few minutes the bartender recovers his composure and wanders over to where this miserable horse is sitting and, just trying to make conversation, says, “So, uh, say buddy, why the long face?”

    • Liam - May 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      The Preakness? Man, let me tell you a little something about The Preakness. Never been to The Preakness. Heard it’s fun though.

      • psuorioles - May 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Preakness is an absolute blast… I had a streak of 5 straight years sitting in the infield, but I’m done with those drinking days as I can’t handle it anymore.

    • psuorioles - May 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Stay Safe and have fun… Pimlico is in one of the worst area’s of the city.

      • APBA Guy - May 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Truly. Say hello to the Avon Barksdale if he’s out and about.

    • jwbiii - May 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I was in the infield at the Preakness in ’78. I think there was a horserace or three, but I am not certain.

  3. janessa31888 - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Danny Salazar continues a very disappointing season, failing to make it past the fourth inning. And of course, the bats went cold again like they always do. I think we’re headed for a third or fourth place finish in the division if this keeps up.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Edwin Encarnacion has been playing DH the last two days because of mild back spasms. Obviously that did not affect his swing. Besides the 2 home runs, he also hit a double off the wall. Juan Francisco hit his 7th home run in only 82 official at bats. Francisco seems to be on his way to becoming another David Ortiz. I am sure that the Brewers regret letting him go this spring. The Jays got a decent outing from Happ. I am not sold on him, but a couple of more games like yesterday’s would change my mind.

    • bchsom16 - May 16, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Brewers are 26-15 and getting decent production at 1B from Reynolds and Overbay. I don’t think they are missing Francisco too much.

      • proudlycanadian - May 16, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        I appreciate your sense of humor.

      • cshearing - May 16, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        While you may be correct, bschom, Francisco is playing 3B for us.

      • uwsptke - May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Rebuttles:

        1) “Playing” 3B might be a stretch given his inherent defensive shortcomings
        2) He wouldn’t be at the hot corner in Milwaukee, given the presence of Aramis Ramirez. Hence the 1B comparison.

        Francisco’s defense/defence was a comedy of errors last year at 1B, and that’s ultimately what led to their decision to keep Overbay instead. I don’t agree with it, but that was their logic. Francisco is strictly a DH, and sadly a player with those limitations has no real place on an NL team.

  5. Liam - May 16, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Dellin struggles to find the plate some nights, but the guy strikes out a Kimbrelesque 45% of batters. He’s a huge weapon for them right now.

    • jbriggs81 - May 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      I think that Betances is able to consistently throw strikes when he is being used more often. When he has too many off days in a row, I notice that he isn’t quite as sharp. This may also have played a role in why he isn’t a starter any longer.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - May 16, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Wei Yin Chen is 5-2? AWESOME!

    Wey Yin Chen can rarely get out of the 5th and failed to do so again last night? Not cool bro.

    Chen came into the 5th with only 73 pitches and here I sit thinking ‘hey the way he’s pitching he should be able to get into the 8th tonight!’ 20 pitches and 1 out later I’m just shaking my head in disappointment. Not quite shock anymore, but disappointment.

    Kudos to Nelly on continuing the hot bat. Now if somebody could please explain to Davis and Jones how to NOT swing at everything from the belt down (whether it be in the strike zone, just outside of the strike zone, or 5 feet outside of the strike zone) we may be able to put more than a few runs on the board each night!

  7. uyf1950 - May 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Not exactly sure what happened to the Yankees pitching staff between when their 2 games with the Mats ended on Tuesday Night and they surrendered 21 runs and then on Wednesday and Thursday they surrendered Zero runs. But what ever it was that happened I hope they keep it up.

    Chase Whitley did a very good job for his first start in the big leagues and certainly has earned the right to another start which he will get on Wednesday.

    • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Just step by step. I’m pretty sure that barren minor league system of theirs are now probably sproutin sunflowers in the midst of that desert.

    • Kevin S. - May 16, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      TANAK

      Oh, and Betances too. Helps to have your best pitchers in play.

  8. bgrillz - May 16, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    And in other news unrelated to the east coast….The Giants just keep on winning. Their every day first baseman goes down, and some of their pitchers have struggled, along with Sandoval…Yet, the W’s keep piling up. I mean it is an even year, so they need to keep up the World Series pattern.

    • rvnc - May 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      I know right? The team with the best record in baseball? Who finished 12 games below .500 last year? Michael Morse and Tim Hudson having awesome comeback years? None of these things really matter compared to the big issues of the day, such as a relief pitcher striking out six straight batters! Now that is box office……

      • pinerider22 - May 16, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        rvnc…….the team with the best record in baseball? That would be the Detroit Tigers.

      • rvnc - May 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        yes you are right, the tigers have a winning percentage of .667, as opposed to the giants meagre .643

      • illuminancer - May 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Detroit Tigers: 24 12

        SF Giants: 27 15

        I actually kind of hope everyone keeps ignoring the Giants. We always seem to do best when everyone counts us out.

  9. happytwinsfan - May 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    sadtwinsfan pointed out to me that I slept through the Twins walk off on Tuesday and didn’t watch the one yesterday being stuck at the place they insist on calling work. He’s suggesting that my absence is good luck. I’m perturbed.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      I suggest that you make a voodoo doll of him and stick it full of blue and red toothpicks. Test his faith in the supernatural.

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        I suggest you lure him into the basement with the promise of tapping your newly matured cask of Amontillado, get him drunk, and brick his hectoring ass up in the wall.

    • happytwinsfan - May 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Oh God, now he’s crying. I think you guys scared him.

  10. Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    I skipped the game last night to go see the local premiere of Godzilla, much of which, like the continuing debacle of the Feesh, occurs in San Francisco. It’s fair to say that by the end of the film there is not much more left of the city than there will be of the callow optimism that greeted the Rainbow Warriors’ early runs of success back at Macondo Banana Massacre Field.

    I noted many other parallels:

    – By early in the film Juliette Binoche is dead (hah! You were maybe expecting a spoiler alert?), and by early in the season the Feesh have lost El Keed for the duration.

    – Godzilla himself is now 60 years old and a bit long in the tooth, appearing in his 29th film for his third studio. Much of the Feesh lineup is also a bit long in the tooth, journeymen appearing for their Nth teams.

    – The military in Godzilla movies has, for all their expended firepower, scored exactly one monster kill in 29 films (of that idiotic Don Shula look alike excuse for a Godzilla in the lamentable Maria Pitillo version from 1998). The Feesh’s cleanup hitter has hit exactly one home run in 40 games.

    – The Janjira nuclear power plant suffers a meltdown in Godzilla. Nate Eovaldi suffered a meltdown in the fifth inning of last night’s game.

    – Godzilla’s ancient nemeses, a pair of MUTOS (who look like crosses between Rodan and a cockroach and make about as much evolutionary sense as the glossaries at the Creation Museum), communicate by emitting echolocation signals. The Feesh are splayed across the surface of the strange attractor again, causing it to emit erratic bursts of gossamer reality waves.

    – Toho Productions continues to own the rights to Godzilla. Scrooge McLoria continues to pay much of Heath Bell’s salary.

    Ah well. Let’s see what tonight holds in store – more of the same, I expect.

    • rvnc - May 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      You missed Mike Redmond not challenging a fair ball that Hunter Pence kicked foul whilst running to first. Needless to say Pence singled on the next pitch and the Posey drove in a pair with a double, thus making the score 5-4 Giants. Amazed that this hasn’t been mentioned more in the recaps of this game….

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        As I mentioned, I didn’t watch the game – I was too busy watching the return of The King over at the local cineplex. But I am not surprised to hear that Redmond didn’t pick up on something.

      • rvnc - May 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        http://m.mlb.com/video/v32905679/miasf-broadcasters-discuss-foul-ball-off-pence/?c_id=mlb

      • moogro - May 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Nice, rvnc. MLB created a rule paradox, and not to get the call right. Pretty stupid.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Gossamer waves of reality might serve as an echolocation jammer. Then how will the Feesh find their way home?

      Stingrays are magnetoreceptive so the floating carpets never have a problem homing in on the Tumulus.

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        And Morlock domes are well known for their homing signals. That’s why Morlocks don’t need to risk skin cancer to harvest Eloi.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        They only moved on to Eloi after they ran out of kittens.

    • moogro - May 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Caught the Honda 1953 classic on a fresh print at the arclight on Monday. A great, sorrowful film punctuated by chuckles at the effects. Parallels? Maybe the new Gojira has great special effects punctuated by chuckles at the story.

      Caught a few glimpses of the mouth of the new Gojira on the internet and it seemed like it was changed. That has me bummed. I like the idea of upping his size, but am conservative on the facial look. But of course, going to have to see it.

  11. dluxxx - May 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Twins win, Royals lose, Indians lose. The Twins are back out of the cellar for today and again won a series against a “superior” club. I’m still not sure how long they can keep this up, but if they can finish the season around .500 I’ll be pretty happy. Especially with how terrible our starting pitching has been.

    As it stands, they’re currently 1 game below .500 and 1.5 games back in the wild card race.

    • dluxxx - May 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Also, that Hicks walk off was pretty nice. The kid needed it and I feel a little vindicated for sticking up for him in yesterday’s thread.

  12. rbj1 - May 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    What, no love for the Mud Hens’ walk off balk last night?

  13. pbastille - May 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    “Johnny Cueto is gonna petition the league office to have all of his starts move to the afternoon because he’s lights-out during day games.”

    Lights-out during day games! hahaha Keep the electric bills down, Craig!

  14. APBA Guy - May 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Prior to Trout’s homerun all the announcer talk had been about Trout’s K pace for 212 in 2014.

    With Josh taking BP now, he’ll be back in a week or two. They could be tough for the rest of the year. The A’s need to pray that they can get north of 150 innings from each of Kazmir, Pomeranz, and Chavez, and they also need to settle their bullpen situation.

  15. tmc602014 - May 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Interesting CG stat for Cueto – wasn’t it the EX-manager who had a rep for overworking his pitchers?

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