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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 19, 2014, 5:07 AM EST

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Royals 8, Orioles 6: Alex Gordon smacked two three-run homers and went 4 for 4 overall. Ubaldo Jimenez had had three solid starts this month but ran into a buzz saw in this one. Still, he felt good:

“Even though I was making good pitches, they found a way to hit the ball hard. I felt really good and I made a lot of good pitches”

Forget it, Ubaldo. I’ve tried to make the “sometimes good decisions lead to bad results and not all good results are a product of good decisions argument for years and no one ever buys it. That’s America for ya. All that matters is the bottom line.

Astros 8, White Sox 2: Matt Dominguez homered twice and drove in four. Meanwhile, I wore my Astros cap out to the grocery story yesterday and some dude was like “hey, Astros, huh?” So there’s that.

Rockies 8, Padres 6: Justin Morneau walks ‘em off in the 10th. The Rockies also turned a triple play. It wasn’t the cleanest triple play ever given that the third out was called as a result of runner’s interference — Seth Smith made no real effort to slide into second as he tried to break up the turn — but it was a pretty sweet day in the highlights department for Colorado all the same.

Mariners 6, Twins 2: A four-game skid for the M’s is stopped by King Felix. It’s almost like he’s their stopper or something. Four hits for Robinson Cano. The Twins still won the series and have won six of nine overall. And the M’s are over .500. Not sure a lot of people saw either of those things coming.

Phillies 8, Reds 3: The Philly offense had been snoozing but it woke up on Saturday and jumped the heck out of bed on Sunday, hitting four homers overall. Cody Asche, Marlon Byrd, Jimmy Rollins and Will Nieves did the damage here. Cliff Lee had entered the game 0-3 in four home starts despite a 1.55 ERA this year. He pitched well here and got run support for once.

Yankees 4, Pirates 3; Pirates 5, Yankees 3: A split double header is sorta like reading the Timeline of the Far Future Wikipedia page. You wonder what the point of anything is. Nothing, ultimately, is accomplished. Or at least all that is accomplished is negated. Indeed, this ought to be the recap:

 

Nationals 6, Mets 3: I was going to make a joke about Wilson Ramos being the Nats’ cleanup hitter but then he done and went and drove in four, so there goes my joke.

Athletics 13, Indians 3: The A’s are pretty scary. Or the Indians are not that good. Or both. These things aren’t mutually exclusive, you know. The A’s outscored the Tribe 30-6 in a three-game sweep. Yoenis Cespedes drove in five and Brandon Moss drove in three. At this point the scary Cleveland Indians of 2013 are an utter mirage and we’re on year three of people selling Oakland short.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2: Travis Wood was tough stuff — he allowed two runs on only two hits over seven — but the best thing about this day was how good the Cubs looked in those throwback jerseys:

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Braves 6, Cardinals 5: A two-run rally for the Braves in the ninth with the tying run scoring on a bases-loaded walk from Trevor Rosenthal and the go-ahead run scoring on a wild pitch by Carlos Martinez. The clown shoes ninth inning obscured the fact that Jaime Garcia saw his first action in over a year and tossed seven innings. Not seven great innings or anything, but he didn’t break apart either. Three driven in for Freddie Freeman.

Angels 6, Rays 2: Two homers for Albert Pujols. Off David Price, no less. The second one was number 504, which ties him with Eddie Murray for 25th of all time. The average and on-base percentage aren’t what they used to be, but El Hombre can still bop. Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the seventh.

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Rangers 6, Blue Jays 2: The Rangers avoid a sweep thanks to Mitch Moreland and Alex Rios. Until Rios’ double in the fourth Texas had gone 23 innings without an extra base hit. Even with the win they are seven back of Oakland and are suddenly looking an awful lot like those Angels teams of the past few years which had such promise only to fizzle once the horses left the gate.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3:  Eric Chavez broke a tie with a homer in the fifth as the Dbacks take the series from Los Angels. The Dodgers have lost three of four. Yasiel Puig‘s hitting streak ends at 16. After such a godawful start the Dbacks are at least within shouting distance of the Padres and within local calling distance of the Dodgers. It’s a long season. That’s something which is easy to forget in April.

Giants 4, Marlins 1: Seven shutout innings for Ryan Volgelsong and a homer and a couple of runs scored for Pablo Sandoval. It was Sandoval’s first homer in over a month. The Marlins end an 11-game road trip and head home to Marlins Park, where they’re 17-5.

Tigers 6, Red Sox 2: Six wins in a row and 15 wins in eighteen games for Detroit. Ian Kinsler had four hits and Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter each homered. The Tigers are absolutely cruising right now.

  1. unclemosesgreen - May 19, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    That was just an awful couple of series against AL Central teams, making the Sawks their gimp.

    Who’s the best division? Whip, Crack!

    Who’s your daddy?? Whip, Crack!

    Who really needs Stephen Drew now, suckers? Whoosh ….

    Just kidding, WHIP, CRACK!

  2. janessa31888 - May 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    I was so desperate to hear GOOD baseball that I listened to the national coverage of Red Sox/Tigers on ESPN radio.
    There is no way the Dolans give Justin a fat contract now. For every one good start he has, he has three or four dreadful ones. The Indians defense is so bad, they are playing “like they’re allergic to leather” to quote Tom Hamilton. /sobs

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 6:52 AM

      Not only is Justin wrecking havoc on your team, he is also wrecking havoc on my fantasy team.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 19, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        Too bad about your team proudlycanadian. I’m playing fantasy baseball for the second time and this season all my scouting of Blue Jays pitchers has me with not only Mark Buhuerle but Drew Hutchison (acquired Hutchison just before I went in for back surgery. Basically woke up from that to discover I’d lucked into an ace) to go with Clayton Kershaw. also I just added Juan Francisco to go with Bautsita and Cabrera. what with Dee Gordon and Puig I am destroying my competition. it seems the winning recipe for league success was a mix of Dodger and Blue Jay blue (and some Oakland A’s green). Go blue!

        any word on who they start in place of McGowan yet?

      • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        No word on the replacement for McGowan yet but AA scouted Liam Hendriks’ last start in Buffalo. Hendriks has a 1.48 era and o.80 WHIP in Buffalo.

      • dluxxx - May 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Hendricks always had good numbers in the minors and terrible numbers in the majors, but to be honest, the Twins didn’t have a very good defense behind him when he was with them. And they didn’t give him a chance to grow out of his struggles. He isn’t going to blow the doors off of anyone, but his minor league numbers suggest that he’d be a solid back of the rotation starter.

      • Shayna - May 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Don’t mention defence this morning, please. All that clacking and rustling at yesterday’s game — that was the chickens coming home to roost. You keep juggling a fine player like Lawrie between 2nd and 3rd every day or two, and you add a slow-footed ham-handed slugger into your fielding mix like Francisco, and you’re going to get some errors, chum. What do you think the DH position was invented for?

        By the way, did anyone else groan aloud when the Gibster called back Gose, who’s been having some kind of series, in favour of an ice-cold Kevin Pillar as a pinch-hitter? Yes, let’s lose excellent speed in the outfield and on the basepaths in favour of less fielding ability and about the same batting ability plus a blind obeisance to the god of matchups based completely on the handedness of the hitter and pitcher. Growf!

  3. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Today is a Canadian holiday and the schedule makers have very nicely given the Jays the day off. Thank you MLB!

    • paperlions - May 19, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      You can thank the Jays. Every team gets to make requests about their schedule and they will be accommodated if possible. There is approximately a 0% chance that the Jays would be off today if they asked to have a game scheduled. With the types of requests teams make, having a game on a particular day is an easy one.

    • bfunk1978 - May 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      You should get real holidays, like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July Day or Flag Day.

      • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Never heard of them.

      • hcf95688 - May 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        They have one cool holiday where they celebrate prize fighters.

  4. paperlions - May 19, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Garcia also hit Freeman with a pitch in the top of the 4th right after an Upton HR. Because Freeman had homered earlier, the Braves apparently decide the HBP was intentional, with no outs in the 4th of a 1 run game, so Floyd threw at Garcia three times, until he finally hit him.

    • renaado - May 19, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      I thank the Baseball Gods for avoidin another sweep in this series.

  5. dlf9 - May 19, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    The recap left off the best part. Long time ATH reader dlf had a hard foul liner by Ichiro go off his hands in G2 of the NY PIT double header. I can’t believe Craig didn’t use that clear E as his lede. It’s was almost Papi-like in how the scorer turned a blind eye.

  6. paperlions - May 19, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    The week of Trevor Rosenthal:

    Sunday: 19 pitches
    Monday: off day
    Tuesday: 22 pitches
    Wednesday: Rain out
    Thursday: 26 pitches
    Friday: 17 pitches
    Saturday: 9 pitches
    Sunday: Hell, why not? 23 pitches

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Monday MRI

    • emdash01 - May 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      It’s fairly insane that Matheny didn’t give Martinez or someone else the chance to close for one game, under the circumstances.

      • bfunk1978 - May 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Martinez came in after Rosenthal and promptly threw a wild pitch.

      • emdash01 - May 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Well, sure, a pitcher with his wildness would be a bad choice in a bases-loaded situation. But I’d like his chances better starting the inning than a tired-out Rosenthal.

      • bfunk1978 - May 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Probably a fair point.

    • therealtrenches - May 19, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Papelbon, take note.

  7. goskinsvt - May 19, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Sweet Nats/Mets recap.

    • natstowngreg - May 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      This just in: Wilson Ramos (aka The Buffalo) can hit a little. After about 1.5 seasons of MLB work (951 PA), he’s at .268-35-123, .763 OPS, 108 OPS+. Baseball-reference.com’s 162-game averages: 23 homers, 87 RBI (not that a catcher would ever play 162 games a season).

      Not cleanup-hitter numbers, to be sure. Normally, he would bat 6th or 7th, not that the Nats’ lineup has been normal. Far from the worst cleanup hitter we’ve seen in a Major League lineup. Not to mention, pretty un-shabby for a catcher.

      Unfortunately, Ramos is in the category of guys who would get more recognition, if only they could stay on the field.

      As the NL East settles into unexpected parity, the Nats remain a half-game behind the Braves. The Reds visit for 3, with Mike Leake vs. Stephen Strasburg tonight.

  8. Joe - May 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    The Cubs should wear those unis every day.

  9. Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    A baaaaad 4-7 road trip for the Feesh, and now they limp home, once again enveloped by the gossamer reality waves emitted by the strange attractor after watching their offense go flat against the Jints (Redmond chose the rubber game – perhaps so named because he was apparently wearing one over his head) to rest the Iron Giant, who always hits well on the sunset side and was showing no signs of fatigue of note, and losing El Keed for over a year into the bargain. Talk about a road trip from hell. Considering how badly they played in San Diego and Tinseltown, they were lucky to win four at all. Jacob Turner got orf to a rough start but then bounced back for the next five innings while the punchless lineup behind him did squat all to back him up.

    Well, tomorrow we get to see if home cooking will ignite another winning streak and another round of speculation about the Rainbow Warriors’ wild care chances. Here we go again.

  10. nygf - May 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    “All that matters is the bottom line.”

    Nope, in Obama’s America the only things that matter are rhetoric, selfies, and ostensibly good intentions, means be damned.

    • wonkypenguin - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      My god it must be exhausting to try to work Obama into everything you say and do.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Imagine how much more exhausting it must be for nygf to go through life as such a complete dimwit.

  11. NatsLady - May 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I’m not sure I’d describe the Rangers as “fizzling.” I’ve never seen an injury list as long as theirs. I mean, there’s excuses, and then there’s…

    Texas Rangers
    Updated	Player	Pos	Injury	Expected Return
    05/18/14	Prince Fielder	1B	Neck	Questionable for May 20 vs. Seattle
    05/18/14	Rougned Odor	2B	Wrist	Questionable for May 20 vs. Seattle
    05/18/14	Alexi Ogando	RP	Hand	Questionable for May 20 vs. Seattle
    05/16/14	Martin Perez	SP	Elbow	15-day DL. Likely out for the season
    05/16/14	Joe Saunders	SP	Ankle	15-day DL. On Triple-A rehab assignment
    05/14/14	Matt Harrison	SP	Back	15-day DL. Out until at least late May
    05/08/14	Donnie Murphy	2B	Neck	15-day DL. Out until at least late May
    05/02/14	Kevin Kouzmanoff	3B	Back	15-day DL. Out until at least late July
    05/01/14	Joe Ortiz	RP	Foot	60-day DL. Out until at least early May
    04/24/14	Pedro Figueroa	RP	Elbow	15-day DL. Out for season
    04/20/14	Jurickson Profar	2B	Shoulder	60-day DL. Out until at least early June
    04/19/14	Jim Adduci	RF	Finger	15-day DL. Out until at least early May
    04/18/14	Tanner Scheppers	SP	Elbow	15-day DL. Out until at least early May
    03/30/14	Geovany Soto	C	Leg	60-day DL. Out until at least late May
    03/28/14	Engel Beltre	CF	Leg	60-day DL. Out until at least late May
    03/17/14	Derek Holland	SP	Knee	60-day DL. Out until at least early June
    
    • dluxxx - May 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      The 2012 Minnesota Twins would like a word with you.

  12. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Meanwhile Adam Jones continues to swing and miss low and away. Not sure why anyone would throw him anything else at this point. This crap has cost the team several games now.

  13. phillysports1 - May 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    That was strike 3 on Logan Shafer yesterday. Umpire blew it

  14. sportsdrenched - May 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Been waiting for Alex Gordon to get back to doing Alex Gordon things. I’ll take a split with Baltimore, especially as dismal the Royals were during the first two games.

  15. dluxxx - May 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    It was a little disappointing that the Twins couldn’t manage the sweep yesterday, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the way they’re playing this year. That’s 3 series wins in a row against Detroit, Boston and Seattle. It feels like the only series that we’ve looked terrible in was the one against the A’s, and in retrospect, just about everyone has looked terrible against them.

    However, I know this won’t last unless they get the pitching situation figured out. Correa is doing his “Good April, Bad middle of the season” act, and Nolasco just hasn’t really gotten it going at all. At this point Phil Hughes is looking to have turned things around, and Gibson is looking solid as well. Deduno is what he is. He’ll be up and down, and is a decent enough 5th starter, but we seem to have a rotation full of those.

    Hopefully Nolasco gets things turned around and Correa pitches well enough for us to pawn him off on someone before the trade deadline. It’d be nice to make some room for Meyer by mid-season to get him some experience for next year.

    • happytwinsfan - May 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I think there’s room for a little more optimism then that.

      In about a month the starting rotation should be Nolasco, Hughes, Gibson, Meyer and Deduno. the starting infield should be Pinto/ Suzuki, Mauer, Dozier, Santana, Plouffe – out field Willingham, Hicks, Arcia – DH’s and reserve outfield corners Colabello, Kubel, Parmalee or Herman.

      Barring a bunch of injuries or breakdowns, I think that’s at least a 500 team, and this year it might not take much more than 500 to land one of the wild card spots. And there’s always the chance that the Tiger’s team plane crashes in the Himalayas.

      • dluxxx - May 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Well, if they Tigers keep wearing those Zubaz on the plane, that’s a distinct possibility. Well, maybe not the Himalayas, but the Rockies or the Appalachians is more likely.

        As for our bench, I think Santana comes down to earth and probably gets demoted again. Collabello is on his way down soon as well. The guy’s OBP is worse than Hick’s, and his BA is plummeting. Realistically he should be platooning with Kubel as the DH and occasional OFer, but we both know Gardy doesn’t platoon.

        I’m certainly optimistic, but at this point that optimism is that the Twins will finish around .500 and may not lose 90 this year. Next year and the year after are still where I’m expecting them to truly contend, but I’m certainly enjoying what we are watching this year. The Twins don’t totally stink, and that is nice after the last 3 years.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        As long as the plane doesn’t go down in the mountains where they have to eat each other….well, then again, they could subsist on Miggy for months, couldn’t they? Too bad they traded Prince, eh?

      • jimeejohnson - May 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Old Gator: read Alive when it first came out. Like Planet of the Apes, the book was better than the movie. Didn’t mean to get all serious on ya. Later, Gator (had to)!

  16. hcf95688 - May 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    The A’s! Amazing!

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      To be able to play like that with clubhouse bathrooms like those….

      • APBA Guy - May 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Not an issue when they are on the road!

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Long incubation period…..

  17. APBA Guy - May 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Craig, you are on target with the A’s recap: the A’s are good, and Cleveland isn’t, especially without Kipnis.

    The A’s announcers, feeling charitable since Ray actually played quite a while for Cleveland in the dim time, went over all the pitcher turnover for Cleveland: the entire back of the bullpen and 2 starters. As we saw against the A’s, the replacements are not doing the job. Even their #1, Masterson, gave up 7, which points to the A’s being good. It also doesn’t help that Santana and Swisher are hitting a combined .175. As we approach Memorial Day those numbers slide from being “too early to tell” to “statistically significant”.

    But the A’s have to have three things on their collective minds:
    – keep up the good work
    – the Angels aren’t going away, plus Josh is about to return
    – how to beat the Tigers, who look fantastic

    • dluxxx - May 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      I’m personally hoping they sweep the Tigers. However, it looks more like this is a possible ALCS matchup instead. Should be a good series.

    • scatterbrian - May 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      I think there has to be some concern about the current 2B sinkhole/NerdPower outage, along with the customary SP worries.

  18. janessa31888 - May 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    You were right, New York, Nick Swisher is AWFUL. Cant hit or field his position.

  19. scatterbrian - May 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    “…and we’re on year three of people selling Oakland short.”

    It goes back further than that, really. The refrain again is that the A’s aren’t this good because they’re pitching over their heads. This is what the A’s do. Why are we still shocked when they get out-of-nowhere production from guys like Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz?

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