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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 22, 2014, 6:55 AM EDT

Al Alburquerque AP

Indians 11, Tigers 10: You may call it sloppy, but say that a walkoff balk is the perfect way to end a long, sloppy, horribly pitched baseball game.Al Alburquerque did the balking, but let’s not hang it on him. It was Phil Coke who started the fire, allowed the first run and put the eventual runner who scored on base. The Indians sweep the Tigers, two via walkoffs. Curse of the Zubaz streak stands at three.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4: Edwin Encarnacion homered twice for the second day in a row and the Jays beat the Sox again. Time is a flat circle.

Yankees 4, Cubs 2: Once again Jeff Samardzija pitches a gem — seven shutout innings here — once again he has nothing to show for it. The Cubs could only score one run off something called Chase Whitley and a second run off of Adam Warren. Meanwhile, the Yankees rallies for two off Hector Rondon and the Cubs’ porous defense in the ninth and then plated two more in the 13th thanks to a wild pitch and an RBI single. Samardzija is now 0-4 despite a 1.46 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Reds 2, Nationals 1: Manager Bryan Price held a team meeting. Not before the game but in the dugout right before the fourth inning, which Zack Cozart called a “kick in the butt.” The Reds scored both of their runs in that fourth innings, so let’s all go along with the idea that the pep talk worked.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3: Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth to break a 3-3 tie and Nick Tepesch won for the first time in ten months.

Dodgers 4, Mets 3: Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back homers of their own. More significantly: Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the DL and provided six quality innings.

Pirates 9, Orioles 8: Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 4 with an RBI Starling Marte and Ike Davis had three hits and two RBI each. The Pirates win for the third time in nine games.

Athletics 3, Rays 2: You know you’re living right when you only get one hit in a game and still win. That one hit was a Brandon Moss solo shot. Otherwise, the A’s scored twice via non-conventional means. An error-walk-walk-fielder’s choice-error combo in the second inning.

Brewers 6, Braves 1: Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam in the first inning and Kyle Lohse had absolutely no problem with the Braves’ bats.Manager Ron Roenicke credited skipping batting practice before the game for the Brewers’ bounceback after a Tuesday night shutout and says there will be no batting practice again today. Eventually that’ll stop working and they’ll talk about needing to get back in the cage. I know a lot of scientists who love baseball, but I sometimes wonder if baseball drives scientists crazy.

Royals 3, White Sox 1: Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter and the Royals got just enough offense.

Marlins 14, Phillies 5: Fourteen runs on fourteen hits including a Marcell Ozuna grand slam. And a sick, sick Giancarlo Stanton catch in the fifth inning.

Angels 2, Astros 1: A two-hit, one-run complete game for Jered Weaver. Albert Pujols hit his 13th homer of the year.

Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2: Allen Craig hit a bases bases-loaded grounder with no one out in the 12th, but Chris Ownings’ wild throw home, allowed Matt Holliday to score the winning run.

Giants 5, Rockies 1: Three solo homers from the Giants who are — get this — third in team home runs in all of Major League Baseball. Not the sort of thing you’d expect. They were 29th last year. 30th the year before.

Twins 2, Padres 0: Phil Hughes with seven shutout innings. He’s now 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA. Those numbers would probably be impossible if he was still pitching in Yankee Stadium, but it’s still gotta be a bit baffling to Yankees fans to see Phil Hughes, you know, not stink.

  1. johnnysoda - May 22, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    In case anyone was wondering, the last time a team got more than three runs off just one hit was July 20, 2013, when the Mariners scored four off the Astros despite only one hit.

    The last time a team scored exactly three runs off only one hit was April 13, 1996, when the Royals beat the Brewer 3-2 with only one hit.

    • Detroit Michael - May 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Similar note: the last time that a team won while getting one or fewer hits was 7/20/2013 in a Mariners victory over the Astros, the same game noted in johnnysoda’s comment. It’s been happening at the rate of about one regular season game per year over the last three decades.

      It has happened twice in the post-season. First was the famous near no-hitter by Bill Beavans in the 1947 World Series, but it also happened in the 1974 ALCS in this Mike Cuellar walk-a-thon:

      • clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        didn’t the dodgers beat the angels in 2012 with no hits?

  2. proudlycanadian - May 22, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Not sure why the Red Sox have lost 6 straight, but I am not complaining. They seem to be getting enough runners on base, but are not scoring enough. In the 2 games they have just played against the Jays, the Red Sox were down early, but both times they came back and had the tying run at the plate in the 9th inning. Fortunately for Toronto, Mighty Casey is now healthy and is a much better closer than Santos. Edwing is certainly, the hottest slugger in baseball. Finally, I hope that we have seen the last of Esmil Rogers. The sooner he is designated for assignment, the better.

    Buehrle against Lester today should be fun. If the Red Sox do not turn things around quickly, we will probably begin to see trade speculation regarding Lester who is a pending free agent.

    • nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Esmil Rogers is a dumpster fire and hard on my blood pressure.

    • jbriggs81 - May 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      While there may be speculation about trading Lester, I highly doubt that Boston would actually do it. I think its a no brainer for them to re-sign him and give him big money. Without Lester, Boston would be pretty awful

      • proudlycanadian - May 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        If he wants to return, why hasn’t he resigned already?

  3. janessa31888 - May 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Very weird game. Cy Young Max usually dominates the tribe. Glad they were able to take advantage. It was a doubly happy day since my cousins baby daughter was born yesterday evening. Ill try not to sound too much like Eeyore for a few days.

    • nottinghamforest13 - May 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      What a liar you are. It’s gross.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Congratulations on the new little one in the family and the winning streak. Its all Swishalicious (everything is when Nick’s involved).

  4. philliesblow - May 22, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    It’s easy to put the blame on Phil Coke, but what do you expect when you send a guy out for a second inning when he should only be a LOOGY? I put more blame on Mr. $144 Million isn’t enough Scherzer. When your team hands you a 4 run first inning, you need to hold that.

    • clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      or how about Miguel Cabrera for getting kicked out?

  5. detroitr1 - May 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    This game will humble fans better than any other sport. As inarticulate as Hawk was when he crafted ‘TWTW’; the 11-10 loss against the Tribe is *evidence that sometimes statistics (percentages, favorable match-ups) don’t always account for what happens on the field or in any given series.

    The Indians didn’t care that Scherzer was pitching and Max didn’t throw strikes. Go figure.

    *(I understand–small sample size)

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 22, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      100% agree. See O’s and Pirates last night. Looking at Tillman who just came off a complete game matched up against any Pirates starter not named Cole and you’d think the O’s would have it wrapped up. And yet… bottom of the first O’s are down 4-0, then allow 4 more in the bottom of the second. It was ugly.

    • ashot - May 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      If statistics say that the Indians will sweep the Tigers 5% of the time, it means betting on a sweep will be wrong most of the time. The fact that the Indians swept the Tigers doesn’t prove statistics don’t account for rare events or for what happens on the field.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Well, this is evidence that you don’t understand what statistics are….so there’s that… know how Craig said he know scientists that love baseball but wonders if it drives them crazy? Well, it doesn’t. Fans (well, people) do. In one sentence you completely ignore the effects of small samples, stating that statistics don’t account for what happens (when they actually do, you are just witnessing natural variation and unlikely outcomes for a small sample), then claim that you understand sample size effects when you just chose to ignore them.

      • detroitr1 - May 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        ..and you don’t understand irony and take your opinions WAY too seriously. I don’t ignore statistics or small sample sizes (by putting an asterisk at the word evidence and then acknowledging ‘sample sizes ‘I thought I was signaling that I realized that it was a fluke series).

        I’m just a bummed out fan lamenting my team’s embarrassing sweep by trying to be ironic.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Considering the context (HBT) and the sea of people that draw conclusions from and always ignore sample sizes, you can see why it would be difficult to identify irony that so closely resembles so many other comments.

      • ashot - May 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Were you trying to mock people like Hawk for not understanding statistics? If so, I apologize for not recognizing your sarcasm. Although I still don’t think it would qualify as being ironic.

        The good news is that statistics offer solace to us Tigers fans. Rare events happen rarely.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - May 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    What a horrendous game by Tillman. 2nd shortest outing of his career and he was SHELLED. And this is coming off of a complete game too. It seemed that his location was way off yesterday (no excuses) so hopefully he can right the ship next go around.

    A few positive notes:
    -Another Cruz Missle launched last night. #14.
    -The offense as a whole seems to have crawled out of their collective funk.
    -Brad Brach? Who? 4IP, 2H, 0ER in relief of Tillman. Did not expect that last night.And despite Tillman managing only 1 inning, the O’s only used 4 pitchers (Tillman, Brach, Webb, Matusz) which leaves the pen relatively in good shape heading into tonight’s game with Cleveland. Here’s to hoping Chen pitches a gem!

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      The second inning was one of the strangest I’ve ever seen. 11 Orioles batted in the inning. Cruz started off with a home run, followed by a double, a single, and a pop out. Pitcher gets a bunt single that was charged an error but really shouldn’t have been. After that we get a Sac Fly, Double, and a Walk. Then to top it all off, Davis hits an infield single, and then Cruz hits one off of third base before they finally replaced the pitcher and got the final out.

      The birds had SEVERAL big chances to put this game away and failed to do so. Tillman was terrible, but could have easily gotten away with it all. In a perfect example of the crap fest that is the Win Loss system, Tillman line ends up at 1 inning pitched, 8 runs allowed, 6 earned, and three walks and DIDN’T GET THE LOSS. Instead the loss goes for the pitcher who goes 2 innings and gives up one run on 3 hits. The winning pitcher gave up 1 run on three hits and two walks in one inning pitched. Terrible.

  7. kastout11 - May 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    The Cubs stink out loud. Samardzija pitched his butt off again and is still winless, despite pitching as well as anyone in MLB (1.46 ERA). The Cubs need to start scoring some runs or trade this guy to a contender. His talent is being wasted in Chicago.

    • uyf1950 - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Just my opinion but I think both Samardzija and Hammel will be gone by the trade deadline. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing Hammel in Yankee Pinstripes, I like him better than Samardzija and he will come a lot cheaper.

    • nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      I’d like to see the Jays take a run at Samardzija. His pitching with a legitimate offense behind him would be a sight to see.

    • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Kris Bryant is just beggin to take the field there. Cubs need to call this guy up!

      • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM


        First, he’s is very likely not to be ready. Second, why start his MLB service clock during a pure rebuilding year and before he’s ready? He has 186 PAs in AA, and he is striking out in 28.5% of them. He be torn up by MLB pitchers right now. This is like people clamoring for Springer and his K rate to be called up…and he’s striking out in over 1/3 of his PAs.

      • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Experimentin, hope they’ll just give it a try. If he struggles they can still send him back to the the Minors, just wanted him to taste the show for the first time.

      • ditto65 - May 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Samardzija < TWtW

      • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        LoL, what’s that?

  8. uyf1950 - May 22, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I have to give the Yankees a “gold star” for their performance yesterday. The pitching especially the bullpen did yeoman’s work, pitching 9+/- innings of 1 run ball. Obviously the risk for the Yankees unless they can start to get more innings out of their starters like Phelps, Whitley and Nuno especially is a beat up bullpen in the not to distant future. But I guess we cross that bridge when we get to it.
    Some may take exception to the following but based on the way the Cubs played these 2 games against the Yankees it’s hard to believe they have won the fewest games in the ML’s.

  9. renaado - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Ervin Santana has been 1-2 in all 4 of his start and has an era above 5 givin up 14 earned runs this month compared to just his 6 earned runs and 3-0 record back at April. Clearly, NOT A GOOD SIGN.

    Awesome walk-off balk by the Indians too though, certainly a rarity that is.

  10. indaburg - May 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    You know you’re in hell when your team gives up only 1 hit and still loses. That error-walk-walk-fielder’s choice-error combo was so painful to watch. It summed up the Rays’ season perfectly in one half inning. I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone when I watch them. Or 2006.

    (Of course, no-luck-can’t-win Samardzija is on my fantasy team.)

    • nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Welcome to Jay’s fans’ hell circa 2013. I can sympathize, ‘Burgie.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      and the Eyore title goes to….YOU!

      Seasons not even at half way and the AL East isn’t that out of hand. Some pitching and some hitting and the rays will be back in this so take heart. Besides I picked them to win the division so I really need them to get a move on

      • indaburg - May 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        9 games under .500, almost June. It’s not looking good. I haven’t hit the panic button–panic is useless–but it may be time to face reality. You picked them to win? That is why I don’t like high expectations. I’d rather be happily surprised.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I had the blue jays as dark horses to fight it out with the O’s for a wild card berth and the Rays to dominate and win the AL East. The Rays had it all at the start of the season. Hitting and pitching and a smart manager. I did not predict this Rays collapse but there is still time to recover.

        I’m glad the rays have some fans on here. You make it two. its nice when the small market, built from the ground up teams do well and the reactions of their long suffering fans is worth it.

        One thing I miss is the colorful blue jays commentary I used to see. They have some very loyal and enduring fans still but its a pity that so much of the original and clever banter from them is missing now that I’m finally getting a chance to be right about something. What happened to the commenter that compared them to Alan Alda? I hope they didn’t get banned along with their troll.

      • indaburg - May 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        There are three of us regular Rays fans around here–raysfan1, hittfamily, and myself. I’ve been quieter for the past few months, silently reading, because I didn’t like the tone of much of the conversation. Also because work expects me to, you know, work.

        I must have missed that thread where the Jays were compared to Alan Alda. Funny. As far as I know, no Jays fans were banned. Only dirtyharry, their troll, was. Good riddance. He was a bore.

    • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Lots of ways to visit hell. For example, there was this priest who just decided one Sunday morning that he was sick of listening to peoples’ problems, so he told the sisters he wasn’t feeling great and skipped confession to go play golf. Well, up in heaven St. Peter says to the Lord, hey, you see that? And the Lord just nods, smiles and winks and says “Don’t worry, I’m right on it.” So St. Peter is watching this priest tee off, and the guy gets a hole in one. He turns to the Lord and says “okay, what was that about?” And the Lord just smiles again and asks rhetorically, “who is he going to tell about it?”

    • APBA Guy - May 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Hey Inda, I can sort of sympathize, since the A’s are only a few years removed from that sort of nightly “how will we lose this one” disaster. But what’s up with Longoria? He looks completely lost at the plate.

      • indaburg - May 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Unless everyone got great intel on how to pitch to Evan, he seems uncharacteristically undisciplined at the plate. Even those of us that lean towards the saber side of the debate must acknowledge that there is a mental aspect to the sport. I think Evan is putting a lot of pressure on himself. He is THE leader of this team. He’s the one with the $100 million contract. The offense is piss poor, and I think he’s trying to do it all and thinking too much. Now, whether the overthinking is causing the problems or the problems are causing the overthinking–I don’t know.

  11. Kevin S. - May 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    It’s not baffling at all. Hughes isn’t a terrible pitcher. He’s an extreme FB RHP who spent his first six seasons pitching in a LHH paradise. Get him out of literally the worst pitching environment possible for him and he can thrive.

    • lazyhorse420 - May 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      This actually makes sense, good job. Improvement over your fabrication explaining how the cubs didnt really get to Tanaka.

      • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        The Cubs NOT gettin Tanaka is clearly the right choice.

      • Kevin S. - May 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        Great job not adding a damn thing to the conversation.

    • uyf1950 - May 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      I agree, I would just add one thing. I think part of Hughes’s problem also was the pressure of playing with the Yankees and the expectation associated with that. In the Twin Cites he has the best of both worlds, lower expectations and a lot less pressure.
      Also, Hughes if he continues to pitch well over the next couple of years is setting himself up for a very nice payday when he becomes a FA again at the age of 30 in 2017. I wish him the best.

      • dluxxx - May 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        I still think it’s the beard.

  12. Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I always smile when some clueless git comes on here and announces that the Iron Giant is a one dimensional player. He’s ackcherley in a bit of a hitting funk at the moment – minor, nothing to get anxiety ridden about yet – but he has always been streaky, even with the big first third of a season he’s had so far.

    Feesh break away from the strange attractor again, rupturing gossamer reality waves (pop! pop! pop!) but have they achieved escape velocity? If Ozuna starts hitting again, they might make a little noise yet.

    A day of errands and obligations loom. Must run….

    • dluxxx - May 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      I think those gossamer reality waves have no affect on the Feesh when they play at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. They just seem to pull them back to the strange attractor when they leave home.

      By the way, considering all the strange that these guys pull, the term “strange attractor” seems to have multiple meanings. For example: “While in Atlanta, The Iron Giant was a strange attractor, showing up at the club with multiple ladies on each arm.”

      Am I finally catching on? I think so…

  13. thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    A little Dodger blue magic last night. They hit and pitched and won despite Dee Gordon not doing much. our lead author mentions that the rival Giants are third in team homers. The Barry Bonds factor I wonder? How long before his advice during spring gets cited as the reason for all this homering? Also another point. Which team is leading the majors in homers? Another blue of course. the Blue Jays lead the MLB in homeruns and are in the top ten in all offensive categories. Dodger blue joins them in the top ten in offence naturally

  14. Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    “Time is a flat circle.”

    Which only proves that Craig was yet another yuppie who bought Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and never read anything more than the back cover blurb.

    • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      I’m pretty sure it means Craig watched True Detective, and you need to play catch up on your pop-culture references.

      Or is this you playing up the “Old” thing?

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        True Detective‘s darkness hidden in plain sight shtick was as old as Dostoevsky, Andrei Bely and Borges (see Muerta y la Brujula), and its abrasive buddies shtick even older, many years before it ever premiered. I managed to watch about half of an episode before the cliches drove me back to my headphones and my sparkling new remastered Billie Holiday and Lester Young CD. It’s only callow young whippersnappers like you who think there was anything new about it.

    • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Dang! I really loved Hawking’s work, and especially his support about quantum mechanics of “many-worlds”. If only this 12 Dimensional universal theory was also his work though, now that would be awesome.

      Aside from that.

      Youtube ERB’s Stephen Hawking vs Einstein is a classic.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Oh come on man, do they really say “Dang!” in the Phillipines?

      • renaado - May 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Hehe, nope. Mostly “Ayos” or “Galing!. Only sayin English words knowin I’m in an English site.

  15. stlouis1baseball - May 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Happy to come in to work this morning to see the Cardinals pulled it out in the 12th. Fell asleep on the couch last night waiting for the updates on MLB network. Do we have an inury update on Pacman?
    After the large Mammal hit that seed in the dugout he immediatly left with the trainer. Early word was it drilled him on his pitching elbow. Didn’t look good to put it mildly. Dude hit a serious shot. Noone in the dugout had time to move!

    • umrguy42 - May 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      The MLB recap said “contusion” (of the elbow, maybe? I forget).

      Yeah, I was glad too – I checked the score before bed, then turned it on to watch Descalso tap it back to the pitcher to end the 10th inning with the bases loaded.

      • umrguy42 - May 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        (*turned on MLB network, since I was out of market)

  16. dluxxx - May 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    The Twins win, and it seems that one of their reclamation projects is actually paying off. Hughes has been nothing short of stellar in his last 6 starts, and appears to be settling into a groove with the Twins. I think it’s the beard. I mean, he never got to grow one with the Yankees, and perhaps he was tipping his pitches with some funky facial features? I don’t know. Anyway, hopefully whatever got into him also gets into Nolasco and Deduno. I’m not quite sure there’s any hope left for Correa, but if he can manage to not suck over the next month, perhaps he’ll have some trade value as the deadline approaches.

    Meyer and Mays are starting to tear it up in AAA, and I could see one or both making it to the big club later this season. If we can move Correa that would clear one spot, and Deduno can move back into long relief to clear a spot for the other if need be. We’ll just pretend that Pelfrey’s contract is just the old Nick Blackburn contract wasting away in the Minors and it’ll be like business as usual. Only we’re winning.

    • happytwinsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      As pleasant as last night was, we should remember that the Padres went into the series as the lowest scoring team in the majors and did nothing to hurt that status. I heard on the radio this morning that they’ve been shutout 8 times this year. Gads, that’s about once every 5 games.

      Per Pelfrey’s contract, imagine what it must feel like to be Terry Ryan when it comes time to give a progress update to the Pohlads. “You know that 2 year 11 million dollar commitment we made, well we kinda of made a little whoopsie there”.

      • dluxxx - May 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        They should have DFA’d the guy. If someone picked him up off waivers, then bully for us.

      • happytwinsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        No way that anybody picks him up. He is a ground ball pitcher. Put him in the bullpen at Rochester. Maybe he can have a decent stretch or two as a mid reliever.

  17. sportsdrenched - May 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    The Royals salvage one against the White Sox. It was only their 6th win against ALC opponents. That needs to get fixed if the Royals are going anywhere.

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