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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 23, 2014, 6:23 AM EDT

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Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2: Eight wins for Mark Buehrle, seven straight losses for the Boston Red Sox and, get this, the Toronto Blue Jays are in first place in the American League East as we enter Memorial Day weekend. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista each had homers.

Rangers 9, Tigers 2: The Rangers season is collapsing in injury but they still have Yu Darvish and the Tigers are still suffering from the Curse of the Zubaz. Darvish allowed two runs over seven innings and Rangers hitters beat the snot out of Robbie Ray.

Marlins 4, Phillies 3: Christian Yelich hit a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single to walk the Marlins off with a win. Or, I think it walked the Phillies off. That’s what Dennis Eckersley was referring to when he coined the term, I believe. The losing team walking off the field in defeat as opposed to running back to the dugout like they would following any but the final innings. Then again, usage can often change words and phrases from their original or intended meaning, so maybe it doesn’t matter?

Rays 5, Athletics 2: Grant Balfour couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the ninth, but then Dan Otero and Luke Gregerson couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the 11th, so that canceled out. Sorta. Kinda. I don’t know. All I know is that it set the stage for a three-run walkoff jack for Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the 11th. That ended a four-game losing streak for the Rays and a five-game winning streak for the A’s.

Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2: The sweep. Shane Robinson was was called up yesterday and went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. And his “just got called up from the minors” cliches are as sharp as a tack:

“It was a good feeling to be able to get in there and help out the club and get a win tonight,” Robinson said. “I’m just feeling blessed to be up here.”

Crash Davis couldn’t have instructed him any better.

Mets 5, Dodgers 3: The Mets do what very few teams have been able to do this year, and that’s get to Zack Greinke. Well, to the extent he really can be got to anyway. Three runs — one earned — and four hits. But the key was that they made him work, chasing him after 101 pitches in five innings. Jonathon Niese hit an RBI double to [altogether now] help his own cause. He also pitched seven sharp innings. Yasiel Puig made an amazing catch. He also got doubled off second on an infield fly. The Puig giveth, the Puig taketh away.

White Sox 3, Yankees 2: Chris Sale came back from the DL and took a no-hitter into the sixth. He left the game after six having allowed only one hit, no runs, no walks and striking out 10. Yeah, I think he’s gonna be just fine.

Braves 5, Brewers 4: The Braves rallied after being down 4-1 in the sixth thanks to two improbable things: (1) a B.J. Upton home run; and (2) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke screwing up and calling Will Smith in to the game when he hadn’t been warming up in the bullpen. He got his eight warmup pitches on the field but then gave up a two-run RBI single to Ryan Doumit. I feel like some savvy telecom company could make a decent add involving bullpen phones out of this if they wanted to.

Pirates 3, Nationals 1: Mark Melancon put two runners on in the ninth and then allowed a sinking liner by Anthony Rendon. Thankfully Andrew McCutchen was there to make a sliding grab to end the game. The MVP had two RBI too.

Indians 8, Orioles 6: The third extra innings game in four games for the Indians. Third win in those four extra innings game too, and a four-game winning streak overall. Carlos Santana played the hero here with a two-run double in the 13th. It was a big hole for Terry Francona’s group to dig out of, but they’ve moved a lot of dirt in the past four days.

Cubs 5, Padres 1: A homer and a double for former Padre Anthony Rizzo. Jake Arrieta allowed only one run and four hits, striking out seven and walking only one. The Padres have played 48 games. In 15 of them they have scored one or zero runs.

Mariners 3, Astros 1: Michael Saunders legged out an infield single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, driving in two runs in what was then a 1-1 game. The play was reviewed on replay but upheld.

Giants 2, Rockies 2: SUSPENDED: At some point later this year they’ll complete this one, picking up where they left off: tied up in the sixth with two outs and Michael Cuddyer on first. Unless Cuddyer dies in a zeppelin accident or something before the game resumes, in which case they’ll use someone else. Which will make that the most somber pinch running experience ever, even if it makes for one of the more interesting Jayson Stark factoid columns ever written.

  1. johnnysoda - May 23, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Not only did Sale have a no-hitter going into the sixth, he had a perfecto. And I’ll tell you: he had the stuff to do it. I couldn’t root for it, though, considering a combined perfect game would look ridiculous in the history books.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Yesterday’s Red Sox / Jays game was the first one in the series in which the Red Sox did not have a chance to win. Down 7 to 2 after 2 innings, they just went through the motions for the rest of the game. Edwin did not hit a home run yesterday, but still had a fine game. He made 2 nice plays at first and his hustle resulted in an infield single on a ball that was hit right at Bogaerts.

    This was the first time that the Red Sox had been swept in 2 three game series at home since 1994.

    • renaado - May 23, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      It’s very sad for the Redsox nation to witness their team fallin after winnin that World Series last year, just when fan attendance were high this season for em if you compare it from last year shows the Redsox regained their trust for a possible winning season this year. Really hope they’ll pull it together soon if still early.

      • indaburg - May 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        You really hope they pull it together soon? You really are a nice person.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        I think it was unrealistic to expect the Sox to be as good as last year. They lost a couple good players, and tried to shift to a younger roster mostly. That takes working through growing pains.

        And now instead of sticking with that plan, signing Drew seems to signal they are going to just make an awful attempt to make a run this season instead of letting the roster mature.

        2013 was kind of odd because a lot of good players all lived up to their career averages, without much injury, all in the same season, and they got some surprise contributions from guys like Nava and Lackey.

        Anyone expecting this season to be a continuation of last season deserves to be disappointed.

      • clydeserra - May 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        this is a comment no Non red sox ‘s fan in the united states/canada wold ever make, Your heart is large my friend. I do not share this opinion.

      • umrguy42 - May 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        As a Cardinals fan, I definitely don’t have sympathy for their “nation” :p Mind you, I don’t have a lot of room to talk, either, as “my” team has also been flirting way too hard with Gator’s “Strange Attractor” these last several weeks…

      • renaado - May 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        I’m no Redsox fan though, it’s just sad to see them fall down like this. Well, it’s still early for em so all is not lost. I’ve got 3 of my college mates here who are a fan of em. And they suddenly loss interest in watching em today play, this swept was a “humilation”, they say, and I was like… “WHAT??”

      • aresachaela - May 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        Haha! Feel bad for them! They should have root for Yankees.

    • renaado - May 23, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Oh! And congratulations to you PC for your Blue Jays bein 1st in the AL east. I’m positive someone in the sidelines are cryin tears of sadness right now.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - May 23, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        The Sox never had a losing streak longer than 3 games. Their best winning streak was only 7 games though.

      • aresachaela - May 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        HAHAHA!! Looks whose cryin now XD ?? I’m back 😉 .

      • renaado - May 23, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        … What a recovery… And I thought you were gone here Achaela. Welcome back.

      • aresachaela - May 23, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Well it’s been long, I just searched the net about Tanaka though… And I can’t believe he LOST AGAINST THE CUBS FOR KAMI-SAMA’S SAKES!! I’ll be here till 10 pm only so don’t be surprised you won’t see much smiley faces here after 😉.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        First place is nice, but now they have to stay there. The next 3 games are against Oakland. It should be fun watching 2 high scoring teams play each other.

      • renaado - May 23, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Gotta agree PC, certainly it’s goin to be one high scorin game that is.

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Ren, is your “g” key missing, or are you just antipathetic to gerunds and present participles?

      • renaado - May 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM


        Of course not Old Gator, just gotten really used to this by now.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Someone whose name rhymes with Turdy Fairy.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I watched this game since I seem to have adopted the Blue Jays in the off season. Pitched a gem and hit like they always do. By keeping Esmil Rogers out of the game and letting their former starter Dustin McGowan pitch the last 2 innings they showed a nicely managed game as well as a well hit and pitched one.

      As for Dodger blue, well we got some of the good some of the bad with Puig. as much as I love Puig he has got to stop giving up outs. His belief in himself is tremendous but he needs to also believe that the other players on the field are pretty damn good too. if he can show them some respect and they’ll stop making him look bad when they victimize him.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Liam Henricks is being called up and will start today. It is my hope that Esmil Rogers is designated for assignment in order to create room on the 25 man roster.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        I saw that Hend riks is being called up and i’m concerned about it since his k/9 is 6.66 and the A’s eat bad pitching without even chewing. Whats more with Kazmir being pretty lights out, i don’t know if you are right that this is going to be a slugfest. I am cheering for california in this one but the color blue is my favorite so I get a good feeling no matter who wins

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Rogers has just been designated for assignment.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        and who ever gets him should also get a free fire extinguisher to go with

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Let it be a team in the AL East.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        So long as it isn’t The Dodgers I’m fine with whoever

  3. renaado - May 23, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Damn close Braves… So damn close…

  4. dillongeeescapeplan - May 23, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Outside of Bogaerts’ development, there’s been very little to enjoy about the Red Sox right now.

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      H is still a work in progress. Against the Jays, he made a couple of errors. He also seemed to play back on some ground balls, giving the hitter a chance to get to first before his throw. For example, Encarnacion beat out his throw when he stayed back rather than charge the ball.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Of course. His defense has been pretty frustrating at times. But he’s batting .282/.378/.417 with a 120 OPS+. Those are always good numbers from a SS, especially a 21-year-old. He’s been starting to flash the power this month though.

  5. shelbysensation - May 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    How terrible are you going to feel when Michael Cuddyer dies in a zeppelin accident?

    • nbjays - May 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Oh, the humanity!

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        Did Prince Fielder hit a power line?

  6. chill1184 - May 23, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Campbell also made a great play in his first MLB game in left field as well.

  7. indaburg - May 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    What is this winning thing that happened yesterday at the Trop? Cobb pitched a gem yesterday. 6 2/3, no runs, 3 hits, 6 Ks. Actually, the Rays pitching staff did a good job at cooling off the red hot A’s hitters. It’s just that only Antarctica is colder than the Rays bats right now. Sean Rodriguez leads the Rays in homers currently. If he had like 12 homers, that would be great, but as it stands, this is a very bad thing. Who thought at the beginning at the season that this upcoming series vs. the Red Sox would be a battle for last place?

    Craig, if Mike Cuddyer dies in a zeppelin accident, you’re going to feel so bad.

    • clydeserra - May 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Tip of the hat yo you for being able to watch rays’ games. The three this week were painiful for me. So slow. here is a quote from brandon moss. He was talking to the baserunner in the ninth of game two of the series:

      “I was like, ‘Are you aware we have three runs, one hit and this has been a four-hour game? I don’t understand. That makes no sense.’ ”

      • indaburg - May 23, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Watching the Rays this season is akin to death by a thousand cuts. They lose slowly and painfully.

        It’s not just our imagination:

      • APBA Guy - May 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        These three games have been painful to watch, indeed. I’m happy the A’s took two of three, time to move on to the Rogers Center against the hot Jays.

        The A’s miss Buehrle in this rotation, so there is a good chance of some serious long ball action. We know the Jays will be good for a few of their own.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Hey there Sally, we miss you! Try to post often.

      • indaburg - May 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        :-) Miss you too, FC.

  8. janessa31888 - May 23, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    These 13 innings games are downright exhausting. Happy for the good outcomes, but man our pitching is very worrisome. Good job, Carlos for getting that key hit.

    • pascalswager42 - May 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Tribe is winning with smoke and mirrors, clearly not with too many timely hits, quality starts or solid bullpen work.

      If they don’t start getting better swings out of Santana, Swish, AsCab and quality starts from McAllister, Masterson and find a solid #4/5, its a .500 year.

      Terry is a magician, BTW

      • pascalswager42 - May 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Oh, and I totally forgot the keystone cops defense thus far this season. YIKES

  9. happytwinsfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    It looks like that poor little Kitty up ahead has got itself stuck in something. Poor thing, let’s go see if we can help it.

    • Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      This weekend, a large family bucket of Kitten Delight is only $7.75 – or, you can get the special roadkill dinner for only $3.50. Our red hot Sriracha Buffalo paws are on special for $1.50 each.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Oh boy: don’t cook tonight call Kitten Delight! Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

    • dluxxx - May 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Here kitty kitty kitty… We’re in striking distance and in 2nd place. If the Motor City Kitties continue this swoon we could be in striking distance. >:)

      • dluxxx - May 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        And if I repeat that we’re in striking distance more often, then we may get in striking distance and be able to strike because we’re in a distance at which we can strike at…

  10. Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Henderson Alvarez nearly got arrested for showing flashes of brilliance in front of cheeldren at Macondo Banana Massacre Field yesterday. The Feesh played in daylight in an attempt to fill the seats with small, solid bodies instead of the vampires who show up for night games but are invisible to the cameras panning the stands, and give the impression that nobody is coming to the games. I guess Scrooge McLoria figured that was a cheaper alternative to paying for expensive CGI to make it look like he has spectators. This is not good, since it is apparent that the injury to El Keed has taken down about a fifth of the team’s attendance already – even in games where he wouldn’t have peetched anyway. And last night the boolpen proved itself frangible again, coughing up a three run lead before Cishek came in and held the fort so that the Feelies arson squad could make short work of their comeback. I suspect that it’s something they Feelies have been eating, caking up their arteries. Now what could that possibly be? Chinese dog jerky? No…something on a roll….

    Marcell Ozuna is giving Tommy a workout these days. Feesh pulling away from the strange attractor again, but they know it’s there, still trailing gossamer reality waves. Incidentally, you can see gossamer reality wave patterns by laying a sheet of onion skin over the attractor and sprinkling wood chips on it. Underneath the attractor, you would use lead filings. Just a little tip from the science guy.

    The Brewers come in tonight, but unfortunately it doesn’t appear that the upper midwest’s greatest monster will be taking the field. I haven’t had an opportunity to watch this team play yet this season but I am intrigued by their prominence in their division, as distant and alien as that might be. Welcome to Macondo Banana Massacre Field. Will Scrooge McLoria be staging any chorizo races? We shall see….

    • nbjays - May 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      As an alternative to CGI Feesh fans, Scrooge McLoria could always invest in a few thousand used crash test dummies and stick them in the seats. The upside is that they would be pretty much immune to the team’s frequent violent collisions with the strange attractor.

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Did you know that there is a formula for converting gossamer reality waves into used crash test dummies? You would need to thumb through Haekings’ A Brief History of Time to locate it, though, and that will be difficult. Most yuppies are terrified of the unread copies of the book laying around on their coffee tables. They even dust around them.

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM


        We’re getting tired of asking. Edit function, or face the revolutionary peacock feather tickling squads, Craig.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Chinese dog jerky might not be the most wholesome food one can eat. The Chinese use MSG.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    RE: Cuddyer, suspended game and quirks. Jayson Stark’s dream will come true if Cuddyer is traded to San Francisco before the game is resumed. And should Cuddyer be playing first for SF….and the new Colorado Pinch Runner gets picked off…..Good Night Irene!!

    • Francisco (FC) - May 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Didn’t we have a situation in 2010 where Bengie Molina was getting a World Series ring no matter what? (He played for Texas at the start of the season and then traded to San Francisco later on).

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Great conceptual art. I like the idea.

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Great idea for trial procedure before facing the revolutionary peacock feather tickling squad. Pronounce “Cuddyer.” Mispronounce it, and, well…you will soon be recalling that distant afternoon when NBC took you to discover ice.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Thumbs downs via speech teachers.

  12. sportsdrenched - May 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    As an Aviation Honk, if Michael Cuddyer even looks at a zeppelin, let alone boards one, I expect HBT to cover it like a jimmy hat.

    • nbjays - May 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      I’m sure the Rockies’ front office are right now feverishly drafting up a “No Zeppelins” clause to append to Cuddyer’s contract.

  13. daveitsgood - May 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Can we get some recognition of Hunter Pence and how he is the complete antithesis of a Tom Emanski video? That guy must have sold his soul in some type of Faustian deal. Check out his “emergency hack”/typical Hunter Pence type swing from yesterday’s game where it ended up being an oppo homerun.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      You got it.

    • illuminancer - May 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      This is because Hunter Pence is not human. It’s a well-known fact in San Francisco that he is from another planet and possibly ano

      • illuminancer - May 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        (stupid phone!)

        …another galaxy. His swings look like that because he’s trying to adapt his normal six-limbed motion to fit his human disguise.

  14. Jason Lukehart - May 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    The Indians become only the 13th team in the last 100 years to win games in 13+ innings on back-to-back days, and only rhe 6th to do it against a different opponent each day.

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