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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 28, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

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Blue Jays 9, Rays 6: The Jays scored six runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Well, in the fourth and fifth. Between the fourth and fifth were commercials and things. Mark Buehrle wins again. More importantly, the Jays do. That’s eight in a row.

Red Sox 6, Braves 3: Everyone wants to be your friend when things are going great but a true friend is someone who is there for you when the chips are down. That’s the Braves for ya, man. Helping out the Red Sox when they were at their worst and giving them a confidence boost. Seriously, after the game Jonny Gomes said “it’s good for our self esteem.” Oy.

White Sox 2, Indians 1: A two hour rain delay limited Chris Sale‘s outing to three innings but four relievers allowed only one run in six innings combined.

Rockies 6, Phillies 2: Wilin Rosario had been 0 for his previous 13, but then he hit a go-ahead, three-run homer. A more notable homer was Ben Revere‘s in a losing effort. It was his first career major league bomb. That after 384 games without one to start his time in the bigs, which was the longest such streak since the early 70s.

Astros 3, Royals 0: Four in a row for Houston. Collin McHugh shut out the Royals for 7 innings which, sure, sucks for the Royals, but at least it inspired Ned Yost to come out of the dugout and get ejected for arguing balls and strikes, proving he’s still alive and things.

Mets 4, Pirates 2: Daniel Murphy doubled twice and Ruben Tejada reached base four times as the Mets won for the fourth time in 13 games. I’m sure the new hitting coach had everything to do with it.

Twins 4, Rangers 3: A two-run rally off Joakim Soria in the bottom of the ninth for Minnesota. One run scoring on a single, the other scoring on Soria’s own error on a dribbler next to the mound which should have resulted in out three and should have had this game heading to extra innings. Pretty dispiriting for the Rangers, who stood to win even though they had to go with emergency starter Scott Baker following Yu Darvish being scratched.

Brewers 7, Orioles 6: Pinch hit, walkoff RBI hits in extra innings aren’t the rarest of things. They happen. They don’t often come from starting pitchers doing the pinch hitting, though. That happened here with Yovani Gallardo doing the honors with a double in the tenth. Gallardo is a good hitter for a pitcher, but still. Lovely part was that just before that Buck Showalter walked Mark Reynolds, who came around to score, to get to the pitcher’s spot even though there was nobody on base.

Tigers 6, Athletics 5: The Tigers’ go-ahead run scored when Rajai Davis came home on a fielder’s choice in the eighth. He had made it to third, however, by stealing the bag as catcher Derek Norris was throwing the ball back to the pitcher, which is not something you see every day. That covered for Max Scherzer, who was roughed up again. It also snapped the Tigers’ three-game losing streak.

Cardinals 6, Yankees 0: Lance Lynn with the five-hit shutout. It was his first career complete game at any level. Allen Craig and Matt Holliday each homered. Holliday and Matt Adams had three hits and an RBI a piece. Craig drove in two.

Angels 6, Mariners 4: Not the sharpest outing for Jered Weaver, but he did notch his fifth win in six starts. Sean Burnett, who had just come back after a year off due to elbow surgery, left the game with an elbow problem that sounds a lot like another elbow surgery is in the offing. Just really starting to hate elbows here, man.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3: Confession: I can’t watch all of the baseball games. Especially the late games, so I’m just naturally less familiar with, say, the bullpen arms and lesser names of some of the teams out west. And if you’re choosing late games to watch and/or follow, you’re naturally more likely to pick the Dodgers, Giants or A’s over the Padres and Diamondbacks. All of this is a roundabout way of saying that it’s rather embarrassing for a national baseball writer type to read a game story from a big league game and have the top part of it — where the key players of the game are usually identified — contain all kinds of names you’ve never really heard of. But it happens. It happened here. There are thousands of baseball players, man. It’s hard to know all of them.

Dodgers 6, Reds 3: Four driven in for Andre Ethier, three of which came on a triple. Zack Greinke struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds.

Giants 4, Cubs 0: Tim Hudson is aging like fine wine. If he continues to do this for a bit longer he’s going to give Hall of Fame voters a lot to think about. Seven shutout innings, five strikeouts, no walks. Two sac flies for Buster Posey.

Marlins vs. Nationals: POSTPONED: As a man I ain’t never been much for sunny days. I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange. But when the color goes out of my eyes its usually the change. But damn Sam I love a woman that rains

  1. uwsptke - May 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Where does that intentional walk of Reynolds fall on the rage scale?

    • nbjays - May 28, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      Or the intentional walk of Bautista with first base occupied, just to get to Lind… who singled.

    • paperlions - May 28, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      I don’t think that one was too bad. The pitcher was on deck and the bench was empty. Gallardo pinch hit and doubled. No matter how good of a hitter a pitcher is, you gotta like your chances of getting him out. No, you usually don’t want to put the winning run on, but with a pitcher guaranteed to bat next and the possibility of getting their closer out of the game, it is a defensible move. The problem is giving up a double to a pinch-hitting pitcher who was 1 for 14 on the year.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Especially since you are walking a known home run hitter who isn’t very fast to get to the pitcher. The odds are overwhelmingly in your favor there, unfortunately for the Birds, the odds didn’t matter.

  2. renaado - May 28, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Another huge run outburst like yesterday fails the Braves possible win , a 4 run rally in the 7th which was started by Jackie Bradley Jr. 2 run single. Injuries were a huge impact too in this game, loosin Gattis cause of straining his wrist at BP and Simmons right ankle inflammation in the 8th….. Really hope this isn’t a serious one.

  3. nbjays - May 28, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Fun Blue Jay fact designed to make dirtyharry’s head explode:

    During their current 8-game winning streak, Blue Jay starting pitchers have won all 8 games. :-)

    • aceshigh11 - May 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Even if that piece of trash hadn’t been banned, you KNOW he wouldn’t be posting now.

      • nbjays - May 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Nope, he’d be “on vacation” again.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Where you been Aces?

      • aceshigh11 - May 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        I visit the site every day…I just haven’t been posting as frequently. The Sox have been a major bummer so far this year but I’m trying to stay positive.

        How’s it going?

      • stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Still early. Start worrying mid June.
        Not bad on my end. We bought (and re-opened) a new business in November so it’s taking up most of my time. Not to mention the 1 1/2 hour commute. Gonna’ have to move closer…soon. Much sooner than my Wife most likely realizes!

  4. chill1184 - May 28, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Andrew McCutchen and Juan Lagares trading defensive plays was pretty cool.

  5. proudlycanadian - May 28, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Nice to see the Jays open up a bit of a cushion over NY and Baltimore. The win streak will end some time, but it is fun to watch. In the last 2 games, Toronto’s hitters have managed to double the era’s for Bedard and Cobb. I wonder how confident Archer is feeling before tonight’s game? Starting for the Jays tonight is reclamation project Liam Hendriks. The Aussie has pitched very well both at Buffalo and in his first start of the ML season. I am going to credit his recent marriage to a woman from Montreal for the improvement.

    During the recent win streak, the Jays have faced 4 left handed starters, so left handed hitters, Adam Lind and Juan Francisco did not play very much. They played yesterday and both of them homered.

    In the 6th inning with 2 out, Melky on first , Bautista at the plate and a lefty pitching, Joe Maddon intentionally walked Bautista to get to Lind. That percentage move failed as Lind got a fluke single to load the bases. Maddon then brought in a righty to face Encarnacion. That pitcher balked in Melky before retiring Edwin.

    • rdillon99 - May 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      There was a time when the Jays would find a way to lose games like that to teams like the Rays. It is a lot more fun being on the winning side of those types of games.

    • indaburg - May 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Lost in the past two games is that the Jays’ starting pitching hasn’t been all that good against the Rays. Both Buerhle and Hutchinson struggled. If you had told me the Rays were going to have Cobb on the mound and score 6 runs, I’d say yay! The probability of a Rays win is high. It’s just those Jays bats. Egads, it’s like the Jays are taking batting practice. The Rays are not going to win a HR derby against the Jays. Tip of the cap. The Jays are definitely the better team right now.

      • proudlycanadian - May 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Those 2 games came right after a 3 game sweep of Oakland that was surprisingly a low scoring pitching duel.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Just finished looking over the box score and some of the hilights and actually watched some of this game waiting for the Dodgers to commence with Greinke versus the Reds. Cobb didn’t make many mistakes and when he did they were hammered. he really shouldn’t try to pitch to Adam Lind because that’s never worked very well for him. Some beard on Lind though. I look at that scraggly thing and I ask “Why?”. Surely he has a wife somewhere that would say to him “Adam, we need to discuss this.” The Rays bats were big enough to win and about what I expected of them based on last seasons numbers but their bullpen isn’t up to much which is a fact I hadn’t appreciated until now. The Rays send Archer in tonight so expect more of those left handed big bats from last night to have some fun providing Archer can’t fool them. here’s a hint for Archer- breaking balls to Francisco (but not for strikes) then fast balls away, and just walk Lind otherwise the lamentations of their women may not be over

      • proudlycanadian - May 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Lind’s wife is probably as eccentric as he is. She married him after all.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Mine married me and would probably agree with you

  6. aresachaela - May 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    OMG!? The Yankees are 2nd place, with 3games back behind the Blue Jays!?

    I really need to look at the standings more often…

    • renaado - May 28, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      The Blue Jays has taken 1st place 5 days ago… I think?

      • nbjays - May 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        Someone’s out of the loop… 😉

      • aresachaela - May 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        Yep, it was 5 days ago ( 6 days here for us) and it was against the Redsox.

        I’m very BUSY, lol…

      • aresachaela - May 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

        Oh, and thank you Google!

    • renaado - May 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      Busy or “anxious”? Endure it Achaela, just 3 days left.

      Kuroda and Shelby Miller matchup will be tomorrow, certainly a “not miss” game that is for you.

  7. paperlions - May 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Don’t feel bad Craig, I’d never heard of Quackenbush either. If I had, there is no way I wouldn’t remember.

  8. buffalo65 - May 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Dirty Larry??? How long is this vacation????? Can’t wait to read your explanation of what’s going on.

    • umrguy42 - May 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      If you’re referring to the commenter dirtyharry, you’ll have a long wait. He got banned a while back.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Lost in all the Encarnacion celebrations, Nelson Cruz hit yet another home run last night to put him at 17 on the year.

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Cruz Missle #17. And the thing I like about him more than the bombs? He is patient at the plate. Much more than others in this line up (cough cough Adam Jones cough cough).

      • nbjays - May 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        What do you suppose Buster Olney thinks of Cruz and all his dingers? We KNOW how he feels about Melky’s hot start.

  10. Eutaw's Finest - May 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    It’s very easy to be bummed about the O’s loss last night. PH walkoff to a pitcher is just terrible, although I stand my ground saying McFarland has ZERO business being up with the big boys right now, but that’s a can of worms I’m not opening right now…

    But here’s 2 POSITIVE notes for the O’s:

    -For the 2nd game in a row, they went late into the game down a few runs and came back. 2 days ago they came from 2 down in the 9th to tie it up, and last night they were down early 5-0 and rallied back to take a 6-5 lead.

    -The runs- they exist! The O’s were struggling to put runs on the board for the better part of this season to date, but in the last 9 games the O’s are averaging 6.1 runs per game, and that’s including that 9-0 drubbing they took to the Indians (which is the anomaly of the bunch). Throw that game out and they are averaging closer to 7 runs per game in the last week and a half. MUCH better than the run output has been early in the season.

  11. dluxxx - May 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    The Twins manage to stem the bleeding and stop their losing streak at 4. Now we just need to see if we can get our series win streak started again. It wasn’t an impressive victory, but even the ugly ones count the same.

    • renaado - May 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Soria definitely lost it durin that time, even with that bobbled play in the 9th, he still can’t get that throw in time for an out at home knowin Nunez was running hard.

      Sorry dluxx, accidentaly pressed the report button… Damn mouse is sensitive!

      • dluxxx - May 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        No worries, I do that all the time.

  12. stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    The Giants did their jobs. The Dodgers and Mets did their jobs.
    I am looking at YOU Baltimore!

  13. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Sterling: 5 hits, 5 goddamn hits?
    Waldman: You can’t say goddamn on the radio
    Sterling: Oh who cares, no one’s listening…

  14. Andee - May 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    +1 Ryan Adams

  15. thetoolsofignorance - May 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    A right fine outing from Geinke. He had it all working for him and stuck around for 7 & 2/3 innings making Reds hitters look a bit bad. Blue with the victory. A mere 4.5 games back of the Giants who also won and a bit of a streak for Dodger blue with 3 games won in a row. Slowly they are reeling in those pesky Giants.

  16. APBA Guy - May 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    What was I saying yesterday about Scherzer vs. Gray as “must watch”? Must watch if you like guys putting too much pressure on themselves and consequently underachieving. No, no tonight’s game Sanchez vs. Kazmir, is must watch. “Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

    Anyway, painful loss last night for the A’s. They kept getting the lead then coughing it up. Which I suppose means that Detroit is grinding their way out of their recent funk. My GF is constantly reminding me that Oakland will never be taken seriously here in the Bay Area until they learn to get by Detroit in the post-season. And as an object lesson, she calmly turns the TV to the Gigantes during A’s commercials, and smirks while Hudson or somebody else in orange and black utterly controls the game, played in a gorgeous stadium with magnificent views and superb announcing

    Speaking of which, the A’s had Ray out of the booth again last night, replaced by Shooty Babbitt, the human cliche machine: ” Sometimes in pitching less is more, and more is less.” Among other gems. Needless to say, the game was watched with the sound off. Slightly less painful that way.

  17. goawaydog - May 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    1/3 of the way through the season and the Giants have the best record in MLB. Who would have thunk?

    • loungefly74 - May 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      right. is it possible to be “under the radar” with the best record? they are doing it.

  18. srsuryahendra - May 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I don’t think that one was too bad. The pitcher was on deck and the bench was empty.
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  19. stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Random question:
    Why is it that I get a “certificate warning” when I log onto the site?
    This has only been happening over the last couple of weeks.
    The tool bar is also red in color and lists “certificate error” w/ a red “x’ed shield” next to the refresh icon.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      I got the same thing and a warning when i tried to post my first comment of the day. Im not all that computer savvy and the young man who set this laptop up for me is on vacation right now so I can’t even ask him what in Sam Hill that was all about. Its gives old men like me heart palpitations thinking about someone in my computer without my knowledge or consent but I bought one of these Apples because the same young man suggested this kind for ease of use and security. Expensive as heck and its set to “Canadian” for some reason (he’s Canadian and likes to mess with me) but aside from wanting a “u” and wanting to spell words that take an “s” with a “c” its worked without a problem and without crashing like my old PC laptop did all the time. Its worrying that its now asking after a certificate but I googled it and the web says that this is a website-related problem and not the computer so take heart

      • stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Thanks ttoi. It does give me some comfort in knowing I am not the only one with this issue.

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