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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 29, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT

Phillies 6, Rockies 3: Chase Utley tied it on an RBI single in the ninth and then Ryan Howard hit a walkoff three-run bomb. Thing is, LaTroy Hawkins should’ve had the game closed out before either of those guys came to the plate, but Josh Rutledge had a throwing error which allowed both Utley and Howard to bat with two outs.

Athletics 3, Tigers 1: Another game, another wakoff three-run home run. This one from Josh Donaldson off Joe Nathan, who was trying to preserve a 1-0 lead handed to him by a dominant-until-the-ninth Anibal Sanchez. That threw the win to the equally deserving Scott Kazmir, who allowed only one run while going the distance.

White Sox 3, Indians 2: Moises Sierra drove in the winning run with a walkoff single. Both T.J. House for the Indians and Hector Noesi for the Sox pitched some pretty spiffy baseball, but neither factored in to the decision. Jason Giambi hit his 440th home run. Then he and his mule went back into the canyon, ready to scare off any other snoopers who come nosing around to jump his claim.

Mets 5, Pirates 0: Bartolo Colon tossed a shutout into the eighth and was at the plate for the wild pitch that scored the first Mets run. And he looked like this as he swung at it:


In his defense, he looks like that when he swings at everything. And he’s 0 for 17 on the year with ten strikeouts. I feel like the DH in the NL is inevitable, but I also want them to wait until Bartolo Colon is done playing in the NL because how can you deprive us of this, Baseball Gods?

Astros 9, Royals 3: Another game, another homer for George Springer. That’s nine in May for him. Chris Carter homered twice. The Astros sweep the Royals, who have lost four in a row.

Giants 5, Cubs 0: Six Giants pitchers, led off by Tim Lincecum, combine for a two-hit shutout of the Cubs. Despite only two hits, the Cubs had ten base runners as Giants pitchers walked five and hit a batter and two more Cubs reached on errors. They couldn’t convert, though.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 2: That’s nine straight for Toronto, this one coming on a walkoff E-1 following a bunt to the pitcher. The other two runs scored on an RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion in the first.

Marlins 8, Nationals 5: Miami blew a 4-0 lead but the Nats bullpen fell apart in the tenth with Jerry Blevins and Aaron Barrett allowing four runs of their own. Henderson Alvarez left this one for the Marlins with elbow stiffness. Sadly that’s not too rare a thing in baseball this year.

Red Sox 4, Braves 0: John Lackey pitched a shutout into the seventh and Sox hitters dinked and dunked Gavin Floyd and Alex Wood to death. Three straight wins for Boston now. This one coming on Idiots Day at Fenway.

Brewers 8, Orioles 3: Nelson Cruz hit homers 18 and 19, but they came in a losing effort. Ryan Braun‘s two-run double and Khris Davis‘ three-run homer came in a winning effort.

Rangers 1, Twins 0: Joe Saunders and four relievers combine for the shutout, with their only run of support coming on a Luis Sardinas single in the seventh. Not bad for Saunders, who was making his first start in two months.

Yankees 7, Cardinals 4: Hiroki Kuroda won on the road for the first time in 11 starts, stretching back to last year. Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBI. The Yankees take the series. Brian McCann started at first base and went 2 for 4. So that was something.

Diamondbacks 12, Padres 6: An eight-run first for Arizona pretty much ended this one before it started. Dbacks starter Chase Anderson got 18 runs of support in the start before this one. He’s gonna get spoiled.

Mariners 3, Angels 1: King Felix took a shutout into the ninth and struck out nine. Mike Zunino drove in both of the M’s runs, one on a solo shot.

Reds 3, Dodgers 2: Clayton Kershaw pitched OK, but Homer Bailey pitched better. Yasiel Puig hit a solo homer, but Brandon Phillips hit a two-run shot. Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you.


  1. thomas844 - May 29, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    You might want to fix some wording in your Reds-Dodgers recap, Craig. lol

    • johnnysoda - May 29, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Actually, I think it should stay that way. Much funnier.

      • papalurchdxb - May 29, 2014 at 7:11 AM

        I bet Puig can totally flip an empty toilet-roll tube into the trash better than Phillips. Totally.

    • dan1111 - May 29, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Wow, how did that happen? Anything you can do I can do better, indeed.

      Brandon Phillips: “You think hitting a solo homer is impressive? Well, watch this!

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 29, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      Really, don’t we all solo shit?

      • renaado - May 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        What happens if it’s a “Grandsalami” ?

      • papalurchdxb - May 29, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        No. I have toddlers…

      • Old Gator - May 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Interesting question, Craig. I will have to ask the local houngans and santeras if that applies to cases of possession. What would your lwa be doing while you are naturally functioning, for example – reading a newspaper?

    • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Wouldn’t that be the Reds-Dodgers re-crap?

  2. dan1111 - May 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    I’m glad the Red Sox have finally stopped digging. Can they climb out of the hole?

    • 22yearsagotoday - May 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Yes they can: Nancy Reagan said!

  3. proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    The Jays won using the standard Tampa Bay formula composed of pitching, defense and a manufactured walk off run in the 9th. Early in the game, Gose and Melky made a couple of fine catches at the outfield wall. With none out in the 9th, Gose drove in pinch runner Kevin Pillar from first base with a perfect bunt combined with an unwise attempt by the pitcher to throw him out. If the pitcher had held on to the ball instead of throwing it into foul territory in right field, the Jays would have had runners on first and second with Reyes, Melky and Bautista due up. Even without the error, the Jays were probably going to score the winning run in the 9th. Surprisingly, it was Toronto’s first walk off of the year.

    Ned Yost and his Royals begin a 4 game series in Toronto today.

    • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      That was some highlight reel defense last night as the Jays took us back 20 years or so with Anthony “Devon White” Gose in center and Brett “Robbie Alomar” Lawrie at second flashing the leather. Combine that with Melky’s catch, Edwin’s play on the back end of Lawrie’s play at 2nd, Francisco’s diving stop, Lawrie again at 3rd, and the Jays put on a defensive clinic.

      They say speed kills, and when you get guys like Gose, Reyes, Rajai Davis, Dee Gordon and the like on base or dropping down gorgeous bunts like that one last night, it seems that what speed kills most of all is pitcher brain cells.

      • dan1111 - May 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        I’m a Red Sox fan, but it would be nice to see the Jays succeed for once, after so many years of futility. I sort of hope they are for real, even as I hope the Sox can turn things around and catch them.

        At first I was internally conflicted about this, but then I realized: it’s the two wild card era! Anything is possible. So here is hoping for a Blue Jays – Red Sox ALCS match-up (after that you’re on your own, sorry :)).

    • rdillon99 - May 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      The old walk-off bunt. Classic ending.

    • indaburg - May 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      The Jays played great defense. I can’t recall the last time I saw so many hard hit balls for nothing. In contrast, the Rays handed the game over in the 9th with some asstastic defense, wasting a beautiful pitching effort by young, confident Archer. My team just keeps finding new and more heartbreaking ways lose. To cap off the heartbreak, my daughter excitedly says, “Blue Jays!” while we watch the game. She saw the big bird effigy behind home plate. We really have been feeding the resident jays in the neighborhood and she’s developed a fondness for the pretty birds, so now she tells me she’s a Blue Jays fan. Children.

      • rdillon99 - May 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Smart kid.

      • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Out of the mouths of babes…

        Sorry to take pleasure in your pain, ‘Burgie, but that is priceless. And speaking of Price-less… that’s the only reason we were able to pull off the sweep, because we didn’t have to face the man who has outright owned our ass for years.

        Now we get to face your former pitcher, Shields, who is 12-6 lifetime against the Jays, but only 4-3 in our house.

      • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Your daughter has good taste.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    One. Just one starting pitcher who is consistent and reliable and good for a quality start every outing. That’s all every O’s fan has asked for since the days of Moose. Why is it so freaking impossible to come across?! Has Baltimore turned into the Bermuda Triangle for pitchers? Does Murphy’s Law take effect for any pitcher to don an Orioles jersey?! I need answers and they just keep feeding us excuses!!

    I may revert back to using “Oriole Tragic” in place of “Oriole Magic” once again…

    • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Sorry Eutaw, but you used up your allotment of good pitching all in one shot back in the days of Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        Then we better go bat-happy if we want a shot. Need to put up 10+ runs per game in order to survive the way this pitching staff is faltering. And while we’re at it? Let’s at least give some of the young guns a shot. Rodriguez, Gausman (who had 1 shot this year and it was Horrible), and Bundy if he ever gets healthy enough. And while we’re at it I’ve been clamoring to get Eddie Gamboa up to test out his knuckler in the bigs.

        Essentially if the rotation keeps failing the way the are, I am in “why not?” mode.

  5. thedoubleentandres - May 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Man, I have a feeling that Colon is gunna connect with one of them swings some day and send it to the moon

    • moogro - May 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      His helmet falls off his ridiculous head. Every. Single. Swing.

  6. uyf1950 - May 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Not sure if the Jays will lose again this season the way they are playing but this Yankees fan gives them a lot of credit for their play so far. It’s nice to see our friends north of the boarder playing so well.

    As for the Yankees they are doing their best to stay in the hunt and in my opinion doing a pretty good job of it. Currently ONLY the division leaders and the Angels have a better record than the Yankees in the AL. The offense looked very good for the Yankees last night and Roberts batting 2nd especially looked good getting on base. They just need to keep up playing well. Sooner or later some of the injured have to return.

    • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      The Yankees are in a wildcard position.

    • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Thanks, Uyf… this streak has been fun to watch but the Empire is keeping pace for the most part, and that still makes me nervous. Now both teams get to test themselves against the AL Central.

  7. janessa31888 - May 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Has anyone seen ‘philiac around here lately? I hope shes okay.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      I was thinking the same thing the other day….

    • happytwinsfan - May 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      There must be something going on. I don’t know how she voluntarily misses the Tiger zumbah thread

    • dluxxx - May 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      I was noticing that as well. Hopefully she’s just on vacation to some place exotic or something and hasn’t drunk herself senseless during the Tiger’s losing streak…

    • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      I think she’s undercover… stalking Beautiful Brad with the purpose of kicking his ass.

  8. hcf95688 - May 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    The A’s are Amazing!

  9. Old Gator - May 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Last night was the battle of the boolpen meltdowns at Gnats Meadow. It could have been billed as Chernobyl versus Janjira instead of Gnats versus Feesh, with the director of the NAEC throwing out the first pitch. I think the pitching rubber was packed in a lead cylinder and shipped by rail to Yucca Mountain following the game, and the Gnats were rumored to be making a seven figure offer to Hannes Alfvén to come on board as disposal coach.

    Craig shows his northern bias in giving most of the credit to the Gnats’ dingaling duo of Jerry Blevins (who may or may not be related to Jimmy Blevins, the sharpshooting juvenile delinquent from All the Pretty Horses, but whose haplessness amound surely points to a set of crossed chromosomes) and Aaron Barrett, who came out with that determined “let’s get this over with and go home” look on both of their faces, and pretty well lived down to their vision. Yet for all that, come on, when it comes to a trio of shorted cooling pumps the Feesh’s own Chris “Popeye Doyle” Hatcher and A. J. “Kourou”* Ramos, who barfed up a four-run lead in the 6th and 7tn innings and made the Gnats’ tenth inning antiheroics possible in the first place.

    The Feesh scored their deciding runs in the tenth on a one-run bases loaded single that Feesh cleanup slugger Casey “Single Dinger” McGehee bounced off the left field wall (yes, and I did watch it, and I am still trying to figure out exactly how a bases loaded drive orf the left field wall produced exactly one run – it happens, but so does metempsychosis, I am told), a two run double Reed Johnson punched over the head of that wildly gesticulating yeti that the Gnats have playing right field, and a single by pinchitter Donovan Solano.

    But for all that, folks, the real fun came when the Gnats loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with nobody out against Mike “Second Coming of Mitch Williams” Dunn, whereupon Dun struck out Rendon, popped Werth up to third, and stiffed Adam “Sasquatch” LaRoach on a groundout. I’m sure Gnats fans haven’t felt so frustrated since junior prom night.

    So the Feesh exert a little more resistance to the strange attractor’s gossamer reality waves and inch to within a half a game of the Bravos, who now seem to be making serious attempts to evacuate their dual black holes and the center of their lineup. Those same Bravos will appear at Macondo Banana Massacre Field tomorrow, sending Julio “the Ayatollah” to the mound. Fun, fun, fun.

    *Kourou, the international satellite launching pad in French Guiana, should not be confused with Kuru, the Indonesian prion-vectored neurological disease spread by eating brains and believed to be closely related to the prion-vectored neurological disease “die Vloek van der Geitbok” spread by osmosis when showering in the Cubs clubhouse sanitary facilities.

    • nbjays - May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Holy crap, Gator… don’t wear out your quotation mark key. Although I admit that I do like your nicknames infinitely more than the vile dreck that Chris Berman usually regurgitates at the All-Star Game and Homer Run Derby.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      You know, OG, you’ve been mentioning this dread viroid Cubs billygoat disease for a couple of years at least and it just hit me this morning when you mentioned “kuru” that, oh!, the Dutch were the colonial power in Indonesia and I finally “got it.” My God you function effortlessly in the world of severe abstractions.

      So speaking of the Dutch let me take this brief free moment before I run off to my shift to ask what is probably a very dumb question: you have read “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet,” right? I remember your talking up “Cloud Atlas” so I just assumed….?

      PS – I can see that the standings still show the Jays in first by three games. I look at that every morning and I feel rather like the Coyote ten feet beyond the edge of the cliff before he has a chance to look down. I am certain that Jays fans everywhere share this anxiety. Am I correct?

    • 22yearsagotoday - May 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I’m an English teacher and I approve of this extremely erudite discussion. Thanks, folks!

  10. dluxxx - May 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I went to the Twins game last night, and Gibson also pitched a gem. Honestly, they were doing very well until they put Burton in. He’s been struggling all year, and again, he’s the goat. Oh well.

    The thing that really bugs me, is the fact that Hicks was on the bench yesterday. I don’t know if he would have done any better than Santana offensively, but he really couldn’t have done much worse (0-2 with a BB). I’m not a fan of putting a career middle-infielder out in CF. And then to add insult to injury, he’s in there for a guy who recently gave up switch-hitting to concentrate on hitting right handed only. Why would you put him on the bench? He actually has a platoon advantage and you’re going to take that away from him? Really? I really question Gardy sometimes.

    • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      According to Rotoworld, Hicks was scratched due to a stiff lower back.

      • dluxxx - May 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Okay, that makes me a little less upset then. He probably tweaked it on that great catch he had on Tuesday night.

    • happytwinsfan - May 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      We can’t get too mad at Burton. I haven’t checked this, but I believe that over 90% of the time that a team scores 0 runs it winds up losing.

      • dluxxx - May 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        You know that 96% of percentages are just made up on the spot, right?

  11. goawaydog - May 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    The Giants have scored 106 runs with two outs. That’s almost half their run total for the season.

    • dan1111 - May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Woah, how much did they score in that game total? It must be some kind of record.

  12. APBA Guy - May 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    That was more like it. The marquee matchup we expected with Scherzer vs. Gray actually materialized with Sanchez vs. Kazmir. Although to be honest, up until the 9th I thought there was no way Detroit was losing the game. Crisp’s double prompted Brad to pull Sanchez, a move I thought was premature, to bring in Nathan who has not been completely trustworthy in 2014. Jaso’s liner off Castellanos’ glove was one of those “game of inches” things. And at that point, I believed.

    Evidently so did Donaldson, as he got so far in front of the Nathan fastball that it was almost pulled foul. Joy abounded on the green-and-gold side of the Bay, mitigated by the sound off so as not to endure the shriekings of color man du jour Shooty Babbitt.

    The Gigantes were already in full-on celebration mode, nearly no-hitting the Cubs (a team effort as Timmy could only manage 5 IP after 30+ pitches in the first). If the Giants keep this up through August, the discussion will turn to serious consideration of “What’s the next number in this series: 2010…2012…???”

  13. sportsdrenched - May 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Went up to Kansas City to see the crap show that has been the Royals. Game started with an E3, and then Springer’s Homer, and it went down hill from there. The Royals not only got swept, but got taken behind a Texas Woodshed and embarrassed.

    Oh well, not all was lost. I’m hungover and sunburned today. That is always the sign that you had a good summer outing.

  14. madhatternalice - May 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I’ll have whatever Kazmir’s having.

  15. stex52 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I got to see the Astros game in person last night. It was mostly a homerun derby, but there were also some sparkling defensive plays. Several were excellent, but one stood out.

    Goldschmidt on second and Prado hit a dying quail blooper to shallow right. Just in the no man’s land where the first baseman doesn’t have a shot and the rightfielder had better have his track shoes on. But young Sir Springer comes sailing in out of nowhere and – with a rolling dive – snags it inches off the turf. Goldschmidt is just crossing home plate – because obviously no one was going to catch that. Easiest double off from right I ever saw..

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