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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 30, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

Josh Collmeter AP

Diamondbacks 4, Reds 0: Josh Collmenter with the three-hit shutout. And not just a shutout, but a Maddux, as he needed only 94 pitches to do it, while facing the minimum 27 hitters. The only other Dback who has gone a whole game while facing the minimum was Randy Johnson who did it while pitching a perfect game. Aaron Hill had a homer and an RBI single in support.

Mets 4, Phillies 1: A lot of people have been talking about the Mets’ struggles at Citi Field. They do just fine at Citizens Bank Park, thank you. They won their sixth straight in Philly to open up a five game series here this weekend. Zack Wheeler pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Rangers 5, Twins 4Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times. One of his runs was the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, when he came hope on a sac fly, just barely beating the throw from Danny Santana, who was playing center field despite the fact that he’s a shortstop because, hey, you gotta have 13 pitchers on staff or else the friggin’ world will end.

Angels 7, Mariners 5: Erik Aybar’s three-run homer have the Angels a 5-0 lead in the fourth and they held on from there. The Angels rattled off 15 hits. They’re a game and a half behind Oakland and if the season ended today, well, that would be really damn weird considering it’s May 30 and I suppose we wouldn’t have a baseball playoffs because I’m guessing only national tragedy of some sort would cause the season to end today so forget that whole idea of the Angels being in the playoffs if it did. God, now I’m all depressed, even though I started this thought in order to say something uplifting about the Angels. Some sort of nuclear disaster, I’m guessing. Maybe two teams’ planes colliding. Not sure. Oh my God this is horrible.

Red Sox 4, Braves 3: The Braves had a bullpen and defensive meltdown late, allowing the Sox to rally for their fourth straight win and the series sweep. I, thankfully, did not see this. I was at an Eddie Izzard show downtown. When I turned on my phone after the show, it was full of people asking me stuff like “is Brooks Conrad now the Braves’ defensive coordinator?” and offering sarcastic “BARVES!” texts. Really glad I was at the show instead.

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Giants 6, Cardinals 5: Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs and Pablo Sandoval homered too. The Giants are third in all of baseball in homers. I know I said that a week or two ago, but man, it’s still pretty darn notable.

Tigers 5, Athletics 4: Rick Porcello was shaky but won his eighth game. Joe Nathan was shaky but held on for the save. The A’s and Tigers split their four-game series.

Royals 8, Blue Jays 6: Edwin Encarnacion had two more homers — that’s 15 and 16 for May — but it wasn’t enough to extend the Jays’ winning streak. Every Royals hitter had a hit including Omar Infante‘s two-run single in the 10th. Obviously it was new batting coach Dale Sveum’s work here. Quick, someone go ask Sveum what he did to make the Royals hit.

Pirates 6, Dodgers 3:  Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates put up three in the seventh to back Gerrit Cole. It was just the Pirates third win in 20 games at Dodger Stadium.

Astros 3, Orioles 1: Holy crap, George Springer is on a rampage. He hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh, which was his seventh homer in seven games and ten for the month of May. Brad Peacock allowed one run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.


  1. renaado - May 30, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    There goes the sweep… What a letdown in the the 8th and 9th innings that is.

    Redsox are clearly showin signs of life.

    • rje49 - May 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Strange as it seems, the only team hotter than the Red Sox, with 4 straight wins, is the Astros with 6 straight!

      • bleedgreen - May 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Or the Mets with 6 straight wins.

      • renaado - May 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Astros are hot as chilli pepper, damn…

  2. jimmyt - May 30, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    I had to Google Eddie Izzard to find out who he/she/it was. Makes perfect sense.

    • papalurchdxb - May 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      It’s your loss dude, fantastic comedian, & bloody clever with it. I suggest you watch his shows when you crawl back in your cave.

      • aceshigh11 - May 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        Yep, he’s great. People are so goddamned judgmental.

      • thedoubleentandres - May 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        “I will eat all the leaves so that other giraffes may die HA HA HA…I am an evil herbivore”

        He is great

  3. proudlycanadian - May 30, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Toronto’s winning streak had to end some time. Unfortunately, an error by Reyes with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th prevented the win. Since Reyes has won a lot of games during the streak for the Jays, that is no big deal. The most interesting play of the game also came in that inning. Billy Butler hit the ball to right fielder Jose Bautista, who promptly threw out Butler before he could reach first base.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - May 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Love to see that aggressive defense! 9-3 putouts and 2-3 pickoffs behind the sleeping runner are the best. Joey Bats is blessed with that cannon of his!

    • uyf1950 - May 30, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      My apologies to Jays fans. I must have jinx them when I posted yesterday that I wasn’t sure they would ever lose again the way they were playing. They still looked pretty darn good anyway even in losing to the Royals. Best of luck to you guys except in the 16 remaining games you have with the Yankees.

    • sportsdrenched - May 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      I only got to catch the bottom of the 10th in this one. Sounds like the Royals continued to do Royals things and somehow win despite it all. That’s baseball for you.

    • cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      And, with the end of the streak, I can comment again. They’ve been winning and because of travel I’ve not been commenting: you don’t mess with the streak, of course. Finished going to and fro on the face of the Earth and My Boys were still at it until that unfortunate series f events last evening. Its almost a relief since I have a ton of pent of cheering to do…

      Still, it kind of blows that it was Reyes, a player I covet for Fantasy League Purposes, that boned My Boys out of the victory and was the final out. Poor fella. I hope he rebounds with a monster game today: he’s too nice a guy and great a player to have this hanging over him.

      Still, they could have won but for the bullpen. Janssen has been great but he can’t throw them all. Be nice if someone other than he could come in and hold a lead.

      As mentioned by others, Beaver Defence has been damn good in spite of ok to bleh pitching and the offence has been much better than last season. Watching Jose Bautista gun down Country Breakfast on the single was a treat. E5’s 2 homer night was a treat and I thoroughly enjoyed it as he took the parrot on trips round the bases. Beaver Plate Discipline, powered by Maple Syrup and fresh raw seal blubber, has been en fuego since a specimen of castor canadiensis terrorized the little town of Miramichi, New Brunswick. That beaver may be called back to show Godzilla how its done. No need to breathe fire and duke it out with Mothra, man. Just use them buck teef and gnaw the limbs of those that cannot win ballgames. The Beaver Attacks will continue until moral improves, dammit!

      • nbjays - May 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Welcome back, Cur. Nice to see you are still alive and kicking. The Beaver Boys sure have been fun to watch, of late.

      • cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Yeah, thanks my friend. It is GOOD to be back. They went on that streak and I wasn’t able to comment since I was travelling a lot and then when I was done travelling they were STILL winning. Didn’t want to mess with the streak. However, now that its over let me just say that I hope dirtyharry’s bowels are in a right good twist over the state of the division.

      • nbjays - May 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        I’m sure he’s overjoyed that the Jays’ starting pitchers have the most wins in all of baseball.

      • cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Yep. He’s the sort of troll who probably believes in pitcher wins as a stat, too. The delicious torture of Beaver Wins must have him sulking in his enclosure, poo un-flung.

      • proudlycanadian - May 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Amen to the above sermon!

      • cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        /hat tip

      • Old Gator - May 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Yeah, Cur, but did you change your underwear during the streak?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Welcome back to the commentariat, you mother-hugging blubber lover.

        Grilled beaver steaks for everyone!

  4. chill1184 - May 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Wheeler pitched pretty damm good last night

    • dondada10 - May 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Mejia was dominant.

  5. baldcrabbydaddy38 - May 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Eddie Izzard is an absolute hilarious comedian. I’ve introduced many people to his stand up through the years, and the ONLY people who have had issues enjoying him are the real macho pricks that say things like ‘a straight man shunt never dress like a damn broad…..he’s GOTTA be gay’. No sir he’s not. Now run along and watch your Larry The Cable guy DVD for the 90th time

    • thedoubleentandres - May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Does he still wear the make up etc.? I found a few of his more recent shows where he doesnt and I dont think they’re as good.
      THe DVDs from the early noughties are amazing though, like the one from Alcatraz and Circle.

  6. sdelmonte - May 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Are the Mets finally coming out of their May coma? Showing that for whatever reason, they play well on the road? Or just beating teams even worse than they are? No matter. I will just look to Wheeler’s performance as a good sign.

    Starting to think that maybe the Jays are for real. If nothing else, their arrival adds a lot of spice to an AL East that was showing signs of being close but also mediocre.

  7. dluxxx - May 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Frikin Twins…

  8. happytwinsfan - May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Three one run games in a row, we won one and lost two. Time to move on.

    Three in Yankee stadium. Tonight it’s Nolasco vs Nuno, not bad. Tommorrow, Correia vs Tanaka, hey, anything can happen in one game. Sunday Hughes returns to the place he so badly needed to escape. I hope Teixeira’s wrist needs a rest.

    I want blood.

    • Old Gator - May 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      All well and good, Vlad, but try shaving when you can’t see yourself in the mirror.

  9. gnrfan8804 - May 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Any other Mariner fan tired of seeing Maurer out there? Im sure there are worse pitchers but this guy seems to get shelled every time. Whenever i see him on the mound, i expect an L on the calender

    • jwbiii - May 31, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      And he was optioned today. Zduriencik and McClendon have seen enough, too.

  10. penvik - May 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    No team has the hitting of the Blue Jays. Too bad Reyes was sloppy at the end. Hope this doesn’t derail them, I’ve seen this movie before. Win 10 in a row, lose 10 in a row. I think the Jays pitching will need to start carrying them for a bit in the near future

    • nbjays - May 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Did you miss the part where the first 8 games of their streak were all won by the starting pitchers?

      • nbjays - May 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Their starters have the best combined ERA in the division and the most wins in MLB.

  11. Jason Lukehart - May 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Collmenter’s Maddux is only the second of 2014 (Miami’s Henderson Alvarez threw the first). It’s also only the 6th Maddux ever for the Diamondbacks.

  12. cohnjusack - May 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    It’s high time Matheny stops pretending that Carlos Martinez is a great reliever and keep bringing him into key moments in tight games. He’s only 22 and is bound to get much better, but he just isn’t very good right now

  13. musketmaniac - May 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Big win buccos. A split series in L.A. is a victory

    • Old Gator - May 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      No, it’s a split series. Poland sent its cavalry up against the panzers and won a moral victory. And….?

      • happytwinsfan - May 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        If they had remembered to pull the grenade pins things would have been different.

  14. thomas844 - May 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Congrats to Collmenter on an amazing start. Meanwhile, the Reds are one of the game’s weakest hitting teams and should definitely consider trading Cueto for some big-time hitting prospects if they still have a losing record at the deadline. Cueto’s contract is up after this year and the Reds definitely will not afford him, so I’m sure a contender will be willing to give up some bats for an ace like Cueto, even if he would only be a rental.

  15. APBA Guy - May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Unpleasant game yesterday at the Mausoleum on a gorgeous, gorgeous day here (76, sunny, low humidity, light breeze, perfection). That the ball was carrying was evidenced by Nick Punto hitting one out. Oddly, nobody else did, which says that overall the pitching was pretty good. With two exceptions: Jim Johnson and Joe Nathan. Both relievers surrendered two runs each in ugly outings. It probably would have been worse for the A’s but Miggy appeared to hurt his hand on defense and I’m not sure how good his grip on the bat was for his last 3 AB’s.

    Anyway, a split against the team that seems always in the way of the A’s postseason advance isn’t too bad, especially if the take-away is that their closer is vulnerable. And if you don’t dwell on the fact that the A’s have no closer.

    Meanwhile, the Angels come to Oakland for a 3 game set that has real meaning, as very quietly the Angels have crept to within 1.5 games of the A’s. With Hamilton still injured the A’s have a chance to put some distance between themselves and their big-market rivals. Unfortunately the Angels are playing solid baseball, not making too many errors or suffering from Scioscia-isms to the extent we’ve seen in recent years. Let’s hope the A’s are focused on these three games ahead of their East Coast swing beginning Monday in New York.

    • clydeserra - May 30, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      it was an honest loss. 13 runners left on is.. ouch. 3 time with multiple runners on no outs and no runs. Up and down the line there wer opportunities lost

      Chavez didn’t need to walk don kelly in front of Cabrera in the first.

      Reddick should have caught a pop up that resulted in a run

      Mr. Johnson. Oh Mr. Johnson, where do I start? Almost a .400 BABIP. that has to come down, right? uhg.

  16. goawaydog - May 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    the Giants have hit roughly 20 more HR at this point in the season than they did last year. Morse has 11 and Hicks although batting .188 has 8 bombs while playing a solid 2B in place of Marco Scutero.

  17. playball - May 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    So thankful that Peavy had Ross catching him. Another concern is Peavy’s eyesight, I hope they check that out. Three catchers in the game? That was interesting. Tough break for Lavarnway. First game up and hurts his wrist.
    The Upton brothers contributed to a much needed win. A walk off game due to an error. Take it any way you can.

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