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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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Dodgers 6, Giants 2: Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each socked two homers. The ball was carrying pretty well in Chavez Ravine last night, apparently, because Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence each homered as well. Both of those came in the sixth, after Zack Greinke appeared to do, well, something to himself while running the bases in the bottom of the fifth. He didn’t look himself when he pitched the sixth — Schulman and Kruk made mention of it too — but no one on the Dodgers came out to see if he was OK. I feel like we may hear more about this today, because he really did appear like he was uncomfortable. As if he had tweaked something.

Twins 10, Indians 7: All Chris Colabello does is drive in runs in bunches. Well, a couple of times a week, anyway. A few days after his six-RBI performance he drove in four here, including a three-run double in the sixth inning which broke a 6-6 tie. I was going to suggest that he has made a Faustian bargain for this newfound success after years toiling in the independent leagues, but that’s not nice. And it’s not even appropriate, as Faust is a German legend and Colabello is Italian. So let’s just say it was a Mefistofelean bargain.

Orioles 3, Tigers 1: And there goes our shot at having a team go 162-0. Thanks, Orioles. Sheesh. Good day for Chris Tillman, though. Apart from a Torii Hunter dinger, there was nothing doing off him over eight and a third.

Pirates 2, Cardinals 1: Tony Sanchez: master of the game-winning RBI. Which isn’t a real stat anymore, but since I get all of my baseball information from the back of 1986 Topps cards, it’s good enough for me. Sanchez broke the tie with an RBI double off Adam Wainwright. This a couple of days after he had the game-winning hit in that 16-inning affair. Three hits all season, but two of them really counted.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3: Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer to put the Dbacks up 5-0, so let’s call his a game-winning RBI too. Let’s also call what he’s been doing — he’s hit homers in four straight games — earning his keep. I watched a couple innings of him play left field on Saturday night and it was such a vividly affecting experience that I could taste colors afterward. He’s only safely viewed while he’s holding a bat.

Yankees 6, Blues Jays 4: CC Sabathia wasn’t fantastic or anything, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings, but he got the win. The Yankees scored three in the first with a single hit thanks to a walk, a stolen base, two groundouts, another walk, a plunked batter and a double. If Drew Hutchison doesn’t give the Yankees all of those base runners to start things off, maybe he’s getting the win here. In other news, Derek Jeter passed Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list.

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Padres 4, Marlins 2Alexi Amarista hit a a go-ahead, three-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning. And yesterday was his birthday too. So, if he played his cards right, he had a Grand Slam to go with that three-run job,

Reds 2, Mets 1: When Aroldis Chapman went down a lot of people suggested that Alfredo Simon may take over the closer’s role. Good for Cincinnati that he didn’t, because he looked pretty good as a starter. Simon allowed one run over seven innings. He even got a hit and scored the Reds’ first run. Not too shabby.

Brewers 4, Red Sox 0: The sweep. On a shutout, no less, as Yovani Gallardo gave up nothin’ for six and two-thirds and the pen took it the rest of the way. The Red Sox just matched their longest losing streak in all of 2013. It’s the first time the Sox have lost their first three home games of the season since 1984. Rough start for the champs.

Nationals 2, Braves 1: Good starts from both Alex Wood and Taylor Jordan, but Ian Desmond‘s homer in the seventh was the difference maker. An even bigger deal when you read about what he went through yesterday morning. You have to figure anyone in that situation would be off his game, but good for Desmond for both doing the right thing in life and in baseball yesterday. Braves take two of three from the Nats, however. Also: B.J. Upton was 0-for-4 but didn’t strike out even once. I feel like we should have a party for him or something.

Rangers 3, Rays 0: Yu Darvish missing the first week of the season: not a big deal. He came back yesterday and all he did was pitch seven shutout innings with six strikeouts. Including his 500th career strikeout. He is the fastest ever to 500 strikeouts, beating Kerry Wood to the milestone by three innings.

Astros 7, Angels 4: Five homers for the Astros — four off Jered Weaver — and a nice outing from Scott Feldman. That’s two nice outings in a row for him, actually. I feel like that three-year, $30 million deal of his will end up being quite a nice bargain for Houston.

White Sox 5, Royals 1: Chris Sale tossed eight shutout innings, outdueling James Shields who had a nice outing himself. Tim Collins has walked four guys and given up four runs in one total inning pitched across two outings so far. May want to start putting him in some lower-leverage situations, Ned.

Cubs 8, Phillies 3: A.J. Burnett was roughed up for eight runs — only four earned — in five and two-thirds. He walked six, too, so eww. Ryan Kalish had RBIs on a double and a triple. The Cubs avoid the sweep.

Athletics 6, Mariners 3: Homers for Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes and an actually-converted save for Jim JohnsonSonny Gray allowed one earned run and six hits in six innings.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    In Mets news, Terry Collins announced Ike Davis has re-won the first base job unless Lucas Duda gets a big hit off the bench in which case he wins.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Tough weekend for the Red Sox. On the upside, Boston still has better beer than Milwaukee.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      Speaking of tough weekends Hutch proved he is better suited for the bullpen but the jays don’t have any other options so I guess you suck it up and deal with it. Anyway sorry I was away I was at a share holder’s meeting in Brazil and im only gonna be home for 2 days and then im off to Hawaii for a 2 week vacation

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        Great. have a wonderful time, soon. And don’t come back.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        Glad you watched the game. I am sure that you noticed that CC’s transition to becoming a soft tossing lefty does not seem to be going well.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:27 AM

        I thought CC looked fine except for the one inning, I think he can build on that start. I saw two bluegay starters get hammered and the Yanks offense isn’t even close to clicking yet. Don’t worry gator I will bring you back something you can use, maybe a blow up doll since you haven’t had tail since 1968

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        Dear Harry. You just posted too much information about your sex life. We did not have to know about your fondness for Blow Up Dolls.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Can’t you just see him sucking furiously on the nipple in his desperate search for affection, and wondering why it doesn’t inflate?

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Damn OG, now not only can I see that, but I can’t un-see it.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        “Find What the Sailor Has Hidden – that the finder cannot unsee once it has been seen”
        ― Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

        See what superb company you keep?

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        The sailor coming out again – the lady fairly leapt at him.
        That’s how it stands today – you decide if he was wise.

      • spudchukar - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        DH, please “share-holders meeting”, is that what euphemism is currently in vogue for your trip to the local favela for your trysts, now that even the 60-year-old streetwalkers of NY won’t let you touch them, even after you offer them triple their going rate.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Are you kidding? Our virtual village idiot gets shot down in his wet dreams.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Reality bites the Feesh. Nate Eovaldi watches an otherwise sterling performance blown when he leaves one up in the zone, and the rest of the Feesh revert to year-old sushi and can’t come back. It’s been a great unlikely start for the team, but sometimes even wet dreams get cut short by a loud noise.

    in other tenuously related news, the Feesh cheerleaders, whatever they’re calling themselves this year, ackcherley seem to be performing well synchronized routines and no longer look like a kicked anthill out there. It’s hard to accept, but perhaps Scrooge McLoria authorized the payment of a decent salary to a decent choreographer this season.Or perhaps there’s a rational explanation for it, too.

    This was not a Casey McGehee story. He took a collar. Adeiny Hechavarria, who was on fire batting eighth, is batting about .175 leading orf. This is looking like the most unsuccessful experiment since cold fusion, which only proves that your gravy mix will get lumpy if you add hot water to it. The El Keed-less crowd on a truly splendid Sunday afternoon just made for beisbol in any non-dystopia plunged to 22,000 (paid) or about a 33% dropoff from the night before.

    Now the Feesh head to Washington to play the Gnats, who are deploying bluetick hounds in hopes of locating the lost Bryce Harper amid word that (a) Jeb Bush is actively mulling a presidential candidacy just so his imbecile brother can paint his official portrait and (b) the typhus bacillus is mulling a new, aspirin-resistant mutation.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      you really need to get out more often, I don’t think I understood anything you even wrote there chief

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        That’s because you’re illiterate.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        You didn’t understand, what a surprise.

      • spudchukar - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Just guessin’, but you know that “out” you are referring to, isn’t some place most of us would not only not enjoy, but avoid like the plague.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      “…Jeb Bush is actively mulling a presidential candidacy just so his imbecile brother can paint his official portrait…”

      This may be the funniest thing I’ve ever read on this site.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        W’s paintings are the visual equivalent of one of his speeches: painfully simple and distracting from his war record.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        I’d say his paintings are more like his war record. Horrible no matter what angle you look from and capable of being improved upon by any half-talented seventh grader.

        Every time he finishes one he probably stands back, smiles, and says “Mission Accomplished.”

      • nbjays - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Is it just me, or do they look suspiciously like paint-by-numbers portraits?

      • spudchukar - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Yes, they do have that paint by numbers appearance, but that cannot be, cause even in a medium sized box of crayons the number would exceed anything Georgie could hold in that capacious noggin’ of his.

    • icanspeel - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      In Eovaldi’s defense, leaving 1 up in the zone to the 5’6″ Amarista would probably have been a well located pitch to most other players.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Which would have been fine if someone had protested to the ump about the kitchen stepladder he was using.

      • ch0psuey - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        How Amarista kept that ball fair I will never know.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Bad start for the Sawks. Subtract Ellsbury, Drew, Middlebrooks & Victorino – now they look a different team.

    Jonathan Herrera and Brock Holt are not much of a replacement team at 3rd. Depth in everyday players is already looking like a problem.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      What is wrong with Buchholz? I was surprised by hi ineffectiveness.

      On a more positive note, really do like the beer in Boston a lot.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Buchholz is working with decreased velocity so far, and his change up has been staying up in the zone. Bad combo with which to face MLB hitters.

        Boston, and Fenway both have an abundance of variety and quality when it comes to beer.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        He is on my fantasy team. If he continues to pitch this way, I will have to find a substitute.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        If you can keep him on reserve, now would be a good time to replace him in your starting lineup. If I was you I’d want to smoke him out, assume this is his new default ability level and wait for him to prove you wrong.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM


    • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      The Beanbags can have Drew back anytime. Yes, they lose a draft pick, but they get it right back again!

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        They really want Bogaerts to play SS. That’s the only thing I can figure.

  5. bgrillz - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    I’ll take 2 out of 3 in Lo$ Angela$. To start the first 7 on the road vs division opponents and finish 5-2 is a good road trip. Go Giants!

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      I’d stick with the simplified LA since the real name seems to give you trouble.

      Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, where the Coca-Cola bottle $hine$ in centerfield, Google buy$ bu$e$ and apartment$ run for $3000 per month.

  6. greej1938l - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    C’mon Craig you see one Feldman start and you think that deals going to turn into a nice one? Figure it out man.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      4/1 – NYY – 6.2 IP, 2H, 2BB, 3K, 0 ER
      4/6 – LAA – 7.0 IP, 3H, 2B, 1 K, 1 ER

      • stex52 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Feldman was signed by Houston in light of the obvious consideration that a decent #3 pitcher would be the ace of that staff. That he looks so good to date is more than a pleasant surprise. I hope it continues for a while.

        But in other news, 30 Million $ for a decent #3 pitcher for three years is pretty cheap in today’s market, anyway.

      • clydeserra - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        4 strikeouts 13.2 innings (13.6666667 why do we say .2?) hmm. success is guaranteed!

      • spudchukar - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        I dunno Clyde, if a pitcher is a power pitcher type and posts those numbers it is likely problematic. But Feldman is more of a pitch to contact guy, and is seldom ever going to rack up a lot of K’s.

      • stex52 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        His WHIP to date this season is 0.66. K’s are great. But if he keeps the walks and hits down he can live with that.

    • APBA Guy - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Feldman has had good moments before. Texas signed him to a 4 year deal based on a pretty good year. He’s a veteran by Houston standards, plus he always takes the ball. There’s value in delivering professional innings, even if he isn’t to be confused with a #1 or #2 starter.

  7. southpaw2k - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Hooray! Dem O’s won’t go 1-161, hon!

    What I loved about Tillman more than anything else yesterday was his ability to keep his pitch count relatively low. He has the stuff to be a legit #1 starter, but all too often he finds himself at 100 pitches by the 6th inning. If he can reach the 8th inning or later at a moderate number of pitches, he’ll be able to anchor the staff for most of the season.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Couldn’t agree more regarding Tillman’s pitch count. I’m sure you watched the game and caught the stat flash up on the screen that the O’s have had more foul balls hit off of them than any team in baseball to date. Not surprising. Like they mentioned, this is not a power pitching staff, which typically leads to more foul balls, and higher pitch counts. But the staff as a whole needs to soak in what Tilly did yesterday- works the corners but keep to the strike zone, and for Jesus H Christ’s sake don’t challenge fastball hitters with fast balls! Watching Tillman get pissed at every missed location (which was only a small handful) was great to see too. The dinger he allowed was a missed spot (which happens), and even a routine ground ball out in the 8th missed his spot and he was furious. But THAT is the Tillman I want to see. If he keeps it up he will finally shake that stigma of the “#2 on any other staff.”

      • southpaw2k - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        You know what’s funny about that stat? I was in Canton watching the game with a few buddies and we got into a small debate over that. I thought it meant the same thing you did, that it referred to Orioles pitchers surrendering the most foul balls. My buddies thought it meant Orioles hitters had hit the most foul balls so far this season. We didn’t hear Gary Thorne’s audio thanks to the general noise in the bar unfortunately, but I thought I was right on my interpretation.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        They did clarify on the broadcast- most foul balls ALLOWED. As in the O’s pitchers have given up the most foul balls. And if you think about it- nearly every starter in this rotation the first time through pushing 100 pitches by the 6th- it makes sense. They just couldn’t get guys out. They would shy away from the strike zone, get behind nearly every batter, and batters were teeing off when they were forced to throw strikes. Hopefully that get’s fixed. And soon.

  8. kiwicricket - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    So basically anything 8ft either side of Jeter this season is going to be ruled a single?

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Shhh you’re gonna upset Harry!

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Yup, that’s how it’s going to work. 8 ft is as far as he can fall down and reach a glove, so that’s his range.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Hahahah 8′! He hasn’t been able to grab anything 8′ to his left in about 10 years.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Orioles won a close one in a pitchers duel in which Chris Tillman out pitched Justin Verlander. After watching games 1 & 2 of that series I did not expect that to happen. At all. Glad to see Tillman can be a reliable anchor on this staff. ND against the BoSox and a win at Detroit. Not too shabby.

    BIG potential problem for the O’s: Party Hardy sat for his second game in the past 3 due to back spasms. This adds to the already short staffed infield with Machado still out, leaving the infield with Flaherty, Schoop, and Lombardozzi (Crush aside at 1B). While I like Schoop and Lombardozzi, I like them both at 2B, not on the left side of the infield. And Flaherty’s bat… I literally have no words. He’s terrible at the dish. I’ve gone on record to say that he will be sent down upon Manny’s return and we’ll see Schoop at 2B with Lombardozzi playing utility. Defensively those 3 starting are not a total liability (Lombardozzi had a stellar play yesterday at 2B) but the bats become the bigger issue. Essentially Machado and Flaherty being replaced with Flaherty and his 1 for 17 start, and Schoop/Lombardozzi who aren’t doing wonders at the plate either. Hopefully this was just a minor thing for Hardy but it’s still slightly concerning.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Okay, finally getting to circle back to say that I enjoyed the game yesterday. I love Ribs (Jones) and I’m always happy when he plays well. I agree with Rod Allen that the only thing really holding your team back is starting pitchers. Tillman is good, and I am optimistic for you once you get Bundy back. You have a great group of guys when they’re all healthy. They’re my second team, so I was glad we didn’t get the sweep. It was nicely done, and I was a little disappointed that Tillman didn’t get a complete game.

  10. happytwinsfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    led by a thirty year old rookie and jason lazerus kuble, the minnesota lumber yard opens at home today. even better the twins hath seen 500 this year, and if they can win today there’s a chance that it could last beyond the final melting of the snow, not counting the remainder of the parking lot snow mountains.

    regarding craig’s suggestion that colabello may have made an undivine bargain, it should be remembered that he was raking it at triple A last year before coming up. his success is only surprising within the context of the late twenties journeyman stereotype, that everyone overlooks to fawn over the barely out of their twenties cover boy. he doesn’t look as good as robert redford so hopefully no one will shoot him.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      And because it’s Craig, he used Colabello to make a very very deeply buried Batman reference. No matter how deeply they are hidden, I see them like a bat-signal shining brightly above Gotham on a dark night.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        batman references
        abound in craigs rambling posts
        unclemosesgreen notes

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Hope springs eternal
        Under weak late-spring sunshine
        Anyone can win

      • nbjays - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Haiku’s are supposed
        To be five-seven-five, but
        That last line has six.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        un-clem-oses-green ?

      • cur'68 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM


      • spudchukar - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t this so-called “offensive outburst” occur against Chicago and Cleveland. Not to mention the .500 Twins are sporting a MLB worst 6.20 ERA at this juncture. My guess is the fleeting Twins success will disappear faster than a marble-sized hailstone, on a mid-July afternoon.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        yes spud, it’s true the twins having been facing scrub pitchers like chris sale and justin masterson.

        i bet you like to tell kids there ain’t no santa claus

    • dluxxx - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      I don’t think Colabello is considered a rookie anymore. He had 160 at bats last year over 55 games. Regardless, I’m super happy for the guy. Just think, only a few months ago the Twins were trying to sell his contract to a South Korean team. Good thing he rejected the deal…

  11. sportsdrenched - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    An OK weekend in Royals land. Took two of three against the Chi Sox…then I read that the Astros hit 4 home runs yesterday. The Royals still have not hit a home run. The Astros have six hitters in their starting line-up that have more home runs than the entire Royals team!

  12. thegreatstoneface - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    critics of W.’s paintings seem to be expecting the man to paint photographic quality portraits of folks for some reason…the man doesn’t see the world the way the rest of us do, for gosh sake. you’d think that was made abundantly clear in his previous position.

    this is not a lack of talent or technique…this is a man bravely, unselfconciously, freely sharing exactly what it is he sees out of his very own eyeballs. who could really ask (or expect) anything more?

  13. gigab0t - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    That’s not an “Editor’s Note”, that’s an “Advertisement”. Way to sneak that in there.

  14. irishdodger - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Of course Greinke is hurt….

  15. spudchukar - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    A 3-3 start for the Red Birds wouldn’t appear to be very discouraging knowing the Cards had to open against the Reds and Pirates in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. But in reality they wasted two great starts from Wainwright and Wacha in the first week of the season.

    The bats are quiet. The hitting approach has been particularly “un-Cardinal-like” and the defense hasn’t been anything to brag about either. Even the offensive successful numbers being posted by Carpenter and Adams deserve caveats cause most of those weren’t particularly noteworthy.

    Granted a number of balls have been struck well, and a couple of good series at home would make the woes of the first week disappear, but better at bats should be in order.

    It has been some time since the Red Birds’ fans and brass have witnessed a modestly impressive outing by Shelby Miller. Yes, it is way to early to draw significant conclusions but his ineffectiveness in the latter portion of 2013, Spring Training and start number one should be the greatest concern at this point in 2014. And the leash will be much shorter for him, with the other options so apparent.

    Here’s to hoping the first six games were more of a hiccup, than developing dyspepsia, otherwise this fan will be seeking an increased dosage in his omeprazole medication.

  16. janessa31888 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Justin was very disappointing yesterday. Maybe he should play for a team that has perfect weather all the time.

  17. gigab0t - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM


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