Rays 7, Indians 5: As you probably read yesterday, Joe Maddon screwed up the lineup card by listing two third basemen and no DH, thereby causing the pitcher to have to bat because, hey, rules are rules. Even worse: Sonnanstine had to bat third. Even worse, for the Indians anyway: he went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Ban the DH!
Padres 3, Reds 1: OK, it’s probably a good time to stop saying things that imply that Jake Peavy isn’t awesome anymore (CG, 4 H, 1 ER, 8K). It’s also time to stop, for a while anyway, saying that the Reds are serious challengers, because serious challengers don’t get swept by the Padres.
Mariners 3, Red Sox 2: a key error by Nick Green led to the loss. A team as good as the Red Sox don’t have any business not having a solid shortstop. Makes me think that we’re going to see the 2004 Orlando Cabrera deal redux sometime in the next couple of months.
Astros 6, Cubs 5: I’ve also made some Ivan Rodriguez = corpse jokes this season. Looking up and seeing him with a .286/.336/.509 line, however, makes me think I need to can that stuff for a while too. Pudge goes 1-3 with a homer — his 300th — and 2 RBI in the win.
Royals 7, Orioles 4: John Buck had a triple — his third of the year — which has me wondering if the Kauffman/Kougar renovation didn’t do something unexpected. Buck also distinguished himself by trotting off the field and flipping the ball into the stands following the second out of the second inning, so the day was something of a mixed bag for him. Luke Hochevar pitched better than his debut (3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB), but that’s damning with faint praise. Trey Hillman basically said after the game that if he doesn’t shape up for his next outing, he’s out of the rotation. As for the Orioles, when your opponent commits four errors, pulls their starter in the fourth inning, blows a late lead and strands 10 men on base and you still don’t win, man, you’re probably suffering some Karmic justice of some kind, aren’t you?
Brewers 8, Cardinals 2: Prince Fielder is on a tear, with four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last five games. His three-run job in the seventh did the trick today, putting the game basically out of reach. The Cards are sputtering, but got some good news yesterday when it was announced that Chris Carpenter is coming off the DL and will start against the Cubs on Wednesday. Well, at least it sounds like good news. If he gets shelled, it will be something of a downer, now, won’t it?
Rangers 3, Angels 0: The Rangers have won seven straight and are 13-3 in the month of May. Good for them, but I gotta tell ya, seeing them win low scoring games that last less than three and a half hours is a somewhat disorienting experience.
Pirates 11, Rockies 4: Ubaldo Jimenez left after six, no doubt thinking “well, if they can just hold on for me, I’ve got a win.” Er, yeah. Ten runs cross in Pirate 7th, as the Rockies couldn’t retire any of the first 11 batters they faced that inning. Pirates’ reliever Matt Daley started the hit parade, and was mercifully removed from it when an umpire threw a bad out of the way, Daley stepped on it, and he sprained his ankle. He’s probably happier that happened to him than he’s willing to let on, given how ugly it was out there.
Phillies 8, Nationals 6: An ugly series all around, but if you’re a Phillies fan, you’ll take it.
Blue Jays 8, White Sox 2: Its Roy Halladay’s world (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 8K), everyone else is just livin’ in it. I am fully aware of the limitations of the “on-pace” game, but it is fun to note that Halladay is on pace for 275 innings pitched. No one has pitched 275 innings since Dave Stewart did in 1988.
Yankees 3, Twins 2: Alex Rodriguez homers again, but it was Johnny Damon’s walk-off job in the 10th that won this one. The last time New York had three consecutive walk-off wins was August 27-29, 1972, which is back before people used initially-catchy, but since then played terms like “walk-off.”
Dodgers 12, Marlins 5: I think it would be fun to start pushing the meme that the Dodgers seemed lost until they met with Manny Ramirez in their hotel down in Florida, at which point they started kicking butt. Laud Manny as a motivational hero or something. Doing such a thing would be worthy because (a) it would be based on just as much — actually a little more — evidence than your typical “Player X is a leader for Y” reasons story; and (b) because it would drive people absolutely nuts to have to switch to their “Manny is the savior” story lines early, because you know they’re saving all of them up for the playoffs. Kershaw carried a no-hitter late into the game. Oh, and Juan Pierre continues his torrid start (3-5 2 2B, 3 RBI).
Tigers 11, A’s 7: Armando Gallaraga retired only two of the batters he faced and the A’s were spotted to a 6-0 lead. You lose a game like that and, really, I don’t even want to talk to you for a while. Detroit outscored Oakland 34-9 over the three game series.
Giants 2, Mets 0: The Mets pounded the Giants for the first three games of the series but went really quietly last night, with Matt Cain pitching six shutout innings, and Bob Howry, Jeremy Affeldt and Brian Wilson finishing it off.
Diamondbacks at Braves: Postponed: Long as I remember the rain been comin down. Clouds of mystry pourin confusion on the ground. Good men through the ages, tryin to find the sun; And I wonder, still I wonder, wholl stop the rain.