And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
April 23, 2013
Red Sox 9, Athletics 6: Just yesterday Mike Napoli was named player of the week for last week. He's making a bid for a repeat now, hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs here. Overall he has 25 RBI in 19 games.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Chris Tillman had a one hitter into the seventh. Nick Markakis walked it off with an RBI single which was made possible by Aaron Loup hitting a guy and then Munenori Kawasaki throwing the ball away on what should have been out number three.
Cardinals 3, Nationals 2: Practically the whole AP game story for this one was recapping Game Five 5 of last year's NLDS. Which, sure, I suppose provides a nice story and everything, but isn't exactly insightful about today. For today know that Shelby Miller struck out eight in six and two-thirds and that while Drew Storen handled the ninth inning again, he didn't contribute to the loss.
Rays 5, Yankees 1: Matt Moore is now 4-0 after giving up one run on two hits and fanning nine in eight innings. Two homers for Ryan Roberts.
Phillies 3, Pirates 2: Johnathan Pettibone made his major league debut and it was a good one: two runs on six hits and striking out six in five and a third. He also reached on a walk and came around to score.
Mariners 7, Astros 1: It's almost unfair to make Houston face King Felix. Hernandez struck out nine in six shutout innings and, for once, got some run support in the form of homers from Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero. It was Hernandez's 100th career win. If he got seven runs to work with more often he'd have, like, [does calculations on the back of an envelope] 3,394 wins.
Reds 5, Cubs 4: This one went 13 innings and lasted four and a half hours. I'm pretty sure there are committees within the United Nations who are working diligently to eliminate 13-inning Cubs games from the world on a human rights basis, but so far their work has been stymied by Real Politik concerns and obstructionism in the Security Council. The Cubs actually had a 4-2 lead in the 13th. Unfortunately the rules of baseball required them to try to close out the win in the bottom of the inning, where Michael Bowden coughed up three runs on four hits including a Jay Bruce RBI double.
Indians 3, White Sox 2: The White Sox are reeling, losers of 10 of 13. Justin Masterson walked a few too many guys but picked up his fourth win. Two of them have come against the Pale Hose.
Brewers 7, Padres 1: Not exactly thrilled with my pick of the Padres as the surprising team in the NL West this year. Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt hit homers and the Brewers won their eighth in a row. Kyle Lohse pitched well but injured his pinkie finger while batting. Commence your DH/anti-DH arguing ... now.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4: Brandon Belt after the game: "I'm pretty lightheaded and my kidneys hurt right now." Uh oh! [looks at game story]. Oh, OK, it's just because his teammates mobbed him during the walkoff celebration. Now if he'd only hit when he started.
Rangers 7, Angels 6: A.J. Pierzynski with a homer in the ninth which proved to be the winning run. Adrian Beltre hit a drive that fell just short of the wall before that. Safe to say that Ernesto Frieri wasn't fooling anyone.
Braves vs. Rockies: POSTPONED: My eyes are blind but I can see. The snowflakes glisten on the trees. The sun no longer sets me free. I feel the snowflakes freezing me. Let the winter sun shine on. Let me feel the frost of dawn. Fill my dreams of flakes of snow. Soon I'll feel the chilling glow.
Marlins vs. Twins: POSTPONED: There is no end to what we can do together. There is no end. The willow turns his back on inclement weather. We can do it, just me and you.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com