And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
May 08, 2012
Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games. Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we'll let Cholly run the team from here on out.
Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA to 1.98 on the year. Guy can still pitch a little.
Reds 6, Brewers 1: Since when does Bronson Arroyo strike out nine guys in six and two thirds?
Indians 8, White Sox 6; Indians 3, White Sox 2: I'm beginning to think that, perfecto notwithstanding, Phil Humber is not all that good (2.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER). The second game ended in a bunch of rain. Which you play through when you're already making up a rainout in a double header.
Angels 8, Twins 3: Alas, Jered Weaver did not pull a Johnny Vander Meer. But he could've. It's the Twins we're talking about here. He settled for one run on three hits in six innings, bringing his record to 5-0.
Cubs 5, Braves 1: Bryan LaHair, Ian Stewart and Geovany Soto all homered off Braves pitching. Jeff Samardzija allowed only one homer, to Jason Heyward and was otherwise solid. BTW: Samardzija hit Heyward with a pitch in the seventh. If that was intentional retaliation for the Heyward homer, it was bad, bad, bad. Then Eric O'Flaherty hit David Dejesus. If that was intentional it was bad, bad, bad too. There: happy that I don't simply think that Cole Hamels was in the wrong because he plays for the Phillies?
Red Sox 11, Royals 5: The Sox snap a five game losing streak behind two Will Middlebrooks home runs. Which is exactly how everyone imagined slumps would be busted in Boston this year.
Rangers 14, Orioles 3: Way to make me look bad with all of that "the O's are getting great pitching" on the HBT Extra that will air later this morning but which was taped yesterday. Brandon Snyder homered and had six RBI.
Dodgers 9, Giants 1: Ted Lilly allowed one run on four hits and struck out six to run his record to 4-0. L.A. scored five off the Giants pen in the eighth. I'd call the Giants pen a hot mess, but I don't want to insult hot messes.
Mariners 3, Tigers 2: The wheels done fell off in the ninth for Detroit as Octavio Dotel -- filling in for the unavailable Jose Valverde -- blew a 2-0 lead, wasting a great Doug Fister start. Dotel was all over the place, walking the first two hitters he faced, then throwing a wild pitch. Then a passed ball -- which could have been ruled a wild pitch -- scored a run. Then a double scored another. After Dotel was yanked a bunt and then a sac fly ended it.
Padres 3, Rockies 2: Yonder Alonso drove in two and Edinson Volquez got his first win. Let's just give Cincinnati this victory, OK? The Padres can have the Mat Latos win from Sunday.
Cardinals 9, Diamondbacks 6: Lance Lynn wins again after shutting out the D-backs for five. If the season ended now he's the NL Cy Young Award winner, right? God, I hope the season doesn't end now. I like baseball.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com