Sunday, April 10, 2011
And That Happened ExpressPosted by Craig Calcaterra
White Sox 4, Rays 2: Holy crap, did Sam Fuld make a spectacular catch, or what?
Yankees 9, Red Sox 4: Two homers for Russell Martin. I'd say more, but apparently this game was force-fed to the nation by FOX, even in places where the other FOX regional games should probably have been going. Such as Macon, Georgia. Really: Braves-Phillies are playing and Macon, Georgia gets the Yankees. That makes sense.
Orioles 5, Rangers 0; Rangers 13, Orioles 1: I did a Q&A over at the Orioles Hangout blog last night. In it I talked glowingly about the O's young rotation, including Zach Britton, who pitched game 1, and Jake Arrieta, who pitched game 2. I guess I was half right.
Brewers 6, Cubs 0: Prince Fielder had three doubles. I'm assuming he also had an oxygen treatment.
Rockies 6, Pirates 4: At 5-2, the Rockies are off to their best start since 1998.
Marlins 7, Astros 5: Hanley out with a bum leg moved Donnie Murphy to short and put Greg Dobbs in at third and he hit a big homer and had three RBI. That's how Wally Pipp lost his job, right? Oh, wait, no, it was nothing like that at all.
Athletics 1, Twins 0: Gio Gonzalez is 2-0 with an 0.69 ERA in his first two starts. BTW: how does a 1-0 game with only 11 total hits between the teams last three hours and five minutes?
Mets 8, Nationals 4: Two home runs for Carlos Beltran.
Phillies 10, Braves 2: In the 26 years I've been watching Braves baseball, I can't remember a player who has abused the Braves more than Carlos Ruiz abuses the Braves. Chooch's pinch hit grand slam put this one out of reach.
Royals 3, Tigers 1: Bruce Chen looked good. If you would have told me a few years ago that he'd still be in the league in 2011 I would have said you were insane.
Dodgers 4, Padres 2,Dodgers 4, Padres 3: L.A. wins the resumption of the game that was suspended on Friday night. And of course it had to go 11 innings. Then Kuroda shut 'em down in the nightcap.
Giants 3, Cardinals 2: Colby Rasmus was a temporary hero via a go-ahead homer in the seventh and then Colby Rasmus, well, he wasn't a goat exactly, because get got close to the ball, but Miguel Tejada's two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth just eluded his glove. La Russa probably needs a scapegoat right now, so maybe it will do.
Indians 2, Mariners 1: Cleveland is 6-2. That is not a misprint. Although don't book my seat on the bandwagon just yet.
Angels 6, Blue Jays 5: Dan Haren gets the win in relief. Really? Yep: 14 inning games that occur on the day you're scheduled to do between-starts throwing will do that for a guy. You don't want to abuse this kind of thing, but I've often thought that a team could go with fewer than 12 freaking pitchers on the roster if they were willing to use an offday starter as an emergency bullpen arm. After all, that last arm in the pen doesn't throw in any given game most of the time. It's more of a security blanket thing for managers. I'd rather have the extra position player.
Reds 6, Diamondbacks 1: Not as close for most of the game as the Reds scored four in the ninth. Otherwise it was a nice matchup between Bronson Arroyo and Daniel Hudson.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com