Friday, April 12, 2013
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Had tickets to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game. Daisuke Matsuzaka was scheduled to start. Then it rained and they canceled the game. I have mixed feelings about it all because, on the one hand, baseball. On the other hand I dodged the Matsuzaka bullet. Oh well.
Dodgers 3, Padres 2: FISTICUFFSMANSHIP! Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin who then charged mound and broke Greinke's collarbone (video at the link). It was his non-pitching arm, but still, that's going to have him out for months, I'll bet. Oh, and then it spilled over into the parking lot, so that's fun. Expect suspensions. But expect Greinke to miss way more time than Quentin ever will. Throwing balls at people is dumb. Charging the mound is dumb. This is all dumb. Simply play baseball and this never happens.
Athletics 8, Angels 1: "Tell us a story, grandpa Craig!" "Well, OK, kiddos. Have a seat. Have I ever told you about the time when the Oakland A's went 160-2 and the Angels went 2-160? The damndest year! The best part of it was when the manager of the A's, fella named Melvin, said after one of their games 'They have a heck of a team, but sometimes you catch a team when they're down and we were lucky to do that.' As if he thought they'd ever lose! Hahaha!" "Craig, stop messing with the grandkids like that, come here and eat your oatmeal."
Nationals 7, White Sox 4: The Nats sweep the Sox. Fourth inning: a runner on base, Bryce Harper at the plate. Robin Ventura decides to walk Harper. Up comes Ryan Zimmerman who doubles in two. Whoops.
Giants 7, Cubs 6: Even when you spot the Cubs five runs they can't win. The Giants' four-run fourth was helped by Starlin Castro's throwing error.
Tigers 11, Blue Jays 1: And here I thought the revamped Blue Jays' rotation was gonna make things different this year. Josh Johnson got rocked, Doug Fister was great and Prince Fielder drove in four. All on a day not fit for man or beast.
Orioles 3, Red Sox 2: Chris Davis hit another homer, Adam Jones drove in two and the bullpen held a one-run lead. Welcome to 2012.
Rangers 4, Mariners 3: Felix Hernandez will have to wait a few days for his 100th career victory as the Rangers touched him for ten hits in six and two thirds.
Yankees vs. Indians: POSTPONED: Along in the sun and the rain. Along in the sun and the rain. Long oh long oh long oh long. Along in the sun and the rain. Hey, boys, I've come a long ways. Well, boys, I've come a long ways. Oh boys, I've come a long lonesome ways. Along in the sun and the rain
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com