Thursday, April 18, 2013
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Reds 1, Phillies 0: CONTINUED FROM TUESDAY NIGHT: Nine minutes, a quick score and then the whole thing was over. About as good a night as you coulda hoped for when you were 17, but for the Phillies this had to be disappointing.
Reds 11, Phillies 2: Well, maybe not as disappointing as this. The Reds complete their first sweep of Philly in 17 years. John Lannan was pummeled. So too were the rest of the Phillies pitchers. Heck, Mike Leake had three hits, including a triple. The Phillies scored only four runs in the series.
Royals 1, Braves 0: I was tempted to say that Doug Eddings and Wade Davis combined on a shutout, but that's just petty I suppose. There were A LOT of bad ball and strike calls, sure. But watching Dan Uggla swing at everything from the dirt to the bill of his cap in the ninth inning made me think, well, some days it's just not your day. Game's lone RBI goes to Jeff Francouer. Which I presume will lead to some Francouer fans down in Georgia to start up that "we never shoulda gotten rid of him" chatter they're prone to down there. Doesn't matter who's in the Braves' outfield. There's always a group of dead-enders who pine for Jeffy.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 0: A.J. Burnett allowed one hit, taking the no-no into the seventh. He also notched his 2,000th career strikeout. Not a bad night for Shelby Miller either, but tough luck is part of the game, yo.
Nationals 6, Marlins 1: Bryce Harper went 4 for 5 and Ross Detwiler allowed only one run in seven innings. And the Marlins went back to remembering that they are, in fact, the Marlins.
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 0: Jose Quintana tamed the Jays. Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer. Old friend Alex Rios hit one too.
Rays 6, Orioles 2: Tampa Bay snaps its four-game losing streak. Matt Moore got the win. He has three on the season. The entire Rays team has five.
Red Sox 6, Indians 3: Five straight wins for the Bosox. Alfredo Aceves, pressed into service as a starter, took a shutout into the sixth, but then he hit a wall. After three solid starts Justin Masterson hit a wall of his own, surrendering 11 hits.
Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3: Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees tied it up and then Travis Hafner hit a pinch-hit homer in the eighth to cap off a four-run rally. New York has won seven of eight, which is really messing with a lot of predictions of doom out there. Pretty inconsiderate, you guys.
Athletics 7, Astros 5: Six runs in the first was a less than gracious homecoming for Marin County's Bud Norris, but such is life for the Astros. Meanwhile, the A's have played approximately 193 games against Houston so far this year. I think it's time they move up a level.
Padres 7, Dodgers 2: Clayton Kershaw gave up three homers in three innings. Because baseball. Even the best ones get rocked on random Wednesday nights.
Tigers 2, Mariners 1: 14 innings. Batters combined for 40 strikeouts. Prince Fielder led the pack with five. The only runs in the game scored on a couple of fielder's choices and an RBI single. But there was some goodness here in the starting pitching. Indeed, it's a shame neither starter could win this one, with Max Scherzer striking out 12 while allowing only one run in eight innings and Felix Hernandez striking out 12 while allowing only an unearned run in his eight.
Brewers 4, Giants 3: Pinch hitter Blake Lalli -- who has a name that I'd sooner place on some actress in her early '20s who stars in some new show that is decidedly not aimed at my demographic -- hit the first pitch he saw for the game-winning single in the ninth. Runners hit second and third just before that thanks to a Brandon Crawford throwing error.
Angels vs. Twins: POSTPONED: Three, four: Hey mr. rain. Ain't you follow me down. Hey mr. rain. Ain't you follow me down. I've been working baby oh! so hard. Stayin up in the sky. Hey mr. rain. Ain't you follow me down
Rangers vs. Cubs: POSTPONED: See the sky about to rain, broken clouds and rain. Locomotive, pull the train, whistle blowing through my brain. Signals curling on an open plain, rolling down the track again. See the sky about to rain.
Mets vs. Rockies: POSTPONED: Dreamed I was an eskimo. Frozen wind began to blow. Under my boots and around my toes. The frost that bit the ground below. It was a hundred degrees below zero...
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com