Friday, April 20, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you'd think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But to be fair, Hughes did kind of stink and he actually needed all three of those Granderson bombs. Just keeping the slot warm for Andy Pettitte I guess.
Dodgers 4, Brewers 3: Matt Kemp hit another homer. Ho-hum. Meanwhile, jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, look at the play Jerry Hairston made.
Reds 6, Cardinals 3: Adam Wainwright still doesn't have his mojo back. The Reds beat him up for four runs on seven hits in five innings. Which is saying something, because the Reds couldn't hit water if they fell out of a damn boat before yesterday.
Orioles 5, White Sox 3: Jason Hammel struck out ten and Jim Johnson got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth. Orioles are still in first place, people. I think that's in Revelations. That child running on the field is in there someplace too, I'm sure of it ("and then cometh the young, who shall leadeth the ..." and something or other).
Marlins 5, Cubs 3: And the Feesh sweep the Cubs. The Marlins are now 3-0 when being managed by a repentant Fidel Castro sympathizer.
Astros 11, Nationals 4: Houston raps out 17 hits. Every starter including the pitcher hit, and the team hit three triples in the first inning, sorta killing all of that "K Street" love I taped for today's HBT Extra. When that part of the video airs later just pretend that this game didn't happen, OK?
Rangers 10, Tigers 3: Yu Darvish had his best outing so far, giving up one run on two hits in six and a third. Of course, because he walked five and struck out five, his pitch count was pretty nutsy by the time he was yanked. Michael Young continues his hot hitting. Nelson Cruz continues his Tiger-destroying.
Rays 9, Blues Jays 4: Evan Longoria: 3 for 4 with a homer a double and four RBI. Another error too -- five on the year for the guy who says "I will make my glove golden" in those MLB promos -- but we'll let that slide for today.
Indians 2, Mariners 1: The Tribe gets both of its runs on a ninth inning RBI single from Jack Hannahan. They rally -- and lack of Seattle run support -- squandered a fabulous Felix Hernandez performance: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 12K. As usual, King Felix just doesn't know how to win.
Phillies 2, Padres 0: Another great west coast pitching performance, this once from Vance Worley (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 11K). Phillies scored their runs on a sac fly and a passed ball, however, so the offensive worries are still there.
Athletics 4, Angels 2: The Angels continue to struggle, dropping their third in a row to Oakland. The A's only mustered three hits total and only two off C.J. Wilson but still scored four runs, partially due to a Wilson throwing error.
Braves 10, Diamondbacks 2: Freddie Freeman went 3 for 5, hit two homers and drove in five. Mike Minor struck out nine and allowed only one earned run. His stuff was pretty filthy last night too. I was so impressed with it that while watching the game I tweeted about it. I accidentally called his curve his "braking ball." I think I actually like that better, so I'm sticking with it. Minor throws a braking ball. It was taught to him by the braking ball guru. In other news, I also got this screencap from the game, that I will show you without comment. Well, one comment: "fisted."
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com