Monday, April 23, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see that what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being decided on a blown call. Sadly, no such thing exists, despite all of the efforts of our men and women of science and, alas, the Rangers win on a blown call.
Diamondbacks 6, Braves 4: Randall Delgado issued a bases loaded walk and then a grand slam to Gerardo Parra in the second inning and that would be all Arizona needed. The Dbacks snap their five-game skid and salvage one in what had been a ghastly series against the Braves.
Padres 6, Phillies 1: Nick Hundley tripled, homered and drove in four. I don't have time to go run the numbers right now, but I assume that that alone is more offense than the Phillies have mustered since the season began.
White Sox 7, Mariners 4: Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first, so no perfect game in this one. Umpire Tim Mcclelland had to be restrained from saying Ichiro struck out on the single, though. And then no one showed the replay and no one talked about it. Huh.
Reds 4, Cubs 3: From the AP game story:
Aroldis Chapman came on to strike out Ian Stewart looking with a fastball that registered 99 miles per hour on the stadium scoreboard, preserving the lead.
I've only been there once and it was like 12 years ago, but I was kinda surprised that Wrigley had gun readings on a scoreboard somewhere. These sorts of things elude me.
Athletics 5, Indians 1: Justin Masterson, the Indians Opening Day starter, continues to struggle, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings. Seth Smith and Cliff Pennington each drove in a couple.
Rockies 4, Brewers 1: Ryan Braun got his MVP plaque awarded to him before the game. That and 50 cents gets you a pack of Certs,apparently, because a Michael Cuddyer RBI double in the eighth and a Carlos Gonzalez RBI single in the ninth put the Rockies over the top.
Orioles 3, Angels 2: Nick Markakis supplied all of the Orioles' offense, in the eighth and the tenth innings. The O's are at 9-6 tied with the Rays a half game back of New York and Toronto. Yeah, it's too early for that kind of standings watching, but it's kinda fun to say it, ain't it?
Astros 12, Dodgers 0: L.A got whupped. Jordan Schafer hit a grand slam. Wandy Rodriguez threw seven three-hit shutout innings.
Blue Jays 5, Royals 3: Rickey Romero was solid (8 IP, 5 H 2 ER), Brett Lawrie stole home on a delayed double steal and Kansas City has lost ten in a row. Yikes.
Rays 6, Twins 2: First sentence of the AP recap:
The Minnesota Twins are becoming concerned withFrancisco Liriano's struggles.
This is not a repeat from any year since 2006.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 1: How is Kyle Lohse doing this year? Well, he gave up one run over seven innings and his ERA actually went up. From 0.89 to 0.99.
I will now sell five copies of The Three E.P.'s by The Beta Band:
Yankees vs. Red Sox: POSTPONED: I asked him time again ...
Marlins vs. Nationals: POSTPONED: Take me in and dry the rain ...
Giants vs. Mets: POSTPONED: Take me in and dry the rain, take me in and dry the rain, take me in and dry the rain, the rain the rain the rain now.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com