Thursday, April 26, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game. Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez.
Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his career, which pushes him past Darryl Strawberry for the all-time Mets RBI crown. Strawberry needed around 300 fewer plate appearances to do it. Wright, however, was not coked out of his mind, so this is really an apples-oranges comparison.
Rangers 7, Yankees 3: Phil Hughes is a wreck. He gave up four runs in two and two-thirds, bringing his year to 1-3 with a 7.88 ERA while allowing 26 hits and six walks in 16 innings. That is ... not acceptable. Adrian Beltre seems to be feeling just fine: 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI.
Reds 4, Giants 2: Barry Zito had a shutout going through six, but then Scott Rolen hit a homer, the bullpen came into play again, bad defense went down and the Giants laid another egg in Great American Ballpark, where they have dropped seven straight.
Nationals 7, Padres 2: Washington continues to cruise behind great starting pitching. The Nats, overall, are 14-4. The starters are 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA with 103 strikeouts and only 22 walks.
Mariners 9, Tigers 1: Felix Hernandez was Felix Hernandez (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), but for once he got run support. Imagine. Detroit has lost five of six.
Rockies 2, Pirates 1; Pirates 5, Rockies 1: I wrote up the first game yesterday (short version: tough luck for James McDonald). In the nightcap, the Bucs rode a five-run fifth inning -- complete with Pedro Alvarez's second homer of the day -- to earn the split. I guess the Rockies earned the split too by losing the second game, but we tend not to ever say that for some reason.
Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 2: Cole Hamels drove in two runs with an RBI single. Oh, and he also pitched a little (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7K).
Cardinals 5, Cubs 1: Lance Lynn -- who wasn't even gonna be in the rotation before Chris Carpenter's shoulder went wonky -- now leads all of baseball with four wins following yet another strong outing. David Freese hit a two-run homer and an RBI double. The Cards avoid the sweep.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 0: Jason Hammel, who came over from Colorado in the Jeremy Guthrie deal, said after the game "I am still learning a new league and seeing what everybody else is doing." Mostly they're busy not hitting Jason Hammel. Hammel tossed seven four-hit shutout innings. He's 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA on the season. Matt Lindstrom worked a perfect eight inning and has still yet to give up a run on the year. He too came over in the Guthrie deal.
Astros 7, Brewers 5: His name is Jose Altuve. And he's the man whose big day helped Houston beat the Brewers for the first time in 12 tries.
Rays 3, Angels 2: I am the conductor of the Don't Worry About Albert Pujols Because He's Gonna Be Just Fine Orchestra, but it is probably still worth noting that he's 0 for his last 19. C.J. Wilson struck out 11 in seven innings. But dude, when your offense goes 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, good is not good enough.
Athletics 5, White Sox 4: Someone tweeted at me yesterday and asked why I don't have many funny or insightful things to say in White Sox recaps. Well, when the team in question goes 13 innings in a 2-2 game, takes a two run lead in the 14th and still end up losing, well, that sort of limits my options. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the 14th and Kila Ka'aihue hit the game-winning single a few minutes later. That erased Alexei Ramirez's go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 14th. It also rendered Paul Konerko's 400th career homer a mere footnote.
Red Sox 7, Twins 6: Not news: Clay Buchholz stunk (5.1 IP, 10 H, 1 ER). News: The Sox' bullpen shut the opposition down. And they did it by committee: six relievers combined to throw the last three and two-thirds, allowing no runs. Although the ninth inning did get dicey, as Alfredo Aceves loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a hit batsman before striking out Denard Span to end it.
Braves 4, Dodgers 2: L.A. took a 2-1 lead into the ninth but then the Braves hit five straight singles -- including those of the RBI variety by Dan Uggla, Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward -- to rally Atlanta. Jones, in addition to the go-ahead RBI -- made a couple of solid plays at third base and didn't seem at all like a creaky 40 year-old on a retirement tour. He said:
"I was like a school kid out there. I mean, that's what you play the game for -- moments like that."
Great. Now he's Brett Favre. See you in spring training next year, Chipper.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com