Tuesday, May 10, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Brewers 4, Padres 3: Holy moley, this Yuniesky Betancourt-to-Rickie Weeks double play is the defensive play of the year so far. It's enough to make you contemplate the nature of Yuniesky Bentancourt. How someone can just do that without thinking -- because he had no time to think -- yet is unable to make basic plays a lot of the time. There are just some people like that in the world. Don't-think-just-do people. My brother is like that. You played pickup basketball with a guy like that. Never ask them to do the workaday things but Christ Almighty they will pull stuff like that once in a while that makes your jaw drop. It's those kind of guys who make grinders like the rest of us shake out heads and wonder about the gulf between the conscious and the unconscious world.
Red Sox 2, Twins 1: Jose Iglesias was inserted as a pinch runner for Jed Lowrie, who walked in the bottom of the 11th and he was doubled in by Carl Crawford for the win (assist to Ben Revere for an awful throw from left). I suspect that, between the highly-touted prospect and the highly-touted struggling free agent, there will be a few storylines spawned by this one as the morning progresses. Oh, and you can throw in the fact that Ron Gardenhire got ejected by Joe West for flavor. And if you really like Joe West flavor, here's some more for you.
Phillies 6, Marlins 4: Thanks for the appearance Javier Vazquez, but really, your services, such as they are, will no longer be needed (4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R). And a nice alley-oop play by Mike Stanton on the Rollins homer. Although, yeah, it kind of looked like it was going out anyway.
Pirates 4, Dodgers 1: This double play -- made possible by Jose Tabata picking up a ball on the rebound but playing it off like he caught it -- led to the ejection of Jose Uribe and Don Mattingly. I often agitate for replay, but the big question about replay is what you do about the continuation play, as it were. If the ump in the booth calls down and says no, it was a trap, what base do you give Matt Kemp? He probably makes third base if the play was properly called as a hit, but as it was he's back hanging around first base, waiting for the replay, when the call is finally overturned. My best guess is to allow the ump in the sky to make a judgment call -- Kemp gets second or Kemp gets third -- but that's not ideal. Probably preferable to blown calls like this one, though.
Athletics 7, Rangers 2: One way people like to argue for the MVP award is to say how bad off the team would be without the guy. If that argument holds, Josh Hamilton is the runaway winner, because Texas has sucked eggs since he went down. Five RBIs for Josh Willingham, who apparently made the right decision in appealing his suspension for ump bumping on Saturday.
Tigers 10, Blues Jays 5: Max Scherzer goes to 6-0, which ties him for the MLB lead in wins. Which doesn't mean he's the best pitcher in baseball -- far from it -- but makes it pretty good to be Max Scherzer lately.
Reds 6, Astros 1: Travis Wood pitched shutout baseball into the seventh and hit a three-run homer which -- per union bylaws -- I'm required to describe as "helping his own cause."
White Sox 8, Angels 0: A beatdown. Edwin Jackson with seven scoreless innings, Carlos Quentin went 3 for 4 with 5 RBI.
Rockies 2, Mets 1: It's not often that you walk six guys in six innings while throwing just 55 of 107 pitches for strikes and get away with it, but Jhoulys Chacin did.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com