Wednesday, May 18, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Yankees 6, Rays 2: Wait, I thought the Yankees' season was over and everything was doomed, so how does this happen? Two homers for A-Rod, and a two-for-three night for Jorge Posada, who will probably now stick in the seventh spot in the order for a while because, hey, no drama. But since apocalypses apparently aren't proceeding as planned, I suppose I can make reservations for dinner Saturday night without worrying about anything crazy happening.
Cardinals 2, Phillies 1: Danys Baez loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth of a 1-1 game and was yanked for J.C. Romero who promptly gave up a walkoff RBI single to Lance Berkman. Fact is, though, that Charlie Manuel has nothing to work with in those situations. There's no one there, short of using Halladay out of the pen, who you can really count on to get strikeouts in those kinds of situations. And of course, the fact that the Phillies are in those situations has an awful lot to do with the fact that their offense is in a coma, but that's well-covered territory by now.
Braves 3, Astros 1: Hit it up yesterday. And I can't wait to see if it's Yadier Molina, Buster Posey or Geovany Soto who gets more votes for the All-Star Game than Brian McCann. The Brian McCann whose feats yesterday put him in pretty rare company.
Rockies 5, Giants 3: The AP game story calls the Rockies' three best players the "Big Os -- Ubaldo, CarGo and Tulo." We really doin' that? Anyway, those three all came up big and put the Rockies back on top in the NL West by a half game.
Reds 7, Cubs 5: All of the Reds runs were unearned. And you think Mike Quade was mad after Monday's game? Here was his quote after this one: "If we haven't hit rock bottom, we're pretty damn close."
White Sox 4, Rangers 3: Texas blew a 3-0 lead and then the winning run scored on a wild pitch.
Indians 7, Royals 3: Well, I guess compared to Monday night this was an improvement, but still, the second-to-worst pitching staff in the AL is not doing anything to stop the best offense in the AL. Not that this should be a terrible surprise.
Dodgers 3, Brewers 0: Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the first and the rest of the game was mere detail.
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1: "[Eric] Patterson was called out on appeal by third-base umpire Joe West for leaving the bag early, though replays appeared to show Patterson on the base when Upton caught the ball." Joe West screwed up a call? Now I've seen everything.
Atheltics 14, Angels 0: There was a brief time a couple of years ago in which I kept writing Gio Gonzalez' name when I was referring to Vin Mazzaro and vice-versa. I guess confusing that now would be rather silly. Gonzalez shut out the Angels on one hit over seven and the offense asploded. Four RBI for Mark Ellis.
Twins 2, Mariners 1: Francisco Liriano pitches his second best game of the year (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 9K), out-dueling Felix Hernandez, who had another one of his had-to-be-perfect-but-wasn't losses.
Marlins vs. Mets; Orioles vs. Red Sox; Pirates vs. Nationals, Blue Jays vs. Tigers: POSTPONED: I’m a-goin’ back out ’fore the rain starts a-fallin’. I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest. Where the people are many and their hands are all empty. Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters. Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison. Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden. Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten. Where black is the color, where none is the number. And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it. And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it. Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’. But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’. And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard ... It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com