Monday, May 24, 2010
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Mets 6, Yankees 4: I ain't gonna lie to you: I was watching the "Lost" finale, not Mets-Yankees. Kind of glad I missed this one too, because I just don't think my senses could take something as implausible as the Mets taking 2 of 3 from the Bombers. Better off staying in the realm of the possible: magic tropical islands with polar bears and malevolent smoke monsters and all of that stuff.
Tigers 6, Dodgers 2: I think Jim Leyland misses the NL. In the ninth he pinch hit Dontrelle Willis for Phil Coke, but then when Joe Torre switched pitchers Leyland called back Willis and went with Adam Everett, and then put on the old squeeze play to score Brandon Inge. He then did six double switches, changed out the ballpark's grass for Astroturf and said that if you had any problem with that you can take it up with league president Chub Feeney.
Marlins 13, White Sox 0: Brett Carroll stole second base with a 7-0 lead, so Ozzie Guillen had Randy Williams plunk him. Says Ozzie: "I don't know what happened there. This is baseball, you have to respect. I was up by eight a couple days ago, and that's just the way we learned how to play the game. We had to do something about it, and we did. We just told the guy not to play like that." With all due respect, Ozzie, your team is 18-25 and just had its ass handed to it 13-0. No one is going to listen to you at this moment about "how to play the game."
Cardinals 6, Angels 5: A comeback win for the Cardinals. Albert Pujols continues to slump, but was part of a double steal that put him on second base and allowed him to score the tying run in the eighth inning. "That was Albert reading and making it happen," manager Tony La Russa said. "That quote was Tony La Russa trying to make up with Albert after stupidly angering him by having guys steal in front of him like he did on Saturday night," I said.
Padres 8, Mariners 1: Close until the eighth inning and then the Mariners bullpen blew up. The Mariners scored 15 runs on Friday night, but scored one run a piece yesterday and Saturday, so they're feeling much more like themselves now.
Athletics 3, Giants 0: Of course, the Mariners' offense looks like freakin' murderer's row compared to the Giants, who scored one run in the entire three-game series with the Athletics. Not to take anything away from the A's, but five pitchers combined on this shutout, and the fact that San Francisco couldn't touch a single one of them tells you that it's more about bad hitting than it is good pitching. Jonathan Sanchez received no run support for the fifth time in his nine starts, so he pretty much can punch whoever he wants in the Giants clubhouse right now.
Blue Jays 12, Diamondbacks 4: Just your standard five home run three-game series for Edwin Encarnacion, with three on Friday night and one each the last two games. The Jays avoid the sweep.
Brewers 4, Twins 3: Trevor Hoffman returned and pitched a scoreless, hitless eighth inning. The Twins had tons of chances, but left boatloads of runners on base.
Rays 10, Astros 6: The Astros managed to score five runs in five inningss off AL ERA leader David Price, but the Tampa Bay bats bashed Houston to make up for it. The Rays are now 32-12, one game off the 2001 Mariners' record at this point of the season. I'm not gonna say that the Rays will win 116 games, but I remember that 2001 season very well and this Rays team looks stronger in almost every facet of the game than the M's did.
Rockies 11, Royals 7: Zack Greinke takes a lot of tough-luck losses. This was not one of them (3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R).
Red Sox 8, Phillies 3: Roy Halladay can't blame bad luck for yesterday's game either (5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R). Tim Wakefield, however, pitched eight scoreless. Between that and what Dice-K did to them on Saturday, one could say that the Phillies may need to worry about their offense a bit. Of course, one could also say that there aren't two pitchers in baseball that screw with your timing more than the eminently deliberate Dice-K and the Knuckle Knuckle King, so maybe it was just one of those weekends.
Cubs 5, Rangers 4: The fact that Carlos Silva is 6-0 is far harder to believe than anything that ever happened on Lost.
Nationals 4, Orioles 3: Walkoff job for Josh Willingham. Drew Storen had a hit too, and is batting 1.000 on the season. If used conventionally, he may not have another plate appearance all year, thereby making him a total beast in all the video games next year. That is, if they haven't improved the video games any since that old Lance Hafner simulation where a guy with a 1 for 1 career batting line will get a hit every single time he bats no matter what.
Indians 4, Reds 3: The Indians salvage one and stop their losing skid. Homer Bailey left this one early with tightness in his shoulder. Is someone about to be very, very wrong?
Pirates 3, Braves 2: Cox gives Jason Heyward, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann the day off with expected results.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com