Friday, April 19, 2013
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Orioles 10, Rays 6: Time to re-bookmark Matt Wieters Facts. The Chosen One's grand slam in the 10th gives the O's their 17th straight extra innings win.
Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2: Frankie Cervelli hit a homer to tie it in the ninth. He also had two -- not one, but two -- catcher's interference calls. Don't see that every day. Oh, and the AP game story spends a lot of time talking about how a guy named Zack Hample caught two homers in the game. It's the same Zack Hample who has written a book and filmed videos about snagging baseballs at ballparks. He's a professional ball hound or whatever. Which makes this passage funny:
Even though he lives in Manhattan, Hample was wearing a Diamondbacks cap because he's been a fan of Bell's since 2004.
"Zack's crazy. I know Zack from when I was a rookie with the Mets," Bell said. "He probably was a Padres fan when I was a Padre, a Marlins fan when I was a Marlin."
If you've seen his videos and things you actually know that he wears the cap of whatever team he happens to be visiting because he believes players on the field and in bullpens are more likely to give him a ball if he's a local fan. But whatever.
Mariners 2, Tigers 0: Of course a Mariners offense that is struggling to score runs gets two off Justin Verlander, who otherwise struck out 12. Meanwhile, Hisashi Iwakuma and two Mariners relievers handcuffed the Tigers on getaway day.
Brewers 7, Giants 2: Yovani Gallardo hit a homer and gave up only one run over six innings. I'm guessing some Brewers blog somewhere will call this "redemption" or something. If they do, I highly suggest you not read that Brewers blog anymore.
Cubs 6, Rangers 2: Everyone I know who lives in Chicago said it was biblical-level rain there yesterday so I have no idea how they got this one in. Anthony Rizzo hit one 475 feet. Alfonso Soriano notched his first homer and RBI of the year.
Red Sox 6, Indians 3: Six in a row for Boston. More great pitching too: John Lester gave up two runs on four hits in seven.
Rockies 11, Mets 3: The Mets finally get the hell out of Colorado, and not a moment too soon. It was 28 degrees in Denver yesterday. Snow outs in Minnesota then a couple snow outs in Denver along with cold games. I don't think anyone has ever been as happy to see Queens as the Mets likely were when they got home last night.
Cardinals 4, Phillies 3: Carlos Beltran with the go-ahead homer in the eighth. Yadier Molina was 3 for 4 with two RBI. Adam Wainwright has now pitched 29 innings without walking a batter. Cole Hamels, meanwhile, hasn't won a game yet this year. I guess you want him to emulate Cliff Lee in some ways, but maybe not in this way.
Blue Jays 3, White Sox 1: R.A. Dickey had to leave early with neck and back tightness but he pitched well while he was in and got the win anyway. Dickey is around my age and I get neck and back tightness for no reason sometimes. I wonder if he makes big, exaggerated noises when he stands up and sits down and if he gets unexplained ear hair and stuff like I do too.
Braves 6, Pirates 4: Evan Gattis had a two-run pinch hit homer in the eighth. Both Uptons and Chris Johnson homered too. If the Braves were in New York columnists would be wringing their hands and wondering if the Braves hit too many homers as if that were actually a thing someone should ever worry about. For my part, I get blacked out of Pirates games here in Ohio so I couldn't watch it. Thankfully, though, there's a useful Twitter feed to follow in such situations.
Reds 11, Marlins 1: Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping Tony Cingrani win his first big league start. Here's hoping he keeps up the momentum for next time so he can get his first win over a big league opponent.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com