And That Happened: Monday's scores and recaps

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Yankees 5, Indians 2:
In going so deep into the game, Joba Chamberlain finally becomes the
eighth inning pitcher everyone seems to want him to be. If he wants to
keep the critics happy after Mariano finally retires, he is going to
have to go to complete games. And this one makes eighteen straight
games without an error for the Yankees. So who’s gonna be the first guy
to draw everyone’s fire by identifying all of the balls where Jeter
didn’t get close enough to even risk an error, let alone threaten a
competent play? Rob Neyer? Tom Tango? John Dewan? James Click? Mike
Emeigh? Onion?

Pirates 8, Mets 5:
New York’s bullpen flashes back to 2008 and blows a 5-0 lead. Andy
LaRoche continues his good hitting — his line for May was
.330/411/.457 — going 2-4 with a triple and three RBI.

Astros 4, Rockies 1:
Why didn’t anyone inform me that Miguel Tejada was batting .353? Don’t
we have a communications protocol around here? I can’t be expected to
make sound command decisions if my crew is hiding things from me. Look,
I trust you all as officers. You’re all fine men and women. But if I
continue having to find this sort of thing out myself we’re just going
to go a “report everything” regime in which I take all discretion out
of your hands. I hope it doesn’t come to that. Now carry on.

Marlins 7, Brewers 4:
Jorge Julio came in in the sixth inning with a can of kerosene in one
hand and a match in the other, and then Ken Macha sprayed the
conflagration with hairspray when he brought Todd Coffey in.

White Sox 6, A’s 2:
That’s four in a row for Chicago, and 10 of 13 overall. Gavin Floyd
pitched well enough to win (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8K) but his teammates
scored too late to allow him to claim the W. I imagine that it is
exactly that sort of disrespect that is causing all of these pitchers to refuse trades to the White Sox.
I could go into brutal detail regarding how bad the A’s are playing
these days, but commenter APBA Guy does such a better job of it than I
do, that I suppose I should leave it to him.

Reds 5, Cardinals 3:
A win is nice, but losing Edinson Volquez in the second inning due to
numbness in his right hand and/or a reaggravation of his back injury
(unclear from early reports) is not good at all.

Orioles 1, Mariners 0:
Rich Hill shut out the Mariners for 7, giving up only two hits and Jim
Johnson and George Sherrill handled the other two innings to seal the
deal. The Orioles would probably like to play the Mariners all the
time, as they have won nine of eleven against them.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2:
Hiroki Kuroda is back after missing almost two months with an oblique
strain. I hate those. I much prefer my strains to be perpendicular nor
parallel. Anyway, he gave up two runs and three hits in five innings,
but got nothing from his offense by way of support. The L.A. bullpen
threw five wild pitches, which is always fun.

Phillies 5, Padres 3:
Adrian Gonzalez (hey, I can spell it right!) hit his 21st, but it
wasn’t enough as Joe Blanton was in rare, effective form. OK, he’s won
three in a row, and his last start was really impressive, but I’m not
prepared to take him out of the liability column just yet.

Struggling Francisco Rodriguez’s job seems to be secure

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Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez continued to struggle on Thursday, allowing a run in a 2-1 loss to the Mariners. It’s the sixth time in nine appearances that the right-handed veteran has allowed a run, bumping his ERA up to 6.23. He’s blown two saves and has two losses on the year.

Despite that, it doesn’t sound like Rodriguez’s job as the Tigers’ closer is in any jeopardy, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. When asked how much of a leash Rodriguez has, manager Brad Ausmus said, “I’ll let you know.” Ausmus continued, “I think people have short memories. This guy did a pretty good job for us last year. Early on, people were worried because the velocity was down. Well, the velocity is back.”

“But at some point,” Ausmus said, “he does have to pitch the way he pitched last year, because he did an outstanding job for us last year and in a city that has been looking for a closer that was consistent for a long time, he was that.”

Rodriguez, 35, doesn’t have the stuff he once did. And the Tigers do appear to have someone who would be a better option in high-leverage situations. Lefty Justin Wilson has thrown 9 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings so far this season with 15 strikeouts and three walks. But for now, it sounds like Rodriguez will be free to work through his issues.

The Nationals are sad to be leaving Coors Field

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Don’t look now, but the Nationals have the best record in baseball at 16-6. They’re coming off a 10-game road trip in which they went 9-1, including sweeps of the Braves and Mets and a 3-1 series against the Rockies at Coors Field. During that series with the Rockies, the Nationals scored 46 runs, which is nearly as many as the Royals (54) have scored all season long. The Nats scored double-digits in all three wins.

The first game at Coors, an 8-4 loss, saw a three-hit game from Anthony Rendon and a homer from Ryan Zimmerman.

The second game featured Trea Turner hitting for the cycle and driving in seven runs. Daniel Murphy had three hits and five RBI.

The third game saw Turner finish a triple short of the cycle. Bryce Harper had four hits. Zimmerman had three hits including a homer. Murphy homered, too.

The fourth game featured homers from Adam Eaton, Harper, and Murphy. Seven members of the lineup had multiple hits and six had multiple RBI including pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

The series helped the Nationals bring their run differential to +34, the best in the National League. The Yankees are the only team with a better differential at +35.

Indeed, the Nationals are sad to be leaving Coors Field. They return home to open up a three-game set with the ailing Mets on Friday night.