Bartolo Colon

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


Yankees 5, Athletics 0: Bartolo Colon with the four-hit shutout in which, in hindsight, the outcome was determined the moment Mark Teixeira hit his first inning homer.  A full house showed up at the Coliseum for this one. Gonna go out on a limb here and say that most of the fans weren’t there to root for the home team.

Diamondbacks 15, Marlins 4: Arizona stays hot, winning their seventh straight game. Miguel Montero was a total RBI whore, driving in five. Justin Upton went 5 for 5. Kelly Johnson was described in the game story as “falling a single short of the cycle.”  Well, considering that he had two homers, I suppose that “failure” is excusable.

Tigers 6, Twins 5: A weird fan interference call allowed Jhonny Peralta to score the go-ahead run in the eighth. Probably should have been ruled a ground rule double that would have made Peralta stop at third. Or the judgment on the fan interference should have been that Peralta wouldn’t have scored anyway. I find this less interesting from a “there should be replay!” perspective than from a “if we had replay, there will be more calls on which umpires will have to make judgments about where runners would have ended up, so maybe we need to figure out the best way to deal with it now” perspective.

Giants 7, Cardinals 3: An Andres Torres grand slam in the fourth turned a close one into a not-so-close one. It was Kyle McClellan’s worst start this year (4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER).

Reds 7, Brewers 3: What a shocker: Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer. He singled and tripled as well.  The Reds, coming off a disastrous road trip, are apparently happy to be home.

White Sox 7, Red Sox 3: Jon Lester was rocked while attempting to get his eighth win. Two RBI a piece for Alexi Ramirez, Carlos Quention and A.J. Pierzynski.

Mets 7, Pirates 3: The fourth game to end with a final score of 7-3 yesterday! This is important. This means something. [sculpts Devil’s Tower in his mashed potatoes].

Astros 12, Cubs 7: Strong bullpen work and big bombs help the Astros snap their losing streak. Clint Bamres and Hunter Pence smacked back-to-back homers in the fifth. The score alone makes it look like this was a rather unwatchable game. But two of the worst fielding teams in baseball also combined for five errors, making it extra special.

Mariners 4, Orioles 3: Jake Arrieta put the O’s in a 4-1 hole and, despite some great bullpen work by Baltimore, they couldn’t mount a comeback. Doug Fister allowed three runs in seven and a third while striking out nine.

Phillies 5, Nationals 4: Roy Halladay wasn’t at his best — he allowed ten hits, three of which were homers — but he’s lost enough games that he should have won that he was owed a pick-me-up by his teammates. A 92-degree game time temperature, and the Nats broke out the navy blue for Memorial Day. Sweet.

Padres 3, Braves 2: Kyle Phillips’ 10th inning homer — his first ever — wins it for the Friars. The Braves have played in approximately eight gajillion extra-innings games recently. This is mostly because their pitching is good and their offense is awful. This wouldn’t be the case if Dan Uggla hadn’t died. Wait that’s not fair: Uggla is 4-for-47 with one RBI in his past 14 games. An actual corpse would have had one less RBI than Uggla has had in that time.

Angels 10, Royals 8:  Oh, Joakim Soria, I hate to see you breaking down like this. It’s the third time he’s blown a save while giving up multiple runs in his last four outings and his fifth blown save overall this year. Torii Hunter’s ninth inning two-run homer put the Angels up for good.

Blue Jays 11, Indians 1: Jo-Jo Reyes wins! Jo-Jo Reyes wins! The winless streak is over! Now, let us find the next unfortunate person and fixate on his professional setbacks, feigning empathy!

Rangers 11, Rays 5: Twenty hits for the Rangers overall. They had an 8-0 lead before the Rays could muster much of anything. The third straight game with a homer for Mike Napoli.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 1: Andre Ethier and James Loney drove in three runs a piece and Chad Billingsley scattered — scattered? — yes, scattered 11 hits over seven innings. How the Rockies managed 14 total hits and four walks while only scoring one run is beyond me.

Photo of the Day: Colby Rasmus just wants to love on everybody

Colby Rasmus

Colby Rasmus hit a big home run last night to set off the scoring and to set the tone for the Astros.

After the game he spoke to Jeff Passan of Yahoo and voiced some nice perspective and maturity as well, acknowledging that his time and St. Louis and Toronto left him with a reputation that he’d rather not have follow him around forever, saying “I don’t want them to say Colby Rasmus was a piece of crap because he had all of this time and just wanted to be a douche. I just try to love on everybody.”

Fair. By the way, this is what Rasmus looked like either just before or just after telling reporters that he “just tries to love on everybody.”


Ready for some lovin’?

There’s no one to blame in Yankees’ loss

Joe Girardi

You’re going to boo All-Star Brett Gardner for striking out against a Cy Young contender?

You’re going to bash Alex Rodriguez for going hitless in another postseason game, three years after his last one?

Maybe you’d prefer to put it all on Masahiro Tanaka for giving up two solo homers to a lineup full of 20-homer guys?

The truth is that the Yankees were supposed to lose tonight. They were facing an outstanding left-hander with their forever-lefty-heavy lineup, and they simply didn’t have anyone pitching like an ace to set themselves up nicely for a one-game, winner-take-all showdown. The 3-0 result… well, that’s how this was supposed to go down.

It didn’t necessarily mean it would; what fun would it be if the better team always won? And the Astros might not even be a better team than the Yankees. However, the Astros with Dallas Keuchel on the mound were certainly a better team than the Yankees with whoever they picked to throw.

I just don’t see where it’s worth putting any blame tonight. Joe Girardi? He could have started John Ryan Murphy over Brian McCann against the tough lefty, but he wasn’t willing to risk Tanaka losing his comfort zone by using a backup catcher.

The front office could have added more talent, perhaps outbidding the Blue Jays for David Price or the Royals for Johnny Cueto, and set themselves up better for the postseason. However, that would have cost them Luis Severino and/or Greg Bird, both of whom went on to play key roles as the Yankees secured the wild card. Would it really have been worth it? I don’t think so.

Tanaka gave the Yankees what they should have expected. Had Keuchel’s stuff been a little off on short rest, Tanaka’s performance would have kept the Yankees in the game.

Keuchel, though, was on his game from the first pitch. The Astros bullpen might have been a bit more vulnerable, and late at-bats from Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Rodriguez and McCann definitely left something to be desired. Still, on the whole, the lack of offense was quite a team effort.

The Yankees got beat by a better team tonight.  I’m not sure the Astros would have been better in Games 2-7 in a longer series, but they had everything in their favor in this one.