And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Orioles 5, Royals 3: Adam Jones with the walkoff two-run homer as Baltimore smacks Joakim Soria around. At least one doctor voiced concern about Soria after the game. Now, the doctor is a dermatoligst, not an orthopedist, and he was hundreds of miles away at the time and has never once examined Soria, but since it’s Rany Jazayerli, I kind of agree with him here. Kansas City has lost eight of ten.

White Sox 8  Rangers 6:  This was the scene in the fourth inning when they stopped play and started evacuating fans through the dugouts and through tunnels into the bowels of the stadium due to tornado warnings all over the Metroplex. To quote Ozzie Guillen’s Twitter feed yesterday, “This blepen tornado killing us my god.”  And then when that all died down — following a three hour delay — Carlos Quenten killed the Rangers with three home runs.  He is the fifth guy in less than two weeks to hit three homers in a game. Makes you wonder if it’s weather, as opposed to a new deadball era, that has depressed offense so far this year.

Athletics 6, Angels 1: David DeJesus hit two homers and the Angels could do bubkis against Guillermo Moscoso for six innings. Brian Fuentes was not asked to pitch. I assume that, because of this, he was comfortable and that his pyloric valve remained open due to the lack of a disruption to proper geometry and theology or whatever the hell it was he’s angry about the other night.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4: I follow a lot of New York Yankees fans on Twitter. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened that way. Some are men, some women, some my age, some barely out of college, some writers, some not. The common denominator: despite all of the success the Yankees have had over the years, despite all of the expectations and despite having every single reason in the world to be complacent, stereotypical New York fans, they all go into hilariously gleeful nerdgasmy fits when the Yankees do something like come from behind late. If it wasn’t over something as boringly corporate as the Yankees I’d say it was cute. But even if it isn’t quite cute, per se, it does sort of give me hope for the human race somehow.

Braves 2, Pirates 0: Jair Jurrjens shut the Pirates out over seven, upping his record to 6-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.56. Still kills me that all he cost the Bravos was the corpse of Edgar Renteria. Pfun Pfact: Dan Uggla, who was given the night off, was used as a defensive replacement in this game and actually represented a defensive upgrade. Neat!

Cubs 11, Mets 1: After this one, you have to wonder if Fred Wilpon isn’t going to find a reporter this morning and say “see, I had a point!”

Reds 6, Phillies 3: In my video chat with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury yesterday we talked about the Phillies’ offensive outburst on Monday and about how Ryan Madson had really come into his own lately and grabbed that closer’s job for himself. So of course they come out on Tuesday and score only three runs and Madson gets lit up like a pinball machine. Prescience: we haz it.

Tigers 7, Rays 6: A real see-saw battle. And the fat kid jumped off when his little brother was up high, making him slam to the ground and start crying. Wait … lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, Alex Avila hit two homers, the second of which put the Tigers up to stay. Al Alburquerque got his first major league win. I know he’s from the Dominican Republic, but every time I hear his name I think of Nathan Arizona.

Rockies 12, Diamondbacks 4; Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2: Losing Jorge De La Rosa for the year stinks, but at least the team won his final game, right? Eh, OK, maybe not much of a consolation. But Carlos Gonzalez did hit two dingers and drove in four.  In the nightcap it was all Dbacks, as Joe Saunders allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Red Sox 4, Indians 2: Cleveland didn’t have any miracles on this night, nor did they have any answers for Josh Beckett (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). A two run homer by Jason Varitek helps Boston up its record to 15-7 in May, which is the best in the league.

Twins 4, Mariners 2: A complete game for Nick Blackburn.  What ended up being the winning run scored on a balk. All kinds of excitement here.

Dodgers 5, Astros 4: A Jerry Sands grand slam and a Jay Gibbons solo shot stand up and this time the Dodgers bullpen closes things out. Making his debut and striking out two out of the pen for Los Angels: Rubby De La Rosa, who I had the pleasure of seeing in Arizona during spring training. This kid has fanTAStic stuff, so keep your eyes on him.

Marlins 5, Giants 1: Ricky Nolasco shut out the Giants into the ninth inning but ran out of gas before handing it over to the bullpen. No worries, though, as Gaby Sanchez drove in three and Mike Stanton hit his 11th homer.

Cardinals 3, Padres 2: The Padres continue to be miserable on offense and miserable at home, getting two-hit in this one. Indeed, after a fourth inning hit by Chase Headley they were 0 for 19.

Brewers 7, Nationals 6: Milwaukee rallies from a 6-3 deficit in the seventh inning to take their 12th in the past 15 games. Jonathan Lucroy hit a homer and drove in the tying and winning runs on an eighth inning single.

Dan Straily suspended five games, Don Mattingly one for throwing at Buster Posey

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins pitcher Dan Straily has been suspended five games and Don Mattingly one game for throwing intentionally at Giants catcher Buster Posey on Tuesday in San Francisco. Straily plans to appeal his suspension, so he will be allowed to take his normal turn through the rotation until that matter is settled.

Everything started on Monday, when the Marlins rallied in the ninth inning against closer Hunter Strickland. That included a game-tying single from Lewis Brinson, who pumped his fist and yelled in celebration. Strickland took exception, jawing at Brinson who was on third base when the right-hander was taken out of the game. Strickland went into the clubhouse and punched a door, breaking his hand.

The next day, Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez hit Brinson with a fastball, which prompted warnings for both teams. Mattingly came out to argue with the umpires about the fairness of issuing warnings right then and there. On his way back to the dugout, Mattingly apparently said, “You’re next” to Posey, who was standing around home plate. The next inning, Straily hit Posey on the arm with a fastball, which led to immediate ejections for both him and Mattingly.

Neither Rodriguez nor Giants manager Bruce Bochy were reprimanded, which is ludicrous because it was plainly obvious Rodriguez was throwing at Brinson. But neither team had been issued warnings. Essentially, Major League Baseball is giving free reign for teams to get their revenge pitches in. Furthermore, Straily’s five-game suspension is hardly a deterrent for throwing at a hitter. The Marlins could simply give Straily an extra day of rest and it’s like he was never suspended at all.

Beanball wars are bad for baseball. It puts players at risk for obvious reasons. When players have to miss time due to avoidable injury, self-inflicted (in the case of Strickland) or not (if, for example, Posey had a hand or wrist broken from Straily’s pitch), the game suffers because it becomes an inferior product. That’s, of course, second behind the simple fact that throwing at a player is a tremendously childish way to handle a disagreement. When aimed intentionally at another human being, a baseball is a weapon. That’s especially true when it’s in the hands of someone who has been trained to throw anywhere from 90 to 100 MPH.

Commisioner Rob Manfred has spent a lot of time trying to make the game of baseball more appealing, such adding pitch clocks and limiting mound visits. He should spend some time addressing the throwing-at-batters problem.