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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 7, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

Markakis swing.jpgOrioles 4, Red Sox 3: Juan Samuel gets his first win as the O’s manager
and the O’s get their first win in ten games. Nick Markakis breaks an
0-14 slump with the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. According to
the game story, they were doing the shaving cream pie in the face thing
in the clubhouse after the game. Really Baltimore? I’m not saying we
always did it right back in the day, but if my Babe Ruth league coach
caught us celebrating like that after one win in the middle of a crap
stretch we’d be running in the outfield for the next six hours.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Manny Parra strikes out ten Redbirds, including
four in one inning. He didn’t get the win, though, Zach Braddock did.
Note: “Zach Braddock” is not the secret identity of a teenage super
hero, no matter how much it sounds like it is. It’s merely the name of a
pitcher on the Milwaukee Brewers. As far as you know.  Anyway, the
point is, Braddock did not get a pie in the face as a celebration. He
got a beer shower, which is a far better way of celebrating baseball
accomplishments. Especially in a game between teams from Milwaukee and
St. Louis.

3, Diamondbacks 2
: Ubaldo shut the Dbacks down through seven, but
was obviously out of gas to start the eighth giving up a double, a
dinger and a walk before being lifted. His scoreless innings streak
ended at 33 and his ERA shoots way the hell up to 0.93, so like, I guess
he’s some kind of scrub now or something.

Angels 9, Mariners 4: Mike Napoli had four hits including a two-run homer as the Halos sweep the M’s, outscoring them 27-7 in the series. Anaheim’s fifth straight win overall. Ron Roenicke was the acting manager because Mike Scioscia was attending his daughter’s high school graduation. I think that was just a cover story, though. Because as everyone know, Roenicke went 4-0, sweeping these same Seattle Mariners, as a fill-in skipper when Scioscia was suspended for four games back in 2006. So, yeah, Roenicke is a Mariners-killer.

Astros 6, Cubs 3: After dropping five out of six, Chicago now has to fly to Pittsburgh for a makeup game tomorrow and then right on to Milwaukee for a series against the Brewers. There they go, playin’ the star again. There they go, turn the page.

Athletics 5, Twins 4: Oakland avoids the sweep behind Gio Gonzalez’ seven strong innings. Game story: It was Little League day, and “Some 275 Little Leaguers from [Dallas] Braden’s hometown of Stockton attended.”  Given that they’re from the 209, I’m guessing they’re the toughest and most tattooed bunch of 12 year-olds west of the Mississippi.

Giants 6, Pirates 5: Brian Wilson blows the save and gets the win, which is a scoring decision that would be utterly impossible if I ruled baseball. Lincecum still struggled with his control, but not as badly as his last couple of starts, walking only two this time out.

Rays 9, Rangers 5: A game that lasted over four hours and, according to Joe Maddon and the Rays who complained about it, the heat was something fierce. Seems like it’s always hot down there, no matter when you come. It’s the kind of heat that holds you like a mama holds her son. Tight when he tries to walk, even tighter if he runs.

Royals 7, Tigers 2:  Brian Bannister is great in day games and great against the Tigers, so this one was no surprise. Next up: the 1935 Yankees are going to trade for him and see if they can’t steal that pennant from Detroit. Game aside: I totally need this shirt, don’t I?  Yeah, I thought so. See honey! They don’t think $35 is too much for a t-shirt, so you should let me buy it!

Reds 5, Nationals 4: We’ll all remember where we were the first time Stephen Strasburg charted pitches in the Major Leagues. Matt Capps blew his third save in four chances.  Note: ever since Capps met my friend Megan at that charity ball last month, his ERA has gone from 0.98 to 3.62. Watch out, boys, she’ll chew you up.

White Sox 8, Indians 7: The Chisox rally from down 6-2 to salvage one against the Tribe. Mark Buehrle continues to struggle, as he needed 95 pitches just to get out of the third inning. He has struggled since the end of last year, really. The lesson here: Armando Galarraga was very lucky not to have thrown that perfect game. It’s the kiss of death, brother.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: All hail Javy Vazquez. The man who was booed gave up one hit and two runs in seven innings against a team that has knocked the cover off the ball this year. That’s two outstanding starts in a row for Javy. Of course the last one was against Baltimore, so weigh that however you’d like.

Mets 7, Marlins 6: The Mets were down 5-0 in the sixth before asploding. Jeffy Francouer’s three-run bomb in the seventh tied it up and Ike Davis hitting into a double play — but plating a run all the same — drove in the game-winner. The Marlins now get Mike Stanton, by the way, and he hits ten homers a game so this losing with a mere six runs thing is officially now a thing of the past.

6, Phillies 5
: The Padres took the lead in the 10th. The
Phillies tried to rally in the bottom of the inning, with Placido
Polanco reaching on a walk. Chase Utley was up next and he singled to
center, but Tony
Gwynn Jr. nailed Polanco trying to make it to third
. Sweet play, as
the ball was softly hit and Gwynn never got a chance to plant and throw.

5, Braves 4
: The Braves took a 4-1 lead but then squandered both it
and many other opportunities to with the game. In more uplifting news,
the Dodgers made it Jose Lima tribute day, having his son throw out the
first pitch and playing video of Lima singing the National Anthem and
“God Bless America.”

  1. Kevin S. - Jun 7, 2010 at 6:21 AM

    You think Buehrle’s had it rough since the perfecto? Take a gander at David Cone from July 23rd, 1999 through the 2000 season.

  2. Moses Green - Jun 7, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    Having such a concentration of luck in one game steals luck from a man for years to come.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    Unless Stanton can also pitch in middle relief, the Feesh will find ways to lose with eight or ten runs. For all the hoopla – and it may well be deserved – a rookie bat alone isn’t the answer, no matter how potent it is, unless this kid also brings an emotional explosive charge into the clubhouse. If he suddenly threatens to divert attention and on-field esteem from Prince Hanley, his impact could be more powerful than the mere stats he puts up if Ramirez suddenly wakes up because of it. And of course, there’s still the pitching. Stanton wasn’t sent down to AA at the end of spring training for “seasoning,” which he needed about as much as a habanero popper. He was sent down to keep him from attaining Super Two status by the same tightwad, Scrooge McLoria, whose pinchpenny boolpen keeps blowing these crooked number leads.
    reCaptcha: santeria the. Now what did I do with that goat?

  4. Moses Green - Jun 7, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    Imagine where the Feesh would be without Hensley and Nunez – easily worst record in the NL, yes? They definitely have the most bipolar pen in beisbol.

  5. Ross - Jun 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Megan must be some kind of…Man Eater…or something. Looking for the odd references is much more fun than watching my Cubs blow 2 of 3 to Houston.

  6. Joe - Jun 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    How about the scoring decision from Saturday’s Tigers/Royals game? The winning pitcher (Verlander) went seven innings and allowed two runs. The losing pitcher (Hochevar) went seven innings and allowed one run.

  7. J Rose - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Can anyone explain why Tito uses his closer in the 9th inning of a tie game on the road? It’s like saying “well if we don’t win it in the top of the next inning, we’re losing this one”. Not coincidentally Boston is 1-7 in extra inning affairs this year.

  8. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Hensley lost the game yesterday, if I’m not mistaken, slain, as Feesh peetchers so often are, by the leadoff walk. But why Fat Freddi kept his infield back with that runner on third so that he scored on the double play in the bottom of the eighth…I mean, why are you giving up a run when your team hasn’t been able to come from behind in the late innings even once this entire season? Cutting off that run is critical.
    But Nunez has been an unpleasant pleasant surprise this season. Spot him a couple of runs and you win by one run. He must have grown up worshiping Mitch Williams. Exciting, but bad for the beer in your duodenum.

  9. APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    The A’s may have won, but they did it against a Minnesota team missing Morneau and Hudson, and the win was another close one. Last year’s strength, the bullpen, is this year’s liability, as both weekend’s losses and two of yesterday’s four runs attribute directly to the bullpen.
    Today begins a 4 games series with the very hot Angels. Along with not throwing any fastballs to Mike Napoli, we’re hoping that Dallas Braden the other starters can keep the Angels off balance long enough so that the bullpen can go two innings per game, rather than four, which seems to be when the problems occur.
    Also, Craig, if you think the 209 kids are a tough bunch, you haven’t been to Oakland and Richmond lately.
    Finally, on a related AL West note, Bob Seger would be pleased to know that yesterday was the last day game of the year to be played at the Rangers’ place. So no more whining about the heat. Especially for people, and managers, from Florida.

  10. Jay Seaver - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Well, Papelbon hadn’t been used in the previous two blowouts, the game was tied, and the Orioles were sending the two good hitters left in their lineup up that inning (Markakis and Wigginton) – it made perfect sense to me to bring the ace reliever out for that situation.
    Now, a couple innings later, having Okajima intentionally walk the rotting corpse of Miguel Tejada in the hopes of Markakis grounding into a double play? Suspect. But bringing on Papelbon at a crucial point in the game even when it’s not a save situation was a good move.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Feesh fans complain about the rain. And the vast majority of them do it from the air-conditioned comfort of their living rooms, so you never hear a peep about the heat. They also complain about “market adjustments” when opening their beers and about tightwad owners when finished with them.
    Incidentally, our boolpen is worse than yours. So let’s not hear any more complaints about the arson squad from fans in California.

  12. AJ Gallo - Jun 7, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    C’mon, bashing the poor O’s because they may have celebrated a little too much after finally winning a game? Leave them alone. So if they lose 20 consecutive games, what are they supposed to do? Slit their wrists? Players need to release and do some smiling and have some honest laughs wherever and whenever they can find it. I say leave ’em alone.

  13. APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Our complaints are relative, to be sure. In typical NorCal navel-gazing self absorption, we compare our bullpen of this year to our own from last year. Your team has a bullpen? Mildly interesting, but irrelevant, unless we’re playing you at this moment.
    As for the heat, it was Maddon from Tampa complaining originally about the Dallas day-game heat. I guess the Rays not only play in in AC comfort but practice in it too. Of course, people around here were complaining bitterly about the 73 we had yesterday, and the scalding 79 that you missed on Saturday by heading home on Friday.
    Since I actually lived in Tampa for two years a long time ago I can appreciate Maddon’s concerns, but really, his real complaint is that his offense has gone South lately.
    And seriously, the most uncomfortable I’ve been ever was at night in Hialeah in August. That’s humidity. Maddon should complain about that.

  14. jwb - Jun 7, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    “Ike Davis hitting into a double play — but plating a run all the same — drove in the game-winner.”
    Does anyone remember the rules for earning a GWRBI? Could you get one on a play which did not earn you an RBI?

  15. Rays fan - Jun 7, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    First, my disclaimer–I don’t think any player or manager should ever complain about the weather since it affects both teams equally.
    However, folks from Tampa/St Pete are used to 90+ degrees with 70% humidity, but with a gulf breeze and an afternoon rainshower to cool them off again. Dallas, a fine place overall, averages close to the same temperature and relative humidity numbers as Tampa without the breeze, and come July it’ll be topping 100 regularly while Tampa stays in the 90’s. No question, Dallas gets hot.

  16. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    The heat Maddon should have complained about was generated by Jennifer McDonough wearing Evan Longoria out, which accounts nicely for the falloff in offensive production too.
    Incidentally, I left not on Friday but on Saturday night on the 11:55 AA redeye, so I was a primary beneficiary of that road-buckling 79, which dogged us all the way up 1 from Stinson Beach to the shady groves of Olema.
    There are a lot more things to worry about whilst abroad alone in Hialeah than the humidity. Sacrificial bulls smash their ways out of garage doors in their desperation and go galloping down the streets. It’s not Pamplona, exactly, but if you happen to be standing in their way, gazing obliviously at either your local street map wondering how the hell you bungled your way into this shithole, or at your navel, the humidity would be the least of your problems.
    Imagine a Latino version of Serial set in Hialeah.
    There. Made your day, didn’t I?

  17. JBerardi - Jun 7, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    “Can anyone explain why Tito uses his closer in the 9th inning of a tie game on the road? It’s like saying ‘well if we don’t win it in the top of the next inning, we’re losing this one’.”

    “You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.” ~Leo Durocher.

    And you don’t save your closer for a lead you may never have. You use your best reliever in that situation because if the O’s score, it’s game over. If they don’t, your team may score five the next half inning (with Baltimore’s bullpen, this isn’t all that unlikely) and then you can use whoever to finish the game off. There’s no point in saving your best reliever for a situation that MAY arise, when he’s already very valuable to you in the situation you ARE currently facing.

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