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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 10, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

Carlos Lee swing.jpgAstros 6, Rockies 2: Wow. Walkoff (why did I think the Astros were at home?) game-winning grand slam by Carlos Lee in the tenth inning. Someone isn’t happy about being called “untradeable” for the past two months.  Dude has been on fire in June.

Indians 11, Red Sox 0: Yesterday I observed that Tuesday night was a pretty epic night for pitchers (turns out it was only mildly epic).  Last night was a pretty big blowout night.  This one led the way, with Tribe unloading on Boof Bonser and Joe Nelson for eight runs in the eighth. Not that they needed all those runs with Justin Masterson shutting down the Boston bats with a two-hit shutout.

Rays 10, Blue Jays 1: I’m suddenly hearing nothing from that dude who keeps showing up in my Power Rankings threads beefing about me not showing any respect to the Blue Jays.  I know he’s out there — he has accurately monitored my torrid east coast bias for weeks now — but I have yet to hear him explain to me how this series with the Rays in which the Jays have so far been outscored 19-1 fits into the Toronto Master Plan.

White Sox 15, Tigers 3: The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last night. Ozzie Guillen was rooting for them, but after the game he was a bit sad too: “It took us three months to score 15 runs and now
nobody is going to know.”
Remember when Rick Porcello was the hot young pitching prospect we were
all talking about? Yeah, well, that seems like a long damn time ago,
kiddo (3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 6.09 ERA on the season).

Rangers 12, Mariners 2:  The blowouts just keep on coming. Remind me next winter when some team is signing and trading all kinds of dudes to not get too excited about all the “noise” they’re making in the offseason, OK?

Cubs 9, Brewers 2: Randy Wolf gives up five homers and, by his own admission, is living a “nightmare” season.  I think that goes for everyone in BrewersLand.

Twins 6, Royals 2: Carl Pavano gives up two over eight innings to shut down Kansas City. The Royals have a secret weapon though: they drafted the great-great nephew of Shoeless Joe Jackson with their last pick yesterday. He’s a catcher. I have no idea if he’s any good, but maybe he’ll teach them how to put the fix in or something.

Reds 6, Giants 3: Buster Posey’s first major league homer was really the only highlight for the Giants. Orlando Cabrera messed around and got three doubles for Cincinnati.

Nationals 7, Pirates 5: After a sellout night for Strasburg, only 18,876 pay to see John Lannan pitch.  I guess I understand that, but Lannan had a pretty memorable debut himself a couple of years ago: he broke Chase Utley’s hand, plunked Ryan Howard and then got tossed.

Yankees 4, Orioles 2: The Yankees lead the season series 10-1. Mercy.

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 1: Ugh. The Dbacks win on an inside the park home run occasioned by Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward slamming into each other in the outfield. McLouth had to leave the game, but he seems OK. The video was scary. Losing a game on that kind of hit is frustrating.

Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3: Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer and Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 as the Dodgers sweep the Cardinals. The Cards could have scored the tying run in the 9th, but Yadier Molina’s long drive ended up bouncing over the wall for a ground-rule double, causing Pujols to have to stop at third.

Angels 7, Athletics 1: Joe Saunders goes the distance, scattering seven hits and allowing a lone run.  Dallas Braden, who surrendered five runs on 11 hits, hasn’t done much to write home about since the perfecto.

Padres vs. Mets: Postponed: I can show you that when it starts to rain, everything’s the same.

Marlins vs. Phillies: Postponed: This is the mystery of the quotient – Upon us all a little rain must
fall . . . It’s just a little rain…

  1. Moses Green - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:43 AM

    Real reason J Hey’s dad wouldn’t let him play football? Liability issues. The safety of other children.
    Please tell me that you buried an Ice Cube reference in there. I always thought Mr. Cube betrayed a lack of playground hoops knowledge in the line possibly in question. No one counts dimes or rebounds on the playground.
    That really got me thinking about the double standards in hip-hop, the poses various artists took, the fact that I know (considerably) more than Mr. Cube about pickup hoops. Rappers embellish tales of their home environment and upbringing just as much as any politician. Tupac – basically Leroy from “Fame” growing up. At least Mr. Cube actually grew up in Compton, he just didn’t spend much time playing hoops since he was short and doughy.

  2. Mark - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    In the first game I thought Toronto’s plan was to let the Rays tire themselves out by running around the bases so many times that they’d be too tired to do it again in games 2 & 3. Apparently the Rays are more athletic than the Jays expected, and so their plan failed.

  3. Alex K - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Ummmmmm, they were in Colorado. Lee’s grand slam was not a walk-off

  4. Drew - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Great Zeppelin referance at the end there.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Splat! That’s the sound of the Feesh landing on their touchases in the NL East basement as the Gnats, who seem determined to invest in their future clamber over the picayune piscids, who don’t. Larry Beinfest must be meditating by now on the limits of his genius when his hands are tied by a cheapskate owner.

  6. -z- - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Joe Jackson reference really tasteless

  7. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Too soon? Dude’s been dead for 59 years.

  8. lar @ wezen-ball - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Shoeless Joe’s great-great-nephew? Is he like Babe Ruth IV (who is “no Babe Ruth III”)? Will he call his shot with a bunt? That’d be awesome.

  9. Paul Martin - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Look Craig! I said that the Rays were better than the Yankees. They are proving it. Furthermore, for some reason the Jays always play poorly in Tampa Bay. One series does not make a season. Boston also lost last night to an inferior team. Your power rankings remain a piece of fiction.

  10. Joe Morgan - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    I said that the Rays were better than the Yankees. They are proving it. Furthermore, for some reason the Jays always play poorly in Tampa Bay. One series does not make a season. Boston also lost last night to an inferior team. Your power rankings remain a piece of fiction.

    I’m envious of how many times you contradicted yourself in that post. Please teach me Obi-won.

  11. Yoda - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Craig’s power rankings on last week’s record are based, they are. On this week’s record next week’s power rankings will be based, they will. But why speaking Ebonics I is?

  12. APBA Guy - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    After getting 18 hits on Tuesday the A’s surrender 16 Wednesday. Saunders was extremely efficient, with a killer changeup. He had .324 Ryan Sweeney hitting it to the shortstop (two GDP’s) all night. The Angels need another bat though, and another reliever to separate themselves. They can’t count on the post-perfecto effect against every team. Braden’s WHIP last night was double his season number, and he left way too many pitches up. When Aybar starts bouncing them off the top of the wall, maybe it’s a hint to spend less time celebrating and more time working on your stuff. But then, Catfish Hunter had the same problem. After his 1968 perfect game he was 5.50 in his next 6 starts.

  13. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    “After getting 18 hits on Tuesday the A’s surrender 16 Wednesday.”
    From each according to their ability. To each according to their needs. Shoes for industry, Tovarich.

  14. Jobu - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Check the Cubs-Brewers score. Should be Cubs 9 Brewers 4- but who’s counting?

  15. Paul Martin - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    “Joe Morgan”? How dare you sully the name of one of the worst broadcasters in baseball?

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