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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 11, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

Jon Niese.jpgMets 3, Padres 0: Jon Niese gave up a double to lead off the third. Otherwise: perfect.  Niese said after the game that he didn’t even realize it.  In related news, somewhere Oliver Perez told someone that his knee was feeling better, after which he was beaten with a pillowcase full of soda pop cans to ensure that there is no hope of his return.  Oh, there was a first game of the doubleheader too: Padres 4, Mets 2: Mat Latos outdueled Johan Santana to snap the Mets’ home win streak at nine. Twenty-two Mets went down in order to end the game after Henry Blanco’s home run in the second inning.

Marlins 2, Phillies 0:  Josh Johnson has been incredible lately. Last night he shut out the Phillies on three hits over eight.  He has gone six straight starts giving up either zero or one earned run.  Tough luck loss for Roy Halladay, who was almost as good (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 8K).  After the game Charlie Manuel was asked if he thought it was possible that the Phillies would be shut out seven times this early in the season. His response: “In this game there’s a whole lot of crap possible.”  God, I love Charlie.

Brewers 5, Cubs 4: Wow, that last play was something. Craig Counsell laid down a bunt with Carlos Gomez at first. Gomez goes with the pitch and doesn’t stop at second base, mostly because there is no one covering third. The Cubs try to get Counsell, and fail to. By then the catcher had made it down to third base for a play on Gomez. The throw to third is off the mark and Gomez comes in to score.

Orioles 4, Yankees 3: Jake Arrieta made his major league debut and gave up three runs on four hits over six, collecting his first win. Amazingly, when you adjust that pitching line for the strength of the Pirates’ lineup instead of the Yankees, it translates to 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 14K.

Indians 8, Red Sox 7: Wild, baby; wild.  The Sox jump out to a 5-0 lead, the Tribe battles back to go ahead 6-5 in the sixth, Adrian Beltre hits a two-run homer in the ninth to put Boston back on top 7-6, and then Cleveland rallies in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Awful loss for the Sox. Their only saving grace is that the whole city was likely watching the Celtics  beat the Lakers.

Braves 11, Diamondbacks 7: On the one hand I feel bad that Tommy Hanson didn’t get the win despite striking out ten guys in 5.1 innings and having left with a 7-2 lead. On the other hand, if he would figure out how to go 5.1 innings without throwing 121 pitches, maybe his record would be less dependent on the ups and downs of his bullpen. Dontrelle Willis only gave up two earned runs, but it was by dumb blind luck that he wasn’t beaten out of the building. He was pretty terrible, with poor control. The only reason he escaped with as little damage as he did was because the Braves stranded runners to beat the band in this series. 47 runners, to be precise. How they did that and split the four games is a testament to how bad the Dbacks’ pen is.

Rangers 12, Mariners 3: Not sure what the question is, but Ryan Rowland-Smith sure as hell ain’t the answer (5.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 4 ER). The Rangers put up 33 runs on the M’s in the series.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 2: Joe Maddon on why he kept Carl Crawford out of the game: “There’s nothing wrong. We just want to get him off his
feet, especially on the turf. He’s always had trouble with
this particular field.” Strange comment given that this was a home game. He plays half his games on that particular field, doesn’t he?

Nationals 4, Pirates 2: There’s no shame in getting dominated by Stephen Strasburg, but getting swept by the Nats is not exactly the Pirates’ finest hour.  Three straight games with a homer for Adam Dunn.

Reds 7, Giants 6: The Giants jumped out to a four-run lead, but the Reds clawed back, capping it with a eighth-inning rally featuring a two-run triple by Brandon Phillips and a Joey Votto single which plated Phillips for what would be the winning run. Dusty Baker after the game: “I don’t know if you expect it, but I know everybody believes, from the
players to the administrative assistants to the grounds crew.”  I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a major league manager give a shoutout to Helen in accounting.

Astros 5, Rockies 4: Roy Oswalt gets back on track after a couple of bumpy starts (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9K). Puts him squarely back in the “Strasburg trade bait” category, I’m assuming.

Athletics 6, Angels 1: Trevor Cahill allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth in a row. The A’s did something really rare, too: beat up on Ervin Santana a little bit, who has absolutely owned them.

White Sox 3, Tigers 0: Omar Vizquel hit his annual home run (and bunted in a run on the old suicide squeeze). John Danks gave up a single hit in seven innings.

Royals 9, Twins 8: Hey look! Some of Dayton Moore’s former Braves projects are paying off. Bruce Chen gets the win and is now 3-0 (he’s the mini-Silva) and Wilson Betemit hit two home runs. Not that it was easy. The Royals frittered away much of their 8-1 lead and had to hold on for dear life in the ninth. Let’s let Ron Gardenhire assess the Twins’ performance: “Probably as sloppy as we’ve played in a long time. I don’t remember the last time we had a defensive
ballgame as bad as that one. Baserunning, pretty bad, too.”

  1. Grant - Jun 11, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Arrieta with his first win, Hernandez with his first save. Orioles fans might be forgiven for seeing a glimmer of future hope in that. It’s been a lousy year, to say the least.

    Also, I had the “pleasure” of watching that game on YES. Michael Kay makes me want to run into a wall head first. Thank God for Ken Singleton.

  2. Jonny5 - Jun 11, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    If you love baseball, and love pitching, Last nights Phills/Marlins game is one to watch. My Wife: “Is the Game over already?” Yup. “How?” Two extremely good pitchers got quick outs. “Ohhh.”

  3. GrandSlamSingle - Jun 11, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Craig, who has the better quotes: Charlie or Ozzie?

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 11, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    I like Charlie’s quotes better. Ozzie is outrageous, but I could listen to Manuel all day long.

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

    A-Rod was pulled from the Yankee game early yesterday. I saw a report on another web site that “A-Rod has a stiff groin” and will see a doctor today. There was no indication if the “stiff groin” will affect his sex life.

  6. Anon - Jun 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Taylor bunts! Craig, I can’t believe you left out the best quote of the night! On the Brewers-Cubs game (from the AP story):
    Gomez raced all the way from first to third on Craig Counsell’s sacrifice, then kept heading home on a wild throw to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings Thursday.
    The unorthodox win wasn’t anything new to Counsell, who said he has seen it happen before.
    “I saw it in the movie ‘Major League,'” Counsell joked.

  7. Alan - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Headline on msnbc says “Mets’ Niese didn’t lose perfect game in 9th.”
    But… he DID lose the perfect game in the 3rd. OK. Don’t understand why the headline makes it sound like he pitched a perfecto.

  8. The Rabbit - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Re: Maddon’s comment regarding Crawford-It looks to me that Maddon doesn’t want to divulge his managerial strategy.
    Other than batting Longoria 3rd, Maddon puts the rest of the roster in a hat and sticks them in the lineup based on the draw.
    Crawford is an exception. He’ll bat 2nd if his name is drawn.
    He might put a couple of names in twice to increase their chances of play.
    It’s working, so who am I to judge?

  9. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    The White Rabbit did the bunny hop all over the Angels yesterday. In the first, Aybar led off with a beautiful bunt that Pennington tossed to San Leandro, allowing Aybar to advance to second. He did not score. In the second, Matsui led off with a double. He did not score. When you have a runner on second with no outs your chances of scoring are 68% (MLB average).
    After that sequence the Angels seemed to think “Well, we’ve got two games in the bag and a plane to catch” and just sort of rolled over. The A’s wore down Santana and nibbled him to death in the middle innings. After the 5th the Angels got one baserunner.
    The AL West now has 3 teams within 2 games of each other at the top. All flawed, all capable of making you believe just a little. Who will make the first move to improve?

  10. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Maybe the A’s shouldjust let Aybar’s peg keep sailing, and then build the stadium wherever it comes to rest. San Leandro is almost San Jose. I mean, it’s got “San” in it.
    JJ is incredible; Feesh fans (Feesh Mask Replicas? Am I the only Captain Beefheart fan out here?) are really going to enjoy him until Scrooge McLoria trades him just before he becomes eligible for arbitration again and looks ready to command looming crooked numbers. As for Halladay, payback’s a bitch, ain’t it?

  11. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    The latest is a concerted attempt by the NFL to get Al Davis of the Raiders into a stadium share arrangement with the 49’ers in Santa Clara. Personally I think that idea is DoA but if Al does bite on that it changes the dynamic in Oakland with respect to the city council and a new stadium. Of course, other issues remain but I think that’s one (of several) reasons that Bud’s old man, I mean, blue ribbon committee hasn’t published anything on the A’s move.
    Capt. Beefheart is going way back. He (they) used to open for Led Zeppelin on tour around ’69/70. I barely remember them myself, though not because I wasn’t old enough. So maybe not too many fans in the HBT crowd.

  12. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    The Captain was really a cult phenomenon more than anything else, but the album cover of Trout Mask Replica made him more popular than his music alone would have. It was brilliant stuff, but it didn’t work as well for extended stoned nookie as, say, the execrable long version of “In-a-gadda-da-vida,” a contemporaneous piece of music so awful that my entire generation will have to stand before the bar of historical consciousness and excuse itself for it when the rapture comes. Anyway, a discriminating host back in the day who was about to serve acid, mescaline, ABT brownies or at the very least some truly formidable weed made sure to have a copy laying around on the table for his guests to flash on, along with Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers and Aoxomoxoa. And boy, did strobes ever eat up that Beefheart cover. ‘Course Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) always thought of himself as an artist more than as a musician and his musical career was actually pretty short whereas he continues his drawing, painting and sculpture work to this day. All that said, the guy was a musical genius, didn’t give a flying fark at a rolling doughnut about styles or fads, and I strongly recommend that you cue up that dusty copy of Safe as Milk and reacquaint yourself with him. He was the Bill Lee of the radical wing of the musical counterculture but for all that, a master bluesman at beefheart.

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