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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 16, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

Today's recaps include a one-act play, starring Buster Olney as your wingman at a college bar.

Yankees 8, Phillies 3:  All I heard all day yesterday was about how totally Roy Halladay owned the Yankees so, like, look out Yankees. Then he gives up six runs on eight hits in six innings. All of which goes to show you why I’ve laughed off every editor who has ever suggested that I do single-game preview pieces. It’s baseball. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Neither does anyone else. And that’s why it’s wonderful.

Rangers 3, Marlins 2: Mike Stanton makes his home debut for Florida. Unlike Strasburg, he does not inspire a sellout. Shocking, I know. He also goes 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, but we knew that would happen soon enough given his strengths and weaknesses. As for the outcome: If I had a nickle for every game I’ve seen end on a pinch-hit RBI triple by the backup catcher, well, I’d probably have about ten cents. Though I couldn’t for the life of me tell you when I got the first five. Oh, and Josh Johnson continues to be totally sick (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7K). Watch out Ubaldo, here comes Josh.

Cardinals 4, Mariners 2: Jeff Suppan returns and gives up a run in four innings. He actually hit for himself in the bottom of the fourth, doubled and came around to score. He didn’t come out to start the fifth inning, however, despite having a lead and having thrown only 73 pitches, most likely because he was gassed, so no W for him.

Twins 9, Rockies 3: Rare: Matt Tolbert hit a home run for the Twins. More rare: Todd Helton hit a home run for the Rockies. Well, maybe not more rare in the aggregate, but I was more surprised to see it in the box score than I was to see Tolbert’s. And not entirely because I give less than a nanosecond’s thought to Tolbert in any given season.

Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 3: Dustin Pedroia had a couple of hits and scored three runs. Not quite a laser show yet, but after a rough May he’s heating up in June. And hey look: close play at first, Jim Joyce calls the runner safe . . . you make the call! OK, forget it, Joyce got the call right.  I promise we media people will stop talking about this thing sometime before October.

Royals 15, Astros 7: Aviles! (4-5, 4 RBI); Bentancourt! (3 RBI). You can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them!  In all seriousness, readers will pile on any positive comment I make about the Royals’ bats for the rest of the year, likely ignoring the fact that they’re a basically respectable offense, all things considered.

White Sox 6, Pirates 4: Ninth loss in a row for the Pirates. Mr. Rosenthal says that John Russell is toast.  Mr. Olney says that’s not true. I don’t know who’s right and who’s wrong on that, but given how quick Buster is to jump in and harsh everyone’s buzz each time a fun rumor comes out these days I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that he was never asked to be anyone’s wingman back when he was at Vanderbilt:

Dude: Hey honey, I saw you from across the room and just knew I had to talk to you!

Buster [interrupting]: Actually that’s not true. He’s had a crush on you for weeks and is just now getting up the nerve to say something to you.

Dude: Um, yeah, so, I was wondering if you’d like to go out this Saturday. I know this great little Italian place . . .

Buster: That’s not true either. He has never been there. One of the seniors in our frat said it would make him look classy to take women there. Oh, and the car he plans to pick you up in is not his. It’s his father’s. And by the way, I don’t find your friend all that attractive, so I’m not going to pretend to be interested in her while my friend tries to hit on you.

Dude: Wait! Baby! Come back! I don’t even know this guy! [to Buster]: Thanks. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

Buster: [on dance floor; doing white guy overbite dance to Foghat song, surrounded by the honeys]

Tigers 7, Nationals 4: Ryan Raburn had two hits and drove in four. Magglio Ordonez had four hits. Max Scherzer struck out nine. John Lannan demonstrated that the Nationals probably have the greatest disparity between their top pitching talent and their bottom pitching talent than anyone in the league.

Mets 7, Indians 6: Johan Santana and the Mets were down 4-1 entering the fifth, but then the bats woke up, the Mets put up a five spot and then held on for the win. The Tribe’s ninth inning rally fell short, but Shelley Duncan hit a two-run homer which will make my six year-old daughter happy when I tell her today. Of course, my daughter still thinks that Shelley Duncan leaving the Columbus Clippers and going to Cleveland meant that he did something wrong and is being punished, so she might not really understand. Not that’s she’s wrong about that.

Dodgers 12, Reds 0: Big romp, blah, blah, blah, but the craziest thing about this game was that Hiroki Kuroda came back out to pitch following a two-hour, twenty-four minute rain delay.  He hadn’t yet gone five at the time, so was Torre just trying to get him the win, or is it that Torre owns stock in Dr. James Andrews’ medical practice?

Rays 10, Braves 4: The Braves’ Chris Resop was doing great down in AAA and had a contract provision which required that he be called up by June 15th or else he could opt-out. There was a fair amount of speculation as to whether Atlanta would trade him before then, but they didn’t, the Braves called him up and he pitched last night. Whatever teams held off pulling the trigger on a trade are to be commended, because he got shelled in relief of what was, at the time, a winnable game. Not the Braves deserved to win. They committed four errors. They stranded 14 runners. They only lost one game to the Mets, but if there was any justice in the world they would have lost two games in the standings last night. Just blah.

Brewers 7, Angels 1: Corey Hart continues his torrid pace. He hit a three-run double, giving him 35 RBI in the last 30 games. Dave Bush allows one run and seven hits in seven and change for his first win since late April.

Orioles 4, Giants 1: Jake Arrieta gave up one run on three hits over seven innings, winning his second in a row to start his career.

Athletics 9, Cubs 5: One of a handful of games which featured long rain
delays. Derrek Lee probably wishes it never got underway, as he had
back-to-back errors, allowing four runs to score in the fourth. Fans
booed Lee and then gave him a sarcastic cheer when he next made a play
without an error. Which is total horsesh–, but the way.

Padres 8, Blue Jays 2: Some worker had to change the sign last night to read “We have gone 1 game(s) without an earthquake interruption.” Aaron Cunningham was called up when Matt Stairs went on the DL and last night he hit a grand slam. Shades of Gehrig and Pipp!

  1. Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2010 at 6:16 AM

    I’m sure Torre simply slept through the entire rain delay and was unaware that Kuroda had been sitting an inordinate amount of time.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jun 16, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    It’s amazing how quickly Halladay has assimilated into the NL. Nibble, nibble, nibble, throw one down the middle. The Universe (and Nation) like this new version, they respond with:ignore, ignore, ignore, POW! Yanks had more hard hits off Doc than in any 3 games last year.
    I’m so glad they changed the control switch on his back to: NL ONLY.
    Catcha: to lewdness: little early in the morning for this, but no, I”m not writing in my underwear.

  3. SouthofHeaven - Jun 16, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Doc Halladay ran into a case of New York syphilis last night!
    (Y’know, cause he died of syphilis. I thought of saying the Yankees played the role of Wyatt Earpp, but that made even less sense.)

  4. Scott - Jun 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    So Craig, how was the scotch last night?

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 16, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Bite your tongue. I was drinking bourbon.

  6. Largebill - Jun 16, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Ahh, Kentucky’s finest (only?) export.
    My guess is Buster is busting a gut over your one act play.

  7. Jonny5 - Jun 16, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Just more of the same whippin’ the Phillies are taking this long stretch. It’s kinda getting hard to watch. I saw Charlie Manuel had a lump of chew in his cheek for this game. It must be getting hard for him to watch too. These guys need to go back to eating cheesesteaks, they’re anemic!!!

  8. Jacob - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Holliday actually died of TB. It was everyone else in the 19th century that died of syphilis.

  9. malmstorm - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    “white guy overbite dance to Foghat song, surrounded by the honeys”
    What an image!! HA!!! Thanks for that…

  10. randall351 - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Yeah Royals!! If only they were in the National League, then maybe they’d be at .500 by now.

  11. Cincy Sam - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I am very surprised at the performance of Suppan. How did he even last 4 innings? maybe there is magic in Duncan. Suppan certainly look VERY bad in Milwaukee. However, this was Seattle. Lets see what he does on his next start. Unless it is against KC.

  12. Cincy Sam - Jun 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Keep braggin. If he meets the Yanks in the W-S, you had better pray that is not on his game again.

  13. APBA Guy - Jun 16, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I missed the start of the A’s/Cubs last night due to the rain, so I didn’t see the Cubs all pile out of their little car onto the field, tripping and falling over each other comically. I did, however, see the look on Big Z’s face after Lee dropped the throw to first for his second error in two consecutive plays, running the score to 4-0. Like error #1, Lee appeared to take his eye off the ball at the last split-second to peek at the developing play, then missed the catch. The first error on Colvin later in the game was harsh, given how wet the field was. The second (bad throw) was not. The net result was the same: 4 more A’s runs. He redeemed himself with a very long homerun later in the game. Stevens, the Cubs reliever, entered the game with an 0.89 ERA. He left at 2.25. Given he’s another NorCal guy, we will dispense with the harsh criticism. We will say his 0.89 is a result of NL hitters. If the A’s knock you around, I’d hate to see the results in Texas or New York. The Cubs fans didn’t stick around for the end of this game. After last call in the 7th, they left in droves. The place looked like the Mausoleum by the 8th, with a scattering of mostly silent fans, and the A’s looked quite comfortable then, especially Andrew Bailey, whose fastball was really hopping in the 9th.

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