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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 18, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

How does a first baseman get a putout when he never touched the ball? What's the secret to handcuffing the Yankees? Can I shoehorn in a cocaine joke for no apparent reason? Click through to find out!

Mets 6, Indians 4: The Mets and R.A. Dickey simply can’t lose.  The previous sentence would have made no logical sense to anyone on the planet just a few short weeks ago. Seven straight for the Mets as they go back home to face the Yankees. Well, they’ll be on the road, technically, but they will be able to sleep in their own beds and everything.  In other news, we heard that both John Maine and Oliver Perez are making rehabilitation starts down on the farm someplace. The way things are going for the big club since they left, I have this feeling that there will be “setbacks” in their rehab.

Phillies 7, Yankees 1: As everyone predicted, the Phillies were simply waiting to go play the hapless New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium in order to snap out of their funk. Between Jamie Moyer throwing his near-stationary junk by them on Wednesday night and Kyle Kendrick baffling them with sinkers last night, methinks the book on the Yankees may be to lay off the gas.

Braves 3, Rays 1: Atlanta holds off Philly and New York by somehow taking two of three from the Rays. Tim Hudson gave up one run in seven innings for his seventh win in what has been one of the quieter spiffy seasons among pitchers this year (7-2, 2.34 ERA). Jason Heyward hit his first homer since May 29th.

Red Sox 8, Diamondbacks 5: With both the Bombers and the Rays losing, the Sox are now only two games back. According to the AP game story “Boston became the only team with three eight-game winners.”  If this was the 80s, Donruss would come up with a special card with Lester, Lackey and Buchholz on it each holding out baseballs with the number eight written on them in magic marker over the title “Eight Balls” or something. Actually, come to think of it, Donruss may have already done that with Dave Parker, Dale Berra and Rod Scurry. Different deal altogether, though.

5, Astros 2
: Here’s some bizarre stuff: Yuniesky Betancourt hit a
line drive to shortstop Geoff Blum in the fifth that led to the end of
the inning when David DeJesus was doubled off second. Except the umpires
reversed the call after everyone left the field, ruling that the ball
had been trapped, not caught. They ended up calling Betancourt out at
first, ruling that Geoff Blum would have thrown him out, and they
awarded DeJesus third base. This despite the fact that Blum never threw
to first base and despite the fact that DeJesus  likely never would have
advanced to third if it was a ground ball to the left side.

And guess what? The umps seem to have gotten this right. Replays seem to
show that the ball was trapped.  The umpires — checking their egos for
the good of the game — got the call right once they conferred. Given
that runners were in motion and stuff it’s not easy to figure out what
to do on the play, but Rule 9.01 (c) states that each umpire
“has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these
rules,” and this kind of play seems not to be in the rules.  I’ll think
harder about this one as the morning unfolds and the coffee kicks in,
but as of now I think that, even though you maybe should keep DeJesus at second
base on the call, all-in-all
this makes sense as a good bit of judgment and a good bit of umpiring.

Rockies 5, Twins 1: Ubaldo Jimenez gives up eight hits. It’s a shame to
see his season unravel like that.

Reds 7, Dodgers 1:  I hit this one up yesterday afternoon. It
was Arroyoriffic

Rangers 6, Marlins 4: The Rangers sweep the Feesh behind three RBI from Ian Kinsler. Mike Stanton is now 0 for his last 12 with six strikeouts.

White Sox 5, Pirates 4: How low can the Pirates go?  That’s 11 straight in the dustbin for Pittsburgh. The Sox have won seven of eight. Mark Buehrle is now the winningest interleague pitcher, running his record to 22-6 against the NL in regular season games, which puts him one ahead of Jamie Moyer and Mike Mussina. Moyer will probably pass up Buehrle once the latter retires, however.

Cubs 3, Athletics 2: Kosuke Fukudome came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth, hit a single and came around to score the tying run, stayed in the game and drove home the winning run with a ninth inning single. Jerry Blevins gave up that last hit, by the way. I guess he wasn’t lucky.

Tigers 8, Nationals 3: What good is this Stephen Strasburg character if he can’t help the Nats win?!  They’re under .500 since he’s been called up! Give me Jack Morris or someone who knows what it takes to put Ws on the board over some overpriced strikeout machine any day!  (did you like that? I’m thinking of trying out to do some talk radio and I figured I could hone my shtick here a bit. OK, now check this out):  And what’s with Miguel Cabrera?!  Sure, he he’s hitting .332 with 19 homers and 59 RBI, but I have yet to see him once lay down a bunt and get the runner over this year and he never hits the ball the other way to take what the defense is giving him!  It’s all me-first stats with that guy! Next caller!

  1. Old Gator - Jun 18, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    I’m back out in the savage mountains of northern New Mexico this week, mostly cut off from wi-fi and (blessedly) cell phone access, so I only get to check what’s been happening on the occasional run into a Starbucks in Bernalillo or Santa Fe. What I checked today was more than enough to send me running back to my bass lakes and trout streams, burping up carne adovada tinctured methane from the indigestion my Feesh’s performance of late has caused.
    The Feesh are playing their worst baseball of the season and, unfortunately, it’s looking more and more like their baseline performance. I love this team despite how its ownership shits on and strangles it but folks, it’s time to start mulling the noxious prospect that this may be about as good as this team really is. Scrooge McLoria is getting precisely what he refused to pay for when he decided not to go after any boolpen help that would cost him more than a few cents – he needs that cash to build fish tanks at the rapidly rising Macondo Banana Massacre Field – all the while comically insisting that the team was already a contender.
    The brief spell of errorlesseness, or at least nonfatal error-proneness, of the week before last looks more like it was just a statistical glitch than a harbinger of improved team fielding. The boolpen remains a shambles, with Renyel Pinto designated for assignment after coming off the disabled list and throwing a gopher to the first lefthanded batter he faced, and Tim Wood summoned back from New Orleans just in time to throw batting practice to the Rangers. Ricky Nolasco sabotaged his own game with a horrendous throwing error that led to a couple of unearned runs, and the guy who started off the season throwing unhittable hooks and BBs now looks like he’s throwing whiffle balls and beachballs towards the plate. Former SEYP Cameron Maybin, after filling his ass with splinters on the Feesh bench for two weeks watching Mike Stanton check in with a bang and then begin flailing like a wind turbine, gets sent down to AAA to work on his swing yet again while Mike Lamb, flying below the Mendoza line all season, gets sent back up as if a .125 hitter would be more useful to Fat Freddi than Maybin’s .225. The Feesh have been looking especially clueless with RISP. They can’t seem to cash in on many opportunities. Maybe the Greek fiscal meltdown has affected the conversion rate.
    Having been swept by the Rangers, the Feesh now face one solidly pissed off team of Rays, who were made to look pretty bad by the Feesh last week. I probably won’t get to check in again till Saturday evening, if that, and I seriously wonder if I even want to look anymore.
    No more reCaptcha, so I’ll just make up my own goofy dyads from now on and invite everyone else to do the same: recalcitrant salmonids.

  2. ben s - Jun 18, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    You forgot to mention that there was also a majorly blown call in the Yankee game where Cervelli threw out Wilson Valdez by a mile, but the ump called him safe. There was also another odd play in that game where the ball hit off Ibanez and on a groundball to Jeter at short that then when into the outfield. The umps spent like three minutes conferring and eventually must have decided that the ball did hit Ibanez (they previously had not ruled this) because Jeter couldn’t have misplayed the ball that badly or that Jeter wouldn’t lie or something along those lines. Very weird play.

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Well, It seems We got the “good Kendrick” Last night. He can pitch. Or he can’t. Glad to see the bats waking up from their loooongggg slumber. I’m going to a Cleveland game next week, and i’d hate to see them get scalped by them. Placido Polanco looked like an all-star third baseman last night. I think I need to go Phill out some more all-star ballots right away. As far as what Ben S mentioned, i think Valdez snuck in under the tag, that’s how I saw it anyways. Not that it would have made a difference after the Phils ninth inninng rally. Did I ever mention how much I like Joba C. ? Yeah, like that kid, he’s got Balls. How else do you describe one daring enough to walk out of the bullpen in NY and just get absolutely no outs???? That takes balls and a couple hits. The Phillies have awakened, let’s hope….. Then order will soon be retaken in the NL East. Which seems to be a pretty darned good division afterall. Besides the Feesh and all…. Sorry Gator.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Was certainly hoping no one would mention The Fat Toad in my presence today.

  5. Jonny5 - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    LMAO!! He does look like a Gigantic Fat toad… too funny… Well Len, At least your Bombers got a win over Halladay. That’s a plus I guess to losing the series.

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    The A’s looked weak and pathetic against the Cubs, dropping 2 of three from the moribund Northsiders. Wells kept the ball low for the most part yesterday, but in true A’s style, his occasional mistakes were missed by the A’s hitters. Still, the key sequence of the game was Bob Geren bringing in Bailey in the 8th but instead of double switching, he left Bailey in the pitcher’s spot due to lead off in the 9th. Sure enough the Cubs tied the game and Geren pinch-hit for Bailey.
    The real problem for the A’s is two fold: 1) the offense cannot score effectively against competent pitching 2) the bullpen leaks too many runs. Last year’s bullpen was a thing of beauty, but this year, nagging injuries and the failure of anyone to emerge as the set-up go-to guy has cost the A’s a couple of games, including this one. Michael Wuertz is definitely not what he was, with only flashes of his devastating sinker. When it doesn’t sink, it’s a middle-middle pitch that gets hit hard.

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