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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 22, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

Only three games? Blah. At least one of them was relatively action-packed.

Reds 6, Athletics 4: Wild. Francisco Cordero couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth, giving up a Kevin Kouzmanoff homer to send it into extras. The Reds hit three dingers off the A’s pen in the tenth to take a 6-2 lead. Cordero then walked the first two A’s batters to start the bottom of the tenth and was yanked. The A’s end up having the bases loaded with no outs, but only score two — both on groundouts — and then Jack Cust whiffs to end the game. Thanks to the A’s massive failure, Cordero ends up getting what may be the least-deserved win by a pitcher this season.

Diamondbacks 10, Yankees 4: A.J. Burnett and his straight, deception-free fastball gets shelled by the Dbacks for seven runs on nine hits, leaving the outcome of this one without any doubt from the get-go.

Nationals 2, Royals 1: The Royals manage 11 hits but only one run thanks to two caught stealings, a pickoff and a couple of sacrifices. Viva small ball and everything, but you give away outs like that and you make even a tomato can like Livan Hernandez look good.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 22, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Here we are with perfect timing- the Ides of June are upon us.
    Girardi:”Do I have to have Brian come out here to straighten you guys out? It’s that what you want? He can call Seattle, you know.”

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    “make even a tomato can like Livan Hernandez look good.”
    Come on Craig…be a little fair here. Livan is 6-4 with a 2.82 ERA for the stinking Nationals this year. The guy is having a pretty spectacular year all things considered. He’s CERTAINLY not a tomato can. Leave that description for Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, and Jamie Moyer, OK?

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 22, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    “make even a tomato can like Livan Hernandez look good.”
    Come on Craig…be a little fair here. Livan is 6-4 with a 2.82 ERA for the stinking Nationals this year. The guy is having a pretty spectacular year all things considered. He’s CERTAINLY not a tomato can. Leave that description for Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, and Jamie Moyer, OK?

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 22, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    “make even a tomato can like Livan Hernandez look good.”
    Come on Craig…be a little fair here. Livan is 6-4 with a 2.82 ERA for the stinking Nationals this year. The guy is having a pretty spectacular year all things considered. He’s CERTAINLY not a tomato can. Leave that description for Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, and Jamie Moyer, OK?

  5. Bill@TDS - Jun 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Maybe one more post and you’ll really get your point across? (I shouldn’t make fun. It’ll probably post this one seven times or something.)
    Livan has been at least as much a tomato can as any of those guys. He’s been just as bad as ever (worse, maybe, since his strikeout rate has dropped even further). He has superficially good numbers because of two things: (a) most of the many, many balls put in play off of him are going right at his fielders’ gloves, and (b) he’s done much better with runners on base than without, leading to a better than expected LOB%. Neither of those things are things he has much control over; he’s just getting very lucky. I’d bet on a 5.00 ERA or so from here on out.

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    The A’s June swoon continues, and Joey Votto’s presence at the Mausoleum only emphasizes the failure of the A’s to develop any hitters over the past 5 years (Thanks to Neyer for pointing that out). Mr. Beane’s wild ride continues as now the bullpen is officially unreliable wasting a good start by Gio Gonzalez. The A’s are now 4 games out of the cellar in the West.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t know why it went through so many times…wish I could have deleted the dupes. As far as your response, I don’t prescribe to “sabremetrics”. I use my eyes, and they tell me this…Livan Hernandez has started 14 games this year and in 11 of the 14 he gave up 2 runs or less. To me, that is no “tomato can” no matter how you stat guys try to rationalize it with LOB% and BaBIP.

  8. Brian - Jun 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    For someone who doesn’t subscribe to sabremetrics, it’s interesting that you would use a statistic ( seen).
    But to quote what is, essentially, a modified version of QS% (quality start percentage, 3 ER or less in games where the pitcher goes 6 or more innings) to dispute the validity of LOB% or BABIP isn’t an argument of “eyes” versus “stats”, it’s an argument of “my (older) stats are better than your (newer) stats”.
    I’m not trying to pick on you but seeing “stat guys” derided by people who are really doing nothing but using different numbers is one of my pet peeves. You, sir, are also a “stat guy”. You just choose to rely on different stats.

  9. Bill@TDS - Jun 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    You don’t have to subscribe to sabermetrics to get that Livan Hernandez isn’t a good pitcher. He’s walking as many as he strikes out, which isn’t very many at all, and his fastball tops out at 85. He’s throwing batting practice, and it just so happens that in most of his starts this year, guys have seemingly been standing right there to catch it wherever the hitters have hit it. The sabermetrics (as usual) just confirm what should be pretty obvious already, regardless of whether you’re using your eyes or other, simpler statistics.

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