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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

Any ham-and-egger can give up some long balls. You have to be a pretty good pitcher to give up 505 of 'em, however.

Phillies 2, Indians 1: If you’ve got to set the record for all time home runs allowed, you’re probably best served, mentally speaking, to do it in a game you win 2-1, which is what Jamie Moyer did last night. The 505th of his career went to Russell Branyan. Number one was hit by Count Campau back in Moyer’s American Association days. There should be an asterisk on that one, though, as Moyer really had no business facing such competition at the time. He was but 17 years old and was pressed into service because so many older players were conscripted to fight the Spanish menace in tropic lands.

Padres 2, Rays 1: As of this past Friday we could still call Mat Latos an overlooked stud. It’s going to be hard to keep the “overlooked” part in there if he keeps this up (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8K).

Mets 14, Tigers 6: Look, you’re gonna have these kinds of nights, Tigers. Just suck it up and then send your big ace Justin Verlander out there next time to — what? You mean that was Verlander out there last night? Wow. By the way, I’m going to guess that someone, somwhere will write the “why can’t the Mets hit the long ball?” column this morning as they scored all 14 runs without the aid of a homer,

White Sox 9, Braves 6: I guess Tommy Hanson had to have his worst career start some night. Just too bad it had to happen on a night the Phillies and the Mets both won. Nine runs on thirteen hits in three and two-thirds. Oy vey.

Yankees 9, Diamondbacks 3: When A.J. Burnett got shelled the other night
it launched approximately 1,346 DEFCON-1 level articles about what
should be done with him and the Yankees, how horrible life was and if
there was still a God and everything. Thank goodness Andy Pettitte restored
order, because I don’t know if I could take that kind of drama again
today. In other news, it must be very exhausting to be part of a fan
base that feels so damn entitled that a single loss or a run-of-the-mill rough
patch from a starting pitcher is worthy of such sturm und drang.

Rangers 6, Pirates 3: The Rangers lost big in the courtroom yesterday, but they did much better on the diamond. Thirty-seven days until Steelers camp opens.

Giants 3, Astros 1: Maybe Tim Lincecum just needed that ball to smack him in the shoulder last Thursday in order to knock him back on track. Dude turned in his best outing in a month (8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 7K), outdueling Roy Oswalt (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5K).

Cardinals 9, Blue Jays 4: Four homers for the Cardinals (Holliday, Molina, Rasmus, Lopez). Two homers for Jose Bautista, who is now at 20 on the year. Jaime Garcia’s ERA bloats from 1.59 to 1.79. DFA the guy.

Marlins 10, Orioles 4: I’m guessing Hanley Ramirez’s hamstring feels better (3 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI).

Nationals 4, Royals 3: Matt Capps must get bored with simple three-run-lead saves because he always seems to challenge himself by doing things like giving up two runs on four hits in the ninth only to lock it down right after. He’s like a cat toying with a mouse, really.  Or something.

Mariners 2, Cubs 0: Five straight wins for Seattle, three of which have come via shutout. Indeed, the M’s have only given up two runs in the last week.

Reds 4, Athletics 2: Dallas Braden still hasn’t won a game since his perfecto and the A’s are totally skidding, having lost nine of 11. Braden’s description of his day: “Plenty of speed bumps. The car ran
pretty good. Turn 1 was good, Turn 2 and 3 had some speed bumps. I got
into Turn 4, 5, a couple speed bumps, Turn 6 kind of flattened out.
Overall, bumpy track.” Six turns? I hate to stereotype, but if I were a betting man I would have wagered that Braden would have used a NASCAR super-oval analogy as opposed to what appears to be a Grand Prix/Formula 1 kind of thing.

Angels 6, Dodgers 3: The Dodgers are skidding too, having lost five straight. Clayton Kershaw was fantastic his last time out but got beat up for five runs in just under seven innings, relinquishing a 3-0 lead to which he was staked.

Brewers 7, Twins 5: Like Kershaw, Scott Baker had a great outing last
time. Like Kershaw, Baker was staked to a 3-0 lead. Like Kershaw, Baker
couldn’t hold it. Maybe my favorite random game note of the year in this one: “Brewers’ fourth-round draft pick Hunter Morris was at Miller Park. He
said he didn’t have any plans for his $218,700 signing bonus.”

Rockies 2, Red Sox 1: Enjoy that run you got off Jhoulys Chacin, Red Sox, because that may seem like good eatin’ compared to what you get off Ubaldo Jimenez tonight. Now having said that, Jimenez will probably have his worst outing of the year.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    Thanks for the blanket condemnation of Universe fans. But we know you love us anyway.
    A loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks brings memories of a second Apocalypis, wait til there’s a bad play this weekend and visions of the ’63 Series will waft through the countryside.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Jun 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Craig, you know you can blame the entire loss on Posnanski right? Day after he writes an article on the Braves being 31-0 in 5 run games, they lose their first one…
    http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog/2010/06/21/the-five-run-system/

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Jamie mother$^#$^’ing Moyer!!!! Woot!! Ok, I’m composed, this guy is the man. Craig poke fun all you want at our “old guy”, but he’s just awesome to be pitching 1,2,3, hit games, shut outs, and complete games at 47. Last season the Phills were wondering why they extended this relics time in Philly. Now they’re thinking “how do we not resign him?” Seriously he’ll own every record good and bad since he’ll obviously pitch until he’s like 65. How can you not love this guy? That’s a good retirement age he thinks…… Keep an eye in the rearview Mutts and Bravos, it’s late June, the afterburners are being lit ,and it’s time to restore order in the NL east.

  4. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Moyer’s first home run allowed was to Juan Samuel (when he was good). Also has given up homers to Mike Schmidt and Bill Madlock.
    More good stuff here:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=5236555

  5. Jonny5 - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Moyers first start was against Steve Carlton, and he was the starting pitcher on Greg Maddux’s debut. And is now the oldest to pitch a complete game shutout. We could do this all day.

  6. Grand Slam Single - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Actually Moyer tied the HR record. He’s also two innings shy of reaching 4,000 innings pitched.

  7. Roger Moore - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Enjoy that run you got off Jhoulys Chacin, Red Sox,
    Actually, the run scored off Matt Belisle, not Chacin. You should read the box scores more carefully before making that kind of comment.

  8. NBCUNIadmin - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    thats great!

  9. NBCUNIadmin - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Really?

  10. APBA Guy - Jun 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    I feel like I’ve seen this move. Visiting team scores early and often (enough), A’s can’t but barely score. The true fans at Athletics Nation are getting downright hostile, and the Chron guys are openly questioning Billy Beane’s addiction to marginal trading. It’s about time.

  11. NBCUNIadmin - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Reall Good!

  12. JBerardi - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Restore order? Are you sure about that? You do realize that “order”, as it pertains to the NL East, means “The Braves win every single year”, right?

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