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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 25, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

A laser show, a couple of first place teams get the broom and a couple of aces get beat up, but I somehow find the time to quote a cheesy 70s ballad, so everything's OK.

Sox 13, Rockies 11
: Laser show: Dustin Pedroia: 5 for 5 with three
homers including the game winner in the tenth. Torture session: This
game: four hours and forty-eight minutes and not a decent pitching
performance in sight. Deja vu: Jonathan Papelbon: blowing a save and
giving up a couple of runs.

Phillies 12, Indians 3: Like I said yesterday, I think Charlie Manuel deliberately got himself run from this one because it was hot, he knew the storms were coming, he knew the Indians weren’t gonna offer much of a challenge and he’d rather be back in the clubhouse hoistin’ the moist. As it was, Polanco, Utley and Werth all hit the cover off the ball, Joe Blanton was solid and not much help was needed from the bullpen. I guess that means the Phillies are back on track.

Brewers 5, Twins 0: Gallardo was on, the Twins’ bats were dormant and the Brewers complete the sweep. Which would all be well and good if . . .

White Sox 2, Braves 0:  . . . the White Sox weren’t storming up the hillside like some crazed horde. They sweep Atlanta, who can sort of identify with Minnesota at the moment as a team that similarly can’t get its mojo workin’ and is in danger of falling out of first place.

Tigers 6, Mets 5: But if the Braves fall out, it won’t be before tonight. Atlanta keeps its half game lead because Hisanori Takahashi just didn’t have his mojo workin’ (4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB).  After he was gone the Mets bullpen took care of business, but the rally never came in earnest.

Blue Jays 5, Cardinals 0: The Jays jumped on Adam Wainwright for five runs on six hits — three of them dingers, two of those by Vernon Wells — in four innings, sending that tall drink of water to the showers earlier than he had left in any game since September 2008.

Astros 7, Giants 5: Matt Cain got jumped on as well, getting pummeled even worse than Wainwright did (2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER). In contrast, Wandy Rodriguez snapped out of whatever funk he’s been in all year, only allowing a couple of unearned runs in his six innings.

Cubs 3, Mariners 2: Thank goodness the M’s lost, because if they somehow get themselves back in the race they won’t trade Cliff Lee and that’s dozens of would-be rumor-trafficking blog posts I’ll never get to write.

Rays 5, Padres 3: The Rays salvage one. Padres manager Bud Black said after the game that he wants you, he needs you, but there ain’t no way he’s ever gonna love you, now don’t be sad, ’cause “two out of three on the road in this environment against this club, a
good feat accomplished.”  OK, I may have paraphrased the bit before the quotation marks, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he was driving at.

Orioles 11, Marlins 5: Both of these teams were interested in getting Bobby Valentine as their manager. The loser won. The loser of this game, I mean. Valentine? Oh, he’s aces.

Dodgers 10, Angels 6: The Dodgers finally break their losing skid at six games. More bad baserunning in this one, with Reggie Willits getting nailed in a rundown between third and home and Bobby Abreu getting thrown out at third trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt. Abreu was also caught stealing once, but it happens. What doesn’t happen: Jamey Carroll was called safe at second base when sliding in after advancing on an Andre Ethier comebacker. He assumed he was out, though, wandered off the bag on his way back to the dugout and was tagged out.  After the game Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia sent notes home with all the players asking the moms and dads if it’s OK for them to stay late for extra practice tomorrow.

Rangers 6, Pirates 5: Eleven wins in a row for the Rangers, this one on a walkoff RBI single by Vlad.  Bankruptcy schmankruptcy. Maybe the Rangers don’t need to make any moves at all.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Bud Black was driving the Coupe deVille he found hidin’ in the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.
    Rangers win 11th in a row on a walkoff. They’re my off day team

  2. The Common Man - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Craig, I’m going to need you to never say “hoistin’ the moist” again. I feel like I need a shower just reading it, let alone typing it. /shivers

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Josh Hamilton’s OPS goes over 1.000. The A’s get the Pirates next. The Bucs finally play a team that plays like they do, although unless Jack Cust is in right, there’s no chance the A’s match Milledge’s performance in the outfield yesterday.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    The Feesh, bending over backwards to avoid spending anything on a reliever, brought up two soft pink rookies from AA yesterday and the Aureoles teed off on both of them. Back they go to the farm, perhaps to be sold for ethanol. Well, let’s see how quickly Armando Benitez can heal up from his monkey gland implantations and get out there and go to work for the Teal Terrors. I don’t think he could make things much worse, at any rate.

  5. Rays fan1 - Jun 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    (Posted here because Craig reads every post)
    Did you note the CWS game between South Carolina and Clemson Fri night? South Carolina’s starting pitcher hadn’t started all year, never made it past the 5th inning in 4 starts last year, was only planned to be in the game for about 3 innings on Fri…instead dealt like an ace, scattering 3 hits, allowing only one run in a complete game. He was in complete control all night. If the Gamecocks unexpectedly win their bracket today, it will in large part be due to the heroics of Roth (the pitcher).

  6. Rays fan1 - Jun 27, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Michael Roth definitely did affect tonight’s game. The Gamecocks’ closer, thanks to a day’s rest, was able to go 2+ to finish off arch-rival Clemson. CWS finals has surprising SC v UCLA. Credit to Garciaparra, pointing out moves that casual fans otherwise wouldn’t notice.

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