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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 28, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

Maybe the Pirates-Athletics game isn't worthy of the top spot in ATH on the merits, but it did give us the best pic of the day, no?

3, Pirates 2
: Kurt Suzuki should have been out number three in the
eighth inning, but Pirates’ catcher Jason Jaramillo dropped a pop foul
and two pitches later Suzuki hit the game winning dinger. Losing like
that would be a total back breaker for Pirates fans if their bones
hadn’t been ground to dust as a result of the team’s futility already.

Yankees 8, Dodgers 6: Talk about a bullpen implosion. Jonathan Broxton blew a 6-2 lead in the ninth and then George Sherrill gave up the game-winning homer to Robinson Cano in the 10th as the Yankees take two of three from the Dodgers.

Orioles 4, Nationals 3: Break up the O’s! Four straight wins including a sweep of the, well, sure, why not, rival Nationals.  And they’re guaranteed not to lose tonight because they got the day off!

Indians 5, Reds 3: Shin-Soo Choo hit two bombs as the Indians win their first game since a week ago Friday. Matt LaPorta has been up and down, but this was his first start as the unequivocal starting first baseman. His functional debut: 0 for 4, two strikeouts and he grounded into a
double play. Excelsior!

Angels 10, Rockies 3: Brandon Wood hit a grand slam, and I still can’t
get used to seeing the name “Francisco
” in the Angels’ box score and have it not be K-Rod. Each
time he shows up I think it’s 2008 again, both my kids are in preschool
and I still work at the law firm.

Padres 4, Marlins 2: Will Venable has had a number of key homers in the past week and his two-run job in the eighth yesterday turned out to be the game winner. What say you, Will?  “Yesterday he struck me out with three straight splitties so I knew I
had to be patient. He came with the splitties again and I
was able to go deep enough in the count that he was forced to try
something else and threw a fastball middle-in and I was able to get a
good swing on it.”  We comfortable with “splitties?” I don’t think I am, frankly.

Phillies 11, Blue Jays 2: Jamie Moyer gave up a homer and now owns the all-time record for dingers allowed all by himself, but as was the case with the start in which he tied the mark, he pitched damn well: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7K. The Jays committed four errors leading to six unearned runs. The hometown fans probably didn’t like that one bit.

Diamondbacks 2, Rays 1: The Rays were no-hit on Friday and two-hit on Sunday. What’s more, they came close to engaging in fisticuffsmanship with each other in the process. Not a good weekend for Tampa Bay.

Mets 6, Twins 0: Homers from Frenchie, Wright and Ike were more than enough given Jon Niese’s six shutout innings and three additional zeros from the bullpen. With the Braves loss the Mets are once again knocking on the door in the East, a mere half game back.  The Twins, on the other hand, are a mere half game up on the Tigers after having lost seven of ten.

Tigers 10, Braves 4: Heyward, Strasburg and a bunch of other guys have gotten all the ink, but there may not be anyone having a better rookie year than Brennan Boesch. Boesch goes 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBI, and now sits at .338/.389/.621 on the season. It might be time for the Braves to worry about Tommy Hanson as the kid got shelled for the second straight start.  But hey, they get to face Stephen Strasburg tonight, so that’s fun.

Cubs 8, White Sox 6: The Chisox finally lose a game, but they had a little rally at the end to make it interesting for a bit. Four RBI for red-hot Tyler Colvin.

Brewers 3, Mariners 0: Chris Narveson shut out the M’s over eight innings. Every time I see his name I think of Kal Varnson. The Brewers should get a relievers named Pennypacker and Vandelay.

Royals 10, Cardinals 3: The Royals take two of three from the Cards after beating up on Jaime Garcia to the tune of five runs on four hits. Jose Guillen has a 21-game hitting streak going right now. Not that this makes him Superman or anything. The last Royal to have a hit streak this long was Rey Sanchez, and no one is carving his visage into any malleable metals. Also worth noting that 27 of his 31 hits during the course of the streak have been singles.

Rangers 10, Astros 1: Josh Hamilton has a 21-game hitting streak of his
own. His has more pop to it than Guillen’s, however, including a homer in the second inning last night that is still flying, I think. And while I like to think teams’ scouting is more sophisticated than this, you have to wonder if the fact that Roy Oswalt got lit up for eight runs on seven hits in four and two-thirds isn’t the kind of thing that’ll make the Rangers less likely to want him.

Red Sox 5, Giants 1: A 103-pitch complete game for Jon Lester with nine strikeouts. Tim Lincecum was knocked out after giving up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings. Big Papi hit one into McCovey Cove. According to the game story, it was picked up by a kayaker. With Barry gone, I’m surprised anyone still floats around out there. Oh, and because the Sox haven’t had enough injuries lately, Victor Martinez fractured his left thumb.

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Well, they’ve taken 8 of their last 11, and 9 of 15 from the “stronger” AL, sure the Indians and Blue Jays are kinda on the weak side But the Jays are no slouches with the bats as we all know with all those home runs they have. Run’s scored average has been 6.5 per game since they were bitch slapped out of Baaahhhhstan, And the Phillies are looking like an upright ship again lately. Craig, keep an eye on the rearview. Do the Braves know they’ll need to play .700 ball for awhile to keep the lead??? I’m sure it’s in the back of their minds….. ;>P

  2. Mark L Smith - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Hanson’s arm slot is lower. His slider was way too 3-to-9 yesterday. I think it’s just mechanical, and I expect he’s fine.

  3. RoyceThe BaseballHack - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    1) The Pirates should be ashamed of themselves. Having had a chance to see them up close for three games last week, I’m of the opinion that what they lack in talent is eclipsed by their lack of motivation. They’re not losing because they suck that bad – they’re losing games because they don’t give a shit. It’s not hard to see.
    2) Just a note, to the few million people who couldn’t be in Arlington for Astros-Rangers; this is one of the most fun series anywhere. It has to be. Case in point: there was a stadium worker fishing an empty keg out of a tree in a parking lot, this morning. I am not making that up.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    The Feesh are a team in freefall, organizationally as well as on the field. They turned, naturally, to the arson squad in their boolpen to put the finishing touches on an ugly weekend sweep by the Padres during which the Feesh scored three runs in three days, leaving the population of a small third world country in scoring position during that ugly fiasco. Yesterday’s game was a precis of the season: incredible inconsistencies, with Cantu and Uggla both making sparkling plays afield one inning, and then both making lunkheaded throwing errors the next; a strong starting performance coupled with atrocious situational hitting and relievers throwing batting practice at the worst possible time. Will Venable’s fatal two run homer of Brian Sanches in the eighth followed his futile efforts to catch foul popups during the seventh, when he twice in succession skidded on his ass headfirst into the Feesh’s boolpen fence. No doubt he was pumped with piss and vinegar by the time he got to the plate.
    Well, the Feesh have now lost four in a row, are five below the strange attractor and eight and a half out in the division on the cusp of July. Clearly, this season is already succumbing to the Coriolis effect. Moreover, this team is the same basic core of anointed slashbudget wunderkinds that Scrooge McLoria and the rest of the world have been waiting three years or so to “jell” into that “contender” that MLB Merlin Larry Beinfest had miraculously conjured off the scrapheaps and AA affiliates of Major League Baseball to do glorious battle with the moneybag monstrosities of the north and east. Clearly, it ain’t happening, and it’s time for the pundits to stop kidding themselves. The sad sack boolpen is only the most obvious problem; the infield defense is a pitcher’s nightmare, the much-vaunted collective run-producing power of the infield isn’t making up for its fielding follies, the situational hitting is just awful – this team has not come back to win a game when trailing after the seventh inning even once this season; its most vaunted prospects have not performed as advertised (and in the case of Andrew Miller that can be attributed to terrible mishandling of a young prospect by shoving him into the breech way, way too soon) – and team speed is either woefully lacking or inexcusably underutilized.
    Fact is, it’s time to blow this mess up and clean house. Or, at least, it would be time on any team whose ownership was committed to making the investment in its future that any idiot – except perhaps Scrooge McLoria – would have figured out by now it needed to make to build a winner. But the July trading deadline makes a nice reminder that at least it’s time to get started. A supposedly power packed infield that can’t produce runs as quickly as it allows them is a great place to begin. Uggla and Cantu could be traded to designatedhitterball league teams who could use their streaky bats without inflicting their gloves upon their pitchers, and the Feesh could score some serious leather men, hopefully contact hitters with speed too, and maybe one or two pitching prospects they could mold into middle relievers who could actually hold a game. With the self-immolation of their infield coaches, it’s an opportune time to rotate kindly Uncle Wes Helms to third base and begin grooming him to manage some day while putting his slowing bat out to pasture and clearing room for some more effective and younger utility men. Cody Ross should be kept unless he’s the subject of an offer the Sultan of Skinflints can’t refuse, at least until it becomes clear whether Mike Stanton and/or Cameron Maybin will finally mature into the multi-tooled sluggers they’re supposed to become. Coghlan, you keep. Among the pitchers, Ricky Nolasco still has considerable upside as trade bait, as does Chris Volstad. I’d trade Nolasco before Volstad at this point, but both of them seem to be going backwards in their development.
    Any way you slice it, the Feesh’s K-mart philosophy hasn’t worked. It may well be that all of this talk is moot if Scrooge McLoria stubbornly insists upon remaining brain-locked in miser mode, of course. But even when fans turn bitter and cynical, the spark of hope remains.

  5. APBA Guy - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Gator, what are you hearing about the Valentine situation? On hold until after the PR trip, or seriously damaged beyond repair?
    Anyway, the beloved A’s outscored the Pirates 22-6 over the weekend, and in front of 2 decent crowds. The Yankees come to town on the next homestand, after the A’s roadtrip against Cleveland and the O’s. The Yankees are always polite guests, winning 2 of 3 in quiet fashion, just enough attitude to let you know your team is peopled by the unworthy and that their midnight snack of caviar and champagne costs more than your team’s annual payroll. But the A’s will draw another 100,000 for those 3 games, so Beane will have travel money to Tottenham for the upcoming EPL season. He certainly won’t spend it on the farm system, scouting, or useful mid-tier free agents.
    There are only a few kayakers in the pond for any given Giants game, unlike the hallowed days of yesteryear when the Coast Guard had a cutter on duty to control the traffic. Any team other than Boston and Ortiz’ splash hit may still be floating.
    With Martinez down for a few weeks, I wonder if there will be any renewal of the Suzuki to Boston rumors that floated earlier this year. He’s now got 10 HR’s in 52 games in mainly pitcher’s parks.
    Of course, if Beane made that move, Ray Fosse would probably lead a torch light arson party on the Mausoleum, playing right into Wolff/Fisher’s hands to build a new stadium.

  6. JBerardi - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    “Victor Martinez fractured his left thumb.”

    Come back here and take what’s coming to you! I’ll bite your legs off!

  7. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Same as what you’re hearing. Valentine is a no-go. The “whys” of it will dribble out later. Meanwhile don’t believe anything you read here in Macondo. It’s all in Sanskrit anyway. Ommmmmmmmmm…….
    Edwin Encarnacion looks more and more like he’s gonna helm this Sinking Dutchman to the bitter end of this (I think) already lost season, and there’s going to be a big selloff as we approach the trade deadline. Incredibly, our benighted owner must have figured out by now that if he hangs on to Edwin for the year and dumps some salary – Cantu and Uggla, mainly – there’ll be a bigger profit at year’s end and there’s not a damned thing the league office or the Player’s Association could do about it – this time. That was Tom Peter’s Thriving on Chaos in Scrooge McLoria’s back pocket, returned to haunt the Feesh fans as the Potentate of Pennypinching discerns in the current mess the scent of fatter profits.

  8. Utley's hair - Jun 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Go Grampa!!!!! 506 homers in 4000+ innings. Jamie Moyer truly is a stud–if you can call a 47-year-old a stud.

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