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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 AM EST

OK, it's a little late this morning, but I smelled it and it's still drinkable . . .

Braves 5, Nationals 0: You can throw all the fire in the world, but if your defense isn’t any good, you’re not going to go very far. That’s a lesson Stephen Strasburg learned last night as the Nats’ defense did a Marx Brothers’ routine behind him in the seventh inning, allowing the Braves to score a zillion times.  Wait, that’s not fair: the Marx Brothers were nothing if not competent. Hell, they were a well-oiled machine, really. The Nats were more like the Stooges. Like, post-Curly and Shemp-era Stooges. With Ian Desmond as Joe Besser.

Reds 7, Phillies 3: Johnny Cueto gave up only one run in eight innings despite not striking anyone out. Don’t see that every day. Scott Rolen hit his 300th career homer. Chase Utley left the game after jamming his thumb stretching a single into a double.

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 5: The Cards keep pace thanks to the latest in a series of late game catastrophes for Arizona this year. This one was less a bullpen problem than a defense problem, as two key throwing errors allowed multiple Cardinals runs to score. Of course one of the throwing errors was on reliever Aaron Heilman, so maybe you do count it as a bullpen problem. And interesting ettickal question.

Marlins 10, Mets 3: R.A. Dickey reverts to old form in Puerto Rico (5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) and the Mets pen doesn’t do much better. A three run homer for Mike Stanton tops off Edwin Rodriguez’s homecoming game in style.  Though I’m happy for him that he got to manage in his homeland, I’d still like to know what happened with that Bobby V. thing. Unless someone tells me otherwise I’m going to assume that he had, like, three bartenders quit on him at his sports bar in Stamford and now he has to hustle back and forth between pulling extra shifts there and his night job on Baseball Tonight up in Bristol.

Pirates 2, Cubs 1: The Buccos win their first road game in 18 tries behind eight innings of one-run ball from Paul Maholm. An RBI double from Jose Tabata in the ninth inning was der differencemacher.

Tigers 7, Twins 5: The Tigers take possession of first place in the AL Central, but Joel Zumaya left the game with an obviously painful arm injury after throwing a pitch in the eighth. All of that pales, however, compared to the fact that Jim Thome hit a triple. The last time he had a triple that didn’t have the words “decker cheeseburger” after it was in 2004.

Indians 2, Blue Jays 1: No one comes around and tells me that I disrespect the Blue Jays anymore. That’s kind of sad, really. Not as sad as getting held to one run by the Indians’ staff, but pretty sad all the same.

Royals 3, White Sox 1: The Chisox loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth but couldn’t plate a single run and were retired on a strikeout and a couple of infield popups. Anthony Larew got his first major league win. Which seems wacky to me because, as is the case with a lot of guys who came up with the Braves, I feel like Larew has been around forever. I bet fans of every team have a few guys like this.

Astros 9, Brewers 5: The Astros fell into a 4-0 deficit in the early
going but roared back. Michael Bourn had a good game: four hits,
including a solo home run in the third and an RBI
single in the sixth. He also struck out once after stepping out of the
box while asking for a time out that was never granted. That’s always
fun.

Dodgers 4, Giants 2: The Giants hit into five double plays.
One of them came off the bat of Edgar Renteria in the fifth. Renteria
was first-pitch swinging with Pablo Sandoval on first base after he
walked on four straight pitches. Repeat: Pablo “I’ll swing at anything
south of the bridge and north of the airport” Sandoval walked on four
straight pitches, and Renteria thought it wise to immediate hack at the
first pitch right afterward. Mercy.

Rockies 10, Padres 6: Ubaldo Jiminez hadn’t allowed a hit into the
sixth inning. The wheels fell off for him then, however, allowing three
singles a homer, a walk and four runs. Lucky for him he had an 8-0 lead
at the time.

  1. Andy L - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    If I were Bochy, I’d have considered using the ol’ Bill Veeck sniper rifle on Edgar Renteria for that move.

  2. Levi Stahl - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    This doesn’t apply to any of last night’s games, but this seems like the best place for it nonetheless: I’m leaving tomorrow morning for Kansas City to start a brief baseball road trip with a friend, and last night I had a baseball dream of sorts.
    In the dream:
    1. The movie Wild Things was incredibly popular, like, say, the biggest movie in the country. Right now, more than a decade after it was actually released.
    2. The crack marketing staff of the Royals had decided to try to capitalize on the popularity of Wild Things by nicknaming the Royals the Wild Things, giving away copies of the DVD at the gate for the game we’re attending tomorrow night.

  3. lar @ wezen-ball - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    The Jim Thome triple took 13 seconds to run out (13.08 sec, I believe). In contrast, when Angel Pagan scored on his inside-the-park home run, it took him 14.48 seconds. The slowest inside-the-parker so far this year was Aubrey Huff’s, which took him 16.45 seconds (and could have taken him even longer – there wasn’t even a play at the plate).
    Thome was at second base at ~9.3 seconds, meaning it took him 3.7 seconds to get from second to third. If you assume that’s how long it’d take him to go from third to home (a big assumption, because he appeared to be slowing down), you’re looking at close to a 17-second inside the parker (and my money would be on it being closer to 18 seconds). Considering the play at third was kind of close, there’s no way that would’ve been possible. A speedy runner like Pagan might have been able to push it, though…

  4. APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    And they had T-shirts saying Team Kelly and Team Suzie, right?
    The Giants continue to struggle against playoff caliber teams. The Dodgers never dominated them, but it never looked like the Giants had what it takes to beat LA, either. And with Timmy struggling the fans are decidedly nervous. Not that you’d notice at the games, with the crowd being mostly tourists and corporate gawkers. You can see the fans out by the foul poles, huddled for warmth in two’s and threes. The corporate types were out in force last night, arriving behind the plate 45 minutes late, overdressed, new iPhones out…

  5. Levi Stahl - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    This doesn’t apply to any of last night’s games, but this seems like the best place for it nonetheless: I’m leaving tomorrow morning for Kansas City to start a brief baseball road trip with a friend, and last night I had a baseball dream of sorts.
    In the dream:
    1. The movie Wild Things was incredibly popular, like, say, the biggest movie in the country. Right now, more than a decade after it was actually released.
    2. The crack marketing staff of the Royals had decided to try to capitalize on the popularity of Wild Things by nicknaming the Royals the Wild Things, giving away copies of the DVD at the gate for the game we’re attending tomorrow night.

  6. Levi Stahl - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    This doesn’t apply to any of last night’s games, but this seems like the best place for it nonetheless: I’m leaving tomorrow morning for Kansas City to start a brief baseball road trip with a friend, and last night I had a baseball dream of sorts.
    In the dream:
    1. The movie Wild Things was incredibly popular, like, say, the biggest movie in the country. Right now, more than a decade after it was actually released.
    2. The crack marketing staff of the Royals had decided to try to capitalize on the popularity of Wild Things by nicknaming the Royals the Wild Things, giving away copies of the DVD at the gate for the game we’re attending tomorrow night.

  7. Levi Stahl - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    This doesn’t apply to any of last night’s games, but this seems like the best place for it nonetheless: I’m leaving tomorrow morning for Kansas City to start a brief baseball road trip with a friend, and last night I had a baseball dream of sorts.
    In the dream:
    1. The movie Wild Things was incredibly popular, like, say, the biggest movie in the country. Right now, more than a decade after it was actually released.
    2. The crack marketing staff of the Royals had decided to try to capitalize on the popularity of Wild Things by nicknaming the Royals the Wild Things, giving away copies of the DVD at the gate for the game we’re attending tomorrow night.

  8. Levi Stahl - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Wow–sorry for the triple post. The interface was being screwy. I mean, I laughed at my dream, but I didn’t think it was that funny. Gaah–where’s a delete button when you need one!
    Now, Randy Winn’s Canseco-esque assist on the home run against the Cardinals last night–that was funny enough to watch three times.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Craig, I just finished sending you some links to the Macondo dystopia yellow journals indicating that Bobby V may be moribund but they haven’t begun harvesting his organs yet. Welcome to Macondo; we haven’t got a G-10 meeting here this week but we’re wide open and putting on a show for the world anyway. And yes, that’s a real ocean over there. Scrooge McLoria hasn’t got the kind of largesse that the Canadians apparently have.
    .
    Nice to see the Feesh stage their biweekly eruption against the Mutts in the annual Mafongo Meet. They seem to play pretty well down there. The parking lot apparently filled with casaninos (get this server to let me insert a tilde, will ya?) who didn’t bother buying tix and stepping inside, and undulated to the sounds of their boomcajones all night. Cool. Me, given my dispropensity to buy Feesh tix and fatten the wallet of one Scrooge McLoria, I’d’ve been cruising the seashore looking for pinchos and pulchritude myself, but hey, if you can pack 18,000 into a stadium go right ahead (there were plenty of empty seats, of course, but it is the Feesh after all).

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