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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 AM EDT

"Baseball's crazy, even stupid sometimes . . ."

Rockies 12, Cardinals 9: Seth Smith, after the biggest ninth inning comeback in living memory: “Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . . I don’t even know what just happened . . . You go from, ‘Let’s not give any at-bats away,’ to ‘Good try,’ to ‘Oh,
wait, we can do this.'”  That kind of surprise and references to freakish, dumb luck was pretty much the order of the day in the clubhouse after the game from both teams. Except Dexter Fowler who, when asked, said that the ninth inning was about “pride.”  Pride?  The problem, Dexter, is if you explain the extraordinary in terms of something you’re capable of simply doing based on will alone, some may ask you why you don’t do it all the time.  Sure, there was pride, but there were also two-dozen other wacky and out-of-your-control occurrences which led to this improbable result.  Don’t give me “pride.”  Own the glorious chaos of it all.

Braves 6, Phillies 3: Matt Diaz hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning, and Eric Hinske added
a two-run homer. Cole Hamels pitched well for Philly, but his teammates managed only three hits.  They’ve been boning him like that for his last several starts, actually.

Rays 3, Red Sox 2: Jeff Niemann held the Sox to four hits and an unearned run.  I love the narrative about a bunch of no-names like Eric Patterson and Daniel Nava helping the Sox to a magical resurgence as much as the next guy, but at some point it’s a lot nicer to simply have your big stars healthy and playing, ya know?

Nationals 6, Pirates Padres 5: Ryan Zimmerman hit two bombs.  I’m guessing Joey Votto still wins the silly Internet vote for the last All-Star slot, but that’s some pretty good late campaigning for Zim, no? Game time temperature was 99 degrees.  If my San Diego-living brother is any guide to what people from that town do whenever the weather isn’t a nice, breezy low-humidity 78, the Padres probably wilted and complained and then asked to borrow money from me. Wait, strike that last one, as it’s specific to my brother.

Twins 7, Blue Jays 6: Homers from Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel. Delmon Young went 3 for 3 with an RBI and scored the winning run. Twelfth loss in 15 games for the Jays.

Mets 3, Reds 0: No, he’s not in his prime anymore, but it’s nice to see some vintage Johan Santana once in a while (CG, SHO 3 H).

Tigers 7, Orioles 5: Nice night for Johnny Damon: he got his 2,500th career hit and had a walkoff homer in the
11th. “The ball from my 2,500th hit is going in the trophy case, but No. 2,501
is the one I’m going to remember for a long time.”  I don’t know why I laughed at the idea that Johnny Damon has a trophy case, because he’s an accomplished player who probably has a ton of hardware going back to his little league days. But I just immediately got this image of a bunch of random hilarious things like plaques for judging swimsuit competitions and stuff.

Astros 6, Pirates 2: Wandy Rodriguez strikes out ten Bucs and Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman went yard. This kind of scene is what more or less formed the basis of Ed Wade’s delusions of competitiveness this past offseason.

Rangers 12, Indians 1: Everything in this game was overshadowed by that fan falling from the upper deck. He’s supposedly OK, but given that a spectator died a month after falling out of the stands in Miller Park earlier this year, I’ll wait until the guy in Texas is discharged from the hospital to exhale. As for the game, Josh Hamilton and Vlad Guerrero led the assault. But please, Mr. AP writer: no one cares that Josh Hamilton has a “home hitting streak” of 26 games. Hitting streaks matter. Home and road hitting streaks are silly things to track.

Giants 6, Brewers 1: Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings to get his first win as a major leaguer. Then his teammates gave him a beer shower despite the fact that he’s only 20.  17 Giants players were arrested to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and Bumgarner was released into the custody of his parents.

White Sox 4, Angels 1: The win, she is nice, but losing Jake Peavy to a back injury — latissimus dorsi is the word on the street — is not good. Peavy had been pretty solid over his last several starts and was one of the many reasons the Sox had gone on the run they’re on.

Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 4: Aramis Ramirez supposedly hurt his hand again the other day, but either that was overstated or else the Diamondbacks were throwing beach balls at him. Two homers for A-Ram, which is a nickname I’m never, ever going to use again for him. Carlos Silva has nine wins before the All-Star Break. I’m not sure if that stat or the fact that Vernon Wells is an All-Star would have elicited greater belly laughs from me if I had been informed of it back in April.

Yankees 6, Athletics 1: Grand slam in the third inning and a solo shot in the sixth for A-Rod.  A-Rod after the game: “I like RBIs because that helps the team win.”  Franklly, I liked it much better when he said egotistical inane things. This seemingly selfless inanity just doesn’t suit him.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 3: Fourth homer in six games for Matt Kemp. Is it possible that, more than the attitude adjustment, Kemp simply needed a couple of days off to rest?  Because since he was benched by Joe Torre last week he’s been on a tear.

Royals 3, Mariners 2: Zach Greinke shuts down the M’s. A fan interference call in the eighth inning may have changed the outcome of the game, though.  Russell Branyan hit a double down the line with Ichiro on first base.  A kid reached out and touched it, though, meaning Ichiro had to stop at third when he would have otherwise scored, trying the game. Jose Lopez then grounded out for out number three.  God, I hate fans. Wouldn’t baseball be better without them?

  1. Cantankerous - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Shouldn’t Aramis Ramirez’s nickname be Aram-Ram?

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Couldn’t agree with you more on A-Rod. The press is going to continue to slam him no matter what he does. He could save a person from choking to death, and the press would pull out statistics illustrating just how many people A-Rod has not saved from choking to death. Better he take a devil-may-care attitude, say what he thinks, kick puppies, and deserve the negative press he is going to receive than continue to be abused while being a good team player, citizen, etc.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Yes, baseball can be stupid sometimes, however complete lunacy can only be found in the NBA in conjunction with ESPN who have decided to present us with a one-hour “special” of LeBron James telling us what team he will play for. I’d rather watch the grass grow at a World Cup game, but will do neither.

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    3 steenking hits? Seriously? Damn. Well, the pen is exposed now, on top of the lack of offense.

  5. Montessi - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Did the Pirates play a split squad against the Nats and Astros?

  6. APBA Guy - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Funny about San Diego. At least the temp explains Clayton Richards’ bad day.
    Good crowd for the Yankees game again last night. Lots of empty seats by the 7th though. I think the A’s fans had seen what they’d needed to see, and knew that even if a rally had begun, gone were the days of Marco Scutaro hitting a walk-off against Rivera. At the end of the game the Yankees fans outnumbered the remaining A’s fans, and there was much clapping and cheering in the bottom of the ninth with two outs as the Yankees faithful showed the rest of us how much fun winning is.
    In the battle of the all-star pitchers, the White Rabbit gave up 6 in 6 whereas Vallejo native CC gave up 1 in 7.2. Who’s your daddy?

  7. The Rabbit - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Last night’s Cardinals-Rockies game featured LaRussa being LaRussa.
    I don’t follow the Cardinals closely so I don’t know if the entire pen needed work. However, there was certainly a parade of reasonably effective relievers prior to Franklin.

  8. Jonny5 - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Yeah, but they went masquerading as the Padres.

  9. Old Gator - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    I dunno, Len. I would watch a lot more of those backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball games if they’d just keep the teams off the field so that I could watch the grass grow without being interrupted all the time.

  10. Old Gator - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    The Feesh continued treading water (which is not really like, say, Flipper dancing on his tail or anything). While the Rocky Mountain Oysters were staging a great comeback against the Cards, Macondo’s finest were solidifying their reputation, both statistically and spiritually, as the worst comeback team in the majors by going down quietly against the Bums. Chris Volstad stepped up his campaign to be traded by the July 31 deadline by coughing up four quick runs in the second inning and another in the third before being yanked and sent back to New Orleans. In classic style, the Feesh recalled Burke Badenhop to resume his campaign to be traded by the July 31 deadline. The “struggling” Mike Stanton had a couple of hits, including a two run line drive into the left field seats that was low enough to be caught if anyone had been standing in front of the fence.
    So the Feesh are back to five below the strange attractor and nine point five out of the division. Scrooge McLoria’s wizened, bespectacled, slightly hunchbacked beancounter is sitting opposite him across his big plush desk, festooned with bobbleheads of the heroes of yore, in the bowels of Joeprodolsharklife Stadium pulling that big handle down, eyeing the tape suspiciously as it expectorates from the thin black slit in the marled pewter base of his adding machine, and jotting notes in preparation for the semi-annual July 31 salary dump. Ka-chingggg!

  11. Lukehart80 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    no mention of johan going yard?

  12. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Scroll up. He got his own post.

  13. rocktember - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    That SD-Nats game was in DC. Not getting the “If my San Diego-living brother” reference.
    This post is gonna have more strikeouts than Justin Upton.

  14. Utley's hair - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    How much would it suck to lose to the Gnats AND the Astros on the same night?

  15. Utley's hair - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Craig was alluding to the Pads wilting in the DC sweat lodge.

  16. Montessi - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Your brother asks to borrow money from you, a fulltime blogger? Shouldn’t he just go upstairs and ask your parents for a loan? :)

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