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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 12, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

The last set of real games for several days. Savor them, my friends, for it's nothing but a lot of manufactured baloney between now and Thursday.

White Sox 15, Royals 5: Ladies and gentlemen: your first place Chicago White Sox.  Chicago has made up 10 games since June 9th, going from 9.5 out to .5 up. Without question, the most unexpected surge of the year. Yes, they had help from the Twins and, to a lesser extent, the Tigers’ poor play, but Ozzie Guillen’s squad is on fire. It has to kill them to be taking four days off right now, but it’s a break they’ve earned even if it’s one they don’t want.

Twins 6, Tigers 3: Which of these two are going to get it together and chase down the White Sox? I still like Minnesota overall. Maybe this win heading into the break will turn their heads around. Awful last week or so, though, no question about it.

Mets 3, Braves 0: Johan Santana pitches his second gem in a row, shutting out the Bravos over seven. It was merely a series-salvager, however, as the Mets dropped two of three to Atlanta over the weekend. Carlos Beltran comes back on Thursday, and we’ll see if that’s enough to launch New York forward.

Cardinals 4, Astros 2: What, Jeff Bagwell taking over as hitting coach didn’t bring immediate dividends? You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d say that firing Sean Berry and replacing him with a team legend was just a P.R./scapegoat move. Wait, forget I said anything. That’s just crazy talk.

Phillies 1, Reds 0: A four game sweep of a good team heading into the break has to give the Phillies some amount of relief after a roller coaster first half. Still — and not to take a thing away from Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels, who pitched Saturday’s and yesterday’s gems, respectively — Philly needs to figure out how to score some freakin’ runs, and fast.

Yankees 8, Mariners 2: The Yankees won it easily but anonymous front
office sources later said that the way the Mariners played was
totally bush league
that it was horsesh– that they had to
split the gate
.

Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2: Dice-K allowed two runs and six hits, pitching into the seventh, while walking none and
striking out five. Only threw 88 pitches too.  I think the guy is totally schizophrenic, though, so next time look for 97 pitches (42 strikes, 55 balls) in, like, four innings.

Brewers 6, Pirates 5: Milwaukee went down 3-0 in the second, tied it up, went down 4-3 in the sixth, tied it up and then went down 5-4 in the ninth and won it on a two-run walkoff homer from Corey Hart.  Like I said in the Power Rankings not too long ago: Milwaukee has had a bad first half, but unlike some other teams in dire straits, they’ve never looked or felt like they were packing things in.

Rays 6, Indians 5: Walkoff RBI single for Jason Bartlett as the Rays take three of four from Cleveland and hit the break on a roll. Cleveland walked ten dudes, and you’re just not going to win doing that.

Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 0: Your standard six-pitchers-combine-for-a-shutout shutout. More amazing than the Marlins’ pen combining to keep Arizona off the board, however, was the fact that the Arizona bullpen threw four shutout innings of its own. That’s equivalent to like 40 real bullpen innings.

Padres 9, Rockies 7: San Diego salvages one of the three-game series in order to stay two up of the red hot Rockies and the less-hot-but-still-chugging Dodgers. A Matt Belisle throwing error on a comebacker allowed the Padres to go ahead in the eighth and Heath Bell got the five-out save to ice it.

Athletics 5, Angels 2: Trevor Cahill, the A’s starter in this one, was replaced on the All-Star roster by Jered
Weaver, the Angels starter in this one. But . . . since he can’t pitch on Tuesday either, he was replaced by A’s reliever Andrew Bailey who also pitched in this one. He’s a reliever though, so I guess that’s cool.  Weaver’s contract calls for a $50K bonus for making the All-Star team, by the way, and I assume he gets it for the 11 seconds he was on the squad. I’m picturing Angels owner Arte Moreno sitting in his office with a rather dazed look on his face right now.

Orioles 4, Rangers 1: The Orioles take four straight from the Rangers, which included some long balls on Saturday to render Cliff Lee’s Texas debut an ignominious one. Baltimore’s season may be a loss from a horse race perspective, but there’s a lot of pride to be regained and — let’s face it — some good old fashioned spoilin’ to be done. The Orioles are a more talented team than their record suggests. Maybe they can at least make the most of a bad situation.

Dodgers 7, Cubs 0: I can’t decide if that little 55 mile per hour
eephus/curve/whatever it is pitch Vicente Padilla throws is totally
annoying or the coolest thing ever. I mean, I like garbage pitches like
that as a matter of course. But I can’t enjoy watching Padilla do it for
some reason. Still, it was effective as all get out last night.

Giants 6, Nationals 2: Three RBI for Travis Ishikawa, who has been raking since the Molina trade, which gave him a chance to get out of the pinch hitting role. Since then the Giants have been scoring runs by the bucketful too. Coincidence, I think not.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 12, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    The Feesh go home to await the July 31 bloodbath in fear and trembling. Finishing up the thirteen game road trip 7-6, which means they still fell a game and a half further behind the division leaders than the eight point five by which they lagged when they hit the road two weeks ago, the Teal Terrors elicited the reprobation of supposed genius GM Larry Beinfest who “admitted” that the front office is “frustrated and disappointed” in the way its K-Mart payroll performed in the first half. Ten games out, sinking fast, the Feesh can be comforted with the “momentum” of beating the awful Snakes two out of three. It was a far, far better thing they done than what they done before, but it is probably a far, far better place a lot of them are headed for than what they done knowed up till now. Beinfest, toeing the Scrooge McLoria party line, says the Feesh aren’t giving up on the season but that “things are in the works,” which I hope means their PR office is switching from the synthetic fertilizer they’ve been spreading to something a bit more organic.
    .
    The backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball cup also, mercifully, trundled to a close yesterday, meaning that even HBT commentators can take a day or two off now to head home off’n the road and think about the first half of the season while what Craig discreetly termed “baloney” piles up like volcanic dust in Reykjavik.

  2. Jonas - Jul 12, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    The last week or so? The Twins have been brutal since the beginning of June. The White Sox have played well and have had the advantage of a cream puff schedule, but there’s still no excuse for the Twins falling as far as they have.

  3. wrg885 - Jul 12, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Think of that Padilla pitch as a super or breaking knuckleball, Craig, because we know how much you love the knuckleball.

  4. Mark - Jul 12, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    The Jays were pretty embarrassing against Dice-BB. His control wasn’t as good as his walk total leads you to believe, and the Jays bailed him out by swinging at the first pitch. Which would have been fine, except had they waited him out he would have just walked 7 guys in a row.
    What’s worse is the announcers applaud this swing at the first pitch approach, and keep claiming OBP is stupid. Meanwhile the Jays are on pace to score about 50 runs less than last year. But hey! Being aggressive leads to homers! So there’s that…

  5. Grand Slam Single - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Classic Charlie quote when asked about the fans booing Lidge when he was brought in to close out Sunday’s game:
    “If I’m not mistaken, I heard them all cheering at the end,” he said. “I might not be too smart, but my ears are still good.”

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Yeah, the Phills still seem like they have trouble finding the barrel of the bat. Still. There was some great pitching in philly during this series from both teams. Halladay had a “complete” 9 inning shutout and pitched against Wood who had and lost a perfect “game” through 8 innings and a shutout through 9. Sucks for those guys to both get a No Decision doesn’t it?

  7. adam - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Craig – Bagwell isn’t taking over hitting coach duties until after the All-Star break, so it’s not his fault yet.

  8. Utley's hair - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Yes, there was some great pitching in this series, but it also sucks that Big Joe couldn’t get tagged with something more than a slightly (more) bloated ERA for Friday’s debacle. And it isn’t every day that a team can have multiple blown saves in a single game and yet STILL win. Unreal.

  9. APBA Guy - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    The Beloved A’s got blasted in the Chron this weekend by their former president under the Haas family (Levis jeans) ownership. Money quote:
    “You can’t tell people ‘We’re leaving-come to the park’”
    The upshot is he expects the A’s to do a deal with Oakland and stay in the city, though not necessarily in the Mausoleum, since it’s just too difficult to get a park built in CA these days, and the Giants scare Air Bud with their lawyers and stuff. Though he doesn’t expect a deal done soon.
    The A’s won 2 of 3 from the Angels, but nobody cares since the Angels are not themselves this year. More to the point, they shelled Jered Weaver yesterday. That was fun, too.

  10. Derek - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    SOUTHSIDE

  11. Jonny5 - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Our innings eating Moose who made me say he’s worth his new contract last off season is looking, well, not so good this season, and not worth his contract lately. I really like the guy, and hope he turns it around soon. I mean he’s being shown up by Kendrick lately…. C’mon Joe, get back on track… We need, as Philly fans to look into why we still trot Lidge out in save situations. I know, he was booed, then saved the game, guess what? He’ll be booed every time he walks out now if that’s what it takes. I just don’t get it, he’s just not that good but he keeps turning up. I guess it was a rough series for the Bullpen and needed everyone, but after the break if he blows up his first game I’ll be less suprised than if he saves it.

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