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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 16, 2010, 6:04 AM EDT

Only seven games? What, these guys need even more of a break?

Giants 2, Mets 0: Carlos Beltran returns and goes 1 for 4 — and was caught stealing after the hit — but Tim Lincecum puts on his 2009 pants and throws a six hit shutout. And RBI double for Pablo Sandoval too, which is a far more important bounceback for the Giants if they want to get back in contention in the West.  Beltran on the caught stealing: “”I was trying to pick up the catcher’s sign,” Beltran said. “I saw two
fingers and I just felt that I was going to be able to make it. I guess
when you drink too many coffees and too much sugar before the game, it
makes you do crazy things.”  I know most baserunners are trying to do it, but I don’t know that I can remember a player saying, right after the game, that he was trying to snag the catcher’s signs like that.

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 1: Like Lincecum, it looks like Chris Carpenter benefited from the time off (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6K 0 BB). Not so much for Clayton Kershaw, who gave up five runs over four and a third inefficient innings. Joe Torre: “He hadn’t pitched in a week, you’ve got to chalk it up to that.” Rest helps some guy, hurts others. Sometimes I think we don’t know a damn thing about pitching.

Angels 8, Mariners 3: Ichiro Suzuki and Erick Aybar both lead off and both drove in three runs. Eight runs on sixteen hits for the Angels is a good sign after stumbling into the break in a run-scoring funk. Which unlike most kinds of funk, isn’t good!

Cubs 12, Phillies 6: Picked a hell of a day to write my “is Jamie Moyer a Hall of Famer” post, eh? The aged one gets smacked around for six runs in three innings and Ryan Demptser handles the Phillies bats for six innings. Aramis Ramirez hit a couple of doubles and had four RBI and Derek Lee and Geovany Soto each had two-run bombs. Which is how they figured over the winter the lineup would work.

White Sox 8, Twins 7: The White Sox pulled off four hit-and-runs and got all bunty and stuff. As a fan I enjoy watching that stuff. As someone who tries to think hard about baseball, I worry about the diminishing returns of all of that. Worked last night, though. For the Twins, Joe Mauer had three hits and three RBIs, but Kevin Slowey couldn’t miss any bats. Oh, and Justin Morneau is on the DL now, so things just keep getting better for Minnesota.

Rangers 7, Red Sox 2: What happens when the flutterball doesn’t flutter: seven runs pm eight hits in two innings, that’s what happens. Three doubles for Josh Hamilton who now leads the AL in hitting. The Sox have dropped six of eight.

Braves 2, Brewers 1:  Jason Heyward returned. He had no hits, but he made two big defensive plays, each victimizing Casey McGehee. First he threw McGehee out at third when he tried to take two bases on a Jim Edmonds single, then he made a running, smash-into-the-wall catch of a McGehee drive.  In a game as close as this one, both plays were critical.  And with the Mets and Phillies losses, Atlanta leads them in the East by five and five and a half games, respectively.

  1. Knight-of-God - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    I was disapointed that MLB could only scrounge up 7 games. How lazy are these guys? LOL! I think my preseason prediction of a Yankee vs Braves story comes true. I cringe at the idea of a Rangers vs Padres (rags to riches) series.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Ahhhh what a Laugher… It is what it is…. What’s with Kendrick “coming out to get some work” last night out of the bullpen? Hmm? Is there a starting pitcher being added to the rotation soon??? Anyway, these Phills didn’t look that bad last night if you take away the batting practice session. J-roll turned a couple of plays only J-roll could have turned, It looked magical. Howard was hitting the ball out of the park, and he made a couple nice defensive plays too. Hey, did anyone notice “Skippy” Soriano stopped skipping as he fields the ball?? How did this happen? Life sucks, How will I be able to call him Skippy if he doesn’t do it anymore? Nice time for the Cubs to start hitting the ball huh??

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Let’s give some kudos to Red Sox Nation for their respectful commerative for George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard.
    Stock up on Kleenex and watch Yankees Old Timers pre-game tomorrow at 2PM. I’m a sucker for baseball sentimentality.

  4. Jon - Jul 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    does beltran get beaned tonight?

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