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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

We've seen bad calls this year and we've seen umpires getting all up in players' faces. Phil Cuzzi manages both in a single inning.

Mets 4, Giants 3: Umpire Phil Cuzzi didn’t hand a win to the Mets, but he sure as hell took one away from the Giants.  Travis Ishikawa was safe on this play — even Henry Blanco said so after the game — but Cuzzi called him out. It was clearly the wrong call and it cost the Giants the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Earlier Cuzzi was in a screaming match with Francisco Rodriguez, which was also out of line. If for no other reason that it should have been Johan Santana yelling at Rodriguez for blowing a 3-1 lead in the ninth, thereby costing Santana a W. Oh, and check out K-Rod’s game-ending strikeout celebration. Dude: you get to pump your fist like that if you save it, not if you vulture a win.

Cardinals 5, Dodgers 4: The Cardinals’ five runs come in the eighth and ninth and they win it on a walkoff RBI single from Matt Holliday. The Dodgers wasted six shutout innings by Padilla during which he only allowed one hit.  Only 80 pitches too, so you wonder why he wasn’t allowed to go another inning or two. Anyway, the Cards sweep the Dodgers and take over first place in the NL Central.

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4: Chris Denorfia smacks two homers as Edwin Jackson turns in his third straight blah start after his no-hitter. Fun little mix-up between Everth Cabrera and Mark Reynolds down at third base when Cabrera was picked off. Cabrera got ejected, but I’m not sure it wasn’t the case that both he and Reynolds were equally aggressive here. Cabrera’s foot in Reynolds’ face was a bit much, but so too was Reynolds rolling over Cabrera and planting an elbow in his back beforehand, not to mention the fact that Reynolds was the one who came up swinging. Seems like you either eject both of them or neither of them. Could be worse, though. If Phil Cuzzi was working this game he probably would have ejected Steve Garvey and then barked at you if you told him he was wrong.

Mariners 2, Angels 1: It’s really not possible to watch highlights from a Mariners-Angels matchup without thinking of the Enrico Pallazo game. And while we’re on the subject, does it bother anyone that the the Enrico Pallazo game was quite obviously played in Dodger Stadium?

Twins 7, White Sox 6: Bobby Jenks joins K-Rod and Jonathan Broxton on the big-name-closers-who-got-shelled-yesterday list after allowing four runs without getting a single man out. The Twins almost didn’t survive yet another poopy performance by Nick Blackburn, after which he sounded like he knows he’s about to lose his job: “I don’t know how much longer they’re going to keep putting up with this
stuff.”  That aside, it was a nice weekend for Minnesota, taking three of four from the Chisox when it looked like they were about ready to keel over and die.

Pirates 9, Astros 0: Paul Maholm tossed a three-hitter, helped out by a Houston lineup that probably wouldn’t qualify as formidable in a Texas League game. It probably didn’t make any difference, though, because the flood gates opened for the Pirates when Roy Oswalt had to leave after taking a comebacker off his ankle.

Athletics 9, Royals 6: So much for all of those “hey, those Royals are looking frisky” articles we’ve been reading lately, as they drop their sixth straight. Oakland, on the other hand, has won five in a row and 12 of 18 and they’re now back to .500 for the first time in over a month. Nice game for Vin Mazzaro, who gave up one run in seven and two-thirds. It then took four pitchers for the A’s bullpen to get the final four outs.

Braves 11, Brewers 6: Brian McCann just loves having the sacks jacked. He had that bases-loaded RBI double in the All-Star Game, and in this one he had a grand slam and was later walked with three men aboard. This is strange: on Saturday the Braves’ Jonny Venters went after Prince Fielder, throwing near his head and then plunking him. Both he and Bobby Cox were ejected. Fine. Then yesterday, Manny Parra hits Jason Heyward. Warning issued: still fine. Sure, Parra could have been immediately ejected if the ump thought it was retaliation, but the warning is how it’s usually handled. Two batters later David Riske hits Troy Glaus but isn’t ejected. Why not? What was the point of the warning?

Rangers 4, Red Sox 2: Losing three out of four is not the way the Sox wanted to come out of the All-Star break. Well, at least not unless they’re running some weird rope-a-dope gambit to which we’re all simply not hip. Ten strikeouts for C.J. Wilson who I never would have guessed would be having such a nice year as a starter before the season began.

Marlins 1, Nationals 0: The Marlins shut out the Nats for the second straight day (and after they themselves were shut out on Friday). This was a committee job, with Alex Sanabia starting and going five and a third and four relievers finishing it out. Indeed, Florida needed three relievers to finish up the shutout on Saturday too. A pretty bullpen-taxing couple of days for having given up zero runs.

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 1: Yunel Escobar hit a grand slam and drove in five. He’s six for his first 13 with a walk since coming over from Atlanta, but at least four of those hits were really annoying and displayed a bad attitude.

Rockies 1, Reds 0: How does a 1-0 game last more than three hours? When nine pitchers are used between the two teams, I guess. Aaron Cook three seven of those shutout innings. For the Reds, Travis Wood pitches on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss for the second time in a row.

Yankees 9, Rays 5: A win is nice when you beat David Price but you really regret it when you lose Andy Pettitte. OK, that was terrible and I’m going to go kill myself now. But not for the bad rhyme. I’m going to kill kill myself because I spent ten minutes trying to think of something good to rhyme with “groin” before I ended up going with what I wrote.

Indians 7, Tigers 2: Jhonny Peralta’s inside-the-parker was helped by Ryan Rayburn missing the leaping catch, pulling a Bump Bailey and going through the bullpen door. Well, he didn’t really pull a Bump Bailey in that he didn’t die or anything, but it was still kind of neat. And you know what? After watching the replay a few times, I’m pretty sure that’s an inside-the-parker even if the bullpen door doesn’t open. But if I admitted that beforehand I probably wouldn’t have gone with the Bump Bailey reference.

Cubs 11, Phillies 6: Either Roy Halladay’s radar was off last night, or else he consulted Joey Votto when putting together his strategy for getting Marlon Byrd out, because Doc plunked him twice. And each time he did he gave up a two-run home run shortly thereafter.

  1. SouthofHeaven - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    You guys are missing the biggest baseball-related story of the day: Coach Lou Brown died! Quit givin’ me this ole s#!+ & write a damn obituary!!!

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    “but at least four of those hits were really annoying and displayed a bad attitude.”
    - Good stuff.
    Not so when Pettitte must join the DL for a pulled groin.
    Hey – I tried.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 19, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    The Universe had a type of out-of body experience over the weekend- tributes, walk-off, pitcher idiocracy, Andy has something wrong because his normally pained expression gets critical and Jorge knows right away, bullpen works for 6 2/3 including FAT TOAD time (until everyone gets too nervous), 2 out of 3 from Rays with bonus Old Timers but without Yogi.
    The only thing I know for sure is that Bob Hope in “The Road to Morocco” looks like Nick Swisher.

  4. lar @ wezen-ball - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    I have no idea about the beanings on Sunday that didn’t cause an ejection. I wasn’t watching at the time. But maybe it was because the Heyward HBP barely grazed him? I don’t know. I guess the umps are given some discretion in a case like that, and neither beaning was as flagrant as the Prince one. Still, you’d think the ump would want to follow through on the message he sent with the warning.
    Talking about bad umpires, I just thought I’d point out how well Angel Hernandez handled the Prince beaning on Saturday. Prince was noticeably upset about the HBP (though it’s not like he made a step towards the mound or anything). But before Prince could yell or anything, Hernandez put his arm around Prince and walked him up to first base while chatting with him. I thought that was pretty good of him – diffuse the situation before it even gets started. (I talk about it here and you can see the video here.)

  5. aleskel - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Amen to that.
    “Uh, can I get back to you on that? There’s a guy on the other line asking me about some whitewalls”

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Ahhh, the Phills are looking sooo Limp lately. Good thing for me I was too busy this weekend to witness it firsthand. Even Roy H. has fallen victim to the infliction that faces the Phills.

  7. Preston - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    1) Padilla only went 6 because he was pinch hit for in the top of the 7th with the Dodgers leading 1-0, runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out; Garrett Anderson doubled in a run hitting for him, and the Dodgers scored 3 in the inning. Looked like a good move at the time.
    2) Sure, Yunel might be 6 for 13, but they were playing the Orioles – that’s almost par for the course.

  8. Spudchukar - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Looks like the Yanks are going to have to cough up some coin, now that Petitte is out with the groin.

  9. Old Gator - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Sports nabobs of Macondo are buzzing about the two supposedly stellar performances of the Feesh boolpen this past weekend. Okay, I allow at the outset that a win is a win is a win, and recall vividly the disaffection expressed by Craig when, earlier in the season, some sportswriters inferred that it was a “disgrace” to lose to the Orioles. I also grant that with the past two and a half more months’ hindsight Craig my now wish to retract his animadversions, but….Anyway, the point is, the Feesh were playing the Gnats. If that had been any other team in the division they’d be seven games under the strange attractor by now, twelve or so games out, and their pitching stat lines would have black and blue marks. I watched some of the pitches that they got away with and imagined if they had thrown them to, say, the Atlanta lineup. Even the Feelies, in their current horsemeat-and-velveeta-sandwich debilitated state, would have killed those pitches. Good on the little guy for wriggling off the hook as often as he did, but I am not ready to christen Alex Sanabia as the next…um…Anibal Sanchez. At best, the Chihuahua could put a receding nappy wig on him and send him off to charity breakfasts disguised as himself while he keeps busy sawing down his golf club handles in the garage.
    .
    The Feesh drove in an amazing three runs in three games, leaving enough men on base to repopulate the planet after the next asteroid impact (assuming the local WNBA team leaves a few of their own on the bench for them; let’s not breed them with the Mermaids if we want anyone to be able to dance well in the post-apocalypse). I have blanked the stat line for stranded in scoring position anyway so chances are most of the females we saved for them would survive with their dignity intact anyway. Most compelling, the lone run the Feesh plated yesterday depended for its survival on Emilio Bonifacio’s enthusiastic dribbler being rolled slowly between Adam Dunn and first base. Bill Buckner could have made a play on that ball, and I’m an expert on that subject based on firsthand experience. Dunn’s hand-eye, much less brain-leg, coordination must be governed by worn sprockets and flywheels instead of neurons. Last time I saw anything move so slowly, it was a tectonic plate.
    .
    Well, my Feesh find themselves three below the attractor – closest they’ve been in a few weeks – and remain nine point five back in the division, and after a relative vacation against the Gnats they face the Rocky Mountain Oysters and Ubaldo tonight. As Ash the Android burbled in Alien (at least he wasn’t spitting up half-digested horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches), I can’t lie to the Feesh about their chances, but they have my sympathy.

  10. Old Gator - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Nice. You graduate from spudchucking to punkinchunkin’ with that one.

  11. APBA Guy - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    The A’s record in their recent streak is a scheduling artifact brought about by the playing of Baltimore, Cleveland, KC, et al.. Tonight they host Boston, who even injured and jet lagged should be too much for the A’s, currently ranked 14th out of 14 in the AL in home runs.
    But speaking of Kansas City, they seem to have had two serious problems with the A’s: an inability to make routine plays and a desire to throw mush balls down the middle of the plate. Yesterday Bannister, whose arm slot causes him to miss up in the zone, put three on a platter that the A’s alarmingly did not miss. All of the bombs were deep, and I think they are still talking about Kouz launching one into the RF waterfall.
    The A’s bullpen: 5 runs and 4 outs yesterday. While that brings to mind Gator’s description of the Feesh pen, I think Geren realizes his pen isn’t the same as last year’s. He had Mazzarro out there into the 8th on a 91 degree day after 100 pitches. He did pull him as soon as he allowed a base runner, so it wasn’t a total disaster.

  12. The Rabbit - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    You may not have noticed but the Indians swept the Tigers.
    Does that tell you more about the Tigers or the current state of the Indians?

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