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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

Lots of soggy, steamy rain-delayed games. Lots of pitchers getting beat up. Methinks the dog days are upon us.

Cardinals 8, Phillies 4: Sometimes there are these pitches that seem simply unhittable. That scrape the corners, that paint the blacks, that fall right off the table and leave everyone in the house guessing except for the catcher who called for it and the pitcher who threw it. Kyle Kendrick does not possess any of those pitches (5 IP, 7, H, 7 ER, 3 HR). And Charlie Manuel would have yanked him before he gave up his third home run in the fifth inning, but he was gettin’ some shut-eye, see, and told no one to wake him unless there was an e-mergency, get me?

Marlins 9, Rockies 8: A wild one. The Rockies took leads in the third, the sixth and the eighth, but gave the leads back in the third, the sixth and the ninth. I was gonna look and see if the someone was messing with the humidor, but then I saw that they were playing in Florida, and that’s all humidor, all the time. Oh, and Ubaldo Jimenez got beat up. I imagine we’re one or two mortal performances like this one before we return to not paying much more attention to Ubaldo Jimenez starts than we do anyone else’s.

Rays 8, Orioles 1: Wade Davis gives up one run over eight innings. Davis feasts on the Orioles — he’s 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in three starts — but then again, who doesn’t feast on the Orioles?

Reds 7, Nationals 2: Nothing better for a team having hard time scoring runs like a visit from the Nats. The damage was done by Miguel Cairo, Jonny Gomes, Drew Stubbs and Johnny Cueto, which is totally how the Reds drew it up.

Brewers 3, Pirates 1: Chris Capuano got his first win since May 13, 2007. That was about a month after I started blogging. Just two days before that win I put up a post about how Major League Baseball was struggling to figure out how to properly commemorate Barry Bonds imminent breaking of Hank Aaron’s home run record because — as some people were vaguely aware at the time — Selig had some shadowy committee headed up by George Mitchell investigating steroids. So much uncertainty! How much time has passed.

Astros 11, Cubs 5: Remember back when we were all marveling at Carlos Silva’s fast start. Yeah, that’s over (1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER).

Royals 5, Blue Jays 4: Kevin Gregg came out for the bottom of the 10th with a one run lead. A triple and a sac fly tied the score, then Gregg got a grounder for out number two. Can Gregg do it! Nope: Single, walk, single ballgame. Second clunker in a row for Gregg, but at least he didn’t lose that last three-walk game in Baltimore.

Giants 5, Dodgers 2: The Dodgers’ tailspin continues and the Giants continue to surge. Into second place as we wake up this morning. Buster Posey has a 13 game hitting streak. If he keeps that up I may soon stop picturing Tony Hale every time I hear his name.

Diamondbacks 13, Mets 2: Mike Pelfrey gets destroyed in what was probably the worst outing of his career. He’s 1-4 with a 9.11 ERA in his last six starts. After the game Jerry Manuel went off about how Pelfrey needs to quit throwing junk and get back to his fastball-sinker routine. For his part Pelfrey agrees and says he feels fine physically and that it’s all a mental thing. At this point I can’t decide if it would be worse for the Mets if there was a physical problem or a mental problem, but it needs to get fixed fast because an effective Pelfrey is absolutely essential to the Mets’ chanced.

White Sox 6, Mariners 1: After a bad weekend, Chicago wins while both Detroit and Minnesota lose. Ozzie Guillen: “One day at a time. That’s our philosophy. No matter
what happens yesterday, today is a new one.”  Anyone else get a little weirded out by Ozzie being philosophical?

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1: Dice-K throws an efficient six and two-thirds innings and the game ended in two hours and forty minutes. Kevin Cash after the game: “That’s Dice’s whole M.O. Getting ahead and throwing strikes.”  Well, it’s totally not his M.O., but it’s nice to see him do it for once.

Indians 10, Twins 4: I’m torn. On the one hand I like to see the Indians playing well like they have lately because, while I don’t root for them, I get more Indians games on my big HD TV than anyone else’s and I’d rather watch a good product than a bad product. On the other hand, if they put together a nice second half with the young talent playing well, they’re going to trick me into thinking they’re a contender again next spring, and I’m pretty tired of being tricked into thinking the Indians are going to do well only to have them face-plant out of the gate.

Rangers 8, Tigers 6: A fourteen inning affair ends after Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer. Well, it didn’t end directly after that because the Tigers still got to bat in the bottom of the inning, but you know what I mean. Rangers’ pitcher Dustin Nippert was hit in the head with a comebacker earlier in the game. Scary, but he appears to be OK.  Oh, and the Tigers should have won this one in the 11th but Cruz deked Johnny Damon — who was on second base — on a single hit to right-center. Damon should have scored, but Cruz played like he was going to catch it, causing Damon to hesitate and subsequently get stranded at third.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    And tonight Moyer vs Carpenter…. oh well.

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    It is quite possible that Kevin Cash does not know what M.O. stands for (perhaps he thinks it means “Maintain Optimism” or something), and a philosophical Ozzie is downright scary.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  3. Paper Lions - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Is it wrong of me to keep waiting for the “F U, HBT” that is inevitable here?

  4. Old Gator - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Well, that Feesh game last night was even wilder than you could infer from the line scores, bubba. The Teal Titans registered their second late inning comeback win of the season when an AAA scrubeenie called up to replace another congenital AAA scrubeenie who got sent down hit a walkoff homer and made a winner of yet another AAA scrubeenie who just got called up to patch the hemorrhaging boolpen but gave up a three run homer in the bottom of the eight to dig yet another hole for the Feesh. Jorge Cantu suddenly found his clutch stroke again. Hanley laid down a great bunt in the second and then reverted to his leadfooted fielding mode of earlier in the season for a couple of innings. Tommy Hutton and Dave O’Brien were out there early during the pregame show and again during the game itself, extolling to the heavens the virtues of the “rejuvenated” boolpen based on two games against…the Gnats. Then Clay Hensley and the aforementioned scrubeenie Munez came out in the eighth and coughed up two dingers and four runs. Mike Stanton cracked the kind of three run shot that made him legendary in the minors, a Scud deep into the rearmost seats of the second deck, then fanned an inning later with the bases loaded. The fielding on both sides (four errors and a couple of miscues that might as well have been errors) imbued the game with an appropriately Macondo Marxian (ie, Groucho) sensibility right from the git-go.
    Oh, yeah, and Ubaldo Jiminez looks a lot like Obama when he’s not wearing his baseball cap. When he got knocked out by Stanton, he had the same expression on his face while sitting in the dugout that Obama probably does when he looks at the polls, but the Gatorade seemed to make him feel better. Moral: Obama needs to drink more Gatorade.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Craig – I inferred this in another post yesterday, but, ah, are you perhaps ready now to admit that it is a disgrace to lose to the Aureoles?

  6. Ditto65 - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    You would have to wait until I have a good head full of scotch for that to happen. I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch.
    And this will be my last:
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  7. geoknows - Jul 20, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    This is the second year in a row where I kept hearing about how great the Indians were going to be when I kept saying “not a chance.” And the second year in a row that people laughed at me. Both times, lo and behold, I’ve gotten the last laugh. Next year, Craig, lest they lull you to sleep again, just remember that a team with zero pitching ain’t goin’ nowhere.

  8. Utley's hair - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Grampa will pick it up. He’ll be back to hurling like Halladay before Doc is. Now if they could only…ya know…what’s that again? Oh yeah, hit and score.

  9. The Ol Goaler - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    In fairness to “Cholly” Manuel, he didn’t have time to “yank” Kendrick; after Albert Pujols went “BOOM!”, Kendrick retired Colby Rasmus… and then gave up bombs to Allen Craig and Skip Freakin’ Schumaker, and it was already too late!

  10. Utley's hair - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    But Kendrick has a tough time getting through the 5th for some reason–a big reason why I find it hard to believe that KK is still in the rotation at all, but that’s another issue. At the first sign of trouble, Cholly should have been ringing the gong. Maybe the whole bullpen sucking is a reason, but he got the same result.

  11. APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    The Red Sox game was entertaining last night, given that Sheets only gave up two runs. Of course, the first was based on an 86 mph 2 seamer that leaked over the plate to Eric Patterson. A’s fans were reminded how fast Patterson is when he ended up on 3rd on what would have been a double to a normal runner. That pitch was indicative of Sheets’ issues this year, but the overall quality of his performance also indicates he’s improving. He’d actually be a good rental for the Yankees right now.

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