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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 21, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

Year of the pitcher my butt. Runs came by the bushel last night.

Giants 7, Dodgers 5: So the pitching matchup I was so looking forward to kind of fizzled out, but that didn’t keep this one from being interesting.  Clayton Kershaw hit Andres Torres in the first. Then Tim Lincecum smacked Matt Kemp and Denny Bautista threw some inside heat to Russell Martin. Kershaw then did the expected thing and hit Aaron Rowand. The upshot of all of that was Joe Torre, bench coach Bob Schaefer and Kershaw were all ejected.

Don Mattingly took over as the Dodgers’ manager and — just like he did the last time he had the reins — he screwed up. This time he accidentally turned one mound visit in the ninth into two when he turned around on his way back to the dugout, thereby losing Jonathan Broxton. George Sherrill had to come in — cold, because he wasn’t warming up — and he promptly gave up a two-run double to Torres, which ended up giving the Giants the game. Look, I love Mattingly, but is this really the guy everyone considers to be Torre’s heir apparent?

Rockies 10, Marlins 0: I was reading some Nate Robertson/trade deadline speculation yesterday afternoon. This ain’t gonna help it. The Rockies crush the rec-spectacled one, led by Melvin Mora’s five RBI. Melvin Mora had a big game? Quick! Someone call President Bush! It’s 2003 and we can still avoid blundering into the quagmire that is the Iraq war!

Rangers 8, Tigers 0: All Tommy Hunter does is win ballgames. That’s seven straight in the toilet for the Tigers. Armando Galarraga and Casey Fien combine to give up seven runs right after being called up from Toledo. All I can figure is that they both stopped in at some bar in Monroe on the way back up to the ballpark and weren’t 100% at go time.

Braves 4, Padres 1: The Padres threatened in the first inning, but a potential run was killed when David Eckstein was thrown out at the plate by Melky Cabrera to end the inning. You can’t win, Melky. If you strike Eckstein down, he shall become more
powerful than you could possibly imagine
. Braves now have the best record in the NL.

Angels 10, Yankees 2: As I write this particular entry it’s about 10:45 P.M. Eastern time last night, so I haven’t yet had the benefit of reading the New York tabloids yet, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess the day’s meme: Phil Hughes has now pitched 100 innings! His arm is going to fall off! Pettitte’s hurt! Burnett is a basket case! The Yankees must trade all warm bodies for Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly and the corpse of Red Ruffing! Maybe that’s not it, but you know there will be a meme. See, the Yankees are expected to go 162-0, and if they lose, writers must search for the root cause. Every. Single. Time.

Cardinals 7, Phillies 1: Jamie Moyer had to leave after one inning due to an elbow strain. Overheard in the clubhouse after the game: Moyer arguing with the training staff about whether to treat the strain with some Lister’s Carbolic Unguent, a Balasam Specific or Smeckler’s Powder. And I’m not going to say that Phillies fans are starting to lose faith or anything, but last night one of the biggest Phillies partisans I know tweeted “I just took a dump. I named it Baez.”

Pirates 11, Brewers 9: It was 9-0 Pirates at the end of the first inning, but the Brewers had gotten within one run by the 6th. That and $8 gets you a domestic beer in a plastic cup, however, and the Brew Crew weren’t able to complete the comeback. Oh, and no one is paying attention because it’s the Pirates and everything, but Pedro Alvarez is having a hell of a July. Last night adds to it: 2 for 4, 2 HR, 5 RBI and a walk.

Indians 4, Twins 3: Travis Hafner doubles in Carlos Santana in the seventh to but the Tribe over the top. In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t,
the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are
threatening to climb out of the cellar.

Blue Jays 13, Royals 1: Royals’ starter Anthony Larew left the game early when he was drilled by a comebacker. Just kind of set the tone for the beating the Royals took.

Cubs 14, Astros 7: Anyone else notice that Aramis Ramirez has basically been Ted Williams in July? Three for seven, three homers and seven RBI last night to add onto what has already been a stellar month.

Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2: Like I’ve always said: when Barry Enright takes
the hill, you probably should just pack it in and save your energy to
fight another day. OK, that’s not totally fair — Enright has been good
this year — but the Mets only getting one run off him in eight innings
doesn’t exactly bathe them in glory. Their best shot to break through in
this one came in the first when they had the bases loaded and only one
out, but both Ike Davis and Jason Bay whiffed and the threat was over. 1
for 6 with runners in scoring position overall last night. Just some
bad baseball from New York lately.

White Sox 4, Mariners 0: John Danks shuts down the punchless Mariners over seven and two-thirds and Chicago beats Seattle in a cool 2:11. One of the only really crisp games in all of baseball last night.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 4: Neither Tim Wakefield nor Dallas Braden were particularly sharp, but the bullpens kept things scoreless between the fourth and the ninth. Kevin Kouzmanoff won it with a walkoff single in the bottom of the tenth. His sac fly in the third had tied the game as well. I want to say that he did the tie-it-up, win-it thing a few weeks ago too, but I’m too lazy to look.

Reds 8, Nationals 7: The game itself lasted two hours and forty-eight
minutes. The rain delay in the middle was two hours, thirty-two minutes.
You had to be a brave and hearty soul to stay for that one. Mike Leake
got the win despite the Reds’ pen giving up six runs as soon as the
delay was over. He’s 7-1 now.

Orioles 11, Rays 10: Seven homers, 13 innings and four hours, thirty-eight minutes of baseball. I guess that’s some people’s idea of a good time. Carl Crawford left the game in the first inning and went to the hospital after getting hit in the groin on a pickoff throw from Jake Arrieta. The game was so long that Crawford came back to the ballpark before it was over and gave this choice quote regarding the throw: “You couldn’t hit it in a better spot.”  Really, Carl? I can think of a hundred places that would be preferable.

  1. SDelMonte - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Eckstein, however, is a little short to be a stormtrooper.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    Looks like Donnie Baseball will have to learn you can’t pull a Columbo. And he wanted to be our latex salesman!

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Daily News decides that the big guns don’t need to be brought into the fray until the 28th so enlist Tim Smith to start a “sky is falling” verbatim to what you had composed.
    The ever-popular reader poll: Should Yanks look for starter:
    Call Houston immediately: 34%
    Muddle through: 21%
    Never should have let Cliff Lee get away: 45%
    You can read us like a free e-book on Kindle.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    So much for “momentum.” The Feesh follow up on their gutsy walkoff comebacker of the night before by getting shelled by the Rocky Mountain Oysters last night, and being unable to score against a starter with a five point something ERA. Back to ten out in the division, three below the strange attractor. As far as trade bait, I don’t know what the Feesh are paying Robertson, but he can’t be all that expensive or he wouldn’t be in Macondo in the first place. Anyway, he eats innings – raw, off the bone, and burps a lot.

  5. RickyB - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    While it is true that he manager’s visit to the mound is concluded once he leaves the dirt of the mound, the umpires still did not get the ruling right as written in the rulebook:
    Rule 8.06 Comment: “In a case where a manager has made his first trip to the mound and then returns the second time to the mound in the same inning with the same pitcher in the game and the same batter at bat, after being warned by the umpire that he cannot return to the mound, the manager shall be removed from the game and the pitcher required to pitch to the batter until he is retired or gets on base. After the batter is retired, or becomes a base runner, then this pitcher must be removed from the game. The manager should be notified that his pitcher will be removed from the game after he pitches to one hitter, so he can have a substitute pitcher warmed up.”
    The umpires did not get a chance to warn Mattingly he couldn’t return to the mound, but Mattingly should have been ejected and Broxton should have pitched to that batter before being removed. Anyone else read that differently?

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    I also took a dump, and named it Baez. It wasn’t a particularly good dump. It’s getting tough to stomach, watching all these games with no offense, then wishing you hadn’t seen an ace traded away for more than likely worthless prospects.Still no offense. Blanton is not himself, and not in a good way. Still less offense. Where’s JA Happ? Still no offense. Werth, is going to be traded. Moyer goes down. Watch a minor league guy pitch against Albert Puljos and gang. Still no offense.

  7. Ditto65 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    I was waiting for the “Never Shoulda Let Matsui Go!” (maybe I missed it). I love the guy, but Nick Johnson was obviously the better choice at DH.

  8. Ditto65 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    I thought for sure Cholly would’ve brought out his bottle of Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment. You know, like this: (Cholly) Don’t be a wet sock, Pally. Try some a my Stanley’s – You’ll be like eggs in coffee, dig?

  9. Ditto65 - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Do you mean to say that the umps got something wrong? What is this world coming to?

  10. Brad - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    I love the Bob Uecker line in the Indians recap. That fits perfectly.

  11. hoffch04 - Jul 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    the intent of that rule though, as Neyer wrote last night, is to prevent a manager from going to the mound twice intentionally to get a pitcher out of a game before he faces a pitcher. that wasn’t mattingly’s intent last night, so I’m not sure that the manager ejection part applies.

  12. hoffch04 - Jul 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    *before a pitcher faces a batter. #proofreadingftw

  13. APBA Guy - Jul 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Amazingly no mention of Balkin’ Bob’s 10th inning balk call, after some Cuzzi like strike zone work, that gave Kouz the chance to win it in Oakland. As with 99% of his balk calls, they are of the vanishing sort: he see’s them and nobody else does. Good thing it isn’t voices. Otherwise, people would think he’s crazy instead of “eccentric”.

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