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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 27, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

A no-no for Matt Garza and an oh no! for Dan Haren.

Rays 5, Tigers 0: The no-no for Matt Garza. Indeed, there were only three hits in the whole game. Unfortunately for Max Scherzer and the Tigers, one of them was a grand slam.  For Garza, only one walk — and that guy was erased on a double play — making it a near-perfecto. It was the fifth no-hitter in baseball this year. Only 17,000 witnessed it live.

Twins 19, Royals 1: Just a magical night last night I guess as right on the heels of Garza’s performance, Zack Greinke and the Royals bullpen combine for a 20-hitter. How often does a 4 for 4, 4 RBI night not stand as the game’s best hitting line? That was Danny Valencia’s. Joe Mauer, however, pulled a 5 for 5, 7 RBI night out of his hat, however.

Red Sox 6, Angels 3: Dan Haren’s debut with the Angels ended early when a comebacker smacked him in the arm. It swelled up but Haren thinks it’s just a flesh wound. He’s going to be reevaluated today. If he has to miss some time, boy howdy, that would be bad luck for Anaheim.  For Boston, two homers from Big Papi and the return of Victor Martinez made the night a nice one.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Philly sweeps the Rockies despite a near-meltdown by Brad Lidge in the ninth. After the game Lidge said “it just goes to show that you never know what’s going to happen.”  Ya know, Brad, with you we kind of do know what’s going to happen. We just don’t know if the self-inflicted wounds will be fatal or not.

Cubs 5, Astros 2: Carlos Silva now has 10 wins on the season. Pitchers who do not have 10 wins: John Lackey, Cliff Lee, Francisco Liriano, Trevor Cahill, Johan Santana, A.J. Burnett, Matt Cain, Dan Haren, Tommy Hanson . . .

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Jim Edmonds hit a two-out pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning that proved to be the game winner. He’s hitting .283/.353/.513 despite being in tremendous pain from various injuries and despite taking 2009 off.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that this is his last year, but it’s been a gutsy friggin’ year for a guy who may or may not ultimately be Hall of Fame worthy, but who probably won’t get as much consideration as he probably deserves.

Yankees 3, Indians 2: Another homer for Curtis Granderson — a two-run job that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth — and one for Nick Swisher, but none for Alex Rodriguez. Which sucks. Not because I really care too much about 600, but because I’m really tired of the live cut-ins that ESPN is doing with his at bats. Jake Westbrook had a nice start going until that bomb, having given up only two hits. The trade bonuses in his contract may prevent him being dealt, but maybe he raised an eyebrow or two.

Marlins 4, Giants 3: The Feesh are now above .500. But get this: after the game the Marlins announced that Chris Coghlan may miss 6-8 weeks with a knee injury. How’d he get it? He hurt himself while delivering a pie to the face of Wes Helms’ following Sunday’s walkoff win over the Braves.  Coghlan can expect a call from Kendry Morales’ lawyer any day now for stealing his bit.

White Sox 6, Mariners 1: John Danks (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER). out-pitches King Felix for his fourth straight win. A nice catch for Ichiro though, robbing Mark Kotsay of a homer.

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5: It was 80s night at Rogers Centre last night with 80s music, clothes and
all that jazz. The Orioles’ didn’t participate, however, as they were
often quite good in the 80s. Jose Bautista hit his 28th homer as the Jays beat the O’s for the tenth straight time. Another short night for the O’s starter. After the game Juan Samuel said “we just can’t continue to do this or we’re going to kill those guys down in the bullpen.” In the team’s defense, there have been times this year when just such a thing was called for.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Joe Girardi put Robertson in with a one run lead in the eighth, who induced a double play.Logan replaced him to get the final out on the fanciful, mythical “bridge to Mo”.
    Joe’s reasoning: “I liked the matchups”
    Yankees fans like any matchups that don’t include the FAT TOAD.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    The Phillies need a good closer now. Not Oswalt.

  3. lar @ wezen-ball - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Well, there is the distinct chance that the O’s thought it was 1988…

  4. Bull Durham - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Appreciate the nod to Jim Edmonds but he is not and will not be a serious candidate for the Hall of Fame. 390 homers doesn’t cut it in the steroid era. Neither does four All-Star appearances in 17 years. Baseball Reference compares his career with Andruw Jones, Ellis Burks and Jason Giambi. Not Hall of Fame company.

  5. jojomama - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I watched the Rays game live. I wasn’t in Tropicana Field but last time I checked, my tv wasn’t on delay. Maybe there weren’t that many people present, but I bet you about 100,000 were watching. The Rays regularly win the ratings in their television time slots in Tampa Bay and among all of MLB, they rank 7th in television ratings:
    I’m sick and tired of hearing about the Rays’ attendance problems. This area has been particularly hard hit by the economy, and the Rays are giving away their product for free every day on television. When given a choice, most people will pick free. Don’t make it seem like no one cares, because we do.
    The real story hear is Garza’s no-hitter. Congratulations are well earned. End of story, no snide comments about attendance needed.

  6. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Obviously jojomama hasn’t read a lot of Craig’s posts.

    But I’m assuming the “100,000” figure is a typo, since that would not be a good argument to the contrary.

  7. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Scherzer’s gotta feel kinda low, since he lost a no-no of his own on a grand slam. How’s that for a howdy do?

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

    “This ain’t about needin’.”
    ….Cormac McCarthy, Outer Dark
    The economy has certainly had an impact, but the idea of schlepping over those interminable bridges to have to watch a game in the Tropicana Tumulus, that misshapen landfill posing as a stadium – it even has gulls on it! – would drive anyone back to their television sets.

  9. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    I’ve tried very hard to imagine how one wrecks one’s knee smacking someone with a pie. I guess maybe Daniel Day Lewis might have sustained such an injury in My Left Foot, but how in the blessed Buddha’s name Coghlan managed the trick is for him and his patent attorney to figure out.
    Well, the Feesh cycled around the strange attractor for the first time since June 3, and more power to them. What’s interesting is that Emilio Bonifacio is playing the sparkplug since Coghlan hurt his arm last week, and Mike Stanton is slowly but surely turning into the monster he was expected to be. The boolpen continues to unnerve and even terrify; Taylor Tankersely didn’t waste a moment marching in from the local Farenheit 451 station and flinging a can of kerosene on the fire in the eighth and Leo Nunez (Craig, can’t we please get your server to let us insert a tilde once in a while?) let the Jints get within one in the ninth before some good karma caught up with him.
    The pointlessness of instant replay was demonstrated last night, speaking of Tankersley, on the shot that Aaron Rowand hit that was called a home run even though the replay clearly showed that a fan reached over the field and over the top of Emilio Bonifacio’s glove to catch it while still in play. I mean, why bother with the expense and technology of replay if the umpires are going to look at the tape and still make an incomprehensibly bad call anyway? To hell with it. Leave the umps their parallel universe. They’re not coming out voluntarily.
    Jorge Cantu, however, remains brutal, speaking of karma. He dropped a foul popup last night and made yet another error and contributed poo at the plate. I know The Thing affects pitchers in particular, but boy, Jorge seems to have picked up a case lately himself. This guy definitely needs a vacation at DH. Any takers?

  10. mgflolox - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Gator, I like your posts, but I watched the game too last night and it was far from clear that the fan interfered with Bonifacio on Rowand’s homer. Look at Emilio’s reaction after the play, he knows he missed it, it was his teammate that was raising a big stink about it.

  11. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    They reran that play about five times. I thought – as did the announcers when they were rerunning it – that it was indeed clear that the fan’s glove actually extended out over the top of Bonifacio’s glove at the moment of the catch. After they ran it a couple of times, I didn’t think there was any doubt. You can even see the way the fan’s forearm and glove cuts across and below the visual line of the top of the fence. I think the look on Emilio’s face was one of ironic bemusement, perhaps of resignation, but not of admission that he missed it. Cody Ross, the teammate you mentioned, saw the catch from Bonifacio’s four-thirty position as he jumped for the ball, and would have therefore had the clearest and most revealing angle on it. Cody’s expression said it all.
    And really, if you’ve been following the Feesh, you know what Cody was thinking: we just got our lead sliced to a single run in the seventh inning on the road and our boolpen has to hold this one run lead for six outs. Hell, I’d “raise a stink” about it if I thought I could get two runs called back in that situation, too.

  12. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Bottalico said last night he thinks he can throw 85 or so right now. Give him a couple weeks….

  13. mgflolox - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    In the interest of full disclosure, I watched the game in Sacramento on CSN Bay Area, and saw it replayed about 10 times, including a super slo-mo of Bonifacio’s glove, which never moved. It looked from that shot that the ball bounced behind him, and it never looked like the fan touched it. Of course Kruk & Kuip said that it didn’t look like an obvious overturn, but admitted they really couldn’t tell from the replays they had. I think that’s the rule, isn’t it? It has to be conclusive. Any non Jints or Feesh fans out there see it? Thoughts?

  14. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    I saw it replayed a few times on MLB Network. It appeared to me that the fan’s glove was overreaching enough, and came in contact with Bonifacio’s glove, thereby preventing him from making the catch.

  15. mgflolox - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Fair enough. It didn’t really matter in the final outcome anyway. Always good to get an unbiased, objective opinion.

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