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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Jul 30, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

Lack of hustle from Jorge Cantu: he totally should have pulled the "two games for two different teams on the same day" trick.

Padres 3, Dodgers 2:
Oscar Salazar had a pinch-hit walkoff single. During the game they
traded for Miguel Tejada and got $1 million in the deal from Baltimore.
Tejada is “meh” but I hope they went out for a party on that million
bucks after the game. I also hope they continued to wear the awesome
throwback mustard and brown jerseys after the game ended, because that
would make the party really hop.

Marlins 5, Giants 0: Anibal Sanchez was almost untouchable: CG, SHO 1 H, 1 BB, 8K.  Buster Posey’s hitting streak ends. The Giants should totally protest this one, though. Jorge Cantu reached twice and scored twice even though he was basically traded already as the game was going on. Let’s create an unwritten rule about that, in fact, shall we?

Nationals 5, Braves 3: I only made up that rule above so we can somehow include Adam Dunn and Matt Capps in it. I mean, sure, I know they weren’t traded during the game or anything, but Capps was traded a mere seven or eight hours after the game ended and there have been a moderate amount of rumors about Dunn, so the Nationals should have sat them out of an abundance of caution. Why no, it has nothing to do with the fact that Dunn hit a homer and Capps got the save in a game in which my rooting interest was on the losing end. Why do you ask?

Mets 4, Cardinals 0: R.A. Dickey shuts down the Cards. Where the hell has this season come from for this guy?  He couldn’t get anyone out in his previous big league stints and wasn’t even all that sharp in the minors, and now he’s 7-4 with a 2.32 ERA. I love guys like this.

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 2: On a day they get Roy Oswalt for a song in terms of both talent and cash, they get a walkoff win in the 11th inning too. Phillies get everything they want [kicks at stuff, pouts]. For the Dbacks, Joe Saunders had a better start than any Dan Haren has had since July 4th.

Yankees 11, Indians 4: It’s pretty telling when your most effective pitcher of the night is an infielder. That was the case for Cleveland, who pressed Andy Marte into service in ninth inning of a rout. Dude threw a scoreless inning, striking out Nick Swisher. He’s had about 100 chances to stick as a third baseman in various places. Why not try to make a career out of being a mop-up man?

Rays 4, Tigers 2: The Tigers are skidding out of control. David Price gets his 14th win.

Rockies 9, Pirates 3: Ubaldo Jimenez gets his 16th win to help the Rockies snap their eight-game skid.  One more win and he ties the Rockies’ franchise record.

Orioles 6, Royals 5: Kansas City has lost 14 of 17. This bad stretch began at almost the exact moment everyone started talking about how Ned Yost had the team turned around and flying right and all that jazz. Damndest thing.

White Sox 9, Mariners 5: I was on 950 KJR in Seattle last night as this game was going on. Before they called me, I did a quick brushup on the Mariners because, hey, you never know. As soon as my spot started the host said “Mariners are playing the White Sox, but we are NOT going to talk about them because no one wants to hear anything that depressing,” or words pretty close to that. I can see that.  Two home runs for Raul Castro, by the way.

Rangers 7, Athletics 4: The Rangers complete a nice 5-2 homestand against the two teams who think they can challenge them. Only disappointment: Jorge Cantu didn’t hop a flight and pull the “two games in one day for two different teams” stunt. Because that woulda been cool.

  1. Derek - Jul 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    Rual Castro…RAMON Castro same difference right?

  2. hnirobert - Jul 30, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    they all look the same.

  3. Jonny5 - Jul 30, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Craig, I would love to see a post on break out stars this season across the league. You know, guys who seem to have a fork stuck in them, but turn it around and wow everyone. I, like most fans can’t follow the entire league and see who flipped things upside down. Like Dickey, Myers, even Cairo who is hitting like he’s a kid again but looked like a washed up bench guy with the Phills last season. I love it when the underdogs get a leg up, ya know Captain morgan style and all… I think it might even be fun. Anyway, just a thought on something I’d like to see.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Good day for the Feesh. Sanchez throws a gem, Stanton continues to acclimate himself, Logan Morrison settles in, Cantu is euthanized at the Scrooge McLoria friendly price of 10% of this year’s salary, and the nightmare at third base is over. The Feesh summoned forth Hector Luna from AAA and will test him at third for a while, which, if successful, should make Kindly Uncle Wes, his encroaching senescence and his .247 expendable, and Wes can get on with becoming a manager someday. The Feesh re-engage with the strange attractor and go face the Padres’ superb pitching staff in splendid mediocrity.

  5. Joe - Jul 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    No love for Price? He tied the Rays franchise wins record last night.
    My prediction – he’s going to own it outright by the end of the season.

  6. Preston - Jul 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    “the awesome throwback mustard and brown jerseys”
    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  7. KarkoviceWasMyIdol - Jul 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    am i missing the joke or did you mean “Ramon” Castro

  8. APBA Guy - Jul 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Finally some serious temperature in Dallas and the A’s melted in the rubber game. Tellingly no Bengie behind the plate for the Rangers as his weight and the Texas heat are not a good mix. Vin Mazzaro can’t maintain his grip on a reasonable ERA nor his slider grip as once again Ray Fosse calls it in the pregame, stating “Mazzarro always hangs one slider during the game.” Except this time it was half a dozen. David Murphy puts one over the stands into the concession area startling the patrons there, who immediately start mouthing “Josh”. But Hamilton was held to 3 for 4 with a double. Bengie’s replacement, last year’s September Superman Taylor Teagarden (Gator: assonance and alliteration in 4 words, just for you) gets his second hit of the season (you read that right) a blast into the jet stream to raise his average to .067. Still, Mazzarro is progressing. He’s about where Cahill was a year ago. Anderson goes tonight as the A’s throw 3 lefties at the White Sox. Any bets on how long before Anderson has his 3rd bout of forearm tightness this season?

  9. The Rabbit - Jul 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I watched Andy Marte pitch. He had better stuff than Park had in the 9th. You think Cashman would consider a trade even up?

  10. Schlom - Jul 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Are you kidding? They looked even better in person!

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