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And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

Brandon Morrow smokes the Rays, and pennant races tighten. In more important news, I bought some baseball shirts and I'd like to tell you about them.

Blue Jays 1, Rays 0: A single by Evan Longoria with two outs in the ninth saved the Rays from being no-hit for the third time this year.  What can you say about Brandon Morrow? Seventeen Ks, a one-hitter and the highest game score by a pitcher since Randy Johnson’s perfect game back in 2004. The only negative is that he threw 137 pitches in this one. Hopefully Cito Gaston gives him some extra rest in the coming weeks.

Braves 6, Giants 3: Atlanta threw out a JV lineup — no Heyward, no Chipper, no McCann, and of course Prado is still hurt — but it didn’t matter as Derek Lowe and a cast of relievers kept the Giants’ bats pretty darn quiet. Query: has anyone ever done a study of the Giants’ and Athletics’ won-loss record based on temperature? It was damn hot in Atlanta over the weekend. In San Francisco, however, the highs are only in the upper 60s at best this time of the summer.  I watched a lot of the action over the weekend and can’t say the Giants’ looked gassed — maybe Sandoval at times — but I can’t help but think an August series in Atlanta has to bug a team that hails from a place where there’s virtually no weather.

Phillies 6, Mets 5: The R.A. Dickey Express was bound to hit a bump in the road at some point, and this was it. The Phillies scored six runs on eight hits against the knuckler, including a Raul Ibanez rocket shot to dead center in the third that scored three. Ibanez has been insanely hot lately, by the way.

Reds 11, Cubs 4: The Reds had an 8-0 lead in the seventh before the Cubs broke through for all four of their runs with the help of some bad Reds defense. Cincy got three of the four back though and won this one pretty easily. Reds pitchers needed only 107 pitches compared to the Cubs’ 174. Jonny Gomes walked four times. The Reds have won nine of 11 and now head into a three-game series at home against the Cardinals.

Brewers 11, Astros 6: Milwaukee effectively ended this one quickly, scoring all 11 of its runs before the end of the fourth inning. Which was considerate of them inasmuch as it gave the citizens of Houston that much more time to attend to personal matters on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking of personal matters, I ordered a bunch of fun baseball shirts yesterday. A Columbus Jets number, and from the old PCL a Hollywood Stars t-shirt and a San Francisco Seals 3/4 length sleeve job. I was going to get a Portland Beavers one but I figured that would make me look like that guy who’s trying to hard to be clever. Anyway, no reason for sharing this here other than that I’m quite excited about my new shirts and felt like sharing and no one in my house gives a crap about it.

Orioles 4, White Sox 3: The Orioles won’t win their way out of the AL East cellar this year, but if Buck’s boys keep winning like this they may give 2011’s season tickets sales a boost. Baltimore has won five of six since Showalter took over. Mark Buehrle — who took the loss — said this after the game: “You’re playing one of the worst teams in baseball. We should come in here and beat these guys.”  Any given Sunday, dude. Any given Sunday.

Twins 5, Indians 4: Jim Thome hit a two-run shot against his old team to help the Twins pull to a half game of another one of his old teams. The Phillies and Dodgers are safe for now, but there’s a definite pattern here, so they best watch their backs.

Rockies 8, Pirates 4: Carlos Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with a homer and continues to be absolutely ridiculous this year. Dude’s at .327/.355/.579, and I bet that unless you live in Denver, none of the casual fans you talk to at the office know who the hell he is.

Tigers 9, Angels 4: Detroit avoids a sweep. Will Rhymes had three hits and two RBI and was sent down right after the game. I’d like to think he spent last night in a bar in Toledo talking about “damn politics, man. That’s all it is.”

Mariners 3, Royals 2: Jason Vargas and Kyle Davies had a little pitchers duel that probably said more about the teams’ respective offenses than it did about Vargas and Davies.

Athletics 3, Rangers 2: Trevor Cahill does it again: Only three strikeouts, but he (a) didn’t walk anyone; (b) got more grounders than fly balls; and (c) kept the ball in the yard.

Padres 10, Diamondbacks 1:  San Diego averts a sweep at the hands of the lowly Dbacks and does so in impressive fashion. Jerry Hairston had three hits, one of which was a homer, scored four times and drove in two. Mat Latos threw six shutout innings and combined with the pen to throw a three hitter.

Dodgers 8, Nationals 3: Jason Marquis made his triumphant return, going four innings, allowing five hits and five runs, but only two of them were earned. OK, I guess that’s not terribly triumphant, but he’s back for whatever that’s worth. Ted Lilly gets his second win in a row in a Dodgers uniform. Jamey Carroll went 3 for 3 with a walk and drove in a couple.

Yankees 7, Red Sox 2: I’m not gonna lie to you: I didn’t watch this one. I watched “Hot Tub Time Machine” instead. I’m not sure if I made the right choice. “Hot Tub Time Machine” wasn’t good, but at times it had some so-bad-it’s-good elements. And the more I think about it, a three hour Yankees-Red Sox game whose outcome wasn’t in doubt after the fifth inning and in which there was a legitimate reason to compare Derek Jeter to Babe Ruth would have been way, way too much for me.

Cardinals vs. Marlins: POSTPONED:  
I opened my eyes and looked up at the rain, and it dripped in my head and flowed into my brain. And all that I hear as I lie in my bed is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head. I step very softly, I walk very slow, I can’t do a handstand– I might overflow. So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said– I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.

  1. SouthofHeaven - Aug 9, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    NOW Jeter’s the #1 Yankee hitter.

  2. Chipmaker - Aug 9, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Two more hits and he passes Mel Ott for the career New York City record.
    Can’t you just feeeeeel the excitement building up to this next great Jeter achievement?

  3. Proudly Canadian - Aug 9, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    The Jays were a great team to watch this weekend. They were very exciting. Do I have any sympathy for Rays fans? Absolutely none!

  4. SadPandaRevolt - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Who asked for any?

  5. YankeesfanLen - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Moseley had a great night-first pitch strikes, good control, low pitch count. So, after the flurry of Yankees scoring in the fifth, Joe decides with one out and one on in the seventh to induce some drama in the game. Enter FAT TOAD, who proceeds to let the inhierited run in, walk someone , get one out, look wildly around the Stadium like a lying witness on Judge Judy, and leave the bases loaded for Boone Logan. To strike out Big Papi. Which Logan does.
    Since Jeter has been interviewed countless times around here about Babe Ruth records, Lou Gehrig records, Decca records, etc., and seems not to care when he exceeds tham, neither do I.
    And Craig, don’t know if you’ll resist the temptation to wear your Hollywood Stars t-shirt om HBT Daily to impress Tiffany- Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper?

  6. Knight-of-God - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Hot Tub Time MAchine, huh? I skipped thyat one as it sounded a little soft core pornish to me, but then in general I hate tv… I love the Jeter and it’s amazing to see the reords fall. It must be amazing to be “the most interesting man on the planet”.

  7. fordprefect - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Captain Beefheart?

  8. Jonny5 - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    It’s nice to see the NL east hasn’t changed much. Even with the Bravos sweeping out the Giants. Ibanez, and Ruiz have been a saving grace for the Phillies, as has been their pitching, not bad. The first time Roy Halladay really needs serious run support, and gets it. The Phills have had the most hits in the NL since the all star break. And second best ops. I say, watch your rearview mirror Braves. You’re getting the wins but it seems your offense just sits around middlin’. Watch out.

  9. Bull Durham - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    It bears noting that Shel Silverstein is the last guy on the face of the planet you would expect to be named Shel Silverstein.

  10. bmoline - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Len, Tiffany is so young, she might not know who Gary Cooper is…

  11. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    And do you think fans in the Tampa Bay area are going to have any sympathy for an Ontarian in the depths of January? Absolutely none!

  12. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Is it FAT TOAD, or the FAT TOAD? I suggest you insert the article adjective from time to time to emphasize how unique he is.

  13. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Feesh rained out, probably to the delight of Cincy fans, who realize that the rescheduled game will use up the Cardinals’ only off day in September. Told ya the Feesh would play spoilers.

  14. Curmugeon Frank - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Yes the Fightins with 33% of their starting lineup on the DL are still hanging tough. Good call on the shirts Craig both the ones you bought and the one you didn’t.

  15. APBA Guy - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    69 in Oakland yesterday Craig, a little cooler in SF. The White Rabbit has been “on” the last few games with tremendous movement lately, especially with a great late drop on his two seamer. Josh Hamilton got two hits by going the other way, which the A’s would take any day, since both hits were bloopers more than screamers. Coco has been getting on base lately as well, and playing a great center field. He made an excellent catch at the wall yesterday, and in general the defense of both clubs, especially in the infield was a pleasure to watch. Although the official scorer should be banned from the stadium for giving Pendleton and Molina errors on two exceedingly difficult plays that they were unable to make. He must have been a pitcher in little league before becoming a scorer. Finally, Gio has a new A’s commercial in which the A’s finally recognize that they have a substantial Latin market to attract. In it Gio has three baseballs that are dressed up a little like Mexican wrestlers (Ojos Loco, Demondo Chiquito sin Brasos, y Don Diego de la Vega o Zorro). But being the A’s, they can’t quite pull it off. First, Gio’s crystal clear Cubano accent, which I’m sure sounds like music to Gator’s ears, is very different from the working class Mexican accents of the East Bay. Second, at the end, he addresses his baseballs in English, “Fly true, my friends”, instead of in Spanish with subtitles, like they used earlier in the bit. Too bad. But it’s a step forward for the A’s, who’s team marketing should steal a few hundred pages from Arte Moreno’s playbook.

  16. RichardInBigD - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    So, Craig, are you gonna tell us WHERE you got all these cool shirts? I’m kinda in the mood for a fun on-line shopping spree, but I’m tired of the same old places…

  17. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Ebbets Field Flannels:

  18. RichardInBigD - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Thanks, man…

  19. Proudly Canadian - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Enjoy life in the swamps Gator.

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