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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 7, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

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Phillies 3, Dodgers 1: Cliff Lee hadn’t been looking like Cliff Lee lately. In this one, he looked like Cliff Lee (7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 10K).  Dee Gordon made his major league debut. He was inserted as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, took third on a single and then scored the Dodgers’ only run on a fielder’s choice.

White Sox 3, Mariners 1: Not many guys have out-pitched Michael Pineda this season, but John Danks did (7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 6K), snagging his first win of the year in the process.

Twins 6, Indians 4: Scott Baker didn’t look like he’d make it out of the first inning, but he settled down. That’s five wins in a row for the Twins. Five losses in a row for the Indians.

Orioles 4, Athletics 2: The Athletics would kill for their losing streak to be as short as five. This one was the seventh straight loss for Oakland. And they lost Mark Ellis to a hamstring strain in the sixth inning, though given how he’s been hitting, they may not notice his loss.

Reds 8, Cubs 2: Things continue to careen out of control for the Cubbies, who also lost their seventh straight. Matt Garza and reliever Jeff Samardzija each got lit up. Jonny Gomes drove in four.

Brewers 7, Marlins 2: Hey, the Feesh didn’t lose a one-run game!  Zack Greinke continues to round into form (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) and Prince Fielder drove in four. The Brewers, by the way, have won 13 of 16 games.

Tigers 13, Rangers 7: Colby Lewis didn’t have a lick of nothin’ (3.1 IP, 10 H, 9 ER and 4 — count ’em — 4 home runs).  Brennan Boesch had two of those homers, went 5 for 6 and drove in 5, making him the official RBI whore of the night.  Question: are we tired of that yet? I think we may be tired of it.

Giants 5, Nationals 4: Tim Lincecum needed five strikeouts to reach 1,000 for his career. He got exactly five, though he was not at his sharpest last night, allowing four runs in five innings. San Francisco rallied in the eighth to tie it, however, and Freddy Sanchez‘s RBI single won it in the bottom of the 13th.

Rockies 3, Padres 0: Your standard six-pitcher combined shutout for Colorado.

Rays 5, Angels 1: Justin Ruggiano hit homer and drove in three and David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning. Ruggiano wouldn’t have even been playing — it was only his fourth start of the year — if there hadn’t been a bug going through the Rays’ clubhouse.

Royals 3, Blue Jays 2: Eric Hosmer hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. I have this feeling we’ll hear more about this game soon, as Joe Posnanski — who is moving away from Kansas City — was taking in his last Royals game as a local and said he’d write a post about it. I’m sure his rendering will be better than anything I can spew about it at 5:30 in the morning.

  1. wlschneider09 - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    See all you doubters? The Twins are bringing it now! Mauer’s coming back and then it’s playoff time….. .nah, who am I kidding.

    Really it would just be nice not to have the worst record in baseball.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      I wouldn’t count your Twins out. I don’t think any of the AL Central teams are all that great. It would seem improbable that they come back from this, but it is not impossible.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

        I’ve said multiple times that I think the Indians are a mirage. I think they’re improved from recent years, but not ready to claim that division unless all the other teams tank all season long.

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        I hope you’re right, but I see too many weaknesses in the pitching arena (especially that bullpen).

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Scherzer gives up 5 runs, but who cares? Tigers had nine by then. a crisp 97 degree evening in Arlington, the Tigers bats warmed up. Scherzer gave up 5 runs, but who cares? Tigers had nine by then.
    Don’t worry, baseball fans, no more than two killed and 62 injured at any Yanks-Sox game!
    Question of the day: Who hit the first World Series home run at Old Yankee Stadium?

    • uyf1950 - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:22 AM

      Only 11 games scheduled. Monday was a day off for the Yankees.
      I wonder how many thumbs down this post will receive?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:34 AM

      How many runs did Scherzer give up again? And how many did the Tigers have by then?

      • rebarratige - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        The comment reads like a prose poem – and not a particularly bad one, at that.

  3. stackers1 - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    I believe it was Casey Stengel. And I didn’t research that either.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:21 AM

      Congrats! You win the internet for a day. No cash value.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        And more porn than you can handle. At least civilized society hopes it’s more than you can handle, anyway.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Phillies offense continues to struggle, but they still boast the best record in baseball. And as bad as their offense has been, they still have scored more runs than the Braves and the Marlins.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      In other Phillies new; Lidge had a setback in his rehab…elbow soreness I believe, Rollins is on the mend, 20 year old catcher Sebastian Valle continues to light up high A batting around .350, and they drafted another left handed outfielder.

      • bleedgreen - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

        Lidge can stay on the DL for the whole season for all I care. Theres nothing we can do with him if he comes back healthy. We don’t want him closing, and … well I don’t want him pitching. I’d almost rather have David Herndon up there as a middle reliever. We have a setup guy and a closer in Jose and Mad Dog. Why eff with a good thing?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      Tom Glavine looked awesome in his debut for the Phils…oh, my bad, that wasn’t Tom Glavine- just his 146 inch strike zone.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Cliffy was Cliffy, Flash Gordon was a proud man in the stands, and it was a good night overall.

  6. royhobbs39 - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    As a Nationals fan…a split against the D’Backs (with two close losses and resounding wins), two wins in the Phillies series, and taking a Lincecum start to 13 innings. Couple this with a good draft. These are not “victories”, but good signs of things to come. Dreams of a 2014 Natinals line-up fill my head at night.

  7. cur68 - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Kauffman Stadium is gorgeous. The best thing about watching a Royal’s ballgame is their stadium. Real grass. Symmetrical field. A pretty waterfall feature way, WAY out there over the center field wall. It’s enormous, mind you, but real pretty; like a tall, robust girl who can stook hay in the wet weather. You stare and stare but cannot find a flaw because being big isn’t really a flaw when you’ve been assembled by a kind and loving god having a real good day with the assembly process. She’s alone, mind you. Seemed only a few came to the game. Actually maybe many were there but got lost being spread out so? Who knows.

    That being said, it just swallows home runs up and allows speedy fielders to get some excercise. The Jays lost to that stadium and Felipe Paulino, all 6 foot 8 of him, who pitched as well as Brandon Morrow (who pitched well for a nice a change). It came down to Frank Francisco and some lousy pitching as he served some walks, 1 intentional (I mean why bother with the intentional pass? Let Frank pitch to the guy. Comes to the same thing in any event and maybe he gets himself out swinging at every pitch off the plate. Meh. Managers. Why are they there except to try and look clever?) and then the wee bloop single and BOOM there’s the game in the 11th.

    Note to the Jay’s hitters; swing at the strikes. Trying to get a hit when you are already 2 down, as you watch straight pitch at belt high after straight pitch at belt high pop into the catcher’s mitt, is not so easy. Just a thought.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Maybe the Jays need to use the Yankees philosophy to scoring. Always play for the 3 run HR even though no one is one base.

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        Maybe the Jays need to swing at strike 1 and 2 as well? They have a lineup that can go back to back to back with the homers, so if they swing at all the strikes…well you get the picture.

        As for the ‘Yankee Philosphy of Scoring’ what you do is build a tiny, pretty ballpark and get guys who hit exactly 399 feet. Then you can hit you some home runs.

        As opposed to the KC method; play some D, hit some bloops, have a HUGE gorgeous park that sits mainly empty even when some ball is being played, and suck for years till you acquire a rotation not unlike the 2011 Phillies. Then you got a crack once in 25 years at contending. How does that ball club stay in business?

    • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Incidentally, talk about a dire beaver:

      Sign this beaver up as a Phanatic!

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        Golly. Never knew they could get rabies. This answers some nagging questions I’ve had since I hit puberty lo those decades ago.

        Says a child was bitten. Sucks, man. Rabies treatment is as painful as the bite if not more so if they go the old school cheap route. If it’s the newer treatment then its not as bad (bit like a series of flu shots I think).

        Well, all I got left to say is that a majestic and noble animal like the beaver should not be allowed to acquire rabies. What a cruel jest of god that this is so. Do horny toads get rabies? It’s just salmonella you have to worry about with lizards isn’t it?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        I too was attacked by rabid Beaver as a youth. Although It’s not something to speak of, I haven’t stopped smiling yet.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        None of the beaver that attacked me carried rabies. Crabs, yes – but beavers spend a lot of time in the water, so perhaps that’s to be expected. Then again, some of them resembled the things falling off the Cloverfield monster. The beaver, I mean. I had been drinking.

        By the way, I suppose even as awful as rabies treatment must be, I think it’s still even-up with being slashed by a leprotic armadillo.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        cur68: well, with horned toads, yeah, Salmonella is the worst of it, though he really was pretty good in From Here to Eternity.


        But seriously, folks – the only other lizard-borne disease I’m aware of is pulmonary anthrax, which is carried in the saliva of the Komodo dragon. In dragons, it’s a symbiont; the lizard is immune but the infection helps bring down large prey that the dragon bites but cannot overpower immediately. It just tracks a wounded deer or pig for a few hours with its elegantly bifurcated tongue and then finishes off its dinner when the infection sufficiently weakens it.

        It’s also been discovered recently that the dragon’s saliva itself is venomous, making it only the third known poisonous lizard along with the Mexican beaded lizard and Gila monster. Ask any native of Komodo or Flores about it and they’ll throw up their hands in exasperation and ask, “who needed those *!%#* things to be poisonous too?”

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Gator, if you haven’t already, read Douglas Adam’s wonderful book “Last Chance to See”. He talks rather eloquently, in a similar vein as yourself, about dragons.

  8. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Macondo remains in the grip of a severe drought, and it seems to have extended itself, with exquisite realismo magico, to the Feesh heeters. The Feesh slide reaches five, a numismatically significant digit since after losing four straight one-run games, they decided to give themselves a little more breathing room and lost this one by five runs. In the local parlance, that’s seenko. Three consecutive quality starts by Javier Vasquez – a resource as rare as a gold nugget in an Everglades rivulet – apparently used up their quota for the month, and when they got clipped for a run in the first when Coghlan dogged getting Ricky Weeks’ single back to the infield and he helped himself to a double and later scored, you know there was going to be trouble. They’ve lost 8 of 10 since effectively knocking the Jints out of contention, and they still can’t seem to fathom what to do with a runner in scoring position. Third place beckons as seductively as a South Beach hooker holding a…um…chihuahua.

  9. Justin - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Baker always gives up a couple runs in the first. He also usually gives up 2 HRs a game. Just be happy the bases weren’t juiced. Scary to see the bullpen make the fans sweat again but it wasn’t all their fault. (Twins game recap

  10. APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    This just in: Adam Jones can play some CF. He ran down a couple of fly balls effortlessly last night, as the tired and bedraggled A’s could only manage 2 against Brian Matusz, both runs coming on Adam Rosales’ HR in his inaugural game of the season after being out for nearly a year. Ellis’ hammy gave new-guy Sizemore a chance to play. He hit the ball well but his MLB track record gives one pause. Meanwhile Gio had A’s starter virus which means elevating everything. He seemed to get over it after a few innings and settled down, but not until he’d allowed 4. Of course, the questionable defense that also plagued the A’s in April showed up again last night, in the form of a Pennington bobble and Suzuki throw to second, or rather right field. While officially the errors only led to 1 unearned run, they contributed to all 4 runs as both errors put Gio in difficulties early in the game.

    Baltimore’s bullpen showed up last night also, 3.2 IP and no hits allowed. After the 4 and 5 hour games in Boston, last night’s 2:19 in front of 10,000 (hey, it’s like the Mausoleum-but nicer) was refreshing.

  11. Brian Murphy - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    The RBI whore still has a lot of life left. You’ve just got to use it in moderation, Craig. You’ve been running it out there like it’s Pedro Feliciano. Pull back on the reins a bit, and it will continue to hilariously live on.

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