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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 8, 2011, 5:28 AM EDT

Rubby De La Rosa

Dodgers 6, Phillies 2: It was the first career start for Rubby De La Rosa. I saw him in spring training and man does he have great stuff. His control wasn’t anything to write home about here but he was effective enough over five innings to pick up the win. Also making his first start was Dee Gordon, who was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. Between the two of them it was a great night for Dodgers fans who want to believe the future is bright. Meanwhile, Roy Oswalt ain’t exactly missing bats lately. Here he gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings but only struck out one guy, which is no way to go through life, son.

Orioles 4, Athletics 0: Some national writer tweeted something yesterday about how he just wasn’t convinced that the A’s could compete in the West because, you know, they just weren’t as talented as the Rangers. That was only a slightly more bold statement yesterday when they were on a seven-game losing streak instead of an eight game one like they are now.  But I’ll follow his brave lead and say, no, I don’t think that the A’s are going to win 114 games. For the Orioles, Chris Jakubauskas got the win. Easily my favorite name to say since the Kevin Kubusheskie-era on “You Can’t Do That on Television.”

Braves 1, Marlins 0:  A signature 2011 Braves win. No offense — only two hits — but a great start from Tommy Hanson and then three shutout innings from Eric O’Flaherty, Johnny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.  And despite it being a win, it does only a little to make Braves fans feel great, because it just reminds us how bad the offense is and how, at some point soon, O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel are going to break down from overuse. Still, beats losin’.

Indians 1, Twins 0: Carlos Carrasco breaks the losing streak for the Tribe, throwing eight and a third shutout innings. Only three hits for the Indians themselves, making their 1-0 win look like an offensive explosion compared to Atlanta’s. Though, yeah, that Delmon Young error sort of helped things. A bit.

Reds 8, Cubs 2: The Reds were already up 4-1 when Miguel Cairo hit his grand slam, but it certainly didn’t hurt either. Edinson Volquez makes his triumphant return to the Reds’ rotation. Before the game he said he had made some adjustments and that this time he wouldn’t be barfing up four runs in the first inning. And he didn’t. Actually a pretty nice game for Volquez (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER).

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: Jon Lester didn’t have a great day, but Freddy Garcia had a way worse one (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). By the time anyone could look up it was 3-0 Sox and the rest was mere settling the details. Both Bobby Jenks and Mark Teixeira left the game with injuries, though Teixeira’s little contusion is said to be minor at the worst. Two hits for Jeter on his quest to get to 3,000 before the ten-game home stand is over. Nine games left, 12 hits to go.

White Sox 5, Mariners 1: On Monday the Chisox beat Michael Pineda and on Tuesday they beat Felix Hernandez. What else ya got, Seattle?

Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 5: A three-run double by Lyle Overbay capped a five-run rally in the eighth as the Dbacks lose one they should have won, thanks mostly to David Hernandez‘s lack of, well, everything. I sure hope that the decision to lift Daniel Hudson for him at 105 pitches isn’t keyed upon as the biggest problem here. Because Alan Trammell — filling in for the suspended Kirk Gibson — made that call, and man, I love Alan Trammell.

Blue Jays 8, Royals 5: Hey, Vin Mazzaro came back? Last we saw him he was giving up 14 runs in a little over two innings. He wasn’t great here –he gave up six runs in five innings — but he lowered his ERA from 22.74 to 17.47!

Mets 2, Brewers 1: In that post I did yesterday about the Citi Field dimensions, it was suggested that, hey, at least it helps Jose Reyes hit triples. Well, he was on the road in Milwaukee last night and still hit a triple, so he’d probably be OK anywhere. It was a big one too, giving the Mets both of their runs on the night.

Cardinals 7, Astros 4: A three-run RBI double by Jake Westbrook ended up plating the game winning runs. Homers from Pujols and Berkman helped matters along as well.

Tigers 8, Rangers 1: Texas was bombed for the second straight night, though, in contrast to Monday night,  it was 20 base hits — and no homers — that did ’em in on Tuesday. Rick Porcello gave up one run over six innings.

Rays 4, Angels 1: Rookie Alex Cobb gave up one run on seven hits in six and a third innings and B.J. Upton homered. The Angels have lost four straight.

Padres 2, Rockies 0: Tim Stauffer and Heath Bell combine to shut out the Rockies. The Rockies haven’t scored more than three runs in a game since a week ago Saturday.

Nationals 2, Giants 1: A solid start for Jordan Zimmermann plus an RBI single to boot. Washington could have done more against Jonathan Sanchez, but they hit into bases loaded double plays twice.

  1. royhobbs39 - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    Nice one. “You Can’t do that on Television” – I remember in elementary school everybody trying to get other kids to say “I don’t know” and then running away yelling “You just got slimed!”. Oh those were simpler times.

  2. cur68 - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    Proving it’s possible to look good while loosing we have the Philadelphia Phillies. Skippered by that urbane smooth talking rogue, Charles Fuqua Manuel, Jr they lost 6 -2 to the woeful Dodgers but were so supremely je ne sais quoi words fail me. Leading the way was one Colbert Michael Hamels sitting in the dugout and looking like a smoothie while not doing a whole lot besides chewing nameless phoodstuphphs, scratching his nethers and spitting a bit. BTW, iph you haven’t yet checked out Mrs Hamels let me just direct you to do so; yowza.

    As phor the game it selph and those that played therein, the Phills were lead on the phield and some ophphensive & dephensive categories by one Wilson Antonio Valdez with 2 hits and 2 total bases. Since he’s philling in phor one James Calvin Rollins it was nice to see him play well in the wily veteran’s place.

    Playing a steady center phield was none other than Shane Patrick Victorino. He contributed a run, a walk and some stylin’ glances at the ladies in the crowd. He was a maccin’.

    Team batting average leader and league leader in bulgy temple muscles, Plácido Enrique Polanco, did his bit with 1 RBI and a walk and looked just awesome while doing it, as is his wont.

    Chase Cameron Utley (who is also married to quite a hottie; double yowza) was his usual slicked-back selph with 1 hit, 1 RBI, 3 total bases and a walk. He’s pretty slick phor a guy with pie phixins in his hair.

    The gregarious, charming and erudite 1st baseman, Ryan James Howard, did little to help his team’s cause ophphensively but he played a steady 1st base and held a number oph chummy and charming conversations with a selection oph Dodger base runners. Such a good dude.

    Carlos Joaquín Ruiz, Chooch to his homeys, was a catchin’ phool, & contributed some pretty good O to go with his steady D. 1 hit and 1 walk was just to supplement his catching duties. He’s just cool like that.
    Pwnege oph right phield was the sole provenance oph one Domonic Larun Brown. He contributed a run and walked once. The MAN.

    Making a guest appearance by phan request and working the oppo pitcher phor a walk was Mr. Ross Peter Gload. Yeah, baby. You bad.

    Oph course no description oph the night’s on phield activities is complete without some mention oph the best-named ballplayer on the whole team; Raúl Javier Ibañez. He had a hit. Well done Raúl Javier Ibañez, well done!

    On the pitching side oph things the Phillies graced the mound with the smooth and stylin’ presence oph one Roy Edward Oswalt . “Little Roy”, as he is aphphectionately known by his homies, was pouring it in to the tune oph 6 innings pitched, 8 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB and a K. He turned pitching duties over to a selection oph worthies that included the likes oph Juan Carlos Romero, Michael Christopher Stutes, & Kenneth David Herndon. Gentlemen all.

    I lost a bet, in case you were wondering.

    • wlschneider09 - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      Just out of curiosity, how long did it take to put that little manifesto together Cur?

      • cur68 - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:18 AM

        About an hour. Used the ‘find’ function in MS Word to replace all the ‘f’s with ‘Ph’ & Wikipedia (bless you wikipedia!) supplied all the middle names. What is tarnation is Charlie Manuel doing with “Fuqua” for a middle name?

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:23 AM

        Well then, one thumbs up for you for paying up, another thumbs up for wikipedia and a couple of thumbs up for anyone with the middle name of “Fuqua”.

        Go Fuqua self if ya hate on the Phils…

  3. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    The Feesh played their sixth straight losing game like men invested with a purpose: to get home in time to watch the NBA finals. They stranded another ten runners and overall looked like a bunch of guys playing with a load in their pants.At the plate, the Feesh reminded me a bit of Patrick Swayze in Ghost when he was trying to learn how to concentrate his ectoplasm sufficiently to effect physical contact with objects he left behind in the real world, though what works in the NY subway well enough apparently can’t be practiced at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium with any success. Interviewed variously by the local radio, TV and feeshwrappers, Flat Eddie bemoaned the loss to revisiting Fat Freddi with well-used cliches like “we just have to play through this,” and having tried the active approach to no avail this time resorted to something like passive resistance.

    On the bright side, AA callup Brad Hand pitched crisp two hit ball in his major league debut, spurring his appreciative teammates to reward him with no support whatsoever. Well, it got him out of Jacksonville so one cannot be too grateful for small favors.

    • nps6724 - Jun 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      Hand shouldn’t be too proud of his 2-hit debut. Afterall, he WAS facing the Braves.

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

        My mistake. The second hit was off of the boolpen. Hand allowed one hit, the home run to Gonzalez. Ah well.

    • brown - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      Aloha, Mr. Hand.

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

        Well, it’s not as if he got leid. Given the support he received, it was more like he got…well, you know.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        Now I have Moving in Stereo playing in my head. Thank you. Oh, Phoebe…. 8)

      • APBA Guy - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM



  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    I have been the most patient Phillies fan around these here parts, but last night’s game brought out my inner “bicepts”. The way that kid was throwing the first three innings, the Phillies should have easily had 6 runs through 3. Yet they got one run on a two-out walk with the bases loaded!!! WTF!!!!! The single worst at bat came with First and second and Howard coming up. He swings at two terrible pitches that jam him, after the kid walked two straight guys. Then he feebly grounds into a force out. The defense left a lot to be desired as Utley is still finding his rythym.

    All in all, this game was awful in every way possible. If they don’t show some pride today and hit the crap out of Kuroda, then it will be a disgrace.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      Rubby De La Rosa gift wrapped a game and handed it to them multiple times, was it 5 walks in the first two innings, or was it more? Offensive indifference, is that a term we can toss around today?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        I don’t mind as much when they are just getting mowed down by some pitcher who is throwing well. Or even when they take crappy swings at 0-2 pitches. But when it is like this the first 3 innings…it makes me want to throw the remote out the window…

        First inning…Utley walks on 4 pitches. Howard comes up with a plan…to hack away at everything he sees. First pitch, handcuffs him foul. Next pitch, same spot, same result. Then he grounds out. Ugh. Then Raul…weak groundout to pitcher. OK, well at least this kid is all over the place so maybe we’ll see some runs this game.

        Second inning…After Utley throws away a lock double play, when even Kemp was like “F it…I’m dead…I’m not even going to run back to 2nd…oh wait, Utley threw it to the guy in the 4th row down the left field line…let me try to get back.”, Oswalt walks Loney on 4 pitches and then Navarro lucks into a weak grounder to the left side that scores the run.

        So then it’s the Phillies turn…Ruiz Walk…Brown Walk…Valdez…single. Bases Loaded no outs. Oswalt is a sure out. Then here comes Shaner…another weak grounder to the @$#%$ pitcher and they force out at the plate. Then the Gods of baseball decide that they will give the Phillies a break and the kid walks Polanco on 4 pitches. Here comes Utley to make up for his brutal error…ball 1…woo hoo maybe the kid will walk ano…..WHAT??? UTLEY SWUNG AT THE 1-0 PITCH???? WTF. You got to be shitting me. Come on Chase.

        Third Inning…Oswalt and the defense unravel. 3 more runs…but the kid isn’t throwing it well…there is still hope.

        Here comes the Phillies…I don’t know if there is a way to check the fangraphs for an at bat, but I’d like to know where the pitches that Howard waved at. What a weak, feeble at bat for the man. Then Raul and Ruiz both get singles and here comes the Kid…the Domo-nator…and his at bat was victimized by 2 horrible strike calls by the home plate ump, then works it to 2-2 count and then Rubby(WTF kind of name is Rubby??) throw his best pitch of the game, a nasty change-up or curve that Brown swung right over. Then of course Valdez hit a single, but Ruiz is slow and Oswalt sucks at the plate, so Samuel has to send the runner and hope for a bad throw but Ethier is right on and there’s another run that bites the dust.

        After that, the Phillies basically quit, with Rubby?? putting down the next 6 men in order and the game was over. Yeah, Utley hit a triple to make it 4-2, but then the kid Stutes gets a little rocked for the first time and the game is over.

        Sick. If they have any pride, they score big tonight. Carlton is on the mound, so the pitching should be fine. But if they aren’t as pissed as I am about such a terrible performance last night, then they aren’t men…they are gutless mice.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        Yes it was pathetic, but Cole has had all the run support this season so let’s just hope he gets it tonight. BTW, When Utley hit the RBI triple I heard Harry tell Chase he was the man. I swear it.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        Cole got jack last time. The only saving grace about that debacle was that he didn’t get the loss for giving up a run over eight frames.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      They have been playing like a bunch of chumps of late. I don’t like it. Now Kuroda is on the mound today. If memory serves me right, the Phils do not hit him at all.

    • spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      And the long HardballTalk nightmare finally comes to an end, if only for a day. No more “Still the Best Record in Baseball” from Phior and Phriends. Yessiree, that distinction is now bestowed on the high flyin’ Redbirds. Holy Batcrap, has Fernando Salas ever been great. Once again he saved not only our bacon but an attempt to hand the game to the woeful ‘Stros. Again Sir Berkman’s early bomb, reminded the few faithful Houstons what it was like back in the days. I still like Lance a Lot. And Mr. Pujols capped off the offense with a majestic arc of his own, reminiscent of his launch vs. Brad “every other year” Lidge. The “Riot” again rescued his hitting streak, now reaching a commendable 20 games, but his boot on a sure DP roller made this one a contest. He had been better lately, but this error certainly came at an inopportune time. 2nd base is calling his name as he is a shortstop in name only, but his contributions to our run-scoring cannot be overlooked. Struggling to win vs the likes of the Flubs and Astronauts, certainly isn’t much to crow about, but who would have been crazy enough to predict that on the morning of June 8th, 2011 the St. Louis Cardinals(the Kid Version) would sitting on top of the Baseball World? It’s good to be the King, if only for a day.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        Spud, I am not even the slightest bit afraid of the Redbirds. If you think Berkman is going to be playing this well into the post-season, then I want some of what you are smoking. King Albert is what he is…the best player in baseball. Enjoy it while you can, because he will be elsewhere next year. Enjoy your Cardinals this year, sir, because it just may be the last good team you have to root for this decade.

      • spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        I fear you would get all paranoid and stuff, so I’m not sharing, I don’t want to be responsible for Phior Phuror or Phillie Phreeze-up so you are on your own. Who knows if we can sustain this level of play throughout the year, but there is magic goin’ on, the team chemistry is palpable, much of it brought on by Berkman. I have never seen Albert so gleeful as in the past few days, and with the youthful infusion our future is so bright we need sunglasses while playing indoors in Houston. So doubt all you want, dourful Phillie Phan, Albert is here to stay, and maybe, just maybe so are the 2011 Cards.

  5. roycethebaseballhack - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Rangers bats were absolutely flaccid. Tigers pitching was behind on most at bats, and yet…nothing. Rangers were 0-8 for the evening with runners in scoring position. Must be some anti-mojo hex thing, working in Arlington.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Don’t bother me today, I’ve got lots of errands to run. My primary care physician (or, to mimic cur, “fysician”) can look at the phantom pains in my right knee.
    Will be scouring Baseball Reference to determine if the Yanks hitters have a low RSVP, or it may be the pitchers who have a high SPQR.
    Then a trip to the dark side of town to see Harry Lebowski and his father Big to obtain more of those magic horse pills that Posada and Jeter took last night. Double up on some so we can get to 3000 quick.
    Noesi had a good game of relief, he’ll be giving a dissertation on how to pitch 6 innings in one game.

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Posada, like the cyclops in Princess Bride, has been condemned to foresee the hour of his release.

  7. APBA Guy - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Minor league whingers, the lot of you! The beloved A’s dropped their 8th in a row to, god forbid, career 5.34 ERA Chris Jakubauskas, whom they saw previously in Seattle, so he shouldn’t have fooled them. But for this night, J was spotting the corners low and getting the occasional Glavine-call from Mike Everitt. The O’s advanced scouts watched the Yankees and Sawx outfield play the A’s about 6 steps in from real MLB hitters to great effect: nary a flare drops in now, and the mighty A’s can’t muster enough strength to put a ball over the heads of the permanently drawn in defense. It’s like a team OF shift, but forward. Impressively clear and effective statement about the A’s, especially when compared to Baltimore’s 3 HR barrage.

    Jemile Weeks is really small, and not just in that 0-4 way that makes you wonder what the A’s front office was thinking in the 2008 draft. He is very fast, and with Ellis out we’ll get a good look at him. At 24, he isn’t really a top prospect anymore, but is still considered a prospect. His line at Sacramento was very good, hitting well over .300. So we’ll see. But replacing Ellis defensively will be tough. Nothing got through the A’s right side of the infield, and Ellis’ placements helped Pennington immensely.

    But all of this is trivial compared to the news that Mr. Anderson is heading to Alabama to consult with Dr. Andrews. The results of that may send the sale of anti-depressants skyrocketing in the East Bay.

  8. spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Sure is quiet around here today.

  9. spindervish - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    What the hell is the deal with everyone writing their own little team-specific recaps lately, complete with masturbatory wordplay and pet nicknames? The reptile’s been on this tip since day one, but what’s everyone else’s excuse? You all auditioning for Craig’s job?

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      I wasn’t going to comment today, but I just had to reading what you wrote. I laughed my ass off. You are dead on. I always thought giving game recaps took too much time. I think the scope of the comments should just be limited to talking about particular players, plays, or just trashing other teams.

      • spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        Another inanity from the Captain of the Mensa Club.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        Captain? I’m the General of the Mensa Club. And you will never be allowed in my club, smart guy.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      Lately? This is a national blog open to all teams, you must observe by now. What is not pertinent about a fan in, say, Cleveland giving you his or her view about the Indians?
      This blog, along with it’s historical predecessors, was built around various voices expressing their (promoting their) concerns and viewpoints. Craig does an admirable job provoking us into such things, I’m sure you or I aren’t going to beat the bushes 12 hours a day delving through the media looking for baseball stories that might intrigue us and share them with others.

      And for good measure, Grumpy is a has-been, THE FAT TOAD pitches toward the refreshment stand on the third baseline, Jeter sucks, ARod is god, and Swish is the world’s Most Interesting Man, Grandy is doing as well as Joe DiMaggio.

      • cur68 - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        The telling phrase in that there opening statement Len is the one that includes the term “masturbatory”. Most writers have a writing ‘voice’; you can tell one author from another just by looking for certain styles and often used phrases. You can also tell a lot about the writer depending on their choice and usage of certain words. Freud, though off the mark in some respects, was pretty accurate about things like projection and associative words. He’d have much to say about the nature and predilections of our boy there.

        Did you like how I wrote that? I was doing my best ‘florid’ :)

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:08 PM

        Are you a descendant of William Jennings Bryant? Masteful elocution!

  10. uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    The Yankees lost. The way I figure it 4 of the 6 division leaders lost yesterday say they were in good company. Hopefully a different result tonight.

    BTW, right about now the Cardinals look like the best team in baseball. That’s just my opinion.

    • spudchukar - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      Thanks UYF, my pal, but damn it, don’t jinx us.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        Just telling it like I see it. No jinx intended, my friend.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      uyf-Cardinals are strong now, but the last time I rooted for them was October 2004, and that didn’t work.

  11. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    FWIW, folks: I like it when fans of specific teams give their own, specialized recaps in the comments. I’m obviously viewing things from 50,000 feet so that someone can get a snapshot of a whole day’s action. As such, the detail that APBA Guy brings to the A’s, or Len to the Yankees, or Gator to the Feesh or any of a 1000 of you deranged Philly fans bring to the Phils is always welcome and ads to the conversation.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      Thanks, and some kudos to uyf, he’s the play-by-play, I’m just the color man.

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