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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 9, 2011, 4:57 AM EDT

Red Sox's Ortiz celebrates his two run home run against the New York Yankees with teammate Youkilis during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Yankee Stadium Reuters

Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Bosox once again jump all over the Yankees, this time giving A.J. Burnett his worst night of the year. Notably, no Red Sox players were plunked in this one — And David Ortiz hit another homer — so I’m sure the tabloids that were calling for retribution for the Ortiz bat flip on Tuesday night are going to be up in arms this morning. The Red Sox are alone in first place.

Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2: Andrew McCutchen walked off with a homer in the bottom of the 12th. He also scored a run to tie it in the bottom of the 10th following a double. He also drove in a run on a sacrifice in the third. You could say that it was his night.

Brewers 7, Mets 6:  Nyjer Morgan hit a walkoff double, though he didn’t realize it because he thought it was the eighth inning. Seriously. Two homers for Prince Fielder including the two-run job that tied it in the eighth. That second one put Fielder past Gorman Thomas for third on the Brewers’ all-time home run list with 209.

Braves 3, Marlins 2: Derek Lowe deserved better than a no-decision after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. But, as usual, the Braves don’t score a lot and Fredi Gonzalez uses the same three relievers he uses every single game. One of them — Craig Kimbrel — is so obviously being overused that someone ought to call closer protective services for a home visit. Kimbrel blows the save but Freddie Freeman salvages the win for him — hey! Kimbrel knows how to win! — with an RBI single in the 10th.

Astros 4, Cardinals 1: Bud Norris had a no-hitter going into the seventh as well, but the Astros’ old friend Lance Berkman broke it up with a homer. It would be the only hit that Norris gave up in his eight innings of work, however.

Twins 3, Indians 2: The Twins blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth when bona fide closer Matt Capps gave up a homer, but Ben Revere drove in a run in the bottom of the tenth.  The Tribe went 1-6 on the homestand. They’re crashing like Skylab. Let us hope that The Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, doesn’t fine the Indians $400 for littering after impact.

Giants 3, Nationals 1: Matt Cain was the man, tossing a five-hit complete game with 11Ks. He also doubled in the first run of the game — all together now — helping his own cause.

Cubs 4, Reds 1: The eight-game losing streak is history as the Cubbies beat the Reds on a hot, hot afternoon. Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez went back-to-back in the fourth inning.  Ryan Dempster went six strong innings despite having hip problems before the game and being unable to get loose. Tight works too, I suppose.

Rockies 5, Padres 3: The Rockies score more than three runs for the first time in a good long while, the final two on a Troy Tulowitzki double in the ninth to break the 3-3 tie. Tulo had an RBI single in the fifth too.

Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Cole Hamels with eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts. Not much else to say about that, really.

Orioles 3, Athletics 2: And this is all anyone needs to hear about the Athletics’ losing streak.

Rangers 7, Tigers 3: Alexi Ogando moves to 7-0 as he helps the Rangers avoid the sweep. Three hits for Elvis Andrus. A homer for Adrian Beltre. A bad night for Phil Coke.

Blue Jays 9, Royals 8:  In the sixth, Ned Yost chose to intentionally walk Jose Bautista, loading the bases, to get to Adam Lind. Two pitches later, Lind hit a grand slam. Maybe it was a good decision, but good decisions != good outcomes.

Mariners 7, White Sox 4: Miguel Olivo has been kind of hot ever since we mocked him last week. So hey, you’re welcome, M’s fans. Seattle’s most indispensible player drove in three, including a two-run double in the 10th.

Rays 4, Angels 3: The Rays blew a 3-0 lead for James Shields in the eighth, but salvaged it with some small ball — Reid Brignac‘s RBI bunt — in the tenth. A sweep for Tampa Bay.

  1. swanny22 - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    continuously using the same jokes doesn’t make them funny craig

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:19 AM

      Continuously reading them when you don’t find them funny makes far less sense than my telling them. Feel free to move along if you don’t like the product.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:18 AM

        You tell him Craig. You are actually good at this unlike some of those hacks on your cousin blogs.

      • saturn1111 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:01 AM

        So, Craig, this is how you treat your regular readers? “Move along if you don’t like the product?”

        I have news for you, pal, we don’t read this column for the jokes. We read it to find out what happened in the bigs last night.

        In case you hadn’t noticed, most of your posts receive one or two comments at the most? In other words, you’re the blog version of the tree that falls in the woods despite writing for a high profile media outlet about one of the most popular sports in America. You should consider yourself lucky that swanny’s been reading long enough to recognize your recycled B-material.

        So maybe, instead of chasing him away, you should man up, get some thicker skin, and take his comment for what it is: insightful. And then, maybe you should think about getting some new material.

      • CJ - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM

        what’s wrong with what Craig said? There is such a divergence of people here he can’t please everyone. If you don’t like it, ask for a refund and go some place else.

        Oh wait, this isn’t paid content, so why are you complaining again?

      • kcq101 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:15 AM

        @saturn1111 – shut up you indignant ass

        Not in defense, but out of pure observation, his posts appear to get more comments than the general HBT posts. Unfortunately, it may be a result of idiots and sycophant trolls, like yourself.

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:19 AM

        I don’t claim to be a math wizard, or even familiar with the proper order of the numbers, but I am pretty sure that 39, 33, 10, 7, 43, 6, 21, 22, 5, 10, 2, 10, 24, 22, 14, and 17 (which happen to be the number of comments from Craig’s posts yesterday) doesn’t conform to the “one or two comments at the most” standard.

        In case you haven’t noticed, blogs don’t work in a “tell us what you want and we’ll do it” fashion. Rather, they work in the “this is what we do, we hope you like it” fashion….and if you don’t like it, go find a blog that does what you do like.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:24 AM

        To me I come home here because there is good discussion among the posters and because the staffs content is good. I could care less if Craig or the others use their own recycled material. The simple fact is this is a good platform to talk about baseball and other things, the moderators do not cherry pick comments to post, and the blogger will actually engage in discussion with you. So, saturn1111 I’m not sure who pissed in your Wheaties this morning, but just relax. Being wound too tight is no way to go through life.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:25 AM

        Oh, and Mr. Saturn: if you want to simply know what happened in the game, feel free to click the link to the box score I include with every score. That’s the purpose. Of course, if a reader truly is a regular, they would have learned within the first few posts read that “finding out what happened in the bigs last night” is not the primary mission of this blog.

      • Matthew Flint - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        Yeah, so get off my lawn!

      • bigxrob - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:42 AM

        Saturn, you’re off base. First of all, that guys comment was far from insightful. Actually, it was wrong. A lot of people, me included, find it funny when Craig (or any writer) inserts ridiculous baseball clichés like “he helped his own cause”, “he just doesn’t know how to win”, “he’s a proven closer” into their write ups. You see, he’s making fun of the old baseball establishment, which is always funny. If I wanted to just find out what happened in “the bigs” last night, I’ll look at a news papers website.
        It’s this type of writing that makes blog sites fun. You feel like you’re having regular conversations with people, not being spoken to by someone.
        I know Craig is going to have a bunch of posts regarding BSOML next spring training, and I can’t wait.
        I know the Pie v cake debate will rage on, and I will laugh at the participants (in a good way).
        I know some pitcher’s “know how to win”.
        Plus, it’s sports kid, chillax.

      • Vincent - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM

        Pie is so freaking good.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      • rebarratige - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

        “Pie is so freaking good.”

        You shut your mouth, sir.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        Get out of here, you crusty, apple-filled ice-cream drenched pie eaters! Me and Ut will overwhelm you with 4 layers pineapple cake with Continental frosting!

      • Alex K - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        ICE CREAM!!!

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM

        Cake. Always will be cake. Pie is he tool of evil. It goes too and fro on the face of the earth.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        CUR,You wouldn’t understand Pie, it’s a matter for us United states citizens. It’s as American as, you guessed it. Apple Pie…….. guhhhhhhh slobber slobber….
        Canadians and their fu fu cakes…..

        And Len! You dare?

        So the case stands, and under all the passion of the parties and the cries of battle lie the two chief moving causes of the struggle. Cake means so many millions a year lost to the Pie eaters; Pie eating means the loss of the same millions to the Cake guild. The love of money is the root of this as of many many other evils … the quarrel between Cake and Pie is, as it stands, solely a fiscal quarrel.

      • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

        I like my apple pie at Gma’s table with some melted cheddar and Gma’s strawberry freezer jam. Frown if you like, but hold your OMGs until you’ve tried it. That jam works gooooood on cheese or reuben sandwiches too. Try it.
        Here in Taiwan, the locals look at me cross and wall eyed when I tell them that peanut butter should share space on bread with jelly?! try it, ok

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Pie is good. Jellyroll is better. Beaver works for jellyroll in Canada, helping to keep our boreal neighbors warmer than we need to be kept down here. Nothing is warmer than beaver. Except rabid beaver.

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        And a big piece of cake for you, Mr. Gator, sir.

        Its well known that Castor fiber canadensis (Canadian beaver) fur skin is the warmest in the world. Needs to be. Friggin cold here man. Cake provides way more calories than pie in the cold. So cake is superior to pie. If you don’t like that then you can go read about pie elsewhere. Or something.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        And we have had plenty of Rabid Beaver in this area I might add. Everything seems to be drying up around here and it’s driving the Beaver absolutely mad. Not to mention my veggie garden. The constant dose of Chlorine and psychotic drugs from the local drinking water is making them suffer. Anyone know any good rain dances?

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        1.) Hey, swanny, repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome, I believe, is the very definition of insanity;
        2.) Craig, you keep doing that voodoo that you do so well—and this is coming from a rabid Phightins Phan;
        3.) Saturn, you and that fuzzy math—you do realize that numbers greater than two are not less than or equal to one or two, right?
        4.) CAKE RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        5.) Len, can we make it pineapple upside down cake? That’s damn good—especially the crusty corners where the butter settles in with the sugar. Mmmmm…damn, there’s that drooling again….
        6.) Gator is right—jelly roll (the roll part is what? Oh yeah, CAKE!!!) is pretty awesome, too. And it gives the cake and ice cream camps a chance to ally—ice cream roll. Anybody? (I will withhold comment on how ice cream just naturally goes better with cake anyway—just ask anybody who has a birthday on any of the 365/6 days out of the year.)

      • scatterbrian - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        Damn saturn, who pissed in your coffee?

        I’m a regular from the days before Craig was writing for a fancypants media outlet, and I come for the jokes. And movie references. I hardly follow cricket anymore.

  2. handsfour - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    well, one plus of being a West Coast night owl is being among the very first to read ATH!!!
    but – wow, Craig – 5 am? Are you a morning person, or allowing for family obligations, or trying to get the scoop, or ? Regardless, I’m impressed.

    My A’s can’t really be this bad… can they? But the injury/ineptitude parade is painful.
    At least Jemile Weeks made his presence known in his second game with the big club, with a couple hits and a nifty DP. One takes hope where it comes…

    • scatterbrian - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      I was mildly shocked when Weeks was batting leadoff–on the road–in his ML debut. But then I remembered who fills out the lineup card. Drop him to ninth, take a little pressure off and looky what happens: a couple of hits and he scores both runs. Hmm.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Weeks showed good bat speed, and he got the job done at second, though he looked a bit nervous. Still, you build on the foundation of making all the basic plays.

      Nine in a row. On to Chicago.

  3. wondroushippo - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:37 AM

    I loaded up ScoreCenter on my Android last night, and it said Miguel Olivo has 10 HRs in the 8th inning or layet, or some crazy stat like that, I don’t remember. May be in game-tying or lead-taking situations too. I was just kinda shocked that Olivo had hit 10 homers! Or am I an idiot?

    • easports82 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      The fact the M’s are competitive is astonishing. And Olivo, who knew? This essentially was the ‘big’ off-season move to bolster the catching core and was completely mocked at the time because he’d been so horrible the first go-round and seemed to be a terrible fit for Safeco.
      Jack Z’s apparently good every other year; ’09 he hit the right buttons, last year was a bust, and now they’re surprisingly fighting for the AL West. Coming soon: Dustin Ackely.

      • The Rabbit - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        The fact the M’s are competitive is astonishing. And Olivo, who knew?
        IIRC, Olivo showed flashes of this kind of offense last year before the ASB so it’s not a complete surprise.
        What’s more astonishing is that the M’s are competing with un-Ichiro and un-Felix. Both have have rightfully been the stars of the franchise and both are having atypical seasons.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:28 AM

    Bautista has been in a mini slump, but Lind has been red hot since he came off the DL. Walking Bautista to face Lind is a bad decision. Thank you Yost.

    • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      PC: What the heck is up with the bullpen? They damn near handed this one back to the Royals last night. Turned a 5 run lead into a one run victory. They hate Carlos Villanueva or something? He left the Pen and now they want revenge? WTF? As far as I’m concerned Dotel should be sent down to make room for Eric Thames or Travis Snider. Both guys contribute to Blue Jays offense as opposed to oppo offense like Dotel does.

      I was saying back a week or so ago that the Sons of BeaverLand really needed Lind back. He sure makes pitching to JB, the Most Interesting Hitter In the World, a more attractive proposition. Some slump he’s in, eh? Batting .351, 2 runs, 2 hits, and a walk. Well if you make a habit of hitting balls 400 feet and then you have a stretch of singles and doubles, meh, I guess that’s a slump.

      Last night I was dissing on Nix and he comes up and homers. I don’t know what to do about 3rd base any more. If I had to guess I’d say Nix asked Jobu to break Larie’s hand so he, Nix, could keep 3rd. Then, after the sacrifice of a chicken, Nix starts hitting. The whole team is suddenly lively with hitting. Wooo!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

        The bullpen has been terrible lately. I think that the Jays have several pitchers in the pen whose contracts expire at the end of the season. The hope is that they will pitch well enough to be type B free agents. If that occurs, the Jays would be in line for some more sandwich round draft picks.

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        Agree. I don’t know what to do about a closer, though. Frank Francisco LOOKS like a closer, and throws hard enough, but he just does not deliver the ball over the plate in a consistent manner. Rauch has the intimidating size but not the velocity or the variety. Jannsen is the sack with the variety of pitches and coolness under pressure but he lacks velocity & intimidation. Frazer maybe? He throws hard enough. Just wish he had the mound presence.

      • missthemexpos - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Hopefully someone will emerge out of the pack, post all-star game. Still not bad enough for me to wish that Kevin (time for a walk) Gregg was back with the Jays.

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        The O’s can have Kevin (Expletive) Gregg.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        At least Gregg was good enough for the Jays to give us a sandwich pick. He was never good for the digestion. Cakes turned rancid whenever he pitched.

  5. sknut - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    You can’t stop the force that is Drew Butera and Ben Revere. Just to put how bad the Twins have been even though they have won 6/7 it would take them 5 weeks to get back to .500 if they go 5-2 each week. Keep pushing that rock up the hill Gardy! You can do it!

  6. yankeesfanlen - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    When in high school, we were required to take a shop class. It served me well, the life lessons learned I’ve retained to being at the point where I can now operate a digital camera. Anyway, a gruff old drill sergeant ran it and when a mistake was made by a student, he would call them a “dumb, fathead, oogly-oogly lousepoop”.
    Thus, the recap of last night’s train wreck seemingly instituted by a bunch of bus drivers.Of special note in the 6th during a potential rally was the conspiracy of Gardner to stand at third like a cigar store Indian, insuring that Beep-beep had a ground ball double play at his disposal.

    • RickyB - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Gardner’s statue act was THE key moment of that game. If my wife wasn’t sleeping while I was watching the game DVRed, I would have been screaming my head off more than a dozen times. It would be nice if Robby Cano would learn how to back up on a stolen base attempt, however.

      • heynerdlinger - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        In retrospect, you’re right, but if Jeter doesn’t hit into a double-play, Gardner probably scores anyway.

    • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      Otis Nixon=cigar store indian

    • The Rabbit - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      I have to admit that my first thought was “double play” the minute I saw Jeter up with bases loaded in the 6th….My second thought was Len is yelling at the TV.
      However, when a player comes up with bases loaded and you immediately think double play and not slam or rally, it may be time to move that player out of the top of the order.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    With John Mailee gone, can Edwin Rodriguez be far behind? Whereas I grant that even contending teams have long loosing streaks in the midst of a winning season – something about releasing excess heat, like a dog panting – it’s not so much the number of games (seven) that the Feesh have lost in a row; it’s their rate of acceleration as they plunge through the standings: 32 feet per sec per sec, as James Joyce reminds us. One for eight with RISP last night, the Feesh actually managed to improve their rate of futility a bit from the night before; they’re batting .148 with RISP now. They desperately need Hanley and his .210 batting average back in the lineup.

    • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      maybe cuz it is so sensitive a topic with all nobody says
      but, just sayin
      sayin nothin at all maybe
      big booted wheel in the sky
      just put it out there and see what shakes out

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        Well, since I don’t think Cousins did anything wrong, or anything that other baserunners don’t do on a daily basis, nor that Posey did anything that catchers don’t do on an equally daily basis, I’d probably guess that Posey, by putting himself in harm’s way so stupidly (see Johnny Bench’s comments on the play), probably just expiated a lot of his own bad karma and earned himself some dharma credits for his next incarnation.

  8. Matthew Flint - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Anyone else see the stat the Ryan Howard has 182 go ahead RBI in his career, more than any other active player. And since 2006 he has more HR and RBI than anyone else. Really don’t get all the complaining about strike outs and him not being clutch. I have heard Phillies “fans” talk about his “hollow numbers” like he’s Bobby Abreu or something. I believe that first stat equals one word: CLUTCH! His stike outs annoy me when he swings at pitches out of the zone but I enjoy the feeling that he could juice one in any at bat. Howard is the man!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      I agree Matt. The strikeouts don’t frustrate me probably because I have grown accustomed to them. What does frustrate me is him hitting into that damn shift all the time. People have been saying this for years and he is probably incapable of doing so, but if he could learn to shoot a ball through the massive hole on the left side he could get them to back off the shift a bit. I mean they pitch him outside enough and he has power the other way so I’m not sure why he can’t. I would say he loses 40 hits a year because of the shift.

      • Matthew Flint - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        Agree about the lost hits because of the shift. I had a conversation the other day about this and came to the conclusion that he is a long ball hitter. He’s not up there thinking about slapping one the other way unless he’s instructed to. I don’t agree with that philosophy all the time but the argument goes either way depending on whether you like the guy or not. I think he feels he can hit a HR every time he swings and it’s not always what we need but nobody complains when he smashes one. But IMO that’s why the constant “pull” swings.

    • Vincent - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      Lets all ignore the fact that Howard’s OPS has been on a pretty steady decline since 2006.

      • Matthew Flint - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM

        I’m not ignoring it, I’m accepting what this guy offers and what he doesn’t. I understand that he almost never walks and the OPS shows as much but he definitely produces runs more than almost any other ball player in the world right now. What’s more important…runs (which actually count in whether you win or lose) or OPS (which nobody really gives a shit about if you’re winning)?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM

        I think it is the over shift to be honest. This would be the perfect opportunity for a stat head to come up with how many hits Howard has lost because of the shift and what effect that has had on his OPS. From watching the Phillies play almost everyday during that time frame, it seems like he is always crushing the ball directly into the shift, losing hits that would be hits in a conventional defense. I think the steady decline has to do with the implementation of the shift and the continuing evolution of it.

      • Vincent - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM

        Fair enough, but it’s not just his OPS that’s on a decline. From 2006-2009, he was averaging something like 145 RBIs a season while his slugging percentage dropped from .671 to .584 to .543 and regressed slightly in 2009 to .571.

        I have more to say.. but I have to go to a meeting. I’ll be back later!

        btw, I love Howard, I’m just worried that his production will stop.

      • Matthew Flint - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        I know advanced stats make a mockery of this guy but in watching him everyday I can tell you that I appreciate what I get to see most of the time. I can think of literally months where he’s hunched over from the pain because he has 7 other guys in a backpack baby carrier and still just pushes through and gets the job done.

        My point to the original post was not that people shouldn’t criticize Ryan for his lack of plate discipline, it was that NOBODY should criticize this guy for not coming through in the big moments. That strikeout in last year’s NLCS still hurts, but I think he thinks about it more than any of us do and I have faith that he will redeem himself if given the chance again.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:15 AM

        I’m going to see how this year plays out. I’m thinking or hoping that last year was an outlier. The ankle injury really depleted his power during his traditionally best months. I agree the trend down does not bode well, but I’m not ready to write him off just yet. Like Flint says, I’ve kind of accepted him for who he is. I would like him to be more consistent, but like most of the field players in red pinstripes, Howard is a steak hitter.

  9. Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Cole Hamels is going to want to be PAID! Ryan Madson is going to want to be PAID! This could be a whole lotta money to keep these guys. What is a ninja to do?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      Ibanez and Lidge coming off the books helps. I would guess that Oswalt does not come back either. So, that should free up some money to pay those two. Of course there is also the salary increases for Lee and Howard too….so, I don’t know. Raise ticket prices.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        The Ibanez and Lidge salaries won’t free up enough money to keep them under the cap if they also address needs they have with the offense. I guess if they were to Keep Mayberry and Brown as the R & L they could swing paying both Madson and Hamels without going over the cap. And yeah, Oswalt may just retire. “No major moves” Amaro said, which is code for “Look over there while I stealthily make crazy moves no one expects with great success.” So who knows what’s going on? Trade Oswalt??? He’s still worth his salary in most major cities imo.

      • bleedgreen - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        Jimmy needs a new contract, and I’m doubting its going to be as much as this year either, if they even keep him. Romero is only here this year as well (thank god).

        But yeah, Ibanez, Lidge, Oswalt, paycut for Jimmy and the lack of Romero frees up a good bit of money.

      • bigxrob - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM

        No baez either

    • Phillies Homer - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      I think Hamels has been the most consistent pitcher of the staff! Take away his first start (a damn game I attended!) and he’s 8-1 with an ERA down around 2.00.

      Very impressive!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        Indeed, Hamels has been great this year. He is pitching with so much poise and confidence. It is great to see. Did you see him dropping in the curve in tight situations last night? I remember when he was terrified to throw that pitch.

  10. saturn1111 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    okay, so let’s review:

    swannee points out craig’s penchant for recycling lousy material (and it really is lousy),

    -craig *actually reveals* that it got to him by telling swannee not to read his column anymore (the cyber equivalent of sniffling, picking up your football, and going home),

    -I call him out for us pussified behavior

    -like flies to shit, the lemmings rush to craig’s defense

    – and in the process, I’M the sycophant?

    Do you even know what ‘sycophant’ means?

    sycophant: a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence.


    Craig, your skin is thinner than I thought. I don’t recall saying your column is no better than a box score. You thought of that, not me. All I said was that the jokes stink. Ever hear of a thing called narrative? THAT’s what makes your column better than a box score. Not your underdeveloped ability to make funny with combinations of words .

    Also, the mere notion that you’re so thin skinned that you can’t help yourself but comment at the first sign of criticism is pretty pathetic.

    • paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      You are missing the point. Many of us don’t think of this as Craig’s blog, we think of it as our blog…thus, the defensiveness.

      …and pretty much all blogs have a “if you don’t like it the door is on the left” approach…you can’t please everyone.

      • spindervish - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:49 AM

        Really? This is “your blog”?

        …I guess that at least partially explains all the half-baked personal recaps in the ATH comments.

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        As other’s have said spinny; go somewhere else if you don’t like the blog material or the posts or much of anything. You are in fact welcome to never come back. I can’t think of a germain thing you’ve added, either baseball, pie, cake, or anything related to the posts here or to a conversation. Why do you come here? Is it just to belittle others? If so, do us all a favor; get in line behind the other a$$hats and do it late at night on old posts that no one goes to anymore. Stop be-smirching my morning ATH.

      • spindervish - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        Really? Not one? I seem to recall a rather interesting call-and-response with you just the other day regarding the Jays’ offense. Pay closer attention; you’re really selling me a tad short.

        And I do quite like this blog; I just happen to think a good deal of the commenters are a bit over-the-top will the silly and/or the self-indulgent, especially for supposedly grown men (or women, though, I suspect, mostly men). The running pie/cake thing is especially stupid.

        And as for “your” ATH…again with the possessive use. What is with you people? The internet belongs to everybody son.

        I will cop to one thing though…the majority of my comments probably do involve belittling idiots or idiotic comments/arguments. Though I think I’m usually pretty tame about it. I realize I can be caustic…what can I say, it’s just my way. Ignorance – particularly aggressive, willful ignorance – is sort of a button of mine.

        Plus, you know…there’s only so many ways to avoid doing work around the office.

      • bleedgreen - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        It is our blog. Because if there were no readers, it wouldn’t exist. Advertising dollars pay for it, because us, the readers, view them. If there are no readers, there is no ad dollars, there is no reason for Craig to write blog, thus no blog without the readers.

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        spinny I recall your “interesting call-and-response”. It was highly inaccurate and reflective of you not reading what I wrote. You chose to view the season’s numbers while I was clearly referring to a recent trend. So I’ll tell you what “son”, go back and read a bit carefully, watch your run on sentences, and stop being a “dick” and I might tolerate your presence on “my” morning ATH.

      • spindervish - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Oh for god’s sake. Highly inaccurate? That post was essentially a list of stats. Your emphasis on a recent trend as opposed to a more general statement about the quality of the lineup was clarified in your response, which I thought was mostly fair. You defended your original position with some facts, and I chose to defer to your clearly superior knowledge of the Jays’ day-to-day performance. I don’t watch that many Jays games. Fair enough.

        What is highly inaccurate is your characterization of that sentence from that other post as a run-on. It’s just not – you’re just flat-out wrong. How about I don’t tell you how to treat newborn infants and you stop trying to tell me how to wield the English language? Aside from being petty, you’re incorrect.

      • cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        Sixty seven words is sixty seven words (with a parenthesis in there) so that’s a run on sentence, the very definition thereof in my opinion, which, if you don’t like, go elsewhere and solicit opinions of others, much good may it do you, plus don’t get all snotty with me since you chose to correct my usage of a term with that railroad track of a sentence.

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        In addition, we contribute to the content and often help determine the comment via suggestions.

        As others have said, this blog is a platform for the discussion of all things baseball. If you are part of the discussion, you are part of the blog. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that some commenters have posted more words on this thing than Craig has.

      • spindervish - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        The great thing about this is that your opinion on the subject is irrelevant. There is an actual definition of a run-on sentence, and mine simply wasn’t one. There’s not really an argument to be won or lost here; you’re just wrong. Your grasp of syntax clearly needs a little work; it’s by no means a debilitating flaw, but one you might want to correct before you start throwing darts on the subject.

    • bigxrob - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

      Why do you even click on this site? If it’s so terrible, why bother? I don’t get people like you. The interwebs is full of places where you can get the same information HBT offers. Why do you choose the one with the writing you don’t like?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Saturn has lost me here. I think he is reading into what Craig is has said in reply to his rantings. Believe me Saturn, I am all for rantings and winding people up on hear, but you are off base in your criticisms.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM

        I agree, Doctor. The job of winding up people here is mine. Going on rants is my speciality. This Saturn dude is stealing some thunder from me.

    • CJ - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      If you’ve come for the jokes, you’re probably not the intended audience for this blog.

      If you’ve come to find out what “happened in the bigs last night”, you must be looking for the box scores on

      If you’ve come for (mostly) intelligent discussion, opinion, and yankee hating and/or are a Phillies fan, then take a deep breath, get off your high horse, and relax.

      Otherwise: Go. Away. Oh, and have a nice day :)

      Sincerely, HBT “Customer” Service 😛

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        Yankee hating? Could such a thing exist in our civilized Universde?

      • easports82 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM

        Yankee hating is law of nature.

      • CJ - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM


        anything less would be uncivilized.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM

      I hardly see how my observation that returning to read things one doesn’t enjoy is silly constitutes me being “thin-skinned,” but if you say so I’ll take your word for it. Stay. Leave. I really don’t care. Just know that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, so if you return and don’t like what you read, well, that’s on you.

      As for narratives, I don’t consider myself omniscient and my readers sheep, so I’m not going to spend too much time forcing narratives down anyone’s throats. Indeed, if you are a regular reader you’d know that the grafting of contrived narratives or storylines onto a series of randomly-occurring sporting events is one of the things I dislike the most in sports journalism. Again, if you disagree and you want that sort of thing, by all means, go read the Post or the Daily News or wherever they pay people to tell fans what ballplayers are thinking and feeling.

      As for my commenting, I think you’ll find that I do it quite often, not just when someone criticizes me. But make no mistake: if someone criticizes me and I find the criticism to be incoherent or offbase, I sure as hell will respond to it.

    • rebarratige - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      It’s a bit rich of you to accuse Craig of being “thin-skinned” in a comment that is clearly designed to reboot a stupid argument because you were flamed into oblivion early in the thread. How is your reaction to other commenters’ criticisms anything other than the flushed, addled, flummoxed reaction of the thinnest of skins?

  11. rebarratige - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    When you give Kimbrel two save opportunities in as many days, you have no right to expect that he will not blow at least one of them.

    • paperlions - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

      What was that definition of insanity again? 😀

  12. uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Well as a Yankees fan what can I possibly say that would present their last 2 days performances in a positive light. Absolutely nothing. To be honest, the starting pitching was atrocious and their offense was a case of to little to late. My friends, just calling it like I see it. But the past is the past. What is done is done and can’t be undone. So we look ahead to today’s game. With 2 of the best AL pitchers this season on the mound and hopefully a different result for Yankees fans.
    Right now the one good thing perhaps the only good thing about tonight other then CC on the mound for the Yankees is with a win the Yankees are right back in 1st place in the AL East. Be it only by percentage points it still would be 1st place.
    I could go on and on but for now this will have to do and that’s just my opinion.

  13. Brody - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    The Twins bullpen went back to their old ways by blowing another save but in the last ten games they have been very solid only allowing that one run. The Twins still ended their road trip 6-4 which is good news for Twins fans. Things are looking up if they continue to play this way. To see the Twins summary from yesterday go here:

  14. jimbo1949 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Twins 3, Indians 2: The Twins blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth when bona fide closer Matt Capps gave up a homer, but Ben Revere drove in a run in the bottom of the tenth.

    Since this blog is considered by some to be the be all and end all of blogs I would like to point out that the Twins/Indians was played at Progressive yesterday.
    Your welcome.

  15. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I go and get busy at work for one stinking morning aqnd nobody picks up the mantle for me? And there’s all this BS whining about Craig and the blog?

    I only have two things to say…

    1) If you don’t like the blog, then don’t read the blog.

    2) Phillies have the best record in baseball, after the offense exploded for 2 whole runs last night.

    Woo Hoo!!!!

    In all seriousness, I am so disappointed that they came out AGAIN and showed no pride and played like a bunch of wussies. I am very close to going on an all-out “bicepts” ape-shit rant about them…but I just can’t because they have the best record in baseball. The 4 Aces will always trump the lack of offense in the regular season.

    But you can “MARK MY WORDS”…”THESE ARE THE FACTS”…come October, they won’t get away with this nonsense.

  16. spudchukar - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Our old nemesis Bud “Cy Young” Norris, did us in again, as we cough up the BRIB title. If one would read the line score, one would surmise that he was brilliant. But the truth is he wasn’t. Constantly behind in the count, numerous walks (5) I believe, and a fistfull of hard hit balls, often turned into twin killings. Just one of those nights as they say. Garcia was similar, falling into his bad habit of nibbling once he gets two strikes on hitters rather than going with his good stuff. Pence had a great at bat, over 10 pitches, and then blasts one 430 ft, which only in Houston isn’t a HR, and settles for a triple. The “Riot” has his hitting streak halted at 20, but to his credit he did walk twice only to be quickly erased. Rookie starter Lance Lynn goes tonight, hopefully he can duplicate his first start in which he should have fared better.

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