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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 16, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

Mal Reynolds

I’m gonna be honest here: I didn’t want any games last night. Instead I watched “Serenity,” which seemed necessary after finishing up the entire 14-episode run of “Firefly” on the treadmill over the past couple of weeks.  The verdict: not bad, but I liked the series better. As “Star Trek: The Next Generation” showed, when you don’t have unlimited time and money for special effects, your drama is better. That said, watching Summer Glau go all killing machine on everything was pretty sweet.

Fun happening: As I was watching it, my daughter Mookie came downstairs to get a drink of water. I just introduced her to “Star Wars” recently. She saw a spaceship and said “is this ‘Star Wars?'”  I said no. Then she saw Mal and she said “but he’s just like Han Solo.”  From the mouths of babes.

Sorry. Got caught in a geek hole there for a second. Won’t happen again. At least until the next time it happens. The scores:

Twins 4, White Sox 1: Here’s how it is: I always love it when I tape a radio spot for an overnight show and then, after taping but before it airs, something happens that makes whatever I said on the show sound dumb. Stuff like “Carl Pavano is kind of a mess,” which is what I said on the show I was on last night. Pavano: CG, 6 H, 1 ER.

Red Sox 3, Rays 0: Something else that made me sound retro-stupid: I exchanged some emails with HBT Daily’s Tiffany Simons yesterday, talking about potential segment topics. One of them was to riff on some ESPN reader poll about who the four or five best pitchers in baseball are, a list which included Josh Beckett. I went on about how Beckett doesn’t belong and then a few hours later he tosses a freakin’ one-hitter. Shows you what I know. And hey, Mitt was in the house!

Nationals 10, Cardinals 0: Livan Hernandez really took St. Louis to the cleaners. You could even say he laundered ’em. Eh, OK, that was a little forced. Still: CG SHO 3 H, 6K.

Rockies 6, Padres 3: From the actual AP game story:

Jhoulys Chacin is starting to make a name for himself, even if few can properly pronounce it.  For the record, it’s yo-LEES cha-SEEN.

I can’t say I ever saw that in a game story. But hey, at least I know how to pronounce it now.

Reds 7, Dodgers 2: Cincy sweeps the Dodgers, taking this one thanks to three hits and three RBI from Scott Rolen. Oh, and it was Dusty Baker’s birthday yesterday. He turned 62. Which means that he’s about eight months younger than my mom. Which is kind of weird to think about.

Phillies 8, Marlins 1; Phillies 5, Marlins 4: I’m sure all of you placed large wagers on Kyle Kendrick having a more dominant outing than Roy Halladay and are now on your way to your bookie’s place to collect your winnings?

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 1: Ricky Romero had 12Ks in eight innings and the Jays had three homers. None from Jose Bautista, though, who has had a very mortal June. I guess he stopped taking all of those undetectable steroids once John Harper of the Daily News got on his trail during that series in New York.

Indians 6, Tigers 4: The Tribe rallied from being down 3-0 in the fourth and Orlando Cabrera put them ahead in the fifth. O-Cab (eh, why not?) was 3 for 4 with two RBI. Cleveland is back in first place by percentage points.

Yankees 12, Rangers 4: When the Yankees lineup for the game was announced yesterday afternoon, all the Yankees fans on my Twitter feed bitched and moaned about Jones, Nunez, Cervelli and Pena filling up the back end of the lineup. Guess it was OK, because for the second night in a row the Yankees win by a 12-4 score. This time some of the 12 came courtesy of two Mark Teixeira home runs.

Brewers 9, Cubs 5: Rickie Weeks homered and hit two doubles, powering Milwaukee into sole possession of first place in the Central. For Chicago, I defer to an email I got from reader Kerry N., who had a few observations about the “strength” of this Cubs lineup:

How do you know when you need a new left fielder?  When he’s batting 7th.  Blake DeWitt can’t even get ABs as a backup middle infielder, but tonight he starts in a corner outfield slot. But wait, there’s more!  The Cubs starting OF had four home runs coming into tonight.  Reed did just hit another, but … wow.

It’s always more satisfying to outsource criticism of a team to a fan, because only a fan can truly capture a team’s faults.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2: Madison Bumgarner gave up a couple of homers — which he doesn’t do very often — but he was otherwise effective and the Giants gave him some run support, which they don’t do often.

Pirates 7, Astros 3: Xavier Paul came in as a pinch hitter and doubled, so he stayed in the game and then hit a two-run homer and a single. Neil Walker drove in three. Pittsburgh is a over .500 now.

Mariners 3, Angels 1: Seeing Erik Bedard effective (7IP, 3 H, 0 ER) is not the most surprising thing in the world because he’s an excellent pitcher. Seeing him actually take the ball every fifth day, however, is kind of strange.

Mets 4 Braves 0: Probably good that I watched “Serenity,” because if’n I was going to watch baseball, I probably would have watched this and would have been been dealt the dual frustrations of long rain delays and Dillon Gee totally flummoxing my team. The Braves mustered only two hits on this long night. The Mets are at .500.

Athletics 2, Royals 1: Josh Outman shuts out Kansas City on four hits over seven innings. Bob Melvin gets his first win as an A’s manager at home, delighting the no doubt dozens in attendance.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    You know things are going badly when you need blooper reels for your highlight videos. That loud, foetid shplatttt! you heard was the Feesh hitting the basement after a plunge that can only be compared to the plane containing Bugs Bunny and the Gremlin – though when you think about it, Bugs’ plane halted a foot from the ground whereas the Feesh, who are collectively too young to recall the cartoon in question, were probably determined to impersonate the K/T meteorite instead and succeeded down to the last detail. It may well be that last place in the NL East is now located in forty feet of water just off the coast of Yucatan. And maybe that’s why it’s so difficult for Feesh fans to fin their way to the stadium.

    I do need to put in a word of support for Leo Nunez, who blew the save in the ninth and set up Mike Dunn’s mercifully short-lived walkoff loss in the tenth. Leo hasn’t pitched much lately because the Feesh haven’t entered a ninth inning with a lead more than once in the past fifteen games or so, and on that one occasion he was on the phantom DL with a twoinked upper back. He was so rusty that he couldn’t bend his knees until his fifth or sixth pitch and looked like a Brownshirt on parade when he took the mound in the ninth. The Feesh’s trainer should have soaked him in naval jelly before letting him go out there.

    In the first game of the bisected day-night doublefiasco, though, the Feesh summoned a previously unheard-of rookie named Elih Villanueva to impersonate a volcano virgin. This kid looks so much like the bandit from Treasure of the Sierra Madre that his nickname henceforth should be Steenkin’ Bedges Villanueva, even though he don’ got no steenkin’ bedges. He also don’ got no steenkin’ festbool, no steenkin’ curvebool, no steenkin’ slider and no steenkin’ changeup. What he does got is the poise and self-assurance of a pro, but unfortunately the pro in question is Javy Vasquez – who peetches tonight, unfortunately for the Feesh. At the velocity with which they’re falling, they’re likely to rattle basements in China tonight.

    The preamble dirges for Flat Eddie grow louder on Macondo tawk raideeo.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Naval Jelly? Are you trying to kill the poor kid? I thought you were planted firmly on his side? Anyway, Anibal should be Hannibal, the way he was slaying batters with no sign of emotion whatsoever for 7 innings. Kind of a shame for your little Feeshling who is making a case to be a permanent top of the rotation guy getting the ND after looking good vs. Roy. and leaving with a 2 run lead. Oh well, it was worth staying up for, nice come from behind win.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        I like Leo. But he was a bone to be chewed last night.You throw a team that’s as cold as a the corpse of Lord Franklin’s bosun against a team as good, and as hot, as bubbling Velveeta like the Feelies are these days and what do you expect? If the Feesh sucked any worse right now, they would trap light. Anibal is the ace of the staff right now, but he’s surrounded by 24 Jokers.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        “he’s surrounded by 24 Jokers”
        . . .and John Buck. John Buck and his contract aren’t funny or joking. Except in a food-smelling-off kind of way.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        Coda: here’s that Bugs Bunny cartoon, for all you young whippersnappers:

        Beats anything by that lame two bit Hitchcock and Serling imitator Whedon any day.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        John Buck is at least as funny as anyone who thinks Joss Whedon is qualified to wash Rod Serling’s jockstraps.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

        . . . aaaand speaking of smelling off . . .

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

        The Looney toons are the finest cartoons of all time. I wish they still played the re-runs, I miss them.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        Whoda thunk KK would ever outpitch Doc? And again, Chooch is clutch. Now, if they would just stop stranding poor ole Chase out on third….

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        And what’s with Hayes beaning Shane on the earhole?

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        Well maybe Shane was maccin’ on Hayes’ wife? I saw Major League. I know what goes on.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM

        Dude was throwing the ball back to Whiteside (I think), and the throw just bounced right off the Hawaiian’s helmet. Weird.

    • gogigantos - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      Gators are told to be tasty. I do love me some Daffy and Bugs. Pretty sure I don’t want a slice of the stink that are the rotten Feesh this last couple weeks. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of karmicly in debt fossils. Hope the manager survives this tail spin. Giants catch some breaks and may sweep in AZ, a large can of heart and the Giants are still the team to beat out West.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Craig, actually I was one of those Yankees fans that when he saw the line up said I don’t like this line up at all. Obviously I was wrong. Both Nunez and Pena filled in well. I’m still not a Jones fan. I wish Girardi would leave Gardner in. I think he deserves it. The Yankees have played very well since that beat down at the hands of the Red Sox. It’s a very long season and an awful lot can happen over the course of 162 games.

    As much as it pains me to say this the night really belonged to Beckett and the Red Sox. An outstanding performance. So far this early season Beckett is having the type of year Jimenez had for the Rockies the 1st half of 2010. We shall see if Beckett can sustain it.

    That’s just my opinion.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Before the Universe goes off into relic baseball land for a couple of weeks, I was curious how we would do vs. a power team-Rangers- when Hamilton and Cruz were back, and the answer is fine.
      The enire infield had home runs last night, Tex 2. Think about this concept- a shortstop hitting a home run!
      I wish Nova would chill with men on base

      • uyf1950 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

        yankeesfanlen, my friend. I think with just a little time Nunez will do very well at the SS position. He’s young and still learning. Nova, I’m afraid is or at least should be destined to be a long relief guy. Generally speaking he’s not overpowering and after just a few innings he tends to “lose it”. Not good good for a starter.
        It’s good to see the offense come back with a huge offensive game after just having one the night before. All to often the bats stay at home after a big offensive game. In my opinion, this afternoons game is a big one for the Yankees it would mean a sweep, winning 6 of the last 7 and heading out a road trip and inter-league play on a positive note. Those are just my opinions.

  3. putzilla - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Hate to break it to you Craig but despite the horrible K rate Pavstache is 2-1 with a 2.24 era over his last seven starts.

  4. baseballstars - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    I watched Serenity before I ever watched Firefly. I thought Serenity was ok, but nothing great. Years later, when I decided to watch it again, I liked it much better, and eventually it piqued my interest enough to watch the Firefly series. I’m so glad I did. While I do agree that the show is better than the movie, I also think the movie will grow on you over time. The Operative (Chiewetel Eijefor, or whatever) was an excellent character played by a talented actor.

  5. Jack Marshall - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Craig, I’d love to know how you would make that argument that Becket isn’t one of the top four pitchers even before last night. He’s pretty much been lights out from the start, and last night he had no-hit stuff.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:08 AM

      The question as posed was not who was doing the best this year, which admittedly, puts Beckett in that crowd. It was about long haul and who would you put on your dream staff going forward for a couple of years of a championship run.

      In that analysis, I don’t think I’d rate Beckett above Halladay, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester and others.

      • dan1111 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        I’m a Josh Beckett fan, but he’s easy to overrate because of how brilliant he has been at times. My mental image of him is the 2007 ALCS, game 5. The Red Sox were down 3 games to 1, but with him on the mound it felt like they were in complete control of the series.

        Then, a look at his stats reveals that his ERA since joining the Sox is over 4.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        This year so far makes me feel better about the extension they gave him, but yeah, even with this run he’s on, I wouldn’t pick Beckett for the next couple of years over any of those guys. Just too inconsistent.

  6. royhobbs39 - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Has there been a greater disparity between odd years and even years for a player as there is for Josh Beckett?

  7. nocryinginbaseball07 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Gator…that was hilarious! Now I won’t have to search for a little humor today at work to keep my sanity.

  8. cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    T’was a good night for baseball (sucked for hockey, but that’s another blog). The Blue Jay’s bats showed up and Ricky Romero made the Orioles look like who I thought they were. He had one shaky inning; the 4th. Other than that he pretty much had his way with them. A 3 hitter from Ricky.

    The Jay’s closer, Frank Francisco, turned up and, after giving up a run on a 1 out hit, got mad and decided to pour one 95 mph fast ball after another past the Orioles’ hitters. The Os were expecting nice Frank and were utterly surprised by Mad Frank, so that was the ball game, right there.

    For the final game of the series I suspect we’ve seen the last of the “pitch more to Adam Lind” mentality. With Jose Bautista ice cold at the moment you can probably expect to see him looking at more pitches over the plate. That should do something about that there slump he’s in.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Well cur, Baaahhhhstan had that brick wall the Flyers couldn’t get past either. And to think the Flyers could have had him and declined to pull the trigger…. Ahh that played out saying about hind sight….

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        I don’t get what’s going on with Canada and Boston lately. We trespassed on their lawn or something? Every one of the Bruin’s victories was a blow-out against the ‘Nucks and of course the Sox just pwned the Jays. If there’s any truth to the notion of cosmic balance then the Sons of Beaverton are due some victories.

        I’m actually rooting for the Rays & Rangers lately; my boys need to make up some ground in the standings and the gods of Monkeys and Men better be paying attention to the eternal ledger because we are OWED some good luck.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      Well, it seems that the power of the pate has shifted back to where it should reside, cur. By the way, Vancouver needs to take some lessons in rioting from Chicago and Boston.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        I rank them as behind only Boston but that’s only slightly and if you count burning the city to the ground into the mythos of Boston rioting. If not, then Vancouverites win. They riot over NOTHING. Hell those clowns rioted when Axl Rose DIDN’T come to town. I mean WTF? They had THAT backwards.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        Axl/G&R’s bastard second cousin fans are in a whole different category.

  9. proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Bautista has gone cold this month, but Adam Lind sure is hot now that he is off the DL. He hit another home run yesterday and was even intentionally walked by Baltimore.

  10. Phillies Homer - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    There’s something about this Phillies team in recent weeks that has a sort of 2008 feel to them… Last year, if they were losing in the 9th, I may have went to bed (especially towards the end of the regular season). This year… is just like 2008… where you just had that feeling that they were going to pull it out in the 9th/extras.

    Nice win… and nice of the Phillies offense to get Doc off the hook after the little bloop shots that turned into 4 runs off of him, otherwise, he pitched great.

    And as much as Kyle Kendrick makes me schizophrenic… I can’t help but say that he has done a great job in key spots recently. So, hopefully he stays “Mr. Hyde” for the better part of the year. (Mr. Hyde is the good one in the Dr. Jekyll series, right?)

    • bleedgreen - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:35 AM

      And to be fair, 2 of those runs can be attributed directly to Raul not being a good fielder. Both of those balls he bungled would have been caught by anyone that could run without creaking.

    • bleedgreen - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Also, no. Dr. Jekyll was the good guy.

      • Phillies Homer - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:52 AM

        In my gut, I think I knew that. But, I was overthinking it… by saying “Jekyll” sounds way more villain-y than “Hyde”. Plus “Mr.” is much more polite and less likely to be evil than a “Dr” could be. Oh well, I think my point was received! ha

    • bleedgreen - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      I think the difference is that Utley is back, and finally 100% healthy. He had issues last year with his knee/legs too but wouldn’t say anything about it. His knees look good, he’s absolutely raking the past week. People are getting on base for Howard and he doesn’t have to hit it out of the park to try and score runs by himself, thus taking some pressure off of him. Rollins is hitting well, and Victorino is his normal single/double machine self. Polly is being Polly. We don’t need Raul or Brown to really contribute much if the entire infield + Shane is producing. Just god forbid any of them get hurt for any extended period of time and plummets back into slump-city for the entire lineup.

  11. jdl1325 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    I really liked Firefly, but I actually preferred Serenity.

  12. Jonny 5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    I now must apologize to Kyle Kendrick for being harsh. Good Job Kyle, Seven innings, five hits, one run, one walk, five strikeouts in 88 pitches. What? 88 pitches?

    • Phillies Homer - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      And to bear down giving up that first inning home run too! You know the whole stadium gasped a “Here we go… time to watch bad Kendrick…” after it went out…

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

        Hot is contagious.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        So if we stick Rosie O’Donnel next to Minka Kelly good things will happen right?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        Well, Yeah. Rosie O’Donnell ALWAYS get’s Hot when she stands next to Minka. She’s no different than any other guy.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        Coffee up nose and all over screen. Thanks. My sinuses needed a wash.

    • Phillies Homer - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      I don’t think it works like that cur… b/c I’m sure, one way or another… Rosie O’Donnell will want to eat her…

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM

        You guys are killing me . . . KILLING me!

  13. halladaysbicepts - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Well, the Phillies are in beat down mode again. Kyle did not look like Kyle and Roy did not look like Roy and we won both games. Chooch with the big hit to end the game….They are now showing some mettle and are ready to pull a Chuck Norris on all of MLB.

    Lee will finish the job against the lowly Feech today, and it’s on to Seattle, where we will continue to smackdown the opposition. Everyone is fodder for the Phillies until the end of the month…Boston vs. Phillies. Wow! The Bicepts can’t wait.

    • kcq101 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Roy did not look like Roy. His control wasn’t all there. Nonetheless, he wasn’t getting his pitches called even when he did hit “his spots” on the corners. But the strike zone was tight for both sides. So, I’m not whining about being unfair…just small altogether.

      The most gratifying of it all (for the 2nd game win) was the fact that our offense was able to come back late in the game. Part of the beauty of the ’08 Phillies was the fact that they were able to come back late in games, let alone pour it on in later innings even when they were up. But, I’ll hesitate on getting too carried away.

      Lee had a good showing last Saturday, despite having not really pitched to his potential (i.e., contract), overall. I’d like to see him get two quality outtings in a row and keep this win streak going and earn his keep.

      • mercyflush - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        “I’d like to see him get two quality outtings in a row and keep this win streak going and earn his keep.”

        Lee’s last two starts:

        6/6: 3-1 win over the Dodgers where he went 7 shutout innings with 10 Ks and 1 walk.
        6/11: 7-1 win over the Cubs where he went 8 innings allowing 1 run, 7Ks and 2 BBs.

        so he’s already had 2 excellent starts in a row.

        Also, this season just about all of his bad games have been on the road. His splits:

        H: 5-1, 2.17 ERA
        A: 1-4, 5.35 ERA

        Weird splits, considering his home field is such a hitter friendly park. I expect him to continue to dominate at home and also get into a groove on the road. I can totally see him rattling off a 10 win out of 12 starts type of streak.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:49 AM

        Prior to those two games, he had the debacle in DC. But the two wins immediately before that one, he went eight in each, with K/BB splits of 10/2 (2-0 win over the Walkers) and 8/1 (10-4 win over the Reds). So Cliffy’s doing pretty well recently, especially at the Bank—and the bank, too.

      • bleedgreen - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:08 PM

        And yeah, Lee was DOMINANT today… at the plate and on the hill.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM


      I agree with everything you said, especially sort of getting that 08′ feeling again. But, like you, I need to see them for a few more weeks playing like this offensively before I am convinced that they are back. I will temper things until then.

      I have a feeling Lee is going to rip off 5 great starts in a row. Just a feeling based on his last start. He is a streaky pitcher and gets hot around this time.

  14. oregonbravesfan - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    I suppose after the rain delays in Atlanta last night the Mets will be filing a grievance with the commissioner’s office that God Almighty himself watered down the field excessively to try and slow down Jose Reyes.

  15. girardisbraces - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    You know, I couldn’t believe how few “thumbs down” I had seen on this thread…. I was thinking what could have prompted such a love-fest. Then, thankfully, Bicepts commented and put a stop to all that nonsense lol….

  16. spudchukar - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Hey, anybody know if the Phillies won?

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    OG and I have decided that the A’s and Feesh are twin teams of a sort, but yesterday the A’s went off-script and won one. Despite the best efforts of Brian Fuentes, whose sparkling 3 hits in his inning of work gave the Royals fans some hope, it was the A’s small-ball that prevailed over the Royals bunt-fest. Outman did what Outman does, his junior Jamie Moyer imitation, Moyer of his late 30’s, when he still had a hint of a fastball, and basically kept the young Royals off balance all night, particularly the 4-8 hitters, who were 0-fer. The A’s and Royals have practically the same record, the Royals slightly better at .448 to the A’s .420. But now the A’s are 2-8 in their last 10 compared to the Feesh at 1-9.

    And Craig, for some reason, probably the relative heat around the Bay Area yesterday, there were 16,000 at the Mausoleum last night. Which means that KC significantly outdrew the O’s from 2 weeks ago. Had to be the weather, warm, beautiful, cloudless.

    • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      “16,000 at the Mausoleum last night.”
      It was Francoeur. They came to see him smile.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 16, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        They came to see him intimidate, you mean. After throwing out a guy at home Tuesday, 3rd base coach Gallego held DeJesus rather than challenge Frenchy’s arm after a Matsui medium fly to right in the 6th. Unless something is wrong with DeJesus, you have to send him. He didn’t score anyway (Willingham grounded out to end the inning).

        I was surprised to see both he and Melky had about the same line going into last night’s game, .273, 9HR’s, both better than any A’s OF.

  18. spudchukar - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Yes, We were “hung out to dry”, by Livan (On a Jet Plane) Hernandez. The “agitation”, provided by baseball’s answer to Methuselah, is palpable. I thought he was washed up, but apparently not. We are in “dryer straights”. If we don’t win tonight the Nats will certainly have taken us to the cleaners. Maybe we need a new spin. A different wrinkle. To our pitching staff, no more hangers, maybe that will help us iron out our problems. But the Permanent Press will never let it dye.

    • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Yeah. Livan fleeced you guys and that’s putting it delicate. Still, press on, eh? Interleague sched comin’ up. Weaving the pitcher into the rotation weft will creat a whole new cloth for the AL teams coming up. that should give your boys a chance to do some teams dirty. I’m looking forward to seeing TLR bobbinn’ up and down from the dugout. He’s a real sew & sew when it comes to pitching changes.

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