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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 11, 2011, 5:26 AM EDT

Raul Ibanez, Brian McCann

Phillies 14, Braves 1: Like I’ve always said: you give Cole Hamels 14 runs to work with, and he’s probably going to win. Raul Ibanez drove in five runs in the entire month of June. He drove in six in this game. Oh, and watch the comments here: some readers/Braves fans foolishly bet some Phillies fans that, if the Phillies won this series, they’d write some variation of “Phillies Rule” in their comments today. I kept out of that because I’m neither a betting man nor am I deluded regarding the relative power of these two teams. But for those of you who did bet: keep your word, folks. Keep your word.

Yankees 1, Rays 0: CC Sabathia gets his 13th win with a four-hit shutout. James Shields‘ throwing error led to the only run scored in the game.

Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2: Albert Pujols had a couple of hits to make for a pretty productive weekend and David Freese hit a homer because, well, he’s got to occasionally, right?

Tigers 2, Royals 1: I went outside for, like, ten minutes yesterday and almost collapsed from heat exhaustion. Justin Verlander allowed no earned runs over seven and two-thirds, and threw 119 pitches on a brutally hot day in Kansas City. Other than that, he and I are alike in all kinds of ways.

Brewers 4, Reds 3: Francisco Cordero came in to close things out with a one-run lead in the ninth but couldn’t get it done. An RBI single for Mark Kotsay tied it and a sacrifice for Craig Counsell won it for Milwaukee. In other news, I have mixed up Mark Kotsay and Craig Counsell for years, often referring to one when I meant the other. So, heck, maybe click through to the box score to make sure I’m right. Maybe Kotsay had the sac fly.

Twins 6, White Sox 3: Jake Peavy was eminently hittable. Anthony Swarzak pitched six strong innings. By the way, Anthony Swarzak is a pretty solid Midwestern name. Kind of has a Bill Brasky thing going on with it, so I hope he stays in Minnesota and pitches well for a long time.

Pirates 9, Cubs 1:  Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in five. The Pirates are 47-43, which is their best record at the break since Barry Bonds played there.

Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: A four-game sweep of the O’s for Boston. Baltimore is skidding out of control, having lost 12 of 13 and seven in a row. Both managers were ejected as there was more chin music in this one. Just an pug ugly series in a lot of ways.

Rangers 2, Athletics 0: An Adrian Beltre two-run homer took care of all of the offense. Matt Harrison and a couple of relievers took care of the shutout.

Nationals 2, Rockies 0: Much like the Rangers-A’s game. Jordan Zimmermann and three relievers combined for the shutout here. The Nationals are at .500 at the break, which wasn’t something a ton of people were expecting.

Marlins 5, Astros 4: I love the lede from the AP game story for this one:

With his enthusiasm and veteran leadership, center fielder Mike Cameron has helped rejuvenate the Florida Marlins, who are undefeated since he joined the team. On Sunday he contributed a hit, too.

I’ve read that a couple of times, and I can’t decide if the writer is being sincere about the value of Cameron’s leadership and enthusiasm or if he’s making a somewhat sly comment on that, noting the coincidence between Cameron’s presence and the Marlins’ wins in his first three games there.  Has me looking like this.

Blue Jays 7, Indians 1: A five-run third inning off Carlos Carrasco helped the Jays win their third in a row. The Indians fall a half-game back of Detroit at the break. I’m mildly pleased by this. Not because I’m rooting against Cleveland or anything, but I get mild pleasure from knowing that everyone writing their “first half in review” stories can’t go with the easy “well look who’s in first place” lead-in.

Angels 4, Mariners 2: Three straight games with a homer for Mark Trumbo. Who, whenever I hear his name, makes me think of Dalton Trumbo, which in turn makes me think of either (a) the Hollywood Blacklist; or (b) “Spartacus.”

Dodgers 4, Padres 1: Two homers for Andre Ethier and four wins in a row for the Dodgers. Almost enough to make you forget that the franchise is an utter train wreck. But just almost, or else I wouldn’t have typed that.

Giants 4, Mets 2: Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 21 games, hitting an RBI double. Matt Cain pitched six scoreless. Both All-Stars, you know, but then again, who isn’t an All-Star these days? I’m pretty sure I’m on the team too.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:56 AM

    Great outing by CC heading into the All Star break. A complete game shutout, 9 K’s, 1 Walk over a very good Rays team. He also has his seasons ERA down to 2.72. He’s only given up 1 earned run in his last 4 games (31 2/3 innings). Just a quick rundown of CC’s season stats in the American League: 1st in Wins in the ML, 2nd in IP, 4th in SO, 8th in ERA. The dude must love the hot weather. Not a bad way to head off for a few days vacation to the Bahamas. That’s just my opinion, the rest of the stuff are facts.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      uyf- We seem to be in slightly better position this ASB than many. Let’s hope this 4 day respite for almost everyone get’s us ready for competition vs. AL East again.
      Do you know where Jorge Vazauez is (I thought Scranton) He is who we need with ARod gone for a while.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        He is in Scranton, my friend. He’s hit a lot of HR’s (23) relative to his AB and games but he’s also struck out a bunch about 100 times in about 300 AB’s not a good percentage. The Yankees need Chavez to come back but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen for a while. Here are 2 links I think you might enjoy reading and giving you some info.
        Here is the 1st: http://riveraveblues.com/2011/07/injury-news-swisher-soriano-chavez-marte-52136/

        Here is the 2nd:http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/2011/07/addressing-the-yankees-areas-of-need-a-bat-31752

        Enjoy my friend, let me know what you think.

      • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        Len, there’s a space between “uyf” and the hyphen. If we had an EDIT FUNCTION you could correct that.

        Edit function!

        Edit function!

        EDIT FUNCTION!

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        Old Gator – I like it my old stylistic way that I learned at the University of Phoenix. They taught it as e.e.cummings redux.
        But get your edit attractor anyway.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        uyf – thanks for the links. I think we could have Jorge Vazquez’ strikeout numbers mitigated by his fielding peformance and power hitting. Nothing too exciting to trade for, let’s give some house talent a chance.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        yankeesfanlen, I agree about giving some of the “in house” options a chance especially with what appears to be available currently out there. One possible option in addition to Nunez filling in for A-Rod the bulk of the time is Brandon Laird. I think between the 2 of them they can “hold down the fort” so to speak until A-Rod’s ready to come back.

  2. skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:03 AM

    ATH so early Craig? During the break? God Bless you.

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      EDIT FUNCTION!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        Gator,
        I am glad that you are coming over to the edit function party. With the support of such a loyal poster as yourself maybe we can make some headway.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        I detect a theme with you today, Gator. Now, don’t sugarcoat it. What is it that you are driving at?

      • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Edit function?

        EDIT FUNCTION !

  3. halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    The Phillies did what they had to do. Win 2 out of 3. It takes some of the sting out of what the Braves did earlier this year to the Phils. Nothing else I can really say about last night’s game other than it was a blood bath again Lowe and the Braves bullpen.

    Very sad that I will not be seeing another Phillies game until Friday.

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      Dare I say that John Mayberry Jr has earned a permanent spot in the bigs? He seems to have matured a bit from his recent send down and his swing is looking pretty good these days!

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        Mayberry Jr. has been playing better as of late, but I have to see more of him. He has been a career minor-leaguer, so I will reserve judgement for another month or so. Basically, I need to see more from him.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

        It appears as though Mayberry Jr. has modified his stance a bit, more crouched. His problem has always been more of consistency. That being said, I have always felt he was a better option than Francisco. At the very last Mayberry is above average at all 3 outfield spots, whereas Francisco is not.

      • Phillies Homer - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        Agreed… I’m not saying he’s playing like an every day starter… or should be for that matter. Rather, I’d much prefer his bat with 2 outs in the botom 9th down by a run than Ben Francisco’s!

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      That series was awesome…until yesterday. Talk about a Sunday buzzkill for Braves fans. Lowe is kinda trashy this year. It will be a long break for the Bravos, myself and my fantasy team. I already miss baseball. Now I’m feeling nauseous for what I must do….but a bet is a bet.

      GO PHILLIES!

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

        I admire you honoring the bet. On behalf of the other Phillies fans, I commend you.

        With that said, there is still half a season of baseball to play. I think this will be a good race for the rest of the season. The Brave are good. We shall see what happens. It will be interesting to see what both teams do by the trade deadline to aquire a bat or bats. They both need it.

        Clearly, the class of the National League is the Phillies, Braves and everyone else a distant 3rd.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

        Hey there, Heyward. Good on you for keeping your word. That was a helluva series, Stutes’ Saturday outing notwithstanding. I probably would’ve put him back out there yesterday, so it’s not right there in his mind for at least six days, but I’m not Chuck.

        I hear cake does wonders to settle the stomach. 8P

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM

        Holy crap…must be Monday—8P was obviously supposed to be 8)

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM

        I didn’t even notice that Craig had called me out above…I don’t believe foreverchipper officially enrolled in this bet, so I guess it’s just me who gets the horrible self-induced punishment. It was still worth it and I’ll do it again next time around b/c if the Braves DO win the series, I’ll get many more of you Phillies Phreaks writing GO BRAVES and that would make my year. So with that, I will post what I need to today, but remember, I’m just dumb enough to go through with this again. Hopefully next time I can get Lowe to sit in the f’ing bullpen where he belongs. The vomit is coming up again…

        GO PHILLIES!

      • IdahoMariner - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        as a non-participant in the bet, I still admire your keeping you keeping your word, Heyward. Nice work.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        I’ve been smiling about your giving the Phillies props at work today. Now that I’m home, I can tell you. I thought Craig was in on this bet. I don’t know why really. Probably cause I think of him when I think of a braves fan. For some reason I imagine El Bravo as looking like Jason Heyward himself, for opbvious reasons. And Gator, don’t you mean a Eeeeedit function? I must agree with El Bravo, Go Phillies!

  4. royhobbs39 - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Never EVER underestimate the power of Mike Cameron’s veteran leadership. His one hit is going to carry them all the way to a .500 record! (that originally said the playoffs, but we all know Cameron’s enthusiasm was slightly overstated)

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      The Feesh can now see the strange attractor with the naked eye in plain daylight. The Curmudgeonly Undead has now skippered a five game winning streak, Hanley is coming around nicely, the Iron Giant can see again, Javy Vasquez has strung together a bunch of very nice starts, John Buck has hiked his average to .220, Omar Infante seems secure in his role as a permanent everyday utility player, and even Chris Volstad has a pulse.

      Whereas it is true that some local pundits (such as we have in Macondo) have been nailing up lampoons crediting Cameron’s “veteran leadership” for the five game streak, you need to understand that in a dystopia ruled by realismo magico more rational explanations like “coincidence” frequently go unutilized.

      • FC - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        They played the Astros, that’s all the explanation you need for a 5 game winning streak.

  5. Eric Solomon - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Regarding the Dodgers train wreck…Larry David worked it into the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was funny as hell, by the way…

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:03 AM

      Push the inner tube!! Push the inner tube while grasping the outer tube between your thumb and forefinger!!

  6. ditto65 - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Do we have a roster of those Braves fans that lost the bet? It would help keep them honest.

  7. Joe - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    The “ugliness” in the Red Sox – Orioles game was the umpiring. Sure, there were some incidents earlier in the series, but the Sox had a guy making his major league debut on Sunday. Ozzie Guillen might expect Weiland to make a name for himself by “protecting his teammates” or whateverthehell they call it, but there’s no way Terry Francona is going to put the kid in that situation. I missed the first HBP, but the second hit Vlad on the hands only because Vlad checked his swing on a pitch that tailed inside. . As for Guthrie hitting Youkilis, that was with two men on and one out with the score tied, and he hit him with a changeup. No way is Guthrie delivering a message in that situation with that pitch. The umps way overreacted in this case.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      The way umps have a no-tolerance policy of beaning is pretty damn stupid. It’s usually pretty obvious when someone’s being thrown at on purpose. Sending warnings or ejecting people when someone’s obviously just thrown a bad pitch is really frickin’ stupid.

      I remember a game a few years ago between TB and Boston wherein Scott Kazmir, back when he was good, had 5 or 6 no-hit innings and was thrown out of the game for hitting someone. It was very very clearly not on purpose, and while I was happy as a Boston fan, as a baseball fan it was really frustrating.

  8. Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    As for the Braves Phills series… Nice…. And Joe Dirt gives up a bomb to Cliff lee. I’m having trouble figuring out who’s more of a man myself. Derek Jeter or Cliff Lee? Lee will shut you down offensively, then hit a freaking home just to add salt to the wound. Jeter, he goes 5 for 5 and makes his 3000th hit a home run, he then glamors a Father and his child to just give him back the ball that’s probably worth 250 – 350 grand, then he gets airlifted in a chopper with Minka and basically goes 6 for 6 right above the stadium. This is a tough question to answer at this point. Who is more manly?

  9. megary - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    No mention of the return of the D-Train?!

    6 effective innings and a double to boot. Too bad the Reds Corderoed in the 9th.

    The game needs more characters like Dontrelle.

  10. kopy - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    I think 6.5 games back at the All-Star break is pretty much the perfect number to create a 50/50 split opinion about whether or not the Twins are still in it. Can’t wait to watch the second half. Hopefully I get to watch some meaningful baseball even if they can’t pull it off.

  11. phukyouk - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Can someone please explain to me why that run was unearned? i mean Shields is the one that made the error that led to the run so how is it different than giving up a single? yea i get that the error before hand allowed Cano to get to third but Gardner flew out so that run would not have scored without Shields’ error.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      You answered your own question – the error that allowed Cano to reach third. Without that, run doesn’t score.

    • archilochusColubris - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

      Always been that way for errors by the pitcher. A better question might be: can someone explain why we bother going to such convoluted lengths in an attempt to flag runs as earned or not?

      Plus, if ever a run met the definition of ‘unearned’, that was it. One of the most pitiful innings of baseball I’ve ever watched. Cano singles to lead off the inning. When Posada hits a pretty routine fly to center, Cano for some reason is caught wandering off first and should be thrown out by Upton, but he throws the ball into the dugout and Cano is awarded third. Martin then can’t get the runner home with one out, grounding weakly to third. Then Cano should be thrown out again, as Shields catches him napping, but the pickoff is conveniently overthrown, so Cano can just trot on home. Ugliest trip around the bases you’ll ever see. Catch that Craig? I thought that deserved some snark!

      • still4jays - Jul 12, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        The question is, what is the stat designed to track? ERA limits the runs counted against the pitcher to those which resulted from failures in /pitching/, not /fielding/ — even if it’s the pitcher whose fielding is under consideration. Why do we bother? Because it’s interesting to know whether a pitcher is good at fielding his position and, if runs resulting from pitcher’s non-pitching errors or other fielders’ errors were just folded into a general runs-allowed stat, it would be harder to see this.

  12. mtreder1 - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    When I hear the name Dalton Trumbo, I think of “Johnny Got His Gun.” :(

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      When I hear the name Dalton Trumbo, I think of Spartacus and the way he spit in the eye of the gaggle of congressional thugs known as the House Un-American Activities Committee. In a famous stint on the Dick Cavett show, Trumbo followed George Segal, who had been explaining to the goyim in the audience the Jewish folk background to the scene in Where’s Poppa (unquestionably a greater film than Tree of Life), wherein Ruth Gordon, playing his senile mother, pulls down his pants and bites his tushy in front of his girlfriend. When Trumbo came out Cavett asked him what it was like to be hauled before the fascist slugs on the HUAC. Trumbo replied, in his Everett Dirksonian basso voice, “Well, they would ask you two questions: are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Writer’s Guild, and are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party? And if you refused to answer one or both of those questions, why, they would bite your tushy.”

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      Kick-a$$ book.

  13. dailyrev - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    The Buccos are an inspiration to all of us who need to “hurdle” our past. And look out: by Sunday who knows — the Redbirds have to go to Roseland while the Hurdles land in We’ve-Got-A-Problem-Houston. Buccos have already shown the capacity for winning series against inferior competition (and how strange is it to talk about the Bucs having “inferior competition” in the first place?). On their last homestand, they were selling standing-room tickets to the risers. SRO at PNC — the universe is completely on its ear.

    And by Sunday night they just might be in 1st place.

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