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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 18, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

Brady Kings Island

Reds 3, Cardinals 1:  I spent my Sunday near Cincinnati. Not in Cincinnati, but just north of it, at the Kings Island theme park (i.e. the one the Bradys went to where Greg lost Mike’s plans or whatever it was; it has improved a bit since 1974).  I took Mookie and Carlo and my old man came with us to round out the group. It was about eight hundred degrees and humid and I’m pretty sure my dad and I were the only two grown men in the whole park who decided to keep our shirts on.  Actually, that’s a lie. I noticed some guys wearing shirts. One of them said “I love boobies.” It was not some clever breast cancer awareness thing either. It was just a shirt — apparently custom made at a print shop — exclaiming the wearer’s love of boobies.  There was also a teenager, who was there with his parents. wearing a black t-shirt that simply said “F*ck,” but with no asterisk.  Man, I love theme parks.

Theme park people aside, we had fun. Reds fans had fun this weekend too, watching their hometown nine take two of three from the Cards.  And I imagine the majority of the men in Great American Ballpark kept their shirts on too. Jaime Garcia? Not so much fun. He gave up a run on a wild pitch — actually two wild pitches and a disputed call at second base led to the run — and took his first ever loss to the Reds despite pitching pretty damn well.

Giants 4, Padres 3: The Giants scored what proved to be the winning run in the 11th on a Chris Stewart suicide squeeze.  It was sad to see Stewart commit suicide like that. I mean, no, he’s not likely to be a superstar, but as an experienced catcher there’s no reason he can’t forge a nice coaching career one day. Suicide squeezes: a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Twins 4, Royals 3: A three-run shot for Jim Thome — his 596th –when the Twins were down 3-1 when the game was tied 1-1 to put them ahead to stay. Jeff Francoeur homered and Melky Cabrera had two hits, increasing the chances of an awesomely hilarious trade sometime in the next two weeks.

Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Just your run-of-the-mill 15 innings of scoreless baseball. And your standard 16-inning three-hitter for Boston pitching, led by Josh Beckett‘s eight innings of one-hit ball.  Jeff Niemann deserved better after his own two-hit, eight inning outing. Then again, don’t most people deserve better than they get?

Braves 9, Nationals 8: Walking Brian McCann to get to Freddie Freeman with a man on in the bottom of the ninth is the smart play. Even Freeman knew it, saying after the game that he’d walk McCann to get to him too.  But given how quickly Freeman is growing up this year, that may not be the smart play for too much longer.  A walkoff RBI single for Freeman, helping the Braves take two of three from Washington.  McCann had a three-run homer to tie it at six in the fifth inning.

Athletics 8, Angels 1: Over before it started, with an eight run first inning, highlighted by a Connor Jackson grand slam. The A’s sent Joel Pinero to the showers after he could retire only one guy, and he didn’t even get the one guy until seven runs had scored.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3: Chicago led 3-1 in the sixth but then Victor Martinez hit a two-run single and Carlos Guillen hit an RBI single to break the tie and, ultimately, win the game.

Rangers 3, Mariners 1: Eleven straight wins for Texas, as their pitching continues to look good.  Of course, anyone’s pitching would look good against the M’s.  Remember when the Mariners were a game out? Yeah, now it’s eleven and a half.

Brewers 4, Rockies 3: Shaun Marcum was cruising until he had to leave early with a stiff neck.  The pen maintained, however, and the hits kept falling for Milwaukee.

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 0: Daniel Hudson threw a five hit shutout, but he also hit a homer and drove in three. I’d say that he helped his own cause with that, but he did more than help. Between the pitching and the hitting, he was a one man gang. One Man Gang?

Marlins 7, Cubs 5: Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer. Walked with the bases loaded too. Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer in the first himself, and it was a monster shot up behind the batter’s eye in center field.

Pirates 7, Astros 5: It was 4-4 in the 11th when the Pirates scored one on a passed-ball, one on an error and one on an RBI single. Pittsburgh takes two of three from Houston and is a half game out of first.

Orioles 8, Indians 3Adam JonesNick Markakis and Matt Wieters hit homers, helping the O’s earn the series split. Now they get to play the Red Sox again, who gave them perhaps their most miserable series of the year just before the break. Let’s see if our Orioles is learning.

Phillies 8, Mets 5: Michael Martinez — a Rule 5 pick from the Nats — hit a three-run homer.  The Phillies had an 8-1 lead int the 8th, but withstood a late charge from New York, who beat up on Juan Perez, Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo to make things interesting.

Yankees 7, Blues Jays 2: Phil Hughes picks up a win. Hey, three months later that anyone thought it would come is better than never. Curtis Granderson drove in three.

  1. bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 5:40 AM

    “I’m pretty sure my dad and I were the only two grown men in the whole park who decided to keep our shits on.”

    Craig it was 800 degrees and you and you’re dad kept your WHAT on?! Man, I feel bad for Mookie and Carlo!

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 18, 2011 at 5:42 AM

      Whoa. The scariest thing about that is not that I wrote it that way, it’s that the WordPress spellchecker apparently has the word “shits” in it.

      • bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 5:47 AM

        LOL – well ya know . . . that WordPress didn’t rise to prominence by accident.

      • hittfamily - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:44 AM

        Mr. Brady would like to have a word with you.

  2. bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    ” Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters hit homes

    And any word on how the home-owners reacted? Startled? Has the Governor called FEMA in?

    • kopy - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      Dang, are you in the Eastern Hemisphere, or are you just really on the ball so early in the morning?

      • bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        I do some of my best work in a sleep-deprived zombie state.

  3. uyf1950 - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    Phil Hughes, took a step yesterday. A step that I’m sure all Yankee fans hope lead to a successful 2nd half of the season for him and the Yankees. Was it the final step for Hughes in his return to the Yankees starting rotation? Absolutely not. But it most certainly was a marked improvement over his initial start off the DL and that’s all I think anyone could expect. Oh, BTW the Yankees won and that’s always nice. That’s just my opinion.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Yesterday’s versatile (Used instead of strange as an adjective) lineup produced 5-for-8 RISP performance even after the first inning, bases loaded, looked like the Yanks would never start the merry-go-round. Due to a certain popular player not hitting leadoff Gardner and Granderson led the way with a little help from the makeshift left side which finally produced an error-free game.
      I’m very much in favor of the Red Sox-Rays dueling 16 innings on a late start the night before we meet either.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      After both Cy Garcia and Cy Colon got rocked last week, the Yankees desperately needed Cy Hughes to pick up where he left off last year…and he did with his first win of the season.

      • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        Cy Hughes can take his talents to South Beach. I never want to see that guy again. Damn he was good. Didn’t hardly miss a spot and where was that gaping hole on the left side of the infield I was counting on, huh? I demand El Capitan play in all games from here on out! The man’s working on his 4th G in hits you know. I mean he signed a contract extension that could see him do it, you know.

        Well a split with the Ynakees is not so bad. Now a needed day off with The Most Interesting Hitter In The World healing up his tender ankle just in time to face the Mariners. Probably have no chance against Pineda but there’s every chance against Vargas and Fister. Here’s hoping!

  4. kiwicricket - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    I pay a glob of EXTRA money just to receive ESPN – ‘the worldwide leader in sports’. They replaced the Sunday night game with Poker. Poker is NOT a sport. I have nothing positive to contribute this morning.

    • hittfamily - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:35 AM

      Doyle Brunson is one of the greatest athletes in the world!!! So is Brian Boitano, Mark O’meara, and Kyle Petty.

      • kiwicricket - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:53 AM

        A gathering of badly dressed, socially inept people in one room is not a sport. More like a Star-Trek convention.

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Then we can at least ageree that race car drivers are more athlete than poker players?

      • kiwicricket - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

        Only the ones who can turn both left AND right.

    • boxchain has a loose changeup - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      Then I guess you don’t know what the acronym stands for…it’s “Eastcoast Sports and Poker Network”

    • bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      So you live in the Tampa area? That happens when the Trop doesn’t sell out. Which is just about every game, isn’t it? I live in the Red Sox broadcast area and we had the ESPN broadcast available.

      • boxchain has a loose changeup - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        Not just the Tampa area, but all of Florida save the Miami area, plus Lower Alabama. Because driving from Mobile to Tampa to catch a game is such an quick and easy drive.

        Stupid blackout rules.

      • bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        wow that does suck.

        I don’t know what the Rays local broadcast deal looks like, but I imagine they still broadcast the game.

        And I agree about the blackout rules. It’s all about MLB allowing the cable industry to control who see’s what and how. Most frustrating is the aspect of the MLB.tv subscription that you cannot watch your in-market team – even when you are traveling out of market.

  5. chadh88 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    A’s-Angels was 9-1.

    • archilochusColubris - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      And Dbacks-Dodgers was 4-1.

    • dwishinsky - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      And it was Conor Jackson not Connor Jackson who hit the grand slam :)

  6. halladaysbiceps - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Well, the Phils take 2 out of 3 from the Mets and the one loss of the series is at the hands of Cole Hamels. Who would have thought this would happen? Well, that’s baseball.

    Yesterday’s game shows that this team needs another bullpen arm, especially come playoff time. An extra bat will be needed, as well.

    Here comes the Cubbies for the next 3 games. Mr. Halladay and Mr. Lee will welcome them.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      Considering that the Mets always seem to beat up Cole, it wasn’t too surprising. What was surprising was how KK pitched yesterday and how Martinez continues to hit better…he has 9 RBIs in his last 28 PAs. If Lidge and Contreras can come back rested and healthy for the stretch and playoffs, I’m not sure they will need a bullpen arm with the way that Stutes and the Bastid have been pitching. Besides, in the playoffs, Doc, Lee and Cole won’t be needing much help and if Worley can continue the way he is pitching, they will be fine. They could use a right-handed bat, but if the names are guys like Frenchy, then no thanks.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        Contreras may be done, career-wise. He is said to have some severe arm issue that may shelve him for the rest of the season. I wouldn’t count too much from him. Lidge is a big question mark as well. I know the kids are pitching well in the pen, but are you willing to take a chance in the postseason with them? Wouldn’t it be wise to add one more proven arm to the pen? We know that the aces cannot complete every game that they throw.

      • bigxrob - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        I was think the same thing about the extra bull pen guy Chris. You would expect the three starters to go seven innings + in a playoff game, decreasing the need for the bull pen help.

        If those guys only go 5 – 6 innings, they are in trouble.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:28 AM

        If those guys go 5-6 innings in a game in the playoffs, then the Phillies could trade for Eckersley and Goose Gossage in their primes and it wouldn’t matter because it would then become a matter for the offense, and the Phillies aren’t built to win offensively in the playoffs.

        No, what I was trying to say is that Madsen, Stutes, the Bastid, and one of Lidge, Contreras, and don’t forget about Worley if Oswalt comes back in September, should be enough to cover the 4-5 innings likely needed in a 7 game series with Doc, Lee, and Cole starting 6 games. In the playoffs, these guys will throw 125-130 pitches if needed.

        If an arm comes available, then by all means, grab it. But don’t mortgage the farm for a guy who may only see a couple chances when you have guys like the Phillies big 3. Especially for security in case one of them has an injury and you are now left with 2.

        But again, I’ll agree with Ruben when he says that the Phillies, as constituted, should be World Series contenders. I personally don’t think they need a bat or an arm, provided Doc, Lee and Cole are healthy.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Chris,

        Fundamentally, I don’t really think we are disagreeing. I agree that this team, as currently constructed, is good enough to win a world series. But, a little insurance, without sacrificing the entire minor league system, would be helpful. My preference is for them to aquire a right-handed, power bat at 3rd base for insurance to Polanco. With these back problems that he has, I think it would be beneficial to rest him considerably and have him come off the bench to spell Utley and the new 3rd baseman, as well as another pinch hitting option for Charlie.

        My priorities.
        1. 3rd baseman.
        2. Reliever.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Good morning all. I just read that Lidge is eyeing a return on Friday. Didn’t expect him back that soon. Hopefully he can be effective which would help alleviate the need for another bullpen arm. I see him being a significant upgrade over the likes of Carpenter, Baez, Herndon, and Perez…. maybe even Stutes. Contreas seems to think he will be back for the stretch run, but I am not holding my breath. Blanton won’t pitch again this season and Oswalt will be pitching bullpens this week with an eye on rehab assingments next week. I agree with ‘Bicepts and Chris. They don’t need a bullpen arm to make it to October and at that point the extra arm becomes almost irrelevant…with Worley shifting to the pen. My thinking has somewhat shifted. With the lack of decent 3rd baseman in MLB, I think they should focus on getting a reasonable utility infielder. Valdez is awful. People in Philly seem to love the guy, but he is terrible. He needs to be replaced. However, I am starting to be really impressed by Martinez. With Polanco out, he needs to play everyday at 3rd. Not for his improving offense, but because of his defense. Valdez doesn’t make that play to end the game yesterday.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        Jeff Keppinger comes to mind.

  7. largebill - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Craig, We’re just one town over from Mason (home of Kings Island) and had cold beer in the fridge. Should have stopped by, though I suppose your column would have gotten less material as I was not wearing any clothing with profanity or expressing my opinion about women’s body parts. Before anyone asks, yes I of course like boobies. I just don’t feel the need to publicly declare that sentiment on my clothing.

    • dwishinsky - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM

      Hence the “I don’t publicly declare my affinity for any body parts on my shirt” shirt.

  8. kopy - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Twins are 5 games back with a 4 game series against both Cleveland and Detroit starting up. You better start believing!

    And a minor notice for Craig, the Twins/Royals were tied at 1 when Thome hit his 3 run shot. Royals scored 2 runs next inning to create the final score.

    • sknut - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Kopy–
      It’s happening!

      • johnbaptistephilouza - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        This needs a hashtag.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      kopy, I just wanted to chime in that for me personally, the Twins making this a race is not surprising for a few reasons. First, everybody with any common sense knew that the Indians would fade back to the pack (still waiting for the Braves to do so, but that’s another story). Second, the Twins are a class organization, managed by the best manager in all of baseball, no matter what some idiots think of him. Gardenhire has done more with less than any other manager except maybe Joe Maddon.

      Good luck to the Twinkies!!!

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

        I love the Twins dearly and even I don’t think Gardy is the best manager in baseball. I think there are many facets to being a manager. Gardy is great at motivating and getting production from marginal talent. Not as stellar at in game decisions, especially pitching changes.

    • docktorellis - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      Craig, since you did at one point declare the Twins officially dead, I’d like to propose something: If the Twins are in first or in second with only 2 games difference entering the final two weeks of the season, you must come visit Minneapolis and attend a game at beautiful Target Field with Gleeman and other Twin Cities HBT faithful– while wearing a KENT HRBEK JERSEY. Yes?

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        And what will us Twins fans have to do if we fail?

  9. Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Bizzarro Weekend indeed, Cole Hamels is teed off on While Rookie Vance Worley, and Kyle Kendrick kind of shut down the Mets. Madson is obviously not himself yet either.

    • bigxrob - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      the 8th inning yesterday (to and bottom) was one of the worst I’ve seen in a while. Just awful pitching on both sides.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        Yeah, it was a nice showcase though for before the deadline. The need to replace dead weight in the pen. Innings like that are where Baez should have been called in, but since he’s been terrible he wasn’t. I know Charlie didn’t want to bring Bastardo in the 8th like that, but had a tough choice.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Madson should be fine once he gets his groove back. I’m just hoping the Bastid keeps it up when he is moved to the 8th inning, because to be honest with you, I am enjoying watching him shut it down in the 9th. His stuff is nasty, and when they do catch up with it, they usually pop it up. Yesterday’s game doesn’t count to me, because in the 9th, he had a 4 run lead and was just trying not to walk guys.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

        Bastardo will be fine I think. He’s been one of the very best relievers in all of baseball this season.

  10. bigxrob - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Craig,
    There are a lot of comments relating to errors in your post this morning. Are you sure you aren’t suffering from heat stroke due to your activities yesterday?
    Immediate medical attenition may be required.

    • Old Gator - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Edit function!

      Edit function!

      EDIT FUNCTION!

      • Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        YOU CAN’T HAVE AN EDIT FUNCTION IN WORDPRESS.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        Why not?

      • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        Apparently they’d have to change the whole Word Press platform to do it. Not only inconvenient but expensive.

      • Old Gator - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        Who cares? If they were stupid and shortsighted enough to build a platform that lacks a common convenience that so many other gateways have, screw ‘em at let them eat their inconveniences.

        And frankly, I don’t believe that it would be such a big deal to add an edit function any more than I believe that Saddam was hoarding weapons of mass destruction.

      • bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        Craid edited his post . . . we can’t, however, edit ours.

  11. yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    This whole impending Trade Deadline looks like a busy clearance sale with plenty of shoppers looking at empty racks and shelves.
    I hope Cashman waits until this hysteria is over before revealing his prospect wares for something that may be really interesting.
    Get a bat now to replace poor Andruw, but don’t go for Jimenez, and don';t go to any garage sales across the river.

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      You know you want to trade that Montero kid for Jeff Francoeur. Admit it!

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        And Melky, too! Just like the old days when KC was our farm team.

      • jimbo1949 - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM

        Too bad that team is in Oakland now.

  12. sportsdrenched - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    That Rays-BoSox game went 15 innings? Dang, I turned it off in the 12th. I love me some low scoring baseball. I also like it when it’s 800 degrees. I have a screw loose like that.

  13. nyetjones - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Nice suicide joke. I was laughing so hard i had frank teardrops falling from my eyes.

  14. nyetjones - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Also, I don’t think Stewart actually committed suicide. I mean, he was going to, but then he had a vision of what the world would be like without him around and changed his mind.

    • nyetjones - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      This reminds me of game 4 of the 2002 world series – if only the ump had rung up Bell, an Angel might have gotten his win.

  15. IdahoMariner - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    “Man, I wish we still had Greg Dobbs….”

    although I always liked Greg (he seems like a really, really nice guy). I never expected to say those words. But, man, the Mariners need someone to show them what a bat is for. They seem to have totally forgotten over the last two seasons.

    • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      If they forget for the next 3 games against the Blue Jays this will suit me just fine. Tell me, is Michael Pineda showing flu-like symptoms yet? I’ve put in a special request to Jobu with extra rum for that.

      • Old Gator - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        Well, Dobbs seems to be thriving in the tropical heat, doesn’t he? Best guy off the bench that the Feesh have – the un-Kindly Uncle Wes (of whom it’s fair to say that he should be sold for ethanol; might help bring down the price of kelp).

  16. APBA Guy - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Also, Craig, the A’s took 3 out 4 from the Angels over the weekend, which left everyone in the Bay Area stunned. The weather was gorgeous yesterday so a monster crowd of 26,000 transformed the Mausoleum into Mike Scoscia’s personal house of horrors. Oh wait, that would be Joel Pineiro walking the bases loaded to start the game, then giving up a single and a walk before Trumbo threw wide to the plate which set up Jackson’s Grand Slam. With the A’s pitching and the Angels’ offense, the game was over with no outs in the bottom of the first.

    The A’s drew 77,000 for the series, including 27,000 for the doubleheader Saturday, proving that a double dose of A’s baseball will draw a better crowd than 9 innings of nap-time. Contrast this to the Rangers/Mariners, a Rangers sweep, which drew 117,000 over 4 games at Safeco. The Rangers allowed 2 runs in 4 games. Right now just about everyone on the Rangers is healthy. They are a very tough team when nobody is on the DL. Unfortunately, that’s pretty rare for them.

    Down the coast in SD, the Giants took 3 of 4 from the Padres, a series which drew 152,000 over the 4 games. Barry Zito did his best Joel Pineiro imitation in Game 3, but otherwise the Giants followed their 2010 winning formula to perfection. The Giants lead in the NL West is 3.5. Very little talk of the Giants adding players for the playoff run, as Miggy has pushed his OPS over .600. But there is still some lingering hope that the Giants will add a catcher, even though Whiteside has played reasonably well for a backup so far this summer. Despite having Tejada at short and the Panda at 3rd, the Giants have 66 errors to the A’s 75, with an equivalent zone rating and better range factor than the supposedly defensively oriented A’s. And none of the Giants top starters are on the DL, so the Giants look like a good bet to make the playoffs at this point.

    Finally, Craig, do you intend to do a post about the HBT reader who did so well on jeopardy the other night? That could be very interesting.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Ah, good idea. Hadn’t thought about a post on that. I think I shall.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        That post on Mark was a good one, thanks.

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