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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 20, 2011, 5:53 AM EST

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Pirates 1, Reds 0: Pittsburgh keeps rolling, as four pitchers combine to shut out the Redlegs for the second night in a row. This is all pretty trippy, but I’m curious to see what happens to the Buccos when they start a ten-game stretch against St. Louis, Atlanta and Philly beginning this Friday.

Rangers 7, Angels 0: Texas apparently does not lose baseball games anymore. Twelve straight for the Rangers, this one behind eight shutout innings from Alexi Ogando.

Mets 4, Cardinals 2: Jose Reyes comes back and gets two hits and scores a run, Carlos Beltran comes back and goes 3 for 3. In fact, every Mets starting position player got a hit and Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 2: Baltimore finally figures out how to beat Boston, besting them for the first time in seven meetings. Two runs in seven innings allowed for Jeremy Guthrie, who broke a personal seven-game losing streak against the Sox.

Tigers 8, Athletics 3: Things were going just fine until the bottom of the fifth, when Detroit decided that it was time to beat the living hell out of Guillermo Moscoso. Sometimes Tigers can just turn on you like that, which is why they make poor pets.

Padres 4, Marlins 0: It was bullpen trade chip audition night for the Padres, as Qualls, Adams, Gregerson and Bell all got into the game, each holding the Fish scoreless. Of course Tim Stauffer did most of the work, shutting out Florida for six. By the way, I think I have used some variation of the phrase “shutting out” more so far this year than I did the previous three years of this feature combined.

Rays 3, Yankees 2: Bartolo Colon returned to useful form, but the pen couldn’t hold it. Of course, it’s not like they had a big margin for error given how tied up Jeremy Hellickson had the Bombers’ lineup.

Twins 2, Indians 1: Minnesota entered the bottom of the ninth down 1-0, but loaded the bases and then Danny Valencia won it with a walk-off single. I wasn’t really paying attention to this game, but Gleeman was, and he said that Tribe starter Justin Masterson threw 104 pitches in the game and that 103 of them were fastballs. Heavens to Betsy. It obviously worked, given that he shut out the Twins for seven and two-thirds. Too bad for the Indians that he couldn’t keep pumping those speedballs in there for all nine.

Royals 4, White Sox 2: Duffy beats Peavy. That almost sounds kind of cute. Pretend they’re the names of cats or teddy bears or something.  Or that instead of nouns, their names are adjectives.

Phillies 4, Cubs 2: Another bullpen failure for the Cubs, with Sean Marshall playing the role of Carlos Marmol. Wait, that’s not fair. Marshall didn’t walk the whole ballpark or anything. He was just hit. Michael Martinez had the two-run double in the ninth that proved to be the game-winner.

Astros 7, Nationals 6: Clint Barmes drove in three to help J.A. Happ get his first win in two months.

Blue Jays 6, Mariners 5: It took fourteen innings, but we got to the same place we’ve gotten a lot lately: a Mariners loss. That’s ten straight for Seattle.  Rajai Davis reached on a single in the 14th, stole second and third, and then came in to end it on a John McDonald sacrifice fly.

Rockies 12, Braves 3: Brandon Beachy got shelled for six runs in the first three innings and then the less-impressive end of the Braves bullpen performed pretty substandard mopup duty. This gave Ubaldo Jimenez way more run support than he needed on a night when he struck out nine while pitching into the seventh inning. Three RBI a piece for Troy Tulowitzki, Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler.

Brewers 11, Diamondbacks 3: Five homers for the Brewers — two of them by Yuniesky Betancourt of all people– as Barry Enright decided that last night was a good one to work on his batting practice pitches.

Giants 5, Dodgers 3: Brandon Belt returned and in his first game back homered in the second to kick off the scoring and doubled in two in the seventh to put the Giants up to stay. That sound you hear is Aubrey Huff getting comfortable on the bench.

  1. bigleagues - Jul 20, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    Two words: Clint Hurdle

    • bigleagues - Jul 20, 2011 at 6:14 AM

      One more word:

      Winninnnng!

      • frankvzappa - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        The word winning should never, ever be allowed to be stand alone with an exclamation point after it. It should be an arrestable offense.

      • Charles Gates - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        Seems as if being arrested for the use of a word would be a gross example of governmental reaching into the lives of its citizens, expecially because (I’m assuming) that bigleagues said the word within the limites of his/her own private property. I, for one, will have to disagree with your totalitarian governmental police state agenda.

    • bigleagues - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      no one with the handle of Frank Zappa should dishonor his name by calling for censorship in any form – including arresting people for speech that does not threaten anyone . . . unless, apparently, your team is in the NL Central.

      Don’t eat that yellow (and black) snow!

      Winnnning!!!

      (Disclaimer: I am in no way a Pirates fan. But this little run is reminding of the days when it was cool to be a Pirates fan. Oh, and those crazy caps http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/540/104/pirates_display_image.jpg?1291313705 )

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        Best. Hats. Ever.

      • bigleagues - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        Me and Bill Madlock agree!

      • bigleagues - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      • jimbo1949 - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM

        A non leopard-skin pillbox hat.

      • Old Gator - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        Without a propeller on top, it’s just another hat.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Speed kills. Thanks Rajai.

    • cur68 - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Guy’s a strike out waiting to happen but if he can get on base, whooosh! Stolen base. 28 of those crimes now. Tied for 2nd. I’d like to see him lay off the low and away and out side breaking pitches. Maybe stand closer to the plate so he can reach the outside strikes. Whatever he does so long as he gets on base more often. He’s a fielding team’s worst nightmare when he’s on.

      The BeaverBoys get past Pineda, but it took 15 innings and some heroics to do it. Now its Vargas v Morrow followed by Fister v Romero. After Pineda those guys will look like AA pitchers in terms of velocity.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        They may look like AA, but you need AAA to put it out in that cavernous ballpark. Speaking of Rajai, the A’s let him go for precisely the reason you state, his inability to lay off bad pitches. Rickey did great work with him perfecting his stealing skills. But his plate discipline never improved. That’s still the crime punishable by trade in Beane’s Book of Unforgivable Sins.

      • marinersnate - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        I think karma came back to bite the M’s in this one. After the Jays endured two blown safe calls during steals of 2B, it was bound to happen. Even the M’s broadcasters called Patterson safe at 2B in the bottom of the 8th. Figgins getting picked off at 1B in the 8th (with the go-ahead run at 3B) and Carp getting picked off of 2B in the 11th were a big help for the M’s as well.

        To think that the M’s were 43-43 and 1.5 back of Texas on July 5, and are now 12.5 back on July 20 is hard to take.

        Not sure about Vargas being a AA pitcher, but I would much rather have Morrow on the mound. Say, so long as we are in Toronto anyway, could we leave League behind and Morrow could get on the plane with us to Boston? (Still shaking my head over that deal).

      • cur68 - Jul 20, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        The BeaverBoys need a closer but NOT Brandon League. He needs the cavern that is Safeco to work his dubious shade of magic. Sorry, ‘nate. I’m voting they hang onto Morrow, because he’s, like, really good, you know, and you lot cart of League with you in a couple of days, because, he’s like, putrid at Rorger’s Center you know. The BeaverBoys can keep trying to convince Frank Francisco that a 97mph fastball to the low middle and a 92mph cutter is all he needs to be an effective closer. If the message ever takes he’ll be lights out but while he persists in trying to play ball like a guy with 5 pitches, he stinks. League just stinks @ Sky Dome, regardless of how many pitches he has. The BeaverBoys got the better of that deal, we know, but it’s ok because they apologized and everything. In case you missed it, the apology went something like this; “Sorry Mariners, Brandon Morrow is a really good starting pitcher, like an ace type starter, and Brandon League is a decent closer, providing his home park is built like Rosie O’Donnel, and we totally hoodwinked you on that one so we’re sorry. But not sorry enough to trade back. No givesies backsies.” Tell you want; keep Celine Dion as a compensation for nicking Brandon Morrow off you for that walking tattoo-add Brandon League. You can use her as a bat.

      • marinersnate - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        “Tell you want; keep Celine Dion as a compensation for nicking Brandon Morrow off you for that walking tattoo-add Brandon League. You can use her as a bat.”

        You mean we could use her at bat. Wanna bet she could out-hit Figgins? Or most of the lineup for that matter.

      • cur68 - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        Yeah but her D sucks. Her husband is like a jillion times older than her and he keeps sneaking them past the goalie. Defensive liability IMO.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Phillies remain “competitive” as they become the first team to 60 wins last night. Lee gave up two ropes to start the game and it looked pretty bleak. It looked like the mighty heat would be the one thing to stop the dynamic duo of Doc and Lee. But Lee settled down to the tune of 6 IP and only 6 hits after the two run bomb.

    Is Martinez the right-handed bat the team has been looking for? Seems Uncle Cholly is playing him exclusively anymore at 3rd. His glove at 3rd is better than Valdez and his bat has certainly been better than Wilson’s. In July, the kid is hitting around .300 with a HR and 11 RBIs. And he made another great play at third last night.

    And he’s scrappy too.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      He’s pretty quick too. I need to see him more before I believe he’s any good though. His first few games he played he was TERRIBLE in the field and couldn’t hit to save his life. He seems to be picking it up though.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:14 AM

        He’s actually a switch-hitter and he’s already 28 which I did not realize because this season is his first MLB experience. But maybe he is a late bloomer ;)

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:18 AM

      Michael Martinez, while he has looked good, never really amounted to much in the minors. I tend to think he’s going to level out some from this mini hot streak and revert to his former self, although if you look at his season stats he’s bad overall anyway. With that said, you never know what a new coaching staff can figure out for a batter. I still don’t think he’s that RH bat anymore than Mayberry is. And I actually have higher hopes for John Jr. myself.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        J5, this is true, but Uncle Cholly keeps plugging him into the lineup…which means the Unc sees something he likes about the kid. And if Polly doesn’t get well soon, Mikey Marts might be playing a lot more than we thought(hoped)

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:39 AM

        Well, I’m sure Charlie has been getting to the point where he’s going to take M.M.’s ability to switch hit, and not hit into inning ending double plays. I’ll take the strike out Martinez will usually deliver every time too. He’s got 20 SO and only 6 walks with a .216 avg. Valdez has better numbers actually, but the guy is a total rally killing double play machine when he bats. I may have never seen a worse offender of dribblers to SS or 3rd with men on.

    • bigxrob - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM

      It’s funny you say Martinez is scrappy. My girlfriend said last night “I like Martinez, he’s scrappy”. I mentioned that only a white player can be “scrappy”, she didn’t understand.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:31 AM

        Yeah, that’s why I put it in there…because I remember someone on here saying only a white player can be scrappy. But this guy is scrappy.

      • cur68 - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM

        Paradigm change is a mo fo.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

        Showing that racial stereotyping can apply — and has applied — to Latino players. Before Jackie Robinson, there were a few “white” Latino players in the Majors, but no “black” Latino players. Roberto Clemente was the first “black” Latino star.

    • mercyflush - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

      “Is Martinez the right-handed bat the team has been looking for?”

      is that a joke?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

        Well, after the week he has had, you can’t really rip the guy today, can you? He was a big reason the Phillies won 2 of the last 3 games. But yeah, I wasn’t being completely serious…just throwing it out there. I’d take Beltran in a second if they can get him relatively cheap. But if you asked me whether I would like to have a guy like Frenchy or Ludwick…I’d say stick with what they have.

      • mercyflush - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        Just about all of his handful of big hits (and its literally a handful, if that), have been from the left side of the plate, except for the one last night. And that was a bloop hit on a very late swing.

        I’m grateful that he’s come up big on this roadtrip, dont get me wrong, but I mean, geez, the guy for the season is hitting .148/.143/.148 from the right side of the plate. The Phanatic would be a better right handed bat than Michael Martinez.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Yeah, mercy…I brought my “D” game this morning. I am going to get a 4th cup of coffee and come back after lunch with some better posts.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:17 PM

        Martinez first two ABs today…2-2 2 runs and an RBI, plus 2 steals. Who’s joking now, mercy!!!!!!!!!!! LOL.

      • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 20, 2011 at 7:31 PM

        Well, at least he plays like he wants it. It’s been fun to watch him….so far.

    • FC - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      I think Martinez must have read my scathing post about him spending his July RBI Voucher. Maybe I should start talking smack about other Phillies ballplayers too…

  4. Old Gator - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Eh, Feesh stumble just as the strange attractor could be touched with a handheld papaya picker. Seems they always fall flat on their faces when they come home from a road trip. The Curmudgeonly Undead specifically swore off travel fatigue as an excuse and blamed the Padres’ peetching, but the guys looked flat and disoriented at the plate last night, like grunion in a tailspin.

    Chalk up another wasted fine performance by Anibal Sanchez. I think that at this point, if he got traded to some team that would actually give him any run support, he’d be willing to have his arepas flown in frozen once a week instead of being able to pick them up hot and fresh at the ventana on his way to the park.

    • FC - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      If he played for Toronto he could get fresh Arepas everyday, there at least three cafe’s that offer them.

  5. bigxrob - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Chris/J5, were you guys listening to the telecast in the bottom of the 9th last night?

    When Bastardo went to a full count with Fukodome, Wheels said something to the effect of, “Bastardo needs to throw a strike here so he doesn’t walk him. A walk here is worse than a home run because it would give the Cubs momentum”

    Chris Wheeler: still terrible

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      I can’t stand Wheels. I would love to punch him in the face whenever he uses the phrase “middle-in”. LA is so much better, but the radio feed never matches with the TV. Sometimes, I’ll just listen to avoid Wheels and his stupid banter with T-Mac.

      • bigxrob - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        I love it when wheels says “this guy loves to hit the fastball”. Really Chris? You mean, he doesn’t prefer to hit sliders? Knuckle balls? 12 – 6 curve balls?

        How many Hitters would say they don’t prefer a fast ball?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:14 AM

        Especially when they yammer on about Wheels’ book and how a Kindle version is available—and TMac proceeds to show how he found it on his phone. Never mind that there’s a guy at home plate being PITCHED TO!!!!!

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      YES. I was shaking my head. Ridiculous. Also he had to teach everyone that the sun sets in the west earlier in the game. Really Wheels? Does it? Enough of the BS.

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      Ha… I think I put down what I was doing when I heard that and stared quizzical at the TV trying to make sense of what was said! But, I think what he was trying to imply is that when you have a runner on, obviously… a home run at that point would tie the game. Rather than if you give up the home run to the leadoff guy… and then bear down to get the next 3, without worrying about someone on base.

      But, yea… I’m pretty sure if the leadoff guy hit a homer there would be a much larger momentum shift to the Cubs… than if the leadoff guy simply walked! What a dope.

    • Old Gator - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      Maybe the Tampa Bay Razed should move to the Fukodome. From what I can gather it’s east of the Bay.

  6. kopy - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Twins win a huge game with a huge walk-off hit, and local media members chide the team for being too “juvenile” with the celebration and acting like they “won the little league world series”. I don’t get it. Baseball is supposed to be fun, and the celebration wasn’t anything I haven’t seen in every regular season walkoff hit ever. Maybe the heat is making people delirious.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM

      There’s “local media” for the Twins?

    • kalinedrive - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      the celebration wasn’t anything I haven’t seen in every regular season walkoff hit ever

      When I was your age (or whatever, not so long ago) a regular season walkoff hit was celebrated by people clapping and high fiving like a normal 27th out when your team is on defense. They didn’t use to congregate at home plate and jump on each other like idiots.

      Now it’s no fun without a shaving cream pie.

    • wonkypenguin - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      I didn’t particularly UNDERSTAND what they were all doing dinking around in left field celebrating, but I don’t think it’s worth criticizing. How about Perez’s complete meltdown in the dugout? I’d say that was fairly juvenile.

      However, Valencia’s interview with Robbie where he was being a complete nerd and saying things like, “Well, we feel good because we have your support, Rob” and other tongue-in-cheek things… That was awesome.

  7. kopy - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    15th largest media market in the US.

  8. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Beachy can’t handle Coors field, Tulo and Cargo apparently. He really likes to throw heat right down the middle for these two apparently as well. He’s young of course, but man, he was missing everything and putting meatballs in there every third pitch. I’m betting on a bounce back next time around.

  9. squish03 - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Justin Masterson made the Twins look like fool boys.

    Dang it Craig, I’ll have that song in my head for another 24 hours.

  10. uyf1950 - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    A golden opportunity missed by the Yankees last night, I don’t anticipate the Red Sox losing to many games to the O’s. A chance to pick up a game on the Red Sox but alas it was not to be because of sloppy defense. On the positive side as the pieces says Colon pitched pretty well, in fact much better then his previous 2 starts. So with Hughes looking better on Sunday and Colon pitching better not a bad showing for the 2 guys just recently off the DL. Having said that I still would like to see Cashman be able to work out something with the Rockies for Jimenez.
    Tonight we get to see if Freddy has put his last game troubles behind him. Until then, enjoy.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      I would call it unlucky play more than sloppy, and all coming at once to give the Rays an improbable lead when we don';t score at all. Cano had the first HR since Hector was a pup. Seems like someone is missing in this equation.
      Two more vs. Rays then home for A’s, M’s and O’s. while Brian looks through and unveils acquisitions from his bag of tricks.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        Yes, the A’s fine road record of .326 (16-33) should be just what the Yankees need :). It could very easily be worse by the time they get to the Bronx.

  11. ikedavisnose - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Carlos Beltran and cash for Brandon Belt and others

    • Ari Collins - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      For one thing, just NO, and for another, doesn’t your team have a young first baseman already? His name is in your screen name!

      • bigleagues - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        If I could multi-up-thumb Ari’s comment I would.

        That deal would make almost zero sense for both teams.

        Plus, Huff’s status has suddenly become concerning (given he hasn’t been hitting well anyway). He says he has trouble bending over (kind of important for a firstbaseman), but no problem turning at bat. Hmmmmm.

        Plus NO. No it makes no sense!

  12. kalinedrive - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Check out the highlights from the A’s – Tigers game to see Victor Martinez avoid a tag at the plate by going behind the catcher and then dipping his hand in to slap the plate behind the sweep tag. No catchers were injured in the scoring of this run.

    Scott Cousins had an easier path to the plate and could have slid well away from the plate and reached out and slapped it as he went by.

  13. kalinedrive - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    And That Happened: HBT reader Mark Runsvold remains Jeopardy champion, with a three game winning streak.

  14. pauleee - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    In case anyone missed it, the Smartest Guy In the Room, Mark Runsvold won again on Jeopardy. He’s now above $124,000. Nice going!

    Immediately after turned to the Angels game, only to find they were already out of it, being down 1-0 after one inning. Just a couple weeks ago tied for 1st. Now sinking like a stone.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      I think he should celebrate by giving cake to the HBT family.

      • cur68 - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        OoooooH! With Ice cream? Hell yes, I vote for cake. German cake, since he’s dedicated a decade of his life to studying German.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Good deal, pretty soon he’ll be next up to challenge the IBM computer.

  15. nolanwiffle - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Celebrating is juvenile…..pay attention.

  16. APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    The A’s showed why they are losers yesterday, combining lack of talent with brazen stupidity in an alienating way that only their opponents could love.

    The game was on the line in the 5th, as Craig suggests, with Moscoso pitching to Miguel Cabrera, score 3-2, and first base open. Moscoso had just give up a ringing double to Bosch on 2 strikes.

    Now, I could see Moscoso was tiring. I’m sure Bob2 could see it. Guys who just get called up, especially rookies, have that adrenaline rush that can exhaust them around the middle innings, especially on a really hot, humid day like yesterday in Detroit.

    But even in perfect weather, why the hell do you pitch to Cabrera in that situation? So Suzuki calls for a pitch low and away. Moscoso misses to the worst part of the plate and Cabrera hits it as far as a human can in that soup, about 10 rows past the bullpen in left center. If he’d hit a ball that hard in Arizona or Colorado they’d still be trying to find where it landed.

    Naturally, Bob2 left Moscoso in for some additional pounding, because 4-3 just isn’t far enough out of reach. Finally, after Carlos Guillen nearly duplicated Cabrera’s distance on a two-run blast to right center, Bob2 yanked Moscoso. I’m sure Avila was disappointed to have to face Breslow because he made the last out with the A’s 3-1 lead magically transformed to a 7-3 deficit (can I use that word in a baseball blog?).

    TV’s all around the Bay Area switched over to watch Los Gigantes win in their patented “just enough” way, with 2 runs in the 7th off Kuo, after Baumgardner went 8 with only one bad inning and Wilson recorded his 29th save. Talk about night and day.

  17. goawaydog - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Giants win yet another series … Unbelievable but true.

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