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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 26, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

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Rangers 20, Twins 6:  A lot of people will probably make a football joke here like “heh, Texas missed the extra point and held Minnesota to two field goals!”  That’s hacky.  Try this: in the first five innings the Rangers scored like so:  3 3 3 5 4. Or, birdie, par, birdie, par, par! Lol! Hilarious, right!  Seriously, though, we done with that “watch out for Minnesota” talk yet?

Padres 5, Phillies 4: You don’t see a guy steal home very often. I guess that’s what you get when you lollygag the ball to first base. You don’t see the Padres beat the Phillies very often either, but Aaron Harang continued his nice run and that’s just what happened.

Indians 3, Angels 2: True story: if “Cowboys vs. Aliens” makes good money at the box office, they’re gonna greenlight its sequel, “Indians vs. Angels.”  Though I’m guessin’ people might protest that one based on the title alone. And Dan Haren should probably protest his offense and his bullpen after they combined to render his 10K, 1 ER performance moot.

Mets 4, Reds 2: Jason Isringhausen and the Mets defense made it a bit interesting in the ninth, but Brandon Phillips struck out with the bases loaded to end it.

Yankees 10, Mariners 3: Sixteen straight. How bad is it? They even allowed Derek Jeter to hit a homer and drive in three.

Pirates 3, Braves 1: I probably deserve this for calling Pittsburgh smoke and mirrors in yesterday’s Power Rankings. I still believe it, though, so don’t get too much satisfaction there, Cruel Fate.

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Chicago, who at times has looked like a train wreck this year, is now only three and a half back of Detroit. Man the AL Central is nuts.

Cardinals 10, Astros 5: Yadier Molina is on fire. He homered for his third straight game and — though we’re not supposed to say it lest we reveal our ignorance of the commonality of the event — he was a triple short of the cycle.

Athletics 7, Rays 5: Oakland continues to score some runs and get some breaks. Here they come back from a 5-2 deficit to win it. Pity none of that happened earlier this season, because they’re back more than a dozen.

Royals 3, Red Sox 1: Tied at one in the 14th, the Royals pulled an accidental squeeze play when Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur both broke on a Mike Aviles bunt attempt. Hey, whatever works. Tons of missed opportunities for the Red Sox who threatened often in extra innings but couldn’t cash anything in.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 5: L.A. took an 8-1 lead into the ninth and had thoughts of frittering it away. In the end, though, they only gave up four runs to the Rockies before closing it down. But hey, unexpected save for Jay Guerra. And that’s all that really matters.

  1. Reggie's Bush - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    Yes Braves… Keep on losing, and keep my irrational thoughts of my Mets catching up to you… Muahahahahaha

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      The Mets have a better chance of catching team-wide herpes.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Pitching in front of scouts for other teams, Twins relief pitcher Michael Cuddyer halted the bleeding and pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

    • FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Halted the bleeding? LOL! “I stopped the bleeding!” “Only because the patient ran out of blood you twit!”

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        Cuddyer will probably never pitch again, but I bet that he had fun while it lasted.

  3. johninpa - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    I don’t care if it is smoke and mirrors, Pittsburgh’s winning and we fans are enjoying the ride.

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      It was cool to see their stadium packed each game versus StL this past weekend….no matter who it is, it is a little depressing when watching a game and you notice that 80% of the seats are empty.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        I wouldn’t know anything about that.

        Ninety percent empty, yes. But if the Feesh keep closing off sections at this rate, we might be back to eighty before we manage to climb out of the sump.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        They should close off all the sections except behind home plate- this way it looks packed every time someone is batting.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        80% empty? Have you seen any A’s games the last 4 years? They tarp off the top deck of the stadium and pretend those empty seats don’t count, so when 10,000 show up its 25% full. Last night at the Rays game I swear I heard crickets for the first 4 innings.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      I hope the Pirates kick the Braves teeth in and sweep their butts. I’m jumping on the Pirates bandwagon until they face the Phills. I sincerely hope the ownership of the Pirates sees what’s happening to the attendance. I also hope that it makes them do SOMETHING to make the team better before the TDL. They lead at the 2/3 mark and could very well represent the central in the playoffs in 2011. And that would be awesome for baseball.

      • paperlions - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

        For over a decade, the Pirates primary problem was that they were horribly run. If you can’t compete, and lose fan interest, it is a difficult business model to deal with….just throwing money at players (a la the Cubs and Mets) isn’t a guarantee of improved performance or revenues. I haven’t seen any evidence that the Pirates owner isn’t willing to spend money on the team if they had money to spend, just that they did a poor job of hiring people to run their organization. The Pirates have had some solid drafts recently and were among the top spenders in the draft a couple of times…so, they aren’t just being cheap (I don’t think)….they just didn’t have money or players worth paying to keep.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        Well PL, I think it was a combo actually, and being cheap probably had something to do with it. Now with that said, once you lead in drafting for as long as they have, I find it hard to come up with any good excuse for losing for as much and as long as they have. Yes, bad management is a factor, being cheap is another, but now they are winning, filling the seats, and in a winning position in spite of the fact that they’ve been managed kind of poorly and have been cheap in ways. With the seats becoming full again I feel it’s time to make a statement to their fans and get better this week.

  4. Panda Claus - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Meh. A measly twenty runs?

    I remember August 22, 2007 like it was yesterday and that was the day the Rangers put up a 30-spot on my O’s. If ONLY they had scored but 20 runs that day. Oh the money I could have saved on therapy.

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/20399333/

    • Ari Collins - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      My favorite weird note from that game: someone got the save.

  5. kopy - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Oh sure, NOW you remember the Twins game!

    • FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      You have to admire Gardenhire for his gallows humor: “Anytime you let the opposing team spot a zip-code in the first 5 innings you’re in trouble…”

  6. The Rabbit - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Dan Haren should probably protest his offense and his bullpen
    He didn’t kill Chad Qualls when he was with the DBacks which BTW would have qualified as justifiable homicide, I’d say he’s accepted his fate. He’s also the perfect example of how aggregate boxscore stats don’t tell you how many good games he’s actually pitched.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      It’s funny you mention Qualls. I was praying to all of the invisible deities just last night to keep Qualls away from the Phillies.

      • The Rabbit - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        I don’t blame you. I haven’t looked at Qualls’ stats but every time I’ve seen him pitch over the past 2-3 years, he’s been underwhelming bordering on craptastic. IMHO, the Phils have much better available options.
        I do think Amaro should look for some additional help in the pen. You really can’t have too much even with quality starters. All it takes is another injury.
        Here’s hoping Worley continues his streak tonight and Oswalt comes back healthy soon.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Every couple months one of the aces has their bad game. Lees was yesterday and they still almost pulled it out. Now for a three gamer against the Giants. Revenge is a dish best served cold…

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      Or Hot, it’s going to be in the high 80’s …… Oh, and Worley vs. TIMMAY! You know that can mean it’s about time for Worley to lose one too.

      Worley- TIMMAY!
      Hamels- Zito
      Kendrick- Cain

      That looks like it could be trouble for Philly, besides the middle game anyway.

      • FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        The last time those three were pitching for the Phillies together in a series, Worley and Kendrick won and Hamels bombed… go figure.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:33 AM

        But the Dwarves aren’t the Mutts.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        Zito is a total roller coaster: very good or very bad. That’s going to be a fabulous series, though.

      • feartherallythong - Jul 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        Jonny,
        You should hear the Bay Area sports radio callers – “We will surely beat the Phils in the NLCS, because we beat their starters last year!”. This is followed by a 10-second pause, whilst the radio show host collects himself, goes to his happy place – then patiently explains to the hapless callers how just because we beat 3 excellent starters last year is no actual guarantee of victory this time.

        How about let’s get there first, then see what happens. Pretty sure that’s why they play the games – and btw this weekend’s series should be fun!

    • losburrosinblue - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      As an avid Dodger fan, I’m happily rooting for the Phils to sweep. I don’t care if the Dodgers make a run at the division, I just need SF knocked out of contention.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      “Revenge is a dish best served cold…”

      And with jlapenos. Everything is better with jalapenos.

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

      Chris, remember Cliffy’s first outing in July…against those stinking Canadian blue birds? This is no more than his later summer slump—and hopefully it ends quickly.

      And KK vs. Cain—THAT should be pretty.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      It’s a good thing for Cliff Lee that he had June.

      Lee in June: 5-0, 0.21 ERA
      Lee, rest of the season: 4-7, 4.19 ERA

      The NL on the whole has an ERA of 3.82, so outside of June, he’s actually been a below-average pitcher, run-wise.

      Without that crazy June, you have to ask yourself what all that money is for. Can he put up some more June-like performances, or is he going to be no more than a #3 starter type?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Selective stat comparisons? Why compare them at all, aside from trying to skew the numbers to support your point?

      • Ari Collins - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        Everyone’s streaky, but the hot streaks are as meaningful as the cold. You find out more about a player by looking at larger samples, not excising samples.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        I was replying to the “Every couple of months one of the aces has their bad game” statement, though it didn’t come across clearly since the reply was so far down the page. The point was simply that Cliff hasn’t been the guy you could count on who just had his big outlier game. He’s given up 5 runs or more in 20% of his starts this season, and while on the whole he’s certainly been an asset (especially during his epic June) it’s not right to pretend he’s been Mr Reliable. Halladay (one 5+ run outing) and Hamels (2 5+ run outings, both against the Mets) have fit the mold of “a bad game once in a blue moon”, but Lee hasn’t quite been that guy.

        On another note, is Hamels vs the Mets just a small sample size fluke, or is it possible they’ve noticed something that the rest of the league hasn’t seen? He did have a 7 inning, 2 run outing against them in between the two clunkers, so at the very least they don’t have him completely figured out, but he’s been so good against the rest of the league that it at least raises the question.

  8. uyf1950 - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    The rumors of Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

    • FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Rumors of their greatness have also been greatly exaggerated. But they get the job done, that’s what counts.

      • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

        They are at home to the Mariners. Michael Cuddyer would have similar numbers.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        spudchukar, my friend. Maybe but that doesn’t explain both guy’s prior outings against the Tampa Bay. That is unless Cuddyer could have had similar numbers against the Rays as well. Regardless I think I’ll stick with Colon and Garcia over Cuddyer unless I were looking for a position player.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        Besides, Cuddy is only good for four shutout innings against the M’s

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      Colon and Garcia have both been very pleasant surprises. I did not think I’d hear myself say that back in the winter.

  9. Ari Collins - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    One of the more frustrating Red Sox games this year.

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    In front of 11,000 fans who basically napped through the first 6 innings, the A’s pulled off one of their best wins of the season. The game started off like an ordinary A’s game, with the A’s behind 4-2 after 5. We’re kind of used to the opposition bullpen slamming the door at that point, but this time, it didn’t happen, it was the A’s bullpen doing the slamming, allowing no runs in the final 4 innings.

    And for one glorious evening, the A’s offense played within itself, getting a walk here and a double there, 10 hits and 7 walks total, one of the hits a Pennington homerun. And despite the obligatory 2 errors by the A’s, the strategy of pitching around Longoria paid off as Joyce, Upton, and Kotchman followed him in the lineup by doing nothing. Jackson, DeJesus and Willingham we’re all in full-on “trade me now” mode, with Crisp playing hard in an effort to find a better situation.

    Maybe the A’s should play all their games right before the trade deadline.

    And Matsui was named AL layer of the Week. It’s almost too much goodness.

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