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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 27, 2011, 5:51 AM EST

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Yankees 4, Mariners 1: And then there were 17.  CC Sabathia carried a perfecto into the seventh — broken up right after he came back following a rain delay — and struck out 14.  The M’s struck out 18 times in all. But then again, they’re horrifyingly bad, so that’s understandable.

Braves 4, Pirates 3: The game ends in the 19th on one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen in a major league baseball game. Jerry Meals must have really, really wanted to get back to his hotel room.  Just inexcusable.  Instant. Replay. Now.

Mets 8, Reds 6: Johnny Cueto‘s ERA stays sparkling thanks to all six of the runs he gave up being unearned, but it’s not like he pitched well.  The Mets had to get hits and stuff after those errors, and Cueto was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, Jon Niese gave up five runs in five innings and got the win. Baseball is a funny game.

Marlins 11, Nationals 2: HBT’s Macondo correspondent, Old Gator, wired in his report from this one last night right after it ended:

Just a heads-up about something wonderful that occurred during the Feesh game tonight.  Not just that they climbed over the imploding Gnats. Much better. A praying mantis flew into the visitor’s dugout during the late innings and landed on Clay Hensley‘s cap, and he carried it around for awhile as his teammates laughed their asses off and he had no idea why. However, as soon as the mantis arrived, the Feesh exploded for five more runs. Eventually the mantis took up a position on the dugout rail – some priceless shots on TV of the ballplayers leaning on the rail with the mantis between them, watching the game – and then the best part: as the inning ended, Logan Morrison swung around to put his cap on, the mantis freaked and flew at him and landed on his back, and LoMo totally freaked out and was jumping up and down and bending and sashaying but the mantis stayed on his back. Someone took it off and put it back on the railing. Some viewer emailed the announcing crew and named it “Mickey Mantis.” It got a lot of play from the announcers who christened it the Mantis Game.

I’m pretty sure this is how the movie “The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh” started. Except somewhat differently.

Phillies 7, Giants 2: Philly made short work of replacement starter Barry Zito, who filled in for the scratched Tim Lincecum.  Really short work, as in this game was over in two hours and eight minutes. Zito wasn’t around for all of it, though, as he was knocked out after giving up six runs in seven innings. Vance Worley, on the other hand, looked like an ace (CG, 3 H, 2 ER), though I think the Giants’ bats had a lot to do with that. Inside the park homer for Chase Utley.

Angels 2, Indians 1: Jered Weaver and Josh Tomlin each had strong starts. Each only gave up one big hit too. Except that the one Tomlin gave up — a double to Mark Trumbo — happened with two guys on base and the one Weaver gave up — a homer to Matt LaPorta — came with the bases empty. The Tribe had a chance in the ninth, getting two men on with no one out against Jordan Walden, but couldn’t push a run across.

Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: J.J. Hardy had two homers, Derrek Lee drove in five and the O’s had no problems with the Jays.  The Jays probably had some problems with the O’s, however, given that Jose Bautista had to leave the game after getting beaned.

Cardinals 3, Astros 1: A two-run homer for Pujols in the first was all the Cards would end up needing thanks to a solid effort by Jake Westbrook.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2: All of the scoring went down in the first inning so the game was either wonderfully front-loaded or else had eight wasted innings, depending on whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist. Or if you’re just one of those fascists who only cares about scoring. And actually …

Red Sox 13, Royals 9: … If you’re one of those fascists who only cares about scoring, this was the game for you.  I would think that sitting through this kind of game would be pretty brutal, however.

Twins 9, Rangers 8: Carl Pavano gave up all eight of those runs to Texas, who took the lead into the ninth. Neftali Feliz couldn’t seal the deal, however, allowing a single, a double and watching a run score on an Elvis Andrus error to tie it. Then Joe Mauer pinch hit for Drew Butera and hit a go-ahead RBI double. Nice way to shake off Monday night’s shellacking.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2: Four wins in a row for the Dodgers and they do it on a night when Clayton Kershaw had nothing approaching his best stuff.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1: Joe Saunders pitched eight and two-thirds innings of a shutout, but allowed a homer to Jesus Guzman with two outs in the ninth. He still finished the Padres off with only 99 pitches.

Athletics 6, Rays 1: The Rays have lost 10 of 14 and the A’s continue their nice little offensive resurgence. Against David Price of all people.

Tigers 5, White Sox 4: New acquisition Wilson Betemit had an RBI single in the eighth and Justin Verlander did his usual thing, throwing eleventy billion pitches and winning, although he wasn’t the sharpest we’ve ever seen him.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    Happy 36th birthday to Arod. He is getting a bit long in the tooth as a baseball player, but I am sure that he will be in good hands today.
    As far as last night’s baseball is concerned, I doubt that anyone can top that fine reporting by Old Gator.

  2. dapperdan50 - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    I have little interest in either the Braves or the Pirates, but it’s a sad day for baseball when a call like that can enter the official record. Just sad.

  3. chadh88 - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    So was that Pujols homer really a homer? They reviewed it for about 5 minutes and concurred that it was, but gave no explanation. I’m glad for Albert and the Cards win, but I think the umps missed that one too…with replay review.

    • paperlions - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

      After the game the umps said that it hit the concrete behind the pad and ground rules state that is a HR. It did not look like a HR to me, but the ball wouldn’t have bounced up in the air and back 20 ft to Bourne if it hit only padding.

      • chadh88 - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        I guess I can see that, but it hit the pad first and never really broke the plane of the wall. Its almost like it hit the concrete through the padding. Either way I was a little disappointed at the Astros infield. Bourne did his job staying with it and firing the ball in, I would have at least thought they would have tagged Albert just in case. But I guess that is just the Astros. Lets see if the home run is U2’s fault as well.

  4. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Actually, Craig, the Tribe had the bases loaded with no outs in the 9th. (2 singles and a FC). Also, didn’t see any mention of recently demoted Justin Germano’s perfect game last night for the Columbus Clippers.

  5. FC - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    I believe the Blue Jays had 4 runs not 2. Not that it makes a difference. I also believe that with the atrocious fielding and pitching Bautista would not have made a difference. Maybe it ends 12-6 or 12-7 instead of 12-4

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Corey Patterson was a culprit in the atrocious fielding category. He will not be with the Jays next year. Bautista hopes to play today.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      Derek Lee got a gift double in the second as Travis Snider took a circular route to a very catchable fly ball, and it was downhill for the Jays after two runs scored on that play.

  6. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Oh, and that call in the Pirates game is the worst I have ever seen. There is no room for interpretation…

    • paperlions - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:21 AM

      Oh come on….I can think of at least 3 calls just as bad right off the top of my head. The Jim Joyce call was horrible, the Jorge Orta call in the 1987 WS call was horrible, the fair/foul call down the LF line in the Yanks/Twins playoff game was horrible……horrible calls happen ALL THE TIME. But yes, it was a bad call.

  7. bleedgreen - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    The Utley ITBHR was awesome. Once he hit 2nd and saw he was being waved home he got the biggest grin on his face. It was amazing.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

      Yeah, he war pretty fired up when he dove into home as well. He usually looks like a robot out there with his refusal to show any type of emotion so it was good to see.

    • phillydano - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      In the words of HK, “Chase Utley, You Are The Man!”

  8. uyf1950 - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    Great game by CC and the Yankees. CC’s line for the night: 7 innings, 1 ER, 1 Hit, 14 K’s, 3 BB. Honorable mention goes to David Robertson who was able to put out a fire in the 8th inning with very minimal damage and of course Mo with his 26th save of the season.
    Just a few facts on CC’s season so far:
    1st in Wins in the Major Leagues
    5th in ERA in the American League
    2nd in IP in the Major Leagues
    3rd in SO in the Major Leagues
    1st in WAR in the Major League among Pitchers
    At this point in the season and keeping in mind most of baseballs starters have about 10 starts left in their seasons CC Sabathia has to be considered in the top 3 for the Cy Young Award (along with Weaver and Verlander). At least that’s my opinion.

    Another thing for Yankee fans to keep an eye out for is over the last 5 games Tex has gone 7 for 20 with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Perhaps after 100 games his bat is starting to wake up and his BA will slowly creep up. Keeping in mind though those 5 games were against the A’s and M’s.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Weaver/Sabathia/Verlander in some order seems to be the AL consensus this year. Been some special seasons from those guys, no matter which way you look at it.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        Yes it has.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      The way CC is pitching now, that could make a huge difference in the fall, since the Red Sox and Rangers don’t have an ace of this caliber. Having CC on fire gives the Yanks margin for error when the rest of the staff is out there, especially in the playoffs.

      And oh, wouldn’t a Yankees-Tigers playoff matchup be interesting just for CC vs Justin?

  9. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    “though I think the Giants’ bats had a lot to do with that.”

    Ugh. I guess this kid will have to finish the year with a 2.01 ERA to get any respect from some people. Oh well. Poor TIMMAY got a tummy ache and poopsie couldn’t pitch. So the Phillies teed off on lefty Zito. The best team in baseball keeps on chugging. Still haven’t lost two in a row in 45 games now. That has to be some kind of record.

    Vince Worley…you are the man.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:35 AM

      Vance Worley…damn iPhone!!!!!

    • Kevin S. - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Considering people were kicking dirt all over Sabathia’s perfect game (which, had it held up, would have at least tied for the most Ks in a perfecto) because they were playing the Tacoma Rainiers, I’d say Worley is in good company.

  10. Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Worley has been getting Philthy lately. Inside fastballs cutting in like 4″ to catch the plate for a strike, he seems to be able to locate all of his pitches for strikes when he wants to. He dropped a nice hammer for a K last night, I don’t remember ever seeing him do that before. Keep him just to see what he’s made of Ruben.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM

      I wouldn’t move Vanimal for a rental either. With this being Oswalt’s final season in Philadelphia and Blanton being a huge question mark, the Phillies will need somebody for the rotation. Worley is cheap and effective. I don’t think he is a 2 ERA pitcher but who is? Furthermore, as stated above he is improving with every start and can be a solid middle of the rotation guy for the coming years.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        Agree completely, unless they’re in a WIN RIGHT NOW AT THE COST OF THE NEXT 5 YEARS mode. Worley has proven himself. Everyone has said ‘Oh just wait till he makes a few starts and people get video on him’. Well, he’s made 11 starts, and even WITH that abortion in NY that wasn’t 100% his fault, he’s STILL 7-1 with a 2.01 ERA. He’s beaten the Red Sox and he’s beaten the Giants. 15IP against 2 world series contenders, and he’s given up a total of 3 runs to them. Is he Roy Halladay? Nope. But he doesn’t have to be. He only needs to be Vance Worley and keep them in games. And he is obviously getting better and more efficient. For a while he was struggling to get out of the 5th because of pitch count. His past 2 games he’s pitched at least 8.

  11. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Feesh climb out of the basement over the starcrossed bodies of the Gnats. So it goes. But as Craig graciously permitted me to report above, the real star of the game was not Greg Dobbs – who probably punched his 7/31 ticket out of Macondo with last night’s 5 RBI outburst (and really, why keep the .300-hitting Dobbs when you already have the .140 hitting Mike “Veteran Leadership” Cameron or .190 hitting DeWayne Wise on your bench?) – but the viewer-yclep’d Mickey Mantis (or as I prefer to call him, Dudley Mantis).

    Dudley flew into the Feesh dugout like a green Tinkerbell during the magical interregnum ‘twixt the eighth and ninth innings, and for reasons known only to fate the spinner of the years, settled on Clay Hensley’s cap. Immediately the cleverly disguised visitor from the land of Faery (I figure if we can have women who look like Jan Brewer, Marge Schott or Shirley Chisholm, fairytales can have faeries that look like Dudley). Immediately the Feesh exploded for five more runs and put a formerly 6-2 game out of reach. After Hensley figured out why his teammates were cracking up all around him and put his guest gently down on the dugout railing, Dudley just joined the guys there to watch his magic unfurling.

    Another hilarious moment occurred when Dudley wandered down to the leftward end of the railing where Eduardo Perez was tracking pitches. Mantises sway slowly back and forth to imitate leaves in a breeze in what is their normal habitat, the local shrubbery. Perez watched this behavior nervously, as though unsure what it all meant, and before backing off away, whether consciously or unconsciously, imitated the swaying motion a bit himself. I guess you just had to see it. I haven’t seen the Feesh dugout degenerate into a scene of such hilarity very often this season, for obvious reasons.

    After Logan Morrison demonstrated to the world what a total wuss he really is – behaving like a terrified little gurrl under Dudley’s onslaught, and this after apparently inviting the mantis to visit him upclose and personal (watch his gestures in the video) some kind soul who wasn’t quite as entomophobic as Lo Mo restored Dudley to his rightful position on the railing. The film crew of last night’s game closed up for the night with a parting shot of Dudley in midflight, and then of the interloper surveying his kingdom from that perch. Not bad for a little feller who got his start in life by eating his siblings.

    If someone wants to forward this to LoMo via Tweeter (I wouldn’t be caught dead on it), here’s a link to a pretty good discussion about insect fear and how to get past it: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100304131308AAQNqUl

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      Pffffft!!!! Honey Badger my A$$. Logan isn’t any “Honey Badger”. If anything he is what is known as a “Honeyskirter”. A “Honeyskirter shows immense fear of insects similar to how a skirt wearing “honey” would react. I’m in the process of having this word defined in the Urban dictionary, Guess my example…. Go ahead, guess it..

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        It should be LoMo. Live by the net, die by the net.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        MMMM Hmmmm. Bingo.

    • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      Coda: I see the YouTube clip comes in a bit late and misses the bit where LoMo twiddles his fingers at Dudley as if to say “come on over here.” The game film did pick it up. Trust me.

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        Codacoda: a friend emailed me to tell me that LoMo is taking a beating on Tweeter for his abject wussiness last night. I am further informed that LoMo formally apologized to the mantis and invited it back tonight to get acquainted.

  12. Reggie's Bush - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Ummm, did we forget my Amazin’ Mets?

    Gave Cueto a loss despite him not giving up an earned run… 6 unearned vs Johnny, it was fantastically bad. Also, why wasn’t there bigger fuss about Cueto’s new delivery??? He is turning his back to the batters when not in the stretch – this is definitely new for him…

    • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      Anytime you can hang a loss on Kung-Fu Cueto, it’s a mitzvah, any which way you do it.

  13. Jack Marshall - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    As for the Red Sox game: as is delightfully often the case in baseball, this one turned into a unique game with different considerations and options than in a typical contest.

    It was obvious from the start that both starters were throwing batting practice, yet because of the 14 inning game the night before, neither manager was willing to pull their pitcher early. So the question was: who will decide that winning the game is worth wrecking some arms, and if the answer is both, which manager will make the decision first? Francona pulled Miller first (and also had a relatively fresh arm available, Aceves, who was the only reliever who hadn’t pitched the night before), and that was worth about a 5 run swing. Then the suspense was—what if Aceves also stunk? He would have almost certainly be left in to take whatever beating the Royals could administer.

    Once it was clear that he wasn’t going to stink, the game’s stories were left to matters like whether Pedroia would hit for the cycle—he just needed the home run and faced a position player on the mound in his last at bat. It was a strange enough game not to be as boring as the score would suggest.

  14. APBA Guy - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    A big part of the Rays’ losing ways has to be Longoria’s ill health. Last night it looked like he was swinging on one leg. As well as he squares a ball up, there was just no drive in his swing, as he hit 3 that were short of the warning track, much to the delight of Andrew McCarthy, who had that “whew, got away with one” look each time.

    David Price was ok, but not great with your basic 1.83 WHiP. He was always behind in the pitch count, something that is inexcusable in the big Mausoleum against the A’s. So the A’s sat on his fast ball and hit it often enough that, combined with his 4 walks, he was continuously nicked for a run at a time.

    The showcase continues as the trade deadline looms. Last night Conor Jackson got 3 hits playing first base. He’s played OF and third this year also. That’s a little resume booster for one of those low-end trades that the evening crew on HBT may or may not deem sufficiently newsworthy to warrant its own post. The suspicion among A’s fans is that the team will revert to its nearly-as-bad-as-Seattle ways as soon as the deadline passes, and everybody stops playing with so much energy.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Brandon McCarthy. How did I get caught in a “Pretty in Pink” time warp?

  15. The Rabbit - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Could be the best description of last night’s game or the Twins’ season.

    http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/twins-shocked-to-learn-you-can-score-2-runs-in-sam,20989/

  16. macjacmccoy - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    So guess the Mets are the only team that can hit in this league bc their the only ones that have hit Worley so far. Every other teams just doesnt have the bats.

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