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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 28, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

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Angels 3, Indians 1: The no hitter for Ervin Santana.  We told the story as it happened yesterday, broke out some analysis of it a bit thereafter and threw on some perspective a bit after that.  Most notable: man, I had no idea that the game started at noon, so it was the sixth inning before I even knew it was going on yesterday. Made for a very quick ramp-up to the no-no.

Braves 2, Pirates 1: Because what these two teams needed after an emotional 19-inning affair was extra innings.  At least it wasn’t a ton of extra innings. David Ross mercifully ended it with an RBI single in the tenth. There were, to my knowledge anyway, no calls in this game which could be described as “criminal” or “the worst call I’ve ever seen in baseball history.” Although, the fact that Clint Hurdle just managed two nail-biter extra-inning games in a row without once calling on his All-Star reliever Joel Hanrahan is some sort of offense against God and Nature.

Mariners 9, Yankees 2: We hit this one up yesterday as well. The losing streak, she is over. Which is kind of sad for me because (a) I’m not a Mariners fan; and (b) there is a certain beauty to be found in life’s extremes. Mere mediocrity, which the Mariners now hope to embody for a while, is rather dull.

White Sox 2, Tigers 1: Even though I do this for a living, I never portray myself as some kind of baseball expert. I know a good deal about baseball, but many of you know far more. I fancy myself a pretty good writer when I bother to be careful about it. I think I’m a credible observer of human behavior. I’ve been told that I have a somewhat above average wit. By themselves, those traits don’t count for much, but put them together and you have yourself a damn good blogger if I may say so. But no, I’m not going to claim that I’m some baseball savant.  Which is why I have no problem admitting that I had never once heard the name Alejandro De Aza before he hit the two-run homer that proved to be all the runs the Sox would need yesterday.

Mets 8, Reds 2: Who needs Carlos Beltran? Lucas Duda played right and he hit a homer. More useful: David Wright‘s three-run homer and four runs batted in overall. A complete game for Mike Pelfrey.

Giants 2, Phillies 1: Pitcher’s duel. Well, every game is technically a pitcher’s duel, only in most games the pitchers really suck at dueling. Here Matt Cain and Cole Hamels each had a handle on things, but Cain had a bit of a tighter grip. Only struck out one dude, though, which is always weird.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0: Ricky Romero didn’t get the shutout, but he did pitch eight and a third shutout innings to grab the win.  You don’t get to finish when you uncork a wild one on strike three and then hit a dude in the ninth inning of a close game.

Red Sox 12, Royals 5:  After scoring only once in that 14-inning game on Monday, the Sox hung a quarter-hundred on the Royals over the course of the next two nights.  Bruce Chen was absolutely muderlized: 4 IP, 10 H, 10 ER.

Marlins 7, Nationals 5: Steve Cishek did his best to make it interesting by allowing four runs in the ninth, but the Feesh held on. In other news, I have a friend in Washington — a non-baseball fan — who is going on an office outing to see the Nats-Marlins matinee this afternoon.  She asked me who to watch for. I told her to bring a book.

Brewers 2, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke shut ’em out for six and two-thirds and the pen took them the rest of the way. Rickie Weeks’ ankle injury was a big downer, though.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1: The Rockies avoid the sweep thanks to a nice outing by Aaron Cook. Hiroki Kuroda pitched for L.A. Maybe for the last time if the trade rumors are to be believed.

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3: Justin Upton hit two homers. One of them was fueled by anger because Corey Luebke quick pitched him, which my unwritten rule book clearly states is frowned upon. Look, it’s clearly unwritten right here in white and white on invisible page 38: “pitchers shall wait until hitters are ready for the pitch before delivering said pitch.”

Athletics 13, Rays 4: Two teams heading in very different directions. Hideki Matsui and Ryan Sweeney hit homers in the fourth inning — part of a nine-run fourth inning — for the offensive juggernaut Oakland Athletics. Seventeen hits in all, with every starter having at least one. Five runs batted in for Matsui.

Twins 7, Rangers 2: Brian Duensing allowed only one run is six and two-thirds. Bigger news: Joe Mauer hit a homer. An actual home run. First one since last September.

Astros 4, Cardinals 2: And the curse of Colby Rasmus begins.

  1. explodet - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    More importantly, rule 8.01(b) in the official MLB rulebook says quick pitching is frowned upon too.

    “With no runners on base, the pitcher is not required to come to a complete stop when using the Set Position. If, however, in the umpire’s judgment, a pitcher delivers the ball in a deliberate effort to catch the batter off guard, this delivery shall be deemed a quick pitch, for which the penalty is a ball.”

    • ditto65 - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:22 AM

      I hate when unwritten rules are actual rules.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    The book she ought to bring is the Peterson Field Guide to the Insects of North America in case the mantis shows up again. Absent Dudley in the ninth inning last night, the Feesh boolpen nearly melted down, but Cishek’s follies did give the Teal Tooters an opportunity to get the quick-rusting Leo Nunez an opportunity to tune up a bit. When Nunez takes more than a couple of nights off in a row, his first batter or two when he does return usually find themselves in fat city. The Curmudgeonly Undead was quoted yesterday as saying that Dudley was a good luck charm and was invited to return whenever he wanted; the wuss king Logan Morrison reportedly tweeted that he was sorry he and Dudley got off on the wrong foot. It may be that Dudley was working off a sulk over the LoMo fiasco last night. Meanwhile, the Feesh homepage now features a longer clip of L’affiare Mantise including Eduardo Perez’ impersonation of the little feller’s dance moves.

    Mike Cameron went two for five last night, jacking his BA up into the 150s and his VLQ (Veteran Leadership Quotient) up to .522, while poor old Kindly Uncle Wes continues to deliquesce on the bench. If they had a prayer of contending this season, Scrooge McLoria would probably order him DFCd (Designated for Coach) to help inflate his VLQ a little. This was the guy the Feesh went into the season counting on for Veteran Leadership and look at him now. The Feesh now have almost as many ca. 200 hitters or less as the Crew of the Minnow, and are thinking of designating part of the locker room as Club Mendoza.

    The Iron Giant dinked a modest dinger into the first few rows of the short right field bleachers. Meh. You want more from him than that. Emilio Bonifacio got his hit, perpetuating his hitting streak to 25 games. He also stole another base; EB is quietly turning into a terrific leadoff hitter and has dragged two-holer Infante along, jacking his BA about 15 points in the process. And of course Javy Vasquez continued his return to form with seven innings of one-run, six hit ball last night. Unlike the exiled Volstad, Javy has stepped up to fill the Johnson void this season.

    The Chihuahua was on a local Tawk Raydeeo program last night, making an unusually astute comment about Terence Malick’s interminable and soporific Tree of Life (“preachy”) and otherwise evincing cluelessness about the Hanley Ramirez / Jeff Conine tiff. The inference was that Conine is in the doghouse for his comments about Hanley but if he lit a fire under the Hanster, more power to him.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      Gator, Here’s one for you.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        Have a beer on me and good luck trying to stick me with the tab. LoMo deserves every bit of it. The Simmons reference eluded me because of my vampire-and-garlic aversion to all things celebrity, though.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        Buy yourself the T-shirt Gator, on me. Lol! I’m half tempted to buy one, really.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Matt Cain owns the Phillies. Today, we find out if the phillies are mere mortals who are capable of losing two in a row or whether they are every bit the juggernaut that I believe they are. Today, everything is in order for them to lose their second game in a row after a magical run of not losing two in a row since June 5th. With KK on the mound, it doesn’t look promising the they will continue the streak. But that’s why they play the games.

    • goawaydog - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      Rubber match (another great baseball-ism). Looks like a long haired freaky person will be toeing said rubber today too.

  4. uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    I realize all streaks at some point come to an end hitting streaks, consecutive game streaks, winning streaks and yes even losing streaks. But the Yankees play yesterday in my opinion and very uninspiring. Now don’t get me wrong Felix pitched very well and if ever the Mariner were going to end their losing streak yesterday with Hughes on the mound was it. But not only did Hughes struggle again but so did the offense and defense. So the script was written and the streak was no more.
    Today is an off day for the Yankees a chance for the main participants, coaches and manager on the Yankees to catch their collective breaths and prepare for the Orioles starting Friday. That’s what’s great about baseball. This time of the year there is always tomorrow.

    • easports82 - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      The Mariners appreciate the Yankees generosity in granting them the win yesterday. So benevolent, those pin-stripes.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        You’re welcome. As a Yankees fan I’ll admit not getting the sweep was disappointing. But their is consolation in one title of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album songs. I’m sure you have heard of it “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”. That and the fact that baring armageddon the Yankees will once again be in the post season. Probably something the Mariners don’t or at least shouldn’t expect in their immediate future, regardless of who is on their pitching staff. Of course that’s just my opinion.

      • easports82 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Like the last time the Yanks game to Seattle and the M’s won the series.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        Easports82, that’s right. But that was then and this is now. Way back at the end of May when the Mariners took 2 of 3 from the Yankees they probably had aspirations of winning the AL West or at least being competitive. That obviously isn’t the case now. So until the final games of the 2011 baseball season in September I suspect the Mariners are just playing out the season. That’s just my opinion.

      • easports82 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        Technically, everyone is just playing out the season.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

        Easports82, now really you could have come out with a better response then then that. Couldn’t you.

      • marinersnate - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM

        For the first time in three weeks the dark rain clouds have departed and (at least for one day) it is a beautiful day in the PNW.

        The sun is shining.
        The birds are singing.
        The bums are out.
        Like I said, a beautiful day.

  5. 4d3fect - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    I believe you meant to say murdalized, Craig. TFTFY.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      Leo Gorcey would say moidalized.

  6. jlgroves1 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Curse of Colby Rasmus? I believe that curse was lifted the moment he left the club and took all of his baggage with him. I would rather he be replaced with someone that has half the talent but twice the work ethic and good attitude any day. I would also hope that the person stepping into his position has a family that knows how to mind its own business and leave professional baseball to the professionals.

  7. missthemexpos - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    The Twins give up 30 runs in a 3 game set with the Rangers and yet win 2 out of 3. How often does that happen?

  8. Ari Collins - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Get used to “Dustin Pedroia for MVP!” comments. He’s been crazy great the last couple of months, playing great defense, scorching the ball, and even stealing more bases than he ever has (with a phenomenal success rate). And he’s on the best team in baseball. He’s still half a win behind Bautista in fWAR, but he may catch up to him by season end, considering the different trajectories they’re on.

    Of course, whether he WILL win or not depends on how much the voters value being on a contender and how much the other Sox split the vote (Ellsbury and Gonzalez are also in the top 6 in fWAR in the majors.

    And, of course, it depends on how the rest of the season plays out. That factor might be important as well, a bit.

  9. cur68 - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Life with the Rasmus family officially begins Today. Unfortunately we are down one Jason Frasor, arguably the Beaver Men’s most reliable bullpen pitcher, so the compensation of being rid of Dotel is a touch bitter.

    A win for the Hired Guns of Beaver Land yesterday and a chance to take the series win today. They better do it, too. Rangers in town next. Not exactly a collection of pre-teen girls, that lot. We shall see how things go for the Rasmus Family Part Deux.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Expect dad to start ranting immediately about how Colby isn’t being utilized properly, who is this Bautista guy anyway, and damn, Colby didn’t realize how cold it can get in Beaver Land.

      • cur68 - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        Yeah, looks like we could be in for a soap opera. Well maybe AA will deal the kid for a closer. Jays don’t need a center fielder as much as a closer anyways and they don’t desperately need offence just now. Certainly not offence that comes with all that baggage.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        Do they frown on patricide up there in Canadia?

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    The A’s had the highest run total in all of MLB yesterday, and Mayor Dellums declared that henceforth July 27 will be an Oakland holiday.

    He should have, anyway. The Rays look like they’ve spent the last few days swimming against the current in a molasses river. No zip, everybody (except Jennings) is flat, energy wise. The two home runs that Shields gave up: 87 and middle-middle to Matsui; 84 and middle-middle to Sweeney. Sweeney hasn’t hit a home run in a year. Since his knee surgery he’s been loading into his stance as the pitch is being thrown, making him vulnerable to any kind of plus velocity. But 84? What is that? Serious mushball.

    At least Maddon yanked Longoria once the game got out of hand. Longoria needs to heal up. He’s not doing anybody any good lofting fly balls short of the track with men on base.

    No activity on the trade front yesterday for the A’s. Crisp, Willingham, and Jackson all have their bags packed, along with half the bullpen. Once the disappointment hits them that they are still A’s all this winning nonsense will grind to a halt, and we’ll be back duking it out with Seattle for last in the AL West, and fondly recalling that night in late July, when the team got the most runs in baseball.

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