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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Aug 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

Jered Weaver

Tigers 3, Angels 2: Wow, this was a wild one. Made all the more wild by the fact that (a) it was going on just as the trade deadline was approaching; and (b) since Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going, it seemed like everyone was watching it. At least everyone in my little corner of the Internet.  Read the game stories to get the full flavor, but any game that has home run poses (Carlos Guillen), headhunting (Jered Weaver on Alex Avila), a starting pitcher yelling eff you at an ump right after the ejection (Weaver again) and then eleventeen violations of the unwritten rules (Erik Aybar laying down a bunt to try to break up the no-no), all in the space of a about a half hour, you know it was an awesome game.

Reds 9, Giants 0: Just when you want to write the Reds off they go and sweep the reigning champs. Of course, Barry Zito started this one for San Francisco, and he wasn’t even on the roster when they won the World Series, so let’s not go too crazy.  Johnny Cueto was fantastic, pitching a three-hitter and lowering his ERA to 1.72.  Three-run homer for Joey Votto who had five RBI on the day.

Phillies 6, Pirates 5: Remember how I mentioned that the schedule was about to get tough for Pittsburgh and that the fairytale was about to end? This is what I was talking about. Philly sweeps.  New hire Hunter Pence doubled in the tenth inning and was then doubled in for the winning run by Raul Ibanez, who had himself a whale of a day, homering twice and hitting the game-winner.  Don’t worry, though, Pirates fans: Joel Hanrahan is well-rested, not having been bothered during the 10th inning. You’ll be happy to know that he will be available to “save” meaningless games against the Astros in August and September.

Yankees 4, Orioles 2: The big hit was Brett Gardner‘s bases-loaded triple in the fourth, when the Yankees scored all of their runs. Freddy Garcia won his tenth, striking out six in six innings and allowing two runs on five hits.  The Yankees made no trade deadline moves. But really, there wasn’t a good move out there for them to make.

Brewers 5, Astros 4: The Astros get swept. Not surprising given that (a) they were on a 109-loss pace when the weekend began; and (b) they then traded their two best players over the weekend.  Good times in Houston!

Blue Jays 7, Rangers 3: Brandon Morrow struck out 11. Koji Uehara made his Rangers debut and, during the game, Texas traded for Mike Adams.  But as this game shows, your bullpen can’t do it all for you. C.J. Wilson got rocked.

Nationals 3, Mets 2: The Nats take two of three, winning this one on a Ian Desmond chopper in the bottom of the ninth.  There wouldn’t have been a bottom of the ninth if Drew Storen had protected the ninth inning lead.  But he won the game, so he must have been doing something valuable, right?

Marlins 3, Braves 1:  The 10,000th loss in Braves franchise history! Woo!  Who cares? Michael Bourn will join the team later today, and all will be right with the world. Or so I’m telling myself.

Royals 5, Indians 3: Homers from Jeff Francoeur and Alex Gordon and a solid outing from Danny Duffy.  Going forward, though, this will be a different Indians team thanks to the additions of Ubaldo Jimenez and Ryan Ludwick.

Red Sox 5, White Sox 3: Andrew Miller was eminently hittable — he gave up ten in five and two-thirds — but Dustin Pedroia bailed him out with a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh. Adrian Gonzalez had an RBI double in the ninth for some insurance.

Padres 8, Rockies 3: A six-run eighth wraps this one up for the Padres, averting a sweep. Three RBI for Jesus Guzman.

Athletics 7, Twins 3: I guess six-run innings are the new inefficiency, because the A’s pulled one off too. Three stolen bases for Coco Crisp. Home run 597 for Jim Thome.

Rays 8, Mariners 1: Ben Zobrist went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and Jeremy Hellickson held the Mariners to basically bupkis.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 3: Two homers for Gerardo Parra. And no, I’m not above hackey crap like thinking of this every time I hear his name.

Cubs 6, Cardinals 3: Jake Westbrook looked good until the sixth, when he gave up four runs. A three-run homer from Lance Berkman was all the Cards could muster.

  1. cktai - Aug 1, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    Welcome to the 10000 losses club Craig. Be comforted in the knowledge that no team with more then 10000 losses has ever failed to reach the playoffs.

  2. quintjs - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    Now this would be the greatest thing to keep going for a few more years.

  3. Kevin S. - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Can we drop this “unwritten rule” bunk? The game was still within reach, especially if Anaheim could have gotten into Detroit’s soft pen. Why the hell wouldn’t Aybar do everything he could to reach base? Seeing as he wound up scoring, seems in retrospect that it was less bush and more smart.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:09 AM

      I agree…I thought Aybar’s bunt should have been ruled a hit. Verlander probably wasn’t getting him with a perfect throw to first, but the official scorer would have been run out of town had he ruled that a hit.

      • Steve A - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        Both from my vantage point at the game and from the multiple replays I saw later last night, an on-target throw would have gotten him out. That ball was skipping past Martinez a half step before Aybar got there. No problem with the decision to call it an error.

    • quintjs - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      If you can bunt for a hit in the first inning when no hits are on the board, and cannot in the 9th inning, then i figure there must be a point in the game it goes from acceptable to unacceptable.

      Always wanted to know from a big believer in this unwritten rule the exact time when that change occurs.

      Would love to hear a that on the broadcast too – “no hits through 6, which of course means team x are not allowed to bunt anymore”
      “no hits through 8 which means they must not run on a ground ball”
      “no hits through 8 2/3 which means he must ‘trip’ making his way down to first”

      • Kevin S. - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:33 AM

        So Jim Joyce blew the call because Jason Donald broke an unwritten rule?

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Congratulations to the Braves for their memorable achievement.
    Congratulations to Colby Rasmus for getting his first 2 hits as a Jay on Roberto Alomar Day.
    Razzies to the Indians. If they were in the AL East, they would be in last place.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Vance came back down to Earth yesterday, but the Phillies were “2008-esque” coming back twice from deficits and winning in the 10th. Comebacks haven’t happened all that often this year…Pence comes in and it happens his second game. Coincidence? Probably. But when Jimmy got that big 2 run single in the 5th, after Worley had given up the two runs in the top half, I turned to my wife and said “These guys remind me of 2008″.

    Then Worley gave it right back in the 6th…the Pirates added on against Lidge in the 7th…Ryan Howard’s stupid baserunning blunder in the 8th…and I said “If they win this one, they are definitely back.” Before the word “back” gets out of my mouth, Rauuuuuuul hits a two run bomb.

    The 2008 Phillies are back.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:33 AM

      I don’t think Worley pitched bad. Really he made one mistake to Overbay who was sitting on the cutter. Should have gone with the slider, which was working for him. Anyway, I was looking back through Worley’s minor league career and the most innings he has pitched in a season is 150. He is at 120 combined innings right now (70 for the Phillies, 50 for the Iron Pigs) so he will probably start to wear down a tad. His fastball seemed to lose a bit of zip after the 4th inning. On a different note, does anybody else notice a profound change in Howard’s hitting approach ever since he got benched against San Diego?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:47 AM

        Coming back down to earth just means he wasn’t stellar, which he had been his last 7 starts. I found it interesting that he seemed to follow the cliff lee book of not throwing balls. 7 k’s and 0 walks was very un-Vance-like. I think Dubee has probably been working on him throwing more strikes and while it cut down on the walks it probably also helped him leave a few pitches too close to the middle of the plate. Plus the innings total is also a factor.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:09 AM

        Howard’s stance even changed a little bit. He’s facing the pitcher just a LITTLE more. Also, the strike out in the 1st was an inside pitch (I think. I was almost directly behind home plate in the HoF Club) that he swung on. They threw him a few down and away sliders and he hasn’t been chasing them, even if they’re in for strikes. I’d rather him not swing at a questionable breaking ball down and away then just blindly swing at anything on that side of the plate whether its a strike or obviously isn’t.

        The place was absolutely gaga for Raul yesterday. the entire left corner stands were standing and cheering for him after he tied it up in the 8th for at least a minute after he got back out into left in the top of the 9th.

        I also don’t understand the amount of cheering that took place for Pence. I mean, I know he’s the new kid and supposed to somehow save the offense, but EVERY at bat he got crazy applause. I’d rather wait till he goes more than 1-4 or 1-5 for us in a given night to anoint him.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM

        Chris, expect to see tinkering from Dubee, It’s not as if he’s the “busiest” pitching coach in baseball being he’s got a few guys who don’t need much coaching. With all the K’s last night, I was waiting for someone to knock him around. 4-K ‘s in the first 2 innings. He was throwing effectively out of the strike zone before, but has recently brought everything in tighter it seems. Not to mention his # of batted balls for hits was disgustingly low for the last 2 months. It was bound to even out some.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:17 AM

        Yeah he is 2-9 since he joined, but he could and should be 4-9. I like making the new guy feel welcome. It reflects well upon the fans. That and he is over there signing autographs before the game and stuff…good to show appreciation for that. I think the fans like his energy too. If there is one fault on this team, in years past they have spells where there isn’t any energy on the team. I think Pence really helps with that.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM

        Dubee is too busy trying to intimidate Kendrick to do any actual work. I like to make fun of Dubee but I give him credit for something long forgotten….he worked with Madson to tweak his mechanics a few years back. Sometimes I forgot that when Madson first went to the bullpen he was only throwing in the low 90s. He worked with Dubee and the next thing you know he is throwing in the mid 90s. That makes all the difference in the world with his change-up. However, I’m really not sure what Dubee does these days.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:05 AM

        No one is quite sure what Dubee does. He’s not working with bullpen pitchers, thats for sure. Baez and the IronPigs pitching coaches were the ones working with the BP guys. Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Oswalt are pretty set in their ways, and more than likely work with each other more so than Dubee. He also clearly doesn’t work much with Kendrick since he hates the kid so much.

  6. ispysomething7 - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    I guess it will be a different Indians team with Ludwick………NOT!!!

    • icanspeel - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      Yeah especially since Ryan Ludwick went to the Pirates lol

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    I haven’t seen a guy Cadillac around the bases like Guillen in a long time. Weaver had every right to be upset about that. Still can’t throw at peoples heads, but Guillen crossed the line. I thought the best part of that game was when Verlander was in the dugout calling out to Aybar motioning that he was going to hit him in the ribs next time. Classic.

    • paperlions - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      Weaver has every right to be upset at himself for giving up a HR; who cares what someone does going around the bases? Are players not supposed to be adult enough to ignore such things? Maybe Guillen was just extremely happy with his HR, that should have no bearing on Weaver…is it an unwritten rule that a player can not be exuberant after hitting a HR? Fans can go nuts but not the guy that hit the HR?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        Do you just disagree with everything I say for sport or do we just have diametrically opposed viewpoints? Are you trying to say that you thought what Guillen did was fine? You have know problem with it? There is a certain thing called respect and professionalism. Standing at home plate for 7 seconds posing while the ball leaves the yard crosses the line. Plain and simple. Shit, according to you it should be no problem for the batter to do cart wheels and back flips around the bases…he is just excited after all. And yes, there is a big difference between fans and players. You shouldn’t need anybody to explain that to you.

      • kopy - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM

        My favorite phrase in sports is “act like you’ve done it before”. Guillen posed for the cameras like it was his first home run. I feel like he would’ve gotten under Weaver’s skin more if he would have just acted like he hits them all the time and it wasn’t a big deal. Nothing is as bad as watching a player perform a choreographed dance after a sack in football though.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        “Nothing is as bad as watching a player perform a choreographed dance after a sack in football though.”

        Oh YES THERE IS. The group hug all while hopping around in what appears to be a circle jerk type of dance with the guy who hit the walkoff run in the center during a somewhat meaningless game. I could see if it was the playoffs, or a game leading up to getting into the playoffs, but seriously that circle dance hug thing has got to go.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        paperlions,

        Remember that comment you made two days ago about Ibanez. I believe you said that Ibanez should be cut based upon baseball performance.

        Ibanez, 6 hole hitter stats: .247, 16 hr, 59 rbi’s, another game winner.

        Still think the Phillies should cut him, buddy?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        Guillen wasn’t showing off…he was clearly and obviously showing up Weaver for his attitude toward Ordonez previously. It seemed to everyone that Ordonez was just making sure it was a fair ball for a couple seconds. Then Weaver opens his big mouth and tells Ordonez to “hurry up”. Really? Hey Jared why don’t you take the new ball from the ump or your catcher, turn around, and be quiet?

        I don’t condone what Guillen did at all…but you obviously can’t lump it in with all the idiots who stand there and admire their home runs. He didn’t do that…he looked at Weaver, flung his bat, and basically told him F.U. Wrong? Yes. But unprovoked? Not at all.

      • paperlions - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        Biceps, a couple of events don’t justify the overall performance. Ryan Theriot was 6 for 7 over 2 games….he still sucks.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        Uh, yeah, Ibanez sucks. Absolutely glove-brutal, and his meager offense doesn’t make up for it. Phillies would be much better off with Brown or a Brown/Francisco platoon than that fossil.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        paperlions,

        Ibanez is a 6 hitter in a lineup with 16 homers and 59 rbi’s and you say he sucks. That’s laughable. You seem like an intelligent guy. Why can’t you see that for a 6 hole hitter Ibanez provides the Phillies with what most teams would dream of getting this type of production that far down the lineup? OBP for a 6 hole hitter is nowhere nears as important as a top of the lineup guy.

        Ibanez is good at what the Phillies need him to provide.

      • clydeserra - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        Guillen’s acions cannot be viewed without looking at the weaver and Ordonez thing a few innings earlier.

        The replay doesn’t show the exchange, but Weaver doesn;t deny it. Magglio hit a ball that no doubt had the distance, but may or may not stay fair. He stayed in the home plate area with his bat in his hands watching then took off.

        What you can see on the replay is Ordonez rounding the bases with his head down, and weaver staring him down, following Magglio’s path around.

        In that context I don’t have much of a problem with Guillen’s posing. It was a reaction, with purpose and directly aimed at getting to weaver. mission accomplished.

      • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

        Uh-oh. Sorry I wasn’t paying attention – had to feed the dogs – but couldn’t help overhearing “Guillen” in some of this conversation. What stupid thing did Ozzie say now?

      • cktai - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        bicepts,

        If you are a left fielder, and a bad fielding one at that, and you still hit in the 6 hole of the 12th best offence of the league, then yeah you suck. Mayberry is a better fielder, has a better average, higher on base, more power and would have had more RBIs then Ibanez. To top it off, he is 11 years younger.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        cktai,

        You say that Ibanez is a bad fielding left fielder? Since people aways want to throw stats at me, Ibanez has a fielding percentage of .993 this year with 1 error. How horrible! Can you say his range is not what it once was, yes. But, the guy makes the routine play.

        As far as your argument that Mayberry would have better stats than Ibanez if he played more, that is complete speculation. Mayberry, other than a couple of weeks of good hitting, has never shown in his career that he can do it over the course of a season. Why do you think that Mayberry has been a career journeyman in the minors at 28 years old? Because, he never showed any consistency in his entire career. As far as Mayberry being 11 years younger than Ibanez as a reason he should play over Ibanez, who cares? Ibanez is doing the job and people don’t want to acknowledge it.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM

        I agree that Mayberry is better than Ibanez, but Ibanez goes on hot streaks consistently that make your jaw drop. He goes from crap, and I mean total crap, to a one man team at times. If they could bottle up Ibanez’s Mojo from one of his hot streaks and take it to the post season the Phills would be unstoppable. What Philly now has is a perfect platoon duo for LF depending on who is pitching that night. And then when Ibanez walks via FA, they can move Dom Brown into Ibanez’s spot and platoon Mayberry and Brown for a season until Dom develops better. I would really love to see Mayberry turn into the hitter his dad was with the Royals. So I favor the whole Platoon scenerio.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        Jonny,

        See my previous entry above. What has Mayberry at the plate shown you, at age 28 and a career minor league journeyman, other than a couple of weeks of good offense in this entire career? Ibanez has been a good hitter his entire career.

      • cktai - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        bicepts,

        Now you are throwing around stats. Fielding percentage? I can tell you that I routinely score when I don’t play for my team, so I know how arbitrary assigning errors can be. When a guy totally misjudges a ball in first instance then you cannot assign him an error since he never touched the ball.

        For the sake of the argument I will point you to one specific stat though. Of all 36 players who have played more then 400 innings on left field this year, Ibanez is 35th in putouts per inning. Only Burrell gets fewer outs in left field then Ibanez. The league average for left fielders is 0.22 putouts per inning. Ibanez gets 0.17. So every two games, Ibanez does not get to a ball that a normal player would get to. That is a 10 point difference in opponent batting average.

        As for Mayberry hitting, well he is consistently getting better, Ibanez is getting worse.

      • cktai - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Oh and you know when Ibanez had his breakout season? 11 years ago when he was 28.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Short answer Bicepts, More than a declining Ibanez has been able to show me. And that’s with him basically being a fill in and pinch hitter. You know as well as I do that that tends to hurt a players numbers. And better defense. Mayberry got a late start in the bigs, and never got playing time in the bigs until Philly took him on. I think he’s got the talent to be an offensive threat to go along with his good defense. I actually fear that he’ll be moved to a team that plays him, and he becomes a superstar OF. I’m not down on Ibanez, don’t get me wrong, I hope he turns his season around starting now, but at this point I think a platoon does work.

      • FC - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        I am far from a stat-head Biceps but Fielding Percentage is so 1950’s. Everyone knows that stat is deeply flawed. If you could assign errors on balls a fielder should reach or catch Ibanez would rated much worse .993. He can be good at times, but even you have to admit Ibanez has missed a few he should have caught, just because they don’t get an E for those miscues, it doesn’t mean those incidents should be ignored.

        That said I still like Ibanez better than Mayberry. Call it gut feeling, but Baseball is also psychological: I think Pitchers would be more weary of Ibanez than Mayberry.

  8. schmedley69 - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Yes, welcome to the 10,000 loss club. All Braves ticket stubs are now good for $1 off a Moons Over My Hammy Omellete at participating Denny’s restaurants.

  9. uyf1950 - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Who could of imagined on March 31st when the 2011 MLB season started that Garcia and Colon for the Yankees would have a combined record of 18-13 and a winning percentage of .580 at this point in the season with 2 months left. Certainly not this Yankee fan. I realize the big names on the Yankees often get most of the credit for the Yankees success and deservedly so. But I think it’s fair to say without Garcia and Colon’s performance this season the Yankees would not have the 3rd best record in the Major Leagues. That’s just my opinion.

  10. kopy - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    I made it out to the new Yankee Stadium for the first time on Saturday. Definitely quite a nice place, but there seemed to be some sacrilege going on (waitresses offering to serve me wine by the glass to my seat and concession stand menus listing calories). I even cheered for the Yankees the whole time despite my general not-liking-them since the game had zero impact on the Twins, and watching a team score 12 runs in the first inning is just too damn exciting. I was incredibly frustrated with the Twins for shopping Span, and equated it to going to the Playboy Mansion while fighting with the wife/gf. However, Span is still a Twin, and I’m still a Twins fan. But I must thank the Yankees for a fun night out…

  11. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    The Feesh re-initiated their slog back to the strange attractor with an oddball win over the Bravos, a win marked by the uncharacteristic absence of a Dan Uggla three run bomb. I was busy with other stuff yesterday and so didn’t get to watch much of it but hey, here we are, planted two happy games south of the strange attractor again. Proudlycanadian, if they get within a game tonight and slide tomorrow, you’ll get your fox-and-the-grapes metaphor at last. And I don’t say that merely as a sop to our northern cousins.

    Get it? A sop? Fox and the grapes? Ae-sop? Heh heh…..

    Okay, never mind.

  12. FC - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Clint Hurdle had a brain fart. After watching Ibanez hit two homers, how do you NOT intentionally walk him in the bottom of the 10th inning with the walk-off run on 2nd Base and 1B open? You face either Schneider or Carlos Ruiz, that HAS to be a better match-up for Veras. Who knows, maybe he can induce an inning ending DP.

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