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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 2, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

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Cubs 5, Pirates 3: Impressive debut for Derrek Lee: two homers. Alas, that was all the offense the Buccos could really muster as Carlos Zambrano scattered seven hits over six innings. By the way, the last player who hit a home run in his Pirates debut was pitcher Matt Morris back in 2007. I was at that game. It was more notable for my surprisingly crabby first impression of PNC Park and some surprisingly shabby treatment of a Negro Leaguer. Good times!

Nationals 5, Braves 3: I’m struggling to think of a baseball player I hate more than Livan Hernandez. Dude has haunted my dreams for 14 years. I fully expect that, decades from now, he’ll be in a motorized reclining hospital bed, unable to feed himself, and then someone will prop his 75-year-old ass up to pitch six innings against the Braves and he’ll still only give up a couple of runs. Oh, and Fredi Gonzalez hit the pitcher eighth … and he bunted into a double play. Two homers for Dan Uggla.

Indians 9, Red Sox 6: I guess it was two-homer Monday, because Asdrubal Cabrera joined Lee and Uggla in the dual home run club (UPDATE: I was so angry at Livan Hernandez that I failed to realize that Rick Ankiel had two homers too). Daniel Bard entered a tie game in the eighth, poured kerosene all over the joint and dropped a lit Winston.

Marlins 7, Mets 3: Dramatics galore. Lucas Duda was poised to be the hero — or at least a co-hero — after tying it up with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but then Mike Stanton hit a grand slam of Jason Isringhausen in the top of the tenth.

Diamondbacks 5, Giants 2: Ian Kennedy recovered from a leadoff homer to shut the Giants down and collect his 13th win. Arizona is now a game back of the skidding Giants.

Dodgers 6, Padres 2: A complete game for Clayton Kershaw. Three of the Dodgers six runs scored on sacrifices. Take that, Rob Neyer!

Phillies 4, Rockies 3: Trailing 3-1 heading into the ninth, the Phillies got a two-run homer from Mayberry to tie it and then a solo shot from Shane Victorino in the 10th. Everything bounces Philly’s way. They now have a seven game lead.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 2: Seven wins in a row for Milwaukee, although this is the first in that stretch over a real team (sorry Cubs and Astros). A five-run fifth inning did the trick here. I’m sure Chris Carpenter took that beating with quiet dignity and a placid equanimity befitting his zen-like character.  Or he beat the crap out of stuff in the clubhouse afterward.

Astros 4, Reds 3: Cincy continues to confuse. Sweep the Giants, lose to the AAA-Astros.  Jose Altuve knocked in the game-winning run on a fielder’s choice in the 10th.

Mariners 8, Athletics 4: A five-run second inning for the Mariners. They scored a combined four runs in the series against the Rays over the weekend.

Yankees 3, White Sox 2: CC Sabathia wins his 16th even though he allowed loads of base runners. Just battled, baby.

  1. robertterwilliger - Aug 2, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    considering that bard hadn’t given up a run since may 27, i’m pretty forgiving.

    lackey can take a long walk off a short pier though, pardon my french.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM

      French? Bedard is French. Lackey is simply a thorn in the Sox rotation. The sooner this thorn is removed, the better off the team will be.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:56 AM

        Hey, you guys can’t criticize Lackey’s pitching- his wife has cancer. Ingore the fact that he’s an overpaid a-hole. Try to be more sensitive, will ya?

      • wlschneider09 - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM

        I get the overpaid part, but what about Lackey qualifies as a-hole?

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:13 AM

        Can Lackey ask for an extended leave of absence to be with his wife? I’m wondering how MLB handles (or not) this type of situation.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    How about John Mayberry Jr? Since his stance change and subsequent recall he has 17 hits with 13 for extra bases and a OPS around .950. Exciting game. That Chacin fellow pitched a hell of a game. Lots of movement on his pitches, really had the Phillies flummoxed for 7 innings. However, the old fighting spirit of the ball club managed to persevere. Good stuff. Phillies should probably make a roster move today. They really could use an extra reliever especially with KK going to the mound. At the very least, Stutes and Madson are probably unavailable to pitch tonight. Bastardo has pitched back to back games and I’m not sure he has pitched 3 games in a row all season. So, a bullpen already pitching short a man would otherwise be severely taxed leaving the only definite available arms of Perez, Herndon, and Lidge. The 3 likely candidates to receive the promotion would be Schwimmer, Zagurski, or Aumont.

  3. kiwicricket - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    I had a better chance of making ‘solid contact’ with Scarlett Johansson than Adam Dunn had against Sabathia yesterday. Utterly absurd. I assume the bat-boy was ‘day-to-day’ with ‘flu-like symptoms’??? (3-73AB .041 .222 .041 has got to be some sort of record).

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      Maybe if he used a cricket bat?

    • cur68 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      You fellas notice Cap’n Crunch’s girlish figure has filled back out? Yep, he’s got a full “Rosie O’Donell” going again. I was wondering if CC would be able to battle hard enough to keep the weight down all season. But I guess not. Still, aint hurting his pitching so as Adam “Strike-out Machine” Dunn made an impact on him.

      Did you hear where Dunn pwns the stat 2 for 72 when he has 2 strikes on him? The man is a wonder, eh? How does he have an MLB roster spot and Wily Mo Pena gets bounced? Someone ‘spalin that to me please?

  4. FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    I’m struggling to think of a baseball player I hate more than Livan Hernandez.

    I thought Frenchy was you favorite guy to hate?

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      Sounds like Peter Boyle in Monster’s Ball but with a baseball spin. He is crazed with irrational hostility. Take him away for re-grooving.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Give in to your hate do not, young Calcaterra. To the dark side, it will only lead you.

      Hate Livan? How can anyone hate Livan? He’s fun to watch, even though games when he starts can take slightly longer than forever. He’s especially fun when he throws his 59-62 MPH change-up off his change-up past a batter.

  5. cabolt - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    What about Rick Ankiel? You mentioned it being a “two homer day” with Lee, Cabrera, and Uggla but no Ankiel? Last night’s game must have really gotten to you.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      Last night, Ankiel hit 2 homers. The night before, he hustled his way to the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. He’s on fire, baby!

      Center fielder? We don’t need no stinkin’ center fielder!

      (sarcasm button)

      • natstowngreg - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

        It was the afternoon before, actually.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    The Phillies continue to resemble the 2008 squad who were never out of any ballgame. Last night they had no business winning that game. august/September is their time too. Last year, the Phillies went 40-17 from August 1st on. And that was without Lee. If they do that again, they will win 109 games.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:01 AM

      For all the talk of their offensive decline, they are right up there with the Cardinals in runs/game since May 23….coincidentally the day Chase Utley made his season debut.

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:35 AM

        Too bad for the Cardinals they aren’t right there with the Phillies in ERA and WHIP.

      • spudchukar - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM

        However, there is one department they hold an advantage over the Phils. Head-to-Head match-ups: Cards 3, Phils 2.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        True….2 of those loses were before Utley returned though.

      • professor59 - Aug 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        No coincidence at all, of course.

      • spudchukar - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Were I a Phillie Phan, the LAST thing I would do would suggest to a Cardinal Fan that we were not at full strength when your team beat us.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        It’s just that Chase Utley is super awesome. That is all.

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Anybody interested in reading a pretty good take on the Tigers/Angels game:

  8. bleedgreen - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    For some reason, it seems like the Phils just simply OWN Huston Street. I remember a few blown saves or comeback wins off of him… then I looked at his splits vs the Phils and they’re not bad at all. Just perception I guess.

    • bigxrob - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:19 AM

      I thought the same thing about Street vs. the Phillies, and I too checked the numbers this morning. Not nearly as bad as I thought.
      I hate it when facts get in the way of what I think I remember.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:28 AM

        You guys remember the 2009 NLDS where the Phillies did own Huston Street. I think he took 2 losses that series.

      • bigxrob - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        Ahh, thank you, you are correct. I was looking at regular season stats.

        2009 ALDS – 3 games, 2.2 innings, 0-2, 13.5 ERA, 3.4 WHIP, 3 walks..that’s what I remember

  9. paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Having Fredi Gonzalez as your manager is pretty much the same as having Tony LaRussa as your manager, except that Gonzalez doesn’t come with a bunch of media groupies, have an undeserved genius reputation, and can’t possibly be as big of a jackass in interviews.

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Having Fat Fredi as your manager is pretty much the same as having a spam bot as your manager, except that Gonzalez doesn’t come with one of the revised Pentium chips so he isn’t nearly clever enough to catch up with the events on the field. Been there, seen that. Much love to you, Atlanta.

  10. hasbeen5 - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    How bout Stanton’s throw to get Reyes at the plate?

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Who knew? Well, Feesh fans did, all twelve of us. Everyone has been marveling at the Iron Giant’s one hunnert percent genuine EAS protein supplement fed steroid free organic musculature and his one-man competition with Richard Branson for the X-Prize every time he crushes a spheroid into low-Earth orbit. But we’ve seen him make some effortless throws that caught gravity napping too. The one last night was among the more spectacular – and accurate as a sniper, too. And having said that, his slam in the 10th was definitely not among his most prodigious bombs; it barely made it into the second row of bleachers in left center. The shot he hit off the back of the bleachers in DC was more of an Iron Giant special by comparison.

      And let’s have some crow au poive for lunch in honor of Javy Vasquez, shall we? The guy is definitely a comeback of the year candidate as far as any objective fan ought to be concerned. Seven strong innings of one-run ball only to hand the “victory” to Leo Nunez after he coughed up that dinger to Doo-dah in the ninth.

      Tonight, once again sitting beneath the tree where hangs the strange attractor, the Feesh attempt one more mighty leap to achieve pure mediocrity. The Mutts, meanwhile, are playing for my fox-and-the–grapes metaphor. We shall see….

      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        Hey Gator, if you sit under the Attractor too long, will it make a “deposit” on you? You know like if you go to the Royal Botanical Garden in Melbourne and hang around under the flying foxes? Boy, an all fruit diet sure makes those things regular.

        The Beaver Men are now 2 games above the Attractor and face the sturdy Ray Men of Tampa for 3 as of this afternoon. What chance do Beaver lovers have against Ray Men? Stay tuned!

      • hasbeen5 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        I’m actually a Braves fan, but the Marlins are actually on tv where I live. I can only see the Braves when they play the Marlins or the 3 or 4 times a year when they’re a national game.

        But yeah, hell of a throw.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        Cur: to hell with the fruit bats. Just stand there in the fall and let yourself be transfixed by the bellbirds singing. Dear Buddha, a flock of living wind chimes. Victorians take them for granted but I was totally captivated. Meanwhile, stand under a tree with a possum in it whenever your hair is on fire and you’ll get your head pissed on. It’s so comforting to know they’re up there.

  11. funkygoorilla - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    I looooove when the RedSux lose. I now foresee the Yanks taking numero uno with a crushing of the Sux this weekend.! Prophecized

  12. joetarring - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    ” I fully expect that, decades from now, he’ll be in a motorized reclining hospital bed, unable to feed himself, and then someone will prop his 75-year-old ass up to pitch six innings against the Braves and he’ll still only give up a couple of runs”


    I’m not sure I agree with the assertion that it will be ‘decades’ before Livan Hernandez reaches the age of 75.

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      “I love you Macondo!”
      – Livan Hernandez, 1997 World Series victory parade

      • professor59 - Aug 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        “This makes my grandchildren soooo happy!”
        -Livan Hernandez, 1997 World Series victory parade

  13. FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Can we add Arizona to the list of confusing teams. First they tanked as the season began. They were in last place in April I believe… then they surged to first place around May or so. As the Summer began they started dropping (Not to last place but they did fall down to 3rd)… now they’re surging again nipping at the Giant’s heels. Will the real Arizona Diamondbacks please stand up?

    • bleedgreen - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      I would prefer to see them in the playoffs than the Giants. And nothing would be sweeter to me, as a Phillies fan, to have it come down to 1 game and have Wilson blow it. Timmy, I don’t mind. He’s great and is who he is. Wilson, though… just rubs me the wrong way. zOMG WOW YOU CAN GROW A BEARD! YOU ARE SO ORIGINAL! Go talk to Brett Kiesel about a beard you hobo looking motherf***er.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        Not me man. Personally, I want the Phillies to exact revenge on the way to the Championship. Giants and Yankees.

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        Wilson, though… just rubs me the wrong way

        Well dude you just need to tell him how to rub you the way you like. In all relationships communication is key. (Wait, I think I already did this shtick before…)

      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        And it was gold before and gold again.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        How do you get your font into italics or bold face? For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to do that on wordpress. Of course, I am about as compute savvy as a 90 year old woman.

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        Use HTML tags (hopefully this comes up right)

        Italics Italics
        Bold Bold

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        Let me try again:

        <i> starts the italics tag, and &ly;/i> ends the tag
        <b> starts the bold tag, and &ly;/b> ends the tag

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        Third time is the charm:

        <i> starts the italics tag, and <i> ends the tag
        <b> starts the bold tag, and <b/> ends the tag

        Be warned that once you use HTML tags, you can’t use the reserved characters freely; you’ll have “escape” them (computer speak for you’ll have to put a code on it)

      • FC - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM

        I just can’t get it right… the forward slash goes BEFORE the letter to end the tag. In any case look up HTML tags and you’ll get steered in the right direction.

      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        lemme see if I’ve got this right

        Hopefully I can stop looking like such a noob now

      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        …and the crowd goes wild!

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        I learned something new!!!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 12:55 PM


      • Jonny 5 - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:02 PM


      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        mongrel canine of uncertain disposition

  14. uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    This Yankees team reminds me of no other. Yet all they do is keep on winning. Now with the 3rd best record in the Major Leagues. They have a DH who is probably 2nd only to Andy Dunn in stinky. Two of the starters they picked up during FA no one gave a snow balls chance in hell of doing very well or even making it to this point in the season and a rookie (Nova) who prior to this year had started exactly 7 ML games. Yet those 3 pitchers have accounted for 27 wins of the 65 to date for the Yankees. Not bad for 3 relatively unknown factors to start the season and they were supposed to be the back end of the rotation.
    Now I expect a lot of thumbs down for the following comment and of course the standard “woe is Yankees/me” reply. But here it goes anyway. In spite of what I said above or maybe because of it, the Yankees are a mere 1 game behind the “so called” best team on paper. That’s just my opinion.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Every team can say the “in spite of,” though, and most of them more so than the Yankees. That’s the issue with statements like yours. When you have a $200M payroll, you can cover up for some bad luck, and the Yankees haven’t really had that much bad luck, compared to the average team.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:16 PM

        Ari, I’m happy to see that you have expanded your area of knowledge/expertise from the Red Sox to what “every team can say”. Enjoy the games this evening.

      • Ari Collins - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:58 PM

        Just off the top of my head, other contenders playing with bigger “in spite of” issues

        Cardinals – Wainwright and Pujols

        Giants – Posey

        TB – Longoria

        CLE – Sizemore and Choo

        Texas – their entire all-star OF

        Angels – acquiring Vernon Wells (I kid… mostly)

        Brewers – Greinke

        Diamondbacks – trading Dan Haren

        Point is that you sound pretty stupid when you point out how well your team is doing in spite of all their problems when those problems aren’t that bad and $200M gives you enough leeway to deal with minor problems.

  15. foreverchipper10 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    What in the world has happened to Trevor Cahill? Getting lit up by the Mariners? Yowza. Didn’t he start the year 6-0 or something?

  16. APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    The White Rabbit did indeed start the season with some carry-over from 2010 6-0 with a 1.72 as of May 9, but quickly discovered his 2009 form. Ray Fosse, former all-star catcher and current A’s color guy, had this one pegged after about 4 Rabbit pitches, muttering cautious words about “too much movement” and “missing up.” That’s Fosse speak for “Run to the shelters”. I mean, when Brendan Ryan starts making loud contact you don’t need a color guy, no matter how genial, to tell you what your own eyes already reveal: Mariners had 12 hits off Cahill in 4 innings, plus two walks. Add a misplay by Sweeney in right to turn an Ackley single into a triple and behold! You are behind 5-0 in the second.

    Just the polar opposite of the Sunday game in which the A’s stole 3rd three times off Pavano. With Olivo behind the plate in Seattle and Beavan getting it to the dish about .5 seconds faster than Pavano, the A’s only had one stolen base, Crisp’s 33rd.

    The Mariners own the A’s this year, having won 7 of 11. The A’s good fortune continues tonight as they face the King against whom they have done nothing in 2011. “Still-an-A” Rich Harden, from Vancouver, will be the King’s opponent, so while Accuscore gives Seattle a 69% win probability for tonight, I doubt the computer has accounted for the shock and horror of so many A’s starters waking up and realizing they are still on the A’s, and the depression that ensues from that realization.

  17. dprat - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    why bother as I rarely post anymore

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