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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

Norichika Aoki

Brewers 4, Cubs 3Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt.

Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way.

Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machinehe’s a manhe’s a man!  Someone alert the authorities. Wait, don’t do that. Chapman doesn’t need anymore interaction with the authorities.  It was a an RBI double by Michael McKenry in the 10th which proved to be the game winner.

Giants 8, Padres 3: The Giants stay hot, winning their ninth in 11 tries. Matt Cain struck out nine and withstood some awful San Francisco defense to win his sixth straight start.

Dodgers 8, Phillies 3: The sweep. Aaron Harang won his 100th. And Charlie Manuel is losin’ it:

Asked about his frustration level, manager Charlie Manuel said: “I never put it up to a level. I just feel how hot my face gets.” And it is, he said, “pretty damn hot.”

Nightmare season for Philly thus far.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 0: The Sox finally beat the O’s at home. And do it in impressive fashion. Clay Buchholz with the four-hit shutout.

Athletics 7, Rangers 1: Yu Darvish gets shelled by one of the worst offenses in baseball and walks six on top of that. Brandon McCarthy, meanwhile, allows one run in seven innings. Coco Crisp had a triple a homer and drove in four. The A’s took three of four from Texas, which according to the Rangers fans I follow on Twitter has caused some Texas fans to freak out and think about trading everyone.

Tigers 7, Indians 5: Casey Crosby won his first ever game. Not that it came easy. Detroit was up 7-1 and the Indians started to rally to close it to 7-5 and had the bases loaded in the eighth but couldn’t get one more hit that they needed. It was the first win by the Tigers over the Indians in six tries.

Braves 8, Marlins 2: Jason Heyward had two homers in a game for the first time since 2010 and Mike Minor finally had an effective outing, allowing one run in five innings. The Braves scored all of their runs from the sixth inning on. It was a 4-1 road trip for the Braves and now they get nine straight at home.

Rays 7, Yankees 3: David Price only went five innings but he survived them well, striking out eight and getting out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the fifth by retiring Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.  CC Sabathia struck out 12 over seven innings in a losing effort.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: Orlando Hudson singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Alex Rios drove in three.

Cardinals 14 vs. Astros 2: Two homers and six RBI for David Freese as Lance Lynn joins R.A. Dickey with nine wins. Just as everyone predicted would be the case before the season began.

  1. highlander24 - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    Let’s go DODGERS!!!

  2. mungman69 - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    The Dodgers put it to the Phillies. The Dodgers have major injuries too. The usually sure handed Phillies had four errors. They are a team in disarray. If their starting pitching falters they are done. Maybe they are done anyway. San Francisco can’t catch Los Angeles.

    • ditto65 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      Ummmm, it’s only June.

    • hittfamily - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      St. Pete and St. Louis are pretty sure it’s still possible. Just as you never bet against a Sicilian when death is on the line, you never bet against a St. or a San when the division is on the line.

      • hotkarlsandwich - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        I’d bet against the “San” Diego Padres. For everyone knows, loosely translated, San Diego means Whales Vagina.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Yeah, but didn’t the Sicilian say that right before dying?

  3. wlschneider09 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    The Jays/Wsox score was 4-3 sox. My apologies for being the detail a-hole.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      Craig was probably half asleep when he typed that. I give Peavy a lot of credit for pitching tough even though he did not have his best stuff. The Jays should have scored a lot more runs off him, but he limited the damage.

  4. wlschneider09 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    And, since it’s always fun to point out the position players who make a pitching appearance, a tip of the cap (sort of) to Brian Bogusevic, with his one inning two run performance. No walks. Really, is that so much worse than that Chapman fellow everyone seems to be all worked up about?*

    * May represent sarcasm

    • stex52 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      At least it”s clear now why Bogusevic didn’t make through the minors as a pitcher.

  5. ajcardsfan - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Glad to see the Cardinal’s offense pick up for one, congrats to Dickey and Lynn for making it to 9 wins already.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      Yeah…real nice to see them finally string some runs together. Now they just need some consistency (which is tough right now with everyone seemingly hobbled by a hang nail, turf toe, hunting knife accident, sore back as a result of rolling over in bed, strained calf while walking down the steps and of course…the sore shoulder as a result of taking out the trash).
      9 wins by Lynn and Dickey are impressive. How about Aaron Harang getting his 10th?
      That’s probably even more impressive.

      • ajcardsfan - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Just looked him up, apparently it was 100th career as well…I feel bad for excluding him, must be that “East Coast Bias” coming from Craig /s

      • stex52 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Really ugly game, no matter who you root for. It was like driving by a major traffic accident and not being able to keep from looking. I realize this is just one series, but I am concerned about the durability of the Houston pitching staff. The kids have kept them close through the first third of the season, but if they start to lose it this could really be lights out.

      • umrguy42 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Nah, stex, they just got “Freesed” ;p (Can we make that a word? I want to make that a word.)

  6. kiwicricket - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Chapman should only have been used in a save situation. As with all closers or best relief pitchers. ***

  7. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    The Feesh notochord trust went into a panic mode closed door meeting when last night’s implosion against the Braves concluded. The Rainbow Warriors wasted yet another solid peetching performance, this time by Mark Buehrle, but at least Bryan Petersen and Dan Jennings got sent back to Nawlins for a little more…um…seasoning.

    Get it? Seasoning. Nawlins….

    Okay, never mind….

    Black Hole Buck sat out for scrubeenie Brett Hayes, but Tweeter took another collar and the Hot Tub Herod is now batting .216. His ticket to Nawlins, if not designation, would have been punched weeks ago if Gaby Sanchez wasn’t swinging a whiffle bat of his own in the Easy too, leaving the Feesh with no real options at first base. The Hanster has been on a schneid lately too, his average falling back into the .260s, and despite his seeing-eye dinger to the opposite field last night the Iron Giant has been getting peetched around like a plague zone so that opposing hurlers can feast on his somnambulistic lineup mates. Chris Coghlan….well, never mind. He’s Soylent Yellow and I suspect that the jaws of designation were being pried open for him at last night’s meeting.

    A few weeks ago, in the early phases of the Feesh’s May hot streak, I predicted regardless that they were going to nosedive soon and that it was already time to blow this team up, and I’ve gone right on being pessimistic all through the local euphoria of the past month. Well. The Braves played them like a cat with a half-killed rat – “Rainbow Warriors, come out and play-ye-ay,” clink clink clink – and the Feelies pretty much beat themselves for one of the two games the Feesh won in that series. So with the Razed coming in for the interleague rivalry sock-stuffer this weekend, my guys are 2-4 for the month so far and listing like the Costa Concordia in the shallow standings of the NL East.

    Well, it should be a fun weekend at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, anyway. I’m sitting in the Clevelander seats for the first time for this series and, at least, if the Feesh don’t show up, I know all the blue-feathered poontang on the disco stages will.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      The bottom 1/3rd are literally swinging giant boiled carrots. Awful.

      (hat-tip recognition to the true ‘Rainbow Warrior’ that was attacked and sunk by cowardly French aqua-men)

  8. aceshigh11 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Man, awesome effort from Buchholz. It’s about time!

  9. APBA Guy - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    The Rangers fans freaking out may have to buckle up: if they thought things were tough at the Mausoleum, AT&T plays even tougher. Though the idea that Josh might hit one into the Bay is certainly enough to get people talking. The Rangers will at least have the pleasure of the familiar big crowd to play in front of.

    What happened to the Rangers was the confluence of their thoroughly average pitching staff having a couple of below average games, coupled with the A’s pitcher”s being “on” and executing, especially to Josh. How many fastballs in the zone did Josh see? In the 3 games I saw, the count was two, both hit for doubles.Otherwise there were none. Did that stop him from swinging? No. He swung at every curve ball outside and low. He looked like Cespedes, and Cespedes is a rookie.

  10. natstowngreg - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    After the childishness surrounding yesterday’s Mets-Nats pitching matchup, I have an urge to send this entire blog to its room without supper. Except for Gator, who is too busy shooing you guys off his lawn.

    Not much to report on the actual game. R.A. baffled Nats’ hitters with his flutterball, as usual.

    The Nats are 9-8 for the tough part of their schedule and lead the Bravos by a game. The really good stuff now begins — NL East vs. AL East. The Phillies ruined the symmetry by dropping under .500; everyone else is over .500 and no worse than 3 games behind. The Nats are in Boston; Red Sox Nation, meet Mr. Strasburg and Mr. Zimmermann. Mr. Gonzalez, you’ve already met..

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      I’ve long since given up shooing my beloved correspondents off my lawn. If they haven’t got the brains to move – perhaps the zombies have eaten them all already – it’s the monsoon season in Macondo now, so I just leave them for the fire ants.

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