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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started.

Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the day off until the ninth inning when he was inserted as a pinch hitter. Drew a walk and then hauled it all the way home from first on a Roger Bernadina double that proved to be the game-winner. Washington swept Boston.

Yankees 5, Mets 4: Russell Martin hit two homers including the walkoff as the Yankees sweep the Mets after finding themselves down 3-0 in the seventh. All of the blown saves, bad defense and late-inning heroics obscured the fact that Andy Pettitte and Jon Niese both pitched really well. Especially good news for Niese after the rapid heartbeat stuff from last week.

Rangers 5, Giants 0: Tim Lincecum‘s nightmare season continues. Five runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds. Bad game for the Rangers’ starter too: Alexi Ogando strained a groin running the bases. All the anti-DH people like me are sitting over in the corner, hat pulled low, trying to be inconspicuous.

Astros 11, White Sox 9: Four homers from Astros hitters. Apropos of nothing, I went to Huntington Park and watched the Columbus Clippers play the Charlotte Knights — Chicago’s Triple-A team — on Saturday night. Thing I did not know:  Pete Rose, Jr. is the first base coach of the Knights. He wears number 14, natch. Also, their manager is Joel Skinner and he got ejected in hilarious fashion. A really fun, arms waving in the air rant. Oh, and there’s a place in that park where there are paintings of all of the Columbus Clippers teams from the time they were a Yankees affiliate. This one is my favorite. My second favorite is the one with Hideki Irabu.

Dodgers 8, Mariners 2: A six-run second inning capped by an Andre Ethier grand slam. Remember when the M’s no-hit the Dodgers on Friday? Nah, me neither.

Brewers 6, Padres 5: Ryan Braun homered and drove in three. Martin Maldonado drove in three more with a homer as Milwaukee takes two of three from the lowly Padres.

Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 3: Five in a row for the Snakes and seven of eight overall. Paul Goldschmidt‘s hitting streak is at 17 games.

Indians 4, Cardinals 1Jason Kipnis — who most people don’t know but who is all kinds of awesome and you should get to know him a bit — hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth. Chris Perez got the save despite basically barfing between pitches in the ninth. He blamed it on drinking warm water that “just didn’t settle well.” Maybe go with the cold next time, big guy.

Cubs 8, Twins 2: Ryan Dempster throws eight shutout innings. The other Cubs look at him like the inmates look at the inmate who’s gonna be released soon.

Pirates 3, Royals 2: Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in three runs. A.J. Burnett won his fifth straight. He’s 6-2 with a 3.61 ERA on the year and is really making it hard for those of us who think that “some guys just can’t pitch in New York” thing is baloney. Four in a row for Pittsburgh and eight of ten. Oh, and the Pirates are tied for first place now.

Blue Jays 12, Braves 4: Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus combined for six RBI at the top of the order. Atlanta had a 4-0 lead at one point in this one but nope. Braves relievers Livan Hernandez and Cristhian Martinez got whupped up on in particularly fierce fashion.

Orioles 5, Phillies 4: Baltimore beats Philly in extra innings. This is not a rerun from Saturday night. Instead of an Adam Jones homer it was a Matt Weiters double that drove home the game-winner.

Rays 4, Marlins 2: The Rays outscored the Marlins 22-7. At one point the bullpen phone didn’t work. Probably some new crazy phone technology for the new park. They should go old school like Commander Adama and insist on old school land lines.

Tigers 7, Reds 6: Aroldis Chapman came in with two men on in the eighth and the Reds up 6-3, allowed both runners to score and allowed two of his own to score in what was easily his worst appearance of the year. In other news, Angel Hernandez was behind the plate and decided that it was “mess with Ryan Ludwick” night. I’ve never seen a batter get messed with by an ump like Hernandez did with Ludwick. Everything was a strike. Like, Tigers pitchers could throw it to Newport, Kentucky and it would be a strike.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Another very nice outing by Pettitte. What can you say about Martins performance today, just great. And Logan he saved Soriano’s butt. Nice sweep by the Yankees. Now it’s down South to play the Braves. Both the Yankees and the Braves are playing well should be a good series. Oh btw, with the Rays off Monday the Yankees can tie for 1st place with a win against the Braves.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      To be fair, Granderson screwed Soriano by misplaying the Duda double to lead off the inning. I know balls right at an outfielder are tough to read, but it feels like Granderson is particularly bad at them. I wonder if bad jumps explain a lot of the difference between what appears to be good defense and poor defensive metrics for him.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        It’s not just Granderson. Girardi insists on playing his outfielders shallow for some reason. In that situation, I think a double over your head is worse than a bloop single that drops in front of you. Has my thinking been wrong all these years? Is it actually easier to run backwards than forward? I just don’t get it. Swisher gets burned a lot playing that shallow. Singles get turned into doubles a lot.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        Kevin – Fair enough. But a closer has to be able to put that sort of mistake (if you want to call it that) behind him. Even had that hit only been a single instead of a double with what the next batters did off Soriano he probably would have scored anyway. Or even if it wasn’t a hit at all but an out. The next batter doubled and after and out the following batter singled which would have scored the runner. Regardless Logan did save the day and Martin hit the walk off in the end that’s all that really matters.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    Trumbo has been a monster at the plate. If you remember, the Angels tried to make him into a third baseman at the start of the season with no success; however, his hitting forced the Angels to find another position for him.

    • jarathen - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      It’s awesome to watch good players force management to get creative. Trumbo will probably save Angels fans from watching Wells take the field with any regularity this year. Next year, unfortunately….

      • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        Of course, that does require Trumbo to take the field. I know his bat right now papers over a lot, but he’s not exactly graceful out there, is he? Still, some combination of Pujols, Morales, Bourjous, Trout, Trumbo (and Hunter?) should keep Vernon on the pine the next couple of years.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Craig missed some milestones that were achieved by a Jays hitter against his Braves. With his pinch hit RBI single against the Braves in the top of the 5th, Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian born player to have a hit, and a RBI in a NL park. Way to go Yan.

    The Jays did not want to replace Rickey Romero that early in the game, but they were down 4 to 0 and had lost the first 2 games of the series. The hit by Gomes opened the flood gates and led to a 6 run inning. The bats came alive and the Jays went on to win by 12 to 4. If Toronto was able to employ a DH, Romero would not have had to be removed from the game that early.

    • cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Great game by the Beaver’s hitters. But, frankly, what is there to say but “Livan Hernandez, heh heh heh heh heh heh, Livan ‘effin’ Hernandez…. 8)

      Some say that the Braves do this: blow the getaway game of a series by doggin’ it so they can get outta town early or just have an early day of it. All indications were for a sweep, so perhaps there’s something to this…if we consider throwin’ Livan Hernandez to the Beaver Wrestlers “doggin’ it”. And we might.

  4. angrycorgi - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    “With his pinch hit RBI single against the Braves in the top of the 5th, Yan Gomes became the first Brazilian born player to have a hit, and a RBI in a NL park. Way to go Yan.”

    It’s already been stated that Yan is the first Brazilian born MLB. Is it critical to cite everything he does in that context. I’m sure he was the first Brazilian born player to scratch his balls while sitting in the dugout of an NL park too.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      Have you ever had a chance to scratch your balls while sitting in in the dugout of an NL park?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        I have, actually. Funny you should mention it.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        Well done Kevin!

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Ok, sure, but have you ever gotten a gift basket from Beep Beep? Hmmmm?

  5. natslady - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Chien-Ming Wang pulled a hamstring covering first base (he got the out) in ST. Now, should we not have spring training or should pitchers never leave the mound? The only pitcher injuries should be arms and shoulders, right??????? DH—foooooey.

    • nategearhart - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Interesting choice there. The same Chien-Ming Wang who’s career has never really been the same since he injured his foot while running the bases in 2008?

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Further proof that pitchers are not baseball players, just pitchers.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Come on! It’s much more exciting to see someone who’s batting .067 come to the plate in a pressure situation than someone who can actually…you know… hit.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        Nonsense, Vin Mazzaro got “an” RBI this weekend which is was on par with the rest of the Royals line-up.

  6. Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Through two interleague series, AL teams are playing at a collective .548 clip. In extra-divisional games, AL Beast teams come in at .583. The Rangers are the only AL team above .500 against the Beast (both Atlanta and Washington are 4-2).

    • jarathen - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Do you actually use the term “AL Beast” in conversation?

      • cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

        I do. In fact, anyone with a team in the Beast, probably does. So what?

      • hittfamily - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        It’s been the Beast for a while now.

  7. wlschneider09 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    It sure is a good thing that the Rockies unloaded that ancient Moyer guy. Their pitching is so much better now.

    • jarathen - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      I don’t know how that organization doesn’t have a mantra, top to bottom, about what type of baseball will best help them win in Denver. Groundball pitching plus great infield defense, not Moyer (and eventually Chatwood).

  8. sdelmonte - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    A disheartening weekend for the Mets, even if I did say a sweep seemed a likely outcome. The simple fact is that the bench is depleted and all the scrubs, hard as they play, are 4A types with limited fielding skills. Until Tejeda and Cedeno come back, things will continue to be like this.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Mets poor defense cost them Sundays game. NY Daily news reporting Mets are close to reacquiring Kevin Elster, Doug Flynn and Todd Pratt to help with defense. Also, bringing back Jeff Torborg can’t be far behind.

  9. rockthered1286 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    2 series W’s in a row for the O’s. Looks like we’re getting back on track and with the possiblity of B-Rob resurgence this week things are starting to look up again. The fact that this team hit a terrible skid and didn’t cave into the pressure, yet seem to have gone back to a winning mentality says enough for me. This season may not end in playoffs for Baltimore, but I’ll be damned if we don’t finish at least 10 over .500. Time to become a buyer Angelos. Prove to this city that you love this team and get us a friggin starting pitcher!

    • Loose Changeup - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      By starting pitcher, you mean other than Jaime Moyer?

      • rockthered1286 - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Sad thing about that is Jamie Moyer’s Triple A Norfolk start looked brilliant in comparison to any of Arrieta’s last 7 starts. That’s flat out scary. We need a few teams to start tanking quick in hopes to see a top to mid rotation guy on the trading block. Highly unlikely but wishful thinking has been the theme for this O’s team for years. Why stop now?

  10. natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Still in shock over the Nats’ sweep of the Red Sox. Winning with Doubront/Dice-K starting and winning with Lester starting were two different things.

    The AL won the Great East Coast Bias Series yesterday, 4 (Rays, Yankees, Orioles, Blue Jays) to 1 (Nats). The AL East finished the weekend 9-6.

    The Nats, with their lead back to 2 games, move on to Beaver Land. The Jays are 9-6 against the Nats. Edwin Jackson makes his 14th career start vs. the Jays, facing Brandon Morrow.

  11. stex52 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Apropos of nothing…….. I take it that it was just too boring to have to find something to say about the White Sox/ Astros game?

    • cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      er…Anti-Middle/Southern America Bias? Or something?

      • stex52 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        Anti “Teams that won’t be there in October and by the way I don’t have much interest in” bias.

      • cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        FTW

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        I had the same attack of ennui, and for all the same reasons – resignation is a great thing – when it came time to write about the Feesh this morning. I retreated to my swimming pool instead. See below.

  12. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Kind of Craig to not observe that the A’s were swept by the “suddenly resurgent” Diamondbacks. I have that in quotes so it can be quickly inserted in front of any A’s opponent.

    But the real controversy in the Bay Area is the decision by management to have 27 year vet behind the mic Ray Fosse take a 20 game break starting tomorrow to be replaced by Moneyballer Scott Hatteberg.

    Nobody is sure what to make of this, as management is silent on the issue. The few remaining A’s fans are, however, deeply suspicious.

    Remember that Fangraphs’ readers recently voted the A’s announcers (Fosse and play-by-play guy Glenn Kuiper) the # 9 duo in MLB broadcasting, largely on the strength of Fosse’s commentary. Fosse maintains he neither sought nor is there a health reason for this furlough.

    This is all very reminiscent of Baltimore’s inexcusable termination of Jon Miller years ago. I’ve said previously that Wolff/Fisher are following the Angelos Way of destroying the team and its fan support, and could care less if that happens. Those of us who remain A’s fans are not without our breaking point, and removal of Fosse without explanation or in order to make a marked improvement will only cause further erosion.

    ESPN Sweet Spot and Platoon Advantage writer Jason Wojciechowski has his own blog entitled Beanetown, a periodic blog which a lot of us follow in the Bay Area. He discusses this matter at greater length:

    http://beaneball.org/1415.html

    And his conclusion is right: every negative move made by Wolff/Fisher leads to further erosion of the fan base. What he doesn’t say, and I will, is that these two are the worst owners in Oakland A’s history.

  13. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Old Gator last night finished writing a long article for an online encyclopedia about a major American author, and is congratulating himself – as unaccustomed as he is to doing so – by re-reading Garcia Márquez’ El Otoño del Patriarcha today while floating in his pool on his Sharper Image Catalogue chaise with the foldout shade umbrella and recessed pockets in the armrests for a big icy peetcher of piña and carambola colada in his swimming pool so there will be no daily report today about the Feesh’s atrocious performance yesterday God damn them wherein their futility with RISP has mounted to epic proportions and proved him absolutely right in everything he has been warning through the euphoria of May’s aberrational successes about the Rainbow Warrior’s impending implosion God damn them but will take a moment to predict the impending designation of Cooter Coghlan and to remind the undisclosed fellow denizen of Circling the Bases that he will be there to pick him up in front of the Holiday Inn tomorrow unless instructed to do otherwise and also to remind his readers that a falling object like a team in the standings accelerates at an invariable rate of 32 ft/s^2 which although it varies slightly from the poles to the equator but is close enough for rock and roll which is another means of saying that the Feelies God damn them really ought to get the fuck out of the way.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      …Warriors’…

      Edit function!
      Edit function!
      EDIT FUNCTION!

      God damn it….

    • cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Damn, brah, when you funk, you funk HARD. I have a tentative cure, though. Start a campaign to allow Reyes to grow his dredds back. That’ll help. His mojo was donated to charity and the only cure is to grow some more.

    • stex52 - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      You sure you weren’t reading James Joyce? Those must have been good coladas. Sorry to say I am at the office on this delightful Monday. Nice stream of consciousness, though.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      “Oddball (Donald Sutherland): Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?”

      “Moriarty (Gavin MacLeod): Crap!”

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065938/quotes

      *gratuitous “Kelly’s Heroes” reference ends*

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        There are no gratuitous Kelly’s Heroes references. That’s like saying that a malaria shot in Mindanao in August is gratuitous.

  14. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    El Otoño del Patriarca is kinda the Latino Finnegan’s Wake, and it has the decided advantage of being only a third or so as long as Joyce’s world-record inside out subconscious diatribe. I don’t recall how many sentences make up its roughly 250 pages or so – I think it’s six or seven, or some such thing – but it’s a wilder roller coaster ride than anything at Busch Gardens. The piña coladas definitely help. By the way, the novel features, among other things, the greatest dinner party scene in all of literature.

    But stick around. I’m sure that idiot Vivabear, the self-proclaimed world’s foremost authority on grammar and syntax who never heard of stream of consciousness except maybe once or twice when he passed out and hit his head on the footrest at some Wrigleyville tavern, will be along shortly to evaluate my run-on sentences.

  15. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    The Washington Sanitations came in and rid Fenway of their basement garbage by administering an epic 3 game sweep. The Red Sox continue to wallow in ineptitude, failure and disappointment.

    Meanwhile, the NY Yankees are just recently beginning to scratch the surface of their potential. They’ve pitched adequately and have had a few timely hits. If the Yankees offense even comes near to performing at their baseball card numbers, they’ll be unbeatable. As it is, they’re competitive, even though they are at the bottom of the league in most offensive categories.

    • yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      they’re top 10 in all of the main offensive categories. What are you talking about? You must be thinking of hitting with risp, which will even out

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      You do realize where the Yankees are playing this weekend?

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