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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 12, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

Ivan Nova (47)

Yankees 3, Braves 0: Ivan Nova shut out Atlanta for seven innings and four relievers handled the last two. Atlanta didn’t even get a runner to third base all night. The Yankees have won four in a row, nine of 11 and are now tied for first place in the AL East.

Nationals 6, Blue Jays 3: And the Nats take advantage of the Braves loss to extend their lead in the NL East. Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in a run. Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer. The big news here, though, was Brandon Morrow leaving after just nine pitches with an oblique injury.

Marlins 4, Red Sox 1: Miami finally wins one after a six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Boston loses another. Seventh time in eight games, actually.

Angels 3, Dodgers 2: The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first with help from a bad pickoff throw at the second that Mike Trout made worse when trying to field it in center. But Trout homered in the fourth, singled in a run in the sixth and Pujols won the sucker with an RBI single — scoring Trout — in the ninth. Trout is on pace to score approximately 1,349,593 runs this season. Approximately.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Nova had a great outing his 2nd in a row. This time 7 innings, no runs and just 5 hits. The offense gave him some runs early to take some of the pressure off all in all a very good night for the Yankees in Atlanta.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      And the Yankees domination of the Braves continues. I will have to say, I think Brian McCann hit two balls as far as humanly possible without having anything to show for it. I think Nova has a ton of talent- he just needs to continue learning how to pitch. If he continues like this, the Yankees won’t have to keep scoring all those runs for him.

  2. natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Yeah, and what’s Bobby V’s excuse THIS time!? Ump’s, roof open, c’mon, speak up.

    Felt bad for the baby pitcher Toronto brought in after Morrow’s injury, not the best circumstance. But how about our EJax? Another SOLID game, from our “Number 4” guy!!!

    • paperlions - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      Shut up.

      • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        :) Nope. Happy, happy, happy. Love me some NATS!

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Yes, but loving the nats has nothing to do with your post. I love to bash Valentine, too….but it loses all effectiveness when you do it for no reason. You have to pick the appropriate times to rip him, and he furnishes so many quality chances that you don’t need to fabricate any. Just about every manager bitches about the umps when their team is losing and blown calls are associated with some losses. It’s frustrating, it happens, and it doesn’t make Valentine different than any other manager. Being defensive about Valentine bitching about the umps when the team you root for was playing them, is childish and petty….bitching again the next day for no reason is worse.

        Please continue to enjoy watching the Nats, they are a fun team to watch….but if you jump on Valentine when he isn’t even being an ass it lessens the fun of doing it when he is being a giant ass (which is common enough).

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        I read that last comment and have concluded, Natslady, and in my head pops a bandwagoning version of Stimpy.

      • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Here’s the thing. The umpiring didn’t beat the Red Sox, the NATIONALS did. Also, Bobby V came out with another, IMO, stupid bleat about automated umpiring. Just covering his a**, if you ask me. You don’t see Davey Johnson doing that.

        OK, in Miami V said the team lost because Johnson pitched well. How about Stras, Gio, and JZ, didn’t they pitch well? Read Ortiz’s comments on the series in Gammons article. Ortiz respects the Nats.

        All the teams are subject to the same vagaries of umpiring. Maybe umpires should be held more accountable, but unless it can be demonstrated that team of umps had a grudge against Bobby V’s team, he needs to take his lumps and give credit where credit is due.

        I have no idea who/what Stimpy is. But I’ve been a Nats fan since they came here, RFK, the 100+ loss seasons, the whole thing. We have a good team (BTW, nice run-differential, too!) And Bobby V ain’t takin’ that away, nope, sour grapes for him.

  3. nbjays - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    I feel bad for Morrow, he was off to a great start. I turned on the game last night in the 5th, I think… just in time to see Bryce Harper learn the hard way that you don’t try to go first to third on a ball hit to Jose Bautista. He was out by a mile.

    • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      ‘Struth. Davey said Bo Porter sent Harper, but I didn’t see it. Saw Bo wave him to slide after Harper rounded second, but it was all on Harper. Maybe, maybe, if he didn’t take such a big turn.

      Feel bad for Morrow also, we’ve had lots of injuries…Maybe it will only be 15-day DL.

  4. stex52 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Time for a really obvious comment? Those Nats are starting to look real. Maybe a bit of hope for all the other high draft choice teams out there that you can really build your way out of the wilderness if you are smart. I hope that Luhnow is in the process of pulling the same trick with the Astros.

    • chill1184 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      Looking real? The Nationals have been real for awhile

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        Like the Indians were real last year? Or the Padres a few years ago?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        What’s with the Nats sourness, PL? Unlike the Indians and Padres of previous years, I don’t really see a ton of unsustainable performances coming from the nation’s capital. I think we all knew the rotatiin had the potential to be excellent, and while nobody thought Harper would be this good this soon, he was probably the easiest superstar to peg since Justin Upton. Where’s the bottom going to fall out from?

    • Kevin S. - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      The Nats are absolutely for real, clearly one of the top three teams in the NL IMO (along with Atlanta and LA). I wonder if they feel comfortable enough to start skipping every third or fourth start for Strasburg to keep him good to go in the playoffs. Stras/Zimm/Gio/EJax might be the best playoff rotation going right now, although we’ll have to see if the Yankees starters are pitching to their true potential right now or if they’re somewhere between now and the start of the season.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        The unsustainability: 25th in runs, 24th in BA. Teams in the NL below them in these categories: Cubs, Pirates, Padres. They no doubt have had the best pitching so far and teams can win with good pitching, but that little run support will catch up to the pitching… I think you have to worry about Edwin Jackson. He’s pitching well and had a good day yesterday, but he has a career 4.36 ERA and .311 BABIP, this year 3.02 ERA and .249 BABIP.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        You mention skipping Strasburg starts so he can pitch in the playoffs… you have to make the playoffs first. At this pace of just under 6 IP/game he’s got only 15 more starts this year before he hits the 160 IP limit.

      • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        No, they aren’t going to mess with Stras or the rotation. This has been discussed endlessly in our fair city, with all kinds of schemes for extending Stras into September-October, but it’s not happening. The Nats have to have a good cushion and other players have to step up, or 2012 is not our year. The fans know it, the team knows it. Stras is young and wants to have a Cy Young/Hall of Fame career, and why shouldn’t he?

        (1) Going to a six-man rotation or skipping starts not only affects Stras but the other pitchers–who all have routines. In fact, rainouts and off-days led to CMW pitching on 7 days’ rest, and his sinker wasn’t sinking.
        (2) Let’s say you go past approx 160 innings. Then you have innings creep (assuming WC, playoffs, WS)–add ’em up, it could be 200+ innings. Are you re-deciding the innings/games every day in September/October? How fair is that to the fanbase or to Stras? No, Rizzo will grit his very strong guts and shut Stras down at approx 162 innings…

      • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        Plus, it’s not only the innings, it’s the TIME. Shutting Stras down at the end of August gives him a 5-month season, the same length as the minor league season, and an extra month of rest/recovery. Also, don’t say, can Stras be shut down early and re-activated later in the year, because that means “spring training/rehab” starts all over again. Believe me, Rizzo has addressed this a thousand times with both national and local media.

    • stex52 - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Read my post. I told you it would be obvious. But too many young teams flash in the pan early and then descend into mediocrity. If I seem late to the game, it’s from years of watching this.

      • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        Oh, the Nats sank in to WORSE than mediocrity in 2005, I remember it well. But this year we have reserves. Werth and Storen will be back, Ryan Zimmerman will heat up. Not sure Morse will be the Morse of last year, but Harper and Lombardozzi are both WAY better than expected. There are some guys in the high minors that lead you to hope we could sustain more injuries than we have already had…

        The coaching staff has made some fixes to EJax, so he may not go back to career numbers.

        Not saying the team is a lock.

        (1) Catching situation is not good. Hanging by a thread–a good thread, Jesus Flores–but a thread nevertheless.
        (2) 5th starter (Wang/Detwiler/Lannan) is chancy. If CMW is good, that will mean a LOT.
        (3) J Zimmerman has been good, but he has not DOMINATED.
        (4) R. Zimmerman plays hard–and is fragile.

        Some guys on the team are black holes when it comes to hitting. Fortunately, they are NOT black holes when it comes to defense.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Speaking of flashes in the pan, the Feesh won the battle of the Joshes yesterday and prolonged the misery of the Beanbags by another tropical afternoon. The Rainbow Warriors are attributing their turn of fortune to their decision to open the roof for a change and play beneath the sheltering sky, as Buddha originally intended. As superstitions goes, this one has the potential to be less noisome that not changing your underwear.

    Cooter Coghlan took another collar last night and saw his batting average fall to .146. You have to wonder what’s keeping the Feesh from pulling the lever and opening the trap door under him, but clearly the Pazuzu of designation lurks not far off and there are some kids down on the farm who couldn’t possibly do any worse while we wait for Bonnie to return (this is not a clever allusion to “the Bonnie Situation,” although it is true that I did not see a “Useless Outfielder Storage” sign in front of Macondo Banana Massacre Field, and do you know why? Right. Because there is no Useless Outfielder Storage sign in front of Macondo Banana Massacre Field! Might as well be, though.). On the other hand, maybe Scrooge McLoria is planning to give him a rhinestone encrusted pewter .146 amulet to wear in hopes of turning his career around. But why not bring back Scott Cousins or bring up Gil Velasquez in the meantime? Cooter is about as close to an automatic out as…er…Black Hole Buck these days.

    • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Coghlan beat us on a great catch. Guess that’s not enough…

      • Old Gator - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        Not when you’re supposed to be an everyday outfielder for nearly two months, batting .146 and barely half of that with RISP. I don’t know what happened to this kid to turn him so clueless at the plate but he is keeling the Feesh and has been on a steady downward slope – which has turned into a freefall this season – for two years now, a falloff that was already underway before his injury year before last. Combine him with a faltering Tweeter, who has good days so rarely that you can count them on your fingers, and an everyday catcher who is barely hitting fifteen points above Cooter, and the bottom of your order becomes the place where your team standings go to die.

    • El Bravo - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Hat tip to Josh Johnson last night. He looked pretty filthy for most of the evening.

      • Old Gator - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Yep, filthy is as filthy does. Some of those punchout peetches on the lower corners were just things of beauty. But then, a Shar Pei bitch is a thing of beauty to a male Shar Pei, so….

      • Old Gator - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        Speaking of which, here’s one I thought of last night: (Q) What’s “winning ugly” in Boston? (A) Kevin Youkilis gets a walkoff hit.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Pazuzu is involved? Is Father Merrin aware of this?

    • Old Gator - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Father Merrin, he dead.

  7. jwbiii - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The sheltering sky? Are you suggesting that Mike Hill will die and that Ozzie will wind up as some Cubaño’s concubine? That would be interesting.

    • Old Gator - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      I love this place. Where else can you bury a Paul Bowles reference in a comment about a retractable stadium roof and have someone pick it up?

      • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Maybe you’d prefer a “Delicate Prey” resolution, where Ozzie has his tongue removed. . . but that would take away so much of his charm.

  8. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Yankees continue their abysmal hitting with men on base and particularly with the bases loaded. They should have scored 8 runs at the minimum last night. Had they done so, they could have rested their pen and pitched Freddy Garcia for the last 2. Yankee’s starters starting to gain some consistency. Look for the bombers, now back in first place, to start creating some distance, with their up until now, over achieving AL East rivals.

    • natslady - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Ha! Try not to look at the Nats LOB and RISP, really! We don’t get so many hits we can afford to waste ’em, but waste ’em we do. Wish the Yanks all good luck (my late hub was a die-hard fan), AFTER this weekend…

  9. natstowngreg - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I love the debate about when the Nats became (or will become) for real. This is another sign of progress in the Washington Nationals’ joureny from joke to contender. It’s happening a bit sooner than I expected.

    Tough break for the Beaver Landers, losing Brandon Morrow to the oblique epidemic after only 9 pitches. Morrow was finally living up to his considerable potential. Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson continued his improvement from a talented but erratic innings eater to an effective starter. It took a long time for the light to go on in Edwin’s head–throw more strikes. It’s gratifying that he is with the Nats when it happened.

    The Nats are 13-8 (one rainout) in the hard part of their schedule, and thanks to the Yankees, lead the NL East by 3 games. Today is Chien-Ming Wang vs. Henderson Alvarez; awaiting what the kids in the playground make of that. Meanwhile, the NL won yesterday’s edition of The Great East Coast Bias Series, 2 (Nats, Marlins) to 1 (Yankees).

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