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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 13, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City Reuters

Royals 2, Brewers 1: Luis Mendoza took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it was still close as prodigal Royal Zack Greinke was pretty sharp too, striking out eight and allowing one run over seven innings. Billy Butler‘s RBI single in the eighth was the difference.

White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Paul Konerko is batting .373. And he’s still, like, 300,000 votes behind Prince Fielder for the All-Star Game. One day he’s gonna be dead and we’re gonna treat him like we treated Whitney Houston and Levon Helm Donna Summer and all of those others who died recently: we’re gonna pretend we always recognized his greatness when, in the moment, most of us truly didn’t.

Yankees 6, Braves 4: If you get up 4-0 on CC Sabathia after seven innings and you have a bullpen like the Braves do, you can normally expect to win the game. But nope, not last night. Jonny Venters has been a weak link this year (he’s got a 7.04 ERA and a .382 opposition average in his last 20 appearances) and gave up a grand slam to Alex Rodriguez, after which Cory Gearrin gave up a two-run job to Nick Swisher. The slam was A-Rod’s 23rd, tying Lou Gehrig’s record. I expect someone today will write a column in a New York tabloid about how A-Rod doesn’t deserve to hold the record or some noise like that.

Reds 7, Indians 1: It’s the BATTLE OF OHIO!  Winner gets to leave, I suppose.  Anyway, Johnny Cueto went the distance, allowing only one run on six hits. Joey Votto‘s ridiculously good season continues with a two-run homer.

Cubs 4, Tigers 3: Know what was fun? Before the season how if you suggested that Detroit’s defense was lacking and how, in response, Tigers people on the Internet would get all up in your face about it, saying how that’s all overblown and how easy and lazy a storyline that was to be peddling. Well, sorry, it’s true. Last night the Tigers were undone by defense once again as the Cubs scored the winning run by virtue of not one but two Jhonny Peralta throwing errors in the eighth inning. Some easy, lazy storylines are easy and lazy because they’re true.

Red Sox 2, Marlins 1: A strong outing from Clay Buchholz, who allowed one run in seven innings to help the Sox snap a four-game skid. The Marlins played with the roof open for the second straight night, presumably because they broke a losing streak the other night while doing it. Guess it goes back to closed now.

Rangers 9, Diamondbacks 1: Colby Lewis went the distance and allowed one run on four hits. He didn’t allow a base runner until the sixth inning.

Twins 11, Phillies 7: Another easy storyline? How the Phillies are playing so bad because of so many injuries. Guess what: the people who aren’t injured sort of suck this year too. Kyle Kendrick was shelled and Joe Savery and B.J. Rosenberg weren’t much help in relief. The Phillies are actually farther out of first place than are the Twins.

Mets 11, Rays 2:  Jordany Valdespin drove in four runs. Ike Davis chipped in three more with a homer. That’s a name we haven’t called around here very often this year. Chris Young is one too. He got his first win in a year.

Nationals 4, Blue Jays 2: Bryce Harper hit a looong homer run. Yawn. I’m far more interested in the one hit by Nats catcher Jhonatan Solano. Because if he can stick in the bigs, he and Jhonny Peralta could form some sort of super hero team of misspelled Johns.

Orioles 8, Pirates 6: Brian Roberts returned to action for the first time in13 months. He led off, went 3 for 4 and hit a sac fly. The 1-4 hitters in the O’s lineup combined to go 11 for 19 while driving in six.

Dodgers 5, Angels 2: The Dodgers had a four-run eighth inning to rally. And you know what was special about that inning?

The entire inning was set up when second-base umpire Joe West called Dee Gordon safe on a two-out stolen base. Television replays appeared to show the throw from catcherHank Conger beat the runner.

Knock me over with a feather.

Padres 5, Mariners 4: Down 5-1 in the ninth, the Mariners rallied, but it fell short. Felix Hernandez looked rusty after going 11 days between starts. He went six innings, allowing nine hits, five runs and three walks.

Athletics 8, Rockies 5: Brandon Moss homered twice. When he was called up the other day I asked whether he was truly an upgrade over Kila Kaʻaihue. Since that callup he isn’t exactly setting the Earth on fire, but he has hit three home runs.

Giants 6, Astros 3: Madison Bumgarner: one-man wrecking crew. He struck out 12 in seven and two-thirds and hit a homer.

  1. mikeinfl - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Quick correction–Mets winning pitcher was Chris Young.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Alive and well in MB-
    NY Tabloids- (this means you, Lupica and Nader)-
    LEAVE AROD ALONE!!!!!!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:04 AM

      Thumbs up Len.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Six years ago, the Yankees visited RFK. The Yankees infestation booed A-Rod. Of course, that was when he was never going to win the World Series.

      It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, gets booed by the Yankees infestation this weekend.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        It appears the Yankee infestation is unhappy. Good.

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Not so humorous that the comment needs to be repeated on multiple threads.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      When he breaks the Grand Slam record, will Jeter get him a gift basket or will that be too weird?

  3. detroitr1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Peralta didn’t make the best plays, but the calls were suspect too. The lazy storyline was that Cabrera would be terrible at 3rd (he isn’t) and Fielder would be slow (not an issue). The Tigers are not winning because of injuries and the lack of offense from the 5-9 spots. Below average infield defense is low on the list of concerns for Tiger fans who are paying attention to the games.

    • yankees177 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      How bout this Detroit fans… lets combine pitching and defense into one entity because they really do go together. Its not lack of offense from your 5-9 spots that is the reason, its because of your 2-5 starters mixed with your crap defense. I also wouldnt underestimate defense as much as you are (saying Cabrera isnt terrible at 3rd, cmonnn!) Just ask the yankees how valuable defense is. They are the worst hitting team with the basesloaded and with RISP and they still have the 2nd best record in the majors. How? With solid pitching and the majors best fielding percentage.

      • detroitr1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM

        …other than the addition of Fielder, this is the same team and the same starters that beat the Yankees in the ALCS last year.

      • detroitr1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        correction ALDS

      • lazlosother - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        I’m a NY fan as well, but you are overstating their defense. NY has a good record of turning the balls they reach into outs, but in overall defensive efficiency, they have the fourth worst mark in baseball – only three teams are less efficient.

        Statistics are a funny thing. NY probably isn’t as bad as the metricws show – alot of it is due to Jeter, Ibanez, and surprisingly Granderson. But they definitely aren’t as good as fielding percentage would indicate. NY is in first because they score in bunches, because their starting pitching has come around, and because the pen has been awesome.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        majors best fielding percentage.

        This is a terrible measure of defense. With Jeter manning SS and the Ibanez/Jones duo in LF, the Yanks definitely don’t have the top defense in MLB.

      • Detroit Michael - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        The best (although still imperfect) measurement of team defense that I know of is Team Runs Saved by the Baseball Info Solutions / Fielding Bible folks.

        Detroit’s team defense is 25 runs worse than the MLB average, which is the worst in the AL. Their worse position has been 2B (Ryan Raburn). At the approximate rate of 10 runs per win, below average defense has cost Detroit about 2½ wins.

        The Yankee’s team defense is 21 runs worst than the MLB average, the next worst in the AL. Their worst position has been SS (Derek Jeter). Below average defense has cost them about 2.1 wins, as best as these things can be measured.

      • yankees177 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Who said fielding percentage is the best measure of how good a defense is? Not this guy! Just said that playing good defense keeps you in games and helps win them. There are plenty other stats out there that show how capable a defense is in saving or winning games (Team Runs Saved/Defensive Efficiency as stated below). I will tell you what fielding percentages does show you (and it amazes me how this is overlooked) that when the yanks do get to a ball, they dont boot it that often. In fact they boot it far less than any other team in baseball. They dont have the fastest guys and are playing with some sub par defensive players (Ibanez the most glaring), but Ill take a team that makes the outs theyre supposed to make over a team that misses the easy ones and makes the tough ones. If you cant get to a ball keep it in front of you and let your solid pitching get you out of the jam (which is how it ties into pitching). You cant just say their starting pitching has been coming around without giving the defense their due.. aka Swisher robbing a HR and Cano and Tex’s spectacular scoops the other day, was that pitching or def?) Also, lets not forget the best LF in the game has been missing for practically the whole season as well and they still have the 2nd best record in the majors.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        Who said fielding percentage is the best measure of how good a defense is?

        Well you technically didn’t say it, but you said this:
        Just ask the yankees how valuable defense is…and the majors best fielding percentage.

        So what conclusions should we draw from it? You think the Yanks value defense, and the way to show they have a good defense is via fielding %?

        but Ill take a team that makes the outs theyre supposed to make over a team that misses the easy ones and makes the tough ones.

        Except it’s not some 1:1 ratio. You get a great defensive team like the Rays have been running out there, and they are getting to 6-7 more balls a game than the Yankees were. So even if the Yanks make an out on every ball they get to, and the Rays throw 1/6 of those away, the Rays are still making 5 more outs on balls in play than the Yanks are.

      • rockthered1286 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        I’m pretty sure you’re overstating defense. O’s are right behind the Yanks (and realistically if it wasn’t for a 2 week stretch of silent bats they’d easily be in 1st) and with the horrendous defense we have, our record is a direct effect of our bats… and bullpen. We have no #1 or #2 starting pitchers, just a bunch of 3-5 guys and still manage to be 1 game out of first. While I do think replacing Arrieta or Hunter at the trade deadline would be monumental to this teams success, as long as the bats continue to stay hot we continue to win.

        HOWEVER… having Davis at first, Roberts back at second and a defensive stud in Hardy at short? O’s are only hurting on the hot corner. Can’t imagine how bad it would be if we had no Roberts, no 1B and Reynolds playing everyday. Oh wait, I didn suffert through the 2011 season!

  4. mungman69 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Yes, the Phillies have a lot of injuries and YES the regulars that are playing suck. They need Rollins, Pence and Victorino to step up. Pence must be the worst right fielder in the majors. How many times this year has he turned an out into a triple?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      You mean the guy who was the best trade ever last year sucks this year? Hyperbole thy name is phanatic.

    • stex52 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Pence is no surprise this year. WYSIWYG. He will give you an .800+ OPS, a somewhat above average throwing arm and average speed. It adds up to a solid player, but not a career All-Star type. It’s easy to get excited about him, especially when he is on one of his hot streaks. And he is a player who leaves it all on the field. But fielding range and decisions have always been his weak point.

      Having said that, I would take him back in Houston right now.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Kyle Kendrick sucked last year too. Just an FYI.

    The Phillies are playing like they don’t really give a damn. And I’m not so sure injured stars coming back is going to do anything for them.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      It’s not that they don’t care- it’s that they know no matter how hard they try, they can’t break the curse of Cliff Lee.

  6. kfiz14 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Reds won 7-1. If you’re going to talk smack get your facts straight. Clown.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Corrected. Of course, I live in Ohio, so I’m allowed to talk smack about it.

  7. corecontrarian - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    It’s interesting how we can have different perspectives. A Tigers fan here and I think virtually everybody I talked to before the year said “Yeah it’s gonna suck. Like real bad” regarding the Tigers defense.

    Watched the game last night and was appalled by Peralta’s errors (Fielder had an embarrasing misplay earlier as well) but unfortunately not surpriised.

  8. mooseinohio - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Can you add Elliot Sptizer and Hue Grant to the list of misspelled Johns?

    • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      John Mxyzptlk?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      number nine, number nine, number nine

  9. rockthered1286 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    B Rob has returned and there’s our spark plug. 3 for 4, RBI sac fly and looked great. Having an actual lead off hitter in this lineup will make a HUGE difference and now we’re hearing in Baltimore that we are officially going to be buyers at the deadline, looking for either 3B, LF or starting pitching help. Few targets already in our sights and I’m really liking the aggressive pursuit here. If the O’s stay 10 over .500 heading into the all star break and actually make a solid pitching acquisition? Yanks and the Rays aren’t going to have an easy path to winning the AL East…

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Brooks Robinson is a bit old now to be serving as the team’s spark plug. :)

  10. pbannard - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Was watching the Dodgers game, and the steal eas at worst a 50-50 play, and highly unlikely to be overturned by any replay system. The throw did beat Gordon (barely), but it looked like his hand reached the base before or at the same time as the tag was applied to his side. They showed about 4 replays, and they were all pretty inconclusive because it’s hard to see precisely when the tag hit his body. For what it’s worth, Vin thought he was probably safe, and we all know he’s no homer.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      ‘The throw did beat Gordon” only counts in a force play, otherwise ya gotta tag him.

      • lanflfan - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Exactly jimbo. The throw was there, but a very poor tag attempt meant Gordon’s hand was in before the tag was applied.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I had the pleasure of escorting another Circling the Bases longtime regular from the vast reaches of the midwest to Macondo Banana Massacre Field last night and was rewarded – along with the good company – with an Iron Giant bobblehead. Then, that mindlessly nodding simulacrum sat by helplessly and watched its prototype whiff four times, three looking, as the Feesh put on another one of their familiar ineffectuality festivals at home plate which included, among other things, the feeding of Jose Reyes to Kelly Shoppach on what was supposed to be a trick scoring play from second in the third inning following a Hanster infield single. Naturally, Shoppach and the ball were waiting for the Hanster like a couple of kids at summer camp on visiting day.

    The entire 6-7-8 of the Feesh order is now batting below the Mendoza line, as the recently reconstituted Gaby Sanchez showed no evidence of having figured anything out in treeple-A and both Cooter Coghlan and Black Hole Buck continued their plunge – perhaps the feesh averages are seeking out abyssal vents where they can convert themselves to a sulfur metabolism or something. I do hope Cooter has filled out and mailed in his application for the Fall term at divinity school, because it’s difficult to imagine the Feesh dragging his dead weight with them when they hit the road after tonight’s joust with the Beanbags.

    Mark Buehrle pitched yet another fine unrequited game. What else? Ah yes, my auschlander companion got treated to some heart-and-soul cuisine from that large unnamed island ninety miles south of Key West where all of Macondo’s terrible drivers come from – his first maiz y queso blanco arepa. We visited my friend Roberto, who mans the umbrella pushcart just opposite the Clevelander entrance of Macondo Banana Massacre Field and sells hot dogs, chorizos and pinchos for approximately on quarter of what they’ll cost you inside. Also, you get to eat before you go in for the game so that the occasional look at Kevin Youkilis’ face doesn’t put you off your peanuts. I tell you, if I had a Shar Pei with a face like his, I’d shave its ass and make it walk backwards.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      OG’s reference to Kevin Youkilis > Gail Collins to Seamus?

      • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        Seamus? Naaahhh. Always preferred Dylan (though you may be so unhip that when I say Dylan, you think I’m talking about Dylan Thomas, whoever he was).

    • birdman6824 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      A beautiful evening for a night at the ballpark, though I must mildly rebuke my host for his usual practice of denigrating Tweeter – who lit up Tommy for us, a task I perceived to belong to the Iron Giant. Instead, he provided us with some unneeded air conditioning. We labeled the bottom third of the Marlins order ” Murdered Row”, as they performed as well as three corpses would. Afterwards, some excellent blues at an old joint called Tobacco Road. A great night all around
      PS – Tommy is HUGE

      • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        I must apologize in this case for not complimenting Tweeter for lighting up Tommy for my visiting friend birdman. Tis a far far better thang he done than he has ever done did before.

        The excellent blues were provided by Graham Drout and One Dead, One Missing. I should also add that birdman made a pretty good job of polishing off one of Tobacco Road’s Jurassic Park turkey club sandwiches too.

        I’ve been scanning the papers and Feesh blogs this morning to see if Cooter has been given the Anthony Babington treatment yet. So far, like Dilsey, they endure.

  12. sparty99 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I understand the atrocious plays by Peralta merit discussion. If he makes sound plays on either of those they’re out of the inning with no runs scored. It doesn’t change the fact that at least one of the calls – and likely both – we’re bad calls by the umps. It’s possible the Tigers don’t get the calls because their defense is bad (no argument) or because they actually say something when the call is blown, but the fact remains that the umpires are getting the calls wrong. Craig, if you’re going to bring up a bad call in the Dodgers game, you should do the same with the Tigers game and not just stick with easy, lazy narrative.

  13. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Kendrick, Savery, and Rosenberg shouldn’t be major league players. And Kendrick certainly should never be a starting pitcher.

  14. uyf1950 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Good win for the Yankees and good game tying GS by A-Rod. And what is being missed in all of the is the fantastic gesture by the young kid whose family drove 5 hours to see the game. After the game he gave the ball back to A-Rod. And he wanted and expected nothing in return. In my book that kid and his family are what baseball and being a fan is all about.

  15. pw38 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Good to see the Rangers get back to their run producing ways. Even better to see Colby have such a strong start. They’re going to need more of these with the way their starting pitchers seem to be going down. They need to get back to the “pitcher just keep us in the game” mentality and play Rangers baseball.

  16. ajcardsfan - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Let it be known here, I do recognize Paul Konerko’s greatness now, it’s why I took him in my fantasy league while Fielder was still on the board, and voted for him for the All-Star Game. Thumbs down this post all you want, I’m happy I did so, he’s been putting great numbers up for me.

    • rooney24 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      I don’t care about the fantasy angle, but Konerko is one guy I would love to have on my actual team. He seems to always play like a true pro. He pretty much keeps his mouth shut and hits. What more could you want?

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I saw the highlight of Harper’s HR, a real shot at 438′, but a dwarf compared to Brandon Moss’ 1st at Colorado, a 3rd deck facade job that had even the jaded mouthing “wow” in the dugout. That shot, at 450 feet (courtesy Home Run Tracker) was just beyond Inge’s 440′ monster.

    That the A’s won was secondary, as the entertainment of watching Guthrie hang sliders in the middle of the plate was paramount to a fan base unused to power displays, at least since the late 80’s Bash Brothers or their late 90’s reincarnation in the Giambi/Tejada years.

    Not that Colon was much better, but he was a little better enough, so that the Tulo (from Sunnyvale, CA) -less Rockies were unable to score in 4 IP against the A’s bullpen, now anchored by Ryan Cook (thank you, Arizona) and his 0.67 ERA.

    Colon at least threw primarily fastballs, which are more predictable in the lighter air of Denver. Some of those sliders that Guthrie hung must have looked like beach balls to the A’s, so truly 5 x 5 were they centered in the strike zone.

    Former A Car-Go, with his measly 1.000 OPS, simply had no protection in the lineup tonight, and fanned 3 times.

    During the game the broadcast put up a list of former A’s now playing in the NL West, something like 17 guys, highlighted by Car-Go and newly-rich Andre Ethier. They couldn’t have kept all those guys, nor would they have wanted to, but did they get enough for all that maneuvering? I think the A’s record speaks plainly that they did not.

    Meanwhile, the countdown to Hatteberg is at T-2.

  18. natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    The Nats were supposed to embark on this perilous odyssey through the NL and AL Easts — 33 games to show their contenderworthiness. Thus far, they’re 14-8 with one rainout and 10 games to go. Marred only by their continuing inability to win in South Florida.

    Kudos to young Jhonaton Solano on the occasion of his first MLB homer. Young Mr. Harper’s homer has been discussed at length elsewhere, so I will resist the urge to commit overkill here.

    As a public service, here is the partial score of this afternoon’s game: Washington 5. Strasburg pitched 6, 2 R, 5H, 8K, 1 BB, 89 pitches. And a homer by Jose Bautista. No shame in giving up a homer to Jose Bautista. Rookie Tyler Moore has his first 2 MLB homers and a double.

  19. jlovenotjlo - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Babe Ruth once told me that “heroes get remembered, but legends never die”… so all this Paul Konerko eventually being dead nonsense has got to go.

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