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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

Matt Cain, Buster Posey

Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.” Their offense is respectable this season. And Cain only faced the opposing pitcher one time.

Mets 9, Rays 1: When you east coasters went to bed I bet you thought R.A. Dickey was going to have the best game of the night among pitchers, huh?  And it was good. Dickey tossed a one-hitter, striking out 12. The Mets are appealing the one hit, though, arguing it was an error. Um, OK, I guess David Wright — the man who would be charged with the error — won’t mind. But it’s not like Dickey is gonna get a dogpile and a pie to the face out of this if it is overruled. All of the joy of a no-hitter tends to come in the moment, ya know?

Cardinals 1, White Sox 0: Last night I decided to go retrogeek so I dialed up a couple of Star Trek TNG episodes on Netflix and let my dork flag fly.  One of them I watched was “Parallels,” a seventh season number in which Worf finds himself shifting among alternate universes. A pretty good one. Partially because it featured a lot of late-model Counselor Troi with a part big enough for her to hang around a lot — which was something I certainly appreciated back in 1993 — but not so big to where the writers’ inability to give her anything approaching decent dialogue or things to do would ruin the episode.

The gist of the episode was that any moment in time presents infinite possibilities and that all of those possibilities actually do occur, just in parallel universes.  So, for example, back in February, the Chris Carpenter in our universe was injured and went on the DL.  But in some other universe, Carpenter was fine and has taken his turn in the Cardinals’ rotation every time out.  If that were to happen here, Lance Lynn would not have won his tenth game last night, would not have struck out 12 and would not have lowered his ERA to 2.42 after seven and a third shutout innings.

Rangers 1, Diamondbacks 0: The other episode I watched was “Tapestry,” because I love me some Q. It had absolutely nothing to do with Matt Harrison shutting out the Dbacks for seven and a third and Craig Gentry singling in a run. Unless of course it was found out later that Harrison winning this one caused some future problem for him that he wished never happened, the win was undone by an omnipotent being, it caused Harrison to totally lose his mojo and he then begged to have time set right again, whatever the consequences.

And now that I think about it, I probably could have more easily shoehorned the Mets/R.A. Dickey recap into “Tapestry” if I wanted to, imagining a future where Dickey is awarded the no-hitter only to have it ruin his life somehow. I imagine his conversations with Q would be way more interesting than Matt Harrison’s at any rate.

Tigers 8, Cubs 4: Brennan Boesch went 4 for 5 and drove in two and Jhonny Peralta went 3 for 4 and drove in two more. Ramon Santiago drove in two also, but both came on groundouts. I guess I’d feel OK with that if I were him, even if it wasn’t quite as fun.

Phillies 9, Twins 8: The Phillies had six-run leads twice, almost blowing both of them but ultimately holding on. Jim Thome was big, driving in four. Too bad the Phillies can’t use a DH all season.

Red Sox 10, Marlins 2: Any team in baseball streakier than the Marlins this year? They’ve gone from cold to hot to cold again. Maybe Ozzie should talk up some despot once again and try to jump start things.   “I love Gul Madred.  A lot of people have wanted to kill Gul Madred for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.”

Reds 5, Indians 3: Mat Latos gave up two runs over seven innings and Brandon Phillips went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer. Oh, and Derek Lowe called Dusty Baker out after the game with one of those “he knows what he did” rants that are always so amusing.

Orioles 7, Pirates 1: Jake Arrieta wasn’t even supposed to be there yesterday. It was Brian Matusz‘s start, but he knocked himself in the face in the batting cage the other day. Arrieta was up to the challenge, however, as he struck out nine over seven innings, ending a personal six-game losing streak and helping the O’s win their fourth straight.

Yankees 3, Braves 2: New York comes into Atlanta and takes three straight. Just like 1996 all over again.

Nationals 6, Blue Jays 2: Stephen Strasburg continues his outrageously good year, striking out eight in six innings and winning his eighth game. Tyler Moore is 25 and is just now getting his footing in the majors, but after a two-homer five RBI day, it looks like he’s gonna make it after all.

Royals 4, Brewers 3: John Axford doesn’t blow a lot of saves, but he blew a two-run lead in the ninth here, giving up a two-run triple to Alcides Escobar, sending it to extras.  In the 11th, Kameron Loe loaded the bases, was yanked for Jose Veras and Veras walked Mike Moustakas on five pitches. Ballgame.

Angels 2, Dodgers 1: Erick Aybar doesn’t hit a lot of homers. Indeed, the game-winning shot he hit in the ninth inning of this one was his first all season. Aybar was also involved in a weird play in which he “dropped” a line drive with a runner on first, but began a double play when he picked up the ball. Umpire Sam Holbrook ruled, however, that Aybar did it on purpose, called the batter out but sent the runner back to first. I can’t recall ever seeing that happen in a game.

Padres 1, Mariners 0: The third 1-0 game of the night. From the files of the unexpected: Jason Marquis threw six and third shutout innings. Shame he has an “r” in his name. If he didn’t he’d be way more badass.

Athletics 10, Rockies 8: Seven straight losses for Colorado, this after leading since the bottom of the first. Brandon Inge hit a two-out, two-run double in the ninth to plate the winning run and an insurance run. Michael Cuddyer hit two homers in a losing cause. Not to be a poop-stirrer, but at what point does Jim Tracy get canned here?

  1. b7p19 - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Whats even more impressive is that the Astros scored 5 runs without reaching base a single time.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:28 AM

      Man, I have NO idea how I hit 5 instead of 0 when typing that.

      • caladan607 - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:06 AM

        Well Craig, some of us realize you’re only human. Still like your writing.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        Yeah, and remember, it was the Astros.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        Clearly, there was a Cardassian sportscaster trying to convince you there were five runs.

      • madhatternalice - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        @sdelmonte

        +4 lights

  2. sictransitchris - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    “The Mets are appealing the one hit, though, arguing it was an error.”

    Boy does that take some balls after the Beltran incident.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      I think TC knows there is no chance of the appeal succeeding. It’s a little tacky, but harmless in the end.

  3. franklb - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    TNG, eh? Well played, sir, well played.

  4. natslady - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Cardassions with a “C” — boy, does that take me back!

  5. randygnyc - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    The Yankees continue to get lucky, despite their anemic, uninspired offense. It’s a wonder how they win any games with their woeful batting with risp. But win they have been. They managed a 3 game sweep against the braves who couldn’t manage to score against what is essentially a minor league caliber bullpen. Although the Yankees can hardly string 2 hits together, they’ve stolen, like thieves in the night, 9 of their last 10 games and 16 of their last 20. Like a pinstripes Cheshire, they are perched up on the top branch of the AL East, sporting the best record in the American league. If the Yankees can move from “smoke and mirrors” baseball, to “all systems working”, they’ll start earning all the wins they are stacking up.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Randygnyc repeat after me.

      I will stop posting vitriol things about the Yankees.
      I am not jealous of the Yankees.
      I will stop posting vitriol things about the Yankees.
      I am not jealous of the Yankees.
      I will stop posting vitriol things about the Yankees.
      I am not jealous of the Yankees.

      When your done repeat this post another 20 or 30 times just to be sure…..

      • paperlions - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        mybrunoblog repeat after me.

        I will start paying enough attention to posts to know who is a fan of which team.
        I will realize that Randygnyc is a huge Yankee fan.
        I will realize that some Yankee fans are concerned with the current performance level of their team.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        I have to agree with Randy- I know they’re winning, but at the end of every game, I keep asking myself how?

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Can’t help it – Bruno’s post reminded me of the Latin grammar lesson in Life of Brian.

  6. contraryguy - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    I’ve never understood a friend’s minor obsession with overdrafting Matt Cain every year in FBB, but I guess he’s pretty good after all.

    As for the Lowe/Baker thing, anybody believe that Dusty remembers what happened 5 days ago, much less 5 years?

  7. kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    The Twins fans gave Thome a standing ovation after his long HR. Really nice moment.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      You sure they weren’t just trying to keep warm?

  8. mungman69 - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    The Phillies scored 16 runs in two games. I wonder what’s in the water in Minnesota?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      The Minnesota pitching staff?

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

        Sigh.

    • ditto65 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Fish. Lots of fish.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Trichloroethane. PCBs. DEET. Girardia. Used condoms.

  9. jarathen - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    The Aybar dropped liner reminds me of the play in Colorado where Scott Downs appeared to try to catch a liner, lost the ball in transfer, and got a double play out of it. I’d say he faked it, too, but he was unavailable in some other game after due to rib soreness, so that tells me he wasn’t faking the fail.

    Yay Angels for coming through in a game where it looked like the narrative would be “Angels fail to come through over and over again”, and yay for Matt Cain, who finally has a W-L record worthy of his ability. Also a perfect game.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      I have seen lots of guys fake that play before. It is just bush league if the batter isn’t running it out. Jerry Hairston faked a catch on little flair to third base, pulled his glove back when he saw the batter wasn’t running and got a DP. WTF does the umpire think he is doing calling that play back? He can either call the IF fly rule or not, but beyond that he should butt out.

  10. nolanwiffle - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Did anyone else think it a bit much when Tyler Moore, after touching home on the second dinger, twirled around and flung his cap into the air?

    In his defense, he did take a nothing day, and suddenly made it all seem worthwhile.

    • jericoc - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I’ve not seen much of this kid, but I predict he’s going make it, after all …

  11. uyf1950 - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    The Yankees continue to surprise me. Their pitching has really provided the spark the team needed these past couple of weeks. In spite of Kuroda struggling virtually every inning of the 6 he pitched he still gave the the Yankees 6 innings of 2 run ball with 8 K’s. He gave them the chance to win they needed.

  12. chill1184 - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Congratulations to Matt Cain

  13. El Bravo - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    There were two perfectos last night dammit! Mets D ruined it!

    • sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      To be fair, catching the knuckleball isn’t entirely easy.

      But, yeah.

      • El Bravo - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        Seriously. Especially last night b/c that thing was dancing all over the plate. It was amazing to watch. He has somehow controlled the knuckleball this season.

  14. sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Two of the best late series TNG episodes. Tapestry is almost definitely my favorite Q episode.

    The question is, is RA a Trekkie as well as a Jedi and a Tolkien fan? Not that it matters. Right now he is all that and a bag of chips. Is there anyone hotter, or cooler?

  15. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Thome’s 606th HR of his career flew 466 feet over the batter’s eye in center. Quite a shot for a 41 year old. He has a hit in all 5 games as DH so far, going 10 for 20 with 10 RBI, and has run the bases very well. As a PH this year he’s 0 for 10 with 7 K’s. Either play him at 1B every couple of days until Utley and Howard return or trade him immediately. He is absolutely no use to the team after Sunday if they don’t at least try to play him more at 1B. Some AL team has got to have interest in him.

    Juan Pierre had 3 hits, now leading the team with 6 3-hit games this year, batting .326. Saturday he became the 30th player to have 1000 runs, 2000 hits, and 500 SB’s. Not bad for a guy who finds himself on a new team every 3 years.

    And then the Phillies continued their historically (worst since ’48 or ’46, something like that) bad hitting with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs, loading the bases in the top of the 9th with 0 outs and then going down very quietly.

  16. El Bravo - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    PREDICTION: Verlander tops Cain’s perfect game less than one day later against the Cubs this afternoon. 26Ks. Castro will ground out once.

  17. minimoose763 - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    As soon as Cain finished the game, I had a feeling people would be downplaying his achievement because it was against the Astros. But their offense is ranked 17th out of 30, even above the Reds, and their lineup has some pop. Altuve is having an All-Star caliber season and I believe Jed Lowrie’s 12 HRs are among the most by a shortstop so far this season. And has any other pitcher this year thrown a no-hitter/perfect game against them? No. Cain deserves all the praise he gets.

    • Loose Changeup - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      That was my first thought, but instead of voicing it, I watched the game. People who are saying this didn’t see how ridiculous Cain’s stuff was last night, and how good the defense was when the Astros managed to get their bats on it.

  18. natstowngreg - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    First, sincerest condolences to Mark DeRosa on the passing of his father.

    Second, sincerest congratulations to Matt Cain. I’ve long been amazed how a good pitcher gets so little love.

    Third, sincerest derision to Terry Collins for trying to get R.A. Dickey a no-hitter after the fact. Saw the play, it’s a hit for every official scorer, except the one in Toronto who gave Ryan Zimmerman an error on a similar play.

    Stephen Strasburg was ticked at being taken out after 6 with a finger cut. Good. Davey was being conservative with his ace, well aware of the innings limit. Good. The cool thing about Strasburg’s numbers isn’t the ERA or strikeouts or opponents’ BA. It’s the 8-1 record.

    Gratuitous Mary Tyler Moore Show references duly noted. Tyler has been playing in the Majors because of a lack of alternatives. He had not shown his considerable power until yesterday. He joins Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi, and Jhonatan Solano in hitting his first MLB homer this season, for the Nats.

    The Nats could have been expected to break even in the tough part of their schedule. They’re 15-8, with 9 games to go. The Yankees infestation is coming, got my tickets for Friday’s and Sunday’s games, am fairly excited about it. As noted here before, the most electric crowd I’ve seen at a Nats game was when the Yankees visited in 2006. I’m guessing they will spend less energy booing A-Rod, now that he has a World Series ring. The Yankees won’t get Strasburg but will face Gio, Zimmermann, and Edwin Jackson, who aren’t shabby.

    Fun Facts: The Yankees have the all-time best record in interleague play; the Nats are 4-2 against the Yankees.

  19. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Well let’s see – at the opposite end of the spectrum of excellence from Matt Cain, we have the Feesh, who have set out for Tampa Bay with the Strange Attractor suddenly humming and pulsing and warping spacetime to form a neat little sluice beneath them, sucking at their position in the standings like a starving singularity. The Feesh notochord trust decided to leave the stadium roof open for a few more days to let a bit of sunshine and rain reinvigorate the brown-green grass, but mainly to let the place air out after the team stank it up royally in their own special style. In celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, the Rainbow Warriors batted .197 collectively and .127 with RISP (8 for 63 y’alls) for the nine game homestand that they finished up 1-8, getting outscored 56-17 and swept twice in the process by the Gnats and Razed and losing two out of three to the Beanbags. They scored two runs or less in seven of the nine games, and the peetching staff rung up a 5.98 ERA (the relievers filled their gas cans and cashed in at 8.59). The concluding play featured an angry argument between Slobbering Ozzie and Heath Bell, brought in to work a little in the ninth and lifted after two fielding fumbles put the third out on base twice. Rumor has it that they kissed and made up later on, but it gives you some idea of what a complete fiasco the game – and the homestand – was.

    When the debacle was over, the Feesh sought to placate the angry spirits by sacrificing a goat – a common enough way to respond to adversity here in Macondo, North America’s Omaha Beach of Santeria – in the form of Cooter Coghlan, who got optioned to Nawlins with his .140 BA to be fattened up for trade or release before the July deadline. The last time Cooter got a hit, cellphones still had little cranks on them.

    • stex52 - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      I can think of two teams in the South (guess the other) that could use a little good ju ju. Maybe we sacrifice just a chicken each?

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        Not a bad idea. What with the price of chicken these days, I don’t doubt that the loa will sit up and take notice.

        Let’s get this done before the next salmonella scare drives down the price again, shall we?

  20. sportsdrenched.com - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    If I’m a GM I’m having my pitchers climb mountains with RA Dickey next off-season.

    And Congrats to Matt Cain. West Coast, why you gotta be way out there and play games while the rest of us are sleeping?

    And the Royals have won two and a row. So that’s fun, baseball is always more fun when your team wins.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Blame plate tectonics. If you can find a way to stave off REM deprivation and buy yourself another three hours, and then figure out how to cork the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, you should be able to watch west coast baseball for another fifty or sixty million years, or at least until the next Nemesis asteroid.

      • stex52 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        I don’t know. I think we are already overdue for the Yellowstone caldera to go. That would certainly depopulate most of the west, and it doesn’t look good for Kansas City particularly. I give you 40,000 years at most.

        Then there is the Tenerife subsea landslide………………………………

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Deal: you worry about the caldera. I will worry about the Tenerife tsunami. And pellet gum hunters, get ready to fill your CO2 cartridges: Lake Okeechobee is waayyyy behind schedule for an overturn!

  21. APBA Guy - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    If there are two pitchers who have no business pitching in Colorado they are former A Josh Outman and current A Tommy Milone. Sadly, predictably, the score at the end of the 1st inning was 5-2. Eleven more runs would be scored. Two nights ago it was Jeremy Guthrie and his tale of woe, a song of hanging sliders. Last night it was Josh “Hey, the Gun Says 94″ Outman and his uncanny ability to never pitch below the waist. But the difference the last two nights between the A’s and Colorado is in the bullpen, or rather, Colorado’s absence of one.

    The A’s bullpen has logged 9 IP in two games in Denver with no runs allowed. Colorado coughed up 5 runs in 4 last night following a respectable 1 run in four the night before.

    But how would you like to be Matt Harrison? The guy goes 7.1 shutout against Arizona in Texas and nobody notices! Man, pitching is truly dominant when a performance like that gets buried by a perfecto with 14 strikeouts and a 1 hitter CG in Tampa. But Texas has shutout Arizona two nights in a row, maintaining their lead over the Angels.

    Speaking of Matt Cain, AT&T was rocking during that game. That was as much fun to see as the actual game. Nothing like a big crowd, beautiful venue, and a memorable spectacle. Seem likes a pipe-dream for A’s fans.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Well, if there’s any city in American where you can get that pipe filled, you’re living near it. A quick BART ride into Chinatown will do it for you.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Yep, Hempcon is coming up soon as well. SF is all about choice:

        http://hempcon.com/

  22. goawaydog - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Perfect. Stayed up last night and watched the replay at 1am. It was perfect then too. Matt Cain pitched good too.

  23. foreverchipper10 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Yankees 3 Braves 2……the headline in my local paper read “Yankees torch Atlanta to complete sweep.”

    In what universe does a 3-2 score or any one run game mean a team was torched?

    • natstowngreg - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Someone couldn’t resist the urge to go all Civil War on the headline. Good thing the Yankees don’t have any players named Sherman.

    • pw38 - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      You need to read up on your Civil War history.

  24. goawaydog - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    And for those who say about the perfect game thatnit was just the astros … It was, and the park was sold out again, 41K strong on a Wednesday night! Oh and there was aguy cruising the bay in a water powered jet pack, yep a jet pack!
    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1185521/jetpack.gif

  25. gemini1512 - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    When is the last time there were three games that ended 1-0?

    Was really impressed with the performance of Miley for Arizona last night. I had never seen him pitch before or even heard of him. He seemed to have great control all night, and took a hard loss. Also impressed with the Rangers pitching staff, third shutout in their last 5 games.

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