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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 21. The Reds sweep the Indians for the first time in four years. They are so close to claiming victory in the Battle of Ohio. And to the victor goes the spoils!  Soon the Reds will dine on the finest bologna and Velveeta the Buckeye State has to offer and the streets of Columbus, Lima and Akron will flow with the blood of the non-believers!

Cardinals 5, White Sox 3: Adam Dunn tied Josh Hamilton for the MLB lead in homers with his 22nd bomb. He’s on pace for 57 homers and 255 strikeouts. His average is .227 yet his OPS is .940. Dude is too weird to live, too rare to die. Sure, the Cardinals won, but that’s a mere detail. We’re in the business of building this donkey’s legend here, friend.

Mets 9, Rays 6: Johan Santana was less-than-sharp, but the Mets sweep the Rays behind two homers from Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Jason Bay added one too. That’s something considering he’s on a “hey, good for you!” basis for doing anything more than falling over these days.

Tigers 5, Cubs 3: Detroit wins its second straight over Chicago and Justin Verlander notches a win for the first time in a month. Most notable, however: just how thoroughly Detroit fans took over Wrigley Field in this series. It was basically a home game for the Tigers. Someone in Chicago had better come up with some sort of “Cubsitude” campaign. Or something.

Orioles 12, Pirates 6: Baltimore unloads on former mate Erik Bedard for their biggest offensive night of the season. Steve Pearce homered and drove in five. Matt Wieters drove in five and did it without even hitting a homer. The O’s were up 10-0 before the Pirates got a run. Just a shellacking.

Athletics 8, Rockies 2: Oakland has one of the worst offenses in the game but leaves Colorado having scored 26 runs in a three-game sweep. Meanwhile, Jarrod Parker allowed only three hits over seven scoreless innings. The Rockies are simply cratering.

Phillies 6, Twins 1: Know what Charlie Manuel needed? A night when he didn’t have to call on that freak show bullpen of his. And Joe Blanton gave it to him. Blanton threw a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits. Jim Thome hit a three-run bomb because he is Jim Thome and all he does is mash taters.

Royals 4, Brewers 3: For the second night in a row the Royals got to the back end of Milwaukee’s bullpen. Though really, this isn’t all on John Axford. He struck out the first man he faced but strike three was a wild pitch, allowing him to reach (note: like 75% of wild pitches seem to come on balls the catcher should at least knock down and passed balls are rarely called these days). The winning run scored on a dumb decision by shortstop Edwin Maysonet, who cut off a throw from the outfield in an effort to get the batter which allowed the lead runner to come around and score.

Diamondbacks 11, Rangers 3: Arizona salvages one and breaks out of a run scoring drought to do it. Daniel Hudson struck out seven in seven innings, rebounding from a nightmare start his last time out.

Astros 6, Giants 3: It was an extremely Barry Zito third inning, as he walked the bases loaded and then allowed a grand slam to J.D. Martinez. Brandon Belt hit his third homer in as many games. It’s gonna be extra fun when Bruce Bochy comes up with an excuse to bench him next time. I’m gonna go with “those homers are rally-killers” or some variation on that theme.

Padres 6, Mariners 2: The sweep. Edinson Volquez allowed one run and four hits while pitching into the seventh. Overall, Padres starters basically shut down the M’s lineup. Good for them and all, but I hope the pitching doesn’t continue to be good. Because I’ll be at the Padres-Rangers game with my kids on Monday night and if anyone takes a no-hitter late, I can totally see my kids being all like “can we GO?” At which point I’ll put them up for adoption.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Kudos on Cubstitude. It reminds me of my trip to Detroit last year. There were ladies outside the stadium with pro team attitude. One might call the prostitutes.

    • dink53 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Those were the Fox Sports Detroit girls.

      • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        So they have those in Detroit too? For some reason I thought that was just a Fox Sports Ohio thing. Re: The Fox Sports Ohio Girls, my boyfriend said, “If they’re going to objectify women in order to entertain what I assume is a mostly male audience, they could’ve at least found some hot ones. A couple of those girls are straight up brown-baggers.” What was funny about it is the irony of his statement was totally lost on him.

  2. js20011041 - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    I understand the reasoning behind bringing kids to the game, but honestly, the reality is that it’s pointless. All they end up doing is running around, playing, eating, and not paying attention to the game. It distracts you and everyone around you from the game. I think a good rule of thumb should be don’t take your kids to the ball park unless they are old enough to pay attention to and appreciate the game. For boys, age 9 or 10. For girls, roughly age 30 or so.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      “For girls, roughly age 30 or so.” I trust that your comment was in jest. One of the joys of going to watch a baseball game is eye candy.

      • hasbeen5 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

        He just doesn’t want kids around so he won’t get booed for keeping the foul ball he hopes to catch.

      • fivetoolmike - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Can’t women (or girls) go to the game without being reduced to “eye candy”?

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Children are horrible.™

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      So you are “one of those guys” huh?
      Hasbeen said you are concerned about getting booed for not giving a foul ball up to a kid.
      Please know if I am ever fortunate enough to catch a ball I will NOT be giving it up to anyone either. Well anyone who is NOT one of my DAUGHTERS anyway.
      However, the difference is I won’t be pullin’ a ”JS” and diving on, through and/or over any kids to catch said ball.

    • fivetoolmike - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      I hope you never have children, so that you don’t teach them your ignorant gendered stereotypes.

    • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      I somewhat agree with not taking your kids to the ballpark if you know they’re just going to run around and annoy everyone around them. It’d be great if some parks could have a kid-free section where adults can yell at the players and the manager without getting dirty looks from someone with 3 kids running around because their children’s virgin ears might be damaged by your language.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      I love the smell of uncreative sexism in the morning.

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        It smells like…anchovies.

    • singingfriar - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      I understand that us old people may find kids annoying at ballgames, but really, this sport needs the kids there. It will only help the long-term health.

      I started going to ball games from a relatively early age, as I imagine many of you did. For those of us that are hooked, I imagine part of the reason is due to a comforting connection to our past, attending games with parents and grandparents. That’s part of the beauty of baseball.

      Now, please knock off the sexist bull. In case you haven’t noticed, women significantly outnumber men in this country. Encouraging their interest in baseball is crucial.

      • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        My grandpa started to taking me to games when I was 6 or 7. I absolutely loved it. Some of my best memories as a kid are of sitting next to my grandpa at the giant concrete bowl known then as Riverfront Stadium, and him teaching me how to fill out a score card. He’s the reason I have a totally out of control obsession with baseball in general and The Reds in particular. Because of him, this woman probably knows a lot more about baseball than some of the dudes at the ball park who came to ogle the women who they consider to be little more than eye-candy.

        I have no issue with people bringing their kids to the games IF their kids can behave themselves and not run screaming around the section, knocking over beers, kicking the backs of people’s chairs incessantly, putting their gum in someone’s hair (this has happened to me… twice…) and generally being a giant pain in the ass. The problems occur when people bring their kids, knowing that at least one kid is going to be bored to tears by the third inning, but they don’t bring anything to keep that kid occupied, which inevitably leads to said kid engaging in the aforementioned behavior.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Very well stated Friar! It seems that I was 7 or 8 when my parents started taking me to Cardinals games. And it wasn’t like it was a 1/2 drive (we live in Central Indiana). The amount of time alone that my Parents spent doing this (not to mention the monetary costs) were huge. It shaped me as a very young boy/kid into becoming a baseball fanatic.
        When people ask how/why I am a Cardinals fan (living in the heart of Redlegs/Cubs Country)…I smile and tell them I thank my Father on a regular basis for brainwashing at a very young age.
        To this day Baseball remains my favorite sport. Hell…it’s not even close.
        And I love Basketball.
        I can’t think of anything better than taking my DAUGHTERS (ages 8 & 5) to Busch Stadium. Sorry for the CAPS.
        I used it for emphasis so the Cave Men that are posting are most likely to notice.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    In other news, tonight an American named Nick Wallenda, plans to illegally enter Canada by crossing Niagara Falls on a wire. ABC plans to assist him in this silly act. British entertainer, Richard Starkey moved up his concert by an hour so that he can watch the idiot. Starkey said that the stunt reminds him of a Hard Days Night, and that Wallenda needs Help.

    • umrguy42 - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      I heard that a Wallenda was going to try to walk a tightrope across the falls, and I wondered if we’d gone back in time to, I dunno, the 20s?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        I think that it is probably more like the dirty 30’s.

        I assume that he is starting from the US side, because if he had started from the Canadian side, Homeland Security might make him turn around and go back to Canada.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        It may be something was certainly more popular in the 20’s…but it is still every bit as exciting today.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      After unnecessarily groping him.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        That too!

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Let’s face it. We will all stop what we are doing tonight and watch it just to see if he falls.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    “Freak Show of a bullpen”…..pretty much the perfect way to describe it. I never thought I’d utter this words, but I can’t wait for Stutes and Herndon to be back.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Right.

    • phillyfrank - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      No, not Herndon. Nope.

  5. cleverbob - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    The airwaves in Philadelphia are clogged with amateur GM’s clambering to trade Thome for bullpen help while he’s healthy and productive. Because all the real GM’s in MLB apparently make all personnel decisions based on performance in the last couple of games only…

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Bullpen help wouldn’t be my reason to trade him. He’s not a pinch hitter, he’s a DH. He hasn’t done well as a pinch hitter. it is not the same as DH. The Phillies play in the NL. He’s useless after Sunday. If they don’t trade him now then he’ll probably be waived, and then they’ll get nothing for him. The most they could hope for in a trade would be a young minor leaguer. But the point would be to get something in return… Detroit could use him. Delmon Young stinks.

  6. dl3mk3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    if only Thome could continue to bat against MN pitching

  7. ajcardsfan - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    It was nice to see the Cards pick up the CWS series…now for my favorite games of the year, the I-70 Showdown (insert little kid squeal here)

  8. Jonny 5 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Donkey!!!
    It’s as if The Donkey has been having help from a higher power! In honor of this breakthrough beginning to the season.

  9. danaking - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I was at the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game. The Orioles had 10 runs before the Pirates had a baserunner. I think the Buccos saw John Russell in the Orioles dugout and flashed back to when he managed them to 300 losses in three years. “Hey, John Russell’s in the dugout. We must suck.”

  10. mybrunoblog - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Hate to be a kill joy but I’m tired of interleague play. It has kind of gotten old for me. I know, I know I,ve become an old curmudgeon.

    • chumthumper - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      The only interleague play I like is the one at the tail end of the season.

      • lvtutorservice - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        I love the interleague games when KC plays St. Louis, the Yankees play the Mets, Cubs play the White Sox, etc… Series that have natural rivalries.
        In interleague play the Royals should only face the Cardinals every year. Teams that don’t have natural rivals, well that’s their problem.

    • pharmerbrown - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      get your designated hitter off my lawn!!!

      Actually, even as a junior circuit fan, where interleague usually means a few cheap wins against under-staffed teams, I too am glad to see it go for a while. Agree with chumthumper… save interleague for the WS.

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Sorry, I love interleague play. I get to see the Beanbags, Borg, Razed and other great teams I’d never get to see down here in Macondo – and best of all, I get to see them playing baseball the way it was meant to be played, instead of that degenerated sop to kitsch culture, designatedhitterball.

  11. mooseinohio - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Shortly after moving to Ohio in 1990 I was introduced to the Waldo’s claim to fame being the Famous Bologna Sandwich and I do believe the Reds have earned it as their reward for disposing of the Tribe.

    Of the culinary items I was exposed to upon moving to Ohio from Maine I rank Waldo’s fried bologna behind Schmidt’s Bahama Mama and Skyline Chili coney dogs but well ahead of the cramp inducing late night snack of the White Castle sack of sliders. I cannot recall the name (not sure it ever had one) of the little window on High Street that you handed money through before getting an aluminum foiled wrapped gyro that dripped yogurt sauce over all your hands but they rank fairly high on my list of late night, post alcohol consuming fare (J’s Oyster Bar fried clams in Portland will always rank number one for last call fare).
    Topping the list of central Ohio noted eateries is the Thurman Burger for not only the cholesterol spiking and belt loosening effects but because Thurman’s Cafe was a dive worth visiting well before Guy Fieri made such excursions vogue.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      You need to drive down to Cincinnati and sample some of the other chili parlors. Dear Buddha, Skyline doesn’t compare to Dixie Chili or to the Kobe Beef of Cincinnati chilis, Camp Washington chili.

      As for this fried balogna sandwich, where can one find it? I have some air miles I need to use up before the end of August.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        Personally…I think Syline Chili sucks ass. Nasty…vinegarie…cinnamonie tasting crap.
        Now Queen City Hot Metts are a whole other ball game. I Love me some Hot Metts!

      • mooseinohio - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        G&R Tavern in Waldo http://www.gandrtavern.com/

        If you make it up in August plan on hitting the Tomato Festival http://reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org/

      • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        Being from Cincinnati, I will second the Dixie Chili & Camp Washington Chili. Both put Skyline to shame. Skyline is definitely better than Gold Star though. Gold Star is vile and repulsive.

    • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Also, don’t bother with goetta. It tastes like sweaty socks would taste if they were fried in rancid bacon grease.

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        You, sir, must be a pod person. How can you diss goetta, a culinary delight meant to be tasted with the soul as well as with the palate?

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Er…ma’am, I mean.

        But at least you know your Cincinnati chilies.

      • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        I don’t know why I find it so repulsive. I’m not a remotely picky eater. It’s probably because the only time we ever had it when I was a kid is when my grandma made it for my dad and she burned everything she cooked like it was going to be some kind of ritual sacrifice. I was forced to eat it because it’s not polite to not eat what your grandmother cooked for you…. It always left this horrible greasy, ashy film in my mouth. I’ve never gotten over it. I can’t even smell it without gagging.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        I can’t agree w/ you on the Goetta. I love it. As mentioned previously though…Skyline Chili is terrible. Vinegar and Cinnamon. Ugh!
        I will eat Queen City Hot Metts every day if I could though.

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        My grandmother had a dog. An Alphabet City off the corner mongrel that my grandmother adopted because she couldn’t see its penis when it rolled over while begging for scraps, and therefore suspected it might be Jewish. Quietly, deftly, he knew exactly when Bubby served us another one of her repulsive old country swimming-in-jellied-slime things and appeared, as if by magic, under the table where we could slip it to him.

        I discovered goetta in the full flower of middle age, when learning that it was half composed of steel cut oats appealed not only to my palate but to my solicitude for my arteries. I fry mine in olive oil. My cardiologist would be so proud of me.

        Oh yeah, and Gold Star Chili is awful, I agree. To sharp, too salty, too thin. It tastes like runoff.

      • notadumbblond3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        And I gotta agree with stlouis re: the Queen City Hot Mett. They’re pretty spectacular. If you’re ever at GABP (or anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area), do yourself a favor and get one.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Checked out the balogna sandwich. Mahh mahh, that do look good. Mapquested the place too. If I make it up this summer it’s on the list.

  12. thephilsabide - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Let’s be honest here, I think we can expand that to “freak-show of a team” at this point.

  13. Max Power - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

    Oh, and the bar for calling a passed ball is much higher than calling a wild pitch. That’s why there’s always been far more wild pitches than passed balls. My philosophy has always been that the pitcher got us in this mess by throwing a pitch that the catcher couldn’t handle, so the burden of persuasion is against the pitcher.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      All Hunter Thompson references are wonderful.

  14. APBA Guy - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I have no comment on the bologna and velveeta thing. You’d never see that on the menu at Chez Panisse.

    On the other hand, the fresh-squeezed lemonade at the Mausoleum is just the thing for those hot sunny day games with not much going on offensively, of which there will be one this weekend as the the Padres bestow their blessings on the A’s. The Padres should be used to playing in a big, pitching oriented park, and the A’s will have to contend with getting their swings back to sea-level after their assortment of golf swings and tomahawk chops yielded unlikely homers and other unlikely good results in Denver.

    My suspicion is that the Rockies have the same flu that’s infecting the Rangers right now, since they scored something like 15 runs in the 3 games and still got swept. That would make me sick for sure.

    Two great pitching match-ups today:
    – Sale v. Kershaw and
    – Haren v Cahill

    The Sale versus Kershaw matchup speaks for itself. But the Battle of the Former A’s should be more fun. Certainly more fun than the nap-fest at the Mausoleum. I’m feeling groggy already.

  15. jlovenotjlo - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Adam Dunn decided that he no longer wants to have to sprint down to 1st base. Which is why he either trots there on a walk or home run, or gets to waltz back to the dugout after a K

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Adam Dunn should invest in a pair of caterpillar treads.

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