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And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

Jun 20, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

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Let’s do this again. Your recaps and box scores from a full Tuesday night of steamy baseball action:

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Reds 2, Indians 3 (10 innings)

Cardinals 3, Tigers 6

Braves 4, Yankees 3

Rays 5, Nationals 4

Rockies 2, Phillies 7

Twins 2, Pirates 7

Marlins 5, Red Sox 7

Orioles 0, Mets 5

Royals 2, Astros 0

Cubs 2, White Sox 1

Blue Jays 10, Brewers 9

Giants 5, Angels 12

Dodgers 0, Athletics 3

Rangers 7, Padres 3

Mariners 12, Diamondbacks 9 (10 innings)

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    These pirates just keep on rolling. After a 4 game losing streak, they’ve now won the last 3 in
    a row, scoring 25 runs in the process. Correia went 5.1 scoreless innings, and Twins pitcher Diamond got roughed up a bit after being the Twins most reliable starter over the last month. Andrew McCutchen continues to kill lefties, with a towering 2 run shot in the 7th. Pedro Alvarez remains hot after going 2-3 with a ringing double. Bedard takes the hill tomorrow.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    With their pitching rotation hit by injuries, the Jays had to find another way to win. Consequently they hit half a dozen homers last night including back to back 9th inning dingers by Rasmus and Bautista off Axford. The Jays now have 100 homers on the season which is only 1 back of the Yankees. Joey Bats has 22 and E5 has 19.

    I hope that Brewers fans go a bit easy on Axford as he is a proud new dad and had other things on his mind. Rookie Brewers starter Thornberg was inconsistent which is what should be expected from a youngster just called up from Double A. He did get his first major league hit and scored the Brewers first run.

    Toronto pitchers Chavez and Coello stunk and likely purchased return tickets to Triple A. Expect Beck and Carreno to be recalled from Triple A, ASAP. Surprisingly, Toronto used Villanueva in relief to bail out Chavez. Expect him to be in the rotation next week. Long reliever Luis Perez (2 & 1, 2.86) was held out of the game and will probably start tonight. Mighty Casey registered his 7th save and will probably continue to be the closer for the rest of the season.

    • redguy12588 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Jeez, the jays starting and relief pitching is a complete mess. You have to score 10 runs just to have a chance.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        There are 2 (Villanueva and Perez) good pitchers in the pen who started games last season and are likely to join the rotation. Over-work due to some short outings by starters, has affected the short term performance of the pen. Janssen and Oliver have been outstanding and Cordero is coming around.

      • mckludge - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        Livan Hernandez is now available…

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        On general principles, I have to give you a thumbs down on the Livan Hernandez joke.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        I am surprised that so far, no St Louis fans have commented about the Colby Rasmus picture posted by Drew. The scene occurred after his second home run of the game.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        PC, I’m seeing the Jays as a natural Ryan Dempster landing spot. I’d actually wanted him for the Yanks before the rotation worked itself out. What are your thoughts on bringing him north of the border?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Dempster is currently on the DL. He makes a lot of sense for the Jays. He is a Canadian and has been pitching well. They Jays also have the necessary surplus prospects that the Cubs could use. I am sure that Theo would be interested in Triple A outfielder Moises Sierra. and single A lefty Sean Nolan (7 & 2, 2.35).

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        What am I thinking? Nolan is 7 & 0. He is almost too good to trade.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        I’m hoping that’s a joke, because minor league W/L records are even more worthless than major league W/L records. Nolin *is* pitching well, although it’s tough to read too much into that when he’s 22 and still in high-A. Guess you’d have to ask your scouts on whether he’s got a future or is just org filler.

      • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Not Livan Hernandez, but the Jays did just claim David Pauley off waivers.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      I guessed wrong about tonight’s starter. Carreno will get the start. He was in the rotation in May.

  3. drewmunny - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Braves 4, Yankees 3
    The Braves held on to end the Bombers 10 game winning streak in the Bronx. Tim Hudson made it through 5 innings before Atlanta went to the pen with four relievers, with Kimbrel getting his NL-leading 20th save. Jason Heyward drove in the winning run off of Hiroki Kuroda, who now appears to be the weak link in the starting rotation (6-7). Mark Teixeria and Curtis Granderson were both thrown out at the plate, as the Braves made up for some early potentially costly errors.

  4. sjhaack - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Carlos Ruiz continues to be the best catcher in Major League Baseball. On the day he finally broke on to 3rd place in catcher All Star voting, he added an RBI double and 2-run laser beam home run, both with two outs, and an accurate off balance throw to end the inning from a wild pitch third strike.

    All of this proves you’re not voting for Ruiz enough. Buster Posey? Is his nickname Chooch? I don’t think so. Chooch/AJ Ellis ticket for NL catcher.

    #VoteForChooch

    • tmohr - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      With a name like Buster Posey, he don’t need no stinkin’ nickname.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      All of that…and everyone knows you would still choose Yadi if given the choice.
      I mean…you want to win right?

  5. windycity0301 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    In Chicago, they might need to scratch the Sox name off the BP cup for this year. The Cubs beat the Sox’s best this year in Jake Peavy, though he pitched a complete game giving up only one earned run in a 2-1 loss. (if the Sox keep losing is he now auditioning for a trade?)

    Travis Wood finally got his first win as a Cub going 6 innings and escaping bases loaded trouble in the 2nd only giving up one run. DeJesus knocked in the Cubs only runs and there wasn’t much else exciting outside of that 3rd inning. And lookout, Carlos Marmol had a fairly uneventful 2nd save since being designated as “the man” again recently. (anyone need a closer?)

  6. wondroushippo - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Scott Feldman just joined the club of pitchers who have more wins than Cliff Lee, proudly continuing 2012’s best series of memes, pitching 6 innings of 2-run baseball as the Rangers beat the Padres 7-2. Josh Hamilton made his return to the lineup, hitting a triple and driving in 2 runs. Feldman even drove in a run of his own as he tried to make a statement to remain in the rotation with Roy Oswalt waiting in the wings, and Justin Grimm showing promise after his debut. Yu Darvish goes for the sweep for the Rangers on Wednesday.

    • beefytrout - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Rangers seem to be clicking once again, which is good, because the Angels aren’t going away for the time being. The rotation hasn’t fallen apart while Holland and Feliz have been out, but Feldman’s days as a starter have got to be numbered. They didn’t sign Oswalt for anything other than a rotation spot, and Holland’s is secured as well. As long as they can keep stringing hits together like they did last night, they should be able to keep ahead of the anaheim alberts.

      • pw38 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        It’s a long season and I think any rational baseball fan expected the race would be closer than 9 games all season. Each team has had it’s first turn of the ups and downs of the season and inspite of the pitching setbacks and batting slumps the Rangers find themselves with the largest division lead in the majors. Not a bad place to be. They seem to be heating back up, as they did last year, so it’s gonna be a fun summer.

  7. stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Wandy struggled early and went high in the pitch count early. But once again the real problem was Astros batters flailing wildly at balls in the dirt and watching belt high curve balls drift in for Strike 3. Three times a player was up with men on secon and third; all three times the batter struck out, and on particularly weak looking swings.

    The kids are starting to look a little dazed and desperate. And opposing pitchers are starting to realize that a steady diet of junk bamboozles them.They have some decent fastball hitters in the lineup, but they are going to have to work hard on pitch selection.

    • stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      BTW, Wandy ended up rather respectable, giving up only two runs. But that was two too many for the offense.

    • mattyflex - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      I thought Wandy did a fine job, but Hochevar was locating his pitches like a boss last night. They did indeed swing at some junk, but Hochocinco had good movement as well.

      On another note, I’m not sure what’s going on down in Houston, but last night was the second night in a row I’m convinced Royals fans drowned out the home crowd.

      • stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        What you heard last night was all that 18,098 voices could muster. Looking at the ball park from my television, I would tell you that is high. A certain despair has set in. Houston fans don’t do rebuilding well (especially since we have already been “rebuilding” since 2007). In fact, I think the level of despair is too high. The quality of the team is not high, but to date it is better than was predicted. But so it goes……………….

        You are right about Wandy. After a flailing start, he pitched a pretty good game. That’s why I added my second note.

        As to Hochevar, I’m sorry. But too many pitchers have been “Locating like a boss” against the Astros lately. It’s got to come back down on the hitters at some point.

  8. Old Gator - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    The Feesh sink below the Strange Attractor even with a respectable offensive showing for the first time in yonks. Slobbering Ozzie jiggered the lineup, dropping Gaby and Black Hole Buck to eighth and ninth and moving the Hanster up to second and the Iron Giant to third. Tweeter, batting cleanup, has his best night since he lost his virginity, three for four with a dinger and a double double….heh, oops, the NBA Finals are still weeth me this morning, I guess. Unfortunately Mark Buehrle, who has been terrific lately but getting no support, seems to have been so shocked by seeing his own teammates crossing the plate that he coughed up three dingers to Ortiz, Shoppach and the Baseball Netsuke, ex-Feesh Cody Ross. It was nice to see his little round moonface out there as a pleasant contrast to that pallid parody of a redwood burl covering the front of Youkilis’ head. So it goes.

    This June is looking more and more like last June for the Feesh. On the bright side, Macondo is back in monsoon mode after a few days of sunshine and the grass at Macondo Banana Massacre Field will be nice and green when they limp home. In other news: Fido, our odd Hemingway Hound, has finally learned how to use the litterbox. We just leave it on the floor under where he likes to sleep curled up in the corner of the ceiling. Bingo! Problem solved.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      As long as the Feesh continue to be rotten when the Jays visit Miami, I will be content.

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        I can’t see any short term solution to what’s going on with the Feesh, unless they make some kind of major acquisition(s) before the trade deadline. What are they going to do with Black Hole Buck? Who’s going to take a .160-hitting catcher making six million a year?

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        You mean more major acquisitions? Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, and they even tried to get Pujols.

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Well, as I’ve been bellyaching since this past orfseason – since the middle of last season, more like it – the Feesh needed to go out and find a middle or post-middle-of-the-order impact heeter who could drive in runs. Someone with seetuational heeting creds. They finished up last season with one of the worst RISP in the majors and, of course, this season has been more of the same – worse, even, due to the collapse of Gaby Sanchez at the plate, mind you. So they go out and get two peetchers and another tablesetter, which is not to minimize the long term value of either Buehrle, Bell or Jose Reyes, but he’s not the RBI guy they needed. You can make expensive acquisitions all you want, but if they don’t fill the glaring holes in your lineup in ways that makes sense, it won’t matter.

        Once it was clear that Pujols was going sunsetside, what did the Feesh do with all that feelthy luchre they were not going to have to spend on Preence Albert? Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua pronounced themselves happy with what they had. So it goes.

      • stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Poo tee weet?

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Tikili li! Tikili li!

      • stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        I understand Guillermo del Toro’s project to put At the Mountains of Madness on the big screen has fallen through. I can’t imagine how it could have worked, but I was curious.

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        Yep, the studio wouldn’t green light it with an “R” rating; they wanted del Toro to cut it down to a mere “PG” and he said go stuff it. It didn’t fall through because he lacked faith in his vision of the story. I think he could have pulled it off, myself. I really wanted to see the shoggoths as he would have envisioned them….

  9. natstowngreg - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    The Joel Peralta Affair has been veaten to death elsewhere. As it happened, it didn’t make much difference in the game, since Jake McGee came in the and pitched a perfect inning.

    The game was lost to the Nats long before; specifically, in the 4th inning. After Chien-Ming Wang’s latest failure, and Ross Detwiler’s 3.2 hitless innings of relief, Davey may be rethinking the #5 slot in his rotation. Carlos Pena had a homer and single and seems to be out of his slump.

    David Price was OK in going 9-4; 61 strikes, 37 balls, but 2 homers allowed. Ian Desmond’s 11th HR gave him a career high with the season less than half over. Michael Morse hit his first (after replay confirmed it); slowly but surely, Beast Mode is returning. Fernando Rodney continued his improbable run as closer with his 20th save. A pitcher who hasn’t had an ERA under 4.00 since 2006 is at 1.10.

    The Nats’ lead drops to 3 over the Mets and 3.5 over the Braves. The Rays recovered a game against the Yankees and trail by 3. Tonight was supposed to be Strasburg vs. Hellickson, but Chris Archer makes his first MLB start instead.

    • lampdwellr - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Archer is pretty sweet, so that might be fun anyway.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      After Chien-Ming Wang’s latest failure

      You mean he seems limp and lifeless?

      • natstowngreg - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        It’s a dirty job, but with the blog’s chief 12-year old on vacation, someone had to fill in. Well done.

  10. lampdwellr - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Cardinals 3, Tigers 6

    Justin Verlander had three strikeouts, but that included a big one of Allen Craig with the bases full in the 7th. Lance Lynn didn’t have it (5 runs and 9 hits in 5 IP). The Tigers are only 2 behind the Indians, though if I’d told you that Miguel Cabrera would be *fourth* on the team in OBP at this point you wouldn’t believe their record would be this bad.

    • seeinred87 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      More walks than strikeouts for Verlander. Not something we’ll see very often.

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      I’m sad I missed the game last night, just because I would have enjoyed the chance to see Verlander pitch.

  11. proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Amanda McCarthy’s husband (Brandon) returned to the fray after coming off a bout of shoulder pain. He threw 7 scoreless innings. Balfour and Cook completed the 3 to 0 shut out of the Artful Dodgers.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Haha, I’d totally start referring to him as Amanda McCarthy’s husband if he wasn’t just as awesome as she is. Never thought I’d be following a baseball wife on Twitter, but she’s fantastic.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      There was a lot of blue in the Mausoleum last night, but the A’s looked good in their gold unis. McCarthy had great downward plane on his stuff, using every inch of his 6’5″, and the Kemp-less Dodgers, sporting the best record in the MLB, couldn’t find a way to eek out a run let alone win.

      The game marked the return of Another Former A’s Outfielder, Andre Ethier, who never saw the bigs as an A. But Mark Ellis just doesn’t look right in a Dodger uniform, not to my eyes anyway.

      More importantly, the 20 Days of Hatteberg was reduced to 3, with Ray Fosse returning to the booth last night. Turns out Hatteberg is a full-timer with the A’s, an advanced scout in the Pro Scouting division, meaning he’s busy looking at the potential A’s acquisitions as they auction off veterans that someone may want (Crisp, Colon, anybody, please!).

      Hatteberg spent a lot of time talking about the near future (as in “Don’t desert us, few remaining fans, we do know what we’re doing. Beane is Great and Powerful. Remain loyal, all is well!”)

      I’m not sure what good Wolff/Fisher thought they were doing in booting an icon to the curb, even for only 3 days, and replacing him with a glorified shill. One thing Hatteberg did do, perhaps inadvertently, was reveal some things the A’s coaching staff was working on with their players. Most of it was obvious, like getting Tyson Ross to be more consistent (ie stabilize his delivery), but some of it was revealing, such as Reddick can’t hit a fastball up and in (and the Dodgers proved that last night with a steady diet of hard stuff up and in.)

      The A’s get Eovaldi tonight then Kershaw in the bright Thursday afternoon sun. They may never see the ball on Thursday. Maybe the networks should go into hysterical “No hit watch” for that one right now.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        A great review! Well said.

  12. chill1184 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Santana pitched alot better this time around, I figured that it was going to take at least three starts from the No-No for him to get back into the swing of things. Offense is still a damm problem though.

  13. CJ - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Even when the Phillies win, they still find a way to lose. Galvis suspended for PED use and setbacks in the recoveries of Nix, Stutes, trump the Phillies big win last night. With the Nats’ loss, they’re only 8 back now, but with all this team has been through, they don’t feel any closer than when they were back double digits just a week ago.

    On the plus side, Lee could stand to take a few notes from how Hamels pitched last night. If you want a win you have to shut them down and do your part.

    On the downside, the Phillies used almost their entire weekly allotment of run support, so Lee will probably come up short yet again anyway unless he throws a shutout and hits a home run himself.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      You know he almost did exactly that against L.A last year. He threw a complete game allowing just 1 run. The Phillies scored one run but the difference was his homerun in the 7th I think, that’s the one when he was making these “show-me-the-money” gestures to Kyle Kendrick.

  14. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Orioles 0, Mets 5

    Tommy Hunter cannonballs into his personal pool of mediocrity, and invites the rest of the team to join him. Unfortunately, more than a few O’s accept his gracious offer. The O’s shouldn’t feel too bad about a second consecutive shutout since the Mets have done this to two other teams in the past thirty days.

    The O’s have been back-to-back shutout victims after shutting out Atlanta on back-to-back games this past weekend. You have to go back five days to find an Oriole baseball game where *both* teams scored.

  15. dwaynehosey - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    “Clay Buchholz and Logan Morrison conspire to deliver a Marlins victory over the Red Sox. Remaining 48 players refuse to play along”

  16. thefalcon123 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Mariners 12, Diamondbacks 9

    A group of 12 seaman encountered 9 rattlesnakes and challenged them to a 10 inning cricket match for safe passage. The 9 rattlesnakes proved victorious and devoured the seaman’s souls.

  17. goawaydog - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    San francisco … Pigs have stopped flying, hell is warming up again and Zito gave up 8 runs in 3 1/3. Things are getting back to normal around here.

  18. minimoose763 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    As a Giants fans, the only thing I have to say about the Giants-Angels game last night is this: LolZito.

    • stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Don’t mock Barry! Without him the Astros get out of San Francisco with no wins.

      Time for Sabean to cut bait.

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