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And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition

Jun 21, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

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We’re leaving the commentary up to you this week. Links to Wednesday’s recaps and box scores:


Braves 10, Yankees 5

Royals 2, Astros 1

Blue Jays 3, Brewers 8

Mariners 10, Diamondbacks 14

Rangers 4, Padres 2

Reds 1, Indians 8

Cardinals 3, Tigers 1

Rays 2, Nationals 3

Rockies 6, Phillies 7

Twins 2, Pirates 1

Marlins 5, Red Sox 15

Orioles 3, Mets 4

Cubs 0, White Sox 7

Giants 0, Angels 6

Dodgers 1, Athletics 4

  1. jarathen - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Jered Weaver’s back, Garret Richards is filling in for Jerome Williams while he undergoes more tests (and his pitching hasn’t been too hot lately, either), and the Angels have taken yet another series.

  2. drewmunny - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Braves 10, Yankees 5
    On a hot and humid day in the Bronx, Phil Hughes managed to negate what looked like a turnaround on his part by serving up four homers in 4.1 innings. Freeman, Heyward and Prado all went deep for the Braves, propelling them to their second straight win, the first time since June 9th. With Freeman healthy, the Braves look like they’re ready to roll again, and they delivered nothing less than a shellacking to my beloved Bombers.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Has Hughes even been mediocre this year? It seems he’s either excellent or atrocious. He needs to find a happy medium and be consistant.

  3. groundruledoublebourbon - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    While some may remark this “Reader’s Choice” ploy is pure laziness by Craig’s minions, I like to think of this mailed-in effort as 100% more work than I do when the boss is away.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      ATH is starting to concern me. The ‘Mariners seamen’ ‘Pigs and Zito’ recaps yesterday were too brief and amusing to ignore. This form of artificial intelligence is becoming self aware. We have already discussed automated strike zones for Christ sake!
      Baseball Skynet is taking over.
      I’m stocking up on canned peaches and going back down into my bunker.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        Canned peaches? You are taking canned peaches? I like peaches as much as the next guy…but you are gonna’ have to take more food Kiwi.
        Raman Noodles, MRE’s, Spam, etc…
        You know…all the stuff that lasts forever and tastes like Fido’s ass.

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        And Beefaroni. Don’t forget Beefaroni. When the rescue team reached the Donner Party in the spring, they found four unopened cartons of Beefaroni in one of the wagons.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Lets go find Myles Dyson and put and end to this right now!

    • Drew Silva - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Don’t sell us short. We’re tremendous slouches.

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Bethlehem awaits you all.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Be sure to visit Dorney Park while you’re there

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Caddyshack references prove otherwise. Bravo.

    • goawaydog - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Craig who?

      • Drew Silva - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        And on June 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM, the revolt began.

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        And at two forty five the hand became alive….the temperature of the forearm showed a twenty degree rise.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        You know, that nerdy legal intern that Mr. Silva brings in to write on legal issues in MLB.

      • goawaydog - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        ATH is just the first step … with the inmates are running the asylum … the possibilities are endless

      • natstowngreg - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        …and frightening.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        This week should be dedicated to bashing the Braves while Craig is away.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

        No, Brave-bashing needs to take place while Craig is on the clock for maximum impact.

  4. paperlions - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    I like some of the reader’s summaries….I think this should be maintained as a regular weekend post, and perhaps even during the week from time to time….just for a change of pace.

  5. natsattack - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Nats 3, Rays 2
    Stras had some early trouble, but managed to right his ship, the Nats tagged Archer for 3 runs on 3 hits and an error in the first, and didn’t get a hit for the rest of the game. Both bullpens were flawless, no further retaliation over the previous night even though pine tar pitched.

    • natslady - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Hugs all around for Peralta from the Nats players before the game. Stras not worried about a glove inspection because “I don’t cheat.” Davey said ejection from the game was enough for Pine-Tar Peralta, doesn’t think he should be suspended.

      Rays’ baby pitcher Archer overcame first-inning nerves and pitched very well–of course, since the Nats CAN’T HIT, wasn’t a real test.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        This had the look and feel of a Nats game from April, except the Nats scored the winning runs in the 1st, not the 8th. Young Archer looked very good after the shaky 1st. Meanwhile, Strasburg met the definition of a stopper, as in stopping losing streaks.

        The key play in the game was a basrunning blunder by Young Mr. Harper. He broke for 3rd on a grounder to short. But Elliot Johnson made a bad throw. The ball went into the Rays’ dugout, allowing Harper to score. Ian Desmond drove in Ryan Zimmermann (who hit the grounder), giving the Nats the needed third run. Harper admitted that it was a bad move, which is a good thing. After all, admitting that you screwed up is the first step in avoiding further screwups.

        Odd moment in the bottom of the 8th. Joel Peralta started to come in from the bullpen. He was waved back into the bullpen, as Burke Badenhop took the mound. One batter later, Peralta came in, to boos from some (yours truly not included) in the announced crowd of 27,000+. ESPN’s game highlights showed that Peralta was using the glove of Jeremy Hellickson (who was supposed to start the game). No further incidents as Peralta finished the inning.

        The Nats remain up by 3, the Rays 3 behind. Gio tonight vs. Matt Moore, the other member of the 2012 phenom troika (with Harper and Mike Trout).

  6. chill1184 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    With the exception of the two run bomb, Gee pitched a relatively good game. Hopefully in his next start will be like this and not like when he faced Giants earlier in the season.

    • chadjones27 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      With the exception of the 3 homeruns, Blanton pitched a relatively good game.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        To be fair to Mr 1184, Gee was working a 1-hitter in the 8th when things went wrong. So it’s true that he had a great game going, and he just ran out of gas.

    • stex52 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      With the exception of not getting any hits with RISP and losing the game, the Astros had a relatively good game.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        if at first……

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Bah, humbug

  7. stex52 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Astros 1 Royals 2
    Through the first 60 games of the season the Astros managed to maintain a record fairly close to .500 by being number 2 in hits with RISP. This was despite an overall team batting average that hovered in the .240’s. Well, boys and girls, as we all know, those things even out over the long run. Last night of 12 hitters to rach base, one scored. Another solid pitching performance wasted.

    Like I said yesterday, they can’t all be Sandy Koufax. At some point you have to deal with the fact that your young guys aren’t hitting. In the case of the Astros, they are getting a steady diet of junk and they aren’t coping. Brad Mills has his hands full keeping the ship upright over the next three months.

  8. thephilsabide - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Phillies win it in the 9th on pure hustle and a Todd Helton brain fart. Actually, it was worse than a fart….it was a brain shart.

    • chadjones27 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      The shortstop should have gone to second on the Victorino hit. Game over.

      • kellyb9 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        Don’t you mean “Game Tied”?

      • chadjones27 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        OK, game tied, the Phils lose it due to their struggling bullpen. Close enough

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Actually I watched the video of the play and I’m not convinced Scutaro had a play at 2nd Base, Victorino had hustled on the play and was beating LeMahieu to the bag. Scutaro’s position was angled away from 2nd base, he was a good two steps away, he would have had to lunge. He went for the sure out at first. If Helton fields his position correctly the inning is over with no more damage.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        I think chadjones27 means the play before Polanco, when Victorino got an infield hit and Ruiz was chugging to 2nd. I intially thought that too, but in watching the replays, I don’t think Scuturo would have made it to the bag in time – watch at the 32 second point

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        OK I see the play now. Scutaro was closer to the bad than Ruiz BUT Ruiz had a lot of momentum so it would have been a close play. No way he could have just stepped on the bag, he would have needed two long steps to get there. I think that would have been another lunge.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Looking again, I don’t think Scutaro had a chance at second. In the time he caught the ball and threw to first Ruiz was already sliding at the 2nd base bag. If he barely had time to throw to first by the time Ruiz was spreading dust clouds no way he could have covered the distance to make the play himself, he was actually 3 steps away from the bag, too far when Ruiz has momentum.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        I agree FC, Ruiz would have made it before Scutaro

    • cleverbob - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Can you say ‘winning streak’?

      • dennisund - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        The bats are *starting* to work a bit better, but Kendrick and Blanton give us a ~40% chance of a quality start. I will take any bit of luck they can stumble on, because they will need it before they get healthy.

  9. sdelmonte - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    The Mets’ pitchers ran their shutout streak to 29 innings before Dillon Gee gave up a two-run blast to Wilson Betemit. And then to make things interesting, Frank Francisco came into the game in the ninth, allowed a run, and walked two men to load the bases before getting out of it.

    For the fourth straight series, the Mets were involved in a sweep. I wonder if any keeps stats on most consecutive sweeps a team is involved in.

    Next up: Subway Series II, at Citi Field. With any luck, the weather will have cooled off some. It can’t have been pleasant for any of the teams that played in the NYC parks yesterday.

    • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Dickey versus the Borg. I shudder with delight at the prospect.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Allowed a run? He walked in a run on 4 pitches. It’s worse than “allowed a run”.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        But not as bad as walking in a run when you’re facing the other team’s closer.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        I blotted out the memory of this travesty.

        This is why we leave recaps to the pros, I guess. They can tolerate pain I willingly forget.

  10. ajcardsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Cardinals 3, Detroit 1
    Jake Westbrook pitches a full game with 5 strikeouts, a walk and 5 hits. Porcello struggled a bit with 2 runs, 10 hits.Tigers had 1 Run – Descalso had an error that let Baird advance to second on a single and made room for a run when Jackson hit a double. Molina gets the tie breaking hit and Peralta had an error on the play.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Beanbags 15, Feesh 5. The Feesh go from bad to atrocious. Aided by freak adiabatic currents caused by global warming, Tweeter and Buck homer and the incredible shrinking Gaby Sanchez bloops a two out RBI single. Otherwise the Rainbow Warriors fail to take advantage of our planetary return to Jurassic climate and go 2-for-14 with RISP, cementing their grip on the NL’s worst RISP, and Ricky Nolasco’s evil pod twin shows up and gives up nine runs in three and a third before being lifted for an earthling, a Homo sapien fresh from Nawlins, Chris Hatcher, who coughs up four more. A couple of innings later Beantown area native Steve Cisek comes unstuck in time. Listen: Cisek, who has been widely interviewed in the Macondo Harold and its Spanish language companion edition, the Mismo Viejo Mierda Harold, and all over the overabundant Spawrts Tork Raydeeo shows, exults about the thrill of finally coming home and pitching before his family and friends in the stadium where his boyhood dreams of baseball stardom were minted. He comes out of the arson pen in the ninth and gets shelled for a couple of runs. So it goes.

    Interessin’ fack heard on the raydeeo: the Feesh’s 6-7-8 heeters collectively are the worst in MLB by about 20 points. Kinda gitsya right here, don’t it?

    Interessin’ other fack: Scrooge McLoria showed up before the game for a couple of interviews wherein he laughed off the current debacle and said the Feesh were going to be in it right down to the wire. He might have meant the one by which they’ll be hanging from a meathook by the end of July. In any event, a nameless correspondent on Clark Spencer’s Macondo Harold blog responded to the Kahuna’s comment thusly: “Is Loria brain dead?”

    When I can’t say it better myself, I let someone else do the talking. I can be every bit as useless as Drew when called upon to be.

    • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      PS – those who insist that they come here for baseball discussion and don’t want to talk politics, climate change, civil rights or the criminal profiles of our prior chief executive and his cohorts probably don’t come here to discuss box turtles either. Ah well. Regardless of their assorted animadversions, yours truly was last night endowed with a box turtle – yes, I said a box turtle – named Henry who was too vicious for its owner, crawled around her living room trying to bite and frightening her dog which is, I swear on the Buddha’s essential non-being, a pit bull. Henry is now ensconced in my backyard turtle pen where he immediately began attacking and harassing the other turtles, his bright red Rosemary’s baby eyes glowing like coals, but he now seems to have settled down into a misanthropic (mischelonian?) funk, half-buried himself in the mulch, and has been sulking all morning. In all my years of interacting with wildlife, I have never, and I mean never, encountered a vicious box turtle before. One for the blogs. I can’t wait to see him interact with Fido, our odd Hemingway hound.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        Gator: Just for the record…I am good with the Turtle commentary. They are interesting creatures to say the least.

      • goawaydog - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        mean turtles = good soup

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        stlouis: ever seen a matamata? Interestin’ creatures? Hoo boy.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        From my seat at Nats Park, watching the Red Sox’ score pile up like a pinball machine’s on the out-of-town scoreboard, I thought to myself, “self, Gator’s recap could be even more entertaining than usual.” However, I was unprepared for the Marlin Perkins “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” bit.

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        My favorite Wild Kingdom bits involved Jim Fowler’s life-and-death struggles with undersized or apparently anaesthetized pythons and such – I think the best moment came when he jumped into a Louisiana swamp and wrestled a seventy five or so pound alligator snapping turtle into the boat, struggling and rolling around while the poor turtle hung out of its shell looking like one of those passively resistant anti-war protesters being hauled into a DC paddywagon. Too much fun. And surely more interesting than the way the Feesh are playing these days.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Turtle tip of the day: Put them in a cage with a Rat and cover them in a mysterious green ooze. Leave a pizza next to the cage, along with an assortment of colored bandanas and ninja weaponry and let the fun begin.

  12. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    With 3 starters on the DL, Joel Carreno, the latest candidate for the Jays rotation fizzled. He was fine for 1 inning, but then began to surrender a lot of runs. When he was called up last season, he was quite good when only asked to go one inning. His future seems to be in the pen. Today is an off day, giving the Jays more time to assess their options for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation.

    In the game it was time for the Brewers to have a multi home run day rather than The Jays. Braun hit his 20th HR of the season giving him the NL lead. For the Jays, Encarnacion also hit his 20th moving him to 5th place in the AL home run race.

  13. crispybasil - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I think you all need to start “HBT Commenters Talk.” I would read that blog. Just sayin.

  14. beefytrout - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Rangers 4, Padres 2

    Yu Darvish gets past a shaky start in the first couple of innings and ends up with his second straight 8 IP, 2 ER game. The Rangers have now swept the past two series (admittedly, against weak NL teams) and have won 9 of 10. They are sitting on 43 wins, good for tops in MLB, and are also tops in Run Differential, by quite a large margin:

    1. Rangers +94
    2. Yankees +54
    3. Cardinals +52
    4. Dodgers +47
    5. Red Sox +39

    That probably doesn’t mean too much, seeing as how Boston is in 4th place and the cards are in 3rd in their respective divisions, but it’s such a difference that it’s worth noting.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Actually, I’d place slightly more stock in run diff than actual record as an indicator of team quality right now. Obviously the Red Sox and Cardinals have real deficits that they have to overcome, and in Boston’s case they have to do it while playing in the toughest division baseball has seen since the strike, but they’re both good teams.

      • beefytrout - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        Hey, Rangers fans will take it!

    • pw38 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      I’d prefer to see LOB as well. I know the Rangers have been leaving a bunch on and would be curious to see where they stand against the other top teams.

      • beefytrout - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Without doing any research whatsoever, I can tell you that the Rangers lead the universe in LOB.

  15. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Odd situation last night in the Rockies/Phillies game. The home plate umpire was hit hard in the mask by a fastball. Looked like Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario was expecting a different pitch. The umpire stumbled, but was more stunned than hurt. Luckily he was not hurt and returned to his duties… And then the crew chief, who was at, i think, 3rd base for the night, started scolding Rosario for not catching the ball. It was a 5-5 game and no one would have had reason to let a pitch intentionally hit the umpire. Very bizarre to see an umpire react that way to something that was unintentional.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      There was a lot odd and rare stuff going on last night in that game, to wit: Umpire hit in the mask, Helton not fielding first base correctly, Martinez with a 3-run HR, the Phillies with a walk-off win…

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      Actually Michael Martinez has an interesting stat: his 4 career home-runs are all with men on base. No solitary home-runs… this guy sure gets the most bang for the buck.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      It was weird . . . you could see Rosario say he was sorry, yet the ump continued to talk at him.

  16. wlschneider09 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Twinkies 2, Buccos 1

    A pitching (????) duel erupted, or perhaps a poor hitting throwdown, it was hard to tell. Bedard and the enigmatic Liriano put up near identical lines (6IP, 4hits, 2 bb, 6-7 k’s) before departing to the showers to enjoy their no-decision status. Willingham took a rare Grilli mistake deep to left-center for the deciding run in the 8th, sending the home fans back across Clemente bridge in a hopeful state for tomorrows contest.

    • wlschneider09 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Oh, and all attending agreed that Phillie fans are angry individuals who probably vote republican. :)

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        I felt I needed to put that here to maintain our ATH baiting lifestyle, while cleverly slipping it into a recap that few are likely to pay attention to.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        Problem is the city of Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs are pretty blue, making it tough to bait both Philly fans and conservatives at the same time.

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        Not if you don’t care about being factually correct!

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Tommy Milone 3 hit complete game against the team with the best record in baseball? Is the sky falling yet?

    The look on Don Mattingly’s face when Tony Gwynn Jr clanked Seth Smith’s double to tie the game in the 6th (ruled a hit) was both priceless and horrible. Never has the phrase “Death Stare” been so perfectly illustrated. Of course, Don was probably remembering Gwynn Jr overrunning Seth Smith’s single the night before, allowing an additional run to score and Smith to go to third. “How much is Smith paying you?” was plainly visible in the dialog box above Mattingly’s head. Well, maybe not “plainly visible” but easily imagined.

    But that wasn’t the Dodger’s biggest problem. Their pitchers not named Kershaw had surrendered 7 runs in two games, but the Dodgers were 0-2 at the Mausoleum. Putting up with Monster Rodents ™ at the ballpark is one thing, losing 2 games on a total of 5 hits is quite another.

    Five hits. In two games. A’s fans heads fill with the words of the Great and Powerful Beane. “Pitching and defense.” This is the vision come alive. Can this be sustained?

    We’ll see. Tune in today at 12:30 as Kershaw takes the mound in bright sunshine. A sun so bright on the longest day of the year-1 that batters (and fielders) can’t pick up the ball immediately. The no-hit watch starts now.

  18. goawaydog - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Giants fans just want to thank the A’s for beating LA, sorry we didn’t do hold up our side of the Bay for you against the “other” LA. Giants need a day off to lick their wounds and maybe find some bats that don’t have holes in them. However it is a day game in Oakland, should be a perfect to spend the afternoon out in the bleachers.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Speaking of which, the Beat L.A. chant coming from A’s fans? Might as well come from some Newarkian or Hobokener.

    • pw38 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      As a Ranger fan the least you could do for beating us in the ’10 series is take a few from the Angels. Thanks for nothin’.

      • goawaydog - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        agreed, and I know there are no Giants players left from the WS against the Angels but Giants fans have long memories and are still bitter and losing 2 of 3 to the LA Angels of Aneheim California, as you say in TX, chaps our hides.

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