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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

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Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs.

Giants 2, Dodgers 0: Two games against the their division-leading rivals, two shutouts by the Giants. This one led by Ryan Vogelsong, who blanked L.A. for seven innings, out-pitching Clayton Kershaw. This is NOT the Dodgers team we saw in April and May. They have dropped seven of eight, being outscored 35-13 during that time.

Cubs 5, Mets 3: Anthony Rizzo’s Cubs debut: 2 for 4 with an RBI, with said RBI putting the Cubs ahead to stay in the fourth inning.

Cardinals 5, Marlins 2: Carlos Zambrano has blown up in the past when a fielder makes an error which leads to a big inning. Last night Zambrano made a throwing error in the first that led to five unearned runs. No word on whether he yelled at himself. In other news, Miami is in freefall mode, losers of 17 of their last 20.

Red Sox 5, Blues Jays 1: Aaron Laffey, pressed into service as a starter after spending the last couple of years in the pen, pitched really well, shutting out the Sox over six innings. Then the Jays pen came in and the Sox rallied for five runs in the seventh and eighth innings. That came against the backdrop of an effective Daisuke Matsuzaka start (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5K).

Rangers 7, Tigers 5: Yu Darvish struck out ten Tigers in seven innings and won his tenth game. Josh Hamilton homered for the second straight night, so maybe his recent swoon is ending.

Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1: Hudson beats Hudson. Tim over Daniel to be precise. The former cruised for eight innings, giving up a single run. The latter was beaten up for five in an inning and two-thirds before leaving with forearm tightness as the Braves racked up 17 hits against Dbacks pitching.

Angels 7, Orioles 3: Anaheim had 17 hits of their own last night — four of them homers — with everyone in the lineup reaching at least once and six guys having multiple hit nights. Brian Matusz gave up 13 of them in his five innings. The Angels have won 12 of 16 overall and 12 of their last 13 on the road.

Nationals 12, Rockies 5: Pfft, 17 hits? How about 21? Well, 21 may translate to something less than 17 after adjusting for Coors, but it was still quite an offensive eruption for the Nats, especially considering that 11 of them were for extra bases. Including Adam LaRoche, who hit two homers. Ian Desmond added a 4 for 5.

Yankees 6, Indians 4: Phil Hughes is something of an adventure. He pitched eight shutout innings last night after a start in which he gave up six to the Braves last Wednesday. Also an adventure: Cory Wade who allowed four runs to the Tribe in the ninth before Rafael Soriano had to be summoned on a night that didn’t figure to require a save before the ninth inning.

Phillies 5, Pirates 4: Carlos Ruiz had three hits and a homer to raise his average to .361. Man, where would Philly be without him?

Royals 8, Rays 2: A couple of errors by Sean Rodriguez put Chris Archer in the danger zone in the third inning, but Brandon Gomes allowing four runs in a third of an inning later on doomed any chance Tampa Bay had. Bruce Chen, meanwhile, pitched seven effective innings and Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run bomb to put the game out of reach. The Rays have dropped five of seven games.

White Sox 3, Twins 2: Chicago took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth behind Gavin Floyd‘s seven shutout innings and Matt Thornton‘s one, but then Addison Reed allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. He held on, though. Just wanted to make sure everyone was awake, you know.

Astros 5, Padres 1: Kip Wells got a spot start — his first big league action in years — and, not surprisingly, didn’t do that well (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER and a run-scoring wild pitch).

Mariners 3, Athletics 2: Brendan Ryan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth. I searched all over this this box score for something else interesting and I swear I couldn’t find anything.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Good morning Craig. The Jays lost yesterday to the Red Sox because they did not score enough runs. Congratulations to Boston’s pitchers. The good news for the Jays is that Laffey pitched 6 scoreless innings in his audition for a spot in the rotation and Lind had 2 hits in his return from Triple A. The Jays will give Villanueva an audition for a place in the rotation this weekend. As a Jays fan, it was nice to see Rajai Davis throw out Scrappy at home plate. Davis has played very well since he was given the every day spot in the outfield.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Audition? that’s the problem with these Jays pitchers, they keep acting as if they are reliable starters instead of actually being one.

      And what’s with Rajai Davis and puppy violence? Granted no one likes Scrappy anyway but still…

    • cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      And a prop to Mathis for NOT blocking the plate, fielding the throw and making the tag. Can’t hit for crap, but a great defender.

  2. pharmerbrown - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Yankees game, top of the eighth, two out, runner on third. Hannahan pulls a two-strike Phil Hughes offering into the left field stands… Dewayne Wise comes over and pulls a Derek Jeter into the stands. Only 1 problem… HE NEVER CAUGHT THE BALL!!! Third base umpire Dana Demuth incorrectly ruled that Wise made the catch, however Wise didn’t have the ball when he got back into the field of play. Hannahan was subsequently ejected for arguing the play a half-inning later.

    Time for robots? Or maybe expansion to include traps and all boundary calls? Your move, Mr. Selig.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      As others have mentioned throughout the internet last night and this morning, I still can’t believe that the umpire never asked Wise to open his glove!

    • paperlions - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      Or…you know…umpires could do something so simple as making sure the player has the ball.

      • pharmerbrown - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:14 AM

        And not the fan six seats away waving it around.

        If Demuth failed to ask, or made an incorrect assumption, replay would’ve caught it. No, the game wasn’t on the line then, and Corey wade may well have sat were it a 6-1 or 2 lead, but the game has to be played out. Replay supports that

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      “Your move, Mr. Selig”????

      Welcome to the wonderful world of plate tectonics….

    • urfinished - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Yea it was really just an abomination that the ump didnt ask to see the ball in a timely manner. That play did not need replay or robots.
      Certainly not the reason Cleveland lost that game as Wade wouldnt have pitched the 9th if it wasnt a 6-0 game entering.

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      I’m really beginning to like Dewayne Wise over that move. Mephistophelian chic. He must have been awakened by laughing fits two or three times in the middle of the night last night.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      pharmerbrown, I hate to be a stickler for accuracy but I believe what you are describing happened in the top of the 7th inning not the 8th inning. I think Hughes retired the side in order in the 8th inning. It seems that umpires aren’t the only ones that are human and can make mistakes. Just my opinion.

      • pharmerbrown - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        both the timing and the umpire are incorrect. nor am i shouting that the umpire should be fired, but rather that the league should allow use of replay for more than they currently do. I understand that mistakes happen, but if modern technology (e.g. instant replay, edit functions) would allow those mistakes to be rapidly corrected, i don’t understand the reticence.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Once the Feesh and Krazy Karlos coughed up that five-spot in the first inning, stumbling and bumbling (two errors) and feeding another beachball to Yadier Molina, I kinda got distracted by other stuff and then dozed off reading a good book while the Feesh rolled over and died for the rest of the game. I missed that dull thud of the team landing in the NL East basement as the Feelies evacuated just in time to avoid being splattered by the descending mass.

    Aside from reading this morning that Slobbering Ozzie got ejected for arguing balls and strikes for the first time as manager of the Rainbow Warriors I can’t really tell you much about went on. We know that the locals continue to sink beneath the Strange Attractor by seex games – it remains barely veesible to the naked eye on a clear day, of which we haven’t had any for weeks now – and the murmurs of “wait till next year,” despite being repressed by the Scrooge McLoria thought police, are beginning to be heard in and around Macondo. The Iron Giant shook off his rust and cranked another one of his patented moonshots 454 feet to dead center field, and doubled as well. Good sign for heem. Tweeter, who had shown some signs of life last week, is now on a 2 for 22 schneid again, good for eleven points off the top and he has settled back into his comfort .220-and-change zone, thereby probably sinking any hopes that he might be packaged in a trade for anyone more useful by the deadline.

    That’s what we know. We now return you to discussions of teams that have remained relevant.

  4. kvanhorn87 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    I know he has no shot at getting it but Carlos Ruiz has to be in top 5 for MVP. I know it seems laughable that a guy who won’t make the Allstar game could finish that high in the voting but seriously he is the only person keeping this together. More of a true definition MVP than the usual best players who get it.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Right now definitely top 5 most valuable players to their teams in the NL… He leads all of baseball with an average of .361. He leads all catchers in the ML in R’s, AVG, OBP, SLG, XBH, HBP, IBB, and RC. And 2nd in runners caught stealing and CS%.

      I think he will be chosen by LaRussa for the all-star game.

  5. stex52 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Not yet time for relevant teams. Good morning, OG.

    We have a correction, Craig. Astros 5, Padres 3, after a nail-biting ninth where the Astros give up two runs and Myers loading the bases before getting the last out. Maybe he figures he needs to pad his Save statistics so he can get a better trade. J.D. Martinez is remembering how to hit again; starting pitching hangs in there with its usual steady performance, and the relievers continue to keep things exciting. I sure hope Altuve is back soon. They don’t have much hitting to spare.

    Attendance managed to squeak barely over the 15,000 Mendoza line. Watching from my TV, I would have said there were about 35 people there total, counting the players on the field. Granted, the team is better than expected. But Houston has not quite bought in yet.

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Good morning stex.

      I’ve got a buddy in San Angelo who is a lifelong Astros fan, and has resisted many temptations to watch the Rangers because, you know, they don’t play real baseball. But he was talking about maybe changing, if not his loyalties, then at least his temporary interests this season because, after all, the Astros won’t be playing real baseball either next season. I pointed out to him that they’re playing better baseball in this valedictory season than anyone predicted they would and that he should enjoy the last vestige of the genuine product. I think I managed to convince him not to do anything that would eat at his conscience this weenter.

      • stex52 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        A discussion well spent. I just wish I could get over the feeling that NL real baseball is on a short string. What with the abomination having crept into the minor leagues, college ball (and I think a lot of high school stuff), how much longer can they hold up with a generation of peetchers that don’t even know which end of the bat to hold?

        I know everything changes. And I hate to sound like some flat-earther (Lord knows we have enough of those in our political system right now). But this is just not right.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        Well, if the cancer of designatedhiterball ever takes over, I’ll just be only marginally interested in the game as played and become more of a historian. I’d be sorry to see my grandchildren deprived of the real thing, though.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    “Carlos Ruiz had three hits and a homer to raise his average to .361. Man, where would Philly be without him?”

    bWAR has him listed at 3.7 more wins than an average player, but considering reality and lack of production from most of the Phillies for most of the season thus far. I’d say he was worth most of the Phillies wins this season above the average players of this team with the second best producer going to Juan Freaking Pierre (I swear I’m in bizarro world when I say that). But the silver lining to it all is they are not out of first place by all that much and Utley is coming back. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that he’ll produce like Chase Utley should produce. Followed by Roy Halladay. Followed By Howard. It could be ok Philly.

    • cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Hey, hey, hey. . . hey. No backhanding Jaun Pierre. He IS the Ophence. Show peanut head some love, man. He and Chooch carrying that team.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        I will always love Peanut Head. Memories of 2003, you know. And he still plays the game with the visible joy of a kid. Great fun to watch.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        I wish we could edit these things. I should have capitalized his name like you did. Peanut Head. The Man. The Legend. The Ophence.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        Juan Pierre has been the second best Phillie position player without a doubt. And yes, it is fun watching him play FOR the Phillies. To be fair my Feesh memories of him have curses attached.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      If his rWAR (sorry, B-R uses Rally’s version) is 3.7, that’s over a replacement player, not an average player. At this point in the season, he’s probably something like 2.5-3 wins over an average player. Still awesome for a catcher, though. Chooch is definitely doing his part to keep the Phightins in the race.

    • jwbiii - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      And the available player in this case, Erik Kratz, is just about a replacement level player. So think 3.7 wins better than Erik Kratz.

  7. kvanhorn87 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Buster posey selected by fans, LaRussa will be loyal to Molina (sp?) that means Ruiz would be 3rd catcher. Looking further at his stats, they are nothing short of MVP caliber.

  8. icanspeel - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Kip Wells didn’t pitch too badly for the Padres as only 2 of his 5 runs were earned.. But it was his error that lead to the unearned runs as he rushed a throw to 2nd after making a great catch of a comebacker. It does make me wonder why errors by the pitcher are considered unearned runs when they technically earned it with their own bad defense.

  9. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    “This is NOT the Dodgers team we saw in April and May”

    I saw this morning Matt Kemp was cleared to compete in the HR Derby. He’s got to be back the day after the all-star break.

    • clydeserra - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      but it is the dodgers we all expected back in february and march

  10. beefytrout - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Darvish seems to be the rare case of a pitcher getting stronger as the game goes on. He’s wobbly in the first two innings, and then by the 5th he’s lights out. I sure wish Mike Adams would stop playing “let’s put a few dudes on base and see what happens.” And Joe Nathan is, so far, a fantastic signing by the Rangers.

    • pw38 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Yeah their bullpen, while great overall, tends to play with fire a bit too much for my liking. Darvish has been about what I expected him to be. I don’t think he’s an all-star yet but if he can get his walks under control and stop putting himself in a hole early he’s going to be as dominant as any great pitcher in the past 10 years. I’ve already seen him progress quite a bit since his first start. I like his delivery and his sinker and curve are beyond nasty. I like his high heat too. The guy definitely has the looks of being the real deal. Let’s hope he keeps it up under the heat.

  11. antlerclaws - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Somebody needs to get a pool going on when Josh Hamilton is going to kill someone with a bat. He’s averaging slinging one per game into the stands. (He let fly 2 in one at-bat a couple of nights ago.) It’s got to where people are buying tickets to that section for the specific reason of having a chance to catch a bat, or possibly die trying. If you sit right there near the Rangers’ dugout, you probably have a better chance of catching a bat than a foul ball. Woe to the person who is not paying attention for a couple of seconds when Josh Hamilton is up to bat.

    P.S. He’s come fairly close to taking out Nolan Ryan and former Pres George W., since that’s where they always sit. I’ll bet the Secret Service agent in charge of W. never thought he’d one day be flinging himself in front of a baseball bat twirling toward the President at xxx-mph.

    • pw38 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Yeah it’s getting to the point where MLB is going to need to step in. I get losing your bat every now and then. It happens. Josh has it happen way too much. Almost to the point where I think he’s subconciously doing it on purpose to gain even more attention. The more thrown bats he has the less likely I think he’s going to stay with the Rangers(don’t ask my reasoning, just trust me lol). I fully expect him to go through at least 5 bats a game by the end of the season.

  12. uyf1950 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Regardless of what happened in the 7th inning of the Yankees/Indians game it was still and excellent outing by Hughes. With the exception of just 2 outings over his last 9 or 10 starts he has pitched very well. Not bad for a guy most had written off after last season. He’s been an important piece why the Yankees are 18-5 so far in June.

  13. bravojawja - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Is that an Archer reference in the Royals/Rays recap? If so, awesome.

    The Braves announcers (and my wife) assumed D Hudson left the game because of the heat here in Atlanta, and wondered why a guy playing for Arizona would have a problem with it. Fact is, it wasn’t all that hot here last night, humidity or no. He did look terrible, though. I would guess that was more because he gave up a gazillion hits and runs before getting six outs than the heat. And, you know, the bum forearm.

  14. APBA Guy - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    “I searched all over this this box score for something else interesting and I swear I couldn’t find anything.”

    Craig, Craig, Craig. Welcome to my world!

    This is what we are reduced to in viewing the Games of the Futility Cup (ie,, Seattle v Oakland):

    – Jemile Weeks walked twice, raising his OBP to .316. He’s the lead-off man.
    – The A’s 5 hit “outburst” gives them a total of 8 for the series so far, and they haven’t faced the King.
    – Seattle’s crowd was only 12,000, which made the A’s very comfortable
    – Jonny Gomes is the OPS leader for the A’s at .865

    Fascinating stuff!

    Seriously, after the A’s/Giants series, this is like watching paint dry. Good thing the DVR has several speeds of fast-forward.

    • cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      AP, I’m getting worried about you. You seem less peppy than usual. Less of the ole spark. I think you need a break from this AL West stuff. In fact, if at anytime you want to start watching Beaver Men games and providing analysis and re-caps, I just want you to know that this will be fine with me. C’mon, man. No need to keep doing this to yourself, now is there? I have a suggestion: whyn’t you try something a little different? Just for tomorrow’s re-caps, may I suggest you give this a go: watch the Beaver Men vs The Valentines (game time in 30 minutes) over at Fenway. Do your usual re-cap thing, but this time in relation to some pretty good teams, with interesting hitters (featuring The Most Interesting Hitter In The World. He doesn’t always hit homers, but, when he does, he prefers Left Field; & Dustin “Evil Dwarf” Pedroia: 1.08 Altuves tall & 2.2 Ecksteins of Scrappy). Also on the menu, a pair of starting rotations more pieced together than the dog’s dinner. The Valentines even featuring a bullpen that has Vicente Padilla (Erect, Shining & Proud . . . and probably ribbed for someone’s pleasure, too. Ugliest damn pitcher on the planet, if you ask me). You’ll feel right at home, since these are the two teams battling for the bottom of the AL Beast. You’ll get a little frisson as you realise that they have winning records, score a ton of runs and play to relatively big crowds. If, by doing this, you don’t feel instant relief and have a new spring in your step, then only sildinafil citrate can help you . . . but see a doctor if the spring in your step lasts for more than four hours, ‘kay?

      • goawaydog - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        APBA Guy, it’s nice of Cur to offer to make you an honorary Beaver Man but we need you to stay on the west coast and not join the east coast bias commentary. if you step needs more pep then come farther west to the comfy confines of the orange and black down on 3rd and King. you can relive the glory of the the As beating the Dogders vicariously through a Giants sweep today. Here’s to hoping the Timmmy Tim Tim who struck out the side in Oaktown and then made an angry face for the 5 innings shows up today and not that feather weight who started the game.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        I cannot help but feel that your screenhandle is a direct injunction to me. I shall not leave, and, moreover, given the first available chance, shall do unspeakable things on your lawn and to the legs of any attractive females you know . . . not out of any malice, of course. I just can’t help myself.

      • goawaydog - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Cur had I had that much forethought into into my screen handle I would have gone with goawaybeaver for this post. then you could have gnawed on the legs of the many many many attractive females I know (this is called the internet exaggeration factor) and done unspeakable things to the trees in my yard I suppose.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Sooo…I have your permission then? Outstanding. Tell the ladies I’ll be right over.

  15. goawaydog - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    June 13th was declared Matt Cain Day in S.F. (wow, I know, even Matt seemed “overwhelmed” by this honor) and he was given the key to The City before yesterdays game too.

    Giants win, Dodgers lose, happy happy joy joy. hoping for a Nor Cal double sweep of the bombers today.

  16. rastaraider - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    BEAT LA! BEAT LA!

  17. natstowngreg - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    The Nats scored 12 runs. Even though it was in Denver, against the Majors’ worst pitching staff, I had to type that just to believe it was true. First time the Nats have scored more than 7 in a game in a month, exactly (at Turner Field, the next stop on their abbreviated road trip). Monday, it looked like the Nats couldn’t even score at Coors; hopefully, that problem lasted only one game.

    Gio pitched well enough to win at Coors (6 innings, 5 runs) to go 10-3. The Rockies’ pitcher usage strategy led to Guillermo Moscoso being left in the game to, as Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post termed it, pitch batting practice (1.2 innings, 8 runs).

    Congrats to Ryan Zimmerman on the ocasion of his 1,000th hit. It was quite overdue. Ryan, being Old School(TM), has been playing through shoulder pain, hitting pitifully while excelling, as usual, in the field (despite a throwing error last night). A cortisone shot before last Sunday’s game in Baltimore seems to have helped him revive his stroke. This is something the Nats need desparately as they search for a way to score enough runs when they aren’t a mile above sea level.

    The Nats remain up by 3.5 games, with the Braves taking their turn in second place. Jordan Zimmermann hopes to get more than his usual 2 runs of support. The Rockies will be represented by a young gentleman about whom Matthew posted a short time ago.

  18. foreverchipper10 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Archer. Danger Zone. Typical Craig.

  19. indaburg - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    The Rays have already allowed more unearned runs this year through 70-something games than they allowed the entire 2011 season. Too many damned errors. This, in turn, affects pitching, their other supposed strong point besides their defense.

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