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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

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Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay is apparently back (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8K). It’s a brand new race in the NL West. And the Dodgers have two broken legs.

Mets 17, Cubs 1: Wow, that wind was really blowing out at Wrigley, eh? At least in the top half of the middle innings anyway. David Wright, drove in five while Ike DavisScott Hairston and Daniel Murphy each drove in four. That’s bloody efficient, yes?

Athletics 2, Mariners 1: Jarrod Parker pitched a gem while Kevin Millwood went down with a groin injury. Oh, and the A’s sported an infield with three Brandons in it: Moss, Hicks and Inge. When I saw Matthew’s headline to that effect there were a few seconds before I remembered who the Brandons would have been. My first thought: a bunch of 20-22 year-old rookies, all of whom were named by parents who were big fans of the “Beverly Hills 90210.” Sadly, all of these three are too old for that.

Brewers 8, Reds 4: Milwaukee breaks its four-game losing streak. If they turn their season around from this point, perhaps they’ll have Nyjer Morgan getting into it with some random Cincinnatian to credit.

Royals 5, Rays 4: Billy Butler hit what proved to be the game-winning homer in the eighth. And thank God, because it was hotter than, well, if we’re thanking God we can’t say it was hotter than Hell I suppose, but it was pretty darn hot. And Bill Butler knew it:

“It was really, really hot out there,” said Butler, who greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with his 15th home run. “It was over 100 degrees. Guys were starting to get dehydrated. It was not a good day to go extra innings.”

We all love day baseball, I realize, but I wonder if it’s at all possible to make some sort of flexible scheduling thing for places like Kansas City or Texas or wherever, allowing the games to be moved into the evening when the forecast calls for triple digits. Because no one can enjoy that except the swells in the luxury boxes.

Red Sox 10, Blues Jays 4: That’s the ninth win in the past 11 games for Boston and five straight series wins too. The Sox scored five off Ricky Romero in the first inning, who was all over the place. Four starters down, one wild as all get-out. One gets the sense that the Jays season is spiraling out of control.

White Sox 12, Twins 5: The Sox rattled off 21 hits. Chris Sale cruised through seven, never having to face more than four batters in an inning. Adam Dunn had three hits including a homer and drove in four. He was 0 for his last 24 coming in to the game.

Yankees 5, Indians 4: A win that felt like a loss for the Yankees, what with Andy Pettitte going down for six weeks after breaking his leg on a comebacker. Old Timers Day is coming up in New York pretty soon. The team may assign extra scouts when Ron Guidry and Whitey Ford take the mound.

Angels 13, Orioles 1: That’s a whuppin’ right there. And in addition to going 4 for 6, Mike Trout did this. Watch through to the slo-mo. That’s some serious air.

Astros 1, Padres 0: A six-hit shutout for Lucas Harrell. Clayton Richard didn’t do much worse. The whole affair was over in 1:58.

Marlins 5, Cardinals 3: John Buck and Logan Morrison went back-to-back in the seventh and the Cards’ win streak is snapped.

Braves 6, Diamondbacks 4: Jason Heyward stays hot, hitting a homer and Chipper Jones went long too. I suppose that will mean four days on the bench with ice packs on his knees, but it’s worth it. Craig Kimbrel has 47 strikeouts in 28 innings, by the way.

Rangers 13, Tigers 9David Murphy went 4-for-5 with two home runs. Roy Oswalt got the W, because he apparently just knows how to win, never mind the five runs on 13 hits.

Nationals 11, Rockies 5: Washington jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the third inning and everything else was pretty much academic after that. The 75-pitch limit for Rockies starters in that new four-man rotation is working out swell. Evereth Cabrera only threw 65 pitches. They came in two and a third innings, but the standards were adhered to!

Pirates 11, Phillies 7: Nice debut for Chase Utley — a homer in his first at bat and three hits overall — but the Pirates went crazy against the Phillies pen, which pitched the whole game as a bullpen special. Homers from Michael McKenryAndrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    The Feesh get a pretty good peetching performance out of Anibal Sanchez and actually back heem with five runs. Tweeter and Black Hole Buck, two of the three weakest links in the batting order, find their juju for a beautiful moment and go back-to-back in the seventh – with the statistical likelihood of back-to-back eclipses – though Tweeter’s shot needed video review after it hit the top of the outfield wall and struck a railing before bouncing back onto the field, looking from some angles like a ground rule double off the wall. And Heath Bell comes out and gives up a sharp ground ball single to open the ninth, and uh-oh, you’re twisting up the ol’ duodenum like a wind-up-propeller airplane rubberband, but the big guy got his three outs and the Feesh climb back to within five of the Strange Attractor ™. They now trail the Feelies by percentage points in the race for the whine cellar.

    Slobbering Ozzie appears to have shaved. Was it supersteetion? If so it didn’t work last night. Perhaps the dampness of the basement was causing lichen to form between the follicles. Folks, there aren’t really any basements in Macondo – you chop through the oolite and water wells up after about three feet. And in other news, the Iron Giant was officially uploaded into the Home Run Derby, singlehandedly making this silly spectacle worth watching this season.

    Sports tawrk raydeeo survey: with the end of the basketball and hockey seasons, the content of the local airwaves have begun to shift away to…er….summer football minicamps, but also to the floundering Feesh. Ozzie is not officially “on the hot seat” yet – many Japanese hotels have heated toilet seats, by the way, which isn’t a bad thing, and may actually be intended to stimulate something, but what? – but still, let’s just say those paper “sanitized” ribbons are being removed at this point. So far there hasn’t been a lot of “what”s wrong” discussions. One theeng you notice here is that nobody wants to mention the way Gabby Sanchez has lost his mojo over the past year, and nobody is calling for the Feesh to unload him – yet. We can expect trade rumors to begin to blossom over the allstar break. We’re still trying to figure out who the Feesh will send. At this point the Iron Giant looks like the only guy on the team with allstar bling, and he’s going to the derby anyway.

    Feesh get a day off. I promise not to surrender to ennui by watching soccer.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      I thought it was backandforthbackandforthbackandforth ball.

      • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        It is, of course. And would be backandforthandbackandforthandbackanforthandbackandforthball, ad infinitum, if I wanted to be precise about it.

        That’s a lot of typing, though. I was just feeling lazy this morning at 6:53AM.

  2. papalurchdxb - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    & Youk outhit Willy again, oh the travesty/horror/shame etc etc etc. On a sensible note, great to see all of the divisions setting themselves up nicely for a good, competitive summer, and the Cubs packing there bags for vacation already.

  3. wlschneider09 - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Further evidence the baseball world is pushing towards normalcy: Nick Johnson left yesterday’s game with an injury.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    I watched the Angels beat Baltimore handily last night. They seem to be coming on strongly. Trout’s catch was spectacular. Weaver pitched very well in his return from an injury. For Baltimore, Jason Hammel got lit up. I wonder if this time he will try to claim that the Angels were stealing signs? He tried out that excuse the last time he was hit hard.

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Nice win for the Yankees coming back 2 or 3 times during the game to finally take the lead and hold on for the win. Like I said nice win for the Yankees but I can’t help but think I would have preferred they lose and Andy not get hurt.
    Anyway now the Yankees welcome the White Sox to the Bronx for a 4 games series having gone 19-5 so far this month increasing their lead over the 2nd place Orioles to 5 games the most of any division leader over a 2nd place team.
    Just one more comment on the game. Almost always the one Yankee star or another get the kudos for a Yankees win. Certainly Cano’s 2 run HR set the table for the win but Eric Chavez deserves just as much credit if not more for driving in the go ahead run in the 8th inning and having 3 RBI’s on the day.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      Chavez has played very well for the Yankees. A great signing on their part.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        For relatively little money. I really liked the signing at the time because they really couldn’t lose on it.

    • stex52 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      I’m of the camp that says Yankees don’t panic over Pettite. It’s a tough blow, but they look to be okay right now. They can figure out what to do when they see how CC and Andy recuperate. Even if Andy’s recovery doesn’t go well – which I rate fairly likely – they still don’t have to hurry about anything.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        You at least have to give Garcia and Warren a couple of starts to see if they can fill in temporarily.

  6. natstowngreg - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    The hope was that Jordan Zimmermann, one of the starting pitchers with the least teammate support, would benefit from the altitude and, more importantly, the opposing pitcher. By Zimmermann’s standard, 11 runs is a month’s worth of support. First back-to back double-digit offensive outbursts by the Nats since doing it to the Mets about 5 years ago.

    Young Tyler Moore had 3 more hits. A nice story of a kid getting an opportunity and stepping up. Moore has been putting up 30-homer seasons in the minors but plays 1B, a position where the organization has a backlog. Injuries provided the opportunity. Obviously, his .346/.414/.635 line is unsustainable, expecially once the Nats leave Colorado, and it’s likely he will return to the bench when Jayson Werth comes back. But he may not see Syracuse again this season.

    Glad to see Marco Scutaro returned from his beaning by Stephen Strasburg Monday night. Considering how upset Strasburg was at the time, I’m pretty sure he’s glad as well.

    The Nats now have the NL’s best record (with 3 fewer games played than the Dodgers and Giants) and MLB’s #3 record. Their lead continues at 3.5 games; seems that whether they win or lose, the Braves and Mets do the same. Edwin Jackson vs. Josh Outman and his 8.00+ ERA this afternoon, then off to one of their favorite ballparks, Turner Field.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      *especially*

      Ed-it Funct-ion! Ed-it Funct-ion! Ed-it Funct-ion!

  7. stex52 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Astros and Padres played the shortest MLB game this year (1:58). Pitching by both young starters was outstanding, but in fairness this was the Astros and the Padres. Brad Mills tried an all right-handed line up against a tough leftie; his brilliant coaching was rewarded with a total of two hits. Fortunately one was the home run by Downs in the third. Little did we know the scoring part of the game was over after that. Back to what we have been arguing about. A coach is a genius or an idiot depending on whether his players perform. Good thing Mills knew Downs was going to hit that homer.

    The game was actually well played by both sides, if you discount the need to hit the ball to win. Astros preserved the win with a nifty 7-2 put out at the plate in the ninth. A crowd of exactly 12 over the Mendoza line watched. Boy, that stadium looks empty with only 15,000 in it.

    Right now Harrell looks like one of the better waivers moves by the Astros in recent history.

    And congrats to the Marlins, Gator. Maybe the long regional nightmare is over.

    • AGirlintheSouth - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      There was a lefty in the Astros’ lineup – Jordan Schafer- although all he did last night was a 1-3 ground out and strikeout.

      And that stadium IS empty with 15k in it! It was eerily quiet in the ballpark for most of that 1hour and 58 minutes.

      • stex52 - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        I stand corrected. I was watching while doing a project for my wife. I missed Schafer. Went with the commentators’ remarks about it being a right-handed lineup. But I’m kind of sorry I wasn’t there. It was a crisp little game. Even if you got lonely out there in the stands.

  8. groundruledoublebourbon - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    You aren’t kidding about the KC weather. It’s hotter than two mice doing you-know-what in a wool sock this week. At 7 o’clock (gametime) yesterday, weather was 102 with a heat index of 108.

    • groundruledoublebourbon - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Argh. Meant to say TWO days ago, as yesterday was a 1 o’clock start on getaway day.

  9. Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    The weather is basically why we’re not going to see the Cubs-Astros game Sunday afternoon. There’s very little area to take cover in Wrigley, why expose yourself to the blast furnace for three hours (especially for some really shitty baseball)?

    • stex52 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      The Astros’ announcers were talking about the day games in Chicago with something approaching active dread. It’s a shame to miss a game for it, but even on the Gulf Coast we get tired of roasting after a while.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Of course, another reason is I’m used to getting hooked up with tickets from my uncle, who’s currently out of commission following hip-replacement surgery. Just looked at those prices – yikes!

  10. thefalcon123 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Actual line said by Marlins announcer after a Matt Holliday 1st inning double:
    “I think if the Terminator came back to Earth, he would hit like Matt Holliday”

    Aside from the obvious bizarre of the Terminator/Matt Holliday link up….were any of the Terminators from space? Did any of them ever leave the planet? I mean, I only saw the first two…

    • cur68 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Terminators are from the future, not space. Never left the Earth as far as I’m aware. . . but then I’ve only seen all of the Terminator movies. Should have done what you did, falco and watched only the first 2. Then my knowledge of the facts wouldn’t bear the taint of crappy movies.

  11. prophet215 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I’m sure Chad Qualls is a nice guy, but he’d be a lot nicer in another NL East team’s bullpen.

  12. beefytrout - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    The Martin Perez era in Texas didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, and Mike Adams continues his quest to help opposing baserunners succeed. The Rangers offense showed up (thankfully), but we will need them again tonight with Scott “I wish I knew my role” Feldman on the mound throwing grapefruits.

    • antlerclaws - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Perez was totally tackled by Prince Fielder on a botched play at first. Talk about welcome to the Bigs.

  13. antlerclaws - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Josh Hamilton only flung one bat into the stands yesterday. He was .250 on bat-flinging while going 0-4 for hits.

  14. pw38 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I tell you what, it was nice seeing Texas put up some runs again. Weird that Josh didn’t contribute at all but hey these things happen. Kinda funny Roy got a W with that performance but it’s a long season; stranger things are going to happen. Plus all that matters is you win.

  15. mornelithe - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Boston scored 6th in the first inning, not 5.

  16. prophet215 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Chad Qualls has been DFA’d and it’s AFT.

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Jarrod “The Real Deal” Parker embraced the A’s new Maximum Efficiency ™ offense yesterday, holding the Mariners to 3 hits and 1 run in seven while the A’s scored 2 runs on two solo homeruns, their only hits. This outburst gave the A’s 10 hits in the 3 games at Seattle, good enough for the 2-1 series win, a result made possible because the Mariners offense is so pathetic and anemic, that despite the massive total of 18 hits in 3 games they could only manage 4 runs. This was dwarfed by the A’s prodigious output of 5 runs.

    Despite the fact that all 3 games were of the one-run variety, many, many fans of baseball in the Bay Area were actually more interested in Timmy’s performance yesterday, some going so far as to refer to the A’s-Seattle match-up as the Paint Dry series, preferring it to my play on the impending yacht race in the bay, the Futility Cup. In any event, the game yesterday, aside from watching Parker, was so boring that CSN didn’t bother to televise it.

  18. goawaydog - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    The last time the Giants had a series sweep + shutout was 1954 against Philadelphia. This one against the Dodgers was much more satisfying for me. I hope Sergio Romo makes the All Star team. he is nothing but dominant and fun to watch.

  19. foreverchipper10 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Who are these Blues Jays you keep talking about in ATH?

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