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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.

Even luckier: the ex-wife’s power was still out as of late Sunday. Mother Nature can be tough and is usually capricious, but sometimes she’s fair. Not that I’m petty about it or anything. OK, a little petty. Anyway, baseball happened yesterday:

Tigers 5, Rays 3: Tampa Bay is in freefall. They dropped three of four to the Tigers. Clearly it was the Tigers dusting off the most awesomest road jerseys they’ve ever had on Saturday night that did the trick. Seriously, Tigers: keep the pullovers. They’re dead sexy. And yes, I realize they didn’t wear them yesterday. I just wanted to post this pic.

Marlins 5, Phillies 2: Miami sweeps the Phillies who have lost five straight. Ricky Nolasco said after the game:

“A sweep against anybody is big, but we know how good that team is and we’re trying to prevent them from getting on a roll as well”

I see quotes like this from Phillies’ opponents a lot lately. Question: at what point do the other teams have to stop paying lip service like this to how good Philly is and treat wins over them like they would wins over any team with a .444 winning percentage?

Giants 4, Reds 3:  Nice vulture job by Santiago Casilla. It was a perfect one, actually, because not only did he blow the save and vulture the win, but he also allowed an inherited runner to score thereby stiffing his predecessor with an earned run. Casilla entered the top of the ninth with a one-run lead and Jay Bruce on first, who had gotten there via a single off Javier Lopez. Casilla allowed Bruce to score, trying the game and blowing the chance for Ryan Voglesong to get the win after a good day’s work, when he gave up three singles. He finally sets down the side and watches from the dugout as Buster Posey hit a double and Angel Pagan doubled him in (with help from Jay Bruce) with the winning run. Hard-earned win there, Mr. Casilla.

Brewers 2, Diamondbacks 1: Tied at one in the ninth, pinch-runner Carlos Gomez at first. They try to pick him off a gajillion times but they don’t get him. he finally steals second, the throw from the catcher sails into the outfield and the throw to get him at third sails into the stands. Gomez trots home. Ballgame. You know those are the kinds of fundamentals that Kirk Gibson just loves to see screwed up. I’m sure he was something other than placid after the game.

Padres 2, Rockies 0: Great for Kip Wells winning his first game in nearly three years, but him throwing seven shutout innings against Colorado in Coors Field may be the biggest indictment yet against this pretty-frequently indicted 2012 Rockies team.

Angels 10, Blue Jays 6: Mike Trout hit the go-ahead homer in the eighth and the Angels scores seven runs in the final two innings to ruin Canada Day in Toronto. Trout went 2 for 4 with a walk and scored three times. He’s now batting .339 on the year.

Twins 10, Royals 8Trevor Plouffe homered twice. The Twins came back from being down 5-1, went up 10-5 and then held on to win 10-8. Josh Willingham homered too. Despite having 17 of those on the year and 55 driven in, he was left off the All-Star team. But hey, three days off, yes?

Cubs 3, Astros 0: A sweep of the Astros by Chicago behind seven and two-thirds shutout innings by Travis Wood. Anthony Rizzo drove in another run.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4: The Cards salvage one. Allen Craig continues to abuse Pirates pitching with his second homer in three days.

Yankees 4, White Sox 2: With starters dropping like flies lately, the one thing the Yankees seriously need is for dudes like Phil Hughes to step up. And up he has stepped his past couple of starts. In this one he allowed two runs over eight innings, helping save the bullpen on a day they needed a rest.

Nationals 8, Braves 4: Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four as the Nats take two of three from the Braves, as they always seem to do. Well, except for four-game series in which they always seem to take three of four.

Indians 6, Orioles 2: Jim Thome made his Orioles’ debut but he didn’t mash any taters. Shelley Duncan mashed a tater, however, and drove in two on a 3 for 4 day.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1: Jason Vargas couldn’t get any run support on a fine day of pitching, so it entered extras tied at one. In the tenth two runners reached on Brandon League and then David Ortiz hit a sac fly to score what would be the winning run off Lucas Luetge. Oh, and Will Middlebrooks left the game with hamstring tightness. I wonder if the White Sox are willing to deal their third baseman.

Athletics 3, Rangers 1: Yu Darvish struck out 11, but Travis Blackley still out-pitched him despite striking out three. Because strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.

Dodgers 8, Mets 3: The Dodgers gave away a Hello Kitty bobblehead last night and they won. I submit that they should give away Hello Kitty bobbleheads all 81 home games of the season.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Another great outing by Phil Hughes. Also everyone expects Cano to perform but kudos to Chavez. He his doing a very good job both offensively and in the field giving A-Rod a rest that I think most Yankee fans would have to agree with.
    Just one more comment about Phil Hughes, I think he’s performed much better this season then many are giving him credit for or will to admit. Here is a quick view of a couple of his numbers month over month.
    April’s ERA: 7.88 / Record: 1-3
    May’s ERA: 4.66 / Record: 3-2-1
    June’s ERA: 2.67 / Record: 4-1
    July’s ERA: 2.25 (1 start) / Record: 1-0

    This Phil Hughes bears no resemblance to the Phil Hughes we all painfully witnessed last season. And that is definitely a good thing.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

      As a Jay’s fan I would not say that is a good thing; however, since some pitchers on my fantasy team (Morrow, McCarthy and Drabek) are hurting, it is a good thing that I had Hughes on my bench.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        Hey @proudlycanadian –

        Thanks for keeping all us ‘Mericans up all night with your wild partying upstairs for Canada Day. We can’t wait to return the favor on Wednesday! I feel like our continental co-tenancy reaches a breaking point this week each year.. Next year I’m sleeping on Mexico’s couch on Canada Day to avoid all this nonsense.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        Have another Double Bourbon on me.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        Gladly. With the strength of the dollar, a couple Loonies would go a long way in buying my next drink.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        I’ve spent a few holidays on Mexico’s couch. I hope your liver is ready and all your digits are functioning when you get back.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        @ sportsdrenched.com

        I hope you got a penicillin shot after staying on Mexico’s couch

    • sportsdrenched.com - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      @GRDB

      I didn’t say Ron Mexico’s Couch

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        Woof Woof!!!

    • Kevin S. - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Why is it fair to break down Hughes’ month-by-month performance to claim he’s better than his season ERA but not Lee’s?

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Boston pulls into sole possession of third place, and, while that doesn’t sound like anything to be proud of, and they’re still 6.5GB of the consistently scorching Yankees, they’re also only a half game from second. And, more importantly, they’re a half game from a playoff spot. After their 4-10 start, they’ve played .585 ball for two and a half months.

    Does anyone else think that 5th place Toronto would be leading the AL Central?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM

      1) Congratulations to Boston. After a rough start, they have performed very well. It is a long season and early success or lack thereof does not necessarily indicate the final standing.

      2) The Jays have scored a lot of runs, hit a lot of homers and have stolen a lot of bases. Pitching has held them back. They probably would lead the AL Central if they were in that division; however, I think that the players really enjoy the competition in the AL East.

      • cur68 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        The Beaver Men clearly have one of the best hitting lineups in all of baseball and one of the most unreliable starting rotations & bullpens. The answer is clear: get middle relief and at least one more SP. The other question is, “where from”? Seriously, this is getting a bit nutty. They score a ton of runs but the pitching help is giving it back faster than the hitters accumulate them. A move for Garza might not be a bad idea. I’m really starting to warm to that idea. Perhaps even Hamels, if he can refrain from plunking random rookies.

        On another note, I do NOT want them out of the AL Beast. If the Beaver Wrestlers can compete at the top in that division then that means they are going to be able to hand any other team their butts. As for right now, they may not be at the top of the heap, but they are fun to watch and you KNOW when they are keeping it this close in the division how good they are. KC next. This will be interesting, to say the least.

  3. natstowngreg - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    For the record, the Nats are 6-2 (one rainout) vs. the Braves, 5-1 at Turner Field.

    Gio struggled through 5 innings but got actual run support, as Tim Hudson had a rare off-day. So he took the mound in the 6th with a 6-1 lead. As with Ross Detwiler’s start Friday, it turned out to be one inning too many, as Freddie Freeman’s homer made it 6-4. But the bullpen held firm for 4 innings, giving Gio his 11th win.

    Having survived the altitude of Colorado and the heat of Atlanta, the Nats return home to more heat (though not as bad). The two best records in the NL meet, with Tim Lincecum vs. Jordan Zimmermann Tuesday evening. The Nats resume their 3.5-game lead over the Mets while the Giants lead the Dodgers by one.

    BTW, hope our friends in Beaver Land had a good holiday.

  4. stex52 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Hey GM’s! Is your pitching staff weak, listless, limp? We have just the answer. Schedule them a three day vacation at the Minute Maid spa in sunny downtown Houston! After three days of facing the Astros, they’ll be tough, vigorous, and manly again. You’ll think you have a staff full of All Stars. And your job will be safe for another year!

    Sign up now. Reservations being accepted.

  5. wlschneider09 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    57 hours without power and counting, interesting to spend a weekend with nothing but a droid to connect you to the world (and baseball). I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, ex or not.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    The Phillies are a train wreck. That is all.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    “Question: at what point do the other teams have to stop paying lip service like this to how good Philly is and treat wins over them like they would wins over any team with a .444 winning percentage?”

    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you’re always afraid
    Step outta line, the team come
    And sweep you away….

    This was the first Feesh home sweep of the Feelies since 2006, so perhaps their circumspection can be pardoned. A week ago, it was the Feesh who were on a six game losing streak and had been playing badly enough for most of June to rival the Feelies, who actually climbed over them for a few days during their own nosedive. It’s called rememberin’ where you come from. It has also, on occasion, been called showing respect for your opponents, especially when they’ve won the division for the last five years and you ain’t. Now the Feesh are headed for Milwaukee where the Brooze have been struggling too. The Rainbow Warriors, having pulled back within a couple of games of the Strange Attractor, are now close enough, one assumes, to be able to detect its motivational field.

    The Iron Giant soft-served a badminton shot to the opposite field that didn’t clear the right field boolpen fence by very much. Meh. I’m not impressed.

    • stex52 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Ah, Stephen Stills. I saw him on stage in 1974 with CSNY. Off-stage, a tiresome bloviator and egomaniac. But onstage, one of my favorite guitarists and songwriters. You and I clearly have a lot of points of contact from that time frame.

      As to baseball, they Astros are fading into the darkness as their ability to hit deserts them completely. Too bad, as the pitching has held up much better than expected.

      You go on without us, Marlins! We’ll see you in a couple of years!

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        You know, of all the major bands from that era, CSN&Y in its various permutations was way down on my list, with the exception of a couple of songs – “Southern Cross,” “For What it’s Worth” and maybe one or two others. Whenever “Judy Blue Eyes” came on the radio it was time to go make a sandwich, even when I was driving. Neil Young is another story altogether – I definitely preferred him with Buffalo Springfield (which was unforgettable live) and as a solo act. I also think Stills had already peaked with Buffalo Springfield before CS&N got together. I met him once at the old Grove Pub in Coconut Grove, a musical free trade zone that once flourished in deepest darkest southeastern Macondo, sitting around with the late great Fred Neil and he was pleasant enough, if not loquacious. But this was many moons ago and, let’s put it this way, I needed to drink a lot of Ripple that night – very dry throat.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        Steve Stills and Manassas

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manassas_%28album%29

        was an insanely good album, made during an hiatus from CSN. I saw them at UVA and their live show was probably the first early ’70’s show I saw with balanced sound and musicians who could recreate live what they’d done in the studio, such a change from the previous noise-and-static festivals that passed for concerts.The album has aged a bit-we’re talking close to 40 years old now- but if you can place it in context in your memory, the clarity, variety and quality stand-out.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        I think it is fair to say that CSNY was a bit less than the sum of its parts. But it was a good concert that day. Outside at Robertson stadium at U of H. July 28th, so hotter than death. Lead act was Jesse Colin Young. Then the Beach Boys. Then CSNY. A little pop for my normal tastes, but it was fun. Jumping up and down music.

        I also got tear-gassed that day (my one and only) and my hearing wasn’t right for a week.

        I was in the minority, but I liked Stills the best of CSNY. Young turned out to have more legs, though.

      • cur68 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Know why Neil Young had more legs? S’cause he’s Canadian.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Tear gas? Loved the stuff. When I was nineteen or so, getting teargassed at a demonstration was a sure-fire ticket to getting laid. Granted, it was not the most pleasant of kinesthetic pickup lines, but it sure beat the endless regimen of football practice and the repeated punishments on the gridiron that my right-wing peers had to endure to get to the same place. Ahhhh, nubile young left wing girls….

  8. sportsdrenched.com - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Someone remind the Royals they can take weekends off during the off-season.

  9. sleepyirv - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Ryan Zimmerman is back. That might be not as exciting as Albert Pujols coming back but for us in “already-out-of-contention-land” the Nationals are the funnest team to follow right now. And having Zimmerman back is both good for the team and for the story.

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    The A’s managed to salvage one on a day when the Rangers 3-4-5 hitters went 0-12. Travis Blackley went 7 IP with only 1 run surrendered, and after his horrible melt-down his last outing, Balfour was part of a bullpen effort that allowed 1 hit in 2 IP.

    The A’s starters kept them in all 4 games in Texas this weekend. And while it’s clear that the Rangers aren’t firing on all cylinders, the A’s starters have to get credit for keeping those monsters off-balance and front footed for the bulk of the weekend. Had the A’s defense been better (I’m looking at you Brandon Inge) they might have gotten a split.

    So let’s take a minute to praise the return of Curt Young as pitching coach. After his brief chicken-and-beer stained visit to Boston last year, Young returned to the task of developing young A’s starters into prime trade bait for the Great and Powerful Beane. Certainly teams in the AL will eventually catch up to Blackley, but Young’s ability to take young pitchers and make them better reminds me of Bob Fosse’s line in “All that Jazz”: I can’t make you a great pitcher, but I can make you a better pitcher.

    The common characteristics of the staff this year have been preparation, poise, and execution. And none of the guys has been forced to be something they aren’t. Where Young has had challenges, like with Tyson Ross, you can at least see the evolution of the approach to making improvements. Ross’ failure to execute (way too many walks) is not through lack of an approach or preparation.

    The A’s are #1 in the AL right now in team ERA. Curt Young may have been Beane’s best signing in the off-season. He’s certainly the A’s real all-star in the first half.

  11. moogro - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Ugh. Thome in the post-season would’ve been nice.

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