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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 5, 2012, 5:48 AM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee stood to lose yet another one, as he and the Phillies were down 2-0 entering the seventh, but three runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings saved his bacon. First win of the year for Lee.

Marlins 7, Brewers 6: On Tuesday Milwaukee beat Miami in ten so yesterday Miami returned the favor. I didn’t see if Ozzie Guillen unleashed an expletive-filled rant after this one too. Yes, I know they won. It could have been expletives of joy.

Pirates 6, Astros 4: Seven of eight for the Pirates who are quite happy being in first place. Michael McKenry and Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs apiece.

Orioles 4, Mariners 2: Chris Tillman made his first start of the year and was outstanding: Two runs — both unearned — on two hits in eight and a third. But, well, Mariners.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 1: This game looked boring based on the box score, so what I really want to know is whether the people of Canada viewed the Royals wearing hats with the camouflage logos as an act of international aggression.

Cubs 5, Braves 1: Can the Braves rewind the season, regain Randall Delgado‘s big time prospect status and trade him for Zack Greinke then? I somehow feel like that would have been a good move and would have led to a better season. Homers for  Bryan LaHairJeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2: David Ortiz hit his 400th homer, but Oakland sweeps the Sox. Brandon Moss had three hits including a dinger. Overall he was 6 for 8 with five RBIs and three runs scored against his old club in this series.

Cardinals 4, Rockies 1: Adam Wainwright allowed one run over six innings on eight hits. I am contractually obligated to note that, because it was eight hits in six innings, those hits were scattered.

Indians 12, Angels 3: Ervin Santana was rocked like a hurricane, allowing eight runs on six hits in an inning and a third. Three-run homers by Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman.

Yankees 4, Rays 3: Alex Rodriguez drew a bases loaded walk off Kyle Farnsworth, who was making his second appearance of the year. Joe Maddon after the game:

“Kyle Farnsworth is a big part of our present and our future. For us to get to the promised land, he’s got to perform well, which he shall. I’ve never seen him do that before …”

I guess Joe Maddon just met Farnsworth, like, yesterday.

Nationals 9, Giants 4: Madison Bumgarner got shelled, allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings. The Nationals hit four homers and Ryan Zimmerman drove in three.

White Sox 5, Rangers 4: Kevin Youkilis worked Mike Adams for nine pitches in the bottom of the 10th inning with a man on and then served one to left field for the walkoff. The crowd cried “Yooooooouk!”  Youkilis is six for his last 14 with a homer and six driven in.

Padres 8, Diamondbacks 6:  Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer. Four of his six hits have been home runs. Have we ever had a Three True Outcomes catcher before? I suppose Grandal has to take a walk before get on that subject, but let’s keep it in our back pocket. Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer.

Tigers 5, Twins 1: A lengthy rain/storm delay meant that rather than 100 degrees at game time it was 78 degrees. The Tigers seemed to like that, as Miguel Cabrera hit two homers and Justin Verlander tossed a complete game. This box score is sort of the platonic ideal of a 2012 Detroit Tigers game.

Dodgers 4, Reds 1: L.A. took two of three from the Reds and, with the Giants loss, regained first place in the NL West.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    The pirates are 9 games over .500 and in first place in the NL central. I don’t have anything meaningful to add, I just like saying it.

    • bigharold - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      It’s the AJ Burnett factor.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    The hats worn by the Royals were not very noticeable and their hitters were rather tame. Villanueva pitched very well as Toronto’s rotation seems to have become sorted out. Villanueva, Cecil and Laffey seem to have earned positions in the rotation. Down on the farm. Moyer stunk yesterday.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      Oh, so that’s where Moyer is. No more feelgood story there. Ah well.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:41 AM

        7 runs and 10 hits over 6 innings.

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM


        Well, he had a good run, but it’s warm milk and marmalade rusks for Jamie from here on out.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM

        It’s becoming sad. Go gently into that good night, Jamie

      • redguy12588 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM


      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        Sir, said Jamie Moyer to the universe, I can still pitch.

        However, said the universe, that fact has not created in me any sense of interest.

    • mattyflex - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      Proudly Canadian:

      Fox Sports Kansas City showed a pre-game interview in which Bruce Chen and Everett Teaford went around Toronto asking Canadians what they were doing for the fourth of July. It generated some interesting responses, including one man who was actually quite offended that americans would even ask a question like that. I couldn’t stop laughing. Also, there was a woman that proudly proclaimed “we don’t have a fourth of July in Canada”, which made me wonder what the date was yesterday in Canada.

      • hcf95688 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Isn’t Bruce Chen from Panama?

      • mattyflex - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Yes he is. Also, he was formerly from Atlanta, Philladelphia, New York, Montreal, Cincinnati, Houston, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, and Texas.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        July 1 is “Canada Day”. On July 1 1867, several British colonies united to form Canada.

      • mattyflex - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Yeah, some of them responded that they shoot off fireworks on July 1st and 2nd for Canada Day.

        I just thought it was comical that a chineese looking panamalian with a thick accent was in Canada asking about how Canadians would celebrate America on the fourth of July.

    • cur68 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Noticed that Craig felt this game was boring, PC? I watched it (admittedly some of it from a bar…hey, 5 cent wing night is not to be eschewed by the cheap) and it was NOT boring. Mendoza was pretty good. Had a killer sinker. There was always something neat happening what with Sally Perez and his lightening bolt arm and Davis with the happy feet. Plenty of action and our national animal was well represented with a victory.

      Speaking of a Beaver Victory, on the chat a recurring theme has been the War of 1812. Seen the commemorative coin for than have you? Well I asked our American friends if they’d be getting one, just to tease them a tad. They admitted that they might since the US Mint is having one struck as well. I said “Pardon?? Do the losers of these little scuffles often strike commemorative coins of the loss?”. Guess what? Apparently some are under the impression that they WON that little fray vs us. Methinks the American education system is not all it could be.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Well, despite the minor inconvenience of having the Capital City burned by Redcoats humiliated in the prior conflict (see Independence, American) and the collapse of US public credit, what we all remember is that we got a song out of it that we still mumble along to before every sporting event. We can’t actually sing it until we are really drunk, which doesn’t happen until the 7th inning or so.

        So yes, we won. The Treaty of Ghent says so: everything was returned to the way it was before 1812, we got the song and Andrew Jackson would later become President. The UK and Commonwealth had to run away and fight Napoleon.

      • cur68 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Sorry, but the only reason Canada left you alone after burning your capital is because of some confused feeling for the “homeland” and listening to the needs of its monarch (re Bonaparte). Had we been a sovereign nation and making our own decisions then by now you’d all be mumbling “O Canada”, have a funky national animal, be eating Seal Blubber Dogs, have money with colour, and enjoying The Hockey right now. And you’d have decent healthcare, too.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Yesterday was an odd day for the Feesh. Yes, they staged another comeback rally, keyed again by a Justin Ruggiano home run – this guy has been a find and a half, and even as badly as they have been playing as a team one shudders to think of how far south the Rainbow Warriors would have gone without him. Hot? The guy has been a one man solar flare.

    Completing the Feesh’s comeback from a five run deficit after Josh Johnson melted down in the second inning, Gaby Sanchez hit a solo two out, two strike home run off Axford to tie it in the ninth, boosting his average to .202 – the first time he’s been able to get it above the surface of Rio Mendoza after breathing through a reed since April, and was rewarded for his heroism by being replaced with Carlos Lee and being handed an all expenses paid plane ticket to Nawlins where he will doubtless spend most of the remainder of the season if the Feesh can’t trade him. Tweeter came off the bench to strike the biggest blow, a pinch-hit three run dinger off Randy Wolf in the seventh, boosting his BA to .242, best it’s been all season. Tweeter’s been hot lately – perhaps he’s finally gotten over having his hot tub mate Bryan Petersen sent down – and after exploring the intricacies of uselessness as an art form since April, his stock is now the highest it’s been since he wonked his knee in spring training. General managers around the league, take note!

    Following the Hanster’s RBI single in the top of the inning that put the Feesh ahead, the much maligned Heath Bell lumbered out to the mound in the bottom of the tenth to the delight of the Milwaukee crowd. They clearly expected another meltdown, and thought they had one when Ricky Weeks took advantage of his speed and the lackadaisical play of centerfielder Scott “the Terminator” Cousins to stretch a one out ground ball single up the middle into a double. But better not ask for whom the bell tolls in these uncertain times, as El Salvador subincised their sausages when he got a strikeout and a groundout to strand Weeks at second and earn a save for hisself.

    Since yesterday was a federal holiday Expletive Depot was closed, and Slobbering Ozzie had used up his travelling supply of durrty wurrds the day before. So, no, there were no expletive-laced (are expletives subject to string theory?) tirades in the clubhouse yesterday, just one fat, out of shape reliever with a fatter, out of shape contract feeling the relief.

    Carlos Lee, evincing excitement at the prospect of being called on to protect the Iron Giant (and looking in that role like Clemenza to Sonny Corleone from where I sit), joins the Feesh today, socketing nicely into the vacuum left by the departed Gaby. The Iron Giant, in the meantime, was diagnosed by MRI as having “stuff” in his knee but no beeg tear, and is listed day-to-day. He’ll apparently play out the season with the “stuff” in there, but one discerns and arthroscope in his future.

  4. kkolchak - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    The Nats take the Giants’ top two starters to the woodshed. If their offense continues sizzling behind that pitching staff they are going to be VERY hard to beat.

  5. ajcardsfan - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Yesterday was an interesting day for Wainwright, it still seems like his control is an issue. Also noticed his Curveball still isn’t up to par. Cardinals had several hits to CF yesterday that Dexter Fowler had no issues snagging.

    I was saddened a bit yesterday when Scutaro and Nieves both made errors in the bottom of the seventh and the Cards didn’t capitalize on them.

  6. uyf1950 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Joe Maddon may never have seen Farnsworth do that in a Rays uniform but as a Yankee fan I can assure him he’s done much worse then that when he pitched for the Yankees. About time Farnsworth gave back a little something to the Yankees for paying him while he was in NY.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      I liked Mike Axisa’s comment on RAB:
      It’s easy to make a “that’s a Farnsworth we know!” joke, but c’mon. The Farnsworth we know would have walked two men then given up a three-run homer.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        I read that yesterday, that’s precious.

  7. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    By the way, what happened to the weekly Power Rankings article? Is it because the Phillies aren’t doing well so Craig can’t troll them anymore?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Are you kidding? He’d be trolling them even more. I’m guessing there’s not much interest in maintaining such a post on a weekly basis.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Eh, it’s really because the Power Rankings take a long-ass time to do, they usually didn’t get any more traffic than any other post, about a million other writers are doing them now and, generally speaking, they’re kind of pointless.

      Just got tired of doing it mostly. If they were considerably more popular than other things I write I’d consider it, but basically it’s just a cost-benefit analysis for me.

      • ajcardsfan - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Who said you could use logic in this? Most of us are raving mad and demand things like you never having vacations; there was almost a full blown riot that week!

  8. number42is1 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Good morning Craig,

    I have a question for you and the group and since I don’t do twitter so I ask you this on HBT instead.

    So my question is, let’s say its Nov 1st, the WS is over and let’s just say, for the sake of this question that the Yankees just won the World Series. Come Nov 1st Soriano has put together a season of 50 saves and 6 Post seasons saves. Knowing that Mo is coming back next season does Soriano choose to opt out 5 days after the WS ends or does he choose to stick around and become the setup man for Mo next year with a few saves here and there and then take over in 2014 (assuming that Mo retires).
    In my opinion I think that he Opts out unless the Yanks can guarantee him some sort of split with Mo (which I cannot see happening). This would also affect Robertson as he would get pushed into the 7th inning role. I’ve spoken to a few folks about this on my train ride and at work and opinions are mixed. I would honestly love to hear yours, as well as the other HBT commentators here.

    Thank you!
    P.S. second question off topic: do you plan on going to the Dark Night trilogy on the 19th at AMC theaters? Its almost 9 straight hours of batman.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Nope, I have it on good authority that Craig is going to a private showing of the digitally remastered .Berlin Alexanderplatz instead. They’re serving a potato pancake breakfast when it’s finished.

  9. hcf95688 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Oakland Athletics > Boston Red Sox.

  10. felser - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    There have been several “three true outcomes” catchers. Gene Tenace, Darrell Porter, Darren Daulton, and Frank Fernandez come immediately to mind. The kid in Oakland will be another one once he takes over the job from Suzuki.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      You have to draw a walk in order to be Three True Outcomes. Norris may never do that.

      • felser - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        He drew 364 walks in 486 minor league games (121 per 162 games), so I think that will come around, even though he hasn’t shown it yet in his limited time in Oakland.

  11. APBA Guy - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    CoCo’s 2-4 day raised his OBP to .295, which is about right for an A’s lead-off hitter ca 2012. But that second hit, a lead-off triple in the 7th off Aaron Cook (are the mighty Sox truly reduced to this?) ultimately was the game winner as Weeks drove him in with an RBI single against the drawn-in infield.

    The A’s absolutely outpitched the Red Sox in this sweep, first with Jarrod “The Real Deal” Parker, then with Capt. of the All-Ugly Team Bartolo Colon, and finally with AJ “Mix-a-Lot” Griffin. I’m going with Mix-a-Lot because yesterday he struck Ortiz out in the first on his first big rainbow curve, but that pitch wasn’t effective the rest of the game, whereas his slider and change-up complemented his 90 mph fastball really well. Hence, mix-a-lot.

    We aren’t getting as much Sox traffic on the site as we used to. Not that we ever got much. But with Aviles at short, Punto at second, and no Youk or Middlebrooks at third, the highest OPS Boston hitters presented at those 3 positions yesterday was .694( at SS, .542 at 2B and .500 at 3B). That’s bad. That’s A’s bad (.563, .610, .557). Griffin and the bullpen were able to hold those three to 1/9, and along with Ross (0/3) the bottom 4 for Boston posted 1/12 as opposed to 5/15 for the A’s. I wonder how Sox fans feel about the lack of offensive depth in this year’s Sox.I can only imagine.

    The A’s now host Seattle for the snooze-fest series, in which the rare hit will be announced with fanfare and media blitz.

    • cur68 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Watch & comment on Beaver Wrestler’s games, man! Your talents are wasted on the A’s! Wasted, I tell you!
      ps: Vicente Padilla sighting in that series. Surely that was the Captain’s Table of All Ugly what with The Dugong going to the mound, too. Yellow is not Bartolo’s colour.

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