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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 6, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

New York Mets manager Collins congratulates Wright on hitting a walk off single to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in their MLB National League baseball game at Citi Field in New York Reuters

Mets 6, Phillies 5: The R.A. Dickey vs. Cole Hamels matchup didn’t pan out as some expected, but David Wright took care of things, going 3 for 5 with four RBI including the game winner.

Cardinals 6, Rockies 2: Lance Lynn had been skidding but the Rockies cured his ills. The Rockies cure everyone’s ills. Six shutout innings for Lynn and his 11th win.

Braves 7, Cubs 3: Brian McCann and Jason Heyward homer, helping the Braves salvage the split. I think if they dropped this one I would have launched my annual “teams I’d root for if I didn’t root for the Braves” post, but they’ve got a reprieve.

Pirates 2, Astros 0: You can say the Pirates recent hot streak is courtesy of playing four games against the Rockies. Or you can say that they’re a team winning the games they’re supposed to win. Doesn’t matter: they’re still in first place. Jeff Karstens threw eight shutout innings fanning eight.

Royals 9, Blue Jays 6: Eric Hosmer had three RBI and Luke Hochevar pitched well but had to leave early due to sprained ankle he sustained while covering first base. That’s it. Tomorrow, pitcher fielding practice for everyone. Oh, wait, no. None of that. That’s how Hochevar got hurt in the first place.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 1: Is it bad that I had never heard of Nate Eovaldi before I read this box score? Hell, I can’t know everything. He won for the Dodgers, though, giving up one run in six innings.

Indians 3, Rays 1: Tampa Bay continues to slide. They’ve lost eight of ten. The Indians have won six of eight. And yes, these are bogus uneven data sets. Do what I wanna do.

Nationals 6, Giants 5: The Nats win on a walkoff … um, botched double play. Adam LaRoche should have been out and the game should have headed to extras when he hit a bases loaded one out grounder to short in the ninth. But Brandon Crawford threw low to first, LaRoche was safe, the run scored and the Nats had a sweep of the Giants.

Marlins 4, Brewers 0: Mark Buehrle threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings and Carlos Lee went 2 for 4 in his Miami debut.

White Sox 2, Rangers 1: Kevin Youkilis hit the go-ahead homer in the sixth. That trade is working out so far.

Tigers 7, Twins 3: A three-run homer in the eighth inning by Prince Fielder broke a tie that probably shouldn’t have been tie, except for the fact that the Twins couldn’t score despite having a boatload of base runners. Or, as my son calls it, a buttload. Either way, really.

Padres 2, Reds 1: Six straight wins for San Diego, and eight of 11, this one via a Evereth Cabrera bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth. The game featured a matchup of pitchers in that big offseason trade: Mat Latos vs. Edinson Volquez. Both of them pitched fantastically.

Angels 9, Orioles 7: Garrett Richards and Jake Arrieta were each pretty dreadful and each were optioned back to Triple-A after the game. You don’t see that every day.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    The Pirates have beaten up on a lot of teams lately, but the Rockies weren’t one of them. On an unrelated note, I got a full work day ahead of me on 0 hours of sleep. I’m gonna be just as productive as the Mets bullpen.

    • CJ - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      exaggerate much? you’ll still be more productive than the Mets’ bullpen. And the Phillies’, for that matter.

    • stex52 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      He meant “Astros” of course. I think when you get up at 4 AM, all of these really bad teams blur together. And I am running out of clever things to say about the Astros myself. After a faintly hopeful start, Houston is fading into the slow-motion multi car pileup everyone thought they would be.

      Hunting through the dung for diamonds, I would point out that starting pitching has been much steadier than anticipated. But when you score zero, you can be pretty sure you won’t win. This really is a AAA team trying to play in the majors. And only two of the top 50 prospects in the pipes for the next year or so. People on “tawk redio” are getting all over Mills, but I’m not sure what they would expect him to do.

      What does the top of the 2013 draft look like? Any Harpers or Trouts hanging around? Maybe the Astros get a second shot at Appel at #1. Hope it’s better than that.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        Unfortunately the draft doesn’t look that good, at least so far (according to Keith Law and Kevin Goldstein). However, if Appel doesn’t sign, Klaw thinks it’d be a smart move because he’d easily be the #1 pick next year, if the Astros are willing to pay him for it.

      • stex52 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        He wasn’t regarded as significantly better than the other seven top choices this year. Not sure I want another “bite” of that Appel. I would really rather the Astros were not in the running for #1 again next year. But, if they are, I’d like it to be a really good choice.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    The firesale in St Pete is getting ready to start. The injuries have really destroyed any hope of contending this year. Even with an extra WC, they don’t appear to be a playoff team. I’d be very surprised if Upton, Shields, Pena, Peralta and Farnesworth are Rays for much longer, and perhaps Rodney too. Most of their elite prospects have graduated into the pros, and they have a very weak farm system right now. It seems like a great opportunity to rebuild some of that.

    The market on Upton is a guessing game. Without teams getting a draft pick for losing him, I don’t know how much value he’d have as a rental. Top 100 maybe? Even so, none of the contending teams seem to be in need of a centerfielder.

    • js20011041 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      I think it’s a little too soon to say they’ll start selling. They’re only a game and a half out of the wild card right now. Of course, if they continue playing like this, they’ll be 10 games out well before the deadline. I’m not sure Upton would get much. He’s .241/.297/.364 and that’s not an unlucky first half as his BABIP is .311. Even considering the offensive era we’re in now and the fact that he’s a CF, that’s still not good. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any contending teams that have enough of a black hole in CF that Upton would be an upgrade. If he still had another year before free agency, I could definitely see a team taking a chance on him, hoping that the light will come on, but with him being a free agent, I just don’t know that I see anyone pulling the trigger. James Shields could be interesting though. He’s has club options through the next two years.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    The Yankees had a great off day. All AL East teams lost for the benefit of the Universe.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Has anyone asked Mike Trout if he wants to be an EMT or a Journalist or Comedian when he grows up? I mean just asking, since he’s, I guess, since it takes a vesuvian miracle to take a Bryce Harper headline, quietly, killing it out there?

    • stex52 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      I wouldn’t get too envious. Trout’s play is speaking for itself. It’s just that breathless East Coast media machine doing it’s regular thing. Harper seems to be a good kid. Emphais on “kid.” We are all just going to be sick of hearing about him very soon.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      .348 average, OPS .958, 26 stolen bases, before the all star break from a 20 year old?

      Yeah, you don’t deserve any pub, bub. The Harper machine says so.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        Yeah, Mike Trout isn’t getting any publicity. Are you living under a rock? A quick google search gives us:

        1 – Trout and Harper could be all time greats
        2 – Trout a potential MVP
        3 – Trout, greatest 20 year old ever?
        4 – Trout is pretty good too

        Apparently four articles isn’t enough. Won’t someone please think of the children!??!?

        1 – http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/rumblings120629/mike-trout-bryce-harper-all-time-greats
        2 – http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog/_/name/law_keith/id/8081806/mike-trout-built-profile-potential-mvp-candidate
        3 – http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/25469/mike-trout-greatest-20-year-old-ever
        4 – http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/mike-trout-is-pretty-good-too/

      • paperlions - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        Does LA not have any media outlets?

        I’m not sure why you are bitching. It is like complaining that Tebow got more press than Eli. If you win, who cares who the popular media fawns over? And at this point, wouldn’t most people take Trout over Harper?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        “Does LA not have any media outlets?”

        So you’re inferring that ESPN and HBT are east coast focused outlets only and that folks on the other side of the country can find their own ball to play with?

        And I just find it curious, the Tebowing of Harper: at what point did we stop recognizing top shelf prime rib for sensationalism? It’s like a microcosm commentary on how we are as a society these days.

      • paperlions - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        No, that was obviously NOT what I was saying.

        The EMT story was from an interview with the Nationals’ blogger from the MLB network, not from ESPN or any other national outlet.

        Again, not sure why you are bitching, you seem to be conflating interesting people with talent. Tebow is an interesting guy in that besides his athletic ability he lives a rare life style and has a rare approach to life and fame. Similarly, Harper is just a more interesting person than Trout, he gives better quotes and for whatever reason people are interested in reading/hearing about him. None of that has anything at all to do with baseball talent.

        Not to be unnecessarily tautological, but people are interested in interesting things. If Trout said things or was a persona that people wanted to read about and discuss, he would be covered more….but he’s not. So what? As a baseball fan, you should just be really happy to have him. Why do you want the fluff, too?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        I’m not a fan of either team, to be totally honest. I’m just calling it like i see it. A 20 year old kid hitting near .350 in the bigs is way more interesting than a guy who gives a nice intervies, but that’s just the baseball part of me.

        And it’s not so much of a complaint, as a egocentric Phillies fan I could give a rat’s ass about ther AL or Bryce Harper ultimately, but I just find it interesting that fluff wins over substance so much in society, this is another case of it. Make of that what you will.

        And it could be said that the only reason Harper is more interesting than Trout is, well, it’s reported that way. Honestly, have enough articles been made redily available on the kid to make such an assesment?

      • paperlions - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        How many ways are there to say a guy is good at baseball? Not many. Pujols was hands down the best player in the majors for what? 5 or 6 years? There was very little written about him because being good at baseball isn’t actually that interesting, and besides his baseball ability Pujols is not an interesting or charismatic guy.

        Despite the fact that watching people that are great at baseball be great is entertaining, I’m not sure how it can be interesting. Guys that are great at baseball essentially do the same thing that guys that are good at it do….they just do it more often and more consistently. Guys that do things differently (e.g. knuckleballers) are interesting because they get it done unlike everyone else, guys that do it the same as everyone else but better….not so interesting.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        So what is it about Harper that makes him so different then? What is the eccentric part, honestly, that sets him apart so much. Other than what you’re told. So deserving of so much attention.

      • mordecofe - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        get off your horse dude. I love trout, more so than harper, but he’s getting JUST AS MUCH press. it’s not a conspiracy. he’s getting written up EVERYWHERE. more so than harper now, even.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        I don’t think so, chief. But that’s just the eyeball test, I imagine as a few more of the prominent writers start playing the Trout for MVP argument, you’ll start to see more.

        Maybe he’ll even come up with some kind of nifty catch phrase and all of a sudden become, well, *interesting*.

      • madhatternalice - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        “Your Google result for “Bryce Harper” returned about 4,750,000 results.”

        “Your Google result for “Mike Trout” returned about 316,000 results.”

        I’ll just leave this here.

      • paperlions - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        Controlling for the longer time period Harper has been “famous” would help.

        Over the last month:

        google of “bryce harper” = 197K

        google of “mike trout” = 97K

      • madhatternalice - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Yes, but Trout’s older. It evens out :)

  5. icanspeel - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Latos vs Volquez match up did not disappoint. As a Padres fan I was glad when Latos finally got pulled out of the game because if he had gone 9 the Reds would have won since he looked great out there. It’s almost safe to say both teams got what they wanted from the trade.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      Yeah…I want to personally thank “Double Switch Dusty” for removing Latos with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th after throwing a whopping 109 pitches.
      Good job Dusty! Keep up the good work!

      • ptfu - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        OMG! The sky is falling! Stock up on canned peaches! Dusty Baker paid attention to PITCH COUNT!!!

      • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        What’s amazing is with all the injuries to his pitching staff, Bud Black left Volquez in for 127 pitches, a career high. Of course, 57 of those pitches were in just the first two innings, but then the umpire settled down to an approximate strike zone.

  6. kkolchak - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Nats sweep Giants and are the Beasts of the East. It’s a hot summer in Washington in more ways than one. :)

  7. Old Gator - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    If the Feesh had given Buehrle as much support as they’ve given…uh…um…well, they haven’t really given any of their peetchers much support, have they? Well, if they’d given Buehrle any damned support his record would be more like 12-4 than 8-8 considering how well he’s pitched. Yesterday he well and truly gagged the Brooze and actually watched the boolpen hold his lead for him from the bench. Meanwhile, stex, we put your boy Carlos right to work and he gave us as much production in one game as his predecessor usually gives us in a given week: singled, doubled and he hustled his ample rump enough to parlay his double into a run. And smiled a lot. He must have taken a stroll down Calle Ocho and thought he was back in Panama.

    Meanwhile Gaby Sanchez has vanished off the radar like one of them flying sources. There were no “I’ll be back” interviews, no quoted comments, just the silence and a pre-emptive strike by the ever-emollient Slobbering Ozzie, who said something to the effect that it was all Gaby’s fault he had been erased forever from the minds of men. Ah master of the obvious. Gaby, of course, is a hometown boy, was until it became excruciatingly obvious that he has lost it a fan favorite here, and is generally well liked for his quiet, pleasant demeanor and his forbearance from saying anything nice about Castro. Unlike the unmitigated relief any ordinary fan would feel about getting rid of such an unproductive position player (Chris who?), there was an autumnal sadness about Gaby’s demise that the Feesh were no doubt happy to see disappear under the rug.

    Also, to correct something I wrote on one of the Carlos Lee trade threads, it turns out that this was the second season of Gaby’s contract, and the Feesh won’t be on the hook for him next season after all. How time flies. The feeling around the spawrts tork raydeeo waves is that he will most likely be NT’d this orfseason if the Feesh can’t move him in some kind of black market baby swap.

    • stex52 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Good for Carlos. He always smiled when he played. Some uptight people seemed to interpret that as his not being serious or maybe even laughing at us. It’s ridiculous. The man loves to play baseball. I always liked that big grin on his face. Everybody else should have so much fun.

      In the meantime the remaining Houston players couldn’t hit a basketball with a tennis racket. Sigh.

  8. seeinred87 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    A minor correction (that I doubt anyone will care about), but Adam LaRoche hit a bases loaded one out grounder to second in the ninth.

  9. sportsdrenched.com - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Thumb injuries are the new oblique injuries.

  10. uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    The Yankees were able to add to their lead over the 2nd and 3rd place teams in the AL East. They now lead the Orioles by 5.5 games, The Rays by 7 games. Oh, and by virtue of the Rangers getting swept by the White Sox the Yankees now have the best record in the Major Leagues. All that and the Yankees never had to take the field on Thursday, ain’t life grand.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      UYF:
      You must have mistaken us for someone who gives a shit.
      Sorry…couldn’t resist.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Not really. See in ever crowd there is always 1 chit head. And today I guess that’s you.
        Sorry…couldn’t resist.

  11. johngaltx - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Pirates played the Astros.

  12. maddogg911 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Trout over Harper all day everyday. This guy is a beast.

  13. natstowngreg - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    According to the MASN announcers after last night’s game, the Nats lead MLB in walk-off wins since the start of 2011, with 19. On a scale topped by Ryan Zimmerman’s grand slam off Ryan Madson last August, this was at the bottom. Matt Cain pitched well enough to win, but was betrayed by his bullpen and defense. Not just the aforementioned botched double play, but Santiago Casilla butchering Steve Lombardozzi’s sacrifice bunt.

    Funny replay: Bryce Harper runs home after Adam LaRoche hits his double play ball. Has his head down, unhappy that he was not scoring the winning run. Turns his head, takes a moment to digest the fact that he was indeed scoring the winning run, and applauds.

    However it happened, the Nats maintain their best NL record and 4.5-game lead over the Mets. The Rockies arrive, without the altitude. Drew Pomeranz vs. Stephen Strasburg. Hopefully, Strasburg learned valuable lessons about pitching in the heat last Saturday in Atlanta, because it’s not a whole lot cooler here.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      BTW, the Nats and Giants wore throwback uniforms to commemorate the 1924 World Series, when Washington won its only World Championship. Not that it had any effect on the game, but it was cool.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        hmmm, must be some Giants fan who’s still sore over losing the 1924 World Series…

  14. deathmonkey41 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Where all the Phillies fans at? Is anyone watching the Betty Ross Bridge???

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      I’m not. I’m watching I-476, to see if I can get a glimpse of Ryan Howard on his way back from the Iron Pigs to the big club. Damn you!!!! I just missed a couple cars!!!!

  15. APBA Guy - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Since the A’s didn’t play, let’s weigh in on the burgeoning Harper v. Trout thing.

    First, who among you (assuming we are all GM’s for a day) wouldn’t be thrilled to have either of these guys?

    Thought so.

    There are two ways to look at this: head-to-head, or 19 year old to 19 year old, because remember, Trout’s a year older, and as lots of stats guys have pointed out, that year is huge right now, but will be less meaningful when they are in their mid-20′s, from a developmental point of view.

    Anyway, rather than bore everybody with a long stat-filled post, Trout’s OPS right now is .958 and last year he was .671. Harper is .836 right now.

    So as a 19 year old, Harper destroys Trout offensively. But as a 20 year old, Trout is elite. And the comparison gets more Trout advantaged as we look at some secondary numbers, like SB’s. And defense.

    But there’s that nagging issue. Harper is a year younger. He has a better arm. Even if Trout runs better, Harper runs well. Neither seems injury prone.

    Bottom line: What’s not to like? Personally I’d take Harper because I think (it’s belief, faith, not yet a reality-based conclusion) he’ll have significantly more power as he matures.

    But I’d be a happy GM if I had Trout, that’s for damn sure.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      Sorry, but these reasoned, thoughtful comments simply do not belong on a baseball blog. They do not fit the media narrative of Harper as The Next Big Thing, nor the anti-media narrative of Harper is Overrated, Trout is God. Please try again. Thank you for your kind attention.

      (sarcasm button)

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