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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

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Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: All Cody Ross does is hit three-run homers. The walkoff one here was his third in two days.

Mets 9, Nationals 5: David Wright his a two-run and a three-run homer. He’s like a poor-man’s Cody Ross! R.A. Dickey is the first player in the NL to notch 13 wins.

Rays 6, Indians 0: And David Price is the first pitcher in the AL to 13 wins as he allows only two hits in seven shutout innings. Jose Molina — Jose Molina! — stole a base. Remember when I said that the Red Sox needed to be fined for allowing Adam Dunn to swipe one? The Indians should be fined and flogged.

Cubs 4, Marlins 2: The Cubs beat Mark Buehrle in his return to Chicago. They went 5-1 on the homestand. I feel like writing posts today about how they should add pieces at the deadline for their playoff run. OK, maybe not, but not a bad week for the Cubbies.

Mariners 6, Royals 1: Jesus Montero was — dare I say it? — a triple short of the cycle. Felix Hernandez was quite Felix Hernandezy, allowing one run over eight innings

Orioles 4, Twins 3: Read the box score for the details of this game if you want them. I’m far more fixated on this post-game quote from Buck Showalter regarding the Twins offense: “That’s a pretty tough lineup to go through.” There’s an epidemic in baseball these days. And epidemic in which everyone feels the need to say nonsense about something in an effort to appear to be showing respect. I appreciate the polite impulse, but really people.

Reds 7, Diamondbacks 6: The Diamondbacks were up 6-0 after the finished batting in the sixth. Then Brandon Phillips woke up and hit a three-run homer in the sixth, a two-run double in the seventh and then scored the go-ahead run.

Tigers 5, Angels 1: The Tigers have won 10 of 12. The rest of the American League probably wishes they killed them when they had the chance.

Braves 3, Giants 2: The Braves had three hits total. Two of them were homers. Efficiency, baby.

Athletics 4, Yankees 3: A dog of a game. Literally. The A’s have won 11 of 13.

Padres 1, Astros 0: Edinson Volquez tossed his first career shutout in one-hitting the Astros.

  1. lewp - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    I’ll go ahead and say it for my friend Gator man….the FEEEESH lost another one.

    • Old Gator - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:10 AM

      Did they not, indeed. Another series most of which they played like they had a load in their pants. Horrific RISP numbers again – that Whitmanesque gratification with “the first step.” Seeing their guys on base pleases them so much, apparently, that they hardly feel any inclination to go any further.

      Last night, of course, the Rainbow Warriors tried to do something about their RISP by not getting too many of themselves into scoring position in the first place. They managed six hits, two by pinch hitters (all three Feesh hitting over .300 are bench players these days) and drew two walks. The Hanster spit the bit in four trips to the plate, as did Black Hole Buck (who is back in his sub-Mendoza comfort zone with a vengeance – .176 and falling like a barometer in a hurricane). Justin Ruggiano had the only two-hit game for the Buddha knows how manyeth time.

      I feel sorry for their peetchers, though. These guys tromp out to the mound every day pretty much knowing that they’re going to get the same kind of support for their efforts that Fred Willard got from PBS. Hell, Buehrle must have felt like Pee Wee Herman out there, for all the good his efforts were doing him.

      Night fore last on The Franchise Larry Beinfest said he’d like to take a vacation when the trade deadline passes. Maybe there’ll be some cheap Bahamas cruise tickets left on the waiver wire on August 1.

  2. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Craig, I hear ya’ regarding Buck Showalter’s post game comments. But if you run it through the Google translator, this is what you get:

    “That’s a pretty tough lineup to go through when all you have to plunk down on the mound are hacks, wanna-bes, and gutless wonders. Thanks to MacPhail and Duquette for the awesomeness that is my starting pitching. Where’s my Pepto?”

    See? Makes more sense now, right?

  3. randygnyc - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    Yankees spent 8 hours at Yankee stadium on Wednesday. Then spent 10 hours of traveling to Oakland, six hours on the plane. Get in and go to sleep, if you can. Wake up and PLAY BALL. Yankees gave their best after dragging themselves through 9 innings of flat baseball. Anyway, I hope they’re fully recovered tonight.

    • mybrunoblog - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Dude, excuses are like assholes. We all got em and they all stink. The Yankees lost. No big deal. End of story.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Had the Yankees first inning gone slightly differently, the result might have been a win for the Yanks. With Jeter on 2nd and A-Rod on 1st, and with AJ “Mix-a-Lot” Griffin looking shaky, Cano drilled a liner to Cespedes. Cespedes had the ball in his glove, but he picked his head up just as he looked to the infield. His glove opened slightly before his throwing hand got to the ball. Result: ball on the ground, Third base umpire Brian Knight signaled no catch. But he did so about halfway between home and third, and Jeter was looking at Cespedes. He never saw the no catch signaled.. The A’s tagged 3rd for the force and nearly got A-Rod at second for a double play.

      This whole mess was ruled a Fielder’s Choice, and played out as if Cespedes had made the catch. Runners were still on first and second, but now there were two outs and Griffin got Tex to ground out.

      That all sounds very dry unless you were actually watching. The Yankees were stinging the ball in the first. Griffin was clearly nervous, and had Jeter been able to see the no catch signal and advance this would have been a much different game, with the bases loaded and 1 out.

      The first indication I had that the Yankees were severely jet-lagged was the lack of any intense protest over the call. It wasn’t that the call was wrong-it was the right call-it was the kind of thing that major league managers have a cow about on general principles.

      Anyway, Swish tried to make it close, getting the first HR off Ryan Cook this year. Swish enjoys playing well against his old team, and he’s still fun to watch. But the bottom line is that this was a classic 2012 A’s game: good pitching and just enough hitting. That homer by Cespedes was on a tough pitch (slider down) and he put it in the seats near the left field walkway. That’s a shot.

      But I think UYF had this one right yesterday: The Yanks were more likely to lose this game because of the travel schedule. He thinks the Yanks will win the next 3. I have the series as a split (I live in hope.) Tonight it’s Nova v. Milone.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Randy: Are the Yankees the only MLB that has to make a road trip on the West Coast?
      Don’t make excuses. Excuses are like assholes and opinions. Everyone has one and neither are worth a shit.

  4. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Lucky enough to watch two well pitched games last night with the Astros vs Padres and the Red Sox vs White Sox. As never seeing Quintana pitch beforw, he sure did impress me with his command and ability to blatantly go after hitters.

    Edinson Volquez and Lucas Harrell was a gem with the lone run of the game being scored in the first. Volquez was spot on with almost every thing it seemed. (i know it was the Astros he faced) Volquez also seemed to have a bit of extra juice for fastballs he wanted to get by hitters. Harrell displayed serious movement with some of his pitches; the run and sink on his two-seam fastballs were something else. Definitely a guy you want to watch as he develops and matures. (I know it was the Padres he faced)

  5. legacybroken - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    The Tigers are back and you just know that DD is cooking up some deadline deals to bolster one of the hottest teams in Baseball. Im hoping for either Garza or a real long shot Hamels.

  6. randygnyc - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Beinfest also said the losing was unexpected and now they may blow it all up after only 6 months. There’s even talk of Stanton being shopped. Read the article on

    • Old Gator - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      No way the Iron Giant gets shopped. None. He costs the league minimum. He’s about the only reason the Feesh are going to draw flies while they dump the dead weight and look to rebuild this team. Anyway, several upstairs type Feesh have been letting the local spawrts tork raydeeo hosts know that the Stanton talk is apocryphal. They have, however, been actively shopping the Hanster, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Heath Bell (surprise!). I don’t doubt that they’d unload Buck if they could find someone crazy enough to pay more than 10% of what’s left on his ridiculous contract. For some reason I don’t hear Tweeter coming up in the discussions, though, which has me scratching my head. It’s not that I’m surprised there are so few who would be interested; just that I remain surprised – as I have been since the beginning of last orfseason – that the Feesh don’t seem to be enthusiastic about getting rid of him.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        I could see him being used as bait to take a bad contract of the Marlin’s hands. Would a team trade for, say, the last five years and $96 million Reyes is owed if they were also getting one year of Stanton at the minimum and three arb years?

      • Old Gator - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        It’s not a question of whether someone would take it. Someone probably would. But the Feesh won’t trade him. Their pattern, all along, has bee to hang on to the young guys they could control cheaply for almost as long as that control remained in effect. They won’t change now, especially since they still need to put nalgas in the seats while they spend a couple of years building a real contender.

  7. kopy - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    The Twins as a team are 9th in on base percentage in all of MLB, so I wouldn’t say it’s an easy lineup to go through.

    Their starting pitching is why they lose so much.

  8. lessick - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    The Twins’ offense had a bad start to the season and the bottom of the lineup is still brutal, but Mauer, Morneau, Plouffe, Willingham and Doumit is a pretty respectable heart of the order.

  9. scoregasmic - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Here come the tigers!

  10. stex52 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    And the Astros’ death spiral continues in full, living color. Those of us who had faint hopes of respectability after 50 games have settled into the knowledge that pre-season predictions were correct. Another really solid pitching performance by Harrell wasted. Not like the Astros’ pitching staff is great (25th in ERA) but the hitters are making the pitchers look like the ’09 Phillies.

    3 points below the MENDOZA LINE for hitting in the last 15 games. We might as well bring Corpus Christi up in September; the hitting couldn’t be any worse. You know, sitting around waiting for the next shot at a #1 draft choice is not a good way to enjoy baseball.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      The Astros lead the Rockies by 2 games for the #1 pick. Yeah, it stinks watching all that bad baseball, but the prospect for a top pick represents hope for the future. This is something with which we Nats fans have recent experience. Mariners and Padres fans as well.

  11. natstowngreg - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Sometimes, pitching duels do not live up to their billing. Yesterday’s Gio Gonzalez-RA Dickey matchup was one such occasion. Gio had his worst start as a Nat. Dickey wasn’t all that great, but was well-supported enough to get his 13th win.

    David Wright out-homered his boyhood friend Ryan Zimmerman, 2-1…Ike Davis also homered; amazing that a guy with a .206/.277/.402 line has 52 RBI (though he’s been hitting much better recently)…Bobby Parnell practiced his save-blowing, giving up a run on 2 hits in the 9th…Drew Storen returned and pitched a 3-up, 3-down 9th…Young Sandy Leon returned as the Nats’ backup catcher, after injuring himself in his first MLB game on May 14.

    The Nats’ lead drops back to 3.5 games, with the Braves coming to town for 4 games in 3 days. Stephen Strasburg vs. Tommy Hanson tonight, in what should be a pitching duel. Will it be? Stay tuned…

  12. jagsfan11 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Go Rays

  13. uyf1950 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Disappointing loss yesterday for the Yankees. But I have to say not totally unexpected. The Athletics are a good team and the combination of the Yankees having to travel from the east coast and play all within an 18 hour period plus Freddy starting and putting the Yankees in a hole early on was not a good omen for the Yankees. But the Yankees gave it their best effort and came up a run short of sending the game to extra innings.
    Just my opinion but since Phelps is on the same schedule as Garcia it would not surprise me to see Phelps replace Freddy in the starting rotation.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      You called it. This was the one game the A’s could steal, so to speak.

  14. gloccamorra - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I’m surprised there was no mention of how tainted was the hit in Volquez’ one hitter. The pitch was high and inside, and the batter was trying to get out of the way when the ball hit his bat and bounced 60 feet to the third base side of the mound. He didn’t even swing at it.

    Volquez first missed grabbing the come-backer with his glove, then missed trying to pick it up. It looked like Volquez did more to earn an error than the batter did to earn a “hit”, and that was the only one of the game. I guess the scorer wanted to take it easy on the Astros, who have already had a perfect game pitched against them. No wonder the Padres have never had a no-hitter – no home scorer advantage.

  15. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Crawford and Ellsbury have been on a year since coming off the DL. Sox have a great chance to get one of the wild cards. If only Beckett and Lester could start pitching the way they should and they could be a dangerous team come October. IF they can stay healthy. Go sox!

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