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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 27, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

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Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4: Backatcha, Athletics. A night after the A’s slammed the Jays, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to lead the charge for Toronto, ending the A’s seven game winning streak. This came after the A’s took a 3-0 lead, so nice moxie by the Blue Jays there.

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Matt Harvey’s debut went swimmingly:  5 1/3 scoreless innings and 11 strikeouts for the Mets 2010 first round pick. He also had a double and a single.

Indians 5, Tigers 3: Justin Verlander was cruising along nicely until he hit the seventh inning and the Indians hit him. Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner homered off the reigning MVPYOUNG Award winner to lead of the seventh and the Tribe posted four runs in that inning to put ’em over.

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 4: The Cardinals rattled off 18 hits, three each coming from David Freese and Matt Carpenter. It would be rather delicious if the Dodgers’ trade for Hanley Ramirez coincided with them skidding out of the race.

Orioles 6, Rays 2: Anyone who knows what happened to James Shields this year, please contact the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields struck out ten in six innings — that’s good! — but he also allowed five runs on six hits while walking five — that’s bad! Chris Davis homered and drove in four. That’s good! But the hot dogs at Camden Yards contained contain potassium benzoate ……… That’s bad.

Pirates 5, Astros 3: A.J. Burnett just keeps on humming along. He allowed two runs in seven and a third and won his 12th game of the year. Of course, this coming against the Astros, I suppose the curve they’re graded on means that those two runs should count as five or six.

Nationals 8, Brewers 2: Edwin Jackson scattered eight hits over seven seven shutout innings and the Brewers woes continue. But hey, bright side: no blown save last night.

Mariners 4, Royals 1: Jason Vargas has been a bright spot for Seattle this year. He notched his 11th win while allowing only one run on one hit over eight.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    The Big E’s home run tied the game, but Oakland took the lead again. Toronto took the lead for good on a squeeze bunt by Travis Snider of all people. Both Rasmus and Lawrie scored on the play as Milone’s throw to first hit Snider in the back and Lawrie took advantage of the error to scamper home.

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      The man does have a broad back…

  2. kiwicricket - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Once again Carlos Gomez trotted around the bases. This time not in vain.
    Baseball god’s clearly approve of good comedy.

    • natslady - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      Yup. Oh, Look Out Henry “MPHRod” pitched an inning and only gave up a HBP and a HR! Well, plus a screamer to teach Bryce where the wall bends in Miller Park. Congrats to Henderson, he looked excellent, you have to wonder what took the Brewers so long to bring him up. Congrats to Harvey on his debut, congrats to the Blue Jays for their spunk….

      Listen, first time since 1933 that a Washington-based team has been 20 games over .500. Tied with the Yanks for best record in MLB. Matched our wins (59) for 2008 and 2009 without losing 103 games to go with ’em===> good mood!

      • natstowngreg - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        This contending thing is fun, isn’t?

      • natslady - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Oh, yes. It’s so strange, having a hard time wrapping my brain around it. Sorry to omit the 1945 team (which apparently “didn’t count” because so many MLB players were injured or in the service), but they also went 20 over .500.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      The Gods of Baseball also apprpve of how Carlos runs out homers. No wasted time, no grandstanding, no standing around admiring his work. A fine example of acting like you’ve done it before.

      With the Nats in Milwaukee, I propose a race. Carlos Gomez vs. Bryce Harper running out homers.

      • kiwicricket - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        It’s the cool new thing alright. I love the fast round trip. Would especially love to see one of the more ‘portly’ shaped players bust out a fast trot.
        The jumping in the air and chest bumping/shoulder bumping thing is nearing the end of it’s fad I feel, which is great.

  3. kkolchak - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    The Nats win again while scoring runs in bunches…and they get Werth back next week. Exciting times in DC, :)

    • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Yeah, can you imagine how revved up that town would be if this were an election year?

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        Dude, don’t harsh our happy space.

        !@#$% election…..

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        I have a lot of happy spaces within The Beltway, fond recollections of my college days. There’s a spot on DuPont Plaza where I was tear gassed in 1969, and a spot out by the Pentagon where I was tear gassed the day before. There’s the old car barn on M Street across from where Zed’s Ethiopian used to be next to which Jack Casady’s brother ran his head shop.There are all sorts of places along the D&H Canal towpath near Georgetown where I stepped in dog shit at three in the morning and other times. There’s the spot in the Air and Space museum (which is beyond argument the coolest place in DC, period) where Julia Child used to demonstrate how to make “primordial soup” on a video loop. And of course there’s the plethora of great Ethiopian restaurants up Adams-Morgan – Fasika’s was my favorite because of the goddess-like Nubian waitresses, one of which, nicknamed “TC” because her Amharic name was unpronounceable, remains the most beautiful and elegant woman I have ever beheld on the face of this planet – unchallenged in over 40 years. And of course there’s the big statue of Lincoln in front of his mausoleum, which does really great things when you’ve just taken mescaline.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Alas, the Nats are still behind the Redskins and politics (in that order) in the affections of Washingtonians.

      • kkolchak - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        @natstowngreg – let the Nats win the World Series (not a prediction, just a what if scenario), and the Redskins will finally see their dominance on the local sports scene challenged, especially if Griffin fails to live up to the hype.

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        Gator- It may be time for a return visit as your memories are surely fading.

        It’s DuPont Circle where you were gassed, not Plaza. And the Chesapeake (C) & Ohio (O) Canal runs through Georgetown, not the D & H (?).

        I may have to go have a gander at this TC of whom you speak.

      • kiwicricket - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        You took salad?

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Wiffle – check the last sentence of my prior post. It will explain a lot.

        Now however, from the vantage of the sobriety into which I have declined in my golden years, I can recall that the ruins of the D&H run from Scranton PA to Kingston NY and I hiked that as a kid in summer camp. The walls of the collapsed old locks were great ringnecked snake habitat. As an adolescent, that kind of thing meant a lot.

        And TC? Buddha knows. Don’t forget, this was in 1969-1970. The years about which my grandchildren ask, “what did you do in the revolution, grandpa?” Well, mescaline and hash, mostly. Now if Fasika’s is still there, TC would be about 65 years old by now. But go have a look anyway. If she’s not around anymore, I’d be curious to know how the current ownership’s taste in waitresses has evolved. Or not.

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM


        Can we be 100% certain you weren’t dining on Indian food at Rasika? Mescaline can be a cruel mistress…

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        If Nolan stops by your ole’ stomping grounds and Fasika’s is still there…please be sure to advise if TC is still around. From the description…it sounds like she would still be quite lovely…at 60 – 65 years old no less!

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Positive, Wiffle. It was Faskia, across the street from Red Sea in the heart of Adams-Morgan. I just googled it and there’s a restaurant by the same name, but it’s nowhere near Adams-Morgan anymore. Fasika means “Easter” in Amhara and there are quite a few Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants by that name, or variants upon it, in other cities so I don’t know if this relocated one even belongs to the same people.

        For what it’s worth, one of the owners of Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant still flourishing in London (UK), is also ridiculously gorgeous. I make her out to be about 40 – the same kind of unapproachable beauty as TC exhibited. Something about the women from that country….no wonder the Queen of Sheba knocked Solomon’s compass out of kilter.

      • stex52 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        Ah Gator,happy memories of a certain vintage. You make me nostalgic.

    • chill1184 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Washington sports has certainly gotten rebirth with the Nationals success. With the Capitals steady contenders every year, perhaps now the Redskins can kick some ass with RG3.

  4. number42is1 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    AJ is having an awesome season and the BUCKS are looking like the real deal… woooooo! go BUCKS go BUCKS

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      Bucs. As in short for buccaneers. As in pirates. You know, the ones with the pointy hats and hooks for hands?

      Not Bucks, as in male deer. You know, the ones with pointy racks and hooves for hands?

      I thought we went over this.

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        We did. Number42 missed class with a hangover that morning.

      • number42is1 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        I am well aware… you see its like this. The other day i was paying the BUCS a compliment and my phone autocorrected BUCS to BUCKS (which makes sense). i was then called a “d-bag” for the mistake by the lovely xavier46 (who am i sure is a 25 yr old virgin). So going forward the BUCS shall be the BUCKS. i with the bucks all the luck in the world in making the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

      • bravojawja - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        I thought the Bucks played in Milwaukee.

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        And I thought Buckbuck was a pile-on game Bill Cosby used to play as a kid in Philadelphia.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    An orf night in Macondo while the New New New Look Feesh take a moment to pause and reflect on what a cramp they’ve made of this season. In the midst of the silence, a dump-Slobbering Ozzie tide has begun to rise as the run-Scrooge-McLoria-and-the-Chihuahua-out-in-a-dumpster recedes to permit a softer and more tractable target on Macondo’s spawrts tawrk raydeeo stations. The legions of the fumfering, illiterate, vocabulary-challenged tongue-tied and otherwise inarticulate swarm to their cellphones to vent their wrath – in mellifluous mangled Espanglish, tinged with the suppurating sanctimony of those for whom all slights and failings were personally intended – to demand a change of leadership (of which, of course, there has been such an abundant supply). Many want Ozzie sent to Guantanamo so he can have a taste of Fidel’s justice. You know. I suppose it was inevitable.

    Things have gone quiet on the trade front, with word trickling out of the sacred circle around the Feesh notochord trust that JJ won’t be moved unless they are “blown away” by an offer. In Macondo during hurricane season, it’s hard to imagine a dumber way to put it.

  6. mj1818 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Starling Marte went yard on the first pitch on his major league debut. THAT JUST HAPPENED!

  7. lessick - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    “But the hot dogs at Camden Yards contained contain potassium benzoate ……… That’s bad.”

    But the Camden Yards Natty Boh brats are the best I’ve had at a stadium outside of Milwaukee….That’s good!

  8. headbanger33 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Awesome Simpsons reference – Craig.

    You’ve forced me to bookmark this site…so lazy.

  9. darthicarus - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Still stumped as to what happened to Verlander last night. Guess he can’t win em all, but still disheartening as a fan to watch that collapse.

  10. mybrunoblog - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Every time I look at the standings and see the Pirates 14 games over .500 I have to remember to close my mouth so the flies don’t get in. After 20 embarrassing seasons the Bucs have a good competitive ball club. Good for them.

  11. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    AL East “aces” this year not named CC Sabathia: Romero is #1 (worst) in most ER’s allowed this year, Lester is #4, and Shields is #7. Shields has allowed the most hits.

  12. chill1184 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Matt Harvey had a good start which was good and the bullpen didn’t blow it which was even better. One start at a time for Harvey and with each start hopefully gets better.

  13. APBA Guy - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Unfortunate result at the Rogers Centre yesterday, a result that wasn’t televised in the Bay Area, as my recitation of Milone’s road ERA and daytime ERA must have conjured his mid-game meltdown. Of course the Jays wouldn’t be a .500 team if they didn’t bludgeon people half the time, they certainly aren’t doing it with pitching. E5 looks stalwart in the middle of the lineup, 3/9, double, homer, and 2 walks in the series. That will play. And the “A” bullpen of the Jays looked robust also yesterday, 3.1 IP, 0 hits, 5k’s. That’s more like it. But the Jays starters: 14ER in 18 IP. Draw your own conclusions. Still, if, and it’s a big if, they can get their pitching sorted, with a healthy lineup they are a fearsome team.

    The A’s move on to face my childhood team, the O’s. There’s a similarity between today’s A’s and the O’s from ’65-85, in that they play a fundamentally sound, pitching/defense style that works when you actually get the pitching. The thing that made the O’s transcendant of course was the sprinkling of true greatness among the very good: Jim Palmer, the Robinsons, Eddie Murray, Cal and Earl Weaver. I don’t see anybody quite like that on A’s, mainly because so many are at the beginning of their careers.

    If I didn’t detest the ego saturated ownership disaster that Angelos has inflicted on the O’s it would be difficult to root against them. As it is: Go A’s!

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