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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

New York Mets starting pitcher Dickey throws a knuckleball as he pitches to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning of their MLB National League game in New York

Mets 6, Marlins 1: R.A. Dickey continues his dominant year. He struck out ten and didn’t walk any while tossing a complete game. And we may see more of him soon.

Royals 8, Orioles 2: Manny Machado made his major league debut. Two for four with a triple. Not bad! No one else did anything, however, and the Royals teed off on Wei-Yin Chen. Billy Butler hit a triple for cryin’ out loud. He had a homer too. Though it wasn’t a grand slam, sadly. Which would have been awesome. Probably woulda looked like this.

Diamondbacks 6, Pirates 3: Jason Kubel hit two homers. Lots of folks — myself included — scratched their heads at the signing of Kubel in the offseason, but it’s workin’ out pretty well.

Cardinals 3, Giants 1: Adam Wainwright was on point, allowing one run over seven innings, evening his record to 10-10. Carlos Beltran hit a homer. He leads the NL in RBI. Kinda has to gall the Giants a bit seeing as though he didn’t help them all that much last year. And cost them a pitching prospect.

Rays 7, Blue Jays 1: The fantastic Rays pitching continues. Their staff has allowed one or zero runs in 13 of their last 19 games. If the offense can improve they’ll really have something. Evan Longoria‘s return — he had two RBI on three hits last night — is a step in the right direction.

Yankees 4, Tigers 3: Joaquin Benoit gave up back to back homers to Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez, which turned the game around. Oh, and Joe Girardi went crazy and got ejected arguing a fair/foul call that was reversed on the fly, and that was a lot of fun.

Indians 5, Red Sox 3: Break up the Indians! A winning streak!  Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs over six innings and struck out ten. The Red Sox have lost seven of nine. Probably time for someone to give some controversial quote now.

Nationals 5, Astros 0: The Nats basically toyed with Houston. Jordan Zimmermann struck out 11 over six three-hit shutout innings. Michael Morse hit two homers and had a sac fly. I’m wondering how the Astros would do facing nothing but Triple-A teams these days. Would they be a .500 team? Serious question.

Cubs 5, Reds 3: Alfonso Soriano‘s two-run homer in the eighth broke the 3-3 tie and ended the Cubs eight game losing streak. It was Soriano’s 20th homer. He’s now done that for 11 straight years.

The Reds and Cubs had a long rain delay and were only in the 6th inning when I hit the hay. I’ll catch up when I wake up.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    So the Feesh’s little bit of momentum, if there really is any such thing in baseball, founders upon contact with the Beeg Dickey. A knuckleballer striking out ten, yeah, you can imagine that. Walking nobody? Gimme a break.

    Day game after a night game, they sit the Iron Giant and his bionic knee. Not to take anything away from Dickey but you notice how the Feesh lineup came to a simulacrum of life with him back for a day or so, then deflated like a discount tire that ran over an icepick with him back on the bench?

    Josh Johnson pitched well enough to stay in any game that featured something more than a slightly undead lineup behind him, but this looks like R. A.’s year. Whaddayagonnadoo?

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Maybe the Yankees have gotten back on track with these 2 latest wins against a good Tigers team. BTW, Chavez has just been golden this season and especially since roughly the beginning of July. For the $900K Chavez signed for plus incentives he would be a bargain at twice the price.

    • philliesblow - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      Don’t get too excited about yesterday’s game. With how he’s pitched the last couple weeks, my son’s Little League team could take Joaquin Benoit deep. Dude’s turned into a gas can.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        My friend, did my previous comment sound like I was overly excited about yesterday win? If you must know though I was more impressed by the Yankees pitching both the starting pitching and the bullpen which hadn’t looked that good for several several. So my reason for the optimism was the pitching the offense the past few days the bullpen yesterday and as you could see from my previous comment Chavez’s play. Hope that clarifies it.
        BTW, let me know when your son’s LL teams scheduled to face off against any ML pitcher.

  3. kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    I have to hand it to Davey Johnson, pulling Jordan Zimmerman after 6 innings with only 87 pitches on a night when he was cruising and probably could have gone eight and increased his K total to 14-15. Johnson knows that having Zimmermann make a big splash with a gaudy strikeout game to keep pace with Dickey in the Cy Young race is no where near as important as conserving his young ace’s strength for the stretch run.

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

      That’s because he will actually have a meaningful stretch run, Dickey likely won’t however that doesn’t mean he should be abused.

    • natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Good game for Harper to sit out. Won easy without him–he doesn’t have to be a hero. Other guys are in slumps on contending teams (Hunter Pence, anyone?). Get your head together, kid, and don’t do dumb stuff in the outfield.

  4. timb12 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Does anyone have a paper bag I can borrow? I have tickets to the Astros game this weekend.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Sure you don’t want a plastic bag instead?

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        Hahaha! That’s cold Sandy.

  5. paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Beltran’s line with the Giants last year: .323/.369/.551. I don’t know. That seems like helping quite a bit….it is also better than he has hit for StL this year.

  6. indaburg - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Thanks, Craig, for noticing the Rays’ pitching. The young Matt Moore got himself in trouble in the first inning, but managed to pull it together. Now with Longo back, there are signs of life in the Rays’ offense. The Wild Card race should be another fun ride this year, the way things are shaping out. Kudos to the Orioles for hanging in the race far longer than anyone thought they could.

  7. spudatx - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Why was the Kubel signing such a head scratcher? He was a solid contributor for the Twins who would occasionally go on a massive roll or even belt a walk of grand slam on Mariano Rivera in a place like Yankee Stadium. A two-year/$15M deal for an established everyday player isn’t much of a risk in today’s MLB.

    • kopy - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Kubel himself was a good free agent, and the compensation pick the Twins got was deserving. It was just head-scratching for the D-Backs to sign him when they already had a gold glove left fielder, and needs in other areas.

  8. sdelmonte - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Funny thing. I am not the sort who usually holds it against players who leave a team I root for. I really do want to see Reyes succeed, and I know it’s not his fault the Mets didn’t even try to re-sign him. But I felt a bit of smug satisfaction that his hitting ended against the Mets yesterday.

    Didn’t feel that way about his error, though.

  9. Francisco (FC) - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    The Red Sox have lost seven of nine

    Oh how can the sox possibly go on without Jeri Ryan now?

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