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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 4, 2013, 6:37 AM EDT

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Welcome to the bigs Yasiel Puig. In his first game Puig had two hits and then in the ninth he made a catch at the wall and then a strong throw to first to double off Chris Donorfia to end the game. This guy has the chance to be something special.

Yankees 7, Indians 4: Mark Teixeira is paying dividends already, hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the third. Andy Pettitte made his return from the disabled list too. It wasn’t so hot — he gave up four runs on seven hits and walked three in four and two-thirds — but four relievers held the Tribe scoreless the rest of the way.

Phillies 7, Marlins 2: May NL Player of the Month Domonic Brown homers again in the course of a 3 for 4 night. Kyle Kendrick tossed a complete game.

Astros 2, Angels 1: The Astros remain hot, winning their sixth straight and completing a sweep of the Angels. Not to take anything away from Houston, but the Angels have no business being talked about as a “disappointment” after this series, for that implies that they’re better than they’re showing. They have to face facts and realize that they simply stink.

Braves 7, Pirates 2Brian McCann gets a two-run homer! Jason Heyward gets a two-run homer! Freddie Freeman gets a two-run homer! Everyone is getting two-run homers! [crowd screams]

Reds 3, Rockies 0: For the third time in four games the Reds shut their opponent out. This time it was Bronson Arroyo going eight innings and Aroldis Chapman closing it out. Jay Bruce hit a homer.

Mariners 4, White Sox 2: Raul Ibanez hit a homer in a 13-pitch at bat in the third inning. John Danks‘ explanation as to what happened? “I just ran out of ideas.” Heh. The White Sox are a hot mess, having dropped seven straight.

Athletics 10, Brewers 2: Viva pitchers batting: Tommy Milone went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Coco Crisp had four hits including a leadoff homer. The A’s stay red hot, winners of 15 of 17.

Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 1: Homers from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran and seven strong innings from Lance Lynn. I’m going to assume Molina’s homer was the answer to his bogus one-game suspension.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    The Yankees offense showed up, finally and they got the win. That’s probably all that matters to most Yankee fans, myself included.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Without the Mutts rotation and bullpen to succor them, the Feesh returned to reality last night. As they stepped off the fantasy train (which, by the way, they probably had to pay for themselves since Scrooge McLoria has stopped paying for trains) they were greeted by a three-piece Oompah band – the tuba was rented cheap, of course – and two or three off-duty Feesh fan parking attendants listlessly waving little pennants and shouting “yay” whenever the Chihuahua pointed his cellphone camera on them. At first it looked like someone was squirting liquid confetti around but that turned out to be an Amtrak janitor killing off a wasp next under one of the roof supports.

    In other news, the Feesh DFA’d Wade LeBlanc, who figures to get picked up somewhere by a GM who’s willing to bet that his struggles were just a cry for help and a change of scene, and played three-dee chess with a few other minor leaguers no one had ever heard of except their mothers. Chris Coghlan, however, had a few more hits and raised his average to .300 for the first time in about three years, and the former ROY’s totally unexpected renaissance continues. This is definitely one of the very few feelgood stories to emerge from Macondo during this lost planet season. Craig, are you watching?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Prig.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Imitation is the sincerest form of flatulence.

        Or something like that.

  3. hova84 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Also of note, Brian McCann got his 1,000th career hit last night. Congrats!

    And Pirates fans, that strike zone was awful last night and the ejections unwarranted. Iossaggna was terribly inconsistent and should have ejected himself. The ball was passing over the same location of the plate, yet for lefties it was not a strike while for righties it was. I know pitchers have to adjust accordingly to an umpires “personal zone”, but shouldn’t it at least be somewhat a reflection of a real,consistent zone?

    • pens5829 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Didn’t see the game. Was it Jerry Meals behind the plate again? Buccos always seem to get the shaft in Atlanta.

    • misterj167 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      I agree, and I noticed that lossa was setting up in one spot for lefties and another for righties, so that pitches that were being called outside strikes for righties were being called balls inside for lefties, even though they were in the same spot. Even as a Braves fan I thought the Bucs were getting boned, and the ejections were wrong.

  4. mungman69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Kendrick legged out a triple in style.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      And that dog Delmon Young hit a jack too.

      ( Shhhh, don’t mention such things )

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        So your austerity program is working.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Not much baseball last night. During a break in the Yankees game, I decided to see if Antiques Roadshow was on PBS and saw that they were showing a program on the influence of Jewish music and Jewish composers on Broadway and American popular music. I turned it on and sure enough, I was soon watching a segment about Irving Berlin and his Broadway song “God Bless America”. It was mentioned that when he wrote it, many Christian ministers objected to the lyrics because it was written by a Jew. At the end of the program, I turned back to the baseball game just in time to see and hear the fans standing and singing “God Bless America” as a dirge complete with hands over their heart. What that song has to do with baseball is a great mystery to me. I understand patriotism and am a Canadian patriot from a military family, but as the National Anthem is played before the game this patriotic double dipping makes little sense to me.

    It is time for baseball to lighten up and return some fun to the game. I am advocating a more traditional song such as Take Me Out To The Ball Game or local favorites such as Sweet Caroline. On another note, it is also time for umpires to lighten up and to take themselves less seriously. They should realize that an argument from a player is not a challenge to their manhood.

    • philliesblow - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      Amen PC, early leader for post of the day. I understood playing “GBA” for the season following 9/11, but the problem with starting something like this is knowing how to gracefully bring it to an end.

    • sincitybonobo - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      The Dodgers have done away with it- I attended two games in May. The Anthem is enough. I’m with TJ on church and state.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      The baseball gods hate God anyways.

    • franklb - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” at Camden Yards comes to mind as a more than suitable alternative.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        I like that one. A fun song for the boys of summer.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        I would rather stand and listen to “God Bless America” than be forced to use “Sweet Caroline” as an excuse to line up for the peepee troughs. However, I would love the Rogers to play the Cowboy Junkies version of “Sweet Jane” once in a while. It’s mostly home grown and works well to pace your route to the hot dog stand.

      • stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Any version of “Sweet Jane” would be a healthy kick for a ball park. I would go Lou Reed.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Lou Reed hissef said he liked the Junkies version better than his own. In this vein, though, I might also like to hear John Cale’s cover of Jonathan Richman’s “Pablo Picasso” played at the Borg Moneydrome:

        When some guys try to pick up girls
        They get called assholes
        This never happened to
        Pablo Picasso.
        …Nobody called Pablo Picasso an asshole -
        Not in New York!

    • hcf95688 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Count me as another that is perplexed by the 7th inning “GBA” thing. When did this become our de facto national anthem? Removing caps and hands over hearts for a catchy show tune? Thankfully, it only happens in Oakland on special occasions – Memorial Day, etc – rather than as a matter of course…besides, we have our own musical tradition: Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” after every win.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        I do not stand and remove my propeller beanie for show tunes. Period.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Seriously, no one does their state song? Are we the only singing state?

      • indaburg - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I don’t want to do a state song. Florida is to transient of a state anyway. No one would know the words.

      • philliesblow - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        I have no interest in singing “Michigan, My Michigan”. If the Tigers are losing, they should play Panic in Detroit. If they are winning, go with Motor City Madhouse. Or screw it all and just go with Miggy’s spin on the MC5′s Kick Out the Jams, Si M******F******.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Ackcherley, the state song of Florida is “Old Folks at Home,” with its racially offensive lyrics removed by the state legislature a shockingly few years ago. Up until, I think, 2008 or so it still contained references to “de ole plantation” and its compliment of hardworking “darkies.” Really. Several attempts to find a new song had, in the past, been fillibustered or otherwise stymied by the Trailer Park Network’s favored candidates from the Panhandle region (who seem to spend a lot of time pulling their panhandles anyway). Prior to the 1930s the state song was “Oh, Florida” which was sung to the tune of “O Tannebaum,” a Christmas song designed for deployment in weenter. Go figger. I think something like three or four other states also have anthems sung to the tune of “O Tannenbaum.” States, like vociferous “states rightists,” seem dead set on sounding ridiculous.

        Me, I would like the new Florida anthem to be “Oh, Florida” but sung to the tune of Country Joe and the Feesh’s “Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag.”

    • indaburg - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      I agree 100% with everything you just said, proudlycanadian. Only the terribly insecure need to constantly reassert their love. I love ya, America. Do you need to hear me say it again? So needy.

      • stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        For years at Astros games it was “Take me Out to the Ballgame” and then “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Nice, light, uptempo and not too serious. GBA can make me feel like a funeral that I was forced to attend.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I also like Deep In The Heart Of Texas. Great choice.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        “I just think that we’re saying the same things that need to be repeated again and again.”

        - Gordo Cooper at the Mercury 7 “Coming Out” press conference in The Right Stuff (one of the greatest American films ever made, an evaluation about which I will brook no disagreement).

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Didn’t Rick Perry have the song title changed to “Deep in the Throat of Texas”?

      • APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        OG, I love The Right Stuff. But it drives my girlfriend from the room faster than a video of my ex. Doesn’t that prove it’s art at least? People love it or hate it.

      • stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        No, for Rick Perry it would be “Deep in the Pockets of my Business Buddies”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        That’s what I’m talking about stex! Have a little state pride, people.

      • indaburg - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Florida state pride? I don’t know any good crystal meth songs.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        APBA: you have to find another girlfriend, then. A major disconnect in cinematic taste will sink a relationship faster than swimming into an oil slick will sink a gannet. The same is true of music. I am an acute Deadhead and my wife loves disco. We’ve been stuck with each other for 31 years. Don’t let that happen to you.

      • indaburg - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I have to agree with OG. My condolences to your girlfriend, APBA.

      • indaburg - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Where’s the rum?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        OG – at least you and your wife can get down together on Shakedown Street.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Naahh, we save that one for when I get a bill from my lawyer.

    • nbjays - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      I’m in agreement with you on that 100%, PC. I think “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and local favourites are all that’s required. Oddly, I even enjoy the “OK, Blue Jays” song at Rogers Center but I’d love to see someone start playing more basebally (is that a word?), like John Fogarty’s “Centerfield”. GBA was a nice gesture when it was implemented, but it has overstayed its welcome, as far as I’m concerned.

  6. papacrick - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Moreno should lose his franchise for getting swept by the Astros. There has to be a rule like that somewhere in the cba

    • hcf95688 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Losing the franchise is rather harsh. Last weekend, I was in a rib & tri-tip cookoff. Just a great excuse for a bunch of buddies to drink beer & shots and grill some tasty meats. We made a rule that whoever came in last had to clean the place up……so maybe a rule like that could be an alternative: Artie, his GM, Sciscioa, Hamilton and Fat Albert can clean the restrooms at The Big A until they manage to beat the Astros.

  7. sincitybonobo - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Jesus, Quentin, just get it over with. You’re currently the front-runner for the inaugural Sal Bompiensero award.

  8. historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Rays come to town! Rays come to town! Grrrrr!!!!!

    (We need to make up some games. I feel shorted. :( )

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Enjoy the series and have fun watching Moore pitch for the Rays.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      In my mind you finished that post by running around a coffee table shaking your fists in the air. GAHHHHH!

      Great pitching matchup tonight – aces are wild – new ace on the block versus the more established ace.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        Honey, I don’t run before 11. It’s ungodly. You could spill your coffee that way.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        You definitely seem fired up.

  9. stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Another rather amazing feat of smoke and mirrors from the Astros. Two runs on three hits. All while striking out 12 times. I’m glad to see Bedard put together a good effort. He’s the kind of player you like to see have some success. I think respectability is a lot to hope for this year, but it’s good to see the kids have some success.

    Is there any team in recent memory that is less a sum of its parts than the Angels? I always thought they were suspect as a World Series contender because of their pitching. But did anyone really think the rest of their game would be this bad?

    • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      It’s been fun watching the Feesh slowly pulling away from the Astros in the race for worst record in baseball and baseball-like diversions – kinda like watching Gondwanaland splitting apart. I liked how, for a little while there, both teams were on “winning streaks” (although it prolly wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that what actually happened is that both teams encountered opponents on more inept losing streaks than they were, and they split the differences). However, as you will note, the Feesh’s run of neutral karma was shorter lived than the Astros, most likely owing to how much fouler the bad karmic aspect of the Feesh ownership is.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        It’s like watching the 7th inning sausage race. Bratwurst is ahead but up on the side comes the Italian Sausage. The Astro-dogs are on a roll!

      • stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Well, Gator, whacking Harvey around impressed me. No one else had done that to date. And it cost me a fantasy ball win. But that’s another story.

        I’m not looking to get the fan boys all over me. And I’d like to see the Astros show some recovery from this multi-year coma. But the recent feasting is on an Angel’s team that has managed to completely soil itself. Optimism comes hard in light of previous experience. Let’s see if they can take to the road and split a few more series. Maybe respectability looms as a distant goal.

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        I don’t know what is required to achieve respectability. It’s not something that’s ever crowned my bucket list, you know?

      • stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        In this context, respectability would be indicated by just a hint of resignation (or even a frisson of fear?) from opposing teams when confronted by a three game set in your home park.

        You know, like “We’re going down to Houston for a weekend series. Should be tough, but we have an easier stretch after that.”

        Is that too much to ask?

    • APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      I think all of the AL West competition looked at the Angels in pre-season and thought “You know, after Weaver and Wilson, this team can be had.” Then Weaver went down, and Wilson is having an off year so far. If you can’t pitch you can’t win. And the Angels starters, outside of Weaver, don’t scare anybody.

  10. ryanrockzzz - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    If only Cole Hamels wasn’t 1-9 this year. If he is even 5-5 at this point the Phillies are right there in the East.

    • paperlions - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Every team could make such a wish, “If only more things had gone right and nothing had gone wrong blah blah blah.”

      The Phillies are just lucky to have the Mets and Marlins on their schedule so often. They are 7 games over .500 against those teams and 9 games under against everyone else.

  11. 4d3fect - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Craig, a minor correction, the Angels don’t stink.

    THEY SUCK.

    • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      But they’re also functional. Southern California needs all the moist low pressure it can get to put the fires out.

  12. sdelmonte - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    On the topic of the emerging Mr. Brown, I recommend David Schoenfeld’s analysis of Brown and his utter inability to get walks.

  13. andreweac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The Albertross is the worst #3 hitter in baseball.

    Napoli >>> Albertross.

    Terrible. Makes this Angel fan furious.

  14. manchestermiracle - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Yasiel Puig should be all the proof new Dodger management needs to realize a return to the art of developing in-house talent will take you farther than trying to buy it all. (I used “farther” instead of “further” because, well, farther has fart in it.)

    Then again, once Puig has been exposed to whatever toxic agent is causing all the hamstring injuries in that clubhouse, the team will continue to sink slowly into the abyss that is the NL West cellar.

  15. spudchukar - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    A lot has been made of the Cards starters’ success, and the timely hitting, all valid. However, one other factor has contributed to their amazing start. The defense. SS Pete Kozma has 1 error to date. First baseman Allen Craig, matches that number. Third baseman David Freese throws his hat in the ring, and has only 1 boot this year.

    Matt Carpenter, the converted second baseman, has only 1 miscue at 2nd. And the entire Cards’ pitching staff have committed 1 error. Yadier Molina, the premiere catcher in MLB, has 2.

  16. APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I commented yesterday about the Brewers starters, and last night showed what A’s fans have seen for the past year or so, that the A’s can wear out average-or-worse pitching. I’m not sure what Estrada’s issue was. What I saw was 87-90 with far too frequent leakage over the plate. The A’s hitters were contained, staying within themselves, and despite the beckoning of a home run park, they were content to chip and dink their way to 19 hits, a constant barrage of offense that put the game away relatively early. Tommy Milone had better command except for one pitch that Jemile Weeks’ brother just destroyed, but for the most part the Brewers’ played like they’d seen this movie before. Highly regarded rookie Jean Segura wore himself out chasing balls just out of his reach, and by the end of the game he was drooping like a Christmas tree in mid-January. The rest of the team just looked defeated, though not as lifeless as the White Sox looked over the weekend.

    AJ Griffin goes tonight. He’s been a little rocky since this streak began, with an ERA over 5.00. There are a few Brewers hitters who look dangerous, so he better improve over his recent form. Even a hot team won’t repeat 19 hits.

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