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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 5, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

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Phillies 7, Marlins 3: John Mayberry had a walkoff grand slam. Probably good that the Phillies won this one. After a brutally bad call by Bob Davidson in the bottom of the eighth on a Ben Revere takeout slide, the crowd didn’t stop letting the umps hear it. Apparently none of the tens of thousands in the ballpark appreciate the human element. Pity.

Red Sox 17, Rangers 5: Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast. The Red Sox scored in each of the first seven innings, including six in the second. Brick killed a guy. There were horses and a man on fire. He killed a man with a trident.

Nationals 3, Mets 2: Danny Espinosa was put on the DL and Davey Johnson wrote in Steve Lombardozzi‘s name at second base. Lombardozzi hits a walkoff sac-fly to complete the Nats’ come-from-behind victory. Amazing how much easier this game is when you don’t try to play it with players who have broken bones and torn shoulders.

Yankees 4, Indians 3: Mark Teixeira homers for the second straight night. David Phelps with six shutout innings. After the game Joe Girardi called Teixeira “an RBI machine.” It’s awesome that Teixeira’s so talented that he can make those baserunners get on before him like that. Unless, perhaps, in the past two nights he has simply been a home run machine and the RBIs had a lot to do with his teammates doing well in front of him.

Tigers 10, Rays 1: Prince Fielder drove in four and Matt Moore took his first loss of the season. It was a three days rest sort of thing for Moore. I say “sort of thing” because he pitched one inning in his last outing, which was cut short due to rain. You have to wonder if it messed with his chi.

Braves 5, Pirates 4: Andrelton Simmons showed his stick in this one. More so than usual. A 3 for 5 day including a walkoff double.

Rockies 5, Reds 4: Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer in the eighth to put the Rockies ahead for good. It took an umpire’s review to make it so — they initially ruled it was fan interference and thus a double — but they got the call right a minute later. More failure to trust the human element. Sigh.

Twins 3, Royals 0: Sam Deduno and four relievers combine to shut out Kansas City. This was the Royals’ 11th straight home loss. George Brett would be better off having Dayton Moore activate him than try to teach these chipwiches how to hit. The Twins have won seven of eight. I don’t think it’ll last, but for now they’re only four and a half back of the Tigers.

Brewers 4, Athletics 3: The Brewers were down 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth, scored three off Sean Doolittle, who really lived up to his name, and then won it on a Yuniesky Betancourt double in the tenth.

Orioles 4, Astros 1: All good things, and the Astros win streak was a very good thing, must come to an end. Chris Tillman allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 6: The Diamondbacks beat up on Michael Wacha, the Cardinals came back by beating up on Tyler Skaggs and the Dbacks’ pen, and then after 14 innings Paul Goldschmidt won it for Arizona with an RBI single. The Cards have lost all of their extra innings games this year.

Angels 4, Cubs 3: A two-run homer for Albert Pujols in the seventh brings the Angels back from behind. El Hombre — remember when we used to call him that? — drove in three in all.

Dodgers 9, Padres 7: Yasiel Puig’s coming out party continued into its second day, with the large rookie hitting two homers and driving in five. He also committed a throwing error which helped give the Padres the lead early, but let’s leave that one aside for now since it came out in the wash.

Mariners 7, White Sox 4: Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four and the M’s actually gave Felix Hernandez some run support. There was a time when Hernandez would give up four runs like he did here and never hope to win. That time, to be fair, was all the time up to yesterday just before game time. But he’ll definitely take the runs.

Giants 2, Blue Jays 1: Something approaching vintage Tim Lincecum, as The Freak — remember when we used to call him that? — allowed one run over seven. All the scoring in this one was over by the second inning and the game lasted a cool, crisp two hours, sixteen minutes.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    The way Tex has hit the last couple of games for the Yankees maybe he should miss the first couple of months every year. Besides the Yankees won now the streak stand at 2.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      It certainly does seem to get around his bad Aprils. Clearly he is a warmer weather player (this week).

  2. indaburg - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I like your excuse for Moore’s loss. Moore was due, I suppose. I expected a pitchers duel but as my friend put it, Moore got shot.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I was looking forward to it. But Moore hit, what, 82 pitches by the 3rd inning? Didn’t even make it through that. The Pig Hunter seemed a might peeved at the plate too. It’s hard to beat the Tigers at home, I tell you. Welcome to the den. The bad new was that Torii is still sitting at 299 HR. Maybe tonight he becomes Mr. 300. Also, Miggy didn’t even go boom. You still have that to look forward to, woman.

      Then, I checked the scores and saw the Phillies tied with the Marlins in extra innings. What. the. hell? I turned it on, and you’re welcome for that Phans. What a nice way to get your first grand slam. It’s redeeming not to beat the Feesh by 1. Still, that was weird — the uniforms, the teams, the “rules.” National League. /smh

      Woke up this am excited for the PEDs drama. Eeeeeee!

      • indaburg - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        The Pig Hunter looked peeved? Nah, that’s his come hither look.

        The Rays have historically not done well in the den. UV rays have difficulty penetrating through.

        I am not touching the PED clusterfuck with a 12 foot pig spear. It’s a Salem witch hunt, McCarthy’s red scare on a baseball scale. It disgusts me and there’s nothing I can do, so it frustrates me too.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        I thinks we have different feelings on that. I might wade in a little. Might.

      • detroitr1 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        What is it about COPA that good (even great) teams seem to get lost? COPA is a little deep but all it has from other stadiums (that I’m aware of) is a Ferris wheel and Cars in the outfield. Are players afraid that a corvette will fall on them in the OF? Our Home/Away splits are ridiculous.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Don’t complain!

      • dluxxx - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        @detroitr1 – They’re just swooning from all the fumes from the Tar Sands waste the Koch brothers are dumping on Detroit. Talk about a home field advantage…

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Be nice. I read a whole Twins post yesterday just for you.

      • dluxxx - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Aww, thanks! Not bagging on Detroit, just the Koch brothers…

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      If Moore got shot, poor Justin Grimm got shot stabbed set on fire, put out and then set on fire again.

      • indaburg - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Now that’s a Grimm faerie tale for you.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    I enjoyed the Anchorman reference.

  4. philliesblow - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    It’s often said less is more. For the Rays last night, Moore was less.

  5. greymares - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Bob Davidson’s call when an umpire says he saw something, that didn’t happen. Is not the same as missing something that did happen. Seeing things are forms of senility or sickness and should be dealt with immediately.( that’s not human element).

    • paperlions - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Thinking you saw things that didn’t happen is distinctly human and characteristic of every age group. Brains are very good at filling in information it missed, though, not accurately, and as far as the person is concerned, they have “real” memories of things that didn’t actually happen and no ability to distinguish between subconscious fabrications and reality. That is why eye witnesses are so unreliable and inconsistent and things like therapy to draw out “suppressed memories” are so dangerous (because the therapy doesn’t draw out anything, it creates false memories).

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Bob Davidson, Joe West and Angel Hernandez are terrible, to name a few. Umpires need to recognize fans don’t come to see them. Right now they are final, fallible and bear no accountability. Hey Bud, the consistently bad umpiring this year is jeopardizing the integrity of the game more than PEDs.

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      I see dead people – and they grabbed his leg.

  6. hushbrother - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Michael Jackson late in his life was pretty much referred to as simply The Freak.

    • nategearhart - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Shoulda put him in the ‘pen.

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Late in his life? Quite a while before that, Sammy Davis Jr. observed dryly that MJ was “not the boy next door.”

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Oh, slow me. And of course there’s the Iraqi captain questioning the captive Mark Wahlberg in Three Kings: “What is wrong with Michael Jackson?”

  7. hova84 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    No, not that Simmons picture! That thing almost warrants a NSFW tag.

    BJ, Heyward, and Uggla all contributed the last two games. Not getting my hopes up yet, but maybe they’ll start trending above the Mendoza line before too long.

    Facing a tough lefty on get-away-day today. Not expecting much out of the Braves lineup today.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Davidson muttering to himself over the next few innings was kind of entertaining, And the Phils won the game in the end, so i’m at peace.

    Ball don’t lie.

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      ….said the judge. And these are his words. He held up a baseball with a spot of shoe polish on it.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        As the sign said, there are no words.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Uh, where’s my thanks, Phan?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        I pulled the All Star lever all Tigers multiple times for you last night!

        Thanks enough?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Really? I didn’t. But, thank you. I voted for some of your players too…for very different reasons. lol

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        It’s a ridiculous system, so I act ridiculously towards it!

        Kind of like a “We’re Not gonna Make it” moment. ( the fun version, that you turn up loud )

  9. ndnut - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Maybe it will last for the Twins. M&M boys are doing well, Willinghammer is coming out of his slump, and Ryan “Donut Hole” Doumit is on fire. Meanwhile, Hicks is doing awesome in center, our pitching is not atrocious, the BullDozier has adjusted to 2nd well, and the RF rotation is okay. We will take the 2nd wild card and win the one-off game!

    • dluxxx - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Not likely, but I like they way you think! Go Twins!

  10. clefo - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Something that I’m surprised to see not being discussed more in the realm of umpire incompetence from last night was the 6th inning of the Diamondbacks-Cardinals game. Carlos Beltran attempts to steal third with two outs, which is an act that should be punished.

    This happened:

    But for some reason Jordan Baker called him safe. Instead of the inning being over, Beltran came around to score to make it a one-run game instead of a two. Playing the hypothetical game can be a bit wonky, but since the game went into extras you can pretty reasonably say that game turned somewhat on that call. It’s a rare thing when Angel Hernandez is NOT the most incompetent ump on the field.

    • moogro - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Weird that the ump would try to make that call standing where he was. The positioning of umpires, especially slow ones, is really not helping things.

    • spudchukar - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      It was a miserable call. And I am a Cards fan. Molina followed with a single, that Beltran would have had a tough time scoring on even with two outs. I have no explanation for the bungled call. The replay was definitive.

      I also don’t know what Beltran was thinking either, but that isn’t much consolation for D-Back fans. Both teams’ bull pens are spent. And you are correct, the call did impact the extra innings. In some ways it hurts the Cards too. Better to have lost in regulation.

  11. mungman69 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Throw that ump outta the game.

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      He’d only land in the field boxes and injure a fan.

  12. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    You nailed it on Ben Revere, Craig, with the exception of using the words “Takeout slide”. It was a slide, no other words necessart

    Revere has said Davidson needs glasses, Charlie said he is getting old. Okay MLB, you either have to fine these guys, or admit they are right! Ehhhh….they probably going to claim they are too busy today

    For those who didn’t see it, here is Revere’s “interference”

  13. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    By game 59, I have the ’62 Mutts at 17-42. After last night, the Feesh stand at 16-43. But I was counting on my fingers, so I might be off by one. It just feels like they’ve fallen ahead. The Mutts, who will not be back in control of their own destiny until they face the Feesh this weekend, might be giving some thought to how they could arrange to be swept again.

    Just as I called Craig’s attention to the resurrection of the prematurely interred Chris Coghlan, who after two seasons of flirtation with the Mendoza line had gotten his BA up to an even .300 two games ago, Coghlan has gone something like one for eight to drop his average back to .283. Perhaps it is true, after all, that observing a phenomenon affects its outcome. In the meantime, Marcel Ozuna has his average up to a remarkably soft .336, with one home run to go with twelve doubles, two triples and only sixteen ribbies. The endemic Feesh allergy to driving in runs against anybody but the Mutts runs deep.

    So what can the three or four remaining Feesh fans – the same guys, I suspect, who were the subjects of that infamous pre-season photo waiting in line for the teecket windows to open “at last” – got to look forward to over the next couple of weeks? Well, Nathan Eovaldi may or may not have completed his rehab assignment after getting smacked around in AA last night; the question is, did he peetch badly enough for the Feesh to call him up? The Iron Giant played in his first rehab game last night, flying out three times as he searched for his atrophied rhythm and timing. He’s still a couple of weeks away, apparently, from returning to the lineup where he can finally be “protected” by Ozuna and provide some interest to what is arguably the dullest team in baseball and baseball-like diversions. But best of all, we may be only a couple of weeks away from the return from orthopedic purgatory of the organizationally beloved Tweeter, his perpetual .235 BA and his fearsome .164 RISP. Perhaps the Feesh want to bring him up, in the words of Faulkner, to negative the Iron Giant, the jewel of their roster.

    Question of the day: after peetching another fine game last night with feeble run support, only to sit in the dugout while the boolpen blew it completely, what do you think Reecky Nolasco prays for?

    • ptfu - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Why does the Iron Giant need rhythm and timing? He need only stand in the batter’s box, stiff and unmoving–like an, ahem, iron giant–as pitch after pitch sails by outside the strike zone. Why this kid ever sees a strike is beyond me, given how much better he is than the hitters behind him.

      I’m not sure what Reecky prays for. It’s hard to decide which plague he wants to hit Macondo Banana Massacre Field. Blood? Frogs? Hail?

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        I suspect he prays elliptically, beyond the plagues to his deliverance, you know?

  14. rockthered1286 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The yardbirds are a perfect 5-0 when Tillman starts on the road this season. And Manny hit his 26th 2-bagger.

    Brick you my want to lay low for a while because you’re probably wanted for murder.

    Witch hunt week 2013 is in full effect.

    That’s all I’ve got today.

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Can Witch Hunt Week in MLB be any more portentous than Tornado Week on the Weather Channel was?

      Oh boy. This is going to be good.

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Uh-oh. Wait a minute.

        Would the player’s union (often abbreviated as PU, or pee-yew) conceivably strike over a mass immolation of juicers? Dear Buddha – that would ruin the Feesh’s chances of beating out the 1962 Mutts for the worst record in modern beisbol!

        Oh no. Oh no.

  15. rufuscornpone - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    NO mention of Matt Carpenter tying an MLB record by getting hit by 3 pitches?

    • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Deets, please.

  16. Innocent Bystander - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    How dare you use the word “chipwich” with a negative connotation!!! It’s better than cake or pie. I’m heading to Trader Joe’s now.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      The Chipwich is wonderful, but it’s no Choco Taco.

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        The frozen Snickers embarrasses them all.

  17. fukpittsburgh - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I’m telling you look out for Chris Tillman. The kid can pitch. Still working on inconsistency but he is really starting to figure it out.

  18. reggietfromda623 - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Why is there no mention of the horrible call in the dbacks game?

  19. APBA Guy - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Painful. UVa alum Sean Doolittle has had a rough stretch, getting immolated his last 3 outings, including last night. For 16 innings over 2 nights the A’s had been using the Brewers’ “aggressiveness”-ie, swinging from the heels on every pitch-against them, throwing an assortment of mush and feeling the breeze from the swings and misses. When Bob went to the pen last night he could have gone with Blevins, who would have continued in that vein, but went with Doolittle instead, who for the most part has been reliable up until recently. Very, very quickly, the Brewers cut it to 3-2, then A-Ram blew up his bat to dink one over the drawn in infield to tie it.

    Lohse had pitched well enough, keeping the Brewers close, despite two absolute bombs from Cespedes. Leaving one pitch centered was bad, but I’m sure Lohse was really upset about the second one, which may have been hit even harder than the first. In any event, keeping Crisp off the bases was the difference for Lohse and they won in the 10th as Neshek left one perfectly centered for the game winning hit.

    Four runs for the bullpen will leave Bob scratching his melon. He knows they have to try and win every game they can during this stretch of HOU-SF-CWS-MIL-CWS. That’s a lot of games against guys at the bottom of their divisions (or 1 game out in the case of the White Sox). Those are teams you are supposed to beat. The luck was catching the Giants in a flat spot, since that 3-1 series result could easily have been 1-3 against the one very good team in that sequence.

    We’ll see what effect yesterday’s bombshell report will have on Capt. Colon’s fragile psyche. He goes tonight, and throws a lot of fastballs, which the Brewer’s look for. True, those fastballs are not created equal, as he adds or subtracts about 4 mph, and mixes a lot of cutters and two-seamers. But AJ was tossing 89 and mixing in his slider and change along with a 68 mph near-eephus pitch that had the Brewer’s off balance. AJ went 7 scoreless. When the Brewers saw the Doolittle and Cook heat they scored 3 in a hurry. And with Colon’s mind possibly on other things…

    • indaburg - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      What do you think is Doolittle’s major malfunction?

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        That once you launch a B-25 from an aircraft carrier, you can’t land it there again.

      • indaburg - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Gator, you hit that one at least 475 ft. The Doolittle Raid. I bow before you.

        Craig, please put this man on HBT’s payroll. He’s the reason I keep coming back and why I put up with the trolls, who seem to be multiplying like Gremlins on a nightly basis. (Are they copulating? What a frightful thought!)

      • APBA Guy - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Inda, I’m seeing two things:1) lack of command, especially his fastball. He’s just throwing it up there without being able to spot it on the corners, so he’s catching a lot of plate. We all know that good fastball hitters will ignore everything else and wait for a fastball if they think they are going to get a good one to hit, especially if 2) his secondary pitches, which is mainly a slider, aren’t coming close to looking like strikes. Guys just ignore anything spinning as soon as they identify it.

      • indaburg - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        So basically, what goes wrong with any pitcher when he’s not physically hurt. Well, dangit. Does he like plantains?

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