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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 10, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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Cardinals 11, Reds 4: I’ll take “Improbable scores for an extra-inning game for $200, Alex.” It was already 7-4 in the top of the 10th when Matt Holliday came to the plate but he hit a grand slam off Curtis Partch to truly ice the game. J.J. Hoover was charged with six of the seven runs scored by St. Louis that inning. I wonder if anyone in Cincinnati can think of clever and/or crude ways to describe Hoover’s performance in this one that incorporate his name somehow.

Rangers 6, Blue Jays 4: The Rangers avoid a sweep and move back into first place by a half game. Homers from Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy.

Tigers 4, Indians 1: Jose Alvarez makes his MLB debut in a spot start, allows one run in six innings, gets the W and is sent back down. Such is life when you play for a veteran-laden, first place team. Don Kelly hit a three-run homer to break the 1-1 tie in the sixth.

Marlins 8, Mets 4: The Marlins have 18 wins. Eight of them have come against the Mets. The Mets made news after this one by sending down a few players and calling up a few in their place. Thing is, there are still a bunch of minor leaguers in talent and essence on this club.

Nationals 7, Twins 0; Nationals 5, Twins 4: Jordan Zimmermann tossed seven two-hit shutout innings in game one while Anthony Rendon doubled in two and singled in ones. In the nightcap it was the bullpen that did the heavy lifting as Nathan Karns didn’t have much but the pen held the Twins scoreless for the final six innings.

Red Sox 10, Angels 5Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit two homers. David Ortiz hit a three-run job. The Sox took two of three, have won six of eight overall and are sitting on top of the AL East by a game and a half.

Brewers 9, Phillies 1: Kyle Lohse was strong and got his first win in eight starts and the Brewers take three of four. But Ryan Braun came out of the game as his thumb continues to bother him, and he’s probably gonna hit the DL soon.

Orioles 10, Rays 7:  Baltimore: unimpressed by Matt Moore. The racked up nine runs on 12 hits off him, with J.J. HardyAdam JonesAlexi Casilla and Nick Markakis each driving in two. Oh, check out this play by Casilla. That’s some Neo-from-Matrix crap right there.

White Sox 4, Athletics 2: Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers homered as the Sox earn a split against one of the hottest teams around. Sure, it comes after a stretch that put them in last place and gave new meaning to the word “punchless” but it’s at least something.

Cubs 4, Pirates 1: Cody Ransom hit a three-run homer. Which I heard on the radio while riding in a cab in Chicago. Which was kind of cool. I had a pretty sweet weekend up there. I’ll offer a couple of mini ballpark reviews of both Wrigley and U.S. Cellular, each of which I hit on Friday, later today.

Braves 8, Dodgers 1: Two homers for Dan Uggla. Homers have basically been his whole season. He’s on pace for 33 this year. He’s on pace for butt in basically every other offensive category. Yasiel Puig went 3 for 5. He’s 13 for 28 to start his career.

Royals 2, Astros 0: Look at Kansas City, winners of five straight. Sure, those wins came against Houston and Minnesota, but they still count. Luis Mendoza and Lucas Harrell had quite the duel going here, each tossing seven shutout innings. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each singled in runs in the eighth.

Rockies 8, Padres 7: The Rockies were down 7-4 entering the bottom of the ninth before rallying off Luke Gregerson.  Dexter Fowler scored the tying run that frame and drove in the winning run in the tenth. Carlos Gonzalez was the man, though, making two fantastic catches and driving in two on a ninth inning double.

Yankees 2, Mariners 1: Story of Felix Hernandez‘s life: one runner over seven innings but a no decision because his team’s bats couldn’t do anything. David Phelps held them at bay and then Chris Stewart drove in the go-ahead run on with a ninth inning single.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 2: Chad Gaudin threw up during the third and sixth innings but only coughed up two runs in the fourth against the Dbacks. Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers probably yelled at their team for not being truly gritty compared to Gaudin after this one.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Inge 2.0. Nuf said.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      The last time Miggy went boom, we lost. Inge 2.0 had a 3-run Hail Mary. Does not compute.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Phelps and Gardner with a little Stewart thrown in on the side, who would have thought that those 3 virtually single-handedly would beat King Felix.

    • paperlions - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      I’m going to answer, no one would have thought those 3 would “single handedly” do anything….mostly on account of single handed things typically being perpetrated by one individual. That must have been the epitome of team work.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Clearly, you do not understand the Borg. They are one.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      If Pineda makes it back up to the show- is Phelps the odd man out of the rotation?

      • uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        If Pineda makes it back and pitches up to or close to what I believe the Yankees expectations are and Nuno doesn’t stay on the DL in Triple A long then I think the Yankees try and trade Hughes either straight up OR Nova as part of a package OR both.
        I can see the starting rotation being: CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Phelps and Pineda. With Nuno being the guy the Yankees keep in Triple A and available for spot starts if necessary. In that case in my opinion both Hughes because he’s a FA and Nova because he still has a few years of team control as expendable. The way it’s beginning to look now we won’t have long to find out.

        Just one additional comment IF everyone remains healthy the 2014 starting rotation looks to me like: CC, Pineda, Phelps, Nuno and either Kuroda or a FA signing with Warren as a possible option or most likely the spot starter.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        With Hughes Cashman should obviously do his due diligence, but I feel like the value of his pitching down the stretch plus the sandwich pick is going to be better value than whatever they get for him in a trade. Phelps can go back to the bullpen and make it even stronger.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Kevin, I’m not sure where you get the idea that the Yankees will get a “sandwich” pick for Hughes at the end of the year. IF the Yankees don’t trade Hughes by the trade deadline they will let him walk. They are not going to make him a qualifying offer of between $14 and $15MM. An offer that if they were to make to him he would most certainly accept and then just hit FA after the 2014 season at just 28 years old.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. At worst, Hughes could get a pillow contract that doesn’t pay that much less than the QO, and he’d be hitting free agency coming off a year in a much better ballpark for him.

  3. kcrobert10 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Go royals go. Only need to win 5 more to get back into the race. Detroit is coming to town tonight though and they will be running out fister, sherzer, and verlander. My guess we lose all 3 and score only 4 runs while Detroit scores something like 15.

  4. dondada10 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I know this is from the perspective of a Mets fan (we’re endanger of being banished to Serie B), but this core of Marlins players will be good someday soon.

  5. dondada10 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    I know this is from the perspective of a Mets fan (we’re in danger of being banished to Serie B), but this core of Marlins players will be good someday soon.

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      I think you’re confusing how utterly awful the Mutts have become lately with how good someone else is. Both teams looked terrible on every level except, in a few cases, the starting pitching. Harvey and The Kid performed as advertised. Aside from that, pretty much everyone except Wright and Ozuna hardly performed at all. On both sides, lousy baserunning. Dumb errors. Inability to drive in runs. Murphy boots a double play ball that would’ve shut the Feesh rally down. Tweeter lets himself get hit by a batted ball and chokes a rally.

      Aside from which, you can’t win meaningfully in this league with your “core of players.” This is especially true in the case of the Feesh, where that core traditionally lasts only as long as its key players are not yet eligible for arbitrationanyway. Meanwhile, your second-tier and even peripheral role players have to do their parts. If you keep trying to pad your roster with a ballast of scrapheap pickups and recycled journeymen who can’t do their jobs very well, your “core” will be mostly window dressing for your advertising and scorecard covers.

      I doubt if the few remaining Feesh fans believe we’ll ever see Scrooge McLoria surround his “core” with quality role players. That takes money. This fan base has been desolated, and as guys like Fernandez, Ozuna, Dietrich and the Iron Giant congeal into the “core” of a team that remains mediocre because of all its other holes, fans still aren’t going to come back to Macondo Banana Massacre Field – which Scrooge and the Chihuahua will use as an excuse to continue to impose what in their Orwellian jargon they call “market corrections.” The team will never rise above third place with these two bloodsuckers running it; the fans know this, won’t be gulled again, and the cycle of failure and bullshit will continue.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Oh, yes – your daily chronosynclastic infundibular update. While the Feesh were slipping past the Mutts the way an eel slips back over the gunwale once you pull the hook out of his mouth, in their 62nd game of the year the Feesh stand at 18-44. Over in Milwaukee, the ’62 Mutts were beating the Braves to weigh in at 17-45. Infamy continues snapping at the Feesh’s cloacas but as of today, they’re a game ahead of heestory.

  6. thomas844 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I have been a big defender of Dusty, but he’s been making my job very hard lately. Chapman was really incapable of going one more inning? The Reds had their 2-3-4 hitters coming up and all they would have needed was one more scoreless inning out of Chappy to try and get the winning run in the bottom of the tenth.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Can’t blame Dusty for this one, he has been consistent with never using Chapman for more than one inning a game all season long. I really, really hate to say this, but bottom line is that Hoover sucked!

      • paperlions - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        “Because this is how s/he always does it” it never a solid defense for a decision. Chapman had only pitched once since the 3rd and he mowed down the Cards easily in the 9th. He could have gone back out for another inning with no ill effects. I was glad Dusty pulled him and equally glad that Matheny made the smart decision of sending Rosenthal out for a second inning. When a guy throws twice as many pitches just to warm up as he throws to get through an inning, you can send him back out with no ill effects….and it isn’t like Chapman doesn’t have the stamina to go multiple innings.

      • crookedstick - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        And if Chapman had gone back out and blown out his elbow or some other freak occurrence, then everyone would vilify Dusty for “ruining another young pitcher’s career.” “What a dumbass for sending him back out for a second inning when he never does that.” “Doesn’t he know that’s how Broxton blew out his arm in LA by pitching more than one inning.”

      • paperlions - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Sorry, that’s just stupid.

        Pitchers break. No matter how you use them.

      • jm91rs - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        At this point Dusty won’t use Chapman for more than 3 outs just because he would be admitting defeat. If you ask him why he doesn’t do something you can be damn sure he’s never going to do it, then he’ll remind you he played with Hank Aaron.

        The guy pushes a lot of buttons just right, but I don’t think he’s the best at managing a bullpen.

  7. alexo0 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Hoover blew it last night!

    • squawkbert - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Hoover was not the only one sucking last night. Who gave up a 2-5-3 double play bunting? Who followed that up (nearly) surrendering a 1-6-3 double play on the next bunt attempt?
      I’m guessing that “Bunting Practice” is high on Dusty’s “To Do” list for today.

  8. alexo0 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I’d say Gaudin was more gutsy than gritty.

    • ditto65 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Depends on what he threw up.

      • ptfu - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        And where. Managers and coaches always say to leave everything on the field…

  9. natslady - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Rendon made two errors.

    In the first game he dropped an infield pop, losing it in the sun (no sunglasses, because it had been overcast). He caught the next easy popup and got some Bronx cheers, whereupon he grinned. took a bow and pumped his fist. Then he pushed the other fielders out of the way and so he could catch two or three more popups.

    In the second game he misjudged a ball for a two-base fumble. Of course, he also did this.

    plus the aforementioned hits.

    LaRoche, who embarrassed himself with a couple of errors earlier in the week (one that was VERY costly), make several great plays. Suffice it to say, the bullpen had a lot of help, but also gotta say, Davey managed the hell out of it for three games in two days. I heard Dusty didn’t so do well.

  10. indaburg - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I am with the Orioles. This is my “Matt Moore in his last two starts” face:

    • dowhatifeellike - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      He’s done pretty well against Baltimore before but he’s young and he’ll have his ups and downs.

      Gausman was roughed up on Saturday but it was the Rays putting good pitches into gaps. I’ve never seen so many hits from offspeed stuff 6″ off the plate. Gasuman was missing outside but the Rays were hitting it anyway.

      Moore was missing up and over the plate. It may just take a little mechanical tweak to correct, but in my experience it is the small adjustments that are hard to get a feel for and repeat consistently. Moore just needs to watch some film and go back to what he was doing last month. Easier said than done, but there it is.

  11. hova84 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    All I have to say is I’m glad Freeman is in the Braves lineup. Not sure where they’d be without him. Also glad we’re done with the Dodgers. Puig tore us up. Good season series win though. Took 5 of the 7.

  12. danandcasey - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I got it – JJ’s performance yesterday sucked like – Hoover’s domestic policy following the Crash of ’29.

    How’s that?

  13. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Another great performance by a bluejay starting pitcher, 100+ pitches for 5 innings!! Gotta love it and oh yea the jays are 11 games out of first, 8 games below .500, enough SAID!! Case Closed!!!

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Does “case closed” mean you’re going to take your utterly boring posts somewhere else? I sure hope so. You stopped being amusing or even mildly interesting by the middle of April.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        it means you will be hearing from me twice as much as before, i get lots of fan mail and my fans need me

      • natslady - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Something REALLY needs to be done about the postal service if they are delivering fan mail to dirtyharry1971.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      When I try to imagine who dirtyharry could possibly be – this is what I come up with: yellowing tank top, pajamas, worn out slippers, overpowering b.o. and an aol dial-up modem. Dozens of empty pizza boxes, a large overflowing ashtray on top of a wooden wire spool, and a worn-out barcalounger with ripped naugahyde held together by duct-tape.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        That said, he probably is one of our better trolls. He is occasionally amusing and he really does his homework on the numbers. Plus, it’s so ridiculous to hate Canadians like that, you can’t take him seriously — unlike some of the other trolls who just seem to be horrible, horrible people.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        I’m totally inclined to humor him. But that’s exactly how I see him, I didn’t just make it up now.

        That’s the other thing that makes me laugh aboot him – how can anyone hate Canada so much? I have really enjoyed my 12 or so trips north and have a few pals in Toronto.

        There’s a fun tourist-beach just north of Miami called Hollywood – chock full of French-Canadian tourists. It’s fun to jog on the broadwalk by the seaside and count off the locals from the Canadians – tan tan tan Bright White! tan tan tan. Aside from wanting to smoke cigarettes absolutely everywhere, they’re quite charming.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        I know, eh? They’re too cute with their snow dogs and blubber to release the alligators on ’em…even if they are sappy.

      • cur68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM


  14. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Jose Bautista did his best Milton Bradley impersonation, and it was pretty damn convincing!!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      All Milton Bradley jokes expired June 3, 2013. Sorry, we aren’t accepting any more going forward.

  15. 4d3fect - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    “On pace for butt”..? My inner twelve-year-old hasn’t been overcome by the caffeine yet.

  16. sdelmonte - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    After listening the more wheels fall off the Mets, I tuned into the MLB Free Game of the Day online. Braves-Dodgers. Meaning I got to see Puig bat. And meaning that I got to listen to a few innings of Vin Scully. Few things in life can clear out the poor taste of a bad game like listening to Vin. (Even if i am lucky enough to have some really good broadcasters in the booth at Citi Field, Vin is still Vin.)

    Best part of the game, which was pretty dull aside from Mr. Scully: Vin’s history lesson about the disabled list. I was only vaguely aware it had changed, but didn’t know (or recall) there were limits on how many players could be the different sorts of list back in my youth. Thanks, Vin!

  17. cur68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    The Beavs took 2 of 3 from The Rangers. Not bad. Nearly had this last game too, but for some typical clutch Ranger hitting. My Boys got beat by the Ranger’s best players while at the same time not going quietly. Bautista had hisself quite the meltdown, but frankly this is good. Shows a little fire. A little will to win. My Boys went out of this one clawing for the win as opposed ti meekly accepting their fate.

    Its the CWS next.

  18. sportsdrenched - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Dear Royals,

    Why do you have to do this to me. Why can’t you just suck like you’ve always sucked in recent memory. But no, you have to go on a 5 game winning streak and give me hope.

    See if you sucked, this series with Detroit would mean nothing, but since you’re showing signs of life it has the potential to mean something, and if you win 2 out of 3 the next series will mean even more.

    Damn you for sucking me back into this abusive relationship.



  19. stlouis1baseball - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Tough…tough game for the Redlegs.
    They had a two run lead three times (if memory serves)…only to have the Cardinals tie it back up each time. Then to have them blow it open in the 10th? Demoralizing.
    Still early. But this sets a great tone!

  20. pauleee - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Well, the Angels dropped yet another series, this after starting out so promising in the first game Saturday, combining lots of offense with just enough pitching to hold on for the win. But a series win was not to be, as they reverted back to their tried-and-false recipe of little offense and littler pitching, which just abouty slapped any remaining optimism out of me. The final insult of the weekend came on Sunday in the 8th, 2 on 2 out, down by 5.Trout hits a single down the right field line. Run scores, rally continues, right? Nope, Ianetta inexplicably is held at third and Shuck was tagged out halfway to third when the relay went to the shortstop as it was going to go the whole time, given the situation. The commentators seemed to suggest that it was Shuck’s base-running error and not our third base coach who dicked it up. I beg to differ.

    As has been the case more and more frequently as of late, I had to turn the game off, mostly out of frustration, but also to appease the wife, who absolutely hates it when I yell at the TV. Coincidentally, the local PBS station was airing a show called “Things That Aren’t Here Anymore”, hosted by the venerable Ralph Story. One of the things remininced about was Lion Country Safari, a drive-thru zoo in Irvine that clossed in the ’70’s. Apparently this show was produced a few years ago because there was no mention that, right up the road a bit in Anaheim, they used to play Major League baseball there. But alas, it’s just another thing that’s not here anymore.

  21. APBA Guy - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    It’s easy to get spoiled when you go something like 17-3 since mid-May, but these last two games have been like twin lumps of coal in a Christmas stocking. The last-place White Sox, thumpless, lifeless, etc hung 2 losses on the A’s that were virtually identical. In both games the White Sox got strong pitching from left-handed starting pitchers. The idea behind so many lefties against the A’s is it turns around Lowrie, and keeps Moss, Jaso, and Seth Smith out of the lineup. This strategy hasn’t been working well for the opposition because Donaldson, Freiman and Cespedes have been very good. But the last two games have seen both Freiman and Donaldson turn back into pumpkins and while Chris Young and Derek Norris continue to explore the depths below the Mendoza.

    Melvin seems to have settled on a middle infield of Rosales at short and Lowrie at 2B. Defensively, this is nowhere near last year’s Drew and Pennington combo, but Lowrie is a significant offensive upgrade, and he gets fewer defensive chances at 2B, where he is competent, at least.

    The real issue for the G&PB Beane is at short. Again. Despite drafting shortstops #1 over several recent drafts and making a couple of FA moves the last two years, the A’s do not have a contender quality shortstop for everyday play. Sogard is a defensive upgrade at 2B over Lowrie, but Lowrie at short is about the same defensively as Jaso at catcher, ie, not someone you want manning the position with the game on the line. The A’s couldn’t afford to re-sign Drew in the offseason, so we’ll see what Beane can come up with as the season moves to its midpoint.

    The A’s are off today and have the Yankees at the Mausoleum on Tuesday. Recently the Yankees have not been selling out on their visits here, but as the economy has come back a bit over the past few years, there might be enough of a combination of transplants and well-heeled fans to afford the “dynamic pricing” tickets to fill the place. We’ll see. It’ll certainly be a shock to the A’s to play a team at the top of the standings, as they haven’t done that since they faced the Giants two weekends ago.

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