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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 11, 2013, 5:46 AM EDT

Ed Hickox, weather

White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6: “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” Carl Sandburg said that about fog. “It was worse than when it rains. With the lights, it made it really really bright. It was weird.” Adam Dunn said that about fog. Which may not be as good as what Sandburg said, but Dunn hit two homers so he has that going for him, which is nice.

Reds 6, Cubs 2: Fog on the north side too, but this time it didn’t inspire any poetry that we know of. It did feature Brandon Phillips driving in six runs, though, and the way some people love RBIs I’m sure they’re composing some epic verse about Phillips’ clutchiness or what have you. The Reds have beaten the Cubs 17 of the past 20 times they’ve faced them and ten straight times at Wrigley Field.

Red Sox 10, Rays 8: Fisticuffsmanship! Well, more like a violence-free, bench-clearing shuffle no one’s heart was really in after John Lackey drilled Matt Joyce in the back for flipping his bat after he thought he had hit a second home run off the Boston starter (it was foul). Boston won this one despite blowing a 6-0, an 8-7 lead and a 9-8 lead, the first of those it enjoyed in the first inning, the second and third of which it enjoyed in extras. This one was over in a crisp five hours, twenty-four minutes.

Brewers 6, Marlins 1: [CTRL-V]: [Pitcher] tossed [number] shutout innings against the Marlins. [highlight, CTRL-V: “Yovani Gallardo“] [highlight, CTRL-V: “eight”].

Orioles 4, Angels 3: The O’s got two runs in the sixth before the game was halted due to monsoons and such for two hours and change. That was all the scoring that would happen, though. I sorta feel like Mother Nature didn’t want a lot of baseball played last night. Maybe She had some TV to catch up on.

Rangers 6, Indians 3: Welp, those Indians sure are doing what they can to derail Terry Francona’s Manager of the Year campaign. Eight straight losses in a row for The Tribe, who are now tied with the Royals for second place in the AL Central. Eighteen days ago they were in first place.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4: This was not one for fans of stellar bullpen work. Brandon League was handed a 3-1 lead in the ninth and surrendered four runs, all on singles, two of the infield variety. Heath Bell came in to close it out for Arizona, and ultimately did, but not before allowing a homer and allowing the Dodgers to get runners on the corner with nobody out. He still got the save, though, and someone will one day say that Bell knows what it takes to lock down games in the ninth inning or some such.

Padres 7, Braves 6: A late rally falls short for Atlanta. San Diego beat up Julio Teheran and Jason Marquis stymied his old mates. Well, not his old mates since he last played for Atlanta a decade ago, but you know what I mean. Jason Heyward was 13 then. He hit two homers last night. Will Venable drove in three.

Royals 3, Tigers 2: Break up the Royals. Kansas City wins its sixth in a row, as Tigers hitters not named Miguel Cabrera could do nothing against Jeremy Guthrie and four Royal relievers. Doug Fister pitched a complete game loss. You don’t see a ton of those these days.

Mariners 3, Astros 2Hisashi Iwakuma continues to roll right along, upping his record to 7-1 lowering his ERA to 1.79 after seven innings in which he allowed only one unearned run. Indeed, he hasn’t allowed an earned run since May 26.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    The Lackey-Joyce thing was pure foolishness all around. Sometimes no one wins and this was one of those situations. Matt Joyce hit a homerun in the first – then in the second he took a porn hack at a 3-0 get-it-ovah fastball and hit it a million miles foul. Yet took that opportunity before it finished hooking to flip his bat and take a little time admiring strike one.

    Lackey gave him enough of the fish eye that the Rays were yelling in as the inning ended.

    There was absolutely no doubt to anyone that Lackey drilled Joyce on purpose, and it was way too high for that kind of deal. Even if you think hitting someone on purpose is always wrong, there’s still a “right” way to do the wrong thing and a “wrong” way – and this was the wrong way. Way too close to the neck and head.

    • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      I agree. Foolishness all around. But Lackey’s still a punk.

      Dang. The BoSox have the whammy on us this season.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      A “porn hack?”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        TM Will Ohman, describing Dan Uggla’s swing.

    • xxsweepthelegxx - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I dont get the “Way too high” comment on how to bean someone the right way. If you look at the replay he litterally hit Joyce in the middle of the number zero on the back of his jersey. Dont they say “drill him between the numbers” when trying to intentially hit a batter?? Not a fan of Lackey but I think he drilled the right way.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        “The only winning move is not to play.”

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    The Royals-Tigers game enjoyed a solid 1/2 hour of mlb network dominance during a 3-2 3rd inning. Then a couple of hours later they popped back up to highlight a save. Nothing else happened. If you went out for a beer at the end of the second inning, you may have missed all the scoring. You know that happened to some people.

    Meanwhile, Miggy goes boom, Tigers lose. What was lacking? The incomparable cool and clutchness of one Don Kelly of course. Free Inge 2.0 – Unleash the beast – He’s a big lanky hairless monster!

    • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      /comes back from kitchen

      What did I miss? Well, actually, thanks to a diabolical MLB plot — by which, of course, I mean the blackout policy — I couldn’t watch ANY of the Tigers game. As I am wont, I turned on the O’s game instead. Ribs! Mojito! Whee! And then the rain. The players and grounds crew went at it gamely until Country Joe West made the delay decision. I hope for the attendees’ sake he didn’t use that down time to serenade them over the PA system. (Funny aside, West umped the game in Detroit Sunday, so I got back-to-back West watches.) Anywho, I was reduced to listening to the Tigers game like a man. Hello, team? Miggy cannot carry you. We need some ribbies from the rest of you too….except for you, Dog — because then we would be in the NL and that’s weird.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Listening to the game like a man? Scratching your balls and farting a lot while listening?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        You make it sound romantic. Hey, what’s with sticking your hand in your waistband anyway?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        A stoned dog would be a very interesting base runner in the NL, come to think of it.

        And there’s nothing wrong with radio, It’s easy on the eyes, unlike some non-svelte vegan first basemen 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Someone has let Svelte Delmon Young go to his head. How’s he doing, btb?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        So far, he’s earned every penny of his paltry contract.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        How much money are we looking at now, with his incentives? Over a million by now, I bet.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        “I was reduced to listening to the Tigers game like a man.” col!

        You aren’t going to let it go are you? Like…ever.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM


        /scratches butt, looks innocent

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Double West whammy – yay! Joe West is the Best – just ask him.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Go back to sleep Tiggers, Miggy can totally carry you. Take a little nap and when you awaken you can marvel at the long trail of only one pair of footprints in the sand.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM


  3. dondada10 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    The Red Sox-Rays game was one of the better regular season games I’ve seen in a while.

    • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Except for the outcome and Cobb first inning, I enjoyed it.

      I know Craig was joking about the length of games but people who complain about it are people who don’t really like baseball. I don’t complain about extra baseball. More beer, more time to relax and enjoy the pastime. Could you imagine cricket fans complaining about the length of cricket matches? (Bad fake British accent) “Oh, dearie me. This cricket match has been interminably long. Longer than the first and second Boer Wars put together. Was that ‘nother wicket? Oh, I s’pose I’ll just have to buy me ‘nother ale to pass the time. Tut tut, cheerio.”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        I love baseball and especially love extra innings – just want a higher percentage of the game time to be spent actually playing baseball. The league language on pace of play is sort of poetic – we want the games to be crisply played.

        And I second the Buehrle quote – always been a pet peeve of mine that guys adjust their batting glove velcro without having swung. You didn’t even swing, what the hell are you adjusting? If you need to do something compulsive in between pitches, just grab ahold of your nutsack. It’s comforting and mildly pleasurable all in one.

        In fact I was busted just a couple nights ago holding my boys at a bar. My cousin looked over and said “Dude what are you doing?” I looked away from the tv, looked at him, looked down, looked up, and said “I appear to be holding my nuts.” “Yes, yes you do” Cheers.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        It’s part of the charm of men. Seriously. It’s like Linus and his security blanket.

        A platform we can all support. Less adjusting gloves, more crotch grabbing! Cheers.

        Boy, it’s slow here at work. Idle minds are the devil’s playground.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        It’s only part of the charm of men if you like men. If you don’t like men then it’s the charmless act of a partly-shaven chimp.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        I am rather fond of them. Both men and chimps.

      • dondada10 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Beep, beep, beep/ Back the beer truck up, Indaburg.

        You get served in the Trop after the seventh?

        I’ve had enough of Shitty Field and their fascists policies!

        It’s official, I’m moving to Carrollwood.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Carrollwood huh? You know your Tampa hoods. I’m a Pinellas girl. Closer to the beaches.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Carrollwood huh? You know your Tampa hoods. I’m a Pinellas girl. Closer to the beaches.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Why did my pet coyote suddenly start salivating wildly?

  4. rockthered1286 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Sweaty Freddie showed what vet pitchers do best- got laughed off the mound in his last start, made adjustment in his game (specifically working on his splitter) and comes back in his next outing to go 5 2/3 4H 2ER. Could’ve stayed in longer if it wasn’t for 2 straight hours of heavy down pour.

    I will say it was funny to watch the game with a tornado watch for Baltimore and surrounding counties during the first 5+ innings. Surprised they didn’t call it with funnels forming in the vicinity.

    • geoknows - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Speaking as a lifetime resident of Tornado Alley, games are never called due to tornado watches. Warnings, yeah. Watches, no. You East Coasters need to man up.

  5. RoyHobbs39 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    You should start using Astros NL summaries from last year, and just replace [Astros] with [Marlins]. That may work just as well.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Puig had another 3 hits, lol, to raise his average to an even .500.

  7. pastabelly - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Explain how the Red Sox blew a 9-8 lead when they won 10-8. They blew 6-0 and 8-6. Of course, Tampa had bases loaded, no outs 8-8 in the 10th. They blew it too. The Red Sox lost all of these types of games last year.

  8. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    The Feesh celebrated having the Iron Giant, Tweeter and Marcel Ozuna bunched together in the middle of the lineup by narrowly avoiding their tenth shutout of the season in their 6-1 loss to the Brewers. One can only imagine the Chihuahua coming unwanted and uninvited into the clubhouse before the game to inflict one of his infamous perp talks on the team: “Now let’s go out there and make Yovani Gillardo, who has been tattooed like a Yakuza hitman the last four or five times he’s pitched, look like Sandy Koufax! If you don’t, you’re all going back to Jacksonville!”

    Game Noats: Juan Pierre, who has been hotter than the interior of a black sedan parked in the sun lately, tripled to lead off the ninth, and scored on a groundout by Gregg Dobbs – but the Brewers 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez could have gunned Peanut Head down at the plate so easily, threw to first instead. An act of mercy? Or that old “get the sure out” impulse? The Feesh will take runs any way they can get them, even if they don’t seem to have much use for them.

    From the chronosynclastic infundibulum: while the Feesh were flailing their way to a 63rd game record of 18-45, the ’62 Mutts were losing to 9-4 to Tony Cloninger and the Milwaukee Braves despite home runs from Marv Throneberry and Felix Mantilla for a 17-46 record, remaining one game ahead of the Feesh in the race for worst record in modern baseball history.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Oh yeah, and…Carl Sandburgh? Kitsch! Here’s some real fog poetry:

      Fog rolled in from the ocean yesterday
      The beach had disappeared within the gray
      And tomorrow almost drowned at sea
      Without a trace of livin’ that’s to be….

      Jorma Kaukonen

      • APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Last night it was Fernwood Tonight. Today it’s Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. OG’s greatest hits of the Baby Boom keep on coming! I love it. Bless your pointed little head.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Figgers you’d zone into such a key scantling of the San Francisco zeitgeist. Hard to believe he wound up teaching guitar wannabes in Ohio, isn’t it? Ah well – at least he still gets out on the road with Jack on occasion. I learned about Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lawd know who all else by listening to him. Unrepayable debts abound. And the dude can still pick it like a sonofabitch.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        He was really an unappreciated guitar master, what with the flashier big name contemporaries of his. But his growth from Surrealistic Pillow through Volunteers was incredible. Hot Tuna’s up in the mid-Atlantic the rest of this month, including one of my old haunts, the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Got news for ya: listen to the little mid-song riff he plays, especially the pigs-tail figure he uses to close it out, on “Tobacco Road” on the Airplane’s earliest album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Jorma was there at the beginning. Also, pay close attention to what he’s playing behind Kantner’s vocals on “DCBA-25” on Surrealistic Pillow. Magic. And of course there’s the evolution of “Embryonic Journey” from the classic original recording on SP – did you ever hear the Surrealistic Pillow CD Jorma released about a decade or so ago with something like ten or eleven versions of the tune?

        I don’t know that JK was ever really “underappreciated.” He only flew below the primitive radars that picked up chaff like Ted Nugent (who was a truly awful guitarist regardless of how you view his politics) or Yes. Those of us with more sophisticated detection devices spotted him very early on.

      • stex52 - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        I think I’d go with the “underappreciated’ myself APBA. It got to a point where “good guitar riffs” meant very loud with a lot of feedback.

        He was cut from a different cloth.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Caught Jorma in the early 90’s at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. As I recall it was about 3 hours of goodness.

  9. philliesblow - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Another excellent start by Doug Fister but again dogged by no run support. In his last 4 starts he has a 2.69 ERA, 26 K & 3 BB in 30.1 innings but an 0 – 3 record. Count Fister as one of those people who would love some RBI’s.

  10. bravojawja - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Evan Gattis hit his 4th pinch-hit homerun, a three-run job in the ninth.

    Dude’s 6-for-8 as a pinch hitter, with four homers and a double (just for fun). Damn. Just damn.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Yeah, 4 PH HR in a season is a pretty damn good feat.

      To have them by June 10th in your first big league season is just plain nutty.

  11. levistahl - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I was at Wrigley, where despite the outfielders at times being hard for us to see from the stands, only one ball seemed to pose any problems for them.

    I was surprised to learn, on looking at the line for the White Sox game, that the Cubs scoreboard had an “F” lying around to indicate that a game has been delayed by fog. What other letters must they have? S for snow, presumably. E for earthquake? M for Morganna?

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Wait. You were at Wrigley last night and your not home sleeping off your hangover? Well played.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    another great start by dickey, only the 5th time he has given up 6 or more runs in a game. 5th time he has given up 2 or more HR’s in a game this year. And the jays stand a season high 12 games out of first. Can you say no playoffs? Sure you can!!

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM


      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        But that Research Department!

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

        Buttle? Tuttle?

        My God…we’ll never get rid of it!

  13. mungman69 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Delmon Young isn’t hitting much cept for an occasional HR. My son plays right field on his high school team and my son is a much better fielder than Delmon, which isn’t saying much.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Any Feesh fan – all ten of us, even Jimmy – would settle for “an occasional HR.” Tommy’s gears and sprockets are rusting together.

  14. kcrobert10 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Wow the royals scored 3 runs and won 6 in a row. Someone remind me how is it that the 2nd best scoring and hitting team in the al only gets 2 runs. That’s got to hurt tiger fans I’ve learned to live with it as a royalcoaster fan.

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I’ve decided that the way Sal Perez goes, thats how the Royals go. And no, I will never call him Salvy.

    • geoknows - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      It happens because they can’t hit a freakin’ home run, or take a freakin’ walk.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        You must be talking about the royals cause I saw miggy blast one to I 70 last night.

  15. raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    So, I’m curious as to how the Sox can blow a 9-8 lead to my Rays and yet win 10-8?

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      They calculate in base eight.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Ah, that explains it.

  16. jm91rs - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Can someone help me out here as I am admittedly naive to saber metrics? Craig’s comments on Brandon Phillips and “clutchiness” got me wondering. It seems like RBIs don’t have much value to stat people, but I feel like a big part of what separates the Cardinals from the rest of the NL is their ridiculous average with Runners in Scoring position. In my mind this translates to “clutch”.

    I’m just curious if RBI factors in at all to a player’s WAR, and as a stat-head is it just assumed that a player cannot possibly be “clutch”? I understand that not every aspect of baseball can be summed up in stats, but I do often see the stat-head guys make snarky comments about clutch players. It seems there is a non-quantifiable quality that certain players or teams possess more than others.

    I’m not trying to make any sort of old school vs. new school argument. As an engineer I want to understand the stats better, but I’d like to understand the stat-head side of RISP and “clutch”.

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