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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 14, 2013, 6:45 AM EDT

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Athletics 3, Yankees 2: Looking at the Yankees side of the box score and noting Robinson Cano‘s contributions compared to everyone else’s and this comes to mind. Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells combined to go 0 for 28 with 12 strikeouts in this marathon game. And while, yes, hats off to the A’s staff for 17 consecutive scoreless innings, fact is that the Yankees offense has been absolutely terrible of late. 19th in runs scored, 23rd in batting average, 22nd in on base percentage and 21st in slugging percentage in all of baseball.

Cardinals 2, Mets 1: It’s a shame, really, that Matt Harvey just doesn’t know how to win. Perhaps he can ask Adam Wainwright how he gets his team to score some runs for him.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4: It’s not often that a 13 inning game is the third longest of the day, but that’s yesterday for you. The Orioles won despite leaving 16 runners on base and going 4 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Thirteen pitchers used between the two clubs in the first of a four-game series. So this one should be fun to watch this weekend.

Cubs 6, Reds 5: This one went 14, and the Cubs finally broke the Reds Wrigley Field winning streak. The Cubs bullpen racked up 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings.

Royals 10, Rays 1: Elliott Johnson hit a three-run homer and was 3 for 4 overall against his old club. Ervin Santana allowed but an unearned run in seven and two-thirds. Jeremy Hellickson? Five and two-thirds, ten hits, eight runs. More like Jeremy Shellackison, amirite?

Nationals 5, Rockies 4:  Troy TulowitzkiCarlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler drive the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler each left yesterday’s game with injuries. So, yeah. Tulowitzki is going to miss 4-6 weeks. This could be the end of the frisky portion of the Rockies’ season. Meanwhile, Ryan Zimmerman homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Desmond got four hits.

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1: Yu Darvish and Esmil Rogers each allowed one run in seven innings. Edwin Encarnacion‘s two-run double in the eighth broke the tie.

Giants 10, Pirates 0: Matt Cain: much better these days. He tossed six and two-thirds scoreless innings and wasn’t wanting for run support. Hunter Pence drove in three and is hitting .296/.341/.518 on the year.

Phillies 3, Twins 2Ben Revere went 4 for 6 and Cliff Lee did nothing to stop the “oh man someone should trade for him at the deadline” stuff, allowing two runs in seven innings.

  1. junglerat524 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    That’s about the 5th game already Dusty has cost the Reds this year. The way he uses Chapman is frustrating.

    • jm91rs - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      Chapman didn’t blow that lead. Even if he had been used for an inning or two, the reds gotta score a run for it to matter, and just like all the other blown games the bats went quiet for most of the game after getting a lead. There’s something about get away day for this team, they score early and then it’s like they forget they have to play until the 9th (or 14th).

      • junglerat524 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Where did I say Chapman blew the lead? Dustys decision to only throw Chapman in the 9th or later with a lead blew that game. Had he thrown in the 8th things most likely would have ended different. Especially since they were worried about Broxton having elbow issues & trying not to use him yesterday.

      • spudchukar - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Hey Rat, sure taking your time “dominating” the NL Central.

      • jm91rs - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Maybe I didn’t convey that right, but the point is, Chapman is not the be all end all here. There are guys paid to set him up, and they suck at it right now.

        You can complain about Dusty’s use of Chapman all you want, but he’s just doing what 95% of other managers do, and it works a high percentage of the time. The minute he runs out Chapman for an out in the 8th he’ll look like a genius, until Chapman gets an out in the 8th and blows a game with 2 out in the 9th. Then there will be just as many whiners complaining that he is over-used. He has confidence in his over-priced bullpen as he should, and they’ve been letting the team down. This game should never get to that point though, the pitchers and batters need to play aggressive with a lead, maybe that’s something Dusty can fix.

      • junglerat524 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Who says he can’t pitch the 8th & then someone else pitch the 9th? Shouldn’t you use your most dominant arm in the most important situation late in the ballgame? Closing games is overrated. Anybody can get a save.

  2. dondada10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Matt Harvey threw his 8th start of 7 innings or more allowing 1 run or less.

    He has a loss and 4 no-decisions in those 8 starts. Next closest is Clayton Kershaw who has 7 starts of 7 innings and 1 run or less.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      He and King Felix need a support group.

      Better yet, they need run support.

      Have to admit, losing 2-1 to Adam Wainwright is not shameful. Problem is that next time it will be the next ace. And the time after that, too.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Speaking of pitchers who have forgotten how to win, The 2 runs scored by the Jays in the 8th were unearned thanks to a throwing error by Beltran. Darvish last won a game on May 16. Since then his era has been 2.08 but he has recorded 0 wins. For the Jays, Rogers had his longest game since being moved from the pen to the rotation and the Jays did not need a cast of thousands to finish it. Delabar and Mighty Casey were sufficient.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      Edit function: I messed up on that but My point is that Darvish has had minimal run support recently.

    • cur68 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      Did you see Darvish’s velocity and location, PC? Fastest pitch was 93,ph. Most of his breaking pitches missed. By contrast, Rogers had 95 mph and he was painting the corners. Our Boys seems unwilling to walk, especially on that 12 to 6 breaking pitch in the dirt a foot in front of the plate. The order of the day seemed to be “swing wildly at all breaking balls”. With that weak assortment he struck out 9 while Esmil managed a mere ONE Strike Out. Whole game was a bit of a puzzler, made more so by Our Boy’s victory. This game hinged on the strike zone and Umpire Jeff Kellogg’s liberal interpretation of it. He seemed unable to pick a spot and call it “the edge of the zone”. For a while it seemed the game would come down to if Esmil Rogers was willing to let JP Arencibia call the game or not. Once he’d given up Nellie Cruz’s homer out of stubborn insistence on pitching Cruz away (and of course Cruz is a guy who loves the ball away), he just did what he was told by JP and he was fine. Kellogg did the rest. Strikes varied from just off the plate to in-the-opposite-batters-box. Both teams were giving him the “WTF, Jeff” treatment.

      Anyhow, they gotta face Grimm tonight. A 5.25 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and a 5-4 record. Mark Buehrle better be ready for pitches hit in the air to right to find that jet stream and carry into the seats, because if he misses away, like Rogers, it’ll be one long night.

      • paperlions - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Well, yeah. A smart pitcher doesn’t throw anything closer to the zone than the hitters make him throw. If guys are going to swing at pitches a foot off the plate, there isn’t any reason to throw anything hittable.

      • indaburg - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        It’s not often I agree with ‘lions. More signs of the ‘pocalypse.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Darvish got results even if his fast ball wasn’t very fast. Grimm is OK, but is no Darvish.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Wow, now who’s being the killjoy?

      • paperlions - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM


        Today the Cards signed their 10th round pick (Malik Collymore). A HS SS from Ontario that I am really excited they were able to sign. They gave him 5th round money.

      • cur68 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        They gave him 5th round money.

        So…they paid him in Canadian Dollars, then?

    • Shayna - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      What’s with all the elephant-swallowed-by-python games lately? By which I mean, a game in which the scoreboard looks like this: 0-0-0-0-bunchofruns-0-0-0-0, repeating the zeroes ad lib until someone’s bullpen makes a mistake. In the Rangers-Jays game, we were lucky; the mistake came within the regulation nine. But look at Yankees-A’s; eighteen innings, with a string of 15 scoreless innings. Is there a pattern here?

      • Shayna - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Sorry, /17/ innings. Begging the bullpens’ pardon.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Jays did not need a cast of thousands to finish it.

      Sometimes it feels like the Bullpen really needs the cast of 300 to finish the game:

      “These. are. BLUEJAYS!!! ARRRRRRRRRGGGGG!” cue an entire Phalanx of pitchers charging the mound from the BP…

  4. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    O’s-Red Sox games are getting to be nearly as bad as Yankees-Red Sox in regards to length. At least Chris Davis wrapped this one up with his bat instead of his arm. The O’s may have to send him to the ‘pen to show that wuss Matusz how to throw a cutter. Geez, does the guy have to do everything around there? :)

    Oh we’ll, I’m outta here for the day! Headed North to Hershey Park to ride some coasters and eat ice cream.

    Happy Friday HBT!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Remember to hit the Comet and the Super Duper Looper!

    • rockthered1286 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Hope the weather in Hershey is better than it is in rainy Balmir today!

      And @blue- I’m always good for an old fashioned wooden coaster like Comet, or my personal favorite, Grizzly in Kings Dominion where everytime the coaster hits the bend it looks like it’s about to shake apart. Something about the sense of near death makes it that much better. Or maybe it’s just the concussion you end up with after departing the ride.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        The wooden coaster always add a little fear. I love the comet personally for that reason. You’re just not entirely sure it’s going to hold up, as it shakes the whole route around the track.

  5. nbjays - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Esmil Rogers and a Cast Of Thousands? How about Esmil Rogers and a Cast of Two? Yesterday, he needed just Steve Delabar in the eighth and Mighty Casey in the ninth to back him up. A good strong seven innings and only 1 run. I’ll take that any day. Especially against Yu Darvish, who also went seven with 9 Ks but couldn’t get any help offensively. I’ll call that a well-earned win.

    And who stole the Empire’s mojo? Tex, Youk, Pronk and V-Dub going a combined 0-for-28? Honestly, who didn’t envision this scenario once various Beelzebub deals became null and void? Mo not getting it done? Call that interest on various Luciferian loans. The A’s are raking right now, but for the Yankees, apparently there’s hell to pay.

    BTW, nice win by Matt Cain, coming on the anniversary of his perfect game.

    • cur68 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      A wins a win and Esmil did get the job done, so a tip of the Beaver Hat to him, nbj. Grimm tonight vs Buehrle. Lets go, Beavers!

  6. RoyHobbs39 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Great effort by the Red Sox middle relief after Doubront only lasts 4.2. (The O’s middle relievers did a great job as well.) It is a shame that Wilson couldn’t hold them off. I think 40 is a little over his pitch count. It is going to be interesting what using all those pitchers does for a four-game series. I think it gives Boston a little bit of an advantage.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Yeah honestly, the Red Sox relief hung in there for a LONG time. Disappointed they ultimately lost, but they put up a solid firewall for a while.

    • rockthered1286 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      It really is not going to hurt the O’s as much as you’d think. Gausman was already sent down to bring up another pen arm. There’s also the possibility of bringing back up Arrieta to work from the pen, and the fact that the O’s used O’Day, Johnson, McFarland (who I’m totally shocked did not get hit around for once), Matusz, and Patton all for 1 inning each isn’t going to wear them down. Hunter was the only one who worked 2 innings, and as a converted starter, he can handle the heavy work load. Also, look at the O’s pen (post Matusz implosion):

      6.1IP, 0H, 0BB, 0ER, 5K

      That’s impressive. The ONLY reason I can say it may hurt us? If we have to resort to (gulp) Strop.

  7. historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Hold up there, Craig. Don’t go bashing Matt Harvey’s teammates for a failed offense. That there’s the National League. It’s his own fault for not helping himself. He needs to start with the man in the mirror.

    Urgh, Tulo. I love you. You’re the best. Can you stop working on that discount you get for collecting medical care in bulk? Thank you.

    In better news, Spuds McWiggles did not blow the save yesterday. /does a little wiggly dance

    • kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Hey! (sorry, a touch late)
      Penal colony? You might be confusing us with Australia or the NFL.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        I’m sorry. I guess I was remembering you schooling us on Australian baseball and forgot myself for a moment. In my defense, I understand people fall apart about my age, so there you go. I do apologize — I did not mean to conflate the two of you. I was trying to point out that when we talk about Australia, the easy joke is about penal colonies. Conveniently, Staters don’t like to remember the places here that were penal colonies. Sorry, again, about that. 😦

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        I’ve heard of counting sheep to get to sleep. I think C.C. counts “Matt Harvey’s”

        And in my heart, Australia always seemed like an excellent vacation destination. And then I was the great white shark is only tenth on the top ten deadliest wildlife and my head says not so much.

        The funnel spider, might be the single most threat to Australian tourism. That and those box jellyfish.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Take it from one who is a periodic traveler to the Antipodes and savvy in the way of the wildlife from Oz as well: the thing you really need to fear is the redback spider (the Aussie subspecies of our beloved black widow) in the dunny:

        There was a red-back on the toilet seat
        When I was there last night,
        I didn’t see him in the dark,
        But boy! I felt his bite!
        I jumped high up into the air,
        And when I hit the ground,
        That crafty red-back spider
        Wasn’t nowhere to be found.

        I rushed in to the missus,
        Told her just where I’d been bit,
        She grabbed the cut throat razor blade,
        And I nearly took a fit.
        I said, “Just forget what’s on your mind,
        And call a doctor please,
        ‘Cause I’ve got a feeling that your cure
        Is worse than the disease.”

        There was a red-back on the toilet seat
        When I was there last night,
        I didn’t see him in the dark,
        But boy! I felt his bite!
        And now I’m here in hospital,
        A sad and sorry plight,
        And I curse that red-back spider
        On the toilet seat last night.

        I can’t lay down, I can’t sit up,
        Find more similar lyrics on
        And I don’t know what to do,
        And all the nurses think it’s funny,
        But that’s not my point of view.
        I tell you it’s embarrassing,
        And that’s to say the least
        That I’m too sick to eat a bite,
        While that spider had a feast!

        And when I get back home again,
        I tell you what I’ll do,
        I’ll make that red-back suffer
        For the pain I’m going through.
        I’ve had so many needles
        That I’m looking like a sieve,
        And I promise you that spider
        Hasn’t very long to live!

        There was a red-back on the toilet seat
        When I was there last night,
        I didn’t see him in the dark,
        But boy! I felt his bite!
        And now I’m here in hospital,
        A sad and sorry plight,
        And I curse that red-back spider
        On the toilet seat last night.

    • philliesblow - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      In anticipation of being jobless, McWiggles was seen applying for a job at 7 – 11. It would be perfect for him since they never close either.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM


    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      As Tigger fans pause and take a deep breath to get ready to charge towards the all-star break – let us address some of the deep issues in Motor City.

      Will V-Mart’s awakening from hitting catatonia last or is it the fool’s good of l-dopa – destined to end in yet further catatonia?

      Can Rick Porcello build on the momentum of 3 straight quality starts and finally begin to fulfill the immense promise of his youth at the major league level?

      And finally – where’s Brian Wilson? Is he training in a secret location – occasionally calling in from special area codes? Has Commissioner Dombroski shone the Beard-Light above Motor City?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        I think that Brian Wilson confessed that he can be found “In My Room”.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        And, will Miggy go Boom!?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        For the purposes of simplifying my equations, I express MGB! as a constant. If M stops GB! then the whole model fails and I have to reboot my Cambridge Z88 and start all over. Let’s not even talk about it.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Talk aboot what?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Now you’re just hoser-baiting.

    • indaburg - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      You read my mind on Matt Harvey. Doesn’t he get a turn at bat?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Unfortunately, fans are subjected to the sight of Matt Harvey batting several times a game when he starts. He is slightly less horrifying to watch at the plate than the fictional replacement-level pitcher-batter – but it’s still infuriating to scoring and offense enthusiasts.

        If pitchers have to bat – why not make every field player but the catcher face one batter from the mound per game? At least it would be funny. Watching pitchers hit is just sad.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Yes, isn’t that the wonder of the NLzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        /smacks Historio with a rolled up newspaper.

        Bad girl!

      • indaburg - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        She’s a Tiger–feline. Squirt her with a water bottle.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Not only would it be consistently funny to have each field player face one batter, and I vote for the leadoff guy every inning, but it would also occasionally be awesome as well. Let’s find out who has a knuckle-ball, let’s see who’s the next Crush Davis of field-playing cutter throwers.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        A little to the left there, blue. Thanks.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        About the only advantage to the designated mammoth hunter is that he relieves the manager of the pretense that he can think.

      • indaburg - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Old Gator, after watching Mattingly and Gibson jab at each other the past few days, you’re still under the impression NL managers do much thinking?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        The Designated Mammoth Hunter holds a proud place in our bipedal history. Without all of that mammoth protein we never could have evolved the large protein-ravenous brains which allow us to make a living while haunting baseball messageboards all day.


      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Thank Buddha that when Bud Light, as a prepubescent Neanderthal, first observed a mammoth hunt, he appointed a committee to study the possibilities of mindlessly clubbing away at something for what was then known as “real baseball.” Otherwise, the wretched “innovation” might have plagued the game from shortly after its origins.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Indy: I did write kwote pretense unkwote, diddni?

  8. tc4306 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Was rootin’ for the kid, Kevin Gausman, to get his first MLB win.
    He left after 5.1 leading 4-2. (6 hits, 5 K’s 2ER)
    Maybe he can go a little deeper next time…..

    and another thing…..

    Some how, some way, EE deserves to be on the all star team.
    .267 with 18HR and 55 RBI should be enough to get him noticed.
    But I’ll bet that once again, he’s the odd man out.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Eric Estrada?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        he capitalized both e’s so it’s not e.e. cummings

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Edwin should be a lock for the All Star game and the Home Run Derby. Gausman is good, but probably needs more minor league seasoning. He was returned to the minors yesterday.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    The Feesh took the day orf to contemplate their navels and prepare to face a powerful, well balanced team for the first time in weeks. This is the Cardinals. No more enfeebled Mutts batting order or rickety Brewers pitching staff. Here comes the real stuff. I suspect that Scrooge McLoria’s chain gang might have lost some of its righteous fear of real major league baseball during its sojourn through the dregs of the NL East and Central. For all we know, they may not even realize they have problems – kinda like a Canadian with an irrational fear of falling coconuts.

    The chronosynclastic infundibulum is back in its service bay for a lube and a few tweaks of its gyro, ready to go back and scoop up some data on the ’62 Mutts. We can only hope that when it returns, it isn’t carrying some bacteria to which the Feesh have lost their immunity.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      10 games in 10 days against teams with winning records ought to help you get back all of the no-mentum you lost against the pitchers-hitting-ball Sisters of the Poor.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        As Bugs Bunny would say, how twoo, how twoo. I think it’s entirely possible that by the end of that stretch, the race against the ’62 Mutts may have been reshaped. I view the collapse of the Shucker’s patio bar into Biscayne Bay last night as an omen for the Feesh’s record. Unlike the contractor who built that deck, however, the Feesh can’t have extra engineers and inspectors flown in to help them by their parent company in Bangladesh.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        If it’s not an omen for the Feesh’s record, let’s at least hope it’s an omen for the long-term stability of the home-run sculpture.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Tommy is stable. He’s just not very interested anymore.

      • Shayna - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Tsk, OG. It’s not the Bugs who’s got the rhotacism, it’s Elmer (AKA Elmuh) Fudd. I am shocked by your ewwow.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Nope, Bugs did, indeed, enunciate thusly – while munching on a carrot, of course – in one of the ‘toons. Can’t recall if he was mocking Elmer but I don’t think so – I think he was just inspired.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        PS – I’m down with rhotacisms, but I kinda prefer paramecia. I like their cute little tails.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Somebody has to play the straight man. The comedy is more subtle that way.

    • nbjays - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      On the upside, a Feesh day off means a day they can’t lose a game. On the downside, it means a day they can’t chase the ’62 Mutts into baseball infamy.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Well, that was yesterday. It’s all water under the sports bar patio now.

    • spudchukar - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Yep, time for the Cards to put the pedal to the metal. If they can play well over the next 4 weeks, their breather schedule should allow them to put some distance between themselves and the Reds and/or Pirates. No guarantees, of course, but between now and the All-Star break the Red Birds face:

      3 @ Mia
      4 vs Cubs
      3 vs Tex
      2 @ Hou
      3 @ Oak
      3 @ Angels
      3 vs Mia
      2 vs Hou
      4 @ Cubs

      Outside of Texas and Oakland, all have miserable records.

  10. aceshigh11 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    “Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells combined to go 0 for 28 with 12 strikeouts in this marathon game…”


    That’s just…WOW.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Yes, it’s completely shocking that Travis Hafner (50 hits last year), Kevin Youkilis (.235 batting average last year), and Vernon Wells (56 hits last year) would go hitless. I’m stunned.

      Who, besides everyone, could have predicted that Hafner, Youkilis, and Vernon Wells would hit so poorly?

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        ALL of those guys were raking for the Yankees at various points throughout the season. For all of them to go hitless over 28 at-bats IS shocking, no two ways about it.

      • nbjays - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Not when all their respective deals-with-the-devil come due at the same time.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Might be a good time for Cashman to head back to the crossroads with some fresh souls to barter. Who’s left in the minors?

      • 18thstreet - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Maybe they can sign John Olerud and see what he can do for month.

  11. sdelmonte - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Someone held a mirror up to the Yankees yesterday. And the reflection seems to show the Mets. OK, not quite the Mets because the bullpen is better and the defense is not as suspect. But when you score two runs in the first and nothing more for hours, when the meat of your lineup goes 0-for-28, it starts to feel familiar. Wright=Cano, Davis=Tex, Youk=Ankiel, and so on.

    Jeter can’t return too soon. Though expecting him to cure their ails is probably unrealistic, since he can’t bat for Youk, Wells, etc.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      If someone held a mirror up to Scrooge McLoria, you wouldn’t see any reflection.

  12. rockthered1286 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I’m surely happy the yardbirds took one from the Sox yesterday, but I had a major issue with the way it went. The O’s seem to be losing their plate discipline. I’ve noticed recently that they seem to be swinging at everything and swing for the fences. In this game Doubront started with an 8 pitch inning and a 10 pitch inning. It wasn’t that he was throwing them right down the gut and putting it on a platter, the O’s just went after anything and everything. In doing so, we’re seeing a ton of SP’s going 7+ innings (not that Doubront did) because we’re keeping their pitch counts (and our runs) down for them. They need to start sitting back a little more. As far as swinging for the fences, I noticed this last night from the 9th on. Everyone wanted to be the walkoff hero. Everyone wanted an Adam Jones shaving cream pie in the face. Not even in the final inning did they manage to put a good ball in play- it was won on a bloop shot to shallow LF. Even Crush said after the game that we was trying to end with one swing, realized he needed to settle down and managed to fight that last one off. But all in all, that plate discipline needs addressed.

    Also happy belated birthday to Pedro Strop. You’re present from the team was a night off (from the boo birds).

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      What ever happened to Strop? He used to be good.

      • nbjays - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        So did Rodney and Valverde, once upon a time.

      • rockthered1286 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        I still stand my ground that to straighten his hat would fix his game. I swear it continues to spin around his head at exactly 1″ per outting. Earlier in the season I was concerned he would eventually be on the mound with a backward hat, but now I hope it gets to that point as it would mean he’s built his game back up enough to warrant numerous outtings. The way he’s pitching now? He’ll be lucky to be on this roster after the break. It’s like every pitch gravitates towards the heart of the strike zone no matter where Matty “I dare you to run” Wieters sets up.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        I want to add Bard to the list of relief pitchers who turned sour.

  13. sportsdrenched - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I thought there was a time that Hellickson was supposed to be the next big deal. Has that not panned out? Or am I imagining that in the first place?

    Ervin Santana has been a nice surprise in the Royals rotation this season. I thought the Royals would get the 2012 Santana because that’s what happens to the Royals. Instead they have a solid number 2. How good is the rest of the staff doing? Royals haven’t given up more than 3 run in 11 stragiht games dating back to Jun 1st.

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      He wrote “solid number 2”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Every day with a solid number 2 is a good day.

  14. nategearhart - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Man, what the Royals would give to have that dreadful week at the end of May back…

  15. kcrobert10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    The last week of may try the entire month in which we couldn’t score. I had my doubts about the rotation at the beginning of the year but I’m sold now shields, Santana, guthier, Davis, and Mendoza have all been pretty good. The only one you could consider replacing is Davis and he has been ok. Also they have paulino and Duffy due to come back from tommy johns very soon. It will be interesting to see how Moore and Brett ( I mean yost) handle that. Plus Dyson is due to come back soon to who be heading out when that happens. Personally I’m ready for Frenchy or getz to go but that’s my opinion. Last ill keep saying it time to call the Marlins and give them what ever prospects they want to get Stanton here in kc.

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