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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 17, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

Anna Scorecard

Athletics 10, Mariners 2: This game was a Father’s Day treat for me. Why? Because I used it to teach my daughter how to keep score. I printed out scoresheets. I did a little sketch on the top of hers to illustrate the numbers which correspond with each defensive position. I paused the TV after complicated plays to explain to her why each play was scored the way it was. Around the sixth inning it was getting near the time I was going to have to make dinner but my girlfriend saw what was going down and went in and made it so I didn’t have to take time away. Even if it wasn’t the most competitive game on the planet, it was one of my favorites ever and one which, I think anyway, my daughter and I will remember forever.

My son? well, he’s not quite possessed of the attention span for keeping score yet. However, if he had known that the clubhouses filled up with poop after the game he too would have considered it his favorite game and one which, I think anyway, he would remember forever.

Yankees 6, Angels 5: CC Sabathia cruised until he got into the trouble in the ninth inning but, hey, that’s what Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera are for, right? Yes, but just barely. The Angels rallied for five but Mo finally closed the game out by fanning Albert Pujols. Yankees snap a five-game losing streak.

Blue Jays 7, Rangers 2: The sweep. Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in over a year. Colby Rasmus homered for the third straight game. The Rangers are reeling, having scored only eight runs in their past six games, losing all of them.

Rockies 5, Phillies 2Jhoulys Chacin and a lack of run support makes Cole Hamels a ten-time loser. Carlos Gonzalez hits his 20th dinger of the year. Over his last six starts Hamels has worked 37 and a third innings, striking out 42, not walking guys and not allowing homers. He’s 1-4 in those starts.

Astros 5, White Sox 4: The Astros win their fourth in a row, sweeping the Sox in the process. Oops — wraparound series. They can sweep today. Matt Dominguez had a three-run double. Jason Castro homered. The Sox have lost 12 of 13 on the road.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1: I thought of the Padres as a frisky team before the season began. Too bad you can’t take away most of April because they have, indeed, been pretty frisky since, going 15-13 in May and 9-5 in June. They’re only three games out in the no-one-wants-it NL West after sweeping Arizona. Kyle Blanks with a big three-run homer in the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie.

Pirates 6, Dodgers 3: He wasn’t as sharp as he was in his debut last week but Gerrit Cole wins his second start. The rookie allowed three runs on seven hits and not walking anyone in five and two-thirds.

Tigers 5, Twins 2: Doug Fister works fast and throws strikes and I still have no idea why the Mariners ever wanted to get rid of him. Torri Hunter hit his 300th career homer and had an RBI on a ground rule double.

Royals 5, Rays 3: The Royals great pitching continues. Wade Davis allowed two runs in six innings. Overall Royals pitchers have allowed three runs or fewer in 14 of their past 15 games and the team has won 10 of 12

Marlins 7, Cardinals 2: Why baseball is baseball: the best team can face the worst team and lose two of three. And then the next day dawns, no one freaks out about it too much and the games begin again. Ricky Nolasco allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. The Cardinals dropped their first series since late April.

Mets 4, Cubs 3: Oh, Carlos Marmol. The Cubs’ “closer” allowed four runs in the ninth, including a walkoff three-run homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, spoiling Matt Garza‘s seven shutout inning performance. I know the Cubs are trying to shop Marmol to a contender, but it’s not working.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis continues to feast on Red Sox pitching. He hit his MLB-best 23rd homer and Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to 14 games as Baltimore moves into a game and a half of Boston. Baltimore has taken six straight series from the Sox.

Reds 5, Brewers 1: Johnny Cueto returns from the DL, pitches six strong and even drives in a run on a suicide squeeze.

Indians 2, Nationals 0: Stephen Strasburg returned and pitched well — one run in five innings of work — but not as well as Corey Kluber. Kluber tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight and not walking a soul.

Braves 3, Giants 0: Julio Teheran was fantastic, striking out eight in six shutout innings. More impressive: the millions who sat through a game with Curt Schilling in the booth without killing themselves.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Crush Davis worked his evil on the psyches of Red Sox fans and pitchers as his leaguewide Tour of Mind Destruction continued. Now Wil Myers has been called up to try to pull a Freddy Krueger on Sawks. Ugh.

    Cole Hamels just doesn’t know how to win. Like Cliff Lee last year. Maybe Cliff Lee can talk with him, teach him how to get his winning mojo back. Of course he should probably hurry…

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    The Yankees finally score more then 2 runs in a game and they needed Wells RBI in the 8th inning to get the win in what should have been a laugher. Also, Rivera has looked absolutely terrible his last 2 or 3 outings,

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Also, I love the typo about the Yankees’ give-game losing streak.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Also I am so pleased for the Blue Jays fans and commenters that the Wang-Dang-Doodle all night long rotation has been assembled for your juvenile entertainment.

    • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Juvenile entertainment? That is erudite commentary, an ode to the finer things in life. Dong jokes.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        I love it when you talk dirty

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

        I know you do.

    • nbjays - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      ‘Burgie is a connaisseur of highbrow dong jokes, Mo. Juvenile humour is beneath her.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Juvenile humor really seems all around her all the time.

    • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Yeah, we’re pretty happy with that rotation, yessiree. Not only the three best “BoyPart” rotation in all baseball, but they win, too.

      Going for win #6 tonight with The Mighty Johnson. He’s the biggest and hardest throwing of the All Innuendo 3 Punch. And the most delicate. In fact, all three of these guys are pretty tender. Dickey has a sore back. Wang can’t run the bases without tweaking something. Johnson gets blisters from gripping his balls too hard.

      Still, so long as they win one more, who cares?

      Colorado Rockies this evenin’. So long as they just make it competitive, I’ll be happy.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Enjoy the Rox – and obviously enjoy the Cock Punch Trio.

      • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        CockPunchTrio™

        Slogan: “We got you by the balls”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        “Throwing knuckles at your Dickey”

      • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        “Johnson’s Comin’ At You Hard”

      • paperlions - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        I believe the official term within the empire is “manly bits”.

      • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Johnson, Wang, and Dickey: Here come the Jays.

      • nbjays - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Johnson, Dickey and Wang… very fitting rotation for a team known ’round here as the Beavermen.

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    I wish I knew what to make of CC Sabathia this season. One games he’s the ace of the staff like yesterday and one game he’s the joker of the staff like the outing just before that.

  5. kcrobert10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    The royals are going be hitting a crucial stretch the next few weeks with big games against central rivals Cleveland, Chicago, and Minnesota. So that said its time to make hay. If we do well through this stretch we could be sitting nice for a shot at a division title.

  6. dondada10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Whose beer on the leather ottoman coffee table? Mookie’s?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      That would be mine. Bell’s Oberon, to be specific.

      Mookie is more of a stout/porter kid.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        I had figured her for strawberry milk, but okay.

  7. indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Craig, the scorecard. So, so cool. I still remember my dad teaching me to keep score. I then created my own score sheets using graph paper–using 4 squares per at bat, one for each base, and adding extra lines for substitutions and pinch hitters. I found the ones provided at the ballpark did not fit my OCD needs. I remember my dad smiling and shaking his head. He created a little monster. She will remember this, Craig. (Props to Ms. HBT for acknowledging the specialness of the moment.

  8. wlschneider09 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    “More impressive: the millions who sat through a game with Curt Schilling in the booth without killing themselves.”

    If not for the mute button, this place would be a ghost town today.

  9. Detroit Michael - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    You wrote: “Doug Fister works fast and throws strikes and I still have no idea why the Mariners ever wanted to get rid of him.”

    Well, in all fairness, the Tigers’ Doug Fister is a notably better pitcher than the Mariners’ edition of Doug Fister: 4.8 K/BB ratio versus 2.8 K/BB ratio. I think his degree of Tigers’ success has surprised most of us.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Hey, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

  10. historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Another Tigers game, another HBP — only it wasn’t the Dog that did the hitting. Alex Avila had to leave the game after being hit in the wrist. Apparently, it’s not broken (initial reports) but he’ll miss a game or two, it looks like. Probably more significantly, when Fister hit a hiccup in the 8th, Valverde started warming up as Benoit came in as usual to finish the inning. Only, in the 9th (up by 3), Leyland the Love Guru opted not to test our patience, give us a lesson in love, or make us lose our beer. Instead, he left Benoit in to finish the game, and Tigers fans everywhere said “Cheers!” That and Torii finally becoming Mr. 300 made for a grrrrrrreat day at the ballpark. And, boy is it nice to have A-Jax back.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      In Benoit we trust.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        Let’s not get carried away. It’s just nice not to have to watch Spuds McWiggles blow the save.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      / historio does happy wiggle dance

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Rowr!

  11. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    The Jays have been pitching well lately. In addition to the strong start by Wang, Rasmus, Arencibia and Lind went long and deep. Lind is now hitting .350. As he has finally discovered how to hit lefties, he no longer sits against left handed starters. He does not have enough at bats to show up in the hitting stats, but will soon show up as a serious challenger to Cabrera.

    • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      I think he’s 3 AB’s away from challenging for the batting title. Should be in the hunt after today.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        I am looking forward to the Colorado series. The Rockies starter tonight is very good. It will be interesting when Rogers faces the Rockies. He pitched poorly for the Rockies in 2011.

      • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        I think its easy for coaches to fall in love with Esmil’s velocity. He can hike it out there at 96mph. It just doesn’t move. When he found out he was starting he got into a conversation with Jack Morris and got some tips on the slider and some breaking pitches. Now you rarely see that big heater. In fact, his strike out pitch is that slider. And then, when the batter is sitting slider/breaking ball its ZIIIIP! 95mph perhaps just off the outside corner and often called for a strike. Hitters will soon enough figure out what he’s up to, I guess. Only thing is, its the same philosophy Buehrle’s using and they all know what HE’S up to and STILL can’t do much with him. Perhaps, given Esmil Roger’s velocity, it won’t matter if they DO know what he’s up to: there’s only so many guys that can catch up to that big heater and most of them don’t play for the Rockies.

    • dink53 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      PC, you used Wang, long and deep in the same sentence. Careful.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        I was being careful.

      • nbjays - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Yes, use protection.

  12. mungman69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I watched the Rockies live and they look great against Philly. The Phillies better pack it in, their offense isn’t.

  13. spellingcops - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    I saw the giants braves game was on as I was channel surfing. I started watching & was quite excited to see the braves up 3-0. Then I heard it start talking and I had to change the channel almost immediately. How does Schilling have a job on a public platform, much less get the opportunity to call games?!

  14. clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    What a coincidence. I chose the A’s at bats to show my kid how to score. First time. Only the home half. He likely would have lost interest had the A’s not allowed him to color in a bunch of boxes.

    My two small boys and I just used the troughs a single time after the game. I suppose that makes us the strawmen.

  15. Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    It was Father’s Day at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, which accounts for the officially reported 18,000 and change who showed up to enjoy the bright sunshine through the big glass wall beyond center field and the fresh air being pumped in through the ventilators. In Macondo, Father’s Day is the traditional time when mothers introduce youngsters to their real fathers as uncle so-and-so, and pity their cuckholds with tie pins, new pairs of work gloves and nifty little air fresheners for their truck cabin vents. The bottom of the Feesh order celebrated by raking Taylor Lyons, wild in and out of the stike zone, for seven runs on eleven hits while Reecky Nolasco, peetching his heart out in a desperate attempt to attract a decent offer for his services from a contender and escape the Scrooge McLoria labor camp, held the best team in baseball to one run on three hits over seven innings. Tell me the Cardinals couldn’t use this guy. And to make matters worse, this was a scrubbeenie team, what with Marcel Ozuna being rested after a 1-20 schneid and Tweeter still nursing a sore back.

    Meanwhile, through the chronosynclastic infundibulum (let go of my pants, you stupid dog) the ’62 Mutts were getting sheschmetered by the Real Pittsburgh Pirates behind the great Vern Law. Roberto Clemente went 3-5 with five ribbies and Smoky Burgess went 2-5 with a triple and four ribbies. Attendance at Forbes Field was 9000 and change – the kind of numbers you got when nobody was paying attention and unoccupied season seats weren’t included in the “official” attendance figures yet. This might mean that the team owners didn’t humiliate as easily as the ones we’ve got now. Or, it might mean that the generation responsible for keeping stats in 1962 hadn’t learned how to bullshit yet. Whatever. 9000 is still a lot more warm bodies than you would really find at Macondo Banana Massacre Field on an average day.

    So: the 21-47 Feesh fall two games behind the revenant Mutts at 19-49 in the race for base place. Scanning the Mutts bench as the Pirates left the field – they weren’t doing the high five line back then – I noticed the hollow-eyed, haunted look of men who knew they were embarking on a four game losing streak (the dead can see the future, especially when looking back at it). The Feesh are going to have to return to their statistical norm to keep up.

    In other news, Miguel Olivo won $40 from Socrates and Plato in their poker game in Limbo.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Limbo lower now. How low can you go? How low can you go?

      • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Just watch.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      If the Feesh really want to be the greatest bad team of all time they should trade Reecky and right quick. The Jose Fernandez problem will take care of itself in due time in the form of innings limits (having hurled 134 last year they will want him capped around 160 or so and he’s almost halfway there,) but a quick Reecky deal could take what’s left of the fighting spirit out of the team.

      Outside of those two the pitchers the Feesh staff have the right spirit and talent level to spiral yet further down this particular sinkhole of history.

      • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Reecky is gone by the trading deadline if there’s any justice. In the more likely event that there isn’t, he’s not. As Cormac McCarthy warns us in Cities of the Plain, “One should not expect too much of justice in this world.” Just remember that Reecky is the last abundantly salaried player on the team. Shipping him without a significant return – which will probably have to include at least one adult ballplayer this time with at least a six figure salarty – might awaken the Player’s Association, which like dead Chthulhu lies sleeping somewhere when it comes to Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua’s Greek austerity budget policies.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Socrates is a tough poker opponent – he has a little voice in his head which tells him when he is about to make an aggressive mistake and he folds.

      Plato is a calling station – tough to bluff because he’s willing to pay for a chance to see your cards and examine your thought process.

  16. mungman69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    The Rockies are hurt but hot. It’s amazing what happens when you get some pitching.

  17. hushbrother - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    If Curt hadn’t helped the Sox win two championships I’d probably agree with Craig. However, he did, and therefore is a better human being than Craig, who loses any claim to insult him.

  18. albertmn - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Thus ends a scheduling quirk where the Twins faced three former Twins’ CFs playing for other teams (Span, Revere, Hunter). If only they had worked the Brewers into that mix (Gomez), they would have played all four of the guys to be their main CFs since 1999.

  19. natslady - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Immensely frustrating game yesterday, unable to get runners on third in with NOBODY out three times!!! Expected runs should have been like 4-2 and we got nada. (I have a game report on my blog, but won’t advertise it for fear of alienating non-Nats fans). Nats fans, you know where it is.

    Now we go against our old friend Lannan, who as gone over to the enemy. The baseball gods arranged that his first start back from the DL would be the Nats.

    We have Haren/Ohlendorf going against him. You ask, two against one? Well, when the one is Dan Haren, you need two.

  20. APBA Guy - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Got off the plane yesterday just in time to catch the end of the game, and see that Bartolo had done it again. I saw all the “He’s using” end-of-the-world doomsayers commenting elsewhere, so I’ll just say that, purely from a pitching standpoint, he had really good movement yesterday. He’s throwing like 4 fastballs:

    – cutter
    – 2 seamer
    – 4 seamer
    – sinker

    and changing speeds, from 88-95 on all 4. That’s a clinic on the mound when he pitches, and a lot of guys would do well to study that (Jon Lester, et al) to see how to win when your best stuff is a thing of the past.

    Another thing, the A’s are beginning a sequence where they face something like 17 right-handed starters in a row. The platoon facing RHP is much more potent than their LHP platoon. So with a 3 game lead in the AL West, they could be looking at quite a cushion by July 4th. And yes, I never thought I would say that about the A’s, and yes, it feels really good to do so.

  21. icanspeel - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Padres are actually only 2 GB in the division which is impressive after a 5-15 start and now their starting LF, CF, 1B, 2B and SS are hurt.

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