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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 24, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

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Mets 8, Phillies 0: Matt Harvey blanks the Phillies on two hits for six innings and David Wright went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. I know the Mets have problems, but man, when it goes right for them it’s really pretty. Something about the purity of an ace and a superstar doing what they’re supposed to do that makes a win all the more satisfying to see.

Rays 3, Yankees 1: Chris Archer gave up one run over six innings and James Loney hit a two-run single in the seventh. The two runs allowed in the seventh really were a team effort. Both of the runners who scored — Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist — reached when Ivan Nova hit them with pitches. Then Shawn Kelley walked Evan Longoria to move the runners up, then Boone Logan came in to give up the single. There’s no “I” in team. There’s no “I” in “meltdown” either.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 5: Kind of a mess of a game, with the Tigers down late and Justin Verlander not looking all that hot. But then Boston got sloppy, with Andrews Miller and Bailey combining to let a run in the seventh — with said run scoring on a hit-by-pitch — and then Miller and Daniel Nava got all errory in the eighth as three Tigers runs scored.

Blue Jays 13, Orioles 5: Call it 11 in a row for the Jays as Edwin Encarnacion drove in four and Jose Bautista knocked in three. The Jays now have a seven-game road trip which takes them through Tampa Bay and Boston. They begin the trip only five games back. The AL East is wild, man. Wild.

Twins 5, Indians 3: Emergency starter Pedro Hernandez — which is a lot like a name off-brand video games use when they don’t have the right to use actual ballplayers’ names — gave up two runs over five innings as the Twinkies avoid the sweep. Nick Swisher came back for the Indians and dropped an 0 for 5.

Rockies 7, Nationals 6: Michael Cuddyer homered and went 3 for 4 overall to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. He’s reached base in 40 straight games overall. The Rockies were staked to a 7-0 lead and held on.

Braves 7, Brewers 4: A first inning grand slam for Brian McCann wasn’t all the Braves would need to win, but it was all they needed to not lose. Does that make sense? I sorta feel like it makes sense. Then again, as I’m writing this it’s Sunday afternoon and it’s hot and my brain doesn’t function nearly as well when it’s hot as it does when it’s cooler. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

Cubs 14, Astros 6: Ryan Sweeney drove in six, Anthony Rizzo drove in four and that was more run support than Jeff Samardzija truly needed. 20 runs and 29 hits in this one and it lasted three hours and fifteen minutes. I feel like that’s fast for a game with this much carnage.

Royals 7, White Sox 6: Kinda like the Tigers-Red Sox game as relief pitcher fecklessness/bad defense gave this to the other team. All three of the runs Jesse Crain allowed in the eighth were unearned — keeping his streak of innings without allowing any earned runs intact — but since Crain’s own error led the them being unearned he’s sorta, kinda definitely responsible.

Marlins 7, Giants 2: Two homers for Justin Ruggiano as the Marlins win their tenth in eleven games at AT&T Park. As the defending world champs — who have been better at home than on the road — drop three of four to the freakin’ fish. What is this world?

Dodgers 3, Padres 1: Back-to-back homers by Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez in the ninth break a 1-1 tie and then put the Dodgers up 3-1.

Reds 4, Diamondbacks 2: Mat Latos struck out 13 and allowed a run on six hits with one walk in seven and two-thirds, breaking the Dbacks’ four-game winning streak.

Mariners 6, Athletics 3: Kendrys Morales with a walkoff three-run homer in the 10th and he didn’t get hurt celebrating. Raul Ibanez had two homers of his own. Oakland has lost four of five.

Pirates 10, Angels 9: Oh man, Angels. Three in the ninth, four in the tenth for the Buccos in what can only be described as bullpencrapapalooza. Homers in four straight games for Pedro Alvarez.

Rangers 2, Cardinals 1: A three hour rain delay on a Sunday night because the unbalanced schedule makes it nearly impossible for teams to make up games when they don’t see each other in a given city any more. Just dumb. The Rangers are probably OK with it, though, as they get the sweep. It’s the first time anyone has swept the Cardinals this year.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    The Al East is very interesting as all 5 teams are above .500. Boston is now having pitching problems. For the Yankees, Jeter, Arod and Granderson could all return in July. Baltimore is the best hitting team in the Division, but their starting pitchers are slightly sub par. The Rays will probably tread water until Price and Cobb return. The Jays are hot hot hot and if they keep it up, have a chance to be in first place by the All Star break.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:53 AM

      Beware of the invaders from the north. They have a scorched earth policy taking down all teams that stand in their way. Just joking, well maybe not. It’s good to see them turn their season around, my friend.

      • nbjays - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        The division is definitely tightening up. Only 5 games separating first and fifth place right now. Big difference from the NL East, where there is a 6 game spread between first and second.

        The second half of the season is going to be fun.

      • Shayna - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Was in the park on Sunday to see the Jays step on the Orioles. (I`m hoping for an all-bird post-season–say, Jays over Orioles, then on to face the Cardinals.) What a game! The spirit in the Dome was incredible. Crowd of over 45,000 was cheering from anthems to final pitch, and none of that prompting by the Jumbotron was necessary. It reminded me of the Glory Days (TM) of the early 90s when the Dome would sell out every night.

        And the game kept providing me with examples of good play to explain to my young baseball fan friend. Oh, you want to see how the double play happens when there is no runner on first? Here is a convenient play down the 3rd base line to show you. You`re wondering how a runner can go from first to third on a single? Watch and learn. You need to understand how momentum can affect a game? See what happens to the O`s when, after scoring a couple of runs in the 6th and 7th, the Jays come in and get those four right back in the bottom of the inning.

        Happiness is just a thing called Jays.

    • indaburg - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Don’t understand all the thumbs down–what you said is reasonable. Using indametrics, I project the Jays to go 125 – 37. Of course, the pretty blue birds will cool off a bit, I think, but you’re right. I foresee good things for this team. You’ve stuck by your team through bad times and your fidelity is being rewarded. Enjoy.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Thank you for the kind words. As far as the thumbs are concerned, it means nothing to me. At my age, I do not get upset if others have a different opinion and exercise their constitutional right to exercise their thumbs.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Proudly, my friend. I’m getting the feeling not a lot fans here appreciate what the Blue Jays have done over the past 2 weeks. Either that or they just don’t like fans posting favorable comments about them. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was the Yankee haters. That’s my attempt at humor.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        PC: We have constitutional rights. You have the Mackenzie Rebellion.

    • cur68 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Devil Rayz tonight, PC. Rumour has it they’ve engaged a Dominican Priestess of Iglesia del béisbol to be at this game and attempt to influence the Beaver Magic. I shall be watching the crowd shots carefully for anyone making the dreaded “Sign of the Plantain” or, as its known in their native tongue “Muestra del Llantén”. If you see her, offer Jobu rum and a cigar to counter her juju, eh? Then call security and have her arrested for making rude gestures on international television.

      Anyhow, Our Lads seem perfectly capable of giant killing. The Rangers, Rockies, and Orioles. Not tomato cans at all but its only a matter of time before our lads lose a few. They’ve never had much luck at The Trop, so this could be it. I’ve steeled my self for a loss. Either due to umpire indifference of the forces that only the Trop can bring to bear, this might well be it. Doesn’t matter, really. An 11 game winning streak is a Gift From Dog, and my June Baseball has been the stuff that dreams are made of. Hell of a thing, thus far.

      C’mon Beaver!

      /Tail Slap

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Some of us may have conflicting loyalties on this game, Cur.

        Go RayzandJayz!!!!

  2. redguy12588 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Pirates are 16 games over .500 , one game back in the division and from having the best record in the MLB. Plenty of depth in AAA and the rest of the farm is top 5 in the MLB.

    I’m having a party at my place if anyone wants to stop by, I have chips and guacamole and a couple cases of beer. If anyone wants to pitch in, we’ll get pizza too.

    • philliesblow - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      Chips & guacamole for a Pirates party? HELL NO! I need a Primanti Bros sandwich.

      • anthonyverna - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Clog your arteries!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Try not to choke!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Hey, mister, you dropped your battery.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        LOL

        Man, phans are easy to work. I’m only kidding. All day fun! ;)

  3. El Bravo - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Cards lost. I was impressed w/ the number of fans still in the park after the 3 hour delay. If that was the Miami Heat the fans woud be in Timbuktu by now.

    • paperlions - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Do the Heat have a lot of 3 hour rain delays?

      • El Bravo - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        no just a multitude of weak ass fans

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        And three championships. Deal with it. Razzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Did I inadvertently wander into a basketball bar???? :(

      • paperlions - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Apparently one in which NBA teams may have 3 hr rain delays, shitty fans, and 3 championships.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        I really don’t know how anyone can watch basketball.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I have the same question about golf.

    • El Bravo - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      I did take a swipe at the Heat fans, but why not? They truly are the worst. Did you noMore importantly is that you all missed I complimented the baseball fans. This is a baseball comment folks.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Baseball fans are the best! Except the Dodgers….and the Phillies…and the Rangers. Oh, shit.

        Go, Tigers!

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        They may be the worst, but they’re out there in the heat and drizzle on Biscayne Boulevard today having the time of their lives.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Ah, and just for you Brav, here’s a great link to live coverage of today’s Heat victory parade, where you can watch hundreds of thousands of awful fans celebrating their asses of:

        http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/LeBron-Cam-LeBron-James-and-Other-Miami-Heat-Players-Make-Their-Way-Through-the-2013-NBA-Championship-Victory-Parade-212754321.html

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        I’m a little shocked that OG is so defensive about basketball.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Umpires who don’t know the rules of baseball. Why are there so fucking many of them? I’m arranging a trip to Lourdes for the crew that worked the Sawks and Tiggers game last night – the power of sight could be theirs’ yet.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      I don’t think being blind was the problem. Cheer up, lil Sawkser. Friends again.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:49 AM

        Grrrr. Such an easy call though.

        OK – Friendsies.

    • paperlions - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Coincidentally, the same wrong call was made on Revere in the Mets/Phillies games. The rules for a catch are the same whether the ball was batted or thrown. Both of those catches would have been called good on thrown balls as the players dropped them on the transfer. Apparently, you know have to loudly announce, “I am not purposefully taking the ball out of my glove” before doing so to avoid any confusion.

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Yes, the Nava error was in fact a blown umpire call. Even this Tiger fan will admit that. It changed the whole nature of that inning.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:50 AM

        I appreciate your objectivity.

  5. thekingdave - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    I usually pull for teams with a lack of recent success in every sport (Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, KC Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates), but proudlycanadian has single handedly driven me to root against the Blue Jays all season.

    • nbjays - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      S’okay, we can root for them just fine without you.

      The Maple Leafs could use the help, though…

    • paperlions - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Meh, the fact that Harry was being such a giant trolling dick has me heavily rooting for the Jays to finish ahead of the Yankees.

      Fans of teams that haven’t been successful in a while can be annoying when success appears on the horizon, but that is mostly just due to the level of joy they feel for finally seeing a winning talented club. I prefer that to the constant drone of entitlement that comes from certain other AL East fan bases.

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

      To each their own. I also cheer for the Bills. Enjoy the rest of the season.

    • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Step right up, Dave. Dirtyharry seems to have disappeared. You can have his job.

      • thekingdave - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Says HBT’s resident Astro troll…

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        Be happy to compare Astros’ history with you any time Dave.

        Here’s a hint: You’d better be able to go back to 1962.

      • thekingdave - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Being born in 85, I dont know that thats a fair battle. I also dont know what that has to do with being a troll. But yes, let’s hang onto Bud Norris for no apparent reason. And let’s grasp at straws in all of our criticisms of the team out of some weird personal vendetta against Jim Crane and the now departed George Postolos. Anyone outside of Altuve on the ML roster with a pulse should be on the trading block. Fact.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        So anyone whose opinions differ from yours is in fact a troll.

      • thekingdave - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        I’m throwing in the towel and going back to observing but not commenting. I read The Great Gatsby the other day and thought I was now witty, intelligent, and quirky enough to be a “true” baseball fan and comment here. I’m going back to UT Austin to finish my BBA in hopes of one day returning here and obtaining a positive thumbs up to thumbs down ratio. Cheers!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        I am cheering for you Dave. Hope you get that degree and a good job when you graduate.

      • paperlions - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Jeez, what doesn’t qualify as “trolling” these days? That list must be short.

        stex isn’t a troll, he’s fan who is concerned and pessimistic about the direction of his team.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Who’s…dirtyharry?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Well, the BBA is hardly the path to intelligence and sophistication. That said, dave, you should know better than to assess your worth by the thumbs. We all get them. Think of them as a badge of honor. I like to think of them as little kisses of the KMA variety. Sometimes it’s just good-natured homerism too though. That said, guys, be real — dave is hardly dirtyharry.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        No need to go, Dave. I actually have hopes that a corner has been turned. But I am not very trusting of new management just because they talk a good game. I like results. And they have made more than their share of missteps.

        If I’m wrong I’ll be as happy as you. You rub it in my face all you want. But I’m guessing 2015-2016 for that.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        C’mon, philiac. Where’s the fun if we can’t all go over the top some?

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Dave: make sure to hit the Salt Lick BBQ south of the city in Driftwood – you can smell it a mile away. Rrrrrrrreally good barbecue. Also, don’t forget to line up on Sunday mornings in Round Rock for donuts and kalisches. Oh yeah and for sushi, you gotta try Haiku south of Ben White off’n I-35. It’s not only got great and innovative sushi, it’s a chick magnet.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        That’s what your hat’s for, stex.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        PS – Dave, once you weary of hundreds upon hundreds of guitar slinging Stevie Ray Vaughan wannabes down on Sixth Street, make a point of catching the big bat show at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Since they made lynchings illegal in Texas, that’s entertainment.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        The Salt Lick is good, OG, but finding good barbeque in Austin is about as hard as finding good deli’s in NYC. It’s everywhere. I would say the same thing for good music.

        You might want to look into some of the riffs on new Southwest cuisine next time you are there. That’s catching on in a lot of the small diners.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        stex: I should probably clarify that I mean the original Salt Lick in Driftwood, not one of the few (so far) franchises – especially not the one at the airport, which I was absolutely horrified to see when I was down there last fall. It was indistinguishable from Shorty’s. Not bad, but not delicious. Also, the hoedown party ambiance of the original place, along with the wisps of smoke from the open pits, actually seems to add to the happiness born in the palate. Yes, there’s good BBQ all over that zone – but the Salt Lick has a truly unique janessykwa.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        PS none of you get thumbs down like I do, so relax.

  6. philliesblow - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Ms. Upton – whatever Delilah act / spell you put on Verlander, it isn’t funny anymore. Please give him his super powers back.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      What is going on with that man? He said he was tinkering and it didn’t work out, so he was going to readjust. That was like 3 starts ago. Get it together, man. He’s on his way to being #3 starter with his numbers. What did they say — it was like his 5th start not to get past the 5th inning. Yeesh.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Philliesblow may have a point. Reference “Dr. Strangelove.” Maybe the purity of his precious bodily fluids has been disturbed.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Gross!

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        And he’s going to have to answer to the CocaCola company for it, too.

  7. kcrobert10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Well its another lossed weekend for the royals. Didn’t show up Friday, didn’t score enough on Saturday, and were given a gift by the sox on Sunday. Mr Moore needs to make a trade for a big bat soon or may be to late. My vote is for Stanton but everyone knows that.

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Ain’t gonna happen, but everyone also knows that. Go down to the Majestic and console yourself with a juicy T-bone and some great jazz tonight.

  8. chill1184 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Too bad for the rain delay would have loved to see Harvester pitch a complete game shut out but oh well.

  9. dondada10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    After Gerrit Cole hit 101 in a game the other day, I had a feeling Harvey would let at least one fastball really fly yesterday. He did, hitting 100 on a pitch to Revere.

  10. ptfu - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Huston Street blew it again, and Andrew Cashner’s gem was for naught. Street’s strikeout rate is way down and his home run rate is way up, even before yesterday’s strikeout-homer-homer-single. Things could get worse, as his strand rate is an unsustainable 100%.

    Now, maybe that’s just statistical noise, small sample size stuff. But whatever the reason, he has been struggling all year. Hopefully he can turn it around.

    Padres have a lot going right for them. Feeling good about this year, and look out next year.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I suspect that our indigenous Feesh have been swallowed up by northern snakeheads who are now running around in their uniforms. Three out of four from the Giants at San Andreas Park, which should have been a sweep but for an imbecile miscall by yet another incompetent umpire. Easily the team’s best sunsetside road trip in years – who’d’a thunk it? With the Iron Giant slumping badly except for that one game in that mummified, leather-faced hagridden desert dystopia of Arizona, where he made Heath Bar Bell pay for trying to sneak a fastball by him, and with Derek Dietrich suddenly exploring the optical distortions along the Mendoza, and with Tweeter forgetting how to catch throws from the other infielders (or desperately in need of an old baseball, some glove oil and a ball of twine), the Feesh went on a tear – scoring early, scoring late, knocking two opposing peetchers out of games with lethal line drives, taking extra bases. How’d they do it? Well, credit to resurgent benchwarmers Gregg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano, to a hot Peanut Head, and to that hulking wunderkind Marcell Ozuna with a bunch of timely opposite field backbreakers and a couple of outfield assists with that rail gun throwing arm. But most of all, credit to the Feesh’s rapidly maturing little cribfull of young starting peetchers – Nate Eovaldi, Jacob Turner and of course, El Joven heemself, Jose Fernandez. Let’s enjoy them until they’re ready to be paid what they’re worth and Scrooge McLoria ships them to Toronto or Detroit.

    In the parallel universe, the ’62 Mutts behind the immortal Craig Anderson (what? You don’t know who Craig Anderson was?) downed the antecedents of these very same Giants 8-5 despite home runs from Willie Mays (his 22nd of the year) and Jim Davenport, knocking a hapless Juan Marichal out of the game in the fourth. At 21-54, the Mutts remain four games behind the Feesh at 25-49 in the dash to the crash.

    In other news, the Feesh return home for a well-earned day off before taking on the Tweenkies, who weren’t actually supposed to be back on the shelves until the middle of July, in the air conditioned comfort of a near empty Macondo Banana Massacre Field tomorrow. In other other news, I have seen the future, and the Kardashian baby is going to grow up looking like Kevin Youkilis.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      What a country. Only in America can a baby aspire to be the next Kevin Youkilis.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        And a baby girl at that. Of course, children are horrible whether they look like Kevin Youkilis or not.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        I just don’t know if the Astros or the Marlins have it in them to match the ’62 Mets, Gator. They both keep showing flashes of average.

        In spite of what certain offended parties might think, I am glad of that.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Not me. I think that if you can’t do something horribly, you shouldn’t do it at all. If everybody felt the way you do about it, we’d have no Ed Wood Jr., no Neil Diamond, no Macondo City Council, no Whattaburger. And what kind of world would that be?

      • nbjays - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Don’t forget we’d also have no Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        It’s okay to confess here that I’m okay with Ed Wood and Whataburger, right?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Right on!

  12. cptnew1 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Look at all the thumbs down on most posts. Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays…

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Nope. It’s just the thumb harpy.

      • stex52 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Thumb harpy is doing us a favor. Those little fleshy things under our comments will soon be rendered 100% irrelevant.

  13. nbjays - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I see the Thumb Harpy has returned. I guess now that middle school is out for the summer, this will be the new normal.

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      thumb harpy. Don’t dignify the child by capitalizing it.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        What’s so amusing is that the number of thumbs seems random. It’s not like someone thumbs all the comments down or even the same commenters at the same rate. So strange. It’s like — God willing — Tommy popped his gaskets and they fly off hitting thumbs as he whirls out of control in his liberation.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Oops, I accidentally thumbed you up! lol

      • nbjays - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        S’alright, Historio… I won’t take it personally.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        ;)

  14. Jack Marshall - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    The most interesting play in the Tigers-Sox game was not the Nava dropped transfer, but the crucial botched double play arising from Napoli forgetting the rules.

    With Austen Jackson on first, Pedroia had a sharp line drive bounce off his glove. The runner, assuming it would be caught, stuck to the bag. Pedey ran the ball back to first and flipped it to Napoli. If he had tagged Jackson and then first base, it would have been a DP. Stupidly (OK, he’s a converted catcher) he tagged the base first, taking off the force, so it was only one out. Jackson eventually tied the score on a hit batter with the bases loaded and two outs.

    I’ve never seen that play before, and, of course, the NESN team didn’t bother to explain what had happened.

  15. APBA Guy - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The A’s are 2-5 on their road trip, and last night was a good example of losing. First: Raauuullll. Wow. That second home run was a six-iron from the ankles, just dropping over the fence. I imagine he stuck it with a good chance at birdie (golf reference especially for one Senor O. Gator.). The 41 year old has 17 homeruns this year. Amazing.

    But the A’s battled back to tie. Unfortunately, their bullpen has been sloppy lately, and so has their defense. In the 10th, Mike Zunino swung and missed yet again (he must have had 10 of those yesterday) but the ball eluded Jaso. This is not news. The Rays and even Seattle let Jaso go despite his .390 OBP after watching his liberal interpretation of the duties of catching. Jaso, seeking to affirm the Mariners decision to allow him to depart, recovered the ball and would have had Zunino at first with a good throw. But in his New Wave homage to the epic “Dodgeball”, Jaso threw it at Zunino. Of course, Jaso being Jaso, the ball missed Zunino by passing through the runner’s legs. Zunino safe at first, Morales pinch hits, one pitch later the game is over.

    We’ve discussed the A’s middle-infield issues before. Another problem the A’s have is that the catching platoon of Norris and Jaso assumes a basic competency. Unlike the old Orioles catching platoon of Etchebarren and Elrod Hendricks, the current A’s platoon is unbalanced. Jaso is an on-base marvel but can’t catch and can’t throw. Norris is classically good as a defensive catcher, but his offense is more Brendan Ryan-esque. The key is to have Norris finish games, but this only works if the opposing team starts a right-hander and Jaso isn’t hurt.

    Speaking of catchers, Zunino addresses the same problem that existed with the Mariners: Montero is no catcher. Zunino is, but he is clearly not ready to face ML quality breaking stuff. Trouble is Montero also forgot how to hit, so he’s at AAA.

    Still, the bigger issue for the A’s is the 2-5 road trip with Cincy coming up at home. The G & P Beane has some tinkering to do, sooner rather than later, please.

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Who would Beane give us for Nolasco?

      • APBA Guy - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Brian Sabean.

  16. artisan3m - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    What was more dumb in the Cardinals’ dugout than in the Rangers? Same field, same umpires, same time zone ~ so the start was rain delayed. It was for both teams ~ ~ equally. The Cards are a darned good club. Their record confirms that. But for the last three nights the Rangers were better and the scoreboard confirms that. Neither team gained an advantage by the delay. I suppose if the Rangers win the series with them next week, the big beat writers will lay it off on “home field advantage.”

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