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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 25, 2013, 5:18 AM EDT

Kyle Blanks

Four games? Really? What, people were supposed to watch hockey or something?

[Shut up, Calcaterra, hockey pays the bills around here -- Ed.]

Um, congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks!

Padres 4, Phillies 3: Philly took a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth with Cliff Lee still pitching a shutout when he began the inning.  Then Kyle Blanks happened. Lee allowed the first two runners to reach and was relieved by Jonathan Papelbon, still up 3-0. Blanks promptly drove in two with a single. Blanks advanced to second when Papelbon hit the next batter with a pitch and Blanks took third on a double play. Then, oops, Carlos Ruiz allowed a passed ball which scored Blanks and onto extra innings we went. In the tenth the Padres loaded the bases with two walks and another hit-by-pitch after which Blanks won it with an RBI single. What a dispiriting way to lose a game.

Indians 5, Orioles 2: Michael Brantley drove in four as the Indians won for the ninth time in 12 games. That’s four straight losses for the O’s.

Dodgers 3, Giants 1: Yasiel Puig homers again — his seventh — and broke a tie with an RBI single in the eighth. After the game A.J. Ellis said of Puig, “he’s hitting everything and hitting it hard. I’m just really happy he’s on our side.” I think they said that about Dr. Manhattan too. The Dodgers have won three in a row, which is their longest winning streak of the season.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1: Jeremy Hellickson shut out the Jays for seven innings, allowing only one hit. James Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld went back-to-back-to-back in the second. The Jays’ winning streak ends at 11.

  1. indaburg - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    An extra early ATH? Thank you, Craig. Insomniacs everywhere thank you.

    The Jays looked listless and disinterested last night. I warned some Beaverman about the deadening effects the Terrordome could have on turgescence. After a weekend of flying high at a packed Rogers Stadium, playing in the tumulus to a pittance crowd had to be such a letdown. It’s the stadium version of imagining one’s own granny in skivvies. I saw in a previous post OG suggested a trip to the magnificent new Dali Museum–the building itself rival the paintings in beauty. Perhaps after that little visit, Gibbons should take the boys to the beach for a little more, shall we say, inspiration?

    Hellickson looked great, back to his sabermetrically defying ways. The offense did something they’d never done before at the tumulus-back to back to back HR. When Sammie Fuld is hitting HR off you, it’s time to call it a night. All in all, power + pitching = satisfying win.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:52 AM

      Weird game. I can’t figure out Jeremy Hellickson at all – and until he’s categorized in my notebook he continues to exist without my permission.

      • indaburg - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:58 AM

        He’s a little shit, ain’t he? I can’t figure him out either. I stay up all night pondering the mystery that is Hellboy. I guess we can blame the Nazis for conjuring the demon.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/jeremy-hellickson-angers-the-luck-dragons/

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        You can figure out that knuckleballers or sinkerballers have their own set of rules for success that don’t match up with normal sabermetric wisdom – but this guy? What a headache.

      • indaburg - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:13 AM

        He also looks perpetually stoned. Maybe that’s his secret?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        Just looked at some pics – he does have a stoney glaze to his eyes and a goofy high smile.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:48 AM

        I don’t judge. I don’t partake, but if he does, it makes me like him more actually.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        I bet he and Derek Holland could hang.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I wanna be a fly on the wall for that meeting.

      • nbjays - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        He’s like two pitchers in one body sometimes. His stuff was mostly unhittable last night, which, combined with the Jay’s usual Trop-induced lethargy, was a recipe for the streak to end. On the other hand, he was riding a streak of four starts with no walks, and promptly issues four in this game, including three to Colby Freaking Rasmus.

        Hellboy is proof that the baseball gods have a sense of humour… and a sick, twisted one at that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:33 AM

        I saw that Colby Rasmus walked 3 times. My best guess is that Hellboy had a large sidebet on that occurence.

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:40 AM

        Everywhere upon the earth are pockets of autonomous life, Moses. Autonomous. The success of sinkerball pitchers is an affront to you. You should have them all in zoos.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:23 AM

        Just finished All the Pretty Horses. Turning into something of a fanboy it appears.

    • cur68 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Well, it was bound to happen. They weren’t going to go for the remainder of the season without losing. My Boys sure looked flat yesterday. E5 losing two bats in a row sort of set the tone. No one got hurt, but it was alarming the way his bats flew out of his hands. I suspect the Devil Ryaz fans of trickery! Actually I don’t. He does that time to time. But is was symptomatic of Beaver Futility on the day. After sweeping the O’s the let down of The Trop was prolly a bit much.

      They better get themselves all perked up for this next one.

      • indaburg - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Why, good morning, handsome. I secretly replaced E5’s pine tar with something a little more pellucid and slick. Your suspicion is warranted.

        The antidote for Viagra is the Trop.

        I can help with the lack of perk. But I won’t.

      • cur68 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        You resume cheering for my boys and I deliver. Otherwise, fogddaboudit!

        Now, I’m off to run with the dog. Dang. Gonna get all sweaty and gross again. Might have to run without the shirt on….

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Whereas I, in the meantime, was sufficiently inspired by the discourse on plantains of a few days ago that I picked a couple of nice green ones off’n the backyard cluster and am in the process of letting the mashed mess of sauteed plantains, onions, peppers, garlic and oil macerate for an hour or so before forming it into pelotas and frying it up for lunch.

  2. pipkin42 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Good Lord you get up early…

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:43 AM

      Normally not this early. Woke up at 4am. Couldn’t sleep. Decided, finally, to get out of bed. Blergh.

      • cktai - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:46 AM

        I like it. You should do that more often

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:54 AM

        Sucks, doesn’t it? And I’m on vacation – there’s really no excuse.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Hey! Who turned the lights on? >:(

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        There’s some great stuff going on in the matrix at 4AM. I hate to think how much virtuality I would miss out on if I didn’t have a bladder.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I’d like to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks and Joel Quenneville. For all of the times Quenville couldn’t put away the Boston Bruins while patrolling the backline for the Hartford Whalers – this one’s for you, Kevin Dineen, Ronnie Francis and all the boys. It’s also for all the times you had to eat ice because referees refused to whistle a penalty on Cam Neely at the Gahden.

    Enjoy your offseason visits to hospital Bruins, and enjoy the taste of getting your ass kicked in your own building.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      It is time for the boys of winter to hit the golf course.

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Yeah, fur trappers look silly in those beaver hats and moose hide coats in June. So get out of our way, sit back, crack open a beer, and wait for the rabbits and foxes to turn white again.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Molson’s of course.

      • amaninwhite - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        Ha. Good one. No one drinks Molson on purpose.

    • philliesblow - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      The Detroit NBC affiliate preempted the hockey game to show the Detroit / Windsor international fireworks display on the Detroit River. Hockeytown my ass!

      Fortunately I could catch the CBC broadcast.

      • grumpyoleman - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Actually they were contractually obligated to the fireworks and they sold or gave the rights to another local channel where the game was shown live, not in HD unfortunately. I tried CBC also but no HD there either. This had nothing to do with “Hockeytown”.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:25 AM

        That’s really funny, I still miss hockey and the Detroit NBC affiliate’s choice a testament to the passion of hockey fans.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    As far as the Jay’s loss is concerned, it had to happen sometime. Reyes will rejoin the team in Boston. Still do not know who will be sent down. Perez pitched another scoreless inning, so he is unlikely to be designated. I still think that McGowan will be sent down.

  5. natslady - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Where is that Fillies fan who was laughing at Haren, said they’d be fine with Papelbon…?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Right here! :-)

      I said as long as he doesn’t “turn” into Dan Haren he’d be fine.

      Maybe there werebot bit him.

      In other news, I see the thumb downers haven’t made their move yet. Might be a tad early for them. Or it could be they’ve flooded the market with so many thumbs down that the Italian Lira is worth more on the market than a thumbs down, which would be depressing, seeing they value it so.

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

        Stick with me. I always get thumbs down.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        The currency still exists?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        No, FC, and thus my point.

      • natslady - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        LOL, you’re a good sport @heyblue!

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        I try to be, the alternative of being a miserable prick I leave to others.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    The Indians are hot in Cleveland. Nice to see them performing well.

    • janessa31888 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Thanks, PC. Glad that your team has turned it around, as well.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        You are welcome. Cheers!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        There was a minor trade between the Jays and Indians in the off season that has worked out well for both teams. The Indians got Aviles and Gomes while the Jays got Rogers. A nice win win trade. The Indians also did well when they hired Kevin Cash who had been a scout for the Jays and made him a coach.

  7. skeleteeth - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Well, MLB ruined this finally:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/index.jsp

    Used to have a nice menu on the left where you could choose from daily recaps, they’re annoying Must C clips, etc. Now they decide what you get to see which is always a Must C clip (and that you should be using a mobile device to view it based on site design) and force you to scroll half way down the page to see recaps….from May 31st.

    I also use this:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/index.jsp#date=6/24/2013

    But now have to hunt for recaps and not all of them are available. REEEECAAAAPPSSSS!!!

  8. mungman69 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Same Phillies. No bullpen, not much hitting, no fielding. At least I was asleep at 5:41 am.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      As was I, dreaming about smoking some ganj’ in a bar parking lot at the Jersey Shore with DeNiro.

      Good luck interpereting that one.

  9. historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    No game to recap, so I’ll just comment on the one to come. We kick off a series at home against the Angels. I’m really hoping that pads our lead a little, but it’s Porcello v. Wilson, sooooooo…We’ll see if an angel shuts the mouth of the tigers and they escape unscathed. A little forewarning: Rod Allen is friendly, if insistent with his fashion analysis. Better be mindful of that, dudes. Also, Miggy is overdue to go Boom! again.

    Do you know I’m still getting crap on the FB about Valverde? Friends. *sigh*

    • ditto65 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Si or No?

      • indaburg - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        The answer, sir, is always a resounding: si motherf*cker.

        Oh, wait. Was that a rhetorical question?

  10. Joe - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Four blown saves in his last five games? Paps must think he’s already back in Boston!

  11. schmedley69 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Jonathan Papelbon calls his alter ego “Cinco Ocho,” I prefer “Stinko Mucho,” I’m really starting to hate that guy. He blew a lot of saves last year when then Phillies started to string together small winning streaks and were trying to get back in the race.

  12. icanspeel - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    You can talk about the Phillies blowing the game, but how about the Padres? They couldn’t score for 8 innings, found themselves down 3-0 in bottom of the ninth and didn’t give up and eventually won.

    • chill1184 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Ill take “Reasons why baseball is awesome” for 100 Alex

  13. kcrobert10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    With so little baseball I decided to do some stat digging. The important ones to me are on base %, rbis, and whip. Now my royals who I would like to see play 500 baseball are 20th, 24th, and 14th in those categories that doesn’t bode well for them to break even in my opinion. The best team in those categories Detroit they are 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. They may not have the best record in baseball right now but I bet if they continue these stats they will win a title and ill as a royals fan will just have to accept that.

  14. APBA Guy - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    With no A’s on last night I secretly switched the perma-lock setting on the TV to the Giants, although honestly mainly to watch Puig.

    My first thought was that the manager of the Cuban national team is probably suicidal, I mean, losing Puig and Cespedes in back-to-back years.

    My second thought was that the Giants really miss Angel Pagan.

    Overall it was an interesting game, the Giants had bases loaded with Posey up and he…grounded back to the pitcher for an easy double play on the first pitch. Yikes. Ryu kept getting into trouble then either making the one good pitch he needed or the Giants were over-anxious but either way, the Dodgers looked like a much better team for one game, even without Kemp.

    Puig plays with the kind of energy you see in Trout and Harper, and has all the tools as well. What can’t he hit? I didn’t see a lot of top shelf off speed stuff from Mad-Bum directed at Puig, so I can’t say. But if I were a Dodger fan, I’d be thinking that when -if-Crawford comes back, and Kemp is back, Puig needs to be in the lineup, even if it means either Crawford or Ethier has to sit.

  15. spudchukar - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that the ball Myers hit, would have left the earth’s orbit if he didn’t play indoors?

  16. ch0psuey - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    BlanksZilla comes thru for the Pads.

  17. cavemanna - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Puig!!!! I got to meet him after a game in single a last year. Took a pick got a graph and watched him leave with some splittail in a car while all the other players got on the bus.

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