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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 26, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Suzuki runs and watches the ball after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Texas Rangers in their MLB American League game in New York Reuters

Yankees 4, Rangers 3: Walkoff homer for Ichiro? Well shut my mouth. Wait, what? Well jeez, Brian, it’s just an expression. You don’t have to agree so emphatically and profanely.

Angels 14, Tigers 8: Well that fifth inning got out of a hand in a hurry. Rick Porcello was beaten around for seven runs on ten hits and his relief Darin Downs didn’t fare much better. J.B. Shuck drove in four. Even Josh Hamilton had a good game, going 3 for 5.

Orioles 6, Indians 3: The O’s snapped a four-game losing streak. Chris Davis hit his 28th homer, which tied it up in the seventh and Alexi Casilla‘s three-run homer put Baltimore ahead in the eighth.

Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 5: The Nats jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning and then held on, giving Gio Gonzalez his first win since May 5. From the AP gamer:

[Gonzalez] said pitching with the big lead for a change didn’t alter his approach.

“No, you still have to go out there and attack,” Gonzalez said. “The team gives you a big lead like that you want to get them back in there, especially when they’re swinging it real hot.”

Jack Morris just shakes his head.

Marlins 4, Twins 2: The Fish have won four of five. Jose Fernandez allowed one run and four hits in five innings and Marcell Ozuna drove in a pair. It sometimes seems like there’s no future in Miami, but those two are part of one.

Brewers 9, Cubs 3: Two homers for Rickie Weeks, who has a nine-game hitting streak in which he’s 14-for-32 with four homers and seven RBI. Milwuakee has beat the Cubs nine straight times at Miller Park and 19 of 21 times overall.

Dodgers 6, Giants 5: Matt Kemp comes back from the DL. While he only went 1 for 4 at the plate he ended the game with a running, sliding, over the shoulder catch that, one hopes, put to rest any concern about his hamstring. If the Dodgers are going to climb back in the race a healthy and productive Kemp has to be a part of that.

Red Sox 11, Rockies 4: It was 7-1 after the third inning so this one wasn’t exactly suspenseful. Dustin Pedroia drove in four runs on three hits and the Sox tallied 20 safeties in all. BTW: people used to say “safeties” more often as a synonym for hits, but no one does it anymore. I don’t want it to come back because I find it annoying, but I did feel like it was worth pointing this out.

Phillies 6, Padres 2: A homer — his 20th — and four RBI for Domonic Brown. Jason Marquis loses his first game since April 22nd. But he does lead the league in walks and he walked five Phillies in four and a third.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 1: Matt Moore wins his tenth after striking out 11 in six innings. Walked six too, but worked around it. Wil Myers drove in a run. He has eight RBI in nine games since being called up.

White Sox 5, Mets 4: Chris Sale struck out 13 in eight innings and left with a lead but didn’t get the win because he didn’t want it bad enough or something. Or maybe because Addison Reed — who vultured the win —  blew the save with help from a Gordon Beckham error. Alexei Ramirez mooted it all with a walkoff single.

Braves 4, Royals 3: Jason Heyward‘s seventh inning homer broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Braves the win. Earlier he hit a two-run double. Even though, in recent years, a lot of Braves have found their way to the Royals, it was the Braves’ first ever trip to Kansas City.

Cardinals 13, Astros 5: Mike Matheny jumbled up the lineup and the Cardinals offense woke up. Correlation? Yes. Causation? I dunno. But Allen Craig went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBI and Matt Carpenter drove in three of his own after clearing the bases with a triple.

Athletics 7, Reds 3: The fact that I looked at this score and first thought “1972 World Series rematch” instead of “1990 World Series rematch” makes me wonder how my brain works. Though admittedly I have the worst memory of the 1990 World Series than any World Series of my teenage years. I was busy during the week of that Series rehearsing some play I was in in which I got to kiss the amazingly attractive girl who played the female lead and, wouldn’t you know it, I kept needing to rehearse that scene a lot because I couldn’t get it right. Or at least that was my story and I’m sticking to it. Anyway, the A’s pounded Bronson Arroyo.

Pirates 9, Mariners 4: Five homers for the Buccos. Starling Marte had two of them plus a triple. When people ask me, as the have an awful lot lately, if the Pirates are going to collapse like they did the past couple of years I’ve been saying no. Why? For the simple reason that I often write other offensive contributors’ names in the Pirates recaps besides Andrew McCutchen. It’s a team this year. Not one star and a lot of smoke and mirrors.

103 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    20 safeties? That’s 40 points!

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Never would have expected the Yankees to come back and win yesterday. HR’s and come from behind victories have been in short supply for the Yankees for about the last month maybe more. And to do it with 4 HR’s one a walk off and all well hit no doubt about them going out home runs. Very surprising.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Or that 3 of the 4 HRs were hit by Gardner, Nix, and Ichiro.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Actually Gardner’s shown a lot more power this year. He already has the same number of HR’s as he had in all of 2011. So I guess I’m not quite as surprised a you or as you may think.

  3. dondada10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Sale is electric. I would be ecstatic if Zach Wheeler could become the right handed version.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      No one much is predicting that kind of success for Wheeler – and you already have Matt Harvey. Typical greedy stoner. 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        The Return of the Harpy! dun-dun-duuuuuun

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Thumbs – a sign of evolution in nature, and devolution on the web.

  4. kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Another night another close lose by the royals. Hosmer and moose do look to be coming out of there prolonged slumps. Still need one more bat to make the offense go.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Maybe Frenchie should carry two bats to the plate.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        That guy couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat another bat wouldn’t do any good.

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Don’t know if I should be surprised or not about the Jays losing 2 in a row now. Maybe it was to be expected a little let down after the great 11 game win streak. It would be nice to see them get back on a run at least until the All Star Break since they have to play the Red Sox and Orioles their division rivals among other teams.

    • nbjays - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Uyf, it’s a condition known to infect the Jays (and especially their bats) when they visit Tampa. I think the official medical term is Trop-Induced Lethargy™.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        That’s funny, because the Sawks always seem to have tumulus-induced tumescence.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        It wouldn’t surprise me to discover that they have a penchant for necrophilia.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        The Trop is the antidote to Viagra. Tis true. When we had Viagra overdoses in the ER, a visit to the tumulus was the cure.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Wait a minute. Viagra overdoses? Isn’t that, “after 4 hours, call all your friends”?

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    After winning 11 in a row, the Jays have lost a couple. No surprise as they usually have trouble playing in Tampa Bay. Both teams had a lot of base runners, so it is surprising that relatively few runs were scored. Reyes will play today and Kawasaki has been sent down to the minors.

    • nbjays - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Man, what was with the Jays last night. Did they forget what to do with men on base? There were so many Toronto runners stranded in the first few innings I felt like I was watching bad re-runs of “Gilligan’s Island” over and over and over…

      Sad to see ‘Saki-san get sent down but ecstatic to see Reyes back in the lineup.

    • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      No way, they sent ‘saki down? I mean, I know Reyes is amazing but I really enjoy watching ‘saki’s exuberance. No way they can keep both? (Oh, my dog. I almost typed “we” instead of they.)

      One thing. It’s actually ood the Jays lost before Reyes returned. Otherwise the narrative would have been “Reyes ruined team chemistry.”

    • cur68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Aw man. Not ‘Saki. Jeez. Oh well. On the other hand, REYES IS BACK! Woo hoo!

      • Shayna - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Beautiful win today. A great shut-down pitching performance by RAD for nine innings, Edwin took the parrot for another walk, and Lindy proved that making it into the top five in the AVG-OBP-SLG standings didn’t spook his home-run swing. Hope ‘daburg appreciated the game, even though her team was on the wrong of the 3-0 score. (Still missing the Sak-ster though!)

  7. philliesblow - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of Al Kaline’s first game with the Tigers. The current players reverse-honored the 10 time gold glove winner by committing 6 errors to match his retired jersey #.

    Porcello’s outing yesterday was a great improvement over his last time out against the Angels, when he gave up 9 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Man, when Miggy went Boom! early, I was like we got this. It sailed right over the head of Hamy Chews. And, then, it just became a tragedy of errors after the 4th. WTH, kid, STEP.ON.THE.BAG. Prince’s face said it all. Good grief, you might as well give Miggy and Prince the night off and let Inge 2.0 close it out. Oh, Leyland did that. Well, why not. I was going to say something about Rod Allen’s observation about Trout’s thick neck, but that was such a bummer, I can’t even crack about the game. When I was a girl, my mother said “Don’t take candy from strangers” and “There is a correlation between errors and losing.” I’d really like my 7-year-old self to fuss at the Tigers on that one.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        I believe she just did.

      • spudchukar - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        One day my daughter came home from school, and informed me that she had been instructed not to talk to strangers. I then asked her how she was ever going to meet someone new? She has been a skeptical of school advice ever since.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        I still don’t take candy from strangers.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        One day my daughter came home from first grade with one of her baby teeth wrapped in a napkin and told me that the teacher had assigned her to find out why baby teeth fell out. I told her the tooth had been dislodged by the burrowing larva of the tooth fairy. She went back to school the next day and reported that to her teacher. My wife got a call from the teacher later that day requesting a conference. So it goes.

        As the years have gone by, my daughter got even in so many ways.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        I taught my nephew and niece to tell their teachers that their school was named for the worst president we ever had (and why). My niece asked her teacher why we would name schools after a person like that. My nephew asked his teacher why we root for cheaters (Sooners). I am building up awesome karma.

      • philliesblow - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Buchanan? Fillmore? Harding? Andrew Johnson?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Seriously? Hoover. Hello.

        (The second part is sending the army to shoot at veterans and their families in the capital.)

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        To me, it sounds like our youth is in very good hands.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I take candy from strangers.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM


      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Oh, sweetie… you know me well enough to know it’s definitely not gold I’m digging for. 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Ok, just don’t go to the house that gives out taffy.

        (Hope we get a post today where Craig ties DOMA ruling to baseball so we can have a good bench-clearing.)

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Maybe Torii has some opinion on the matter?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        We may get another “misquote.”

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        He may also surprise us. If Angel Hernandez can change, there’s hope for everyone.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        DOMA is all fresh and now, but what Wendy Davis did at the Capitol yesterday is a culmination of 40 years of so-called debate. That’s endurance.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        She’s awesome.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Any time you shut down the ten gallon hat fascists who follow the “good Christian” death warrant King Perry like that, it’s awesome. And with a bad back, too. I will definitely contribute to her re-election campaign.

        And a heartfelt congratulations to all of my LGBT friends, including two couples who will now be able to file joint tax returns and collect the same Federal benefits as the rest of us. Even Scalia, bless his sooty soul, couldn’t vote against the Prop 8 decision. But of course Clarence Thomas – whom even a prominent Black conservative like Stanley Crouch called a waste of bench space – did his damndest to overlook the real legal issues in favor of his ideological constipation. Uncle Thomas claims he carries a copy of the Constitution around in his jacket pocket. It would be better for all of us if he just carried a roll of toilet paper in his briefcase instead.

  8. whitdog23 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    you really think anyone old enough to remember Jack Morris pitching is reading the scores on an internet site?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Yes, I really do. Believe it or not, there are a lot of AARP members commenting here.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        As well as some retired Canadians.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Retired Canadiens are a boon to internet messageboards and U.S. beach towns everywhere.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        So then why the hell can’t I find a smoked meat sandwich in Hollywood?

    • thinman61 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      *raises hand*

  9. redguy12588 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Just a note on the pirates. Cutch is actually on pace to equal his WAR from last season, but he’s doing it more quietly, as his offensive production isn’t anywhere near what he had last year. The decline is mostly BABIP driven, so he could actually catch fire in the second half instead of folding. Pirates hit 4 homers last night, and all 4 were by guys that weren’t on the team at this point last year.

    This team is much deeper this year, specifically the rotation. This could be a fun second half.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Agree on all your Pirates notes, and I’m happy for Pirates fans. It’s about time.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Well stated Red. Glad to see your boys back in it. The (16) thumbs down are precisely why I generally put zero stock in the thumbs up/thumbs down. How can anyone disagree with that post? Anywho…great season thus far!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        I give you a thumbs down! he he

  10. cardslifer - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Geez, the Buco’s are lingering.

    From a Cards fan, I’d love to seem hang around for a while.
    Seems like te past couple years they have put together some good play only to let some bad calls mentally effect the team.

    Btw, the pitching is great and some have their farm system as #1 in MLB.

    I’m expecting them to be around for a while.

  11. southpaw2k - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Anyone know what John Sterling’s home run call for Ichiro is? I’m sure it’s obnoxious and annoying, and despite the likelihood that I’ll want to run my fist through a wall upon finding out what it is, my curiosity is getting the best of me here.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Sterling’s first hr call for Ichiro went like this: “Ichiro, the Yankees rising son, says sayonara.”

      And curiosity necessitates another drywall patch.

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      I think it is something like, “Joseph Gordon Levitt hits it toward the boundary and over for a six. Good show Joseph.”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Did you actually like that video?

      • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Yeah, it was freaking hilarious. I watched it twice and LMAO each time.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I couldn’t even sit through the whole thing. I respect you less now, you know.

      • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Yeah, but a little less than infinite respect is still pretty good.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I worry about your self-esteem problem, honey.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        You could at least tell me to have a nice day…or stfu. 😉

      • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        …and have a nice day. 😀

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        he he

    • philliesblow - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      It’s a homero for Ichiro?

    • spudchukar - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Tora!, Tora!, Tora!.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Baruch ata Adonai, elohenu melach olam, asher kidishanu b’mitzvo’tov…..

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Oh, sorry. I thought you had written Torah, Torah, Torah. It was just reflex….

  12. uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Gentlemen, I have no doubt that all these “thumbs downs” recently for a wide range of comments are a result of HBT’s affiliation with Yahoo and their sports sites. This is so Yahoo inspired.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      I can’t comment intelligently on the above, but the thumb harpy is definitely a yahoo.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        It may be that the thumb harpy is Craig’s evil twin.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Oh, please, OG. You aren’t fooling anyone. 😉

      • nbjays - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Wait… what? I thought Craig WAS the evil twin.

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

        I have had A Thought. It’s not only humans who are the proud owners of opposable thumbs. I think the thumb harpies are either raccoons or panda bears. Especially panda bears, given the absence of anti-Sandoval sentiments here. Yes, that must be it! Let’s all throw some bamboo at them and maybe they’ll get distracted.

        If they’re raccoons, there’s no hope. Nothing defeats raccoons. An all-raccoon team would sweep the World Series, once they figured out a good batting stance.

      • dluxxx - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I don’t know about that Shayna. My understanding is they hate bright lights, so they’d forfeit every night game.

        Also, bungee cords. They hate bungee cords…

  13. steelers88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I think this is finally the year for the Pirates not only to have a winning season but make the Playoffs! The Pirates are not a joke this year they are here to stay for this year and for a long time! The Pirates are doing this without Taillion, Polanco, Hansen, and Bell. It’s going to be a lot of fun this summer and the next few summers!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      The Buccos are starting to look like the Tampa Bay Rays circa 2008.

  14. rockthered1286 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Davis swing bat. Davis crush ball. Davis pick somebody up in bear hug fashion in the dugout. Great routine he’s got going on there.

    Great way to break out of a 4 game losing streak that consisted of a CPT sweep and a 6 inning meltdown yesterday. The pen really needed that kind of game from Tillman, who is now 6-0 in his last 7 games, and 9-2 on the year. Not too shabby for a guy who was considered a 5th man in the rotation to start the year. Once Chen gets healthy I feel much better about our rotation, as long as they keep the flippin’ pitch counts down! I think Tilly has some 50 pitches through 2 yesterday, yet somehow managed only 60 pitches to get him through the final 5 innings. Seems pretty typical of our entire pitching staff these days- get 2 strikes on ’em, then stay outside and hope they swing. Full counts aplenty here in Balmir these days…

  15. steelers88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    The scary thing about the Pirates are they are going to get better in the next few years with all the talent in the minors I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Pirates win 1 or 2 championships in the next few years.

    • spudchukar - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      While it is great to see the Pirates contending, it is a little early to be predicting championships for a team that hasn’t finished .500 yet. Yes, McCutcheon will probably have a better second half, but the offense is still suspect. Look for Martin and Alvarez to go cold at some point. RF and SS still lacks consistent offense. Their pitching is deep, and could keep them in the running, but I expect them to still struggle at times offensively.

  16. steelers88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I’m not talking about this year or not even next year. There is more talent in the minors like a Polanco, Hansen, Taillion, Glassnow, and Bell. If they don’t win a championship it would be a failure.

  17. therealtrenches - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    The only way to get the phillies to take pitches and earn walks is to start Jason Marquis.

  18. Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I don’t know who these Feesh are. Someone sprinkled goopher dust on them. Four out of five, 13-9 for June – usually the month when they collapse altogether. Unfortunately I have to go someplace now but suffice it to say that they’re on a hot streak and since they’ve soundly beaten the Giants and Snakes you can’t write it off as good luck against weak teams. Quick note: Tweeter seems to have forgotten how to catch a ball. More later.

    • nbjays - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Yeah, they are showing themselves to be very un-1962-Mutt-like lately.

    • dluxxx - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Maybe the Twins brought some with them. We do live in the Gopher State you know. But beware! We do have a lot of Beavers in Minnesota as well. Those wiley bastards have no respect for boarders and continue to swim into our great nation throgh the BWCAW.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      “Baruch ata Adonai, elohenu melach olam, asher kidishanu b’mitzvo’tov”

      I couldn’t even locate a site to translate that shit Gator.

      • dluxxx - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        I belive that is Hebrew. Mabye a slightly bastardized version of it, but would you expect anything less from the Gator?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Lol! Yeah…I am with you on both accounts.
        I recognized it as Hebrew and it still wouldn’t translate it. And…I would expect nothing less.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Praised are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot

        No idea on the spelling, but I’ve been to enough bar/bot mitzvah’s to recognize the blessing right away.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Thanks Church! I tried to translate it from Hebrew to English but it didn’t recognize it.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Given the way Babel Fish and other translation programs work, you’d probably have had better luck if I had posted it in Hebrew calligraphy and you had pasted it into the translator that way. I just give the Latin alphabet phonetics – the way most non-Orthodox Jewish kids survive their bar mitzvah lessons and interminable mandatory Shabbos services before they qualify for the savings bonds and fat envelopes.

  19. Anoesis - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I realize it’s only college ball, but a story about UCLA’s first-ever College World Series title would have been nice. Yeah, okay, they use weird aluminum bats, but the title here is Hardball Talk, not Woodbat Talk.

    Anyway, congrats to the Bruins on the university’s 109th national title in 17 sports. A very nice run by playing small-ball, with excellent pitching and defense and a timely offense.

  20. kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I’m just going to throw this one out there to. Last night at the royals game I heard a fan say we can’t expect Mr glass to put more money into payroll 90 million is the highest they can go. I told him that is a load of bull that they keep selling us yr after yr so he can line his pockets while putting an inferior product on the field. Baseball needs a cap floor call it a bad owners tax if u want to keep guys like her in kc, Houston, miami, and others from rolling out bad teams while the profit from it. Maybe it help force some of these cheapskate owners sell there teams to people more willing to be competitive while making the game itself more competitive and balanced.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Oh, who do you want them to add to the payroll? 😉

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        An outfielder or 2nd baseman that hits for power and gets rbis. I would trade for Stanton. If the fish wanna keep him either would be my next target but I would trade far less for him. I don’t think the will make a move for 2b because the have colon who they drafted #4 overall.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        I was teasing you. I figured the answer was Stanton.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        My point is though there is no reason the royals payroll shouldn’t be on par with the cardinals. The city sizes are similar 2.8 million in Stl metro 2.1 in kc metro but Stl routinely runs out 100 million dollar payroll while the royals are generally rolling out 60 million why bad ownership is my answer. Houston and Miami are even worse they have way more population and tv markets than even these 2 Midwest teams. So what there owners are doing is down right criminal.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        I don’t disagree.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      No one would love to see that more than moi – just to know, if nothing else, that Scrooge McLoria was losing so much sleep.

  21. rodge1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Go Marlins!… These prospects are stepping up and giving us hope down here for the future.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Hope for what? As long as Scrooge and the Chihuahua own the team, these terrific young players will all be fodder for the trade deadline every time they approach arbitration eligibility. I wouldn’t get emotionally attached to any of them.

  22. Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Wait- what- wait? the Phillies WALKED 7 times in that game? The Phillies? THE Phillies? You know your pitching staff had a lousy day when they give up 7 walks to the Phillies. Kudos to my team for the following the opposite of Ruben’s advice.

  23. APBA Guy - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    It’s a truism that Northern Californians are weather wimps. With only two seasons (early Spring and late Spring) balmy, humid weather like we have had the last two days can cause confusion and lethargy.

    So the multitudes who attended the game at the Mausoleum last night (breaking news: no sewage back-up) were confused when Joey Votto came to the plate in the fist inning. Who is this guy who looks like a real hitter? Why is the ball flying dangerously close to the wall?

    Fortunately, the A’s were scampering around like the (mostly) youngsters that they are and they ran down the majority of loud contact made by the Reds off Tommy “85-87” Milone. Votto did manage to put one out by the 362 sign, opposite field, in his scond AB. Very impressive.

    Arroyo was not so lucky. The right handed version of Milone on the night, he, as indicated by Dusty’s bullpen gesturing, had difficulty getting the ball down. Thus much of his outing had the look of batting practice for the A’s as the left handed hitters went oppo and the right handers pulled the ball. Once again the A’s bullpen was solid.

    In an indication of what we can expect for the rest of the season (hopefully), Glen and Ray spent much of the first part of the game talking about the Texas/Yankees series, and gleefully reported Ichiro’s walkoff, especially that he’d gotten around on a Scheppers’ 97 mph offering. The expectation is that this is a two team race in the West, despite LAA’s demolition of Rick Porcello yesterday (Josh had 3 hits yesterday, making everybody nervous). There will be much scoreboard watching for the next 90+ days. Shades of the old Yankees/Red Sox rivalries.

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