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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 28, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers 6, Phillies 4: Six straight wins for the Dodgers as Yasiel Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. Puig also smacked into the scoreboard in right field, so he’s basically Bryce Harper in multiple respects. That seventh inning rally was occasioned by the bases being loaded on a walk, a bunt which Ryan Howard muffed to allow the bunter to reach and then another walk. Then Puig did his stuff.

Cubs 7, Brewers 2: Series like Cubs-Brewers are, at this point, primarily scouting combines in anticipation of the trade deadline. And Matt Garza was the equivalent of that defensive end wearing Under Armor spandex while creepy dudes like Mel Kiper talk about their “long-bodies” and “great wingspan.” He struck out ten in seven innings while allowing one run on eight hits with a walk.

Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2: Remember that scene in “The Natural” where Roy Hobbs’ winning blast caused the light tower to explode in spark and flame? Well, that happened at Nats park yesterday except (a) the road team won; and (b) the winning hit in the ninth 11th was a bunt. Two bunts actually won it. Miguel Montero hit a ground rule double, Cody Ross bunted his pinch runner to third and Didi Gregorius “knocked” in the go-ahead run with a bunt single. Then he was transported to a wheat field where he played catch with his illegitimate son as Glen Close watched over them lovingly. Or something.

Angels 3, Tigers 1: Albert Pujols with an RBI double in the tenth that provided the winning margin. The Angels have beat the Tigers for the ninth straight time. Guys Tigers fans love to hate did well. Jeff Weaver — who got all plunky with Tigers hitters last year — allowed one run in seven innings. Mike Trout — who many Tigers fans have decided to hate because how dare someone suggest Miguel Cabrera have competition for the MVP last year?! — was 4 for 5 yesterday and 8 for 16 in the series with a homer, two doubles and five RBI.

Orioles 7, Indians 3: Down 3-2 in the fifth the O’s scored five of their own. Manny Machado was ejected arguing that a third strike was really a foul ball. That ended a streak of 1,206 innings played, which was the longest active streak in the bigs. Lonnie Chisenhall on the O’s quick strike for five:

“It happened so fast, same thing last night,” said Chisenhall. “It’s the way the AL East plays. Runs just show up on the board.”

Damndest thing, that.

Mets 3, Rockies 2: The makeup game from a snow-out back in April. Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and threw out a runner from right field in the ninth. The guy he nailed on the base paths? Michael Cuddyer, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. He still had three hits on the day, though, and extended his hitting streak to 24 games. That’s a Rockies record.

Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Derek Holland with the Maddux, shutting out the Bombers — if we can call this lineup the “Bombers” — on 92 pitches.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4: John Lester got a much-needed win — only his second in eight starts — but left the game in the eighth when he jammed his hip. A seven-run second inning for the Sox pretty much sewed this game up early, however.

Twins 3, Royals 1: Samuel Deduno allowed one run over seven innings, walking only one. Which is a big deal for him, because he’s usually walktastic.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    I would like to say the Yankees offense is sputtering but I would settle for sputtering if that were the case. Truth be told the Yankees virtually have no offense. Hughes had a great outing that the Yankees absolutely wasted. But kudos to Holland and the Rangers they both played that much better and deserved the win.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I wonder how hurt Lester is. The Red Sox seem to think that it is not serious, but they also did not think that the injury to Buchholz would require a trip to the DL. As far as the Jay’s were concerned, Wang did not pitch well and was gone after 1.67 innings. The 4 relief pitchers used by Toronto went 6.33 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 walk and striking out 8. All 4 of them have lower era’s than anyone in the Boston pen. Tonight Webster will go up against Johnson. Webster’s major league era is over 11.0.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      I have to tell you my friend if the Jays can’t tee off on Webster there is something seriously wrong. Webster has looked absolutely terrible in the few outings he’s pitched this year.

    • dwaynehosey - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      I can’t believe Craig missed an opportunty for a “Lester beats Wang” headline….don’t get all grown up on us now!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    I have a question for Craig. What is being done to stop the spammer who is posting get rich quick scheme type ads on several threads?

    • dondada10 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      They’re arranging a sit-down between him and Aaron Hernandez.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        TOO SOON!

    • uyf1950 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Apparently the “spammer” doesn’t like your question. Can you re-phase it so he/she or it finds it less objectionable?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Blocked the IP address multiple times. Person keeps coming back with different IPs. There are limits to what we can do, but we’re trying to keep up.

      • mornelithe - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Yeah, there’s not much you can do beyond that. With programs like Tor, changing your IP is as easy as clicking a button.

    • Liam - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Shut up you stupid nerd, he’s trying to make you money over the internet.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Maybe it needed an f-bomb…

  4. dondada10 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Marlon Byrd is quietly having a solid year. I would love SA to be able to get something for him at the deadline, but I’d imagine they keep him just to have a third major leaguer in the line-up after Wright and Murphy.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Might depend on whether Young Jr produces, or even if Davis returns and contributes.

  5. Jason Lukehart - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    I mentioned this yesterday, but was awfully late to the thread, so thought I’d mentioned again that yesterday was already the third Maddux of Holland’s career, tying him for 4th among active pitchers (Roy Halladay has 5, James Shields and Bartolo Colon each have 4).

    It was also the second day in a row with a Maddux (R.A. Dickey on Wednesday). Having a Maddux on back-to-back days happens about once every two years, on average. In September of 1988, there was a Maddux on four straight days. We’ll see if anyone can keep this streak going tonight!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Keep up the good work Jason. I love this stat.

    • indaburg - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      I would put money on Scherzer vs. the Rays if I were a betting woman. He kills us. Well, this year, he’s killing everybody.

  6. doublezero74 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Webster has the stuff to dominate. He may show it tonight

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      If my memory is correct, Webster has made 3 major league starts and has been dominated by the other team each time.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Webster has made 3 starts totaling only 12 innings. He has struck out 12 and walked 6, so you are correct in implying that he sometimes has good stuff. In addition to walking a batter every second inning, he has allowed 19 hits and has given up 15 earned runs over the 12 innings. He just doesn’t seem to be ready for prime time.

    • nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      He might have the stuff to dominate AA or AAA ball, but he’s shown that dominating major league hitters is just beyond his skillset right now.

  7. philliesblow - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    With Wiggles gone (at least temporarily since he’s only 90 miles South) how much longer do we have to endure Phil Coke? Love his brain, but his arm isn’t nearly as productive.

    The highlight of the game was seeing my son’s reaction to the 13th birthday greeting on the scoreboard. Wish Miggy could have gone boom for him.

    • dink53 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Overly technical warning: 90 miles south would be Bluffton or Lima. 5/3 field is about 45 miles from Comerica.

    • ptfu - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Heh, I read the 90 miles bit and immediately thought Papa Grande got picked up by the Marlins, and then assigned/demoted to their farm team 90 miles south of there. Yes, I have an over-active imagination and no, I have not had my coffee yet.

  8. detroitr1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    ” Jeff Weaver — who got all plunky with Tigers hitters last year ”, it was in 2011 against Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez but o.k.

    “Mike Trout — who many Tigers fans have decided to hate because how dare someone suggest Miguel Cabrera have competition for the MVP last year?!”

    I think I can say unequivocally that most Tigers fans really respect Trout and hate our bullpen and/or Jim Leyland. Furthermore, if you knew anything the Tigers’ fan base, you would know that most fans direct their hatred towards the likes Don Kelly, Jose Valverde or Brandon Inge.

    Please don’t push a false narrative that Tigers fans don’t like Mike Trout. Like any homers–for any team–they stick up for their favorite player. Hopefully you and the rest of the Hardball crew will stop making references to Trout or Bonds on the next Cabrera post. It’s good to know that fans of Trout/Davis/Puig don’t have to read about comparisons of WAR or Bonds when they get their deserved praise on this site.

    • indaburg - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Your defensiveness feeds Craig’s trolliness.

      • detroitr1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Honestly, I made sound that way, but it’s more a resigned sense of ‘at least get your facts straight.’

        Hey, go easy on the Tigers at the trop. Can you spot us at least 1 game?

      • indaburg - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM


        Yeah, right. I was going to ask the same of the Tigers.

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      “Jered” not “Jeff” Weaver. Lester’s first name is misspelled too, if you want to make edits.

      Yankee fans might still hate Jeff Weaver, but Tiger fans don’t.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      This is the 2nd day I cannot comment on the recap because essentially, my comment would be a string of obscenities. @%@$@#^ intentionally walking @@%@#^#^#^ bases loaded @#$$%%@^ NO OUTS @#$%@^$^% extra innings @##&#&*%*^$*@#&*%^*$#^@$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      • detroitr1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Does any of that translate to ‘Phil Coke has an ERA of 6.56 and yet Leyland still uses him?’

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        In part.

      • nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        It translates to her being right on the verge of starting up a “Bring back Wiggles” campaign.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Oh, haaaeeelll no!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Spuds is only a heartbeat away
        Cuz he agreed to Triple-A
        If historio had her way
        He’d go home with Klinger on a Section Eiiiiight (modulation)

  9. southpaw2k - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Craig, you neglected to ask the key question regarding the Rangers/Yankees game last night: “Who the hell is Zoilo Almonte?”

    • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      And how do you pronounce “Zoilo” anyway (he asks, warming up his plantain stew for breakfast).

      • dink53 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        “Zoy-lo” Namesake, apparently, of the Twins Zoilo Versailles.

    • bravojawja - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Isn’t he that college kid (or whatever) who played Little League?

      • southpaw2k - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        I had forgotten about that kid. Had to look him up – he was Danny Almonte.

      • bravojawja - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        And Giancarlo was Mike. Somebody check this Zoilo guy’s birth certificate!

  10. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    No Feesh game, no Rays game, Feather Lice game over early. Reecky not exported yet. The Iron Giant rested. And Tweeter…well, Twitter is for illiterates so I don’t know what he did (though I note he has kept pretty quiet of late – maybe the Chihuahua sat him down for a good yipping to).

    Draftgate update, Mates – Krook was offered a reduced signing bonus when a shoulder inflammation was discovered during his physical. He told the Feesh (politely, one assumes, but we’re all about gists here) to shove their reduced offer up their cloacas and decided to pitch another year for the University of Oregon instead.

    In other news: adding some beaten egg to your mashed plantains will help them hold together as patties when fried.

  11. mungman69 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    The Phillies keep mooping along. Win one, lose one. Win two then lose two. Them Dodgers are playing well. Seems like they don’t have enough starting pitching. Cliff Lee?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Too much faith in the Braves and Nats, you have.

      • bravojawja - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        That they won’t suck as much as the Phillies?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Bravo, jawja. Nicely done.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Remains to be seen. Awful lot of baseball left to be calling the races.

        As for you, Historio, be nice, it’s Friday! :-)

        / pours bucket of cold water with ice cubes over your head, leaves bucket on the head.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        /throws air punches

  12. Loren - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I’m sure Detroit fans do love to hate Jeff Weaver too, but they probably have stronger feelings about his brother Jered – a pitcher who is actually active in the major leagues.

  13. rockthered1286 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    So the yardbirds split with the tribe. I can live with that, especially knowing we HAD 3 games in hand if it weren’t for JJ’s impression of Valverde. Yanks coming into town tonight and while normally I’d be optimistic? We’re starting TJ McFarland tonight. Who is TJ McFarland you may ask? Rule 5 pick gone bullpen all year. Apparently we needed an arm to fill the slot and they opted to go TJ over Gausman, A travesty!!!

    Also can anybody tell me what exactly warranted the heave-ho for Manny last night? Part of me thinks it had something to do with Little’s first time behind the plate and ego’s and all that jazz. I can’t imagine he said something so outlandish walking away that Manny deserved it.

    • tigersfandan - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      For what it’s worth, Machado admitted that he deserved the ejection.

      • rockthered1286 - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        I think it was a political thing. They won the game so no need afterwards to gripe. Last thing a young player needs is to piss off an ump. But you look at the last 2 games, Little called Manny out on a play that was clearly safe (head first dive) and then the foul tip called strike 3. In no way do I think Little has it out for Manny but it’s understandable to be frustrated like he was. Very little was said and he heaved him quickly. It was unneccessary and appears to be more of Little puffing his chest than anything.

      • tigersfandan - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        If Little had been trying to puff his chest, he would have been more animated and confrontational. Instead, he handled the whole thing very calmly and didn’t escalate the argument with Showalter. If I hadn’t known it was Little’s first big league plate job, I probably wouldn’t have guessed it.

  14. paperlions - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I am severely disappointed that we didn’t get a “Sox spank Wang” or similar headline.

    Boooooooo x 10^26

    • nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      They beat Wang to the point that he was spent in less than two innings. He was finished a little prematurely, I guess.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Atta boy.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Oh, I see it’s feisty Friday. Alright then.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        “Wang beaten after being sloppy in second”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        paper, you are going to make me blush!

  15. sdelmonte - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Mets go 7-4 on a road trip, which would be more impressive if they weren’t so fall below .500. Still, they did much better than usual in ATL, coped with a five game series there and a one day trip to Denver, and managed to be in almost every game.

    The Mets are actually one of the better road teams in the NL this year. The big question, as it seems to be every year since Citi Field was opened, is whether they can build on their road success. Whether it’s because of the park or the empty seats, the Mets just don’t seem at home when home.

  16. raysfan1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Just out of curiosity, but too lazy to try to look it up myself, what’s the record for fewest pitches in a complete game shut out?

    • mornelithe - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Charley “Red” Barrett of the Boston Braves, threw a 58 pitch complete game shutout against the Reds in 1944.

      • natslady - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Wow. I mean, you have to throw at least 27 pitches… he didn’t waste many.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM


  17. APBA Guy - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    SF in a confused, non-foggy state with both teams off yesterday. Fascinating game tonight with El Capitan against Shelby Miller at the Mausoleum. Hope young Shelby is comfortable around large rodents.

    Many baseball fans have forgotten the transient Holliday trade from a few years ago, when the A’s gave up Car-Go and two lefty pitchers for Holliday, who pouted and stood immobile at the plate and in the field during his brief stay in the loveliness that is the Mausoleum’s left field expanse. That’s what the fans remember. The reality was he was .832 OPS over 93 games in 2009, which would be about CoCo’s production so far this year. Still, he was thrilled to leave and when he was traded to the Cards (for Brett Wallace, Shane Peterson, and Clay Mortenson) he went 1.063.

    We’ll see what kind of reception he gets. Maybe having to use the visiting locker room will be punishment enough.

  18. lessick - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    And this also happened:

    In an inning where the Orioles scored five anyway, Adam Jones slid into second on a grounder by Chris Davis. Davis was safe at first, but Jones was also safe at second, only he didn’t know it. The second base umpire ruled that the fielder who took the throw at second came off the bag and made a very clear safe call that Jones did not see.

    Jones was out when he ran back to the dugout, thinking he was out.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Are you serious?

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