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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

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Marlins 6, Padres 2: An improbable walkoff grand slam from Jeff Mathis caps an improbable winning month from the Miami Marlins. 15-10 in June for the worst team in baseball. Not bad. Oh, and Mathis’ homer was the 3,000th in team history.

Pirates 2, Brewers 1: A 14th inning walkoff win for the hottest and — at least by record — best team in baseball. Nine in a row for the pirates who, at the season’s halfway point, are 51-30. Six Pirates relievers combined for 11 scoreless innings, including five from Vin Mazzaro. The Pirates bullpen calls itself “the Shark Tank,” by the way. Which in addition to violating the rules of nicknames — thou shalt not five thyself a nickname — is going to be really insufferable if and when Tim McCarver is talking about it in October. He’s gonna draw out his pronunciation of “Shaaark Tank,” an then hit the meaning of that moniker — dropping teeth and fin and “Jaws” and “smells blood in the water” references — like a boot stamping on a human face forever.

Indians 4, White Sox 0: Justin Masterson? More like Justin Masterful, amirite? Eh, sorry. (CG SHO 1 BB, 8K). The Indians sweep the Chisox and are now tied for first place in the AL Central because …

Rays 3, Tigers 1: … Jeremy Hellickson shuts down the Tigers for his fifth win in the month of June. Rick Porcello hit Ben Zobrist early, likely in retaliation for the inside pitch from Fernando Rodney to Miguel Cabrera the day before which the Tigers seemed unreasonably bent-out-of-shape about. After that, though, no fisticuffsmanship or anything like that.

Nationals 13, Mets 2: The Nationals were less than impressed with Zack Wheeler. Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki each drove in three while Gio Gonzalez tossed seven shutout innings.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: Josh Thole playing first base in the ninth inning of a tie game is what can be referred to as a sub-optimal situation. He muffed Shane Victorino‘s grounder which allowed the winning run to score. They took three of four from Toronto, whose momentum from that winning streak which ended last week seems to have evaporated.

Braves 6, Diamondbacks 2: Atlanta sweeps Arizona, completing the season series between them and taking five of six from the GrittyBacks. Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann each homered.

Royals 9, Twins 8: David Lough homered and hit three doubles. The Royals have a losing record on the season, but are .500 after DFAing Jeff Francoeur. Coincidence?

Dodgers 6, Phillies 1: Yasiel Puig‘s Ridiculousness Tour continues. He went 4 for 5, scored twice and is now hitting .436/.467/.713 in 101 at bats. Seven shutout innings for Stephen Fife. The Dodgers may be in last place but they’re only four back in an otherwise weak division following a 15-13 month of June.

Angels 3, Astros 1: The other presumably dead L.A. team is showing itself to only have been mostly dead as well. The Angels win their sixth straight behind a strong outing from C.J. Wilson. Josh Hamilton doubled in a run and scored on an error on the same play. Kind of like a little league home run, that, as he reached third on the throw home and then scored on a throwing error. The Angels are still nine back because their division is tougher than the Dodgers, but you can’t count them out yet.

Rangers 3, Reds 2: Yu Darvish struck out eight in six and two-thirds scoreless innings. The rare two-run squeeze bunt for the Rangers in this one.

Giants 5, Rockies 2: Michael Cuddyer extends his hitting streak to 27 games, but it wasn’t enough as Madison Bumgarner allowed just one run in seven innings. Homers from Buster Posey and Hunter Pence.

Athletics 7, Cardinals 5: Josh Donaldson homered and reached base four times. The A’s third baseman is hitting .316/.384/.525 on the year with 13 homers and 53 RBI and bet most fans couldn’t pick him out of a lineup.

Cubs 7, Mariners 6: The Cubs went up 7-1 by the fourth inning and then held on. After the game starting pitcher Edwin Jackson said “An ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day.” Given his style of pitching over the years he’d definitely be the expert there. Jeremy Bonderman‘s little renaissance was interrupted with a six-run, three and a third inning outing.

Orioles 4, Yankees 2: Chris Davis homered — his 3rd of the series and 31st on the year — and Manny Machado added a dinger of his own as the O’s sweep the reeling Yankees. It was Baltimore’s first sweep of the Yankees in a three-game series in eight years.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    From this Yankee fans perspective the ONLY good thing about yesterday’s game was that Davis only hit one home run. Unfortunately so did 2 other Orioles players. This is starting to get old, scoring 2 or less runs and losing. Cashman better do somethig quick otherwise it’s going to be a long 2nd half of the season.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      He just did two things – he told A-Rod to stfu and signed the immortal Ian Stewart. All of your problems are now solved.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        Doom.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        No no no – like this:

        DOOOMMMM!!!!!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Be nice to your elders, now.

      • paperlions - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        I think “Doom.” is closer here. It isn’t shocking or exciting that the Yankees are fading. Considering the age and talent on the roster, they look like about a .500 team…only unexpected early performances from Wells, Hafner, and Overbay created the mirage of a competitive team. Thus, “Doom. *yawn*” feels more accurate that anything in all caps.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Neener, neener. paper agrees with me.

  2. kcrobert10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    It was nice to see the boys in blue win a slugfest but we needed 3 wins in Minnesota and the offense didn’t show up the other 2 nights. I still advocate making a trade for a rf who is an rbi guy.

    • Reflex - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      WTF is an ‘RBI Guy’? You mean a guy who hits?

      Better suggestion: How about a lineup that puts guys on base so that when Puig/Kemp/Ethier/etc get a hit, there is someone to drive them in?

      No such animal as an ‘RBI Guy’. Just professional hitters who get on base.

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        WTF do Puig, Kemp and Ethier have to do with it? He’s talking about the Royals. And yeah, there’s a statistic called RISP that shows that some guys hit better with men on base than others.

      • Reflex - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        1) Hey, so he was, it still does not change my point however.
        2) The statistic you mention is not predictive, however. As a result its simply a record of what happened, not an indicator of a magic ability to hit better with runners on base. Its about as useful as Wins for pitchers.

  3. indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    I’m downright giddy about yesterday’s win vs. the Tigers. That’s the only hitting I like to see, bat on ball violence. Hellboy looked great again, shutting down those fearsome felines. And even Craig agrees that Les Tigres seem unreasonably bent out of shape about some brush back pitches and Craig is NEVER wrong. Like ever.

    What’s up with those Feesh? Nothing worse than overachieving underachievers.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Poor historio is now getting Tag-Team-Trolled.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        I love double-dates. ;)

      • indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        I won’t be too mean. I like her.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Rays responded in the perfect way to the retaliation stupidity. Just win the game. Good one for Hellboy.

      BTW, Indie, your outfield is doing nothing for my Fantasy team. I would appreciate you talking to them.

      • indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        I shall flog them accordingly.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        That’ll improve morale.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Boooo!!!!

        /throws inside…but NOT high…like some people…

    • Rockie D. Bull - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Yesterday was the 5th June win for Hellboy, McGee really helped him out when he came in with no outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 7th, coupled with some good defense, he was able to shut down a big Tiger threat. Hopefully Hellboy is back to his old self and will stay that way for the rest of the season. The carry over from Cabrera’s whining on Saturday night may have escalated into something more if Porcello and the Tigers had decided to drill anyone else other than Zobrist. After becoming only the second player ever to hit one into the Rays tank in the 4th, I was very surprised that Farnsworth(less) did not drill Cabrera in the top of the 8th. The momentum from winning this series against all those big Tiger bats will hopefully generate more wins this week against Carlos Pena and company in Houston.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        The announcers were suggesting that Farnsworth might like the confrontation. I’m glad he stuck to business. It’s about winning the game.

        And I would say “Jason Castro and company in Houston.” To my pleasant surprise, he is emerging as a team leader. I had thought they used their first pick on a journeyman until this year. But Castro is finally showing up with the talent Ed Wade saw.

    • grumpyoleman - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I say we hurl some 100 mph at the heads of indaburg and Craig and watch these whimps piss themselves then they will know what the big deal is.

      • indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Oh, that’s lovely, grumpy. Hugs and kisses to you too. :-)

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Might work grumpy, if they were making a living hitting baseballs. Miggy doesn’t get to choose the pitches thrown to him. And if you watched it, there was no particular intent. I’m not convinced Rodney knew 100% where it was going.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Except, of course, that Rodney said he was intentionally throwing there.

      • indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Except Rodney said he wasn’t intentionally trying to hit him. He just wanted to go inside, and the pitches got away from him. Tigers are touchy. Don’t catch a Tiger by the toe. Best let him go. Dang.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        You don’t throw high at heads. Hello. I don’t have a problem in the world with him throwing inside, as long as it’s not that high. That’s how beaners — accidental or not — happen. He threw inside on purpose, and he ought not to have thrown it that high then. If he can’t control it, he ESPECIALLY shouldn’t throw high and inside. Go back and look at my posts. I did not complain when Miggy has been hit before. The difference this time was that it was by his head. If that makes me sensitive, so be it. I don’t want anyone to get hit there.

  4. chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Funny you should mention picking Josh Donaldson out of a lineup. I did that back in 2008 when he car jacked me. He had a crossbow instead of a gun but he seemed too crazy to argue with at the time. Wait, am I confusing him with Wez from the Road Warrior? Someone should tell the Pirates bullpen that sharks can’t throw baseballs. In fact, very few members outside of non-human primates can do any sort of tossing at all. How about we call them the orangutan enclosure instead?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      It seems like there should be a plethora of, I don’t know, Pirate-related things they could call it. The “Gangway.” The “Poop.” “Cargo hold.” “Steerage.”

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        How about that monstrous little brat in the Capital One commercials? Was it really too much to hope that he would brain Jimmy Fallon with his goop bowl before they could produce a remake of that awful Beanbag movie? I could accommodate myself to an orangutan, but children are horrible.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Except that little Cheerios girl, cuz she’s from the Frying Pan.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      I always enjoy your posts because they have the power to trigger acid flashbacks.

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        With just a little training under a qualified Yoga master, you will be able to bring them on yourself without dependency on external stimuli.

  5. historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I have no idea why we can’t score after the 5th…

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      If it’s any consolation, I could never score after a fifth (usually Wild Turkey) either.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Your team is about to face the Full Monty. The last few games, the bounces have been going against the Jays. They return home today to a sellout crowd. Be very afraid Tigers fans.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Ahh, it’s your #1 stiff. Well, you don’t get Porkcello today, boys. Bring it, birds!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Dickey prevailed over the pussies. What do you prefer tomorrow? Wang or Fister?

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I’ve got an entire city full of French Canadians forty minutes north of me and I still can’t find a Buddhadamned smoked meat sandwich. And no, I don’t want a pastrami on bagel.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        They are all lapsed RC’s. What do they know about smoked meat?

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Is tanning a venial sin or a sacrament these days?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Only the Shadow knows.

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        (Clicks heels and bows elegantly). En guarde, Rainsford….

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        touche

  6. southpaw2k - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    When exactly will pitchers learn it’s much safer to simply walk Chris Davis every time he comes up to bat versus pitching to him? Do they just want to learn the hard way every night?

    Then again, as an Orioles fan I’m perfectly happy with having opposing pitchers learn the hard way.

  7. rodge1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Marlins’ prospects looking good. Go Fish!

    • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      There was nothing “improbable” about Feesh’s winning month. At the time of the sudden expansion of the primordial singularity, billions of winning months were formed (at a temperature of millions of degrees). It is no more improbably that one of them would encounter the Feesh than that a micrometeorite travelling at just slightly under the speed of light would drill a hole straight through your head and you would never feel it, but continue to go about your business as a drone at Wal-Mart as if nothing had ever happened. It’s our universe, folks. Deal with it.

      Our odd Hemingway hound Fido continues to sulk over missing this year’s Bark at the Park. I tried to cheer him up with a couple of pink mouse treaties and songbirds, his favorite, but he wasn’t having any of it so we let the bird fly back out through the window and Friendo got the mice. I don’t know how long Fido plans to stay up in his corner by the ceiling but there’s one more game with the Pad people today so maybe he’ll come back down and snuggle up with me on the couch the way he usually does.

      • Shayna - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        But what news from the chronoclastic infundibulum? Have the 2013 Marlins left the Mutts in their time-travelling dust? Is there any hope of the Marlins achieving unique badness? (Although speaking of unique badness is a little awkward for a Jays fan right now…)

      • Shayna - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        PS Happy Canada Day! Let’s hope the red maple leaf hats do for the rest of the team what high socks and Dickey’s pants did for Bautista. (Write your own joke here.)

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Yes, happy Dominion Day (and Proudly’s right; there was no reason to change it).

        Yeah, at this point, much as I enjoyed my visits to 1962, getting to see Marvelous Marv and Koufax and Drysdale and Mays and Aaron and Ferguson Jenkins and Ernie banks play again, the Feesh are so far behind the legendary Mutts at this point that it would take a long losing streak for the Rainbow Warriors to catch up.

        Meanwhile, the chronosynclastic infundibulum is in its service bay in the garage, having its time geiger reset and its space-curvature rheostats cleaned and recoated with Teflon™. Kazak is in the living room trying to coax our odd Hemingway hound Fido down from the ceiling with a bird he killed. I wish him luck.

  8. stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Mostly dead Angels, indeed. The Astros’ starting pitching has been rather good for the last month, keeping them afloat. And a few players (Castro, Altuve, Dominguez) are showing real signs of competence.

    But every time I saw a highlight on TV this weekend (damn you, Crane and your cable deal) some hapless fielder was chasing down a ball that had gotten by him or a throw was sailing into the seats. Don’t they work out things like judging fly balls and throwing to bases in the Minor Leagues? Base running, hitting the cut off guy, throwing to the right guy, don’t they teach those somewhere?

    I know, I know, I’m branded as an Astros hater. But c’mon guys, this is MLB.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Okay, I’ll say something good. Porter apologized personally to Scosia for someone shouting “Mine” from the Astros dugout when the Angels were chasing a foul pop up. He said the malefactor had been talked to.

      Classy move, Bo. Thanks for the tip to sportsmanship.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Ignore the spelling of “Scioscia”

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Ignore Scioscia.

  9. geoknows - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    The Royals are 1.000 after DFAing Francoeur. They have only played one game since. The DFA came after their Saturday game.

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Interesting comment about Donaldson. Lately Ray and Glenn have taken to the annoying catchphrase “And that’s why he’s an all-star” when Donaldson does something good. Donaldson’s problem, of course, is that the line at 3rd in the AL starts with Miggy. Then there’s Longoria. And would the fans rather see Machado or Donaldson? And though Beltre is starting to show some age, with an .822 OPS, he’s built a name over 10 years. So while Donaldson is having an ASG worthy season, and there are, as Craig points out, about 50 ASG spots available, Donaldson’s inclusion is by no means certain.

    But he did play well yesterday. In what should have been a day for the pitchers, both Milone and Westbrook showed why no one will count them as All-Stars as they lost balls up and over the plate with alarming frequency, turning the day into a slug-fest that the A’s won, barely.

    Still, the A’s took of 4/5 from the Reds and Cards at home and there were no reported sewage emergencies, which means the leopards trained to hunt as a pack at night in the Mausoleum have been holding down the population of giant rodents. Off day today, tomorrow the Cubs arrive for a near 100 degree weather event combined with a transit strike, which should produce lethargy at a level unusual even for an A’s crowd.

  11. aceshigh11 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    The Red Sox just sent the Jays through the floor and back into the basement of the AL East.

    So much for that hot streak.

    I honestly don’t know how the Sox keep winning, but I’ll take it…they’re certainly scrappy this year. It’s a welcome change from the bloated, lazy egos of the past few years.

    • nbjays - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      You mean that basement that the Yankees are only a game and a half above? Jays trounced Miggy and the Tiggers today and the Yanks are riding a 5-game losing streak.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      lol Is there anything more annoying than a team 8 games back gloating?

  12. misterj167 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Actually the Braves are 4-2 against the grit boys.

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