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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 2, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets Getty Images

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4: Arizona took two leads in this game: a 3-0 lead they held for most of it and then, after the Mets tied it in the ninth, a 4-3 lead in the 13th. The ultimate rally was capped with Andrew Brown’s two-run single. The best part of that, though: Kirk Gibson ordered an intentional walk to John Buck before that. John Buck who SCORED THE WINNING RUN. John Buck who was 0 for 4 at that point. John Buck who is hitting .205. Any time you can put the winning run on base, you totally gotta do that, right? I think that’s in the grit handbook.

Yankees 10, Twins 4: Andy Pettitte, who has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, passed Whitey Ford, who is well known for doctoring baseballs, for the Yankees all-time strikeout record. Two homers for Robinson Cano, as the Yankees snap their five-game losing streak.

Nationals 10, Brewers 5: Bryce Harper came back from the DL and smacked a homer on the second pitch he saw. Jayson Werth had the bigger bat, though, driving in five. Jordan Zimmermann won his 12th and had three hits of his own.

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 3: A happy Canada Day it was, eh, as the Jays topped the Tigers behind R.A. Dickey‘s seven innings of two-run ball. Detroit fel behind by five runs and any hopes they had of coming back were crushed when Mark DeRosa hit a three-run bomb.

Reds 8, Giants 1: It has rained in Ohio for a week straight, so no real surprise this one was rain-shortened. Mercifully so, really. Giants pitcher Michael Kickham: not exactly the answer to San Francisco’s rotation problems. He has started three times, two of them have gone shorter than three innings and, in order, he has given up 4, 5 and 7 runs on 4, 8 and 9 hits, respectively.

Rays 12, Astros 0: The bottom third of the Rays order went 9 for 15 with six RBI. Matt Moore tossed seven two-hit shutout innings for his 11th win.

Marlins 4, Padres 0: Jose Fernandez topped Moore, tossing eight two-hit shutout innings and fanning ten. All four of the Marlins runs were unearned.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    It was a happy Canada Day. The seats were full of fans dressed in Red and Blue. The Jays wore their red uniforms and Maple Leaf caps. Dickey pitched well. Relief pitcher Steve Delabar extended his strikeout string to 7 in a row and counting. Encarnacion and Lind sat out the game due to minor injuries and the Jays still scored 8 runs.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      God, don’t you ever sleep my friend. You beat me to the 1st post again. Good win by the Jays, it looks like with his last 2 starts Dickey is coming around to what I think Jays fans expected.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Early to bed and early to rise.

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        …makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise, depending on who he’s sharing his bed with. (Apologies to Mr. Franklin)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Don’t worry. Franklin wasn’t too finicky.

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        From what I have read about Mr. Franklin, he may have preferred my version better. We probably would have gotten along well too, if he could have gotten over my inherent inferiority.

    • nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Great win by the Jays. Reyes seems to be picking right up where he left off. Dickey had his stuff working well, to the point that, when he struck out Cabrera on a nasty knuckler, Miggy gave him the nod as if to say “Good pitch”.

      Fun fact: Got a Facebook message from a former squadron-mate. He was one of the many military members carrying the humongous Canadian flag in the pre-game show. I looked but couldn’t pick him out.

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        I wished PC a Happy Canada Day yesterday, but I neglected to do the same for you. Do they sell Happy Belated Canada Day cards?

      • nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Not sure, ‘burgie, but I’ll compensate for your late Canada Day wishes by wishing you a happy 4th a couple of days early.

        BTW, nice offensive outburst by your Rays yesterday. All the better because it wasn’t against my Jays. :-)

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        I think these guys had the most eloquent response to yesterday’s Beaver game, so I’ll just let them provide the commentary:

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        I was actually bored by that game, nb. Too much offense. No challenge. I like playing a team with a chance to win. At least the Feesh, when we played them, showed some fight.

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    I had to pinch myself several times during last nights Yankees/Twins game, 10 runs 14 hits for the Yankees. That was only the fourth time this season the Yankees have scored 10 or more runs in a game. Every starting Yankee contributed even Wells with 2 hits. Well every starting Yankee except Adams, but after Adams initial hot start, yesterday’s performance is par for the course. Just telling it like I see it. But on the flip side Almonte went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s raising his BA to .342 Now if only they could keep it up.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      It’s the Twins.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        True, but those same Twins have gone 3-4 against the Red Sox, 3-3 against the Orioles and 2-0 against the Rangers this season. Beside they all count, it never pays to underestimate an opponent. Some might even make that same remark about the Jays “It’s the Jays”.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Ah, but the Yankees have at least a decade long dominance of the Twins going. They’ve owned the Twins. At least it seems that way.

        Sigh.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      I think self-pinching is supposed to make your hair fall out or something. Easy there, Yank.

      • blacksables - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        I thought self-pinching was supposed to make hair group?

      • bkoz1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Self pinching grows hair on your palms.

    • dluxxx - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Considering that 7 of those 10 runs came in the 8th and 9th, I wouldn’t be too impressed. The Twins were leading 4-3 going into the 8th, and had Burton and Dunsing imploded. Had we been able to get through the 8th unscathed (big if there) I’m pretty confident that Perkins would have closed it out.

      Also, if Morneau would have been called safe in the first inning (he was safe by a full step) this game could have been a lot uglier. Kudos to Pettite for settling down after the first, but it really could have been a different game.

      If “ifs” and “buts” were beer and nuts we’d all be drunk and happy.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Last time I checked the 8 and 9th innings were part of the game. Also considering the Twins only scored that go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th inning I’d say the come back was pretty impressive. My friend “coulda, shoulda, woulda” been uglier doesn’t count. You have almost as many “IFS” in your post as I’ve ever seen.
        Here is one of my own “IFS”. If the Yankees hadn’t gone just 4-17 with RISP it would have been a runaway by the Yankees long before the Twins hit that solo HR in the 6th inning to take the lead.

      • dluxxx - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Maybe I wasn’t really that clear. Before the 8th inning, the Yankees were doing almost nothing against the Twins. They were 0-7 with RISP, and 3 of those attempts came because of wild pitches. Two because of a stolen base, and the other two were because of doubles. All three runs up to that point were scored because Cano is a beast and hit two HRs (one scoring 2 becuase of a man on base that reached because of a throwing error).

        I was stating that if the first inning had not been shortened due to a bad call at first, things could have been even worse. Pettite was about to get yanked, and the Twins would have been hitting against your bullpen for 8 innings. I’m pretty sure things would have turned out much differently. Instead, it was the Twins bullpen that shit the bed. Thus, a deceptive final score (and box score, apparently).

      • uyf1950 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        dluxxx, please don’t take this the wrong way but do you take the time to read and understand what you post?
        1st) “…IF the first inning had not been shortened due to a bad call at first, things could have been even worse.”
        2nd) “…Pettite was about to get yanked,..”
        3rd) “Twins would have been hitting against your bullpen for 8 innings. I’m pretty sure things would have turned out much differently…”
        You don’t know any of those things for certain. Yet you come to the conclusion “Thus, a deceptive final score ..”
        The truth is both teams played 9 innings and the Yankees won not because of things that didn’t happen but because the Yankees scored more runs, got more hits, forced the Twins into mistakes and played a better game than the Twins.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    YOTDO !

    ( shirts shall be made )

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/gladiator-thumb-down/

    • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Why are you up so early? Think the thumber is out? I can’t quite tell yet.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I did sleep most of yesterday, silly.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        You have lots to make up for then.

  4. historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Happy Day of Deliverance! Canada, this means you ought to return the favor in honor of this day of civic import for us. You roughed up our kid yesterday, but today you get the Dog. A little forewarning: he sometimes has a little HBP problem. It’s nothing serious, but heads up. It’s not intentional, so you don’t need to get all Angry Beavz on us — just in case. Let the “shews, games, sports” begin! (But, we can skip the guns and bells.) Jobuuuuu Bless Americaaaaaa….

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Deliverance? I hear banjos in the background!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Foggy Mountain Breakdown!

      • nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Paddle faster…

    • nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      It’s ok, historio. We’re Canadian, meaning we won’t charge the mound because of a little HBP –unless it’s a HBPiD, then we will drop the gloves and go all Tie Domi on your pitcher.

      Nay, if you hit us, we will apologize profusely, meekly trot down to first, then during the next at-bat, we will deposit a pitch in the bullpen. Don’t get mad… apologize, then get even. That’s how we roll.

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Hey, the Rays didn’t charge the mound either. But, do me a favor and pitch Miggy high and inside. He loves it. It’s the only spot he can’t hit. I want your boys to crush the Tigers.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Ha, someone five and a half games out of first thinks she’s funny.

      • nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Just to be clear, her “5.5 games out of first” team has a .530 winning %, your “half a game out of first” team has a .531 winning %.

        Weaker division bias strikes again…

        Thought I’d point that out.

        BTW, happy 4th, historio. Round two tonight. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        I won’t bother to comment. Happy 2nd.

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        That’s why I want the Jays to win. To establish AL Beast superiority.

        Ah, don’t pout, ‘philiac. It’s all good fun. Don’t make me tickle you.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      I realize that tomorrow is “Pray for Arod Day, but what is the “Day of Deliverance?”

      Fister against Wang today! Are you pumped up? Double your pleasure.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Double your fun!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        On this date in 1776, the Continental Congress voted to separate from Great Britain. John Adams called it our Day of Deliverance and wrote to his wife that it should be celebrated throughout the land forevermore. Give me liberty, or give me death!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Adams subsequently died. May he rest in peace.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        I’d kinda be okay if he tossed and turned a little.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        He most likely is rolling about a bit down there.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Couldn’t happen to a better Federalist. (Hamilton, of course, being a separate category of evil.)

      • abaird2012 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Didn’t know Josh was a federalist. Does this somehow explain his lackluster performance thus far this season?

  5. 161andriver - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    The Yankees offense showed some actual signs of life for the first time in weeks. However, one must give credit where credit is due. The Twins defense really assisted the Bombers in some vital times during the game.

    Robinson Cano is in the midst of a torrid streak, hopefully he can keep it up and some reinforcements can come in (by way of trade or new found health).

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Did not know till last night how dire the pitching situation for the D-Backs is. I have no idea how they are in the first place.

    Well, no, I do. That division is pretty bad. It’s a pity that the winner of the West will likely have a worse record then the wild card teams. And it’s hard not to say the NL is pretty poor overall this year. The recent improvements of the Marlins are as much a testament to this as to anything else.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    El Joven’s curveball was really brown nosing spacetime last night – 8 innings, two hits, one walk, ten strikeouts. And the great Jeff Mathis (he’s not dead yet so I can’t call him ‘immortal’) supplied the firepower yet again with a bases clearing triple. He was immediately tested after the game and traces of monoxidil were found in his hair follicles. Aha! So that’s why he wears that stupid hat!

    The Pad people left wondering what had hit them.

    And Craig….who’s Moore???? Is that Moore like, um, “Johnny wants Moore” from Key Largo? Or is that like “please sir, I want some moore” from Oliver? El Joven beat Jason Marquis last night, bubbeleh.

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      PS – Marcell Ozuna is now batting .450 with RISP and is tied for the league lead in assists. Tweeter roars and shakes his fires in the burdened air. Hungry clouds swag on the deep.

  8. chill1184 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Gibson and Collins were basically trying to outstupid the other in the extras and last nights game made me hate the bunt even more

  9. Francisco (FC) - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Andy Pettitte, who has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, passed Whitey Ford, who is well known for doctoring baseballs, for the Yankees all-time strikeout record

    My snark detector is ringing.

    • indaburg - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I imagine your snark detector looking something like HAL 9000: “FC, there is snark. Do you want me to eliminate the snarker?” FC: “No, that won’t be necessary. He is frequently the subject of my short stories. I need him.”

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        I don’t remember seeing a story lately…have I been on the wrong threads? (I skip a lot, contrary to popular opinion.)

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:44 AM

        His last one was on 6/19, so not too long ago. (He posts them on his blog after he posts them here–that’s how I know the date. I just checked his blog.)

  10. rodge1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    These young Marlins’ players are impressive. World Series in 2015 and then Loria firesale in 2016… Go Marlins!

  11. natslady - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Gallardo might have done some damage to his trade value with last night’s line. Ya think?

    3 IP 9 hits 8 earned runs, 2 Walks, 1 K. And that on a night when the bullpen needed a rest after a rain-delayed extra inning game on Sunday. So Badenhop and our old pal Tom Gorzelanny shut down the Nats for 4 innings, Then the rookie, Hellwig, who was supposed to start on Wednesday but went to the bullpen to help out, didn’t. He gave up another pair of runs.

    Expecting rain today and rain tonight. Might be a double header tomorrow, which would not be fun with an 11 a.m. start on Thursday.

  12. natslady - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    BTW, Craig, just so you know and don’t care–if it says Biogenesis in the post headline, I don’t click. Tried to have fun with Bryce Harper pix but that didn’t seem to work, so now I’m just on a boycott.

  13. jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Who would have predicted those LA Dodgers surpassing the world champion SF Giants? Dodgers are just about to catch up and leave the cellar and get within 3 games of the division lead. The Western Division of the National League is a joke, except that last season, one of its members won the World Series. Looks like the Dodgers might make a run at a division title.

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