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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 3, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

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Reds 3, Giants 0: Homer Bailey does it again. You can read about all of the important details of his no-hitter here and here. Less mentioned in the aftermath? (a) Homer dropped an F-bomb in a postgame interview when talking about the walk he gave up to blow the perfect game; and (b) the Giants loss put them in last place.

Tigers 7, Blue Jays 6: Wang vs. Fister! I watched the first few ugly innings of this one. And I swear, as God is my witness, Tigers announcer Rod Allen said in the first inning that “the Tigers have never beaten Wang.” And then the Tigers proceeded to beat Wang, after which the Blue Jays let go of Wang.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 0Clayton Kershaw (CG SHO, 4 H, 8K, 0 BB)can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Same goes for Yasiel Puig (3 for 5 with a homer).

Brewers 4, Nationals 0: Stephen Strasburg was great, pitching seven shutout innings. Drew Storen: not so great. He game in to the game in the eighth, gave up four runs and that was that. Guess Strasburg just doesn’t know how to win.

Phillies 3, Pirates 1: All good things must come to an end, and that includes the Pirates nine-game winning streak. Dom Brown, Ryan Howard and Delmon Young each drove in a run while Jonathan Pettibone and 1-2-3-4-5-6 relievers shut Pittsburgh down. Based on all of those pitching changes I’d say Charlie Manuel REALLY wanted to nail this one down.

Red Sox 4, Padres 1: John Lackey is definitely a BSOHL success story. Another fine outing for him as he tosses eight one-run innings against the struggling Padres.

Mariners 9, Rangers 2: Two homers for Kendrys Morales as the Mariners roll.

Braves 11, Marlins 3: Tight for a while and then the wheels fell off the Fish Express. Sixteen hits for Atlanta, none of which were home runs. Which is kinda freaky for this team.

White Sox 5, Orioles 2: The Chisox snap their five-game skid. John Danks gave up two runs in seven innings.

Mets 9, Diamondbacks 1: Patrick Corbin loses his first game of the season. And he earned that loss, surrendering five runs in six innings. That’s five straight in the trash for Arizona.

Yankees 7, Twins 3: Robinson Cano homers in his third straight game. Phil Hughes gave up one run on six hits in seven innings. Rotation savior, or increasingly valuable trade bait?

Rays 8, Astros 0: David Price returns, strikes out 10 and Houston gets shut out for the second straight night. With that minor league rehab assignment over, I suppose Price will now face a big league lineup.

Angels 5, Cardinals 1: Albert Pujols faces the Cardinals for the first time ever. He was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, but Jered Weaver had his back, giving up one run over seven.

Athletics 8, Cubs 7: The new-look Cubs had leads of 5-3 and 7-5 but blew them both. The latter when Derek Norris of all people launched a three-run homer in the eighth.

Indians 6, Royals 5: Five in a row for the red hot Tribe. Impressive fact: they’ve taken nine of 11 on the road.

  1. cmcgly - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    “Eight one run innings” sounds like he gave up 8 runs

    • quintjs - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      I think that is just force of habit in regards to Lackey.

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    You have to go all the way back to April 8 & 9 against the Indians to see the last and honestly the only time this season the Yankees scored at least 17 runs in 2 consecutive games against the same team. Now if the Yankees can only keep it up, tonight CC’s on the mound against those same Twins.

    • dluxxx - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I don’t forsee any problems with that. The Twins are certainly sucking it up right now, and the Yankee curse is still in effect. Damn Yankees…

  3. indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Slept in today? S’ok. You’re entitled.

    Great night for baseball especially for pitching aficionados.

    Kershaw is a machine. He feels nothing. I love him.

    The Jays let go of their Wang? A tear is shed.

    Homer Bailey, appropriate usage of the eff bomb.

    Price pitched well against that AAAA team in Houston.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Do not shed a tear for the Jays and the cutting of the Wang. I would not be surprised if Bush is called up on Sunday to start against the Twins.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        A late morning for you? I guess you didn’t get to bed early like you did the previous night when you posted 1st yesterday. Well it doesn’t matter someone beat me to the first post. Take care.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        I was awake by 5:30. Craig was late posting. I finished my newspaper and breakfast before returning to HBT. Wang was terrific in his first 3 starts for the Jays, but the pixie dust has worn off. Kind of reminds me of Vernon.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        Tears will always be shed for the cutting of Wang, although that traditionally occurs eight days after a boy is born.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        For some, it happens later in life.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        My Uncle Mohel phone just started humming.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        You’re calling up Bush? :-) :-) :-)

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        So far, the Jay’s have not named a starter for Sunday’s game. David Bush seems to be the best option among Triple A starters.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Wang was terrific in his first 3 starts for the Jays, but the pixie dust has worn off.

        Well you know what they say, if the Wang is still performing after 4 starts call your doctor.

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Wang comes up short again, getting absolutely pounded for the second straight start. 13 runs and 18 hits in 3-1/3 innings. Damn! I don’t even think Viagra could help his performance.

      Meanwhile, the Jays bullpen strikes out 12, but the damage had been done. Hard to mount an effective comeback with most of your hot bats on the bench.

      Hopefully, Miggy’s back will allow him to play tonight. He looked awfully sore when they pulled him out of the game yesterday.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      I was late in posting because I had to first write down a dream I had before I forgot it. No lie:

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        It sounds like you’ve been reading Jon Ronson and had a face-to-face with the Annunaki.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Indianapolis? That was a night terror, not a dream.

        Very cool dream. Thanks for sharing. I could visualize it. Porn star, huh.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        How To Serve Man… It’s a cookbook, Craig. And it will make you fearful of all black and white television for about a decade.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Somehow it sounds like burgie is describing a very very different (and seemingly much better) dream.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        I’m disappointed that not a single tabloid depicted you in a bathrobe and bubble pipe as the Lord of Baseball.

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Dreams are like little movies that play in our heads, for an audience of one. Every so often the retelling of a dream can be interesting to others. This was not one of those times.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      I am now forced to give you the silent treatment for that Indianapolis crack.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Mmmmm, Indianapolis crack.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM


        I kid, I kid. You know me and my east coast bias.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        ‘Philiac is right. That is the best crack.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Wang was given a 4 run lead and promptly responded by giving up 6 runs in the next half inning. In his previous start, he gave up 7 runs in the second inning. Less than 2 innings in both games. His abuse of the Toronto bullpen could not be allowed to continue so Wang was cut.

    • philliesblow - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Did the Jays bring in Lorena Bobbitt to cut Wang?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        Lorena’s services were not required.

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Nope, just a local rabbi.

  5. philliesblow - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Nice to see Miggy go boom even with a stiff back. Hopefully that clears up quickly.

    Dickey & Johnson without Wang just isn’t as fun. Here’s a send off for Chien-Ming:

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Dickey will pitch on Saturday. I would not be surprised if Bush is called up to start on Sunday.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        I don’t like that move – a Wang in the hand is worth two in the Bush.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    It would be more accurate to say that the fins came off the Feesh Express. This happened in the seexth eening, mainly, when Dan Jennings and Ryan Webb combined to load and clean the bases, turning a 3-3 tie into a 7-3 route. However, the Feesh had been playing sloppily from the git-go, subverting starter Tom Koehler with a couple of errors and lackadaisical miscues and orphaning six runners in scoring position before he left for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth. It’s sorta indicative of how well he had been pitching that the game was kept as close as it was. Koehler was gone before the implosion and Jennings got tagged and released with the loss, but having been tagged, we’ll be able to follow him by satellite and observe his mating habits.

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Geez Louise! In the 1st, one of my baseball buddies had to talk me down for the second day in a row. (He’s actually returning the favor since I had to do quite a bit of encouraging last year re: his O’s.) As I predicted, Fister had an accidental HBP again, but I don’t think our Kind Canadian Foes cared since they were scoring well. Thankfully, we recovered and Miggy went Boom! Poor Wang was yanked in the 2nd. I like to win; I hate to see it come from a KCF’s bad outing. Let’s call it sympathy Doom for his old team. We remained neck-and-neck with the KCF until the 8th when we got the winning run. We scored after the 5th! I’d talk about Torii Hunter’s speed moves and that RBI but then Burgie would give me crap about not letting go. The bad news is that Miggy had to come out of the game because of a sore back (and he has a sore hip too — but not A-Rod level or anything). Eeeeee! He says he’s okay. I hope so. We’ll see if Leyland gives him a rest anyway. It was nice to see that Colby Rasmus got a haircut. It’s unfortunate that he glued the shorn split ends to his chin. There was a dream sequence towards the end of the game where John Gibbons got tossed or maybe he went to get the car. And, for once, Rod Allen was upstaged in comments. The MLB wrap of the game actually says “Wang’s future is in his own hands,” and one of the headlines from my news search said “Wang Is Pounded.” Looking for today’s Requiem for Wang from all the HBT dudes.

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      Miggy’s back is not helped by 7 straight games on turf. Hopefully he can play tonight.

      Gibby had a point… how the hell does a home plate umpire call a foul ball on a pitch in the dirt that misses the bat by six inches or more? Then he refuses to ask for backup from his crew. Brian Runge is not the only ump on drugs.

      • flamethrower101 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        No, that honor belongs to Bud Selig, who is completely ignorant to the issue of incompetent umpires for some reason. Then again, he is 80…

    • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Accidental? Yes. Yes, it was. 😉

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Yeah…that was funny. In all seriousness…I do recommend you take in a visit if you get the chance. Lots of stuff to do. Everything within walking distance. Some of the most polite and helpful people you will ever meet. Their Volunteer community is 2nd to none. It is precisely why Indy continually gets awarded the amateur sporting events (in addition to everything being within walking distance). I googled “Amateur Sports Capital of the World” and this is the 1st link listed. Generic link but you get the gist.

  8. alexo0 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Just trying to think of a few possible headlines:

    Jays let go of Wang
    Wang cut
    Wang no longer needed in Toronto
    Fans say goodbye to their Wang
    Toronto’s Wang not getting the job done
    Jays choose not to pay for Wang
    One last chance for Wang
    Will someone else try Wang?
    Does anyone want Wang?
    Wang does it the hard way

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Jays pitch a Wang Dang Doodle

  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    “1-2-3-4-5-6 relievers shut Pittsburgh down. Based on all of those pitching changes I’d say Charlie Manuel REALLY wanted to nail this one down”

    I suppose – but that makes it sounds little more depsrate then it in fact was. 2 outs in the 6th, and Pettibone (who is a Triple A pitcher) had thrown 102 pitches and just gave up a Home Run in a 3-1 game. I think that is a no brainer to take him out and let Diekman finish the inning. Aumont then pitched the 7th, and Papelbohn the 9th – again, nothing odd there. So the only unusual thing was 3 pitchers in the 8th. Charlie went situational rather than let Bastardo have the whole inning

  10. pizzadawg - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    One of these days, Kershaw is going to come out of a game, walk up to the opposing team’s dugout and calmly rip the skin off his forearm, revealing nothing but a metal skeleton.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Come with me if you want to live.

      • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Come up here if you want to eat. That’s right, I won’t bite you. Now, look at this steaming heap of hot buttered groat clusters! My, my….

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Did you make it to Frenchies?

      • stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        My God, they’re still warm!

      • 4d3fect - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Dig deep, darlings!

      • 4d3fect - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        (Pull the curtains, Fred.)

  11. blueballz77 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Bush is definitely better then Wang!

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Says the guy named Blueballz…


  12. sdelmonte - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    You have a detail of the D-Backs game wrong, Mr. C. Corbin allowed one run in six innings. Most of the damage came in the seventh, when Corbin left the game with the bases loaded, no outs, one run in, and the rains falling. The other runs charged to him scored after the rain delay. Not a big difference, but evidence that the box score doesn’t tell the full story.

    Kudos to the surging Jeremy Hefner, who has turned his season around, and to Josh Satin, making the most of what is likely to be a placeholder assignment until the Mets recall Davis.

  13. nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    In other news, it appears the thumb harpy is back this morning.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      But passed out early, it looks like.

  14. chill1184 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Excellent performance by Hefner last night against the D-Backs, been on a tear as of late. Not bad for a waiver claim

  15. pwshrugged - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Ugly, ugly game between the Jays/Tigers. Rod and Mario were in fine form all night, though; Rod even made some sort of weird “zoooooop!” sound effect on the replay of a pitch by Al-Al or Smyly later in the game. Got to hand it to that guy, his style of commentary has helped make my wife a Tigers fan. Credit to Fister for settling down after a disastrous start, though.

  16. misterj167 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    In order to motivate his team and get them out of their funk, Kirk Gibson repeatedly slammed his head into a cement wall. Fortunately he survived unscathed, as no vital organs were ever in danger.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Maybe not, but now who’s going to clean all that shoe polish off the wall?

      • misterj167 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        I don’t know who will, but you can be sure they’ll use grit

  17. junglerat524 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Homer is gonna get PAID!

  18. APBA Guy - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Before we start designating July 2 as Derek Norris Day throughout the land, let us acknowledge that this game should never have required heroics. The Cubs emergency starter, Chris Rusin (replacing the just traded local-boy, College of San Mateo alum Scott Feldman) throwing a steaming 88, stick straight, and obviously nervous, gave up loud homeruns to Donaldson and Young while his team mates were striking out 5 times in the first 3 against Griffin. At this point I stopped the DVR and watched the Tour de France team time trials, from Nice, a marginally nicer locale than Oakland.

    After the diversion of seeing Grant Balfour’s much smaller countrymen win the day’s event I picked the game back up and watched Griffin come unhinged after two infield singles, allowing a long homerun to Siriano and two wild pitches. Sometimes we forget that Griffin is only just now completing his first year as a starter (ie, his 32nd start). But the loss of composure is a sure sign that he’s still young.

    Other times I wonder what makes Melvin such a good manager, then I look at a box score and see that the A’s bullpen allowed 0 runs in 3.1 innings while the Cubs allowed 5 (3 earned) in 4.2. So is it the manager, is it the talent on the field, is it the interplay of both?

    Regardless, Norris was the third HR of the night for the A’s in a pitcher’s park. Very nice.

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