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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth.

Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing “Man of Steel” yesterday. It was OK, and the whole creation story was handled well I think, but man, the whole second half is problematic. I don’t think I’m giving anything away here because it’s a standard Superman trope, but please tell me how Superman’s long-held weakness/motivation of “protecting the precious human beings he’s adopted” becomes such a motivator/game changer in the climax of his battle with General Zod after he’s just spent the previous hour literally knocking down dozens and dozens of skyscrapers. I mean it: the damage he and the bad guys do to Metropolis during the battle is like 100 9/11s and he doesn’t friggin’ blink, but one family of three is in harm’s way at the end and THAT’S what sets him over the edge? It was a pretty movie and I think the actors were great and all of that, but at some point the filmmakers got carried away in portraying Superman-scale damage to a city simply because they had the special effects skills to do so without once thinking about or dealing with the consequences of the human damage and what it would mean for any of the characters involved.

OK, back to baseball.

Mariners 3, Reds 1Joe Saunders pitched seven strong innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered. The M’s took two of three from the Rangers and then two of three from the Reds. Not a bad little road trip.

Nationals 11, Padres 7Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam. Bryce Harper had three hits and two stolen bases. The Nats sweep the reeling Pads who have lost nine straight. Washington is now four back of the Braves and finally — finally — looking like they’re making a move.

Indians 9, Tigers 6: Michael Brantley had two homers and five RBIs. In other news, I went to Cleveland for the game on Saturday and was gobsmacked at how many Tigers fans invaded the city. Back in the mid-to-late 90s I went to Tiger Stadium a couple of times when the Indians were there and was gobsmacked at how many Indians fans had invaded Detroit. Guess these things go in cycles. Also fun: for Saturday’s game Carlos Carrasco was called up from Columbus, pitched awfully, and was sent back down on Sunday. I wish the Tribe had given us a heads up about all of that. We totally would have let him road trip back and forth with us.

Phillies 7, Braves 3: Domonoic Brown with a triple and a homer and two RBI. The Phillies took two of three from a Braves team which looks like a last place team on the road.

Blue Jays 11, Twins 5Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus each homered too. Todd Redmond allowed one hit over five innings. If the Jays could play the Twins all the time they’d be a playoff team.

Mets 2, Brewers 1: Juan Francisco had two throwing errors which led to two unearned runs by the Mets. It’s almost like maybe he shouldn’t be playing first base. anywhere? OK, he was playing third. Still not a fantastic defensive player.

Rays 3, White Sox 1: David Price tossed a complete game, allowing one run on eight hits (the official scorer has deemed the term “scattered” appropriate for those eight hits) as Tampa Bay sweeps Chicago. That’s four in a row overall for the Rays, who are now tied for second in the East, 4.5 back of the Sox.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2: Lance Lynn outdueled (also an official scorers designation) Jose Fernandez and the Cardinals climbed back into a tie with the Pirates at the top of the Central. Lynn earned it, striking out Giancarlo Stanton all three times he faced him.

Athletics 10, Royals 4: Josh Reddick homered and drove in four and Jed Lowrie had three hits and a homer. Eric Sogard homered too, his first since April 2012. Jesse Chavez got a four-inning save, which is weird.

Cubs 4, Pirates 3: Dioneer Navarro with a walkoff sac fly in the 11th. Which isn’t quite as dramatic as a walkoff anything else, but ’twas enough. ‘Twill serve.

Rangers 5, Astros 4: Joakim Soria pitched for the first time since 2011. He was one of five Rangers relievers who combined for five shutout innings to save the bacon of starter Justin Grimm. A.J. Pierzynski had a two-run bomb.

Dodgers 4, Giants 1: Tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth with three men on, A.J. Ellis hit a bases-clearing double off Sergio Romo. Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over eight innings. Chad Gaudin nearly matched him, allowing one run in seven.

Angels 3, Red Sox 0: The Angels have won 10 of 12 after Jered Weaver tossed six shutout innings and three relievers finished it off. Homers for Mike Trout and Hank Conger.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 1: Patrick Corbin was stuck on nine wins for seven straight starts but finally got his tenth after fanning ten Rockies and allowing one run on three hits over eight innings.  Five wins in a row for the Dbacks helps solidify their hold on the otherwise shaky NL West.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Very disappointing loss for and by the Yankees. But as they say “chit happens” and you move on. The Yankees start a 4 game series against the Royals tonight. Time to start a new winning streak.

    • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Disappointing? Funny, I didn’t see it that way at all. :-)

  2. deepstblu - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    OK, we had scattered hits and an outdueling. But how many wild pitches were uncorked? And are there any quirks in the schedule this week?

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Jered Weaver is really good.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      You needed a humbling.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        If so then more is required, it didn’t take yet.

        I know that Weaver is good but it’s an abstract kind of knowledge because I don’t get to see him very often. Whenever I do see him 2 things strike me: he really looks like his brother and he’s really good. Much better than big bro obviously.

  4. philsphilsphils - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Delmon Young OPS 761, Justin Upton OPS 784. Not much of a difference.

    Wonder how that makes Craig feel.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Pretty crappy, actually. But at least my team’s outfielder (a) has upside that Delmon Young doesn’t; and (b) doesn’t have a history of drunken anti-Semitic ramblings. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.

      • philsphilsphils - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        upside is the amount of dollars your team has to spend on that collection of underachievers. Big Ben Revere is out slugging BJ. Crazy.

        Love the fact that the upton boys are locked up for years. “My prayers have been answered” as you would say.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Your points are true – but admit it, it kills you that you have had no material to work with so far.

        Of course, I predicted he would be cut March 22nd…..

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Craig…. have you been… baited?

      • drunkenhooliganism - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Delmon Young is only 27 years old. This surprises me, because I’m a broken down 41 year old, and he runs exactly like me. Also, John Mayberry Jr is 29. I can’t get beyond the fact that Delmon Young is two years younger than Mayberry

  5. lewp - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    “A.J. Pierzynski had a two-run bomb.”

    I hate to be a stickler Craig, but it was a three-run bomb. But I didn’t see Superman either.

  6. philliesblow - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    It was nice that the Tigers finally scored some runs in a game that Dog started. Unfortunately they were needed to just tie the game late as Dog threw BP to the Indians early on.

    Took my 13 year old to see Superman a couple weeks ago. I think all the damage at the end was done to try and compete with the Avengers. He thinks #24 on the Tigers is the real Superman. Si!

    • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      I’d feel worse about giving up 3 in the 8th if the Indians hadn’t done it too…except theirs put them ahead. Boooo!!!!

  7. indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I can taste first. The BoSox are finally starting to show cracks in the armor and the Rays’ great strength, their arms, are being flexed mightily. Hellickson, Moore, and Price have looked great and the news about Cobb is promising. Hitters are still doing their thing. A pox on the All Star Break. I want this to keep going.

    I saw the new Superman and thought it felt like two movies in one. I still have a soft spot for Superman because say what we will about his flaws as an interesting superhero-he’s too perfect–I loved SI and SII as a kid. Those two movies were just plain fun and have held up well. One thing about this new one. How bad ass was Jor-El? Forget Superman. I wanted the Adventures of Jor-El. Crowe was amazing. Amy Adams made a great Lois Lane too. Much better than that anorexic what’s her face from the last one.

    • stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      There was a upheaval of the whole Superman myth that no one has noted here, Indie. Lana Lang had black hair (shown briefly on the bus). Lois Lane had red hair. Certain fundamental truths of the whole tale must be maintained. They fell short.

      My fifteen year old grandson found the whole tale a bet “Meh.” But Christopher Nolan has to find his own mythic overtones, and you either like it or you don’t. Agree that Crowe kind of stole the action when he was on screen.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        I find it telling that in a society that appoints their children’s careers since conception, the fact that Jor-El the SCIENTIST totally knocked the socks off Zod the MILITARY man speaks volumes on just how bad ass Jor-El was.

      • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        My Lana has brown hair. Nothing wrong with upending certain so-called truths. Adams captured her no nonsense essence with an ethical soul to boot.

        In Smallville, Lana has brown hair. :-p

      • stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Well, going against the old comic book images has a certain WRONG feeling about it, especially one so iconic. And Annette O’Toole was your prototype Lana.

        But having said that, I don’t think any of the previous Lois Lanes is even in the same ballpark with Amy Adams.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Stex come on, we’re talking about a company that regularly reboots and re-imagines its own creations every fifteen years or so give or take with some kind of “Crisis” that rewrites whole universes. You’re saying Nolan can’t change people’s hair color!!?!?

      • stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Goes with being an old fart, FC. They’re not supposed to change things anymore. I’ll bump into them.

      • thegreatstoneface - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        the devil’s in the details. if you wanna reboot…change the mythos…whatever…it’s fine, but.

        lois lane has dark hair, and has for 3/4 of a century. lana lang is a red head, and has been for 3/4 of a century. this isn’t a *key* point…but, when you fuck up the little details, i’m going to look a lot closer at what all else you changed.

        destroying huge chunks of metropolis, and snapping your opponent’s neck?

        um.

        yeah, never mind. you can make the women bald and make them have sex with robotic monkeys…because you’ve totally fucked the basic character of superman up, and the details no longer matter.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      You’re only saying that about poor Kate Bosworth because she looks like a shrink wrapped skeleton.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        I really hate when they don’t cover that sh*t up too. If I can count your ribs, I don’t want to see you in a backless dress or bikini. (and I’m not just picking on her there)

      • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        What happened to the Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush? That girl kicked ass and looked like she occasionally bit the shit out of a burger.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Mmmm – maybe a tofu burger. That Kate was already too skinny and well on the wicked Hollywood way to thoroughly emaciated. I still wanted to give Blue Crush Kate a cookie or a milkshake or something. Now I think it would take a couple of months in a private facility to re-program her body to accept human food again.

      • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        She looked solid in that movie. She carried a surf board and looked strong and fit. Damn, you’re tough.

        But she got Hollywoodized alright. She’s a lollypop now. Giant head, stick body. I’m of the opinion women should look like women. See Mansfield, Jane. Turner, Lana.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Loren, Sophia.

        How about some more modern ladies: Hendricks, Christina. Winslet, Kate.

      • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Ah, Loren. Great pick. I think she’s the best looking woman of all time.

        How ’bout Hayek, Salma? Some love for the colored girls too.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:46 AM

        Latifah, Queen

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

        Salma Hayek is almost as beautiful as Penelope Cruz, for whom she is often mistaken.

      • indaburg - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:05 AM

        Ya think? Cruz is very beautiful in the face, but a little thin. Although in Jamon, Jamon, I wanted to look like Cruz and do Javier Bardem, so yeah, I can see totally see it.

        Queen Latifah? You serious? I mean, she’s talented. Great in Chicago. All Hail the Queen was an underrated rap album, IMO. Nice cheekbones, I suppose.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        The Queen is a beautiful strong independent businesswoman. The most I’ll give you is non-traditional beauty.

        Ms. Cruz is not thin *everywhere*.

      • indaburg - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        I see your point. In both instances.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        The only tough girls in Blue Crush were Michelle Rodriguez and the ocean.

      • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        I would not fuck with Michelle Rodriguez.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I am Luke-El. I will stare at you with my lukescottsxrayvision

      /stare

      • indaburg - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        You need help.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    B.J Upton, all he needs is some makeup, a fake honking nose, a pointy hat, and a mini bicycle…

    Because anyone making that much money, hitting under the Mendoza line this late in the year, who argues balls and strikes and thinks anything positive will come of it, is most certainly a clown.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Or Ayn Rand’s ideal.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      That’s a clown comment, bro!

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Literally, at that.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Did anyone else notice BJ Upton’s lackadaisical jog after the ball Revere hit to the wall in left center? Was he just shocked the ball went that far? He barely jogged after it and then lobbed the ball to the cutoff. It wasn’t like it was a guaranteed triple off the bat.

      Next half inning he gets tossed from the game. It’s like he just didn’t want to play yesterday.

  9. mungman69 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Ok, How long before Atlanta catches Washington?

  10. number42is1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Craig – Here’s the deal. Some geek somewhere ran the numbers and he figured out this http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/man-of-steel-destruction-death-analysis .

    NOW! more to your point.. the majority of the damage/death was done by Zod and Co and not superman himself. Zod and Co were hellbent on destroying Earth and everyone in it and Superman would have non of that so he fought them. During the fight buildings tumbled, people died and others went missing but there was nothing he could do about that. There were many of them and only one of him so he had to work with what he had going for him. He lives but a very strict rule of NO KILLING NO MATTER WHAT! Zod gave him no choice at the end but to snap his neck and that is why he flipped out after.

  11. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Busy day ahead so will just note that both the Iron Giant and Marcell Ozuna (who still needs a nickname) have looked lost at the plate during their entire sojourn in St.Louis, with the Giant really being on the schneid even through the preceding Atlanta series. It’s no coeencidence that the Feesh’s June is getting to look like an anomalous blip in the rearview mirror with those two flailing away like an Egyptian taskmaster.

    A queeck check of the stats for 1962 show that the Feesh still have a long way to fall before there’s any point in cranking up the chronosynclastic infundibulum again. June seems to have assured that they will remain awful in a mediocre rather than epic sense.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      The mysterious Oz?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Bip the Clown?

    • spudchukar - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      In fairness to the Fish, they didn’t exactly get many breaks in the St. Louis sweep. Probably didn’t matter in game #1, but the outcome of the second game could have been different. The Tweeter had a very good series offensively, but was in the middle of two blunders on defense that cost the Fish.

      And I have no explanation for the “premature” fireworks display. It was embarrassing.

  12. goirishgo - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    You know someone’s a stud player when they go 4-4 with dinger plus a walk, and a couple RBI but aren’t considered noteworthy.

  13. sdelmonte - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    The comments on Man of Steel are among the reasons I am skipping this film, even though I am as big as Superman fan as Craig is a Batman fan. The movie at hand seems to have chosen exactly the wrong things about Supes from his 75 year run and then slapped on yet another layer of death and destruction. I am tired of disaster porn, and put off by a Superman who isn’t truly heroic. Chris Reeve, I miss you that much more.

    Meanwhile, at the ballpark, Jeremy Hefner continues his excellent run. He’s actually been more a bit more reliable than Matt Harvey the past few weeks. I don’t expect it to last for good, but I continue to have a sense that the Mets’ future rotation could be very strong. A crying shame about Marcum, though. I fully expect he will be put on the DL for a long while, and that when Niese is back he will be DFA’d.

    • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Back when I was still in the aviation and aerospace biz, I met Christopher Reeve several times at the Piper Aircraft shop in New London, CT where we both took our Cheyennes to be serviced. I always found him easygoing, friendly, unaffected and radiated life and energy – and of course, we generally just talked about our “babies,” ie, our airplanes. He was an enthusiastic pilot and really knew his Cheyenne inside and out. I was crushed when he had the horseback accident – the idea of him being paralyzed upended everything you sensed about him if you knew him even slightly. His death was really premature and tragic. So it goes. I’m not that big a Superman fan – I was always a Marvel kid, having an affinity for neuroses and idiosyncrasies – but he still seems to me to have been the best of the lot.

  14. mybrunoblog - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Man of Steel was good. It reminded me how great the Christopher Reeve movies were. Well, S1 and S2. S3 was kind of silly and S4 was just awful. By the way. I’m in the minority but I liked Superman returns.

  15. natslady - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I still can’t get past Chad Gaudin being a good pitcher.

    If the boys hadn’t taken two days off this week, coulda, shoulda been two sweeps. Losing two to the Brewers? Man, that team is bad. Padres, not so bad, they ran into hot days and hot hitters. Which is just as well, because our bullpen seems to be “pitching to the score.”

  16. APBA Guy - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Lots of moaning from Ray and Glen about the ASG “snubs”, though I agree with Craig, by the time the injuries are computed I’d be surprised if Donaldson didn’t make the ASG roster. Balfour, not so much, as anyone who has watched him pitch would be hard pressed to call him an all-star. Effective for a small market team? Absolutely. Comparable to top closers? No.

    Anyway, Kansas City still has work to do on its starting pitching. There isn’t much after Shields. My own opinion of Wade Davis is that he’d be an excellent reliever. I think the Rays concluded that as well. Sunday’s starter Mendoza looked serviceable in Oakland but he was terrible yesterday, finding too much plate consistently. The A’s can hit right handed pitching not named Wainwright, or Kuroda, so it didn’t take long before the conga line was in full swing, the only thing missing was Tito Puente and I swear Cespedes uses him for his walk-up sometimes.

    Tonight the A’s are in Pittsburgh for a bad case of stadium envy. I love PNC Park, second to AT&T in scenic beauty. The A’s rarely play the Pirates, and I know little about them other than they are doing really well this year. So this should be an interesting series. El Capitan is on the hill tonight for the A’s, our lone all-star. He faces Locke, who I know absolutely nothing about, but he’s got a 2.12 ERA in 17 starts. Folks, that’s better than Matt Harvey (2.27). Yikes! How good is this kid?

  17. moogro - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Finally dragged to it:
    World War Z was Brad doing the father-daughter Moneyball thing, then transferring that thing to his wife, and a lot of zombies. That was the end of anyone’s emotion in that movie (actors or audience), despite the huge amount of suffering. The final set pieces: the off shore ship, Korea, Israel and the WHO lab were almost direct plot lifts from the Resident Evil series. I guess if you cared then you’ll care now. Without Brad, this would have been way, way worse.

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