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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

Brewers 4, Reds 3: Holy moly that was a crazy game-ending catch for Carlos Gomez, robbing Joey Votto of the go-ahead home run:

Incredible.

Rays 7, Twins 4: The Rays continue to roll, winning their ninth in ten chances. Joe Maddon talked about his team going ten games over .500:

“The thing I like is that we’re 10 games over,” Maddon said. “You’ve got to go to 10, then you’ve got to go to 15, etc., etc. The major takeaway from tonight is the fact that we’re 10 games over.”

That’s the baseball version of the “this one goes to 11″ thing from “This is Spinal Tap.”

Rangers 8, Orioles 5: Scott Feldman‘s second start for the Orioles was not as good as his first as his old mates from Texas pounded him for seven runs, chasing him in the middle of their six-run sixth inning. Ian Kinsler had four RBI including a bases-clearing double. Baltimore stranded ten runners and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring condition.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2: John Lannan had a way better against-his-former-mates performance than Feldman did as the Phillies continue to take it to the guys in front of them in the NL East. Dan Haren, meanwhile, looked better than he had following a couple of weeks on the disabled list but was outdueled. If he had won it would have given him a win against every MLB team in his career. Oh well, maybe next time.

Athletics 2, Pirates 1: Bartolo Colon keeps on rolling along, allowing one run in seven innings and improving to 12-3 with a 2.69 ERA. Jeff Locke — another surprise ace this year — lost for the first time since his first start of the season. Coco Crisp had a cool diving catch to record the last out while Colon was in the game.

Tigers 4, Indians 2: Victor Martinez‘s two-run double in the tenth helps Detroit wrap up the series by taking its third of four from the upstart Tribe. Max Scherzer‘s no decision keeps his loss-free record intact. It was the first Indians loss in extra innings this year.

Braves 7, Marlins 1: When a game goes 14 innings you don’t expect it to end with a six-run spread, but this one did. Chris Hatcher came in for the Marlins in the top of that inning and gave up a two-run double to Justin Upton, a two-run single and a single to Gerald Laird which led to an error allowing in the unearned final run.

Royals 5, Yankees 1: Jeremy Guthrie came back despite an hour rain delay and pitched into the seventh. Alex GordonDavid Lough and Johnny Giavotella had RBI doubles, Alcides Escobar had an RBI triple. The Yankees lineup may have been the most anonymous one they’ve fielded since the first Bush administration.

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 1: Zack Greinke tossed seven shutout innings allowing only two hits — one less hit than he himself had at the plate — as the Dodgers end the Dbacks’ winning streak and pull to within three and a half. The white-hot Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 19 games. No brawls to report.

Cubs 8, White Sox 2: Matt Garza continues to build his trade value, allowing one earned run over seven innings. Alfonso Soriano is a perpetual trade candidate and that ship may have already sailed, but he added three hits — including a homer — four runs and a steal. The battle of Chicago has zero playoff significance, but I’m sure people in Chicago enjoy it. Maybe. I dunno.

Rockies 4, Padres 2:  Tyler Chatwood took a comebacker off his leg, stayed in the game and still took a shutout into the seventh. The Padres dropped their tenth in a row. In other news, yesterday I bought tickets to a Padres game in late September which I am now realizing will have very little significance in the grand scheme of things. But hey, I’ll be on a weekend trip to California and that’s it’s own reward.

Mariners 11, Red Sox 4: King Felix allowed two runs over seven and got a bunch of run support, including a home run from Raul Ibanez, who is giving me some hope as I sit here, five days away from my 40th birthday. Jon Lester‘s one-run performance against San Diego last Wednesday now looks like a mere blip on an otherwise craptacular stretch of pitching.

Mets 4, Giants 3: A sixteen-inning, five-hour, twenty-six minute game in which the winning run scored on an error? Sounds absolutely riveting. Nine shutout innings from the Mets pen and nine earned run-free innings from the Giants pen is pretty impressive though. This was the fourth 15-inning (or more) game the Mets had played this year and their first win in said contests.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Carlos Gomez is a fun player to watch. In this year where the Brew Crew hasn’t done much to be happy about things like this keep me watching.

    • uwsptke - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      He’s hitting well enough to finally win a Gold Glove too.

      Yes, I’m aware of what I wrote.

      • spudchukar - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Carlos Gomez never played enough to receive a GG until this year.

  2. dan1111 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I once attended an 18 inning game which the winning inning consisted of: walk, advance to 2nd on wild pitch, advance to 3rd on wild pitch during intentional walk, score on a “sac fly” that was actually an easy out, but the catcher dropped the ball.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT200605270.shtml

    • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      That is like Alex Cobb earlier this year. 4 strikeouts in 1 inning. 4 batters faced that inning. 1 earned run.

      Will Venable led off with a strikeout and a wild pitch allowed him to reach first. He steals second, then steals third. Cobb then balks him home. 4 batters. 4 ks. 1ER. Wild stuff. Cobb also struck out 13 batters in fewer than 5 ip that day.

      • buddaley - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        That was perhaps the oddest game I ever attended. Cobb got 14 outs, 13 on Ks. He actually had 2 ground outs, but because of that 4 strikeout inning, he only pitched 4.2. He also gave up 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 home runs and 3 runs. He also hit a batter and balked in a run while throwing 117 pitches, about 25/inning. It was exhilarating and excruciating at the same time.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    It is strange the way Lester has reverted to his 2012 form. He was dominant early in the season, but as the year has progressed, Lester has regressed.

  4. kcrobert10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    I don’t care what line up they run out there beating the Yankees in the Bronx is always a great feeling. Now to my favorite subject acquiring Mr Stanton from Miami. I seen that Miami has not only ozuna but another top 10 ba prospect of in yelich. I don’t know if they will trade Stanton but it makes since they have a surplus of young of and the royals have 3 top 50 ba prospects as well. So they would make for a good trade partners in my opinion but so would the pirates to.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    With all the focus on Lannan picthing against his old team – lost in the shuffle is the Denard Span/Ben Revere comparison. At this point, looks like the Phillies got the right CF from Minnesota.

    • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Meh, this is a question to which there isn’t a right answer, just different degrees of wrong. Out of the 24 qualified CFers, Span is 22nd in wRC+ and Revere is 20th. Neither guy can hit…this would actually be Revere’s best offensive season, if he keeps this up, but when a guy never walks and has zero power, there is no upside at all. Each has a solid defensive reputation, but the numbers aren’t showing Revere as even average this year. Then again, at this point, the really wrong answer was BJ Upton.

      • someguyinva - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        On the subject of Revere’s defense, when Zimmerman scored on the sac fly to center in the 9th, the Nats’ announcers conversation when something like this:

        Carpenter: Zimmerman tagging, Revere’s got six outfield assists
        [throw comes in 35 feet up the 3rd base line, Zimmerman scores easily]
        Santangelo: Six assists? Really?
        Carpenter: I guess his arm’s so bad everyone tries to run on him.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        No upside at all….yea, since when has getting a hit and getting on base ever done anything for anyone. Oh right, last night.

        My point is that the two guys that came from the Twins played against each other last night, one was highly touted, and he has been outplayed by his former team mate. Usuaully that is a story line.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Holy Fail.

        No, there is no upside to a singles hitter who can’t walk. Upside is potential for improvement. Revere is what he is. A slap hitter with zero power who doesn’t walk…there is no upside there because there is no room for improvement, not tools to grow.

        Feel free to provide evidence that Revere has outplayed Span. Their offensive lines are highly similar with Revere playing in a more hitter friendly park and Span has played better defense. Revere’s only redeeming quality is his age…so, great, years to look forward to having one of the worst CFers in the league. Congrats.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Yes, you have clearly rebutted my hypothesis that usually this two guys from the same org playing in a game against each other is usually a story line.

        As providing “evidence” to you about Rever vs. Span (which was not my OP), there is not point – you don’t listen to anyone but yourself

        Now go back to bed, Mr. Cranky

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        You said that “it looks like the Phillies got the right CF”, inferring that Revere > Span.

        I’ll listen to any information based argument, but “hey, who played better last night” isn’t a sufficient basis for an opinion. Hell, based on last night Lannan > Felix.

        Again, feel free to support your contention that Revere > Span…you were the one that said it….and you are wrong.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        I would hand the phone to someone to dial 911…..

        Breath deeply, you will survive….breath….breath…

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        @someguy – so your point is that the Nats homers….sorry, announcers….are the definitive word on Revere? Okay, gotcha

      • dluxxx - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        The Twins sold high. As in, the Phillies and Nats must have been high when they made those trades. ;)

        J/K, Revere is never going to be much. His celing is basically Juan Pierre (noodle arm and no bat). Span seems to be having an off year, but overall he’s the better of the two. He may not be showing it right now, but he’ll come around.

      • dluxxx - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Okay, maybe not “No Bat” but “No Power, and OBP 10-20 points higher than his BA” is a better description for Revere. But he is super likeable and has a nice smile, so he has that going for him. And he’s cheap right now. Can’t undervalue that either.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Man, Philly phans need to wear more thongs to prevent the ease with which their panties bunch. Feel free to go back a year or two and re-read your reactions to predictions that the Phillies were about to fall off a cliff due to an aging, expensive team with no help available on the farm. I understand that every fan base has homers, but jeez…at some point reality needs to set in before it becomes undeniable.

        Contrary to the current revisions, there was all kinds of defense of the Howard contract when it was signed. It had to be done. He’s a magical RBI guy, core of the team, blah blah blah. He was 3 years into a decline and people were still leaning on his RBI totals to argue that he wasn’t.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        “In 58 games from May 1 to July 5, Revere hit .337 (65-for-193), sixth in the National League over that span and ninth in MLB. He had nine extra-base hits, including eight doubles. He grounded into fewer double plays (three) in more than twice as many games and posted an on-base percentage (.376) that was more than 130 points higher than his first 22 games.

        Revere has multiple hits in 20 of his last 53 games (38 percent since May 7) after recording only four multi-hit games in his first 28 games (14 percent).”

        Yeah paper, freaking terrible.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        He has a wRC+ of 90 (100 is average), and that is his career high. He’s still a below average hitter, and without power or walks, he always will be. Being 20th out of 24 is not good…some would say it is terrible.

      • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        When you guys are done arguing about shitty center fielders, why don’t you take on the Delmon Young – Jeff Francoeur debate.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Nah, I don’t want to hog up all the fun…but Young >> Francoeur. :-)

      • someguyinva - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        @DelawarePhilliesFan – While Carpenter and Santangelo may be homers, I think Carpenter did make a salient point there, in that the outfielders with the *worst* arms tend to collect assists moreso than those acknowledged as having the best arms, simply because they’re challenged more.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Keep the hate up, man, you’re a prick and you play the part well. I gave you real numbers, you gave me sabermetrics, an equation, though I can agree on his noodle arm.

        We’ll see come the fall.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Uh huh. You do realize, I hope, that batting average is also an equation, and one that results in a number that is horribly incomplete when it comes to evaluating offensive production….and that you cherry picked a convenient sample to make an erroneous point…and that people that understand baseball way better than either of us are the ones that came up with wRC+ and that it is based on research involving 100s of years of data to study which aspects of offense leads to runs scores to produce a linear equation to incorporate all aspects of those things while also adjusting for context (park and league)…which, of course, means it is a far more useful measure than batting average.

      • dluxxx - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I’m with Paper on this one. I watched Revere for a couple years as a Twins fan. He makes nice catches in the outfield, but his arm is terrible. We can all agree on that. He has good speed, which makes up for a little of his lack of power. But he doesn’t walk. He just doesn’t. His walk rate is like 5%. That terrible. His K rate is pretty low too (10%) which means he puts the ball in play a lot. However, when your OBP is sustained by your BA, then you are in trouble if you hit a slump. He’s a streaky player (much like Delmon Young, there I made the connection!) and will never be a complete player until he learns to take walks. I’m not saying that can’t happen, but it isn’t likely at this point in his career.

      • dluxxx - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Also, to the point about Revere having 6 assists. I could be wrong (probably am) but my guess is that most of those came from him making a catch that nobody thought that he would and he caught a guy way off base. Not sure if that would technically be considered an assist, as that rule seems a little vague to me, but that’d be my guess. He certainly isn’t gunning guys down trying to take an extra base very often.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        @Dluxx I’m not saying that can’t happen, but it isn’t likely at this point in his career.

        At this point in his career? At age 25? Not even arb eligible? LOL, you make him sound like an old broken down player.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Although PL has a point about wRC+, what he doesn’t say is that metric doesn’t include stolen bases, which imo are far more valuable than just getting on base with a BB. How many times do guys get stranded after being hit over to 3rd or 2nd from 1st? A guy who turns a single into a double at a far greater rate is not included in wRC+ Revere has 21 SB’s and Span has 9. Revere K’s much less. OBP flat out Revere wins hands down by a large margin and he steals much much more. And contrary as well, I do think guys can adjust their approach and learn more patience at the plate. Span has 3 more runs in 40 more AB’s I’d say if i had a gun to my head and had to sign either of them, it must be Revere with the additional fact that Span is 30 and Revere 25. Noodle arm be damned. So I say Delaware is right, the Phillies appear to have picked the correct “below average” CF on the market.

      • dluxxx - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        @Francisco – I was simply stating that a guy who has shown little penchant for walking in either the minors or majors at this point, isn’t likely to suddenly gain the eye for it or ability to do it.

        Span has shown that he can get walks, even at the major leave level. His K/BB ratio is closer to 1/1 than the 2/1 ratio that Revere typically puts up. Add to this the fact that Span is a better fielder, has more power (albeit not much) and is a prototypical leadoff hitter makes Span the better player overall.

        I liked both players when they were with the Twins, but Revere is nothing more than a left fielder with great range that you hide at the bottom of your lineup. Span is having a down year, and Revere is having the best season of his career so far. With that said, Span has still been the more valuable all-around player. The Nats got the better player.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Hush on that! There is a perception narrative from a slow start that needs to be kept up. Much like Justin Upton’s except inverted.

      In the meantime, Lannan kept the Gnats off balance, maybe because he is really a young…..

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        Lannan is one weird looking dude….especially when batting!

  6. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Fun stat for the Os/Rangers game last night: Wieters and Davis BOTH earned golden sombreros in that game! Can’t recall the last time I saw two people pull the same feat on the same team in the same game before. Maybe it’s not really rare, but it’s rare to these eyes!

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Doom.

    • indaburg - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      One man’s doom is another woman’s joy.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        Schadenfreude

        he he

      • indaburg - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        I am not proud of my schadenfreude. But I will enjoy it.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        No, no, I wasn’t hating. Well, you. I am a proud member of Hater Nation, so bring the Doom!

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Lorena Bobbick?

  8. indaburg - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    The Spinal Tap reference from Maddon’s quote made my day. “These go to eleven.”

    • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      But he said “ten.”

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        Maddon is clearly a genius, maybe even a super genius (wonder if he does mail order from Acme). Anyone that knows you have to be 10 games over .500 before you can get to 15 games over or etc. games over is clearly among the intellectually elite.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        OMG, dude, what. have. you. done? It was him, Burgie, NOT me. Please don’t voodoo me.

        /scoots away

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I see you are making all kinds of friends this am.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Eh, I don’t need to befriend the willfully ignorant.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        But I’m nice to you anyway.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        You really need to dial down the venom and spite. It’s a harmless quote. What has YOUR panties in a bunch?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        What?

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Not you Historio, Paper.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Oh, ok. He’s all mad at blue.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        What for? You’d think it was his first time on the forums. Besides he spends half his time trolling fans. Getting worked up over arguments is such a waste.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        It’s kinda fun to get him started up. He huffs and puffs and is so serious.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        So long as you’re comfy in your brick house. :)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Pssht. paperlions ain’t nothing. Just scratch his ears a little. He’s mostly harmless and cute. It’s funny when he pouts too.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        You’re the one who made the big bad wolf simile. :) just remember to rap his nose with a newspaper from time to time when he starts barking too loud.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Are you calling me a pig? It’s on!

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        What’s wrong with pigs? I love pigs!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        I don’t like the sexist kind. Or bacon. Gross.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        What about sexy pigs? I totally think Kermit should have been all over miss piggy.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Agreed. Frogs are so cold blooded.

    • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      The Trop is like the Stonehenge. The designer had on thing in mind, and the builder had another, and now we have a “stadium that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf”.

  9. chill1184 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Collins continued mismanagement of the starting staff knows no bounds

  10. philliesblow - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Rare win in extras for Los Tigres last night. Fortunately they didn’t have to go to eleven to get it done. Nice to see Martinez’s bat finally heating up.

    Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

    [pause] These go to eleven.

    • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      It’s funny, because I read the company that made those amps actually started making ones that go to 11, because people wanted them. The stapler company from Office Space started making red ones too because people wanted them. If I ever learn to play guitar and need an amp, I won’t be buying it if it only goes up to 10.

  11. historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    His Heterochromianess didn’t start out too well. Blame it on the rain. But, then he regrouped after the rain delay and came on strong. By the way, I switched over to the Phillies game during the delay — just in time to see Delmon Young strike out, chasing balls. It’s so fun when it’s not your team. Anyway, the Tigers clearly wanted to win this one. As soon as I saw V-Mart’s hit going back, I knew it was going to score a run. I jumped up and probably did as much arm pumping as V-Mart himself (and Miggy…and Prince). As an aside, watch the play because they were all super-pumped afterwards. It was hilarious. I didn’t sit down again after that until the end of the game. I’m sure Indians fans will gripe about Swisher’s Slip costing them, but it isn’t like both sides didn’t miss out on opportunities earlier. It was an exciting game overall but the pickle in the 7th was the most fun — a four-man rundown (with Pena going twice)! he he I say His Heterochromianess is 14-0 anyway. Humph. Ok, well still, 19 consecutive starts without a loss. A-ma-zing. I capped the evening off with some Hunter Pence balloting. Good baseball day.

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

      Blame it on the rain – blame it on big Unk – everyone but scary-eyes Max.

      I believe I saw the Delmon AB you were watching – tough to tell though since he K’d 3 times. I saw his last K – on an eyeball level fastball.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        No, the one I saw ended on one low and outside that he had to reach to flail at.

        Don’t even bother this am, TMcT. I drove in to Bullet the Blue Sky and How Soon Is Now. It’s a good morning!

        /sips coffee and smiles

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Now it’s a better morning.

        /goes back under bridge to keep plotting

    • spudchukar - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      “The Tigers really wanted to win this one”, Holy Inanity!

  12. 4d3fect - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Liked the look on Votto’s face after Gomez’s grab, like he was thinking “someone call the cops, that guy just robbed my home run!”

  13. Old Gator - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Well, the Feesh look like they’ve reverted to May type, having now lost four in a row while producing a run or two a game. I must admit, though, that I very much enjoyed Chris Hatcher’s Goose Gossage impersonation last night. I thought it was adorable the way they left him out there long enough to give up six runs in a one-one game in the fourteenth inning.

    The Iron Giant and Marcell Ozuna have together seen their averages drop a combined fifty points or so over the past week and a half. During the first part of that skein the scrubbeenies picked up the slack. Now, nobody is picking it up.

    I checked with the ’62 Mutts – not close yet. The Feesh need to be swept in this series and the next one for it to become a competition again. Can they regress? We shall see….

    • natslady - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Prefer your Feeeeeeeeeesh start the getting swept thimg on Friday. Till then, win a couple, y’know, for morale. Don’t want to go 10 straight like the Padres and kill your season–oh, wait.

      I saw a promotion where they are looking for Gio’s friends and family to fill Marlins Park. Giving a discount. Now, you do know Gio’s not going to pitch in the serires, right? A little bait and switch from your bestie, Loria…?

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        The way they’ve been playing the past week, I don’t see them suddenly snapping out of it just because the Gnats are in town. We’ll see how Alvarez looks tonight. But as long as the Iron Giant keeps swinging like a paddlewheel in drydock, this team ain’t going anywhere.

      • natslady - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        @Gator, speaking of the Iron Giant–thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

  14. sdelmonte - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Do baseball teams get extra perks for all those extra innings? If so, the Mets should treat themselves to something special. They’ve tied the team record for most 15+ inning games in a season already.

    Hard not to think that at some level, all these endless all-pitch, no-hit affairs are emblematic of the NL. Take away the three leaders in the Central and the Braves, and the distance between the mediocre hitting of the best of the rest and of the worst is not that great. All those wins by the Marlins last month are a sign of it, too. Any club with a halfway decent pitching staff can be competitive if not actually good.

  15. Shafer's Dealer - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Some may have missed in the Atlanta-Miami game, Miami pitched a perfect game at one point in those 14 innings. They retired 24 Braves batters in a row.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      unless my math is way off, a perfect game is 27 outs

      • dluxxx - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        For a second there I was about to dispute you. But you’re absolutly right. The winning team may only have 24 outs in a perfect game, but the losing team would always have 27 at least.

    • daveitsgood - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Aren’t there 27 outs required? I’m sure at some point if you take those 24 batters retired in a row and take another inning where it was 3 up and 3 down, you’ve got your perfect game*

    • mississippimusicman - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I was most excited about Fredi Gonzales using his closer in a tie game on the road. It was a rare and welcome sight.

    • jericoc - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      But you cannot win a game in which all 24 of your batters were retired. Unless there was a forfeit by the other team …

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        When you fold a perfect game into the middle of an extra inning game like egg whites into meringue, the same nine innings that can generate such unbearable tension begin cranking out ennui instead. Funny, that.

  16. APBA Guy - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    That Crisp catch that Craig mentioned in the recap WAS the ballgame, right there. El Capitan had been flirting with danger (when you cast a lead in a secret agent movie, he should look like Bartolo. Bartolo in Brioni, there’s an automatic green light) since the start of the game, always runners on base, always working around McCutchen, always remaining calm when his middle infield let him down. Keep in mind that the Pirates had just scored their first run to make it 2-1, and the elusive Mo was swinging towards the Pirates. McCutchen hit the ball well and it was slicing away from Crisp, who kept after it and laid out to deny the Pirates.

    Yesterday I wondered how good Jeff Locke is. If he’s pitched all year like he did last night the Pirates could have a real find. He doesn’t throw super hard, maybe low 90’s, but lots of movement, which he keeps around the plate and low. The movement appears late as well, so he’s inducing contact with a lot of tentative emergency swings. Very impressive, very efficient.

    Tonight is another young Pirates pitcher, Gerrit Cole, who at least we’ve heard about. The A’s can hit righties better than lefties (like Locke) so there may be a few more runs to play with.

    • spudchukar - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      I always enjoy your recaps APBA, however I gotta take issue with the “always working around McCutchen claim.” Since the Cards had the day off, it was the A’s/Pirate game that I was tuned into, with occasional glimpses of the Reds/Brewers. From what I saw Colon went right after McCutcheon. Very successfully too, until the final pitch to him that he creamed into the left-center field gap that Crisp made the wonderful play on. The other times Colon went right after him with fastballs up. True, McCutcheon almost decapitated the portly hurler in the first, but that pitch was down, after that it was high heat.

  17. spudchukar - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Great day off for the Cards. Molina’s injury: inflammation only. Pirates lose. Reds lose. Enter 7/9 in First place, with the best record in Baseball.

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