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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 22, 2013, 5:12 AM EDT

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Mets 5, Phillies 0: It’s getting close to the time for us to break out all of that “we are all witnesses” kind of hyperbole for Matt Harvey. Not that it’s really hyperbole. He’s simply toying with hitters at this point, throwing ungodly stuff in just about every count. Seven innings, three hits, ten strikeouts, no walks and if it wasn’t for the heat he wouldn’t have broken a sweat.

Brewers 1, Marlins 0: Caleb Gindl with the walkoff homer in the 13th. Not gonna lie: never heard of that dude before I clicked this box score. If you had asked me who Caleb Gindel was yesterday afternoon I would’ve guessed that he was lawful-good ranger in some D&D campaign involving some high school kids which has been going on for about a year or so. The kid who plays the ranger isn’t that into it, but he’s crushing hard on the girl who plays the halfling magic user so he plays every week. Sad part for poor Caleb is that no matter how much he tries to protect her, she’s really into the DM. You know, that kid who just got big into Society for Creative Anachronism and is making his own armor and stuff? And the worst part is, that kid sees all of this and tailors the campaign in such a way as to make Caleb look like a yutz at every turn. And he’s not even into the halfling! He’s just being a dick. All I’m saying is that it’s complicated. And that, um, I have no experience with anything like this whatsoever. Nope. Anyway: it’s now been 11 days since I’ve written an ATH in which I had to put a number next to the Marlins score. OK, that’s a bit misleading as they did score runs during the weekend before the All-Star break, but man, they are rolling 1s and 2s when attacking and are missing all of their saving throws.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 3: A three game sweep for the Rays whose roll was not disrupted by the All-Star break one bit. Homers for Luke Scott, Evan Longoria and Kelly Johnson. Tampa Bay has won 13 of 14 and now face the Sox with first place in the AL East on the line.

White Sox 3, Braves 1: Lots of leather here. Casper Wells robbed Reed Johnson of a homer in the eighth. Jeff Keppinger had a diving stop. Johnson smacked a liner that was snagged by Alexi Ramirez, who doubled off Brian McCann. Tons of missed chances and stranded runners for the Braves. Tons of nice plays for the Sox, who took two of three.

Pirates 3, Reds 2: Weird aggregate pitching lines: Pirates pitchers allowed only three hits but they walked seven. Meanwhile Homer Bailey struck out 12 in six and a third yet got the loss. It’s the last time the Reds and Pirates meet until September. They finish the year playing six of their last nine against each other.

Tigers 4, Royals 1: I watched Miguel Cabrera hit his first inning homer off James Shields. It’s cute how pitchers think they can bust him inside. But you know what? You really can’t. He just pulls his hands in and jacks that mother. There’s really no one like him in that regard in the game right now. Tigers avoid the sweep.

Dodgers 9, Nationals 2: Matt Kemp came back off the DL, kicked some butt, hitting a homer, a double and driving in three, got hurt on the base paths and my guess is that he’ll go back on the DL. I imagine 50 years from now they’ll be calling that “pulling a Matt Kemp.” Dodgers sweep the Nats.

Indians 7, Twins 1: Justin Masterson took a no-hitter into the seventh, having faced the minimum (his one baserunner was a hit batsmaen who was then caught stealing). A bloop single broke it up but such is the way of the world.

Mariners 12, Astros 5: The M’s are hot, having won six in a row. Nick Franklin hit a grand slam and Felix Hernandez did Felix Hernandez things (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7K).

Cardinals 3, Padres 2: Adam Wainwright went eight innings and picked up his 13th win. I looked at the box score for this game and noticed that the lineup Mike Matheny used yesterday had OBP’s of .399, .384, .376, .346, .359 in the 1-5 slots.

Athletics 6, Angels 0: Per ESPN: Bartolo Colon is the first pitcher over the age of 40 to have more than one shutout in a season since Randy Johnson did it in 2004. Per a Twitter search for “Bartlo Colon steroids” people on Twitter aren’t all that impressed. No matter: dude is on pace for 21 wins and 225 innings pitched.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 1: The Dbacks avoid the sweep — holding off an error-and-infield-single-driven would-be ninth inning rally by the Giants — and just barely hold on to their lead in the NL West.

Rockies 4, Cubs 3: Tyler Chatwood tossed six decent innings. Nolan Arenado drove in the go-ahead run on a sixth inning single and an insurance run scored on the same play via a throwing error.

Orioles 4 vs. Rangers 2: I talked to Chris Tillman for a bit at the All-Star Game. No other media member was talking to him. I asked him if he was cool with more or less being ignored. He said “Yep, that’s good for me. I like it that way just fine.” Here he allowed two runs in eight innings and got the win. And probably had to answer questions about that from the press, the poor sod.

Red Sox 8, Yankees 7: Mike Napoli with a walkoff homer in the 11th. It was bookended with his three-run shot in the third. The Yankees can take a moral victory away having scored seven runs, right? No? Eh, well, OK. But it was something seeing them score seven runs.

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  1. sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    If you had July 22 in the “Craig References the SCA” pool, congrats!

    Can we have an SCA-style baseball game, where all the players are using tiny gloves, the spitball is legal, and the fans all wear straw hats?

  2. fukpittsburgh - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Chris Tillman is turning into a bona fide ace. Just what the O’s need for this run at the AL East.

  3. rockthered1286 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Prior to this sweep, the yardbirds had lost something like 13 of their last 16 on the road against Texas. Glad to see they bucked that trend. Punny, I know.

    Chen/Gonzo/Tilly- 3 wins. Combined 21 IP, 4 ER. Hopefully Hammel moving from 1st to 4th in the rotation will motivate him to pitch better tonight. Tired of his newly found love for getting pulled by the 6th after allowing 4+ runs and at least 1 bomb. Ya jerk.

    And I must say- interesting finish to the game last night. With a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 9th, Buck opts to go with Matusz and O’Day to close it out for the save, leaving Jim Johnson on the pine. Resting him? Maybe. But I think there may be more to it than that…

    • psuorioles - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      I don’t think we should read into the 9th inning, one thing we learned about Buck is he trusts JJ… JJ through a lot of pitches the first two games, so it makes sense they gave him the night off. Also, I think that might have been the first time Matusz pitched in a while… I’m good with it.

  4. dondada10 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Speaking of Harvey, Terry Collins spoke to Carlos Beltran at the ASG:

    “I was talking to Carlos [Beltran] the other day in the outfield, and I asked him [about facing Harvey],” Collins said. “He said, ‘Terry, in my career, he’s the best I’ve ever faced.’ That’s a big statement from a guy who’s faced the best of the best, in my opinion.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl…ym&c_id=nym

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Robbie Cano thinks Harvey could use some work on his control.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Jordany Valdespin thinks Harvey’s control is much better than Verlander’s.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        But he’s wrong, isn’t he? The popular mythology surrounding the HBPiD incident and resultant schadenfreude from certain commenters suggests that Zoolander hit his target that sad spring day.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Sabathia had an early 3 run lead and could not prevail. He seems to be looking rather old quickly. How many years are left on his contract?

    • uyf1950 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      To many it would seem now. But to answer your question 3 more guaranteed year and a 2017 vesting option that is relatively easy to attain all he has to do is stay healthy.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        Thanks. By the way, if you see me making negative comments about the Yankees, it is in response to Harry.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        Proudly, as I like to say I tell it like I see it. I expect other fans to do the the same hopefully without the bullchit that some like to include in their comments.

        But even as a very long time Yankees fan it’s hard to not point out some of this teams shall I say shortcomings.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Bluejays get swept right off the bat in the 2nd half, its going to be a long long season up there in Toronto isn’t that right pc?

      • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Gonna be a longer one in the Bronx, right Harry?

      • cur68 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Its going to be so sweet when The Empire finishes last, ‘harry. Mind you, I’ll feel bad for Len, UYF, and COPO (and the other Empire Loyalists who can manage to root for their team without being an ever-loving-ass) but for you? Why it’ll be like imagining you being fire-hosed back into your cage for poo flinging . . . again.

        Do carry on with this, eh? It’ll be all the sweeter by the end of the season.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        I’m going to mentally insert myself into that list of non-asses. Sadly, I’m not sure the truly obnoxious Yankee fans will ever truly feel the pain that comes with losing, because instead of simply acknowledging that the other teams were better, they invent injustices and conspiracies that were the true cause of the national tragedy of a Yankee-less playoffs.

      • nbjays - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Or they just jump back off the bandwagon until the Evil Empire climbs back into the lead, then proudly proclaim how good the Yankees are.

      • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Now now, let’s be fair. Borg fans are not bandwagon types. They prefer to suffer openly with their team. And really, a season of Borg decay is not good for the fans of base…er… designatedhitterball in general. Watching them slide towards the basement is an anxiety-inducing affair even for those of us who aren’t Borg fans, like watching a major Antarctic ice shelf calve from a small boat up way too close. It exaggerates the Chandler wobble. It destabilizes reality, suggesting that there might actually be cycles to the history of base…er…designatedhitterball, like introducing spring and fall to the tropics. So let’s try and remain objective about the awesome spectacle of the Bronx implosion, shall we?

  6. uyf1950 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Pathetic, pathetic outing by CC unfortunately it’s been one of several/many for him this year. Just telling it like I see it.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Didn’t the Yankees used to have Aces once upon a time? Who switched them to the cold deck?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      No way- he’s the ace of the staff!!! His numbers are a bit skewed because he pitches in Yankees statdium… and Fenway…and Tropicana…and the Rogers Center…and….well, you see where I’m going with that. When we come back from the break reeling a bit and we need what could have been a huge series win from the Red Sox, our “Ace” goes out and gets rocked for 7 runs after being spotted a 3 run lead. Maybe he had too much birthday cake before the game?

    • Jeremy T - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      I’m still not sure what “ace” actually means. Kuroda has been far and away the best pitcher on the Yankees this year, though, and I would expect him to get some Cy Young votes.

  7. indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Harvey. It ain’t bragging if it’s true. He is truly fun to watch. As a former Mets fan and a lifelong Yankee hatah, I love how much it kills the Empire to not own this little precious gem. I know, I know. I can’t help it. Old habits die hard. The bombers couldn’t even do me a solid last night and beat the BoSox so my Rays could pull to within a half game. I guess we will just have to do it ourselves.

    My sleepy eyes turn to Fenway tonight. The Rays are 2 and 9, I believe, versus the Red Sox this year. Yeah, we’re gonna have to do a little better than that. Let’s rumble. First place or bust.

    • rockthered1286 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      I’m pulling for ya Burgie. My yardbirds still sit 3 1/2 back from the BoSox. If the Rays can take the series, that puts the O’s in prime position to leap frog the Sox when we get our turn this weekend. And I like those chances.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Does it kill Yankee fans? It’s not like the Yanks ever had a chance at Harvey. I just appreciate what he’s doing.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I wish he was pitching on the other side of town, certainly, but I wouldn’t say it kills me. What kills me is the constant stink of failure hanging around the Yankees touted pitching prospects.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      The Sox have 2 Italian-American catchers from Hollywood and West Palm Florida respectively – it’s not exactly Elizabeth Avenue in St. Louis but it’s certainly strange. Just had to mention that – since Mike Napoli is starting to heat up. Also he and Salty probably both grew up fishing for Rays and as an angler you just can’t replace that kind of experience.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I heard these been a lot of friction in the clubhouse between the two- they just can’t agree on whether it’s sauce or gravy.

        P.S.

        This I-Talian thinks it’s sauce!!!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        This I-rishman doesn’t get a vote obviously, but if he did it would definitely be sauce.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      But I guess what I’m really saying to Burgie is: IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Oh, no you din’t.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        you know i did

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        You just bring that shit tonight, bean boy.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Oh yeah – we’re gonna sort through those pinto beans and soak ‘em overnight and then stew ‘em up and smack ‘em around with a potato masher – wait, what were we talking about?

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I don’t know, but that sounds delicious.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        I can’t get all wound up about trashtalking the Rays yet – and you’re only 3-9 against the Sawks – not 2-9 – I just can’t let you go on thinking you’re 7 down for the season instead of 6. It’s not right.

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Oh no, don’t you be backing down! It’s on!!! (Oh, my poor boys in that green stadium against those mean Bostonians.)

        Yeah, I just realized we are 3-9. Watching the pre-game show for the Rays. 3-9, 2-9. Both suck. We need to do better.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        wellll … yes, we are talking about fine slicing the suckitude

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Jeez Alou – NESN pregame just ran the Rays’ stats for the last 19 games – those guys are hotter than a two dollar pistola. And Alex Cobb is starting his rehab assignment tomorrow. /loosens tie and pours 2 fingers of Bushmills

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        I’m doing this stone cold sober. For now. We’ll see how this game goes. Still feeling Saturday night a bit. Shit, I might need the crown. 3-9. Pedroia. Big Papi. Napoli. Fucking Jonny Gomes. When did he get good?

        Fuck it, I’m getting a drink. Cheers.

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Don’t forget who those starts were against. The best of MLB’s AAAA–Astros, Twinkies, and Chisox.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        OK – so against better teams maybe it’s only 15-4. Not persuaded.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        This is a revolting start. /pours another

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Not revolting enough. TOOTBLAN Jennings. Be a pal and pour me one too, will ya?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        /reaches down for another glass – pours

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        Trying Tolón-Tolón chocolate creme liqueur tonight. The baseball gods seem pleased with my offering. Nice half inning by Moore.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Hopefully this chocolate beverage displeases Jobu.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        A little research revealed that Jennings actually just committed his 8th TOOTBLAN of the season, and this was the 2nd highly coveted “leading off a game” TOOTBLAN. We thank him very much.

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        I could have lived without that stat. Thanks. Where does one find TOOTBLAN stats?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        http://tootblan.tumblr.com/

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        Sigh. Well, Jennings is cute. Not particularly smart. Can’t be everything.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        And fast – don’t forget fast

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        btw how cool is that tumblr site?

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        Very cool! Why didn’t I think of it?

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Gods still liking my liqueur.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Jobu loves chocolate evidently. Either that or Matt Moore is really really good. /pours a double

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        It’s the chocolate. 2-0 lead vs. the Bosox. I’m switching to rum.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Oooh – pre-emptive help for Rodney – prescient move maybe?

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Jobu likes rum.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Matt Moore don’t need no stinkin Jobu – he don’t need no stinkin Rodney – and he don’t need no stinkin badges

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        18 of 20 – still white hot

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Moore was on fiyah. Winner takes first tomorrow. Good game.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Seriously impressive performance – held Sawks to scratch singles from 2 of the best in the game. That performance against the Astros? Perfect game.

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        I agree. Best performance I have ever seen from Moore.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      I would like to take this opportunity to gloat about scolding you re: assuming the Rays would suck after the break.

      /does I-told-you-so dance

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Dance now – Sawks own the Rays. Sawks confuse Rays, Rays got no feet.

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        The Rays have yet to play an over .500 team…

        /holding my breath

      • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        I hope you beat the BloSox so I can totally gloat ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        I would have NO problem whatsoever with you gloating if you’re right. 2-9 vs. the Sox. Dare I hope?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Gloat, rinse, re-gloat. Although the re-gloat looks suspiciously like a trick by gloat manufacturers to sell twice the gloat.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      I hope you are noticing the contributions of lukescottsbigbat? Its all the pork. Does wonders for the bigbat. Want some?

      • indaburg - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        You keep hitting like that, I’ll take your pork, baby.

      • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Indy sounds…liberated…lately.

  8. therealtrenches - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    My Phils can’t take the rarified air of .500-plus baseball, and promptly drop two to go back under.

    And yes, it really did look like Harvey was toying with them.

    At least the Braves dropped two as well…right Craig?

  9. chill1184 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Another double digit strikeout for the Harvester and once again Byrd continues to be the word

  10. rockthered1286 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    We need something to distract the compulsive thumbs-downers who are just really killing my good vibes this morning… look! ESPN has an article about how your favorite bandwagon team did something that will convince your friends to jump on the banwagon too! And Skip Bayless said something outlandish to Screamin A Smith who rebuttled with something else outlandish! Go check it out! Hurry!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Or they could go run out and watch re-runs of ” Picture Pages “. Maybe they’d learn how to at least type there.

      My personal feeling is someone’s pvc pipe anal hamster got out of the cage and continually is running over they keyboard.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Thanks for making me feel old first thing.

        Well, you know my name is Simon/and the things I drawr come true…

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        We sing schoolhouse rock songs here at the office to raise morale for time to time. :-)

        Because it beats the whip methodology of raising morale, or the occasional *example termination* to get you moving in the right direction.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        I must have missed the pvc pipe anal hamster song on Picture Pages.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Your office sounds like hell.

  11. steelers88 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    So why is ESPN still pretending like the Yankees and the Red Sox are still a big deal?

    • 4d3fect - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Bristol.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Because a game between them fills weeks of programming!

    • mckludge - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Because NY is the #1 and Boston is the #7 media market in the US. Its all about maximizing ad revenue.

  12. Liam - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    It was too bad the Yankees had to pitch Adam Warren in the 11th. They were just completely out of better relievers. A real shame losing a huge divisional game with such an inferior pitcher, but there was just no quality reliever other than Warren for them to use.

  13. nbjays - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    “Anyway: it’s now been 11 days since I’ve written an ATH in which I had to put a number next to the Marlins score.”

    Zero isn’t a number anymore? Well that sucks.

    The Jays have used the last two games against the Rays perfecting the art of the almost comeback, closing to within one run and leaving the tying and/or winning runs on base. Hit the freakin’ ball, dammit!

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      I understand that Scrooge McLoria is going to switch from the Arabic zero to the Mayan zero glyph on the scoreboard in an attempt to appeal to Macondo’s Hispanic fans.

  14. historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Thank God my blackout ends tonight — and with His Heterochromianess too! I watched yesterday’s game last night. I’m pretty sure I might hear about a certain play by a certain player by a certain commenter here, but I won’t say more. You don’t load the gun and hand it over. Anyway, Miggy went Boom! and it felt really, really good. I hadn’t had one of those in awhile. I feel more relaxed now, you know? Amusingly, Brayan Pena was the game’s MVP — what??? Also, loved how Smyly got his final out — wait, no, it’s foul…here comes Leyland and a conference…nope, still went foul, so Smyly goes back on the mound and throws another strike. *Now* the inning’s over. Oh, hey, Rondon is seriously improving. It’s coming!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      If you aren’t having enough MGB’s in your life it can filter through to other areas of your life, please for the love of Buddha – think of the children.

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    What was that another 3 HR game by a bluejays starter? They certainly love handing those out this year!!! LOVE IT!

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      What was that, another implosion by the fat Borg starter? Adorable in its own way.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        That’s no way to talk about an “Ace.” Those pinstripes are slimming.

        Nothing scares the collective like talk of an implosion – the drones can’t fight the enemy within.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        He’s not fat- he’s big-boned!!!

  16. andreweac - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Who would have ever guessed after the 2011 season Mike Napoli would have a better career WAR moving forward when compared to the Albertross.

    It seems the Angels are cursed since Arte Moreno, Scioscia and Reagins moved Napoli.

  17. dluxxx - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    See, that kid made a big mistake by not going with a Chaotic Evil Defiler. Everyone knows the girls always go for the bad boys, and those Lawful Good guys are a little too uptight. You still get the outdoorsey feel with a Defiler, but instead of loving nature you’re BURNING IT.

    Not that I know anything about that. At all…

    Also, not to pick nits, but although Dozier’s hit should have been a bloop single against Masterson, it was misplayed and was credited as a double. So, there’s that too.

    Twins 4 game winning streak ends, but hey, it was fun while it lasted!

  18. hcf95688 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    A’s 6, Angels 0

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s403x403/1005742_10153036714780007_825923018_n.jpg

  19. APBA Guy - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    El Capitan was the answer to the Angels sluggers last night, keeping them off-balance with a superb 2 seamer as an out pitch to highlight his fastball heavy repertoire. After 2 games of no offense against Weaver and Wilson the Angels darkside was in full view, with Williams missing location over the plate (Eric Sogard HR, really?) and 3 Angels errors (they lead the majors in errors). You get the feeling watching the Angels that when they pitch well they can look like world beaters. But when the offense has to press a little they look terrible. Still, they gained a game on the A’s, but since Texas got swept the A’s are now 3 games up heading to Houston, against whom they are 9-0 this year.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      When I head to Houston, it’s for the chiles en nogada at Otilo’s. They got the recipe from Como Agua Para Chocolat, by the way. Some poblanos, some cream, some walnuts, some chicken, some pomegranate seeds….(drool).

      • hcf95688 - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        If you come out to Oakland, you should check out B-Side BBQ. Owner/Chef Tanya Holland trained at La Varrenne in Burgundy France. Her sauces, rubs, and techniques are not tied to any particular region. When asked to label her Qing style she calls it “Oakland Style”.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        You know, when I was heading to Houston for food, which I did a lot when I lived in San Antonio, I varied the menu: Chuy’s, the Great Greek (it is-sadly long gone), Bombay Palace, etc… Houston is much under-appreciated for its food, to say nothing for how exceptionally friendly the people are.

        On the other hand: traffic. I-10W at rush hour is rivaled only by the SoCal 405.

      • stex52 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        When in Houston these days, go Mediterranean. They have developed a large contingent from every country ringing that little sea.

        Although everyone says go to Underbelly. A friend of mine’s grandson runs it and it has developed an international reputation.

    • dluxxx - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Don’t fret. You have a 3 game set against the Twins. I smell winning streak!

    • moogro - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Watched him a little and it was really fun. He seems to lower his arm angle and move the ball into righties, painting the lower corners. Very Maddux: Lots of watched strikes.

  20. spudchukar - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Perhaps one of the contributing factors to the Cards phenomenal RISP is the amazing amount of practice they get exercise it.

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