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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 24, 2013, 7:07 AM EST

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Mariners 4, Indians 3: The M’s just keep on winning. That’s eight in a row, with this one ending interestingly. The Indians had runners on the corners with no one out in the ninth. Then Drew Stubbs got caught in a rundown he probably shouldn’t have gotten caught in between third and home, ending the play out in a double play which erased both baserunners. Michael Bourn struck out, game over.

Reds 3, Giants 9Giants 5, Reds 3: A weird doubleheader in which the Giants were the home team in the first one and the Reds were the home team in the nightcap, batting last and wearing their home uniforms and everything. Imagine my disappointment when I learned that both games were in AT&T Park and that the Reds had agreed to make up a home rainout in San Francisco as opposed to the teams chartering jets and traveling to Ohio in between games. There was a time in this country where people had vision and ambition and such a thing would not have seemed so crazy. Thanks, Obama.

Red Sox 6, Rays 2: An eight strikeout performance from Jon Lester, who was making the start on extra rest. He gave up two runs and seven hits with no walks in six and a third. He needed that.

Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 9: Toronto had a five-run lead in the sixth and piddled it away. Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, he Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBI. Five straight for L.A., 22 of 27 overall.

Pirates 5, Nationals 1: Gerrit Cole had no problems with the Nats, pitching seven strong and driving in a run. The Nats have lost five straight. Jayson Werth after the game: “Things aren’t going our way and we’re not winning games. We need to find a way to win a game.” That’s some keen insight there, Jayson.

Mets 4, Braves 1: Bright side for the Nats: The Braves have sucked too. Carlos Torres allowed a leadoff homer to Andrelton Simmons but nothing else of consequence. I was so depressed watching this game that I turned it off and watched episode 6 of “Sherlock” for the fourth time or so. I feel like I know how Holmes did that thing at the end now. But thanks to the BBC I’ve been waiting over a year for the resolution and will be waiting a lot longer. British TV is weird.

Yankees 5, Rangers 4: Two runs off Joe Nathan in the ninth is not the sort of thing one can count on very often, but that’s what the Yankees got thanks to an RBI triple by Eduardo Nunez who was then driven in on a Brent Lillibridge single. Weirdest part: the tying run came in the form of Vernon Wells who actually drew a walk. He doesn’t do that terribly often.

Padres 6, Brewers 2: Nick Hundley was 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI. Just before the game Milwaukee traded Francisco Rodriguez. This has been quite a week for unloading jerks in Milwaukee. Anyone gonna argue that the team now has better chemistry? Nah, of course not. They’re not winning.

Tigers 6, White Sox 2: Seven scoreless for Rick Porcello. The White Sox committed four errors. This one night after they had three. More like the Chicago White Slops, amirite?

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1: Make that three teams in the NL East “hunt” stinking up the joint. Shelby Miller struck out six in six shutout innings to nab his tenth win. Allen Craig drove in a couple. More like the NL Least, amirite?

OK, sorry. I’ll cut that out now.

Royals 3, Orioles 2: Bruce Chen is now 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA. Only two starts and a lot of relief work in that, but you have to assume these are showcase starts for a trade, right? Of course that assumes Dayton Moore knows what he’s doing.

Marlins 4, Rockies 2: No matter how poorly the P.R. end of the offseason purge was for the Marlins, you have to admit that this team is more interesting giving a showcase to the kids while losing than it is trotting out highly-paid veterans and losing. Jose Fernandez gave up two runs over seven innings while striking out eight. Christian Yelich makes his debut after yesterday’s callup going 3 for 4 with a couple driven in.

Astros 5, Athletics 4: A three-run ninth for the Astros, with runs scoring on a Matt Dominguez homer then a passed ball/throwing error combo gave them the walkoff win. It was Grant Balfour’s first blown save in a long, long time.

Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 4A.J. Pollock doubled, tripled and drove in three, Eric Chavez tripled and drove in three and Patrick Corbin kept the Cubs more or less contained.

Twins 10, Angels 3: Your standard seven-run 10th inning, highlighted by a Chris Herrmann grand slam. Herrmann was filling in for Joe Mauer, who high-tailed it out of there for the birth of his twins.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Don’t get the Sherlock love. I find that show so utterly offputting. Much prefer Elementary. And the Robert Downey Jr. films. And, above everything, the old Jeremy Brett series.

    Last night was Star Wars night at the Mets game. Not sure what this has to do with baseball that they keep doing it, but there are worse fandoms to entice. When it came time for the “no rebroadcast” disclaimer to be read, Josh Lewin added “without the express written permission of Sterling Enterprises and the Jedi Council.” Which let me and my wife to then adapt a dozen lines from Star Wars for baseball. “Aren’t you a little shortstop to be a stormtrooper?” “I find your lack of a DH disturbing.” That sort of thing. My wife is not a baseball fan in the least, but she did pretty well with this effort. I guess she’s learned something from me. (She knew Star Wars cold when we met, and my first birthday gift to her was Star Wars Trivial Pursuit.)

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    STex and I had a little exchange yesterday about his Astros team. Basically I said they were improved and he said not so fast. Last night the Astros finally won one against the A’s in 2013. Again they had a good outing from their starter, and their team hung in until they got to Balfour.

    In the old days the relievers came in from the bullpen in golf carts. Some were made up like team mascots, some had team logos, and some were plain. Had a cart been bringing Balfour in last night the appropriate design would have been a clown car, as once again the A’s literally threw the game away with Norris’ second throwing error in 2 games being the 6th error by the A’s in those two games.

    I talked a little about the A’s defense yesterday without mentioning that last year the team had Drew at short and Pennington at 2B resulting in an excellent up the middle defense. This year the A’s are searching for the middle infield combo that will give them some offense and defense to contend into the playoffs.

    But let’s also acknowledge that the Astros starting pitching has been holding the A’s offense to 1 or 2 runs. That’s a vast improvement over the first 3 series this year. This afternoon the Astros have their trade-bait pitcher, Bay Area native Bud Norris going. If he holds the A’s to 1 or 2 runs, the unthinkable could happen: the A’s could lose the series, especially if they commit another 3 errors. Of course, if Texas keeps sputtering that will take the sting out.

    • stex52 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Thanks, APBA. I need my reputation as a “hater” cemented. Surprised I haven’t gotten some nasties already.

      OFFICIAL STATEMENT: I AM HAPPY WHEN THE ASTROS WIN.

      Now I feel constrained to point out that for all your kind words, they are 1-10 against the A’s this year.

  3. billymc75 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    check the pitch graphics Kirwin Danley is a Yankee fan

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