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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

Rays 5, Red Sox 1: David Price tossed a one-run, five hit complete game, with a solo homer by Mike Napoli the only real blemish. He needed a mere 97 pitches. That’s what happens when you throw 72 strikes. The Sox and Rays are once again tied in the loss column.

Dodgers 8, Blue Jays 3: For the second day in a row a team scores a boatload of runs in the tenth inning. We should probably come up with a name for that. I’m sure the Germans have a name for it with multiple syllables already because they’re so good at that. I’m thinking the word “shambles” has to be in it. Like “Exrasshambles” or something. Anyway, the Dodgers are apparently indestructible these days.

Pirates 4, Nationals 2: The “Kill the Win” alarm was buzzing loudly at Brian Kenny’s house last night as Stephen Strasburg tossed eight two-hit innings with 12 strikeouts and took the loss. That’s what happens, though, when one of those hits you allow is a solo homer and your opponent — Francisco Liranio — tosses shutout ball into the eighth. Drew Storen has been a hot mess for the Nats all year. The Nats haven’t won a game since the break and, my picking them as a team that could make a move in the second half notwithstanding, are now nine freakin’ games back.

Athletics 4, Astros 3: The A’s take their 11th of 12 games so far this year against Houston, this on a come from behind job powered by a Coco Crisp two-run homer. Someone asked Crisp after the game if the A’s offense relies too much on homers. The idea that a team hits too many homers always makes me chuckle. It’s like asking someone if they’re too rich or too thin.

Braves 8, Mets 2: A win, yes, but an awful loss in the form of Tim Hudson‘s freak fractured ankle that will put him out for the season. Don’t seek out the video of this one, folks. It’s Tim Krumrie stuff.

Angels 1, Twins 0: Jered Weaver: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 9K. Pretty much says it all.

Brewers 3, Padres 1: Kyle Lohse with a strong outing. He’s quietly been pretty great for the Brewers lately, going 6-1 with a 2.51 ERA over his past 11 starts. The Brewers should probably try to flip him.

Indians 10, Mariners 1: Down goes the Mariners win streak. Scott Kazmir tossed one-hit ball for eight innings, allowing nothin’ but an unearned run. Michael Bourn hit a grand slam. Asdrubal Cabrera homered and drove in three. Eleven runs scored in this game and it lasted a mere six minutes more than the 1-0 Angels-Twins game.

Cardinals 11, Phillies 3: Another day Ruben Amaro is reported to still be a buyer at the deadline, another day the Phillies get thumped. Sixteen hits for the Cardinals.

Rockies 2, Marlins 1: Yet another nice pitching performance last night. This one from Jorge De La Rosa, who tossed six scoreless. Colorado can force a 2-2 tie in what I like to think of as the 1993 Expansion Series if they win today.

Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 6: Chicago had a 6-0 lead, blew it, but then Nate Schierholtz — who had five RBI overall — drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th. Basically any team could’ve had Schierholtz before the season began. No one wanted him but the Cubs. He’s hitting .277/.334/.521. How’s your team’s right fielder doin’?

Rangers 3, Yankees 1: Matt Garza makes his Texas debut and allowed only one unearned run in seven and a third. Homers from A.J. Pierzynski and David Murphy.

Reds 8, Giants 3: Mike Leake somehow survived six innings of one-run ball despite allowing 12 hits. He also went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Joey VottoBrandon Phillips and Devin Mesoraco each drove in two. The Reds finish their season series with the Giants having taken six of seven. I suppose that doesn’t totally make up for last year’s playoffs, but it’s something.

Tigers 6, White Sox 2: Anibal Sanchez joins the parade of great starting pitching performances last night, tossing six scoreless. Prince FielderAustin Jackson and Torii Hunter homered.

Royals 4, Orioles 3: Two homers for Eric Hosmer. More like Eric Homer, amirite?  God, I don’t know why I keep doing that. More coffee please.  Good morning everyone.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. On Tuesday the Yankees were the windshield and yesterday they were the bug. That’s just the way it goes some days.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Blue Jays find new ways to be the bug every night.

      • Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Q: And what’s the last thing that went through AA’s mind when he hit the windshield?

        A: His asshole.

  2. nbjays - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Goddamn Perez! It’s like he was thinking “I can cough up a shitload of runs better than any of you other bastards can. Just watch THIS!”, before he went out in the 10th.

    On a positive note, the Astros are coming to town so there is a better than even chance of picking up a win or two… maybe. You just never know, given the knuckleheaded way the Jays are playing lately.

    At least the Red Sox and Yankees both lost as well. Go Rays!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      Perez saw his ERA shoot up from 0.00 to 1.96. Go Rays Go!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        and the Jays streak is now shot up to “7″ :)

    • indaburg - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      I saw Perez’s meltdown. He and I have a lot in common–I consider him my “brother.” He just didn’t have it last night (understatement).

      How about dem Rays, huh? :-) Wow. I’m happy with the two wins. All I wanted is a split. A win tonight is just a cherry on the sundae. Being greedy. I ain’t greedy. But I’ll take it.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Go get you some against Beantown. Looking forward to facing the Rays. A sentiment never before made.

      • indaburg - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        I would love the face the Dodgers in the WS. That’s my pick for the post season. Rays-Dodgers. Puig, Myers.

      • stex52 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        Mr. Price came back like a house on fire. Good luck tonight, Indy.

      • indaburg - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        My hopes rest on the shoulders of the perpetually sleepy Mr. Hellickson.

  3. janessa31888 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Great start for Scott Kazmir. He seems to do really well with Yan Tomes catching him. Way to go, Michael Bourn!! Finally, they actually scored runs.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      He is even better when Yan Gomes is catching him.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        I am a big fan of Yan Gomes who was the first Brazilian born player in MLB. The Jays had a surplus of catchers, so, I was happy that he was traded to a team that could use him.

      • janessa31888 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Stupid Autocorrect doesn’t recognize his last name. It changed it from Gomes to Tomes right before I posted. Very annoying.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Agreed! It is annoying.

  4. yarguy - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Leading by one run – 2 outs – 2 strikes – 9th inning – end up losing 6-3. Right now it wouldn’t surprise me if the Astros were to get their first sweep of the year.

    And on an unrelatewd note: Craig’s spell-checker seems to working threw some problems.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    C’mon, Red Sox…get your stuff together. Split the series tonight and move on.

    • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      It looks like the Rays are gathering up the Red Sox stuff, and throwing it all out of the window of the 1st place apartment and are getting ready to change the locks.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        NOT really.

        Even though the Rays have been on an EPIC tear, the Sox have kept pace and never fallen out of first place.

        The momentum is definitely on the Rays’ side, but they’re not going to keep winning at such a torrid rate.

        The Sox have just been consistent and playing good ball. I’m not ready to toss them overboard yet.

      • indaburg - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        I’m seeing it your way, ‘lions.

      • spudchukar - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        And soon they will have Cobb back. It could be Rays/Dodgers, certainly the hottest teams right now, but St. Louis just moved 24 games over .500, and that ain’t nothin’.

  6. paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    You can’t stop Jake Westbrook, you can only hope to contain him.

    Last night he was 0-1 with a sacrifice, but he also took a 2 out walk, then STOLE the second base of his career, and scored on a Matt Carpenter single. At the time, the game was still relatively close.

    His previous start he was 3-3, with a double, RBI, and 2 runs score, and he’s pitched well, too. Keeping the ball down and giving up only 1 XBH/game (a double each time).

    Last night Brock Peterson, a 29 yr old career minor leaguer, got his first MLB hit, which was pretty cool.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Any Kozma!?

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        He singled and walked.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        That’s a walk better than Don Kelly. :(

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        It was a non-intentional, intentional walk with a man on 2B to get to the pitcher. Kozma has been swinging at pretty much everything the last couple of months. About the only way he walks is if the pitches are 2 feet off the plate.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Wow, that pitching-to-the-pitcher strategy is awesome.

        /s

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        In July, Cardinal pitchers are hitting better than Kozma. I wish I were kidding.

        In this case, the pitcher sacrificed the men over to second and third, which was followed by a walk and a bases clearing triple, which pretty much ended the game.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        You could pick up Brandon Inge for insurance.

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        You mean, in case Kozma stops sucking, so the Cardinals could still have someone that sucked?

        I am really rooting for Kozma to turn it around for at least the next month for 2 reasons:

        1) He’s a good kid. I like him. I’d like to see him do well.

        2) It might keep the Cardinals from doing something stupid involving giving up a talented prospect for a below average SS that represents an insignificant upgrade over Kozma.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Everyone needs a weak link.

        You know I hope he turns it around. I want you to have the Oklahoma goodness…so much of it is on the DL right now. :(

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Yeah, but that OK goodness says he’s full go on the hammy now and will be back on Saturday. The quasi-OK goodness that is Tyler Lyons has been lights out since being sent back down to AAA…so there is OK goodness on the horizon.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        That’s good. I imagine the A’s feel the same way w/ Anderson. Unfortunately, the Dodgers & O’s aren’t. It’s a mixed bag on the OKG right now.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        It’s gonna be a long day again, isn’t it?

    • spudchukar - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      While it certainly is true that Kozma hasn’t been producing much offensively, I am here to champion his defense. He has been nothing short of spectacular. As we end July he has committed 4 errors, which along with his .990 leads all NL shortstops. Of those 4 errors, 2 were on relay throws, one shouldn’t have been credited to him, one was on a dropped throw, and the other on a wide throw. None on ground balls.

      He isn’t gifted with great range, okay but his 1.2 RF is a little exaggerated. To show how bad UZR ratings still are Jimmy Rollins is sporting a -0.4. That said, he has terrific feet, quick and sure, amazing ball transfer and a strong, quick, and an extraordinarily accurate arm.

      But where he is magical is on the DP turn. The Cards are blowing away the competition, and Kozma is the primary reason why. Sure Carpenter has been very good, particularly for a first year second baseman, and the Cards staff afford a lot of opportunities, but the key is Kozma.

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Yep, he is reliable, great at the DP, solid range, very good coming in on balls, and very quick in his exchange with a strong arm. His defense is why he still have a job….I’m sure the pitching staff loves having him back there.

  7. philliesblow - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Saw the replay of Hudson’s injury this morning, glad I wasn’t having breakfast at the time. Hope is able to recover from that. Kudos to Young for his reaction. I can’t imagine what he felt like after stepping on Hudson’s ankle.

    • MattJanik - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Was at the game last night. Didn’t have a good look at it from where I was. But then, the fans in the parts of the park that have TVs saw a replay and a collective gasp came up from the crowd. Creepy stuff.

  8. dink53 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    The German word you’re looking for is “shadenpitchen”.

  9. jayscarpa - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    The Yankees didn’t hit a HR at Fenway. They haven’t hit a HR in Arlington. They haven’t hit a HR since Ichiro’s on 7/14.

    I long for the days when they hit ‘too many’ HR’s

  10. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Laz Diaz reared his ugly head once again on that absolutely horrendous call against the Nationals to end the game. That was utterly embarrassing.

  11. Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Feesh, anyone?

    No?

    Too bad.

    The Feesh barely avoided their fourth shutout in six games last night, the latest iteration of the AA outfield taking ohfers, the Iron Giant swinging at peetches in his eyes again. The Rocky Mountain Oysters did everything in their power to gift a couple of runs to the Feesh, loading the bases with none out in the seventh and then excising Hechaverria, Yelich and the Iron Giant like a trio of warts while the basepath boffos chilled in the thin air. So it goes.

    Jacob Turner threw seven very nice innings with the usual dearth of support. No word on Ozuna’s thumb yet – but that cannon of an arm is going to be missed while he heals up.

  12. sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Alas, it looks like Jeremy Hefner’s run of greatness is over. Fun while it lasted.

  13. aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Damn…I just watched the Tim Hudson footage.

    What a horrific injury…his foot was basically bent perpendicularly to his leg. That’s gonna take a while to recover from. Wow.

  14. bravojawja - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Trust me, Craig – it’s possible to be too thin.

  15. historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    We had a pretty bad storm here Tuesday night, and about 100K were without power — including my mom, who now has a tree in her garage. Thankfully, it’s only the low 90′s and not 110* like last year at this time. Still, not a good time to go w/out A/C. The upside is: Mom slept over last night and we watched the game together. That was kinda fun. Prince went big Boom! The neverending parade of relievers got tiresome, but we were glad for the win. My buddy who’s the O’s fan texted me obscenities about losing to the Royals & I said I know the feeling. And, btw, one of my besties is bringing a new AL fan into the world. :)

  16. deathmonkey41 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    The John Mayberry dive in center field is perhaps one of the greatest plays I have ever seen. Made me think of Willie Mays Hayes sliding into 2nd.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_07_24_phimlb_slnmlb_1&mode=video&content_id=29105821&tcid=vpp_copy_29105821

    • spudchukar - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Feeble is the only word that comes mind. Of course, I loved it, but still it was a miserable attempt. I especially liked the futile wave at the ball after it landed. It is fair to say, CF isn’t where Mayberry belongs.

  17. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Jays run their streak to “7″ in a row and are now a cool “10″ games below .500!!! That’s the good news the bad news is they now get to play the Astros, sadly I think even the jays can win a series against them but you gotta have faith, Go Stros!!

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      I was watching the MLB channel and they went to that game just before the ball bounced over Ramus’s head. Whatever fans were left there looked like someone had just slaughtered their puppy in front of them.

    • Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Double posting the same stuff. Poor dim Harry explores new frontiers in brainlock and tedium.

    • nbjays - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Yep, ‘harry… at least you have the Jays to root against since your team is not worth rooting for right now. Whatever makes you happy.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        At least your hater talks to you and you know wtf his problem is.

  18. steelers88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Hahahahahaha Walker missed the tag last night! Everything is bouncing the Pirates this year! RAISE IT! Can’t Wait to see the Pirates in BUCTOBER!

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

      Many things may be going the Pirates way, but playing in the NL Central isn’t one of them.

  19. dluxxx - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    “8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 9K. Pretty much says it all.”

    Well, not really all…

    That blown infield fly pretty much killed the Twins 9th inning rally. Maybe they wouldn’t have won, but we’ll never know because of an inept officiating crew.

  20. APBA Guy - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    No TV of the A’s getaway game yesterday. Sort of defines small market, when a 11:00 am local start time generates more broadcast expense than revenue.

    Too bad, since by all accounts and highlights it was another close game by the improved Astros against an A’s team that may have been coasting a bit.

    Anyway, the Angels come to the Mausoleum tonight with CJ Wilson who was terrific in his last start against the A’s. The 2 or 3 of you who check ATH at nearly noon Eastern are probably aware that the A’s are weaker against lefties, so if Wilson is “on” in the big ball park it could be a long night for the A’s.

    This is a 4 game set between the two teams, and unfortunately for the Angels after Wilson they have Williams, Richards, and Hanson on the hill. At 47-52 the Angels need to take 3 of 4 from the A’s, but with those pitchers I don’t see it. 2-2 at best, and a high probability of 1-3, assuming of course that the A’s can average less than the 2 error per game they achieved against the Astros.

  21. steelers88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    The Pirates are a small market team and every game they play is shown on RootSports except for when the Penguins are on at the same time.

  22. spudchukar - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    The Cards enjoy a wide lead in runs scored in the NL, yet only SF and Miami have hit fewer HR’s. Ought to give you guys who champion the HR, and disparage the “opposite field, up the middle, hitting it where it is pitched, and squaring up the ball” approach pause.

  23. steelers88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    RISP Fail all day.

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