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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 26, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

Bryce Harper AP

Nationals 9, Pirates 7: This could have been an awful, awful defeat, what with the Nats bullpen once again pooping all over itself. At least I’m assuming it would have been a defeat. The game was tied entering the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to Bryce Harper‘s walkoff homer, however, we don’t know how extras would’ve gone had they been required. Though I’m guessing after the stretch the Nats have been on, Nats fans have a gut feeling.

Yankees 2, Rangers 0: Hiroki Kuroda does his part to blow some fresh air into the A-Rod-funkified Yankees Universe. Wait, the universe is mostly the vacuum of space, so there can be no air, clean or otherwise. Hurm. Anyway, Kuroda, Robertson and Rivera combine for a shutout.

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 1: A homer and a double for Aaron Hill, who had been mired in a slump. He may still be mired in a slump, with this being but one brief shining moment amidst a long stretch of doom and despair. Wait: I think I just realized why baseball writers use selective end points so often. To not do so is rather depressing.

Mets 7, Braves 4: Zack Wheeler worked around trouble and John Buck drove in three for the series split. I did not realize this until I just read it: the Mets are 20-13 since they called up Wheeler.

White Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jake Peavy gutted out seven innings while Justin Verlander continued to look quite mortal, allowing 11 hits and striking out only four in six innings of work. This could’ve been Peavy’s last start with the White Sox as he is being heavily scouted and is subject to all kinds of trade rumors.

Padres 10, Brewers 8: Will Venable hit a couple of doubles and made a sweet catch in center. Yovani Gallardo didn’t do much to help the Brewers peddle him to a contender: six runs on eight hits while walking three in three and two thirds.

Blue Jays 4, Astros 0: Mark Buehrle with the two-hit shutout, snapping the Jays’ seven-game losing streak. He worked quickly, as usual, and was happy about that. Why? He said after the game that he had tickets to see Tim McGraw last night and really didn’t want to be late. Well then.

Marlins 5, Rockies 3: A four-run ninth for the Marlins. A three-run ninth for the Rockies. Advantage: Marlins because, well, that’s how math works.

Cardinals 3, Phillies 1: The Cardinals win their seventh of nine, thanks to Lance Lynn‘s strong outing.

Royals 7, Orioles 1: This win closes out a 5-2 stretch against the Tigers and O’s. Not too shabby. They play their next 12 against sub-.500 clubs. They’re only seven back. I guess crazier things have happened. Can’t think of any at the moment, but still.

Angels 8, Athletics 3Albert PujolsMike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs. The Angels had 12 hits. Eleven of them were singles.

Reds 5, Dodgers 2: Mat Latos — owner of cat Cat Latos — ends the Dodgers winning streak.  Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul homered off Zack Greinke. The Reds won, but Shin-Soo Choo had two awful plays. He got deked by the shortstop on a hit-and-run and tried to retreat back to first only to get tagged out. He also fielded a single by Yasiel Puig, thought he’d try to peg him at first base when Puig made a big turn and threw the ball away for a two-base error. Well, oops.

Mariners 8, Twins 2: A six-run second inning for the M’s was pretty much all she wrote. Who’s “she,” anyway? She writes a lot. Maybe I should meet her. I’d like to know what makes her so prolific.

Rays vs. Red Sox: POSTPONED:  “And you’ll always love me won’t you? Yes. And the rain won’t make any difference? No.”

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    The Yankees were the windshield yesterday and the Rangers the bug. All the credit in the world goes to Hiroki Kurodi who lowered his ERA to 2.51. The Yankees scored their usual 2 runs but that was all Kuroda needed. It’s just my opinion but at least at this stage of the season Kuroda has to be considered a one of the American Leagues leading candidates for the the Cy Young Award. Maybe not the leading candidate but one of them.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      King Felix is probably ahead of him

      NamebrWAR (rank)fWAR (rank)ERA (rank)
      Felix5.0 (1)4.2 (t1)2.43 (1)
      Kuroda3.8 (7)2.6 (t10)2.51 (2)

      • Jeremy T - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Wow, terrible formatting. Let’s try that again…

        brWAR
        Felix – 5.0 (1st in AL)
        Kuroda – 3.8 (7th in AL)

        fWAR
        Felix – 4.2 (tied for 1st in AL)
        Kuroda – 2.6 (tied for 10th in AL)

        ERA
        Felix – 2.43 (1st in AL)
        Kuroda – 2.51 (2nd in AL)

        He’s had an amazing season, but Felix has been better in just about everything. Really the only way Felix doesn’t win it is if Scherzer gets it on Wins.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Jeremy, I don’t necessarily disagree with you but I think you are underestimating Kuroda. For example he pitching in a tougher division and also he’s gotten less run support from the Yankees than Hernandez has gotten from the Mariners.
        Hernandez : 4.38 per game average
        Kuroda : 3.46 per game average

        I think the final tally in votes if both pitchers continue to pitch they way they have been will be a lot closer then you may think. In any case it should be an interesting race to the finish. Just my opinion.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Hmm, perhaps, but none of the three stats I listed there are really affected by run support (unless you subscribe to the whole “pitching to the score” idea). That run support stat is kind of crazy in itself, though. It wasn’t that long ago that those numbers would’ve been switched.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        fWAR
        Felix – 4.2 (tied for 1st in AL)
        Kuroda – 2.6 (tied for 10th in AL)

        I normally prefer fangraphs over bref, but in this case I’d pretty much throw out these numbers. fWAR is based of FIP, which normalizes a pitchers BABIP to league average. Kuroda has thrown over 1000 IP at a .278 BABIP. I think it’s time to stop docking him and thinking he’ll suddenly start throwing at a .300 BABIP. Note, this is also why Rivera’s FIP never matches his ERA. He’s at 1257 IP at .264 BABIP.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        .280 is reasonable, but Kuroda has a .253 BABIP this year. 3.5 K/BB is pretty good, and even by FIP, which as you pointed out probably underrates him, he’s been very good (3.51). Still, though, he has the highest LOB% of his career, and the lowest BABIP. His GB% is very good, but no better than it has been in the past, and his other batted ball stats seem to be about the same.

        Felix has essentially the same BB rate, with an extra 3 K/9, and leads the league in both ERA and IP. As he’s lost velocity these last few years his BABIP has risen to actually be slightly above average, so he’s not getting lucky there.

        So… that’s a lot of numbers that I quite possibly am misinterpreting, and even with those numbers he’s been the Yankees MVP and probably deserves to be top 5 in the ALCY race, but Felix has a very definite edge. I’d certainly like to see him win it, but that’s mostly fandom talking I think.

  2. clemente2 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    At Reds-Dodger game last night. Vin Scully bobblehead night, sell out. Several ovations for Scully.

    Choo’s baserunning mistake looked self-inflicted; he started back to first with the Dodger fielders just drifting back towards second base to get ready to receive the throw from center. The ball was a lazy Texas leaguer and not close to being caught and landed before Choo was near second. Strange.

    His throw was awful, but did require the ump to decide Puig had second on the mis-throw and then award third as the ball went into the stands.

    Chapman throws hard.

  3. shoehole - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Hey! All you guys up North. What is wrong with Verlander? I don’t get too many chances to see the Tigers here in Daytona. Is he depressed because of his recent breakup? Is his arm dead or is he missing his spots? Thank you.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Uh, probably a combination of:

      – Age
      – Wear on his arm
      – The security of his new contract

      He’s declining a bit the way you would expect an aging power pitcher with a LOT of innings on his arm would.

      We all know why Clemens had a sudden and miraculous rejuvenation after leaving Boston at age 34.

      Not saying Verlander is done, but we’ve probably seen the last of his 20s-era dominance.

      • grumpyoleman - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Rough world when 30 is aging. I saw some mechanical issues earlier in the year and was wondering if there was an injury issue. Hopefully the pitching coach can get it resolved.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Well, for a non-PED-enhanced athlete, 30 *IS* considered “aging”, unfortunately.

        Hey, I’m 34…I still feel like a teenager for the most part, but the aches and pains are creeping in. It’s weird when people refer to athletes in their early 30s as “aging”, but they’re on a different timeline than non-athletes.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        You are 34 that explains why you don’t have a clue about Clemens. Now I understand why you write so many stupid posts, its because you have no business writing about it in the first place because you were not there!!!

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Go fuck yourself, you useless sack of shit.

        Nobody here has any respect for your hateful, blathering, trolling nonsense in case you haven’t noticed.

        NO ONE.

        So take a hike before you embarrass yourself any further with your worthless posts.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        By the way, Clemens experienced his initial career rejuvenation with the BLUE JAYS, not your precious Yankees…

        …and I know that’s the only team you care about, so clearly you’re enraged because you thought I was claiming Clemens used PEDs while a Yankee.

        And while I have no doubt that that’s also most likely true, at age 34, Clemens was with the Jays.

        It seems you’re the one with your facts wrong.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        I still feel like a teenager for the most part, but the aches and pains are creeping in.

        Pretty much this. It’s like, remember when you were 18 and someone could take a 2×4 to your leg, you’d put an ice pack on it and get back in the game? Now in your 30s, that twisted ankle may take a week plus to recover from.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Wait till’ you hit 40!
        When we play in our competitive division…it takes me a full three days to recover from a game of softball. Just a run of the mill rec league game? 1 1/2 days…easily.
        And that is just a regular game without much contact.
        If I have to make a couple of diving plays, take more than two bases at a time a few times…it takes several days to recuperate.
        If someone slides hard into 2nd to break up a double play…this always results in aches and pains.

        And before you ask…it has NOTHING to do with me being 30 lbs overweight. Lol!

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Ugh, I don’t even want to think about 40! Ha.

    • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      It is all Kate Upton’s fault.

      • paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        There is no such thing as anything being Kate Upton’s fault. Things may be “thanks to Kate Upton”, but she is faultless.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    To a particular Mr. Knowitall, you know who you are:

    So, the Ben Revere injury was nothing to be concerned about. Sure, of course you’re right.You’re always right. Hell, you might as well be named supreme ruler of the universe.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Um, when you’re done talking to he who shall not be named, guess who we play tonight? ;)

      • Kevin S. - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Voldemort?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Might as well be as far as i’m concerned. I skip over his blabbering when I ultimately see it in the commentary.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Wow, now I want to know who it is. arod13? tbfb?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      A wounded duck in the water surrounded by sharks. If you don’t sweep I will be shocked.

      ( And you know who the dick I speak of is, you know, the one that will argue with you until you’re done with the debate or he dies. The one that spends more time saying ” you’re wrong” to anyone who will listen. )

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        You are going to have to better Blue. We need far better hints.
        Give us the initials.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        It would really work for me if you guys could lose them all, yeah. I’ll smack talk you, for sure. ;)

        I’ll have to do some research I guess. I can think of 2 that you particularly don’t like but I don’t know what anyone’s weighed in on Revere about lately. Guess I missed it.

        /does HBT search

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Urgh. I want you to tell. Do you have a twitter? You could tell me on the sly. Eeee!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      It can’t be arod13. If it is…you need to know he truly isn’t much older than 13.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        That was an attempt at humor.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Sorry. I missed it. I also wanted to make sure Blue knew he was so young. To me…it is obvious (based upon his posts). But some people just rail on the kid.

  5. cur68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Zowie. A Beaver Win. Thank you Astros (sorry Stex) my boys needed that.

    • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      I’m sure stex was happy to see the Astros be useful to someone. Me, I’m upset that they now have a significantly worse record than the Feesh. There goes that first hot draft pick.

      I am also, after commenting on the Cishek and Dunn post a few iterations ago, fairly sure that the Feesh must be watching their cloacas as we approach the trade deadline because the “union” is waiting to see if they’re going to orfload arbitration-eligible ballplayers yet again. Perhaps there was a “tacit understanding” in place. Maybe that they could pare their payroll down to its current K-Mart level (not counting the shares of contracts of traded players they’re stuck with) if they held off on further human sacrifices until some group of visiting missionaries goes home to file their report. Or something.

      • cur68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        We gotta stop meeting like this. In the cellars I mean. You me and Stex last season, and here we are gain this season. Oy.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        More than likely, me n’ stex will still be here, but I expect the Feather Lice to be competitive next season. That’s OK. This time of year it’s about five degrees cooler down here than up in the humidity.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      The best part of the Buehrle complete game, is that the bullpen got the day off.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        the bullpen got a day off? Are you kidding me? You really think that matters when the jays are 14 games out of first and 10 out of the wildcard and its almost Aug?? “Dreamer, you’re nothing but a dreamer!!”

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        While poor stupid boring predictable repetitive Harry awaits the Borg’s geriatric savior from Chicago….hoooheeeeehahahahaheeeeehohohohohoh…..

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Not only do the Yankees get the ghost of Soriano in the trade, they also get “The Curse of the Goat”.

  6. indaburg - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Nice. A banana, coffee, and A Farewell to Arms. I need to read that again. Some great lines in that book. “I’ll love you in the rain and in the snow and in the hail–and what else is there?”

    The BoSox get a temporary reprieve. I was so disappointed by last night’s rain. For all the Trop’s lack of beauty, charm, or personality, she is built with an umbrella (-ella, -ella, -ella) and there would have been baseball for me last night. The good news, the proverbial silver lining (always look at the bright side of life /whistle), the makeup game is scheduled for Monday. Price’s 5th day? Lunes. His ERA at Fenway? Spectacular and real. He has also been historically good since his return from the DL. Something about the number of pitches he’s thrown–I forget exactly. Anyone know?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Hey – I resemble that remark. Sadly, I was cheered by a rainout which meant one more day in first place without having to play those Rays.

      I don’t know about Price and historic goodness, but there was this particularly unwelcome historical note to consider from the Tampa Bay Times: “The Rays were the first team to have two complete-game wins over the Sox in a series at Fenway since 1997, when Darren Oliver and Bobby Witt did so for Texas. And they were the first to do so with two lefties since 1973, when the A’s did it with Vida Blue (right) and longtime Tampa Bay area resident Darold Knowles.”

      Soooo – yeah – see ya’, don’t let the doors on the smallest visitor clubhouse on earth hit you repeatedly on the way out.

      P.S. – my niece loooooves Rihanna and that song in particular

      • indaburg - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        I got Hemingway, Rihanna, Monty Python, and Seinfeld in that comment. Phew. I’ve determined I actually like Rihanna. She was one of my daddy’s favorites and he had good taste. Been listening to Life My Life almost non-stop this past week. Ain’t got no time for no haters. :-)

        It’s not what Price did to the BoSox per se, but it’s some obscure stat about how well he’s been pitching since his stint on thr DL. Probably something about lefties by the name of David Marcelius Price (totally made up his middle name) who attended Vanderbilt and pitched on full moons in the month of July.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Table for ten please – Burgie, her besottee, Ernesto, Jerry, Rihanna & the remaining Python Five.

        Congrats on your besottedness, love is wonderful. I am sharing in your happiness this morning for different reasons – but happiness is happiness.

    • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Speaking of which, today I am conducting a little experiment: baking a couple of loaves of plantain-mango bread instead of my usual world famous banana-mango bread. I had hacked off a half dozen green plantains from the backyard “tree” the other day meaning to make my similarly world famous pork and garlic mafongo cakes but my editing work tied me up and the phallic symbols ripened yellow on the shelf and are now too sweet and succulent for their original purpose. And so, one improvises.

      As far as A Farewell to Arms, unquestionably the sappiest of Hemingway’s novels. Even more unquestionably the sappiest of all the movies made from Hemingway’s novels. I would have shot myself too if they’d made an awful film like that of one of my novels. I wouldn’t even have left over my beard and my ears. Give me The Sun Also Rises any day. Imagine what a great time Jake Barnes could have had with that selfish cow if he’d visited Bufogenesis.

      • indaburg - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        I’ve been feeling kinda sappy lately, OG. I’m completely besotted.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Why don’t you fry up some of those plaintains as a side to some tasty ropa vieja y frijoles negros con arroz? Serve after a nice dry martini, Hemingway’s favorite drink.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        And I could net a couple of feral monk parakeets for our odd Hemingway hound, Fido. Next to rats, they’re his favorites. He’d come right down from his doggie cushion in the corner of the ceiling for those.

    • cur68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Its my pig spear, isn’t it? I knew it. All the chicks dig a good a good pork skewer.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        pig spear? is that what you use to capture your next date? Or is that a harpoon? Either way the end result if fugly im sure

      • cur68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Well, the whole comment of mine is a reflection of how terrible I am at trolling. I lack the practice and nature required for that sort of thing. A person needs to be one part chimp, one part poo flinger, and a third part immune to personal embarrassment.

        Of course YOU, ‘harry, could give graduate course seminars on the subject. You the Grand PooBah of Poo Flinging. But, um…if you DO go on the lecture tour? Bathe first, eh? And remember, if it isn’t yours and you didn’t pay for it, DON’T take it, ya donkey! You’ll get sent back inside again and they’ve only JUST got the Ole Crowbar Hotel disinfected from the LAST time you were a “guest” of the government.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Be gentle with poor Harry. This was his first attempt in recent memory to post something even remotely off his one topic – it can’t have been easy for him. Remember, he’s not especially versatile or bright.

      • cur68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        True, true. We should commend him for attempting to stretch a bit, I guess. Maybe this is a new leaf for him? He’ll change from BeaverMen Personal Troll, to MY personal troll? Haven’t had one of those in a while. Mind you, if ‘harry turns over a new leaf, one hopes he’d at least use it to wipe with as opposed to his usual “let nature take it course” approach. Bleh.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      A lukescottshaikumoment:

      My Pig Spear
      For bacon, I hunt
      The fat for a gift basket.
      Pig spears impress you.

      /staring

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        For ideas:

        http://www.allowe.com/laughs/book/Redneck%20Haiku.htm

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        uh…thanks….those are purty pomes….and so TRUE!

      • indaburg - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Mmmm. Bacon.

  7. steelers88 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    It sucks that the shark tank hit itself yesterday 5 ER in 1.1 innings.

  8. gerryb323 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Anyone else think Latos’ cat should be named Catt?

    Alanis would smile.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I thought it’s name *was* Cat Latos*.

      • gerryb323 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Cat ≠ Catt

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        The feral Burmese pythons of Macondo are cleaning up all the stray cats. Someone over at Florida Unintentional University recently dissected a python, murdered in cold blood – well, it is a reptile – by marauding mercenary environmentalists and they found five cats in its digestive system. Pretty soon, the snakes will have the rats almost all to themselves – until they finish off the owls too, I mean.

  9. dluxxx - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    After a clean first inning, I told my girlfriend how great it would be if Correia had a solid outing to maybe intice some team into trading for him. You know, get someone caught up in recency instead of primacy? Well, let’s just say that I shut the game off midway through the second inning. I wasn’t going to stay up late to watch the whole thing anyway, so I figured I’d save myself the trouble.

    Man, not looking forward to seeing him pitch with the Twins again next year too. Oh well.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    The Cardinals finish their home stand 6-1. Fittingly, the only game they lost was the one we attended Saturday. My old school powder blue Ozzie Smith Jersey is gonna’ have to be retired. They are now 0 – 5 with me wearing that jersey.
    But alas…the 6-1 record to start a very long road trip is nice.
    When they come to Cincinnati to play the Redlegs I am wearing my retro (64′) Bob Gibson jersey.
    I feel like I am abandoning the Wizard but 0 – 5 is simply unacceptable.

  11. APBA Guy - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Ugly night at the Mausoleum last night. No there wasn’t another sewage backup, nor were the giants rats parading with drill team precision. Rather, Dan Straily was up to some old bad habits and Jesse Chavez was equally ineffective. The A’s thought they had CJ on the ropes, running his pitch count over 80 at the end of 4, but he fooled them and went to 123 total and finished 7, minimizing the exposure of the Angels’ questionable middle relief.

    Interesting note, after a slow start, Mike Trout’s numbers are only .009 OPS below what his last year’s numbers were. It will be great entertainment to see how tonight’s starter, El Capitan, deals with Trout.

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