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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 29, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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Braves 5, Cardinals 2: That was somewhat unexpected. A less-than-dominant Braves team sweeps the best team in the National League. The key was Kris Medlen allowing two runs on eight hits. The key all series was good starting pitching from the Braves. So of course the big talking point everyone has is how Jason Heyward hit leadoff, as if that made all the difference.

Dodgers 1, Reds 0:  I was gonna say “1968 called and wants its game back,” but in 1968 this would have ended with a bunt single, a passed ball, a steal of third and then a sac fly. As it was we had eleven innings of shutout ball for Dodgers pitchers. Ten innings of shutout ball for Reds pitchers and 20 strikeouts too. Then Yasiel Puig ended it with a walkoff homer. A lot of people would call this game a drag. This is something close to ideal for me.

Tigers 12, Phillies 4: Eight run difference, eight unearned runs allowed by the Phillies. All in one inning. Eight losses in a row. At the moment the Phillies are dog poop in a paper bag placed on a doorstep and lit on fire. Someone is stepping on it and its a big mess because it’s dog poop in a bag that’s on fire, see, and that’s what you do and oh my good what a stinky fiery mess these Phillies are.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2: Jose Ferenandez struck out 13. Seventy-four of his 97 pitches were for strikes. Man this kid is good.

Indians 6, Rangers 0: The second straight shutout for the Indians over the Rangers. Ubaldo Jimenez did the heavy lifting here, allowing only two hits over eight innings. The sweep for Cleveland and four straight overall. The Indians were supposed to have a lot of questions marks in the pitching department this year — and they are just below league average in runs allowed per game — but they lead all of baseball with 14 shutouts.

Nationals 14, Mets 1: The first game of that doubleheader on Friday was a disaster, but the next three were pretty spiffy. They held the Mets to three runs in those three games and yesterday saw this offensive explosion. Wilson Ramos with a grand slam.

Yankees 6, Rays 5: Welcome back Derek Jeter. The Captain homered in his first at bat following his time off for the quad injury and five innings of scoreless bullpen work saved Phil Hughes‘ bacon.

Cubs 2, Giants 1: Travis Wood did it all. One unearned run over seven and a 2 for 3 day at the plate with a run driven in. The Cubbies sweep the Giants, who are now in last place, ten games back. If it makes anyone feel better they have the second best record of any last place team in baseball. Hmm, that doesn’t make anyone feel better? Welp.

Blue Jays 2, Astros 1: it was a rough day until the ninth inning for Colby Rasmus, but then he drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a game-winning single. Not a bad year for Rasmus. Pretty good one in fact, after it looked like he had hit a developmental dead end these past couple of seasons.

Rockies 6, Brewers 5: Troy Tulowitzki homered and doubled, helping the Rockies come from behind after the bullpen Rockied all over itself. Michael CuddyerDexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson also homered.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 0: David Ortiz went 4 for 4 and managed not to destroy any inanimate objects this time. Jon Lester looked like April-vintage Lester and the Sox win the series and regain first place. It was their first series win over Baltimore in two years.

Padres 1, Diamondbacks 0: One run in the first was all Patrick Corbin allowed, but that was one more than Tyson Ross and Huston Street did. Ross tossed eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits.

Royals 4, White Sox 2: A two-run homer for Alex Gordon in the 12th proved to be the game-winner. That’s six straight for Kansas City, which pulls them up to .500. They are seven games back in the central and five back in the wild card. I don’t personally think they have the mojo to move up more than this, but if they do it would be a humdinger, wouldn’t it?

Athletics 10, Angels 6: Yoenis Cespedes drives in four, shaking off the rust and pain from the All-Star break and the Home Run Derby. Oakland now has a six game lead in the west. That’s their biggest margin of the year. And in years, in fact.

Mariners 6, Twins 4: Nick Franklin with two homers, giving him ten on the year to go along with his line of .277/.340/.492. Not too shabby for a guy who didn’t make his debut until late May.

  1. scotttheskeptic - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Apt description of the Philadelphia franchise.

  2. lewp - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Classic Ron Washington after Sunday’s loss: “There is a difference between getting beat and losing. The first two games here, we got beat,” Washington said. “I don’t get frustrated, but I am a little upset. And the upset is more today than it was yesterday or Friday or Thursday or Wednesday or Monday or Tuesday. I need to get my guys going back down the yellow brick road.”

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    The Captain returned. Older women swooned. Grown men had tears in their eyes. Joe DiMaggio looked down from heaven and smiled. Young women screamed “Pick me”. There is peace and harmony in the Bronx.

    • nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      And gift basket shops all over town expect business will improve drastically.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      It was said that during that first inning, children in a nearby hospital, who were suffering from blindness, began to see- children, who were born lame, began to walk- and most amazingly of all, a child, who was thought be be besieged with demons, began to cry before those demons were cast into a herd of swine that ran themselves off into the Harlem River.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      and the jays are still in LAST PLACE with no HOPE!!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        harry, you know I sometimes enjoy your trolls — when they are smart or amusing. But, if you are the person playing with the thumbs, I want to say that you’re acting silly there and not in an enjoyable way. You are welcome to stay in the community and have your spazzes, but please stop with the thumb craziness, if that’s you. Thank you.

      • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        And Dirty harry is still mindlessly flogging the shit out of a corpse. I know you’ve tested positive for head-banging and cerebrocortical ossification, but have they checked you out for necrophilia yet?

      • nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        He certainly has been diagnoised with rectal cranial inversion.

      • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        I have to wonder if his pathological attraction for all-caps text might not be indicative of cataracts or astigmatism. But I’m not qualified as an ophthalmologist. On the other hand, as a dedicated student of subhuman behavior, I feel qualified to speculate if his all-caps fixation stems from an inferiority complex that leads him to believe he’d be ignored if he didn’t exaggerate his ideograms. It’s a form of graphemic weenie wagging.

  4. therealtrenches - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Craig, try to contain your sympathy for us Phils fans, would you? I jean, we’re overwhelmed and humbled by your display of good sportsmanship! :)

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      You’re phunny for a phan of a phlaming poop-bag.

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Great game for: Soriano, Ichiro and Jeter and the Yankees bullpen. Not such a good game for Phil Hughes who gave back the lead twice in less then 5 innings. But at least the Yankees won and that’s all that really matters at this point. Still 57 games left in the regular season plenty of time for the Yankees to make up ground in the division. Today is a travel day for the Yankees where they head west to face the red hot Dodgers.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      I hear the Yanks may sign Luke Appling to bat cleanup.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        What I see is a Red Sox fan gloating way to early in the season. Just like in 2011 when the Sox had what the experts called “the best team on paper”. Only to go in the tank in September of that year by going 7-20 and missing the postseason completely. You might want to wait just a little longer before to count out the Yankees or for that matter think the Red Sox are a lock for the postseason. That’s just my opinion.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        I’m not counting anyone in or out – I’m trolling you because the Yankees are really really old. :)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        And by “really really old” Mo means his age.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Close TMcT™Unk – only Mariano is older than I – they aren’t quite *this* decrepit yet.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Average age of rosters

        Yankees: 31.3

        Red Sox 29.5

        Yeah, that Boston team is a bunch of young whippersnappers!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Way to ignore the avg. age 36 disabled list in New York. This ain’t t’ball kid – there’s winners and losers and you lose this time.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        I didn’t ignore anything- I’m going by ESPN’s numbers.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        unclemose… and there for a minute I thought you were trolling because the Red Sox have had so much success over the past 4 seasons. Oh wait, they haven’t had any success over the past 4 seasons.
        They lost 3 straight to the Angels in the ALDC in 2009
        They missed the postseason entirely in 2010
        They missed the postseason entirely in 2011
        They missed the postseason entirely in 2012 and had their worst record in nearly 50 years

        You’ll have to forgive me if I’d rather be the fan of an older team that has had far more recent success then the younger team that has failed miserably over the past 4 seasons. BTW, that’s just my opinion.

  6. indaburg - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    The Yankees scored 6 runs? I have it on good authority from some Yankees fans on these very here message boards that the Yankees are incapable of such a feat, and that a college team could shut out the Yankees as Archer did on Saturday. I refuse to accept this loss, since it simply isn’t possible, and demand a recount.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Well fixing a recount is certainly a time-honored Florida tradition. Good luck with that.

      • indaburg - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Yes, fixing a recount is a tradition here. After we’re done counting, I have it on good authority–the Rays won the game. Blame Pat Buchanan.

        That was my first election in Florida. I was wondering what kind of Banana Republic did I move to? I still wonder sometimes, but I like this crazy ass state.

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

        MacondoTM OG

      • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Heh heh, Indy, you’re in for a looooong education. Florida politics is a lot like unified field theory. We know what all the ingredients are. We just can’t figure out how they all dysfunction together.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Mmmm – bacon. The Sawks are back in their rightful and accustomed spot at the top, after a one-day rental to the Tampa-St. Pete Streakers. Hey Burgie – guess what follows long winning streaks against losing teams? I’ll give you a hint – opposite of progression.

  8. janessa31888 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Justin and Ubaldo were great on Sat. And Sun. Corey Kluber was pretty decent on Friday,too. Its so refreshing to have good starting pitching for once.
    Bless that Ryan Raburn. He had a Walk off on Saturday and an amazing catch yesterday that sent our radio play by play man Tom Hamilton through the roof. Our ex -Blue Jays also contributed nicely :) Even Nick Swisher started hitting again. Apparently, he prefers to hit second in the line up.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Glad to read that your ex Blue Jays did well.

    • dink53 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Geez, H

      • dink53 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Overly fast finger.
        I was gonna say that Hamilton goes through the roof for routine ground balls. Guy drives me nuts.
        Rayburn must be juicing, right haters?
        Late career resurgence= PED. Can’t be anything else. Ruins narrative.

  9. historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    For the second day in a row, we had the thing sewn up so well by the 6th, I went out. This time a little work on a community garden the City is trying to shut down. And, I really hate to garden. Sadly, I didn’t even enjoy beating ol’ Delmon Young as much as I thought. It was kinda meh. I’m still not happy about Miggy getting ejected, but the rest of the team was great, so you can’t dwell on it. We are off today and hopefully tomorrow Torii will return. Go, Tigers! Grrrrrrr.

    • nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      There certainly are some insecure umpires in the game right now. Just the slightest hint that you don’t agree with their wildly inconsistent strike zones and you are gone.

      Problem is that there is currently zero consequences for poor performance as an ump. Poorly performing players get sent down to AAA to try and improve. Poorly performing umpires just get to carry on performing poorly.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        Let’s not just assume the ump was wrong – we don’t know what was said or what has transpired. Chad Fairchild shouldn’t be presumed unfair just because he grew up to be an adult.

        Tiggers are just a rambunctious lot sometimes. Their bottoms are made out of rubber, their tails are made out of springs and sometimes they just bouncy bouncy bouncy themselves right out of the game. Leyland sometimes just uses that as an excuse to watch the rest of the game with his feet up. Easier to smoke and drink there.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Here’s the link to the video. Tell me where you see Miggy flipping his bat, acting the fool and smashing things in the dugout in a temper tantrum.

        I’m not saying Miggy didn’t say something he ought not to have, but that seemed mild and he certainly did not behave on the level of Ortiz. So you can save your BS comparison, Trolly Mo G.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      First Papi, then Miggy and Joey Bats – there are a lot of guys getting testy about balls and strikes all of a sudden.

      Revenge beat downs are no fun when the beat down-ee doesn’t even put up a fight.

  10. nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Nice to see Colby come through when he had to, but he shouldn’t have had to. 12 men LOB? Really? I’m glad to see the Jays win it, but they should have done so earlier, because Todd Redmond pitched too well to deserve a no-decision.

  11. philliesblow - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    That display of defense in the 6th by the Phightins was incredible. I’ve coached Little League the last 8 years and I can’t remember a team scoring 8 times on only 2 hits. The dude in LF that dropped the fly ball even made Delmon Young cringe.


  12. philliesblow - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Part of the charm of baseball is the atmosphere outside the park before and after games. Comerica Park unfortunately lost a big piece of it’s atmosphere this weekend.

    • natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      That is very sad. Thanks for sharing the link.

  13. natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Thanks for nothing, St. Louis. Three runs in three games–did you turn into the Mets or something?

    • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Maybe you ought to get a mirror natslady. Or win more games than you lose, cause if you are looking for a team that resembles the Mets, just check the looking glass.

      • natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        OK, if we’re the Mets, then how come a separate post on HBT when the Mets clobber us 11-0 but no special post when we clobber them 14-1???????

        Either you are interested in below .500 teams or you’re not.

      • natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        LOL. Feeling a little defensive, are we now, St. Louis??????????

      • natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        I have to take joy where I can find it. Cards gettin’ swept is my joy this morning…… HA HA HA HA HA

      • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        I understand that finding joy and being a Nats fan is challenging, and creates the need for an embellished imagination in order to do so. Compounded by diminished expectations in what was supposed to be a banner year. Just think critical introspection is probably a more enlightened approach unless you want to be grasping at straws at this time again next year.

      • natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Regretfully, no matter how much “critical introspection,” I do it won’t be the deciding factor in whether I’m grasping at straws this year OR next–me being just a fan and all. I do think Mike Rizzo should indulge in critical introspection, as should some of the players (too late for Davey, unless there is a miracle).

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      They turned into the Phillies… *sigh*

      • natslady - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Naw, not THAT bad! Here’s how you can tell: Nats fans still actively hate the Cards, but feel only a sort of remembered hatred mixed with pity for the Fillies.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        You know Philly has hit rock bottom when Nats fans feel only pity (After being invaded for the last several years). Being hated? That’s respectable. Pitied? That’s excoriable.

  14. Anoesis - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    “The Cubbies sweep the Giants, who are now in last place, ten games back. If it makes anyone feel better they have the second best record of any last place team in baseball. Hmm, that doesn’t make anyone feel better? Welp.”

    To Dodgers fans suffering through years of mediocrity, to say nothing of all the smug and snotty commentary from Bay area buffoons the last couple of years, knowing the Giants are even losing the race for the best of the worst certainly brings a smile.

  15. Dianne - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Cubs 1, Giants 0 —- Travis Wood didn’t just drive in a run, he hit a home run. In AT&T Park. Off Lincecum.

  16. Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    The Keed put up some spicy numbers yesterday – we talked about this over on Bill’s thread yesterday so there’s no point in mindlessly beating it to death like Harry would, for example. The Feesh, owners of the worst run production in beisbol, are living and dying by peetching. That they’ve got a winning record since June, which even includes 37 innings without scoring a run against one of the worst rotations in the game, is indicative of just how good this prep school rotation really is.

    Caveat: a lot of teams are still getting first looks at these kids. Professional hitters will figure them all out to some extent, and then the period of eternal reciprocal adjustments sets in. Of the four of them, it’s hard to project that they will all prevail to the same extent over the long haul. In the meantime, though, they are great fun to watch, especially The Keed. I don’t know that early August will reveal much but as we move towards September and the teams that really have a horse in the race begin gearing up and getting focused for the stretch, The Feengerlings are going to be tested seriously.

    In the news: Juan Pierre has been sitting in the same spot on the bench for weeks now, hasn’t moved or changed expression, and may even be dead but the team keeps carting him around, kinda like Weekend at Bernie’s in creamsicle.

  17. spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Cards offense took a three day nap. Kudos to the Braves hurlers, but the bats were beginning to quiet a days before the trip to Atlanta. How long the Cards can wait for

    • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Holliday and Freese is a tough question for Matheny. If it were me at the helm, their heinies would be cosying up to the pine. St. Louis is a better team with Descalso at 3rd and Adams at first, with Craig manning LF. Platoon the struggling duo against left-handers or softer tossing righties. The numbers for each hide the fact of the DP’s they hit into.

  18. aceshigh11 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since the Red Sox won a series against Baltimore.

    The Orioles used to routinely be a punching bag for the Red Sox just a few years ago. In fact, the Sox used to run up their season win total in large part just by steamrolling the Orioles.

    It’s good that there’s more competition in the AL East. Makes for interesting and exciting baseball.

  19. APBA Guy - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Amazing display of outfield ineptitude by the Angels yesterday, on not just one but 4 separate occasions, with Hamilton not directly responsible for any of them. You’d think guys from SoCal would be able to handle the high sky at the Mausoleum, but the air yesterday was unusually clear. Trout had two balls that never got out of the sun drop in on him, one by Vogt and one by Cespedes, and new-guy Kole Calhoun mishandled two balls in right-only one was charged as an error. The sum total of all this outfield carnage was that a terrible Jarrod Parker got let off the hook. The Angels scored 4 runs in the first off him, and opponents were already hitting .318 against him in the 1st, and altogether the Angels blew a 5-0 lead.

    Still, the A’s took 3 of 4 from the Angels, and Albert has a torn plantar fasciia. He could be done for the rest of the year. This should signal to the Angels that 2013 is not their year, and maybe it’s time to seriously analyze what went wrong and bring some kids up and see if anyone will take a few of their bad contracts (Joe Blanton).

    Everyone knows that Josh is stinking the joint up. He was 1-9 in the last two day games with 4 K’s and the home run. But it’s the way he’s going 1-9 that drives everyone crazy. It’s been 8 months now, 4 last year and 4 this year, where he will not make adjustments to the mush being thrown to him down and away. His HR came on a pitch that missed location by 18 inches (or more).

    But he’s not their only problem. The supporting cast, hitters 6-9 and pitchers 3-5, have been really poor. It’s time to see who can come up from the minors and help out.

    Tonight the A’s host the Beavermen, so it’s a chance for Cur and PC to make disparaging remarks about the Mausoleum and how it suppresses home runs. Our hope is that Encarnacion goes all Ortiz on the dugout phones, since they are in need of replacement anyway, along with the rest of the structure.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Yeah. When was the last quake, again?

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