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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 2, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

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Mariners 4, Tigers 0: Not a ton of people outside of Seattle knew what a Roenis Elias was before this game, but now they have a positive ID. He’s the beast that tossed a three-hitter while striking out eight Tigers. The game story says he’s the first Mariners rookie to record a shutout since Freddy Garcia on Aug. 24, 1999. But I’m calling b.s. on that. Freddy Garcia could not have been a rookie in 1999. He’s at least 67-years-old and I’m pretty sure he pitched some middle relief for the Pilots in ’69.

Brewers 9, Cubs 0: Kyle Lohse pitched a Roenis Elias. Which is what I’m going to start calling three-hit shutouts. Think it’ll stick? For once Jeff Samardzija got no run support in a game he unequivocally deserved to lose. The Brewers touched this season’s premiere rent-a-starter-to-be for eight runs in three innings.

White Sox 4, Padres 1: Chris Sale pitched a Roenis Elias Lite. That’s a complete game in which you allow only two hits, but you just miss the shutout because you give up a 420 foot+ homer to a dude back in the fifth. Hmm, starting to think this system is going to break down.

Indians 6, Rockies 4: A three-game sweep of the Rockies capped off with Michael Bourn hitting a walkoff homer. After the game Bourn actually said “In that situation you just look for a pitch to hit.” As opposed to those other situations when you look for a pitch with which to discuss world affairs. Perhaps over a cup of coffee.

Braves 4, Marlins 2: At times this season it has seemed as if no team really feels all that invested in winning the NL East. For one weekend at least someone at least sorta acted like it. The Braves sweep the Marlins with help from Evan Gattis‘ two-run bomb in the ninth. His homer actually hit the home run sculpture thingie. You’d think that even though he’s a visiting player that they’d crank the thing up for him, but no. How petty.

Twins 7, Yankees 2: Phil Hughes tossing eight solid innings and not allowing a single dinger in Yankee Stadium is about as good as it gets these days for those of you who like to partake in Yankeefreude.

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Rangers 2, Nationals 0: Yu Darvish: eight shutout innings and 12 Ks. Nationals bats: nine shutout innings and 14 Ks. Darvish is pretty hard to beat on nine-days’ rest.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 0: Mark Buehrle won again. Edwin Encarnacion homered again. So far June is looking a lot like May for Toronto. The Royals got shut out, so I suppose the same can be said about them.

Mets 4, Phillies 3: Lucas Duda‘s two-run homer in the 11th gives the Mets the game and series win. They’ve won 5 of 6, by the way. But because they’re the Mets I presume this morning’s papers are full of all kinds of stories about their dysfunction. That’s just how these things go down.

Red Sox 4, Rays 0: A week ago at this time we were all writing our “what’s wrong with the Red Sox?” posts as they skidded to ten straight losses. Since then they’ve won seven straight. Call me crazy, but I’m getting the feeling this team is streaky. Jon Lester is one of about a gabillion pitchers yesterday who pitched [pretty impressive number of] shutout innings. Brock Holt — BROCK HOLT! — had four doubles.

Giants 8, Cardinals 0: That’s five of six for the Giants in the win column, four of five for the Cardinals in the loss. Tim Hudson with seven shutout innings. I’m tellin’ ya: bald dudes born on July 14th are the new inefficiency.

Orioles 9, Astros 4: Manny Machado hit his first career grand slam as part of a six-run sixth. Nelson Cruz was hit on the hand and left the game but it’s just a bruise so he’s day-today.

Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3: Four runs on solo shots from Chris Heisey, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick. All off Wade Miley. After the game manager Kirk Gibson said this about Miley’s outing: “He pitched well except for the four pitches.” And apart from all of that, Mrs. Lincoln quite enjoyed the play,

Athletics 6, Angels 3: The Angels were charging and surging and stuff and then they got to Oakland and dropped three straight. Jed Lowrie homered and drove in two and Josh Donaldson drove in two more. Time for the Angels to roll that boulder back up the hill.

Pirates 5, Dodgers 3: Andrew McCutchen had a homer and a pair of doubles, Pedro Alvarez drove in three and the Pirates won a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time in seven years.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I take back all the negative things that I have written about Phil Hughes. I understand that the Yankees are facing Felix Hernandez today. I will certainly be following that game with interest.

    • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      You’ll be following it with blood hunger.

  2. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Interesting situation in the first inning of Nats-Rangers, a double challenge, both managers challenging the same play–obviously in opposite directions.

    Two outs. Runner steals second base, is initially called safe, but comes off the bag and tag is applied with no time-out called. Meanwhile, runner crosses home plate and run scores.

    So, the initial ruling was that the score was 1-0 and the inning was over.

    Matt Williams challenged that the runner didn’t cross home until AFTER the runner at second was out, meaning no score.

    Ron Washington challenged that the runner at second was safe, so the score would be 1-0 with the inning continuing.

    The ruling went the Nats way.

    Also, be it noted. Tanner Roark went seven innings, and only gave up one run, a solo homer to Leonys Martin. The reason it was a solo was Martin had just botched a hit-and-run, so the guy on first was caught stealing. Ron Washington calls a lot of hit-and-run. They mostly don’t seem to work, or else the Rangers are lousy baserunners.

    Span got his first error in 250+ games trying to make the play that McCutchen made last night against the Dodgers. I love me some Span, but that McCutchen is something else.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Having a dominant starting pitcher covers a multitude of sins. Without a dominant starter, well, see the Rangers’ blowout losses Friday and Saturday.

      Tanner Roark seems to be 2014’s lack-of-run-support starter. Like Strasburg last season and Zimmermann in 2012. To be sure, he’s pitched like he belongs in the Major Leagues.

  3. renaado - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    El Oso Blanco has done it!

    • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      He does it to the Feesh pretty routinely.

      Well, the strange attractor is resting peacefully with twenty five inert Rainbow Warriors heaped upon it, ensnared in sheepshanks of gossamer reality waves, three games out of the first place slot they woke up in on Friday morning. So it goes. Marcell Ozuna got the second eening orf with a bang, giving the Feesh a 2-0 lead, and the Braves had them right where they wanted them. A bloop single, a botched double play – well, let’s just say the official scorer was a lot more generous to the Feesh infielders this weekend than the scoreboard was to the team as a whole – and the Braves had it tied by the end of the top of the third. And it stayed that way until El Osso Buco or whatever you call him took Steve Cishek downtown to visit Tommy. In sweeping the series the Braves also deflated the Feesh’s home balloon good and proper, although, really, the air was leaking from the myth of home invincibility when they lost a couple to close out the last series before leaving for Washington. To this estimated prophet, it looks like the team has passed its high water mark for the early season.

      Part of the problem the Feesh had this past weekend is that the Braves’ peetchers for the most part threw over, under, away from and around the Iron Giant, about as carefully as a Freshman frat pledge doinking a live porcupine as part of his hazing ritual. Only Julio Teheran pitched at him like a jihadi and paid for it. Even Fat Fredi can learn a lesson once in a while. His moundsmen were all on good behavior after that.

      The Razed and their relief rapist come in tonight for the Citrus Canker Series and a battle of the attendance midgets. Time to see just how far regional rivalries go – nice way to welcome hurricane season, too.

  4. trbmb - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    And the World Wide Leader, as it prepares to expand the broadcast booth to 10, helped make this a brief night given one inning of voices everywhere was more than enough.

  5. southpaw2k - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    How high were Yu Darvish and Mark Buerhle on the Roenis Elias meter yesterday? Both had pitched 8 innings of shutout ball, so I would think they’d rank somewhere above average.

    • cktai - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      I think they rank as “You may be good, but you are no Roenis Elias”.

    • someguyinva - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Darvish gave up five hits, so not in the same class as Roenis Elias.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Darvish and Buerhle’s WHIP on the day would definitely be higher than Elias, but I feel like they should still deserve a “good job, but try harder next time” on the Elias scale.

  6. chill1184 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Duda bombs are nice and how about them Blue Jays?

    • groupofsevenrules - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Yes, how about them? Buehrle is taking out his bitterness for being separated from his American lawyers on the rest of the league.

      What? Oh, they’re REAL pitbulls? Sorry.

      Hey Gator, I hear they’re making a sequel to Godzilla (I almost choked on my coffee when I read that it’s grossed nearly a half billion worldwide and hasn’t even opened in Asia yet!) Why don’t you write a script wherein he rises out of the lake near the Rogers and the ensuing battle between him and our big beast, EE, armed only with a bat, levels everything downtown except Caplansky’s?

      • renaado - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        “Hasn’t even opened in Asia yet!”

        Godzilla will be out and kickin here in the Philippines at June 13, well thats what I heard at our news outlets though, truly a must watch movie that is and so as the “KANO” one. From what I can tell, it certainly is one of the most anticipated movie and us here are definitely PSYCHED for it to show here.

      • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        My version would have the Canadian navy (there is a Canadian navy, right? I mean, other than lightly armed icebreakers?) luring Godzilla out into the lake with a barge full of warmed up Caplansky’s smoked meat poutine whose aroma they waft towards the mainland with a huge fan. Godzilla swallows all the poutine on the barge and then keels over when the stuff clogs his three-chambered reptilian heart. The resulting tsunami washes all the derelict beer cans in the bushes at Ontario Place out into the lake and thrills the hell out of honeymooners at Niagara Falls. Fade out to credits over massive cataracts crashing down on the tour boats…..

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        E5 (gotta stick with cur’s handle), Joey Bats, Jose Reyes, Melky, and Juan Francisco could form up like a Dominican Voltron to slay Godzilla with a giant bat.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        We can call it “Voltronican”

  7. broncosbrowns - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    If you haven’t noticed that the Indians have the best home record in the AL, don’t feel bad. No one else in Cleveland noticed, either.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      I think most people notice/care about the fact that Cleveland has the AL’s worst road record right now. Kinda sours having the league’s best home record.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.”

  8. sdelmonte - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    I think the NY media is actually more interested in the 140,234 innings the Mets and Phils played than the team.today. I don’t think anyone outside of us diehards noticed they are playing better, though by no means great.

    But I think the bulk of the non-beat reporters are going to spend the next two weeks covering the Stanley Cup. What’s going to generate sales and clicks right now is articles about the Rangers. And as much as I prefer baseball (and as much as I am an sad sack Islanders fan), I think this is how it ought to be right now. The Mets and that other team will be there in two weeks.

    BTW, Craig, hope you see that the NYTimes has a feature about Frenchy’s efforts in El Paso. Seems he thinks he can pitch now.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    The Cruz bruise had me drinkin’ booze. Heavily.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Ditto. Though when I got the alert on my phone a while later that said his x-rays were negative, I breathed a heavy sigh of relief and knew I’d be able to sleep last night.

  10. goodellisruiningtheleague - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    nationalols

  11. aceshigh11 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    It would be hilarious if the Red Sox win 10 in a row and completely nullify the losing streak.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      The Red Sox streaks are interesting. If the current win streak reaches 10 games, the defending world series champs record over 20 games would be .500.

    • indaburg - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Nah, it would be even more hilarious if they lost 10 in a row again.

      • Shayna - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        I don’t have the same schadenfreude with the Red Sox as I do with the Yankees. So, except insofar as their fate may interfere with my own Blue Jays’ flight, I don’t care that much how the Bostonians are doing so.

        But speaking of the Red Sox and their prolonged hissy-fit with the Rays: I was struck by an interesting article in the NYT discussing the origin of the handshake line in hockey. You can see it here:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/sports/hockey/tracing-the-origin-of-handshake-lines-in-the-nhl.html?src=me

        For those of you who don’t watch hockey (and by and large that includes me but here in Canada one acquires hockey knowledge by osmosis), at the end of every hockey game the two teams line up and shake each others’ hands. Shocking, isn’t it? Losers must shake hands with winners; winners must shake hands with losers.

        It occurred to me that, if this were the tradition in baseball too, instead of self-congratulatory lines of teammates giving each other high-fives or variants thereon, it would be much more difficult for the Rays and Bosox to keep raising their hackles at each other. Not to get all Canadian on America’s pastime, still the lengthy spat is not only boring but destructive. Can’t they just be grownups?

      • indaburg - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        There is more bad blood between the Rays and Red Sox than between the Rays and any other team in the east, and it’s gone on for over a decade. Originally, I started out disliking the Yankees more, growing up in NYC, but now, the Red Sox have taken their place.

        Using hockey as an example may not be the best choice of sportsmanship. At least in baseball, they don’t typically beat each other bloody. It’s mostly just posturing. In hockey, I’ve witnessed some of the most brutal fighting I’ve ever seen in sport outside of boxing or MMA. You see a fight practically every time. The NYT also did an interesting article on that: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/sports/hockey/hockeys-history-woven-with-violence.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.

      • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Well, Indy, we’re taking applications for the abdicated throne of troll king. Here, fill out these simple forms, will you?

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        That’d be almost as hilarious as the Rays entire season has been thus far.
        ;)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Almost as hilarious as counting on Jeremy Hellickson to rescue your season. Career xFIP 4.40. Is that good?

      • indaburg - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Now, now. Who in their right mind thinks Hellickson is going to save the Rays’ season?

        Tsk, who knew Red Sox fans were so… delicate.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Hmm – de-li-cahtay

        That must mean it’s from Italy.

  12. hodaghunter - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Isn’t Loshe’s compete game shutout with less than 100 pitches a Maddux? I was expecting to see something seperate given your confessed love for Maddux

    • Jason Lukehart - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Yes. It’s the third Maddux of the season (and second of the week).

      It’s the second Maddux of Lohse’s career, he also threw one in 2013.

      It’s the 12th Maddux in Brewers history, which ties them for 7th among all 30 teams.

      • uwsptke - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        And although he had excellent run support, he also chipped in with two run-scoring singles at the plate.

  13. philliesblow - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Sunday’s game was the last in a stretch of 16 out of 20 on the road for the Tiggers. I’m sure they weren’t mentally into the game, but take nothing away from Roenis Elias, the kid looked great. I don’t follow the Mariners, so I’m wondering if there has been a Roenis vs Yoenis match-up this season.

  14. dluxxx - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    The Twins won 2 of 3 in New York for what seem like the first time in Gardenhire’s managing career. Granted, the Yankees aren’t really themselves, as it appears that age has finally caught up with them (people have been saying that for years, I’m now fully expecting them to tear off a huge winning streak).

    I’m pretty happy with that. Now if we can manage to win a few against the Brew Crew, we should be back in business.

    • card0109 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Did you see Brian Dozier get down-right giddy after scoring in the top of the ninth? Watch here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_06_01_minmlb_nyamlb_1&mode=video&content_id=33360403&tcid=vpp_copy_33360403 specifically at the 21 second mark.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Part of me wants to agree with you that the Yankees aren’t really “themselves” at the moment, especially given that over half the team needs a cane or walker to help themselves out onto the field in between innings. However, nobody can argue the fact that they’re still in 2nd place in the AL East and hold the 2nd Wild Card spot at the moment. They’re very much in the thick of things for the time being.

      Now, whether they’re in that same spot come August is a entirely different subject. All together.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      I also thought that if they won the series it would be the first time in a gabillion years that they won a series in New York. According to the post game show, not so, they won the series last year. However, we can still consider it an epochal event as this is the first time they have won two series in a row in New York since 1969. The Nixon curse is finally over!

  15. hushbrother - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    So do you play Rush’s “Bastille Day” on your birthday every year?

  16. APBA Guy - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I’m thinking of changing my name to some form of “-oenis.” Then turning back the clock about 40 years and trying this baseball thing once again. I think Coenis would do, because then people would talk about “is the C soft or is it like a K?” while marveling at my otherworldly baseball exploits. Yo throws out two in the same inning on plays at the plate and gets the hard parts of the cycle on Saturday night. Then Ro has a near Maddux on Sunday and everybody forgets about Yo. Maybe that’s because the near Maddux was against Detroit, with Miggy, V-Mart and Kinsler going 0-fer. That’s some serious pitching.

    Meanwhile, back at the Mausoleum, the subtle key to the win was the return of Stephen Vogt as the platoon partner of Derek Norris. Vogt is a very good defender, as is Norris, while Jaso is decidedly not. But Jaso can hit right handers, so DH him against guys like Weaver and add Vogt and suddenly the A’s lineup versus righties is long again.

    The sweep against the Angels opens a little breathing space for the A’s, who had split with Detroit after having been swept by Toronto. Four teams in the AL West are at .500 or above, all but Houston, who actually have played well (7-3) over their last 10 games. Unfortunately, in the Bay Area, the A’s 35-22 record is only good for second place. Tim Hudson: incredible.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Poenis?

      • APBA Guy - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        I thought of that :)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Heh-heh, look at us. Just a couple of guys thinking about Poenis. That’s not weird, right?

    • scatterbrian - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Yoenis had an amazing game on Saturday that everyone outside of California seemed to miss.

  17. musketmaniac - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    The hottest hitter in Baseball the last two seasons during June and July was Andrew McCutcheon. He got of to a great start yesterday. 3 for 4 two doubles and a home run. Got my first real good look of Puig this weekend, the guy is a beast.

  18. badsequel - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I can’t believe how bad the Angels looked. Without looking, I would guess they left about 35 guys on base. Doesn’t the batting team have the advantage when you load the bases with no outs?

  19. timmmah10 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    I’ve been waiting for Elias to put a game together where he located his curveball in the strike zone…..just wish it wasn’t against my Tigers!

  20. dirtydrew - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Since Oakland and San Francisco have the best records in the majors, maybe HBT will give them some coverage.

    • sailcat54 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Let their bats and pitchers do the talking. Trust me, the other teams are listening hard.

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