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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 4, 2014, 6:40 AM EDT

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Marlins 1, Rays 0: Henderson Alvarez tosses his third shutout of the season. Last year the league leaders in that category — Justin Masterson and Bartolo Colon — had three for the whole season. Heck, the league leader had three in five of the past 11 seasons.

Nationals 7, Phillies 0: Ryan Zimmerman had two doubles and handled the only two balls hit to him in left field cleanly in his debut as an outfielder. Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight scoreless innings. Larry Bowa probably blames Dom Brown and then his head probably exploded.

Indians 5, Red Sox 3: Five straight for Cleveland, with the big hit coming on Michael Bourn‘s two-run double in the seventh. The Indians, considered dead not too long ago, have made up six games in the AL Central standings since May 18 and trail first-place Detroit by four and a half games.

Mariners 7, Braves 5: Homers done it. Stefen Romero hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the fourth to tie it at five and then John Buck hit a two-run shot in the seventh. Buck had three hits in all. His homer was his fourth against Atlanta since the start of 2013. He joins Mike Redmond on the Mount Rushmore of Mostly Pedestrian Catchers Who Inexplicably Kill The Braves. Not sure who the other two are, but I’m sure they exist.

Athletics 5, Yankees 2:  A three-run 10th kicked off by Brandon Moss‘ second homer of the game gives this one to the A’s. The key to the win, according to Sean Doolittle, is your typical Oakland A’s Moneyball techno-spreadsheet explanation:

“The way the guys were swinging in the 10th inning, it was like they could smell the victory and found a way to get it done,” the A’s reliever said. “That’s typical Oakland A’s baseball.”

God, dude. Get your head out of you computer screen and watch some baseball.

Reds 8, Giants 3: Four straight for the Reds. Four errors for the Giants, mostly caused by Bill Hamilton getting in Tim Lincecum and Hector Sanchez‘s heads.

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3: A five-run ninth for Toronto, four of which were charged to Joe Nathan, though three scored on a Brett Lawrie homer given up by Al Alburquerque. Anyone got John Hiller’s phone number?

Orioles 8, Rangers 3: Nelson Cruz always hit well in Arlington and he did so again last night hitting a three-run shot to give him his 21st homer of the season. Adam Jones added four hits and a homer.

Royals 8, Cardinals 7: Kolten Wong’s grand slam ended a 20-inning scoreless streak for St. Louis, but Eric Hosmer‘s tie-breaking RBI single in the ninth extended their losing streak to three. The Cards have lost six of seven overall.

Astros 7, Angels 2: Jon Singleton made his major league debut with a couple of strikeouts a couple of errors and his first-ever homer. He also walked with the bases loaded to give him two-RBI on the game. Bud Norris thinks Singleton should’ve gotten four RBI. It would have been better for everyone else, Norris says.

Cubs 2, Mets 1: One in the eighth and one in the ninth for Chicago. The run in the ninth came on a Nate Schierholtz single, for the Cubs’ first walkoff win of the year. Chris Coghlan‘s solo shot accounted for the other run. The Mets had a lot of chances to score more than just their one run but failed to capitalize.

Twins 6, Brewers 4: Josh Willingham stays hot, hitting a three-run homer. Since coming off the DL on May 26 he’s hit four of ‘em. Also: a dude fell the hell out of a TGI Friday’s and into the bullpen, so that was special.

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2: Back to back homers for Nick Evans and Chris Owings. Evans was filling in for Paul Goldschmidt, who was given the night off. It was Evans’ first homer since 2011.

White Sox 4, Dodgers 1: Jose Abreu went deep again and drove in three overall. Hector Noesi got his first win in 19 starts.

Pirates 4, Padres 1Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez hit two-run homers and Gerrit Cole and four relievers combined to allow one run. A day after a nine-inning game between these two teams lasted over four hours, this one was done in 2:43.

  1. kiwicricket - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Alvarez raps it up in 88 pitches. A fine Maddux.
    Who’s keeping count this season?!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      I have not seen many comments from Jason Lukeheart this season.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        Ahhh…that’s the chap!

      • Jason Lukehart - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Sorry, fellas. I run Let’s Go Tribe now, which dominates my internet baseball time.

        Alvarez’s game is the third Maddux in the last week, joining Josh Collmenter and Kyle Lohse. It’s also the second Maddux of the season for Alvarez (he threw the only one this season prior to the last week). It’s also-also the fourth Maddux of Alvarez’s career, which ties him for the lead among active pitchers (with James Shields and Bartolo Colon).

        Alvarez has become a Maddux icon, having joined very elite company for the total he’s already thrown, and the speed with which he’s gotten there:

        http://groundballwitheyes.blogspot.com/2014/04/henderson-alvarez-is-becoming-maddux.html

        If he manages to throw another one this season, he’ll tie Greg himself and Zane Smith for the single-season record. It will not surprise you to know he’s now one of my absolute favorite players in baseball.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        Thanks for the update. Keep up the good work Jason.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        Nice work indeed

      • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Josh we share a love for Alvarez, spinner of the oddest no-hitter in recent memory, He has great stuff, great movement – just needs that iron focus Maddux had. It may well come with maturity.

    • yahmule - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Those three CGSO account for all three of his wins.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    I like the John Hillier reference. He was a Canuck who pitched for Detroit. When the Jays and Tigers were in the same division, there was a great rivalry between the two teams. There are always a lot of Jays fans who cross the river to see them play games in Detroit.

    It was a scoreless pitchers battle for 8 innings. Neither team had issued a walk until the fateful 9th. Both Nathan and Delabar walked 2 batters in the 9th, and of course those guys all scored. Both teams hit 3 run homers in the 9th. Fortunately for the Jays, Janssen halted the bleeding with a three pitch out to get the save. His ERA remains at 0.00

    • philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Hiller was my favorite player as a kid so that reference brought a smile to my face.

    • cur'68 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      The Lads of BeaverLand still find a way of getting it done, eh? Winning is nice, but beating a fearsome lot like the Tigers, especially a game when they have Anibal Sanchez going, is a nice little trick. They’ll try it again this evening vs Verlander. I sincerely doubt they can take this one, too but who knows? Dog willing, and JA Happ being decent, it might work. Still…Happ…ugh. I wish their superfan was around to shed bitter tears over this defeat of the tabby cats.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        The Jays have a chance as Verlander has not been the same pitcher, since Kate Upton began to deplete his essential bodily fluids. The Jays also have to let Happ pitch no more than 6 innings.

      • cur'68 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        I wish they let him pitch ZERO innings but Sanchez isn’t ready and Romero seems destined to wander the wilderness for a while yet. Lets face it, if they want to make a run to the series they are going to need an ace. Jeff Smarjwhateverja, I think. Get that guy and then the likes of me can relax and not have to watch Happ leave balls up in the zone like its batting practice.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        I just checked and it appears to be Dickey against Porcello today.

      • cur'68 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Porcello and not Verlander? Good. A name that lives on in FL Infamy. Last season that dude earned me a whopping -27.9 points in one outing. The standard was set, and remains unsurpassed to this day, for An Awful Start. Every Monday we hand out the “Pork Cello Trophy” to the worst starter of the week. He’s not been that bad again but I’m hoping he takes a run at his own record today.
        Lets go Beaver!

      • philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        PC – latest rumor is JV & Miss Funbags may not be a thing anymore (again). JV & Upton is turning into this generation’s Sergei Fedorov & Anna Kournikova on the D sports/gossip pages.
        http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140603/SPORTS0104/306030061/

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    The Red Sox lost again. The Red Sox and their fans should concentrate on winning games rather than whining about David Price. They are only 2.5 games behind the third place Yankees. Catching the Yankees should be their primary objective right now.

    • renaado - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      “The Red Sox lost again”

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d start winnin again though.

      • aresachaela - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        Pfft, them better show some winning action first.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Well hey there 2nd place in the AL East! Haven’t seen you in ages! Mind if we stay for a while? I mean clearly we won’t be seeing 1st anytime soon with the way the Jays are playing. I mean it’s almost unfair. Aren’t they supposed to have injury woes at this point in the season? Shouldn’t either Dickey or Buehrle fall apart yet? Can we please convince AA to trade and get Josh Johnson back in their rotation? Anything would help!

    On an O’s related note, Cruz Missle #21… Wow… And while I can complain that Ubaldo had 4 walks last night, he still pitched much better than his last few starts- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. And overall the O’s pitchers held the Rangers to 0-8 w/ RISP. Not too shabby fellas.

    • nbjays - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Sorry, Eutaw, but we used up this year’s allotment of injury woes LAST season, so we don’t have any left.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        BOOOOOOO!! Looks like every other ALE team is picking up your slack: Wieters (BAL), half of the Yankees, Wil Myers and most of the starting rotation for the Rays, and the BoSox… I’m not sure, is anybody up there injured? Clay is “injured” right? Napoli too I think.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Yes, it was a good win, and hopefully a sign they are rebounding from their little losing streak there. Seems like some of the bats are starting to heat up. Apparently even a fastball to the wrist can’t stop Cruz. I was worried they had rushed him back, but now I see the light. Good win to start off a very tough stretch for the Birds. And while the Jays aren’t losing, at least the Sox, Yanks, and Rays are, so the least we can do is put a little room between us.

    • cur'68 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Injured Beaver Players is SO last season. Anyways, season’s barely past a quarter of the way. Soon enough Reyes and his Hammy of Doom will ‘splode, Bautista or Lawrie will crash into something, Lind’s back will give up, and/or one or more pitchers will need TJS. But until that happens? I’m wallowing in the cautious joy of first place.

      Nice to see the O’s rise slowly above The Empire. Keep that up. If The Rays can only get their feces in a heap and start winning some games, this division could be a lot of fun.

  5. nbjays - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    “…the Mount Rushmore of Mostly Pedestrian Catchers Who Inexplicably Kill The Braves. Not sure who the other two are, but I’m sure they exist.”

    I got a name for you, Craig, although you have to go back 20-odd years…

    1992 World Series: .450/.500/.750

    Yep, Pat Borders.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      For some reason, Borders has deliberately dropped out of sight. Former team mates have been unable to contact him, although his mom says that he is doing well.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Ahhh Pat Borders….
      Whilst courting a 34yr old Canadian last year, the topic of baseball came up. She was overjoyed to hear of my secret baseball obsession (it’s something you keep to yourself in cricket country).

      It was then she began telling me tales of the 92 Blue Jays, BJ Birdy and this guy Pat Borders. 3 weeks pass and still the constant Pat Borders name dropping. Not alarming, but I was becoming curious as to what sort of curiosity levels she still possessed for this man.

      I went for a haircut…she giggled and asked me if I was getting it cut like Pat Borders. I replied MacGyver isn’t cool anymore. At this point I was becoming slightly alarmed….

      Then one night….In the midst of wild Canuck inspired interlude, I open her bedside draw hoping to find something latex orientated….
      But there he was. Pat Borders. In all his masculine mullet-ed glory. She had his baseball card in her bedside draws.

      To put it mildly, I ‘gathered’ my things and promptly left the scene.
      Yeah, Pat Borders is kinda burned into my brain…

      • cur'68 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        You managed to date Pat Borders’ lone groupie, didn’t you? Tsk. Well its good to hear you were playing safe. And yeah, beating a retreat was probably the best thing to do. I like Borders and won’t hear a word said against him, but groupies in general, and his in particular, are kind of alarming. Best to be circumspect.

      • yahmule - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        I would have made her forget Pat Borders ever existed.

  6. philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Phil Coke thinks Joe Nathan needs to start pitching better.

    • nbjays - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Al Albuquerque thinks Nathan pitches just fine.

      • philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Well done. I tip my toque to you.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        There’s no such pitcher named Al Albuquerque
        -Mike Francesa

        http://deadspin.com/5847268/caller-wants-to-discuss-tigers-pitcher-mike-francesa-hangs-up-on-him-because-he-doesnt-believe-that-pitcher-exists

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Joe Nathan is as old as Jeter. He should receive a very nice rocking chair when he retires.

  7. southpaw2k - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    I suppose Alvarez’s CG shutout comes with an asterisk or something on the Roenis Elias scale since it was against the offensively-challenged Rays.

  8. aresachaela - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    O’s win… Yeankees lose… WHAT A DAY !!! Oh well, guess I”‘ll be sleeping now.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Wait let me take it from here…
      XD

      Is that right?!

  9. renaado - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    What a disaster for Alex Wood there in the pen…. Era over 3.50 plus and still goin higher. Definitely need a solution for this…

    • aresachaela - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Get his butt down in AAA or get himself whooped out there?

      • renaado - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        I thought your goin to sleep?

      • aresachaela - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        *Extention

  10. hcf95688 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    For those of you on the east coast that don’t get to see the A’s day in/day out – Doolittle is right. Last night WAS real typical of how the A”s get it done: Not much happens in most of the early innings offensively, only to see big innings in the latter stages of the game, and usually via the long ball Sound defense. Outstanding pitching throughout the game; Also, Melvin never shies away from using his bench to create the best platoon match-up for the hitters.

  11. [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    So at what point does Captain-Selfless, Captain Willing to do Anything ask to be dropped below the #2 spot? Is it when he starts SLG below .300? When his OPS+ drops to below 70?

    • clydeserra - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      last night was the first time I paid attention to the yankees lineup.

      It sure was of them to intersperse terrible hitters throughout the lineup. Once you get through Ellsburry you have a good shot of getting out of the inning.

      • clydeserra - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        “sure was NICE of them”

        Jeez.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I am begging the Yankees to fire Kevin Long. I will sacrifice a goat- whatever. Just fire him!

  13. happytwinsfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Close to 40% of the way through the season, eight of the 15 American League teams are within 2 games of 500. The Twins, by one tenth of a percentage point, are in last place in the AL Central, 5 games out of first, and 1 game out of second. Only 1 team has a winning percentage over 600 and only 1 team has winning percentage under 400.

    It feels like something is changing in the way the game is played which makes the difference between winning and losing thinner and thinner, and more and more fleeting. I guess I like it, but I’m not sure.

  14. RickyB - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    The A’s knew they were going to win when they noticed that Adam Warren had nothing on his pitches and couldn’t locate what little he did have, a rare occurrence this year.

  15. sharksman - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Athletics 5, Yankees 2: A three-run 10th kicked off by Brandon Moss‘ second homer of the game gives this one to the A’s. The key to the win, according to Sean Doolittle, is your typical Oakland A’s Moneyball techno-spreadsheet explanation:

    “The way the guys were swinging in the 10th inning, it was like they could smell the victory and found a way to get it done,” the A’s reliever said. “That’s typical Oakland A’s baseball.”

    God, dude. Get your head out of you computer screen and watch some baseball.

    who is this comment referred to ? because no where does he mention billy or a computer so I would say you are just throwing comments in. so YOU get your head out of a computer. sheesh

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      who is this comment referred to ? because no where does he mention billy or a computer so I would say you are just throwing comments in. so YOU get your head out of a computer. sheesh

      Do you even get comedy?

      • scatterbrian - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        No. He does not.

  16. APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Sean Doolittle, fine UVa gentleman alum that he is, was just being gracious by deflecting attention away from the bullpen’s outstanding work last night: 3.2 IP, 1 hit, 2K, 0 BB.

    The G & P Beane and the coaches (hat tip to Curt Young) have once again assembled an effective “A” bullpen of depth and different looks. And last night the ‘pen did not use Ryan Cook, just coming back from injury. Right now the odd man out is Jim Johnson who will probably be used in low leverage situations until he can prove that he can get people out without giving up 2 runs in the process.

    But as Clyde pointed out above, the Yankee lineup doesn’t really scare anyone right now. Only 2 guys are slugging over .450, and nobody over .500. In contrast the A’s have 2 over .500 (Moss is approaching .600) and 2 more over .450.

    • scatterbrian - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Clearly, as Doo pointed out, the new market inefficiency is dudes who can smell the victory.

      • nbjays - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        But is it victory they are smelling, or the decay of the Yankee bullpen? … although the two are directly related.

      • moogro - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Wildlings smelling Crow meat.

  17. janessa31888 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Great win last night. Tonight, a certain QB is throwing out the first pitch, so hysterical ” fans” will be slobbering at the sight of him, then leave as soon a possible, loudly declaring their undying hatred of the Dolans.

  18. moogro - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    The baby blue Twins pajamas are awesome.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      You’re creeping me out.

  19. illuminancer - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Bad night for the Giants last night, which is what happens when you play bad baseball–it looked like the 2013 team had come off the bench last night. Timmy’s implosion was only part of the problem; the 4 ERRORS made it a game the Giants didn’t deserve to win.

    It’s entirely possible that pairing your worst pitcher with your less-experienced catcher might not be the best idea. Hopefully Belt will be back soon, and will be hitting enough for Bochy to not give into the temptation to play Buster at 1B every time Timmy pitches.

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