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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 5, 2014, 7:04 AM EDT

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Indians 7, Red Sox 4: A three-run walkoff homer for Asdrubal Cabrera in the 12th inning to give the Tribe a three-game sweep. With rain delays and extra innings the game took seven hours, ending at 2:02AM. Six straight wins for the Indians.

Mariners 2, Braves 0:  Hisashi Iwakuma and two relievers combined for a six-hit shutout. Stefan Romero ,who came into the game hitting .204, hit cleanup. Lloyd McClendon was asked about it and he said “Somebody has got to hit there. I don’t have Bonds, so it’s going to be Romero.” Romero hit a triple a single and scored a run. When things are going well they’re going well. Five straight wins for Seattle.

Athletics 7, Yankees 4: Two homers for Yoenis Cespedes and the A’s bounce back from a 4-0 deficit to win going away. Four straight losses for New York, which has been outscored 21-0 in the seventh inning-on over that span. They’ve lost 12 of 16 at home.

Padres 3, Pirates 2: San Diego scored three runs and won the game despite getting just one hit. And it wasn’t even an RBI hit. It was a bunt single in the first inning. You can do that when you take nine walks from Pirates pitchers. Their runs came via a sac fly, an error and a bases-loaded walk. Viva the smallest of small ball.

Nationals 8, Phillies 4: Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven innings and the Nats’ bats beat up on A.J. Burnett and the reeling Phillies. Anthony Rendon had a homer and a two-run single. The Nats have won four of five and are a game and a half out of first. Perhaps this is the run everyone expected but which never came last year.

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 2: Ugly loss for the Tigers. After falling behind 3-2 in the sixth they loaded the bases with nobody out and then the next three hitters went down in ignominious and unproductive fashion. Maybe it’s just as well, as it would’ve been slightly more dispiriting to have the bullpen surrender five runs in the final two innings to blow a lead than it was to see the bullpen surrender five runs in the final two innings to merely increase a previously-existing deficit.

Giants 3, Reds 2: Juan Perez and Michael Morse homered in the sixth inning to account for all the Giants’ runs. The Giants win their 10th of 13 and have the best record in baseball. Bay Area World Series, anyone?

Marlins 5, Rays 4: That’s nine straight losses for the Rays, though it obviously wasn’t their greatest loss last night.

Cubs 5, Mets 4: Starlin Castro made an error in the first inning that cost the Cubs three runs, but then he proceeded to go 3 for 4 with three RBI to make up for it. Edwin Jackson won this ugly game. But then again, pretty much all Edwin Jackson games are ugly. That’s kind of his thing.

Orioles 6, Rangers 5: Chris Davis had a three-run shot for the O’s to make two games in a row in which former Texas-sluggers-turned-Orioles-sluggers abused the Rangers. They should’ve had Rafael Palmeiro throw out the first pitch to Sammy Sosa or something. Adrian Beltre had two homers in a winning personal effort despite a losing team effort.

Diamondbacks 16, Rockies 8: Trying to think how much money you’d have to pay me to watch an entire four hour, nine inning game featuring 24 runs on 34 hits. Just not my cup of tea. It was Miguel Montero‘s cup of tea, however. According to the game story, Montero said before the game that he felt like he’d get five or six RBI. He got six RBI. I feel like that’s the sort of brash prediction he’d disparage if a young teammate made it, but let’s leave that alone for now.

Cardinals 5, Royals 2: Matt Carpenter had five hits including the go-ahead double in the 11th, helping to end the Cards’ three-game losing streak. That’s the Cardinals’ eighth straight win at Kauffman Stadium, however.

White Sox 2, Dodgers 1: John Danks and three relievers combined for a two-hitter. The Dodgers are skidding out of control, having lost six of eight while watching the Giants take an eight-game lead in the division. The worst it ever got last season — when Don Mattingly was almost fired before the Dodgers’ summer surge — was nine and a half games.

Twins 6, Brewers 4:  Oswaldo Arcia homered and drove in four. That’s three homers in ten games for Arcia since being called up.

Angels 4, Astros 0: Garrett Richards tossed eight shutout innings and in one of those innings struck out the side on nine pitches. He’s the second guy to do that this week.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Aaron Loup was responsible for one of the best performances by a bullpen pitcher this year. With the Jays ahead by 3 to 2, the bases loaded and none out, he struck out the first hitter he faced. He got the next hitter to hit a foul pop fly that was caught by the catcher. He then got the third hitter to hit a pop fly in foul territory to the first baseman. Loup also pitched a perfect 7th inning. He was credited with a “hold”, however, his team and the fans know that he won the game for the Jays.

    • nbjays - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      And R.A. Dickey owes him a damn nice dinner at a damn nice restaurant… or two.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        Most certainly.

    • philliesblow - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Not only did Loup get 3 straight outs with bases loaded, he got the 9, 1 & 2 hitters. If he walks any of them he has to face Miggy with the bases loaded. Clutch for Jays fans, frustrating for those of us on the Tiger side.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Agreed, and Miggy had already homered in the game.

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    ” Chris Davis had a three-run shot for the O’s”

    Davis’ HR was a solo shot, as was Markakis’.

    Beltre had himself a 2R and 3R bomb.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      Congratulations to Baltimore on the 4 game winning streak. The three teams behind Baltimore are also streaking, but in the opposite direction.

      • indaburg - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        I wish my team was in the mix of course, but it is refreshing to have new powerhouses at play in the AL East.

    • aresachaela - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      The YEANKS are playing crappy Baseball AT HOME!! Ma-kun is the only guy I’ll be watching when he takes the go go, HAHA!…

      Guess the happy bird boys are enjoying there time in Arlington!! Enjoy the streak guyzzzzz.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    I could literally copy yesterday’s post from ATH: O’s pick up a game on the Yanks, BoSox and Rays, but stay 4.5 behind the Jays as they win. AGAIN. Jerks.

    And for the record, I think Buck should have pulled Bud Norris after he got drilled in the 5th. You could see him wincing in pain when he got back on the mound, and it looked like he was trying to blow a heater by Beltre just to get out of the inning… which resulted in a 3 run shot. Hope that forearm is okay.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      I honestly can’t remember the last game the Jays lost. Before they come to Baltimore next weekend, they have a 6-game homestand against the Cardinals and Twins. Even if dem O’s continue playing well for the next week, there’s a buzzsaw waiting for them starting next Friday.

      • yarguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        We can well remember. It was the first two games of the series against the Royals – at Toronto no less – on May 29 & 30. Prior to that they lost to the Rangers on May 18 on the road. They haven’t lost a series since they gave away 3 of 4 to the Angels at the start of the month (and they won’t lose this one against the Tigers having already won 2). Since the Angels series they have completed 6 series, sweeping 3 of them. The Sportsnet tv crew seems to think that hitting coach Kevin Seitzer deserves a great deal of the credit for the turn around this year since every time the Jays have any kind of offensive success they show Kevin cheering.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Not that it makes a HUGE difference, but did you know the O’s have played less home games than any team in all of baseball? 23 games. And the next closest I believe is 27 or 28. Luckily we have a 10 game home stand coming up. Unfortunately that stand includes Oakland, Boston and Toronto. Why couldn’t we get the White Sox, Tampa and.. well BoSox will suffice I guess.

  4. renaado - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Dang! Iwakuma’s darn good. What a pitching performane that is, can’t help myself but applaud him there.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Still in Roenis Elias’ shadow.

      • renaado - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        Both guys are darn good I tell you that!

    • alankelly2013 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Statistically he’s been the best pitcher in the American league over the last two seasons.

  5. NatsLady - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    After leaving the rookie Buchanan in to get shelled on Tuesday (7 runs), Rhyno left Burnett in to get shelled last night (8 runs). It was 8-2, the Nats had already gotten four runs in the inning, and it was pouring down rain. I’m not saying Werth and LaRoche gave it up for him, but they, let’s just say, didn’t make their full effort. Burnett might still be out there they hadn’t put the tarp on.

    As for Jimmy Rollins, maybe he should just depart the sinking ship for the Big Cats when he gets his eight hits (to tie) or nine (to lead).

  6. happytwinsfan - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    You have to work with me on this one.

    (Saturday Night Live fantasy – flashback special effect – hope that’s not too old, I haven’t watched SNL for a decade or two)

    (doodle doodle doodle doodle
    (wavy wiggley lines morphing into a cool late October evening in the northland

    The brew crew jump out into a one nothing lead in the second inning of the third game of this tied series as happytwinsfan stumbles to the bathroom. The Twins seize the lead back with a three run homer in the fourth, as happytwinsfan dances to the bathroom (yet again). At the end of the back and forth battle, the Twins are up 2 games to 1, but there is a feeling this thing must go 7.

    The anticipation for this series began to build into frenzy replete with much chest puffing in the parking lots outside the Hudson liquor stores already accustomed to being filled with Minnesota license plates on Sunday mornings, the weekend the Twins swept evil empire east in the ALCS, shortly after the brew crew’s demolition of evil empire west in the NLCS. Instead of a classic Yankee – Dodgers series there would be a cheese heads versus lutefisk lovers border war which would probably lose in the ratings to Daffy Duck reruns, said the worried guardians of baseball.

    Not so, said the nation. We love watching those idiots fight it out. They found the erector set look of Miller field to have a restful throwback sort of charm. The early morning snow dusting of Minneapolis on the day of game three clinched it. Oh please God not a Halloween blizzard, not this year. Please, throw us a bone. He did. North Star rising, both of them.

    (doodle doodle doodle doodle
    (wavy wiggley lines morphing into – whoops it’s still late October – happytwinsfan stumbles over to the AC to turn it back down before flipping back to ‘World War II In Color’

  7. indaburg - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    When is Opening Day 2015?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Lol! Still way early Inda! Don’t start sweating it till’ June. My Cardinals have played like fido’s ass all year. If that is any consolation for you!

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Just a matter of time before the Cards make a huge run toward another World Series.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        I don’t know about this year Jimee. They have pretty much stunk it up the entire year (thus far). That is unlike them. And it’s also why I am starting to worry a bit.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      And then I saw C.C.’s “toast” thread. Wow.

      • indaburg - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        I did the basic math and realized that there is no way the Rays could make the playoffs even as a wild card. It’s been a bad, bad year. I’m used to bad years–I was a Devils Rays fan, after all–but none like this when expectations were high. It seems like nothing has gone right. Offense, defense, pitching, all underperforming. It’s a certainty that Price will be traded by the deadline.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Not for a while. Spring training doesn’t start for at least another month or so.

  8. uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    As I’ve said before sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield. The Yankees the past few weeks have been the bug far to often. Time to start to be the windshield and no better time to start then this afternoon.

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    • dluxxx - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Tapeworms are the best.

      • scorpiox1960 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Ex-Lax works just as good.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        There was a guy in the 1860s who lost 50 lbs. with a diet that included five glasses of wine a day. After the last glass, you puke and pass out for 12 hours. It not only melts the pounds off, it’s fun!

  10. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I hope Indy didn’t pull out too much hair during the bottom of the ninth of the Razed-Feesh game last night. Oww, that’s tough duty. Cishek loaded the bases with no one out and a two run lead, and the Razed manage to score one run on a groundout. Their ofer-in-scoring-position stats are flatlined – I think it was 0-last 28 going into the inning and now must be 0-32. But Indy, don’t worry – remember when we had Tweeter over here? He ran up stats like that all by himself. The fans of the Crew of the Minnow don’t know how lucky they are to have him on the DL. To be fair to Cishek, the high choppers and bad bouncers that put two of the Razed on base in that inning would have prolly been outs on real grass, but on the artificial turf – the only thing that can grow in the sodden, lightless realm of the Razed’ gunite tumulus – a chopper behaves like a Flubber ball on the Moon. One key moment for the Feesh, one that might well have cost the Razed an opportunity to lose the game an inning or two later than they did, came when, with rocket shoed Kiermier on third, another Ray on second and one out, Ben Zobrist unburdened himself of one such high chopper to Garret Jones at first. The ball hung in the air like a birthday balloon before coming down and Jones stepped on first. There would have been more than enough time for Kiermier to score and tie the game but he impersonated a barnacle instead. Rookie inexperience. Cisjek then peetched around Longoria and popped Loney up. End of game.

    Tom Koehler and Jacob Turner, both, have gotten into the habit of being mauled in the first two innings, then settling down and keeping the corpse on life support for four or five more while the Rainbow Warriors scramble to pull even. Usually, that doesn’t work, but last night, thanks to the kind of fielding ineptitude that marked the Feesh last weekend against the Braves, they were able to pull it orf. Donovan Solano, playing second in place of the hamhanded Derek Dietrich currently in remedial exile in Tremetown, jacked a three run shot through the stagnant atmosphere of the Tropicana Dump. Adeiny Hechevarria made a terrific play on a sharp grounder by Evan Longoria and caught him at first with an orf-balance throw. With Deitrich gone, the entire infield seemed to play smoothly again, like they had thrown Jimmy Waite overboard, while Pazuzu jumped to Longoria, who booted a critical grounder with guys on second and third and set up Solano’s death blow.

    And somewhere, amid the throes of Beanbag defeat and humiliation, Big Papi was grinning. Schadenfreude is where you find it.

    • dluxxx - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      What are they putting in the water down there Old Gator? I see the Feesh are only a half game out of first in the division, and currently hold the 1st wildcard slot. How late in the season do we need to go before we stop saying “It’s still early?”

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        I don’t know what they’re putting in the water, but I use packets of quick dissolving mescaline powder (it comes in several flavors, but I prefer soma berry).

        For this team, it’s still early until September 30. I see the other teams in the division floundering – so far, it’s been more a case of who wants it least than of who wants it most. The Feesh, as they proved again last week when they dropped a series to the Braves arthritics trying to carry an anvil to their pickup truck, are still a deeply flawed team capable of extended losing streaks. They got lucky in using the moribund Razed to cauterize their wounds after the Braves series, and luckier still to have the Cubs up next. If the Braves make a solid move to replace Uggla and any one of their callups can hit better than the faux Upton, I see them pulling away, and there are plenty of teams in the west and central who can cop the playoff slots before the Feesh do. Look, they’ve been streaky as an old windshield wiper in a rain of olive oil. I love watching them do tightrope walks like they did in the ninth last night – great for cardio and a lot less boring than a treadmill – but my skepticism remains unalloyed.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      There’s way better juice than Tropicana, too.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        My comment, juxtapositioned with the Old Gator’s, leaves me feeling like a mental midget!

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Thee plane! Thee plane!

  11. dluxxx - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    My Twinkies took another one from the NL leading Brewers. They have been a delight to watch, and Arcia is just raking right now. The future is certainly bright for the Twins, and I’m excited to see what our lineup is going to look like in the next few years.

    As for this year, the Twins continue to hang around the Strange Attractor and keep things interesting. I’m cool with that, especially if they’re still playing meaningful games into the second half of the season.

  12. janessa31888 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    The rain delay prevented his Johnnyness from throwing out the first pitch, but he graciously appeared to wave at the crowd and appease the slobbering masses. Love the way the game ended. Asdrubal played hero. Without the dead weight of Swisher and Santana, the Tribe is having a nice surge right now.

    • stoicpaisano - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      We’ll see how the ten-game road trip goes but the team has handled adversity well this season. Turning over 3/5 of your starting rotation and losing Santana, Swisher and Kipnis for extended periods of time are no small things to overcome. Alas, Giambi’s double bought himself more worthless at-bats while The Jesus rots on the bench. Good to see Axford and Carrasco contribute positively, though.

      • janessa31888 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Losing Mr. Error Swisher and Swing- and-miss Santana was not necessarily a bad thing. They both needed a break.

  13. psuorioles - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Has Ortiz made it around the bases yet, after his HR?

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      He stopped to whine and dine. He never passes up food.

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Oh. I thought he hit a mine and blew orf one of his treads.

  14. ch0psuey - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    One of the best Bunt basehit’s I have seen in a while from Everth Cabrera for the Padres, was a thing of beauty.

  15. APBA Guy - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The A’s come-from-behind win last night felt, I won’t say predictable, but let’s say probable. The distinction may not mean much to fans of the other 29 teams, but it represents something real for us A’s fans in the sense that it indicates a deeper level of confidence-something much greater than mere hope for a positive outcome- about the Beloveds. Even after watching Ellsbury’s 3-run shot sail out of the yard, at no point did I not believe that the A’s could come back against the Yankees. The Yankees bullpen is just not that good, and if the A’s could get to the bullpen early enough, they had a good chance.

    Not that the A’s would win the game for sure, only that they had a good chance. And that’s what happened: Chavez held the Yankees after the Ellsbury homer. The offense chipped away and scored five times against the Yankee bullpen, while giving up nothing with their own bullpen.

    In the EPL the players call it belief. Here we call it confidence. The A’s have it right now. What a great feeling.

    • scatterbrian - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Yep. The A’s have had great teams recently, but this confidence level feels more like Bash Brothers era A’s.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        I’ll take that. It’s been a long time since 1989.

  16. musketmaniac - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    one bunt hit, three runs, what’s the math in that one.

    • ch0psuey - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM


  17. Gamera the Brave - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Craig, I accept your generous offer of a Bay Bridge World Series.
    Preferably with fewer earthquakes…

    • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      How about some harmonic tremors, just during the Star Spangled Boner?

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Land of the useful pawns for the rich.

      • Gamera the Brave - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        …as sung by a bad childrens’ chorus. Ah, dissonance… But, to be fair, I have run childrens’ choruses in the past, and they’re all bad enough to cause tremors. 2nd and 3rd graders, for the most part, are awful singers. Most can’t really sing until they’re in about 5th grade.
        But they’re better than meerkats, I suppose…

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