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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 6, 2014, 6:08 AM EST

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Giants 6, Reds 1: Six straight for Madison Bumgarner as he allows one run on three hits over eight innings. Fun times: I spent part of last night in Columbus’ wonderful Bob’s Bar — The Cultural Hub of the Midwest — and they were showing a replay of this game. Dude next to me thought the bright sunshine on the field was because the game was in San Francisco and that we were watching it live. I’d like to spend some time in his head for a while.

Astros 8, Angels 5: Jose Altuve drove in two, George Springer three and each had two a piece in the Astros’ four-run eighth inning. My favorite line of the night goes to Chris Carter, though: 0 for 0, four walks, no runs scored. There’s something beautiful about that, even if it amounted to nothing. It’s like some pure statement of purpose made with little heed for its practical impact. I shall walk.

Marlins 11, Rays 6: Ten losses in a row for the Rays. Figure they’re a couple of losses away from petitioning for the “Devil” to be returned to their name. Macrell Ozuna homered and drove in four. Something called Jacob Realmuto had three RBI in his major league debut. That sorta sounds like a made-up name. Like “Rollo Tomasi” or something.

Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3: The Blue Jays are an absolute buzzsaw right now. And no one saw it coming. Anyone who did is a liar. Six runs off of Justin Verlander, five of them earned. A serviceable outing from J.A. Happ. Just not the sort of things you might expect.

Cubs 7, Mets 4: And the Mets are swept. Travis Wood pitched five decent innings and, though he didn’t get the win, he hit a homer and drove in three. He was a one man gang, really. Like this.

Royals 3, Cardinals 2:  Yordano Ventura won it and was effective, but it was weird that he pitched to contact, relied on his defense and only struck out one. I’d like to see a few more starts out of him to know that he’s feeling better. Lots of dudes with hurt elbows were able to crafty-their-way to a a win here and there. I’d like to see him airing it out and snapping off wicked stuff before we feel better about him.

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Nationals 4, Phillies 2: The sweep. Highlighted by Doug Fister doing this. You’re the man now, Dog.

Yankees 2, Athletics 1: Tanaka tames the A’s. He’s pretty much the lone bright spot for the Yankees this year, yes? He and Dellin Betances, maybe. Beyond that it’s pretty much “meh,” right? We’re all waiting for A-Rod to come back next year and save everyone.

Diamondbacks 12, Rockies 7: It was just a few weeks ago when people were all like “that Rockies pitching is not terrible. This could be a difference-maker for them!” My feelings were “Let’s give it some time. It’ll get warmer and drier in Colorado and then people are gonna start knocking the ball all over the place.” Well, they just dropped a three-game series to Arizona while giving up 32 runs on 48 hits. Overall the Rockies have lost seven straight and 11 of 13. So, welp.

Rangers 8, Orioles 6: The Rangers blew a 5-0 lead but scored three in the seventh thanks in part to two J.J. Hardy errors which, gah, what are the odds of that happening?

Brewers 8, Twins 5: The Brewers were down 4-0 thanks to a third inning grand slam by Oswaldo Arcia, but then they clawed back with a three-run shot by Carlos Gomez and a two-run shot by Khris Davis. Jonathan Lucroy‘s two-run blast n the ninth gave them some insurance.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Literally everyone saw this coming from the Jays. Last year.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Better late than never.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:36 AM

        It’s so Craig to assassinate our perfect hindsight.

    • cur'68 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Craig’s right about this season, though. No one called it. One commenter, that Dodger fan who called the Lads of BeaverLand “The Dominican Golden Horde” or whatnot, had predicted that they’d be a lot better. I think he had them fighting it out for third or fourth though. He had a bit of a back and forth over it with COPO that I read. His main point it turned out was that he thought the Yankees would be last, not The Beav. But me? I just figured them to be decent. Healthy and watchable with tons of hitting and Bautista and Encarnación eating the pitcher’s lunch. I figured the Beaver pitching was toast, especially once Anthopolous didn’t get Santana, Ubaldo, or Burnett.

      That Buehrle, Hutchison, Dickey & Happ (and maybe Stroman, lets wait and see) have been good enough is a staggering thing to contemplate. The infielders defend really well behind these guys and the lineup hits enough to get past it when the pitching fails and balls are in the seats but make no mistake: the pitching is WAY better this season. Its like they are throwing bowling balls since you see so many balls beaten into the dirt. The subtraction of Emilio Bonifacio has really helped, too. I got real tired of seeing him clank balls off his glove and throw outs away.

      But the plate discipline: I didn’t expect that. They are walking a ton. Forcing pitchers into the zone and hitting baseballs hard when that happens. That has been a nice bonus. Is it Kevin Seitzer’s coaching or is it the coalescing of talent and health at just the right time? Well, who cares? They are KILLING baseballs right now and I can’t watch it enough.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        First they fix Joey Bats. Then they fix E5. Now they done fixed up Juan Francisco.

        Kevin Seitzer is the bat whisperer. He knows that you never really train a wild bat, you got to train the owner.

      • Shayna - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        I’ve certainly been enjoying the mashed taters but what has really struck me dumb is the improved defence. We’ve stopped throwing games away. By and large, the fielders are hitting their targets and I don’t have to wince as the ball goes bounding into foul territory while the runner advances a gift 90 feet.

        Frankly, I’m not sure what to do with Colby Rasmus once he comes back. Gose has proved a fine replacement in the field and his speed on the basepaths makes me miss Rajai Davis less. Even the third-base platoon experiment (If it’s Tuesday, it must be Francisco) hasn’t been the disaster I feared. I know that the angels hovering over the Jays’ shoulders will inevitably depart at some point but for now our boys seem to be making the right decision every time.

      • cur'68 - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        We’ve stopped throwing games away

        That’s the money phrase. They get a lead. They KEEP the lead unless the other team hits it really well and NOT because they gave it back. The one time I can recall this failing in the last 6 weeks was when KC was in town and Reyes of all people threw it in the dirt and Encarnación was unable to pick it for the final out.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Francisco, Lawrie and Melky all homered for the Jays. It was the 10th home run of the season for each of them. The Jays have 5 hitters with 10 or more home runs. Rasmus has 9 home runs, but is currently on the DL. Pitchers are having a difficult time with this explosive lineup. Encarnation did not play last night, but was not needed.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      Great win by your Jays. And as much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think they will fall off anytime soon…

      Actually, I’d much rather see the blue birds take the ALE over any other team not in Baltimore. So on that note, keep on rolling Jays!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

        They are certainly flying high right now.

  3. aresachaela - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Ma-kun wins it AGAIN!!!! Hahaha ! He’s the only lone brightest star their Craig, other starting pitchers you say? Mehhh.

    • renaado - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      Considerin how crappy most of their startin pitchers are, Tanaka and Kuroda are the only decent guys there who can put up a good show.

    • nbjays - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      Other starting pitchers and every reliever not named Betances = Meh!

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Tillman has gone from 2013 All Star and Ace* to &$#@!(?#^! in less than a year. I’m not sure what his deal is but this is his second start in his last 5 that he couldn’t get out of the second inning. It’s mind-bottling, isn’t it? You know, when things are so crazy it gets your thoughts all trapped, like in a bottle? (Somebody has to get the Will Ferrell reference).

    As for Hardy… 3 total errors in the game… one can only hope he’s just getting them all out of the way at once? Can’t let those Yanks back into second. I am enjoying the Avian Invasion at the top of the division.

    *Ace of the O’s staff. #3 on any other major league team prior to the meltdown.

    • aresachaela - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      Battle of the fittest and finest!! Yeanks and O’s for the 2nd place title XD!!

  5. renaado - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    No Braves game today, just watched the A’s and Yankees game and man, Tanaka wasn’t called the golden egg in Japan for nothin.

  6. uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Some you you may remember the 7-11 commercial/saying: “Oh thank heaven for 7-11″. Well I have a new take on it: “Oh thank heaven for Masahiro Tanaka” at least if you are a Yankees fan.

    • nbjays - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      He’s been pretty much a sure thing, but as we’ve seen lately, the Yankee “offense” is capable of letting him allow one run and lose 1-0.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:37 AM

        That may be true of the other pitches when the Yankees play but 1 or 2 runs for Tanaka seems to be plenty much of the time for him to get the win.

    • indaburg - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      You can do better than that, uyf. There has to be something that rhymes with Masahiro Tanaka.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        He’s shaking up the Apple like Amiri Baraka.

        Dominating the paint like Serge Ibaka.

        He’s lighting a flame like Waka Flocka.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Setting down hitters like “Boom Shocka Locka.”

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Rhyme fail. It’s boom shocka locka boom.

  7. johnnysoda - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    I thought Solarte’s been a bright spot for the Yankees so far.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Yeah, I guess it depends on how you define bright spot. I’d say Teixeira coming back and being productive when he’s on the field is also a bright spot – I honestly expected nothing from him in the power department this season.

  8. hittfamily - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Good Lord lets just end this season now! If the Rays are this bad now,wait til Price, Joyce, Zobrist and Jennings are traded. On a positive note, Kiermaier, the man out of nowhere, is a freajing beast!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Nowhere man has been a very pleasant surprise.

    • indaburg - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Kiermaier has been the sole bright spot on an abysmal season. Watching him patrol the outfield is a lot of fun. But otherwise, yeah. Let’s just take our ball and go home.

    • nbjays - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      The Rays took the “Devil” out of their name and now the Devil is objecting.

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        It was nice to see the Razed’ resident criminal scumbag get lit up for a couple of runs last night. One wonders when Leuke’s bloated ERA will outweigh his novelty value and earn him a DFA so we won’t have to slime our eyeballs watching or reading about him.

  9. Kevin S. - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    By the way, earlier this season I called Tanaka arguably the best pitcher in the game. I was scoffed at and had a list of 20+ pitchers run off to me who were more deserving of the title. Well, now he’s fourth in ERA (1st in the AL, which is still the higher run-scoring environment), t-2nd in ERA-, 1st in rWAR, tied for 4th in fWAR, fifth in K%, 2nd in K%-BB% (and only 0.1% out of first)… are we still arguing about the worthiness of his claim?

    • Kevin S. - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Oh, and first in xFIP and SIERA, if that’s your sort of thing.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Low SIERA, high BABIP – now that’s my kind of guy. Waiver wire scrounger, I am.

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Watch out you don’t snag your barbels in the lamprey seine.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Lamproie de rivière?

    • hittfamily - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      He’s not even top 10 in saves though.

    • teamobijuan - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      0 holds.

  10. phillysports1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I predicted the Jays to secure a WILDCARD spot this year. Everyone disagreed. Look now !

  11. sportsdrenched - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    “I’d like to see a few more starts out of him to know that he’s feeling better. Lots of dudes with hurt elbows were able to crafty-their-way to a a win here and there. I’d like to see him airing it out and snapping off wicked stuff before we feel better about him.”

    Cosign.

    That’s 3 of 4 from the Cardinals by the Royals. Now come the Yankees for a wrap around series (I just wanted to type that). Good thing they’ll miss Tanaka.

  12. loungefly74 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Bob’s Bar…great selection of beer. good call, Craig.

  13. dluxxx - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    So the Twins manage a split with the Brew Crew. It was looking pretty good when Ozzy Arcia hit his Grand Salami. Too bad Correa is terrible and coughed up the lead shortly after it was given to him. If the over/under on remaining starts before Trevor May is called up 7, I’ll take the under. We need to fix this rotation if we’re going to keep trying to compete. If we’re not, then we need to get our young pitchers some “seasoning”…

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Seven, how about one or two. And I would have thought Meyer, but looking at their current numbers, May seems to be doing better. If May or Meyer is put in Correia’s spot I can see the Twins playing about 550 ball the rest of the way which just could be a play off spot, and catching the hot / cold tigers doesn’t seem to be out of the question.

      If we have the horses this year we barely have them, which is all the more reason to get them in harness sooner rather than later so there doesn’t need to be the big up hill charge at the end.

      • dluxxx - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Meyer will be the better pitcher career wise (most likely), but at this point, May is already on the 40 man roster, so we wouldn’t need to make any extra roster moves. I’d like to see Meyer up soon as well, but I don’t see that happening until we clear up some rotation spots.

        I say 7 starts, because we’ll probably try to move someone *cough Correa* in a trade to clear up the rotation spot for May. If Deduno starts to struggle again, I think that Pelfry probably gets the first shot at his spot (I know, I don’t like it any more than you) but I’d like to see Meyer take his spot in the rotation.

        So, essentially, I’d like to see a rotation of Hughes, Gibson, Meyer, May and Nolasco (not necessarily in that order).

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        a rotation of Hughes, Gibson, Meyer, May and Nolasco is what I’m hoping for to, and I think if we have that by early July, we’d have a serious shot at a playoff spot. Trouble is I think you’re right about how the Twins are thinking. I think they’ll squander a month giving Pelfry another chance or giving Correa more time thinking that they can get more for him than a bag of baseballs. No team is going to want him taking a spot in their rotation unless they have no other option (like the Twins last year) and a team in that position is going to be a seller not a buyer.

        The Twins may be just good enough if they put their best team on the field for the entire second half of the season, not just the last month and a half, which is what I think they’re going to do.

        Here’s hoping they know more than we do.

  14. metalhead65 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    it saddens this reds fan every time Sean Marshall come into a game knowing we gave up Travis Wood for him his 9.00 ERA and bum shoulder.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Better than being a Mets fan.

  15. APBA Guy - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Masahiro Tanaka. That was the game right there. His ERA is miniscule, the rest of the Yankees’ starters average 4.48. The shocking thing from the A’s perspective is that the Yankees’ bullpen held up, as the A’s strategy to get the starter out of the game early semi-worked, in that Tanaka finished 6 then departed. But the guys who were roughed up Tuesday night were equal to the task on Thursday night and managed 3 scoreless. The A’s drive down I-95 to Baltimore with the series win at NY.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Basic Yanks strategy this year, #Tanak and then hope the rookies of Warren + Betances can get them to Robertson. If nothing changes, it’s going to get really bad at the end of the year when the appearances/IP start to catch up to them.

  16. jburk003 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Giants baby.

    Best in the MLB and we are missing 2 key players.

    Matt Cain has been out the past 3 weeks, and our top HR slugger has been out for about a month now.

    Also, Tim Lincecum has been struggling but always finds his groove mid season.

    Giants will take this division by 6+ games.

  17. geoknows - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I wouldn’t call Ventura’s outing “crafty.” Average fastball was 98, he hit 100 several times, and topped out at 101.4. It was just one of those games where the other team was able to put bat on ball, and he’s going to have those at times.

  18. aresachaela - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    What the heck is this!? FAKE!! Post this elsewhere Donald Trumpkin.

  19. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Did I ever tell you how I lost 150 pounds of ugly fat? It happened when my divorce came through.

  20. hittfamily - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Why would you your friend’s sister to lose weight? Are you one of those people who are like “Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt. It is so big. She looks like one of those rap guy’ sgirlfriends.”

    I like em real thick and juicy, so find that juicy bubble, hittfamily’s in trouble, beggin for a piece of that bubble.

    36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she’s 5’3″.

  21. happytwinsfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Do not click on the link out of curiosity. often the purpose of these things isn’t just the old fashioned scam variety, but an attempt to install malware on the machine of anyone following the link. We should also click “report comment” when we see these things to increase the odds that the scammers get kicked out of here sooner rather than later.

  22. dluxxx - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Craig, can you ban this guy already?

  23. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Ban Roll-on?

    Heh. Heh.

    Never mind.

    Now about the Feesh-Razed game. So the Feesh drop three to the Braves last week, then prang the nosediving Razed for four straight and find themselves more or less tied for first with said Braves yet again. I don’t have time this week for my usual disquisitions – publisher’s deadlines coming up again but as the great Annie Dillard has written, despite some appalling frustrations the life of the mind is the sweetest life possible (though of course I also have to take into account the Mad Mundt’s exclamation “I’ll show you the life of the mind!”). So queeckly: Ozuna homered. The Iron Giant homered but it was a pretty measley homer by his standards, dropping meekly into the first few rows of the Morlock Dome’s dismal left field bleachers. Hardly even worth mentioning.

    Meanwhile rookie callup and next doomsday designated Feesh “catcher of the future, catcher of the future, catcher of the future” J P Realmuto (which is not to say a real MUTO as opposed to the feectional MUTOs in Godzilla – those MUTOS’ name stands idiotically for “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism,” though I can see that it required a level of non-functional imagining comparable to what’s needed to come up with some of the questions ballplayers get asked by onfield correspondents and spawrts tork raydeeo hosts) knocked in a total of three runs with two hits, while his companion callup Justin Bour, who looks like a Tyrrell Corporation replicant of Frank Howard, knocked in one with a single. And what happened to the last Feesh “catcher of the future, catcher of the future, catcher of the future”? He has been designated for processing into Soylent Green.

  24. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    The spam that I had originally replied to has been deleted.

  25. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    The spam that both I and aresachaela were responding to has been deleted. I was actually repeating an old joke (possibly by Henny Youngman) which in my case was unfortunately true.

  26. jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Thought that happened when they banned DirtyHarry!

  27. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I ackcherley saw Henny Youngman at a Friar’s Club roast my dad took me to when I was maybe eleven years old. I learned a lot of new words.

  28. unclemosesgreen - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    That catcher of the future closer was real food for thought. And for food.

  29. jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    If you and Johnny Soda became one person the posts would be superior to any on this website.

  30. proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I am sure you did.

  31. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Now he’s dog meat. I doubt if he’ll ever make it out of AAA again, short of Mathis and Realmuto colliding under a popup.

  32. jimeejohnson - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    He better stay out of Vietnam or he might turn into a dogmeat spring roll!

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