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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 9, 2014, 6:47 AM EDT

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Nationals 6, Padres 0: Jordan Zimmermann struck out 12 Padres in the course of a two-hit shutout. The Nationals have won seven of their past nine and are now tied for first place with both Miami and Atlanta. This is the Washington team we all expected last year. Now we’re getting them this year.

Giants 6, Mets 4: Curtis Granderson hit two homers, but that’s still five wins in a row for the Giants and 14 of 17 overall. Gregor Blanco doubled, singled and drove in three runs. They already have a nine and a half game lead in the NL West and it’s not even Flag Day. What? You’re not aware of the traditional “once Flag Day comes it’s OK to not say ‘it’s early, but . . .'” rule?

Mariners 5, Rays 0: Striking out 15 dudes in seven shutout innings is usually enough to get you the win, but Felix Hernandez is used to no decisions in games like that. The M’s scored all five of their runs off Grant Balfour in the ninth. His ERA is now 6.46. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that stuff about the Orioles flunking him on his physical this past offseason was not as much b.s. as Balfour made it out to be at the time.

Reds 4, Phillies 1: Homer Bailey pitched eight one-run innings and drove in the Reds’ first two runs with an RBI single. Billy Hamilton added an insurance two-run homer. They say you shouldn’t let the other team’s best hitters beat you, and Philly definitely took that to heart.

Athletics 11, Orioles 1: The A’s kicked the O’s butt, with John Jaso and Brandon Moss each driving in four, but Manny Machado’s bat-throwing baloney dominated the day. He’s going to wind up getting a suspension out of this I would presume. And it will be well-deserved.

Angels 4, White Sox 2: C.J. Wilson was battling flu symptoms but still allowed only one run while pitching into the seventh. Josh Hamilton drove in three. Hamilton is 8 for 23 and has driven in five since coming off the DL.

Indians 3, Rangers 2: Lonnie Chisenhall singled and scored in the fifth and sixth innings. Granted he’s got 80+ fewer at bats than most of the league leaders, but Chisenhall is now hitting .365/.413/.538 on the year.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1: Rain shortened this one to six innings, with Matt Kemp and someone named Jamie Romak — filling in for the injured Puig — each drove in two.

Astros 14, Twins 5:Chris Carter and Jon Singleton each hit grand slams. Bud Norris thinks Singleton should’ve hit a five-run homer instead. Dexter Fowler and George Springer also homered. It’s amazing what power will do to make a joke of a team into a respectable team.

Marlins 4, Cubs 3: Chicago lost for the first time in six games. Henderson Alvarez pitched well for the fish, but left the game early after stepping/reaching/landing awkwardly while covering first base in the sixth. He should be back for his next start, however.

Royals 2, Yankees 1: A passed ball put a runner on third and a groundout scored him. That was the only offense the Yankees could muster against James Shields and the Royals’ pen.

Brewers 1, Pirates 0: Yovani Gallardo outduels Jeff Locke. Both went seven and all that really separated them was the RBI single Locke surrendered.

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Diamondbacks 6, Braves 5: Chase Anderson has five major league starts. He has won all five of them. David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt each hit two-run homers in the Dbacks’ six-run seventh innings. The Braves have fallen back into a first place tie with the Nats and Marlins.

Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 0: Seven shutout innings for Jaime Garcia led to the Cards shutting out one of the most explosive offenses in baseball for two straight games with identical 5-0 scores. Even in a loss on Friday Cardinals pitchers held the Jays to three runs. Nice effort.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 3: David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the ninth to put the Sox ahead. The blast came off Joba Chamberlain, not Joe Nathan, so the Tigers’ bullpen woes continue in widespread, as opposed to limited and specific fashion.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Telling it like I see it the Yankees offense was pathetic. Their starting pitching finally looks like it’s coming around and the offense the past several games has gone on vacation. But yesterdays offensive performance reached new lows. Like I said just telling it like I see it. Fortunately no one is taking charge for the 2 wild card spots in the American League. But if the Yankees don’t get their act together even the wild card will slip away.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      There are four teams ahead of the Yankees for two wild card spots. How can it slip away if you never even had it in the first place?

      From where I watch, and telling it like I see it, the Yankees have one Ace starter, a decent closer, a great young set-up guy, and not a lot else. There is no “act” to get together. .500 is their act, that is the entire act, there is no other act.

      The only “acting” going on is from Borgstripes fans who are acting like this team has any chance at all.

      When you’re excited about Yangervis Solarte — that should be your sign that things are greatly amiss.

      • protectthishouse54 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Oh I’m sorry. Didn’t know we were supposed to give up on the season already. Didn’t know that a .500 team has no chance at this point. Heck, why even play the games?!

      • uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Maybe we shouldn’t get to excited about Solarte considering his offensive numbers are only slightly better than Xander Bogaerts and Bryce Harper. And when all is said and done this year he will probably have better offensive numbers than Manny Machado had in 2013. You’re right I don’t see any reason to get excited about Yangervis Solarte.

        Now my friend do you have any other words of wisdom for us Yankees fans.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I have no doubt that he has a tupperware gallon bin’s worth of good advice for Borg fans. You have only to be patient.

        Meanwhile, the good news is that while the Jays’ bats went rather flaccid this weekend, the trout were hitting my exquisitely hand tied flies with an enthusiasm rarely recorded on sunny days. Gator, you’ve been quiet this morning but if you’re out there, I have some big rainbows and a couple of browns in the icebox in need of suggestions.

        Incidentally, your Feesh won a game of “you take it, no you take it, no you take it” yesterday. Your silence on the matter is disconcerting. Might you be down the road at your local Santera’s, sacrificing chickens for Henderson Alvarez?

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        The truth is, the Cubs – thanks to their ramshackle, prion-infested anachronism of a stadium and its unfortunate location smack dab in the middle of everyone’s bedrooms and living rooms on the North Side – play most of their games at a time when I, too, am out fishing. Of course, the big difference between us is that out on the Gulf Stream, while I’m busy hauling in a fifteen pound grouper, the chance of an Ursus arctos horribilis tapping me politely on the shoulder and demanding my candy bar or else is pretty minimal, you know?

        So, I got home late, stuck my fillets in the fridge, and crashed out for the nonce. The game was mercifully over by then, and I didn’t have to watch Alvarez do his admittedly rough Margot Fonteyn impersonation at first base and feel my windpipe slamming shut at the spectacle. And my local santera (who also happens to be the local Sephardic shochet) overprices his chicken – even taking into account the little Ⓤ tag on its leg.

        Now, as far as your trout, here you go:

        4 slices bacon
        1/2 cup chopped onion
        ¼ cup finely diced sweet pepper
        1/4 cup diced celery
        1 grated lemon rind or zest of two lemons
        1 tablespoon chopped parsley
        1/2 cup panko crumbs
        2 cloves garlic finely grated
        salt and pepper
        8 ounces lumb crabmeat (about 1 cup)
        1 egg, beaten
        4 whole trout

        Fry the bacon slices until crisp and drain. Brush some of the leftover bacon fat over bottom of a baking dish.

        Heat the fat still in the frying pan and cook the onions, pepper and celery and garlic over low to medium heat, until softened,

        Mix together the vegetables, lemon rind, parsley, crumbs, salt and pepper.

        Fold in the crabmeat and bacon. Add the beaten egg.

        Spread the stuffing over each butterflied trout. Pack firmly, then fold over and compress the fish gently. Close the fish with toothpicks if you like. Set the fish in the prepared baking dish or roasting pan. Brush each fish with a little reserved bacon fat. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        That sounds good. We knew we could count on you. It will go in Michelle’s little ring book next to your crab and bacon bread pudding recipe, which, by the way, we have made several times and adore. I’ll let you know how the trout turns out.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      To borrow a quote from Jim Mora

      “Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs. Are you kidding me? Playoffs? I’m just hoping we can win a game, another game.”

      Under Kevin Long, this team has devolved into a bunch of undisciplined hackers, who will swing at anything within 3 feet of the plate- usually trying for the fences even though they’ve reached that goal very infrequently this year. They have also forgotten that you are allowed to hit balls the other way. If they don’t fire Long and change their approach at the plate, I think there’s a good chance this team can finish at the bottom of the AL East this year if Tampa does their usual turn around and get hot. This used to be a team that worked pitch counts and got into bullpens early. Now they frequently help pitchers out of hairy situations by swinging early and often. I swear- Kevin Long must preach- “Don’t take bad pitches- just try to foul them off and hopefully the pitcher will eventually leave one out and over the plate.” Fire this clown before the season is lost.

  2. johnnysoda - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    I love how, at the end of April, the Astros were 9-19, and the Diamondbacks were 9-22. Since then, they are 18-17 and 18-15, respectively. Can’t predict baseball.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Of course you can predict baseball. Every now and again I find myself “predicting” some future outcomes on an offshore website.

  3. nbjays - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    The Jays’ offense went on vacation as well the past two games. But I don’t mind a loss when the O’s and Yankees also lose. Next up, the struggling Twins (who will now probably sweep the Jays because I called them “struggling”).

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      The only AL East team that won yesterday was Boston.

      • theskinsman - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        And watching Ortiz taking that pile of pus joba yard never gets old.

    • nbjays - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      And they almost lost… if not for Joba.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Joba has a pecking order issue with Papi. That kind of thing doesn’t change no matter where you hide out.

        Joba and Hughes both look like they entered witness protection.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Other than giving up 14 runs and the starter only going 3, I thought the Twins looked pretty good yesterday.

      • nbjays - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        I guess “pretty good” is relative.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Those Twins uniforms look good.

    • Shayna - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I was at the dome for yesterday’s game. I was their rabbit’s foot last year; now I”m their hoodoo.

      Sold out and filled with great spirit at first pitch but that went flat fast when Hutch gave up a four-spot early on. We couldn’t buy a hit with a pre-approved mortgage. Call it perfectly positioned fielding or bad luck, but every time our boys got bat to ball, there was a Cardinal at the end of the trajectory. Such few hits as we had were scattered and even if we had two on base–via a hit and a walk or an error–we couldn’t bring the lead runner around. Frustrating.

      Bright spots: a great tumbling catch in foul ground down the left field by Melky and five shutout innings in relief by Todd Redmond. Oh, and when I shouted “Double play!” late in the game, they obliged. Who knew all I had to do was ask?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Joba should have been reminded that just because he was facing the Red Sox, he did not have to pitch to them the same way that he pitched when he was a Yankee.

  5. philliesblow - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Disappointing loss for the Tigers last night with Joba doing his best Joe Nathan impersonation. On the bright side 1) Suarez kid is off to a good start, nice to have a little production out of the SS spot. 2) Someone wearing a #40 jersey with the name Coke on it pitched 1.1 innings in a tie game and gave up just 1 hit and no runs. 3) The Tigers drafted a kid named Joey Pankake. Pankake > Panpie.

  6. sdelmonte - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    No shame in getting beat by the Giants in SF. But the wheels have come off yet again for the Mets.

    Bad weekend all around for NY sports. The west coast just ate us alive.

    • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Ackcherley, the sunset side is subducting under the east coast. Be patient. Plate tectonics will eventually do the Wilpoons’ work for them.

  7. janessa31888 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Two highlights of my day 1: the Indians winning on the road again and 2: getting my first iPhone. (I got the brightest color available -hot pink). Anyway, its nice to have Lonnie Chisenhall finally hitting.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      You better set your autofill to insert “bro” at the end of every sentence. You’re gonna need it. :)

      • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        You’re back!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Maybe you’re just hallucinating! Shhhhh.

      • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Damn, I thought I took the other pill this morning. Welp! That explains why this morning has been so surreal…

      • historiophiliac - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        It must be going around. Burgie said she woke up and her team was the Devil Rays circa 2006 and stinking up the joint. So, you know, be careful out there.

      • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I’d take the 2006 Minnesota Twins. Well, minus the sweep by the A’s in the playoffs…

      • janessa31888 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        I am so over the whole “Bro” thing. The only thing Nick Swisher is good at is team cheerleader. He cant field and he cant hit.

  8. mplsjoe - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    The Twins make their biggest in-season move in years by signing Morales. Then they lose two of three to the Astros, and aren’t competitive in the two losses. Nice.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      In Morales’ defense, he hasn’t even played yet.

      • mplsjoe - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Don’t get me wrong – I love the Morales signing. I just wish they would have stepped up against a bad team before headed on their toughest road trip of the season (Tor, Det, Bos).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        The Twins basically traded Morales for Kubel, so yeah. Potentially very large upgrade.

        The Astros started the season without Springer or Singleton. They may be a better team than the Red Sox right now.

      • nbjays - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Going by winning %, everyone in the AL except Tampa and Houston is better than the Red Sox this year (as are 10 of 15 NL teams).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        I’m talking “snapshot.” Like, at this moment, on both form and class, the Astros may be a better team than the Sawks. Very different argument.

        If Papi and Napoli heat up, and Brock Holt continues to amaze and bewilder, that could change. I also assume that the Sawks have some budget space to make trades for a Sammich-Jah or a Hammel, so the rotation should improve. The Sawks also have a lot of trade ammunition in the minor leagues, and a history of using it.

        The Astros are currently disinclined to trade youth, and with good reason. So it will be a different story by the end of the year.

        But enough of hammering my guys. The Astros organization has done an excellent job climbing out of the mire that Drayton McClane dumped them into before departing. Their farm system has undergone a total 180-degree turnaround. The on-field product is greatly improved from last season, and they’re still very affordable.

        Jose Altuve is a bonafide all-star, George Springer sure looks the part, Singleton is an exciting talent. They appear to have swindled the Rockies out of Dexter Fowler. Dallas Keuchel seems like an Ace – after a long hard slog, it’s once again good be a Houston Astros fan.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Does anybody know why Morales can’t be placed on waivers, not be claimed by anyone as the unwritten rules dictate and sent to the minors for a little while to get his game back, as was done with Drew?

      • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Because it isn’t the “Twins Way” to actually have a bench full of guys that can be used. It really isn’t fair to other teams if they do that…

  9. paperlions - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Eight one-run innings = 8 runs, not one run. The hyphenation of one-run makes both modify “innings”, and the text says there were eight of them. What Homer did was pitch eight innings of one run ball.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Hey Paper – how’s it going. Care to revisit our preseason Nelson Cruz v. Chris Young debate? Lol

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Nope.
        :-)

        I presume even you didn’t predict he’d have a career year. He’s never been anywhere near this good, even hitting in Texas.

        Sometimes, baseball be crazy.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Don’t you just hate people who have be all like “I told so.” Those people are the absolute worst.

        This was a surprisingly divisive offseason signing. I just thought that with a DH slot and at the low money, it was a total no-brainer. Like other GM’s were slapping their foreheads when they found out.

        It was not just my local scientist on the other side, not by any stretch. I had ample opportunity to argue with plenty of other commenters that day.

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        I don’t remember what I said, honestly. I can’t imagine that I thought $8M for Cruz was a bad deal or that Baltimore was a bad fit….which doesn’t mean I thought he’d be any better than he was last year. Players like Cruz can be risky. All of his value is his power, when that slumps or goes away, he’s useless (see Beltran, Carlos).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        You made the most defensible wrong argument. :)

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Well, it’s baseball and baseball players. You can’t be right all the time when it comes to performance. It is hard enough to guess if teams will play up (or down) to their talent levels, much less individual players.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Darn skippy.

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Moses’ dimples really crinkle when he gloats. Pity you can’t see them when he sits down, though.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        To be fair, one of Paper’s points was that given the Mets’ suckitude, they would rather have CBY & their draft pick. Paper’s position in this early part was correct, also because Cruz could cost the Mutts future draft position by actually hitting the ball.

        It is a false comp to the Cruz signing by Baltimore, since they had already signed Ubaldimore. Cruz only cost them the 55th pick, where it would have cost the Mutts the 10th pick.

        The larger, more important point here, however, is that I am a twit.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      The Phillies wish it had been eight one-run innings. Sigh.

    • Shayna - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Another member of the Grammar Police. I’ve been so lonely! By the way, did you love “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves”?

      • paperlions - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Well, Craig writes for a living….so I figure what he writes should actually say what he thinks it says rather than saying something completely different than intended.

  10. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    If Soriano hadn’t given up that homer, the Nats would be only a four-game sweep of the Giants away from Matty Williams’ Babe Ruth impersonation. (10-game winning streak gets it).

    Let’s go for the sweep anyway. They love Matty in SF, and maybe he’ll cut us a break if it’s 9 of 10.

  11. indaburg - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    The Rays won the battle–a nothing-nothing tie vs. King Felix even after being struck out 15 times–only to lose the war. All they had to do was hold and get to the Mariners’ bullpen. Hope. Balfour struck out the first two in the 9th. Had a .187 hitter down to his last strike. More hope. And then 5 runs happened. It’s a cruel, cruel game.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      It’s an especially cruel game when you put your hope and trust in a crazy angry Aussie (with an awesome truck.)

      • APBA Guy - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        I still think it’s his shoulder. He wasn’t right at the end of last year in Oakland, and his velo has been down all this year.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Maybe crazy angry Aussie was a bit harsh. Maybe I should have said, emotionally unstable Aussie with a bum shoulder (but still an awesome f@ckin truck.)

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      I recommend medication Sally. In the form of some fine rum. Not that crap from Puerto Rico either.

      • indaburg - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        The way this season has been going, if I continue self-medicating, I’ll be attending AA meetings soon.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        You and me both.

  12. Francisco (FC) - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Reds 4, Phillies 1: Homer Bailey pitched eight one-run innings and drove in the Reds’ first two runs with an RBI single. Billy Hamilton added an insurance two-run homer. They say you shouldn’t let the other team’s best hitters beat you, and Philly definitely took that to heart.

    The silver lining here for the Phans is that even though they lost the series 1-2, the Phillies actually IMPROVED their run differential! (they outscored the Reds 14-10 in this series).

  13. hcf95688 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    If Machado is smart (OK…he hasn’t shown any smarts, so let me revise and say “If Machado’s agent/advisers/posse is smart”), he will appeal any suspension and drag it out until mid July, and then accept the punishment over the July 18-20 weekend when the Orioles visit Oakland. This is one time where the cowards way out might just be the best choice.

    If he does indeed show up at the Coliseum he is assured three days of Hell. A’s and Raiders don’t really attract the same crowd, but Raider Fan is generally ready to come out. Its not a huge leap to envision a very special welcome for this young man.

  14. tmohr - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    The Cubs may have seen their winning streak end, but that was one swank uniform they wore yesterday.

  15. renaado - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Now the Braves are tied… with the Marlins and Nats. What a downfall… And a disastrous 7th inning that is. Just can’t bare myself watchin them givin up a lead that huge in the late innings.

  16. loungefly74 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Oh…Giants…keep doing whatever you’re doing. hum baby.

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    The A’s added 10 runs on the plus side of their run differential column yesterday, as the Machado “distraction” affected the Orioles much more so than the A’s. I see that a separate post has gone up about Machado, so I’ll stick to a comment about the game: there wasn’t one, really. It was all A’s.

    The A’s return to the West coast to play at the Angels in some warm weather here, which means there could be some serious home run action (Granderson put one in the Cove yesterday at AT&T). I haven’t had a chance to watch Josh play now that he’s back, but his results from the box scores look pretty good. I had the Angels as a possible wild-card contender at the beginning of the season. They are playing like one now, so this should be an excellent series.

  18. goawaydog - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Another good series for the Giants who have not swept the Mets at home since 2002-ish, go figure. The Nats bring the next test in a four game series starting tonight i look forward to some bantering with you Natslady although I don’t share your version of who I want to sweep who. Giants on pace for 107 wins, that’s kinda funny too.

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