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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 10, 2014, 6:28 AM EDT

Lonnie Chisenhall AP

Indians 17, Rangers 7: Yesterday I mentioned that Lonnie Chisenhall was sorta having a nice year. Well, add on a 5 for 5 night with 3 home runs and 9 RBI onto that. This is the dude that the Indians decided needed to sit behind Carlos Santana at third base, by the way. First base, third base. Who cares? Just get his bat into the lineup all the time.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 0: Bud Norris allows only three hits in eight innings and the O’s got all of their runs on homers. The Sox have lost six of seven.

Mariners 3, Rays 0: David Price strikes out ten dudes but he could’ve struck out 18 and it wouldn’t have mattered given that he got no run support. That’s 13 of 14 in the loss column for Tampa Bay. The Mariners finish their little southeast road trip with a 6-1 record, including a win in a makeup game in New York. Of course, beating the Yankees, Braves and Rays isn’t a tall order these days.

Pirates 6, Cubs 2: Andrew McCutchen hit a homer and drove in three runs. The Cubs just had a sweet homestand but stink on ice on the road, so enjoy the next nine out of hotel rooms, Chicago.

Blue Jays 5, Twins 4: Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to give the Jays the lead for a while and then, after the Twins tied it up again, Kevin Pillar drove in the winning run in walkoff fashion. Kendrys Morales went 1 for 3 with a walk. Not bad for a guy who should be as rusty as a pre-oil-can Tin Man.

Dodgers 6, Reds 2: Have a game Scott Van Slyke. Two homers and four RBI for the Son of Andy. The key here, though, is that Yasiel Puig stayed healthy through the game. Im taking my kids to the getaway day game on Thursday afternoon and he has to be in that game or else it’s gonna be trouble. Or, at the very least, I’m going to have to convince the kids of Zack Greinke‘s awesomeness. Whatever.

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Braves 3, Rockies 1: Six and two-thirds solid innings for Gavin Floyd and two RBI hits for Chris Johnson. Floyd has pitched pretty well for the Braves, but this was his first win. Which, given his layoff for surgery, means it was his first win in two years.

White Sox 6, Tigers 5: Adam Eaton, don’t ever change. Here’s what he said after this one:

“South Siders, we’re grinders. We’re going to try to do the little things right and grind games out. I think that was as close to a boxing match as you can get. Grinding it out, and I wouldn’t have a baseball game any other way. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be played.”

(a) he’s been a “South Sider” for 45 games and he’s from Springfield, Ohio; and (b) while he’s right about this being a boxing match, the big hit here was Jose Abreu‘s two-run homer. I guess you can still call it “grinding,” but usually we refer to small ball and stuff as grinding, do we not? Oh well. He’s happy, so we’ll let it go.

Angels 4, Athletics 1: Garrett Richards allowed only one run over seven innings. But the most notable thing was a would-be Mike Trout homer being overturned into a double on replay and Mike Scioscia coming out to argue about it afterward, which you’re not supposed to do. His beef after the game was that the replay evidence was not definitive. Which, having watched it several times myself, I tend to agree. But it’s not like the umps on the field can do anything about it. They do what the man on the other end of the headphones tells them to.

Nationals 9, Giants 2: Five runs batted in for Ian Desmond, who had a single, two doubles and a triple. He swung for the fences on his final at bat in the ninth trying to get the cycle and then slammed his bat down when he flied out to left because of Nattitude, I presume.

Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3Jose Altuve had three hits, including an RBI double, and Jarred Cosart pitched six solid innings. And Bo Porter did the old “put your pitcher in left field for one batter, then bring him back to face another batter” thing with Tony Sipp. After the game Kirk Gibson said it was all well and good unless someone had hit one to the pitcher. My life’s goal: to see this play happen, but with a two bouncer to the LF/P, who then fires a rocket home and guns down a runner. I mean, they have good arms by definition, right?

Yankees vs. Royals: POSTPONED: Last time I was here it was raining. It ain’t raining anymore. The streets were drowning, waters waning. All the ruins washed ashore. Now I’m just looking through the rubble. Trying to find out who we were. Last time I was here it was raining. It ain’t raining anymore.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Congratulations to Bud Norris for holding the Red Sox hitters in check. The ever dangerous, Big Baby went hitless. The next start for Norris will be against the Jays on the weekend. It should be a fun 4 game series between the best 2 teams in the AL East.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      fun? Fun? FUN?! I’ve been using the phrase scary, as I feel that would be more accurate for O’s fans.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Agreed. I feel like there’s a buzzsaw bound for Baltimore this weekend.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      The Red Sox hitting seems to come in cycles… 😉

      I’m here every Tues monrning. Please remember to tip your bartender and waitresses. Thank you very much.

    • Shayna - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Grrrrrzzzzzzzrzrzrzzrz. Or at least, so I hope. Go Jays!

      • Shayna - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Phnoo! This was meant to be a reply to @southpaw2k. Sorry.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Someone has to put their arms around your thorax and squeeze hard, suddenly, five or six times to dislodge a walnut that size. Try shelling them first next time.

    • theskinsman - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Nice outing by Norris, but he didn’t exactly face the 07 or 13 Sox lineup. Not to diminish his outing, but he beat a real bad team.

  2. slaugin - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Nothing better in fantasy baseball than playing your bench on a Monday and getting a 5/5 3HR 12 RBI from 1 dude. I would have been happy if my whole team did that

  3. johnnysoda - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Another “glory days” night. The Astros played in an NL park, and there were no other interleague games. To make it even better, the Brewers- who should be the ones in the AL instead- didn’t play. Yeah, I know it doesn’t really matter, but it makes me feel better.

  4. janessa31888 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Wow. Lonnie Chisenhall scorched the baseball last night. Poor Scott Baker couldn’find a way to get him out. Not a bad night for Jason Kipnis, either. I didn’t even know George Kottaras was on the team. Where did he come from?

    • pascalswager42 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      I was lucky enough to watch the entire game here in NC…Chiz was so locked in it wasn’t a contest. Killing it!

      Buried in the high from Lonnie Baseball’s emergence and great nights from Dr. Smooth and Kip was a poor start for House and another long night for the pen, even with a huge lead.

      Typical CLE fan action of me to find a cloud in the sunshine of a blowout win, but we need McAllister to come back strong (and send TJ down) and more quality starts to save Terry’s pen.

      What to do when Swish returns? Officially release/DFA Giambino and make him a hitting instructor when he clears? Dude was a K machine again last night.

      • janessa31888 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        I saw that House had a bad game and was not surprised. Pretty soon Zach will be back and he will be sent to Columbus. I just don’t want to see Danny Salazar again for a long, long time./shudders
        Dreading the Return of Swisher. Hes a one man losing machine.

  5. RoyHobbs39 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Looking at that picture, I would say Chissenhall was aided by the power of Chief Wahoo.

  6. emdash01 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Desmond actually brought up the bat toss himself after the game and apologized to the Giants and Petit, the pitcher.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Bad for Ian to behave like that in the first place. Prattle on all you want about unwritten rules, but that was, as Desmond himself said afterwards, “bush league.”

      Good for Ian to own up to it. I suspect that one or more of Desmond’s teammates spoke to him about how to behave in that situation–and he got the message.

  7. kiwicricket - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    It appears Kendrys Morales spent most of his time away from the game eating.

    • cur'68 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Kendrys has always been a trencherman. He’s been unemployed and probably depressed, so likely comfort eating. Under those circumstances I guess I can’t fault him for enjoying the deep fried whatever that is the American national cuisine. Still, if he’d stuck to seal blubber jerky like we Canadians do under these circumstances he’d be slim and fast. Instead? Wobbling suet. Tsk.

  8. Tapps - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    And you and I were out there dancing in the dirty rain.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Oh hey there most consistent pitcher in the O’s rotation! Glad to see you get some run support too! How ’bout that?

    Also, happy to see Manny get some redemption at the dish last night and start hitting again. Wait, he didn’t? He went 0-4 with 2 K’s and a DP in the first? He looked completely deflated too? And had an easy shallow fly in foul territory that he made no attempt at while at third, and the ball ended up hitting the first row of seats on the wall where he could have and should have easily had the out?

    Not that I particularly want him to get suspended (I have removed myself from that whole conversation, as my opinion seems to garner some 4 letter words thrown my way), but I think he NEEDS it. Take some time, get your head back in the game, realize what’s at stake for a 22 year old kid who has yet to garner his first big pay day… find his happy place really. And hopefully the bat comes back around. And the defense. Man, he really fell apart this year, didn’t he?

  10. unclemosesgreen - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    In honor of Adam Eaton (whose post-game interview must have brought tears to Gibby’s wizened old eyeball)

    Ya gotta have heart – all you really need is heart – when the odds are sayin you’ll never win – that’s when the grin(d) should start!

    • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      I think he meant the misplays by Martinez in the outfield that helped the ChiSox win. They didn’t just benefit from HR’s. If it don’t go yard, it’s a grind, right? Anyway, I felt like those misplays made the difference…plus, V-Mart was not fabulous at first. I really love watching Miggy go boom!

      BTW, y’all obviously missed Drew last night. A shame, really. Such an asset. I hope Jobu brings him back really soon for your sake.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        PS I forget which Sox it was, but someone treated us to a little bat flip on a strike out. I think they guys were getting testy at the end. Kinsler and Beautiful Brad did a little jawing with the ump and I wish we’d stayed focused instead. Booooo!

      • grumpyoleman - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Sox didn’t score in the 4th when Martinez made the error in the outfield.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        That was not his only bad play — and he wasn’t the only one whose defense needed help last night either.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        You mean the Stephen Drew who helped bring another World Series Championship to Boston? That Stephen Drew?

        We missed him all season. Thanks, Obama! The MLB free agent Qualifying Offer system is Oligarch Socialism, plain and simple. Ban the Luxury Tax! Baseball teams are people too!

      • grumpyoleman - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        The new and “improved” defense doesn’t look to be either. Seem to be way too many multiple error games with the Tiggers this year.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Well, in fairness, Dirks didn’t set a high bar. Davis is okay and I think Martinez will be better — but he’s young and still developing. His bat is superior to our other options at this point though. Torii has made some dumb mistakes too. We are better, but no, we aren’t in anyway a defensive powerhouse. We are still reliant on starting pitching and a strong offense. It only has to be good enough to win though.

  11. sandpiperair - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    By “South Siders,” Eaton must have been just referring to the collection of guys who play for the south side team. However, if he were really a “grinder,” he’d still be in Arizona, right?

  12. happytwinsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Okay, the Jays get the first one. Now let’s see what happens if the Jays don’t get about 14 double plays.

    Correia vs Happ tonight. Oh my, what a glory matchup that is. Why did I decide to find that out and start my day on a downer?

  13. seeinred87 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Sipp played right field, not left.

    Not that that’s important or anyone really cares which corner he played.

    • ud1951 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      And if the pitcher gunned down a runner at the plate from right field to save the game, but blew out his elbow doing it, how genius would the manager look then?

  14. dluxxx - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    After starting out with back to back jacks, it was looking like the Twins were going to walk all over the Beavermen. Instead, E3 crushed a 3-run homer, Dickey settled down and the Twins struggled for 7 innings. Then, a bit of magic at the end of the game and they managed to tie it up.

    Unfortunately Gardy walked out the “human towel” Matt Guerrier for another inning and it didn’t end well. Fein wasn’t able to stem the bleeding and the leadoff walk ended up scoring.

  15. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    The inert Feesh got passed by the winning Barves and Gnats, and now find themselves comfortably ensconced in third place, caressed by gossamer reality waves from the strange attractor – three games distant, yes, but Tommy, who for all we know may be HAL9000’s evil twin, has proven to be a powerful proxy transmitter when the roof of Macondo Banana Massacre Field has been thrown open to the elements. Monsoons are upon us here in Macondo, and Scrooge McLoria likes to leave the top down so his natural turf can be watered for free. Every so often a bolt of lightning discharges from the angelus and incinerates a janitor or security guard, but what’s that when compared to saving hundreds of dollars of remittances to Macondo Water and Sewer (which, by the way, sounds like a great name for a lowest-common-denominator angled network sitcom that could be pitched as an Anacharsis Klootz multicultural deputation of office drudges, showing off the wonderful diversity of Macondo demographics: mostly illegal aliens with a dryfooted assistant orifice manager from a large, unnamed island ninety miles orfshore, an embittered drain snake that ackcherly thinks and conspires against the code inspectors, a graft collector from the comptroller’s department who speaks with his palm, a slightly over the hill pneumatic bleached blonde Pedro Pan alumnus who barks orders in Espanglish that everyone gets wrong…ohboy, I’m uploading this one to Trigger Street right now!

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM


  16. APBA Guy - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Scoscia was really incensed after the HR call was overturned because the game never felt like the Angels had it completely in the bag, especially after Trout had been robbed by CoCo earlier (Trout hit the ball hard all night). A little less marine layer and it would have been 2 HR’s for Mike.

    Still, after Richards had compiled an 11+ ERA in his previous starts against the A’s, the team was no doubt shocked to see consistent 96-97 on the black, backed up by a late-breaking slurvy thing that was, as Schilling would say, a “competitive pitch”, relentlessly so.

    The A’s had Richards on the ropes with 75 pitches after 4 innings, but he then began throwing nothing but strikes and finished 7 with 107. The A’s really never hit him all night, then Smith and Frieri did their veteran thing and the game ended undramatically.

    The Angels are now 3.5 back.

  17. goawaydog - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    The Giants ran around alot last night. however it was not around the bases but around the gap between center and right field known as triples alley.

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