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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 11, 2014, 6:01 AM EDT

Angels 2, Athletics 1: Collin Cowgill with a two-out, walkoff homer in the bottom of the 14th inning. Which was great and gave the Angels their fifth straight win, but may not have been as impressive as the throw Yoenis Cespedes made in the eighth inning to nail Howie Kendrick at the plate:

I mean, sure, he deserves to have all of us respect-the-gamesplain to him that one shouldn’t airmail it past the cutoff man like that, but apart from his nearly inexcusable fundamental lapse there, it was, like, maybe the best throw any of us will ever see in our lifetimes.

Cardinals 1, Rays 0: Adam Wainwright won his ninth game after tossing seven shutout innings. Two more shutout innings for the Cards pen brings the Rays’ scoreless streak up to a whopping 28 innings. They have lost 14 of 15 too. The Cards have three straight shutouts too, but it’s the good kind. You know, the kind you win.

Mets 6, Brewers 2: Taylor Teagarden hit a grand slam in his Mets debut. Travis d’Arnaud sighs mightily from Las Vegas. Also: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six effective innings, lowering his ERA to 2.95 and upping his record to 3-0. So, yeah, it was a pretty good night for heretofore uninspiring castoffs.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 0: The power-packed Blue Jays are suddenly punchless, having been shutout for the third time in four games. See, above comment about the Cardinals for an explanation of that. Kevin Correia allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one in six innings.

Phillies 5, Padres 2: Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer and A.J. Burnett was effective. Hard not to be effective against the Padres these days.

Diamondbacks 4, Astros 1: My daughter, Mookie, is on summer vacation. Yesterday it was raining and she walks downstairs and turns on the TV. I hear her flipping around a bit in the next room as I’m working. She passes silly documentaries about killer bees that she usually eats up like crazy, passes Nickelodeon sitcoms aimed at tweens. She lands on the only baseball game on TV — this one — and starts watching. Two last place teams on a Tuesday afternoon had the full attention of my ten-year-old daughter for a good hour or more. I walked by once to check and she was engrossed. Not in some showy way in which she was wanting to demonstrate that she likes baseball. Not because she stopped changing channels then and just got stuck. She just wanted to watch baseball on TV and did, and I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than that.

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Cubs 7, Pirates 3: Gregory Polanco’s debut is why this game was interesting, but Anthony Rizzo‘s homer, two doubles and three RBI is why this game was won. Polanco went 1 for 5 and had one of Rizzo’s double bounce off his wrist so, yes, there will be better days for the big prospect.

Nationals 2, Giants 1: Doug Fister outduels Madison Bumgarner, allowing no runs over seven to Bumgarner’s two runs over seven.

Royals 9, Indians 5: The Indians scored 17 runs on Monday but they were shut out by Jason Vargas into the eighth inning last night. After that he and the pen faltered a bit, but nine runs — three driven in by Eric Hosmer — is a good cushion to play with.

Braves 13, Rockies 10: The Braves jumped out to a 7-0 lead and, given the way Coors has been playing for the past week or so, and given the Braves’ bullpen woes of late, I thought “eh, maybe get a few more just in case.” They added a touchdown and missed the extra point but they pretty much needed all of that. Atlanta had a season-highs of 16 hits and 13 runs, including a grand slam from Andrelton Simmons.

Yankees 3, Mariners 2: An RBI single for Jacoby Ellsbury helped the Yankees win and helped him extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Also, Derek Jeter was reanimated for the evening: he had two hits and scored two runs.

Red Sox 1, Orioles 0: Brandon Workman handled the first six and two-thirds innings of the shutout and the bullpen carried the rest. The game’s sole run came on a Mike Napoli RBI single in the third.

Dodgers 6, Reds 1: Josh Beckett with six shutout innings, with seven strikeouts and one walk. This after a two-hour rain delay. Yasiel PuigAdrian GonzalezAndre Ethier and Justin Turner each had two hits and Beckett had one of his own. L.A. has won three in a row and four of five.

Marlins 8, Rangers 5: I had no idea they had such a streak going, but the Marlins win was their 13th in a row vs. an American League opponent. Christian Yelich had four hits and four RBI.

Tigers vs. White Sox: POSTPONED: Another rainy day New York City. Softly sweet, so silently it falls. Crosstown traffic crawls. Windy, wet and gray New York City. No one here I really want to see. Friends and family. Suddenly serene. The air is fresh and clean. Another rainy day New York City.

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108 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nbjays - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Jays hitters couldn’t catch a break last night. Every hard-hit ball was right at somebody, and the blind-stab, behind the back nab off of Reyes by Correia with the bases loaded saved two runs. Sometimes you can pound the ball and have nothing to show for it. That be baseball!

    • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      That was a crazy (lucky) grab by Correa. Seriously, I’m surprised Craig didn’t put a video of that up.

      • nbjays - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Yep, that was a definite “even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then” catch, and snuffed a promising Blue Jay rally.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      We were rained out. The O’s-Sox were in rain delay. I was reduced to watching Royal Canadian Mounted Baseball. That was not an exciting game, and I feel a little bitter about it this morning…and crabby because now we are even more behind everyone else in games played. Nuts! 😦

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Anytime you watch RCMP baseball be on the lookout for Joey Votto in a greasepaint mustache.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        I may have nodded off. They’re announcers are…not exciting. Tuesdays with Gibby underwhelmed. I would’ve rather seen more action. Sorry if I jinxed!

  2. papajack1259 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Diasuke can single handed lay empty a stadium the most boring pitcher of all time. I hope he does well for the Mets just don’t go to a game that he is pitching….I am serious

  3. jwbiii - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    That throw from Cespedes was Clementeesque. Of course, The Great One wouldn’t have muffed the hop.

    Give Mookie an extra hug. Like you need prodding.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Indeed. For those of us who have had longer lifetimes than Craig, Roberto Clemente was–and still is–the gold standard.

      • jwbiii - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:19 AM

        This is my favorite. Manny Sanguillen just looks and says, “I knew you weren’t running.”

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:26 AM


    • Shayna - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      Really needed satellite photography to do it justice. Or at least blimp-ography. What a throw!

      • jwbiii - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Hmm. The thumb harpy dropped by between 7:21 and 7:38. natstowngreg got one below and you didn’t.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Thank you for that. I’m going to go and give my Mookie Betts poster a big hug right now.

      • drewzducks - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Finally, a Mookie that Bostonians can love and call our own.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM


        And may I add to that – please Dog don’t let them trade him for Jason Hammel. Or Andre Ethier. Or anyone, really.

        Speaking of Hammel, I din’t like the way he beamed Harper. Hee hee

  4. janessa31888 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Looks like Corey Kluber has reverted back to his normal mediocre self. That’s two bad starts in a row for him. It was nice while it lasted.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      Corragio! If that’s his “bad” start, sign me up.

      He’s a very good pitcher, last year and his start this year are no mirage.

      • janessa31888 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        We lost by four runs. Somebody gave them up, obviously the bullpen wasn’t great either.

  5. chill1184 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Teagarden grandslam, lol

  6. renaado - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Wow… can’t even take a piss in the 1st inning, well done and a nice win today Braves.

    • aresachaela - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Grab your Flag tomorrow Ren, cause were going to the Rizal monument tomorrow morning, don’t forget XD!!

      Just us k? Don’t bring your other friends ;-D.

      • tellyspop - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Yes Ren, grab your first inning flag again, we don’t hold our manhood’s cheap around here.

      • renaado - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Thanks for the advice jellypop, I’d keep that in mind…

        For now.

      • aresachaela - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Lol!! Hahaha XD.

        Should’ve kept that statement in your mind Ren.

  7. natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    +1 for the Chicago lyrics.

    Last night’s game had the makings of a Nats loss. Going for back-to-back-to-back wins on the road. Facing a very good starting pitcher. Another shaky closing effort. Somehow, the Nats won. Something good is happening.

    • karlkolchak - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      I know it’s tough to get you hopes too high after last year’s disaster, but I no longer think “somehow” has anything to do with it. The Nats’ TEAM ERA is now below 3.00 at 2.95-and that’s with Gio still on the DL. They are stacked top to bottom in the rotation and in the bullpen with only Detwiler as a weak link. All the offense has to do is be adeqate and they can beat anybody, anytime. AND, they get Bryce back in a few weeks.

      This actually seems to be the pattern with them the past few years–have all their major injuries early in the season and get them out of their system.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        The key, IMHO, is for the team to get the mediocrity out of its system earlier. Don’t wait until August, as it did last season.

        The current pace (9 of the last 11) isn’t sustainable for an MLB team over about 100 games, of course. But something consistent, like winning a few series in a row. The Braves aren’t going away.

  8. uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    A good win and a much needed win for the Yankees. Nice to see the Big 3 (Ellsbury/McCann/Beltran) all get an RBI in the same game. And a decent outing by Nuno, maybe it takes him pitching away from Yankees Stadium to get a good game out of him. In any case that’s just one in a long road trip.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      I assume you meant Big 3 Free Agent acquisitions, not big 3 as in best 3 in the lineup. McCann and Beltran are hitting .225 and .226, respectively, and have the worst 2 BA’s in that entire Yanks lineup last night. Yuck. Gimme Solarte’s bat any day of the week over those 2!

      • uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        Yes, that is what I meant. BTW, the seasons still young Don’t count either McCann or Beltran down and out for the count just yet. I think they may wind up surprising all the naysayers.

  9. southpaw2k - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    You know, when I looked at the projected starters for the Red Sox against the O’s this week, I saw two guys who I had never heard of before (Workman and De La Rosa). My initial response was, “I wonder what the odds are of at least one of those two guys completely shutting down the O’s offense?”

    Last night, I got my answer.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      I saw it coming as well. We’ve seen Workman a few times in relief and he’s been very solid, but whenever they go up against BP turned SP guys, or guys just coming up from Triple A, the O’s tend to act like they have no idea what to expect, or they didn’t bother scouting. Too many first pitch swings and plate discipline was abysmal last night. Never had a shot, despite Tillman having a better* outing.

      *Not GOOD by any stretch of the imagination. 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Looks deceptively good, but he loaded the bags twice in the 2nd and 3rd and got out of the jam both times. Multiple 25-30 pitch innings as well did not help his cause. But looks like he’s turning a corner… again.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Watch out for Rubby De La Rosa. He’s got some serious stuff! He spent the offseason training with Pedro Martinez (they’re actually related), and his stuff is even better this year! He has developed a devastating change-up ala Pedro, aside from his mid-to-upper-90s fastball and pretty good slider and curveball. He just needs to keep the ball down; he left a few up over the plate against Detroit in his last start. Unless he gets hurt, Rubby De La Rosa is a name that you will hear again in the near future.

  10. jimmyt - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    The Cardinals are coming tra la, la, la.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    If you consulted your Baedeker at the beginning of the season, you already knew that Tom Koehler was scheduled to melt down in the sixth inning. After cruising along against the Arlington Infirmary, Koehler suddenly began impersonating Steve Blass and throwing the ball all over the place/ He began by hitting Choo (gezundtheit!), loading the bases and walking in a run, until Mike Redmond called in Dan Jennings from the boolpen to clean orf the bases and start over – within the same half inning.

    Mas fortunadamente, the Feesh, even in road mode, were facing the worst pitching staff in designatedhitterball – you could look it up – and they still managed to add four more runs to their total and pull a wee bit more comfortably north of the strange attractor. Arlington is one of the few places where gossamer reality waves (GRW) occasionally get tangled up with the homeboy team. Early in the game the Feesh announcers ran through a litany of who the Rangers had fed to the DL this season and how they got there. It would have made better listening on Memorial Day. One guy tripped over his dog. Really. And the Feesh damned near took out another one when Justin Bour, who’s looking like a keeper, nearly killed Colby Lewis with a line drive orf his shoulder. Lewis, the near fog-of-war victim, drew cheers for staying in the game and finishing the inning. The remaining Rangers seemed determined to match the Feesh wild peetch for wild peetch, error for error – it was kinda like watching a baseball version of Yojimbo – with the House of Washington crapping out just often enough to make the difference.

    Today the Feesh face Yu Darvish before heading home to play real baseball again, after an ackcherley winning road trip no matter how today turns out thanks to the Razed karmic sink and whomever is jamming that hatpin into the Rangers’ voodoo doll.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Japanophile that you are, I hope you don’t get too upset by this … but I preferred Sergio Leone’s remake.

      • voteforno6 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        Yojimbo or A Fistful of Dollars? That’s a tough choice to make, but I might have to disagree with you on that one. At least you didn’t blaspheme by declaring that Last Man Standing is better than both of them.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        That’s an argument into which I shall not enter – it’s like fighting over which tastes better, gold or platinum.

        Ah, but do you know the great story about what happened when Leone sent a print of Fistful to Kurosawa with a note that he had made it in tribute to his Japanese master?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        I do not. Please share.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        @vote: well, at least he didn’t claim that he preferred George Lucas’ remake of The Hidden Fortress.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        I always thought that The Hidden Fortress strongly influenced Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead.

        Most everyone to Mo – Thank you Mo, I’ll take topics almost no one else here cares about for $600.

        – This overgrown jump-shooter disappeared in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he ended up with only 12 touches of the basketball all night.

        – Who is Chris Bosh!

        – Correct, more like where is Chris Bosh, amirite?

      • voteforno6 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Easy there, O.G. Lucas’ remake was the first movie I ever saw in the theater, and defined much of my existence as a kid (or at least it seemed to). It’s no longer my favorite film (that’s probably Bob Fosse’s remake of 8 1/2) but it’s still a good film. However, the merchandising (or “moichendizing,” as Mel Brooks put it) was a bit overdone.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        no6: I attended a lecture by Joseph Campbell in New York about a week after he came back from San Francisco where Lucas had invited him for a preview screening of the Hidden Fortress remake, and he was utterly delighted by it. And why wouldn’t he be? All Lucas did was revision Fortress through The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell treated us to two days of analyses using, among other things, slides from the movie which was still weeks away from release. So by the time I saw the remake, I was rrrrrrreallllly hyped for it.

        Mo: The Grateful Dead’s lawyer was a national poker champion named Hal Kant. Ben and Jerry wrote to Garcia suggesting they name an ice cream after him and planned to call it Cherry Garcia. Garcia, being Garcia, just said “sure.” So Ben and Jerry set about composing the recipe. Meanwhile word filtered through to Kant, who buttonholed Garcia and said, hey, you can’t just give away your brand like that, man! Let me handle this. And Garcia, being Garcia, just said “sure.” When Ben and Jerry received Kant’s letter, they wrote back to Garcia saying, more or less in these words, come on, man, we don’t need some farkin’ lawyer muddling this up. And Garcia, being Garcia, just gave the letter to Hal Kant who, being a lawyer and poker champion, went ballistic. Eventually they all sorted it out, feathers got smoothed. It’s horrifying to contemplate but we almost never had Cherry Garcia lowfat frozen yogurt! I shudder at the knowledge of how close we came to missing out on it.

        I would have been condemned to a lifetime of pouring my Framboise Belgian Lambic over vanilla ice cream instead. Horrible. Horrible.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        The Czar. Grrrrr

        If it had been up to Kant, there would never have been a legal bootleg show. I piss on his memory.

        The Boys helped introduce America to yogurt as a health food by virtue of saving the Kesey family farm, so every time you enjoy yogurt you can thank Jerry twice.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Your recipe for trout from yesterday was outstanding! Thanks a lot. You never see recipes on other sports blogs. That’s why I say baseball fans are the best!

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Ahhh, but did you have the Retsina with it? That is the coup de torchon that perfects the meal.

      • stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Sorry, OG, when I feel an urge for Retsina, I just take a swig of the Pine Sol under the sink. All other Greek/Lebanese/Turkish food I love. Retsina I am fine without.

  12. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Mo: Kurosawa couldn’t read English, didn’t understand the note, and Toho sued Leone for copyright infringement – and won. They eventually worked it all out, and Leone wisely negotiated the rights for Sanjuro up front before making For a Few Dollars More. That’s the simple version. You want to read one of the greatest critical biographies ever written, try Stuart Galbraith’s The Emperor and the Wolf, about Kurosawa and Mifune. It’s got the rest of the dirty. It’s right up there with the Ben and Jerry’s “Cherry Garcia” fiasco.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Pardon – heh, Kurosawa couldn’t read Italian. And they talk about east coast bias.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Nice, didn’t know that at all. Also didn’t know much about the Cherry Garcia issues. Of course, I’ve always had a road-induced dislike for Grateful Dead Merchandising. The way they were always attacking the traveling circus was shameful.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        See above for details of the Ben and Jerry’s fiasco.

        Meet me in Albuquerque next February for the annual Grateful Dead Caucus conference sessions at the Texas/Southwestern Region of the American Popular Culture Association’s yearly shebang:

        Usually there are between eight and twelve Dead sessions, as well as all sorts of other stuff. And I can take you to various little hole in the wall salmonella palaces for carne adovada and to the Route 66 Diner for the best chicken fried steak, and five-dollar milkshake, of your life.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        That looks amazing. I’ll have to work extra hard on getting mobile.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        You’re not mobile?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        I had a really ugly leg break at the end of August, never fully recovered, had follow up surgery today.

        I’m the Baryshnikov of crutches and was limping short distances unassisted before this. Back on only a cane tomorrow. Things are looking up.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        I knew you’d hurt your leg but I didn’t realize it hadn’t healed. 😦 Good thing your boss is understanding.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Thank you historio. You ain’t kidding about my boss – I’m constantly aware and grateful of how fortunate I am to be able to rehab in peace and not worry about what’s for dinner.

        I had a tibial plateau Type V Schatzker Fracture. To be specific.

        Believe it or not, I’m ridiculously fortunate to be as healed as I am. When I came out of anesthesia in September, the trauma surgeon told me I would need a total knee replacement within a year. Now he says I can probably wait until I’m at least 65.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Wow, rough. I hope you milk it as an excuse to watch baseball and the World Cup at least.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        I’m pretty sure I watched 150 British Premier League matches.

        Now is exciting & good – I’m already doing range of motion exercises, will use a cane again tomorrow. I even took my truck to the landfill this week. :-) :-) :-)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        So Larva, a month and a half ago you were haiku-hating and demanded limericks instead. The Sawks were playing a rain doubleheader against the floating carpets.

        I forgot but I floated a couple of test balloons to see how long it would take. And my answer – too long. But here they are, hee hee

        Game 1

        The bobble heads were all of our Dustin
        A second baseman the Nation can trust in
        Zobrist tried to delay
        But he can’t tell Fenway
        What gap in the schedule to bust in.

        Game 2

        Both Doubront and Ramos are long-men
        Amongst starters they aren’t known as strong-men
        They didn’t pitch very well
        But the bullpens were swell
        And the game was won by the wrong men.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Thanks for mixing it up a little. I’m too lazy to come up with a haiku about too much haiku…

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Ha – I tried. Each limerick costs the effort of a dozen haikus.

        So what have you been up to while I’ve been watching t.v. and enjoying the closeness of handicapped parking spots? How is Larva Nigeria doing?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Thinking some things out.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        Lol – thanks for sharing.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        So whatcha’ thinking?

  13. indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    The Rays have set a new team mark of futility. 28 consecutive scoreless innings is a new team record, surpassing the ineptitude of the Devil Rays. Ever hear of learned helplessness? It’s a condition of apathy created by subjecting a person (or rat) to unavoidable trauma. Say, for example, exposing a fan to repeated situations with RISP and failing to score for weeks on end. Don’t mind that twitch. The doctor says it’ll go away.

    What is the MLB record for most consecutive scoreless innings by a team? I’m a masochist.

    I didn’t think anything baseball related would elicit a smile today, but that story about Mookie is very, very cool. She watched some random game for an hour just ’cause. You have a true fan in the making.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      I believe the record is still 56 innings, by Pittsburgh, in 1903. The floating carpets are already halfway there, and the second half is all downhill.

      • nbjays - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Interesting! 56 seems to be a very magical number for streaks.

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

        I thought that, wasn’t Orel Reddenbacher’s scoreless streak also 56 innings?

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

        59 innings

      • sportsdrenched - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        I believe Orel’s was 59. This is non googled information.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        You and Koufax are correct – it’s a mitzvah!

        I needed google so badly right there.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        (1) Indy is a gentle soul. She is hurting, so lay orf.

        (2) Orel Reddenbacher’s is my favorite popcorn.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Ha! With Sawks fans she’s gentle like the The Rabbit of Caerbannog.

        I proceed to sympathize with Rays fans in the “Rays Historic Losing Streak” post. Here I was mostly just providing facts. Mostly.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I’ve been nice to Red Sox fans. I have character witnesses. Boston Mary (yes, it’s her real nickname–we’re very creative) at work would be my first witness to the stand.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Oh yeah sure, “Boston Mary”. Some of my best friends are Sawks fans. Puh-lease

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Best friends? Nah, I wouldn’t go that far.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      We don’t play you until the July 4th weekend, so could you keep this slump going or revisit it about that time? K, thanks.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Booooooooooo! /throws cowbells

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM


        /rubs head

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Oh, sorry about that! They are kind of hard.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Man, Florida is hard!

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        You know I missed… Tampa Bay can’t hit anything.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        LMAO. Poor, burgie.

    • moogro - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Learned helplessness? Sounds like what Theon went through under Ramsay. Start calling the Rays the Reeks.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM


        They’re as impotent as Reek.

  14. aresachaela - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Yeankees win!! Nuno’s effective for a short time finally!! Should’ve been better if it was Ma-kun vs Kuma, that would be epic!!

    Happy Independence day tomorrow Philippines! Finally, no class XD!!

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      May I wish you a happy Independence day and offer an apology for our country’s occupation of your country from 1898 to 1946.

      • aresachaela - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        No apology needed happytwinsfan! You’ve helped us back there a long time ago, especially during WW2, I’m sure our people during that time feels thankful.

        Thank you History class.

  15. stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    On a slightly different topic, OG, what are we going to whine and commiserate about if the Feesh and the ‘Stro’s are actually crawling toward respectability? I’m not fool enough to think that we are sudden contenders, but both teams show strong signs of exiting laughing-stock status. And by pounding the ball, of all things. I used to think the HR was overrated. Pity my misspent, ignorant youth.

    I guess the parlous state of the modern cinema will be fodder for conversation.

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

      Hey stex! The revivification of the Astros has been a hot topic on the old boards here lately. Like young Dallas Keuchel (rhymes with Michael.)

      • stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Still need a shortstop (hopefully #1 prospect Correa pans out), 1st base will take a while to develop with Singleton. 3rd base is marginal and need a fourth outfielder. Oh, and two more SP’s.

        But it has been a long slog through the desert. I am beginning to look up with hope.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Tex-I am going to say “I told you so” even though I was a year early. I thought I saw signs last year that your boys were better than their record. Admittedly I don’t watch them nearly as much as you do. Anyway-enjoy! They are definitely improved this year.

      • stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        And I guess you are enjoying those A’s. Cespedes is on my fantasy team so I am paying attention to him. My sister lives out on the West Coast and she is an A’s fan, too.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Here’s the difference: the Astros are owned and stewarded by a forward-looking management team and willing to invest substantially in their future. The Feesh are owned by a bloodsucking cheapskate whose employees may be sorry to leave Macondo and its multifoliate delights, but are never sorry to get out from under the dead weight of their ownership. The Iron Giant will be trade fodder eventually, bartered for another crop of EYPs redolent of false hopes for a longterm future.

      I am very much enjoying the way the Feesh have been holding their own in a division most of which resembles Tokyo after Godzilla got finished with it. But I’m not kidding myself, either.

      On the other hand, I am very happy for ye, old buddy.

  16. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Might the Dodgers be coming alive? Last year’s bell ringer was a Ramirez shot in San Diego that broke a window at some warehouse. This year, Hanley hits it 478 feet in Colorado. Or is it that the cap may have found its perfect resting spot cradling my coin jar?

  17. sportsdrenched - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    The Royals with 3 Rally Killers. If they can keep doing stuff like that I might get excited.

  18. stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    And the Redlegs, Pirates and Brewers all lost! I might wanna’ buy a lottery ticket at lunch.
    Certainly can’t hurt!

    • stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      What would help more is for them to get out of this hitting funk. But I think they will soon.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        The bats have been non-existent the entire year Suze. I can’t argue that.
        But it has to come around. They can’t keep stinking it up at the plate!
        Like you…I too think they will come around. At least they better!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      How’s the weight loss going? You don’t want to hear this, but I have the opposite problem: need to gain weight.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        It’s slow going Jimee. But thanks for asking my friend.
        I will point out I am currently eating a salad for lunch. But it’s a greek salad with extra ham, extra black olives…and garlic bread. But yeah…a salad nonetheless!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        You thought about a high protein diet to try to gain weight?

  19. dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    The Twinkies managed to lock up a season split at least with the Beavermen, and still have a chance for a series and season win. Correa was amazing. Amazingly bad in the first few innings, amazingly lucky with his behind the back snag of Reyes’ comebacker, and amazingly effective for the next 4 innings. I’m glad the Twins won, but I kinda wish that he would have struggled just a weeeee bit more. I feel like he just got himself a bit more rope.

    On the flip-side of that, it also ups his trade value, so perhaps they can move him for something of value and still bring up Meyer and/or May to plug into a couple rotation spots.

  20. clydeserra - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    remember when the A’s scored runs? that was fun for me.

  21. goawaydog - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Fister has one of the fastest wind ups I have ever seen.

  22. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    “Do unto others…” and you know the rest. The Angels are doing unto the A’s what the A’s have been doing unto the AL West for the past 3 years: pitching combined with just enough offense.

    The Angels bullpen went 8 with 1 ER after a(nother) great starting performance, this time by Santiago, who kept the ball around the knees for 6 innings. Josh Donaldson’s 4th error in 2 games (enough with the Gold Glove talk, Ray, please. You played when Brooks was playing. You know better.) gave the Angel’s their first run. All the errors have been on throws. And he’s 0-21 lately.

    The second, and winning, run was by former A Colin Cowgill, a homer off Jeff Francis (gulp). The lead is 2.5 with Milone v. Weaver today. After last months sweep of the Angels in Oakland the Angels are seeking to return the favor in Anaheim. Do unto others, indeed.

  23. bravojawja - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    I like the cute story in the Dbacks/Astros write up where Craig says he was “working.”

    Just adorable.

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