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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 17, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

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Royals 11, Tigers 8: The Royals win their eighth in a row and pull to within a half game of the Tigers for first place. They did so here by beating the tar out of Justin Verlander, who gave up seven runs on 12 hits in six innings. Of 99 qualifying pitchers, Verlander’s ERA — 4.98 — is 91st. In other news, the five-year, $140 million extension he signed doesn’t kick in until next year.

Phillies 6, Braves 1: There was a time — oh, from about 2004 through a week or two ago — when if the Braves were down late, you knew it was over. They just had no catchup gear and their fate was pretty much sealed. The late great Mac Thomason used to call it “hibernation mode,” and while it was annoying, it was rather handy if you wanted to get to bed early or go walk the dog. Twice in the past week the Braves have found that gear and avoided hibernating, tying things up late. Both times they the gave up a crap-ton of runs in extra innings. Well, David Hale did, but he speaks for all Braves when he’s on the mound. Anyway guys, I love this newfound catchup ability, but that late collapse thing is way worse than hibernation mode ever was. Cut it out.

Red Sox 1, Twins 0Rubby De La Rosa one-hit the Twins through seven innings. When I first saw this guy in Dodgers camp a few years ago I was super impressed. Glad to see him doin’ thangs at the big league level like this.

Indians 4, Angels 3:  Carlos Santana snoozed for April and May, but he’s 13 for 39 with three homers and nine RBI in June, including a bomb last night. In other news, when I mentally say “Angels and Indians” as I write up the recap to these matchups, I always think “Angels and Indians” would be the name of a halfway decent indie film.

Mariners 5, Padres 1: Walking seven guys in five and two-thirds is no way to go through life, Tyson Ross. Shutting out the opposition for six innings is much better, Chris Young.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1Dee Gordon goes 4 for 4 with three singles and a triple, and he came all the way home on the triple thanks to Charlie Blackmon kicking the ball around in the left field corner. Gordon never stopped running so, even though the scoring wasn’t as such, it looked like an inside-the-park homer. The second highlight here has it. He just flies.

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Rangers 14, Athletic 8: Four homers — two by Donnie Murphy — and 16 his in all as the Rangers romp. This is Texas’ fourth straight win in Oakland. At least someone likes playing in that ballpark.

Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 3: It was all tied up heading into the eighth but then Milwaukee put up three-spots in each of the last two innings, spoiling a solid Brandon McCarthy start.

Rays 5, Orioles 4: For the second straight game Jerry Sands came off the bench and delivered a big pinch hit. Here a tie-breaking pinch-hit homer in the eighth. Also: periodic reminder that “Jerry Sands” is the first name every writer in need of a fictitious standup comedian and/or nightclub singer for their novel set in the 1960s and 1970s uses for their character. Most change it during revisions because it’s too obvious. Sort of like naming the lead character of your fantasy novel “Valiant Goodknight.”

Cardinals 6, Mets 2: The Cards are hot, winning their seventh of eight. Allen Craig and Matt Adams each had two RBI and four pitchers, led by Carlos Martinez, subbed for the skipped Adam Wainwright to subdue the Mets’ bats. Not that they weren’t already subdued.

Cubs 5, Marlins 4: When you play 13 innings and basically empty your bench, you have to do things like use a starting pitcher as a pinch-hitter. Travis Wood got the call for the Cubbies n the 13th and all he did was double in a run to put the Cubs ahead. Of course, he does have a line of .276/.323/.552 on the year, so he’s no slouch. Indeed, by OPS he’s the Cubs’ second best hitter.

 

 

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Not having a Jays game to broadcast, my local cable company had the Tampa Bay feed of the Baltimore game which I followed part time. I was struck by the comments about Baltimore’s reliance on home runs and their avoidance of walks. I looked at the stats this morning and saw that Baltimore is last in the AL in both walks and stolen bases. They are third in batting average, 4th in home runs, but 10th in runs scored. They are 12th in OBP and 5th in Slugging. They are obviously a dangerous team, but their tendency to swing at bad pitches on 3 & 1 and 3 & 2 counts makes them vulnerable. This reminds me a lot of the way the Jays played the game prior to this season. Those stats also helped me understand why J. A. Happ walked nobody on Sunday.

    • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Basically that’s the secret to JA Happ, is it? Well Dog preserve us. The answer is simple: he gets 3 innings against disciplined teams and can go as long as he lasts against teams like the Os. Otherwise its one hard hit ball followed by a walk, followed by a homer, followed by a walk until my brain explodes.

      Tanaka and the dreaded Empire tonight followed by Whitley tomorrow, PC. Leave Jobu some rum and a slice of cake, eh? We need to bury these guys and Tanaka & Whitley are pretty much all they have. Beat them here and the rest of their rotation is very crushable.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Rubby had been doing really well.

    Which means it’s probably time for the Sox to try and talk Dempster into coming back.

    • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Baseball’s only Rubby. In fact, as far as I know, the Planet’s only Rubby. I hope he has a long and distinguished career. If anyone’s looking for a name for a pet or a relative’s unborn child, may I suggest “Rubby”? The world could use more Rubbys.

      • sportsdrenched - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Is it pronounced Rooby? or Ruby?
        Sorry, I avoid highlight shows at all costs. that’s what the interwebs are for.

      • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        I pronounce it “Rub-bie” like if you’re speaking to your doggie about her needing a belly rub (which she does). At this point I’ve heard both “Rub-bie” and “Roobie”. Imagonna run with Rubby as “Rub-bie” since I like that better.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Ruby

      • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Rubby

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        tomaytoe to-mah-toe

        Sawks announcers say Roobie.

      • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        People from Boston talk funny.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        I don’t know what you’re talking aboot.

      • cur'68 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        I’m from the Alberta Prairies not The Maritimes. I’ve never said “aboot” in my life unless I was asking for footwear.

        …and its still “Rubby-rhymes-with- tubby”.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Oh – so you sound like a Ukranian?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Rubbie De Dubbie! Say it, buckfutter!

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        I don’t do requests.

        If I’m going to say something dumb it’s going to come out of my own brain (and hopefully piss off fans of one team or another).

      • nbjays - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Rubby Dubby, you’re the one
        You make baseball lots of fun
        Rubby-Dubby, I’m awfully fond of you…

  3. johnnysoda - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    What’s notable about the Braves game is that, in the bottom of the tenth, Freddie Freeman came *this* close to hitting a walk-off homer, but it bounced off the wall and he had a triple. As you could’ve guessed, he didn’t score.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    The Sawks got a good one in Rubby
    On the mound he’s been a good do-bee
    Josh Becket is back
    But Crawford’s a hack
    I bet Coletti feels like a boobie

    • nbjays - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      Wow, a limerick
      From our haiku master, Mo.
      Meh… I’m unimpressed.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM

        Just tryin to keep things lively.

      • nbjays - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        Let’s see a sonnet.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        P. S. Kawasaki is being recalled from Buffalo today. No word yet on Rasmus. Both Lind and Cecil are DL candidates. Dickey is expected to make his next start.

      • renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        MUNE!!

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      The hereto fore worst starter on the preseason consensus worst staff in baseball (wrongly), holds the currently struggling, but still defending World Series Champion Red Sox to one run, in Fenway for God’s sake, and the Twins still lose?

      No wonder my cable went on the fritz about the fourth inning. The baseball Gods are deeply offended. Brace thyself.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        I’m probably jinxing my Sawks, but I expect Hughes’ return to Fenway to go about like Joba facing Papi last week.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Hughes was really good. He looks like a different guy. Literally.

  5. philliesblow - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    For sale: One well-worn pitcher. Buyer must be interested in assuming expensive long term commitment. No reasonable offer will be refused.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      He needs to be released from from the curse of the Upton’s.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      On the upside, how about that 6-run 9th? Let’s hear it for the other Martinez. I may start calling them Mart-Mart. he he

      • philliesblow - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        6 run 9th when you are down 5 = awesome
        6 run 9th when you are down 9 = garbage stats

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        I’m just saying, it could’ve been worse. I felt like we got a little of our dignity back there. Little Mart is doing ok.

  6. kycardsfan - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Cards are 19-2 against the NL East at home since last season. 4-0 on this homestand. This could be a great week ahead.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Go for it. The Jays will benefit.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        I must have missed something, how will the Jays benefit from NL East teams losing?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Either I need new glasses or I needed more coffee or both.

  7. historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Don’t y’all ever get tired of talking about the money?

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Speaking of money, for purely selfish reasons, I hope that Maxwell pitches very well today. My fantasy team needs it.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Friendship is the bread of life – but money is the honey.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        You guys kill me.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        Hey, I play for tips lady. Drop a sawbuck in the mason jar or beat it.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        See ya.

  8. dlf9 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Having nothing to do with yesterday’s games, but I’ll put this here anyway …

    Last night I was at a dinner put on as part of a business conference I’m attending. The speaker was a former Secretary of the Navy who has held many high level positions in and out of government since the late 1960s. I was fortunate to sit at the same table with he and his wife before his after-dinner speech. We talked about a lot of different things, many related to politics or the military, most related to the subject of the conference.

    But what most made him light up was talking baseball. He is a season ticket holder to the Nats and was for the O’s before the Expos were Loriaed and loved talking about both. He spent a long while comparing and contrasting Steven Strasburg and Robin Roberts. He talked about Weaver and Palmer, about Ripken and Murray, about Werth and Desmond … Getting briefly back to politics – sorta – he talked about going to Nats games with Ben Bernanke, a fellow die-hard. I love talking with folks whose images of players comes not from (the amazing) Baseball Reference, but from years of fandom and loyally watching.

  9. mustbechris - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    The Braves somehow have
    A worse bullpen than the Phils
    Tomahawk Chop sucks

    • renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      “The Braves somehow have A worse bullpen than the Phils”

      Haha, don’t worry man… clearly a crappy joke this is.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      They had a good run – You know what they say, Pony – Nothing gold can stay

  10. renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Another late explosion in the extra innings… Braves just let it go there.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Yesterday was the 110th Bloomsday so, naturally, I repaired with some friends to the local Irish libatory and eatery for corned beef and cabbage, readings from Ulysses – when Molly has something to say, I wouldn’t miss it; when Molly gets carried away, she’s so explicit – and Dubliners in marinated fake brogues, and got to watch the Feesh lose to the Cubs about as quickly as the irremediable tedium of the backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball game could be gotten behind us.

    The Iron Giant parked a laser shot in the first inning and the Feesh scraped a few other runs together but couldn’t get it done in extras – again. A beeg reason: Casey McGehee’s sac fly walkoff the other night notwithstanding, it’s because every time the Iron Giant comes up in the late innings they walk him. Last night was his 14th free pass – the next nearest intentional ambulatories in the league are tied at five – and the biggest reason is that they all prefer to take their chances with Casey. Last night, he couldn’t get it done. It seems like they’ve been going into extra eenings over and over again lately and the boolpen is getting fried. Once invincible at home, the Rainbow Warriors are now 1-3 on this homestand and have gotten terrible performances out of the entire rotation, which was supposed to be their strength this season, remember? – all week except for Henderson Alvarez.

    In the Grand Fenwick division of the National League, the Feesh remain in third just a game orf the pace. That’s a testimony more to how badly the rest of the division has been playing than it is to how well the Rainbow Warriors have been playing. However, if the season had ended last night they’d still be going home empty.

    • renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Your “Iron Giant” homerun is just freakin unbelievable Gator, it’s like an Ichiro laser beam throw!

    • voteforno6 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Having seen Stanton take batting practice, I would definitely walk him in extra innings. Especially after that home run he hit last night – the real-time reactions of the talking suits on MLB Network almost needed the seven second delay. It’s amazing how the ball jumps off his bat with such an effortless swing.

      • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        @renaado – I was at the game year ‘fore last where he hit a ball so hard that it broke an auxilliary scoreboard. Now that was scary. I’m still waiting for him to bust a chip orffa Tommy.

        @numeroseis: did you notice that he was slightly orf balance? That was an outside peetch for which he ackckerley had to reach a little.

        Darryl Strawberry used to hit home runs like that – I once saw him hit one orf the bottom of the scoreboard in right center at Shea Stadium while lurching out of balance onto one foot and swinging, essentially, with only one hand. I recall Tim McCarver croaking, “how do you hit a ball that far like that? How????.” Straw had his issues, but crushing baseballs wasn’t one of ‘em.

  12. sportsdrenched - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Ventura v Scherzer tonight, if the Royals win they will be in first. If you don’t like that you need to go back to PFT and whine about there not being any football and continue to wish your life away.

  13. Francisco (FC) - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Kay Adams turned on her display as the call to Craig went through. Craig’s bathrobed figure appeared as usual, on his high chair with the bubble pipe in hand.

    “Good Morning Craig, Beautiful Day isn’t it!?”

    “Meh! I guess it’s sunny outside”. Craig looked a bit indifferent to her cheerful mood, she looked carefully at the screen and noted a small army of bobble head figures. She pointed at them.

    “What are those? Don’t tell me I have to categorize them.”

    Craig looked puzzled momentarily and then he noticed her pointing at the bobble head figures.

    “Oh these? No, heavens no. These are from the Phans. Whenever the Phillies defeat the Braves – an admittedly rare event, like a comet passing by – I usually get one or two of these in the mail. Today I got the whole roster.”

    “What are you going to do with them?”

    “Oh the usual.”

    She cringed. “Ouch, I would not want to one of those guys.”

    “Someone should check on Joe, Fredi issued two intentional walks last night in the same inning.” Craig shook his head in amazement while puffing a few more bubbles from his pipe.

    Kay perked up a bit. “Well Team USA won yesterday so there’s that.”

    Craig went back to being puzzled. “Team USA? The World Baseball Classic was last year and the next isn’t for another three. Is there some other tournament I missed.”

    She rolled her eyes. “Craig don’t be silly. The World Cup. I know you live in a lair but you should have heard of this. No? The world Soccer tournament?.”

    “Soccer?”

    “You know, the sport with the ball and the net.”

    “I though that was basketball.”

    “No. This net is closed at the back.”

    “They throw a ball into that?”

    “No Craig, in Soccer you can’t use your hands.”

    “Wait, What-? How do they move the ball around?”

    “They kick it.”

    “Kick-? Dear Lord, at least in the NFL they abuse each other, not the ball. That’s about as UN-american as putting anything other than mustard on a hot dog.”

    Kay pouted a bit. “You can put other things on a hot dog.”

    “Let’s get back to real sports Kay, and I’m not talking about the Gumbel show either. Chop, chop, there is tons of baseball to view and report today.”

    She sighed. He could be so difficult some days.

    • renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Wow…

      • pauleee - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        You’re relatively new here. Click on Francisco’s name above and be prepared for awesome.

      • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        That’s the game that insinuates that the creator did not in fact endow us with prehensile thumbs, isn’t it?

  14. uyf1950 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    What’s the deal with Verlander? He has 5 more years after this one guaranteed at $28MM per. I’ll disregard the 6th year vesting option since it requires him to finish in the top 5 in Cy Young voting in 2019. But that contract is beginning to look worse then anything on the Yankees books. And I think what makes it look even worse is the Tigers didn’t have to extend him when they did.

  15. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    yeah yeah, whatever. More importantly, Billy Butler continues to own the tigers

    first place is ours for the taking, royals

    • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      /sobs

      I dared to point out the other day that Butler has more hits against V than anyone else, and boy, did I get shouted down. Be smug now. A month ago, we were tearing it up. Ebb and flow. Ebb. Andflow.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        well if you insist.

  16. Tyree Studio - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Fun to be a royals fan right now. Hope they can take 1 or 2 more in this Detroit series.

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Ugh. Ugly night at the Mausoleum last night, and I’m not talking about the sewers. The A’s pitching just melted down completely, so that despite scoring 8 runs, their precious run differential declined by 6. More troubling (to those of us who played ball and could barely hit but were decent defensively) were the A’s 3 errors. The A’s defense has been fabulous this year, with positive dWAR’s all over the place (interestingly CoCo is the big exception at -.9: limited range and a weak arm). And as a tribute to how defensive metrics are a work in progress, Josh Donaldson’s dWAR is still positive despite being one behind the lead for 3rd basemen in errors (his range is fantastic).

    Anyway, the A’s lost, mainly because Pomeranz had a bad game and Melvin can’t run Otero, Gregerson and Doolittle out there every night. Cook will get better, his command will improve, but I think the ship has sailed for both Francis and Johnson, who both surrendered two more ER each.

    And all this against a depleted Texas team. Plus, it doesn’t get any easier tonight. One of the top 5 pitchers in the AL goes for Texas in the form of Yu Darvish, pitching in the big ball park. Yikes!

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Why are you calling the Rangers “depleted”? They still have plenty of hair on their legs.

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