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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 19, 2014, 6:17 AM EDT

source: AP

Dodgers 8, Rockies 0: Clayton Kershaw tossed a no-hitter and came one Hanley Ramirez throwing error away from a perfect game. He struck out 15 Rockies and needed only 107 pitches to get all 27 outs. Kershaw’s outing notched the second highest game score of all time, falling just behind Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game back in 1998.

Mets 3, Cardinals 2: Bartolo Colon does it all. Doubles, scores a run, lays down a couple of perfect sacrifices and, oh yeah, allows one run over eight innings. This is your periodic reminder that, while it can be fun to make fun of a guy who looks like Bartolo Colon, he’s 100 times the athlete you are.

Orioles 2, Rays 0: Kevin Gausman, Tommy Hunter and Zach Britton combine on the shutout. Nelson Cruz hit his 22nd homer. Steve Pearce had an RBI double. Pearce, you may recall, was released by the Orioles earlier this season and then re-signed. I know being released isn’t technically dying, but I feel like there’s some sort of zombie/undead analogy here. Or maybe it’s a Doctor Manhattan thing in which one’s seeming death actually bestowed great powers upon him.

Royals 2, Tigers 1: Ten in a row for the Royals and the reeling continues for the Tigers. Neither I nor my Tigers-fan girlfriend watched this one, but yesterday evening we went to the gym together and worked out on machines next to one another. I had SportsCenter on and as they showed the highlights to this game, she gave the TV in front of me the finger, so it was basically worth it. Note: laughing your ass off on a treadmill can, if you’re not careful, cause you to lose your balance.

Diamondbacks 4, Brewers 3: Tony Campana hit a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and Brad Ziegler atoned for the grand slam he gave up on Tuesday by striking out all four batters he faced to get the win. There was no beanball drama this time. I wonder if the Brewers’ failure to retaliate for the Dbacks’ aggressiveness the other night has offended Kirk Gibson’s sense of honor and decorum so that he will now have his pitchers throw at Brewers’ hitters again. I mean, this is not ‘Nam. There are rules here.

Cubs 6, Marlins 1: Jake Arrieta had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings. He has 55 strikeouts in 50 innings and a 1.98 ERA. You’d think that with three pretty awesome starters that the Cubs would be better than they are this year. It’s almost as if those things people say about pitching being everything aren’t correct.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3: Brian McCann‘s season has been pretty nightmarish so far, but last night was a dream: he had a bases-loaded triple, a homer and five RBI.

Phillies 10, Braves 5: The sweep. The Braves could probably look worse right now, but I’m not exactly sure how. The Phillis rapped out 18 hits. Ryan Howard, who hit homers in each of the first two games of the series, had two hits and drove in three.

Athletics 4, Rangers 2: Sonny Gray needed this and he got it: two runs allowed and seven strikeouts over seven innings and the win. The A’s now have the best record in baseball.

White Sox 7, Giants 6: Five losses in a row for the Giants, this one thanks to homers from Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn. It was Abreu’s 20th and it came in only his 58th game.

Red Sox 2, Twins 1: Nine shutout innings for John Lackey and a no decision. That’s a shame, but I bet he still enjoyed watching David Ortiz and Mike Napoli go back-to-back in the 10th to walk the Twins off.

Padres 2, Mariners 1: The Padres won, but the game was almost secondary. The pre-game tribute to Tony Gwynn will be remembered far longer:

source: AP


Reds 11, Pirates 4: Alfredo Simon has ten wins. Not bad for a dude who really wasn’t a starter before this year. Billy Hamilton had three hits and three RBI.

Nationals 6, Astros 5: Unlike the Braves, who were swept by the Phillies, the Nationals swept the last place team they faced this week. Winning the games you’re supposed to win often makes the difference between winning the division and coming in second.

Angels vs. Indians: POSTPONED: Someone send a runner, through the weather that I’m under, for the feeling that I lost today. Someone send a runner, for the feeling that I lost today. You must be somewhere in London. You must be loving your life in the rain. You must be somewhere in London. Walking Abbey Lane.

  1. papalurchdxb - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    I’d like to apologise to my boss, as basically I did no work for the first 2 hours of today whilst watching Kershaw pitch, and his wife give Hanley absolute daggers when he well, you know, was Hanley. Great stuff to watch and to listen to Mr. Scully work his magic too.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Not the best outing by Whitley but good enough for both him and the Yankees to get the win. With a lot of help from Gardner the bullpen and especially McCann. The Yankees now trail the Jays by 2.5 games, one game in the loss column. We’ll see what tonight brings with the last game in this series. I’m not going to hold my breath for a sweep but I am going to cross my fingers for one.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Unlike he previous game, I had no problem with the home plate umpire. I was surprised that Cecil was brought in to face McCann as Cecil had been battling a groin problem. Unfortunately for the Jays, he gave up a bases loaded triple to McCann. After the game Cecil, was placed on the 15 game DL. Obviously, I will be watching tonight’s game. So far this season, Hutchinson has pitched much better on the road than at home.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:33 AM

        I can attest to that (re:Hutch). I believe he’s 2-0 against the O’s, both on the road for the Jays, and frustrated the hell out of me both times.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Aww… c’mon Uyf, only fair-weather fans cross their fingers. A true fan would hold his breath. :-)

  3. thetoolsofignorance - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    What a game! Kershaw did Dodger blue proud and Vin Scully called the whole thing. his teammates came through for him with tons of run support but Kershaw really didn’t need it since he had all the runs he needed in the first on Dee Gordon’s walk then steal followed by Hanley Ramirez’s walk. Then a misplayed pick off throw at second allowed the runners to move up. Gordon was plated on Puig’s sac fly then Ramirez came in with a Kemp single. The Dodgers could have just taken it easy from there but instead they lit up the Rockies for 6 more runs over the rest of the game. Ramirez had a bad throwing hand with a a bruised finger after taking a sharp grounder off his hand the day before. His throwing error from that injury was the only blemish on Kershaw’s game. Since he was instrumental in the scoring and pressuring the defense in the first inning I don’t think we can dump on him. He played well other than one bad throw

    Way to go Kershaw! Way to go Dodgers!

    • uyf1950 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Well said. I watched much of the game on TV and Kershaw was simply unhittable all night. They way he looked it looked like he could have gone another 3 or 4 innings without giving up a hit.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        Thank you. Normally I fall asleep in front of the game by around the 6th inning. Not this one though. Awake start to finish. It was a terrific game from the pitching and also the offense.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:10 AM

        @ the toolsofignorance, I must admit I do feel a bit bad for Ramirez. I don’t think any player wants to be the guy responsible for a starter losing a “perfect game”. You could tell how mad/frustrated Ramirez was with himself at the end of the inning in the dugout.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        He certainly does not deserve criticism for his error. His right ring finger was badly bruised on a sharp line drive the day before yesterday and his shoulder is full of cortisone from last week. That young man is playing through a lot of pain and producing for his team in spite of it. His line this season is .261/.349/.463/.812 and an OPS+ of 127 and he has 11 homers so far this season. One throwing error with all that is meaningless.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        Hanley was mad at himself as soon as he threw the ball, but, as Vn would say, those are moments that happen to a big leaguer.

        Maybe that play convinces him to switch over to third base next year.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      As Craig noted Kershaw had the 2nd highest game score of all time. He looked every bit of that.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        That he did. Kershaw had total command of his game and he knew it. I’ve been watched baseball a long time and I’ve rarely seen a pitcher so in control of the situation as Kershaw was. He reminded me of that other great left handed Dodger, Sandy Kaufax. Kershaw was having a great time up there, and it was truly evident in the last inning as he dropped balls and grinned about it, almost laughing as he got ready to throw to batter after batter. Its like he was fated for that performance.

        I just wish Craig had mentioned that Hanley Ramirez was instrumental in the run production of the 1st inning, added more to the score later, and was playing with notable injuries to his throwing arm. he has a bruised finger and bad shoulder right now. Ultimately the throwing error is meaningless to the outcome of the game while Ramirez’s first inning plate discipline gave the Rockies defense more to worry about and lead to an insurance run. Hanley Ramiriz had a lot to do with that win

  4. cktai - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Looks like Arrieta is finally having his breakout season. Career highs in K% and GB% and career lows in BB% and HR/FB. Just another odd twist in that

    • cktai - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      odd generation of Orioles pitching

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      Not to discredit Jake or the hope of finally turning a corner, BUT, he’s done this in the past. He shows these flashes of brilliance, then completely out of the blue, crumbles. Remember, this guy came on so strong at the end of the season a few years back that the O’s made him the Opening Day starter the following season, then within 2 months the collapse was complete. By all means, I wish the best for him. Most former-O’s pitchers do MUCH better when they leave for some reason (I’m sure having Hammel on hand you can attest to that as well). But I would warrant cautious optimism.

      I have not been watching, does he still freak out anytime he has runners on? He was always very dominant with the bags empty, then lost focus and location on pitches when he was distracted by men on the bags.

      • cktai - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        I haven’t been watching him either, so I was quite surprised to see he had such good numbers. According to his splits, he is actually much better this year with men on base than with the bases empty. Related to that, he also has better numbers in medium and high leverage situations than in low leverage situations.

  5. jwbiii - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    I really like Bartolo Colon. He looks like my beer-gutted uncle (except Hispanic instead of Scandinavian) who doesn’t anything more strenuous than flip burgers on a grill. But Colon is really good at baseball.

  6. renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Harang pitched HORRIBLE… Can’t believe Fredi let him stayed there for 5 innings… Clearly he should be out in the the 3rd.

    • renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      The the the the madness!!!!!

    • aresachaela - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:28 AM


      • renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        ……… Seriously…. it has to be a cat….

      • renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        of all things….. a cat….

      • aresachaela - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        IT’S A KITTEN REN!!

        And don’t be sad, It could be worse :-) .

      • renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        “It could be worse”

        What? The kitten gettin worse? Clearly a wrong typo comin from you……

      • aresachaela - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        Final trump card, I’m done posting cats here!! Good luck with this cause EWWW!

      • jwbiii - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Looks like the model for this

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      That’s because the bullpen was spent, they needed Harang to pitch at least 5 to give them a breather.

  7. kingscourt25 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Kershaw almost threw a Maddux too, woah

  8. aresachaela - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Just 2.5 games behind Yeanks! Lets sweep the first place Blue Jays tomorrow XD!! I’ll be watching.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Gausman isn’t getting enough credit for how he pitched yesterday: 1st inning he gave up a walk and a single, then Hardy botches a DP ball leaving bases loaded. Then Gausman decides to start pitches and K’s the next 2 batters with some nasty stuff and survives the inning. And if it wasn’t for that super long inning (30 pitches), he would’ve gone 7+ easily. But hey, his last 3 starts since coming back up have been enough to convince me to keep him around: 19IP 14H 2ER 5BB 14K, with a 3-0 record. The issue will be this 6 man rotation. Do the O’s keep it in tact or send somebody down or to the pen? Can’t be Gausman, he’s pitching phenomenal. Norris has been pitching very well as of late. As has (shocking) Ubaldo. Hell, Tillman has improved too. And Chen is the only south paw in the rotation. I vote Gonzo.

    Also, kudos to Cruz for bringing the HR drought conversation to a halt. That shot last night still hasn’t come down.

  10. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Craig please get the video of Jason Werth’s slide into second base where he faked out the tag. Priceless

  11. sometogethernow - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    In re: Red Sox-Twins, it bears mentioning how good Kyle Gibson was in the loss yesterday, going 7 innings with 8 Ks, 0 BBs, and ONE hit. Other than efficiency and number of innings lasted he was every bit the match for Lackey yesterday.

    The whole series has to have felt like something of a back-breaker for the Twins, with Gibson dealing, Hughes solid in a complete-game loss on Tuesday, and Correia staying out of trouble, pretty much the best we expect of him, on Monday. They got all the pitching they needed and the bats didn’t help out much at all.

    • dluxxx - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      The Twins forgot to pack their bats for the last stop on the road trip. It was a waste of some very good pitching performances.

      Fein is normally pretty stellar, and it’s a shame that Perkins had a bad back, otherwise, we may have at least salvaged the last game…

  12. greymares - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    WOW I can’t seem to find any sarcastic trolling Philly articles this week. Craig ?

    • buddysguys - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      weird right?

    • NatsLady - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Phillies swept his Barves right out of first place. Craig’s got no strength for trolling.

    • chaseutley - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Well, there is the intentional/unintentional (your call) misspelling of the “Phillis” in the above summary.

      But admit it. Sweeping the Braves is a little sweeter because of Craig.

    • DJ MC - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Well gee, it isn’t as though comments like this might encourage him or anything 😀

  13. historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      This isn’t going to help either:

      /goes to put a cup on

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Could this team underperform any more???? Geez. I wanna go yell at them. 😦

  14. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Cardinals are next !

  15. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Day 2 of first place royals is officially a go

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Don’t get comfortable. All streaks end.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Carpe Diem

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I’m debating about listening to today’s game at work. It may just make me crabby…

  16. stupidusername - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    After 5 innings Kershaw had that look like he was unhittable. MLB Network guys were saying after that inning that it looked like it would happen. All his pitches were working and the Rockies weren’t looking too patient. (speaking of MLB Network, the commercials with Russo, holy crap how can anyone watch a show with that going on. It’s hard enough hearing that commercial, but watching a whole show of that? You were right about that dude).

    The Jayson Werth slide was great. He was nailed at 2B and pops up just before the tag and dances around the 2B and is safe. At full speed at first it just looks like he was nailed by a perfect throw.

    Oh, and then the almost-red-hot Phillies swept the Barves. It’s small moral victories this year. Although, for Amaro, he just started browsing the 35+ year old veterans who might be available in trades. He’s very convinced they’re in it. 5 GB of the division, 6 of the 2nd wild card? Psshh, what is that, insurmountable or something? Remember that one time they were 7.5 back of the Mets? Same thing.

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Sonny Gray in the big ballpark. Very, very nice outing. Vogt went from RF to catcher late in the game for a defensive upgrade over Jaso, while Norris DH’d. Fabulous.

    The real game in Oakland was “Guess Saturday’s Starter” a fun game that anyone can play. For those not in the know, 5th starter Drew Pomeranz broke a bone in his “lower pinky area” after his recent horrible start and may be out until September 1. His next start would have been Saturday, and the A’s have a variety of options, from Dan Straily at AAA to new guy Brad Mills. My guess is Mills, since his starts would be looked at as try-outs. One of the AAA guys could come up if Mills doesn’t work out.

  18. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I doubt if anyone noticed that the Feesh rotation continues to suck like a lamprey with gingivitis. For the hurlers of the Rainbow Warriors, the fifth and sixth innings are like the lifespan attenuators built into Tyrrell replicants. Maybe all the Feesh peetchers ought to be named Roy Batty and sequenced 1, 2, 3 to signify their position in the rotation. Last night, the post-parturition edition of Nate Eovaldi took the mound after getting shelled in his prior start while waiting for his egg to hatch and strode to the hill last night a proud progenitor, cruised for five innings and then crossed the boundary of the gossamer reality wave disc somehow and got smacked for four more runs – which only goes to prove, as if it needed to be proved, not only that children are horrible, but that they are horrible immediately.

    Tonight Andrew Heaney will make his long awaited debut, as the Feesh hope to catch lightning in a bottle, hoping not to engender the spontaneous generation of maggots in that same bottle, and unveil a savior who can step into the shoes of the fallen El Keed. I shall be watching.

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