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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 20, 2014, 7:11 AM EST

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Mets 1, Marlins 0: A three-hit shutout for Zack Wheeler, with the only run support he got or needed being David Wright‘s first inning solo shot. That overshadowed what was otherwise a pretty spiffy major league debut for Andrew Heaney who, apart from the homer, basically shut down the Mets bats for six and a third innings.

Pirates 4, Reds 3: Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk off Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th. Otherwise known as the walkoff walk. That whole last inning was special. Gaby Sanchez single, got balked to second, then Bryan Price decided to have Josh Harrison intentionally walked, Cingrani then plunked Clint Barmes to load the bases. Talk about your unforced errors.

Phillies 4, Cardinals 1: Ryan Howard remains hot — he hit a homer and drove in three — and the Phillies win again. They are now only four games out of first place in a division with no clearly elite team. Do I think they have a chance? Nah. Do I think they’ll flirt enough with respectability to fool Ruben Amaro into not making trades that could start a meaningful rebuilding process? Oh, definitely.

Indians 5, Angels 3: Cool walkoff grand slam, bro! We talked about that and Mike Scioscia’s curious bullpen decisions yesterday. But at least they were happy in Brohio.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1: Yovani Gallardo improved to 7-0 with an ERA of 1.93 in ten career starts against the Dbacks. After the game he searched for an explanation:

“Sometimes you look at it as how this game is. There are certain things like that I wish I could explain, but I just can’t.”

Dude. I can.

Tigers 2, Royals 1: The Royals’ ten-game winning streak is snapped thanks to Anibal Sanchez allowing one run over seven innings. It didn’t help that the Royals didn’t have Alex Gordon, who sat out due to flu-like symptoms. Not that he didn’t try:

I feel bad for the groundskeeping assistant, frankly.

Padres 4, Mariners 1:  A four-run seventh inning for San Diego, in which Chris Denorfia singled in the go-ahead run. The Padres won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of May.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4: The Yankees have won 16 straight over Toronto at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays have lost nine of 12 and their lead in the East is down to a game and a half.

Braves 3, Nationals 0: For as crappy as the Braves have been playing lately they can at least count on beating Washington. They are 23-7 in their past 30 games against the Nationals, including 6-1 this season. The win came with a price, though: Gavin Floyd fractured his elbow and is gone for the year.

Rays 5, Astros 0: Chris Archer had six and two-thirds shutout innings. Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers on back-to-back pitches.

Twins 4, White Sox 2: Let’s hear it for the relatively old guys: Yohan Pino is 30, but he was still making his major league debut last night. Pino allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven innings. A Joe Mauer RBI double and a Kurt Suzuki sac fly in the eighth broke a 2-2- tie.

Athletics 4, Red Sox 2: Scott Kazmir allowed two runs over seven innings striking out eight and walking no one to win his ninth game and to keep the Red Sox offense searching for answers. Yoenis Cespedes homered. In June he is hitting .343 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 17 games.

  1. Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Death, taxes and Toronto loosing in the Boogie Down. Hell, they even made Phelps look like a competent starter last night.

    • nbjays - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Spell check is a wonderful thing…

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

        Almost as good as sore losing and pedantry.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Don’t use the spell check rebuttal. Makes you sound like a looser ;)

      • nbjays - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        To quote one of our former immature posters “Don’t be stupied”

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      It certainly has been a dry spell for the Jays in New York as Toronto’s recent slump has continued. There were positive signs though, as both Cabrera and Encarnacion awoke from their recent slumber and Rasmus showed no rust since coming off the DL. The Jays have recalled Liam Hendriks to start today’s game against the Reds. Dickey is being given an extra 2 days of rest due to his groin injury. No word who is being sent down, but it should be Delabar.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        Liam Hendriks, interesting. I just took a quick look as his numbers and they look good, but we’ve been there before and it didn’t last. I hope he’s found it this time, good luck.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        He has had a couple of decent starts earlier this season for the Jays; however many of his pitches ended up as deep fly ball outs. He was lucky that they were not home runs.

      • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Delabar was sent down Tuesday and recalled yesterday.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        He is likely to be sent down again. He stunk yesterday

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Phelps gave the Yankees just what they needed from him yesterday, a solid performance and he went deep into the game. Fortunately the Yankees went into the 8th inning with a 4 run lead because they needed most of it when Kelley came in in relief and promptly gave up a 2 run home run. But that was all the Jays could muster and Warren shut the door in the 9th inning giving Phelps the win and the Yankees their 6-4 win and sweep of the 3 game series.

  3. RickyB - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    I know it’s a habit, but the Royals’ 10-game WINNING streak was snapped. Let’s blame auto-correct …

    • RickyB - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Well, between reading and posting, you changed the error. Big Papi get on your case?

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    The revival of Scott Kazmir continues to amaze. He’s pitching more or less the same as he did last season for the Indians, only with half of his starts in a pitchers’ park and with all of his starts in front of better defense.

    He looked good and finished with the Angels, it’s great to see him back and pitching so well.

    • dondada10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      The A’s, in general, are a marvel to behold.

    • janessa31888 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      I really miss Kazmir. It was the same old story. He wanted more than the Dolans were willing to pay. Our shaky rotation could have used his services.

      • clydeserra - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        but they did ok with Ubaldo!

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Maybe there’s something to be said about a pitcher taking some time off?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        I don’t think that’s it at all. Every failed pitcher takes time off. It’s just usually permanent.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Touche

  5. chill1184 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    So this Wheeler kid is pretty good huh?

  6. aresachaela - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Yeankees win! Phelps really pitched magnificently in that last game of the series, just 1.5 games left behind the Jays then were off to first XD!!

    /evil laugh

  7. chip56 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I don’t get the whole “walking the parrot” thing. I especially don’t get it when you’re losing and about to be swept.

  8. phillysports1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I told the Cards fans that they were next !

  9. phillysports1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Craig hates the Phil’s lmao!

    • dondada10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Welcome to HBT.

  10. philliesblow - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    3 up, 3 down, all on K’s. Who was that wearing the Joe Nathan jersey yesterday?

  11. Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Ruben Amaro into not making trades that could start a meaningful rebuilding process? Oh, definitely.

    Man. Ruben Amaro Jr. went from Ninja to Nincompoop in a couple of short years.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Yeah, when he signed that gum-chewing doosh a few years back, you would have thought he could walk on water in Philadelphia (even though he was the one that traded him the first place) and now he can’t even walk out of his house without a bulletproof vest…

    • clydeserra - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      ninja? I don’t remember that

  12. dluxxx - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Nice to see the Twins’ offense wake up a little bit. Apparently they sent their bats from Toronto directly back to Target Field. 4 straight solid pitching performances as well. Dare I be optimistic?

    Wait, Nolasco is starting today? Oh, never mind. Unless the Good Reekey shows up, or the bats wake up more, I have one prediction…

    Pain.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      I’m going to be negative to. Arcia has talent but is a temperamental streak hitter who reportedly doesn’t work at his game as much as he should, his defense is sometimes game losing awful, and that stupid haircut is getting more and more annoying to look at. Delmon Young 2.0??

      There, now we should be all set for the start of a winning streak since they can be relied on to do the opposite of what their fans expect.

      • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        I think sadtwinsfan hacked your account. You may want to change your password. ;)

  13. carpi2 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I knew this was going to happen. My Phils will string together a few winning streaks, keeping us within striking distance of the division lead, and keeping the glimmer of hope alive within RAJ. However, we all know our chances this year are, as Charles Barkley would say, “turrible.”

  14. stupidusername - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I love how many people think, just like that, you can “blow up” the Phillies team. Is there anyone that trusts Amaro could either rid the team of these contracts or acquire decent prospects in return? What players, considering age, performance/ability, and contract status, are of much value to any other team? They’re in a bad situation and, not that it’s even a similar situation but, who’s going to be what the LA Dodgers were for the Red Sox? In order to blow up the team you have to find teams that actually want your players and will either give you value in return if you take on the contract or take on the contract for little in return. I’m not sure they have too many players to move that other teams even want.

  15. phillysports1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    @carpi2

    If you have no hopes of a playoff berth Then I would suggest you keep it moving.
    Regardless of their chances you should always think positive of your team.

    • stex52 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Why?

  16. APBA Guy - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    New York was a bigger draw at the Mausoleum than Boston. Each NY game was at 102 % capacity, last night’s Boston game was 69%. The weekend series with NY certainly had something to do with it, but I doubt it accounts for the full difference.

    Anyway, last night was A’s formula baseball: starter finishes 7, “A” relief allows nothing to close the game, and the offense scores just enough to win. Gray and last night Kazmir worked the formula perfectly. The trick is getting the other 3 starters to follow along.

    Trying out for the role of 5th starter tonight is Brad Mills. Oakland elected to push Jesse Chavez back a day, no doubt noticing his drop in velo and lack of crispness on his breaking stuff the last few starts.

    • clydeserra - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      I think the difference is more due to Fireworks friday and Yeah Jeets!

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