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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 25, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

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Dodgers 2, Royals 0: Clayton Kershaw is so damn inconsistent. Last time: no-hitter. This time? He gave up several hits. Last time: full game. This time? Only eight innings. You think you’re fooling us by continuing to not give up any runs, Clayton, but we can tell that you’re falling off.

Phillies 7, Marlins 4Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer and the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak, but the highlight here was the standing ovation Tony Gwynn, Jr. got in his first at bat following his father’s death. Good on ya, Philly fans.

Nationals 4, Brewers 2: A sixteen inning affair, with Ryan Zimmerman‘s two-run homer in the top of that inning saving us (or depriving us, depending on your point of view) from seeing Adam LaRoche and/or Lyle Overbay pitching. The Brewers threatened many times in extra innings, but Nats relievers ended up throwing 10 scoreless innings.

Pirates 6, Rays 5: Pittsburgh moves above .500 for only the second time this year, the last time being mid April. Since May 6 they have baseball’s best record. Which, yes, doesn’t matter unless everyone else started May 6 (note: they did not), but it’s still worth noting.

Mets 10, Athletics 1: Billed as a pitchers duel — Kazmir vs. Colon — only one of them showed up with his sword. The Mets rocked Scott Kazmir for seven runs on eight hits in three innings. Colon, on the other hand, continued his fine season,, allowing one run over eight innings. He even got a hit for the second game in a row. Mets hitters smacked four homers.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6: The Jays had a 6-0 lead entering the sixth, the Yankees rallied in the sixth and seventh to tie it and then a walkoff error by the Yankees gaves this one to the Jays. It happened when Jose Reyes hit a leadoff double in the ninth inning and then, when Melky Cabrera tried to bunt him over to third, Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw the ball away. Miss U A-Rod.

White Sox 4, Orioles 2Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings and Gordon Beckham homered as Chicago ended a five-game losing streak. They had lost nine of 11 overall and eight straight on the road before this.

Cubs 7, Reds 3: Jake Arrieta was perfect through six. He ran out of gas in the seventh, giving up two runs on three hits, but he had enough of a cushion where it didn’t matter. He’s 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts.

Tigers 8, Rangers 2: Ian Kinsler returned to Texas and homered against his former mates. Unlike what we said with Zack Greinke yesterday, we have a pretty good idea that they are, indeed, no longer mates if they ever were as Kinsler gave a little wave to them as he trotted the bases, which probably was not well received. In other news, glad you’re still not taking that trade personally, Ian.

Rockies 10, Cardinals 5: Justin Morneau was 3 for 5 with a homer and six driven in. Shelby Miller was ineffective and then incapacitated due to back tightness. The Rockies snapped a seven-game slide. Morneau is hitting .304/.340/.522 with 13 homers and 57 RBI on the year. Not bad for a guy who looked to be close to done a year or two ago.

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Diamondbacks 9, Indians 8: Another long game, this one 14 innings. And, time-wise, it was the longest in the history of Chase Field: five hours and 22 minutes. Miguel Montero said, though, that due to walks and stranded runners and slow play, it felt longer:

“It felt like seven hours. The game was slow anyway. Through seven it was like a three-hour game already. We had to play the extra innings and that made it longer.”

My condolences to anyone who had to watch this one.

Braves 3, Astros 2: The Uptons both homered. It was the fourth time they have homered in the same game, tying the record for brothers doing so held by Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. Jose Canseco is on his way to the league office to petition for a rule change that allows “Bash Brothers” to count so as to help preserve his legacy.

Padres 7, Giants 2: San Diego has won five of seven. They really got to Tim Hudson, who has suddenly lost the thread. He ha allowed a combined 13 runs over his last two starts after giving up just 19 runs over his first 13.

Angels 8, Twins 6: Staked to a 5-0 lead in the first, C.J. Wilson surrendered five to the Twins in the second. But then Mike Trout put the Halos back in the lead in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer, and the rest was just details.

Mariners 8, Red Sox 2: Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth, helping the Mariners win their fifth straight. Boston has lost five of six and has given up 20 runs to the M’s in two games. Just some ugly times for the defending champs.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    So Chris Young just need some motivation, makes sense and Bartolo getting his second hit and pitching a gem was pretty nice

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    The Sawks’ Jake Peavy Experience is turning out like every time share purchase ever. Cool at first, then when you decide you really can’t get to Myrtle Beach as often as you’d like, you find that you can’t sell it at any price. Now you’re stuck with it. And that flat screen tv that you won in the sales-pitch raffle is already on the fritz.

    Hitting against The Jake Peavy Experience must be terrifying. Not only can he no longer see the signs, I’m starting to wonder if he can see the glove or home plate. Catching him must also be a treat, full of random uncalled for change ups and sliders to block or wave at as they go by.

    Last year’s The Jake Peavy Experience included a World Series championship – so no regrets obviously. But this year has been a decidedly different Experience.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      No comment here. You said it all.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    The first place Jays were the only AL East team to win yesterday.

    It was a day of redemption for the 2 shortstops in the game. With runners on first and second in the third inning, the noble Captain fielded a grounder from Encarnacion. He looked at second and saw that there was no play there. He looked at third with the same result, so he threw to first and was too late. His hesitation was costly. With the bases loaded, Rasmus hit one off the right field fence. 2 runs scored, but the Captain had Rasmus trapped between second and first. He chased Rasmus back to first, however Rasmus made it back safely and Encarnacion scored another run. In the next inning, the noble Captain atoned for his mental mistakes by hitting a home run.

    In the 7th inning, Reyes fielded a grounder by Tex and made a bad throw to Encarnacion allowing 2 unearned runs to tie the game. Trying to catch the ball Encarnacion moved into the base path and was run over by Tex. Most fans were thinking concussion, but Encarnacion stayed in the game. In the 9th, Reyes redeemed himself with a lead off double and subsequently scored the winning run.

    • johnnysoda - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      I’m surprised that Jeter moment wasn’t mentioned in the main recap.

      And he didn’t do anything that even came close for atoning for that moment. If he throws to first originally, the Yankees most likely win.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        Not if Reyes had not committed those 2 errors.

    • cur68 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Man, this was a fun game until the 6th, what with Jeets Doing Things there at SS and the NY broadcasters attempting to spin it as Solarte’s fault somehow. I watched this in the company of YankeesFanLen and he explained that “E6” isn’t a viable move for a Yankee Scorer, so it HAS to be an E5. He was kidding. I think. Anyhow, when the the wheels came off my goodness wasn’t Lenny happy! Then, when it actually WAS Solarte’s fault, wasn’t he bummed…poor ole chap. Anyhow, an attempt at The Sweep tonight. Yikes!

      • APBA Guy - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Say hi to Len for the rest of us Shysterball old timers. He’s missed around here. “The FAT TOAD” will be his legacy forever.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    I know it’s June because the Giants are full-on in their swoon. 6.5 games made up in less than 2 weeks. Dodgers might be in first by the All-Star break.

  5. nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Nice to see the Jays prevail in this one. Great time for Reyes to break out of his funk with the bat. Between Solarte and Jeter, it appears that all the preseason misgivings about the Yankees’ suspect infield defense were not totally unfounded.

    Buehrle deserved better than a no-decision, but the bullpen (read Dustin McGowan) couldn’t hold the lead. Scary moment at first base with the collision between Tex and Edwin. I think EE will have a stiff neck today from that one. The Captain ended up at minus-2, as he hit a solo shot but his two highly questionable fielding decisions led directly to 3 Toronto runs. Derek, you are pushing 40, dude; you are NOT going to run down Colby Rasmus single-handedly.

    Let’s try and break out the brooms tonight and cancel out that sweep in the Bronx.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Jeter will be 40 tomorrow. That means that he is a CANCER.

      • renaado - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        Time really flies…

    • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Happy night at the Rogers. That was a great game. It had everything. Thrills. Chills. Excitement. Fear. Heartbreak. Slapstick. Dithyrambs to Dionysus Navarro for the three run homer, and a couple of other hits – that fat little catcher can swing a bat. The “three run single” orffa the right field wall by Rasmus and the hilarious infield hijinks that followed were good old baseball fun, assuming you were watching a father-and-son game at a bungalow colony. But Reyes threw like he was channeling the spirit of some cricket bowler – two very quotidian throws to first that went into the dirt. The collision between EE and Tex was brutal. He was flat out on his face for a couple of minutes, then got an ovation when he stayed in. Also, Reyes did a little jig on the way to the plate in the ninth which might not sit well with tonight’s pitcher – look for him to wear a welt on his arse back home afterwards.

      Gibbons should have left Buehrle in to finish the seventh – he pulled him after a nothing bloop single that Rasmus should have caught. And I wouldn’t be all that hard on McGown – he wasn’t sharp but he should have been out of that inning with the tatters of a lead if Reyes makes a very ordinary play. Loup came in and wolfed down the Borg for the final out. Also, adding to the general fun, the Jays had Betances on the ropes in the eighth, bases loaded and one out, and couldn’t push anything across against a drawn in infield.

      I did like the hot dogs at the Rogers. They were overpriced comparably with the ones at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, at a ten percent discount due to the exchange rate.

      Oh yes, and of course, I got down to Caplansky’s for a bowl of cabbage borscht and a grilled versht sandwich. Lunch today, Shayna, I make it to Ben and Izzy’s. I’ll report back tomorrow.

      • Shayna - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Glad you enjoyed the chaos, OG. I was wondering whether you had brought some leftover Strange Attractor lint in your pockets while crossing the border, so bizarre was last night’s affair. I particularly enjoyed the

      • Shayna - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        [Gnarf! Stupid fingers.] As I was saying, I particularly enjoyed the interval when Jeter went bouncing along from 2nd to 1st in Rasmus’s wake, while EE trotted homewards unregarded. You don’t often see that combination of intense yet misplaced concentration. Good thing we were playing at home, so the Yankees had the last opportunity to commit an error. That’s what won it for us.

        And I feel as though I should be downgrading your deli expectations, OG. I’m sure it’ll be fine but after all, Ben and Izzy’s is just a deli, not Mount Sinai. Safe trip home, and glad you had a fine time in our city.

      • nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        The Yankees were fortunate that Bob Davidson wasn’t part of the umpiring crew last night. Betances would have been called for a balk two or three times because of his twitchy left foot on the pitching rubber.

      • cur68 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        I hope things are going ok there in TO, Gator. Beaver Land better be on its best behaviour for you. As for Dinner Navarro, yep he can hit a little. And its a good thing he’s got a little extra pork to him. Long season behind the plate. Man’s gotta be one part camel to make it through. Lucky for Dinner, he’s two parts.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        You realize that the A’s come to Miami next. I assume you’ve ordered your Blue Bottle by mail and will be in the stands for the opener, torn between your love of all things Marlin and fond memories of chasing the monarchs around Marin.

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        As it turns out I made it handily to Ben and Izzy’s. You do realize, Shayna, that their web site is bigger than the restaurant itself? Nice little place with an horrific parking strip (“lot” would be an exaggeration) full of tank traps and potholes. But there’s some meshugenah waitress there with a baseball cap and an uncanny ability to carry six of those big water bottles with the prosthetic rubber tops and glasses to go with them to four tables at the same time. I was relatively modest – ordered a smoked meat sandwich (terrific!) and a trio of latkes which they served with applesauce and some amazingly realistic non-dairy sour cream. Some of the best latkes I’ve ever had – and they have onion fennel cole slaw that’s over the moon. I tried to order one of their beef knishes but they were sold out, and then the waitress lugs out the most humongous hamburger concoction I have ever laid eyes on – about a foot thick, a big fat short rib and smoked meat burger piled up with pulled beef brisket, onions, fried eggs, grilled versht and who knows what all else, and set it down in front of some scrawny accountant or some such thing who proceeded to ingest the entire thing.

        So, as it turns out, this place is (at least during the nightmare construction on Eglinton) the most convenient deli to the hotel where I usually stay when I’m up here. You definitely did not oversell it. I have to go back with two or three friends some time and explore that burger monstrosity. My only caveat about it is that they don’t have diet cream soda.

        But you talk about a Jewish neighborhood! Someone told me that whenever they want to condemn one of those old buildings, they need to bring in a shochet….

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        APBA – yep, I did notice. I expect that by the time the Beloved A’s take their leave of Macondo Banana Massacre Field, at the rate the Feesh are declining anyway, the last vestiges of the early season whattiffs will have been stilled at the strange attractor will have receded to its accustomed niche in the firmament, with Scrooge McLoria and his brainstem trust, snarled in gossamer reality waves, looking fondly upward at its soft white underbelly.

  6. philliesblow - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Happily, the Tigers seem to have finally moved past the Zubaz induced funk they were in. JD Martinez continues to rake, hopefully he doesn’t tail off like Matt Tuiasosopo did last year.

    Congrats to Adrian Beltre on his 2,500th career hit last night. Looked up his stats last night and was surprised to see he has 384 HRs also. He just turned 35 and has has close to 200 hits a year the last few seasons so 3,000 is certainly not out of reach. 4 Gold Gloves in addition to that. Unreasonable to think he could be a 1st ballot HoF’er?

    • kycardsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      He’s got an outside shot at 500 HR’s. He could stick around and DH after his days as a 3B are over. Not crazy at all.

    • nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      How cool would that be? I like Beltre, he’s always been a class player. And think how cool it would be if, during his HoF induction speech, Elvis Andrus comes up and rubs the top of Adrian’s noggin’, causing him to flip out. :-)

  7. renaado - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Nice game by the Braves today, homers by the Upton brothers are certainly the play of the game, tips my cap to both teams keepin the score close.

    The Yankees lost… And someone just loss a bet.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      I don’t need a used flat screen TV. Do you?

      • renaado - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        Nope. Guess she can keep that flat screen tv after all.

  8. bronxbomber213 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    God the Yankees are terrible! If this truly is the product we as fan must watch night in night out then the last 86 games are going to be Loooonnngggggg!! And here’s the kicker fellow Yanks fans…it only cost 450 million!! haha Cashman and the Brass should be embarrassed at how this team is put together! Hell I would rather watch the ’13 Yankees they had a better offense with Wells overbay Stuart nix etc!!! And Jeter my favorite player since I was 6 is becoming Captain Sellfish refusing to relinquish the 2 spot! I mean he can’t even hit the ball hard anymore and the fact that MB throws 85 tops is the ONLY reason he hit that homer!!! It’s sad to see him affect this team so negatively after so many positives over the years but if he’s really about “winning” then swallow your pride and move yourself to 8th!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      A bit harsh, as they are in third place and are not far out of first despite having 3 starting pitchers on the DL.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Relax, they could be the Red Sox. What an embarrassment they’ve been thus far.

    • nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Yet the Red Sox are flying high when compared to the Rays. You remember the Rays… they were the preseason pick to win the division.

      • indaburg - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Be nice, nbjays. You know what it’s like to have high hopes squashed by being an underperforming pre-season pick.

      • nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Oh, I know, ‘Burgie… I know only too well. I feel your pain, lady.

  9. aceshigh11 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Kershaw isn’t human. Just an incredible, incredible talent.

  10. yankees218 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Correction: Still do NOT miss you a-rod.

  11. historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    We already *had* a post on Kinsler’s Wave. How about mentioning Mini Mart’s HR, which kicked off a scoring-fest? Kid is hot right now. Or, mentioning how they walked a run in for us? Thanks. Or, how it might be awkward when I go to TX this weekend because my brother might be sour now? Smyly gave up 5 hits in 6 innings and struck out 5. It was a good night for us.

  12. historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Also, Drew Silva might have the best avatar on Twitter.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      What is twitter and what is an avatar?

      • nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        Twitter is a collection of twits… Avatar was that James Cameron movie about Blue Man Group’s home planet.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Thanks for the clarification.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Thank you for calling me a twit. Have a nice day.

      • nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Thank you for wishing an HPBiD on me… you know you did…don’t deny it. :-)

  13. dluxxx - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Wouldn’t you know that Gibson would end his 21 inning in spectacular fashion? 7 ER in 2 IP is not a great way to end the great start streak by Twins pitching, but hopefully we can get back on track today. I’m glad I didn’t miss much more after the first couple innings. I can’t stay up and watch the whole West Coast games during the week if I’m going to be worth a damn at work the next day.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Mercifully, I was snoozing before the end of the first inning. We’ll see, or at least hear about, how Pino does in his second start. I hate to say it, but he strikes me as a Scott Diamond type, when he’s all the way on he’s pretty good, but if he’s even a little off, there’s no room for error.

      • dluxxx - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Yeah, Pino definitely has less room for error as he relies on pinpoint control instead of overpowering “stuff”. If he’s on he’s gonna be good. If he’s off, then it probably won’t be so good. He’s just been really on so far in the minors this this year.

  14. sportsdrenched - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    So I guess Clayton Kershaw’s shoulder is OK? That’s good. As a Royals fan I ain’t even that upset about losing last night. What are you gonna do?

    I’ll tell you what I’m gonna do. Be pissed off that someone in the Royals front office took Luke Hochevar 6 picks ahead of Kershaw in the 2006 Draft.

  15. natstowngreg - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    After each game, the Nats send me an e-mail with the score, and links to the box score and play-by-play. Often, it goes directly into the electronic trash bin, as I know the score already. Sometimes, I look at the box score and/or play-by-play.

    It was with a bit of resignation that I checked e-mail this morning. The Nats do poorly in very long games. Being too old, staying up past the 11th was not doable. At the time, Ross Detwiler was pitching–he who has gone from rotation member to bullpen afterthought. Not a great deal about which to be optimistic.

    Imagine the pleasant surprise in opening said e-mail and finding that the Nats had prevailed in 16. Including 4 scoreless innings from Detwiler. Including a game-winning homer from Ryan Zimmerman, something he had not done in a while.

    In the demolition derby that is the NL East, the Nats remain 2 up on the Braves, while the Fish slip to 3.5 back. The Mets (5.5 back) and Fightins; (6 back) get mentions because, well, it’s just polite to do so. The Brewers remain 4.5 ahead of the Cards.

    Stephen Strasburg vs. Marco Estrada this afternoon. For some reason, a getaway game was scheduled. Guess because the Nats must make the epic trek from Milwaukee to Chicago after the game, while the Brewers must make the epic trek to the suburbs in which they reside.

  16. dillongeeescapeplan - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Carlos Santana’s really turned his season around lately, bringing his OPS up by more than 200 points in a 3-4 week span. Now has a .366 OBP and 121 OPS+, in line with his career averages.

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    My GF was glued to the set last night as the Captain of her All-Ugly Team took the mound in the unfamiliar Mets blue. She was not disappointed. As long-time readers know, it isn’t enough to be less than handsome to make the team. You have to actually be good at baseball. That’s why Randy Johnson is Captain Emeritus in perpetuity.

    And good he certainly was. Efficient, crisp, everything you want in a starter. The A’s, who normally run pitch counts to 17 and 20 per inning, were heading back to their positions after single digits, allowing the aged one to complete 8 mostly stress-free innings. Of course, the GF was screaming for Bartolo to attempt a steal after his single. Only in this did he disappoint.

    As for Kazmir, when you give up a long homer to Chris Young, these days that isn’t
    good. But it says a lot about how Kazmir couldn’t hit his spots, had no movement, and a drop in velocity this game. Sort of like Jim Johnson, who also gave up a homer to Chris Young.

    The only good things for the A’s were that nobody got hurt, and Jeff Francis finished finished 3 innings, sparing the “A” bullpen for when they are needed. Aside from everyone being glad to see Bartolo again, hopefully they can forget about this one and move on.

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