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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 26, 2014, 6:53 AM EDT

Blood on the Tracks

Giants 4 Padres 0: Most of what has been said about Tim Lincecum‘s no-hitter has been said. I’ll add this though, which a Twitter correspondent told me and which I find kinda neat: Lincecum joins Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers to have two or more no-hitters two or more Cy Young Awards and two or more World Series championships. Also: Lincecum’s closest comp: Bob Dylan. Early dominance and greatness followed by a falloff, but still punctuated by occasional brilliance. Let’s call this no-hitter Lincecum’s “Blood on the Tracks,” as it’s a clear high point after a considerable time of confusion and lack of direction.

Braves 4, Astros 0: Justin Upton homered for the second day in a row and drove in three. Alex Wood and the pen combined for a three-hit shutout. It was Wood’s start since May 4, as he had been shifted to the pen then and then sent down to be stretched out again. I guess the stretching worked.

Athletics 8, Mets 5: Maybe it’s the uniforms? Because it sorta doesn’t matter who these guys are or where they come from, if the A’s run ’em out there, they do OK. Take Brad Mills. He was in Nashville and, given how easily he was obtained from the Brewers, was basically, by definition, a spare part. In his second start as an Athletic, though, he proved to be effective, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing three runs to pick up his first win in two years. He was helped along by a Yoenis Cespedes bases-clearing double.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3: I linked a story the other day about how the Associated Press is going to reduce game stories to a couple of short paragraphs and then bullet points. For the reasons I stated I think that’s a good thing. That said, once in a while I stumble across something like this from the AP and I can’t help but smile:

Mark Teixeira made sure the New York Yankees had something to declare at customs on their way home from Canada: a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

That’s “so bad it’s good” stuff right there, and I will kinda miss it when it’s gone.

Marlins 3, Phillies 2: Henderson Alvarez only one earned run on seven hits in six and two-thirds to keep up his hot streak. He’s 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last seven starts. Remember that time about five days ago when people actually thought the Phillies had turned it around? Since then they’ve dropped four of five.

Rays 5 Pirates 1: In what could possibly be David Price‘s last game as a Ray — I don’t think it is as it usually takes big trades longer to come together, but a lot of people suggested it yesterday — he did the Rays a solid by (a) winning the game; and (b) showing potential suitors that they should and probably will have to pay a big price to land him. He struck out 11 batters and allowed five hits in eight and a third. That’s five straight starts in which he has struck out ten or more.

Reds 4, Cubs 1: Mat Latos picks up his first win of the year, allowing one run on five hits. Jay Bruce drove in two on a pair of RBI doubles. Marty Brennaman did not die alone in his hotel room.

Cardinals 9, Rockies 6: Both Marco Gonzalez and Yohan Flande were making their major league debuts, for the Cardinals and Rockies, respectively. Neither of them had a game worth writing home about. The best part of this game was the second-to-last at bat in the bottom of the ninth. Trevor Rosenthal had walked two batters to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo battled for 11 pitches but then struck out on a 100-mph fastball. That’s some serious sh*t right there, friends.

Brewers 9, Nationals 2: Scooter Gennett drove in five with the help of a grand slam. Stephen Strasburg got beat up for seven runs in four and two-thirds. I wonder if it was someone else’s fault this time too.

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Red Sox 5, Mariners 4: The Sox avoid a sweep thanks in part to Clay Buchholz, who was making his first start in a month. He wasn’t great, but he did pitch into the eighth inning and, given how badly the Mariners had battered Sox pitching the past two games, allowing only four runs was a moral victory.

Angels 6, Twins 2: Garrett Richards pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning to win his fourth straight win and the Angels won their fifth in a row. Richards has a 1.06 ERA in June and has allowed only four runs over his last five starts.

Indians 6, Diamondbacks 1: A day after playing a long extra innings game, the winner here was going to be the team that got the most innings out of its starter. Well, usually the winner of any game is the one which gets the most wins out of its starter, but you know what I mean. Here Corey Kluber pitched seven shutout innings for Cleveland, striking out eight.

Dodgers 5, Royals 4: The Dodgers scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when Wade Davis hit A.J. Ellis with a pitch with the bases loaded. Obviously not intentional. And I obviously did not need to say that, but given that the Diamondbacks set new precedent with that kind of crap last week I suppose I need to be 100% clear about these things. Anyway, that was the first run Davis had given up since April.

Tigers 8, Rangers 6: Six in a row for Detroit. Martinez homered. So did Martinez. On back to back pitches. That Martinez sure is good. So is the other one.

Orioles 5, White Sox 4Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and David Lough scored the winning run on a walkoff wild pitch in the 12th. The O’s take two of three from the Pale Hose, with both wins coming in their final at bat.


  1. uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    The Yankees managed to salvage the last game of the 3 game Jays series. And an important win it was taking them back to just 2.5 games back of the Jays instead of 4.5 had they lost that game. Last night was probably one of the most important games of this early part of the season for the Yankees. Now for 3 against the Red Sox.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      Not sure who I will be cheering for between the Red Sox and the Yankees. I am seriously conflicted.

      On the other hand, I hope that the Captain enjoys the big 40 today.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:10 AM

        My friend, words can’t describe my disappointment at your conflictedness (that’s probably because “conflictedness” isn’t a word). I have no such problem rooting for the White Sox the next few days. Seriously, just kidding good luck.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        I do wish Jeter a happy birthday. I hope he celebrates it with a bang.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM

        @ proudly, I’ll be much more appreciative if Nuno celebrates the start with a solid outing avoiding the big inning and get the win for both him and the Yankees. While typing this I crossed my fingers and toes.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        Think positively. Sabathia is getting closer to a rehab stint.

      • aresachaela - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        OMG… I cant believe I dont know Jeters birthday, hey @proudly is it Jeters birthday today? Tomorrow? If so what date?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        Jeter was born on June 26, 1974. Thus, he is a Cancer.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

        I’m hoping for a meteor to slam squarely into Yankee Stadium sometime tomorrow night after the game starts, but I’m an Orioles fan, so I’m admittedly quite biased.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        PC, whenever the Sox-Yanks play, I root for lots of extra innings in all three games for maximum bullpen carnage and exhaustion. I want both teams to use all 25 men. Leave them both utterly spent.

        Since the Yanks are within striking distance, (a White Sox sweep and a Yankees sweep could put them in first), your rooting interest skew slightly Red Sox since they’re farther down in the standings. The best outcome is 2 of 3 Red Sox, and your boys take care of their business in Chicago.

      • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        That is how Rice won the 2003 NCAA championship. Let the other teams beat each other’s brains out in the double elimination bracket. Then pick off the survivor (Stanford in that case).

        I know absolutely no one but me cares. But I thought I could slip it in, what with Vandy winning it all yesterday and such.

    • Shayna - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Hey, Indaburg, the Pale Hose are coming north of the 49th parallel to enjoy our hospitality chez Dome. So we get to defeat them on our own turf, I hope. As for the Red Sox/Yankees series, I am clear of heart and pure of mind. I want the Yankees to lose; I ALWAYS want the Yankees to lose.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Sorry about that. For some reason, I thought the Jays were in Chi-town this weekend.

        I hear you regarding But being on the top of the division can complicate your rooting interests sometimes.

        To me, the Yankees and Red Sox are the flip side of the same coin. I’m rooting for your boys to hold off the Empire and Red Sox Nation threat. Like PC, I’m very conflicted when they play each other and who I want to win depends on one thing only: what benefits my team.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Sigh. Clicked “post comment” too soon.

        The second paragraph should read: I hear you regarding the Yankees losing but being on top of the division can complicate your rooting interests sometimes.

        That’s better.

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Not being discussed in last night’s Orioles game: the walk off wild pitch may not have been necessary if David freaking Lough didn’t fall rounding 3rd on Nick Markakis’ gapper… then again the grass was wet from an hour long rain delay so I’ll give him that… then again he was given the sign to hold up at third and blatantly ignored it so yanno what? That’s what you get David Lough. You jerk. Follow the signs, not do as you please.

    How did David Lough actually manage to get on base you ask? Pinch run. It’s the only way. He’s… just…awful….

    Day of rest then bring on Tampa!

    • nvl004 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      maybe Dickerson shouldn’t have been sending him home a on single from first base. The walk off pitch wouldn’t have been possible if the ump saw Dickerson touch Lough, directing him back to third.

      Lough can fly though, i mean he was rolling around 2nd in a hurry.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      The real question is which Hawk call was more fun to listen to – Crush’s walk-off blast from a couple nights ago, or the walk off wild pitch last night?

      • nbjays - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        “Hawk Harrelson call being fun to listen to” is an oxymoron. I’d sooner listen to fingernails on a blackboard.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        @nbj- they are fun when it’s in favor of your team! I enjoyed Friday’s with the Davis walk off.

        “(bat cracks followed by silence with screaming fans in the background)…. this ball game.. is… ovaaaa… (drops mic/walks off/kicks puppy)”

      • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        White Sox lost both ends of a doubleheader last year. I liked listening to Hawk on that one. I have nothing against the Sox. Just Hawk.

    • psuorioles - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Lough had zero chance of scoring on that play… Beckham had the ball before he touched 3rd.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Thanks for taking him, by the way. I prefer danny valencia

      • dluxxx - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        I don’t even know how to respond that that comment. I mean, Danny Santana being preferred over anyone just kinda boggles the mind…

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Pretty sure last time I checked, Danny Santana and Danny Valencia were two different people.

        if not, he’s a mutant and x-men have come to life. which would be rather kickass, actually

      • dluxxx - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Wow, Freudian slip there I guess. Totally meant Danny Valencia. And I would prefer Santana over Valencia. As for mutants, I firmly believe that Mike Trout is one. They’re among us and have super-human powers.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        when your other third basemen is mike moustakas, you take what you can get. by comparison, danny valencia is a superstar

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      From what I understand, Lough would likely have been out anyways, and Dickerson was waving him in the entire way. Lough falling may have actually saved the game. Plus, Dickerson put his hands on Lough which *should* have gotten him thrown out anyways.

  3. idahonick - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    The Dylan comp was masterful.

  4. roarfrom384 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Confusion and lack of direction?

    Forever Young and Knockin’ on Heavens Door?

    If only we could all lack so much direction and be so confused Craig……

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Compared to his 60s output? Uh, yeah, a couple of gems on otherwise uneven albums was confusion, relatively speaking.

  5. aresachaela - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Tex homerun was the play of the game! Awesome job by the relief guys allowing no runs in that Yeankee win.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Boo hiss!

      • aresachaela - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:35 AM

        I have some tissue here, want some 😛 ?

        Tips cap to your team for not sweeping us 😉

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:37 AM

        Thanks and you can keep your used flat screen TV.

      • nbjays - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        Why would PC need tissue, Achaela? The Jays aren’t the ones in 3rd place. :-)

    • renaado - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Where were you yesterday?

      • aresachaela - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Awww, missed me already?

        /hugs 😉

      • renaado - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Lol… Shouldn’t have asked. Thanks for the video by the way.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Bob has had more than just flashes of brilliance since BOTT. Desire, street legal and even slow train were masterpieces. Infidels is one of his best (my mother in law is on the back cover in bobs drawing of them kissing). Of course, TOOM won critical acclaim as well.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Street Legal is a mess. Infidels was wildly overrated at the time and his best songs of the era were cut from the album for some reason.

      I put his initial peak ending with John Wesley Harding. After that:

      Nashville Skyline: interesting:
      New Morning: really, really good:
      Blood on the Tracks: masterpice
      Desire: a step back, but still above average Bob

      (lots of dreck, with Slow Train Coming at least having enthusiasm behind it)

      Oh Mercy: the return to form that Infidels was alleged to have been, though a remaster to de-80s-fy it would be welcome;

      Good as I’ve Been to You/World Gone Wrong: refreshing returns to his roots, excellent albums;

      Time Out of Mind-Love-and-Theft herald a new peak, which he’s still really rolling with.

      • holliswatson - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        You gotta give “Shot of Love” another spin. Fun fact: “Every Grain of Sand” was George Harrison’s favorite Dylan song.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        The trick is not to confuse the Dylan songs with the Robert Hunter songs.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    • miguelcairo - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Modern Times = fantastic

  7. stupidusername - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    “Remember that time about five days ago when people actually thought the Phillies had turned it around?”

    Who’s people?? Ruben Amaro is just one person.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      I was never fooled. Actually we may be selling Ruben short, as far as I know the Phillies never stopped scouting other team’s minor league systems during their 5 game winning streak.

    • miguelcairo - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Remember in spring training when Jonathan Papelbon said the Phillies were going to win the World Series? Uhhh

      • mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Did he say which year?

      • stupidusername - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Remember when the topic was about turning things around 5 days ago? Uhhhh

  8. nvl004 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    The Dylan comparison is nice.

  9. brandotho - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Tim Lincecum:
    Two Cy Youngs
    Two World Series rings
    Two no-hitters
    Timmy Two Times

    I’ll see myself out

  10. RickyB - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    I love the moniker Pale Hose for the White Sox. Always have. But why do the Red Sox not have a similar moniker? I would like to suggest Rose Hose. I think that works well.

    • jennstergersburnedretinas - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I think Butt-Stallion is even better

    • jwbiii - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Carmine Hose used to be the term, but I don’t think I’ve heard it since the ’70s.

  11. indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    While I don’t think this is his last start as a Ray, many think it will be David Price’s last start in Tampa Bay. I know many of you find this bizarre, but he actually likes it here and is sad to go. We’re sad to see him go too. If things had gone as planned, his last start here would have been in October. But in baseball, just like in life, things rarely go as planned. Things went very, very wrong.

    In what passes for a great crowd these days, 23,761 fans paid adieu to the lanky Tennessean ace yesterday afternoon. I was not among them sadly. Calling off when there is an afternoon Rays game is highly suspicious. In any event, he got a well deserved standing ovation when left the mound. He sometimes opened his mouth when he shouldn’t have, but he was never boring, and he did what he was supposed to do very, very well–pitch.

    • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      I would say it is hell to be a Rays fan, but then I am an Astros fan.

      But I feel your pain. It is hard to see a player who has made a real mark with your team move on because others can dangle extra tens of millions in front of him. You just have to hope that Friedman has that next set of stars cooking in the Minors.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        I dunno Stex, the Astros seem to be on the right direction. With current management it may actually be the right time to be an Astros Fan. Of course if they do rise to prominence, let’s see how they handle the down-swing or how they try to stay on top.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Hang in there, stex. The ‘stros have a great future ahead of them, I’m sure of it. They’re almost there. I don’t know about a World Series in 2017. That’s a fool’s bet. Too much can go wrong. They will definitely be in the mix, and that’s all I ask from my team. To be relevant. Respectable.

        Cognitively, I understand the economic realities of the system. I don’t blame Price or the Rays. But what the head understands, the heart doesn’t. It sucks to continuously lose our guys to the guys with deeper pockets. Sometimes, I wonder what it’s like to be a Yankees or Red Sox fan, to know that money is no object. I’ll never know.

        Experts say that the Rays haven’t drafted well (here’s a nice summary:, so I don’t know if we have much in the pantry to cook. The hope is that Friedman can restock by taking in a good haul with this shiny bauble we’re dangling. It’ll be interesting how this unfolds. With Cliff Lee and Samardzija on the market, there are other options out there for teams looking to upgrade pitching quickly.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        What do you have to worry about? You’re going to win the World Series in 2017, according to SI.

      • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        What I do believe in is that the competent GM’s continue to be competent. Billy Beane being the relevant example here. I think Friedman is building a solid case for being regarded the same way. So far Luhnow is going through the right motions, but he is not proven until he actually wins. One difference will emerge. If/when Houston starts to win, they will not be a small market team. They are on the high side of mid-market. It will be interesting to see how the organization approaches the game when the cash flow revs up again.

        As to 2017, I stated my opinion on that yesterday. Besides, in football appearing on the cover of SI is supposed to be bad luck. George Springer, be warned.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Hang in there Sally, the Rays are a competently run organization, I’m sure they’ll bounce back just fine next year. Just make sure nothing happens to Andrew.

      • Shayna - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        I sympathize with your feelings about Price, indaburg. We went through this with Doc H and it was sad and painful for all sides, especially since in his case it wasn’t money, it was the Jays’ inability to reach the post-season. He still is received well when he comes back to Toronto and has already stated that, if he gets to the HOF, he will go in as a Jay.

        But when it’s money, it’s not so inevitable, in my opinion. These guys are all facing a lot of zeroes on every paycheque. Why shouldn’t they sacrifice some of all that unfathomable riches in favour of things like continuity, staying in a city that you like, or other non-monetary factors? Many of the obits on T. Gwynn Sr. commented on his having been a Padre for his whole career, even though the team saw the post-season only once during his tenure. Like many other aspects of his life as reported, it shows that he had a clear view of the relative values of money and other elements of life, and picked the right one.

  12. historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    If you listened to the Tigers- Rangers game on the radio (ahem), you were treated to a protracted discussion in which Blahblahblah #1 and Blahblahblah #2 determined that one of the Tigers was going to get hit in retaliation since Sanchez accidentally hit two of the Rangers batters. (And we know those were accidental thanks to the previous protracted discussion that determined that Sanchez isn’t that good of an actor, so he meant it when he reacted apologetically to the HBP’s.) Blahblahblahs #1 & #2 debated whether it would be Miggy or Victor, since they were up, and whether Miggy would take a retaliation hit well. Of course, said retaliation never materialized and, thus, the whole thing was a bunch of blather interfering with calling the game. So I pass it on to you. Now we are all dumberer.

    Oh, and they tried to hold Miggy at 3rd but he went home anyway. Coach was mad but Miggy scored and that’s why players think they can do whatever they want on the field. Against a more aggressive defense, he might have learned his lesson.

    • philliesblow - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Listening on the radio was likely better than the FSD broadcast last night as Trevor Thompson subbed for Mario Impemba on the play by play. Brutal.

      Since you bring up 3rd base coaching, Dave Clark sending Bryan Holaday on Eugenio Suarez’s double was worse than anything Gene Lamont ever dreamed of doing. Happy with Suarez or do you still miss Little Sexy Fire?

      • yarguy - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        I never fully appreciated Mario until last night. The whole broadcast was an unholy mess (including trying to understand whatever Punch was saying). But the Martinez boys can ruin any opponent’s night can’t they?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        I’m happy with Suarez. He’s much better than Romine, Worth, Kelly, et al. I miss Little Sexy Fire too, but he will return. In the meantime, it’s nice to have a solid guy there…once the panic died down. He and Mini-Mart have really helped balance the bottom of the order. How about you?

      • philliesblow - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I’ve been on the Suarez train for a couple years, since I saw him play in A ball with the Whitecaps. Wouldn’t mind if he beat out LSF next year.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Suarez might actually be better, but he isn’t as flashy. I love the flash. We don’t get on the highlight reels for defense much, but LSF sure did. Solid v. Sexy. Tough choice.

    • clydeserra - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Cabrera went through a stop sign in the A’s series too. He scored there as well.


      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        He’s a baserunning machine. lol

  13. someguyinva - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Couple of tidbits from the Nats game…

    I’m concerned about the mental makeup of Strasburg and Gonzalez. Both can pitch really well when they’re on, but they seem to embody Crash Davis’ description of one Ebby Calvin LaLoosh – “Million dollar arm and ten cent head.” I’m gonna start referring to one as “Nuke” and the other as “Meat”, but I just haven’t decided which is which yet. I know that pitchers can get roughed up from time to time, but next time the Nats need a starter to save their bullpen, they better hope it’s Fister, Zimmermann, or Roark’s turn in the rotation, because Strasburg and Gonzalez are more likely to wet themselves in high pressure situations than they are to put out any fires.

    I was listening to the game on satellite radio yesterday, which means I got the Brewers announcers, and there was a play where the ball was hit to the Ryan Zimmerman and a runner took an extra base or some such, and Zimmerman’s throw into the infield did not impress Mr. Uecker. He and his partner were wondering aloud what might’ve happened to Zimmerman, since their recollection of him is that he had a cannon when throwing from third to first. I don’t know if the rest of the league hasn’t heard about Zimmerman’s shoulder woes, or it Uecker’s not a guy who pays attention to what’s going on around baseball, but I found it interesting to get another team’s perspective.

    • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Harsh on Gio, I think. This has not been a particularly good year for him. But he was on the great majority of the time last year.

      • someguyinva - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Gio’s a very emotional guy, and he lets his emotions get the better of him in tight situations, many times to his detriment. (He was the starter who coughed up most of the lead in the NLDS Game 5 in 2012.)

        Like I said, when he’s on, it’s smooth sailing (although he’s always gonna be high pitch count guy, so he *might* get seven innings, but six is usually his max) but adversity tends to multiply exponentially with him.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Craig’s trolling of Strasburg was not without merit. For someone who ducks the spotlight, going public with disagreements about pitch selection was strange, to say the least.

      However, Strasburg didn’t blame anyone else for his bad performance yesterday.

      • someguyinva - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Yeah I know he didn’t blame anyone, but I just don’t have a lot of faith in him right now to overcome adversity, should it occur. He’s got the ability to shut down any team at any time, but it seems that the slightest little thing (error, bad call, fifteen hop seeing eye single, scratchy tag on his uniform collar) can upset his equilibrium, and he’s just not able to recover from it.

        The 16 inning game Tuesday left Strasburg basically on an island yesterday, with only Taylor Hill to back him up, and it seemed he wasn’t up to the pressure of the moment. Again, I only listened to the game, so I didn’t have the benefit of seeing his facial expressions during the game, but WaPo mentioned that he stood and watched the two-run single unfold, where he should’ve been covering home.

        Maybe his last two starts can be chalked up to grief over Tony Gwynn’s death, since it seemed to hit him pretty hard, but Strasburg just seems to lack mental toughness.

  14. kycardsfan - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Hit a nice 4 team parlay yesterday. Dodgers had me sweating it late. Thank you Tampa, Milwaukee, San Fran, and LA.

  15. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

  16. dluxxx - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    The Twins West Coast woes continue. They’ve been terrible against pretty much every team in the AL and NL west so far this year, and it isn’t pretty. Basically the Padres were the only team they did anything against, and we all know that San Diego isn’t very good.

    Hopefully they can salvage one win in Anaheim and get the heck out of dodge. Texas is scuffling right now, and I’m hoping that it’s just what the Dr. ordered for my boys.

    Of course, Rangers fans are probably saying the same thing…

  17. APBA Guy - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    More like it from the A’s last night, as they leave NYC with their run differential reduced by 6 over the two games. Giving up 6 HR’s will do that.

    Mills is filling in nicely, though it’s clear that he can’t go very deep in games, and when he gets tired his 88 mph drops to 85 immediately and he loses his movement. That’s not a good combination, as indicated by Duda’s shot last night.

    On to Miami, where the A’s face the El Keed-less Feesh, starting on Friday. The rest of the league probably sees the match-ups as “Don’t Know vs. Don’t Care” but for OG and I, it’s the duel of long-form commenters. What I lack in vocabulary compared to OG, I more than make up for in obscure, pop-culture references.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      And exquisite taste in designer coffee.

      I’m sitting at Pearson International waiting for my midafternoon flight home, watching beautiful Canadian women stroll back and forth through the concourse in tight abbreviated shorts and form fitting blouses or T-shirts.

      What, you didn’t know Canada was full of beautiful women?

      Well, you can’t really be blamed for that. For about nine months out of the year, they’re swaddled in otter fur ankle-length coats and White September ski masks. It’s impossible to tell if they’re hiding their delights, or just being mass produced with great personalities for blind date fodder. It’s that kind of dress code that makes rich Alberta immigrant tar sand workers glad they’re making enough money to fly to Florida or southern California two or three times a month “on business.” But for those few mate-and-die months of summer, such as it is, when these fine looking damsels lose their anxiety of being visible to predators and throw off their camouflage pallor and the braver ones let the sun flush the tips of their noses, the fronts of their thighs and their shins a nice Beaujolais hot pink, the voyeurism is glorious up here. As a matter of fack, even the ones who have been inculcated with a permanent aversion to solar radiation and linger in the shadows even in July have a special kind of appeal; their pallor succors my incipient necrophilia.

      Anyway, it’s back to the land of the exposed midriff and the well turned caramel colored calf and ankle. I suppose it’s a fair trade-off for leaving my supply of smoked meat sandwiches behind for the nonce. I spent a few days with some very sharp, funny, talented friends, saw a great Beavermen versus Borg game, spent fruitful hours sitting in wonderful traffic on the 401, and knocked off some terrific deli (including a small bowl of Caplansky’s famous smoked meat poutine) and Indian food. In my briefcase are two bulging smoked meat sanwiches and a container of maple smoked meat donuts, the latter being proof positive of the existence of Buddha. Yes, I conned the customs guys into believing that was my lunch and would never make it to Macondo in undigested form. Heh, heh, heh….

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        “It’s that kind of dress code that makes rich Alberta immigrant tar sand workers glad they’re making enough money to fly to Florida or southern California two or three times a month “on business.”

        Okay, NOW you gone and done it, OG. You done got Michelle laughing herself into an oblique strain.

  18. stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Stupid Milwaukee Brewers…

  19. 22yearsagotoday - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    That’s two no-hitters by California pitcher in the last couple of weeks. I’d say it’s something in the water but there is no water there so that’s not it. Dodgers and Giants coming to an inevitable clash of the titans very soon.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM


    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Pitchers of water?

      Hey, just impose the Noah Cross solution: bring the water to the cities.

    • tmc602014 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      There’s something in the water alright – but it’s in Y’ALLS water! Here in CA we’re down to moisture from the wind extraction, invented by Frank Herbert.

  20. jkcalhoun - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Too bad that down the road there won’t be “Another 2012” for Tim Lincecum as there was “Another Self Portrait” for Bob Dylan. Timmy didn’t leave anything in the vaults that can prompt a reevaluation of the official record he made during his “time of confusion”.

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