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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jun 27, 2014, 6:51 AM EDT

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Phillies 5, Marlins 3: The Phillies had and blew chances to score in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings. In the 13th, Jimmy Rollins singled and Chase Utley deposited a Chris Hatcher pitch into the right field seats. Also impressive: the Phillies’ pen, which combined to pitch seven scoreless innings of three-hit relief in this game. The guys who did it? Goldust, Eddie Guerrero, Diamond Dallas Page, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair and Jake the Snake Roberts.

Astros 6, Braves 1: The Astros salvage one on the strength of Matt Dominguez and George Springer homers. That’s 15 homers in 61 games played for Springer.

Pirates 5, Mets 2: Speaking of awesome rookies, Gregory Polanco homered and drove in four runs. His heroism also prevented me from having to talk about a matchup between Vance Worley and Daisuke Matsuzaka, which may rank near the bottom of the “matchups I’d be excited about if I bought tickets to this game” index.

Angels 6, Twins 4: No one is hotter than the Angels right now. They won their sixth straight as Trout and Pujols combined to go 5 for 8 with four RBI and Jered Weaver allowed one run over seven.

Tigers 6, Rangers 0: Wait, I take that back. The Tigers are hotter than the Angels as they’ve won seven in a row. Rick Porcello got his first career shutout allowing three hits and striking out six. This time last week the Tigers found themselves behind the Royals. Now they’re four and a half games up in first place.

Cubs 5, Nationals 3: Justin Ruggiano went 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the seventh to give the Cubs the final lead of the game. Starlin Castro had two RBI and Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

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Blue Jays 7, White Sox 0Adam Lind had three hits and three RBI and J.A. Happ had his best start of the season, tossing seven and two-thirds shutout innings.

Brewers 7, Rockies 4: Not a bad second base combo they got in Milwaukee. Scooter Gennett has been on fire lately, but he sat in place of Rickie Weeks against a lefty. All Weeks did was hit a home run on the first pitch he saw and added a single and a double. Oh, and Gennett pinch hit in the eighth and hit a two-run homer.

Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0: Adam Wainwright and Josh Beckett matched zeroes for seven and a half innings, but the Dodgers managed to string together three singles in the eighth for the game’s only run. note: a game started by Josh Beckett lasted only two hours and thirty-two minutes.

Reds 3, Giants 1: Mike Leake struck out 12 batters over eight one-run innings. Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run and double, and scored twice. The Giants lead over the Dodgers in the West has shrunk to two games.

  1. miguelcairo - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Love the Always Sunny insert.

    “Do you have a good relationship with your father? Me neither.”

  2. greymares - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    The Utley lead is a weak way to try to deflect the Braves loss to the Astros.

  3. nbjays - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    A great effort by Happ, pitching well into the eighth, and it looks like the resurrection of Jose Reyes’ bat has occurred, as he had 4 hits. This game had a bit of everything… a towering fly ball of of Reyes’ reborn bat that took a crazy high bounce off the top edge of the right-centerfield wall and right back into play, some slick defense by the Jays, and even some slapstick comedy, when third base coach Luis Rivera inexplicably opted to send the “not even fast enough to be slow” Dioner Navarro home on his fly ball that Viciedo dropped and the White Sox proceeded to throw all over the field. I thought Anthony Gose was going to bust a gut in the dugout. The best part was that the O’s, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all had the night off so the Jays gained a half game on the entire division.

    • cur68 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Agree with all, especially watching Dinner run the bases. He gave it all he had but Dinner is not fleet. But 7-0. Damn. That was nice. I needed a lift yesterday, too.

      • kevinbnyc - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        I can’t tell if “Dinner” is a hilarious typo or intentional. Either way, great nickname for that tub of a man.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Hey! He’s not a tub! He’s husky. Big boned. Well set up. Ready for a long season. But who cares what he looks like? He can out-hit JP Arencebia any day of the week and he’s fast becoming one of my favourite Beaver Warriors: I have him as my everyday FL catcher (because I’m a total unapologetic homer: a state which is paying off HUGE this season).

        One of my Fantasy League competition, who is a native Spanish speaker, has assured me that “Dionner Navarro” means “Never Missed Dinner” hence its not a nickname just the anglicized version of his actual name. FC wouldn’t lie to me, either. I mean, he admits to having a Chihuahua as a pet. Who’d admit to that? Only an honest person. The rest of us would lie like bastards (“Chico’s my Doberman. Really!”); so “Dinner” is how he’s known around the League. I’m hoping to hear Buck Martinez call him that on air, too. I swear Buck reads HBT. More than once he’s slipped in references to stuff we’ve said here. Still hasn’t called them “The Beaver Wrestlers” though. But there’s lots of season left…

      • kevinbnyc - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Don’t you worry, I meant “tub” in the most complimentary of ways. But don’t act like out hitting J.P. is much of an accomplishment. I haven’t played baseball since 8th grade, and I like my chances.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        You, me, most of the commentariat…we all could take our hacks and put up better numbers than JP. Thing is, Dinner also calls a good game, is more than a touch better defensively, and his bat is not just a little better than JPs; its miles better. What’s more he can laugh at himself. He had the hugest smile/laugh when he was tagged out. The look on his face said it all: “my 3B coach is either an optimist or had no idea who was running the basepaths…” then he had to sit down for a bit…still laughing.

        Yep, Dinner’s all right.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    J. A. Happ has been the source of much frustration for Jays fans such as me. He stunk in his last outing; however, last night he limited his walks and pitched very well.

    The Jays were up by 5 runs when a funny play occurred. Navarro hit a deep fly to the wall in left that was dropped by the outfielder with Navarro going to second. He was generously credited with a “David Ortiz” double.. The CF picked up the ball and threw wildly. The ball eventually ended up in short right field. Navarro runs like a Molina; however, after he took third base easily, he was waived home only to be tossed out easily by Abreu. You could see him muttering to the third base coach about making him run. Meanwhile, the players on the Toronto bench were laughing. The next batter (Rasmus) hit a fly ball to the same place (the CF made sure that he caught the ball rather than the left fielder) that would have been a sacrifice fly if Navarro had been held at third. Of course, that lost run did not matter as the final score was 7 to 0.

    • indaburg - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Poor Navarro probably needed supplemental oxygen when he got to the bench.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Yeah, he reminded me of a slightly younger Prince Fielder. When I first saw him come out of the dugout the other night, I realized how orbicular he ackcherley was. He always looked a little slimmer on camera, you know, like a TV weather girl standing in front of the animated meteorological map. Just not with great legs. In any case, I always wondered why these teams don’t crack down on their overweight players – I mean, it’s their investment and the DL always looms so menacingly over everyone that it makes no sense to let the players you have to depend on embark on such protracted courtships of it.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        PS – I’ve been reading about supplements. They’re usually not all they’re quacked up to be. Navarro prolly shoulda availed himself of the ambient nitrogen instead.

      • indaburg - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        When my patient has an oxygen saturation of 88%, oxygen supplementation is awesome and what the doctor ordered. For healthy people with normal oxygen sats, oxygen supplementation is a waste and even potentially dangerous, specifically the “flavored” or scented type. I’m guessing after Navarro’s sprint, he was probably close to 88%.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    How much of Josh Becketts game time was Josh Beckett and how much of it was Red Sox hitters stepping out of the box to adjust their batting gloves 23 times per at bat?

    • ptfu - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Apparently Nomar was the assistant backup hitting coach.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      I watched almost all of Beckett’s games with the Red Sox…the majority was Beckett.

    • moogro - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      He’s different now.

      • Professor Fate - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        I’m enjoying not seeing any Giants fans’ crowing about their big lead over the Dodgers (down to two) as well as not seeing any Bosox fans’ crowing about how stupid the Dodgers were for taking Beckett.

    • jwbiii - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Beckett is taking 22.5 seconds per pitch, 70th out of 94 qualified. The slowest are David Price (26.2) and Chris Archer (26.1). The fastest are Mark Buehrle (16.9) and R.A. Dickey (18.4).

  6. renaado - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Dang… La Stella has been just ice cold there at the plate… Goin 3 for 50 in these 10 game duration, just downright ugly.

    • renaado - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      3 for 40 check that, still worse…

    • dondada10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      That’s downright uggla.

      • renaado - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Ugh… That name alone gives me the chills.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Leave Lewis Carroll alone!

  7. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    First walk off hit for Utely in 7 years. Granted, he did have a walk off walk last yer…but still, that was on odd stat for a guy of his caliber

    Reid Brignac has two walk off hits THIS YEAR! Frandsen and Glavis had two each last year. And none for Utley since 2007

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      That should tell you something about the significance of the walk off hit stat regarding player quality.

      • binarymath - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        “That should tell you something about the significance of the walk off hit stat regarding player quality.”

        Exactly. A completely useless trivia note. Calling it a statistic is an insult to the science of statistics and probability. A “walk-off” ANYTHING is just noise.

        And don’t even get me started on the “most yada-yada-yada in post-season history” pseudo-stats. The fact that more players compile more things when MLB playoffs have more games and more rounds is not stat-worthy. It is simply obvious and inevitable.

        These made-for-TV stat-oids are just something for TBS and Fox to flash on the screen while yet another batter steps out of the box for 30 or 40 seconds after taking a pitch that was 2 feet outside.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        The simple answer to that is to open up a pit lined with dung-tipped sharpened bamboo stakes just behind the batter, with a sliding lid controlled by the official scorer.

        Lacking dung, they could always rub the points with a ballpark hot dog. I’m sure that would be just as toxic.

    • moogro - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Shmalk off.

  8. aresachaela - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    The Blue

    • aresachaela - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      /fingers cursed

      The Blue Jays are crazy… that’s all.

      • renaado - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        And the Yankees are still stuck at 3rd.

      • aresachaela - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Boo hoo…

        They”ll be kicking some birds butt soon, just you wait.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        fingers cursed or fingers crossed?

      • aresachaela - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Lets just say….. BOTH.

      • indaburg - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Fingers cursed means she’s giving the middle finger, FC.

      • aresachaela - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Oh inda 😦

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Thanks for the explanation Sally, hope all is well in your part of the baseball spectrum.

      • indaburg - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Aresachaela, where I’m originally from and coincidentally the place your favorite team calls home, NYC, a middle finger is a way of showing affection. :-)

        All is good from the bottom of the standings, FC. No game yesterday, so at least we didn’t lose. We’re on Price Watch. Trade conditions imminent.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        It means you’re #1!

  9. goodellisruiningtheleague - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Nice and foggy for the Nationals/Cubs game

  10. zengreaser - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Not to be a picker of nits, but Utley’s walk off occurred in the 14th inning. That aside, as frustrating as this season has been at times, watching Chase return to form this year (well, he actually had a pretty decent year last year too, excluding the DL stint) has been a real joy.

  11. nbjays - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    What’s with the Tiggers and their recent resurgence? Did Historiophiliac make a trip to Detroit and threaten Beautiful Brad with bodily harm (perhaps via multiple HBPiD) if he didn’t smarten up? I wouldn’t bet against it…

    • historiophiliac - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Slumps end. We have returned to balance. And, yes, I do believe the many stink eyes and unending curses I have been sending via air waves helped snap them out of it. I’m headed to the DFW Metroplex today, but they are on their way to Houston. 😦

      Hey, you know what makes you really bitter? When you’re fixing to give a lecture on Progressive busybodies and one of your friends texts you from the Ballpark in Arlington to let you know they are at the Tigers-Rangers game. AAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        A seven game winning streak is a return to balance?

        Last year towards the end you allowed me to become a temporary honorary Tigers fan, for which at the time I was eternally grateful and am now predictably forgetful. We may wind up back there again, but for now be warned, the glasses are off.

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM


  12. stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Stupid Milwaukee Brewers…

  13. yankeefanincolo - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Craig, you forgot to mention that Rickie Weeks was a triple short of the cycle!

  14. dondada10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I watched the entire Astros game yesterday (the joys of being a teacher during the Summer). They’ve got a solid line-up brewing with Altuve, Springer, Singleton and Castro. I was impressed.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      I’m hoping not for the next few days.

  15. hcf95688 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I watched a lot of the giants game last night, flipping back and forth between that and the Dodgers/Cardinals game. A couple observations: 1. The giants have some rummy named Joe Panik playing 2B. Panik! Hahaha! Pretty close to perfect name from what I can tell – he “Paniked” on one play where Sandoval threw the ball to him, although “Joe Suck: might be better, especially offensively. 2. I LOVED seeing two different giants batters hit balls 400+ feet and neither of them scoring. It occurs to me that batters must hate The Most Beautiful Park in Baseball, center field vegetable garden notwithstanding. No wonder top tier free agents wont sign with Frisco. 3. Bottom of the ninth rolls around, heart of the order due up in a two run game and the stands were 3/4 empty. Maybe they ran out of garlic fries?

  16. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Well now, I am back in Macondo where I belong, and just in time to demur about last night’s loss to the Feelies, which dropped the Feesh through the membrane of gossamer reality waves holding them, in a sort of metaphysical surphase tension, to the surface of the strange attractor. True, the Rainbow Warriors remain a mere 2.5 games out of first but their allergy to scoring runs persists – all three of their runs came on solo homers by the Iron Giant, Marcell Ozuna and the recuperating Salty. Do they count? Sure. What doesn’t count, though, is a phantom baserunner – someone who got on by other means, any means. It’s another way of saying that when nobody’s on base, an opposing peetcher will be take chances with the Feesh that they don’t generally take when there’s a warm body out there at one of the stations of the diamond. Domini three! Pfffttt!

    It was ackcherley Jeff Baker’s boot at third in the seventh inning that allowed the Feelies to tie the game and forced the Feesh to settle for a split – which, of course, is the first thing you do to your catch before you fillet it. Now, time to check the Feesh homepage for any little odds and ends or the usual run of redundant or lateral roster moves I might have missed while sojourning briefly in the boreal latitudes.

    Also, that poutine is making me lethargic and filled my dream with fantasies about driving a flatbed semi loaded with snowmobiles to some Inuit outpost via the ice roads.

  17. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Oh yes, and Shayna – before the shroud of Shabbos descends and you have to abandon your keypad (is there a computer dispensation in the shulcan arouch if you leave it running, you know, like a digital shabbos stove?), I want to make sure you saw my expression of contented gratitude yesterday on the prior ATH for the recommendation of Ben and Izzy’s. Excellent place. I went back again for breakfast and had their smoked meat and egg pancake and sampled their perogies. And that faux sour cream – I have to check around for it here. It’s not that I keep kosher or anything – if gehinnom is the price I have to pay for eating stone crab, so be it – but “lite” dairy sour cream goes bad so quickly in this climate after exposure to air that if that stuff, dairy free, is available, it’d be more cost effective anyway, and doubtless higher in protein and lower on carbs. Also, the oolite bedrock here on the Cutler Ridge (six feet above sea level, which is a Matterhorn by Macondo standards) is barely two inches below the topsoil, which makes burying the dishes an all-day job requiring an air hammer.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      As a born again meat eater, I look forward to eating a huge sandwich at Ben and Izzy’s. Baseball talk and restaurant recommendations at the same time: thanks, folks.

  18. Shayna - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Gator mine, you know I wouldn’t miss a post of yours! I even go back and read old ATH and STS columns in the hope of finding Gator nuggets.

    Glad to hear that Ben and Izzy lived up to my encomium. Yes, the faux sour cream is amazing and, for a kosher girl like me, disorienting. (I still am put off by seeing someone eating a kosher “ham” and cheese sandwich.)

    Crab, lobster, etc. holds no temptation for me. I can’t understand how people can eat something that is all antennae and claws. It’s like eating an escapee from a Japanese monster movie. I don’t care how good it tastes. As for shabbat use of the computer: I thank God that I am prohibited from using things with screens for 25 hours every week. Otherwise my carpal tunnel syndrome would never have any recuperation time and my eyes would glaze over and cross. Not a pretty picture.

    Why are you burying dishes? What have you been doing with them?!

    PS By way of including some baseball content, I will cherish forever the sight of Dinosaur Navarro chugging from 3rd to home on Luis Rivera’s ill-advised wave home. Dino looks like a cherub with his podgy body and his pursed lips and curly dark hair; such beings need wings for speed, feet won’t do it.

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Heh – when you accidentally contaminate a milchig dish with fleisch or vice-versa, you have to bury the offended plate for a period of time – I heard six weeks but others have told me it’s only six days; whatever. So, in a place like Macondo where the topsoil is so thin, it’s just better not to make any mistakes.

      Now for that story from the old country my grandmother once told me: it concerned a rebbe so perfected in devekuth that at breakfast he could dunk a bialy the size of a cartwheel in a demi-tasse without scraping any cream cheese off on the lip of the cup.

      I don’t know if I believed her. I may have just nodded out of respect. This was at least 50 years ago.

      • Shayna - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Ah, those old-time rebbes

  19. musketmaniac - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I took six years off of eating red meat. That first hamburger was really good.

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Then you must try the burgers at Ben and Izzy’s. They’re boosted with short rib and 25% smoked meat. You don’t even have to take six years orf before trying one. But you do have to buck the ridiculous traffic on Bathurst if you plan to have dinner there. It’s saner for lunch, but remember that they’re closed on Shabbos.

  20. Shayna - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Dratted fingers.

    Those old-time rebbes, they knew how to master such trifles as time and space. The future is past, the past is future, and the exterior becomes the interior without the necessity of physical intervention, Now if only they could have left us the recipe for a real geshmak shabbat chont (AKA cholent) that can be baked in less than 15 hours.

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