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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 1, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT

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Tigers 5, Athletics 4: I would have to think that a walkoff grand slam when you’re down by three is, if one scored such things on style and drama points, the highest possible scoring walkoff there is. And get this: the Tigers last had a walkoff grand slam June 27, 2004. Before that: June 21, 1994. So basically, late June, every ten years, someone does this for Detroit. I’m calling June 2024’s to be done by either Nick Castellanos or some kid in the ninth grade someplace.

Nationals 7, Rockies 3: Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 with an RBI single on Bryce Harper bobblehead/Everyone hates Bryce Harper nightAdam LaRoche homered, Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and Ian Desmond hit two doubles. Denard Span, the guy Harper implied he did not want in the lineup during his controversial comments yesterday, went 0 for 3.

Rays 4, Yankees 3: The Rays had a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth but Joel Roberts blew it by giving up a game-tying Brian Roberts homer. Tampa Bay got a Logan Forsythe RBI single in the 12th to win it, though, because Mystique and Aura have apparently retired and have opened up a craft store or something back in the small town they came from.

Braves 5, Mets 3: The Braves were down 3-1 in the eighth, but they were playing the Mets, and this is their theme song, so you never really felt the game was out of hand. In that eighth Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia center fielder Juan Lagares and third baseman Eric Campbell all committed errors as the Braves rallied for four runs. Familia’s error could’ve been a double play. If he converts that and Lagares doesn’t commit his error, the Mets escape the inning with no runs scoring. But then again, if that happens we’re deprived of all of the comedy.

Orioles 7, Rangers 1: Steve Pearce hit two homers and drove in four. In other, crazy-unexpected news Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well and won at home and that never happens.

Dodgers 1, Indians 0: Dan Haren and the bullpen combine to one-hit the Indians. The only hit: a Michael Bourn single that was originally called an out but overturned on replay review. Probably for the best, though. Haren left the game after seven with 103 pitches. If he had a no-no going he’d probably have stayed in the game, eventually tired out and, more importantly, wouldn’t have been pinch-hit for by Clint Robinson, who ended up plating the game’s only run.

Padres 1, Reds 0: Not a great offensive day for Ohio teams in Southern California. This one featured a one-hitter too. Except it was the winning team notching only one hit. And it wasn’t even an RBI. Their run scored on a sac fly. Jesse Hahn and four relievers combine for the shutout. Mat Latos, back in San Diego where his career got going, gets the loss despite allowing that lone hit in seven innings.

Cubs 2, Red Sox 0: No offense for the home team in Boston, as the Red Sox were no-hit by Jake Arrieta until there were two outs in the eighth. Arrieta has been crazy-good lately. On his last outing six days ago he carried a perfect game into the seventh.

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Royals 6, Twins 1Alcides Escobar had two doubles and four RBI. Kansas City has won three of four.

Mariners 10, Astros 4: Robinson Cano had a three-run blast and the M’s had four homers in all, supporting Taijuan Walker in his 2014 debut. Walker allowed three runs over six.

Angels vs. White Sox: POSTPONED:

“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Arrieta looks like excellent trade bait. Will any team will bight?

    • nvl004 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      i wish the Orioles never got rid of him. I think i was one of the few In Baltimore that did curse him.

    • derklempner - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      I’m thinking teams will BITE, but no team executives in their right minds will “bight”. There aren’t any knots used in baseball unless you’re an Astros executive that suffered through the past four years and felt the need to end it all with a rope.

      • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Yeah, hanging is such a time honored Texas tradition. They’re ruining it with lethal injections.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Oops, no drugs available anymore. May have to go back to the old pecan tree. Now where is that old weight vs. drop chart? Hate to do a sloppy job. Even if it is on yourself.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        I suspect that vaseline is all the medication your Rick Perry really needs – for when he signs the execution orders, I mean. Otherwise, he’d be raw as a sunburned Irishman by now.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        I lay no claim to Rick Perry. But I expect he is going to look like a genius compared to our next governor.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Arrieta is making $700k a year and he’s only 2nd year arb. eligible. Why would the Cubs want to trade him?

      You know, unless they’re going to get Bud Norris for him, lol.

      • dlgdc - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        It was actually Feldman, but yes, I get your point.

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    The Yankees offense needs a shot in the arm. Without waiting until the trade deadline to make that happen I would at least like to see them call up: Jose Pirela to replace Soriano on the roster and also Rob Refsnyder to platoon with Roberts at 2nd base.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Roberts is due for his annual injury.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM


    • aresachaela - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Agree!! Yeanks need some rookies.

    • jbriggs81 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      I know its fun to really push for the prospects to get a shot in the majors, but Refsnyder is not ready for the big leagues yet. He has holes in his game – most notably his defense which he struggles with at 2B. I’m no big fanboy of Roberts, but the infield defense already stinks. No need to make it worse at an up the middle position.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        It’s not as if Roberts defense at 2nd base has been stellar this season so far. As for Refsnyder’s defense at 2nd it’s actually improved since moving up to Triple A. I don’t see any downside to calling to kid up and platooning him with Roberts.

  3. philliesblow - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Sean Doolittle. Rajai Doalot.

    The Tigers honored the ’84 World Series champs prior to the game. Tram and Lou set up for the ceremonial first pitch but than jogged out to SS & 2B to turn a ceremonial double play, with Tram throwing to Dave Bergman at first. Cool.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Sanchez was cruising; Miggy went Boom! It was going great. The 8th inning turned bad, but the 9th was awesome! Davis was thrilled. It was really nice for him, and I was relieved.

      • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        I have no idea why asmus left sanchez in. DOes he do that a lot?

        and Rajai?? Rajai?? we gave you a job when no one wanted you. we made you a starter, we gave you commercials. We suffered through your terrible routs, your questionable baserunning, you pop ups (oh the pop ups). After a few years when you outgrew your salary, we found you a new home, where you wold play and run and be free.

        Why do you hate us like this?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Why did he leave Sanchez in? Because Joba.

        Rajai doesn’t hate you. He is just awash in Tigers Awesomeness now. The fact that it was him was part of what made it so unbelievably great. He never does that. he he

      • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        well now you get one dollar mills.

        so i’ll be in cowering in the corner until 8 or so. Although, I supposes the game will be over by 430pm today. (PDT)

      • APBA Guy - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Very painful to watch Doolittle struggle. His K/BB coming into last night was 55/1. Yep, only one walk all year. But last night he walked 2 before facing Rajai, who as Clyde points out, has so little loyalty. The real problem for Doolittle was lack of fastball command. He has to command the ball up in the zone, where his 96-97 is unhittable. But he couldn’t throw a high strike last night, and the hanging slider to Rajai was left in the middle of the zone, right where guys practice grooving their swing.

        We just saw the same sort of thing from Cishek in Miami, where he left a hanger in the middle and allowed the A’s to come back. Unfortunately for the A’s this time it was their own guy doing the hanging.

        Tough matchup tonight: Porcello has been very good lately. He faces off against Brad Mills, the A’s fill-in #5. We live in hope.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Last night went well enough for us that I didn’t have to reflexively drink every time the announcer said “Donaldson.” I’m just happy now because even if we lose the next two, we won’t get swept.

  4. Detroit Michael - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Should be “Joel Peralta” instead of “Joel Roberts” in the recap of the Rays game.

    • nvl004 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Must have been thinking about Robert Frost

  5. southpaw2k - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    #teamSteve strikes again – twice, in fact. Is there anything this guy can’t do?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Attaining 200 PA’s in a single season has been undoable.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    I imagine Histy must be mildly histerical out there someplace. You can hardly blame her. My one complaint here is that I wish Craig would edit the commercials out of the replay videos before posting them – I mean, really, what kind of asshole seriously thinks he’s going to sell me a can of paint while I’m tuning in to see a walkoff grand slam being hit? APBA gent: Doolittle should have changed his underwear immediately after blowing that save down here in Macondo the other night.

    Meanwhile, the Feesh were adrift, idle in the current, and lost another half game to the Gnats and Barves as their early dog daze fadeout continued on automatic. Some comments by the front orifice insisting that the team was “still in it” (though what “it” was, was never precisely enumerated) were accompanied by intimations that the two biggest peetching prizes on the trade market, Price and Samar…Samar…yeah, him, were probably going to be too expensive, so the emphasis would be on finding an “innings eater” or two. Well, if Jimmee or Seven happen to be watching, I know how much they appreciate my recipe suggestions so here’s a good one for innings:

    1 can innings
    1 small bottle of ketchup
    Heat opened can of innings over a small container of sterno until bubbly. Squeeze ketchup into can until just up to the rim. Stir vigorously with a long spoon.

    • Old Gator - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      PS Shayna – I believe that innings are parve, and I see a little tiny encircled U on the ketchup bottle, so I guess you’re OK to try this one….

      • Shayna - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Innings are yummy, OG. I consume by the kilo and have the hips to prove it! Glad you reassured me on the ketchup, though. I was worried.

        And speaking of red stuff, Happy Canada Day! 147 years down and who knows how many to go?! Despite the torrid temperatures today, I am basking in Peace, Order, and Good Government. And plenty thankful for the opportunity.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Hey man – come over to the van – I got some incredible paint.

    • aresachaela - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      2 words:

      Ketchup FTW XD!!

      • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Ketchup is nothin without the mix of mayonnaise.

      • aresachaela - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM


      • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM


      • aresachaela - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Yes REN!! I don’t like mixing and adding blah blah, ketchup is the only thing for me XD!!

  7. indaburg - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Last night’s win was significant for two reasons for the Rays. They’re not the worst team in MLB. “We’re not the worst! We’re not the worst!” Sorry, D-backs.

    The other thing of note from last night’s Rays-Yanks game. The Rays pitching staff broke the record for most Ks in a month by an MLB team, 287 Ks, the record previously held by the Kerry Wood led Cubs in 2002. If Chris Archer had gotten the win, he would have done something not done since 1907–gone 5-0 vs. the Yankees in his first five starts. Walter “Big Train” Johnson was the last to accomplish the feat.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Sorry, Indy. I missed your note right above mine. Duh. Congrats to the Rays.

      I would have guessed the 1980 or 1986 Astros might have been in the running, too. But that is something to hang your hat on. Price has been absolutely en fuego for the last month. I had to laugh because in the radio show about the Cards’ trade possibilities, some talking head referred to Price’s “struggles.” He only had 54 K’s in June. Poor guy.

      • indaburg - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Price’s “struggles”? Too funny. We should all struggle so well.

      • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        I think it’s the W-L record for June. He was 2-3. ERA of 2.30 and WHIP of 0.93. But you know how it is. If you don’t win, you’re chopped liver.

        What do you want from sportscasters? Not like they can make an honest living.

  8. icanspeel - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Padres now set the record for worst batting average EVER for a month… Ended June in fashion by only getting 1 hit and still winning. They won 2 games in June where they only had 1 hit.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      The marvel of that one hit win is that the hit didn’t even figure into the scoring. The guy who scored the lone run walked, stole second, went to third on a fly ball, and scored on another fly ball. Who needs hits when you can score without them?

  9. stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Indy told us yesterday that the Rays needed 9 K’s to set the record for most K’s by a pitching staff in a month. I didn’t bother to check her, being a trusting soul. But if that is the case, congratulations to the Rays.

    They got 9 K’s yesterday.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Oops, missed her note up above. Never mind.

  10. sportsdrenched - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Didn’t get to much baseball last night, but I had the Royals game on the radio most of the time. Duffy continues to be more consistent in having good outings. So that’s fun for Royals fans. Probably not fun for the rest of the division.

    Happy Canada Day to our Canadian posters. I see that MLB has graced you with a Blue Jays matinée. May your Rush be loud, your beer cold, and the Blue Jays win.

  11. wonkypenguin - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Mystique and Aura then decided to not cover contraceptives for women…

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Well, then their female employees are welcome to go work for the Brotherhood of Mutants’ Scrapbooking Haven instead…oh, shoot! Mystique there too… SOL, ladies.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      They can always pay for the contraceptives themselves.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        FYI, where I live, the morning after pill costs the equivalent of a full day’s pay (gross) if you are making minimum wage. Also, the two largest hospital systems are Catholic, so they don’t stock it — even for rape victims.

  12. netyank - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    All the management rage about pitch counts and pitchers’ injuries, has anyone ever heard that maybe organizations should stress the development of pitchers that induce groundballs ?? Just from a layman’s point of view, that should get a starter to pitch more complete games, with less stress on the arms and shoulders, and maybe even go back to a four man rotation!! Less relievers, more bench players, more offense. ?? Hmmm. . .

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      I have been assured on occasion by some who do more research than I that BABIP is not really better with a ground ball pitcher. It doesn’t seem intuitive to me, but – as I said – I haven’t done the research. I do know that you can’t hit a ground ball home run – unless you are Wilin Rosario.

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