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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 4, 2014, 7:44 AM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka AP

Yankees 7, Twins 4: Tanaka and Beltran help the Yankees snap their losing skid. Tanaka with seven OK inning, even though he wasn’t at his best. Beltran with a big three run homer in the fifth. New York scored seven runs off Phil Hughes, which had to feel good.

Cardinals 7, Giants 2: The Giants are in freefall. Their 17th loss in their last 22, this time by giving up seven runs to a Cardinals team which has had a whale of a time scoring of late. Jhonny Peralta had a first inning homer to kick things off. Matt Carpenter continued to [punches hole in cliche rewards card] be a Giant killer, going 2 for 4. He is hitting .519 against the Giants in 54 career at bats.

Orioles 5, Rangers 2: Steve Pearce just keeps on keeping on. He had four hits and drove in a couple of runs. Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs over six. He is 4-0 in four starts against Texas with a 1.67 ERA. I’d call him a “Ranger killer,” but that’s not a cliche like “Giant killer.” Also: totally against the law to kill a real Texas Ranger. Really, they’d execute for that. You can kill giants, though. But only if they’re trying to enter your property via a beanstalk or something.

Tigers 8, Rays 1: Erik Bedard got rocked with three homers and five runs in the first and after that it was all Max Scherzer. The reigning Cy Young Award winner allowed one run over eight innings, striking out seven.

Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 2: David Peralta had three hits, including a two-run homer and drove in four. Kirk Gibson after the game:

“We came back with a good effort today, played a good, clean game, got good pitching, some clutch hits then were able to have some fun in that last inning.”

Fun? Clean? Forget it Kirk. You’ve spent way too much time with the humorless and gritty thing now to try and pass of this team as fun and clean. Own your record, pal.

Phillies 5, Marlins 4: Philly rallied for two runs in the ninth when Steve Cishek couldn’t hold the lead. Thanks in part, also, to a bobbled ball at second which should have been an inning-ending double play.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2: Zack Greinke gave up one earned run and two total while scattering nine hits over eight innings. Juan Uribe had three of the Dodgers’ six hits including the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth. Eighth inning fun: with the game tied at two, one out and a runner on third, Greinke and Don Mattingly decided to pitch to Troy Tulowitzki. They retired him. Then they  intentionally walked Corey Dickerson. Got away with that. How often do teams pitch to Tulo only then to give Dickerson and intentional pass?

Angels 5 Astros 2: That’s the seventh straight home win for Anaheim. They were aided in the effort by David Freese, who hit a two run double. Freese hasn’t aided many efforts this year.

Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1: Sonny Gray pitched well. And could’ve even had a shutout but for a really weird replay in the second. The bases were loaded and the Jays hit a groundball which was fielded by the A’s first baseman. He tried to tag the runner going from first to second but the ump said he missed. He gathered himself and fired the ball home to get the force out at the plate of the runner coming from third. OK as far as that goes. The weird part: Jays manager John Gibbons comes out and challenges the safe call on the tag of the runner coming from first to second. Again: a manager is asking for a review in order to have his own baserunner called out instead of safe. For good reason, of course, because if he was out there was no force play at home and the A’s failure to tag the runner coming home means he scored.

Which was dumb, of course, because the A’s had no reason to even try to tag the runner given that as it was called on the field it was a force. The umps nonetheless let the run score and Bob Melvin played the game under protest. Good thing it didn’t end up mattering to anything but Gray’s ERA, but still, we have found a weird replay loophole.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Needless to say Tanaka was not at his best. But it was good enough combined with Yankees offense and the very poor outing by ex Yankee Phil Hughes on the Twins side.

    • renaado - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      “Needless to say Tanaka was not at his best.”

      Certainly wasn’t his best start but it wasn’t a bad one either, They’re still room for improvements in him… I’m positive he’ll gradually improve his skill playin at a high level.

      • aresachaela - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Hooray!! We have a new shortstop XD!!

  2. trbmb - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    I haven’t tuned in to High Screaming in quite awhile but the idiot Russo must be beside himself with the Giants collapse. Might be funny to listen to him scream about it, but I’ll pass on that humor.

    • baberuthslegs - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Can’t imagine that Russo has an audience… anywhere. I have felt like destroying the television while he is on.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    That was certainly a weird play in Oakland. Kawasaki was clearly out because he was both tagged and also went out of the base path.

    • nbjays - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      The tag was so obvious on replay that I’m really surprised the first base umpire missed it. For all those armchair umpires out there, what should the correct call have been on this replay? You certainly can’t uphold the safe call on Kawasaki.

  4. deweyks - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Joe Maddon should have played a different tune yesterday.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      The Tigers sure had his number. His Heterochromianess, y’all! Usually, the fireworks are at the end of a game. We obviously started with dessert. In all fairness, it’s the 4th so it was probably just anticipatory apple pie. I wouldn’t mind seconds for Declaration Day though.

      • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        I love declaration day – painting the walls, hanging new curtains and pictures, rearranging the kitty litter, fitting plastic seat covers on the living room couch to hide the seed burns. It refgreshes the soul to redeclarate at least once a year.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        Move the couch and pass the ammunition, boys!

    • indaburg - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Scherzer was sharp after the first. I don’t think many line-ups could have done much against him.

      Bedard, on the other hand, was anything but. I’m sure he’ll be free next week over the All Star Break. He can pitch the Home Run Derby.

      • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Indy: just thought you’d like to know that after our conversation yesterday, I dug out a pretty good recipe for cockatiel stuffed with quinoa and pine nuts.

        Well, ackcherley, the recipe was for quail, but I happened to have a cockatiel that would never shut up, so….

  5. 1998yanks - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Tanaka didn’t pitch his best, but he got run support. That’s the difference. He pitched very well the last couple of times, but didn’t get run support and lost.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    The Feesh sank to six back and three south of the strange attractor thanks to a double-TOOTBLAN in the bottom of the eighth, two execrable peetching performances from the boolpen that cost Brad Hand the victory in his best game in months, as well as Donovan Solano’s aforementioned day in the eighth circle of baseball hell, to which he has apparently been exiled for impersonating a second baseman. In addition to the booted double play, Solano had also thrown home on a fielder’s choice one play before when Tony (.164) Gwynne Jr., an apple who not only fell far from the tree – bouncing beyond the dripline, rolling down the hill past Jack and Jill’s moss-covered bucket, into the creek and over the cataract and who Cishek had ackcherley walked, had pretty much arrived at the plate before Solano got the ball out of his glove. Ergo, there was already an abundance of neuromethane adrift across the field before the Rainbow Warriors got finished digesting their beans.

    With the Feesh up 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth and one out, thanks to a Jeff Baker pinch hit triple that plated the Iron Giant, Saltalamacchia bounced slowly to third while Baker suffered a cerebroflatular episode of his own and broke for home where he was promptly caught in a rundown and tagged out, whereupon Salty also brainfarted and broke for second where he, too, was tagged out by at least a parsec. Exeunt, big inning. Mind you Chris Hatcher had come in to clear the bases of inherited runners in the sixth and lose the 2-0 lead he had to work with in the first place.

    As the preceding century’s great poet of haplessness observed, so it goes.

    Tonight the Feesh send recently post-parturated papa Nate Eovaldi out against the Cardinals, who had themselves a refreshing night against the Brobdingnagians while trade rumors involving nobody in particular and silly jokes about Scrooge McLoria maybe perhaps who knows spending more money to boeuf up the roster swirl mindlessly through the Macondo area spawrts press and tawrk raydeeo. On a morning when my favorite cafe Cubano is closed for vacation so that no one will have gotten up and left a Macondo Feeshwrapper sports segment on the table, yolk-and-coffee stained and crumb fustered, there will be no thoughtful mastication and musing over our semi-literate scribes’ split infinitives today. Ah well.

  7. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I feel like the phrase “Tanaka was not at his best” has been thrown out there for his last 4 or 5 starts. Is it possible he’s just come back down to earth?

    • renaado - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Could be… But I’ve been watchin a lot of Japanese ballplayers lately, a duration like that on what’s goin with Tanaka is normal especially in their rookie year, and there’s plenty of reasons behind of that performance of his. He’s still a rookie there and still learnin to adjust.

      • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I can just see you quietly following those Japanese ballplayers up and down the aisles of the Shoji Temple market as they check to see how their bobbleheads are selling….

  8. aresachaela - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Still a nice game Ma-kun.

    • aresachaela - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      I also thank the Athletics for their game XD!!

    • rivermaya99 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      Stupid Yankees, stupid money, you are stupid Yankee fan, overated them

  9. APBA Guy - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Craig has a separate post up on the Oakland replay situation last night. But really, the game hinged on the poor defense by Toronto. There were 3 defensive miscues that impacted the game in the A’s favor (E5-liner over his head, Gose -poor route on a fly to center, Kawasaki- misjudged pop up). By the time all that was over the A’s had the lead and were in no mood to relinquish it. Great pitching by the A’s after the Debacle in Detroit.

    • Shayna - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      It really was dreadful. Gibbons seems to have no understanding for the importance of defence, as demonstrated by his willingness to treat his defenders as so many Legos, slotting them into empty gaps regardless of ability or experience. Encarnacion is no outfielder (despite his amazing willingness to give it a shot!), Francisco is no fielder of any sort, and these decisions are costing us runs.

      Keeping Bautista’s bat in the lineup is important, but not all-important. I’d rather see an infield of Lind/Encarnacion, Muni/Tollefson, Reyes, Tolle/Muni, and do without Francisco.

      How many plays per game call upon the infield? All of them. Clue, Mr. Gibbons

      PS Get well soon, Brett Lawrie…I mean it. Get well soon.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        And the contrast with the A’s was readily apparent. despite the controversy, Freiman’s play was a good one, and with the ump’s correct call at first, could have resulted in an inning-ending double play with no run allowed. That, plus Moss’ double play catch and throw, etc, really show the importance of good defense in tight games.

        I can understand trying to hid one poor defender in the outfield, but an accumulation of poor defenders makes a team vulnerable on nights when they face good pitching, which is many nights these days.

  10. paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Zelous Wheeler homered in his 2nd MLB PA for his first MLB hit in his first ever MLB game. A 27 yr old that has spend 7 years in the minors. That was just a very cool moment to watch.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM


      • paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Yes, Zelous.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Where is he from?

      • paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM


      • paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        He looks like he could be Michael Clarke Duncan’s little brother. Had a HUGE smile on his face in the dugout after his HR trot, reminded me of the big man.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        How am I not supposed to make a short joke there?

      • paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        No need to contain yourself.

  11. happytwinsfan - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Most of the clan was here yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of PIckett’s charge and I missed the Twins – Yankees game. I didn’t mind. It’s amazing how formerly pain in the ass, rowdy, squabbling midgets become full sized, self reliant, kindly solicitous, beings with rowdy midgets of their own, via a trail which leads back to a dumb ass college kid in way way over his head, back in the glory days of Bombo Riveria.

    • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Bombo lives:

      You can thank me later.

      As far as your celebration yesterday, I imagine Scrooge McLoria dressing down Mike Redmond after the game saying “your second baseman blew it,” and hearing Redmond reply in his plaintive voice, “sir, I have no second baseman.”

      • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        PS – the rest of the Klan was apparently out on the highway by Murrieta last night.

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        I fear that Terry Ryan will ride out at the trade deadline to tell us that “it was all his fault”.

    • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Bombo lives:

      You can thank me later.

      As far as your celebration yesterday, I imagine Scrooge McLoria dressing down Mike Redmond after the game saying “your second baseman blew it,” and hearing Redmond reply in his plaintive voice, “sir, I have no second baseman.”

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