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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 8, 2014, 6:56 AM EDT

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Orioles 8, Nationals 2: A tight game until the 11th inning when the Orioles erupted for six runs on the back of three homers and a double. Ohio’s own Craig Stammen surrendered five of those runs, including homers to Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy. Manny Machado added one of his own. Seriously: as far as Ohio Craigs go, I had the way better night. And all I did was sit on my couch drinking whiskey and watching a supremely messed up movie that, for some reason, I had no idea existed until yesterday.

White Sox 4, Red Sox 0: Sox win. Scott Carroll one-hit the Red Sox into the seventh inning and Boston was shut out for the ninth time this year. It was one of five shutouts around the bigs last night. I have no idea how long this pitcher-friendly era will last. Some say it’ll go on for years. Others are likely trying to develop some sort of Hari Seldon-esque psychohistory for baseball in which an alternatively shorter intermittent period between high-offense eras persists.

Yankees 5, Indians 3: Shane Greene was called up to take the departed Vidal Nuno‘s start and he did pretty well, allowing two runs in six innings and picking up his first major league win. And while I say Nuno is “departed,” I don’t mean dead. I mean that he was abducted by some gray aliens as he drove on a country road and, best case, will be deposited someplace, naked and scared but his memory wiped, after they’re through experimenting on him. OK, I just keep sugarcoating this. It’s way worse than being dead or abducted by aliens. Nuno was traded to Arizona.

Phillies 3, Brewers 2: When Cole Hamels allows one run into the seventh and Chase Utley has a big RBI it, a little over five years later, is like going up on a steep hill and looking East, giving you the right kind of eyes to almost see the high-water mark—that place where the Phillies’ wave finally broke and rolled back.

Reds 9, Cubs 3: Billy Hamilton drove in four thanks to a bases-loaded triple and an RBI single. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer after getting his first ever professional start at first base. He also allowed a run in on an error, but I guess it was a net positive thanks to the dinger.

Mets 4, Braves 3: The Braves had a 3-2 lead in the eighth but Curtis Granderson tied it up with a homer. Then, of all people, Ruben Tejada singled home the winner in the 11th. But it’s OK Braves fans: the team may have lost, but at least the Braves didn’t use their best reliever to get them out of  that 11th inning jam in a tie-game on the road. That would’ve been horrifying.

Royals 6, Rays 0: James Shields has been up and down this year. This was up: ten strikeouts as he three-hit the Rays over seven innings in his return to Tropicana Field. It was a tight game until he left, though, but his mates plated four in the eighth and ninth innings.

Astros 12, Rangers 7: Jon Singleton homered, had two more hits and drove in four to help the Astros snap a seven-game losing streak. He had been 0 for his previous ten. Houston was 2-17 against Texas last year. They are 4-3 against them this year.

Cardinals 2, Pirates 0: Knotted at zero into the ninth but then Matt Adams hit a two-run bomb to walk off against Pittsburgh in the ninth. It came off a lefty too. Of course, even guys who struggle against lefties can deposit a hanging breaking ball into the seats. The Pirates had their chances against a less-than-at-his-best Adam Wainwright but couldn’t convert.

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Angels 5, Blue Jays 2: Jered Weaver had to leave in the second with back stiffness, but five Angels relievers combined to allow only two runs over seven innings. Albert PujolsHowie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each had RBI hits in the fifth with Josh Hamilton adding a sac fly.

Padres 6, Rockies 1: Six runs for the Padres in 2014 is like, what, 15 runs for any other team? Not that they needed all that offense when they had Ian Kennedy allowing only one run over seven. Chase Headley was 4 for 5.

Athletics 5, Giants 0: Jesse Chavez struck out nine in six shutout innings. It was a sellout in Oakland, but a whole heck of a lot of those buying tickets were Giants fans who left early and disappointed.

Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 1: David Peralta drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Peralta was called up on June 1. He’s hitting .331/.357/.471 since then. He’s a nearly 27-year-old rookie who spent time in independent ball after being released as a pitcher when he was in the low levels of the Cardinals organization. I’d assume this guy has a lot of interesting stories to tell.

Mariners 2, Twins 0Hisashi Iwakuma was not healthy and was not effective in June, but July has been good to him. He struck out ten in seven innings here and extended his scoreless innings streak against the Twins to 33 and 1/3 innings. Forty five would be a singular accomplishment. Seventy eight would crazy, as no one has put together a record like that for years.

  1. aresachaela - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    So Nuno left already??? Just how behind am I here?

    NVM, great job there Greene XD!!

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Re: Phillies

    Is that a movie reference, if so what?

    • jm91rs - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Tanks, mon!

    • natstowngreg - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      I fear that Craig has written something so deep and meaningful, not even he understands it.

      • 4d3fect - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM


      • spacenettle - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      • natstowngreg - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Well, if it came from Hunter S. Thompson, my comment stands.

  3. miguelcairo - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Shane Green looked good for New York. Threw a sinker that hit 94-95 consistently, and he didn’t even surrender a hit until the 5th, where .197-hitting Nick Swisher went deep. Even Green looks more legitimate than Nuno.

    • aresachaela - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Nuno is a NIGHTMARE!! Glad he’s gone.

  4. chill1184 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    How about that Granderson guy? Seems to be pretty good

  5. southpaw2k - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Let’s hope that last night marked the end of the Big Fella’s extended slump.

    (That’s one Christopher Lyn Davis, for those of you who aren’t blessed with listening to Joe Angel call O’s games on the radio)

  6. bigbenh8tr - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Orioles……PEDs……. Can’t wait for Chris Davis to fail a test, can’t be hard to find in bulletmore, Murderland.

    Take it and run with it Craig

    • thelongestgoodbye - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Yeah your right, tied for 26th in the league with 14 homers and batting under .200 I’m sure he’ll get nailed.

      • bigbenh8tr - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        Sometimes it has the reverse effect BC of the impact on your swing. It’s obvious and it was clear last season. Did you forget Nelson Cruz last season?

    • southpaw2k - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Are you actively trying to sound like a douchenozzle this morning? Got those post-holiday weekend blues or something?

    • Dave Stevenson - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      I think you need to adjust your #NATTITUDE

    • nvl004 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      It’s Bodymore, Murderland. Get it right if you’re going to try and reference The Wire.

    • gmfw7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      bodymore, murderland*** don’t try to refernce an all-time great and screw it up you dope

      • bigbenh8tr - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Sorry i never got into the wire. A little too depressing having friends in bulletmore, Bodymore, or Baltimorgue.

        They all work simpleton

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Awww, does someone have their panties in a bunch this morning?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Or boxers.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Point taken. No sexist comment intended.

  7. thelongestgoodbye - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    So Cruz is clean this season leading the league in HR’s and Davis who led the league last year in HR’s is dirty now because his swing is impacted???

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Steroids are magical, they can explain anything. Hitting more homers, hitting fewer homers, getting hurt a lot, not getting hurt at all, hitting it where they ain’t, better strike zone judgement…..I mean the stuff is a miracle, it is better than staying at a Holiday Inn Express.

      • renaado - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Ain’t nothin compared to cappuccino.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        Shoot! I’m going to the City and I booked the Marriott instead. 😦

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      This is the sort of thing that happens when Lackey signs up for a HBT account…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Wow, first Napoli and now Lackey. This place is really getting serious baseball contributions.

      • nbjays - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Historio, did you just mention two Red Sox players and “serious baseball” in the same breath?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        he he I was being generous.

  8. kycardsfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Big win for the Cards last night. The NL Central should be the best race in the 2nd half, 4 teams over .500

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Manny Machado’s 11th inning HR capped off his 5 hit night for the O’s as they take game 1 of the Battle of the Beltway.

    Also worth noting: Tillman matched Stras the whole evening, and looked back to form in doing so. 5 of his last 6 starts are quality starts. Welcome back.

    • renaado - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Wasn’t it Chris Davis homered in that 11th inning?

      • thelongestgoodbye - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        Chris Davis, Manny Machado and JJ Hardy all homered in the 11th.

      • Dave Stevenson - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        Machado homered too.

    • renaado - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Dang it, it was both of em that homered.

      • aresachaela - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM


    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      It was a fun game, and it’s been a really good week for the Birds. Several of their under-performers are starting to heat up, and if they can manage to keep it up, the team’s looking to be a true force in the league.

  10. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Not much you can say about the Feesh, except that they stank on just about every level except fielding last night. Tom Koehler came orf the paternity list and pitched like his sympathy episiotomy was still bothering him. He burped up seven runs in three innings before being lifted for a batting practice machine. The ferocious Rainbow Warrior batsmen scored one run on ten hits, went 0-10 RISP and left ten men on base. So, even though it was a terrible night for the Feesh, iIt was a good night for the metric system, so pass me that Royale with cheese. The Feesh sink back three games south of the strange attractor but because the Gnats and Barves both lost, they remained ensconced in third (let’s here it for trinities now, after all those decimals) and six back which my readers, ever alert, have already realized is 3X2. That’s the kind of mystical resolution that gives numerologists the willies.

    Tonight the Feesh will try to glad Hand the snakes versus Vidal Nuno, who ackcherley still appears in the preview pane of the Feesh web page in a Borg uniform. Meanwhile, Redmond didn’t send Goggles out to throw an inning of incineration during a blowout, so we figger that the guillotine is gonna drop soon and end his execrable second tenure with the team any minute now. It may just be that Scrooge McLoria’s brainstem trust wants to spare itself the embarrassment of deleting him so quickly that the idea of having signed him in the first place looks even dumber than it was.

    • groupofsevenrules - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Gator – I didn’t get to watch any of last night’s fiasco because I was too busy venting my frustration at the Jays-Angels game. The Feather Lice, as you call them, are definitely sliding down a greased karmic chute these days. It’s like the old voodoo priest of summers past woke up and started sticking pins in their bobbleheads again. I suspect your musical pal in Toronto must be slightly beside himself at this point – it’s been all downhill since that game against the Borg you attended.

      On a brighter note, since I’m working a midday-evening shift this month and school is out, Michelle had time to prepare bagna cauda (without the cream) and scramble it into my eggs this morning along with some finely diced onion tops. Oh but that was good. Thanks for the tip. I also made myself some ersatz garlic bread by spreading it generously on some whole wheat toast and then microwaving it for ten seconds to melt it into the bread. Yessssss!

      • Shayna - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        No coincidence, G7. I fear that Gator crossed the border unknowingly bearing some ichthyological bacterium and left traces at the dome, where it infected our birds. Maybe the team should all have a milk bath to get rid of the fishiness? It has as good a chance as anything else of digging them out of the Slough of Despond.



      • Shayna - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        No coincidence, G7. I fear that Gator crossed the border unknowingly bearing some ichthyological bacterium and left traces at the dome, where it infected our birds. Maybe the team should all have a milk bath to get rid of the fishiness? It has as good a chance as anything else of digging them out of the Slough of Despond.



      • Shayna - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Stupid fingers!! As I was about to say: The bagna cauda sounds yummy.

  11. historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    We didn’t have a game yesterday, but since no one here is apparently going to talk about it, I have to address the bizarre #PickRick campaign. First of all, making voting alliances for the ASG is ridiculous — is this a reality show or something now? Secondly, the Tigers’ alliance is with the Cubs? Clearly, we are dating down. And, finally, this kind of business is not right. It is so, so wrong:

    • natstowngreg - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      For reasons beyond human understanding, the Nats and White Sox are running a joint campaign for Anthony Rendon and Chris Sale. I vaguely recall the Nats partnering with the Red Sox a season or two ago. Might have involved Bryce Harper.

      At least, no one has posted a picture of Anthony and Chris wearing sweaters (real or photoshopped). At least, not yet.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Thank me that I spared you the Wayne and Garth pic.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Thank you

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      You have to admit, they do make a lovely couple.

      • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Until they come out officially, they’re just a lot of back acne innuendos in the New York Pestilence.

    • ravensgrl - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      This picture almost looks like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon… weird

    • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Here’s another lovely sporting couple:

      But then, these two have already made it into the hall of fame.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        OG, we love ya but you can be one sick, sick puppy sometimes.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Sick = good

  12. natstowngreg - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    The Nats in extra innings are like a game of Clue. Who will lose, when and how? Last night, it was Craig Stammen, in the Eleventh, with the Home Run.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      They ALL did it!

      • natstowngreg - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Could be like the Clue movie, which had 3 alternate endings.

  13. happytwinsfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Yeah, yeah, the Twins lost again, but the way they got Griffey out with that hidden ball trick was priceless.

  14. biffnasty - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Very insane movie. With the dude from the office was expecting a funny, nonsensical, wanna be superhero movie. Nope!!! That movie was disturbing

  15. nvl004 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    O’s had 3 guys hit home runs in the 11th inning last night to get the W. 3 guys that have under performed so far this year. Davis, Machado, Hardy.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      3 guys who have all starting to heat up over the past two weeks. If they all get hot and Cruz, Pierce, and Markakis continue their pace, it could be a very devastating lineup indeed.

  16. uyf1950 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Very start 1st MLB start for Shane Greene with the Yankees. Getting the win for both himself and the Yankees.

  17. scatterbrian - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Shut up crime!

  18. APBA Guy - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Jesse Chavez, despite the troubling drop in velocity over the past few weeks, went 6 and struck out 9, helped by a ton of movement, solid defense, and some over-anxious Gigante batters.

    Ray said it best, though, as Callaspo “ambushed” Gutierrez for the key 2 RBI double. After Vogelsong was pulled in the 6th with runners at the corners and the score 1-0, Gutierrez came on and threw a first-pitch fastball to Callaspo, who normally takes the first pitch as part of the A’s “work the count” approach (Vogelsong was at 100 pitches after 5.1 innings).

    Instead, Callaspo squared up the fastball and rocketed it to the right center gap for the decisive 2 RBI’s.

    After that it was the Oakland “A” relief: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER.

    Something to look out for the rest of the series: the A’s were 3/3 in stolen base attempts off the Giants last night.

    • plantdokta - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Frustrating game for Giants fans (not all of whom left before it was all over, thank you) but the atmosphere was *electric*. Giants-A’s games usually sell out, but with both teams in serious contention and with the game scoreless through the first four, emotions ran high. (This held true on the train ride back to the South Bay as well.) I’ve never been to a playoff game, but during this game I imagined this was what it would be like. The young Posey fan sitting in front of us was wide-eyed at the constant (clean but LOUD) commentary from the A’s fan just behind us…

  19. tmc602014 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Thumbs Up for the Hari Seldon ref! Every time I get mad at you, Craig, you come through again…

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