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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 9, 2014, 6:54 AM EDT

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Mets 8, Braves 3: A rookie named  Jacob deGrom facing one of the best pitchers in the NL in Julio Teheran? You figure it’d be no contest. And it wasn’t. Just not in the way you’d figure. deGrom struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and he [altogether now] helped his own cause by singling and coming around to score on a double. In other news, the Mets lead all of baseball in players whose surnames begin with lowercase letters.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 3: Sox win. Conor Gillaspie had three hits, including a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth. The last place Red Sox have lost seven of eight.

Tigers 14, Dodgers 5: Justin Verlander was tagged for five runs in the first, but then Hyun-Jin Ryu was tagged for seven in the next two and a third. And Detroit didn’t let up then, going on to abuse Jamey Wright, Chris Perez and Paul Maholm too, as they scored 14 unanswered runs. Well, I suppose they were answered by lots of cussing and heavy sighs from Don Mattingly, but that’s all.

Twins 2, Mariners 0: I’m picturing a 90s action movie trailer: “HUGHES!” [explosion sound effect] “FULD!” [explosion sound effect] “BY THEMSELVES, A LOT TO HANDLE.” [explosion sound effect] “TOGETHER, TOO MUCH TO HANDLE!” Phil Hughes shut ‘em out on eight hits into the eighth while striking out eight. Sam Fuld was 3 for 3 with a homer.

Reds 4, Cubs 2; Reds 6, Cubs 5: The Reds were down 5-0 themselves in the nightcap of this twin bill, but Jay Bruce, who homered n the first game, doubled home the tying run in the eighth inning of the second and Billy Hamilton‘s broken-bat RBI single in the ninth to walk the Reds off. After the game he was kinda jacked: “Let’s play three! I’m ready to go right now!” he said.

Indians 5, Yankees 3: Masahiro Tanaka is starting to look pretty mortal as the season wears on. He took his third loss in his past four starts while allowing five runs on ten hits to the Tribe. Michael Brantley homered, doubled twice and drove in three. His ridiculous season continues as he’s now at .328/.391/.529.

Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 1: Vidal Nuno made his debut for the Dbacks and it went really well for him: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7K. The night didn’t go well for the Dbacks overall, however, as Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

Rockies 2, Padres 1: Charlie Blackmon, about whom who we will one day say “that guy was an All-Star?” hit a two-run homer. Against the 2014 San Diego Padres, about whom we will one day say “that team had major leaguers on it?” that’s all you really need.

Athletics 6, Giants 1: Six wins in a row for the A’s, three losses in a row for Madison Bumgarner. Sonny Gray struck out eight and allowed one run over seven. The series now shifts across the Bay to San Francisco.

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Cardinals 5, Pirates 4: Two straight walkoff homers for the Cards. On Monday it was Matt Adams. Last night it was Kolten Wong. And it wasn’t a cheapie: he hit the thing 420 feet.

Blue Jays 4, Angels 0: Oh Dickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind HEY DICKEY! [clap clap, clap-clap] HEY DICKEY! [clap clap, clap-clap]. Seven shutout innings for R.A., 4 for 5 and three RBI for Jose Reyes.

What? You write a couple thousand of these recaps a year and see if you don’t reach for something once in a damn while.

Phillies 9, Brewers 7: Down 5-1 after the first inning, the Phillies broke out for five more in the second, one in the third and two in the fifth for their biggest offensive outburst in some time. Domonic Brown homered and had a two-run single.

Astros 8, Rangers 3: Chris Carter had two homers, leading off innings with both of them, and George Spring led off another inning with a bomb. That’s two in a row off Texas in this series and four against them overall. If they beat the Rangers today, Texas will fall into a last place tie with Houston.

Rays 4, Royals 3: Jeremy Hellickson made his season debut. It wasn’t a long one — he only lasted four and a third — but he only gave up one run. Kansas City left 11 dudes on base.

Orioles vs. Nationals: POSTPONED: Nobody feels any pain. Tonight as I stand inside the rain. Everybody knows, that Baby’s got new clothes. But lately I see her ribbons and her bows have fallen from her curls.

  1. aresachaela - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    MA-KUN NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! :-( :-(

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Fluke season for him this yr.

      He’ll be glad to have 5 or 8 wins next season. Taht’s the way it is.

      • aresachaela - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM

        Huh??? Really??? HAHAHAHA XD!!

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        You fail to understand this fluke season of him this year, sooner or later you will soon realize it. He’ll be the next Matsuzaka next year.

      • renaado - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Ayase… You’re just speakin to yourself, you clearly have no idea on what’s goin to happen in the future. Tanaka is truly one of a kind ballplayer, back in 2013… You remembered the NPB Baseball are juiced right? Still, he has gone undefeated.. Trials and hardships are no obstacle, anyone can overcome that… It’s about confidence in oneself, and certainly that’s one of Tanaka’s traits where his goin to have success in the long run.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Actually Matsuzaka pitched better his second season with the Red Sox than his first. The next 3 seasons were ruined by injuries. Many pitchers are never quite the same after Tommy John surgery, so he’s hardly unique there, although he is pitching pretty well this year. Overall, his career ERA+ is 100, making him an average major league pitcher.

        Nobody knows what the future holds for Tanaka. Thus far, even with last night’s game, he has a 2.51 ERA/159 ERA+, hardly something to sniff at. Could that be a fluke? Maybe. He could also end up getting injured. …or at age 25, he could continue to improve through his athletic peak years and have a pretty nice 9-10 year MLB career. We will see.

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        The balls are juiced correct, (water content inside the baseball is above normal lvl from standard ones where balls jumps of the bat 2 times the lvl compared to the original ones) so you think Tanaka is the only one good during the “juiced ball” that time? NO!

        Wladimir Balentien among many other foreign players are owning us.

        MLB is sucking the life out of our league already… And if they take Otani and Fuginami sometime in the future, then our league is as good as dead. It’s hard to produce talent when someone superior than you is taking good players away from us.

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Raysfan1

        Matsuzaka has never been the same when he was with Seibu, he is not the “monster player” he once was, dominating Yomiuri batters, Hanshin and so forth… those are now probably history. Playing in the US for him is a mistake, he was never up for the challenge in the first place.

        Those injuries never happened in Japan too, why? Because days of rest are different from the MLB, he was not up for that also, and look at him now. A NO NAME. He made a fool of himself challenging a different league where the term POWER is dominant.

    • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Am I the only one here who suspects that we may have some correspondents with DID? Oh, you do too? Yep. Okay then, I’m not alone here. What a relief. It is, isn’t it. Whew.

      • aresachaela - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Old Gator, what’s a “DID”?

        I’m really a noob :-(

        /sob

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        What’s a “noob”? You ever heard of a noob? Nope. Hmm. How about you? Nope, not me either. Okay, I’ll just go Google it, then. Good idea – and check out DID while you’re at it. Okay, I will…hey! Who let you in here?

      • aresachaela - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        You are… really weird Old Gator.

        LOL XD!!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        She got you there, OG. lol

  2. dondada10 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    A year ago Mets fans were fawning over Matt Harvey. We were excited about Zack Wheeler. Noah Snydergaard and Rafael Montero were tearing up the minors. And of all those guys, Jacob deGrom, a converted shortstop, is young pitcher giving Mets fans hope.

    And yes, the lower case last name thing is unusual (d’Arnaud, deGrom, den Dekker). What’s unfortunate is that the Mets still use an upside down capital “P” as the lower case “d.”

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      Further proving the point Tanaka is no God in the Majors, NPB will always be behind the MLB in terms of competition and performance.

      His team was lucky last year and look what happened to them now, Tanaka or without, that’s the way it is.

      Even unknown foreign players have dominated our league here, in terms of HITTING.

      Tanaka is overrated! He’ll get destroyed in his 2nd year there.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        There is a point you are proving, but it isn’t the one you think it is.

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        Right…

        Any better one which is realistic then?

      • kevinbnyc - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        How does a young Mets pitcher having success possibly prove anything about Tanaka?

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      deGrom is damn good, yes. He really is an under the radar for the Mets.

      • aresachaela - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        HA!! Mets fan!! Should have known XD.

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        I’m not an MLB fan… Just curious on other people in this site on how they think about Japanese ballplayers.

        Like you… You fail to understand the trails and hardships playing there in the States, It may be a dream for Japanese ballplayers playing there where competition is high, but only a few can grasp success.

  3. chill1184 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    deGrom was an under the radar prospect who got lost among Harvey, Syndergaard, Wheeler and Montero is having a nice rookie season for himself.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Look… I’m not saying Tanaka sucks like others have, simply because it’s not true. The guys the ace on nearly every staff in MLB. BUT. I feel like the phrase “did not have his best stuff” is going to get thrown around yet again. I’m really starting to believe his hot start was an anomaly and what we’re seeing now is more indicative of what to expect from Tanaka.

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Tanaka doesn’t sucks yes… He’s having a fluke season this year, anyone knows that, He’s not just that good anyone is talking about there in the States… Here in Japan even my team the Softbank Hawks he’s having trouble with his piytching against them…

      Let’s face it, He’s not as good as Yu Darvish,… He may have an aura of a fighter but his own selfish self on handling the game base on his own will befall upon him.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      I’ve seen two articles that basically said he’s getting a bit worn down by starting every five days instead of once a week, which is possibly the norm in Japan. He might just need some time off, or less innings – and the Yankees pen is good enough to help with that. It might also be that the rest of the league is getting wise to his ways, and he needs to adjust as well.

      It’s too soon to know either way, but one thing is clear: as goes Tanaka, so go the Yankees. If he goes from Superman to merely very good, that might not be enough.

      • jwbiii - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Once a week is the norm in Japan. Six man rotation, one scheduled off day per week.

      • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        jwbiii

        Correct, 7 days rest… what’s really unique here is that when during the Japan postseason, team managers have a tendency to let starters pitch in relief when needed, Manager Masataka Nishida of the Nippo Ham almost let Darvish pitch in the 8th to 9th innings when he’s supposed to be ready for a possible game 7 against Yomiuri in 2011 and Hoshino for letting Tanaka pitch in the 9th inning of game 7.

        6 man rotation, 2 squads with 3 starters in each, 3 for a 3 game series and another 3 for the other one. Not unless interleague play… Cause they only play 2 games.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Due to time zones and a cold, I have not been watching the debacle that has been the recent Jays left coast road trip. Based on box scores, it has been obvious that Toronto’s recent problems have not been the result of poor pitching. The problem has been poor hitting especially against left handed pitchers. Hopefully, yesterday’s win against a lefty was the beginning of a change. The Jays outhit Anaheim by 14 to 5. Reimold had 2 hits in his first game as a Jay. Kawasaki had 2 hits and appears to have made another fine play at second.

    Kawasaki has his batting average up to .278 and is probably playing better than any second baseman available on the trade market. Most teams seem to be interested in pitching prospects Sanchez and Norris. Given the advanced ages of Dickey and Buehrle, I cant see the Jays trading those two prospects. Toronto’s best bet is to probably do nothing and to wait for Encarnacion, Lawrie and Morrow to get healthy.

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      We miss Kawasaki! Bring him back to us!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      One other comment. I noticed that Bautista had a stolen base. Not sure how that happened; however, I have to assume that his hamstring is much better.

      • jaysfan64 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        Aybar dropped the throw from Ianetta – Bautista was clearly out if he catches and holds it.
        Bad base running by the Jays was a theme too – Tolleson tried to steal third with Bautista at the plate in the first – Reyes also was picked off first by the right fielder when he turned too wide after a bloop single – everyone’s obviously pressing now…I hope that win helps..

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Thanks

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Too bad you weren’t watching, PC. He was running on his hands.

    • ravensgrl - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I wish nothing but the best for Reimold. It’ll be interesting to see how long he stays healthy…

  6. TigerTorrey - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    I was at Comerica watching my Tigers last night, what a fun game for the fans!

    • Detroit Michael - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      I was there too. I’ll admit that I had no confidence they were going to will after falling behind 5-0 in the first inning.

      The game was slow: the first 4 innings lasted 2 hours. Good thing the pace picked up a bit after that point.

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

      Yeah, they went all Germany on our arses in the 1st, so we did it back. And again. And again. Ha!

      • natstowngreg - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        So Germany’s victory over Brazil is going to be a thing? Like, when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Until they lose to the Dutch. Oranje!

      • jm91rs - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        God I hope not.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      It was a good game for MLB.tv to crap out.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        And by that, I mean, MLB.tv continuously crapped out last night. Reload after reload after reload. Checked the internet connection. Checked the cords from Roku to TV 3 times. Checked the cable connection into the internet connection. Replug it all back in only to have it reload after reload after reload.

        Meanwhile, I’m searching for a new series on Netflix to watch. Watched Louie about 3 times and just got done with Parks and Rec, so I thought I’d give old episodes of The Office a go. Watched the American Pilot and then began watching the BBC (the original) version. In case anyone cares…. the Pilot episode on NBC was the exact same as Episode 1 in Britain. Same story, same gags, same slick back hair. But different continents.

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Who else is old enough to remember “We are having problems with the picture portion of tonight’s transmission. We are working on the problem. Stay tuned”? They didn’t want to admit that the signal went down because Godzilla had bitten through the transmission tower again. You would think they would learn to stop using flashbulbs.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        *raises hand*

      • nbjays - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        When the picture got all fuzzy, you just adjusted the aerial until it cleared up… or you manually switched the dial to the other channel… the ONLY other channel.

      • auminer96 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        I had a similar problem with MLB.tv last night. I usually watch through my Blu-Ray player, but it would not load last night. But, it worked perfectly on my computer and on my phone. Go figure.

      • tmc602014 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Koufax: Try Extras. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Kate Winslett, dressed as a nun, coaching phone sex. (“Basement?” Means my fanny.”)

  7. southpaw2k - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    That Hughes/Fuld 90s action movie trailer sounds like the perfect starting point for a buddy cop franchise. The only question is, which one is Martin Riggs and which one is Roger Murtaugh?

    • nbjays - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Roger Murtaugh (Hughes): Have you ever met anybody you didn’t kill?
      Martin Riggs (Fuld): Well, I haven’t killed you yet.

      • southpaw2k - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Murtaugh/Hughes: Guess what?
        Riggs/Fuld: What?
        M/H: I don’t want to work with you.
        R/F: Hey, don’t.
        M/H: Ain’t got no choice! Looks like we’re both f***ed!
        R/F: Terrific.

    • Cris E - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Fuld has to be Riggs. Monday night he ran into a wall chasing a fly and they thought he wasn’t going to play yesterday, but then he shows up and stars like a young, unbigoted Mel Gibson.

  8. philliesblow - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Nice to see the Lions put up a couple touchdowns.

    Verlander was Jekyll & Hyde last night. Guess he was just pitching to the eventual score in the 1st.

  9. sdelmonte - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    love seeing deGrom doing so well. so much so that in his honor, i am going all lowercase except for that G in his name.

    (Classic Mets series. They are sinking fast, but get up for the Braves. The hallmark of mediocrity, as opposed to outright Padres-level badness, is that mediocre teams will fool you into thinking that they are good, then convince you they are terrible, often the same week.)

    • nbjays - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Sometimes in the same game.

  10. burm61 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Brantley for MVP

  11. Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Amid all the celebration over Marcell Ozuna’s magisterial bomb off the plexiglass partition in front of the center field camera redoubt was the Keystone Kops performance that the Feesh infielders put on for the desiccated Snake fans. Yes, it’s true – the horned toads are disappearing, and the proof was how the Rainbow Warriors kept stepping on the little invisible gargoyles and dropping the ball or stumbling as they tried to throw. Even the trusty Casey McGehee let himself be eaten alive by an only moderately well hit bouncer, while Ed Lucas had a game from hell during which he booted one ball and made one of the silliest shovel-throws to Adeiny Hechavarria since the ditch diggers from Monty Python and the Holy Grail observed that the umpires were the ones who weren’t covered in excrement. That particular peccary led to the one unearned run that cost Glad Hand his win. The Feesh committed only three errors thanks to the old western generosity of the official scorer, who was probably scraping a horned toad off his bootheel when some of the other fumbles went down. Jan Brewer was supposed to throw out the first pitch but she went to the airport instead to snub Obama. He wasn’t visiting Arizona, but she was going to be damned if she let Rick Perry upstage her in classlessness. There was a rumor that she was on a waiting list for a face transplant in advance of her nuptials to Imhotep, but so far there have been no fatal accidents on the Maricopa Freeway involving pickups full of saddles or steer hides.

    • jwbiii - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Horned toads are disappearing? Has someone been bringing tegus to Arizona?

      • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Tegu is the new python.

  12. natstowngreg - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Waited through about 3 hours’ worth of rain delay at Nats Park, to no avail. Game rescheduled for August 4.

    The Braves’ loss gives the Nats the NL East lead, .54545 to .54444. In the mythical Season That Ends Today, the Braves would tie the Giants for the two slots in the National League Death Match(tm). Meanwhile, the O’s lead the AL East by 2.5.

    The “Battle of the Beltways” moves to Bal’mer, with last night’s scheduled matchup, Bud Norris vs. Doug Fister.

    • Old Gator - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      From my experience, the “Battle of the Beltways” pits high conflict technology like multiband radar scanners, laser detectors, highly reflective, digital photo distorting clear acryllic license plate sppray coatings and hupcaps full of aluminum foil confetti against cleverly disguised MHP insurgents armed with primitive VASCAR units. Watch out going up the Parkway!

  13. APBA Guy - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Mad-Bum got dinked to death last night, after going the first two innings in 18 pitches, which had me thinking that he was in control. The first flare that dropped in was a result of Pence pulling out of a collision with Panik, and we all know the saying about giving a good team extra outs.

    It’s been a difficult adjustment for me, to realize that the A’s have gone from lovable bums to good to very, very good in the space of 5 years. But evidence is everywhere, from 7 players receiving their All-Star jerseys before last night’s game, to 6 straight games where the starting pitcher has gone at least six innings allowing 1 or no earned runs, to having enough depth in the bullpen to have an alternate “A” relief, which last night was Gregerson setting up Cook for the close.

    The Hernandez umpiring situation marred last night’s game but did not change the outcome. The Giants were not beating Sonny Gray last night. Tonight the series switches to the gorgeous side of town, AT&T, and hopefully the A’s can take one of the next two and win the series.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Giants players were a bit disoriented, playing in front of people that are interested in the game, rather than Coke bottle slides, high speed internet and the centerfield vegetable garden.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Giants fans still drink wine and eat sushi while they ignore the game, right?
        And A’s fans are still just loud and obnoxious people with less money, right?

        zzzzzz….

  14. nbjays - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Craig, in your “reaching for something once in a damn while”, you have recently managed to use pitchers’ names in the lyrics of one-hit-wonder Toni Basil (above) and the Sesame Street theme song (Sonny Gray).

    *slow, deliberate Wiser-hood clap*

    How long can you keep this theme going? Inquiring minds want to know…

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