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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 11, 2014, 6:55 AM EDT

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Clayton Kershaw‘s scoreless innings streak was snapped after 41 2/3 innings when he gave up a homer to Chase Headley in the sixth inning, but other than that he was fantastic, striking out 11 while tossing a three-hitter and notching a complete game. The ERA is now down to 1.78.

Cubs 6, Reds 4: The Cubs avoid the rare five-game sweep thanks to Arismendy Alcantara, who had four hits and scored what proved to be the winning run in the 12th. It was part of a two-run triple hit by Luis Valbuena which he tried to stretch into an inside-the-park home run. Nice try, but it proved to be unnecessary.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 3: Sox win. Mike Carp walked ’em off with a pinch-hit RBI single in the 10th. Jon Lester gave up only one run on seven hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks. In his last six starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA, 39 strikeouts and six walks in 44 2/3 innings. He hasn’t given up a homer in 45 innings.

Phillies 9, Brewers 1: Matt Garza had took a no-hitter into the seventh. That ended there, and the shuotout ended in the eighth when Philly put up a seven-spot. The Phillies sweep the Brewers in four. And the Brewers’ freefall continues: they’ve lost nine of ten.

Orioles 4, Nationals 3: Steve Pearce homered and scored twice as Batlimore takes two of three (the rain took one) from Washington. The Orioles have won eight of ten.

Athletics 6, Giants 1: Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three to back up Scott Kazmir, who struck out nine in seven scoreless innings. Oakland has won seven of eight.

Indians 9, Yankees 3: The Indians presented Derek Jeter with an electric guitar which was painted white with Yankees pinstripes before the game, inscribed with Jeter’s No. 2 and the words, “The Captain.” That was the only good thing that happened to the Yankees yesterday. In the game they blew a 3-0 lead and didn’t score again after that. Roberto Perez homered as part of a five-run eighth inning. The Indians catcher was two for three with a walk in his debut.

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 Braves 3, Mets 1:

Angels 15, Rangers 6: It was 13-2 after three innings so, yeah. Mike Trout had a three-run homer and four hits and four RBI overall. The Angels won for the seventh time in eight games. Texas has lost five straight and 19 of 22.

Pirates 9, Cardinals 1: Edinson Volquez tossed a six-hit complete game allowing only one. Two RBI a piece for Neil WalkerJosh HarrisonRussell Martin and Andrew McCutchen.

Tigers 16, Royals 4: Another laugher, as the Tigers explain to the Royals that they are in first place and you, Kansas City, are firmly in second. Every Tigers hitter got a hit and scored a run. The Tigers have won four straight in Kauffman Stadium, outscoring the Royals 42-12.

Twins 4, Mariners 2: Kendrys Morales had a two-run double to back up Yohan Pino, who got his first big league victory by allowing one run over five. Then he was sent down to the minors because politics, man.

  1. miguelcairo - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Clayton Kershaw gave up a run? What is the world coming to?!

    • scorpiox1960 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      To the Padres of all teams.

      In other news, man bites dog. Film at 11.

      • 4d3fect - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        That’s “Headley”.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Kershaw is otherworldly right now.

  3. southpaw2k - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Kershaw is really falling off a cliff. First was that near-perfect game, then a mere 8 shutout innings while giving up 6 hits, then 7 innings while surrendering 5 hits, and now a complete game but he gave up a run. Somebody from the Dodgers’ medical staff better check him out because there must be something wrong with him.

    Meanwhile, the Brewers have lost 5 straight and 9 of 10, but they’re still 11 games over .500. They’re finally coming back to reality at this point. With the Cardinals losing Molina and the Reds without Votto and Phillips, the Pirates have a real shot at taking that division.

    • nbjays - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      The NL Central seems to be the new AL East, with 4 teams over .500 and all within 3.5 games. This season is turning out to be a war of attrition in every division, as injuries take their toll.

  4. 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    The White Sox intentionally walked Drew.

    The Red Sox are undefeated in the post-AJP era.

    • rje49 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Sox got all of 3 hits and won. I keep saying to myself “hitless wonders”. Hitless yes, but they’ll have to win more consistantly to qualify to be a “wonder”. We’ll see.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        I think they’re perfectly capable of playing .600 ball for the rest of the season. But they’re in such a hole, it doesn’t matter. There’s 70 games left. Win 3 out of every 5, and that’s 42 wins, which gets them to 83-79. (I’d say the same thing about the Rays, but they’ve played two more games than Boston has, making the hill a little steeper. But they’re very talented, too.)

        The Orioles are nine games over .500 and only need to win 34 of their last 71 games (48 percent) to beat that. It’s not impossible, but it’s a deep hole for Boston and Tampa.

  5. janessa31888 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Last night I was bemoaning the pathetic Cleveland fans who camped out in front of LeBrons home(because of a silly rumor), while they could have been watching a nice win by the Tribe. Nice to listen to Asdrubal tie up the game with one swing of the bat. That was really cool.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    I was watching the Yankees play Cleveland with a comfortable 3 run lead, when things began to escalate quickly. A 4 run Cleveland inning was quickly followed by a 5 run inning. These are not the Bronx bombers of recent vintage.

  7. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    As long as Bellisario remains in the pen for the ChiSox they will lose most 1-run games. Very unfortunate.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    I guess Craig had nothing to add to the Braves-Mets game

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      It was a white font

    • indaburg - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Another weird thing about today’s ATH is that usually the scores are hyperlinked to the boxscores on Not today.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        I blame anonymous sources in the Red Sox clubhouse.

  9. NatsLady - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Nothing to say about the Barves beating the Mets and avoiding the sweep, Craig? Also, typos. I know it’s free, but people correct typos on my blog so I’m just paying it forward. 😉

    • natstowngreg - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Craig’s having an off day. Like the Nats did yesterday.

  10. philliesblow - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    A freak winter storm popped up in KC last light, dumping enough white stuff to allow the Tigers to build a snowman in the 5th inning. The storm was fueled by a HR, 3 doubles and 2 KC outfield errors, including a sinking liner that ate Raul.

    Sorry you didn’t get to see it, Histy.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Here’s an awkward thing: when you’re the teacher and it’s your phone going off in class. Dang phone alerts! I’m trying to talk about anti-communism, blah, blah, blah here! But really, my head jerks over to the desk every time the buzz sounds. So, so many scores. He he! Per the game stats, Hunter’s HR was longer than Butler’s and Hosmer’s. Here’s the recap quote from Butler: “Obviously that game took a long time. It felt like they were hitting the whole time.” Ouch.

      Tonight one of my nephews is getting married, and, of course, they say “I do” at first pitch. Oh, well. True love and whatever. At least it’s better than when my niece got married during the playoffs. Sheesh. I hope my phone alerts don’t disrupt the ceremony!

  11. happytwinsfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Now that the all star game here in the Twin Cities is history are we ready for the second half of the season?

    The game at the Met yesterday was classic. Willie Mays, who I think is going to be the best all round player ever (yes he of Minneapolis Miners fame), leads the thing off with a home run. Other great NL players follow on, but the AL has talent too. Dick (the coolest batting stance ever) McAuliffe starts it up and Killer ties it up with a 400 foot plus homer. The AL must feel no shame when the Hercules of the baseball pantheon, Willie Mays scores the winning run.

    Hey Tiger fans, I know this year is a disappointment, but Kaline, Horton, Freehan, and of course McAuliffe were looking pretty sweet yesterday. I got a feeling that the Tigers are going to do something big in the next few years.

    Mud Cat Grant, Oliva, and Versailles are cruising, and we’ll see who smokes who when Killer and Koufax meet in the series. You know it’s coming.

    Oh what a beautiful summer. I think it’s going to be something to tell the grand kids about.

  12. ernst2k - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    As a Tigers fan, I am confused about why I am supposed to be disappointed with this season…

  13. aresachaela - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I miss Ma-kun already 😦

  14. jarathen - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Kole Calhoun also had four hits. This is why the Angels traded Bourjos; they didn’t have even the slightest thing close to an MLB-caliber 3B (Grant Green can hit all right but is questionable all over the field) but they had one of the more surprising guys in baseball, a guy who hit at every level but no one really saw much in but is carrying a whopping 155 OPS+ at this point, which is higher than Miguel Cabrera’s.

  15. kastout11 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Oakland just dominated a solid team that possesses outstanding starting pitching. Barring injuries, with the starting pitching they just acquired, they will be really difficult to beat when the postseason rolls around. Oakland just destroyed the class of the National League.

    • lanflfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      If you think the giants are the class of the NL you need your head examined.

  16. nvl004 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I’m typically pessimistic. But i’m looking for the Oriole birds to sweep this weekend. Yankees are limping a bit at the moment.

  17. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    at least billy butler continues to haunt the tigers?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Needs more BBQ sauce.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        What doesn’t?

        PS: pie > cake

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Well, apparently you put BBQ sauce on your pie to make it palatable. Gross!

  18. APBA Guy - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    The A’s played the same questionable infield defense yesterday that they did Wednesday. But this time, Kazmir avoided peril by allowing practically nothing, so that the predictable error (Callaspo) caused no harm, as Kaz got the third out in the 6th on a K of Morse, stranding 2 runners.

    Hudson conversley allowed 5 extra base hits, along with 3 walks and 4 singles for your basic 2.4 WHIP. The A’s took 3/4 from the struggling Giants.

    Tonight’s game: the King vs. Sam. Must see TV.

  19. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Buck was a little upset with Jason Werth last night…

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