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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 21, 2014, 5:03 AM EDT

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Angels 6, Mariners 5: Fernando Rodney was called on for the five-out save. He got the first two to close out the eighth and even did his little bow and arrow thing. Maybe a bit too early there, Fernando. In the ninth Albert Pujols doubled home Mike Trout to tie it, and mocked Rodney with his own bow-and-arrow move when he pulled into second. Trout shot one back at him from the dugout. Then, after a Josh Hamilton single, a couple of intentional walks and a double play, Grant Green singled home Hamilton for the winning run. It was the Angels’ 30th come-from-behind win this season. The A’s may be handing out whuppin’s, but a win is a win no matter what the margin of victory and there the Angels sit a game and a half back.

Athletics 10, Orioles 2: Here’s that whuppin’ I was taking about. The A’s have delivered a lot of whuppin’s this year. This was their 12th win by eight or more runs so far this season. No one else in baseball has more than five.

Rays 5, Twins 3: Five straight wins for the Rays and 14 of their last 18. Which is either just good enough to mess up the front office’s plans to trade David Price and Ben Zobrist by making the fans think the Rays have a chance or just good enough to enhance those plans by giving the front office some “well, we may not trade him after all . . .” leverage with potential trading partners. I have no idea how that all works. For all I know they make trades in the big leagues via some computerized system in which they get emails telling you “Congratulations: [Team] has accepted your offer.”

Astros 11, White Sox 7: A 17-hit attack by Houston. They had a 4-0 lead and then watched as the Sox tied it at seven but then they pulled away. This snaps a losing streak of four for Houston. Three games and that trainwreck of a draftee signing deadline on Friday afternoon.

Pirates 5, Rockies 3: Aggressive baserunning helped the Pirates as, on three occasions, a base runner took an extra base and then ended up scoring. Also helping: the fact that they were playing the Rockies. Following this sweep someone had better take Dick Monfort’s iPad away from him.

Nationals 5, Brewers 4: Milwaukee tied it in the top of the ninth but then Werth walks ’em off with an RBI double. After the game Werth talked about situations where runners are in scoring position and the game is on the line:

“That’s what it’s all about, right? It’s why we do this. If you find yourself in that situation and you don’t want to be there, I think you’re in the wrong line of work.”

Upon hearing that teammate Scott Hairston (.071/.118/.071 with runners in scoring position all year) turned in his bat and applied to grad school.

Red Sox 6, Royals 0: Jon Lester with eight shutout innings and eight strikeouts. That’s the third time in his last four starts he’s allowed no earned runs. He and the Red Sox may not be negotiating about his contract anymore, but he’s definitely making statements about it.

Braves 8, Phillies 2: Tommy La Stella drove in three runs and Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer. Dan Uggla watched the game with increasing anger from his couch, flexing his biceps and thinking about what could’ve been, probably. Of course he also spent some time thinking about how he’ll spend the $19 million he has coming from the Braves for the next year and a half, so it’s not too bad.

Yankees 3, Reds 2: Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Skip Schumaker were converging on a pop in shallow right. Two of them were playing positions they really probably shouldn’t be playing. The other one — Bruce — is a pretty nifty right fielder but had the farthest to go for the ball. Guess what happened? Yankees walk off and Brian McCann is credited with an RBI single off the nastiest lefty reliever going. Baseball is cool sometimes.

Tigers 5, Indians 1: Miguel Cabrera was 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBI. Drew Smyly allowed one run on four his over seven innings. Between this game, the Reds game and the birthday party I misguidedly held in my home for my nine-year-old son yesterday (eight additional nine-years-olds attending) it was just a horrible day for people from Ohio. I probably got the worst of it, though.

Marlins 3, Giants 2: Tim Lincecum threw great but he bounced one in the dirt in the seventh allowing the go-ahead run to score. Casey McGehee hit a homer. It was only his second of the year, but the two-run shot gives him 56 RBI on the year. That’s a pace of 94 RBI and only three homers. Which is pretty trippy. In 1957 Mickey Mantle drove in 94 homers with 34 homers. In 1960 he drove in 94 RBI with 40 homers. The takeaway: Casey McGehee just knows how to drive in runners better than Mickey Mantle ever did.

Blue Jays 9, Rangers 6: Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and was 3 for 5 with three RBI overall. He was 3 for 4 the day before. The Rangers scored a run on a balk in the sixth in which Mark Buehrle slipped and fell down. I bet the time it took him to set for that pitch, fall, get back up and deliver the subsequent pitch was still less than it takes half the guys in baseball to throw a single pitch.

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2: Not gonna say the Cubs are historically unlucky, but in this one the go-ahead run scored when Anthony Rizzo made an awesome catch on a foul ball. Except the catch took him and the ball out of play. Problem: there was a runner on third and when the defender takes the ball out of play, the runners are awarded a base. In this case, home.

Padres 2, Mets 1Odrisamer Despaigne didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the eighth. Not bad for a guy who throws more junk than Lamont Sanford. After five starts he has a 1.31 ERA, though, so it’s not like it ain’t workin’.

Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3: Peter Bourjos hit an unexpected homer to tie it in the sixth off of Clayton Kershaw of all people, but then the Dodgers plated the winning run in the ninth rallying against Trevor Rosenthal. Kershaw’s run of seven starts allowing one or fewer runs comes to an end but a win makes everything shiny.*

*note: I watched “Serenity” again last night so I’m going to be sprinkling that stuff in for a few days. Can’t help myself.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Something pretty amazing is going on in Tampa Bay. When the team was 24-39, Joe Maddon said “I don’t think its impossible and it’s not unreachable to think about getting to 50-50 if we play our typical baseball.” Maddon said. “That would be my short term goal to get to 50-50. ‘That would be what 26-11?’ We’ve done that standing on our heads in the past. Once you get to that particular junction you can play it from there”

    At 24-39, even I, a Rays homer, thought Joe had finally lost it. Then we get to game 100, and holy cow, that hippy almost nailed it. They are now 47-53, have won 5 in row, and 22 of their last 33. With the Rays only 7.5 games out of first place, I don’t think Price is going anywhere. If he does, teams will be kicking themselves for not pulling the trigger a month ago, because the Price keeps going up. The closer they get to .500, the more prospects they will demand,

    This team is as good as anyone right now,and that’s without Wil Myers and with Longo sucking. I think they will cut the lead to 5 by the end of the month.

    Kiermaier…1 for 2 with 2 walks. You can’t stop this kid. He now owns a .315/.360/.570 in 179 PA with 8 homers, 10 doubles, and 4 triples. Boy did this guy come out of nowhere.

    • indaburg - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      I love that Kiermaier kid, my new favorite Ray. His energy is infectious. When he’s not getting it done with the bat or his heads up aggressive baserunning, he’s doing it with his defense.

      In a month, the Rays have gone from 15 games back to 7.5 games back. Baseball is fun to watch again. Even if we lose Price, at least the last month had that magic back.

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    So far so good. Kuroda looked good on Sunday as did Phelps and McCarthy the previous 2 games against the Reds. McCann and the Yankees got a little lucky when 3 Reds players bumbled their way around his “pop up”. In spite of that lucky hit McCann has turned his season around batting .320 in his last 20 games. Now if he and the Yankees starters can keep it up who knows how this postseason race may yet turn out. BTW the Yankees finished the 2014 season Interleague play with a 13-7 as compared to 9-11 in 2013.

    • infieldhit - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      I think McCann broke an unwritten rule by accepting a win due to three guys on the other team letting a ball drop. He should’ve offered a do-over.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    After the Jays/Rangers game Colby Lewis congratulated Melky Cabrera on showing Colby Rasmus how to play the game the right way. He said that Melky beat the heck out of his team the right way. He said that Melky kicked them in the (censored) real good.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      Lewis was also upset that Rasmus stole 2 bases yesterday after refusing to steal a base off him on Saturday.

      • nbjays - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Rasmus just didn’t want to show Lewis up on Saturday… because stealing a base on your opponent when you have an insurmountable 2-run lead in the 5th is just piling on.

  4. NatsLady - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Werth had more to say…

    When I hit it, I knew Rendon was running, so I figured old ‘No Stop Sign’ Henley over there at third base, he’s just always waving guys around. So I assumed he was gonna send him. So I thought we had a chance.

    Henley being the third base coach.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Under Matt Williams, more aggressive baserunning. Even Adam (Speedy) LaRoche and Jose (Wheels) Lobaton taking extra bases. It doesn’t work every time, but it’s fun to watch.

  5. philliesblow - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Miggy was 0 – 4 yesterday. Torii had a HR & 2 RBI. That birthday party must have driven you to heavy drinking, Craig.

  6. karlkolchak - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    One thing about the Werth comment, Rendon was on first base and not actually in scoring position when Werth got the game winning double. He just ran the bases upon contact like he was being chased by a pack of rabid Rottwilers.

    • NatsLady - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Baseball may be boring for Rendon to watch, but watching Rendon play baseball isn’t boring at all!

    • natstowngreg - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      And, the Brewers didn’t execute the relay from LF well.

      But hey, if the opposition is going to give you something, it would be impolite to decline. Yesterday, each team gave each other gifts, physical and mental. It was a fairly sloppy game, but the Nats prevailed, which was the point.

  7. bgrillz - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    That was bush league Trout. You’ll likely be the first to want to charge the mound when you get dotted next time you play too. I never understood players stealing other players over the top celebrations. What does he think this is the WWE?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      You mitted the sarcasm font.

    • echech88 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I’m going to assume this is some nice trolling and you’re not serious.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Sorry, but you seem confused. You mean Bryce Harper or Yasiel Puig, right? They’re the ones who behave badly, not Mike Trout. After all, The Narrative(tm) says so.

  8. jarathen - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Angels-Mariners series was awesome. All three games decided by one run, all with the winning run(s) plated in the ninth or later.

    • infieldhit - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      One-run walk-off wins may count the same, and may be exciting, but I’d feel more confident in my team if they won via whupping.

      • jarathen - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        The Mariners are a pretty good team. I’ll take wins any way I can get them, especially with Oakland being so great. First place in the West sure would beat a wild card game against Seattle.

        You see, the Angels have had a one-game playoff with Seattle before, and they had arguably the best pitcher in the AL at that time as well…

  9. hcf95688 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Booing the hell out of Manny Machado all weekend was fun!

  10. papacrick - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    I’m pretty sure Miggy was hitless with two k’s but it was my bday and my memory could be a little foggy. In fact, I don’t think anyone was 3-5 with three rbi’s in that game, not even Torii who did hit the only home run I remember

  11. sportsdrenched - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I don’t even like baseball anymore.

    • stex52 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Well, we’ll miss you. Sort of.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        It’s hard to miss someone who won’t leave.

  12. NatsLady - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    So, no suspension/fine for Kershaw? Not even a mention in ATH? I guess we don’t worry about the “he hit our guy so I’ll hit their guy” thing any more?

    • jilljulias - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      The Dodgers are still three hit by pitches behind the Cardinals. They have to let it get even first.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Kershaw is one of the best ever. He knows how to make it look like an accident.

  13. tmohr - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Remember when the Rockies were 23-16 on May 10, scoring almost six runs per games, and there was take of them being an offensive powerhouse? Good times.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Remember when the Twins were in first place, early July 2010, and there was talk of Morneau being headed for his second MVP? Golden ancient times.

  14. APBA Guy - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    The Beloved A’s returned to form this series, taking 2 of 3 from the division leading Orioles. Unfortunately, this just allowed them to maintain their lead in the AL West against the Angels, who, miraculously, have all of their brittle stars healthy and Mike Trout improving over his already unbelievable first two years.

    Yesterday’s game opened on a high note against Gausman, who had previously handcuffed the A’s, with a Crisp single and a Jaso triple. For those of you out there who still regard Adam Jones as one of the league’s top fielders at center, please watch that triple again, and then the brain-cramp on the one-out fly ball.

    In fact, the only negative with the A’s play against the Orioles was Hammell’s inability to get the ball down in the zone, and the resulting bombardment by a grateful Orioles lineup.

    On the plus side, O’Flaherty went 1.1 with 1 hit, setting up Doolittle in the 9th. This gives the A’s huge flexibility, in that they can use Cook to save or set-up, allowing Doolittle to stay fresh, and keep Gregerson as a set-up guy against primarily right-handed lineups.

    The A’s are off tonight, with Houston coming in on Tuesday. The Astros are definitely improved this year, but the expectation is another series win for the A’s. Baltimore moves on to Anaheim. Hopefully, Baltimore’s power can inflict a couple of losses on the back end of the Angels’ rotation.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      The west coast trip is usually difficult for AL East teams, so I would not count on Baltimore winning their series in Anaheim.

    • stex52 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Houston had a surge when their HR hitters were complemented by a run of solid starting pitching and some decent infield fielding.

      Alas, of late, Fowler is hurt, the pitchers have taken a step back, and Singleton seems lost at first. Oakland may be catching the Astros down a bit.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Still, I love watching Springer’s at-bats. The offense seems more energized with his presence.

    • clydeserra - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      that jaso triple was awkward for him. Fun day at the yard. Execpt watching the mariners give up 5 runs worth of lead.

  15. gloccamorra - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    I’ve already seen one writer complain about having to type “Odrisamer Despaigne”. How soon before he’s given a nickname? He’s been called a junk ball pitcher because he has four pitches and changes speeds with a lot of deception. Maybe “El Junque” will work?

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