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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 23, 2014, 7:17 AM EST

source: AP

Brewers 4, Reds 3: I usually don’t put up a feature photo like that but that’s such a cool one I can’t not. Occasioned by Jonathan Lucroy‘s walkoff homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth. He hit one in the sixth inning too. It wasn’t a walkoff, though. If it was, whichever team was left on the field would have won due to a forfeit. Might not’ve been the worst thing for the Reds, though. They’re 0-5 since the break. A forfeit would look pretty sweet at the moment.

Giants 9, Phillies 6: A save in this one for proven closer Tim Lincecum. He was needed in relief as this one went 14 innings. Brandon Crawford gave the Giants the lead that frame with a bases-clearing double. This whole thing went as long as it did thanks to Buster Posey hitting a homer off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. It was the first homer anyone had hit off him all season. Posey had four hits, including two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Crawford drove in four.

Yankees 2, Rangers 1: Another marathon. Sort of a marathon of ineptitude, as each of these teams made the other’s starters look like Koufax and Drysdale as opposed to Chase Whitley and Nick Martinez. But the new guy came through: Chase Headley, just acquired earlier in the day and only having landed in New York at 6:30pm for a 7pm start, hit the game-winning single in the 14th. I suppose that’s the record for becoming a True Yankee.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3: The Sox’ winning streak ends at five as Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered and J.A. Happ tossed six shutout innings. After the game John Farrell was asked about the poor night at the plate for Sox’ hitters a day after rattling off 18 hits:

“There’s no bank that we can take runs and put them in and take a loan out the next day, unfortunately,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “It would have been nice to be able to do that today.”

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, why not? If you’ll excuse me, I have a business to start.

Royals 7, White Sox 1: It was Greek Heritage Night at U.S. Cellular Field. Mike Moustakas is of Greek Heritage. Mike Moustakas also hit two homers. Opa!

Cubs 6, Padres 0: It was a big night for guys hitting two homers. Here Anthony Rizzo did it against his old organization. I’d say that would really steam the Padres GM, but at the moment the Padres GM is, like, a temp from Adecco or a team of monkeys at typewriters or something.

Marlins 6, Braves 5: Mike Minor was smacked around, giving up six runs on 10 hits and walking two. The Braves are looking sluggish just as the Nats are embarking on a pretty favorable part of their schedule. Washington now has a two-game lead in the division. My prediction that the Nats would pull away in the second half is looking pretty good, unfortunately.

Pirates 12, Dodgers 7: Gregory Polanco hit a solo home run and a two-run single in the sixth that broke a 4-4 tie. Neil Walker and Ike Davis also came up big. Josh Beckett looked rusty coming back from a hip injury and ended up lasting only three and two-thirds and giving up three homers.

Indians 8, Twins 2: Carlos Sanata homered and collected four hits and Danny Salazar, who had been exiled to Columbus of all places, made his first start in the bigs since May 15. It was a good one too, as he allowed one earned run and struck out six while pitching into the sixth. Columbus is a great place to get your head together, allowing you to go on and do better things elsewhere. Just ask James Thurber or George Bellows if you happen to run into them.

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Orioles 4, Angels 2: Miguel Gonzalez took a two-hit shutout into the eighth against one of the best offenses in baseball. Jonathan Schoop homered and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles. The loss means that the Angels’ streak of ten consecutive home series wins is over.

Rays 7, Cardinals 2: Six in a row for the Rays whose hot streak is going on two months now. That’s pretty great, and they’re better off now than they were in early June when they were 15 games back. But they still have only gained a game and a half on the division leader in the month of July and still sit eight back. Such is the difficulty of digging out of holes several months into the season. Five and a half out of the wild card but, again, a lot of teams to climb over.

Astros 3, Athletics 2: L.J. Hoes with a homer in the 12th. It was a requested home run. Hoes after the game:

“It’s a really good feeling considering it was my mom’s birthday, and that was the last thing she told me to do, to get a homer for her,” Hoes said. “To be able to do that for her was a special thing.”

I got my mom a set of those wireless headphones old ladies who are going deaf can use so they can hear the T.V. I suppose a homer is nice too, but my mom can now watch “Jeopardy!” cranked to 11 in the living room while my dad watches documentaries about trains in the bedroom without being disturbed. Who got the better gift L.J.? Hmmm?

Nationals 7, Rockies 4: Adam LaRoche with a tiebreaking homer in the seventh. It was the Nats’ fourth straight win. Some bad news though: Ryan Zimmerman left the game with a strained hamstring. He’ll have an MRI this morning.

Mets 3, Mariners 1: Jacob DeGrom continues his nice run of late, allowing one run in seven innings while striking out seven. Over his last six starts he’s 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA. He’s 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA over his past three, walking three and striking out 26.

Diamondbacks 5, Tigers 4: Three RBI and a game-ending gem of a play at second base for Aaron Hill. David Peralta had two triples and continued the streak of “Every Player in Major League Baseball Named Peralta Reminding Me of the Giant Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade Poster I Had on my Wall in High School:

source:

No, I wasn’t a big skater. But a lot of my friends were and I hung out with them at the skate store with the half-pipe in the back. While they were skating I found out the store was going out of business and was able to buy the poster off the owner super cheap. Then I flipped it to a kid I knew who was a real skater when I left home for college. Since then I just wait for a baseball team to pair up a player named Powell and a player named Peralta in a double play combo so I can call them the “Bones Brigade” which will amuse around five readers. At most.

 

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    What a difference a day makes. Those 14 runs that the bloody hose scored on Monday are completely forgotten thanks to a fine performance by the enigmatic J. A. Happ.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      You aren’t kidding (re: Happ). Looking at his Jekyll and Hyde season, it’s like he alternates starts between great and terrible. Literally cannot find back to back quality starts, nor can I find consecutive bad ones either.

      • nvl004 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        Tillman like

      • spursareold - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Oz, the Great and Terrible.

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Miguel Gonzalez in his last 3 starts has gone 8,8 and 7 2/3 IP. He is the current anomaly in the O’s rotation, who averages roughly 6IP per start. Also worth noting, the O’s have kept the high flying Angels offense to 2 runs in each of the first 2 games. Tillman on the bump tonight, hopefully he can keep it going.

    In an otherwise great night for the O’s, there was some concern about Machado being scratched late with lower back stiffness. Surely it’s nothing serious and will work itself out, but he’s day to day for the time being, and right in the middle of a huge road trip. No bueno.

    • nvl004 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      for some reason i read this as Machado’s back being scratched. Good win for the O’s I was hoping they would go 5-5 on this road trip. 6-4 is now attainable.

  3. Joe - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    The pitching matchup between the Yankees and the Rangers was Chase Whitley vs. Nick Martinez, and I honestly don’t know who pitched for whom. My guess is that Whitley plays for the Yankees, because they seem to employ a lot of guys with names like “Chase.” (Case in point: the Chase they picked up yesterday for the pennant chase.)

  4. bigbenh8tr - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    My prediction that the Nats would pull away in the second half is looking pretty good, unfortunately.
    ———————————-
    Fishing for comments or do you really hate Harper/Strasburg/Rizzo that much?

  5. philliesblow - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    The Tigers had scored 2 in the 8th to go ahead by one when Porcello, who had thrown only 77 pitches through 7 innings, was due up. But with bases loaded and 2 out he was pulled for Rajai Davis who took a called strike 3 to end the threat.

    Of course in the bottom of the inning the Tigers bullpen promptly walked everyone wearing a D’backs uni and gave the game away. How many more games will this group blow before help arrives?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Was I the only one who wished they’d just left Porcello in? Sigh.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      According to mlb.com the Tiger’s top prospect has a scouting grade of 55, followed by a handful of guys with a grade of 50. Like most of the teams that have gotten to a play off competitive level, their farm system has suffered during the push and they don’t have much to offer trade wise. Their best bet is to ask the Philles what they would take for Paplebon if they pay his entire salary.

      Hope no one minds me talking about the Tigers so I don’t have to talk about what you know I don’t want to talk about.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        It’s okay, honorary fan.

  6. historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s game. There was the hilarity of pitcherwannabehitter ball: Porcello actually walked over toward the 3B coach from the plate because he didn’t know the sign & then later had to be told to stay on deck until pulled. He looked clueless and it was funny.

    The game was an excellent back-and-forth too. There were nice defensive plays on both sides (and both pitchers took one to the torso but neither was injured). Guys on both teams were hitting well. We still need to work on NOT leaving men on base, but it wasn’t as bad last night as it has been. On the whole, it was a pretty enjoyable match-up.

    When I turned the game on, I must have accidentally selected the D-backs broadcast, but I didn’t change it after I realized it wasn’t ours. It was pretty good. Their announcers knew our team and could talk about them with some familiarity. They talked about what was going on in the field and weren’t annoying homers. And, they joked around a little too. I was impressed. I usually stick to our broadcasts because when I don’t, it’s usually the Fox team that’s on and they are terrible. This was much better — which demonstrates that Fox could do better. Hats off to the D-backs for their product there.

  7. nbjays - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    It is becoming obvious that the Yankees need to do anything to get Utley from the Phillies, so that they can corner the market in players named Chase Whatever-ley.

    Just think about it…. judging by Whitley and Headley (so far), Utley would revitalize his career, lead the Yankees to the World Series by winning every game from now on, and make New York fans forget Derek Jeter ever existed.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Someone ate their Wheaties this am. Coming out strong there, nbj.

  8. RickyB - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Props to Kyle Hendricks for picking up his first MLB win last night. Granted, shutting out the Padres offense is not that big a deal, but for a kid making his 2nd big league start, seven scoreless innings is always welcome, especially for the Cubbies.

  9. mvp43 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Lucroy may be the best player no one knows about. He’s probably the best catcher in the NL. He had 2 doubles in the All star game last week and would’ve been the MVP had the NL won.

    • jilljulias - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      He’s also been great for my fantasy team. He looks like your friendly neighborhood H & R Block Tax Advisor.

  10. clydeserra - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    awww. that quote from lj hoes takes the sting out of the loss to the Astros. this game and the Saturday loss saw a lot of atom balls by the A’s. there was a quick 1-2-3 inning where a few inches another way or just a touch harder and there would have been 2 things scored and no outs.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Frustrating game, to be sure. The comebacker to Kaz that opened the door to the 2 run single by Carter was another that missed Kaz’s glove by inches.

      Still, why throw Carter a strike? He’ll swing at anything.

      But the bottom line was this was a game that we A’s fans have become accustomed to seeing the A’s win. They did not, and part of the reason was the improvement of the Astros this year. But now that we all agree they’ve improved, it’s time for the A’s to take advantage of the schedule (something like the next 20 games are against sub .500 teams).

      • clydeserra - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Right, if Kiko Calero blows the game July 22, 2008, its oh well, free baseball, better draft position (Fire geren now).

        but 2014 it was a bitter pill to swallow.

  11. IsThird - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    More impressive about Hendricks’ win, he threw 2 pitches over 88mph. Rizzo has clearly figured it out, it’s nice to watch being a Cubs fan.

  12. uyf1950 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Who would have imagined after 4 very ugly starts that Whitley would have pitched a decent if not a good game. Six innings and zero runs is probably more then the Yankees and we fans could have hoped for. Even against the last place injury riddled Rangers that’s a good start for Whitley. And just as important is the Mets beat the Mariners leaving the Yankees just 1.5 games back of them in the race for the wild card and just 4 games back of the Orioles for the AL East.

    BTW, had to appreciate Headley’s leaping grab. Defense like that has been sorely lacking by the Yankees infielders.

  13. tysonpunchinguterus - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    So Lincecum has a no-hitter and a save this year. I wonder how many (if any) guys have done that before. I’d look it up but I’m at work and used all my free time writing this comment. And maybe some things are best left a mystery.

    • geoknows - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Matt Garza 2010, Chris Bosio 1993, Jerry Reuss 1980, and John Candelaria 1976.

      Thank you, Elias.

    • jwbiii - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Further back, it was even more common, although the saves were retroactively applied. Christy Mathewson threw a no-hitter in 1905 but had no idea he made a save; same for Carl Erskine in 1952.

  14. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Lucas Duda hit a ball damn near out of Safeco park last night/early this morning. Check it out.

  15. dluxxx - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I for one would thoroughly enjoy referring to a Powell/Peralta combo as the Bones Brigade. Time to try to become a GM so I can make this happen…

  16. Tim's Neighbor - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    It was the blurst of times for the Padres.

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