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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 24, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT

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Rays 3, Cardinals 0: Alex Cobb tossed seven shutout innings and ten strikeouts. He also drove in a run with his first major league hit — a double. That makes it seven in a row for the Rays who just keep on keeping on. They’re now seven back in the East and four and a half back in the wild card.

Braves 6, Marlins 1: It was 5-0 after two innings and not much was left to be decided. Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer. This after going an (estimated) 0 for 4,408 against the Marlins this season.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4: The Red Sox went up 3-0 right out of the gate but Jose Bautista and Josh Thole hit RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning to tie it up. Bautista later smacked a leadoff homer in the seventh. R.A. Dickey limited the damage after the first, allowing four runs and nine hits in six.

Pirates 6, Dodgers 1: Pittsburgh batted around in the first inning, plating four against Dan Haren and were never threatened after that as Francisco Lirano posted his best start of the season. The Pirates have won five of six.

Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5: The Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the Diamondbacks made it 7-5 but Detroit pulled away. Austin Jackson hit a three-run double fourth inning and Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the eighth. Alex Avila added three RBI.

Mets 3, Mariners 2: Bartolo Colon had a perfect game going into the seventh and ended up allowing two runs on three hits in seven and a third. Colon is now 13-1 all time in Safeco Field.

Rockies 6, Nationals 4: Colorado snaps a seven game losing streak and the Nats fall back to one game ahead of the Braves. Jorge De La Rosa struck out 11. All of the Rockies — including manager Walt Weiss — decided to wear high socks for this one. Which was clearly the difference-maker.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Mike Moustakas was dead to rights when he tried to score from second on a single in the ninth inning. Adam Eaton‘s throw had him beat. But even though everyone obeyed the home plate collision rules — Moustakas slid and catcher Tyler Flowers attempted to apply a tag — the ball still popped loose to give the Royals what proved to be the winning run.

Brewers 5, Reds 1: Someone throw the Reds a parachute. Mark Reynolds homered twice and Milwaukee handed Cincinnati their sixth straight loss. The Reds were one and a half games behind Milwaukee at the break. Now they’re five and a half back and have scored just 12 runs in those six losses.

Twins 3, Indians 1: Anthony Swarzak and five relief pitchers shut down the Indians. Swarzak is actually a relief pitcher these days too, actually, so let’s call this a bullpen game.

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Padres 8, Cubs 3: Ian Kennedy walked five guys in six innings but got out of jams — the pros call it “making pitches” — and survived for the win. The biggest jam he escaped came in the fifth when the Cubs loaded the bases. Kennedy bore down, however, striking out Anthony Rizzo and getting Starlin Castro to ground out to end the threat.

Athletics 9, Astros 7: Two homers and five RBI for Yoenis Cespedes, but it wasn’t all good news: Cespedes sprained his thumb on an awkward swing in the fifth inning. Also bad: Jim Johnson melted down in the eighth, allowing four runs on four hits without retiring a batter. The A’s would like to deal him. His pitching suggests that he is just happy as can be to stay in Oakland. Or, perhaps, wherever it is he makes his home when he’s not playing.

Angels 3, Orioles 2: Baltimore had a 2-1 lead entering the eighth, but an Erik Aybar double tied it up and a two-out bases-loaded walk to Kole Calhoun put the Angels ahead to stay. One of the runners on base when it happened was put there intentionally, so let’s call it an E-Manager.

Yankees 2, Rangers 1: The Yankees have won five of six. This was a weird one. Shortened due to rain, but more so due to the wet field after the rain delay was over. The reason the field was so wet: the Yankees grounds crew couldn’t get the tarp on the field in a timely fashion when the rain first started, turning the infield into mud. If the Boss Were Still Alive he would have … wait, that gave the Yankees the win, so I guess he would’ve been OK with it.

Giants 3, Phillies 1: It was 0-0 entering the ninth but then Hunter Pence cleared the bases with a double to give the Giants all of their runs. Madison Bumgarner threw eight shutout innings. The Giants have now won six of seven and have a two-game lead on the Dodgers.

 

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Sometimes a team comes out on the short end of a game that is cut short because of a weather issue like the Yankees were on July 13 against the Orioles and sometimes a team comes out ahead in a game that is cut short because of a weather issue like the Yankees were last night. That’s baseball for you.

    • NatsLady - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      Unless you have a roof. Apparently they closed the roof mid-game in Milwaukee because the players “don’t want to deal with the shadows”.

      In Philly they had a non-rain rain delay of 49 minutes. They resumed play and the downpour commenced. (Note: Buster Posey looks pretty OK in a sopping wet uni). It did eventually stop raining.

      Oh, and you forgot to mention who gave up the three runs. Papelbon came into the tie game at home, hit Michael Morse, struck out two guys but allowed a stolen base, so (erp) the old intentional walk.Then another walk to pinch hitter Hector Sanchez, the backup catcher (.198/.234/.302), and then the double to Pence. Hey, Paps, you mad you didn’t get traded to Detroit?

      • lifer124 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        They actually just keep the right 2 panels of the roof closed at Miller Park for afternoon games. If they don’t do that you get the creeping shadow that covers home plate and not the mound, making hitting rather difficult I would imagine. This way, the shadow line is across most of the outfield instead.

      • kevinbnyc - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Speaking of being traded, how bad does AJ have to want out of Philadelphia? Threw a GEM and got not a single run of support.

  2. Tim's Neighbor - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    My newborn is eating his bottle about as well as Kennedy pitched last night. Sure, he’s inexplicably wild and milk is all over the place, but he’s eaten enough to get it done. When the wife asks how the his feeding went…

    “Well, Geoff was just making his pitches out there this morning and grinding through it. He’s just a professional out there, drinking milk to the score.”

    • dan1111 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Nothing like a baby to make you interpret all world events in terms of milk and/or poop.

    • icanspeel - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      The important part is the baby was fed.. and Kennedy got the win?

  3. chill1184 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    How about that Bartolo guy? No a bad start for a guy in his 40s. Also it was only a month ago that many called the Rays dead, baseball is funny sometimes.

    • scorpiox1960 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Funny? Funny how? Is it here to amuse you? What makes baseball so bleeping funny?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    It did not look good for the Jays when Ortiz hit a 3 run homer in the top of the first. Fortunately, feet of Clay promptly gave those 3 runs back. As far as Jays fans are concerned, a star was born in the top of the 7th when Aaron Sanchez made his major league debut. He had no trouble disposing of Pedroia, Ortiz and Napoli. Sanchez turned 22 on July 1, but still looks like a teenager. His first pitch was only 96 MPH; however, subsequent fastballs were 98 and 99 with movement. He threw hard without effort. He will be used in the pen in order to limit his innings count; however, he should be in the rotation next season. Tonight, the Red Sox will face 23 year old Marcus Stroman, who also looks like he has ace potential. The Jays did trade away some excellent pitching prospects prior to the 2013 season, but they kept the 2 pitchers they liked the best.

    • Shayna - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Yes, Sanchez is a babyface. He, Goins, and Thole all remind me of poached eggs — smaller circles within larger circles. Good thing they can play like big boys!

    • nbjays - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Sort of a scary moment for Boston when Buchholz took that comeback bouncer off the tip of his glove and then off his face.

  5. NatsLady - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    In the Nats game, the Nats got their run in the first by way of a two-base error. Denard Span, who had singled, maded it to second base and was awarded home plate on the throw to the dugout.

    Stras gave it right back though, with three to the Rox in the bottom of the first. Stras didn’t pitch particularly well. He’s now 1-6 away from Nats Park. Matty Williams, who generally has been OK, did several strange things. Firstly, he batted Scott Hairston 2nd in the lineup. Scotty is pretty much a stranger to getting hits, as he’s 2 for 24 (.083) since June 1. However, he’s career something like 5 for 18 against Jorge de la Rosa, so yay! Hairston was able to contribute an 0 for 3 and lousy fielding to the cause. (Of course, he did reach base on the error, so there’s that). Then, in the top of the 7th, after two singles, Matty ordered Denard Span, who had already had three hits in the game, to bunt because he “wanted two runners in scoring position for Werth.” Span muffed the bunt and Werth (pinch hitting) whiffed. At least that meant Hairston was out of the game.

    In the ninth, with two out, and the game 6-2, the Nats finally mounted their rally, getting it to 6-4 and bases loaded for Ian Desmond. WIth the bases loaded Desi is 5 for 6 and 15 RBI. He got it to a 2-2 count and fouled off a couple pitches. He struck out. What, wait, he wasn’t “clutch”?

    The Nats got four runs and 12 hits, which normally locks down a game for us. Stras has pitched in a lot of bad luck, but you start to wonder….

  6. thedoubleentandres - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Is Bautista a good fielder? I caught a bit of that Jays game yesterday and from what I could see he was terrible, made a hash of a throw from the third baseman and had a couple grounders go past him. Anyway I switched off and now that I come on here I see he won the game for them.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Bautista normally plays right field. He has not played first base very often. Both Encarnacion and Lind are expected back next week, so his days at first base will soon end.

    • cshearing - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      He has played something like a total of 7 games at 1st in his career. Yes, he did look a little lost over there, but he will not be there long.

      • thedoubleentandres - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Would you say hes good at RF though defensively? Or mostly just a great hitter

      • thedoubleentandres - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Im honestly just asking like, I dont get to see the Jays that often

      • Shayna - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Despite his taking on the soubriquet of “Joey Bats”, in fact Bautista’s glove is excellent. He has a cannon for an arm and has thrown out runners at 3rd and home from the right field corner. Takes good routes to the ball, will lay out for the catch if need be, and throws accurately to the relevant fielder. The one deficit — and it’s not very large — is his speed; he’s determined but doesn’t have the kind of loping closing speed that a gazelle like Gose has or the paradigmatic Blue Jays outfielder Devon White had when tracking down a screamer heading for the fence.

  7. philliesblow - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Watching the bullpen blow the game the day before obviously affected Ausmus as he left a fading Anibal in almost too long, reducing a 7 – 0 lead to 7 – 5. He finally brought in Joba in the 7th to get Goldschmidt to hit into a double play with 2 on to end the inning.

    I love the Soria pick up and hopefully DD can get one more arm for the pen. I don’t care if he sells the farm system to do it. I can’t think of many (any) prospects the Tigers have traded in recent years that turned out to be more than average major leaguers.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Why bring in a fresh Coke to do what Sanchez can do tired?

      MVP Miggy!

  8. sdelmonte - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Seriously wondering how the Yankees ground crew screwed this up. Either it was a ploy to end the game early, which seems absurd, or a sudden loss of skill by professionals, which also seems strange. Maybe they spend too much time rehearsing YMCA or something.

    Any chance the Mariners can be convinced to trade something for Colon? He sure does well there, but they clearly need bats.

    • RickyB - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      It wasn’t the grounds crew’s fault. The rain came so hard and fast that too much water got on the tarp, weighing it down before it could fully cover the field. Then the wind started kicking, and it was impossible for the crew to get it done as it normally would.

    • beachnbaseball - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Yeah. You nailed it. A Yankees conspiracy.

      Give me a break. If you are going to blame somebody, don’t blame the grounds crew; blame the umpiring crew. The Yankees provide the umpiring crew with the latest info on the weather along with up to the minute radar. The umps simply waited too long to give the grounds crew the okay to cover the field. They knew what was coming but decided to wait. Just a few minutes sooner and everything would have been okay. If you watched, the crew tried as hard as they could and even had other stadium staff and the Ball Boys out there trying to pull a tarp covered in water. As it works out, it evens the score for when rain shortened the Yankees at Orioles game in Baltimore the night before the AS break began.

      In the off season the league needs to look at this issue. Why can’t the games be suspended and then continue them the next day of the next time the teams face each other.

  9. bigmeechy74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    The yankees are the best team in baseball and it isn’t even close. Another gem by their staff. When you have flamethrowers with electric stuff like david phelps and shane greene etc then how can you lose?

  10. indaburg - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Scary moment for the Rays last night. Alex Cobb got hit by a pitch on his right elbow and went down, writhing in pain. It was completely unintentional. Lance Lynn looked like he was about to cry, as was I–flashbacks of him going down when he got hit in the head by a batted ball. Luckily, he was okay and went on to pitch vintage Cobb. At that moment, I was cursing the NL for having pitchers hit, even though on both nights vs. the two game sweep of the Cards, Rays pitchers have gotten the first RBI of the game.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      …and now a day off before starting a home stand with the Bosox. The Rays’ current streak has gotten them over .500 on the road. Let’s hope they can now do that with their home record too!

      • indaburg - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        I sure hope so. They really need to start playing better at home. It’s odd. Since 2008, they’ve played well at home, but this year, not so much. 2014 has been humbling.

  11. coryrox78 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Hard to be excited by a Rockies win when the relief pitching almost gave it away in the 9th. It was more of a “whew, we won” kind of thing. De La Rosa was masterful and if he has any sense he’ll aske to be dealt.

  12. jashton11 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    My favorite fact about Cobb’s hit (from the Rays’ Twitter feed):

    “First hit by a player named ‘Cobb’ since 9/3/1928.”

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