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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 28, 2014, 6:32 AM EDT

source: AP

I just think that’s a kickass baseball picture, don’t you? Credit to Ben Margot of the Associated Press for making a grumpy morning (for reasons explained in the Pirates-Rockies recap) a bit brighter.

Dodgers 4, Giants 3: The Dodgers get the sweep in their rival’s yard following three games in which they outscored the Giants 17-4. Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out seven in six innings to get his third win in a row. Jake Peavy was less-than-his best a day after joining his new team, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings. A couple of wild pitches didn’t help his cause.

Pirates 7, Rockies 5: Josh Harrison finished 4 for 6 with an RBI single, a double, the tie-breaking solo home run, two stolen bases and, as he did earlier this season, escaped a rundown. In other news, this game took place in great weather conditions in Denver: mid-70s and partly cloudy. This is aggravating to me inasmuch as my kids’ vacation to Colorado to visit their grandparents was derailed yesterday when Southwest Airlines decided that the weather in Denver was “too threatening” to allow unaccompanied minors to fly there. While the policy itself makes sense — they don’t want kids on a flight that could be diverted to another aiport, thus putting the airline in a supervisory position over someone’s children — the flight they were barred from taking took off and landed on time. Based on multiple sources, including their grandfather in Denver who is a meteorologist who worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years, there was zero percent chance of rain before, during and after the flight they should have been on and the radar was clear. This happened to me/them in December too, with them barred from a flight on a similarly clear and meteorologically uneventful day at their intended destination. So, apart from attempting to, once again, get them out to their grandparents in Colorado this morning, I will be spending a good chunk of my day attempting to get someone at Southwest to explain to me the criteria they use to declare “weather emergencies” which prevent kids from flying unaccompanied. Because it sure as hell isn’t what’s actually going on in the sky.

And yes, I do feel a bit better after that rant. Carrying on:

Red Sox 3, Rays 2: David Ortiz homered. And, as is often the case, took his sweet time rounding the bases after he hit it, displeasing the Rays. I get why the Rays don’t like it — Ortiz is a showboat — but they come off whiney about it. Just get him out and you don’t have to worry about it. For Ortiz, well, showboating is not a federal offense even if it does make many people understandably roll their eyes. However, his post-game comment that the Rays are “too sensitive” is about as rich as it gets. Ortiz has led all of MLB in SPI (sensitive player index) for a good decade now and is probably the last dude who would be likely to take a live-and-let-live approach to some perceived slight. So, in sum: you all lose. Thanks for playing.

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 2: Ryan Howard homered and scored another run despite getting beat by the throw home by a mile. I get that, technically speaking, the plate-blocking rule was violated here, but umpires have to be given more judgment on calls like this to determine whether (a) the block in question risked or created a situation in which a violent collision was likely; or (b) even if it did, who would have caused it. In this case the only possible way there could have been a collision was if Howard decided to put his shoulder down in an effort to avoid a certain-tag with violence. It was not a situation in which Miguel Montero‘s positioning created any risk at all.

Braves 8, Padres 3Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs in a six-run third inning that decided this one. Odd day that the Braves had a better roster going in Cooperstown than they did in Atlanta.

Orioles 3, Mariners 2: I have no idea what kind of composite visiting record east coast teams have on them, but those west coast swings following the All-Star break for east coast teams always seem arduous and potentially season-altering. The O’s, then, will probably take 6-4 and finishing it with a division lead only one game less than what they had before they left.

Angels 2, Tigers 1: The Angels took three of four from a potential playoff rival. They didn’t score many runs but they got some great pitching performances. Last month the Tigers beat Oakland pretty convincingly and, afterward, said some stuff about how the A’s moves were all made because they’re worried about Detroit. If the Tigers — who scored two runs in their three losses to the Angels — re-jigger anything, I wonder if they will say the same thing about themselves.

Marlins 4, Astros 2Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna homered as the Marlins completed a three game sweep of the Astros and a 6-1 road trip overall. They now play 16 straight games against winning teams in Washington, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Well, I guess Cincy is technically not a winning team as of yesterday — they’re .500 — but that’s not an easy stretch of games ahead.

Cardinals 1, Cubs 0: Adam Wainwright wins his 13th game in impressive style, tossing seven shutout innings. A Matt Holliday first inning homer to center constituted all of this games’ scoring. It took two hours and forty-one minutes. Which, by today’s standards is not long, but it is still rather remarkable that a game with a single run scored can even last that long.

Twins 4, White Sox 3: Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to help Minnesota avoid a four-game sweep. Baseball game stories offer a lot of “this hasn’t happened since . . .” stats, and many of them are not that interesting, frankly. For example, in the Dodgers-Giants story for the AP, it is noted that the Dodgers hadn’t swept the Giants since . . . 2012. Well, OK, that’s not exactly earth-shattering. If the sweep had occurred, it would’ve been the first time the Sox swept the Twins in a four-game series ever. These guys have been playing each other for over 50 years.

Mets 2, Brewers 0: Jacob deGrom does it again: six and a third shutout innings and his fourth straight win. Lucas Duda hit his third homer in four days.

Indians 10, Royals 3: Two more home runs for Carlos Santana who is absolutely sizzling. In this four-game series he was 9 for 14 with five homers, a double, eight RBI and five walks.

Nationals 4, Reds 2: Doug Fister was on it: seven shutout innings in which he allowed only three hits. He’s now 10-2 in fourteen starts. The Reds have lost eight of nine since the break. There were no homers hit in this three-game series. Which may happen in San Diego or Miami from time to time, but has never happened in homer-happy Great American Ballpark before.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4: Jose Bautista, as usual, affected the game with his speed on the basepaths. He stole second in the ninth inning and then came around to score on the go-ahead RBI single. The Jays blew three leads in this one but managed their second straight win in the Bronx after dropping 17 in a row there.

Athletics 9, Rangers 3: Three driven in for John Jaso, who led off. The entire top of the A’s order looked good, actually, with Jaso, Stephen Vogt and Yoenis Cespedes each hitting a double and a single. Scott Kazmir won his AL-leading 12th game.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Jacob deGrom: National League Rookie of the Year.

    Come at me, Reds fans.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Who saw this coming? Even Mets fans were saying it would be Syndergaard. And yet…

      So if Syndergaard is Thor, is deGrom Samson?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Have you looked at Snydergaard’s era in Las Vegas?

      • sdelmonte - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        Yeah. But the party line is “Vegas stats aren’t real.” I think he’ll get a few starts this season, but he doesn’t have the feel of an ace around him now.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Vegas is the worst place to use a young pitcher. I hope that his confidence is not affected.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        It is so annoying that the Mets can’t find a place closer to home for their farm team. Never mind the worst Triple A location on the map.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        In the game of AAA musical chairs, Las Vegas has the last AAA chair. But it also seems that right now, the Mets have the last MLB chair. Past examples include been Ottawa and the Orioles (Rochester kicked them out after 42 seasons); and New Orleans and the Nats.

        When the Indians left Buffalo for closer-by Columbus, the Mets and Buffalo was supposed to be this big deal. It wasn’t; Buffalo kicked out the Mets in favor of the nearby Jays. Leaving the Mets and Las Vegas with each other.

        As for Las Vegas’ effect of pitchers, it’s not alone. The PCL has enough teams at altitude (compared to the IL) to tilt things in hitters’ favor. Consider, for example, the Rockies having their AAA team in Colorado Springs, about as bad for pitchers as Denver.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    The game between the Yankees and the Jays was very interesting. It was not fun to watch. I found myself cursing the Yankees several times. The Jays took the lead 4 times and the Yankees came back and tied it 3 times. Bautista’s stolen base in the 9th with 2 out helped the Jays manufacture the winning run. The NY Closer took the L. The Toronto closer got the S and the 22 year old raw rookie got his first major league W. Aaron Sanchez has now pitched in the 7th and 8th innings against the Red Sox (in a 1 run game) and the Yankees (in a tie game). He has great composure and looks like he will have a long and productive career.

    Since the All Star Break, the Jays have lost the first game of each series, but have come back and won the other 7 games. On to Fenway today.

  3. uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Congrats to the Jays on taking the last 2 games of their 3 game series with the Yankees. The Yankees played catch up all afternoon on Sunday they just couldn’t catch up in the 9th inning.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Thank you. Thank you very much.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM

        You’re welcome. I call them like I see them, my friend.

  4. chill1184 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    deGrom just came out of nowhere, nobody not even John Sickles expected this kind of performance from him.

  5. renaado - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Tommy LaStella stats.

    .288 AVG
    191 Ab’s
    Strikeout numbers to just 23 and walks at 22
    Also an OBP of .363

    Guy’s been patient at the plate thus far and certainly what the Braves are hopin for there at 2nd.

  6. southpaw2k - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    I will gladly take a 6-4 record after a trip to the west coast and be happy. I would’ve been quite happy with 5-5.

    But then, we’ve got the Angels and Mariners coming to Baltimore this week, so it’s not like we’re quite through murderer’s row yet.

    • nvl004 - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Going into the road trip and inlcuding the next two series i was going to be happy if we went through that stretch at 7-9. Should be able to go 9-7 now. Orioles staff slowly putting it together.

  7. natstowngreg - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    The Nats led 3-0 in the top of the 9th. The usual scene took place in their bullpen. Rafael Soriano warmed up, in case it was still 3-0 in the bottom of the inning. Someone else warmed up, in case the Nats led by 4 or more.

    The Nats scored a run to lead by 4, Soriano sits down. Young Aaron Barrett comes in, gives up a couple of hits. Soriano enters. Two runs later, he gets the last out. Doug Fister’s excellent work is not wasted. More important, of course, Soriano got his statistic.

    It should be obvious that the Reds are in danger of being the first NL Gang of Eight member to drop out of the race. Johnny Cueto kept them from a sweep, and a losing record, but one pitcher can do only so much. It’s not just the lack of homers. It’s not just that the Nats have some pretty good pitchers. Without key parts of the offense, it’ll be tough.

    The Nats remain 1.5 ahead of the Braves, heading to the Miami-Dade County Baseball Palace of Garishness. Given the schedule as Craig noted, the Fish may not be able to get into contention, but they have much opportunity for mischief.

  8. philliesblow - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    3 straight losses with a total of 2 runs. How exciting! I’m glad I spent the majority of the weekend insulating and hanging drywall in the garage rather than watching the Tigers. At least the rest of the AL Central is just treading water recently also.

  9. gigab0t - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Said it before, I’ll say it again: Peavy sucks

    • renaado - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      It’s either that or, “Monster” Ryu is just too dang good.

  10. historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    The frustrating thing about these close low-scoring games is that they could have broken the other way if something not even very big had happened. At least we don’t have to feel bad about leaving a bunch of guys on base, since we mostly just hit it right to them for easy outs.

    • clydeserra - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      unbelievable.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        Win it yourselves, turkey!

        We beat them twice in April, so these series can go either way.

      • clydeserra - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        this division race is feeling a lot like 2002.

  11. penguins87and71 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    It’s a big series for the Pirates as they head to San Francisco to play the Giants. They got off to a horrible start on this 10 game west coast Roadtrip by losing 2 of 3 to the terrible Colorado Rockies. They have one of the best home records in baseball at 34-21, but their road record is just 21-28, when they’re away from PNC Park and the Steel city. It would be nice to see them take 2 of 3 from the Giants, and then 3 of 4 from the Diamonbacks. That would put their record on this road trip at 6-4.

  12. sdelmonte - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Craig, you should complain to the Better Business Bureau, maybe send notes to local TV stations that do consumer news, and definitely look to travelers rights groups. I would bet that every airline is guilty of this offense, and that Southwest does it often.

  13. unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    So Craig goes on an extended whine (that was no rant, friends) about how SWA won’t babysit his children in precisely the manner he wishes and immediately gets on Archer and Papi about “whining” in the very next recap. Self aware much?

    No one cares about your first world problems with your children. No. One.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      No, the other side of the bed.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      You apparently care. Indeed, it has definitely caused some sort of reaction. One that has caused you to mistake indifference — which I’m guessing most people have about this — with agitation. Maybe some deep breaths?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        So tired of hearing you whine about who’s whining – mostly because you whine about everything.

      • miguelcairo - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Don’t bother with this ignoramus, Craig. He can’t do wrong.

    • nbjays - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      “So Craig goes on an extended whine (that was no rant, friends) about how SWA won’t babysit his children in precisely the manner he wishes and immediately gets on Archer and Papi about “whining” in the very next recap. Self aware much?

      No one cares about your first world problems with your children. No. One.”

      … unclemosesgreen said in a petulant, whiny voice.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Suck it, hoser.

    • lanflfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      The only thing unclemo forgot was to shake his cane at you while yelling “Get off my lawn!”

  14. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Ackcherley, Craigster, the Feesh now play ten games against winning teams in Macondo Banana Field, then three games in Peetsburgh and three in Cincinnati. They’ve apparently had a nice little run – I wasn’t following too closely from the antipodes, where I’ve been ensconced for the last couple of weeks, I admit, but they’ve had nice little runs before, and they’ve always ended up the same way – with awful little runs. The ol’ neural pathways aren’t quite open for business yet following twenty seven hours of flying and rotting in airport terminals between connections – I had forgotten what a passenger-unfriendly dump LAX is; there are so few electrical outlets to plug in a laptop there that you’d think electricity hadn’t been discovered yet – but I did try to take advantage of my sense of circadian dislocation and watch the rebroadcast of the Feesh-Astros game last night after hauling my carcass in from the airport. No good. Stick figures moving erratically and incomprehensibly against a blurred background. Zzzzzzzzz. One thing I do remember, though: going over to one of those yuppieburger counters at Terminal 4 at LAX and asking for a plain old burger and could they please just leave orf the avocado coulis, lime sage aioli, caramelized shallots, artisan goat feta, sauteed jicama, creme de tomatillo, arugula and burplewood smoked bacon and just giving me lettuce, tomato, onion and ketchup instead? The girl behind the counter, in the surgical smock and sterile rubber gloves, winced each time I enumerated yet another hip ingredient the thought of which puckered my sagging and as yet unrepressurized to sea level duodenum but when I said “ketchup” she looked like she had just been slapped. Okay, she says, but it’ll be two dollars extra.

    Really.

    Back to baseball tomorrow. Tonight it’s Feesh vs. Gnats on a good afternoon’s fine-tuning nap.

    • NatsLady - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      What you got against goat cheese? Really!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Your abstinence from HBT was noticed.

    • groupofsevenrules - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Gator! Welcome home. But come on, now – you don’t expect us to believe that after two weeks in Australia, your best story involves Los Angeles airport????? You have just returned from the land of transsexual fish, Romulan roaches, incontinent marsupials, giant earthworms, poisonous everything and wrong-way commodes. We’re all waiting. Let’s have some NARRATIVES.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        @gnatslady: nothing. In fact I love goat cheese – it’s got no casein, which is a pretty toxic component of bovine milk products. But not artisan goat cheese – that’s an all-purpose marketing word that means absolutely nothing, though apparently it binds readily to the sucker receptors in yuppie brain cells. Goat cheese is fine on my salads, especially in the company of walnuts and cranberries; it’s fine in omelets and you can do all kinds of nifty things with it in soups and other recipes – but not on a good old fashioned, want-to-taste-the-juices hamburger, you know?

        @proudly – thank’ee sir. I have come to the conclusion that Australia is ackcherley Canada turned upside down with large swathes of the uninhabitable frozen parts dried out for use as deserts or sacrificed to plate tectonics, and with more Irish surnames. Wonder how that happened.

        @seven – of course not, but we’re slowly restoring the neuronal capacity during naps and floats in the swimming pool meant to re-set the body clock. Don’t want to overstress the system. Speaking of clocks, when Alejandro Jodorowski was trying to convince Salvador Dali to play the Emperor in his ill-fated attempted production of Dune, Dali asked him if he had ever found a clock in the sand. Jodorowski replied, “No, I never found a clock, but I lost a lot.” Dali seemed to like that and agreed to continue negotiating. Somehow or other that seems to bear a relation to severe jet lag. I might become lucid about that later today or tomorrow. More later.

  15. umrguy42 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Well, it *is* raining here, and my car wouldn’t start this morning, so I had to take the wife’s car in to work, meaning she had to cancel a doctor’s appointment that they won’t be able to reschedule her for until like September. I have to cut out of work early to get my car taken care of (needed to be here this morning, anyway). It’s a hell of a way to start my birthday :/

    • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      I don’t know whether to thumb this up (Happy Birthday!) or down (that sucks!). I hope the Base Ball Gods gift you a birthday win anyway.

    • jwbiii - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I went with up. Happy birthday and good luck with your vehicle.

  16. janessa31888 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I sadly have come to the realization that the Indians are not going to even get close to the playoffs. Their overall crappiness against the Twins and Royals really showed their true wishy washy below averageness. I heard that Nick Swishers stats make him the worst player in Baseball. This feast or famine offense and despicable defense won’t get them to the post season(not even the fake off game). After last season, expectations were a lot higher and so far it’s been very disappointing.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      I know how you feel. I’m starting to have to admit that there is at least a possibility that the Twins might fall a shade short of the playoffs this year

  17. stupidusername - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    “umpires have to be given more judgment on calls like this…” I brought this up on a similar play with Marlon Byrd. Byrd was called out, seemingly because the catcher is not really blocking a path to slide when he’s going to be tagged out so easily. But, the rule was so hastily implemented that they left out writing in definitions and scenarios. And, back to the Byrd play, similar plays can and will be ruled differently. There is nothing to determine when a runner needs a path and when he’s too far away. Do you really want to just leave it up to the umpires’ judgment to say “yeah he was close enough”? I’m not. Put in a definition for a player not needing a clear path if the ball beats him by 3 steps or more. Yes, I do want a stated amount of steps because, as I said before, I do not want umpires judging the same play differently. There’s already too much judgment and discretion with the umpires.

  18. dluxxx - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I’m hoping the Twins start to sell everyone off so I have some younger prospects to cheer for here the end of the year. It was a fun half season of competitive baseball, but the lack of pitching talent and patchwork offense was bound to catch up with them eventually.

    Such is baseball.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      You should ask histro for permission to be a temporary honorary Tigers fan. You could borrow my Denny McClain tumbler, but you’re not touching my Willie Horton tumbler.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Neither one of you gets my spare pair of heterochromial celebration goggles!

  19. APBA Guy - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    The A’s recent schedule, as you may have noticed, is what passes for “easy” in the MLB. After suffering the tortures of the damned before the ASG (series against Division leaders and rivals while the Angels played Texas and Houston), the script is reversed now. Yesterday’s win against the Rangers made it 2 out of 3, with their next game in Houston after having taken 2 of 3 from Houston in Oakland.

    Yesterday’s game was notable mainly for Melvin’s pitching management. With a big lead he pulled Kaz after 5 and turned the game over to the bullpen. Recent call-up Evan Scribner went off-script, but the lead was never in doubt in the 100 degree heat.

    Still, the Angels continue their amazing run by taking 3 of 4 from Detroit. While the highlights focus on Joba’s bad pitch to Freese, the Angel’s first run came on an errant pickoff throw from Porcello followed by a brain cramp from Austin Jackson who held the ball while Aybar rounded third to score. Only 2 games separate the Angels and the A’s. Somehow, the Angels’ brittle old guys remain in the lineup day after day.

  20. lanflfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Awesome photo that pretty much sums up the weekend, the Dodgers blew right past the giants.

  21. 9erfan1980 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Peavy’s best days are long gone. Send him back to San Diego

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