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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 1, 2014, 6:35 AM EST

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Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Ho-hum, complete game with nine strikeouts for Clayton Kershaw, who s now 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA. He needed to be sharp yesterday, though, as Julio Teheran allowed only two runs over eight. Yasiel Puig‘s homer in the third proved to be the go-ahead run.

Diamondbacks 7, Pirates 4: Andy Marte — who I was surprised to see is still alive and walking the Earth and playing baseball and stuff — was called up from Reno yesterday and then broke a tie with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the sixth. Also: the dude is only 30. I have no idea how he is both living and not 48-years-old. I feel like someone ought to investigate this for identity theft or something. I am pretty sure that he was a Braves prospect back when they played in Boston, in fact.

Blue Jays 6, Astros 5: Nolan Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth. Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro hit bombs of their own.

Reds 3, Marlins 1: The Reds scored the tying run in the eighth inning on a sac fly thanks to a controversial plate-blocking call. Watch it here. I realize you can’t block the plate without the ball, but Jeff Mathis got the ball while Zack Cozart was, as far as I can tell, still back in biology class in middle school or something. It — along with Johnny Cueto striking out nine and allowing one run in seven innings — decided the game. More on this later this morning at HBT.

Phillies 10, Nationals 4: The Phillies had 17 his and put up a ten-spot, led by Grady Sizemore‘s three his and three RBI. But there was bad news for the Phillies too, as Cliff Lee had to leave the game with an elbow injury. He hasn’t been good since he’s been back and now one has to wonders whether he’ll be back at all. On the bright side, this led to one of the more fun pitcher wins ever: Antonio Bastardo came in to relieve Lee in the third. He threw two pitches and was out of the inning. Then he got the W since he was the pitcher of record when the Phillies scored five in the top of the following inning.

Mariners 6, Indians 5Mike Zunino‘s two-run homer in the eighth inning gave ‘em the win. Adding Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia gave ‘em hope. Good day for Seattle yesterday.

Angels 1 Orioles 0Tyler Skaggs and six relievers combined on a five-hitter over thirteen innings. Unfortunately for Skaggs, the reason they needed six relievers is that he had to leave the game with forearm tightness in the fifth inning. Had a no-hitter going at the time too. Albert Pujols knocked in the game’s only run in the top of the 13th.

Cardinals 6, Padres 2: Not to be outdone by the Angels, Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and Miller didn’t have to leave the game with an injury. Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer.

Royals 6, Twins 3: Yet another game in which the win was overshadowed by an injury. This time Eric Hosmer who fractured his finger. Meanwhile, Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Yordano Ventura allowed only one earned run over seven innings while striking out seven.

Cubs 3, Rockies 1: The Cubs take three of four in the battle of the basement-dwellers. Jake Arrieta struck out seven while allowing one run on three hits.

White Sox 7, Tigers 4: For Detroit the highlight of this game was Austin Jackson having to come out of the game in the middle of an at bat in the seventh inning after being traded to the Mariners in the David Price deal. Nice standing ovation from the crowd as he goes too. Meanwhile, the Tigers lost for the fifth time in six games so, um, yeah, get here soon, Mr. Price.

  1. renaado - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…

    Kershaw is a freakin beast… While Teheran looked extremely sharp out there goin into the 8th allowin just 2 runs on 5 hits with a solo homer given up to Puig while Kershaw on the other hand with just 1 run on 9 hits, both Kershaw and Teheran combined 18 strikeouts with 9 k’s on each side.

    The Braves did lose, but certainly one of the best pitching duels I’ve seen this year.

    • dannymac17 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      absolutely puzzled why you are being downvoted

  2. philliesblow - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    With the rest of the AL Central either doing nothing or selling, the Tigers should be able to sleep walk to the division title. The problem is they are playing like they know this. Losing 2 of 3 to the Chisox at home is inexcusable. They’re now an even .500 at home this year which is not what you expect from a World Series contender.

    Hopefully the Price deal will get them moving, but other than a so-so season from Verlander, starting pitching hasn’t been the biggest problem with the team.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Smyly gave up 11 if the 16 hits the Sox had yesterday and 4 of the 7 runs (sorry, Rays — he’s really not always like that). Since he’s not with us anymore, I’m guessing over the rest of the season we should fare a little better on the upgrade. You are right that we have not been great at home, but we aren’t in a woeful situation either. It doesn’t help that Miggy (and probably JV) have lingering injury issues, but I think we are still just cold coming back from the break too. I think one of our problems is that we focus on the shoulds instead of playing consistently solid ball.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      the Tigers should be able to sleep walk to the division title

      But they will they wake up in time during the playoffs?

  3. blacksables - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    So the umpires on the field got the call right, and the booth in New York over-turned it.

    Another failure for replay.

    • jm91rs - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      If you’re referring to the Miami-Cincinnati game, I think New York got it right too. I don’t pretend to know all the intricacies of the rule, but it sounds like if you stand in the base path before you get the ball, the runner gets the base. The obvious problem is that it doesn’t say the runner has to be about to tag the plate, or that he can’t be just a step or two off third. I think they got the call right, because the rule has a huge hole in it and needs to be re-worked.

      • blacksables - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        You’re only blocking the base when the runner is attempting to touch it. The base runner can reach the base from 30 feet away.

        Good original call by the umpires.

        Bad review from replay.

    • baccards - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      I think the booth was correct with their ruling. The catcher was set up in a position that allowed no option of touching the plate without a collision. Had he planted his foot a bit further towards the field of play the runner would have had access to the plate and could have began a slide.
      It will take time for the players to get used to doing things differently than what they may have learned over the years. It is an evolutionary process.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Tough loss for Baltimore; however, I am not complaining. The Jays are 11 & 3 since the All Star Break. Yesterday’s win against Houston was a tough one as Hutchinson did not pitch well and had to be pulled early. Young Aaron Sanchez pitched 2 scoreless innings to record his second win. In 6.3 major league innings, his era is 1.42. As small sample size, but enough to show the Jays fans why the team refused to trade him. Reimold was not originally supposed to play, however Rasmus was benched for coming to the game late. Despite his injury history, Reimold looks like a very good waiver wire pickup.

  5. kiwicricket - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    What is with every post having audio yesterday? I did my usual of opening half a dozen tabs along the top of screen after work and was verbally molested. Poor form.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      It was very annoying.

      • clydeserra - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        i hope today is safe. I just gave up on HBT yesterday

    • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      This isn’t the only site that does that. I just keep my computer on mute unless I actually want to listen to something.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Some of us were listening to the game online yesterday while having HBT up — I mean WORKING — (ahem) and couldn’t avoid the crappy ad and video noise. Booooo!!!!!!!

  6. janessa31888 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Bag humbug. When will the Dolans sell the team? They didn’t do anything it make the tribe more competitive, while the division rivals got better. Big thumbs down to Chris Antonetti. When they do spend money it’s on the wrong guys.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      I thought that getting rid of Cabrera made the team better. If I remember correctly, you wanted him gone.

    • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      I’m curious, what does your front office see in Zach Walters that we don’t see? Don’t you have the next great shortstop on your prospect list? Walters is a nice kid, can hit some, his glove has improved–some. Very much doubt he’ll stick at short, not at all sure he’ll stick in MLB. Utility infielder at best. Our system is thin on infielders or he wouldn’t have been up at all. Anyway, thanks for the free rental.

    • dsaverno - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      I’m excited for the Ramsey kid, who, by all accounts (and by that I mean Keith Law, whose opinion counts, like, 3 times) should be an average outfielder, or, at worst, a platoon guy. After years of outfield players that rival the list of spinal tap drummers, in both quantity and talent, having a cheap option that should be here for a few years is a welcome change. Did I mention he’s gonna be cheap?

      Wolters seems like a position-change guy or a guy that could be flipped for something else after the season. I don’t see where he ends up here, unless Tribe brass is (correctly) not buying in to the Chiz’s hot 6 weeks, and think he can hold down third base.

      I don’t think either of those guys is a bad haul for two players that weren’t going to be on the team next year, and that the Indians probably weren’t going to let sign one year qualifying offers (and getting a draft pick in return), for fear that they’d actually sign, you know, the offers.

      • janessa31888 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        I’m just bitter that the Tigers got David Price and we got, well, possible prospects. And no, I don’t miss Asdrubal.

      • dsaverno - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        economics. I’m just happy the Tribe got something and didn’t let them walk for absolutely nothin

  7. bostonian13 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Typo’s galore.

    • jarathen - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      It’s typos not typo’s, unless typo owns something.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I thought it was clever sarcasm thingy.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Manny Machado did it again. (Sorry for terrible link, MLB really does stink with embedded videos.)

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v34976545/laabal-machado-makes-an-amazing-play-to-nab-pujols/?query=&game_pk=382155

    • jwbiii - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Remember who used to make that play consistently?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Brooks?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      I love how I get all these down-votes for pointing out a great play that eventually got it’s own post. I know there’s a few people who stalk my posts and down-vote everything I post, but jeeze it’s gotten a little sad. Don’t you guys have anything better to do?

  9. NatsLady - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Very sloppy game on the Nats’ part. You wonder if Gio got upset watching Lee. It was very sudden. Lee was “on” his game, pinpoint control, the RH hitters were out looking at stikes on the corner. Then he gives up a two-out double, throws a couple more pitches and he knows it’s over.

    Took a while for Ryne Sandberg to collect his thoughts. Finally he called on Bastardo (who probably didn’t even have his cleats on) to pitch to the lefty Span. I went for food, because all that took about 15 minutes, and it was just–sad.

    The Nats keps making mistakes, mental and physical. Danny Espinosa, who discoved at 3:47 that he’s back on the bench, threw home with no chance instead of getting a sure out at first. Desi flubbed a double play. Rendon made a tough throw from third (maybe should have just held on to it), but Frandesn, who was at first base instead of LaRoche with Lee pitching, should have caught… another error, two inneffective relievers (Jerry Blevins and Craig Stammen) and lo, ten runs for them–for the first time since April 15…

    By a strange coincidence, driving to the game there was an SUV with Indians and Cavilier logos in front of me for a couple of miles in heavy traffic. Kept wondering if we pulled up next to each other if I should ask him about our new infielder. Didn’t happen. But we might need more than an infielder fi the bullpen keeps up the, er, er, underperformance.

    • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      …and plenty of typos… Sorry about that. Computer crashed. Amazed that chrome recovered the half-finished post. In my astonishment I forgot to proof it.

  10. phillysports1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Nats kept making mental mistakes? So our hits don’t count ? You call our 17 hits on your home-field a mental mistake ? WOW

    • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Your hits count. Sheesh. Of course I look at it from the Nats point of view. You can report on the Philly offense, I’ll report on the Nats ineffective pitchers and questionable fielding.

    • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Did you get those hits against Kershaw? No, you got them against Gio, who’s been inconsistent all season, got too much of the plate, may have been rattled and off his rhythm by a long wait and a fellow lefty going down–and wasn’t helped by his fielders, and then the rest of the hits off two middle relievers, one of whom has an ERA of 5.45. The other hasn’t worked in nine days, so he’s either rusty or recovering from a minor injury.

  11. jimeejohnson - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Some poor sucker who’s been banned is thumbing down posts. Boo hoo!

    Have a great day, everybody, even the thumbs down loser.

    • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      We don’t call them “poor suckers.” Here’s a “poor sucker”: http://www.canstockphoto.com/images-photos/sucker-fish.html#file_view.php?id=1069734

      We call them “thumb harpies.” Learn the code or you can’t come to the baby sacrifices.

      • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Ah – there. The thumb harpies have been quiet lately, but now you woke them up – as if there weren’t enough imbecility on the web as it is.

        That’s OK, though – I brought back some great recipes from Australia for ya, and I’ll start posting them as soon as I translate all these incomprehensible metrics into royal measure.

  12. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    The Feesh, having banged their heads hard against the underside of the strange attractor a couple of days ago, continue to spend more time rubbing the knots than focusing on incoming peetches. Although that awful interference call will glom most of the press, the Feesh really lost it with a couple of infield errors in the top of the eighth – do the arithmetic; Dunn and Valdespin’s first-round exit from the ballet tryout cost them two runs and they only scored one. If Cozart is called out, there’s still only two outs when Ludwick singles in the runs. It’s too bad because Glad Hand pitched a really good game, but, as happens waaaayyyy too often, the Feesh, faced with a good pitcher, were back to swinging toothpicks and looking very much like they’re ready for another episode of streak arrhythmia.

    Now then, about the trade the Feesh made yesterday: I like it, judged on its own terms. Jake Marisnick hadn’t shown he could solve major league pitching. He may some day but right now he was, I believe, out of options or nearly out and he wasn’t going to crack the Stanton-Ozuna-Yelich outfield with his whiffle bat. Kiki Hernandez (who will doubtless become Kinky Hernandez after a few benders on South Beach) has a functional bat, can play center field when one of the regulars needs to be spelled (r-e-g-g-l-e-r in the clubhouse, anyway), and the Feesh can always see if he can play second base if Valdespin proves to be no more adept than Lucas or Dietrich. Cosart, well, he needs to reign in the homophobia if he’s going to accompany the guys to South Beach (he could have called Justin Bieber an assho…heh, no, scratch that, a pun…er, nope, well, a dangerous spoiled brat, at least) and saved himself a lot of bad press. He also needs to reign in the walks – his splits (51/75) aren’t great that way, and opponent BA (.267) needs some work – if he’s going to be the “ground ball pitcher” Macondo Banana Massacre field should coddle. Should, that is, if the Feesh can ever teach their infielders how to pick up a ball cleanly and then throw it where it’s supposed to be thrown. Of course, he is “controllable,” which I guess means that Scrooge McLoria gets a discount from the J. B. Rhine Institute on neural implants and locator chips. Obviously, he didn’t have to pay much to get them installed in the skulls of the Macondo city commissioners.

    Incidentally, the Feesh brainstem trust and front orifice administered another object lesson in the P/R obvious the last few weeks, being, as usual, “all in” in trade talks for top tier pitchers they had no intention whatsoever of acquiring. See how it’s done, kid? Great. Now go out there and sell that 1993 Plymouth right orf the lot!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      I’ll be looking forward to those recipes, mate. No worries. Do they really call a bbq a “Barbie” in Australia or is that some kinda marketing ploy by Outback Steakhouse? Glad you’re back; the level of discourse is immediately raised (pardon the passive voice).

      Thumbs Harpie: indeed!

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