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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Aug 4, 2014, 5:00 AM EST

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Indians 4, Rangers 3: Excitement in Cleveland. David Murphy‘s two-run homer with one out in the ninth tied it up and sent it to extras. Michael Brantley‘s leadoff homer in the 12th ended it. That’s a three-game sweep for the Indians. Murphy, who played for the Rangers until this year, went 12 for 25 with seven RBIs in seven games against the Rangers this season. That’s gotta feel good.

Giants 9, Mets 0: As has often been the case in this pitching-dominant year, there were several great pitching performances yesterday. A lot of seven shutout innings kinds of things. Madison Bumgarner was not content with seven. He went the distance, striking out ten and allowing only two hits. Meanwhile, Hunter Pence smacked two homers. His first was a two-run shot which scored the first two and only two runs the Giants would need all game.

Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 2: The game ended as Dbacks baserunner Nick Ahmed slid into second base — or the general vicinity of it anyway — with his arms raised, deflecting the throw to first that may have completed the double play, only to deflect the ball thereby allowing the winning run to score. Was he trying to interfere with the ball? Yeah, probably. But when you’re the Dbacks you care way more about the unwritten rules, not the rules that are actually written down.

Royals 4, Athletics 2: James Shields was on cruise control, retiring the first 15 batters he faced. He ended up allowing two runs over eight. The Royals have won nine of 11 and are only a game and a half out of a wild card slot.

Padres 4, Braves 3: Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th for the Padres’ second straight walkoff win in extras. Meanwhile, the Braves have lost six and row and now find themselves three and a half back of Washington and two out of a wild card slot. It’s fun just watching their season just slip away like this.

Astros 6, Blue Jays 1: Scott Feldman tossed a complete game, scattering eight hits and run. Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez each drove in two. Melky Cabrera had his hitting streak snapped at 10.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 3: Josh Beckett continues to struggle, tossing 94 pitches in four innings. Well, he did pitch into the fifth, but gave up a double to the opposing pitcher and then a homer to Chris Coghlan which put the Cubs ahead to stay. One single later and he was lifted. When Beckett is good he’s good. When he’s bad he is stomach-turning.

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Twins 16, White Sox 3: Danny Santana had five hits and four RBI in what, eventually anyway, became a laugher. Minnesota sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth. Then in the ninth Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer hit back-to-back-to-back homers. Party time.

Cardinals 3, Brewers 2: John Lackey wins his Cardinals debut after allowing two runs in seven innings. When he left the game, however, he stood to be the loser, but the Cards rallied for three in the seventh. Biggest reason they were able to rally? Matt Garza leaving the game after six with an oblique injury. Until then he had allowed only one hit and had needed only 71 pitches through those six.

Angels 7, Rays 5: There was a delay in this one after a lightning strike led to a partial power outage. No word on whether the Tampa station that is fascinated with urban infrastructure had anything to say about this. For what it’s worth, I spent the weekend in downtown Detroit and I had a lovely time. Mike Trout was 3 for 4 and drove in a couple. Jered Weaver picked up his 12th win.

Nationals 4 Phillies 0: Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 over seven shutout innings as Washington and Philly split four games. Of course when your competition in the division is stinking on ice like the Braves are, you can split series forever and still build your lead.

Orioles 1, Mariners 0: Chris Tillman tossed seven shutout innings himself and the pen gave the O’s two more. Nick Markakis‘ first inning homer was the only scoring in the game. Tough luck loss for Hisashi Iwakuma.

Reds 7, Marlins 3: A fifteen-hit attack for the Reds. Fourteen of them were singles. Four of them came from Todd Frazier. Billy Hamilton scored thrice.

Tigers 4, Rockies 0: The sweep, as Anibal Sanchez strikes out 12 in seven innings and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer. He homered the night before too. I was at that game on Saturday night. It was Fiesta Tigres at Comerica Park, when baseball’s Latino culture is celebrated. I had three darn good tacos and purchased a V-Mart shirsey with “Tigres” in script on the front instead of the English D. I sorta love it.

Red Sox 8, Yankees 7: When I went to bed it was 7-7 in the fifth and it felt like the game would never end. When I woke up I discovered that Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth. He had three hits overall. He has five homers in his past six games.

  1. dan1111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    Stephen Drew with 4 RBIs…

    The most annoying thing about this trade is that now the Drew-haters can declare victory no matter what happens. If he is bad, they will say “I told you he stinks”. If he is good, they will say “of course he is hitting now that he left the Sox”.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      And if you’re a Yankees fan you say he wants to perform because he’s auditioning for a job. And what better time to do that when the team you are playing for will need a starting SS next year.

      In reality the trade was a win, win, win. A win for the Red Sox they obviously wanted to give Bogaerts more time at SS, A win for the Yankees they needed to get rid of Roberts and Drew came relatively cheap and is batter player. and a win for Drew as I already mentioned he get to show off his talents potentially for his new team the Yankees who are looking for a SS next year.

      • dan1111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM

        As a Sox fan, I am fine with the trade, for the reasons you state. Plus, there was the need to shed Drew’s salary. I’m pretty sure the need to acquire Kelly Johnson didn’t rank high in the calculations.

        I will regret it if he somehow pushes the Yankees over the top into a playoff spot, though.

  2. kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Sat, listened and pondered the Cardinals broadcast for the first time over the weekend.
    There were some memorable quotes for all the wrong reasons, favorite being:
    ‘Earl Weaver(Mr pitching, defense, 3-run homer..) hated guys to walk. He would plead that you only have 27 precious outs, why waste them?” They both Hank Hill hmmm-ed and nodded over their statement.

    After about 90 minutes of bias, idiotic, sanctimonious, self promotional surliness I turned to another game. It actually made me dislike the Cardinals just listening to them.

    I would rather listen to a 3 man booth consisting of Hawk, Hudler and Eduardo Perez than those miserable dicks.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Somehow, the Cardinals and their broadcast partners have managed to assemble a thoroughly dreadful group of announcers. For this reason I have every game on mute or switch to the feed from the other team. On their best days, they are tolerable, usually they are horrific.

      • sdelmonte - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        So sad to hear this, given that for a long time the Cards were known for having good broadcasters. Though that really depends on how much you liked Jack Buck. (My wife’s grandfather from St. Louis sounded a lot like Buck, so I have a soft spot for him.)

    • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Earl Weaver hated for guys to bunt, not walk.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        Ahh yup…that may of been the point I was making?

      • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        Ohh i see. So you’re point was that they’re incompetent. lol gotcha

    • girardisbraces - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      I see your Hawk, Hudler and Perez, and raise you Sterling and Waldman.

      As a Yankees fan, Waldman makes me pine for the days of Sterling and Kay….

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        Give me Cone/Singleton any day of the week and twice on sundays!

    • jwbiii - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Pat Kelly: “Earl, I’m going to walk with the Lord.”

      Earl Weaver: “I rather you walked with the bases loaded!”

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      I watched the 1st half of yesterdays game too. Yeah, not one of my favorite broadcast groups, the Cardinals.

  3. kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Kind of great to see Chris Coghlan hitting his ass off the past month or so. The poor guy fell off the baseball cliff for a couple years but has been playing some good ball for the Cubs.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    A pitchers duel it wasn’t on Sunday between the Yankees and Red Sox. That is unless you want to say both teams starting pitchers were shooting blanks. The difference was from the 5th inning on the Yankees bullpen (Rogers, Betances and Robertson) held the Red Sox scoreless. That along with the offense of the “beast of the east” Brett Gardner got the Yankees the win.
    Just kidding about Gardner being the “beast of the east” but right now his 4 year $52MM extension the Yankees signed him to starting next year looks like a steal.

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Well, it could be worse for the Braves. The ice helps keep the stink down.

    Stephen Strasburg pitched like an ace yesterday. Something he has done rarely. He needed to dominate to beat Cole Hamels, and did. This time, the key mistake was by a Phil (Cody Asche’s error).

    A few weeks ago, it looked like the NL East was gonna be a red-hot pennant race. Now, it’s a slouch to the finish line. The Nats are slouching less, so they get the lead. But they still need to beat the Braves, not just wait for the Braves to lose to others. The next chance is this coming weekend, in Atlanta.

  6. nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    And the O’s continue to have one of the best rotations in baseball over the last two months. Good to see them winning games while Jones and Cruz and have been ice cold at the dish. Once they get going again and if maybe Davis can modestly heat up look out.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      When the right side of your infield is lingering around the Mendoza line collectively and you’ve just gone 10-6 (won 3 series, split 1 and lost the 1st one) when playing 3 playoff contenders in the AL West (the 2 best records in baseball between the A’s and Angels) where 10 of those games were a west coast trip? That’s not too shabby.

      That said, the Orioles have not played to their fullest potential this year at all. When the pitching is on? Bats go cold. When the bats heat up? The pitching struggles.

      I will make this note- this post-ASG stretch has been phenomenal and it’s all been without Ubaldo in there. I simply can’t see a way/reason/excuse that he goes back into that rotation. He easily has the worst ERA, struggles with pitch count and generally speaking, has been a disaster for this team. Inserting him back into the rotation and dropping off Gausman at Norfolk again is only going to hurt this team. I’m a concerned O’s fan. That’s for sure.

      • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        I’ve heard that they want to Keep Gausman’s pitch count down, (Reverse Strasburg strategy) and actually have him for the playoffs. BUt i dunnio

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        That’s really putting the cart before the horse though is’t it? That trade off is basically assuming they make it, and by adding L’s to your record by replacing KG with Ubaldo when you’re only up a couple of games in your own division is too risky for my liking. I’d rather a TJ McFarland spot start than Ubaldo at this point.

    • pbastille - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      i believe that this is the first time in the O’s history that their leadoff hitter for the game homered and that one run held up as the winning score

      • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        Correct and also Nick Markakis’ first leadoff homer. Also recorded his 1,500th hit in the game.

      • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Why did 6 people not like this lol?? Just stating some game facts.

  7. ejheim62 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    saw the Arizona runner throw his arms up to deflect the ball….how in heck can the umpire not call that interference?

    • Paper Lions - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Because when going into a slide nearly everyone throws their arms above their heads as they go down.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        “Boo! Down with facts! Ef the rule book! We want to be outraged! Boo!”

        Sometimes it’s fun/cathartic to imagine the unwritten responses when a simple statement of fact gets loads of down thumbs.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      “… his way. Also, interference on a thrown ball, or throw attempt, or tag attempt, must be intentional.”

      http://www.baseball-rules.com/FAQs.htm

      As Paper Lions noted, many players throw their arms up as they slide. There was no waiving motion or other movement that would clearly indicate an intent to block the throw. Thus.. no interference.

  8. philliesblow - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Great job by Sanchez for the Tigers with 12 K and no walks, following solid starts by Porcello and Verlander. It could be just that the Rockies weren’t up to the challenge or the arrival of Price has upped the competition to not be the starter sent to the bull pen if the Tigers make the post season.

    The Tigers excellent road record this season will be challenged with a 9 game trip against the Yankees, Blue Jays and Pirates. I’m hitting the road to see the Friday game in Toronto. Should be fun.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Pretty sure tonight’s game will be blacked out — grateful for radio. I hope we play well and there are no mercy hits for Jeets (or, to quote my niece: “Who’s Derek Jehter?”). We needed the sweep this weekend for a boost going on the road. Go, Max!

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        Pulling for your boys, solely for selfish reasons!

    • Shayna - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Hope you have a great time up here in the T-Dot. No promises about how the game goes for you. Our boys have been seesawing through these last games. A great road trip until we fall off the cliff in Houston. I blame the barbecue. Their stomachs have been weakened by northern cooking. Let’s hope coming back to their home and native turf will settle things down.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        There’s nothing wrong with the barbecue in Houston. Sure, there’s methyl mercury, a hint of trichloroethane and maybe some residual actinides in the sauce, but hell, that stuff is in everything in Houston. No, I blame the salt and pepper crab at China Garden. Tex, you copy that?

  9. janessa31888 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Got to hear Tom Hamilton call the game tying home run. He’s so much better than the Indians boring TV guys. Hooray for Michael Brantley winning the game with a walk off blast.

    • pascalswager42 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Matt Underwhelming and Douchie Manning leave a lot to be desired on color, and Rosey is a sing-songy pile of lame.

      Hammy always lights up a call and gives you perspective.

      • janessa31888 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Agreed. Matt Underwhelming describes him perfectly.
        Oh look, it’s the sad little thumb harpy back again.

  10. NatsLady - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Where is that phillysports1 person with trash talk now that the Phillies haven’t scored in two games? Yeah, and their only good player (offensively) is Marlon Byrd–the guy THEY SHOULD HAVE TRADED. Where are ya?

    Colbert can still pitch. I’d feel sorry for his hard-luck loss (one unearned run), but it’s, y’know, Colbert. The question is, will he still be an Ace when the Phillies need an Ace–which will be in 2019 at the rate they’re going.

    • schmedley69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Win a playoff series and the come talk to me. I smell another one and done for the Nats this year.

  11. sdelmonte - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    The Yanks and Red Sox are probably still at it. It wasn’t something I liked much when both teams were great. Now that one is a zombie and the other is merely okay, 4 hour games seem that much more annoying.

  12. Jason Lukehart - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Bumgarner’s gem was a Maddux, the first of his career, and the 13th ever for the Giants (but only the 4th in the last 20 years). Madison struck out 10, making him only the 13th pitcher to throw a Maddux with 10+ Ks.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      I would also point out that on August 13, 2006, a 40-year-old Greg Maddux pitched 8 shutout innings on just 68 pitches. Sadly, manager Grady Little would not let him finish what could have been the record.

      WTF!!! 68 pitches at age 40!

      • Jason Lukehart - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        I mention Grady Little, but the real blame should go to the Dodgers’ offense, which didn’t score any runs, semi-forcing Little’s hand.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Btw, congrats on MLB’s official Twitter account picking up on the Maddux!

      • Jason Lukehart - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Thanks, it was very cool for me to see that. I’m just waiting for someone to mention it to Greg!

  13. dluxxx - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Well, that Twins game escalated quickly. It was a nail-biter through 7. Next thing you know it’s a laugher. They scored 13 runs without a homerun, and then decided they needed some of those too so went out and hit 3 of em back to back to back in the 9th.

    THAT was fun. Nothing like a trip to the Cell to make all of our recent offensive woes go away.

    • dluxxx - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Also, if this was last year and not this year with Abreu, I think Danny Santana would be a strong consideration for rookie of the year. That kid is having a crazy good season and has been playing most of his innings in a position he probably hasn’t played since little league.

  14. sportsdrenched - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I did not see the Royals going into Oakland and taking 2 of 3. But I’ll take it. Now they need to break all the unwritten rules and get in the D-Backs Domes, continue their winning ways and make pessimists like me eat some Crow.

  15. phillysports1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    At least I’m not making up a “mental mistake” type of excuse lmao ridiculous

  16. Francisco (FC) - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Latino culture eh? Tell me there was more than Tacos. That’s strictly a Mexican thing. Which is funny since Sanchez, Martinez and Miggy are Venezuelans.

    • indaburg - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      No arepas?

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        No idea Sally, but whenever the gringos make “Latino and Hispanic” culture events, it invariably means Mexican dance, Mexican food, Mexican culture. The rest of Latin America usually gets the short stick. Which of course is perplexing since the contributions of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela to baseball far outweighs Mexico.

      • indaburg - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Good point.

        I guess people really don’t like arepas.

    • stex52 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      So what’s your point? It’s all south of the border.

      (Just kidding, guys)

    • stex52 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Okay, seriously guys. Here’s your answer. It’s not related to baseball. 2/3 of all “Latinos” in the US list Mexico as country of origin. The next largest group is Puerto Ricans at 9%. And I would hazard a safe guess that they concentrate on the East Coast. It’s pretty easy mental shorthand to concentrate on that part of an ethnicity/culture that you are actually likely to observe. For most of the middle and western U.S. that is overwhelmingly Mexico.

      So you get tacos. And so the point of my little “clever” comment. Sorry if it went over badly.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        If you’re referring to the thumbs down, I didn’t give you one if that’s what you’re talking about. In any case I didn’t state that the Tigres Fiesta succumbed to stereotype. I only noted the tacos and hoped that there was a lot more to it than just that since most of the events of this type that I witness seem to forget there’s more to Latin America than just Mexico. That would have been especially egregious for the Tigers considering the origin of their highest profile player.

        But as far as I can see, the event itself seemed to be well represented by the various Spanish speaking countries. You can understand my initial skepticism when the event promo on the tigers page has two pictures (aside from Pudge, a Puerto Rican BTW) that show typical northern Mexico party garb and a Mariachi band.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Er, I wasn’t going to mention the Mariachi band….

        Sorry, FC. I totally agree that it gets snowballed. I took a Latin American history class as an undergrad that ended up just being Mexican history. Specificity isn’t always Americans’ strong suit.

  17. clydeserra - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    It’s been a tough week in A’s land. Going 2-4. Angels never losing.

    There are 10 left between the A’ and Angels. If the 2014 pitching can hold off the 2010 offense, the A’s have a chance. if not, what is this “play in game” I have heard so much about?

    • pauleee - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      That’s pretty funny. Actually, the Angles were 3-3 in their last 6. But I know what you mean, couple weeks before that, it didn’t matter what we did, we couldn’t gain ground because the A’s wouldn’t drop a single game (although I know they did).

      • clydeserra - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        if not for the early month of trout being like a normal 22 year old playing MLB, the positions would be reversed.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Yesterday’s game showcased the flip side of the Shields for Myers trade with Shields earning his nickname “Big Game”. Kaz started pressing in the 5th, and consequently left too many pitches up. KC’s offense has started clicking since the ASG, and they stayed within themselves and sprayed the ball around the yard, giving Shields a lead he would not surrender.

      Reddick was a nice story, 2 HR’s and an outfield assist. But as Marcus Thmpson pointed out in the Merc, the big miss for the A’s right now is Crisp, moreso than Cespedes. Like Pagan for the Gigantes, Crisp was the sparkplug of the offense. His absence is palpable, and with the Rays coming to town, the A’s will need to play better than they did against KC to avoid losing more ground to the Angels, who now trail by only 1.

  18. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Feesh fizzle, the Iron Giant strikes out four times. Pull the daisies up. I confess not to having paid much attention this weekend while the Rainbow Warriors were sleepwalking towards oblivion.They’re orf to Peetsburgh where Glad Hand takes on the Bucs tomorrow. Oh goody, I get to watch Cutch play. At least that’s something.

    • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Scratch that, dammit. McCutcheon out for weeks with an oblique strain.

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