And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
July 26, 2012
Phillies 7, Brewers 6: It's hard to imagine a more demoralizing series than the one the Brewers just experienced. In all three games they fell victim to last inning rallies. This one after their own rally brought them back from a 5-1 deficit, tied with a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth. Then they take the lead in the 10th, only to see K-Rod blow it. Again. Just brutal.
Athletics 16, Blue Jays 0: Disastrous by any measure for Toronto. The Jays lost their catcher to a broken hand, their "ace" was tagged for eight runs in an inning and a third and they were shut the hell down by the A's staff, who struck out 13 Blue Jays batters. It was the worst shutout loss in team history. On the bright side, it was the biggest shutout win in A's history!
Padres 6, Giants 3: Two homers for Jesus Guzman. One for Chase Headley. Another craptacular outing for Tim Lincecum (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER). I really won't know what to think about the universe if Tim Lincecum doesn't stop being awful soon. I already subscribe to a world view that it is arbitrary and uncaring and anything bad that happens is insignificant to most anyone other than the person who is affected because that's just what life in a vast, empty inanimate void is all about. But if we are deprived of awesome Tim Lincecum forever, I will believe that it has turned cruel.
Yankees 5, Mariners 2: The Yankees end a dreary west coast road trip with a win. Seattle scored both runs in the first inning and then didn't get another hit until the ninth.
Braves 7, Marlins 1: It's quite an accomplishment to walk seven times and steal seven bases and score only one run, but the Marlins figured out how. Plenty of good Marlins seats available for the rest of the season, guys.
Angels 11, Royals 6: Jered Weaver keeps on winning. That's a win in his seventh straight start. He's now 13-1 with a 2.26 ERA. He's also on a contract paying him $59 million less than the one Cole Hamels just signed. Nice work, Angels.
Pirates 3, Cubs 2: I assume this was Ryan Dempster's last start as a Cub. He ended it by destroying the Gatorade cooler in the dugout like he was friggin' Carlos Zambrano or something. Stupid media's fault.
White Sox 8, Twins 2: Dayan Viciedo homered and drove in four. White Sox sweep the Twins. Ron Gardenhire's assessment of the series: "They whacked it, and they pounded us -- scored a lot of runs, and we got dominated here." Alrighty then.
Tigers 5, Indians 3: Remember when Derek Lowe was having a great season? Nah, me neither.
Rays 10, Orioles 1: Ryan Roberts homered in his Tampa Bay debut and David Price won his major league-leading 14th game. The nine-run spread is gonna lead to more "the myth of run differential!" stories, I guess.
Nationals 5, Mets 2: After Stephen Strasburg's last start, Davey Johnson said he needed to attack the strike zone more. Mission accomplished: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 11K.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: Hanley Ramirez tripled in his first at-bat with the Dodgers and later added an RBI single. But they lost in 12 innings. Former Dodger Rafael Furcal drove in the game-winner.
Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 2: Jeff Francis, who Colorado picked up off the scrap heap, continues to be the Rockies' best starter. He allowed two runs in six innings and despite Colorado's 75-pitch limit for starters, he threw 97 pitches. My official reaction to that.
Reds 5, Astros 3: The Astros are the Renaissance men of losing. They lose big or lose close. They sometimes lose late, sometimes early. Really, any look you want, they can give you. Here they lost when Drew Stubbs hit a a two-out, two-run double in the ninth. That's seven straight wins for the Reds, all without Joey Votto.
Rangers 5, Red Sox 3: Josh Beckett hit Elvis Andrus in the seventh and then Andrus ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Which Bobby Valentine actually called "a damn shame" after the game. I like that a lot for some reason. Derek Holland cruised for most of the game, retiring 22 of 23 batters at one point.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com