And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
June 18, 2013
Braves 2, Mets 1: A three-hour and 52-minute rain delay? Really? Despite that, Dillon Gee shut the Braves out through eight and a third and drove in the Mets' only run. And despite that he gave up a walkoff two-run homer to Freddie Freeman just before 1:30 a.m. Now they play a day-night doubleheader. Expect many yawns.
Tigers 5, Orioles 1: Max Scherzer is now 10-0 as he struck out 10 Orioles in six innings of work. The biggest came against Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth and home plate umpire Tim Timmons apparently trying to make a point about the randomness of nature and strike zones. Blew a couple of 96-97 m.p.h. fastballs by the AL home run leader.
Blue Jays 2, Rockies 0: Josh Johnson threw seven and a third five-hit shutout innings, fanning 10 and the Jays won their sixth straight. A week ago Monday they were at their nadir, 12 games back in the AL East. They're not close now -- 8.5 back -- but that's a decent gain in a short amount of time. Worth watching.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2: Yadier Molina had two hits including a two-run double to raise his average to .355, which is nutso. Shelby Miller threw five shutout innings and then left with leg cramps. Bananas, Shelby. Eat more bananas. Trust me on this one.
Royals 2, Indians 1: The Royals get to .500 and move into second place, taking their 11th win in 13 games. Victory here came when the go-ahead run scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth.
Phillies 5, Nationals 4: Jonathan Papelbon vultures a win, blowing his first save of the season by giving up a two-out, two-strike homer to Chad Tracy, then but notching the win when Domonic Brown hit a two-out walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Off Fernando Abad, because one cannot use a closer in a tie game on the road, even if one is Davey Johnson, apparently.
Reds 4, Pirates 1: Homers from Zach Cozart, Todd Frazier, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Bruce has three homers in his last five games. The Reds stay a game and a half ahead of Pittsburgh for second place. They are off to their best start in 18 years.
Rangers 8, Athletics 7: Texas breaks its six-game losing streak behind two Nelson Cruz homers and five and a third one-run innings from the bullpen following Nick Tepesch's poor start. The AP gamer frames this as the Rangers responding to Ron Washington's pep talk during a closed-door meeting on Sunday. If closed-door meetings worked that way managers would have them every day, yes?
Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2: Giancarlo Stanton vs. Paul Goldschmidt. Each accounted for all of his team's runs. Goldschmidt's came on a solo homer and an RBI single. Stanton's, however, came on two homers which drove in three. Stanton's second homer was the 100th of his career. The Marlins had three hits total.
White Sox 4, Astros 2: Chicago avoids a sweep in this wraparound series. All the Sox' runs came in the sixth, topped with a Dayan Viciedo bases-loaded triple.
Angels 11, Mariners 3: Albert Pujols and Alberto Callaspo each had four hits and Josh Hamilton had a two-run homer. They rattled off 21 hits in all, their most in four years. Just like they drew it up, huh?
Padres 5, Giants 3: Seven wins in a row for the Pads, this one coming in 13 innings, with the tie-breaking run coming on an Andrew Cashner pinch-hit bunt. The Giants thought they had this one won in the 12th when Juan Perez drove one to the warning track but Will Venable made a fantastic diving catch.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com