Wednesday, June 06, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Nationals 7, Mets 6: The legend of Bryce Harper grows. A game-winning hit in the 12th inning. What say you, Harper?
"I'm happy to get the W, of course. I'm happy to get that walk-off hit, but I don't like going 2 for 7," Harper said. "I don't like striking out twice in one game, either."
Bryce ... we talked about the me-first stuff ...
"To get that moment at the end, that wipes everything away," Harper said.
OK, good. Just checking, because everyone's watching, kid.
Braves 11, Marlins 0: Tim Hudson with a five-hit shutout and Dan Uggla hit two homers and drove in five against his old team. Rookie Andrelton Simmons had three hits including a triple and drove in three. That's coming up big. Of course everything about him's big. Kid, do us all a favor and buy yourself a jock, OK? You're gonna hurt someone out there.
Dodgers 2, Phillies 1: Cliff Lee: 12 strikeouts and two runs in 7.2 innings but he still took the loss. That's nine starts and no wins despite a 2.92 ERA. Chad Billingsley tied up the Philly bats, allowing six singles, a double and only one run in seven innings.
Angels 6, Mariners 2: Mark Trumbo smacked two homers, doubled, singled and drove in four. His line on the year is .337/.384/.634.
Cubs 10, Brewers 0: Ryan Dempster gets out of the Cliff Lee club, finally gets some run support and a win. He was perfect through five innings, but the aw shucks Dempster wasn't about to say anything about it:
"Yeah, I was thinking about a perfect game for sure," Dempster said. "I'm not an idiot. I know that I hadn't had anybody on base. But it's the second-best thing: a win right here."
Dude, talk to Bryce Harper's media relations team, OK?
Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 0: Ian Kennedy struck out 12 in six innings. Afterwards he said a mechanical tweak was responsible. What tweak? "It's a secret," Kennedy said. Fine, be that way. Jason Kubel drove in five.
Indians 4, Tigers 2: Ubaldo Jimenez has been a hot mess this year, walking the whole league, but the Tigers made him look like it was 2010 all over again. Asdrubal Cabrera, Lou Marson and Michael Brantley each hit RBI triples. I love triples. They're so much damn fun.
Yankees 7, Rays 0: Andy Pettitte struck out 10 while shutting out the Rays for seven. Russell Martin went 3 for 4 and hit a grand slam. New York has won nine of 12.
Pirates 8, Reds 4: Clint Barmes had three hits and drove in three runs. The Pirates have hit seven homers in their last two games. Is what has been the worst offense in the NL starting to wake up?
Orioles 8, Red Sox 6: Jim Johnson blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning but held on to vulture a win. Wasn't a pure vulture-job in that he came back and shut the Sox down in the 10th. And given how good he's been -- he had saved 25 straight coming in -- he's entitled to one of those every now and again. Baltimore is 4-0 in Fenway this year.
Blue Jays 9, White Sox 5: Colby Rasmus went 5 for 5 with a double, homer and three RBI. Brett Lawrie led off and went 3 for 5 and scored three times. Interesting. Phil Humber continues his quest to cement himself as the most fluky perfect game pitcher ever, as he allows five runs in five innings and runs his ERA up to 5.68. Seriously: how many guys have thrown perfectos and lost their rotation job in the same season?
Astros 9, Cardinals 8: Houston led 6-1 after two innings, saw the lead shrink, built it back up again and managed to hold on as St. Louis put up four in the ninth. Jose Altuve responded to your collective snubbing of him in the All-Star voting by going 4 for 5 and scoring three runs. Jaime Garcia looks totally off, and is clearly not better after missing a start due to a sore elbow.
Royals 1, Twins 0: Bruce Chen shut 'em out for seven and the pen took over.
Rangers 6, Athletics 3: Texas survives Oakland's offensive outburst. Well, an outburst for the A's. Derek Holland struck out two, walked two and allowed three runs on seven hits, so it's likely that he avoided a spanking.
Padres 6, Giants 5: Logan Forsythe's first-ever home run was a walkoff job:
"I was just trying to get on base for the guys. Luckily, it got out," he said.
Kids these days with their selfish attitude.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com