Thursday, June 09, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Bosox once again jump all over the Yankees, this time giving A.J. Burnett his worst night of the year. Notably, no Red Sox players were plunked in this one -- And David Ortiz hit another homer -- so I'm sure the tabloids that were calling for retribution for the Ortiz bat flip on Tuesday night are going to be up in arms this morning. The Red Sox are alone in first place.
Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2: Andrew McCutchen walked off with a homer in the bottom of the 12th. He also scored a run to tie it in the bottom of the 10th following a double. He also drove in a run on a sacrifice in the third. You could say that it was his night.
Brewers 7, Mets 6: Nyjer Morgan hit a walkoff double, though he didn't realize it because he thought it was the eighth inning. Seriously. Two homers for Prince Fielder including the two-run job that tied it in the eighth. That second one put Fielder past Gorman Thomas for third on the Brewers' all-time home run list with 209.
Braves 3, Marlins 2: Derek Lowe deserved better than a no-decision after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. But, as usual, the Braves don't score a lot and Fredi Gonzalez uses the same three relievers he uses every single game. One of them -- Craig Kimbrel -- is so obviously being overused that someone ought to call closer protective services for a home visit. Kimbrel blows the save but Freddie Freeman salvages the win for him -- hey! Kimbrel knows how to win! -- with an RBI single in the 10th.
Astros 4, Cardinals 1: Bud Norris had a no-hitter going into the seventh as well, but the Astros' old friend Lance Berkman broke it up with a homer. It would be the only hit that Norris gave up in his eight innings of work, however.
Twins 3, Indians 2: The Twins blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth when bona fide closer Matt Capps gave up a homer, but Ben Revere drove in a run in the bottom of the tenth. The Tribe went 1-6 on the homestand. They're crashing like Skylab. Let us hope that The Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, doesn't fine the Indians $400 for littering after impact.
Giants 3, Nationals 1: Matt Cain was the man, tossing a five-hit complete game with 11Ks. He also doubled in the first run of the game -- all together now -- helping his own cause.
Cubs 4, Reds 1: The eight-game losing streak is history as the Cubbies beat the Reds on a hot, hot afternoon. Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez went back-to-back in the fourth inning. Ryan Dempster went six strong innings despite having hip problems before the game and being unable to get loose. Tight works too, I suppose.
Rockies 5, Padres 3: The Rockies score more than three runs for the first time in a good long while, the final two on a Troy Tulowitzki double in the ninth to break the 3-3 tie. Tulo had an RBI single in the fifth too.
Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Cole Hamels with eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts. Not much else to say about that, really.
Orioles 3, Athletics 2: And this is all anyone needs to hear about the Athletics' losing streak.
Rangers 7, Tigers 3: Alexi Ogando moves to 7-0 as he helps the Rangers avoid the sweep. Three hits for Elvis Andrus. A homer for Adrian Beltre. A bad night for Phil Coke.
Blue Jays 9, Royals 8: In the sixth, Ned Yost chose to intentionally walk Jose Bautista, loading the bases, to get to Adam Lind. Two pitches later, Lind hit a grand slam. Maybe it was a good decision, but good decisions != good outcomes.
Mariners 7, White Sox 4: Miguel Olivo has been kind of hot ever since we mocked him last week. So hey, you're welcome, M's fans. Seattle's most indispensible player drove in three, including a two-run double in the 10th.
Rays 4, Angels 3: The Rays blew a 3-0 lead for James Shields in the eighth, but salvaged it with some small ball -- Reid Brignac's RBI bunt -- in the tenth. A sweep for Tampa Bay.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com