Monday, June 13, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Milwaukee makes a statement, sweeping the formerly-first-place Cardinals. Sean Marcum pitched seven strong innings and the Brewers came back from being down 3-0 after five and a half innings to taking the lead after six. The Brewers are the hottest team this side of Boston, methinks. Speaking of them ...
Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 1: Remember those Blue Jays truthers hanging out in the comments section who got on everyone's case a month or so ago when people were ranking the Sox higher than the Jays even though the Jays had a better record? Yeah, well, truth your way out of a 35-6 three-game series. At home.
Braves 4, Astros 1: Tommy Hanson stuck out 14 guys in seven innings, and Braves pitchers struck out 17 in all. Which is way less shocking than the fact that Dan Uggla went 2 for 3 with a homer, a walk and a couple driven in. That's six straight wins for the Braves. Houston has lost four straight and eight of nine.
Mariners 7, Tigers 3: Two homers for Mr. Indispensable and the usual ho-hum eight strong innings for Felix Hernandez. Detroit and Seattle split the four-game series.
Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 1: Stephen Drew had a two-run double in the first and that was really all Arizona would end up needing. That's ten of eleven in the toilet for Florida.
Mets 7, Pirates 0: Chris Capuano with seven shutout innings, three hits allowed. Jose Reyes is absolutely on fire. He already had an OPS over 1.000 for June coming in to this game and went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Yankees 9, Indians 1: Cleveland's nightmare June continues. That's two wins and nine losses on the month. This one was close until the fifth when Josh Tomlin imploded and the Yankees put up a five-spot. Curtis Granderson was 4 for 4 with a couple RBI, A-Rod was 3 for 5 with three driven in. None of the Yankees runs came on home runs. Which is great, because we're told that in Yankee-land, home runs are things you don't too many of.
Twins 6, Rangers 1: Francisco Liriano had a no-hitter going into the eighth. Too bad he didn't get it, because I'd have to imagine that he'd easily be the worst pitcher to have two no-hitters in a season. Anyway, they needed those blanks from Liriano at least through the seventh before the Twins broke through for five runs, taking the pressure off.
Phillies 4, Cubs 3: Roy Oswalt had a better start, actually striking out some dudes for once. Ryan Howard drove in three. The Cubs have the same 2-9 record in June that the Indians have.
White Sox 5, Athletics 3: The A's have a record in June that even the Cubs and Indians can laugh at, and have lost 12 of 13 overall. Adam Dunn with a three-run homer.
Rays 9, Orioles 6: Brian Matusz had nothing out of the gate and only lasted an inning and a third. That left it to Alfredo Simon and the rest of the O's pen to keep it close, but they ... didn't. Not that the bats didn't try to help. Back to back homers for Adam Jones and Vlad Guerrero. The Rays were just on base all day, though, and you're not going to make any headway against 'em when that happens.
Nationals 2, Padres 0: A Petco special, scoreless until the ninth when the Nats strung a couple together. Jordan Zimmermann deserved the win after striking out ten in seven shutout innings, but that's not how it turned out. Tim Stauffer deserved a better fate too.
Dodgers 10, Rockies 8: An ugly line for Ubaldo Jimenez (5.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 2 ER), capped by the James Loney grand slam. Rubby De La Rosa looked strong until he had to leave with a cramp in his arm.
Royals 9, Angels 0: A totally different Vin Mazzaro than we saw the last couple of times out: seven shutout innings. Not epic shutout innings, mind you -- he walked five and didn't strike anyone out -- but the Royals defense turned a bunch of double plays behind him, and that will cure a lot of ills.
Giants 4, Reds 2: Three hits and two runs driven in for Aubrey Huff as the Giants come from behind. The most notable thing about this game: watching the views from the blimp and wondering why in the hell I live in Ohio instead of California.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com