Wednesday, June 22, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Marlins 5, Angels 2: The Feesh win! How they did it while allowing 13 hits is something you'd have to ask the Angels, who went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Stanton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit game himself.
Brewers 5, Rays 1: Zack Greinke struck out ten dudes over seven innings and the Brewers are back in first place. Why? ....
Phillies 10, Cardinals 2: That's why. Placido Polanco was hit by a pitch with the bases juiced to kick off a nine-run rally in the eighth inning. And get this: Philly didn't have one extra base hit in the game. They walked nine times, however.
Athletics 7, Mets 3: Oakland is streaky. They take their sixth in a row, and they seem to credit their gold jerseys as good luck charms. But hey, winning ugly is still winning. Like the Cardinals, the Mets issued nine free passes.
Nationals 6, Mariners 5: Doug Fister threw eight innings of three-hit ball, but the M's bullpen totally woofed it away. A three run homer for Wilson Ramos capped a five-run ninth inning rally. Oy.
Twins 9, Giants 2: An eight run first inning for Minnesota. It seems like we've had a lot of games with those kinds of early big innings lately, ending things before they start.
Dodgers 6, Tigers 1: Three wins in a row for L.A., who must be like vampires who feed off of negative vibes from the front office. Matt Kemp stole his 20th base, putting him the 20/20 club on June 21st, which is kind of cool.
Braves 5, Blues Jays 1: On Monday night, Ricky Romero sort of kind of called his offense out for not scoring runs. Then, before this game, manager John Farrell had Romero talk to the team about his comments behind closed doors. I presume there was some level of apology at play. After this game, though, you think Romero can issue a retraction on that apology? Mike Minor tied the Jays' bats up for seven innings, striking out eight.
Diamondbacks 7, Royals 2: Wily Mo Pena hit a home run that left Missouri air space and violated multiple international treaties during its flight. He also struck out twice, which is pretty much Wily Mo Pena in a nutshell. Joe Saunders pitched seven strong for the Dbacks.
White Sox 3, Cubs 2: Paul Konerko hits yet another homer, the fifth straight game in which he has done so. In other news, the gods apparently did not approve of something going on in Chicago and brought down their wrath during the game.
Rangers 5, Astros 4: Mitch Moreland with a walkoff homer in the 11th, which came just before giant storms hit Arlington. Man, the gods were pissed off at something last night, huh?
Padres 5, Red Sox 4: Oh, and the devil must have been around too. My evidence: David Ortiz had to have made a deal with him to have stolen a base. Less devilishly, Anthony Rizzo -- he who, among others, was traded for Adrian Gonzalez -- hit a bases loaded groundout in the seventh that plated the go-ahead run. So that has to feel nice for Padres fans.
Pirates 9, Orioles 3: The Pirates' win was pretty cool, but nowhere near as cool as their 1971 throwbacks. The Orioles' '71 duds were pretty cool too. I, for one, like and miss the cartoon bird.
Rockies 4, Indians 3: Cleveland was held hitless into the sixth but clawed back from a 3-0 hole. But two homers for Seth Smith, the second of which came in the ninth inning to snap the tie as a storm approached, carried the day.
Yankees vs. Reds: POSTPONED: Kentucky rain keeps pouring down. And up ahead's another town that I'll go walking through, with the rain in my shoes, searchin for you ... In the cold Kentucky rain. Well, Kentucky is right across the river from Cincinnati, so I guess it's close enough.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com