Monday, June 28, 2010
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Athletics 3, Pirates 2: Kurt Suzuki should have been out number three in the eighth inning, but Pirates' catcher Jason Jaramillo dropped a pop foul and two pitches later Suzuki hit the game winning dinger. Losing like that would be a total back breaker for Pirates fans if their bones hadn't been ground to dust as a result of the team's futility already.
Yankees 8, Dodgers 6: Talk about a bullpen implosion. Jonathan Broxton blew a 6-2 lead in the ninth and then George Sherrill gave up the game-winning homer to Robinson Cano in the 10th as the Yankees take two of three from the Dodgers.
Orioles 4, Nationals 3: Break up the O's! Four straight wins including a sweep of the, well, sure, why not, rival Nationals. And they're guaranteed not to lose tonight because they got the day off!
Indians 5, Reds 3: Shin-Soo Choo hit two bombs as the Indians win their first game since a week ago Friday. Matt LaPorta has been up and down, but this was his first start as the unequivocal starting first baseman. His functional debut: 0 for 4, two strikeouts and he grounded into a double play. Excelsior!
Angels 10, Rockies 3: Brandon Wood hit a grand slam, and I still can't get used to seeing the name "Francisco Rodriguez" in the Angels' box score and have it not be K-Rod. Each time he shows up I think it's 2008 again, both my kids are in preschool and I still work at the law firm.
Padres 4, Marlins 2: Will Venable has had a number of key homers in the past week and his two-run job in the eighth yesterday turned out to be the game winner. What say you, Will? "Yesterday he struck me out with three straight splitties so I knew I had to be patient. He came with the splitties again and I was able to go deep enough in the count that he was forced to try something else and threw a fastball middle-in and I was able to get a good swing on it." We comfortable with "splitties?" I don't think I am, frankly.
Phillies 11, Blue Jays 2: Jamie Moyer gave up a homer and now owns the all-time record for dingers allowed all by himself, but as was the case with the start in which he tied the mark, he pitched damn well: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7K. The Jays committed four errors leading to six unearned runs. The hometown fans probably didn't like that one bit.
Diamondbacks 2, Rays 1: The Rays were no-hit on Friday and two-hit on Sunday. What's more, they came close to engaging in fisticuffsmanship with each other in the process. Not a good weekend for Tampa Bay.
Mets 6, Twins 0: Homers from Frenchie, Wright and Ike were more than enough given Jon Niese's six shutout innings and three additional zeros from the bullpen. With the Braves loss the Mets are once again knocking on the door in the East, a mere half game back. The Twins, on the other hand, are a mere half game up on the Tigers after having lost seven of ten.
Tigers 10, Braves 4: Heyward, Strasburg and a bunch of other guys have gotten all the ink, but there may not be anyone having a better rookie year than Brennan Boesch. Boesch goes 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBI, and now sits at .338/.389/.621 on the season. It might be time for the Braves to worry about Tommy Hanson as the kid got shelled for the second straight start. But hey, they get to face Stephen Strasburg tonight, so that's fun.
Cubs 8, White Sox 6: The Chisox finally lose a game, but they had a little rally at the end to make it interesting for a bit. Four RBI for red-hot Tyler Colvin.
Brewers 3, Mariners 0: Chris Narveson shut out the M's over eight innings. Every time I see his name I think of Kal Varnson. The Brewers should get a relievers named Pennypacker and Vandelay.
Royals 10, Cardinals 3: The Royals take two of three from the Cards after beating up on Jaime Garcia to the tune of five runs on four hits. Jose Guillen has a 21-game hitting streak going right now. Not that this makes him Superman or anything. The last Royal to have a hit streak this long was Rey Sanchez, and no one is carving his visage into any malleable metals. Also worth noting that 27 of his 31 hits during the course of the streak have been singles.
Rangers 10, Astros 1: Josh Hamilton has a 21-game hitting streak of his own. His has more pop to it than Guillen's, however, including a homer in the second inning last night that is still flying, I think. And while I like to think teams' scouting is more sophisticated than this, you have to wonder if the fact that Roy Oswalt got lit up for eight runs on seven hits in four and two-thirds isn't the kind of thing that'll make the Rangers less likely to want him.
Red Sox 5, Giants 1: A 103-pitch complete game for Jon Lester with nine strikeouts. Tim Lincecum was knocked out after giving up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings. Big Papi hit one into McCovey Cove. According to the game story, it was picked up by a kayaker. With Barry gone, I'm surprised anyone still floats around out there. Oh, and because the Sox haven't had enough injuries lately, Victor Martinez fractured his left thumb.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com