Tuesday, June 28, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection. And entertainment aside, the ump got the call right I think, so the fact that Leyland really had no argument made it even better. No, we shouldn't find this unprofessional kind of thing amusing, but sorry, I do. And to keep the comedy going, I hope he pays his inevitable fine in pennies. Preferably of this type.
Dodgers 15, Twins 0: Twenty-five hits for L.A., with every starter not only getting a hit, but getting multiple hits. Gee, if hits were dollars ...
Cubs 7, Rockies 3: Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each hit two homers. Carlos Gonzalez did too, but since his team lost, no glory for him.
Reds 5, Rays 0: Mike Leake threw six shutout innings and Brandon Phillips went 4 for 5 with a couple of RBI, no doubt motivated by being passed up by Rickie Weeks in the All-Star balloting. Wait: I'm guessing these guys don't care too much and would rather have the days off at this point, so like, never mind.
Braves 3, Mariners 1: I'll be damned. I had a bet with a friend that this game would go 25 innings with neither team scoring. Perhaps I was being unfair. Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman with homers. Jason Heyward hit leadoff, which is kind of interesting.
Angels 4, Nationals 3: Fire Davey Johnson! Oh, wait, first game. Let's cut him some slack. Maicer Izturis with a the bases-loaded single in the 10th. It's nice that L.A. won, but Jordan Walden blew his third straight save, sending this one to extras, so that's a problem.
Padres 4, Royals 3: Mat Latos didn't pitch fabulously, but he won. He also reached on a double, didn't run the bases fabulously -- he should have scored from third on a groundout but froze -- but he ended up scoring anyway on a wild pitch. Sometimes you're given a margin of error in life.
Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4: Orlando Cabrera hit a homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to give Cleveland the win. He is a man who has never accepted the creed that others have the right to stop him.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com