Thursday, June 30, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Mets 16, Tigers 9: The Mets blast the Tigers' pitching for the second night in a row (though the Tigers blasted back a bit themselves). Everyone in the Mets' starting lineup hit, including Scott Hairston, whose bases loaded triple in the first broke it open, after which he did some lame antlers thing or whatever it was. Really, I don't even. Point is, the Mets have scored 52 runs on 69 hits in their past four games. Phil Coke was a disaster for Detroit. His stint as a starter may have to end soon, because it just ain't working.
Braves 5, Mariners 3: The Braves take their eighth win in ten tries, beating King Felix of all people. Ten hits. All singles. Eric Wedge left Hernandez in for 127 pitches for some reason.
Twins 1, Dodgers 0: Scott Baker continues to impress. He has a 3.16 ERA and a strikeout/walk ratio of 100/28 in 105 innings.
Reds 4, Rays 3: Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer in the fourth. I'm still not forgetting that he missed a ball during long toss that hit me in the arm during spring training. And I don't care if it is my fault that I was standing right behind him. I believe he was subject to some sort of implied covenant to protect dumb bloggers.
Indians 6, Diamondbacks 2: Four hits and an RBI for Orlando Cabrera. He has raised his batting average by five points since I made fun of him for being an Ayn Rand fan. I'm going to take credit for that. Not because I believe I'm responsible, but because, as a Rand fan, it probably angers him that someone else could be responsible for his self improvement.
Angels 1, Nationals 0: Dan Haren: two hits over seven and a third shutout innings. Davey Johnson has not won a game as a major league manager since Bill Clinton was president.
Padres 4, Royals 1: San Diego continues to roll. This one was aided by Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer combining to butcher a popup that they each lost in the sun, leading to a big unearned-run inning for the Padres. I guess they don't have sun in Omaha, so it's understandable that those two had their troubles. San Diego is now out of the cellar.
Cardinals 5, Orioles 1: Chris Carpenter looked like Chris Carpenter, allowing a single run in a complete game. The Orioles starting pitching -- which most of us felt would be the difference between the O's being respectable this year and being a punching bag -- has turned into something of a punching bag of late.
Phillies 2, Red Sox 1: For once John Lackey looks good -- and hell, he even drove in a run with a double -- and what happens? The vaunted Bosox offense can't get anything going. But hey, the Phillies have all of those aces. Wait, what? It was Vance Worley? Well, then. Oh, and for what it's worth: Gonzalez in right and Ortiz at first were a non-factor in this game, both for good and for ill.
Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1: Yet another low scoring game on a night full of low scoring games. Brandon Morrow Ks 10 in seven innings.
White Sox 3, Rockies 2: A ninth inning rally off Huston Street, capped by a sac fly that scored Carlos Quentin boosts the Sox over the Rox. Two nights in a row that the game between these two has been decided by a close play -- or what should have been a close play -- at the plate.
Rangers 3, Astros 2: Two homers for Ian Kinsler. One of which came after he was hit in the stomach by a pitch but, because umpire Bob Davidson said he was trying to bunt, wasn't awarded first base. Lucky for him I guess.
Yankees 5, Brewers 2: Russell Martin hit a three-run homer. Which is kind of impressive because I was of the impression that Martin was near death and was going to stagger his way through the rest of the season an injured heap. Just kind of a vibe I had.
Marlins 3, Athletics 0: Five-hit shutout for Ricky Nolasco. Two RBI for Hanley Ramirez. That's how this stuff is supposed to go for Florida.
Cubs 2, Giants 1: A serious duel between Ryan Dempster and Tim Lincecum, though neither got the decision. Carlos Marmol came in to the game in the ninth to lock down the 1-0 Cubs lead but couldn't, allowing one of Dempster's runners to score. But never fear, Aramis Ramirez is here, and he singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com