Friday, July 06, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Mets 6, Phillies 5: The R.A. Dickey vs. Cole Hamels matchup didn't pan out as some expected, but David Wright took care of things, going 3 for 5 with four RBI including the game winner.
Cardinals 6, Rockies 2: Lance Lynn had been skidding but the Rockies cured his ills. The Rockies cure everyone's ills. Six shutout innings for Lynn and his 11th win.
Braves 7, Cubs 3: Brian McCann and Jason Heyward homer, helping the Braves salvage the split. I think if they dropped this one I would have launched my annual "teams I'd root for if I didn't root for the Braves" post, but they've got a reprieve.
Pirates 2, Astros 0: You can say the Pirates' recent hot streak is courtesy of playing four games against the Rockies. Or you can say that they're a team winning the games they're supposed to win. Doesn't matter: they're still in first place. Jeff Karstens threw eight shutout innings, fanning eight.
Royals 9, Blue Jays 6: Eric Hosmer had three RBI and Luke Hochevar pitched well but had to leave early due to a sprained ankle he sustained while covering first base. That's it. Tomorrow, pitcher fielding practice for everyone. Oh, wait, no. None of that. That's how Hochevar got hurt in the first place.
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 1: Is it bad that I had never heard of Nate Eovaldi before I read this box score? Hell, I can't know everything. He won for the Dodgers, though, giving up one run in six innings.
Indians 3, Rays 1: Tampa Bay continues to slide. The Rays have lost eight of ten. The Indians have won six of eight. And yes, these are bogus uneven data sets. Do what I wanna do.
Nationals 6, Giants 5: The Nats win on a walkoff ... um, botched double play. Adam LaRoche should have been out and the game should have headed to extras when he hit a bases loaded, one out grounder to short in the ninth. But Brandon Crawford threw low to first, LaRoche was safe, the run scored and the Nats had a sweep of the Giants.
Marlins 4, Brewers 0: Mark Buehrle threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings and Carlos Lee went 2 for 4 in his Miami debut.
White Sox 2, Rangers 1: Kevin Youkilis hit the go-ahead homer in the sixth. That trade is working out so far.
Tigers 7, Twins 3: A three-run homer in the eighth inning by Prince Fielder broke a tie that probably shouldn't have been tie, except for the fact that the Twins couldn't score despite having a boatload of base runners. Or, as my son calls it, a buttload. Either way, really.
Padres 2, Reds 1: Six straight wins for San Diego, and eight of 11, this one via a Evereth Cabrera bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth. The game featured a match-up of pitchers in that big offseason trade: Mat Latos vs. Edinson Volquez. Both of them pitched fantastically.
Angels 9, Orioles 7: Garrett Richards and Jake Arrieta were each pretty dreadful and each was optioned back to Triple-A after the game. You don't see that every day.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com