Friday, July 15, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Giants 6, Padres 2: Aaron Harang has now shut out the opposition for two straight starts totaling 13 innings, and each time the Padres have lost. I imagine there have been some "I'm just trying to give my team a chance to win" quotes in there someplace, but it's too depressing to look for 'em. Aubrey Huff homered to tie it at one in the ninth inning and then the Giants erupted for five runs in the top of the 12th, including an RBI infield single from Huff. But hey, at least the Padres looked good in their mustard and brown throwbacks.
Marlins 6, Cubs 3: Carlos Marmol came in to close out a 2-0 lead in the ninth and was rocked for five runs. He did it by walking the bases loaded -- he threw only one strike to those three hitters -- and then giving up a bases-clearing double (though an error helped). He walked another guy before getting yanked. Oy.
Rangers 5, Mariners 0: Derek Holland with the five-hit shutout. That's eight straight wins for Texas, though you'd be forgiven for forgetting that what with the eighteen months off we've had due to the All-Star Break. At least that's what it has felt like.
Blue Jays 16, Yankees 7: The Blue Jays scored 16 runs -- eight off Bartolo Colon in the first inning -- all without the benefit of a homer. Is Colon turning back into a pumpkin?
Twins 8, Royals 4: Plouffe, Young and Mauer combine to lead the offensive charge for Minnesota. In other news, "Plouffe, Young and Mauer" sounds like the name of a mid-sized auditing firm.
Rockies 12, Brewers 3: Ryan Spilborghs had four hits including a homer. Twenty hits in all for Colorado, who made relative short work of Yovani Gallardo. Francisco Rodriguez did not play, which confounded my "shiny new toy" theory of baseball personnel use (i.e. if a manager gets a shiny new toy, he'll almost always use it the first chance he gets).
Indians 8, Orioles 4: Let no one say the Orioles lost focus during the All-Star break. Nope, they picked up exactly where they left off.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com