Tuesday, July 19, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Red Sox 15, Orioles 10: Of course. The night after Boston took 16 innings to score one run, they unload for 15 against the O's. That after getting almost no sleep due to the late night. I said yesterday that the Orioles had their worst series of the season against Boston before the All-Star break, but this one could end up being uglier.
Cubs 6, Phillies 1: The heat got to Halladay. I can only assume that at certain temperatures and humidity levels his hydraulic limbs and positronic net start to experience some sort of interface malfunction with the organic components, resulting in cyborg failure. I'm sure that after a level 2 diagnostic and a purge of his short term memory he'll be back to work, doing the jobs that we can't depend on Man to do as reliably, all the while biding his time until he leads the other machines -- who have since become self-aware -- in a bloody revolt against their creators.
Pirates 2, Reds 0: Charlie Morton didn't pitch the most efficient game in baseball history -- he threw 87 pitches in five innings -- but the Reds did nothing against him during that time. Didn't help that there was an hour and a half delay during the first inning. The Reds did nothing against the rest of the Pirates staff either. Pittsburgh is in first place.
Indians 5, Twins 2, Indians 6, Twins 3: David Huff throws seven scoreless innings in the first one. The thinking was that he was only making the spot start for the doubleheader and would only be up with the big club for a minute and a Huff, but he may have won himself a job with that outing. You know, he hasn't stopped talking since I came here? He must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.
White Sox 5, Royals 2: Mark Buehrle keeps rolling, pitching better than his record suggests. It was 95 degrees at game time with a heat index of 105. I have a theory that the idea of the heat index is bunk and that it was made up by a TV meteorologist looking to sexy-up the weather segment of the evening news, but I can't prove it. I suppose I could ask my dad, who retired from the National Weather Service. But how do I know they haven't gotten to him too?
Yankees 5, Rays 4: Joe Maddon decided to bring in Kyle Farnsworth for the five-out save with a couple runners aboard in the eighth inning. Not something a lot of people would do. That backfired, as both of the runners came around to score. Alex Torres came into a 4-4 tie in the ninth, loaded the bases and then walked Russell Martin with them loaded and took the loss. This is what people were expecting a lot of from the Rays' pen before the season began.
Marlins 4, Mets 1: Clay Hensley gave up only one hit in five innings and the bullpen took it home from there. A two-run double for Mike Stanton. No stolen bases for him, though, so his manager is probably mad at him.
Nationals 5, Astros 2: A couple RBI for Ryan Zimmerman and eight innings of two-run ball for Jason Marquis. No one really sweats when playing Houston.
Braves 7, Rockies 4: Derek Lowe was cruising -- even got a hit and scored a run -- until he ran out of gas in the seventh. Braves held on, however, thanks to another nice game from the McCann-Freeman combination of which I am becoming a giantic fan. Now if only Jason Heyward would come out of his coma to help them out.
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 0: Rookie Josh Collmenter tomahawked the Brewers, shutting them down and shutting them out over eight. Really, he tomahawked 'em. Inevitable he goes to the Braves one day, I suppose.
Giants 5, Dodgers 0: Ryan Vogelsong had his way with the Dodgers as well. He now leads the NL in ERA, which is what we all expected before the season began, right?
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com