Friday, July 20, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: All Cody Ross does is hit three-run homers. The walkoff one here was his third in two days.
Mets 9, Nationals 5: David Wright hits a two-run and a three-run homer. He's like a poor-man's Cody Ross! R.A. Dickey is the first player in the NL to notch 13 wins.
Rays 6, Indians 0: And David Price is the first pitcher in the AL to 13 wins as he allows only two hits in seven shutout innings. Jose Molina -- Jose Molina! -- stole a base. Remember when I said that the Red Sox needed to be fined for allowing Adam Dunn to swipe one? The Indians should be fined and flogged.
Cubs 4, Marlins 2: The Cubs beat Mark Buehrle in his return to Chicago. They went 5-1 on the homestand. I feel like writing posts today about how they should add pieces at the deadline for their playoff run. OK, maybe not, but not a bad week for the Cubbies.
Mariners 6, Royals 1: Jesus Montero was -- dare I say it? -- a triple short of the cycle. Felix Hernandez was quite Felix Hernandezy, allowing one run over eight innings
Orioles 4, Twins 3: Read the box score for the details of this game if you want them. I'm far more fixated on this post-game quote from Buck Showalter regarding the Twins offense: "That's a pretty tough lineup to go through." There's an epidemic in baseball these days. And epidemic in which everyone feels the need to say nonsense about something in an effort to appear to be showing respect. I appreciate the polite impulse, but really, people.
Reds 7, Diamondbacks 6: The Diamondbacks were up 6-0 after they finished batting in the sixth. Then Brandon Phillips woke up and hit a three-run homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the seventh and then scored the go-ahead run.
Tigers 5, Angels 1: The Tigers have won 10 of 12. The rest of the American League probably wishes they'd killed them when they had the chance.
Braves 3, Giants 2: The Braves had three hits total. Two of them were homers. Efficiency, baby.
Athletics 4, Yankees 3: A dog of a game. Literally. The A's have won 11 of 13.
Padres 1, Astros 0: Edinson Volquez tossed his first career shutout in one-hitting the Astros.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com