Friday, July 27, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4: Backatcha, Athletics. A night after the A's slammed the Jays, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to lead the charge for Toronto, ending the A's seven game winning streak. This came after the A's took a 3-0 lead, so nice moxie by the Blue Jays there.
Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Matt Harvey's debut went swimmingly: 5 1/3 scoreless innings and 11 strikeouts for the Mets' 2010 first round pick. He also had a double and a single.
Indians 5, Tigers 3: Justin Verlander was cruising along nicely until he hit the seventh inning and the Indians hit him. Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner homered off the reigning MVPYOUNG Award winner to lead of the seventh and the Tribe posted four runs in that inning to put 'em over.
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 4: The Cardinals rattled off 18 hits, three each coming from David Freese and Matt Carpenter. It would be rather delicious if the Dodgers' trade for Hanley Ramirez coincided with them skidding out of the race.
Orioles 6, Rays 2: Anyone who knows what happened to James Shields this year, please contact the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields struck out ten in six innings -- that's good! -- but he also allowed five runs on six hits while walking five -- that's bad! Chris Davis homered and drove in four. That's good! But the hot dogs at Camden Yards contained contain potassium benzoate ......... That's bad.
Pirates 5, Astros 3: A.J. Burnett just keeps on humming along. He allowed two runs in seven and a third and won his 12th game of the year. Of course, this coming against the Astros, I suppose the curve they're graded on means that those two runs should count as five or six.
Nationals 8, Brewers 2: Edwin Jackson scattered eight hits over seven seven shutout innings and the Brewers' woes continue. But hey, bright side: no blown save last night.
Mariners 4, Royals 1: Jason Vargas has been a bright spot for Seattle this year. He notched his 11th win while allowing only one run on one hit over eight.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com