Friday, July 30, 2010
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Padres 3, Dodgers 2: Oscar Salazar had a pinch-hit walkoff single. During the game they traded for Miguel Tejada and got $1 million in the deal from Baltimore. Tejada is "meh" but I hope they went out for a party on that million bucks after the game. I also hope they continued to wear the awesome throwback mustard and brown jerseys after the game ended, because that would make the party really hop.
Marlins 5, Giants 0: Anibal Sanchez was almost untouchable: CG, SHO 1 H, 1 BB, 8K. Buster Posey's hitting streak ends. The Giants should totally protest this one, though. Jorge Cantu reached twice and scored twice even though he was basically traded already as the game was going on. Let's create an unwritten rule about that, in fact, shall we?
Nationals 5, Braves 3: I only made up that rule above so we can somehow include Adam Dunn and Matt Capps in it. I mean, sure, I know they weren't traded during the game or anything, but Capps was traded a mere seven or eight hours after the game ended and there have been a moderate amount of rumors about Dunn, so the Nationals should have sat them out of an abundance of caution. Why no, it has nothing to do with the fact that Dunn hit a homer and Capps got the save in a game in which my rooting interest was on the losing end. Why do you ask?
Mets 4, Cardinals 0: R.A. Dickey shuts down the Cards. Where the hell has this season come from for this guy? He couldn't get anyone out in his previous big league stints and wasn't even all that sharp in the minors, and now he's 7-4 with a 2.32 ERA. I love guys like this.
Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 2: On a day they get Roy Oswalt for a song in terms of both talent and cash, they get a walkoff win in the 11th inning too. Phillies get everything they want [kicks at stuff, pouts]. For the Dbacks, Joe Saunders had a better start than any Dan Haren has had since July 4th.
Yankees 11, Indians 4: It's pretty telling when your most effective pitcher of the night is an infielder. That was the case for Cleveland, who pressed Andy Marte into service in ninth inning of a rout. Dude threw a scoreless inning, striking out Nick Swisher. He's had about 100 chances to stick as a third baseman in various places. Why not try to make a career out of being a mop-up man?
Rays 4, Tigers 2: The Tigers are skidding out of control. David Price gets his 14th win.
Rockies 9, Pirates 3: Ubaldo Jimenez gets his 16th win to help the Rockies snap their eight-game skid. One more win and he ties the Rockies' franchise record.
Orioles 6, Royals 5: Kansas City has lost 14 of 17. This bad stretch began at almost the exact moment everyone started talking about how Ned Yost had the team turned around and flying right and all that jazz. Damndest thing.
White Sox 9, Mariners 5: I was on 950 KJR in Seattle last night as this game was going on. Before they called me, I did a quick brushup on the Mariners because, hey, you never know. As soon as my spot started the host said "Mariners are playing the White Sox, but we are NOT going to talk about them because no one wants to hear anything that depressing," or words pretty close to that. I can see that. Two home runs for Raul Castro, by the way.
Rangers 7, Athletics 4: The Rangers complete a nice 5-2 homestand against the two teams who think they can challenge them. Only disappointment: Jorge Cantu didn't hop a flight and pull the "two games in one day for two different teams" stunt. Because that woulda been cool.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com