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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh? Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs.
Giants 2, Dodgers 0: Two games against the their division-leading rivals, two shutouts by the Giants. This one was led by Ryan Vogelsong, who blanked L.A. for seven innings, out-pitching Clayton Kershaw. This is NOT the Dodgers team we saw in April and May. They have dropped seven of eight, being outscored 35-13 during that time.
Cubs 5, Mets 3: Anthony Rizzo's Cubs debut: 2 for 4 with an RBI, with said RBI putting the Cubs ahead to stay in the fourth inning.
Cardinals 5, Marlins 2: Carlos Zambrano has blown up in the past when a fielder makes an error which leads to a big inning. Last night Zambrano made a throwing error in the first that led to five unearned runs. No word on whether he yelled at himself. In other news, Miami is in freefall mode, losers of 17 of its last 20.
Red Sox 5, Blues Jays 1: Aaron Laffey, pressed into service as a starter after spending the last couple of years in the pen, pitched really well, shutting out the Sox over six innings. Then the Jays pen came in and the Sox rallied for five runs in the seventh and eighth innings. That came against the backdrop of an effective Daisuke Matsuzaka start (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5K).
Rangers 7, Tigers 5: Yu Darvish struck out 10 Tigers in seven innings and won his 10th game. Josh Hamilton homered for the second straight night, so maybe his recent swoon is ending.
Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1: Hudson beats Hudson. Tim over Daniel, to be precise. The former cruised for eight innings, giving up a single run. The latter was beaten up for five in an inning and two-thirds before leaving with forearm tightness as the Braves racked up 17 hits against D-backs pitching.
Angels 7, Orioles 3: Anaheim had 17 hits of its own last night -- four of them homers -- with everyone in the lineup reaching at least once and six guys having multiple hit nights. Brian Matusz gave up 13 of them in his five innings. The Angels have won 12 of 16 overall and 12 of their last 13 on the road.
Nationals 12, Rockies 5: Pfft, 17 hits? How about 21? Well, 21 may translate to something less than 17 after adjusting for Coors, but it was still quite an offensive eruption for the Nats, especially considering that 11 of them were for extra bases. Including Adam LaRoche, who hit two homers. Ian Desmond added a 4 for 5.
Yankees 6, Indians 4: Phil Hughes is something of an adventure. He pitched eight shutout innings last night after a start in which he gave up six to the Braves last Wednesday. Also an adventure: Cory Wade, who allowed four runs to the Tribe in the ninth before Rafael Soriano had to be summoned on a night that didn't figure to require a save before the ninth inning.
Phillies 5, Pirates 4: Carlos Ruiz had three hits and a homer to raise his average to .361. Man, where would Philly be without him?
Royals 8, Rays 2: A couple of errors by Sean Rodriguez put Chris Archer in the danger zone in the third inning, but Brandon Gomes allowing four runs in a third of an inning later on doomed any chance Tampa Bay had. Bruce Chen, meanwhile, pitched seven effective innings and Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run bomb to put the game out of reach. The Rays have dropped five of seven games.
White Sox 3, Twins 2: Chicago took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth behind Gavin Floyd's seven shutout innings and Matt Thornton's one, but then Addison Reed allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. He held on, though. Just wanted to make sure everyone was awake, you know.
Astros 5, Padres 1: Kip Wells got a spot start -- his first big league action in years -- and, not surprisingly, didn't do well (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER and a run-scoring wild pitch).
Mariners 3, Athletics 2: Brendan Ryan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth. I searched all over this this box score for something else interesting and I swear I couldn't find anything.
Twenty-five years ago today, one of the game’s greatest sluggers had perhaps the greatest games of his career. Just 23 years old, rookie first baseman Mark McGwire had a tremendous day at the plate.
On June 27, 1987, the A’s played a terrible Indians team before barely 13,000 fans in Cleveland. The Indians had won barely one-third of their games on the year so far, and the way they couldn’t contain McGwire showed why Cleveland was off to such a rotten start.
In the first inning, the A’s rookie came up with Jose Canseco on first and promptly belted a home run for an early 2-0 Oakland lead.
In the third, McGwire came up again and had his worst at-bat of the day. He lifted a fly ball to right that looked like it was going to be a routine out, only for outfielder Cory Snyder to muff it. By the time he corralled the ball, McGwire had motored all the way to third base. Well, at least it wasn’t a hit. He scored a few minutes later on a Carney Lansford home run.
Two innings later, McGwire led off and smashed his second home run of the game. The game was already out of reach, with Oakland up, 8-1.
In the seventh, McGwire once again led off the inning with a hit, but this time it was just a single. Cleveland could consider that a moral victory. Moments later, McGwire scored when aging DH Reggie Jackson went deep for his 557th career home run.
By the ninth inning, Oakland led 10-3, and McGwire came up one final time. With no outs and Jose Canseco on first, Mark McGwire smashed yet another home run on the day. That was it for him, as the A’s ended up with a 13-3 victory.
In all, McGwire hadn’t made a single out all day. In five trips to the plate, he had three home runs, a single, and a reached on error. He scored five runs and drove in five as well.
In the rest of his career, McGwire would have four more three-homer games, but this was the only one with four hits. His 13 total bases on the day would be his personal best. He had more than five RBIs in several other games, but this would be his only game scoring five times. His four hits also tied his personal high.
Making it even more special, McGwire kept up the barrage the next day, smashing a pair of homers. With five homers in two days, McGwire tied a major league record.
Aside from that, many other events today celebrate their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something that happened X-thousand days ago). Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d prefer to just skim over things.
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