And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
June 28, 2013
Dodgers 6, Phillies 4: Six straight wins for the Dodgers as Yasiel Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. Puig also smacked into the scoreboard in right field, so he's basically Bryce Harper in multiple respects. That seventh inning rally was occasioned by the bases being loaded on a walk, a bunt which Ryan Howard muffed to allow the bunter to reach and then another walk. Then Puig did his stuff.
Cubs 7, Brewers 2: Series like Cubs-Brewers are, at this point, primarily scouting combines in anticipation of the trade deadline. And Matt Garza was the equivalent of that defensive end wearing Under Armor spandex while creepy dudes like Mel Kiper talk about their "long-bodies" and "great wingspan." He struck out ten in seven innings while allowing one run on eight hits with a walk.
Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2: Remember that scene in "The Natural" where Roy Hobbs' winning blast caused the light tower to explode in spark and flame? Well, that happened at Nats park yesterday except (a) the road team won; and (b) the winning hit in the ninth was a bunt. Two bunts actually won it. Miguel Montero hit a ground rule double, Cody Ross bunted his pinch runner to third and Didi Gregorius "knocked" in the go-ahead run with a bunt single. Then he was transported to a wheat field where he played catch with his illegitimate son as Glen Close watched over them lovingly. Or something.
Angels 3, Tigers 1: Albert Pujols with an RBI double in the tenth that provided the winning margin. The Angels have beat the Tigers for the ninth straight time. Guys Tigers fans love to hate did well. Jeff Weaver -- who got all plunky with Tigers hitters last year -- allowed one run in seven innings. Mike Trout -- who many Tigers fans have decided to hate because how dare someone suggest Miguel Cabrera have competition for the MVP last year?! -- was 4 for 5 yesterday and 8 for 16 in the series with a homer, two doubles and five RBI.
Orioles 7, Indians 3: Down 3-2 in the fifth the O's scored five of their own. Manny Machado was ejected arguing that a third strike was really a foul ball. That ended a streak of 1,206 innings played, which was the longest active streak in the bigs. Lonnie Chisenhall on the O's quick strike for five:
"It happened so fast, same thing last night," said Chisenhall. "It's the way the AL East plays. Runs just show up on the board."
Damndest thing, that.
Mets 3, Rockies 2: The makeup game from a snow-out back in April. Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and threw out a runner from right field in the ninth. The guy he nailed on the base paths? Michael Cuddyer, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. He still had three hits on the day, though, and extended his hitting streak to 24 games. That's a Rockies record.
Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Derek Holland with the Maddux, shutting out the Bombers -- if we can call this lineup the "Bombers" -- on 92 pitches.
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4: John Lester got a much-needed win -- only his second in eight starts -- but left the game in the eighth when he jammed his hip. A seven-run second inning for the Sox pretty much sewed this game up early, however.
Twins 3, Royals 1: Samuel Deduno allowed one run over seven innings, walking only one. Which is a big deal for him, because he's usually walktastic.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com