Tuesday, July 24, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or—and I really don't think it's hyperbole to say it—Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that's too heavy for you, how about Hulk Hogan with the NWO? Anyway: Ichiro singled in his first at-bat and stole second base, which is very Ichiro. Then he went hitless the rest of the way which is very recent-vintage Ichiro. I suppose we'll get used to this soon.
Phillies 7, Brewers 6: John Axford lost his closing job because he kept giving up big innings in save situations. Then K-Rod comes in and allows four runs in the ninth to blow the easy three-run-lead save. Good for Philly: back to back homers for Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Bad: Roy Halladay gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings.
Nationals 8, Mets 2: Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer to kick off the scoring and then had the go-ahead RBI single in extra innings. But of course the Nats scored five more in the 10th inning because the Mets bullpen is the Beatles of allowing multiple runs in extra innings games.
Rangers 9, Red Sox 1: The Rangers have played the Red Sox thrice this season. In those games Texas has outscored Boston 33-7. Just throwing this out there, but the Sox may want to get in on the starting pitching trade action that began yesterday.
Marlins 2, Braves 1: The Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade looked like the beginning of a sell-off for the Marlins. You think that might put Josh Johnson in play. And his six, one-hit shutout innings might be a good thing if you're gonna market the guy. But then he left early with a finger injury. Doesn't sound totally serious, but it's worth watching.
Cubs 2, Pirates 0: Jeff Samardzija was brilliant, allowing only one hit in eight shutout innings. His performance overshadowed near-equal brilliance from Erik Bedard, who struck out 11 while allowing one run over seven.
White Sox 7, Twins 4: The Chisox break a five game losing streak behind Adam Dunn's league-leading 29th homer. Francisco Liriano had one of his worst outings of the year. That can't help the trade value.
Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3: From the things that don't happen very often department: Luis Cruz hit a three-run homer. Only his second in his career. Chad Billingsley gave up one over six innings.
Indians 3, Orioles 1: Forgot this series was still carrying over into Monday. A shame that this couldn't have been the ninth sweep of the weekend. Thanks for nothing, Justin Masterson (7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER).
Giants 7, Padres 1: Buster Posey didn't need much help, as he went 3 for 4 with a homer and four driven in. He got the help, though: Ryan Vogelsong tossed seven one-run innings.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3: Ian Kennedy took most of the work into his own hands as well, tripling with the bases loaded in the fourth to drive in what proved to be all the runs he'd need. Then he finished the night allowing two over eight innings and striking out seven. Jonathan Sanchez allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in his first start for the Rockies. I'm not sure what else they were expecting.
Reds 8, Astros 3: Everyone's talking about the Pirates, but the Reds are in first place, have won eight of ten and show no signs of slowing down. This despite no Joey Votto in the lineup. Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier had three hits and two RBIs each in a game that took nearly four hours. Why anyone would want to watch the Astros play for that long is a mystery to me.
Angels 6, Royals 3: Kendrys Morales came in to pinch-hit with the bases loaded in the eighth and stroked a single that cleared the bases. I have not seen the video of it yet, but I'm wondering if this occurred because it really woulda been a double if not for the fact that a guy like Kendrys Morales was running or if, alternatively, the Royals played some Keystone Cops outfield.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com