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Thursday, June 18, 2009
And That HappenedOrioles 6, Mets 4: Matt Wieters hits the first of what the prophecies have foretold will be a thousand career home runs, each more majestic than the last. The real story was the middle of the O's order -- Markakis, Huff and Mora -- who combined to go 8 for 11 with four RBI.
Blue Jays 7, Phillies 1: I sat back on the couch and watched this game, hoping to relax after a long day. But then Sutcliffe and Co. start talking about the Jerod Morris/Raul Ibanez affair. Look, I don't come into your house and talk about your work when you're off, so what makes you think you can do it to me?
Nationals 3, Yankees 2: Wang pitched, but he was way less responsible for the Yankees losing than was John Lannan (8.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER). Five run game, three of them scored on homers.
Angels 4, Giants 3: Six straight wins for the Angels, who hung around long enough to finally get to Tim Lincecum. It's nice when you can pinch hit Vlad Guerrero and Torii Hunter late in the game.
White Sox 4, Cubs 1: Piniella after the game: "Danks pitched a good game, they executed a good squeeze bunt, and we didn't do much offensively. That's about it. That's the ballgame in a nutshell." Hey Lou, I do the recaps around here, got it?
Reds 4, Braves 3: Micah Owings' three run homer was the big blow of the game. If he played for the Braves, he'd be the team's second best outfielder in terms of OBP. Javier Vazquez has pitched better than anyone could have hoped entering this year, but the dude is still only 4-6 because, I dunno, the universe hates him or something.
Red Sox 6, Marlins 1: The Brad Penny trade deadline audition continues, with the commodity in question giving up 0 ER on three hits in five innings, though he had to make 100 pitches and gave up four walks in the process. David Ortiz walked twice, got a hit and scored all three times on base. Pedroia had a big game too. The team made a big deal out if it being the 500th straight sellout, including the fans in all kinds of fun. The game story doesn't say whether or not anyone dangling their free tape measures or gawking at the giant "500" mowed into the outfield realized that the sellout streak is why they had to sell a kidney in order to buy their tickets on StubHub.
Cardinals 4, Tigers 3: A couple of Curtis Granderson homers aren't enough for Detroit, as the Cardinals and Tigers trade little jabs all night.
Pirates 8, Twins 2: Andrew McCutchen over his first 13 games: .339/.381/.492. That's better than Nate McLouth is doing, both on the season and since the trade. Are Pirates fans still supposed to be mad about this?
Rockies 5, Rays 3: David Price has to pitch in Coors Field. That's bad. But he lasts a bit longer into a game than he has been lately. That's good! He still gives up ten hits and five runs and loses the game. That's Bad. But he gets more economical with his pitches, walking no one. That's good! The postgame spread contains sodium benzoate . . . That's bad. Can I go now?
Rangers 5, Astros 4: The battle for Texas rages on! So far, Houston is down 2-0. If they don't turn things around soon, they're going to be stuck with Texas.
Diamondbacks 12, Royals 5: Greinke's return to Earth continues, as the Dbacks rough him up for six runs over six and two-thirds (four earned).
Brewers 9, Indians 8: Trevor Hoffman blew his first save of the season, but the Brewers pull it out in extras. And really, it's the Indians' bullpen that should be ashamed of itself, having given up 21 hits, 14 walks and 18 runs in 14 innings against Milwaukee.
A's 5, Dodgers 4: Trevor Cahill started wild, but settled down and then somehow managed to survive three errors by his mates which led to three unearned runs. The A's will take it.
Mariners 4, Padres 3: Rob continues to claim that the American League is "playing a different game" and "a better game." And he may be right. But how much of that difference is attributable to the Padres alone? I mean, jeez, they've lost 13 straight games to the AL, and that sort of skews things a bit, doesn't it?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:39am
mmmmmm postgame spread.
Posted 06/18 at 07:51 AM
Travis M. Nelson said...
Wang went three straight innings without giving up a run for only the second time all year, and the first time during one of his starts. Even more encouraging: he got a few outs with his slider, which he’s hardly used this year. When he was good, he used his slider about 50% more often than he does now.
Posted 06/18 at 08:29 AM
Speaking of falling to earth, I was reading a back issue of SI this morning (imagine where) and saw in their Vault section a note from 1983 that on June 15, Rod Carew was hitting .476. Really? In 1983, he hit .339, which was not the year he hit .388. Looked it up, and sure enough, at the end of June, Carew was at .402/.457/.498, and then spent the rest of the year at .280/.366/.329, which closely mirrored his numbers for the next (last) two years of his career. Figured this was only interesting to me and the other people who visit this site. In the pre-PED era, it’s rare to be able to pinpoint the moment a guy goes from being a superlative player to an average one, but in Rod Carew’s case, it was on June 28, 1983. We don’t think he stopped juicing on that day, do we?
Posted 06/18 at 08:52 AM
bobby orr also popped out of the green monster to introduce himself to fellow canadian jason bay as the red sox were taking the field in the 6th.
Posted 06/18 at 09:13 AM
I heard that Matt Wieters hit a BP home run into the clouds the other day and burst them open and that’s why it’s been so darn rainy on the east coast. Darn you Matt Wieters, don’t you know that with great power comes great responsibility?
Posted 06/18 at 09:58 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Matt Wieters can roll out the entire tarp himself. With one hand.
Posted 06/18 at 10:00 AM
Bravo on the David Price good/bad recap. One of the finest moments of television ever, applied to baseball! Huzzah!
Posted 06/18 at 10:12 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Thanks Eddo, but I can’t take too much credit for it. I know I used that bit at least once last season, and probably will again some time again before the year is out.
Not that repeats—including Simpsons repeats—aren’t good too.
Posted 06/18 at 10:15 AM
Just fyi: in the game story from last night’s Brewers game, JJ Hardy said “It would have been a long bus ride to Detroit if we had lost that game. This will be a lot better.”
So the bus ride cutoff is somewhere after 170 miles, it appears. I know you’ve been tracking that…
Posted 06/18 at 10:23 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Posted 06/18 at 10:26 AM
Re: HOU-TEX. This series seems to have transcended the fevered desires of each team to take possession of the coveted, ‘Silver Boot’. There was approximately 35K at Rangers Ballpark last night and this has become my absolute favorite series in Arlington. The crowds at Ranger games are an overwhelmingly fun loving and friendly lot, but the crowd for the HOU-TEX series is completely nuts. I’ll go out on a limb and say they’re downright Boisterous. Maybe because everyone is really, really drunk, but it’s great. The attendance was driven largely by an element that won’t show up in the box score: Dollar Dog Night, but still, every time the Astros show up, it’s like Opening Day all over again. There is an even balance of Astros / Rangers swag everywhere you look, fans are hanging over the rails everywhere yelling at the players, and dang - there are women everywhere. That had to have been one of the most fun games I’ve ever been to. God, I love Baseball.
Posted 06/18 at 10:27 AM
Was at the Reds game last night. That made two consecutive games in which pitchers have hit home runs at games I was at. Carlos Zambrano hit one there a week or so ago. Last night, it was Owings. I thought pitchers couldn’t hit.
Posted 06/18 at 11:46 AM
Bob Timmermann said...
Rick Sutcliffe trotted out the line about how statistics “can’t measure the heart” of somebody. It might have been Ibanez, but I think it was Jamie Moyer.
I groaned when I heard it. It startled my cat.
Posted 06/18 at 01:32 PM