And That Happened: Thursday's scores and highlights

Leave a comment

Royals 9, Tigers 2: Five shutout innings by Greinke lowers his
ERA to 2.14. No starter has been that low to finish the season since
Clemens in 2005. No non-jackass starter has had one that low since
Pedro in 2000. Allow me to echo Aaron in asking for someone to please explain to me again the basis for not
giving this man the Cy Young award.

Brewers 7, Cubs 4: Prince Fielder hit a triple to lead off the fifth. I’m as shocked as you are, but it’s not like this sort of thing wasn’t predicted. Note: scroll down to read the lefthand column before reading the portion that appears at the top of the page.

Reds 3, Marlins 2: A first inning Darnell McDonald homer and a
bases loaded single by Jay Bruce held up all night. Random game story
goodness: “Reds RHP Aaron Harang bought a souped-up golf cart as a gift
to clubhouse attendants, to help them transport equipment and players
around the ballpark.” I’m not sure why Bob isn’t impressed with this. Word on the street is that it’s got a cop motor,
a 440 cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks
and it’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on
regular gas.

Angels 4, Red Sox 3: Brian Fuentes bounces back and holds the
lead in the ninth after his compadres break a tie in the top of the
ninth. I guess the umps were timid or scared last night like they were
on Wednesday.

Rays 3, Orioles 0: Wade Davis was destroyed by the Red Sox in
his second career start, but dismantled Baltimore in his third (CG SHO
4 H 10K). He three 124 pitches, but struck out the side in the ninth,
so either he wasn’t tired of the Orioles gave the hell up.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2: Cole Hamels was perfect into the sixth
inning and finished with ten strikeouts and one earned run over eight
innings. Manuel allowed Lidge to pitch in a save situation. He got the
save, but still gave up a run on a triple and a fielder’s choice. If
the Phillies bats are alive in the playoffs they’re my choice to win
the NL. If they play a lot of close games that are decided late, well,
forget it.

Mariners 4, White Sox 3: Jon Danks only gave up one run over
eight innings, but ended up getting hosed out of the win after this
baby went 14. A 14 inning game, by the way, that was eight minutes
shorter than Wednesday night’s nine-inning Red Sox-Angels affair.

Braves 7, Mets 3: The Braves have won seven straight. The Mets
have lost nine of their last 10. These are things that will keep me
warm all winter even in the very likely event that the Braves fall
short of the playoffs.

Athletics 5, Indians 2: “We’re going through a tough stretch
right now,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said after the game. We know. It
began in early April.

Travis d’Arnaud’s position in Wednesday’s box score read “3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B”

Elsa/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Mets had to scratch both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees due to ribcage injuries, so Travis d'Arnaud borrowed David Wright‘s glove and played third base for the first time in his career. He had played some third base in spring training, but as far as an official professional game goes, he’s never been there.

The first two batters the Yankees sent up to the plate in the first inning were left-handed. But when the right-handed Aaron Judge came up, manager Terry Collins swapped second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera with d’Arnaud. It became a thing. The two swapped once more in the first inning, three times in the second, once in the third, five times in the fourth, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth, four times in the seventh, once in the eighth, and twice in the ninth. It worked, as d’Arnaud didn’t have an opportunity to make a play until catching Todd Frazier‘s pop-up for the first out of the ninth inning — as a second baseman. Cabrera had a handful of opportunities, including immediately after having swapped with d’Arnaud.

The Mets lost 5-3. At the plate, d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. Cabrera was 1-for-4.

Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini are being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas so the Mets don’t have to do the “3B-2B shenanigans,” as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo put it, again.

John Lackey stole the first base of his career

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Cubs starter John Lackey stole the first base of his 15-year career on Wednesday against the Reds. Of course, he spent the first 11 and a half years of his career in the American League, where opportunities to bat, let alone attempt to steal a base, were rare. Lackey entered Wednesday having taken 250 plate appearances, reaching base just 31 times on 17 singles, seven doubles, and seven walks for a .134 on-base percentage. One can imagine the 38-year-old is not exactly the swiftest base runner.

Still, Lackey managed to swipe a bag in the fourth inning. He singled with two outs against Homer Bailey. Then, with an 0-1 count on Ben Zobrist, Lackey broke for second even before Bailey began his windup. Tucker Barnhart stood up to alert Bailey that Lackey was running, so Bailey wheeled around and threw to second base, but Lackey slid into the bag easily safe. It wasn’t a pretty slide, but it did the job.

Lackey, however, was picked off of second base by Barnhart later that inning. Bailey threw a 3-2 fastball wide of the strike zone, walking Zobrist. Lackey had wandered too far off of second base, so Barnhart threw behind Lackey and the tag was applied by Zack Cozart. Lackey was called safe initially. The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field was overturned, ending the fourth inning.

Base Ba’al giveth and Base Ba’al taketh away.