Bases loaded walk

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Tigers 8, Rays 6: All tied into the 11th when the Tigers scored three, the first of which came on a bases-loaded walk. Came off a guy named “Balfour” so maybe everyone shoulda seen it coming. I’m gonna guess teams that draw bases loaded walks win a lot of games. Less so because bases loaded walks suggest that they already had a lot of base runners and that the other team is getting ineffective pitching, both of which likely correlate well with the walking team winning and more so because giving up bases loaded walks utterly kill the issuing team’s soul and turns them into angry/emotional shells of their former selves. Or maybe that’s just fans of teams who issue bases loaded walks. Not sure. Oh, the next run that inning scored on a wild pitch. Let me tell you my psychological theories of wild pitches  . . .

Cardinals 5, Reds 4: Hmm. Wondering now if bases loaded HBPs are more soul-killing than bases loaded walks. Well, no matter, because this bases loaded HBP came in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, giving the cards the walkoff plunk. Jon Jay was the plunkee,  J.J. Hoover the plunker. Hoover has a 5.37 ERA and a 1-10 record. Gives new meaning to the phrase “sucks like a Hoover.”

Marlins 4, Rangers 3: Giancarlo Stanton made an error in the seventh that led to the Rangers tying the game which led to extra innings which led to Giancarlo Stantion hitting the walkoff single. There are no accidents in this world. Everything is important. Everything means something. In other news, the Marlins now have more wins — 63 — than they had all last season. And they’re over .500 for the first time since late June. If they had Jose Fernandez around they’d probably be leading the NL wild card race.

Cubs 2, Giants 0: A rain-shortened win for the Cubs. Or, more to the point, a grounds crew-shortened win, as in the Chicago grounds crew couldn’t get the tarp on the field properly when the rains came. The rain lasted just 15 minutes. Because the tarp was all crooked and screwed up, though, it took three hours after the rain stopped for the crew to try to prepare the field for play. They couldn’t get it in good enough condition and the game was called. Bruce Bochy was not pleased:

“I hope they listen and watch what happened there,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was visibly upset. “In this day and time, it shouldn’t happen. It can’t happen with the importance of these games. I’m going to leave it at that.”

The Giants are thought to be mulling a protest given that they’re in a pennant race, but the rules do not support a protest in this situation. Also: the Yankees and Rangers had this same situation earlier this year and that game was not resumed at a later date as it too was already a regulation game when the tarp follies began. This is a rain delay. We’ll have more on it later, obviously.

Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 1: Eight wins in a row for Washington. Stephen Strasburg gave up one run in eight. Ian Desmond drove in four, Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in three. This one not being close deprived Nats fans of yet another walkoff, but I’m guessing Matt Williams is cooler with it not being close.

Astros 7, Yankees 4: Chris Carter hit his 17th home run since July 1st, and it was a big one: a three-run shot in the ninth to snap a 4-4 tie. A hit like that will make striking out in your previous four at bats — which he did — not seem like such a big deal. Also, the fact that the ball went approximately five hundred miles will make you forget it too.

Mariners 5, Phillies 2: Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 11 in eight scoreless. The Phillies mounted a mini-rally in the ninth but it was too little to do anything besides aggravate Phillies fans and make them say things like “where was this five innings ago!” and stuff.

Angels 4, Red Sox 3: Tied up in the ninth when Chris Iannetta put the Halos up for good with an RBI double. This one could’ve been 4-0 Sox in the second inning, however, if it wasn’t for Kole Calhoun robbing Brock Holt of a three-run homer in right. He caught it right where Torii Hunter went arse-over-teakettle on the David Ortiz bomb during the playoffs last year. I didn’t see that cop anywhere this time, however.

Braves 11, Pirates 3: Andrew McCutchen made his return but went 0 for 4 and the Pirates lost yet again. Their losing streak is now at seven. The Braves’ winning streak is now at five thanks to Justin Upton driving in five and Evan Gattis hitting one of the longest homers you’ll see in PNC Park.

Orioles 5, White Sox 1: Chicago batters really had trouble in this one. As did Chicago hitters. And Chicago lost this one.

Yes, I’m trying to wind you up, Orioles fans. I’ve done these recaps for seven seasons and while fans of almost every team claim I am biased against them and in favor of someone else, Orioles fans are basically the only ones who get angry if they feel I don’t properly credit their guys with winning games instead of the other team losing. Totally serious: when it comes to complaints of this nature, like we saw in the comments of yesterday’s ATH, about 90% of them have historically come from Orioles fans. I really don’t get it — an ace like Chris Sale getting rocked is news to everyone but you guys — but that’s how you roll I guess. Which is weird given that you guys are the ones most likely to actually know what happened in the previous night’s Orioles game and thus don’t need some national person saying what happened in the form of little recaps which are, by design, superficial and not aimed at fans of any specific team. But sure, Chris Tillman did good here too. Feel better?

Indians 7, Twins 5: Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run and Tyler Holt hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth. This after Holt was just called up from Columbus that day and barely made it to the park in time. Good job, Tyler, but dude: you can go to Grandpa’s Cheese Barn at Exit 186 on an off day. Next time drive faster to Cleveland.

Brewers 6, Blue Jays 1: Mike Fiers allowed only one run on two hits over seven. The Brewers hit four RBI doubles.

Athletics 6, Mets 2: The A’s end their five-game losing streak. Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning and Scott Kazmir got his 14th win. The A’s remain a half game behind the Angels in the West.

Royals 7, Rockies 4: Three doubles for Omar Infante, with four RBI. The Royals win their 22nd in 27 games and give Ned Yost a nice 60th birthday. Which is weird, because I thought that all men named Ned were automatically born at age 60 — ask yourself: you ever meet a 16-year-old kid named Ned? — but I guess not.

Dodgers 8, Padres 6: The Dodgers snap a three-game skid. They have not lost more than three in a row all year. The last time they had a season without a four-game losing streak was 1988. This is important. This means something.

Jake Peavy is having a bad go of things right now

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 25: Jake Peavy #22 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at AT&T Park on May 25, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Veteran hurler Jake Peavy has not signed with a team. It’s not because he’s not still capable of being a useful pitcher — he’s well-regarded and someone would likely take a late-career chance on him — and it’s not because he no longer wishes to play. Rather, it’s because a bunch of bad things have happened in his personal life lately.

As Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports, last year Peavy lost millions in an investment scam and spent much of the 2016 season distracted, dealing with investigations and depositions and all of the awfulness that accompanied it. Then, when the season ended, Peavy went home and was greeted with divorce papers. He has spent the offseason trying to find a new normal for himself and for his four sons.

Pitching is taking a backseat now, but Peavy plans to pitch again. Here’s hoping that things get sorted to the point where he can carry through with those plans.

The AT&T Park mortgage is paid off

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This is fun: The San Francisco Giants recently made their last payment on the $170 million, 20-year loan they obtained to finance the construction of AT&T Park. The joint is now officially paid for.

The Giants, unlike most other teams which moved into new stadiums in the past 25 years or so, did not rely on direct public financing. They tried to get it for years, of course, but when the voters, the city of San Francisco and the State of California said no, they decided to pay for it themselves. They ended up with one of baseball’s best-loved and most beautiful parks and, contrary to what the owners who desperately seek public funds will have you believe, they were not harmed competitively speaking. Indeed, rumor has it that they have won three World Series, four pennants and have made the playoffs seven times since moving into the place in 2000. They sell out routinely now too and the Giants are one of the richest teams in the sport.

Now, to be clear, the Giants are not — contrary to what some people will tell you — some Randian example of self-reliance. They did not receive direct public money to build the park, but they did get a lot of breaks. The park sits on city-owned property in what has become some of the most valuable real estate in the country. If the city had held on to that land and realized its appreciation, they could flip it to developers for far more than the revenue generated by baseball. Or, heaven forfend, use it for some other public good. The Giants likewise received some heavy tax abatements, got some extraordinarily beneficial infrastructure upgrades and require some heavy city services to operate their business. All sports stadiums, even the ones privately constructed, represent tradeoffs for the public.

Still, AT&T Park represents a better model than most sports facilities do. I mean, ask how St. Louis feels about still paying for the place the Rams used to call home before taking off for California. Ask how taxpayers in Atlanta and Arlington, Texas feel about paying for their second stadium in roughly the same time the Giants have paid off their first.