Saturday, July 7, 2007

Windy City Massacre; Griffey ties Robinson with #586

American League Minnesota 20 Chi White Sox 14 - You're supposed to win games in which you score 14 runs, but, for the White Sox, this is the kind of season it's been. The Twins and Sox combined for 39 hits and Chicago committed 5 errors in this season's highest scoring game. How about some highlights. Torii Hunter would normally be getting high fives for his 2 doubles and 18th home run in 4 at-bats, but he only drove in 3 and scored the same number. Joe Mauer went 4-6 (all singles), but crossed the plate 4 times and drove in 5. The hitting star for the Twins was Jason Kubel, who knocked a grand slam, hoisted 2 sac flies and singled to drive in 7 runs, going 2-3. The Sox' #8 hitter, Alex Cintron, did some damage, going 3-4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored, but it was not nearly enough. Jon Garland (6-6) took the loss, allowing 11 hits and 3 walks for 12 runs in just 3 1/3 innings, though winning pitcher Scott Baker didn't fare much better, giving up 9 hits and 7 earned over 5 innings. Between the two teams, there was scoring in every inning. Minnesota scored in all but the 6th and 9th, while the White Sox put numbers on the board in every inning except the 1st and 4th. As if that wasn't enough, the game was only the first half of a double header. Minnesota 12, Chi White Sox 0 - Justin Morneau slammed three home runs - giving him 23 for the year - and drove in 6 as the Twins completed the sweep of the double bill at Chicago. Morneau's big night at the plate overshadowed a fine pitching performance by Matt Garza, who hurled 6 innings of shutout ball on five hits. Adding his two game totals together, Morneau was 6-10, scored 6 runs and drove in 9, numbers that normally would be a great week. LA Angels 9 NY Yankees 14 - It seems like Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez is just fine. To the dismay of pitchers around the AL, Rodriguez came back after missing a game to bop his 29th home run of the season, score three times and drive in a pair of runs as the Yankees outslugged the Angels. A-Rod was injured in a collision with Justin Morneau in a Monday game and had to leave that contest early.
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On Tuesday and Wednesday, he matched up a pair of 0-4 efforts, before taking Thursday off. Seems like the rest helped. Boston 2 Detroit 9 - In a potential playoff matchup, the Tigers banged out 15 hits against Boston starter Julian Tavarez and three other pitchers to take the first game of the series handily. Marcus Thames drove in five runs with a grand slam and sac fly. The Tigers took over first place in the AL Central by .002 over the Cleveland Indians, losers at Toronto. Seattle 7 Oakland 1 - Adrian Beltre went 5-5, with 2 doubles and 2 homers, driving in 3 runs and scoring twice as the Mariners continued to dog the Angels in the AL West. Seattle closed to within 3 1/2 games of first place. Other AL Scores Cleveland 6 Toronto 8 - V. Wells, 2-4, HR (13), 3 RBI Tampa Bay 6 Kansas City 5 Baltimore 3 Texas 4, 10 innings National League NY Mets 0 Houston 4 - Wandy Rodriguez (6-7), pitched his best game of the season, blanking the Mets on 4 hits in a complete game victory. Rodriguez struck out 8 and issued only 1 walk. Rookie Hunter Pence continued his hot hitting, going 2-4 to get to .347, right behind league leader Matt Holliday at .349. Arizona 1 Cincinnati 8 - Ken Griffey Jr. (right) smacked a 2-run homer in the 5th inning, giving him 23 on the year and 586 for his career, tying him with Frank Robinson for 6th place on the all-time homers list. Milwaukee 6 Washington 2 - Ryan Braun hit a pair of solo homers and Milwaukee increased its lead over the Cubs to 5 1/2 games in the NL Central. Philadelphia 6 Colorado 7, 11 innings - Yorvit Torrealba singled home Garrett Aktins with the winning run as the Rockies got back to .500 at 43-43 and closed to within 5 1/2 of the NL West lead as the Padres, Dodgers and Diamondbacks all lost. The Rockies battled back from a 6-1 deficit in the fifth inning scoring 2 in the 6th and one in each of the 7th, 8th and 9th. Other NL Scores San Francisco 4 St. Louis 3 Chi Cubs 4 Pittsburgh 8 - Pirates, 4 straight wins Atlanta 7 San Diego 4 - Braves, 3 straight wins Florida 6 LA Dodgers 5, 10 innings

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