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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 21, 2009, 5:59 AM EDT

Tigers 7, Mariners 6: A game-winning RBI single for Clete Thomas
in the ninth got Jarrod Washburn off the hook after yet another dismal
post-trade performance. Thomas had hit a walk-off homer earlier this
season, and after game said this: “It’s not as good as the homer, but
any walk-off is awesome.” Yeah, just ask Ray Chapman. Sorry. Too soon?

Braves 3, Mets 2: Johan Santana falls to 0-7 against Atlanta. He
gave up nine hits and only struck out two in seven innings. Kenshin
Kawakami pitched well, but man, that’s not much of a Mets lineup he

Dodgers 7, Cubs 2: Russell Martin has been a millstone for the
Dodgers this year, but his sixth inning grand slam broke the tie and
effectively won the game for big blue. Lots of fun game story stuff:
“The Dodgers improved to 1,015-1,014 all-time against the Cubs.” I
think it would be hilarious if either Piniella or Torre used that as a
motivator in a pre-game speech, totally deadpanning how serious they
were about wanting to leave this series with the all-time lead. Also:
“Penny Marshall was a pregame dugout visitor with Dodgers manager Joe
Torre.” What is this, 1983? We’re reporting Penny Marshall sightings?
Has anyone seen Anson Williams lately? Finally: “Chicago native Jim
Belushi got booed when he was spotted wearing a Cubs cap.” You sure it
was the Cubs hat that set off the booing? It’s Jim Belushi. He’d
probably be booed even if he was riding piggy back on Sandy Koufax
while singing “Hail to the Dodgers.” (note to self: write a song called
“Hail to the Dodgers”).

Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 1: J.D. Drew was 4 for 4 with two homers
and three RBI. Best error of the year so far: Jason Bay is on first
base. Catcher Rod Barajas throws the ball back to Brett Cecil after a
pitch, who drops it. Because no pitcher would ever, ever want to throw
a dirty and possibly scuffed ball, he asks for a new ball from home
plate umpire Greg Gibson. He gets it, and throws the old ball into the
third base dugout. Except he didn’t call time out, which allowed Bay to
move to third on the play. Bay later scored on a single. Heh.

Phillies 12, Diamondbacks 3: Homers from Ryan Howard and Jayson
Werth and eight good innings from Joe Blanton turn this one into a
laugher (Ho-ho-ho, hee-hee-hee, ha-ha-ha . . . see how they smile like
pigs in a sty . . .).

Reds 2, Giants 1: Just-called-up Drew Stubbs hit a walkoff homer
in the tenth to win it. Man, one wonders what would have happened this
year if he had been called up sooner.

Indians 11, Angels 3: Just-called-up Matt LaPorta hit a two-run
double in the sixth that chased John Lackey and busted the game wide
open. Man, one wonders what would have happened this year if he had
been called up sooner.

Astros 4, Marlins 1: Wandy Rodriguez only gave up the one run —
unearned — in eight innings, and added an RBI double in the fifth. The
loss combined with the Braves’ win pulls the Marlins down into a tie
for second in the East with Atlanta, though being 6.5 back makes it all
rather academic. They’re both still four back in the wild card.

Orioles 8, Rays 7: Brian Roberts hit a grand slam and Nolan
Reimold added a three-run shot. Brian Matusz only lastes five and a
third, but he struck out 7 and didn’t walk anybody.

Rockies 4, Nationals 1: Fifth inning, two men on for Colorado,
and Garrett Mock appears to strike out Carlos Gonzalez on a
swing-and-miss. THe Nats walk to the dugout, but then Rockies manager
Jim Tracy comes out to argue that the ball had been tipped, the umps
agree and Gonzalez resumes his at-bat, who proceeds to hit an RBI
double. When was the last time a manager actually got an ump to change
his mind like this? Does Tracy possess the power to perform the Jedi
mind trick?

Cardinals 5, Padres 1: It’s no reason for concern, but Albert
Pujols is 4 for his last 24 with only two extra base hits. Thankfully,
however, he’s getting some help from his teammates these days and the
Cards really didn’t need him against the Pads last night. Joel Pineiro
was strong once again, and Brendan Ryan hit a grand slam. This quote
from Pineiro is troubling, however: “The big grand slam by Ryno kind of
gave me a little bit of extra breathing room to settle down and go out
there and work.” Cardinals players are allowed to be nicknamed “Ryno?”
What if Carlos Zambrano started calling himself Old Hoot and Geovany
Soto started being referred to as “The Man?”

Rangers 11, Twins 1: Marlon Byrd had two homers and had a slick
diving catch in left. Nelson Cruz returned from the DL with a homer of
his own. Cruz’s replacement, Julio Borbon, went 3-for-5 with three RBI,
and is hitting .536 (15-for-28) in seven starts since being called up.
Someone had better check and see if Neftali Feliz is OK, though, as he
only struck out one dude in 1.2 innings instead of the three or four
we’ve come to expect.

  1. sirsean - Aug 21, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Ron Gardenhire got the umpire to reverse a strike three call on Morneau just a few days ago, convincing him it was a foul tip. Oddly enough, replays were inconclusive — I was stunned that the ump changed his mind.

  2. sdurr - Aug 21, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Oh come on. But if you want to say stupid things like that about Pujols – go right ahead. Last time everybody started piling on, he went on a HR tear! Give it a rest already – he is fine, the team is fine and anyone who writes this garbage is either an a cretin or a Cubs fan!

  3. Craig Miller - Aug 21, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    How is that quote about Brendan Ryan’s nickname troubling? So, they have a little fun in STL. Quit being an idiot.

  4. Ray - Aug 21, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    I hate MSNBC. The only baseball stories you ever see on the front page are the stupid Yankees and Red Sox, with an occasional Cubs or L.A. thrown in. In the first half, there were no stories about the tear Pujols was on. After the All Star break, are they writing stories about how the Cardinals are starting to pull away and turning into the team to beat in the NL? NO. Instead the top two stories look for a negative thing to talk about when it comes to Saint Louis. So what, Albert is in a funk. It happens to EVERY ball player. He will work through it and be just fine. Try doing some worthwhile reporting rather than always bashing on Saint Louis and its players. There are PLENTY of positives going on in the Cardinal’s organization right now…more than enough that two negative headlines about Pujols on the front page of MSNBC are NOT justified!

  5. mark - Aug 21, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    what is this about using Ryno as a nickname??? im sure everyone named Ryan who has played sports had been referred to as Ryno…did the Cubs retire the nickname?? God another reason to dislike annoying Cubs fans!

  6. Dave - Aug 21, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Y’know, that guy (Ray) who complains about MSNBC giving the Yankees and Red Sox more than their share is right. But, it isn’t just MSNBC, it’s sports media in general.
    Saint Louis (and Chicago) may just be the best two baseball towns there are — even though I despise the Cubs. Both of these teams could lose every game and still draw a couple million fans. The Cubs do get a fair bit of press, because of their perpetual suckiness. But the Cardinals are pretty much ignored. We demand equal time.

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