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And That Happened: Wednesday's scores and highlights

Sep 10, 2009, 5:41 AM EDT

Cardinals 5, Brewers 1: Albert Pujols hits two homers and Adam
Wainwright throws seven shutout innings to claim his 18th win. Tony La
Russa was asked after the game if Pujols should win the MVP. What’s
Tony say? “Those are the kind of questions that are distracting and I
don’t answer them.” Pujols is hitting .331 with 47 homers and 124 RBIs
and is the most important player to the St. Louis Cardinals since
Musial retired and you can’t go way the hell out on a limb to say that,
yeah, in your considered opinion he’s the MVP? Christ on a crutch,
Tony, this is why so many people can’t stand you.

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3: L.A. walks in the winning run– or
losing run, depending on how you view these things — in the ninth.
Before the winning/losing walk, however, there was a runner on third,
and Torre offered intentional passes to two Dbacks to load the bases.
I’ve never understood that move, especially with less than two outs.
Colorado is 2.5 back.

Astros 2, Braves 1: I’m guessing that after this one, Javier
Vazquez took young Tommy Hanson aside and told him that this is just
how pitching for the 2009 Braves goes, ya know? Eight innings, no runs,
no walks, seven strikeouts, no decision and the team loses because they
simply can’t score any runs. Oh, and Rafael Soriano is a shell of
whatever he was for those handful of games over the past couple of
years when he actually looked good. Bobby Cox: sit everyone down who
has a future with this team, play out the rest of the season with
whatever organizational soldiers you can muster, and regroup for 2010.

Marlins 6, Mets 3: The Mets took their team photo before the
game, with Jose Reyes, Johan Santana and Carlos Delgado in uniform. I
hope the stadium was closed to the fans at the time, because if not,
that’s pretty damn cruel, ain’t it?

Twins 4, Blue Jays 1: After a stellar start his last time out,
Roy Halladay’s nightmare second half continues. Well, nightmare is a
relative term — he pitched well despite taking the loss — but when
Carl Pavano outshines you, it’s not your best day. The crowd — 11,159
— was the smallest in the 20-year history of Rogers Centre/Sky Dome.
In the Jays’ defense, the Leafs’ rookie team was playing a preseason game in Kitchener last night.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 5: A pinch hit, three-run double from Victor
Martinez helps the Sox maintain their two-game lead over Texas. And if
you’ll pardon the partisanship here, allow me to say that in light of
the thirteen pitchers used and the 3:41 it took for this nine-inning
affair, I’m rooting like hell that the Rangers eke these guys out so
that I can get to bed at a decent hour once the playoffs start.

Phillies 6, Nationals 5: And your closer is . . . Ryan Madson.
This despite the fact that Manuel sorta kinda put his support behind
Lidge on Tuesday night. Having Manuel say that and then send Madson out
is the baseball equivalent of having your boss tell you how much he
likes you and then turning around and deactivating your keycard.

Padres 4, Giants 2: If the Giants want to look anywhere when
trying to figure out why they never caught the Rockies this year, they
can look at their 6-9 record against the Padres. Heath Bell is tied for
the league lead with 27 saves. Not bad for a team currently in a
dogfight to avoid last place.

Yankees 4, Rays 2: Another one of those silly three-inning Joba
Chamberlain starts doesn’t prevent the Yankees from handing the Rays
their eighth straight loss. And oh yeah, Jeter tied Gehrig for the team
lead in hits. I know no one is really tracking that, so I thought I’d
remind everyone.

Cubs 8, Pirates 5: Carlos Zambrano wins for the first time since
July 22nd as the Pirates just go through the motions and their fans
await Steelers and Penguins season.

Rangers 10, Indians 0: I’m guessing Marlon Byrd would like to
hit against Cleveland every day (2-4, HR 4 RBI). Esteban German, too,
as he went 5 for 5. Fausto Carmona lasted two whole thirds of an
inning, and from the looks of him, if the Indians are planning on
entering spring training 2010 counting on him to be in the rotation,
they’re deluding themselves.

Rockies 4, Reds 3: The Reds take the lead on a Scott Rolen homer
in the top of the ninth, but lose it on a Francisco Cordero meltdown in
the bottom of the ninth.

Royals 5, Tigers 1: Break up the Royals, as they’ve won three in
a row. Verlander takes the loss, which is relevant only insofar as it
relates to his Cy Young chances. Fernando Rodney probably has a beef
with the suspension he was given, but one wonders why he didn’t just
accept it and sit these games out against the Royals. He appealed,
however, and allowed himself the opportunity to give up three runs on
two hits with a walk in a basically meaningless game.

White Sox 4, Athletics 3: Tons of zeros put up by the bullpens
in this 13-inning affair. Octavio Dotel’s three scoreless innings to
end it were the most important.

Angels 6, Mariners 3: Jered Weaver allows two runs in six and a
third, and the Angels, unlike the Dodgers, keep their lead over the
upstart team behind them.

  1. willmose - Sep 10, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Gee whiz, Tony LaRussa won’t give the other contenders an edge by giving them and quote to tack up on the clubhouse wall. So that makes him a bad guy, P-L-E-A-S-E.
    I know it’s hard to just report on the game, it is so much easier to stir up a storm and cover it.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 10, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    How is saying something, that everyone knows to be true, giving his “competitors an edge”? Everyone knows that Pujols is the best player in MLB, so why can’t TLR say it?

  3. Shely - Sep 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    If everyone knows it, then why ask the question? Everyone knows that ball players are a bit wary of saying something one day, then be found wrong the next. I am sure our buddy Craig would be the very first to point that out. Then, the next question to Tony, if and when it happens is, how come you were wrong about Pujols HuH? So, why bait the guy with an obvious question? Writers just try to stir up the pot, and sometime for no good reason other than they just don’t like someone. Leave it alone until the season is over then let the votes be cast.
    Shely

  4. Albert Who - Sep 10, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Tony LR is one of the smartest baseball minds and when he makes such an statement, it clearly demonstrates his high level of understanding for the game and his players — Albert knows who he is, St. Louis fans know who he is, all of baseball knows it and besides the fact of what’s obvious, if announced even further, would make his player a target during the playoffs… You don’t want to do that. I think Albert is a big man and doesn’t need kind of pad in the back. What he needs is a manager to help him win another World Series, like TLR!

  5. PHIL COUSINEAU - Sep 10, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    THE REDSOX USED SIX PITCHERS BUT ONLY TWO CAME IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INNING DUE TO INEFFECTIVENESS. BALTIMORE USE SEVEN AND SEEM TO BRING THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INNING TO GET THAT LEFT / LEFT OR RIGHT / RIGHT MATCHUP. THAT SLOWED THE GAME ALONG WITH 12 RUNS.
    YOU ARE ALLOWED TO ROOT FOR WHOM YOU WANT AND A 1-0 GAME. IT JUST SEEMS STRANGE WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING THAT YOU WANT IT OVER SO FAST. CHANGE CAREER’S AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WATCH A ALL.

  6. Shely - Sep 10, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    I think you are replying to the wrong blog.
    Shely

  7. Bleachermike138 - Sep 10, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Actually, Pujols is the best player in the league but not the MVP. I would take Pujols over my MVP, but when you start looking at MVP – remember what he means to the team. St Louis was in a wildcard race, not truly running away with the division etc…. enter Holliday etc…. the true MVP of the NL should be Pablo Sandoval – the Giants wouldn’t even be a topic for discussion outside of doormat jokes. just some numbers for Pablo 2nd in NL with batting avg, 1st in HR amongst SF players, 1st in On base %, could’ve should’ve would’ve been an all star this yr – pujols is great and the best but is hea really the MVP? i don’t think STL is a lock for the playoffs without Matt Holliday

  8. HOTROD - Sep 10, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    TONY DON’T ANSWER THAT QUESTION, I LEARNED AFTER I SAID DERK JETER
    WAS MVP IN THE A.L YOU CAN GET BLASTED. I NOW SUGGEST BUT DO NOT
    BELIEVE THE N.L MVP SHOULD GO TO A PLAYER ON THE NATIONALS AND THE
    A.L MVP SHOULD GO TO SOMEONE BALTIMORE. THE CY YOUNG SHOULD GO TO
    THE PITCHERS WITH LOSING RECORDS AND ERA’S OF 4.00 AND BETTER.

  9. Shely - Sep 10, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Bleacher:
    You are probably correct about Red Birds running away after Holliday. However, with him and without Albert, they are not a contending team for even the wild card. Another way to look at it.
    Shely

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