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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 5, 2010, 5:49 AM EST

It was a sloppy night in baseball, my fellow Americans. But that's what Wednesdays in early August are all about.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1: I guess I owe Kevin Kernan an apology. Apparently the Yankees were waiting for A-Rod to get his 600th home run before the team would focus on winning baseball games again. He did it, they won, Kernan was right, Q.E.D.

Twins 2, Rays 1: And hey, the Yankees now own first place again thanks to the Rays loss. This one went 13 innings, though the Rays didn’t score their first run until Dan Johnson hit an RBI single off Matt Capps in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extras, blowing an excellent start for Scott Baker. But a win, as they say, is a win. Well, except for Scott Baker. That dude just doesn’t know how to win I guess.

Dodgers 9, Padres 0: Vicente Padilla with the two-hit shutout as the Dodgers take their second in a row from San Diego. This guy is turning into Livan Hernandez part deux: when he’s hit hard you totally understand it and when he’s hardly touched at all it almost drives you nuts.

Braves 8, Mets 3: The Mets throw the ball all over the field during what many Mets fans were saying on Twitter last night was the night they officially fell out of contention. I don’t know about that, but it certainly feels like it.  Not that (a) the Braves looked good either; or (b) the news was all good for them. But hey, Chipper hit another homer against the Mets, so a pretty strong sense of normalcy remains.

Phillies 7, Marlins 2:  Three RBI for Domonic Brown, though they came in less than glamorous fashion: a single, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice. But hey, they’re runs.

Cardinals 8, Astros 4: Single, double and a homer for Albert Pujols and seven and a third strong innings from Chris Carpenter. As for the Astros, J.A. Happ didn’t exactly make anyone forget about Roy Oswalt last night (1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB). On the bright side, the Houston bullpen allowed only one run in the next eight innings.

Indians 9, Red Sox 1: The Indians are 12-8 since the All-Star break. This is good. It will cause people to once again make them their “frisky pick” next spring, however. This is bad. For the sake of prognosticators and spring training optimists everywhere, Manny Acta, tank the rest of the season! Cleveland sports fans can’t afford to have their hopes — however irrational they may be — crushed again!

Orioles 9, Angels 7: Torii Hunter hit an RBI double in the ninth to bring the Angels to within two. Then, with no one out and the tying run at the plate, he tried to steal third and was thrown out.  On what planet does a guy try to steal third base with nobody out in the ninth inning, down by two?

Cubs 15, Brewers 3: I’ll stop saying that the NL Central is a rec softball league on a night when one of their teams doesn’t put up a couple of touchdowns on an in-division opponent. Jesus, this is ugly baseball.

Rockies 6, Giants 1: Even if I don’t think the Rockies have enough go-go to their game right now to get back into the race in the NL West, Ubaldo Jimenez’s season has at least given Rockies fans something worth following. He picked up his 17th win, striking out nine and allowing only one run over seven innings. He also scored all the way from first base on a Ryan Spilborghs double in the second innings, so the kid’s got stamina too. Must be all that good food his mama makes him.

White Sox 4, Tigers 1: Edwin Jackson was kind of the white elephant of the trade deadline. No matter what he says now, Kenny Williams did not intend to be stuck with him, but stuck he was after the Nationals decided that they only liked Jackson, not like-liked him. Having him paid off like crazy last night, though, as Jackson allowed only one run in seven innings. Only threw 95 pitches too, which is very un-Edwinlike.

Reds 9, Pirates 4: Heard this: Johnny Cueto owns a little shadowbox in which he stores and displays the Pirates’ butts, which he so thoroughly owns. He’s 3-0 against them this season, having allowed only four runs in 26 innings while striking out 27.

Athletics 4, Royals 3: Jose Guillen is 0 for his last 21. Which makes me
wonder why in the hell I listed him in my little “guys who could be
traded after clearing waivers” segment on HBT Daily yesterday. The
lesson, as always, is that I’m an idiot.

Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 2: Two homers and four RBI for Adam Dunn, who (a) is now the sole home run leader in the NL; and (b) is making himself a lot of money in this next contract.

Rangers 11, Mariners 6: A win on the field and an even bigger win in the courthouse. Grand slams for Michael Young and Chuck Greenberg.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    You do not owe Kevin Kernan an apology even though I know you said that for journalistic irony. His myopic rant was not at all precient just knee-jerk Pestilence feeding the hogs.
    What won the game was ARod’s predictable home run, Phil Hughes having his stuff and being relieved quickly when his pitch count was getting high and he was beginning to lose control, FAT TOAD looking over his shoulder and only allowing one hit, and a return to the regular Yankee line-up.
    These things should never have been un-fixed, Joe.

  2. SadPandaRevolt - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    It has now been over a month since the Mets won back to back games. **Sigh**

  3. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    So the Feesh played another night of uninspired beisbol in the rain, the boolpen leaked another few runs after Leo Nunez was undermined by an Uggla error. What Edwin Rodriguez was theenking when he brought Nunez in to pitch the ninth in a game they trailed by three runs I dunno. Nevertheless, at the end of play on the night of August 4th the Feesh found themselves looking up at the strange attractor yet again after losing three straight, eight games out in the division and eight point five for the wild card with six teams to climb over – pretty much where they were when play ended on July 4th. Ergo, after a month of typically inconsistent play they’ve gotten nowhere. Who knew that Feesh could tread water?
    .
    On the bright side, though, that aquarium behind home plate at Macondo Banana Massacre Stadium is gonna look beautiful.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Yeah, and Craig, the Borg doesn’t “own” first place. They co-own it at the moment.

  5. BigPhil - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    I can’t imagine playing half of your baseball in Miami. It’s so hot and humid; the heat is oppressive down here. With that being said, the Marlins looked deflated after a couple of bad defensive plays. Bad throws from the OF, error that stopped a potential double play. Can’t blame the heat or stadium on that stuff.

  6. Jonny5 - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Well I thought Domonic Brown was showing some veterans how the game was supposed to be played. He sac flied when he was supposed to, he singled and moved up runners when he was supposed to. His arm is a gift btw.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10617605&topic_id=9782246&c_id=mlb
    And how about that Raul? he’s over .400 in like his last 11 games… Kendrick looked okay.

  7. Professor Longnose - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    They don’t co-own it, either. They’re living there day-to-day with an option to buy.

  8. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Good’un. Point, set, match.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    The humidity in Macondo is definitely an issue, but let’s face it: on any given summer day you can click on the weather channel and, once you’ve gotten a handle on how easily those women can distract you (wait till one of the anchor guys with the stupid haircuts is onscreen and blink hard), note that Macondo is usually as much as five or six degrees cooler than a lot of places way further north. New York had us beaten more days than not, and the humidity up north has been within a couple of percentage points of ours muchos tiempos. Love those sea breezes, except when they exceed a hundred and fifty MPH. Regardless, there’s a good reason that we have something like twenty species of non-indigenous anoles here, you know?
    .
    I can’t recall if Uggla’s bobble of that double play ball cost any runs or not. They got the out at first, but I don’t remember what followed – was that the setup for Brown’s sac fly? Point is, for about ten days the Feesh played like they meant it. Four for seven on the left coast was a pretty decent display of focus for them, given their historical ineptitude in places where the sun sets over the ocean. Then they come home and, as is so often the case, they follow up a short period of consistency with a protracted nosedive. For a while there the Feesh commentators were noting that the boolpen was pitching well because a couple of starters had gone long and rested them. Then they get a day off and the well-rested boolpen implodes, no doubt because they didn’t get enough work over the previous 24 hours. After a while, one stops processing this drivel. Way back in spring training I predicted that this penny-ante boolpen, monument to Scrooge McLoria’s impecunious delusions about a bargain-basement playoff contender, along with substandard infielding, was going to be this team’s achilles heel this year. I didn’t anticipate the awful situational hitting and I didn’t think that Cameron Maybin was going to become his generation’s Crash Davis, but there you have it. This is a deeply flawed, uninspired team with a serious dose of confusion (and I’ll bet simmering discontent) in the front office. The heat and humidity just makes it feel worse.

  10. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    I was impressed with Brown. This has been a great season for EYPs to blossom in The Show. Look at the NL East alone. Brown. The Heywood Child. Gaby Sanchez. Mike Stanton. And after August first there’s a whole bunch of others we’ll get a look at. Great stuff. As long as that abhorrence called the DH remains far from our door and Bud Selig rots away sooner or later, I’m really stoked about the future of the game as she is played.

  11. mike wants wins - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    “Well, except for Scott Baker. That dude just doesn’t know how to win I guess.” Great line. I hate wins as a stat. Hate them/it.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Brett Anderson statistically has the second worst start of the A’s young starters through this latest rotation at 7 IP and 2 ER, resulting in a win as KC falls just short. More interestingly Texas arrives to play this Friday with Cliff Lee scheduled against Dallas Braden. Braden’s last start against the White Sox in Chicago was very good, a 9 IP, 2 ER, CG victory. I expect more than the usual half dozen fans at the Mausoleum Friday for this matchup. Maybe even Banjo Man will show up, or a few people covered head to toe in green and gold plastic suits. (In CA, you can’t be institutionalized for being walking around crazy. Only for being dangerously crazy. We call this the Local Color Law). Hopefully this will scare the Rangers because their lineup certainly scares me.
    A lot of people have been moaning about Cuban losing the Rangers’ auction. I’d like to see him with a team for all the reasons people cite. But I’m glad Nolan Ryan gets to continue with the Rangers. Their turnaround under him is palpable. It’s even wearing off on the A’s: 3 CG’s in the last 5 starts, the other two starts were 6 and 7 IP. Only 5 IP for the bullpen in the last 5 games. Wow!

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