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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 11, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

Tuesday night's alright for fightin'

Cardinals 8, Reds 4: Fisticuffsmanship! Or, Footsticuffsmanship, if you watched Johnny Cueto kicking people in the donnybrook. Look, I know that, depending on who ends up winning the division, either Reds fans or Cards fans are going to point to this series as some sort of turning point or inspiration or whatever, but the fact is that they’re all kind of embarrassing themselves at this point. Phillips started it, but Yadier Molina’s short fuse ignited it and then Cueto’s crap was unreal. Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa are supposed to be two of the game’s more respected managers. If they’re worthy of the praise and press they get, they’ll beat their teams upside the head today and this afternoon’s game will go off without all of the baloney we saw last night.

Braves 4, Astros 2:
The Superman exists — and he’s Brooks Conrad. OK, that’s putting it a
bit strongly. Dude’s just had a couple of gigantic pinch-hit home runs
this year, this one a two-run job that brought the Braves back from down 2-1 in the ninth. Troy Glaus added another for insurance. On
the bad side, Chipper Jones left the game with what looked like a bad
knee injury, though as of now they’re calling it a sprain. Jason Heyward
sat out with “a sore knee.” It also happened to be the day after he
turned 21, so there’s a distinct possibility that flulike symptoms could
have waylaid him as well.

Twins 12, White Sox 6:
Minnesota takes sole possession of first place in the central. Five
homers for Minnesota, including one from Joe Mauer who has been torrid
in August. He ain’t the MVP this year, but he’s stepping up when the
Twins need him to do so, and that’s what they’re paying the man to do.

Rangers 4, Yankees 3:
Not a lot of managers would put their ace closer into a tie game in
extra innings on the road. Joe Girardi did. And you know what? I don’t
care if the Rangers ended up scoring off him to win the game. It was —
and usually is — the right freakin’ choice. Put your best damn guy in
there when the game could be lost and do your best not to lose it.
Girardi and Rivera got beat last night, but that’s going to happen
such a low percentage of the time I’d do it again whenever
the situation presents itself. Screw the save statistic.

Marlins 8, Nationals 2: The return of Strasburg does not go well (4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER). Rust? Adrenaline? Some residual shoulder wonkiness? The fact that, for the first time, he faced a team who has seen his jazz before?  I vote for a little bit of each of those things.

Mets 1, Rockies 0: If you had “Mike Pelfrey will outduel Ubaldo Jimenez” in the pool, please proceed to the cashier’s cage and collect your winnings. Both starters were pretty fabulous, actually, but the Mets managed to string a walk, a double and a sacrifice off Jimenez in the seventh.

Dodgers 15, Phillies 9: Kyle Kendrick got beat around for three and a third innings and then he graciously allowed the bullpen to get beat around for five and two-thirds. Andre Ethier reached base six times and scored four times. Ross Gload had two two-run homers for the Phillies. Domonic Brown hit his first major league bomb. Just a hell of a lot going on in this game. Most of it bad for Philly, though.

Orioles 14, Indians 8: This is the American League version of the
Phillies-Dodgers games, except done with suckier teams. Showalter’s O’s
are now 7-1.

Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 1: A Miguel Montero homer puts Arizona ahead for good in the eighth. Sadly, however, the closeness of this game prevented Adam LaRoche from pitching.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5: Mike Lowell homered in the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double for insurance. In other news, with Lowell and Lowrie leading the charge it must be 2008.

Rays 8, Tigers 0: Things we know: (1) Jeremy Hellickson is a stud (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7K); (2) The Detroit Tigers are deader than vaudeville.

Cubs 8, Giants 6: Who was that man wearing the number 55 Giants jersey and what has he done with Tim Lincecum? Because I know damn well that the real Tim Lincecum wouldn’t give up six runs on eight hits in four innings to a team like the Cubs. That just doesn’t happen.

Padres 4, Pirates 1: Ryan Ludwick hit two homers, one of which was his 100th home run. And you know what? He didn’t need a ridiculous propaganda piece in a national newspaper to make a note of it.

Mariners 2, Athletics 0: King Felix struck out 13 and shutout the A’s over eight innings. He basically had to, as Brett Anderson was pretty sharp himself (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7K).

Angels 3, Royals 1: Dan Haren gets his first win since the trade that sent him to Anaheim. Peter Bourjos drove in the go-ahead run with a suicide squeeze. Those are always fun. Scioscia has a lot of confidence in the rookie, I presume.

  1. Kiwicricket - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    As always, right on time Mr C. ‘And That Happened’ is the most important part of my mid-day activities.

  2. Robert - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Go Reds…but whether they go on to win the division or not, Phillips is an utter moron. A Reds-Cards rivalry wasn’t going to develop into openly bad blood because both teams are too classy for that, especially given how many ex-players the two has. Phillips tried to create bad blood, thus making him a moron, and Dusty should have slapped the stupid out of him for doing so. I was hoping that going 1-for-10 with a strikeout so far in the series will do what no one else can (give Phillips a dose of common sense), but I’m not holding my breath. Becoming a smurf isn’t on my bucket list.

  3. JasonC23 - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    Wow, that WSJ article is something else. Are we sure they didn’t pick up a story from The Onion, thinking it was legitimate?

  4. willmose - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Craig, Cards-Reds game today will feature the Reds throwing at several Cardinal batter (Molina is my guess as the first one to hit the dirt). It is simply how Dusty rolls. Bad pitching matchup today for the Reds, so Baker with try to get Waino tossed.

  5. Paper Lions - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Actually, I would bet both teams are warned before first pitch and the first “purpose” pitch that is up around the head or anyone that looks like they threw at someone will be gone.

  6. Jonny5 - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Well, more daylight between the Braves and the Phillies. 9 runs wasn’t enough last night, it was like BP for both teams. It was just a sloppy, poorly excecuted game. And I was waiting for this, Kendrick has a BP session at least once every 4 games.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Strasburg was just rusty, throwing well into the 90s but with very poor location, consistently behind the Feesh clubsmen – seven doubles and a dinger last night, with Hanley Ramirez resurgent and Anibal Sanchez having more problems with his own fielders than with the Gnats hitters. So what else is new? Newbie Will Ohman ends the game on a clutch-your-heart moonshot by Adam Dunn that just barely failed to achieve orbital insertion velocity and died in Logan Morrison’s glove right up against the left-center fence. And the Feesh managed to remain a nifty nine behind the Braves, which, I expect, is where they’ll still be on October 1, clinging for dear life to the bottom of the strange attractor.

  8. Utley's hair - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Unfortunately for the Phightins, the pitching and defense took the night off while the bats were red hot. The decisive sign that the matchup was beyond their grasp was when Rollins tripped over second while a pitch was sent into center field. Hopefully the bats stay hot and Andre Ethier somehow needs to tend to Teixeira’s kid and misses the rest of the series.

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Boring game # 2 in the Boring Seattle Series. Can’t say enough about the King, though. His circle change (where are you, Mike Mussina?) was 10 mph slower than his 96 mph heat, and had a great drop at the plate. Kid Carter struck out again on an outside slider. Please return to Sacramento. Meanwhile, everyone is watching the Rangers-Yankees series on their handhelds. Even the A’s announcers pronounced the Seattle crowd “small”. And they’re used to Mausoleum sized crowds. And they gave us regular Texas-Yankees updates. Only good news for the A’s is that Chad Pennington has robbed Ichiro of three hits up the middle in the two games so far, if you call that good.

  10. Tribester - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    I’m astounded that the Giants recap has no mention of the Cubs big goof: the player on first rounded second on what ended up being a fly out at the wall; he made it back to first in time but didn’t touch second on the way back, so after a moment of confusion, the Giants tagged him out while he was standing on first.

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