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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 17, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

The David Price-Cliff Lee pitchers duel wasn't exactly as stunning as advertised. I probably should stop advertising such things.

Rays 6, Rangers 4: Once again, a highly touted pitching matchup fails to yield a great pitchers duel. David Price walked five guys, but only gave up two runs. Cliff Lee was cruising, striking out ten guys, but he hit a brick wall in the eighth, giving up a series of hits while watching his 4-2 led turn into a 6-4 deficit. Circumstances conspired to keep me from watching this game, but anyone who did: why did Ron Washington wait so long to pull Lee when he was apparently throwing batting practice by the time the eighth rolled around?  It seems like Lee has gone really long quite often since coming over to Texas. Does anyone realize that, yes, they’re going to need him come October, so maybe he could use a bit of a rest? Especially when he’s in trouble?

Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1: Shaun Marcum is the latest to flirt with a no-no, losing his in the seventh on a Connor Jackson homer. That’s all he’d give up, however, finishing with a complete game one-hitter. Jose Bautista hit what, at the time, was ruled an inside-the-park home run because my fellow New Albany, Ohio resident — umpire Tim Timmons — ruled the ball in play. After the game it was ruled that the ball actually left the park, making it a regular homer. Strange. People from my town never make mistakes.

Pirates 7, Marlins 1: Pittsburgh breaks its seven game losing streak. Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez each had three RBI and James McDonald gave up one run on three hits in seven innings. The Pirates are 13-48 on the road and 27-30 at home. Is this heaven? No, it’s Pittsburgh.

Braves 4, Dodgers 3: If you would have told me last winter that Melky Carbrera and Rick Ankiel would be hitting back-to-back in the Braves lineup in August I would have killed myself. But there they are. On Sunday Ankiel took a couple of walks and was a key contributor to a 13-run outburst and last night Melky had a clutch two-run single to bring the Braves back from 3-1 deficit to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.  I don’t recommend counting on these guys to be heroes — and I may still kill myself before this is all said and done — but on those rare occasions they do come through it is, well, not satisfying really, but certainly something.

Orioles 5, Mariners 4: A walkoff bunt single for Adam Jones. That’s something you don’t see every day.

Mets 3, Astros 1: Taking the lead on a ninth inning wild pitch. That’s something you don’t see every day. You also don’t see RBI triples from Jeff Francoeur that often, but he provided the insurance. And, introducing your new Mets closer: Hisanori Takahashi. I was hoping for Oliver Perez, but you can’t always get what you want.

Padres 9, Cubs 5: Who went and woke up Miguel Tejada? Dude went 4 for 5
with a double and a couple of RBI. He’s been a nice pickup for the
Padres so far. Rare shaky night for the Padres’ pen, though. It took
five relievers to nail this one down.

Tigers 3, Yankees 1: Max Scherzer keeps the Yankees bats silent (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6K). A-Rod and Nick Swisher left the game early with various ailments. Derek Jeter grounded out into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded. I’m sure the people who keep track of how clutch he is and inform the rest of us about it all the damn time missed the play while watering flowers or walking the dog of holding their hands over their ears, eyes closed, yelling “LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!” Oh, and expect Scherzer’s performance to bring forth “The Yankees do poorly against guys they face for the first time” stuff we’ve been hearing so much of lately. Anyone have any numbers on this? It seems like fans of every team says this sort of thing.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    The Feesh attempted to solve their inability to hit with RISP (they’re 0-for-29 in their last four games) by putting fewer runners in scoring position. Back in college Classics they called it the via negativa. It’s a tricky strategy, fraught with pitfalls, but it seemed to work well enough last night.
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    Christ Volstad pitched well enough for five innings or so, leaving with the bases loaded for Taylor Tankersley immediately to uncork a double and a single, thereby assuring that Volstad got the credit he deserved for everyone he left on base. Over the course of this lost planet expedition season, the Feesh boolpen has definitively proven that they can be as ineffective against the bottom dwellers like the Pyrites as they can against the best teams in the league like the Reds. You keep hearing stories about how inconsistent middle relievers are, but Scrooge McLoria has demonstrated that you can achieve consistency by spending as little as possible on them.
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    The Iron Giant went 1 for three with a walk, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. Just a little note on an evening with few little notes to pass along.

  2. Proudly Canadian - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    1) I am totally impressed by Old Gator’s creative spelling.
    2) The Jays starters have now thrown two 1 hitters this season. Starting pitching (ex Doc) has become a big strength of this team. They also have two prime prospects (Kyle Drabek and Zach Stewart) in Double A. There is more to come as they drafted and signed 7 pitchers in the first 4 rounds this summer.

  3. FlyEaglesFly - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second. Home team should be listed second.
    Man, the Pirates play a lot of road games…

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    It helps to think of this feature as a conversation or, if you must, a radio broadcast as opposed to a newspaper listing. In general conversation you would never say “Marlins 1, Pirates 7.” You’d say “the Pirates beat the Marlins 7-1.” One of the many reasons for me linking the box score is so you can get more information about the game such as who did exactly what; the game time temperature; attendance; and in which park the game was played.

  5. YankeesfanLen - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Hint:re-read last part of Pirates entry.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Ah, yes. I see what I did. Perhaps I shall fix it.

  7. YankeesfanLen - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Talked to TigersfanRob mid-game and we both agreed that it was the most miserable game of the year. Complete offensive-defensive mess. 105 bad pitches from Javy through 4 and the only score is a 2 run HR from Raban.
    More Jeter highlights- first error in 52 games, and the game loser was the SECOND DP he blooped into.Didn’t I once hear that players stepped it up during contract years?
    Even more lowlites:
    Jorge stands like a dope at third on a wild pitch with bases loaded.
    FAT TOAD gives 9th inning HR to Cabrera, for old times sake
    Joe, light a fire under these guys, your contract year is going to be analyzed a little more than your non-performing shortstop.

  8. easports82 - Aug 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Haven’t you learned anything from MLB this year? Rarely admit and never fix your mistakes. No replay here.

  9. leck - Aug 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Melky might not be one of the better overall outfielders in the league, but he certainly is clutch. Last year for the yankees he had 3 (maybe 4) walk off hits. Thats why yankees fans were so upset when he was traded for Javy. Everyone knew he was an expendable part with Granderson coming in (althought that’s been far from perfect), but no one wanted to see him go after all his walk off glory from 2009.

  10. Will - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    In AAA news, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox lost to the Memphis Redbirds 5-6 in 16. Two interesting things happened in that game. The Redbird bullpen were perfect for 8 2/3 innings, and their Joe Mather struck out six times.
    What kind of sombrero is that? Plutonium?

  11. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Craig, this is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit. Last night it was a one hitter. Sunday was the Slowey no-hit through seven, But Saturday the game finished with the A’s having no hits through the last six innings. So for the last 24 innings they’ve had 4 hits. It’s not just lack of talent. It’s not just quality opposing pitching (and defense). It’s also the league’s most passive approach at the plate. There is far too much of an A’s hitter off-balance on 0-2 counts because he took two strikes. It’s amazing how lately opposing pitchers just run to the mound, throw as many strikes as fast as they can, and leave undamaged.

  12. basiltherat - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    in re Cliff Lee, it was a pretty strange inning; I can’t fault Washington for leaving him in. The first three baserunners got on via 1. popup to short right that fell for a bloop double, 2. infield hit, 3. fielder’s choice grounder to second. Two of those could easily have been outs. After that Longoria hit a pretty hard liner that hopped over (or just past? Couldn’t tell for sure) Andrus’ glove and Pena ripped one into center, but then Lee came back and made Sean Rodriguez look silly. Maybe he should’ve been pulled before facing Zobrist, but it certainly never FELT as if he’d completely lost it.
    The matchup was this close to being exactly as advertised. Price was impressive but wild; Lee was brilliant but got sabotaged by his defense. Fun game nonetheless.

  13. Giant Space Ants - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Craig, I wouldn’t say Lee was throwing batting practice in the 8th. The consensus seems to be that if he had a half-way decent team around him, he’d have been out of it without giving up anything. Instead, a pop-up fell between Arias and Boggs for a double, and after an infield single by Bartlett (that a good defensive 3B might of turned into an out, but the Rangers don’t have one- in this case it was Cantu), Crawford hit a groundball to Arias, who made a moronic attempt to turn a double play that led to no one getting out.
    After that, things kind of fell apart for Lee, but in a fair world the inning would have ended by then.
    Also, he still only threw 98 pitches…I like to think he can handle that.

  14. Utley's hair - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Holy crap!! A 3-1 game and it STILL takes 3:48 to play?

  15. Cantankerous - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Rather than the “Jeter is clutch” people closing their eyes and yelling “I can’t hear you” or whatever, I prefer to think of them more like Bobby the Brain Heenan claiming his monitor went out whenever the bad guy cheats.

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