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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 18, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

Five shutouts this Tuesday night, and a big walkoff blast from Jim Thome.

Twins 7, White Sox 6: The Twins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, couldn’t hold it and the Sox hung tight with them for most of the game. Then, down a run in the bottom of the 10th, Jim Thome hit a two-run walkoff bomb that in no way made Ozzie Guillen regret the fact that he lobbied hard all winter to be able to avoid having to carry a dedicated DH on his roster, thereby sending Thome in Minnesota’s direction rather than come back to the Sox where he said he wanted to go in the first place.

Rays 10, Rangers 1: We all talked about how this was a division series preview. If so, the Rangers have their backs up against the wall, previewly-speaking.  The AP story said that Matt Garza “scattered five hits over seven innings.”  I’d like to read one that says Rangers pitchers “scattered 15 hits over eight innings.” I mean, the act of scattering is always used to refer to hits that don’t amount to many runs, but there’s nothing inherent in the term that requires it.  The Rangers scattered the hits. The Rays scored following an inordinate amount of them.

Braves 10, Nationals 3: The Braves’ bats snoozed for five innings and then woke up just in time to give Mike Minor some run support after his night was over but while he was still the pitcher of record, thereby handing him his first career win. Martin Prado returned and got three hits. Adam Dunn threw a ball away like a quarterback on the five yard line who couldn’t find an open receiver in the end zone. Melky Cabrera got a clutch hit and made a nice catch in left. It was a really entertaining final few innings if you weren’t a Nats fan.

Phillies 9, Giants 3: Chase Utley returned and put up an 0 for 5, but it didn’t matter because Oswalt was dealing and the rest of the Philly bats broke it open late. The Phillies take a one game lead in the wild card race.

Red Sox 6, Angels 0: Clay Buchholz shuts the Halos down for seven innings and Ryan Kalish hits a grand slam. Darnell McDonald hit a solo homer that crashed through the rear window of a
Toyota parked on the top floor of the garage across Lansdowne Street. While Kalish got more RBIs for his, McDonald received 10 more points for style in the big ledger I keep next to my TV.  Dustin Pedroia returned and went 0 for 4 despite the fact that we were led to believe that there would be laser shows.

Padres 1, Cubs 0: Garland, Adams and Bell combine for the six-hit shutout. Randy Wells deserved a better fate (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), but we all do, don’t we?

Astros 4, Mets 3: For weeks all we’ve been hearing in the media is constant hype about how Nelson Figueroa was going to get his chance to exact his revenge on the Mets for cutting him. So, like millions of others, I’m happy this is finally behind us. Oh — and I think it was the cutest thing in the world was how that, during the Braves-Nats game, FOX Sports South flashed this score up on the screen along with the Phillies-Giants score in its little “playoff race roundup” feature. It’s as if we can’t tell the Mets that they don’t matter anymore and have to keep up appearances or something.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: Three losses in a row for St. Louis, two to the Cubs and this one to the Brewers. I can’t recall a more yo-yoing contender in some time.

Royals 2, Indians 1: The usual power display from Yuniesky Betancourt and Wilson Betemit provide enough to give Zack Greinke the win. The Indians walked seven times. You probably need to score more than once when that happens.

Marlins 6, Pirates 0: Ricky Nolasco did it all. He won his fifth game in six starts, allowing only five singles, no extra base hits and a lone walk to go with nine strikeouts. He also went 2-for-3 and drove in
two runs. No word as to whether he broke out his powerful, paralyzing, perfect pachydermous percussion pitch.

Yankees 6, Tigers 2: Walkin’ five dudes and throwing 114 pitches in five innings is no way to go through life, Justin Verlander. In other news, the Yankees’ success against pitchers they’re facing for the eighth time continues.

Mariners 4, Orioles 0: Matt Tuiasosopo had four RBI and continued his streak of days on which I see his name in print and picture him playing quarterback for the Washington Huskies to about 67.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 0: Clayton Kershaw shuts the Rockies out over seven innings and the pen decides not to blow up this time.

Athletics 6, Blues Jays 2: Some early offense for the A’s, who haven’t had much of it lately. Dallas Braden outpitched Brandon Morrow in a battle of guys who might have been better off long term if they didn’t have that one kickass start this year.

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 2: The Reds open a dreaded west coast swing with a win which bumps their division lead to two games. Given how poorly they usually do out west, they need to give themselves as much of a cushion in Arizona as they can before hitting San Diego, L.A. and San Francisco.

  1. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 18, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    Hopefully the laser show resumes tonight!

  2. ThinMan - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    “Clay Buchholz shuts the Halos down for seven innings and Ryan Kalish hits a grand slam off Jered freaking Weaver.”
    Fixed that for you, Craig. ^_^

  3. kcfan - Aug 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    7 Indians walked = Jesse Chavez is a loser. 3 walks in one inning?

  4. Flup - Aug 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Also, must all wild pitches be “uncorked”?

  5. Kevin S. - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Just like all batted balls are “fisted.”
    /chip caray’d

  6. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    I suppose one or two of them could be ejaculated, what with all that foam.

  7. geoknows - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    “Like a quarterback on the five year line???”

  8. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    The Feesh ran their string of going hitless with RISP to 0-for-36 before Ricky Nolasco’s RBI single. After that, they finally got a chance to feast on Pyrite pitching for an inning or so, hauling themselves back to within two games of the strange attractor and their hoped-for 20th convergence with benchmark mediocrity this season.
    Ricky Nolasco’s line, as given by Craig, sounds pretty impressive. What he doesn’t mention is that Nolasco went only six innings and spare change. Not bad, considering that Feesh starters had compiled an 8.04 ERA over the prior four games.
    The Iron Giant took an ohfer and snapped his seven game hitting streak. Which makes me wonder, must all hitting streaks be “snapped”? I tend to view them as playing out until they yield to stretch fatigue, like the hot mozzarella on your fork as it achieves escape velocity from your platefull of stuffed shells.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    It’s almost as much fun to bungle extenuated metaphors about Adam Dunn’s fielding as it is to watch Adam Dunn field.

  10. Steve C - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Scattered Hits – When the total number of hits is greater than twice that of the runs scored.
    Last season starters gave up 29188 hits and yielded 15034, about a 2 to 1 ratio. To scatter hits one would have to best this.

  11. Steve C - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    I believe the correct phrase for the Royals game would be that they scattered 7 walks over nine innings.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Funny comments this morning. The A’s took advantage of the phrase “DH in waiting” last night as Toronto played defense like they were handling spheres of botulinum instead of baseballs. Aaron Hill crashed into Daric Barton, spinning himself “like a top” (scattered hits, snapped streaks alert) before throwing wide to first, a ball Overbay should have handled. Then Snider does something Gator would be familiar with, handling his glove like a cesta and flinging the pelota well away from himself, allowing two extra bases and a run. All this entertainment in the 7th. But the main thing was the A’s had their “A” pitching game tonight. Braden was very good, going 7 and allowing 2, 4 of his IP were 3 up, 3 down. Then Breslow and Wuertz followed with two scoreless. The resurgence of the A’s offense can be in part attributed to having extra outs and Cito letting his relievers run longish outings.
    One thing I’m surprised at is that Cito doesn’t platoon Lind against lefties. He looks helpless against inside stuff coming from the left side.

  13. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Really sounds like a game I would have enjoyed for all the wrong reasons – deja vu as jouissance. I got to go to a couple of games at the Rogers last spring when I flew up to Toronto to meet a pal for a Cowboy Junkies concert (like the one in Napa this forthcoming October 8 and at Bimbo’s on the 9th). The beer was awful but I still had a great time and I got sentimental and adopted the Feather Lice – not whole hog, but more like one of those waifs in central Africa you “adopt” by letting someone hit your credit card for five bucks every month. To watch them play like that, though, would have made me feel like Bill Murray in Rushmore watching his kids wrestle.

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