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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 1, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

The A.L. East tie is finally broken, Aroldis Chapman lights up the gun and Manny Ramirez makes it as far as the on deck circle in his White Sox debut. He's probably gassed.

Yankees 9, Athletics 3: I suppose it’s inevitable that the Yankees will soon start getting burned by their starters only going four or five innings, but right now it’s working. And hey: they’re all alone in first place. Why?

Blue Jays 13, Rays 5: Because the Rays got annihilated when the Jays put up a 10-spot in the sixth inning. I was going to make that “Gashouse Gorillas doing a conga line around the bases” joke I do a few times a year here, but I did it just a month ago!  And it involved the Blue Jays then too!  I’m starting to worry that I’m not as clever and original as I like to think I am.

Astros 3, Cardinals 0: Land sakes, this is getting ugly. That’s four straight in the crapper for St. Louis, seven of eight and, of course, two straight listless shutouts in a row to the Astros, who are the spoilingest spoilers this side of Spoilsburg.

Reds 8, Brewers 4: And that makes for a seven game lead for the Redlegs. Aroldis Chapman made his major league debut. And see, I told you that 105 miles per hour business was totally fraudulent. He only hit [gulp] 102. Joey Votto got “MVP!” chants. I think those Cincy fans got a point.

Marlins 1, Nationals 0:  I didn’t see any highlights from this as I was convinced by the missus that I needed to watch “True Blood.” I dunno. Ask me after I’ve seen more than the first two episodes.  Anyway, it seems that Nyjer Morgan could have scored a run for the Nats in the 10th inning, but he decided he’d rather try to plow over catcher Brett Hayes than slide like a normal human being.

Pirates 14, Cubs 7: The Pirates were cruising and then Sean Gallagher came in and allowed five quick runs. The outcome was never really in doubt, but the Pirates can’t even rest when they’re up 14-2.

Twins 4, Tigers 3: Detroit clung to a 3-2 lead into the seventh but then Phil Coke walked one dude and then plunked two more to load the bases. Ryan Perry came in and walked in a run, and then he gave up an RBI single to Delmon Young. That’s teamwork!

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Manny’s White Sox debut will wait another day. He was on deck, though, waiting to pinch hit in the ninth when A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer to break the 1-1 tie. I just hope that trip to the on deck circle didn’t gas poor Manny, thus making him unavailable for this afternoon’s game.

Braves 9, Mets 2: Luis Castillo bobbled what could have been a double play ball in the fifth and after that the floodgates opened. I’m guessing there will be a lot of folks who want to kill Castillo over that, but (a) there still would have only been two outs in the inning, and the Braves scored a couple of runs before what would have been out number three; and (b) Jon Niese still had to serve up that fat pitch David Ross deposited in the seats for a grand slam.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 2: The O’s just keep rolling along. Baltimore went 17-11 in August (17-10) with Buck Showalter. This season is always going to look ugly in the standings, but there is some serious hope for 2011 being built here.

Phillies 8, Dodgers 4: Ryan Howard and Brian Schneider each had three-run homers as the Phillies find some of that long lost offense. Carlos Monasterios, the Dodgers starter, said this through his translator after the game: “I was trying to pitch my game, but they were able to read all my pitches.” Gentlemen: there’s a spy among us. Sitting in this very room!

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 4: Six straight losses for the Padres. The losses to Philly I get. These to the Dbacks I don’t.

Giants 5, Rockies 2: Andres Torres led off the eighth inning with what proved to be the winning home run. Only four back of San Diego now.

Mariners 3, Angels 1: KIng Felix allowed only three hits and no runs through seven while striking out eight. No decision, though, because he got no run support while he was in the game. That’s the story of his season.

Royals 10, Rangers 9: Ties 9-9 in the ninth, Willie Bloomquist stole third with one out and then came home with the winning run when Alexi Ogando threw a wild pitch. Wait . . . what’s that? Um, I’m sorry everyone. The guild just informed me that I am obligated to say that Ogando “uncorked” a wild pitch. If you have any questions about this please consult the rulebook you’ve all been provided. The wild pitch stuff comes right after the chapter on “ensuing kickoffs.”

  1. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    The Feesh and Gnats engaged in a classic peetcher’s duel last night, but I didn’t see it either. However, my wife knows better, after thirty plus years, to ask me to watch a pile of cliched vampire tripe. Matter of fack, I would paraphrase Gramps at the conclusion of The Lost Boys, the last even remotely interesting vampire story ever written, when he snorted “television would be a nice thing to watch if not for all the God damned vampires.”
    He could add the movies too. And he could add a raft of jargon-infested critical literature drawing all sorts of cockamamie analogies between sex and getting your blood sucked. What does that mean – that your carotid artery is like your…or her…uh…never mind. And what are these halfassed revenants doing playing Six Degrees of Separation and infesting polite society? They never drink….wine! And anyway, if you really want sex with your vampires, I’ve got one for you as topical as yesterday’s financial pages: Scrooge McLoria sucking on the body politic, with the Chihuahua as his Renfield (imagine a nappy little Arte Johnson cringing in the shadows and begging for leetle things with blood in them after the Tertullian of Tightwads slaps him away from the prone figure of a Feesh cheerleader, where he wasn’t exactly working on her neck).

  2. SouthofHeaven - Sep 1, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    The first three episodes of True Blood are totally mediocre. After that it’s beautiful, insane awesomeness (emphasis on the insane)

  3. Ole Red Eye - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Craig, you forgot the biggest story in baseball yesterday. Jeff Brantley was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

  4. Kevin S. - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Craig, how did the Tigers go from being up 3-2 to losing 4-2?

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    It’s real complicated. I could explain it to you, but you’d probably not be able to get it. Totally professional blogger stuff, I assure you.
    Now if you excuse me I have some totally unrelated editing to do.

  6. Jonny5 - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    And it was September at my house watching the game, kinda felt like it too. .750 ball, Will the Braves or Phills play .750 ball to come out on top?

  7. Kevin S. - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Ah, okay. As long as someone I trust understands the physics behind it, I can handle it.

  8. Joe - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Mike Redmond was inducted into the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame last night.

  9. Scott - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    How is there no hype about what Edwin Jackson has done since being traded to Chicago? in 36 2/3 innings, he has a 1.47 ERA and 45 Ks to 8 BBs. I know it’s only 5 starts but those are INSANE numbers, even for a small sample.

  10. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Planning a dedicated post to that.

  11. SadPandaRevolt - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Wow. That failed flip turned out really well for them, huh?

  12. Jonny5 - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Baseball prospectus has the Braves at like 86% chance of taking the division. Not that they know squat or anything….

  13. APBA Guy - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Ex A and fan fave Nick Swisher was the beast who burned Beane last night, his moon shot was the the longest of the Yankees requisite 3 HR’s off an A’s right handed starter. Jersey Boy Vin Mazzarro was torched in front of friends and family, along with Jack Cust’s mom and dad and Andrew Bailey’s dad. Also Bobby Bacala from the Sopranos. The end game was like a nightmare, Chad Gaudin winding it up for the Yanks against Boof Bonser. Insert your own expression of disbelief here. Tonight the A’s become more competitive with Brett Anderson, depending on how his forearm feels. The A’s could win one of the next two games.
    Watching the young A’s pitching wilt in NYC and the relative paucity of offense, I can’t help thinking of the under age 30 hitters the A’s have traded away the last few years: Swisher, Nelson Cruz, Andre Ethier, and Carlos Gonzalez. It’s also a sad statement the way over use has robbed Kurt Suzuki of his vitality this year, as if he’s had his blood supply depleted somehow. He’s been totally outplayed by the 39 year old Posada in the first two games of the series. Or maybe Jorge really was just that good. But given the True Blood theme of today’s ATH, my suspicions are more sinister. Is Beane a creature of the night?

  14. Kevin S. - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    I think you actually hit on why Posada has been better than Suzuki – he’s gotten copious amounts of time off. I mean, obviously he’s one of the most offensively-talented catchers of the generation, but for him to be doing this well at this age this late into the season is a testament to how well Girardi’s managed his workload.

  15. nps6724 - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    They just know we have the future 2010 Batting Champ Omar Infante on the team :)

  16. APBA Guy - Sep 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Exactly. It isn’t just that the DL time that Suzuki had was insufficient, it’s the accumulation of innings in tough environments and catching erratic young pitchers for the past 3 years that really wears on a catcher. Suzuki will probably never approach Posada’s pitch recognition skills and plate discipline, but the exhaustion shows in Kurt’s bad swings and his declining defense. How many of his recent throws to second have been off-target lately? I’d hate to see him end up with nagging injuries the next two years and end up like Bobby Crosby or Eric Byrnes.

  17. doctorfunke - Sep 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Is it just me, or did it look like Castillo booted that DP ball on purpose?

  18. D-Luxxx - Sep 1, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    I think you should do a dedicated post on how Phil Coke looks like Kenny Powers.

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