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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 2, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

I for one applaud Nyjer Morgan's heel-turn. And when he comes back from his inevitable suspension, I expect his interview with Mene Gene Okerlund to be epic.

Marlins 16, Nationals 10: Fisticuffsmanship! Nyjer Morgan’s mound-charge was pretty good until he whiffed on that punch, but the star of this show was Gabby Sanchez, who came over from first base with a move that put me in mind of Manny Fernandez’s flying burrito. Wait, you’re not telling me you don’t know who Manny Fernandez is, do you? He teamed with the Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant for cryin’ out loud! They took the tag team belt from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express! Really, you don’t know him?  Philistines.

Reds 6, Brewers 1: Aroldis Chapman faced six batters, struck out three and hit 103.9 mph on the radar gun. Only Joel Zumaya has thrown a faster pitch in the few short years Pitch f/x has been around. Yikes.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 2: Brandon Allen’s first major league action this year was occasioned by a home run and a couple of nice plays in the outfield. Not bad for a guy who has never played left field in the bigs before. Oh, and the Padres are just happy that the Cardinals’ late-season implosion is getting more attention than theirs is. For now.

Giants 2, Rockies 1: Welcome back to the land of the living, Tim Lincecum (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 9K). Three games are now all that separate the Giants and the Padres.

Twins 2, Tigers 1: Max Scherzer deserved better (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 9K), but so too did Francisco Liriano who threw seven shutout innings and got a no decision as well. Danny Valencia won it with an RBI single in the 10th.

Braves 4, Mets 1: Freddie Freeman’s debut isn’t going to do anything to keep Derrek Lee on the bench (0 for 3 with a K), but old men like Jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson were able to carry the load. Pretty sure I own underwear older than all three of ‘em.

Rangers 4, Royals 3: I’m crestfallen that Francoeur didn’t report to the Rangers in time to make it into this one. The Royals probably are too, because that’s one fewer game they have to scout Frenchy before their as-inevitable-as-the-sun-rising-tomorrow signing of him this winter.

Yankees 4, Athletics 3: A.J. Burnett returns from the land of the living dead to get his first win in a long damn time (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 8K). The Yankees maintain their one-game lead in the East.

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1: Sean Rodriguez was a double short of the cycle (take THAT Gleeman!) and David Price picked up his 16th win. Which, as you can see from the Tigers-Twins game, is a totally useful statistic.

Phillies 5, Dodgers 1: Roy Oswalt walked six dudes in six innings, but he got away with it because he only allowed one hit. Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 dudes but didn’t have a win to show for it in part because he gave up two homers. Oh, and because the Dodgers bullpen kind of sucks these days. There’s probably some kind of lesson in there somewhere.

Red Sox 9, Orioles 6: Again, wins don’t mean anything, but Jon Lester is now 13-0 lifetime against Baltimore, and that’s pretty cool. Well, not for Baltimore, but you know what I mean.

Astros 5, Cardinals 2: I hit this one up yesterday, but suffice it to say that Jeff Suppan is not who I think of when I think of the term “stopper.”

Cubs 5, Pirates 3: Tom Gorzelanny got knocked out of the game when a comebacker hit his right hand in the third, but the bullpen kept the Cubbies safe and dry for six innings.  Fukudome was 3 for 3 with a couple of doubles an RBI and a walk. Dude had an outstanding August and looks to be continuing his tear.

Angels 4, Mariners 2: Matsui’s two-run homer won the game for Anaheim, but Franklin Gutierrez had the snag of the game.

White Sox 6, Indians 4: Alex Rios hit a solo shot and Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer in the eighth to bring the Sox back from a 4-1 deficit. Manny’s debut only amounted to a single, but if you’re really starving for Manny news, you can read this inside report about how he really got to the White Sox. Shocking, I know, but I believe that’s what really happened.

  1. hnirobert - Sep 2, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    Gaby Sanchez for ROTY!

  2. NYCBaseball - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Craig, isn’t Phillistines spelled with 2 Ls??

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Charlie should be lighting a fire under these guys right about now. It’s on folks, it’s September. Howard, Utley, and Rollins seem to be warming up just fine. Nice tres doubles for Utley last night.

  4. APBA Guy - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    YankeesfanLen must be on vacation, because not a word about Girardi bringing in the FAT TOAD with only a one run lead in the 7th last night. I’m sure the crash cart was on it’s way out of the Family Len closet after Joba allowed his second hit of the inning. But the game ended predictably, with Suzuki flying out against Joba and finally swinging at balls 3 and 4 for strikes 2 and 3 against Rivera in the 9th. Interesting that the A’s commentators were mildly critical of Jack Cust for going 2-28 with RISP while batting cleanup, maintaining that his approach was too passive, but utter silence on Suzuki batting 3rd with his .307 OBP and .686 OPS. (For contrast, the Yankees have Tex at .372/.886.) Then Cust strikes out without swinging in his first AB with RISP. Mildly amusing because the whole team is too passive. Second mildly amusing moment: a fan wrote in asking Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper “If you were the GM, what moves would you make to help the A’s in the offseason?” After a few minutes of hemming about how the great and powerful Beane has it all under control, Ray did allow as to the need for some “consistent” offense to complement the “fine, young pitching”. I think A’s fans would see ANY offense as a sign of progress. Oakland is next to last in the AL at .697 OPS. Only Seattle is worse, at .642.

  5. El Bravo - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Between Manny and Nyjer, this must be a baseball blogger’s dream the past few weeks.

  6. BC - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Can someone tell me what the heck a heel-turn is?

  7. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    A heel-turn is a professional wrestling term describing when a fan favorite/good guy turns bad. The classic heel-turn is when the fan favorite — out of the blue — attacks another fan favorite or his own tag team partner or something, either during a match or during a standup interview or something.
    For this to be a true heel-turn I suppose Morgan would have had to hit Adam Dunn with a folding chair or something, but since baseball doesn’t have established badguys like wrestling does, I think turning yourself into a villain without turning on your own team qualifies.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Definitely agree that the highlight of the night was Gaby Sanchez’ WWWF move. Sorry, Craig, you have to number me among the Philistines (which is spelled with one “l,” by the way – a little red squiggle told me so). Morgan, Volstad and Listich or Dipstich or whatever his name is will all be sent to the Forbidden Zone for an indeterminate period of time. Kindly Uncle Wes sounded like an idiot in his postgame interview; much of a clenched rectal orifice as Morgan is, he took his first pitch in the touchas like a stud and took his base, then played hard. So what?
    .
    In any case Morgan is going to get himself killed if he keeps playing like that – and he’s going to get his teammates hit by pitches and spiked on slides too. If Riggleman and his coaches had half a mind in their brains they’d bench the kid and warn him that he’d stay benched if he didn’t grow up.

  9. nps6724 - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    I don’t think WWE has a ROTY award.

  10. Jonny5 - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    clenched rectal orifice. Bwahahaha. Gator, I’d hate to get into an argument with you. The first time you called me that it would be over. And I’d probably wet myself. From laughing of course, but it’s still no way to end an argument with any dignity.

  11. BigOldBarn - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Craig,
    Hate to burst your old-school-NWA-loving bubble there, but Mann Fernandez took the tag straps away from the RnR with Rick Rude, not Jimmy Valiant.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WCW_World_Tag_Team_Champions#Title_history
    Behold, the most trusted source in the galaxy!
    Also, the pic of Nyjer accompanying this article is just the perfect amount of assbuttedness.
    Yes, assbuttedness. You’re welcome.

  12. doctorfunke - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Danny Valencia too!!

  13. Wings - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Not sure if this is a happy coincidence or a sad one, but I was actually watching an old wrestling tape as I read this. So yes, at least one person gets your Raging Bull reference.
    As one of the few “legitimate” sports fans willing to admit that I also enjoy the illegitimate spectacle that is pro wrestling, I have often found many heel (bad guy) and face (good guy) qualities among my favorite baseballers. I submit to you this line-up of possible MLB heels/faces:
    Faces:
    C-Joe Mauer, 1B-Gabby Sanchez, 2B-Orlando Hudson, 3B-Pablo Sandoval (Maybe a stretch, but with a nickname like his, how could he not be a George “the Animal” Steele type kid-friendly fan favorite?), SS-Derek Jeter, OF- Josh Hamilton/Torii Hunter/Ichiro, DH-David Ortiz, SP-Dallas Braden, CP-Mariano Rivera, MGR-Bobby Cox
    Heels:
    C-A.J.Pierzynski, 1B-Miguel Cabrerra, 2B-Brandon Phillips, 3B-Alex Rodriguez, SS-Hanley Ramirez, OF-Nyjer Morgan/Manny Ramirez/Milton Bradley, DH-Hideki Matsui (another nickname-stretch thing) , SP-Johnny Cueto, CP-Francisco Rodriguez, MGR-Ozzie Guillen

  14. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Wait…Manny Ramirez is with the White Sox? Who? What? When? Damn…I sure wish somebody would report on these things….

  15. gogoSox - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Craig,
    It was Alexei Ramirez who hit the solo shot in the white sox game FYI

  16. Stichey - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Oh my! The human chess match that is professional wrestling has now reached major league baseball. Gordon Solie would be proud…ish.

  17. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    There’s just something about a six walk day trumping an 11K one that has me grinning like Dr. Claw’s cat from Inspector Gadget. And the two homers in Dodger Stadium? JRoll and Shane “the Hawaiian guy” Victorino!!!!!

    But if Brown didn’t attach that “ground rule” to his double, methinks the dugout would not have been quite as jovial. I hadn’t seen as good a time being had by the Phightins since…well…Howard spilled his cup.

  18. D-Luxxx - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Would that be “Ravishing” Rick Rude?

  19. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Hahaha…you said “assbuttedness”

  20. BigOldBarn - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Indeed it was. May he and his abs rest in peace.
    Now hit the music…

  21. BigOldBarn - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Yes. Yes I did.

  22. Tribester - Sep 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Nothing about Germano giving up his first ERs of the season? He’s been amazing these last few weeks.

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