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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 7, 2010, 5:42 AM EST

Though hands of steel and heart of stone, our Labor Day has come and gone. But at least there was a boatload of baseball to get us though it.

Rockies 10, Reds 5: Ubaldo Jimenez won his first one in over a month, but it had a lot more to do with the offense behind him because he was all over the place. He walked six, allowed seven hits and was a hair’s breadth from getting the hook early on. Tulowitzki homered, tripled and drove in three runs and Carlos Gonzalez was 3 for 5 with a couple of RBI.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 6: The Cards pick up a game — they’re now six back — thanks to a six-spot in the eighth inning, capped by a Yadier Molina grand slam. After the game, Molina said “from now on, we have to win, that’s a rule.” Jeez, bro, if you had simply made that rule a month ago y’all wouldn’t be down six games right now, would ya?

Padres 4, Dodgers 2: The streak, she is broken. San Diego lost five and a half games of their lead in the process, but they retain a one-game advantage over the Giants. The win may have been significant from a historical perspective as well, as at least one team — the 1982 Braves — lost ten in a row and still made the playoffs, but no one has dropped eleven straight and done so. Not that it couldn’t have happened to the Padres, of course, but The Fates, man, they don’t like to be tempted like that.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0: Just your typical seven-pitcher shutout for the Giants, led by Madison Bumgarner. Ian Kennedy certainly deserved a better fate than his no decision (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER). Certainly deserving better were two children who were hurt in the fourth inning, one by a flying bat, one by a foul ball, with each child being taken to the hospital.

Athletics 6, Mariners 2: We must give a golf clap to Brett Anderson for a nice outing, but really, shutting down Seattle these days is no big trick. Indeed, it’s been 12 games since they scored more than three runs.

Cubs 5, Astros 4: Geovany Soto got barreled over blocking home plate in the fourth — he held on to the ball to make the out — and then hit the game winning homer in the eighth. But then again, he’s a catcher, and that’s what they do.

Twins 5, Royals 4: Jim Thome hit a home run in the fifth inning that went so far it had to clear Canadian customs before it could land. Jason Kubel’s, however, was the go-ahead homer. The Twins have won 17 of 20.

Blue Jays 7, Rangers 2: Rangers manager Ron Washington, talking about the Jays’ offense after the game: “They got seven and six came via the long ball.” Hey Ron: I’ll refrain from filling our your lineup card if you refrain from doing my job, OK? Thanks.

Pirates 3, Braves 1: The Braves strand so many guys at first or second base that I’m beginning to think that their hitting coach is Lysistrata.

Marlins 7, Phillies 1; Phillies 7, Marlins 4: A split doubleheader combined with the Braves loss pulls Philly to within a half game of Atlanta. Marlins rookie Adalberto Mendez shut the Phils down before leaving the first game with a leg injury. Roy Oswalt continued his winning ways in the nightcap, allowing four runs and six hits and striking out seven in seven innings.

Orioles 4, Yankees 3: Brian Matusz won his fourth straight start, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings. Alex Rodriguez surpassed 100 RBI for the 13th straight season. Note: when a player people like hits a lot of RBIs, he’s a “run producer.” When Alex Rodriguez does it, he’s a selfish stat-hound.

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: A.J. Pierzynski hit the go-ahead single in the 10th inning and had three RBIs overall as the Sox with their seventh in a row. According to the game notes, Vizquel passed Rafael Palmiero for most games by a player born outside the United States in baseball history. I don’t know that I would have gotten that one right if you had given me five guesses. I would have probably guessed Tony Perez and maybe Julio Franco or someone like that ahead of those guys. Which makes no sense, because intellectually I realize that Vizquel has had a longer career than them. I think it’s a mental block because I’ve been an adult for basically all of Vizquel’s entire career so it doesn’t seem as long. Time, time, time, see what’s become of me.

Nationals 13, Mets 3: Rookie Danny Espinosa had a grand slam, a solo shot, a double, a single and six RBI. The Nats won their 60th game of the year, which is something they hadn’t done since 2007.

Red Sox 12, Rays 5: Boston jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never really looked back. Not a bad output for a lineup that only had four Opening Day starters in it.

Indians 3, Angels 2: Shin-Soo Choo broke a 2-2 with an RBI single in the ninth. The Angels’ offense continues to sputter. From the AP game story: “Cleveland’s starters have a 3.20 ERA over the last 12 games, allowing
three runs or fewer in all but one start. Every starter in the past 14
games has gone at least five innings.” [Dana Carvey doing Johnny Carson’s voice]: I did not know that. That’s some wild, wild stuff.

  1. Preston - Sep 7, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    Aristophanes reference FTW.

  2. Joe - Sep 7, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Not only did the Red Sox lineup only include four opening day starters, the rest of the lineup wasn’t even on the roster on opening day. Kalish, Navarro and Anderson all started the year in AA.

  3. Cru11 - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Craig, Please tell me you saw Frenchie misplay that plopping single by Overbay on the “Skydome” turf??

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Nah, I missed it. Must go find video.

  5. Cru11 - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    What an absolute buffoon. Overbay plopped a routine single about 20 feet in front of Frenchie. As he was casually coming up to get it, it hopped about 10 feet over his head and gave Overbay an extra base. My guess? He was thinking about how handsome he looked on the cover of SI and simply got sidetracked.

  6. Cru11 - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11791813
    42 second mark.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Was that a misplay or just a fluke crazy hop?

  8. Food - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Not to mention A Hazy Shade of Winter.

  9. Cru11 - Sep 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Lets call it a fluke then. But just about every other MLB outfielder approaches those type of hits with extreme caution. You rarely see an OF run up that close to a base hit like assuming its turf and or its not a do or die play.

  10. Jonny5 - Sep 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Remember “must play .750 ball to win division” In the NL east. It is what it is. May the best team win.

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Well, we have been saying for the last three months that the Bravos need to keep looking in their rearview–not that the Phightins would actually OVERTAKE them. I would be absolutely giddy if the Phils take them down in Atlanta, clinching home field throughout on the road and sending Bobby out in style.

    Okay, maybe win it on Saturday and give them a chance to send him out with a win against the Iron Pigs.

  12. Kelly - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I saw Thome’s home run and it’s the only time I can remember a home run in which the crowd went sort of silent for a second because of how incredibly far it flew.
    Gleeman may be right that Thome’s win shares may be the difference in the Central. I hate when Ozzie Guillen looks bad.

  13. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Do you theen’ hees goin to make eet?
    .
    I dunno. He look preety seeck to mee.
    .
    Hey, I theenk hees comin’ around….
    .
    He’s coming around folks! He’s going to be OK and ready to play another nine inning of Beeeet the Iron Giant!
    .
    Yes! Mike Stanton shows signs of awakening from his two week coma following his Player of the Week citation that saw him go 0-for-37 and other embarrassing stretches of otherworldly outofitness and (a) crush one peetch into the second deck and (b) whack another into the first row of the first deck while totally off balance and effectively swinging with one hand. I saw Darryl Strawberry do that once, too. In this Lost Planet Patrol season, the underfunded Feesh can at least say that they have a potentially monstrous ballplayer slowly ripening into shape. I can’t wait to see the next batch of EYPs Scrooge McLoria trades him for the moment he becomes arbitration eligible!

  14. APBA Guy - Sep 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Anderson’s domination of Seattle had much more to do with the Mariner’s offensive ineptitude than with his overpowering stuff. Though, sensing who he was facing after the first inning, he threw a ton of strikes. Seattle is dead last in the majors in team OPS at .639, making the A’s at .696 look like the bloated steroid monsters of the LaRussa era. Well, maybe not, but the A’s had 2 HR’s by Crisp and 29 year old rookie Matt Carson. That’s practically a week’s output for this team. Cliff Pennington started the game with an error on Ichiro’s sharply hit grounder in the hole. It was Cliff’s 20th, as he ranks 19th in ZR and 16th in Fielding Percentage among the 21 qualified SS while carrying a .690 OPS. Figgins (.615 OPS) fouled out-his at bats are foul-and then Guttierez struck out swinging. Ichiro, obviously disturbed that the official scorer had ruled his muffed grounder an error rather than a hit- started late to second and was out by 10 feet. And that was the game. Almost 8 innings of dead silence from Seattle after that. After watching the game, the impression is that you could merge the two teams and still not get one major league caliber offense on the field, but you’d have a hell of a pitching staff.

  15. nps6724 - Sep 7, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    We’re fine to continue looking in he rear-view mirror, no matter how close the Phils get to our bumper :)

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