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And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

The Phillies take over first place in the NL East. Trevor Hoffman notches save number 600 and Carlos Gonzalez starts getting the "M.V.P!" chants.

Phillies 8, Marlins 7: First place. Homers from Howard, Ibanez and Victorino and a go-ahead single from Placido Polanco in the eighth put the Phillies in the catbird seat for the first time since May 30th.

Pirates 5, Braves 0: The Pirates have allowed more runs than any team in baseball this year, yet the Braves have scored just one run in eighteen innings this series. No offense to the Pirates intended, but if you get your ass handed to you by the Pirates pitching staff the way the Braves have these past two games, you don’t deserve to sniff the playoffs, let alone contend for them.

Orioles 6, Yankees 2: And while it’s nowhere near as bad getting beat by the resurgent Orioles, Yankees fans have to be feeling much the same as Braves fans this week. Jake Arrieta (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) stifles the Bombers as CC Sabathia is denied his 20th win as the Orioles take another from New York.

Rays 14, Red Sox 5: Five homers for the Rays, who break their losing streak and pull to within one and a half of the Yankees. The bad Dice-K showed up and nibbled. David Price did his usual “walk a lot of guys and pitch relatively inefficiently yet still get the win” thing.

Tigers 9, White Sox 1: The winning streak ends, and how. Freddy Garcia — who has been a Tiger killer lately — had to leave the game early with a bad back. Someone should have told him that when you go out tiger hunting — in case of accidents — you should always bring your mum.

Twins 10, Royals 3: That’s the thing about the Twins: no matter how much the Sox have surged, Minnesota has surged right along with them and have always seemed to take advantage of Chicago’s missteps. Delmon Young and J.J. Hardy combined to drive in seven.

Rockies 4, Reds 3: A three-run bomb from Carlos Gonzalez helps the
Rockies win their fifth straight. I had previously all but handed the
MVP to Joey Votto, but Gonzalez has thrust himself into the conversation
with his — and his team’s — white-hot run of late.

Padres 2, Dodgers 1: But the Rockies are going to have to catch the
Padres for that to happen, I think, and that’s hard when Mat Latos
pitches like this (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 10K).  The Dodgers, by the way, are
snoozing their way towards the end of the season. Nice career and
everything, Joe Torre, and we’ll see you in Cooperstown soon, but you
need to go.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 3: Tim Lincecum helps the Giants keep pace, mowing down 11 batters while giving up three runs through six and
two-thirds. Homers from Huff, Sanchez and Burrell.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 2: Trevor Hoffman gets his 600th save. Great for Hoffman, who has definitely seen some bad times this season. Oh, and home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejected a fan in this one, which is something you don’t see every day. I’d be inclined to rip Davidson because he’s almost always wrong about everything, but word buzzing around the Internets last night was that the fan who was ejected was being abusive to Yadier Molina all night and was probably drunk. It’s a shame that the ump had to take care of his good-for-nothin’ ass instead of an usher or other ballpark personnel.

Astros 7, Cubs 3:
Carlos Silva’s return didn’t go too swimmingly (5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER).
Nelson Figueroa gets the win. Why don’t I remember him coming to
Houston, though? I mean, I know I saw him in Mets camp down in Port St.
Lucie, and I remember the Phillies picking him up briefly, but the
Astros? In some ways it’s been a very long season.

Blue Jays 8, Rangers 5: Two homers for Vernon Wells, as the Jays take it to the reeling Rangers. The way all the other first place teams are playing lately, I should probably just call a Twins-Phillies World Series right now.

Mets 4, Nationals 1: Mets starter Dillon Gee took a no-hitter into the sixth in his major league debut. It’s been eight hours since this game ended and I’ve already heard too many “Gee!” puns. Next person who does it is gonna get fined.

Indians 6, Angels 1: The Angels look so lifelike lying in that box. Still, when I go, I’d prefer to be cremated, because ceremonies like this are so awkward. Oh well. Let’s go to the widow’s house. I hear there will be cold cuts and casseroles.

Mariners 7, Athletics 5: Compared to how they’ve been going, a seven run night for Seattle is equivalent to [tapping calculator keys while wearing green eye-shade . . .] 125 runs.

  1. The Common Man - Sep 8, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Gee, I dunno. That seems a little extreme.

  2. Paper Lions - Sep 8, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Gee, I dunno. That seems a little vague.

  3. Paper Lions - Sep 8, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Man, what is this world coming to? Davidson’s crew actually did a good job last night. They threw out two guys that asked for it (Macha and Duncan), an abusive fan, and even consulted with each other twice on missed calls, changing the call and getting it right in each case. Davidson is so cantankerous and aggressive that it is hard to give him credit, but the entire crew did a pretty good job last night (with the notable exception of Davidson expanding the strike zone 6″ or so for Hoffman on several calls in the 9th).

  4. John_Michael - Sep 8, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    When the fabric of the universe becomes unknown, it is the duty of the university to produce weavers. — Gordon Gee

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 8, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Craig, don’t forget that the Phillies lost 3 of 4 in Pittsburgh back on July 4th weekend, which included the first wins in OVER A YEAR for both McCutchen and Ohlendorf. McCutchen has won just one more game since, while Ohlendorf still has the number 1 under his win column for this season. Needless to say, much of Philly was suicidal that holiday weekend. I can’t imagine how bad it must be for Braves fans across the land. Going from being firmly entrenched in First Place to being a single game away from being out of the playoffs. And considering they don’t have the offense to awaken like the Phillies, it could be a long 22 games for Braves fans.
    That being said, no worries for you guys because today is “NO RUNS DAY” in Philly as Cole Hamels takes the hill.

  6. Proudly Canadian - Sep 8, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    The Yankees managed to lose a game in which Arod did not play! The curse is broken.

  7. Jonny5 - Sep 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Ok, first of all, that’s a picture of JC Romero yelling at God apparently. He has this thing where he talks to him usually when he takes the mound. Well this time God was a bad, bad, God. He made Romero throw everywhere but the strike zone forcing Charlie to put the closer in for the 8th and 9th. So he thought he should look up and tell him a few things… MMMKayyy….. Well, that sure was a rubber match last night between the sardines and Phills, sloppy for sure, but it kept you on the edge of your seat, what a rollercoaster ride. Anyway I think Craig is being too hard on his Braves. I mean they do have the SECOND BEST RECORD IN THE ENTIRE NL! So, they’re having a mini slump right now, well they do happen, and it seems it happens when you least expect it. Like when you’re playing a last place team. They play harder I think.

  8. Megary - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    I’m waiting for Madson’s arm to separate itself from his person at the top of his whiplike windmill delivery and end up in the third row. I’d assume he’d have the usher’s ask for it back in exchange for some token ballpark momento.
    He seems the very definition of overuse.

  9. ThatGuy - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    No mention of Thome tieing Frank Robinson for 8th all time in homeruns with 586? Thome mashes taters….

  10. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    As long as he is doing well, and avoids any future run-ins with metal chairs, he will be fine. But Lidge’s health is a key. I know, it sounds crazy to say that. But he was 15 for his last 16 and seemed to be on the way back to 2008 form. I hope he isn’t too bad, just needs the rest, and comes back with that nasty slider he’s been showing the last months or two.

  11. RickB - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    The Astros snagged Figueroa on a waiver claim when the Phillies tried to outright him to AAA–I think it was back before the All-Star break. Even in the Philly media it didn’t get a lot of play. Figgy pitched OK for the Phils, I think they just ran into a numbers problem.

  12. matt - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Sorry about your Braves there Craig. The Phillies have been up and down all year, offense in the toilet on most nights and major injuries outt he wazoo and yet they were able to chase the Braves down. I cant think that bodes well for the Braves and this supposedly being their year. Of course with Hamels on the mound tonight the bats will likely go silent again and Charlie will have to sooth everyone’s ego’s and put everyone back in their normal spots in the lineup and the bats will die again. He is the players guy after all. The braves will likely have Lowe toiling for them tonight. Yikes, thats not good either. Should be interesting.

  13. JudyinNC - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Was that a Bungalow Bill reference? Awesome. I love the references you manage to work into these. :)

  14. Utley's hair - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    JC Romero had a helluva balk ‘n’ walk night. He balked the tying run to third before he threw his four-pitch walk. Of course, Mad Dog um…uh…UNCORKED the wild pitch that tied up the game, but Romero was incredibly ineffective in his relief of the downright brutal Contreras. Craig, they tried all they could to let your Bravos hold on to first, but I guess our resident Hawaiian centerfielder had other ideas.

  15. APBA Guy - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Dallas Braden, separate post from Craig on post game comments elsewhere, didn’t have his perfect location last night, which you need when you are the 27 year old incarnation of the 40 year old Jamie Moyer. But the opposition being the Mariners, nothing was hit hard. A lot of 9 irons. A lot, like 7 of them in the second inning. But fellow 27 year old Brandon League tried to give the game back in the 9th when he melted down after two outs and surrendered 3 runs. Naturally Aardsma was summoned to snuff out the A’s faint hopes. The highlight of the game was the Knitting Lady in the left center field bleachers snagging Moore’s 3rd inning home run on one hop without dropping her knitting. Fabulous play. I hope Pennington, who committed error # 21 last night, was watching carefully. Moore’s homerun went 441 feet. Which in the Oakland air (cool, humid) was probably closer to 475 in Arizona or Denver. Incredibly hard hit ball, and she one-handed it. In the immortal words of Rex Barney “Give that fan a contract.” By the way, after the game the Knitting Lady said she could hit Pirates pitching, so what’s wrong with the Braves?

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