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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 14, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

Lots of zeroes for the Mets, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates. The judges give the Yankees bullpen management only slightly higher scores.

Rays 1, Yankees 0: Zeros through ten innings, eight a piece for CC Sabathia and David Price. Then the bullpens took over. Joe Girardi had everyone scratching their heads with his choice of relievers for the ninth and extras: Kerry Wood, Boone Logan, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre. Girardi said after the game that Joba needed more rest, which is strange, given that he hasn’t pitched since Friday. Same with Robertson, though that’s a bit more understandable given that he threw 36 pitches on Saturday and he usually gets a couple of days off after games like that. Rivera? Being held out in case a save situation arose. Whatever, Joe, it’s not like this was a series that’ll decide the division or anything . . . Still, Wood, Logan and Gaudin got it done, more or less. Mitre was a palooka too far, though, and he gave up the walkoff homer to Reid Brignac.

Mets 1, Pirates 0: This one was 0-0 through nine as well. Then Joe Girardi telepathically willed John Russell to put in Chan Ho Park for the tenth, allowing Tejada to double and Evans to single him home. Dillion Gee went six and three relievers combined for the other four shutout innings for the Mets.

Padres 6, Rockies 4: A big win for San Diego keeps the Rockies at bay and pushes the Padres ahead of the Giants by a half game. Miguel Tejada drove in four. It’s the first time the Padres have scored five runs or more in weeks. Colorado’s winning streak ends at ten.

Phillies 11, Marlins 4: Four RBI for Chooch Ruiz and homers from Werth, Utley and Dobbs (one of these things/is not like the others/one of these things/just isn’t the same).

Braves 4, Nationals 0: My reverse-jinx/whatever from HBT Daily continues, as yesterday I said Derek Lowe wasn’t very good and last night he threw eight shutout innings with 12 strikeouts. I also said that Jair Jurrjens was running out of gas, so I fully expect him to throw 13 shutout innings tonight.

Athletics 3, Royals 1: Bobby Cramer made his MLB debut and got the win,
allowing one run on four hits in five and a third. According to the game
story, Cramer was out of baseball in 2005-06 and during that time was a
substitute high school teacher and worked on oil pipelines. Then
he played in the independent leagues and then on to the Mexican League. I
haven’t seen a picture of the guy yet, but are we sure Cramer isn’t
really Kenny Powers?

Astros 4, Brewers 2: Houston is 29-16 since trading Roy Oswalt away, which is not exactly what I would have expected. Going all-in with Brett Myers is definitely paying off as he has yet another damn fine start (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 10K). Prince Fielder sat this one out with flu-like symptoms. It’s the first action he’s missed in 327 games.

Reds 7, Diamondbacks 2: Two bombs for Jay Bruce in his first game back in two weeks. With this win the Reds (a) clinch a winning season; and (b) eliminate the Cubs from the playoff hunt. It’s a math thing. I know the Cubs didn’t think they were hunting anymore.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1: The Cards have been thinking they were hunting, but they’re pretty much out of ammo at this point. How they got blanked by Jeff Samardzija is a friggin’ mystery.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3: Another extra innings affair, this one with some actual runs scored in regulation. Luke Scott hits the walkoff RBI single. The Orioles bat the Jays for the first time in 13 tries this season. All of those were back in the Trembley/Samuel dark ages, though.

Red Sox 5, Mariners 1: Jon Lester was tough: he struck out 12 Mariners and surrendered only three hits over eight innings. The start put him over 200 Ks for the year for the second straight year.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    last night Big Joe Blanton was on his mark in what turned out to be a laugher allowing one run on a bomb. So as good natured as Charlie is, he started pulling guys and giving the bench guys some work to either get them some exercise, help the Marlins save some face, or both. And CHOOCH!!!!! his average against Florida is like creeping up to .400 here. He’s above .300 on the season. Philly fans love this guy. This guy does have alot to do with the success of the pitching staff in Philly, He’s got a rocket of an arm, rarely loses the ball, and can hit! What is there not to love about Chooch? The Phills are meshing nicely, there’s just one problem. So are those g-damn Braves. F%&%^ A#$Q#%^!!!!!!!

  2. ThatGuy - Sep 14, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    It’s too bad niether Price nor Sabathia’s preformance of 8 inning shutout ball last night count towards the Cy Young race, because neither got a decision. They both pitched, well but neither of them knew how to win last night.

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    No TV for the A’s yesterday, and the A’s radio station went under (note to everyone else: the economy is REALLY BAD here in CA-no doubt karmic payback for how gorgeous the weather has been this year). So no idea who Cramer is, what he looks like, how he throws, etc. I suppose I could have listened to the game because the radio station was still broadcasting, but the start time in the A’s schedule was off by two hours, and when I dialed in there was some non-sports talk show. I will only say this: if Jair Jurrjens is running out of gas, it’s because St. Bobby Cox had him throw 403 innings at ages 22 and 23 after pitching 140 in 2007 and 130 in 2006. The Braves were 72-90 in 2008, and 86-76 in 2009. The problem was 2008, with a 48 inning increase in a season in which the Braves were not contending. Now this year Jurrjens has had a constant injury battle including his shoulder and hamstrings. Not quite Dallas Green but not good either.

  4. Simon DelMonte - Sep 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Is it too early to suggest that the Astros and Orioles might be teams to watch next season (not to win their divisions, but to be tough every night)?
    As much as I am loving Zero Gee’s debut so far, I have no illusions he’s a potential starter on a good club. Still, he makes a nice story for the home stretch.

  5. Joe - Sep 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    But John Lester did know how to win last night, and suddenly he’s coming up on the outside in the Cy Young discussion. If he can pitch well and win his last three starts, two of which could be vs. the Yankees, he’d get to 20 wins and might compare favorably to CC. Though CC’s got an innings advantage, so Lester would likely have to get an ERA advantage.
    That said, nobody’s been talking about Lester. He’s not even getting top billing from his own team in the Cy Young talk, and I bet a lot of the voters already have narrowed the field in their own minds. So it’s not likely to happen. Lester’s funny, he’s been the best pitcher on the Red Sox for the last three years, and still not a lot of people seem to think he’s Boston’s best pitcher.

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