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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 16, 2010, 5:52 AM EDT

When I saw you break down in front of the ump and cry real tears, It was the best acting I saw anybody do.

Rays 4, Yankees 3: Dan Johnson hit two homers off Phil Hughes. But really, the fun story here was Derek Jeter acting his way onto first base with a phantom HBP in the seventh. He grimaced and called the trainer out and everything, even though replays clearly showed that the ball hit the end of his bat (which Jeter admitted after the game). Joe Maddon got ejected arguing the HBP call, even though he was right. I wonder if Jeter will send him flowers or something?  Anyway, I’ll have more on this later this morning, because (a) it was kind of a fun play when you think about it; and (b) it has me thinking about some larger issues about the media and Jeter and stuff.

Phillies 10, Marlins 5: Look! A contending NL East team winning the games it’s supposed to win. How novel. Halladay gets his 19th win. The point will get muddled because in this case the NL wins leader also happens to be the best overall pitcher, but he’s not doing anything to hurt his Cy Young chances. He probably has three more starts left, two against Atlanta — whom he owns — and one against the Mets. Dude could have 22 wins by the time it’s over.

Nationals 4, Braves 2. Blah. Didn’t you hear me? I said Blah!

Rockies 9, Padres 6: Troy Tulowitzki (2 HR, 7 RBI) cannot be bargained with. He cannot be reasoned with. He cannot feel remorse, or pity or fear. And he will not stop until you are dead. But if Tulowitzki is the Arnold version of the Terminator, let’s be sure to note that Adrian Gonzalez was the liquid metal version from T2 (i.e. almost as good, but not victorious): 2 HR and 5 RBI for him. Shame that they both got lowered into that molten lava at the end of the game.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1: The Giants have allowed four runs in their past five games. Sure, two of those games were losses because they themselves were shut out, but that’s life in the NL West. Bruce Bochy: “It’s good for these guys because you can’t lose your concentration or focus out there when you’re in games like this.” Yeah, winning one 7-2 or something wouldn’t be nearly as good.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 3: The Cubs sweep the Cards in St. Louis for the first time 22 years.

Reds 7, Diamondbacks 5: The Reds’ magic number is now 10. A great catch by Jay Bruce won this one. My guess is that he won’t get the gold glove because it’s a reputation thing and it takes a couple of years for a guy’s defense to capture the zeitgeist of the voters, but people I know who watch the Reds everyday think Bruce is deserving of the honor (as did Thom Brennaman announcing the Bruce highlight, but hey, Thom Brennaman).

Twins 9, White Sox 3: Another day, another 9-3 loss for the White Sox. Theirs is one of only six games tonight. If it’s a Sox loss, look for the ugliness and finger pointing to begin in Chicago first thing tomorrow morning.

Mets 8, Pirates 7: Pittsburgh jumped out to a 5-0 lead but lost it damn quickly, as the Mets put up a seven spot in the fourth thanks in large part to the Pirates crappy defense. If the Pirates were a computer game, I would have set the computer to “auto manage” about a month ago, set the schedule in motion and gone off to get a sandwich. When I got back, it would all be over and I could start over.

Rangers 11, Tigers 7: The Rangers are the first team to get their magic number under 10.

Angels 7, Indians 0: Jered Weaver one-hits the Tribe over seven innings with 7Ks and no walks.

Brewers 8, Astros 6: The Brewers blew a 5-0 lead, but tied it up in the ninth and then took the game on a Mat Gamel ground rule double in the tenth and tacked on an insurance run for good measure. “I just feel good that the guys played all the way to the end,” Ken Macha said after the game. That’s what I’d say too if I was pretty certain that a meeting was going to take place soon in which my termination would be discussed. Every manager in Macha’s position — flawed but talented team that didn’t overcome any of its weaknesses — has to hang his hat on the “we never quit” card.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1: Orioles get the sweep. Jose Bautista hits his 47th, tying George Bell for the franchise record. To truly match Bell’s 1987 feat, however, Bautista will have to somehow manage to steal the MVP from someone more deserving. Ahem.

Red Sox 5, Mariners 1: The Sox sweep the M’s and are now six games back of the Yankees in the wild card race. I know it’s close to impossible — the Yankees could play .500 ball and the Sox would have to go 14-2 just to tie — but catching New York and snagging the wild card would be a bigger coup than the 2004 ALCS, wouldn’t it?

Royals 6, Athletics 3: Bruce Chen won his 10th and Wilson Betemit hit a grand slam to add to his fantastic season at the plate. “What are, ‘things Braves fans figured would happen circa 2002?'”  Correct! Pick again! “OK, I’ll take ‘Potent Potables for $500, Alex.”

  1. pcrm - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    So Jeter essentially committed the equivalent of soccer players diving. think he’ll get any criticism for it?

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    I’ve been wondering that since last night. I’m in the process of writing a post for 8:30 or so pondering it too.

  3. Ditto65 - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    And the Oscar goes to…(envelope being opened)…Derek Jeter, for his performance in “Hit By Pitch”!

  4. ThinMan - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    Nothing will ever be a bigger coup than the 2004 ALCS, but it sure would be fun to pee in the Yankees’ cereal again.

  5. Kiwicricket - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    Replace Jeter with A-Rod and the fun would REALLY begin.
    It’s funny, Jeter would get less flack since he seems more likable than A-Rod. When you think about it, this happens everyday in various different work-places throughout the world. Only it’s more magnified since it’s on television with highly paid athletes. At your work, do you cut a guy/girl more slack if you like them? Sure do!

  6. af16 - Sep 16, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Also, Brad Bergeson pitched a complete game last night. Buck’s O’s are 26-15. I have to think right now, at this very moment, and this is subject to change at any time, but the Orioles have one of the most dominant starting rotations in the league.
    Let me savor this moment.

  7. bigshotrob - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Is this any different than Pierzynski in April? I seem to remember him getting killed for that.

  8. bigshotrob - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    For those who forget, he did the same thing after not getting hit in the foot.

  9. Philip P - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    1987 AL MVP Debate:
    Bell led Trammell in Runs, HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, not necessarily by wide margins in some cases but led nonetheless.
    Trammell topped Bell in Hits, walks, Average & OBP.
    Close and perhaps as such Trammell should have gained votes for his Tigers beating out the Jays for the division. That being said, Bell was a deserving receipient.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Bye bye Polyanna and good riddance. And anyway, why should we be upset with Jeter because we bought an iconography that was so obviously hype, tripe and a mile of pipe? If we’re angry with anyone, it should be ourselves for having been such a bunch of fools for letting the press and the zeitgeist manipulate our impressions of the guy? Maybe that’s all beside the point, though. Designatedhitterball, like baseball itself, is theater. They don’t call it “the Big Show” for nothing.

  11. Megary - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Gator, or any other Marlins insider:
    Why did the Marlins run out a bullpen by committee to start last night’s game? It’s not as if Johnson’s injury occurred yesterday. Do they not have a starter anywhere in the minor leagues capable of taking the hill? Or is this a case of The Scrroge refusing to pay another major league salary? They also only have one LH reliever and, with JJ on the shelf, 29 active players at a time when most teams have about 32-34.

  12. Kevin S. - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Except Trammell played a plus defensive shortstop while Bell played an average-ish defensive right field. These things matter, as does Trammell out-OBPing him by fifty points and being a far superior baserunner.

  13. Jonny5 - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Well, Last night in Fl, if you watched the game you would have seen how home plate umps can drag a freaking game out for way too long by squeezing the pitchers. Of course it was to the benefit of the Phills because Roy can survive that situation when it rears it’s head. But damn if they didn’t add to the amount of base runners and pitches thrown by a big margin last night. I saw pitches anyone would call a strike called balls over and over again. It was aggravating to say the least. An extra half hour to 45 minutes were added to the game I think. No corners, no pitches at the knees. It hurt Roy, luckily he got out ok. Brad lidge looked like I would on the mound last night. After a few beers. Wow.

  14. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Okay, so much for the Borg antics. With the September resignation so teepical of the Feesh during the last seven years of the Scrooge McLoria – Chihuahua error, Edwin Rodriguez threw a yardfull of scrubeenies and career triple-A players out there last night for Roy Halladay. Maybe he was just sacrificing them in hopes that his family plantain farm in Puerto Rico yields up a bumper crop of mafongo this weenter. Maybe he just doesn’t like the Braves for fitting Fat Fredi for his crown before the mound settles over Bubba Cox. Who knows? We do know that, after his relievers spent the previous days crowing about how effective they had been against the Gnats, he showcased the boolpen by starting a bunch of relievers who got royally raked for nine runs.
    Such is life in Macondo during the dug dragging days of September. Fortunately, it’s always fishing season down here. I think I’ll drive up through the Border Patrol station at Golden Glades this afternoon, visit the U.S. and sit by a quiet canal in west Broward and catch me a few northern snakeheads. Yum.

  15. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    And do you see a pattern of, eh, fiduciary responsibility in all of this, hmmmm….?

  16. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Heh, make that ten runs. I confess to snoozing off. Who wouldn’t?

  17. Joe - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Red Sox have six remaining against the Yankees, and trail the Yankees by six games. They control their own destiny.

  18. John_Michael - Sep 16, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    If there were 6, and only 6 games left. And if that were the case, that’s a 666 sign that the apocalypse is upon us, lead, of course, by Derek Jeter.

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

    Amazing. The Royals score 17 runs off A’s starters in the last two games and nary a comment. The White Rabbit returned to yesteryear, literally last year, and gave up two bombs for all 6 runs, the Betemit GS a real monster. Betemit is like the small-market version of Marcus Thames this year.Great numbers, “who is he?” reaction. I see regression in the crystal ball, but still, nice year. The A’ s announcers, no longer pumping the “A’s can catch the Rangers” meme, were busy hyping the “young A’s starters step forward”. Then Gio gives up 7 and the Rabbit gives up 6. To the Royals. Trust The Process. Next year could see some regression there, also.
    Shout out to Tulo from Santa Clara. Some pretty good shortstops in the majors from the Bay Area right now: Rollins (Oakland), Bartlett (Mountain View), and Tulo (Santa Clara).

  20. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    The White Rabbit? Okay, I give – who is that? When I think of the Bay area, I can only come up with some oblique references to Grace Slick.

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