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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 17, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

The Twins sweep the Sox. There isn't a hotter team going.

Twins 8, White Sox 5: Juggernaut. Five wins in a row for the Twins and their 11th in 12 games after making short work of the White Sox. Minnesota is 42-16 since the All-Star break. Mark Buehrle after the game: “Obviously they came in and kicked our butt every which way.”

Cardinals 4, Padres 0: There go the Cards, beating a good team again after dropping a bunch of games to bad ones. I can’t remember a team this schizo. This loss, plus the Giants win, drops the Padres behind the Giants in the NL West by a half game. They, San Francisco and Atlanta are all tied up in the loss column, however, so the wild card is a giant cluster right now.

Giants 10, Dodgers 2: This is the win I was talking about. And get this: runs! The Giants hadn’t had a ton of these in recent games. Jonathan Sanchez struck out 12. Ted Lilly had his shortest start of the season, giving up two homers and lasting only three and a third. He is 0-3 in his last four starts and has allowed 19 earned runs and seven HRs over that time.

Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1: A getaway day loss for the Reds, combined with the Cardinals win, drops their lead to seven. The game story is full of Reds players talking about how they don’t need to worry about St. Louis much anymore, don’t need to watch the scoreboard, etc. I guess that’s probably true — the Cardinals don’t seem like a threat — but it seems a few games too early for that kind of talk to me.

Mets 6, Pirates 2: Mike Pelfrey picks up his 15th win. The Mets sweep Pittsburgh. It was their first four game sweep of any team in over four years, which is rather amazing to me.

Indians 3, Angels 2: A Shelley Duncan roller slipped out of Alberto Callaspo’s hands in the bottom of the 11th, allowing him to reach and allowing Trevor Crowe to score from third. Walkoff error, baby.

  1. randall351 - Sep 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Callaspo must still think he’s in a Royals uniform.

  2. Detroit Michael - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Ha, ha. His first name is Shelley!! Ha, ha, ha.

  3. Paper Lions - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Craig, no post about Jo Poz’s recent story that includes the following text: “Has he become so impotent as a hitter — do you realize the guy now has an 86 OPS+? — that now he’s willing to hop around and have trainers look at his forearm when the ball clearly did not hit him? That’s what Derek Jeter has become?”
    I love Posnanski, but to be fair….this is the exact type of thing you were predicting and then made fun of when it happened to occur (or course) on the front page of ESPN.com

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Didn’t see it until after I knocked off yesterday. Yes, I’ll be mentioning it today.

  5. ThatGuy - Sep 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Twins tied with Yankees, and .5 games back on Rays now. With the easiest schedule left, get ready for some homefield advantage Twins.

  6. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    The 4 game sweep thing only seems like a meaningful stat. The mighty New York Yankees, who win a hell of a lot of baseball games, have swept exactly one 4 game series in the past 4 seasons. Same as the (seemingly) lowly Mets. Given the relative scarcity of 4 game sets, as well as the overall winning percentage of baseball teams and the variance in starting pitching quality, it’s not that surprising. But it sure does sound bad.

  7. APBA Guy - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Los Gigantes had the crowd, and Miller and Krukow, buzzing last night, and with good reason. Jonathan Sanchez seems finally to have harnessed his amazing stuff (another hard throwing lefty with lots of movement) 11-8 with a 3.21 ERA. The Giants have had great second half performances from Huff (.908 OPS), Posey (.886), and the two unsung guys, Burrell (.887) and Andres Torres (.822). The defense has been adequate in the infield, very good in the outfield (despite Burrell) and the bullpen is also very good. It’s a solid team, and has 3 good starters, one adequate one (Zito), and one developing one (Bumgardner).
    I’ve been one of Sabean’s few defenders at HBT (and at Craig’s previous incarnations) much to the disapproval of the rest of you, but this is a good team. Not great, there are still too many pitch arounds and the team is not blessed with great overall speed. But it’s great to see that beautiful ball park filled this late in the year without having any superstar issues.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    I used to watch Pat Burrell as a kid when he played for the Universidad de Macondo and recall his 1998 standout season vividly. Being back in his home state, though, has worked wonders for him after a lot of folks had written him off. Hard to believe that was 12 years ago; I can still remember the beer farts of some of the frat brats sitting around me on those old natebusting (and since, blessedly, replaced) bleachers. I don’t think he was ever one of my English 101 or remedial composition students (taught at 8AM so who the hell would remember), but he should have been. I have a whole shelf full of “I knew him when” photos upon which he’d look good.

  9. APBA Guy - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    He’s obviously very happy now, unlike Tampa. I think the humidity there didn’t agree with him. Maybe it was the bull sharks. Or was it the better AL pitching? Whatever, he’s one of the few guys who has to pop to put it out to AT&T’s right field. Lots of wind from that direction in the summer.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    More likely he got depressed playing in the Tropicana Tumulus. Happens to a lot of people. He might have been intimidated by the Moms Mabley edition of the predator drone in there, too.

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