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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 28, 2010, 6:11 AM EDT

The Phillies clinch, the Braves pull slightly ahead of the Padres and the Reds and Yankees gotta wait another day.

Phillies 8, Nationals 0: Fitting. Fitting that it was Halladay on the mound, throwing bullets and likely clinching the Cy Young Award (CG, SHO 2 H, 6K). Fitting that it came in Nats Park in front of thousands of friendly fans, just as the season began. This one also clinches the best record in the NL, giving them home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Braves 2, Marlins 1: They’re still not scoring runs, but a win is a win. Omar Infante singled in the winner in the 11th. Trouble, though: Martin Prado left the game with a “hip pointer,” whatever that is, and is likely going to be out for some time. Time the Braves — clinging to a half-game lead in the wild card — don’t have much of.

Cubs 1, Padres 0: Carlos Zambrano blanked the Padres (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER), dropping them a half game back of Atlanta. They’re still tied in the loss column, though.  Allow me to observe at this point that virtually no one who is not a Braves fan wants Atlanta to beat the Padres for the wild card. Like, I think there’s hostility to the idea.  I can live with that.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 5: Another A.J. Burnett disaster start (2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER). Open question right now if he’s in the playoff rotation. Playoffs which, thanks to this loss and the Red Sox’ win, the Yankees will have to wait at least one more day to clinch. Oh, and no home runs for Jose Bautista. I guess he’s off those ‘roids which, none of us would dare accuse him of taking, but about which “questions remain.” Jackass.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4: If Pittsburgh had won, the Reds would have clinched the division from the comfort of their own living rooms. Now they have to go out and clinch on the field against the Astros. A two-run homer and three RBI for Matt Holliday.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 1: Colorado digs itself into a deeper hole. Ubaldo Jimenez remains stuck on 19 wins. Remember when people were asking if he could win 30 this year? Yeah, spring was fun.

Indians 6, Tigers 3: Miguel Cabrera sprained his ankle while coming back to first base on a pickoff attempt. Jim Leyland thought it looked bad. Two of the top MVP candidates — Cabrera and Hamilton — may end the season on the shelf.

Orioles 4, Rays 0: Brian Matusz shut down the Rays for seven innings, striking out eight. Nick Markakis had a nice night: 2 for 5, 3B, 2 RBI. He was involved in every scoring play, either knocking in the run, scoring the run of running around the bases while his teammates did those things.

Mariners 7, Rangers 5: Justin Smoak went three for four and hit a three-run homer against his old team. The Mariners started five rookies. 2011 spring training begins now. It actually began back in June or so, really.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 1: Boston pushes off elimination for one more day thanks to eight strong innings from Clay Buchholz. David Ortiz hit the 100 RBI mark. Mark Buehrle hit the 200 inning mark. Round numbers are fun.

Royals 10, Twins 8: Jarrod Dyson had one home run in 1245 minor league plate appearances, and none since his September callup to Kansas City. He knocked a two-run job last night, though, to go with ten putouts in centerfield, which tied a Royals record. Who knows what may happen, but I dare say he just had the best night playing baseball he will ever have in his life.

Angels 6, Athletics 5: Justin James plunked in a run with the bases loaded in the seventh and then walked in a run immediately thereafter. That’s no fun. Both Oakland and LAA are trying hard to finish at .500 or above. There’s a good chance neither do.

Brewers vs. Mets: Postponed:  See the sky about to rain, broken clouds and rain. This washout has led to a rarity: a single-admission doubleheader at Citi Field tonight. Here’s hoping the rain holds off and some die hards get eighteen innings of baseball for the price of nine.

  1. Kelly - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    I get that the Twins are happy about not having to play that 163rd game this year and all that jazz, but could they work just a smidge harder at instilling confidence that these versions of starting pitchers aren’t the ones we’ll see next week?

  2. Jonny5 - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    It was nice to see a complete shutout from Roy. Not so sure it was a great idea, but you tell Roy Halladay he’s coming out while he’s working a one hitter shutout, and he doesn’t look like he’s in any danger of getting in a jam. Ahh he gave up another hit later, but the Phills bullpen coulda done much worse. Well this is why Roy wanted to come to Philly. Good for him. Well it’s time. Time to rest up some, time to get Jimmy R back into his groove, I think it’s time to get some of these pitchers some rest, but not too much… What am I saying? In Charlie I trust. I just have to assume that whatever he does is the best for the team. He is a baseball genius. MVP!!! Yeah, I said it. Charlie is the MVP of this team.

  3. Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    i’m an indians’ fan who was 15 years old when atlanta beat the tribe in ’95, so it’s odd to say this, but i’ve been pulling for the braves to win the wild card. why? jason heyward. i know my crush on him can’t rival that of braves’ fans, but i’d love to see him in october. like when albert pujols began his career, at a certain point the potential for such greatness is just a pleasure to behold as a fan of the game(when it’s not wearing a yankees’ uniform anyway).

  4. Joe - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Adrian Beltre also reached 100 RBI in the Sox’s game.

  5. Proudly Canadian - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Buchholz probably should win the Cy Young based on merit. 4 of the top 5 contenders pitch in the AL East.
    Sabathia 20 & 7, 3.26 era. The era is too high.
    Lester 19 & 8, 2.96 era. Second best starter on his team.
    Price 18 & 6, 2.84 era. Slightly better than Lester.
    Buchholz 17 & 7, 2.33 era. Outstanding era for an AL East pitcher.
    Hernandez 12 & 12, 2.31 era. The era is barely better than that of Buchholz who has faced stronger opponents.

  6. skipperxc - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Buchholz: 6.25 K/9 3.59 BB/9 over 165.2 IP
    Hernandez: 8.45 K/9 2.53 BB/9 over 241.2 IP
    Harder competition, but worse results in *barely* 2/3 the innings. Try again.

  7. birdmancometh - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    C’mon Craig, let the Padres have their day! And tell the Marlins to at least give a decent effort…

  8. Proudly Canadian - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    An out is an out. It does not matter how they get them.

  9. Proudly Canadian - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    A. J. Burnett registered career loss 100 against the Jays. He has 110 wins in his career. He sure is well paid for his mediocrity.

  10. doctorfunke - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Well, we probably won’t see Slowey anymore this season, atleast not starting. Pavano, Liriano and Duensing all pitched on days’ rest that they weren’t used to in order to set up the playoff rotation. All of the guys giving up runs from the bullpen will be at their homes watching next week. We’ll have Hardy, Thome and Mauer back in the lineup soon. And it will all be in the cozy confines of Target Field. All will be fine, Kelly.

  11. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    But not nearly as well as Nolan Ryan.

  12. skipperxc - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    From a team standpoint, sure. But even then, it *does* matter that Hernandez has gotten over 200 more of them. And in any case the award isn’t really about the team, it’s about the player, and over 100 of those extra outs are 100% attributable to him.

  13. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    I think if you want the Feesh to give a decent effort, you ought to pay them to do it. Someone ought to be able to run some stats comparing the Feesh on stat-for-stat basis with what ballplayers on other teams with comparable numbers are making. Then, take up a collection for the difference and send it to Kindly Uncle Wes Helms, the media-designated avuncular presence in the clubhouse, to distribute among the rest of the scrap heap reclamation projects (SHRP), exciting young prospects (EYP), perpetual journeyman utility infielders (PJUI) and arbitration eligible dead men walking (AEDMW).
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    Last night the Feesh sent up a lineup full of September callups, rookies and neverwazzes to face a Braves team clinging like the coyote to the wild card daisy while the roadrunner feather of destiny drifts slowly towards their heads. At least rookie pitcher Alex Sanabia delivered himself of yet another fine and creditable performance (7 IP. 5H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5K) which was appreciated by his teammates about as much as Galileo’s testimony before the Inquisition. Bottom of the eleventh, 1-1 tie, runners on first and second, 2-1 count, Veras wildpitches the runners to second and third. What do you do? Walk the batter and restock the bases for a double play ball, right? Wrong. You figure you’re going to walk the next batter and drive in the runner anyway, so you serve up a meatball that gets lined into the left field corner and call it a night. Lose now and maybe you still make happy hour at the hotel bar.
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    The GSA fades in the distance and only the Pirates offer any hope that the Chihuahua will be able to justify the impecuniousness of the Feesh budget by planting his Excelsior pennant* on the strange attractor during his offseason harangues to Dan LeBatard on 790 The Ticket.
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    *Bullwinkle reference.

  14. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I understand that the Feelies use tasers to get outs once in a while. Let those stand.

  15. Will - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Obviously the Rockies are juicing the balls again. That’s why they’ve had this stupendous offensive performance the last week or so.

  16. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    What, you weren’t impressed by the double-Buckner demonstrated by Sanchez and Uggla? That was a once in a generation (or is it lifetime?) play.

  17. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Cholly for MOTY!!!!!!! As for the CG, he threw less than 100 pitches, so it was like one of those days in school that they call a half day, but you only really get out an hour ahead of regular dismissal, know what I mean? And instead of juice and cookies, they got cigars and juice, only fermented and carbonated and spilled all over their brand new shirts and hats. Where the hell was I going with this?

  18. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Would you believe, I was in the kitchen fixing myself a Cuban Dagwood sandwich when that happened?When I came back to my bedroom they were talking about it but had already re-run the damned thing.
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    Fortunately, I was sitting fifty feet from Bill Buckner himself when the original event occurred. They can never take that away from me. Several have tried, and where are they now? Heh heh heh.
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    ‘Course if you can find a link to a highlight clip of that, I might even buy you a horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwich next time I’m in the area collecting Pfiesteria specimens from the local drinking water.

  19. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Of course, you hafta listen to Skip Caray, but here ya go
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=12510329&topic_id=&c_id=mlb

  20. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Succor. You just won yourself a sandwich. Wanna give your cardiologist advance notice?

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