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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

Sep 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EDT

Two doubleheaders? A walkoff strikeout? Despite most of the games not mattering all that much, it was a pretty damn good day/night of baseball.

Braves 5, Marlins 1: Sometimes there’s a man. I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero?
But sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about Brooks Conrad here.
Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He
fits right in there. And that’s Brooks Conrad, in Atlanta (1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI).

Padres 3, Cubs 0: San Diego snaps out of it and stays alive. A four-hitter led by Chris Young for five innings and finished by the pen. If the Padres do make it into the playoffs, Young will be huge for them. Partially because he’s 6’10” — that’s huge! — but also because he has an ERA of 0.90 in four starts this year.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1: But thanks to the Braves and Giants winning, the Padres don’t gain on anyone.  Eleven Ks in seven innings for Lincecum and a three-run home run for Pat Burrell. Burrell’s homer really shouldn’t count though, what with him being a guy who the Giants just went out and got and slapped “San Francisco” across his chest.

Rangers 6, Mariners 5: A walkoff strikeout. In which the winning team struck out. Classic. You gotta see it to believe it. The beautiful thing about this was that Nelson Cruz had to swing at a wild pitch for it work. If I ran the Rangers’ kangaroo court I’d probably fine him for that even if it did constitute the winning, um, strikeout.

Indians 4, Tigers 0; Indians 4, Tigers 3: Here’s something I’m having trouble processing: Johnny Damon’s start in the first game made him only the fifth player in history to play in 140 games in 15 consecutive seasons.
The others: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson
and Pete Rose. I never would have been able to come up with that list. I probably would have put Ripken on it and been wrong (thanks 1994 strike!). I never would have put Damon on it. Indians sweep the doubleheader, by the way.

Brewers 8, Mets 7; Brewers 3, Mets 1: In the first game, Milwaukee had a six run lead, blew it, and then came back to win it on a Prince Fielder RBI single in the eighth. According to the game story, only “several hundred fans” were in the crowd. In the second, Trevor Hoffman got the save. He wouldn’t have been closing if John Axford hadn’t closed the first game, but now he has 601 instead of 600. I can’t tell you how dissatisfying it is that he’s not finishing with a round number. It’s like one blade of grass sticking up out of the middle of an otherwise manicured lawn.

Angels 2, Athletics 1: The first sentence of the AP game story: “Torii Hunter’s two-out single had barely hit the outfield grass when pink fireworks shot up from the fake rock pile at Angel Stadium.” That sounds less like a game story than the opening lines of a novel written by a sophomore creative writing student. It’s about suburban ennui and the lack of authenticity in 21st century America. He wrote it in his parents’ basement in a upper middle class enclave — maybe Lake Forest, Illinois — right after an argument with his father about the scratch he put in door of the Volvo on the way back from Hot Topic, where he was buying a Che Guevara shirt.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 6: Matt Kemp — who hit a two-run homer on Tuesday night — smacked a grand slam yesterday. It’s been a long season, but he’s ending it strong: “End strong and give ’em a little preview of what is to come next year,” he said after the game. If the Dodgers sweep the Dbacks this weekend, they end at an even .500.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1: With the exception of Colby Rasmus, the Cardinals basically put out the pu pu platter lineup. Really, it was one of the few times all year when the Pirates could be said to have had decidedly better hitters going than the opposition did. Didn’t matter, though, as the Bucs just couldn’t figure out P.J. Walters (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER).

Astros 2, Reds 0: I’m kind of busy so I don’t have time to check the game story here, but based on the lineup that the Reds were running out for this one, I assume it was called in favor of the Astros when it got dark and the Reds batters had to go home. I mean, they have school this morning, and they get cranky if they don’t get in their jammies and into bed before 9.
Orioles 2, Rays 0: A capacity crowd of 36,973 was on hand! Which means that, once you take away the 20,000 free ones the team handed out, actual paid attendance was lower last night than it was on Tuesday. Eh, whatever. They’ll sell out their playoff games, people will ring those damn cowbells and wear the big blue mohawk wigs again, and we’ll all be wishing they stayed home. In other news: Kevin Millwood is still alive (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7K).

Phillies 7, Nationals 1: The Phillies rested the starters they didn’t rest on Tuesday night and threw out Blanton instead of Oswalt. This time they cruise instead of lose. They should just play split squad games against themselves until the playoffs start. I’d watch that. Wouldn’t you watch that?  Adam Dunn got the golden sombrero (0 for 4, 4Ks) in what could have been his last home game as a Nat.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 4: Know what’s gonna be hilarious? When Javier Vazquez signs with some big-park NL team next season and goes 15-8 with a 2.85 ERA. He and Carl Pavano can do commercials together. Yankees fans heads will explode. For now though, well, yuck (4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER). A-Rod hit a bomb to give him 30 on the year to go with his 100+ RBI. He has strung a bunch of those together.

Twins 4, Royals 2: According to the game story, “Delmon Young became the fifth Minnesota Twin to hit 20 home runs, 40 doubles and drive in 100 runs in the same season.” The story said he “joined some elite company.”  Then the elite company was listed: Kirby Puckett, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer. OK, I’ll grant you Puckett — Hall of Famer — and Morneau — former MVP — but Cuddyer and Hunter aren’t exactly “elite.” I mean, if I was running Club Awesome I’d probably allow my doorman to let them in eventually, but I’d probably have him make them cool their heels behind the velvet rope for a few minutes. And they would NOT get a nice table once inside.

White Sox 5, Red Sox 2: Josh Beckett finishes the season 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA. Thank GOD for that contract extension, or else the Sox wouldn’t have had this guy at $15.75 million a year through 2014. That’s a risk they could not have taken.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    If Shane (who just happens to be from Hawaii) doesn’t lead off during games that count I’ll be shocked.

  2. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    That dude has a cannon! It’s like he has a spud launcher for an arm.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Mr. Cerrano, did you miss the “as a fan” part? You can read everything I write and will rarely see me say “We” when I talk about the Phillies. I hate when people say we this and we that…unless they are actually on the team. I try not to do it, but I admit I may occasionally slip up. I like Chilis because they have Sam Adams draft, which is my favorite beer. Also, my wife wanted to meet there…so that should clear it up for you. And for jonny…nah, I got the smoke and sweet crispy chicken strips and I have to say that new sauce is pretty incredible. PLus 2 ears of Corn and it wasn’t a bad meal at all. For around $25, with free dessert, it wasn’t even all that much cash either. Got to keep the wife happy if I am to make my quarterly Vegas trip in November.

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    They used to have a killer bloomin onion, but now have some crap onion “strings”. The baby back ribs ain’t half bad either. I gave up on that place though. I have this family ran italian joint by me called the Spaghetti house. a 20 dollar platter weighs 5 pounds and comes with homemade soup, salad, and all you can eat garlic bread. BYOB. By the time your platter comes out, you’re full.

  5. Utley's hair - Sep 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    No worries here…yet. As you said the other day, In Cholly We Trust–isn’t that on money or something similar to it? He generally knows what buttons to push and how hard. He might possibly have an inkling that Shane does better at leadoff than he does further down. Sorry JRoll.

    And did you know that Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino is from an island in the South Pacific that was annexed by the United States? Who knew?

  6. Utley's hair - Sep 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    I don’t really like BYOBs. Mostly because I tend to forget to BMOB.

  7. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    nahhh, me either. But when the food is that good, i’ll suffer and save money by byob. I forget to BYOB when I STMP. Do you have that problem too?

  8. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Well, now you come to one of the few silver linings to the cloud of Scrooge McLoria ownership (a cloud not unlike the one that enveloped the Trollenberg in The Crawling Eye, but not to be confused with the l4th century mystical treatise The Cloud of Unknowing – this is a cloud both of unknowing and unspending). The situation is so nauseating on its own terms that having a fawning slug like Jerry Manuel here would be gobbled up in the general malaise. Ozzie Guillen (shudder) would have been another story because his big mouth, with those blubber lips like a calving cow’s vulva flapping as if caught up in tropical storm force winds, would have called undue attention to his plodding generalship, making things seem even worse than they actually were. Anyway, Manuel would go the way of Fat Freddi and for many of the same reasons: he won’t be given the tools to win with either, and then will be blamed for not having had them in the first place.

  9. Jonny5 - Sep 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    100% agree.

  10. Utley's hair - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    So you totally agree with me agreeing with you? How sanctimonious of you…you…you…PHILADELPHIA FAN you!!!!!

  11. Mr. Heyward - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Thinking of Chili’s food makes me puke out my ass and sh!t out my mouth…but you know what it’s like to spew poo now don’t you, FIORENTINO!!

  12. Route36West - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    where u from Fiorentino? Rowan U kids dont travel far so u gotta live near me.

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