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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They're on life support.

Cubs 1, Padres 0: It’s not the end, but it certainly is the beginning of the end for the Padres. They need to sweep the Giants to force a playoff for the NL West. They need to sweep the Giants and hope that the Braves lose 2 of 3 in order to get the Wild Card (or, I guess, take two of three from the Giants and hope the Braves get swept). Given that they can’t score a run to save their damn lives, however, neither scenario seems possible. Close — oh so close — but no cigar, it would seem, for the 2010 San Diego Padres.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1: San Francisco clinches no worse than a tie for the West, thanks to a Buster Posey blast. I still think Heyward would be my choice — and I say that objectively, not as a fan boy — but Posey may have won the Rookie of the Year Award for himself with that homer.

Royals 3, Rays 2: There’s a decent chance that this was Zack Greinke’s last start as a Royal. If so, it was a good one (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9K).

Cardinals 6, Rockies 1: A four-hitter for Chris Carpenter busts him out of a terrible slump. The Rockies’ season-ending skid has been sad to watch. Maybe not as sad as, oh, Glenn Danzig wearing his own band’s shirt while carrying kitty litter, but pretty sad.

Marlins 11, Pirates 9: The Feesh had a 10-2 lead night to start the seventh inning, thanks in part to Mike Stanton’s five RBI night. The Pirates fought back, with Pedro Alvarez leading the charge with five RBIs of his own. It wasn’t enough, though, as Florida held on.

Rangers 3, Angels 2: Cliff Lee is ready for the playoffs (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8K). His bullpen may not be — the save, she was blown, giving Lee a no-decision — but this all about tuning up right now for the Rangers. Josh Hamilton is supposed to be back tonight. Whether he can swing a bat is, by far, the most important question facing this team.

Brewers 9, Mets 2: Aw, darn. That loss ensures that the Mets will have a losing season. And here I had such hope.  I am sort of rooting for a Mets sweep of the Nats this weekend, though, because Ken Davidoff of Newsday predicted that they’d go 80-82 this season, and I love it when improbable, shot-in-the-dark predictions like that come true.

Reds 9, Astros 4: Bronson Arroyo wins his 17th as the Reds trounce the Astros. Jonny Gomes, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips all homered. I don’t know if any NL team can beat Philly in the playoffs, but I like the Reds’ chances better than the Braves or the Giants. They have some bats there at least.

Blue Jays 13, Twins 2: A bloodbath for Minnesota, as they gave up two homers to Juan Jose Bautista [sue me, I was sleepy] — one an absolute monster shot — and two more to Edwin Encarnacion. Molina and Snider each had one as well.  Three of them came off Francisco Liriano. I’m not saying it’s time to panic yet, Twins fans, but if you do start panicking, no one is going to think you’re crazy.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 2: Paul Konerko hit a grand slam, spoiling Jon Lester’s shot at 20 wins. At one point, late in the game, the power went out, darkening U.S. Cellular Field. Everyone was calm, though, and eventually the lights came back on. If this had happened in the 70s, there would have been chaos and violence and all manner of mayhem. Man, I miss the 70s.

Athletics 8, Mariners 1: Gio Gonzalez beat the M’s to get his 15th win
of the season. Which, based on my reading of national baseball
commentary, makes him a better pitcher than Felix Hernandez.

Tigers vs. Orioles: Postponed: There is not even silence in the mountains, but a dry, sterile thunder without rain.  Wait, that’s not true. It rained a butt-ton yesterday. Let us go then, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky, for a doubleheader. Till human voices wake us, and we drown. 

  1. Utley's hair - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Awww…that’s sweet. Now, you two get a chat room!!!!

  2. APBA Guy - Oct 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Wireless modem blew up yesterday. That was annoying. Anyway, Gio is better than King Felix. That was funny. Watching the A’s get 8 vs. the Mariners 1 is just nature’s way of telling us how bad the Mariner’s offense really is. I think they’re last in almost every major category for the AL, HR’s, runs, BB, OBP, OPS, etc..Considering the money they have it’s really amazing how bad they are.
    In contrast. Los Gigantes are one game away, so I can officially change my battered A’s hat for my relativey new orange (yes, you heard that right) SF hat. At least for the post season. Of course, if my head starts to burn and I start having nightmares I’ll have to take the hat off, but I’ll still watch and see how far their pitching + Posey formula takes them. Somehow, I like the Phils better to make the WS, maybe it’s the depth in the offense, please don’t tell Utley’s Hair, Fiorentino, etc, that I said that, but the Phils look really good right now.
    I feel bad for the Padres, with Miggy being on their team, but you CANNOT lose two 1-0 games to the Cubs in the last week of the season and expect anything good to vcome of it. Sad.

  3. mgflolox - Oct 1, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    I think Dravecky’s left arm is playing catch with Eric Show in an enchanted corn field somewhere in Iowa.

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