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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 16, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

Twins' Thome watches his home-run hit against the Tigers, giving him 600 career home-runs, during their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit Reuters

Twins 9, Tigers 6: Congratulations Jim Thome on home run number 599 and, the very next at bat, home run number 600.  For the record, his first one came against Steve Farr on October 4, 1991. I was a freshman in college and had a lush head of hair at the time. George H.W. Bush was the president. The number one song in the country was “I Adore Mi Amor” by Color Me Badd. In the lineup for the opposing Yankees — managed by Stump Merrill — was Steve Sax, Don Mattingly, and Mel Hall.

Braves 5, Giants 4: Gimme an F! Gimme an F! What’s that stand for? Well, if you’re Brian Wilson, it stands for FFUUUUUUUU….  If you’re a Braves fan, it stands for Freddie Freeman, who hit the game winning single off Wilson on a 3-2 count with two outs, the bases loaded and the Bravos trailing 4-3.  Freeman, by the way, had just turned two when Thome hit that first homer.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 2: Ryan Doumit was 4 for 4 with a three-run homer that ended up being the game winner.

Brewers 3, Dodgers 0: Randy Wolf shut out the Dodgers for eight innings. The Brewers turned a triple play in the third inning. And it was a pretty nifty one. Not as good as a 5-4-3 bang-bang-banger, and maybe a product of a bad baserunning play by Matt Kemp trying to go home, but still solid. Definitely not one of those boring “the second baseman caught a line drive and everyone stood around wondering what was going on while he tagged anyone he could find” kind of things.

Rangers 8, Angels 4: Texas extends its lead to five games. If the Angels don’t get to work here, this could be their last meaningful series.  You hear that Mr. Anaheim? That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death… Goodbye, Mr. Anaheim.

Mets 5, Padres 4: Jim Thome wasn’t the only guy hitting a big round number last night. Jason Isringhausen saved his 300th game. Isringhausen admitted after the game that getting his 300th save was the reason he came back after a nearly two-year layoff. You don’t hear guys being that honest about milestones very often.

Rockies 7, Marlins 4: Freddie Freeman wasn’t the only guy getting a walkoff hit after a big ninth inning rally last night. Jason Giambi hit a walkoff homer — a three-run job — to turn a tie game into a 7-4 win. Before he did it, Carlos Gonzalez had tied it up with an RBI double.

Mariners 6, Blue Jays 5: Two homers for Mike Carp, who happens to lead the majors in RBI for the month of August. Bet you didn’t know that.

Orioles 6, Athletics 2: Tommy Hunter let a load of guys on base and was pitching out of trouble, but he kept things afloat and the O’s win the first game of a ten-game road trip. That’s two in a row for Baltimore, by the way, so break out the champagne and ticker tape.

Yankees 7, Royals 4: A.J. Burnett pitches into the sixth inning and gets a win. Of course, based on my Yankee-fan-filled Twitter timeline as the game was going on, it wasn’t as if it was an exercise in confidence building, what with all of the hits he gave up.  Better than nothin’, I guess. Jeter went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Cubs 4, Astros 3: Geovany Soto had three hits and drove in two. The Cubs have won 12 of 15.

  1. quintjs - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    There was a good tweet from PeteAbe of the globe last night saying he was looking forward to game 4 of the ALCS – Burnett vs. Lackey – just to see which fan base hated their starter more.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      Too bad it’s going to be Lackey getting owned by Nova.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    So the Yankee fans were prolific in their tweets. Thank you Craig for not writing about ex Yankee Brian Bruney yesterday. A Scott Proctor write up on the weekend was more than enough.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    A Sunday rainout followed by a Monday day off has to be the worst thing for a fan. Good news is the Phillies are back tonight. The weird news is that it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see Atlanta sweep and the Phillies lose a couple to bury the 2010 champs even further in the NL West. It is definitely opposite week as I root heavily for the Braves. Watching the beard get rocked was pretty sweet.

    • FC - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      That was great game to watch. Since I have PeachtreeTV and they had the game on I had no need to use MLB.com at the time. As for rooting? I will always root for the Phillies. A Championship caliber team should be able to handle any opponent, I don’t really care if it’s the Braves, Giants or Diamondbacks, Brewers or the Green Sox.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:35 AM

        Agree FC. While I would like to see revenge exacted upon the Giants and Yankees, I have no preference for post season match-ups.

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      You should be grateful for the time off, Chris. It’s bad enough watching the Feesh on a wet day and having your empanadas falling apart in your hands, but there is nothing – nothing – quite as foetid as a soggy horsemeat and velveeta sandwich.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Well, we have a game tonight to talk about tomorrow, at the very least. So, I am looking forward to the Kalas statue presentation that should have happened Sunday but was postponed due to rain. It is well deserved, Harry.

      I need an opinion on something. I just got through reading the 290+ (and counting) comments on the Ryan Howard thread from yesterday. Is it just me or are 40% of the comments from sabermaticians? Is this a site for mainstream talk about baseball or is it a sabermatician site? I don’t understand why it is so important for these saber guys to argue over stats to this degree. And they are more argumentative than us non-saber fans, in my opinion. There was a guy from Crashburn Alley, a writer by the name of Paul who I guess writes for their blog there, that tweeted to Craig that he needs to ban me again because I was giving him an ulcer because of my disagreement with him. What is wrong with these people. They complain that I argue too much in debates, and now they are calling for me to be banned from the site?

      This is wrong. Don’t call for my banning because you disagree with me. That doesn’t sit well with me.

      • wlschneider09 - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

        Well, HB, this is a site for baseball lovers. It also has the good fortune to be the home for a lot of intelligent and opinionated folks, many of whom have a well developed sense of humor and sarcasm. And yes, many of them love in depth statistics of the SABR variety.

        So anywhere you collect this kind of gene pool you’re gonna get some long discussions about the merits of this stat vs. that stat and this player vs. that player, and for the portion of the pool that favors the SABR, that discussion is going to feature SABR metrics, pretty much each and every time. Vehemently.

        Personally, I think a good disagreement is healthy, and can be pretty darn interesting. As it happens, when you get smart yet sarcastic folks disagreeing the discussion can cross the line into insults, which happened on occasion yesterday. Does anyone need to be banned? Absolutely not. Not on either side of the argument.

        Final thought: I would much rather have spirited arguments than a boring bland blog where messages and messengers are frequently booted, even if that brings with it occasional attacks that feel personal. But I think it’s equally important that we have thick skins, and try not to take things personally when we get into it with each other. Forgive and forget, gentlemen, let every new day be just that, a new day. Life is just too short not to, and this board is just too good to give up.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        wlschneider09,

        I appreciate your input. I too think this is a great board. I have talked to several commenters on this board that I enjoy very much conversing with. I have a thick skin, to a certain level though. Calling for a commenter’s banning is where I draw the line. Debating is another different animal from that.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Who cares what the people at Crashburn Alley say? Nobody reads that blog. They should be thankful that somebody is actually willing to debate them. Look at the number of comments for their stories….4, 6, etc….Some people think they are high and mighty because they are a “ESPN Sweetspot Network” affiliate…whatever the hell that means.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        You are probably right, Doctor. I think I will just comment in the ATH thread for now on. It seems fairly sabermetric free. I just want to talk regular baseball. I don’t want to get in a pissing match over statistics and read on twitter that there are people that want me banned.

      • wlschneider09 - Aug 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        No HB, don’t withdraw because of the CA schmucks. Listen to Doc, we value your input here.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

        wlschneider09,

        It’s not that I want to withdraw from any debate. But, I cannot debate a sabermatician because we speak in different baseball terms. I speak old english ala Beowulf, the saber guys speak modern english. Debates like that do no good for anyone. Just like they tire of me, I tire of them. They call me “so dumb” and “get off my lawn” in twitter land, so be it. I’m not engaging them anymore. There is no logical point in doing so. I just thought yesterday was ridiculous.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM

        Yeah, seriously. You have a differing perspective, so what? If some wannabe pseudo blogger wants to go on a power trip let him. His opinion about you should have no relevance in the way you conduct your commenting or whatever. Here is what I have found in life….many people have a ridiculously high opinion of their own intelligence and will try to belittle or talk down to people who they deem less intelligent. I’ve seen it through my 20 years of schooling, I see it daily… Hell, because of the way I look I get treated that way sometimes. I’ve learned to just ignore shit like that. It is easy to get worked up and let it bother you but here is the thing: once the incident is over the other person goes back to their life not thinking twice…if it still bothering you then you are letting them control you life. Just laugh and move on.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        I understand what you are saying, Doc. Honestly, though, I’m getting tired of all the typing that is involved to debate one of these super-brilliant bloggers. According to them, I don’t know baseball because I don’t have a spreadsheet in front of me that has every advanced metric stat. So, why waste my time debating when they already have deemed me as stupid? I was a chemistry major in college. I’m far from dumb. So, I will not let someone with a stat sheet in their hands belittle me any further.

      • wlschneider09 - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        I can understand your frustration HB, but I hope you’ll reconsider. We lose if you choose to limit yourself.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    First and foremost a hardy congratulations to Jim Thome on #600 and a truly remarkably 21 year MLB career.

  5. uyf1950 - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Craig, your analysis of the AJ Burnett’s performance is right on. As is your conclusion, “better than nothin”. A win is a win as they say.
    Hopefully Brian Cashman doesn’t see Burnett’s performance as something like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. That’s just my opinion.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Cashman knows better. The question whether Girardi is swayed and how much say he has in the matter.

    • FC - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      Hopefully Brian Cashman doesn’t see Burnett’s performance as something like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon

      More like a gremlin out of a chrysalis. Girardi apparently fed AJ after midnight, tsk, tsk.

    • pisano - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      uyf1950….my friend, I’m sure you were holding your breath the whole way with AJ on the mound, I sure was. The longer you leave him in there the more chance there is for his implosion. I still say he’s a four inning pitcher, hence long relief or mop up duty. I seriously didn’t he’d make it through the fifth inning, so I guess anything after that would have been a plus. Thank God he’s out of the way for the next four days.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        My friend I definitely was holding my breath and I will continue to hold it as long as Cashman insists on leaving him in the starting rotation.

  6. kiwicricket - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    The Marlins seemed to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory last night. That run-down was excruciating.

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

      It was a typical installment of a season-long chronicle of ineptitude at all levels of the Feesh’s performance, from the front office downward. And last night, at least, reality worked hard to deconstruct the myth of the curse of Joeprodolsharklife Stadium, which has been advanced lately on both spowrts tawk raydeeo and the yokel press as the reason for the team’s misfortunes. They suck on the road, too.

      The game got off well enough, with the Iron Giant taking advantage of his proximity to the jet stream’s soft white underbelly to launch another X-Prize challenge about 470 feet to the back of the center field bleachers. He even had a man on base this time. In scoring position, no less. Then Clay Hensley, the guy who vectored the mantis to the center of Tweeter’s karmic backlash a couple of weeks ago, promptly coughed up a three run dinger to Troy Tulowitzky. John Buck comes back with a two-run shot off Millwood, and there she sat until the two-out, two-strike implosion of the ninth. The rundown? Dobbs’ throw past Gaby was one of the better Hanley Ramirez impersonations I’ve seen in a long time, so it did have some entertainment value. But the net result was that the Rocky Mountain Oysters pounded the Feesh a little further into the Macondo mud. The strange attractor? Heh – this pas two weeks’ performance has seen it dwindle into a hypothesis.

      In case you’re wondering, Tweeter didn’t play for the Zephyrs last night. We’ll be watching him tonight for signs alternately of concentration at the plate and abject contrition.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        Brilliant first sentence O.G

      • FC - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

        Dobbs apparently doesn’t know how to run down a guy, you’re on the more advanced base, run down and threaten to tag him, get him moving towards first, then flip to Gaby. At worst he’s safe back at first. Mental lapse by Dobbs right there.

  7. kiwicricket - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    I have only really come across the guy in the last couple weeks, so forgive me if this is old news…But what the hell is that on Carl Ravech’s head??? Is that a Hair Hat?

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      Maybe it was a mantis.

  8. Jonny 5 - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    The Beard got Buzzed!!!!

    http://randomoverload.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ca068363die-freeman.jpg

    http://mobilwi.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a6dde087970b0154324d717f970c-800wi

    Awesome….

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Johnny – heard from Len? Is he still chillin’ in Myrtle Beach?

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        I haven’t heard a peep since you were up this way. Is he having a mid life crisis only remedied by watching babes walk the beach? Again?

      • The Rabbit - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        Gator, I’ve spoken to Len several times in the last few weeks. He was enjoying Myrtle Beach enough to extend his trip an extra week.
        He’ll be home in a couple of days.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Thanks Rabbit. He also sent me an email a little while ago to the same effect. He should be well rested for the late season and playoff blogging.

    • kopy - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Buzz, your girlfriend! WOOF!

  9. deathmonkey41 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    In the lineup for the opposing Yankees — managed by Stump Merrill — was Steve Sax, Don Mattingly, and Mel Hall.

    Ah, the good old days, when the Yankees sucked and Mel Hal wasn’t spending the next half century behind bars…

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Busy day so I will say this and only this for a bit: GO BRAVES!!! Freddie Freezy is my boy and so is my boy George Costanza. Both have been on the fantasy squad (Freeman for a few weeks, George for a couple fund days) making my real and fake baseball rooting interests very, very happy. Thus I’m very, very happy. Again, GO BRAVES!!!

  11. cur68 - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    The Jays continue to lead the way. In pissing away a lead in the 8th inning or later. This time the bullpen let the newest starter, the young & tender Alvarez, all 21 years and AA shine not even worn off of him, feel the burn of a late innings collapse. For a change, can’t blame this one on F2. It was up to Miller & Rauch to show the youngster how to give up back to back bombs.

    The good news? Home runs for Lind, Thames & Lawrie. Those 3 continue to warm up. For a nice change the Beaver Men had some success against one Michael Pineda and looked in line for a victory but their shaky late inning pitching let them down again. The top 8 teams in the AL close out ball games to the tune of .800 or better. Beaver Wrestlers? A little melody we like to call .500. We own the basement.

    Another chance to get it done late tonight. Will there be joy in Beaver-ville? Stay tuned because its Vargas against another Beaver Wrestler Rookie: Brad Mills. Can the bullpen cough it up for another rook? With a 50 – 50 shot at it I’m afraid the kid better get used to the taste of ashes.

    • marinersnate - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      Pineda was very un-Pineda-like. Carp has been impressive in his second go-around in the bigs this season. They tried to make a LF out of him because Smoak seemed locked in at 1B. He looked very shakey out there. He has been manning 1B with Smoak on the DL. Much better as a 1B/DH.

      Lawrie we like in Marinerland. Anyone who’s sister wins us a national championship (for UW) is ok in our book.

      Vargas tonight with his 84mph “fastballs”. We will see.

      • cur68 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

        ‘nate: What we’ll see is Mill’s 86 mph fastballs. I contend the extra speed on Mill’s ‘FB” will give the hitter more distance on contact. At least 2 Mariners home runs, with an assortment of “a triple short of the cycle” type stuff tonight. If the bench guys aren’t in the managers office demanding to play against the Jays then they don’t care about their jobs. Its a chance for all Boater’s struggling offensive players to prop up their stats.

      • marinersnate - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        It is surprising that this collection of M’s rooks and castoffs are hitting this well after their post ASB 17 game meltdown. And after we traded 40% of our starting pitching away at the deadline. Charlie Furbush actually shut down the Bosox on Sunday and looked like Cy Young doing it. Where was this team in late June when we were only 1 game back?

      • cur68 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        Same place the Jays were; in a June Swoon. Making a habit of sleeping through the month of June for 2 seasons now (at least): the Toronto Blue Jays! Please folks, no applause; you might wake them up early & then they’ll be grumpy.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    No Godzilla masked fans wearing sombreros in the stands last night, but the official 10,122 count for the laughable O’s and A’s mirror image fest was about 2500 attendees inflated. Surprisingly, this game did not devolve into a Benny Hill-like montage, complete with Yakety Sax, as no errors were committed, nor other acts of hideous unprofessional baseball conduct.

    What we fans got was the moribund A’s, with their veterans still in their post-trade deadline slump, the “Oh, god, why am I still here?” world-weariness confronting the “worst record in the AL, again” Orioles, with their Angelos Way management having metastasized to the West Coast in the form of Wolff/Fisher.

    Accordingly there were no winners, though the O’s prevailed officially. Tommy Hunter was luckier than Gio. Matt Wieters showed up his counterpart Kurt Suzuki, who now defines “three true outcomes” as pop-up, strikeout, and double play. Suzuki’s OPS of .656 is rapidly descending into Dioner Navarro territory, without the benefit of any outstanding defensive metric to support his continuation in the starting lineup.

    The two teams do it again tonight, which means most of us in the Bay Area will be watching the Giants/Braves in what is rapidly becoming a must win game for los Gigantes after last night’s incredible meltdown by Brian Wilson, a meltdown obviously greeted with mirth and glee around the country, judging from comments on various blogs and boards. Not surprisingly, given the act, and given that everyone guns for you when you are the Champs.

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