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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 25, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers’ pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn’t think we’d have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five.

Angels 8, White Sox 0: It’s not just about Texas’ pitching sucking though. It’s a pennant race that the Angels are forcing due to their hot play since allegedly being knocked out of things by Texas in last week’s series. Guess not, because that’s six straight wins. Jered Weaver with eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Anaheim is only 2.5 back.

Athletics 6, Yankees 4: Coco Crisp made the Yankees people I follow on Twitter use a lot of bad words last night. Two homers including a three-run shot in the 10th inning. He drove in five overall. Nick Swisher had two homers also, but since he only cares about padding his statistics and not winning, they don’t count. This is the first series victory for Oakland over New York in eleven tries.

Rockies 7, Astros 6: Troy Tulowitzki scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th as the Rockies won their fifth straight. It feels like the Rockies have been out of contention forever and I wouldn’t bet a dime on their chances to get back into it, but it’s not against the laws of physics for there to be at least some sort of Rocktober — or is it Rocktember? — run in them that will at least give us something to talk about. I mean, it’s like either Arizona or San Francisco seems interested in taking the division by the throat.

Marlins 6, Reds 5Reds 3, Marlins 2: A homer for Logan Morrison in his first game back after being sent to his room for his impudence, er, I mean after being sent down to the minors to work on his hitting. In the nightcap Bronson Arroyo threw eight scoreless and Joey Votto homered. He actually homered in the day game too.

Mariners 9, Indians 2: Wily Mo Pena went 3 for 3 with four driven in, falling a triple short of the cycle. Would like to have seen him leg out a triple, but he also walked in this one, and you can only ask for so many once-in-a-lifetime occurrences. Kyle Seager went 4 for 4 and hit three doubles.

Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4: L.A. sweeps the reeling Cardinals. The reeling Cardinals who are ten games back of Milwaukee now, which is the biggest deficit for any second place team in baseball.

Mets 7, Phillies 4: Mike Pelfrey threw 125 pitches in only six innings and seemed like he tried to pick a fight with Placido Polanco. Sort of glad I didn’t watch this one because inefficiency and belligerence don’t make for good baseball in my book.  Whatever. The Mets avoid the sweep.

Pirates 2, Brewers 0:  Aaron Thompson made his big league debut and shut out the hottest team in baseball for nearly five innings. If it wasn’t for the hard pitch count he was on he would have got the win, but that’s life for a youngin.’ The pen finished the shutout and two sac flies was all the offense that anyone needed.

Diamondbacks 4, Nationals 2: Daniel Hudson allowed nothin’ but zeroes for eight and two-thirds and then gave up back-to-back homers. Not a shutout but ….

Blue Jays 4, Royals 3: I, for one, welcome our new Brett Lawrie overlords. He hit what proved to be the game-winning homer and also plated a run with a triple. The kid is now hitting .328/.379/.656 in 18 games.

Rays 3, Tigers 2: Elliot Johnson had the game-winning fielder’s choice. It came with two outs and the bases loaded, and the run scored because Sean Rodriguez booked it like no one’s business from first to second and avoided the force out. If he lollygags there, the game goes into the 11th.

Giants 2, Padres 1: Tim Lincecum allowed only one run in eight innings and drove one in himself, giving himself a 0 NLP — crap, I can’t remember the name of the phony statistic I came up with the other day. Carlos Beltran had a homer.

Cubs 3, Braves 2: Randy Wells more or less tied the Braves’ bats up into the seventh inning, allowing one run. He also drove one in.  Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run bob. Jason Heyward was 0 for 4 with a strikeout, so I guess my reverse jinx thing isn’t working anymore. Enjoy the bench today, big guy.

Orioles 6, Twins 1: A five run fifth makes this a laugher for Baltimore. The death of Mike Flanagan, however, takes all of the laughs away.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Lawrie is a keeper. He showed speed and hustle on that triple. Bautista hit a 2 run homer to erase an early deficit.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      There were Tornado warnings all over Southern Ontario last night, in fact watching the Jays game, I thought I saw the distinct rotation of air and dust at second base in the fourth inning. No need for panic, as it was merely Lawrie on overdrive, legging out his triple.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        Rasmus did not play due to a sore wrist that he injured in the outfield; however, I see that St. Louis is having a tough time since the trade.

    • Sportsdrenched - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      Hit it off Louis Coleman one of my favorite guys in the Royals pen. Oh well, I guess the Royals have had their one win this week.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Lawrie is a beast! I called him up on my fantasy team the day he was actually called up. I did the same with Ackley. Makes me feel pretty smart n stuff.

    • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Mornin’ there gents. Well, mixed emotions today for me. Lost Mike Flanagan yesterday but won a ball game in style. Nice to get the W. Sucks like hell about Flanagan. I last saw him as a player when he was a Blue Jay in the 1990s, I think. The world is poorer without him.

      As for the game: Yeah that Lawrie kid can play some ball, eh? It was a nail biter all the way along last night and Lawrie showed why he’s gonna be the future of of the franchise. Jose Bautista was himself, of course. I get so used to him heaving one into the seats I just expect it now. I think the fun is gone. Philly Phans can relate. (Your move, Phanatics)

      If any of you saw the highlights of the D-Backs and Nats you’d have seen our boy Johnny Mac being himself, too. He was no Willie Bloomquist @ short last night. The D-Backs must be real happy with that change.

      As for the Royals, I believe I mentioned that their catcher Perez was pretty good? I was wrong. Kid’s friggin AMAZING. His pick off move to first was like lightening. I’ve never seen anyone catch & throw that fast, that accurately. He’s like a cat behind the plate and, oh yeah, he can hit a little too (for a catcher). He looks like a young Pudge Rodriguez.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        It’s was a pleasure reading this comment. Good recap, but don’t let the HR king’s inevitable homer hitting ways ru-EEN the fun for you. Enjoy each one of them like it’s his only HR he ever hit. It tastes like warm pie every time when you think of it that way.

      • missthemexpos - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        Watching the Arizona highlights I thought that it was old footage of a July 1st Blue Jay home game (wearing their red/white uniforms for Canada Day), what with Overbay, Hill, and Johnny Mac playing the infield.

      • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Truth be told, I stood an cheered when Bautista cranked that shot. Sent my laptop flying, and all the papers I’d carefully sorted and stacked. It never gets old when your favorite player mashes the tasty cheescake that is a game tying 2 run homer. I Imagine about the same thing happened when a certain Brave hit a grand salami the other day.

        Thanks to the D-Backs “New Look” infield I’m suddenly paying them some mind. Damn, but it looks like Blue Jays infield circa 2010 there in Arizona. That Jonny Mac can sure play him some D. I wonder if the D-backs are laughing up their sleeves because they snookered Anthopolous out of McDonald by claiming to want Hill?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        I thought Berman was the only one who called four-RBI homers grand salamis. My faith in humanity—or at least Canadian humanity—just took a hit.

        —Sigh—

      • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        Canadian love salami. Looks like wood. We tempt the beavers into wrestling matches with it.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        Is Canadian salami anything like Canadian bacon? In other words, does the addition of Canadian to the name make it an entirely different product?

      • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:30 PM

        Yup: more quality meat. Less fat and limp stuff. Plus a buddy of mine makes his own salami, jerky & hot dogs out of moose meat. No where else can you tempt a lass with your moose meat salami. No where.

  2. ditto65 - Aug 25, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    Low blow on Swisher.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2011 at 7:37 AM

      I hope that Swisher pads his stats. He is on my fantasy team.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Nick Swisher is a raging scrotemonger.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Aug 25, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Jeez it’s quiet around here when the Phillies and Yankees lose.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      Have no fear, the Bicepts is here!

    • kopy - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      I think everybody is still upset about that Twins loss.

      …but seriously, the Orioles hadn’t held an opponent to 1 run or less in 63 straight games until they did it to the Twins in the first 3 games of this series. It’s just sad. Going for 4 tonight!

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Phillies have gone 51 series without getting swept. Pelfrey is a punk…but he is a very large punk so he is basically like a big stupid bully out there yelling at anyone he wants. The Phillies have to sign Rollins…who else is going to play shortstop for them? He is still a top 5 or 6 all-around SS in the league, isn’t he? For the Phillies, for the next 3 years, how do they not bring Rollins back? I guess if someone breaks the bank for him, then you have to let him go but otherwise, he’s got all the leverage.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

      Your right on when you say Pelfrey is a punk that likes to shoot his mouth off. I wanted to see Polanco go out to the mound and tune him up. But, knowing Polanco’s luck this year, he might have gotten hurt. The Phillies will pay for Rollins. He’s coming back. To do the Rollins deal, Madson will be the sacrificial lamb. Madson isn’t coming back.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:22 AM

        Madson, Lidge and Ibanez are all gone. Thats a healthy chunk of change off the books. My guess is that Oswalt’s option won’t be picked up no matter what, and he’ll either retire or come back at a reduced salary depending on his play the rest of the year. Rollins and Hamels aren’t going anywhere unless they choose to, but I don’t see that happening.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM

        Oswalt is an interesting name that you bring up. All reports are that this is 100% certainty that he won’t be back with the Phillies after this year. I don’t buy that one bit. First of all, we have to look at his health. That’s a big question. If he can and wants to pitch next year, then you have to look at what the Phillies do this year. Say they don’t win the Series, but get close again. If Oswalt can pitch, does coming so close again motivate Oswalt to come back at a reduced salary. See, there is no way in hell that the Phillies pick up his 16 million option, especially with his back problems. That would be stupid.

      • FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:38 AM

        Oz is an interesting puzzle. If the Phillies win the WS he might decide to retire right away. If not, he’s probably going to spend some time thinking hard whether going for that ring one more time is worth the health risk.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM

        People keep talking about Hamels, but he isn’t going anywhere next year because he is isn’t a FA until 2013. I would rather keep Rollins than Madson but only because there aren’t many SS’s out there. The Bastid can do the job closing games, or a guy like Heath Bell would be just fine.

        Howard is still at $20 million next year, and Lee is at $21.5 so they have some flexibility. Oswalt, if healthy, is well worth the $16 million to solidify the #4 spot if he still wants to pitch. Lidge is finally off the books, but sadly, Heavy B is still sucking up $10.5 million.

        All of it is not important if they win the World Series though, because if that happens, they can basically print up another 20 or 30 million and be just fine.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM

        Chris, when the Phillies print money at Citizen Bank Park, who does the printing? The Phanatic?

      • FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

        No, but the Phanatic’s face is on the bills :D

      • FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        I dunno Chris, Oz is a big health risk. It’s one thing to endure Lidge’s half seasons quite another to be in a Johan Santana situation. I still think the smart financial choice is working something out with Oz that would give them better payroll flexibility including the buyout (assuming he doesn’t retire). I would say a contract with incentives but that’s just asking for trouble: ink a deal that pays him more for IP and the guy will NEVER tell you if he feels hurt unless you work in a clause requiring physicals once a month.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM

        Also don’t forget that we don’t need to REPLACE Ibanez at all. With the emergence of Mayberry, and the evolution of Domonic Brown, the Phils are set in the outfield. Resign Rollins, and barring health issues for Polanco, the infield is set too. They really will only need to add depth and a bullpen arm or two, POSSIBLY. If Blanton is healthy, you’d have Doc, Cliff, Cole, Vanimal, Blanton, Kendrick, Stutes, Schwimmer,Bastardo, Herndon. Thats 5 starters and 5 pen arms. If Oswalt comes back, move Fat Joe to the pen and 5 starters, 6 pen arms with 2 spot starters in case of emergency in Blanton and Kendrick.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        Before we start talking about the evolution of Dom Brown, we have to be sure that he has, in fact, evolved. Last I saw, he was an average to below average rightfielder and an average power hitter. With Mr. Overrated, Brown has to learn how to play better in left than he plays in right.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      We saw the evidence previously when it comes to Pelfry being a Punk. He stood on the mound refusing to hand Jerry Manuel the ball after being lifted in a game. He turned his back to him, wouldn’t look at him, then he handed the reliever the ball himself, all without acknowledging Manuel. The dude has a serious sized chip on his shoulder and he’s going to end up making news about it in the future by starting fights with people. He just comes off as an A-typical A-hole.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM

        http://cinch.fm/cinchplayerext.swf?file=http%3A%2F%2Fcinch%2Efm%2Fcinchplaylist%2Easpx%3FRecordingID%3D274441&autostart=false&bufferlength=5&volume=80&initialshow=undefined&buttoncolor=#FFFFFF&buttonbordercolor=#999999&buttonhovercolor=#A5549F&buttoniconcolor=#333333&buttoniconhovercolor=#FFFFFF&loadedarccolor=#CCCCCC&elapsedarccolor=#A477D0&imageborder=true&imageborderweight=1&imagebordercolor=#999999&imagemode=undefined&playermode=text&textcolor=#7F2880&detailscolor=#333333&callback=http://cinch.fm/flashplayercallback.aspx&C1=7&C2=6042973&C3=31&C4=&C5=&C6=

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        Was Jerry Manuel at the game yesterday? Didn’t realize he did cameo walk-ons.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:53 AM

        Sarge: “That’s why these guys (the Mutts) always lose. They are a bunch of cry babies.”

        Yeah, that pretty much sums up the Mutts, Jonny 5.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        Len,

        Not sure if Jerry Manuel was at the game, but his imprint is clearly still with those losers. Terry Collins has his work cut out for him with that team.

      • FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        If Sarge made more biting commentary like that he’d be more enjoyable to listen to during ball games.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        Len, it was when Jerry managed the team. Man, don’t make me be all clear about things okay, we’re in a crisis right now!!! first an earthquake (not really) Now Irene is going to run all washy wash up the coast and basically hit us dead center. We’re screwed!! (not really). Boston is going to be under water though, they are going to be on the wet side of Irene, the really wet side.

      • FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        They should start naming Earthquakes like they do Hurricanes. Even if it’s after the fact. Makes for easier referencing.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM

        Yeah, FC. I suppose. I personally don’t like Sarge. Too much of a Captain Obvious type to me. And I can’t stand when he gets into his Cadillacing crap. His overall analysis of the game stinks. People get on Wheels for over-analysis, but Wheels knows the the game 1000 times better than the buffons known as McCarthy and Sarge.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        Biceps, Wheels does not by any means know more than Sarge does about baseball. He just talks more. Wheels is wrong, alot. I often need to mute the TV when Wheels speaks.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        Jonny, got to disagree with you on that. I’ve listened to Wheeler for 30 years and he knows far more than any of them. Does he tend to talk more? Sure. Does that annoy alot of people? Yeah. But, the guy knows baseball. I can tell from the last 5 or 6 years of listening to Sarge that he’s not the sharpest tool when it comes to overall baseball knowledge.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        Jonny and ‘Ceps, can’t we all just get along—and agree that they both suck? Just don’t tell Medical primate warrior.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        No Sarge Rocks, Wheels is, well He’s doesn’t rock. How’s that? Close enough?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        Okay, it appears that I will be the rational mediator for you two. I will be standing on the middle ground that the two of you aspire to achieve.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    A’s hit their home runs with men on base, we hits ours bases empty.
    Yanks better play two in Balmere tomorrow, today looks like a washout the thundershowers that have nothing to do with Irene are already hittting the western NJ border.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      I get the feeling that Irene was looking for landfall in Florida, but discoverd that the Marlins were playing at the Bank, and her GPS got all jacked up—possibly by the earthquake—and she’ll be landing here.

  6. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Will someone PLEASE give Daniel Hudson some love? Talk about underrated, people don’t even know who he is, it seems. HBT gives no love to him and even listed a ‘rising star’ this preseason on AZ and it wasn’t even him (it was Upton…)!!! This guy is a consistent quality start machine and once per month he throws a gem like last night.

    Of course, with my luck, I turn off Dexter and fire up MLB.tv and he’s 8.1 innings deep nearing a CG/SO. He strikes out the guy, I cheer…then, of course, he gives up back-to-back HRs and ru-EENS the CG and the SO. That’s a major droppage in fantasy points brah! Oh well, he still murked ‘em and had a great start, and that my friends, is what he’s been doing since he came up to The Show.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      3.75 ERA(3.35 at home and 4.16 on the road)…1.256 WHIP…136 Ks in 180 innings. I think he is rated just fine. He’s only 24 so he has plenty of time. He has to put up better #’s than that before I’ll call him underrated though.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        Fiorentino, always poopin’ in the pie…

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        Better than poopin’ in the cake…or peein’ in the beer.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        Again, I must reference this from “Desperado”

        Tourist Girl: And, your beer tastes like piss.
        Short Bartender: We know.
        Tavo: ‘Cause we piss in it!
        Short Bartender: That’s not all!

  7. aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    It looks like the Red Sox are back to rolling after a substandard August.

    Everyone is getting healthy and hot again. Adrian Gonzalez is a monster, Ellsbury is who we thought he was, and Pedroia IS our captain (sorry, ‘Tek).

    See you all in October.

    • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      It’s still August, last I checked – unless you’re using the Mayan calendar, in which case you have only four and a half months left to live.

  8. APBA Guy - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Len-

    Not only did Crisp hit two HR’s in one game, both with men on, but the A’s committed no errors and the White Rabbit did not walk the Universe. Such a confluence of events has not happened before in this season. But the really weird thing is that the A’s 3-6 hitters were 0-17, while the 8-9-1-2 were 10-15. It was like this was the series in a nutshell: the Yankees were taking a breather, and the A’s are playing better right now than they were the last time they were at NWS. Result: 2 wins for the A’s. First time in the last 12 series. I’ll take those results if I’m Cashman and Co. Let’s face it, if Joe really were sweating this game., Soriano would not have been in there in the 10th, not at this point in his comeback.

    I mentioned yesterday that Bailey does not look right to me. His FB is 2-3 mph less than normal, and the cutter has less movement. Maybe it’s just “dead arm”. Maybe.

  9. halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Did anyone else see that there were only 347 people in attendance for the 1st game of the doubleheader in Florida between the Marlins and Reds? And they are building these clowns a new stadium? LOL!!!!!

  10. Old Gator - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    No, “they” are not building anyone a new stadium. They just rigged it so that we would. Yeah, yeah, I know….it’s supposed to be tourist tax money, but it’s still our money once it splatters to the bottom of our public coffers – which these days look like the cyclopean vermin infested trash compactor in the first Star Wars. If you ever wondered what a corporate lobbyist looks like, that one-eyed tapeworm in the slime would give you a pretty good idea.

    Tweeter is back with his sore tushy after Larry Beinfest’s spanking. He went one for eight with a solo dinger, a sort of “see what I can do when I concentrate on baseball?” message to the Scrooge McLoria regime. He then returned to thinking about his next Twit(er) session and took a collar for the rest of the night.

    The Feesh treaded water last night – which may prove that their fins are slowly evolving into hands and feet with which they may someday grip a bat, catch a ball or throw a pitch with some simulacrum of competence, even though we know we’re talking about changes that take place over millions and millions of years (unless we’re religious fundamentalists, in which case we have no idea of what we’re talking about, period) – splitting a doubleheader with the Fellow Travelers. But they still lost ground as the Mutts clipped the Feelies, leaving the team with the best record in baseball pissed off at themselves and ready to take it out on our hapless Teal Titans as they wend their way north to Irene Ground Zero, having just pushed their game up one day to avoid her. Well, that’s how things have gone since June for these clownfeesh.

    The Curmudgeonly Undead must be wondering why he isn’t sitting back home in the Carolina mountain air waiting for the cider to be ready.

  11. goawaydog - Aug 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Giants win! Giants win! Phew! Lincecum has now lowered his ERA in 9 straight games, that’s kind of nuts. He is now 2nd in the NL. Was 3.14 now 2.46

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      w/ ten totally unfair losses…stupid offense. Timmeh and Felix should have a beer and talk about their awesome pitching and offensive offenses.

      • goawaydog - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:07 AM

        If Timmeh was old enough to drink I would agree with you!

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