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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 26, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

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Yankees 22, Athletics 9:  Heavens to Betsy, this was bad. The grand slams were notable to be sure, but the 13 Oakland walks — 12 by the pen — simply beat this game with an ugly stick. The game was four and a half hours and started an hour and a half late due to rain too.  I’m sure the comeback and pounding amused Yankees fans, but this was about as miserable as a game could get to the casual observer. Although Jorge Posada playing second base — pictured right — was pretty interesting.

Tigers 2, Rays 0: Doug Fister looked pretty spiffy, allowing five hits over seven innings without walking anyone. Austin Jackson provided all the offense for Detroit with a homer and a sac fly.

Orioles 6, Twins 1: Good for the O’s for winning their fourth in a row — and no offense to them meant here — but this is easily the lowest point the Twins have reached in years. Baltimore outscored Minnesota 24-4 in the four-game sweep.

Braves 8, Cubs 3: Brian McCann socked two homers, Michael Bourn went 4 for 5 and Brandon Beachy struck out eight over six innings.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 0: Adrian Gonzalez smacked two homers for the second time in three games. The Rangers have dropped six of eight and now stand only two games ahead of Anaheim as they begin a three-game series.

Royals 9, Blue Jays 6: Jeff Francis had been pitching horribly. But he’s from Canada, see, so he was able to replenish himself in the healing Canadian air. We understand so little about these strange creatures, really.

Diamondbacks 8, Nationals 1: After dropping six straight, the Dbacks leave Washington as winners of three in a row. Six scoreless innings for Wade Miley, who got his first big league win. A two-run homer for Paul Goldschmidt.

Astros 3, Giants 1: San Francisco can’t keep pace with Arizona and now sit three back. They’ve lost three of their last four to the Astros who, with all due respect, are a team that anyone with pretensions of playing in October should be feasting on. First career win for Henry Sosa, a former Giants’ prospect.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 4: How to tell that the guy writing the AP game story has not yet gotten his mind around the state of the current St. Louis Cardinals:

The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak and moved within 9½ games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

 

  1. joshftw - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Take that Oakland! You take two of three against the Yankees, by god they’ll make you pay in the 3rd game!
    And hey, any team looking for a new 2nd baseman this offseason just found their man.

    On another note, any team that loses three to the 2011 Astros should be automatically disqualified from the playoffs.

    • quintjs - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:31 AM

      Better question on Oakland, is how can you have a 6 run advantage after 3 innings and lose so comprehensively? I get blowing a lead but man..

      I didn’t see this game but was it weird with Logan came in and got outs? would appear to have been quite surreal given everyone else was either giving up runs, base runners or both.

      • joshftw - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:46 AM

        Q: How do you have a 6 run lead after 3 and lose so badly?
        A: Be the 2011 Oakland A’s

        And Boone Logan? Well, he’s no Damaso Marte. He can actually record an out every now and then.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Well, a little Major League history was made last night. Yanks became 1st team in MLB history to hit 3 grand slams in 1 game. Wow! That’s unbelievable. I can remember a handful of games that had 2 slams. 3 seems unimaginable though.

  3. phillyphever - Aug 26, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    1) Giants should be embarrassed to lose 3 out of 4 to the Lastros. I mean really, how can you lose to a bunch of no-names.

    2) IDK if this is real or not (Craig might know about it), but Denny’s in NY might be out of business soon giving away a load of free Grand Slam breakfasts after yesterday. Wow Oakland, way to choke a lead. The Mets would be proud of you.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

      Someone is pulling your chain by throwing around an old urban legend. Denny’s did, several years ago, have a free breakfast promotion. If forever locked up the senior and homeless demographics. They have very little presence in the NY market.

  4. amaninwhite - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Jeff Francis, my fellow countryman, was struggling, so to help him I did the only thing I could think of; I took the night off.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Joe Girardi has completely lost control of his clubhouse- He TOLD Cano, Martin, and Granderson to bunt.

    • joshftw - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      The all-knowing binder has failed Girardi. He must be going through a crisis of faith right now.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      They DID bunt. The balls were really traveling yesterday.

  6. kiwicricket - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Why was Posada playing second??
    And why was he not squatting in a catchers position just for the sheer amusement?

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

      Posada finally knows his place in the hierarchy. He begged Girardi in the eighth to put him in if the Yanks scored two more runs, just before Grandy’s GS. And Swisher went to first, spelling Cano and Tex a whole half-inning.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        Thanks Len
        Wow. Nice work that. What colour was the token “team player” ribbon he collected after the game?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:34 AM

        I’m not the biggest Twitter fan, but I was bored yesterday so I was following it a little and when the A’s went up 7-1, there were so many brutal tweets from Yankees fans and haters talking…the general theme being “This is why they play the games”. I had to leave before the Yankees made their comeback, but I can only imagine how stupid those people felt and I wonder how many of them deleted their earlier tweets.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Off the topic a little bit…I live in a South Jersey suburb of Philadelphia. It’s not a shore area…just a regular town. Well, everyone is going crazy with the hurricane coming and that is fine. But why, when the damn hurricane is not supposed to hit until tomorrow night, would my daughter’s day care have a chance of being closed TODAY????? Then we wonder why others laugh at us with our overreactions. I can understand the shore evacuating so we don’t have 7 million cars on the AC Expressway and other roads tomorrow afternoon as the storm hits. But where the hell are we evacuating from my town to??? Iowa??? It’s going to be 87 and sunny until later this afternoon.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      Mass media-induced frenzy in north Jersey too! Neighbors who only drink Scotch can be seen dragging gallons of bottled water (and pop tarts) from their mini-vans. People substituting AAA batteries for Ds in their flashlight figuring it will only make them a bit less bright. Gas stations replacing “3” with “4”. Best Buy, Lowe’s, and P.C. Richards stocking up on washers that people have had all the way back to the last flood in May. Oh, the humanity and all the people!

      • sdelmonte - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        It’s all a panic mentality. Did you see the insane coverage of the earthquake? Nothing actually happened here, and they were acting like Godzilla was eating the Triboro.

        Be prepared, yes. But be sane about it.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

      It’s the damn media. These networks, using their so-called weather people (who are basically Shaman), keep everyone in fear to boost tv ratings. Nothing should be closed today. Hell, we aren’t even supposed to get anything until Sunday afternoon. According to the Bicepts’ weather models, Philly and the suburbs will receive some rain and a little wind. That’s it. Then, on Monday, the Shaman of the local tv stations will say that the hurricane changed paths at the last minute and headed out to sea.

      I’m not evacuating anywhere. I’ll probably be sitting in some pub Sunday afternoon wishing their was a Phillies game to watch.

      • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        I left my swampland snuggery and drove over to the beach yesterday only because after a hurricane passes offshore the cloud formations over the ocean, with the sun barely playing over the edges of the thunderheads, are spectacular. Dear Buddha, what an unearthly light. With the exception of the backside of a willowy Latina in a string bikini, there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the backside of a hurricane.

        But as a “survivor” of Andrew who lives well west of the shore, I can assure Chris and the rest of you northsiders that you want to take this thing seriously. With a 300-mile reach across the eye for the tropical storm force winds, you don’t need to be anywhere near the shore to take a vicious beating from this thing. The most dangerous aspect of it for inlanders is that the inner ring of hurricane-force winds spits off eddies in the form of tornadoes that then get pitched away from the eyewall as off a slingshot by the ambient winds, and are much more powerful than the tropical storm force winds that steer them at you. Schools close days ahead of predicted landfall here to give folks time to shutter the houses, get loose furniture and garbage cans and other potential debris inside, buy last ditch supplies and lock themselves down. It can take a lot more than one day to do that for a large house, or a house where you’ve had construction or remodeling going on, or a garage full of crap you need to organize to get your cars inside.

        If you’ve got none of those things to do, enjoy the extended vacation. Pop a beer – while there’s still power to your refrigerator to cool it (unless like my wife you’e British, with a pathological proclivity for room temperature beer), and start practicing your solitaire-by-candlelight game.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        Irene is supposedly taking a slightly more westerly track than previously announced. Now the city of Philadelphia might only be subjected to high-tropical force winds instead of hurricane force.

        But the flooding is nothing to take lightly. According to a local weather geek (seriously…he wears a bow tie), this storm is much more massive than Floyd was in 99, which only hit us as a tropical storm, while this one is going to be a full on hurricane. With all the flooding that Floyd generated, it also followed a drought. This month so far is already the wettest month in recorded history. Flooding is coming.

        Now, to don my sorcerer’s hat and get those bucket wielding brooms to work….

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      Ok, Chris, we may just be neighbors. If I would have known that I could have hooked you up with some 10th row seats for last night’s game. Sure it rained a bit, but the Birds were wiping up! I was having trouble giving away seats, pre season + rain ( I ended up giving them away).

      Anyway, South Jersey is going to go dark for awhile Chris, we’re going to get 10″ of rain, and wind is going to top in the 70’s. I’m not planning on having power for a couple of days. Unless the Bicepts is correct and it hangs a right.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:40 AM

        I had 4 10th row seats for last nights game too…sold them to a guy for $20 a piece and took my 13 year old to the movies. I hate preseason. That’s pretty funny though…I’m in Gloucester City/Audubon area. Unless the Delaware River is going to rise about 15 feet, I am thinking my house should be OK.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        I used to live closer to you, Magnolia off Evesham rd. Now I live in Evesham/Marlton. The Delaware may just rise 15 ft when we get 10″ in 4 hrs. it could crest @ 18 ‘ above normal. Don’t count it out.

      • The Rabbit - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM

        OK Jonny, I grew up in Magnolia off of Evesham Road…a few blocks from the library. My mother still lives there. Must be the haven for pie.

    • Sportsdrenched - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      I lived in Florida for a few years. I thought Hurricanes were fun. Got a couple cases of beer, and did other things I won’t admit to. But I didn’t own any property.

      Thing is, if you think you’re in danger. Do something about it. If not, party on.

      • antlerclaws - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        Hey, Rick Perry’s prayers came through! He just missed by a thousand miles or so.

  8. kiwicricket - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Chris, you have literally stolen something from my fingertips.
    I have been meaning to ask this for quite a while actually…Whats the cut-off point for New York and Philadelphia? (with regards to baseball fans) Trenton? At what point are people usually considered Yankee fans, then Philly fans? New Jersey encompasses a good chunk of both outer city areas. Just curious as I have never been to either city.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      IMHO…If you grew up North of Trenton, Yankees/Mutts. Parts south…Phillies. If you were unlucky enough to grow up in Central NJ :) then you are probably one of those fans who like both depending on how successful they are.

    • vintage1496 - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      I have friends who live in Plainsboro (right next to Princeton) and they get both the YES Network (Yankees games) and Comcast Sports Network (Phillies games), so I would imagine somewhere around there.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      I’m in Burlington County where NY fans are few and far between, but you see them. They mix north to 50/50 in Mercer and Monmouth counties and above that it’s mostly Mets and Yankee fans. Not only that, but that talk funny up there too. weird.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      I would say my hometown of Scranton PA is the major fulcrum, fandom-wise. We’re the former home of Philly’s AAA Red Barons and the current home of NY’s AAA Yankees. We have a pretty even split between NY & Philly fans. When you go further east or north of here, you see more Yankees fans, further south and it tips towards the Phillies. This was a fun place to be in 2009 :-)

  9. sdelmonte - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    There is something about the current group of Yankees that epitomizes the wrong aspects of baseball. Yes, three slams in a game is a big deal. Yes, they really can come back from any deficit. And yes, there are utterly great players in the bunch. But as a whole, they play an ugly, sometimes mind-numbing brand of the game. So do the Sox. And I am loathing the possibility of a week of 4 hour, 10-8 games.

    If only they could pitch CC and Mo every day, because those are the guys who do exemplify the better aspects of the game.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Let me take this one.
      A couple of changes in the game [free agency, designated hitter] have, after 40 years, culminated in this state of affairs. These are not “wrong” aspects, merely “different”.
      Yanks, Sox, and now the Phillies want in on it too, are all hitter-patient and deliberate pitching. This takes time. So do circular lineups- there is no “easy-out” pitcher or low average 1st baseman to kill rallies.
      I’m not going to write a novella here. Just enjoy a long, high scoring, exciting and suspenseful game and am easily bored by pitching duels. Guess I picked the right team many years ago for that.

      • The Rabbit - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        It was a good thing for you that the Yankees scored 22 runs yesterday. It brought you virtually even in our head-to-head match this week.
        Hope my Phillies pitchers outperform your Yankee starters.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      But as a whole, they play an ugly, sometimes mind-numbing brand of the game

      Yes, if only they played like the Twins. Bunting players over, giving up outs, pitching to contact, etc. Maybe these Yankees would be more successful. Oh wait….

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      Everybody complains about how the Yankees and Red Sox play long games because they show patience at the plate. Well, if the other team didn’t like it, they would THROW MORE STRIKES!!! There’s a reason Cliff Lee OWNS the Yankees…because he throws strikes and they can’t take pitches from him. Same will hold true for Doc if they meet up in the 2011 WS.

      First things first though…have to get past the Braves, who may just be the second best team in baseball right now.

      • FC - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        He who controls the spice (Lee) controls the Universe (Yankees)

  10. uyf1950 - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    After 2 less than inspiring performances against the A’s, WOW is the only thing I can think of that adequately describes yesterday’s offensive outburst by the Yankees.

    Approximately 35 games and counting until the post season. Then the real fun begins.

    • FC - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      Now if only they had spread the greatness over three days instead of bottling it up to unleash it in one day like a really shaken champagne bottle… c’est la vie… :)

  11. paperlions - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    During Cardinal broadcasts they continually (seriously, like every inning) update the Brewer scores as if there is some kind of race. Last night they were even recounting the fact that Holiday was on the Rocky team that made a late run into the playoffs from way back…as if somehow that has anything to do with their current situation.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      I think the only thing worth talking about now with regards to Cardinals baseball is whether King Albert will be back next year. Apparently, they are going to pick up the Wainwright options, so that question is answered.

      • paperlions - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

        There was no way they weren’t picking up Wainwrights option, that was never a question. I will be surprised if they don’t re-sign Pujols; he is worth more to the Cardinals than to anyone else and there really aren’t many teams that both have the money and the need to sign him.

        The Cardinals will lose more money (read: make less money, as they always turn a hefty profit) if they don’t over-pay Pujols than if they do. Without him, they are fucked, attendance will go way down and they won’t be competitive. With him, there will at least be the air of competitiveness for the first 1/2 of the season. About the only upside of Albert leaving would be if it meant LaRussa leaving as well. I would love to see LaRussa finally leave (he is crushing the life out of the organization, every year you can see it in the play of the team by August, players are beat down, tense, unemotional); but losing Pujols to precipitate it is too high a price.

  12. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    I assume Chris, Johnny, Utley and the rest of the Feelie Fan Club are going to head over to whatever soulless-corporate-named stadium it is where the horsemeat and Velveeta crowd gather to watch the Feesh filleted tonight.

    Then, silence. Fans of teams aside from the Feelies and the Borg will awaken to a strange new virtual landscape wherein power failures have stilled the voices of the alpha dogs for a few days or more.

    Will fans of teams we have all but forgotten – the Lastros, the Pirates (can western Pennsylvania inflict a revenge on America more gratifying for their long years of irrelevance than Rick Santorum?), the Tweenkies, even the Crew of the Minnow – re-colonize Circling the Bases like pioneer lichen and mold whose spores have settled on the cooling lava flows on the flanks of a newly emerged submarine volcano?

    Opportunity knocks, you intimidated votaries of the second division. Your hour is near. The geeks shall inherit the earth. Go for it!

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      Sorry to say, Old Gator, but the Feesh will be filleted for all 3 games this weekend. Unfortunately for the Feesh, they will have to face Oswalt, Halladay and Lee. This is never good medicine for any team trying to get better.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        Mmm…filet-o-fish…off to lunch….

    • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Healthier by far than horsemeat and Velveeta, anyway.

      Oh, and who said the Feesh were trying to better themselves? Everything we’ve seen since the end of May militates against that interpretation. This offseason is going to witness quite the bloodbath down here, Macondo Banana Massacre Field opening in April or not.

      • Carlos Marmol - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        Wait…I thought they were trying to BUTTER themselves…

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        Aw hell…I gave myself away… 8(

      • FC - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Er… you didn’t seriously think you were fooling people with the Carlos Marmol bit were you? (A cursory mouseover on your wordpress link was all that was required)

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        No…I’ve done that quite a bit on here. I do wonder how many people just look past the names and who looks into them, though….

  13. Sportsdrenched - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    In honor of Jeff Francis’ performance and that of the rest of the Royals. I put on my Royals shirt for casual friday and blasted Rush’s Live in Rio on the way to work. Except for Tom Sawyer, hate that song.

  14. phukyouk - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Craig – anything on the Jeter/Minka breakup?

    • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      When Craig begins blogging directly from the slimezine rack at the Publix checkout counter, that redoubt of all things irrelevant, kitschy, pointless, cruel, stupid and arguably indicative of the incipient sociopathy of the cloaca of late capitalism, we can talk about Derek and Minka’s personal lives, neither of which are really any of our fucking business.

  15. tjwilliams - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    The Twins have now gone 5 consecutive games scoring one run or fewer. Only 14 teams have longer streaks and only 2 have gone longer than 6. I don’t have a baseball-reference subscription, so I can’t see when the last time it was that a team went this long scoring so few runs, but the most recent I can see is 1945.

    Also, they’ve scored exactly 1 run in each of the last four games. The record is 5 straight 1-run games.

  16. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Braves lose one of four to the Cubbies. Hmmmm, I am not sure how pleased I am about that. I guess that’s acceptable. Anyway, carry on.

  17. APBA Guy - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    I said yesterday after 2 games that the Yankees looked like they’d been taking a breather in the series. And after yesterday’s game got to 7-1, the Bombers woke up. Speaking from the A’s fan perspective I have been expecting this for a while, the complete slaughter, utter annihilation, total embarrassment, abject failure…

    Remember those words. I’ll be using them again at the end of the season. As many of you know I DVR the games and watch them later. Normally this shaves about about 40% off the viewing time by eliminating commercials, slow walks to the mound, etc.. But yesterday I must have saved 3 hours by fast-forwarding through the 12 bullpen walks.

    In fairness, the A’s are starting tryouts early, with Billings, Norberto, and others coming up to pitch. The River Cats have won the PCL, again (they’re like the Yankees of AAA) and so some guys who were really good last week are now facing the likes of Tex and Cano.

    Still, Beane’s whole philosophy over the past few year’s has been to hoard pitching. The A’s have traded away Carlos Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, and Nelson Cruz to get to the point where they can walk 12 Yankees and surrender 3 GS.

    The really good news is that the A’s are in Boston for 3. The way Adrian Gonzalez is going, he may hit 3 GS in one game by himself.

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