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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 30, 2011, 5:47 AM EDT

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White Sox 3, Twins 0: Mark Buehrle threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings. And the game came in at two hours four minutes. Knock me over with a feather. Most underrated pitcher of the past decade?

Cubs 7, Giants 0: Great pitching all-around for the Chicago clubs last night. A two-hit shutout for Randy Wells. Once you adjust for the fact that it came against the Giants, it’s worth, oh, a 9-hit, 3-run performance, which is still very, very good.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 1: The Diamondbacks win their seventh straight and open up a five game lead in the west. Given that the Giants don’t seem to have a first gear let alone an extra one, is this thing over?

Phillies 3, Reds 2: Cole Hamels looked really, really good in his return from the DL (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7K, 0 BB). He got the no decision, but it was the right call by Manuel to pull him when he did. The pen was rested and there’s no sense taxing that arm now when it will be needed in October. Shane Victorino‘s two-run homer in the eighth was the big blow. Yonder Alonso, sadly, didn’t have any opportunities for adventure down at third base for the Reds. Placido Polanco did for the Phillies, though, and he let a run in on a throwing error, so take that Alonso-haters.

Mets 2, Marlins 1: Mets 5, Marlins 1: A four game winning streak for the Mets. These two came behind nice outings from R.A. Dickey in the first game and Dillon Gee in the second.

Indians 2, Athletics 1: Tough luck loss for Brandon McCarthy, who struck out ten and gave up two runs in eight innings. But David Huff was sharp himself, shutting out the A’s on three hits over six and then letting four relievers seal the deal.

Yankees 3, Orioles 2: I think New York has been in Baltimore for seven or eight weeks now. A two-run homer for Nick Swisher. David Robertson gave up his first home run all year, but it ended up not mattering. Six strong innings from Freddy Garcia.

Blue Jays 7, Rays 3: Johnny Damon hit two homers, but Jose Bautista hit one and his teammates played better and they won, so that makes him more valuable. At least I think that’s how that works. I’m actually kind of confused about it all.

Royals 9, Tigers 5: The Royals rapped out 18 hits, pummeling Max Scherzer. Kansas City is only 17 and a half back!

Astros 7, Pirates 4: Wandy Rodriguez struck out 13 and Carlos Lee hit a three-run homer. Probably worth noting that since the Pirates little mid-season surge ended they’ve actually been no better than the Astros.

Dodgers 4, Padres 1: A complete game for Clayton Kershaw. Three hits for the now-contrite and perhaps not-as-hurt-as-he-initially-let-on Andre Ethier.

Mariners 5, Angels 3: A two-run eighth inning homer by Mike Carp puts the M’s over the top. Sadly, the Angels did not have Trout available to counter Carp. And if you think I’m not gonna beat that one into the ground in the coming years, well, you’re just not familiar with my work.

  1. gmc173 - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    Nice recap. Just one change about the Phillies game. The throwing error that Placido had did not allow the run to score. It was actually ruled a hit and the error allowed the runner to move up to 3rd, oh and that runner didnt score.

  2. Reggie's Bush - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Mets are going to do the reverse 2007/8 anti collapse and win the rest of our games… Beware Atl we coming for you!

    On an unrelated note, has anyone seen my meds?

  3. bcopus - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    This just in: both Trout and Carp were seen after the game desperately seeking Wanda’s.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      In the past, I have received a majority of thumbs downs for my prediction that Carp will have a better career than Trout. Furthermore, Carps tast better than Trouts.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:05 AM

        Smoked using chipped Manuka(native tree), with a little brown sugar rubbed over it….I proclaim trout better tasting than Carp.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM

        Try a little (Chet) Lemon with your Carp

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM

        Trout is clearly superior in taste to the bottom feeding Carp poop eater.

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        I prefer Asian carp – preferably tataki, stacked over diced avocado-mango salsa with finely diced hot peppers, shredded cabbage salad and wasabi-miso dressing. Oh, and brown rice, of course. White rice is for horsemeat and Velveeta types.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Best I ever had was coral trout & chips at a little restaurant/diner in Cairns. Sounds kind of plebe, I know, but MAN was it good. Carp? Best used for bait IMO.

      • goawaydog - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        Is this the new pie vs cake cake debate?

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        We haven’t even finished the old cake v pie debate yet. Can we start a new debate without finishing a previous one? Is there such a thing as “debate-manners”?

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:10 AM

        Seriously? Pie vs. Cake still rages on. Always will. But most people know that poop eating fish isn’t as good as fish that eat real food. MMM imagine a trout that ate nothing but pie and cheese steaks……. guhhhhh…..

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM

        You are aware that coral trout has absolutely nothing in common with trout? It’s actually related to grouper for its habit of following scuba diving rock stars around the barrier reef.

        Now barramundi – that’s not only a tasty fish, but it’s born male and becomes an enormous female, fifteen to twenty times the size of the untransitioned male, like a Russian peasant widow, as it matures. “Dynamic parthenogenisis” or something like that. Trying to imagine these things mating is like trying to imagine Arnold Stang and Roseann Barr on their wedding night. Now, if you had walked into Jordon’s Darling Harbor seafood restaurant in Sydney during its heyday and ordered the “whole barramundi,” you get a male. If you order barramundi fillet, you get a female. The meat just ahead of the tail fin is the sweetest, so if you want a great piece of tail, barramundi is your fond memory in the offing. If knowing the sex of the fish you’re eating doesn’t bother you, it’s nice to have a choice.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        Jeez Gator, I ate barra for like, 5 years and no one ever told me all that. Now I kind of wonder which version I was eating. That kind of thing can mess with a dude.

        Stands to reason coral trout isn’t a real trout. I’ve always understood trout to be a kind of landlocked, fresh water salmon hence, ipso facto, a sea faring, salt water trout would be salmon.

        So Trout = Salmon which is > than Carp. Should make trade decisions easier.

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM

        But did you eat bugs? Oh Buddha, I love those things, even if they do look like Romulan roaches. Sweeter than Maine lobster. Da wife and I were dining on an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea in Palm Bay north of Cairns one evening, mantling our plates to keep the fucking kookaburras off of our food, having been served a saddle of hare au poive and my wife having been served a “surf and turf,” which in Oz is a cut of buffalo and a trio of bugs. I told the waiter they should offer a combination of saddle of hare and bugs. He asked why. I replied, “because you would be able to call it bugs bunny.”

        Really. And my wife still talks to me. She’s British, remember, and has an acute sense of dignity.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        Roasted witchetty grub is underrated. Like a lot of tourista I ate one on a dare, gagging at the thought, trying not to taste it and wow, was I surprised. Tasted like a fine roasted honey cashew. Delicious and packed with fat and protein. I recommend it highly.

  4. Chipmaker - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    The Angels need to bring back Tim Salmon to coach Trout. Just so Craig can crazy-go-nuts with the fish punning.

    Wait! Trade them all to the Marlins!

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:56 AM

      For what – a staledated check by Picasso with one of his doodles on the back?

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:17 AM

      If Tim Salmon is unavailable….might I suggest Kevin Bass

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:13 AM

        Smells like salmon, keep on jammin’. Smells like trout, pull it out.

        I learned that in grade school so I thought I woudl share. You may now resume baseball-related activities.

    • phukyouk - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      if you put all 3 of those on the field you would have some sort of Gefilte.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gefilte_fish

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        gilfil…giff..gifilta…gf…feeesh

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        Ah, gefilte feesh, sweet feesh of youth. My grandmother – the same one who kept us in fricassee and chopped liver for the Yonkiss games I watched with my grandfather (see prior post for details – search “Yonkiss”) – made it with a little honey and gelatin and with real kosher matzo farfel finely ground as a binder – and, of course, carp (she considered whitefish or pike alien beings). And served it with a dollop of red and a dollop of white chrain to clear our sinuses and polish the backs of our eyeballs squeaky clean. To this day I won’t eat gefilte fish without it, not even on Pesach. Incidentally, living in Macondo I picked up the Cuban habit of squeezing a wedge of lime into my chicken soup. Grandma would have burst an aneurysm at the very thought of such apostasy but it’s really good that way. You can also, of course, stir a half teaspoon or less of red chrain into it, which is also very good, clears your sinuses, polishes the backs of your eyeballs squeaky clean, and won’t send your grandmother to the respirator.

      • phukyouk - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        OG – I gotta tell you. there is NOTHING better than fresh Pesach Chrain made from Marror. no joke! i feel it for days after and my acid reflux HATES me for weeks but its worth it. for all the negative publicity that Gefilte Fish gets it truly is a great meal with the proper toppings. as for your lime with chicken soup… well thats just blasphemy.

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Agreed about the chrain (which the goyim will never be able to pronounce properly even if they move to Lon Gisland and take a seminar on it). Hell, even I lose the ability to pronounce it myself for about two or three hours after I chant or meditate.

        My wife, who is British and on the ritual committee of our local Palace of Superstition, set herself the task of getting creative with gefilte fish and came up with – okay, steady here – a wasabi gefilte fish mousse for Pesach. Eaten with matzo, of course. It’s actually wonderful though being British, her creation of it has to be the culinary equivalent of monkeys and typewriters, you know?

        Incidentally, not to be outdone, I conjured up a cinnamon-apple-walnut pie using Manischewitz concord grape wine marinade for the apples (two days of soaking the sliced apples in the wine in the fridge) in a wholemeal crust. Yes, that’s right: a charoseth pie. We nuke a scoop of mamey sapote ice cream over it to tropicalize it.

      • phukyouk - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        Somewhere your Bubby is rolling over and over in her grave and making that Tztzing noise and shaking her finger.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    The Feesh continue to set new low standards for futility with RISP – hard luck Anibal pitches a gutty five innings and gets no run support, as usual. The Curmudgeonly Undead criticized his struggles on the mound but if you go out there knowing you’re going to get no help – as Anibal knows it – you’re going to pitch defensively and dig holes for yourself. Same was true of Nolasco last night; his defense ran some strange routes in the outfield and played sluggishly in the infield. The total Feesh offense for eighteen innings consisted of two solo dingers by Dobbs and Sanchez spaced as widely as a late middle aged hillbilly’s teeth. This is not just a very bad team; it’s a boring one.

    According to the local spawrts press, the Feesh “brain trust” is holding a summit meeting in Nyorc this week to assess the season – kinda like clandestine Air Force investigators picking through the rubble of a UFO crash at this point. Prepare to be told that this team was actually an off-course weather sond passing through a cloud of swamp gas during a dry thunderstorm full of odd cloud formations that ultimately collided with some idiot who tied too many helium balloons to his beach chair.

    Meanwhile, the Hanley counterattack – that the team tanks when he’s not in the lineup but wins when he is, despite his trez mediocre production this season – has gotten underway, with the stats for the team W/L with and without him suddenly showing up on blogs, in the Macondo Feeshwrapper and on spawrts tawrk raydeeo throughout our soggy little tropical dystopia. It’s hard to tell if this is Hanley appreciation week, or just a charm offensive by a front office marketing troll to distract from how little interest in this once hot property there really is out there.

    In other news, there was an anonymous ad in the Feeshwrapper personals for a Hobbit willing to carry Hanley’s accursed .342 amulet to Indonesia and throw it into an erupting volcano.

    • FC - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      Is anyone collecting these? I’m sure we could gather enough for a book: Gator: Stranger in Feesh Land or How I survived the Marlins 2011 Season.

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM

        Ackcherley, when I read Stephen King’s chronicle of the Beanbags’ epochal 2004 championship season, I figured that if you can construct such a charmless, humorless, flat-out monotonous journal of a win-it-all year and mail it in, well hell, I can write a better journal of a plague year (with apologies to Daniel Defoe, who never did anything to deserve an ambulatory aphaisic like me making fun of him in print). I should add that I admire King’s serious work (like Different Seasons, my personal favorite) and kinda like some of his horror stuff, formulaic as it is. But let’s face it: considering the high hopes I had for it, Faithful was pretty flat (though I enjoyed the portentous name of King’s co-author “Stewart O’Nan,” since much of the book was just so much jerking off anyway).

        Anyway, let’s just say that Faithful would not be my model. I would probably write something closer to the baseball equivalent of Gravity’s Rainbow, since this Feesh season reminds me of nothing so much as the toiletship Deutschland. Here’s how it would begin: “A yawning comes across the sky. It has happened before, but…uh….zzzzzzz…” or something like that.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM

      Gator-
      I’m starting to think your vocabulary is not too dissimilar to Mick Jagger’s girlfriends. Wildly exotic and drawn upon an inconceivably broad range of tastes and influences. No doubt cost you both a bit of money at some point…

      I’m not sure if the anti-oxidants in your Aztec chia seed smoothies have been having some sort of effect on you, but you really have written some delightful posts recently. Several over this past week have literally left me scratching my head in awe and amusement.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        What’s an “Aztec chia seed”? I’d look it up but you’re not exactly short of vocabulary yourself kiwi. The amusement value of the description alone is worth the hit to my image of erudition.

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:10 AM

        http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/premium.html?gclid=CJmP06qm96oCFYtR7AodYVR2Fg

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        Ooops, hit that stupid “post comment” button again – which actually has a certain ironic jinnysaykwa to it because after all, this comment is a post-comment comment, isn’t it?

        But what of that.

        No, it isn’t the chia seed. It may be the massive dose of acai that I ingest on a daily basis, though. Incidentally, I have been able to determine that although “antioxidants” have become highly popular during the last decade (which has come as a great relief to the shepherds in New Zealand, who were finally handed a treatment for geldikop just as the bottom was falling out of the wool and mutton market and they had to start shooting and burying half of their herds Hud style to prop up the prices), I have traced the actual discovery of antioxidants to Daisuke Serizawa-hakase in 1954. You could look it up.

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        Very funny, Gate. Link to nuts online and instead of HBT you get some cockamamie firm that’s now re-appearing as a sidebar in every article.
        Next you’ll be sending us to Trailer Park Network.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        Interesting stuff. Looks like a good supplement for the obese. I wonder how long before you can get it in a candy bar?

    • easports82 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM

      Do you use macros? Have you completely overwritten auto correct?

      Do you type like this for your job?

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:34 AM

        I would never work for anyone who was dumb enough to employ me in the first place – except, of course, the University of Macondo, where I toiled for many years but retired after chairing the committee on athletic program ethics as its representative from the academic divisions.

      • jimbo1949 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

        +++++++++++++++++++++

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Hamels showed he is back and the rusty offense did enough to squeak out a win against an undermanned Reds team.

    Do the Braves ever play again??

    About Buehrle he has a career 3.80 ERA and averages a 14-11 record. He is a four time all star and has won the last two gold gloves in the AL. Nothing else about him really stands out. I think he is actually rated just right.

  7. Lukehart80 - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Buehrle is WAY underrated. He’s 32 years old and his numbers through that age are on par or even better than someone like Tom Glavine’s were at that age. He throws 200 innings like clockwork, is a great fielder, has a career ERA+ of 121, and gets almost very little attention.

    I guess toiling in a small burg such as Chicago prevents him from getting much media exposure.

    • FC - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      …and gets almost very little attention.

      I would hardly qualify two gold glove awards, two This Year in Baseball awards and two fielding bible awards (the REAL fielding awards IMO) as “little attention”. He’s getting attention, just not enough love maybe.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM

        First off, “and gets almost very little attention” was some sort of type on my part, because that sentence is a nightmare.

        Second of all, I agree that he gets some love for his fielding, but not as much for his pitching. I think he gets missed in a lot of conversations about the best pitchers of the last 10-12 years and/or seen as simply an innings-eater, without acknowledgement of the fact that he’s been a really good pitcher while eating those innings.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

        Big Brown Bear:
        Love? Love? He don’t need no steenking love!!!
        Mike Vic:
        Fo shizzle my nizzle, he wanted me to git hurt man, not cool..
        Big Brown Bear:
        He killed my cousin, and I hate dogs anyway man…
        Mike Vic:
        Werrrd bear, uhh I mean, I love Dogs… You heard that right? LOVE DOGS!

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        He deserves more attention for sure. He doesn’t routinely dominate starts, but is more so a quality start machine. That is definitely a fine attribute, but often times is missed by media and the hype machine (see my Daniel Hudson references). Of course, every now and again he may also dominate and pitch a no-no…I can’t think of an SP more reliable over the last 8 seasons or so….ok, yes I can: Roy Halladay. But, that’s like comparing someone to Jesus.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        Luke, I don’t think you will find a single person to say that Mark Buehrle, in your words, has been a “really good pitcher” the last 12 years. I really don’t. And I think he is rated just fine in the baseball world as just that…a really good pitcher the last 12 years.

        Which is part of his problem. He has really only had one great year in 2005, when he was 16-8 with a 3.12 ERA, 144 ERA+ and ended up 5th in the Cy Young voting. He doesn’t strike people out and he isn’t overpowering.

        When you want to talk about Tom Glavine, you don’t talk about his complete body of work, because he had some very inconsistent years at the beginning and end of his career. However, some of his best years were really great years…when he won two Cy Young Awards and was in the top 3 four other times.

        1991 20-11 2.55 ERA 153 ERA+
        1992 20-8 2.76 ERA 134 ERA+
        1993 22-6 3.20 ERA 127 ERA+
        1995 16-7 3.08 ERA 139 ERA+
        1998 20-6 2.47 ERA 168 ERA+
        2000 21-9 3.40 ERA 135 ERA+

        Buehrle has been a very good pitcher, but really never had a special year. His strength is his consistency, and that just isn’t all that sexy. However, if he does what Glavine did in his final 10 years, then Buehrle could find himself in the Hall of Fame.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        You wont find anyone to say Buehrle was NOT a very good pitcher LOL. I am NOT asking for an edit function.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        Chris, you also raise a good point about Glavine having put his numbers together with peak seasons better than Buehrle’s. I was just pointing out that for his age, Buehrle has a better collective body of work, which I think would surprise most people.

        I think peak is more important than total numbers, so I’m not saying Buehrle should be ranked above Glavine on any lists, but they’re close in a lot of different measurements. Also, look at this list for pitcher’s WAR from b-r, through the age of 32 (Buehrle’s current age):

        http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/2bmCO

        I’ll be interested to see what Buehrle can do over the remainder of his career.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        P.S. – That list from baseball-reference is for pitchers since 1969, when they made changes after the crazy 1968 season. Obviously the list would be different going all the way back to the start of baseball, I wanted to get a sense of where he stands compared to more modern players, those we readers are more likely to have seen pitch (though my baseball fandom goes back to only the mid 80’s).

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        I agree with you on the whole Glavine/Buehrle comparison at this point in their careers. Glavine’s career after his age 32 season is almost a mirror image of Buehrle’s…Buehrle has another 5 or 6 starts this year I guess so he can add to his #’s

        Glavine 173-105 3.31 ERA 122 ERA+ 1.273 WHIP
        Buehrle 159-116 3.79 ERA 121 ERA+ 1.276 WHIP

        The difference between the two is the peaks during their first 12 seasons.

        Now, like I said, if Buehrle does what Glavine did his last 10 years(132-98 3.81 ERA 114 ERA+ 1.364 WHIP), you could make a case for him being in the Hall of Fame.

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      The Chisox are 5 games behind in their division with 40 games to play. They are perilously close to becoming “valueless”. By extension, no player on their current roster can be considered under- or overrated…..they are merely “valueless”.

      I think that’s how that works.

  8. Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Well, I guess it’s official. Shane Victorino (the Hawaiian) is very much underrated.

    Placido Polanco had a rough night back. He didn’t do much but strike out, and look like a bad to middlin’ 3rd baseman. He just doesn’t look right yet.

    The Phills win it by the slimmest of margins due to Bailey being a bada$$ on the mound last night as well as Hamels. Hats off to both pitchers here.

  9. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Just want to point out that Daniel Hudson (whom I continue to campaign for) was a better pitcher than Cole Hamels last night. Yet again, he gets zero love. Poor guy.

    PS. when do the Braves play again?

    • Alex K - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Hamels was better. They pitched the same amount of innings, but Hudson allowed 4 more baserunners. The only advantage Hudson had on Hamels last night was the one more strikeout (offset by 3 more walks).

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        And one more inning pitched. Hamels is such a pussy.

      • Alex K - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        Sorry, I thought they both went 7. That evens it up a bit, but I still think Hamels was slightly better.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        It’s funny how much I base off of our fantasy league’s fantasy point values (ESPN league). Because, based on those, Hamels wasn’t as close, but I looked again and it’s mainly b/c of that extra inning pitched and b/c Hudson got a win. Wins still are not worth a lot in our league (quality starts are where the real points are), but they still add up. Ks are big points in our league, so given these reasons the results were:

        Hudson: 41.5 fantasy points
        Hamels: 32.6 pts (the earned run hurt him a bit more than 3 BBs w/o a an ER for Huddy)

        To put in perspective, anything over 30 is a good start, especially considering the no-decision for Hamels. In other words, it looks like our league point values are pretty fair for SPs in my opinion. It’s an obsession, I know, and I use these points more than I should with respect to real life baseball.

        Just figured I’d share.

  10. kiwicricket - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Serious question….

    What is with the B.S scoring decisions with regards to errors???
    The home team gets a break….???? WHY???? Some of the things they don’t call errors are laughable at times. Why is this? And is it worth cheating the game out of standards

  11. yankeesfanlen - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    A little love for Freddie Garcia might be in order here as well. Does he actually invent nnew pitches for slow moving strikes as he goes along?
    Let’s see CC, Hughes, Nova, Colon, Garcia……doesn’t THAT make 5? And WHO is pitching Thursday night barring an unforseen industrial accident?

    • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      He must have been watching a lot of Jamie Moyer tape. Freddie is morphing, if he hasn’t already morphed, into the quintessential Crafty Righty. A muffin fastball with eye-of-the-needle accuracy, a curve that looks like half an ellipse (if the dirt didn’t get in the way the damn thing would come back to him) and enough movement to qualify as a string quartet. He should be giving lessons to Chamberlain and Nova on how to save your arm and still win.

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        cur, Nova might take the directions while THE FAT TOAD would be scanning the bleachers looking for gnats.
        BTW, North Jersey is becoming a mecca for Beavers after Hurricane Irene went through. Seems they can solve the flooding problems that 70 years of civil engineering could not.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

        Beaver is good for you. Pass it on.

  12. uyf1950 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Freddy Garcia hasn’t ceased to amaze me this season. He has no fastball, his pitches look like something any little league team could yet he just continues to win and be productive and with an ERA down to 3.09. I just cross my fingers and hope he can keep it up.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      …could hit yet. Sorry about leaving out a word.

  13. vintage1496 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    OMG guys, guess what?! I was at the Yankees/Orioles game last night, in Baltimore… but there were lots of Yankees fans! At another team’s stadium! That was just so bizarre I had to post and tell everyone about it. I mean, a first place team’s fans outnumber a last place team’s fans… I just couldn’t believe it!

    Also, I’m thinking about called Oriole Park “Yankee Stadium South” from now on! Isn’t that so clever?!

    • easports82 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      No, it’s not.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Who the f@ck are the Orioles?

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      rookies (shaking his head)

  14. dfensfelix - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    For anyone who doesn’t know, there is a movement afoot to begin referring to halladaysbicepts as “Corky”, because it’s incredibly entertaining to picture him as Corky from Life Goes On. Spread the word…

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may think it’s a movement.

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Sorry, veterans deserve more respect than to be referred to as “Corky.” It’s bad enough that we make fun of the national anthem where he can see us.

    • Alex K - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      That’s awful, and not even funny.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      Ahhhh, the old making light of people less fortunate, to ridicule others ploy…. Not my taste. Downs syndrome is a serious condition and shouldn’t be used as a joke to bust on other people. EVER. Can’t you just call him a name that doesn’t make OTHER people feel like shit too? Bicepts may deserve some bashing, but I think he means no harm.

    • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      Good lord. ‘felix, you continue to sink to new depths. Get a life.

      • dfensfelix - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        I love you cur.

  15. cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    The men of Beaverland won one last night against the Hated Rays (*spits*). This in spite of the best Damon could do. Jose Bautista is now tied for the HR lead with Granderson. Brett Lawrie’s defense at 3rd needs serious props for being better than advertised. In fact Lawrie’s D is excellent. Adam Lind seems to have found his swing: must have left it with his chiropractor. Those guys take forever to get back to you (nyuck, nyuck). Kelly Johnson finally showed up and played him some ball. Not bad that Johnson kid. Ricky Romero? I can’t tell if he’s a Crafty Lefty or just a very good young left handed pitcher with an above average FB and a sky-hook curve. Perhaps he’s both? If so, the boys a keeper. Frank Francisco actually closed out a game, too. Guess all he needed was a 4 run lead to do it.

  16. APBA Guy - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Played in a crisp 2:25 the Indians inched their noses over the Strange Attractor at the A’s expense last night courtesy of Carlos Santana’s 20th HR. A’s 4-8 hitters were a lovely shade of 0-17, against David Huff, whose every movement screamed “No more AAA”. SoCal native Brandon McCarthy was effective himself lowering his ERA to 3.64, really good for a #5 starter, and sparing the A’s bullpen from…having to show up, something they may be afraid to do after their recent mistreatment at the hands of the Yankees and Red Sox.

    Across the Bay los Gigantes are making true believers of the “It’s Not our Year” party as they slip to 5 games behind the streaking Diamondbacks with only 27 left to play. Last year at this point SF was 2 up on SD. Last night’s swoon had Timmy giving up 3 of the Cubbies 4 homers and exiting the stage after 6 un-Timmy like innings. The Giants are dead last in the MLB in runs and have a lovely -24 run differential. Which is better than the A’s -35, but they can’t be your basis of comparison if you are or expect to be a winning team.

  17. feartherallythong - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Damn, Gator – you are in full affect today! And almost enough to make me wish I had spent some time in Schule. Almost…

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Heh – you should have. I’m still living off the interest from investing my Bar Mitzvah bonds.

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