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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 6, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Brett Lawrie‘s 11th inning walkoff homer was the game’s only run. This kid is fairly fantastic. And he was born, like, seven months before the first Gulf War. And based on that pic, doesn’t have much in the way of confidence issues.

White Sox 2, Twins 1, White Sox 4, Twins 0: Phil Humber pitched seven scoreless in the first game. Zach Stewart nearly threw the perfecto in the second. I don’t intend to take anything away from either of those guys in saying this, but hoo-boy, the Twins can’t hit.

Phillies 9, Braves 0:  Oh, I get it. I now know why Chipper Jones said he wasn’t afraid of the Phillies. He was out of the lineup last night and didn’t have to play against them. The rest of the Braves squad was apparently terrified of Cliff Lee. And for good reason.

Yankees 11, Orioles 10: Brian Matusz and Freddy Garcia left it in the locker room and this one turned into an offensive orgy. Rookie Jesus Montero did, um, whatever the person who can say they had the best time at the orgy does, hitting two home runs.  No, I had no idea where that analogy was going when I started it and, in hindsight, I probably should have just deleted and started over.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: I watched part of this. There was a lot of crowd noise, but I’m pretty sure I heard this part, referring to the NL Central race, come through loud and clear.

Royals 11, Athletics 6: Tied at six entering the ninth, the Royals erupted for five runs to win it going away. Billy Butler hit two homers. The win prevents the Royals from being mathematically eliminated. Will they keep it up and make an unprecedented run at the AL Central title?!!  No! But the suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last.

Giants 7, Padres 2: San Francisco has a less laughable case at still being in a race, but it’s not a particularly strong one either. But they looked swell yesterday, with Madison Bumgarner striking out 13 in eight and a third. True, it came against the Padres and they couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat, but let’s let the Giants have this one.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7: And we can let the Giants have that one, but we can’t make too much of it because the Diamondbacks just aren’t all that interested in losing baseball games anymore. They’ve won 12 of 13 games and maintain a seven game lead. Justin Upton homered. Paul Goldschmidt drove in three.

Rays 5, Rangers 1: I’m pretty sure James Shields was a starting pitcher in the early 1970s but was kidnapped by some evil scientist and transported to modern times to test the effects of a pitcher throwing multiple complete games on an unsuspecting populace. Results: our minds are completely blown. Shields throws his 11th CG. A four hitter, with the only run allowed scoring on a groundout in the ninth.

Angels 7, Mariners 3: And Anaheim gains a game. They’re now two and a half back of Texas.

Cubs 4, Reds 3: Matt Garza gave up one earned run in seven and two-thirds. Two unearned runs because the Cubs defense is butt, but we’ve all come to expect that. Dontrelle Willis is now 0-5 since his return to the bigs.

Tigers 4, Indians 2: Doug Fister struck out 13 and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth that was all the Tigers ended up needing.

Pirates 3, Astros 1: James McDonald allowed one run in seven and a third innings. Seven and a third dreary, drizzly innings. Rainy baseball on cool days late in the season between two teams that are way the hell out of the race make me very, very sad. Summer’s almost gone. Almost gone. Almost gone. Where will we be … when the summer’s gone?

Nationals 7, Dodgers 2: Two homers for Mike Morse and one a piece for  Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. Morse has a line of .315/.369/.562 with 26 homers and 83 driven in. And no one ever really talks about him.

Marlins 9, Mets 3: It’s always fun to see the annual “Javier Vazquez makes a late season run of good starts in meaningless games, thereby fooling someone into giving him another contract” event gaining steam.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    This kid is crazy. A bit douchy, but so crazy good he makes it impossible to not like him

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:22 AM

      The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big kid they call Brett Lawrie.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:37 AM

        I thought that song was forever banned from this site on June 26, 2010.

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

        Wasn’t that “If you Could Read My Mind”?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

        I did not get the memo Len. Lawrie wears #13 which is the same number as his counterpart on the Yankees. We Jays fans sincerely hope that he has as productive career as Arod.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        If memory serves, it was when we assigned Gordon Lightfoot to Davy Jones’ Locker (the sailor, not the Monkee)
        Oh, and this:

      • cur68 - Sep 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        You guys banned Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hit? How could you? Gordy an icon of music. Ban Celine Dion, not Gordy.

        So anyone taking bets on if Lawries gets a baseball in the ribs for that Forty Licks impression and the crowd-surf leap?

    • marshmallowsnake - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah, and the tongue sticking out only made him look like even more of a douche. I have to admit, when he jumped on home plate, I was thinking Kendry Morales?

      • APBA Guy - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        That’s exactly what I thought: Oh no, broken leg! Bet every assistant coach on the Jays staff from rookie ball to the big club called and told him not to jump on the plate again.

  2. ditto65 - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    “No, I had no idea where that analogy was going when I started it and, in hindsight, I probably should have just deleted and started over.”

    That’s why we love you, Babe. You don’t look back.

    • bcopus - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:13 AM

      That’s an important rule in an orgy. Don’t look back.

      • joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM

        Is there some sort of honorary to bestow, like King of the Orgy or something?

      • Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:15 AM

        It’s like being voted the prom king, except you win it AFTER you bed the prom (orgy) queen.

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:19 AM

        Too many people forget to control for context when handing out those titles. Orgy awards require a cold, hard look at the controllable statistics of each participant.

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        That depends on where the orgy is. I would think a minimum rotational field of 180 degrees would be useful in prison, if nowhere else.

      • cur68 - Sep 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Amateurs. Orgy winners are judged on the hang and state of the togaafter the orgy. Its like knowing who the head butcher is by the state of the apron, knowhatImean?

  3. phillyphreak - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Remember when Biceps wanted to bench Utley and called out Pence? Yea that was funny…..

    In other news, did anyone else see the episode of the Twilight Zone last night…the plot was about the Giants scoring more than 3 runs…

    I’m just ribbin ya Biceps :-)

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:20 AM

      That’s OK. Utley and Pence saw my criticism about them yesterday with Sunday’s fiasco and stepped it up a notch. You have to kick these guys in the butts once in a while.

      Well, well, well…Larry Jones. Your Braves really showed us yesterday that they are the team to beat. Against Lee yesterday, the Braves didn’t even stand a chance. His stuff was unreal. I swear, Lee could have hit a gnat’s behind with the cheese he was throwing. And then you throw Derek Lowe out there. I swear, everytime the Phillies face Lowe, he’s like manna from heaven to our offense.

      Not much else I can really add to this game. A laugher all the way around. Cliff Lee, like a boss.

      • bravesman1983 - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        I swear, everytime the Phillies face Lowe, he’s like manna from heaven to our offense.

        It’s really got nothing to do with your offense. Every offense in the league is affected similarly.

  4. joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Seems like the new trend for the NL West is the division going to the least likely team to win it, after the season-long leading team collapses down the stretch.

    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present your 2012 NL West Champion LA Dodgers.

  5. joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Also, Dontrelle Willis should really adopt his own personal slogan. It should be “it’s your own fault for signing me.”

  6. yankeesfanlen - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    I normally love 7 HR games by 6 players, particularly 2 from a rookie, BUT…..
    When a dozen pitchers are used it makes for an untidy scorecard as well as a messy game.
    Uh….255 pitches to get the O’s by ONE run?

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:51 AM

      Oh, but we did have a beer-out-the-nose moment with John Sterling’s “Jesus…..on the loose!”
      Would have preferred something like “Jesus…….Christ, that was a long home run”

      • joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        Ha! Would be a nice one, but I think the bosses at CBS Radio would not be as pleased.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:06 AM

        Messianic Masher has been making the rounds on Twitter (not sure if @FauxJSterling had that one, but his reaction was way better than the real John Sterling’s).

      • phukyouk - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

        I gotta tell you that i cannot stand Ol’ Senile anymore. i mean THREE times in the 7th inning he talked about how Robertson can’t be used cause he was used for two innings the day before, meanwhile he hadn’t pitched since Saturday. but if he had gone with the Jesus Christ line all would have been forgiven.

  7. cshearing - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Willis is bad becuase of an 0-5 mark? I thought wins were not important? :p

    • joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM

      I think in Willis’ case, its just a long stretch of ranging from mediocre to terrible.

      P.S., can anyone recommend a good resource for looking up advanced stats? I’m tired of relying on the official team pages for numbers.

      • phillyphreak - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

        Fangraphs and Baseballreference

      • Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM

        What phillyphreak said. Is there anything in particular you were looking for? I tend to use those two sites for different purposes.

      • joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        Thanks guys. I’m really just looking for something more in depth than you can find on MLB.com, since now I’m mostly relying on games I watch or stuff I read in the recaps for information.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM

        I tend to like B-R best for splits, game logs, specific events and historical data. They also use OPS+ and ERA+, which you’ll tend to see quoted a lot among when advanced stats meet mainstream audiences. Fangraphs has a better arsenal of pitching and fielding stats, and their offensive statistics, like wOBA and wRC+, are value-based. They also carry PitchF/X information, and I like the sort-ability of their leader boards better. Also, their glossary is a fantastic place to start if you’re looking to understand more about what the advanced stats mean and do.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Just another ho-hum lights out performance from Cliff Lee. Everyone is talking about they are scared to face the Tigers in a short series because they have Verlander. The Phillies have THREE Verlanders. How are they going to be beat in a short series?

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      There is nothing Ho-hum about Cliff Lee. Love to watch him pitch. That double play was very nice.

  9. Francisco (FC) - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Craig’s twitter feed was a firestorm as the Phillies’ Phans mercilessly taunted him. And why not? Their team had just given his Braves a beating. The latest bobble-head caricature to arrive at his table was Cliff Lee with a smirk on his face and a tag that read “Scared Yet?”. Craig rolled his eyes. They were amusing enough when something went awry in Phillies nation and you could needle them for it. But they became so insufferable when the shoe was on the other foot. All’s fair in love and baseball he supposed. The hazards of his profession. He gave them points for passion.

    Nevertheless in the grand scheme of things yesterday’s game was meaningless. It was not the objective of the Braves to topple the Phillies for the Division. Their focus was on the postseason. He adjusted his bathrobe and took his pipe in his hand walking towards the 70″ LED frame above his fireplace. After another button press a situation screen displayed the standings, the schedules, the expected results, the win-loss percentages and probabilities of teams and key players making the post-season. All of this assorted information was running through in cycles showing him the most important results!

    He chewed on his pipe a bit puffing a bubble or two when he got a call from Tiffany. He pressed another button and her face appeared on an inset of his master screen.

    “Hi Craig! Ready to do HBT Daily?”, she said with a warm smile.

    “Always my dear Tiffany.” as he returned the smile with one of his own.

    Tiffany then seemed to focus on something behind him and frowned. “Craig why do you have a blowtorch next to what looks like a Derek Lowe bobble-head?”

    Silly him! He forgot to put those away. He casually pushed the items from the camera’s POV while replying: “Oh nothing really. Pay no attention, just perusing my collection in the morning…”

  10. Francisco (FC) - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    On a side note: are the local followers of the beaver men interested in an HBT get-together to watch the Jays-Sox this Thursday?

    • cur68 - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Well I would be but I’m not in Toronto. Other coast I’m afraid. Too bad. Hope you get a good crowd, though. Nothing better than big group for a lively ballgame.Guaranteed there will be someone quicker pitching than Beckett.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Too bad. No other takers yet though, not sure if PC is around.

  11. Jonny 5 - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    So, are Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Clayton Kershaw going to have to have a Royal Rumble for the NL Cy Young award or what? These guys are making that one kinda tough aren’t they?

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Roy Halladay: 16-5, 2.49 ERA, 1.06WHIP, 195 SO, 26 BB, 7 CG, 0 Shutouts
      Cliff Lee: 16-7, 2.47 ERA, 1.03WHIP, 204 SO, 40 BB, 6 CG, 6 Shutouts
      Clayton Kershaw: 17-5, 2.45 ERA, 1.02WHIP, 222 SO, 50 BB, 5 CG, 2 Shutouts

      If the season ended now, with all things considered, I would give Lee the slight nod over Kershaw for the CY Young award. Lee and Kershaw are almost identical in every catagory. But, Lee has 6 shutouts. That’s what puts him over the top. Halladay would actually finish 3rd if the vote were today.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        Loved this stat from KenTremendous’s twitter page:

        Cliff Lee – 203.2IP – 56 ER
        Roy Halladay – 202.2IP – 56 ER
        Clayton Kershaw – 205.2IP – 56 ER

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:03 AM

        And I guess I must go with Lee as well because of the shutout factor.

        Copo, that’s pretty amazing at this point of the season. I don’t ever remember a Cy Young award being so tied up between 3 guys before. Ever. I say they saw it in 3 pcs and give to all of them. Give Hamels the felt from the bottom as runner up.

  12. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    “Twitter feed” sounds like something you leave out for the birds.

    Javy Vasquez’ run of quality starts began way back in June, when the rest of the team was nosediving like a bunch of wingless pigs. And he’s pretty much said all year that he’s planning to retire at the end of the season. Aside from which, I don’t recall any run-up to free agency while he was with the Borg; he pretty much labored all of last season. It’s just that Larry Beinfest is a man of faith – you know, like Harold Camping.

    • joshftw - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      “Labored” is a pretty generous way to put his time with the Yankees, especially the 2nd half.

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        I know. When they signed him, I thought, oh Hay-soos, more cutrate veteran leadership. He continued to “labor” during the first third of the season, too – I recall watching his first game of the year back in April and getting the feeling that it was going to be a long season down here in Macondo. Not as long as it has turned out to be – if you graphed this campaign it would bear a striking resemblance to a taffy pulling contest – but, you know, longer than wide, like one of the sentences from El Otoño del Patriarcha, the Garcia Márquez novel about Scrooge McLoria and his accounting firm.

        But look, he’s effectively made the transition from fifth to first starter this season, whether the Curmudgeonly Undead wishes to acknowledge that or not. Oh, and by the way, you gotta hand it to the ancient billfisher – the reaming he gave these guys a few nights ago seems to have finally made a dent in their amoebic egos.

  13. uyf1950 - Sep 6, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Well it wasn’t pretty but it was a win and that’s all that matters. Plus the Sox lost, that makes the Yankees win even more satisfying. Now 2.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Sox.
    The 7 Yankees pitchers did what they had to do they kept the game close. Close enough for the Yankees offense to make the difference in this tight 11-10 win. That’s obviously meant to be a joke.
    Anyway that game is history. The Yankees remain undefeated for the month and 33 games over .500

    • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      That’s the word I was looking for to describe last night’s Feesh route of the Mutts – pretty. Not a word that’s come up often in descriptions of my peccadillo-prone pisicids this season. They came up with men on base and actually drove a lot of them in! A thing of beauty, that. All the more beautiful for its rarity – like, oh, irridium.

  14. CJ - Sep 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    No mention of some awesome 1B play by one Ryan Howard last night? Can anyone honestly look back at his play last night and tell me with a straight face he’s a below average defensive 1B? He’s worked like crazy to shed that stigma, but everyone just ignores the last 3 seasons or so when assessing his defensive ability.

    That’s like saying Bautista sucks because up until 3 years ago he was a journeyman, and his future was murky at best.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      It’s no use talking about Ryan Howard on this board. Just enjoy the guy…that’s what I do every night. He is hobbling around the bases because he is clearly gutting out some kind of leg injury. He’s about one thing…winning a World Series. That bomb he hit last night is why I love the guy. Don’t worry about what these guys say…they don’t watch him every night like we do. They see the stat sheet, which doesn’t tell you Howard’s true worth. Check out the Anti-War article in another posting…without directly mentioning Howard, because the guy probably just couldn’t bring himself to type the words “Ryan Howard” in a positive light, he writes positively about him.

      • CJ - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        True. The only use in mentioning him in a positive light would be if I were a plant by Craig just to drive up page views,lol

  15. normb11 - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Milwaukee must have traded Lawrie, not to get Marcum, but to avoid the douchiness of Lawrie + Braun. The fine city of Milwaukee just isn’t capable of handling the combined douchbagedness of those two.

  16. APBA Guy - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Bailey surrendered 3 in the 9th yesterday, another indication that all is not right with him. More telling is this year’s drop in velocity, akin to Brett Andersons’s, which finally led to his surgery. Bailey is down around 3 mph on the fastball, and is trying to throw a lot more sliders. As a result his ERA is about double what it was last year.

  17. natstowngreg - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    I’ve been talking about Michael Morse. Even suggested he should be “considered” for MVP. No one was paying attention.

    If I said Michael Morse is way better than Ryan Howard, perhaps someone would pay attention? Hmmmm?

  18. goawaydog - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Giants might have had a too little to late game but it sure was fun to watch. Panda knocks 2 rocket home runs, Mad Bum strikes out 13( I think 11 were swinging) Padres strike out 15 times over all, Crawford dazzled at short with the glove and arm again (now if that kid could just learn to hit! ) and it looked like 60% of the crowd was in orange and black.

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