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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Sep 12, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

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Rays 9, Red Sox 1: Attention Red Sox Nation: set sphincters to Defcon 1.  The Rays sweep and they are now three and a half out in the wild card. And these two play each other four more times. B.J. Upton was 4 for 4 with a grand slam.

Cardinals 6, Braves 3: Attention Braves, er, whatever it is they have: set sphincters to Defcon 2.  The Cardinals sweep and are now four and a half back of Atlanta in the wild card, though these two don’t play head-to-head again. The Cardinals have a three-game series at Philadelphia this weekend, but other than that the schedule is all tomato cans. I suppose the same can be said for Atlanta — a series with the Phillies and then some losing teams — but the Braves face a better brand of tomato can, including a Washington team that gives the Braves fits.  This is all suddenly interesting/terrifying.

Rockies 4, Reds 1: Rookie Drew Pomeranz threw five shutout innings in his major league debut. I’m guessing the Indians could have used a performance or two like that from a pitcher some time since late July. Pity.

Rangers 8, Athletics 1: C.J. Wilson struck out 11 in eight shutout innings and Adrian Beltre hit two homers. This technically eliminated the A’s. So those of you who pre-ordered A’s playoff tickets, well, sorry.

Yankees 6, Angels 5: The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak. Probably shoulda been five given that you’re never going to make a lot of money betting on stuff like “Peter Bourjos drops an easy fly ball, allowing two runs to score.”

Royals 2, Mariners 1: Everett Teaford, who despite the name is not a late-19th century British explorer, pitched five shutout innings for the Royals. And then, as the leader of the Teaford Expedition, he became the first white man to scale Mt. SomethingOrOther in the godless lands of darkest Africa, all of which he claimed in the name of Queen Victoria. Then he steamed home on a Dreadnaught class battleship or something and wrote he experiences up in an adventure novel for schoolboys.

Brewers 3, Phillies 2: He’s cut! The Russian is cut! Oh, well, not really. It’s just that shocking to see the Phillies lose one. The Brewers strung together three hits to rally in the seventh and hand Vance Worley his second loss of the year.

Marlins 4, Pirates 1: Six scoreless for Javier Vazquez, who has been great in the garbage time portion of the season. He’s 4-2 with a 1.95 ERA in his last nine starts.

Indians 7, White Sox 3: I guess that was an unfair swipe at the Ubaldo Jimenez trade up there in the Reds/Rockies recap, because Jimenez himself pitched well yesterday, giving up two runs over six innings. Luis Valbuena was 3 for 5 with a homer. Which isn’t exactly something he does a lot of.

Nationals 8, Astros 2: He only went three innings — this is really a shakedown cruise following his time in dry dock — but Stephen Strasburg was effective, striking out four in those three innings and allowing a run. I’m fine with the short outing, by the way. It’s not like he’s drawing butts to the seats like some suspected he might, so it’s not like anyone should feel obligated to give the hometown fans five or six innings of the kid.  Let him pitch a bit, get him out before he has any stressful situations and build optimism over the offseason.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5: Adam Loewen shows his former team that, as a pitcher, he makes a pretty good hitter. The Blue Jays’ conversion job hit the game-tying homer and then Jose Bautista broke the tie with a sac fly.  The Orioles are absolutely atrocious in Toronto. Well, they’re atrocious everywhere, but really, really atrocious in Toronto, having dropped 29 of the past 34 games they’ve played north of the border.

Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6: The Padres hand the Diamondbacks their first home loss in 15 games. Two RBIs a piece for Nick HundleyJesus Guzman and James Darnell. Not sure I’ve thought about Nick Hundley since I saw a Padres-Royals spring training game back in March. Man, that seems like it was 15 years ago. The season, she is long.

Giants 8, Dodgers 1: Madison Bumgarner struck out eight and allowed three hits in five innings, helping the Giants avoid the sweep.

Tigers 2, Twins 1: Nine in a row for Detroit behind seven scoreless innings for Doug Fister. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just called: the Tiger’s application for exclusive rights to the name “most dangerous playoff team” has officially been accepted. Anyone else who looks hot heading into October must call themselves “the team no one else wants to play.” Anything beyond that and they’re probably gonna get sued.

Cubs 10, Mets 6: A six-run 11th dooms the Mets on the night tribute was paid to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Sort of puts six-run 11th innings in perspective.

  1. ditto65 - Sep 12, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    Neighborhood. The Braves have a neighborhood. It isn’t gated, and most of the residents are rarely home.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      So does that make Chipper Jones Mr. Rogers? Man it feels like he’s been there forever! In a good way of course!

  2. aceshigh11 - Sep 12, 2011 at 5:57 AM

    Man, the Red Sox are in deep sh|t.

    No heart, no life, no grit…just going through the motions out there.

    They needed Lester to be the ace he’s billed as stop the skid, and he choked.

    They’re free fallin’ like Tom Petty. 2007 Mets, anyone?

    • joshftw - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:02 AM

      Nah, nothing can top the 2007 Mets. They blew a 7-game lead at this point in the season.

      But as a Yankee fan, it’s still quite satisfying. Nerve-racking too, as they still have 7 games against the Rays.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:09 AM

        The Yankees have to be worried. Half their team has minor injuries.

      • joshftw - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:14 AM

        It’s worrying, but they should have the depth to at least tread water until everyone’s healthy again. The Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez signings are looking pretty smart right now.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

        Except they’re three and a half up on Boston, who only has two legit starting pitchers left, one of whom is hurt. I’m supremely unconcerned about making the playoffs.

  3. joshftw - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    Save #599 for Mariano!
    Considering the Yankees are facing King Felix tonight, he might be needed to notch 600.

    • sdelmonte - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      So why aren’t we seeing a big Mariano 600 countdown? Or an even bigger countdown as he’s like three games from taking the all-time lead in saves. Let’s ignore the dubious merit of the save stat for the moment. And focus on how utterly great he is, how important he’s been to his team, and how he deserves the same kind of treatment as Jeter.

      This seems like a no-brainer for the Yankees press office. And yet it’s barely gotten any coverage even here. How odd.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        Maybe it’s because Mo doesn’t give a shit. Remember when he got 500, and all he wanted to talk about was how he cowed K-Rod into giving him his first RBI?

      • sdelmonte - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        Kevin, it seemed that Jeter really didn’t want a countdown either (at least by the end). But maybe Mo is just the sort of player who can actually tell the front office to go away. Lord knows, he’s earned that right.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

        Jeter’s the kind of guy who is very cognizant of his historical standing, so I think he makes more sense allowing what happened than Mo does. Also, do you really think the DJ3K documentary happens without his approval?

      • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        Also, at the time it appeared that Jeter was finished as an effective regular, so a career retrospective seemed more appropriate. The Sandman unit is still only suffering from minor periodic glitches.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Wow again! Does Beep-beep ever have astounding PR cover or what?

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    Five of Toronto’s starting hitters began the season in Triple A. The starting pitcher was on the 3 year DL and the winning pitcher was in Double A. Obviously, Baltimore fields a Triple A lineup.

    • joshftw - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:16 AM

      Oh Please, Mark Reynolds awful performance would never be tolerated at the AAA level!

  5. Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Philly as Drago? Man are the Phans gonna let you have it

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:29 AM

      Drago wasn’t a bad guy. It was those around him who were evil. Also, CBP won’t start rooting for the opposition.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        Just thinking of the collective agita Phans will suffer when Craig tabs the Braves or whoever might upset them as Rocky.

        I will most certainly be on the heckle deck for that one.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:52 AM

      Does this make the Mets Apollo Creed?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM

        Probably Talia Shire

        /ducks

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      No Way!!

      The Phillies are totally Rocky still. They’re just “Rocky 3″ Rocky. They’re Rocky after he gets beat by Clubber and Mickey dies after being pushed by Clubber. Ya know, the ” You just know he can’t be beaten now that Mickey died and Lang’s a$$ is grass because of this cool “Eye of the Tiger” tune that keeps playing” Rocky. That’s what they are now.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    The Phillies went 6-1 against the two pretenders this past week, including 3 out of 4 from the Brewers in Miller Park. I wonder if the Brewers fans will crawl out of their holes to beat their chests after avoiding the sweep yesterday, but I highly doubt it.

    (very minor nit to pick…Cardinals are actually playing a 4-game wraparound in Philly this weekend/Monday

    I’ve said it for a month now…the Red Sox are in trouble. And I get ripped on Twitter “Oh, be reasonable”…”Oh, you are nuts…the Red Sox are 99.1% to make the playoffs.” Then on Saturday it was “The Red Sox are 95% to make the playoffs…you are just stupid” OK, well when they don’t make the playoffs, what am I then…Nostra-frigging-damus? The Red Sox are 3 up in the loss column with 4 games left against the Rays. if you are a Rays fan, you have to be rooting HEAVY for the Yankees to dominate on the West Coast and put some room between themselves and you in the division race. They are ALWAYS motivated to beat the Red Sox, but if they have the division locked down, I predict the motivation won’t quite be the same for that final weekend series in Tampa.

    • paperlions - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:38 AM

      They are Brewers fans, Chris. They wouldn’t have beaten their chests if the Brewers had swept the series. I know it seems strange to you. But there are parts of the country that can enjoy victory without having to rub people’s faces in it….and Wisconsin is in that part of the country.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:55 AM

        I don’t know paper…they sure were beating their chests when they were “looking forward to spanking the Phillies in Miller Park September 8-11″. But OK, I guess you are just looking to argue with everything I say once again and it’s too frigging early to deal with your usual bullshit. The sun rose, the sun set and paper is looking to be a contradictory prick. Maybe OG will come in and bash President Bush again today too..why not, 9/11 wasn’t immune to his hate…why would 9/12 be any different. It’s sad that this board has become full of hate when all I am looking for is some good-natured debate and having fun.

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

        It’s interesting that a line from one person is being used to define the behavior of “Brewers fans,” yet anytime someone points out something idiotic a Phillies fan has done or said, people on here lose their minds demanding that Phillies fans not be lumped together, because they’re not all idiots.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM

        To be fair, there are plenty of jackasses rooting for the Brewers on MLB.com but that pretty much describes every team on the site, so the Brewers are nothing special. To claim that the Brewer’s fans are so gentlemanly and sportsmen-like in conduct as a whole is kind of amusing, because I’m sure it applies to all 30 teams in baseball. So again, nothing special.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Yeah, Red Sox have some serious concerns. Obviously starting pitching is an issue. There one healthy decent starter got hit around yesterday. Bard seems to be tiring as well. You can’t always out score the opponent. I’m not sure if the Rays have the juice to win this thing, but you can count on them continuing to put pressure on the Sox. You and Harold Reynolds have been touting the Rays to make a run for awhile. I must say, good for you. You called it.

      • hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM

        The Rays BABIP finally caught up to them. They were ridiculously unlucky earlier this season. They also just called up Matt Moore, although I have no idea what role he will fill. Closer I suppose. I feel very confident in saying F&$% Baseball Prospectus’ chances that they give the Rays. The Rays will be in the playoffs, and the Red Sox will not. One team is on fire, the other is terrible.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      I predict the motivation won’t quite be the same for that final weekend series in Tampa

      Heck who knows, the Yankess might be tempted to rest all their good guys and give the Rays that much more of chance to topple the BoSox. Just Because.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        If Boston’s pitching doesn’t get healthy, I’d rather face them than the Rays. I called TB for the WC over Boston in the pre-season, and that’s when I thought Boston had a rotation. I feel some shame for not sticking with the pick throughout the year.

  7. The Common Man - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    “The Orioles are absolutely atrocious in Toronto. Well, they’re atrocious everywhere, but really, really atrocious in Toronto, having dropped 29 of the past 34 games they’ve played north of the border.”

    It’s the exchange rate.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:42 AM

      The Canadian dollar is worth more than the American dollar.

      • The Common Man - Sep 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Which was my point.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Craig had set his alarm in time for his meeting. After chasing the cobwebs away he stretched in his Batman PJs and headed for the library. The room was generously furnished with shelves filled with books on every conceivable tpoic on the subject of Baseball. A grand elegant piano stood in the middle of the room. Craig walked to the piano and pressed several notes in precise order. A hidden door recessed into the far wall revealing a pole.

    Craig went into opening of the wall and slid down this pole which lead to the Craig Lair. Upon arriving at the bottom he was attired in his Braves Bathrobe. He casually took the bubble pipe from his pocket and puffed a few bubbles.

    He walked into the situation room where his 1995 Braves Championship Team painting, sitting on top of the fireplace, was already giving way to his 70″ LED Screen. On it, were displayed several headshots of people he was meeting.

    “Gentlemen”, he said. “And Lady”. He nodded to Tiffany in recognition. He sat down on his high chair and rubbed his feet on his plush Phanatic Rug. “The situation is grave. The team is in danger of a playoff Collapse. I need not remind everyone of the Phold of ’64 or the Metzi Scheme collapse of ’07”.

    “Is that what this is about?”, Drew complained.

    “Craig, I run a Twins blog, what do I care-” began Aaron. However he never finished as Craig interrumpted.

    “Silence! There will be order in this meeting!” Stunning everyone, Craig pressed a button on his chair and the screen rearranged the headshots while placing a new one in the middle.

    “Here is the primary threat,” declard Craig. “Composed of an armored chasis and sophisticated sensors and great strength it is surrounded by living tissue. It is relentless. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, remorse or fear. And it absolutely will not stop ever, until the Braves are eliminated. Oh and it’s a massive Jackass!”

    “Wait,” said Tiffany. “Isn’t that Albert Pujols?”

    • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      Shit! Stulid clumsy smartphone fingers. Sorry for the thumbs down FC, you know I love your series.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        Thanks Kevin! I may collect these and link to their associated HBT posts if I decide to reorganize my blog (which I experimented with for a while but let go). Both the good and the bad ones.

  9. yankeesfanlen - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Wow! Are we in a time warp to 2005 when the Universe could not beat the Angels? And when we do it’s a fluke? Glad that’s over for the year.
    Joe, if you tell me the goal is the playoffs again this year, you are going into the dipsy dumpster, the team 614 miles west is playing Yankees baseball. If Brandon Inge and Wilson Betemit can hit HRs we can find someone.I want you to use all your powers – and all your skills.

  10. Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak. Probably shoulda been five given that you’re never going to make a lot of money betting on stuff like “Peter Bourjos drops an easy fly ball, allowing two runs to score.”

    The Universe had enough and altered the Laws of Physics.

    • Kevin S. - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

      To be fair, that negated the equally-unlikely Bourjos two-run homer, so it’s all good.

    • protectthishouse54 - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Not so fast Craig. If that fly ball is caught, it still scores the tying run from third so saying the Yanks probably should have lost isn’t very accurate.

  11. Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Everett Teaford, who despite the name is not a late-19th century British explorer, pitched five shutout innings for the Royals. And then, as the leader of the Teaford Expedition, he became the first white man to scale Mt. SomethingOrOther in the godless lands of darkest Africa, all of which he claimed in the name of Queen Victoria. Then he steamed home on a Dreadnaught class battleship or something and wrote he experiences up in an adventure novel for schoolboys.

    Phun Phact: The Dreadnaught class battleships were actually early 20th Century big gun warships. However the narrative still fits as a Dreadnaught was launched in 1875 as a turreted ironclad battleship of the time. It wasn’t a “class” as such though. In those days warships were still built to a general specification and the builders drew up their own plans.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      HMS Dreadnought, the original battleship of the dreadnought class was commissioned in 1906 (not the 1st British ship of that name). There are a couple of books about that era and the great naval expansion into battleships by Robert K Massie: Dreadnought, and Castles of Steel. Good reading, if you’re interested.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM

        I have the Massie “Dreadnought” book thanks! It’s a great read, I’ll look for Castles of Steel.

  12. hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Matt Moore has just been freed from the bowels of the minor leagues. Yes baseball fans, Matt Moore is a Tampa Bay Ray!!! The angels just got their wings, and I can hear them singing. After a sweep of the reeling Boston Red Sox, the Rays decided to add the greatest minor league player in Rays history. Matt Moore is the slingshot that will be used to take down one of the northeast’s Goliaths.

    This feels like a playoff race. St Pete is playing their best ball of the season, while Boston is simply cashing paychecks. John Lester could be the worst “Ace” in the league. The man has made a career of beating up on the little guy, but put him in a meaningful game and, well, 4 ER in 4 ip. The Rays had 4 guys in that lineup who started the year in AAA. Jennings, Kotchmann, Lobatone, and Guyer. Brignac spent 2 months down there as well. With the playoffs on the line, the Sox got smoked by a AAA team.

    JD Drew + Mike Cameron + Carl Crawford = entire Rays Payroll!!!

    Go Rays!!!

    • sportsdrenched.com - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      *John Lester could be the worst “Ace” in the league.*

      John Lester can be the Ace of the Royals anytime.

  13. icanspeel - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Besides the AL West, the division races aren’t very close so I think people are stretching hoping for some sort of drama with wild cards just because things aren’t too interesting right now with the races.

    • hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

      Well there is a ridiculous statement.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

        Especially when a quick scan of the WC standings could remove all doubt.

  14. halladaysbiceps - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Well, my prediction of a Brewers sweep by the Phillies didn’t happen. I guess I will have to settle for the Phils taking 3 out of 4. It hard for the Phillies with the Orr and Martinez’ of the world in their lineup to score 5 runs every day. It just isn’t happening. Worley pitched well enough to win, and the Phillies had their chance at the end with runners on base, but they just couldn’t come through.

    What really angered me in yesterday’s game was what the punk Nyjel Morgan did. He hit an RBI double late in the game, reached 2nd base, and started flapping and waving his arms like he wanted to try and fly out of the stadium. He was also thrusting his chest out like he hit a game winning homer in the 7th game of the World Series. What a punk! Then they showed Manuel and Phillies hitting coach Pete Mackanin shaking their heads in disgust by his antics in the dugout. Win or lose yesterday, I was hoping the game could have gone into extra innings so one of the Phillies could have drilled him in the leg for that crap.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      Nyjer Morgan will self-destruct sooner or later. He’s done it more times than the IMF messages Peter Graves used to listen to.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      *** Phillies hitting coach Pete Mackanin

      EDIT: Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin. Greg Gross is the hitting coach. I just noticed my error.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      He’s been twice the jerk he ever was since he started hitting the ball. I used to like this guy, but he’s turning out to be a real showboating attention needing jackass.

  15. APBA Guy - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    It used to be that teams in the A’s situation were called spoilers. They played for pride, or perhaps their jobs in the following year, and gave their fans some pleasure in playing tough against playoff bound opposition.

    The A’s did manage a lone win against the Rangers in this series on Friday. But yesterday’s game was one of those roll-over-play-dead horror shows that makes you pray that Beane will take his act to the Cubs. For years we fans heard about the A’s strategy of stockpiling pitching, that with pitching and defense good things would surely come. Five A’s pitchers surrendered 16 hits and 5 walks. Two errors did not contribute to any unearned runs, but there should have been a third on Sizemore’s double clutch allowing Gentry to reach first on a ball hit directly to the converted 3B.

    The A’s rank 29th in team fielding, and have slipped from 3rd midway through the season to 11th currently in pitching. They are, of course, 25th in team offense.

    Now that they have been officially eliminated, as Craig points out, maybe they can at least play with some degree of pride versus the Angels. Maybe.

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