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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 13, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

Pedro Ciriaco

Pirates 6, Cardinals 5:  Pedro Ciriaco – not Pedro Ceranno — hit an RBI double as part of a late rally to lift Pittsburgh over St. Louis. The late-inning losses for the Cardinals this year have been legion. This one coming on a night when the Braves lost was particularly ill-timed.

Marlins 5, Braves 4: Atlanta continues to sputter, but I suppose if the Cards keep pace with them it’s no harm, no foul. Mike Stanton came in as a pinch hitter in the 12th to drive in the winning run. Atlanta has lost 9 of 12.

Rays 5, Orioles 2: The Rays keep the heat on, winning on a night when Boston was idle to pull within three games in the wild card race. B.J. Upton doubled twice and walked twice and has now reached base nine straight times.

Tigers 14, White Sox 4: Juggernaut. Ten straight wins for Detroit. Their nine game winning streak as of Sunday was the longest they had had since 1984. Now that it’s ten, it’s the longest since 1968. And you know what happened in those years, don’t you Tigers fans?

Cubs 12, Reds 8: Starlin Castro scored four times and drove in three. He has a 13-game hitting streak now.

Athletics 6, Angels 3: The Rangers have owned Oakland. Against the Angels, however, the Athletics are playing spoiler. Josh Willingham drove in four.

Yankees 9, Mariners 3: What happened to Felix Hernandez last night? That’s the wrong question to ask, at least if you’re Nick Swisher: “I think we’ve got a great team. The credit goes to us, man.”  I guess so. But King Felix had owned the Yankees prior to last night when the knocked him around somethin’ fierce.

Giants 8, Padres 3: Eleven runs scored in a Giants-Padres game? It’s like they, I dunno, switched to the metric system or something.

Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 2: The Dbacks don’t let up, winning their 17th of 20.

Nationals 3, Mets 2: Stephen Lombardozzi was 0 for his first 15 since his callup, but he drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI single in the seventh.  Jayson Werth had three hits.

Astros 5, Phillies 1: Roy Oswalt doesn’t fare well against his old mates. Well, his old jerseys. Most of his old mates are gone I would imagine. Houston beats Oswalt up for five runs on 11 hits in seven innings. Brett Myers — against his old mates — scattered six hits over eight innings, allowing a lone run.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Disgusted. Absolutely disgusted about the way the Phillies played last night. Awful fielding and crappy hitting is what did them in last night. That ball hit up the middle in the fourth inning in which Orr and Rollins collided should have been a potential double play ball. Orr screwed that up big time. It was Rollins ball to field. And Ibanez should have been ashamed not to catch that fly ball.

    Oswalt wasn’t as bad as his pitching line would indicate, but he wasn’t nearly as good as his last start, either.

    They made Brett Myers look like a Cy Young pitcher at the plate. For god sakes, this is Brett Myers, shitty as they come. His lost record and ERA are as long as my arm, and they could only manage 1 run and 6 hits off the guy? Are you kidding me?

    Wake up Phillies! In the last 3 games, your bats have gone quiet again. You go against JA Happ tonight, another Astros pitcher having a terrible year. You need to knock this guy around like Jackie Chan or something.

    • mercyflush - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:07 AM

      easy tiger…

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM

      Looking past Myers’ ERA, he has been pitching great recently. Something like 3 or 4 earned runs in his past 4 starts. His curve was tight and he was locating it very well. I don’t think he hung one all night long. Even though his curve was on, he still did a great job of mixing up his pitches. I don’t think the Phillies had a poor approach at the plate or anything either. Sometimes the opposing pitcher is just lights out. I think that was the case with Myers last night. Furthermore, Myers always seems to pitch well against the Phillies and is the type of pitcher who traditionally gives them problems. Nothing to get worked up about.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:51 AM

        Be it as it may, Myers’ fastball is average at best at this point in his career. Howard had two at bats last night that were borderline ridiculous. He had bad swings at a few fastballs that Myers threw. And he looked hopeless at the curveballs/breaking pitches that were thrown to him.

        The fielding miscues I think are unacceptable and are working me up the most. I have no problem when the Phillies lose a game when they at least play solid defense. But, with those non-errors that were not called yesterday in the 4th, I was miffed. Even Charlie called it a sloppy game. And Charlie normally does not use that terminology usually when he talks about his team.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM

        Games like that happen, especially after traveling. Also, things like that will happen when Pete Orr and Michael Martinez are in the line-up consistently. They will get back at it this evening with Hamels on the mound.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:07 AM

        Doctor,

        You optimism is good this morning. I just don’t like how they played yesterday, nor on Sunday. In both games the offense was anemic. Victorino’s slump in these last several games isn’t helping matters, either. Your right, though. Hamels will be out there tonight.

    • paperlions - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      No pride, that’s their problem.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:56 AM

        Al igual que tú.

      • paperlions - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        Nice.

        You didn’t get the reference, but I do appreciate the use of a translator.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:08 AM

        Didn’t need a translator. I took 5 years of Spanish in HS/college.

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:55 AM

      Wait, isn’t this the greatest team in the history of baseball?

      I’m confused….

      • heyblueyoustink - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM

        Hopefully that’s not a common occurance for you.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        It is of course, but from time to time you have to throw a bone to the pack, not deprive them totally of hope. I mean it’s their 50th win of the season, Phillies could have swept them and made them reach 100 losses before 50 wins but that would have been cruel and unusual punishment.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Careful, look where that narrative has gotten the Red Sox this year.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      Chillax ‘cepts. You do realize that even the best teams in MLB will lose at least 50 games in a season.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

        And even the crappiest team will win 50 games. By (unfortunate) coincidence both teams happened to do this against each other.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Sep 13, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday
    The regular crowd shuffles in….

    Yankees are beginning to see a few familiar faces back or on the horizon. Some familiar batting patterns too after a week of rain and travel induced narcolepsy. And the kids seem enthusiastic too when asking “Are We There Yet?” and Papa Joe says, “Almost”.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      So who’s the old man making nice with the Tonic and Gin? Cause it sure isn’t me!

      • Kevin S. - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Obviously an alcoholic. There’s really no other excuse for allowing gin anywhere near your mouth.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        I’m with you on this one Kevin. Gin and tonic? Really? seltzer water + crappy alcohol flavor = Crappy watered down alcohol drink. I tasted it very recently at a wedding I went to, and it was foul imo.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM

        I can’t even stand the smell of it. I cringed when customers ordered it. Stick to ale, Brits.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        So much for literay allusions around here. Help me, Gator!

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM

        Alright Len, if it pleases you, I’ll be “John at the bar”. But Gator has to drink that swill “tonic and Gin”. I’m not doing it!

      • nolanwiffle - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

        A fairly tasty summer cocktail in my opinion….and as a bonus I’ve never contracted malaria.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:34 AM

        Jonny- Is this the next cake v. pie? I didn’t even broach this topic to begin with.
        Nine o’clock on a Saturday- Late in the week (season)
        Regular crowd shuffles in – Lineup returning from injuries.
        Moving past your glitterati intentions, everyone knows that wedding drinks are swill.
        And just to keep this interesting, Plymouth Gin is really smooth, much better than those potato smashings that pass as “premium” vodka.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Potato vodka, hence Eastern European… yeah, Ketel One is ridiculously over rated. But don’t you dare say a word about my Absolut Mandarin. THAT is a liquor that goes damn well with club soda.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        LOL!! Nice. I would have never got that at all. showing up at a bar at 9 o’clock on a Saturday is better representative of “early”. Well nowadays it is.

        Len, I’m really a poor judge of “drinks” anyway. Although I try drinks, I can never appreciate the depth of flavor in them when compared to a top shelf beer. I just can’t enjoy a drink when there are tasty brews to be had.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        Glad we got that cleared up, I thought some Old Gator obscurity had befogged the Borg.

      • cur68 - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        So. It is vodka v gin, is it?

        How to make Vodka; Sack of potatoes, a pressure cooker, distiller and no sense of taste. Very socialist, this vodka, no?

        How to make Gin; A pretty girl,
        Love, (the 1st 2 are essential: who else but a pretty girl who loves you would pick juniper berries and get the rest of the ingredients?)
        juniper berries,
        coriander seed,
        angelica root,
        orris root,
        sweet orange peel, and
        licorice powder (root)

        Typically, in fact legally, gin must have juniper. The proportion of botanicals is about 85 to 90% juniper & coriander to the rest.

        An alcohol base is required. The lowly vodka can be used here. Or, whiskey base might be used; it’s all about choice. This is yet another reason gin whips on vodka.

        Now we immerse the botanicals in the alcohol and begin the distillation process. Once again, choice, personal taste and free will are involved. Very democratic, eh?

        Use a lot of heat at first then lower it once you get to about 75C. Somewhere between 83C and 89C you collect your gin, based on your sense of smell and taste (really, your sense of taste is ~80% smell. About 14% of the human pop are what are known as ‘supertasters’ and enjoy about a 5%-10% bump in taste sense over the rest of humanity. These people are also know as “Nigella Lawsson”.)

        Cool and place in appropriately shaped and colored bottles. The best gins are clear. If it comes up cloudy, you’ve got too much botanical oil in it. Re-distill or start over.

        Serve over ice, with a splash of tonic, fruit of choice, but lime if you have any class at all. Also as a martini; ALWAYS stir, never shake. Sip it slow, for it is medicine.

        Now, ask your self: you want socialist vodka or democratic, lovely, delicious gin?

  3. halladaysbiceps - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Craig, you will be pleased by this news. csnphilly.com has a direct link on their front page to nbcsports/HBT. So, you probably will see even more Phillies fans on your site now. Isn’t that cool?

    http://www.csnphilly.com/?awid=8924838692798205606-711

  4. Steve A - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    The Tigers have dominated the regular season when it counted the last few weeks. It would be nice to see them clinch before the blacked out game on Saturday.

  5. uyf1950 - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    It looks like the Yankees are back on track after a mini 4 game losing streak. With just 16 games left on the regular schedule (15 if the previously rained out Rays game doesn’t get rescheduled) it looks like the Yankees are in the cat birds seat going forward. And that’s never a bad thing if your a Yankees fan.

  6. sportsdrenched.com - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    My football season has gotten off to a crapy start. I’ve never been so excited to have the Royals back in action on a Tuesday night in September.

  7. natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Adam Kilgore’s Hats-Mets game story in this morning’s Washington Post features a nice scene between Lombardozzi the Younger and Lombardozzi the Elder.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals-vs-mets-steve-lombardozzis-first-hit-the-difference-in-washingtons-3-2-win/2011/09/12/gIQASJ6EOK_story.html

  8. APBA Guy - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    I watched the highlights of the Yankees knocking around King Felix last night. That was entertainment. For those who don’t get to watch the King a lot, he is the best pitcher in the AL (much argument ensues) over the past few years, though Weaver is certainly having a better year this year. Partly this is due to the King trying to bear down in some games, like the Yankees game, after he has been coasting against teams like the A’s. Even for a pitcher of the King’s talent, you just can’t switch that level of concentration on and off. The first four times the A’s saw the King, Seattle won each game, and they weren’t close nor pretty. And he’s still only 25.

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