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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 21, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

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Orioles 7, Red Sox 5: Guess that visit from Ric Flair didn’t pay off, eh?  It’s possible, I suppose, that the visit wasn’t from the man in his awesome Nature Boy persona, but rather, was the real life Ric Flair, who is pretty damn pathetic. Anyway, sure, Tampa Bay lost too and if these teams keep pace with one another for the next week Boston wins. On the other hand, yuuuuuck.  If Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon can’t combine in the eighth inning to shut down Baltimore, how much confidence do you have for the playoffs?

Yankees 5, Rays 0: Look, Tampa Bay: Boston isn’t gonna do all of the collapsing for you. You have to do your part too.

Braves 4, Marlins 0: Randall Delgado tossed five shutout innings for his first MLB win and Fredi Gonzalez was finally introduced to a couple of relievers who aren’t Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters to close things out. True fact: I actually own and still wear a sweatshirt that is older than Delgado. It’s a black I.O.U. number with purple lettering on it and the words “styled for the 90s” written across the bottom. I got it from an aunt in November 1989 (Delgado was born in February 1990). I have no idea why I’ve kept it so long, but I still sleep in it when it’s really cold. I could probably match it up with a pair of baggy acid wash jeans and some British Knights and really make the scene in some Eastern European village someplace.

Cardinals 11, Mets 6: Of course you can’t depend on the Mets to do anything for you. They had a 4-0 lead and blew it and then were back to a 6-5 lead in the seventh before giving up a bases-loaded Ryan Theriot double and six runs in all that inning. Albert Pujols was 4 for 5.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1: While St. Louis kept pace the same can’t be said of San Francisco. Clayton Kershaw pretty much owns the Giants and he flummoxed them again, winning his 20th. A James Loney single and a Jerry Sands homer gave him two runs to work with early and two runs tends to be all he needs.

Nationals 4, Phillies 3; Nationals 3, Phillies 0: Yeah, I know they’ve clinched their division and are a lock for the best record and that September records mean little for playoff teams and yadda, yadda yadda. But that said: aren’t you at least a bit worried about this offense?

Brewers 5, Cubs 1: I have no idea why the postal service is considering cutting off Saturday delivery to cut costs. The Cubs are so thoroughly mailing it in that the USPS budget should be balanced by next Wednesday.

Royals 10, Tigers 2: Eric Hosmer went 5 for 5 and drove in three. Brad Penny got lit up. The Royals have won eight of their last nine. If they pick up a pitcher or two this winter, they are gonna be everyone’s trendy pick next spring.

Mariners 5, Twins 4: Mike Carp was 5 for 5 but didn’t score once. I wonder how often that happens.

Reds 6, Astros 4: Homer Bailey scattered six hits while pitching and had three of his own while hitting. We always couch this as an individual sentiment, but really, there’s no “I” in “helped his own cause.”  Oh, wait. There is one “i” in there. It’s not capitalized though, so maybe we can let this one pass?

Angels 10, Blue Jays 6: Toronto fails to play spoiler on this night.  Know what would be really cool, though? If someone played The Spoiler. Anyone remember that guy? You, over there, in the I.O.U. sweater. You’re old enough, right?  Yeah, he kind of sucked actually, but the world needs high-level jobbers to get guys over, OK? Those superstars don’t sell themselves.

Padres 2. Rockies 1: Mat Latos struck out nine in eight and two-thirds but ran out of gas as the pitch count crossed the 120 mark. Heath Bell got a one out save.

Indians 4, White Sox 3White Sox 5, Indians 4: The only thing more meaningless than a White Sox-Indians game this time of the year is the White Sox and Indians splitting a double header. At least in a single game something perceptible happens in the standings. The split twin bill was about as eventful as making an angel in the gypsum at White Sands National Monument. Tomorrow, it’s as if it never happened.

Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 3: Charlie Morton threw six scoreless innings. The Dbacks magic number is down to three thanks to the Giants’ loss.

Rangers 7, Athletics 2: Michael Young got his 200th hit and Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer. Texas has won eight of ten and is gonna cruise into the playoffs at this rate. The magic number is four.

  1. southofheaven81 - Sep 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    The most delicious thing about this whole “Red Sox depending on the Yankees” thing? The Yankees close their season against Tampa. If they’ve clinched the division by then, they’re just going to trot out the September call-ups, and definitely not play at full strength. Doesn’t bode too well for the Sawks.

    • deathmonkey41 - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      SLAYER!!! Okay, now back to topic at hand. Hopefully the Yankees don’t start playing the Ramiro Pena’s of the world until they have clinched these three things: playoffs, division, homefield through the playoffs.

    • nategearhart - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      I agree with your comment, but the thumbs-up is actually for your handle. Great record, and if “81″ represents your birth year then I may have found a long-lost twin. Welcome.

  2. zidanevalor - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    The Yankees clinch a playoff spot with a win in any of their next three games against the Rays. Magic Number for the Division Title is 3.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    “But that said: aren’t you at least a bit worried about this offense?”

    Nope. Not even a little worried. And this isn’t sarcasm. Once the playoffs start and the intensity level kicks up, they will be just fine. Right now, they have nothing to play for. Plus, they are playing without Mr. Lucky. I am sure when they lose a couple more in a row, Uncle Cholly will throw a couple chairs and they will then blow out the Mutts in New York over the weekend. But when they travel to that pit otherwise known as Atlanta to end the season, they will likely lose again and Atlanta will get into the playoffs. Either way, the season has been over for 5 days and it won’t start back up again until October 1st.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Also, the one game over this stretch when they had their full line-up out there, the Phillies put up 9. The wrong guys are coming up when there is an opportunity to inflict damage. Anytime there is men on base it always seems like Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Ben Francisco, Brian Schneider, or Ross Gload comes trotting to the plate.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:18 AM

        Exactly. When the playoffs start, the lineup will be just fine…

        J-Roll
        Polly
        World F’ing Champions
        Mr. Lucky
        Mr. Overrated
        Flyin’ Hawaiian
        Rauuuuuuuuul
        Chooooooooch
        Ace

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM

        The only problem I have with those statements is that it’s still highly likely Ross Gload will be given a bat in the playoffs.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

      Baseball in Philly was pathetic last night. They were sloppy. They’re lucky the score wasn’t higher for the Nats. Lee was giving up hits but getting outs when he really needed to which is the only thing positive to glean from that game if you’re a Phills fan. The offense does bother me some right now. But how long does a hot streak last? I think the “perfect storm” begins a week before the end of the season if you want to ride it to the WS. Fire it off in NY?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:31 AM

        The errors were a little frustrating, I have to admit that. But I just can’t get too upset about how they play when there is simply no reason to be playing. Until they lose a home game in the playoffs, there is no reason to be worried at all about this team right now.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM

        When you’ve been drinking heavily, horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches are the last thing you should eat. The cholesterol coats the molecules of alcohol and keeps them from being assimilated completely by the central nervous system for days. Essentially, these guys are still playing with their clinch night hangovers. Aspirin might help. Hunter, time to go pop some child proof lids.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        Charlie did say he’d be playing the starting lineup the last few games and I think New York is about right. Right now they’re playing callups and bench warmers, I would not be surprised to see the Phillies swept at home.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        Chris, What happened to Ruiz last night that Charlie and the trainer had to come out? I couldn’t tell at the time, and didn’t hear anything since.

        Gator, I hope all Hunter needs is some asprin.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

        J5, I didn’t even see that. I was flipping channels alot…watching the Rays get dismantled by the Yankees. I fell asleep thinking the Red Sox actually picked up a game…only to find they CHOKED away a game to the Orioles in the 8th inning. LOL. They are a dead team walking if I’ve ever seen one.

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        Chris- Observe the enemy and his tactics, you’ll be in need of such knowledge soon enough.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        If, God forbid, I were a Phillies fan, I wouldn’t be that worried.

        That said, the Nats are now 8-8 vs. the Fightins’ this season. Another small sign of progress in a season with numerous small signs of progress.

      • phillyfrank - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

        J5, Chooch got a leg cramp but was able to stay in. Gator, not to be contradictory, but a cheesesteak is the perfect antidote for a night of heavy drinking (experience speaking here).

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        Len…I don’t know…from what I am to understand about the AL, nobody is going to good enough to get past the Verlanders in a short series or the streaking Rays. Least that’s what I am hearing…

    • protectthishouse54 - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      I wouldn’t be very worried either, but I never understand the “they have nothing to play for” argument. It’s baseball. They’re playing to win.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Carp was 5 for 5 but poor young Trout was 0 for 4. Despite his bad season, Vernon Wells continues to hit well in Toronto. He had a HR and a double last night.

    • cur68 - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Told ya PC. Wells is the most confounding, backwards, frustrating player in all MLB. He just does the opposite of what you’d expect and come to see as his pattern. He’ll do it agin tonight, you wait and see. Just to pi$$ me off, I’m sure of it.

  5. MrWorkrate - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Hypercolor > I.O.U. by a mile.

    • southpaw2k - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

      Oh dear, this sounds like it could be a new cake vs. pie debate.

      • paperlions - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM

        Nah, everyone knows what pie and cake are and love one or both….most people either never knew or cared about whatever this is.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Keep telling Girardi- Have them hit, something will stick, a couple can run like hell. So there’s 18 men stranded, we scored 5!
    Now, today, let’s all play “Mystery Starters”.

  7. paperlions - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    The 6 run Cardinal rally in the 7th actually started after the first two retired, then it went single, single (SB), walk, double, IBB, triple, single.

    Adron Chambers pulled off the impossible, he tripled with Yadier Molina on first….I’m still not sure how that happened.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      I didn’t see the play…is it safe to assume he would have gone inside-the-park-HR if Molina weren’t on base?

      • paperlions - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        Nope, no chance of an inside-the-parker; it was just a line drive to the RF corner, Chambers can fly and made it to 3rd easily….I just have no idea how Molina was almost to home already at that point…and he made it without a throw…no bobbles or mis-plays in the field either. Maybe with their recent run, Molina has the opposite of that heavy weight thing Manuel was talking about when you are in a skid.

      • gogigantos - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        2 outs gave him a head start,, still,,,,,

  8. hasbeen5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Am I wrong to think that with a shutout going and you’re bullpen arms really fatigued, Gonzalez could have left the kid in there for more than 5 innings?

    • hasbeen5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      you’re equals your. Trying to work and comment at the same time. For the first time, I’m on the edit function bandwagon.

  9. Old Gator - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Craig, the Bravos restored a bit of the natural order of the universe last night. You remember the punchline to the joke about the rabbi who threw up on the sleeping Texan on a bumpy flight? – “Feelink better now, hmmmmm?”

    Here’s a great idea for next season, though, win lose or draw: Fat Freddi for Slobbering Ozzie.

  10. jjjjshabado - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Baseball Reference Play Index returns 86 results with AB=5, H=5, R=0 going back to 1919 (I added in SH=0, Fernando Vina went 5 for 5 with no runs and added a HBP and a SF). There are 6 of these results with 6 plate appearances.

    6 for 6 with no runs doesn’t return any results (it’s happened 63 times)

  11. Detroit Michael - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Players having 5 hits in 5 at bats with no runs scored seems to happen a bit more often than once per season on average. Adam Kennedy and Mark Ellis both did it during 2009.

    No one has ever gone 6 for 6 with no runs scored, at least during the time period where we have box scores.

    [hat tip to baseball-reference.com]

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      baseball-reference.com obviously doesn’t have records from my sandlot league 20 years ago… man I hated it when that kid hitting behind me grounded into a double-play. every. stinking. TIME!

  12. randomdigits - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    It would just kill you to give a little credit to Baltimore wouldn’t it? They take 2 of 3 from Tampa, then 2 of 3 from CAA now 2 of 3 from Boston. They are 17-13 over the last 30.

    This isn’t all about the Sox sucking.

    • protectthishouse54 - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      They did the same thing last year and it meant absolutely nothing.

      • randomdigits - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        Didn’t say it did. Didn’t say they are a good team. But the last month they have stepped it up against teams that are fighting for playoff spots and have been playing good ball.

        They deserve a bit of credit.

  13. The Common Man - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Alas, the oldest piece of clothing I still own/wear is a T-shirt from 1995, promoting Dougstock, Three Days of Peace, Love and Bowling. But that was back in the day where I could go bowling for three days at the drop of a hat.

  14. uyf1950 - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    I want to invoke memories of the Chubby Checker song the “Limbo Rock” and a particular line in it, that is very and I mean very appropriate as a reference to the “Yankees Magic Number”. The line I’m referring to in that song is “How low can you go.”

    The Yankees were able to shave 2 games off their magic number yesterday making those numbers 3 games for the Division and 2 games for the Wild Card. I fully expect the Yankees to be able to reduce those numbers even further after today’s games.

    I don’t imagine it’s that big of a stretch to think the Yankees could wrap up the division before they even play the season ending series against the Red Sox.

  15. uyf1950 - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Fans of “other” teams can classify this under the “woe is us” category if they choose but I think as a Yankee fan it needs to be said at this point in the season.

    Let’s just do a quick recap of the Yankees numbers for the season:
    . The Best Record in the AL East (by 6 games) and American League (by 4.5 games)
    . The Highest Home Winning Percentage in the American League
    . The Highest Road Winning Percentage in the American League
    . The Highest Winning Percentage of the AL East Teams “vs” AL East Opponents
    . The Highest Winning Percentage of the AL East Teams “vs: Central Div. Opponents
    . The Highest Winning Percentage of the AL East Teams “vs” West Div Opponents

    Not bad for a team that at the start of the MLB season and through all of August the “expects” gave little chance of winning the division. They were considered old and had no pitching. Yet here they are ranked either 1 or 2 in most of the meaningful offensive categories as well as having 2 players in the top 3 in the Major Leagues in HR’s and RBI’s. They are also in the top 3 in the American League in pitching ERA. As well, they have if not the top bullpen in baseball certainly one of the top 2. Again not bad for for a group that most of the “experts” gave little chance at the beginning of the season to be where they are today.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM

      Yeah, like Texiera said, the Yankees were the underdogs this year. LOL.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/19/mark-teixeira-calls-the-yankees-underdogs/

      • uyf1950 - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        Chris, I won’t bother to take the time to click on your link. But I am happy to see that you didn’t or couldn’t dispute any of the facts I posted.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

        Oh, I can’t dispute those facts one bit. They are all true and the team with the highest payroll in baseball played well enough to win the division. Congrats. Why all the crap about what the “experts” said? It’s unbecoming of you as a Yankees fan. You did what you expected to do…and what your payroll suggests you should do…win 95-97 games. Why do you have to go with the “us-against-the-world” nonsense? It just sounds so silly coming from a level-headed Yankees fan like yourself.

      • uyf1950 - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Chris, apparently you have forgotten the several times in the past that both you and Ari accused me after those posts of a “woe is us” attitude. That’s exactly why I started the post earlier staying that. You (meaning the other fans) can say or think what you want. My comment was not a woe is us comment but stating the facts and the clear acknowledgement that not many people expected the Yankees to be were they are today and that’s a fact. In fact if you go back to just before the season started you will find I never accepted what people were posting on this and other boards that the Yankees would just win 92 games plus or minus. My posts have never been a “woe is us” mentality, regardless how many times other posters try and label them as such. I have always tried to look at the facts surrounding the Yankees as objectively as any fan can possibly do. What I take umbrage with is when fans tell me what I’m saying and then insist upon it. Always have and always will.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        “My posts have never been a “woe is us” mentality”

        You mean until this one, right? Because I agree 100% that your posts have never had that woe is us mentality. Why start now? I mistakenly attributed you talking about how “devastated” the Yankees were with injuries earlier, but I corrected that mistake a couple days later. Otherwise, I have never said that you exhibit a “woe-is’us” attitude because, to be frank, it would be quite idiotic for a fan of the team with the highest payroll to have a “woe-is-us” attitude.

        Again, that’s why I pointed it out today and no other reason. It’s beneath a Yankees fan like yourself to point out the lunacy of the Yankees being underdogs. I believe ALMOST EVERYONE had the Yankees winning the Wild Card at worst, so what people did do was OVERRATE the RED SOX and not UNDERRATE the Yankees. If you don’t see that, then you are just looking to complain about something for the sake of complaining and I never expected to hear that kind of nonsense out of you.

  16. aleskel - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    how’s this for a factoid – the Yankees are on a pace to have allowed 646 runs this season. If that holds up (and that’s by no means assured, considering they’ll be resting a lot of their pitchers) it would be their lowest total in a full season since 1978. That’s pretty wild.

  17. gogigantos - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    yup, serious ownage so far in a beastly young career
    coming into to today career against the Giants 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA.,,
    so, he improves to 6-1 career including a complete game shutout last year and I don’t want to do the ERA,, just ownage
    only the first earned scored against him while Timmy on the mound against him this year,, Timmy does not not not appreciate being owned
    *^*^ the guy, hope he wins the Cy
    ownage against the Defending Champion rivals counts?
    or will anyone notice that he dominated the NL’s worst worst worst offense this season??

    damn serious ownage, hope to get close to even next year,,,

  18. nategearhart - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    The Royals ALWAYS play really well in September. Then they stand pat in the offseason, thinking they have turned it around, then realize too late “Oh wait, we whooped ass on a bunch of scrubs…”

    • Tyree Studio - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      historically, they have played over-their-Royal-heads in September after other teams are making vacation plans. The caveat this year though is they are playing well with guys like Hosmer, Moose, Sal Perez, Gordon, et al…instead of past year’s when they were beating up on scrubs with their own set of AAAA scrubs.

      DM finds some pitching somewhere and this team will be the bandwagon pick next Spring.

  19. The Baseball Idiot - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    How about some Hosmer for Rookie of the Year talk?

    • paperlions - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      He’s in the conversation.

      …though only barely. Pineda or Ogando should win it, if they give it to a position player, Ackley is a better choice, hit just as well as Hosmer but plays much better defense at a tougher position.

  20. APBA Guy - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    The Rangers continue to play like the loosest team in baseball, pounding the hapless Rich Harden’s fastball as if it were, in fact, no longer that fast. Which it isn’t. Beltre’s homerun to make it 3-0 in the 1st was the culmination of the Ranger’s better hitters watching Kinsler’s and Andrus’ at bats, then sitting on the fastball. Three hits, three runs, all with 2 outs. Once Harden was out of the game the Rangers cruised, letting their playoff-bound pitching (the “good” Holland showed up last night) keep the A’s under control.

    If the Yankees play the Rangers, the big difference between this year and last year is no Cliff Lee in the Rangers rotation. Holland has matured, but is nowhere near the finished product that Lee is. But the Rangers’ offense may actually be a bit better than last year. in 2011 Hamilton is not having an MVP type year like he did in 2010, but very quietly Mike Napoli is. He’s at 1.033 OPS and catches, plays first, and DH’s. Last night’s lineup is a preview of what may be the Rangers in the playoffs with Napoli catching, Young at 1B, and an outfield of Chavez, Murphy and Hamilton. Cruz DH’d to protect his leg, while he works to get his timing back. Moreland could also play first and Young could DH with Cruz in the OF and either Murphy or Chavez on the bench depending on the platoon split. The Yankees best bet is with CC, not just because he’s good, but as a lefty he can seriously erode the effectiveness of Hamilton and negate Murphy, though Kinsler will hit him much better.

    The Rangers made it to the WS where they lost badly to the Giants last year. This year they believe they can win it all, no matter who the opposition is. The Yankees will have their hands full against them.

  21. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Does it really matter if the Sox make the playoffs at this point? Even if they trot out Lester, Beckett, and Aceves (the only way they’d have a chance) those guys will need to throw 3 complete games for the Sox to win. Otherwise the game gets turned over to this BP and based on the last couple of weeks we all know how that will turn out

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