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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 28, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

down to the wire

Red Sox 8, Orioles 7: It came down to the last at bat. An epic 10-pitch job to Adam Jones with a runner on second that I watched live even though I didn’t watch the whole game because, hell, how can you not?  Two homers for Ryan Lavarnway. In other news, who in the hell is Ryan Lavarnway?

Rays 5, Yankees 3: Matt Joyce with the three-run homer off Rafael Soriano brought the Rays back from a 3-2 deficit. Russell Martin grounded into a triple play at one point. I assume he did that to screw the Red Sox somehow.

Phillies 7, Braves 1: I would like to offer an apology to Derek Lowe. Yesterday on Twitter, while I was feeling pessimistic, I said that he’d offer up a “4 IP, 6 ER performance.” In fact he offered up a 4 IP, 5 ER performance. Why I doubted my team’s $15 million, 17-loss ace, I have no idea, but I just hope to make it up to him someday.

Cardinals 13, Astros 6: This was a massacre, but it’s worth noting that it was Ryan Theriot‘s two-run double that broke the tie and helped open the floodgates. We’ve had a lot of fun at his expense lately, what with all of the “it is what it is” quotes, but good on him for coming up big. Oh, and congrats to Tony La Russa for burning through 139 players in this game. Can’t wait for him to face the Yankees in the World Series. We might be able to catch the end of the games after we wake up for work the next morning.

Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 6: Wow, talk about wild! Eleven runs were scored between these two in the 10th inning, with Ryan Roberts walking off with a grand slam for the Dbacks. He did the Kirk Gibson fist pump thing as he rounded the bases too. I’m assuming the fact that Roberts lived to talk about after the game means that the successful season has mellowed Gibson a bit.

Brewers 6, Pirates 4: Three homers for Prince Fielder tie him with Matt Kemp at the top of the NL leaderboard. Ryan Braun remains a single point off the batting title lead. Why…?

Reds 5, Mets 4: … Because Jose Reyes hit two homers and singled, raising his average to .336. In a losing effort, however, because the Reds tied it in the ninth and then won it on a squeeze play in the 13th.

Twins 7, Royals 4: Rene Tosoni is about the only Twins player I’ve called by name in a week. Four RBI here is a good enough reason for it, but really I don’t know why he’s on my mind. My mind got bent last night anyway. I gave up on Derek Lowe’s crap-fest early and decided to watch a “Battlestar Galactica” episode. It was the one in which Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” played a significant part, and that’s messed up for about 15 reasons, the least of which is that these people all come from a planet in which there is no such thing as Bob Dylan. But I’ll let it slide. I’m just going to assume it all makes sense sometime in the next 25 episodes. Hopefully it ends with Bob Dylan being a Cylon. That would be epic.

Giants 7, Rockies 0: Oh, so there’s the offense. Sorry dudes, too late.

Athletics 7, Mariners 0: Oh, so there’s Trevor Cahill‘s dominance. Sorry dude, too late.

White Sox 2, Blues Jays 1: Don Cooper now has the best winning percentage in the history of White Sox managers. I’m not sure how you don’t rehire him based on that. If it was Mark Buehrle‘s last game for the White Sox, it was very Mark Buehrle-ish. Seven shutout innings in two hours and fifteen minutes.

Marlins 3, Nationals 2:  Bryan Petersen homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Javier Vazquez was awesome again. It may have been the final game of his career. Today will be the last ever game in whatever the hell they’re calling that ballpark now. Good riddance.

Cubs 6, Padres 2: Starlin Castro had a couple of hits. He’ll become the youngest man to ever lead the NL in that category when the season ends today. He has also reached base in 39 consecutive games.

Rangers 10, Angels 3: Texas wins its 95th game. That’s one more than Detroit as it seeks home field advantage in the playoffs. Detroit holds the tiebreaker, however, so thew Rangers need to win today or have the Tigers lose to secure it and a matchup against the wild card winner. Kudos to the game story writer for using the word “penultimate” in the AP recap.

Tigers 9, Indians 6: Wilson Betemit had been suffering from a sore knee and Jim Leyland had said just yeasterday that he’s worried about him. No worries: Betemit hit a 423-foot homer.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    When it is all said it done, it turned out to be a hell of a season.

  2. philliesblow - Sep 28, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    From the same AP story: “Angels manager Mike Scioscia provided a boost to the Rangers’ homefield hopes when he scratched Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver from their final starts of the season, instead sending out two rookies – Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards – in Los Angeles’ final two games.”

    Guess this is Scioscia’s way of getting back at the Tigers for the Guillen / Weaver incident earlier this year. When playoff positioning is still at stake I thought the unwritten rule was you play your best players. The Tigers opened on the road vs the Yankees in 2006, just have to repeat that series.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      It also guarantees Verlander the ERA crown over Weaver. Thus I think there was no “getting back” at anyone.

    • hep3 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      Weaver just signed a big contract and Santana is signed through 2013 for $10 million plus per season. They both have pitched more innings than any season of their careers.

      Would you really expect the Angels to throw two young starters in a meaningless game for them because they are worried about some other team’s home field advantage in the playoffs?

      Unwritten rule or not; that would not be prudent.

      • cur68 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Agree. I see this as more about preserving some arms for next season, not getting back at another team. Still you know, old catchers have long memories; Scioscia probably isn’t doing this with too much regret.

      • marinersnate - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        Also Weaver pitched on short rest a couple of times down the stretch as LAA tried to make up ground on Texas. Scioscia would be crazy to throw him in a meaningless game (for LAA anyway) and risk that arm. And their $80M investment.

        The Weaver/Guillen thing will work itself out. Next year.

  3. Reggie's Bush - Sep 28, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Jose Jose Joseeeeeee

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 28, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Oswalt was hitting 94 last night. I know the Braves haven’t been hitting a lick, but when Oswalt is touching 94 he is almost unhittable. Glad to see but I’m still hoping we don’t see Roy pitch for a couple weeks.

    Not a lot of people are talking about it, but Markakis made the catch of the year last night stealing 3 runs from the Red Sox. Considering they have nothing to play for made the catch all the more special.

    It would be pretty awesome to have two games tomorrow night. I’d like to request a marathon online chat if we get two play-in games.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Actually, he hit 95 a couple of times if memory serves me correctly. Could have sworn I saw Lee in awe over that in the dugout too. It seemed he was all like” wow”, and was mimicking his delivery. Things look good for Philly right now as all of their pitchers seem as hot as they can get and the offense looks to be clicking after the funk they were in. How about that line up? Jonny like…..

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

        And Bastardo was hitting 95 all of a sudden with location.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Awesome for whom? LOL! I am pulling for a Cardinals/Phillies win tonight. Brett Myers scares the crap out of me. Despite his overall record…he has be one of the hottest pitchers in Baseball this month. Just do us another favor and finish off the sweep and break the francise wins record. Go Cardinals and Go Phillies (for tonight anyway).

    • APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      Oswalt’s key is velocity AND location. When he’s at 94 at the knees he’s as dominant as they come. During his peak years in Houston he was 95, at the knees, and on the corners.Totally unhittable.

      Then his back would flare up.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        All we ask for is a few more starts from him…… a few more….

  5. heynerdlinger - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    I’d like to point out that the Yankees plan on resting all of their postseason pitching staff for the final game of the season against the Rays. This raises the point that the September call-up rule is a ridiculous way to end a pennant race.

    Perhaps MLB should force teams to name a 25-man roster for each series in September, providing at least a modicum of consistency with the rest of the season. Instead, managers (cough… LaRussa… cough…) essentially have 40 players to work with in each game for a month.

  6. Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    A couple random factoids:

    – Kinsler stole his 30th base last night, to join the 30/30 club. He is the fourth player to get there this year (Kemp, Braun, Ellsbury), which ties the record for most players in a season. It is also the first time in MLB history that multiple players in each league have done it.

    – Castro now has the most hits by any Cub in a single season since 1936. Not bad for a 21-year-old.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      Also not bad for the only guy Quade called out during the season.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        I didn’t agree with that when it happened. Sure he made some mental errors, but rookies do that. You have a little meeting, and keep it under wraps. The kid is pretty much the best hitting SS in baseball, and has the tools to perform above average defense too.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        Agreed. Thought it was pretty ridiculous at the time. Part of the reason I am sure today will be quade’s last game.

      • Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        Starlin is awesome.

        That said, Quade needed to do something to keep him focused. I wish he wouldn’t have said anything to the media and just sat him when he needed to.

      • spudchukar - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Perhaps Quade didn’t handle it as well as he could have, but Castro’s play at times has been lackadaisical. He is quite a talent, but unfortunately he is surrounded by bubble heads. With no one to set a positive example, Quade chose to speak to an attitude that needed correction. It wasn’t as if he could ask the team leaders to help him, they play with the same conviction the manager was chastising Castro for. Perhaps by criticizing Castro, a rookie, he was trying to convey a similar message to his “veterans”.

      • cur68 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

        spuddy, I couldn’t tell you what Quade was thinking. All I saw was a collection of players getting way with playing like they were an AA or independent league franchise players while the one MLB player, who was actually productive, was getting hung publicly. If you want to screw up a talented player who’s real young and embitter him to you this is how you go about it. Kid’s an easy target; young, language issue, lots of nerves being in the show, so of course he’s easy to pick on. The kid needed some reminders and some sitting on his hands but that was pretty bush league stuff to blather it in the media. It made it seem like Quade was trying to give the image of being in charge when all he was really doing was floundering.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        Suds, Regardless, you keep it out of the media. That right there was Bush league, and managers should keep this stuff private.

      • Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        Point of note- Starlin isn’t a rookie.

  7. MrWorkrate - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    “Oh, so there’s Trevor Cahill‘s dominance. Sorry dude, too late.”

    Sadly for Cahill, the shutout was against the Mariners, so his ERA still went up a quarter of a run.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM


      • marinersnate - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        Hey, we resemble that remark!

  8. wlschneider09 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Bob Dylan is far too pretty to be a cylon. Just sayin’

    • umrguy42 - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      Technically, Craig, it wasn’t Dylan’s, it was a cover (a pretty cool one, no less) by the brother of the guy who does the rest of the music for the show. (And if anyone here doesn’t know who wrote “All Along The Watchtower”, well, maybe they need to find a new blog ;p)

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM

        Hendrix’s version is the best.

      • Ace - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

        Yes, Hendrix’s is the best of the covers. But of course there’s no reason to ever cover a Dylan song, since perfection can’t be improved upon.

      • nolanwiffle - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

        Give a listen to Them’s version of It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. You just may think differently.

  9. Ari Collins - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    If you were actually asking: Lavarnway is one of Boston’s best prospects, and is similar in many ways to Jesus Montero. He’s an excellent hitter who’s projected to hit well enough to start at 1B in the majors, but with a small chance that he can catch. (Both clubs insist, of course, that their prospect certainly can catch. And who knows, one of them may be right.)

    Of course, the big difference between the two players is that Montero has youth on his side. He could get even better.

  10. sdelmonte - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Craig, as tomorrow is the Jewish New Year and I will be offline, I wanted to thank you early for all 162 regular season ATH posts. Even when my team loses – which has happened 85 times, alas – it is a joy to read your take on every game.

    • sdelmonte - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      And I just realized that we don’t get all 162. My bad.

    • Old Gator - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Gut yontiff, sdelmonte.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        Happy New Year, OG.

  11. Detroit Michael - Sep 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    “Penultimate” is a word that I hardly ever use in conversation. It’s not the last word I would think of using but it might be the second from last word.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Well done.

      • Old Gator - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Too bad there’s no such word as antipenultimate. It would raise the ante for you.

    • dink53 - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      antepenultimate – two before the end

      Nice of Sciosia to give the Tigs a big FU, by not using real pitchers against the Rangers. The Bronx is probably nice this time of year.

  12. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Going into the season I had no clue I’d be so frustrated that the Indians wouldn’t finish with a winning record. Hoping they make it back to .500 tonight.

  13. yankeesfanlen - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Since Beep-beep was the only veteran Yankee not in the game last night, a new regular had to stand in, and whaddyaknow, Russell Martin outdid the expected performance.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      GITP, do they even keep that stat?

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        My hope is that the Rays and Sox will both either win or lose today. Let them decide among themselves tomorrow- it’s none of our business.

  14. hk62 - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    You would know the one team that isn’t even trying in these final 3 games is the Yankees – seriously, A-Rod and Tex play station to station on doubles? That approach never goes unpunished by the Baseball Gods – NYY taking bad Karma into their 1st round – likely with DET. Only disappointment from yesterday’s slate – Yankee’s lack of effort!

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      Yeah…pretty insulting really. But should we be surprised considering the source?

  15. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Tonight I’m heading for the festivities closing out the Feesh’s erratic tenure at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium, and for some serious scorebaord watching. Aside from wishing Javy Vasquez the best if he decides to bring down the curtain on his career after last night’s gem – the numbers won’t tell you that he pitched his complete game in a perpetual drizzle that became a real rain periodically – it’ll be nice to see if the Feesh can rise to the occasion and go out winners for a change. Why they chose November 11 to debut their new identity as the Macondo Feesh – when absolutely nobody will be paying attention to anything except that horrendous new logo, if indeed we’re stuck with the wretched thing – is beyond me.

    So far, still nothing official, just lots of speculation, about the onset of the Slobbering Ozzie era. That’s fine with me. Maybe the idiot is having Bobby Valentine-type problems with his demands for management input, bloated salary and perks and discovering that the Chihuahua has already marked a lot of territory he wants for himself. Now that’s my idea of a pissing contest. Though I expect at this point it’s a pipedream to hope the entire Slobbering Ozzie project implodes the way the Valentine hire did, nothing would please me more than to go into the Macondo Feesh era with a manager who won’t merely channel the incipient absurdity of our mythical burgh and embarrass the team and community every time he opens his idiot mouth.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      I honestly believe the Marlins will improve next year. The problem is the division is improving almost all around. NL East ain’t no joke! Oh and tell Ozzie “hello” for me will ya?

  16. Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    For those wondering about the Craig’s Lair post, I went ahead and did something yesterday.

  17. stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Craig: Should hell actually freeze over and the Cardinals make the playoffs…what are you going to do when (as I like to call him) “Triple Switch Tony” gets NL Manager of Year?

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

      Why should he get Manager of the Year? If the Braves don’t utterly suck down the stretch they’d be the San Francisco Giants of the NL Central. If anything it should go to Arizona’s Kirk Gibson for going from worst to first and keeping San Fran at bay unlike the Padres last year that collapsed and couldn’t seal the deal against a suddenly hot baseball team.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        Hahaha! I knew that post would draw some dialogue. Why should he get Manager of the year? Staff Ace (out since Spring Training)…Closer (released in what…June?)…probably the worst bullplen in MLB…arguably MLB’s best #3, #4 & #5 hitters (in the lineup together for all of about a Month this season)…2nd Baseman (out what…a Month?)…3rd Baseman (out what…a Month?)…among many others w/ extended injuries. All teams have injuries…that is the nature of the beast over 162 games. But the sheer amount of injuries they have endured is flat out ridiculous. This Month…w/ Dave Duncan taking care of his ailing Wife…TLR has been pulling ALL the strings. Starting Pitchers…Bullpen…position players…the whole gamut. Hell…even the Cubs announcers were giving him credit during last weekends series. People do NOT like TLR (and I can’t say that I necessarily blame them). But they also take him for granted. Kirk Gibson has done a remarkable job. No question. But “Triple Switch Tony” deserves a little credit when it’s due.

      • cur68 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        When you put it like that stlouis, with all the injuries, missed time for the starters, lousy pen, depleted rotation and then you factor in a bout a of the shingles and his daughter becoming a cheerleader (that would give me gout, an ulcer and shingles), you could convince me; TLR might well be MOY in truth if not in this season. Gibson’s gonna win it.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        So the fact that you’re a St.Louis homer has nothing to do with it at all? ALL Managers deal with adversity and injuries all season long. You don’t get a MOY trophy because a better team then you suddenly became a train wreck in September. What about all those games TLR cost his team by his over-managing? If anything you would have secured the wild card WITHOUT the guy by now!

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      I believe Kirk Gibson has has that award locked up for a month now. There is no way he doesn’t win it. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

  18. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    even i’m growing pessimistic now. watching the cards game w/ houston’s announcers, they mentioned the bravos nearly all left (except Huddy) after their loss and refused to watch the cards game on tv together (good thing in hindsight i suppose). they are all giving up it seems. thus, im sad, marginally hopeful, and jesus i HATE the cardinals almost as much as the Phillies. talk about unjust desserts…

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      Although you seem to HATE the Cardinals (not sure why…but that is your call)….I wish you good luck tonight. It appears the Phillies are going to pitch their bullpen for 2/3 of the game and my Cardinals have to face Brett Myers who is absolutely on fire this Month. You still have a shot. So again…good luck. I am just hoping my Cardinals have more of it.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

        Myers will more than likely ASSPLODE tonight. That is my prediction.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

        Actually my dislike of the cardinals grew when I moved to the North Side of Chicago a decade ago. This is just icing that old cake. I HATE f@cking cake. Not true, but pie is better. Anyway, I digress. I wish you luck as well. It is exciting, but if it weren’t for the Braves’ horrible September, this wouldn’t be exciting at all. I would have been in favor of that latter scenario obviously. I can’t even enjoy the Boston collapse b/c of the current Braves collapse. Myers will suck like the rest of the worst team in baseball. Lowe will suck forevermore.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      You expected Lowe to out-pitch little Roy and whoever Charlie decided to stretch out last night? Granted, it did take Kendrick coming out before the Bravos could score, but I really didn’t expect Mr. 1 run per inning pitched in September Lowe, to fair very well. He must really hate the Phills.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        Q. You expected Lowe to out-pitch little Roy and whoever Charlie decided to stretch out last night?

        A. F@ck no.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        I sure hope you are right Jonny (Myers “assploding”). Cause’ I have a feeling with the Phillies throwing a pullpen session tonight we are gonna’ need to put up crooked numbers the entire game.

  19. APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    As Craig mentioned, Cahill rediscovering his 2010 form was indeed too late. But tonight Gio goes for win # 16, and Willingham goes for HR # 30. For Gio it’s about pride, etc.. For Wilingham, the psychological benefit of 30 will translate directly into $$ when his agent negotiates his “get me out of here” contract. My guess is he will shop for a 3 year, $36 mill deal. That’s pricy for a DH, but if he has 30 HR’s…And I say DH advisedly, because if you haven’t seen him “play” left, you can’t conceive of the horror.

    In other news, Kinsler got his 30th SB last night and his 32nd HR. How do you do that and get practically no notice?

    • cur68 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      “…Kinsler got his 30th SB last night and his 32nd HR. How do you do that and get practically no notice?”

      Tell ya how: play for the Rangers. If it’s not bad news it aint news as far as reporting on that team goes. Been like this all season.

  20. phillyfrank - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Not that it made a difference in the outcome since the Phils had a six-run lead at that point, but it sure looked to me (esp after reviewing it a few times on the DVR) that Polly’s hit to deep right in the ninth was actually fair. Anyone else see it that way?

  21. nyyankeedave - Sep 28, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Here’s hoping the Braves break your heart tonight, Craig. For all those Yankee and Giants rips!

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