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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 2, 2012, 6:19 AM EDT

Elvis Andrus,Robbie Ross,Adrian Beltre,Michael Young,Joe Nathan

Rangers 11, Angels 10: Holy schnikes! The Angels jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the fans were booing Yu Darvish and the local nine. Then the comeback. Make that the comebacks. Four runs in the fifth and then single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extras. Then, down by three in the tenth, they put up four, capped by a Nelson Cruz homer and Elvis Andrus‘ walkoff two-run single. Two homers for Albert Pujols, but in a losing effort. Just when the Angels think they have Texas’ number — bam!

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 0: The sweep.  Patrick Corbin was called up and allowed two hits and goose eggs for six innings. Mere days after the Dodgers drubbed the Giants 19-3 in a three game series, the Dbacks drop a 19-4 on the Dodgers. The NL West is gonna be exciting for the next two months.

Yankees 12, Orioles 3: The Yanks avoid a sweep by beating the O’s to a pulp with a seven-run third inning. And Joba Chamberlain came back. Which is freaky, because last I checked he had died from trampoline poisoning or something. And my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Joba pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I had thought it was pretty serious, but guess not.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 5:  Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder homered on consecutive pitches during a five-run fifth inning. The Tigers avoid the sweep. Now a day off for Detroit. And a day on which I travel up to my ancestral homeland of Detroit, Michigan to take in all three games against the Indians in what will be my first ever trip to Comerica Park. Crazy, I know. I suppose more than a decade-old grudge against them for tearing down Tiger Stadium is enough. Oh, and about that ancestral homeland stuff: don’t anybody tell my extended family up there that I’m coming. They’re all still mad that I went to Ohio State and drive a Japanese car. All of which goes into why, despite my roots, I tell everyone I’m from West Virginia. It’s just easier that way.

Pirates 8, Cubs 4: The Pirates were leading 2-1 going into the eighth and then put up a five spot on seven straight hits. Two of three from the Cubbies and now a weekend series against the first place Reds.

Rays 4, Athletics 1: The Rays have allowed 0 or 1 run in four of their last five games. They’re only one and a half back of Oakland now for the second wild card.

Brewers 13, Astros 4: Ryan Braun hit his 29th and the Astros threw the ball all over the field for their 28th loss in 31 games. The Brewers scored 31 runs in the three-game series.

White Sox 3, Twins 2: Danks is down and Sale has a dead arm but Peavy keeps humming: 8 IP, 5 H 1 ER, 8K.

Marlins 4, Braves 2: Ben Sheets had the longest outing on his comeback so far, but also his least effective. He gave up 11 hits in six and two-thirds. How only four runs scored is a mystery, but four was enough. Carlos Zambrano got the win in relief. Which is weird.

Reds 6, Padres 4: Ryan Ludwick was 3 for 4 with four driven in. Marshall, Broxton and Chapman each pitched a scoreless inning. That’s the pattern Dusty is gonna try to ride all the way through October. A friend of mine was at this game and she moved from upper deck seats to seats behind the dugout early in the game. With kids in tow, while photographing it and posting it to Facebook. Pretty ninja stuff right there.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2: Two homers for Jimmy Rollins and one for newbie Nate Schierholtz, who is probably gonna like playing away from AT&T Park a lot.

Royals 5, Indians 2: Luis Mendoza with seven and a third innings of 2-run ball. I mentioned that my kids watched Tuesday’s game in this series. Thinking about it now, I’m sorta wondering if anyone else was. And if so, why.

Mets 2, Giants 1: Jon Niese gave up one run over seven. Hunter Pence in his Giants debut: 0 for 4 and two strikeouts.

Cardinals 9, Rockies 6: Matt Holliday has another huge night: 3 for 5, two homers and five driven in.

Mariners 5, Blue Jays 3: That’s seven wins in a row for Seattle. And 13 of 17. They have a positive run differential on the year too and are closer to first place than the Brewers, Phillies and Marlins are.

  1. simonfoster231171 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Is it too late to get Nate back?

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      Colbert?

      • philliesblow - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        Damn you, Gator. I just spit coffee through my nose!

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        That’s a good start on the day’s personal hygiene. Now take one of those little nose hair clippers and trim what you’ve rinsed. Don’t make the same mistake I usually do and pick the mini-vibrator out of the drawer.

    • natslady - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      You can have him–in addition to the HR he made a great catch… Can we have Victorino and Pence back in the division?

      Not the Nats’ best effort, and some blame has to go to–who else?–the 3B coach for sending the runner with 2-out so that Dominic Brown could show off his arm. The runner happened to be the pitcher… The Nats’ are real good at getting caught stealing (I’m looking at you, Ryan Zimmerman) but NOT so good at catching them–the word is out: just take them bases, we don’t want ‘em.

      So, tonight it’s Colbert vs. Ross Detwiler… If Colbert’s still celebrating his big contract, we got a chance.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Gnatslady: well, the Rainbow Warriors did their best for ya last night. Let’s see if Eovaldi really did arrive free of any ancillary contamination from the Hanster’s accursed .342 amulet tonight.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        I have discovered why the Nats are not playing well. The front office sent season ticket holders notices of playoff ticket availability. It appears that the Gods of Baseball think the Nats were premature.

        Gator, you do realize that the Fish will have an opportunity to help out the Nats directly. Starting with a doubleheader tomorrow.

  2. antlerclaws - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Holy schnikes indeed. Anyone who bailed out on Angels-Rangers early missed one heckuva ballgame. I was on my feet at home for the last 2 innings; those fans that stuck it out through the Texas heat (105 at game time, still 90+ at midnight) were rewarded with a classic, probably the most exciting of the season for the Rangers. Saw Dempster right there on top of the pile when they were celebrating Elvis Andrus’ walkoff single, think maybe he’s going to like it in Arlington.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      This was one of the best games I have watched all season. I will also say that out of all the crowd shots I saw bouncing around MLB.tv last night. The crowd at BP@A had the most “talent”. So there is that.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Mike Scioscia strikes again.. good thinking keep Kendrys Morales in at second when the dude walks like he’s fucking 90 and you have an opportunity to put the ballgame away. There’s a reason Morales isn’t allowed to play defense–he can’t fucking move..

    the day the angels fire that overrated favorite-playing ignorant man will be the day when they can finally use their insanely high pages players and win a game. scioscia has never loved a trout more..

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Ouch- my virgin ears….

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      So the sounds of success are f-bombs? That seems to contradict when you hear them dropped

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Ddin’t Tully Bascombe steal the F-Bomb?

  4. mj1818 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    I think baseball season is wearing on you, you write some pretty off the wall stuff…

    • cur68 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      New here, eh? You should see him in the off season.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Oh, if only the rumors you heard about The Fat Toad were true!
    Speculation continues that The Universe will pay all my expenses back to MB to quell this 4 and 9 spell.

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      Heyyyyyyy Len – been hiding down in Myrtle again, have we?

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:41 AM

        Indeed, the Redneck Riviera beckoned, and, as they say, you can check out any time you want but you can never leave.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      I was just impressed as hell the Yanks were able to score 7 runs not courtesy of the long ball. Hopefully this game woke them back up again.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      I feel a complete virtuous circle in the universal force: Welcome back!

    • cur68 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Len! Missedya Buddy! Welcome back to the funny pages

  6. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    How the Feesh managed to get “only” four runs last night is a well understood phenomenon if you happen to be a quantum ichthyologist. Little bald laypeople hiding in the basement in their bathrobes and bubble pipes with nothing more sophisticated than a law degree would have problems with it; this we understand. The mathematics are labyrinthine, full of little squiggles, Greek letters, plus and minus signs that cancel each other out and cryptic brackets. The answer is, lots of singles and 4 for 9 RISP, which for these Feesh is pretty astounding in itself in a season in which Rainbow Warriors go to second and third to be processed into Soylent Orange.

    Wade LeBlanc pitched really well on his 75-pitch allocation as a starter last night. The earned run he gave up was tainted by Bryan Petersen’s brain fart going back on a fly ball that wound up falling in front of him for a gift double. Krazy Karlos pitched well in relief, because he had to do it. Will he be remembered for it? only time and Aricept will tell.

    The Iron Giant is healing up much more quickly than anyone anticipated, and begins his rehab assignment in AA tonight, weather permitting (the forecast is lousy, but I’m perfectly happy watching him take another night off ).

    • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      Well, fortunately, four was enough, eh OG? As to the Astros, maybe some other time.

      Just saw your response from last night’s little Hamilton cluster-fest. I was around when you defended him last spring and fully on board. You are right, the discussion revolved around two nuclei – Hamilton’s own demons and the crass appeals to religious bigotry. I have to say I was reacting some to the tendency of some people to paint with a rather broad brush. And bigotry cuts both ways.

      Always enjoy your posts. “Time and Aricept”? That’s starting to hit a little close to home.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        Algal DHA, the poor and slightly younger man’s Aricept, will be more than enough for me to remember that Karlos is out there somewhere. Where? We aren’t certain. But we do know that he has been a good little volcano since he arrived in Macondo. Meanwhile, the pet calming powder we feed our dogs with their Blue Buffalo and chicken hearts before long car trips has been diminishing awfully quickly.

        Re Hamilton: people just don’t get what a struggle it is for him or for others with his issues. They’re also not following the development of research into the metabolic and genetic bases of dependency. A lot of these problems are looking more and more like genetically determined biochemical propensities that really require not yet fully developed pharmacological intervention as well as psychological and spiritual responses. It’s not just a “personality” issue in the naive sense that a person’s mind or “soul” is some kind of entity detached from the directives of his body. When you’ve got so much stacked against you, even intermittent successes in surmounting it seem heroic to me. The religious stuff, obviously, would never work for me – I just don’t believe any of it in any literal sense. But then, I don’t have Hamilton’s other problems to deal with and don’t feel any need for that kind of support. For him, whatever works is necessary.

        Incidentally, I’ve been trying to write a review of R. A. Dickey’s autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up. There’s a lot of resort to religious commentary in that book that makes me uncomfortable even though there’s nothing particularly offensive or sanctimonious about it; Dickey had a rough childhood and still has to keep his wounds under wraps, and I get that. He seems to have won most of his personal battles, and I admire him tremendously on a lot of levels. I suppose I expect someone as well educated and otherwise rational as he is to have transcended any need to embrace what seems to me like so much superstition. On the other hand, it’s been an interesting lesson to me about being wary of classifying people with packages of attributes instead of seeing them as individuals, individually. A healthy process for me as a human being who values compassion, as well as as a writer.

      • Ben - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        While I agree that the anti-religious stuff is crass, on an emotional level I understand the impetus, even if I’ve resisted it. So often people in this country who are not religious are told they have no basis for moral behavior, or that their lack of faith has no role in public life. So when it turns out a certain senator who happens to be evangelical likes finding men in airport bathrooms, the schadenfreude is too much to pass up. The rank hypocrisy of evangelicals becomes a sport for people who don’t believe who, last polling I saw, were the most mistrusted minority in America.
        I don’t think any of this applies to Josh Hamilton–he’s no hypocrite, he’s an addict. So in that sense, whatever gives him strength is fine by me. But I can understand the desire to snark about feed platitudes to Texans. I just try not to do it.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Good thoughts from both of you gentlemen. I confess to being a Christian, but I am hardly unaware of the crass and bigoted ways that label is being used by many people these days. But, as Sagan pointed out so pithily in “First Contact”, by choosing to be atheist you are swimming upstream against 95% of humanity. We can go all rational and argue that happens because of the unbearable existential awareness that we are powerless against forces that can destroy us in a split second; or perhaps the crocodile part of our brain requires some totem to maintain it. But, in fact, a religious component seems to be a pretty essential part of the definition of being human.

        I think that all of the religious strivings we see are an attempt to align with our “better angels”, but unfortunately they can easily become an overlay to all of the tribal hatreds that are another part of our nature. So the Evangelicals use it as a weapon in our culture wars. I reject that, but I also reject the generalization of religious as ignorant, bigoted and stupid. After all, enlightened secular humanism gave us the French Revolution and Soviet Russia.

        I agree completely with the argument that we focus on the individual. And remember: in the reddest state in the country, 40% still vote blue.

      • Ben - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        stex52, this is where the “New Atheism” or whatever falls apart for me. The worship of rationality as the end-all be-all of human existence is empty and an even less accurate description of human life than religion. Humans simply don’t experience or live in the world as rational actors in a way that the new atheists or economists would have us believe. It’s a fiction of our historical era that humans are rational. Rationality is an aspiration, maybe, but the problem with rationality is that it’s historically been exclusive in the same way religions have. Historically rationally has been a tool for justifying European colonialism, and I think there is some of the same impulse in this atheist chauvinism you see in Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, etc.

        In a slightly different vein, I think we can make interesting arguments about the transfer of metaphysical reason from god to the state in the medieval and early modern period, but I don’t know where that gets us when we’re trying to understand the lived experience of religion today. It’s clear, whether Christian, Jewish or Islamic, that religion has been revivified in some interesting and disturbing ways, but in the end it’s a structure of signification, meaning-making, but also piety and practice, so it’s difficult to write it off as irrational or abstract, as the previous point about metaphysics would suggest.

        As someone who doesn’t believe, I don’t know where that leaves me personally or intellectually, but I have to say I have more sympathy for those who believe than don’t. As Deleuze put it in a different context, “no ally but paradox.”

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        And THIS conversation is why I read HBT…
        Oh yeah, and BASEBALL!

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Tex, Ben, and Gamera-the-Enthralled:

        I should clarify something here. Aside from not minding being the one to swim against the current (despite knowing all too well what it accomplishes for a salmon), I want to distinguish between being “religious” in the sense of believing in or adhering to a particular cult and its various rules, regulations and theology, and being spiritually open to the universe and its endless mysteries. I see being “religious” as a way of saying I have all the answers, and being spiritual as a way of saying that I have all the questions, or perhaps, that I have the questions and acknowledge that the mysteries are unanswered. This is not the same as agnosticism, which specifically questions the existence of a personal god. You can deny the existence of a personal god – as Buddhists do; the Buddha is not God, and the acievement of wisdom in Buddhism is the acceptance of the illusory nature or non-being of God as well as of Buddha himself (hence the old Zen aphorism, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him”) – and still be either religious or spiritual. I especially view fundamentalism as a form of spiritual rigor mortis, or at least, as a sclerosis of the imagination – of which, after all, religion and spirituality are complimentary forms.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Ben, thanks for the note. And as someone who had a scientific education in college (and a big fan of the existentialist writers), I also sit somewhat less than comfortable at times within my faith. In that sense I sympathize very much with you, sitting right there on the other side of the divide. The rationalists make many good points (although I could never bring myself to like Hitchens’ self-righteousness).It’s been kind of interesting to see David Brooks wrestle in his political columns of late with the fact that economic humans are not rational actors. Sent him down a whole side trip of investigating the latest neuroscience.

        No doubt that there are aspects of the recent Christian revival (and sadly in my home state) that play more into ignorance and intolerance. But, as I said above, that is because more people try to use religion as a justification for their own bigotry or tribalism. In that sense we should blame the culture, not the phony religiousity that people overlay it with.

        As to the personal and metaphysical, that is very much a private journey. I actually would be glad if Hamilton didn’t play it out so much in public (back to the original topic) but I still wish him well with whatever will help.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Ben – great of you to invoke Giles Deleuze. Been a big fan of his, and of his co-authorship with Felix Guattari, since I stumbled across their essay on Kafka, “Towards a Minor Literature,” back in college. Longer ago than I would care to consider….but Capitalism and Schizophrenia and Nomadology all rank right up there among my most influential readings. See, you have before you an unreconstructed poststructuralist.

        With a degree in theology, no less.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        OG, no degree, but I used to mentor ministry workshops and did a lot of unstructured reading. I need to retire so I can go back and formalize the thought processes.

        Completely concur in your assessment of fundamentalism (of any stripe). Your point about careless use of the word “religion” is also spot on. I tend to be more of the latter, even though I associate with a group that claims more of the former. Also, being a bit of a scientific materialist, I shy away from the spirituality aspect more than I should. Embracing the irrational in experience is a struggle for me.

        Love the aphorism, though. Surprised I had never heard it. Kind of a book end to what the Christians would say about if you met Christ today. We don’t like to admit it, but most would try to kill him, too.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        After calling him a socialist and a libturd to his face, of course. Pharisees never see Pharisees when they look in the mirror.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Bingo.

  7. philliesblow - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Welcome home, Craig. I hope Miggy & Biggy but on a show for you. Give Comerica a chance, it’s a good park. I miss the right field overhang from Tiger Stadium, but I don’t miss the view-blocking posts one bit. I just wish the park had been built on the river. Could have been the only major league park with a view into another country.

  8. chill1184 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Another ugly game between the Mets and Giants but interesting enough the bullpen wasnt part of any of the ugly.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      The Mets loaded the bases 15 times last night and went 1-for-56 with runners in scoring position.

      Or it feels like it, anyway.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Feesh fans know that feeling well. The difference is, we’re not hallucinating.

      • seeinred87 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        There were a couple femtoseconds before I realized you were exaggerating, and I just thought, “wow, that’s not very good.”

  9. tmohr - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    The Astros may have lost 28 of 31 (!), but on the bright side, they’re only three games under their Pythagorean for that stretch.

    • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Give them time. It’s going to be worse the rest of the way.

    • sometimesimisscandlestick - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      That’s just a theorem anyway.

  10. uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    The Yankees finally broke out of their doldrums.

    Also, good to see Yankeesfanlen back. Welcome back my friend.

  11. uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I wonder if the Rangers have started to regret letting Wilson walk and signing Darvish. Who including the posting fee cost the Rangers about $30MM more than Wilson signed with the Angels for.

    • beefytrout - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      The issue with CJ and the Rangers goes beyond money. The local rumblings were always that CJ was never a good fit in the clubhouse. If you’ve ever heard him interviewed, he’s very high on himself to a certain point and I think that rubs people the wrong way. Plus, he wasn’t exactly known for outstanding postseason performances.

      CJ was a very good pitcher for the Rangers, and there’s no question he was part of the reason the Rangers won the AL West in 2010 and 2011. But from what I can tell, he wanted to move on, and the feeling was more or less mutual.

    • angrycorgi - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      CJ had ZERO intention of signing in Texas again. He was only pissy because Texas didn’t push the Angels’ offer higher by making higher offers. He’d have never taken Texas’ offer regardless, so why offer him anything?? He was a d-bag in Texas, so why should the front office go out of their way to line his pockets with more cash when he had made it perfectly clear that he wanted to play in CA??

      • pw38 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        The issue is the Rangers weren’t going to sign him anyway and didn’t make a good faith offer. It is what it is though and he’s probably more in-tune with the Angels anyway, being from California and all. Time to just let it rest; it’s not like Hamilton left for the Angels (at least not yet).

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    What a day in baseball!

    – Len returns and drops a FAT TOAD reference immediately. Hearts soar in HBT land. Mine included.
    – The Angels and Rangers battle epically. Somehow Josh goes 0-5. Combined with cryptic remarks about unseen happenings, much speculation ensues. Wash kept running him out there through it all. Finally, Mike Olt, who has played some outfield, gets called up. Coincidence?
    – The Reds quietly post a better record over the last 22 days than the much-hyped A’s. 19-3 without Joey Votto. I’m impressed.
    – Most importantly for Bay Area Fans, the rare Bay Area Double Feature yesterday, followed by one today. Both Bay teams lose. Thousands of fans get a double dip of disappointment. Of course, the weather is fabulous, so how bad can it be, really?

    I for one will be glad to see the Rays leave town. I hate it when the A’s get out pitched in the pitcher’s park of the Mausoleum. And even with a lousy offense, the Rays can pitch enough to win using the same formula as the A’s. Pitching, speed, defense, timely hitting (ie, some luck). The A’s managed one run the last 18 innings, and 5 runs total in the 3 game set. Each Rays pitcher had a different look, and each showed why the Rays are still in the wild card.

    The series highlighted how difficult it will be for the A’s to maintain their hold one one of the wild-card spots. As their young pitching gets further exposed, the teams that have something to play for will continue to have good days against them. Despite their recent success, the A’s offense isn’t good enough to score a lot against good pitching. You won’t sees the A’s score 4 runs off the likes of Frieri, for instance.

    Still, today starts a 4 game series against the Beaver Men. Sorry Cur, your boys are going to have to pitch much better than they did last week when the A’s were in Toronto.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Thank you APBA. And Cur, for the hearty welcome.
      APBA, you were overly optimistic for the Universe before that four game series.A split would have been fine but one-run games have never been our forte.
      Now I’ll start on Ichiro- would have been perhaps better strategy to get him instead of the Giambino….oh wait, that was 10 years ago……

  13. papacrick - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Church and religion are for poor people who need sumthin to give them hope for a turnaround.  It goes hand in hand with people who play the lottery. Make a pile of money on your own and you will forget that religion even exists. Suckers!!

  14. chaimtavish - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Good to see you’re noticing the Mariners, Craig. They’re playing well. Now, where’s Tiffany?

  15. tophermike - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Multiple comebacks and a dramatic extra inning win? Sounds like the Rangers learned a few things from the Redbirds in the Series last year

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