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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Aug 6, 2012, 5:42 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers 10, Indians 8: I was at this game, and I gotta tell ya, until the 9th inning it was one of the more lame, butt-dragging tie games you’ll ever see. Omar Infante and Austin Jackson kept hitting, but apart from that the highlight until then was Joe West getting all ejecty for no good reason. But then a runner on third, no-out situation in the bottom of the ninth led to no runs for Detroit and the Indians’ three-run tenth inning rally was trumped by the Tigers’ five-run tenth inning rally, capped with a Miguel Cabrera walkoff homer. That sent the Tribe to their ninth straight loss and ended what had to have been one of the more dispiriting weekends that team has had in some time. With the exception of a couple of moments late in this one, the Indians spent the entire three-game series applying postage to the 2012 season and preparing to drop it at the nearest mailbox.

Pirates 6, Reds 2: The Pirates salvage one behind A.J. Burnett‘s 14th win. Actual Clint Hurdle quote following the game: “I’ve never had an ace before.”  I wonder if anyone asked Burnett if he’d ever been one.

Orioles 1, Rays 0: How do you find yourself in second place in the AL East despite having -57 run differential? You win 10 consecutive one-run games while getting blown out whenever you lose. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Baltimore Orioles!

Dodgers 7, Cubs 6: Hanley Ramirez knocked in the game winner in the bottom of the ninth to help L. sweep Chicago. Nice bounceback for the Dodgers after getting themselves swept by Arizona earlier in the week. And a nice way to keep pace after the Giants …

Giants 8, Rockies 3: … swept the Rockies. Actually this was less of a sweep and more of a shop-vac kind of job. Except it was the Rockies doing the sucking. Like, all weekend along. Tim Lincecum won two in a row for the first time since April.

Padres 7, Mets 3: After his first outing, Terry Collins compared Matt Harvey to Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg. After Harvey gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings to one of the leagues least impressive offenses, I’m thinking that Collins needs to think of some different comps.

Nationals 4, Marlins 1: Meanwhile, the real Stephen Strasburg threw six shutout innings against Miami. He also singled in two runs. He was kinda like a one man force eh, like Charlton Heston in Omega Man. Did ya see it, it was beauty, eh.

Royals 7, Rangers 6: In the tenth inning, Alberto Gonzalez made an error on one play and Mike Olt made one on the next, giving the Royals the game. I’m guessing that, come playoff time, those balls will be hit to Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre.

White Sox 4, Angels 2: A.J. Pierzynski homered in his fifth consecutive game. The White Sox have won nine of 12 and still have a 1.5 game lead over the Tigers who have taken four straight. Chicago was my top candidate for a second half letdown, but so far it hasn’t happened.

Cardinals 3, Brewers 0: Der Sweep. Kyle Lohse and three relievers combine for the shutout.

Blue Jays 6, Athletics 5: Two RBI a piece for Edwin Encarnacion and Yunel Escobar and Rajai Davis scored from second base on a sacrifice bunt, which is kind of nifty. The Jays split the series.

Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 4: Ryan Howard has been slumping like crazy, but he singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to seal the comeback win. Cue the Phillies people calling him underrated again.

Red Sox 6, Twins 4: The good news: the Red Sox averted the sweep by the Twins. The bad news: they were in a position to where they had to avert a sweep by the Twins. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two run homer. Carl Crawford had three hits and a leaping catch. The drawing board, for one game at least, was validated.

Braves 6, Astros 1: Chipper Jones continues to impress in his final season. He was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. This is a lot of fun now, but it’s gonna be kind of a bummer when Satan comes back and claims Jones’ soul in exchange for the four months of good health and 1990s-era production he was granted.

Yankees 6, Mariners 2: Until I read the game story it had not dawned on me that Freddy Garcia and Raul Ibanez each played for the 1999 Seattle Mariners. And that Ichiro was Garcia’s teammate in 2001. And now these three gray-hairs are all part of a 2012 Yankees team that has just as good a chance as anyone to win it all. And that’s before you shuffle-in Seattle-era A-Rod. There’s gotta be some sort of “Mariners of a dozen or so years ago are the new inefficiency” theory afoot here.

  1. natslady - Aug 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Not an exciting game, just everybody doing what they are supposed to do with no wasted energy–well, except Ozzie running his mouth, Jose Reyes deliberately dropping a ball trying to get a double-play and Bryce slamming his bat on homeplate sending shards and apologies everywhere. Bryce made a highlight catch and went 2 for 4, so I guess we can quit worrying if he’s ready for the majors, right? Drew Storen came in for the save, which lit up the crowd. Game over, kids run the bases, and the rains come. Good timing.

    At Nats Park they have this “Taste of the Majors” concession, which for the Miami games features a “Cuban Hot Dog.” This item consists of a foot-long topped with Swiss cheese, pulled pork and mustard, with pickles on the side. O Gator, is this something they serve in Marlins Park, or did they make it up?

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Urrrrrppppp.

      • natslady - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:12 AM

        LOL. I had one! It was good…

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        That actually doesn’t sound very good at all, but then again, I’m pretty much a spicy mustard and/or chili dog type of guy. I’m just so damn traditional.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        ‘Scuse me.

        Ah yes, the famous MELC (muerte en la calle) dog.

        I’ve never seen that one at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, perhaps because I buy a sausage with mustard and relish with a corn arepa and cheese and a bottle of spring water for about six bucks altogether at a little cart outside the stadium before I go inside. This keeps me from paying seven or eight times as much for the same thing from one of the concessions. However, I have seen similar atrocities for sale at various area restaurants. Aside from the fact that there’s no way to eat one with only two hands – evolution played a cruel joke on us when it reduced our splendid prehensile tails to the less that useless coccyx – I think the point of cuisine that looks like that is to simulate death by Cuban driver. The firsson occurs when you first bite into the dog and there’s a slight pop! as the gasses of decomposition that have built up inside the casing are suddenly released. There’s a faint odor of honey, garlic and preservatives from the pulled pork – a parody of the scent of decay that makes jugged hare such a treat for the landed gentry. A local Cuban restaurant near my home sells a hamburger comparably overdressed but if you really want to pretend to be Cuban you have to think hard of something’s corpse to up the fillip for yourself. Anglos think anything with pork, white cheese and pickles piled on top of it is “Cuban.” I figure that the white cheese is supposed to emulate adipocere or something – it forms when somebody runs something over after five PM on a Friday and no public works folk get to it until Monday morning.

        I’m only surprised that no one in Macondo has thought of topping a slice of key lime pie that way – yet.

        Last night, at the City Winery in Nyorc for a sublime performance by Cowboy Junkies, I myself dined on pan seared tofu lightly dressed in a mango coulis with moro rice and red berries, a fine mixed greens salad with a tangy miso dressing and some braised mushrooms and asparagus, and sipped an excellent house Burgundy, good complexity, with hints of delusions of wealth, suggestions of beetlenut, daturra and banisteriopsis root, and full of artery-cleansing resveratrols. I didn’t see the pathetic results of the Feesh’s latest fizzle until about 1AM this morning.

      • natslady - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:47 AM

        I ate it with a fork, the mustard was spicy, and I thought you didn’t drink, OG… My mind is spinning. Sounds like a great meal, lived in N’Yawk for 20 years, can’t say I miss it–any more–but it was fun spending my youth there.

      • natslady - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        One other item they offer (for all games, not just Ballmer games) is the so-called “D.C. Crabcake.” Now, they get the same crabs–how can it be SO inferior to the crabcakes 40 miles north? Must be the extra $10 they charge you up there for the same item…

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        Gnatslady: as a general rule I don’t drink. Wine – unless you’re really slugging it – isn’t “drinking;” it’s just another tactical feint in class warfare. When someone at another table buys you a glass of wine because, in all likelihood, they’ve mistaken you for someone famous, you don’t slight them by slipping it to the dog under the table like you used to do with those inedible glands and gristle in your grandmother’s fricasee. You represent yourself as a man of taste and discrimination (assuming one is male, I mean) and sip a little off the top, then try to look thoughtful about it.

      • natslady - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        Glad to get that, er, “clarified,” OG. Myself, a glass of cheap wine puts me right to sleep… Beer has the same effect, which is why they never get my $9 for it at the park.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        PS – my son lives in Baltimore and there’s a little crab place not far from his home where we go whenever I visit. Big buckets of ‘em in Old Bay seasoning and garlic butter. Oh. My. Buddha. Once you learn to pull that little T-shaped scute loose from the crab’s plastron and pop it open, worlds of succulent delight splay before you. I like my blue claws straight like that, with the Pfiesteria piscicidia rinsed out of them and steamed just long enough so that the claw meat hasn’t fused to the shell inside. If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the evening….

        I don’t know why the crab cakes are so much better anyplace but in a baseball stadium. It’s an interesting phenomenon. But then, I don’t think I’d order a mole de pollo or, for that matter, tournedos of beef with parsley butter and braised fennel at a ballpark either.

      • stex52 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        Vegan in New York, OG? Surely you then walked to the corner for one of the dogs of death to close the deal.

        BTW, as a smoked meat fan, have you the corned beef at Junior’s? We were there in May. I know it’s kind of a hackneyed theatre district tradition, but we went one night about midnight anyway. It’s not like we don’t have some serviceable deli’s in Houston (large Jewish community) but my reuben was covered with with a huge pile of the best.corned.beef.ever. I guess there are some things that will just be better in the Big Apple.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Generally, I’m about as Vegan as a T-rex who’s got a herd of sauropods penned up in a dead-end canyon. But I do like a well done vegetarian meal periodically to cleanse the system, you know? Think of it as the gustatory equivalent of meditation or prayer.

        Junior’s always struck me as overpriced to the point where I would be embarrassed at myself for paying the tab. I go to Katz’s on Houston Street for mind blowing corned beef sandwiches.

      • stex52 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        Mole de pollo at the ballpark? I gagged at the possibility.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        Gator, I am saddened by the news of Burgundy entering the equation. Reduce the pomp, cut out the middlemen….Central Otago or even the odd producer from Tasmania.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Pino Grand Fenwick? Chateau la Dreck? Merlot Nuveau?

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Scoring from second on a sacrifice bunt is rather unusual. I was watching Usain Bolt live, so I missed the play and had to read about it. Davis was trying to steal third on the play and Gose laid down a bunt. Norris threw out the speedy Gose at first. Davis was at third when Norris got the ball and kept on running. He managed to beat the return throw to home. It was not a planned play, but I expect that the “run and bunt” will become a part of the Jay’s arsenal in the future.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Someone did that against the Feesh not to long ago, but my memories of Rainbow Warrior house boners like that have all fused together into a season-long blur of haplessness, ineptitude and Slobbering Ozzie ELTs by now.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Did you enjoy the concert by the Timms family band? The Trinity Sessions still sounds great.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        You know that story, right? When they rented the church for the night to record the album, because of its superb acoustics, they knew they’d have a problem if they represented themselves as the Cowboy Junkies, so they rented as the Timmins Family Singers. The rest is history. When they went back twenty years later to re-record the album along with Natalie Merchant, Vic Chesnutt and Ryan Adams, they were sufficiently Canadian-iconic enough to rent in their official name.

        As wonderful as The Trinity Session still is after all these years (they played “Sweet Jane” and “Working on a Building” last night and the room went nuts over them), they’ve moved so far beyond that in musical terms it’s not even funny. Played a full opening set of their terrifc most recent stuff from their Nomad series. They were fantastic last night. Margo….sigh….

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        I suspected that you still have the hots for Margo. It is a big crowd.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Oh yes it is. But Margo is a goddess who transcends “hots” – and at fifty one she still looks better than most twenty five year old women. And that voice. She really cut loose on “Follower 2″ and “Lost my Driving Wheel” last night. Ohboy.

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Davis running the bases is a thing of beauty. If he can ever get his OBP higher then he could really be a major part of any future Jays success.

  3. darthicarus - Aug 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Great weekend of baseball for the Tigers, though I’ll admit I may have to turn in my fan card as I turned off the radio yesterday when Benoit gave up the 2nd HR in the 9th. I didn’t even realize the Tigers had won until I was watching Quick Pitch and saw the Cabrera HR on their intro.

    Now if only those White Sox would start losing a few more games.

    • philliesblow - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      Si Motherf****r!!!!

  4. kiwicricket - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    I love how Frenchy was mobbed joyfully after hitting a slow weak grounder to third, which should of been a double play.

    Pierzynski’s HR hit some small child in the front row, after his adult minder ran away from the ball. Demerit points for that gentleman.

    • antlerclaws - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Re: Frenchy. I guess when you’re Last Place in the American League, you take what you can get, even if it’s a walk-off score on an error committed by a rookie who’s playing in his third Major League game.

      Also after that Rangers-Royals game, Ron Washington said Roy Oswalt refused to go back in and pitch a third inning, saying he was “done”. Done what? Done for the day? Done pitching in the bullpen? Sounds like Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan have some work to do, either ego-soothing or DFA.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        If some of you FBI types could get audio of Nolan Ryan “discussing” the situation with Oswalt that would be awesome.

        Ehh, I is it bad that I was more excited about Yuni’s DFA, and the firing of Doug Sission than a win over the Rangers?

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        Do they still call him Frenchy? I thought he was renamed “Freedom” by an especially juvenile act of Congress back in 2003.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Yuni get’s canned, Frenchy gets mobbed after hacking into a double play. Both have pretty bloody similar slash lines. Go figure.
        If only Yuni recognized that his team mates had swapped his glove for a frying-pan 4 months ago, he still might be employed by the big club.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        The over-sized gentleman who would rather his son/grandchild get hit with the ball, as apposed to hurting his hands is here:

        http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?cid=mlb

        *Warning…..Hawkism’s and other fowl language.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    It was also Freddy Garcia’s 150th career victory.

  6. bleedgreen - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    They really need to send Ryan Howard to AAA to learn how to hit again. He’s just awful. Walk off or not, he’s hurting the team. Utley is back to being Utley… Howard is a liability.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      What?!?! Don’t you know you were are to fulfill Craig’s desires by saying Howard is underrated?!?!

      On a more serious note though: Why send him to AAA? Why not just let him work his kinks out with the big club? It’s not like they’re fighting for the WC spot or anything. He can stay where he is imo and work out his kinks in the majors. It doesn’t really matter at this point.

      • paperlions - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        Yeah, I don’t see any point to sending him down (and they probably can’t without his permission anyway….why would he volunteer to ride a bus and stay as shitty hotels in tiny towns?). Despite claims to the contrary, it really will be at LEAST 1 year before his achilles is back to anything resembling what it was before. Yeah, he can run and play D and swing….but there is no way he is doing it with the same strength and balance that he had pre-injury. By ST 2013, he should be back…but it has only been 10 months.

  7. dawgpoundmember - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    *Tigers 10 – Indians 5 hope to see an article on your trip to Comerica over the weekend

  8. dawgpoundmember - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    EDIT FUNCTION lol Indians 8

  9. thefalcon123 - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    “Pirates 6, Reds 2: The Pirates salvage one behind A.J. Burnett‘s 14th win. Actual Clint Hurdle quote following the game: ”I’ve never had an ace before.” I wonder if anyone asked Burnett if he’d ever been one.”

    I have to admit, the first thought that went through my head was: “HA! Burnett is your ‘ace’, what a pathetic team!”. Then I quickly remember that the Pirates are in 2nd place, one back of the Wild Card, have an excellent team and AJ Burnett is good again. This is going to take some getting used to…

  10. cur68 - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The Beaver Wrestlers have won 2 in a row now. Is this a streak yet? More of a skid mark I think. Tuesday they go for official streak status.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      I don’t know how you’re going to make it through Monday, cur. The tension…whereas I, who have already learned to live without hope, shall be tranquil and inert.

      • cur68 - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        I’m going to listen to Margo and work on my thesis. I’ve been dreading the portion of the survey with the question “please write down any thoughts you have on the subject”. You’d think physicians, nurses, dieticians and therapists would have a decent grasp of English, but no. Margo will have to get me through Monday, hope still alive, till I can have my liver officially consumed by the Yankees as they PUMMEL my boys.

  11. randomdigits - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I had no idea that 2-0 (Friday’s score) constituted a blowout.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I was impressed with Mr. Encarnacion, especially the last few games, and with the Beaver starters during this series. E5 was making good contact, even if he swung at the occasional 3-1 pitch off the plate, and yesterday he was an absolute force. And the Beaver starting pitching, so awful in the Rogers centre during the A’s visit two weeks ago, was much improved in this series.

    The A’s have maintained their wild-card lead by playing this homestand 4-3 while the Angels went 3-4. It is still disorienting to mention the Angels and A’s in the same sentence as if they are somehow equivalent. Fortunately that disorientaion will be resolved in large part starting tonight as the Mike Trout Express comes to the Mausoleum.

    Close observers of the A’s will have noticed a disruption in the pitching force over the past week or so. Yesterday Milone gave up 6 in six, in the previous two games Ryan Cook had given up game tying HR’s in the 9th, and AJ “Mix-a-Lot” Griffin had been placed on the DL, a rite of passage required of all young A’s pitchers before they can be considered “real” A’s. Against this backdrop consider:

    – Weaver v. Parker
    – Wilson v. “El Capitan” Colon
    – Greinke v. Straily

    Wow! LA starpower v feisty underdogs. I just hope that Ray Fosse is back in the booth.

    • cur68 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      I’m enjoying the A’s immensely. Not just because they win, but because Cespedes is exactly opposite of what people on this board said he was. Let me know when they make a Cespedes Bobblehead. I MUST have one to sit next my Faux Jobu.

  13. IdahoMariner - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Thanks, Craig, for reminding me of my least favorite Mariners playoff pastime….counting how many former Mariners are in the playoffs….Raul and Ichiro actually used to have their lockers next to each other….

  14. gloccamorra - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Matt Harvey is no Verlander, but he pitched better than the stats. Four of the five runs came on a pair of two-run homers just barely getting over the fence. The Padres aren’t as bad offensively as they were earlier in the season (3.1 runs/game in April-May), scoring 4.5 runs/game since Quentin got off the disabled list.

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