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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 9, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

Jose Reyes

Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games.

Giants 15, Cardinals 0: This one got even more out of hand. Marco Scutaro drove in seven, hitting a grand slam, doubling in a couple and singling in one. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless, but it was kinda unnecessary.

Padres 2, Cubs 0: Clayton Richard shut the Cubs out on five hits. The Cubs now own the longest losing streak in the game at eight.

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Ryan Braun was 0 for his last 18 before he hit the game winning RBI double in the eighth. In other news I almost wrote “Russell Brand” instead of Ryan Braun. Man that would have been a different ballgame.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2: Maybe this game was just boring, but all the various game stories I’ve read seem to want to talk about how that this win clinched the 16th straight home series win by the Rays over the Blue Jays which fails the interesting factoid test for me in that it’s neither independently interesting — it doesn’t make you say “aw, neat!” — and it has zero predictive value.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6: Neil Walker homered and drove in five. I thought a month or two ago that the Pirates would not be for real if Andrew McCutchen was the only legitimate offensive threat. Well, he’s not that anymore. Walker has been tough stuff.

Nationals 4, Astros 3: Of their four runs, only two were technically driven in and both of them came from the bat of Gio Gonzalez, who hit a two run homer. The others: on a balk and on an error. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Houston Astros.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Where in the hell did that come from, Jeremy Guthrie? Eight shutout innings with zero walks and six strikeouts.

Braves 12, Phillies 6: Neither starter had anything — Tim Hudson and Kyle Kendrick were both touched for six runs — and it was six-all in the seventh when Dan Uggla hit a bases clearing double and another run scored on an error. Oh, and David Ross stole a base. It was his first in 636 career games. Even without the stolen base, he’s easily baseball’s best backup catcher over the past four years. No question about it, right?

Yankees 12, Tigers 8: The Tigers lost for the first time in six games thanks in part to Curtis Granderson driving in four. It wasn’t easy for the Yankees, though. They had a 7-0 lead which the Tigers closed to 8-7 by the seventh inning. The Yankees rapped out 18 hits and scored their 12 runs on the back of only one homer, so that should make “the Yankees are too home run-dependent” crowd shut up a bit.

Orioles 9, Mariners 2: Steve Johnson made his first major league start. And he struck out nine over six innings for the win. Matt Wieters went 2 for 5 and drove in five for his second straight big game.

Athletics 9, Angels 8: The Angels hit five home runs — two by Kendrys Morales — but they weren’t enough because LaTroy Hawkins and Zack Greinke got rocked. A’s closer Ryan Cook‘s explanation for the A’s success: “It’s chemistry, man.” Not enough facepalms in the world.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Josh Hamilton homered and had four RBI. Josh Beckett gave up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, three of which were homers. Someone tell me if he’s hurt or if he just sucks, because I can’t decide if I should boo him or not.

Indians 6, Twins 2: I wrote this up yesterday, but suffice it to say, the streak ends at 11.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 4: Eric Young hit an inside the park homer. Cool. Matt Kemp answered with a more traditional homer, this of the three run variety. I’m sure he was far less tired after that than Young was. Matt Treanor was 0 for 3, but he’s the only one in the game whose wife won a gold medal in the Olympics yesterday, so he can be excused.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    That’s discrimination against redheaded stepchildren. You”ll be calling blondes dumb next. Someone ought to start up a political correctness blog where you can catch all the latest permissible euphemisms for a wide range of assorted groups, some real, some imagined, with psychic cow chips on their shoulders. Never be caught unawares by saying something unfashionable about…anyone. Not even, for example, drivers from an unnamed large island ninety miles south of Macondo, just a week’s drift in a used tired away. Again, that”s just for example.

    Speaking of which, yeah, the Feesh had a “Giving Up” party at Ceety Field last night. That’s two wins in a row, and the Rainbow Warriors, on the broad back of the Iron Giant, managed to pull themselves to within nine games of the strange attractor – now that its tractor beam has found a large ferric object upon which to fixate. He not only homered twice and went four for five with a single and double, raising his average from .281 to .290, but soon after recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his differently abled knee, he was also running the bases and generally behaving like his old self.

    Jose Reyes is hitting four hundred something since the break, suddenly making Larry Beinfest and the Chihuahua look good at something at a time when Scrooge McLoria is said to be fouling his pants in impotent rage over the way the Feesh have tanked this misbegotten season. Justin Ruggiano, this year’s Feesh Flash in the Pan, went 2-4 again. And Nate Eovaldi – yes, he is related to the famous red-headed eighteenth century composer of all that unlistenably twee harpsichord music (he must be, since it would be such great synchronicity if he were related to a former red-headed stepchild) – walked six in five innings but, because it was the Mutts, got away with it anyway.

    And now the good news: Slobbering Ozzie is planning to put Heath Bell back in the closer’s slot. In other good news, the cooling system at the Fukushima power plant still doesn’t work very well.

  2. number42is1 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    gingers have no soul.

    • angrycorgi - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Incorrect. It should read “Gingers have no souls.”, as “gingers” is plural and it has only been established that they have no “souls”. Not enough evidence has been brought forth to conclude that they do not share one collective soul.

    • RedHeadedBastard - Aug 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      You’re right, we don’t have souls. Original.

  3. mj1818 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    I think it is time to panic in Cincy, they are starting to bungel the N.L. Central. (play on words cause of the bengals)

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    I doubt KK makes another start for the Phillies. Manuel was incredibly pissed off during the debacle of a 2nd inning. Furthermore, he didn’t even bother doing his usual post game reading of the pitching line with commentary. Add into it, KK’s “It seems with me, it is what have you done for me lately” comments after the game and it equals no more Kendrick in the rotation. My guess is they call up Tyler Cloyd to take his spot. They don’t seem to think he is a MLB caliber pitcher but they also thought that about Vogelsong…. so who the hell knows.

    • cleverbob - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Yea, I don’t think it’s realistic for Kyle to expect Cholly to walk out to that mound and say “You really stunk it up out there tonight, but hey thanks for that complete game shutout back in May”.

      I had 2 extra tickets that I couldn’t even give away because he was pitching. He must be really tough on the scalper economy.

      • dennisund - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Well I accepted a free ticket even though he was pitching. Perhaps I am just desparate.

      • cleverbob - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Yea, all four of mine were free too. Talk about market depreciation…

  5. yankeesfanlen - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    The Universe now has at least some order to it’s lineup even with a strange cast of characters including Janis Joplin’s friend at third for fear of Chavez turning into a 93 Chevrolet Caprice station wagon.
    Believe it or not, there were no lead changes in last night’s lightning quick 3:38 game. Home runs in Comerica? Only Miggy does that.
    Ichiro in 2012? Really?

    • sdelmonte - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Any worries about the pitching in the Universe right now?

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        I haven’t been confident in the pitching since the days of Mussina/Pettitte

    • kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Is it a coincidence A-Rod goes down with a broken paw, you disappear for 6 weeks on holiday?

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        Yes

      • Alex K - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Leave Len Alone!

  6. biffnasty - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    @ mj…if you have to explain your joke/play on words, it means that it is not funny and you shouldnt bother saying it

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Entirely possible that he realizes the interpretive shortcomings of certain unnamed members of his readership and is kind enough to help them out a bit, too.

  7. rockthered1286 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Another day, another W for the yard birds. O’s continue to make moves to impress. Last night hometown hero Steve Johnson is thrown into the starting rotation and pitches like a champ. 6 innins, 5 hits, 2 runs (both on a Seager bomb in the 6th) 9 K’s. Even better? He only needed 12 pitches to get out of the first inning. Better than that? Threw 12 strikes. How can he top that? 3 K’s. Impressive to say the least. And of course the bats start to come to life: Weiters with 2 doubles and 5 RBI’s, Nicky with a triple and a homer, and the rest of the squad (minus McClouth) contributing to some extent. So assuming Johnson hangs in for a few more starts, this rotation continues to get better. And the bats are starting to come to life. And the bullpen remains phenomenal. And Manny Machado makes his first appearance at third tonight filling one of our major holes defensively. Makes you wanna break out the old Orioles Magic jam…

    Anybody else remember last season when the O’s didn’t get their 60th win til almost this time next month??

    • edgarallan926 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      You forgot that they’ll be getting their best pitcher of the 1st half back at the beginning of September!!

  8. darthicarus - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Anibal Sanchez one good start & two terrible starts for the Tigers since acquiring him…Jarrod Washburn 2.0. At least Infante is playing well so that’s a nice upgrade at 2B, but probably not worth the cost of Turner + 2 other prospects (regardless if any of them pan out).

    Hopefully Fister keeps rolling today & taking 3 out of 4 from the Yankees will make last nights debacle just a blip on the radar.

  9. aceshigh11 - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    This Red Sox team needs to be euthanized with extreme prejudice.

    There is so much negativity, anger, hatred, greed and bitterness infused among this crop of despicable, unlikeable prima donnas that, at this point, NO ONE is untouchable, not even Pedroia.

    The entire team needs to be flushed down the toilet and rebuilt from the ground up.

    I feel bad for Bobby V…this sure as hell ain’t his fault and he looks like he’s suffering from PTSD while taking questions after games. Let him go…I’m sure he can find another team to manage, perhaps one with hungry young talent that actually wants to, y’know, PLAY BASEBALL.

    The Sox deserve to wallow in the cellar of the AL East for a few years while they manage to get their shit together.

    Are there any recent historical examples of ownership completely dismantling a team and rebuilding it from the ground up? If not, then this is a precedent that the Sox need to set. Now.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      I am along these lines also. I don’t think blow things completely up, but there is an underlying issue involved. I was once a passionate Boston supporter, but now I find the whole aura around them and the media attached nauseating. The days and behavior of the past successful teams have long past. They used to have a tight nit band of solid professionals, but after their 2nd WS, it turned into a circus.
      Turning the attitude back to “you are paid to play baseball- nothing more nothing less” and not flounder around the “paid, but the city owes you a debt of gratitude” attitude. Big difference. Less fluff.
      At what stage in the history of baseball has it been productive for your DH to have bounds of critical and controversial comments about basically everything? Get Ortiz and Beckett out on their ass. Simply not worth the nonsense.

      • antlerclaws - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Both of the last two Rangers-Red Sox games were close, but Beckett got booed when he left yesterday and Lester got booed the day before. I’m not sure exactly what these booing Red Sox fans expect, a perfect game pitched every time? Believe me, I’m not a fan of either pitcher, but it seemed to me the booing and lack of support is not completely warranted. Every pitcher gets lit up every now and then, but these guys, while not turning in exactly inspiring performances, kept their team in the ballgame. Tough crowd.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Yeah tough crowd. Partly sheep who are chiming into what’s being flung about in the media, the rest mostly sick of the previous heroes under performing. Both are real easy targets ATM.
        Win 10 straight and ‘all things are running well in Boston’ etc etc but it all appears sticky and foul smelling under your shoe if there is epic failure. Relative(it’s always going to be a bit different in BOS) middle ground needs to be reached. How? Not entirely sure…..Internal media battles is not the way however.

      • natslady - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        Can’t keep up with all this, but my overall feeling is, please, please don’t let this be the Nats and the Nats fans in a few years! Right now we are in a state of disbelief, tentatively touching success, bleary-eyed every morning when our boys are outside the Eastern time zone, startled at postseason ticket offers… I’m sure there is stuff going on in the Nats’ clubhouse, too, but winning seals all lips.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      As much as I dislike Valentine, I really do think he tried to address this type of issue earlier in the season. His slightly misguided attempts of shaping Youk up, were mixed into some sort of other issue.

  10. indaburg - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    I don’t know your sources, Craig, but my hometown paper, the Tampa Bay Times, devoted most of last night’s game report on the Rays’ continuing insanely dominant starting and bullpen pitching. It’s a more interesting angle than the one you took.

  11. natslady - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Craig, I need to speak up for the Astros, here. You can’t go by the box score.

    That balk call was weird–it came after LaRoche had driven in the run with a sac fly. They called ALR back to the box, the two base runners advanced (one to home) and ALR then struck out. So it looks from the box score like the Astros played terrible, but they didn’t actually, they played pretty tight. Gio also got called on a balk. Harper got seriously jobbed by Angel Hernandez, and he (more or less) kept his cool, but nearly gave the game away in the bottom of the 9th with a bad throw to 3rd (backed up by Gio, who did EVERYTHING ).

    If you watched this game and didn’t know which was the 68-43 team and which one was the 36-76 team, you still wouldn’t. Overall, it has taken two extra-innings games, a web gem, and a CG by Gio to win this series. I know they all count the same in the standings, but the Astros are not giving an inch.

    Does anyone know what was behind Suzuki getting hit by Galarraga? That sure looked deliberate. Something carried over from their AL days?

    • bravojawja - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      ALR? I know Adam LaRoche isn’t a Brave anymore, but down here we always called him “Roachy,” because Bobby Cox decided that pretty much every player’s name ends with “-y.” Except “Chip.” And “Ry-no.”

      Also, CC will certainly wonder why a baseball player is named after the American Law Review.

      • natslady - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        We’re pretty much into acronyms in this city, ifyaknowwhatImean, or the hyphens, like T-Mo (Tyler Moore). Somehow, A-Roach just doesn’t have a good ring.

    • stex52 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      But you can tell which was the 68-43 team, N-La, (See how I pick up on the culture quickly?). It’s no particular trick for a AAA team to play close to a MLB team. Baseball is so pitching-dependent and such a game of millimetres that it is no surprise when two teams of very disparate talents play close.

      But in the end the MLB team will seal the deal. The AAA team won’t.

      • natslady - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        LOL, S-Tex! True. It just shows how hard it is for fans to shake off the past and face the present fearlessly. Our boys are way ahead of us expecting to win these games.

  12. thatyankeedude - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Yaaaaaaaahhhh the Yankees finally won a game!!!!!!

  13. Reflex - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I guess Ryan Vogelsong never learned to pitch to the score, the true hallmark of a great pitcher. No hope of him being the greatest pitcher of his arbitrary decade…

  14. sisqsage - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Scutaro: the perfect pickup at the trade deadline. Can play multiple positions, a little pop in his bat and a great teammate. Who’d we give up for him again? Oh yeah, some guy who has already spent FIVE years in the minors and who can’t hit major league pitching.

  15. deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    “The Yankees rapped out 18 hits and scored their 12 runs on the back of only one homer, so that should make “the Yankees are too home run-dependent” crowd shut up a bit.”

    Yeah, because one game changes everything…

  16. APBA Guy - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Like Caesar in triumph, A’s fans need a little man whispering in their ear “It’s only a series in August, it’s only a series in August”.

    But did this game ever feel good! Like the improbable winning streak, the game began with the grim look on the announcer’s faces (day game, so I could not attend). Cy Young winner vs. Kid Pitcher-expect the worse. But the kid struck out the side in the top of the first. Dare we hope?

    No, Morales homered in the second off a missed location pitch. Warning flags going up!

    But then, all of a sudden, Greinke could not find the strike zone. There were crossups, there were a lot of balls in the dirt, four runs later, the A’s had a lead. A lead that the Angels chipped away at immediately with another homerun on another location mistake. Then the roof fell in in the fifth and Straily lost command entirely and the Angels had the lead.

    Dirty little secret: Over the last 8 games, the Angels bullpen ERA is over 10. Not over 4.00, over 10.00. Enter LaTroy Hawkins in relief of Greinke who had thrown an un-Cy like 103 pitches in 5 innings. I don’t know what happened to his velocity, but Hawkins was all junk, all the time yesterday. Five runs and only 2 outs later, Hawkins was gone and the A’s had 9 runs and a 4 run lead.Time for the “A” relief. Of course, they surrendered 3 runs to make it squeaky close. The wave of joy/relief that swept the Oakland faithful was palpable, even across the airwaves.

    Maybe it was just a series in August, but somehow, the A’s had done it, taken 2 of three from the far richer team, the team with the huge names and the huge contracts. That felt really, really good.

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