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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 17, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

Chipper Jones

Braves 6, Padres 0: Chipper Jones with two mammo yicketties on Chipper Jones bobblehead night. One of his homers was his 2,700th career hit. Say what you want about the guy, but he has always had a flair for the dramatic and has always risen to the occasion. Even kinda lame occasions like bobblehead nights. Oh, and Kris Medlen threw a five hit shutout. Yawn.

Pirates 10, Dodgers 6: Big night for guys named Jones. Garrett hit two homers of his own — both three-run bombs. The bigger fallout of this game, though, is gonna come from umpire Angel Campos’ eject-a-thon. He tossed Matt Kemp while Kemp was in the dugout then tossed Don Mattingly when he came out to argue about the Kemp ejection. Kemp claims he was merely cheering on his teammate. Mattingly was livid after the game and chided Campos for running his star for no reason early in a game between two teams fighting for the playoffs.  Mattingly has a damn good point.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 3: Clay Buchholz won his eleventh, Adrian Gonzalez drove in two and then Bobby Valentine and six players got into a huge fight over gambling losses and the illegal alien smuggling/cockfighting they’re all running out of the clubhouse. Or so my anonymous source tells me.

Rangers 10, Yankees 6: A close one, albeit an ugly one, until the Yankees pen really got going, at which point the Rangers teed off for eight runs between the sixth and ninth innings. The Yankees still won three of four, though.

Mets 8, Reds 4: Matt Harvey had a nice outing (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8K) and a two run double to [all together now] help his own cause. Homer Bailey: not so much. Homers for Ike Davis and Jason Bay. And I’m not sure what game Frank Frank was watching.

Athletics 3, Royals 0: Five pitchers combine to shut out Kansas City. Homers from Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes.

Rockies 5, Marlins 3: Down 3-1 in the sixth, the Rockies roared back late. By the way, I like to think of the Marlins and the Rockies eternally in battle over which 1993 expansion team can claim the mantle of superiority. The Marlins obviously have two World Series titles, but the Rockies have won more games and haven’t had as many purely miserable seasons. I picture David Neid and Brett Barberie having a decades-long bet over all of this. I pretend that Joe Girardi — who played for the Rockies and managed the Marlins — holds big secret viewing parties if the Yankees aren’t playing when Miami and Colorado meet up.

Brewers 7, Phillies 4: Holy crappy bullpens, Batman! Cliff Lee wasn’t fantastic — he gave up three homers — but he struck out 12 in seven innings and left the game with a 4-3 lead in the eighth, with two out and a runner on second.  In comes J__ Lindblom. Ryan Braun is intentionally walked, Aramis Ramirez is unintentionally walked and then Corey Hart hit a grand slam. Really, folks: can you think of a matchup of two teams with crappier bullpens this year?

Rays 7, Angels 0: David Price continues his outstanding season. He wins his 16th, tossing his first shutout of the year. Meanwhile, Dan Haren continues to have a profoundly disappointing 2012.

Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 1: Jason Motte came in to protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth and gave up back-to-back homers — on consecutive pitches no less — to Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young. Fun Young quote:

“Goldie came through huge for us and kind of took the pressure off me,” Young said. “At that point, for me, it was just go out and try to win the ballgame.”

Yeah, that’s all.

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 2Nothing that happened on the field mattered much here.

  1. kiwicricket - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Frank Francisco was utterly putrid. The replay of the Ludwick HR clearly shows the straightest fastball ever thrown by a human.

    “Bobby Valentine and six players got into a huge fight over gambling losses and the illegal alien smuggling/cockfighting they’re all running out of the clubhouse. Or so my anonymous source tells me”
    – Pedro Gomez is yet to deny this.

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    That was one ugly outing by the Yankees pitching staff. Fortunately the Orioles got beat by the otherwise impotent Red Sox so the Yankees are still up by 6 games over the 2nd place team(s).

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    David Price is in the running for the Cy Young. I hope he gets it. He is having a better season than Verlander.

    • mkd - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      No he is really not.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        Their two sets of numbers are very similar (era/FIP/xFIP/tERA/SIERA)

        Verlander – 2.46/2.89/3.25/3.46/3.21
        Price – 2.50/3.23/3.18/3.40/3.25

        Verlander has 20 more IP though with only one more game started.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        With last night’s game both Price and Verlander have 24 starts. Price is 16 & 4 with a 2.39 ERA while Verlander is 12 & 7 with a 2.46 ERA.

      • mkd - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        You said Price is having a better season than Verlander. He is not.

        Verlander 175 IP, 174 K, 8.91 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 3.25 xFIP, 5.2 fWAR, 6.0 rWAR
        Price 162 IP, 159 K, 8.83 K/9, 2.78 bb/9, 3.16 xFIP, 3.8 fWAR, 4.9 rWAR

        Verlander has pitched more innings, struck out more betters at a better rate and walked fewer batters at a better rate than David Price. So on what planet is David Price having a better season?

        Also be aware
        Felix 180 IP, 174 K, 8.7 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 3.24 xFIP, 5.0 fWAR, 4.3 rWAR

    • uyf1950 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Guys lets not leave Jared Weaver out of the picture.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Weaver is having a great year. I only mentioned Verlander because the WAR statheads love Verlander.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Proudly, what no love for either of the 2 Red Sox aces: Lester and Beckett. (Sarcasm button please)

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Sorry ufy1950, I forgot them. Obviously they belong somewhere in the conversation.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Don’t make it worse than it was, Craig. It was a 5-4 Yank lead in the sixth and 6 runs were allowed by the bullpen, led, of course, by Hall-Of-Blamer The Fat Toad. Do we ALWAYS have to have a Farnsworth?

    • wendell7 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Welcome back, Joba !

      • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        Len, is your caps font stuttering? I can send you a new keyboard that will permit you to inscribe FAT TOAD like in the good old days.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Yes, I would have thought a FAT TOAD sighting of the classic performance variety was at least worth some capitalization, if not actual amusement.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      We kind of like Farnsworth.

  5. jagsfan11 - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    PRICE FOR CY YOUNG!!! Go rays!!

  6. btwicey - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Price through a shutout..? Unless the game was rain shortened to 7ip, nope.

    • jrillah10 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Nice grammar, tool! You must be a Yankee fan.

  7. chill1184 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Good performance by Harvey against a very good Reds offense. F-ing Frank Frank nearly giving the game away again

  8. stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Tough loss for the Cardinals. Going for the sweep. A chance to make up a game on the Redlegs and you give up back-to-back homers to take the loss. Jason. Motte. Gahhh!

  9. bravesfan388 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    There is nothing lame about Bobblehead Night, Craig.

    • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Depends on whose head is bobbling. Imagine, for example, the Feesh throwing a Hanley Ramirez bobblehead night so that Scrooge McLoria could get back some of what he wasted ordering ten thousand of them three years ago.

  10. hughhoney2 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    If you told me monday the Yanks would take 3 of 4 from the Rangers, i would of been quite pleased with that. The bullpen was tinkered with too much by Girardi..again. The binder at work..ugh. That said, Joba needs to be thrown in there against a great team. Have to remember he’s coming off a tough year of injuries. These are the outings that will help him next month when the pressure is really amped up.

    Unfortunate news about the Jays fan. Was there over the weekend to watch the Yanks. Great fans, good place to watch a game.

    • pw38 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      As a Rangers fan I was just hoping for a split but I’ll take what I can get, especially with as rough as the Rangers have had it at their park over the past year or so. This would definitely be a great ALCS.

  11. mplsjoe - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    When Girardi hosts those Rockies/Marlins viewing parties – which totally happen – I’ll bet they listen to Pets by Porno for Pyros, Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana, and, just for Walt Weiss, No Rain by Blind Melon.

  12. geoknows - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Angel Campos didn’t toss Don Mattingly; crew chief Tim Tschida did. Important note for Fantasy Umpire Ejection League points.

  13. hushbrother - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    You lost me with the leadoff Chipper Jones blowing. Yawn.

  14. Old Gator - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    The good Ricky Nolasco and his evil pod twin dueled into the sixth and seventh innings against the Rocky Mountain Oysters last night when the booty snatcher won out, did his damage, and left the eighth and ninth over for his traduced simulacrum before heading down to Manitou Springs to visit his favorite witch. Ho hum. The Iron Giant got underneath a pitch and landed it in the centerfield bleachers, which in Macondo Bananan Massacre Field would have been little better than short center field. Fortunately, the denizens of the town that gave the world Neal “come grow this scorched ground green” Cassady are easily impressed by the bizarre and exaggerated. Carlos Lee, if anyone has bothered to notice, is retiring to his cattle ranch with a pretty nice season behind him as well.

  15. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    My goodness, Cespedes hit a laser and the A’s pitching returned to form. 2-4 on the road trip. Today without irony, the A’s can say “We aren’t in Kansas (City) anymore.”
    Cleveland is in town, and hopefully the A’s bats can liven up.

  16. stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    “Their two sets of numbers are very similar (era/fip/xfip/tera/SIERA)”
    It’s so hard to keep up with the ever changing fabric of Sabermetrics.
    I mean…of all people…Ruben Sierra is now involved.

  17. mungman69 - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    If the Phillies go 34-10 they might make the playoffs and then there will be no stopping them.

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