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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT

Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his 15th. Jesus Flores‘ three-run homer was all Washington needed. The Braves are pretty much playing for the wild card now. Viva Los Nationals.

Royals 1, Rays 0: If you told me that a big time pitchers duel was going to go down involving David Price, sure, I’m on board. Luke Hochevar? Eh, color me skeptical. But that’s what we had. Each of the starters tossed eight shutout innings, with Hochevar giving up only one hit and Price three. It was decided in the 10th when Eric Hosmer singled in Jeff Francoeur, who wouldn’t have even been in scoring position but for a Ben Zobrist throwing error. In other words: offense was tough to come by here. BTW: David Price has been utterly fantastic in all of his no-decisions this year but has gotten butt for run support. Guess he doesn’t know how to win.

Rockies 6, Mets 2:  Jhoulys Chacin came back for the first time in nearly five months, holding the Mets to one run on four hits in six innings. Bad defense hurt the Mets, with Chris Young throwing a ball away, contributing to a big inning and the Mets botching a rundown. Is it Jets season yet?

Reds 5, Phillies 4: Cliff Lee was cruising until the seventh and then ran the heck out of gas in a hurry. By the time Charlie Manuel got him it was 3-1 Reds. Not that it was over by then. That’s when it went all see-saw. Philly tied it on a Jimmy Rollins RBI double in the bottom half, Todd Frazier homered in the eighth, Philly tied it back up in the bottom half, but then Zack Cozart homered in the ninth. And, yes, the Phillies threatened in the ninth, with Jimmy Rollins stealing and second and third with Chase Utley up to bat. Aroldis Chapman doesn’t give a flying eff, though, and throws a 102 m.p.h. fastball by him, leaves and presumably goes to sit in his hotel room and dream about someone who can challenge him one day.

Angels 5, Red Sox 3: The four game losing streak is over, thanks in part to Mark Trumbo‘s 30th homer. Mike Trout had two hits, but the highlight of the game had to be Aaron Cook actually striking Trout out. Cook had struck out seven dudes all season before then. Trout probably saw Cook’s eminently hittable junk just hanging there and about came out of his shoes he was so excited to mash it. He didn’t, but every other Angel did, practically, so it was all good.

Tigers 5, Blues Jays 3: Max Scherzer struck out eight in seven innings, allowing one run. Rickey Romero: not so good. He lost his 10th straight decision, giving up five runs on seven hits while walking eight. EIGHT. And no, he didn’t strike out anyone. How Detroit only scored five here is a miracle.

White Sox 7, Yankees 3: It was 2-2 in the fifth when Kevin Youkilis walked up to the plate with the bases loaded. Bammo, grand slam. I’m sure the Yankees fans who came to love Youk so much over the years dug that.

Cardinals 7, Astros 0: St. Louis didn’t really need Adam Wainwright to throw eight and a third shutout innings while fanning 11 a shutout while striking out 12, but he did it anyway. Bring on Roger Clemens. Heck, bring on Mike Scott or J.R. Richard. The Astros could use a side show right around now. UPDATE: Glitch in the matrix on that Wainwright line. Wrote it last night after I saw from Twitter that the game ended, but the box score I had up didn’t refresh for some reason and I was too tired to notice. Derp.

Brewers 5, Cubs 2: Chris Rusin was meh at Iowa this year, but his major league started out well enough: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER. But then Alberto Cabrera came in and set fire to the place, allowing one run on a wild pitch and two more on an RBI double. Is it Bears season yet?

Orioles 5, Rangers 3: Manny Machado must have heard that I talked smack about him yesterday because he went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple. Nate McLouth, who is apparently alive, homered and scored on a wild pitch.

Mariners 5, Indians 1: Johnny Vander Meer’s legacy remains safe, but Felix Hernandez was once again fantastic, allowing one run over seven and two thirds.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1: Tim Lincecum beats Joe Blanton. Had decent velocity too, which has been elusive for him this season. The Giants lead over the Dodgers is now one and a half.

Padres 7, Pirates 5: Garrett Jones had two homers but Chase Headley‘s walkoff in the 10th won it for San Diego. Headley has had a fantastic August, hitting nine homers and driving in 26 to lead the bigs. The Pirates are now 7.5 back of the Reds so, like Atlanta, they too are clearly in Wild Card City.

Athletics 4, Twins 1: Brett Anderson made his first start since mid-2011 and it was pretty darn good (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6K).  The A’s turned a 5-4-3 triple play too, which is pretty nifty. Oakland is a half game back of Baltimore for the wild card.

Marlins 6, Diamondbacks 5: Arizona jumped out to a 5-run lead in the first but that’s all they’d get, as the Fish chipped away and Giancarlo Stanton delivered an RBI single in the 10th. “We should have won that game,” Kirk Gibson said afterward. Yep, you should have.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Rickey Romero pitched another stinker for the Jays. He even walked in 2 runs. Somehow, he did manage to limit the damage as Detroit had very poor results with runners in scoring position. Unfortunately, he should probably should be shut down for the rest of the season. Toronto did come back from a 5 to 1 deficit and made a game of it. They had the go ahead run at the plate in the 9th inning.

    • cur68 - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      Shaking out his throwing arm after every hard pitch, opening and closing the hand repeatedly, rubbing his elbow on the bench…looked to me like Ricky’s arm is bothering him. He should be shut down and Cecil given his spot. The Beav really need need to catch a break. Any day now, Jobu, when you get a minute.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        Morrow will return from the DL this weekend.

  2. vcupats - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    I see Stras on a mission to lock up a Cy Young before the shutdown – the way he’s pitching, he’s got a pretty good shot.

    • Lukehart80 - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      I’m not saying there’s no chance he actually wins it, because he’s one hell of a narrative, but I don’t see how he’ll have enough innings to really deserve it. Other candidates mostly have 35-40 innings more than he does, and those margins may continue to grow.

      Still, Strasburg is one hell of a pitcher.

      • vcupats - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        Funny how I went 0-5 on “Strasburg for Cy Young” and you went 7-0 on “Strasburg is a hell of a pitcher but won’t win the Cy Young” – oh HBT can be a sensitive place :)

  3. chadh88 - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Wainwright threw a complete game with 12 strikeouts.

    • salvomania - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      But 8-1/3 with 10 strikeouts just sounds better.

    • salvomania - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      And otherwise his outing might seem better than Strasburg’s.

  4. kiwicricket - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    “Oakland is a half game back of Baltimore for the wild card”
    Holy Crap! I actually had to read that twice.
    Go vowels!

  5. heyblueyoustink - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    ” Aroldis Chapman doesn’t give a flying eff, though, and throws a 102 m.p.h. fastball by him, leaves and presumably goes to sit in his hotel room and dream about someone who can challenge him one day.”

    You mean he went back to his hotel room and asked the girl chained to his bed about such things.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      I don’t think she is there for conversation.

      • Old Gator - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        No point letting those lips go to waste, though.

    • bsbiz - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      He didn’t just go back, he drove back at the same speed as his fastball.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    All those people who thought the Yankees were going to cruise to a division title on the strength of the HR ball and it didn’t matter how bad their approach was to the plate during situational hitting times in games must feel vindicated now. Lead down to 4 and not looking good. Time to send Nova back to the minors to learn how to pitch and let Phelps take his place once CC or Pettite returns. There has to be someone in the minors or on the waiver wire that can do what Nova is doing now.

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      They already have him. Derek Lowe. Nova is just filling a spot which the Yanks inevitably will end up filling in FA during the offseason when they throw some outlandish figure out to a veteran SP to take the spot, at which point they’ll kick Nova back to the pen.

      But I agree, that once safe lead is in no way shape or form safe for the Bronx Bombers anymore. The Rays and O’s keep pecking away at their lead.Unfortuunately, the lead will most likely jump back up to 6-7 games by this time next week based on upcoming series. Here’s how the sched’s break down for the next few series:
      O’s- Rangers, Jays, ChiSox
      Ray- Royals,A’s, Rangers
      Yanks- ChiSox, Jays, Indians

      Fairly weak upcoming series for the Yanks who get a good shot to pad their lead while the O’s hope to finish off the Rangers for their 6th consecutive series without a loss (tied Royals 2-2 in previous series) then end up with the ChiSox who are no walk in the park, while the Rays get the A’s who are a half game behind the O’s for the 2nd wildcard spot, followed by the division leading Rangers. Head to head games with these 3 teams will be the true deciding factor here.

      Then again, I never though their once 11 game lead would falter this far, so only time will tell.

  7. kvanhorn87 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Craig, the braves were always just playing for the wild card

  8. mattyflex - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    The Royals/Rays game was really a thing of beauty. Hochevar has good top of the rotation stuff, but he can’t find it for about 70% of his starts. Price was locating like a boss. The Royals were lucky to squeeze one out here, but there’s also something to be said about the Rays 1-4 guys not being able to hit a low to mid 90′s fastball right over the plate.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      I had a chance to actually get into the game last night. That was a thing of beauty. But it also annoys me the Hoch shows you games like that, and will turn around and implode in one inning.

      Hopefully the Dozer can get it done today.

  9. uyf1950 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Nova continues his struggles and assuming that around Sept. 15 Andy Pettitte makes it back to the rotation Nova is probably not going to be in the starting rotation if he doesn’t straighten out. Also, the Yankees are once again leaving to many many in scoring position.
    The positives for the Yankees are that CC should make his start the next time through the rotation. The news was positive about A-Rods injury and even though Gardner won’t be available offensively sometime in Sept. he should be available as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. And in just a bout 1 week the Yankees will be able to call up some players from the minors especially some pitchers that should reinforce the bullpen. The bullpen which has been a source of frustration since the All Star break.
    Just a little over 6 weeks left in the regular season, now is when all the fun begins.

  10. number42is1 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    We continue to watch the crap that is the New York Yankees offense. Granderson is still SO like hes going for an award and the amount of men left on base is just ridiculous. Nova has been just awful and When you can’t score more than 3 runs of Liriano then you know something is wrong. for the record this is not considered a collapse seeing as how it is still August. With the exception of Cleveland the Yanks do not have the easiest schedule ahead of them. in the next 3+ weeks they face the AL east in 23 out of 26 games.

    • gmsingh - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Liriano pitched well, and the White Sox bats have come alive against the Yankees in these past two games. To not give them credit for the wins is pretty shortsighted.

      • number42is1 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        1) I am a Yankees fan so i focus more on them losing than the White Sox winning
        2) what you said does not change the fact that Nova and the bullpen and the offense have been pure shit.
        3) Liriano has a 5+ ERA so only getting 2 ER off his 6 hits is not acceptable.

  11. Old Gator - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I’ve been preoccupied for the last few days getting my son settled at college in the rural west of a state backwards enough to have bequeathed the candidate formerly recognizable as Mitt Romney (what is “Mitt” short for anyway – Mitten?) so I haven’t had time to keep track of the Feesh they way I’d like, but I do see that the Iron Giant has been slashing singles and doubles and drawing walks (don’t know if they’ve been intentional or not) which is all to the good, and that Black Hole Buck seems to have remembered how to strike baseballs with that big wooden club of his. A bit late, but perhaps encouraging enough to make him and his pantsfull of outstanding salary attractive enough for someone to take off the Feesh’s fins this weenter.

    I return home tomorrow to start pulling the storm shutters closed, throwing the lawn furniture and a couple of gallons of extra chlorine in the pool (buffering the water against deluge dilution and cleaning the furniture at the same time – we gotta look at the bright side in Macondo, rolling up the awnings and stashing away canned stuff. The usual hurricane panic. It really gets your adrenaline up.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      When I lived in Florida our storm preperations were: 1. Go to the store and buy all the beer they had. 2. Drive to Tallahasse and see what happens.

      That ended well several times.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Any chance the storm hits Tampa this weekend or Monday?

      • Old Gator - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        Three if the four most accurate models have it at least grazing Tampa. Be a damned shame if the power went out this weekend, wouldn’t it?

  12. Gamera the Brave - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Funny, for some reason this post put me in mind of a post of mine (it turns out, after some digging) from Feb. 17, where I rather conservatively opined on how the Giants would have to hit in order to get to the playoffs. At almost every position, the BAs are better than I thought (although some cast members have changed):
    CF Angel Pagan – .260 (actually hitting .287)
    2B Freddy Sanchez – .290 (Theriot hitting .265, no bueno, Arias at .272))
    3B Pablo Sandoval – .290 (actually hitting .296, Scutaro hitting .333 with Giants)
    C Buster Posey – .285 (actually hitting .327)
    LF Melky Cabrera – .275 (a wind-aided .346)
    1B Aubrey Huff – .255 (Belt hitting .264, but white-hot since the AS Break)
    RF Nate Schierholtz – .260 (Nate, Pence, Blanco hitting collect .228)
    SS Brandon Crawford – .240 (currently hitting .246)
    My position at the time was basically if the position players hit a bit better, and the pitching holds up, the Gigantes would be in good shape. Turns out the pitching was slightly worse (Timmy way worse, Zito better), but the hitting (without power, sadly) is better than predicted at 6 of 8 positions, and in some cases WAY better (insert Melky joke here).
    Now, if Los Gigantes can finally sweep someone (Looking at you, Dodgers!)…

    • salvomania - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Belt… white-hot since the AS break

      He’s hitting .280/.364/.355 in 121 plate appearances since the break, with 7 extra-base hits (0 hr), 8 rbi, and 15 runs.

      Of players with more than 100 PA (203 total), he ranks:
      48th in OBP
      83rd in Avg
      120th (T) in Runs
      164th in Slugging
      180th (T) in RBI

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        Hmmmm, if true, I got some bad intel…
        My bad for shoving out unverified data.
        Would you settle for lukewarm?

  13. cincyorangenblack - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Can we get an article on how Todd “The ToddFather” Frazier deserves RoY more than Bryce Harper please? I know it’s not popular to go against the Harper fan boys/media obsession, but honestly Frazier is a monster and has better #’s pretty much across the board. OH, and he’s been on FIRE since playing 1B in Votto’s abscense…huge key to the Reds being the best team in baseball since the break.

  14. Shayna - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    It is agony watching Romero on the mound. He’s crucifying himself by not agreeing to go down to the minors — which I’m sure has been suggested within the manager’s office. In a post-game interview last night, he actually said he’d lost the game. No, Ricky, it took a whole team of people to do that. But that kind of despondency, which has become typical of his press appearances, clearly shows me that he needs to get away from the spotlight of the major leagues. Take a breather, Rick!

  15. APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    It was great watching Brett Anderson’s return to the bigs last night. After a shaky first he was in control, and his excitement over the triple-play was of a piece with the feeling that has been growing around the A’s over the past few months. Our office is actually having a “team building” event today and attending the A’s game. This is shocking inasmuch as the group are mainly rabid Giants fans.

    But the sad fact is we could not get a bloc of tickets to the Giants games, whereas we can for the A’s. So I in my A’s shirt and hat will be plainly visible to those with binoculars and an mlb.com subscription, sitting among a sea of frowning guys and ladies in their polos and discreet hints of orange and black. And I’m totally looking forward to it!

  16. dcandbmore - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    The way McLouth scored was interesting. Walked, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and ran home on a wild pitch. Pretty much every kind of mistake the other team can make.

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