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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 23, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

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Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short of the cycle of homers allowed.

Braves 5, Nationals 1: Kris Medlen was once again fantastic, throwing seven shutout innings and striking out seven. All the Braves do when Medlen pitch is win. And Craig Kimbrel was actually used. In a non-save situation! See, it can be done!

Mariners 3, Indians 1: Seattle is on fire. Eight in a row for the M’s. A two-run double by Eric Thames broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 0: Young pitching was featured in both games. In the first, Jacob Turner made his first start for the Marlins. Meanwhile, Tyler Skaggs made his major league debut for Arizona. Skaggs got the win, allowing two runs in six and two-thirds, even while walking five. Turner: three runs on four hits over six. Although one was a two-run bomb. And Ozzie Guillen got ejected either arguing what he thought was a balk or throwing water on umpire Angel Campos. Depends on who you believe. In the nightcap rookie Wade Miley tossed eight shutout innings.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Ryan Braun hit his league-leading 34th homer. John Axford, newly re-installed as the Brewers closer, got the save.

Padres 4, Pirates 2: San Diego got three quick runs off James McDonald to start the game and that was all the really needed. McDonald as an ERA of 7.30 since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh has lost four of five.

Athletics 5, Twins 1: Coco Crisp homered, hit an RBI double and scored three times. I’m gonna assume that this was merely a case of the A’s rallying following Bartolo Colon‘s positive drug test. Which someone will claim with a straight face today. Just you wait.

Rays 5, Royals 3: James Shields was strong and the Rays have are 16-5 in their last 21 games. The Royals scored five runs in the three-game series.

Reds 3, Phillies 2: Bronson Arroyo came out on fire, retiring the first 14 Phillies he faced before Domonic Brown hit a solo homer in the fifth. That’s all the Phillies would get until the ninth, though, when Aroldis Chapman allowed an inherited runner to score. But too little, too late.

Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2: The good Anibal Sanchez showed up. Helped that he faced the recently reeling Jays offense. Sanchez pitched six and two thirds, giving up one earned run.

Rockies 5, Mets 2: Matt Harvey pitched six strong and left with the game tied, but then the bullpen happened. Dexter Fowler left the game with a sprained ankle, though x-rays were negative. Like totally negative. HIS ANKLE IS COMPLETELY MISSING. Someone call Jim Rockford!

Angels 7, Red Sox 3: Jered Weaver rebounds from his shellacking by the Rays to tame the Sox (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). Clay Buchholz? Not so much (5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER). Bad news, though: Albert Pujols left the game early with tightness in his calf.

White Sox 2, Yankees 1: Chris Sale was a beast, striking out 13 in seven and two-thirds as the Sox sweep the Yankees, dropping New York’s division lead to three games.  The Yankees had best take advantage of their upcoming series against the Indians and Blue Jays, because then they have Tampa Bay in the now suddenly interesting AL East race.

Cardinals 4, Astros 2: Kyle Lohse outduels Bud Norris. That’s six losses in a row for Houston. So I guess that managerial change hasn’t helped much yet, huh?

Giants 8, Dodgers 4: The sweep. Clearly rallying around Melky or something. Matt Cain allowing one run over seven had a lot to do with it too. As did Joaquin Arias driving in five via a homer and two RBI doubles.

  1. dan1111 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    Rangers vs. Orioles – Ogando entered with the game on the line and closed it out with a perfect inning, preserving the Rangers’ razor-thin nine run lead. How does that dude not get a save?

    • pw38 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      At least he didn’t have to face David Freese.

  2. natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Kimbrell did (almost) deserve a “save” for this one. The Nats got to O’Flaherty in the 8th but couldn’t quite make it a tie game (it was 2-1 when Desi hit into a double-play). Kimbrell was the only one warming with the bottom of the order coming up, so in the top of the 9th did the Nats said “what the hay, we aren’t winning this one” and let Chipper&Co have three runs, two unearned?

    Or maybe the loss of focus was because in the double-play Desi pulled up and everyone was more worried about his hammy than the game. At any rate, that half inning was 2009-Nats-worthy… Desi’s fine (whew!), just “hyer-extended” his knee.

    Among the gifts in the pre-game ceremonies was the third base (signed by Nats players) from the 13-inning game. Probably not Chipper’s happiest memory, that game, but they also gave him the bat from the very first HR hit at Nats Park in 2008. He liked that, and said all classy things…

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/08/22/personal-send-off-for-chipper-at-nats-park/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_braves_blog

    Orf-day (as Gator would call it) and then up to see the Fillies. Do them buses run north on 95?

  3. snowbirdgothic - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Note to the Blue Jays: Nobody older than I am should be trying to steal with two outs in the ninth.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    When Beep-beep homers, and in all three games for the first time in his career, and last night that was our only offgense, then i know the Electrified Fooling Machine has been turned into reverse. Our lead over Tampa has turned into the Magical Hydramagic, or strange attractor, or something.

  5. stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    I like this. No sign of Gator for a day or two, so we all try to talk like he does. Since the Astros game does not deserve comment, I will throw in a two quick quotes in tribute:

    “Defoliating a Victory Garden sure works up an appetite.”

    “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

    • natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Actually, Gator was over there yesterday commenting on the Strasburg thread. Because Strasburg’s innings are the new “Irresistible Attractor” or something, whereas Medlen’s innings don’t seem to have that affect. Future Ace pitcher of Atlanta, dominant stuff, won’t go more than 130 innings two years after TJ surgery…. Team is supposedly trying to win the Division or at least come away with a Wild Card… hmmmm…..

      • natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Edit function: EFFECT EFFECT EFFECT. Oh, well, the effect of Medlin’s innings was to negatively affect the Nats’ chances of winning…

    • Old Gator - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      I’m pacing around the Albany, NY airport after dropping my son off at college in western Massachusetts, hoping I can find a standby seat for an earlier flight home to Macondo, where I face the delightful prospect of two days of frantic shuttering and awning-removal and partially draining and throwing patio furniture and gouts of extra chlorine into the swimming pool and trusting in the integrity of my roof. Stuff like that.

      Having a hurricane aiming for your teeth puts things into perspective, you know? I kinda surprised myself to realise that I didn’t give a crap about the Feesh blowing a doubleheader to the Belltails last night. Nor, come to think of it, did I give a crap about how late Craig slept this morning. So, as I scanned the standby lists I decided to make a little list of my own, of things that major life crises like plummeting tropical barometers deplete of the delusional importance with which the great American Buy-Into Machine infuses them. Canadian friends: feel free to offer equivalencies. Ergo, in the spirit of lifting the Veil of Maya on some of this stuff that seems to support our psyches but really doesn’t, here’s a random list of things I have decided this morning I just don’t give a flying fuck at a rolling donut about right now. You’re all welcome to offer your own:

      1. Teenage vampire television and film series in general; tabloid stories about Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in particular. Do vampires actually have sex or is all this biting and sucking just supposed to be some kind of clever metaphor for the Twitterally decerebrated? Who cares?

      2. The Republican National Convention. Do Republicans actually have sex? They don’t sound like they do. Can they all be former Democrats recovering from prostate surgery taking their Jake Barnes complexes out on the middle class? How did women get in there, then? Who cares?

      3. Dinner with Obama sweepstakes. Would you want to travel halfway across the country to eat prefabricated chicken Kiev and be used as a political prawn? To hell with prefabricated chicken Kiev, anyway.

      4. Whitening my teeth. Green is good enough for mother nature. It’s good enough for me. And while we’re at it, to hell with baking soda, too. If you leave uncovered raw hamburger in your fridge, it will stink anyway.

      5. The Kansas City Royals. And I bet none of you gives a crap about them, either.

      6. Automobile commercials with people dancing around the cars. Nothing else could possibly look that stupid.

      7. Gimmicky Shakespeare. Forbidden Planet and Ian McKellan’s Richard III were enough. No director is going to get that lucky a third time. Drop it.

      8. Contemporary American opera. If Nixon in China didn’t kill the entire genre off once and for all, the next best thing is just not to give a crap about it. I’d rather go to a Four Seasons revival at the Hard Rock.

      9. Nostalgia tours by bands that sucked in the first place. Hard Rock Casinos gave them new life, dear Buddha, and now small, recession-ravaged cities looking to repair their tax bases understand that gambling is not only not the answer, but that they are condemning themselves to an interminable parade of shitty music if they let them build one. The answer: not to give a crap. Not that I give one anyway, despite whatever I said in the previous paragraph. What? That makes me a hypocrite? Guess what – I don’t give a crap.

      10. The great cycle of life. Next time you see a meerkat crossing a road, accelerate and run the stupid thing over if you think it will be fun. I used to hate meerkats. Today, I just don’t give a crap about them.

      • natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        LOL, great post. I didn’t get Nixon in China either, and I was a professional opera singer at the time. I’ll take Verdi, but Vivaldi is always nice, I didn’t know he was in the Hard Rock repertoire. Good luck with Isaac, stay safe.

      • snowbirdgothic - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        To be fair, providing venues for various bands all claiming to be Kansas will put literally dozens of unemployed drummers back to work.

      • stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Per item #7, Kenneth Branagh did “Love’s Labour Lost” as a minister to a small European kingdom bordering Germany in 1939. The gimmick was building the old standards of 30’s music into the plot of the story (“Dancing Cheek to Cheek”, etc.). On first viewing on cable I was appalled. On second viewing, to my horror, I found I really liked it. I try not to think about what that says about me.

        Per point #1, this is just teeny-bopper sexual hysteria. Same stuff we saw with the Beatles in 1962.

        As to the others, we’re just getting old. It’s all those kids getting on our lawns.

      • Old Gator - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Kenneth Branagh let Emma Thompson get away. Dear Buddha, how I love that woman. She played Hillary Clinton in Primary Colors and I still wanted to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her. And she saved Branagh’s odd Much Ado about Nothing just by being in it. When she’s on, her acting alone turns this codger into a sweating teenager with dermatological issues. What greater love hath man than that??? I cannot take seriously any work by any guy so utterly hapless as to lose such sublime access. Fortunately, I don’t give a crap about Kenneth Branagh anyway.

    • Old Gator - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Ackcherley, folks in the northeast are seeing more gator these days. I read hear in a major science journal that my kinfolk are spreading northward beyond the Dismal Swamp into the suburbs of southern Norfolk, VA these days. Anschluss and Lebensraum! Global warming be praised!

      • APBA Guy - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Well, gators can be dealt with. The thing to look out for is 17 foot Burmese pythons. If you start seeing those in the drainage of Virginia Beach, only Jim Imhofe will still believe that there has been no climate change.

      • stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Birding’s my hobby. I can’t even begin to list the number of semi-tropical species moving north from Mexico into coastal Texas of late. Great for us hobbyists; maybe not so great for the North American migrant species.

      • Old Gator - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Hey, I got inflight wifi! Till my battery runs out, anyway. Luckily, when it does I won’t give a crap.

        I’m into birding too. I glue feathers all over myself and run back and forth on the roof, flapping my arms and crying “Cluck! Cluck! Buck!! But only on three day weekend holidays. It takes a while to go pluck myself afterwards.

        Here’s the bad news: Burmese pythons range up into the mountains where it gets kinda cool sometimes, so if a gator can handle a globally warmed weenter, chances are they could too. That’s why the little darlins’ weren’t fazed by last winter’s hard freeze. The good news: there are no cars or railroads in the Everglades. The poor snakes won’t stand a chance when the move out of their safe little fens.

  6. someguyinva - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    There was talk by the Nats’ broadcasters last night that Medlen, despite the Braves being 16-0 during his starts going back to 2010, is on an innings limit due to his having TJ surgery in 2010, and that he’ll likely be shut down at some point, regardless of the Braves post-season chances.

    Is this true? If so, where’s the outrage and national media attention?

    • natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Right on!

      What about the shattered bat almost hitting Medlen? That was scary. But we plant a tree for every broken bat now? #disconnect

  7. lewp - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I was at the Ranger game last night, and have never seen a game with so many boom sticks. Lots o joy in Arlingtonville. Fortunat to have a high school friend with season tickets. He is successful now, me? Not so much..but a fun time none the less.

    • pw38 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Speaking of, did you get a bookstick? I have yet to try one, I want to though.

      • pw38 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        *boomstick

  8. Lukehart80 - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I thought Chris Sale might be hitting a wall, because after giving up just 7 home runs in his first 18 starts, he’d given up two in every game since missing a turn with “dead arm.” While Jeter did go long on him last night, Chris Sale seems just fine.

    • natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Me’n the Prez would love to see Nats-ChiSox. Grew up on the South Side. Still broken-hearted over 1959… So I’m all grown up now and would like the National League to win just like in 1959*

      *unless it’s the Dodgers. Or Giants, Or Reds or.. you get the idea.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        If it’s Nats/Sox, Starsburg and Sale should pitch every game, winner is the last man standing. It’s what Old Hoss would want.

  9. sdelmonte - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    The Yankees have become the Mets, and the Mets are now the Astros. Not a fun week around here for anyone but the six people in NYC who root for the Rays.

    • stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Or you could say the Astros have become the Mets. It’s kind of funny that over the years the two teams have been good and bad in roughly the same time cycles. Personally, though, I have never recovered from 1986.

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

        The Astros need a handicap, like in golf, y’know. Spot ‘em five runs a game, give them a fair chance.

      • stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Or find them a management that actually cares about the fans.

  10. johnnyb1976 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    The Reds just keep on keeping on. 27 games over .500 and 8 up in the division, looks like playoff baseball in Cincy again this season. Sorry buccos your just not ready for prime time.

  11. umrguy42 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Seemed like Bud Norris used to be a Cardinals killer, but the last couple times I’ve seen that matchup, I think we’ve beaten him. Hex lifted?

  12. sportsdrenched - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I watched Beltre’s 3 HR. That is crazy. That is why you watch baseball right there.

    As a Royals fan I was kind of shocked by such displays of power. So I had to look it up. The Royals have hit just 4 HR in the past 7 days.

  13. APBA Guy - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Beautiful day at the Mausoleum yesterday, especially since for me it was free, a sure sign that the economy is slowly, slowly inching up, on a corporate outing that was actually fun. Decent seats by the Minnesota bullpen for what turned out to by Try-Out Day for the Minnesota staff. They have this interesting ritual where the bullpen stands by the starter as he warms up, then each guy wishes the starter well.

    Liam Hendricks, 23 year old Aussie, was the Minnesota starter yesterday, sporting a nifty 7.04 ERA and a sparkling 0-5 record. In a pitchers stadium on a bright day he managed to almost match his ERA with 4 earned runs in 5 innings of decidedly marginal stuff, maybe touching 91 on the Mausoleum gun which is 1-2 mph fast, but sitting 87-88 on that same gun.

    Had the wind not been swirling hard into the visitor foul area at field level the score would have been worse, as Cespedes’ fly out to center in the first would have at least bounced off the wall rather than be caught at the base of the wall. That thing was a laser.

    Minnesota then followed Hendricks with a succession of guys from California, with only Alex Burnett showing above average stuff, finally finishing with veteran Glenn Perkins, not from CA.

    The new A’s double play combo of Drew/Pennington looked awkward as you’d expect the first time playing together. Drew walked twice to go with an error. The Oakland errors were on pop-ups mostly, as the afternoon sun was brutal. Milone was inducing a number of pop-ups yesterday, his 85-87 looking so inviting, the Twins were taking some huge hacks and not connecting due to the late movement.

    But the sense of the stadium was more immediate, namely, El Capitan and the impact of his suspension. Fans outside the Bay Area have to realize that this is Oakland we’re talking about, home of Canseco, et al, so a little juice gets shrugged off as “Ok, not good, but so what? There’s enough pitching left to move ahead.” Indeed, Ryan Cook’s striking out of the side in the Minnesota 9th seemed to underscore that feeling. There isn’t the moral outrage that some fans elsewhere might expect. It just isn’t present.

    That said, fans in the park are remarkably well informed. The people I talked with are fully aware that after next week’s series in Cleveland the Oakland schedule gets very ugly, very fast. And stays that way right until the season closes. The great and powerful Beane said at the end of the trading deadline that this team will have a chance to make the playoffs. To that end they traded away nobody and added Drew, who isn’t playing well but perhaps might find some form before October. That alone is a radical departure for the team over the last several years.

    We’ll see how they do. It is a young team with some veterans and a young staff who are arguably better for the loss of Gio and Cahill, hard as that is to believe, because the guys they have throw more strikes. But against the quality of opponents they have to face in September, with the arms of the rookies already at or above their previous highs for innings pitched, it’s a big ask for the beloved A’s to make the playoffs. But everybody loves an underdog, right? And yesterday there were smiles all over the Mausoleum.

  14. hittfamily - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    The Royals came into Tampa feeling good about themselves. They had taken a series from the Rays earlier in the year. This time around they got to face a 3 time allstar in Price, a guy who finished 16th in the MVP vote a year ago in Shields, and last year’s ROY in Hellickson. Results: 28 innings, 5 runs

    A few amazing stats
    -If the Rays score 4 runs, they win. They haven’t lost one of those since July.

    -Alex Cobb is the only pitcher on the Rays with an ERA over 3 this month.

    -Matt Moore has an ERA of 1.16 over his last 31 innings, averaging more than a k per 9.

    -David Price has 16 Wins this year. He also has 5 no decisions. In those 5 no decisions: 37 IP…5 Runs

    -The Rays were 15-8 prior to Longoria’s injury. They are 12-3 since he returned. Is there a more important player to his team in all of baseball? Leadership doesn’t account for this. Luck doesn’t either though.

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