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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 28, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

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Rangers 6, Rays 5: Adrian Beltre was last week’s player of the week after hitting for the cycle one night and hitting three bombs on another. He’s off to a good start for that award again, going 3 for 3 with a homer a double and four RBI. David Price had one of his worst outings of the season (4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER).

Cardinals 4, Pirates 3: Also continuing his hot streak: Matt Holliday. He hit his 24th homer, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth. The Pirates have dropped six of their last seven. Are we allowed to talk about them playing to break the streak of sub-.500 seasons yet, or do we still have to act like they’re in the wild card hunt?

Mariners 1, Twins 0: Felix Hernandez is ridiculously good (CG SHO, 5 H, 5K). Later this morning we’ll hear more about how the Yankees should trade for him. His fifth shutout of the year, by the way. Tough luck loss for Liam Hendricks who allowed one run over nine innings.

Athletics 3, Indians 0: Brett Anderson‘s return continues to be stellar. He shut the Tribe out over seven, allowing only two hits. Oakland has won 9 of 11.

Padres 3, Braves 0: Casey Kelly’s major league debut: fantasitc (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER). He also hit a single. I think it’s now officially safe to say, if it wasn’t already, that the Padres won the first Adrian Gonzalez trade. Yasmani Grandal accounted for all of the Padres’ runs, with a homer and a single. San Diego has won eight straight.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 7: Colby Rasmus put his hair in some seriously stupid looking cornrows recently. He took them out before this game, however, and hit a three run homer with two outs in the ninth to put the Blue Jays in front. There’s a lesson in there for you kids. Of course, Derek Jeter tied it in the bottom half, so there’s a lesson in there too. Basically, just don’t be a total douche and instead be a professional and good things will happen. In extras, Derek Lowe threw a ball away putting the go-ahead run on third, which eventually scored. Darren Oliver beats Derek Lowe, because it’s 1999 or something. Oh, and Mark Teixeira left with a calf strain and he’s gonna miss a couple of weeks.

Orioles 4, White Sox 3: Baltimore wins another one-run game their 13th straight. And Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer. They should be called the Batlimore Oh Reallys?

Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Dice-K with his first win since the Cold War or thereabouts. Forgive me if I assume this had more to do with the Royals bats than Matsuzaka’s skillz.

Rockies 10, Dodgers 0: Josh Beckett‘s debut for the Dodgers looked a lot like most of his starts for the Red Sox. Inefficient, deliberate and, while not a total disaster, not particularly effective either. Didn’t matter much, though, given that Jeff Francis and the bullpen didn’t allow a run. And even if they had, the Dodgers’ pen got violated for seven runs in the eighth.

Brewers 15, Cubs 4: Five homers for the Brewers including two from Aramis Ramirez. Ryan Braun had four hits and drove in five.

Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2: Bronson Arroyo pitched well and hit a home run to put the Reds ahead. Sometimes you gotta do everything yourself.

  1. joshfrancis50 - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    I believe the latest CBA states you must use the phrase “helped his own cause” re: Arroyo’s home run.

  2. watchfullhose - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Winningest pitcher in the NL since 2006? Bronson Arroyo (89 wins).

    • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      And this, kiddies, is why pitcher wins is and irrelevant stat.

      • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        Well…it isn’t really WHY, so much as it demonstrates the fact.

      • samu0034 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

        No, it’s not irrelevant. It’s just not all that great. Most of the time good pitchers wind up with lot’s of W’s, but not all the time. It’s correlation with things that actually DO define a pitcher’s quality (IP, K’s, BB, WHIP, etc.) isn’t flawless, far from it, but that doesn’t make Wins an irrelevant statistic. Perfection isn’t necessary for something to be broadly useful.

      • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        You are defeating your own argument. As you point out, there are a number of BETTER ways (and you didn’t even list the best ones) to evaluate a pitcher’s contribution to winning. Pitcher wins is the WORST of the available metrics to do that….making it a crappy statistic because it fails to capture the concept it is attempting to measure and is bested by just about everything else anyone has come up with…

      • nategearhart - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        samu0034, it might be a fun statistic, but it’s not at all useful. If you only went off W’s, you would think Cliff Lee is having an awful season, when in fact he’s been quite good. When you look up a pitcher’s W/L record, you then have to look at a bunch of other stats to see whether he was actually good/bad, or if he was just lucky/unlucky. If you never looked at the W/L in the first place, and just looked at the other stats, you would know no less information about that pitcher’s performance and season.

      • thefalcon123 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Why are wins irrelevant?

        Storm Davis: 1989

        31 games, 169 IP (*just* over 5 IP per start), 4.36 ERA (85 ERA+), 1.506 WHIP, 4.8 K/9, 3.6 BB/9. By all accounts, he had a *terrible* season.

        …He went 19-7.

        I guess he just knew how to win

      • samu0034 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        The hyperbole of it all is what I rail against. Wins are not a great state to measure the quality of a pitcher, but they aren’t worthless either. Looking at a large enough sample size they do an okay job of showing who the decent pitchers are. There are definitely outliers, far more of them than for the more advanced statistics, and that makes Wins a weaker statistic to use in defining quality, but it doesn’t make them irrelevant.

      • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        Then tell me what value they have? What does a pitcher win tell you that you another metric doesn’t tell you more accurately?

        They are worse than useless, they are misleading.

      • rarson - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        A pitcher can give up 8 runs and still win a game. Or he could give up only one, and lose. Or, he can give up zero and get a no-decision. Wins and losses are things that broadcasters like to mention because they’re easy numbers, but when you see those numbers without context, they’re almost meaningless. They’re *practically* irrelevant.

      • thefalcon123 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Why else are wins stupid.
        Here are Orel Herhiser’s stats from 1988 and 1989. In 1988, he won 23 games and the Cy Young. In 1989, he went 15-15.

        Can you guess which stat lines go to which year?

        1. 2.26 ERA, 267 IP, 178 K, 149 ERA+, 2.44 K/BB, 18 HR
        2. 2.31 ERA, 257 IP, 178 K, 149 ERA+, 2.31 K/BB 9 HR

      • samu0034 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        You can cite all the anecdotal evidence you like, but it doesn’t prevent Wins from being a useful statistic when evaluating a large selection of pitchers over the course of multiple years. There are lots of cases when a pitcher has a crappy year but wins lots of games, or has a great year but wins few games. That does not prevent the vast majority of decent pitchers winning a decent number of games, and the vast majority of crappy pitchers winning few games.

  3. cur68 - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    In the Beaver Men v Empire battle you forgot, Craig, to mention that the Beav also lost two more pitchers in that game. Aaron Laffey & Henderson Alvarez. Both hit by comebackers off the leg. Both have bruises (day-to-day, I think). I realize that a Beav pitcher getting hurt is pretty much a given, though. Its what those guys do.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Rasmus had been in a slump that began with the last Yankee series. He did what he had to do to defeat the bad karma and broke out of his slump.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      Let us not fail to mention that IBM Joe has been playing mix-and match with the bottom of the lineup, to no avail. And that the other Derek shouldn’t be doing his Mr. Fiddley-Fart to first base, at least not without Andy’s supervision.

      • Old Gator - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        I see no reason to wait.

        The Borg ought to trade for Felix Hernandez.

      • protectthishouse54 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        Just a terrible way to lose that game for the Yanks. Phelps pitches well, but of course Rapada can’t strand anyone, even if they’re on first with one out. Soriano gives up the bomb and then Lowe commits a heinous error to hand over the win. This one’s on the pen.

  4. lewp - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    OK, I’ll say it: Beltre is a beast!

    Good thing he has been the most consistant player on the Rangers. He and Murphy pretty much have saved the Rangers season so far.

    • hittfamily - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Those Hamilton and Nathan guys have hardly contributed at all.

    • pw38 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Let’s not forget that he went almost a whole month before this without a homer so shelve the savior comments. Mitch Moreland has been playing well. Joe Nathan has been consistently lights out. Heck even Scooter Feldman got ‘em six wins during a difficult stretch. This has truly been a team effort this year and it’s amazing that even with all the downs they’ve had they’re pacing as good or better than last year.

    • beefytrout - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Matt Harrison is not amused by this statement.

      • lewp - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        Thanks for all the Ranger comments. I just wanted to make certain Craig knew there were a few folks here that was interested in them.

  5. Andrew Chapman - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    And if you look back even further, the Padres won when they acquired Adrian Gonzalez from the Rangers for Adam Eaton and others.

  6. Lukehart80 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Do you know who leads MLB in extra-base hits???

    It’s Aramis Ramirez, who now has 65 on the year.

  7. stex52 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    And in other baseball news, the Astros didn’t lose last night. Expect that string to be broken tonight, as they start playing baseball again.

    Meanwhile, the Sugarland Skeeters handily dispatched Bridgeport 5-1. Winner was Jason Lane, ex-Astros outfielder. He now has six wins. I would rather see him pitching for the Astros than Clemens.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Reminds me of that 2005 playoff win vs. the Braves. The one where Roger Clemens pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief, as the Astros’ last pitcher. I recall Phil Garner saying that, if the game had gone to the 19th inning, Lane would have pitched and Clemens would have played LF or RF.

      • stex52 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        I had forgotten that. We were out of town. Actually saw the end of the game from the Portland (Oregon) airport. It was a complete surprise to everyone, given his development in the minors, when Lane proved unable to hit in the MLB. But apparently he likes playing too much to give it up, so now he’s in the independent league.

  8. rockthered1286 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Yard birds strike again! Chen almost give it away with the big E followed by a 2 run bomb, but I’ll be damned if I’ll ever be able to use this phrase again:

    “Nate McClouth and Lew Ford provided all the offense the O’s needed.”

    Scary, isn’t it?

    By the way: JJ with his league leading 40th save. Can anybody give me a better 8-9 punch out than Strop and Johnson? Fat chance.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Braves? Yankees? Reds?

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Perhaps I should have said best in the AL. Yankees don’t have Rivera anymore, and are not scary like they used to be in the late innings (for instance, giving up 3 in the 9th last night to the JAYS). Soriano is good, don’t get me wrong, (more K’s than JJ, lower ERA) but their BP as a whole is not intimidating to me at all.

        Meanwhile in Balmer, JJ has completed 40 of 43 saves and the 3 blown saves ended up in W’s in extras. His only loss on the year is when he came in mid-relief for a blowout game back in early June (which he gave up 5ER in 0.1IP, drastically inflating his ERA), which was for nothing more than innings after he’d sat all week. As for Strop, he’s quick and efficient. Get in, get out. 49K’s through 57IP, 1.56 ERA. Not too shabby for a guy who came completely out of nowhere.

        Oh and one more note that doesn’t show up in the stat sheets: The O’s have not lost a game all season when leading after the 7th. That speaks volumes.

      • natslady - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        Does anyone go to Orioles games? 10,995 attendance last night, nice weather, contending team…

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        @natslady-
        nice to see you again kettle, its me pot. Is attendance all you really ever attack O’s fans for? I’ll try to do this as nicely as I can without attacking DC fans…

        Show me a team with the same losing streak that we’ve had. The Nats haven’t been around as long as our losing streak so you don’t feel the pain and shame Angelos has forced into our lives. And to see this team year in/year out making minimal moves to no avail, draft picks falling to pieces, changing personel non-stop…it’s tiring. It’s hard to convince any fan in Baltimore that Angelos deserves a penny of our money. On top of that you also have to look at our football team, yanno, the one who is consistently in the playoffs and sells out every single home game for years on end. People take the majority of their saving and put it towards Ravens games, not O’s games. And do you blame them? Honestly? But hey, considering how many sell outs the Skins have had, or the Wizards, or the Caps prior to Ovechkin when they were losing, or the Nats every year up til mid-way through this season, I’m sure you’ve never been in an awkward position with a hated owner, a cellar dweller team and paper bag.

        And I’m sure you’ll find reason to defy my logic with “but they’re winning” so let me also make one more note: the majority of attendance is determined by preseason sales (packages, season tickets, etc.). Everyone was down on the O’s coming into this year. Quite the contrary in DC where everyone was optimistic and bought tickets to see Harper and Strasburg. That being said, Angelos has also taken it upon himself to charge an additional window fee for walk ups. This alone has people pissed off and saying screw it.

      • rarson - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        I was ecstatic when we got Strop. I couldn’t believe the Rangers gave him up.

        And while I do think that Strop and Johnson have been outstanding in their roles, what has brought this season together are contributions from everyone and an overall massive team effort. Kind of like when Chris Davis came into the 16th inning to pitch against Boston at Fenway; the Orioles couldn’t have won that game without a contribution from just about every player. And these are guys that have been rotated around almost constantly. You never know who is going to be the hero of the game.

        Also, I have to give Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter credit for really bringing these guys together and getting the most out of them.

        By the way, natslady, I’m really tired of you commenting about Orioles attendance EVERY FREAKING TIME they’re mentioned. Shut the hell up. Baltimore’s average attendance is up this year to 25,536. That’s not too bad considering how terrible Baltimore has been in recent years.

      • natslady - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Nats got ragged on for 21K attendance last Monday on a rainy night that was the first night of school. So I was asking the same question about the team 40 miles north. It’s a legit question. I’m wondering if Angelos was right in complaining to Bud that the area could not support two ML teams. You don’t need to be so defensive. I like Showalter and what he’s done with the O’s. They did the right thing signing Jones, and they refurbished the park.

        The series we have are fun and exciting. Sometimes when the Nats aren’t on I even listen to O’s games on the radio, even though it’s not real baseball.

      • natslady - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        I have no complaints about O’s fans (except for the National Anthem). Some of my best friends and neighbors, etc…. And I’m NOT SHUTTING UP. You may hate Angelos but so do we (about the TV deal). You can call me names all you want. If the O’s have under 11K at a game when they are 3.5 games behind in the division and playing a contending team, and there was no rain delay then the question has to be asked. Now, if you say the walk-ups are slow because of a fee charged, then that is a possible reason.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        @natslady
        First of all, thank you for mentioning that yesterday was the first day back to school for our kids in this area, so yes that probably dinged attendance, but I wouldn’t say terribly. However, I go back to finances. We’ve been so bad for so long people just don’t give a crap about seeing the O’s in person. Is TV revenue up? Yes. Merchandise? Yes. Even attendance has slightly improved, but still you won’t find many people going to games for the price and for the crap Angelos has put everyone through for so long. As a matter of fact, I’d be willing to wager if Angelos sold and stepped down, attendance would immediately improve. And let’s be honest here, if the Nats wouldn’t have gone out and made moves for guys like Gio or had the likes of Stras and Harper come up, their attendance would be right on par with the birds. What do we get? Wilson Betemit, and sensational failures of draft picks in Matusz and Arrieta. Ouch. And the thing is, it’s year in year out. Every year we skip out on even an attempt to sign a FA because Pete’s cheap, we let our better players go elsewhere (worst ever was Moose to the Yanks) and another rookie comes up only to bomb out. It’s completely demoralizing to see that for 16 straight years. People in this town have given up. Faith is being restored but the general consensus is “foll me once shame on you, fool me twice…” and once we get past that? Then attendance will rise.

    • gemini1512 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Relievers Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams, and closer Joe Nathan struck out six of the nine hitters they faced in working perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Nathan earned his 23rd consecutive save opportunity and 26th this season.

      Nathan doesn’t get as many saves because the Rangers are usually winning by 4-5 runs…

      Not to take away from what the Orioles have done, but I would take the Rangers bullpen over theirs every day of the week.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Again I say, the O’s have NOT LOST A SINGLE GAME WHEN LEADING AFTER THE 7TH! No team has hit a walkoff against us all year. How could you possibly say you would take anything over that?! Our games are essentially 7 inning games. Once we hit that mark and have a lead? It’s done. Plus you cannot seriously say JJ’s 40 v. 26 for Nathan is solely because of run support. The only hole in the entire BP for the O’s is Gregg, and they only use him as a filler now in games when we go into the late innings down 4 or 5 runs because he’ll give up 2 or 3 more. Last I checked, O’s BP had the 2nd best ERA in the bigs, right behind the Braves.

      • chuchasantamaria - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        um, rockthered… http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL201207270.shtml
        oakland scored 6 runs in the 9th to take the lead. not sure where you got that statistic.

  9. geoknows - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I can’t figurew out why it is that people automatically assume the Royals have a horrible offense. They have the 7th highest team batting average in the majors. Last year they were fourth. The year before that, second. I’m not a Royals fan, but I do follow baseball, and even I understand their problem is pitching, not offense.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Well they are 22nd in Runs scored and 27th in Home Runs. The name of the game is to score runs, not hit for average. They do excel at doubles though (10th). I think there’s a case there to say the offense is not performing as well as it could. Granted the pitching is probably worse…

      • bravojawja - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Well, if they’re getting on base but not scoring runs, it means they’re not clutch enough. They need a clutch hitter. I’m sure there’s a metric for that somewhere.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      I was going to argue that people don’t use BA as an offensive stat anymore. But The Royals are 8th in MLB in runs scored. So, I guess it is the pitching

      They also bunt to much, make stupid base running errors, and don’t hit any HR’s.

      After watching them for years…they really just don’t know how to win from the owner on down.

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        FC is right, I had the stats page sorted by something else. #facepalm.

        But hey, they’re 9th in SB, because if you listen to the Royals broadcast…stolen bases are the most important offensive stat in baseball.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        8th? What site? I’m checking ESPN and they have them firmly at 22nd in all MLB.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Oh Ok, that explains it! For a moment I thought I DID the sorting badly.

      • stex52 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        Glad you guys sorted out. For a minute there I thought I was listening to Democrats and Republicans explaining their poll results at the same time.

  10. APBA Guy - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Brett Anderson! Of course, two wins against Minnesota and Cleveland, not exactly Texas and the Yankees. Still, he looks good right now (the rubber arm will come in a few weeks). The A’s are tied with Baltimore atop the AL wild card race. Astonishing. As I’ve been saying the A’s schedule is not favorable for them in September, but they’ve done surprisingly well recently against better clubs, including 2/3 from Tampa this past weekend.

    Last night was a “classic” A’s 2012 win, with good to excellent starting pitching, solid defense (much improved with Pennington at 2B over Weeks), and excellent relief in Cook and Balfour. And just enough hitting, including the Reddick HR. He looks better recently, like he’s getting over his tooth socket issues.

    13,000 in Cleveland last night, supposedly. I’d guess maybe half that were actually in attendance. So the A’s felt right at home. Cleveland continues to appear to be just going through the motions.

  11. kiwicricket - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Is Felix’s shutout in exactly 100pitches a Maddux??

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