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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

Bryce Harper

Nationals 8, Marlins 4: Bryce Harper hit two homers, bro. Jacob Turner: not really ready for the major leagues yet, bro.

Mets 3, Phillies 2: Matt Harvey continues to impress (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6K). The Phillies pitcher is listed in the box score is named “Tyler Cloyd.” I’m calling b.s.  That’s a name you desperately reach for when you’re trying to pretend to be someone else but didn’t really think ahead.

Royals 1, Tigers 0: Look, it’s pretty simple: if you have pretensions of the playoffs, you beat the Royals when your ace is going like the Tigers didn’t do on Tuesday night. And you don’t get shut the hell out by Bruce Chen for eight innings either.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 0: We’re all sitting around here waiting for the Pirates to keel over and die and then they go and take two of three from the guys they’re chasing. Coming up: a lot of games against the Cubs and Astros. The wild card race is getting wild.

Padres 8, Braves 2: Tuesday night was just a blip, it seems. The Padres win their ninth of ten. Eric Stultz allowed no earned runs over six.

White Sox 8, Orioles 1: Joe Saunders, amazingly, wasn’t an immediate boon to the O’s rotation. Their recent pickup allowed ten hits and seven runs over five and a third.

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 2Chris Heisey smacked two homers as the NL’s best team sweeps the snakes.

Blues Jays 8, Yankees 5: Yunel Escobar had the big day. The Yankees looked sloppy and stranded runners. I know the real issue here is getting everyone healthy, but really, they’re playing bad baseball at the moment regardless.

Rays 8, Rangers 4: Two homers for Evan Longoria. More like Even Longballia, amirite?

Athletics 8, Indians 4: I spent an hour yesterday telling people that the A’s and Rays’ offenses suck and how they won’t go far in the playoffs because of it. Nothing you can say about baseball lasts more than a day.

Brewers 3, Cubs 1: Sometimes I look at the box score and just can tell that the game was no fun to watch. Like when three of the game’s four runs were scored on two groundouts and a play on which there were two throwing errors.

Dodgers 10, Rockies 8: A.J. Ellis‘ grand slam in the eighth seemed like gravy, as it stretched a five-run lead into a nine run lead, but the Dodgers ended up needing it as they withstood a seven run rally by Colorado in the bottom of the inning.

Twins 10, Mariners 0: Trevor Plouffe doubled in a couple and hit a two-run homer. But really, everyone in Minnesota got into the act.

Giants 6, Astros 4: You’d think Hunter Pence would be nice to the Astros seeing as how they gave him his freedom from having to play for them and everything. But no, he’s an ingrate and hit a three-run homer off of them. It was his fourth homer against Houston in the seven games he’s played against them since departing.

Angels 10, Red Sox 3Kendrys Morales and Chris Iannetta hit homers and C.J. Wilson won for the first time in 11 tries.

  1. kcmaddog1 - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Good pitching stops good hitters everyday in the bigs! Stop hating on the Royals!

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    I wouldn’t say that the Yankees are playing bad baseball. I prefer to say that they were being generous to the Blue Jays The Jays had not won a series in a month and the Yankees let them have one. It is going to be difficult to continue to call them The Evil Empire after their generous play yesterday. Three errors in the game were the epitome of generosity.

    Escobar took 3 days off last week for paternity leave and came back refreshed. Previously, he had been playing like he needed time off.

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Children are horrible.™

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        No. Inefficient Parents who produce Uncontrollable Children are Horrible. (I’ll trademark it later).

  3. deepstblu - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Cloyd will be having a word with you, as soon as we figure out which one he is.

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      Ain’t he’s the one with the cute little breasts, jes’ like a gurrl at a one o’ them tea party pancake breakfasts?

  4. papalurchdxb - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Red Sox Pitching – a bountiful harvest festival for feasting Angels. Oh well, another day crossed off the calendar….

    • errorcard - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      And Bobby V’s bizarre usage of Aceves continues. You didn’t get the 2-inning save in the 1-run game on Tuesday night? Then it’s 2-inning mop-up duty for you on Wednesday night. Bobby V’s like the honey badger — he don’t care.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    When the Universe ends up with a so-called Steve Pearce as DH, you know it’s time for roster expansion.
    THE FAT TOAD in any ninth inning when we’re not behind by aat least 27 runs is unpardonable.
    Oh, and ix-nay on, well Ix-nay.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    After throwing themselves an RISP party the night before, the Feesh reverted to being the Feesh. Down by two to the Gnats in the eighth, they got Solano and Reyes on second and third with no outs and then let Storen strand them both on a shirt fly out by Lee, a strikeout by the Iron Giant and a groundout by Ruggiano. Then they brought in chief arsonist Heath Bar Bell, who promptly served up a tater to Suzuki and an ribby single to Happy Werth. Ah well.

    Meanwhile, this kid Turner, though he got hit once the Gnats figured him out, didn’t walk anyone – for the second straight start. He’s got electric stuff, too. Chalk it up to inexperience; as Tommy Hutton pointed out during the play by play, he pitched everyone the same way during his second tour of the Gnats lineup and they picked up on that pretty quickly. Chalk that one up to inexperience. Craig may well be right that he isn’t quite ready for prime time yet, and we may have to pray (a useless gesture, admittedly) that the Feesh won’t pull an Andrew Miller on him and destroy his confidence by letting him get pounded at a level for which he’s not ready. Unfortunately, Slobbering Ozzie was enthusing about the kid in the postgame interviews, which probably means they’re going to leave him out there to take some more beatings. Not good.

    Last night was Iron Giant Bobblehead Night. I already have my Iron Giant bobblehead, courtesy of a feller Circling the Bases afficionado, but mine says Mike Stanton on the base. This one will be really worth something some day, right up there with my complete set of Reservoir Dogs action figures (yes, Mr. Blonde is accessorized with a folding razor that actually folds and a severed ear). Tonight is an orf night for the Feesh, then the Mutts arrive and it’s Eovaldi versus Biggeth Dicketh. I’ll be at that one fer sure.

    • natslady - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      In a pre-game interview Storen said his “biting slider” wasn’t there yet. Maybe the Feeeeeeeesh should have listened, because Drew hung a couple and got away with it. Davey left Detwiler in too long for us fans who can obviously manage better (after the leadoff walk in the 6th why was he still out there?). So, at 5-3 with Lee on first base, Mattheus’ strikeout of Stanton was a thing of beauty.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      “Brian, they called him Brian…”

  7. Lukehart80 - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Sure, the Indians lost again, but they managed to score more than 3 runs for the first time in 10 games, so that’s progress.

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      Not really. Only two were earned. That’s not Cleveland progress so much as it is Oakland regression.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        I don’t care if it takes the distraction of nude centerfolds riding unicorns around the outfield, I’m happy to take the Indians’ scoring runs however they can get them. These are hard times.

  8. stex52 - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    So many highlights, so little time:

    1. The Astros broke their Minute Maid record for low attendance. The old record had been set Tuesday night. I see a trend here.
    2. The Astros fielded a lineup with no one batting over .300 and four (Four!) batting below the Mendoza line.
    3. In spite of that, they chased Zito in the third. How is it that he is still in the Majors? Much less for a playoff contender?
    4. I don’t think Pence is grateful to the Astros for sending him away. He’s a small town Texas boy. I think he is just exacting brutal revenge. The crowd still likes him, though. Too bad he will command too high a salary to come back.
    5. Biggio spoke to the team before the game. I guess they figured a rousing speech from a Catholic boy would help. He really needed a priest to come with him and administer Last Rites.

    • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      In the desert
      I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
      Who, squatting upon the ground,
      Held his heart in his hands,
      And ate of it.
      I said, “Is it good, friend?”
      “It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;
      “But I like it
      “Because it is bitter,
      “And because it is my heart.”

      -Stephen Crane

      • stex52 - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        Ouch. Superb diagnosis, Dr. Gator. Did you know that I was at the very first game in the Dome, in 1965?

      • Old Gator - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        No. Good deal. But were you there for the filming of Brewster McCloud?

      • stex52 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        No, but I saw the movie as soon as it came out. I was a freshman at Rice and everyone was pumped about all the local color in the film. Liked it, too.

  9. sdelmonte - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Cloyd is, of course, one of the moon men from Bullwinkle (along with Gidney).

    • stex52 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Bingo. I knew that name bothered me. Thanks.

  10. jarathen - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    if it wasn’t for the the red sox, the angels wouldn’t be anywhere. thank you, boston. and at this point, the dodgers.

  11. uyf1950 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    An all around poor performance by the Yankees in every aspect of the game yesterday. CC did not look good, the relief pitching for the most part stunk, the defense was poor committing 3 errors and the offense left RISP stranded way to many times, way to many times. What else can I say, just telling it like I see it. Oh, the only good part about yesterday was the Orioles lost to the White Sox so they remained 3.5 games back instead of gain a game.

    • number42is1 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      This is going to be a very stressful weekend

  12. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    “The Phillies pitcher is listed in the box score is named “Tyler Cloyd.” I’m calling b.s. That’s a name you desperately reach for when you’re trying to pretend to be someone else but didn’t really think ahead.”

    Says the writer whose last name I still can not pronounce

  13. sportsdrenched - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    grand slam in the eighth seemed like gravy,

    If you’re playing baseball at Coors Field, there are never any gravy runs, all of them will be needed.

    Didn’t get a chance to see Chen mow down the Tigers, but I’m glad it happened. Tigers are in danger of getting swept they have to face Cy Guthrie tonight.

  14. cur68 - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    One of these days Bruce Chen is going to no-hit some team. I’ve watched that guy pitch a number of times and when he has it, he really has it. Given that he held off the Tigers and that their guy, Sanchez, was pretty effin good too, the level of pitching that Chen can bring really needs some more acknowledgement. The trouble with Chen is that when he doesn’t have it, well, he sucks like a Hoover. And that also needs some more acknowledgement.

  15. ksbuff - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    No mention of Hosmer’s 70ft pop-up that drive in the game’s only run last night?

    • ksbuff - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Edit function!
      Edit Function!

  16. APBA Guy - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    The A’s actually fell behind last night as the rust on Travis Blackley was evident in his first start in many moons. But not to worry. Playing the Indians is the gift that keeps on giving, in this case a ball from Hanahan through the legs of Jason Donald, standing on second for the first out of what should have been a double play.

    I’ve never seen that. Through his legs on a throw to second. If there had been more people at the stadium the barely audible moan would have been a roar of disapproval. As it was, the faint booing was the first I’d heard during the 3 games so far.

    As I said yesterday, the A’s will take it. Eight runs, again, is a great confidence booster. Josh Donaldson’s HR to take the lead immediately after the Indians had scored their first runs of the series was a backbreaker.

    Getaway day today then back to the Mausoleum to face the Red Sox. Decent crowds expected. But the A’s first need to focus on Masterson, and hope his 95 mph slingers are out of the zone all day.

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