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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 5, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

Orioles Tolleson, Machado, and Betemit celebrate defeating the Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Orioles 12, Blue Jays 0: Zach Britton throwing seven shutout innings + Mark Reynolds driving in four + Yankees losing = First place for the Orioles dudes.

Rays 5, Yankees 2: This is that Yankees loss I just mentioned. Freddy Garcia allowed five runs over five. I know this isn’t the case, but as I sit here today I can’t envision any Freddy Garcia starts that weren’t five runs over five innings. And the offense ain’t helping either.

Brewers 8, Marlins 4: Giancarlo Stanton hit his 30th homer of the year, but he can’t do it alone. Norichika Aoki and Jeff Bianchi each homered and drove in three.

Reds 2, Phillies 1: A two-run shot for Jay Bruce — his third homer in as many games — and Mat Latos allowed one run over seven innings.

Royals 6, Rangers 3: The Nu-Look Jeremy Guthrie continues to roll, tossing seven innings of five-hit, two-run ball.

Rockies 6, Braves 0: A quartet of Rockies pitchers shut the Braves out. Carlos Gonzalez‘s solo homer in the first inning was all that Colorado needed.

Nationals 11, Cubs 5: Six homers for the Nats, including two from Adam LaRoche who is absolutely scorching hot right now. On the baseball field, I mean. He still looks like Adam LaRoche.

Indians 3, Tigers 2: Justin Masterson was in control, allowing two runs over six innings. The Tigers, meanwhile are a game away from being swept by the Indians and the Royals, interrupted by a sweep of the White Sox, which makes no damn sense at all. But that’s baseball.

Cardinals 5, Mets 1: Jamie Garcia scattered nine hits over seven and a third. That’s an official ruling, by the way. The Scattered Hits Institute certifies such statements whenever a winning pitcher allows more hits than innings pitched.

Twins 18, White Sox 9: Minnesota put up a ten-spot in the fifth inning, which made it 17-4 at that point. Mr. Perfect, Phil Humber, gave up eight runs in a third of an inning himself. DeWayne Wise pitched for Chicago. It was just one of those nights.

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 6: Aaron Hill went 5 for 5 with a homer. Jason Kubel tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th. The Giants used 11 pitchers which, wow, viva expanded rosters.

Padres 6, Dodgers 3: But hey, at least L.A. lost in 11 innings too. This, in part, because the Dodgers bullpen is pretty overworked at the moment, forcing Don Mattingly to use his secondary and tertiary options in late innings.  Yasmani Grandal tied it in the eighth with a two-run shot and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single in the 11th putting San Diego ahead for good.

Red Sox 4, Mariners 3: The losing streak ends at seven. The sixth inning was where the magic happened, with homers from Cody Ross and  Ryan Lavarnway.

Angels 6, Athletics 1: Zack Greinke is finally coming around, winning his third straight start. The Angels have won four of five and 11 of 14 overall. They’re three and a half back in the wild card race.

Pirates 6, Astros 2:  Andrew McCutchen had four hits, driving in three. Pittsburgh remains two and a half back of the Cards in the wild card race. Brock Holt – BROCK HOLT! — had four hits too.

  1. kiwicricket - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Mark Reynolds has been going bananas! All or nothing, but the O’s will take it from the 7spot. 5HR and 11RBI in his last 5games.
    Side note…Nate McLouth is sporting a pretty good ‘Utley’ on his head these days. Nice.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      I think Reynolds is something like 9 for his last 19 now? This is typical of him apparently. I remember this last year too, he came from the Mendoza line and started hitting lights out late in the season. Hope he keeps it up!

  2. annaalamode - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Every year I think the baseball season can’t get any crazier and every year it does. Baltimore in first? In September? Up is down, down is up!

    • KR - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:32 AM

      Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!

  3. KR - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    1. I was completely shocked to wake up and see that Boston won.

    2. Six home runs for the Nationals is a record for them I believe. Tiny crowd at the park though; probably related to school starting but even still.

    3. @OldHossRadbourn tweeted something critical of President Obama last night, so I’m finally convinced that it’s not Craig behind that account.

    • CJ - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      I may be just a Philly hooligan, but am fairly certain that school has started in other areas too. Sheesh, the way people make excuses around here you’d think the well-educated children of DC and Atlanta go to school year-around and everywhere else the unruly children wander aimlessly through the streets and sneak into baseball games.

    • randomdigits - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Hoss is way too witty to be Craig.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Six homer tied the Nats record for homers in a game.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Jimmy Rollins with his 2000th hit.

    • cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:45 AM

      Lazy slacker. If that had been David Eckstein he’d have done that by….well never of course, but he’d have not done it with GRIT. That Rollins: no hustle. Bench him.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:50 AM

        Sounds like half the comments on philly.com.

      • cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:55 AM

        Well, Ive been studying up my trolling, see? Best trolls are the Empire guys. They seem to be naturals. I don’t gots the natural talent here so I gots to work. Take it one comment at a time. Hustle them all out, even the weak grounders. If I put in enough Ecksteins of effort (effort measured in GRIT!) I might get a call to the Bigs. I just wanna help the team.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Cur, an honors graduate of the Crash Davis School of Baseball Cliches (TM).

      • cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Crash taught us all, my friend. He taught us all.

  5. cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    The world…she is upside down! The AL Beast is on a serious quest to change its life. Following the pattern set by the BoSox last season and this, the Empire must now collapse and spend the off season in a self flagellating funk of excessive purge and binge, blame and counter blame. By next season I expect Valentine to be managing them, Cashman to be in Houston, Girardi the booth next to Tito, and a blossoming calzone and beer crisis. Surely this is the path before the Empire and any deviation from it will be met with calamity.

    • stex52 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      We’re on a roll this morning, eh Cur? Sometimes when our own teams have faded it’s fun to watch the mass confusion around us. That’s the joy of baseball; nothing is certain. Not even on a day to day basis. Simultaneous confusion and purges in NY and Boston might be the clearest sign yet that the Mayans were right. How does December 21st match up with the winter meetings anyway?

      • cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        Had to be up early for work; you got me fresh and unbeaten down by the day. By the end of this mess of a day here I expect to be seriously considering a drinking habit. But never mind me. Not when their is my team (and yours too) to speak in hushed tones about: just like I do when I’m around a patient on life support.

        Our teams, Stex are little more than footnotes this season. My boys were good. Real good. But suddenly their pitching arms gave out, their hitters backs became balky, obliques pulled for both hitters and pitchers alike, their bones broke, their wounds infected, their wrists collapsed, they lost the strike zone. Your boys? Well….I’m sorry, brah. Everyone pretty much saw this coming.

        What else is there to do but to marvel at the incredible good fortune of the rest of the division and the stunning product that Buck Showalter has managed? We can leave the Red Sox out of this statement, of course. The Sox Management and the Boston media did this to themselves: self inflicted wounds all. I have no sympathy for that franchise. I save it for Tito, who got shafted. For the players in a small measure: seriously this wouldn’t have been half as bad if they’d stopped commenting to the media. Do the Crash Davis at the buggers and close ranks. Alas its hard to close ranks when its Valentine you have to close with. He’s a natural Red Rover of rank busting.

        The Rays, O’s & Yankees greatly benefited by having The Sox & Beavers to beat up on. Then they got the pitching and the hitting to carry them just enough against everyone else. The Yankees are fading: that good luck catching up with them as the toll must be paid at the tail end of a long season for an old team. However there’s no other way to describe the Orioles as anything other than well managed, well trained, and talented. They are young and tough, too. Gots the endurance that only youth imparts. Chickens finally coming home to roost, IMO. I’m really pleased for them. I thought I’d see this last season, but I’m glad its happened and better late than never. As for the Rays? Well what else is there to say? Hardly anyone watches them at home and yet they continue to be contenders. Maddon does everything just right enough to get the maximum milk for the minimum moo. The guy’s the Sexy Beast of Major League Managers.

        As for you and me and our boys? Better luck, good health, and The Magic that is the AL next season, eh?

  6. rockthered1286 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    And the yard brids strike again! But before I go praising the O’s for this game, let just say there’s no need to knock on the Jays pitching. Hitting? Justifiable (although Britton now has 19K’s through 18 innings in his last 2 outtings with 0 ER’s in that span). But the pitching is not as terrible as their record would have you believe. Villanueva actually pitched outstanding for the first 4+ innings. I was impressed with his use of the fastball, and his location was spot on. I believe he has the best ERA of all starters for the Jays (correct if I’m wrong bluebird fans). He ran into problems only because of predictability. He got into a routine, hitters figured it out, and a Reynolds bomb and an onslaught of doubles later, it was 12-0.

    Back to the O’s- unbelievable all around game. 6 hitters with multiple hits. Loved seeing Macho Man go 3-5 with a double (could have been 4-5 with 2 2B if not for an outstand play at 3rd), and Nicky continuing his late season success as well.

    Also enjoyable for all? Roof malfunctions. They started closing the roof in the 3rd, and I think it finally closed by the 9th. No I won’t make a multiple things malfunctions for the Jays joke.

    LEEGGOOOOO!!!!

  7. Lukehart80 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Over their last 40 games, the Indians have 4 wins over the Tigers and 6 wins against the rest of baseball. I count this as proof Detroit is not headed to the playoffs.

    • philliesblow - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      The AL Central will be won by the team that finally decides they are less incompetent than the other. For the sake of good playoff baseball, let’s shut down the AL Central and give the division playoff spot to whoever doesn’t get the 2nd wild card among the Orioles/A’s/Rays. Arrangement is off if it actually allows the Yankees into the playoffs.

      Thanks to the Vikings for beating the Bears last night.

  8. paperlions - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    It would be pretty sweet for the baseball world if Boston, Philly, NYY, Detroit, and LAA all missed the playoffs….those were the top 5 payrolls to start the year, though the Dodgers are probably up there now.

    • stex52 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Still sounds a bit of a stretch for the Yankees. But wouldn’t it be a shocker and a boon to mid-markets everywhere? I’d say that in any case, even if one or two of those teams does make it; the message is pretty clear about how to play consistent winning baseball. It’s not to outbid the world for aging talent.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Just think about the vacuum that will be created by the mass retirement of the Stankees’ old timers.

  9. boredfriday - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Hawk Harrelson abandoned the booth last night in about the 7th inning of that blowout. What a professional.

    In related news, the White Sox broadcast produced 3 innings of watchable baseball for maybe the first time all year.

    • boredfriday - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      2 seconds of research reveals that it was Hawk’s birthday yesterday as well. Just gonna sit here and bask in schadenfreude for a bit.

    • CJ - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      so on your birthday when things don’t go your way at work you just walk out without telling anyone too then huh. Try that and see how that works, you might even get a pink slip as a birthday gift. Enjoy!

  10. Old Gator - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I have to confess that I don’t know what Adam LaRoche looks like, so his temperature is irrelevant.

    Slobbering Ozzie never saw an advantage he couldn’t turn to a disadvantage. Right, Jurassic Cuban former Feesh fans? First, he comes home from the road where the Iron Giant has been pounding the ball and has just been named NL player of the week while batting fifth, and moves him back to the cleanup position where he goes on or two fer twenty or some such thing and after crushing ten home runs in eleven games doesn’t hit one for a week. So last night, the Giant finally figures himself out with his thirtieth homer and a single. So what does Slobbering Ozzie do? With the Feesh clinging to a one run lead in the seventh on the strength of that homer and of Gorkys Hernandez’ first career home run (and by the way, batting the .172 hitting rookie in the leadoff spot was another of Ozzie’s strokes of genius this past week – he must have known the kid would hit one eventually), he sends Ryan Webb out to face the Brooze. Web gets two quick outs and then Nyjer Morgan (oh, so that’s what happened to him) bounces one weakly back to the mound that Ryan deflects but that dribbles behind him for an infield cheapo hit. Slobbering Ozzie is out of the dugout like a singed hamster clapping his hands and calling mindlessly for the lefty-righty sweetch, exit the effective Webb, enter the hapless Mike Dunn. Aoki crushes his first pitch to the warning track. Tie game.

    The World Health Organization reports that 90-100,000 people die of snakebite every year. Many of these deaths occur in the tropical hinterlands and go unreported However, thanks to MLB.com and Faux Sports, you can add last night’s Feesh game to that figure with a high degree of certainty. Enter Krazy Karlos – still working with Ryan Webb’s two outs – and a couple of freaky infield dribblers later, it’s now 5-4 Brooze.

    We need not recount the disastrous eighth inning of Chad Gaudin, who should not be confused with any of the seventeenth century French or Phleghmish painters he sounds like. They knew what they were doing. Suffice it to say that once you have smacked the Feesh down for a second time – though it usually doesn’t require that much effort – they don’t come back. Unable to mount any resistance to the Brooze boolpen, third worst in the league, they can only shrug and watch the strange attractor dwindle further into the realm of hypothesis, provenance of philosophers and mathematicians.

    And contemplate autumnal trout streams.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      And to add to the fun, Ozzie is apparently back on Twitter. The pool starts now: Ozzie’s first Twitter-inspired apology will be when?

      • Old Gator - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Yesterday. His cockups precede him, like being downwind from his aftershave.

  11. natstowngreg - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Craig, what’s with the hatin’ on Adam LaRoche? Clown comment, bro. Adam LaRoche is a first baseman, not a male model.

    BTW, it seems Young Mr. Harper’s comment is becoming part of the English language. The other day, I heard some political pundit use it in discussion of how the presidential candidates should deal with media questions they don’t want to answer. Struck me as quite funny that experienced politicians should be getting advice on dealing with the media from a 19-year old baseball player. Even funnier, I’m not sure the pundit realized that this wisdom came from a 19-year old baseball player.

    Oh, and the Nats won again. Watching them tee off against a succession of pitchers named “who he?” was fun. Obviously, not for the young men doing the pitching. The aforementioned LaRoche has 4 homers in 3 games. Christian Garcia (survivor of two Tommy John surgeries) made his debut to retire one batter, and succeeded. Throwing 95-96 mph fastballs. More depth for the Nats bullpen of the future.

    The Rockies helped out, allowing the Nats to increase their lead to 7.5 games. Gio goes for his 18th win vs. Chris Volstad (2-9, 6.06). With Garza hurt and Dempster and Maholm gone, guess Volstad is the Cubs’ #2 starter. Which is sad.

  12. historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Ugh, Porcello. I texted a friend last night and said “maybe they’ll put in Smyly as reliever again”…and shortly after….good for the kid! Really, our pitching is not that awful (and by that I mean Verlander, Scherzer, and Fister starts are mostly solid and the others intermittent), but we leave men on base and don’t make the hits. It feels like the team is still dinking around, not serious. That’s okay in May and even August, but it’s September. So frustrating for a fan that knows they can play better.

    • kalinedrive - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Good to see Alburquerque back and getting outs, and Cabrera could yet catch Trout for the batting title and MVP.

      Cabrera .330/.397/.591, 34 HR, 114 RBI, 88 R
      Trout .333/.396/.568, 25 HR, 75 RBI, 108 R, 43 SB

    • philliesblow - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      If the Tigers hadn’t dinked around so much in May and June, they’d have a pretty good lead in the division now.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        You are correct, sir. Too much dinking around generally. Sometimes, though, I think Leyland makes his decisions when he’s having a nicotine fit and picks something in a hurry so he can go smoke. “Uh, yeah, Kelly, whatever. Be right back…”

        Miggy for MVP!

  13. APBA Guy - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Cy Greinke showed up last night. The Kid from Apopka left no doubt who was boss, a pitcher in a pitcher’s park, witness ball after ball dying just a little shy of the wall. Plus the strikeouts. Plus the command of at least 4 pitches. The A’s were lucky to get 4 hits. Bring back Cleveland and Minnesota!

    Meanwhile, the Angels, owners of the # 3 OPS in the AL, grinded their at bats and pushed across a run here, a run there. Jarrod “The Real Deal” Parker had another “tired” start last night. Schil and Kruk talked about rookie pitchers in September, although not specifically about the A’s, the comments were general enough to be valid anywhere, but it’s really showing up with Parker and Milone. Lots of pressure on McCarthy tonight to get one game back for the A’s, since it looks like Baltimore and Tampa have no intention of losing again.

  14. kevinbnyc - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Was “BROCK HOLT” an Arrested Development reference? Is there anything awesome you don’t touch upon, Craig?

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