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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

Bryce Harper

In addition to the box scores, I also watched Bill Clinton last night. No matter what your politics, I hope we can agree that Clinton makes everyone want to listen to their “Siamese Dream” cassette and drive around in their Chevy Cavalier, waiting for their pager to blow up.  Anyway:

Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Gio Gonzalez tossed seven three-hit shutout innings and the Nats smacked six home runs. Two for Bryce Harper and one for the incandescent Adam LaRoche. There hasn’t been scoring like this in Washington since Clinton left office.

Braves 1, Rockies 0: Mike Minor took a no hitter into the seventh, but gave up a hit on his first pitch of that innings. People on Twitter blamed me for jinxing it. Whatever. I want to gamble or play games of skill with these people who believe in such sorcery.

Brewers 8, Marlins 5: The season is starting to become a blur to me. As I sit here and type this right now, I am convinced that there has been a Brewers-Marlins game end in the score 8-5 every night for the past three weeks. I won’t check it. I’m just sure of it.

Yankees 6, Rays 4: Wait, I was convinced after reading all of the tabloids yesterday that the Yankees were never going to win again. What happened? Three RBI for Russell Martin and, while it wasn’t Hiroki Kuroda‘s best start, he continues to be the defacto ace of the staff in the second half.

Pirates 6, Astros 3: Brock Holt — Brock Holt! — had two RBIs. The Pirates are now one and a half games back of the Cardinals for the wild card.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4:  Rajai Davis homered and had three RBIs to help the Jays avoid the sweep. Now the Orioles go home for four against the Yankees and three against the Rays.

Rangers 7, Royals 6: Homers from Adrian Beltre and Michael Young and Ryan Dempster struck out eight over six innings.

Mets 6, Cardinals 2: R.A. Dickey won his 18th on his charge to 20 and the Cy Young award and Ike Davis had a three-run bomb. Adam Wainwright, in contrast, was a better hitter than pitcher yesterday. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, but hit a home run.

White Sox 6, Twins 2: Alex Rios hit two homers — one a grand slam — and drove in six. And a day after the Twins erupted for 18, Jake Peavy restored order.

Tigers 7, Indians 1: But Detroit keeps pace behind homers from Cabrera and Fielder. Now the Tigers have a ten game road trip which I do not think it is hyperbole to say will determine the outcome of the season for them.

Phillies 6, Reds 2Erik Kratz hit a three-run home run and Chase Utley hit a two-run bomb, which was more than enough for Roy Halladay, who allowed one run in seven and a third. Joey Votto returned and went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Angels 7, Athletics 1: Torii Hunter drove in three and the Angels swept Oakland, helping put themselves back in the wild card race. The result, however, is way less important than the health of Brandon McCarthy who took a liner off his head. He appears to be doing OK, thankfully.

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2: Trevor Cahill took a no-hitter into the seventh. Chris Johnson doubled, tripled and drove in two. There was the threat of fisticuffsmanship in the eighth when John McDonald ran into Pablo Sandoval on a play at third without sliding, but cooler heads prevailed.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3: L.A. couldn’t take advantage of the San Francisco loss, thanks in part to a great Cameron Maybin play, robbing Matt Kemp of a home run.  Now the Dodgers face the Giants for three this weekend in San Francisco. Moving time, Dodgers.

Mariners 2, Red Sox 1: With this win, Seattle matches their win total from 2011 with 24 games left to play. Kevin Millwood allowed one run over six before Eric Wedge went expanded rosters bullpen crazy. Dustin Ackley hit a two run single.

  1. natsattack - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Nats hit 6 homers 2 days ago, setting the record for most HRs in a game at Nationals Park. Yesterday they did it again.

  2. kkolchak - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    The Nats became only the third team to hit 6 dingers in consecutive games and the first to do it in the non-steroid era. Fully healthy (except for Ramos), their lineup has 7 guys capable of hitting 20 or more HRs in a season and even bench players Tyler Moore, Roger Bernandina and Corey Brown have good power.

    Another astonishing fact: Eight Nats players have hit their first MLB HR this year (Harper, Moore, Lombardozzi, Brown, Solano, Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez). That has to be some kind of record :)

  3. kiwicricket - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    In what can be described as a moment of mild erotica for Hawk Harrelson , Rios and the White Sox bounced back in grand fashion after yesterdays drubbing.

    Not the Panda’s finest moment during the SF/ARI game.

  4. kiwicricket - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Colby Rasmus is fighting it out with Josh Reddick for the prestigious “Least Hygienic looking MLB player” award. There are a few other notables, but it seems a two horse race at this point.

    • papalurchdxb - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      you have to add Brett Lawrie to that list too.

      • cardsfanindenver - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        No one has nominated Jayson Werth yet?

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Werth needs to step it up a bit. I think shaving more than once a year must have been added to his rehab program for the wrist injury.

    • jarathen - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Have you seen Erick Aybar’s “smile”? Looks like it’s from The Big Book of British Smiles.

  5. indaburg - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    I miss the 90s.

    Anyhow, the Yanks owe a big thank you to Elliot Johnson, who committed two major errors, one defensive and one offensive. Defensively, he committed the error that allowed two unearned runs to score for the Yanks. Offensively, he seemingly called for a squeeze play on his own with Keppinger on 3rd with one out. The problem is that no one else knew about it. Keppinger did not break for home, and Maddon looked perplexed in the dugout. The Rays basically gave an out away, and that runner was ultimately stranded in third. I like Elliot Johnson, but yesterday was not his night.

    • indaburg - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      He was stranded ON third, not in third. Being inside the base would be weird. EDIT function. Please.

  6. philliesblow - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    HR and 3 RBI for Miggy in the Tigers win. He is now tied with Trout for BA, leading in RBI and only 3 behind Dunn for the HR lead. Triple Crown? MVP? Si Motherf****r!!!!

    • number42is1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      no no no… silly… Josh Hamilton is going to win the Triple Crown

  7. papalurchdxb - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    “Playoff” baseball arrives early this weekend in Baltimore & San Francisco – nothing like an early test of mental fortitude to heighten the senses.

    I still have no idea what the fat panda was complaining about – did McDonald call him fat?

    • kiwicricket - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Not initially, but it would of come across his mind when Pablo stuck his gut out at him.

  8. Andrew Chapman - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    I offered to burn a CD for my 14-yr-old cousin last weekend. He said he didn’t know what that meant. I am therefore concluding that he does not have his own Siamese Dream cassette tape. Sad all around.

    • jarathen - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      My truck doesn’t have a dock or A/V input, so I still burn CDs every month or two so I can listen to them on the way to work.

      It’s nice.

  9. stex52 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    25 more chances for the Astros to win one game and not tie the modern loss record. I will be counting down. The odds have to be in Houston’s favor……………………don’t they??

    • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      For you, tex, and for my pal John in San Angelo who share one benumbed heart, I shall be rooting for the Stars out of nothing more than my ragged middle aged remnant capacity for empathy.

      • stex52 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Thanks, Gator. Hey, what’s this about T. bataar being an amalgam? I feel like someone just told me Anne Hathaway is a hermaphrodite.

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Where is Roy Chapman Andrews when we really need him? Apparently this skeleton was put together out of three separate shipments of bones collected at different times in the Gobi Desert during the 1990s or so, rather than being from a single excavation. Wouldn’t be the first time. Lots of dinosaurs in museums are mix n’ match jobs. The late lamented Brontosaurus, for example, was declared nonexistent by power-mad Linnaeans because it turned out to be an Apatosaurus with a Camarasaurus head stuck on its neck. Fuck ’em for that. Why not just declare Apatasaurus a Brontosaurus? Who needed something with a stupid name like Apatasaurus anyway? Say Brontosaurus. Say Apatosaurus. See what I mean? It’s like Mike Stanton versus Giancarlo Stanton, except that the dinosaur had no say in the matter.

        Yeah, we need Roy back. I mean, in 1923 he discovered the first dinosaur nest in that very same Gobi Desert, thereby proving conclusively that dinosaurs laid eggs – even though he was never able to determine which came first.

        And he got the name wrong too. He called ’em Protoceratops, and those steenking Linnaens swooped in around 1995 and declared ’em Oviraptors. These people have no, repeat, no, poetry in their souls.

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        PS – with that ugly short haircut, Anne Hathaway is a hermaphrodite. But remember: two’s androgyny, three’s a crowd.

      • stex52 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        With you on the Brontosaurus/Apatasaurus dust up. We diverge on the subject of Ms. Hathaway. Not that she cares what two old farts think.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Craig understands something about the redshifted Einsteinian spacetime continuum that is not generally understood by sportswriters: somewhere in the universe it will always be Brewers 8, Feesh 5, depending on where that sportswriter’s basement is with reference to the game itself.

    Here in Macondo, though, we can distinguish between the mathematical determination of the frequency of the redshift and the sinking feeling of having seen it all many times during the alternative spaced time discontinuum of the Feesh’s lost planet 2012 season. Many of the same digits and weird little squiggles used to calculate those shifts are also used to determine the position of the redshifting strange attractor, by the way. Looking as it does like the mothership from Close Encounters, inverted with its bristles shaved off, the nascent ability of Macondo Banana Massacre Field to navigate all sorts of reality planes with equal ineffectuality has always been apparent to any locals who have been waiting all season for (a) the Feesh to play as if they hadn’t landed on a much more massive planet than the one they devolved on without their anti-gravity shoes and (b) for the rows of empty shops the management of said stadium actually forgot to lease out over last weenter to fill with merchants suicidal enough to pay Scrooge McLoria rents in a bottom-of-the-feedbag economy.

    Last night, Slobbering Ozzie had the privilege of introducing another of the Feesh’s ascending crop of wannabe peetchers from the minors to the joys of beeg league heeting. Last night it was Tom (or Tim, or Ted, or whatever) Koehler, who sliced and diced his way through a 1-2-3 seexth to get clobbered during a 1-2-3-4 (runs) seventh. So it goes. Well, like Crash Davis says, those big league hitters are gonna light you up pretty good for a while. Deal with it.

  11. APBA Guy - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    From: A’s Fans
    To: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    Subj: Please Leave Now

    Talk about a dismemberment. They came, they scored, they gave up nothing, and they swept. They even bonked the A’s best pitcher on their way to the bus. (Thank goodness he seems to be ok). There were no positives for the A’s in that 3 game series, except that McCarthy does not appear to be seriously hurt. Whether he has any concussion symptoms is still TBD.

    Now the A’s leave town to face the Mariners who are only 4 games below .500. That series starts on Friday, with the King v. Mix-a-Lot. Griffin has the stuff to hold the Mariners down, if he executes. The King does well against the A’s usually, though he had 1 bad start in April, surrendering 6 ER’s. He only gave up 4 runs combined in his other 3 starts against the A’s this year.

    Bottom line is the Angels showed what a veteran team can do when their pitching staff is firing and their offense takes professional at-bats up and down the lineup. The A’s simply need to play better against the Mariners and regain their momentum.

  12. DJ MC - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I remember in 1992 my elementary school had an “election” where the students could vote for Bush or Clinton for president. I voted for Perot (seriously).

    I cannot rationally describe my excitement for tonight’s Yankees-Orioles game. Four game series coming off of taking two-of-three in New York over the weekend*. One game back in the division race. Jason Hammel makes his first start coming off of the disabled list. Oh, and it’s the Cal Ripken Statue unveiling on the seventeenth anniversary of 2131 (and the sixteenth anniversary of Eddie Murray’s 500th homer).

    Only a few more hours of work…

    *I was at Sunday’s game in Yankee Stadium. Sitting in the bleachers. Wearing Orioles gear. The fans around me couldn’t have been any nicer. I was absolutely stunned, though in a good way.

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