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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Sep 7, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

Mark Reynolds

Orioles 10, Yankees 6: Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Six homers for the O’s, two from Mark Reynolds. It’s the third time Reynolds has hit multiple homers against the Yankees in a week. Yankees pitchers are going to be telling spook stories about this guy to their kids at night.

Nationals 9, Cubs 2: Ho-hum, another Adam LaRoche homer and another lopsided win by the Nats over the Cubs. And some chippy business too. Coaches Jamie Quirk and Bo Porter jawed at each other. Then Lendy Castillo threw a ball at Bryce Harper‘s legs and it was an eject-a-palooza.

Braves 1, Rockies 0: That’s a clown way to lose a game, bro.

Marlins 6, Brewers 2: Josh Johnson struck out seven in seven innings, allowing two runs. It’s cute that the Brewers are talking about being in the wild card race, by the way.

Rangers 5, Royals 4: Michael Young must’ve known I was talking smack about him this week. The game-winning RBI single in the 10th. If he keeps that up his OBP may break .300 soon and then I’ll really be eating crow.

  1. dcfan4life - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Jamie Quirk for some reason forgot this is the major leagues. A green light on 3-0 with the bases loaded in a 5 run game in the 5th is common. But for some reason the Cubs manager took offense and went off. Bo Porter let him vent until it was clear he was really trying to start something. So when Porter went to the Cubs dugout that chicken shit Quirk goes hiding. Then he orders a beaning of Harper. And anyone who watched the catchers reaction to the pitch (or lack thereof) knows he knew it was being intentionally thrown, which means it was ordered from the dugout. What is that? Everything the Cubs did in this situation was wrong. And i hope and expect a suspension for this. Jamie Quirk deserves 5 games. Maybe more, he really did instigate the whole thing for no reason other than the Nats kicked the Cubs asses all week and he couldn’t take it. Ridiculous.

    • El Bravo - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:01 AM

      If this were euro-league soccer, the Cubbies would have been demoted to the minors already, so Quirk has that going for him or something….

      • natslady - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

        The Cubs have no leadership (except Alfonso Soriano, who was on the field at the time). Sveum said after the 9-1 loss on Wednesday that the Nats were “men against boys.” That may be true–and amusing from our point of view–but you just don’t say it.

        They were ticked from the first inning when Harper stole a run. First, he turns a double into a triple (would have been “dead meat” with any kind of throw), then on a soft grounder the infielder “looks him back” to 3rd, turns away to make the out at first and Harper takes off for home.

        Meanwhile, on the pitching front, Jordan Zimmermann looked a little off in the first two innings, but got into a nice rhythm, went 7 strong, with 9 K’s and 1 walk. That was great to see, as he has now pitched past 160 and is hopefully good to go for 200+ innings. Oh, and now we have THREE closers, Clippard, Storen, and this guy Christian Garcia (two TJ’s) who we all heard about and have now seen. Great stuff!

        Samardzija pitched great against us, twice. Vitters played good and the outfielders made Web Gem plays or there would have been a couple more runs. Starlin Castro can hit. Anthony Rizzo is the real deal. Other than that, yeah, pretty much “boys against men.”

        Now, the Feeeeeeeeeeeesh. According to the Tweeter, Ozzie doesn’t think much of the taxis in DC.

      • natslady - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

        ooops, sorry about the italics. EDIT FUNCTION.

      • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        Tweeter is right. Slobbering Ozzie is a proud man and the cabbies in DC won’t let him spit on the floor.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        Young Mr. Harper stole 4 bases last night. None were credited as official stolen bases. He took 3rd on a double; scored on a ground out to the pitcher; took second on a dropped fly ball to short left field; and hustled to first to beat the throw when the shortstop mishandled the ball slightly.

        The Nats didn’t hit 6 homers. I felt like asking for a refund on my ticket. Though they got the 8+ runs they’ve been getting most games the past 10 days. The local wings purveyor has now had to pay up in free wings (Nats score at least 6) to attendees at 6 of the 8 games of this homestand. Even catcher Kurt Suzuki, brought in for his defense, is hot; from the .180s to the .250s in a couple of weeks.

        Seven homers in 6 games for Adam LaRoche, 29 on the season. Nice to see, after 2011’s lost season, Adam return to be what he is — a top-notch defensive 1B who gives you some power and run production. Before this season, I though LaRoche would move on after 2012 and Michael Morse would take over at 1B, freeing LF for a better defender. Now, I’m thinking he may well stay for another season or two.

        Jordan Zimmermann’s performance was most encouraging. It was beginning to look like he was faltering in his first full season post-TJS. But after a shaky 1st and 2nd, he settled in as a strike-throwing machine, finishing with 68 strikes, 28 balls,

        The Braves keep winning, but so do the Nats, still up by 7.5. Stephen Strasburg makes his famous last home start vs. young Jacob Turner and the Fish. Mecabs are plentiful and relatively cheap in DC. Stop whining.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        Sorry, “Cabs…” Don’t know what a “mecab” is. Perhaps some exotic fis or bird native to South Florida.

    • kkolchak - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      To the Nats’ credit, none of their players were ejected to now face suspensions. They knew that they could only hurt themselves while for the Cubs it wouldn’t matter.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      The Nats are not into the whole throwing at hitters and bench-clearing thing. (The whole Cole Hamels thing was a rare exception). It’s not just Davey. Even when Frank Robinson (about as old school as they get) was manager, they didn’t do it. Davey said after the game, the other guys stopped competing, we’re in the pennant race, we’re competing, we don’t pull that kind of crap. A rather harsh assessment, but it seems fair.

  2. kiwicricket - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Mark freaking Reynolds. He might go 2-20 with 16K’s to finish the season, but this past week has been magic and something to watch.
    Camden Yards was packed and very vibrant. Go O’s!!

  3. kiwicricket - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Off the subject slightly….but I have always wondered this about the schedule.
    Why 3 or 4 game series between two teams? Sometimes even 2 games?
    Why not play 4 or 5 games, when a team gets into town? I would wager the players, coaches and writers would LOVE having 1 less flight per week.
    From a fan perspective, you would almost be guaranteed to see an apposing teams ace, so whats the difference?
    Bud’s reduced carbon footprint would garner more awards!

    • kiwicricket - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Serious question guys….what is the origin of the 3 game series? Why not 4 or 5?

  4. number42is1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    I had a whole rant prepared this morning but the fact is… this is a Yankees team that isnt going anywhere. they dont have it in pitching or hitting. i’m almost at the point where i would say to blow this team up and start young. Props to the O’s and Rays for doing what they done. if the BucKs don’t make the postseason i will be rooting for the O’s all the way.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    As a fan of the Phillies, to a lesser degree the Red Sox, and a “hater” of the Yankees, it would really suck if none of the three make the playoffs as I would really have no interest whatsoever in the playoffs. The last time this happened was 1992, which was before the wild card era. Go Yankees? Nah, it would be just fine if they join the Phillies and Red Sox home watching the playoffs on TV.

    Just with those three teams, that would be over half a BILLION dollars of payroll sitting at home watching the playoffs. Amazing.

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Whereas a whole lot of us would jump up and down with joy and make a point of watching every game. Screw the high payrolls, may the little guys win.

      • heyblueyoustink - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Right-E-O……. Go Rangers!

    • indaburg - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Even when my teams aren’t in the playoffs, I’m still interested in watching the post-season. I’m a fan of the game first and foremost, but I think I am in the minority.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        Most of the people on this board are just like you. They are baseball fans. I’m not. I like 2 teams and root against a 3rd. I haven’t watched a pitch in the world series in 3 years. I’m sure nobody is like me on this board, but I’d rather watch Packers-Bears on an NFL regular season Thursday night than game 7 of the world series without a rooting interest.

      • umrguy42 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        Chris, even when the Cardinals were in the Series last year, I didn’t watch the whole thing. (In part cuz I get too tensed up.) Although I did watch all of game 7, I actually turned off game 6 in the top of the 10th after the Rangers’ home run – didn’t want to watch them celebrate on my team’s home field.

        Anyway, long story short – If my team isn’t playing, I’m not watching. (Although a big part of that is, I’m out of the Cards’ market, and I don’t feel like paying for or sports packages on my cable.) Maybe a dirty word around here, but the NFL is about the only sport I’ll put on (although how much I pay attention to it varies) even if it’s not my team playing.

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      What the…? As a fan of the Orioles, those homers in the 8th last night gave me cause to jump up and scream “Fuck you, Yankees!” at my TV. God I hope they can pull this off.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Hater Nation is behind you.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Sorry to use a completely different sport on a different continent, but I see some similarities in the way the others think in this situation. Rugby only became ‘fully’ professional in the mid 90’s. But for nearly 3 decades we had Auckland(our largest city, nearly 1/3rd of our population at the time) who had the distinct advantage and dominated. In a strictly ‘non-professional’ sport, we had all the best players playing there as ‘builders’ and ‘salesman’. Basically token jobs for players elite enough to garner attention and admiration from the big cheese. The rest were left to scratch out something which was still very special to them, but below what they should/could of been earning/achieving. As far as fandom is concerned, you despised them, but enjoyed watching them against your team.
      It’s the ‘other team’ mentality. Screw the Yanks. Screw Boston and the Phillies. It’s just the way it works. Most are delighted to view the ‘little’ guys making good.

  6. rockthered1286 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    After last night, I think we’re stripping the Bronx Bombers of their name and giving it to the Baltimore Bombers! 6 dingers for the yard birds, 2 more from Mark Reynolds and just an absolutely uneblievable night. Typical O’s/Yanks matchups in Baltimore boast a modest 50-50 fanbase ratio in the seats, but this time? If it was anything less than 90% O’s fans I’d be shocked. Fans comletely got behind this team and it made the difference. Even better? Almost completely sold out through the weekend, and majority of the seats soldout for the Rays series next week, last before a 10 day road trip. Take that attendance naysayers!

    I can gloat all day about an amazing win, but let’s look at the 2 problem areas from last night instead:
    1- Hammel taking a liner off the elbow. Ouch. Still managed to pitch through 5+ innings with I think 6K’s, but hopefully it’s nothing more than a contussion and he can stay doing what he does best.
    2-Pedro Strop and his fear of throwing strikes. Let’s be honest, he avoided the strike zone like it was a Baltimore back alley. And he wasn’t even close on the majority of his pitches. Everything was down and out and looked like he was trying to hard to hit triple digits on the gun (which he did not). After he walked in a run you could see he was shaken and had to go. And then came Ichiro… wish Buck would have pulled him earlier BUT hopefully he gets a shot at redemption tonight because it’s not every game your team’s going to hit 3 bombs in the bottom of the 8th tobring you back in it.

    Those 2 instances aside, one hell of a game by the O’s, one hell of a turnout by the fanbase, and as always…


    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      Yeah, and you’ve given a team whose fans have been few and cringing for years a real voice on this board, so props to ye too, Rocky. My eldest, who lives in Bel Air and has been a long suffering Os fan (he used to need to be fed copious quantities of steamed blue claws when I visited – at my expense, of course – in order to encourage him to talk about it and stop incubating the bitterness within himself) has lately become rather chippy and voluble. Gladdens a dad’s heart.

      Speaking from the tropics, I can only say that Scrooge McLoria is an idiot and Peter Angelos is a genius.

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        Thanks Gator. I too am from the Belair area. Now I need to start spending my evenings at Freddies and Looneys asking people “Is Gator your daddy?”

      • APBA Guy - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Your entire “Peter Angelos is a genius” campaign is genius. Relentless in execution, ironic in conception, and not once embellished with needless facts or argument. Genius! A career in PR awaits you, but probably only in the offworld colonies.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      For a minute there last night I thought the O’s had borrowed Valverde from the Tigers and put him on the mound for them. Glad they pulled it out though. Nice job, O’s!

  7. hittfamily - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Everybody wanna talk like they got something to say
    But nothin comes out when they move their lips
    just a bunch of jibberish, Moth#$%uckers act like they forgot THE RAYS

    Orioles, Orioles, Orioles.

    Whatever. The Rays come off a 9 game road trip against the Angels, A’s, and Rangers witha 6-3 record, then go 2-1 against the Stankees, and nobody wants to talk about the Rays. Let me remind you of the next verse:

    And when me and Joe stood next to Ruth’s burnt down house,
    With a bat and a ball,
    And still no one found out

    So from here on out it’s Longo’s 2
    One in the 6th,
    the next you’re screwed
    And I’m still eatin Thanksmas stew


    Hitts crazy! How bout them Rays!

    • indaburg - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      Love this!

      • hittfamily - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        I can do more!


        hitts crazy.
        Bobby V’s lazy
        Indaburg’s a lady
        That’s OK go with him Pedroia….DA DA?

      • indaburg - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        lol.. Too much coffee?

      • hittfamily - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        haha. 3 day weekend. Dad packed lunches. Dad took the kids to school. Dad embarassed the 12 year old “ugh, Dad stop dancing to Bieber”. Ha ha. Wait til her wedding. Bieber will be brought back up.

        Dad’s favorite day!!!

      • indaburg - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Our purpose as parents: to embarrass our children to their endless mortification. That, and doing our best to make sure they don’t grow up to be assholes.

    • chill1184 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      That was rather creative.

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      I would love to talk about the Razed, but man, it’s such a schlep to get across the causeways at rush hour.

      • hittfamily - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Dude! Uncool!

        That is where where the mask can’t cover, but where the cup should!

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      And yet there’s still in 3rd place behind the Yanks and O’s. Why you ask? Because they’re both winning at the same rate. Someone sounds a little upset that they have to finally share the spotlight with another cinderella team…

      • indaburg - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Nah, it’s all cool. I’d love the Rays to win it all, but if they don’t, I much prefer the Orioles to win it all over the Yanks or Sox, not that the Sox have a chance.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Feesh byte: Josh Johnson. The boolpen held, some guys got two out hits with RISP, and there was a little bit of noise in the NL East basement for a change.

    Larry Beinfest said in an interview yesterday that he wouldn’t be surprised if he got fired or “reassigned within the organization” – which is what Richard III would have called sending his nephews to the Tower if he were running the show today – because – ready? – it comes with the territory.

    On to the Capital for the hunger games, Feesh. On the bright side: no matter how badly this goes, and it will no doubt go pretty badly, it won’t go as badly as the Dolfeens’ season opener is going to go.

  9. funkygoorilla - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    This has been a painful few weeks for being a Yankee fan. At least the RedSox know they suck. Sadness…….

    • yankeefanincolo - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Yes, it has been a painful few weeks, and doesn’t look to get better. I’ve lost confidence that they have what it takes to get through the problems… they aren’t hitting, the bullpen is pathetic, and the starting pitching is terribly inconsistent. And when is Girardi going to start pitching around Reynolds? All that said, I’m still hoping they get their mojo back and can put this thing away.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      And where is Len to give us our FAT TOAD recap? That pitch to Reynolds was appalling. Joba looked decent his previous outing: good velocity, pitches down in the zone, but then yesterday, ouch! Inconsistency is normal after a year off, but really, it’s a measure of how thin the Yankees are that he isn’t working these issues out in the minors.

      • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        The FAT TOAD really put the Borg in amplexus, didn’t he?

  10. sportsdrenched - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Couple thoughts from watching the Orioles-Yankees game last night: Even though he didn’t know the score when the Yankees tied it at 6, Gary Thorne needs to get back on National Television.

    As a Royals fan, the season the Orioles are having does warm my heart. It’s good to see a fanbase for a team thats been bad for years have a playoff type atmosphere in September.

    Yankee Fan I’m disapointed in you. You’re a broken down fanbase right now, and rightfully so after that pucnh to the gut last night. However, I’m shocked that I haven’t seen one of say: “Mark Reynold will look good in pinstripes” yet. One of you should fix that.

  11. pw38 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Good for Texas, this was a game they could have easily let get away. KC is a plucky bunch, I don’t get how that team isn’t better supported by their ownership. They play in a great baseball state, have a good fan base, and have a nice cozy ballpark to play in. What gives?

    As for the Rangers, good to see MY actually do something for a change. I like the guy but man is he a ground ball machine. Nice to see Kinsler have a good baserunning night after seeming like he’s been on a mental vacation lately. Scooter was well, Scooter. He didn’t pitch great but didn’t pitch poorly. Hamilton seems to be humming along fairly well and Beltre, man. There’s no words to describe other than ridiculous. These are the types of throw away games that seem unimportant yet can make all the difference in the world down the stretch.

    On an unrelated note glad to see Brandon McCarthy make it out of surgery ok. That’s a pretty scary situation.

  12. pauleee - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Apropos of absolutely nuthin, I just go an email form a site hawking Angels tickets. From said site:

    According to legend, Babe Ruth pointed his bat toward the sky to let his fans know exactly where the flesh-eating aliens were coming from. See the greats be great with this…

    Giggled like an idiot. I feel the weekend coming on already!

  13. Loose Changeup - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    A lot happened in the Orioles – Yankees game last night, but one of my favorite moments that nobody’s talking about was Boone Logan throwing a single pitch to Chris Davis, who put it into the outfield stands. Girardi immediately went out and relieved him of his duties.
    Here’s the pitching line:
    Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
    Boone Logan 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3.86 1 1 1

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