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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

B.J. Upton

Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again.

Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen Strasburg!!!  OK, we’ll wait a couple of days to go all-in with that, but believe me, we’re ready.  Anyway, Ricky Nolasco with the four-hit shutout. It’s the second time he’s shut out the Nats in two weeks. And he also — everybody now! — helped his own cause by doubling in two runs.

Cubs 4, Pirates 2This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper. Been a nice season anyway, Pirates, but if you get swept by the all-but-dead Cubs, yeah, sorry.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 4:  Norichika Aoki hit a two out two run homer in the ninth to force extras, but the Cards avoid the sweep with an RBI single from Allen Craig in the 10th. Carlos Beltran hit a homer, ending an 0 for 14 slump. The Brewers are still surging overall, winners of 15 of 20.

Angels 3, Tigers 2: Six straight for the Angels, who are now within one game of a wild card slot. Detroit: 4.5 out, though still only two behind the White Sox in the division. Two days in a row with a leadoff homer for Mike Trout, who is going to be on the cover of every single baseball preview, fantasy review, etc. next winter and spring.

Athletics 4, Mariners 2: Tommy Milone struck out ten in six innings and Jonny Gomes hit a three run homer. Oakland continues to stay atop the wild card standings avec Baltimore. Speaking of Baltimore …

Yankees 13, Orioles 3: They got whupped. Curtis Granderson pulled a Dante — he wasn’t even supposed to be here today — but came off the bench to homer and drive in five. Only thing better would be if his number was 36. Wait, 37.

Braves 3, Mets 2: Chipper Jones pinch hit in the ninth, walked and was lifted for a pinch runner, and then the Mets fans cheered for him.  Very classy move. The man in the blue and gray pajamas, Dude.Worthy f*&%$8n’ adversary. A Brian McCann homer sac fly in the tenth secured the sweep. Atlanta has won five in a row.

Twins 8, Indians 7: A walkoff jack for Justin Morneau. It was his second homer of the game. Three hits for Joe Mauer. It’s almost like those two could form the core of a contender.

Padres 8, Diamondbacks 2: Chase Headley hit a grand slam — his 27th homer of the season — and Andrew Werner gave up one run over six. Headley passes Ryan Braun for the NL RBI lead with 102. It’d really be somethin’ for a Padre to lead the league in RBI.

Astros 5, Reds 1: The Astros may be deadsville, but they beat up both Aroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto in this series, and not a lot of people can say they did that this year. Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer. He has three home runs this year. All of them have come against the Reds.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Chicago dropped two of three to Kansas City and now goes on to play the Tigers. It seems like neither of them want to win the AL Central this year.

Phillies 3, Rockies 2; Phillies 7, Rockies 4: John Mayberry hit the game winning single in the ninth, but he had to wait at first base before he knew it was official because Carlos Gonzalez dove for it, looked like he caught it, but then it squirted out of his glove. Took a minute to get the call right, but the umpires ruled that, yes, it was a hit. They also called Mark Teixeira out at first base. They take the nightcap too. Philly has won four in a row and are six back in the wild card race. I guess stranger things have happened.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: I took the kids to see “Paranorman” on Saturday. There were fewer walking dead in that flick than there are on the Red Sox roster now. The Jays swept the Red Sox. The go-ahead run was on an Omar Vizquel sac fly. Omar Vizquel, by the way, is not getting gifts at every park he visits on his last go-around like Chipper Jones is.

Giants 4, Dodgers 0: Six and a third shutout innings for Barry Zito and the bullpen continued the job for the rest of the game. Buster Posey hit a homer, but really dude, you need to shave that thing you think is a beard. It’s all neck. It’s OK to have a baby face. No one thinks less of you.

  1. antlerclaws - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Roy Oswalt gives up 4 runs then leaves after 2 innings with “elbow soreness”. Boy, has this guy been a bust. Whines about going to the bullpen when he’s never shown anything since he’s been in Texas. He was a sub today to give Matt Harrison an extra day of rest, but the 5th spot in the Rangers’ rotation really has me worried. When the playoff rotation is announced, I expect Scott Feldman to go to the bullpen, but I have to wonder, will Oswalt even make the playoff roster? I never would’ve predicted I would be worried about that.

    • beefytrout - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Thankfully, rotations go down to 4 slots in the playoffs. Darvish and Dutch handled their business this weekend, and with Demp and Harrison in there too the Rangers will be OK. Absolutely no way Feldman is in the rotation for the post-season.

  2. ikedavisnose - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Brian McCann had a game winning Sac Fly in the 10th

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Yesterday, I seem to have upset a few Yankee and Oriole fans when I wrote that it was possible that neither team might make the playoffs as Tampa Bay could win the AL East and both Wild Card teams could come from the Left Coast. This week will be an interesting test of my theory. Tampa Bay goes on a 6 game road trip to Baltimore and New York. If they win both series, they should be in first place. I realize that NY first plays Boston; however, the Yankees will not sweep the Red Sox in Fenway. Yesterday, the Sox played with some pride. They came from behind to tie the game, gave up a run in the top of the 9th and almost won it in the bottom of the 9th as a Cody Ross drive to left with a runner on first just curved foul. On the left coast, the red hot Angels and Oakland are about to play a 4 game series. If the Angels win 3, my theory is still operative. Oakland still has games left against Baltimore and New York and could easily win both series. Playoff berths for New York and Baltimore are not a slam dunk.

    • indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:50 AM

      Losing Markakis is a very tough blow to the Orioles. If they can overcome this and still make the post-season, it will be well-deserved.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:42 AM

        The Yankees may have lost Tex for the year.

      • indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        Yeah, that’s rough for the Yanks. I don’t like it when competitors lose key players. I love it when my team beats the other team at their best.

  4. indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Great weekend series for the Rays. The best pitching staff in the AL has been nothing short of masterful, shutting down two very capable offenses during this homestand, the Rangers and the Yankees. I think if the Rays make the post-season, this is the year they finally get that Rangers monkey off their back. The Rays have had good pitching for several years, but not at this level. In the post-season, where pitching is paramount, they are well positioned to go far. Again, *if* they make the post-season. (I’m not making Jobu angry.)

  5. randygnyc - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Yankees bounced back after being robbed after earning their game tying run on Saturday. Their remaining schedule lines up well, playing multiple series against sub .500 teams (Boston, Toronto and Minnesota). Sorry rays fans, but you have to be able to score runs, too.

  6. randygnyc - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Yankees bounced back after being robbed after earning their game tying run on Saturday. Their remaining schedule lines up well, playing multiple series against sub .500 teams (Boston, Toronto and Minnesota). Sorry rays fans, but you have to be able to score runs, too.

  7. natslady - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Craig, yes they have. Nats won Saturday evening after Stras was shut down. No clubhouse mutiny, no fan boycott. Just a fantastic win! Check facts before you snark.

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      The level of seriousness with which the Nats fans approach every Strasburg comment is starting to approach Phitin’s type insanity. Chill folks. You’re getting very trollable.

      For what it’s worth, the Rockies, Red Sox, Pirates, Mets and Mariners have not won since Strasburg was shut down either. Just out of sympathy I guess.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Point taken. However, I reserve the right to dispute lame, silly, ignorant, and adolescent comments, regardless of subject matter. It just happens that too much of this here blog right here has been devoted to one player, who happens to be on my favorite team.

        Besides, being trolled isn’t all that bad. It’s just another sign that the Nats have arrived as a contender.

  8. natslady - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    LOL. Yeah, we are a little defensive. And attendance could tank if RGIII has another good game. Saturday night was really exciting, though. Sunday, Davey gave Ryan Zimmerman and Desi the day off, Harper lost a ball in the sun (so did Giancarlo, but too little too late), Ejax was not at his best and Nolasco owns us—hard to figure why. The year ended 9-9 with the &#%@&%* Fish, so it’s some kind of “victory.”

    Nats did their rookie hazing thing for the train ride to NY. Last year it was smurfs. This year is was the Oympics, the women’s gymnastic team Olympians…. Bryce looks pretty good in a leotard… Some of the other boys, um, well…

    • indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      Some things once seen, cannot be unseen:

      I’m sorry, but not even Bryce can make it work. I’m sure McKayla Maroney is not impressed.

  9. proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    For a Jays fan, the last 3 weeks of the season will be interesting. The team will be competitive as Baltimore and New York will find out. It is fun watching the growth and improvement shown by Gose and Hechavarria. When they were first called up due to injuries, they were out of their depth and were easy outs. That is no longer the case. The fourth inning of yesterday’s game was fun to watch. With one out, Rajai Davis singled. Gose singled with Davis going to third. Gose faked a steal attempt causing Pedroia to cover second. Mathis hit the ball in the space vacated by Pedroia. Davis scored and Gose went to third. Vizquel hit a fly ball to shallow left. The speedy Gose tagged and scored. Mathis to second on the throw. Hechavarria singled to left. Mathis tried to score from second and would probably have been thrown out. The cut off man seeing Hechavarria going to second decided to get him instead. Hechavarria stopped, waited for Mathis to score and was then caught in a run down for the third out. Small ball at its best.

    • cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Yeah. The kids are all right, eh? A sweep. No longer in the cellar (well, the bottom of the cellar, I mean. They got the BoSox to stand on now). Some life back in the lineup, some hustle on the basepaths and their catcher back: just what they needed to show a bit of fight. Finally, some Beaver Ball worth watching.

  10. danaking - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    “Omar Vizquel, by the way, is not getting gifts at every park he visits on his last go-around like Chipper Jones is.”

    Probably because no one really believes Omar is going to retire.

    • heyblueyoustink - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Hey hey hey! I’m gonna answer this one in the ever delicate style of our very own “church of the perpetually outraged”:

      And I paraphrase:

      Vizquel: .272/.336/.688

      Larry: .304/.401/.932

      See the difference? Get your facts straight, or die in an ally stricken with leprosy.

      Thank you, thank you!.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM


      • heyblueyoustink - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Figured i’d take a shot at you this fine Monday morning, since you have a knack for correcting everyone via stats and I had “the hours” to do some quick research this morning.

        You know what they say about imitation 😉

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        Well played, well played!

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      Vizquel is 45 and is done. This season, he is acting as a mentor to some of the younger Jays. He wants to be a manager next season and would be a good one.

      • bravojawja - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        It’s my understanding there will be an opening in Boston.

  11. The Common Man - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    37? In a row? (How has nobody said this yet? You people are terrible.)

    • jgraening - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      What smells like shoe polish?

    • pestiesti - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Try not to strike out on your way to the parking lot.

    • cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      I hope it feels so good to be right. There is nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there? (I just got here this morning, gimmie a break.)

    • beefytrout - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      You’re not allowed to rent here anymore!

  12. Old Gator - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    The triumphant Feesh eschew the capital to take on the Feelies in the hungry games. They’ve got three weeks to claw their way out of the basement but horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwich country probably ain’t the best place to do it. Fortunately, the Gnats take on the moribund Mutts at the same time. They had their afternoon nap yesterday and ought to arrive refreshed and in drag in Nyorc. If the Rainbow Warriors can find some way to win a game in Feelie, they might not lose too much more ground than the woeful feefteen games south of the strange attractor where they now find themselves.

  13. stex52 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Who, besides me, thinks the Reds are coasting a bit? Astros take the series. Who, besides me, knows that this only the second “away” series they have won all year? First was at the White Sox in June, when they still had a few Major League players.

    Enough said.

    • stex52 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Oh, all right, one more note. Nobody expects Matt Dominguez to stay in the MLB on his batting. But in fairness I should point out, Craig, that his 3 HR come on only 40 AB with the Astros.

  14. historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Just like to point out that my prediction yesterday how the Angels-Tigers game summary would go is correct. For the record, Trout’s batting performance in the game matched that of Andy Dirks — but Dirks doesn’t get the same love here. Heck, Trout’s teammate Callaspo doesn’t get mentioned even though he homered too (and with no strike outs). You’d think Greinke would get a nod for his pitching, but no. It’s all Trout, all the time. Kid is good, but be fair and realistic in covering him.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Kid is good, but be fair and realistic in covering him.

      The “kid” is putting up numbers that no one, in the history of baseball, has put up at his age. Short of bowing down at an altar of him, how much more realistic can we get?

  15. APBA Guy - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Oakland showed the difference between facing a good team (the Angels) and a not-so-good team (The Mariners) in their last two series. Against the Angels they were spanked and left in a heap, only to recover against the punchless Mariners and do unto them.

    But the warning signs are there: Bret Anderson just off TJ and 4 rookies pitching beyond their previous innings totals against Greinke, Weaver, et al does not inspire a lot of confidence, even if we do live in hope. In the sweep against the Mariners Griffin and Anderson worked a ton of full counts, only to escape as over-anxious Mariners left the zone to ground out or hit weak fly balls.

    Still, it’s now officially mid-September and we are still talking about the A’s on top of the wild card for the AL, with 3 teams within 1 game. Parker vs Haren tonight.

  16. raysfan1 - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    …until the Rays are easily bounced in the division series again…


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