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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

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Brewers 8, Braves 2; Phillies 3, Marlins 1; Padres 3, Cardinals 2: Um, yeah, this keeps happening. The Cardinals, beneficiaries of an epic collapse by the Braves last year are themselves collapsing. And Philly and Milwaukee look like they’ll never lose again.  Just insanity in the NL wild card race these days. It’s kinda great. Well, unless you’re a Cardinals fan. And really, the Braves shouldn’t be too smug in the first wild card slot either. The way they’ve been scuffling offensively lately, they look primed to be bounced in a one game playoff.

Orioles 3, Rays 2: Walkoff hit from Nate McLouth that was technically a single, and a pretty kickass play from Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. Smell that? Smells like … destiny.

Yankees 5, Red Sox 4: The Yankees hold on, however, despite almost blowing a 5-1 lead and despite losing Derek Jeter to a bone bruise in his ankle. If it’s any consolation, the Orioles seem to keep getting better after injuries to key players, so maybe the Yankees will eventually too. Um, OK, maybe not. Trying to look on the bright side of things here people.

Tigers 8, White Sox 6: Detroit had an 8-1 lead in the eighth and almost woofed it away, but they held on. A Prince Fielder three-run homer gave them some breathing room early. The Tigers are now only one game back of the Chisox.

Nationals 2, Mets 0: See, I TOLD you it would be disaster for the Nats to sit Strasburg! See what happened?! John Lannan goes out there filling in for Strasburg and … um, what?  Five and two-thirds shutout innings?  Um, OK, as you were.  (But seriously; call me when it’s not the Mets).

Rangers 5, Indians 2: Homers from Beltre and Hamilton! Injuries to Beltre and Hamilton! Ambivalence and creeping dread among the Rangers fan base!

Reds 2, Pirates 1: Pittsburgh is still a half game up on the surging Phillies and Brewers and a mere two and a half behind St. Louis, but I wouldn’t give a pair of fetid dingo’s kidneys for their playoff chances. Would you?

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2: Miguel Olivo hit a home run, Kevin Millwood won his second straight start and Rickey Romero loses his 13th straight decision. It’s like it was Improbability Night at Rogers Centre.

Cubs 5, Astros 1: A scary moment for Mickey Storey, as a comebacker got him in the face. Initial reports are that the injuries are minor, but as we’ve learned this past week, initial reports should not be taken at face value when it comes to people being hit in the head with baseballs.

Royals 10, Twins 5: Country Breakfast drove in three and Salvador Perez smacked a homer.

Athletics 4, Angels 1: After getting swept by the Angels last week, after facing a seven game road trip against the frisky Mariners and the these same Angels and after losing one of their pitchers to a freaking skull fracture, everyone expected the A’s fairytale season to end. Nope. The A’s keep rolling, winning their sixth in a row.  Their schedule ahead remains brutal — they finish the season with one more against the Angels in this series today and then face the Orioles, Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Mariners and then the Rangers once again — but man this has been astounding to see.

Giants 8, Rockies 3: Tim Lincecum provided a workmanlike six innnings, allowing three runs, which for 2012 Tim Lincecum is pretty darn good. Three hits for Marco Scutaro, who has turned out to be a fantastic pickup for the Giants. Their lead in the west is now seven.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2: Like Pittsburgh, they’re in it if you look at the standings, but they’re not in it if you look into your heart. They’ve lost six of seven and remain only a game out of the wild card, but really, where is the sunshine here? What about their play lately gives anyone any confidence that they can turn this around? Serious question.

  1. ch0psuey - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    Padres enjoying the spoiler role.

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Too bad they can’t play decently early on and be in the mix, instead of standing outside throwing rocks at the windows. The Pudskis do this every year: Suck for much of the season and then tantalize their fans by appearing to be getting it together with a promise for better play the next year. And then they suck all over again.

      • icanspeel - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        In all fairness injuries killed them early on. Lost 3/5 starting pitchers, Quentin was hurt, Forsythe was hurt, Cabrera had some legal troubles so they were stuck with Hudson and Bartlett until Forsythe and Cabrera could arrive. Then Hundley was struggling, but throughout all that they made some ballsy moves and dumped about 25% of their salary to improve the team. Hudson gone, Bartlett gone, Hundley AAA before having surgery. You have to tip your cap to the GM and manager, they made the moves to find a winning combination, even though it was a little too late.

  2. kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    The foul stench of failure and athletes foot, has surely been replaced by the sweet perfume of success in Oakland and Baltimore. Regardless of how the next 3 weeks turn out, they have certainly gained everyone’s respect. Go underdogs!

    • cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      Possibly the stench of dingo kidneys as well. Can’t beat fetid dingo kidney for stinking up the joint.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        You realize, of course, that no self-respecting citizen of the galaxy gives a fetid dingo kidney.

      • cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Yep. And that about wraps it up for God.

  3. kkolchak - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    “Call me when it’s not the Mets” – Guess you were out of town that weekend in July when Lannan possibly saved the Nats’ season by beating the Braves in the second game of a doubleheader the day after the Nats blew a 9-run lead against them and the divisional lead was down to only 1.5 games.

    • baseballisboring - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      They’re up by 8 and a half now, I’m not sure that start had that much of an impact…

      • kkolchak - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        If the Nat’s season was going to go off the rails, the was the series in which it was going to happen. And anyway, I was responding to Craig’s snarky comment against Lannan and needling him as a Braves fan.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        The Nats were hardly collapsing at that point, though from the vibe in Nats Town, you would have thought they were.

        Lannan’s start was hardly the definitive start of the season. I doubt there has been a definitive start, on a team that has won consistently with quality starting pitching. But Lannan’s start helped stop a losing streak and thus, was an important part of how the Nats got to where they are.

    • CJ - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Yes, there’s no way they’d be up nearly double-digit games in the division right now if it weren’t for John frikin Lannan pitching that one game in July. Yawn.

    • hittfamily - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Dude. I’m picking up my kids for lunch. Things I have learned from 9-13 year olds.

      -“Dude” is out (still gonna say it)
      -“all that and a bag of chips” (am not Afro Amer, so never said it anyways)
      -Any sentence that starts with “Call me” ends with “maybe”. I

      I quit reading what you had to say, and am bee bopping in my head!

  4. indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    The Rays-Orioles game was a real nail biter. The Rays had opportunities, but sonehow their hard hit balls seemed to be drawn to Oriole gloves like a magnet. Not believing in fate or destiny, I hate to use those terms, but damn. This Orioles team will not be denied. With their injuries, you would think they’d weaken, but no. They’re like the Hydra–chop off one head, they grow two more. Hopefully the Rays can salvage tonight’s game in what has been a disastrous road trip so far.

    • hittfamily - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Nailed it indaburg! These effing O’s remind me a lot of Tampa Bay in ’08. Likable, and more importantly, timely pitching. The Rays are 20-25 this year in 1 run games. The offense can’t overcome, and the pitching can’t overcome the offense.

      The O’s on the other hand, are clutch. We saw that last night, and we saw that when the idiots said they wern’t any good because of their run differece. David Price would have an ERA under 2 if it weren’t for 2 horrible outings. The dude has been a monster all year. The O’s are exactly the same. Win 2 of 3, get outcored. That means they are bad, right Ken Rosenthal? No, that means they took 2 of 3. Fucking duh? After 100 games, people are still bringing up this bolognae, as if it matters 1 bit. Key bullplen players aren’t used in blowouts, so you ignore 30% of the O’s success when you look at runs scored/runs allowed. When they get beat, THEY GET BEAT. But when they win, it is because of nights like last night. Great pen, timely hitting. It makes the predictors say “WHA?”, but timely hitting, and a great pen is what took the Rays to the Series in ’08. Good win O’s, but I hope we get you tonight!

      • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        I wish the 2012 Rays reminded me of the 2008 Rays!

    • moogro - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      My husband’s johnson is like that Hydra.

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        See below for some interesting places your husband could wear his johnson.

  5. recoveringcubsfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    This playoff race is taking too long! Can there just be a one-day, round-robin tournament for the Cards, Phils, D-backs, Pirates, Brewers, and Dodgers to determine the 2nd Wild Card team?

    I actually think Selig’s money-grubbing self would go for it. Does anyone have his number?

    • amunoz78 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      Slow pitch softball tournament?

      • bravojawja - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        The Cards and Brewers can supply the kegs.

    • hittfamily - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Wrestling match! This is for rastlin fans, so if you don;t get it, move along. Wrestling is real dammit!

      Cards: Represented by Chavo, of course, wearing the Gobbly Gooker costume!
      Philly is represtented by the Phanatic: Only Yokozuna could fill out that thing.
      D-Backs: Easy. Jake the Snake!!!!
      Pirates: Papa Shango! Long before “The Godfather” was smackin hoes, he was scaring the bejesus out of everyone as an island dwelling, cannibal medicine doctor. Exactly what pirates would have encountered when reupping supplies in the new world.
      Dodgers: Tough one. But I’m thinking Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. From Miami, but made it in Hollywood. It’s not where you’re from, but where you go, right?

      editors note: Modern day pirates still exist. Somalian pirates likely would have captured vessels owned by the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, and definately would execute Wall Street Executive John Layfield Bradshaw!

      Recap : After checking his opponents into the smackdown hotel, The Rock layeth the smacketh down on all their candy asses. He asked the fat ass Phanatic “would you like some poontang pie”, figuring a fat ass like the Phan would fall for it. The fat ass Phanatic smelled what the Rock was cooking, , and then got Rock Bottomed anyway. Chavo disqualified himself because he didn’t want to wear the Gobbly Gooker costume again. Papa Shango is no more. The Rock shined his boot up real nice, stuck it straight up Shango’s candy ass, and then Shango’s tribe feasted upon Papa Shango, with American boot stuffing.

      Jake the snake was all that stood between the Dodgers and a wild card. Jake hit his patented DDT, which put the Dodgers down early. Then out of no where, Mick Foley, representing the rag tag bunch of over weight slobs with long hair known as the Padres, proceded to beat down the DBacks, and even gave Jake’s Snake the mandible claw. It was a sight to see. A man had made a wrestling move on a snake, but I saw it with my own eyes. He gagged a snake into submission. The Rock and Sock connection had beaten Jake and his snake Roberts.

      Jerry the King was happy to learn the A’s might be moving to Memphis.

      Winner: The pie eatin, jabronie beatin, don’t ask your mom cause she’ll tell you Ty Cobb wasn’t cleatin, and Bonds wasn’t cheatin, The Peoples Champ, The Dodgers!

  6. seeinred87 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Machado’s play was freakin’ great. I just love a good, heads-up defensive play; it’s one of the more enjoyable aspects of the game for me.

    • Jeremy Fox - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      That’s the kind of thing that’s great if it works and boneheaded if it doesn’t. But it worked, so yeah, props to Machado.

      I don’t watch the Orioles much–does he try to make really aggressive plays like this often, and if so, does he usually pull them off?

      • baseballisboring - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

        Can’t answer your question, but the play didn’t look overly aggressive to me…just very heads up knowing that Hardy was gonna be covering with the base open and Machado coming in on the grounder.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Not even sure what to do with this, so just going to post it. Courtesy of ProfessorParks with Baseball Prospectus:

    • moogro - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      That Machado play was worth watching over and over. Even Hardy seemed a bit surprised by the throw given his glove position.

  7. philliesblow - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    The Tigers seem to have the White Sox number this season. AL Central could be tied again by the end of the day. But fear not White Sox fans, Verlander is on the bump for the Tigers tonight and he’s been basically #4 starter quality since the All Star break. Of course The Cell will probably only have 78 people in attendance tonight since Da Bears are playing Da Packers.

  8. therealtrenches - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    The braves have been ‘scuffling?’ wait….does that mean they’ve been getting in too many fights?

  9. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Glad you said it Craig – if we can’t hit, why are we rooting for making the post season?

    Oh well – instead of an entire series of heartbreak, at least it will only be one game…

  10. philsphilsphils - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Wish I knew about this blog a long time ago. Great stuff. Go Phils

  11. hittfamily - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Political correctness for A’s, Angels, Orioles, Rays, and BoSox fans: Too bad about Texeira and Jeter’s injuries. That stinks. If I win, I want to win full strength, against full strength.

    Hittfamily’s correctness: BULLSHIT!!! I want to win. I have never rooted for an injury,, but day to day sounds better than feeling fine, but not as good as a nagging injury. Jeter’s rolled ankle is not the same as B Mac, so don’t make a correlation. I clap when the injured player exits the field. I am happy when I hear it isn’t career threatening. I am bummed when I hear he will play the next day. I want my team, the Rays, to win. As long as the dude can still play with his kids, and will make a full recovery, I hope he doesn’t return soon. I hope Jeter has a Larry Walker type injury: Done for the season, rides snow mobiles with his kids. In Jeter’s case, he doesn’t have kids, so I hope he can still give out autographs to the girls he bangs, but can’t leg out an infield single.

    Am I a dickhead? Maybe. Am I one sided? Definately! (a Yankees fan told me he was happy Longo tore his quad). Am I wrong about fans? Hell no!!! I love my team, and if Derek Jeter and Mark Tex limp for 2 weeks when they run makes my team win, and their team lose, go modern medicine, because 2-4 weeks sounds perfect!

    Derek Jeter is an ambassador of the game. He is genuine, he is honest (remember when he owned up to not being hit by a pitch against the Rays), and he is truly a man I hope my son grows up to be. However, I have no shame in rooting for the Rays, and in turn, rooting against the Yankees. Jetes, I hope you take 800mgs of ibuprofen, and that ankle is good as new, in about 3 weeks.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      However, I have no shame in rooting for the Rays, and in turn, rooting against the Yankees. Jetes, I hope you take 800mgs of ibuprofen, and that ankle is good as new, in about 3 weeks.

      I agree (except for the Yankees part, as I’m a fan). I never understand people who say they like those 2-1 nail biters going into the 9th. Best games for me are when the Yanks (or whichever team i’m rooting for) goes up huge in the first inning/quarter/half/etc. I’m getting to old for the sit-on-the-edge-of-my-seat-for-3+-hours crap.

    • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      For me, it’s not political correctness that I want my contenders at full strength. I’m not that nice. I want to beat my opponent at his best because then there is no question that I am better than you. There is no doubt in my opponent or myself and no asterisk to my victory. That’s how it was for me when I played team sports in high school. I do understand where you are coming from though, hitt,, and I appreciate the honesty.

      • hittfamily - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        I am absolutely positive, Indaburg is not a lady to $@#$ with!

        My take was kind of a joke on political correctness. People say “to be politically correct (something…), but”. What follows but is the most politically “incorrect” one can possibly say.

        To be politically correct, (Accurate, fact based assumption),
        however, I feel ( induced by fear, ridiculous, known to be stupid {induced by previous apotheses, or FOX guest}).

      • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Haha..well, it’s easy to be tough behind a keyboard. :-)

        I’m watching the Os and Rays on the MLB network. I’m a couple of batters behind, bottom of 10th, Badenhop pitching. Is our team maddening or what?!

      • historiophiliac - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        No. No. No. You did not blow bases loaded w/ 1 out in extra innings! Urgh, O’s.

      • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        I’m so depressed. Congrats, O’s. You were the better team. *Head against keyboard, remote control thrown in disgust.*

  12. rockthered1286 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    And the yard birds do it AGAIN in dramtic fashion!! Crazy thing going on here in Baltimore: I had my wife, who NEVER watches baseball, into the game. She was astounded with Macho Man’s play at third in the 8th and even declared after the 8th “You know the O’s will win in the bottom of the 9th.”

    The point I’m driving at here is that O’s fever has been extremely contagious in Baltimore, even reaching those who typically never watch. Some call it jumping on the bandwagon, I call it growing a fanbase and rebuilding confidence in this team. I’ll gladly take the support from anyone anywhere! (anybody catch the guy with a sign “I came from Alaska to watch the O’s”?) And appox on those naysayers who shun others just because “you weren’t a fan through the losing years.” If we’re using that as a standard for being an O’s fan now, we’d have a miserably small crowd for years to come. I say embrace the newcomers! Greet them with a “Hey Hon, how bout dem O’s?!” Buy them a Natty Boh. Whatever it takes to get others a true feel for what it is to join the O’s fanbase.

    Back to the game, who would’ve thought a guy who never played 3B before a month ago could make the play he did? In the post game he mentioned that neither he nor Party Hardy planned that. Hardy backed up the grounder at third and Manny assumed he’d be there. That’s a deadly combo there. And again, give credit to the O’s plate discipline. Cobb settled in but the O’s got his pitch count up quick and he was gone by the 6th. Gonzo pitched out of a jam early and settled in for the rest of the game, and great BP again tonight. A ton of defensivie help on both ends (every hard hit ball seemed to find a glove) but when it all came down to it, Orioles Magic took over once again.


    • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      It’s not magic. There’s a simpler explanation: Peter Angelos is a genius.

      • dakotah55 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        I keep expecting you to be struck by lightning when you type this.

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        No worries. I just wear the souvenir rubber beanie I bought in the tourist gift shop at Sing Sing.

  13. Jeremy Fox - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Re: Craig’s comment about why anyone should think the Dodgers can turn it around, my question is, do they have to? *Somebody* is going to get the second wild card slot. If they can just play less badly than the teams around them, they can grab it. Teams have backed into the playoffs before (granted, usually when they’ve first built a big lead that they don’t quite manage to squander completely).

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      And how many of those teams backing into the playoffs end up going anywhere? The Dodgers have enough talent to compete, there just seems to be an inability to support good pitching, which is happening less and less.

      IF they luck out and have the second WC spot fall into their laps they’ll be bounced from the postseason in about the same time it takes them to squander a lead. There have been many games in which they take the lead and then their lackluster pitching staff gives it right back, often the very next inning.

      • Jeremy Fox - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        Well, the 82-80 Cardinals did win the WS a few years ago, and a number of wildcard teams have won the WS since the wildcard began.

        Conversely, a few years ago the Rockies entered the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in history (on a 21-1 run), blitzed their way through the NL playoffs–and then got swept in the WS. You’re hot (or cold) right up until you’re not.

  14. randygnyc - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Derek said in his post game comments that he’ll definitely be playing tonight. Good news. Yanks are getting healthier down the stretch as nova and pettitte come back.

    • ch0psuey - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      You talking to yourself there buddy?

  15. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Well, not to try to take away anything from their September reanimation but the Feelies have shown that they can kick a corpse with the best of ’em. I thought I would be spoiled by last season’s windup in several of the divisions but this one is shaping up just fine, too.

    The Feesh, of course, can’t be said to have collapsed. They went cloacas-up in June and got scaled and gutted in July. So then I read about this weird fish with its penis on its head:

    …which, while it does indeed lend new meaning to the term “dickhead,” also may shed some light on why the Feesh have been playing like they were up all night, every night, for the past three and a half months. Then again, it may also explain while fouling a pitch off the plate and hitting themselves in the cup doesn’t seem to have much effect on them.

    It might also explain why they always wear hats.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      The rod and jagged hook does look useful…

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        Especially on a blind date with a trapeze artist.

      • kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Perhaps just on a blind date

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        My fondest memories of blind dates were, you know, those 250-lb., 5-foot 6-inch tall women who spent dinner at the all night diner bemoaning their struggles with anorexia. They were still sitting at the same table bemoaning their struggles with anorexia the next morning, having failed to notice that I had excused myself to go to the men’s room and sneaked out the back door nine and a half hours earlier. I doubt if having a serrated weewee sticking out of my head would have distracted them very much. You you have a story to tell, it just needs to be told, you know?

      • kiwicricket - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Lol I meant like, literally a b.l.i.n.d date….but do tell us more about 250lb women at the diner…

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        I didn’t hang around long enough to engender any narratives. But you know what happens when you meet your blind date and she looks like a cross between Jabba the Hutt and Rosanne Barr and you realize that your best pal lied to you through his baleen, right? You retreat to the dim recesses of your unconscious and endure the next three hours by fantasizing about drinking heavily and plotting the slowest, most painful death imaginable for your best pal.

    • cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Phallostethus cuulong : a name destined for great things. Which worthy ballplayer will grow into this useful appellation I wonder? I feel confident that over the coming months (SWIDT?) a member of some fish related team, or fish named player will do something to earn this designation.

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        I don’t know which ballplayer, but I can take an educated guess at which manager.

      • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Urrppp. Sorry, that Tarbosaurus keeps repeating on me….

  16. sdelmonte - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    On the plus side for the Hitless Wonders of Flushing, Matt Harvey continues to impress. I am not at all worried about the rotation for ’13. They’ll just need to pitch nothing but complete game shutouts every night at this rate.

    The Phils…seriously, who saw this coming? They make the playoffs, and anything could happen with that rotation.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Agree and agree. Harvey was impressive indeed.

    • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      With the weight of any expectations of their backs and their HOF pitchers, the Phils would be very dangerous indeed.

  17. jarathen - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I don’t know if I can love and hate something so much as baseball.


  18. natslady - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Can’t believe Craig missed this (interview with Davey Johnson). Lotta meat there. Get a load of Davey’s musical choice at the end of the clip. Also his assessment of himself as a manager…

    • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      The clip was hard to find. Try here:

      • natslady - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Thanks. I think they replayed that segment about 10 times yesterday. :)

  19. mungman69 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Poontang Pie: Tell me that your not from South Jersey.

  20. historiophiliac - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I couldn’t watch the game last night (but I had the gametrax up), so I’m not sure why Leyland pulled Scherzer when he did. I couldn’t tell he was having any issues. Anyway, that ruined his pitching streak of 8+ SO games (most in the AL for like the last 10 years). He only had 7 when they pulled him out. Sometimes, I have no idea why Leyland does what he does. I was glad they had a big enough lead for padding though. I was afraid it was going to be like Scherzer’s last game (against Angels) when we were leading and he was great but then they blew it after the reliever came in. Valverde scares the bejesus out of me every time. I don’t know if he likes the extra stress but he gives up hits/runs in the 9th and I start pacing. Somehow he manages those saves, but we always need a cushion going in. Benoit wasn’t his best last night either, but I am glad they won. It kills me that they beat the ChiSox and then lose to the Royals. Miggy wants it bad, though. You can tell. He’s swinging at EVERYTHING. He’s had quite a few more SO lately, but I won’t complain about 118 RBI.

    • kalinedrive - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      By the time the bottom of the 7th came along, the Tigers had a 6-1 lead and Scherzer had thrown 115 pitches. He might have gone back out for the 7th if the Tigers hadn’t scored 3 more in the top half.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Yeah, but I wish Leyland would’ve left him in to get one more SO & then take him out, so he could keep his streak. Wonder if he was pissed.

  21. sportsdrenched - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Salvador Perez is really good, you guys!

  22. goawaydog - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Giants lucky number today is 13

  23. APBA Guy - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    When scouting reports fail: Last night the Angels had two visible examples of how their scouting reports let them down, even when they were absolutely right:

    Mike Trout, worthy of all the hype (amazing that 3 of his hits this series were balls to short. They were so squared up that they got past Drew without a whiff of leather.) facing AJ Mix-A-Lot Griffin in the bottom of the first, after the A’s have scored on an Aybar error. Trout takes a first pitch fb for strike one. Strike two is another fb that Trout is late on, plainly expecting the change that Griffin usually throws. Strike three is a vision of perfection, a 12-6 shoulder to knees curve that usually the ump won’t call. Captain Hook!. Again, Trout was looking for the change.

    Example two was in the third. Ianettta had singled. Trout singled to center. Ianetta remembers the scouting report and runs on Crisp. Shockingly, the ball is there at third in time for the tag. This is not supposed to happen, even with a catcher running. Instead of a big threat, it’s 2 outs and man on first and Torii Hunter popped up to end the inning.The look on Scoscia’s face was one of pain, disbelief, and “that’s baseball” all in one.

    There is of course a powerful amount of luck in a winning streak. Yes you have to be good, too. But watching the A’s rookies wriggle out of tight spots shows-in addition to how thoroughly they have absorbed the lessons of Curt Young-they have been lucky. I hope it keeps up. Even with the Horror of Hatteberg in the broadcast booth, this recent streak has been fun to watch.

    Today, in an absolute must win for the Angels, ace Jared Weaver faces Bret Anderson. That’s a game I would pay to see.

  24. natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    OK, so the Nats will be in the playoffs with home field in the divisional round. There, I said it. I’ve been cautiously optimistic about the 2012 Washington Nationals, going back to the end of last season. However, for the Nats to miss the playoffs would require the collapse of all collapses. As for the NL East, I’m willing to risk the possibility that the Braves could make up 8.5 games in 3 weeks. Can’t wait to get the playoff tickets; promise not to cry, but no guarantees.

    The Mets were the last non-contender on the Nats’ schedule. From here on, they play 4 of the 5 wild card contenders (except the Pirates). The Mets played the spoiler role vs. the Nats as they did vs. the Braves — badly. The Nats finish 14-4 vs. the Mets.

    It’s fair for Craig to point out that John Lannan wasn’t pitching vs. a contender. He will be when the Dodgers visit Nats Park. I’d just note that John Lannan, while certainly no all-star, is an experienced MLB pitcher (131 career starts). He’s shown that, when his sinker is on, he can give you a good start. Meanwhile, props to young Matt Harvey, who pitched well for 5 innings.

    The Nats travel to one of their favorite parks, Turner Field. Ross Detwiler vs. Kris Medlen tomorrow night.

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