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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Sep 14, 2012, 3:46 AM EDT

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Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1: A must-win for both teams if they wanted to stop the bleeding, but a muster-win for L.A. since they’re behind in the standings. Just didn’t happen, though. Lance Lynn, back in the rotation in a spot start, allowed one run in six innings and struck out seven to give the Cardinals a little breathing room in the wild card race. The Dodgers are now 6-12 since the Mega Hella Trade. Oh, and this happened.

Astros 6, Phillies 4: And the Cards got breathing room, not just over the Dodgers, but over the surging Phillies too, who saw their seven game winning streak come to an end. And this one hurt, as the worst team in the majors rallied for three runs in the eighth. Jed Lowrie hit a two run double to put Houston over.

Orioles 3, Rays 2: The Orioles charmed life continued as they win another one-run game. The Rays cursed life continues as they lose another one-run game. And don’t tell me the O’s are not charmed: Manny Machado‘s game winning single came when he swung away on 3-0 at a guy who walked the previous hitter and couldn’t find the zone. Even when they do the wrong thing, good things happen.

Yankees 2, Red Sox 0: Worried about the pitching? Worried about the injured aging stars? No worries! Phil Hughes pitched shutout ball into the eighth and Derek Jeter drove in a run in the seventh. The east remains tied.

Angels 6, Athletics 0: The Angels avoid a sweep behind Jered Weaver, who was most excellent in his return from bicep tendinitis. He allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings while striking out nine. The Angels scored all of their runs in the seventh inning, when Torii Hunter started it with a home run and closed out the scoring with an RBI single.

Blue Jays 8, Mariners 3: The Jays pounded King Felix. Hernandez — in his third straight loss — gave up seven runs on ten hits in four innings. Edwin Encarnacion hit his 40th homer. Johan Santana and Phil Humber feel Felix’s post-no-no funk.

Indians 5, Rangers 4: Adrian Beltre was supposed to be hurt, but he went 2 for 3 and scored twice. ‘Twasn’t enough, however, as Joe Nathan imploded in the ninth, blowing a 4-2 lead by serving up taters to Ezequiel Carrera and Jason Kipnis.

Twins 4, Royals 3: Denard Span doubled in a run to win it in the tenth inning, sending tens of fans home happy. Sal Perez extends his hitting streak to 17 games.

Tigers vs. White Sox: POSTPONED:  The wind begun to rock the grass, With threatening tunes and low, – He flung a menace at the earth, A menace at the sky. The leaves unhooked themselves from trees And started all abroad; The dust did scoop itself like hands And throw away the road.

  1. sawxalicious - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Emily Dickinson on HBT? Who’d a thunk it?

    • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Scott Boras, her agent.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    I woke up very early, looked at my computer and surprise, Craig posted early. King Felix has ended his Cy Young chance this season as he was worse than Ricky Romero’s weak performance from the previous day. Congratulations to Double E on reaching the 40/100 club. He is the 8th Blue Jay to do so.

    • cur68 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      That and Emily Dickenson this morning. We gots the klass, eh?

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        I wake up with Elizabeth Bishop. But it’s OK – we’re just good friends.

  3. papalurchdxb - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Someone said recently the O’s weren’t just being lucky, well yesterday they were, stranded a bunch of guys and still got away with this one – but hey, no-one successful has done it without a slice or two of luck. Camden Yards was rocking too, lots of fun to watch.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      I have to play devils advocate on this one. Saying a team is lucky that they got the win is essentially admitting the other team is superior. In this instance, I don’t think the Rays put a superior team on the field. For every blown opportunity the O’s had, the Rays were able to match it. Ton of runner LOB on both sides, but when it came down to it, the O’s prevailed. If anything, you can call it perserverance, but not luck.

      • lazlosother - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        It is not saying that the other team is superior at all. Every team loses, good or bad and every team wins, good or bad. Some wins and loses are lucky/unlucky, for both good and bad teams.

        I wouldn’t call the Orioles “just lucky” and there are lots of good things that could be said about them, but run differential and the record in one run ballgames would indicate that there is definitely some luck involved.

      • papalurchdxb - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Exactly my point, the O’s were lucky to get away with leaving a ton of guys on base and not have the Rays punish them – good baseball is part of eliminating the threat of course – but good teams also get/earn/create their fair share of luck. You can’t go through a season successfully without it. Last night I think the O’s got some.

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        The Os weren’t lucky. That was the game plan with which they were presented in their pregame strategy session by the brilliant Peter Angelos. They are storing up future runs for their playoff series with the Rangers. You can’t argue with the results. Angelos is a genius.

  4. pipkin42 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    I realize that we Orioles fans can’t complain, because this is a miracle to even be anywhere close to happening, but our leadoff hitter gets hit by a Yankee pitcher, and is out for a while (possibly the season). Their leadoff hitter, the golden boy, hurts himself against the Red Sox and plays (well) the next day.

    GRRRR.

  5. indaburg - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    I am working through the Kubler-Ross model, commonly known as the stages of grief.

    Denial — The Rays didn’t just get swept by the Orioles. The Rays aren’t 4 games back in the wild card. Put on a happy face so the little kiddos don’t worry about mommy.

    Anger — The Rays score 6, count ‘em 6, lousy bleeping runs in 37 innings!! Or was it 35? Whatever! I’m too angry to do math right now. Wtf?! Bring me Derek Shelton’s head. I don’t care how good the pitching is, you can’t expect your pitchers to throw no-hitters every game.

    Bargaining — I promise I will wear my lucky socks during every game here on out. I don’t care how hot it is or how bad they smell. They always win when I wear those socks. Sounds rational to me.

    Depression — It’s over. This season is done. The Rays still have to play the Yankees, the White Sox, and these Orioles again. They also have to play the Red Sox, who would love to be the spoiler in our September collapse, and the Blue Jays, who always play the Rays tough. There’s no hope.

    Acceptance — Ok, it was a devastating series, but if the Rays sweep the Yankees in the Bronx, hey, we’re right back in this thing…

    • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      There was no Feesh game yesterday so I worked through the Stanislav Grof model. Wow, look at all the pretty colors.

      • indaburg - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Ha.. haven’t practiced that model since I was a teen.

      • goawaydog - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        There was no Giants game either so we worked through the Greatful Dead model: Wow, I can see the music.

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        I just look for a while at the china cat sunflower. Man, that cat can play a fiddle like no Mr. Scratch.

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Coda: then again, do you think the Dodgers went back to the clubhouse and played “Loser”?

    • nbjays - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      You have a chance against the Jays if you can pitch David Price every game… he’s their daddy.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    You know, I was on board with the locals on the Phils taking the Astros for a sweep. Then, before the game, in a xanax needed moment, I remembered, the Astros have a series, every year it seems where they defy logic and rough the Phils up.

    22-32 against the Astros since 2004 before last night.

    • stex52 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Let’s be honest. The Astros made enough flubs for Philly to put away the win. But they couldn’t administer the coup de grace, and then they started making their own flubs.

      Obviously, I love the win because it shows the AAA kids have some fight in them. But I would be very frustrated if I was a Phils fan.

    • number42is1 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      GOOD NEWS! The ‘Stros are moving to the AL

  7. rockthered1286 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    And the yard birds do it AGAIN!! Another day, another 1 run win. This time courtesy of Macho Manny!! Still haven’t heard if he had a green light on 3-0 or if he took it upon himself, but given the results, I’m none too worried! The kid has come up big. There’s no denying that. Great pitching by the entire team yesterday, and again, great job getting that pitch count up on Hellickson and getting him out the game after 5. Those things tend to make a huge difference in 14 inning games. Also I’d like to further applaud the genius that is the Duke. The acquisition of Wolf, and the move of Matusz and Hunter to the pen was a huge reason for our success yesterday. Having bottom rotation startes in your pen is a truly reassuring thing. Something not many teams have the luxury of enjoying. And with Kevin Gregg gone it’s even more reassuring that late in the game.

    At any rate, time for the goldfish memory to take it’s course, and move on to the A’s series. Gonna be a tough fight and hopefully th BP still has enough gas if called upon in the next few nights. I’m not getting my hopes up just yet, but the thought of getting into a position where we could bring our brooms west with us would be fanfriggintastic.

    LEEGGGOOOOO!!!!

  8. gnrfan8804 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    king felix had a couple more dominating starts after his perfect game. these last 3 bad starts have come after the mariners put him on waivers. i blame mariner management. they need to all be fired. and not just for this. its hard to be a good team when the people putting your team together doesnt know baseball

    • Jeremy T - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      And if anyone understands what it’s like to not know baseball, it’s you. Come on, if being put on waivers really affected Felix that much, he’d have a more fragile ego than Bob Davison.

    • moogro - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Waivers? Happens often to everyone. Not a factor.

  9. APBA Guy - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Is this the day when Bob Melvin lost his chance at Manager of the Year? The talk had been Buck and Bob, with Buck advantaged through greater name recognition and East Coast Bias (ie, plying in the AL East-and winning.)

    But yesterday, Buck managed beautifully, winning a game through tight bullpen management and focusing on the one guy he could over-leverage (Joyce) and effectively neutralizing him. Melvin, in contrast, watched as Mr. Anderson had matched Weaver result for result through six innings, following his pattern since his return from TJ of a dominant first 3 innings, and eroding control and velocity over the next 3. As I was following the game at work, I was saying to myself “pull him, he’s losing it” after 6. But his pitch count was 87, so Bob sent him out for the 7th. Why? The bullpen was rested, the Angels hadn’t really taxed them. Anderson had thrown 7 against Minnesota and Cleveland. But the Angels lineup is not Minnesota and Cleveland. The last two innings in particular had been stressful.

    Sure enough, Hunter homered in the bottom of the 7th. Nothing from Bob. Rooted to his spot in the dugout.

    What was he thinking? At 1-0, the game is still within reach. It’s not like the A’s have this massive lead in the Wild Card and are a Yankees-like juggernaut. Every game counts.

    But no. He left the plainly toasted Mr. Anderson in to suffer the indignity of getting pummeled, much like Bobby Valentine’s horror show with Jon Lester for 11 earned runs earlier in the year. By the time the 7th was over, the score was 6-0. Even Scoscia had the sense to pull the returning-from-injury Weaver, who was astonishingly good, after 94 pitches. Why risk letting the A’s back in it?

    Playing to win. I fear the A’s may get a lesson in how that’s done in the next 3 games.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I have no idea what to make of Phil Hughes…I really don’t…

  11. jkaflagg - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Has anyone else become tired of some of the media apologists who seem to think the Dodgers need all their new players to develop ” chemistry” ? Why do you need ” chemistry” to get a clutch hit ? It’s not as though their offense relies on the hit-and-run or anything….it’s just getting a hit, the same as the first day every player started in little league….

    Have to give kudos to Don Mattingly, though….when the press tosses him the”chemistry” cop out, he tosses it right back, insisting that there’s no reason they can’t produce right now……

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