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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 18, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

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White Sox 5, Tigers 4: For want of some leather, the empire was lost. Or something like that.  The Tigers now find themselves three back of the White Sox with no more head-to-head games. This is pretty dire for the Tigers.

Braves 7, Marlins 5: Dan Uggla continues to kill his old team. He hit a three-run homer and actually had a nice defensive game too. Martin Prado went 4 for 4 while filling in for Chipper Jones at third.

Red Sox 5, Rays 2: What’s a better way to tell that the Rays are playing out the string, the fact that Evan Longoria was being rested when every game is do-or-die or the fact that they’re playing listless baseball anyway? Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three.

Phillies 3, Mets 1: Cliff Lee looked great — ten strikeouts while allowing one run in eight innings — but every pitcher looks good against the Mets these days.  R.A. Dickey fails again to move toward 20 wins which, based on how that’s all that is mentioned in every game story after he pitches, is what everyone has apparently decided for some reason is necessary for his season to be successful. He still pitched pretty good baseball. The Mets just can’t score and Cliff Lee is still friggin’ good.

Orioles 10, Mariners 4: Nate McLouth hit a leadoff homer. Matt Wieters hit one too. No, not a leadoff homer. That would be ridiculous because you can’t have two of those. Oh, and Adam Jones and Chris Tillman each had great games too, which has to make the Mariners a little unhappy. I’m sure they have an Erik Bedard poster up someplace, though.

Giants 2, Rockies 1: Brandon Crawford doubled, tripled and scored on Wilin Rosario‘s 20th (20th!) passed ball of the season. Madison Bumgarner walked five dudes but Colorado just couldn’t capitalize.

Pirates 3, Cubs 0: A nearly four hour rain delay because (a) the Pirates are still technically in contention; and (b) there is no room in baseball’s hastily-constructed schedule this year to play a makeup game if necessary. That led to everyone wanting to go home, which led to Kevin Correia striking out six and pitching seven shutout innings. Folks, if your game starts after 10:30 at night, you’re doing something wrong.

  1. Liam - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    The Tigers might be in trouble in the Central race, but on the plus side, they only need to average 20.6 runs a game to hit 1,000.

  2. philliesblow - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    I don’t think the Tigers have a chance, but situations like this are a great excuse to post inspirational classics.

    • indaburg - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      Any reaon is a good excuse to watch Animal House. That boy is a p-i-g pig!

  3. indaburg - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    It was funny watching the announcers after the Rays game trying to come up with euphemisms for the passionless brand of baseball the Rays are playing. You know it’s a boring game when Brian Anderson, former pitcher and color analyst, starts confessing his love of cougars–not the animal, but the Mrs. Robinson variety. Besides that, the most interesting thing to happen was the scuffle in the dugout between Cobb and Molina after the top of the sixth. It’s rarely a good sign when your pitcher and catcher have to be separated by the pitching coach. Cobb had been pitching a no hitter into the sixth when he hit the number 9 hitter and then allowed a homer to Ellsbury. Neither Cobb or Molina are saying what it was about but the bottom line is the same old song: No hitting, No win.

  4. rockthered1286 - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    And the Yard Birds do it again!!

    First let me recap our first 4 games of the west coast series: It’s my understanding that Angelos didn’t want to pay the overnight shipping fees to get the players’ bats to Oakland in time for game 1, so he just sent them over on a truck that took a few days. That’s the only logical explanation as to why we went from hot bats at home to silent bats in the first 2 games of that series. Not like the pitchers were phenoms (although they were solid and owned us). Game 3 we finally woke up, and it carried over into last nights game against the M’s.

    And man, what a game. I don’t mean this in an arrogant way, but I cannot imagine being an M’s fan, getting pumped up for a trade 3 years ago sending Adam Jones and Tilly to Baltimore for Beddard, fast forward to today and watch them single handedly take the W. My favorite moment of the game however? Matty Weiters homer. Perfect pitch. Perfect swing. And it looked completely effortless. High hopes for Matt’s bats busting bombs into bleachers for years to come.

    And for those naysayers, since there’s tons (mostly Yanks and Rays fans shakin in their boots): The difference between these O’s and past teams? Confidence. 2 losses to the A’s this late and we would’ve buckled and fell apart. Instead? Put up 19 runs over the next 2 games, starters only giving up 4 runs total, and trail the Yanks by a half game. But are we content in Baltimore? No sir. I don’t want to go into Oakland for a wildcard showdown. I want to top the Yanks. And we can. And we will.

    • randomdigits - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      I can imagine being an M’s fan. Were you around for the Glenn Davis trade?

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        It was rough. No doubt. However, I was referring to the here and now. Best trade for the O’s in recent history.

        Also liked Tommy Hunter & Chris Davis from Texas for Koji. Not great players but definite role players this year, especially Davis.

    • Jeremy T - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      If confidence was the only difference, the Orioles would still be a last place team. The difference is an excellent bullpen, improved hitting, and a healthy dose of luck (which every playoff team ever has needed)

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        I can’t put a +/- on W’s based on luck. In my opinion, for everytime a team gets a lucky hit, run, walk, etc, you can easily count a time they were on the wrong end of things. Personally, I think luck has nothing to do with it. I think they’ve turned their fortunes around themselves. There has been minimal roster turnover in the field (same lineups for the most part as 2011, exception of Machado for 1 month, Quintanilla spot starts, and McLouth). SP has improved and I will say that, but the BP has also remained intact from 2011. So where we see minimal turnover in players, isn’t it more realistic to say the coaching has brought the best out in this team, and their confidence has turned into results? Seems more logical to me than saying a team that was predicted to win around 70 games is in the playoff hunt because of a healthy dose of luck.

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Dan Uggla, playing nice defense? NOW I’m worried about the Braves.

    • mckludge - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      As much as folks love to denigrate Uggla’s defensive skill, he has had a decent year fielding. I’d call him an average 2B this year.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        I, for one, don’t “love” to criticize Uggla’s defensive skill. It’s just that he has a record of being a below-average defender. If he’s been an average defensive 2B, that’s probably the best he can do.

  6. proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Not many games played in baseball yesterday. There was an interesting development at the Triple A level. The Mets announced that they had signed a Triple A agreement with Las Vegas which had been the home of Toronto’s Triple A team. The Buffalo News is reporting that an agreement between Buffalo’s Triple A team and the Jays has been signed and will be announced today. There will be a formal press conference on Friday.

    It appears that the owners of the Buffalo franchise were tired of the weak team put on the field by the Mets. The Jays wanted out of Las Vegas and Buffalo was always their preferred destination as it is only 90 min away by car. A lot of Jays fans from the Niagara Peninsula area, can be expected to take in games in Buffalo.

    • Lukehart80 - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Not long ago (2008) Buffalo was the Indians AAA affiliate. I don’t really have any commentary on that, but it’s interesting that they’ll be with their third different MLB team in the span of 5 years.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        I am not sure if the following story is accurate or not, but I recently read that the Jays tried to get Buffalo as their Triple A Team after the Bisons’ agreement with Cleveland ended. Team ownership apparently said no because of civic pride. There were stories going around that Toronto was trying to get The Buffalo Bills to move to the city. The Bisons appear to be owned by members of the Rich family which has a strong attachment to the Bills. You might remember that Ralph Wilson Stadium used to be called Rich Stadium.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 19, 2012 at 12:42 AM

        The Indians left Buffalo so they could take over in Columbus, closer to more of their fan base. The Buffalo-Mets pairing was supposed to be a good one, but the AAA team hasn’t won. The biennial affiliation shuffle is going on now, and Baseball America suggests that the Jays’ chances of returning east to Buffalo are good.

        The Bills and Erie County are negotiating a new lease, to keep the team from moving to Toronto, LA, or anywhere else. Meanwhile, the Bills will continue to play at least one game a season in Toronto (so they have a relationship with the Rogers organization). Not sure this has anything to do with a possible Buffalo-Jays pairing.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Lots of former players come back to kill the Feesh. It’s not like Uggla is unique; the carcass has so many wounds in it that it looks like an outtake from Murder on the Orient Express. But then, when you’ve traded away one stellar player after another in pursuit of luxury taxes and Bain Capital style operating profits, the likelihood that when the visitors come knocking they’ll be loaded for bear is pretty
    high.

    Meanwhile, one bright spot for the Feesh last night was the two innings of one hit ball turned in by rookie Tom Koehler, who seems to have shaken off the jitters that marred his first appearance and found his style and rhythm.

    Sounds like the Iron Giant will sit out another game tonight. There’s some buzz about just how serious his left oblique injury really is.

  8. APBA Guy - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    The A’s begin their Road Trip of Death today in Detroit. Will the Tigers come out growling fiercely, angered over their 1 run loss yesterday and determined to expose the A’s rookie pitchers? Or will the A’s pitchers’ phenomenal ability to wriggle out of trouble continue? One thing for sure: 10 games, 3 cities, every team a contender. Great baseball in September. And it includes the beloved A’s. Who would have thought this in April? Not me, that’s for sure.

  9. raysfan1 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    It’s no secret hitting is the Rays’ Achilles’ heel. A couple more decent bats and their atrocious one-run game record reverts back towed the mean and keeps them in the race to the end. They likely won’t be able afford Upton and Pena has to go. Maybe a trade or two can be worked. It’ll be an interesting off season.

  10. luvusa1 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    @migoli: Wow…you question why using this term is offensive?! Either you are stupid or ignorant or both. It’s not slang moron!

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