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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Sep 24, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

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Angels 4, White Sox 1: Did you know that if you win the AL Central that you contract a horrible disease? If you answered yes, you must be either the Tigers or the White Sox. That’s five straight losses for Chicago. Jered Weaver wins his 19th, allowing one run over six and a third. Kendrys Morales homers and Pujols drives in two.

Twins 10, Tigers 4; Twins 2, Tigers 1: Joe Mauer drove in four in the opener, handing Max Scherzer a rare second half loss. In the nightcap the Tigers couldn’t muster a lick of offense and blew a chance to gain ground on the Sox.  This is just getting pathetic.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 3: St. Louis wins its sixth game in the past seven and continues to hold off the horde.Pete Kozma and Allen Craig each drive in a pair.

Brewers 6, Nationals 2: Milwaukee keeps pace with the Cards. Ryan Braun doubled, singled and hit a sac fly. I can’t wait until no one gives him any MVP votes out of spite.

Dodgers 5, Reds 3: L.A. keeps pace as well, beating the regular-resting Reds. Two homers for Adrian Gonzalez.

Braves 2, Phillies 1: A pretty sweet pitcher’s duel. It’s a shame someone had to lose. But I suppose Cliff Lee has gotten used to that this season. The Braves have won 14 of their last 20 and are on the verge of clinching the wild card. Philly, in contrast, could not afford dropping two of three. The patient is not yet dead, but his next of kin have been told to hang around a phone.

Athletics 5, Yankees 4: The Yankees’ seven game win streak is snapped and the A’s get a much needed win to hold off the Angels. Cliff Pennington homered and drove in three.

Red Sox 2, Orioles 1: The O’s win-streak is snapped as well. And in a one-run game, no less. Quite unusual!  What’s next? Republicans admitting that Obama inherited, rather than created, a bad economy and has done a pretty decent job managing the recovery? Ok, now I’ve seen everything.

Pirates 8, Astros 1: A.J. Burnett was sharp, allowing one run over eight innings while striking out 11, picking up his 16th win and stopping the Pirates’ five game skid.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 0: Your standard six-pitcher shutout for Tampa Bay. B.J. Upton with a solo shot in the first and Evan Longoria with a two-run double in the eighth.

Indians 15, Royals 4: The Tribe outscored the Browns yesterday. I bet that’s happened on more than one Sunday in recent years. Carlos Santana was 3 for 6 with two homers and five driven in.

Mets 3, Marlins 2: Ruben Tejada singled in the winning run with two out in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets season may be a disappointing one, but the straight own the Marlins lately. Seven straight, in fact.

Padres 6, Giants 4: Most of the Giants got a day off the day after clinching the division and the results followed.

Rangers 3, Mariners 2: Texas avoids the sweep thanks to homers from Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto. They had the good sense to lose when the A’s were losing, however, thereby keeping their four game lead in the west.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7: Aaron Hill broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth. The Dbacks are four and a half games back of the Cardinals for the second wild card, but unlike Philly and the Dodgers, no one talks about them really being in it. Wonder why that is?

  1. danindelray - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    You wanna bring in politics, let’s bring in some facts then:
    If labor force participation was at the same rate as when he took office, Obama’s unemployment rate would be around 11%.

    Obama brags about consecutive months of job creation, but it hasn’t even kept up with population growth. The decline in the unemployment rate has nothing to do with his “stimulus” and everything to do with people giving up on ever finding jobs.

    Per capita income has dropped FARTHER than it did during the recession.

    Is the private sector really doing “fine” Craig?

    You really want to claim Obama has managed a recovery?????

    How about you shut your mouth and stick with snark about baseball?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Easy, Tiger. I’m not making that argument (though I would if asked). The point is that BILL KRISTOL, the publisher of the Weekly Standard, the person who basically single handedly elevated Sarah Palin to national prominence and picked her as McCain’t running mate, the man who was the intellectual force behind much of Bush’s administration, the man who has been on talk shows multiple times a week for the past four years decrying Obama and all he stands for, went on TV yesterday and said those things.

      You don’t think that’s notable?

      • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

        George W. Bush had an intellectual force? Are we talking about entropy?

      • kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM

        Hey! Leave your former evil dictator alone!!

      • indaburg - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

        I agree, it’s notable and telling, but come on, Craig. You knew what you were doing when you posted that. The only thing easier than baiting a Phillies fan is baiting a Republican.

      • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        I have a wriggling, luminescent platinum lure shaped like a dollar sign. It takes Republicans a lot better than those gold-plated gummy worms I was using.

    • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Hey Dan, once your crying towel is saturated after the Pheelies are mathematically eliminated, later this week, be sure you dry it out properly, cause come November 7th, you will need it to be fresh for further use.

      The knowledge that money cannot buy championships in the NL East, and Presidential campaigns is nothing short of poetic justice.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Holy overreaction, Batman.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Holy overreaction, Batman.

      Its also cute that people think the president can snap his fingers and make everything all better. Regardless of party, there’s not a whole lot the president can do to directly impact job creation, oil prices, etc.

  2. indaburg - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Ah, and the rational, political discourse begins…

    The Rays complete their sweep of the Jays maintaining their critically ill playoff hopes just barely alive. Improbable? Yes. Impossible? No.

  3. randygnyc - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    That president had control of a democrat congress for 2+ years and managed to do nothing aside from a health care plan nearly 70% of Americans still don’t want. Oh yeah, he Arab Winter, he built that.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      Not arguing Obama’s merits at the moment. Just finding it incredible that Bill Kristol is saying “Obama has done ok managing the recovery.” BILL KRISTOL.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      That gobbles up a grand total of 1.7% of my salary.
      Perhaps you should be poking the folk who don’t want this, rather than the guys who are trying to institute some sort of progress??

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    I can’t get away from politics on my tv. Can I at least read about baseball without having to see more of it?

    • Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      Sure, after November 7th.

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        Unless Luke Scott opens his mouth…

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Sure, after November 7th.

        Hmmm… but there will be much less baseball to read about by then…

  5. Old Gator - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Back to what really matters – namely, that the Feesh can’t seem to buy a win. We’re at 21 south of the strange attractor and heading into that Feesh emulsifier in Atlanta. Yesterday was a good day for bemoaning “missed opportunities,” as Slobbering Ozzie put it. Howsabout defaulting on the last nine games – waste of time, if you’re gonna play them all as lethargically as the previous 151 or so – to save on further embarrassment, and head off to Athens or Rome or some other collapsing European economic capitol for some good cheap food and wine, or maybe head north to see the pretty trees?

    • spellingcops - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      What makes you think any of us give a damn about your tired “feesh” opinions/updates? The only thing worse than Calcaterra forcing his opinions/views down our throats, is your constant condescending posts and updates about your team that is years away from competition.

      • kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        It’s a comments section….of yesterdays recap…..

      • natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        1. That’s what ATH is about — fans commenting on their favorite teams (and others’ favorite teams). All along the standings, from the Nationals down to the Astros. Who are you to say that fans of bad teams can’t express themselves?

        2. Gator’s comments tend to be quite literate and entertaining, even if we don’t always know what the hell he’s saying. Or agree completely with the parts we do understand.

        3. No one is forcing anyone to read anything. The right of free speech carries with it the right to ignore, or criticize, the free speech of others. Criticize Craig and Gator if you wish, but your comments were just plain intolerant. BTW, so is your screen name.

      • natslady - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Since when are “opinion/updates” and “opinions/views” properly spelled English words? Also, there is an incorrect comma after the word “throats.”

      • madhatternalice - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        You’re welcome to leave at any time. The door’s right over there.

      • indaburg - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        What natstowngreg said. Especially #2.

  6. legacybroken - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Bill Cristol is another big government R.I.N.O hack. He’s not fiscally conservative.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      Haha, ok, dude.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      He was pretty funny in ‘City Slickers’ though.

      • paperlions - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        These days, Billy Crystal is so un-funny, that I bet Bill Kristol could get more laughs.

      • wlschneider09 - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        Kiwi’s on fire this morning.

      • kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        It’s 8PM over here, Iv’e been drinking.

  7. paperlions - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I would like to apologize to Pete Kozma for calling him useless. He’s been okay (better than Furcal had been since May, not that he set the bar particularly high…okay, he just left it laying on the floor, whatever).

    Lohse should “be in the conversation” for CY (5th in IP, 3rd in BB/9, 3rd in ERA). I mean, yeah, he shouldn’t win, but he should be in the conversation, right?

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      Kinda makes you miss Ryan Theriot? :)

      • paperlions - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        Oh, c’mon…they (Furcal/Kozma) aren’t THAT bad.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Lohse has had a tremendous season, which has gone almost unnoticed. Unfortunately BB/9 and ground-balls are about as sexy as Bud in a pair of speedo’s.

    • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Yeah PL, I hear you regarding Kozma. He has finally reached some measurement of his potential. If I am not correct he committed 39 errors in each of his first two minor league seasons, but so far he has been very steady at the worst and sparkling at best, plus he plays fearlessly, something rare in a rookie, and his offensive contributions are nothing short of totally unexpected.

      Regarding Lohse, as your know I have been championing his performance for the past couple of years, and if the Cards’ bullpen hadn’t blown a number of his starts he would be in the conversation, not only for a 3rd place in the Cy Young award, but a serious contender, but since he doesn’t strike out many, he will never receive the attention he deserves.

  8. natslady - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Everyone in Nats Town had this one pegged as a loss because of CMW making a spot start. Well, Wang was not the cause of this loss. He induced a bunch of dribblers and a double play, and then he got a double himself (I think it was his first XBH in the majors). So after running the bases he gives up a routine pop fly which Harper lost in the sun, a couple of seeing-eye singles, and one, exactly one solid hit–ergo, 2 runs. Since he was on 3 days’ rest, Davey lifted him for a pinch hitter. at 69 pitches. His line looks bad, but I was at the game and the sinker was sinking, and he was OK. Difficult to say if he will get another start, probably depends on match-ups and when the Nats want to rest Gio & Co. for the playoffs.

    This is something you don’t see every day.

    Nats tied it at 2-2, but had bad luck and bad D in the 7th and 8th (Werth lost a ball in the sun, Harper made another error. Is suffering really good for the young?). Brewers bullpen seems to have improved markedly since we saw it last; this guy Henderson is pretty good. Two sharp inning-ending doubleplays killed the Nats scoring chances and if Braun has “groin problems” they’re sure not affecting his at-bats. Werth summed it up in his “statement” to reporters afterwards, “You guys saw the game.”

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Braun has “groin problems”
      Maybe he just has to go to the bathroom a lot…

      • natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        That has to be it, because he didn’t play like he had a groin muscle problem.

  9. APBA Guy - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Danindelray should wait for the evening crowd for his gibberish comments, that group is much more sympathetic to his “observations”.

    Speaking of observations, no expression of disbelief from Craig about Pennington being the batting hero yesterday. I certainly didn’t believe it, but that short right field porch giveth to both teams,, evidently. Amazing series though, 3 1-run games, two extra innings, and the A’s are 2-4 on the Road Trip of Death. Kuroda looks tired to me, and the A’s took advantage. And for once, the A’s pitching staff managed to hold the Yankees offense a little in check. Mix-a-Lot had no curve ball yesterday, that’s his best out pitch, and without it he was at 84 or so pitches after 4 innings. Like his last start in Detroit, he looked overamped and overawed by the situation, understandable in a rookie, but not particularly welcome. The “A” bullpen went 4.2 with 3 hits, a return to form that was overdue.

    On to Texas today, Straily v. Holland. Haven’t heard if Josh is in the lineup for Texas. I’m sure he’d love to be facing Straily, a right hander with a disturbing tendency to miss up in the zone. The Angels are only 2.5 back now, and the A’s need to do no worse than split in Arlington before returning to the Mausoleum where right now they are scheduled to miss The King in the series with Seattle.

    • pw38 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Well the good thing the A’s have going for them is that they get Texas at home for the last three. As a Ranger fan that has me worried a bit but hey this is what Sept. ball is all about right? Time to nut up or shut up.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Yeah, that last series might have been seriously tense with Anderson and McCarthy still healthy. But with Darvish and Harrison pitching like they mean it, as long as Beltre and Josh are healthy, I think you guys are in excellent shape. I just hope your team has a little mercy on the A’s over these final 7 games against each other.

  10. stex52 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Nosir, no politics for me, thank you. I have enough problems listening to my in-laws now.

    I will just observe that the Astros have positioned themselves for greatness. If they go 3-7 the rest of the way, they lose fewer than 110 games. A goal that looked highly unattainable until recently.

    Lord, what we sometimes have to settle for in life.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      So I guess that series was partially payback for the Phils?

    • cur68 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Hang in there Stex. My boys are playing for draft picks, that much is obvious. The Beav shall join your boys in the cellar where they shall sip of the cup of a season of failure, ineptitude and general lousyness. A’course my boys will have to get someone to hold their drink so they can sip: the injuries prevent them from raising anything past knee high (which explains why they swing at balls in the dirt and they throw everything a half metre in front of home plate).

      Who ya backing in the playoffs? I’m taking The Rangers to go all the way to the WS, like I have done the previous 2 seasons. This too cliche for you? If so are you gonna go Yankees, just to buck off your ole NL bias and get used to seeing what a DH can do for you?

      • stex52 - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        I’m not a good prognosticator. Whom do I want? The Cards. Who looks likely? Reds or Rangers (with a nod to the Nats). I’m not sure the Yankees are built for a short series. And no one else has me convinced.

        I loved a reference in the local paper. They referred to the AL as “Arena Baseball.” But that’ll be the Astros in seven months.

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