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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 26, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

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Braves 4, Marlins 3: The Braves clinch a playoff berth on a Freddie Freeman walkoff jack. It only guarantees them a slot in the one-game gimmicky thing next Friday, but that beats the hell out of last September. The only thing that would have made this better is if Heath Bell, as the the Marlins walked to the clubhouse, went up to Ozzie Guillen and told him that he wouldn’t have blown the save if Ozzie wasn’t such a jerk and kept him from closing.

Tigers 3, Royals 0: Anibal Sanchez comes up big, tossing a three-hit, ten-strikeout shutout, and the Tigers take advantage of an earlier White Sox loss for the first time in what seems like forever. Things are all tied up in the AL Central.

Indians 4, White Sox 3: Tied up because the Sox’ 9th inning rally off Chris Perez, though quite promising for a while, fell short. Russ Canzler had a big day. Meaningless but fun: Canzler has played two games against Chicago this year and he is 4 for 8 with two homers and a double and three driven in.

Phillies 6, Nationals 3: A four game lead with eight to go is pretty safe, but really Washington, you don’t want to be doin’ this. Not that I’m gonna stop you from doin’ this, but dudes, seriously. Not the best night ever for Cole Hamels, but he won his 16th, which sets a new high for him.

Reds 4, Brewers 2: This series could be the Brewers’ Waterloo. And I’m not talking about the one on Highway 89 northeast of Madison.  The loss, combined with the Cardinals win drops them four and a half back in the wild card.

Cardinals 4, Astros 0: About that Cardinals win: Jaime Garcia tossed seven shutout innings. I haven’t checked it, but I bet — win or lose — the Astros have had the most impact on the NL playoff race this year. Be it knocking off the Phillies or laying down to the contenders, the Astros have paid a rich and meaningful role in the pennant race.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0: Another classic six-pitcher shutout. Viva September. Aaron Laffey led the way with five innings of goose eggs.

Twins 5, Yankees 4: I guess Denard Span wasn’t lying when he told Adam Jones he was trying to help the O’s the best he can. Span drove in two and the Yankees can’t put any more daylight between themselves and the Orioles. The gap remains one and a half.

Angels 5, Mariners 4: Angels pitchers strike out 20 M’s batters — Greinke fanned 13 in five innings himself — and hold on for a 5-4 victory. Justin Smoak had two bombs in a losing effort. Losing team effort, anyway. His effort was smashing, baby.

Rays 5, Red Sox 2: David Price continues to be a beast. He notches his 19th win while striking out 13 Red Sox. Jeff Keppinger‘s second inning three-run shot was all the Rays needed.

Pirates 10, Mets 6: At least Pittsburgh managed to avoid being mathematically eliminated for an extra night. Which is something. Approximately 236 players were used in this game.

Rockies 10, Cubs 5:  DJ LeMahieu singled, doubled and tripled but had his shot at the cycle cut short due to rain, as this one was called after six and a half innings. Stinks for him, but ending a late-season Cubs-Rockies game early is a positive in humanitarian terms. Indeed, I view the rain as evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Diamondbacks 7, Giants 2: Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in five. Tim Lincecum had been on track but then pinches off a Seven run on five hit four inning performance heading into the playoffs. Troublesome.

Padres 2, Giants 1: Edinson Volquez had seven shutout innings as the Dodgers continue to sink.

Athletics 3, Rangers 2: George Kottaras hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning. He hit it off Mark Lowe who, for reasons which are clear only to Ron Washington, was pitching in a tied game in the 10th inning. This is the sort of magic that folks point to when they say that Washington, however good a manager he is over the long haul, costs his team individual games.

  1. ugglasforearms - Sep 26, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    You have the Giants in 2 games… one vs. Diamondbacks and one vs. Padres.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 26, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      Blame the replacement refs.

    • philliesblow - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      Must be a spring training split squad thing.

  2. Shafer's Dealer - Sep 26, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    The crew on the telecast said that Freeman is one of two players in history to send their team into the play offs with a home run when behind in the ninth. The other was Bobby Thompson with “the shot heard around the world”.

    Freddie Freeman’s Walk-off Flying Dragon Kick into home plate is one to remember.

    • moogro - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      I couldn’t see it on the mlb vid.

  3. deepstblu - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Every team in the American League has already clinched either a winning record or a losing one. If the league were a single division the 9th-place Mariners would be ten games out of 8th. Six NL teams could still finish above, below or at .500.

  4. philliesblow - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Russ Canzler for MVP!

  5. dondada10 - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Two points:

    1. I was shocked to read Cole Hamels had never won 16 or more.

    2. To describe Lincecum’s start as having been pinched off is brilliant.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Among the few useful things Heath Bell has done this season is provide cover for how badly setup man Mike Dunn as sucked. About all you can say for Dunn last night was that he came out and in a quick, efficient, businesslike manner coughed up the double to the Chipster and the gopher to Freeman, and got the team off the field and out chasing strange in Buckhead. If all American business ran that smartly, we’d still be making our own cars. Bright sign: Nat Eovaldi pitches another solid game.

    Anyway, L’ affaire Bell grows ever more unpleasant, and has now become the Love Canal of the Feesh clubhouse. Apparently some of his teammates put Ozzie’s brutal radio interview on at high volume and the clubhouse virtually forced Bell to listen to it. The scenario reminds me of that recent Scarlet Letter Miracle Whip commercial, but this isn’t to say that Bell is liked, but not well liked, or anything like that. The Macondo Harold‘s Linda Robertson, closest thing as a hatchetwoman in spawrts “journalism,” devoted pages of pulp to describing how his teammates collectively revile the former closer, using the expected slurry of unattributed quotes to describe him as “phony,” “disliked,” “pariah,” you name it. Bell himself is quoted as saying he has lost the respect of his teammates. It sounds like a cross between Mutiny on the Bounty and The N-Word of the Narcissus in there. Robertson also claims that the team has rallied around Slobbering Ozzie, and that Scrooge McLoria has already decided that he’s going to eat the rest of Bell’s contract if he has to just to be rid of him. Now that, I’d like to see.

    • stex52 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Boy, and it’s not just any player that can turn Ozzie into a sympathetic figure. Scrooge may be cheap, but he’d better figure out a way to shed that contract. Sounds like some player could have a sudden, mysterious “accident” if he hangs around that clubhouse.

      • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM

        Bell owns two pitbulls. Really. He probably will need to start bringing at least one of them to work with him. But clearly, the newspaper oracles suggest that there’s a big push on now to scapegoat Bell for the entire season – you know, it’s Bell’s fault that the rest of his illustrious teammates can’t drive in runs or catch infield popups or hold leads. Even the normally mild-mannered Clark Spencer seems to have it in for him. He is being driven out into the wilderness to fend for himself among the jackals and angels. At this rate, they risk making Bell himself appear sympathetic. What goes around comes around, and what comes around often enough gets nauseous.

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        Sounds pretty much like old hat for Scrooge, doesn’t it?

    • APBA Guy - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Wow, sounds like a swimming trip in the ‘glades is in Heath’s very near future. But I have to note, Bell appears not to be in the best shape of his career. Has there been any discussion of that in the local media?

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Really? I’ve probably paid more attention to him this year than any other (for obvious reasons), but I thought he was always in much the same shape.

    • moogro - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      That Miracle Whip commercial is certain to be re-edited.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      I thought Freddie’s shot was a Yickitty, not a gopher? Am I wrong?

  7. stex52 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Go to the dictionary and look up “desultory.” There you will see a series of photos of the Astros v. Cards game last night. It was played with such a lack of enthusiasm that I gave up after 6. They were so lazy that Carlos Beltran was caught napping twice and let easy pop-ups drop in for “singles.” And that was about it for the Astros’ offense. In the meantime the Cards seemed to be stranding 200-300 men on base. Pretty disheartening to think that a handful (12,000 or so) paid to see that game.

    Talk about playing out the string. Cancel my note from the other day about the Astros keeping it below 110 losses.

    • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      I come up with “A Simple Desultory Phillippic” by Simon and Garfunkle. Folk-rock!

      • yankeesfanlen - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      • indaburg - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        I didn’t know that song either. I like it. That lyric you quoted is apropos of the times as we’re being P90x’ed this election year by one of Rand’s devoted disciples.

    • stex52 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Boy, I’m a fan and I didn’t remember that one. But I think Simon got better when he jettisoned Garfunkle. More thoughtful lyrics; fewer pretty harmonies.

      The crowd was a little less desultory than I thought, at an official count of 16,943. The place just looked like the Crand Canyon from my television.

      • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM

        I been Ayn Randed somehow branded a communist cause I’m lefthanded…wow, sounds like the logic of right wing trailer trash commenting on the Yahoo political threads.

      • stex52 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

        Plus ca change, eh?

      • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Change? See this quarter, Friendo….

      • stex52 - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        ……plus ca devient le meme. Only those guys over 30 are us now.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Leave Art Garfunkel alone!
        :)

        BTW, The Who sang, “hope I die before I get old.” Worked for Keith Moon, didn’t work for Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

  8. greymares - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    hopefully that 1 game gimmicky thing gets fixed before it turns into that Amercan League gimmicky thing where the pitcher doesn’t get to bat.

  9. indaburg - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Lost in the box score is how David Price struggled the first 3 innings. It looked like it was going to be a short night for him. Price was just throwing strikes, his cutter wasn’t working, and the Sox were aggressive at the plate. Price seemingly transformed into the Hulk after a balk call that allowed the Sox’s second run to score. You could see the anger in his face as he clenched his jaw. Sometimes balks are subtle, but this one was the balkiest balk I’ve ever seen and he was pissed at himself. He struck the next guy out, and allowed only one other hit the rest of the night. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought I heard the announcers say that Price didn’t allow a 3 ball count the entire night.

  10. sportsdrenched - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    OMG! There is only a week left in the regular season. WTF are we gonna do?

    • kiwicricket - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      I’m streaking and looting until Bud creates indoor winter-league!

      • sportsdrenched - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Hey wait, our winter is your summer. Hmmmm.

    • mississippimusicman - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      I’ll do what I always do: watch every postseason game, follow ever hot-stove rumor, sleep a lot, and spend inordinate amounts of time down at the pub.

  11. geoknows - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Splitting hairs here, but the Tigers only won 2-0, not 3-0.

  12. kiwicricket - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Kemp being caught off 3rd base by the ‘Machado move’ was a face-palm moment for the Dodgers.

  13. APBA Guy - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Wash bringing in Mark Lowe with the game tied in the top of the 10th was an example of what a gentleman the former A’s third base coach of 11 years really is. After Melvin had brought in Tyson Ross the night before, Wash felt obligated to return the favor. That’s just the kind of all around nice guy he is, and one reason he’s so fondly remembered here in the Bay Area.

    Seriously, much better pitched game for the A’s last night. Despite Brandon Moss’ glaring 2 base error in right in the first inning, Milone kept the damage to one run. Local Boy Scott Feldman was not a disaster for the Rangers, and the 2-2 game after 9 was the kind of the game the A’s have been losing lately. But last night’s win makes them 2-3 in 5 consecutive 1 run games, and 3-5 on the Road Trip of Death. The pesky Angels refuse to lose after striking out a record-tying 20 Mariners in their game, so it’s still very tight for that second Wild Card, with the A’s up by two.

    • moogro - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Wash did that after Melvin got in his head bringing in fastball only “Lefty Doolittle” to face Kinsler. After that, Wash didn’t know whether to shit or go blind.

      • clydeserra - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        In his young career, Doolittle has revers platoon splits.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=doolise01&year=Career&t=p#plato

        it should not have confused Washington. Its more likely that the Rangers had a 5 game lead and just used 6 innings of relief the previous day and 6 this day. That and he never seems to use the best available reliever in tie games.

    • scatterbrian - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Kottaras is now 2 for 2 (both homers) off Lowe.

  14. hackerjay - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Craig, I don’t think you’re playing up this pivotal Cubs-Rockies series enough. Going into yesterday’s game those two teams were tied for the second worst record, and youever wins this series is seriously hurting their chances to get the #2 pick in the draft! If I were a Rockies fan, I would have been really disappointed that they didn’t let this game finish!

  15. materialman80 - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    How bout those Cubs! Another fantastic season for the worst team in professional sports history! Keep up the good work boys, all the Cardinal fans love it!

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