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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 27, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

Baltimore Orioles Machado rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during an MLB game in Baltimore

Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: Bombs away. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each had two homers and the O’s hit seven in all, keeping pace with the Yankees, who maintain their one and a half game lead.

Yankees 8, Twins 2: CC Sabathia looks to be back on his game, and that will be huge for the Yankees in the playoffs. The big guy struck out ten over eight innings.

Tigers 5, Royals 4: Andy Dirks broke up what would have been an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning which allowed Don Kelly to score. Little things can make all the difference between winning the division and sitting at home in October.

Nationals 8, Phillies 4: Bryce Harper became only the second teenager to hit 20 homers in a season. Tony Conigliaro was the other. Ryan Howard got booed. Jayson Werth got booed. Lotta booing in Philly last night.

Astros 2, Cardinals 0: Norris. Bud Norris. He gave up two hits over seven and a third.

Dodgers 8, Padres 2: Matt Kemp was 4 for 5 with four driven in. Too little too late, of course.

Mets 6, Pirates 0: Jeremy Hefner shuts out the Pirates for seven innings and Ruben Tejada has four hits, eliminating Pittsburgh from playoff contention. Nice run for a while Buccos. But:

Brewers 8, Reds 1: Ryan Braun hot a homer — he leads the National League — keeping the Brewers on life support for another day. Cincinnati falls a game back of Washington for the best record in the NL and home field advantage in the NLCS, should they make it there.

Braves 3, Marlins 0: Martin Prado homered and drove in another run with a single. Dan Uggla stole home (what?) and Paul Maholm was sharp. The Marlins, of course, have given up, so whatever.

Rays 4, Reds Sox 2: Know what? The White Sox have to play four games against the hot-and-spoiling-to-spoil Rays this weekend. That seems like it bodes poorly.

Athletics 9, Rangers 3: Oakland jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Rangers even got to bat and Martin Perez couldn’t even make it out of the inning.

Indians 6, White Sox 4: And the Sox fall out of first place for the first time since July 23. They had a 3-1 lead after the first, but Hector Santiago couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 0: Matt Cain shut ’em out for seven innings and worked out of a couple of jams. He hasn’t lost in nine starts.

Rockies 6, Cubs 0: Drew Pomeranz shut looked sharp and the Rockies won their third in a row.

Angels 4, Mariners 3: L.A. just has to keep winning and hope that the Rangers take care of the A’s over the next week.  The Angels did their part at least, and remain two back in the wild card. Torii Hunter tied it with an RBI single in the seventh and won it with a walkoff RBI single in the ninth.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    It’s true, the Feesh have given up, and it’s been true for some time now. It doesn’t help when their entire effective offense – such as it is – is shut down for the year, one way or another: Bonifacio, Ruggiano and the Iron Giant are all sitting. Tweeter was irrelevant anyway, but he did hit the occasional home run, normally when the Feesh were already ahead and likely to stay there, or when they were so far behind or otherwise listless that a solo shot was a tinkle in the ocean – the closest thing to an out of context statement you can make with a bat. Right now the Feesh are running on looksee rookies, scrubbeenies and utility infielders playing the outfield, the dregs of a minor league system most of which, rather than being “called up” in September, was last seen in Washington picketing in support of the farm bill. Just as well: the team has been experiencing a sever drought caused by a massive upswelling of cold water from the Golf Stream locally known as “El Chihuahua.”

    L’affaire Bell continues to dominate the local spawrts headstones….heh, I mean, headlines. More details surfaced on spawrts tawrk raydeeo yesterday about how some of his doting teammates went out and got firewires to hook their laptops up to some big speakers so they could blast Ozzie’s damning interview in the locker room on streaming audio from Macondo and force Bell to leesten to it. Ni-i-i-i-ce. New speculation is that Slobbering Ozzie, having been given the Dostoyevsky-before-the-firing-squad treatment, will keep his job and that Bell will be ritually freighted with the collective sins of the team and driven out into the wilderness this weenter. Nobody seems to be shedding any skins…er…tears about that. Bye Heath Bar.

  2. antlerclaws - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Since the Rangers lost both Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz for the season, the 5th starter has been…problematic. Between Feldman, Oswalt, and now Perez, it has been downright ugly. And Wash was throwing in everything but the kitchen sink last night as far as relievers go, since many of the regulars weren’t available, and it wasn’t pretty. Post-season and 4-man rotation can’t come quick enough. The bats haven’t exactly been on fire and there were a couple of errors last night (hello Josh Hamilton) that were Keystone Cops/Three Stooges/Houston Astros material. Need to tighten up.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      That’s a pretty good summary, and I’d add that Wash was saving his good bullpen once he’d gotten behind by a substantial amount. Perez wasn’t fooling anybody, and Josh’s error was a replay of Moss’ in right the night before. The big difference was that Milone got the next three guys out in his game, whereas Perez couldn’t get anybody out after the error. As a pitcher you have to pick your guys up.

      The Real Deal wasn’t particularly good last night but he was good enough. He made it through 6 with only three runs allowed, a real triumph in Texas. He was missing a lot and running full counts all night long, but fortunately his change was so good that he got a lot of weak swings and misses.

      If you look at the box score you see the A’s with 16 hits. Then look at the Ranger’s ERA’s and it becomes clear that what Antler says is not only true, but it extends to their second tier bullpen as well.

      Finally, it looked like Roy O tweaked his back in the 2nd inning last night, but I didn’t read anything about that this morning.

      Tonight Harrison goes for the Rangers against Blackley who was really shaky in Yankee Stadium. The A’s are 4-5 on the Road Trip of Death, and still 2 games ahead of the Angels, who beat the Seattle bullpen after King Felix left the game.

  3. chill1184 - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    I laugh at the morons who still continue to say that the Orioles aren’t real

    • atworkident - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      Seriously? All the experts have told you this is all luck and you still want to believe. You need to watch more ESPN.

      • stinkfist5 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        Luck doesn’t last for 156 games.

      • pdowdy83 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        I think I just detected a broken sarcasm meter for stinkfist5…

    • southpaw2k - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Umm…who’s still saying that besides Keith Law?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        He’s not saying it’s luck, he’s saying it’s not sustainable in the future, a la next year. There’s a big difference between the two that most are missing.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Wish I could remember who said this on ESPN but:
      “You can call a winning streak lucky. You can call winning your division in a 16 game NFL season lucky. But to say a team that has been consistently winning through 150+ games this season has been ‘lucky’ for the better part of 4 1/2 months is ridiculous.”

      Run differential is just about back to even. Best closer is all of baseball right now (you can argue ERA, K/BB all you want but leads the league in saves with only 2 blown saves and NO losses from a closer spot). We win close games, but the fact is we win. Last night deviated from the normal. 7 bombs. 2 by the rookie Machado. This team is no slouch. This team is not living on LUCK. If you want to call anything luck here’s 3 things:
      1. We’re lucky Machado was called up. He’s not getting lucky hits, or lucky defensive play. That’s pure skill. We’re just lucky he adapted so quickly.
      2.We’re lucky Bobby V. turned down the O’s job before we hired Buck. That would’ve been a total disaster.
      3. We’re lucky Duke fell into our laps. The man’s been out of baseball for years now, comes in and has made a name for himself once again. He’s been nothing shy of outstanding with every move he’s made.

      So call us lucky. We feed off of the speculation that we’re no good. Stats may not lie, but the #1 stats I look at is W-L, and we’re only 1 1/2 games out of 1st.

      Buckle Up!!!

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Fernando Rodney provides pretty good evidence that you’re wrong about at least one thing.

      • nategearhart - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        They aren’t “lucky”, but they ARE playing way over their heads. Which, by the way, is awesome! It’s a great story and a fun ride.

      • pdowdy83 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        When did the Bravos trade Kimbrell to the O’s?

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        Rodney has been extremely nasty as of late, but I thought earlier in the season he was struggling somewhat. Jimmy Johns has been consistent the entire season. I would love to see a stat for run differential/lead protected. Not that it makes a difference but the amount of 1-run leads we’ve had to protect… that’s some hardcore pressue my friend. 1A and 1B. And soon we’ll hear Braves fans chime in on the matter.

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Rodney has given up 5 earned runs all year, the highest his ERA has been at any point all season is 1.69 and right now he has the 2nd lowest ERA in history of any pitcher with at least 50 IP (he’s got 71.1). I’m not sure when you could say he was “struggling.”

  4. yankeesfanlen - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    This late September angst of winning the Division or play a suicide game is driving IBM Joe crazy and keeping him off his “rest everyone for 15 days and work the wild card” program of years past.Makes for exciting baseball for Universe fans.

  5. hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    A foul ball was rolled to the on deck circle where Werth picked it up, faked throwing it to the crowd twice, and rolled it into the dugout… I don’t know what this dude’s problem is other than being an asshole. He acts like he was kicked out of town and we hate him. We all wanted him back and he chose more money. He got a great deal (for him) and we don’t fault him for that. But for some reason he has animosity towards the Phillies and fans. It’s weird. I don’t, maybe someone called him ugly when he left, but what are you doing faking throwing a foul ball to a kid in the stands?

    • KR - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      He didn’t fake throwing a foul ball to a kid, he faked throwing a foul ball to some drunk assholes.

      “Earlier in the game, I flipped a ball in the right field seats to a fan. It bounced off her hands and landed on somebody’s lap. A guy reached over, a Phillies fan, reached over into her lap, grabbed the ball and then threw it back on the field.

      “So in the ninth when I got the ball, I was going to flip the ball. There was a group of kids. Behind the kids there were these unruly middle-aged men that to me appeared to be snarling. It’s the ninth. Who knows. I kind of got the sense that maybe they were intoxicated. I was going to flip it to the kids, and then I thought, maybe I shouldn’t, because of the people right behind the innocent little children there.

      “So I just flipped it in the dugout. Evidently, that rubbed some people the wrong. After the events in right field, I felt it was better to maybe not throw it in the stands.”

      It begs the question: did those innocent kids ever get a ball?

      “I looked in after I was on first base, and Mikey [Morse] was feeding what seemed like the whole bag of balls,” Werth said. “I think he made up for it for me.”

      “I kind of got the sense that maybe they were intoxicated” is fantastic.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        Oh yes he saved the kids’ lives. There’s no way he could have given those kids the ball without them just getting destroyed by some rabid fans foaming at the mouth to get a foul ball. If he was so interested in saving the kids then why did he pump fake the throw? Because this happens all the time that a player taunts what he deems to be drunk fans with a foul ball.

        How nice of Morse to fix it (but, really that is nice). I’m sure Werth apologized to the kids or gave them a ball himself?

      • nategearhart - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        hisgirlgotburrelled: It was a last-second decision, apparently, before he let the ball go. Not a “pump throw”. And if you have a hard time believing that drunk people won’t adversely affect kids’ good times at the ballgame, you’ve been living under a rock.
        Or, you just think Werth is a liar, in which case there’s really no sense in trying to convince you otherwise. Maybe he WAS lying, I don’t know. I just have no reason not to believe him.

      • xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        KR, the problem is that he’s done this same thing before, even when he was in a Phillies uniform and it hasn’t been about drunk fans. The guy is a loser. Just to have the mindset to do crap like that multiple times shows what a prick he is. How many times can you really get a thrill out of making kids rise from their seats as you hold a ball up, jus to fake it and run away. but I guess it was really just about avoiding drunk fans every time, right? Not to mention the time in his lasy year with the Phillies that he cursed out a fan in the stands right in front of his kids for daring to reach his hands up to catch a ball that was clearly in the stands. If he was black or latino pulling this crap you’d hear about every one of these instances. I’m not a guy who boo’s or really has any connection to the pro athletes I watch, but let’s not act like this is an isolated thing from a “concerned” athlete and let’s not spin it how we want just because we like to hate philly fans.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        No one said drunks won’t adversely affect a kid’s good time, but how do you know they were drunk? Not everyone, contrary to popular belief, in CBP is drunk. I believe Werth in what he said, but it’s bad judgment. Were the guys stumbling around and spilling beer everywhere? A guy yelled for a foul ball, doesn’t make him drunk, just maybe immature.

    • voteforno6 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      I think he’s still a little irritated that Phillies fans were cheering when he broke his wrist earlier this year. Bygones…

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        Anyone would be, but it was before that. He immediately disliked the team when he left.

        The cheering was not for a broken wrist.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        I agree that was his take, I disagree that “Phillies Fans” were cheering.

        45,000 fans come out nightly. Jayson Werth played roughly 270 home games as a Phillie. If it is fair to judge all Phillies fans by the actions of 2 (or 10, or even 50) of the 45,000, then by all means, lets judge Werth by his worst night of his 270 when he dropped two F bombs at a fan who was trying to catch a foul ball in the stands!

      • natstowngreg - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        Yup, that, too. Made his 2-run single all the sweeter, as was clear from his reaction after reaching first.

        Look, I would have preferred if Werth had followed the Golden Rule, turned the other cheek, and so forth. But I’m not going to blame him, considering the abuse he has had to endure. A lot of Phillies fans need to look in mirrors before judging others.

      • xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        natsowngreg, the abuse he has had to endure? Are you serious with that? Was it abuse when the Washington fans were booing him as he was flailing away at the ball in his first year there? Give me a break. He was given a standing ovation when he first came back in a Nats uniform and since then he has heard the half boos/half cheers that any returning player would hear. Now it’s worse because of his comments about making sure Phillies fans will never have a parade again after 3 drunk fans heckled him in Washington after he hurt his wrist. Give it a rest. As I said in my other post, he’s pulled the fake throw to kids in the stands several times as a phillie. I’m sorry. That speaks to his immature mindset and his basic dislike of fans in general. I don’t excuse drunk fans and their nonsense and I don’t even get booing athletes, but he’s no golden hearted athlete being abused by mean fans.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Yes, abuse. Doesn’t excuse anything Werth might have done to invite abuse.

    • kellyb9 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      I was sitting fairly close. I didn’t really see any kids over there, and nobody looked intoxicated. So I’m not sure. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt, but it seemed fairly deliberate to me.

    • Phillies Homer - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      I agree… foul ball incident aside, it seems like when he left he just immediately had a personal vendetta against the city and its fans.

      I loved Werth as a Phil and couldn’t fault him for accepting the contract that he did to go to another team. Rooted for him as a National (unless they were playing the Phils)… but it just seems like he’s trying to piss off every Phillies fan!

      I was at the game he broke his wrist, did not hear any cheers for it. Just the normal cheers for any injured player as they walked off the field. Sure, there may have been an a$$hole in shouting distance to him… but he’s being just as bad as any other person stereotyping a fanbase on a few bad eggs. He should know better.

    • pdowdy83 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      Wow hisgirlgotburrelled you have a completely inaccurate sense of history regaurding Werth. Amaro DID NOT attempt to resign him. The money went elsewhere and it was made pretty clear that they weren’t going to even offer him a market value contract. Yes the Nationals went way overboard on their contract but essentially Amaro ran Werth out of the organization. I also believe that Werth has an issue with some Phillies fans these days because they did cheer when he broke his wrist. Sure Werth was antagonizing the fans some last night but your short sighted recap, from a Philly perspective, is just historically incorrect.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        “He acts like he was kicked out of town and we hate him. We all wanted him back and he chose more money.”

        Perhaps you think I say “we” in referring to the Phillies. I don’t. “We” only means the fans. Not resigning someone is not running them out of town. How do you know Werth didn’t ask the Phillies for a similar deal to what the Nats gave him, making the Phillies decide to use that money on Lee? Not like the Nats offered him that big contract well above what Werth asked for.

  6. uyf1950 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    The Yankees are now 15-9 for the month. But more importantly CC looks like he finally got his mojo back and is pitching like the “ACE” of the staff the Yankees expect him to be.

  7. nategearhart - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    “Do ya smell that, Bill? Smells like someone died.”

  8. umrguy42 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    *sighs* Bud freakin’ Norris, man.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Bud Norris in his career:

      8-5, 2.74 ERA against the Cardinals
      19-32, 4.83 ERA against the rest of baseball.

      What up with that?

  9. knackstermyea - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Fernando Rodney can really Fro the ball!!

  10. raysfan1 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Craig–Rays aren’t looking to spoil, they are still trying to make the playoffs themselves. That it would include spoiling the White Sox’ chances is just because they are in the way.

  11. bravojawja - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Uggla didn’t exactly steal home. Was he actually given credit for a SB?

    The Marlins kept farting around with pitchouts with Maholm at the plate and runners on 2nd & 3rd, expecting the ghost of Bobby Cox (aka Freddi) to squeeze. Which, in fact, happened. The problem was, Johnson’s pitch was way up and outside, Maholm waved his bat at it, and Buck couldn’t quite snag it. It sounded like a foul tip — Uggla almost stopped part way to home — but wasn’t. Run scored. Weird. The Braves announcers thought it was a wild pitch (after replays showed it wasn’t tipped), but Chip has been wrong before. Or so I’m told.

  12. foreverchipper10 - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Uggla is credited with stealing home but it came on a wild pitch during a squeeze which sort of takes the fun out of it. A little. I was, however, dumbfounded when I got the score update on my phone last night that read “Uggla steals home”. There were no words….only incoherent mumbling as my brain had shorted out.

  13. historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Tigers win! The team played better but, sadly, Miggy hasn’t hit well for three days. He’s gotten cold or something, fast. More strikeouts — hitting at everything instead of batting smart? I know he’ll snap out of it.

    Per Tigers twitter this am: Scherzer is out his next start. They didn’t say, but maybe that shoulder problem is serious. I hope not. I’m a little nervous about it. We need him well.

  14. pauleee - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Well, the Halos HAD to win last night, with everyone else winning (thanks Texas!). Hunter’s two RBI came on two of the softest liners to right you’ll ever see, along with Ianetta’s before. They blew an early lead against King Felix, who made some of our hitters look like they were still in an instructional league, but I knew we had a chance when they went to the bullpen.

    I’d like to say, chants of MVP! MVP! for Trout are NOT helping, people. How much extra crap do we need to pile on the kid’s shoulders? There’s enough pressure just trying to stay in the race and you can see that he’s pressing a bit at the plate (still shining in the field though!). Give it a rest already and let him play out the season.

    One last thing: I was asked to purchase…a (pink) rally monkey, for a friend’s daughter, and I dutifully obliged. Purchased and placed in a clear bag for all to ridicule. F U Disney! I still feel sooooooo dirty.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Pink rally monkey? Ouch.

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