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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT

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Don’t you love the word “penultimate?” Me too!

Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: It took twelve innings, but Raul Ibanez‘s heroics won the day. He homered off Boston closer/arsonist Andrew Bailey to bring the Yankees back from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth and then he singled in the improbably-in-the-game Frankie Cervelli to walk it off.

Orioles 1, Rays 0: Both the Orioles and the Rays seasons in a nutshell. The Rays got a fantastic performance from James Shields (CG, 2 H, 1 R, 15K), but no offense to speak of. The Orioles got a fantastic group effort from the pitchers and prevailed in a one-run game.  The O’s have to win again today and hope for a Yankees loss to force a one-game playoff for the AL East title tomorrow.

Athletics 3, Rangers 1: People took me to task on Twitter yesterday when I said that the Rangers had “collapsed.” I think they were right. It is the case that the Athletics have played out of their minds and that, overall, the Rangers have basically been the Rangers for the past month and change.  But it is true that they had a five game lead a little over a week ago. They’ve dropped four of five head-to-head to Oakland and are one more loss away from being in a wild card game in which they never figured on playing. Not a collapse, I’ll grant you, but definitely a butt-kicking.

Reds 3, Cardinals 1; Giants 4, Dodgers 3: Bye-bye Dodgers. It was a nice run, much of it made when they had nowhere close to the talent level your typical contender possesses, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, if all of those guys they acquired over the summer play at their established norms or even, shock, have a slightly better-than-normal year in the next couple, L.A. will be a force.

Royals 4, Tigers 2: Over the years there have a been a few guys I figured had a run at a triple crown in them. Don Mattingly, maybe, at least for a couple of years in the mid 80s. Gary Sheffield. Manny. Some freak of nature the Colorado Rockies signed and CoorsHabilitated.  Miguel Cabrera has had that look ever since he first joined the Marlins. A rare bird. A perfect hitter with a perfect blend of greatness and consistency. He went 2 for 3 with two RBI. Barring a Josh Hamilton explosion today, dude is actually gonna win the triple crown.

Pirates 5, Braves 1: In honor of the Braves losing out on the NL East, Fredi Gonzalez apparently went to the Home Depot parking lot and found several guys to play in last night’s game. I mean, I know “Jeff Baker” is a real major leaguer, but it could just as easily be the name of a drifter who found himself stuck in Pittsburgh while he tries to scrape a bit together to get him up to Buffalo, where he heard there might be some work. Not much, but honest pay and a chance to maybe make something out of this life and forget about the past, where everything went wrong no matter what he tried to do. But now, he supposes, he’ll play a little right field, a little second base. Play the man’s game until he can make it to a world where he isn’t always gettin’ played. [long, thoughtful drag on a cigarette  lonesome harmonica music].

Marlins 4, Mets 3: Adam Greenberg has seen four major league pitches in his life. A 92 mile per hour fastball to the head and three R.A. Dickey knuckleballs with which he could do absolutely nothing. Probably a good time to hop on the motivational speaking circuit, dude.  Seriously, though: how Marlins is it to give him his one shot only to make him do it against the nastiest starter in the NL this year?  What, they couldn’t work him in against Craig Kimbrel last week?

Nationals 4, Phillies 2: Adam LaRoche was the only everyday player to stay in for more than five innings. While he did so, he hit a homer and topped 100 RBI for the year. Some fans even chanted “MVP” for him. They probably believed it too. Nationals fans are just so damn cute. Two homers for Darin Ruf.

Blue Jays 4, Twins 3: I always wondered if it’s hard to concentrate on baseball while you’re busy making plans for hunting trips and beach weekends with your girlfriend during a game. Blue Jays managed it OK.

Indians 4, White Sox 3: Adam Dunn has no fear. With the season over for Chicago, he could have sat out these last two games and not challenged the single season strikeout record. Nope: he faced it. And whiffed twice, tying Mark Reynolds for the record at 223. Play tomorrow, Dunner. Take what is rightfully yours.

Astros 3, Cubs 0: Getting shut out by the same 3-0 score to the worst team in baseball at home has to be one of the more ignominious ends to a season in baseball history. Maybe some team in 1919 had half the roster die from Spanish Flu or something. That would be worse. I guess.

Brewers 4, Padres 3: Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam. If the Braves played a lineup of drifters, the Brewers played a lineup of orphans. Indeed, they used ten rookies in this game.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3: Aaron Hill with the walkoff three-run homer. Arizona’s season isn’t ending in the most satisfying manner, but at least it’s ending with some excitement.

Mariners 6, Angels 1: Mike Trout‘s 1 for 5 dropped him to .324, so that’s that as far as the batting title goes. In other news, Kyle Sager hit a home run. Every Mariner pitcher is desperately using that as evidence that, no, they don’t need to move the fences in at Safeco next year. “Please, dear God, don’t do this to us,” they’re saying.

  1. husky2score - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    If there is an AL East title game, where would it be and how is it determined?

    • dondada10 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:41 AM

      It would be at Baltimore.

    • alexo0 - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      Last night proved why Boston has been such an embarrassment this season. No self-respecting club would have blown that lead yesterday. Great job guys. Hope you enjoyed the post-game chicken and beer while playing The Show, which is the only reality in which the Sox can win a game.

  2. dondada10 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    2012, what a hell of a year. Perfect games and no-hitters galore, stud rookies and break-out seasons, a Triple-Crown, expanded play-offs, mega-trades, spectacular catches…

    And now, playoff baseball.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      It’s just pure Baseball smut at this point.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Yes, it’s been a heck of a year. My only complaint is that it feels as if went too fast. Penultimate? Bah, I don’t like that word when it pertains to baseball.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      If you are a Phillies fan, this year sucked.

  3. natslady - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Johnny Wholestaff, ambidextrous pitcher, did OK for us today. 😉 Hard to plan my life with this crazy postseason schedule. :) :)

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      “Wholestalff” What a name. Reminds me of Falstaff. Not surprised that a person named Wholestaff is ambidextrous.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      It’s not hard at all to plan your plan your life according to the post-season schedule as long as you have your priorities in order. Baseball first, everything else can wait til later.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        My niece is getting married next week. Who gets married during the playoffs? Ok, so your wedding date is 10/11/12 — whatever. I’ve already been warned by family about listening to the game during the ceremony. Who get married during the playoffs?

      • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Someone with her priorities seriously askew. I don’t even like football much and out of respect to the dads, I planned my daughter’s birthday around the NFL playoffs. My momma raised me right.

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Congratulations to Oakland to be tied for first with 1 game remaining. If they win today and NY loses, there will be a tie for most wins in the AL this season.

    Boston gave NY a scare yesterday, but the bullpen imploded once again. I am sure that they miss Papelbon more than they expected. By finishing 5th in the AL East, Boston has guaranteed a top 8 draft pick next season.

    My Jays played well and rookie pitcher Chad Jenkins got his first win. Not sure if his future is as a starter or in the pen, but he will provide some needed pitching depth next season.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      The AL west has become very, very interesting. I hope the A’s can pull off this crazy upset. Who in their right mind would have picked them to win their division?

  5. randygnyc - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Yanks control their own destiny. With a win theyll win the east, or Baltimore loss. Currently, they have the best record in the AL. If yanks win today and the rangers win, yanks keep best record in the AL. If Oakland wins, I think they have the tiebreaker with the yanks.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      If you think about it, no one controls their own destiny. That’s what makes it destiny. Maybe you meant density?

      • southpaw2k - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        Yes! Yes, I’m George! George McFly! I’m your density!

      • paperlions - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        That’s true even if you don’t think about it.

    • vintage1496 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      If Oakland wins AND the Yankees lose, the A’s have the tiebreaker. New York is one game up on Oakland, so a win gives them home-field throughout.

      Sorry for the dickheaded correction.

  6. Old Gator - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Aside from the Greenberg stunt, the Feesh fought Biggeth Dicketh to a standstill at peecturesque and graceful Macondo Banana Massacre Field last night, stranding him at 20 wins and keeping open the question of who takes home the Cy this season. The Mutts couldn’t figure out Jacob Turner, who peetched 7-2/3 innings of one run ball before turning it over to Mike Dunn and Heath Bar Bell (who exited to a really toxic chorus of boos after gagging up the lead once again). Chances are good that Bell has peetched his last gumball for the Rainbow Warriors. Chances are the Feesh notochord trust, however configured after Scrooge McLoria is feenished wreaking his vengeance in the first thin light of the orfseason, will have to package him with Black Hole Buck and cash – like the remaining annual salaries left on both their contracts – for prospects to be named later. Hypothetical ones, at that. Meanwhile the Feesh won it on a Jose Reyes leadoff treeple, a couple of intentional walks and a spasm of redemption by Donovan Solano who erased four strikeouts against the Dickster with his walkoff bouncing ball up the meedle.

    Tonight, the Feesh throw rookie Tom Koehler out there to mop up this Mayan 2012 of a season so the rest of their perch-and-rotation get get a head start on packing for duck season. Heareth the Feesh, world: we imploded so you wouldn’t have to! Slobbering Ozzie is leaving for Madrid tomorrow, with or without his head. And I’m heading to New Orleans for three days, to watch the playoffs on cable in the hotel and largely ignore the conference I’ll be attending.

    • detroitr1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      Gator–what is your impression of Turner so far?

      • Old Gator - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        I think he’s terrific – great focus for a rookie, tough attitude and acres of talent. This was the best of the Feesh’s trades in this lost planet season.

    • APBA Guy - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      I didn’t mind the Greenberg at bat. It was great for the kid, and what else are the Feesh playing for anyway? Of course, Loria got too much screen time as part of the show.

  7. kiwicricket - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    The A’s have had a rookie pitcher start 100 games this season. That is utterly amazing.

    Teixeira was absolutely BRUTAL last night. Leaving 9 men LOB, grounding into 2 double plays and fluffing to short CF when a Sac fly would of won the game.

    • lazlosother - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      100 Games? That is indeed utterly amazing. Who is this kid, Sidd Finch?

    • rockthered1286 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      For once, Baltimore fans were actually cheering for Tex. After leaving a small army of men on base last night, he was actually doing his HOMETOWN a favor!

      Then Bailey had to go and pitch like Tommy Hunter on a second run through the lineup: straight heat up the gut. Brutal.

      I know the O’s have had a ton of games from rookie pitchers (Miggy Gonzo, Chen, Tillman-technically, Britton-technically, Steve Johnson) but nowhere close to 100 games. That’s truly impressive.

  8. dlf9 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    People took me to task on Twitter yesterday when I said that the Rangers had “collapsed.” I think they were right. It is the case that the Angels have played out of their minds and that, overall, the Rangers have basically been the Rangers for the past month and change.

    What does it take for the A’s to get recognized. Even when writing about the Rangers being caught from 13 behind, John Roberts forgets who was doing the chasing.

    • dlf9 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Now Kagan goes and edits the post. I wuz robbed!

    • stex52 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      People like simple narratives. If they have to keep too many teams in mind it gets confusing. Simple hint: If you come from a smaller town franchise or you have a recent history of not doing as well, you will have to do something really spectacular to get noticed. Is it fair? Who cares?

  9. uyf1950 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    The last 20 games the Yankees are 15-5. Now just 1 more “W” make it 16-5 and they can rest easy for a couple of days.

    • stex52 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      That’s no fun. I vote for the outcome that gives us the most playoff baseball possible.

  10. stex52 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    The Astros are on a recent tear, winning five out of six. And three wins in a row have been shut outs. How many people think this means they have turned a corner and next year will be much better? ……………… I thought so.

    But a few of the mid-season prospect additions are starting to show up positively (Dominguez, maybe Green) and the young pitchers are showing more of the potential and less of the inexperience. It’s nice to go out on a relatively positive note and Spring Training may be very interesting for a change. But the depth in the minors is not there yet and the overall skills at MLB level are just barely replacement level. Without a couple of more #3 or so pitchers and something in the way of corner outfielders, 2013 could look a lot like 2012. I don’t expect the Astros to do much in the free agent market, but it would be nice to pick up a couple of bargain mid-level players to solidify things somewhat. They will certainly have the money to do it.

    Good luck to all of the playoff teams.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      I have enjoyed your little streak, Lastros. It’s an uphill climb for you but next season may bring better things — along with more Rocket drama. I agree that your problems run deep. There isn’t much promise in your minor league players, but yeah, there could be off-season pick ups. See you in the AL.

  11. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Adam Dunn had 220 going into last night. He’s still 1 short of the record.

  12. Andrew Chapman - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    This is brutal. The Rangers have no life in their game right now. They look completely stunned by Oakland, and they should be, but come on man just win one game! They have dropped 8 of 12.

  13. card0109 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Off topic… But doesn’t that picture make it look like Ibanez is a vampire about to tear out Cano’s jugular? Creepy as all get out…

  14. Gamera the Brave - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    A haiku I wrote to my Dodger-lovin’ friend this morning:
    Oh, Barry Zito!
    Throwing nothing but junkballs
    Snuffs out their last hope…

    (I am aware that I suck at trash-talking…)

  15. APBA Guy - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    To say that the Bay area is abuzz with baseball fever is a serious, serious understatement. Los Gigantes have wrapped up their division and are staying playoff sharp and pushing Buster Posey for MVP. He’s got a .961 OPS and a positive dWAR as a catcher so that’s a powerful case. Of course, Molina’s dWAR is about 3x Buster’s, but his OPS is 100 points less. Let the arguments rage.

    In any event, I mention the NL stuff because where I live and work, in San Mateo County, is solid Gigantes territory. Yet the local Sports Authority laid in a huge late September shipment of A’s gear, just for people like my boss, who is today bedecked in an appealing green A’s t-shirt and matching hat in preparation for his holy quest to add luck, noise and cosmic energy to the A’s final game against Texas. It had better be damned loud in the Mausoleum today.

    As Don Corleone once said, and who doesn’t remember “How did we come to this?”

    100 games started by A’s rookie pitchers. The bullpen over the last two days against Texas has done what the “A” bullpen has done all year, close the game down from the 7th inning onwards. Of course, two of the three relievers last night were rookies, including Doolittle, a shortstop (from my alma mater, U VA ) until beginning of last year. Playing Texas, the best offense in the league, the A’s have actually lowered their team ERA these first two games in the series, to 3.48.

    Last night before the game Jonny Gomes, local boy from Petaluma, received the team award for (basically) being the clubhouse favorite, called the Catfish Hunter award. Evidently the ol’ Cat was a real cut-up in the clubhouse, in addition to his 5 rings, Cy Young, and perfect game. Jonny would have to go some to match that, but he did kick in an insurance home run that was huge.

    It is therefore fitting and proper that A’s rookie AJ “Mix-a-Lot” Griffin goes against wily, expensive veteran Ryan Dempster in the deciding game. It is also fitting and proper that there are only 400 tickets left for the game.

    We’ll have the game on in our conference room. Why not? The boss will be gone :)

    Let’s Go OAKLAND!!

    • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Yoenis The Menace has been pretty good too, eh? Remember the narrative before the season? Kid was AAA, Kid couldn’t hit the curve, Kid was all hype no depth, and so on? Yeah well, no one’s saying THAT anymore.

      • APBA Guy - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        True enough, Cur. A lot of people here were saying he should have played for the Raiders instead of the A’s. He takes coaching really well, that’s been the most pleasant surprise. He’s made progress in resolving his most glaring weaknesses (doesn’t go back well on defense, bad swings on the outside breaking ball) unlike, say, Adam Lind.

    • goawaydog - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Hey APBA, heading to the Oakland ballyard in about 15 minutes. Just want you to know your Guys have the full support of this Giants fan. Will be there in the Orange and Black with my diehard A’s fans friends pulling for a pair of Division Champs in the Bay Area. Since the boss is gone you should really just go to the game, meet us in section 219!

      • APBA Guy - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        I’d love to, and thanks for the invite, but since he’s gone, he has rudely and inconsiderately made me the acting boss for the day. Now that’s cold. Of course, I do have the remote in my paw even as I type this, so I’ll be looking for you in Sec 219. Have fun!

  16. natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    We are not cute! We are precocious.

    Had a ticket to last night’s game at Nats Park, acquired in March when we distributed our (half) season tickets. One of about 33,500 tickets sold. Despite dampness and the game’s lack of criticality, a surprising proportion of those tickets were used. Saw the National Anthem played by a violinist from the National Symphony Orchestra on the Electric Slugger, a Louisville Slugger(tm) bat adapted as an electric violin. Like its cousin, the electric guitar baseball bat, a big hit with the fans.

    The game itself was a bit entertaining, in the way a Spring Training game is entertaining. Not a lot notable, except for the continued Nats-bashing by Young Mr. Ruf, and Adam LaRoche’s career-high homer/100th RBI.

    The win leaves the Nats with the tiebreaker for #1 seed. Though, at this point, Davey is more concerned with his team than with the identity of his team’s next opponent. With a win, the Fightins’ would finish with a winning record. Something I very much doubted a couple of months ago.

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