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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 31, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

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Pirates 2, Cardinals 1; Pirates 6, Cardinals 0: First. Place. Pirates. And the best record in baseball. A walkoff in the opener and a beatdown in the nightcap. Six straight losses by the reeling Cardinals, who lost Yadier Molina to the DL on top of it all. And maybe — just maybe — the end to the now-silly “are the Pirates for real?” talk.

Rangers 14, Angels 11: 1998 called and said it wants its final score back. Angels fans called and wants that last pitch from Daniel Stange back. The one he tossed to Leonys Martin, who hit the walkoff three-run homer.

Phillies 7, Giants 3: Philly finally wins a game, breaking their eight-game losing streak. Look for Ruben Amaro to give quotes today about how they are now competitive, followed by long-term contract extensions to Delmon and Michael Young and a trade for Vernon Wells.

Tigers 5, Nationals 1: Alex Avila hit a grand slam. But the biggest hit of the night came from Dave Dombrowski picking up Jose Iglesias as part of the Jake Peavy trade. He’s gonna look awfully good at short for the Tigers. Rick Porcello and Doug Fister may go and pick him up at the airport, actually.

Braves 11, Rockies 3: Two homers for Freddie Freeman as the Braves extend their division lead to a whopping ten games. Note: the Braves have not lost a game since they opened a Waffle House at Turner Field. This is a simple fact.

Dodgers 3, Yankees 2: Mark Ellis with the walkoff single. He’s hitting .415 with a homer and eight RBIs since the break. The Dodgers extended their NL West lead to three and a half games.

Orioles 4, Astros 3: Chris Davis hit his first homer since the All-Star break. If you believe some of my commenters and friends on Twitter, this is clear evidence that he stopped using steroids at the break and began again yesterday afternoon at, oh, 4pm. People are dumb.

Indians 7, White Sox 4: A four-run eighth inning keyed by a Ryan Raburn pinch hit RBI single. The Indians have won nine in a row at home.

Red Sox 8, Mariners 2: Brandon Workman gets his first win, striking out nine in six innings of work, on the night that the Sox pick up Jake Peavy.  Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer.

Mets 4, Marlins 2: Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the seventh but he allowed the Fish to tie it up that inning. The bullpen held after that, however, and John Buck hit an RBI single in the 10th to win it.

Rays 5, Diamondbacks 2: Fauxsto Caromona pitched a complete game and Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar each drove in a pair. Tampa Bay maintains its half-game lead in the AL East.

Brewers 6, Cubs 5Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Brewers sweep the twin-bill. Glad of that actually. Not for them, really, but that one of the teams won both games. As I’ve been saying for years, there is little more pointless in the world than a split doubleheader between non-contending teams. Inquiring about its significance is like a philosophical question from a depressed philosopher.

Royals 7, Twins 2: Two homers from Mike Moustakas and seven solid innings from the now apparently not-selling Kansas City Royals. Seven back in the Central and five back in the wild card race.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 0: Mark Buehrle with seven shutout innings, extending his scoreless innings streak to 20.  Jose Bautista and Emilio Bonifacio each homered.

Padres 4, Reds 2: That’s five straight losses for the Reds, who need to get the heck back home. Nick Hundley‘s two-run double in the eighth made the difference. Will Venable went 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.

It’s trade deadline day, babies. Keep it locked on HBT and you won’t miss a thing.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Just hoping Selig doesn’t ruin deadline day by announcing the suspensions today. Bud, please let us have a little fun?

    • uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      I agree hopefully he waits until at least 5pm ET before he does anything. Or better yet wait until tomorrow.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        No, not tomorrow. Friday. I have a thing tomorrow night.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Is it the Christian Nyby 1951 Thing or the 1982 John Carpenter Thing?

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Baseball isn’t FUN. Baseball is a metaphor for AMERICA and we must TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. Now open your textbook to page 394.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Page 394 is the taxonomy of the frog. I must have the wrong book.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Good grief. How much did that frog make doing those Budweiser commercials to have to pay taxes?

      • theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Thank you Mr. Hand

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Time is starting to become a factor for the Yankees in their quest to make the postseason and yesterday’s loss in the 9th inning to Dodgers didn’t help. Andy pitched well for the 2nd straight game but once again the offense was MIA going 0-4 with runners in scoring position. Overbay has had a lot of luck versus Greinke and that continued yesterday as well.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Just a couple of quick additional thoughts. Granderson should be back very soon he’s had his 2nd rehab start already. Pineda might make his presence known in the Bronx. I believe the Yankees have gained that additional year of control by leaving him in the minors after his rehab stint was over. I just hope it’s not to little to late, by the time they return. We’ll see.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        What the Yanks are doing with Pineda makes zero sense. His rehab outings, never throwing more than 80 pitches, are getting shorter, not longer. I almost think they’re going to bring him up as a reliever this year, which means no starter will probably get traded.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        church…,, what the Yankees are doing makes sense to me with Pineda. I see him being brought back up and being at least initially on an innings and pitch limit. Probably 5 innings and about 75 or so pitches initially.Then gradually increased. No sense after all this time throwing him into the fire without any restrictions right out of the gate.

        As for trading a starter, who are they going to trade right now? They had feelers out on Hughes for a few weeks now and there didn’t seem to be any takers and Phelps has been on the DL. And CC has been less then consistent so right now the Yankees need all the starters on their roster that they have. They could put Nova on the block but right now he and Kuroda are the ONLY reliable, good starters I think the Yankees think they can count on.

        I just think right now the Yankees options are limited.

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Yanks lhad a chance at extras when Cano had a semi-tough throw come out of his glove as he tagged Ethier on a steal with two outs in the ninth. Ethier then came in on the single.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    A fun night in the AL East. Only the Yankees lost and it was to their interleague rivals from Brooklyn. Fausto pitched very well for the Rays. Chris Davis is over his mini slump as Baltimore wants that second Wild Card spot. I did not watch the Jays game as it was past my bedtime; however, Buehrle seems to have turned his season around and Bonifacio strutted his stuff to potential buyers.

    The real AL Eat excitement was in Boston and I did watch most of that game. Workman pitched another solid game for his first win. As a reward, the Red Sox traded for Peavey to replace him in the rotation. Based on what I saw, If I was a Red Sox fan, I would prefer Workman. Iglesias was the star of one of the funniest plays I have seen this season. He tried to stretch a single into a double. Somehow he managed to avoid the tag at second as he danced away from it. He then retreated back to first. A couple of relay throws later he was out at second. Fans in Detroit are going to love the kid.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      My friend actually Iglesias was out in between 1st and 2nd he was tagged out in the rundown. But it was kind of funny. Maybe that’s why the Sox traded him last night.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:32 AM

        The Borg and the Feather Lice are going down together like Gipsy Danger and the big Kaiju sinking into the breach at the end of Pacific Rim. Locked in a statistical death grip. I smile as I mix the batter for my signature sweet plantain pancakes this morning (a tropical variation on Slothrop’s banana breakfast from Gravity’s Rainbow) at the idea of poor dumb Harry trapped between them the way he’s trapped in his tar of bile secretions and the feathers of the endless repetition of his same old same old. Glugg, Harry. Glugg, glugg.

    • cur68 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      The Mark Buehrle Experiment continues to produce. After starting out the first month and half of the season with a >9 ERA, Buehrle has better than halved that since. His pitching was masterful in The Coliseum. A number of shots that would have been homers anywhere else were cleanly fielded by the outfielders while the Beaver Bats had no trouble finding the seats. I wish Our Boys played there all the time. They have the power to go yard there while they have the pitchers to keep their out fielders busy and runs off the board. Nice to see this Beaver Win, especially after the pummelling yesterday.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Glad you like him, please oh please bring him back next year!!! I will take another season of the same thank you very much!

      • cur68 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Sure. Your Boys will HAVE to bring back Sabbathia (paying him a King’s Ransom, after all) and My Boys will have Buehrle back. Lets see who’ll do better, eh?

      • abaird2012 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Anybody see Delabar strike out the side on nine pitches?

      • cur68 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        I did. That effin dude can flat out throw. He’s especially remarkable given that his elbow xray is the stuff of nightmares. If you want to see something totally whacked, type “Delabar X” into a google image browser. The very first image that comes up is the xray of his right arm after he nearly destroyed it as a young pitcher. And now here he is, mowing down hitters like he’s throwing lightening bolts.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      As I said yesterday, the A’s don’t hit lefties as well as righties. I should have added that lately, the Freiman and Chris Young part of the platoon hasn’t hit anything. But then everybody already knows that. What they probably don’t know is that the A’s got Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for 2009 #1 pick Grant Green, who was 0-fer in his call-up and looked bad doing it. Callaspo’s arrival almost certainly means adios to Adam Rosales, especially after his one-legged peg into right field yesterday to open the gates to 2 unearned runs. Rosales’ OPS is .587. Callaspo is .671. Callaspo can also play 3rd and spell Donaldson, who is looking fatigued.

      Now, Callaspo is not exactly what A’s fans are looking for from the front office/ownership group to bolster the team going into the playoff run. The G & P Beane has been known to do good work after the trade deadline, and Callaspo does not address the need for a contender quality shortstop. He’s an upgrade at utility infielder.

      The A’s weren’t really in the hunt for Peavy, given his $ 14.5 M contract for 2014, and in truth, the team could use another veteran starter to complement El Capitan going into the playoff run. They can’t count on Anderson staying healthy and being effective for the next 3 months.

      Speaking of El Capitan, he goes today against RA Dickey in a game that is not televised. May have to escape the shackles and slip out to the park and see that one.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        I believe that I will be able to watch today’s game.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        “not televised” out here, in the Bay Area. I’ll look forward to your comments tomorrow!

  4. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Black Hole Buck returns to haunt the Feesh. He can’t seem to hit anyone else but….Mike Redmond is now ohfer two in his boolpen moves – bringing in Mike Dunn on the kneejerk lefty-righty conveyor and then A J Ramos to geeftwrap a game for the Mutts on Monday when Jacob Turner was doing just fine (and leaving the ghost of Mark Twain howling with delight as his theory of statistics is verified yet again), and last night asking Steve Cishek, who’s been peetching nightly, to pitch two innings last night for, I think, only about the second or third time all season.

    With Tino Martinez gone, his biggest success story of his attenuated rookie coaching career has gone into a nosedive at the plate. Adeiny Hechavarria blooped his way out of an 0-17 schneid last night but the real problem may have been moving him from the bottom of the order to leadoff, and when that experiment grandly imploded, to second with Yelich leading off. Uh-uh. The kid had a great first game but like most of the other everyday Double A callups he’s proving himself unready for prime time. These kids are getting so little seasoning as they ascend through the minors that you would almost think the front orifice suffers from hypertension. Juan Pierre got back into the act the other night as a (successful) pinch-hitter but otherwise continues to gather cobwebs on the bench.

    With the happy aberration of June and early July rapidly becoming a fond memory, the Feesh approach the dog days treading water. They’re doubtless waiting for some eldritch thing living in the slime at the bottom of the standings to send up a tendril and haul them back down like the worm from Blood Beach.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Hechavarria is not a leadoff hitter and never will be one. He is a superb fielder but belongs near the bottom of the batting order. I also hope that Marisnick gets sent down soon in order to get the minor league seasoning he needs.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Agreed on both counts. Hechavarria could be a solid .260 hitter with moderate power but he’s really there to hold the infield together. Some day, when Derek Dietrich’s testicles drop and he grows up, he might be a good DP combo for Hech. Tino Martinez was doing very good things with Hech and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his slump occurred at the same time that Tino left. Pierson will have to play catch-up to learn Hech’s weaknesses and strengths that Tino obviously understood well.

        They’ve got Yelich batting leadoff now. He’ll get more looks that way but he looks a little bit overmatched and could also get frustrated. But really, aside from running Pierre back out there when the organization is invested in annealing its wunderkinds, Redmond doesn’t have any options. The Feesh have let it by known via oozings to the spawrts press that they’re not making any more moves of any substance. Their only trade, characteristically, was the salary dump of Reecky Nolasco (much to Reecky’s delight, I might add – he gets to go home and play for a real baseball team, and a contender to boot). The gave up on this season halfway thorough last season.

  5. rockthered1286 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    As pissed as I was last night at the play (or lack thereof) I’m surprised there was no mention of Villar stealing home? Way gives Craig? Like I said, bitterness consumed me last night but watching the replay it really was a think of beauty. Of course somebody probably hollered to Chen what was going on but without his translator was clueless…

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Having watched Houston play in Toronto recently, I do think that the team has potential a few years down the line. Villar and Altuve give them a decent middle of the infield combination.

      • rockthered1286 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        This is our second series against the ‘Stros this year, and I couldn’t agree more. That is one fast team that gives 120% all of the time, and I honestly feel they are better than their record indicates. Great middle infield, great speed in the outfield, and definitely fun to watch.

      • psuorioles - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        I agree and their CFer is legit and can track almost anything down…

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Having seen their CF in action, I agree completely.

  6. indaburg - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    First, I’d like to say congrats to the Pirates and their long suffering fans. They are unquestionably for real. I’m a sucker for long suffering fan bases, and if my team doesn’t go all the way, I’d like to see the Pirates do it. Enjoy this ride. After losing for so long, there is nothing like this first winning season when you first start to believe.

    As for my own team, Roberto Hernandez (I won’t call him the Faustian–he earned his name last night), almost pitched a Maddux last night. A good pitch got hit into the foul pole on the 99th pitch of the game with two outs during a shut-out in the 9th inning. He almost pitched a Maddux. Ah, well. It was still a great night for him. It was the 7th complete game pitched by a Ray pitcher in the month of July, giving that bullpen a much needed rest. More good news–Cobb is scheduled to make his first start in Port Charlotte in the next couple of days. So, the rich in pitching are going to get richer soon. He’ll be well rested going into the dog days of August, during a time when most players are getting tired.

    Peavy to the Sawx? Kinda ambivalent right now. Peavy pitches his best overwhelmingly at US Cellular Field for whatever reason. His home-road splits are horrible. Is it something particular about horribly named stadiums, or is it pitching at home wherever home happens to be, or just a weird coincidence? Who knows? We’ll find out soon.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Cobb’s start will be Saturday; he’ll be limited to three innings.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      uh…good morning. Can I buy you a soda?

      • indaburg - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Say, why does this soda taste funny? And why am I getting… so… sleeeepy….

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        /rubs hands together gleefully. Cackles.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        ono not again

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        once i took some of luke’s special headache medicine and i woke up the next day with some general soreness – serves me right he said

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Right there with you Inda. They are long overdue. Baseball is better when the Pirates are playing well. If the Cardinals can’t/don’t win it…it might as well be the Pirates.

      • indaburg - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Likeable bunch of guys too, those Pirates. They make it easy to root for them.

      • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Alvarez had a great post-game interview where he said all the right things and believed it. That is when I started to believe.

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Avila hit a grand slam, but even better — it was his first grand slam ever! How exciting! Viva Avila. That was good for the win. I love that.

    I totally believed DD when he said they were satisfied with picking up another reliever and thought we were done with trades. Never play DD at poker. He was working it behind the scenes the whole time. Now we have an Iggy and Miggy playing left and he didn’t even sweat in his frumpy suit.

    I wish my Carlos Danger name generator result was Fauxsto Caromona….or Foxy McGuillicuddy.

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      We could split the difference and call you Fauxy McCarmona.

    • detroitr1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      I woke up this morning and thought I was hallucinating–I read that Avila (of all players) hit a bomb off Strasburg, Cabrera contributed to the game with his defense (no, I’m not trying to be ironic–he really did….but also hurt his abdomen–not his hip– contrary to HBT belief) and Peralta’s career with the Tigers is basically over.

      I guess this new SS has this talent called range? Not really familiar with the concept. I guess it means the SS moves from one side to the other and doesn’t end up looking like a beached whale after the play. I think it also can lead to outs.

      Of course, now the criticism has moved from a SS/DH to a SS with no bat. Can’t win them all I suppose…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        It’s hilariously funny that after last year, people are upset that we get a better defensive SS b/c he’s not a fantastic hitter — when offense is NOT our problem. Seriously, do we have a lack of great hitters? What? We could use his glove — I mean, he’s no Jeter or anything, but still. ha ha

        Everyone assumed re: the hip b/c he did a little hop on the play after he threw and that was the problem before. It looked like he was favoring his leg, so it was a likely assumption.

      • drewzducks - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Been watching the game for about 35 years. His glove is Belangeresque, unfortunately, over the long term so is his bat. This will probably be a new concept for you and most Tiger fans but you will in due time find yourself watching games not rooting for a Max or JV K’s, but for ground balls to the left side of the infield. His fielding really is something to behold. Trust me, that’s not hyperbole. He gets the ball out of his glove, especially on DP’s and on plays he has to charge in on, like few players I’ve ever seen. With your teams lineup you can afford to bat him ninth and roll with the punches. Also he has an incredible knack for the infield single, which has inflated his numbers here this year.

        I apologize in advance for the hideous music

      • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        drewzducks, If you remember Mark Belanger, you probably remember Ed Brinkman. The same basic model. The Tigers picked him up in the Denny McLain deal. Brinkman was a good enough defender that he got some MVP votes in a season when he hit 203/259/279. That’s what they’ve got in Iglesias.

      • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        That video is sick. Sick! I can visualize all the games the Tigers will win now with that insanity. Throw strikes, win. Boston…I dunno about that.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Iggy is a special gift for Dog and Porcini, believe me. Color this red sock wearer confused by this deal. Lackey, Dempster, Peavy – feeling some redundancies here.

      • tiggersarebouncy - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        HAHA – Miggy and the Pussycats decided to shake their slow-pitch softball tag by getting an Iggy – but they had to deal a mini-Miggy!! Meanwhile the Blosox continue to make bad personnel decisions but that’s not really news is it!!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Damn I’d like to argue with you Mr. Troll. /searches for comeback …. searches

      • tiggersarebouncy - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        HAHA!! At least their’s one blosox fan who can admit the truth!! Your one of the good ones pal!!

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Hey there. Say, you looking for a date? Because yesterday on ATH this dude turned up (he’s a Puerto Rican and kinda chubby, but he was good people even if he wasn’t an American) and he’s lookin’ for someone to go pig hunting with. You know, he was lookin’ for some pork? I knows you like them husky so I said he should check out your action.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        OMG, a lukescott wingman. That alone horrifies. It makes my flesh crawl. I can’t think of anything more disgusting than lukescott-endorsed pork. I will have to purge my mind with brain bleach. I shall have to shower repeatedly to wash away the haunting mental filth. The idea is so repulsively, disgustingly, appallingly horrifying — I feel traumatized by just the suggestion.

        So, you say he has an ass like that?

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Uh…thanks. No one’s ever said such nice things about me before. Anyhow, my wingman? I dunno. I got lukscottsolderbrother for a wingman. Actually he’s more a circus bear than a wingman, but you work with what you got. Anyhow, my buddy’s named “benjisbigumpblockingbutt” and I have to keep him away from My Lady, Indaburg. I think he’ll really go for you. He seems to like then sassy gurls.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        you can’t see around me

      • indaburg - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I think you and a benjisbigumpblockingbutt are a match made in hell, and I mean that as a compliment.

        Don’t judge lukescottsbedsidemanner too harshly. In spite of his affinity for roofies and pig spears, he has an odd charm. I love bacon, and he brings home lots of it. When he talks politics, I just gag him with his sock and duct tape his mouth, so it works.

    • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      my friend says you like big booty boys

    • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      i was at a pig roast yesterday and i put some cheek in my pocket – wanna share?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        You are not right. I find that attractive in a man.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        so that’s a yes to pocket pork cheek? /leers

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Mmmmm, pulled pork.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        like pocket pork cheek – always better the next day /drool-leers

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I really hope the Pirates continue their play for the rest of the season. Two heartbreaking disappoints have been tough to see for the past two seasons. Pittsburgh has seen its fair share of heartbreaks in sports so hopefully we don’t have another one this year. It’s just very frustrating to be 20 years old and have never once seen a winning season in baseball. Hopefully 3rd times a charm for the Bucs this year!!! Hurdles a good coach…he took the Rockies to the World Series vs Boston in 2007 so I have faith in him.

    • rje49 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Isn’t the reason we’re rooting for the Pirates just to show teams like the Yankees that you can be a winner without spending zillions of dollars?

      • chill1184 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Well theres also the Rays for that as well

    • timburns116 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Yeah, the six Super Bowls were a monument to disappointment

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      When the Highlander eliminations start this year, I think this blogs energies are going to increasingly go to the ‘rats.

  9. modellforprez - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    you shoulda seen the few hundred cardinal fans who left Pittsburgh not only beat but broken especially after Molina hurt knee. Now shut the front door

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Molina is hurt. 6 losses in a row. Much too early to say DOOM, but, some St. Louis fans probably awoke with a migraine.

  10. chill1184 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Kinda funny that Buck of all people ends up being the player who breaks the tie to sink the minnows for good.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Buck broke the tie. Scrooge McLoria sank the Feesh for good with his own checkbook.

  11. spacemaker101 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Braves haven’t lost since the Waffle House opened!!! ThisisWhyWeChop! Go Braves!

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Win, fine. I’d rather you not chop.

      Onions.

      They make me cry.

  12. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I want to know where the story and ESPN’s feigned outrage is at the blown call at the plate in the White Sox Indians game last night. Oh, that’s right. It didn’t involve the Sawx, so nobody cares.

    • timburns116 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Uh, or the Yankees

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      That was as close as possible, but yes, umpires can’t see shoes behind gloves when they are standing behind the catcher.

  13. steelers88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Man that was the loudest I heard PNC Park ever get! RAISE IT!

  14. janessa31888 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Will somebody please tell me how to pronounce the last name of the mediocre relief pitcher the Indians got from the Cardinals? Mark something or other. Heck, I cant even spell it.
    Our bench players came through last night again. Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes with clutch RBI hits to bring the Tribe a win. Francona ‘s timely substitutions really paid off well. So nice to have a good manager this year.

    • janessa31888 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Well then, I guess Ill refer to him as Mysterious Marky.

      • philliesblow - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Damn you Ryan Raburn! Damn you to heck!

        As for your new pitcher you could go with Scrabble or Pitcher R seeing as how Coach K works for the basketball guy with the Scrabble-type name.

    • Shayna - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Ain’t there no persons of Eastern European descent round here? You spell it the way it sounds — Rzepczynski. Zep-chin-ski. Perfectly phonetic! Really; just remember that the Z functions similarly to an H in English after C or S,.

      Or as I used to think of him, Can-I-buy-a-vowel?

  15. sportsdrenched - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Last time the Royals were above .500 this late in the summer…Queens of Stone Age we being played on the radio.

    Now, has Mike Moustakas turned a corner, is he just getting hot? Hopefully it’s the former. But I fear it’s the latter.

    Dayton needs to at least move Hochevar today, who’s trade value will never be higher than it is now. Even if it’s for spare lightbulb, and a Keg of Keystone.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      You are selling him too cheap. Make that 3 kegs of Keystone.

      • sportsdrenched - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        How about: We send Luke Hochevar & Chris Getz and 3 kegs of Boulevard Tank 7. You send the band Rush, and we’ll take Colby Ramsus Dad off your hands?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        That did not require much thought, but thank you for the offer.

      • philliesblow - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        You think you can get Lerxst, Dirk & Pratt in return for Hochevar? You’d be lucky to get a Guess Who 8 track for that arm.

  16. pop562 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    The Dodgers are 10-1 after the All Star break. They are healthy with a solid rotation and a bull pen that can be relied upon. The offense has been scoring but the past 4 games it has became stagnant. I hope the big bats pick up soon especially hell week when they have to face the Cards and then the Rays.

  17. spudchukar - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Yikes we suck lately. Team hitting slump. Not surprised the 4 who were awesome up until a week ago are slowing but all are tanking together. That is Carpenter, Beltran, Craig, and Molina.

    To Beltran’s credit, he hit the snot out of the ball twice in game 1 yesterday, and he and the Cards deserved better fate, but it wasn’t to be, and Pirates win on a pitcher deflected grounder. But in Game 2 they did nothing. Not to take anything away from the Pirates, who are jelling and playing well.

    The most discouraging part for the Red Birds is the lack of production from Holliday, Freese, and Jay. It is time they picked up the slack and they haven’t risen to the task. A couple of hits from Holliday and Jay, but nothing of significance. Holliday has become Juan Pierre without speed. All three suffer from a lack of plate discipline, and continue to find themselves in the hole, swinging at most everything and getting themselves out.

    The number of DPs Holliday and Freese, numbers 1 & 2 in the NL, shouldn’t be ignored and the poor showing by these two, particularly when they have had so many chances with the surrounding hitters doing so well, can no longer be ignored.

    With Wainwright and Miller taking the hill in game 4 and 5 in Pittsburgh, a couple of good outings, could certainly erase a lot of pain of the past 5 days, but with Molina out, Wainwright may be hesitant to bounce the yakker, and Miller will miss his guidance.

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