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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 1, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

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Indians 6, White Sox 5: Living with a Tigers fan is kinda hard sometimes. Like, when you have the Indians-White Sox game on the TV, she wants the Indians to lose, the White Sox blow a two-run lead in the ninth and then Carlos Santana hits a walkoff homer in extras. It’s even more complicated when, as a matter of pure coincidence, you’re wearing the White Sox shirt you picked up on that trip to U.S. Cellular last month and, when Santana hits the homer, you give a little chuckle that was in no way intended to mock said Tigers fan but was totally construed as such.

Braves 9, Rockies 0: But who cares? My team won. Atlanta just keeps rolling along, getting their sixth straight win and putting up the third six-run-or-more inning in as many games against Colorado. Mike Minor won his 11th game with seven shutout innings. After the game Freddie Freeman said “We’re clicking on all cylinders.” I think he meant firing. If your cylinders are clicking, you should probably go see your mechanic.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 4: The idea of a “statement game” or “statement series” has always seemed hokey to me as the only statement which matters is the last one you’ve made and there is still plenty of time left in the season. But yeah, the Cardinals are getting told. In other news, I have tickets to a Pirates game on August 17. Since — as the White Sox shirt thing demonstrates — I am one of those people who like to own hats and shirts and stuff from almost any team, not just my rooting interest, I bought a Pirates cap and shirt yesterday to wear to the game. I feel like I’m one of many thousands buying Pirates gear for the first time. And for good reason.

Red Sox 5, Mariners 4: This was a 15-inning marathon, but it ended in the Red Sox regaining the lead in the A.L. East. The AP game story lead notes that this one started in July and ended in August, which is the kind of cutesy fact my dad would point out to me. He’s the type who will go 200 miles out of his way to stand at Four Corners or who would prefer to ski at the California-Nevada line at Tahoe more than anyplace else specifically so he can tell people he skied across two states. My dad is an odd one.  Anyway, sorry for the digression. This one featured two spiffy defensive plays late: an unassisted double play by Jonny Gomes, who caught a ball and then ran all the way to second base himself to double off Raul Ibanez. It also featured this laser from Michael Saunders to cut down what would have been the game winning run in the bottom of the 14th on a fly to center. I could watch stuff like that all day.

Tigers 11, Nationals 1: Gio Gonzalez got obliterated and the Nats fall to 4-9 since the break and find themselves 11 games back. Alex Avila homered for the second straight game. Torii Hunter went 4 for 5.

Reds 4, Padres 1: The Reds break their losing streak behind eight and a third innings from Homer Bailey in which he allowed only an unearned run.  After a long road trip the Reds get a much-needed day off before a weekend series at home vs. the Cardinals.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2: A three-run double in the 10th from Jose Bautista give the Blue Jays their fifth win in seven games. This was a sloppy one, with the Jays committing four errors and the A’s allowing a run to score on a passed ball.

Giants 9, Phillies 2: A solid outing from Chad Gaudin and a four-RBI day from Brett Pill. Good thing the Phillies stood pat at the deadline. This is a core you really don’t want to break up.

Astros 11, Orioles 0:  Just yesterday I didn’t even know what a Brett Oberholtzer was, and now here I am, looking at a pitching line of seven three-hit shutout innings for the guy. A grand slam and two doubles from Jason Castro.

Marlins 3, Mets 2: Jake Marisnick homered and Henderson Alvarez won. Each were players picked up in that big trade with the Blue Jays last offseason. Which, again, was a disaster in terms of P.R. and fan base relations for the Marlins, but actually brought back some useful pieces.

Cubs 6, Brewers 1: It’s weird to think of these two in the same division as the Cards, Pirates and Reds. So much good baseball played at the top, so much bad played at the bottom. Sorry Cubs and Brewers fans: I know I’m being unfair to you guys by not digging into the box scores of these games to find all of the interesting happenings, but there are a couple of teams which I just totally tune out toward the end of each season. You two are pretty close to the top of my list of tune-outs this year.

Diamondbacks 7, Rays 0: Wade Miley pitched two-hit ball into the seventh. Paul Goldschmidt homered and reached base four times. The Dbacks break their losing streak. And they gain ground on the Dodgers because …

Yankees 3, Dodgers 0: … Hiroki Kuroda tied ’em up for seven innings and the Yankees rallied for three in the ninth. Only blemish for New York here is the revelation that Kuroda simply doesn’t know how to win.

Rangers 2, Angels 1: Walkoff homer for Adrian Beltre. Best part: as he was mobbed at home he covered his head with both hands. That whole Adrian-Beltre-hates-people-to-touch-his-head thing is just odd.

Royals 4, Twins 3: Eight wins in a row for the Royals. This is the first time the Royals have been above .500 at the end of July in ten years.

  1. southofheaven81 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    So now can we discuss Kuroda as the Cy Young? Because, damn.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      Absolutely Kuroda is in the discussion and in my humble opinion in the top 3. All of the contenders for the Cy Young have about 10 starts left. It’s those remaining starts that will separate the contenders from others.

      • dan1111 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Agreed that Kuroda is right there at the top. Felix has a slight edge, perhaps. Sale and Colon are right there, too, but they don’t have a chance due to a losing record and steroid history, respectively.

        If it were held today, I doubt the voters would be able to resist Scherzer’s 15-1 record, even though his overall stats are a step down from that bunch.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        I wouldn’t give it to Scherzer because of the glitzy W/L record, but he’s legitimately been one of the top pitchers in the AL this year. fWAR has him as the second best pitcher in the league, and the difference between him and Felix is negligible. He’s always struck people out, but now he’s figured out how to control his stuff, post a sterling walk rate to go along with his ridiculous strikeout rate, and get much deeper into games than he used to because he’s not at a hundred pitches through five innings. Sadly, a Scherzer CYA will focus on the relevance of his 21-2 (or whatever he finishes at) record while ignoring the fact that’d he’d have been just as worthy if he was 16-10.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      I got Josh “1 win” Johnson #1 in my Cy Yuck award, Dickey is 4th

      • nbjays - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Where’s Phil “Homerun” Hughes on your list?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Do not forget Joba!

      • APBA Guy - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        in honor of Len: THE FAT TOAD

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Great, great outing by Kuroda. Kershaw pitched an equally good game. It’s just on this day the Yankees had that little bit of offense and the Dodgers had none.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:40 AM


    • jayscarpa - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      After letting Kershaw bat in the 8th (nice bunt), Mattingly pulls him for the 9th at 97 pitches. Thank you Donnie Baseball!

      • clemente2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM


  3. Shayna - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    I just want to pay my compliments to whatever Getty photog snapped that brilliant image of the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana in full and joyous flight after his game-winning hit. A perfect representation of the moment we all wish for in sports.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      It is a great image. It’s also an image that is DYING to be Photoshopped with a field of tulips in the background.

    • theageofquarrel - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Oye Como Va

    • rmcd13 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I was thinking it would make a fantastic statue.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    The Blue Jays against Oakland game featured 2 of the oldest starting pitchers in baseball. Both Dickey and Colon pitched well. If it was not for the errors and passed ball, the final score would have bee 1 to 0 for Toronto. Once Oakland brought in Jesse Chavez to pitch in the 9th inning, it was game over. Chavez has pitched for the Jays before and is a AAAA type pitcher. He reverted to the form that the Jays and Jay fans expected. Colby Rasmus went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s in the 10th. Very quietly, Rasmus is having a fine season. Despite comments from Grumpy to the contrary, Rasmus is a much better baseball player than John Jay. I think that St. Louis fans will agree with me that it was best for Rasmus to get out of what was for him, a toxic environment in St. Louis.

    • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Yes, PC, Colby was Colby last night. Its high time he got a prop for being a quiet no-nonsense player this season. Just steady reliable pay and no drama. Hell, lets be fair: he’s been damn spectacular in the outfield. He’s a natural athlete and makes those running catches look easy so its easy to dismiss them as “routine”. But in fact he’s been dynamite at hauling in balls that most would have let drop.

      JB was en fuego as well. Nice game from him. The sunshine and high California sky played hob with the infielders but once Lawrie put on some sunglasses (sunshades! what a concept, Brett!) things were better. Still, a potential shutout win for RA Dickey was frittered away on 4 errors. One of those errors was a Lawrie/Dickey collision, too. Oy, oy, oy.

      Still, a win. A series win at that. Yowza.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        I have a minor quibble with Craig’s original story. Bautista did not hit a 3 run 10th inning double. Only one run was scored on that double. The other 2 runs in the 10th inning were driven in by Rasmus.

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        That Colby is always trying his hardest. Always seems to put in a full effort. I knew what I was doing when I gave him my full support.

      • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Well, he’s a pea brain, but he seems to have gathered his crap in a heap for this season. Perhaps it IS your support. Who knows. Lets just hope he KEEPS his crap in a nice pile. And thank you for your support. Your gift basket is in the mail.

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        He’s such a good boy, that Colby.

        Gift basket? It’s not that kind of support.

      • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        But what other kind of support IS there?

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        May I have your gift basket?

      • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        But of course. Tomorrow. Special Hand Delivery.

      • nbjays - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        “Lets just hope he KEEPS his crap in a nice pile.”

        Agreed, Cur. Unlike Harry, who flings his crap hither and yon.

      • cur68 - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Its not like ‘harry’s crap is anything special, either. He must be on a bland diet.

    • franklb - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      I was at this game. The biggest problem for the A’s was the use of Cook, Doolittle,and Balfour. Cook came in in the 7th and threw 12 pitches in 1 1/3, then Doolittle threw 8 pitches in 2/3, getting to Balfour who pitched the ninth in a tie game (only 12 pitches). All three were very effective, and none looked anywhere close to gassed. None of these guys had pitched on Tuesday. The A’s have Thursday off. Jesse Chavez and Jerry Blevins aren’t Cook, Doolittle, and Balfour. The lefty-righty matchup thing got Melvin and the A’s in the end, so that at least one of Cook, Doolittle, and Balfour wasn’t pitching in the 10th. I don’t question Melvin much – he’s done a simply fabulous job – but I think he outsmarted himself this time.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Not many teams commit 4 errors like the Jays did and win. We both seem to agree that using Chavez was a mistake by Melvyn.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Melvin’s been doing that all year, usually with a lead. Especially Cook and Doolittle, both of whom can and have done more than 1 inning, yesterday’s use is open to question.

        The bigger issue for me is ownership and the front office failing to move for an impact player in the middle infield. The Rangers aren’t going to give up, and the A’s can’t sit on a 4 game lead with two months to go. They know better than anyone (see 2012) that a lead like that can disappear.

  5. theageofquarrel - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Make room on the bandwagon for Craig.

  6. historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Hey, it looks like we kinda got an okay team even without MVP Miggy (still miss him though). I don’t know what the Gnats plan was, but apparently, if you take away their pitcher-hitting-bunting-around strategy, they get kinda lost. Avila hit a home run for the second day in a row. That’s a nice break from his slump. The end was a Santiago-Kelly-Choke-Reed-fest but still managed to come out okay. We’ve another day off today, and then back at it Friday. Eat ’em up, Tigers!

    • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      i just found some more pork cheek in my other pocket – wanna share? /stares

    • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM


      Looks like ya got your very own stalker.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        my hero luke the ladies man gave me this pig spear and taught me everything good I know about stalking but made me promise not to stare at his lady /keeps stalking without staring

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM


      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        mmm … smells like chianti & roses – i got you some totally roofie-free coffee /stares

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Ah, young love.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        s’not every day i find a pretty lady with such good strong fart-butt /stares away respectfully

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Yes, baseball loving ladies with a flair for the fart are a rare breed indeed.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        lukie’s gonna be mad at me – can’t talk to you when he’s flying – so smart luke says it’s only bad stalking if fart-butt lady tell me to go away and i don’t go away /lurks

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        You listen to Luke. He’s smooth with the ladies. He got me under his spell, didn’t he?

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        i am listening hard and practicing to be luke-smooth /practices

    • COTorrey - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Eat em up Tigers!

  7. philliesblow - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Hey Cleveland, the calendar just flipped to August. It’s cute that you held on through July but you can begin your traditional 2nd half fade any time now.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      If the Indians come back and end up winning the pennant, I hope Roger Dorn finds you and cracks you across the side of yuour head with a snow globe.

    • deepstblu - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Don’t look now, but Cleveland has passed Baltimore for the #2 wild card spot. (And the Mets are only a game behind the Phillies and 2½ behind the Nats.)

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Dude. Don’t jinx it.

  8. infectorman - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    It’s August 1, and the Yankees are 8 games out of first…. :-) :-) :-) smiles :-) :-)) :-) for :-) :-) :-)) everyone :-) :-) :-)

    • jwbiii - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      And six games from Toronto.

  9. lyon810 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Texas has walked off so many times on the Angels in this series

  10. tvguy22 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Why am I not surprised that you’re a bandwagon-jumping front runner?

  11. indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    No disrespect to Wade Miley, but yesterday my Rays looked flatter than a soda left out in the hot Florida sun for three days, flatter than a stack of pancakes at Lenny’s, flatter than a prepubescent girl’s chest, flatter than the Maldives… you get my drift? Flat. This off day is quite welcome and needed. We can’t win them all. But darn it, the Sox won. Back to 2nd place. The see-saw continues.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Flatter than an aerial view of a tumulus? This isn’t a fight for first place, it’s a see-saw.

    • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Mets fans for Rays fans!

      • indaburg - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        High five, dondada. I grew up a Mets fan. They will always be my NL team.

      • dondada10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        I didn’t know that. I’ve been an admirer of the Rays since their 08 season. I also see myself in the Tampa (Dunedin) section of Florida at some point in my life.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM


      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        i thought you liked big butt boys not ab boys /stares

    • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      That is how the Cardinals hitters have looked this entire road trip…like everyone got food poisoning.

      I’m going on a martini fast. I will not have another martini until the Cardinals win a series against a MLB team (meaning, not against the Marlins, Astros, Phillies, Brewers, Mets, Cubs, or Padres).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Wait. But that means no olives for me. Let’s put this to a vote. You vote no; I vote yes. It’s a tie. Tie goes to the runner — you must drink. Olives, please.

      • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        There is no embargo on olives, just the martini itself as a complete mixed-drink.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        So you can take all the ingredients individually in order?

      • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Well, I don’t plan on drinking any olive juice, and vermouth (even extra dry) is just plain nasty on its own….but I didn’t swear off of vodka, per se. Of course, I have an uber good absinthe, as well as great Irish Whiskey, bourbon, and tequila on hand….I didn’t say I’d be sober, just won’t drink any martinis.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Eeeee, absinthe. I should’ve know. he he

      • paperlions - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        I have one from the Delaware Phoenix Distillery….which is really just one woman that makes each batch by hand. Her’s are rated as the best US made absinthes, but they are only sold locally. Luckily, she is in eastern NY and a friend of mine is from NW CT, so he picked me up a bottle (which I had reserved for me), when he was visiting his mom.

        Honestly, absinthe isn’t totally my thing…definitely an acquired taste (as opposed to irish whiskey or tequila, which are just awesome at first), but I do like it better now than when I first tried it….and the Delaware Phoenix is WAAAAY better than any of the other US brands I’ve tried….I don’t think you can get European-made absinthe here, yet.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Try prune juice. It might help you paperlions.

      • dcarroll73 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Prune juice! A warrior’s drink!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        Pssst. I don’t think you should really try vodka and prune juice. They probably call that a Sour Shit or something, right?

  12. janessa31888 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    GO TRIBE!! We’re going to give the Tigers a run for their money. Fight to the bitter end!! We will NOT lose 25 games in one month like what happened last August. Its a better team and a manager who actually has a pulse (unlike zombie Acta)

  13. sdelmonte - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Are the Royals for real?

    Rough night for the Mets. Mejia’s bone spur issue apparently affected his pitching, and yet he was reasonably close to good. Though maybe a team with more bats would have made him hurt more. And the Mets are once again squandering every chance to score runs. On the plus side, Ike Davis seems to no longer be the worst player on the field, and the bullpen hang together on a night where two pitchers were not available. Next up: Harvey against the one team that seems to beat him (and any other Met).

  14. sportsdrenched - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    The Royals have put together a streak no one has seen since April of 2003. That April was pretty fun, I had a hook up in the Royals ticket office and went to pretty much every home game. So, while I can’t party like I did back then I will at least put my Dayton Moore Snark away for a few days, and enjoy this while it lasts. James Shields goes today, and I brought my broom into the office.

    On another note Bud Norris starting against a team he landed in Baltimore with is awesome.

    • Tyree Studio - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      It would have been nice to add a real 2b at the deadline. At this point running grandpa Tejada out there 4-5 times a week is the best option. Going to have to keep winning and hope from some help from other teams.

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Josh “1 win”Johnson goes tonight, its Aug 1st can he get his 2nd win of the year? Might be his best chance with the AL East teams lurking on the schedule….

    • Old Gator - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Poor dim Harry’s feedback loop is stuck on Josh Johnson again. Pretty soon his going to open an antique shop on eBay for his own worn out comments.

  16. steelers88 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I would get used to the Pirates contending they have a young core of players right now in the majors that are under contract for a while. Plus the Pirates have one of the best farm systems in the league. RAISE IT!

  17. spacemaker101 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Braves going for another 11-0 run! Doesn’t look like anyone can stop them at this pace.

  18. steelers88 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Going into this series I thought the Cardinals were the better team but now I don’t know I’m starting to think the Pirates are the team to beat. Not to disrespect the Cardinals but I think the Pirates actually have a better chance to go deeper in the Playoffs the Pirates have the strong starting pitching and strong bullpen and strong defense. I haven’t been impressed with the Cardinals starting pitching and bullpen. Plus the Cardinals record against winning teams is 16-23 the Cards are 50-21 against bad teams. The Pirates have a 25-20 record against winning teams and a 42-20 record against losing teams.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Thumbs up 88! You nailed it. I would agree you guys are definitely the strongest team in the Division at this point. I would also add MLB as a whole!

  19. kalinedrive - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Torii Hunter had the old triple-short-of-a-cycle night.

    Hunter came to the plate in the seventh with runners on first and second. He drilled a fastball to the right-field wall, but Avila was held up at third base by coach Tom Brookens. Hunter was thrown out when he strayed too far off second, ending up with a RBI double.

    Hunter said Brookens didn’t know he had an opportunity for the cycle until he told him in the dugout after the inning.

    “Had I realized, I probably would’ve sent Alex,” Brookens said, “knowing he would probably be out, but given him the chance.”

  20. stlouis1baseball - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    The Cardinals led 2-0, 3-1, 4-2…and yet…they lost 5-4 to register their 7th straight loss.
    Seriously? You are up 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2? Yet…you lose 5-4? Demoralizing.

    Last night after softball…a buddy of mine (Reds fan), pointed out during the last 11 Cardinals loses the Reds have also lost. That streak is now over as the Reds won last night.

    Take a look at the Cardinals schedule this month and the first couple of weeks of September.
    It’s gonna’ be a serious battle. Put up or shut up.

  21. dcarroll73 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Craig, I loved your comment about skiing across two states. There is also a Northeast locale with that feature – Catamount where you can ski across New York and Massachusetts.

  22. steelers88 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Beautiful night for baseball here at PNC Park. I want this 5 game sweep so bad but Morton is pitching and his last two starts have been bad.

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