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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 6, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT

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Royals 13, Twins 0: Hard to envision any more of a domination than this. A four hit shutout for Jeremy Guthrie while the Royals offense puts up a baker’s dozen. Jamey Carroll was literally the most effective pitcher of the game for the Twins. Eric Hosmer drove in five.

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Fifteen straight road wins for the Dodgers. That’s … improbable. Two more road wins in a row and they tie a 97 year-old NL record owned by the Giants. The 83-84 Tigers own the all-time record with 21.

Tigers 4, Indians 2: The Indians can be as hot as they want to when they play everyone else but this inability to beat the Tigers is kind of a drag for them. Detroit scored all four of their runs in the ninth thanks to Chris Perez totally melting down. The rally was capped by an Alex Avila with a three-run homer.

Braves 3, Nationals 2: That’s 11 straight for the streaking Braves, who extend their lead to 13.5 games in the NL East. Justin Upton homered. This race is run.

White Sox 8, Yankees 1: All the fuss was about A-Rod, but the real story here may be another old guy: Andy Pettitte was absolutely awful, letting baserunner after baserunner reach while allowing seven runs in two and two-thirds. We may have reached the end of the Pettitte road, folks. Four driven in for Alex Rios

Giants 4, Brewers 2: Three hits for Brandon Belt and a broken bat RBI single for Jeff Francoeur to put the Giants ahead to stay. After the game he talked about adjusting his stance and returning to some toe-tapping timing thing he used in Atlanta but got away from in Kansas City. I’m sure that means he’s all fixed now and will return to 2005 form.

Astros 2, Red Sox 0: You can’t stop Brett Oberholtzer, you can only hope to contain him (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER).

Rangers 5, Angels 2Adrian Beltre homered, Martin Perez pitched effectively and the Rangers won their seventh in eight. Nelson who?

Blue Jays 3, Mariners 1: A three-run rally in the eighth helps R.A. Dickey to his first win in a month. Big crowd on hand as a ton of British Columbians came down to see Brett Lawrie play. Canadian hordes, really, in all likelihood doing recon for an impending invasion.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Any chance we get an A-Rod post today, Craig?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      In his first at bat since coming off the DL, Saint Jeter homered. In his first at bat since coming off the DL, all Darth Rodriguez could do was hit a single.

      • dondada10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        The single was a part of the process.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Craig’s A-roid post lies just down the road a bit….

  2. natslady - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    (sigh) We had chances in this game. Nats put the leadoff man on base in seven of nine innings. 1-for-10 with men in scoring position… Even if you don’t believe in “clutch” hitting, can’t you even hit your batting average RISP?

    (sigh) We had chances in this season.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      I see that the thumb harpie is up early.

      • daveitsgood - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Happy Thumbs Down Tuesday!

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    It was a holiday Monday in British Columbia, so thousands went south to watch the Jays and Lawrie. He did not disappoint the fans from his home Province with a single, double and triple. He was on third with his triple when he was driven home by Reyes. Later in the inning, with 2 out and the bases loaded, on an 0 and 2 count, pinch hitter Mark DeRosa drove in Reyes and Bautista. Mighty Casey registered the save.

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      I’m guessing that your thumbs down are people in buffalo tired of Canadian traffic on civic hol. Canada day etc.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Nice try, but there was no reason for Canadians to visit D. C. The thumb harpie needs a vacation.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      I’m guessing all those thumbs down are because people don;t like that the exchange rate between the Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar is almost 1 for 1. Personally I like all those colors on Canadian paper currency.

      Just joshing with you, Proudly.

      • indaburg - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        I like the colors too. It makes it easy to see which denomination you’re getting without having to pull the bill out of the wallet completely. Plus, it’s pretty.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        Having fun is one thing. Anger at Washington is another. Still, there is no reason to give Natslady all those thumbs down.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        All y’all traitors, I’m writing down names! Dirty Tories.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Proudly: you do realize you’re dealing with a complete moron, right? Someone so useless and ineffectual that they have to show us how clever they are by demonstrating that they can “outsmart” a tinkertoy portal like WordPress? Or perhaps the harpy is even stupid enough to think that everyone else is as stupid as he is and believe that many people responded negatively to Natslady at the same time?

        Now it’s fun to deride, say, Poor Dim One Note Harry because he’s openly and proudly imbecilic, as opposed to, say, surreptitiously imbecilic, like the thumb harpy (although poor idiotic Harry pretty much gave himself away as a harpy himself). But to pretend that a pure thumb harpy – ie, the cower-behind-the-thumbs type – even comprehends that there’s an ethical question behind his behavior seems like a waste of time. Save it for when Poor Dim One Note Harry resurfaces this morning to pretend de facto that Andy Pettite can still pitch.

      • nbjays - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Sorry Craig, but there is ZERO reason for Canadian hordes from BC to invade the state of Washington. Rain is rain no matter which side of the border it is on.

    • cur68 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      I dozed off before the victory was sealed. Jet lag, lack of sleep in general and lolling about in bed did it. I’m just back from a mini-invasion of The US of A (Craig might be right: we comin’ ta git ya!) and wish to report that they are FINALLY putting some colour in their currency, the people in Philly are very nice, and Citizen Bank Park is terrific. Everyone should go there. Also, their women are muy bueno. I’m going back real soon.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Glad to hear you guys had a good time Cur. I might have to join you kind folks on the next leg o’ the tour.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        I went to bed early. Woke up after midnight and decided to watch the end of the game. Saw the Jays score their 3 runs.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    As a Yankees fan about the only positive I can think of for yesterday’s game was Wells went 3 for 4. In fact Wells after an awful May and June has quietly gone about his business and played steady ball. batting .292 in July and getting off to a nice start in August.

    Pettitte was absolutely awful. It’s not quite time for the fat lady to sing on the Yankees 2013 postseason hopes but she is warming up offstage just in case she has to go on in the next several days. With an anemic offense and really only 2 starters pitching well (Kuroda and Nova) it’s going to be very tough for the Yankees to make up much ground on the leaders. The bullpen has been great all season but that will only take them so far and only when they can get the lead in a game.

    That’s just my opinion and just telling it like I see it. Cashman is going to have a lot and I mean a lot of work to do this offseason. A lot of holes to fill and a lot of decisions need to be made. Oh and by the way 2014 is the last year of Cashman’s current contract. The question is will he be making those decision for himself or a new GM after the 2014 season?

    • uyf1950 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      About Cashman, I should have added to that comment rumor is that after the 2014 season Cashman will be bumped up to President of Baseball Operations and his Assistant (Billy Eppler) will be promoted to GM.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Ahhhh, so Eppler gets to oversee the return of A-roid!

    • yankeefanincolo - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      As much as hate to think it, because he has been my favorite Yankee hurler since Ron Guidry, but I’m afraid it’s time for Andy Pettite to hang them up for good. I hate to watch him get battered around like last night, he just doesn’t have it anymore. So, have a nice retirement Andy, oh, on the way out, could you take Phil Hughes with you? We would appreciate it!

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Viva Avila!!!! Should we say now his slump is over? It’s been kinda homerun-ery for him lately. It’s like he’s found his swing again. It’s a good thing because Miggy is obviously still hurting. We don’t have much down time in the next month. It will be better when Infante returns and we have some improved choices for filling spots. I really love watching Sanchez throw. I like the way he does it, for some reason. I don’t know why that is. Note to Awesome J: don’t hit yourself on a bunt. Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Also, everybody likes to make fun of Fielder, but he really is athletic. I think people underestimate the big man. I wonder if players feel embarrassed if he beats them to the bag. Love it when he does though.

    Best moment of the game: They read Peralta’s statement regarding his suspension (which was pretty good by the way and not BS rote like some of the others I’ve seen) and Rod Allen said: I accept Jhonny’s apology. I busted out. I really love Rod sometimes.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      What do you mean when you say Miggy is still hurting.

      Prince has very quick feet. That’s why he was able to school Charlie Murphy in basketball.

      • grumpyoleman - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Miggy can barely jog down to first base. It was painfull watching him go down to second last night when the ball was bobbled in the corner.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Grrrr … that’s what the disabled list is for.

    • philliesblow - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Avila’s shot was clutch. I can deal with him hitting at the Mendoza line as long as he’s knocking in some runs. It was a almost a case of history repeating itself last night. While Avila’s HR wasn’t a walk off, look what the Tigers did to Perez & the Indians on Aug 5 2012.

  6. southofheaven81 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I hope A-Rod keeps the ball from last night’s hit & his next 2 hits, and signs them “Fuck you” and mails them to Hal Steinbrenner, Tom Verducci & Bud Selig.


    • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Jeter has a better use for his autographed balls.

  7. stex52 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Okay, Indy. I told you there was a chance it would happen. Astros beat the Sox for you. Don’t waste it.

    In other news, the Astros’ magic number is six to avoid tying the 62 Mets. Go ‘Stros!

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Oberholzer is off to a good start. Those Astros might be better than people think – could win 70 games next year.

      • stex52 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Maybe. I’m guessing 55 +/- for this year. That would be a +15 swing for 2014. They have a couple of good looking options at power positions in AAA, but the pitching staff is needing a total overhaul. They are likely to be better (who couldn’t be?). It will be interesting to see some of the September call ups.

  8. aceshigh11 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Shut out 2-0 by the Astros?? I mean…what…??

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Sometimes, unpredictable things happen. Lackey pitched very well and for his efforts, got the loss.

    • nbjays - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Yep, and those sneaky shark-head floating carpets gained a half game on the Bosox simply by doing nothing (except lurking on the ocean floor, covered in silt, waiting for their chance to strike, as shark-head floating carpets are wont to do).

    • historiophiliac - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      This is what I love about baseball. :)

  9. bravojawja - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    This winning streak goes to 11.

  10. sportsdrenched - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    The Royals need to crush the bad teams now because they still have a lot left with Detroit in Cleveland. I’m rooting for Detroit to sweep Cleveland this week because I don’t think they’re catching the Tigers. But only 3 back in the Wild Card….It’s August 6th and I’m typing about Royals playoff chances. What on earth.

    • kcrobert10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Totally agree with you. Our best chance is to get the wild card. But its just nice the royalcoster is actually relevant in August I’ve barley even noticed that the chiefs are going to play Friday cause Santana will be on the bump against Boston in a sieries that really does matter.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Those Dodgers are solid! 15th road victory last night. Impressive. Great game.
    Excellent pitching (for the most part). Puig was as advertised (in all aspects).
    They gotta’ feel good going into game #2 with Kershaw on he hill.
    4 game set. I love baseball.

  12. steelers88 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Cards lose so…….FIRST PLACE BUCS by 2 now!

    • stex52 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      So tell me. Is the air getting thin up there at high elevations?

      I normally root Cards, but I have to say if any group of fans deserves a little success after years of misery it would be the Bucs’ fans.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Yep. Still gotta’ a lot of baseball left. But you guys are doing everything you need to.
      Now cut it out!

  13. dluxxx - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Well, I guess that nice little run by the Twins was bound to come to a screeching halt. The Royals have had thier number all year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.

    Maybe we should just run Jamey Carrol out there every night so he can mow em down with his 75mph “changeups” and “knuckleballs”. He says they were all fastballs, but I think he was just messing with em…

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