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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 7, 2013, 6:58 AM EDT

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Pirates 4, Marlins 3: A walkoff homer for Josh Harrison — the utility infielder if you didn’t know — gave this one to Pittsburgh, as the Pirates show no inclination to give up first place. Andrew McCutchen had a fantastic diving catch to save at least one run in the seventh when the game was tied and the Marlins were threatening. My anticipation to go see this team play a week from Saturday is at about an 11 on a ten-point scale.

Braves 2, Nationals 1: The 12th straight win for Atlanta who are tied with the Red Sox for the most wins in baseball. Costly, though, as the recently-hot Jason Heyward left in the first inning with a neck strain. Also: there was attempted fisticuffsmanship when Julio Teheran plunked Bryce Harper. The Braves said it wasn’t on purpose, but Harper had hit a home run the at bat before, so hmmm. Still, given the lack of overall threat the Nats represent these days, the Braves should no more be throwing at them than they should throwing at their mamas.

Tigers 5, Indians 1: Ten in a row for the Tigers as Verlander beats Masterson in the Battle of the Justins. A gimpy Miguel Cabrera broke the 100-RBI barrier and the Indians are revealing themselves to not be much of a direct threat to Detroit. If the Tigers sweep this series and give themselves a nice cushion they should maybe consider DL-ing Cabrera — or at least resting him a ton — so that he’s not so gimpy come playoff times.

Phillies 9, Cubs 8: Darin Ruf played right field for the first time ever but it was his bat that helped out the most. He homered and doubled and extended his streak of games in which he reached base to 33, which is the longest in the majors at the moment and longest Phillies streak since 2009. His move to right field likely spells the end of Delmon Young‘s time in Philly. Chase Utley had three hits.

White Sox 3, Yankees 2: Chris Sale outduels Hiroki Kuroda in the Battle of the Lone Bright Spots. If you care, A-Rod went 1 for 2 with a walk.

Twins 7, Royals 0: Andrew Albers makes his major league debut and all he does is pitch eight and a third shutout innings, allowing only four hits. In other news, it was very considerate of the Twins and Royals to trade embarrassing losses like this.

Reds 3, Athletics 1: The A’s have lost five of six and the offense is sputtering. The Reds needed to face a team like that given how things have been going for them. Here Mat Latos struggled with his stuff, but it didn’t matter as he still tossed seven and a third shutout innings. Jay Bruce homered and had a nice running catch.

Red Sox 15, Astros 10: The Bosox were down 5-0 after two inning, thanks in part to four — four! — passed balls from Ryan Lavarnway, who was trying to catch knuckler Steven Wright. But just when John Farrell was about to call Doug Mirabelli, Wright came out of the game and the Sox’ bats came alive. Including Lavarnway’s, who had a two-run double in a five-run fifth inning which ended up being the turning point. This was Boston’s 69th win. They had 69 wins all of last season.

Mets 3, Rockies 2: The Eric Young Jr. show, as he made a fantastic diving catch to save runs and then later scored from second on an infield single. Wheels, baby. Wheels.

Rangers 8, Angels 3: The Rangers pull to within one of the A’s. Eight runs without the benefit of an extra base hit. Struggling to think of the last small ball Rangers team. Failing.

Cardinals 5, Dodgers 1: And thus endeth the Dodgers road wins streak. Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in the eighth off Brandon League and the Cardinals bullpen tossed three and two thirds scoreless innings to back up Joe Kelly.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 2: Toronto’s bats didn’t hail to the King: Hernandez is touched for six runs — three earned — in five innings. Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game and added an RBI single.

Diamondbacks 6, Rays 1Wade Miley allowed five hits in seven one-run innings. Cody Ross hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Hellickson. Ross is 14 for his last 31.

Orioles 4, Padres 1: Adam Jones must love the San Diego home cooking. He had four hits including a homer and scored twice in front of a crowd that skewed Baltimorian (Baltimorite? Baltimorish?) despite the game being at Petco.

Brewers 3, Giants 1:  The Giants offense continues to sputter despite a nice outing from Matt Cain. This is not a repeat from every season apart from 2012.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Alas, it’s beginning to look more and more like the “Fat Lady” is getting ready to sing and rain on the Yankees 2013 playoff hopes. Even so while there is even the slimmest of chances there is still hope,

    • Jack Marshall - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      No, really, there’s not.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        Lets just say I prefer to see the glass as half full. You my friend obviously prefer to see it as completely empty at least in this case. Since the math has not eliminated the Yankees I will stick with my position.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        uyf, let him be. As a Red Sox fan, he would know all about hopelessness.

    • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      I’ll give you credit. You are one faithful fan. There really is no reason for hope and yet, you have it. You are no bandwagoner.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        My friend I’ve been a Yankees fan since Topping and Webb owned the Yankees, which was before CBS owned them. BTW, there is always hope.

      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        You might be a touch delusional, but I respect that. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        I love homers.

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Then you must have loved the one Don Kelly hit. :-)

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Homer Bailey?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Intellectually we can realize that there’s no realistic chance for this team to finish with more than 85 wins. But as fans, why wouldn’t you hope for some lightning in a bottle run to 90 wins and the second wild card spot?

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Maybe she loves Homer Simpson.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        On the morning of September 6, 2011, the Cardinals were 7.5 games behind the Braves for the WC. They won 15 of their last 20, making the playoffs on the final day. They were down 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs and had to beat Oswalt and Halladay, and they were down 3-2 in the WS and down to their final out twice in game six.

        There really is always hope.

      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        The Rays in September 2011 were in an almost identical position as your Cardinals. What a September! As long as your team has not been mathematically eliminated, there is always hope.

        And if they have been eliminated, there’s hope for next year.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Yeah, that was some September for baseball, and the last day was freaking CRAZY!

        Then MLB had to go and make such a scenario impossible by adding another WC to each league. Yaaaay, money.

      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        Yep. Yay, money.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Oh yes Burgie, those poor huddled masses of Yankees fans with their 27 WS titles and playoff berths in 17 of the last 18 seasons – where do they possibly find the strength to hang on to hope? They are an inspiration to us all.

      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM


        Most Yankee fans can kiss my Dominican-American ass. But I respect anyone who loves their team that much in the face of such calamity, even a Damn Yankee fan. This is coming from an avowed lifelong member of Yankee Hater Nation. I drink the Haterade.

        And you can hush, 2004 and 2007 WS rings. Let the shark carpets have one.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Angry shark-head floating carpets are definitely in the queue – I see WS titles in your future.

    • jayscarpa - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Times like this remind me of an exchange long ago between a reporter and Michael Ray Richardson of the Knicks:

      Reporter: Michael, what’s happening with the team?
      MRR: The ship be sinking
      Reporter: How far can it sink?
      MRR: The sky’s the limit

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Kuroda continues to get screwed by an inept offense. This dude has been golden for the Yanks since coming over.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Reyes got the Jays off on the right note with a first pitch home run. Josh Johnson had a lead and remembered what to do with it. He shut down the Mariners for 5 innings. He was removed early probably because Gibbons wanted him to leave the game feeling good. The Mariners made 4 errors and I assume that Hernandez was not feeling good about that. Rasmus made a fine fielding play when he caught a Morales fly that was probably going to be a home run.

    With the huge number of fans from British Columbia in the stands, this game must have felt like a home game for the Jays. During the first 2 games of the series, the Jays defeated the two star Seattle pitchers. Tonight, J. A. Happ comes off the DL to make his first ML start since he had his skull cracked. I wish him well.

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      In other news. dirtyharry has to change is cut-and-paste source to no longer say “Josh-1Win-Johnson”. He can do that while he mourns another Yankee loss at the hands of Chris Sale and the White Sox.

      I hate these Blue Jay road trips to the West Coast. The games don’t start until after 11pm here and by that time, I’m getting ready for bed. Damn 4-hour time difference.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        New Brunswick is in a different time zone than the eastern US and Ontario. For me, I sometimes watch the beginning of the west coast games before going to bed. Last night, I was able to sleep comfortably knowing that the bullpen was very unlikely to blow the lead. Today’s game is an afternoon affair.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Well how about that? Jays are now only 15 1/2 out of first and Josh won his 2nd game!! You know at this pace he is expected to go 3 and 11. I say get that man a contact extension now!!!

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        /poo FLUNG

        Heya ‘harry. Still flinging that bland poo, eh? By the way, My Boys have three in a row now. Perhaps they’ll sweep the Mariners? So, if they do, will you be “on vacation in Hawaii” for tomorrow? Actually, to that question, just what is the win-in-a-row number that sends you scurrying off? I shall be watching closely and notify the authorities in “Hawaii” if you don’t turn up tomorrow in the event of a win today. If you are forced to “go to Hawaii” be sure and let your Parole Officer know this time, eh? You don’t wanna get the fire hose gain, now do you?

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Whereas the Yankees are now 10.5 games out… yep, that’s double digits. How will you survive, harry?

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Hey dummyharry, you poor brainlocked über-monodimensional putz, you think it’s time for Andy Pettite to put a deposit on that cryogenic cylinder yet? And look, the Borg is now 10.5 games out of the running, unsaved by the return of A-roid, having lost three in a row and falling faster than Wile E. Coyote, still gripping that daisy, and the Jays are getting ready to catch the falling body.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      How about that one Jay fan in the Kings section last night, wearing a white Blue Jay T-shirt with hundreds of yellow clad King fans all around him. The Blue Jay announcer came out with the line “Where’s Waldo?”.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        That was fun.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        He grabbed himself a King Felix “K” sign and held it up for every Josh Johnson strike out of a Mariner, too. Boy had him some balls.

  3. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Anytime Don Kelly homers in a game it’s a good game. Go tigers!!!!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      This is to acknowledge that Inge 2.0 has the balding pattern of Prince William…and he contributed to the win last night. Blech.

      /sulks at being fair

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Gasp….. you said the i word

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    “Mama” jokes rather then moralizing on a HBP? Interesting….

    • blacksables - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Why? Because some people refuse to be outraged just for the sake of being outraged?

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM


      • blacksables - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        You wound me, Sir.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        IS OUTRAGED BY YOUR WOUND! ( And democracy )

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        That was a refernce to the sermonizing Craig has had in the past about intentional HBP. Odd that when it’s his favorite team makes a joke.

        You have a nice day

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        He still disapproves when he says the Braves should not be throwing intentionally just as you wouldn’t throw at your mama. The Nats being a lack of a threat is just a bait for natslady and co, he he [remembers where the Phillies are in the standings] D’oh!

  5. emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Adam LaRoche had an at-bats last night that kind of summed up the Nats’ season: bases loaded, two outs. A single would give them the lead, a walk would tie it. The pitcher throws two straight balls, then paces around the mound looking agitated. As much of an advantage as a batter can have.

    So what does he do? Swing at ball 3, ground out weakly to first, inning over. And it’s the kind of poor approach in a high-leverage at-bats that they’ve been doing all season. Mental mistakes like that have done them a lot of damage.

    • bravojawja - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      So things haven’t changed much for Rochey since he left Atlanta, huh?

      • emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        He was really good last year, and while I didn’t expect him to repeat that performance, I sort of expected his usual .260-ish average with a mild drop in home runs, with solid defense. He’s totally fallen off a cliff instead, even his range has decreased. It’s…been fun.

      • bravojawja - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        That, and he can’t hit lefties.

    • deepstblu - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Send him to the Phillies. He’ll fit right in.

      • emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Boy, this next series between the two teams should be a real clash of the titans, right? *g*

  6. indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    The Rays lost. Hellboy looked like crap. The Red Sox won. Last night sucked, to put it succinctly.

    • dondada10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      I blame myself. This is what happens when a Mets fan adopts a team: they play like the Mets.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        Met fans, the ultimate patient zero?

      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        LMAO dondada. I don’t blame you. I grew up a Mets fan. They’re my NL team. We can share the blame.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Whaddya talking about? Last night was a thing of beauty. Float away, floating carpets.

      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        We’ll get you, my pretty. And your little dog too.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM



      • indaburg - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Pining, huh? Go hunt a pig with your spear. It’ll make you feel better. Besides, I have a hankering for some bacon.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        /flop sweat

        uh…I can get you bacon. I can get you lots of bacon.

        /runs off in a tizzy waving pig spear

  7. theageofquarrel - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM


    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum (or whatever they drink in Pittsburgh).

      • jwbiii - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Iron City Beer.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Thanks. That is a very appropriate choice.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        ho ho ho? hey leave Canadian women out of this!!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Time to change your narrative old chump. Why don’t you go back to pushing pork and beans?

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Signs of desperation begin to appear in Poor Dim Harry’s expectorations. The evidence that he’s barely twelve years old was already abundantly incipient.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM


    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      You know, beating the Feesh isn’t really a cause for celebration – it’s kinda like having your Donzi hit a manatee. Here’s some of the flavor of last night’s game for those of you who live too far inland for your kitchen faucet to squirt saltwater into your Tang:

      So. The Feesh are tied 3-3 with the Pirates. Top of the eighth, the Feesh leave the bases loaded, three of the eleven they left on base last night. This is not what we usually mean by “can they go to eleven?” but the Feesh are reknowned neologistas. Chad Qualls loads the bases with none out in the bottom of the eighth on a walk, a single, a wild pitch and then another walk to Kutch. Mike Dunn trundles in from the boolpen and gets a strikeout and a double play ball. Threat squished. The Feesh come up in the top of the ninth and go one two three on a popup, strikeout and shallow fly ball. Mike Dunn, hero of the bottom of the eighth, comes out to pitch the bottom of the ninth. His third pitch to the pinch-hitting utility infielder winds up in the right field seats, or rather, in the glove of little boy who caught it and primped for the cameras. Children are horrible.

  8. historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    V — 4 hits, 7 SO and NO walks in 8 innings. 100 mph fastballs in the 6th and a 6-pitch 8th inning. Muuuuch better. Also, 7 hits turned into 5 runs for us, and the new closer was solid. I’m a pretty happy camper today, boys and girls. Still, sweeps are hard to do — especially of your closest division rival. Can we sustain this winning streak on the road? Eat em up, Tigers!

    • philliesblow - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      I believe you forgot to mention a big 3 run HR. You can’t stop Donnie Kelly, you can only hope to contain him!

      / ducks under desk to avoid incoming barrage of peanuts

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        I think that she just pied you instead.

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Mmmmm, pie!

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Nah, it was probably some nasty bread pudding

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Dudes, y’all are *not* getting me to throw you some bread pudding, and I see that I will have to amend my shit list again.

    • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Throw cake, please

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I got no Canadian cakes, my friend. And, I’d better stop there before I make a Beavz dessert reference. That there’s trouble.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Mmmm…Beavz dessert….yummy….

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        With extra maple syrup…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        LOL! Now I’m picturing a stripper named Mabel Leafs doing a syrup dance.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        sigh Mable Leafs….I’ll have more of that….

  9. paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Joe Kelly’s ERA as a starter is now 1.82. Since being moved to the rotation full time, he’s given up 4, 1, 0, 0, and 1 runs.

    On an unrelated note, it was interesting to watch Jim Joyce behind the plate last night. Someone really needs to remind the guy that the funny white shape embedded in the ground is what defines the strike zone and NOT where the catcher sets up. If a catcher set up off the plate and the pitcher hit the glove, there was a good chance he’d call a strike….if the pitcher missed and actually threw a strike, he would call it a ball due to the catcher having to move the target. The same thing was happening with low pitches….if the glove started down there, he’d call low pitching strikes, but if the catcher had to move the glove downward, he’d call everything a ball, even pitches that were strikes.

    There has been a lot of debate about the effects and importance of pitch framing, which in theory should be irrelevant because umpires should have decided before the pitch hits the mitt if it passed through the zone or not…but the potential effects of framing were front and center last night with Joyce behind the plate.

  10. pdhitman - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    The proper term for someone from The Charm City is Balt-OH-moron. Gotta emphasize the ‘O’.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Yep. Proud Baltomoron here.

  11. mediocrebob - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Anyone else notice the lack of Nationals fans commenting. My! How a few weeks changes everything.

    Bryce Harper likes guys.

    • someguyinva - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I can’t presume to speak for all Nats fans, but it seems to me that silence in the face of what has long looked to be the certainty that Nats players, just like their fans, will be watching the postseason on TV is really the only correct approach.

      Spotlight and spoils go to the victors, losers go home and lick their wounds, mouthing platitudes like get ’em next year, stiff upper lip in the face of adversity, we welcome our new Braves fan overlords, yadda yadda yadda.

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      The NL East seems to be a one-team division at the moment. The Nats are in second place but they are 14.5 games back. The last place team in the AL East (yes, my lowly Jays) are only 15 games out. That is one horrible division.

  12. Glenn - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Steven Wright’s knuckler was crazy last night. It was like he was using a wiffle ball. Poor Lavarnway never had a chance behind the plate. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  13. spudchukar - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Sweet victory for St. Louis. Kelly and relievers best Kershaw and the Dodger pen. Rosenthal carves up Puig, maybe that isn’t Kosher, but it was enjoyable to watch.

    To: Don Mattingly. Turning Beltran around to his left-hand side isn’t prudent, even if he was 2 for 2 vs. Howell.

    Get Well Yadi, but Cruz has been doing an admirable job. It is Nolasco vs. Miller tonight, I like the chances.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Cruz seems like he is getting more comfortable and confident with each passing game. I never want Yadi to be hurt or, really, have a day off….but seeing Cruz play some solid defense and put together some solid ABs is giving me more confidence in him.

      Sadly, if the Cardinals do wind up adding a veteran starter, you know it’ll be Kelly who is sent to the pen rather than Westbrook, even though Kelly has arguably been their most reliable starter for the past few weeks. He hasn’t been going deep into games (which is mostly due to Matheny pulling him after 80 or so pitches, rather than inefficiency), but he’s been filling up the scoresheet with zeros.

      • spudchukar - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        You are probably correct. More because Westbrook is a lousy relief candidate. However, a couple more sorry outings and Matheny may not care. Watching Westbrook pitch is agonizing. I hold my breath with every delivery, and the walks and HBPs are irritating.

        If the Red Birds can hang close to Pittsburgh over the next week, the Molina DL may be a blessing in disguise. I was watching the Pirate game before the Cards/Dodger tilt, and during the commercials, and the Pirate announcers were talking about Russell Martin being the leading candidate to receive the GG in the NL. Along with the notion, that the days off will be beneficial to Martin not just for September, but the need to think October. Plus now how McCutcheon has taken over the lead in the MVP.

        Note to Pirate fans: Hats off to the tremendous year to date. But it is a little early to be contemplating printing WS tickets.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Yeah, I’ve watched a few Pirate games via MLB.TV with the Pirates announcer….HOLY HOMERS BATMAN. The entire game was a tongue bath of the Pirates players. I am glad they are winning, their fans deserve it, but jeez….the delusion of the announcers was crazy….they were the anti-Hrabowskys

  14. sportsdrenched - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    James Shields and the Royals, what on earth was that?

  15. APBA Guy - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    The A’s are mired in an offensive slump, which can be officially declared after 7 games. The A’s 2-5 over their last 7 games, and having scored only 1 in their last 20 innings, are getting good pitching. The typical loss involves surrendering only 3-4 runs. But the offense has been dreadful. Last night was a perfect example, with Latos just chuckling his way through his start. The only A’s run, Norris’ HR off a 99 mph Chapman heater, barely made it over the fence in miniscule GABP.

    And I as I write this, Colon has given up 5 to the Reds in the first 3 innings this morning to go down 5-1. A loss to the Reds this morning and a Rangers win over LAA (the Angels have dropped 3 straight) and guess what, the AL West is tied.

    Memo to the G & P Beane: We A’s fans, already nervous, are getting really nervous. And it isn’t the caffeine.

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