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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 8, 2013, 5:17 AM EST

Alejandro De Aza,

All kinds of comebacks on Wednesday. Let’s call it “Comeback Wednesday!” — wait, what? Really? OK, sorry folks. The people in the marketing department said that’s impossibly lame. They’re working on something centering around the idea of “Extreme Comebacks” but they want to focus group it first. We’ll let you know.

White Sox 6, Yankees 5: Alejandro De Aza smacked a game-winning triple in the 12th. Mariano Rivera blew the save in the ninth, the Yankees blew another lead in the 12th and with it they were swept by a White Sox team that came into the series on a ten-game losing jag. This pretty much has to be what rock bottom looks like, right? Oh well, on the bright side Rivera’s blown save was significant: with it he tied Trevor Hoffman on the all-time blown saves list. When you think about it, you gotta be pretty good to blow a lot of saves.

Mets 5, Rockies 0: Matt Harvey shut ‘em out on just four hits and 106 pitches, striking out six and walking no one. On the year he’s 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 178/29 K/BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings. Tough stuff.

Orioles 10, Padres 3: Chris Davis absolutely crushed a baseball — sending it 453 feet — for his 41st homer during Baltimore’s four-run eighth inning. They tacked on three in the ninth. After the game Bud Black said “[w]e had a little bit of a breakdown in our bullpen.” Gee, ya think?

Reds 6, Athletics 5: Bartolo Colon got roughed up pretty good, surrendering five runs and failing to escape the third inning. After the game he said he had some stomach trouble. That’s no small concern when Colon is involved. A homer and three RBI for Jay Bruce.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 7: A couple of comebacks. The M’s were down 7-2 when they came to bat in the fourth and were up 9-7 after five. That made for a rough return to action for J.A. Happ who had been out since being struck by a batted ball and suffering a fractured skull back in May. Better a bad comeback from that than no comeback at all.

Tigers 6, Indians 5: It took them 14 innings, but the Tigers continued their mastery of the Tribe and collected their 11th straight win. Eleven of twelve over Cleveland. Miguel Cabrera with a big two-run homer in the eighth and Prince Fielder with the ultimately game-winning two-run double in the 14th.

Braves 6, Nationals 3: That’s thirteen straight wins for Atlanta, as they complete the sweep of the Nats. Justin Upton doubled and homered. After the game Fredi Gonzalez revealed that for every win he has been given some protein drink by Braves players and superstition obligates him to continue drinking it. What is it? He doesn’t know. “They may be giving me poop. I don’t even know what it is,” he said. It’s poop, isn’t it? Tell me it’s poop.

Cubs 5, Phillies 2: Hero of the game, Donnie Murphy, who hit a three-run homer in the ninth to go with an earlier solo shot. He had one the day before too. What the heck, man?

Royals 5, Twins 2: Danny Duffy couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning, but he and five relievers combine for 16 strikeouts of Twins hitters.

Pirates 4, Marlins 2: Charlie Morton started rough but settled down and ended up throwing seven strong innings. He also Helped His Own Cause with an RBI single. The Pirates continue to maintain the best record in baseball.

Red Sox 7, Astros 5: Stephen Drew hit a three-run homer in the ninth to bring the Sox back from behind. A five-run comeback on Tuesday night, a three-run comeback last night. Indeed, it was the sixth time in its last seven wins in which Boston has come from behind.

Rangers 10, Angels 3: And with that, the Rangers are back atop the AL West. Well, tied. One behind in the loss column, but they do have a share of the lead for the first time since July 1. A homer and three RBI for Adrian Beltre.

Dodgers 13, Cardinals 4: All kinds of bad for the Cards as they get their clock cleaned and they lose Shelby Miller after just two pitches. Good news: he says he feels OK and should make his next start. As for the Dodgers, Andre Ethier and Skip Schumaker each had three hits and four RBIs while Carl Crawford had four hits and a walk.

Diamondbacks 9, Rays 8: A double comeback as the snakes found themselves down 3-0 and then 8-7 late. Martin Prado won it, though, with a two run double in the ninth. On the day he was 4 for 4 with a homer and four driven in.

Brewers 6, Giants 1: Marco Estrada was excellent in a spot start, shutting out the Giants for five innings on one hit. This one was 0-0 into the seventh inning before the Giants scored to make it 1-0, so I guess we can say there was a comeback here as well.

Still waiting to hear from the focus group, but I’m really liking the branding opportunities from last night.

  1. indaburg - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    I do not like this “Comeback Wednesday.” Not one bit.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      I’m all in on Comeback Wednesday – and we’ll see you floating carpets another day. We have another 1/2 game to put up on you in KC while y’all float around on yet another off day.

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

        The worse part was losing Archer in the 2nd inning night. He winced after a pitch and Jose Molina was up on that mound like a concerned grandpa. Next thing you know, Archer is rolling his eyes and riding pine. I hope it’s nothing, just an abundance of caution. I went to bed too early to hear any more news about it and I don’t see an update on HBT.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:20 AM

        Forearm tightness – needs an MRI I would think. Butt-clenching night for Cardinals fans as well – Shelby Miller threw 2 pitches and took a line drive off his pitching elbow. X-rays are clear but still. Good luck with Archer – he’s fun – a high energy quirkball.

      • indaburg - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:24 AM

        Bah, forearm tightness? My forearm is tight! I’m going to work. Kids today.

        Yeah, he’s a fun kid. I got a nice pic of him and my daughter. They look like siblings.

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

        Archer is already talking about making his next start, and Shelby Miller as well. How did you manage to get Archer’s attention in a packed stadium …. oh.

      • indaburg - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        How you say in English… eff you? It is my second language, you know.

        It was at a charity fundraiser for juvenile diabetes that your native son, Super Sam, held. She loves her some Fuld. Although, one fortunate side effect of a tiny fan base is accessibility to the players. You don’t have to rich and famous. Regular Joan Schmoes like me can hob knob too. The players aren’t stuck up either. No one knows them. Some of them are more likely to be recognized in Boston or NY than here.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Hee hee – my trolly instincts got the best of me for a minute.

      • indaburg - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        I know, I know. (While I hand your team a bar of soap and explain what this foreign object is…)

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      “Don’t call it a comeback, i’ve been here for years.”

      • indaburg - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Rocking my peers and putting suckas in fear Making the tears rain down like a monsoon
        Listen to the bass go boom!

        One of the best openings to a rap song ever. If that doesn’t get you amped, check your pulse. You’re likely dead.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        “Damn”

        ( And I agree, if you don’t like the opening line, you’re likely the walking dead )

      • cur68 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        That’s my favourite song. Don’t tell anyone.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      You guys just can’t seem to close the deal.

      I thought the Sox were supposed to be steamrolled to the bottom of the division by the powerhouse Rays by now.

      • indaburg - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Uh huh. Who keeps feeding you this misinformation? It ain’t coming from me. Quit listening to unclemo.

    • cur68 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Lousy bullpens! WTF! Nando was craptastic. Dude throws 98mph, why he’s hanging breaking pitches is beyond me. As for the Beaver pen, they’re absent Steve “Machine Man” Delabar and it shows. He’s off getting the lubricant changed in his shoulder, and the bolts tightened in his forearm, so was unavailable for bailing out JA Happ. Then the hitting. They could have got this job done with a couple of back-up fly balls, but they failed to hit it out of the shallow centre. Arg. Still, a much needed day off for them today might recharge them a bit.

  2. lewp - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Wow Craig is either up late or up early, either way, ATH is out much earlier than normal.
    I’m loving how the Rangers sweep the Angels twice and won 10 out of 12 from the Halos.

  3. lewp - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Reblogged this on Lewp’s Weblog.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Maybe the craziest comeback of all was that Jeremy Bonderman returned to the team of his pro debut and was key to the Tiggers’ road sweep of their division rivals. Can a Brandon Inge signing be far off? Unfortunately Magglio is otherwise occupied…

    • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Eff you for taking my post. :(

      • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        The comeback they need is Infante from the DL. Indians and Royals are looking like much better teams this year. But right now I would say not good enough to stay up with the Tigers.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Eff you? Eff you eff you very very much?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        You misspelled Elf.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Snooze you lose sistah

      • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Dude, I’m gonna have to hit you and it’s gonna be mean. But that’s what you will get for breaking an unwritten rule of HBT. You do NOT steal another homer’s post.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        That rule is valid only insofar as it is enforceable. Cue the Pat Benatar. /hit me with ya best shot

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        I was *this* close to throwing in some MGB.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        I think you think I’m kidding.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I may be willing to discuss terms of your surrender.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        So do you honestly think all of your widespread ass kissery here would exist if you were ‘one of the guys?’

        Oh historio – I’m *starstruck* by you. Blah blah blah

        Very occasionally Burgie will adopt that tone with OG and it’s flinchable. If you actually wanted to be ‘one of the guys’ then your picture and posts would reflect that. They do not.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        Totally psyched you went all ‘dude’ on me, bro. Evil northern minions or not, we shall see who grasps the internet advantage of ‘first’ on future ATH’s.

    • jeffchadwick - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      It’s a four game set.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Ok that’s cool – I really don’t care. I just wanted to scoop Historio – Mission Accomplished.

    • geoknows - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      It’s a little soon to claim “sweep,” as the Tigers and Indians have another game tonight before the series is over.

  5. rockthered1286 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Fun fact- Crush Davis took the first pitch he saw in that at bat deep last night- his major league leading 11th HR on a first pitch. What a hoss.

  6. dondada10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Mets are 4 games back of the Yankees in the loss column.

  7. andreweac - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Mike Trout will be robbed out of the MVP two years in a row. This will rank as one of the greatest injustices in American history.

    Baseball should feel ashamed of itself. Writers should be questioning their will to win, grittiness and must be moved to extreme synchronized swimming. Oh I’m serious all right!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      One of the greatest injustices in American history? Hmmm.

      /pulls out Big Ol’ History Book

      Oh, yes, here it is between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Sand Creek Massacre. The Great Trout Robbing. Well, then, carry on.

      • blacksables - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        What about when Mary Jean Watson refused to go to the prom with me?

        Injustice doesn’t have to happen on a large scale for it to hurt.

      • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        And, you know, a guy cut me off on the freeway coming to work today. Someone has to do something about all of these injustices!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Your post made me recall this classic from Onion history

        http://www.theonion.com/articles/may-29-1905,10650/

      • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        That’s awesome. History humor. He he

  8. proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    In his first ML appearance since being hit in then head, Happ had a lead after 4 innings, but had thrown a lot of pitches. Gibbons sent him out in the 5th hoping that he would hold out long enough to get the win. Unfortunately it did not happen, as an error by Lawrie got the inning off to a bad start.

    • cur68 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      This one falls into the Bad Luck Loss category. They had this one. But once Danny Farquar came in, it was over. A little known and appreciated fact about Danny Farquar is that he strikes out d00dz. Like mega. If you no one has Farquar in your FL, GET HIM. He’s $$$.

  9. janessa31888 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    NOOOO!!! curls up in a ball and weeps bitterly.
    I’m going to need therapy when this cursed series is over. Ice cream therapy.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Ice cream therapy is the second best type of therapy possible. Only cake therapy is better.

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

        Let’s put this to bed: Morphine and liquor is the best “therapy” one could ever hope for.

        Everything that follows is an added benefit.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        blue, you share too much.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        You wish I shared too much ;-)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Well, yeah, but not the medication stuff. ;)

      • janessa31888 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Thankfully, I had some cake on hand also. Yum

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Good for you!

    • nbjays - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Cake??? And you call yourself a Canadian?

      Pie! Pie, I say.

      Cake…. pfffft!

      And I don’t want to hear about any (gag!) bread pudding.

      • cur68 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN!

        Prepare the boiling seal blubber and ready the sack of seagull feathers! Someone’s gonna get run out of the Ice Town today….

  10. COTorrey - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    EAT EM UP TIGERS!

  11. historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Miggy went Boom! He he! Still, there were filler pieces and MVP Miggy came out of the game again. So it dragged. On. 14 innings. But, the Return of Bonderman! That’s right, kids. No, you didn’t wake up in 2006. It’s the future where Bonderman and V are veterans and teammates once again. I know you’re rubbing your eyes, but you did see that right. The name next to the game W is Bonderman. Three scoreless innings. Yahooooooo!!!!! (How is he only like 30? Isn’t this some Disney movie old man comeback? I love cheesy baseball films.) That was nice. Real nice. Ryan “Big Money” Raburn struck out twice for the Indians and Don Kelly only struck out once for us! Yippeee! Tonight, His Heterochromianess returns to the mound, so we gotta good chance at an actual sweep. Eat em up, Tigers!

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Awesome Jackson strikes again and don’t forget Donny’s clutch GIDP in the top of the 14th.

    • philliesblow - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      “The name next to the game W is Bonderman.” Great to see a good 1st outing for Bonderman. If he keeps it up, we may need to change his name to Wonderman.

      The Salazar kid for the Tribe was all kinds of impressive. First time all year someone struck Miggy out 3 times. Makes the Boom even better.

      I let out a couple choice words when Smokes brought Rondon in, but he did a great job also.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        How much did you laugh seeing Miggy talking to Salazar? I was loving it. Miggy was giving him respect…and then he went boom!

  12. atlfan31833 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    13-0 since installing the Waffle House @ the TED. They should have done that years ago!

    • clearwall - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      I think the Braves are the most under-appreciated dominant teams of all time. Best team in baseball, literally 0 weaknesses right now, and I’ve seen 0 headlines chronicling how amazing they’ve been the last 2 weeks. No, it’s all “Dodgers are unbeatable” and “Arod might seal the postseason for the Yankees even if he gets suspended for being a disgusting cheater all his life.”

      • atlfan31833 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        None of Atlanta’s teams get much publicity unless they do something wrong. Not so sure why.

  13. steelers88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Cardinals lose and Pirates So……..FIRST PLACE BUCS BY 3 GAMES NOW!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Yep…you guys keep applying the pressure 88.
      I am expecting that to be the case for the remainder of the year.

      • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Guys are in the doldrums right now, SLB. They need:

        1. Yadier back.
        2. Shelby to be OK. (Not just for their sake. Hate to see him hurt.)
        3. Maybe a little easier schedule for a while to get their equilibrium. This has been a tough run.

  14. stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    So the Astros’ Magic Number stays at 6 to avoid the 62 Mets ignominy. And they blow a lead in the ninth again. “Wait”, you say, “what about their closer, Veras? Couldn’t he save it for them?”

    Sadly, no. Veras was over at Detroit, pitching a perfect inning to keep them in a tie with Cleveland until they could pull out a win. In exchange, the Astros have another “prospect” toiling at single A and the dreaded PTBNL.

    Somehow, a #1 draft choice doesn’t seem like reasonable compensation for all of the really, really bad baseball we are being forced to endure.

    • philliesblow - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      I’d rather get a PTBNL than HPBiD.

    • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Hard to believe that I’m sitting here watching some team other than the Feesh flirting with the magic of the ’62 Mutts, especially after the clown show Tom Koehler and Rob Brantly put on against the Pirates last night. The writeup on the Feesh web site blames Koehler for being wild, which is not inaccurate but glosses over one crucial passed ball and one wild pitch he should have been able to stop (the other one missed Harrison’s nose by about the space between fingertips in the Dharmacakra mudra. Wow). I’ve mentioned the Iron Giant’s ongoing meltdown several times this past week or so – his lack of production is one of, if not the, key factor(s) that has returned the Feesh to their May performance levels – but should also mention my general disappointment with Brantly’s lack of development this season. His production has been so anemic that he needs to start sprinkling hematite powder on his tofu, and I think the last time he threw someone out was when his brother in law got drunk and heaved on his den rug. Shame, too – that rug really tied the room together. Well, at least he didn’t piss on it.

      • natslady - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Nats have the same number of losses as the Mets (60). Just planning on watching some August-September baseball, enjoying the remnants of the heat and humidity, ’cause winter is inevitable.

      • natslady - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Also, I wish the Nats had some kind of identity. Even the Feeeeeeesh do. Pirates do. Barves, much as I hate their identity, even though I think it’s semi-racist, at least the have one. The only time the Nats had even a wisp of an identity was in the playoffs with the RED rally towels. OK, I’m just depressed.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      I hear you Suze. Very tough run. Kind of saw it coming (at least their woes on the recent road trip). Think about where we would be had they not went (6 – 1) on the home stand just prior to the 11 game road trip. Fortunately, most of the remaining games are at home and once they get through August…September should be a little easier road. As long as they don’t lose to much ground getting to Sept.!

  15. 18thstreet - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I’m pretty sure John Wasdin, not Trevor Hoffman, has the career record for blown saves with 10,000, all of them accumulated during the 1999 season.

  16. stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    The Cardinals lose their stud Rookie after two pitches.
    Jake Westbrook comes in and proceeds to throw about 150 pitches in just over 4 innings.
    They finish the game with their back up to their back up Catcher on the hill.
    The Pirates and Redlegs win.
    Oh…and I tweaked my hamstring scoring from 1st in Softball.

    Things went well for me last night…

    • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      You failed to mention that there’s only one hundred and forty six days until your Obamacare obligations descend upon you….

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Meh…we are coming up roses on that one Gator. I fully anticipate an entirely seamless transition with no ill affects for anyone. Nothing but sunshine, rainbows and puppy dogs.
        Of course…my Father always said I thought money grew on trees.

      • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        You sure you know what you’re getting us into here, OG? Why don’t you just run over to a refinery and have a smoke in the cracking plant? It might cause less of an inferno.

      • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Look at me, Ma – I’m on top of the world!

  17. riverace19 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Colon’s stomach hurt because he accidentally swallowed the bat boy before the game.
    Mo Rivera just joined the Brett Favre Club with the most of everything.

  18. stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Miguel Cabrera illustrated why he is the games best hitter last night.
    First couple of AB’s he struck out. Next AB he adjusted and went yard.
    Saw a stat last night while watching the highlights and it said something to the affect of him striking out twice to start the game has only happened a handful of times. Or something to that effect.
    You will have to forgive me. Lot’s of beer after softball. Memory is foggy.
    But I know that stat (whatever the hell it was)…was damned impressive. Much like him in the box.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      He struck out the first three times and hit a homer his fourth. That is the 4th time he has ever struck out three times in a game.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Ahhh…that’s right. K’s his first three at bats. And only striking out 3 times on four occasions in his entire career? Wow. As I said…damned impressive.
        Again…please excuse the foggy memory. Long night.

        Thanks for the clarification.

  19. theageofquarrel - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    RAISE THE JOLLY ROGAH!!!! (again!!!)

  20. mediocrebob - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Yes. The braves are racist…says the Redskins fan.

  21. APBA Guy - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Yikes, El Capitan had an upset tummy. Without having heard that, both my girlfriend and I noticed he looked extremely uncomfortable during his short stay on the mound yesterday. We watched the DVR of the MLB broadcast, with Severino and Magrane broadcasting. Magrane mentioned that Bartolo’s pitches didn’t have their “usual crispness”, which is a polite way of saying that the Reds should have gotten more than 5 in the 2+ innings he was out there. The A’s came back and made it close starting with Donaldson’s HR that would have been an out or a double at best in the Mausoleum.

    Of course, the game ended on a Chapman 103 mph pitch.

    The A’s have now lost 6 of 7 and are in a tie with Texas. A’s fans await the team strengthening move by the G & P Beane and ownership. Until that happens, we must content ourselves that the next 7 games will be against at Toronto and hosting Houston. Stex’s boys need 6 wins to get above the Mets record, and Cur’s Beavermen need something to shut Harry up. Maybe a hydrogen bomb.

    No matter how tired the A’s regulars are, or how bad their tummies feel, they have to fire themselves up. I don’t think help is coming from this ownership group, not this year.

    • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      So am I to read that the A’s are willing to help in the quest for the Magic Six? :-)

      • APBA Guy - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        :)

        I don’t know about “willing” so much as “unable to help themselves in their current soporific state.”

      • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        My sister lives in No. Cal. and is an A,s fan. I just had to feed her some encouragement. The Rangers are better on paper, but they have problems, too. If your guys can play their opportunistic ball and get the pitching they are capable of it won’t be decided until the end. I don’t know exactly how to handicap it, but I expect it to be close.

  22. jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Meanwhile, the Dodgers keep up their incredible resurgence at the same time the Yankess continue to find ways to lose. After taking 2 of 3 in decisive fashion from a very good Cardinals club, I think it’s fair to say the Dodgers are the real deal, while after choking 2 of 3 to a crummy White Sox club, the Yankees are beginning to suck. Or that the Mets’ winning % would be only .003 behind the World Champion SF Giants? Such is baseball, which like all sports, cannot be won on paper. Did anyone think those Pittsburgh Pirates would be such a good team while those Philadelphia Phillies would be such a bad one? Finally, who picked the Red Sox to play so well?

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      4 game set Jimee. But your point is taken.
      Regardless of what happens this evening…the Dodgers are very much the real deal.

  23. reeggss - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Big sweep for Texas. Josh Hamilton, 0-12 with 5 k’s, absolutely love it.

  24. misterj167 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “The nationals with another setback, Bob, but no doubt they’ll start that winning streak soon.”

    “No question about that Doug. They’re playing great ball but coming up just short, they’re hitting into a lot of bad luck. Aptly named ESPN reporter Ivana Duharp asked outfielder Bryce Harper what he plans to do with his World Series bonus money once things turn around.”

    (two hours later)

    “Great interview Carol, and please put your top back on, this is a family channel. Meanwhile, the Nats are getting ready to play the Phillies, looking to put some distance between them, and maybe share some experiences about getting swept at home by…by…who did they play, anyway, Bob?”

    (Bob shrugs and shakes his head)

    “Well that’s is for Baseball Tonight. Tune in for our three hour special, “What ARod had for dinner.”

    • clearwall - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Isnt it beautiful, that even if the Gnats miraculously figured out how to repeat what the Bravos are doing and win 13 straight games and make it coincide with a Braves losing streak of 13 straight games, they STILL wouldnt be that close to the division lead? Love it love it love it. Chop Away, boys!

    • stex52 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Well played, misterj.

  25. jrs45 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    “detroits bankrupt” lmao that was crazy!

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