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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Aug 12, 2013, 5:20 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Gardner follows through on walk off solo home run to defeat Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York Reuters

Yankees 5, Tigers 4: If I told you that Mariano Rivera blew two saves in a three game series you’d probably assume the Yankees had a bad series. Except in this case they won both of the games Mo blew. Baseball is weird. Miguel Cabrera homered off of him again on Sunday — he’s only the third right hander with two career home runs off Rivera — but the Yankees pulled it out in the ninth with a Brett Gardner walkoff.

Mariners 2, Brewers 0: King Felix was his usual dominant self, tossing eight scoreless and striking out nine. Wily Peralta was almost as good but he gave up one gopher ball and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. The game lasted a mere two hours eleven minutes. It was like friggin’ 1914 or something out there.

Reds 3, Padres 2: Joey Votto with a sac fly in the bottom of the 13th. It’s gonna be awesome when Votto finishes the year with something like his current .322/.437/.509 batting line and gets almost no MVP love because he doesn’t have 100 RBI.

Braves 9, Marlins 4: The wining streak ended with a 1-0 loss on Saturday but the Braves got back on the horse Sunday and handed Miami their sixth loss in seven games. Four hits for Jason Heyward, three for Evan Gattis, a three-run homer for Freddie Freeman and the go-ahead RBI for B.J. Upton. Just so many contributors right now.

Nationals 6, Phillies 0: Stephen Strasburg shuts ’em out on 99 pitches — it’s a Maddux!  In other news, is there anything more depressing than being a Phillies fan at the moment?

Rangers 6, Astros 1: The Rangers are surging. Seven straight wins, in fact. Martin Perez had a shutout into the ninth. It was broken up by a Chris Carter solo homer, but Perez still finished the complete game, allowing only four hits while striking out eight.

Royals 4, Red Sox 3: The Royals keep on rolling, upping their record to 18-5 since the break. They’re 4.5 back in the wild card.

Twins 5, White Sox 2:  Kevin Correia pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer each homered and the Twins take three of four. They, like a lot of teams, admittedly, have owned the White Sox this season.

Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4: Bob Melvin picks up the 700th win in his managerial career thanks to Alberto Callaspo‘s tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth. The A’s stay a game back of the Rangers.

Indians 6, Angels 5:  The Angels had a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth and they woofed it away, thanks in part to a pair of two-run homers from two-run homers by Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles in the sixth.  With it the Indians snap their six-game losing streak that put them way the heck back in the AL Central. An awful week but not a bad salvage job.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 4: St. Louis ends a four-game losing streak and avoids a sweep. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese each drove in two.

Rockies 3, Pirates 2: Chad Bettis allowed two runs early but settled down and the Rockies’ pen pitched three scoreless. Jeff Locke walked four batters in five and two-thirds. He’s not been going very deep into games lately. You have to wonder if he’s getting a bit tired.

Dodgers 8, Rays 2: Clayton Kershaw is awesome, which, well, duh.  But how come every time I click on a Dodgers box score there’s some random Ellis doing cool things? Ellises are the new inefficiency.

Mets 9, Diamondbacks 5: This was an ugly-fest. Lots of unearned runs and a dude has his hip dislocated. But Andrew Brown had a three-run pinch hit homer, and that’s uplifting, yes?

Orioles 10, Giants 2: J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, but then the Orioles piled it on.

  1. kiwicricket - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    ” In other news, is there anything more depressing than being a Phillies fan at the moment?”
    Genital warts, that’s about all I can think of.

    • indaburg - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      I don’t even think genital warts are all that depressing, speaking as a health professional. It depends which type you have. Being a Feesh fan is more depressing.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Being a jays fan has to be by far the most depressing, going into the season they actually thought they were going to be in postseason this year!! Instead they got worse!!

    • moogro - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Any of the myriad of teams that will never spend enough to have the combination of a good team and an ace or two to win a world series.

  2. lewp - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Miguel Cabrera first player ever to homer off Mariano Rivera twice in a row

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Rivera blows another save and Gardner blasts a tape measure home run. Weird is right.

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        In addition to which, both times in the last few days that Rivera blew a save, the Borg won the game. Veddy intewwesting. Mo been standin’ at the crossroads much?

    • Jason Lukehart - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Cabrera is only the second player to homer off Rivera twice in a season, joining Edgar Martinez, who did it all the way back in 1995.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Dear Mr. Lackey: I admit that I do not like your team; however, I did draft Mr. Buchholz for my fantasy team. After Mr. Buchholz got hurt, I replaced him with you rather than Mr. Nova. For a while you pitched almost as well as Mr. Buchholz, but recently, you have fallen off the waggon. Please pull up your Sox Mr. Lackey! Sincerely!

    • uyf1950 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      Never underestimate the power of a “Super Nova” versus the “Slacker Lackey”.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:03 AM

        I took the wrong pitcher to replace Buchholz. A bit of buyers remorse.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        you have remorse just waking up in the morning and I don’t blame ya

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        That’s probably a better deal than waking up in the morning with absolutely nothing to offer, like, you know, you do. Of course, this begs the question of whether you actually ever do wake up, or whether your audioflatus is just more muttering in your sleep – which would account for the invariability of its content.

    • nbjays - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      Hey, PC, don’t you go bemoaning a Red Sox loss or we’ll come and take away your Blue Jays fan card.

  4. scotttheskeptic - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    @kiwi I was going to say, “reading about it,” but you win.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    A frustrating game for the Jays. Three times they loaded the bases against the A’s but could not get that key hit. The usually reliable Darren Oliver gave up 3 runs in the 8th inning and the Jays were only able to score 1 run in the 9th despite loading the bases against a very wild Balfour.

    • nbjays - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      Balfour spent the whole 9th inning out there looking like he’d rather be anywhere else, maybe even getting a root canal.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Frustrating game for the jays? Pc the season is OVER and has been for a month!!! Time to focus on hockey, stop worrying about something that’s never going to get better

      • nbjays - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        You mean like the Yankees’ place in the standings? Yep, still 4th place and 10 games out and not about to improve.

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Poor Dim One Note Harry took a day orf to contemplate his own monotony, saw that it was good, and returned to bore us silly once again.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I think doubly frustrating for the Jays because Griffin- who is neck and neck with Dickey and Sabathia for most HR allowed in the AL- was up in the zone the whole game and yet there was very little loud contact by the Jays. The key play was the Callaspo double. Bonifacio showed why he’s primarily an infielder by taking a Harry Potter route to the ball which clanked out of his glove for a double.

      Balfour is like a hard throwing Don “Full Pack” Stanhouse, so named by Earl Weaver because Earl would-through a combination of anxiety and sheer duration-go through a full pack of cigarettes while Stanhouse closed out the 9th. Balfour is not usually this bad, but rarely is his 9th a 1-2-3 affair either.

      Still a win is a win. Of more import is that today’s game is one of those wrap-around getaway games that isn’t televised by Comcast Bay Area. Texas has Darvish going against the Astros. Sorry Stex, that could get ugly, but the A’s so recently in first, are chasing the Rangers. Maybe the A’s need to be the chasers, but like last year, they can’t count on a wild card. There are two teams from the East in the hunt as well as the Indians and the Royals.

      This could get exciting, but for all the wrong reasons, as the continued sloppy play up the middle (Sogard error while playing an unfamiliar short) screams out the need for a Drew-like move, something that the A’s fans have been hoping for since May.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Nice summary!

  6. uyf1950 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    After getting swept by the White Sox the Yankees take 2 of 3 from the Tigers, go figure.

    • nbjays - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      Beisbol is a funny game.

    • JB (the original) - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      The Twins, in taking 3 out of 4 from the Chisox scored 19 runs in the series, all of them coming off of homeruns.

      • dluxxx - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Pretty crazy. Then again, they were playing in the band box called “The Cell.”

    • yankeefanincolo - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Not only getting swept by the Chisox, but losing two of three to the Padres prior to the Chicago series. Weird!

  7. kcrobert10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    I hope this sieries with the fish doesn’t end up being a trap sieries with the fish. Big sieries with Detroit this weekend who we coincidently have a 5-3 record against them this yr. So this are big chance to make a move in the standings. Go Royals.

  8. rockthered1286 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Adam Jones, yanno that guy who is “a much worse hitter than Chris Davis,” smacked a double and a dinger, while driving in 4 yesterday to help the yardbirds continue their left coast dominance. On this 4-1 road trip to the left coast Jones is 12 for 21 with 8 RBI. This on top of an 9 game hitting streak in which hes had multi-hit games in 5 of the 9. But yanno. Much worse than Davis.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Hot or not, he is worse hitter than Chris Davis.

      Jones: .304/.332/.519 24 homers

      Davis: .300/.376/.676 42 homers

      If you need someone to explain this to you you’re simply refusing to see reality.

      And if you think someone saying that Jones is worse than Davis is the same thing as saying “Jones sucks” you’re being willfully blind in other ways.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Don’t get too hot under the collar there CC! My need to hold on to the grudge was based on one word and one word only: MUCH. If you had said in that article that he was merely a worse hitter? I can dig it. But you called him a “much worse” hitter. Your splits are showing me Davis hits for more power and overall is a better hitter. That much is obvious to any passing fan of the game. But saying Jones is “much worse” makes it seem as if they gave Ryan Flaherty a free pass to get to Crush. But in this reply above? You refer to Davis as simply “worse” and not “much worse” to which I can 100% get on board with.

        On a side note, not to agree with Bochy because 99.9% of the time you do NOT walk Jones to get to Davis, Crush is only hitting .200 for the month, while Jones is hitting .470. No matter how you slice it, it was a tough call to make.

        Closure has been had. Enjoy your week CC!

  9. crystalinadumass - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    I don’t know what’s more sick, Cabrera’s game or genital warts.

  10. jrocknstuff - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Surprised not to hear much of anything about the idiot in SF that threw the banana at Adam Jones.

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      We’ll see a post about it later today no doubt. The last similar incident I can remember took place in the NHL a few years back…

    • dondada10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      This is my first time hearing about it. Honestly I’m really shocked to see that. It’s 2013.

  11. janessa31888 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Its been miserable being an Indians fan this week, for sure. Of course, they broke the losing streak the day AFTER I went to a game. The highlights of our trip were the fireworks and Yan Gomes.
    Thank you to Bourn, Swisher, and Aviles for that comeback yesterday. Thanks again, Toronto!!
    Asdrubal has been awful lately and should not be allowed to wear Omar ‘s old number. Cant wait till they trade him.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      You are welcome. I always liked Gomes. Enjoy your ice cream and cake today.

  12. unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Big Game James beat up the Sawks for his new team, and managed to help out the floating devil carpets at the same time, holding the AL East lead at 3. Sawks finally get an off day on the road that they may take their time invading Canada. Unlike the series with the Royals, who are hotter than a two dollar pistol, this is a series that the Sawks should win. The Feather-lice should put up more tame resistance.

    The floating devil carpets are already down 4 games played and yet they too have another day off. At some point this must be looked upon as a liability, yes?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      You plagiarized Old Gator. Have you no shame? Typical Red Sox fan.

      Throws a pot of baked beans at him.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Mmmm – baked beans. But why did you throw them at OG?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        You do not get off that easily. I know that you ate them. If they tasted a bit different it was because I added a secret ingredient – prune juice.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Baked Beans? Nope, not me. /belches loudly and wipes brown sauce off face

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        If there is a next time, it will probably be poutine (fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy).

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        I know what poutine is you cochon.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        By the way, Gator had copy written the phrase “feather lice.” You will be hearing from his lawyer.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        After consulting with my attorneys and my agent I would just like to say that I’m sorry.

        Also any reference to the “feather-lice”&#153OG was clearly an act of homagery. Any future reference to the “feather-lice”&#169OG will include proper credit to the originator of the phrase “feather-lice.”&#153&#169OG

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        My lawyers fixed this.

        Also any reference to the “feather-lice”&#0153OG was clearly an act of homagery. Any future reference to the “feather-lice”&#0169OG will include proper credit to the originator of the phrase “feather-lice.”&#0153&#0169OG

        Once again, I’m sorry to all my teammates.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        I can’t speak for Gator, but your abject apology is OK with me.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Abject & ASCII challenged

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM


      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        I had written not that long ago that Bush’s Beans – especially the Grillin’ Beans – were better than Heinz beans, even though I hate talking dog commercials almost as much as meerkats. Jay Bush ought to send that stupid mutt back to the Bide-a-Wee where he found it and get himself a spur-thighed tortoise. At least they know when to shut up.

        Incidentally, speaking of plantains, Indy, I made a batch of my highly acclaimed tostones to go with my equally acclaimed masas de puerco yesterday. However, since I had made a batch of bacon just before I sliced up the plantains, I first fried the rings in the bacon fat, then drained them well, then squashed them according to ancient Caribbean ritual and re-fried them crispy in a mix of bacon fat (for flavor) and canola oil (for my conscience), drained well again, lightly salted and orgied out on ’em. They were my popcorn for the Feesh-Braves fiasco. Yummmmmm.

        Today for lunch: sandwiches of grouper fillets marinated overnight in homemade mojo criollo.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        plagiarized Old Gator? I wouldn’t worry about that he cant remember 3 mins ago what he did, said, last bowel movement, ect.

      • moogro - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        mmmm platanos. Never get tired of hearing about those. Did the same post-bacon fry the other day with platanos y regular sweet bananas. What the hell? The regular bananas ended up bacon-y sweet nuggets of confection-perfections.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I would just like to call attention to how “meta” harry’s comment was – in the very act of flinging poo he called attention to OG’s bowel movements. Talking about poo whilst flinging poo – what a metashithead.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Dirty Harry is UNCLEAN!

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        No, he’s just an idiot. If you look at some of those old European psychoanalytic journals, a fascination with excrement was ipso facto evidence for (a) juvenility or (b) idiocy. Poor Dim One Note Harry nicely fits into both categories. I can see him sitting in the sandbox in the park (this was just yesterday, by the way – I’m not talking about four or five years ago) lining up cat turds in the Hessian infantry formation before sending them into battle with his bag of little green GI figures.

        And no, I’m not insinuating that Harry actually knows what a Hessian formation is – I doubt if he knows what a Hessian is and would go so far as to doubt that he even knows what a formation is, either. Poor Dim One Note Harry arrived circumstantially at the formation into which he arranged his cat turds. For an explanation, see under “Monkeys and Typewriters.”

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        @moogro: yep, done that too, but with fully ripened plantains, not regular bananas (I grow both here in my yard, though my banana cultivars are apple, ice cream, monkeyfingers and peach – but my plantains are Brobdingnagian due to overfeeding and heavy watering when they’re just pups). As you doubtless know (and for the benefit of the auschlanders in the peanut gallery), fully ripened plantains have a sweet, fruity taste that’s somewhere between a melon and a banana. I make wholemeal buttermilk pancakes with them, sliced thin and sauteed in butter, cinnamon and brown sugar and then poached in a little bit of rum before pouring the pancake batter over them.

        Interestingly enough, PC, at Caplansky’s they serve smoked meat donuts with maple syrup. I don’t have a deep fryer so donuts are pretty much out of the equation but I can certainly make smoked meat fritters with donut or pancake batter, assuming I could ever get my hands on genuine smoked meat down here in this culinary backwater sump.

    • indaburg - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      We need the rest. Losing to the Dodgers is exhausting.

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Probably feels a lot like losing to the Braves. You shoulda seen the way the feens came orf the Feesh in the seventh yesterday. The boolpen has been as useless as a Macondo city councilman lately. The Iron Giant took another collar and his BA has dropped into Tweeter territory. It feels like he hasn’t hit a home run since the late Pleistocene. I also think Justin Ruggiano is closing in on the modern ML record for longest streak of at-bats without a hit.

        Well, the Feesh head for KC and a little designatedhitterball to take the edge orf their once and future travails. I’ve been looking forward to watching the Royals in the flush of their newfound competence. Watching the Iron Giant in the throes of his current schneid will make it easier for kcrobert to get by the sting of his team not having swiped him before the trading deadline.

      • kcrobert10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I’d still take him in 2 seconds if your team would be willing to deal him. I belive cause I have been watching somewhat that he is just unhappy in Miami and wants out. He has also said as much multipletimes. I belive the fish missed a major oopportunity to make there roster better for 2015 when they can compete just to win a few more games this yr.

  13. stex52 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    And the Astros’ death spiral moves into another week. Sunday was different; the Astros never had a lead for the bullpen to blow. After losing two games with the relief pitching kiddie corps throwing it away late, Bo Porter tries Plan B. Dallas Keuchel pitches all nine. For eight it seemed to be working pretty well, only down 0-2. That was still enough to lose, but heck, it’s a quality start. Then Keuchel hits the wall at 100 pitches and the dam breaks (excuse the mixed metaphor). Sort of pointless anyway since the Astros managed four hits total. But at least keeping Keuchel in allowed him to maintain his somewhat undeserved 5+ ERA.

    Magic Number stuck at 6. We can only hope…………………………

    • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Which way do the Astros turn in their death spiral? I’ve already determined that the Feesh death spiral is, indeed, subject to the Coriolus Effect. I was wondering if the same is true for designatedhitterball teams.

      Which of course begs the question of which way Australian teams turn in their death spirals…..

      • stex52 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Years ago, Gator, I was in Melbourne on business. I wanted to see that coriolis effect in person, so I watched the tub drain. Oops, the drain was so efficient that the water went straight down. So I filled the tub to a higher level. This time I got a backwards swirl. So I tried an experiment. I swirled the water with my finger. Sure enough, the residual momentum made it swirl in the other direction, same as the northern hemisphere. And it stayed that way. At small scale the coriolis vector resultant is overwhelmed by other forces.

        I drew a philosophical point from this. If you want to talk about a Category 5 hurricane, then that is a pretty awesome display of the coriolis force. But if you are talking about some crummy little baseball team, they can spiral either way under their own power. The only clear result is that they are going down the drain.

      • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        But didn’t you just love Melbourne to death? It’s like a little San Francisco. My British wife has uncles, aunts and cousins in Burwood, Toorak and The Basin – we look for any excuse to visit them. Great little cafes on Lygon Street. One of my favoritemost sushi bars in the world is in St. Kilda. And I actually learned to throw a boomerang that really came back there. And we always stay at the Como Inn on the corner of Church and Toorak – great hotel, especially at the AARP rate.

        As far as small swirls, what are you talking about? The Feesh are a major disaster.

      • stex52 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        I did, but here is where the confessions start. This was about 20 years ago; I was on business so my days were largely spent in technology review meetings; I did bring my wife, so she really came to love Melbourne; we were in the Rockman Regency on a business account so we didn’t a lot of the fun little bistro stuff; on the way home I negotiated a three day stay in Sydney on the company dime where we had something resembling a second honeymoon.

        Short conclusion:
        1. It was a while back; wife had more fun in Melbourne than I had.
        2. Sydney was terrific.

        As the joke goes, you would want to marry Melbourne but you would want to date Sydney first.

  14. philliesblow - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I can understand Miggy getting loose on Rivera 1 time, but to see Miggy and then Martinez take him deep, there’s only one explanation. The Yankees gave Rivera the weekend off and secretly signed Jose Valverde to wear a Rivera mask this weekend.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      No, did you see Mo’s face after Miggy hit him. He was deflated. He hadn’t bounced back and threw V-Mart a hittable one. It was pretty bittersweet for me.

  15. razorbyrd - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    The Nationals FINALLY let Strasburg go the distance, HOT DAMN!!! Hopefully the bats can stay warm when he pitches and he can end up with a winning record this year, poor kid doesn’t deserve to be 6-9…

    • natstowngreg - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      It wasn’t a question of Davey letting him finish the game. He had 90 pitches after 8 innings, and a 6-run lead. No one even warmed up for the Nats. Strasburg has now pitched at least 7 innings in 13 of 23 starts, including each of his last 5 starts. He’s also thrown at least 110 pitches in 10 starts. Not exactly the profile of a starter who is being coddled.

      Strasburg was unusually efficient, 10 strikeouts notwithstanding. Perhaps, the most efficient he’s been as an MLB starter. Though he barely got the Maddux. It looked lost when he went 2-0 to Kevin Frandsen. Pitch #99 was a rocket off Frandsen’s bat, speared on a nice play by Ryan Zimmerman.

  16. Anoesis - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    “But how come every time I click on a Dodgers box score there’s some random Ellis doing cool things? ”

    Dee Gordon tried to make up for the cool things by committing three errors. No matter, Clayton was sharp and the rest of the bums did their part to complete a sweep of the Rays.

    Kershaw has the lowest era of any pitcher who has thrown at least 1,000 inninngs with at least 100 starts since 1920. He is the best proof yet that won/loss is a pretty lame way to judge a pitcher.

  17. josemartez - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Saw the MLB fastcast and it showed Votto sort of grinning as he neared first base on his sac fly and then high-tailing it into the dugout. I’m assuming he was avoiding getting pied or Gatoraded. I like seeing guys have fun like that.

    • moogro - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      He saw a cake coming.

  18. raysfan1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Best thing about the Rays’ road trip is that it’s over.

    • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      It must have been a pretty awful road trip to feel relief about coming back to the clammy confines of the Tropicanan Tumulus.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Aesthetics aside, 37-21 at home and now 29-29 on the road thanks to that 0-5 road swing “highlighted” by a bullpen implosion.

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