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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 13, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

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Twins 3, Indians 0: In only his second major league start Andrew Albers spins a two-hit shutout on a mere 102 pitches. This goes with his eight shutout innings in his first start. As a person who has been writing about baseball professionally for nearly four years, I can tell you with absolute certainty and authority that that’s pretty spiffy.

Phillies 5, Braves 1: The good: Cole Hamels went the distance allowing only one run on six hits and striking out nine and, in the process, Charlie Manual won his 1,000th career game. The awful: a fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during the rain delay prior to the game’s start.

Diamondbacks 7, Orioles 6: The O’s held the lead from the first inning through the top of the seventh, lost it in the bottom of the seventh, tied it in the top of the eighth, lost the lead again in the bottom of the eighth, tied it in the top of the ninth and then lost the game on a walkoff homer from Adam Eaton that landed in that pool they have in the outfield at Chase Field. Whew.

Athletics 5, Blue Jays 1: This game ended yesterday before I even knew it was on and games had started. Alberto Callaspo had the go-ahead hit in the ninth. That’s two days in a row he played the hero for Oakland, and I bet it’s before even most people knew he was on the A’s.

Reds 2, Cubs 0: Mat Latos beat Travis Wood in a pitchers duel, throwing eight shutout innings. Brandon Phillips‘ two-run homer was the only violence done to baseballs in this contest.

Rangers 2, Astros 1: Yu Darvish was perfect into the sixth and had a no-hitter into the eighth before Carlos Corporan turned on a 93 m.p.h. fastball and sent it over the right field wall. That was it, though, as Darvish struck out 15. He’s 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts in five starts since returning from the disabled list.

Rockies 14, Padres 2: Hey, some offense. Someone named D.J. LeMahieu — who I was pretty sure was a winger for the Canucks —  had three hits, including a homer, a double and two RBIs. fourteen runs is a season high for the Rockies.

Yankees 2, Angels 1: Hiroki Kuroda is having a tremendous season but no one is really talking about it. Eight shutout innings here gives him his 11th win and lowers his ERA to 2.33.

White Sox 6, Tigers 2: Chris Sale went the distance, allowing two runs while scattering nine hits. Josh Phegley had a couple of RBI singles. Miguel Cabrera hit another homer.

Dodgers 4, Mets 2: L.A. wins its sixth in a row. Since June 22 — the date everyone has decided is the turnaround date for this Dodgers season — they have gone 38-8, which is their best stretch of 46 games since the team was called the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899. It’s the best stretch of 46 games since Oakland went 38-8 in 2001.

Royals 6, Marlins 2: Indians lose, Tigers lose, the Royals keep humming along. They’re now in second place, slipping ahead of Cleveland, 6.5 back of Detroit. I know it’s crazy to even think it, but the Royals — thanks to a really dumb schedule this year — still have 11 head-to-head games against the Tigers. For now they’re four out of the wild card.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    I just want to say 3 things:
    1st) The Yankees hopes of making the postseason aren’t dead just yet.
    2nd) The Yankees after having won 3 of their last 4 games and my post saying they needed to win 7 of their next 10 games isn’t looking that far fetched any more.
    3rd) Anyone who doesn’t think that Kuroda deserves very, very serious consideration for the AL Cy Young hasn’t watched Kuroda pitch and didn’t see the game last night. He’s money in the bank and if he had the kind of run support Scherzer gets from the Tigers (6.17 runs) or even the run support Felix Hernandez gets from the Mariners (4.24 runs) Kuroda would have at least 16 or 17 wins. That’s just my opinion.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Good morning Uyf’ie.
      1) just mostly dead
      2) the far-fetched part was you thinking 7 out of 10 would be good enough
      3) Kuroda for Cy Old.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:27 AM

        My friend, I never said it would be good enough. What I said was that if the Yankees wanted to keep their slim chances alive that winning 7 of 10 was a must in my opinion. That’s a big difference from the point #2 that you have posted. As for your comment on Kuroda that’s in poor taste and more deserving of a poster that should be posting on Yahoo.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Ah yes, behold the light-hearted nature and good spirit and elan of those Yankees fans, Burgie. They deserve so much credit for not being bitter, don’t they?

        From Mike Flanagan: “[Jim] Palmer is Cy Old,” he said. “Stone is Cy Present and Storm [Davis] is Cy Future. When you get hurt, you become Cy-bex. When you’re done, you become Cy-onara.”

        So yeah, loving baseball and quoting one of my favorite old hurlers about the guy I’ve been championing for AL Cy Young makes me the worst person ever, and a Yahoo-level troll.

        Uyf – you’re on UnkMo suspension until further notice. Get a grip.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

        BTW, I very seldom give either a thumbs up or down. But in the case of your comment I made an exception and gave you a thumbs down.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        @moses, the Yankees are 4.5 out of a wild card spot, and they have two series each left against the Rays and O’s. I’m no Yankees fan, but I would be reluctant to call them out of it at this point. It’s the kind of prediction that is liable to blow up in your face.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        1) just mostly dead

        Call Miracle Max! Or would a miracle pill be considered a PED?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        The Yankees are 6.5 out of the Wild Card, 7 in the loss column, and have to jump four teams to get into the spot. Even if they mopped Tampa and Baltimore, they’d still need two of Cleveland, Kansas City and the less of Oakland/Texas to come back to them. It’s a really, really tall order at this point.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Let’s give the Yanks five of six against the Rays, and six of seven against the O’s. That lets them pass Baltimore, but in the rest of their games they’d still have to pick up four in the loss column on Tampa, three in the loss column on Cleveland and five in the loss column on Kansas City. In thirty-two games.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Thank you for explaining long form what should have been obvious to uyf and kevin and the rest of the number-challenged Yankees fairweather fans.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Errr- uyf & Dan, not Kevin. Dan.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        @Kevin, my mistake, I was looking at the baseball-reference wildcard standings which appears to have some sort of glitch, only showing the Yankees 4.5 back:

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Yes, numbers are vexing, aren’t they?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        FC, Miracle Max would only work for so little for a truly noble cause, and the Yankees making the playoffs isn’t that. If they were to pay enough for him to revive their chances, that would surely mean more luxury tax.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Kansas City still has 10 games left against the Tigers and 5 against Cleveland. Kansas City has NO easy path to the postseason and those 10 games against the Tigers could be a killer for them in their quest for the post season. As for the Yankees leap frogging the Indians the Yankees are only 1 game behind the Indians in the loss column. I don’t think leap frogging either KC or the Indians is that big of a deal IF the Yankees go on a small winning streak. The issue then becomes passing the Orioles who they are 4.5 games behind with 6 games left to play head to head.
        Right now Oakland and the Rays occupy the 2 wild card spots. Oakland still has a total of 18 games against: Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Rays and Texas, not an easy 18 games at all. None of the teams ahead of the Yankees has a very easy schedule remaining.
        Will the Yankees have it easy to get into the postseason? Of course not. But to only look at the remaining Yankees schedule and count them out or “nearly dead” is a mistake at this point in the season because any or all of the teams ahead of them could falter based on their won schedules remaining.
        After the Angels the Yankees face the Red Sox for 3 games the Jays for 4 games and then the Rays for 3 games. Every series from here on out is critical for the Yankees but it’s also critical for those teams ahead of the Yankees. That’s just my opinion.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        correction: “own” schedules remaining.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Kuroda’s ERA since 7/1 is 0.94. Only someone who reflexively hates the Yankees this year because of A-Rod is going to ignore that when it comes time to start talking Cy Young. But sports writers would never let their personal feelings get in the way of the facts, right?

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        I reflexively hate the Yankees, but if the season ended now, Kuroda would be the clear Cy Young winner in my opinion.

        However, I predict Scherzer, with his gaudy win total, will get it, unless there is a major shift before the end of the season.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        I don’t reflexively hate the Yankees because of A-Roid. I instinctively hate them because they are the Yankees. A-Roid just makes it easier.

      • yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Kuroda is also a guy who just flies under the radar. He is underrated by sportswriters and casual fans alike.

    • jarathen - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Kuroda pitched very well last night. While the impetus falls on Chris Nelson swinging at a full count fastball up at his shoulders instead of walking the tying run in, the ump was calling some crazy strikes on the low and outside corner in the ninth inning last night. Trout was able to work it into a walk, but a struggling Mark Trumbo took the first outside pitch for a strike and it was over right then and there. I mean, how far off the plate does the ball need to be where a hitter doesn’t feel like he has to protect the other batters’ box?

    • paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Their playoff chance are not dead, but they have to go about 33-12 the rest of the way to have a legitimate chance. Going 30-15 will only get them to 90 wins, which certainly won’t be enough.

      Besides being 6.5 games out, they have to pass Cleveland, KC, Baltimore, AND Tampa or Oakland. That is a lot of games and a lot of teams with only 45 games left….but, no, not dead.

      Kuroda not making the ASG when guys like Tillman were picked was silly. He should be in the top 3 of everyone’s AL CY list right now.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        Looking back to 2008, 90 wins would have been enough to get a second wild card 9 out of 10 times. The only exception was the 2012 AL.

        I won’t be surprised if it is enough this year, either. None of the teams in the running look particularly strong. They all have significant flaws.

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

        Do any have the flaws the Yankees have?

      • paperlions - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        The only teams that really matter are Oakland and Tampa, because anyone that wants a WC has to pass one of them. Tampa is on pace to win 92 games, Oakland is on pace to win 93.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        If they can take five of six from Tampa, 30-15 overall is probably enough, and they do have a weakish schedule down the stretch, but they still haven’t demonstrated that this type of run is in any way likely.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        The Yanks going 30-15 down the stretch is a long shot, but it would be far from the most improbable comeback to make the play-offs.

      • jwbiii - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        B-Pro has the odds of the Yankees making the playoffs at 38-1, Cool Standings has them at 29-1. Both are obviously WC heavy, so the odds on more than a one game playoff run are roughly half that unless Kuroda is starting that game.

        Yesterday, kcrobert said that the Royals had a favorable schedule, with only 21 games against teams with .500+ records remaining. The AL West contenders have only 19 and 16 such games. The Yankees have 24.

  2. indaburg - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    I don’t even know what it means, but Superbas is a great name for a team. Why did they change it to the relatively mundane sounding Dodgers? What are they dodging? Pitches?

    • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Trolleys. Wiki it.

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        Or watch “Baseball” by Ken Burns.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        @south, yes, but that takes much, much, MUCH longer.

      • indaburg - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        I’ve watched Baseball by Ken Burns many times. I did not remember what Superbas meant. Please forgive me, internet.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        @indaburg, “Dodgers” comes from “Trolley Dodgers”. Because people in Brooklyn had to dodge trolleys when crossing the road. As for superbas, who knows?

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        @Dan111, true, but I’m pretty sure the Trolley Dodgers thing comes in,like the first 5 minutes.

    • 1908wasnextyear - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Trolleys. History…check it out.

      • indaburg - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Didn’t have time this am, working–thanks for looking it up for me.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        If you were old like me, Indy, you wouldn’t have to look it up.

      • indaburg - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Nah, stex. It’s not age. I was groggy and pre-coffee. Should have thought before posting. Ah, well. Shit happens. On my break now, caffeinating and shaking my head. Sheesh.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Well, good morning, then. Make it a good day.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Sally, I think the stex man means that if your were old like him, you would have REMEMBERED the meaning from watching the Brooklyn Dodgers play and thus wouldn’t have to look it up.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Oops, FC. Reply to you below. Close but not quite.

        But that was the direction of the joke.

  3. blacksables - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Trolleys . As in “trolley dodgers”

  4. bmeran1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Crazy bad interference call against Machado cost the orioles the game. Can we PLEASE PLEASE get replay.

    • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Close, FC. But not quite. My parents sure knew directly.

  5. Jason Lukehart - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Andrew Albers has begun his career with 17.1 shutout innings. He’s the first MLB pitcher to go 8+ shutout innings in each of his first two appearances since Tom Phoebus in 1966.

    • Cris E - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      He’s a soft tosser too, which is fun to watch even if it doesn’t last forever. From the game story:

      He looked up and saw the radar gun measure his “looping curveball” at 66 miles per hour. A half-inning earlier, his opponent, Cleveland’s Danny Salazar, hit 96 and already had given up three runs. It doesn’t make sense to Albers.

      “When you’re throwing 95 and have a dirty splitter and a great slider like Salazar did tonight, that’s real stuff,” Albers said. “And then I’m sitting there and I’m throwing like 85, 86 and somehow I’m getting outs and you see him get hit a little bit.”

      • jarathen - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        It’s fun to see guys light up the radar gun, but it’s absolutely fascinating to see a pitcher who never touches 90 just fool hitters into thinking they’ve got the right pitch to hit and then see them just miss time after time, flying out, grounding out, tipping into the catcher’s mitt.

      • yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Salazar was catching too much plate early and then he got squeezed really badly trying to hit the corners in the fourth. He walked the bases loaded – again, not missing badly – but got out of the jam. Francona pulled him after the inning, but I really like his potential. Salazar isn’t big, but he generates a lot of velocity with a very easy motion.

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        It’s the Bruce Chen Jedi Mind Trick effect

    • dluxxx - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      I’m not sure it can last, but boy is it a good story. That’s one nice thing about cheering for a crappy team. You get to see guys like Albers, Caleb Theilbar and Chris Colabello all were picked up from the Independant Leagues, and are getting a chance to play with a major league club. These guys are all good stories, and have been very solid for the Twins this year.

  6. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    We need to speed up the clone machine process and clone some more miggys. Don Kelly is (sadly) just not enough.

    • Jason Lukehart - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Yeah, non-Tigers fans really feel bad that Detroit only has one Miguel Cabrera. Such a lack of other talented players on that team.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        How many runs would a team that played Miguel Cabreras at every position score? Would it be enough to offset all of the runs given up on defense?

        Bonus question: what if the pitching staff were also all Miguel Cabreras?

      • yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Sounds like the average beer softball league.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Max Scherzer is the MVP Miggy of pitchers!

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        @yahmule, wow your softball league must be crazy fun. Whichever team is up first wins on the mercy rule every time?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      You already had a mini-Miggy and you traded him for an Iggy!

  7. stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    And, the Astros’ Magic Number holds at 6. A really humiliating week end series (4 games), where the Minute Maid crowd was (rightly) cheering the Rangers for most of the series. A few relevant questions come to mind:

    1. Wright to TB for cash? Do you guys (Luhnow and friends) know how bad this looks? You are making the Marlins look like spendthrifts and you still have to cut payroll? The suspicion around town is that Crane and his buddies badly overestimated their financial resources. And they certainly screwed up the cable deal. They don’t look too smart at the moment.
    2. Why is George Springer sitting at AAA with 30 HR and 30 steals on the season? No one knows the answer to that one.
    3. Did Astros’ management really believe their own lines at the start of the season about losing fewer than 100 games? A bunch of amateur analysts here knew better than that. Are those guys that dumb?

    Everyone knows that Loria is sabotaging the Marlins. What is sad is that I think these guys aren’t doing this on purpose.

    • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      1) Wright is a mediocre reliever who is not going to help the Astros. Better to save a few million bucks for when it will actually matter.

      2) They are probably managing his service time by not bringing him up now–a smart move.

      3) Do you think the players want to be described as a 100 loss team before the season even starts? Management is always optimistic, as they should be. It doesn’t prove that they were misguided about the true ability of this team.

      I sympathize with you, because rooting for the Astros must have been really frustrating over the last few years. But new ownership just took over a horrible team with few prospects. It is too early to write them off–it would take anyone time to turn this organization around.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Some thoughts back to you:

        1. It’s an insult to the fans. Have you actually watched any of the games lately? There is not even an attempt to put a decent product on the field. Mediocre was by far the best they had.

        2. He is 24 years old. He is overperforming at this level and they need to find out if the can solve the strikeout problem. If anything they are hurting his development. The service time thing is way out of line in this case.

        3. I see few signs of things being done right yet. Witness the whole AL change, the cable company debacle, having to fire their Chief Operating Officer in mid-season, mishandling the contract of one of the best color announcers in the game, losing their flagship radio broadcast station. I could go on. And that is before we get to the on field stuff. Ankiel, Carter, Humber, Cedeno, Pena, Wallace……….need I go on?

        Blaming Ed Wade will only take you so far. And they are way past that point.

      • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        I can’t speak to their handling of personnel and TV contracts, because I haven’t followed them that closely.

        However, as far as the baseball side, I think a rock-bottom payroll is exactly what they should have right now. If they spent a lot of money to bring in a few good players, they still wouldn’t contend and would be no closer to long-term success. In my opinion, wasting money on a mediocre team is more insulting to the fans than executing a long-term plan.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Not wanting to beat a dead horse, but 14 MM$? That’s not spending a lot on players. That’s saying to the fans “See you in three years.” And that is what they can expect.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      I give you credit, Stex: I saw the Astros play the A’s several series ago and they looked improved over the “pathetic” label I had placed on them early in the year. Then the sell-off started and they look pathetic again. At least the Marlins have three young starters the fans can get excited about. I don’t see much for Astros fans to cheer for. And today we’ll start another A’s/Astros series for a direct comparison.

      • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Well, the starting pitching is probably the only thing that isn’t terrible right now. They have had some solid performances. Even the 6-1 loss to Texas was because Porter didn’t trust the bull pen and made the starter try to go nine.

        But everything else at the moment ranks somewhere between dreadful and hopeless. I don’t even think they would be a particularly good AAA team at this juncture.

  8. dondada10 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    With two out and Mejia cruising, Daniel Murphy (part of the Mets’ DH/1B glut) made two miscues at second. You can’t give a team, especially these Dodgers, 5 outs.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Daniel Murphy is almost equally unsuited to any position on the field. Doesn’t have the glove for 2nd, doesn’t have the bat for any position where his glove plays.

  9. yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    One of the idiots in the Yankees booth yesterday said that Mike Trout is smart because he just slaps at the ball and uses his speed to get basehits. It was the first time I actually wanted to punch one of these guys in a while.

    • stex52 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      You’re right, Yahmule. That is pretty world class stupid.

      But you don’t get it. That’s West Coast stuff. They shouldn’t be expected to pay attention to that.

      • yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        I understand east coast bias is bred into these guys at birth, but anybody could watch Mike Trout just walk around for five minutes and tell he’s a great athlete. I just hate announcers who refuse to give players on the other team credit. I grew up listening to Vin Scully, so I was taught from the start to appreciate the great talents, even if they’re trying to beat you. I think most announcing teams are pretty good about that. The guys in Oakland, for example, did nothing but talk about how great it was to have a young star like Trout come into the league last year even though the A’s are going to have to deal with him for years.

    • jwbiii - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Trout’s .240 ISP is about the same as Mark Teixeira’s. Derek Jeter, on the other hand. . .

  10. sportsdrenched - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Tonight, less yard work. More baseball.

    • yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      I’m currently procrastinating mowing the front yard. Doing a pretty good job so far. No feelings of guilt and, as yet, no inclination whatsoever to do anything remotely productive.

  11. Francisco (FC) - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Even when the Phillies win it’s depressing, crap!

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    The A’s leave Toronto having taken 3 of 4, a good turnaround from recent form and vital given the Rangers outrageous 13 of 14 streak. Yesterday’s game wasn’t broadcast in the Bay Area. In ancient times, when dinosaurs and men roamed the earth simultaneously, people could be forgiven for not tuning into a game with a 9:30 am local start time during the week.

    But for the past 25 years, since the advent of home video…well, maybe it’s time for the A’s to wake up to modernization.

    Anyway, the A’s are back in the Mausoleum with Bartolo “Two Shots” Colon starting, he of the chronic upset tummy on game day. Why “Two Shots” you ask?

    Years ago, when Bartolo was rehabbing, he was passing through a minor league team on his way back up to the Majors. The minor leaguers’ pitching coach told his charges to “watch everything Bartolo does: his preparation, his game-day routine, how he conducts himself.”

    Bartolo arrived for his rehab game, took two shots of Jack Daniels, then took the mound and threw 7 shutout innings. He got in his car immediately after the game and left the team headed for his next rehab stop.

    Afterwards, the pitching coach told his flabbergasted kids “He (Bartolo)’s an All Star. He can do whatever he wants. You can’t.”

  13. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    KCrobert, where you is this morning? Your guys cleaned and scaled the Feesh in royal fashion last night. And your dream prize, the Iron Giant, finally swung and made contact with a ball – a single that nearly drilled a hole in one of your outfielders (I wasn’t paying very close attention – the game was already pretty much a lost cause by then and I was rinsing the butter slick out of the popcorn bowl by that time) and continued merrily onward to the wall, resulting in a double, some shock and hurt pride. But no runs.

    This team misses Marcell Ozuna in a big, big way. Even during one of his schneids, he was an energizing factor. The Iron Giant is indeed having that “learning year” that several of us predicted for him during spring training, when the poverty of offense in the lineup around him was becoming increasingly, sickeningly clear to us. But I really underestimated how brutal a year it would be. He’s seeing the ball about as well as a bat with a sore throat. It would be surprising if he hit even 20 home runs this season.

  14. misterj167 - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “Another great night for the Nationals, Bob.”

    “That’s right, Doug, even without playing their hot streak continues as they gain another half-game on the division title. The World Series Trophy is standing by in their locker room at this very moment.”

    “And of course they get a little help from their division rivals the Phillies, who were the greatest thing in the NL before the Nats. Hamels was the Hamels of old and we can look forward to seeing the Phils in the playoffs once again, maybe even against the Dodgers and their awesome rookie.”

    “I get goose bumps all over just thinking about it, Doug. By the way, what team did we put at the absolute top of our Power Rankings?”

    “Ya got me, Bob…”

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