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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 14, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

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Diamondbacks 4, Orioles 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered to tie it in the ninth, homered to win it in the 11th. It’s perhaps too late for this, but memo to Buck Showalter: maybe don’t pitch to Paul Goldschmidt. Two walkoff wins in a row for the Dbacks. Their ninth walkoff win of the year.

Yankees 14, Angels 7: Another two-homer performance, this one from Alfonso Soriano, who drove in six. As we’ve said a couple of times this week: nice career, Alfonso Soriano.

Mariners 5, Rays 4: A two-homer leadoff hitter show as the Mariners leadoff guy Brad Miller hit two homers as did the Rays leadoff hitter Ben Zobrist. After the game their managers each made them do pushups, Willie Mays Hayes-style, for hitting the ball in the air.

Brewers 5, Rangers 1: Another two-homer performance, this one from Scooter Gennett, whose bombs happened to be the first and second of his career. His teammates gave him the now ubiquitous “silent treatment” for his first homer, pretending not to acknowledge it for some time after he returned to the dugout. I think this is played out and teams need to go to the next level with this first-home-run hazing. How about this: they treat him as usual, giving him high-fives, then, after the game, the GM sends him down to Triple-A. He keeps up the joke until the player packs his bags, gets a flight to Nashville, plays in multiple minor league games and the starts to question whether or not he should go back home and start working for dad’s plumbing business. A couple of years later, as he finally locks up all of his baseball memorabilia in a closet he will never open again due to the overwhelming emotion such objects of his failed past bring, the GM calls him back and says “Haha, got ya!”

Nationals 4, Giants 2: Four wins in a row for Washington, which is nice. Not that it’s (a) getting them any closer to a playoff spot; or (b) making everyone in the dugout all happy.

Braves 3, Phillies 1: Kris Medlen hasn’t been anywhere close to as good this year as he was last year, but he’s turning it around. He notched his fourth straight win and is now 10-10 on the season. Phillies starter Ethan Martin has three major league starts under his belt. Two of them have been losses to Kris Medlen and the Braves. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson keeps hitting. He hit a two-run homer and leads the NL with a .337 average.

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: A come-from-behind win with Shane Victorino knocking in two in the 11th inning. He also gunned down a runner at the plate earlier in the game. For a guy whose contract caused a lot of people to mock the Red Sox in the offseason, he’s been pretty darn useful for the Red Sox.

Reds 6, Cubs 4: Yet another extra-innings game. There were six in all last night.  Shin-Soo Choo did what Shane Victorino did — he hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning — and Reds reliever J.J. Hoover shut out the Cubs on one hit in two and a third innings of work. He has a scoreless innings streak of 24 and two-thirds.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 3: A fourteen-inning tilt for the two best teams in the NL Central, with Adron Chambers singling home the winning run for St. Louis just before this game hit the five-hour mark. Thirteen pitchers and twenty-six position players were used in the game between both teams.

Padres 7, Rockies 5: Down 4-1 after the first inning the Padres didn’t fold. Nick Hundley homered and drove in two runs, Will Venable had three hits and San Diego put up four runs of their own in the second to give them a rare win over the Rockies.

White Sox 4, Tigers 3: Detroit is slumping. Recent ex-Tiger Avisail Garcia had two hits, drove in two and scored the winning run on Alejandro De Aza‘s bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to give the pale hose a walkoff win.

Marlins 1, Royals 0: Jose Fernandez and Bruce Chen matched each other with seven, three-hit, six-strikeout scoreless innings. The Royals bullpen cracked first, however, although not until the tenth when Kelvin Herrera hit Jake Marisnick with a pitch, allowed him to steal second and then gave up the go-ahead RBI single to Christian Yelich.

Dodgers 4, Mets 2: Even Matt Harvey can’t stop the Los Angeles juggernaut. They win their seventh straight behind seven innings of one-run ball from Hyun-Jin Ryu. Dodgers starters are 13-1 with a 1.72 ERA in their last 18 games.

Indians 5, Twins 2: A much-needed win for the Tribe, which had lost seven of eight coming in. Zach Mcallister allowed on earned run in six, the bullpen held firm and Ryan Raburn hit a homer.

Astros 5, Athletics 4: Another bad outing for Bartolo Colon, who could be running out of gas at an inopportune time for Oakland. The Astros hit him up for five runs on seven hits in four innings. Meanwhile, Jordon Lyles allowed one run in seven.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    For only the 2nd time this season the Yankees scored more then 11 runs. They tied their season high in runs with 14 the first time way back on April 9. The also had a season high 19 hits and have now won 3 in a row and 4 of 5. With Granderson, A-Rod and Soriano finally all in the line up at the same time and finally getting rid of some of the rust of not playing at least in Granderson’s and A-Rod case.

    Granted the Yankees postseason chances are slim but they are better today then they were 5 days ago. And maybe with a little bit of luck and the Yankees offense starting to jell and some decent pitching their chances will be better 5 days from now then they are today.

  2. joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Later today, the Orioles will place Jim Johnson on the DL with a stained ___________ (insert random muscle)

  3. Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    A good night for the Feesh, but then they always seem to play better behind El Keed. Seven innoing peetched, one walk, six Ks, no runs. Typically ridiculous. His curveball and hard slider looked like they were gyro-destabilized as they approached the plate. It’s going to be a tough call for ROY this fall.

    Lost in the celebration of a much-needed win was the fact that the Feesh notched a virtual shutout by failing to score during the first nine innings, which gives them fourteen actual shutouts and one virtual shutout. Also lost in the celebration was the Iron Giant’s great sliding catch of a foul popup in the tenth that helped seal the win for the Rainbow Warriors. It’s at least a good sign that he’s not carrying his abysmal hitting problems out to right field with him – one for five with a pair of Ks and 3 runners left on base. He’s now hitting .237 and still snapping like an abused pitbull at down and away offspeed stuff. It’s almost as if his strike zone extends a pseudopod to the southwest every time a pitch begins moving away from him. He hasn’t hit a home run in sixteen games, the last one coming on July 28 and he has exactly two RBI during that stretch.

    The too-valuable-to-trade Tweeter also went one for four on his determined march to .250 and left two in scoring position. Jake Marisnick hasn’t found himself at the plate yet, but he did show off some of his remarkable speed for a guy his size, swiping second easily in the tenth so that fellow larva Yelich could drive him home.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Here’s hoping that some of your larvae stay home long enough to pupate.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        I figure that if they had wanted to learn anything, they would have stayed in school.

        But seriously, folks, I buy mini-mealworms to feed the baby box turtles and ornate Brazilian red-eared turtles we hatched out last fall (momma and poppa are doing fine) in little plastic containers of about a hundred, with a matrix of oatmeal upon which they subsist. About a quarter of these miniworms pupate before I can feed them to the turtles, and in their pupal phase they’re too tough-mantled and inert for the turtles to bother. Pupation, therefore, strikes me as a highly inefficient intermediary mode of metamorphosis. Expensive, too.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Ah, almost forgot – bufogenesis, on the other hand, strikes me as a highly efficient mode of reproduction. Clearly, it’s the Congressional mode of reproduction of choice.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        I thought the Congressional mode of reproduction of choice was impregnating interns.

      • stex52 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        seems pretty efficient from the standpoint of not getting eaten by turtles, OG. Not a trait to be scoffed at.

    • philliesblow - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Thanks to the Feesh for cooling off the BBQ sauce boys, if only for just 1 night.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Is it too early to speculate as to which team will acquire Fernandez in a trade?

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Technically yes, but if we’re going to speculate wildly – and why shouldn’t we, as long as we’ve got someone to drive us home? – the logical place for him would be Tampa. He endured three failed escape attempts from Cuba as an adolescent and teenager and spent time in jail for trying, so I doubt if he’d find that elephantine furuncle he’d have to play in as depressing as most of us would.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Based on my knowledge of Tampa, gleaned from watching “Magic Mike,” he might enjoy playing there.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        You aren’t aware, apparently, that that’s where he lived and went to high school after escaping from Cuba. His parents still live there. I was being partly – but only partly – facetious in designating the Razed as his eventual nesting place.

    • Anoesis - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Isn’t it an insult to the University of Hawaii to call that slow-motion train wreck the Rainbow Warriors? The Feesh ain’t even paintball warriors.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        I won’t argue the point of how awful the Feesh have been for most of this season, June and the first couple of weeks of July excepted. I’d be more concerned about insulting Greenpeace than the University of Hawaii, despite its excellent program in the study of Asian religions and Buddhism especially – but then, no Buddhist is going to bother to feel insulted by being compared to a baseball team.

        Just FYI I call them that because of the atrocious multicolored logo they are being forced to wear, not because I get orf on watching zodiacs capsized by whaling steamers.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    The Sawks continue to use the Power of Poi to lead the toughest division in all the land. The Flyin Hawaiian punched out a runner at the plate and came through in the clutch, doing some of that hitting with RISP. Who knew Hawaiians were so gritty? Must be all that sand.

    The floating devil carpets are still on a downward portion of their sine curve of a season, and are in danger of floating out of contention. It’s late in the season to be 4 games back overall and 6 games back in the win column. And as a great hardball sage once said – “It gets late early out there.”

    • uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      My friend it’s not as late as you may think. On August 16, 2011 after 121 games the Red Sox had a 10 game lead over the Rays. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you what happened the rest of the way. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch my friend.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        If the floating devil carpets come back to take the AL East and the Bronx LifeAlerts don’t make the playoffs I will still be a happy happy boy.

        The 2013 Yankees – they’ve fallen and they can’t get up.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Uncle…

        I would NOT tempt fate after the 2011 debacle by taunting other AL East teams.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        Well aces, that’s one way you and I differ. And I never said the Sawks were a lock for anything or counted any chickens. I just said I like the Rays, I hate the Yankees, and it’s fun to see Yankees fans root for a bottle of Geritol. 10 guys from the ’70’s and one guy from the ’60’s. It’s OldTimer’s Day every time these guys suit up.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Ah, but Aces, you’re overlooking one of the cardinal principles of the martial arts: always use your own debacle against your opponent.

        Or something like that. I don’t know. I’m a lover, not a fighter.

    • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a twinge of concern for my little carpets. Six straight losses. Color me officially concerned. It’s hard to make the play offs if you lose all the games left in the season. Fortunately, I don’t think they will, although, you never know. I’ll keep repeating my mantra. Cobb, Moore, and Jennings will soon return. (Will it be too late?)

      Last night’s game rested on one play that doesn’t show up in the stats. With two outs, a grounder was hit to Zobrist, playing second, who was perfectly positioned to make the play easily. Escobar, for some reason, intercepted the play, deflected the ball off his glove. Into the outfield it went. It was scored a hit but it was a mental error. Three runs subsequently scored. Another loss.

      Jennings is also missed. Not only on the basepaths. There were two balls hit to center field last night that young Wil Myers, talented as he is, could not run down. Jennings’ speed and range is unparalled on that team.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Can’t get too high or too low when you’re surfing the sine curve. You’re about to climb out of the trough – you just have to keep your faith in carpet amplitude and float on. Devilishly.

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Why can’t we surf the tangent curve?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        BWAHAHA – math jokes. Love baseball websites. You would sure prefer to be climbing a tangent curve, that’s for sure.

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        That joke was so nerdy, I gave myself a wedgie after I wrote it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        I crammed so many nerdy math references into one comment that I remembered that I was on the high school math team. Yes, I was a ‘mathalete”.

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        The only mathlete on steroids, amirite?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        Only 5-letter winner outside track & field, that’s for sure.

        I skeered o’ needles.

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        I’m a good stick. You’d never feel it.

        FUCK TWO OUT RALLIES! Shit. 4-1 Mariners.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Confusion – stick? Like as in bat? Ono she means /feels dizzy

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Happiness is a warm gun.

        Damn. C’mon Blue Jays. You’re my only hope. What the hell happened to my team?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Stephen Drew!! Feather-lice faltering…

      • indaburg - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:59 AM

        Nothing wrong with Stephen Drew at all.

        Last night gave me new gastric ulcers. Holy walk-offs.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        Ugh. Drew giveth and then booteth away.

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        They are showing an overhead panorama of the seats at Tropicana Field on television. Nobody there. Pathetic. David Price on the mound. Longoria at third. Wil Myers in center. This area does not deserve this team. (My excuse–my night with the kids. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday nights.)

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        /tries and fails to think of encouraging words re Rays.

        Hey – kids night! Awesome!

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Yeah.

      • paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        The Rays look to be mirroring the Cardinals but with a slight time lag, go on a run to get to their best record of the year, then fall flat for a while as nothing seems to go right and nagging injuries start to pile up.

      • indaburg - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I can think of worse teams to be a mirror image of. (Man, I hate ending sentences in prepositions.) I just have to keep the faith.

      • paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Me too…but “I can think of worse of which to be the mirror image” is awkward.

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Is Poi pronounced pwah?

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Well I hate both the Rays and the Yankees, but I still fear them.

      Yes, even the aging, “enfeebled” Yankees could, at the very least, play spoilers by knocking us out of playoff contention, much like the Orioles did in 2011.

      I just don’t want to get overconfident.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        I still respect them like the toothless old lions they are, those pinstripes.

  5. blacksables - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    they treat him as usual, giving him high-fives, then, after the game, the GM sends him down to Triple-A. He keeps up the joke until the player packs his bags, gets a flight to Nashville, plays in multiple minor league games and the starts to question whether or not he should go back home and start working for dad’s plumbing business. A couple of years later, as he finally locks up all of his baseball memorabilia in a closet he will never open again due to the overwhelming emotion such objects of his failed past bring, the GM calls him back and says “Haha, got ya!”

    Craig, did you play in the majors and forget to tell us?

    • deepstblu - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Better than AAA–you tell him he’s being sent to Japan. The Phillies did that to Kyle Kendrick in spring training once. It messed up his head so much that they wound up actually sending him to AAA for a little while to straighten himself out. I think everyone learned a lesson from that.

  6. philliesblow - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Avisail Garcia came back to haunt the Tigers last night, knocking in 2 and scoring 2. How long until some paranoid Tiger fans to start making this trade in John Smoltz part deux.

    Between Miggy’s hip issue and now his shin bruise, he’s gone from just slow to sofa king slow. We need some Boom from him every night.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Fortunately no one has ever uttered the phrase “that Miggy can really beat you with his speed.”

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Fortunately, Miggy’s wrists are the Usain Bolts of baseball.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Rod Allen quote of the night: (Re: Adam Dunn at the plate) “He’s a big man.”

      As many bloops as the ChiSox made last night, it stinks that we couldn’t score more.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        MGB! One leg – how does he do it?

  7. jarathen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I remember preseason, people are saying they like the Angels on offense but not on the mound. I figure maybe the pitching is mediocre but they can get around that.

    And maybe they could, if they had Josh Hamilton and not Vernon Wells all over again, and Pujols healthy and playing at least at Tim Salmon levels, and no injuries whatsoever to their rotation, and an entirely different set of relievers.

  8. duanemccoy - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Scooters Gennets homers were actually his 3rd and 4th i think.

    • uwsptke - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      You are correct sir.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Memo to Buck Showalter. Stop trotting Jim Johnson out in the 9th. He’s not getting it done, hasn’t for much of the year. 7 blown saves now, and many, many shaky performances. It seems that 3 of every 5 times he goes out there he’s putting people into the cardiac ward.

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Marte’s completely inexcusable dropped routine fly ball in the 9th deserves mention for the Pirates game. It put the eventual tying run on base. Not to mention he looked horrible at the plate all game. Terrible game by Marte.

    • pens5829 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      They way the Pirates hit, this CAN NOT happen if they have any desire to make the playoffs. And it’s happened way too often lately. Eight errors in the last five games.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Agreed, there is little room for such errors when they struggle so badly to drive in runs. And I almost forgot McCutchen not taking home on the ground ball in the 13th, it was reminiscent of the previous couple seasons when the Pirates perpetually had their heads in their asses on the base paths. This felt like maybe the most frustrating game of the season – a wasted opportunity to increase the division lead over the Cards, a wasted opportunity to end the current losing streak, a waste of a good start by Morton (which is big depending if you are a Morton believer or not – I am not), and a waste of bullpen arms in a game that went 5 more innings than it should have… all because of dumbass mistakes.

  11. Joe - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Between the perceived overpay and the Phillies Fanboy love for the “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” I was prepared to not like Victorino this year. But I’ve been impressed. He’s very solid fundamentally, has a great glove in RF, and doesn’t hurt you with mistakes. He might not be worth the money in the long run, but it’s fun to watch him play.

    Interesting to see him batting right-handed vs. RHP in recent days. He’s held his own there. I assume he’s got a ding that’s bothering him batting left handed.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I think that he hurt himself running into an outfield fence. Thus the right handed at bats.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Which time? Dude *tries* to treat fences like they’re tackling dummies.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        It was recent, The Jays broadcast team noticed that he was batting right handed and asked about it.

        They also talked with Pedroia and Saltamachia regarding their attendance at the Jay’s / Oakland game on Monday. Pedroia said that it was only the third game that he had seen in person from the stands. Pedroia also said that the game seemed to be much easier to play when you are in the stands rather than in the field. He said that he now understands why fans will boo when a mistake is made.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Hey the jays are now 11 games below .500 and 17 games out of first. I bet they could play baseball until xmas and the jays would still be in last place. Oh another nice game by the bullpen pc, im really impressed

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        It doesn’t take very much to impress an idiot in the first place, Poor Dim One Note Harry. The only question one need ask about your determination to come off as complete, unfailingly predictable hooting schmuck is, are you an idiot because you impress so easily, or do you impress so easily because you’re an idiot?

        This conundrum reminds me of the puzzle confronted by the great paleontologist and explorer Roy Champman Andrews, and I’ll simplify this as much as possible so that even Poor Dim One Note Harry can understand a little bit of it. When he discovered the nest (a place where things lays eggs) of what he thought to be Protoceratops (one of the earliest species of ceratopsian, or “horn headed” dinosaurs – you know, those big lizard-like things your mama probably told you never existed before the Garden of Eden was plopped in place like an avocado pit in a flowerpot – in the Gobi Desert, which is a dry place full of sand, in Mongolia, which is a big landlocked country between China and Russia, which are two big countries in Asia, the latter – which means, for your purposes, the second – of which extends westward into Europe – he was able to demonstrate conclusively that dinosaurs laid eggs, which are round, usually white things, unless they’re bug eggs, in which case they’re usually ellipsoid.

        Unfortunately, Andrews was unable to determine which came first.

        Mull that, Poor Dim One Note Harry. And be sure to use a little nutmeg to temper the cinnamon and cloves.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        …ellipsoid).

        Edit function!
        Edit function!
        EDIT FUNCTION!

  12. southpaw2k - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I’m gonna be really, really pissed if Jim Johnson’s blown saves end up costing the Orioles a postseason bid. He may still lead the majors in saves, but he also leads the majors in blown saves as well. I guess that’s a byproduct of overuse dating back to last season.

  13. stlouis1baseball - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Intense game last night. Good game management by the Managers. Lots of hits. Solid pitching.
    Good defense (for the most part). I AM LOOKING AT YOU STARLING MARTE.
    Hurdle looked like a genius on the defensive assignment with Matt Adams in the box. Should have been game over. Wainwright was his solid self. Dude throws 7 innings regardless. Down 3-0 early. Base runners all game. 7 innings. Charlie Morton was dealing as well. Seemed to be lots of broken bats. I AM LOOKING AT YOU STARLING MARTE.
    I fully expect another nail biter tonight!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Hey, thanks for noticing right away that someone tried to jack my handle yesterday and calling him out. Much appreciated, Woodpecker.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Ahhh…don’t sweat it Philiac. That’s what we do and you would do the same.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        I would. Thanks for having my back.

      • stex52 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        No worries, philiac. I don’t think anyone was going to believe that was you.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I hope not. I don’t use those kinds of words.

  14. unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Jeez Alou you Buccos fans, it’s a little early to give Marte the full “Inge” treatment.

  15. yahmule - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I don’t know where else to post this, but it is beautiful.

    https://twitter.com/HeardOnMLBT

    “I wonder what his minor league record was.” – Larry Bowa

    Yeah, Larry, that is a puzzler. If only there was some way you could get a hold of that information.

    “[Giancarlo Stanton] would hit 7th in the Tigers lineup.” – Greg Amsinger

    I don’t know who this guy is, but this is awesome.

    “JJ Hardy is the best all-around shortstop in baseball.” – Billy Ripken

    Except for, you know, the roughly dozen guys who are clearly better.

    “The bunt leads to more big innings than anything else.” – Mitch Williams

    Oh, you friggin’ moron.

    “Bunting the baseball creates so many big innings in this game.” – Mitch Williams

    Sigh.

    “He said Cozart’s OBP is .261, but Brandon Phillips is 3rd in the league in RBIs” – Harold Reynolds on why Cozart should hit 2nd

    The sad thing is Dusty Baker agrees. Then these guys bitch @ Joey Votto for not having enough RBI.

  16. tablescrappy - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I’m surprised the OAK-HOU recap didn’t mention that Chris Young hit what appeared in at least one replay to glance off the foul pole for a two-run walkoff homer with two outs in the 9th, only to have the umps call it foul, initially refuse to check the replay, then uphold their bad call after Bob Melvin demanded that they do their jobs. Young K’ed on the next pitch to end the game. The A’s aren’t having any luck with instant replay this season.

  17. tmohr - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    That’s Bruce Chen and his 1.62 ERA, thank you very much.

  18. johnnysoda - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    That Pirates-Cardinals game was horrible. Besides Marte’s dropped fly ball, the two teams left 15 men on base in extra innings alone. Both teams left the bases loaded in the 13th. Not a win the Cardinals should be proud of.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Wonderful game Johnny. Lots of solid pitching (by both teams). Lots of solid hitting (by both teams). And a ton of base runners the whole game. Overall, the Cardinals left (17) on while the Pirates left (11) on. Of course…the more hits and/or base runners you have it stands to reason your percentage of leaving said men on base increases. There were half a dozen double plays. This directly affects the men on base as well. As mentioned previously, I think both Managers did a great job of game management (especially considering how many players were used). Again…Hurdle made a great call on Neil Walkers defensive placement with Matt Adams up. Adams hits an absolute seed and Walker still has to jump out of the gym to make the catch. The game is over if Hurdle doesn’t make that move. Not to mention Walkers outstanding play to even make the catch. I don’t know that the Cardinals are “proud” of the win. Most likely more relieved. Especially considering they out hit the Pirates.
      Now it’s on to game #2. Good luck this evening!
      Baseball is good.

  19. APBA Guy - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I looked in the comments for expressions of joy and celebration from STex after last nights humiliation of the A’s by the lowly Astros. Not finding any such comments I must assume he is groggy and only semi-coherent after the 9th inning “did it or didn’t it” review of Chris Young’s foul ball, which had the Mausoleum’s inebriated faithful howling for umpire blood, even though X-mo was inconclusive, and my own Lasik repaired eyes saw it as foul, in both senses of the word.

    That the game even boiled down to such a talking point is an embarrassment, given that Bartolo “El Gato Gordo” Colon failed to get off the mound in the 4th on Grossman’s infield single, leaving Brandon Moss holding the ball with a look of shame and embarrassment, like maybe he should have let Sogard try to make a genius play on the ball so he could have covered for the Lusitania on the mound. Grossman scored later in the inning, of course.

    Or maybe it was Bartolo failing to hold Brett “Where’s” Wallace on first in the same inning thus allowing the non-svelte first baseman to easily take second for his first steal since 2011. Wallace also eventually scored.

    Or it could have been Bartolo throwing everything he could right down the middle so that CF Barnes looked like the second coming of Mickey Mantle in front of the one guy-possibly a relative-in the park wearing a Barnes # 2 jersey.

    My GF thinks it was Bartolo running out of gas as the season wears on. Possibly.

    But whatever, the whole team looks flat right now, not at all like they looked last year. Maybe they miss clubhouse personalities like Gomes and Inge (ok, maybe not Inge so much) to keep things loose. More likely, they miss Gomes output and Drew’s defense as much as they miss the young pitchers throwing 2 run games.

    Still, only 1 game behind Texas thanks to Milwaukee winning last night. One game at a time, starting tonight in the battle of the Jarred/Jarrod’s.

    • stex52 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Magic Number is 5. Thank you very much, Bartolo Colon. In a completely uncharacteristic effort, the Astros spread eleven hits and 16 total bases over their order. They may have a collective OBP that wakes a GM screaming in the night, but if you throw them lollipops they will hit them. My only surprise was that they still very nearly lost the game in the ninth. No, I guess I’m not all that surprised.

      I have a certain bias toward Oakland winning the AL West because it would upset so many apple carts. But primary concern for me is getting the laughingstock boys to 43 wins so that they are not historic laughingstock. So Yay ‘Stros. Try to get that next five sooner rather than later.

      Good luck APBA guy.

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