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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 15, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Yankees' Soriano points as he crosses home plate in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game the Angels in New York Reuters

Yankees 11, Angels 3: Holy cow, Alfonso Soriano. Two homers and seven RBI. The old guy has four homers, six runs scored and 13 RBI in his last two games. The Yankees have won four straight.

Reds 5, Cubs 0: Seven shutout innings from Bronson Arroyo helps the Redlegs snag the three-game sweep. My friend Mark, a Reds fan, still calls them the Redlegs, by the way. No, he is not some fervent anti-communist from the 1950s. He’s like 35.

Indians 9, Twins 8:  Down 7-3 entering the eighth inning, the Indians rallied thanks to a couple baserunners reaching followed by a Michael Brantley RBI single and a Jason Giambi three-run homer. Brantley then won it with a sac fly in the 12th. Joe Mauer had five hits in a winning effort (personally) in a losing effort (collectively).

Tigers 6, White Sox 4: Miguel Cabrera can hardly walk right now but he can still turn like nothing else on inside fastballs and send them over the fence. It’s like he’s adding last season on top of Kirk Gibson’s 1988. Just give him the MVP now.

Rockies 4, Padres 2: What the heck, Yorvit Torrealba? That was pretty spiffy. It was assisted strongly by some dumb, dumb baserunning by the Padres but you can’t take anything away from Torrealba. I mean, how could he have expected the Padres to be so stupid? Give him kudos for not stopping and blinking in confusion at what San Diego was doing and instead simply reacting and acting.

Marlins 5, Royals 2: Neither the Royals bullpen nor defense could hold a late 2-1 lead and the Marlins rallied. Justin Ruggiano broke an 0 for 42 slump with three hits and an RBI.

Diamondbacks 5, Orioles 4: Another day another walkoff win for the Dbacks over the Orioles. This time in the 14th via an Aaron Hill RBI single. Jim Johnson has blown nine saves now for the Orioles. They’re six games out in the East and 2.5 back in the wild card. You do the math.

Nationals 6, Giants 5Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run in seven innings and win his NL-best 14th. The game was really won, however, when Denard Span made this sweet catch with two on and two out in the ninth. That drops, the Giants are up heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Braves 6, Phillies 3: Chris Johnson drove in three and Jason Heyward homered to lead off the game but perhaps the most important thing for the Braves was the continued improvement of Brandon Beachy. He wasn’t as good as his last time out but in his fourth start since returning from Tommy John he was throwing sliders and didn’t walk anyone.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: The Red Sox rallied for two in the ninth to force extras. It could have been a bigger rally but they left the bases loaded. They left a couple more runners stranded in their half of the tenth and then Brett Lawrie singled home the winning run in the bottom half to give Toronto the win. Boston has lost four of six.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 1: Francisco Liriano was great, allowing a single run on four hits while going the distance, Shelby Miller: not so great, allowing five runs — three earned — in six in his first game back after being hit by that comebacker. Pittsburgh’s lead in the Central goes back to three games.

Rays 5, Mariners 4: Tampa Bay snaps their six-game skid thanks to a ninth inning rally. Ben Zobrist tripled to lead it off, Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Then Jason Bourgeois, who had entered the game as a pinch runner earlier, singled to right over the Mariners’ drawn-in outfield. Ballgame.

Dodgers 5, Mets 4: The Mets had a 4-0 lead in the sixth and blew it because the Dodgers winning is the most inevitable thing in baseball these days. They’re such a force that every time the Dodgers win people change their basic unit of baseball measurement. The other day it was “the best record in 46 games,” then “the best record in 47 games,” now “the best record in 48 games.” June 22 — the date from which all of these games are being measured — has taken on the feeling of a sacred holiday. We can all it the Feast of St. Arbitrarious or something.

Rangers 5, Brewers 4: A come-from-behind win for the Rangers thanks to an Elvis Andrus RBI single and an Ian Kinsler a two-run single in the eighth. The Rangers only had one extra base hit all game. The Brewers issued six walks. Not gonna go in Milwaukee’s memory book.

Astros 2, Athletics 1: Carlos Corporan hit an RBI double off reliever Sean Doolittle in the 11th inning to win it. He was given the chance to do so thanks in part to this catch by Robbie Grossman in the 10th which robbed Chris Young‘s would-be walkoff homer. Lotsa nice plays yesterday, no?

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Looks like the race for the AL Wild Card is starting to heat up and get a lot more interesting. The Yankees chances of making the postseason are still slim but they look better today then did just 1 week ago.
    AL Wild Card Records and Standings:
    Rays: 67-51 (1st Wild Card)
    Oakland: 67-52 (2ndt Wild Card)
    Orioles: 65-55 (2.5 games back)
    Indians: 65-56 (3 games back)
    Royals: 62-56 (4.5games back)
    Yankees: 62-57 (5 games back)
    With all of the teams having at least 40 games left anything can and probably will happen.

    • jwbiii - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      AL Playoff odds:

      Team      B-Pro    Cool Standings
      Rays      84.0%    68.9%
      A's       72.6%    70.8%
      Orioles   20.5%    31.4%
      Indians   23.8%    23.8%
      Royals     5.3%    18.4%
      Yankees    6.3%     9.2%

      Obviously, the Rays and A’s have decent shots to win their divisions, but that would just replace on this list with the Red Sox and Rangers as the front runners. It ain’t over ’til it’s over, but the Yankees or the Royals have a lot work to do.

  2. sheriffpeyton18 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Dodgers will go cold soon enough. The hot streak came to early! They won’t recover and will be Snake bitten!

    • Anoesis - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Ya got ’til sundown to git outta town, Sheriff.

      • 4d3fect - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Reach for the sky!

      • 4d3fect - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        There’s a Snake in my boot!

  3. southofheaven81 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    My bet: Cashman let’s Soriano walk for a bag of baseballs after this season, and he does this again last year. Ibanez all over again.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      I thought that Soriano was under contract for 2014.

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        Oh is he? Alright, amendment: Cashman trades him for a bag of baseballs. He didn’t really want Soriano anyway, remember?

    • dan1111 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Soriano (the last two days aside) is a 37 year old player who has been performing at replacement level for five years when you factor in his decent offense and poor defense.

      He was a smart low-cost pick up given the Yankees’ catastrophic injury situation, but Cashman would be right not to make Soriano his long-term plan for left field.

  4. crystalinadumass - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Will the tigers go all the way this year? I’m going with yes, but they’ve come so close the past few years only to let me down. They definitely have the talent. Hoping fielder’s game starts to pick back up. Maybe he will heat up just when we need him to. A lil wishul thinking.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Really super-uncomfortable flashback to the end of the 2011 season – Sawks lose dramatically on walk-off, floating devil carpets come back to win on a float-off. What looked to be a 4-5 game lead turned back into 3 in the blink of eye and 2 shakes of a lamb’s tail.

    I’m not counting chickens, but I’m stalking a live one around the yard to sacrifice to Jobu. This shit stops here.

    • cur68 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Run little chicken! Run for your life! Or fly. Whatever. Just GTF out of there. Uncle Mo done lost his mind.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:40 AM

        Basically imagine Chef Louis from the Little Mermaid chasing Sebastian the Crab – but outdoors and with a chicken.

      • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        You need a masochistic chicken, like Charlie Tuna. Which, come to think of it, begs the issue of who thought up the first “I wanna die!” advertising icon (kin to which, of course, are all animated product icons that want to be used, used up or abused – “If you love me you’ll use me” type stuff). Charlie Tuna. The Desitin cod. Elsie Borden. That lunatic bovine on the wrapper of Mad Cow Cheese cubes.

        Anyway, just so you know, I have some Santeria neighbors. I can get you chickens, goats, you name it. Bulls, too – and your right to sacrifice, thanks to a bull immolation that went horribly wrong in Hialeah some years back, is constitutionally guaranteed.

      • jwbiii - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Thanks for that image, Mo. I’m now picturing something like this:

        http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RXOjOX_n9Co/UE_nU2vpaEI/AAAAAAAADjE/InDBKHq662c/s320/IMG_0007.JPG

        And I am lusting for a sack of fried gizzards.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        I’m honing my suddenly blunted meat cleaver – finally caught the little fucker. Tomorrow’s the day – Jobu is finally sated. Only my slowness and lack of a pig-spear ™ cur68 denied Peavy his justly deserved second win as a Dirty Sawk. ™ indaburg

        Also pc and my lawyer have my quite jumpy. I may go down to 6 cups of coffee a day and stop talking to my lawyer. Why does he keep asking me to drive faster and stop worrying about the bats? I am quite worried about the bats.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      I see that the thumb harpie is awake early. It certainly is not a fan of the Red Sox or the Jays.

      • philliesblow - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        Judging by the thumbs, harpie seems to be an Indians or Angels fan.

      • natslady - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Nor the Nats.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        But I bet it is a fan of flinging poo.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Or a dirty little rodent?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        Like the biggest worst cheese-eating rat in the history of Boston, one Whitey Bulger. May he absorb broom handles rectally the rest of his miserable short and brutish life.

    • indaburg - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      The night was very reminiscent of September 28, 2011, the best night in baseball (other than game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I seem to enjoy torturing Red Sox.) Hopefully, it won’t be the last thing to remind us of September 2011.

      Floating devil magic carpets.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Well, you don’t know what we can find – Why don’t you float with me little Rays – On the Devil’s Carpet Ride

      • voteforno6 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        That was also the night that capped the collapse of the Braves.

      • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Is the estate of Herman Hesse still suing to prevent the use of “Steppenwolf” for the promulgators of all those awful songs?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I dunno, you can probably make the argument that was the greatest night of regular season baseball in MLB history.

  6. janessa31888 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Seems like a lot of late rallies yesterday. Not a good day for closers. Carlos Carrasco is a headcase right now. But then the other option is Trevor Bauer. /shudders
    Congrats to Jason Giambi for that key three run blast. What veteran presence!!:)

    • juicejuicer - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      How about the line on Carlos Marmol tho? 2IP, 1H, 3K, 0BB

      • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Doesn’t count: it was against the Mets.

      • juicejuicer - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Sure it counts. Here’s this from against the same Mets: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/16/the-carlos-marmol-show-rages-on/

  7. proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    So the red hot Sox have lost 4 out of their last 6. Who knew? Tonight it will be Buehrle against Peavy. I still think that the Sox should have kept Workman in their rotation as he was impressive last night even though he was the losing pitcher.

    The speed of Rajai Davis created the winning run for the Jays. He took second on what should have been a single and moved to third on a ground out to short. The Sox drew in their infield and Davis scored when Lawrie’s hit went off the glove of a diving Drew. Earlier in the game, Davis scored the first run on an exciting play. His single bounced off Lester. Lester threw wildly to first and the ball went into right field. Davis took off and as he was sliding into third, Victorino’s throw hit him. He got up and headed home. It took him 18 seconds to round the bases which is about the same time as it takes Lester to throw a pitch.

    Kawasaki and Pillar were both called up by the Jays before the game. Both of them robbed the Red Sox of hits with their glove.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Darn who did you piss off to get 35 thumbs down? I only got 14 and that was early this morning.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I suspect that a certain “alleged” Yankee fan contributed the lion’s share of the thumbs

      • uyf1950 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        proudly, I can’t imagine a Yankee fan doing that. Perhaps someone who lives and roots for a team a little further up route 95.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        I see that “paperlions” is calling it the “thumbs down fairy”. I like that term because it rhymes with Harry.

      • Jeremy T - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Unfortunately, I can imagine quite a few Yankee fans doing any number of irritating but ultimately harmless things. PC is referring to one in particular, though.

  8. paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Obviously, ARod is good for team chemistry.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Rumor is he pulled a Bill Compton in the locker room upon return.

  9. natslady - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Wanted to watch Span’s catch (AGAIN) but the link goes to the Padres’ goofy baserunning. Had a good laugh.

  10. paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Miller wasn’t great, but he wasn’t that bad either. The Cardinals defense has been horrible (with the exception of Kozma and Carpenter). The 3-run 4th started with a high pop up to shallow LF that should have been easily caught. Holliday slowly jogged in that general direction and let it bounce 10 ft in front of him. Then an easy double play ball was hit to Freeze, who booted it…Pirates were given at least 6 outs that inning. The Cardinals collective range on defense is 12 kinds of horrible, balls all over the field that should be outs are hits.

    • jeffthomasb - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Why all the thumbs down on this? Paper’s exactly right– Cards’ defense lately has been pretty spotty lately. How many times these last few weeks have we seen an opponent make it from 1st to 3rd on simple base hit by the next batter? Outfield response times are slower than they should be, and I’m not quite getting it. It’s not even like the runners are going on the pitch or anything, either– they’re just taking advantage of a slow-moving outfield. Cards are giving up way more runs than they should because these guys are getting to third without much of a fight.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        It is the thumbs down fairy, not real people…same reason for all the down thumbs first thing every morning.

  11. jarathen - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I’m getting more and more excited about the 2014 draft for the Angels. Protected pick! Woo!

    This is what we look forward to now. Protected draft picks.

  12. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Both Jimmy Johnson AND Crooked-hat Pedro have combined to make a mess of the Orioles season. Between the two of them, they are responsible for nearly 15 losses. Sure, they aren’t solely responsible for those losses, but they own more than 51% of the stock in those losses.

  13. philliesblow - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Big 5 game series starting tonight: Country Breakfast & the BBQ sauce boys vs Miggy Almighty, His Heterochromianess & crew. Hopefully the Boom keeps coming.

  14. ptfu - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Yep, that was some dog-awful Padre baserunning in the sixth there. First, Gyorko made a poor decision to run home on the grounder. Okay, annoying, but things like that happen, and the kid’s a rookie. Maybe that one’s on the third base coach. But what on earth was Guzman thinking as he rounded second? I can’t imagine why he would continue to third, when Gyorko was hung up so close to third.

    And yes, credit to Torrealba for making both plays. Stay alert, see runner, tag runner.

  15. stex52 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    The Astros’ Magic Number is now 4, thanks to the continuing A’s slump. Cosart shows up big again, confirming – along with Villar – that Ed Wade was not a total failure in his job. The relief corps looked like the starting pitching lineup back in April. But who cares? It worked.

    Corporan has worked out as well as could be hoped. I was a fan of Q, but he is ding fine at Seattle (even found a better hitting stroke when he got out of Houston), and we have a decent backup catcher. so all is well in that respect. If only our big hitting number one catcher could actually catch, things would be swell.

    Going for the sweep. And in exactly four victories I will relax a bit.

    Good luck and hope for a recovery for the A’s, APBA guy,.

    • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      The Astros are 7 victories or losses (whatever) in the “lead” for the #1 pick. Considering the current draft bonus rules, getting that pick is huge for draft and international FA spending limits. With how well the 2012 draft has turned out so far, and the high floor of Appel, one more solid draft to go with the re-stocked Astros system and they might be good far sooner than a reasonable person could have hoped, and as soon as the kids start to arrive in earnest (probably 2015), spending on the FA market will be a more efficient use of resources….of course, that is if everything goes right.

      • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua have already demonstrated that, aside from lying, cheating and stealing, they can’t do anything right. And now, they are about to demonstrate that they can’t even do anything wronger than the next guy.

        The Feesh won another gifted game yesterday – which is, I guess, better than refusing to win gifted games, which has been a key part of their modus this season. The Iron Giant was held out of the game and had to stand by the locker room blackboard for three hours writing “I will define my strike zone, I will define my strike zone, I will define my strike zone” until he understood the difference between the dative and ablative cases.

      • stex52 - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        I look for them to stop the bleeding in 2015 (if things go well, Springer solves the hole in his swing, Singleton stops the recreational drugs, Folty gets that curve going, Appel is what they claim, etc.) Maybe a real move to respectability in 2016. But the talk is that Springer will end up in right in the long run. So that means there is no big help up the center of the field (Middle infielders, catcher, CF) much before 2016 at best. Deshields may beat that, but I think that’s about right for Corriea. And I don’t regard Altuve or Castro as the answer for a real contending team.

        I think you are offering the best case Paper. I think an extra year is very likely. But it’s good to have hope.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Oh, yeah…that was best case….but that really looks better than the future of teams like the Angels, White Sox or Brewers….who have crappy teams and crappy farm systems.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Sorry I was late this morning, had actual work (picture Maynard G Krebs) get in the way.

      Another close play involving the umps and another where the ump was right on top of it, made the call, and the replay, even in X-mo, was inconclusive. This time it was Sogard going for 3rd with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th. Barnes fine throw beat Sogard to the bag but Sogard swore he got a hand in. That was out number 3 so the video guys had plenty of time to queue up the replay, and Doug Eddings had the best view after all.

      The A’s were getting testy about Eddings calls, but he looks to me like he was 2-0-1 on replays, with the A’s squawking about Callaspo being off the bag on a force at second also incorrect, and Eddings getting that call correct. The real problem was Angel Hernandez calling a Maddux/Glavine strike zone. You see a 1-1 game with any 2 teams and you figure the strike zone was huge. Like last night with Hernandez, at least 6 inches high and 6 inches-or more-wide. Terrible.

      But it affected both teams. And both pitchers were savvy enough to take advantage of it, especially Cosart, who used that up and away strike every time he got behind to the A’s in a tough spot. The A’s usually hit righties pretty well, but with Crisp out injured, Jaso concussed, and Lowrie on scheduled rest this was a depleted A’s team.

      Still, losing two in a row to the Astros in August. Wasn’t it me saying the Astros were pathetic two days ago? What does this make the A’s? What’s worse than pathetic? What’s lazier than a string of rhetorical questions?

      Anyway. Ugly, ugly, ugly. And I’m not talking about Bartolo’s passport pictures. The A’s need an energy infusion, stat. Where’s Jonny Gomes when you need him?

  16. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Funny even when the jays do manage to win they still suck!! The bullpen did everything it could to try to give away another one last nite! hahahahaha

    • dan1111 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      “Look! A team that is slightly worse than the team I root for!!!”

      –You

    • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Poor Dim One Note Harry has now achieved a new milestone in being boring – not satisfied with two similarly worded expectorations last night on the same subject, he repeats himself yet again another third time this morning. Is this perhaps the first time in Circling the Bases history that someone without an idea in his cobwebbed cranium in the first place ackcherley ran out of ideas he didn’t even have? Duh-uhhh-huh-huh-huh.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        “..ran out of ideas he didn’t even have” This fairy Harry could be Zippy the Pinhead.

  17. kevinbnyc - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    More like the Feast of St. Yasiel. Right??!?

    • jwbiii - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Puigmas sounds good, too.

  18. jimeejohnson - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I love the thumbs down fairy. It means I can finally disregard the thumbs ups and downs as it is meaningless. Thank you thumbs down fairy.

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