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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 16, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

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Athletics 5, Astros 0: Sonny Gray only has a couple of major league starts under his belt, but this one was a spiffy one: eight shutout innings, nine strikeouts. Of course a lot of guys have had spiffy starts against the Astros lately. Rule 5 pick Nate Freiman had himself a nice day too, going 4 for 4 with a homer and four driven in. Saw this guy play in San Antonio last year. He was a beast in Double-A. Obviously the bigs have humbled him a bit, but he is capable of stuff like this from time to time.

Giants 4, Nationals 3: Well that’s not what’s supposed to happen when you lead 3-1 in the ninth, have two outs, a ham and egger like Hector Sanchez up at the plate and your high priced closer on the mound. Sanchez took Rafael Soriano deep with two men on as the Giants shocked the Nats, snapping their winning streak.

Rays 7, Mariners 1: Good game for Alex Cobb and Wil Myers and blah blah blah. I’m more interested in the fact that Joe Maddon had a giant python in the clubhouse before the game and that, on Twitter, he said “A snake is a risk taker and a wellspring of ideas. They fit into the Rays Way.” I wonder if Maddon’s inspirational/new-agey mumbo jumbo is pre-planned or if he comes up with it post-hoc to give everything that happens a sheen of meaning and importance. Like, if next year he goes crazy using replay challenges, will he later say “I challenged Angel Hernandez’s call, not because I thought it was wrong, but because challenges are what show us who we are as a person and I wanted him to grow.” I think I’d like Maddon even more if he was sorta making this up as he went along as opposed to being some Phil Jackson-style guru.

Tigers 4, Royals 1: Prince Fielder hit a homer and the Tigers take the first of a five-game series which could either give those frisky Royals even more friskiness about them or else put an end to the playoff chatter in Kansas City. As for Fielder, the news that came out yesterday that he’s going through a divorce gave everyone license, apparently, to play armchair psychologist in an effort to explain his poor season. As someone who went through a divorce with kids himself not too long ago, allow me to say that people who play that game are full of crap. It affects a person, no doubt, but it probably affects every person differently and you can’t just point to their work and say “ah-ha.” If anything, I look back to what I was writing in the second half of 2011 and it was pretty darn good. Maybe even better than usual. I was probably concentrating more on work than anything then because everything else sucked. Weird thing: I don’t remember writing most of it even when I read it now and baseball happenings are kind of a blur compared to other times. Brains are complex things, folks. Let’s not pretend we know how even ours work, let alone some ballplayer you’ve never met or talked to.

Twins 4, White Sox 3: Big day for backup catchers. Chris Herrmann with a pinch hit RBI single to win it. He copped to not being ready to pinch hit just before Ron Gardenhire called on him. Didn’t have his batting gloves ready, his helmet, none of that. As Todd Snider once said, unprepared people around the world need role models. It’s nice to see them come through now and again.

Reds 2, Brewers 1: Tony Cingrani struck out nine in six and a third and allowed only one run. My HBT Daily partner Kay Adams said the other day that, in fantasy baseball, she is starting whoever pitches against the Brewers, basically every day possible. Seems like a good rule to live by.

Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1: Mark Buehrle allows ten hits but only one run. In other news, in light of this farkakte challenge system idea the owners have devised for instant replay, I believe signing fast workers like Buehrle will be the new inefficiency going forward. Having him on the mound to start pitching before challenge flags can be thrown will be like having your quarterback run up to the line to quickly start a play before anyone can review that last no-fumble call or whatever.

Angels 8, Yankees 4: Alfonso Soriano kept up his hot streak, getting four hits and another RBI, but that wasn’t enough on a day when Chris Nelson hit two homers and drove in five and the Yankees bullpen decided to give up five runs. Meanwhile, C.J. Wilson pitched in some fantastic luck, allowing 11 hits in six innings but someone only allowing one run to cross the plate.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5: Matt Holliday is banged up but he hit a walkoff RBI single in the 12th and Matt Carpenter had four hits. The Cards take two of three from the division-leading Buccos and cut their lead to two games.

Mets 4, Padres 1: Zack Wheeler struck out 12 while allowing only one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings. No win, though, because the Mets couldn’t provide a winning margin until late.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    The Yankees offense just ran out of gas. Boone Logan didn’t help by allow the grand slam in the 8th inning. Up until then the game was still close enough for the Yankees to pull out the win, but that kind of closed the door on that possibility. Hughes pitched OK allowing just 3 runs in 6 innings. He did what you want want pitchers to do give your team a chance, he did that.

    BTW, the Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 games. Winning 7 of 10 now doesn’t seem as far fetched as some thought when I said “that for the Yankees to have a chance at the postseason I thought 7 of 10 was a necessity”. Where there’s hope there’s life and the Yankees still have some life in them.

    • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      “The Yankees offense just ran out of gas.”

      Actually, I think their wheelchair got a flat tire. Or their scooter batteries ran down. Or one of the tennis balls fell off the bottom of their walker.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        actually that was your head that went flat but I can understand how you became confused as to what actually happened there

      • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        @harry, +1. That cracked me up.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      BTW, the Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 games. Winning 7 of 10 now doesn’t seem as far fetched

      Since we all agree the Yankees are the Borg shouldn’t that be winning 7 of 9?

  2. nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Didn’t see most of the Jays-Bosox game last night due to a more important commitment, so…

    Wait, what?? More important than baseball???? Whaddyatalkinbout??

    Sorry, but taking my wife out to dinner for our anniversary took priority, but I will say this in her defense… the minute we walked in the door she said “Turn on the ballgame.” Am I a lucky man or what? :-)

    Anyhoo, I caught the top of the 9th and Mighty Casey’s, save although I did note with pleasure that ‘Saki-san is back. Pretty much a perfect night in the AL East last night in my opinion. Jays and Rays both win, Red Sox and Yankees both lose. Baltimore had the night off. For an ABBOY fan in this division, t’was one of those all-too-rare treats… right ‘Burgie?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Im afraid to tell you this nbjays but its all over now, season has been over for a while so it really doesn’t matter what the jays do from here on out. Its all over except for the crying and kicking and AA and Gibbons both getting canned for what has become known as the 2013 Toronto train wreck. That’s how the history books are going to remember this team 100 years from now and just think, I gave them that nickname.

      • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        You think history (or anyone on this blog) actually cares or will remember what you said about anything, harry?

        “it really doesn’t matter what the jays do from here on out”

        Unless it is to lose to every AL team that is currently ahead of the Yankees in the Wild Card race. Not that they would ever do that on purpose, but it would be kind of ironic if that’s what happened, and it would probably be worth it just to have your head explode because the Jays caused the Yankees to miss the postseason.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        nbjays this might come as a surprise but “I write” history, so when they talk about the books IM the guy who writes them. As far as the Yanks go, their season is over also, I admit that, hey they been on a run since what? 1994? wow that’s almost as long as your team’s run, LOL. So how can I get mad? This winter I will just put in one of my dvd’s, I can pick the “96 Yanks, or the 2000 Yanks, or I can go to the last championship and watch the 2009 Yanks. Or I can go to the greatest team ever and watch the 1998 Yanks, or I can watch the first year the Rocket was there and watch him polish off the braves and watch the 1999 Yanks. So many DVD’s, so many to choose from.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        So completely full of shit, so hopelessly stupid, so abyssally ignorant. Poor Dim One Note Harry, you can assemble a full orchestra but it still only plays one note.

      • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Boy, if you write history books like you write HBT posts, harry, they must be the most boring history books in, well, history. Imagine… a 32 chapter book where every paragraph of every chapter is the same, tired old thought, endlessly repeated like a broken record in a self-righteous, self-congratulatory tone. Yep, compelling stuff.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Not boring only the truth and right now im writing the history book on the 2013 jays who are going down as the BIGGEST MLB BUST in history and how the streak is still on and you know what streak that is don’t you boy?

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    It must feel great to be a member of the Red Sox right now. They have those bushy beards. They are in first place in the AL East. Like the Yankees, they are 5 and 2 in their last 7 games. Yesterday, they outhit and outpitched the Jays. They had 11 hits and 3 walks. The Jays only had 6 hits and 0 walks.

    The Red Sox might have won the game if Pedroia had not been thrown out at the plate in the first inning by Kevin Pillar who was playing in his second ML game. The throw beat “Scrappy” easily, but he avoided the plate and the tag. For a brief moment there was a stare down between Scrappy and Arencibia, before Pedroia realized that there was no way that he could make it to the plate safely and he surrendered.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      The Red Sox are playing like a bunch of goddamned mongoloid degenerates.

      They better get their shit together or it’s gonna be 2011 all over again.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        With the beards, they may look like mongoloid degenerates and they have lost 5 of their last 7 games; however, I did not see any quit in them during the Toronto series.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        True…they’re definitely gritty and determined, which is something they haven’t been in 4-5 years.

        They just came up short. Good series…the Rays are skidding at the same time, so they’re not in any immediate danger. I expect them to pull out of this mini-slump at some point.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      And then you woke up and realized your team was still 15 games out of first place and that Pillar is still hitless and has struck out more then 50% of his at bats and looks like a future bust the more you see him play? Yea I see where you are coming from

      • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Pillar has been in the majors for exactly two games. In each one of those games he was more productive than the Yankees’ offense has been all season. On average, the Yankees have struck out 8 times per 7 at-bats and gotten -1 hits per game.

        If Pillar continues at his current pace for the next 23 years, then in 2036 the Yankees will trade for him to solidify their lineup.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        He’s been more productive? Then what? Your grandma? 0 fr 7 and 4 of those at bats was no contact. Very small sample size I agree except PC is bragging this guy up as the next Mays and all im saying is hey, ive seen this movie before with bluejay prospects and there has been a hell of a lot more Synders and Drabeks then Mays. As for your math on what the Yanks have done, well that just shows me what a fool you are, by 2036 Pillar will have been retired for over 20 years and you will be sucking on rocks somewhere in detroit

      • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Your comment makes perfect sense, except for one thing: why Detroit?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Why Detroit? That’s easy, its the armpit of the world, you will feel right at home there.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Poor Dim One Note Harry subsists in emotional offal the way a maggot subsists in a carcass, doesn’t he? You could insinuate this hopelessly jaundiced slug into a dinner party for Nobel Prize winners and his mere presence would reduce the entire gathering to a rabble.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        poor old gator, he is so confused in his old age, I almost feel sorry for him. Almost

  4. natslady - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Dan Haren, 6IP 1 run (solo HR), pitched around a 2B error. I figured he should come out after 98 pitches and the HR–despite our terrible bullpen. Apparently, he made it easy and told Davey he’d had it. Abad was perfect, and Clip pitched around a single (hindered by Rendon missing a grounder, helped by Rendon getting a grounder on a great play). Well, neither Clip nor Soriano will be available tonight to help poor Taylor Jordan, who is as tough as they come, but let’s face it, in over his head.

    Dan Haren since the All-Star Break 32 IP, ERA 2.53

  5. dlf9 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I thought that a fundamental requirement for all baseball writers was to refer to outings like CJ Wilson’s last night using the phrase “scattered 11 hits.” They’ll kick you out of the club if you keep avoiding cliches, Craig. But as long as you reference Todd Snider, I guess you’re an alright guy.

    • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Personally, I would say that Wilson 11-hit the Yankees over 6 innings.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        and one might say your bf gave you 11 hits to the head lastnite, just another way of saying it is all.

      • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Harry, you are just a wellspring of ideas today. Have you been inspired by a snake recently?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        No I have been inspired by “smoke” and let me tell ya something this is some good stuff.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Burning meadow muffins again, eh? Snort deeply. Eventually the carbon particulate will fill up whatever empty space above your brain stem it hasn’t caked already.

  6. philliesblow - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Great to see Prince go deep, hopefully his power bat warms up. Another excellent outing for Anibal Sanchez. With all the attention on Scherzer’s excellence and Verlander’s substandard (for him) season, Sanchez has quietly put together an impressive season with a 2.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and almost 10K per 9 innings.

  7. indaburg - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    You know Maddon makes that shit up as he goes along. I’m surprised the snake made it out alive, with Luke Scott in that clubhouse.

    Great game for my Rays. Cobb looked sharp. I was so happy to see that there were no seeming residual effects of his concussion. He is as nice a guy as he is good a pitcher, so he is easy to cheer on. Myers. What can I say about him? The kid is amazing. I miss Shields but this kid was definitely worth the trade. AL Rookie of the Year, and I am not being a homer. It’s a weak year and his numbers compare favorably to Puig.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Nice to see Cobb pitch well. I am glad that the Jays do not face him this weekend. Not sure who will be pitching for the Rays this weekend, but I am hoping for Hellboy and Fausto.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Why would it matter who the jays are facing? Can you say season over? Can you say it doesn’t matter anymore? Bet you could if you try

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Here’s Poor Dim One Note harry again, falling all over himself (can’t tie his shoes either, apparently) to deliver the same old news, determined to push back the envelope of irrelevance and pointlessness. And…succeeding!

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Reticulated pythons are known for their good taste in mammals. There was never a chance that the python was going to eat Luke Scott and sicken itself, so don’t worry.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        They do have meds for your problem, no kidding, im just trying to help.

      • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Once a snake tried to eat a gator. Both died in the process.

        It’s not a fortune cookie about you, it was actually on the news in Florida awhile ago.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        That was the story that kinda forced the python problem down here into popular consciousness. And yes, there are medications for mosquito bites – but for what ails Poor Dim One Note Harry, surgical intervention – a lobotomy, for example – is indicated.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        id rather have a bottle in front of me then a frontal lobotomy old geezer, you should have felt the sameway

    • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      If there is any animal that does NOT have to take a risk, it is a 20 foot long snake.

      Can’t argue with “wellspring of ideas”, though.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Ackcherley, any species that has to interact with humans takes a risk. A beeeeeeeg one, at that. Last year the state wildlife folks came up with the bright idea of a month-long python bounty season. I think they tallied about sixty snakes, and a couple of cracker would be python hunters from Tennessee got theyselves losted in the Everglades. Needed to be helicoptered out and wound up with a $15,000 bill for the trouble to which the local constabulary. The sixty snakes were a good start. Of course, the next day, somewhere out there, a big female Burmese out of the estimated hundred thousand or so of them laid ninety eggs….

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        …to which they put the local constabulary.

        Edit function!
        Edit function!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        You need a mental EDIT FUNCTION!! Lets be serious here

  8. heyblueyoustink - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Rat ’em out Rat ’em out Rat ’em out now, Rat ’em out Rat ’em out gotta Rat ’em out….

  9. steelers88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    It sucks but the reality is that the Pirates NEED Cutch to be great, not just good. Starting P’s declining. Bottom line is when your MVP takes an 0 for 5 there’s a good chance your gonna lose.

  10. hushbrother - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    The idea that Phil Jackson is some kind of “guru” is the biggest myth in all of sports. He’s an ok coach who, as Red Auerbach put it, picked his spots well. The amount of personal credit he deserves for his ten rings is fractional compared to his superstars. Give him a team without Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and let’s see how he does.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Kukoc! Kukoc! How in the world did you forget the force known as “The Croatian Sensation”?

    • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Um, are you guys lost? Pro Basketball Talk is that way ————–>

  11. APBA Guy - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Another game not carried by CSN BA. But plenty of highlights on the local and national outlets. Sonny Gray reminds me of Rich Harden, and I hope for his sake I’m not saying that in two years. To that end, I really wasn’t happy to see the pitch count at 118.

    That aside, it was nice not to get swept by the Astros. On the scale of baseball humiliations that would have to rank pretty high, so it’s best avoided altogether.

    Interesting factoid, all of Nate Freiman’s HR’s have come against the Astros.

    Tough series coming up this weekend with Cleveland in town. They too are fighting for a playoff spot, and with 44 games left, any team in that position is bearing down. It’s Griffin, Straily and Colon for the A’s versus Masterson, Jimenez, and Kasmir. I haven’t seen Cleveland too much this year. But former A’s bench coach Tito Francona and former crowd favorite Nick Swisher will get warm receptions.

    • stex52 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Interesting fact #2 about Nate Freiman. The Astros picked him up in the Rule 5 draft and ended up waiving him. Then the A’s got him. It appears that there would have been a WAR value in just letting him sit on their roster and not hit home runs against them.

      Other than that, I have little positive to add. Magic Number remains at 4.

  12. tamparey - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Yankees have a snake in the clubhouse too.

    • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      *insert rimshot sound*

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        we can let PC give you that rimjob or rimshot sound or whatever it is you are talking about

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