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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 20, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

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Marlins 6, Dodgers 2: Jose Fernandez vs. Yasiel Puig in a potential Rookie of the Year matchup. Advantage: Fernandez, who allowed one earned run (two total) in six innings of work with eight strikeouts. He’s 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA and 156 Ks. The Dodgers dropped their second straight. Which hasn’t happened very often lately.

Mets 6, Twins 1: Dillion Gee with no earned runs and nine strikeouts over seven and a third, thanks in part to some amazing defense from Juan Lagares in center.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Homers from John Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz. Jonathan Papelbon got his first save since before the All-Star break, which is kinda nuts when you think about it.

Reds 5, Diamondbacks 3: The Reds win their seventh of nine. That pushes Arizona six back in the race for the final wild card slot, currently occupied by these same Reds.

Rays 4, Orioles 3Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered and David Price, while certainly not sharp, toughed out a win. Tampa Bay stays one back of Boston.

Rangers 16, Astros 5: You don’t lose many games when you put up an 11-run third inning. Indeed, that was the biggest single inning of runs any team has put up in the majors this year. It started with a bunt single, the first couple of runners were put into scoring position with a no-out sac bunt and only one batter had an extra base hit.

Cubs 11, Nationals 1Nate Schierholtz was non-tendered last season and spent a good deal of the winter looking for work. He hit two homers last night, drove in six and is hitting. .277/.330/.524 on the year with 18 homers. Funny how that works.

Indians 5, Angels 2Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer, Nick Swisher homered and Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh on the first day of the rest of the season without Albert Pujols. Anaheim has lost 11 of 15 and if you could just put up a white flag and end your season early, I figure they would.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 5: Kolten Wong got his first two major league hits after ten hitless at bats to start his major league career, so that’s nice.  He stole a couple of bases too. The Cards have won 9 of 11.

Athletics 2, Mariners 1: Brandon Moss with a walkoff solo shot. Jarrod Parker with a complete game in which he scattered eight hits, struck out eight and allowed one run. A crisp 2:19 for this one.

Red Sox 7, Giants 0: When Tim Lincecum has been good this year he’s been very, very good but when he’s been bad he’s been horrid. The Sox rung him up for five runs on nine hits in five innings. Jon Lester, meanwhile, shut out the Giants for eight and a third.

Pirates 3, Padres 1: The best pitching award of the night goes to Francisco Liriano, who had thirteen strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Not sure what one wins for the best pitching award of the night. Maybe some steak knives.

  1. ilovekneegrows - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Can we figure out what happened to Lincecum?

    He used to be incredibly entertaining to watch pitch and it an utter shell of himself. At one point last night, he fell off the mound in a bit of a bizarre sequence which balked in a run. It was also shown how he now flinches after every pitch is released. His mechanics are awful, his body language maybe even worse. I loved watching this guy a couple years ago.

    It’s rare to see an athlete who was one of the best in their sport absolutely fall apart at age 29, when he should be in his prime.

    What are the explanations?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      I’m going to throw some numbers at you – he’s 5’9″, 155 soaking wet and he’s thrown almost 1,400 IP’s in close to 7 MLB seasons. He’s just wearing down, that’s all.

      • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        I’m going to throw a number at you. 420.

      • daveitsgood - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        His mechanics were never that great from the traditional perspective. They were unique to him as designed by his father to maximize his leverage and torque from his smaller frame. That being said, as one gets older, they sometimes get less flexible and naturally lose a little bit, including velocity. He was never great on spotting his fastball, but when he was living at 95-97mph, he didn’t need to always hit his location because he could pitch off of it and then come back with a splitter or a hammer curve ball and hitters had to swing. Now that he sits around 89-90, they can lay off the breaking ball and sit fastball. His location is still spotty at times, but when he’s been on this season, it’s been because he’s hitting his spots with the fastball and then snaps off a good curve and can utilize his split. Also helps when he faces lesser talented teams too.

    • chiadam - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Needs better weed?

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM


  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    I watched Tampa Bay win another close game. Having just seen them play 3 close games against the Jays, I am impressed. They never seem to be out of it. They fight hard.

    The other game that I watched parts of, featured the Mets and he Twins. That game was never in doubt as the Mets outplayed the Twins.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      I see that the thumbs down fairy is active quite early today. Have a nice day!

      • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        Now you know what it feels like to cheer for the Mets.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        I have always suspected that the thumbs down fairy was a Yankee fan whose current screen name rhymes with fairy.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        The mind boggles at how pathetic someone’s life has to be to get up at 8 AM and think, “YEAH!! The first thing I’m gonna to today is hijack the ratings system over at NBC’s HardballTalk forum!! That’ll teach ’em!! I’LL SHOW ‘EM ALL!!”

        It’s either that, or a bot.

      • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        It’s not quite a bot. It’s an Artificial Stupidity (AS).

      • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Aren’t Yankees fans bots?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        You like saying that but the truth of the matter is I could care less about the little thumbs up or down, I come here to get all thumbs down cause im the bad guy around here and only a girly man would worry about such nonsense

        proudlycanadian – Aug 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM
        I have always suspected that the thumbs down fairy was a Yankee fan whose current screen name rhymes with fairy.

      • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        “im the bad guy around here”

        I won’t resort to twitterspeak to convey my hilarity at the premise this typically misspelled and otherwise mangled sentence, but the fact is you’re a wuss, a nobody, and predictably dull as the day is long. Guys like Chris Fiorentino would have wiped their asses with you.

      • indaburg - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Only the commenters I like seem to get thumbed down heavily on ATH, so it’s a helpful indicator to me. Points out which posts I should read immediately.

        Thanks for complimenting my team, pc. With more consistent pitching–baseball’s Holy Grail– your Jays will be right there battling for the top spot too next year. They play hard, your boys.

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      …premise of…

      Edit function!
      Edit funtion!

      • Anoesis - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Gosh, OG, I’ve run out of ways to emphasize a simple point: The “edit function” on this site consists of reading what you just wrote BEFORE you hit “post comment.” Think of it as looking to see if the lid on the toilet is UP before you whip out yer hose. Both of these practices save on later clean up. You’re welcome.

  3. skeleteeth - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Even though Fernandez is to be shutdown in early September I hope he gets RoY consideration given the squad he’s had behind him and the quality starts (16 of 24) he’s consistently put up.

    • paperlions - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      IMO, he is pretty clearly the favorite for NL ROY, and other candidates have quite a bit of ground to make up even if he is shut down.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    El Keed was ackcherley better than he sounds last night. The return to the Feesh’s tradition of playing a converted infielder or outfielder at third base restored by Polanco’s concussion, Ed Lucas promptly dropped a throw from Jeff Mathis that would have cut down the lead runner at third and, with El Keed’s subsequent strikeouts of Puig and Gonzalez, gotten the Feesh out of the eening unscored upon. The other run was courtesy of Andre Ethier sticking his knee into a big loopy curveball to get on base. Such things happen. Noteworthy: looks like El Keed is working on a new peetch. Oy!

    Also noteworthy: the Iron Giant bounced one of his signature rail gun dingers off of Tommy in the eighth, which seems to have gotten our beloved Grand Guignol gargoyle running again. You suspect his batting eye is clearing a bit when he starts crushing those high-velocity shots that beat the camera crews to the wall. The Giant went 2-4 to bootstrap himself out of the .230s. Hope he’s bottomed out for the time being.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Thought of your jovial self last night as Hanley pointed to the plate on his called Strike 3. Your keed was quite amazing; he even seemed embarrassed when his dugout compadre jumped on his back as if the final out was a postseason birth.

      The amazing run is now over courtesy of the Feesh. It only seems logical. The only question I have is how bad was last night’s out on the town? This could be a dangerous series for the Dodgers.

      • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        It’s par for the course for the Hanster to engage in pointless argumentation. But then, Puig almost got himself tossed for arguing a call too. I’m not sure he was wrong to be pissed off about that second strike of that at-bat. I think El Keed has a lot of umpires charmed, shall we say. He gets calls. He’s so adorable in his boyish ebullience I bet he could even turn Joe West into Gustav von Aschenbach. None of this, of course, is meant to denigrate El Keed’s peetching.

        As far as night life, come on – how impressed or seduced by South Beach are guys with the Tinseltown nightlife at their disposal really gonna be? Have them call me. I’ll take them to some divey madre y padre cafes – or maybe even to Enrequita’s – for some real stick-to-their-arteries Cuban cooking, with some big fat sweaty waitresses trying to raise five kids alone who’ll take them into the supply shack and give them in five minutes for fifty bucks what they’d waste a meel on South Beach for, and have them back at the table by the time their tostones are ready – relaxed, refreshed and ready to take the field next morning.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Close, daily proximity to shimmy-shakes in short skirts does not stop the mind from hoping to hop on board the shimmy-shakers of a different coast. In fact, it might just flex it to overload. A little HGH (Hot Girl, Holla!) goes a long way. After all, it’s Yasiel’s world. No stinkin’ second strike call is going to stop his coming out party. I just hope Uribe can corral him with pops of Vitamin C.

  5. aceshigh11 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    About time the Red Sox dislodged their heads from their asses.

    Granted, it was the Giants, but Lester tossed a real beaut’.

    Still got those pesky Ray breathing down our necks. Removing my fan cap, I think that the Rays will be in first place at the end of the year when all is said and done.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Lester seems to have returned to the fine form he showed early in the season. Inexplicably, he followed his terrific start to the season with a bad spell.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        He looks really good.

        He still has some bad habits from last season, and I don’t like his pissy attitude when things don’t go his way. Love the guy, but he’s not in his early 20s anymore…he needs to grow up.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        Gimme a break aces – the glass half empty side of Sawks Nation.

        Lester had a pissy attitude when he beat the fuck out of cancer too. You don’t mind it when he’s winning, but it bothers you when he’s losing. Meaning – it’s not about Lester.

      • skeleteeth - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        There are plenty of people that take issue with his losing composure, win or lose.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Whats the magic number for the jays to clinch last place? Im going to crack open a few cold ones when that day happens, im so damn proud of this team!!!

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Ah, so you have to take your women by force, huh?

      • clemente2 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        This is going to sail over many heads….

  7. steelers88 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Francisco Liriano is a BEAST!!!!!!

  8. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I knew someone else felt this way about the games last night.

    • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Is EdCollins the thumbs harpie? He’s doing way too well on this thread and the Braun thread.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Is he or is he not? Find out on next week’s edition of proharpietalk.

  9. chadjones27 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Craig, et. al.,
    You know you’ve made it when spam starts trolling us.
    And this guys grammar is better than some of ours.

  10. philliesblow - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    On vacation and took my son to Wrigley Field for the first time. He was hoping to see Bryce Harper do something special but was quite satisfied with the HR fest the Cubs put on. Great chance to show him a historic stadium.

  11. Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Marlins 6, Dodgers 2: Jose Fernandez vs. Yasiel Puig in a potential Rookie of the Year matchup. Advantage: Fernandez, who allowed one earned run (two total) in six innings of work with eight strikeouts. He’s 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA and 156 Ks. The Dodgers dropped their second straight. Which hasn’t happened very often lately.

    Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Homers from John Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz. Jonathan Papelbon got his first save since before the All-Star break, which is kinda nuts when you think about it. The Phillies won their second straight. Which hasn’t happened very often lately.

    Man, you’re slacking in the trolling department. FTFY.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I was hoping the “work from home” spammer guy would be banned at the IP source by now. No such luck, I see.

    Anyway, I have to confess I switched back and forth from the A’s to the Giants game last night. Some how, Lester vs. Lincecum was more interesting than Harang vs Parker. But guess what? Harang threw very well last night, mixing it up, hitting spots, really keeping the A’s off balance.

    Moss was swinging for the fence from his first AB, so when he popped one to walk off it was no real surprise. He hit a decent pitch, too, but it was a little more elevated than Workman wanted and Moss, as they say, got all of it.

    AT & T is one of the few parks that Boston fans can’t swamp when their team comes for a visit. While you saw the occasional washed blue “B” cap, the weirdest thing was this one guy in green and gold, both hat and t-shirt, sitting in the good seats and on camera every time a left handed batter was in the box. One lone Oakland fan. I thought he was lost, wandered in, said “this is a really nice place, think I’ll stick around” and never left. His buddy was full-on Giants, though, all orange and black.

    As for the game, I think Lester likes the big outfield. Posey hit a shot his first time up, on an elevated fast ball, that just died at the base of the left-center fence. It’s in the Monstah seats in Boston, but the fog layer just dropped it straight down. After that, Lester’s confidence was better than I’ve seen since 2011. If he throws like that for his final 8 starts he’ll probably win 7 of them.

    Finally a sad, non-baseball note. With all due respect to OG’s dedication to Cormac McCarthy, my favorite American author, Elmore Leonard, died yesterday at 87. His last few books were not his best, but there was a period from Stick and La Brava through Maximum Bob and Rum Punch where he could do no wrong. His books were so spare and his dialog so sharp that the few movie adaptations that worked were the ones that lifted whole passages from his books, like Out of Sight and Jackie Brown. He will be missed.

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