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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 22, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

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Orioles 4, Rays 2: Chris Davis homers again. Number 46 on the year. He’s four short of the all-time Orioles record. He tied Rafael Palmiero for the most home homers in Orioles history with 25. Tommy Hunter got the save, as it does appear that Buck Showalter is gonna go with the hot hand now. Or, at the very least, avoid Jim Johnson.

Braves 4, Mets 1: Three run homers in the tenth inning are great. Blown calls at first base that allow those three run homers to happen instead of the third out of the inning being properly recorded are not so great. I’ll get over this one and won’t renounce the win because that would be silly, but yeah, this game woulda been very different if it were the Replay Era.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2: Hit number 4,000 for Ichiro between the U.S. and Japan. I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’d be pushing that mark if he had spent his whole career here too. Such a unique talent. Alfonso Soriano — who also spent some time in Japan — hit the tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth. The Yankees still have to climb over three teams, but they are only four back in the wild card.

Mariners 5, Athletics 3: Brendan Ryan got to play and had two hits and drove in three runs. GIven how awesome his glove is it’s sad that he doesn’t hit better so he can hang around longer and get more PT.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 6: Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig homers and four relievers help bail out the redbirds after Jake Westbrook couldn’t make it out of the fifth. Westbrook did hit a bases-loaded double THHOC, however.

Red Sox 12, Giants 1: Barry Zito was shellacked for six runs on seven hits in three and two-thirds. We may have seen his final start as a Giant, if Bruce Bochy’s cryptic comments about changes to be made mean what they sound like they mean. Even if he gets another, his time in San Francisco is almost over and it’s ending very much like it began.

Indians 3, Angels 1: A year ago Cleveland ended the year with just 68 wins. Last night won their 69th. With more than a month remaining, the Indians are just five and a half games behind division leading Detroit and two and a half behind the A’s for the wild card. Not bad for a team that, at times anyway, has looked lost. Just very hot and cold. A two-run homer for Nick Swisher and a strong outing for Justin Masterson who, last start against them notwithstanding, has historically owned the Angels.

Padres 2, Pirates 1: Ian Kennedy tossed seven shutout innings and the Padres avoided the sweep. Yonder Alonso did all the damage on offense. Or, yonder, Alonso did all the damage. Unless you actually were in San Diego yesterday in which case that would be misleading.

Phillies 4, Rockies 3: Another low-run-support no-decision for Cliff Lee as the Phillies failed to capitalize on many early opportunities, but Michael Young hit a walkoff single to end it.

Tigers 7, Twins 1: Boy the Twins stink. I watched the second half of this game and the Tigers’ late rally was the stuff of both good hitting on their part but a lot of boneheaded plays and curious pitch selection on the part of Minnesota. It just looks like a totally lost team.

Reds 10, Diamondbacks 7: Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBI and the Reds started early with an 8-0 lead. They needed all of that to hold of the Dbacks. But hold them off they did and now have a pretty comfortable six-game lead over Arizona for the second wild card.

Rangers 5, Astros 4: Elvis Andrus with a walkoff sac fly. That’s probably among the least uplifting walkoff events you can have. Walkoff errors or wild pitches at least have some moment of unexpected excitement to them. Walkoff walks have a sense of building tension as the pitcher struggles to locate. A walkoff sac fly is, like, “and, yep, there it is. It will be deep enough. Ballgame.”

Dodgers 4, Marlins 1: Zack Greinke had eight innings of one-run ball. Yasiel Puig went 0 for 5, but hey, at least he was on time to the ballpark.

White Sox 5, Royals 2Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam and that made all the difference. Well most of the difference, but I read Robert Frost before bed last night and I wanted to say “that made all the difference” at some point today.

Nationals 11, Cubs 6: Two homers for Anthony Rizzo were nice but Cubs pitchers gave up two three-run homers to Nats hitters. And that has made all the difference.

OK, that worked a little better, with the exception of the awkward “has.” But we’ll just go with it.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Suddenly the Yankees postseason chances are starting to pick up and I think even the most skeptical non Yankee fans would have to admit they are not out of the race. They have not only caught the Royals who were one of the teams ahead of them but past them convincingly. Here are the latest numbers:
    The race for the AL Wild Card the standings through Wednesday Aug. 21
    Rays 1st Wild Card
    Oakland 2nd Wild Card
    Cleveland 2.5 games back of 2nd Wild Card
    Baltimore 3 games back of 2nd Wild Card
    NY Yankees 4 games back of the 2nd Wild Card
    KC Royal 6.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card

    The race for the AL East Division through Wednesday Aug. 21
    Red Sox – Leading the Division
    Ray – 1 game back
    Orioles – 5.5 games back
    Yankees – 6.5 games back
    Blue Jays – 17 games back and history

    The interesting part for the Yankees and from a Yankee fans perspective is the Yankees have 21 games remaining against the Sox/Rays/Orioles, (7 against each of them). More then enough games to make up any shortfall versus any of the teams ahead of them. And if they keep playing the way they are anything is possible even winning the AL East Division. At least that’s my opinion.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Here’s the thing for the Yankees – assuming they come out as the best team from that Baltimore/Cleveland/KC/NY scrum, they only have to catch one of Texas, Oakland, Boston or TB to make the playoffs. Yes, Oakland is the closest right now at four up, but I’m still keeping an eye on the other three. At 6.5, 6.5 and 5.5 games up, any one of them could go cold and be run down.

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      While I can’t disagree with your logic or the fact that the Yankees are en fuego right now, I think it’s fair to saythat it doesn’t hurt their cause when TB/BOS/BAL are all beating up on eachother whilethe Yanks get to sweep the likes of Toronto and handled a lowly Angels team before their Boston series. It will truly be a testament to their actual progress when they start their next series against a grea Rays team, and like you said, 21 games against the teams ahead of them will really make or break their season. And if they do make it to post season play? I 100% blame Dempster.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        My friend I’m sorry but you are sorely mistaken about who Boston is beating up on at least this month.
        So far this month the Red Sox have played: The Diamondbacks, Astros, Royals, Jays, Yankees and Giants. no where in that list do I see them as having been beaten up or beating up on either the Rays or the Orioles.
        As for the Rays and Orioles the ONLY time they have played each other this month is the 3 games they just recently finished I would hardly call that justification for your comment of beating up on each other and your very specific comment ” I think it’s fair to say that it doesn’t hurt their cause when TB/BOS/BAL are all beating up on each other while the Yanks get to sweep the likes of Toronto and handled a lowly Angel…”
        My friend I try to be objective in my comments when it comes to the Yankees and to be perfectly honest I don’t see anything in your reply that would change the opinion I expressed in my original comment.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Classic Yankees’ frontrunner – amazing how long the updates get during winning streaks. Seriously – good luck with that M*A*S*H unit and one good starter. I’m sure this is a new pinstriped reality – not just a nice streak.

      The White Sox just won five in a row, are they heading to the playoffs as well?

      • Jeremy T - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        uyf’s been posting pretty consistently all season. Frontrunners exist. He’s not one of them.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Jeremy,thank you. I take comments from unclemosesgreen in the spirit with which they are intended. He likes to stir the pot if you get what I mean. A while back I replied to one of his nastier comments to a post of mine, that he and his comments were more suited for the Yahoo Sports sites. And for the most part nothing he has done since has done anything to alter my view. In my book he is persona non grata. Again, Jeremy thank you and have a good day.

    • indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      If the Yankees were my patient, I wouldn’t be asking for a consult to hospice just yet. Sadly for us haters, there is still life in your team. I try to be an objective hater and your reasons for having some hope make sense. The odds are still slim–you have some tough competition ahead but you are masters of your own future.

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    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      You’re just a few spelling and grammer issue short of having me convinced……. I swear.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        Would you be convinced if she removed some clothing while on camera?

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        Considering it’s likely they’re either some sweaty dude from Nigeria or some Chinese nerd alert type hunkered down in his state run cubicle, probably not.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      What’s with the spam around here lately?

      • APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Really, every day it’s a spammer. Then later in the afternoon the spam will disappear but the SPAM-aware comments will remain, making us (me) look like we were hallucinating.

        Craig needs an intern.

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        APBA guy- How about Frenchy for Craig’s intern?

      • APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Hi Len- I hear Frenchy is available :)

  3. joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    I think if Showalter would have brought in Jim Johnson, there would have been pitchforks out in Baltimore.

  4. rockthered1286 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    You know it’s bad when you flip back to the game in the 9th, see 2 runners on for Tampa and nobody out, and your first thought is “crap… Buck must have put Johnson in again…” And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. Glad to see Tommy make his opportunity count!

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    What a 7th! What an 8th! Guess what? When the bases are loaded, you can’t walk Miggy this time. It’s a 3-RBI double! But, it’s a double. And it’s three. He’s so good, he makes 3 from 2! How does he do it? Prince strikes out at the plate, but, wait, passed ball. Big man beats it to 1st. Love it when he runs. There was plenty of good running last night. Then, bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, Inge 2.0 strides to the plate….and, inning over. Yep, that’s about right. Well, it didn’t matter anyway, Rally Killer. We win!!!!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Just a double? A home run by super Miggy would have been better for my fantasy team. Somebody should have told him that Davis homered yesterday.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      All the best baseball fans hate utility players because they aren’t good enough to be starters. Bastards.

      • blacksables - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Actually, my parents were married. And I don’t hate utility players. I actually understand it’s a team sport, and don’t idolize individuals in the game.

        But go on speaking for the rest of us. One day you’ll get it right.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Speaking for ‘us’? Who’s us? Was anyone talking to you?

      • indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Explain utility player Ben Zobrist. He starts every night.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        If Ben Zobrist was a Tiger she would find a way to hate him too.

      • indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Ha!

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Not really surprised that my comment to the Inge-Don Kelly hater was so misinterpreted tho.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        Some utility guys are that because their glove plays everywhere and their bat plays nowhere. Then there’s guys like Zobrist and Biggio and Matt Carpenter who have or had the ability to hit and to field many positions. They are great to have around.

        Inge was a tweener on those two types – he had enough pop to play a corner position during a suspiciously “juiced” time in MLB history. After that he was an overpaid full-time liability.

      • indaburg - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:35 AM

        I have a great fondness for super-utility players. Baseball player version of a polymath.

      • stex52 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Point well made Indy. He’s not the only example, but certainly the best. If you could have two corner guys with power and six more Zobrist-quality guys on the infield (I bet he could play catcher), you could win every night.

      • indaburg - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:22 AM

        Actually, stex, last night I realized that in 2013 statistically, Matt Carpenter is the better utility man. Mind blown.

    • zzalapski - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Geez, just fire Gardenhire and get his misery over with.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        In all fairness- despite another disappointing season, Joe Mauer’s hair still looks great. And who would have guessed that he uses Head & Shoulders?

    • dluxxx - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Yups, pretty ugly. For a minute there I thought that the Twins would be able to pull it off after a pitchers duel (can you believe that Kevin Correia was part of a pitchers duel?) through 6. They squeaked out a run with two outs, and then….. Gardy let Correia run back out there for the 7th. I looked at my girlfriend and basically said, “That’s pretty ballsy,” and of course, it backfired.

      Granted he was only at 80 or so pitches, but you gotta know better. If you manage to get 6 scoreless innings out of Correia, then you thank your lucky stars and turn it over to your bullpen. Plain and simple.

      Granted, the bullpen got knocked around when they finally went to them, but I believe that if you run out Fein, Burton, Perkins instead of Theilbar, Fein, Tonkin you probably have a much better result.

      So it goes…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        In all fairness, not being able to intentionally walk Miggy hurts just about any pitcher. And, Sanchez didn’t even make it all the way through 7, so there you go. You were hurt by a couple of key errors and that didn’t help your guys’ confidence, I’m sure. We aren’t a late game team normally, so Tonkin was not good for you for sure. You never know which Verlander will show up today though, so this afternoon might go better for you. Eat ‘em up, Tigers!

  6. redmanrt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Whoever told Johnson (Rays) to steal in the 9th threw away the game.

  7. redmanrt - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Maddon left Hellickson in too long last night, just as he will probably leave Hernandez in too long tonight. I say let Torres start.

  8. jdubfla - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    So the Rays beat up on the last place teams and they are “Hot” and “Great” but the Yankees do it and they are ” only beating the dregs”. Im not a Yankee fan but comeon fair is fair.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Yeah, because the poor widdle Yankees are so underappreciated and underreported on, right?

      I mean, they’ve ONLY won 25% of all the World Series ever played. That means 81 other times, teams stole what the Yankees are entitled to.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Let me get you a crying towel and how about some cheese with that whine?

      • dcarroll73 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        At last the understanding dawns. You have done well, little grasshopper. While most Yankee fans would entirely agree that those 81 championships are rightfully ours, I am more enlightened, and I realize that the many championships won by the Giants are also in alignment with the Force.

      • indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        I hope you’re talking to jdubfla and not aces, harry.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Of course he’s talking to me. I said something he didn’t like once and now he’s made it his life’s mission to insult me every chance he gets.

        I refuse to respond to him directly anymore. A sicko like him gets off on any sort of negative feedback.

        His Blue Jays obsession borders on pathological.

      • abaird2012 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        “Borders”?

  9. Detroit Michael - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    In case others are curious, the top of the Orioles single season home run leader board is:
    50 – Brady Anderson 1996
    49 – Frank Robinson 1966

    The St. Louis Browns’ leader was 39 – Kenny Williams 1922, so the franchise leader doesn’t vary depending on whether or not one includes the Browns.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Bluejays are now 13 games below .500 and only 17 games out of first place, and only 21-36 against the AL East. And Pillar the bluejays future has started off his career going 1 for 22 (.045) and 8 K’s.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This is funny stuff from a bluejays fan site that I found, hahahahhaha at least this person isn’t living in fantasy land like our couple of bluejay fans on this site are….

    On the reporting the positive side, Brett Lawrie made a couple of terrific plays on defense. And that’s about it.

    No Jay of the Day today, Thole led the way with a .040.

    Suckage goes to Dickey (-.101), DeRose (-.107, 0 for 3) and to Davis for being picked off.

    Also, lets give one to Jose Reyes, who got thrown out of the game for throwing his helmet back towards the umpire after arguing balls and strikes. Jose you really have to be smarter than that. Especially when you are one of the few useful offensive players we have.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Wait, wait, you go on Bluejays fansites for trolling material? Very impressive in terms of sheer monomania.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        OH yea, you know im surprised they even have them with such little fans of this team. But anyhow it was refreshing to see there are a few jay fans out there who are honest with themselves. I do have some good news for jay fans, I believe they are playing Houston next!! Yes that is a team you can actually beat!!! So go get them

      • indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Who in their right mind visits fan web sites of teams they hate to troll a fan base for their own amusement? No one.

        I wondered how this asshole (no disrespect to actual anuses meant–they are useful, and we would be very uncomfortable without them) knew so much detail about them. I’m laughing. He’s fucking nuts, that’s how.

      • Old Gator - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        “…such little fans” Hahahahah, illiterate buffoon. So amusing, so unintentionally.

  12. sportsdrenched - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    If the Royals can’t grind the White Sox into the ground at home…then they don’t deserve to be mentioned in a playoff race….that and they continue to give Chris Getz the most PA’s on the team.

    (endless chain of profanity)

    At least they were interesting till up until almost football season.

  13. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Davis’ shot was a bomb. Landed on Eutaw Street and looked for a while to be on it’s way to the warehouse. If anyone can hit that building, it’s Davis.

    Buck will say Johnson was left out for rest, but we all know he HAD to give Tommy Gun the nod. It’s amazing, this time last year, Tommy was the last person I wanted to see in a ball game, and Johnson was untouchable. Oh, how times have changed.

  14. perryt200 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    it took me a bit since google doesn’t even know, to realize THHOC had to be To Help His Own Cause.

  15. APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    The A’s sucked the mop yesterday afternoon, the A’s of course were aided and abetted by a bad call at home by Brad Fairchild, who blew the call on Ackley’s scoring via a Brendan Ryan double because Fairchild was in a bad position on the play.

    But of course, what is really wrong is Brendan Ryan beating you. Two run double by Ryan off Griffin to take the lead, then later an insurance RBI from Brendan Ryan, he of the .521 OPS after the 2 hit game, off Otero in the 8th.

    As Bob Melvin said:

    ” Ugly, ugly game for us, and it’s been going on for a while.”

    Not good to lose 2 of 3 to both Houston and Seattle before you start a road trip against Baltimore and Detroit.

  16. Old Gator - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Ugly is the Feesh infield. Ugly. The Iron Giant is coming around, launched a missile last night. Feesh have giftwrapped two games in a row for the Bums. No time today to elaborate – deadlines.

  17. stex52 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Astros’ Magic Number is stuck at two. After the Astros two won series in a row, Texas brought a little reality back into the picture. Still, I’m pretty optimistic that 2-34 the rest of the way is achievable.

    And their new high draft choice catcher (Stassi from Oakland, thank you very much) debuts as a DH and gets an RBI. Given my reservations about Castro’s catching skills, it’s nice to see some competition at this spot. And the continuing experiment in the outfield generates a little offense. We have established that those guys can make MLB Highlight catches. Now if they can only learn to hit.

    And why is George Springer allowed to stew at OKC? Let him have a warm up try. If not now, please after September 1st.

    Another random thought. We need a nickname for Stassi ASAP. Any reminders of the East German Secret Police are not welcome. Suggestions welcome.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Can we have Stassi back, please? After Vogt bounced his melon yesterday and everyone started to look at Donaldson with big eyes, the G & P Beane seemed to notice that Oakland has no more catchers in the system.

      I have no nickname for Stassi, but I do think his walkup song should be “Der Kommisar” by Falco.

      • stex52 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        You got your Lowrie. And I think he has given the A’s exactly what they hoped for. Trades are a bitch that way. You give up something for something else you need.

        Just to demonstrate my point; the Astros’ SS position is very weak right now. Trade one problem for another one.

  18. misterj167 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Until I see a better replay that clearly shows Freeman being out, I still think the play could have gone either way. Even so, like I said before, sometimes ya get a break. You win some games you shoulda lost, you lose some games you shoulda won…

  19. scdocal - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Even if that play were reviewable don’t think there is enough evidence to overturn it. It was a bang bang play. Could have gone either way. Quit ur whining. Love how you didn’t mention the biggest news from the game was Atlanta getting hit in the face and being out for 4-6 weeks.

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