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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 28, 2013, 7:09 AM EDT

1995 World Series

Braves 2, Indians 0: Tom Glavine with eight shutout innings and David Justice with a big homer. Wait, sorry. Having flashbacks. The real amazing thing here is that if you would have told me before the season that the Braves would have a game in late August where Elliot Johnson got a start and tripled in the Braves only runs — and one of those runners was Joey Terdoslavich — I would have assumed that they were 12 games out of a playoff slot.

Red Sox 13, Orioles 2: Two homers for Shane Victorino in this laugher. You know, when Victorino was signed many — including yours truly — mocked the signing. Not so much because of the player himself, but because of the multi-year deal coming off of the season he had and what many suspected was the beginning of a steep decline. The jury is still out on whether Victorino will be worth his contract over its entire course, but there is no denying the fact that he has been a great pickup for Boston this year, contributing on both offense and defense and looking, at the moment as one of the best free agent signings of the winter.

Mets 5, Phillies 0: Jon Niese was like a one-man army, like Charlton Heston in “Omega Man.” You ever see it? Beauty. A three-hit shutout, a three-RBI double and a run scored on a hustle play, blowing through the third base coach’s stop sign. Teammates? Who needs teammates?

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 1: Four RBI on two homers for Alfonso Soriano, including his 400th career shot. Pettitte tossed seven shutout innings. Robinson Cano was hit on the hand in a manner which often leads to broken bones but thank goodness for the Yankees he only suffered a contusion.

Nationals 2, Marlins 1: Three hits for Ian Desmond. Five effective innings for Ross Ohlendorf and his old-timey windup. The pen took it from there.

Brewers 7, Pirates 6: Aramis Ramirez had a mini-Soriano night. Instead of 400, he hit his 350th career homer. Drove in four as well. Three straight losses for the Pirates.

Athletics 6, Tigers 3: Pretty spiffy when you can pitch five innings and get credited with a complete game, but Tommy Milone did it. Brandon Moss had a two-run homer off Justin Verlander in this rain-shortened game.

Angels 6, Rays 5: Another four-RBI night for someone, this time Erick AybarJose Molina had three hits and three RBIs. The Angels were down four entering the seventh and rallied. Fernando Rodney blew yet another save. Just a bullpen disaster for the Rays.

Cardinals 6, Reds 1: We might be looking at the best team in baseball here. I mean, if the Cardinals were ever going to let up, it was going to be when Yadier Molina was out. The bent a bit then but didn’t break and now they’re running over everyone. The seventh straight game in which Matt Holliday had an RBI. Six wins in seven for the Cards, including two straight from the Reds. Cardinals moved one and a half games ahead of Pittsburgh and four and a half up on Cincinnati.

White Sox 4, Astros 3: Three hits for Jordan Danks. The Chisox’s ninth win in 11 games.

Giants 5, Rockies 3: Hunter Pence hit a homer over the left field bleachers, measured at 457 feet but thought by some to be much farther. Pablo Sandoval hit a homer right after that and Brandon Belt had four hits.  Yusmeiro Petit got the win. His first in four years.

Royals 6, Twins 1: Solid outing for James ShieldsAlex Gordon had three RBIs as Kansas City scored five runs in the eighth inning.

Diamondbacks 10, Padres 9: Not exactly a pitching duel. Aaron Hill hit a walkoff single in the tenth.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3: Not a walkoff balk as the losers were playing at home, but the winning run did score on a Danny Farquhar balk in the tenth inning which, you know, dramatic. CB Bucknor called it. He’s one of the worst and if anyone is gonna launch an ump show it’s him, but Farquhar admitted after the game he gave “the slightest flinch.” Well, OK, if you’re not gonna fight the battle we won’t either.

Cubs 3, Dodgers 2: Travis Wood outpitched Clayton Kershaw. This is not a typo. Wood allowed one unearned run in seven innings, Kershaw allowed one unearned and one earned in five and two-thirds. With the way Kershaw has been going lately that’s, like, putting up a five-spot against mere mortals.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I know there are some on this board that will make light of my comment perhaps even mock it but I’m still not convinced that the Yankees don’t have a chance at winning the division. They have 7 games remaining against the Sox, 3 against the Rays and 7 against the Orioles and 4 still against the Jays. That’s 21 games against division rivals of their 30 remaining games. Their other 9 games, 3 each versus the Giants, White Sox and Astros (not in that order). With 16 of the 30 games at home.

    Sure the odds are stacked against the Yankees for winning the division and for that matter either of the Wild Card spots. But the odds have been against the Yankees this entire season and I would venture to guess there isn’t one poster on this board that if they were honest with themselves wouldn’t have to admit that the Yankees have overachieved this season. With all the injuries and “controversy” surrounding the team I think it’s a miracle the Yankees are 8 games over .500 and still in the race at all with only 30 games remaining. I’m not willing to count them out of either race just yet and I think it would be a mistake for anyone else to at this point. Those are all just my opinions.

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

      Good morning UYF – I am here not to mock but to take mathematical exception to your prediction. The quants at Baseball Prospectus have your Yankees with a 0.4% chance at the division title and a 5.4% chance of getting the last WC spot.

      Before looking that up to bolster my opinion with facts, I would have guessed no chance at playoffs and 10% chance at WC, so I like them less then you but more than the mysterious proprietary algorithims of BP.

      The mere fact that they still have a better than 5% chance at the playoffs means to me that they have definitely overachieved. The pinstripes should have been called the candystripers this season given the amount of time that starting and other important players have spent at the hospital. I have never seen an injury avalanche quite like this. The Feesh have had their share of injuries as well – but they’ve been to guys like LoMo, Jose Ceda and Alfredo Silverio. Sorry guys, but you’re no Jeter, Teixeira, Granderson, Youkilis and ARod.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        “The quants at Baseball Prospectus have your Yankees with a 0.4% chance at the division title and a 5.4% chance of getting the last WC spot.”

        I wonder what those percentages were 3 weeks ago before the Yankees went 13-6 in their last 19 games? Like I said earlier, the odds are against the Yankees, but the odds were also with the Red Sox on September 1st 2011 when they had a 99.6% chance of making the postseason with only 1 month remaining. And we all know how wrong the odds were in that case. What were the odd of the What were the odds of the Cardinals winning the World Series in 2011 when on September 1, 2011 they were 8.5 games back of the Brewers in the Central Division and 8.5 games back of the Braves for the Wild Card. So much for living and dying by the odds makers.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      The DIVISION?

      You are officially smoking the hardcore ganj’, duuude…as they say in central Connecticut. Heh.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Overachieved? Yes.

      But they’re STILL in fourth place. Look, I’m a Sox fan, but I’m not mocking them for that. They’ve had a bunch of injuries that have ensured their season would not go as planned.

      If they snag a wildcard, that would be quite a feat given where they’ve been, but again…overachieved? Yes. They’re still in fourth place though.

    • mornelithe - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      It’s absolutely possible UFY, it’s baseball…anything can happen. However, it should also be pointed out that the Sox have 18 of the remaining 30 at home, and at least 1 day off a week for the rest of the season.

      Injuries happen though, sometimes you just have to wash it up as bad luck, at least you’re not cellar-dwelling like the Sox did when they went through just as much, if not more injuries last year (24 players on the DL 34 times, 13 of them former all-stars, missing 1495 games and they fielded a franchise record 56 players on their roster over the course of the season. At no point were Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Crawford and Gonzalez on the field at the same time). Injuries throw a monkey wrench into everything. :(

      • uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        My friend considering Gonzalez was traded the 3rd week of August in 2012 and up until that time played I believe almost every game of the season for Boston your comment is disingenuous. Secondly, Ellsbury played in 74 games in 2012, Granderson even IF he plays in every remaining Yankees game will only be playing in 62 for the entire season. Pedroia played in 141 games in 2012, Tex has played in exactly 15 games for the Yankees this season. As for Ortiz first off all he does is DH and he played in 90 games in 2012, A-Rod who plays both offense and defense has played and if he plays in ever remaining game will only play in 50 total games. So please don’t talk to me about how many games the 4 players you mentioned of the Red Sox played in 2012 whether together or separate. Now Add in Jeter for the Yankees only being in 7 games so far. I think the Yankees Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson, Tex,missing a total of 454 games of the 528 games so far trumps the Sox 4 players easily. And that doesn’t include the litany of other Yankees who are out or missed extensive time like Youkilis, Pineda, Nunez, Cervelli, Nix, etc, etc… etc…

      • uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        BTW, I didn’t bring up Crawford for the Sox because after the way he played in 2011 him missing time and being replaced by Nova and Podsednik in LF for a good chunk of the 1st half of 2012 probably benefited the Sox more then if Crawford playing would have.

      • mornelithe - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        @UFY – How is it disingenuous? Does the season start in August? July? June? May? No? And look it up if you don’t believe me. At no point did those players I mentioned start a game together. It’s reality. You don’t have to like it, I don’t honestly care. I merely stated that injuries happen, and things could be FAR, far worse.

        Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Crawford and Gonzalez were just as important to the Red Sox as Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson and Tex are to the Yankees. Lost superstar players, are lost superstar players. I didn’t even BEGIN to approach to naming all of the injuries as the Sox were routinely playing 3rd and 4th depth players at positions all season.

        And in case your maths aren’t working properly, 1495 > 528, by quite a bit.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        mornelithe, again you are being disingenuous with this comment “And in case your maths aren’t working properly, 1495 > 528, by quite a bit.”

        Because by your own admission in your earlier comment that 1495 encompasses all the Red Sox players and all their missed games. My referenced number ONLY includes the 4 players I mention initially and does NOT include all the other injuries to other players.

        BTW, take Crawford out of your list of: Ortiz, Gonzalez, Pedroia, Ellsbury and those 4 played played the first 7 games of the season together. To this day for the 2013 season the group of: A-Rod, Granderson, Jeter and Tex haven’t played 7 games together.

        My friend if you are familiar with my comments concerning the Yankees I’ve never made excuse for injuries or anything else. In fact I’ve always said you play the hand your dealt and move on. That’s what I believe the Yankees have done and are doing no ifs, ands or buts.

      • mornelithe - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        I’m sorry Ufy, but it seems equally disingenuous to assert that X superstar players on the Yankees, are more important than X superstar players on another team. And that’s simply a fallacy. I know you understand this, but not every team can have the same super star players, and when you go into a season having built a team in a certain way, injuries throw a monkey wrench into that for a number of reasons. Teams attempt to work around it through depth, the minors, and hail mary signings (Soriano anyone?), but sometimes things simply don’t work out.

        You’re also not noticing that 13 of the players who missed time, were former All-Stars. 13. So, yeah, the fact I mentioned Ortiz, Pedroia, Gonzo, Crawford and Ellsbury (which is 5 players, btw), doesn’t account for the other 8, several of which were pitchers.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        mornelithe, have it your way. I see we are only going to go around in circles on this issue. Enjoy the rest of the season.

      • mornelithe - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Of course I’ll enjoy the rest of the season. No matter what happens to the Sox this year, they’ve vastly, vastly outperformed anyone’s expectations. It’s been pretty amazing to watch actually.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      It’s possible, but for it to actually happen the Yankees need to actually win almost all of those games. It’d be one of the most exciting comebacks in history (only slightly overshadowed by having two of the other most exciting comebacks happening a mere 2 years ago), but after seeing them drop 2 of 3 to Tampa, I can’t say I’m confident that they have that kind of run in them. If CC suddenly regains his fastball and Hughes magically turns into the pitcher he was supposed to be coming up as a prospect and Kuroda bounces back from a couple of rough starts and Pettitte hangs on to the apparent progress he’s made in his last few starts… maybe. But that’s a ton of ifs, and that’s only looking at the rotation.

    • bigharold - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      While there is a chance at the division, .. it’s the slimmest of chances. Everything needs to break the Yankees way for the rest of the season. Not likely. In fact Cano getting hit last night is more evidence that their bad mojo isn’t gone, so I think it would be a a miracle if they pulled it off. The 2nd WC, .. that is very do-able. Yankee starting pitching is faltering a bit lately but the bats are finally back and the results are evident. If the rotation can regain it’s earlier form a WC spot is a strong possibility.

      Now, if they can just keep anybody else from getting plunked.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I missed you yesterday. I’ve appreciated your optimism during this trying season. I feel like it makes me a better fan since I know what other people experience year to year, this so-called “disappointment.”

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Glad the thumbs up fairy was able to balance out the thumbs down fairy: my lucky #’s 19!

  2. lewp - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    “Danny Farquhar balk in the tenth inning ”

    I looked and looked and couldn’t see him flinch…but like you said Craig, if he ain’t gonna fight it, neither am I.

    http://www.lewpblog.com/2013/08/28/rangers-vs-mariners-82713/

  3. Innocent Bystander - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Take off! You hoser.

  4. skeleteeth - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Victorino stopped hitting from the left side, did he not? Can’t recall how many times I’ve wished switch hitters would only bat from their dominant side when it was blatantly obvious they’re not good at it. Glad he was open to the change.

    • skeleteeth - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Guess it was injury related and recent and not gonna last once he’s healed:

      http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/red-sox/content/20130822-victorino-has-dropped-switch-hitting-without-missing-a-beat.ece

    • jarathen - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Always baffled when a “switch-hitter” is hitting .200 from a certain side. You must be really terrible facing that handed of a pitcher if you’re willing to bat that way.

  5. jarathen - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    The Angels can’t even lose right. Winning four in a row is a great way to get a worse draft pick, guys.

    • icanspeel - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Brings up a good point.. When your team is out of it in August do you want them to win? Especially with the new CBA and losing a 1st round draft pick (If it’s not a top 10 pick) when you sign a free agent with a qualifying offer. Big difference between 10th pick and 11th pick of the draft in that regards.

  6. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Couldn’t find a newer celebratory photo for above? Oh wait, nevermind.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      I don’t think Philly fans really want to make the argument that the most recent things that have happened are the most significant.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Just don’t choke in October….like the 90s.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        Yo Craig,
        Thumbs down fairy doesn’t favor you, either.

  7. indaburg - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Yep, another bullpen disaster for the Rays. I saw the whole mess happen. It was fugly. I threw my remote in disgust. We had a 5-1 lead. Fausto pitched well against a formidable Angels line-up. Better than I expected. And then our bullpen happened. This game, it kills me.

    Any way McGee and Nando can be sent to Charlotte along with Hellickson to “clear their heads” too?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Wade Davis is probably available in a trade, but I doubt that they would want him back..

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Imagine where the floating devil carpets would be with an actual bullpen.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      What happened to leaving the Red Sox in the dust?

      Tick…tock…tick…tock…

      (I refuse to believe you never claimed that was going to happen ;) )

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Silver lining: When’s the last time a Molina not named Yadier had 3 hits and 3 RBI??? My money’s on Bengie in like 2002.

      • indaburg - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        :-) Thanks for looking at the bright side.

        I’m heading over to the tumulus tonight. Hopefully, I can bring my boys some luck.

  8. unclemosesgreen - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    The winning run in the Mariners’ game could have been authored by Ambrose Bierce – An Occurrence at Magnolia Bridge. I wonder if Danny Farquhar had an extended dream sequence where he struck out the side instead of balking in the winning run.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Is there a more embarrassing way to lose than a walk off BALK?

    • dondada10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Personally, I love Bierce. My favorite of his is “The Boarded Window.”

  9. dondada10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Jon Niese threw what Gary Cohen has, in the past, called a “Little League Game.”

    Similar to a Maddux, a LLG has to be a complete game shutout, but he can throw as many pitches as he needs. The difference is he has to drive in at least 2 runs.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Bluejays are now 19 games back, 15 games below .500, 22-38 against the AL East and 2-13 against New York. Im impressed

  11. perryt200 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    What I read was Molina for MVP. Good choice Craig.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    My guess is that Historio is nursing a hangover after last night’s game, given that I don’t see any comments from her yet, and given that the beloved A’s took the Mud Bowl by storm, exacting some small measure of revenge against Verlander for his dominating ALCS last year against these same A’s.

    To give credit where due, she called the result in a comment earlier yesterday. Her lack of faith in Verlander was completely justified as it turned out. I was surprised by his outing, though it seems indicative of his season so far: walk, line drive, wild pitch, dink-two runs in. The Lowrie “double” was more like a PGA wedge shot. I was surprised it didn’t spin back towards the pin. When the first inning was over Verlander had thrown 44 pitches.

    Think about that. The Tigers’ weakness is absolutely their bullpen. They spend phenomenal money on starters whose job it is to get into the 8th with a lead. At 44 pitches there is no chance of making it into the later innings. Thus, Rendon in the 6th, and even with the rain, he gets popped for a Seth Smith homerun. Smith hasn’t hit a ball hard in months. But he blasted that one, an RPG to deep right center.

    Mercifully the umps called the game after 3 innings of steady rain. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the Tigers’ ‘pen again after Monday’s game. Not that Milone was much better. He wasn’t. But he was just enough better to make the gap a winning one for the A’s.

    I did some internet search this morning about why Verlander is off this year. There are all kinds of theories, from natural aging to loss of vital life essence from having dated Kate Upton. But the conclusion I drew was that this year is just one within his natural variation. Look at his stats over a 5 year period rather than the last 3 seasons and you can see what I mean. His ERA, BABIP, etc are all closer to 2009 and 2010. So I wouldn’t worry too much as a Tiger fan. His outings are unfortunate compared to the last 2 years, but they are within the range of his career results.

    Tonight is Fister against Straily. Straily and Gray are the newest members of the A’s rotation. What distinguishes them, and not in a good way, from their elders (of one year, Griffin, Milone, and Parker) is their lack of mound composure. When things start to get bumpy, Straily’s rhythm starts to accelerate, and things just unravel more quickly. The A’s have trouble with Fister, so this could be the Tiger’s night.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Meetings all morning, so I’ve been away.

      Thankfully, the umps euthanized that atrocity instead of letting the beast suffer — a reprieve from the tender mercies of the A’s offense. Almighty Father, you are lavish in bestowing all your gifts, and we give you thanks for the favors you have given to us…

  13. kelshannon19 - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I am an Astros fan who could only have access to the White Sox broadcast last night. Geez Hawk is terrrrrrible. I knew he was a homer and bias but not this bad. Not to mention they are just quiet and watch the game between each pitch. White sox games are just plain boring. Hawk needs to cool it with the “we” and “us” stuff too.

  14. Reflex - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    At this point I have to wonder how the Phil’s season would look had they not re-upped Howard and instead re-signed Werth and Victorino. That would be some outfield this year, and even a league average 1B would make it a serious gain.

  15. pastabelly - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    If the Yankees catch the Red Sox, it will be something. The Red Sox are getting great pitching. Love the Peavy acquisition.

  16. 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Charlton Heston was also a “one man army” in Soylent Green. Don’t ever eat it unless you are a cannibal.

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