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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 29, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

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Athletics 14, Tigers 4: We had this game on for a bit, got bored and decided to watch some random stuff we had recorded. When the show ended we went back to the game to see the A’s up 14-1. Allison let’s out a big “oh for f***’s sake!” and quickly turns on the “Awesom-O” episode of “South Park.” So what I’m saying is, she salvaged the evening for herself a little bit.  Brandon Moss with two homers. Brett Anderson comes back and gets a save because he pitched three innings, coming in to protect a 13-run lead. Saves are the best, you guys.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: The story here is all Puig-Puig-Puig, but the better story is Ricky Nolasco, who tossed eight shutout innings while striking out 11. He has given up just four runs over his last 25.1 innings, spanning four starts. He’s 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA since the break. Kershaw, Greinke, Nolasco is no one you want to see in games 1-3 of the NLDS.

Rangers 12, Mariners 4: You’re not gonna see Felix Hernandex give up nine runs (eight earned) in three innings while allowing 11 hits very often. Even the best ones have their bad days.

Nationals 4, Marlins 3: The Nats are playing their best ball of the season, having won seven of eight. Do they have a shot at the wild card? Maybe. Seven games is hard to make up — and the’d have to jump over the Dbacks too — but their schedule is insanely weak right now. They are in a stretch where they’ve beaten the Cubs, Royals and Marlins. Then, in order, they have series against the Mets-Phillies-Marlins-Mets-Phillies. After that they still have yet ANOTHER series against the Marlins and one head-to-head against the Dbacks. It’s doable.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 3: A pinch-hit bloop single in the bottom of the eighth by Mike Carp gave the Sox the winning margin. Victorino got another RBI. Chris Davis hit his 47th homer.

Pirates 7, Brewers 1: Welcome to the club, Marlon Byrd. The Pirates’ newest player hits a three-run homer. Give him a second t-shirt night.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2: The Jays leapt out to a seven-run lead after three with help from an Edwin Encarnacion homer and a passed ball/throwing error combo by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. Hiroki Kuroda was the best starter the Yankees had going for most of the year but now he’s lost four of five. Mark Reynolds got an emergency start at second base and managed to not make any errors. I haven’t seen game highlights yet, but given how these things usually go, the guy we all mocked when he was penciled in at second probably probably had three web gems or whatever.

Braves 3, Indians 2: A walkoff single for Chris Johnson and a nice night from leadoff man Jordan Schafer (3 for 4, BB, 2 RBI) who singled and stole second to set up Johnson’s heroics. Cleveland is now four back in the wild card race.

Phillies 6, Mets 2: Cole Hamel in a helped-his-own-cause special. Seven strong innings and a two-run single for the Phillies starter. Daisuke Matsuzaka was in vintage Dice-K form: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 4 ER, 5K and contributed greatly to the game’s three and a half hour running time.

Rays 4, Angels 1: With a losing streak afoot and the Rays coming off a dispiriting late-inning loss, Chris Archer played stopper. He allowed one run in seven innings while the offense scored on singles, sacrifices and an error.

Reds 10, Cardinals 0: Brandon Philips started the day with a rather unfortunate rant at a reporter who criticized his on-base skills. He then managed to get on base twice which totally killed all the snark I had saved up for him. Oh well. The Reds romp behind Jay Bruce‘s five-RBI night and Homer Bailey‘s solid outing.

White Sox 6, Astros 1: Chris Sale‘s fantastic year continues. He struck out 12 in eight innings and allowed just the one run. Avisail Garcia launched a three-run homer.

Rockies 5, Giants 4:  Jhoulys Chacin pitched six and two-thirds no-hit innings and struck out nine. It coulda been a no-decision, what with the Giants staging a rally in the eighth, but it fell just short.

Royals 8, Twins 1: Two homers for Sal Perez. Danny Duffy comes up and takes over Wade Davis‘ rotation spot and showed just why he was the better choice, throwing six and two-thirds shutout innings while striking out seven.

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 1: Three driven in for Will Venable, including a two-run homer to help the Padres avoid the sweep.

  1. lewp - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2

    Waiting on the resident Yankee fan to figure out how the Yankees are still in contention for the playoffs.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      My friend your wait is over. As for the Yankees playoff hopes, They maybe on life support but at least the patient is still breathing, unlike the Jays. BTW, since you were kind enough to point out yesterdays game score let me refresh your memory on how the season series stands between these to teams. It’s 13-3 in favor of the Yankees with 3 games remaining.

      My apologies to Jays fans, Proudly Canadian, Cur and a couple of others for pointing out the Yankees domination of the Jays but the comment by “lewp” just rubbed me the wrong way.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        No problem.

      • nbjays - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        Think about this for a minute. If the Yankees don’t dominate the Jays this season – say the series is closer to even – then all else being equal, New York is another 5 games further back in the standings and without a hope. In other words, the Yanks’ record vs the Jays is the ONLY thing keeping them within sniffing distance of the 2nd Wild Card spot.

      • indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        With no apologies to Yankees fans, I took great joy in the Empire’s loss to the Jays yesterday.

      • TheMorningStar - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Every Yankee fab should give much love to Toronto fans; by feasting on the Blue Jays, New York has barely managed to hang around the playoff chase.

        If the season series was say 8-8 b/w the teams, the Yankees would be DOA.

      • cur68 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        No Worries, UYF. When a man can’t defend his rooting interest from random attack on the interwebs we’ll know that its finally happened: dirtyharry’s running the show.

        As for the the current standings, the ONLY consolation I am taking from this state of affairs with The Empire is that it is Alex Rodriguez and Alfonzo Soriano who have lead that team back into near contention. One guy much maligned for daring to want to live up to the big bucks he’s paid and the other cast off and only brought back in what was seen as a desperation Cashman move to fill a gap.

        My hope is that The Empire falls just short of a playoff berth and that it is Jeter’s lack of production that is blamed. You know, a FACT based argument as opposed to the flippin’ “Blame ARod” narrative you always see. Both Jeter and Rodriguez have been severely injured. Both have rehabbed. Both have come back. However it is Alex Rodriguez who’s brought it with The Realness. Jeter’s just been a sieve at short and an absent bat.

        Here’s an idea: move Reynolds to 3rd & ARod to short. ARod has historically been a better defender than Jeter anyways and he was a better SS, too. If Reynolds can handle 2nd he can deal with 3rd even better. If need be Fonzy can play 2nd if Cano’s still got an owie. Bench or send Jeter to AAA till his bat resurfaces. Those moves would provide better defence while maximizing offence. Alternatively, Girardi & Cashman can continue to treat Jeter like his feelings are Rolled Gold and let him leak balls into Left Field and whiff at pitches.

        Other than that, I’m going to add that while I’m glad their asses lost last night, there is no doubt that The Empire has had their way with The BeaverMen all season. 13-3 Empire? Bleh. My Boys got beat, and it aint even close.

      • jwbiii - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Updated playoff odds:

        Tm    Cool   B-Pro
        Bal   14-1    12-1
        NYY   16-1    26-1
        KCR   60-1   120-1
        
        WsN    8-1    25-1
        Ari   29-1    36-1

        While the Dbacks are ahead of the Nats, as Craig pointed out, the Nats have creampuff schedule and the Dbacks don’t.

  2. dcfan4life - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Hearing the Nationals and Playoffs 2 weeks ago had me instantly think of the Jim Mora Speech. “Playoffs? Playoffs, you kidding me”

    Now it really is quite possible with their schedule. The have 3 against the Cardinals and finish the season with 3 against the DBacks. Could be very interesting.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Courtesy of the BP Playoff Odds Report – The Nats have played their way into a 4.1% chance of a NL WC spot, even as the Yankees have dipped to a 3.6% chance of same in the AL.

      And as for uyf’s bold prediction that the division was still attainable – that is technically still true with a 0.1% chance. As you know – with some people (like you uyf) you tell them they have a 0.1% chance – they will smile with the gleaming lights of crazy dancing in their eyes and say – so what you’re saying is I still have a chance. Wooo!

      • indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        I remember back in 2011… ah, glory days, they’ll pass ya by, glory days…
        my devil carpets had a very low probability per BP on 9/1. The Sawx had a 99% probability. Let uyf dream. I hope his dreams are crushed, because I’m a bitch like that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Some dreams deserve to die.

      • Jeremy T - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Fangraph’s newly-released playoff odds page (http://www.fangraphs.com/coolstandings.aspx) has them even better, at 11.8%. That schedule going forward gives them a huge bump (.583 projected winning % based on schedule vs .543 on talent alone at http://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=Standings#NL-E).

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Mark Reynolds did not make any mistakes while playing second base. The Yankees had Jeter covering second whenever possible. Reynolds was 3 for 4 with 1 RBI. The game was essentially over after one inning. Lawrie hit a 2 out RBI double. Davis was hit by a pitch. Arencibia struck out but Stewart missed the ball. His throw to first hit Arencibia in the back and bounced away from the defenders. Lawrie scored from second and the speedy Davis scored from first. You do not often see 2 runs scored on a 2 out strikeout.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Yesterday’s loss to the Jays while not devastating for the Yankees postseason hopes made and already important weekend series versus the Orioles a MUST win situation. It would appear that 5 out of the next 6 or 8 of the next 10 is the very least the Yankees need to keep their slim hopes alive.

    Yesterday’s loss also highlighted what most Yankees fans have been saying all along. One of the first positions the Yankees need to upgrade for the 2014 season (after the pitching) is catching. Stewart in my opinion cost the Yankees that game yesterday. Yes, Kuroda struggled but if Stewart doesn’t make those gaffes in the 1st inning the Yankees escape having only allowed 2 runs and not 4. At that point it’s completely different ballgame. The Yankees need to make a run at McCann or A.J. Pierzynski or Saltalamacchia as a 2nd choices as much as it pains me to say that. They also need a solid/reliable utility infielder that can provide BOTH offense and defense and not just one or the other. Brain Cashman has his work cut out for himself after the 2013. That’s just my opinion, we’ll see what happens.

    But in the meantime. While the Yankees hopes for the postseason took a hit with yesterday’s loss and their slim chances got even slimmer there is still a glimmer of hope. As the old Nike ads used to say “Just do it”, Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      To his credit, Stewart did throw out the speedy Gose (Jeter not Reynolds covering) on a steal attempt; however, I agree that an upgrade at catcher is needed.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Meanwhile the unwanted Russell Martin has quietly been the 5th best catcher in MLB. In retrospect, letting he and Raul Ibanez sign elsewhere turned out to be Cashman’s 2 worst mistakes of this offseason.

  5. Innocent Bystander - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    That’s the best save since this one in a game won by 27 runs!!!
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL200708221.shtml?mobile=false

  6. kcrobert10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    The royals win yesterday gives me lots of hope for next yr. 2 hrs from an all star catcher and 6 and 2/3 shut out ball from a flame throwing lefty….

  7. proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    The Jays seem to have found their second baseman of the future. Ryan Goins has hit very well since being called up to replace an injured Macir Izturis. He has also played very well in the field. Last night, his relay throw nailed Rodriguez at the plate. He was a 4th round pick in 2009 and has worked his way up the ladder. He led the Double A Eastern league in hits last season. The Jays failed to sign 3 of their top picks in 2009, yet 6 players from that draft have played in the majors. They are Jenkins (1st round), Marisnick (3rd and traded to Miami), Goins (4th), Loup (9th), Gomes (10th and traded to Cleveland) and Hutchinson (15th). Hutchinson is probably the best player in this group and will be recalled from the 60 day DL next week.

    • nbjays - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      That throw to the plate was a laser beam. That kid has an arm on him.

  8. detroitr1 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    “Allison let’s out a big “oh for f***’s sake!”

    Yep. What she said.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Scherzer, make it stop.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Scherzer did not make it stop; but Hunter did with an assist from Balfour.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Thank God.

  9. dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Dice-K, in the 4th inning with the bases-loaded, took 4 minutes to retire the final batter. Do you know how long it takes to watch a 4 minute at-bat?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      My guess is 4 minutes, but I’m not a good guesser.

      • indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        I was gonna go with 240 seconds but have it your way.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Matsuzaka was always slow when he pitched for the Red Sox.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      I loved Once Upon a Time in the West.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        You can’t go wrong with Henry Fonda going against type and playing a psychopath.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Daisuke Matsuzaka is so deliberate he makes Steve Trachsel seem like Mark Buehrle.

  10. 22yearsagotoday - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Thumbs down fairy started the holiday weekend early, or is dead. Let’s hope it was the latter.

    • nbjays - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      The Thumbs-Down Harry…. er, Fairy… doesn’t usually get rousted off his park bench until the garbage truck wakes him up about 8:30 or so. He’ll be along.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        I don’t think Harry is involved in that, as verbose as he can be.

        I’d rather point towards the beginning of the school year. I believe our fairy is in high scool social studies right now.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      That putz Harry isn’t here because his stinkin’ Yankees lost to his arch enemy: the Toronto Blue Jays. Harry got gang raped by some Canadian geese and ever since then he hates all things Canada.

  11. theageofquarrel - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    CLEAR THE DECK AND RAISE THE JOLLY ROGAH!!!!
    Just in case,if you haven’t heard: The Byrd Is The Word!!!!

    • theageofquarrel - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Gotta love the haters

  12. jarathen - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Hilariously apropos box score for Joey Votto. 1-for-1, two runs scored, three walks.

    • dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Brandon Phillips thinks he Votto had a shitty game.

  13. Jonny 5 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Watching Dice-K pitch is like watching ice melt. I saw Ike Davis trying to hide a yawn last night. It was caught by a cameraman from the Phillies broadcast team. Too funny. I guess that’s part of his game plan for keeping hitters off balance but it’s excruciating to watch. He stands there, and waits for the batter to get tired of waiting and calls time out. Then he waits again, just not as long. It’s as if he keeps track of how long each batter will go before calling time out.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      No, there is possible entertainment value in watching ice melt. Like for instance, if our resident poo-flinger were to be in the middle of an iced-over lake, and the ice started melting beneath him. Just for one example.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Anticipation, anticipation
      Is making me late
      Is keeping me wa-a-a-aighting

  14. sdelmonte - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Meanwhile, word is out that the other player the Mets are getting in the Byrd and Buck trade is Vic Black, a well regarded if slightly old reliever with high velocity. So it seems that while the Bucs could have added key parts to their playoff chase, the Mets might have gotten two really good pieces in the process. Not bad for a waiver deal.

    And whatever doubts I have had about Alderson are fading again. Given the limits he faced on spending, and acknowledging that the Marcum signing was a bust, he came up with a great signing in Byrd, some real value in the Dickey trade, a nice trade for Eric Young Jr, and now two more good prospects for two guys the Mets had no intention of keeping around. Just imagine what he could do with a little money to spend.

  15. chrisdtx - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    It’s Coal Hammels.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I think I need the knock-knock joke kid from the Verizon ad to tell me why that’s funny.

      • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        I think he was trying to correct the spelling of Colbert’s last name in the post, and while doing so, misspelled Colbert’s nickname. But I am not the Verizon kid. It could have been a joke.

  16. pastabelly - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    The Yankees might be more focused on signing Ellsbury and Mcann than in catching the Red Sox.

  17. indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I went to the Trop last night with my little girl. She got Zobrist’s autograph, who kindly told her, “You are so cute.” She wasn’t impressed. Zobrist is no Sam Fuld, her little crush. It’s the cutest thing. As for her momma, while I was impressed with Archer’s performance–he was spot on–I was so disappointed by the lack of support this area has for this amazing team. Hardly anyone there. We were a small but boisterous crowd. I know it’s an ugly stadium in a hard to reach area, but it’s such a great product on the field. This area has no idea what a gem they have. Maybe they’ll appreciate them once they’re gone. I laugh when other fan bases complain about bandwagon fans. I’ll take ‘em. Any fans. For once, I agree with Selig (cough, choke). This situation is not sustainable.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I dream of moving to a city with an MLB team…except for Tampa.

      • indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Your loss. To each their own.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        That’s it? :(

      • indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Don’t you be talkin’ shit about my adopted hometown, Okie! I will shank yo skinny white ass!

        Better? ;-)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        I’m secretly afraid of New York women. Please don’t cut my purse. lol

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        PS I really gotta break you all of the habit of using the O-word. :(

      • indaburg - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        (Also… Tampa doesn’t have an MLB. St. Petersburg does.)

  18. janessa31888 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    The Indians offense is so bad that they might as well all start roiding. Please, ARod, share your stuff.
    I’m pretty angry right now and horrible sarcastic thoughts are getting the best of me. And now we have to play the Tigers this weekend. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! /runs to nearest bridge

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Our performance the last three days should be encouraging to you. Also, you’re going to miss Scherzer.

  19. uyf1950 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Gentlemen, I bid you ado until the winter when free agency and the winter meetings begin. I’m taking a break because to be honest far to many of the comments on various topics here stray from the sublime to the ridiculous. That’s not why I came here in the first place.
    I’m not sure why that’s happened whether it’s because of the association with Yahoo or some other reason, but it has happened in my opinion. So good luck, enjoy the rest of the season and I’ll see you in 2 or 3 months.
    Oh one final comment here, whether or not the Yankees make the postseason they have played like champions.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Historio, if it’s any consolation, yesterday some idiot on this very site said:

      “The A’s have trouble with Fister, so this could be the Tiger’s night.”

      True facts. Now, in my own defense, the A’s had lost 3 straight series, including ones to the Astros and Mariners. But honestly, the Astros pitched very well in that series.

      MLB Channel ran the sequence of A’s hits off Fister, one after the other in quick-cut, MTV fashion. The takeaway: Every pitch was one baseball diameter around the belt over the middle of the plate. Curve, slider, FB, they all ended up in the same place. And shockingly, not one A overswung or corkscrewed themselves into the ground.

      But what I really didn’t see coming was Straily not turning to mush at the mere sight of Cabrera:

      First AB: Cabrera just misses a fat 3-1 pitch and pops it up. He hits that one out and Detroit takes a lead.

      Second AB: Cabrera gets the same pitch and nails it. But it hits 18 inches below the top of the wall. Cabrera is held to a single and is stranded. If that pitch goes out it’s 3-2 and Straily would have surrendered back to back HR’s, and maybe melted down. Cabrera actually hit that one too square and there was insufficient lift to carry it over the wall.

      Somehow Straily maintained and left with only 1 run given up.

      Tonight it’s Scherzer against Bartolo. Should be fun. But a certain idiot will not be making predictions on the outcome.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        I think I’m glad I went out instead of staying home and watching it. Still, the scoring alerts were depressing…and interrupted incessantly.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Uyf-you’ll be missed. I think a lot of us more seasoned commenters are feeling like you do, to one degree or another. Take it easy.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Cake or pie?

    • lewp - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      So the white flag comes out. It’s easy to stick around when you are in the playoffs I suppose.

  20. Old Gator - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The Feesh have become too boring to watch, and I have another publisher’s deadline to meet, so let’s just leave it at the Iron Giant’s usual Gravity’s Rainbow to dead center last night. In Colorado, that would have bounced off a west-facing massiff of the Front Range.

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