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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 3, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

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Twins 10, Astros 6: Rookie and independent league veteran Chris Colabello homered twice including a grand slam to break a 6-6 tie in the ninth. Entering Sunday he was on an 0 for 23 skid and now here he is having the best day of his life. Probably the best day he’ll ever have at a ballpark.

Athletics 4, Rangers 2: Coco Crisp broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth and now the AL West is tied. I feel like it’s going to go down to the last day once again.

Blue Jays 4, Diamondbacks 1: Esmil Rogers pitched six and a third innings of one-hit ball, winning his first game since June 18. The Dbacks hit into four double plays, including twin killings that ended the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Dodgers 10, Rockies 8: Clayton Kershaw didn’t have a great day, allowing five runs on 11 hits in five innings. And Yasiel Puig left with a strained knee. Still, the Dodgers won because the Dodgers always seem to win. Well, that and because the Rockies are pretty bad. Andre Eithier homered, doubled and drove in three.

Padres 4, Giants 1: For the first time in 12 starts against NL West opponents this year, Ian Kennedy got the win. Not exactly what you’d expect for a guy who won 20 for an NL West team just two years ago, but the Padres will take it. Barry Zito lost his eighth straight decision as he winds down his career in San Francisco.

Orioles 7, Indians 2: Justin Masterson left early with a sore side and the Indians wild card chances feel like they’re leaving with him. Nate McLouth homers and had three RBI. Bud Norris allowed only one run in seven, improving to 4-1 as an O. The Orioles are one and a half back in the wild card.

Marlins 4, Cubs 3: Henderson Alvarez hit his first career home run, helping his own cause as he pitched six innings allowing three runs. He also pulled his hamstring so, yeah, kind of a mixed bag day.

Pirates 5, Brewers 2: Pittsburgh regains sole possession of first with this win — thanks to a solid effort from Charlie Morton — and the Cardinals’ loss. This was win number 80 for the Pirates. One more to break the string of losing seasons, two more to have their first winning season since 1992.

Royals 4, Mariners 1: Felix Hernandez loses his fourth straight start and left the game with a sore back in the seventh. Royals starter Danny Duffy wasn’t any great shakes either, but he was relieved by Will Smith who struck out eight in four and a third innings of relief. Five of Smith’s strikeouts came on three pitches so, hey, great effort Seattle.

Reds 7, Cardinals 2: An awful day for the Cards as Yadier Molina left early due to a sore left wrist and Adam Wainwright got shelled by the Reds for the second straight start. Meanwhile Mat Latos was sharp. The Cards fall a game behind Pittsburgh. The Reds are 3.5 out.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 0: So Miguel Cabrera? No problem. At least once the seventh inning started and the Tigers were finally able to get to John Lackey a bit. No Red Sox bat got to Doug Fister, who tossed seven shutout innings.

Braves 13, Mets 5: Freddie Freeman hit a homer and had five RBI. Daisuke Matsuzaka was shelled and was his usual slow, frustrating inefficient self. You have to wonder if this wasn’t his last major league start.

Yankees 9, White Sox 1: Man the White Sox look awful. Derek Jeter had a couple of RBI singles and the Yankees scored eight in the fourth inning. Bad defense by the Sox, lots of rain, lots of overall sloppy play. This looked like Tampa in February, not New York in September.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2: Hamels beats Strasburg despite a sore back and a crappy bullpen session, allowing only two hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The Nats little surge toward the wild card seems to have been somewhat illusory.

Angels 11, Rays 2: Erick Aybar drove in four and the entire Angels lineup had a nice night roughing up the heretofore reliable Chris Archer. Not that Garrett Richards was much better for the Angels. He walked seven dudes, but the Rays couldn’t take advantage and now find themselves the losers of five straight.

  1. NatsLady - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Hamels didn’t beat Strasburg. They both had no-decisions. It was 1-1 and both bullpens gave up runs. Unfortunately, theirs gave up one and ours gave up two.

    • Cran Boy - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Neither Hamels nor Strasburg know how to win, obviously. They combined for four hits, two walks, and 18 Ks over 13 innings. No Will to Win at all there. At the least the game had an incredibly weird play, which led to the run Strasburg gave up: http://onthefieldofplay.blogspot.com/2013/09/never-seen-this-before.html

  2. southofheaven81 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    See what happens when Mother Nature doesn’t let Phil Hughes pitch?

  3. indaburg - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    The Rays are losers of 5 straight and I believe 8 out of their last 9. This is the internet; some helpful person will be sure to correct me if I’m wrong. Can’t pitch, can’t hit, can’t field. I have seen the 2013 collapse and it is us. Well, crap.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      In Moore we trust.

      • indaburg - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        I don’t have much of a choice. I’m still hoping for a dramatic turn around, but this team is seriously testing my sanity. The men in the white jackets might be coming to take me away soon.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        You just inspired me to listen to Napoleon XIV perform “They Are Coming To Take Me Away”.

      • stex52 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        Indy, your guys are ruining one of my backup rooting interests (what with the Astros being toast and all). I’d appreciate if they played a little better (Zobrist excluded, he just seems to rock along doing his job). But then again, maybe it is my rooting interest that is the curse hanging over them…………..

  4. Kevin S. - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Yanks only two and a half back of the second wild card slot now, with three left against Tampa and four against Baltimore. This one’s just heating up.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Cue the Imperial March.

  5. jarathen - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    The Angels are masters of pointless victories. Run away from the protected draft pick, boys, and onward towards mediocrity!

  6. dondada10 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I would rather watch the other 24 Mets gang-rape my mother than watch Dice-K start again for the Mets.

    Hell, rosters have expanded. Those guys can get in on it, too. Just please, no Dice-K.

    • philliesblow - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Dude, that’s just sick. By the way, the Mets have seen your mother and voted for more Dice-K.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        I feel like we should be able to make up some Dice-K jokes like your momma jokes around here. Dice-K is so slow…

      • nbjays - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        … that it takes him two innings to pitch one inning.

      • philliesblow - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Dice-K is so slow, he makes Joaquin Benoit look fast.

    • hcf95688 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      I guess some of us are turned on by a more hardcore style of kink that other. Whatever floats your boat Dude.

  7. historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I loved, loved, loved Little Sexy Fire giving it back to the BloSox with that awesome double play. (Highlights here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_09_02_detmlb_bosmlb_1&mode=video ) Thanks again, Boston.

    I’m pretty sure that Miggy spent the entire game next to the dugout steps. He is eager to take the field again. There’s probably a one-to-one ratio of times Miggy asked to be put in and cigarettes Leyland smoked.

    I don’t know what the deal is lately with other teams getting our baserunners out by just hitting them with the ball, but this is not open season for HBBiB (hit by ball in basepath). Do some tagging, guys. Also, the ump sure took a beating yesterday. I guess Labor Day was about giving it to the man. Hey, he’s union too. How about some solidarity, huh?

    Max is going for 20 today, folks. Eat ‘em up, Tigers! Grrrrrr!!!!

    • nbjays - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      20? Meh, pitcher wins are overrated. :-)

      Also, would you rather HBBiB or HBPiD? I’ll take the former, thanks. Of course, that might have something to do with my having a D to get HBP in.

  8. proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    A nice start by Esmil Rogers; however, he was removed from the game at the right time. Gibbons did not want him to face Goldschmidt a third time. Goldschmidt had hit a long and deep foul in his previous at bat. The 4 kids up from Triple A all contributed to the win and Edwin hit #35. He now has 101 RBI’s. The kids will continue to play a lot as Melky and Izturis are gone for the season and the return of Rasmus and Bautista is uncertain.

  9. happytwinsfan - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    sadtwinsfan had control of the remote so i only saw about half the game

    twins game – the good the bad the ugly (pre dirty harry eastwood!)

    the bad:
    our sole remaining beloved canuck albers is chased in the second by the mighty astros batsmen

    the ugly:
    sixth inning, poulfe on first willingham on second, 0 outs and somebody (i forget who) lines a single to center. for no apparent reason the third base coach gives teh stop sign to Willingham coming around third who pulls up just long enough to be thrown out at the plate. poulfe while headed for third for no apparent reason goes back to second, where the hitter now is. base running boondagle double play. alex pressly, our consolation for the morneau departure, strikes out looking. 0 runs in, inning over.

    the good:
    colabello wins it with a slam in the ninth. colabello had been tearing it up at aaa for most of teh season but wasn’t considered to be real prospect because he’s an old old man of 29. i suppose the twins are only making a virtue out of necessity in giving him a chance, but i really like to see, instead of the 22 year old phenom with movie star looks and willie mays upside the ordinary guy with probably either just barely enough or just barely not enough athletic talent to stick in the bigs who’s been working his butt off for years to make the show get a shot. almost rather watch him and albers then buxton.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      I dig the Gemini thing you got going on here.

      • sadtwinsfan - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        don’t encourage him. we’re watching modern marvels tonight and like i was telling delusionaltwinsfan they better resign morneau this off season !!

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Oh, there’s a whole mess of you then. Sweet!

  10. jwbiii - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Updated playoff odds:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro    rosW%
    Bal    10-1     7-1    .482
    Cle    10-1     9-1    .552
    NYY    11-1     9-1    .498
    KCR   100-1   125-1    .474
    
    WsN    15-1    83-1    .609
    Ari   100-1   111-1    .485
     
    Det                    .604
    Bos                    .563
    Tex                    .522
    Oak                    .556
    TBR                    .592
    
    Atl                    .565
    LAD                    .559
    Pit                    .565
    StL                    .541
    Cin                    .531

    The subject of the strength of a team’s remaining schedule has come up recently, so lets take a look at it.

    I added sections for the teams which now hold playoff spots. I didn’t add odds because I didn’t feel like calculating them, but the Rays are the lowest at about 75%. Compare that to the highest of the AL contenders, the Orioles at about 12%.

    The rightmost column here Rest of Schedule Expected Winning%, which I have taken from Fan Graphs.
    http://www.fangraphs.com/coolstandings.aspx
    A few random notes:
    – With about 25 games to go, .040 equals one game.
    – The Rangers and A’s remaining schedules are about as even as their records. This could go down to the wire.
    – Same with the Pirates and Cardinals, and the Reds aren’t far off.
    – Baseball Prospectus doesn’t explicitly list this, but I back-engineered a few from their expected final records. The predictions for the Indians, Royals, and Tigers were very close to those of Cool Standings/Fan Graphs. They are a bit more bearish on the Nationals. I don’t know if they think that the Nats are not as good as they have played to date or they think that their remaining competition is better.

  11. sportsdrenched - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    It’s September and the Royals are still hanging around. They still have 3 left with the GPSer’s this week. Better take care of business. Detroit comes in this weekend.

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      would love to see either a indians – pirates or a royals – pirates world series. they all deserve it.

  12. APBA Guy - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    The A’s rode their “formula” to another close win yesterday. That formula is 5 IP of reasonable starting pitching, followed by 4 IP of lights-out relief (featuring Mr. Anderson, no less). Couple that with 2 home runs and solid defense, and you will win more than you lose.

    Derek Holland seemed to be feeling the pressure yesterday as he was falling behind a lot. Martin’s error in CF didn’t help matters at all (nor did his 4 K’s at the plate).

    But there are worrying signs for the A’s in the 9th. Balfour was shaky, again, admitting after the game that he was “running on fumes”. This after last week’s 4 run meltdown against the Tigers when he said “I had nothing.” Maybe Melvin needs to use Cook in the 9th once in a while until Balfour’s energy levels are restored.

    Still, it was nice seeing CoCo’s 17th HR of the year, even though it barely scraped the pole in left. That’s a career high for him. Congrats!

  13. thecrabcakestate - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Lets…Go…Os!

    Don’t…Put in…Johnson!

    • nbjays - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      That’s what SHE said…

  14. necr0philia - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Go Braves!

  15. thecrabcakestate - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    @nbjays.

    Haha. I did not catch that.

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