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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Sep 6, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

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Orioles 3, White Sox 1: The Orioles win and, frankly, I’m going to credit playing at home. Yep, nothing like a home game. Makes all the difference.

And if you think for a minute I’m irrationally beating this into the ground, go take a gander at the NFL Industrial Complex’s collective and concerted moaning and complaining about last night’s Ravens game going down in Denver. Both official NFL PR people (more than one) and multiple NFL reporters and sycophants parroted talking points about the Orioles and Major League Baseball being intransigent or “making a stink” when it was, in fact, the NFL which made the stink and when, in fact, the Orioles game was scheduled first. All while conveniently ignoring that the NFL has never been willing to budge an inch for baseball when the situation was reversed. Also note that the AP photographers at the Orioles game last night took multiple pictures of empty seats at Camden Yards and the empty Ravens stadium next door. If you think for a second that word didn’t come down from NFL to their obedient scribes to play up “Orioles Mean!” talk in response to fan inquiries about why the Ravens weren’t opening at home, and if you didn’t think that the didn’t all obey, you’re nuts.

Red Sox 9, Yankees 8: It’s like Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS as seen through blurry glasses and with bad fundamental play around the edges. The Red Sox found themselves down to their last out with Mariano Rivera on the hill. Then a single, a pinch runner stealing a base and cruising to third when the catcher’s throw went skipping into the outfield followed by a Stephen Drew and things were all tied up. The tenth inning was spiked with a probably bad check-swing call from none other than Joe West — question: will check swings be reviewable next year? — and with new life Shane Victorino knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury.

Reds 6, Cardinals 2: Two homers for Todd Frazier as the Reds take three of four from St. Louis. It was the first series win for the Reds over the Cards in eight tries. The Reds are now a game and a half behind St. Louis for second place, three behind the Pirates.

Royals 7, Mariners 6: Big sloppy game won in large thanks to a big game from big Billy Butler, who went 5 for 5. Mike Moustakas had the 13th inning walkoff homer, however. The Royals had their chance to win it in the ninth as they led 6-5 with two outs before Raul Ibanez homered off Greg Holland to tie it. Holland had been pretty automatic before that, but Ibanez has those Lazarus Pits in his basement and stuff, so you know.

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2: Interesting mostly because, with this loss, the Giants could be eliminated from NL West contention tonight. All that need happen is for the Dodgers to win in Cincinnati and the Giants to lose against the Dbacks. That’s technical elimination. The Giants have been effectively eliminated for months now.

Astros 3, Athletics 2: Brad Peacock took a shutout into the eighth inning, the A’s mounted a rally, but it fell short and they fell out of first place in the West. Speaking of Peacock, you should totally go read this story about the making of and history of the movie “Clue.” Which is an all-time guilty pleasure of mine. When people say they don’t like it it-it- the f – it -flam – flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths… Heathing…

Angels 6, Rays 2: The Angels knocked 11 hits off of David Price and the Rays lost for the ninth time in their last 12 games. They maintain their 2.5 game lead over the Yankees for the wild card but, boy howdy, are they skidding.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    If I told you that a game ended 9-8 in extras, you’d think it was a good game. But man, Yanks/Sox was tough to watch.

    Jeter can’t let that ball get into the outfield.

    • nbjays - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      He can and he regularly does.

  2. jarathen - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    The Angels continue to win for reasons I don’t understand. Fora while I was annoye,d but hey, let’s just enjoy a few wins here and there, right?

    I loved the retweets of NFL fans losing their poop over the home game situation. The NFL wants to play games as many days of the week as they can and baseball should meekly stand aside? No way.

    • misterj167 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      As I brought up in the column concerning this situation, the way young kids are damaging themselves playing football (and often playing hurt) from pee-wee to HS, it’s possible that within ten years there may be no one left to play the game.

      As I see it, football is more a cult than a sport.

      • jarathen - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        I was going to say that it’s shocking how much people love such a violent sport, but it’s not, really.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    The White Sox rolled over and played dead against both the Red Sox and the Yankees. Just to be fair, they have to roll over and play dead when they play all the other playoff contenders. Yesterday’s loss to Baltimore was a good start.

  4. janessa31888 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Awwww, poor little money machine NFL! Shall we cry for you?? Waaaah! They’re not getting any sympathy from me. Go baseball!!

  5. paperlions - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Well, moaning about the NFL moaning is actually worse. They feel like they have a reason to bitch…whatever. Bitching about bitching when you have nothing to bitch about because the bitching was ignored is just boring and needless.

    • 4d3fect - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Too recursive for me.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      But gloating is priceless.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      That’s a whole lot of bitching.

    • steelersnowand4ever - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      I’ll be honest with you. I am both a Pirates and Steelers fan, never cared much for the O’s and definitely cant stand the Ravens, but KUDO’s to the Orioles for standing their ground! What would have made last night’s events even better had there been a massinve rainstorm hit Baltimore and the baseball game rained out, while the Ravens were in Denver. It would serve the NFL right for doing this to the World CHampion Ravens!!

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Who knows: maybe Peyton would have thrown for 8 touchdowns if the game had been in Baltimore.

    • rje49 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I recall when there used to be “Monday Night Baseball”- until September when the pennant races heated up and things got more interesting and important. Then of course, baseball was ignored for MNF.

  6. historiophiliac - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    The best part is that the Ravens lost.

    Meanwhile, back in B’more: Ribs went Boom! Hardy went Boom! B-Rob went Boom! And, Jim Johnson got the save. Gonzalez was solid — gave up only 4 hits, struck out 6 and walked 1. No angst watching last night.

    You seriously need a different announcer, O’s. Your crew is too stodgy. Maybe add a colorful younger guy in there to mix it up a little….something.

    • rje49 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      We’ll give you Dennis Eckersley – who do you have to trade?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Trade for what?

    • DJ MC - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Was it Thorne and Palmer? I honestly don’t remember, even though I watched most of the game.

      Those two are pretty good. Thorne gets loopy from time to time and Palmer is a great analyst. If it was Hunter and Bordick, though…yeah.

      Ben McDonald has been the replacement guy on TV and radio a few times the past couple years. He brings similar pitching knowledge to Palmer, but in a younger, Loo-siana-accented package. He’s great.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        It was two old guys anyway. I’m used to Mario and Rod for the Tigers (Mario is the dull, stats-oriented fart and Rod is the fun-loving one), so I was disappointed it was so dull.

      • DJ MC - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Some nights Thorne just goes full-Harry Doyle and starts talking like he broke into whatever beer or alco-pop is sponsoring that part of the game. It’s beautiful.

  7. chip56 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:28 AM


    The fact that the NFL is beating this Ravens/Orioles thing into the ground doesn’t make the fact that you’re also beating it into the ground any better. O’s were right, NFL was wrong, right trumped wrong, Ravens lost and ten people showed up to watch the O’s win…move on.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you for contributing to the ground beating. 😉

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Chip never met an innocuous circumstance he could resist trying to inflame with his irremediable sanctimony.

      • chip56 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        well normally I ignore trolls. It’s hard to do though when the trolls are the ones writing the columns.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    As a Ravens fan I found it hilarious that the Ravens lost while the Orioles won last night. I also was proud of my city for showing up to the game to see a crappy White Sox team on a Thursday night when Football was delayed due to rain and then the team couldn’t find their way out of the dressing room.

    I did find it ridiculous that the announcers during the football game made it out like the Orioles were the jerks for saying No to moving their game, forgetting to mention that the O’s were coming home from a road trip, and are in the middle of a playoff chase. They also forgot to mention that the NFL could have VERY easily simply played the damn game on Wednesday, if not for the fact that the NFL panders to some religions more than others.

    In Baseball news, congratulations to Adam Jones for having more home runs than walks. That’s quite an accomplishment that takes dedication and practice. And congratulations to Jim Johnson for now coughing up a save in a week or two. It’s nice when Mo Rivera will take that hit for you. Keep punching them out of the yard fellas!

    • Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Don’t buy into the bull that the NFL panders to religions. They’ve had games on Rosh Hashana before and they’ll have them again. They wouldn’t play Wednesday because Thursday night is a better ratings night than Wednesday night, period. They’ll move the game for a sitting president delivering the keynote address at a party convention, but that’s about it.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Oh, I don’t buy into it at all. That part was pure sarcasm by me. I just find the hypocrisy of the NFL’s statement on the matter hilarious.

  9. jwbiii - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Updated playoff odds:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    Cle     4-1     6-1
    NYY     8-1    10-1
    Bal    16-1    11-1
    KCR    77-1    91-1
    WsN    26-1    50-1
    Ari    91-1   143-1

    The Royals take 3 of 4 from the Mariners and welcome the Tigers to The Paris of the Plains (Does anybody really say that?). The Indians host the Mets.

    Yesterday’s winners were the Indians, who didn’t play. The Rays lost, so they gained a half game on the team they’re chasing. The White Sox also lost. The Indians have six remaining games against them, so the strength of their remaining schedule was weakened.

    The Rays obviously neglected to pack TWTW for their current road trip. I don’t know who is responsible for that, but traveling secretary Jeff Ziegler may have some ‘splaining to do.

    As for the NFL allegedly pandering to certain religions, Yom Kippur is next weekend. Do you suppose they will schedule any games before sunset on Sunday?

    • Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Yom Kippur is sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. NFL dodges immediate evidence of hypocrisy.

      • jwbiii - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        My bad. I thought it was Saturday-Sunday. Sincere apology.

      • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Another entire day wasted apologizing for bagatelles that were really God’s fault in the first place.

  10. raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Yep, the Rays have had a rough time against the Angels and A’s on this road trip. They need to start righting the ship in their weekend series at the Mariners. They’ve got series against the Red Sox, Rangers, Orioles, and Yankees coming up this month. The good news is that all but the Yanks are at home among those series against winning teams. (They also have series vs the Blue Jays and Twins.) The wiggle room is all but gone, so it’s basically playoff baseball the rest of the way.

  11. nategearhart - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Craig, you should have included a summary of the Ravens/Broncos game!

    • DJ MC - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Summery, from a Ravens fan:


  12. sportsdrenched - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I just commented on another whiney article about this issue Ravens/Orioles issue over at PFT. I’m sure I’ll get thumbsed down and tared and feathered by the erudite PFT Commenters. Sad thing is I’m an NFL Fan, but this trend of “I’m a suprerior human being because I like football more than baseball” is rediculous and I won’t put up with it.

    Any Royals win in dramatic fashion and the Rays & A’s lost. Good day. Big series with Detroit with Shields starting game one. And this is the first time I’ve ever seen Kansas City refered to as “Paris of the Plains” where did that even come from. (KC is really too far east to be on the plains anyway if you want to get geography nerd technical about it)

    • geoknows - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      I was taught while growing up that Kansas City was in the Central Plains – the Central Plains being east of the more-well-known Great Plains.

      That being said, I always find it amusing when the first words out of the mouths of first-time visitors are, “I thought it would be flat here and it’s not!”

      • sportsdrenched - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        One of my favorite trail running races takes place in WyCo County Park. Part of the race page says: “It’s Kansas, how hard could it be?”. The race has 5000 ft of climbing in 10 miles.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      “I’m a Superior human being because I like football more than baseball”

      More like “I’m a big, fat human being and that’s why I like football more than baseball.”
      Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  13. happytwinsfan - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    the twins didn’t lose yesterday!!

    • sadtwinsfan - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      i can’t believe you got 3 thumbs up for that. only about 8 million people have thought of that dumb little joke before. happytwinsfan you are just soooo sad

  14. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Keep fighting the good fight Craig!

  15. APBA Guy - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I kind of like this NFL flame war. It’s like one of those movies when aliens invade the Earth, and all previously warring nations band together as one to overcome the greater evil.

    Speaking of evil, former A’s prospect Brad Peacock was on full display last night, allowing just 3 hits through 7 before tiring just enough to make the game close.

    Many of you may recall my moaning about the A’s failure to land a playoff-quality SS. That was on full display last night when the Astros catcher Matt Pagnozzi grounded to short in the top of the second inning with Hoes on first. Lowrie fielded the ball near 2nd base then froze and fell over, evidently surprised to see Sogard waiting for the throw at second. This “infield hit” was followed by Altuve’s hit that was Ronaldo’d by Cespedes in left allowing the eventual winning run to score.

    Nothing from Stex this morning, but from my perspective of having seen the Astros play 16 whole times this year, they’ve gone from pathetic to organized over the course of the season, progressing so far as to have won 4 of the last 6 from the A’s. Tex watches them every day, so maybe it’s like watching your kid grow, you don’t notice the incremental changes as would a distant friend or relative who only sees the kid every six months or so. But the Astros have made real progress. Hopefully they will be as demonstrative against the Rangers as they have been lately against the A’s.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      This is our Independence Day!

  16. foreverchipper10 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    It was 1+2+1+1

    • DJ MC - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      So you’re saying that when the Cincinnati team changed it’s name to the “Redlegs” in the fifties, they wanted to sell more merchandise: communism was just a red herring?

      • foreverchipper10 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM


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