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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Sep 9, 2013, 6:07 AM EDT

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Cardinals 9, Pirates 2: And the sweep. Four losses in a row overall for Pittsburgh which is back in wild card territory, looking up at the Cards, still stuck on 81 wins.  Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits, and drove in two runs to boot. He hasn’t allowed a run in 19 and two-thirds consecutive innings.

Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: Just your standard walkoff wild pitch after the best closer in history blew a save. Is it rude of me to note that he’s blown a lot of saves for him lately and that, just maybe, the “never retire, you’re invincible, Mo!” stuff is probably a bit overstated.  Moving on … nice for the Yankees to salvage one. It was pretty dreary for them, I presume, losing three straight games in which they scored eight or nine runs.  To lose a lower scoring one too woulda been hard to take. As it was they didn’t lose too much ground to the Rays this weekend. Problem was, they got passed up by Baltimore and Cleveland.

Royals 5, Tigers 2: Eric Hosmer had three hits including a three-run homer and Bruce Chen baffled the Tigers. And, by extension, continued to baffle all of us. The guy has pitched in 15 major league seasons. If you lined up every pitcher in the big leagues in 1999 or 2000 or so and said “which of these guys is gonna pitch in 15 major league seasons,” I’m guessing Chen would not have been on many folks’ list.

Reds 3, Dodgers 2: Clayton Kershaw and Homer Bailey were pretty close to even for seven innings but then the Reds got to Ronald Bellisario in the ninth, with Zack Cozart singling and Ryan Hanigan doubling him in.

Phillies 3, Braves 2: Nice day for Evan Gattis — he hit two homers including an absolute moon shot — but that’s all the Braves could do against Cole Hamels. Literally, those were the only two hits he gave up in eight innings. Meanwhile Darin Ruf broke the tie with an eighth inning homer of his own after driving in a run earlier.That’s four straight losses for Atlanta. Guess that’ll put the kibosh on any of that “maybe they peaked too soon” talk.

Athletics 7, Astros 2: A seven-run third gives Bartolo all the run support he needed, as he held the Astros to one run in six. It was big Bartolo’s first win since July 26.

Rangers 4, Angels 3: Texas avoids a sweep and stays one and a half back of the A’s. Alex Rios homered in the first and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh inning double.

Brewers 3, Cubs 1Yovani Gallardo with another nice start. He’s strung a few of those in a row since coming off the DL last month. Too bad he couldn’t have done this in June and July and gotten Doug Melvin some prospects in a deal.

Padres 5, Rockies 2: Three game sweep for the Padres, all three games with late-inning runs. Here Nick Hundley cleared the based with a double in the Pads’ four-run seventh.

White Sox 4, Orioles 2: The Pale Hose end a nine-game losing streak. Game ended with a nice deke on baserunner Chris Dickerson too. He was trying to steal second when Brian Roberts fouled out. Alexi Ramirez made Dickerson think the ball was on the ground in play so Dickerson made no effort to turn around and head back to first. Double play and ballgame.

Mets 2, Indians 1: Only one run on three hits in five and two thirds innings for Daisuke Matsuzaka, and that run was an inherited run that Vic Black allowed in when he plunked a guy with the bases loaded. Not too shabby for him, and probably satisfying too given that it came against the team that kept him in the minors all year and then cut bait.

Nationals 6, Marlins 4: A hot mess of a day for Stephen Strasburg — he balked in two runs, hit a guy and threw a wild pitch — but he also struck out seven and got his first win in close to a month. Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond each had three hits and drove in two.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Madison Bumgarner tossed six shutout innings but was denied a win yet again. Run support is not always an abundant commodity in San Francisco.

Rays 4, Mariners 1: The Rays rally for all four of their runs in the eighth and ninth and, thanks to losses by the Tribe, Orioles and Yankees, up their lead in the wild card race. Still, this road trip started with a four-game lead, now it’s two. And given how badly they’ve played lately, they’re lucky it’s two.

Blue Jays 2, Twins 0: Blue Jays sweep the Twins in the series that was neck-and-neck with the Brewers-Cubs for the “who friggin’ cares?” series of the weekend. At least Brewers-Cubs is a division and geographic rivalry, so I think this one takes the crown.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Second bad day in a row for the young guns of the Feesh’s larval rotation – Eovaldi threw like a guy who was thinking of troutfishing season Saturday, and Turner threw like a kid who was thinking you grow up by playing golf yesterday afternoon. The Iron Giant sat out with a sore caudal fin (amid some rustlings in the reeds about shutting him down and letting him finally get his wonky joints right for next season) and the rest of the offense took a working holiday. The season winds down to its meeserable terminus with only one potential bright spot, El Keed’s final start of his remarkable rookie season, looming on Wednesday. After that the janitors and techhies at Macondo Banana Massacre Field might was well rope off the upper decks and begin cleaning the seats for next April because football season is now upon us, the University of Macondo and the Dolfeens both won their openers, and the worst attendance in beisbol is about to start putting down numbers that will require quantum mechanical equations to enter in the stats.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    In answer to Craig’s juvenile last comment, Blue Jay fans cared about the series.. A lot of Jays fans came down from Manitoba and Saskatchewan for the game. Saskatchewan’s Matt Albers pitched 7 scoreless innings for the Twins. The four August call ups (due to injuries) continue to play well. The key play was made late in the game by one of them, second baseman Ryan Goins. Scoreless game, none out, the Twins had runners on first and third. A ball was hit right at Goins who was a double play depth. Instead of taking the easy double play, he threw out the runner at home. The Jays subsequently got out of the inning without giving up a run. Goins and Reyes scored in the 8th inning off the Twins bullpen for the win and the sweep. The Jays have won 10 of their last 13 games despite having to rely on rookies.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Edit Function 1) “Andrew Albers”, 2) “at” Instead of “a” 3), “JUVENILE” instead of “juvenile”

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        “Tampa Bay is last in MLB with 18,719 That easily beats curling.”

        Lol! I gotta’ hand it to you P.C. your literal translation of everything made me laugh again.
        Qualification: Please know “I gotta’ hand it to you” is only a figure of speech. I fully realize I did not (nor will I) hand anything to you. I did (literally) laugh out loud though.
        Good work!

    • indaburg - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      Craig was just using his sarcasm font, PC. Don’t take him too seriously. You saw what he wrote about Mo based on a small sample size? Uh huh. That’s just Craig being his lovable self. Although, I have to say that I am happy to hear the great people of Manitoba and Saskatchewan came down to represent.

      The Jays have been playing good ball as of late, and I have noticed. It’s the kind of stuff your team might be able to build on for next season.

      • nbjays - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        You can tell they have been pitching and playing well because Harry has gone “on vacation” again. Go figure.

      • indaburg - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Harry has been mysteriously absent. So that’s why it’s been smelling nicer around these parts. I thought it was the scented candles.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Further to Craig’s comment, both the Jays and the Twins have averaged more fans per home game than playoff contenders Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Kansas City. I have to conclude that fans of the Jays and Twins care more about their teams than fans of those other teams I listed.

      • indaburg - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Oh, snap.

        (Don’t forget Tampa Bay, but that goes without saying.Your average curling tournament probably outdraws the Rays.)

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Tampa Bay is last in MLB with 18,719 That easily beats curling. Miami is second last with 19,214. Houston averages 19,595 and Cleveland averages 19,770. Not sure if each city uses the same measurement. Some teams seem to use tickets sold while others use actual attendance.

      • indaburg - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Yay! We beat curling.

      • stex52 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Remember, Indy, Junior High is back in school. That may explain Harry’s absence.

    • happytwinsfan - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      sad twins fan is thinking of throwing in with dirty harry, but i say, if you look at albers with the glasses off, he kind of sort of looks like morneau.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        I noticed that also. They are from different parts of Canada; so they are unlikely to be related.

    • cur68 - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Word, PC. We care. Always have and aways will, regardless of what the standings are. Frankly, I think ‘Ole Lex Luthor was trolling us. I’ve been busy with life and haven’t got here much, so I read this as a shot across my bows. Dissin’ on the The Beavz is the new Tolling Efficiency is it? Well, we shall have to see about that…

      (you hold ‘im down and I’ll throw the batteries, ok?)

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        OK!

      • paperlions - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Busy Beaver trappin’? Gotta get a year’s worth of activity in the few months without snow.

      • cur68 - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Yeah man. Gotta get the furs in and tanned before the snows fall. Salting seal blubber and fighting off the polar bears also consume a lot of time.

        Must go; the sled dog needs her walkies and I see a V of geese that needs a shootin’ at.

        No where in this igloo did I leave my musket?

    • moogro - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      And Ontario too. Big group from Minnesota’s better half.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        From Thunder Bay and Rainy River of course.

  3. 4d3fect - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Thought that second balk call on Kershaw was bogus.

    -Anyhoo, interesting time for the Dodgers to begin a swoon.

  4. NatsLady - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Nats have been playing over .700 ball recently (13-5 = .722). Unfortunately, they could go 15-5 for the next 20 games and it probably won’t be enough for a wild card. But the Division? Well… that could still be in play. Twelve games back and it’s Atlanta? Yeah, that’s doable. ;)

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Buoyed by an 8-1 run that ended a week and half ago. Now 5-4 through that “easy” part of there schedule that they were salivating about

  5. hustle4256 - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Seriously, the Reds just swept the Dodgers. Bruce hits the first 2 left hander homeruns off of Kershaw all year and all they get is one sentence?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Some things get their own post. Patience, my son.

    • Anoesis - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      You act like Cincinnati did something amazing. Seriously, the Reds just swept the Dodgers, a team that has done nothing of note since 1988 except beat up on a very weak division this year. They have difficulty with teams over .500 and can’t provide any meaningful run support for one of the best pitchers (at least until just recently) in the majors. Why is a separate post needed? The Reds have a lot more to worry about than squeaking out three one-run victories over a team that likely won’t make it past the first round in the playoffs.

  6. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    The Rays rally for all four of their runs in the eighth and ninth and, thanks to losses by the Tribe, Orioles and Yankees, up their lead in the wild card race.

    I know they played like shit all weekend, but the Yanks still won yesterday.

    • nbjays - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      To be more specific, they didn’t PLAY like shit all weekend, as they averaged 8.3 runs per game that they lost. Rather, their relievers PITCHED like shit all weekend.

    • spudchukar - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Riveting insight.

  7. historiophiliac - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Well, that’s probably the worst of it, then. We go to Chicago and then home for the Royals, Mariners & ChiSox (Part Deux). We’re away again for the Twinkies and Marlins to close it. Hopefully, we will not have as much trouble with the Royals at home (slight advantage there this season). The only other serious challenge would be the Twins, but I don’t see any of it upsetting our lead. We need Iggy and Miggy to both get healthy by the end of the month….and NO surprises.

  8. Detroit Michael - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Craig wrote: “If you lined up every pitcher in the big leagues in 1999 or 2000 or so and said “which of these guys is gonna pitch in 15 major league seasons,” I’m guessing Chen would not have been on many folks’ list.”

    Actually Chen was a well-regarded young Braves starter back then. It was after that point when his career jumped off the A-track.

    • geoknows - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Pre-1999 season Bruce Chen was the top prospect in the Braves’ system and BA’s number four prospect in baseball. Very surprised that a Braves fan wouldn’t remember that.

  9. proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    So far, only the Astros, Marlins, Cubs and White Sox have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. It has been a very difficult year for baseball fans in Chicago.

    • tmohr - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      If you are a Sox fan, yes.

      As a Cubs fan, though, I’m somewhat pleased. The pitching staff has been stabilized, old dead wood cleared from the lineup, and the AA and A+ affiliates are doing well. They obviously need a couple of strong bats, but progress has been made.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Good to hear.

  10. thepaintrain88 - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Thanks be to Craig for putting the Cardinals sweep of the Pirates ahead of the Yanks/Sox finale. Wacha came through again in a big way. Not bad for a projected number 3 or 4 starter.

    I do believe all Cardinals fans are holding their breath with the Reds, though. They are finally playing like a winning team and just might actually be playing to their potential.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I’d say the Braves were swept because they messed with the Phanatic – but the Braves being swept by the Phillies in September is so common, it’s hard to attirbute it to one thing

  12. jwbiii - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    TBR*   61.2    67.9
    Cle    31.6    20.5
    Bal     7.6    10.6
    NYY     8.3     6.9
    KCR     2.2     1.8
    
    WsN     1.1     0.4
    Ari     0.1     0.2

    The Mariners take 2 of 3 from the Rays, the Indians take 2 of 3 from the Mets, the Orioles take 2 of 3 from the White Sox, the Red Sox beat the Yankees 3-1, the Royals beat the Tigers 2-1 (!), the Nationals beat the Marlins 2-1, and the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 2-1. The Dbacks scored just 4 runs in the series, which put just a little bit of pressure on their pitching.

    The Rays end their nightmarish road trip and will face the Red Sox after their west coast to east coast travel day. The Indians host the Royals, the Orioles continue their homestand against the Yankees, the Nationals visit Queens, and the Diamondbacks travel down the coast to play the Dodgers.

    In other news, the Cubs and White Sox have been eliminated and join the Marlins and Astros. Sayonara, Chicago. Go Bears, I guess. Likely next out: the Brewers, with a tragic number of 2.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • moogro - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      I love these, thanks.

  13. Francisco (FC) - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Leaning back in his high chair, Craig adjusted the collar of his Braves bathrobe and extended a hand over to the side table. He picked up his bubble pipe, did a refill and puffed a few bubbles while perusing the various news outlets on his 71″ LED screen.

    His ZuperZmartTV also had the various social apps (with customized modifications naturally) as the software pointed out interesting trends or topics of interest. Aside from the HBT community whining over his artistic license over the descriptions of some of the baseball games, not much was going on this morning.

    Except of course, for a vocal obnoxious #BravesSwept tag on twitter by the self styled Phans aimed at Craig. It seems to happen at least once every September (either the Braves suck so they get smashed or they’re so far ahead they don’t care).

    Naturally such insolence could not go unchallenged. Craig paused his puffing long enough to us his integrated chair keyboard to type out a response:

    #BravesSwept Look at the standings Phans! There will be NO Treaty, No Vaccine and NO Playoffs for you!

    He chuckled as the rabid responses were not long in coming. Now it was crunch time as the playoffs beckoned.

    • indaburg - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      It’s not whining. It’s constructive criticism.

      Nice work, FC. Where does one get one of these ZuperZmartTVs? I called Best Buy and they hung up on me.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        I’d try Bezt Buy instead. And to Lair-Craig it’s all whining. I know how you feel. Lair-Craig treats me the same way.

    • moogro - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      I love these, thanks.

  14. sportsdrenched - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    First off, I’m glad baseball is my favorite sport. Reading some of the tweets from people, and the comments at PFT I get the impression that some people are such football sycophants that they hardly function during the football off-season. Now off to baseball:

    You can’t stop Bruce Chen, you can only hope to contain him. (remind me I said this next time he gets lit up)

    Eric Hosmer, turning into what he needs to be for the Royals.

    Royals 3.5 back of a WC with the tribe coming in.

    • jwbiii - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Going to Kauffman would probably be a waste of time tonight.

      • sportsdrenched - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Ehhh, so they are on the road. Guess I should pay better attention.

  15. sfsugator - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Its football season, baseball is slow and boring. Did I also mention that its tarnished and hasn’t been the same since the early 2000′s. Bring back the long ball. Nobody wants to watch single A baseball teams which is pretty much half of the league if not more. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Football has all the excitement of Sumo Wrestling.

    • spudchukar - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Go Away.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I guess that passes for good trolling over at PFT (not gonna go over and find out), but around these parts, that’s not even replacement level work. Since you don’t apparently come here much, these are the rules: if you’re gonna hate, you gotta be funny. You can be dull, as long as you are imparting useful baseball-related information. If not, you have to be interesting and/or funny. Your troll, then, is an utter fail. Also, you might acquaint yersef with a thesaurus, if you’re gonna spend much time here. It’s a heady mix of GFY and highfalutin nonsensicalness at HBT. Oh, and you don’t get a bunch of downs to try and score in this comment section. Up your game, or you’ll discover that you’re in the wrong arena. (Get it? You’re arena league. Folks, that’s insulting, right? I don’t follow mouthbreatherball enough to be sure, but I think it is.)

      • cur68 - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        I’m not sure, since I pay attention to f’ball like I do to mosquitos, but I do believe that Arenaf’ball = Independent League Ball with Canseco on the team. Even then, I’d still rather watch Canseco et al play baseball than f’ball.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Yeah, I was pretty sure it was lower than Canadian f-ball.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Yet here you are! Strange…most of PFT’s Chumps don’t take the time to be bothered with posting on a baseball site. You know…since they don’t like baseball. Therefore, we have no other choice but to believe you are still in the closet. But have one foot out the door. Keep up the good work. Stay strong. We will love you either way. In the closet…out of the closet. It doesn’t matter to us. Keep your chin up little guy!

  16. yankees218 - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    “Rays 4, Mariners 1: The Rays rally for all four of their runs in the eighth and ninth and, thanks to losses by the Tribe, Orioles and Yankees, up their lead in the wild card race. Still, this road trip started with a four-game lead, now it’s two. And given how badly they’ve played lately, they’re lucky it’s two.”

    Actually, the Yankees won yesterday…remember?

  17. APBA Guy - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    The A’s did what they had to do yesterday, and conclude the season 15-4 against the Astros. The Rangers are even better against the Astros at 14-2 with 3 to play. This was the first lopsided game against Houston in some time, and was really all on the starter, Lucas Harrell. Once the A’s had seen him one time through the order they simply waited on the low 90′s fastball and crushed it. Harrell was left in the game to try and work his way out of the mess but he had no answers. A 3.00 WHIP pretty much says it all. Colon’s two-seamer had amazing movement, something that has been missing for almost 2 months. Bret Anderson looked stronger in his three innings, but his command and touch still are not present.

    The A’s move on to Minnesota Tuesday with a 1.5 game lead over Texas ahead of the final weekend series in Arlington. The A’s August doldrums are behind them as they’ve gone 8-2 in their last ten. With 19 games left, the bullpen is rested and the starters look strong, so here’s hoping.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      That’s your last Astros fix for they year then? I hope it was good.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        I’d say 15-4 qualifies as good. The Astros did improve quite a bit this year, but as Stex points out, there is still a very long way to go for them.

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