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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 10, 2013, 6:58 AM EDT

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Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 1: Three bombs for Juan Uribe and four driven in. What a season for the guy who, in his first two years in Dodger blue, looked lost and, frankly, over. This year he’s hitting .279/.334/.476, is playing excellent defense at third and who has been, by all accounts, a great guy in the clubhouse whether he’s been struggling or not. Oh, and Uribe was so good last night it’s easy to overlook the fact that Ricky Nolasco didn’t give up an earned run into the seventh inning. Oh, and the win eliminated the Giants from NL West contention, which is kinda sweet for those of the Los Angeles persuasion.

Cubs 2, Reds 0:  Travis Wood with seven shutout innings and a couple of solo homers was enough for the Cubs to stop Cincy. Until looking at his stat line I totally forgot Wood was with the Reds previously. What else am I forgetting? [starts to write things all over his body like Guy Pearce in “Memento.”]

Orioles 4, Yankees 2: Managers got chippy in this one after Joe Girardi accused Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson of stealing signs in less-than-calm fashion and then Buck Showalter came racing over to confront Girardi about it in less-than-calm fashion. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez and Lyle Overbay hit home runs, but it wasn’t enough as Chris Tillman allowed only those two runs and the O’s scored four on a couple of sac flies, a single and a double.

Nationals 9, Mets 0: Well that was a dominant win. Gio Gonzalez with a one-hitter and eight strikeouts and Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each drove in three. A forfeit is officially scored 9-0 too. Maybe the Mets woulda been better off just staying home?

Indians 4, Royals 3: Ten strikeouts and only an unearned run in seven innings for Ubaldo Jimenez. The Royals playoff hopes, at four games back of the wild card and four teams above them, seem pretty over.

Braves 5, Marlins 2: Atlanta snaps its four-game losing streak with a five-run fourth inning. All of their hits came in the fourth too, which is kinda efficient. And kinda worrisome too, but let’s worry about that when they can’t score runs in the playoffs. Kris Medlen got the win. He started 1-6 and this brought his record up to 13-12.

Twins 6, Angels 3: Jered Weaver has a history of dominating the Twins but he didn’t last night. Trevor Plouffe drove in three. “Trevor effing Plouffe. Plouffe was magical. He was like a GD unicorn.”

Pirates 1, Rangers 0: And with that, the Buccos have their first winning season since 1992. That’s great for history. More important for the Pirates is that Gerrit Cole was effective, tossing seven shutout innings. All they could manage off Yu Darvish was an RBI double from Pedro Alvarez, but that was enough.

Giants 3, Rockies 2: Eliminated when the Dodgers won — and one more loss from total playoff elimination — but they won anyway. Brandon Belt hit an RBI single in the bottom of the tenth. Tim Lincecum went eight innings allowing two runs and a no-decision. The next significant thing the Giants have to do is figure out what to do with him — or whether to do without him — next year.

White Sox 5, Tigers 1: Chris Sale, who allowed one run over eight innings and struck out eight. Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera and Jim Leyland were ejected in the first inning because people really, really prefer to see home plate umpire Brian Gorman way more than the likely two-time MVP. So hard for Gorman, always signing autographs, posing for photos with fans and still having to make time to go out and perform at the highest levels on the field like fans expect. Let’s hear it for the star of the game.

Astros 6, Mariners 4: Houston with a four-run rally in the ninth to give them the victory. One of the runs that inning came when Justin Smoak threw a ball home on a foul out and hit the guy in the on-deck circle. Smallest crowd of the season at Safeco Field.

  1. daveeproc - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Is the bit about the forfeit being scored 9-0 true? Either I’m stupid for not knowing or stupid for asking.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      It sure is. It’s in the official rules.

      • Old Gator - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        @daveeproc: consider yourself blessed. There are any number of correspondents here who are far, far more stupid but have no idea why.

      • nbjays - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        … and have no idea that they even ARE abysmally stupid.

    • cur68 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      I din’t know either. So there’s that.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Are the playoff hopes of the Rangers and Tigers in trouble? Stay tuned!

  3. NatsLady - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Gio took a no-hitter into the 7th inning (one walk). The pinch hitter put a ball on the first base line, and his no-hitter went up in a puff of chalk.

  4. easywolf - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Useless info because football has started…they should stop the baseball season in august…can barely watch compared to football it’s very boringgggg

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Football is as exciting as Sumo wrestling. Wait for hockey if you want to see action and mayhem.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Please don’t watch. Also, please don’t comment. We don’t give a crap if you’re bored or not. Also, stop whining. It makes the cats horny.

    • NatsLady - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Football is so boring. I forget each year. Lotta standing around, ENDLESS ENDLESS commercials.

    • stex52 - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Bye Bye, Easy. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt. See you in April. Or better yet, maybe not.

    • indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      “This is so fun. Watch all the baseball fans get pissy when I call their sport boring.”

      • historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        So, you’re saying mouthbreatherball is so boring he has to try to troll us for fun?

      • sadtwinsfan - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        whimper whimper

  5. historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I said: NO surprises, dudes. Losing Miggy sucked and I didn’t need Vin Scully to lip-read for me to know Miggy thought it was fertilizer too. I did enjoy how even though Leyland was calm when he came out, the announcers said right away that he would get worked up, we just had to give him a minute. Rod Allen called it: Leyland’s gonna get ejected. They knew it was coming. I think everyone was bummed for the rest of the game. Also, HBPiK is NOT as funny as HBPiD. HBPiD. he he Oh. Can we please not lose to a team with a worse record again today? And why does #20 have to be so damn elusive? Thanks to V-Mart for preventing a skunk.

  6. blacksables - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    What was Gorman supposed to do? Ignore the rulebook?

    Everything he did and called was entirely correct, and he gave both Cabrerra and Leyland a lot of freedom in complaining, and they couldn’t control themselves.

    The strike was the correct call, and ejecting both of them were the correct calls.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      Show me where in the rule book it says that an umpire must eject a player in that situation.

      The player may have very well been wrong on the call and the umpire may very well have been right. That’s irrelevant. Umpires have discretion to eject. They use that discretion quite poorly, in my view, and if rather than tossing people for saying rude things they simply ignored it, they’d get fewer players arguing because it looks silly to argue with someone who won’t take you bait.

      This is how every parent deals with a whining kid. It’s how umpires should deal with players and managers, saving the ejections for truly egregious displays and showing up of their authority. If an umpire can’t handle some “magic word” he should get thicker skin.

      • moagecu - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        so you arent a fan of rule 9.02(a)

      • happytwinsfan - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        disagree. manager tantrums followed by the dramatic, predictable ejection are part of the enjoyable theatrics of the game. no other sport has anything like it. stop considering it as a great moral question and just enjoy.

      • paperlions - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM


        Umpires have discretion, but use it poorly. Gorman probably told him to get back in the box or he was gone and as soon as Miggy opened his mouth again he was gone. The thing is Gorman chose to handle the situation in a way that he probably knew was going to lead to an ejection. He could have just told Cabrera to shut it and get back in the box. Ejecting a player should be a last resort, not the first one.

      • blacksables - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Well, I would say Cabrera waving the bat in his face would have been enough grounds for ejection. Seeing as how Gorman didn’t, that tells me he did everything he could to let the game go on.

        It was when Cabrera went back to bat after all the arguing and said something that got him ejected. The rule book clearly states that arguing balls and strikes is an automatic ejection, so he technically he could have been thrown out at the first word. Gorman didn’t do that. It was only after Cabrera kept arguing that he got tossed.

        The automatic ejection part covers your question. Gorman did a good job not letting Cabrera and Leyland bait him, and let them argue a lot longer than he should have.

        What I don’t understand is how you think Cabrera waving his bat in Gorman’s face didn’t warrant ejection on the spot?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Manager ejections are fun. Player ejections aren’t so much.

        I wonder what would’ve happened if the ump stepped out for a minute, adjusted his mask, checked balls with the ball boy, and gave Miggy a little time to shake it off. No one likes to get cussed at but let’s not pretend umps have the delicate ears of the pastor’s wife. I don’t think they can make it up to MLB games without ever hearing a player drop an f-bomb and grouse about a call. Plus, it’s not like umps and players are strangers and have never had regular contact before. Dude got hit in the knee. I’d have given him a minute.

      • paperlions - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        That’s okay. You don’t understand a lot of things. Primary among them appears to be the job of an umpire. In your universe, if umpires were cops, everyone going 1 mph over the speed limit would get a ticket, anyone that argued about the ticket would go to jail, and cops would never make a mistake and would be completely within their rights to ignore all laws (this last part actually resembles reality most places).

      • spudchukar - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        OK Craig, here is what puzzles me. In the Mattingly post chemistry is hokey. In the ATH, Uribe is a great guy in the dugout, (by all accounts), whatever that means. I am aware of the hobgoblins and consistency mantra but I don’t think you can have it both ways.

      • spudchukar - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Kudos on the “Memento” reference.

      • blacksables - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        paperlions, as usual, you don’t know a thing. I’ve umpired off an on at many different levels, to include A-level ball, for almost 35 years.

        I’ve thrown one coach out in that time. I’ve had to warn a lot of them, and a lot of players, but they understand the definition of a warning, and the phrase, ‘it’s over coach, lets play ball’.

        That is clearly something major league players and managers don’t understand. Just because you hero-worship them doesn’t make them demi-gods.

        histo, your quote: ‘I wonder what would’ve happened if the ump stepped out for a minute, adjusted his mask, checked balls with the ball boy, and gave Miggy a little time to shake it off.’

        You must be using the example of the Chinese league game, where the umpire did exactly that? And was still assaulted?

        I realize you’re a Tigers fan, and have a love/love relations with Cabrera. But can you honestly tell me you agree with him waving the bat in the umpires face?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        I think he could’ve diffused the situation up front, if he was interested in serving the fans first. I’ve had jobs where I’ve been cussed out before. Sometimes, people just need a little space and you get better end results if you just let it play out like that. Miggy took a ball to the knee after all. If you always go to the worst case scenario, you won’t do your job very well — and it sounds like in practice you don’t assume the worst, so I’m not sure why you don’t acknowledge the wiggle room. Anyway, he tossed Miggy well before he gestured with his bat and there was nothing in the ump’s demeanor that suggested that he actually thought Miggy was threatening him with it.

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Oh blacksables, you’re an umpire?!? Why didn’t you say so. Of COURSE your opinions are beyond question.

    • kalinedrive - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Everything he did and called was entirely correct, and he gave both Cabrerra and Leyland a lot of freedom in complaining, and they couldn’t control themselves.

      If that’s what you call a lot of freedom, you must live in a gulag. Cabrera held up on the swing, the only reason the bat extended toward the front of the plate was because his body was flying open as he attempted to jump out of the way of the ball. And even if it was a swing, he didn’t get animated and make a big scene, he was in the box and his “crime” was looking back at the umpire when he complained about the call. If he had been looking out at the field and said the same thing, nobody would have cared. The umpire did not give him leeway, he gave him a quick hook. It is stupid for someone whose job is subject to questioning every day to fly off the handle and abuse his authority because someone dares to question him. Get over it, blue. You ain’t all that. Play ball!

      • blacksables - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Exactly what did Cabrera have to complain about?

        The ball hit him while he was swinging. That’s a strike. There is no leeway about it. And the rulebook specifically says he can be ejected immediately for arguing balls and strikes, which didn’t happen.

        Your ignorance of the rules doesn’t make Caberea right.

      • kalinedrive - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Your insistence that the umpire was within his rights according to the rules doesn’t make Gorman right. Was he allowed to eject Cabrera? Yes. Did he have to eject Cabrera, did Cabrera deserve to be ejected? No. If you’re going to eject everyone who “argues balls and strikes” you’re going to run out of players every game. Was Cabrera’s behavior egregious enough that it should not be tolerated? No. Either you’re a control freak who doesn’t understand human nature or you’re just being argumentative because you think the umpire was right, and in either case you are wrong. Umps need to have more control of their tempers than players do. It’s part of the job.

  7. pizzadawg - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM



    • indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM


      (Why are we yelling?)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM


      • indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM


        I LOVE PIZZA!

      • cur68 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM


        (this is fun. what else should we trumpet to the heavens?)

      • indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        What else should we trumpet to the heavens?

      • indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM


      • cur68 - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM


      • historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM


      • indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM


    • jwbiii - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Any particular recent transgression or just a general statement?

  8. Old Gator - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    The Braves gave the Feesh and Scrooge McLoria a nice lesson in why some teams are going to the postseason and some aren’t. Execution, execution, execution (sorry if I sound like that terminal neanderthal who governs Texas). The Feesh sent up their non-Iron Giant lineup (although he was seen wandering around the bat rack in the eighth inning like Goddoom wandering around Deadbone Mountain) which was surprisingly productive with two runs driven in thanks to an Ed Lucas treeple that just missed denting Tommy’s day-glo toenail polish. They outhit the Braves eight to five, but left seven on base while the Braves made pretty good work of cleaning off the bases in their five-run fourth. Putting hitters to work, that’s what they do in Atlantis this season. Chris Medlin looks like he’s ba-a-a-a-ck. One more game to endure before El Keed makes his last stand of the season. I suspect this might be the Feesh’s most watched game of a season that will be sending what few fans are left running to the local Sunshine of the Spotless Mind clinic for a memory cleanout.

  9. indaburg - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Speak for yourself, Craig. I’m a huge fan of old #9, crew chief Gorman. Notable blown calls include the ALCS 2010, Rangers vs. Yankees. 40 career ejections. Not bad. I can’t wait to meet him.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      He’s never blown a call in the World Series though…you have to wonder if that’s going to hurt his chances of getting into the Hall.

  10. sadtwinsfan - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    twins won last night but after hearing it celebrated on the radio news this morning that the twins victory marked the end of a 10 GAME HOME LOSING STREAK (which we weren’t previoulsy aware of) happytwinsfan decided to hand things off to me. no pollyanish dribble today.

  11. jwbiii - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    TBR*   52.6    65.3
    Cle    37.4    27.3
    Bal    12.8    12.6
    NYY     6.1     4.7
    KCR     2.5     0.9
    WsN     1.4     1.2
    Ari     0.0     0.1

    The Dodgers’, and Uribe’s, big night knocks the Dbacks out of contention for Cool Standings. Still clinging to faint hope for Baseball Prospectus.

    Elimination news: The Cubs and White Sox celebrate their eliminations by defeating the Reds and Miggy-less Tigers, respectively. The Pirates’ win cuts the idle Brewers’ tragic number to one. Sort of. Since the Reds and the Pirates both have 82 wins, they would both have to win. A loss by the Brewers would do it, too. Wily Peralta faces Shelby Miller in St. Louis.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      You might have to soon add the Rangers and perhaps the Tigers to your list if they do not pull out of their recent slides.

      • jwbiii - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Not yet. The Rangers are still above 90% and the Tigers are above 99%. I didn’t add the Rays until they fell below 60%. Adding this

        Team   Cool   B-Pro
        Det*   99.2    99.2
        Tex*   90.6    91.1

        doesn’t add much useful information.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM


  12. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    The guys on MLB network radio were at it again this morning, this time discussing the AL Cy Young award. Apparently Scherzer and Darvish don’t deserve the award because Scherzer’s win total has dropped off the past few weeks, and Darvish would have it if he could just get to 16 wins. Also apparently Chris Tillman deserves consideration for his win total. (Nevermind the fact that he may not even the best starting pitcher on his own team.)

    So, apparently not only is the Win total the most important statistic when determining the Cy Young award, but only the last two months of the season count. Screw the first 80% of the year.

  13. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I went to a boxing match and a baseball game broke out.

    Baltimore comes up big against the Yankees, actually manufacturing runs the old school way, instead of sitting back looking for the Home Run. I was beginning to think they forgot the sacrifice fly was actually a thing you were aloud to do! Tilly looked dominant, Tommy Hunter and Jim Johnson looked in control, and if this team can step it up over the next 3 games, we’ll have ourselves a pretty good race for that wild card.

  14. deathmonkey41 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    CC earning that ace money again.

  15. APBA Guy - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Watched some of the Giants game last night and, aside from the usual stadium envy, was dazzled by their infield defense. In the first inning LeMahieu (shouldn’t he be playing for Toronto, or at least Detroit) singled with one out and took second on a Timmy wild pitch. Everyone was getting nervous, waiting for the usual Timmy first inning meltdown, because Tulo (.930 OPS) and Cuddyer (.921 OPS) were due up.

    Tulo smoked one up the middle. I’d just seen Lowrie butcher that play twice in the last week for the A’s, but this was Scutaro, perfectly positioned behind second, who casually gloved the one-hop smash and threw to first for the second out. Cuddyer then blasted one to the right of 3rd, only the Panda burst from his position and snared the grounder, leapt to his feet and nailed Cuddyer at first.

    Spectacular. Timmy calmed down after that. And with Pagan back, it’s a much more energized team (he was 3 for 5 yesterday). As if to underscore that the Giants have the core of a very good team, Timmy went 8, and was followed by 3 relievers with ERA’s of 2.44 (Romo), 1.75 (Lopez) and 1.96 (Casilla).

    With Zito coming off the books, Pence and Timmy in FA years, the Giants will have quite a bit of payroll flexibility (those three make $ 56M. Yes, you read that right.)

    What Sabean does with that flexibility is TBD. They obviously need some bats, Scutaro is pushing 40, and they’ll need another starter or 2. But if I’m a pitcher I’d love to pitch in AT& T with that defense and spacious park behind me.

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