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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 11, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT

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Red Sox 2, Rays 0: Welcome back Clay Buchholz. It’s like you never left. Or at least the early-season version of you never left. Five shutout innings with six strikeouts before making way for a bullpen that was just as stingy. The Red Sox lead in the East is 8.5 games.

Padres 8, Phillies 2: Tyler Cloyd was smacked around for seven runs on nine hits in four innings. Meanwhile, Andrew Cashner limited the Phillies to two runs on four hits and a walk.

Yankees 7, Orioles 5: Homers: Chris Davis with his 49th but Alfonso Soriano had two and Mark Reynolds added one to help the Yankees keep pace in the wild card. Injuries:  Alex Rodriguez tweaked his hamstring, Austin Romine got a concussion and Ivan Nova left early with a sore right triceps. The Bombers limped all season and are now limping to the finish line.

Cubs 9, Reds 1: Edwin Jackson allowed one run in seven innings and hit a homer. Wellington Castillo hit two. I guess you can say the Cubs were [removes sunglasses] … battery powered. [Yeeeeeeahhhhh!!!]

Royals 6, Indians 3: The Indians blew their chance to move within a half game of Tampa Bay in the wild card as they manage nine hits off Mark Jeremy Guthrie (bah, I’m old) but also hit into three double plays behind him. It was the first Royals win in Cleveland in six tries.

Nationals 6, Mets 3: A homer and two doubles for Jayson Werth as the Nats win their fourth in a row. Their run differential is finally at zero. Progress, albeit probably too late.

Angels 12, Blue Jays 6: Five hits — four for extra bases — and five runs scored for Mark Trumbo. Josh Hamilton went 3 for 5 with four RBIs himself.

Braves 4, Marlins 3: Julio Teheran struggled early after a long layoff but settled down. The Braves won this on a walkoff rundown: Craig Kimbrel threw a wild pitch, Marlins pinch-runner Jake Marisnick tried to advance to third, but the ball rebounded right back to Brian McCann who threw Marisnick out. Tough break, kid.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: Four wins in a row for the Cards. Wily Peralta took a no-hitter into the sixth but Matt Holliday broke it up with a homer. Shelby Miller continued his mastery of the Brewers. He’s 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee this year.

Pirates 5, Rangers 4: Pittsburgh keeps pace. Francisco Liriano picks up his 16th win and Andrew McCutchen drives in three. A lot of folks around Pittsburgh thought the Pirates would have a lot of trouble heading into Texas, but so far so good.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3: Pinch hit walkoff homer for Scott Van Slyke in the 11th. Five straight wins by the Dodgers over the Dbacks. That’s how you put an end to the early-season rivalry between the two. And how you win the division with authority. L.A.’s magic number is six.

Tigers 9, White Sox 1: The girlfriend saw it was Rick Porcello pitching, said “eh, Porcello always struggles in Chicago,” and changed the channel to an old “Frasier” episode. It was from 1994. Frasier had an old 386 computer. I realized that watching a 1994 episode of “Frasier” now is like me watching old “Hogan’s Heroes” or “Andy Griffith” episodes when I was in junior high school. The lesson: I’m old. Oh, and Rick Porcello tossed a complete game so it was totally unnecessary to watch “Frasier” anyway. Even though, dudes, it holds up.

Rockies 9, Giants 8: Two homers for Michael Cuddyer, including the tie-breaker in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Cuddyer is now hitting .330 and has a great shot at a batting title. Hunter Pence, meanwhile, drove in six. Given that the Giants scored four runs off Jorge De La Rosa in the first two innings you figured they’d cruise. But a true fact: they play nine innings in baseball.

Twins 4, Athletics 3: Two homers was quite the trend last night. Josh Willingham did it here. The A’s fail to put some distance between them and Texas.

Astros 13, Mariners 2: Houston scored six times in the first three innings then seven times in the final three. Nice bookends.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    It feels so great to finally have meaningful baseball in September back in Pittsburgh after 20 losing frustrating and irritating years

    • misterj167 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Good for the Bucs! They’re a great team and I hope they do well against everyone but the Braves!

  2. historiophiliac - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Thaaaat’s better. Oh, and it was Porcello’s first complete game. Prince go boom. Avila was hot. Pretty good night.

  3. happytwinsfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    twins got two in a row! gotta start with small victories.

    proudly canadian should be happy to learn that scott diamond is back in the twins dugout. i think they said he starts saturday. delusionaltwinsfan expects the twins to return to competiveness next year behind the heroic efforts of the beloved soft tossing lefty canuck duo of albers and diamond.

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

      Thanks! Congratulations on the winning streak. It looks as if the Twins have a young catcher who can hit. Pinto still needs some refinement behind the plate; however, he shows enough promise that Mauer can be moved to first base.

      • happytwinsfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        well, we need to start by getting him off the concussion list. having morneau flashbacks here.

        word here is that joe continues to insist on catching at least some.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Come on Rangers…help a Brother out!

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Because the Rangers have all the reasons in the world to help out the Cardinals right? :) But true enough that they at least should be trying to help themselves.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Yep. It’s a win – win FC! They have a pennant they are trying to win as well. Now would be a good time to start building toward that. You know…since it’s September. I am hoping they at least salvage game #3. Every game counts and I want no part of a one game wild card.

  5. sportsdrenched - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    How cool is Salvador Perez?

    Royals 3 back of the Wild Card, and some morning (in the CDT) baseball today.

  6. spudchukar - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    The Reds are nearing WC only territory. They now trail St. Louis by 4 games in the loss column. With 6 games left vs. Pittsburgh, one more at home against the Cubs, and 3 at Milwaukee, and 3 at Houston. Even if the Reds manage to win both series against the Pirates, and lose only one of the other 7 they would need the Cards to go 11-7 against the Brewers 2 (at Home), Mariners 3 (at Home), Rockies (4 Away), Brewers (3 Away), Nationals 3 (at Home), and the Cubs 3 (at Home), in order to tie.

    Anything can happen of course, and the Reds are proving that with the 2 home losses to Chicago, but the likelihood of Cincinnati winning the Central in 2013 is growing dim.

    And the Pirates have to feel the heat too with those 6 games against the Reds looming, especially since they will probably determine home field advantage for the one game play-off.

    As mentioned crazier late season outcomes seem to be more the norm, but it is a serious uphill climb for the Reds.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Now you don’t read this kind of stuff everyday:

    Home-plate umpire Mark Wegner approached Sandberg during a ninth-inning pitching change and complimented Rupp’s framing and receiving of pitches.

    • indaburg - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Say what?

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Yeah I’m not quite sure what to make of that.

  8. indaburg - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I have to give credit to the Sox. They pitched a masterpiece yesterday.

    Jennings misplayed a ball in the outfield, and that was the Sox’s first run. Just hasn’t been a very good month for the Rays. Unbelievably, they’re still in position for a second wild card spot, but frankly, if they don’t play better, they simply don’t deserve it. Earn it.

  9. Old Gator - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    If Marisnick hadn’t run into hard luck trying to make something happen (and bless him for trying because no one else on the team was last night), the way he’s been hitting after being booted to the show prematurely by the penny-pinching Scrooge McLoria brainstem trust, he would’ve grounded out anyway if he had made contact with that wild peetch.

    The Feesh scored three runs early, took a lead, pissed it away and then pretty much sat back to dream of shimmering trout streams and bucolic golf courses only few weeks away. Or maybe they were wondering what to get their strange for Christmas. Or maybe they were reminding themselves that their Jettas were due for new ball joints. Then again, this pattern – score a few, take a vacation – has been pretty common for the Rainbow Warriors this season. Most of our basements are cold and clammy places – viz. the bumper sticker becoming increasingly common down here, “My Basement is a Sinkhole” – but it seems like a nice, comfy little spare room for the Feesh. They’ve got peectures propped on the egg crate nighttables, trophy heads on the walls – rats, chipmunks, the trout face cutout from an old Captain Beefheart album, nitty jackalopes, the usual stuff – and a little Sears refrigerator full of purloined little airline Scotch bottles. Nice, cool place to pass the summer.

    Tonight is the beeg night, though – El Keed goes out to try to make a lasting impression on the spawrtriters before he gets shut down for the weenter. This won’t be a total loss for Feesh fans, though – on the bright side, only a few more weeks to go before the French-Canadian delis in Hollywood reopen for the season and I can finally get myself a fucking smoked meat sandwich.

    • Old Gator - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Reconstructed first paragraph – if Marisnick had been the one at bat, I mean….though at this point it wouldn’t hurt the Feesh if they let anyone who managed to get on base go back to the plate for a consecutive at-bat. Playing the percentages, it’s called.

    • misterj167 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      I think any player in the league would have made that mistake, it was a clear wild pitch and only a freak bounce that delivered the ball right to Mac. And of course there was no guarantee that Kimbrel wouldn’t have retired the side anyway…

      Sometimes, you just get lucky.

  10. jwbiii - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM
    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    TBR*   55.2    63.5
    Cle    30.7    27.3
    NYY    12.9     8.2
    Bal     6.5    11.5
    KCR     3.4     3.1
    WsN     1.8     1.6
    Ari     0.0     0.0

    The Rays’ loss to the Red Sox didn’t hurt them, as their two closest pursuers, the Indians and Orioles also lost. The Yankees’ win over the Orioles bumps them up to second. The Dbacks loss to the Dodgers has them out of contention.

    The Brewers’ loss to the Cardinals knocks them out. They join the Cubs, White Sox, Marlins, and Astros. Next likely out: The Giants have a tragic number of one and the Mets are at two.

    *Holds wild card berth

  11. uyf1950 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I won’t be hanging around or commenting on the game. I just wanted to make a brief appearance to remind everyone today is the 12th Anniversary of the cowardly attack on the United States where almost 3,000 innocent people died. It was not only Americans that died on that day but citizens from many countries who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Please as time goes on lets not forget these brave and unsuspecting individuals they deserve more, much more.

    • Old Gator - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Also a good time, I think, to appreciate the amazing strength and resilience of a great city that took a vicious hit, shook it off and went on about its world-class business.

    • misterj167 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Let me know when they start dragging the coffins of dead soldiers out onto the field and screaming at the fans “Why can’t you be more like them?

      I’m a veteran from a family of veterans and all this military hero worship disturbs me. Particularly when it’s sponsored by a corporation like BofA. How many soldier’s homes have they foreclosed on while they were over in Afghanistan or Iraq? Thanks for your service, kid, now here’s an eviction notice.

  12. kevinbnyc - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Frasier wasn’t good in 1994, and it definitely isn’t now. Seinfeld, on the other hand, has serious staying power.

    • misterj167 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Both Frasier and Seinfeld were great from Day One. Never jumped the shark

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