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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 17, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

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Rays 6, Rangers 2: A homer and three RBI for Wil Myers as the Rays send the Rangers spiraling ever further into despair. Because the Indians lost too the Rangers didn’t fall out of the wild card slot, but they did fall out of the top spot, meaning that they’re now closer to falling out of the playoff picture than Tampa Bay is for now. The Orioles are two games back while the Yankees and Royals are both 2 1/2 games back.

Phillies 12, Marlins 2: Cliff Lee has correctly determined that the best way to win with the Phillies is to go all Baseball Bugs on the opposition. Fourteen strikeouts and four RBI by virtue of a  bases-loaded two-run single, an RBI triple, and another RBI single. That has to be some sort of combined awesomeness high water mark for a pitcher this season and maybe in several years. Oh, and Lee passed the 200 inning and 200 strikeout mark for the year too.

Padres 2, Pirates 0: Andrew Cashner with a one-hitter. It was a Maddux too, completed in fewer than 100 pitches. No walks. seven strikeouts. Simply dominant.

Rockies 6, Cardinals 2: But thankfully for the one-hit Pirates, the Cardinals lost too, keeping them tied with the Cardinals. Or maybe it was “thankfully for the Cardinals, the Pirates were one-hit.” I suppose you can take your pick. Anyway, Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies.

White Sox 12, Twins 1: A seven run first inning for Chicago killed every incentive for folks back in Minnesota to watch. Assuming they had that incentive in the first place. Erik Johnson pitched six scoreless innings and got his first major league win.

Brewers 6, Cubs 1: Three hits including a two-run homer for Caleb Gindl.  Wily Peralta allowed only an unearned run in six innings while allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Tigers 4, Mariners 2: Rick Porcello struck out ten and won his 13th. At one point during this game the camera focused on Raul Ibanez. The girlfriend: “he looks like an old man.” Me: “Well, he is.” A few minutes later I got up off the couch, making all kinds of pained noises and walking funny and hunched because I painted a room on Sunday and by last night I was stiff all over. Meanwhile, Ibanez was running his butt off around third base and scoring a run. Old is relative.

Royals 7, Indians 1: The Indians lost a chance to slide into wild card position. Of course, given what Texas is doing lately — and given that the Royals are the Indians’ toughest opponents for the remainder of the year — they have time.

Reds 6, Astros 1: Jonny Cueto is back and he pitched five scoreless innings. Next outing will be a bigger test, though, as he will presumably face major leaguer hitters. Zack Cozart homered and drove in four.

Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 1:  The Dodgers continue their late season slide. They’re lucky to have all kinds of sliding room — win the next two against these Dbacks and they clinch — but they don’t look like the juggernaut of summer. Hey, at least they’re giving maximum effort, though. Paul Goldschmidt with another homer.

Angels 12, Athletics 1: Jarrod Parker‘s unbeaten streak ends as he takes his first loss since May 22. C.J. Wilson won his 17th and he himself is now unbeaten in his last 13 starts. Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit homers in the eighth.

Braves vs. Nationals: POSTPONED: I guess there’s just a meanness in this world.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Cashner had a Maddux, but Cliff Lee had himself a Little League game with 12k’s and 4 rbi.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      “with 12k’s and 4 rbi”

      And then he picthed the 8th to get to 14 K’s ;)

    • deepstblu - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      The funny thing is, Lee didn’t actually need to produce his own runs–Chase Utley had four RBI before Cliff’s offense got started.

  2. deadeyedesign23 - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    +1 for “Nebraska”

    • misterj167 - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      When Nebraska gets an MLB baseball team, I may recognize them as a state :)

      Also any state whose college football stadium qualifies as their third largest city should give back at least one Senator. I think more people live on my block here in Chicago than live in all Nebraska…

      Just my opinion, folks :)

      • sportsdrenched - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        You say that like it’s something to be proud of?

  3. wlschneider09 - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    So far we know that:

    1) Craig painted a room on Sunday, and

    2) he ended up in the emergency room for 5 hours.

    Clearly this is a bad day…

    “I’ve never seen anyone with that sort of paint roller related injury before Doctor. His girlfriend must really hate Zubaz.”

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      First the emergency room, then the room painting! No injuries in the room painting! Promise!

      • historiophiliac - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        You notice that he did not deny a Zubaz-related assault though. Hmmm….

  4. thomas844 - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    That was a good minor league rehab assignment for Cueto.

    • Old Gator - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Not if it brought that miserable thug back to re-contaminate the ballparks of America with his foul presence.

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    The Nationals were to play at their ballpark last night, hoping to maintain their slim playoff hopes.

    A few blocks away, a troubled man decided to kill some people. After much hemming and hawing, it finally dawned on the baseball powers that be that playing a game last night would be a bad idea. So they will play two today.

    I had a ticket for last night’s game, a ticket that, unfortunately, I cannot use. Think I’ll keep it anyway.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    @mister…….yes, that’s just what we need…. another politician from the Chicagkill area.

    • jwbiii - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Murder rates per/100k:
      21.2 Philadelphia
      15.9 Chicago

      Source: FBI: Crime in the US by MSA, 2011

  7. Jason Lukehart - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Cashner’s Maddux is only the 8th ever for the Padres, each by a different pitcher:

    Andy Hawkins, Ed Whitson, Greg Harris, Bruce Hurst, Ismael Valdez, Jake Peavy, Clay Hensley, Andrew Cashner

    …An interesting list.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Thanks for the update Jason.

    • icanspeel - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Cashner was also the first Padre ever to only pitch to the minimum 27 batters. He has really developed into a quality starter.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    @jwb- If you really want to have fun with crime numbers, add up Philly, Camden, and Trenton together, they are all near next to eachother in proximity. It’s a sad kind of Bermuda Triangle.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Considering your two comments on this thread, it’s safe to say that you are having fun with crime numbers. More than likely because crime will never, ever touch your pretty, lilliputian head.

      But I get it… Obama blah blah blah… Holter der der der…. Gun Control lol lol lol…

      Compelling. Provocative. Super.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Hey, Trenton is about the same as Tulsa — which is to say, nowhere near Philly or Chicago in murder rates.

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Now now…let’s not make it sound like Trenton is a nice place. It’s not.

    • jwbiii - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Murder rates per 100k:
      21.2 Philadelphia
      15.9 Chicago
      12.4 Tulsa

      Tulsa’s murder rate is closer to Chicago’s than Chicago’s is to Philadelphia’s.

      This is by MSA, not just by city. Camden is a part of the Philadelphia MSA; Trenton is not.

      Source: FBI: Crime in the US by MSA, 2011

      • historiophiliac - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Where did you find that? The FBI thing I found for 2011 was more like 6-7. Don’t get me wrong, yours seems truer to me. I was surprised that what I found was so low.

      • jwbiii - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Here’s the link to the FBI data

        http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-6

        I’ve been using the Wiki page here because the columns are sortable.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate

        I assumed that since the data source for Wiki’s table was based on MSA, their table would also be. This was a bad assumption on my part. The numbers in that table which I have been quoting are for cities only. The Tulsa MSA murder rate is 8.1; Chicago MSA, 6.4, Philadelphia MSA, 8.1.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        That seems accurate to me.

        /starts drinking early

      • jwbiii - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Cheers!

  9. jwbiii - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team     FG    Cool
    TBR*   76.2    67.0
    Cle    55.1    58.7
    Tex*   47.4    46.2
    KCR     7.0    13.4
    NYY    10.1     7.6
    Bal     4.1     6.6
    
    WsN     1.6     2.4

    The collapsing Rangers are now in the uncomfortable position of holding a wild card berth but not being favored to hang onto it. Several of these teams had scheduled off days. The Nationals’ off day was unscheduled due to the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard. They play two today.

    Elimination news: The idle Blue Jays’ tragic number remains at 1. Either the Rays or Rangers were bound to lose.

    Whoever is in charge of running the simulations at Baseball Prospectus hasn’t posted their results yet. Going with Cool Standings today.

    *Holds wild card berth

  10. heyblueyoustink - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Koufax, pal, buddy, take it easy there. Liliputian eh? I think i’m too tall to qualify.

    I was simply acknowledging JWB’s point. The plight of the urban existense is the same pretty much globally.

    And if you think either of our last 2 presidents ( I give Clinton a nod ) in the light of the positive, you’re looking through the same kind of clouded lenses you accuse others of wearing.

  11. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Ah well. The Feesh are limping sadly off into the sunset, this current road trip a harking back to their atrocious play to open the season. Cliff Lee didn’t just beat them last night; he humiliated them. About the best you can say for the Feesh yesterday was that they at least had one hit more than runners orphaned in scoring position. Horrible. I cannot imagine the relief these guys are gonna feel when they can slip into their waders or golf shoes next month and maybe do a little yoga to flush this lost planet season from their memories.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      I feel sorry for Marisnick. He was not ready to play in the majors when he was called up by Miami. Hope that his career is not damaged by being called up too soon. I see that Dyson was used by the Marlins. The Jays drafted him and used him last season. They quickly realized that he was unlikely to become a productive major league pitcher. I was not surprised that he was claimed off waivers this spring; however, his upside seems to be limited.

      • Old Gator - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        I dunno. He spent his three innings flat on his back mostly, so his upside was his entire front profile.

        But Marisnick, yeah, he was brought up prematurely – a Feesh staple cheap-o maneuver – but I guess if you asked him where he’d rather be….

      • spudchukar - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I think Gator has this right. Don’t worry about feeling sorry for the dude. Will probably go down as his most memorable day, even if the results weren’t what he hoped for.

  12. APBA Guy - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Ugly loss, but the way Wilson was going, we fans knew what was coming after the 1st inning. I mean, who throws Josh a fastball strike anymore? Parker deserved to lose after that pitch alone.

    What we didn’t see coming was Trout’s monster 452′ home run. That brings the kid up to an even 1.000 OPS. Even though that was piling on, the Angels were up 8-1 at that point, it was still cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that far at the Mausoleum: straight away center, off the glass of the Davis suites, that was a real shot.

    On a sad note, I used to work at NAVSEA many years ago when it was in Crystal City, VA across the river from its current Navy Yard location. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who’ve suffered loss and the survivors of yesterday’s tragedy.

    • jwbiii - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      The NAVSEA offices in Jefferson Plaza?

      • APBA Guy - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        I forget the building (30 years ago) but we were across from NAVAIR.

  13. moogro - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The Dodgers were hell bent on losing last night. After several chance to either hit one to the right side or the outfield with RISP, Mattingly threw the game in ninth. Runners on first and second, no out.

    Get this: Uribe ordered to sac bunt for some reason, and of course he does it shakily three times with a bunt position while the pitcher is in the stretch, and of course hits it to the left side and Young is thrown at by a mile at third. Buss at least hits a ground out to the right to advance the runners. Then Mattingly sends in the ice cold Kemp to finish the game wildly swatting late on breaking balls way off the plate. oof!

    Ryu and Cahill were awesome.

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