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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 19, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

Chris Davis

Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis with a two-run single in the 12th to win the game. Wei-Yin Chen gave up 11 hits but someone only three runs in five and two-thirds. Baltimore remains one back in the wild card. The Sox’ magic number for the division remains at three.

Braves 5, Nationals 2: They’re pretty much all must-win for Washington right now and they didn’t win, even with home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor gifting them runs. Homers from Justin Uggla and Dan Uggla.

Twins 4, White Sox 3: Minnesota avoids the sweep with a good outing from Scott Diamond. His first win in three months.

Marlins 4, Phillies 3: Ed Lucas hit a homer in the 10th to give the Marlins the lead and almost helped woof it away with an error in the bottom of the inning. It ended up being cool, though.

Angels 5, Athletics 4: Josh Hamilton continues to build hope for 2014. He homered to tie it up in the eighth inning and then drove in the go-ahead run in extras. Mike Trout homered too and the Angels have won four of five. A’s starter A.J. Griffin on Trout’s homer: “He’s good at baseball. I was trying to get him to miss hit, but he got it.” That quite accurately sums up a great deal of baseball I suppose.

Padres 3, Pirates 2: Three straight losses to San Diego puts the Pirates two back in the NL Central.  Mark Melancon have up two in the ninth to blow a 2-1 lead. “What a game,” San Diego manager Bud Black said afterward. I bet Clint Hurdle was a bit more colorful in his description.

Rays 4, Rangers 3: One of five extra innings games, here the Rays got a walkoff single from Desmond Jennings in the 12th. The Rangers can get a 2-2 split today. If they do these two teams will have effectively angered all of the other AL wild card contenders who would have benefitted from one team sweeping the other or at least winning the series.

Mets 5, Giants 4: The Giants had a 4-0 lead entering the eighth and still had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Josh Satin raised some eyebrows with a walkoff two-run single to cap a Mets four-run rally. Three RBI for Satin overall.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: This must have been a New York thing, because like the Mets the Yankees were down three late and rallied for four. Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double which, according to all the game stories, “kept the Yankees alive.” Which I suppose it technically true, but it would be cool to actually see a decent nine innings of baseball from them and maybe a couple of good games in a row before truly declaring them among the playoff living.

Brewers 7, Cubs 0Sean Halton hit a grand slam. Tyler Thornburg allowed only two hits over six innings. I had half a mind to watch this one in its entirety in order to get a last dose of relatively meaningless baseball before the playoff season started but couldn’t bring myself to. Maybe I’ll do that with a game or two next week.

Mariners 8, Tigers 0: For whatever else has happened this season for the Mariners, Hisashi Iwakuma has been fantastic. Eight shutout innings on four hits here. He is 13-6 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP for a bad Seattle team.

Cardinals 4, Rockies 3: St. Louis pads its lead. Adam Wainwright won his 17th. Edward Mujica struck out Todd Helton with the bases loaded to end the game.

Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 4: One of many late rallies last night, here the Snakes had a five-run eighth. Paul Goldschmidt homered. He leads the NL with 34, which feels like a 1980s league-leading total. I feel like 39 was always what you needed to lead the league back when Daryl Strawberry roamed the Earth.

Royals 7, Indians 2: A must-win for Kansas City and they won, depriving the Indians once again of moving into a wild card tie. The Royals now get a head-to-head series against the Rangers this weekend, also full of must-win games.

Reds 6, Astros 5: Texas native Jay Bruce with a two-run double in the 13th. Oh, and Billy Hamilton: Four steals. He reached base in all five of his plate appearances, collecting three hits and scoring two runs including the go ahead run. The Reds are probably a wild card team but they’re only a half-game behind the Pirates for the top seed. I bet they’d rather play at Great American Ballpark in a one-and-done than at PNC.

  1. clydeserra - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Hamilton Homered in the 9th. with one out. Off Balfour. Who has been….shaky.

    • jarathen - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      And he finally hit a sac fly off a curve ball instead of biting like it’s a fastball.

      I really hope he does lots of work offseason to identify curves and off speed pitches. I mean, you are who you are, but you’ve got to be better than THAT.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Let’s be fair here. Blevins had thrown two breaking balls down that Hamilton had looked really bad on. Instead of showing a fastball out of the zone and in, he came back with a 3rd breaking ball, but this one was well up, away and mushy, with very little break. Even Josh was going to make contact with that one.

        But the real problem in this game was the horrible infield fly call on a ball that Grant Green missed in short right in the 4th. If that play is called correctly, the A’s have the bases loaded, one out, and who knows. Instead, they have a two out situation and the Angels get out of the inning having allowed no runs. The umps obviously had a plane to catch. After the half inning change Norris was talking “earnestly” with home plate ump Jerry Meals. It seemed like AJ got all the close calls that half-inning, and the Angels didn’t squawk.

        The second problem for the A’s was the Hamilton at-bat in the 9th. We all know Balfour is who he is: a thrower, not a pitcher. Here it is- 94, try to hit it. Once in a while you’ll see a slider. Usually he’s successful, but sometimes not, and often success isn’t pretty, with two guys on base and much consumption of Tums.

        Aybar singled to lead off. Trout flied out, and truly, you could hear the sigh of relief from the crowd. Then the Hamilton AB, with a thigh-high fastball that he didn’t exactly crush, but certainly got enough of, and the sound you heard after that was the tap-tap of shoes on the concrete as the relaxed crowd was suddenly very nervous.

        We were sitting right behind the Angels bullpen and could watch those guys warm up. Hard as Balfour throws, you could see what the Angels big budget (double the A’s) can buy in depth: both Guttierez and Frieri were sitting 95 on the stadium gun, and the A’s didn’t get a hit of the Angels ‘pen in the 9th, 10th, or 11th.

        Still, Texas lost, again, so the A’s magic number is 5. And no matter how disappointing the outcome, a bad day at the park is always better than a good day at the office. Especially in the kind of weather that we had yesterday, 74, sunny, light, fresh breeze, with the usual NorCal low humidity. Perfect. Great catches, 4 home runs, and a one-run game. Almost perfect.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    You have to have seen Josh Satin’s eyebrows to know how funny that comment was. Things look like somebody glued black velvet to his face.

    • uuddlrlrbastart - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Best moment of the season was when Keith Hernandez was talking about Satin and mixed his metaphors saying “He’s really opened up some eyebrows this year.” There was on air-silence for a good minute as he, Gary Cohen, and Ron Darling tried to pull themselves together from laughing so hard.

    • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      I just assumed that Satin found Bobby V.’s old grease pencil somewhere in the locker room.

  3. cur68 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    The Rays missed getting it done in the usual 9 innings and came on in extras behind DeJesus, to tie it, and Jennings to win it. Nice.

    My Boys. They lost. But, Rasmus is now 4 homers in 4 games back from the dreaded oblique injury. The young fella seems to have some idea these days. Time will tell, but this is damn encouraging.

    • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Great bullpen management out of Gibbons last night, leaving in a clearly useless Steve Delabar to face Robinson Cano (with Darren Oliver ready, no less) and then leaving him to ruin the rest of J.A. Happ’s good start. Even the YES Network announcers were … puzzled. It was like a freakin Ambien commercial.

      • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Managers frequently get too much blame or credit (see: Dodgers, Mattingly) but yeah. Gibbons’ decision making was questionable at best yesterday.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Especially considering that Delabar hasn’t gotten anyone out since July. Leaving him in for Cano was stupid, but the rest brought “stupid” to a new level.

        Burgie – you must have missed my “Pity Party Post” yesterday – wahhhhh. Pity me!

      • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Cough! Ack! Hack!

        Sorry, hairball. Pity? You? Uh huh. Yeah, I missed it. Pray tell, why? Your hirsute team is a powerhouse on the verge of winning a third WS in a decade. Your fan base will become even more insufferable than the Empire’s. Yay, more pink Boston hats. Your Nation minions will infect other stadiums with their disrespectful and overbearing presence. And… I should pity you? This I have to hear.

        Pity me. I have to watch your team and there isn’t one good looking one in the bunch.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        I broke my leg ugly. Maybe just a pity-smidge? A tad bit perhaps?

      • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Hmmm. I’ll think about it. Was it a compound or open fracture?

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Highlight was a completely displaced tibial plateau fracture with some less entertaining fractures beneath. Got lucky with nerves though, so I have that going for me. Also that knee was on track for eventual replacement anyhow so at least my ‘good’ knee is strong.

      • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Aw, is that all?

        Seriously, that sucks and I’m very sorry. How’re you feeling? Pain under control? What happened? We were wondering where you disappeared to.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Feeling all right – pain not bad – non-weight bearing aspect is frustrating – 7 more weeks. I had one worse rehab & many other surgeries so I’m clutch with the crutches – more about boredom than anything now.

      • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Being clutch with a crutch is a myth! I have the numbers to prove it.

        The boredom is awful. Well, you’ll have your boys in post-season baseball to entertain you. You can work on your blog of unpopular and amusing opinions.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Hee-hee you’re doubly correct on clutch & crutch – too good

        I meant ‘extremely experienced’ in crutch usage.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        Esmil Rogers’s failure to circumnavigate the strike zone (and dilaudid & diazepam) put me to sleep – I wake up & flip on MLB Network and WHAT???

        Win or lose – they always entertain & never make it easy.

        ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED
        ?!

      • stex52 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Indy, Indy! Bedside manner! At least some fake sympathy would be in order. :-)

  4. jarathen - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Since being swept by the Indians August 19-21, the Angels have gone 19-7. The team has had hot stretches earlier in the season, but this is the first one that seems real and plausible. If they can move Bourjos this offseason for a pitcher, and their current staff holds together, I daresay they may be capable of bouncing back next year. Their window is still iffy due to those huge contracts and Weaver’s regression and a serious lack of minor league depth, but the team as constructed may not be as far away from competition as it seemed earlier this season.

  5. Loren - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Darryl Strawberry roamed the earth enough in 1998 to get into 101 games.

    • Old Gator - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Could they tell that from carbon dating the fossils or from the trackway?

  6. rockthered1286 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Just a thought- and I know I’ll get blasted for not using advanced stats here- but if Davis leads the league in HR’s by 7, is tied with Miggy for 1st in RBI’s, leads the league in extra base hits (I heard he leads in 2B & HR combined but I could be wrong about total extra bases and can’t find the stat), plays better defense that Miggy at the same position, hasn’t missed a game all season…. why is he not even in contention for MVP? Is it because he K’s more and has a substantially lower average? Understandable as it is to position saying Miggy is hitting near mid .300’s while Davis is hitting right at .300, but there are too many other factors in favor of Davis for me to simply ignore him as an MVP candidate and say “It’s either Trout or Miggy.” And in no way am I saying he SHOULD be MVP, just saying there is definitive logic behind seeing Crush get some well deserved votes.

    That said? He’ll get no love and get blown away by the other 2.

    • jarathen - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Discussions I’ve read have been all Miggy-Trout-Davis. Davis is a bit behind, but that’s not an insult. It’s a very good year for all three.

    • paperlions - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Well, because HR and RBI are pretty incomplete measure of production, for one. Miggy leads him in slugging by 69 pts and in OBP by 7 pts….69 pts in OBP is HUGE. Miggy also plays in a less offensive home park, resulting in a 24 pt difference in their wRC+, again, that is huge. Davis’ advantage in defense is tiny compared to the difference in their offensive production

      The real question should be why isn’t Trout the hands down MVP since he again has nearly matched Cabrera in offensive production (playing in pitchers park), while playing a far more demanding defensive position, doing it well, and providing big value on the bases as well. Donaldson even deserved to be in the conversation more than Davis, big offense in a very pitcher friendly park from an elite defensive 3B.

      • randomdigits - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        Miggy does NOT play in a less offensive friendly home park. Park effects are not a static thing.

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor

        Comerica is at #7 at 1.076 runs, OPACY is at #13 at 1.027 runs.

      • paperlions - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        No, they are not static, but the ESPN park factors are also crappy.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/guts.aspx?type=pf&season=2013&teamid=0

        The overall difference isn’t very big, but the difference in HR friendliness is huge.

        Oriole’s park for lefties is the 4th most HR friendly: http://www.fangraphs.com/guts.aspx?type=pf&season=2013&teamid=0

        Tiger’s park for righties is 13th and nearly neutral: http://www.fangraphs.com/guts.aspx?type=pf&season=2013&teamid=0

      • spudchukar - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        The MVP is not the Best Player in the League award. One can argue that it should be, but since the Angels are not a competing team, Trout won’t and shouldn’t get the consideration Davis and Cabrera get.

        Traditionally, a non-contending player has to have dominant numbers to receive the nod, and Trout just isn’t that far ahead of the other two.

      • paperlions - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Of course it is a best player in the league award, the fact that people bastardized the meaning to justify giving it to a good player on a good team is irrelevant to the original intent of the award, which is clearly spelled out in the description of the award.

        This argument is like saying a guy on a great team should never win the award because that team would be great without him….which is just as true and just as stupid as saying a the best player on a bad team is less valuable because his team mates suck.

      • spudchukar - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Perception is reality. You can argue all you want with the definition, but the award has evolved. Now I do not agree with today’s understanding, but I recognize what the award has become.

    • paperlions - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      In the voting, I bet Trout is a distant 3rd and Donaldson doesn’t even finish top 5.

  7. nbjays - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Nice to see Ryan Goins get his first big league homer, and great silent treatment from the dugout when he got back there. A real shame to see such a great pitching effort by Happ end up in a no-decision, though. What the hell happened to the bullpen?

  8. proudlycanadian - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    The AL Wild Card contestants have either 11 or 10 games remaining.

    Cleveland still has the easiest schedule: Houston 4, Minnesota 4, CWS 2!
    Baltimore: Boston 4, TB 4, Toronto 3!
    KC: Texas 3, Seattle 3, CWS 4!
    NYY: Toronto 1, SF 3, TB 3, Houston 3!
    TB: Texas 1, Baltimore 4, NYY 3, Toronto 3!
    Texas: TB 1, KC 3, Houston 3, LAA 4!

    On paper, the Yankees schedule is moderate.

  9. nbjays - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    BTW, great win for ‘Burgie’s floating carpets… go Rays!

    • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Thanks, nbjays! Damn team is intent on giving me another gastric ulcer. Desmond Jennings AGAIN misplayed a ball in CF, costing two runs. DeJesus (hallelujah!) came through and saved Jennings’ speedy but boneheaded ass. Wil Myers too lollygagged a ball out in RF, taking his sweet ole time and allowing a runner to score from first. These are the big leagues, son, and you’re playing for the post-season. A little intensity WOULD be nice.

      Nb, could you please tell your team to keep making questionable managerial decisions when the Rays play them the last three games of the season? I’ll send you some poutine, maple syrup, whatever it takes. Thanks!

      • nbjays - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        We have lots of poutine and maple syrup, but Disney park passes are always welcomed.

        BTW, ‘Burgie, you need to get to Toronto for the last game of the season on the 29th. As announced on the Sportsnet broadcast last night, first 20,000 fans get a free Blue Jays toque. You’d be the envy of all your friends and co-workers :-)

      • indaburg - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I got the hook-up on Florida resident rates for Disney.

        Oooh, I like the toque. Très chic.

  10. unclemosesgreen - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Lots of bonus baseball last night, great entertainment for the convalescing. NESN, YES Network, ESPN, MLB Network – they were all humming. The AL wildcard race is as exciting as it has ever been.

    • moogro - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      The teevee last night was electric.

  11. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The 2012 Orioles showed up last night. Timely hitting, clutch pitching, and an extra innings win in Boston. They gave up a LOT of hits, but got out of a LOT of jams last night, turning a bunch of double plays. At one point Boston had the bases loaded with no outs and couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield. Davis did what he’s done all year long. Drive in winning runs. And he did it with two outs too. They showed a graphic last night where he’s either first or second at driving in runs that either tie or give the team a lead. We also got to see a very pretty 4-6-3 double play that due to the extreme shift went Hardy – Machado – Davis, and damn did Machado look good turning that double.

    All I can say is, watch out AL if the Birds get hot right now, things are going to be really fun to watch. One more against Boston, followed by 4 in Tampa, then back to Baltimore for 3 vs the Blue Jays and 3 more against the Sox to finish it out.

    Orioles Magic indeed!

    • sabatimus - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Orioles magic, helped along by exceedingly dumb coaching by Farrell in the 11th. 3-3 game. Carp gets on base, they pinch run with Berry, they have Nava sacrifice, which gets Berry to 2nd. Middlebrooks, having had 3 hits tonight and having a lot of power, therefore gets intentionally walked because his run means nothing….to face Stephen Drew, who in 6 at-bats versus the Orioles’ pitcher had no hits and 5 strikeouts. He DPed to end the inning.

      By the way, this isn’t just me using hindsight–the moment Middlebrooks stepped up to the plate I thought the sacrifice by Nava was stupid (I think sacrificing ANYONE to 2nd base is dumb regardless of situation). A successful sacrifice by Nava ensures Middlebrooks won’t hit, and also ensures (barring a pinch hitter) that Drew will face a pitcher he sucks at. Oh, and by the way part two, Drew’s numbers versus LHP this season: .181/.237/.333.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        I really appreciated when they intentionally walked Steve Pearce to load the bases with 1 out to get to Manny Machado following the wild pitch. I had to run outside and check for Christmas snow! I understand the logic in putting the double play into effect, but wow. Just wow. If Manny had burned them, Boston might have rioted.

      • sabatimus - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        I think that pretty much walking anyone to get to Machado is a fool’s errand, even if Machado hasn’t been quite the same hitter since earlier in the season.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Go O’s!

  12. girardisbraces - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    NINE one-run games? That’s crazy.

  13. hasbeen5 - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Are Justin Uggla’s biceps as big as Dan’s?

  14. Anoesis - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    When you haven’t done much of anything for 25 years you know you’re going to have to work hard to earn any respect. What you don’t expect is having to earn correct calls from the umpires.

    The Dodgers lost 9-4 last night, but one wonders if things might have been a bit closer had Jim Joyce not blown a call at the plate in the sixth that would have pulled the team within a run of the D-backs. Joyce was the first base ump, but rotated when home plate ump Joe West went to third on Adrian Gonzalez’s double. Michael Young tried to score on the play and Joyce called him out. Losing that run was bad enough, but when Gonzalez commented on the play to second base ump Andy Fletcher he was promptly tossed from the game.

    “I said if you guys are going to switch [stations during the play], hustle so you’ll be in position to make the call, and that’s when he threw me out,” Gonzalez said. “We all know he got it wrong because he’s not in position to make the call. I could see it from second base.”

    Replays (the timely subject of a very recent post on here) showed Gonzalez to be correct. A run in, a man on, and only one out might have resulted in another run or two. Instead the score remained 4-2 and the D-backs got out of the inning. With Hanley Ramirez out yet again and Andre Ethier still out, losing Gonzalez pretty much silenced what little offense the Dodgers had been producing.

    All of this is a moot point, since Ronald Belisario allowed a career-high five-run eighth. Dodger pitchers walked 10 (Arizona none) and starter Stephen Fife couldn’t get out of the third. The only good to come out of that fiasco is that it will help Don Mattingly decide who gets to stay on the staff come the playoffs.

    The D-backs didn’t want the Dodgers clinching the NL West on their field, understandable since they went from a big lead early in the season to watching the Dodgers blow by them, but did the umps have to help them achieve that? Series finale tonight. Maybe the Dodgers can salvage a win before visiting that Class(less) A team north of Tijuana.

    • moogro - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Umpire location is a constant problem. They are usually on the third base line extension behind home instead of in front of the plate, or up the third base line to see tags from left field throws. That is not ideal and creates the depth perception problem. Amsinger responded with a great demo right away of this by holding his hand up behind a piece of paper, once touching it, once 12 inches back, and they appear the same. Ripken and Leiter’s heads then exploded.

  15. NatsLady - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Well, it was a ball, so the runs weren’t a gift. But the pitch vs Uggla was also a ball. You have to wonder if Alex Wood didn’t have such a potty mouth the Barves might have gotten that called.

    Meanwhile, Davey, for some strange reason, forgot that when the bells strikes for the 6th inning, Ross Ohlendorf turns into a pumpkin. Doesn’t matter the pitch count, weather, that he says his arm “feels fine,” it’s a fact, pumpkin. Left The Big Windup in to

    (a) Give up a HR.
    (b) Fail to field a bunt and make a 2 base throwing error
    (c) Give up another HR.

    • voteforno6 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Boswell asked a good question – if Harper had acted like Alex Wood did, what would have been the reaction? Oh, I forgot – the Braves are a classy team, always demonstrating proper etiquette on the field. It’s also their unique burden to set an example for other teams to follow, and to their regret, enforce as needed.

      • NatsLady - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Excellent question! Replay had to be shown with Alex Wood facing away from the camera because “this is a family show…”

        However, it must be noted, Harper has been seen to let loose a few, er, choice words.

        There was a a story about Mariano Rivera lecturing Big Papi about smashing phones. Reminded him he is a public figure, etc.–and Ortiz accepted the reprimand. There is a poster on here who never fails to remind us that Jayson Werth cursed in front of an 9-year-old kid a dozen years ago.

        Part of me is glad the athletes feel the same level of intensity as fans. The other part of me says they are paid millions, and intensity needs to go into the playing, not the mouthing.

      • duvisited - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        It’s almost like more attention is paid to the kid that was on the cover of SI at 17. Crazy, I know.

      • voteforno6 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        I don’t recall Harper ever directing such, um, colorful language towards an umpire, at least in such a blatant manner. Wood just had a complete meltdown.

    • bravojawja - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      That pitch to Uggla was in the exact same spot and called a ball. Maybe it’s less to do with Wood and more to do with Werth and Uggla? Werth got the call because he’s a good hitter, Uggla didn’t because he isn’t, the crushing home run in the previous at bat notwithstanding.

      CB Buckner was trending on Twitter last night, that’s how bad it got.

      • voteforno6 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        The Nats broadcasters were speculating that Uggla was rung up because of the hissy fit that Alex Wood threw. Considering how much of a meltdown that was, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  16. osnation - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Oriole Magic down the stretch!

  17. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I just want to mention a few things in connection with the Feesh-Feelies game last night, not because I assert any statistical significance to it:

    1. Hechavarria’s leaping catch in the sixth. Scroll forward past the seppuku of the Japanese baseball commissioner for a look. Don’t step in the blood puddle – it’s sacred. And it would be bad luck to steal the head scarf, even if you’re a working itame.

    2. The Iron Giant’s ridiculous gopher in the…what, fifth? Well, it happened – almost landed inside a concession waaaaaayyyyyy out in left center. Would’ve been hilarious if it had landed in someone’s beer, considering how close it came to doing precisely that.

    3. Steve Cishek’s cool when faced with no one out, Feelies on second and third and no one out (a message from your Department of Redundancy Department meant to convey some of the flavor of encroaching hopelessness and malignant fate the few relict Feesh fans were feeling at the time) in the bottom of the tenth. Short fly out. Intentional walk. Strikeout. Groundout. Nicely done. The Feesh have theyselfs a closer. After some rocky times in July and August, he’s had a great season.

    4. This was the first interesting game the Feesh have played since El Keed was shuttered for the season.

  18. ch0psuey - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Have to say I am enjoying my Padre’s playing the spoiler role down here in the stretch. On the other hand I would like to see the Pirates make the postseason.

    • Old Gator - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      The way the Bucs are playing right now, it’s hard to tell if they’re more afraid of blowing it or winning it.

    • NatsLady - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Necessity forces me to root against the Pirates. Don’t like it, love me some McCutch, Liriano is a great story, but there you are. Go Pads! (At least, today).

  19. spudchukar - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Almost over for the Nats. 2 games from elimination. The Cards open a two game lead in the NL Central. With the upcoming Reds/Pirates series the Pirates have one less loss than Cincy.

    Atlanta maintains their 1 game lead over St. Louis for the Best Record in the NL, with the Dodgers 2 back of the Red Birds, and the toughest schedule of the three teams. The Braves still have the easier schedule, but the Cards isn’t that tough, and after the weekend in Milwaukee come home for the final 6. The difference is the Cards have to play Washington, and the Braves the Pheelies, with both having series against the Cubs and Brewers.

    Unless there is a Pirate awakening, the Reds may very well be hosting the WC, unless the Cards tank and allow either rival to pass them.

    • bravojawja - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      The Bravos may have the easier schedule, but they’ve been terrible this month. Again.

    • forsch31 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      The Washington series really worries me. They’re usually tough against the Cardinals, and they’re playing desperate.

      • spudchukar - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Hopefully they will be out of it by then, and will have lost their mojo.

  20. jwbiii - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
    TBR*   74.7    78.6   1 Tex, 4 Bal, 3 @NYY, 3 @Tor
    Tex*   57.6    57.3   1 @TBR, 3 @KCR, 3 Hou, 4 LAA
    Cle    45.0    42.4   4 Hou, 2 ChW, 4 @Min
    Bal    13.9    13.8   1 @Bos, 4 @TBR, 3 Tor, 3 Bos
    NYY     4.9     3.4   1 @Tor, 3 SFG, 3 TBR, 3 @Hou
    KCR     3.8     4.4   3 Tex, 3 @Sea, 4 @ChW
    
    WsN     1.8     1.0   4 Mia, 3 @StL, 3 @Ari

    The rest of the season is short enough that I can post the remaining schedule without getting line wraps. I think.

    So the Rays beat the Rangers and the Orioles beat the Indians. The Indians’ loss cost them more.

    The Royals beat the Indians 2-1, the Nationals beat the Braves 2-1. The Indians go home to face the Astros, the Marlins visit the Nationals.

    Elimination news: The Angels’ number remains 3, the Diamondbacks are at 2.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • stex52 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Gotta love that Cleveland schedule. The two WC holders had better be looking over their shoulders.

  21. steelers88 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Pirates are finally collapsing like I have predicted. Everyone laughed at me when I said Nationals VS Reds in one game playoff. Well who’s laughing now.

    • NatsLady - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Not laughing. Definitely HOPING, though.

    • fukpittsburgh - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      They’re still laughing at you dummy. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see the odds are strongly against your predicted scenario with 10 games left in the season. Maybe you’re just trying for a reverse jinx or maybe you’re just one of those fans that has a heart attack every time a team they pull for loses. Either way, it looks like Pittsburgh’s disgusting baseball franchise finally makes the playoffs for the first time in over 2 decades.

      • spudchukar - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Correcto. With the Reds/Pirates facing each other 6 times, it is next to impossible for the Nats to catch either.

  22. steelers88 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I can’t wait until Hockey season!

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