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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

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Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position.

Rangers 3, Astros 2: Texas keeps pace. Helps that they’re playing a corpse of an Astros team which has lost 11 in a row. Given what everyone else in the AL is doing right now, the Rangers are the only remaining threat to Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Cardinals 2, Nationals 0: Close but no cigar for Michael Wacha, who loses a no-hitter with two out in the ninth on a Ryan Zimmerman infield single that went a freaking inch over Wacha’s head and just couldn’t be put away by Pete Kozma and Matt Adams. A near no-no now, but it’s not even certain he’ll be in the playoffs rotation for St. Louis.

Pirates 8, Cubs 2: Gerrit Cole pitched six strong and hit an RBI single. Pedro Alvarez drove in three. Pittsburgh keeps pace with St. Louis and remains a game up on Cincy.

Mets 4, Reds 2: Mike Leake had been dominant of late but he came up empty against the Mets, not even making it out of the second inning. He gave up gave up four runs and eight hits in that short time, including a three-run homer to Daniel Murphy. Cincinnati is now three back of the Cardinals and one back of the Pirates.

Braves 3, Brewers 2:  An Andrelton Simmons walkoff single helps Atlanta remain two up on the Dodgers and a half game up on the Cardinals for the best record in the NL and a chance to face the wild card victor. There isn’t a team in the playoff picture who has a more pronounced home/road split than the Braves, so they need to keep their foot on the gas.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2: And with that the Orioles are eliminated. Mark DeRosa of all people helped twist the knife, hitting the game-tying RBI single in the eighth and the go-ahead RBI in extras.

Phillies 2, Marlins 1: The 100th loss of the year for Miami. Didn’t take much in the way of fireworks for the Phillies to hand it to them, either. Their runs came on a bases loaded walk and a groundout single.

Rays 7, Yankees 0: It’s almost over for the Yankees. Matt Moore shut them out for five innings and the Rays pen took care of the rest. Hiroki Kuroda‘s second half continues to be decidedly “meh” as he allowed five runs in five and two-thirds.

Tigers 4, Twins 2: The Tigers clinch the playoffs and the magic number for the division title is now one. Doug Fister and Austin Jackson lead the charge.

Rockies 8, Red Sox 3: Charlie BlackmonTroy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson went deep off John Lackey. Tyler Chatwood allowed only one run — unearned — in seven.

Angels 3, Athletics 0: The Angels late surge continues, as Jason Vargas tosses a four-hit shutout, ending this one in a crisp two hours and seventeen minutes. Watch the Angels, who are set up to spoil the Rangers season in their final series this weekend.

Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1: Didi Gregorius tripled in what would prove to be the winning run in the 12th.  Paul Goldschmidt hit his 36th homer. The Padres’ only run came on a passed ball. West Coast Baseball.

Mariners 4, Royals 0: That’s almost it for the Royals, who are now four back with five to play. James Paxton tossed seven shutout innings and struck out ten. Justin Smoak with a big three-run homer.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1: Hyun-Jin Ryu combined with two relievers for a five-hitter. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig went deep.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    The elimination number for the Yankees is 1 and the elimination number for the Royals is 2. Both teams could be knocked out today.

    A nice win for the Jays last night to eliminate the Orioles. They are quickly running out of healthy players as Sierra sprained an ankle when he hit a wet spot in the Baltimore outfield. Rajai Davis who is on paternity watch replaced him. As Rajai’s wife is a week over due, Davis could be departing the team any time. That would mean that yesterday’s hero Mark DeRosa would have to play in he outfield.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      With Baltimore eliminated, the next 2 games against them are not important; so I expect that the Jays will juggle their rotation to enable both Buehrle and Dickey to start against the Rays in the final series.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    “infield single that went a freaking inch over Wacha’s head and just couldn’t be put away by Pete Kozma and Matt Adams”

    I wonder if the Mets are going to appeal the scoring decison

  3. dondada10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    The Yankees can’t bring Kuroda back. And Pettitte retired. And Hughes sucks and is a free agent. And Michael Pineda died I think. Who am I forgetting? C.C. is David Wells now, but not good David Wells.

    Doom.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Bring out yer dead.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAMMMM WONDERFUL SPAM!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        I think I’ll go for a walk
        You’re not fooling anyone, you know!

  4. indaburg - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Matt Moore actually pitched poorly last night. Don’t be fooled by the score. He continuously had to pitch himself out of jams he created by walking too many. He was wild too. He’s lucky these were not the Yankees of old. Well, they are old Yankees but you know what I mean. A better team would have destroyed Moore last night. A Rays win eliminates the Yankees from the WC.

    • cur68 - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      All that luck The Empire was getting by on has come back to haunt them. The Rays meanwhile, had been unlucky. Things have evened out now. Its Wil Meyer’s Hair. Its grown back a bit and with it some mojo has returned.

    • bfunk1978 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      He was lucky they weren’t the Yankees of young then?

      • indaburg - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Exactly. No fastball command, three wild pitches.

  5. Jason Lukehart - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Last night’s Blue Jays/Orioles contest was the 238th extra-inning game of 2013, which sets a new MLB record for most in a season (DBacks/Padres later made it 239). You can find the top ten seasons, along with some other extra-inning benchmarks here:

    http://groundballwitheyes.blogspot.com/2013/09/2013-breaks-mlb-record-for-most-extra.html

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Baltimore lost another 1 run game, which goes to show that their superb record in 1 run games last season was a fluke and was bound to even out.

      • Jason Lukehart - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Happily for me, one of the teams benefiting from good luck in 1-run and extra-inning affairs this season is the Indians (29-17 in 1-run contests, 10-2 in extra-inning games).

      • kelshannon19 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Baltimore Orioles eliminated. Thanks for the prospects anyways!
        Signed, Houston Astros

  6. historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Stupid old fart Giambi. Stupid ChiSox. You were one out away. Argh!

    Well, I guess it would be fitting to get the title today under His Heterochromianess (#21!). Still, as the announcers pointed out last night, that means with a celebration after tonight’s game, our boys will be exhausted/hungover/jubilant when arriving in Miami tomorrow am. In Miami, where they will certainly be tempted to take hair of the dog and/or celebrate again. Hopefully, they will not be too spent to sweep the Feesh — and if we are very lucky, to make that horrible rusty monstrosity, Tommy, explode from actual use. That thing is hideous.

    • ptfu - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Miggy make Tommy go boom?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Wouldn’t that be awesome?

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Indeed. It’d be better if Miggy and the Iron Giant really got down to bouncing shots off of Tommy and he blew a sprocket.

      • ptfu - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Yes! It would be the Home Run Derby everyone wants to see!

      • nbjays - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Put Scrooge McLoria out there with Tommy and let them take a few shots at him, too.

  7. aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    What a clusterfck for the Sox last night.

    Keep playing that way and you’ll be out in the first round, assholes.

    • skeleteeth - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Hopefully what the ball does in Colorado stays in Colorado…

    • jarathen - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Way to stay positive!

    • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Yes, please.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Now, now…jealousy is a horrible thing.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Oh, I make it hot. ;)

  8. sdelmonte - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I expect full coverage of the Great Mo Bobblehead Debacle. AKA A Symbol of the 2013 Yankees Season.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Looks like you got your wish.

  9. 4d3fect - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    “Leake…came up empty”

    I see what you did there.

    /inner 12-yr-old

  10. Stiller43 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I want a home playoff game for the burgh!!!

    • jarathen - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      I think everyone outside of Cincy does.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Votto against Martin and Morneau! I will be cheering for Votto’s team instead of Martin/Morneau because Morneau is from BC and Toronto born Martin was raised in Montreal while Votto is from Toronto.

  11. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    The Feesh hit 100 losses, and it’s only because of those superb young arms and the emergence of Steve Cishek as an elite-level closer that, given their so-called run production, they didn’t hit a hundred losses a month ago. Watching the soon-to-mercifully-retire Polanco ground out feebly to end the game, thereby ending the aberration of a Feesh third baseman actually playing third base, imbued the entire season with a maledictory feeling as we await the terminal series with the Tiggers. Jim Leyland may not think it’s fair for his designatedhitterball squad to have to wrap up the season playing real baseball (or at least a closer, if hypothetical, version of it than what he plays), but once his boys have headed to the postseason with their record gratuitously fattened on seafood he probably won’t give it much more thought.

  12. jarathen - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    There’s something about sports that brings that schadenfreude out in full bloom. I hope the Angels put the Rangers out of their misery. As Calvin once said, “Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.”

    • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Calvin? I thought that was Martin Luther.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        While Martin Luther King Jr. was championing civil rights I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean to spread a bad mood on purpose.

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        It’s good to be the Martin Luther King Jr.

  13. Liam - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    That’s three times a pitcher has lost a no hitter this season after 8 2/3 by my count. Can anyone confirm that’s some sort of record?

  14. stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    A team goes from the best record in 1 run games to the worst record in 1 run games.
    A 42 year old hits a walk off home run (which breaks his previous record)…to keep a team in contention. A pitcher loses a no hitter with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th on a weak ass high hopping comebacker that deflect off his glove for an infield single.

    The three latest examples of why baseball is the best game on the planet.
    And that shit happened in the same day!

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Fun isn’t it. I have enjoyed this month even though my team has had a bad season. Nice to see them taking on the contenders in meaningful games.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Yeah…it’s a blast PC. I woke the Wife up at the start of the 9th and made her watch it with me. She was not at all happy with me.

  15. umrguy42 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Got a question – how does the “magic number” work in the situation the Cardinals are in right now in the NL Central? For example, yesterday before play, it was 4, with the Cards 2 games up on both Cincy and Pitt. Today, after the Cards win, Bucs win, Reds lose, it’s 3. I guess what I’m asking is, normally, it’s a combination of (team ahead wins) + (team behind loses) to reduce the number – but what about when there are (were) two teams behind with the same record?

    • wonkypenguin - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      The magic number is to clinch the division (since all 3 are in the playoffs). The only “magic number” that matters in this case is the Cardinals’ since they are in first (though if that were to change [please change] then it becomes the Pirates’ magic number, etc.). So you’re correct that it is (team ahead wins) + (team behind loses).

      But in this case, the team behind (Pirates) didn’t lose. So the Cardinals magic number only went down by 1 game. The Reds elimination number, however, went down by 2.

    • jwbiii - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      A little more technical explanation here. The Pirates have 91 wins with four to play. If they win out, the most they can win is 95. The Cardinals have 93 wins, so they need to win 3 to reach 96 wins, which is out of reach for the Pirates. So any combination of 3 wins for the Cardinals and losses for the Pirates knocks the Pirates out of the NL Central race.

  16. steelers88 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Really starting to hate the Reds. Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier ripped the Pirates for celebrating when they clinched a spot in the postseason. I really want to end the Reds season.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      We have found common ground once again 88 as I too want you to end the Reds’ season.

  17. Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Their runs came on a bases loaded walk and a groundout single
    *Double Take* What in the heck is a groundout single?!?!? It’s either a groundout OR a single, it CAN’T be both!!

  18. Anoesis - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Brian Wilson’s return to SF was triumphant, getting a nice welcome back by the crowd at AT&T park and then pitching the eighth to set up Kenley Jansen’s save. Wilson contributing to the Giants’ woes: Karma driving and Schadenfreude riding shotgun.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      I am sure that Brian Wilson had Fun Fun Fun.

  19. sportsdrenched - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Royals always get shutdown by a rookie pitcher they have never seen. I would eventually like to do research and see if this happens to other teams and it’s just normal. Or the Royals advance scouting and prep people are just inferior. And by eventually I mean I’ll probably never get to it and it’s a hit for someone else to do something like that.

  20. APBA Guy - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The A’s lost 2 of 3 to the Angels last week during the Angels “Play for Pride” campaign stop in Oakland. Last nights’ Vargas gem was by the same pitcher who a week ago was inconsistent with his command and got hit hard, but still kept his team in a game they eventually won with stellar bullpen work and Josh heroics. A 4-hitter against an A’s team who are trying for home sewage advantage is truly remarkable. I like the Angels chances again tonight with Weaver going against the erratic Straily, who is pitching for a postseason spot. Right now I have it as Colon and Parker for sure, with Gray likely and Griffin as the probable 4th starter. Milone will be the swing guy I think, working mainly out of the bullpen, and starting against teams who are disadvantaged versus lefties.

    Watching the Cleveland highlights was a total deja vu moment. Swisher jumping around Giambi like an excited puppy reminded me of the way Giambi used to jump around Mark McGwire. Swish and Giambi were never on the A’s together, but they seem to mesh well as teammates.

    The Giants game with Cain facing the revamped Dodgers lineup was fabulous baseball. Puig’s homerun off a pitch that Cain left up just reminded everyone not to throw Puig a fastball over the plate. Anywhere over the plate. Both his and Kemp’s homers were hit a long, long way in that ball park.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      There might be a big stink if Oakland wins the home sewage advantage.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        That’s the follow up to “Moneyball”, working title: “The Big Stink”.

  21. jwbiii - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    
    Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
    TBR*   93.4    95.3   2 @NYY, 3 @Tor
    Cle*   77.2    65.0   1 ChW, 4 @Min
    Tex    28.7    39.7   1 Hou, 4 LAA
    KCR     0.1     0.0   1 @Sea, 4 @ChW
    NYY     0.0     0.0   2 TBR, 3 @Hou

    The Yankees are out of contention, the Royals are hanging on by a thread. Despite winning, the Rangers lost ground. The calendar is as much an opponent as the Indians and Rays at this point.

    Elimination news: The Orioles are out. The Yankees have a tragic number of 1.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      The fat lady might sing for both the Yankees and Royals today.

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Roseann Barr in a horned helmet and bear fur vest. Just think about that.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Roseann Barr in a horned helmet and bear fur vest boggles the mind, but has a different effect on the gut.

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