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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 8, 2014, 6:23 AM EDT

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Yankees 1, Tigers 0: When the story is told of the 2014 Wild Card winning Yankees, someone is gonna talk about back-to-back great starts by Chris Capuano and Shane Greene, of all people, against the Detroit Tigers. Or maybe I’m nuts, but if the Yankees haven’t been killed yet, maybe they’re impossible to kill? Ever think of that? Huh?

Nationals 5, Mets 3: Bryce Harper with the walkoff two-run homer in the 13th inning. Not bad for a guy who, less than 48 hours ago, was at the center of a little blowup about whether he should be sent to the minors. Leave the kid alone. Let him get healthy. He’s gonna produce.

Reds 4, Indians 0: I guess Bryan Price calling out his players after Monday’s game was effective, because they turned around and took the next three from the Indians. Homer Bailey with seven shutout innings and eight Ks. Billy Hamilton had an RBI triple and scored a run. The guy he knocked in was Bailey. But then he was thrown out rounding third too far. Speed is great, but sometimes speed kills, man.

Pirates 7 Marlins 2: Gregory Polanco drove in four and Edinson Volquez pitched one-hit, shutout ball over seven. But all of this was overshadowed by a scary moment in the seventh when Marlins reliever Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive comebacker. Our friend Old Gator provides some detail:

“The ball came off of Jordy Mercer’s bat at 101 MPH, caught Jennings on the upper right side of his head and bounced straight up and then back in an arc far enough to be caught on the fly by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for the out. That’s a hard hit ball.”

It was hard to watch. He got hit, popped up and then was clearly dazed before falling again. In some ways it’s almost more unsettling to see that than to see a guy stay down. Thankfully he was able to make it to the trainer’s cart under his own power and wave to the crowd. But he sure as hell looked out of it while doing it. Figure a lot of time off for Jennings to come back from this.

Phillies 6, Astros 5: Ryan Howard has certainly woken up this week. A grand slam here, which capped a five-run rally in the eighth when the Phillies were down 5-1. A three-game sweep for the Phillies, who overcame two homers from Chris Carter.

Cubs 6, Rockies 2: Two more homers for Javier Baez, who is certainly having a nice opening series. To be sure, he opened in Colorado and has been facing pitchers who, arguably, are not as good as the guys he was facing down in Iowa. But rather than consider that some sort of detraction from his accomplishments, let us consider that a testament to the Cubs for putting a guy in the right place to succeed.

Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: A tightly pitched game and a rather tough luck loss for J.A. Happ, who struck out 12 over eight innings. One mistake, though: Caleb Joseph hit him up for a two-run homer early and that was all the O’s would get. But it was all they’d need as Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles pen was just better.

Brewers 3, Giants 1: Wily Peralta is the first pitcher in baseball to reach 14 wins this year as he tosses six and two-thirds of one-run ball while striking out a career-high nine. Jake Peavy is now 0-12 in his last 18 outings. That’s just– man, that’s just.

Royals 6, Diamondbacks 2: Jeremy Guthrie scattered seven hits and allowed only two runs will pitching a shutout as the Royals sweep the Dbacks. Randall Delgado pitched three shutout innings in relief. Which is weird, because I was positive that he got a suspension for intentionally hitting Andrew McCutchen last weekend. It is most irregular that he was allowed to play.

Cardinals 5, Red Sox 2: Adam Wainwright with seven solid innings. His final out came after Mike Matheny came to the mound to check on him. Matheny let him face Yoenies Cespedes. From the game story: “[Cespedes] took a third strike on a full-count curveball and catcher Tony Cruz sprinted to the dugout before home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom raised his right arm.” Oooooh . . . The Unfair One!

Athletics 3, Twins 0: Meanwhile, the guy who was traded for Cespedes, Jon Lester, tossed a three-hit shutout. I’d say that was a good pickup at the deadline.

Mariners 13, White Sox 3Roenis Elias took a no-hitter into the fifth and notched his fourth straight good start in a row and then he got optioned to Tacoma. Oh well, that’s life for guys on innings limits. Dustin Ackley had four RBI and Endy Chavez, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager each had two-run homers. And, while I didn’t see this, reader CMP78 writes in to tell me we had some grit-in-action. In his words: “The Mariners hit Jose Abreu twice this evening, both unintentionally. The White Sox in retaliation hit Kendrys Morales. The very next hitter, Kyle Seager, hit a two-run home run to make it 13-3.”

Dodgers 7, Angels 0Hyun-Jin Ryu with seven two-hit shutout innings. Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez each had two-run singles. A lot of people in L.A. think there’s a great chance that the Dodgers and Angels will meet in the World Series. If they do, the Angels had better figure something out, because they just dropped three of four to their freeway rivals.

  1. mungman69 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Ryan Howard has been a beast, even if it’s only been for a total of four (4) weeks.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Howard’s slash line the last 4 weeks: .198/.278/.383 for a wRC+ of 86

      Over just the last 2 weeks: .191/.269/.426 for a wRC+ of 95

      Over the last week: .192/.222/.462 for a wRC+ of 87

      Should a beastly performance at least be league average?

  2. Innocent Bystander - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    “Wild Card winning Yankees”??? We are winning the division with these guys!!!

    (Note: I hate when people say “we”.)

  3. chip56 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Yankees took three of four facing the last three Cy Young winners and Porcello with only one pitcher from their original starting rotation.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      The Gods of baseball are unpredictable. Welcome to Toronto. It should be a fun series this weekend.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        The welcome was extended to Detroit not New York.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Now that the Orioles are out of town, I’m pulling for your guys Proudly. If there’s one thing we can bond over is the Yankees losing! :)

    • renaado - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Is it me? Or did the Yankees just started winnin when Tanaka’s gone.

      • moogro - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Others stopped being mesmerized by awesomeness and stepped up.

      • chip56 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        It’s just you.

      • renaado - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Hope so chip, I’m glad the Yankees are steppin up now that Tanaka is out. He may not be playin for em now but just as long he sees his team is winning… That alone is enough for him. Guy’s definitely a fighter at heart and always puts up a positive attitude when pitching. I really hope he gets well soon.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        This helps, also they’ve upgraded their offense with the Headley/Drew/Prado trades.

      • chip56 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Citation –

        The biggest impact that Drew and Headley have had is in stabilizing the infield defense

    • Glenn - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Even this BoSox fan has to tip his hat to the Yankees. Unless the Yank’s smoke and mirrors are on PEDs, there’s nothing to do but marvel at how they have over-performed the past two years.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Another statement game for Baltimore. The statement was “sometimes you get lucky”. The O’s had one runner on base when they hit their home run and the Jays had nobody on base when they hit their home run. Baltimore was also lucky that Toronto’s hottest hitter (Melky) had to leave the game after being hit on the elbow with a pitch. It was unintentional, but it certainly hurt. That was the best game that Happ has pitched all season. Unfortunately, he did not get much run support.

    • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      I could make the argument that there is no such thing as luck. The O’s hit a timely homerun. Fortunate enough to hit one with someone on base after some doubles. The Jays, as happenstance would have it, hit their homer with no one on base. Anyways, good series by both teams, good pitching on both sides.

    • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      The O’s have the best ERA in baseball since the ASB. I’ll take the kind of luck that spans several weeks all day long.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Maybe the statement was that the previous game was not a statement of what to expect? That the O’s are still a good team? Or maybe teams just lose games occasionally as is the nature of baseball. The O’s still have the best record since the break and one loss to a very good Toronto team isn’t enough to shake it. Now the Birds get to come home to face the Redbirds from the NL Central.

  5. blacksables - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Did the Yankees ‘make a statement’ with their two-game winning streak against the Orioles

    • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      I’m not following… do you mean Detroit? Did I miss something?

      • blacksables - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Sorry, my mistake. No coffee.

      • blacksables - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        I even gave myself a thumbs down to start the day off.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Well played friend haha

    • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      I’d say beating Detroit 1-0 is a hell of a statement. They’re now tied with the Jays for 2nd in the division, right? Sounds like a statement to me.

      And what the hell’s everyone got against statements? Huh?

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        That’s a pretty bold statement.

      • randomjoeblow - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        I think the biggest statement was that it was the Royals who actually took over the 2nd Wild Card spot this week.

  6. natstowngreg - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Well, I suppose the whole Bryce Harper thing took away from the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome frenzy. So, there’s that.

    Missed in all the to-do about Young Mr. Harper is the latest Nats bullpen failure. This time it was Drew Storen allowing the Mets to tie the game. This is getting to be a concern. A team with a good rotation but inconsistent offense needs a good bullpen.

    We’ve reached the point in the season where the 2013 Nats bottomed out. After being humiliated by the Braves at Nats Park, they were so far down, great play the rest of the season wasn’t enough. This season, it’s the Braves who have dug themselves a hole, though not a huge one. It still comes down to the Nats actually beating the Braves on the field. This weekend, for example.

    • someguyinva - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      It’s true that Storen didn’t protect the lead yesterday, but the Nats got six innings of shutout ball out of their pen after the 7th, with the Mets only getting three baserunners, so it’s not all bad.

      Here’s hoping for a good outcome this weekend…

  7. southpaw2k - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    “…but if the Yankees haven’t been killed yet, maybe they’re impossible to kill? Ever think of that?”

    Now hitting for the Yankees….the left-fielder….JASON…VOORHEES.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I thought he’d be the DH, or maybe that’s reserved for someone truly evil, such as Alex Rodriguez.

  8. pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    It’s weird to think but Shane Green and Brandon McCarthy have really been a big part of keeping this team in the hunt. I don’t know if they’ll be able to maintain this level, but it’s still nice to see a team that should be down and out still fighting.

  9. bronx77 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    The Yankees fixed McCarthy’s issues by telling him to bring back his cutter from Oakland. That’s where he had success. Nobody knows why but the D’backs had him stop throwing it. That’s what is leading to his resurgence. That and the energy of a new team and a little luck. It looks like they just caught lightning in a bottle with Shane Greene. I just want to see the Yankees fight all the way to the end because we heard similar things about how last year they shouldn’t be in the race but they where. The Yanks faded last year around the middle of august to mid September. So let’s see if they can stick around this year.

    • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      I think this team is very different from last season’s team with regard to the pitching staff and what they’ve had to endure in the process. I don’t think anyone would’ve thought the Yankees would still be fighting this season with only one of their original five starters still pitching. I still think their lack of offense is going to be their downfall but they’re showing a lot of heart nonetheless.

  10. historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    I forgot to ask yesterday: Mario called an error on the bat boy. How do you score that?

    • Paper Lions - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      EBB

  11. nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Statement: The Orioles took 2 of three 3 in Toronto and now hold the biggest division lead in all of baseball. That is all.

    • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      They should have the biggest division league as the AL east is the weakest division in baseball.

      • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Not sure what the standings hold as of today. But a few days ago The AL East had the best combined winning percentage in all of baseball. But don’t let the facts get in the way of the narrative you want to tell.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        What stat are you using to determine that the AL East is the weakest division? Baseball is a game of stats, nothing else matters, so give me yours.

      • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        Let puts Baltimore in the AL west and see how your facts pan out.

      • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Baltimore has the best winning percentage in all of baseball against the A.L. West. 21-12 Vs. the AL West. .636 winning percentage.

        There is a lot wrong with the Baltimore Orioles, but you’re not pointing out any of those things.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        Why would we put Baltimore in the AL West? Do you own an atlas? Look for “Atlantic Ocean” or “Chesapeake Bay”.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        I love it when someone actually consciously argues against facts.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        @pete – Didn’t the O’s just win 4 of 5 series against the top 3 teams in the AL West? I’ll answer my own question – Yes.

        You guys have a team that’s like 50 games back in your division. The AL West has some really great teams, no doubt, but to act like the O’s wouldn’t do well when their record states otherwise is just an odd statement. Maybe they wouldn’t, but they certainly have this year.

      • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Chill out guys. I’m just a Yankees fan that’s going through a bit of Baltimore envy at the moment. It’s been a while since we, the Yankee fans have had to look up at you guys in the standings this late in the season. It’s just weird, I guess, but please excuse my earlier comments. I’ll go back under my rock now.

      • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        You’re good Pete. Enjoy the rest of your season.Be glad the Yanks are making a tough run at it. Sending Jeter out the right way.

    • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      @nolanwiffle: Please tell me you’re not serious with your question. I’m not sure I should have to explain myself but maybe I do for certain people. I was purely speaking from a strength of division standpoint and not physically moving Baltimore to the AL west… Is it too early for a drink??

      • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        never too early apparently.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        I though tthat was pretty funny. My family used to live in the bay area so I have some love for the A’s too.

  12. uyf1950 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    If anyone would have said Greene would out pitch Porcello and go 8 complete shutout innings they would have been called crazy. Well that’s exactly what happened.
    That was the culmination of probably the 4 consecutive starts by Yankees pitchers in a very, very long. Four starters that combined had a 0.99 ERA against what to that point had been a very good Tigers offense.

    • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Remember that one year?

      The year we won 83 games?

      Yeah that year when Shane Greene outpitched Rick Porcello in that one game.

      • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        You sound like a bitter Orioles fan. I wouldn’t get too far ahead of yourself there, guy. They have a lot of time to blow it in the playoffs. They haven’t won anything yet. Winning the AL east is a far cry from winning a championship.

      • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Technically speaking winning the AL East is exactly that, winning a championship. The would be referred as the A.L. East Champs.

        But you’re right there are a lot of games left. I will enjoy the ride and hope they don’t blow it. But can’t i give a yankees fan a hard time along the way?

      • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        As a Yankees fan, I would definitely give up a bunch of the AL East division titles in the 2000’s for a couple more World Series Championships, but it wasn’t meant to be.

        I suppose us Yankees fans deserve a little bit of hard time from Baltimore fans. I think if it wasn’t for the Yankees run in the 90’s, Baltimore should have won a title or two in the late 90’s. It was just bad timing for them.

      • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Exactly. I was in elementary school the last time the O’s won the division. So I gotta enjoy it while it last lol.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        @ nv1004, if I paid attention or was bothered by what every non Yankees fan posted on this and other boards I’d be a basket case. And rest assured I am NOT. Non Yankees fans are entitled to their opinion about the Yankees even if most of the time they are wrong.

        Good luck to the Orioles they have played well this year so far. May be this year on what will be the 31st anniversary of the Orioles last World Series title they might advance past the ALCS.

        Have a good day.

      • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        I get it. Well they definitely have a team that can contend. Buck has really turned this team around. It will be interesting to see where it goes and who’s playing where. I still think Detroit is the scariest team in a short series, but as the Yankees somehow showed, their potent offense can be contained and you can beat their pitching, barely.

  13. freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    “When the story is told of the 2014 Wild Card winning Yankees, someone is gonna talk about back-to-back great starts by Chris Capuano and Shane Greene”

    The Craig of two days ago would have told the Craig today that, “Hey fool, there’s 162 of these things, one doesn’t matter over another”.

    Glad you’re starting to see that individual games can in fact be important. Statements even.

    • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      “When the story is told of the 2014 Wild Card winning Yankees, someone is gonna talk about back-to-back great starts by Chris Capuano and Shane Greene, of all people, against the Detroit Tigers. ” …That someone being Bud Norris?

    • clemente2 - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      You didn’t get this at all.

  14. jarathen - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Angels thumped the Dodgers good, then lost a heartbreaker, then got shut the heck down.

    The Angels’ offense disappeared with the All-Star Break, that’s part of it, but they’re also up against the best competition in baseball of late, and that’s going to mean some losses. Dodgers played well and won out, and I hate saying this, but I have to give them credit for playing great baseball.

    The Angels only have four starting pitchers, and only two of them are reasonably good. They also have CJ Wilson taking the mound once every five days. This is a problem.

    • clydeserra - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      the Angels got through their tough schedule while the A’s had a soft schedule only 3 back. Now the only winning teams the face from here are the A’s and M’s.

      That 30 games with under 500 teams will be good for the bats. Still though, it comes down to the head to head with the A’s.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Dodgers are very powerful when they play to their potential; they just might be the favorites to win it all this year.

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Craig was too busy reading Budd Norris’ twitter account to realize that Caleb Joseph has hit 4 home runs in 4 games. Big win by the Birds. The O’s may have one of the scariest collection of 7, 8, 9 inning pitchers in the league right now.

  16. umrguy42 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    As of last night, Adam Wainwright *also* has 14 wins…

  17. sportsdrenched - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    If the season ended today, the Royals would get the 2nd WC Spot. But, now they’re only 2.5 back of Detroit. A playoff spot is starting to look possible.

    Since the Giants are kind of my NL team (They’re on late, when I get the majority of my down time) I’m pretty excited about them coming to KC this weekend.

  18. theravenmaniac - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    I think the Yankees won’t die because the head (Jeter) won’t die just yet.

  19. bronx77 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    I see why a lot of people hate the Yankees and there fans. From this Yankees fan I understand where that comes from. You must give credit where credit is due and for people who say the yanks system is terrible look what they have brought up that’s on the roster today? Gardner who is arguably there best player this year. Betances and Robertson form one of if not the best 8-9 punch in all of baseball. Greene who is filling in very nicely. Cervelli is one of the best back up backstops. And then Warren and Kelley are doing adequate jobs out of the ‘pen. I won’t bring up there best homegrown talent because that would be unfair. They may have the money, but it’s not like they are winning but just buying everything in sight.

    Some Yankee “fans” can get annoying I will give you that. But others like me just enjoy good baseball and happen to root for the most successful team. BTW I didn’t realize how good the Yankees where when I started liking them because I couldn’t count to 162. I was very young. Didn’t pick me because they where the best. I didn’t even know what the best meant.

    • pete2112 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      You could almost make the argument that the guys that have been brought up through the farm system that are contributing now have been more valuable this season than the free agents they signed in the off season and are hardly making the money they paid to McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran. I know Gardner got a new contract before the season began and I don’t know Robertson’s contract, but it’s pretty amazing to see what they’ve done with what’s been called a depleted farm system.

  20. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Now that we know that Dan Jennings got away without a fractured skull or blood clot and is going to nurse a concussion for awhile, I thought I’d mention that opening scene from The Boys of Summer wherein Roger Kahn, then a young sportswriter, was asked by one of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitchers to stand at the plate while the hurler worked on some mechanical issue or other. Kahn recounted how the pitch made a sound like a hissing snake as it went past him and wondered how anyone could ever hit something so fast. Of course, the pitcher wasn’t really throwing all that hard, and what passed our fledgling writer was an average fastball. It was then that Kahn realized not only how good ballplayers had to be, what kind of reflexes and skills they had to learn to play baseball, but also, and this was the gist of it: hey, this game is dangerous.

    And so it is. As spectators we don’t think about it much until something like this happens. I think it adds something to the spectacle of the game, though, if we keep in mind that the players are keenly aware of it; when, for example, the Iron Giant steps to the plate and you see the opposing third baseman backing up into short left field, he’s not just thinking in terms of how far the Giant might hit it, but how hard. The line between respect and fear must get pretty fuzzy at times like that.

    With their loss the Feesh dropped to 7.5 back of the Gnats, 6.5 back in the wild card sack race, and have just about frittered away all the ground they gained during their six game winning spasm week ‘afore last. In addition to the Jennings fright, the other bad news was that rotation plugin Brian Flynn got shelled for five runs in four innings, which, really, is only a bit worse than he pitched down in Nawlins. That the Feesh parted with a young pitcher in Jacob Turner with much better stuff than Flynn to replace him with a guy whose record was even worse says a lot about the deep dysfunctionality of the Feesh’s brainstem trust under the aegis of their execrable ownership. Bringing Turner up and keeping him up when he wasn’t ready and running him out of options was a direct consequence of Scrooge McLoria’s strangulated hernia of a budgetary policy. Now, the beleaguered fans of Macondo are going to have to live with another layer of “what ifs” to go with all the other dismantlings and salary dumps Scrooge had promised us with a straight face he would not undertake.That, and aside from the now inevitable callup of Feesh revenant Brad Penny, in the process of being reanimated in some lobby-of-the-brothel Macumba ceremony back in Treme, the vaunted Rainbow Warrior hatchery has ackcherley gone bone dry for the nonce.

    On the semi-bright side, the Iron Giant connected for a two run shot in the top of the ninth that was, of course, much too little, too late. Other than that he went 0-3 with a strikeout and no walks, even with Casey McGehee getting a night orf due to his own slump. Of course, this is a team capable of playing spoiler on a good night, especially if someone is able to take the Iron Giant aside and convince him, for Buddha’s sake, to stop flailing at those down and away pitches you can’t hit to save your moon! Every peetcher in the division, if not the league, already knows he’s a sucker for that pitch like a buzzard for a roadkill on the San Bernardino Freeway.

  21. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Now that we know that Dan Jennings got away without a fractured skull or blood clot and is going to nurse a concussion for awhile, I thought I’d mention that opening scene from The Boys of Summer wherein Roger Kahn, then a young sportswriter, was asked by one of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitchers to stand at the plate while the hurler worked on some mechanical issue or other. Kahn recounted how the pitch made a sound like a hissing snake as it went past him and wondered how anyone could ever hit something so fast. Of course, the pitcher wasn’t really throwing all that hard, and what passed our fledgling writer was an average fastball. It was then that Kahn realized not only how good ballplayers had to be, what kind of reflexes and skills they had to learn to play baseball, but also, and this was the gist of it: hey, this game is dangerous.

    And so it is. As spectators we don’t think about it much until something like this happens. I think it adds something to the spectacle of the game, though, if we keep in mind that the players are keenly aware of it; when, for example, the Iron Giant steps to the plate and you see the opposing third baseman backing up into short left field, he’s not just thinking in terms of how far the Giant might hit it, but how hard. The line between respect and fear must get pretty fuzzy at times like that.

    With their loss the Feesh dropped to 7.5 back of the Gnats, 6.5 back in the wild card sack race, and have just about frittered away all the ground they gained during their six game winning spasm week ‘afore last. In addition to the Jennings fright, the other bad news was that rotation plugin Brian Flynn got shelled for five runs in four innings, which, really, is only a bit worse than he pitched down in Nawlins. That the Feesh parted with a young pitcher in Jacob Turner with much better stuff than Flynn to replace him with a guy whose record was even worse says a lot about the deep dysfunctionality of the Feesh’s brainstem trust under the aegis of their execrable ownership. Bringing Turner up and keeping him up when he wasn’t ready and running him out of options was a direct consequence of Scrooge McLoria’s strangulated hernia of a budgetary policy. Now, the beleaguered fans of Macondo are going to have to live with another layer of “what ifs” to go with all the other dismantlings and salary dumps Scrooge had promised us with a straight face he would not undertake.That, and aside from the now inevitable callup of Feesh revenant Brad Penny, in the process of being reanimated in some lobby-of-the-brothel Macumba ceremony back in Treme, the vaunted Rainbow Warrior hatchery has ackcherley gone bone dry for the nonce.

    On the semi-bright side, the Iron Giant connected for a two run shot in the top of the ninth that was, of course, much too little, too late. Other than that he went 0-3 with a strikeout and no walks, even with Casey McGehee getting a night orf due to his own slump. Of course, this is a team capable of playing spoiler on a good night, especially if someone is able to take the Iron Giant aside and convince him, for Buddha’s sake, to stop flailing at those down and away pitches you can’t hit to save your moon! Every peetcher in the division, if not the league, already knows he’s a sucker for that pitch like a buzzard for a roadkill on the San Bernardino Freeway.

    • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Don’t know how that double-posted. Sorry.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        I had to read it twice, anyway, just to absorb it all. Thanks for the great posts!

      • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Heh heh, thx. Quick tip – very basic southern dish: fry 8-10 strips of bacon, chopped roughly. Add one small onion, diced, salt and pepper, and a can of white or yellow himiny (I prefer yellow, but it’s good either way). Let it all fry in the bacon fat till the hominy is slightly browned. Drain. Phenomenal side dish with a grilled ham or pork, and really good as a breakfast side with eggs done any way.

  22. geoknows - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Randall Delgado was not suspended for hitting McCutcheon. I believe the reason was because no warnings had been issued.

  23. APBA Guy - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Jon Lester, in between the 8th and 9th innings, was asked by Melvin if he wanted to finish the game. He said sure, and the resulting 3 hit shutout gave the A’s a 3 game margin over the Angels who lost to Dodgers. At 122 pitches, Lester’s gem wasn’t efficient, he struck out a lot of guys and had a rocky 6th, but the real key was Dozier’s long fly with two on going foul by 6 inches, just missing the pole. That was the difference between a 3-3 tie and a 3-0 gem. Dozier ended up walking and Lester got Plouffe to ground out to end the threat.

    For their part, the A’s are still stagnant offensively. It was nice to see Vogt homer after his 0-23 streak. But his next two at-bats were terrible, very poor plate discipline, and portend a new streak. He, Moss and Gomes all look like they are trying to single handedly make up for the loss of Cespedes, when what they need to do is relax and play within themselves.

    The Twins aren’t much of a threat: their best hitter is Danny Santana at .824 OPS, and their best starter Kyle Gibson at 3.94 goes tonight. Meanwhile Boston is playing at Anaheim. With a little luck over the weekend the A’s could widen the gap ahead of their upcoming series against the now wild-card placed Royals.

    • clydeserra - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      and as vince pointed out on the radio, at least 2 foul outs were coliseum specials and Doizer’s foul and another fly out wer likely HRs in boston

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