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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and hghlghts

Aug 13, 2014, 7:16 AM EDT

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Mariners 6, Blue Jays 3: Yesterday was all about Kansas City. Let’s now look at what Seattle is doing. The M’s have now won seven of eight and are tied with the Tigers for the second wild card spot. They’re nine games over .500. There’s a lot of baseball left to be played, but can you imagine a world in which the Royals and Mariners both make the playoffs and the Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers do not?

White Sox 3, Giants 2: Chicago blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but then Gordon Beckham hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th. Tough no-decision for Chris Sale who struck out 12 over eight shutout innings.

Padres 4, Rockies 1: The Padres have won four in a row. Odrisamer Despainge tossed shutout ball for seven innings, striking out eight. Not bad a for a junkballer.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0: Kyle Hendricks with seven and a third shutout innings. In six starts since making his big league debut, he is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA with only nine walks in 41 and two-thirds innings. Everyone talks about the Astros collection of young talent. The Cubs’ is not too bad.

Angels 7, Phillies 2: I haven’t checked the stats but I bet teams which put up seven-run sixth innings don’t lose a lot of games. I bet that goes for teams that put up seven run any inning. Or seven runs across any number of innings. Basically, scoring seven runs is a good way to win baseball games. The Angels needed this. It was just their second win in seven games and the offense had been struggling.

Marlins 3, Cardinals 0: Jared Cosart outpitches Adam Wanwright, posting seven shutout innings. I’m getting to the point here where I’m about to simply write “the pitcher for the winning team tossed seven shutout innings” for every recap. I could save a lot of time with that approach. Use it to watch cartoons and stuff in the morning.

Astros 10, Twins 4: Chris Carter homered twice and drove in five. He has 15 homers since July 1. Too bad the season doesn’t start on July 1. He was hitting .181 on that date and is now up to .230.

Nationals 7, Mets 1: Four homers backed Doug Fister, who — guess what? — had seven shutout innings. Rookie Michael Taylor, making his big league debut, hit one of the homers. Then — and I am not making this up — a ballboy tossed it to a fan in the stands, not realizing it was a keepsake for Taylor. They got it back, though. I hope the kid in the stands drove a hard bargain.

Athletics 11, Royals 3: Jon Lester struck out nine over six innings and Jeremy Guthrie got knocked around pretty badly, halting the Royals’ winning streak at eight. But they remain in first place because  . . .

Pirates 4, Tigers 2: . . . the Tigers keep losing. Edinson Volquez kept Detroit in check as Tigers starter Robbie Ray couldn’t make it beyond five. Robbie Ray last night. A guy named “Buck Farmer” today. On a team that less than two weeks ago it had more starters than it knew what to do with.

Red Sox 3, Reds 2: Jonathan Broxton threw a ball high-and-inside to Yoenis Cespedes, brushing him back. Next pitch: Cespedes hit a 433-foot home run. Someone send the video of that to Tony La Russa and explain to him that that’s how you retaliate for chin music. Cespedes has reached base in every game as a Red Sox. Red Sock? Um, as a player for Boston.

Rangers 3, Rays 2: The walkoff walk in the 14th inning. Four straight balls from Cesar Ramos to Adam Rosales. Ramos didn’t make Joe Maddon happy. After the game he said, “Just throw a strike there. Give us a chance.” Yikes.

Dodgers 4, Braves 2: We’ve now reached the “Craig needs to find a team to root for in the playoffs this year” portion of the season. Please leave your submissions in the comments. I will not root for the Nationals on division rival grounds and I won’t root for the Yankees or Red Sox on general principle, but that does not appear to be an issue this season. Anyone else is fair game at the moment. Probably not the Cardinals, though, actually. I have nothing against them but so many Cardinals fans think I hate their team and have it in for them that I’m not going to give them an excuse to let go of their derangement. It’s too hilarious.

Yankees vs. Orioles; Diamondbacks vs. Indians: POSTPONED: Come on take a walk on the wild side.  Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain. You like your girls insane. Choose your last words, this is the last time. Cause you and I, we were born to die

  1. NatsLady - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Eight runs scored, full nine innings, and a 25 minute rain delay and the game was still done in 2:46. You would almost think Doug Fister doesn’t like to be out there the way he rushes. ;)

    • natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      We of the Anti-Dawdling in Baseball Campaign approve of this pitcher.

      • dondada10 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Fister was great last night. He reminds me of Kevin Brown when he’s on.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Mark Buerhle approves this message.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      /sobs

  2. renaado - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    My God… The Braves are just terrible these days…

    “Craig needs to find a team to root for in the playoffs this year”

    Guess Craig will be pickin the Dodgers on this one.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Maybe the Brewers…he could have fun counting the violations of the unwritten rules of baseball.

  3. southpaw2k - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Craig, we’d love to have you on the Orioles’ bandwagon in our hunt for the AL East and an October run. There’s plenty of room for you.

    • nvl004 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Speakin for all of us now?

      • ptfu - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        Oh, have you not heard? It was my understanding that everyone had heard.

      • madhatternalice - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        @ptfu

        Well done.

  4. chip56 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I think you should root for the Cards. Their fans wouldn’t know whether you’re trying to jinx them out of spite or if you were just a bandwagon jumper.

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    After a couple of tweets from Craig last night (something about his computer), I was wondering whether he was going to be able to produce an ATH. Good to see that the issue was resolved.

    Since a DL stint and disastrous first start, Doug Fister has had an ERA barely over 2.00. Meanwhile, the Nats roughed up young Rafael Montero. They hit as many homers in one game as in a normal week.

    The scouting report on Michael Taylor: Very good power and speed, excellent OF defense. Potential is limited only by a problem making contact. We saw some of that. His homer was hit quite hard to the opposite field, and he made a good play to keep a single from becoming a double.

    C’mon Craig, give in to Natitude. You know you want to.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Not resolved yet! I have to take the computer back this weekend. Typing is a bitch though. The K i and left/right arrow keys only work half the time. If you see typos of that vein, that’s why.

      • ptfu - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Intermittent K’s, inconsistent movement, but the rest of it works. So you’re currently the David Hale of blogging.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Bummer. Hang in there.

      • skipperxc - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        I was wondering why both vowels were missing in “highlights” in the URL for this morning’s ATH…

  6. philliesblow - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Buck Farmer, isn’t he a guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult?

    • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      The great Johnny “Buck Dharma” Roeser.. He used to pitch for Class A Gilblanco County.

      • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        PS – a hearty shout out to anyone who knows what the original name of the Blue Oyster Cult was. I’m sorry they ever changed it.

      • abaird2012 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        “Soft White Underbelly”.

      • philliesblow - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Timely trivia question OG, considering that it is Shark Week.

      • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Indeed. Come on now, though, wasn’t that a great name? It was bestowed upon them by Sandy Pearlman and the inimitable R. Meltzer, two of the founding daddies of Crawdaddy and, respectively, their manager and lyricist when they first started out at SUNY-Stony Brook in the early 70s. I used to go hear them at a little roadhouse at the end of Nicholls Road and Northern Boulevard on Lon Gisland. They changed the name of the band to Blue Oyster Cult after a poem cycle written by Pearlman in response to having seen Alexandro Jodorowski’s cult epic El Topo at the Waverly Theater in New York City. They ackcherley set some of those poems to music – thank Buddha they didn’t try to set Meltzer’s The Aesthetics of Rock to music. That book is even insane when set to calculus.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Did you ever see them, OG? Weren’t they an LIU band?

      • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Our posts crossed. No, they were a SUNY-Stony Brook band, though I think one or two of them may have attended one of the LIU campuses as well. Their “kibbutz” was in Great Neck, and I hung out there once in a while because my late pal Alan Shapiro, who was part of that Stony Brook rock-intellectual mafia capoed by Pearlman and Meltzer – did PR and graphics for their album covers and record liners (with artwork by a loon and a half named Bill Gawlik, who could have been the American H. R. Giger – we lost track of him somewhere along the line). Did I see them? Oh yeah, muchos tiempos under both names. They were an awesome live band.

  7. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    The Dodgers are your team, Craig. You say you want to bring the club to the clubhouse? They do have a bubble machine.

    • renaado - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      I tell you man… Monster “Ryu” is a freakin genius bringin that bubble blowing thing to them.

  8. dondada10 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Team to root for: The A’s.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Boooo!

    • nvl004 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      They’ve lost the likability they’ve had the last two years.

      • clydeserra - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        i’ll agree to a point.

        But i think the top prospect trade, which has really been lacking in the past two years, gives them a push back towards likability.

        I am bias, sure, but it still is a misfit team for the most part. about 30 people on the 25 roster give major contributions.

      • themuddychicken - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Have they? Did something happen that I missed?

  9. yarguy - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Craig has to root now for the Royals. Underdogs, longest time since they made the playoffs and run by an ex-Brave. And bound to disappoint.

  10. happytwinsfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Another hit for Mauer and The Streak climbs to the heavenly height of 14. Seeing only 42 left between Gentle Man Joe and Jolting Joe, the nation chants with a thunderous foot stomping rhythm:

    LET’S GO JOE!
    LET’S GO JOE!
    LET’S GO JOE!

    What a grand time to be alive!

  11. johnnysoda - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    I would say the Brewers, Pirates, Mariners, and Royals fit the bill perfectly in terms of a team a neutral fan can root for. I remain hopelessly devoted to the Yankees, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Mariners or Royals make it.

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      No love for the Tigers? Are you really okay with the pizza billionaire guy going to his grave without a world series ring?

      • ejheim62 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        hey, he’s a billionaire. Hasn’t he had enough joy for one person in this life? Series, schmeries. We should all be so lucky. As a lifetime Pirates fan, I can attest that you can go 35 years without a WS win, and life goes on….

      • historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Ilitch was 55 the last time the Tigers won the WS.

      • happytwinsfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        You must consider that he bought the Tigers from the Dominoes billionaire pizza guy who does have a world series ring. Although the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles likely disagree, I say Caesars’s pizza is far superior to Dominoes.

        Mr. Ilitch deserves a ring and the motor city deserves a party!

  12. dikjones2112 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    If you want to tweak the Cards, and The Best Fans In Baseball, then you’ve already made your choice. You must root for the Brewers. With Gomez, and Braun, and the way Lucroy so thoroughly disrespected Molina – and therefore, the game – with his All-Star ad, they are the only real option.

  13. coryrox78 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I’m gonna say go with the Athletics Craig! I would definitely love to see them go all the way!

  14. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I find myself in the uncomfortable position of having to take back all the terrible things I said about Jared Cosart last wekk.

    For repairs, I mean. I’ll have them all fixed and ready to go in time for his next start.

    • stex52 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      He’s like most young pitchers these days. Great stuff. Can he get it over the plate? The bugbear of his existence (Drew Smyly is similar in this): can I get to 6 innings in fewer than 110 pitches?

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      And he had to get a few extra outs too, since Garrett Jones seemingly forgot how to play first base. Gator, I’m with you on A.J Ramos getting some work in the 9th inning. I’m glad that Redmond started to try some guys out in save situations, even though he said that yesterday was just a simple day off for Cishek. I think that Ramos is the most obvious choice at this moment! Lately he has been lights-out. Yesterday he went in and got an 11-pitch 1-2-3 8th inning. That has been the story with Ramos lately, let’s see if Red decides to try him out in a save situation going forward.

      But, boy, I admit that I thought the fish gave up their only chance to score a run on Wainwright when the 3rd base coach didn’t send Yelich around third on that base-hit in the 1st. He would have definitely scored, and of course that Salty couldn’t capitalize on the bases-loaded situation. It was nice to watch Donovan Solano pull his hands in on that inside pitch to take Waino deep and give the bullpen some room to breathe with a few insurance runs.

      Just some food for thought: The Marlins are 3.5 games away from the second wildcard, and they are tied with two other teams for the most wins in the league since the all-star break..

      • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Yep, and equally prone to another five or six game losing streak, in the blink of an eye, and without any apparent reason. I enjoy it when they persevere, but I’m not kidding myself: they don’t have the seahorses for a sustained run. On the other hand, it’s no coincidence that the Feesh’s recent success corresponds with the return of the Iron Giant’s mojo. Scrooge McLoria must be back on chamomile tea and bee caps before bedtime when he thinks about going into arbitration with an Iron Giant who won’t sign an extension.

        By the way, what makes you think that Garrett Jones ever knew how to play first base to begin with?

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      I agree that this team is fragile and can lose the wheels at any time. But, we have been saying this for months now. Whatever happens in August and September, these kids have had a great season. This has been the team’s best season in a while, and I’m enjoying it. Getting to play that wildcard game is still a longshot for them, but it is still possible!

      Gator, would you admit that when you and I had this same exact discussion back in May, you thought that on August 13 the Marlins would be nowhere near contention? Even if they don’t make it, let’s enjoy what they’re doing! If they play .500 ball from here on out they are an 80+ win team. Doesn’t that mean something for a team that lost 100 games last year? From where I’m standing, they are not expected, and not even likely to take that 2nd wildcard, but it is still firmly within their reach. Just the fact that taking that wildcard is physically possible this late in the season gives them something to play for every night, and it shows. I don’t know if you feel it, but when I watch these kids play I feel their conviction. They are fighting hard. They are playing like a team. Defense has been incredible lately (besides Jones). They lead the big leagues in wins when they score 3 or fewer runs. They are doing the little things. Even Jordany Valdespin continues to impress me with what he has brought to the table. I thought it was a terrible signing, but that’s why I’m not a GM because he has been fantastic. And it’s not even with the bat: he’s hitting .239 just like we thought he would. He has been great on defense making some amazing plays at every position, good baserunner, best bunter on the team, and he carries a spark with him.

      There’s not that many teams in front of them for the second wildcard. Considering that the Giants are in a literal free-fall, they have the Cards (who they can either gain or lose ground on with these two more games today and tomorrow), the Braves, who seem to be trending downward, and the Reds.

      • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Oh, there’s no doubt that they’re a much improved team over the lemming migration that they were last season. I would never dispute that. But they’re also benefiting from the run production problems of the Cards (which I frankly don’t get) and the nosedives of the Giants and Barves (which I do get). Yes, some of these kids are hungry, but sometimes it’s not just about hungry; it’s about talent. And when you look at this team overall, I don’t think they have it, and I’ve made no secret of this all season. I had them pegged for a slightly below .500 team from the outset and I’m sticking with that prediction, and that would have been the case even if El Keed had remained healthy. I also think it’s more likely that they’ll fold in September when the better teams get serious than that they’ll leapfrog enough of them to spend any of October on the same plane together. As for Valdespin, a little-or-no-hit great glove in the infield is a luxury that teams with lots of compensatory features can afford. I don’t think that describes the Feesh. I’ll be interested in seeing what Valdespin’s WAR looks like by October 1. Fortunately, as a master dilettante in the kitchen, I have some excellent recipes for crow if I need to eat any.

  15. sbmcmanus - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    I’m not an optimistic Braves fan but I’m not ready to give up yet. Baseball Prospectus still has them at 20% to make it into the 1 game playoff as a wild card, that’s nothing to get excited about but it’s not 0%.

  16. ezthinking - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Despainge was throwing 94 mph in the 7th. If that’s a junk baller then I need to re-calibrate my pitching definitions.

  17. historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Can you imagine a world where the Tigers don’t make the playoffs? Yes, yes I can. It happened for a lot of years. It cracks me up (and annoys) how people act like the Tigers are perennial winners, when really we’ve only led our division the last 3 years and still haven’t won a WS since the 80’s (prior to the Royals). We’ve made it to the WS *twice* in the last 10 years, but we did not win. I don’t think you can in any way consider us a franchise with a significant legacy of winning at this point. Really, we’re more comparable to the Rangers than the Yankees (as much as I hate to say it). Do any of you consider the Rangers perennial champs? No.

    As for last night’s game, as tempting as it is to dismiss Rod as a ridiculous homer sometimes (no, Ray does NOT look comfortable at the plate — he looks like he’s scared and about to throw up — that said, I hope he rubs it in to Verlander about getting big league hits), he gives opposing players the loving treatment too. You’d think Nix and Harrison were McCutchens the way he went on last night. I can’t complain about the love for Oklahoma State all over the broadcast last night though. Go Pokes! I was thrilled that the game stayed close and Ray did okay. It was much less embarrassing than the previous game, and if a couple of things went differently at the end (angry eyebrows to Torii!), we might have won it. We’ll see how it breaks at home with the same cast and an understudy in the leading role tonight.

  18. alankelly2013 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    The Mariners are 1st in pitching and 1st in defense in the AL. They are 48-10 in games where they score at least 4 runs a game. Since the trading deadline they have been doing just that. Look out you guys. This is very exciting for us long suffering M’s fans.

    • cmp78 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      And the best part? Dustin Ackley has finally– FINALLY– been a major contributor to the team. That over the head game-winning catch last night was awesome.

  19. APBA Guy - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    The A’s looked good last night. Like a lot of teams, they respond to a strong performance by their starter. In their case, Jon Lester was dominant for 4, sloppy in the 5th (though the 3rd earned run was harsh, given that SS Sogard mishandled the transfer and threw wildly to first, calling that a hit and an error was an absurd gift to Aoki, the kind of official scorer homerism crap that goes on all the time. Old man style rant concluded.) Lester got through the 6th for the win before Donaldson did his Chris Carter imitation (Carter’s got 28 homeruns now. He was traded to Houston for Lowrie) and put the game out of reach.

    Both teams will be pushing to take the third game of the series, a Kaz v. Vargas match-up. The A’s handled Vargas 10 days ago, and though they are vulnerable to lefties, Vargas is not consistently enough pitcher to beat this A’s team on most nights. Tomorrow afternoon will be the final game in the series before the A’s go to steamy Atlanta.

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