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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 15, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT

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Tigers 5, Pirates 2: Max Scherzer got his 14th win and struck out 14 men in eight shutout innings. J.D. Martinez helped account for the Tigers’ first three runs with a homer, a bases-loaded walk and an infield single which forced in a run on a Pirates error.

Brewers 6, Cubs 2: Mike Fiers became only the seventh pitcher in the last 100 years to strike out as many as 14 batters in six or fewer innings. This after his first start of the season last weekend saw him outduel Zack GreinkeKhris Davis and Mark Reynolds homered.

Dodgers 6, Braves 4: Dee Gordon three hits and scored four runs. Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez each had three hits as well. The Braves have lost 12 of 14. After the game Freddie Freeman said “We can still make something of this if we keep grinding.” Maybe start grinding first?

Royals 7, Athletics 3: A five-run seventh for the Royals who took five of seven from the A’s in the season series. The A’s may still be the best team in baseball, but the Royals — who have won 18 of 22 — are certainly baseball’s hottest team.

Nationals 4, Mets 1: Two-run homers from Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche and a nice start from Stephen Strasburg gave the Nats their 11th straight win against the Mets on the road. Someone on the Nats is gonna take Chipper Jones’ example and name their kid “Citi.”

Red Sox 9, Astros 4: A seven-run sixth inning for the Sox put this one away. The other day I said something like “teams which score seven runs tend to win games.” Brandon Isleib had my back:

So post-those seven-run innings, take the other eight innings off, win a lot of games and conserve your energy, guys.

Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 4: Marcell Ozuna doubled home Garrett Jones with the winning run in the 10th. Mike Dunn got his 10th win as a reliever. That’s a very 1970s-80s kind of thing. I like it.

Rays 6, Rangers 3: Evan Longoria homered and drove in three. Logan Forsythe had three hits and a two-run homer of his own. After the game Joe Maddon said this of pitcher Jake Odorizzi:

“He’s swaggering out to the mound, and swaggering back in. The whole group is confident.”

This must be Odorizzi’s sweet ride.

Cardinals 4, Padres 3: A disputed call at the plate when Alex Amarista came home with what would have been the tying run. He was called out on a play at the plate. After a lengthy review, the replay officials upheld the out call, but they really appeared to have missed this one. A.J. Pierzynski‘s swipe tag looks to have missed, and both he and Amarista acted as if he missed, with Amarista going back to touch the plate and Pierzynski trying desperately to tag him again. Neither guy acts like that if a tag is applied. And, given that there wasn’t a fantastic camera angle on this, my guess is that the replay guys felt like they couldn’t overturn Bob Davison’s initial bad call. Which he made rather tentatively.

Rockies 7, Reds 3: Charlie Culberson hit a three-run homer and Jorge De La Rosa allowed three runs over seven. Culberson is Troy Tulowitzki‘s replacement. Before the game the Rockies announced Carlos Gonzalez was done for the year. Just not how anyone drew this up.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Welcome back Craig.

    • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      More like, gee, Craig, so nice that you deigned to produce an ATH this morning, what with it being Friday and all. We can only be so grateful.

  2. jwbiii - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    “We can still make something of this if we keep grinding.”

    Mmm. . . cheeseburgers!

    • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Hint: grind in some short rib meat and a handful of fresh pitted cherries. The short rib will give the burgers a nice sabor as we say here in la Republica Platinosa, and the cherries will keep carcinogenic benzene rings from forming out of the fat drippings on the hot coals and returning to the burgers as smoke. Another hint: it’s a great idea to slather the burger with some pulled or barbecued pork before piling on the lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Weekends are for indulgences.

  3. devilsmetsgiants - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Are you sure it was Bob Davidson who missed that call? I find that impossible to believe.

    • ud1951 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Davidson also allowed himself to be overturned by the 1st base umpire during a pivotal at bat by Tony Cruz in the 8th inning. Cruz swung and missed at strike three in the dirt, Davidson said he foul tipped the ball, but the catcher caught it so he was out. Cruz, upon hearing Davidson call it a foul tip, claimed the ball hit the ground, meaning he was not out. Davidson went to the first base ump who agreed with Cruz (and replay showed it) that the ball did indeed hit the ground before the catcher caught it. Unfortunately the replay also clearly showed Cruz had missed the ball.

      Next pitch Cruz hits a single followed by a walk, a single and a double by Jon Jay to score two runs, making the 9th inning play at the plate even more dramatic. And I agree that Pierzynski’s swipe probably did miss the runner.

      But hey Bob Davidson takes some away from you and gives them back, it may be a wash in the grand scheme.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      I think Davidson had ruled that the runner had moved out of the base path to avoid the tag and was out on that basis. Amarista was on the grass as he avoided the initial tag, and the reviewers apparently agreed he was too far out of the basepath. Bud Black came out to protest the call, for his second automatic ejection of the season, so Davidson got that right, even though he was slow to make that call too.

  4. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Craig, you are SO prone to exaggeration. It’s not 12 of 14, it’s 12 of 15. They got two from the Nats and one from the Dodgers. See, they can win against good teams. There’s hope. Not a lotta hope (fangraphs gives them 3% for the Division and 23.6% chance at a playoff spot). They’ll get their turn at Citi Field. Oh, wait, they lost 3/4 there last go-round. Never mind.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Now, now, the Braves are doing enough to make Craig feel poorly. :)

      Stephen Strasburg pitched as we expect Stephen Strasburg to pitch normally. One storyline of the 2014 Nats has been how seldom he has pitched that way. Maybe, he’s woken up to the fact that he hasn’t been effective enough, guided by sage advice from Steve McCatty. We can only hope.

      In other news, Bryce Harper pulled a ball for a homer. He had been having trouble pulling the ball for power since returning from his thumb injury. Again, one hopes this is a sign that he’s getting back to where he should be, batting-wise.

      The Nats’ lead is up to 6, and their record up to 13 over .500. For the moment, they have the #2 NL playoff seed, over the Brewers. The Pirates, and the Racing Pierogies, lead off a 10-game homestand, while the Braves host the A’s.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    His Heterochromianess, y’all! Nothing else to say (except I wish McCutchen had been playing). Thanks to Beautiful Brad for pulling Coke, so as not to ruin the whole thing in the 9th. Yesterday may have been the first time Mario out-classed Rod in the wardrobe department. Excellent shirt and tie combo, my man.

    Today is my birthday, and I’m hoping it’s DK-free. Eat ‘em up, Tigers! Grrrrr! (And thanks for nothing, Oakland.)

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Happy birthday and be of good cheer. Beating up on the Royals is what we do.

    • devilsmetsgiants - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Breithlá Sona Duit!

    • kalinedrive - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Today is my birthday too!
      (I bet I’ve had more of them than you.)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        I will totally let you win that. BTW, we share the day with Napoleon and Edna Ferber (and the woman I hate most in the world — but let’s not talk about she who shall remain nameless). Bad arse people are born today.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        Also, India and TE Lawrence (although the family Bible said the 16th, he always said the 15th).

      • jrbdmb - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Princess Anne?

    • baberuthslegs - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      joyeux anniversaire

    • Paper Lions - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      You are old.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Thanks, peaches. Love you too.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Re: being old.

        I helped a grad student in the lab move this past weekend. Afterwards, three of us went to lunch and we were talking about grad school, developing into a scientist, priorities, concerns, etc. as they are both just 1 year into grad school. I talked about when I started my PhD, but that was 1994 and things have changed a lot…one student says, “yeah, I was 4 years old”, the other says, “yeah, me too.”, I said, “screw you both”.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Stop hitting on your grad students.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        They are like daughters or little sisters (depending on how annoying they are).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Sure they are.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Think of some 24 yr old guys you know. Seem like adults to you? Or people you’d enjoy spending any time with? Plus, I don’t suffer stupidity or ignorance well.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it might incriminate me.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Ohhhhhh, you are one of those teachers.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        No.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        1994? That was 20 years after I got my Master’s, and 14 years after getting my current job. Get off my lawn!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Happy Birthday Yo’!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Thanks, Woodpecker.

    • clydeserra - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      sorry, its been a bad week for the green and gold.

      I have been super busy and thankfully missed most of the bloodbath.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        We are even about the Angels then.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Your feud with Ethel Barrymore has gone too far.

      Happy birthday – hopefully you don’t have to suffer the sight of DK – and you get to watch the return of the prodigal AJax – so you got that going for you.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        And look at all the hate kisses I’ve gotten today too!

        Thanks for the good wishes.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Screw the hate kissers – and you should wear them with honor.

        AJax and Porcello stunk, but at least you didn’t have to see DK.

        In the immortal words of the artist formerly and once again known as Prince ‘age ain’t nothin’ but a number.’ Come to think of it he also said ‘act your age not your shoe size.’ So that too. hee hee

      • historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        I went to a ballgame with my moms. Does it get better than that? I think not. AND, I got a Miggy bobblehead. :)

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        Woo hoo!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Not the one celebrating his MVP win in the NL though. ;(

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        But it’s still a Miggy bobble head. Still awesome.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        How’s the peg leg?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        I keep pegging along. Fortunately the rest of me is strong like bull.

        Progress is slow and painful – I am a 3 days a week regular at PT. My therapist is a big Yankee fan – there’s a pic of Bucky Dent hitting his Fenway HR on the wall. Gives him that little extra edge when he stretches me. ;-)

  6. mt10425 - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Cardinals continue to have very questionable call go their way. It happens to every team they play. I once thought LaRussa had dirt on the league umpires for all the favorable calls but, with Tony no longer there, it must be something else. All teams have multiple stories about being on the short end of decisions when playing St. Louis.

    • blacksables - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Please, let’s here them. You must be a Boston fan.

      • themuddychicken - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        I think Boston fans have among the most favorable memories of playing the Cardinals.

      • blacksables - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Yes, but for some reason, they still like to complain about one call in a World Series they won.

        At least Cardinal fans complain about a call in World Series they lost.

        And both groups should get over it.

      • themuddychicken - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        This must be a different sect of Sox fans than the ones I interact with everyday. In New England? People are not overly broken up about that particular call.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Someone is whining!

  7. happytwinsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Lucky for Craig that yesterday’s missing ATH fell on A day the Twins didn’t play so I can still post this.

    Gentle Man Joe Mauer continues his remorseless pursuit of Jolting Joe Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak with a sharp single followed by a blast up into the heavens and down into the outfield stands (his third homer of the year and the season is only two thirds over), bringing his streak to 15.

    CLAP YOUR HANDS AND STOMP YOUR FEET!!

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

  8. Old Gator - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    A famous victory for the Feesh, who almost suffered the terminal humiliation of having their VETERAN PRESENCE shamed by the Grittybacks, over a clueless rookie in his first major league game. Sorry, Kirk, there’s more grit on the sandpaper floor of my budgie’s cage. Marcell Ozuna, the cleanup hitter the Feesh like to bat fifth or sixth for reasons known only to themselves (hint: do we scent meddling by an owner who thinks he’s a genius?), comes through with a booming “double” (two outs, bottom of the tenth, runners on first and second, he drives the lead runner home – why do they score it a double, I wonder?). Well, they have only scotch’d the Snakes, not killed them yet, and yon manager has a leen and hongry look about heem.

    So Mike Dunn wins his tenth game and the Feesh boolpen holds the D-backs scoreless over five. Nice work. Today, Henderson Alvarez comes orffa the DL and someone’s head has gotta roll. DeSclafani, Koehler and Hand are all preparing their “Tis a far, far better thing I do” speech for being shepherded into the boolpen or worse, although beeg Hand is slated to appear in east….oops, sorry, I mean, to peetch tonight….and just now appears to be finding himself. My guess is that DeSclafani wanders back to the pen. We shall see – Koehler has also been smacked around a bit lately after a strong stretch. Meanwhile, the Feesh at 60-61 are sniffing the strange attractor again like dogs making themselves familiar with a normally housebound hound from down the block.

    Should be a good game tonight. The Feesh have to be careful about being schlonked by the falling Barves, but with any kind of luck they’ll land in the swimming pool out in left center.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      It was a nice, fun game last night! Honestly, I know that this Brad Penny situation cannot last, but wow! He did give up some runs yesterday, but I thought he would be a total disaster. Doing a pretty good job of moving the ball around the zone and changing speeds. The snakes made him pay for giving up some walks, but overall he wasn’t so bad. Maybe they can get a few more starts out of him before he unravels.

      By the way, Gator: Did you watch the Marlins broadcast two nights ago against the Cards when they brought up Jose Fernandez into the booth? I was impressed at how good he is at remembering hitters and individual at-bats against them. It was a cool conversation.

  9. sportsdrenched - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    You know if dudes like Eric Kratz and Christian Colon are chipping in that luck is on your side.

    Now the Royals have a road swing though MIN-COL-TEX. So that should be fun, for the Royals anyway, you’d think.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      /sobs

    • gloccamorra - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Maybe not. Those middle games in Coors Field can wreck a pitching staff.

  10. APBA Guy - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Very unpleasant conclusion to the series. Suddenly the “A” relief is questionable in the set-up phase, with Cook being charged with 3 yesterday. Sam wasn’t horrible (no walks) but again, too many pitches up in the zone. He has to learn that you could get away with that in the NL, not in the AL, especially against a hot team, and double especially against pitchers like Shields. The A’s lose the season series 5 games to two, and have now lost 12 of their last 18 road games.

    To make matters worse, the A’s move on to Atlanta and their good pitching team. At least the games are over the weekend, so Craig’s gloating (should the Braves win) will be confined to Monday’s ATH.

    • clydeserra - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      cook has thrown a lot. I am not sure about Mr. Melvin’s reliever selection there, but he knows more than me.

      I am bracing for the Angels playing .750 ball. If they win 110 games, they deserve to win the division.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        They’ve got a couple of guys who’ve thrown a lot: Otero, Cook, and of course Chavez who gave up two the other day. Gray and Kaz are also showing some workload-related issues. Shows the wisdom of getting Lester. They may need him in a play-in WC game.

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