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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 19, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals AP

Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 4: That Nationals have won seven in a row, with the last three being of the walkoff variety. This time courtesy of Adam LaRoche‘s homer in the 11th inning. Leading up to it was a lot of fun: Wilson Ramos put the Nationals in front in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run homer and the Dbacks went back into the lead when Didi Gregorius did the same in the top of the eighth. The Nats came back in the ninth only to see Tyler Clippard blow the save in the ninth. In the Arizona half of the 11th they loaded the bases with no one out and then didn’t score, which is about the most annoying thing on the planet. If anything the LaRoche homer put them out of their misery.

Cubs 4, Mets 1: Kyle Hendricks and two relievers combined to allow one run on four hits and got all the support they’d need thanks to homers from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. The three of them will, hopefully for Cubs fans, represent a winning combination for years and years.

Angels 4, Red Sox 2Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit RBI doubles. The Sox threatened in the ninth against fill-in closer Kevin Jepsen, but Jepsen worked around trouble, allowing only one run to score.

Orioles 8, White Sox 2: An uncharacteristically poor outing for Chris Sale, who needed 121 pitches just to make it through six. The O’s took advantage, led by Nick Markakis who was 3 for 5 with a homer. He also had a pretty darn swell catch.

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Phillies 4, Mariners 1: Jerome Williams allowed one run and three hits while pitching into the eighth. Andres Blanco had a three-run homer. Before coming up at the end of June, Blanco had not played in the majors since 2011.

Royals 6, Twins 4: Erik Kratz came in to replace Sal Perez in the seventh and homered twice. That’s kinda how it’s been going for the Royals. Jason Vargas allowed one run on four hits in seven innings.

Braves 7, Pirates 3: Six runs in the first — kicked off by back-to-back homers from Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons to lead things off — pretty much ended this one before it started. Six in a row dropped by the Pirates. Whose season looks like it could be ending before it’s even technically finished.

Cardinals 6, Reds 5: Jhonny Peralta hit a walkoff single in the tenth. This after Trevor Rosenthal blew the save in the ninth. Jay Bruce homered, doubled and drove in four in a winning effort in a losing effort.

  1. chip56 - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    The ball Baez hit is suing for brutality.

    • vlock1 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      He hit that ball so hard.

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Normally I would never say this, but I would like to hear from some Cardinals fans about Rosie. I’ve been following him since he was a prospect and thought he was amazing as a high-leverage reliever. Really scary weapon for STL to have. But this year, he’s been the other kind of scary. What gives? And more importantly, what are the Red Birds going to do about it if they make the playoffs?

    • blacksables - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      He’s being overused by Matheny. And when he is having a bad day, Matheny sticks with him longer than he should.

      He’s too concerned with Rosenthal getting the save, and will rarely pull him.

      It’s been bad lately.

      • bfunk1978 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        That’s consistent for Mike, though. it might just be my own predisposition, but he also seems entirely too concerned with getting a struggling starter a “win” by nursing him through 5 innings.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      MM feel has an overwhelming urge to use him every chance he gets. The kid pitches all the time.
      And as Sables stated…he simply won’t pull him. It is frustrating as can be. Driving me nuts!

    • Paper Lions - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      What those guys said. He’s been over used….but he’s also had problems with his mechanics most of the year, either flying open or not following through. He has outings in which every pitch misses by a foot or is right down the middle…that isn’t related to fatigue, that is just bad mechanics and not repeating his delivery.

      This past off season was also the first time he didn’t prepare as if he was going to be a starter. There is some thought that the different conditioning and throwing program has affected his performance.

      • blacksables - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Good point. i wonder if the up and down in the bullpen, even on days when he doesn’t pitch, is straining him. He’s quite possibly thrown as many pitches in relief and in the bullpen as he might have as a back-end starter.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Thanks for sharing all the insights – I don’t see him pitch everyday, but when I have seen him this year he’s been … different, and I couldn’t tell what it was. Much obliged.

  3. freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    “An uncharacteristically poor outing for Chris Sale”

    Actually this performance falls inline with how his outings tend to go against the O’s, dating back to 2010. If you’re going by the stats it’s not uncharacteristic at all, it’s par for the course, really.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      Dammit you beat me to it!!!

      In 2 games vs. Baltimore this season for Sale (0-1): 12IP, 19H, 11K, 3BB, 5ER with Orioles hitters averaging a .378 clip against him.

      Baltimore is the ONLY AL team Sale has yet to beat.

    • nvl004 - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      O’s are only AL team that Sale hasn’t defeated. They will probably make Quintana look like Cy Young tonight lol.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        Likely. Quintana’s 1 start against the O’s this year: 7IP 6H 1ER 8K

        No bueno.

      • southpaw2k - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Is Quintana a soft-tossing lefty? If so, I may not even watch tonight’s game at all.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        I also can’t help by notice that the analysis for the game was basically, “Oh Chris Sale had a poor start, that’s what happened” instead of the equally, if not more accurate, take of “the O’s characteristically handled the opposition’s Ace with ease”.

        Or just something like “It’s been three years and Chris Sale still hasn’t defeated the Orioles”. But yea, we’ll just chalk it up to Chris Sale being gracious enough to let the O’s win.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        Sale has a whopping three starts against the Orioles in nine overall appearances. He has 160 career starts in which he has been one of the best pitchers in baseball.

        Yes, clearly his performances against the O’s are far, far more indicative of his skill and what should be described here.

        Maybe not everything your home town announcers think is significant is that significant?

      • nvl004 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Yeah the sample size isn’t big enough to say that Sale is “bad” against the O’s. I actually don’t even think he pitched all that poorly last night.

        But certainly the O’s have a knack for winning game in which “Aces” started this year.

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        last season, by May 20, the Indians had beaten 7 Cy Young winners (Dickey, Price, Halladay, Lee, Colon, Verlander, Martinez) and had lost to only one (Peavy). None besides Peavy went more than 6 innings. This baseball thing is a weird thing. Anything can happen, and outliers should never be mistaken for trends.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        I think people are being too hard on Sale who actually had a decent enough game. It was the WhiteSox bullpen that gave up most of the runs. The game was 3-2 the inning Sale left (He was pulled losing 3-0 but Chi put 2 on the board and Markakis pulled back a 2 run homerun the bottom of that same inning. That play by Markakis sparked a 5 run 8th inning by the birds. Sale kept his team in the ballgame, and they almost turned the game around in their favor.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        “I think people are being too hard on Sale who actually had a decent enough game.”

        I completely agree. Craig seemed to have (somehow) read my post to be that Sale can’t pitch against the O’s, despite me never saying, nor implying that. I said the game went just as the others had, which was not an indictment of Sale, but rather an acknowledgement of the O’s ability to succeed against top-of-the-rotation pitching.

        Craig fell victim of putting forth (subconsciously?) the ‘Ace-Obsession’ narrative that great pitchers don’t pitch well and get beaten, they pitch great and win, or pitch poorly and lose. The reality is that Sale was still hurling upper 90’s before he left the game and outside of a couple of instances of control issues, was still pitching a solid game. But since he lost, he must have pitched “poorly”, right? No, that’s not always how it works.

        Heck, remember when “Tanaka had another poor outing against the O’s, the only team so far this year to beat him twice” was the narrative? Or, O’s simply hit good pitching well, as has been the trend all season long? Nawwww, can’t be, we can’t go with that (statistically true) narrative!

  4. nvl004 - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    That catch by Markakis was awesome. It Preserved a one run lead at the time and stopped what would have been a very deflating home run. Hopefully he is recognized with a gold glove in RF this year. Dude hasn’t made an error since 2012. Good win for the O’s.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      He got one last year and everyone went nuts saying he was a below average defender. No one runs on him anymore because he was too busy throwing everyone out.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    From the Dept. of FWIW, the Orioles continue to tear throw top of the rotation pitchers in 2014. The only downside is that they typically follow it up within the series against a pitcher who has been struggling and is on the verge of a demotion to Triple A. Not to say Quintana, who has been hot as of late, is that guy, but I won’t be shocked if the bats go cold tonight.

    Also Bud Norris is the man. Period.

    • randomdigits - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      10-5 in games started by pitchers in the top 10 in their league in ERA.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        Not too shabby! And if I remember correctly, we were abysmal against pitchers with ERA’s over 4.5 or something of that nature that was nasty.

        Good thing you don’t run into too many of those guys in the playoffs.

  6. sdelmonte - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    The Mets are now the Hitless Wonders. Five games in a row with four or less hits. Ow. And if they make it six in a row, they will be the first to do that since 1900.

    Kudos to Carlos Torres for a pretty good emergency start, made as Bartolo Colon went home to be with his ailing mother. Sadly, she passed away from breast cancer yesterday. Condolences to Bartolo and his family on her death.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Sorry to hear about Bartolo’s mother. Condolences to him and his family.

  7. Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Yay! The Indians didn’t lose yesterday! . . . what’s this you tell me? They didn’t play?

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      That’s my line (except for the fact that the Twins did play and lose yesterday to the Royals).

      Wear a smile. At least your guys are a game over 500.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Hey, they took 2 of 3 from the O’s, and the only team in the second half that can claim that is the Athletics.

  8. natstowngreg - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Before taking in a game, ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for Washington Nationals baseball. Stop taking if you experience chest pains, panic attacks, depression, hives, hair loss, ague, or the Heartbreak of Psoraisis.

    Nice to see Wilson Ramos getting his power back…Last season, Ryan Zimmerman went on a tear after getting a cortisone shot. Jayson Werth got a cortisone shot. Hmmmm…It was Craig Stammen, pitching on short rest, who loaded the bases with none out in the 11th. Strikeout, strikeout, grounder to second…Three outs on the bases for the Nats, including another Bryce Harper brain fart…No batters were hit in the making of this game. Kirk Gibson behaved himself…Props to Didi Gregorious, who added excellent defense to his clutch homer.

    As of this AM, no NL team is on a 90-win pace (18 games over .500). The Nats are 17 over, the Brewers 15, the Dodgers 14. Each has 70 wins, but the Nats have played fewer games (123, Brewers 125, Dodgers 126). The Braves took their turn denting the Pirates’ chances, so the NL East lead remains stuck at 6.

  9. moogro - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Go Pirates?

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