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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 22, 2014, 6:33 AM EDT

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Clayton Kershaw dominates the Padres, striking out ten and allowing one run over eight innings. He moves to 15-3 on the year and drops his ERA to 1.82. His K/B ratio this year: 184/22.

Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 0: Make that five walkoff wins for the Nats in the past six games and ten wins in a row overall. This one was made 1960s-style: 0-0 tie into the bottom of the ninth, a single, a stolen base and then the winning run came home on a throwing error.

Cubs 2, Giants 1: Giants 5, Cubs 3: The resumption of the tarp game revealed that, welp, none of it really mattered. The Giants scored one more but the Cubs’ two runs from Tuesday night held up. In the nightcap Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with a homer. I figure the Giants want to get the hell out Chicago by now.

Yankees 3, Astros 0: Brandon McCarthy with the four-hit shutout. He has been phenomenal since coming over from Arizona. Even if the Yankees season doesn’t turn out the way they hoped when they traded for him, they should have at least convinced themselves that McCarthy can be part of the rotation rebuild they need to do this offseason.

Twins 4, Indians 1Phil Hughes outdueled Corey Kluber, allowing one run on five hits over seven. We weren’t expecting that, especially given how awesome Kluber has been in the second half. As Matthew notes, however, Hughes is having a surprisingly un-sucky season this year. Who knew?

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Braves 8, Reds 0: The Braves have won six of seven, finally finding some offense during this stretch. A lot of it has come from Justin Upton, who has a 12 game hitting streak and drove in three here. The Reds, meanwhile, have lost six in a row.

Rays 1, Tigers 0: It ain’t often that a dude throws a one-hitter and his team still loses, but it happened to David Price. Could be worse — could be a Harvey Haddix situation — but this still has to be frustrating. For what it’s worth: the one-hitter loss thing has happened 65 times in baseball history and four times this year. Losing a one hitter in which no walks were allowed to the winning team, as was the case here: three times in the past century.

Angels 2, Red Sox 0: A four-game sweep at Fenway ain’t what it used to be, but it’s still pretty good, especially for a west coast team on an east coast swing. Matt Shoemaker allowed only one hit while pitching into the eighth. He had a no-hitter until there were two down in the sixth, actually. He struck out nine. More importantly: he gave the pen a breather in advance of the big series against the A’s which starts tonight.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Somewhere in Denver, the Feesh are getting dizzy running up a flight of stairs at their hotel. I do hope they remembered to bring along their cannisters of kelp-scented oxygen. They face a series of CRUCIAL GAMES against the Rocky Mountain Oysters in their Quixotic Quest of 2014.

    Incidentally, the other day I wondered, rhetorically if’n truth be told, what Scrooge McLoria had done with the Chihuahua. Well, it seems that he was only having him fixed for the sakes of the knees of the seated, and low and behold (well, he is kinda puny), he appears in an interview ejaculating about the great turnaround of the team since last year. Yip, yip, hooray! Lil’ doggie is back.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Loria doesn’t deserve a chihuahua, he deserves a slamhound.

      • Old Gator - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Slotted to his pheromones? Phew!

  2. trbmb - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    It seems that the Walkoff has become so much a phenomena and achievement such that I would propose initiating a Point System similar to the NHL. 2 Points for every Win and an extra point for a Walkoff, win or lose. Certainly need to examine doing this very closely as the ultimate aim will be to have most every team close to playoff eligible right up to the last few days of the season.

  3. succulentnipples - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Johnathon Football.

  4. tellyspop - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    I was looking forward to the return of David Price like Godzilla goes back to Tokyo. The pageantry, the excitement, dead bodies, chaos, and the eve of destruction!
    Conch fans were lined up three or four in a row at the box offices quivering with anticipation for the visiting Price is Right show. One item was different at the Trop this time. Huge signs now dot the moonscape warning Cranks to leave their pocket knives in their vehicles. Something much have happened. I’ll have to get back to you as I have my staff research this development.

    Conch batsmen pounded the slender Detroit left hander for a caliente ground ball for an error and then a ringing triple to score a run. Ha Ha, this going to be fun! That was the end to our scoring, walking and errors. The breeze picked up as Rays hitters flailed away and King David mowed down the home 9 + 1. (King Felix fans thousands, but David strikes out ten thousands.)

    Fortunately El Tigre channeled their inner Cobb, not Tyrus mind you, but Alex who shucked the Detroit squad for no runs, Zero. With your renta playa Price, who went eight strong innings, he and his mates lost the game on a one hitter! A big shout out to Eugenics Suarez for the error and opening the door to the house of snatching defeat from the mouth of Victory. Your consolation prize is a set of steak knives and extra big bag of Florida gator jerky!

    For our former beloved teammate, David “Godzilla” Price, we will miss you dearly brah. In tribute here is a Godzilla haiku:

    “The years roll on by
    I destroy, you build again
    In ceaseless wonder”

    • Old Gator - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      “You have your fear, which might become reality, and you have Godzilla, which is reality.”
      -Ogata

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Ahem – the Tiggers are renting to own and they have him for next year. If he passes on the extension that they offered Scherzer, they can always give him a QO at the end of 2015.

      If I could have scripted Price’s return to Tampa, hopefully it would have been almost as good as that game.

    • indaburg - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      This recap made my morning, tellyspop. “The pageantry, the excitement, dead bodies, chaos, and the eve of destruction!”

      • tellyspop - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Tellyspop blushes, digs toe in dirt. ty

      • indaburg - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        You’re welcome.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Second that, burgie.

  5. philliesblow - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    A little trivia about Price’s outing. It was the first time a big-league pitcher had lost a complete game one-hitter since June 22, 2006 (Anthony Reyes of the Cardinals). It was the first time in the American League since Aug. 23, 2005 (Freddy Garcia of the White Sox). The Cardinals and White Sox won the World Series in those years. Omen? Probably not.

    • indaburg - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      A little more to trivia–it was the first time the Tigers lost a game in which they allowed only one hit (source: TBT). It’s very nice of the Tigers to make Price feel like he never left the Rays.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Ouch

  6. Kevin S. - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Yankee fans knew Phil would be better outside YSIII. While we didn’t expect him to morph into peak Curt Schilling, only giving up a normal number of home runs would allow him to really shine.

  7. kastout11 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Kershaw is ridiculous, and he is only getting better.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Actually, when Kershaw finished his 8 innings, he was LOSING the game 1-0. He was saved by a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th that ruined Tyson Ross’ shutout attempt. Craig kinda left that out.

  8. ripwarrior - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    HO KOGAN could hit off kershaw

  9. jarathen - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    First time the Angels pulled off a four game sweep in Boston since 1962. Angels hae a rough schedule, ducking out of Boston and flying into the Bay Area before trying get the energy up to tackle what I think is the best team in baseball, especially without Skaggs and Richards. But I can still hope.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      The Richards thing really sucks – congrats on a 4-game sweep. Y’all can have Buchholz …. please?

      • jarathen - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Clay would be an improvement over Wade “Don’t Call Me Matt” LeBlanc.

  10. Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Even after missing a month earlier in the season, Clayton Kershaw has managed to lead the league in complete games . . . not only compared to other individual pitchers, but to other TEAMS as well.

    I love me some hometown Kluber, but Clayton is the best CK out there.

  11. phillysports1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Hey, Tyson Ross is a pretty good pitcher too. Made one mistake !

    • icanspeel - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Yeah Ross was pitching a hell of a game.. got overshadowed by Kershaw after his 1 mistake pitch.

  12. natstowngreg - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    This Nats walk-off was a bit different.
    Gio left the Nats in a hole? Um, nope, 7 scoreless innings. [In the 4-game D-backs series, the starters allowed 4 runs in 29 innings, 3 by Jordan Zimmermann.]
    The bullpen failed? Um, nope, Matt Thornton and Rafael Soriano were OK.
    A walk-off hit/sac fly by a different hitter? Um, nope, Anthony Rendon hit a harmless grounder to third.

    Very few baseballs were harmed in the making of this game; no extra-base hits…The Nats were 0-13 w/RISP. Due respect to Wade Miley, but one would think they could have gotten a hit by accident…Over 32K paid for a late afternoon start in August, against a non-contender. Must have been the Ian Desmond bobbleheads. In true bobblehead fashion, Ian didn’t play. Interesting that Danny Espinosa played short instead of Asdrubal Cabrera…So, Denard Span has an alter ego. At least, Denard’s alter ego performs a lot better than Nyjer Morgan’s alter ego, Tony Plush…Someone flashed a list on TV of the teams that had similar walk-off success in a short period. We’ve heard about the last one, the 1916 Astros. But the first one was interesting–the 1919 White Sox. Of course, that team’s excellence is lost to history, for obvious reasons.

    The Braves won their 6th of 7, so the Nats’ lead remains at 7 games. In the mythical Season That Ends Today, the Giants would play the NL Death Match(tm) in St. Louis, the winner traveling to Washington. Doug Fister vs. long-time Nats nemesis Tim Hudson tonight.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Oops, 1986 Astros.

      • stex52 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Thanks for the flashback. 1986 Astros were my favorite Houston team ever. May the Nats show their quality while having a little more luck in the NLCS.

  13. sportsdrenched - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    “His K/B ratio this year: 184/22.”

    That’s like Xbox set on Rookie Mode type stuff. That’s just stupid.

    The Royals gaining a half game in the Tigers in a game that David Price gave up 1 run is also stupid, but I’ll take it. Seems like the fluky luck is going the Royals way for a bit.

  14. APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    The Big Series this weekend is the Angels at the Mausoleum, where they face the A’s and the O.Co plumbing. After sweeping Boston in Fenway, the Angels have to be riding a huge wave of confidence, unlike the A’s who have been sputtering.

    The A’s have to win this series. It’s getting later in the year, they don’t want to hear about peaking too soon, or the loss of Cespedes, or any other criticism that comes when high expectations flounder on the rocks of reality. After two feel-good seasons, this was supposed to be a “take it to the next level” season.

    It certainly started out that way, and lasted for 4 months. In April, I felt, along with many others, that a likely challenger would emerge from either Texas or Anaheim. Texas’ injury issues disqualified them, but the emergence of Anaheim’s starting pitchers, and particularly the now-injured Garret Richards, plus the FO moves to shore up the bullpen, have enabled the Angels offense to score enough runs to win and win consistently.

    The Angels come into this series with a 2 game lead over the A’s. By winning the series the A’s can draw closer or possibly even regain the lead. But losing the series will mean either a gap of 3 or 5 games. Then next week the two teams play again for 4 games in Anaheim. If the A’s also lose that series, at the end of August, that would require a 2002 style 20 game win streak for the A’s overcome the Angels. Possible, but unlikely. This is a must-win series for the A’s. Their pitching is lined up for it. Let’s go, Oakland!

  15. shoehole - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Kershaw looks like he’s throwing a balk on every pitch with his odd windup and delivery.

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