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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Aug 25, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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Yankees 7, White Sox 4: A pinch-hit, walkoff homer for Brian McCann in the bottom of the tenth inning. The Yankees scored four runs — none of them earned — against Chris Sale. They’ve won four in a row and refuse, Rasputin-like, to die.

Rockies 7, Marlins 4: Sure, the Rockies won this one, but the Marlins took the season series 4-3. And, as you’re no doubt aware, the winner of the Rockies-Marlins series each year takes home the 1993 Cup. It’s a large, pewter trophy with a little speaker in it that plays Haddaway’s “What is Love” if you press the button. It’s also filled with VHS tapes containing the first season of the “X-Files.” It’s pretty prestigious, actually.

Indians 3, Astros 1: Trevor Bauer tossed six shutout innings. The Indians runs came on a sac fly and a couple of singles. No inning featured more than one run scored. Yet it took three hours and fourteen minutes. I feel like this is exactly the kind of game that baseball needs to speed up as it looks at pace-of-play issues.

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1Evan Longoria with an RBI single in the tenth to put the Rays ahead to stay. I suppose this being an extra innings game takes it out of the pace-of-play conversation, but it’s still nuts that even a ten-inning 2-1 game can take three hours and twenty-eight minutes.

Mariners 8, Red Sox 6: The M’s sweep the Sox, sending Boston to its eighth straight defeat. Dustin Ackley was 3 for 5 with a double, a triple and three runs scored. This one was over four hours long. It featured (a) tons of men left on base; (b) two stars in Robinson Cano and David Ortiz leaving with illness and injury, respectively; and (c) with an otherwise top-flight pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma getting beat up. That’s about a 9.6 on the ugly scale. A long rain delay or an instant replay debacle would’ve pushed it to a 10.

Mets 11, Dodgers 3: A big win and a triple play? That’s a fun day at the old ballpark for the visiting team. Of course, the triple play doesn’t happen if Puig doesn’t Puig his way into out number three at hime plate. Didnt even slide or anything. But hey, they were down by five at the time. It’s not like making dumb outs on the base paths really mattered at that point. [Someone whispers in my ear]. I’m sorry, I take that back. Running into outs is way worse when you’re down by a bunch of runs. My apologies. Oh, Yasiel.

Reds 5, Braves 3: Not as close as the score would suggest, as Alfredo Simon held the Braves in check all day before the bullpen let a couple of runs across. It was Simon’s first win since the All-Star break. I had forgotten that he was actually an All-Star this year.

Nationals 14, Giants 6: The Nats were down 5-0 after three innings and were down 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Then they scored 12 unanswered runs off of Giants pitchers. Well, the runs were answered with lots of expletives and stuff — Jake Peavy was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and he didn’t even pitch in this game — but they weren’t answered with any other runs. The Nats extend their division lead to eight games.

Padres 7, Diamondbacks 4Yasmani Grandal had a three run homer and a sac fly. Ian Kennedy beat his old mates. Well, normally we assume that former teammates are “old mates” in that friendship way, but I’m pretty sure the Dbcaks’ team handbooks requires no relationship higher then “frenemies” for former Diamondbacks players under penalty of a Miguel Montero wedgie.

Phillies 7, Cardinals 1: Jerome Williams allowed one run on five hits in eight innings. I suppose the third team of the 2014 season is the charm. Justin Masterson has a 7.43 ERA in five starts since being traded to the Cardinals at the deadline. So that’s not looking to hot I suppose.

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Brewers 4, Pirates 3: Mike Fiers allows two runs on two hits in seven and helps the Brew Crew avoid the sweep. Fiers has been a revelation for the Brewers since being called on to replace Matt Garza in the rotation. He’s struck out 32 and walked just four in four starts with a 1.29 ERA since.

Cubs 2, Orioles 1Tsuyoshi Wada didn’t allow a hit until surrendering a Steve Pearce homer with one out in the seventh. And that was the only offense Baltimore would get.

Tigers 13, Twins 4: Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter each drove in four in this rout. Seventy-three runs were scored in this four-game series. The Twins outscored the Tigers 42 to 31 yet the series was a split.

Rangers 3, Royals 1: The Rangers avoid the sweep. Scott Baker got his first win as a starter in more than three years. It was around 100 degrees for this game. Kind of sticks out for those of us in the Midwest and/or east coast, where’s it’s been a pretty cool and went summer. My brain really hasn’t gotten into “crap, summer heat sucks” mode all season. And my kids start school today, so it’s not going to feel mentally like summer much more either. Weird year.

Angels 9, Athletics 4Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three, Mike Trout hit a homer and the Angels salvaged one in Oakland. Still, they leave on top of the division. To be continued next weekend.

  1. ch0psuey - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    Yasmani Grandal getting hot lately. Now if Jedd Gyorko would do the same….

    • ptfu - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      That would be nice. At this point, I’d settle for lukewarm…tepid…temperate…

      • gloccamorra - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        I just checked, and this “Jedd Gyorko” character is apparently leading the team in RBI’s, after missing 46 games on the disabled list.

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    The Yankees continue to hang around both the Wild Card and with a little luck the AL East Division. What could have been a disastrous 6 game home stand after the Yankees lost the first 2 games to the Astros turned out to be a pretty successful one with them going 4-2. Especially when the Orioles got swept by the Cubs.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Not getting sucked in again. They’ve made me think “well, maybe…” before this year before tripping on themselves. They can’t consistently beat the bad teams they need to beat.

      • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        I know, right? I got sucked in a couple of weeks ago during the Detroit series at home when they took a couple of those games against there aces and started really to feel maybe there is a chance, but I’m not buying into it again. There’s just not enough offense or consistency.

      • theskinsman - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Bring out your dead!

        They’re not quite dead yet…

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Not getting sucked in again? Why not? They have the best pitching staff in all of baseball. Hell it may be the best staff of the last 30 years or so. McCarthy is better than Kershaw in his prime. Shane Greene makes Randy johnson look ordinary. Plus even their 4th and 5th guys are pretty much aces. Capuano is awesome. And they have a bunch of 40 year old position players that always come up big. I see no reason they don’t make it to the world series

      • girardisbraces - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Also, they still haven’t invented a sarcasm font.

      • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        @bigmeechy74: You know, I’ve come to the conclusion when reading your comments is to just think the exact opposite to anything you say and I’m pretty sure that’s what you’re really thinking or you’re just a very, very delusional person and need immediate attention from a doctor.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        The Yankees’ minus 34 run differential is a pythagorean record of 60-68, yet they’re 67-61. There’s just one word for that: Destiny!

  3. janessa31888 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Yikes. I’d hope a change of scenery would do Justin some good, but it appears it hasn’t. Sorry, Cardinals. Glad to see Trevor Bauer had a nice outing yesterday. Now, if we only had a less crappy lineup…..

  4. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    “It was around 100 games for this game.” ??? degrees, maybe?

    Also, it’s going to really slow the pace here if every blurb tells me how long the game was…

    It was a great homestand (and Matt Williams got on the bus to for the road trip), unlike the last 10-game win streak, when Jim Riggleman didn’t).

    Fortuitously, I got a day off for an extra walkoff (on Tuesday) and had to work on Friday for the only loss. You know you’re living right when your starter gives up five runs in three innings, your team doesn’t get a hit until the fourth inning, the opponents get an extra run because the ballgirl doesn’t pick up her chair, they put in a reliever with runners on 1st and 3rd and only one out, and the reliever picks the runner off first before he throws a pitch (but probably NOT before he balks)–and you score two more runs after the pickoff.

    The relievers in question were not slouches. Jeremey Affeldt (ERA 1.94) and Jean Machi (1.46). Those ERAs are pre-August 24.

    It was 9-6 when they put in Juan Gutierrez and Rafael Soriano was warming in the bullpen for the save. Gutierrez is the 7th slowest pitcher on Baseball Prospectus at slightly over 17 seconds per pitch. All that deliberation didn’t stop him giving up five runs.

    • NatsLady - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      Grrrr, SLIGHTLY OVER 27 seconds per pitch… They have a sortable table over there where you can look it up. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/index.php?cid=1667310

    • natstowngreg - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Watching at home (As it happened, my (half) season ticket for the series was for Friday’s debacle), at 6-2, I had almost given up, considering the Giants’ good bullpen. Almost. Then Ian Desmond homered. Hmmm…

      Eleven runs later, the Nats had their 12th in 13; 9th in 10 on the homestand; 17th in 23 in August. They gained a couple of games on the Braves during the homestand, thanks in part to the Reds showing signs of life. Their 8-game lead is the largest of any dividsion leader. Off to Philly, Seattle and LA, before spending most of September playing their NL East divisionmates.

  5. dondada10 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    I understand Puig made a bone head play and what not, but eventually Lucas Duda has to be the game story from yesterday’s Dodgers/Mets game. He hit two homers, one a spectacular bomb, and has 26 overall. That coming after losing a lot of at-bat to Ike Davis earlier in the year.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      I think Craig like Lucas Duda, but Yasiel Puig is the thing that perks up his daisy. So, it’ll always be Puig; unless maybe Duda called his shots or something, but even then, Craig would find a way to work Puig in. Probably say something like, “if Yasiel Puig called his shot, he would be strung up by a mob of old, white men!” Just like how Babe Ruth was killed in Chicago.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Or maybe I planned a post about Duda separately?

      • dondada10 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Indeed you did, sir.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    I never understood starting school the week before a three-day holiday. Start it August 15 or after Labor Day…

    • someguyinva - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      After Labor Day is the law in Virginia; you can Google it (King’s Dominion Law). Districts can apply for a two-year exception to the law based on previous years’ snow day usage, but otherwise, it’s the Tuesday after Labor Day.

      Minor quibble on the Nats’ report; Peavy was ejected early (top of the third, I think) before the Nats scored any runs (or even got any hits).

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      I think that’s an east coast thing. Schools have been on here for a week or two. That was an adjustment for me when I went east. One year we didn’t finish the semester until a couple of days before Christmas! On the other hand, we went to school half days in May and August often when I was a kid because not all of the schools had A/C.

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Ahh yes, I remember the “heat schedule” Maybe I can petition my boss to start a “heat schedule” at work.

        And, I remember always starting the Thursday or Friday before Labor Day to get settled in. Then the Tuesday after Labor Day real school started.

      • philliesblow - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Public schools in Michigan start the Tuesday after Labor Day because the tourism industry complained they were losing money when people don’t take one last trip to Mackinac Island for fudge if the kids go back to school before Labor Day.

    • jarathen - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Even in my metro area it varies. Most schools started last Tuesday, the 19th, but others begin on Thursday the 14th.

      Like Virginia, school is legally not to start until after Labor Day here in Iowa, but schools apply for waivers and are granted them every year.

  7. philliesblow - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    It took a couple games, but the Lions defense finally slowed down Adrian Peterson.

    Despite giving up a ton of runs to the Twins and managing to lose the 1 hitter that Price threw against Tampa, the Tigers still managed a winning 7 game road trip and lost only 1 game to the red-hot Royals. Hopefully JV is able to stay healthy enough to avoid any more Buck Farmer starts the rest of the way for the Tigers.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      “Omar is off the chain!”

  8. clydeserra - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    The A’s need to stay off National tv. that is the thing.

    Doesn’t really bode well for October if they get there.

  9. girardisbraces - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    After almost 20 years of futility, I have to imagine that a 7 1/2 game lead for the Orioles with 34 games left is not enough for the average O’s fan…. Can you say “apoplexy”?

    Of course, the 2014 Yankees are like a box of chocolates…. you never know what you’re going to get. Day to day, it’s a mystery. They finally got some wins of the walk-off variety this weekend and seem to be getting more of the run-producing hits that they haven’t been getting previously.

    Stranger things have happened…. But I’m still not holding my breath.

    • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      I think the O’s are good to go. By no means should anyone look at the Yankees winning three in a row or them scoring more than four runs in a game as a sign things are changing there. The O’s could make it interesting if they start to cool off going into September, but I think they’re just too good to let let the Yankees or Toronto catch them. I would love for the Yankees to at least make it interesting, but I’m not going to let myself slip into some false reality. They’re just too inconsistent.

      • girardisbraces - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Oh I think the O’s have it pretty much in the bag – I was just saying that their fans might be holding their collective breaths after this weekend, since they haven’t won jack since Bill Clinton was president. That lead is not insurmountable, and the Yankees have obviously been in similar positions before (albeit with much better teams.)
        I’m not even counting on the 2nd wild card at this point. I would be pleasantly surprised if they make the postseason.

      • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        I totally agree with regard to the Yankees and the playoffs. I’m not sure what to expect next season from them, but I’m hoping some of these guys who had really below average seasons bounce back a little. There’s no reason the offense should be this stagnate.
        Other than the O’s, I think the rest of the AL east is a bit of a mess.

    • girardisbraces - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Wow, I have no idea what standings I was looking at. It’s 6 games, not 7 1/2 (maybe I was looking at the Jays in the standings before they lost yesterday!)

  10. Old Gator - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    The Feesh stranded so many baserunners against the Rocky Mountain Oysters this past weekend that Obama was considering airstrikes and a special forces mission to evacuate them. It takes a certain janessykwois to make one of the two or three worst pitching staphs in the game look like a meeting on Olympus of Cy Young Winners but that’s pretty much what our Rainbow Warriors did. On an afternoon when everyone ahead of them in the wild card race also lost, the Feesh reclaimed about as much ground as Russell means and the Wounded Knee rebellion.

    I think the most telling vignettes of the Feesh’s lost weekend in the thin air was the way that Charlie Blackman not once, but twice, made the Rainbow Warriors’ outfielders look clueless. On Friday night, he stretched a single into a double when ChristIan Yelich lobbed the ball back in as if he were playing soft toss with somebody’s baby daughter. Last night, Blackman did the same thing – on a ground ball single – to the Iron Giant. You would think that after he bearded them once, the Feesh would have learned. But no-o-o-o-oooo. I like this Charlie Blackman guy. He’s more opportunistic than an anti-immigration right wing border county tea party congressional candidate. How cheap is he? Maybe Scrooge McLoria can trade Garrett Jones and all of our second basemen for him this weenter.

    Sad Hand couldn’t have found the plate last night if he were a starving Blue Tick. He hit a couple of hitters too. After a couple of innings of his Ryne Duren impersonation, your Rocky Mountain Oyster batter stepped to the plate feeling like an adulteress in northern Pakistan. Mike Redmond’s solution was to replace him with someone who knew how to throw the ball into the dirt instead, and leave Bad Penny in there for three innings to take a beating because the rest of the boolpen was gassed. Yes, and it was also, in so many ways, like ceding the season to Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth and the rest of the baseball gods.

    And our guys woke up this morning in a familiar position, looking up at the strange attractor, much like Buddy waking up in that vacant lot with a killer hangover in Suttree: “Some starlings had alighted on a wire overhead in perfect progression like a piece knotted string fallen slantwise. Crooning, hooked wings. Foul yellow mutes came squeezing from under their fanned tails.”

    Yep, that’s what mediocrity and haplessness do to you. Tonight, it’s the Mike Trout – Iron Giant mutual admiration society as two MVP candidates duke it out. Good time to be an Angels fan, one of the two teams the Giant would most like to play for.

    • groupofsevenrules - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      What is it with you on a Monday morning? How do you do that? Most of us get up with the enthusiasm of a sack of rancid potatoes. What are you ON anyway?

      Which reminds me to ask something I have been meaning to ask for a week or so: are you REALLY writing a book about the Feesh and Loria, or is that just another extension of your normally demented HBT discourse?

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        I am really writing it. The working title is Plan Nine from Montreal. It’s coming along slowly because I have other serious obligations ahead of it and it’s mostly for Mephistophelian fun. I’ve re-crafted the obligatory “the characters in this book are more or less fictional” preface about eight times, trying to find the best way to disclaim the disclaimer so that I can disclaim the disclaimation of the disclaimer if pressed. Polysemousness is a bitch. I was even thinking of shipping free copies to various Feesh players’ fan sites. Craig said he’d write the introduction but after I implied last week that it would be unwise of him to wear turtlenecks, I don’t even know if he’s still talking to me.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        There’s a way around using the disclaimer, OG: use real names and call it a satire. That should save you from lawsuits, because satire is free speech, or something like that (see Craig for details). To avoid extra-legal situations, you might want to use a nom de plume, and have your royalty checks delivered to a Swiss numbered bank account so you can’t be tracked.

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        At my age, I probably won’t remember what the number of the account is. Hell man, I can barely remember my own phone number – and it’s tough to talk to yourself under circumstances like that.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Rocky Mountain Oysters = Bulls Balls
      Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Ackcherley, they’re good. And so are lamb fries, the appetizer version. I don’t have a working recipe for either, since my local Publix and Winn Dixie don’t stock them and the local Santeras’ worshipping congregations usually have dibs on the sacrificed ones. I’m also unaware of any restaurants in Macondo that offer them. There are a few places in Tejas that I always visit when out that way and one in Manitou Springs just northwest of Colorado Springs where I order them; I prefer them deep fried and crispy on the outside, well seasoned with cayenne and gouts of ketchup.

        There are probably some feminist restaurants out there that serve them mashed, too.

  11. tellyspop - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    The Society of friends for Tellyspop, our “dear leader” would like to thank the Toronto Blue Jays “leader,” Joey Bats-san for getting the heave-ho during the sixth stanza and letting his replacement lose the game for the Jays vs. Rays game yesterday.

    Some may say the Rays taking two of three was fowl and a lark, but I prefer that it was an exultation for beisball fortune! No mention in the above blog post was made of Senor Encarnacion, who batting in the same inning was even more insanely demonstrative about his called third strike and then walked away from the plate without a grand jury indictment of ejection!

    Conch Chris Archer pitched well and Longo’s hit won the game. However Rays’ late inning base running and poor infield defense left me reaching for the 40mg lisinopril to calm my overheated heart of darkness.

    I have recently noticed the early season blow fish puffery, and chest pounding for the World Serious and Jays championship ascendancy predictions here on the blog, have disappeared into the Canadian Witness Protection program. No longer to be heard from. As summer wanes, I was glad the the Rays could throw a few more grains of dirt on the corpse of Blue Jay Baseball. C’mon hockey season!

    No brigadier throughout the year
    So civic as the jay.
    A neighbor and a warrior too,
    With shrill felicity

    Pursuing winds that censure us
    A February day,
    The brother of the universe
    Was never blown away.

    The snow and he are intimate;
    I ‘ve often seen them play
    When heaven looked upon us all
    With such severity,

    I felt apology were due
    To an insulted sky,
    Whose pompous frown was nutriment
    To their temerity.

    The pillow of this daring head
    Is pungent evergreens;
    His larder — terse and militant —
    Unknown, refreshing things;

    His character a tonic,
    His future a dispute;
    Unfair an immortality
    That leaves this neighbor out.

    E. Dickinson

    • groupofsevenrules - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Since I’m asking questions this morning, is your handle a reference to Kojack’s lollypop? Just wondering….

    • indaburg - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I silently thanked Bautista for his petulance when his replacement was unable to catch a ball that Baustista would have likely catched with ease.

      How does a 2-1 10 inning game go 3 hours and 28 minutes? The Jays were 1 for 10 with RISP. The Rays were 1 for 11. It was a game of the impotent versus the futile. Utter frustration.

      • tellyspop - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        It was a Rays game, we understand that going in my dear friend. We specialize in these games. We bow and fart in the general direction of Jobu. I had the Sailor Jerry 92 proof Naval rum and smuggled Cubanos from when I stood on the deck of the remains of the Pilar and yelled epithets at F. Castro, Rays Win, again! Like Shaggy use to say, it wasn’t really me, but it was a win, another win!

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Not much good about last night’s A’s loss to the Angels. Weaver’s quasi-eephus curve ball (the queephus) had the A’s off-balance all night. Weaver has evolved into the right-handed Jamie Moyer, throwing an assortment of slop that is cannily effective. I guess that’s called pitching. He still tops at 90, but sits around 87. Whatever, it worked last night.

    My GF, who’s a native SoCal girl, and Orange Co at that, loves the Angels. Friday and Saturday she was screaming at the TV, berating the A’s players and invoking Jobu. I guess it paid off, as after Hamilton’s shot she exclaimed “now that’s entertainment” with a silly grin. Meanwhile I’m thinking that Kaz missed the catcher’s target by 3 feet-again. She was even more beside herself after Trout attacked the center field camera platform with his missile. Star power, she calls it.

    There’s something to be said for that. There’s also something to be said for good pitching. Last night the Angels had it but the A’s did not.

    • jarathen - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Kazmir’s a scary guy. You never know if he’s going to be an ace or if he’s going to gas can the game. Usually it’s one, but sometimes….

      Jered Weaver lives for games in places like OCo and the Big A, where he can use a more spacious field of play to his advantage and his goal is to get hitters to get 80% of the ball with their swings.

      He’s lost some velocity and is now a #2/#3 guy, but without Richards he’s really the only solid guy I’d count on in the entire rotation in a one-game playoff.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        The other consideration is that Richards would have been really effective at stopping any losing streaks, not that the Angels will have another such streak in 2014 :)

        As for Kaz, his inconsistency seems to be par for the course for A’s pitchers up until they got Lester. The thought that this race will be extremely close all the way to Oct 1 at which time there may be a 1 game playoff was part of the impetus for that trade.

    • daveitsgood - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Everybody knows that much like Jesus, Jobu doesn’t help you hit the curveball. You have to do it yourself. I’m sure there’s a parable to be found here, but I just can’t think of one at this time.

  13. daveitsgood - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Interesting enough, Peavy and Hudson were both ejected yesterday, yet neither was pitching. They weren’t ejected for arguing balls and strikes, but rather for continually pointing out within earshot of the 3rd base ump that the Nats pitcher was continually committing a balk by not coming to a complete stop when coming set.

  14. cmp78 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    This weekend marked the first time the Mariners have swept the Sox in Fenway EVER. And they gained two games on the Angels, and one on the A’s. They were 11 1/2 out of first place at the end of July, and are now 6 back. So while the Angels and A’s play each other again next weekend, the M’s get them a total of 13 times in September. This is going to be a fun race.

  15. bigmeechy74 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    People think I’m being sarcastic. I’m not. Brandon McCarthy is the best pitcher in all of baseball. I called it when they traded for him. I knew it. He NEVER walks anyone and NEVER gives up any runs. So how could you get better than that? The yankees are so cheesy. They never draft well. They sign people to horrible contracts. Then they just pull this McCarthy/Prado/Shane Greene crap out of thin air and DOMINATE for NO REASON

    • pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Do you have split personalities?

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        I called it when they acquired McCarthy. I said he would be the best pitcher in baseball for the rest of the year for no apparent reason. Or at least top 5. Everyone LOL’d. But I have been 100% right. I hate the yankees with a passion and I am sick of them being good when they shouldn’t be. Their run differential is -40, barely better than the damn cubs. But yet they have a winning record. It’s incredibly annoying.

    • tellyspop - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      OK man whatever you say

  16. janessa31888 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Old Gator is on a roll today. Much respect.

  17. pete2112 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    @bigmeechy74, What’s with that phrase “the Yankees are so cheesy”? What does that even mean? You actually make some valid points in that they sign horrible contracts and pulled off some really good trades at the deadline, but what world are you living on that you think the Yankees dominate and for no reason? They had 210 million reasons they should have dominated this season and yet failed miserably.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Injuries, man. INJURIES. They have a winning record and a losing run differential, while teams like the Reds have a winning run differential and a losing record. Did you know the Diamondbacks won 90 games with a minus 20 run differential, and won their division? This here’s a strange game.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      I think they are lucky and cheesy and get all the breaks. I am biased. I hate them. A lot. I can’t stand it that they are still in the race.

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