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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 27, 2014, 7:09 AM EDT

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Royals 2, Twins 1: Alex Gordon with the walkoff two-run homer. This one, apparently, was called by the bat boy. Here’s Yost’s telling of it:

“The bat boy who never says anything turns around and says, `Esky is going to get a hit and Gordo’s taking him in the fountain,” Yost said. “I said, `OK. Sounds like a pretty good plan.”

“Esky” for Escobar? It’s sad that the convention of lazy baseball nicknames is reaching yet another generation.

Giants 3, Rockies 0: MadBum — which is another lazy nicknaming convention but not as lazy as simply adding a “y” to the first syllable — was perfect into the eighth and finished with a one-hit shutout in which he struck out 13 dudes. He needed only 103 pitches to do it which, given the strikeout total, is really damn impressive. One hanging breaking ball that Justin Morneau hit for a double was all that stood between Bumgarner and perfection.

Angels 8, Marlins 2: The Angels are back alone atop the AL West and all of baseball thanks to yet another nice start from Matt Shoemaker, who allowed only two hits over seven shutout innings. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols both went 3 for 4.

Astros 4, Athletics 2: Chris Carter helped put the Angels in first too, and knocked the A’s out of this one, with a three-run homer in the eighth. Carter has homered in four of his past five games against his old team. He has 32 on the year.

Orioles 4, Rays 2: I’ve been complaining a lot about the pace of play lately, but here the guys in the game were too, following a 4-2, nine-inning game which lasted three hours and thirty-seven minutes. Here’s Buck Showalter:

“It was a mentally challenging game because it’s such a grind. A lot of time, a lot of deep counts, a lot of catcher visits.”

Here’s catcher Caleb Joseph:

“Coming off last night, we had such a great game and you want to kind of repeat it, but the pace of the game kind of slows your excitement down a little bit. You’ve got to stay into it, and our guys did a great job.”

If the manager of the winning team and the guy who drove in two for the winning team are talking about the pace of the game being a barrier to enjoying it, how are fans supposed to feel?

Padres 4, Brewers 1: Tyson Ross pitched well, but he also doubled and scored in the third and walked in the fifth. He’s now 4 for 10 with two walks in the month of August. Viva La National League.

Mariners 5, Rangers 0: Endy Chavez hit a two-run double, Robinson Cano socked a homer and James Paxton tossed six and two-thirds shutout innings. The Rangers didn’t get a runner past first base until the ninth inning.

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5: The Dodgers hung six on the Dbacks in the fourth inning, thanks in part to two calls — a play at the plate and a bunt single to first base — which were overturned on replay, allowing the rally to continue. Not that there was anything particularly controversial about it. It was really more about Trevor Cahill getting knocked around like crazy which was the problem.

Mets 3, Braves 2: Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and had seven putouts in center field, one of which was a diving catch in the gap, robbing Alex Wood of a hit. Lagares is incredible out there.

Indians 8, White Sox 6: In the tenth, with a runner on second, Zach Walters was asked to bunt. He couldn’t get the bunt down, so he ended up swinging away. Which was pretty darn lucky considering he hit a two-run homer that ended up winning the game. Cleveland continues to hang around, 4.5 back in the wild card.

Cubs 3, Reds 0: Travis Wood had been in a horrible funk, but he snapped out of it against his former team, allowing two hits over six shutout innings. Big day for “against his former team” yesterday.

Tigers 5, Yankees 2: The Yankees winning streak ends at five. Rick Porcello picked up his fifteenth win of the season after eight solid frames. Jacoby Ellsbury had two homers in a winning effort in a losing cause.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 2: Ike Davis hit a a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth. Josh Harrison added a homer. Bad news, though: Andrew McCutchen left early after aggravating that rib injury that sent him to the DL earlier this month. It’s unclear if he’ll be out today.

Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 7: Just your standard seven-run 11th inning. Part of it was a Mike Napoli three-run homer which went approximately fifty gabillion miles. Allen Craig hit a two-run shot in the same inning. Dustin Pedroia drove in four on the night. Fifteen pitchers appeared in this four hour, thirty-three minute affair.

Phillies 4, Nationals 3: The Phillies have won five of six. And yet another Phillies player was mad at Ryne Sandberg for how he was used in the game. Cole Hamels this time, who ended up with the no-decision after being yanked in the eighth. Sandberg’s hook was a bit quick — Hamels had only thrown 84 pitches — but it’s notable that this stuff is happening even with the Phillies winning a lot lately.

  1. NatsLady - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    I dunno about Colbert being yanked “early.” He barely escaped a bases loaded jam in the 7th (sharp liner and a ground out), and then gave up a solo homer to the first batter in the 8th to tie the game. We were actually wondering why Sandberg didn’t bring Ken Giles in to start the 8th. That guy is just about unhittable.

    On the nickname front, Bryce Harper called Asdrubal Cabrera “Droobs” the other day. Make of it what you will.

    • NatsLady - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      Plus, if he’s whining about the no-decision, he himself did the job of giving up the tying run, not some reliever who followed him. Sometimes you look at actual results and not pitch count.

      There were two replay reviews in the game. Both overturned the field ump’s call, and both went against the Nats. And, yes, THEY were controversial. The first one should not have been overturned, period. Then Sandberg would not have had a challenge left for the second one in the 8th inning that eventually led to the winning run. That was closer but we all looked at slo-mo stop-frame, and still it wasn’t clear whether or not the first baseman’s foot was touching the bag (the runner was called out on the field). I don’t think that’s the spirit of the rule.

      However, the runner would have been erased caught stealing if the Nats catcher (Ramos) had made a better throw. He took third on a fly ball and scored on a sac-fly. So there were chances.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        It actually didn’t matter if they had a challenge left. After the 7th inning, the manager even without a challenge left can ask for a “Crew Chief Review” from the umpire and it is at the ump’s discretion.

        Crew Chief Reviews. At any time during a game, a Crew Chief may, in his sole discretion, initiate a Replay Review of a potential home run call (as defined in Section V.A below) or of a call involving the application of Official Baseball Rule 7.13 (“Collisions At Home Plate”). Moreover, if a Crew Chief exercises his discretion to initiate Replay Review of a call involving the application of Official Baseball Rule 7.13, the Replay Official shall review any other reviewable call on the runner at home plate on that play (e.g., whether the runner was forced or tagged out at home plate even if Rule 7.13 was not violated). With respect to other reviewable calls (including calls at home plate in which the Crew Chief has not requested Replay Review of a potential Rule 7.13 violation), beginning in the seventh inning, a Crew Chief may, in his sole discretion, conduct Replay Review upon his own initiative or upon the request of a Manager who has no remaining Manager Challenges. These Replay Reviews are subject to the following:
        A Club that has exhausted its Manager Challenges may request but cannot insist that the Crew Chief invoke his right to initiate Replay Review.
        Except in the case of potential home run calls, the Crew Chief shall not initiate Replay Review of any play or call if the requesting Manager has a Manager Challenge remaining.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        OMG – the FIRST call is the one you take exception to? Anthony Rendon himself was laughing when it was overturned, that was obvious!

        Here is the video of the first one, freeze it at 50 seconds, Rufs heel is on the bag

        As for the 2nd call, I certainly would not have been surprised had they said inconclusive, but they made the right call.

    • someguyinva - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      You’d have to ask Cabrera, but “Droobs” might be preferable to “#AssCab”, which is a thing for some –

  2. freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    The O’s game was really long for what it was. It didn’t help that Madden began his challenge walk as soon as he realized the game started, only to lose the challenge.

    • indaburg - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      It was a close play at the plate. Challenging that play was reasonable.

      You know what really didn’t help? That the home plate ump couldn’t keep track of balls and strikes, kind of his job, and the lot of them had to go review if Markakis walked or not. That’s ridiculous.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        “and the lot of them had to go review if Markakis walked or not”

        So true. I had the game on mute during that I can’t even begin to explain my confusion about what they were reviewing.

  3. psuravens19 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    I had to stop watching the O’s game is was so slow and boring… It didn’t help the umps had to review if Markakis walked or not.

    • nvl004 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      I don’t know that the pitchers in the Rays/O’s game were unreasonably slow to the plate. I only recall one Instant Replay Review. There just seemed to be a lot of pitches taken, a good amount of base-runners, and several pitching changes as neither pitcher pitched 5 innings.

      I don’t know that enforcing pace of the game rules would have changed this game all that much. Take away the balls/strikes replay review and this game still would have taken over 3 and a half hours.

      • nvl004 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        Although Alex Cobb’s delivery is a slow delivery by nature, I don’t recall him being slow getting back to the mound in between pitches.

    • cshearing - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Man, the Jays/Red Sox game was the same. Damned Red Sox, they make me despise watching their games. So slow and plodding. It was after 10:30, and we were still in the top if the 9th! And I used the think the Yankees were the worst for this…

      • psuorioles - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Most O’s games go pretty quick since they are a free swinging team, but it’s brutal when they play the Sox and Yanks…

  4. josemartez - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Steve Tolleson pitched for the Blue Jays last night and was one of their better pitchers of the night. Napoli’s home run landed in Manitoba.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Santos probably pitched for the last time in a Jays uniform. Jenkins is being recalled from the minors today and hopefully Santos will be Designated For Assignment.

  5. jinx21fan - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    It’s obviously time for the Blue Jays to wave the white flag. Once again management says we’re in a win now mode, but do nothing to bolster the lineup. So, throw basically everyone one the wire and see if there is a deal or two to be had. This team just isn’t going to do it. We have blue chip pitchers coming, we need to get a little younger in the field and lineup to see if we can get everything going together.

    They probably won’t be resigning Rasmus and someone might want some OF depth and a little pop. Janssen is almost guaranteed not to be returning, he would garner huge interest. Melky is another FA, but it would be nice to get him re-signed. Buehrle would be of some interest and possibly Dickey. EE and Bautista would net nice returns. I’m not saying anyone moves, but may as well throw the chit against the wall now and see what sticks. It really would be nice to get something for Janssen.

  6. philliesblow - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Other than the BP that he threw to Ellsbury, Porcello threw another excellent game and is now tied for the major league lead in wins. I know some aren’t big on pitcher wins as an individual stat, but it’s still something I never thought I’d see heading into September. Kinsler & Miggy turned in a couple sparkling defensive plays then to top it off, some guy wearing a Nathan 36 jersey pitched a perfect 9th for the save.

    The Tigers winning was icing on the cake of a great evening, spending the night at the ballpark with my son & my dad for dad’s annual birthday game. Life doesn’t get any better.

  7. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Hey, Craigy (or is it Calco?): stop picking on the bat boys.

  8. historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Yankees get Rick-rolled and MVP Miggy made some great defensive plays to contribute. No sweaty, drawn out 9th with Nathan in a game that moved along pretty well after the delay. Nicely done, fellas. It seemed like old times (and not the losey depressing ones).

  9. pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I knew the Yankee vortex I was in the last few days would come to an end eventually. It’s officially time to get ready for football.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Oh, relax. Today it’s Price on the mound. You’ll do fine. Hehe

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        You think the tigers have an advantage against Shane Greene? LOL!!!

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Hehe. How did that go for you?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Not so great. You’re welcome, Jetes.

    • pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      You need help, sir.

    • girardisbraces - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Hey, they’ve faced some pretty damn good pitchers the last week or so. They were bound to get beaten by at least ONE of them. And McCarthy has been a great pickup for the Yankees so far but he’s not Clayton Kershaw for crying out loud.

      I’m happy Ellsbury looks good on the road trip, so far. Five more games to go.

      • pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        That’s true. I’m just trying a little reverse psychology on myself.

        Ellsbury has looked good lately and it’s nice seeing him hit for power. It would be nice if the offense woke up a little this last month.

  10. RickyB - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Craig’s seven run rule strikes again! But I have to believe that a team that scores seven runs in an extra inning is more likely to win then a team that scored seven runs in just any inning. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a team that scored seven runs in an extra inning that went on to lose, ever.

  11. pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    I’m still kind of perplexed why the Tigers aren’t blowing away more teams when they can trot out ace after ace like they can. That rotation is almost as scary as some of the 90’s Braves teams and then you also have their offense & power to deal with. Scary team. I’m glad the Yankees won’t be seeing them in the playoffs…. well not glad.

  12. clydeserra - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    oh, Chris Carter. I can’t stay mad at you

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      I’m sure you could if you tried

  13. doctorofsmuganomics - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:44 AM

  14. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I really love that Craig scours player and manager comments at the end of every Oriole game looking for something to talk about in ATH. This has become a regular occurrence for you Craig! Keep up the good work! Go O’s!

  15. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Bad night for the Feesh as they find themselves staring up at the chromium underbelly of the strange attractor through a miasma of gossamer reality waves yet again. The Iron Giant followed up his Monday heroics with a three strikeout ohfer and started snapping at those low outside pitches again. Eovaldi turned in one of his worst performances of the year – 3-1/3, six runs, as his usual fifth inning came a couple of innings early. Monday, they faced an emergency scrapheap pitcher in Wade LeBlanc. Yesterday, they faced the Angels’ hot rookie Matt Shoemaker, abetted by an armada of big red elves. No joy. Asked about Eovaldi’s struggles since the All Star Rupture, Mike Redmond reached deep into his storehouse of hard-earned baseball wisdom, pondered for a moment, and then graced the assembled spawrtsrighters with this immortal gem: “To be able to win games at the big league level, you’ve got to be able to pitch.” That’s deep. Sounds like he rode over from the hotel last night sitting next to Crash Davis on the team bus.

  16. sportsdrenched - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    “Esky” for Escobar? It’s sad that the convention of lazy baseball nicknames is reaching yet another generation”

    Nedly’s Nicknames have been comical for a while. Just add a Y.

    Leading up to Gordon’s AB in the 9th Denny Matthews said something along the lines of “If this is your year, you find a way to win this game…” And two pitches later Gordon hits the HR. I’m sure you can find the audio if you really want to hear it.

    Anyway, Fun night in Royals Land.

  17. jarathen - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    The Angels are just getting by with four pitchers and whatever batting cage machine they throw out every fifth game right now, but man, how key has Matt Shoemaker been? Especially since Richards went down, the Angels need every quality start (a real one, not a statistical one) they can scrape together, and Shoemaker has been providing them.

    His run starting with his July 3rd start:

    8-2 record
    2.22 ERA, .574 OPS against
    6.1:1 SO:BB ratio

    It’s even better if I start with July 26th, but I prefer a larger sample size.

  18. wonkypenguin - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    If you want to speed up the game, eliminate the DH. People want a DH and fast games and they are counterintuitive.

    But the real point of this ATH is the movement we should all be starting to bring back kick ass nicknames. I’ll get the petition started.

    • jarathen - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      One of the great little features in OOTP games is the inclusion of nicknames. “Boxcar”, “Shifty”, “Air”, “Hollywood”, “Prophet”, the list goes on and on. “Prophet” was the best guy in the league at taking walks, as if he knew what was coming.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      I’m with you. I’ve twitter ranted about this more than once. I’m not one of those “things were better in the old days” Guys. But one thing we know was better in the old days was Nicknames.

      I’m sure that in the locker room that there are colorful awesome nicknames that are double un-PC and will never be known to the fans. You can’t tell me there’s not. Any time more than three dudes get together they all develop nicknames like “Whiskey Dick”, “Sizzle Chest” & “Lefty” (who lost three digits on his left hand in a 4th of July accident) You have to wonder what kind of nicknames get coined among 25 dudes who see each other more than their own families for 7 months out of the year.

      Some of these names need to be brought to light. Either that, or we the fans need to do a better job of nicknaming our ball players.

  19. APBA Guy - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I said it yesterday and I’ll keep saying it: why throw Chris Carter a strike late in the game, especially an off-speed pitch? Gregerson’s breaking stuff was mushy his entire outing, and it was not surprising that he had 2 on with Carter at bat. One of those was on due to a Vogt error, a really preventable miss on a throw to him at first, but Gregerson wasn’t sharp at all. Carter has been hitting the ball well since July 1. His first inning smash was not a double only due to the miracle of Jonny Gomes’ full diving layout in left.

    The fact that Carter’s smash carried the railroad tracks, coupled with his striking out repeatedly on heat at the letters, should probably be the last hint for the A’s that they should stop throwing Carter strikes late in the game. Thirty-two homeruns is no joke.

    Pomeranz vs. Peacock tonight. The A’s need to win the game to win the series.

  20. bigmeechy74 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I’m rarely shocked at something I see in sports. But I never expected the best pitcher in all of baseball to give up 4 runs yesterday. Oh well, the second best pitcher in baseball takes the mound today against David Price so that should be good

    • pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      I’m starting to think you’re believing your own sarcasm.

  21. janessa31888 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Aww, cute little Zachy plays hero again. We really need some good pitching.

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