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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 28, 2014, 6:55 AM EDT

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Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1: Eight innings, ten strikeouts no earned runs for Clayton Kershaw. Ho-hum. It’s his third straight start with double digits in strikeouts. Ho-Hum. He’s 16-3 with a 1.73 ERA. Ho-hum. The guy leads MLB in wins despite spending five weeks on the disabled list. Ho-effeing-Hum.

Pirates 3, Cardinals 1: Ike Davis with a long two-run shot in the second ended up being all the scoring the Pirates would need as Jeff Locke allowed only one run over seven, outdueling Adam Wainwright. After the game Wainwright said he had a dead arm. Which is way better than an undead arm. Although there are fixes for that too.

Rangers 12, Mariners 4: Rougned Odor hit a grand slam, Tomas Tellis drove in three and everyone on the Rangers was detained by the Seattle police for suspected fraud and identity theft because there is no way those are real people’s names.

Phillies 8, Nationals 4: The Phillies sweep the Nats, with Grady Sizemore‘s two-run pinch hit homer in the sixth putting them ahead. If the Phillies keep winning like this Ruben Amaro is going to go into next season thinking that this group is totally dandy, isn’t he?

Yankees 8, Tigers 4: The Yankees banged out nine straight hits off David Price in their eight-run third inning. Meanwhile, every baseball analyst, present company included, is spending their morning deleting old posts and columns in which we claimed that the Tigers picking up Price ensured them a playoff spot and made them World Series favorites.

Rays 3, Orioles 1: Meanwhile, the other part of the David Price trade — Drew Smyly — was just dandy, allowing one run on two hits over seven innings. We pundits will not be deleting anything we said about Smyly. At least those of us who said that he was a really solid young pitcher who the Rays will be happy to have. He’s certainly been showing that so far.

Reds 7, Cubs 5: Jorge Soler was called up yesterday and made his big league debut. Not a bad one — 2 for 4 with a homer and an RBI single — but it wasn’t enough. Mat Latos stuck out ten and the Reds bats chased Jacob Turner in the fourth. Not that it was all his fault: the Cubs committed three errors. They threatened in the ninth too, but it came up short.

Braves 3, Mets 2: The Braves snap their losing streak thanks in part to a lead-saving, mind-blowing freakout of a play by Andrelton Simmons. I saw people comparing his range-right, jump-throw to first play to Derek Jeter. And I suppose it was in form. But I’d love to see a video overlay of Simmons’ play with any of Jeter’s from the past, oh, 15 years. I’d bet the farm there was none in which Jeter was a deep in the hole as Simmons was here.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2: Danny Valencia had a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh. In a bleak season, Boston’s bullpen had actually been pretty OK until recently. Now even it is disappointing.

Padres 3, Brewers 2: Rene Rivera took care of everything here, tying the game with a home run in the ninth inning, and winning it with an RBI single in the 10th. He also allowed a run to score on a passed ball, so he really did dominate this game in every way.

White Sox 3, Indians 2: The Sox end a seven game losing streak that had them actually tied with the Cubs for the worst record in Chicago (which is a thing I just made up). Jose Abreu hit a pair of RBI singles. Corey Kluber lost his second straight start after not taking a loss since June before that.

Royals 6, Twins 1: Phil Hughes shut Kansas City down until the eighth inning, then they broke through for four runs against him and two more off the pen. Sal Perez and Billy Butler had the big hits. The Royals gain another game in the standings and they now lead Detroit by two and a half.

Giants 4, Rockies 2: Buster Posey had two homers on Tuesday and then broke a 2-2 tie — and ended the game — with a walkoff two-run homer. Tim Hudson, who pitched excellently despite the no-decision,  notched his 2,000th career strikeout. Bruce Bochy got his 1,600th career win.

Athletics 5, Astros 4: Sam Fuld broke a tie with a two-run homer in the ninth. Man, there were a lot of tie-breaking homers last night. The A’s have won 12 games this year when trailing after the seventh inning. That’s the most in baseball. Now they face the Angels in a [pick your adjective which generally means important] four-game series.

Angels 6, Marlins 1: Mike Trout notches his 30th homer of the year. Trout leads the majors with 71 extra-base hits and 283 total bases. I look forward to someone trying to construct an argument about how he’s not the American League MVP.

  1. Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Well, you see Craig, the Angels are seven games up on the second wild card team right now. I mean, they could have comfortably made the playoffs with Vernon Wells out there! Really, how valuable can Mike Trout even have been if his teammates would have made the playoffs without him?!

  2. Ren - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:02 AM


    • rivermaya99 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      No, Castro cub is te god.

  3. philliesblow - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    This pretty much sums up the Tigers / Yankees game:

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      I’m trying to work a “that’s not his collarbone” joke, but I’m striking out:

      paging historio to the thread, historio please pick up the white courtesy phone!

      • rivermaya99 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        Not dick it is balls, need surgery

      • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        Love the top comment:

        “That’s nothing, over on WFAN John Sterling thought that it was a home run.”

      • philliesblow - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:03 AM

        And that’s today’s installment of HBPiD.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        I’d like to thank America, and freedom, and technology for this gift of gif.

        “Did he take that on the collarbone? No, not the collarbone. That is not the collarbone, nope. Did he take that on the collarbone? No, not the collarbone. That is not the collarbone, nope. Did he take that on the collarbone? No, not the collarbone. That is not the collarbone, nope. Did he take that on the collarbone? No, not the collarbone. That is not the collarbone, nope. Did he take that on the collarbone? No, not the collarbone…”

        he he!

    • girardisbraces - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Damn you. Beat me to it.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      I’m rolling around on the ground at the office just watching that. My co-workers think I’m strange for some reason.

  4. nbjays - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    The Red Sox’ bullpen my have been good recently, but this was Junichi Tazawa pitching against the Jays, who have pretty much owned him throughout his career. Over the last 5 seasons, Tazawa has only given up a total of 20 home runs, but the Blue Jays have hit 8 of them. In 19 games, the Jays have an OPS of 1.162 vs Tazawa. Contrast this with the Yankees, O’s and Rays, whose OPS vs Junichi is .638, .550 and .601, respectively.

    Reminds me of the way David Price has historically owned the Jays, although, now that the Yankees have knocked him down to earth, beat him up, and stole his cape (and lunch money), we ain’t a-scared of him no more.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      I thank Farrell for continuing to use Tazawa against the Jays.

    • brewcats - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Don’t get too excited about the Yankees roughing up Price. Through the 9 straight hits, 6 of them were of the dribblers through the hole, swinging bunt, and seeing-eye-ball variety. There were only 3 well hit balls. Price should have gotten out of that inning only down 2-0.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        That’s fairly inaccurate. The last three could be described as such, but Ellsbury’s ball was hard hit, Jeter’s double was laced into the corner (don’t know where that “shallow” nonsense came from), Prado’s ball was a hard liner through the hole, Teixeira had a double down the line, Beltran’s single actually hit the wall and was just played perfectly by Hunter and McCann’s single was ripped up the middle.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        “Ellsbury’s ball was hard hit…Prado’s ball was a hard liner through the hole…”

        he he

        No, that was not his collarbone…

        (I’m pretty much gonna do this all day.)

      • mybrunoblog - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Ha ha. “Don’t get too excited about the Yankees roughing up Price”. That’s classic. Yes, those 9 hits weren’t all hit hard. We should petition MLB to re-score the game. I mean soft ground balls that find a hole shouldn’t count!
        Dude, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        @ brewcats, come on Price gave up 12 hits and 8 ER’s in just 2 complete innings of work, according to several blogs I read it was his worst outing of his career. Give the Yankees some credit for god sake. BTW, what about the solid hard shots the Yankees hit that didn’t have “seeing eyes” and were right at someone. The Yankees beat up on Price yesterday and no amount of nitpicking is going to change that.

      • girardisbraces - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        I was wondering if brewcats saw the same game I did. Only the last two hits I think qualified as “dribblers” (Gardner’s infield hit and Cervelli’s hit to almost the same spot.)
        Fielding placement may have contributed to some of the better hit balls falling in instead of being caught, but as they say, you gotta “hit ’em where they ain’t” and the Yankees certainly did that.

        Indeed, the Price was wrong, bitch.

  5. nbjays - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    “…everyone on the Rangers was detained by the Seattle police for suspected fraud and identity theft because there is no way those are real people’s names.”

    That 12-spot should have been a dead giveaway that these weren’t the REAL Rangers.

    • mckludge - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      ‘Man, what is that smell?”

      “Oh, that’s just Odor.”

  6. jwbiii - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    The Sox end a seven game losing streak that had them actually tied with the Cubs for the worst record in Chicago (which is a thing I just made up).

    This is a thing, at least in Chicago. The two teams combined for 195 losses (.398) in 2013, a record. They had a lower winning percentage in 1948 (.376), but the shorter schedule limited them to 191 losses.

    I’m sure that Philadelphia, Boston, and New York (after the Mantle era Yankees and before the Seaver era Mets) may challenge this two team town record of ineptitude. Perhaps I will do the work later today.

    • simon94022 - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      That’s pretty impressive. St Louis also achieved 195 losses… in 1905 (Cardinals 96, Browns 99). They played a shorter schedule back then, so St Louis reached that mark with fewer wins than Chicago.

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      What thing isn’t a thing now?

      • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Is this a meta-thing now?

    • jwbiii - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Later in the day, work done.

      Most losses and lowest winning percentages by two team towns, with an extra line for New York:

      City/Yr  W     L    Pct
      2013   129   195   .398
      1948   115   191   .376
      1945    98   206   .322
      1919    83   194   .300
      1906    98   207   .321
      St. Louis
      1910   110   197   .358
      1913   108   195   .356
      New York
      1908   192   260   .425
      1965   127   197   .392
      Los Angeles
      1992   135   189   .417
      San Francisco
      1979   125   199   .386

      Only American and National League teams, so no Federal or 19th century leagues. New York gets an extra line because they were a three team town for over half a century, but the three teams in 1908 lost nowhere near as many games per team as the Yankees and Mets did in 1965.

      • simon94022 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Good stuff. Should have known Philly would be up there. After Connie Mack sold off the players from his last championship A’s team in the early 1930s, that city went for a decade and a half with two of the worst franchises in major league history.

  7. Jason Lukehart - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Craig, Kershaw is Mookie’s favorite player, she’s got his shirsey and everything! The two of you should be staying up late to watch Kershaw work his magic. Her teacher will understand.

    • wonkypenguin - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      I mean, it’s really helping build the father/daughter bond. Family values and all that.

      Greatest pitcher of this generation.

  8. hoopmatch - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    When Rougned Odor wins a game for Texas, the headline should be “Ooh that smell!”

    • philliesblow - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Do the play Lynyrd Skynyrd for his walk up music?

  9. bleedgreen - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I really dislike Ruben Amaro, but last year and even the year before, their problem was the bullpen losing games for them. They had 16 blown saves last year and 26 losses by the bullpen. This year? 8 blown saves and 19 losses by the bullpen. Even if you cut down blown saves to say, 6 instead of 16 last year, that puts the Phillies at 83-79 instead of 73-89. Cut down the losses by the bullpen by another just 3 games and all of a sudden you’re 86-76. Still 4 games back of the wildcard but thats the record the Nationals finished with last year. This year, since July, the bullpen has been pretty great. If the bullpen wasn’t terrible in the beginning of the year, and had say, 4 blown saves instead of 8, and won another 4 of the losses by the bullpen, they’d be 1.5 games back of the wildcard right now.

    Now, IF is a big thing to say, but the offense is middle of the road. 8th in runs scored in the NL, 8th in hits, but somehow have 50 more at bats than the 2nd place team despite being 8th in BB. So essentially, all the stats point them being league average in offense.

    The pitching, on the other hand, has been bottom half of the league, and mostly bottom quarter of the league. Kendrick is horrible, Burnett can’t decide if he wants to be good or not, Lee is hurt. The only one consistent is Hamels.

    So, yeah. The Phillies are bad, but they’re not as god awful as everyone wants to believe. And eff Ruben Amaro.

  10. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    That game was slow and depressing. Not to take credit from Smyly, who I understand is cruising since joining Tampa (what is in the water down there? Don’t say sharks.), but the Orioles are such a conundrum. I don’t get them. They go out and blast 5 HR’s one night, win a game with clutch hitting the next night, and the bats completely disappear the following nights. Too many of these scattered silent bat games from the O’s. They need more consistency at the plate if they want to make any noise in the playoffs this year.

    On a brighter note- hey there Crush Davis! 23rd of the year last night, so there’s a sliver of hope for him to come around still! Wait what? He’s hitting .190? Yea… nevermind…

    • Ren - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      “They go out and blast 5 HR’s one night, win a game with clutch hitting the next night, and the bats completely disappear the following nights.”

      That’s Baseball for you, you’ll never know what happens at the next game. Whether it’s a 20 run game before or a pitchers duel… It’s a game that we can’t determine the outcome.

    • indaburg - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I would guess our water contains, in equal parts, metoprolol, Viagra, and crystal meth.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        With a splash of OJ?

  11. sdelmonte - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Boy, if David Price is auditioning for a job in the Bronx, that is not how to do it.

    • nbjays - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Nope, you do it by turning 36 or so…

      • sdelmonte - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Or, to give them credit, by being unhittable in Japan.

      • nbjays - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Neither of which Price is doing right now.

  12. sportsdrenched - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Hey Yankee’s Fans, fist bump.

    • pete2112 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      That was impressive last night. I wish they could just spread that offense over a few games instead of one single inning.

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

        Don’t worry. There’s a Lobstein starting for the Tigers today. You’ll get another chance to do it this afternoon. :/

      • philliesblow - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        I’d like the Tigers chances better if they were starting Fastballstein. I might even take Frankenstein (said in Gene Wilder voice).

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        I was hoping for another Buck Farmer start. Cause with a name like that, you don’t need a nickname.

  13. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Speaking of odor, someone left the Feesh outside for two days in an Orange County inversion, and you can see what that smelled like. The Feesh bats went shtum again and they’re heading back east now, hoping to catch a glimpse of the underside of the rapidly redshifting strange attractor, to take on the resurgent Barves for a labor day elimination round. Well, not statistically, but if they play as poorly against the Barves as they have against the Rocky Mountain Oysters and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Azusa, Cucamonga, Torrance, Fontana, Capistrano and Studio City, it should lay all the delusional happy talk to rest once and for all that Feesh fans can settle back and enjoy the September callup, which gives us a sneak peak at Scrooge McLoria’s next round of salary dumping five years down the canal.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Angels are ranked very high in the”power ratings”. Anaheim itself has come a long way from seedy L.A. suburb to Gentrified Yuppie Land. At least Disneyland’s still there! Bet you know a great place to eat in Anaheim.

      • Old Gator - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        I used to – but it was, as you note correctly, an aspect of the seedy Anaheim of old. It was called Burrito King, and although I don’t remember which street it was on, it faced the exit of one of the outlying Magic Kingdom parking lots. It was a small place with just a few tables and a bigger take out window than inside counter, but they served some of the best Buddhadamned burritos and quesadillas I ever et. In the back of the dining cubbyhole was a small table with jars of chopped spicy marinated veggies you could insinuate into your quesadilla by folding back the top layer of tortilla and cheese, and three different grades of heat each of salsa verde and rojo. They also served a chorizo machaca that would roll your eyeballs up in your head. Long gone now, with the mammoths, dire wolves, eohippies and all the last vestiges of the late Pleistocene except maybe for the relict Orange County right wing politicians who managed to survive the Mexican invasion.

        On the bright side though, there’s still one Burrito King left somewhere in central LA (the other surviving one, out on Hyperion near I-5, closed down a couple of years ago).

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      I think the Feesh should trade everyone over the age of 30, if only because then you can start to call them The Guppies.

  14. nolanwiffle - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Out of curiosity………….were there any “statement games” last night?

    • Old Gator - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      I’ve looked through the scores and none of them are marked with an exclamation point. I did see a lot of question marks, though.

  15. natstowngreg - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Yes, your comment about Alomar should be taken as sarcasm. Problem is, with Ruben and David Montgomery, one cannot be sure. Maybe, if they add a couple of pitchers, the Phillies can contend in 2015, no? After all, Montgomery said he didn’t want to go into rebuild mode, because folks won’t come to the games. Sorry, but watching the games on my high-definition idiot box, I saw a lot of empty seats.

    [FWIW, while Phillies fans’ unhappiness with Amaro is deserved, seems to me Montgomery bears at least a little repsonsibility for their situation. Perhaps, more than we know.]

    Meanwhile, after an epic homestand, the Nats have gone back into underachieving mode. Getting swept by the Phightins’ is bad enough, but they go to the Left Coast and face actual contenders in the Mariners and Dodgers. We may be back in the “slouching to the playoffs” phase of the NL East/NL wild card race for the Nats and Braves.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Just saw that David Montgomery is on leave to battle cancer. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  16. jimeejohnson - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    To whoever thinks Brandon McCarthy’s as good as Clayton Kershaw: two words!

    • girardisbraces - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      On yesterday’s ATH I commented: “And McCarthy has been a great pickup for the Yankees so far but he’s not Clayton Kershaw for crying out loud.”

      I think that point had already been established. Kershaw is an absolute beast.

  17. pete2112 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Where’s bigmeechy74? That guy pretty much predicted the outcome for the Yankees game last night. I have to admit I wrote him off as a bit delusional, but he may be on to something.

    • nbjays - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Nah, he’s still delusional, but mostly harmless.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        But if he’s accurately delusional, we can score some cash in Vegas.

  18. APBA Guy - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Chris Carter again. This time he just made it (more) nerve racking, rather than costing the A’s the game.

    Pomeranz looked good for someone who’s been out two months plus. But the bullpen was shaky giving up three runs in 3.2 innings. Even Otero, who got the win, gave up 2 hits and 2 walks in 1.1.

    It was an interesting game, if not an exciting one, because we fans are looking forward to the 4 game series with the Angels beginning tonight. The Angels haven’t collapsed after the loss of Richards, though I expect his absence will result in 1-2 losses that they would not have had had he stayed uninjured.

    The A’s have to split at least, and hopefully take 3. Should be fun.

  19. bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Why is there a picture of Kershaw? He is a scrub compared to some guy the yankees pulled out of nowhere named “Shane Greene.” For some reason he is the best pitcher in MLB. I keep making comments about how he dominates every game and people laugh and then he just goes out and does it again. Only the yankees could lose sabathia and tanaka and have their pitching staff get BETTER for NO REASON. I’m so sick of them.

    • girardisbraces - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      I’d credit it to the return of “mystique” and “aura”, but they haven’t made the playoffs…. yet.
      “Smoke” and “Mirrors” are probably more apropos!
      Still, they’re better than three out of the other four teams in the AL East.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        They are guaranteed to make the playoffs. And since they can use either McCarthy or Greene in the one game playoff then the A’s or Angels or whoever are drawing dead

  20. gloccamorra - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Guy ties the game with a sol homer in the bottom of the ninth and wins it in extras with a walk off, and you had to bring up the run scoring passed ball? Is it because he plays in San Diego – warm and sunny is its own reward?

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