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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 2, 2014, 7:10 AM EDT

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Phillies 7, Braves 0: I talked about the no-hitter at length yesterday when it happened, so allow me to ask why we haven’t seen more of these in the past couple of years. More strikeouts and less contact. More hard throwers. More bullpen specialization. It seems to me like these should happen more often than they do. I guess that they don’t shows that, yes, these are still special, obviously, but conditions favor such beasts now more than they have for a long time.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4: The Cards, for the first time all year, are alone in first place in the NL Central. The lore about this team is that if a relatively lackluster Cards squad makes the playoffs, watch out, they’re bound to win it all. I guess that’s happened a couple of times, but I suppose they’d rather finish strong and with the division going away.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2: Not that it’s up to them. The Brewers, however, need to not do things like drop six in a row, which is what they’ve done. Here Jorge Soler helped do them in, doubling twice and scoring a run. He has extra base hits in all five of his major league games so far. He’s the third guy to do that in his first five games in the past century.

Padres 3, Diamondbacks 1: Cory Spangenberg — which sounds like the name of a tight end from the 1980s more than a big league third baseman — made his big league debut. He hit a two-run single. He also irked the Padres by announcing on Twitter that he was being promoted and making his debut before they had a chance too. So it was a big day.

Marlins 9, Mets 6:  The Mets had a chance here — it was tied heading into the bottom of the eighth — but they blew it thanks in part to Jeurys Familia‘s two throwing errors on a single play and a wild pitch. Oh, and the wild pitch was accompanied by a throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud. Six errors for the Mets in all, after which manager Terry Collins said afterward that “It wasn’t a big-league baseball game, I can tell you that.” Not that he needed to tell us that.

Athletics 6, Mariners 1: The A’s get back on track, thanks to new addition Adam Dunn. Who, let’s be honest, was born to be an Oakland Athletic. Dunner hit a homer in his first at bat in the green and gold and added another hit later. Five first inning runs for Oakland, which ended things before they started. A strong performance from Jason Hammel as well plus a two-run single for Geovany Soto. Viva La Mid-Season Imports.

Tigers 12, Indians 1: Miguel Cabrera was given a bit of a rest — allowed to DH rather than play 1B — and it must have paid off: two homers on a 4 for 5 day. This after an August in which he only his one homer the whole bleedin’ month. David Price did his part too, allowing one run over seven and striking out eight. Corey Kluber, who has somehow lost his super powers, allowed five runs and couldn’t escape the third inning.

Giants 4, Rockies 2; Rockies 10, Giants 9: The first game took three months to complete. Really, guys, we HAVE to do something about the pace of play. *Someone whispers in my ear and explains that it was the resumption of a suspended game from May*  Ahem, never mind. The second game took about three hours and forty-four minutes. I’m gonna err on the side of caution and assume it was suspended and resumed too. *guys whispers in my ear again.* Well I’ll be damned. Charlie Blackmon with a walkoff single. The Giants’ six-game winning streak comes to an end. They are now only two back of the Dodgers because  . . .

Nationals 6, Dodgers 4: . . . The Dodgers dropped their third game in four tries. The dingers did it here. Denard Span socked two homers and Jayson Werth and Asdrubal Cabrera added their own. Gio Gonzalez was solid and won his first game in ages. He also [altogether now[ helped his own cause, singling and scoring. The Nats have the most wins in the NL.

Twins 6, Orioles 4: Four RBI for Joe Mauer. Phil Hughes allowed three runs in eight innings, but none of them were earned. Hughes has 15 wins on a team that only has 60 overall.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the tenth to help the Rays salvage a split. I basically got nothing else here. It’s weird when normally good teams are just playing out the string.

Royals 4, Rangers 3: Sal Perez homered and drove in three as the Royals won for the first time in a week. This was your standard Royals win: close game and then in the late innings Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland shut the door with hitless relief. Regarding what I said in the Phillies recap at the top? If just one Royals pitcher can toss six hitless innings — or, heck, five maybe — this is the sort of pen which can pretty much end the game when it comes in.

  1. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Only memorable moment for the less Phightin Phills season thus far.

    • chadjones27 - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Well, there was that one time this year that Rollins broke the Phillies’ hits record. So, they got that going for them… which is nice.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Lost in the Mets inability to field is young Dilson Herrera having a big day at the plate with a homer and a triple. He also had 2 errors, though.

    • Old Gator - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Yes, but his teammates picked him up by making four other errors to cover his ass. The proof is that Craig failed to mention him and no one except you seems to have noticed.

      On the other hand, it was refreshing to watch some other team play as badly as the Feesh have been playing for the past week and a half. I thought maybe the teams were playing an April Fool’s joke in September by switching uniforms or something; I can see the Wilpoons catching Scrooge McLoria on an orf day when he was too catatonic with horror at the prospect of going into arbitration with the Iron Giant this weenter – you all did notice that the Giant cranked what for him was a pretty ordinary first inning dinger into the Clevelander sub-bleachers to give him 34 for the season so far and 99 ribbies, right? – and getting Scrooge to nod dully at the idea of a masquerade. I thought I saw the Chihuahua sitting at Scrooge’s side with the defibrillator paddles (cleverly disguised as ping pong paddles so as not to attract the attention of local boo-birds if he had to go into action), just in case the Iron Giant did something that would boost his award. Am I the only one who noticed that as soon as the ball cleared the Clevelander fence someone drew the black curtains across the front of Scrooge’s private penalty box?

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Only 12 games were played as some teams got to relax on Labor Day. A exciting time begins for many September call ups. At lot of them have never played in the majors before. My team (The Jays of course) is calling up 9 players from Buffalo including 3 who began the season in single A. Today is a big day for Dalton Pompey, Daniel Norris and Kendall Graveman. On the other hand, 3 players will have to be removed from the 40 man roster.

    The most likely cuts from the 40 man roster are Darin Mastrioani, Matt Hague and Colt Hynes. Colby Rasmus will be a free agent at the end of the season, so this month Pompey, Gose and Pillar will get a chance to make their case to replace him next year. It is possible that all 3 of them might be on the team next season. I would not be completely shocked if Rasmus is designated for assignment today as he will not be back next year. Juan (whiff) Francisco is another candidate to be designated for assignment.

    • Old Gator - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      It was labor day, Paper. The rest of the MLBPA members were storming the Winter Palace.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      I got 2 out of 3 right. Mastrioani and Hague were designated for assignment. Lawrie was placed on the 60 day DL.

  4. [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    It should go without saying, but thanks again for banning ‘cepts. Guy shows up and on the first day he can’t stop talking about “foreigners” nor picking fights with people.

    • ptfu - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Some September call-ups will never be ready, no matter how many chances they get.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      I wish Craig would be more Selig-like about it. We can argue whether it should be a permanent ban or lifetime one, but clearly, the full and partial season suspensions do not work.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        There are some serious chain of custody issues surrounding ‘cepts posts. Plus he has witnesses set to testify that he clear was trying to type “for engineer”, and that it was his OS that made an auto-correct.

        I fully expect a reduction to 50 games on appeal

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        It figures that you would be an apologist for HBT’s greatest monster.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Oh puhhhhhlease!

    • chadjones27 - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      oh, what’d he do this time?

      • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        Mindless insults… probably.

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        I believe it involved a loaf of bread, some processed meat, cheese, lettuce, condiments and a demand for such.

    • umrguy42 - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      …Wait, did he get (briefly) unbanned again?

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      That’s cause ‘cepts is constantly on the sauce.

      • stex52 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Craig clearly has a soft spot for ‘Cepts and is willing to give him multiple chances. And speaking personally, I lean toward allowing redemption myself.

        But it’s not going out on too much of a limb to say that this one is just not going to work.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Wait! Bicepts got tossed again? When?

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Gio hit a double, not a single. Actually, he hit a fly ball that Yasiel Puig misplayed into a double. The replay showed that Young Mr. Puig was not prepared for the ball, and broke on it very late. Perhaps, it was just the shock of Gio hitting the ball that hard.

    Denard Span hit 2 homers in a game for the second time in his career. He has 3 homers on the road trip, 31 total in his 7 seasons…The Nats have hit 14 homers in 4 games @ Safeco and Dodger Stadium, where teams aren’t supposed to do such things…They also stole 4 bases…Breath held in the 9th once again, as Rafael Soriano toyed with blowing a 3-run lead. Matt Williams felt the need, once again, to assert that Soriano is the closer.

    The Nats have won 15 of their last 20, despite the disaster in Philly…The NL East lead is back to 7, thanks to Cole Hamels & Co.; the NL best record lead is 2…Doug Fister vs. Clayton Kershaw tonight. The chances of the Nats continuing their homer barrage are minimal.

    • 14thinningstretch - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      You know, in some weird way having Soriano be The Proven Closer for the Nats actually helps them, since Storen and Clippard wind up getting most of the high-leverage spots.

      But that ninth was a doozy, man.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Matt Williams managed well. He took Gio out at (almost) the right time, and took Storen out at the right time. I don’t know WHAT possessed the Yankees to let go of Matt Thornton. Matt is using him with a surgeon’s precision, a batter here, an inning there.

      Storen didn’t really have it, but, more importantly, taking him out forced Mattingly to waste Ethier, who was now not available to pinch hit in the the bottom of the 9th with runners on 1st and 3rd and two out. The job fell to Joc Pederson. The crowd, what was left of it, was roaring, expecting…hoping… for heroics from the much-lauded prospect. Sori got away with one, a foul ball that had the right sound but the wrong direction… On a 3-2 count the veteran absolutely painted the black. Pederson started down the first base line and turned back with a stunned look when the crowd went silent. The kid was overmatched, but he won’t be another time.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Have to admit, a part of me would not have been terribly ticked off if the kid hit a walkoff in his MLB debut. Though only a very small part.

        Similar to when we gave Albert Pujols a standing ovation for his 500th homer. First, be ticked that the Nats were losing even worse. Then, show respect to a great player. It’s just something that, every once in a while, transcends one’s favorite team.

        Rizzo’s late deals weren’t splashy. Not that surprising, as the splashy deals tended to involve starting pitching, and Nats have that. Temporarily fill the hole at 2B. Get a proven lefty setup reliever. They haven’t worked out badly, have they?

  6. pkers - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Strange note about that resumed Giants/Rockies game: the base runner, batter, and pitcher at the time of the suspension of the game back in May could not participate in the resumption. Cuddyer was the runner on base (on the DL now); Tulo was the batter (out for the season); and David Huff was the pitcher (now on the Yankees). If Affeldt, who relieved Huff, had allowed Cuddyer to score and the Giants lost, Huff would have been the pitcher of record.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      We had one like that a few years ago. Joel Hanrahan, no longer with the Nats, got the win. It took seven minutes.

      http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290505120

  7. Eutaw's Finest - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Eh. 3 out of 4 from Tampa and Minnesota is not too shabby. Truth be told the O’s should have won yesterday too, had it not been for 2 Paredes errors and a bad play in LF by Delmon Young (You’re welcome Mauer for those 3 RBI’s). Keep moving forward though. 3 games at home against the Reds followed by 3 in Tampa and 3 in Boston before the next day off. If the O’s can at the very least maintain this lead in that stretch I think they’ve got this division locked up.

    But man oh man… 2nd best record in the league and 4 games behind the Angels for best record…

  8. Paper Lions - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    WRT the idea that more combined no hitters should happen, I did see a broadcast yesterday note that ovevr the last few years (don’t remember how many, but I want to say 3) 16 starting pitchers have left the game after throwing at least 6 innings of no hit ball. Only 2 of those games (including yesterday’s) went on to become no hitters.

    • stex52 - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      June 11, 2003. Six (I said six!) Astros pitchers combined to no-hit the Yankees. Joe Torre said it was the worst game he ever saw. I loved. Brad Ausmus earned a MVP vote that day. Catching six different guys to no-hit.

      • stex52 - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        ” I loved it”

    • gloccamorra - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      It’s tough for a starter to finish when he needs 118 pitches to get through six innings. Having 16 starters do it over the last 2-3 years is a lot, but the key to sustaining a no-no is a competent bullpen. There are a lot fewer of those.

  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Lost in the no-hitter – Ben Revere had 5 RBI after entering the game with 15 RBI’s in 492 AB’s. The latter stat is not at all surprising – hitting lead off, no good hitters at bottom of Phils order, no power for Revere, etc.

    But one RBI per 33 AB’s, and then he increased his total by 33% in one game. That has to be some sort of record

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      He cashed in all his RBI Vouchers for September in one go.

  10. sportsdrenched - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    The Royals are in 1st post Labor Day. This is getting real now.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Blame it on the rain.

      • philliesblow - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Didn’t think I’d see a Milli Vanilli song reference today.

      • sportsdrenched - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Whatever you do, don’t put the blame on you.

        (I’ll show myself out)

  11. jimmyt - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I-70 World Series. Yee-ha!

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Selig would just “love” a return of that as his final World Series.

      • voteforno6 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Maybe not as much as a Battle of the Beltways, or a MASN showdown, or whatever they would call it. It would be fun to watch him tap dance when a reporter asked him, “Hey, isn’t one of these teams suing the other?”

  12. jwbiii - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    The Nationals took the first game in LA. The Giants split a pair in Colorado and gained little ground. The three third place teams playing teams ahead of them in their divisions (Pirates, Indians, and Mariners) all lost. NL bubble teams Brewers and Braves also lost, the Braves in a memorable fashion..

    jkcalhoun – Sep 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM
    [The Royals have] won all 5 home games they’ve played so far with crowds of between 21,099 and 21,615.

    21,536 last night. Make it 6.

             Playoff Odds
    Team     BPro      FG    Last
    LAA     100.0   100.0    2009
    Oak      99.5    99.2    2013
    Bal      99.6    98.3    2012
    Det      78.7    81.4    2013
    KCR      65.0    65.1    1985
    Sea      17.9    36.5    2001
    Cle      25.7     9.4    2013
    NYY       6.2     6.9    2012
    Tor       1.4     3.0    1993
    TBR       0.2     0.1    2013
     
    WsN      99.8    99.8    2012
    LAD      98.7    98.4    2013
    SFG      88.3    94.1    2012
    StL      77.8    82.8    2013
    Mil      59.4    50.7    2011
    Atl      43.2    36.4    2013
    Pit      30.4    36.4    2013
    Mia       1.5     1.1    2003
    Cin       0.7     0.3    2013
    SDP       0.1     0.1    2006
    
    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Yikes at that Tor/KCR last playoff series. Pretty impressive for everyone else though.

  13. historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Miggy go BOOM! to left? Okay. Miggy go BOOM! to right? Okay. V-Mart and Mini-Mart go back-to-back? Okay too! It’s okay to spread out the offense over multiple games, dudes. Gee, it looks like Price isn’t washed up after all and can still pitch. That win did a girl good. Keep it up! Grrrrrrrr!!!!!

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Hopefully, that’s their entire output for the series. I wasn’t expecting much yesterday after the late Sunday game, with the delay in the 10th, plus the flight back to Cleveland and the afternoon game, but that was pretty pathetic. At least Francona didn’t use any normal bullpenners. Kluber might be hitting a wall, as this year is the most innings he’s ever pitched in a season. I hope Lobstein lives up to his name today, and I wish that Verlander wasn’t pitching vs. the Indians in this series, as no team’s fans would look good post-pixgate.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Forewarning: In his debut, Lobstein was more like Acestein, but I don’t expect lightning to strike twice. Let’s set our expectations really low, shall we? Take some extra whiffs to make the kid feel good, eh? Oh, and be sure and warn the local women that Evan Reed is in town. God knows what’s in his phone.

    • philliesblow - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Nice to see BOOM! again, been too long. Shout out to Tyler Collins for his 1st career homer also.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Due to technical difficulties, I was listening to the home announcers for Collins’ homer, and it was…underwhelming. I didn’t get to hear Rod say: I see you.

    • spudchukar - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Kozma!

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Y’all didn’t deserve your Kozma! Ingrates.

  14. APBA Guy - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Craig’s recap summed up the A’s game pretty well, except I’d add that the fans were ecstatic to get early runs, and then Hammel only allowing 1 run over 8, well trust me on this, but after the Angels sweep this was precisely what was needed.

    Overlooked by Craig was the return of Jed Lowrie, which pushes Sogard back to 2nd where his DWAR is positive, as opposed to his negative DWAR at short. Lowrie is also negative at short but is better offensively so on net the team is much improved with those two at their “natural” positions. Now CoCo needs to come back.

    The A’s have to return to the business of winning series, and having a largely healthy team on the field makes that much easier. Over the last month the improvements by way of acquisition should really pay off.

  15. miguelcairo - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Fun fact: All five of the Phillies minor league teams, from the short-season single-A Williamsport Crosscutters to the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, finished in last place in their divisions.

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