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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 3, 2014, 6:54 AM EDT

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Phillies 4, Braves 0Cubs 7, Brewers 1Cardinals 6, Pirates 4Mets 8, Marlins 6: “Hi, we’re the four teams at least plausibly fighting for the second NL Wild Card right now. We all lost last night. We all lost the game we played before, too! Milwaukee, here [step forward, Milwaukee] has lost seven in a row! Atlanta [now you] has only lost two in a row, but they have only scored one run in the past four games. It seems like they haven’t scored a run since Dale Murphy played center field! This may all seem rather dreary, but look on the bright side! We’re freeing up a night in early October for you so you don’t have to watch the NL wild card game. Or, worse, so that you watch it and one of us actually wins it and becomes a bona fide playoff team despite us being really, really horrible.”

Dodgers 4, Nationals 1: At least Clayton Kershaw is a palate-cleanser. And if he keeps this up, he’s the NL MVP. I mean, I still think the favorite is either Andrew McCutchen (if the Pirates win the wild card) or Giancarlo Stanton (if the Marlins stay close until the end) but given how uninspiring their teams are of late, Kershaw may be building up an MVP resume to go with that lock for the Cy Young (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 8K).

Giants 12, Rockies 7: San Francisco was going to get lumped in with the “NL Wild Card contenders stunk last night” crew, but they rallied after being down 7-1 through five innings. Buster Posey was a wrecking crew from the sixth inning on, hitting a solo homer and smacking two RBI doubles to finish with four driven in on the night. The Giants have won seven of eight. Imagine where this team would be if they hadn’t punted so much of June and July.

Orioles 5, Reds 4: Bud Norris pitched six shutout inning while navigating around two rain delays. The second one was a lengthy one — one hour and forty-six minutes — which would normally ice a pitcher for the night, but not Norris. Since the rain didn’t come until after the top of the first, Reds starter Mat Latos ended up not throwing his first pitch until after both delays. That did mess with him, apparently, as he allowed four runs in the first and five overall. The O’s have won seven of nine and now have a nine and half game lead in the East.

Tigers 4, Indians 2: J.D. Martinez had a three-run homer in the top of the ninth off closer Cody Allen to put the Tigers ahead for good. A nice redemption for the Tigers who had stranded runners all night before that. The Indians are seeing their claim to contention evaporate almost as soon as it materialized a few days ago. They’re now five and a half out in the Central. The Tigers are a half game behind leaders Kansas City.

Royals 2, Rangers 1: That’s because the Royals kept pace, with Sal Perez driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth. Alex Gordon has been a trendy stealth MVP pick in the American League, but it seems like Perez has big hits every other night. Must be the perfume.

Red Sox 9, Yankees 4: So much of the disappointment for the Red Sox this year came because they were depending on young players who didn’t deliver. Among them, Xander Bogaerts. He delivered last night, knocking four hits including a homer and driving in two. Another youngster — Mookie Betts — had three hits and hit a homer of his own. Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes tripled, doubled and singled. Sleep on this Red Sox team in 2015 at your peril.

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Blue Jays 8, Rays 2: R.A. Dickey allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out six.The Jays bombed Jeremy Hellickson.

White Sox 6, Twins 3: Two home runs for Tyler Flowers. And then Dayan Viciedo broke a tie in the 10th with a solo shot. Chicago is now three up on Minnesota in the race for cellar avoidance.

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1: Cory Spangenberg is making his presence felt in a hurry. He had the night off until he punch hit in the bottom of the ninth and then all he did was hit a walkoff homer on the first pitch he saw. Here’s Bud Black on the decision to pinch hit with Spangenberg:

Black said hitting coach Phil Plantier “felt good about the at-bat with Spangy. Cam didn’t have great numbers against Ziegler. Phil through Ziegler’s type of pitching was pretty good for Spangy. Spangy’s sort of a slasher, likes the ball a little bit out, a little bit down and it worked out.”

“Spangy.” Maybe let’s give the guy more than two days in the big leagues before just defaulting to the lame “-y” nickname. Because it’s almost as if he’s the kind of guy who might develop a cool one himself soon.

Astros 8, Angels 3: Jose Altuve has eight hits in the past two nights. He’s hitting .340. Barring an extreme September slump, of which there is no evidence whatsoever, Altuve is going to win the batting title. He’ll be the first Astro to ever do it, too. He had a homer among his four hits last night. Guy is just a player. Tom Lawless is now undefeated as a major league manager. He should think about retiring on top.

Mariners 6, Athletics 5: Seattle made sure the Angels didn’t lost ground to the A’s, though. James Paxton took a shutout into the eighth. And while he and the bullpen bent at that point, they did not break. Oakland has lost 5 of 6.

  1. wlschneider09 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    So tempting…. what the hell:

    We felt really good about that ATH from Calcy.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      I thought he was “Craigo”?

  2. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Bein shutout by the less Phightin Phills twice is like seeing a solar eclipse twice in back to back days.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Except that that can’t happen, where as back to back shutouts can…..

  3. philliesblow - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    A lot of alternative energy was generated by the bats in Cleveland last night. Each starter fanned 10 in 5.1 innings and for the game 25 batters spun themselves into the ground. Second straight effective start for Kyle Lobstein, making the absence of Anibal Sanchez a little more bearable.

    The HR by JD Martinez was his fifth of the year against the Rally ‘Staches. Waiting for Rod Allen to start calling him “The Razor”.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      And a good outing by Coke. We’d be even with the Royals now if it weren’t for their suspended game. Let’s hope that Verlander pulls a Lobstein…and we could use more celebrations in the dugout like last night. To quote Miggy: Wow.

    • jeffchadwick - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      The Tigers were something putrid like 2-15 RISP last night before JD Martinez and his like .500 BABIP stepped to the plate in the ninth.

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Miggy and the Martinez boys were on base all night, it seemed. Two of them got a hit each time through the order, but they couldn’t put together a big inning. If Miggy didn’t have a bum wheel (or if he did have a segway) the kitties would have been comfortably ahead and mini-mart wouldn’t have had the opportunity for his heroics. So thank that bad ankle, JD.

      The Rally ‘Staches were waxed, groomed, twirled Snidely Whiplash-style and razed within 3 hours (who am I kidding? It was a Francona game: 4.5 hours). The Cleveland zoo entomologist has been following Mike Aviles around for the past week; evidently there’s a rare lip caterpillar missing, and he is the main suspect.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Not thrilled seeing O’Day getting hit around and Britton giving up 2 hits, but I’ll take the win! Great job by Norris who, aside from the rain delays, also got nailed in the shin by a line drive in the top of the first before all of the rain delays started.

    My thought since the beginning of August was that the O’s needed at the very least a 10 game lead going into September for me to feel comfortable about winning this division. As of the 3rd day in September, the O’s lead the Yanks by 9.5 and the Jays by 10. And maybe it’s seeing historic collapses before, coupled with missing Wieters and Manny, then throw Hardy’s injury on top of that, and the lack of production at the dish by guys like Davis and Schoop… I’m STILL not comfortable yet. Give me a 12 game lead by this weekend and I’ll be good. Maybe.

    • nvl004 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Dude, having this big a lead makes me even more nervous. An embarrassing collapse it would be. Still 8 games against the Yankees left.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      O’Day is allowed one bad outing in a year and a half. Additionally, he was pretty rusty as he hasn’t pitched in a while. I’ll overlook it for now.

    • psuorioles - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      It’s never good to get comfortable… just ask the Red Sox in 2011. One thing the O’s have going for them, is it appears that Davis is starting to hit the ball better. Hopefully he’ll get hot at the right time.

      • randomdigits - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        The one thing the O’s have going for them is the only other team in the AL East capable of going on a real run is the Rays and they are too far back. I don’t see this Yankee team reeling off a 12-2 run.

  5. phillysports1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Braves have scored 2 runs in the last 36 innings.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Actually it’s just 1 run over the last 36 innings

      However since Kyle Kendricks ERA is over 9 for the 1st inning, the Braves not scoring in last nights first is in fact a negative run. So I am counting it as zero runs in 4 games

      • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        “Actually it’s just 1 run over the last 36 innings”

        I’d rather go with 2 runs ‘stead of that…

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        I’m sure the Braves would rather that too, if not more.

    • psukardi - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      They must have thought the playoffs started already.

      • Bob Loblaw - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Why was the stadium empty?

  6. baberuthslegs - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Do the Braves have a hitting coach?
    If so, what is his job description?

  7. ripwarrior - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    I’m sure Ian kinsler is happy to see that the rangers have already been eliminated from the postseason.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      0-162 record not achieved, therefore… he isn’t “happy”.

      • nbjays - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        They are closer than anyone else to 0-162 though, Ren. :-)

  8. someguyinva - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    The Nats employed a couple interesting strategies in their game last night:

    1) When batting, take until you’re in an 0-2 hole
    2) When the other team is trying to TOOTBLAN, forgive them their transgressions and allow them safe passage to the next base.

    Neither one is likely to produce a winning result with Kershaw on the mound,

    I’m hopeful that should these teams face off again in the postseason, it’ll be the NLCS, where Kershaw would be more likely to be limited to just two starts, because man is that guy good.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      I treated last night’s game as an outlier. Tip your Nats cap to the brilliance of Clayton Kershaw, and move on.

      Nothing clinched yet, of course, but looks like the Dodgers will be the #1 or #2 NL seed. So they would host the NL Death Match(tm) winner or the NL Central winner–with the Nats hosting the other. If the opponent is lucky, Kershaw will pitch only once in a 5-game series. It might depend on whether the Giants make the NL West close enough. This could force Mattingly to use Kershaw in game 161 or 162, keeping him from pitching NLDS Game 1.

      I was encouraged that Young Mr. Harper homered off Kershaw. Seems his latest batting approach tinkering is working. Time for him to take a turn carrying the offense.

      • someguyinva - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Oh, don’t get me wrong; I know Kershaw’s an exceptional pitcher, and I know that any team is going to struggle to beat him. I didn’t count how many batters did it, but it sure seemed like there were too many occasions when Nats hitters took the first two strikes.

        I almost thought I detected a pattern to Kershaw’s pitching last night: Fastball for a strike, curve ball for a strike (both taken), fastball borderline high and away, something down and in, weak grounder, thank you, drive through. If the down and in didn’t work, then it was back to the curveball (with that weird effect of Dodger’s fans oohing and aahing as the pitch was en route) to finish.

        He’s something to watch.

    • moogro - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Orel on TV last night claimed that Kershaw hasn’t given up a hit all year on his slider.

  9. clydeserra - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I think you meant, CB Bucknor made sure the A’s didn’t gain any ground.

    How that guy is still employed is beyond me

  10. proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I doubt that any lap dancer makes that kind of money.

    Seriously, this spam has appeared on several threads today. Somebody was asleep and allowed this nonsense to appear.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Since the spam that I was referring to was deleted, my comment that referred to it.should have also been deleted.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        I think ALL your comments should be deleted, at least the ones where you troll us Red Sox fans ;)

        How you been?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Hi aces. I am quite well. And you?

        This month I am cheering for the Red Sox except when they play against the Jays.

      • gloccamorra - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        They NEVER do that. To see you twist in the wind, they like.

  11. Chipmaker - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    So Cespedes was a home run short of the cycle? How is this not newsworthy?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      “Yoenis Cespedes tripled, doubled and singled. Sleep on this Red Sox team in 2015 at your peril.”

      Does it need more than that?

      • jcmeyer10 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Pretty excited for the five year plan with this team. I just laugh though, in a crummy season, I always revel in helping to keep the Yanks out of the playoffs.

      • deepstblu - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        You don’t see Phillies fans complaining because unstoppable offensive machine Ben Revere was a home run short of the cycle on Monday and didn’t get a mention.

      • Chipmaker - Sep 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        No, no. Just that when a player misses the triple, it gets mentioned in just that way, “a triple short of the cycle”.

  12. ptfu - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    If Spangy’s gonna play like that then VIVA SPANGY!! Pinch-walkoff-bomb! And congrats to Spangy for tying Duane Kuiper on the all-time HR list.

    Also, the description says “he pUnch hit”. A prediction of fisticuffsmanship?

    • blacksables - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Spanguini.

      • brewcats - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Spangex

  13. goodellisruiningtheleague - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Orioles gonna win the world series hon

  14. phillysports1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    No, I think it’s 2 runs in the last 36 innings.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      8/30 – L 0-4
      8/31 – W 1-0
      9/1 – L 0-7
      9/2 – L 0-4

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/schedule/_/name/atl/atlanta-braves

      My math skills ain’t what they used to be, but I still am coming up with 1 :)

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        I was about to make a smart-ass comment about how it’s ‘only’ 35 innings because they didn’t have to bat in the bottom of the 9th of the 8/31 games, but then I actually looked up the box scores and they didn’t score in their last at-bat in the 8/29 game either. It really is 1 in 36.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Don’t worry – when I kept hearing 36, I was inclined to make a smart-ass comment about “well, how do you know how long it was in the pvs game in which they scored?”

        Here’s hoping that tomorrow we are debating about the 45 inning scoreless streak :)

  15. phillysports1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Braves are going to choke AGAIN.

  16. phillysports1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I just double checked, it’s actually 1 run in the last 37 innings. We’re both wrong lol
    On 8-29-14 they didn’t score in the bottom of the 8th inning.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Except that they didn’t bat in the 9th in their 1-0 win :)

  17. sdelmonte - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Juan Lagares, not content to have one of the best WAR ratings just based on his stellar defense, went 4-for-4 with two stolen bases. Seems the coaches are pushing him to steal more. Seems he’s hitting better. Seems like he might be something the Mets haven’t had in ages: a keeper in CF.

    • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Look, I don’t want to pee on Lagares’ parade – he does indeed look like a keeper – but the way Bad Penny and Sclafani were throwing last night, they would have been yanked if they had been throwing batting practice to an elementary school whiffleball intramural squad. Gawd, what a terrible game that was – all the way around.

  18. jwbiii - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    The Brewers lost. But so did other nominal NL contentenders so just one more day off the schedule.

    The Royals and the Tigers won again, which is bad news for similarly positioned AL teams. It may have eliminated the Rangers or just tied them for elimination. I read through Tom Timmermann’s source’s reasoning and it looks to me like they are just tied.

    The W% column is Fan Graphs’ rest of season W%.

             Playoff Odds
    Team     BPro      FG      W%
    LAA      99.3    99.9    .544
    Oak      99.0    98.6    .582
    Bal      99.5    99.1    .504
    Det      81.4    82.7    .577
    KCR      67.3    68.0    .501
    Sea      37.0    39.2    .536
    Cle      10.8     5.3    .516
    NYY       3.0     3.9    .499
    Tor       2.0     3.2    .514
     
    WsN      99.7    99.9    .586
    LAD      98.8    99.5    .574
    SFG      93.5    90.5    .520
    StL      85.2    91.0    .557
    Mil      56.4    49.0    .491
    Atl      36.4    33.3    .520
    Pit      26.7    35.3    .534
    Mia       1.3     1.0    .468
    SDP       0.4     0.5    .493
    Cin       0.6     0.2    .462
    
    • gloccamorra - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      The problem with Fangraphs is that they use too many individual statistics to predict a team game. When it comes to September and baseball races, the best phrase to describe it is “stuff happens”.

  19. tmohr - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Joe Posnanski points out that Kershaw may become the first pitcher since 1971 and only the fifth since 1920 to have both an ERA and FIP under 2 (http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/era-fip-and-kershaw/).

    Add a league-leading WAR, and that’s your NL MVP.

    • gloccamorra - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Never forget who votes for the MVP. Many “voters” have traditionally added extra qualifiers, like team performance, to the individual award requirements.

  20. APBA Guy - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I have to disagree with my friend Clyde in a way, in that I don’t think the A’s loss was all on CB Bucknor, though his strike zone was malleable, to put it charitably.

    No, the problems last night were numerous:

    – Paxton throws really hard, 96-97, and the A’s are already vulnerable to lefties
    – They were jumpy in the count, not working the guy, so he made it to the 8th
    – Callaspo’s failure to cover 2nd after Endy Chavez’s single through the drawn-in infield was unforgivable in a veteran. Chavez did not score, thankfully.
    – Gray is running out of gas, a la Jesse Chavez.. The Mariners were consistently squaring him up
    – Reddick’s game-ending at-bat was terrible. With Rodney on the ropes he tried to pull an outside pitch early in the at-bat with the unsurprising weak ground-out as a result. Deflating.

    Melvin is managing his ass off but the team is letting him down right now. And it doesn’t get any easier with the King on the hill today against Lester. Could this be a preview of the wild card game?

    • moogro - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Yes to all this.

    • clydeserra - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I really hope Callaspo doesn’t see the field again. Seems like an OK guy, but he has been unhelpful this season.

      I joke about umpires ruining the game, but Donaldson quite clearly was rung up on a pitch well out of the zone. and Each run scoring sequence was preceded by CB’s failure to properly call strike three.

      At any rate, yes, the lefty achillies heel I hope is not noticed by Lloyd, Brad, or Ned (terry too, I suppose).

  21. phillysports1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    But they still didn’t score in the bottom of the 8th inning on 8-29-14. So be realistic !

  22. phillysports1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Put it this way, Ben Revere has more RBI’s in the last 4 games than the entire BRAVES team in the last four games.

  23. bigmeechy74 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Wow. The 3rd best pitcher in baseball got ROCKED last night. Damn. Tough loss for the yankees

  24. jsala02 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Altuve will probably lead the league in hitting and stolen bases. What a year for this guy.

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