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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 4, 2014, 7:07 AM EDT

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Mariners 2, Athletics 1: Felix Hernandez allowed one run over eight to beat Jon Lester who allowed two runs over eight. This is exactly why the A’s — and everyone else for that matter — wants to avoid the wild card. Because there’s a chance the M’s will have the other one and your whole season will depend on outdueling Felix Hernandez.

Braves 7, Phillies 4: I’d say the Braves scored a week’s worth of runs here, but that may be generous given the week they’ve had. But hey, who am I to be pessimistic? Oh, wait, that’s exactly who I am to be pessimistic. Just so you know, though: I’ve been this way about this team since the Reagan Administration, so if they somehow win the wild card and actually go someplace in the playoffs, I fully reserve the right to immediately get excited and confident and stuff. Then when they crap out, I get to act like it was inevitable. As a Braves fan, this is our way.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0: St. Louis won on a ninth inning walkoff single from Peter Bourjos. It was against Mark Melancon, who Clint Hurdle went to (a) on the road in a a tie game; and (b) stretched for two innings. Which I think is fantastic and I wish more managers would do. Can’t blame Hurdle for the strategy. But it is, unfortunately, a strategy that managers rarely if ever use these days, which suggests Hurdle was a bit desperate to get the win in order to avoid the sweep. Or maybe he’s not desperate. Because this sounds like a man who has his priorities straight:

We’re not going to back down. We’ll take the day off. We’re going to catch our breath and try and set some stakes down in Chicago.”

I have to assume that was intended by Hurdle to be “steaks” and not “stakes.” And if it was “steaks,” he’s my kind of manager. Hope you had a nice time last night, guys.

Yankees 5, Red Sox 1: Brian McCann with the big night: three singles, a homer and three driven in. Random from the game story: the Sox and Yankees are the two lowest scoring teams in the AL. I wonder what the betting line on that would’ve been back in March.

Nationals 8, Dodgers 5: A wild one. And not just because of this guy:

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A fourteen inning affair that saw the Nats plate three in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers tie it up in the bottom of the ninth on an error, a two-run Carl Crawford homer in the bottom of the 12th to keep the Dodgers alive, and then a 14th-inning rally to give the Nats the game. Adam LaRoche drove in five after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth, for cryin’ out loud. Someone go check on my friend in the black shorts there, though. I’m worried that he couldn’t handle this kind of game.

Orioles 6, Reds 0: Miguel Gonzalez with the four-hitter for his first career shutout. Yesterday my girlfriend randomly noticed that she was getting all kinds of email offers for late season Reds tickets. There’s a reason for that.

Rockies 9, Giants 2: Two homers for Chris Dickerson and Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth. Despite the Rockies’ crap year and the Giants recent rebound, Colorado takes the season series from San Francisco, 10-9.

Indians 7, Tigers 0: Danny Salazar with an eight-hit shutout in which he struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. This on the heels of his five scoreless innings against Kansas City last week and a three in his start against the Astros before that. Justin Verlander, however, struggled into the seventh and ultimately ran out of gas.

Mets 4, Marlins 3Matt den Dekker had three hits, including a bunt single in the eighth, after which he came around to score the go-ahead run on Travis d’Arnaud‘s double. Giancarlo Stanton homered for the third straight game.

Blue Jays 7, Rays 4: Homers from Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion and a 4 for 5 day from Adam Lind helped the Jays win this one, ensuring their first series win at Tampa Bay since April 2007.

Cubs 6, Brewers 2: Jorge Soler had a two-run double and now has ten RBI in his first seven games. The Cubs sweep the reeling Brewers. They now sport a mere half-game lead over Atlanta for the second wild card.

Royals 4, Rangers 1: Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and Jason Vargas shut the Rangers out for six and two-thirds. The sweep. I know Dallas always basically stops paying attention to the Rangers in August and September in favor of the Cowboys — and, heck, probably does so to some extent even in the middle of the summer — but I have to imagine that is more pronounced this year than ever.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1: Daniel Hudson made his first big league appearance since June 26, 2012, tossing a shutout inning. Two Tommy John surgeries later and the guy who showed so much promise is back. Here’s hoping that elbow stays healthy. And how about this quote:

“Even if I go out tomorrow and it blows again, it was all worth it,” he said. “It was a long time coming. Thankfully today came.”

Man.

Twins 11, White Sox 4Kennys Vargas homered for the second consecutive game and drove in three runs. It’s been a bleak year in Minnesota, but Vargas’ .319/.340/.511 line since being called up is promising.

Astros 4, Angels 1: Chris Carter socked two homers and drove in three. He has 35 on the year — one behind Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead — and has 22 homers and 52 RBIs since July 1. Not too shabby.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    As Craig pointed out, The Jays had never won an away series against the Tampa Bay Rays and that included a series played in Orlando. They had won series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays , but not the Rays. A nice outing by Stroman, who had to endure a 30 min delay because a storm knocked out some of the lights. Their other prize rookie pitcher (Sanchez) got the save.

    • indaburg - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      The storm that knocked out some lights was one of those patented violent Tampa Bay torrential lightning storms that hit the area last night. They don’t call us the Lightning Capital of the US for nothing. My poor 110lb dog was trying to seek refuge on my lap. It was a scary one. My lights flickered, but I never lost power.

      I call this year the Revenge of Navarro. Of his 12 homers, 4 have come against TB. Of his 61 RBIs, 12 have come against TB. There was some bad blood between the Rays and Navarro prior to him being granted free agency. Navarro felt disrespected while the Rays felt like he quit on the team, refusing to travel with them. It appears Navarro has the last laugh.

      I spent most of my evening watching the Nats-Dodgers. LAD loaded the bases twice in extras with fewer than two outs and couldn’t close the deal.

      • tellyspop - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Well, it’s come to this if you can’t afford Rays’ tickets! (SFW)

  2. burnmybreadandcall911 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Thank god for the bloated seal on the right! That just made my day.

    • burnmybreadandcall911 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      <———————————— 'scuse me, on the left.

  3. chill1184 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Another good outing by deGrom who continues to make his case for NL RoY and damm is Stanton a beast of a hitter.

    • Old Gator - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Agreement on both counts. The Iron Giant is on a bit of a tear but he can’t quite carry the rest of a team that is behaving like a collective let’s-go-limp-when-the-cops-try-to-move-us civil disobedient around him. The Feesh now find themselves staring up at the once more receding strange attractor, four games distant, and plan to use their day orf to set up that telescope Scrooge McLoria, in one of his spasms of wishful thinking, had banned to the walk in closet at the back of the front orifice. The Rainbow Warriors have gone 4-8 since they headed west a couple of weeks back and yet, incredibly, Mike Redmond and the front orifice droids continue to talk about “being in the hunt.”

      One hopes they mean the hunt for a functional right side of their infield.

      Casey McGehee continues his descent into the twilit world of first half flashes in the pan, hitting into his major league leading 27th double play last night (and he also hit what would have been a perfect double play grounder a couple of innings later, except that there was no one on base). He has gone from the magic man to the ultimate rally killer over the course of six weeks.

      It’s definitely time to pull the plug on Garrett Jones, though. After a first half which you could call more or less respectable, except for a few memorable fielding boehners, he has turned in a Chaplinesque (to be merciful) performance at first base and a Weekend at Bernie’s performance at the plate – starring as Bernie. Fortunately, he’s photogenic enough to contemplate a career in aftershave commercials, helping others come to terms with those little tiny hairs growing out his face. He certainly seems to have lost his facility for dealing with baseball.

      In this connection, I’d like to make a modest proposal for next season: convert Christian Yelich from a left fielder to a first baseman. Yelich has had an excellent sophomore campaign and is quickly maturing into a fine impact ballplayer. However, he lacks a critical outfielder’s tool: he has a popgun throwing arm playing a position where intimidating runners in scoring position is essential. No, he isn’t Johnny Damon by any means but a moderately fast runner on second or tagging from third has no need to fear him on anything that gets beyond short left. He would surely supply far more ooomph at the plate than any of the other Feesh options, and it will be comparatively simpler to find another outfielder on the scrap heap over the weenter than it will be to find a first baseman who knows what he’s doing. Yelich is still young enough to re-habituate. The Feesh can coexist with the flagging Casey McGehee for another season since he plays a better than competent third base and they’ve got Colin Moran coming up the pipe.

      • nbjays - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        But does Jones have Bernie’s goofy smile and staple-gunned toupee? Makes for a great mental picture if he does.

      • Old Gator - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        No, but he does have Bernie’s plate discipline.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Good idea about Yelich moving to first. Is the owner listening to you these days?

  4. janessa31888 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    I’m amazed that Danny Salazar was allowed to pitch the complete game. Way to muzzle and declaw the Tigers last night.

    • philliesblow - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      I was hoping for another Chad Allen appearance so the Tigers could stage a comeback.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        Whew, that Verlander. He’s no Lobstein, eh?

      • janessa31888 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        You mean Cody Allen, of course. He’s been doing his best Chris Perez/ John Axford impression lately. We really haven’t had much luck with closers.

      • philliesblow - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        Yes, my bad, Cody Allen. Although in this year of the position player pitching it seems that Chad Allen would be a well rested option.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/allench01.shtml

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      There was also that rarest of rare sightings: The Giambi. Rumors of his return increased following a sweaty glimpse on the holiday, and now have been confirmed. What do you think the chances are that, if the Indians go on a monster winning streak and get a wild card or (gasp!) win the division, he is brought back next year as a kind of rally ‘Squatch?

  5. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Finally avoided bein shutout by the Phills.

  6. philliesblow - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Some things you can’t un-see. Fortunately the crowd was able to give that guy plenty of space. Wonder what Ned Yost thought about that many seats being available?

    • sportsdrenched - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      That guy probably had a “3” shaved in his back hair, so Ned Yost probably thought it was awesome.

  7. NatsLady - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Bryce Harper, when asked if the game had a playoff atmosphere, said, “Not really because you could hear Vin Scully talking though the stadium. I don’t think you’ll be able to hear that when the postseason’s coming. But definitely back and forth all game long.”

    Postgame Nats analysts,
    Johnny Holliday: “Imagine how the Dodgers felt–”
    Ray Knight (interrupting). “I don’t really CARE how they feel.”

    From the LA Times:
    “But when the clubhouse doors opened to the media Gonzalez and Ramirez, two of the team’s leaders, were gone and Matt Kemp was on his way out, leaving role players like Justin Turner and Tim Federowicz to offer the team’s spin on the tough questions.”

    • voteforno6 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Turner played a good game for the Dodgers, defensive miscues aside.

      • NatsLady - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Turner’s been hot, and made me nervous. I lost track, why was Hanley out of the game?

    • clydeserra - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Byrce is so young.

      Of course you will hear vin for any series played at dodger stadium in the post season.

      • NatsLady - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Way to miss the point. The stadium was half empty, and by extra innings there were only about 8K people left to witness one of the most exciting regular season games you will see. Hence, you could hear Scully’s voice.

      • NatsLady - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        Presumably–at least, Harper presumes–the Dodgers will manage better crowds for the postseason and drown out Scully’s voice.

      • clydeserra - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        its pumped in pretty well.

        I haven’t been to Dodger stadium since the 90s, but in the time I went, from the 70s to the 90s, you could always hear vin, or ross porter, or jerry dogget, or rick monday. it was in the instadium speakers and people with radios. People with radios was a thing. Most people brought them to listen to vin during the games.

      • clemente2 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Radios. How cute. Cell phones with earplugs now. To hear Scully requires a fairly dead audience listening to the random radios old ladies bring in memory of their youth.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        I’ve experienced something similar at Nats Park, in very long night games. After all but a couple of thousand are gone, Metro having closed. You can hear Charlie Slowes doing the radio play-by-play.

        Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post called it a “loopy classic.” About right. The sort of game the Nats normally lose. Except when they’re playing the Mets, that is.

        But, a win is a win, as they say (whomever “they” are). The NL East lead remains at 7 (magic number=17); the #1 NL seed lead is 2. Most important, we reserved our 2015 (half) season tickets, which gets us 4 tickets to each 2014 playoff game.

        The Phillies come to town to tomorrow, to play spoiler. They’ve done it well lately, winning series vs. both the Nats and Braves. For those of us who endured the obnoxious Phillies infestations, when the Nats had nothing to do but play spoiler, the irony is more than just delicious.

  8. jamnew44 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    You know the dude at the Nats-Dodgers game was thinking, “If I just get a good tan, the women will go wild”.

    • clydeserra - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      because fat jokes are always funny.

      • NatsLady - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        I felt pretty much the same way. Maybe the guy won’t sue, probably has no grounds, but I didn’t like it much.

  9. clydeserra - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    The A’s and Mariners game was all it was billed as. Seager and Hart go back to back and its over. At least New Guy hit another home run. three games three RsBI.

    • scatterbrian - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      I just watched Rambo the other night. It’s great fun watching him save all those PsOW from the camp.

  10. sportsdrenched - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Pretty sure my man-crush on Alex Gordon will never be like Craig’s man-crush for Yasiel Puig, but there’s something there.

    And you got it wrong Craig, High School Football usurps the Rangers as soon as practice starts in Texas.

  11. savior72 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Fat guy in a little suit!

    • Eutaw's Finest - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Fat guy in a little COAT.

      If you’re going to quote the legend that is Chris Farley, do it right!!

  12. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Picking on that fan….you better watch out Craig – you will be next!

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/07/guy-sues-espn-for-making-fun-of-him-when-he-fell-asleep-at-a-yankees-game/

  13. coryrox78 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    It’s Corey Dickerson, not Chris Dickerson. I know the Rockies are terrible, but he and Arenado continue to shine and give us a little hope for the future.

  14. bigmeechy74 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    The Yankees aren’t out of this thing yet. They will probably go on a long win streak. Every time they look like they are gonna go away, they reel off a bunch of wins. They have a home stand and they have the best rotation in all of mlb so I still think they will make the playoffs. unfortunately

    • Eutaw's Finest - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      They may be streaky but by no means do they have the best rotation in baseball. Top 10 right now? Sure. But not #1. Not even close.

      Yanks also have 7 games to play against the ALE leading O’s so they have that going against them right now.

  15. phillysports1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    How can a team fighting for a WILDCARD spot, trailing by less than two games have no fans in their seats ???!!!! C’mon man !!

  16. phillysports1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Braves Fans Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves.

  17. phillysports1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Atlanta doesn’t deserve a baseball team.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Philadelphia doesn’t deserve cheesesteak.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        YOU don’t deserve cheesesteak.

    • nbjays - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Which is OK because they don’t have one.

  18. phillysports1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    What the hell ? ^

  19. uyf1950 - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    The Yankees slim perhaps very slim postseason hopes remain alive.

    • spudchukar - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Is it time for the “Dumb and Dumber” quote?

  20. spudchukar - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Don’t look now, but the Cards are beginning to get their mojo back. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Having 2012 NLDS flashbacks. Disturbing.

  21. phillysports1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Let the series begin, Greg.

  22. gloccamorra - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    No mention of the review blowing a call at the plate in the Zonie-Padres game? The runner slud right into the tag, the umpire missed it in plain sight, and the reviewers backed him up, rather than believe their lyin’ eyes. I get the feeling the reviewers in NYC get grumpy about being awakened for reviews in west coast night games.

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