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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Sep 5, 2014, 7:07 AM EST

Chase Headley AP

Yankees 5, Red Sox 4: A walkoff solo shot for Chase Headley. This after Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer earlier in the inning. The Yankees late rally negated a two-home run night for David Ortiz. Well, it didn’t negate it — the homers still technically count — but it did render them blasts in a losing effort.

Cardinals 3, Brewers 2:Making his first start since June 17, Michael Wacha allowed one run over three innings at which point it turned into a bullpen game for the Cards. And the pen did just fine. That’s five straight wins for St. Louis, which opens up a four–game lead in the division. That’s nine straight losses for the Brewers, who fall into a tie with the Braves for the second wild card.

Orioles 9, Reds 7: The Orioles sweep the Reds. It wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been given that the Orioles leapt out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Reds catch up later, but a W is a W. The Reds, despite gamely tying it, are playing out the string of course. Their starting lineup contained five September call-ups.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1: Randall Delgado and four relievers combined for a four-hitter. I didn’t check the box score, but I can only assume so many relievers were needed because Delgado was notified during the game that he’s finally been served with his suspension for intentionally hitting Andrew McCutchen last month. I mean, that discipline has to come eventually, right?

Tigers 11, Indians 4: The Tigers blew a 4-0 lead but blew it wide open in the 11th with a seven-run inning. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run single and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer as 11 men went to the plate in the 11th. Detroit took three of four from a Cleveland team that had a chance to make some noise if they did well in this series. Now the Tribe finds itself five games back in the wild card, behind even New York and Toronto.

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Blue Jays 1, Rays 0: Colby Rasmus, a day after complaining about his lack of playing time, hits a pinch-hit homer in the tenth to break the 0-0 tie as the Jays sweep. Mark Buehrle got the no-decision but tossed eight shutout innings. That’s five straight wins for the Jays overall, who are still in the playoff conversation.

Mariners 10, Rangers 2: Robinson Cano knocked in four as the M’s keep pace with the Tigers. The Rangers have now been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The Mariners are a half game out of the second wild card.

Angels 5, Twins 4: David Freese had two doubles and an RBI and Chris Iannetta had a pinch-hit sac fly in the ninth to put the Angels up for good. Josh Hamilton had to leave the game with a sore shoulder and will probably sit out tonight.

  1. southpaw2k - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    “You can bank on Chase!”

    John Sterling must be stopped, no matter the cost.

    Meanwhile, in much more important news, the Orioles’ magic number is now 15.

    • freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      Yea but just remember, the key takeaway here is that it should have been easier for them to win. We’ll ignore how amazing that ‘terrible’ Johnathan Schoop is playing right now.

      • southpaw2k - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        I was at OPACY last night, and I will readily admit that when the O’s were up 6-0 after the 1st, my initial thought was, “Well this game is over.”

        I have to admit, I was pretty shocked when the Reds found a way to come back from a 7-2 deficit. The Orioles of 2003-2010 would have lost such a game like that, but not under Buck.

        I like our guys.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        There is nothing cuter than O’s fans insecurity.

      • nvl004 - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        How many Clutch hits does JJ Hardy have? His power numbers are down considerably, however he has a very hig Average with RISP. I’d be interested to see what those numbers are in the 7th inning or later. Could ya help us out with that Craig?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        How many Clutch hits does JJ Hardy have?

        AVG w/ RISP:
        .346/.375/.457, .830 OPS which is 30% better than the league (not counting last nights stats, as the games haven’t updated on bref)

        To look it up yourself, baseball-reference.com > choose player > splits > bases occupied tab (or the clutch stats tab for other stats)

      • nvl004 - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Good lookin out

      • ripwarrior - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        I tell you what is cuter than the insecurity of os fans. Criag’s insecurity about being a heterosexual white male is much cuter.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        “There is nothing cuter than O’s fans insecurity.”

        I’m not sure that pointing out a writer’s ignoring of the important facts (2nd best record in baseball/rookie playing lights out that HBT recently sloppily criticized/3 more homers for the club leading the majors/67 – 36 run differential on a 9-2 homestand) in favor of backhanded compliments (“yea they won, but it should have been easier for them”) is an “insecurity” on my part, but okay.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        What’s cute is your thinly veiled attempt to troll Orioles fans. Unsuccessfully. Come on Craig, you can do better.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        backhanded compliments (“yea they won, but it should have been easier for them”) is an “insecurity” on my part, but okay.

        The O’s were up 6-0 in the first against a team playing 5 Sept call-ups. Do you think the game should have been hard?

        O’s fans are getting to be as bad as the Nats fans whenever Craig says something that might criticize your team.

      • Paper Lions - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        This is an amazing display by Oriole’s fans. I can only assume it derives from being alsorans for so long and having to listen to the national media slobber all over the NYY and BRS for years.

        Every team above .500 has guys that have been fantastic for short stints or for the entire year that have gotten no play in the national media, but you don’t see them here whining about their team not getting proper due in a 50 word blurb every day.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        “The O’s were up 6-0 in the first against a team playing 5 Sept call-ups. Do you think the game should have been hard?”

        I think baseball is a funny sport and successful teams find ways to win the weird ones, as the O’s did last night. My point is that so many other worthwhile things are going on that it’s really just kind of silly not to acknowledge them. If they’re not being acknowledged to spite O’s fans (because the other reason is just haphazard reporting) then it says a heck of a lot more about the writer than it does the O’s fans.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        My point is that so many other worthwhile things are going on that it’s really just kind of silly not to acknowledge them.

        Such as? He also posts something almost every day, does he need to add an addendum like “hey the O’s are still in first place of the AL E, and are catching up to HFA…” What would you complain about the next day?

        If they’re not being acknowledged to spite O’s fans (because the other reason is just haphazard reporting) then it says a heck of a lot more about the writer than it does the O’s fans.

        You’ve found out his secret. He’s doing this just to annoy you. As I mentioned above, he did the same thing to Natinals fans, and to Phillies fans before it.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Frankly, he could’ve given the same recap for the Tigers game, and I would’ve completely agreed with him. But I do like late game fireworks too. V-Mart!

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        “Such as? ”

        Such as all the things I listed as “more important things” in my post above.

        “You’ve found out his secret. He’s doing this just to annoy you.”

        As I said, it’s either to annoy O’s fans OR it’s that he’d rather report strange things than what’s really going on, as in all the things I listed above. It’s one or the other, you pick.

      • pbastille - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        people, lets stop breaking the pills in half (you too Craig)

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Such as all the things I listed as “more important things” in my post above.

        So you really are bitching that he doesn’t mention that the O’s are in first place? But here’s a comment from Tues ATH:
        The O’s have won seven of nine and now have a nine and half game lead in the East.

        So you need him to post an update every single day? Come on…

        We’ll ignore how amazing that ‘terrible’ Johnathan Schoop is playing right now.

        He should update us on how a guy hitting 74 wRC+ with a .255 OBP is doing?

      • natstowngreg - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        COPO, Ithe Nats fans trolling thing was certainly true in 2012-2013. In 2012, sudden success, front-runners showing up here, the Strasburg Shutdown. In 2013, the World Series predictions, “Natitude,” the disappointing season, the too-late run for the playoffs. 2014 has seen a reset of expectations in Nats Town, even as some had them in the World Series. Craig has rarely tried to troll us; hard to do, as he predicted a successful season for them.

        Of course, the front-runners will return if the Nats make the Series, and there will still be plenty of opportunities for trolling. Not that I’m looking to be trolled. It’s just that being trolled is a sign that your favorite team is relevant. It’s better than when I started here in 2009, and was one of the few Nats fans, and wasn’t worth trolling. O’s fans might consider that.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        “So you really are bitching that he doesn’t mention that the O’s are in first place?”

        Um, no. That’s not what I wrote, feel free to scroll back up and see for yourself. Sorry you went to a previous ATH to cite something I didn’t reference.

        “He should update us on how a guy hitting 74 wRC+ with a .255 OBP is doing?”

        When it’s a 22 yr old rookie playing gold glove quality second base and is now absolutely raking come September, yea, I think I’d reference that. Absolutely I would.

      • kevinbnyc - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        I didn’t realize so many people from Philadelphia moved to Baltimore, renounced their Phillies Phandom, took up the Orioles cause and applied the same sort of insanity to rooting for them. It’s like listening to 3rd graders argue.

    • pete2112 - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Totally agree on John Sterling. I can’t believe he actually is still doing using those stupid phrases on his home run calls. Between him and Suzyn Waldman, radio is basically off limits for me now. There was a time when it was Sterling and Kay back in the day I actually liked him, but it’s just not the same anymore.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Correction Craig. Rasmus did not complain about his demotion to the bench. He actually took it rather well. He realized that he had not played well and that since he will be a free agent, the Jays want to give Pillar and Gose playing time in CF. He certainly provides a home run threat coming off the bench. That was a well pitched game by both starters. Cecil got himself in trouble in the bottom of the 9th. The Rays had runners on the corners with none out and eventually loaded the bases. Cecil got himself out of his own mess with 3 strikeouts.

    • Old Gator - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      I suspect that Rasmus was damning with faint praise, or some such thing. No qualifying offer for you, son….PS my anonymous musical pal in TO threw an email tantrum about the Feather Lice this morning when I tried to cheer him up and remind him – 4 down, 24 games to go – that he has room for guarded optimism. He’s already looking forward to hockey season. Let’s see how he feels about the Leafs after they implode in the spring yet again.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        5 wins in a row for the Jays and the next teams they face are the Red Sox and the Cubs.

      • nbjays - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Gator, the Leafs don’t always wait until spring to implode, sometimes they get it over with early.

    • rdillon99 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Colby’s comment was something to the effect that he will be sitting on the bench watching the rookies play. It was passive-agressive at best. It was not the worst comment in the world, but I also wouldn’t exactly say that he took it well.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        You did not hear the entire interview.

  3. freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Man the end of that Yanks game was wild. I was hoping they’d lose, but it’s hard to deny their effort. Of course, even if I personally denied their effort that wouldn’t mean anything anyway.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      The Yankees now get to try their late inning heroics against KC, a team they are trying to catch.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:30 AM

        P. S. I realize that KC is in first place in their Division, however, a Yankee sweep would probably drop KC behind Detroit.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        Yea that’ll definitely be an AL series to watch this weekend. Should be exciting.

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Everybody rooting for the Yankees to lose gets a thumbs-up in my all-important ledger.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Hater Nation!

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        homerism clouds my judgment.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Glad to see the O’s take care of business late in the game yesterday. 25 games over .500 for the first time since ’97. 17 years. Let that sink in.

    Magic number down to 15.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      It was a fun game to watch. Nick Markakis had a few really fine grabs in left. Schoop and Cruz are bombs away lately and the Birds just don’t seem to be slowing down. Let’s see how this road trip treats us.

  5. beepbeepbeeplgb - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    *6 straight wins for the cardinals

  6. philliesblow - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    11 men bat in the 11th and the Tigers score 11 runs total. Somewhere Nigel Tufnel is smiling.

  7. uyf1950 - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    The Yankees continue to keep their faint postseason hopes alive. The next 10 games 3 against the Royals, 3 against the Rays and 4 against the O’s are more that most wins for the Yankees. Just a guess but 7 out of 10 is pretty much a must. That would put the Yankees at 79-69 heading into their last 14 games. Like I said their postseason chances are slim but that’s still better than most of the other AL teams.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Like I said their postseason chances are slim but that’s still better than most of the other AL teams.

      Yikes, it’s really slim. If the Yanks do go 79-69, either everyone above them has to crap the bed, or go .500 and the Yank have to win about 10/14. If Sea goes 12-11 over their next 23 games, that puts them at 88-74, meaning the Yanks would have to win 16/24 just to tie.

      It can happen, but yikes…

      • uyf1950 - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        I never said it would easy. The Yankees can’t worry about what the Mariners or Tigers do. All they can control is their own play. If they win hopefully a postseason spot will be the end result of that winning. If not they gave it a shot.

      • pete2112 - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        As a Yankees fan, it’s not looking good, but I do like that they’re still fighting. This team could have packed it in a while ago but they’ve stuck around to at least make it interesting.

  8. tellyspop - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Florida officials need to tighten up on immigration and stop letting hordes of Canadians through customs via the Ole’ method. All they does is git on welfare and commit unnatural acts like sweeping our beloved Conch Republic Rays. Conch batsmen did not help the cause by wildly swinging away at any pitch with the bases loaded and no outs! The breeze was nice though. Perhaps the Jays remembered the Toronto Film Festival opened yesterday, and they can scurry off to watch films in the dark, fooling with themselves into thinking about the World Serious they were going to play in this year. Myself, as I fly into the iCloud field of dreams, I was only fooling with the thought of the division winning Rays. (Sigh)

    I am Jack’s enlarged prostate after this week in Conch baseball. It has been a tough, tough week. Then with the new medications I am taking, I was wondering when these sores will go away?

    “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted.” In the autumn of my life I hope to hang around long enough for the next spring season for the joy and hope of a new beginning. At least I am not a Cubs fan where after 100 years of little or no joy the only fun I would get is urinating into a communal porcelain trough at Joe Posnanski Park! Cut me Mick, cut me!

    • Old Gator - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      The rules on Canadian illegals are pretty simple. Cold foot, colder foot. Once they climb up on the ice floes, they can’t be deported. Fortunately, it’s incredibly hard to climb up on the ice floes – they keep sliding back into the water and the orcas pick them orf. For the few who do look like they’re going to make it though, the Coast Guard is stationing personnel on the ice floes armed with clubs tipped with iron bolt heads.

      I run a clandestine wolverine service (coyotes work the opposite border) which supplies incoming Canadians with thongs, flower print bathing suits and tans so that they look like native Floridians who just strayed a little too far north and are only trying to get back home. Groupofsevenrules tried to get in the other day but the bathing suit wouldn’t fit over his head and he brought a trout in payment instead of the hot smoked meat sandwich which is very clearly designated as the correct remuneration in our brochures.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        “NICE”!

    • indaburg - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      We need those Canadian dollars. Gotta keep letting them in.

      A tough week? It’s been a tough 2014. To have this much hope crushed. So much potential. Utterly wasted. Remember spring training, how good this team looked?

      Our team has been so lifeless–we deserved to be swept, although whether one deserves to win or not has nothing to do with winning. I don’t get excited when we load the bases or when we have RISP. I have never felt like that watching baseball. That’s how futile this team has been with RISP. They beat hope out of me. Major league leading 17th shut-out. I’m so fed up with this team right now. I am not gifted with Maddon’s sunny optimism.

      • nbjays - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Watching the game on Sportsnet last night (and the two before that), it appeared that there were more people on the field and in the dugouts and bullpens than in the stands. Perhaps Melky isn’t the only one a-scared of thunder.

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Congrats on the Jays’ sweep. I heard it was the first ever at the Trop. Hopefully the building will be torn down before the Jays get a second.

        Reported attendance was 10,392. Of course, that’s probably tickets sold. Likely closer to 5,000 attended. That’s still a lot of people to fit on the field, in the dugout, and the bullpen.

        The Rays had trouble getting people to go to the Trop when they were playing well. What did anyone think would happen when they played poorly? Attendance would improve? “Hey kids, let’s go see a crappy team play for nothing in an ugly, largely empty stadium in a bad part of town far away when you have to be up early for school tomorrow!” “Yay, mommy! Let’s go Rays!” :-)

        I read in the Tampa Bay Times a couple of days ago that there has been progress in the stadium talk front–that St. Pete might finally allow the Rays to talk to Tampa without sanctions. We’ll see. We’ve all heard this story before. I want real progress, not just “talks about talking.” They need a new stadium desperately, one in a centralized location.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Does that count the people watching via webcam?

  9. Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    The Forest City Nine nearly pulled one out last night, thanks mostly to a certain Mr. Ausmus, who, due to being completely incapable of making a decision at the dugout jukebox between ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ and ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’ left a certain DIC in a few batters too long. But then something called a Josh Tomlin happened and 7 runs for 7 rogues played at Playhouse Square. The Kitties strut back to Cadillac’s folly, while the beleaguered tribesmen keep with the home cookin and hope to take out their frustrations this weekend on the recently-washed hose.

    • Old Gator - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Forest City Nine? Obscure pop music references? DIC? The ‘Kitties’? Why don’t you just write in plain simple Eenglish so we have some idea of what you’re talking about???

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        your weesh is my command

      • miguelcairo - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        You should talk.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      • tellyspop - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Too bad you’re not Joel Cairo, anyway, Whoosh, that was the sound of the joke going over yer head Miguel!

  10. raysfan1 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Before the mid-1980’s, only the Louisville Colonels of the AA had gone from worst to first (1889-1890 seasons), and only the Phildelphia As had gone from first to worst in consecutive seasons (1915-1916). Over the past 30 years, neither is a rarity. The 1996-97-98 Padres went first-worst-back to first again. This year the Red Sox are on the verge of an unprecedented worst-first-worst again scenario. Since their first place finish last year included winning the World Series, the Red Sox will become MLB’s all-time peak/valley team. (Assuming my Rays don’t manage to “catch up” with them.)

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Speaking of the rays, what’s going on with Longoria? Is he hurt or something? Played in all the games but 105 OPS+/wRC+?

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Not hurt. Longoria is just having a bad year–power has been off. He’s actually improved recently.

        http://www.tampabay.com/sports/rays-longoria-trying-to-solve-power-outage/2189407

      • raysfan1 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        The whole team has been in the doldrums most of the season. Maybe he is pressing, I don’t know. I have not heard that he has been playing hurt–any more than everyone is banged up to an extent this time of the season.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        I have no basis for saying this, but I wonder if playing on the turf for years is starting to take it’s toll? We’re almost at 1000 games (combined Tor + TB) playing on that awful surface, and it just seems way too young to start declining (28).

      • raysfan1 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        He’s far from the only Ray having a down year. Plus, most of the time he’s on the infield clay. If it turns out that he is declining, I don’t know that the field conditions can reasonably be blamed.

  11. natstowngreg - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    The NL East had the day off, with the Nats’ magic number remaining at 17. However, there was an important external event, the Cards’ win over the Brewers. Important in that:

    — It increased the possibility of a Nats-Cards playoff NLDS or NLCS, with all the flashbacks to the 2012 NLDS. Not that a Nats-Dodgers series would be any proverbial piece of cake, but the Cards represent a psychological barrier the Nats need to overcome.

    — The Brewers’ free-fall gives the Braves a clear route to the playoffs, without having to overcome their 7-game division deficit. Though that route would, most likely, lead to a trip to San Francisco for the NL Death Match(tm).

    The Nats host the Phightins’ in a role reversal, with the visitors playing the spoiler. Meanwhile, the Braves visit the Miami-Dade County Baseball Palace of Garishness. Then, the Braves come to Nats Park. The Phillies (@Nats, Pirates) and Fish (Braves, @Brewers) have excellent spoiler opportunities. The Mets will, I assume, play their next two series, before the Nats visit the weekend after next.

  12. nvl004 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    As of today, the “weak” AL East has more wins than any other division.

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