And That Happened

Phillies 2, Giants 1: Fast Eddie beats Vincent. Or if you prefer, Jheri Curl beats Mullet. OK, fine, so Lincecum’s isn’t really a mullet. Maybe if it was he wouldn’t have given up that double to Ryan Howard. Or did you not think of that?

White Sox 5, Cubs 0: Nothing like interleague play in September! The Cubs struck out 9 times against six hits. I’m assuming that at this point Lou is marking off the days until October 4th on his calendar with little X’s.

Marlins 8, Braves 3: This clubhouse disarray business seems to be working well for the Marlins: Hanley Ramirez gets a key pinch-hit single, Dan Uggla doesn’t accost his team’s best player. Hell, it’s paradise. The real key to this game, though, was Kris Medlen: middle reliever. Though as Mac notes, this one is probably on Bobby for going to him on three straight nights.

Yankees 10, Blue Jays 5: When a team can throw a poo-poo platter consisting of Gaudin, Aceves, Robertson, Bruney, Marte at you and still cruise, you have to start thinking “team of destiny.” Posada: 4-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI. Somebody wake me when New York loses, because this is getting monotonous.

Red Sox 6, Rays 3: This is not the same David Price the Red Sox remember from last year’s playoffs (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). Not the same Rays either. They’re basically over for the year, but they’ll be back.

Mets 8, Rockies 3: Wright went 3-for-4 in his second start since coming off the 15-day disabled list. More importantly, he ditched the big ass helmet. “It’s just not comfortable,” Wright said of the new helmet that will be required in the minors next season. “The last thing I need to worry about in the box is to try to shove it on my head. I will stay with the one I used today.” I’m sure the fact that everyone told him that he looked like a total tool in it had nothing to do with it.

Tigers 4, Indians 3: Magglio Ordonez batted twice after entering the game as a pinch hitter, so we can assume that either (a) the Tigers have decided that they’re going to let him trigger his option; or (b) a guy with a lead pipe is going to be waiting for him in the St. Pete Marriott sometime this weekend.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Smoltz wasn’t battered or anything, but he did lose, proving that, at least for one afternoon, the NL isn’t the equivalent of the old American Association. Casey McGehee hit a two run homer, and drove in nine of the Brewers’ 13 runs in the series.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 2: Thanks to Jon Garland (two earned runs on five hits over seven) and Ron Belliard (2-3, 3 RBII) Ned Colletti probably went to bed feeling pretty proud of himself.

Mariners 7, Athletics 4: Two run homers from Bill Hall, Franklin Gutierrez and Kenji Johjima power the M’s. Game story: “The Mariners were to take public transportation on the BART train to and from the games for the rest of the series with the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland closed for work all weekend.” There aren’t any hotels in Oakland? What’s wrong with this place?

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  1. lar said...

    proving that, at least for one afternoon, the NL isn’t the equivalent of the old American Association

    Ridiculous. This unequivocally proves that the Brewers are better than the rest of the NL, just like Brad Penny’s one game in the NL proves that the AL is the better league, and just like the Rangers beating the Yankees last week and then losing the Twins proves that the Twins are better than the Yankees. The transitive property works everywhere!

    So when do the Brewers move up to the top of the standings?

  2. Grand Cards said...

    The Ordonez option vesting is a foregone conclusion at this point.  He wasn’t playing because the Tigers went lefty-heavy, but he has actually been playing well for the last month—highish average, despite lack of pop.  He has unquestionably helped the team win recently, and my suspicion is that if he can help the Tigers make the playoffs (and even more, if he can contribute in the playoffs), Mike Ilitch will gladly sign the $18 million check for him next year and focus on keeping is option from vesting again in 2011.  If the Tigers collapse and don’t make the playoffs than this is a huge backfire, but for now I think everyone in Detroit is happy with the situation as it stands.  Winning heals all wounds.

  3. APBA Guy said...

    Craig, I’m stunned you didn’t pick out a Napa resort for the Mariners. They certainly aren’t having to exert themselves against the A’s. Now 10-3 for the year in head-head play, last night Brett Tomko played gracious host by leaving about 1 in 3 pitches in the center of the plate and stick-straight. Bill Hall’s shot was particularly impressive, nearly making it to the Al Davis Memorial luxury boxes in left-center.

    Yes, I think a nice wine country inn for the Mariners would be most appropriate. After a leisurely victory they could relax in the soft night air, sip some Chardonnay, and tell tall tales of tape measure blasts. Maybe something like this:

  4. Chris said...

    Hey now, the old American Association was a real and solid major league, before the last couple years when it was dying.

    (And I scoff at the Cardinals’ brass for pretending that the franchise’s history starts with the move to the NL.  We was fab in the AA!)

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