Mariners 5, Blue Jays 4: King Felix struck out 11 in eight innings to notch his 17th win. I was out of town and without a computer when people started up that “the Mariners can’t sign Felix so the Red Sox are gonna get him” talk a few days ago. You know what? That’s crazy. Hernandez is one of the top two or three pitchers in baseball. The Mariners have an entire corner of the country to themselves. They have Adrian Beltre, Miguel Batista, Jarrod Washburn, and Erik Bedard coming off the books next year. They can afford him and if they’re serious about ever winning anything, they will sign him. This smells like wishful thinking on behalf of Red Sox fanboys.
Reds 4, Pirates 1: The Pirates have won only three more games than you this month, and you’re not even trying. And if you were, I’d bet that more people would show up to watch you than watched this game too.
Dodgers 7, Nationals 6: The Nats lose number 100. They’re the first team to do so in back to back seasons since the mid-70s Padres. Without looking I’m going to guess that the 1930s-40s Phillies have the record here with five or six if I remember correctly. The Nats won’t match that. In fact, I think they’re going to look really good in a few years and all of this will be a distant memory. In the meantime, though, ugh.
Tigers 6, Indians 5: In nine or ten days someone is going to have to wake up Eric Wedge and tell him he’s been fired. But let him rest now. He looks so peaceful.
Athletics 12, Rangers 3: Brett Anderson got a lot of run support and the A’s beat the Rangers in what seems like the 187th time they’ve played in the past month.
Red Sox 10, Royals, 3: I guess Clay Buhholz pitched well, but I’m gonna be honest and tell you all that I wasn’t impressed. Really, he reminds me of a right-handed Roger Moret. Which is more fun: the fact that the Royals committed five errors, or the fact that Zack Greinke was ejected from the game even though he wasn’t playing?
Phillies 9, Brewers 4: Happ struck out seven over five and two thirds. Charlie Manuel: “There’s a chance he could wind up in the back end of the bullpen if we don’t get something straightened out.”
Padres 5, Rockies 4: The Padres have been a total pain the butt to just about every contending team this past month. The Rockies have lost seven of 11 and the Braves are now three and a half back, which seems way more doable than four for some reason. Especially considering that Colorado hosts St. Louis this weekend. Go Cards.
Cubs 3, Giants 2: Jeff Baker’s two-out, two-run homer in the top of the ninth to win the game is going to haunt San Francisco for a couple of days. San Francisco’s failure to take advantage of the Rockies’ recent skid is going to haunt them all winter. The Cubs win means that the Cardinals have to lug their champagne to Colorado.