Monday, August 12, 2013
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Yankees 5, Tigers 4: If I told you that Mariano Rivera blew two saves in a three-game series you'd probably assume the Yankees had a bad series. Except in this case they won both of the games Mo blew. Baseball is weird. Miguel Cabrera homered off of him again on Sunday -- he's only the third right-hander with two career home runs off Rivera -- but the Yankees pulled it out in the ninth with a Brett Gardner walkoff.
Mariners 2, Brewers 0: King Felix was his usual dominant self, tossing eight scoreless and striking out nine. Wily Peralta was almost as good but he gave up one gopher ball and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. The game lasted a mere two hours 11 minutes. It was like friggin' 1914 or something out there.
Reds 3, Padres 2: Joey Votto with a sac fly in the bottom of the 13th. It's gonna be awesome when Votto finishes the year with something like his current .322/.437/.509 batting line and gets almost no MVP love because he doesn't have 100 RBI.
Braves 9, Marlins 4: The wining streak ended with a 1-0 loss on Saturday but the Braves got back on the horse Sunday and handed Miami its sixth loss in seven games. Four hits for Jason Heyward, three for Evan Gattis, a three-run homer for Freddie Freeman and the go-ahead RBI for B.J. Upton. Just so many contributors right now.
Nationals 6, Phillies 0: Stephen Strasburg shuts 'em out on 99 pitches -- it's a Maddux! In other news, is there anything more depressing than being a Phillies fan at the moment?
Rangers 6, Astros 1: The Rangers are surging. Seven straight wins, in fact. Martin Perez had a shutout into the ninth. It was broken up by a Chris Carter solo homer, but Perez still finished the complete game, allowing only four hits while striking out eight.
Royals 4, Red Sox 3: The Royals keep on rolling, upping their record to 18-5 since the break. They're 4.5 back in the Wild Card.
Twins 5, White Sox 2: Kevin Correia pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer each homered and the Twins take three of four. They, like a lot of teams, admittedly, have owned the White Sox this season.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4: Bob Melvin picks up the 700th win in his managerial career thanks to Alberto Callaspo's tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth. The A's stay a game back of the Rangers.
Indians 6, Angels 5: The Angels had a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth and they woofed it away, thanks in part to a pair of two-run homers from two-run homers by Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles in the sixth. With it the Indians snap their six-game losing streak that put them way the heck back in the AL Central. An awful week but not a bad salvage job.
Cardinals 8, Cubs 4: St. Louis ends a four-game losing streak and avoids a sweep. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese each drove in two.
Rockies 3, Pirates 2: Chad Bettis allowed two runs early but settled down and the Rockies' pen pitched three scoreless. Jeff Locke walked four batters in five and two-thirds. He's not been going very deep into games lately. You have to wonder if he's getting a bit tired.
Dodgers 8, Rays 2: Clayton Kershaw is awesome, which, well, duh. But how come every time I click on a Dodgers box score there's some random Ellis doing cool things? Ellises are the new inefficiency.
Mets 9, Diamondbacks 5: This was an ugly-fest. Lots of unearned runs and a dude has his hip dislocated. But Andrew Brown had a three-run pinch hit homer, and that's uplifting, yes?
Orioles 10, Giants 2: J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, but then the Orioles piled it on. Ron-Burgundy-Boy-That-Escalated-Quickly-Dot-Tumblr.com.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com