Wednesday, August 14, 2013
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Diamondbacks 4, Orioles 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered to tie it in the ninth, homered to win it in the 11th. It's perhaps too late for this, but memo to Buck Showalter: maybe don't pitch to Paul Goldschmidt. Two walkoff wins in a row for the D-backs. Their ninth walkoff win of the year.
Yankees 14, Angels 7: Another two-homer performance, this one from Alfonso Soriano, who drove in six. As we've said a couple of times this week: nice career, Alfonso Soriano.
Mariners 5, Rays 4: A two-homer leadoff hitter show as the Mariners' leadoff guy Brad Miller hit two homers as did the Rays' leadoff hitter Ben Zobrist. After the game their managers each made them do pushups, Willie Mays Hayes-style, for hitting the ball in the air.
Brewers 5, Rangers 1: Another two-homer performance, this one from Scooter Gennett, whose bombs happened to be the first and second of his career. His teammates gave him the now ubiquitous "silent treatment" for his first homer, pretending not to acknowledge it for some time after he returned to the dugout. I think this is played out and teams need to go to the next level with this first-home-run hazing. How about this: they treat him as usual, giving him high-fives, then, after the game, the GM sends him down to Triple-A. He keeps up the joke until the player packs his bags, gets a flight to Nashville, plays in multiple minor league games and the starts to question whether he should go back home and start working for dad's plumbing business. A couple of years later, as he finally locks up all of his baseball memorabilia in a closet he will never open again due to the overwhelming emotion such objects of his failed past bring, the GM calls him back and says "Haha, got ya!"
Nationals 4, Giants 2: Four wins in a row for Washington, which is nice. Not that it's (a) getting the Nats any closer to a playoff spot; or (b) making everyone in the dugout all happy.
Braves 3, Phillies 1: Kris Medlen hasn't been anywhere close to as good this year as he was last year, but he's turning it around. He notched his fourth straight win and is now 10-10 on the season. Phillies starter Ethan Martin has three major league starts under his belt. Two of them have been losses to Kris Medlen and the Braves. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson keeps hitting. He hit a two-run homer and leads the NL with a .337 average.
Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: A come-from-behind win with Shane Victorino knocking in two in the 11th inning. He also gunned down a runner at the plate earlier in the game. For a guy whose contract caused a lot of people to mock the Red Sox in the offseason, he's been pretty darn useful for the Red Sox.
Reds 6, Cubs 4: Yet another extra-innings game. There were six in all last night. Shin-Soo Choo did what Shane Victorino did -- he hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning -- and Reds reliever J.J. Hoover shut out the Cubs on one hit in two and a third innings of work. He has a scoreless innings streak of 24 and two-thirds.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 3: A 14-inning tilt for the two best teams in the NL Central, with Adron Chambers singling home the winning run for St. Louis just before this game hit the five-hour mark. The two teams used 13 pitchers and 26 position players.
Padres 7, Rockies 5: Down 4-1 after the first inning, the Padres didn't fold. Nick Hundley homered and drove in two runs, Will Venable had three hits and San Diego put up four runs of its own in the second to give the Padres a rare win over the Rockies.
White Sox 4, Tigers 3: Detroit is slumping. Recent ex-Tiger Avisail Garcia had two hits, drove in two and scored the winning run on Alejandro De Aza's bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to give the Pale Hose a walkoff win.
Marlins 1, Royals 0: Jose Fernandez and Bruce Chen matched each other with seven, three-hit, six-strikeout scoreless innings. The Royals bullpen cracked first, however, although not until the 10th when Kelvin Herrera hit Jake Marisnick with a pitch, allowed him to steal second and then gave up the go-ahead RBI single to Christian Yelich.
Dodgers 4, Mets 2: Even Matt Harvey can't stop the Los Angeles juggernaut. The Dodgers win their seventh straight behind seven innings of one-run ball from Hyun-Jin Ryu. Dodgers starters are 13-1 with a 1.72 ERA in their last 18 games.
Indians 5, Twins 2: A much-needed win for the Tribe, which had lost seven of eight coming in. Zach Mcallister allowed on earned run in six, the bullpen held firm and Ryan Raburn hit a homer.
Astros 5, Athletics 4: Another bad outing for Bartolo Colon, who could be running out of gas at an inopportune time for Oakland. The Astros hit him up for five runs on seven hits in four innings. Meanwhile, Jordon Lyles allowed one run in seven.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com