Thursday, August 18, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Rangers 4, Angels 3: Watching the Angels get beat by the Rangers puts me in mind of some sci-fi movie where a group is under attack from an invading army. Mike Scioscia is the defending general in a command center somewhere and keeps getting reports that the defenses are crumbling. He steels himself and says "send out Santana," who in the movie is thought of as some last resort defense, only to see him overrun. Then, tonight, he orders the "Weaver maneuver" -- a really, really, last defense; like a ship captain ordering his helmsman to ram the intruder -- to be deployed. If the usual narrative holds, Weaver gets annihilated and Scioscia orders a full retreat and the second half of the movie results in a change of tactics, guerrilla warfare or some sort of doomed resistance movement. I'm having trouble putting my finger of what movie this is but I'm sure someone knows the general arc I'm talking about. Maybe it's partly the end of "The Best of Both Worlds" when Riker orders Crusher to ram the Borg cube combined with a little bit of "Red Dawn." What? No, I really have been with a woman before. Why do you ask?
Giants 7, Braves 5: On a day when yet another Giant -- closer Brian Wilson -- is unavailable due to owies, Matt Cain plays stopper, allowing only one run -- unearned -- in eight innings. Of course, without Wilson the bullpen kind of melted down in the ninth, but San Francisco's 7-1 lead entering the bottom of the inning provided enough of a cushion.
Rays 4, Red Sox 0: Hit this one up yesterday. The best offense in baseball is suddenly not at its best.
Astros 4, Cubs 3: That man, Brian Bogusevic, comes through again with an RBI double and the Astros have themselves a nice little two-game winning streak. They should probably do champagne showers and everything for this.
Athletics 6, Orioles 5: Kurt Suzuki had two homers and held on to the ball on a wacko play to end it. All kinds of ugly outfield defense in this one.
Cardinals 7, Pirates 2: Allen Craig hit two homers. Whenever he makes SportsCenter, my brother calls me and says "hey, your name is Craig Allen, and there's a baseball player named Allen Craig! Did you know that?" Yes, Curt, I knew that.
Reds 2, Nationals 1: Johnny Cueto allows one run in eight innings and drops that ERA down to 1.89.
Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 2: An effective Cliff Lee keeps the Dbacks' bats quiet and Hunter Pence reaches base four times, scoring three times. I credit the fiery bacon.
Mets 7, Padres 3: David Wright pwned Cameron Maybin. Total pwnage.
Rockies 12, Marlins 5: Ricky Nolasco had beaten the Rockies five straight times. This time, not so much. Four RBI a piece for Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Iannetta.
Blue Jays 6, Mariners 1: Brandon Morrow struck out 12 Mariners in six innings. When do the Orioles play the M's? I wanna see Adam Jones hit for the cycle.
Brewers 3, Dodgers 1: Betting on baseball is idiotic because anything can happen in one game. But if I had to bet on one game yesterday, it would have been Greinke and the Brewers beating L.A. That's six straight for Milwaukee
Royals 5, Yankees 4: Yankees lose by one on a night with a controversial home run call? Yeah, we're gonna have more about that later.
Indians 4, White Sox 1: Nothing like a fierce battle for second place in baseball's worst division. But this year, it's pretty much all we have.
Twins 6, Tigers 5: And of course, the division's best team loses a series like this.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com