Thursday, August 23, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short of the cycle of homers allowed.
Braves 5, Nationals 1: Kris Medlen was once again fantastic, throwing seven shutout innings and striking out seven. All the Braves do when Medlen pitches is win. And Craig Kimbrel was actually used. In a non-save situation! See, it can be done!
Mariners 3, Indians 1: Seattle is on fire. Eight in a row for the M's. A two-run double by Eric Thames broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth.
Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 0: Young pitching was featured in both games. In the first, Jacob Turner made his first start for the Marlins. Meanwhile, Tyler Skaggs made his major league debut for Arizona. Skaggs got the win, allowing two runs in six and two-thirds, even while walking five. Turner: three runs on four hits over six. Although one was a two-run bomb. And Ozzie Guillen got ejected either arguing what he thought was a balk or throwing water on umpire Angel Campos. Depends on who you believe. In the nightcap rookie Wade Miley threw eight shutout innings.
Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Ryan Braun hit his league-leading 34th homer. John Axford, newly re-installed as the Brewers closer, got the save.
Padres 4, Pirates 2: San Diego got three quick runs off James McDonald to start the game and that was all the Padres really needed. McDonald has an ERA of 7.30 since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh has lost four of five.
Athletics 5, Twins 1: Coco Crisp homered, hit an RBI double and scored three times. I'm gonna assume that this was merely a case of the A's rallying following Bartolo Colon's positive drug test. Which someone will claim with a straight face today. Just you wait.
Rays 5, Royals 3: James Shields was strong and the Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 games. The Royals scored five runs in the three-game series.
Reds 3, Phillies 2: Bronson Arroyo came out on fire, retiring the first 14 Phillies he faced before Domonic Brown hit a solo homer in the fifth. That's all the Phillies would get until the ninth, though, when Aroldis Chapman allowed an inherited runner to score. But too little, too late.
Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2: The good Anibal Sanchez showed up. Helped that he faced the recently reeling Jays offense. Sanchez pitched six and two thirds, giving up one earned run.
Rockies 5, Mets 2: Matt Harvey pitched six strong and left with the game tied, but then the bullpen happened. Dexter Fowler left the game with a sprained ankle, though x-rays were negative. Like totally negative. HIS ANKLE IS COMPLETELY MISSING. Someone call Jim Rockford!
Angels 7, Red Sox 3: Jered Weaver rebounds from his shellacking by the Rays to tame the Sox (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). Clay Buchholz? Not so much (5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER). Bad news, though: Albert Pujols left the game early with tightness in his calf.
White Sox 2, Yankees 1: Chris Sale was a beast, striking out 13 in seven and two-thirds as the Sox sweep the Yankees, dropping New York's division lead to three games. The Yankees had best take advantage of their upcoming series against the Indians and Blue Jays, because then they have Tampa Bay in the now suddenly interesting AL East race.
Cardinals 4, Astros 2: Kyle Lohse outduels Bud Norris. That's six losses in a row for Houston. So I guess that managerial change hasn't helped much yet, huh?
Giants 8, Dodgers 4: The sweep. Clearly rallying around Melky or something. Matt Cain allowing one run over seven had a lot to do with it too. As did Joaquin Arias driving in five via a homer and two RBI doubles.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com