Thursday, August 25, 2011
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers' pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn't think we'd have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five.
Angels 8, White Sox 0: It's not just about Texas' pitching sucking though. It's a pennant race that the Angels are forcing due to their hot play since allegedly being knocked out of things by Texas in last week's series. Guess not, because that's six straight wins. Jered Weaver with eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Anaheim is only 2.5 back.
Athletics 6, Yankees 4: Coco Crisp made the Yankees people I follow on Twitter use a lot of bad words last night. Two homers including a three-run shot in the 10th inning. He drove in five overall. Nick Swisher had two homers also, but since he only cares about padding his statistics and not winning, they don't count. This is the first series victory for Oakland over New York in eleven tries.
Rockies 7, Astros 6: Troy Tulowitzki scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th as the Rockies won their fifth straight. It feels like the Rockies have been out of contention forever and I wouldn't bet a dime on their chances to get back into it, but it's not against the laws of physics for there to be at least some sort of Rocktober -- or is it Rocktember? -- run in them that will at least give us something to talk about. I mean, it's like either Arizona or San Francisco seems interested in taking the division by the throat.
Marlins 6, Reds 5; Reds 3, Marlins 2: A homer for Logan Morrison in his first game back after being sent to his room for his impudence, er, I mean after being sent down to the minors to work on his hitting. In the nightcap Bronson Arroyo threw eight scoreless and Joey Votto homered. He actually homered in the day game too.
Mariners 9, Indians 2: Wily Mo Pena went 3 for 3 with four driven in, falling a triple short of the cycle. Would like to have seen him leg out a triple, but he also walked in this one, and you can only ask for so many once-in-a-lifetime occurrences. Kyle Seager went 4 for 4 and hit three doubles.
Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4: L.A. sweeps the reeling Cardinals. The reeling Cardinals who are ten games back of Milwaukee now, which is the biggest deficit for any second place team in baseball.
Mets 7, Phillies 4: Mike Pelfrey threw 125 pitches in only six innings and seemed like he tried to pick a fight with Placido Polanco. Sort of glad I didn't watch this one because inefficiency and belligerence don't make for good baseball in my book. Whatever. The Mets avoid the sweep.
Pirates 2, Brewers 0: Aaron Thompson made his big league debut and shut out the hottest team in baseball for nearly five innings. If it wasn't for the hard pitch count he was on he would have got the win, but that's life for a youngin.' The pen finished the shutout and two sac flies was all the offense that anyone needed.
Diamondbacks 4, Nationals 2: Daniel Hudson allowed nothin' but zeroes for eight and two-thirds and then gave up back-to-back homers. Not a shutout but ....
Blue Jays 4, Royals 3: I, for one, welcome our new Brett Lawrie overlords. He hit what proved to be the game-winning homer and also plated a run with a triple. The kid is now hitting .328/.379/.656 in 18 games.
Rays 3, Tigers 2: Elliot Johnson had the game-winning fielder's choice. It came with two outs and the bases loaded, and the run scored because Sean Rodriguez booked it like no one's business from first to second and avoided the force out. If he lollygags there, the game goes into the 11th.
Giants 2, Padres 1: Tim Lincecum allowed only one run in eight innings and drove one in himself, giving himself a 0 NLP -- crap, I can't remember the name of the phony statistic I came up with the other day. Carlos Beltran had a homer.
Cubs 3, Braves 2: Randy Wells more or less tied the Braves' bats up into the seventh inning, allowing one run. He also drove one in. Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run bob. Jason Heyward was 0 for 4 with a strikeout, so I guess my reverse jinx thing isn't working anymore. Enjoy the bench today, big guy.
Orioles 6, Twins 1: A five run fifth makes this a laugher for Baltimore. The death of Mike Flanagan, however, takes all of the laughs away.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com