Monday, September 10, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton. Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the Division Series again.
Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen Strasburg!!! OK, we'll wait a couple of days to go all-in with that, but believe me, we're ready. Anyway, Ricky Nolasco with the four-hit shutout. It's the second time he's shut out the Nats in two weeks. And he also -- everybody now! -- helped his own cause by doubling in two runs.
Cubs 4, Pirates 2: This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper. Been a nice season anyway, Pirates, but if you get swept by the all-but-dead Cubs, yeah, sorry.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 4: Norichika Aoki hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to force extras, but the Cards avoid the sweep with an RBI single from Allen Craig in the 10th. Carlos Beltran hit a homer, ending an 0 for 14 slump. The Brewers are still surging overall, winners of 15 of 20.
Angels 3, Tigers 2: Six straight for the Angels, who are now within one game of a Wild Card slot. Detroit: 4.5 out, though still only two behind the White Sox in the division. Two days in a row with a leadoff homer for Mike Trout, who is going to be on the cover of every single baseball preview, fantasy review, etc. next winter and spring.
Athletics 4, Mariners 2: Tommy Milone struck out 10 in six innings and Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer. Oakland continues to stay atop the Wild Card standings avec Baltimore. Speaking of Baltimore ...
Yankees 13, Orioles 3: The O's got whupped. Curtis Granderson pulled a Dante -- he wasn't even supposed to be here today -- but came off the bench to homer and drive in five. Only thing better would be if his number was 36. Wait, 37.
Braves 3, Mets 2: Chipper Jones pinch hit in the ninth, walked and was lifted for a pinch runner, and then the Mets fans cheered for him. Very classy move. The man in the blue and gray pajamas, Dude.Worthy f*&%$8n' adversary. A Brian McCann homer in the 10th secured the sweep. Atlanta has won five in a row.
Twins 8, Indians 7: A walkoff jack for Justin Morneau. It was his second homer of the game. Three hits for Joe Mauer. It's almost like those two could form the core of a contender.
Padres 8, Diamondbacks 2: Chase Headley hit a grand slam -- his 27th homer of the season -- and Andrew Werner gave up one run over six. Headley passes Ryan Braun for the NL RBI lead with 102. It'd really be somethin' for a Padre to lead the league in RBI.
Astros 5, Reds 1: The Astros may be deadsville, but they beat up both Aroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto in this series, and not a lot of people can say they did that this year. Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer. He has three home runs this year. All of them have come against the Reds.
Royals 2, White Sox 1: Chicago dropped two of three to Kansas City and now goes on to play the Tigers. It seems like neither of them wants to win the AL Central this year.
Phillies 3, Rockies 2; Phillies 7, Rockies 4: John Mayberry hit the game winning single in the ninth, but he had to wait at first base before he knew it was official because Carlos Gonzalez dove for it, looked like he caught it, but then it squirted out of his glove. Took a minute to get the call right, but the umpires ruled that, yes, it was a hit. They also called Mark Teixeira out at first base. They take the nightcap too. Philly has won four in a row and is six back in the Wild Card race. I guess stranger things have happened.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: I took the kids to see "Paranorman" on Saturday. There were fewer walking dead in that flick than there are on the Red Sox roster now. The Jays swept the Red Sox. The go-ahead run was on an Omar Vizquel sac fly. Omar Vizquel, by the way, is not getting gifts at every park he visits on his last go-around like Chipper Jones is.
Giants 4, Dodgers 0: Six and a third shutout innings for Barry Zito, and the bullpen continued the job for the rest of the game. Buster Posey hit a homer, but really dude, you need to shave that thing you think is a beard. It's all neck. It's OK to have a baby face. No one thinks less of you.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com