Tuesday, September 17, 2013
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Rays 6, Rangers 2: A homer and three RBI for Wil Myers as the Rays send the Rangers spiraling ever further into despair. Because the Indians lost too, the Rangers didn't fall out of the Wild Card slot, but they did fall out of the top spot, meaning that they're now closer to falling out of the playoff picture than Tampa Bay is for now. The Orioles are two games back while the Yankees and Royals are both 2 1/2 games back.
Phillies 12, Marlins 2: Cliff Lee has correctly determined that the best way to win with the Phillies is to go all Baseball Bugs on the opposition. Fourteen strikeouts and four RBI by virtue of a bases-loaded two-run single, an RBI triple, and another RBI single. That has to be some sort of combined awesomeness high water mark for a pitcher this season and maybe in several years. Oh, and Lee passed the 200-inning and 200-strikeout marks for the year too.
Padres 2, Pirates 0: Andrew Cashner with a one-hitter. It was a Maddux too, completed in fewer than 100 pitches. No walks. seven strikeouts. Simply dominant.
Rockies 6, Cardinals 2: But thankfully for the one-hit Pirates, the Cardinals lost too, keeping them tied with the Cardinals. Or maybe it was "thankfully for the Cardinals, the Pirates were one-hit." I suppose you can take your pick. Anyway, Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies.
White Sox 12, Twins 1: A seven-run first inning for Chicago killed every incentive for folks back in Minnesota to watch. Assuming they had that incentive in the first place. Erik Johnson pitched six scoreless innings and got his first major league win.
Brewers 6, Cubs 1: Three hits including a two-run homer for Caleb Gindl. Wily Peralta allowed only an unearned run in six innings while allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Tigers 4, Mariners 2: Rick Porcello struck out 10 and won his 13th. At one point during this game the camera focused on Raul Ibanez. The girlfriend: "Hhe looks like an old man." Me: "Well, he is." A few minutes later I got up off the couch, making all kinds of pained noises and walking funny and hunched because I painted a room on Sunday and by last night I was stiff all over. Meanwhile, Ibanez was running his butt off around third base and scoring a run. Old is relative.
Royals 7, Indians 1: The Indians lost a chance to slide into Wild Card position. Of course, given what Texas is doing lately -- and given that the Royals are the Indians' toughest opponents for the remainder of the year -- they have time.
Reds 6, Astros 1: Johnny Cueto is back and he pitched five scoreless innings. Next outing will be a bigger test, though, as he will presumably face major league hitters. Zack Cozart homered and drove in four.
Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 1: The Dodgers continue their late-season slide. They're lucky to have all kinds of sliding room -- win the next two against these D-backs and they clinch -- but they don't look like the juggernaut of summer. Paul Goldschmidt with another homer.
Angels 12, Athletics 1: Jarrod Parker's unbeaten streak ends as he takes his first loss since May 22. C.J. Wilson won his 17th and he himself is now unbeaten in his last 13 starts. Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit homers in the eighth.
Braves vs. Nationals: POSTPONED: I guess there's just a meanness in this world.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com