Wednesday, August 08, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park this past weekend wrote a book about "The Rockford Files" that was published yesterday. That's him, as a young man, on the cover next to Garner. And he also owns a Rockford-style gold Firebird, which is for sale and looks suh-weet. How did none of this come out over the three days I spent with this dude?
Phillies 3, Braves 0: Philly breaks the losing streak to Atlanta via a Cole Hamels shutout. Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer. This is how they drew things up once upon a time.
Marlins 4, Mets 2: Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 25 and his being-booed-at-Citi-Field streak to two. Giancarlo Stanton hit a sac fly in his return. The Mets have dropped eight in a row at home.
Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 4: Chris Johnson smacks two homers, helping the D-backs rally for seven runs in the last two innings to beat Pittsburgh. The Pirates have dropped three of four. It's too early to worry, though. Right? RIGHT?
Brewers 3, Reds 1: Well, I suppose it really is too early to worry about the Pirates, what with the Reds dropping three in a row themselves. Mike Fiers shut them down, throwing eight innings of one-run ball and striking out seven.
Giants 4, Cardinals 2: Cards lose too, so I guess it doesn't matter for any of the contenders in that division. Barry Zito was effective and Buster Posey hit a three-run homer.
Royals 5, White Sox 2: Country Breakfast was two for four with a yicketty. Can't tell from the box score if it was mammo.
Rays 4, Blues Jays 1: Evan Longoria came back and went 1 for 3 with an RBI. J.A. Happless allowed four runs in four and a third innings for the Jays.
Rangers 6, Red Sox 3: Ryan Dempster notches his first win as a Ranger. He pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning. No earned runs, but the three unearned runs came on a home run he gave up to Will Middlebrooks after an error. Unearned runs are stupid. I mean, it's not like he didn't serve up a three run dinger there. It did happen, and it happened because he got smacked. Whatever.
Twins 7, Indians 5: That's 11 straight losses for Cleveland. This one coming when the Twins plated six runs in the final three innings thanks in part to bad Cleveland defense. Chris Perez blew his second save in three days. The recently-recalled Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit a sac fly to give Minnesota the lead. Because he's clutch like that.
Nationals 3, Astros 2: Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer and then hit an RBI single in the 12th, accounting for all of Washington's runs. Houston threatened in the bottom of the inning but Roger Bernadina made a diving catch into the wall to end the game.
Rockies 3, Dodgers 1: One-man wrecking crews were a thing last night I guess, because Josh Rutledge did it too. He had three doubles and a single, driving in all three Colorado runs. Rutledge, who is filling in for Troy Tulowitzki, was called up from Double-A around the All-Star break and has since driven in 18 runs in 22 games.
Padres 7, Cubs 4: Seven straight losses for the Cubs. Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer.
Orioles 8, Mariners 7: Baltimore wins yet another one-run game, and another extra-inning games, continuing its charmed existence in that regard. The Orioles have won 12 straight extra-inning games, actually, five of which lasted 13 innings or more. Two homers for Matt Wieters. Hey, remember these?
Athletics 10, Angels 4: Bartolo Colon pitched seven scoreless innings, extending his scoreless innings streak to 22 and a third. The A's racked up 13 hits, including four homers off Angels pitching.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com