Thursday, September 27, 2012
And That HappenedPosted by Craig Calcaterra
Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: Bombs away. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each had two homers and the O's hit seven in all, keeping pace with the Yankees, who maintain their one and a half game lead.
Yankees 8, Twins 2: CC Sabathia looks to be back on his game, and that will be huge for the Yankees in the playoffs. The big guy struck out 10 over eight innings.
Tigers 5, Royals 4: Andy Dirks broke up what would have been an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning, which allowed Don Kelly to score. Little things can make all the difference between winning the division and sitting at home in October.
Nationals 8, Phillies 4: Bryce Harper became only the second teenager to hit 20 homers in a season. Tony Conigliaro was the other. Ryan Howard got booed. Jayson Werth got booed. Lotta booing in Philly last night.
Astros 2, Cardinals 0: Norris. Bud Norris. He gave up two hits over seven and a third.
Dodgers 8, Padres 2: Matt Kemp was 4 for 5 with four driven in. Too little too late, of course.
Mets 6, Pirates 0: Jeremy Hefner shuts out the Pirates for seven innings and Ruben Tejada has four hits, eliminating Pittsburgh from playoff contention. Nice run for a while Buccos, but now ...
Brewers 8, Reds 1: Ryan Braun hit a homer -- he leads the National League -- keeping the Brewers on life support for another day. Cincinnati falls a game back of Washington for the best record in the NL and home field advantage in the NLCS, should the Reds make it there.
Braves 3, Marlins 0: Martin Prado homered and drove in another run with a single. Dan Uggla stole home (what?) and Paul Maholm was sharp. The Marlins, of course, have given up, so whatever.
Rays 4, Reds Sox 2: Know what? The White Sox have to play four games against the hot-and-spoiling-to-spoil Rays this weekend. That seems like it bodes poorly.
Athletics 9, Rangers 3: Oakland jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Rangers even got to bat and Martin Perez couldn't even make it out of the inning.
Indians 6, White Sox 4: And the Sox fall out of first place for the first time since July 23. They had a 3-1 lead after the first, but Hector Santiago couldn't make it out of the fourth inning.
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 0: Matt Cain shut 'em out for seven innings and worked out of a couple of jams. He hasn't lost in nine starts.
Rockies 6, Cubs 0: Drew Pomeranz looked sharp and the Rockies won their third in a row.
Angels 4, Mariners 3: L.A. just has to keep winning and hope that the Rangers take care of the A's over the next week. The Angels did their part at least, and remain two back in the Wild Card. Torii Hunter tied it with an RBI single in the seventh and won it with a walkoff RBI single in the ninth.
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com