And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights
Phillies 2, Giants 1: Fast Eddie beats Vincent. Or if you prefer, Jheri Curl beats Mullet. OK, fine, so Lincecum’s isn’t really a mullet. Maybe if it was he wouldn’t have given up that double to Ryan Howard. Or did you not think of that?
White Sox 5, Cubs 0: Nothing like interleague play in September! The Cubs struck out 9 times against six hits. I’m assuming that at this point Lou is marking off the days until October 4th on his calendar with little X’s.
Marlins 8, Braves 3: This clubhouse disarray business seems to be working well for the Marlins: Hanley Ramirez gets a key pinch-hit single, Dan Uggla doesn’t accost his team’s best player. Hell, it’s paradise. The real key to this game, though, was Kris Medlen: middle reliever. Though as Mac notes, this one is probably on Bobby for going to him on three straight nights.
Yankees 10, Blue Jays 5: When a team can throw a poo-poo platter consisting of Gaudin, Aceves, Robertson, Bruney, Marte at you and still cruise, you have to start thinking “team of destiny.” Posada: 4-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI. Somebody wake me when New York loses, because this is getting monotonous.
Red Sox 6, Rays 3: This is not the same David Price the Red Sox remember from last year’s playoffs (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). Not the same Rays either. They’re basically over for the year, but they’ll be back.
Mets 8, Rockies 3: Wright went 3-for-4 in his second start since coming off the 15-day disabled list. More importantly, he ditched the big ass helmet. “It’s just not comfortable,” Wright said of the new helmet that will be required in the minors next season. “The last thing I need to worry about in the box is to try to shove it on my head. I will stay with the one I used today.” I’m sure the fact that everyone told him that he looked like a total tool in it had nothing to do with it.
Tigers 4, Indians 3: Magglio Ordonez batted twice after entering the game as a pinch hitter, so we can assume that either (a) the Tigers have decided that they’re going to let him trigger his option; or (b) a guy with a lead pipe is going to be waiting for him in the St. Pete Marriott sometime this weekend.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Smoltz wasn’t battered or anything, but he did lose, proving that, at least for one afternoon, the NL isn’t the equivalent of the old American Association. Casey McGehee hit a two run homer, and drove in nine of the Brewers’ 13 runs in the series.
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 2: Thanks to Jon Garland (two earned runs on five hits over seven) and Ron Belliard (2-3, 3 RBII) Ned Colletti probably went to bed feeling pretty proud of himself.
Mariners 7, Athletics 4: Two run homers from Bill Hall, Franklin Gutierrez and Kenji Johjima power the M’s. Game story: “The Mariners were to take public transportation on the BART train to and from the games for the rest of the series with the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland closed for work all weekend.” There aren’t any hotels in Oakland? What’s wrong with this place?