Cubs 10, Braves 2: You don't need me to tell you that the Braves have had a frustrating year, but this strikes me as Bobby Cox just getting tired of watching this awful team: "Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected by third base umpire Joe West in the top of the fifth. Cox never left the dugout but complained when West halted play for the lights to be turned on after Braves reliever Vladimir Nunez warmed up."
Cubs 8, Braves 0: Chipper Jones was scratched from game 2 of the double header with a stomach virus. They make me sick too, Chipper. They make me sick too.
Twins 4, Yankees 2: I was reading various Yankees blogs which were following this one in more or less real time, and I can't get over how similar the entries were. Everyone is saying that it looked the Yankees were mailing it in, seemingly eager to get on the plane and end this godforsaken road trip they've been on. People talk a lot about teams that need to learn how to win. Maybe the Yankees need to learn how to lose.
Red Sox 8, Rangers 4: After Tuesday night's near-debacle, you have to figure that no one felt comfortable when it was 8-0 entering the 8th. When Texas put up four runs that evening people had to feel positively queasy.
Orioles 6, Indians 1: Jeremy Guthrie used to be an Indian. In fact, he was their first round pick in 2002. Never made much of an impression for the Tribe, however, and was waived after the 2006 season. Given a chance to pitch in Baltimore, he put up a 125 ERA+ last year, and is even pitching better this year. Especially recently, He's 7-1 in his last ten starts, and has now won four in a row, and in those four games he has only allowed four runs on 16 hits in 29.1 innings pitched. In a year where Cliff Lee is the only guy from the opening day rotation who is either present or has been worth a damn, Guthrie sure would have been nice to have around, no?
Mets 12, Nats 0:
Manny Acta: What's our record since the break, Randy?White Sox 4, Royals 0: No Royal walked in this game. In fact, the Royals have only walked 294 times this entire year. That's more than thirty fewer walks than the next worst team in the category. At that pace, they'll finish with 397 walks this season. There have been teams with worse walk totals in recent seasons -- last year's Mariners team, for example -- but not many.
Randy St. Claire: 8 and 17
Manny: 8 and 17. How'd we ever win 8?
Randy: It's a miracle.
Manny: It's a miracle.
Cardinals 6, Marlins 4: The last two NL teams to win the World Series battle for their playoff lives. Troy Glaus goes 4-4 and drives in some insurance late to seal the deal for St. Louis, who is 10-8 since that throttling by the Brewers back in late July and 14-13 since the break.
Blue Jays 4, Tigers 3: A Vernon Wells grand slam in the third holds up.
Astros 6, Giants 2: Barry Zito chalks up loss number 15. He may have eight or nine starts left. Which means that back spasms, dead arm or something else vaguely debilitating is going to land him on the DL unless he can string together a couple wins soon, because there's no way Sabean lets his nine-figure pitcher lose 20, is there?
Dodgers 7, Phillies 6: Nomar wins the game with a dinger in the bottom of the ninth. From the game story: "Garciaparra's teammates hoisted him off the ground in celebration after he crossed home plate." He was then immediately placed on the 15 day disabled list, suffering from altitude sickness.
Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 5: Two outs in the ninth, bases loaded, Dbacks down by a run, and Adam Dunn at the plate, but Dunner grounds out to end the game. Reds fans nod in solemn recognition.
Brewers 7, Padres 1: CC Sabathia's ridiculousness continues (7 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 8K). The Brewers have indicated that they aren't going to be in the Sabathia derby this offseason, but even if they hadn't said it with words, they have said it with pitch counts: 97, 122, 110, 106, 124, 109, 103, 114. Egregious? Certainly not. But if you really cared about his stamina, wouldn't you maybe take him out an inning or two early when leading a punchless team like San Diego by several runs?
Rays 3, A's 2: Eric Hinske goes 3-3 with an RBI, but the fact that Carlos Pena seems to be heating up a bit -- he hit his third homer in seven games -- may be more important to the Rays in light of all of their injuries.
Mariners 10, Angels 7: Some of criticized K-Rod this year by saying that his record-pace of saves has been padded by a lot of easy, three-run lead in the ninth opportunities. Hey, those aren't always gimmies, as Rodriguez blows this three run lead in the ninth against the worst team in baseball. Then, when the inning is over, he blows up at the home plate umpire Gerry Davis over balls and strikes and gets ejected. Just a bad day, I suppose. He should be careful, though. I just read a book about a guy who had one bad day, and the results were not pretty.