Brewers 6, Cubs 2: The good news: Milwaukee gets a much-needed win. The bad news: they lose Ben Sheets after two innings to tightness in the forearm of his pitching hand. Folks have visited Dr. Andrews for less.
Rockies 1, Padres 0: Livan Hernandez and four other Rockies' pitchers combine to shut out the Padres. After the game, Livan had this to say about his stint in Colorado: "I don't have to show my ability to nobody," he said. "The last start I didn't pitch that bad. The only bad games I've had are the first two games." How true. Sure, he got slaughtered in his first two post-trade starts (15 R in 8.2 innings), but he felt fantastic when he gave up six runs on eight hits in just over three innings, so that totally doesn't count as bad. And I suppose the four runs in five innings he gave up on September 2nd can technically qualify as "good" inasmuch as his ERA went down after that start (from 15.32 to 11.09). So really, Livan has basically been all aces since he came over and everyone should get off his case.
Reds 3, Cardinals 0: A six-hit shutout for Aaron Harang sends the Cards to their seventh straight loss. They had a nine-game losing streak at essentially the same time last season (September 7-15th). Maybe Browning was right: “Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.”
Pirates 15, Dodgers 8: I suppose you can't win 'em all, but if you are going to lose one once in a while, you'd think you'd try to make it look less ugly than this one did for L.A. A huge inning, some awful defense, and a Nomar injury added to the ambiance.
Yankees 5, White Sox 1: Hey, a Phil Hughes sighting! He hasn't been too busy this year, of course, what with the fifteen posts he's written at his two blogs since opening day. That kind of hectic schedule can take a lot out of a guy.
Blue Jays 8, Orioles 7: Small sample size disclaimer and everything, but it's worth noting that 20 year-old Travis Snider is .341/.383/.568 in the first 45-50 at bats of his major league career. He was drafted in the same 2006 draft as Joba Chamberlain, Tim Lincecum, and Evan Longoria. That was a pretty sweet class, huh?
Tigers 16, Rangers 4: Miguel Cabrera saved his best two months for August and September. Too bad Detroit was long out of it by then.
Mets 9, Nationals 7: The win is nice, but coming as it does on the same night as a Brewers and a Phillies win, it provides zero stress-relief for Mets' fans.
Phillies 6, Braves 1: The AJC's Dave O'Brien thinks that Ned Yost will end up back in Atlanta next season, installed as Bobby Cox's heir apparent. I could see that happening. And despite all that has been said and written about Yost in the past couple of days, I could think of worse things to do to a young, rebuilding Braves team than to put Ned in charge one day.
Marlins 14, Astros 2: Four straight losses for the Astros after such a hot streak answers the age-old question of what happens when a buzz saw meets a hurricane.
Indians 6, Twins 4: Minnesota is the first team to smack Cliff Lee around since Detroit did back at the end of July, but like the Tigers, they couldn't hang a loss on him.
A's 3, Angels 2: Hey, lay off K-Rod for making a big throwing error and blowing this save. He has the record already. What more do you people want?
Dimondbacks 7, Giants 6: Despite his bullpen's best effort to prevent it from happening, Brandon Webb wins his 21st game. For the Giants, Jonathan Sanchez blew a 3-0 first-inning lead. Quote from Sanchez after the game: "That's big," Sanchez acknowledged. "I wanted to beat Webb to make it easier for Timmy." So it's official: the Giants are only playing now to deliver an individual award to one of their players. Giants Fans OK with this?
Royals 5, Mariners 2: