He Said, She Said – Scores from 8/29/16

Yesterday we lost one of the all-time greats.  Gene Wilder died yesterday, at 83 years old from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  Wilder was the star of such classic films as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and of course Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

Today is indeed a terribly sad day.  The world is a little less brighter.  2016 has been a terrible year for taking some of the best and brightest away from us, and for me personally, this one hits the hardest.  If you have never taken the time, I can not more highly recommend you watch all of Wilder’s films, especially Young Frankenstein.  The man was truly a legend.

 


Pirates 7, Cubs 8The Pirates bullpen did them in here, giving up all 8 runs from the 8th inning or later, including two in the 13th as they had victory snatched away.

 

Nationals 4, Phillies 0Prof:  Tanner Roark went seven innings in a solid performance against Philadelphia. Jayson Werth wasn’t too great at the plate – 1-5 – but he made that one count with a two run homer.

Twins 0, Indians 1 F/10Prof:  Lots of hits, but nothing to show for it. Jason Kipnis saves the day with the walk off.

Cardinals 6, Brewers 5Prof:  Now, I actually watched this game and folks, let me tell you. The Redbirds started out strong, then suddenly the Brewers came out swinging. Then it became a cat and mouse game. Jonathan Villar was an error making machine, his last one – an absolutely horrendous throw to Scooter Gennett that completely missed his target and bounced off the turf – was the one that really sealed the deal for St. Louis. Zach Davies pitched his way out of several jams but ultimately gets a no decision, as does Carlos Martinez, who pitched extremely well but no credit for it.

Mariners 3, Rangers 6 – Yu Darvish struck out 9 batters as the Rangers picked up 5 runs in the first three innings.

Reds 2, Angels 9Prof:  Los Angeles/Anaheim beat up on their visitors pretty badly. C.J. Cron and Mike Trout were terrible hosts; both went 3-4, and both hit home runs.

 

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1 – The Orioles, who led the division for most of the season are fading fast.  Even when they do get a rare decent outing by a starter, the bats can’t seem to do their part.  At a time where the Red Sox and Blue Jays can’t seem to stop wining, the O’s don’t have the time for a prolonged slump.

Rays 4, Red Sox 9 – Rick Porcello gets victory number 19 and Mookie Betts hits home run number 30.  Just another day in the life.

White Sox 3, Tigers 4Prof:  Hey, Salty! He bangs in two runs to give Detroit the win. 

Marlins 1, Mets 2 – Cespedes hits a walk-off solo home run to send everyone to bed.

 

A’s 0, Astros 6Prof:  Jose Altuve (my choice for AL MVP, sorry Josh Donaldson) continues to lift his team on his small but mighty shoulders. He hit a homer that bashed against the video board in Houston’s demolishing of Oakland.

Yankees 5, Royals 8 – The Royals scored 3 in the first and 5 in the 7th in a battle of two of the hottest teams in the AL.

Dodgers 1, Rockies 8 – Jon Gray threw 6 shut out innings as he out dueled Kenta Maeda for the win.  The Dodgers are now just a half a game up in the division.

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9 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores from 8/29/16

  1. Last night was the 8th time this year that Tanner Roark has gone at least seven innings and allowed zero runs, which makes him the league leader in that particularly hyper-focused statistic, according to the Nats’ radio guys. He had been tied in that category with Jake Arrieta, but Arrieta started last night, too, and gave up several runs.

    We’ve now reached peak minutiae in baseball statistics, I do believe.

    RIP, Gene Wilder.

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  2. The Feesh continue to flounder, their 2-1 walkorf loss to Cespedes and the Mutts last night putting them at 67-64, 2.5 games out of the wildcard (which is a relief after they were mired at 1.5 games out for over a week) as both the Cardinals won to pull further ahead and the Mutts pulled even with the Feesh. Jar Jar Baseball’s Rainbow Warriors have gone 10-16 in August (their “playorf push” is looking more and more Sisyphian) which has two more anguished days to go. On the bright side, the Weezard smacked a couple of hits, a single and a double, to move him one ahead of Wade Bogs at 3011 hits for 27th on the alltime list.

    Now, to resume whinging and moaning, it has gotten physically painful to watch the Feesh’s at-bats. They seem to be swinging at pitches in an alternative universe; even Ozuna, Prado and Yelich seem lost at the plate these days. Their big boys in the lineup, Bour and the Iron Giant, are not there to draw better pitches to them so they’re going after any drech they’re offered. They have scored precisely two runs in their last 28 innings. When on top of that your boolpen is blowing late leads on wild pitches that would have appalled Nuke LaLoosh, like the one A J Ramos uncorked in the eighth, it’s time to start thinking seriously about those camping and hunting plans for October.

    That surging static sound you here is the strange attractor, unlooping more and more gossamer reality waves….

    Incidentally, has anyone seen Scrooge McLoria lately? No? Hmmmm…..

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  3. A couple HBPiD near misses last night in the Tiger/Sox game with Tim Anderson squaring on a bunt attempt only to miss and get hit on the front of his hip and then Cameron Maybin taking a pitch in the butt. Sadly I couldn’t find any video of either, so I thought I’d share this nice game ending grab from the Mudhens game last night by recent Tiger Dixon Machado.

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  4. I’m with you on the Jose Altuve vibe, prof. When it comes down to cases, people need to remember that he is doing all of this .983 OPS stuff while playing second base, with a positive dWAR. I expect that his diminuitive size and playing in Houston will hurt him with the baseball press, but he certainly deserves it.

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