He Said, She Said – Recaps for 9/17/17

 

 

White Sox 0, Tigers 12Prof: It’s always so sad to see a no-hitter broken up with only one out left to go. That’s what we had here in this game. Matthew Boyd was deep into his no-hit bid, literally had one out left to clinch it, and it was broken up by Tim Anderson. He didn’t need to have pitched a no-hitter, though. Detroit had a run in every inning except the seventh. I guess by that time, they needed a stretch, too.

 

Cardinals 3, Cubs 4Scouts: The Cards entered the series with a shot at taking the division.  Now after getting swept they are 4.5 games back for both the division and the Wild Card.  You could say things did not go well for them.

Orioles 6, Yankees 4Scouts: Tim Beckham continues to be money for the Birds hitting his 10th homer in 45 games since Tampa handed him over for the cost of the airline flight.  In addition to the 10 dongs, Beckham is slashing .316/.356/.549/.905 after going .259/.314/.407/.721 for the Rays.  He must really hate playing in a dome.

Royals 2, Indians 3Prof: I’m so sad that the Magical Winning Streak of Cleve has ended. Even though it’s a fond memory now, it doesn’t stop the other unstoppable winning force of Cleveland from doing his thing. That force is Corey Kluber, and he once again showed his skills, all while the Tribe clinched the AL Central regular season title (and partied down).

Dodgers 1, Nationals 7Prof:  Stephen Strasburg had his own streak going, and much like Cleveland it’s been upended as well. Stras had 35 consecutive scoreless innings going. That’s a pretty impressive thing. It was snapped by Logan Forsythe, an RBI double that gave the Dodgers their only run. Ryan Zimmermann homered twice in the Nats’ victory.

Pirates 2, Reds 5Scouts: All five of Cincy’s runs came in the 6th, an inning that featured a Eugenio Suarez two-run shot and a solo homer by Scooter Gennett.

Red Sox 2, Rays 3Scouts: Jake Ordorizzi maintained a no-hitter through five when Jackie Bradley Jr. smoked a two-run shot over right center.  It wasn’t enough however as the Rays were able to hold on and keep the AL East in play.

Mets 5, Braves 1Prof: Well, Atlanta has been eliminated for playoff contention….I’m sorry, excuse me while I laugh hysterically that this was a sentence that I saw at least twice last night on Twitter… OK. I’m good. Anyway, this meeting of two stinky NL East teams was as stinky as you’d think it would be. Julio Teheran – Braves’ presumed ace – just can’t win at home. The surprise was that Robert Gsellman, who hasn’t been winning anything at all lately, pitched a fairly strong seven innings. I still can’t believe Nori Aoki plays for New York. It always takes me by surprise.

Mariners 1, Astros 7Prof: Orbit’s boys are your AL West regular season champions. Pretty sweet outing for Justin Verlander, who K’d 10 and had the support of his teammates in a clutch fifth inning. Apropos of nothing, I appreciate that the Houston team Twitter account likes to use this gif liberally, which makes me very happy.

Rangers 4, Angels 2Scouts: Joey Gallo smashed a ball 490 feet, the third longest on the season.  The loss puts the Angels 2 back for the final Wild Card.

 

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 7 Scouts: Pablo Sandoval, who is still getting paid by the Boston Redsox, hit his first home run off a left-handed pitchers since 2014.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 13Prof: When I lived in Cheeselandia, I would go up to the fair Twin Cities and have seen my share of Twins games in person at beautiful Target Field. So I have seen Joe Mauer, hometown hero, seller of milk, personality of vanilla pudding, and owner of T.I. walkup music, a lot. Unfortunately for me, I had seen him after really bad concussions and whatnot. So it’s really nice to see him do cool things, like this grand slam against Toronto. Also, It’s cool to see Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton doing cool things, too. Way to go, Minnesota.

 

Athletics 6, Phillies 3Scouts: Joey Wendle hit a grand slam with two down in the 6th to give the A’s the game.

Padres 4, Rockies 3 Scouts: Oof, Colorado really blew this one.  Holding a three run lead in the fifth, a 1 hour and 23 min rain delay washed away all the momentum the Rockies held as the Padres scored one in the 6th, two in the 8th, and the game winner in the 9th.

Brewers 10, Marlins 3 (at Miller Park) – Prof: Hurricane Irma screwed around with the Rays earlier in the week, and cause the Marlins to have a “home series” with the Brewers….in Milwaukee. Doesn’t seem really all that fair, but there were some problems with Miami in general and also Marlins Park, so the only logical solution was to play at Miller Park. The Brewers did try their best to make the Feesh feel at home. Enjoy the small touches of Macondo Banana Massacre Park North:

As far as the game went, it was a different kind of massacre. The only Miami runs were scored in the fourth inning. The Big Buckin’ Chicken was somehow involved. I curse not being able to see all his glorious thickness stampede down the base paths when I went to a Marlins game at Miller Park all those years ago. Granted, Bour wasn’t in the majors then, but a girl can still brood. Anyway, player of the game for the Brew Crew was Travis Shaw, who went 3-4 with two runs.

 

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4 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps for 9/17/17

  1. I’m of the opinion that Strasburg should still be working a streak of no earned runs that would be at 40 innings right now; the Dodgers got their run on a hit that was scored as a double, one that Michael A. Taylor had to run a long way for, but one that clanked off the heel of his glove when it should’ve been the third out. Not a routine play, but not an extraordinary one, not by his standards.

    As for the entirety of the weekend, no Kershaw, no Darvish, no Scherzer, no Gonzalez, no Roark, no conclusion. The Dodgers feasted on Edwin Jackson on Friday, and did enough damage against A.J. Cole on Saturday to win, but scored no runs off the Nats’ bullpen in 13 2/3 innings over the weekend; they likely won’t see either Jackson or Cole in the post-season. Meantime, the Nats could not hit Alex Wood, Rich Hill, or Hyun Jin Ryu at all (one run combined over three games), but beat up on the Dodgers’ B bullpen, and so we’re left with the teams finishing the season series at 3-3, and wondering if they’ll face off again next month.

    Bryce Harper appears to be on track for playing in October, if not before; he took BP on the field during pre-game yesterday, and put on a show, although he still reports being rusty, that his timing’s off, etc. He mentioned the prospect of his first live AB being against Jon Lester in game 1 of the NLDS, but I’m hoping he plays some during the final series against the Pirates prior to that.

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    • Regardless of how correct your assertion may be, I’m pretty sure that the franchise that’s been tarred in perpetuity by the Strasburg Shutdown(tm) of 2012 (They’d have easily won at least nine World Series by now!) isn’t going to shut down Harper now, too, especially if you figure they’ve only got him for one more year.

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  2. The loss of the no-hitter burned. Boyd was happy anyway — it was a great outing. I guess we should be glad he didn’t waste a big event on this crappy season, but it would’ve been nice for him to get it.

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