Thursday, September 18, 2008
Games, Games, Games
Magic Number Seven: Dodgers 4, Pirates 3 (12 Innings)Clayton Kershaw missed another opportunity to get a win (whether he was robbed is another story), but the Dodgers went one more in the win column, all that counts for now. James Loney provided the winning margin in the twelfth, and Jonathan Broxton, maligned in these quarters at times for his lack of late-inning savvy, nailed down the save despite walking a pair.
The Dodgers' magic number is seven. With this win, the Rockies have been eliminated from the division and the postseason altogether.
Frankie Stumbles To A Win: Angels 6, A's 4A 6-0 lead turned into a 6-4 victory as Jason Bulger and Jose Arredondo managed to stumble through the ninth, ultimately charged with a pair of runs each, but it was mostly K-Rod to blame for three of those. Obscured by the crappy ending was a back-to-back-to-back trio of homers by Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, and Brandon Wood (!), which ultimately proved the surprising difference in the game. Joe Saunders got the win with a fine scoreless seven innings, and somehow Justin Speier managed a zero frame in the eighth.
Mariners First $100M Payroll Team To 100 Losses? Royals 12, Mariners 0Stephen Nelson of the late, lamented Mariners Wheelhouse dropped a line to let me know that the 2008 Mariners may be the first 100-loss team in major league history that also had a $100M payroll. That's pretty significant.