Stealing Signals: We’ve Got Clinching Going On.

Angels 7, Mariners 4 – John Lackey leads the Halos for his 18th win and the team’s third division title in four years.  Lackey and the bullpen, finished by Francisco Rodriguez, held on to the lead given to them when Casey Kotchmann and Maicer Izturis homered in the second inning.

Indians 6, Athletics 2 – Cleveland takes home the AL Central pennant for the first time since 2001 via a win from Jake Westbrook, helped by four hits from Grady Sizemore. Sabathia, Carmona, and Paul Byrd — not a bad pitching line-up to run out there in a short series. Whichever AL East team gets Cleveland better be wary.

Mets 7, Marlins 6 – Moises Alou has hit in 23 straight, but it wasn’t his hitting that got the Mets out of Florida on a high note — David Wright’s RBI single in the top of the 11th did that, and expanded the lead over Philly to 2.5 games.

Nats 5, Phillies 3 – That is because the Phillies, while not floundering by taking 3 out of 4 at RFK, did themselves no favors by losing when the Mets got it together for a short period.  Giving your bullpen a rest is a noble thing, but it’s hard to do when your go-to guys become Antonio Alfonseca and Geoff Geary.

Braves 7, Brewers 4 – Watch Milwaukee collapse and fold, badly — this has been the lost story of sorts because the division has been so close (and so bad) in stretches. We forget just how much in control Milwaukee was earlier in the season.

Cubs 8, Pirates 0 – The Cubs do what they’re supposed to: beat up on Pittsburgh.  Carlos Zambrano’s 17th win establishes a new high for him.

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 4 – And it’s back to 1.5 between the Yanks and Sawx.  Tim Wakefield gave up four runs in five innings, two of them with a shot from Delmon Young, heard muttering “boom, bitch” under his breath.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5 – Mike Mussina gets over .500 with his third straight win after re-joining the rotation. Joba Chamberlain continues to stoke Yankee fans after shutting down the Blue Jays when they were threatening in the ninth. (These “Joba Rules” are the funniest thing ever. This goes beyond just measuring pitch count and stuff. This is pure paranoia regarding a pitcher’s arm.)

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 1 – Arizona’s still only 2.5 up on San Diego with a few games left, as Chad Billingsley came on to shut them down.  Tony Abreu and James Loney homered, Juan Pierre added four hits of his own.

Rockies 7, Padres 3 – And San Diego fails to cash in, as Garrett Atkins knocks an inside-the-parker (on which Mike Cameron was hurt when Milton Bradley stepped on his hand).  But the most bizarre display was when Bradley blew up at the first base umpire, and had to be thrown down on the ground by manager Bud Black in order to keep him away from the ump. (Video here).

(To be fair to Bradley, he said the umpire was talking some serious ish when interviewed later; thought the guy was trying to bait him, and brought up that it was as unprofessional as Joey Crawford tossing Tim Duncan in the NBA earlier this year. I’d like to hear Mike Winters’ response.)

Photo: AP/Danny Moloshok


2 Responses

  1. Congrats on winning your division again Angels.

  2. Bradly is a loser and he did that to himself. He needs to grow up.

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