Game of the Day: Indians 7, Royals 3
To forgive is da Tribe: The Cleveland Indians closed the gap on fourth place in the AL Central despite making five errors and having a runner thrown out at every base. Sounds about right.
"We made a lot of mistakes and it wasn't a pretty game," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Five errors, a hit batsman, the [four] walks, and we ended up winning, but it was not a pretty game."
Dead fish; Abe Vigoda: It's kind of like the Corleone assassination attempt in "The Godfather" where Fredo drops his gun and Tataglia's hitmen shoot Vito six times and he still lives. In the photo, Matt LaPorta(notes) (left) gets the heck out of the way when a throw from Kansas City Royals right-hander Mitch Talbot's(notes) throw misses everything, allowing Gregor Blanco(notes) to reach base. Such fail. And there were four more like it!
Meh, Tataglia was a pimp. And it was Barzini's hit all along.
Failing upward: Not since 1996 had the Indians won a game in which they made that many errors. And to think, the night before, they had 17 hits against the Royals and lost — which makes about as much sense.
Athletics 4, Rays 3: Should Trevor Cahill(notes) be in the Cy Young discussion? His 0.99 WHIP and 2.54 ERA say yes, but his 4.11 xFIP says he's about the 20th-best pitcher in the AL. ... The real question is, who is going to top Coco Crisp(notes) as AL Player of the Month for August? The dude has an 1.019 OPS and is making great plays on defense, such as this one to rob a young man of a home run. I'm for Coco!Dodgers 2, Colorado 0: If the Dodgers are smart, they flip Ted Lilly(notes) (right) to a contender in the next 10 days.
Angels 7, Red Sox 2: If Torii Hunter(notes) could borrow those memory sticks from "Men in Black" to blank his teammates' minds, then Los Anaheim had players-only meetings before every remaining game, maybe the Angels would stand a chance of passing the Rangers. Probably not, though.
Nationals 6, Braves 2: John Lannan(notes) has been gold — gold, Jerry! — since returning from his Double-A sabbatical. People don't know this, but the Beatles sent John Lennon to the minors back in '63. That's how we got "She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah)." That's rock ‘n' roll, baby.
Marlins 4, Pirates 2: Assuming they play a full schedule, the Bucs' magic number for ensuring an 18th straight losing season is 1. Their record currently stands at 40-81.
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