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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

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It’s June 19. On this date in baseball history, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith announced his retirement (1998), Darryl Strawberry signed a one-year contract with the Yankees despite being given a sixty-day drug-related suspension (1996), and Pete Rose collected his 2000th career hit (1973).

Your Saturday box scores:

Astros 7, Dodgers 0

Orioles 2, Nationals 4

Rangers 5, Braves 4 (10 innings)

Yankees 4, Cubs 3

Indians 5, Pirates 1

Brewers 4, Red Sox 2

Padres 0, Twins 1

Blue Jays 4, Reds 0

Angels 1, Mets 6

Marlins 4, Rays 7

Royals 4, Cardinals 5

Tigers 4, Rockies 5

White Sox 6, Diamondbacks 2

Giants 2, Athletics 4

Phillies 5, Mariners 1

  1. Ari Collins - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    After yesterday’s slight edging (8-7), the American League is now 40-31 against the National League. That’s a .563 winning percentage, making the AL a 91-win team against the 71-win team of the NL.

    Does this prove anything? No. We’re not even halfway through this year’s interleague matchups. But it’s another data point in what has been a consistent drubbing.

    • mercyflush - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      I’d like to see the home and away splits with regards to the AL beating up on the NL. In AL parks the home team has a decided advantage – they (usually) have a quality hitter that has been signed specifically for the role of DH-ing, while the NL team is forced to DH a bench player who if he was in the AL would NOT be used as the DH on a regular basis.

      • mercyflush - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

        that’s not to say that’s the only reason for the better record for the AL… I’m just citing an obvious advantage. I have no idea if the splits would reflect that.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        Have you seen AL pitchers try to hit? The advantage belongs to the NL in this regard.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        I have to agree with PC- this advantage goes to the NL. AL pitchers don’t hit all year except in select situations. Even though the NL doesn’t have a DH, they still have guys on the bench that have batted before.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    At this point, the acceleration of the Feesh plunge (32 feet per sec/per sec) has taken on an aura of irremediable absurdity. Yesterday the Iron Giant admitted he’s been, in effect, playing partially blind for weeks due to an eye infection. Ricky Nolasco pitched atrociously two days after Javy Vasquez pitched well. Hanley loafed cluelessly to first on a single that should have been a double because he didn’t see his liner bounce past the outfielder, then made up for his gaffe by stealing second anyway – and got stranded there in one of the lesser shocks of the season. And the Razed peetcher was named Cobb – which under the circumstances reminded me of nothing so much as Popeye’s cob in Faulkner’s Sanctuary. I can’t recall the last time that the play on the field in the Tropicana Dump was actually uglier than the building itself.

    And of course, the big backstory to this lost planet weekend in Tampax is that the crumbling hotel where Scrooge McLoria managed to find a room rate he was willing to pay for his unprodigal sons is apparently haunted, complete with rattling chains, groans, signs and wonders. I bet the faucets run blood. Feesh reliever Steve Cishek has been hearing – are you ready for this? Truly ready? – sounds like running toilet water in the night! No! It sounds so trite and predictable, you’d think the entire weekend was being written by Joss Whedon.

    Think I’m making this up? Just Old Gator fumbling at the keyboard before gulping his morning antipsychotics again? Okay, here: http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110618&content_id=20682572&notebook_id=20682578&vkey=notebook_fla&c_id=fla

    Also yesterday, the Marlins’ wives, sisters-in-law and in all probability females of indeterminate relation went out and clobbered the Razed wives, sisters-in-law and females of indeterminate relation in a pregame softball contest. Then the Feesh husbands, brothers-in-law and males of indeterminate relation came out and lost to the Razed husbands, brothers-in-law and males of indeterminate relation – in the case of the Teal Tooters, for the ninth time in a row following a single win that followed eight losses in a row. Even though the Feesh erupted for four runs on four hits – one of which scored on a wild pitch, which enabled Scott Cousins to score from third without crippling the catcher – they also went something like 2-12 with RISP.

    I think it’s now safe to say that the pretense of contention with which the Feesh opened this season has degenerated into a pretty hopeless fillet-and-release encounter with the rest of major league baseball. When they float home tomorrow night, they’re going to look like old Santiago’s marlin after the sharks got through with it. The clashing of steel on steel is pretty audible here in Macondo now that the knives are being sharpened for Flat Eddie.

    But the worst part of this, of course – aside from the general civic embarrassment, having to endure repeated interviews with the Chihuahua on tawk raydeeo and the even more imbecilic comments of the phone-ins – are the subterranean rumblings about Ozzie returning with his cretinous spawn in tow to lead the Feesh to another couple of debacle seasons before Scrooge McLoria sours on him too.

    Macondo does not believe in tears, but even so – the horror, the horror.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      If memory serves me right, the owners of the Feesh ran down the Montreal franchise before trading it in for the Marlin’s franchise. They have earned any criticism directed at them. My sympathy to the fans of the Marlins.

      • missthemexpos - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Your memory is right on PC, the handling of the Expos by the current Feesh owners can be summed up with one word … PATHETIC.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        There was nothing pathetic about it. It was premeditated murder, with a couple of years of torture thrown in for the long-suffering fans of Montreal. Scrooge McLoria and his rabid little Chihuahua were sent to Montreal with a mission, like a Rachel Phelps with dangling gonads: sicken the franchise, reduce its fan base to insignificance, and get it moved to Washington. And when John Henry couldn’t adjust his waspish ways to inveigle a stadium out of the snoring cracker and Latino nabobs in Tallahassee or on Flagler Street (remarkable political ineptitude on Henry’s part, considering how amenable to corruption those bottom feeders usually are) McLoria – who probably never met a rube he didn’t think he could schnooker – did the math, drooled on his Guccis when he figured out what the revenue sharing checks could mean, and much to our misfortune her in Macondo carpetbagged his way south.

    • buddaley - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Tropicana Field has an undeserved reputation as a dump. It is a fine place to watch a game and has been maintained rather well under the Sternberg stewardship. Certainly different people will have varying opinions of sites, and perhaps you are among the few critics who has actually visited the Trop without a predisposition to dislike it. But for those of us who are there regularly, and who have many other ball park experiences with which to compare it, the Trop measures up just fine.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        You are correct that when I first visited the place I had no predisposition whatsoever – it was the first “citrus series” game between the Feesh and Razed back in the days when elephants still had long hair and a “conservative” was a Neanderthal who insisted on wearing his bearskins all the way to his ankles. When the then-Huizinga owned Feesh bus charter pulled up to the building I remember thinking that it looked a lot like the sarcophagus at Chernobyl, only slightly rounded at the corners. When I walked in there were guys up in the catwalks trying to free the morbidly obese predator drone that prowls the artificial skies of the dome from the superstructure above the outfield seats where it had gotten stuck and I remember thinking the astroturf thus deprived of natural light looked the color of cockatoo vomit (if you don’t have a brooding cockatoo you’ll just have to take my word for it). The color scheme was so drab that I immediately began feeling mildly depressed. I recall thinking that overall it was about the ugliest baseball stadium I had ever been in. Clean? yes. But if you gave Medusa a bubble bath she might smell better for a few days but she wouldn’t be any prettier. The Feesh won the game – we had guys with names like Bruce Aven and Kevin Millar back then – going away, so I should have been in a great mood on the way back to the bus. But on pulling away from the place I looked back and this time it reminded me of a badly painted Cahokia funeral mound. On subsequent occasions, I have usually taken advantage of Southwest Airlines’ absurd round-trip FLL/TPA fares instead of the bus (Huizinga actually rented trains for us from Amtrak, but these are the Scrooge McLoria doldrum days). Now, when taking off from TPA and looking down at the building, it reminds me from above of nothing so much as a plantar’s wart in that late stage of cryogenic treatment when a white scab forms over it.

        On the bright side, it’s a short drive over to the Dali Museum.

      • buddaley - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM

        Clever but wrong-headed. Or rather a matter of taste. Interesting that I was there today with some folks from Miami who did think the outside was ugly (I don’t think it is that bad, especially with the creek and some nice plantings) but were rather impressed with the inside. I have sat in just about every section of the stadium, and the views are excellent, the amenities fine and the information boards quite good.

        There is far too much made of the catwalks. They are not a worse feature than the Green Monster which negatively impacts games far more but have the charm of antiquity to appeal to the nostalgic among us. Nor are they more absurd than that stupid hill in Houston. Should the Trop last 100 years (hopefully not, of course), they will also accrue nostalgia points and be perceived as unique and charming.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Next Sunday is Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. Maybe a certain shortstop could put in a little practice time to put him in shape for what will soon be, we hope, many Golden Years ahead. More likely, Moose (the new) would pitch him a double play ball. Would be great if Moose (the old) could attend so we can wish him well.
    Why do the Bombers hit no home runs in Wrigley. Probably in deference to the fans on lawn chairs in right field. This must be the practice to have 42,000+ jammed into the delightful little neighborhood park. And Girardi thinking since there’s no DH, Yankees game plan must no be employed either. Just leave 13 on base, singles are better than home runs.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      Both Jeter and Posada should try out for the old timers team.

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    What I find interesting was that 8 of the 15 games were decided by 2 runs or less. And that parity exists between the leagues, perhaps a lot more then many fans would think. That’s just my opinion.

  5. APBA Guy - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    The A’s unloaded their defensive Klown Kar in the 4th yesterday, surrendering 2 unearned runs, but got them back immediately and, shockingly, proceeded to add to their total by driving in runs with two outs. The big hit was a Matsui 2 run single, Godzilla’s monster hit part of his thriving under Bob2. The A’s bullpen partied like it was 2009, going 4.1 with no runs.

    Gator, unless you tear the gold uni’s off the A’s backs, I’m afraid the Feesh and A’s have parted ways at this juncture. Although I did notice you got rid of Fredi this morning. Maybe that will work for your team.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      Er – we got rid of Fredi this time last year. We got rid of Eddie this time this year. Scrooge McLoria is big on consonance when you would expect him to be bigger on assonance.

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