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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jul 24, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

Brendan Ryan AP

The Mariners scored only one run Saturday against the Red Sox despite tallying nine hits, and took a loss for the 14th consecutive game.

The M’s have scored only 32 runs in that 14-game span and will set a franchise record for futility if they lose again in Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park.

Seattle had a .500 record (43-43) on July 5. Now the team is a whopping 14 games under .500 and 14.5 games behind the Rangers for first place in the American League West.

Your Saturday box scores:

Mariners 1, Red Sox 3

Athletics 4, Yankees 3

Astros 1, Cubs 5

Tigers 1, Twins 4

Braves 2, Reds 11

Padres 6, Phillies 8

Angels 2, Orioles 3

Cardinals 9, Pirates 1

White Sox, Indians PPD

Mets 5, Marlins 8

Mariners 1, Red Sox 3

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 12

Brewers 2, Giants 4

Rays 4, Royals 5 10 innings

Blue Jays 4, Rangers 5

Nationals 6, Dodgers 7

You can also check out updated MLB standings on NBCSports.com at any time.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 24, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Not remotely baseball related, but I am deeply saddened by the death of Amy Winehouse. Such a troubled yet talented lady. I will never forget the first time I listened to “Back to Black”. I had the same feeling when I first listened to “Blood on the Tracks”…. that it was the platonic ideal of what they were trying to accomplish; perfect in almost every way. From her look, to her lyrics, to her smokey soulful voice, the album was a breathe of fresh air in an increasingly trite music world. In my opinion the best and definitely my favorite album of the past 20 years. Some albums are simply transcendent and are the standard bearer for their genre and time. Like “Revolver”, “Blood on the Tracks”, and Outkast’s “Aquemini”, “Back to Black” should remain the album for which all others are compared. Unfortunately, she became a caricature of herself over the past handful of years. Drug and alcohol abuse will do that; I’ve been there and it is a terrible way to exist. From all accounts she was a completely reasonable, pleasant person when not under the influence. It is a shame that nobody could get through to her and help….however, there is no talking to or reasoning with the pipe so it’s no great surprise.

    • hittfamily - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      when did this become harddrugtalk. Someone special dies every minute of every day. Most have accomplished more than singing good and shooting heroine.

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

        I agree. I’m tired of people dragging irrelevant issues onto this blog, which should be about nothing but baseball. I don;t even think it should allow air and bacteria. Here’s an only partial list of subjects which should be banned from this blog forever, under penalty of acute ostracism:

        – mycology
        – evolution
        – Caribbean cruises
        – Viagra
        – Carfax reports
        – beta carotine (and its body hair and canine fang causing chemical cousin, lycopene)
        – actuarial exam crib questions (except in analyses of the Dodgers)
        – lawyers
        – quantum mechanics, Newtonian mechanics, automobile mechanics
        – speaking of Republicans as knuckledraggers
        – the word “spew” (just to be fair to liberals)
        – Bernie Madoff and Jean Luc Picard
        The Tree of Life or any other form of general anaesthetic

        And of course this is only a partial list…..

      • hittfamily - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        I feel the sarcasm in your writing. I’m not saying discussions can’t migrate to something entirely different different than what the original headline is. But the first post on a thread about yesterdays scores has nothing to do with yesterdays scores. Let it migrate. Rays threads usually end up about the Trop. Johnny Damon’s hof credentials turned into Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones. It was a progression. To click on a link about baseball, and have the first thread copy and pasted from TMZ about some obscure artist’s death is frustrating. It is insulting to the author. It is selfish to try and hijack a thread and turn it into something he cares about, and others don’t.

        From what I read, last month Amy Winehouse did a concert where she was stumbling, slurring and forgetting words, then cut it short. Thousands payed hundreds each to see her, and they left pissed and ripped off. She cancelled the rest of her tour, putting concertgoers, vendors, and the venues holding the events out big money. She needed money to feed a drug habit, so she took it. How is that any different than the guy who stole my air conditioner to feed his habit.

        This thread was hijacked.

      • mornelithe - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        I’ll go to my grave singing the praises of Sir Patrick Stewart, rules be damned. None will stop me!

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        Very funny, OG. I am also stockpiling rocks to throw through picture windows. Now that all have been cautioned “None of your picadilloes in here”., maybe we should review our overriding philosophy:

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        hittfamily: hope you understand I wasn’t calling you out directly. There are a lot of purists here who splay their frills whenever anything that doesn’t strike them as relevant shows up here – even after Craig, who started and runs this blog, has repeatedly said that anything goes within a few simple parameters – no race baiting or affiliated behaviors like homophobia, no threats or overt ad hominem, and that’s about it. Yet these people still come on repeatedly to bark orders and directives at the rest of us concerning what this blog is or is not supposed to be about. As far as I’m concerned, they’re just so many cows to tip.

        Uh…cow tipping was on my final list of taboo subjects here. Damn, what a hypocrite I am.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        If you don’t like it then don’t respond to the comment. Simply pass it by. My gosh, you act as though this board never discusses or devolves into such topics as pop culture. I wasn’t glorifying or discussing her addiction, rather that her music was, in my opinion, once in a generation talent and I’m saddened that it was squandered. Sorry, hittfamily…..my wasn’t Desmond Jennings super awesome. He will be the best player in the world over the next decade. He is awesomely fast and amazing. Is that better??

      • hittfamily - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        I don’t know if Jennings will be the next player in the world over the next ten years, but he is super fast.

    • cur68 - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      My daughter told me about this yesterday. Just a shame, really.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Now back to the actual topic of the blog: crazy game in Philadelphia yesterday. The ball was really carrying in that ridiculous heat. It is good to see Utley smacking the ball well. You can tell he was finding his groove late in the Cubs series. When he starts hitting line drives to left center, he is right on point. I would expect it to continue throughout the rest of the season. He usually starts to fade late in the year, but missing the first 50 games should function to keep him fresh for the stretch run. Also, I saw good signs from Howard. Not just in the HR, but in his second at bat against the frisbee throwing lefty. After one bad swing, he really hung in there and gave a good at bat. To me that was just as encouraging as the HR. Today should be interesting as well. I would imagine that they won’t pitch Madson three straight days, Stutes tends to struggle on the second day of back to back performances, and Bastardo threw a lot of pitches and struggled badly yesterday…..does that mean Lidge would be in line to close or pitch in a tight game?

  3. FC - Jul 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Hopefully Doc throws another complete game.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    I love that the Mariners are tanking so badly. Jack Zduriencik has brought a curse on that franchise!

    • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      I don’t think Jack is responsible. I think it’s a combination of Boeing moving its headquarters to Chicago and plans to remove the Lenin statue from Fremont.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        It’s the curse of the Smoakino.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Bringing in Posada to pinch hit in the 8th with men on base, 1 out. REALLY? Are we ready to party like it’s 1999?
    Once again we can not make it to our own weird orbitron of twenty over. And stop pretending we’re up against Sandy Koufax or Nolan Ryan everday, Joe!

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      I’m worried that moving Granderson out of the 2 hole is going to have negative effects on him.

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        Posada should be batting in the urdschweinhoehl.

      • spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        I’m not sure I can count how many ways this comment disturbs me, DM41. But if I were Granderson I am thankful to Girardi.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        The guy was having his best season yet in the #2 spot- was the best hitter on the team up to that point and they displace him because they’re afraid to move Jeter to the 7 8 or 9 spot.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      Really, I expected more hand-wringing over the loss to the A’s. Maybe it’s the weekend. But Harden is certainly no Koufax, and yesterday he was spotting his now-reduced fastball well. Good thing it was over 100 in NYC because otherwise Matsui’s HR doesn’t make the first row and the A’s don’t have 4 runs. Burnett wasn’t terrible yesterday. Neither was the pen. Just the A’s did what I thought they’d do, win one in the series.

      Len-are the Yanks missing A-Rod in the lineup? It seemed like it yesterday. I know they got 2 TD’s and a field goal Friday, but The White Rabbit has been regressing to a predicted level, and even the Mariners would have gotten 10 off him.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        APBA – The best thing we can do til ARod comes back is wait for Chavez in a few days (he had a HR in Scranton yesterday). Chavez won’t let squibblers to 3rd stay fair either, and he can even throw to 1base if Posada is there, Tex, no problem. But, it has to be acknowledge, ARod has been helping out Beep-beep for years. But I don;’t do much defense.
        We have people who can step up and they better realize it. Swish’s HR yesterday was one of thge longest in NYS, but that Tex Grand slam Fri. would have been ARods, eclipsing Lou Gehrig.
        I’m blaming Girardi more and more. Now we’re at the top of “stolen bases”. Tell me that in October. We also have to live through our pitching (barring a Cashman miracle) let us get a B-A-T!
        Off to Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, see if we can make the netbook work, and I’ll use the moniker “Get well quick ARod”

  6. Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Big night for the Feesh. The Curmudgeonly Undead once muttered, “Let Gaby Sanchez sleep, for when he awakens the world will tremble,” or words to that effect. Gaby has been studying mycology or something since the end of the all-star break and last night the effects seemed finally to wear off. Two two run dingers and some of the peetchers were able to throw a few balls past the Mutts, maybe because it was dry. The Feesh snap a four game skid and reposition themselves a mere five games beneath the strange attractor, whose pulsing and buzzing had subsided a bit when the recent schneid moved them out of its gravitational field. Now they’ll have to get up there with leftover shuttle boosters.

    Oops, sorry – leftover shuttle boosters were on my complete list of taboo HBT subjects. A less honest guy than me wouldn’t have admitted that.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      Oh, so this must be it (forgive inane lafftrack)

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        Inane lafftracks are not permitted on HBT. They marginalize the thumbs.

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        See what I mean? One of them is upset about it already.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      In the interests of completing your list, don’t forget some of your other favorites that you trot out on this pure baseball blog:

      – food commentary
      – monarch butterfly chasing
      – falconry
      – travel
      – local history and politics
      – irrational hatred of soccer
      – career in higher education
      – literary criticism
      – effects of aging
      – comparative language studies
      – mojitos vs. cuba libres
      – are sopapillas and beignets related? Discuss

      I could go on, but I’m waiting for you to comment on the civilizational “great leap forward” impacts of Newtonian physics compared to Relativistic physics, and the contributions of each to the age-old “where does it all end?” question.

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        My guess is, since there was already a Spanish presence in Louisiana before the French got there, that sopapillas might have been an influence on beignets, but for beignets to be an influence on sopapillas would require what Nietzsche referred to as ein chronologische Umdrehung. And that, as we know, would be impossible in an expanding universe, especially this far out from Planck time.

  7. hittfamily - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Well, for the second night in a row, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs, and failed to score. This time it was in the tenth. Playoff hopes are fading….fast.

    • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      It’s a Florida thing. The Feesh are superb at failing to score with the sacks full and none out. Or second and third with none out. Or third with none out. One of their favorite techniques for achieving absolute zero, after the infield popup and the strikeout, is for the third base coach to send the runner on third home just as the throw from the outfield has crossed the basepaths inbound.

      • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Me and my big index finger! No sooner do I write that and the Feesh open the inning with runners on first and third and no out and fail to score: strikeout, infield soft liner, walk, popout to short right.

        So you see, it’s not just the Razed. It’s everyone who plays the game in the dickshaped state.

  8. spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    The Cards have swooped into Pirateland, and sniped the Buccos, much like our SEALS did off the coast of Somalia. The Big Puma, is no longer an apt moniker, he has morphed into Saber-toothed Cat, or as I like to refer to him as the Big Smilodon (smile, being Greek for knife). Adding to the ransacking of Pittsburgh is Yadier Molina who has homered in both encounters. Of course Albert has aided in the Pillage in Pennsylvania, but PNC (Pujols’ Nightly Carnage), is his favorite stomping grounds, so it is to be expected.

    Now that Rasmus has been sent to the hold, Jon Jay can display his arsenal of talents, and we have discovered a SS in our midst. Daniel Descalso, second-baseman turned third-baseman turned shortstop, has dazzled at a position he hasn’t played since little league. With David Freese regaining his power stroke to right, the Cardinal Crew have once again sailed into first in the NL Central.

    With LaRussa at the helm, and old Tar Duncan steering our young hurlers, the Red Birds have stormed upstream into Three Rivers, looting the treasures of Carnegie. One more win today and our junket to Penn’s Forest will be complete. Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum. Arrgh!

    • paperlions - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      I like Descalso defensively at SS, he is quick, has a tremendous arm, and is solid with the leather….in other words, defensively he is the anti-Theriot.

      FWIW, 2011 WAR:

      Brendan Ryan: 2.0
      Ryan Theriot: -0.1

      Theriot’s bat, glove, and base running have each been worse than Ryan this year. I wish it could be said that this is surprising…but it isn’t, which is why so many Cardinal fans were pissed at the Therrible acquisition.

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        Ryan’s ‘stache also has a 8.5 AARS (awesomeness above replacement ‘stache), whereas that soul patch of Theriot has a -3.2 AARS

      • spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        I agree totally, except for the facial hair.

  9. goawaydog - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    SFGiants interesting fact
    In the nine games since the break, the relievers have thrown 30 2/3 innings and allowed all of one earned run.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Los Gigantes play the Phillies starting Monday.

  10. cur68 - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Blue Jays walked off by the Rangers in the 9th. Yawn, nothing to see here, move along . . . Blowing saves is something of a Beaver Men speciality. They’ve done it 17 times this season making them number 2 in the league for giving one away. Any one saying that Heath Bell makes no sense for the Jays should take note of that liddle factoid. 17 wins, pi$$ed away. A little more than half of those converted and they’re challenging for the top of the AL Beast. Bring on Bell or, frankly, anyone who can close out a ball game.

    At least Jojo Reyes, the human meatball machine, has been DFA’d. Pity that didn’t happen before his last start. He’ll be a Yankee by the end of next week. He’d be a mild upgrade to Freddy Garcia, at any rate. At least Reyes throws harder than 90 mph, granted its right down the middle with no movement. However I’m confident that with all that Leadership on the Yankees he’ll be just fine doing that.

    One more chance tonight, this to avoid the sweep. What are the chances for the Beaver Men?

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      Drop the Yo-Yo, take the Joey Bats.

      • cur68 - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        My impression, Len, is that the Universe doesn’t need a 3rd baseman. There is a certain player to be left alone who handles the regular duties over there, isn’t there? What they Universe needs is a # 4 or 5 starter. Jojo is better than Freddy. Certainly more velocity. With Jeets to lay on the ‘Leadership” he can’t fail for you. Send the Beaver Men a closer in return for him, please.

        As for Joey Bats, his balky right ankle is interfering with his timing. He can’t rock back onto it much at the moment. To compensate he’s shortened his swing and is slapping the ball the other way. Works pretty well for him, too. With any luck they get a big enough lead tonight and he gets the last half of the game off and another day tomorrow, but don’t bet on that lead. The Rangers seem to pwn Jay’s pitching, especially that Nelson Cruz dude. What a beast.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        I stick with Fredie instead of Yo-Yo. You know we don’t buy those who don’t beat us. I guess Harden is in consideration now.
        Also, see below.

    • JBerardi - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      “A little more than half of those converted and they’re challenging for the top of the AL Beast. Bring on Bell or, frankly, anyone who can close out a ball game.”

      Eh, that kind of stuff is mostly circumstantial. The Jays have scored 4.8 runs a game and allowed 4.6. They’ve earned the right to be a .500 team, regardless of the specifics of how they got there. To put it another way, you’re more likely to blow a lot saves when you’re not outscoring your opponents by much.

      Meanwhile, the Sox and Yankees are at 5.4 / 4.1 and 5.2 / 3.9 runs scored/allowed per game.

      • cur68 - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        JB, if it was down to luck alone and not the lack of a closer, then I’d be a bit more philosophical but I’ve watched all those games. It’s the lack of a closer. You don’t blow 17 leads in the late innings and expect to be competitive in the AL Beast. You just do not. The Jay’s are great at scoring runs but not holding leads late. I’m not asking for all 17 games saved, just over half of them saved, which makes them about league average rather than in the cellar for saves. They can do that little trick then they are somewhere more northerly in the division. Bring on Heath Bell.

  11. yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    You know what I’m talking about cur. Our long term favorite is just resting in the Land of Many Mirrors. He’ll be back soon while I recover at MB posting under an alias (suggestions welcome).,
    Just happened to hear that there was a versatile homerun hitter north of the border.

    • cur68 - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      You need an alias Len? What, one of those multiple passports in your briefcase with the hidden compartment not suiting your mood at the mo? Well then I have a suggestion for you. “Bob McKenzie”, an unemployed beer drinker from Southern Ontario. Or, if you’re feeling more HBT-ish you could go with “BobMcKenzie’s Toque” or possibly “Toqute” just to get the theme correct.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        You know what I like? Godzilla 4-for-4 and it won’t make a lot of difference. Maybe keep him in the Cathedral as my long-lost-bat. Also Bart showin’ his stuff.
        Anyway, need something more intriguing than” Chris Fiortino’s rash”, maybe “Universal Border Collie and BB fan”.
        In the meantime scouring amazon for a wide-angle lens for my Nkion surveillance equipment.

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