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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 20, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman

You know, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Ryan Madson‘s ability to handle the ninth inning. Why not start that fun little controversy over again?

Madson blew up in epic fashion in last night’s 8-4 loss to the Nationals, giving up six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After allowing four straight singles to tie the ballgame, he served up a walkoff grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman. It was just his second blown save of the season and brought his ERA from 2.06 to 3.25 on the year.

Zimmerman now has three career grand slams and eight walkoff home runs. Though he was slowed during the first half of the season with an abdominal injury, the 26-year-old third baseman is batting .352/.404/.552 with five homers, 18 RBI and a .956 OPS since the All-Star break.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 4, Nationals 8

Cardinals 4, Cubs 5 (10 innings)

Indians 1, Tigers 4

Mariners 2, Rays 3

Reds 11, Pirates 8

Rangers 7, White Sox 4

Brewers 6, Mets 1

Red Sox 7, Royals 1

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 4

Yankees 8, Twins 1

Giants 0, Astros 6

Orioles 3, Angels 8

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2

Blue Jays 0, Athletics 2

Marlins 3, Padres 4

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I am sure that the Philadelphia phans will have a lot to say about last night’s game. Harden was nasty for Oakland last night. The Red Sox blew it by not trading for him. A deal was in place, but they chickened out due to his medical history.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      Bedard’s been adequate so far…only time will tell if the Sox made the right call with Harden.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        The Sox could have used both of them.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        Won’t argue with you there! Pitching is a huge question mark for them down there stretch.

        Lester has regressed a bit this year, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Beckett is going to come back down to Earth as the season winds down…it’s already started, in fact.

        Boston fans were getting WAY too far ahead of themselves a month or two ago…the Yankees were NEVER more than two or three games back the whole time they were riding high on their offense. It’s going to be a race to the finish line in the AL East as it always is.

      • Jack Marshall - Aug 20, 2011 at 1:05 PM

        Bedard has been more than adequate; he’s gotten poor defense behind him, unfortunate relief and some poor offensive support. He was a better acquisition than Harden.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Aug 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Plouffe was a fluke. Hughes settled in as quickly as I’ve ever seen him so this confidence builder will put him squareley in the rotation probably through the playoffs.
    Ah, to have this nice little set-up with two more vs. the Twins, 3 vs. A’s, and 5 vs. O’s. Put the Yanks at mid 80s in the win column with ARod coasting at DH and ready for September.
    AJ vs. Liriano tonight, get the bats warmed up, we’ll need them

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      I’m not sure why, but “Plouffe” sounds like a French word for “tampon.”

      • goawaydog - Aug 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        You’re close, plouffe is actually the French word for the sound a rock makes when you throw it into water. I don’t know why I know that.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Aug 20, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    “Madson blew up in epic fashion” Awesome use of the word epic.

  4. RedHeadedBastard - Aug 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    I would love to say it was a great game by the Nationals, but it was far from being a great game. Like the Phillies, the Nationals had 1 great inning. I am just happy that it came at the bottom of the ninth.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Winning is great, however it gets done.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    First, our exclusive Tweeter Alert: playing for N’awlins on a gimpy crotch as if he actually had something to prove, Macondo’s favorite Mantodeaphobiac took the collar (though I expect he also padded his supporter with bubble wrap for this one), going zilch for tois with one strikeout and a ribby on a sac fly, dropping his first rung of Hell number to .273 and causing Larry Beinfest, the Chihuahua’s evil henchman, a bit more glee. In other Zephyr news, Chris Coghlan (remember him? For that matter, can you remember the Desitin cod?) came off the disabled list yesterday and immediately, a bunch of chittering little black demons came up through the floor and began running around him in circles, creating a noisome vortex that drew him back down to the minor leagues. Phew, that was ugly.

    Now to the so-called Big Club: the Feesh dropped to eleven south of the strange attractor with another uninspired performance against the Pods last night, going one for twelve with RISP – severe even for a bunch of guys with most of their regulars either on the DL or, as in the case of the Iron Giant, sitting out with a variety of infirmities, in his case a dented big toe. The Feesh this season have been so reluctant to cash in opportunities and drive home gift runners that their ingrate quotient looks like Albert Pujols’ slugging percentage. One suspects they’d’ve left the Trojan horse sitting outside the gate. Chris Volstad, who is now more or less semi-unofficially debuting for any second division team that might snatch him off waivers (a term that for some reason always reminds me of the little hairs lining the windpipe), lasted an almost respectable five innings, getting masticated slowly instead of shelled as usual for four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. The Feesh, of course, supported him by scoring one fewer run than the Pods did, which kinda recalls the way Scotty always managed to come up with one less warp factor than Getalife asked him for.

    The Feesh find themselves well and truly mired in the urdschweinhoehl with enough daylight between themselves and Nyorc that the Mutts are using extra sunblock during afternoon games. Dear Buddha, but this is just an awful team.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      Got me confused again. Is the noisome vortex somehow related to the strange attractor as Goethe is related to Philip Roth?

      • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        No, I think it’s more like the noisome vortex is related to the Coriolis Effect as G. W. Bush’s eleventh grade remedial speech teacher was related to Elmer Fudd.

    • FC - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      a bunch of chittering little black demons came up through the floor and began running around him in circles, creating a noisome vortex that drew him back down to the minor leagues. Phew, that was ugly.

      This was hilarious! +100 Gator

  6. bigxrob - Aug 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    I never would have guessed that Zimmerman was only 26. It feels like he has been playing for a long time.

  7. uyf1950 - Aug 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Great game by the Yankees last night. Hughes performance was masterful, for his 4 starts this month he has an ERA of 1.80 For the Yankees to have any doubts about putting Hughes in the starting rotation after this performance is crazy.

    The discussion about who should go to the bullpen should evolve around AJ and Colon at this point. AJ seems to be able to give the Yankees on most days 4 sometimes 5 good innings before imploding. That seems to me to be the definition of a “long relief” pitcher. Colon seems to be running out of gas. Maybe a rest would help but he just hasn’t seemed like the same pitcher since coming off the DL. It should be one or the other. My preference would be overwhelming for AJ to be in the “pen” and skip Colon spot for a game or 2 and see if he can get back the magic from the 1st half of the year. That’s just my opinion.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      Uyf, the Yankees Are beating up on the dregs of the AL so you shouldn’t guage too much on how the starters are doing right now. I believe the biggest reason they want to put Hughes in the pen is not because of how he is starting but because he is the only one who has experience in the pen. AJ would be useless in the pen and for 16 million he can’t become useless. Of course, he is pretty much useless now I guess, but like Hughes, he is fine against the bad teams. I’m waiting to see when the playoffs start and they are throwing Nova, AJ and Hughes against a real team. Then the fun begins!!!!!

      • uyf1950 - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        My friend, dregs or not. They are still major league players on major league teams. Anytime a pitcher can pitch 7 2/3 innings give up just 2 hits and 1 earned run I don’t care who he pitched against. It’s a very good outing. Besides I like that his fastball was consistent the entire game from the 1st inning to the 8th inning between 91 and 93 mph. No drop off in velocity which was the primary reason he went on the DL to start with. In my opinion and it’s only that he seems to be getting better and stronger with each outing. That’s all any manager or fan can ask for.

      • FC - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        Now, now A.J. is not totally useless; he can give Girardi his iPad to make sure he can surf the web and find those ground-rules in stadiums he’s not familiar with.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      uyf – Now that you bring it up, when was the last time we needed “long relief”? Seems like the starters are always making it through the first 5 and then there are some remarkable plug-ins for one or two innings each.And then no suspense due to the absence of The Fat Toad.
      From the beginning, this is the working strategy that works even with a few injuries along the way.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

        My friend, I use the term “long relief” for AJ just in case Mitre gets better and comes off the DL and the Yankees have any intention of using him. They would already have someone in the role. Because I don’t want to see Mitre even buying a ticket to a Yankees game.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    The biggest disappointment about last nights game was that KK’s gutsy performance was lost in the shuffle. Dude got handed the ball with 2 hours notice and stepped up big time. Kendrick deserves kudos for his fine performance last night. Madson was bad, but he will be fine. And the Nationals have the fourth best record at Home in the NL. They are scrappy.

    • FC - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      I agree. D.J. trying to stir up “controversy” is kind of premature. It was his second blown save of the year. And this was his third straight night pitching. He’s only pitched three straight days once this season. Anyways he was due for a meltdown, hopefully he got all the ERs he was going to give up for the rest of the season out of the way :-)

    • natstowngreg - Aug 20, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Scrappy. I like it.

      Ryan Zimmerman just has this knack for the walkoff hit, even at 12:30 AM.

      As expected, Jayson Werth was heartily booed by the infestation of Phillies fans. But he threw out a runner at the pkate and started the winning rally.

      After enduring a 2.5-hour rthunderstorm delay, when Kendrick was announced as the starter, we Nars fans were feeling better about things. Though the change was no surprise, knowing of Oswalt’s back issues. Definite credit to Kendrick.

      Madson will be fine.

  9. FC - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Oh crap. I did it again, when you type real fast the “i” and the “/” can get swapped. Sorry! The server should correct in a while.

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      Is that another way of saying that she’ll bring the turkey you ordered instead of the chicken you got?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        You have reminded me of the servers in my favourite “all you can eat” restaurant.

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