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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

Adam Dunn AP AP

Somebody woke “The Big Donkey.”

Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI last night as the White Sox beat the Mariners 7-3. His finest night as a member of the Pale Hose, it was his first multi-homer game since September 24, 2010 and his first five RBI game since August 28, 2010.

Dunn is now hitting .265/.368/.571 with three homers, 12 RBI, six doubles, eight walks and a .940 OPS over his first 57 plate appearances this season. Just 13 games in, he’s already one-third of the way to the 27 extra-base hits he accumulated for all of last year.

Some improvement was probably inevitable and he’d probably be lucky if he hits more than .240 — check out those 22 strikeouts in 49 at-bats — but would anyone be surprised if he made it over 30 homers again?

Your Friday box scores:

Yankees 6, Red Sox 2

Reds 9, Cubs 4

Marlins 0, Nationals 2

Rangers/Tigers – PPD (day-night doubleheader Saturday)

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1

Twins 5, Rays 4

Giants 4, Mets 3 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 4, Royals 3

Orioles 3, Angels 6

Dodgers 3, Astros 1

Indians 4, Athletics 3

Rockies 4, Brewers 3

Braves 9, Diamondbacks 1

Phillies 4, Padres 1

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Where do you get those box scores D. J. ? The Jays pulled off a rare triple play last night and it is not shown in the box score you used. SI.com’s headline for the game mentions the triple play. Kudos to first baseman Adam Lind who with runners on first and second, caught a line drive, tagged first for the second out, and then threw to the SS covering second to complete the triple play.

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Cleveland did something against the A’s that the Angels could not do, namely, draw walks and score. Last night the Indians reached base 9 times via the walk with Santana and Hafner getting 5 of those.

  3. jlovenotjlo - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    It should also be noted that Adam is 9th in the MLB in pitches thrown at him, with significantly less PA than all of the players in front of him (and he is 5 pitches from 4th place). A large chunk of those K’s were on 3-2, and I predict that many of those strikeouts will become walks as the season goes on.

    • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Right, walking back to the dugout. The Big Dunnkey has always been a free swinger. The time to teach him plate discipline was when he was throwing it off his highchair and the cats were having a great time running up to the applesauce and strained squash puddles and sliding through them. Somebody blew it.

  4. Utley's Hair - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    The phightins hits total while Cole Hamels was on the mound last night? Two, with no runs. Their hits total after he was pulled for a Big Jim K? Nine, with four runs. Fortunately for Hollywood, they took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, when he was pulled, but come on guys….

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    There’s not much as a Yankees fan I can add to the Yankees/Sox score other then to say. Chavez hit 2 HR’s in consecutive AB’s. The same Eric Chavez that 2 HR’s all last year. If that doesn’t tell you something about the Red Sox pitching I don’t know what will.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      The Red Sox currently have the second worst record in the AL Something doesn’t seem right.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Why are you surprised? Their pitching is terrible (starters and bullpen) and their offense hasn’t produced like everyone anticipated it would. Plus the teams like the Jays and O’s are better this year. Teams that traditionally the Red Sox take advantage of. Sorry I don’t mean that as a knock on the Jays.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        UYF, mi amigo, correcto. The Sox chose not to match the improvements by the other 4 teams in their league and it is showing. Sure they expected to have Ellsbury and Crawford in the line-up, and the loss of Bailey may be even more damaging, but still their starting 5 have been disappointing but not necessarily surprisingly so. They were weak last year at catcher, shortstop and right field, and while Aviles, Sweeney and Shoppach have all contributed, they are even more exposed with the absence of Ellsbury and Crawford.

        Sure it is early, and fortunately for them no one in the East is sprinting out of the gate, but when you trail 4 teams by 3 games early the mountain is harder to climb than it looks.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        spudchukar – I think you give the Red Sox management to much credit by saying they “chose not to match the improvements by the other 4 teams in their league..”

        In my opinion and it’s only that their ownership/management made some serious miscalculations. First, the let Papelbon walk. How much additional monies would it have cost to have a bona fide starter join their ranks like Oswalt. When a team has a payroll of approximately $180MM there is NO excuse for the Red Sox to be in the position they are in. This is now the 3rd year in a row for them. Injuries while they are to be expected and certainly are in some cases beyond anyone’s control. A team should have a “Plan B”. That’s is something the the Red Sox seem to be lacking over the past 2 or 3 years.

        This may sound harsh. But I don’t bit that they “chose not to match the improvements of other teams”. This is the harsh part I’m afraid. I think they are inept when it comes to as I said a “Plan B”.

  6. Old Gator - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Bad night for the Feesh. Their flight got delayed by thunderstorms – hell, you don’t want to try to land on those short little runways at Reagan even in good weather. They had sent Krazy Karlos Laebraino on ahead earlier to tune up, give his antipsychotics a chance to permeate his system, and do his tuning up for the game. It’s a good strategy because, except for that one beachball he served to The Thing, he pitched what was arguably his best game in about two and a half years.

    Unfortunately, the rest of the team apparently didn’t make it to the stadium until just after the game finished. This was due, no doubt, partly the weather, partly the bizarre street layout and awful street signage of Washington, and possibly because they got lost in Adams-Morgan and all stopped off for an Ethiopian dinner someplace. Hell, I’d’ve done the same thing. Gimme the doro wat and don’t forget the egg. I hate it when they don’t include the egg. And plenty of injera to soak up the berbere with, too – if you’re gonna play the Gnats this year, you gotta be teff.

    Heh. Heh. Heh….

    Anyway, we find the Feesh – their fourth stage boosters having misfired like that North Korean rocket – failing to achieve escape velocity and succumbing to the gossamer gravitational waves of the Strange Attractor once again. Let’s see what they can do today, after a good night’s sleep and a morning on the commode adjusting their Latinized digestive seestems to a different regimen of spices and reading old National Geoghraphics.

    Just don’t read the ones with the meerkats in them. I love doro wat. I hate meerkats.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Agreed, the street signage in DC is not good, but the Fish defeat had more to do with Ross Detwiler, who is beginning to show the talent of a #6 pick in the Amateur Draft. Though under the principle that the Nats can’t win a game without a mortal struggle, the last 1.5 innings were fairly bizarre.

      This afternoon, the Fish (despite some very good pitching by Anibal Sanchez) needed another Lidge blown save to stay in the game, Then the Nats, who find interesting ways to walk off, did it on a single, horrible Gaby throw to second, sac fly.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Some disturbing news for pure fans of the game. A few perennial losers are already being buried. San Diego and Kansas City are already falling behind. Pittsburgh is struggling, and newcomers to the cellar Minnesota and Houston are teetering. The game is better when the less talented teams get off to a good start, keeping the hopes of players and fans alike alive.

  8. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Cards take another one in less than stellar fashion. But with the injuries mounting any road win is a good one even if the opponent is the woefully light-hitting Pirates. Lance Lynn continues to sparkle. Great demeanor. Remarkably unflappable, easy to coach, and with his natural talent he continues to blossum. Furcal was very good all over the field, and a timely homer by the unlikely Descalso added some breathing room. Motte continues to impress in the closer role.

    That said, Holiday was dreadful. Hey Matt, ever consider taking a pitch?

    Not real sure I understand the strategy behind the delay in going to Scrabble, but it worked out OK, so the info on that chess match becomes moot.

    Sure Schumaker was thrust into a difficult role, being inserted into starting CF, when he hasn’t played there in awhile, but Komatsu hauled in an identically hit ball later in the game that Skippy played into an inside the park “homer” for Presley.

    May still take a couple of days for Jay’s return, but if he loses playing time to Schumaker, Mr. Matheny is going to hear about it from me, and I know he is quaking in his boots with that acknowledgement.

    • paperlions - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Mathey is a classic “baseball man”, so I expect him to make some obviously bad decisions….like playing Skip in CF last night instead of Komatsu or Robinson (both are far superior defenders and base runners, at least as good with the bat, and healthier)…that was just foolish.

      I liked that Matheny let Lynn work the 7th, the guy was on 80 pitches. What I didn’t like was that he stood at the stairs like they were starting blocks for a while, making his pitcher look over his shoulder. Making your pitcher wonder if you are taking him out at the first sign of trouble doesn’t help a guy focus on the task at hand.

      I hope that Matheny learns to use his bullpen when he needs it, instead of using it just because it is there.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        Whether Lynn should have been lifted in the seventh is debatable. He is building up his pitch counts, so he was likely near the end. As you have elaborated on the 7th inning theatrics, I agree, what was the plan? Sure thought they were stalling to give Scrabble all the time he needed, but then stuck with Lynn, which had to confuse him, it sure confused me.

        I take issue though with “..classic ‘baseball man’ therefore he will make obvious mistakes. Baseball is a little more complicated than that, and while different strategies make for interesting debates, your wording makes it sound as if your superior insight dwarfs other intelligent approaches.

        Perhaps Schumaker’s dedication, leadership and grit, along with a modicum of positive offensive numbers, earn him a shot at playing time. Plus let’s face it Descalso and Greene are not exactly tearing it up, and since the Cards hurried Schumaker back his insertion into Center may have been based more on allegiance, than talent. But wouldn’t it have been more prudent to start Skippy at second and Robinson or Komatsu at a position their skills are more likely to excel at.

        And can we really expect Schumaker to be any better than the Schumaker of old. Even if he hits above .300, his lack of speed, power, OBP, and defensive liabilities at second make him a specious choice over Descalso and Greene.

        Hopefully, his starts are at least shared, and does not become the norm.

      • paperlions - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        I mean that “classic baseball men” tend to make the same mistakes. For example, putting in a “veteran” at a position that isn’t his best (skip is really a corner OF with a SS bat) instead of a less experienced player despite evidence that the less experienced player is better, healthier, and can actually play the position.

        There is something about veterany goodness that some guys just can’t get over. No one has ever won because they were a veteran, they have won because they were skilled…..veteran or not.

        Yeah, the 2B choices are not great. Greene is just a knuckle head…he should have claimed the job already….but it doesn’t look like he will. Descalso has always had bench guy written on him. I think they are just keeping the spot occupied until Wong is ready next year (hopefully).

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