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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

Matt Kemp AP

Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all.

Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames.

Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile from left field to home plate.

But it was baseball’s best all-around player who ultimately stole the show. After being stymied in three at-bats against Strasburg, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp launched a Tom Gorzelanny pitch deep into the night to give Los Angeles a 4-3 walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th inning at Chavez Ravine. Kemp is now batting .442/.506/.922 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 21 games. He’s on another planet, people.

Your Saturday box scores:

Nationals 3, Dodgers 4

Angels 2, Indians 1

Brewers 3, Cardinals 7

Tigers 7, Yankees 5

Mariners 0, Blue Jays 7

Astros 0, Reds 6

Athletics 1, Orioles 10

Cubs 2, Phillies 5

Red Sox 1, White Sox 0

Pirates 4, Braves 2

Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 3

Rays 2, Rangers 7

Mets 7, Rockies 5

Padres 1, Giants 2

Royals, Twins (Postponed)

  1. spudchukar - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Reading that the Royals vs Twins match-up was postponed, got me wondering, was it cancelled due to bad weather or general disinterest? Much like the proverbial koan about the tree falling in the forest, if a game between Kansas City and the Twin Cities if called off, is there really a need to re-schedule?

  2. spudchukar - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Most potent offense? Smylyed.

  3. lanflfan - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Chad Billingsley matched Strasburg pitch for pitch in LA last night.

    • seattlej - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Not really. Which would you take 9/0 K/BB or 6/2?

      Billingsley pitched a good game, but not as good as Strasburg’s… just a coincidence that they left with the same number of runs on the board. The run Strasburg gave up was earned, but I’m not really sure who earned it, as the Dodgers didn’t.

      • obpedmypants - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Hairston’s glove slap earned it.

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:45 AM

        Runs are what counts, Ks are style points and BTW your last line gives you away as a bitter homer. Good luck with that.

  4. natstowngreg - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    And so The Epic Bryce Harper Watch ends. It really wasn’t that long, it just seemed like it lasted forever.

    The Future begins. Strasburg and Harper on the field for the first of many times. Some promising stuff last night.

    As for Harper, in addition to what Drew noted, he showed some plate patience and a definite lack of pull-consciousness. The balls he put in play were to left and center. Positive signs.

    As for the game itself, either the Nats’ karma is wearing off, or it doesn’t work well on the Left Coast. Getting very good starting pitching and scoring late to take the lead were normal, but they found ways to keep the Dodgers in the game until Matt Kemp got the chance to win it. We’ll see next week, when the D-Backs come to Nats Park, followed by the first of the Phillies infestation.

    • ocho - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Lets not discount the fact that Zimmerman hasnt played on this west coast trip. While he hasnt been tearing the ball up he makes a difference. If they win today they still finish the west coast trip 3-3 which is exactly what you would expect from a good ballclub w/o its 2 best offensive players. The only true concern with this team are injuries, even with the offensive deficiencies you would figure they would probably have about 2 more wins if Storen wasnt injured.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Call this tough love if you like. But with nearly 1 month and nearly 15% of the 2012 season gone it’s time for some of the Yankee players to chit or get off the pot. Just to name a few. Tex has to start to hit in critical situations and stop hitting into DP’s and killing opportunities. Martin has to just start to hit, period. His numbers are atrocious for someone looking for a long term deal and bigger bucks. Even for a sub/DH, Andruw Jones is pathetic. Phil Hughes needs to start to earn the confidence the Yankees have shown and continue to show him, now. And lastly their is Freddy Garcia, what can anyone say about his performance so far other then stick a fork in him he’s done. The Yankees need to do anyone of the following with Freddy. Release him put him on waivers trade him if they can find some deaf, dumb and blind GM (Ben Cherington comes to mind) to take him off their hands. Do something but get him off the roster. Like I said it’s time for these guys and a couple of others to start to earn their money. Food for thought.

    Here is an out of the box thought. If Martins numbers haven’t improved significantly by the trade deadline the Yankees should consider trading him for a player that can help them down the stretch. The Yankees still have Stewart who is probably just as good defensively as Martin and bring back Cervelli from Triple A. And rotate those 2 behind the plate. And get some value for Martin before he leaves at the end of the season.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      It might seem as though someone on the Yankees read my comment or has heard the cries of Yankees fans.
      It’s being reported the DJ Mitchell has been called up. That probably means Phelps will be moved to the starting rotation and Freddy Garcia has seen his last start as a Yankee.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      I’ll agree with you, uyf, but also remind and chide you for a certain lack of patience. And there’s work to be done and some disappointments are evident. Colon should have been retained instead of Garcia, at least for the bridge of time until Andy comes back.
      Tex has never been known for a strong start. Our 112 runs scored is 3rd in MLB and in the 7th-8th-9th when we get to an opponents bullpen we seem to have success.
      Personally, I’ve been amazed that our poor starting pitching has given us the record we have, and know that Cashman and Girardi, and a few more good starts from CC, Kirudo, Nova, and maybe even Hughes will bring us around.
      Lastly, Jeter, ARod, Grandy and Swish are doing well and I fervently hope they keep the pace through the season.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Len-for a stack of prospects, a certain Mr. B. Beane-the Great and Powerful-would be delighted to let you have Colon and his catering bill back in NYC.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        My friend I think if you look Tex started out very strong last season his OBP, SLG% and OPS were all at least 100 point if not more higher last year through April. I’m hopeful that his numbers/performance doesn’t get better but his trend over the past couple over years has been downward. As for your surprise that poor starting pitching giving the Yankees the record they have. I have to say I attribute the Yankees winning record more to the bullpen and the Yankees offense then anything the starting pitching has done.
        I don’t disagree with your comments about CC, Kuroda and Nova as well as the comments about Jeter, A-Rod, etc…BUT, it’s very frustrating to see some of these guys (namely the ones I mentioned originally) making millions and millions of dollars and performing at the sub-par levels they have and continue to.

        BTW, my friend you really butchered Kuroda’s name in your reply. I really did have a good laugh when I read it.

        Take care my friend and have a good day and let’s hope CC gets the win and the Yankees send the Tigers packing having taken 2 or 3 from them.

    • spudchukar - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      UYF, my friend, your reality check rings true. I know Martin started out well last year, but the current Martin is the one I am more familiar with, so do not expect much change. He is overrated defensively too. The Yanks were fortunate that they got what they did from Garcia, you are correct he is toast. Tex, won’t be going anywhere, but as he ages he becomes more of a guess hitter which usually means less production in the clutch. And Hughes may become an adequate long reliever, but his fastball is too straight, he lacks the command a MLB starter requires.

      I asked about Betances and Banuelos a couple of days ago, but most Yankee responses were that they were not ready. I don’t know, cause I do not hear about the organizations news, but their progress seems to have been stymied or the Yanks are handling them with extreme caution. If they are not ready, you guys better go shopping soon, or you are going to waste an awfully good offense.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Banuelos is still very young and hasn’t even spent 1 full season in Triple A not even 1/2 season actually. So he still has plenty of maturing to do and facing batters more in line with the big leagues. As for Betances, I’m not to sure about him. He just turned 24 so this year is critical for him. I don’t see him starting in the Yankees organization. But he could be a very decent part of a trade package or the bullpen if that’s the way it shakes out. But he not been able to get his control issues under control pardon the pun.

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Animal Sanchez pitched like a man possessed to help break the Marlins losing streak and Hanley finally broke his hitless streak…hopefully this awakens all the bats…nice to see the versatility of some guys too with bonifacio at 2nd and coghlan out in center and playing it pretty well

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      And of course Sanchez is the one guy the Feesh notochord trust dissed bigtime this past weenter, not even hinting at wanting to talk extension or long term contract with him – ignoring him, in fact. Now he’s pitching for his next contract but I’m betting he’s pitching for it someplace else. If JJ’s shoulder is really crapping out on him – and there’s more evidence that it is than that it isn’t ….idiots.

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