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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 19, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

A.J. Ellis AP AP

A.J. Ellis continues to take advantage of his first chance at regular playing time in the big leagues.

Ellis went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a walk-off walk in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals last night as the Dodgers improved to a major-league best 26-13 on the year.

Of course, walks are nothing new for Ellis. The 31-year-old backstop is hitting .327/.459/.490 with a 22/23 K/BB ratio across 124 plate appearances this season. He’s second to David Wright (.510) in on-base percentage and only Joey Votto has walked more often this season. He leads the majors in pitches per plate appearance.

Who knows whether Ellis can keep up his unlikely hot start. His .397 batting average on balls in play hints that some regression is likely on the way, but he did have a .280 batting average and a .406 on-base percentage over nine seasons in the minors before he got his first real shot at being an everyday catcher.  Seems he has a knack for this whole patience thing.

Your Friday box scores:

White Sox 3, Cubs 2

Reds 0, Yankees 4

Marlins 3, Indians 2

Pirates 0, Tigers 6

Orioles 2, Nationals 1

Red Sox 4, Phillies 6

Mets 5, Blue Jays 14

Braves 5, Rays 3

Rangers 4, Astros 1

Twins 11, Brewers 3

Diamondbacks 6, Royals 4

Mariners 4, Rockies 0

Athletics 6, Giants 8

Angels 7, Padres 2

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Chad Qualls is awful. He is the new Dannys Baez.

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      That is an insult to Baez.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Ricky Romero struggled with his command early in the game with the Metropolitans. He did hang tough and only gave up 1 run in the 6 innings he pitched. New York’s pitchers were in a much more generous mood. They let Rajai Davis have his first multi home run game ever. They let Yan Gomes be the first Brazilian born player to hit a home run in MLB. They also allowed J. P. Arencibia to hit 2 home runs and contribute 6 RBI’s. Arencibia and Gomes first met in high school and Gomes served as his backup catcher at the University of Tennessee.

    • dondada10 - May 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Mets fan here, and I’m certainly not trying to talk smack. The Jays drubbed the Mets last night. But I must say, I was shocked at how empty the stadium was. My experience with Jays fan on this site (and others) led me to believe it’s a full-house, Cardinals type deal.

      With that being said, it was impressively loud in there.

      • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        The cerebral Miguel Batista is pitching for the Metropolitans today against Brandon Morrow. David Wright needs a day off and gets it today. I would not say that the Mets are tanking this game, because anything can happen in a game; however, it looks as if their manager does not like their chances.

    • gregbeau - May 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Living in Canada and despising the Blue Jays, plus being a Mets fan to boot, made last night’s game simply horrible to watch. Not only were the Metsies playing their worst, but since it was a Blue Jays game I had to watch the terrible telecast by their awful cheerleader broadcast team, which I normally avoid at all costs. Buck Martinez has no business doing PxP and their rotating slate of analysts prove only that none of them could hold a fulltime job in that role. Broadcast rules up here prevented MLB Extra Innings from letting me hear Gary, Ron and Keith doing their far more entertaining job and offering whatever views they might have about the Blue Jays and the obsolete Rogers donut of a stadium. Simply an awful night all around.

      • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Every family has its black sheep Greg. Your support of the Mets is admirable. It reminds my of the classic Canadian children’s book “The Hockey Sweater”.

      • dondada10 - May 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        I’d say, overall, they liked Rogers. Especially the hotel rooms in the outfield.

      • cur68 - May 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        I like Buck Martinez. He tells awesome stories and still call the game.

  3. Tim OShenko - May 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    What’s the proper ettiquette when celebrating a walk-off walk? Does it really justify headlocks and hogpiles in the infield? Or would it be more appropriate to salute the batsman’s discerning eye by means of a soft golf-clap from the dugout before coming out for the ritualistic fist-bumps and secret handshakes?

    Moving onto other matters, the Twins have managed to win three in a row, and to do so with authori-tay. It was bittersweet to see the goose-egg that was Scott Diamond’s ERA finally hatch, though 1.40 over three starts is certainly a pretty birdie. It would be encouraging to see the rest of the rotation bring their ERA below seven, but in the meantime Twins fans now need only pray for four days of rain. The team looks much better with Morneau back in the lineup, as if seeing the Canadian bear wrestler mash balls to the outfield and beyond reminded the rest of the guys that they, too, were permitted to hit the ball past the infielders, not always at them. All this makes for encouraging signs in Twins Territory; this is a team that just might yet win 65 games this year.

    • wlschneider09 - May 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Sigh?

  4. paperlions - May 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    The walk to Ellis was a 4 pitch walk, two of the pitches were strikes, one essentially down the middle and called a ball. Two batter earlier a pitch was clearly a strike and was called a ball for a 1-1 count instead of an 0-2 count. Just frustrating to watch as those pitches were strikes (as they should have been) all night until the bottom of the 9th….I guess Hallion wasn’t interested in extra innings.

    • stercuilus65 - May 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Get the diapers, big baby needs changing!

  5. bigleagues - May 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    The Official Scorer botched his accounting for the Runs scored during the top of 3rd Inning and it should be corrected. It’s a little complex, given the flukiness of the Inning, but bear with me.

    Lilly was not charged an Earned Run last night, despite allowing 4 Runs to score in the Cardinals 3rd. And ultimately that is the correct outcome, but how the Official Scorer got there is rather unsatisfactory to me.

    Lilly was charged with a “Wild Pitch, Strikeout” during Shane Robinson’s At Bat. That scenario automatically causes subsequent Runs to be charged as Earned, as the Pitcher is solely responsible for the Wild Pitch and the Batter reaching 1B safely. If the Official Scorer insists that Lilly really threw a Wild Pitch (which I completely disagree with), then all 4 Runs needed to be charged as Earned.

    However, AJ Ellis should have been charged with a Passed Ball on Lilly’s Strikeout of Shane Robinson. Which, because the Cardinal’s first run was scored after Tony Gwynn caught Furcal’s fly ball for the 2nd Out, would mean all Runs scored subsequently are Unearned, as Robinson should have been the 1st Out of the Inning and Furcal should have been the 3rd Out.

    Now having said all that, I saw ESPN LA’s Dodgers beat writer state that the Official Scorer recorded the runs as Unearned because of Ellis pick-off attempt throwing Error. That, of course, is a judgement call, and in my estimation a highly specious one at that. Even though Tyler Greene would likely have been caught wide of the bag if throw had been on its mark – Loney was no where near the bag to make the play.

    As it turns out, Ellis fails to secure the Third Strike on the very next batter and fails to make the throw to 1B to retire Robinson, so Greene would have advanced to Secondbase anyway.

    Ultimately, 4 Unearned Runs is the correct accounting, but as long as Lilly, in the Official Scorer’s judgement, has that “Wild Pitch” credited to him on the scorecard, then Lilly needs to be charged with 4 Earned Runs as Ellis throwing Error on the pick-off attempt had nothing to do with extending the Inning.

  6. recoveringcubsfan - May 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Davey Johnson is killing me (and the Nats). First, he called a hit and run with the catcher on 1st and his pitcher at bat. I don’t know that I have ever seen that. The result was a swinging strike and Flores thrown out at second…by a mile. Then, with the game on the line in the 11th, the O’s pitcher walked a batter and had yet to throw a strike and Johnson has Desmond, the team’s hottest hitter, try to bunt the runner over. He wants to give up an out against a wild reliever?? Naturally, Desmond gets 2 strikes and then hits into a double play. If he had left the bat on his shoulder, he would have walked on 4 pitches – nothing was even close to a strike. @#$! the heck, Johnson!

  7. Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    The Feesh continue their domination of the Wahoos, a fine tradition that on paper goes back to the 1997 Series but in fact is rooted in the Indians’ opportunistic abandonment of the spring training facility they wanted the financially strapped city of Homestead to build for them as soon as Hurricane Andrew gave them the excuse. I guess having to live and play in Cleveland is its own punishment, but still, screw ‘em, their deeply incarcerated tax cheat centerfielder, their inflammable river and their contemptuously racist mascot. I’m surprised they don’t depict it holding an open can of beer with little motes floating before its eyes. The classiest thing about this team is its vintage DC-3, though someone ought to scrape that grinning caricature off from under the cockpit window and hangar it someplace where it’s less likely to rust out.

    Krazy Karlos peetched another pretty good game last night, despite walking five. I would rather choke on a betel nut but you have to give Slobbering Ozzie credit for hectoring Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua into bringing him back to the tropics where he could thrive. Granted, he might stop taking his medication and revert to his traditionally unbalanced self eventually, but meanwhile, it’s been fun to watch him.

    The Feesh, incidentally, scored all three of their runs without a hit last night: two sac flies and a fielder’s choice. Carlos Santana had a good night behind the plate, throwing out three of four wannabe base-stealers, including Emilio Bonifacio for the first time in 21 attempts this season. Not bad for a burned out salsa guitarist. Meanwhile, the Iron Giant managed to steal a base anyway. Maybe he was just too big a target.

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I have to give that paper an A plus, professor.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        I spell it “perfesser” to reinforce my credentials as the People’s Pedant. But thanks anyway.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Marlins are finding ways to win….hope bonifacio is ok and doesn’t miss too much time as the thought of Bryan Peterson or Scott Cousins everyday doesn’t thrill me

  8. rockthered1286 - May 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    This O’s / Nats battle of the beltway is going to turn into a pitchers paradise. 2-1 last night, Hammel and Detweiler tonight, Chen and Strasburg Sunday. That’s a ton of K’s, a shortage of hits and probably a few more extra inning games. Long ball ends up determining all 3 games.

  9. APBA Guy - May 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Interesting factoid in the Giants/A’s Series is that the last 5 incarnations have all been home team sweeps. Of course, the crowd last night seemed more interested in this weekend’s upcoming Bay to Breakers gawk fest, arriving at the park late and leaving early. Too bad, they missed some interesting moments:

    – Josh Donaldson’s HR to left, a bazooka shot that few right hander’s manage, followed by two doubles and a great play at 3rd
    – Barry Zito looking good for 4 innings then leaving after loading the bases in the 6th ultimately being charged with 4 ER in 5.1
    – Jarrod Parker’s first big-league melt-down. He simply had no control last night
    – The A’s comeback to make a game of it
    – The Melk Men, fans dressed as milk men, complete with bow ties, celebrating with each Melky Cabrera hit. He was 2-4, and is now hitting .331.

    Not enough orange for Orange Friday, IMO, but the crowd that remained after the 7th was nice and loud. It’s beautiful and sunny today, low 70’s for the afternoon start, A’s 20-20, Giants 20-19. Can the Giants make it 6 straight home team sweeps?

    • minimoose763 - May 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Zito left with a man on 1st and 1 out. It was Edlefsen who loaded the bases and gave up a 3-run double.

  10. elgorditodehumboldt - May 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Where is the love for Mike Trout on this site (another excellent game last night: 3-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI)? Bryce Harper, whose numbers thus far can’t hold a candle to Trout’s (plus BH is a giant douche), gets pub for everything he does. Here’s how their numbers stack up head to head:

    Trout – .338 BA, 3 HR, .397 OBP, .574 SLG, .971 OPS, 4 SB, 0 CS
    Harper – .246 BA, 2 HR, .328 OBP, .449 SLG, .787 OPS, 1 SB, 2 CS

    Given the sample size is small, but up to this point Trout has been the more superior of these two top prospects. I’m just sayin’…

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Not only is he hitting better than Harper, he is hitting better than Carp. Sigh, because I have touted Carp!

  11. westcoastredbird - May 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Somebody please tell Matheny that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Send Salas to AAA and bring up Sanchez. Salas is last year’s Ryan Franklin.

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