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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 20, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT

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The Orioles picked up their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night, besting the regional-rival Nationals by a score of 6-5 in front of the second-largest crowd in the short history of Nationals Park.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones led the way, blasting his 14th home run of the season while collecting his 28th and 29th RBI. He now has a .975 OPS and a .310 batting average in 41 games played.

Baltimore is currently 27-14, good enough for a two-game lead in the wacky American League East.

Your Saturday box scores:

Orioles 6, Nationals 5

Reds 6, Yankees 5

Mets 0, Blue Jays 2

Marlins 0, Indians 2

Pirates 4, Tigers 3

Athletics 0, Giants 4

Twins 5, Brewers 4 (11 innings)

Mariners 10, Rockies 3

Braves 2, Rays 5

Diamondbacks 3, Royals 7

White Sox 7, Cubs 4

Rangers 5, Astros 6

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5

Angels 2, Padres 3

Cardinals 0, Dodgers 6

  1. mungman69 - May 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Red Sox have too much talent to stay in last place, maybe.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 20, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      They could really use Ellsbury and Crawford back.

    • proudlycanadian - May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      They do have a chance to finish ahead of New York. I saw yesterday’s game and liked the way they rebounded once the Phillies pulled within 1 run. They answered the challenge with a bloop by Scrappy and a blast by Pappi.

  2. cereal blogger - May 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Say it with me now….
    LETS GO O’S !

    • Old Gator - May 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Only if you’re willing to say with me: “HEY! PETER ANGELOS IS A GENIUS!”

  3. Old Gator - May 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    It was one of those days when the peetcher showed up but nobody else did. The Feesh waste yet another fine performance by Anibal Sanchez while sleepwalking from the dugout to the plate and back again, accidentally managing three hits. Fortunately, since they had only one runner in scoring position during the entire game, their RISP didn’t sag much further.

    Once again, the Strange Attractor beckoned the Feesh back to itself as they tried to get past the three-game barrier. One of the black holes in the lineup, the inexplicably hapless Gaby Sanchez, got optioned to AAA to work on his abdicated swing. The former last resort all-star will work on his timing and his confidence in a pressure-free environment, nyuknyuknyuk. They say there’s nothing to help a ballplayer get his confidence back like the humiliation of a demotion. Meanwhile, The Feelies now look poised to begin their climb out of the cellar and past both the Feesh and the Mutts.

    The May record of the Feesh still looks good left unexamined on paper, but they’re barely playing .500 ball in the week since they got back from their torrid west coast road trip. Whereas it’s true, as Jimmy the Feesh Fan pointed out yesterday, that they’re “finding ways to win,” you can’t take a division – even one as discombobulated as the NL East – by scratching out all your victories. At some point you need to be good enough to put some daylight between yourself and the other guys on the scoreboard, and the truth is, with a few exceptions this is still a poor offensive team.

  4. recoveringcubsfan - May 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I was at the Friday Nats-Os game and man, Adam Jones. He was never really tested in the field, but he made some catches that I struggle to think of another CF making, and made ’em look easy. He ran down a nasty liner in left where he was basically in the LF’s shoes when he made the catch. Even though I don’t follow much AL ball, I am glad he’s finally breaking through. We hear too much about the guys who don’t pan out. Plus, the tendency lately is to shovel dirt on guys who are barely out of AA if they don’t set the world on fire out of the gate. Jones is already a veteran at 26 and this was said by some to be a make-or-break season for him. His success, even if he cannot sustain it, is a nice corrective and a reminder that sometimes a nice, deep breath is what’s called for rather than more analysis.

    • Charles Gates - May 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      His power numbers are driven by a 24% HR/FB ratio vs a career mark of 10.6%. His .356 OBP is a great improvement over his career .322, largely driven by his reduced K rate allowing him to put more balls in play but slightly offset by a baBIP of .302 vs a norm of .316. This is a result of him hitting more fly balls, including a 50% increase in the mix of infield fly balls. He’s not walking any more or any less, so maybe he’s just being more aggressive with his swings. But regardless of how sustainable that is, and perhaps improvable even if he increases is walk rate i.e. pitch selection as is always the story with Jones, he’s been fantastic to watch through the early part of the year. The next few weeks will tell us if he’s a piece to build around or to move at the deadline before/if the trade value bubble bursts and the memories of Adam Jones’ start are found plastic wrapped in the vacants.

  5. dondada10 - May 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Funny you say that. There’s a Dave Cameron article out saying how it seems that Jones is following the Matt Kemp arc frighteningly close.

  6. Tim OShenko - May 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    An extra-inning win over the Brew Crew makes it four in a row for the Replacements. And so what appeared to be a dead ball club just one week ago reveals itself to be only mostly dead, its winning percentage almost as high as Drew Butera’s batting average. The most impressive thing about Saturday’s win: the littlest bats did all the heavy lifting, as Morneau and Willingham each posted 0-fers while Mauer and Doumit were relegated to pinch-hitting appearances.

    And now the Replacements are pinning their hopes of a series sweep on Jason Marquis and his 6.68 ERA. We all know Marquis isn’t that bad; the question is if he’s actually worse. Whatever the outcome, it’s been a good weekend for baseball in Replacements Republic.

  7. leerosenthall - May 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    “Victorino defended his swinging at the first pitch despite Aceves walking the previous batter, Mayberry, on four pitches.

    “‘I was looking for a cutter and he threw a cutter, I’ll swing at that every single time,’ he said. ‘He just beat me. I want to be the hero, but I was the goat tonight.'”

    There are so many things wrong with Victorino’s statement that I don’t even know what to say (but of course I will anyway). He swings at a cutter “every single time” regardless of the situation? He wants to be the “hero”? How about just being a “good soldier” for a change? I can’t imagine Cholly gave him the sign to swing away in that situation.

    SO FRIGGIN’ FRUSTRATING. I love Victorino, but he’s clearly not the brightest bulb in the box.

    • phillyphreak - May 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      His swing bugged me but his comments didn’t. I think he’s saying that if he gets the pitch he’s looking for (cutter, curve etc) he’ll swing. I doubt Charlie controls every swing the players take too…..

  8. rockthered1286 - May 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Still incredible for me to think we got Jones from the M’s for BEDARD! One of the best trades in O’s history.

  9. deepstblu - May 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Anybody else notice Buck and McCarver talking about how David Ortiz is in The Best Shape of His Life? Guys, that is like, so two months ago…

  10. goawaydog - May 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Giants pitchers face only 28 batters in shutting out the Athletics. Vogolsong 7 strong of 1 hit ball and the bullpen sweeps out the final innings.moh and the Giants got some hits too.

  11. burgundyandgold - May 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    How bout dem O’s

    • Old Gator - May 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      At my age, it can be a pretty long time between them….

  12. APBA Guy - May 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    The A’s did what they do against quality starting pitching: roll over. Especially yesterday with Vogelsong, who allowed only 1 hit, the same as Justin Verlander the night before. Has Vogelsong suddenly become Verlander? No, but he was razor sharp with location, and even though he was topping at low ’90’s, his off-speed stuff was in or near the zone, keeping the A’s totally off-balance. Not dominant like Verlander or Weaver or Kershaw, but for one afternoon, he was every bit as effective.

    • goawaydog - May 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      I love that you are even putting our #5 starter in the same sentence as the Kershaws, Verlanders, and Weavers of the world. Interesting note too, the A’s have not won on the Giants turf since 2008 and on the flip side, the A’s have held strong at home since 2009. Hoping to keep the streak alive today. Go Orange and Black!

  13. stex52 - May 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    How about that power surge from the Astros? You will probably be able to count their three homer games on two hands at the end of the season. Of course, the real story was Luke Harrell keeping that Rangers line-up in range and very good relief pitching.

    We will take it where we can get it.

    • Old Gator - May 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      And just to elaborate upon my comment a few posts above, so will I….

  14. stex52 - May 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    American League 9, National League 5. Don’t care much for that ratio.

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