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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 9, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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Strasmas made its way to Fenway Park for the first time last night, as Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over six innings in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox.

Strasburg, who was pitching on the two year anniversary of his major league debut, tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches. He threw 33 of them in his final inning of work, as he managed to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Youkilis.

The Nationals pounded out 12 hits in the victory. Bryce Harper led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer. The 19-year-old phenom is now hitting .288/.367/.532 with six homers, 17 RBI and an .899 OPS over his first 32 major league games. That’s pretty good.

Strasburg improved to 7-1 with the win and now holds a 2.41 ERA and 92/19 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season. The Nationals currently sit at 33-23 on the year and have a one-game lead over the surging Braves in the ultra-competitive National League East.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 9, Orioles 6

Mets 1, Yankees 9

Royals 2, Pirates 4

Tigers 5, Reds 6 (10 innings)

Rays 5, Marlins 1

Blue Jays 3, Braves 4 (10 innings)

Astros 8, White Sox 3

Cubs 7, Twins 8 (10 innings)

Indians 6, Cardinals 2

Angels 7, Rockies 2

Athletics 8, Diamondbacks 9

Dodgers 0, Mariners 1

Rangers 5, Giants 0

Padres 5, Brewers 9

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Very nice combined effort by all the Yankees. Kuroda had a great outing and the offense was super as well. Looks like it’s all starting to come together at the right time.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Just one additional comment. And I realize some Yankees fans might not take kindly to this but it might be time to resurrect talk about Jeter moving down in the line up. On May 4th Jeter was batting .400 about. Since May 4th he is batting .232 about a 170 point drop. Now I realize no one expected him to keep up the early pace but still when Gardner returns he should be leading off. Just my opinion.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Why don’t you just ask Joe if you could make out the lineup card for him 😉

      • uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        I did ask and he said to email it to him which I did. I’ll let you know if he takes my advice.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        No one ever said we had to leave Beep-beep alone. Continue unabated, uyf.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        yankeesfanlen, thanks for your encouragement my friend. Will do, when appropriate.

    • detroitfanatic - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Speaking of Gardner coming back, the AL East is about to get going again. My Tigers need to win the Central if they hope to make the playoffs, because the east has locked up 1 of the WC, and very likely both. The Yankees just added Pettitte and Gardner (soon) to a very good team. The Sox just added the real Clay Bucholtz and Daisuke.

      To me the real team to beat though is the Rays. Their #1 has an ERA over 4. Their number #4 has an ERA of 4.5. Their fifth starter has a broken leg. Their catchers have combined for a .500 OPS. Their all star first baseman is hitting .200. Their all star 2nd baseman is hitting .200. Their SS is hitting .230. Their all star third baseman has missed 70% of the season. Their LF has missed 40% of the season. Their CF has missed 25% of the season. Their all star RF platoons or bats 8th vs lefties. Their closer hasn’t played a game yet.

      I’m describing a last place team right? Nope, first place, in the toughest division of baseball. Wait til _________ gets it going, and _________ has played in 80 % of the games, then we will know how good this team really is. Moore is too good to have a 4.5 ERA, and his last 3 starts have shown that. Shields’ ground ball % combined with his K rate are incredible this year, but his ERA stinks none-the-less. Longoria comes back next week.

      Maddon has done a lot with a little this year, and the Sox, Yanks, Jays, Os, Angels, and Tigers are going to have to do something incredible to overtake this team. They have largely underperformed and been hit by the injury bug so far this year. When they get healthy, and Zobrist, Moore, and Shields return to form, the gap between them and the 3rd best team in the AL will grow increasingly larger.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Slobbering Ozzie made no bones about it yesterday: sending Bryan Petersen back to Nawlins was a “message” to the rest of the Rio Mendoza feeshermen populating the bottom third of his lineup that they better step it up. To drive home the point, he sat Tweeter (.212), but he did give Chris Coghlan an opportunity to demonstrate that he got the point, and the “2008 Rookie of the Year” continued his monumental crapout by going 0-3 and sinking his average to .163 while, on the brighter side, Black Hole Buck managed to go 1-4 and heft his numbers all the way to .167. Ozzie was so thrilled that he let Tweeter pinch hit later in the game and he struck out. The Feesh’s big bat off the bench, Donnie Murphy – who may actually be a leprechaun – flied out for Nolasco in the 6th, and is now batting .136. The Feesh’s fila de asesinos stranded 13 more RISP while scoring their traditional single run (that’s four in four games), dropping the team average to somewhere around .215.

    The Good Ricky Nolasco’s pod twin must have been out on the beach committing Kolinhar, because the Good Ricky threw a pretty fine game which, once again, the Feesh wasted. Meanwhile, Gaby Sanchez is showing signs of life at the plate again, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI for the Zephyrs last night, and the clock on Tweeter’s next demotion must be ticking like Poe’s telltale heart right now.

    Don’t worry, Scrooge – they all wanted to get their hands on Tweeter over the weenter. – especially the Cubs, who are stockpiling latency for some indeterminate rosy future. There must be enough hope left in him that you can use him as ballast in some sort of trade for a heeter before July runs out.

  4. Tim OShenko - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Ever since Ben Revere was called up last summer, there have been grumblings throughout Replacements Republic to make him a full-time starter in the outfield, preferably centerfield. The first inning of last night’s game was a textbook example of why that’s not such a great idea. I’m not talking about Castro’s stand-up triple, but the “sac fly” to short center that followed it. Revere caught the ball not 20 feet behind 2nd base, wound up with all his might, and threw a two-hopper to home that wouldn’t have kept Adam Dunn from crossing safely. Still, this small fault was ultimately atoned for, and the Replacements get another W. Kudos to Matt Capps, who managed not to implode in the 10th, and who in fact continues to pitch better than any Replacements fan would be willing to admit.

    On a side note, the balls are really starting to fly at Target Field. Two doubles, four triples, and five homers in last night’s game. And you can’t blame it all on one team’s bad pitching, as those totals were split evenly between the two.

  5. goawaydog - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Hard to believe that the Giants just got shut out for the first time this season (seemed a regular occurrence last year) and they were the last NL left to get blanked. They actually LED MLB in runs scored over the last month. 18 ground outs did not help. Only Detroit and Cleveland have yet to get shut out now.

    • daveitsgood - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Not to call shenanigans on this statement, but by which standards did the Giants lead the MLB in runs scored? Even if you cover all of May and thus far through June, the Giants have scored 144 runs. Texas scored 167 runs just in the month of May. The Phils scored 145 in May alone and then 32 in June. When I heard they hadn’t been shut out all year until last night, I was just as surprised as everyone else, but to say they lead the MLB in any offensive category, I kindly ask you to show your work sir.

  6. aceshigh11 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Strasburg is a monster. I’m really glad that he bounced back from Tommy John…I was concerned he wouldn’t be the same after having to go through that at such a young age.

    I guess it’s such a routine, safe procedure now that I shouldn’t have doubted him.

    The Nationals have two certified phenoms on their team. Very exciting to watch.

  7. natstowngreg - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    The Washington Nationals don’t hit the ball that hard that often. Thanks to Felix Doubront. Special mention to Young Mr. Harper for the ball he hit over the home bullpen, to the right of the famous Triangle.

    Brad Lidge returned and pitched the way he pitched before his DL stint. Not good. Davey had to use Tyler Clippard in what should not have been a save situation. Still a month before Drew Storen returns.

    Gio vs. Dice-K this afternoon. Interested to see Dice-K. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him pitch (much less pitch well).

    Day 1 of the Great East Coast Bias Series goes to the NL, 3 (Nats, Braves, Phillies) to 2 (Rays, Yankees).

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