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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 10, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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It’s June 10 and the National League East-leading Nationals are showing no signs of a potential fade.

Gio Gonzalez allowed just three hits over 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball and first baseman Adam LaRoche hit his 10th home run of the season on Saturday afternoon as Washington rolled to its second consecutive victory over the Red Sox.

Gio now boasts a lights-out 2.35 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 89/30 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings this year.

The Nats are 10-2 in games that Gonzalez has started and will enter Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park with a one-game lead over the Braves in what might be baseball’s most competitive division.

Your Saturday box scores:

Nationals 4, Red Sox 2

Cubs 3, Twins 11

Phillies 4, Orioles 6 (12 innings)

Blue Jays 2, Braves 5

Rangers 2, Giants 5

Astros 1, White Sox 10

Padres 5, Brewers 2

Tigers 3, Reds 2

Angels 11, Rockies 5

Mets 2, Yankees 4

Dodgers 8, Mariners 3

Royals 3, Pirates 5

Indians 0, Cardinals 2

Rays 13, Marlins 4

Athletics 3, Diamondbacks 8

  1. Tim OShenko - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    The Replacements continue playing like a team possessed. For the past year and a half, their typical plan of attack was to put a pair of runners on with no outs, then leave them stranded. Now they wait until two outs are recorded to START their rallies, just to make things fair. Guys you never heard of are coming up with big hits. Guys world-renowned for their lackluster defense are making diving stops and pin-point throws. It’s sunny in Minneapolis.

    Another solid outing for Scott Diamond, who was picked up on the Rule V draft two winters ago, then traded for, then sent to the minors. The series of befuddling moves were just part of the reason GM Bill Smith was shown the door last year, but it turned out to be a smart play all around.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    “Smart play all around.” Didn’t Leo say that to Tom Regan at Bernie Birnbaum’s planting?

    Ah well.

    From smart play all around to lackadaisical play all around. After Krazy Karlos got shelled in the early going, the Feesh – with the exception of Justin Ruggiano, who seems to like the coffee in the big leagues, and the Iron Giant – played the rest of the game like they had loads in their pants. The strange attractor, about which we have had so little to say for the past month or so, can now be discerned with the naked eye in the shallows of Rio Mendoza, especially by Black Hole Buck, who went 0-4 again last night, dropping his average to .162, while Chris “Cooter” Coghlan (I thought we should give him a nickname just so he could say he had one before being designated, which you gotta think will be any day now) dribbled out as a pinch hitter and now squats at .155. The Feesh now have five everyday players batting in the range of a Tea Party social services budget, and the Hanster has gotten himself on a new schneid too. Apparently, some neighborhood kids found the Hanster’s accursed .342 amulet in a dumpster on South Beach they were scavenging for viable roaches and left it on his doorstep a few weeks ago. Try again, kiddo, we were so sure Frodo would make it to the top of Popocatepetl and throw it in, but now it looks more like he just pocketed Scrooge McLoria’s twenty bucks, threw it in the dumpster and went and had a beer with it.

    This disaster is exactly the same thing that happened last June when, just a game or so out of first, the Feesh rolled over and went into a nosedive as irremediable as the one in Falling Hare. My suggestion to the Feelies is to move out of the way while they still can so that the Feesh don’t come down on their heads.

  3. uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Phil Hughes is proving the Yankees were justified in staying with him and keeping him in the starting rotation. Another solid outing 6 1/3 innings of 2 run ball with 6K’s.

  4. spudchukar - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Another sparkling performance by Kyle Lohse. He was unusually wild however as he walked 2 in 7 2/3 innings raising his season total to 12 in 13 games started. Pitching to contact, when done with his expertise, wins again.

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      The guy is looking like this generation’s John Tudor.

  5. natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Remarkably, the Nats scored 4 runs on only 4 hits through 4 innings. Ankiel led off the 5th with a double and that was that. Meanwhile, the Red Sox didn’t have many on base, much less in scoring position, and capitalized only once. Right now, concern shifts some from the offense to the middle relievers.

    Yesterday’s East Coast Bias Series was AL 3 (Rays, Yankees, Orioles), NL 2 (Nats, Braves).

  6. yahmule - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    God, do I hate Mike Scioscia.

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