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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 16, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

James Loney, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton AP AP

Last night’s matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale had all the makings of a classic pitchers’ duel. But as it often happens in this game, things didn’t exactly turn out as expected.

Adam Dunn set the tone early by slugging a two-run homer off Kershaw in the top of the first inning. It was his major league-leading 23rd homer of the season and the fourth of his career against Kershaw. No other player has more than two against the 2011 National League Cy Young award winner. Kershaw ended up allowing five runs (four earned) over six innings.

Sale actually carried a four-run cushion into the bottom of the sixth, but he was chased after giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. The young southpaw was replaced by Jesse Crain, who allowed a two-run double to Elian Herrera and an RBI single to Juan Rivera which put the Dodgers in front. Sale ended up being charged with a season-high five runs over 5 2/3 innings. It was the first time he had allowed more than two runs in a start since May 12.

Even though the Kershaw-Sale matchup didn’t live up to the billing, this was still a very entertaining ballgame. After the White Sox pulled even in the top of the eighth on Alex Rios‘ second homer of the night, the Dodgers took the lead in the bottom half of the frame when James Loney scampered home on a wild pitch thrown by left-hander Matt Thornton. Kenley Jansen then tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to finish off the 7-6 victory.

The Dodgers still own the best record in the majors at 41-24 and currently lead the Giants by four games in the National League West.

Your Friday box scores:

Red Sox 0, Cubs 3

Pirates 0, Indians 2

Rockies 12, Tigers 4 (10 innings)

Yankees 7, Nationals 2

Phillies 0, Blue Jays 3

Marlins 0, Rays 11

Orioles 2, Braves 4

Astros 2, Rangers 6

Brewers 5, Twins 3

Royals 3, Cardinals 2

Diamondbacks 5, Angels 0

Reds 7, Mets 3

Padres 2, Athletics 10

Giants 4, Mariners 2

  1. ajcardsfan - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I know it’s a Saturday, but c’mon, no mention of Carlos Beltran becoming the first switch-hitter in Major League history to reach 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases

    • papalurchdxb - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      well done, you just did.

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      DJ’s in California. It’s your typical west coast bias.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      The Saturday recaps aren’t nearly as snarkily detailed as ATH—not even when the Master Baiter fills in. The writers just pick a topic they think is the most interesting point from Friday or Saturday, and write about it.

      But there is a separate post over yonder.

      • goawaydog - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        are you sure that post is over yonder and not over hill and dale?

      • natstowngreg - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        or it’s over there, over there

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Right Greg – the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming….

  2. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Not satisfied with stinking up Macondo Banana Massacre Field last week, the Feesh brought their June give-a-shit style of play to the Tropicana Dump last night and picked right up where they left off. Donovan Solano erupted for a single in the first inning, and the first step pleas’d them so much, the mere fact, reaching base —this hit —the power of motion, the least ground ball or soft liner—the senses—eyesight— swing – the first step, I say, aw’d me and pleas’d them so much, they have hardly gone, and hardly wish’d to go, any farther, but stop and loiter all the game. And that’s how they finished up – one hit, in an eleven-zilch pounding, with one strikeout for every run the Razed spilled across the plate.

    That “oooffff” you heard was twenty-five inert ballplayers smacking ass-first into the Strange Attractor. What a fondness for equilibrium, guys.

    • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      I’ll take the Trop over the new “Blow Hole” down in in Fishville any day. It poured here yesterday in pregame and the roof was already shut; unlike what happened down at the “Blow Hole” when the idiots in charge of such things left the roof open and let the rain pour in. They must have been longing for a taste of their days at Joe Robbie. That amusement park ride in the outfield with the jumping dolphins has already started to rust from that experience because it wasn’t weather proofed when it was built – because sensible teams with a retractable roof stadium know to shut the lid BEFORE the rain starts instead of during a torrential down pour.

      The “Rays” and Matt Moore did what everyone else has done against the “Blow Fish” this year – kicked their collectively over priced A$$es.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        Considering that whomever designed that hideous giant gunite tumulus – the one that looks like a plantar’s wart from an airliner landing at TPA – that dis-graces even the slums of St. Pete among which it nestles built the roof permanently shut, the comparison is as sententious as it is dumb. If not for the fortuitous presence of the Salvador Dali museum a few blocks to the southeast, that part of town would be the architectural and geographical equivalent of Kevin Youkilis’ face.

        And if you’re looking for someone to defend the management of that huge taxpayer ripoff where the Feesh play (which, hate the circumstances of its funding or not, is as beautiful inside as the Trap is dun, depressing and ugly) or of the team itself, or of its salary paying policies, you’ve definitely picked the wrong guy, as any of the regulars here will tell you. I shit on the Tropicana Dump because it’s ugly, not because I have any problems with a terrific, ass-busting, gutsy team like the Razed – aside from the fact that they play that atavistic throwback of a parody of real baseball, designatedhitterball.

        And leave Tommy alone!

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        Tommy’s rusting? Really? Is it possible that a touch of rust mighty improve the tone? The forces of corrosion might do what Loria could not: add a patina of class to that thing. Just don’t let Loria charge you taxpayers ANYTHING to re-furb it, kay?

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Just the ranting of a nincompoop. Tommy is fine. The artist (if you want to call him that) and the engineers who built him have had plenty of experience designing kinetic features for the Macondo humidity. There’s a lot of lightweight aluminum alloy and some stainless steel in the mechanism and not much iron to speak of. Tommy was built to last. Only an idiot would think that it took direct exposure to rainwater to instigate rust in a town where the average ambient humidity is around 83% between April and October, and in the mid – 70% range in midwinter.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Eeek – hit “send” a bit too soon.

        Furthermore, the stadium roof remains open, rain or shine, on off days and when the team is on the road to water and permit sunshine on the natural grass. Tommy was also built with this in mind. As my visiting friend Birdman will tell you, Tommy lit up and done hisself proud the other day when we went to one of the Beanbag games.

        And – as a special bonus – if you sit at the Clevelander or in the right-center bleachers, you can actually look inside Tommy and watch the mechanism operate. After a few cocktails at the Clevelander bar, this can be very absorbing. Tommy is an acquired taste. Anyway, I’m just a retired academic. I may not know what I like, but I know what art is.

        Hic!.

      • cur68 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        Awww, you’ve taken a liking to Tommy! That’s sweet. Must go along with your penchant for adopting stray dogs & reptiles. Glad to hear that Tommy’s in good health. I look forward to one day having a look at his innards. I hope that it will be as Rube Goldberg-ian as I imagine it.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        Yeah, Tommy handles the rain a lot better than our odd Hemingway hound, Fido. When he gets caught out in one of those sudden showers like the one inflated to Biblical proportions by my nitwit interlocutor above, he shrinks down to about half of his normal size. It’s fun to watch him climb forlornly back up the wall to his spot in the corner of the ceiling (can your dog do that?) with one of those feather-covered potato chip toys of his and fluff back out again in the desiccated, air-conditioned atmosphere of the living room. Of course, he drops a lot of hairs in the process and we have to vacuum up after him, but hey, he’s part of our family now love is love, you know?

      • stex52 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        I always thought Tommy was bizarre, but I’m not saying that is a bad thing. Modern entertainment seems to require an element of the bizarre……else how do we explain Snooki, dancing with the stars, teenybopper vampire movies, Joel Osteen, the Boston Red Sox, or the NBA?

        I would think the key to loving Tommy is getting the Marlins to hit enough home runs to see him running all the time. That would be true for any team’s homer show.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Yeah, the bizarre has always been an implicit aspect of American enterntainment. This reminds me a bit of H. L. Mencken’s comment that nobody ever went broke from underestimating the taste of the American public, but it goes much further back than that. Here’s a great cocktail party conversation piece: the first supervillain in an American novel was a ventriloquist who cons a hapless rich kid into becoming a serial killer (see Weiland or the Transformation by Charles Brockden Brown, published in 1798 – great fun read; narrated by one truly hysterical babe, too).

        And that’s merely how it started.

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    The A’s were shocked, as were fans and viewers, when SD ran out a pitcher as off-form as the Colorado staff they had just faced in the form of A Bass. The Rockies starters were cruising along at your basic 12.xx ERA for June, so you could grasp the A’s eruption of 26 runs in that context, especially after seeing that their bullpen was not much better. But back in the heavy sea-level air of the Mausoleum, it was a shock to see Bass leaving the ball up to batter after batter. To be fair, the pitch that Moss hit out (again!) was right in that lefty batter friendly zone, down and in, a decent pitch in most circumstances, but not to Moss, not at this time. But looking at the records of the teams playing the A’s during this little win streak, and clearly they are worse than the A’s. Hard as that is to believe. Very decent crowd last night. Not everyone was at the US Open.

  4. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Anyone who says east or west coast bias is a tool

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      “Abd what is so wrong with being useful?”
      …from The Last Emperor

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      “And what is so wrong with being useful?”
      …from The Last Emperor

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Hmm…an age old question is presented: since you just said it, what does that make you?

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Useful.

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    The Yankees and Phil Hughes continued their good play.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      The Tale of Two Hughes. Has he even had a mediocre outing this season? It seems that he’s either dominating or resembles a batting practice pitcher.

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