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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 23, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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Fresh off referring to the Yankees as chickens in the New York Post, Frank Francisco was called on to close out Friday’s game. It wasn’t pretty and he didn’t strike out the side like he promised, but he was able to escape a jam to notch his 18th save as the Mets won the first game of the weekend Subway Series by a score of 6-4.

The Mets plated five out of their six runs in the first inning off Andy Pettitte, the big blow of which was a three-run home run by Ike Davis. He actually got a little help from Nick Swisher, as the ball deflected off his glove and over the right field fence as he was attempting to make a leaping catch. Pettitte settled down after the rough first while the Yankees chipped away against Jon Niese and the Mets’ bullpen, getting home runs from Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones and Robinson Cano.

The man of the hour, Frank Francisco, entered the top of the ninth with a two-run cushion and got Russell Martin to fly out to deep center field for the first out. In typical Francisco fashion, he made things interesting by walking Raul Ibanez and giving up a single to Derek Jeter, but he was able to get Curtis Granderson to strike out looking and induced a pop up from Mark Teixeria to end it. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who had Luis Castillo flashbacks on that last one.

The Mets are now winners of four straight and will enter play tonight at a surprising 39-32, 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East.

Your Friday box scores:

Nationals 1, Orioles 2

Tigers 1, Pirates 4

Braves 4, Red Sox 1

Twins 5, Reds 4

Blue Jays 12, Marlins 5

Rockies 1, Rangers 4

Indians 2, Astros 0

Brewers 1, White Sox 0 (10 innings)

Cardinals 11, Royals 4

Dodgers 5, Angels 8

Giants 5, Athletics 4

Mariners 5, Padres 9

Cubs 1, Diamondbacks 6

Rays/Phillies – postponed, doubleheader on Sunday

  1. randomdigits - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Looks like Hammel is over his knee issue. That is 17 IP with 0 ER his last two starts.

  2. gpatrick15 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Since you guys don’t post commentary on the “Settling the Score” posts for each game, why not just rename it “And That Happened: Readers’ Choice Edition” like you did during this past week.

    • cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      GP: Don”t wait for permission, just do it. In fact, its certainly a practice of many readers to do their own re-caps and high-lights of their favourite teams. The bloggers don’t seem to mind, Craig’s even on the record saying he likes our take on our teams. You’ll get the odd anal retentive who thinks this is The News or some other claptrap that justifies them going off all smarmy but by and large most commenters engage in a certain amount of commentary and post-op of their team’s performance.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Commenters engaging in commentary! What a concept!

      • APBA Guy - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Yeah, otherwise, we’d miss all the fascinating details about the A’s:

        The A’s had Lincecum on the ropes in the first last night, having scored 3 with the bases loaded and no outs. Timmy had been getting squeezed a bit, especially on the low slider, and he plainly was not in sync with his catcher, Sanchez, subbing for Posey at DH.

        But then the crowd, not yet all in their seats, saw what makes Timmy special. Brandon Moss, Kurt Suzuki, and Cliff Pennington all went down swinging. Not only that, their bats never touched the baseball.

        Timmy then kept his team in it, allowing no more hits and only 2 walks over the next 5 innings. Ray kept talking about how the A’s needed to add on, and sure enough, in the top of the 9th, Ryan Cook had nothing and the Giants scored 4 to win it in thrilling fashion, and demonstrate whay they are a threat to make the playoffs.

        They have just enough offense and just enough defense to go with their solid middle of the order (Melky, Posey, and Panda) to bet flawed teams like the A’s. Their pitching for the most part is better than good.

        So on a night when Jarrod “The Real Deal” Parker went 6 and only gave up one run, the A’s bullpen blew it, or the Giants offense won it, depending on your point of view.

        Either way, seriously gutty performance by Timmy, a great crowd, beautiful Bay Area night, fabulous, fabulous baseball game.

  3. redguy12588 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    AJ Burnett has now won his last 7 starts, the last pirate to do that was doc Ellis in 1974. Burnett has a 3.25 ERA and a 3.5 FIP. He’s been damn good.

    • cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      I thought he’d be good with your boys. He gives up too many fly balls to play in that Hat-Box the Yankees use as a stadium. I’m real pleased to see him doing well.

    • goawaydog - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      come back player of the year maybe?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I just want to express my gratitude to the Fish for their ineptness. For the Jays, Ricky Romero had another so-so start; however, it did not matter as the Jays gave him more than enough run support. Bautista hit #23 and has 3 RBI’s. One was on a walk as the Fish wisely decided to pitch around both him and Encarnacion with the bases loaded. After the 7th inning, the Jays looked around, decided that 12 runs were sufficient and rested. Both Bautista and Romero were removed on a double switch.

    • cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      A laugher, to be sure. Today will surely be a test of the Feesh’s mettle. Will they bounce back and make it, you know, competitive? Or will they continue to serve up BP to the Beaver Wrestlers? I know of one HBT denizen who’ll have much to say on this matter. Gator’s take on the Feesh’s performance will certainly be required reading for anyone with an interest in scath.

      That being said, today is a new day. Pitching matchups this arvo include the pitchin’ stylin’s of one Brett Cecil vs one Josh Johnson. This will likely NOT be a pitching duel, but if you dig the long ball, tune in to watch Bautista, Encarnacion and Rasmus take some BP opposite Stanton, Infante and Sanchez (Gaby, not Anibal). I don’t know about anyone else but it looks to me like Beaver > Feesh.

      • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Well, the Feesh have certainly progressed from being atrocious across the board – you know, giving up eleven runs while scoring one or two – to being half atrocious, what with Gaby (three for four) Sanchez, Omar Infante and even Tweeter suddenly finding their batting eyes while the peetching staff seems to have totally lost any semblance of focus or concentration, not to mention velocity, location or, most of all, guts. When I go out on the gulfstream and fillet my catch, I usually gut them after boating them. These Feesh moundsmen appear to be going to work pre-eviscerated. They’re like the Charlie Tunas of the NL East. So now, the Feesh – who find themselves sinking so far below the Strange Attractor that they’ve mistaken it for the International Space Station, the late Hubble Telescope and even Asteroid 2012 KT42 – when confronted with a team full of peetchers who happen to be on the disabled list, still couldn’t outpeetch them.

        So we’ll have to look on the bright side: some of the guys we should most eagerly be getting ready to market – Tweeter and Gaby – are coming around at the plate, perhaps because they sense a way out of here, kinda like Ezra Pound looking to get out of Indiana.

      • cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Wow Gator. Feesh peetching = gutted. However, not so much with your boy Johnson, eh? I predicted a hit-fest and its been a pitching duel. 1-1 in the 8th now. Cecil is gone after only 3 hits, Johnson after 2 hits. Any man’s ballgame still.

      • cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        E5 > Cishek. Beaver Wrestler lead, top of the 9th….

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        Johnson was terrific for the Fish today, but I liked their bullpen a lot better. A solo HR to Encarnacion and a Grand Slam for Rasmus. Thank you Miami!

      • cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Feesh = Gutted, redux. 7-1 Beaver Men.

      • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Well, hoe could you not love this boolpen? During the past two weeks these guys can’t throw a quark past a cyclops with a cataract. And today, the heeters decided to take another nap – likely, so they wouldn’t show up the boolpen guys. Ugh.

        On the bright side, inspired by the conversation here a few days ago, I made feesh tacos for da wife and tad. Came out really well. Now, I’m going to make a batch of red cabbage slaw for tomorrow’s soggy lunch as we wait for this tropical storm a-bornin’ in the gulf to figure out how much rain it’s going to dump over us. Might whup up a bunch of baloney salad too – here’s how: you run a half a pound of baloney through a meat grinder, add salt, pepper, a couple tablespoons of good mayonnaise and a quarter of a cup of sweet pickle relish. Stir. That’s all. Goes over whole wheat toast with lettuce, tomato and (optional) onion.

        And as a parting shot to this most forgettable afternoon of ersatz baseball, here’s today’s quote from Slobbering Ozzie on the subject of how his players are handling their misfortunes. Ozzie has been, after a brief post-chastisement hiatus following his revelation of his revolutionary sympathies, starting to sound a bit more like the real thing again:

        “The lass five years, seven years, you see a lot of thees eein baseball. When players fail, they need a doctor. When managers or coaches fail, they need another manager. They get reed of our asses, queeck. Players makin’ an excuses with a shreenk every day. How about an excuse when they 4-for-4, they only got a shreenk when they fail!”

        And just north of the Golden Glades interchange, in America, the knives are being sharpened in a spawrts tawrk raydeeo studio….

  5. natstowngreg - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Broken Record Dept: Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough to win, didn’t get the run support. He’s 3-6 despite a 2.89 ERA. About the Nats’ offense, the less said, the better.

    Part of the problem was Jason Hammel (8-2, 2.61). Five hits, 10 K, no walks, 69 strikes in 96 pitches. Hammel has been one of the redemption stories of the season. This is a guy who was dumped by the Rockies, for cryin’ out loud. Traded with Matt Lindstrom for Jeremy Guthrie.

    Jim Johnson continues his monster season as the Orioles’ closer. Before this season, he had been 21-of-37 in save chances; in 2012, he’s 21-of-22 with a 1.14 ERA, 0.66 WHIP.

    Edwin Jackson (3-4, 3.02) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.36) tonight. Jackson continues to pitch with more efficiency and consistency than in the past, while Chen has been another nice pickup for the O’s rotation.

  6. gpatrick15 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Someone was on basball tonight last evening proclaiming that it was HE who predicted the Nationals to go to the world series this year. Even if that occurs, the postseason isn’t anywhere near to being close. They could easily be in third place with a month to go. I don’t see it happening, personally, but I’m just a little peeved that this guy kept saying that he put them there in spring training. They have a dominant pitching staff, but they don’t have the bats to keep up with the Rangers, Yankees, etc who they’ll likely face IF THEY EVEN MAKE IT THAT FAR. It’s nice to see the team doing well, even to the detriment of my hometown Braves, but lets not crown anyone until the postseason nears.

    • wlschneider09 - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      That’s funny, the Cards didn’t have the bats to keep up with the Yanks or the Rangers last year either.

      Every year the regulars in our fantasy league predict WS winners and runner-ups, write it down and date it, seal it up and break it out at our version of the awards chili-cookoff. This year I picked the Nats over the Angels and was roundly mocked for it. Maybe rightfully so, but I was looking at a lineup that could have included a healthy Ryan Zimmerman, healthy Werth, and improving Danny Espinosa, a healthy Ramos, plus plug and play Morse and LaRoche. I thought if Harper came up and was effective there was enough offense. When you get to the playoffs you have three very good starters and Jackson if you need to go 4. Clearly the bullpen with a healthy Storen looked solid. All they need to do was get to the playoffs, and then they have a very realistic chance. Hell, once you get to the playoffs, everyone has a chance.

  7. spudchukar - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    …and in further news Yadier Molina stole his 7th base last night.

  8. goawaydog - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Timmy Tim Tim Tim, decided if he was to have a blow up inning, why not have it in the 1st and get it over with. 43 pitches and 3 runs later he walks off the mound. Still, after walking in Inge with the bases loaded he went on to only need 44 pitches over the next 4 innings and retired 18 of the next 20 batters. His change up became wicked and fastball velocity was consistent at 92mph. The A’s pitching on the other hand decided to have its blowup in the 9th but I will let APBAGuy speak to the A’s, not my area of expertise. Belt continues his 10 game hitting streak driving in 2. Casilla (what was that closer with the beards name again?) gets his 20th save which have been alot less stress inducing than that other guys saves have been.

    looks like another stellar day to head to the ball yard.

    smarmy smarmy a little more smarmy, smarmy and then some smarmy with some smarmy on the side and a dash of smarmy. Go Orange and Black!

    • APBA Guy - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Thanks, I commented above. BTW, your team looks really good this year. I loved the way Timmy gutted through his start, and the middle of the order always looked dangerous.

      • goawaydog - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        the only thing i think the Giants should have done differently would have been to counter the A’s yellow jerseys with their orange. the whole stadium would have needed sunglasses even though it was a night game.

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