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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 24, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

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Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer got word just a few days ago that his younger brother Alex had committed suicide. But he decided to carry on and make his scheduled start Saturday vs. the Pirates.

And he put together a truly inspiring performance.

The Tigers didn’t win and Scherzer was handed his fifth loss of the 2012 campaign, but he struck out seven batters and issued just one walk over six strong innings. He only really made one mistake, which Andrew McCutchen deposited it over the left field wall for a three-run homer in the fourth inning.

Scherzer understandably declined to talk to the media after the game, but his teammates stepped in.

“It’s a situation where I don’t think anyone can understand it unless you’ve gone through it,” said catcher Alex Avila. “It’s hard to put into words what he’s feeling. He’s a tough guy, and we’re all here for him.”

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Tigers 1, Pirates 4

Blue Jays 7, Marlins 1

Cardinals 8, Royals 2

Rockies 11, Rangers 7

Indians 1, Astros 8

Rays 6, Phillies 7

Twins 0, Reds 6

Nationals 3, Orioles 1

Braves 4, Red Sox 8

Dodgers 3, Angels 1

Brewers 6, White Sox 8

Giants 9, Athletics 8

Yankees 4, Mets 3

Mariners 5, Padres 1

Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 10

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Congratulations to Jim Thome for his walk off home run to win the game for the Phillies.

  2. kiwicricket - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Dude went back to work in front of millions of people, a few days after his brother committed suicide. I have no words to describe this.

    • cur68 - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Yeah. I couldn’t have done that.

      Teach us to care and not to care
      Teach us to sit still.

      TS Elliot, 1930

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        It was quite a performance. Condolences to Scherzer, and props to his teammates for keeping the press away from him afterwards.

  3. legacybroken - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Its a shame the Tigers offense couldnt score enough runs to get Max a win for his inspiring performance yesterday.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    There was a nice pitching battle going on between Miami and Toronto until the Jays scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th. Both Johnson and Cecil pitched well.

    There is a silly error in the AP news wire about the story. Reed Johnson was credited with scoring a run for Toronto. It has been a long time since Reed has played for The Jays. Kelly Johnson was the guy who scored the run that came in between Encarnacion’s lead off homer (his 21st) and the slam by Rasmus.

    Cecil had been ineffective in the spring and in his early starts in Double A. His season and possibly his career turned around when he got some tips from a former Jays pitcher who happened to be in town to visit a son who played for the Fisher Cats. I am not a fan of the ex Jays pitcher, so I will just call him Roidger. Roidger tweaked Cecil’s delivery. This enabled him to hide his pitches better and to gain more control. Cecil practiced what he was told and began to pitch a lot better.

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      And he had what has become, quite simply, a lay-down team to peetch against. See below.

    • paperlions - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      You can’t stop Colby Rasmus, you can only hope to contain him.

      Only Colby Rasmus can stop Colby Rasmus.

      This second one is probably actually true.

    • cur68 - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      I believe he also did some work with Sal Fasano, who suggested Cecil have his catchers set up differently for the 4 seam. He and Mathis worked real well together, and it showed in the score. His pitch speed may be down, but his location is down, too. Kid could be a crafty lefty in the making.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Feather Lice 7, Feesh 1, and the Piffle Piscids’ boolpen is hyperextended, burned out and in total disarray after a top-o-da-ninth from hell. The submarine demolition duo of Steve Cisek and the Mujic Man coughed up a pair of dingers, including a solo shot to Encarnacion and a slam to Colby Rasmus, in between which Cisek balked runners to second and third, then lost it completely and bungled a sacrifice bunt. It’s tough to make the current play when the last one is still wedged in your dendrites, you know? The Feesh scored their own traditional run in the seventh inning, which was their way of patting Josh Johnson on the back and saying “Nice work JJ, and now that we;ve gotten you off the hook – off the hook, get it? Feesh? Never mind – anyway, now that we’ve gotten you off the hook, why don’t you go take a rest and let someone else take the loss.” Part of it may be the monsoon weather of the past week; the Rusty Giant opined that the team was playing without energy. If the pressure has been building at Macondo Banana Massacre field at least we’ve got a reliable vent in Solobbering Ozzie (duly noting that among icthyologists, “vent” is actually the technical term for “asshole”). While the team held a players-only meeting, the Gizzard of Oz met with the local spawrts press and unburdened himself of this comment: “Bad teams have meetings. Weenning teams keeck ass..I was een my office talking to a couple of coaches about how to make thees team better,” the manager said. “When I said, ‘How can we make thees team better?’ They rolled their eyes. That’s not a good sign.” The on-field performance may such but man, we give great sound bite.

    On the positive side, Ozzie does show some evidence of recalling the tushy biting he received at the beginning of the season for his revolutionary pronouncements, saying “I don’t go een there [the meeting]. I got some of keeds in there and I don’t want maybe to say something I regret.” Ozzie’s got a point there. This team was represented as a nice mix of veterans and young ballplayers, and that’s how the chemistry is working out: the veterans are slumping, and the young ballplayers are learning how to slump from them.

    And that’s how it is with a disintegrating team in panic mode. Last night, with no games to watch – today’s feature matchup is R A Dickey versus the Borg, of course – I betook myself to a fundraiser for a local environmental organization being held at a disco in a converted villa near downtown Macondo. I didn’t stay long – disco is audial feces and the constant downpours made the beautiful gardens unusable as a relief route – but one of the features of this party was that three tony local eateries were offering a variety of invasive species cuisine including chargrilled python with Asian noodle salad, lionfish ceviche, pulled wild boar sliders and northern snakehead sushi. It was like eating brains – it killed the pain of being despondent.

    • bigharold - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      “…now that we;ve gotten you off the hook – off the hook, get it? Feesh?”

      LOL, .. Brilliant!!

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        I think that my solution for completing the unified field equation probably ranks a little higher, though.

  6. cur68 - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    It was a close game in Miami, yesterday. Brett Cecil pitched better than I’ve ever seen him. Location, command, movement: he had ‘em all. Ive never seen Josh Johnson before, but he can deal, take it from me. The score reflects the Feesh boolpen’s Marmol-like squandrification of Johnson’s gem of a game. Most notable were the homers, though. You hang a mistake in front of Rasmus or E5 and those guys are not going to miss it. The striking difference in Rasmus’s approach and swing have really helped his offence. He’s straighter at the plate, a small step instead of a big kick, and the swing is shorter. He gets to inside pitches extremely well now and he doesn’t dip under the ball anymore. He’s nearly a mirror image of E5 when that swing starts. Since June, as the sample size grows, it’s becoming obvious that Tony’s kid can play him some baseball.

    • xavier46 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Who is this John Johnson you speak of? I’ve never heard of him, but I’ll take it from you.

      • cur68 - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        Xav: . . .psst, its “Josh” not “John”. Have a look at this;

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnsjo09.shtml

        . . . so you don’t have to take it from me, but that dude can peetch.

      • xavier46 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Haha! Love autocorrect! Who the hell is John anyways?!

  7. uyf1950 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Nice come from behind victory for the Yankees over their crosstown rivals. Especially when you consider for the first 6 innings the Yankees did virtually nothing offensively.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Hey King Felix pitched and HIT, how about that.

  9. APBA Guy - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Another one-run loss to crosstown rivals Los Gigantes after Brandon Moss did his best torero imitation and ole’d 3 in the 6th inning. Moss can certainly be forgiven the first error since he’s a converted OF just learning the position. The other two, not so muh.

    As I watched Tyson Ross labor into the 6th I asked my girlfriend “Why do the A’s carry 7 relievers if they aren’t going to use them?” That was rhetorical, but then Bob trotted out gasoline-men Blevins, Fuentes, and Norberto who promptly threw 4 more runs on the fire via 4 hits and 5 walks in 2.1 innings.

    And the Giants needed every one of those runs as their own bullpen was less than stellar, allowing the A’s to score 4 in the bottom of the 9th, saved only by the arbitrary positioning of runners on a two-out ground-rule double, otherwise the game is tied. Weeks then popped up to end the improbable rally and give the Giants the series win with one game left today.

    And what a great game this could be: Cain v. McCarthy. Whereas yesterday was a festival of run scoring. Today, 1 run could be enough: big ballpark, high sun, just don’t hit it to Moss.

    • goawaydog - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      If you wanted to play a game of “name that pitcher” that was the one to watch as we got a combined 12 hurlers between the two teams. Long balls from Belt (11 game hit streak) and Posey. But the best stat of the day has to be 5 Brandons playing the infield between the 2 teams, 3 for the As, McCarthy Allen and Hicks and 2 for the Gigantes, Belt and Crawford.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Crosstown rivals? You see a town out there in the water? You’ve been hiding an Aquaman comic behind that National Geographic again?

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