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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 30, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

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Just in case there was any lingering doubt about R.A. Dickey‘s case to start for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game, he pretty much clinched it last night.

After giving up five runs over six innings against the Yankees on Sunday, Dickey bounced right back by tossing eight shutout innings as part of a 9-0 rout over the fading Dodgers. With the victory, he became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 12 wins this season. As if you need wins to tell you that R.A. Dickey is awesome.

Dickey actually held the Dodgers to just one hit, a fly ball that center fielder Andres Torres really should have caught, over the first six innings. A.J. Ellis managed a single in the seventh and Tony Gwynn, Jr. doubled in the eighth, but that’s all the Dodgers could muster. Dickey walked one and struck out 10 in the victory.

Dickey’s June numbers were simply ridiculous: 0.93 ERA, 55/8 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings, three complete games and two shutouts. The 37-year-old now has an incredible 2.15 ERA and 116/25 K/BB ratio over 113 innings this season. I hope Buster Posey and/or Yadier Molina are ready to catch some knuckleballs.

Your Friday box scores:

Astros 0, Cubs 4

White Sox 14, Yankees 7

Phillies 2, Marlins 6

Indians 8, Orioles 9

Nationals 5, Braves 4

Angels 5, Blue Jays 7

Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 3

Tigers 2, Rays 4

Padres 2, Rockies 10

Athletics 3, Rangers 4

Pirates 14, Cardinals 5

Royals 4, Twins 3

Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Reds 5, Giants 1

  1. papalurchdxb - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Aaron Cook 5, Mariners 0. 81 pitch CG, not one swing & miss. Oh, & Willy outhit Youk. Great day all around.

    • Lukehart80 - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      The last time a guy pitched a CG shutout on so few pitches was 2008, so it’s pretty damn rare.

      And what pitcher did it in 2008?

      Aaron Cook.

      There have only been 7 games in the 25 years we have complete pitch count data for in which a guy pitched a shutout on 81 or fewer pitches, and Cook now has 2 of them (Rich Harden, Jon Lieber, Doug Drabek, Bob Tewksbury, and Kevin Brown have the others).

      It is also the 6th Maddux of 2012 (Cook, Kendrick, J.Santana, Alvarez, Blanton, Humber).

      • papalurchdxb - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        it was damn cool watching it take place, he was fresh as a daisy at the end. Nice work on the stats, I wish I hadn’t been so flippant with the Youk thing now, Cook’s performance doesn’t merit any thumbs down!

  2. natstowngreg - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Thursday’s 11-10, 11-inning loss in Denver hurt on multiple levels, but seeing the Braves tends to cure what ails the Nats.

    Ross Detwiler cruised into the 7th but did not survive the inning. allowing the Braves to tie the game. Meanwhile, the Braves’ bullpen gave up only one run in 5 innings — Michael Morse’s game-winning homer in the 8th. Seems Beast Mode is back.

    Another day, another 3.5-game Nats lead, though it’s the Mets in second today. Stephen Strasburg vs. Mike Minor this afternoon. They met at Turner Field on May 26. Each gave up 4 runs in 5 innings, with Strasburg and the Nats winning, 8-4.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      I saw the game time temp for this one was 101 degrees. In the Atlanta humidity. My goodness, how did they play in that?

      • antlerclaws - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        101 is just another day in the park at Arlington.

  3. chill1184 - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    “Say hello to my knuckleball!”

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    The Yankees gave Warren an opportunity and in spite of being staked to 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning Warren just wasn’t up to the task. He obviously needs more time in Triple A. But even if we exclude Warrens performance that was an ugly game for the Yankees pitcher(s). Also I think Wade is living on borrowed time in the bullpen that’s several ugly performances by him in a row. My guess is he’s gone for sure if Aardsma comes back and even sooner if CC returns to form after the All Star break. I can see a rotation of: CC, Nova, Kuroda, Hughes and either Phelps or Garcia as the #5 with the loser being the long relief guy going forward. Then the bullpen would most likely be: Phelps OR Garcia, Logan, Eppley, Rapada, Robertson and Soriano and lastly Aardsma if his rehab assignments go well. But we’ll see.

  5. APBA Guy - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I mentioned yesterday that the A’s were in for an ugly weekend. It looked for 6 innings like I was going to be proved wrong-again- yesterday, with AJ Griffin throwing a shutout. But after 109 pitches he was pulled and the A’s bullpen took over. Blevins was fine in the 7th, but Balfour in the 8th was a disaster. Balfour and Ball Four has been done to death, but after 3 walks and a hit Balfour left with 1 run in and the bases loaded. Wash had done his Gentry for Murphy switch against Blevins, so Gentry was in against the right handed Cook. And Gentry delivered. He hit an elevated fastball to Cespedes general area, and Cespedes showed why he’d been moved from center to left as he took a complete banana route on the catchable liner and failed to put a glove on it, allowing the bases to clear, with Gentry getting credit for a 3 run triple.

    Ugly, as predicted. Cespedes has been unable to get back on line drives since he’s been with the A’s, and it hurt this time, costing Griffin the game.

    Griffin looked extremely good in his second start. I’m toying with unoriginal nicknames for him, either Capt. Hook or Sir Mix-A-Lot. Capt Hook because he threw 5 curve balls that had Texas hitters frozen like statues, all for strikes, almost Zito-esque. Sir-Mix-A-Lot because he mixed both speeds and his pitch assortment beautifully all night, keeping the Texas hitters off balance and inducing awkward swings from such accomplished hitters as Kinsler, Hamilton, and Cruz. He could be a real find for the A’s if he can do something rare for a young A’s pitcher: stay consistent. We’ll see. But as fans, he’s been a very pleasant surprise having started the year at AA.

  6. Old Gator - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    have to be brief today, as the weekend before the 4th is traditionally my weekend to rev the grille and try out those odd recipes I’ve been accumulating for months at time and be ready to be charcoal-perfect when it counts next week.

    The Feesh won back to back games for the first time in nearly a month (June 2-3 was the last time, when they were still the flying Feesh and just before the gremlin knocked out their altimeter). Cliff Lee was throwing right to their bats, as if the Feesh heeters had stood there, pointed to a spot in the middle of the plate, and Lee had ignored his catcher and put the ball right where they wanted it. Treated so generously, even the ignis fatuui at the bottom of the order were drilling line drives all over the place. And of course Josh Johnson was more and more the Josh Johnson of old.

    There’s still the Strange Attractor to reckon with so It’s too early to say that a pair of wins separated by a day off represents “momentum,” for we must always remember Stengel’s Corollary to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: there’s momentum sometimes, but there’s always inertia.

  7. mgflolox - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    R.A. Dickey was on Fresh Air yesterday. It was a great interview, I would highly recommend looking up the podcast. I root for Dickey because hell, who doesn’t love a knuckleballer? After finding out a little bit more about him as a person, I’m an even bigger fan.

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