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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jul 7, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

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Ryan Howard played in a major league game last night for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on the final out of the NLDS against the Cardinals last October. However, his return wasn’t enough to save the Phillies, as they fell 5-0 to the Braves.

Howard was greeted with a rousing standing ovation by the Philadelphia faithful for his first at-bat of the season in the second inning and responded with  long drive to center field. It landed on the warning track between Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward as Howard gently galloped his way to second base. He added a looping single to shallow center field in the seventh and finished the night 2-for-4.

The game was actually scoreless until the top of the eighth inning, when Antonio Bastardo walked Freddie Freeman with the bases loaded to force in a run. The very next batter, Brian McCann, hit a grand slam to center field to give the Braves some breathing room. Tim Hudson tossed seven innings of shutout ball in the win, despite not striking out a batter.

The Phillies are just 1-8 since the return of Chase Utley (and 0-1 since the return of Howard) and now sit at 37-48 on the season. This is the first time the club has been 11 games under .500 since June 5, 2002. The clock is ticking.

Your Friday box scores:

Giants 6, Pirates 5

Rays 10, Indians 3

Royals 2, Tigers 4

Rockies 5, Nationals 1

Yankees 10, Red Sox 8

Cubs 8, Mets 7

Twins 5, Rangers 1

Brewers 7, Astros 1

Blue Jays 2, White Sox 4

Marlins 3, Cardinals 2

Mariners 1, Athletics 4

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 5

Orioles 3, Angels 2

Reds 6, Padres 0

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    The Yankees/Sox game was a battle of survival. And fortunately for this Yankee fan the Yankees were the last one left standing.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Was it me or did every hitter in the first three innings go to a full count? If either side threw strikes, we probably wouldn’t have 4 hour games.

  2. jimbroney - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:47 AM


  3. Old Gator - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    The Feesh are now just a fraction of a parsec south of the Strange Attractor – they can hear it hummmmm, and probably already feel its repeller field as they slurp their liquid pacemaker and get ready for batting practice – thanks to the good Ricky showing up while his evil pod twin stayed back in Macondo to enjoy the heat and humidity and invasive species. Tweeter continues to enjoy his recent power surge, much like the ones we have down here when the Great Air Conditioning Spirit sucks all the juice out of the grid – a spike followed by a crash. Just you watch.

    Three great plays by Omar Infante, including the terminal off-balance peg to first on Beltran’s up the middle chopper in the bottom of the ninth, helped seal this game – and make Heath Bell E Salvador for the third night in a row. There is redemption, even upon the road to hell.

  4. ramblingphilliesfan - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Good outing for Kendrick. 7 Shutout Innings. But unfortunately, something happened that we’ve never EVER seen before this year. The Bullpen blew it. I hope this doesn’t become a trend…

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Do I sense sarcasm?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        No way. Uh-uh. Never. Don’t know where you would’ve gotten such an idea.

  5. hcf95688 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    There’s a great story unfolding in Oakland this season. SEVENTH walk-off win? For a team with ten rookies? Awesome! You gotta love these new Swingin’ A’s!

  6. Tim OShenko - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Liriano remains an enigma. He gave up a few hits, walked a ton of guys, yet still managed to go nearly 7 innings while allowing only one run. It wasn’t a dominant start by any stretch of the imagination, and there were times when he was clearly overthrowing. Yet he managed to rein himself in and pitch his way out of dangerous situations. Back in May, I never would’ve imagined myself saying this, but he’s one of two pitchers the Replacements can actually count on for a half-decent start.

  7. randygnyc - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    The Phillies, with their “new” look offense, smashed the ball all around the park last night, as if they were playing pinball. The Braves didn’t have a chance, as the phillies 3 and 4 hitters, finally back from injury, produced huge results, stunning the opposing pitchers as they were chewed up and spit out. Just like the old days. Oh, wait……

  8. APBA Guy - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    The A’s do what OG’s Marlins were unable to do, reach the Strange Attractor, in front of an alleged 10,000 soporific fans at the Mausoleum for the monthly A’s/Seattle snoozefest. Nothing happened for 10 innings, then Chris Carter, pinch hitting for platoon-partner Brandon Moss, walked it off with a 3 run blast.

    Ordinarily I’d say “nap time continues tonight”, but the A’s have The Real Deal going, and against the Mariners, the possibility exists of Something Special ™ happening, so I’ll have another cup of coffee before the game.

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Down here, it would have to be iced coffee. Summer lays upon Macondo like a hot wet blanket. Phew. As one sits beneath the closed roof of Macondo Banana Massacre Field in air conditioned comfort and sips an ice water, one gives thanks for nepotism, corruption and the Citizens United decision.

  9. natslady - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Strasburg not at his best. Gave up a solo homerun in the 2nd inning, which was an UNEARNED run– I leave you to figure out how that could happen…

    Drew Pomeranz (0-3, 5+ ERA coming into the game) and his, his, I dunno, cut fastball? stymied the Nats “hitters” for 6 innings, should have had a no-hitter except for the Rox defense. Tracy pulls Pomeranz “according to plan” and the Nats almost get to the Rockies bullpen in the 9th but their “closer” comes in and that’s that.

    Expecting 105 heat (110+ heat index) for the 4:05 start this afternoon. No Pups in the Park, the Humane Society got up in arms. People and Players in the Park, though.

    Seriously, they need to start the game and then have about a 3 hour “heat delay.” Fans should hang in the concourse or just arrive late. All teams with 4:05 starts should do that and then FOX (or someone) will notice!! Worst possible starting time (even 1 pm. is slightly better).

    • Old Gator - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Gnats lady: it’s easy to figure out how it happened, as long as you have all your fingers and toes:

      To calculate the speed of the home run pitch striking the bat (I think):
      v = g*SQRT(2*x/g)

      v = velocity in m/sec, g = acceleration of gravity in m/sec2, x is the height in meters

      The impact velocity would be the negative of that. vi = v2 – v where v2 is the velocity when it hits the ground, which is 0.

      Now you have the impact velocity, you need to know the elapsed time of the impact.
      vi / impact time = acceleration

      Now you have the acceleration of the object when it hits the ground, force is just F = m*a
      force = mass * acceleration

      • natslady - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Gater ==LOL. I almost bit (because I have a math degree and formulas bring nostalgia for my college days…)

        Actually, the catcher dropped a foul ball for an error (‘extending the inning”) which made the run unearned.

  10. natstowngreg - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Someone once said, throw strikes and good things will happen. Maybe it was Connie Mack. Maybe it was Benjamin Franklin. Sounds like something Benjamin Franklin would have said, had he been at Nats Park last night. I’m pretty sure that, suffering in the heat like the rest of us, Dr. Franklin would not have been wearing his famous fur hat.

    Four Rockies’ pitchers threw 86 strikes, 37 balls. Drew Pomeranz threw a one-hitter through 6. Having not yet reached the magic 75-pitch limit, Jim Tracy allowed Pomeranz to start the 7th but, predictably, took him out after one batter and 81 total pitches. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg appeared well-hydrated, learning from his problems in Atlanta last Saturday. However, Babe Ruth’s spirit inhabited the body of Tyler Colvin, who hit two homers.

    The Nats finish the 2012 first half (the last MLB team to reach the 81-game mark) at 48-33, 4.5 games above the Mets. Gio goes for win #12 against Jeff Francis, in another 4:05 PM, 105-degree game, another instance of teams chasing TV dollars by playing late afternoon games in hot climes.

    • natslady - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Tampa Bay at Cleveland, starting at 6:05. “No scheduled television.” Guess they will just have to listen to the radio..

  11. goawaydog - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Giants win and the Dodgers lose, this side of CA is enjoying its morning coffee.

  12. mungman69 - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Old hater and Randy should go play some ball

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