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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jul 21, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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If Tim Lincecum isn’t back, well, he’s certainly on the right track.

After tossing eight shutout innings against the Astros in his last start last Saturday, Lincecum gave up two runs over seven innings last night in Philadelphia as part of a 7-2 win over the Phillies. His ERA dropped from 5.93 to 5.72 with the solid effort.

Things looked pretty shaky for a moment, as Lincecum fell off the mound in the middle of his windup to balk in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. He then walked the bases loaded before getting Placido Polanco on a groundout to escape. The only other run scored on a solo home run by Ryan Howard in the sixth.

Lincecum gave up just five hits in all while striking out six and walking a pair. He topped out at 92.9 mph on his fastball and maintained his velocity throughout. The Giants already lead the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games in the National League West, but they could start to pull away if Lincecum finally gets in a groove.

Your Friday box scores:

White Sox 2, Tigers 4

Marlins 3, Pirates 4

Orioles 10, Indians 2

Braves 11, Nationals 10 (11 innings)

Mariners 3, Rays 4 (14 innings)

Dodgers 7, Mets 6

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

Brewers 1, Reds 3

Twins 2, Royals 1 (11 innings)

Cubs 1, Cardinals 4

Yankees 2, Athletics 3

Astros 8, Diamondbacks 13

Rangers 1, Angels 6

Rockies 5, Padres 9

  1. Old Gator - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    The Feesh went ohfer eight with RISP again last night as the wild card berth their addled owner keeps talking about as being within their grasp takes on more and more eel-like qualities. The Pirates looked like the real deal, meanwhile. I can see the Rainbow Warriors winning, maybe, one of these games and limping home six games south of the Strange Attractor. Pathetic, indeed. I do hope Beinfest is stocking up on nitrate fertilizer before the trade deadline.

    Since the Feesh are barely worth talking about, I thought I’d grace the Circling the Bases community with a little story I heard from a prominent Irish-American poet living in London before he drank himself to death. It concerns Violet and Daisy Hilton, a pair of Siamese twins who toured with the circus during the last century and had a reputation for being, shall we say, frisky after hours. One afternoon their circus van pulled into a truck stop somewhere in the midwest and Daisy and Violet went in for lunch. While they were eating a truck pulled up and the driver came in and sat at the counter. Daisy and Violet thought he looked familiar. “Hmmm…didn’t we have some fun with him one night after a show,” they wondered, and agreed that, yes, he was indeed the guy they thought he was. So they got up and walked over to him and tapped him on the shoulder. “Pardon me,” Daisy asked, “we were wondering if you remembered us?”

  2. mj1818 - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Cutch: 2 for 3 now batting .372. Sippin the Pirates juice yet?

    • Kleinz 57 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      On a one-man offense?

      • Old Gator - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        I keep reading that, but no, not at all. Alvarez has 20 dingers and is on a 35-36 homer pace; Walker’s batting .301, and these guys hit when they need to, which is much more than you can say about the Feesh – who have collectively developed a really ferocious case of clutch rot.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Is Aaron Laffey that good, or are the Red Sox that bad? I won’t ask the same question about Beckett as Red Sox fans know the answer.

  4. APBA Guy - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    The A’s assure the series split as they took the 2nd game of the series 3-2, with Ryan Cook once again surrendering a ninth inning HR to the Yankees. It was the battling Brandons again last night, with Brandon Moss getting the game winner. He and Inge had gone back to back doubles off Nova in the 4th, and like Crisp’s triple the inning before, all the hard hit balls were on fastballs that missed location. Nova then used his curve to work out of further trouble to keep it close. Watching Milone, you can envision him as a kid, sitting in front of the tube watching Moyer pitch, and saying to himself “I can do that”. And last night he did, throwing darts on the corners for 7 before the normally reliable bullpen came in and allowed the game to get even more interesting. The official crowd was 24,000, but it sounded louder than that, even with no canines in attendance.

  5. natslady - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    There is plenty to say about Nationals-Braves, but mostly the game proved Davey is NOT a genius at managing the pitching staff–at least not all the time–and that young teams need to keep their focus.

    Davey has a plan for Strasburg starts, which is basically, let Stras go for a few innings, put in Gorzelanny for 2-3 innings and then finish up.

    Davey got enchanted with the 9-0 lead, let Strasburg go out for the sixth in the rain, even though he was at 90+ pitches, had been on the basepaths, is, y’know, rehabbing from TJ, and doesn’t pitch well in the rain (or heat), and was pawing at the mound and juggling the resin bag to tell Davey “hey, Skip, get me outta here.” Davey got further enchanted with the lead (now at 9-4) and put in ANOTHER rahabbing pitcher, Drew Storen, for the second straight day, took him out after two batters and put in the wrong lefty–the overused Burnett instead of the well-rested Gorzelanny. Burnett flamed to the tune of walking in a run, etc. etc., so the game is at 9-8, and Davey decides to use Clippard for the “save.” Clippard is overworked, struggling and whatever, while Mattheus ready but, y’know, he’s not the closer. When will they ever learn?

    Also, the D was not at its finest, leaking runs in RF and 3B when the pitchers weren’t walking ’em, hitting ’em and wild-piitching ’em, and the baby catcher in his 3rd ML game…? Lots of blame to go around, but most of it on Davey. Hopefully, he’s the Ace manager who just didn’t have his stuff.

    Day-Night doubleheader today, and–what a shock–it’s raining.

  6. Matt S - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Spent last night at the bizarrely Candlestick-like Citi Field, where the Dodgers squeezed out a 7-6 win over the Mets in entertaining fashion. Johan Santana looked eminently hittable and then left the game with an injury; he’s now on the DL. Matt Kemp did as Kemp does and deposited an early 2-run homer into the left field seats, and the Dodgers ultimately took a 6-2 lead. The Amazin’s battled back, though, and made things interesting late with a two-run jack by the awesomely-named Jordany Valdespin.

    I was hoping for some late magic, or at least another mental breakdown by Kenley Jansen, but it was not to be. The Dodgers keep pace with the Giants in the West, while the Mets keep twisting in the wind in the inhospitable East.

  7. randygnyc - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Got to tip my cap to the young lefty Millone from Oakland. The A’s flat out pitched better and played better than my beloveds.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      The Yankees have failed to manufacture enough runs to win without benefit of the longball. I know people are making fun of the notion that’s not a bad thing, but I still think their inabililty to do little things is going to be the reason their season doesn’t end in a WS championship. Too many runs being left on the basepads on a regular basis.

  8. mj1818 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Thank you old gator Neal has been on a tear lately and Pedro either seems to strike out or hit home runs. Ill take 36 with 180 strikeouts I guess…at least opposing teams have to respect the long ball.

  9. randygnyc - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Dearhmonkey- sorry, I’m not as concerned. I suppose I’d be worried if the Yankees were only marginally better than every other team in the league. They are not. Their offense is plenty good enough and the pitching staff will only get better with pettitte, joba and ardsma coming back.

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