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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jul 28, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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Ben Sheets continued his surprising resurgence last night against the Phillies, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a 6-1 win.

Sheets scattered six hits while striking out four and walking just one. He gave up his first earned run of the season on an RBI double by Shane Victorino in the first inning, but held the Phillies off the board the rest of the way.

Cole Hamels really struggled in his first start since signing his six-year, $144 million extension, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and six walks over five innings. It was his shortest outing of the season while his six walks were a career-high. He obviously can’t handle the pressure of his big money contract. Or maybe baseball is just weird like that.

As for Sheets, he’s now 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio in 18 innings across his first three starts with the Braves. The Braves’ rotation would look better with Ryan Dempster in it, but Sheets’ recent emergence softens the blow a little. Now, if only he can stay healthy from here.

Your Friday box scores:

Cardinals 9, Cubs 6

Athletics 14, Orioles 9

Padres 7, Marlins 2

Red Sox 3, Yankees 10

Tigers 3, Blue Jays 8

Pirates 6, Astros 5

White Sox 9, Rangers 5

Nationals 0, Brewers 6

Indians 0, Twins 11

Reds 3, Rockies 0

Rays 1, Angels 3

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 11

Royals 1, Mariners 6

Dodgers 5, Giants 3 (10 innings)

  1. mybrunoblog - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    D.J. did you have a late night? Pretty short post.
    In other news the Red Sox have unofficially thrown in the towel on 2012.

    • hittfamily - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      How? Why? The Sox are just as capable as winning it all as anyone else. They are 2 straight starts by each of their best pitchers away from being one of the wildcards. Would anyone be surprised if Beckett went 6, and gave up 2 each of his next 2 starts. Same with Lester. Same with Bucholtz.

      Anyone going to be surprised if the Sox score 10 tomorrow?

      If a team can score 10 in regularity, they can score enough to win consistently. I just don’t buy it that they are out of it. In fact, I favor them for the second WC. Who else? Cleveland…no. A’s?…a definate maybe, but their pitching has sucked lately. Rays…if Longo is healthy, and they don’t trade Shields.

      • southofheaven81 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        “They are 2 straight starts by each of their best pitchers away from being one of the wildcards”

        That would also depend on all FIVE of the teams in front of them for the wild card race shitting the bed, which doesn’t seem terribly likely. If it were 1 or 2 teams, yeah, maybe, but that many? I don’t see it.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Hey Craig, the Huffingtonpost credited you yesterday about LoMo :

    A blog, quoting another blog, quoting another blog, quoting social media. Aye. My head is spinning.

    Are you the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude?

  3. Tim OShenko - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Holy shit, a Twins pitcher threw a shutout! Not surprisingly, it was Scott Diamond on the mound, the one sure positive in the Twins’ rotation right now. What makes it even more special, he got the job done in under 100 pitches. Yes, that’s right: Diamond threw a Maddox.

    The Twins bats came to life last night, also. The heart of the order did most of the heavy lifting, with Mauer going 3-5, and Willingham & Morneau each going yard. I’ve been saying all along that any team willing to trade for Morneau would be crazy, but this is the time of year when crazy happens. If there’s any substance to the rumours, no doubt his performance last night will add to the interest other teams apparently are taking in him.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Congratulations to the rookie pitcher from Guelph Ontario.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Send us a couple more, would ya?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        You got Morneau. No more Canucks for you!

    • kiwicricket - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      He pitched a Maddux!

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Bret Lawrie’s hustle is fun to watch, but sometimes he risks injury due to it. Last night he hit what should have been a stand up triple; however, he made an unnecessary head first slide into third. Tigers third baseman Cabrerra smiled and seemed to tell Lawrie that the slide was unnecessary. The next batter up was 45 year old Omar Vizquel who showed Lawrie how a veteran does it. Vizquel hit the ball into the same spot and slowed down a bit before he touched third. Afterwards Cabrerra and Vizquel seemed to have a long chat about the impetuous nature of youth.

    • cur68 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Kid’s like the Pigpen of the team. He’s not satisfied unless he’s filthy & his clothes are torn. Can’t fault him for hustle though. Omar with a 3B: his 77th career triple. He just keeps on getting it done. Let us not forget the much maligned (by dirtharry: HBT’s resident chimp) Travis Snider. Hit his 3rd homer (good thump in that bat, eh?) and a fistfull of RBIs since returning to the bigs a week or so ago. He is en fuego.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Snider is here to stay. He used to be unable to handle left handed pitchers. All 3 of his homers since being called up have been against lefties. As far as Harry is concerned, I suspect that he is stuck in the outhouse down on his farm outside Scranton. He is probably upset by rumors that the Yankees tried to trade him for Beckett.

  5. timb12 - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I’m just glad that the box score doesn’t say that the Astros choked….again.

    • fearlessleader - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Yeah, about that…..we Cardinals fans would appreciate it immensely if the Astros would quit blowing ninth-inning leads against teams we’re trying to catch in the standings. That said, having lived through the darkest days of Jason Isringhausen and Ryan Franklin, I feel your pain and hope it ends soon.

  6. whodeytn - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    The Reds are 59-40 and on an EIGHT game winning streak and still not a word.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      It must be the chili.

    • paperlions - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM


  7. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Last night, Slobbering Ozzie gave an interview wherein he said he has no regrets about coming to Macondo.

    Well, that’s one, anyway.

    Feesh scored their usual two runs – it’s what they’ve been averaging per game since the break, during which period they are 4-10.

    Krazy Karlos did the rest, walking four, getting smacked all over the place, and then calmly assessing his shortcomings in polite discussions after the game.

    He’s definitely on something.

  8. uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    The Yankees embarrassed the Red Sox. Not much else you can say.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      I think Skeleteeth is probably home crying his eyes out while craddling his Cody Ross fathead.

  9. mungman69 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Don’t be surprised if the Phillies don’t make the playoffs. Too many of them got old at the same time.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Wow, sorry to wake you up – I’ll turn the stereo down. You had been asleep for three months.

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    The A’s and O’s were channeling their inner RedSox/Yankees yesterday, completing their evening’s entertainment in a brisk 4 hours. Pitchers on both teams had taken a solemn vow to always fall behind in the count, and in any meaningful situation, to throw the ball down the middle and pray for the best. Both “All-Star” closers looked hideous. The difference in the game was Seth Smith, 2/3 with 5 RBI’s off the bench, platooning with Gomes. The middle of the A’s lineup now features 4 positive OPS:

    Gomes/Smith .856/810
    Reddick .886
    Cespedes .881
    Carter 1.079

    Small sample size alert on Carter.

    Melvin has been running this lineup out consistently during the winning streak, and unlike most teams, the A’s don’t have a key player in the offense injured at the moment.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      I don’t think that’s the key. They’ve just been playing with a lot of heart, guts and smarts. I’ll watch an As game on MLB every so often just to refresh my recollection of what those qualities look like on a baseball field. There’s not enough of any of them here in Macondo these days to put in a little Tupperware container and save in the fridge.

      • APBA Guy - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        They certainly have been playing with quality, but this year the difference from the past several years has been some pop in the lineup, better rookie pitchers (fewer walks, more mound composure) and enough veterans in the clubhouse to show the kids how it’s done. Plus luck.

        Granted, compared to the Feesh, they have to look happier and more energetic. But that’s winning. When the A’s were losing 9 straight they looked more lost than any other MLB team at that time.

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