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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jul 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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Wandy Rodriguez made his debut for the Pirates on Saturday evening in Houston, against his light-hitting former team. The results were decent enough.

Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs on six hits, fanning five Astros batters but issuing five walks. Only 57 of his 103 pitches were strikes.

We’ll chalk some of the control issues up to jitters.

Rodriguez left the game at a 3-3 score. Pittsburgh made it 4-3 in the eighth and would hold that lead.

The Pirates are now 58-42, two games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings. Wandy will face Cincinnati next time out.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Cardinals 2, Cubs 3

Tigers 1, Blue Jays 5

Red Sox 8, Yankees 6

Dodgers 10, Giants 0

Royals 3, Mariners 4

Athletics 6, Orioles 1

Pirates 4, Astros 3

Nationals 4, Brewers 1

Indians 5, Twins 12

Phillies 1, Braves 2

Padres 2, Marlins 4

White Sox 5, Rangers 2

Reds 9, Rockies 7

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 6

Rays 3, Angels 0

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    The Yankee vs Boston game was interesting once it finally got under way. Sabathia was down by 6 to 1 early. Lester still had a 6 to 4 lead when he exited the game. Tex tied it with a home run.

    Granderson had a chance to be the hero, but ended up as the goat of the game. He almost got the go ahead run as he hit two long balls that were foul before striking out. In the 9th, he misplayed a routine fly ball into a game winning triple for the Sox. Granderson got a bad jump on the hit and then proceeded to take a bad route to the ball. His attempt to catch up to it was almost comical, although, I doubt that Yankee fans would see it that way.

    • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Nate Eovaldi, the big toy in the Hanster trade, pitched one-run ball for five and a third against the Pods last night and the slowly awakening Jose Reyes, ably abetted by Justin “The Franchise” Ruggiano who also slugged one, cranked a two run homer to give the Feesh their rare victory. Black Hole Buck (.169) described Eovaldi’s stuff as “electric” (may be the fees ought to wire it to Buck’s electrodes next time – it might get him up off the slab for a change) and the kid busted 96 on the gun.

      In other news, Tweeter – you know, the overrated loudmouth (is there such a thing as “loudkeyboard”?) who is as allergic to boobs as he is to praying mantises, was dropped down to seventh in the order by Slobbering Ozzie after going ohfer his last month and dropping his own below-average to .230. Last season Larry Beinfest famously observed, just before sending Tweeter back to the minors for a punitive spell, that he was “not a .248 hitter.” Prescient, Larry. This jiggling – pardon me, juggling – proved to be a smart move: LoYo went 0-2, a big improvement over the 0-3 and 0-4 nights he’s been having lately. The Whizzard of Oz commented that at the rate Tweeter was going, if he didn’t get a hit pretty soon, he would become the team’s hitting coach. Yep, he really said that. I guess Tweets is set to become Ozzie’s Jose Rios of this season. What I bet he really needs is more boobs, not less, and quite a bit of whatever else they’re attached to. If I were Slobbering Ozzie, I would give him a whole night off to go to South Beach and take care of himself.

      An aside: am I the only one who’s already bored with the Olympics? I mean, half the news out of London seems to be about athletes getting chastised, banned or suspended over stupid little gaffes and tweets and minor variations on their uniforms and bathing suits. It’s as picayune as the NCAA over there. Lolo Jones drawn no ire for discussing her lack of a sex life, but then catches hell for tweeting that she expects our shooting team to do better than our archers? Hey, dig all that subliminal symbolism. On one hand, she poohpoohs the arrows (ie Cupid, ie “true love”) and valorizes the gun (phallic much?). So what’s this leading to? Aw, come on now, you know, don’t you?

      Right. Tweeter, we found you the perfect match….

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        A love match made in cyberspace.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      I didn’t get to see the game because it was on Fox and delayed. The went to LA vs SF and never went back. Booooo!!!!!

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        God forbid that a Yankees/Red Sox game is not actually televised nationwide….

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        LOL! The game was available nationally in Canada, but not in the USA, you say.

  2. kkolchak - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Big win for Jordan Zimmermann of the Nats pitching in his home state for the very first time in the majors. Because he didn’t get a lot of run support earlier this season and his W-L record is not eye-popping, most people don’t realize that he has actually pitched better than Strasburg or Gio Gonzalez this year. J-Zimm has the lowest ERA (2.28!) and lowest WHIP (1.065) of the three while averaging nearly a half-inning more per start.

    Fact is, J-Zimm’s dominance is likely a big reason why the Nats expect to be able to keep winning after Strasburg gets shut down in September. :)

    • natslady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      The only worry is those “twinges” JZ felt in his shoulder while warming up. I really, really, really don’t like twinges in a pitcher’s shoulder–though I’m glad he was honest and mentioned them to the staff.

  3. lewp - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Oakland is now is 2nd place, leapftogging the Angels in the AL West and are behind the Rangers just 3 1/2 games. I am sayng this is the end for my Rangers. They aren’t even going to make the playoffs what with Oakland And the Angels coming our of the west.

    You can NOT have half of a team in a hitting slump for 2+ months, and have most of your pitching rotation on the DL and expect good things to happen.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      I would love it if the Angels didn’t make the playoffs.

    • kkolchak - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      On the flip side, the A’s have ridden an incredible hot streak during the Rangers’ slump just to draw within striking distance. I would love to see the A’s, as a low budget team, beat out both the Rangers and Angels but it’s very unlikely that they will remain anywhere close to this hot for the rest of the year.

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      I would love it if no teams from the AL “beast” are wild cards.

  4. timb12 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    ASTROS!!!!! >:(

    • natslady - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      I hope they win another game this season. Really, I do. Just not against the Nats.

      • Old Gator - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        “One should not expect too much of justice in this world.”
        – Cormac McCarthy

      • stex52 - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        If there were any justice in the world, Cormac would not have had much to write aboout. That’s his stock in trade.

        As to Wandy, I wish him nothing but the best.

        As to the Astros winning again this year, pure speculation. I have heard it said that good minor league teams should win 10-20% of the time against major league teams. But then again, I am not sure they even qualify as an above average AAA team as presently constituted.

  5. APBA Guy - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    It’s nice that people are starting to appreciate the A’s style of play, and even nicer that the A’s have some players capable of executing. But nobody can sustain .850 baseball over a period of 3 months. The A’s game yesterday, close to another team shut-out, was an example of what they’ve been doing since they’ve settled on a middle of the lineup, and Cespedes has been healthy. Both his homer and Carter’s were no-doubter bombs, perfect illustrations of what the center of the order can do to mistakes.

  6. beefytrout - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Unfortunately, I think lewp is correct, this may be the beginning of a stall out for the Rangers. Lewis is done for the year, Feliz is most likely right behind him, Harrison is having a very good year, but he’s not lead-horse material yet, and Darvish and Oswalt are both playing the role of Jekyll/Hyde. Then, there’s the hitting.

    So far, in July, the Rangers are hitting .195 with RISP. In 20 July games, they’re averaging 7.7 AB/game with RISP… which makes things even more frustrating. Guys are getting on base and then staying there. Last night was the piece-dé-resistance, as they went 0-13, one of the worst performances in club history.

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