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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez was back in Miami last night for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers on July 25. He heard plenty of boos from the 28,130 in attendance at Marlins Park, but he got the last laugh.

Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Dodgers topped the Marlins 5-2. He had a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and later added a bases-loaded infield single in the seventh to knock in another run. It was his first three-hit game since May 30. You know, if he had more of those, the Marlins probably never would have traded him in the first place.

Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 10-6 on the year while Kenley Jansen worked around a couple baserunners in the ninth to notch his 23rd save. The Dodgers have won back-to-back games while the Giants have dropped two in a row, so the two teams are now in a flat-footed tie at 61-52 in the National League West. This promises to be a fun race.

Your Friday box scores:

Reds 10, Cubs 8

Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Cardinals 1, Phillies 3

Royals 1, Orioles 7

Padres 9, Pirates 8

Yankees 10, Blue Jays 4

Tigers 6, Rangers 2

Braves 4, Mets 0

Athletics 3, White Sox 4

Brewers 3, Astros 4

Rays 12, Twins 6

Nationals 9, Diamondbacks 1

Mariners 5, Angels 6

Rockies 3, Giants 0

  1. mungman69 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Doc Halliday pitched real good, to little to late.

    • deepstblu - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Phils pass Marlins, escape cellar. Hardly anybody notices.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        This reminds me of the story of the truck driver and the chicken. This truck driver is tooling along a country road at about 70 mph when he notices in his rear view mirror that there’s a chicken running along the road behind his truck and keeping up with it very nicely. A bit nonplussed, he accelerates to 75 and looks in the mirror again, but this chicken has also accelerated and is still keeping up with him. So he steps down harder and gets his rig up to 80, and looks in the rear view mirror. Not only does this chicken accelerate to 80 itself, but after a haywagon passes them going the other way, the chicken sticks out its left wing, pulls into the oncoming lane, accelerates to pass this trucker at about 90, sticks out its right wing, pulls back into the lane in front of him and begins pulling away. The trucker floors it and is just barely keeping up with this chicken when the bird suddenly signals right with its wing and executes a 90 degree turn to its right and disappears up a dirt road to a little farmhouse in the distance. This trucker brings his rig to a screeching halt, nearly jacknifing the sucker, leaps from his cab and runs down the dirt road into the farmyard. When he gets up near the house he realizes that the yard is full of chickens rocketing around at incredible speed. Once in a while one of these chickens pauses on a fence rail just long enough for this trucker to see that they all have four legs! This trucker knocks on the front door of the farmhouse and the farmer comes out and greets him pleasantly. “Hey, I’m sorry to bother you like this,” says the trucker, “but I was just driving down the road there and one of your chickens passed me like I was standing still, and I followed it in here and I see that all your birds got four legs. I was just wondering what was going on here.” And this farmer shrugs and he says “Well, me and the missus and the kids, we all like dark meat, so we started breeding this four legged chickens so we could have us some more of it.” And the trucker shakes his head and says, wow, I guess that makes sense. Are they good?” And the farmer shrugs again and says “we don’t know. We ain’t been able to catch one yet.”

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Mung: what you seem to be trying to say is “pitched really well, too little, too late.”
      English is hard.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        But he makes up for his semi-illiteracy with his remarkable talent for belaboring the obvious.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        Him fail English- not unpossible.

  2. kkolchak - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Behind Strasburg, The Nats become the first team to 70 wins. :)

    • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      He was celebrating his new 180-inning allowance. Great. Now they can shut him down just in time for the playoffs.

      • natslady - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        Fine. Then Gio, JZ & Co. can go 11 of 19. You don’t think two Cy Young candidates plus EJax and Detwiler can handle it? Line ’em up.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        I’m not worried about the rest of the staff. I’m worried about the drinking problem he’ll develope if he has to sit home and watch one of the other guys holding the Series MVP trophy on television.

      • natslady - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        I’m all in for the shutdown because I’m selfish fan and I want to see Stras for years to come, all the way to the Hall of Fame.

        But I do see that it will be very, very hard for him to sit on the sidelines if the Nats win a WS (or not be contributing, if they don’t). It was hard on JZ to sit out, and we weren’t going anywhere. Something in me–hate me if you want–wishes it were going by the “plan” and this was the 88-win season and next year is the 100-win season.

        However, Stras will pitch for another 10-12 years, one hopes, and make the millions to set up his grandchildren in affluence. Hard to imagine he won’t get another shot at getting that ring. But it could happen. We had this discussion a while back. Thought question–would you trade the Hall of Fame for one WS ring?

      • bleedgreen - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        I would trade HoF for a ring. What good is being REALLY GOOD if your team never wins the big one? Thats the ultimate goal isn’t it? To be a World Series champion? Ask Barry Sanders if he’d trade his Hall of Fame for 1 Super Bowl ring. I guarantee you he’d do it in an instant.

    • natslady - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Stras had a no-hitter going when the homeplate ump got hit by a foul tip and there was a 10-minute delay, during which Stras stood out there nursing his sore back. Luckily, he gave up a hit because Davey said “NO WAY” was he leaving him in for 120 or 130 pitches to get a no-hitter. Whew, that wsa close! :)

  3. Lukehart80 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Paul Maholm pitched a Maddux for the Braves last night. It was the third of his career. He also joins James Shields as the only pitchers to throw a Maddux each of the last two seasons.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      ‘Kopy’ is the designated caretaker of BSOHL and anything that relates to being a physical specimen….you Mr Hart, shall keep track of Maddux like performances and bring them to our attention.

      I trust you accept this honor.

      • Lukehart80 - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Will do.

    • professormaddog31 - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      if I could thumbs up that comment again, I would.

  4. salvomania - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Nice finish to the Phillies-Cardinals game last night.

    9th inning, tying runs on base, two outs and David Freese at bat, and Papelbon does the old fake-to-third-fake-to-first move—which as everyone knows, never works—and actually catches Beltran breaking and throws to 2b to easily get him and end the game.

    • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      In technical terms, Beltran suffered a cerebroflatular episode.

      • lewp - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        “In technical terms, Beltran suffered a cerebroflatular episode.”

        This could very well be the comment of the year…..lolol I laughed my ass off…..

  5. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Back to losing at home for the Feesh. They weren’t beating Kershaw no how. The Hanster, doubtless invigorated by a night on South Beach and the operations of the Coolidge Effect, put on his long-awaited “lemme show ya something” performance, after batting something like .220 or so with the Bums since the trade. So it goes.

    In other news, the scuttlebutt this morning is that Tweeter will have his long delayed knee surgery shortly, which they’re calling “season euthanizing.”

  6. bleedgreen - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Chase Utley is still a super-hero.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Aqua-man scoffs at Utley’s lack of powers.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        He has the power to hit 427′ homeruns in clutch situations.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Q scoffs at all of us, Aquaman included.

      • cleverbob - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        He’s got the same superpower as Batman – buttloads of money.

  7. uyf1950 - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Looks like the Yankees got themselves back on track.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      …….with a lineup that closely resembled the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Well, Freddie pitched well and the Jays did their best Metropolitans fielding imitation.

  8. APBA Guy - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Yesterday I hoped for three things from McCarthy upon his return:

    1) win the game
    2) pitch well
    3) stay healthy

    Didn’t win
    Three solo HR’s in 6
    We’ll know how his shoulder held up by tomorrow.

    All in all, pretty rusty for McCarthy, but the A’s had Floyd on the ropes in the third only to see him pitch his way out of trouble, striking out Inge with the bases loaded. After that, he and the bullpen allowed only 1 more hit in the final 6 IP.

    • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      I’m still waiting for his new novel, The Passenger. I’m getting tired of the Sunset Limited re-runs on HBO.

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