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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 19, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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The longest current winning streak in the National League belongs to the 61-59 Arizona Diamondbacks.

With center fielder Chris Young going 4-for-5, right fielder Justin Upton finishing 2-for-6 and second baseman Aaron Hill driving home three, the Snakes cruised to their third straight victory on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, stomping the Astros 12-4.

Young has four extra-base hits and five RBI over his past four games and has lifted his OPS a whole 40 points (from .728 to .768) in just four days. Hill, meanwhile, boasts 15 total homers and 52 total RBI.

The Diamondbacks are 19-16 since the All-Star break — keeping afloat in the National League West.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1

Cubs 3, Reds 5 (Game 1)

Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

Pirates 4, Cardinals 5

Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Diamondbacks 12, Astros 4

White Sox 4, Royals 9

Mets 2, Nationals 0

Rays 10, Angels 8

Phillies 4, Brewers 3

Dodgers 6, Braves 2

Cubs 9, Reds 7 (Game 2)

Indians 5, Athletics 8

Marlins 6, Rockies 5

Twins 2, Mariners 3

Giants 8, Padres 7

  1. chill1184 - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Still can’t believe Frank Frank went 1-2-3 last night.

  2. sclobernocker47 - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Rays come back from an 8 run deficit last night to take a 10-8 victory. No need to bring that up here though.

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM


      • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Wrong punctuation, Gator, should be:
        The Rays!

      • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Yeah, I know. Thank Buddha they’re carried on the same sports channel as the Feesh. It’s nice to be able to watch a spunky, talented team for a change, even if they do only play designatedhitterball.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        I do agree that the pitchers should hit.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    The Iron Giant crushed another one at Coors last night, the difference in the Feesh’s win against the Rocky Mountain Oysters (and speaking of the imaginary indisposition to discussing the Rays here, are there any Oysters fans out there anywhere, or are they all over at the stadium again? I honestly don’t recall ever reading a post by a fan of theirs on here, even given my encroaching senescence – these people pack Coors like self-immolating sardines in the tradition of Charlie Tuna, and I wish they’d give us a yodel once in a while. Folks ’round here think the Front Range is the two closest burners on their stove). The Iron Giant thereby set an alltime ML crushing record: six moonshots in six straight games at a visiting stadium. Given the stadium’s reputation as a launching pad, maybe the Air Force should let the Giant launch their next hypersonic test plane form home plate at Coors. Those ricketty old B-52s, like yours truly, date back to the 50s and have outlived their usefulness. All eyes on the impossible this afternoon to see if the Iron Giant can make it seven out of seven. The mind boggles at what he could do if he played for the Oysters, doesn’t it? MLB would have to stop wasting time on urine samples and begin testing for low levels of oxygen around his bat head.

    The good Nate Eovaldi held the Oysters to one run and a handful of hits through six and two thirds before turning the game over to the Boolpen to drive halfway over the edge of the cliff before finally nailing it down. Nice view, though. Lots of nice views up there. But what does a flatlander like me know about it, what with my living room at about four inches below sea level? I think that Nate’s evil pod twin was probably carousing down in Manitou Springs with Ricky Nolasco’s evil pod twin last night. There are witches in the hills / calling my name / come join us pod twins / come kiss the flame….but their siren song is apparently only audible to the pod twins of starters.

    Anyway, the Feesh heeters were up to their old tricks again, scoring early and then parking their proximodistal axes on the visiting dugout pine, flopping their caudal feens up on the railing, and watching the game go by. At Coors, and against the Oysters, that’s living pretty dangerously. Not that it matters much this season, of course – they’re just playing for…um…”pride” now, or something.

    Nyuk., Nyuk. Nyuk.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Actually aside from the final score that Boston won the game I was really impressed by Phelp’s performance for the Yankees. He gave the Yankees 6 plus good innings. And aside from the HR ball to Gonzalez he looked very good. A very positive sign for the Yankees. What I was disappointed with was the Yankees lack of ability to get any runs when they had RISP last night, and they had a lot of opportunities starting with the very 1st inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd that got stranded. But that’s the nature of the game and the nature of the Yankees. One game it’s feast, on game it’s famine.

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Any time you want to have a beer and commiserate about RISP, please let me know.

  5. APBA Guy - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Cleveland has the worst record in the AL since the ASB, and it showed last night, as the A’s ran up 8 runs in relatively easy fashion. El Capitan went 8 while surrendering 1 on a Carlos Santana HR off a decent pitch. The bullpen treated the lead with contempt forcing Melvin to bring in 2 from the A list, Blevins and Balfour, to seal the deal.

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Blevins is playing for the As? Wow – glad to know the Captain didn’t shoot him out behind the cookshack after all. Gotta run and tell John Grady….

  6. jkaflagg - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Fernando Rodney continues to lock down the 2nd Annual Mike Napoli Trophy, awarded to the player who is dumped by Mike Sciosca and the Angels and immediately returns to All Star status, makes the playoffs and rubs the Angels noses in it while doing so……

    Angels honored the 2002 championship team before the game last night, but I wonder how many fans witnessing the ensuing debacle against the Rays started feeling like 2002 was a long, long time ago…….

  7. delusionalcardsfan - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    The Dbacks can definitely use the wins, but let’s be fair. Whoopin up on AAA Houston isn’t that impressive.

  8. randygnyc - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    For those paying attention to the Rangers game, an interesting turn of events occurred yesterday. Oswalt was slated to go 75 pitches. Leading 2 to 1 over Toronto, Washington pulled oswalt with 2 outs in the 5th. 1 out short of being eligible for the win. Oswalt threw only 62 pitches. Walked only 2, K’d 5. So why did Washington take him out? My guess was to publicly “scold” him for his actions in relief recently.

    Oh, the Yankees sucked yesterday. What a terrible performance.

    • simonfoster231171 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      So long as Washington is managing, the Rangers will never win the WS.

      • pw38 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Wash didn’t hang pitches over the strike zone on those two tying plays. Wash didn’t get a late jump and read the Freese liner wrong. Wash should share the blame, of course, but come on mental mistakes by the players lost the game. His managing helped get them to the series, you can’t focus on the negative and ignore the positive.

      • pw38 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        To clarify, mental errors by the players, in addition to terrific never say die attitude by the Cardinals, lost the series for Texas.

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