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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 25, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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Zack Greinke finally resembled the ace pitcher the Angels thought they were getting at the trade deadline, limiting the Tigers to one run over 7 2/3 innings last night as part of a 2-1 victory.

Greinke was fantastic, allowing just five hits while striking out five and walking two. He held the Tigers off the board completely until a solo home run by Miguel Cabrera with two outs in the eighth inning chased him from the ballgame. Cabrera, who left Thursday’s game after tweaking his right ankle, also had a double in the sixth inning.

It was a very encouraging performance by Greinke, who had allowed 22 runs over 32 innings (6.19 ERA) over his previous five starts as a member of the Angels. The impending free agent now has a 3.87 ERA on the year.

Winners of four straight, the Angels are finally starting to get on a bit of a roll. They’ll enter play Saturday at 66-60 on the year and currently sit 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Rangers in the American League West and 2 1/2 games back for the American League Wild Card.

Your Friday box scores:

Rockies 3, Cubs 5

Yankees 3, Indians 1

Nationals 2, Phillies 4

Angels 2, Tigers 1

Brewers 6, Pirates 5

Cardinals 8, Reds 5

Royals 3, Red Sox 4

Astros 3, Mets 1

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 6

Athletics 5, Rays 4

Twins 0, Rangers 8

Mariners 8, White Sox 9

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 0

Marlins 4, Dodgers 11

Braves 3, Giants 5

  1. gogigantos - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Take care of winning your games. Go Giants.
    Hope the Fodgers choke on all that money, sooner than later would be great.
    Do really want the Bravos to hang on to the Wild Card, but, they do look tired,, see what the weekend holds for all concerned.

    • gogigantos - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      not not not happy about A. Gonzalez returning to the division, not not not at all
      surely, all will unfold as it should and it will make for good entertainment
      Go Gigantes

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Some times you just have to congratulate a player on the other team. Chris Davis made whoopee three legitimate times last night.

    • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Is that anything like having</i to attend a funeral to show respect to an icon of your team? I know we played this out the other day, but gosh, I just love to watch the natural ease with which paperlions rushes to occupy the moral high ground.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Tropical Storm Isaac inches closer. It’s pissing down like a scene out of Pantagruel here in the tropical paradise of Macondo today, and the Feesh go on their merry way peetching like high school varsity tryouts and occasionally scoring a run here and there to make themselves look semi-respectable. Slobbering Ozzie finally dropped el otro zapato – Viva Zapato! – and announced that succulent pink newbies Eovaldi and Tucker are going to become feextures in the rotation until the end of the season, to see at what level they can play. Eovaldi wasn’t particularly impressive yesterday following a very good outing last week, coughing up home runs in each of his three innings of batting practice. He seems to be taking inconsistency lessons from Ricky Nolasco’s evil pod twin. Krazy Karlos, who has been pretty good in long relief since being relegated to the boolpen earlier in this lost planet season, got shelled this time out – he may have been bitten on the hand by a shitshit, one of those rare Madegascan night lemurs I mentioned yesterday, that was lurking his his locker; they carry spore-forming anaerobes in their saliva that might have affected his grip on the ball, and they don’t like being groped. It’s not Karlos’ fault, for a change – obviously, this was an escaped pet shitshit that might have belonged to any of a number of rich Bums fans who get off on being seen with things like that on their shoulders. Incidentally, for what it’s worth, the bite of a shitshit is not nearly as painful as the bite of a tokay gecko, many of which infest Macondo these days, also escaped pets gone feral. Their scientific name is easy to remember: Gecko gecko. Really. You could look it up. The pythons may get all the attention, but if you’re a Macondo homeowner who ever reached into an outdoor high hat fixture on your porch to change a light bulb, heard the sudden honking toke! cry and then felt the splitting pain of one of these little bastards clamping its mandibles over your fingers, you wouldn’t really care much about the bite of a shitshit. That would be a mistake, due to the spore-forming anaerobes in its saliva. But what of that. We’re concerned here with getting a tokay geck off your hand. Easy. Submerging the gecko in water in your sink would get it off pretty quickly, and then you can let it run behind your refrigerator for a long successful career munching palmetto bugs. Shitshits eats rotten fruit, but you can just throw that in the garbage. Or, you can throw it out in your yard and grow more rotten fruit without further lifting your bandaged finger. Such is the wonder of the climate in Macondo. However, if you are bitten on the hand by a shitshit like Krazy Karlos Lamebraino, for Buddha’s sake don’t pitch to Matt Kemp with runners in scoring position.

    Okay, gotta go pull a couple more storm shutters closed now. The hurricane warning became official as soon as our crooked useless governor woke up in his Gucci bathrobe this morning, checked the Weather Channel to see if any of the lady meteorologists’ nipples were showing through their blouses, was disappointed when they weren’t and decided he ought to sound competent and leaderly anyway, and so sounded the alarm. I saw last night they closed the roof on Macondo Banana Massacre Field at a time when they stood to get some free water on the outfield turf. Scrooge McLoria must be getting nervous. It would be the perfect coda to this off-the-rails campaign if all the huge glass panels behind the outfield seats got peppered with flying coconuts and otherwise blown out on Monday, wouldn’t it?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Are both Miami and Tampa going to be hit? Will this affect baseball and any other significant events?

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Macondo is playing in Tinseltown, and the Razed will be secure in the Tropicana Dump as long as they confine themselves to the mezzanine. No significant events are likely to be affected, but the Republican Convention, which is being held four feet above sea level during a tidal surge, will probably be inundated by seawater and toxic waste instead of toxic rhetoric. Looks like it’s really going to piss on Ron Paul’s little self-glorification parade. Pity. Then again, I can’t claim not to be curious about what the candidate formerly recognizable as Mitt Romney’s hair will look like when wet.

  4. rockthered1286 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Chris Davis owned the night for the yard birds!!! And Britton had his second consecutive solid start, trying to earn a spot back in the revolving we call a rotation in Baltimore. Well played birds. Keep up the momentum since apparently nobody else is making a valiant attempt to fade just yet.

  5. APBA Guy - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    The A’s take advantage of some uncharacteristic sloppiness from the Rays’ staff while their own pitching escapes via the Longoria brain-cramp holding at third on a two out single. McCarthy v. Hellickson today, hoping to escape before the serious rain gets to Tampa. Odd Sunday off-day tomorrow.

  6. gg206 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Let me clear some things up about the Rays and the weather here in Florida ( Tampa).
    -Longoria has been on STRICT orders from Maddon and Mgmt. not to to stretch plays with his hamstring and not to push it under any circumstances.. so it the as the 3rd base coach Tom Foley who held him up at 3rd last night in the 6th on the Roberts single to center, everyone else except Longo and Molina wouldve scored… but orders are orders and we need longo for the long haul not in august against Oakland..You could see in Longo’s face he wanted to score on that play but he was held up. cant blame anyone there.
    -The Sunday off day was because the RNC is in Tampa Bay this week and the Trop is being used as a welcome center for visitors on sunday. the original day off for these teams was supposed to be this past thursday but because of that it was switched.. love the 1pm sat start, dont get alot of them here..

    – the effects of the storm wont be in the tampa area till around late sunday/monday am so everyone will be outta town by then. but its projecting to head towards the panhandle but were still not out the woods just yet.

    -BREAKING FROM TAMPA BAY TIMES- DONT BE SURPRISED IF PROTESTERS DISRUPT THE GAME TODAY, SO FYI … http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/

    • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Problem about the weather. Latest forecast has Isaac running along the north coast of Cuba instead of along its spine, as originally forecast. This is a big matter because it means its center of circulation will be riding along the warm water of the Gulf Stream instead of banging along the sierras in the center of the island. Not good. It means a more powerful and wetter storm.

  7. stex52 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    As in other things, my sympathies, Gator. My first major hurricane was Audrey in 1957. I was five and have rarely been as frightened in my life. Since then I have been through many, always living close to the coast. That is one reason we abandoned the coast for the Houston area two years ago; I want hurricanes to be a hypothetical hazard in the future.

    I know what it feels like to be near sea level in a large storm. And you be on the set side. Take care of yourself and yours.

    • stex52 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      “You will be on the wet side.” That was not Ebonics.

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