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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 26, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

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When Boston took a 9-3 lead over the Royals in the fourth inning on Saturday evening at Fenway Park, a number of baseball writers began suggesting that the Red Sox looked like they were finally having fun — or something to that effect — in the wake of that recent nine-player blockbuster trade that jettisoned at least clubhouse cancer to the National League West.

But that narrative was torched rather quickly.

Kansas City rallied back for six runs in the seventh inning to tie the game 9-9, then broke through for the go-ahead tally in the 12th. The final score was 10-9. And the Red Sox are now 60-67 in 2012.

It’s going to be a long September off Yawkey Way. At least, that’s our narrative.

Your Saturday box scores:

Rockies 4, Cubs 3

Astros 1, Mets 3

Athletics 4, Rays 2

Twins 3, Rangers 9

Cardinals 2, Reds 8

Braves 7, Giants 3

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 8

Yankees 1, Indians 3

Angels 3, Tigers 5

Nationals 2, Phillies 4

Brewers 0, Pirates 4

Mariners 4, White Sox 5

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 3

Royals 10, Red Sox 9 (12 innings)

Marlins 2, Dodgers 8

 

  1. southofheaven81 - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    The Yankees have lost 4 of their last 5, but another multi-hit game for Jeter. He & Chipper have looked good enough to play into their 70s if they chose to do so.

  2. rockthered1286 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    You do NOT run on Matt Weiters. PERIOD.

    4 games out and we’re still here… Hammel is licking his chops to return.
    Thome is doing everything possible to get back ASAP.
    Bundy looks like he may make an appearance.

    Spectacular.

    • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      That’s true, I don’t run on Matt Weiters. I run on powerful gasoline, a clean windshield, and a shoeshine.

      BTW thanks for pointing out that this guy can throw like a sonofabitch. My son, who lives near Baltimore, is a big Os fan and I’ve been driving him happily hairshirt all summer ribbing him about what a genius Peter Angelos is. I asked him about Weiters today when he called to check on our level of TS Isaac saturation and he filled my ears up about the guy. If the Gloryholes make it to the postseason I’ll by paying attention.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Great pic of the moose!

  4. bleedgreen - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    It’s too bad the Phils couldn’t play like this the entire year. However, despite the dumpster fire that has been the Philadelphia bullpen, I blame this lost season 100% on the shoulders of 2 players. Chad Qualls and Antonio Bastardo. Between the 2 of them, there are 8(!) blown saves. If they save those 8 games, combined with Bastardo’s loss in SFO that wasn’t a save opportunity, that’s 9 games this team wins. That puts them over .500 and only .5 out of the wildcard today. Still 8.5 out of 1st but being .5 out of the wildcard with a chance to go into the playoffs playing their best ball of the year.

    • natslady - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Yeah, Bastardo wakes up and suddenly learns to pitch? Why now, why now????

      I didn’t hear Davey “blaming injuries.” He rightly said Morse and Desi are key to the offense, credited the opposing pitcher (in this case Doc and the relievers) and said, “They are not chopped liver over there.” Also said (of Burnett allowing two stolen bases), “That can’t happen.” I guess he should just stick to “We played hard, we’ll get ‘em tomorrow.”

    • bleedgreen - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Gotta love the thumbs down for writing statistics down.

  5. lewp - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    No offense to you Drew, but doesn’t it make sense to have an extended “and then that happened” on the weekends when most people are off work and get into reading blogs?

    Just my opinion but this abreviated version just doesn’t give me my fix on what happened in MLB on Saturday nights..

  6. kvanhorn87 - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Natitude

  7. kvanhorn87 - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Read the phillies Nats recap and their manager is blaming injuries for the loss. Cry me a river, phillies have not been healthy all year

  8. theskinsman - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Long September? It’s been the Sox pitching all year,and nothing that happened recently has addressed that. It’s been a long season. I am hoping the Bosox can shore up the pitching staff. Expecting the team to simply out slug the opponent when you have batting practice pitching vs. actual MLB caliber pitching just doesn’t work.

  9. baseballbum - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    It’s interesting how things start to go well for the Redsox, then an article comes out – coincidently almost always involving Bobby V ( and sometimes during a live game) and then the Redsox proceed to stink. I can only read one thing into this – someone upstairs, downstairs and on each side does not like Bobby V. He is the reason they lost last night. Besides the drama, which he is always in the center of, he tends to fall asleep in the big innings where the Redsox give up a lot of runs and lose games. This is now a glaring pattern. Wake up Redsox brass. Remember Sparky Anderson (Captain Hook)? Even Joe Torre for that matter. All of the best managers KNOW when a pitcher is in trouble or does not have it. Booby V. Only knows when it is too late to know.

  10. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    The Feesh stuck with their original game plan last night: score early, score little, then do nothing efficacious for the next six or seven innings. Josh Johnson, who has been pretty good recently, sucked. We suspect that he got bitten on the hand by a shitshit that Krazy Karlos Lamebraino left in his locker as a prank last night. Heath Bell…guess what? Sucked. Heath, of course, doesn’t need to be bitten by a shitshit to suck, but it’s entirely possible, from the looks of him, that he ate one – along with one of everything else. Wade LeBlanc, consigned back to the boolpen by Slobbering Ozzie for the unforgivable crime of peetching well for several weeks and making the offense look bad, even he sucked. The Iron Giant hit his 28th home run – solo, as most of them tend to be – but otherwise, a snoozefest. The Feesh managed to score one other run somehow but I must have dozed off so I don’t know how they did it. Probably divine intervention of some sort. It was fun watching ex-Beanbags partying in Tinseltown; John Henry (known as John Thomas here in Anglophile Macondo) has brilliantly exported his clubhouse cancers to LA, where they should flourish in the carcinogenic air.

    Meanwhile, here in Macondo, things are getting dicey. From a recent dispatch:

    Geroge, here in Macondo time has been turned back seven years. A monster tropical storm called Isaac has just begun to push a tidal surge up Biscayne Bay. Its storm force winds extend 250 miles from the center, making it as wide as a bowl of fried chicken in the Dodgers clubhouse. The current predictions indicate that the shit cants fanward by around 2PM….This is it George. Steve Mar…er…I mean, Old Gator for United World News, signing off.

  11. natslady - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Do the Rays have a Sunday off day because of Isaac? Or was that scheduled all along?

    • madhatternalice - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      It’s been scheduled off since the beginning of the season, so they could load in everything for the RNC convention.

  12. kvanhorn87 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This is how passive whiners complain:
    “Our offense is struggling a little with (injured players) out, but you’ve got to give credit to their pitching”.

    • natslady - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      I’m not understanding your criticism of Davey. I get that you don’t like him, but the Nats lost two in Filly (three in a row) and he’s going over what he sees as the reasons for that mini-slump.

    • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      You have seen behind the veil of managerial bullshit and thereby won yourself two tickets to Madame Blavatsky’s seance nostalgia tour – which will be held in the Tropicana Dump as soon as it’s been drained.

  13. APBA Guy - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    The A’s take 2 of 3 from the Rays, an amazing accomplishment, done the way the team has been doing it since July: solid pitching, good defense, and the occasional home run. The moribund Indians are next with the team showing belief in themselves. Cautious optimism, but optimism as we head into September. It’s been a long time since we A’s fans have felt this way.

    • Old Gator - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Teach us Feesh fans how to suffer for the long haul….

  14. wlschneider09 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Last night some kid in the little league world series had more home runs and rbi than the cumulative Twins middle infield had for the month of August*. Sigh…

    *May be a slight exaggeration, but I bet it’s not too far off.

  15. kvanhorn87 - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    @natslady, stop making excuses. Why would a first class manager ever bring that up? They are the best team in the majors. How about you say the Phillies played better, sometimes you go through a little funk? I forget who said it but “act like you have been there before”. Seriously a minor road bump of their extraordinary season and he has to mention it? Like they are the only team in the majors who have had injuries. It is part of the game. That’s like complaining about the sun.

    • madhatternalice - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      This is just stupid. The manager’s first job is to win. Period.

      By going into a press conference and first praising his own players before begrudgingly acknowledging the other team is nothing more than another confidence booster for his players. (Because, let’s face it, most of us could do 70-80% of what an MLB manager does). He’s not doing the press conference to appease the media, or sate the fans. It’s another way he can keep the confidence of his players, particularly in the middle of a pennant race, in the middle of the best season in the team’s history.

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