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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Sep 1, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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Many have predicted that the Orioles’ negative run differential would eventually catch up with them. Yet here we are on September 1 and the Orioles are just two games behind the Yankees for first place in the American League East. Fun times.

The Orioles continued to put the pressure on last night, topping the Yankees 6-1 in the Bronx. They got there behind seven shutout innings from Miguel Gonzalez, who notched a career-high nine strikeouts. Who? Yes, Miguel Gonzalez. Symbolic of the surprising Orioles, the 28-year-old right-hander now owns a 3.31 ERA over 10 starts and three relief appearances this season.

Mark Reynolds was the big hero on the offensive side, slugging a two-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda in a three-run second inning and a solo shot off Derek Lowe in the top of the ninth. J.J. Hardy also homered while Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with an RBI single. The Yankees could only muster five hits all night and didn’t get a run until a solo homer by Curtis Granderson in the ninth.

The Orioles will try to close the gap even further this afternoon when they send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound against David Phelps.

Your Friday box scores:

Giants 4, Cubs 6

Rangers 5, Indians 3

Cardinals 0, Nationals 10

White Sox 4, Tigers 7

Mets 3, Marlins 0

Phillies 8, Braves 5 (10 innings)

Rays 1, Blue Jays 2

Reds 9, Astros 3

Red Sox 2, Athletics 20

Pirates 3, Brewers 9

Padres 5, Rockies 4

Angels 9, Mariners 1

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3

Twins/Royals — PPD (Doubleheader Saturday)

  1. kiwicricket - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    “I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be quite as rough”
    – Aaron Cook, SP Red Sox.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    That Boston loss to Oakland must have been hard on the team and the fans. Obviously, during September, the Red Sox will be evaluating the younger players and the manager. The Boston media is once again playing the who is to blame game and today’s target is Epstein. Meanwhile, Beckett while admitting that he has had a bad season, is pointing his finger at the Boston media.

    • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      The Beanbags won’t be “evaluating” the manager as much as outsourcing tissues samples to pathology labs.

  3. Glenn - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    On Baltimore – sometimes good luck lasts the whole season. They are nowhere near as good as their record, but I will be rooting for them the rest of the way.

    • jgold8 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      You are always as good as your record, that’s why it’s your record. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not.

    • oriolesvsravens - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Hey, out of more than 100 games after years of consistant mediocrity, they’re doing something right and I don’t think luck would take you this far. Luck was the one season they were in 1st or 2nd at the all-star break a few years ago. 162 games of baseball prevents luck from lasting this long.

      • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        Tell that to last year’s Cardinals. At the rate they’re going, they will really be able to appreciate it this year.

    • rarson - Sep 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      You’ll be rooting for them the rest of the way? I take it you’re one of those bandwagon Boston fans? Root for your own team.

  4. offseasonblues - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    As a Red Sox fan all I have to say this morning is Go Orioles!

  5. thefalcon123 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    1 run in their last 4 games?!?! The best offense in the National League has scored 1 run in their last 4 games?!?! Shame Cardinals…shame.

  6. drewsylvania - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    The Boston problem is everyone’s fault. The media, many of the players, Bobby F. Valentine, the owners, Theo “Wonder Boy my @#$” Epstein…they all deserve credit.

  7. steviep23 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I don’t get how a team with a 24-6 record in 1 run games can be deemed lucky. If the game is close you better put your money on the O’s. Not to mention the come backs they’ve made after being down 5 runs. Keep thinking they’re just lucky, but if they have the lead after the seventh they’re not the ones who need to be lucky.

    • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      You’re right. It’s not luck. It’s the patience, love and wisdom of their owner. Do not doubt that Peter Angelos is a genius.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        *gags*

  8. chill1184 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Another quality start by Dickey who continues to prove his haters wrong.

    • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      What “haters” does Dickey have? The park rangers on Kilimanjaro? People who hate knuckleballs for being knuckleballs? The latter have no souls so what can they hate with anyway?

      I watched him gagg, stuff and shitcan the Feesh last night at close range. Justin Ruggiano was the only Feesh batter who got to him for two hits, but he’s this season’s good karma pinup boy and the Feesh can’t usually drive home a run against a peetcher who’s trying to make a gift of a game to them. Otherwise, Biggeth Dicketh wielded that high-octane flutterball like a filleting knife against the Feesh. They never had a chance. On his second strikeout the Iron Giant nearly screwed himself into the ground. Yeah, he’s a free swinger but Carlos Lee isn’t and Lee looked just as bad.

      I would also add something I haven’t seen noted very often about his knuckler: his catcher (Josh Thole in this case) doesn’t spend a lot of time flying around like a botfly sniffing the air currents for a whiff of turd behind the batter trying to catch the damn thing; he throws it for strikes. What’s also interesting is that, thrown up in the 80s as it is, the pitch does get whacked by opposing batters but usually doesn’t get very far. Slower knucklers play on the impatience and befuddle the sense of timing of a batter but BD’s knuckler shows up a little bit more reliably within the 60 foot six inch augenblick a batter expects. It does all of its work with movement and with location, which Dicketh controls incredibly well.

      If you can handle all the Good Christian stuff – which, by the way, in Dickey’s lexicon is kept trained on himself and isn’t nearly as obnoxious as it would be in a political speech – give his book Wherever I Wind Up a read. The chapters on how he developed his pitch, the quest (there’s no other accurate word for it) on which he embarked to solicit input from other great knucklers like Charlie Hough, the way he persisted in mastering it despite the ups and downs of his career and personal life prior to arriving in New York, are really pretty interesting.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Having also seen Dickey pitch in person a couple of times, his control was the second thing I noticed. The first was the speed. Thought there was supposed to be some law of physics that says you can’t throw a knuckleball up to 80 mph.

    • stex52 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Haters? Who in the world are you talking about? I am probably the least Met fan you will ever find (going back to 1986). And I think Dickey is one of the classier and more interesting players in the league.

      Your fandom is going to your head a bit.

      • cur68 - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Maybe he means LaRussa? Other than that tiny snub at the AS Game, its evident that RA is among the most liked guys in all baseball. Whatever.

        Do you know, Stex, that between you me and Gator our rooting interests combine for a mind BOGGLING 159-236? A staggering 38.5 games BELOW .500? If we throw the Mets in there (as one throws pepper onto a particularly unpalatable meal: gotta drown out the taste of that which you REALLY hate) we get a tsunami of bad: 221-306 or 42.5 below .500.

        Its a good thing we got our good looks ’cause we sure don’t have much else with our ballclubs.

      • stex52 - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        I hear you, Cur. Until this year I had my younger sister for company in misery because she is an Oakland fan. Now they have gone and deserted us. I hope for better for you and Gator next year. Houston is at least a two more years project.

  9. rockthered1286 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    The only people who think the yard birds are lucky are Rays and Yanks fans. Everyone else realizes they’ve finally arrived.

    LEEGGGGOOOOOO!!!!

  10. deathmonkey41 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    I haven’t seen many snarky posts from Craig lately deriding Yankees fans who were concerned about their HR-only offense. You know- those fans who said that type of game would catch up with them eventually.

  11. APBA Guy - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    It would be fascinating to get a definitive read on the behind-the-scenes the last few years in Boston. From the feel-good of the 2004-2007 Manny/Papi era to today’s disaster, those of us outside the Northeast are wondering how things went so bad so fast.

    The joy, the sheer “f*** you” of it all apparent in the celebrations of former Sawx Moss, Reddick, and Kottaras at their combined 4 HR, 13 RBI, 9/15 combined performance, was beyond the usual sticking it to their old team. This was much more visceral, much more directed. But at whom?

    The 21,000 in attendance last night were almost all A’s fans. Not in attendance were the usual legion of Sox Nation ex-pats. They’ve given up. The A’s spent 4 games in Cleveland against the most moribund team in the league. Last night they faced a team, particularly a pitching staff, that was hanging their manager, their fans, and possibly their playing futures out to dry.

    Berthiaume called it the worst game in Red Sox history. Maybe so, maybe not. I just hope the beloved A’s get two more like it.

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