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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Sep 22, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT

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Wild card stuff:  The Angels won while the Athletics lost.  The Brewers, Dodgers and Phillies all won while St. Louis lost.  Things are … tightening.

In division races, the Giants reduced their magic number to two, meaning that they could clinch the NL West tonight. The Yankees win, but so too do the Orioles, leaving New York up by one. The White Sox lost a half game to the Tigers even though Detroit got rained out (Robin Ventura: “we just got our rear ends kicked”). The Rangers and A’s both lost, leaving Texas up by four.

The box scores:

Mariners 6, Rangers 3
Giants 5, Padres 1
Angels 6, White Sox 2
Diamondbacks 15, Rockies 5
Astros 7, Pirates 1
Royals 6, Indians 3
Brewers 4, Nationals 2
Yankees 2, Athletics 1
Orioles 4, Red Sox 2
Rays 12, Blue Jays 1
Mets 7, Marlins 3
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4
Phillies 6, Braves 2
Dodgers 3, Reds 1
Twins vs. Tigers: POSTPONED

  1. bleed4philly - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Stayin’ alive!

  2. rhett16 - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    The Brewers are just playing out of their minds right now. If only their bullpen hadn’t sucked for half the year…

    • kiwicricket - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      I agree. Even a league average bullpen(back-end) would have had them 3-5 more wins this season.

    • natslady - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      True dat. Now we have bullpen problems of our own. Clippard, Burnett and Mattheus have not been “nails” as they were up until mid-August. Luckily Storen is back to form and Garcia is all that was promised. Just in time. Now it’s up to Davey to “manage,” because the talent is there.

      Edwin Jackson pitched outstanding. He was rescued in the 4th inning by Harper’s throw to the plate and a nifty double-play but after that he was on cruise-control. He is a CLASS ACT, too. After Clippard blew his game, EJax gave him the man-hug in the dugout (which I saw). From Wa-Post:

      As Clippard trudged from the dugout to the clubhouse, Jackson greeted him. Jackson told him to keep his head up, that he would be an important part of the Nationals’ success and it was vital for him to stay strong.

      “He’s a gamer,” Jackson said. “So he’s all right.”

      • natstowngreg - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Craig doing the alternative ATH on Saturday? I’m so confused…

        Tyler Clippard is thowing more strikes (only 1 BB in September), but the strikes are being hit harder (14 H in 8.1 IP). The result: an 8.64 ERA and 3 losses for the month. It’s not the biggest surprise that Clippard is scuffling. Since joining the Nats’ bullpen in late June 2009, Clippard has pitched 307.1 innings, including 91 and 88.1 innings in his two full seasons. Maybe it’s finally catching up to him.

        That said, Clippard isn’t the only reason Edwin Jackson’s fine start was wasted, or the only reason for concern going into the playoffs. The Nats had 3 hits total in innings 2-9. The offense has gone back into its shell. Counting the 6-run inning Wednesday night, 23 runs in 9 games.

        The Braves and Reds lost, so the Nats’ position vs. those teams remains the same. Their magic number drops to 7. Gio tries for win 20 again vs. rookie Wily Peralta.

  3. rockthered1286 - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    “don’t worry. The O’s will collapse like they do every year.”- every AL East division foe.

    ::::::::crickets:::::::::

    LEEEEGGGOOOOO!!!!

    • lazlosother - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      I don’t mind admitting I thought that the O’s would drop back. Looking at the negative run differential I still don’t know how they are doing it. At this point we all know they are in it till the end, and NY better not slip.

      It’s been a great stretch run, like playoff baseball for weeks before the season ends.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        As a buddy of mine says: They’re playing with house money….and it’s awesome!

  4. kvanhorn87 - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Braves own the phillies! The only team the Phils have lost a series to in like 30 days is gulp, the Astros. Guess we can call it even. They helped us win the world series and knock us out of playoffs this year. I would say that is a fair trade off.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    While the Iron Giant sits out with his injured oblique – an injury that is looking much worse than when first announced – and, may Buddha be more merciful to them than he has been lately, the team is also without the services of Justin Ruggiano (bum shoulder), twenty south of the strange attractor (a hypothetical construct at best now) looms tonight. The Feesh put on a Keystone Kops performance in the field last night. Apparently inspired by the quantum versus Newtonian debate regarding the behavior of the strange attractor first muttered by Peter Angelos in his sleep (that’s how geniuses sleep, incidentally), Reyes and Solano decided to validate gravity by letting a popup fall between them. Jose Reyes did his best Hanster impersonation with a wild throw. And even the umpires got into the act with a couple of lousy calls. It was “break up the Feesh” night.

    Rumors of Slobbering Ozzie’s impending unemployment continue to…eh…well, you can’t say “swirl” because aside from minor mentions even local spawrts tawrk raydeeo doesn’t seem to give a crap. Ozzie was, if you’ll recall, last orfseason’s big Mission McLoria – the Feesh’s owner wanted this clown so badly that he actually had to trade for him. He’s Scrooge’s boy. Would Scrooge devour his own cheeldren? Well, maybe, but I’m thinking that although there may be some heads rolling, Ozzie’s won’t be among them – yet.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Any comment on the rumors that the Chihuahua might be on his way out?

      • cur68 - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        Only if someone made a ragout out of him and had him for dinner ~24 hours ago. Where’s Dr. Lecter when you need him, anyways? I don’t see the boss firing El Chihuahua. That would be like admitting a mistake or something.

    • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      The Chihuahua ain’t going nowhere. Aside from being Scrooge McLoria’s stepson – or ex-stepson, since his mother divorced McLoria a few years ago – the Chihuahua is really more on the business side of the operation than the baseball side per se and, as usual, the team made a fortune this year. It always does. The rumors about canning Slobbering Ozzie and Larry Beinfest are more likely to bear wormy fruit in the orfseason – with Beinfest, of the two, the most likely to be thrown to the army ants.

      The possibility of Scrooge McLoria firing himself is the stuff of abstractly infinitesimally sub-minimal post-quantum mathematical calculations. You’d get hit in the nose by a quark first.

  6. APBA Guy - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Great game for the Yankees last night. After a fabulous performance by the Real Deal, only to be surpassed by Sabathia, Soriano came in and inexplicably threw a slider to Moss. Said slider kind of hung there, and Moss, boasting the highest slugging percentage on the A’s, destroyed the pitch, which ended up mid second deck.

    Melvin, seeking to terminate his manager of the year hopes, repeated his mistake of 8 days ago when he left Anderson in too long against the Angels, this time with Sean Doolittle. Doolittle was bringing it at 97 the previous inning, but could only muscle up to 93 against Martin. Martin sees 93 all the time, and with no fade, cut, sink or rise to it, he squared the pitch and ended the game.

  7. umrguy42 - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    *sighs* Damn Cubbies…

  8. stex52 - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Three home runs for the Astros last night. The other sounds you heard were two-headed calves being born, pigs flying, and the first groans of the Mayan Apocalypse.

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