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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Sep 23, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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The Giants are in. The Reds are in. Now we wait for the rest of the postseason picture to fully develop.

The Cardinals took a step toward the National League’s second Wild Card spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field, bouncing back from a crushing Friday loss to capture a 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Cubs. Adam Wainwright was shaky, yielding four runs in seven frames, but the bullpen registered zeros and Jason Motte earned his 39th save.

Carlos Beltran hit his 30th homer — a game-tying shot in the top of the ninth inning that sent a charge through the stadium filled mostly with red. The Cardinals’ big free agent acquisition is now batting .286/.375/.446 in September after slumping through August.

St. Louis enters play Sunday with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the Wild Card hunt.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Athletics 9, Yankees 10 (14 innings)

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings)

Brewers 4, Nationals 10

Orioles 9, Red Sox 6 (12 innings)

Marlins 3, Mets 4

Twins 0, Tigers 8

Dodgers 0, Reds 6

Braves 8, Phillies 2

Pirates 1, Astros 4

Indians 3, Royals 5

Blue Jays 5, Rays 11

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7

Rangers 0, Mariners 1

White Sox 2, Angels 4

Padres 4, Giants 8

  1. istillhatemillen - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Looks like the Lions should stick to baseball,from the way they handled the Twinkies.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    The Feesh tightened their grip on the NL East basement, unable to put down the Dickey while playing their fourth straight game without the wounded Iron Giant and losing to rampaging English major for the fifth time this season. Call it a fluke of the unbalanced schedule. No matter. If Dickey wins the Cy Young Award, the Feesh ought to be invited to his award dinner to hand him the trophy. While everyone was wondering if Dickey would make it to twenty wins, it should be noted that the Feesh have made it to twenty losses south of the strange attractor. They have now reached one of their few meaningful gallstones of this this season’s campaign.

    Meanwhile the Macondo rumor mill remains aswill in orfseason bloodbath rumors, and no doubt it always will. It gives the spawrts tork raydeeo audience a thrill. We’ve watched as Larry Beinfest perspired over possibly being fired, then hypothetically rehired, or deciding it was time he retired. Slobbering Ozzie has been subject to speculation while one story had him walking down the green mile (but he found a way to smile, despite the outpouring of unsubstantiated media bile). Now we read that none of the top guys are cruising for a fall and that not much in going to happen after all.

    I doubt that.

    • Brian Donohue - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Was talking politics with a guy the other day and he used that Huffington Post term “game-changer.” I laughed and said, “you haven’t seen a real game changer — but this kid Dickey in Queens is one. Wait a couple years and see how knuckleballers, old and young, big league and minor league, fast and slow, are suddenly multiplying like rabbits. That’s changing the game.”

      • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        That…kid Dickey? He’s 37 years old. A case of arrested development, perhaps, but a…kid?

  3. natstowngreg - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Gator, Adam Kilgore called Stanton “a defensive end in spikes.” Thought you might enjoy that.

    As it happens, the Nats have the team with the NL’s 4th-best record in their division. So it’s taking a bit longer. The magic number is 6. Chances are, they will clinch in Philly or St. Louis. Actually, clinching in Philly would be sweet, after having the experience of watching the Fightins’ clinch at Nats Park. Meanwhile, the Nats remain a half-game ahead of the Reds for NL #1 seed, with the Giants 3.5 back but charging. The Brewers (and Dodgers and Phillies) took a step back.

    Given the Nats’ inability to score (23 runs in 9 games, 6 in one inning), yesterday’s win was gratifying. Though it was with a bit of mixed emotions. Livan is beloved by Nats fans, and his former teammates. But such is professional sports; teammate one day, opponent another.

    Adam LaRoche hit his 32nd homer, matching his career high. Nats media are talking him up for MVP. I doubt that, if only because he doesn’t hit for a high enough average. Still, Adam should contend for some hardware. Comeback Player of the Year, Gold Glove.

    Chien-Ming Wang and others for the Nats this afternoon. Yovanni Gallardo tries for his 17th win for the Brewers.

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Best part of that analogy – though I doubt if Kilgore had this in mind – is how often both seem to get injured. The Iron Giant’s been hurt so much since late last season that he might as well be playing football.

  4. legacybroken - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    No mention of the Tigers closing the gap on the White Sox and Miggy tying Hamilton for the Home Run league strengthening the chance for the TC. Keep slobbering over Trout.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Hmm, a ctrl – F search for Trout shows 0 results. So you are basically whining for whining’s sake…

  5. lewp - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    “The Giants are in. The Reds are in. Now we wait for the rest of the postseason picture to fully develop.”

    Yes, it’s too bad it took a player using PEDS to help the team achieve that. Melkey was punished, but nothing but good things now for the Giants and National League (having home field advantage in the World Series). I for one don’t think that’s fair. Until MLB decides to punish teams and their respective leagues, there will always be PEDdlers.

  6. raysfan1 - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    5th straight winning season the Rays. As for the playoffs, as Yogi would say: “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Or was that Lenny Kravitz?

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Well, it sure wasn’t Oppenheimer at the Trinity test.

    • indaburg - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Coolstandings has the Rays at 9%. I wouldn’t dare hope, but at least they’re playing like they care.

      I think Oppenheimer said,”Game over, man.” I might be paraphrasing.

  7. randygnyc - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Can’t help but mention that once the bucks dropped below .500 that there was no turning back. Question is, does Clint Hurdle survive?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Is it his fault that the team is filled with a bunch of below average hitters and Cutch? Neil Walker’s .339 OBP is the second highest on the team of full time players.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    No talk of the Universe’s superlative win? No kudos for RAUUUUUUUUUL? Once the quixotic initial lineup was vanquished all came up roses in the ‘teen innings. Only took 5:43 to do it.
    In keeping with the O/T New York tradition, The Boss’ concert took ’til after 2 AM to disperse.
    Nothing happens quickly in the Big Apple, folks.

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Wow, what a superlative win for the Universe. The entire theory that it’ll run into a gravitational wall and start collapsing again has been debunked. However Peter Angelos, a genius, is leaving for Copenhagen this afternoon to argue to the contrary, so the paradigm shift ain’t safe in the can just yet.

  9. APBA Guy - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Len/OG- You can thank Bumbling Bob once again. Yesterday he left Doolittle in too long, today it was having Moss at first while Barton languished on the bench. What was it TLR said about managing? Something to the effect that you must give your team every edge to win. Anyway, no damage done by THE FAT TOAD, great win for the Yankees. The A’s are 1-4 at the midpoint of the Road Trip of Death.

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