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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 6, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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Zack Greinke put any concerns over his elbow to rest in his Dodgers’ debut last night, as he tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win over the Pirates in front of a packed house at Dodger Stadium.

Greinke allowed just two hits on the night while striking out six and walking none. The $147 million man retired 14 consecutive batters between a second-inning single by Neil Walker and a single by Andrew McCutchen with one out in the seventh. McCutchen was the final batter he faced on the evening. Heck, Greinke even singled and did a takeout slide to break up a double play. Pretty good night all around.

While the Dodgers’ offense has been slow to come around thus far, their pitchers have allowed just four runs in 36 innings through the first four games. Yes, that’s a 1.00 ERA. And they’ll have ace Clayton Kershaw back on the hill tonight. He may improve that ERA and also provide some thump for the lineup.

Your Friday box scores:

Padres 2, Rockies 5

Yankees 3, Tigers 8

Angels 2, Rangers 3

Cardinals 0, Giants 1

Marlins 7, Mets 5

Twins 5, Orioles 9

Nationals 0, Reds 15

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4

Cubs 1, Braves 4

Indians 0, Rays 4

Royals 13, Phillies 4

Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 1

Mariners 8, White Sox 7

Athletics 8, Astros 3

  1. natslady - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    OK, it was no fun. Also, it was one game. Here are some other teams that got blown out and–somehow–recovered.

    • chacochicken - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      No, I read the comments on the Nats/Reds thread from last night and the Reds won the one-game World Series over the Nats, Season is over. Better luck next year.

      • natslady - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        LOL. I didn’t read those comments–some things are better left unseen.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Well yeah, but one guy did make a good point: the spawrtsrighters and such have pretty much handed the World Series to the Gnats before anyone got out of the gate, and last night’s profound tushy-whuppin was a little bit of a wake-up call that, after all, the Gnats don’t have the whole dance floor to themselves on their hypothetical waltz towards destiny. They still have to get by the Feesh, and you know how the highway patrol closes down the road when there are carcasses strewn all over it.

  2. spudchukar - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Kyle Lohse in his inaugural, Spring Trainingless, outing for the Brewers pitched 6 innings of 5 hit ball, allowing 1 run, and walking no one. And nobody wanted him.

    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Well, not at his price, anyway. But it’s still a nice way to flip a bird at a team you’re not even playing at the moment.

  3. 8man - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Stinkin’ Yankees, 1-3. Ha!

  4. rockthered1286 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Another game, another 5 birds with Multi-hit games… Crush Davis continues to destroy what must appear to be a beach ball coming at him, and Baltimore went insane.

    Will make one side note- people will knol Arrieta for his 5IP 5ER BUT if Markakis does not misplay that deep triple which he should have easily caught? Jake sits on 2ER over 5 and we are praising him in Baltimore today.


    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Let’s all say it together now. Ready? One…two…three…Peter Angelos is a genius.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Still, in a way, it was nice seeing all those fans in the ballpark, cheering away. Unfortunate that Angelos is still the owner.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Gator, I generally love reading your posts. But your insistence on mentioning Peter Angelos every time someone posts about the Orioles is getting a little stale. It’s like you’re trying to win the We-Have-A-Worse-Owner Olympics. We get it: Loria sucks. This does not somehow diminish the neglect that Angelos has shown the Orioles over the years. No, Angelos is not the giant ass that Loria is, and O’s fans are happy that there appears to be long-term hope for baseball in Charm City, but other than trying to troll O’s fans by mentioning Peter Angelos I don’t understand what point you’re trying to make.

        And if your intention really is to troll O’s fans, surely someone of your wit is able to find more creative ways to do it other than calling them “glory holes” or mentioning Angelos.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Awww, you’re going to make me get serious about this.

        Let’s put it this way: after however many years it’s been of deserved Angelos-bashing, their fans are now crowing loudly about what an exciting team they have on the field at last – without, mind you, giving up their guilty pleasure of Angelos-bashing, as if the guy had nothing whatsoever to do with finally revamping his front orifice and putting people in place who know what they’re doing, and then leaving them alone to do it. A few months of having their noses rubbed in their selective brand of mnemonics is a small price to pay for the lifting of two decades of self-indulgent despair.

        It has everything to do with Baltimore fan fickleness and nothing whatsoever to do with Scrooge McLoria. I revile him on his own terms. And if you’re tired of reading my comments, why, don’t read ’em.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I’m not gonna say later to you Gator because I genuinely like your posts. They are often witty, insightful, and well written. Sometimes you manage all three.

        I hope you don’t see this as an attack; that was not my goal. You don’t strike me as overly sensitive.

        Angelos is nowhere near the monster that some fans make him out to be. He’s an asset to Baltimore, a philanthropist who seeks little attention, if at all, for many good deeds. He has not been a good steward of a beloved franchise, and deserves criticism for it. The future is looking brighter for sure, but calling him genius, in unison, is a stretch. He gets props for making improvements, but he has a large baseball debt to overcome yet.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Absolutely, but thank Buddha Baltimore fans can breathe a sigh of relief that it’s just a baseball debt. Unlike our own beloved Scrooge McLoria, he hasn’t ripped off the public trust, nor conspired with an incompetent and corrupt bunch of public officials to rip off the public trust, for a ghastly sum of money that was, and will be even more, desperately needed for schools and infrastructure.

        And even having noted the difference, come on, Angelos – headstrong and stubborn as he can be – has obviously seen the light and let his baseball people do what they do while he, for the most part, tends to his legal duties. Last season was no fluke. This is a very good young team and looks like it will be for years to come. What’s even the point of continuing to exact schadenfreude when things have changed? It’s little, people.

        Last orfseason, with the possible exception of my apoplexy over the hiring of Slobbering Ozzie, I was willing to cut Scrooge McLoria a break. I explicitly wrote here on several occasions in the runup to the new season that he seemed to be keeping his word and investing in the team as he promised he would. You want to hold me to account for not having taken a closer look at all those grotesquely backloaded contracts and not seeing the writing on the wall, mea culpa, help me button up my hairshirt. When the bloodsucking son of a bitch amputated and ran, and left the fans and the community holding his various bags, I felt well and truly snookered. Fool me once, shame on you. You ain’t gonna fool me twice. Peter Angelos has nothing on him.

        As for your criticism of my prior post, so be it. Forgotten. I’ve been doing animal rescue projects long enough to be able to tell the difference between a bite and a mauling.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        I don’t disagree with anything you said above. I acknowledge the difference between Loria and Angelos.

        Let’s grab a couple bourbons and enjoy the return of baseball.
        I’ll settle for a couple Natty Bohs.

  5. goawaydog - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    While the Giants offense has been slow to come around thus far, their starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run through the first four games. Yes, that’s a o.00 ERA

    • kingscourt25 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Just about to post this. Giants/Dodgers with the DBacks lurking in the background this summer should be really fun.

  6. APBA Guy - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    No shock that Straily got demoted, though his outing assures that he won’t be there long: someone will get hurt or the juice-less El Capitan will prove ineffective. Colon goes today against the pathetic-and I mean that-Astros.

    Seriously, Straily was throwing it middle-middle at 92 and the Astros couldn’t get a foul ball, let alone hard contact. ’63 Mets anyone? The key play of the game was an error by Marwin Gonzalez on Cespedes potential DP grounder in the 5th. The Astros just switched off after that, allowing 7 runs that inning. Pathetic.

  7. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    And now the discussion you’ve all been waiting for – the Contest for the Catacombs in the NL East!

    The Fees underbungled the Mutts last night, turning a 6-0 goofer into a 7-5 squeaker as their boolpen put on a cardiac clinic in how to hug the plate without necessarily crossing over it. The Mutts arson squad preserved the loss for Hefner, who pitched six innings of one-run ball only to watch the Feesh score five runs in the seventh and then hold on for dear life while A J Ramos loaded the bases and escaped and then Steve Cishek gagged up three runs to make it a nail bite. Thus, the Mutts defaulted rookie sacrificial vict…heh heh, sorry, I mean manager Mike Redmond the first of his few victories in the major leagues. I hope he takes it home and eats it in leetle tiny masas, savoring every bite. Might not be a bad idea to cut it up into small portions and leave them in his freezer so he’ll have something to suck on when the Feesh aren’t playing the Mutts, Padres or Cubs.

    The Iron Giant, who has been snoring like Chthulhu to open the season, doubled for his first OBI (Out Batted In) when Placido Polanco, actually trying to score from second on a double while mounted on caterpillar treads, got thrown out about ten feet from the plate. Fortunately, the throw was way upline or Black Hole Buck might still be standing at home waiting for him. There is no current cause for concern about the Iron Giant, synce whan that aprill with his shoures soote the droghte of spryng treining hath perced to the roote, hem preyor saisons eke one home yronne pir 42 at-bats in April, and one home yronne pir twelve at bats rest o’ thee saison.

    So. A mere single game separates the Mutts and the Feesh in the NL East Battle of the Basement with only 158 games left to butcher, with the Feelies temporarily plugged in between them like one of those emergency closures Eurozone members occasionally impose to keep their banking customers from storming the tellers and emptying the tills. It looks like last place really is going to be the catfight it was advertised as on the cover of the Chinese take-out menu I just picked up from the big gunite panda sculpture in front of Takee-Outee next to the local Publix.

  8. rockthered1286 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I’m a diehard yardbird fan and I have never taken anything Gator says as a shot. I actually agree with him 100% about the vast majority of the O’s bandwagon who likes to praise the likes of Duke And Buck, but absolutely refuse to admit Uncle Pete has anything to do with the teams success. It’s like Skins fans who still knock on Snyder without giving him props for bringing in Shanny and the rest of the FO which has created their recent success (sorry to cross sports). Can we still get on Uncle Pete for locking up his wallet every year during FA? Until he brings in a promising player to perfect the puzzle? I have no qualms with a little jab at his expense. But give the man his dues. Angelos took a chance on 2 men who were out of the league and so far it’s been a huge hit. Unfortunately there are far too many fickle fans in town. Give them a year or two and they’ll learn to trust and hopefully grow to like Uncle Pete enough for a little shoulder punch with an “atta boy.”

    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      (Bows modestly and accepts the accolades as proffered.)

    • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      You can call Oriole fans a lot of names, but fickle is not one I would chose. I bet there are many cities that wouldn’t even be able to support a baseball after nearly fifteen years of losing. Think about that for a second. This city has nearly lost an entire generation of fans. Last year was my youngest brothers first winning season he can truly remember, and he’s 21 years old. That kind of futility will crush a fan base, and spoil the hopes for generating new fans from the youngsters. But that clearly did not happen to the Os. There is a true love for this team, lucky enough for Angelos. Were it not for the streak of futility that Pirates fans must endure, the Os would have broken the record for consecutive losing seasons loooong ago.

      Isn’t it just a teensy bit likely that the blame may land at the owners feet? Right or wrong, is it so unbelievable? To say Os fans are fickle because many of them still blame Angelos for a decade and a half of awful baseball is wrong. It makes them human, not fickle.

      I’m not saying it’s right. What I am saying is the calculus for understanding why many still don’t trust him is a fairly easy equation to understand.

  9. sophiethegreatdane - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Just to clarify, I am not an Angelos hater. But I understand the mistrust and animosity even if I don’t share or support it. Who am I to tell another fan who they should be angry at, and who they shouldn’t? Especially when it comes to something as irrational as being a fan of a sports team?

    • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Oops. That was supposed to be nested above. It’s a little balky posting from a smart phone.

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