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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 7, 2013, 8:54 AM EST

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Clayton Kershaw was dominant in his 2013 debut last Monday against the division-rival Giants, striking out seven batters over nine shutout innings as part of a 4-0 Dodgers win. On Saturday night against the Pirates he was again extremely effective.

Kershaw went seven scoreless frames, striking out nine batters, issuing only one walk and allowing just two hits. 59 of his 97 pitches were strikes and the Dodgers wound up topping Pittsburgh 1-0.

Kershaw is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP and 16/1 K/BB ratio through 16 innings this season.

The 24-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible in 2014 but will become a free agent heading into the 2015 campaign. He’s in line for a massive payday.

Your Saturday box scores:

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 5

Mariners 3, White Sox 4

Nationals 7, Reds 6

Marlins 3, Mets 7

Yankees 4, Tigers 8

Angels 8, Rangers 4

Cardinals 6, Giants 3

Twins 6, Orioles 5

Royals 3, Phillies 4

Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 2

Cubs 5, Braves 6

Athletics 6, Astros 3

Indians 0, Rays 6

Padres 3, Rockies 6

Pirates 0, Dodgers 1

  1. 13arod - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    tampa is starting to get hot and bj upton is getting hot

  2. Old Gator - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    The Feesh tightened their grip on the NL East basement when the boolpen fell apart again, this time on top of an uneven performance by Nolasco, who seemed to be oscillating between the Good and Bad Reeckies for 5-1/3 before finally leaving with three runs’ worth of damage behind him. The Iron Giant smacked a couple of base hits, as he seems newly determined to stop chasing pitches in the dirt and shortening up his cut to find his range. That’ll help.

    In interesting news, Peanut Head got called for interference in the seventh inning due to a collision with (blessedly) former Feesh Black Hole Buck after scoring on a Greg Dobbs single as the Mutt catcher prepared to throw to second to nail Dobbs attempting to advance. Weird play. The Feesh have been especially inept on the basepaths so far this season, but it’s not the new kids who are making the mistakes – it’s Polanco, Pierre and the Iron Giant who have suffered cerebroflatular episodes whilst afoot. Perhaps they’re just trying to show the romper room crew what not to do. Veteran plugin catcher Miguel Olivo put on an exhibition of how to throw nowhere near second base from a squatting position for the benefit of young Rob Brantley, whom we can only hope was back in the clubhouse scarfing leftover fried chicken and beer from the lunch buffet instead of watching. This shows why it’s so important to have seasoned veterans on a team of thumbsuckers to decoct their experience to the
    youths before being shipped off the the Soylent Green factory.

    For the Mutts, Collin Cowgill hit another home run. I didn’t know that cows had gills. I didn’t even know they could swim.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Even at an advanced age, you can still learn something new. Thanks for the tip about cows and gills. I did not know that there was a fish that resembled a cow. It looks as if the Marlins are auditioning for a comedy show.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        So far, they have been. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the whole team on Saturday Night Live on of these days, with Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua (renamed “the Little Prince” for this occasion) on Game of Thrones. Certainly, they’re amassing a nice collection of blunders for some basepath lowlight reels.

        Incidentally, I suspect that an advanced age in most of Canada takes a third longer to achieve, on the same principle that keeps a bagle fresh in the freezer for weeks after it comes out of the oven. Hell, Ted Williams has only been dead for three years.

    • jwbiii - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Cowgill Name Meaning
      English (mainly Lancashire): habitational name from any of several places named Cowgill or Cow Gill, for example in Cumbria, Yorkshire, and Lancashire; all are named with Old Norse gil ‘narrow valley’, ‘ravine’ with various first elements including Old English cu ‘cow’ and Old English col ‘(char)coal’.

      http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=cowgill

    • APBA Guy - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      It’s still up for debate, who’s funnier? Astros or Feesh? After watching two games of the beloved A’s against the Astros, there is literally nothing about the Astros that’s positive. Yesterday, they actually had a lead and rookie manager Bo Porter left struggling Bud Norris in (at 110 pitches in Game 2 of the season) just long enough to be on the hook for the loss, ensured when Porter brought in a lefty to face the A’s catcher Derek Norris (who was NOT pinch hitting) who bats righty and kills left handed pitching, with predictable results. Bud Norris took the loss, assisted by the Ronny Cedeno error at short. No word whether Chuck Norris was in attendance.

      Cur-the Astros had struck out about 400 times in their previous 4 games, but the Dugong, allegedly throwing 90-93, was only able to get 2 whiffs. So if you want to get a look at El Capitan do it quickly, against a better team he’s going to be very hittable.

  3. ebrownwareagle - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    How about the Braves and them Upton Brothers!

  4. rockthered1286 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Daggumit Jim Johnson you can never make it easy can you? Although many will say the E on Davis is what caused the run, I say JJ losing the strike zone altogether for 6 straight pitches did him in.

    Sidebar- I recall Hittfamily yesterday saying how Markakis and Machado will have sub .250 years and are marginal players (something to that effect)? Combine 6 for 10 with 3 2B and a few RBI. That’s more like it.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Johnson had more than his fair share of saves last season. Possibly a little bit of reversion to the mean going on.

      I have no idea of how well Markakis and Machado will do due to the small sample size. I do expect that Davis will have a great year even if he cools off a bit from his torrid start. Never understood why Texas gave up on him.

    • hittfamily - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      I never said they were marginal players. I am well aware of what scouts think of Machado, and Markakis is a good right fielder. I said the O’s had scored 7, 7, 6, and 9 runs, thanks to 3 players. I neither inferred nor believe that Wieters would hit .400 all year, Jones would have 200 RBIs, and Chris Davis would would have 162 homeruns and 600 RBIs, but that is what they were on pace for. I also did’t believe Markakis would hit .150 all year, but he did when my team played them. The Rays would have had 3 shutouts if the big 3 would have collectively gone 0’fer.

  5. paperlions - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Orioles’ record in 1-run games this year: 0-2

    • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Booo!!!!!

      • paperlions - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Could you throw some hash browns, maybe a couple of waffles? Thanks.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        I’m not much of a breakfast eater, so all you’ll get around here is instant oatmeal or a banana. Sorry.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Paper: here’s a foolproof way to do shit on a shingle, a meal in itself and one that obviates the hash browns:

        Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan. Stir in two to two and a half tablespoons of all purpose flour (I prefer unbleached). Stir to form your roux. Slowly add a cup of beef broth, whisking the whole time. You will still have something akin to a scattered mess of roux in the pan. This is normal; the flour is still sucking up moisture. Then slowly whisk in nonfat half and half (tastier than milk, easier on the arteries than heavy cream) until a smooth sauce is achieved. This will be easier if you let the half and half stand at room temperature for a half hour or so before you begin cooking.

        Meanwhile, saute a quarter pound of thinly sliced shredded roast beef (skip the soldium-rich traditional Armor dried beef – it’s a nice way to drive your blood pressure out the top of your skull) in a little olive or canola oil, adding a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and let the meat drink up the sauce at very low heat while making the white sauce in the other pan.

        When you’ve got the white sauce at the consistency you want, add salt and pepper to taste (I like it peppery but it’s an individual thing – experiment), and then comes the magic – add a hearty dash of nutmeg and stir. Then drain the roast beef and blend it into the white sauce, let simmer on low heat for a few minutes.

        I like to place a fried egg (runny yellow) on the whole wheat toast before shoveling the SOS over it and settling in for a comfort breakfast, but again, thet that is a matter of choice. Leave the dubious pleasures of self-deprivation to historiophiliac.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Rat breath, I totally forgot what I set out to tell you originally: you can do SoS with the fried egg over a waffle instead of toast, too. Ohboy.

      • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Oy! Will this liquid pacemaker never kick in? “Rat Breath” was an expression, you know, like “Dammit!” or “Raskolnikov!” Botched the punctuation. I wasn’t trying to hang a new, improved nickname on you.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I was gonna say, I’m drinking a nice breakfast blend from San Salvador and I didn’t think it was a stinker. Perhaps it is fumes from the Cabernet from last evening…

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Kozma!

  6. historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Scherzer had 7 SO in 5 innings. Obviously, he also needs to keep working on his HBPiD though — unless, you know, Youkilis is a dick, in which case hitting him anywhere counts. I’m joking.

    Torii continues to be a much needed spark. We needed that veterany goodness and, so far, he is delivering. An excellent pick-up, if I do say. :)

    Oh, and according to Girardi, Alburquerque was gettin’ down like Charlie Brown with the balks. I do believe the umps were appreciative of his input on their failure to call it.

    Today, kids, is V versus CC. T- 2 hours and counting.

  7. mungman69 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    AND the Phillies scored 3 in the 9th to win 4-3. They got all of one hit in that inning and a staggering 3 hits for the game. No one knows the names of the Kansas City pitchers.

  8. dcarroll73 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Did anyone else notice Kershaw shamelessly pitching to the score a la Jack Morris?

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