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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 13, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

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Last night featured round one of what should be a compelling NL East battle between the Braves and Nationals. While the Nationals had the early advantage behind an excellent effort from Ross Detwiler, the Braves came roaring back in the late innings for an eventual 6-4 win in 10 innings.

After scoring one run in the seventh and eighth innings, the Braves evened things up in the ninth against Drew Storen, who was being asked to close with Rafael Soriano unavailable. The big blow of the inning was a wild throw by Ryan Zimmerman which sailed past second base and allowed two runs to score. The Braves pulled ahead in the 10th inning with a two-run homer by utility infielder Ramiro Pena. How’s that for unlikely heroes?

The Braves have now won seven straight games and currently own the best record in the majors at 9-1. Stephen Strasburg will try to get the Nationals back in the win column this afternoon while Tim Hudson is on the mound for Atlanta.

Your Friday box scores:

Giants 3, Cubs 4

White Sox 0, Indians 1

Reds 5, Pirates 6

Orioles 2, Yankees 5

Phillies 3, Marlins 1 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 8, Royals 4

Brewers 0, Cardinals 2

Astros 5, Angels 0

Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 3

Tigers 3, Athletics 4 (12 innings)

Rockies 7, Padres 5

Mets 16, Twins 5

Rangers 1, Mariners 3

Rays/Red Sox – postponed

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Detroit’s bullpen continues to let the team down. Villarreal took the loss and lowered his ERA to 48.6.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Prior to last night, his ERA had been 54.0, so a trip to the minors is in order.

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        More like “mark prior” to last night… Amirite brahs? Amirite? Boom! Zing! Pow!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Big deal as of right now the entire blewjays pitching staff has a whopping 5.60 ERA which is tied for 26th. Does that sound like a playoff team to you? is it really any wonder why they are holding up last place? Pathetic team, pathetic GM, they should go join the expos already cause nobody shows up for the games and nobody cares

    • detroitr1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      proudlytrolling wrote:

      “Detroit’s bullpen continues to let the team down.”

      Why are you concerned with the Tigers bullpen? Your starters have the worst ERA in the AL, you just lost Reyes to the DL and you’re in a last place in the AL East just as a resurgent Yankees team (using substitute players!) is starting to roll. The Orioles are proving to be just as good as last season. Good luck with that.

      The Tigers bullpen has issues, but your starters–gave up 24 runs over 3 games. What do you think Oakland would do to the Jays right now?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Oakland would lose to the Jays. As you seem to be new here, my comment was a gentle dig at a rabid Tigers fan.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Easy w/ those beaver teeth, PC. You just bit a Tiger. Grrrrrr!!!! lol

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Oakland would do nothing to the Jays right now. It’s seven o’clock in the morning. Where are you, Hong Kong?

      • detroitr1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        My hangover makes it seems like I’m in Hong Kong at the moment. Makers Mark straight up and a 12 inning game… Maybe I was a little too cranky this morning…

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Oakland would kill the blewjays, only a stupid old man would think otherwise

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      So you’ll be rooting for Verlander tonight then?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        I am rooting for a complete game by Verlander and 3 hits by Cabrera.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        A no-hitter?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Save that for a NL team.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Yes, much better to show up those pitcherwannabehitterball fellows.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Curses! The guy that Hunter and Fielder have homered off of today is on my fantasy team. All that Cabrera has contributed to my fantasy team is a measly walk.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Peralta now too. BTW, guess where Anderson grew up? (hint: the Frying Pan)

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        I do not know where he grew up; however, I refrained from throwing up.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        You might need some antacids for this, PC, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        I am sure you are having a great time. My fantasy league ERA took a hit, but it is still only 2.44

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Cheers!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      and the blewjays starting rotation and defense continues to lead the jays to last place, you better get used to it cause this is reality

  2. natslady - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Poopy game last night. Ran up a 4-0 game in the first two innings, but never added on runs. Detwiler pitched excellently, but the bullpen (sans Soriano) couldn’t keep a 3-run lead for two bleep’d innings and it didn’t help that R. Zimm had a brain cramp in the top of the 9th to tie the game. Time for Stras get out there and go at least 8.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Poopy?

  3. barroomhero80 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    ^^LMFAO

  4. hcf95688 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    The Swingin’ A’s are amazing!

  5. bengalguy - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Im sorry Troll, but my A’s would destroy your over-budget Blue Gays! But don’t worry, your June fire sale will set the record straight. STOP TRYING TO BUY A PENNANT! If ya wanna win, stock your pitching in the farm system and draft well when it comes to position players! Then make an occasional trade for a Power player! The template has been made by Oakland for 10-15 years now….follow it!

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Firstly, chill w/ the homophobic fertilizer. That’s not cool. Secondly, if you can’t take a little good-natured ribbing with humor, you probably shouldn’t be on a public baseball board. The internets are likely to give you apoplexy if you get torqued up so easily. Enjoy your tough win from last night. The Dickslayer will see you tonight. Go Tigers!

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Kozma!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Word.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      He is certainly coming across as a teenager with zits.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Not to mention taking his handle from a geographical region famous for its cholera, dengue fever, rickets, typhoons, tsunamis and corruption.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        A teenager with zits from Middle America. Probably a deacon with the Westboro Baptist Church.

      • indaburg - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        He probably got lost on his way to PFT.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Like Drabeck? He will never be a MLB pitcher, the jays got taken to the cleaners on the holiday trade in a big big big way

    • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      As a proud fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, I sure don’t want my team to emulate the Oakland A’s organizational style. In the past 20 years the A’s teams have lost more than they have won in 10 seasons, made it to the play-offs in 6 of those 20 years and have NEVER won a World Series. Some frickin’ template!

  6. gallaghedj311 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    A’s template over the past 10-15 years, in my most humble opinion, has been to play mediocre baseball and win zero World Series. Actually that template has been going on for over 20 years…..

    • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Sorry Gallahedj, didn’t read down far enough, looks like you have already pointed out the A’s futility.

  7. kelshannon19 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Astros are playing pretty well. Ranger bandwagoners are confused as hell right now.

  8. paperlions - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Shelby Miller was very good last night. 7 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 K. He allowed a leadoff single in the first, allegedly hit a guy (it both looked and sounded like the ball hit the knob of the bat) in the 2nd, and then dominated retiring the last 17 he faced. Nothing hit hard against him all night.

    Lohse pitched well in his return and was given a mini-ovation when he took the mound in the 1st and then a little longer one when he was announced the first time he came up to the plate.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      There are entirely too many Cards fans on here…

      How was Kozma?

      • paperlions - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Fine, 1 hit (team only had 6 total, I think), no screw ups in the field. I am amazed how fast he gets rid of the ball, the ball goes from glove to on its way to 1B really really fast.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        And Holliday?

      • paperlions - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Same. 1 for 3 (Lohse and the Brewer’s pen didn’t walk anyone…in fact, there was only 1 walk all night, and that was in the top of the 9th). But man, every time a fly ball goes out to left I hold my breath and just hope he catches it….he does not inspire confidence in the field.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Negative N*ncy!

        I’m supposed to go to an opening weekend MiLB game tonight w/ Mom, but it’s raining right now. It may be a soggy evening.

      • paperlions - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Yeah, but you guys are about 3 years behind in rain, aren’t you?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Yes, but we’ve had quite a bit of late so we’ve caught up a little. No grass fires in awhile and the lakes aren’t as low. I think you still can’t float the river though. I’m not complaining. I love the rain. I’ve never understood people’s aversion to it. Out west, it’s still pretty bad. Last year it affected everything. Ranchers were having to sell off parts of their herds cheap b/c they couldn’t afford hay to feed them due to the scarcity. BTW, it’s dark humor but hilarious to watch a bunch of cows huddling under the lone shade tree in a field. If you get up to go pee, you lose your spot, I guess.

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        If you can’t float in the river, you are obviously guilty. Praise the Lord!

      • spudchukar - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Kozma continues his steady play. Almost every hit he has garnered this year has been a rocket, one cheapy bloop to right otherwise perfectly squared-up line drives. Plus, he recovered nicely, and delivered a bullet strike to first on a play where he ranged to his right, only to have his right foot, slip, but he “righted” himself, and made his usual strong, quick, accurate throw.

        Plus, a heads up baserunning play on a sacrifice, where he realized he could beat the SS to the uncovered 3B bag, and Segura was no match for his speed.

        It is still too early to anoint him the second coming as SS for St. Louis, but watching him daily like PL, and I do, ya gotta be impressed. Like PL indicated, his quick release, aided by his quick feet, and strong fundamentals, is reassuring to fans and management alike.

        It is only 26 games in 2012, the subsequent post-season, Spring Training, and now the first 10 games of 2013, he sure is trending positively. Teams seem to be keeping the ball away from him consistently, but he has adapted well, taking the ball up the middle or to right, and with authority. Make a mistake inside, the pitch he prefers, and he can turn on it with serious results.

        In my book, he gets an A- through his first 50 games as a Big Leaguer, has no apparent weakness or flaw, and may well prove to be the Cards SS for some time.

  9. rockthered1286 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    For those counting at home that’s 3 losses on errors (Davis (1) and Jones (2)). Inexcusable. Need to get back on track today birds! LEEGGGOOOO!!

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Jones is killing me w/ those bubbles! That was a disappointing loss.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Feesh time!

    Fido, our odd Hemingway Hound, came down from his accustomed spot up in the corner by the ceiling above our Sepik River flood god statue and snuggled up on the couch with me – my snoring probably reminded him of something he eats. Hemingway Hounds aren’t particular about that.

    Fortunately, he accidentally (or possibly affectionately) shot a couple of quills into my cheek and woke me up just in time for the play of the night: in the bottom of the fourth Justin Ruggiano, having just gotten one of the Feesh’s three seengles last night, got picked off of first by John Lannan, but the hamhanded Ryan Howard bobbled the catch and Ruggs was able to make it to second. Visibly annoyed with himself, Howard returned the ball to Lannan. In less than an augenblick, Lannan wheeled and picked Ruggs off of second after he mindlessly wandered a few feet away from it before bothering to check if time had been called or not. Apparently, he heard voices in his head assuring him that if he “let it all go” he would be able to score. The best you can say for him is that at least he was wandering towards third.

    The good Reecky showed up again, and pitched creditably into the sixth. Sir Pizza was running a promotion – a free order of cheese sticks with one of their sugar-infested faux pies if any Feesh peetcher strikes out ten batters on a given night. Reecky notched (odd word, a holdover from gunslinger days in these times of intensified background checks) only one. I suspect that Sir Pizza will only be stocking cheese sticks on nights when Jose Fernandez peetches – tonight, for example.

    So the Feesh are just one and nine – “grinding it out,” as poor Mike Redmond, who started the season as the youngest manager in MLB but is already looking quite a bit older than his peers, would say. Still looking for that big hit. Well, the Iron Giant is headed for an MRI with a sore shoulder today after being held out last night, so it looks like that beeg heet – when or if it ever gets here – is going to be a bloop over the shortstop.

    So, that healthy franchise with the best owner in beisbol is now 1-9, owning the worst (“worst” being, of course, the new best) record in the game and dead last (“dead” being, of course, a euphemism for vivacity) in runs scored. Inda, you want to do the math this time or should I?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Is the new normal now in vogue in Miami?

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        You mean global warming? Always has been. Um…where did I leave my frozen pina colada this time?

    • indaburg - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      The Feesh are currently on pace to win approximately 16 games this season. You’ll probably win a couple against the Rays. The Rays always roll over for unfamiliar pitchers, and this is an entire team of unfamiliar people. The Feesh also face Halladay tomorrow. Two forces embroiled in futility and frustration meet. Who will prevail?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        I like that you’ve introduced OG to new math — Indamath.

      • indaburg - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Indametrics. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Nice!

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Well, she’s down from predicting eighteen wins to predicting sixteen. At least she’s becoming more reasonable.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        BTW, I hope you notice that I resisted the urge to put a snarky comment up about how many dudes it takes to put on a jacket — on that Fernandez post. :)

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Incidentally, did I mention that the Feesh announced attendance of seventeen thousand and change for last night? Apparently they added in the weekend game packages they sold last season.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        What about The Kiss?

      • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        You’re talking about Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, right?

  11. mungman69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    The Marlins DID score a run. Way to go.

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