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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 21, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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Scott Kazmir allowed six earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in his first big league start since 2011, but the Indians enjoyed a massive day at the plate in routing the Astros 19-6 Saturday night in Houston.

The Tribe combined for 22 hits — seven of which were doubles and three of which were home runs. Nick Swisher doubled three times on his own and veteran designated hitter Jason Giambi collected a game-high five RBI. Eight runs crossed the plate in the first inning and six were scored in the second.

Mark Reynolds was 2-for-4 with four RBI and is now batting .296/.371/.704 with six home runs and 17 RBI through 15 games this season. Which is making that one-year, $6 million contract that he signed this offseason look like a real bargain.

The Indians are just 6-10 and Kazmir seems unlikely to stick, but the offense is legit.

Your Saturday box scores:

Dodgers 5, Orioles 7 (Game 1)

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3 (11 innings)

Royals 3, Red Sox 4

Marlins 2, Reds 3 (13 innings)

Tigers 0, Angels 10

Twins 2, White Sox 1 (10 innings)

Nationals 7, Mets 6

Cardinals 5, Phillies 0

Braves 1, Pirates 3

Dodgers 1, Orioles 6 (Game 2)

Cubs 1, Brewers 5

Indians 19, Astros 6

Athletics 0, Rays 1

Mariners 0, Rangers 5

Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 4

Padres 0, Giants 2

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Lol, hey Drew did you only get to see one game? I thought we would get a full recap. I am so not going to pay my membership fees now!

    • ditto65 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      New here?

  2. jwbiii - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The Cubs committed 3 errors leading to 4 unearned runs in their 5-1 loss to the Brewers.

    The White Sox committed only 1 error, but it allowed the winning run to score in their 2-1 loss to the Twins.

    The Little League season around here usually doesn’t start until Memorial Day.

  3. APBA Guy - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    The A’s are suffering from post Astros series syndrome. The Sogard/Jennings unassisted OF DP is a certain sign of that.If you love pitchers’ duels, yesterday was one to remember.

    • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Yep, PASS, can be a lingering ailment. The Cards were susceptible to the disorder. Thank Goodness, the Houston squad has been quarantined to the AL West.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    The Yankees threw the blue jays for a Loup. The sudden relocation of players that have a bon a fide history of failure does not a winner make.

    • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      It ain’t the traded guys. With the exception of Bonifacio, the transplants are doing fine: Reyes was batting .395 when he got hurt. Buehrle and Dickey are coming off a series of good starts. JJ is pitching well too. And Bonifacio always starts slowly. These guys have no “record of failure” whatsoever; it was the same story in Macondo. Buehrle was his usual 200-inning-eating self. Reyes got off to a slow start but batted over .300 after the break. JJ was improving nicely after missing a year and a half with injuries and surgery. The established Feesh – especially the Hanster and the wretched Heath Bell, along with some other loose cogs in the boolpen, killed them last year, and the trades did the rest. AA took the guys who performed well because they performed well. The guys who are killing the Jays so far – like Lawrie last night – are the ones who have been there all along.

    • jwbiii - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      And Aaron Loup was a Toronto draft choice.

    • Jason Lukehart - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I wish you could realize how ironic it is for a Yankee fan to write “the sudden relocation of players that have a bon a fide history of failure does not a winner make.”

      Vernon Wells sends his regards.

  5. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    For those of you who don’t believe in “clutch hitting”, you ought to check out the Cards early season stats. That combined with excellent starting pitching, have the Red Birds atop the NL Central. They have no player hitting in the top 50 in OPS. Molina sits at #55 and Beltran at #68, and both are riding hot streaks over the past 5 games to elevate them to those rankings.

    They are also next to last in SBs, their relievers are ranked #27 in ERA, and St. Louis is at #19 in HRs.

    As a team they have posted a sorry 23rd in OPS with a lowly .675, and yet they are 5th in runs scored. How, you ask?

    One stat separates them from the rest of the league, the stat most closely aligned with clutch hitting; OPS with 2 outs and runners in scoring position.

    Here they blow the competition away. Their team OPS is 1.115 with only the Orioles close at 1.020. But even more startling is their combined BA in such situations, an astounding .424. Who is closest, again Baltimore, but a distant 2nd registering a .306. And the rest of the top ten falls from Boston at .283 to Pittsburgh at .254.

    Is there current pace sustainable, no chance. And it has been aided by several big innings with 2 outs, but their approach of hitting the ball the opposite way with RISP, has them outdistancing their competition and is the primary reason they succeed in the clutch, and score so many important runs.

    • paperlions - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Spud, no one believes that clutching hits don’t exist, of course they do. What does not exist is clutch hitting as a skill. Over the course of their careers, the guys you are talking about hit exactly as well in the clutch as they do in the non-clutch….just like every other hitter (noting, of course, that all hitters hit slightly better with runners on than with the bases empty due to changes in defensive alignment and the fact that many pitchers are not as effective in the stretch as in the wind up).

      If you want people to believe this….feel free to demonstrate the these guys ALWAYS hit better in the clutch, verifying that it is a skill and not a SSS anomaly.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        This was the thrust of the comment. So far in 2013, the Cards have only hit in the clutch! And as to the evidence that clutch-hitting is an “invention”, I would argue that that would depend on what is defined as “clutch” hitting. The 2-out RISP stat is far more indicative, than the newly created, “late-inning” stats.

        However, you pointed out something I was going to comment on last week, but passed on, and that is the importance of recognizing it is easier to hit with runners on base. And your mention of getting the pitcher into the stretch. Watching the Cards vainly flail at A. J. Burnet’s offerings made me wonder if he isn’t seriously effected by not being able to use the wind-up.

        Folks in NY want to subscribe to the theory that he was susceptible to the “bright-lights”, but perhaps his apparent drop-off in stressful situations is more due to being forced into the stretch, than imploding under pressure.

      • natslady - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Still, clutch hitting is fun to watch. Every one of Harper’s 7 homeruns has been in a tie or a 1-run situation. As one of our pitchers said, that kid knows when the lights are on.

      • paperlions - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Of course clutch hitting is awesome….but that doesn’t mean it is a skill that manifests in particular players.

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Which is supported by the measurement that aligns most closely with your contention.

  6. uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Kuroda pitched much to good to get the no decision. But at least the Yankees were able to get the win in extra innings thanks to some very poor defense by the Jays pitcher.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      We were thrown for a Loup in that inning. A couple of early Yankee runs resulted from a bases loaded line drive that Lawrie had a bead on, only to have it spin below his glove as he jumped for it. C’est la Vie! The season is still very young.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Yes it is. BTW, I have to say I do NOT buy into what seems to be a growing trend here to write off the Jays. As you said the season is very, very young.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Stop making excuses proudly, the jays defense is horrible and their pitching sucks ass. The good news is the Yanks go for the sweep today so i hope you have your broom ready!! Go Yanks
        Hate canada!!!

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Hate Canada? What is to hate?

      • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        dirtyharry, can I interest you in commenting on “Sweet Caroline”?

        Anyway, the Feesh took 13 innings to accomplish what they usually achieve within nine. I suppose it’s just that it’s early and they’re stretching out. Still, it’s nice to see them score two runs as late as the feefth eening, as if to say, see, we can do it, and then, having proved their point, settle back to see how long it will take the other team to beat them. They do like to invest the time finding creative ways to get picked off base or gunned down at the plate, though. After getting a couple of guys thrown out at the plate day fore yesterday like firstborns being fed to Moloch, yesterday hatchling Joe Mahoney gets nailed off first on a Peanut Head lineout. In what had already become a lost planet season by last October, their baserunning threatens to overshadow even their offense as the most unwatchable feature of their so-called play.

        Wade LeBlanc, who was rickety again, didn’t allow much damage at all – and even the boolpen performed well, all things considered. The Reds, in the meantime, really have to do some soul searching when they come up with a team RISP that’s actually worse than the Feesh.

      • jwbiii - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        harry, While the Jays’ defense is not good, look at who is dead last.

        Don’t worry. They’ll get better when Granderson and Jeter come back.

    • yarguy - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      The pitcher’s defense was fine, but Lawrie (again?) was out of position to take the throw. Lawrie still seems to think he is the only player on the field and seldom is where he should be to coordinate with teammates.

  7. janessa31888 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    The Indians scored the equivalent of two touchdowns, a field goal, and a safety. The Astros got a touchdown, but missed the extra point wide right. What a crazy game! :) Hope we can get some starting pitching soon.

  8. greysolon - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    The Dodger free fall continues…

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