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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 27, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

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It was easy to sense a tiny bit of panic in the air after the Nationals dropped four in a row this week to fall under .500 for the first time since 2011. However, the past two games can put any of that silliness to bed.

After Gio Gonzalez limited the Reds to a solo homer on Thursday, Jordan Zimmermann took it a step further last night by tossing a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory at Nationals Park.

It was Zimmermann’s first career shutout and third complete game. He struck out four and walked one and needed just 91 pitches to get it done. The Reds’ only hit was a single by Xavier Paul in the third inning.

Homer Bailey was pretty excellent in his own right, allowing five hits over seven innings while striking out six and walking none. But an RBI single by Jayson Werth in the bottom of the fourth inning was enough to put him on the losing side.

Zimmermann is now 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 19/7 K/BB ratio in 36 innings over his first five starts this season. While he doesn’t get much attention because of the presence of Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, the 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.95 ERA since the start of 2011. Only Cliff Lee, Jered Weaver, Johnny Cueto, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw have a lower ERA (min. 300 IP) during the same timespan.

Your Friday box scores:

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 6

Astros 3, Red Sox 7

Phillies 4, Mets 0

Cubs 4, Marlins 2

Braves 0, Tigers 10

Pirates 1, Cardinals 9

Rangers 4, Twins 3

Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 3

Rays 4, White Sox 5

Giants 1, Padres 2

Orioles 3, Athletics 0

Brewers 5, Dodgers 7

Angels 6, Mariners 3

Indians/Royals – postponed

  1. chacochicken - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Trust the Jordan Zimmermann….

    • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Wait, fish-fattened chicken?

      • chacochicken - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        As it happens, perhaps ironically, I’m probably going to damn near eat an entire lemon pepper seasoned rotisserie chicken for lunch. The most noble of flightless birds.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Cannibal!!!

  2. Jason Lukehart - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Zimmerman’s performance was the second Maddux of 2013 (after Clayton Kershaw’s incredible Opening Day performance) and only the 3rd Maddux in Nationals history, following Pedro Astacio in 2006 and Jason Marquis in 2011.

    • Jason Lukehart - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      And I forgot the second N at the end of Zimmermann. Dammit…

  3. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Now for irrelevance.

    This morning the trusty Babbage engine suggested, via a series of differential equations (ie, using different fingers and toes), that if the Feesh can’t score against Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg on successive nights, their final record might actually be worse than the currently projected Gatorchaotic Model of 5-157. The Central Eastern Florida model, also known as Indametrics, lacks the additional fingers and toes and the flexibility they provide. Perhaps that model can be augmented with beads on a string eventually. However, in the meantime, you ask: how is such a conclusion possible? I hear you cry.

    Well.

    In late September, let’s say there are two or hree games they’ve had snowed or washed out and the contending teams that would have wiped the floor with them have already clinched their playoff
    spots, so the make-up games are stricken from the schedule as irrelevant (see, I told you it was time for irrelevance) and the Feesh wind up the season with a record of 5-154 or so. Ergo, their winning percentage automatically gets worse. You see?

    In other news, rookie first baseman Joe Mahoney hit his first major league home run last night off Feldman in what we might have once called a losing cause but which, with Buddhist hindsight, we no longer recognize as a cause at all. This brief episode awakened Tommy out of his Chthulhu-like death sleep, and he lurched to life grinding sprockets gummed together by disuse and showering clots and flakes of rust and salt deposits upon the family of Gambian pouched rats who had taken up residence in his base after the Norway browns moved out because there were not enough fans there to drop pieces of hot dog or pretzel into the shrubbery for them.

    • chacochicken - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Mayhaps the little brown rat can show those Marlins the secrets of non-euclidean geometry and find the bizarre angles placed inside of the MBM field to turn those singles and ground outs into sanity straining home runs. Surely, in his bid to buy the Marlins, Loria made many sacrifices to Bud,Dagon and the other Great Old Ones. He should call in the rest of his infernal favor.

      I’ve heard rumors that the original title was actually In the Foreclosed Condos of Madness.
      ia! ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Look, I hate to be a prig about this stuff, but the Necronomicon is very clear about the use of uppercase graphemes – Ia! Ia! Better get yourself one and learn the incantantion properly before you wind up being infected by one of these:

        http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0405/Cthulhu-fhtagn!-Indescribably-terrifying-microbes-named-for-Lovecraft-monsters

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        PS – love that scene in Dagon where the Old One jumps out of the hole and helps himself to all of that blonde except her arms. Now there’s someone who won’t be back from rotator cuff surgery anytime soon.

      • chacochicken - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        See, now I would need to use a different font since the uppercase I just looks like La La to the untrained eye. Better to go lowercase and suffer at the hands of some unfathomable shoggoth.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Chthulhu is fine with “La.” But the syllable “tra” may never be pronounced. You do need to get yourself a Necronomicon. In the interest of setting off the universal conflagration, the Old Ones have even authorized a Kindle version.

      • chacochicken - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Funny you should mention it..I did have a Necronomicon for a while but I went irrevocably insane reading it. Switched over to the Principia Discordia but that didn’t help much either.

    • umrguy42 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      OG, wouldn’t that actually make their winning percentage *better*? 5 wins out of 162 = 0.0308, 5 wins out of 159 = 0.0314…

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Heh heh….never used a Babbage engine, didja?

        I just based my model on the same one the Feesh use to calculate attendance.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Or look at it this way: with fewer games played, each individual loss appears bigger by comparison.

        Or something.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        (Leafs through Russell’s Principia Mathematica to see where he fucked up….)

  4. APBA Guy - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    The A’s did not allow 10 runs last night, however, they also forgot to score in losing their 7th of 8 since they last played Houston. New research is required to determine the duration of PASS (Post Astros Series Syndrome) as it was previously believed to only last for a series or two.

  5. rockthered1286 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Super vague, not so great, fun fact: Chen has allowed one earned run in his 3 career starts vs Oakland over, I believe, 20IP.

    That being said, the yard birds have not been able to sweep a single series yet this season, which leads me to believe today’s game is not in our favor. Of course maybe I jinxed a jinx, which effectively could unjinx said jinx. And now the word jinx sounds awkward.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    the bluejays are now 9-15 and are 7 1/2 games out of first. Can you say digging a hole? You betcha!

    Hey John how hot is that seat? I bet it feels like its on fire!!

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious, John…

    “What’s basically happened is we’re playing just good enough to lose,” manager John Gibbons said. “We’re not playing good enough to win.”

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    How about Phelps just blowing away the jays last nite? What a great pitching performance, something the jays never get

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=mlb&content_id=26607671&query=game_pk%3D347086

  9. deepstblu - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Can Kyle Kendrick get a little respect? Not often that a 3-hit shutout is only the third best pitching performance of the night.

  10. historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I’d like to thank Uggla for some ugly fielding (and for the whiffs). Heck, thanks to all the Braves who contributed to the sloppiness — especially to Gearrin for walking Don Kelly (a thing I thought was impossible). That was good for a laugh. About the fifth time we hit one up the middle, I wondered why the Braves made no defensive shift, but I wasn’t complaining. That really worked for me. Also, Tuiasosopo was pleased with himself, and had every right to be. Please keep working out; please keep working out.

    Two observations:
    1) I really love watching Fielder run.
    2) I really love watching the faces of opposing players while watching Fielder run.

    I hope the boys have recovered faster than I have this morning. Play ball!

    /looks in fridge for something to offer Jobu for Porcello’s start and settles on some ketchup, a sugar free pudding, and baby carrots

    Are we playing “spot Craig in the stands” today? You know attention whore is gonna try to get on camera.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Thank you, Jobu. Porcello’s 1st was muuuuuuuch better than his last game.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Uggla has an awful lot of thank-you notes for striking out. He hasn’t even gotten through the ones he received while playing for the Feesh. Might be a while till he gets to yours. At least Adam Dunn hired some secretaries to answer his.

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