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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 26, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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The Reds are 16-5 since the first day of May. 16-5.

That run of success continued on Saturday evening at Great American Ball Park as Homer Bailey went six strong innings and Aroldis Chapman earned his 12th save in an easy 5-2 defeat of the visiting Cubs.

Bailey now owns a 3.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 63/18 K/BB ratio through 64 1/3 innings (10 starts) this season. He had a great 2012 and looks ready to take another big step forward here in 2013. Chapman has a 2.74 ERA and has fanned 39 batters in 23 innings. He’s 12-for-14 in save opportunities thus far.

The Cardinals are on a 16-6 run of their own this month and are still sitting at the top of the National League Central standings, but only by a half-game. And they have to get through Clayton Kershaw this afternoon.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5

Indians 4, Red Sox 7

Angels 7, Royals 0

Rockies 5, Giants 6 (10 innings)

Twins 3, Tigers 2

Pirates 5, Brewers 2

Cubs 2, Reds 5

Yankees 4, Rays 3 (11 innings)

Marlins 1, White Sox 2

Athletics 11, Astros 5

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 5

Phillies 5, Nationals 3

Braves 6, Mets 0

Rangers 5, Mariners 2

Padres 10, Diamondbacks 4

  1. deepstblu - May 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The Pirates are an unshabby 15-7 over that period and staying right on the heels of the Cardinals and Reds. Sometimes you have to run fast just to stand still.

  2. indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    While the Red and Cardinals are having a fantastic run of success (I am Devil Rays green with envy, by the way), I feel as if I am in a terrible sequel to Groundhog Day. In this version, instead of reliving February 2nd, I get to rewatch the same damned 9th inning over and over again. The Rays have a lead. The Rays blow the lead. The Rays have a lead. The Rays blow the lead. The Rays have a lead. And… the Rays blow the lead. Repeat ad nauseum.

    If you see me driving in a truck with a groundhog, please alert the authorities. Thank you.

    • indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Sigh… The Reds. Not the singular Red. Collectively, they’re doing great.

    • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      I see you have found your V-Wiggles. Welcome to my world.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        I wish we had signed him when we had our chance.

      • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        I might worry about a bidding war when Brian Wilson is ready but our pockets are deeper. 😉

      • indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Never worry about a bidding war when your combatant is a pauper.

      • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        PS As a follow-up to yesterday, Jon Paul Morosi says Verlander has a “swashbuckling psyche.” There’s a giggle.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        “Swashbuckling psyche?” He’s a Pirate now, is he? Arr, matey?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        V-Wiggles? I write the following under the assumption that you’re referring to Jose Valverde. He has an awesome nickname already and you’re making him sound like a kegel exercise or something. Defend yourself.

      • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        I know, Big Potato — but that seems so bland, so starchy, so immobile. Valverde has flash and movement. V-Wiggles is a nod to his Gotta-Dance style.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Me encanta cuando me llames Papa grande

  3. redguy12588 - May 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Pirates just can’t catch a break it seems.

    • thomas844 - May 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      They are a fantastic team, they are just in the wrong division unfortunately.

  4. historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Hey, hey, guess how many innings Leyland left Don Kelly in before he took him out. Six. Now guess how many hits went to center field by then. Four. (Almost half of the Twins’ hits for the day.) Now, guess how many runs those hits to center scored. Two. How many runs did the Twins have in the game? Oh, three. (The other was a home run by Mauer. Booooooo! /throws peanuts) How many hits did Kelly have by then too? Goose egg. Well, he did get a walk, so that’s something. Garcia didn’t hit any better. In short, we miss Austin Jackson terribly.

    Now for the game quirks: Phil Coke was fabulous. Joe West tossed someone and it wasn’t a Tigers player or manager. (I know!) The review of Mauer’s homer took long time. Is there a particular reason they need to leave the field for this? Is MLB completely unaware of portable electronic devices? On the other hand, anyone need a beer?

    Oh, Tigers, my eyes adored you. The win was so close…so close, and yet so far.

    • indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Portable electronic devices? Like cell phones?

      • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        At this point, I’d be happy if someone trotted out a tablet for them to huddle around. It’s not ideal (and neither is the phone thing), but it would be better than nothing.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Eye in the sky ump now. There is no reason for this to take so long. Someone should have already reviewed the call and radioed it down to the home plate ump.

      • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Exactly, and then you don’t even need to bring anything on the field. IDK, maybe part of the problem is that it gives one ump veto power over the guys on the field. Baseball is drama. lol

    • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I think you’re attempting to mar-Inge-alize poor Don Kelly. That kind of attempted social isolation is a form of bullying, and I think you should work with the Tigers to Strike Out Bullying. Show Don Kelly the love you couldn’t give to Brandon Inge.

  5. uyf1950 - May 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The Yankees snatched victory victory from the jaws of defeat yesterday and in the process 3 players were yesterdays hero’s (Nuno, Boesch and Overbay).

  6. Old Gator - May 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    The Feesh snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday. The Good Reecky Nolasco pitched his heart out for seven and a third to get the game through Mike Dunn to Ryan Webb. Yes, that Ryan Webb, AKA Heath Bell the Younger, who lost his second sudden death game in as many nights while needing only single-digit pitch totals in the bottom of the fatal inning to do it both nights. Four, to be exact. Leadoff double to Dewayne Wise. Okay, bottom of the ninth, no one out, winning run in scoring position, a guy who’s hot and has already had a couple of hits tonight coming to the plate. Walk his otherwise meaningless nates to set up a double play. A no-brainer, right? Wrong. Third pitch to Conor Gillespie (whose mother must have been a Terminator series fan) lined exactly where it needed to be lined – on a hop to Peanut Head (La Cabeza de Cachihuate in Macondo, for future reference).

    So I’m driving west towards the construction nightmare on the Dolfeen Distressway right around 10 PM or so, having just barely survived the Open Mike Night festivities at the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo (you know what “open mike” is right? You don’t? Aw, come on. Okay, it’s the musical equivalent of tryouts for non-roster non-invitees in February before peetchers and catchers report – and they had the speakers cranked up and there were some folk star wannabees who could have drowned out an incoming buzz bomb) and that only through the gracious indulgence of the lissome Brie, and I hear in the usual Feesh announcer’s overwrought style the cry “Wise is being waved home – here comes the throw from Pierre….” Yes, here comes the throw from Pierre. It’s like having Johnny Damon with a torn rotator cuff patrolling left, you know? By its fifth or sixth bounce and dribble to the plate, I figure, Dewise is already piling ham and turkey onto a slice of rye bread down at the clubhouse buffet table.

    I can’t give Webb much credit for expertise, but four pitches? Is there a Gold Punchcard for efficiency?

  7. dirtyharry1971 - May 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    another nice game by dickey, 3rd time this year he has given up 6 or more runs, and his 4th multihomer game. And after yesterday’s loss he is on pace for a nice 20 loss season, congrats yet once again toronto you are really outdoing yourself this year :)

    • historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Wow, harry, a multi-line entry…I mean, the grammar and punctuation sucked, but you strung together plural sentences. Stepping it up.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        thank you i always aim to pleas, funny thing just happened, i checked the jays score and they are of course down 2-0. At this point the jays are so far out of it i am kinda hoping they can beat the AL east teams they play to help the Yanks out but you cant even count on them to do that. Rumor has it that Gibbons seat is so hot he is wearing a flame retardent uniform

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Sorry, Harry, small problem with that “down 2-0.” This is baseball…well, designatedhitterball, actually…that we’re talking about. Despite making the game more accessible to dummies, it hasn’t completely eradicated all the twists and turns and intercessions of fate from it. 6-5 Jays, final.

      • cur68 - May 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        In your FACE, poo flinger!


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