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Settling the Score: Thursday’s results

Jun 7, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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Craig is away today, so we’re going with a “Settling the Score” in lieu of the usual “And That Happened.” Don’t worry, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday.

While plenty of attention was focused on the 2013 First-Year Player Draft last night, there were some baseball games going on. And Yasiel Puig stole the show once again, as the Cuban outfielder smacked a dramatic grand slam in a 5-0 victory over the Braves.

Zack Greinke gave up four hits over seven shutout frames and struck out seven for his third win of the season. The Dodgers held a slim 1-0 lead before Puig broke things open with an opposite-field blast off Cody Gearrin with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. And yes, he got another curtain call at Dodger Stadium. He’s already making a habit out of those.

Puig is now hitting .438 (7-for-16) with three home runs, one double and nine RBI over his first four games in the big leagues. For the moment, all that talk about him saving the Dodgers’ season doesn’t sound like hyperbole.

Your Thursday box scores:

Rays 2, Tigers 5

Diamondbacks 8, Cardinals 12

Orioles 3, Astros 1

Phillies 5, Brewers 1

Twins 3, Royals 7

Rangers 3, Red Sox 6

Athletics 5, White Sox 4 (10 innings)

Padres 6, Rockies 5 (12 innings)

Yankees 6, Mariners 1

Mets/Nationals – PPD

  1. dondada10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Is “Craig is away” code for hangover?

    Last time I checked they had the internet outside of Ohio.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Per his tweets, he is flying out today. He’s at the airport, in transit this am.

      • dondada10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        “At the airport?”

        Sounds like code for smoked a few doobies.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        I will defer to your wisdom on that.

      • dondada10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        I usually just tell people I’m the pilot.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        Maybe he’s smoking a few spliffs while heading the Bosch investigation? I know I would need it after yesterday’s ” The Crush ” type of, um, concetration.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        I’m high on the real thing – powerful gasoline, a clean windshield and a shoeshine. Over.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        You are not clear for landing, GatorAir 420. Repeat. You are not clear for landing. Go around.

    • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      No ATH?? I want my money back!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        Ohhhhh….you fell for that scam too?

        People, here our story and learn the lesson – you do NOT need to enter your credit card to use the site. Also, hardballtalking.com is not affiliated with this site, nor is hardballtalk.ru

  2. historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    His Heterochromianess + a perfect Spuds McWiggles = Tigers awesomeness

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      And Valverde was able to protect a 3 run lead.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        and the jays are now “11″ games behind, can you say season over? Sure you can!!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        harry, this is a Tigers awesomeness thread, thank you.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Valverde was armed.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Spuds Mackenzie, where have you gone.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Euthanized after being diagnosed with cirrhosis, replaced with Baxter.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        A true booze hound till the end then.

    • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Roberto Hernandez + Tigers Den = So good to have my boys back in Florida

      Once Price is healthy, I hope they move Fausto to long relief where he belongs. He has decent stuff for a short while and even made Miggy look foolish at the plate–el mucho macho even smiled in acknowledgment, but the man has 3 inning expiration date. Men with two pitches don’t survive for long in the den.

      (Every time I look at the standings and see the Rays with more wins and a better record than the D while languishing 4th place and playing in a tougher division… and I see the D in 1st place while playing in the weak ass central, I feel like I have a speck of sand in my eye that I can’t remove. It’s fertilizer.)

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        First of all, it’s not the weak ass central anymore. (Did you lose to the Royals and ChiSox? Yes. So there.) And, secondly, what are you talking about with better record? We have the same number of wins and you have one more loss. We are at .552 and you are 542. I think dondada’s your pilot there.

        Now I’m getting concerned about Miggy. He was hot in May, but June seems to have come in like a turd. :( Let’s hope it goes out like bread pudding.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Ok, we HAD the better record until yesterday. Oh yes, the powerhouse ChiSox and Royals. It is just like facing the Yankees, O’s, and BoSox 500 times a year. So there. :-p

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Exactly. So, don’t be getting all haughty about the AL Least and dissing the AL…Dentral…Trentral…dammit, I have to come up with something there!

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        The AL Central is 18 game under .500. That is pretty bad. The only division that is worse is the NL East, that is pretty much all Miami.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        “The AL Central is 18 game under .500.”

        That’s ‘lions’ fancy schmancy analytical way of saying Weak Ass.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Hey Hey HEY ….I was not judging, just presenting the current state of things. Though evidence does suggest that the AL Central is “winning challenged”.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        I’m totally judging.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Detroit has been really weird this year. They look scary, but they aren’t winning games.

        Against Houston :6-1 with a +36 run diff

        Against everyone else: 26-25 with a +39 run diff

        I’m sure people think it is all the bad bullpen, but the bullpen has an ERA of 3.84 with a matching xFIP, so as a group, it hasn’t a little above league average.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        paper, we are weird every year. We’re streaky. When we’re on, we are ON! But, we aren’t on every day. Plus, Don Kelly, dangit. We need A-Jax back. :(

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I will add, we don’t have anyone in our division below .430 and that is not true of 4 other divisions.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Scherzer is the craziest case I’ve ever seen. I bet it’s really disconcerting to talk with him face to face the first few times.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Bet you can’t look away!

        I still need to find bi-colored goggles for post-season celebrating. :)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        For me the stories of the game were – Miggy goes FAST – and the CF platoon of 2.0 and Avisail couldn’t be kept off base.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        I would troll you back, but that would require me to care about BloSox games…so, no.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        You must be referring to the team atop the AL East and leading MLB in Runs? Those Sox? They’re going to blo through Detroit in two weeks time – you’d better not pull on the tail of the real tigers. How’d that work out for Ron Washington last night?

        Peace out – troll ya later

  3. natslady - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Are we allowed to comment on games, or only on Craig’s absence? He worked last Sunday, give the man a Friday…

    No Nats game (thank you, Ms. Andrea), but will some Arizona fan please riddle me this. How does Gibson leave Kennedy–he of the lacerated finger–in for 6 hits (2 HRs) 2 walks and 8 runs, after he had already given up a pair in the 1st inning. Random Reliever gave up another pair, hence 12-8.

    Daniel Descalso doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Gerardo Parra.
    2. Jon Jay singles on a line drive to right fielder Gerardo Parra. Daniel Descalso scores.
    3. Shelby Miller strikes out on a foul bunt.
    4. Matt Carpenter singles on a fly ball to left fielder Jason Kubel. Jon Jay to 2nd.
    5. Yadier Molina grounds out softly, pitcher Ian Kennedy to shortstop Didi Gregorius to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Jon Jay to 3rd. Matt Carpenter to 2nd.
    6. Matt Holliday walks.
    Coaching visit to mound.
    7. Allen Craig singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder A. J. Pollock. Jon Jay scores. Matt Carpenter scores. Matt Holliday to 3rd.
    8. Matt Adams homers (4) on a fly ball to right field. Matt Holliday scores. Allen Craig scores.
    9. David Freese walks.
    10. Daniel Descalso homers (3) on a fly ball to right field. David Freese scores.
    11. Jon Jay strikes out swinging.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Dagnamit I got all excited seeing Settling The Score thinking it was Saturday. No more of this tomfoolery DJ.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Since there was not much baseball yesterday, I want to post a fish story. CARP .299 BA, .345 OBP, .623 SLG, .969 OPS. TROUT .293 BA, .366 OBP, .533 SLG, .899 OPS

    I realize that Trout’s are flashier than Carp’s; but so far, the bottom feeder looks good and is on a winning team unlike the more popular fish.

    • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Yes, over 84 PAs, with a K rater over 30% and an unsustainable .404 BABIP, and that is as a platoon player, facing only RHP.

      Using your logic, Carp must be better than every Blue Jays player…I mean, he’s on a winning team and all.

      • nbjays - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Careful, Paper… your inner dirtyharry is showing…

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        Complete BS paperlions and below your usual caliber. It was a simple comparison of players with fish names. I did not use a part time Blue Jay first baseman with a .329 BA, .411 OBP, .521 SLG and .932 OPS because I can’t think of any fish species with the same name.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        I believe there are restrictions in the bylaws of HBT that invalidate any comparisons of players with non-mammal names.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Bob Coelocanth never made it up from the Fallopian Trench for a cup of coffee, or there would have been one.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        It was a foolish and deceptive comparison of a guy that has been platooned and lucky over a small sample size to another guy with no context…and then with a dumb ass statement of “he’s on a winning team and all”…as if that is in the players control.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      since we are talking stats here, you want to see something scary? Go check out the bluejays starting rotation, now just the starters and look at the wins and losses, ERA, ect. And remember when you are reading this that the jays paid big bucks for these numbers, LOL

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      A.J. Pollock is doing quite nicely for the D’Backs in Adam Eaton’s absence. .734 OPS, flashing some good leather, 5 HR’s, 6 SB’s.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      The PC Fish Tales have some good coaches already – Tim Salmon is the hitting coach, Catfish Hunter the pitching coach.

  6. kyzslew77 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    The Human Element was on display in Denver as Ed Hickox blew an obvious call on a simple force play at first base to hand the Padres the winning run. I’m sure he’ll be held accountable for missing something that 99.5% of high school umps would have gotten right though. And by held accountable I mean he will be lightly booed by Rockies fans when announced at the beginning of tonight’s game.

    • icanspeel - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Ironically the third base umpire got the call wrong on the force at third and then first base umpire got the call wrong at first. They somewhat evened out, but Rockies still got the better end of the deal since it became 1st and 2nd 2 outs instead of 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Either way the run should have scored.. bad umpiring just made the whole play questionable but the end result was correct.

  7. leerosenthall - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Cholly’s a genius. Michael Young: lead-off hitter extraordinaire!

    Kinda bummed, though, that if the Phillies weren’t going to shut them out, Mike Adams couldn’t have given up a homerun so we could see Bernie slide. I love that thing.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Another strong outing by Phil Hughes. His ERA doesn’t reflect it because he started the season with a lot of lop-sided loses, but I feel like he has pitched well a lot more than he hasn’t this year.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      per Mike Axisa at RAB, Hughes has given up 2 ER or less in seven of his last 10 starts. Problem is those others ones have stunk (5, 6 and 7 ER). It’s almost like he’s two different pitchers

      12 total starts
      3 ER or less = 8 GS – 52 IP – 2.07 ERA with a 52/9 K:BB with only 5 HR given up
      4 ER or more = 4 GS – 13.2 IP – 15.15 ERA with a 10/8 K:BB with 7 HR given up

      If he could do more of the former, guy could be a great #2 pitcher. But soooo inconsistent.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        True, but like those stats show, he has been good more than he’s been bad. The problem is, when he’s bad, he’s like Keanu Reeves acting in Dracula bad.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    The Feesh were orf yesterday, which gave the 1962 Mutts an opportunity to lose their 61st game to the Milwaukee…uh…Braves, yes, the Braves, and fall ahead of the Rainbow Warriors at 16-45 to 16-44. The Mutts actually won their 62nd game, so the Feesh will have to lose to the descendants of the ’62 team tonight if they merely want to keep pace.

    Meanwhile, Indy, if you’re still there, we are going to need to prepare to account for the tie game the Mutts played out against the Ast…heh heh, I mean, the Colt 45s in their 145th game of that star crossed season. If, say, the Feesh wind up at 121-40, do we claim that they had a better season than the Mutts, or do we claim that, based upon overwhelming odds, the Mutts would have lost that unfinished game against the Colt 45s and thus, in effect, they both stank equally into either nostril of heaven?

    We need Craig to return with a deep thought.

    • stex52 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Tough call, OG. The 62 Colts were 64-96, actually finishing ahead of the Cubs and the Mets. But that’s still pretty lousy. I’d hate to try to lay odds on a rematch of that game.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Lousy, yes, but look how much better they were than their nonidentical twins. It gives you an idea of just how clueless George Weiss was about how to manage his expansion draft picks.

  10. APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Like unruly children when there is a substitute teacher, once Mr. Craig is out of the room the erasers fly.

    Anybody have Adam Rosales in the game winning hit lotto? Me neither. He’d been getting pounded in by the White Sox pitchers for an excellent reason: he always swings at that pitch. His previous at bat he’d struck out on balls 3 and 4 in on the hands. The difference between the strike out and his home run was the ball he hit was up and not as in. Fat barrel, meet ball.

    Straily had a little reversion to his early season form, losing his rhythm and his command. But he steadied himself sufficiently to go 7 and thus the A relief could come in at their appointed times. There was a bit of nervousness when Doolittle gave up a loud double, but he kept his subsequent stuff down and even threw in a perfect slider to get Dunn looking after Dunn had fouled off several 97 mph fast balls. Dunn’s long fly to end the game came on a pitch outside the zone, and even with his size, it was off the end of the bat. Otherwise, Dunn would have been the walk-off hero. And in keeping with the Chris Perez thread, it’s a game of centimeters.

    • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      See if you can guess what I am now….

      • APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Mr. Blutarski, you have no grade point average.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        / Unk Mo comes skidding around the corner, looking at his watch fob – IIII’MMM AAA ZIIITT!!!

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