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Settling the Score: Wednesday’s results

Jun 20, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Getty Images

Sorry for the abbreviated recap this morning, folks, but some things came up this morning preventing a thorough going-over of the box scores, game stories and whatnot. It’ll be a normal day besides that. Just an early morning jam-up.

So, discuss yesterday’s amongst yourself. I’ll give you a topic: Could Yasiel Puig create a rock so big that He Himself could not lift it?

Nationals 6, Phillies 2
Yankees 6, Dodgers 4; Dodgers 6, Yankees 0
Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 1
Giants 4, Padres 2
Orioles 13, Tigers 3
Braves 5, Mets 3
Indians 6, Royals 3
Reds 2, Pirates 1
Blue Jays 5, Rockies 2
Cardinals 4, Cubs 1
Rays 6, Red Sox 2
Rangers 9, Athletics 4
Twins 7, White Sox 4
Brewers 3, Astros 1
Angels 1, Mariners 0

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    8 in a row for the Jays. They are 12 and 4 in June. Lind hit a 3 run home run. Buehrle was not at his best and exited after 5 innings with a 4 to 2 lead. Four relief pitchers dominated the Rockies. In the 7th, Cecil faced the heart of the batting order and only threw 9 pitches (all strikes). He struck out 2 and got a 0 and 2 ground out to second.

    They play 3 against Baltimore on the weekend. Dickey, Wang and Johnson are the scheduled starters. They then go on the road for 3 in Tampa Bay and 4 in Boston. This series of 10 games just might see the Jays back in contention. I would be very happy with a 7 and 3 record during this stretch.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      It would seem both of our teams are pretty much in the same boat over the next 10 days or so. Good luck to the Jays.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      Thumb harpie Thursday?? Yay!

      Now it’s time for the Cock Punch Trio to see how they fare against the brain-melting baseball-destroying supernova that is Crush Davis.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        We have a plan to take on the O’s. Dickey, Wang and Johnson should do the trick.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        It’s like Tinkers to Evers to Chance, but with penises.

      • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        I think it is more similar to “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain”.

      • nbjays - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        Dickey, Johnson and Wang and win with a bang?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        If loving them is Wang – I don’t wanna be wight

      • indaburg - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        “If loving them is Wang, I don’t want to be right.”

        Pun of the year. /curtsey

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM


      • spudchukar - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Would have been better spelled “white”.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    The Yankees right now are treading water. Playing well enough to stay in contact with the division leaders but not good enough to gain ground. The next 11 days (10 games) could determine the Yankees playoff hopes. We’ll see as they face the Rays, Rangers and Orioles during that span.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    The less said about Shaun Marcum, the better. He and Phil Hughes are both on their way of their respective rotations.

    Meanwhile, back in 1986, the Mets won Game Six of the World Series. As it was a Jewish holiday that night, I had not actually seen that game before. So it was a thrill to turn back the clock so effectively. The tenth inning is suspenseful even though it’s a foregone conclusion. And it remains a joy to hear Vin Scully. Or to not here him, and went silent for about three minutes after Knight came home, letting the fans at Shea do all the talking. Who does that anymore?

  4. kcrobert10 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Dreadful game by the royals. Still a successful road trip. Once again we need a big bat (stanton) to help drive in runs.

    • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      How is it that the guy who always gets thumbs down is the only comment so far that has a positive margin? Is this real life? Did I miss something???

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Maybe people are starting to wake up to the fact I’ve known since last winter for the royals to have a chance the need a power bat and Mr iron giant Stanton fits the bill. I don’t care about thumbs one way or another its just my opinion I’m entitled to it and it is vailed.

      • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        We all want things Robert. For example, I want today to be Friday. Saturday would be better, but I’d settle for Friday.

        I personally think your opinion is right out there in the open. No need to hide it!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Surly huh? I wondered what was in your picture.
        What does it compare too (taste wise)?

      • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Actually that’s some Tallgrass 8-Bit ale in the picture. They’re out of Manhattan, KS. Very tasty.

        Surly Furious is an IPA brewed by Surly Brewing in Brooklyn Park, MN. You can find more about the flavor here (

        They are building a new facility in Minneapolis and should hopefully be expanding distribution back out of Minnesota in the next few years. They used to distribute to Chicago, but had to pull back to keep up with local demand. Very tasty beers if I do say so myself.

  5. nbjays - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Sounds like a regular AL East dogfight in the next couple of weeks. There could be some major position shuffling and I hope this 8-game win streak by the Jays just to get back in the mix is a sign of things to come.

    Look out Baltimore, here comes Dickey, Johnson and Wang!

    • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Watch out your Dickey don’t get Crushed.

      • nbjays - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        Is that like a reverse HBPiD?

    • rockthered1286 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Good thing the yardbirds plan to counter with… with… crap, who the hell is in our rotation these days? Gonzo is on paternity leave, Gausman is in the minors, Chen is still out, Arrieta got sent back down (thankfully)… So I’m guessing Hammel…maybe Garcia…and Britton? Yikes. That can go one of 2 ways- all gems or all blowouts. Good thing we’ve got Captain Crush on our side!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        That was a great trade to get Davis. What were the Rangers thinking? During their winning streak, the Jays have only given up 2 home runs. Both were solo efforts. The Jays have hit very well against lesser starters.

      • psuorioles - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        I’ll take the O’s lineup against the Blue Jays rotation any day of the week… they did just take a series going against Scherzer, Verlander and Porcello…. which I think we can all agree is better than Dickey, Wang and Johnson.

      • cur68 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        The O’s have damn good hitting. Best in baseball, in fact. But the last time they faced The Beaver Wrestlers, they had better pitching and could manage but 2 of 4. It was a draw. The Beav have gotten better, both in hitting and pitching. The O’s have taken a step back pitching wise but their hitting has really buoyed them.

        Best case scenario? One team beats the other 2 out of 3 and it could go either way. These could easily be slug-fests, in fact. With the exception of Wang, The CockPunchTrio™ have been stingy with the runs and the run support has been really good, but I don’t expect that O’s are gonna be fooled too often by the Trio and bats have a way of going cold on you.

        Good luck Beaver.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    No ATH? I didn’t get my receipt and I want a full fucking refund and another coffee, dammit. And hurry up with my damn croissants!

    • philliesblow - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Clearly Craig doesn’t have TWtW today.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        What I’m sayin! Where’s the Grit?

    • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      You are clearly bitching to the scores.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Or the thumbs. Happy Thumb Harpie Thursday!

        I think Harry only gets to use the prison computers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

      • indaburg - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        You people are so punny today. I’m dying laughing over here.

  7. janessa31888 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    What in the world? Not a single like on any of the previous comments yet! Either the thumbs up sign isn’t working or people are really crabby this morning.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      It is one jerk playing games again with the thumbs function.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Must be a very sad person, eh, PC?

        On the other hand, Thumb War Thursday!!!!! It’s on! I just thumbed you down! Ha Ha!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        By the way historiophiliac, I just heard that Brian Wilson turned 71 today. Do you still think that he would be a better option than Valverde?

      • nbjays - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Shhhhh, Historio….

        The first rule of Thumb War Thursday is you don’t talk about Thumb War Thursday.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        It’s kind of like the “Revenge of the Sith”. Except none of us are honorable Jedi knights, so instead of getting a total badass like Darth Maul, we get, people ( or persons, CIAL, maybe ) who’s greatest Sith ability is to click a mouse or place their finger on a touch screen.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        The funny thing is that the event coincides with the end of the school year for most, so it’s not hard to figure out a potential hypothesis on our culprit or culprits.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Good deduction. Deep in some mothers basement, a friendless nerd is being a total jerk..

      • indaburg - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Actually, I don’t mind it. Maybe it is someone trying to make the point that the thumbs up/thumbs down down feature is simplistic and utterly useless. I mean, y’all are probably right–it’s probably some guy in his mom’s basement, but I like my interpretation.

  8. philliesblow - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    A second question to consider: Is there a Kryptonite to the Superman act that is Crush Davis? Dude is something else.

    I wish there was a bullpen version of Allstate insurance. I fully expect the next commercial will feature the mayhem strikes guy wearing a #46 jersey Old English D jersey.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      I have no freaking idea what Leyland was doing. Why didn’t he pull Porcello? Why didn’t he pull Reed? Why didn’t he put Tuiasosopo in for Kelly earlier? But, really, it makes sense to put Valverde in then because why not just blow the whole f*cking thing up? Of course you put him in. There’s no save to blow. He can just blow.

      (If I had tried this yesterday, there would’ve been so many bad words in it.)

      PS The antidote to Crush is His Heterochromianess.

      • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        You might want to try something else. Davis was 2 for 3 with a 425 ft HR against His Heterochromianess.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Really, cuz I think in 17 AB he’s struck out 6 times, only had 1 HR and 2 measly rbi’s. But, feel free to look at the last series only. Have a nice day…downerlions.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        / sad wiggle dance

  9. badmajk24 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Jason Grilli blows his first save in 25 chances and gives up his first homer of the year to Jay Bruce in the 9th. Not many people talk about Bruce, sure he strikes out a lot, but who doesn’t in the bigs now? I think Cincinnati fans take this guy for granted, BIG TIME

    O and not to mention DatDude Brandon Phillips coming through with yet another clutch hit. Indians must want to kill someone when they see this guy on Top 10 plays EVERY NIGHT

    • janessa31888 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Yes, we do. Specifically, Eric Wedge.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      I think you are right 24. I witness them taking Bruce for granted on a regular basis.
      Plus…last night he robbed a home run as well!

  10. philswfc08 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Another brutal loss for the Phils. Kendrick tosses 7 2/3 of 1 run baseball and Papelbon (on 3rd night in a row trying to save it) blows the sweep of the gNats. First 2 blown saves of the season in this series, 2 out of 3 is good, but this is exactly what they do…string together a few wins and make you think they can compete–“hey imagine if we had Utley healthy and if we get anything out of Doc”–then they give away wins and string together 5 losses. Hopefully RAJ has finally come to realize this and starts the rebuilding process THIS trade deadline.

    • natslady - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Papelbon slamming his team’s fundamentals when HE blew two saves in three chances. Cliff Lee not objecting to a trade, Colbert not happy (and not winning, either). When your three top pitchers are not happy, that ain’t good. The Phils played us very tough, no doubt. If Davey had put Storen in Monday instead of Abad we might have had 2 of 3. Some of Davey’s decisions are very strange. Never thought we were winning the Cliff Lee game.

  11. 4d3fect - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Thumb Harpie Thursday? Wonder what the happy hour drink would be.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Surly Temple’s.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM


        PS That’s me already today!

      • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Mmmm. Surly. Would that be Surly Furious with some grenadine? Not sure how that would taste, but I’d give it a shot. I suppose you’d have to have had the pleasure of being in Minnesota to even have the opportunity, but the trip would be worth it.

    • 4d3fect - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Maybe a Thrumming Thorazine Shuffle?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Probably pruno

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      What am I saying? Something more dignified – a toilet merlot perhaps.

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Merlot Neuveau? But the mere existence of such a thing would drive Miles Raymond under his bed and freeze him there.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Toilet drinks? Uh, that would be white zinfandel. Gag!

  12. heyblueyoustink - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I saw a steak-umm ad board being displayed at CBP on the broadcast last night.

    Needless to say, the world is coming to an end.

  13. Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    No sleep again last night; beavers smacking their tails in the mud. And I thought I lived hundreds of miles south of that country. When does mating season end?

    Anyway, the Feesh seem to have reverted solidly to pre-Memorial Day type. Classic Feesh profile: good starting peetching, almost no offense, sudden death boolpen. El Joven peetched seven magnificent shutout innings, walked a couple in the eighth, and Mike Redmond, who is quickly learning to meddle with a good thing (not a problem designatedhitterball managers have; there’s no need for them to practice taxing their brains), brings in the recently designated by Larry Beinfest as untradeable Mike Dunn – who required exactly three peetches to cough up one of his patented gopher flatballs, right down the groove in spacetime carved by its mass multiplied by its velocity and abetted by a complete lack of rotation, to Cody Ross, who still looks like a forest sprite out of a Miyazaki cartoon even with the beard. Pan to El Joven. With his towel over his head, which he was resting on the railing of the dugout refusing to see or be seen, he was a peecture of pain. He didn’t need to speak because he could communicate his suffering telepathically.

    On the bright side, the loss enabled the Feesh to keep pace with the ’62 Mutts, who went man boobs up 5-4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers when a relief pitched named Ken McKezie – one of those pioneering beaver-lovers, by the way – served up a double to Frank Howard, driving in Tommy Davis in splendid walkoff fashion and ruining a well-pitched game by the great Al Jackson who – fun fact! – became a Presbyterian minister when his baseball career ended. That he did not become some kind of brain-ossified fundamentalist after his traumatic years with the Mutts tells us how well adjusted he was. Anyway, the Mutts stand at 19-52, lagging just behind the 22-49 Feesh in the dash for the crash.

    Dear Buddha, there those damned beavers go again…..

    • APBA Guy - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Beavers in South Florida? Are you sure it’s not a new form of python alert that they’ve devised?

    • nbjays - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Fear the beavers…

  14. yousharted - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Puig & Hanley were very impressive during the twinbill in the Bronx yesterday. Ronald Belisario not so much. The malaise that the Dodgers are under with Mattingly asleep at the wheel is never ending. No win streak longer than two yet this year. Unacceptable.

  15. spudchukar - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Yadier Molina. First half MVP in the NL.

  16. jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    When can my ill cuz, Jeff Locke get any credit on HBT? He has been fantastic thus far

  17. stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Check out this line…


    (4) (1) (1) (2) (4) (0) (0) (.365) (.406) (.514)

    Getting. It. Done.
    Obviously, at the position he plays this can’t possibly last.
    But it’s damn sure one hell of a 1st half!

  18. APBA Guy - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Texas refuses to bow down to the Green Machine and rocked Tommy Milone away from home. Milone’s home/away split is 2.48/5.07, and he was every inch a 5.00+ ERA pitcher last night, leaving too many pitches up and outer half, perfectly hittable. Can’t do that when you are 86-88 mph. Texas bullpen was superb again, going 4 IP w/ 1 ER. How long can they keep this up, though? Despite a terrible first half of June record Texas seems revitalized with Kinsler’s return and prospect of at least Ogando coming off the DL soon. Final game of the series today, the A’s have to win or else the division lead drops to 1 game.

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