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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 22, 2013, 7:49 AM EDT

Blue Jays Davis celebrates his gaming single to defeat the Orioles during their MLB baseball game in Toronto

There isn’t a hotter team in baseball than the Blue Jays. They won their ninth in a row last night, walking off against the Orioles. Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-tying homer in the seventh and Rajai Davis singled in the winning run in the ninth.  The Jays have won 13 of 16 overall and are now at .500 on the season. Yes, they are still in last place. But they are only seven back. One behind the Rays, three and a half behind the Yankees and five behind Baltimore. There’s a lot of work to do — and the Jays will eventually cool off — but it’s no longer inconceivable that they’ll be back in the race and relevant as the season goes on.

Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6
Indians 5, Twins 1
Cubs 3, Astros 1
Nationals 2, Rockies 1
Yankees 6, Rays 2
Mets 4, Phillies 3
Brewers 2, Braves 0
Red Sox 10, Tigers 6
Rangers 6, Cardinals 4
White Sox 9, Royals 1
Diamondbacks 11, Reds 5
Pirates 5, Angels 2
Athletics 6, Mariners 3
Padres 5, Dodgers 2
Marlins 6, Giants 3

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Go Jays Go!

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      The strange attractor has served the Feather Lice well this season, hasn’t it? Bigger part of the trade than Bonifacio, as I look at it now.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Blue Jays finally playing up to their potential…and wirhout Reyes!

      The rest of the AL East is not happy, ha ha.

      September is gonna have some great games as the Sox, Jays, Orioles, and Devil Rays battle it out.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Not so fast say the Yankee fans and who are the Devil Rays?

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      The Jays will be very busy the next 16 days. Two more against Baltimore followed by 3 at Tampa Bay, 4 at Boston, 4 against Detroit and 3 against Minnesota.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        That makes 10 in a row thanks to Bautista. Going for #11 tomorrow with Johnson against the fossil that used to be known as Freddy Garcia.

  2. cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    That was ‘Saki’s first ever MLB homer. What a way to get it, too. Game tying, streak continuing, dramatic as all heck, two run homer off of a guy who throws roughly at WARP Factor 99. I have seldom been so happy for a professional athlete. Probably the most happy I’ve been for a pro ball player since Joe Carter in ’93.

    The Beaver Wrestlers are at nine wins in a row now. And they’ve been doing it against some damn good teams. The Rangers, White Sox, Rockies and now Orioles. These are not tomato-can teams. If the streak ends today, and it may well do so since the O’s are about the best that baseball has to offer and you don’t just sweep teams like that, I’ll be damn proud of My Boys.

    Its been real tough getting through April and good portions of May. They stunk on ice. But is was in May that the turn around started even if that was when Reyes did in his ankle (THAT was a dark day. Only surpassed by JA Happ taking one off the melon and spraining his knee in the process). They split a series with the O’s. Not to bad for a bunch of guys who’d been finding new ways to lose. They were shaky for a bit there but you could see the signs: some key hits. Some ‘thusiasm. Some hitting. Some Pitching! That last most of all.

    Hat Tip to Mark Buehrle. Not only the pitcher who righted himself first, but one of the best teammates I’ve seen in a long time.

    Another Hat Tip to John Gibbons: he kept them from going at each other’s throats and made the most of what’s turing into one of the best bullpens in MLB.

    Jose Reyes will be back probably by Sunday. Then Alex Anthopolous better stick his head in Gibbon’s office and say “send a relief pitcher down to make room” because if he sends down Munenori Kawasaki it will be THE most unpopular Management Move since Piazza was traded to The Mets.

    Anyhow, game 2 of the O’s @ BeaverWrestlers goes off at 1PM EST. Good luck, boys.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      How many fans will turn up to watch the Jays today? I will go out on a limb and predict 40,000 plus. Expecting another big time ovation when Kawasaki goes to the plate for the first time. For me I thought one of the more interesting parts of yesterdays game was when Baustita was about to erupt after he thought the Baltimore pitcher was giving him lip after a strike out and the home plate umpire put his arm over his shoulder in a fatherly way and calmed down Jose. Good time for Jose to put that emotion in his thunderstick today.

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        That umpire was Angel Hernandez of all people. That was quite a game for Ole Angel H. He actually consulted upon request on the Davis AB. Hernandez had called foul tip and was about to give Davis another pitch to face (/shudder). Instead, he listened to RA Dickey and then John Gibbons and ACTUALLY ASKED FOR HIS COLLEAGUE’S OPINIONS! The he ACTUALLY REVERSED THE CALL TO THE RIGHT ONE!!!!!

        I damn near plotzed.

        What convinced all, I think, was Davis running down to 1st on the dropped pitch by Thole. No way he does that unless he missed the ball.

        Showalter gave us all a good show. He ended it by mock-tossing all the umpires then went for beers. Hernandez actually gave Buck lots of room on that rant, too. Explained his case, pointed out Davis trotting to 1st, tried to be reasonable and only after Showalter wouldn’t give over did he THEN toss him out.

        Good game, Angel.

      • indaburg - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Angel Hernandez did WHAT to Bautista?!?!?

        /open mouth

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Yep. Wouldn’t have belied it if I hadn’t seen it m’self. By that time I was in a funk over the score, it being 6-4 Orioles at the time, and thought only “Bautista’s gonna need some bleach for that uniform”; an uncharitable thought to be sure, given the call reversal and Hernandez’s patience with Showalter and all.

        If Angel Hernandez is gonna act like a reasonable human being, with kind impulses, good judgement, and not make a spectacle of himself, I gotta acknowledge that for what’s worth. Its what we’ve wanted from him all along.

      • indaburg - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        My deep and foolish belief in the fundamental goodness of people is reinforced. People can change for the better. Good job, Angel.

        I best close my mouth. I think I caught a fly. Gross.

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Wash you mouth out with whiskey. That always works for me.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        It was the same Darren O’Day who coughed up the winning home run to Bautista in today’s game. The jug head did not know that you do not tug on Superman’s Cape.

  3. bronco1991 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I actually attended last nights game, and damn was it a good one! Buck getting tossed in the first, Ed hitting a moon shot, and then Kawasaki … Wow. I never in my life would think I would see 40,000 people on there feet chanting a for this guy! I could not wipe the smile from between my ears, what’s a great game.

  4. 4d3fect - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Quiet morning. Hopefully the thumb harpy has gone to hangover hell.

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Maybe Almonte the young Yankee prospect is what the Yankees need to provide a catalyst for their struggling offense. If nothing else he was that on Friday night.

  6. ptfu - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Amazing. The Padres did it again. Lost their starter two pitches into the game. Yes, that’s ANOTHER injured starting pitcher. Up against Clayton Kershaw, who’s merely one of the best in baseball. Yasiel Puig had two more hits. Padres somehow won.

    Get this: Carlos Quentin hasn’t played for over a week. The only reason he’s not on the 15-day DL is because there’s no one else on the 40-man roster. Okay, the Padres do have exactly one healthy position player, the raw Yeison Asencio. He just got promoted to AA and turned out to be three years older than he initially claimed.

    Gotta enjoy the ride while it lasts. Wheels could fall off any time now, as the current rotation is Stults, Marquis, Cashner, Volquez, Stauffer/Ross. Despite -11 run differential, team is somehow over .500 and only 2.5 out of first. Wheee!

    • icanspeel - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      The Padres are messing with all the analysts and statisticians right now by doing what they are doing. Most people wouldn’t believe Clayton Kershaw is 0-3 against the Padres this year and they have hit 5 of the 6 home runs he has allowed all year.

      It may seem like the wheels will fall off, but next tuesday they get Gyorko back and Quentin should be playing by then, and a week later Alonso and Cabrera are back so they get another boost.

      • ptfu - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Those guys will help, though it’s too bad none of them can pitch. The Padres have a deceptively good lineup. No MVP candidates, no big thumpers who can take over a game, but lots of guys who can hit a little. Quentin, the Jerk, Cabrera, and even Alonso have all had their moments. Hopefully they can resume doing their thing, helping the lineup carry the team to victory.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Didn’t the Diamondbacks win the division with a negative run differential just a few years ago? The key to that is one run games, and the Padres lead the league in those.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Feesh, anyone? I hear you cry.

    The Rainbow Warriors aren’t doing themselves any favors by making the Jints look like a bunch of pussies, are they? We all know that their ridiculous winning streak at San Andreas Park won’t last forever – last night was their ninth win in a row there, guffaw. For the time being, though, this has to rank among the few high points, if you can imagine such a thing, of the Feesh’s lost planet expedition of a season. When Marcel Ozuna singled in that go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the wheels came off the hometown bandwagon, there was a nice shot of Bruce Bochy – who had just brought in Machi from the boolpen – crumpling up a piece of paper and throwing it disgustedly over his shoulder. The Feesh must have the Jints talking to themselves. Reecky Nolasco was a bit off his stride, going seven and giving up three runs – one of them, it must be said, on a misplay of a popup by the soon-to-redeem himself Ozuna, who also gunned down a runner at third with that howitzer of an arm of his. He looked like Al Kaline, except, to invoke Bill Lee’s memorable description, he isn’t all covered with birdshit yet. He now leads the league in assists.

    And what about the ghosts in the eyes of the ’62 Mutts, down there on the other end of the chronosynclastic infundibulum? A memorable afternoon they would rather forget, but even now, fifty one years later, they can’t. Why? Well, in that lonely cool before the dawn, you hear the strikeouts piling on…thirteen, to be exact, as they lost to the Bums and some guy named Koufax who, by the way, threw a no-hitter at them in the process. Yep. Leaving them parked on 20-53 while the Feesh continue to fall behind in the race for the waste, 34-49. The Feesh will need a long losing streak if they want to avoid trading forgettable mediocrity for real, indelible infamy. Time is running out.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Typo. 24-49.

      Edit function!
      Edit function!
      EDIT FUNCTION!

      • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Oh, and incidentally – that’s not the Tim Lincicum anymore. That’s some yuppie clown with a hat. What happened, did he take Delilah out on a blind date?

      • gloccamorra - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        I always wondered where that edit button was myself.

        Don’t worry about losing the first pick in next year’s draft. Loria’s Temps have a healthy lead, and though they’re winning now, so are the ‘stros.

  8. gloccamorra - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    So Oswalt has joined the Rockies, a surprisingly competitive team, per his desire. But now they’re in a tailspin and headed for a crash with the Dodgers. He arrived in Philly just in time to see the end of their run of World Series appearances, and their last division title. Is it too early to call him a jinx?

  9. APBA Guy - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Who says that Safeco isn’t a hitters park? The numbers, well, they lie. Just ask a number of politicians.

    But the A’s took out their Texas frustrations on Seattle, especially one Yoenis Cespedes, who was back in the OF after about 10 games at DH nursing his latest injury, which leads to the question, can you have too many muscles in baseball? We’ll save that for later. But the flurry of HR’s for the A’s must have felt good, especially the ones off Iwakuma with his gaudy ERA.

    The mantle of “hottest team” in the AL has officially passed from the A’s to the Jays, according to Craig and those pesky numbers, again. Although from the way the A’s were bouncing around last night it’s clear they felt they were the hottest team while they were in Texas, at least in terms of temperature. The team was positively buoyant once back in the cooler NW climes, with many in the crowd showing parkas and blankets as they settled in for the game.

  10. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Let’s go Bucs !

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