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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 29, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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What the heck is going on with Bartolo Colon? His incredible run of success continued last night, as he fired eight innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals at O.Co Coliseum. He has wins in each of his last eight starts and is the first pitcher to win seven in a row since turning 40 years old.

Colon scattered six hits and walked just one batter while striking out five. In his typical efficient fashion, he threw 70 out of 101 pitches for strikes and first-pitch strikes to 22 out of 29 batters faced. The veteran right-hander is now 11-2 on the season to go along with a 2.79 ERA and 61/13 K/BB ratio in 106 1/3 innings over 16 starts.

As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle points out, the last time Colon had 11 wins prior to the All-Star break was in 2005 as a member of the Angels. While Johan Santana was the more deserving candidate, he eventually went on to win the American League Cy Young Award that year.

Your Friday box scores:

Indians 19, White Sox 10; Indians 9, White Sox 8

Brewers 3, Pirates 10

Yankees 3, Orioles 4

Nationals 6, Mets 4

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 7

Padres 9, Marlins 2

Diamondbacks 0, Braves 3

Tigers 6, Rays 3

Royals 9, Twins 3

Giants 1, Rockies 4

Phillies 16, Dodgers 1

Angels 4, Astros 2

Reds 0, Rangers 4

Cubs 4, Mariners 5 (10 innings)

  1. janessa31888 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Exhausting doubleheader last night. Glad my team won, but not happy with the pitching. Thankfully, Chris Perez was not available to blow the save in the second game.

  2. hittfamily - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    With Longoria, Price, and Cobb injured, who is left to represent the Rays at the all star game? Is Matt Joyce really going to be a 2 time all star? Matt Moore?

    James Loney: All star. Albert Pujols: Not even good enough to be a snub. Wild stuff.

    • indaburg - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Losing Longoria last night on top of losing the game is like losing the battle and the war. Ai ai ai.

      First person who mentions his contract gets my middle finger.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        The Rays’ Way is that only one may be paid.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Can I just get the finger anyway?

      • indaburg - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        You have to say please.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Whew, you’re a tough proposition. Do I have to say your name too?

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:56 AM


  3. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Orf night for the resurgent Feesh. Reecky got pounded for seex runs on eleven hits and the boolpen reverted to its May ways as the Pad people raked them for three more. At the plate, the Feesh went being-and-nothingness for six with RISP.

    A Friday night crowd sought shelter from a possible zombie apocalypse at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, a few thousand more than usual drawn by the team’s recent run of decent performances, but also drawn by the prospect that Reecky might well be taking the mound for the Feesh for the last time before being salary-dumped by Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua. He leaves as the team’s all time leader in wins and strikeouts, but why would Scrooge need wins when he pockets all those luxury tax simoliens anyway?

    • natslady - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      I see down-thumbs is back. Well, your post was fine by me!

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        You wonder why the thumb harpy even bothers, since everyone knows what’s going on anyway. It’s besides the point, though – really, the thumbs are a waste of time and space with or without our resident cretin’s animadversions. Unless Circling the Bases meant to target the 12-15 year old demographic, I was never able to see the point of including such a juvenile feature here in the first place.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Even PFT doesn’t stoop to thumbs. Yahooooooo — ooo — oooo

    • theinconvienenttruth - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      What are you talking about? Clearly those were all “superfans” and the “media is being overdramatic about Marlins attendance”.

  4. steelers88 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    So who would have thought at the beginning of the season that the Pirates would have the best record on June 29th.

    • johninpa - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Let’s hope they don’t screw up the chemistry at the trade deadline like they did last year. And from the thumbs down, I see there isn’t much love for the Pirates here.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Ignore the thumbs – that’s just the thumb harpy, some nitwit who figured out how to manipulate multiple browsers at once. If the Pirates have any problem here, it’s with interest levels. I think folks have become so used to them not being relevant that they’re just beginning to take notice now. Aside from Kutch and maybe one or two others, hardly anyone outside of western Pennsylvania even knows who’s on the team. That interest level will pick up if they continue to play as well as they have.

    • fukpittsburgh - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      If I were you I wouldn’t bet my house in Homewood that they even finish the season with a .500 record.

  5. Rockie D. Bull - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    On a sweltering St Petersburg night, naturally with a possibility of rain; I headed down to Tropicana Field to watch a game that I knew would start on time regardless of the weather outside. I stopped at Ferg’s Sports Bar on the way in to take advantage of the food and beer at a fraction of what is charged for the same thing in the Trop.

    Arrived at the seats in time witness the Rays mascot Tebowing throughout the entire national anthem instead of standing at attention and then the fun began. Cabrera and Fielder both had Colome’s number and were teeing off on those tomatoes he was tossing to them. The Rays tried to battle back but then these two would come to the plate again continue to stretch the Tiger lead. Cabrera’s second homer hit deep in the left field seats but that was nothing compared to the catwalk bending shot Fielder later hit off of Farnsworth(less).

    Lots of Tiger fans were part of the 17,000+ crowd. Many seemed to be from Lakeland and did not appear to be suffering from the adverse affects of a bridge crossing that afflicts many Rays fans living in Tampa. These hearty Detroit fans were not afraid to make the drive over to the Trop during the Friday Tampa rush hour to support their team’s first trip to the Trop this season. The Rays came up short on the scoreboard but watching the game in air conditioned comfort as Cabrera and Fielder smack the ball around like they did was well worth the $14 ticket price. Parking for free with 4 or more in the car provided the added bonus of 2 post game pitchers of beer at Ferg’s while we waited on traffic to clear.

    With the weather forecast calling for a 50% chance of rain later today and 70% chance tomorrow, it is nice to know that Saturday and Sunday’s games (like all Rays home games) will be held inside on the AstroTurf with a zero percent chance of any rain delays at beautiful, cool and dry Tropicana Field.

    • fm31970 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      $14 w/free parking?? = me , jealous.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        I guess if you already suffer from depression, sitting in that sodden mausoleum wouldn’t make much of an impression on you anyway.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        I’m sorry, OG, Mausoleum is tm’d for the A’s ballpark. Tomb, crypt, etc are available for the Trop.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Fair enough. Just don’t threaten me with cupcakes anymore.

      • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        The price is right for admission and the first 100 cars with 4 people park free at the Trop. It’s a great place to watch a game in air conditioned comfort and fans KNOW there will not be a rain out or rain delay when games are scheduled.

        Don’t fall for what the Ancient Alligator says about the Trop. He is boycotting his beloved Blow Fish but from their attendance numbers indicated here at HBT yesterday, he might be only one on that bandwagon down in Feeshville. The Ancient Alligator is still smarting from the player fire sale and worst stadium deal in history. He will be on hook for years to come along with the rest of the Miami taxpayers for the brand new Blow Hole that is currently sporting a AAA team, whether he goes to the games or not. In 16 years when the lease on the Trop expires and the Rays look to move into new digs, the Blow Fish owner will probably claim that he needs new ball park too.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Poor dimwitted Rockie. I guess you fact checked my place of residence the way you fact checked the route of Hurricane Wilma, eh? I don’t live in the city of Macondo; I live out in the unincorporated county, where the damage, though it will reverberate, won’t be nearly as severe. You keep flogging the circumstances of the stadium deal as though, in your inveterate idiocy, you can’t seem to get it through that block of calcium phosphate that protects your brain stem that I opposed the deal from the outset and would still like to see a thoroughgoing federal investigation of its circumstances and of MLB’s role in it.

        Incidentally, look around and see if, despite your hopelessly flogging it at every opportunity, anyone else has picked up your lame “Blow Fish” shibboleth. No? Know why? Because it’s so stupid, that’s why. And one other thing: you keep reminding everyone, over and over again, that the Dump is a dome, as if they didn’t already know that from the official name of that sorry place. Earth to Rockie D. Bullshit: not everyone else is as dimwitted and resistant to absorbing information and perspective as you, even though, in your solipsistic absorption, you actually think they are.

  6. steelers88 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I’m sorry but Tropicana field is one of the worst stadiums in the league. Hopefully they can get a stadium with a retractable roof!

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      It’s also the ugliest. Every so often, when flying into or out of Tampa, the flight takes a path over the Trap. Never mind how squat, incongruous and dowdy It looks from ground level – from the air, it resembles a huge wart.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        I disagree good sir – it’s more like a disc barrow.

    • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Have you actually been to a game at the Trop to form that opinion or are you following along with the national hype? It is easy to get to, the game will not be rained out and the AC was a welcome feature on a sweltering night like Friday was locally. If you haven’t been to the Trop for a game and get a chance to go, be sure to go to Ferg’s Sports Bar before and after. Just don’t count on a short walk “across the street” to the Dali, it is actually 16 blocks away down on the waterfront unlike the earlier misinformation squirt from the all knowing Ancient Alligator.

      Also – Did the Pittsburg area fans allow the owners of the 3 teams playing at the newish sports facilities in Pittsburg to receive public billionaire welfare and take the taxpayers to the cleaners to build those places the same way the Blow Fish did to get the new Blow Hole in Miami?

      The Trop is way better than either of those twin dumps in Chicago and Boston and there has never been a rain out (or snow out) at there since the place opened.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        For some reason Rockie D. Bullshit is really obsessed with the Dali Museum. Small wonder. Just a short walk south of the Tropicana Dump, the place is spacious, airy and filled with works of genius, an especially resplendent recuperative after being walled up in the dun-colored oppressive atmosphere of the Trap like Fortunato in Montresor’s basement for a Rays game or, more likely in Rockie’s case, a Justin Bieber concert.

        oh, and Rockie – yes, we know you’re not much of a meteorologist (did you check the correct storm track of Hurricane Wilma I posted for you on the blog about how the Rays are, apparently, hopelessly entombed in their Morlock dome until 2017?), but really, you keep bringing up the circumstances of Macondo Banana Massacre Field’s misbegottenness as if you actually expect me to defend it. Did you ever actually read anything I’ve written about it?
        Doesn’t sound like it.

        Here, I’d like to introduce you to an acquaintance of mine. JimmytheScroogeMcLoriaGull, meet Rockie D. Bullshit. Play nice now, you two.

      • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Oh zing!!!! – another dig from the king of name calling, the A$$hole Alligator Snapperhead know-it-all from Feeshville who is never wrong and thinks his opinions are more right than others.

        “Did you ever actually read anything I’ve written about it?”

        No I haven’t; what “writing” are you be referring too? I don’t view your daily wordsmithy “squirts” on HBT as “writing”. Your posts (not “writings”) don’t contain much substance and they tend to cover the old same monotonous drivel you are infamous for or you bash the Trop (Ray envy showing through) or someone that disagrees with you. If you have “written” anything outside of HBT, it is probably not very interesting as it comes from a hypocritical, supposed “fan of the Feesh” that won’t attend games at the brand new ball park he is helping to pay for in his own back yard.

        As you keep yourself busy over the next 16 years enjoying your social life at the nursing home and taking your medication while sending in your automatic quarterly tax payments on the new Blow Hole, I will continue to enjoy plenty of Rays home games at the Trop.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        I didn’t think you were reading it, because you go on dragging out the same tired, wheezing juvenile japes post after post. But it is refreshing to see that you still find things like domes and air conditioning unique and miraculous after all these years, as if they didn’t exist anyplace else. Your childlike credulity is almost as invigorating as your obviousness is amusing, however inadvertently. And don’t forget to take your Lexapro before leaving for the Trap – if it wears off while you’re immured in that gunite reliquary, it will kill your whole evening.

    • theinconvienenttruth - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      We provide top 10 facilities, while you have us play in your shithole stadiums.

      Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        I think it’s hilarious when Rockie D. Bullshit compares the Tropicana Dump to Wrigley and Fenway and calls that hollowed-out landfill superior. It’s a bit like comparing Santa Sophia and the Sistine Chapel unfavorably to a splinter sect church in an old construction trailer.

      • moogro - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I’ve heard the Rockie thing before, and it’s understandable. Sounds like a Twins fan making the best of things during the Metrodome years.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Yes, but there was light in the Metrodome. It didn’t have that funereal airlessness about it the way the Trap does. Look, I understand it too – poor Rockie has been driven stupid by the oppressiveness of that slum of a stadium. He’s been compelled to invert the sense of despair that even the team’s owner admits he feels about being entombed in that circinate sepulcher and condemned to honor that horrible lease. While poor dumb Rockie is crowing about the air conditioning – something he apparently just discovered – and the ugly, light-repelling domed roof, the team itself is dying alive about being stuck with it. Go figger.

      • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        What is really funny is Fenway… a top 10 facility. LMAO – Not since 1912.

        The A$$hole Alligator Snapperhead is off his medication today and “squirting” more wordsmithy drivel.

        Meanwhile, its pouring outside but that will not affect the baseball game tonight at the Trop. I hope they have enough sense to close the roof on the new Blow Hole so all of the real fans we heard about yesterday on HBT can enjoy the game while the hypocritical taxpaying, boycotter – A$$hole Alligator Snapperhead – watches in his nursing home TV room (if they agree to let him stay up that late).

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        poor dim Rockie can’t even see all the logical inconsistencies in his own ravings, can he? It’s almost like playing “find the Ninas” in the old Hirschfield cartoons in the Sunday New York Times. He decries the taxpayer ripoff, derides the community for letting itself get ripped off, then valorizes the gullible fans who go to the stadium to validate the ripoff and criticizes the ones who won’t go and won’t validate the ripoff, makes fun of the weather in Macondo, even though it didn’t actually have the weather he was making fun of it for having, and then dumps unreservedly on the weather in his own town and celebrates the existence of a roof to keep all that rain off his alleged head. These are the multiple warning signs of a complete schmuck, one whose lack of logical consistency, taste and discrimination would be expected from anybody who finds that godforsaken concrete midden heap a salubrious place to go, even in a town where there’s so little else to do. Maybe if they built an ugly dome over Ybor, he would hang out there more often.

        I think what’s really troubling poor Rockie is those two world championships Macondo owns. So close, so close.

  7. natslady - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Thank you very much, Terry Collins (over manager) and Mets bullpen. I have NO CLUE why Collins didn’t bring Parnell in for the 4-out save with two outs in the 8th, but he didn’t and he didn’t and he didn’t. Then it was 4-4 for the 9th, and he did. And Parnell gave up two runs.

    Matt Harvey is the real deal… Man, that kid can pitch.

  8. leerosenthall - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Cole Hamels probably had to put a call into his shrink after watching the Phils score 16 runs last night for John Lannan, who also had three hits in the game. Pettibone has more wins this season than Hamels, and now Lannan (Lannan!) has more hits. /smh

  9. fm31970 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    So when a pitches pounds the strike zone and has the control to keep the ball in the perimeter of that strike zone, it benefits his team? Who knew!

    I know someone’s going to bring up the PEDs with Colon, and his performance this season surely has Selig fuming mad, but the guy can locate his pitches like nobody else, and he’s winning games.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      If I were pounding the strike zone, I’d use a veal hammer after first wrapping it in cheesecloth. Then I’d flour it, moisten it with beaten egg whites and turmeric, dip it in breadcrumbs and saute until browned. Finally, I’d place a fried egg over it, crossed with a couple of anchovie fillets, and serve with red cabbage and a side of cranberry and wild berry sauce. Try it some time – Strike Zone a la Hollstein. That’s why Sabbathia looks the way he does.

      • moogro - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Flour the veal hammer? Heavens! But yes, this sounds good.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Another typical Ace-Type start from Sabbathia. Pitches well, completely falls apart for an inning, and then gives up the run to blow the lead and lose the game. If some team approaches them about a trade, I really hope they consider it. Talk about bad contracts- he’s definitely one of them.

  11. modellforprez - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    49-30 Bucs would have to go 31-52 to blow this one. And all they have to solidify is right field. but who? Nobody wants to play in PGH right. Neal H. tried to aquire Hunter pence Rejected Alfonso soriano Yep Rejected they offered Edwin Jackson 33 mill over 3 yrs and thank heavens the scrub said no because He SUCKS with the scubs. and their have been many more to reject deals to the pirates and Now most of them play for losers or they are losers. But MLB this is the year the Schmuccos climb back on the winning side at least for a year. i think back all those losing seasons and cant help but think. They couldnt get lucky at least once and over achieve over .500% just once. i know the freak show of 97 came close at 79-83 but thays it. Now we can watch 20 fucking years of losing go right down the drain.. Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z

  12. elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    40 year old, fat, over-the-hill pitcher who could barely throw a few years back now pitching better than ever? Nothing to see here, move along please…

  13. leerosenthall - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I was wondering what kept all those fans in Dodgers Stadium last night. Turns out, in addition to waiting for fireworks, it was an historic loss for the Dodgers. Per Matt Gelb at the Inquirer:

    “The Phillies smashed 21 hits and rendered the final innings of this game a pointless exercise. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Dodgers at home since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The worst before that was July 3, 1947, a 19-2 loss to the New York Giants at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.”

    (The paper airplane that descended on the field and Skip Shumaker pitching the 9th were a hoot too. I love that kind of stuff.)

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Apparently John McDonald WAS the missing spark the Phillies needed to get going.


  14. APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    It is a testament to how fact-free too much of our discourse has become to assert that El Capitan is pitching better than ever, with the smug implication of PED use.

    That entire statement will be withdrawn if he’s violating the MLB substance use agreement, but for now consider that compared to his Cy Young peak, Colon’s velocity is down substantially by nearly 8 mph, though he can touch 95.

    What has improved are three things:

    – movement
    – command
    – defense behind him

    He throws strikes. Batters make lousy contact because of late movement. And the A’s can really catch the ball. Plus, the offense is no longer a league embarrassment. Last night was just another example of everything going the way that the G & P Beane drew it up, or so we’d like to imagine.

    Bartolo has also had a fabulous influence on the younger pitchers. AJ Griffin has latched onto him like a puppy. Thursday’s 2-hit near-Maddux by AJ was a tribute to Bartolo’s influence, throw strikes, work fast, change speeds, don’t sweat adversity-trust your stuff and your approach.

    We’ll see if Parker can bring some of that against Wainwright tonight, though I fear Wainwright in the big ballpark will be a big ask for the A’s.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Until Bartolo’s body is exhumed and tested for performance enhancing substances like plasma, bile, oxygen and adenosine triphosphate, he shall remain Gowanchin Guilty.

      So sayeth I, still smarting from being threatened with cupcakes.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        How I love the mental image of your indignance at being accosted with sprinkles.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Malabsorped sprinkles are adorable.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        It could have been worse. Sibby’s aren’t even the best cupcakes around here, just the best that are also most convenient (walking distance) for me to obtain. Maybe I’ll bring you an assortment :)

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Chocolate shrapnel for the unpottytrained.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Looking at his numbers, it looks like he has been pretty lucky with LOB% and HR/FB. Yes, he is using breaking pitches, especially the two seamer, more than his career average, but this looks a lot more like luck than skill. His FIP and xFIP make the ERA look unsustainable by at least half a run, and ZiPS and Steamer have him projected to be almost a full run worse per nine ROS. Maybe I’m wrong and he really is just pounding the strike zone and getting weak contact, but plenty of guys live and die by that across baseball.

      As for the insinuations being made here and across baseball, I’ll paraphrase something snarky I heard about Chris Davis earlier this year: Maybe he’s eating Wheaties, maybe he isn’t, but perhaps we should just enjoy good baseball and not worry about it unless he winds up on the front of the box.

  15. sabatimus - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    What’s going on with Bartolo Colon? It’s obvious.

    • hcf95688 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Yup! Obvious to me: He throws strikes and his ball has insane movement.

    • moogro - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Yes, alternating first pitch fastballs and change-ups.

  16. steelers88 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I say the Pirates will collapse again. I don’t know why but I have a bad feeling about this team. The Pirates are starting pitching staff is pitching way over their heads and the bullpen has pitched way to many innings already. Does anyone else think Cole is overrated?

    • moogro - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      No more Hard Doom Talk on the P-ayee-Rats. Cole is not overrated. The opponents are making a book on him, and he’ll struggle. Then we’ll see if he makes the adjustments.

    • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

  17. Stiller43 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    BUCCOS 7 in a row. Alone with the best record in baseball as we draw damn near into July…

    PLEASE let this be the year!!

  18. Stiller43 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Dude rocky….i root for the rays the most out of anyone in the AL east, but the trop is a complete dumpster fire.

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