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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 30, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT

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The longest current winning streak in the majors belongs to the Pirates (at eight straight games).

The second-longest streak belongs to Anaheim.

Joe Blanton surrendered just three hits over seven innings and shortstop Erick Aybar went 2-for-5 with two RBI as the Angels defeated the Astros 7-2 on Saturday night in Houston for their fifth straight victory. The Angels are now 5-0 on their current road trip and can go 6-0 on a six-game road trip for the first time since 2002 if all goes well on Sunday.

The Angels are 38-43 with a +4 run differential — good for third place in the American League West.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Nationals 1, Mets 5

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2

Cardinals 7, Athletics 1

Diamondbacks 5, Braves 11

Indians 4, White Sox 3

Royals 2, Twins 6

Angels 7, Astros 2

Giants 1, Rockies 2

Padres 1, Marlins 7

Yankees 3, Orioles 11

Cubs 5, Mariners 3 (11 innings)

Reds 6, Rangers 4 (11 innings)

Brewers 1, Pirates 2

Tigers 3, Rays 4 (10 innings)

Phillies 3, Dodgers 4

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    As a Yankees fan the less said the batter about the game.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      correction: “better”

    • nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Just one question… pitching to Chris Davis instead of Matt Wieters with two on… why?????

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        “You know what, maybe you should just shut the **** up!” – Joe Girardi’s response to the above question.

      • nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Well played, Flame… well played.

        The Yanks have had too many STFU moments lately.

  2. scoobies05 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    2 out of 3 so far for my birds. lets sweep those yankees right outta town

  3. nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Good win by the Jays yesterday. Esmil Rogers put his bad start behind him and went 6 scoreless innings. Joey Bats, needing a change to hopefully spark something, pulled his socks up high, borrowed a pair of R.A. Dickey’s knee-length pants and went about dismantling the Red Sox 4-game win streak. A pair of dingers (the first one went over the monster, into the parking lot, and is going to cost someone a trip to the body shop), a bullet throw from right field to J.P. Arencibia to cut down Victorino with no one out, and a double down the third base line that was inextricably ruled an error although I don’t think Diaz laid a glove on it.

    I think overall defense was the difference-maker here. Boston had two runners thrown out at home and Colby Rasmus robbed Diaz of a hit with a superb catch. Conversely, Boston looked sloppy, with Nava booting around Bautista’s hit in the 9th, and Napoli channeling Bill Buckner on JP’s dribbler down the line.

    Buehrle vs Dempster today and the Jays could salvage a split. The Yankees got owned by Crush Davis and the O’s yesterday and now sit 3 games closer to 5th place than to 1st place.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Bautista’s first home run actually bounced off three cars in the parking lot behind the monster seats. Great throw by Bautista to get Victorino at home.

      • nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        I think it rolled off the other two, but the first one took the full impact. Whose parking lot is that and why do people park there, anyway?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        That was Bautista’s 200th career home run. The ball was returned to him by a Red Sox employee. I suspect that employees and possibly players park their cars there.

      • abaird2012 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Baseball-sized roof dent = free souvenir.

      • nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        You could get the same free souvenir (x100) parking outside during a summer prairie hailstorm… just sayin’.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        I was at the bar when he smashed that one…it’s been a while since I saw someone clear the entire Monster.

        That was an epic shot. I had a beer-fueled premonition that he was gonna smash one.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        I’m sure it’s just schlub employees who park there…the players probably park their cars in a covered environment.

      • cur68 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Rich people park there, or so I am told by friends who know Fenway. Everyone else takes mass transit. The notion that he dented some dick’s prize BMW fills me with satisfaction. The most inconsiderate dickheads on the road drive BMWs.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Isn’t that funny – just recently had a run-in of sorts with a driver from that large island ninety miles south of Key West which shall remain nameless in a brand-new BMW. I was waiting at an intersection to make a right turn and this culo pulls up behind me and starts honking that he wants me to turn. Nope, not with traffic coming. Sorry. He keeps on honking. I flip him off. The light turns, I turn, he turns, and then with classic BMW owner’s savoir faire he speeds up along side of me and pretends to try and sideswipe my car, then speeds off. Try and imagine this: this moron is willing to risk hitting my 2009 Dodge Caliber, which is full of old palm fronds, yard waste and bags of raked up leaves I’m taking to the local landfill, with his brand new $75,000 car. I can’t imagine a Mercedes driver doing that. I certainly can’t imagine a Jaguar driver doing that. Yeah, something about BMWs really does attract assholes.

      • cur68 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        I’m certain BMW dealers judge prospective BMW buyers on the Levenson Scale to determine if they are sociopaths before selling them a car. If they come up normal, but rich and kind of dumb, they are directed to the Audis worlds most expensive car (non-supercar) to keep on the road. The raging dickheads and sociopaths are immediately sold Bimmers.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Levenson scale? I think what they really give them is the Parallax Test. I don’t think the car will even start for them unless it senses an extra Y chromosome.

  4. nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Hey Gator, what is with the Feesh lately? 6-4 in their last 10? A complete game? Jeff Freakin’ Mathis getting 2 RBI?

    Is this any way to pursue the ’62 Mutts?

    Maybe this is their way of telling McLoria, “We’re going to suck, but not enough to get your team in the record books.”

    On the other hand, they could start a 15-game losing streak any day, so any prognostication is suspect.

    • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      It’s a mystery, like a smoky look across a restaurant from a gorgeous Latina. Some say it’s these terrific young peetchers – The Keed, Nate Eovaldi and Jacob Turner – and the occasional yeomanly performances from Tom Koehler and, a bit less frequently now, Kevin Slowey (who was consigned to the boolpen after a rocky stretch earlier in the month). Turner was heroic last night. Of course except for what may prove to be his valedictory performance night ‘fore last, Reecky has been very good in June as well.

      Having Marcell Ozuna and the Iron Giant together in the lineup at last surely has been part of it. So is having a couple of rail gun arms out there – Ozuna is right up there with the league leader in assists. When you’re not ogling one of the Iron Giant’s moonshots, you’re ogling another one of Ozuna’s gravity’s rainbow pegs to third or the plate. Tweeter, not so much – he’s been adequate at the plate but ham-handed at first base. He hasn’t met his mantis yet this season, either. Another plus has been Justin Ruggiano, climbing thirty five points or so in June and flinding his dinger range. If I were the Borg fan my grandfather wanted me to grow up to be, I might even go so far as to say that he’s the John Blanchard of the Feesh. But I won’t.

      No, but the fact is that the part timers are really contributing – guys like Mathis and Dobbs. And let me not neglect to mention this season’s career minor leaguer makes good story, Ed Lucas, who is batting .313 and has an instinct for getting on base when he feels he actually has a chance to be driven home.

      Meanwhile, today is Bark at the Park day at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. I had to explain to our odd Hemingway hound, Fido, that we wouldn’t be going this year (my other four dogs don’t give a shit – they’re greyhound racing fans anyway) or any year that bloodsucking SOB Scrooge McLoria owns the team. He dropped some quills, then climbed back up to his corner of the ceiling and sulked for a while. But it’s just as well – if he gets up in the rafters, like he did last time, I could be stuck there for days waving rats and pigeons at him to try and lure him down.

      • nbjays - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Bark in the Park? Does that mean McLoria brings the Chihuahua?

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        No, the chances of him being humped by anything bigger than a Beagle are too great. And if you spray his rump with repellent, he just runs around in circles trying to get away from himself until he drops from exhaustion.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Holy crap it’s like the real life version of Major League!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        BTW – Major League is really The Producers with baseball.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        No, Major League is the Ed Wood Jr. version of The Dirty Dozen.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        The real problem with the Feesh going on a winning tear is that all it does is make Scrooge McLoria money now and save money by messing up the draft choice for later.

  5. indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I went to last night’s Tigers-Rays game with the coolest 8 year old kid in the world, my nephew, who aspires to be a pitcher someday. We had the best time. He got an autographed ball from Alex Cobb, who actually called my nephew over. My new favorite player. He also got the signed by Leyland copy of the Detroit Tigers line-up card (no, I won’t steal it from him.) He got to see his first walk-off win in person. I got to explain to him what WHIP, BB/9, K/9, BABIP, .OBP, and .SLG mean. I thought I might be boring him, but he told me later that last night was the most fun he’d ever had at a game, and that the Trop is more fun than Yankee Stadium. Go figure. Everyone needs to go to a game with an 8 year old kid. It was just a magical night.

    And yeah, getting the win was pretty good too. Hopefully, Miggy’s had a little time to cool off. Sorry ’bout that.

    • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Yes, it takes an 8-year-old mentality to think the Trap is such a cool place, but the important thing is that he had a blast. Let him absorb the designatedhitterball basics now, and he’ll develop good taste in architecture later in life. It’s quite a schlep for you though, isn’t it – you live over on the east coast, don’t you, or was I mistaken about that?

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Well, I think it was the accessibility to the players and the more relaxed environment that appealed to him. And the fact that he has a cool aunt. 😉 He’s visiting from up north, and his dad is a Yankee fan so he gets to go to those games. Yankee Stadium is a cathedral. Have you ever let loose in a cathedral? Well, knowing you, the answer is yes, but for most people, it’s a rather uptight place. You are awed, you admire it, and you speak in hushed tones. No laughter. The Trop is like your local dive bar. Dirty, kinda dark, but when she’s pretty full like last night (which doesn’t happen often enough), she’s a lot fun, in spite of her lackluster looks.

        I’ve lived in Clearwater for 3 years, close to the Phillies’ spring training home. Prior to that, I lived in St. Pete, in a 1920s Sears Craftman bungalow about 10 minutes walking distance from the Trop, a flamboyantly nerdy artsy neighborhood known as Historic Kenwood. That’s where I really became Rays fan. I was “in da burg.”

        My nephew loves to pitch, but he also loves to hit. I think he’s safe from designatedhitterball for now.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Ah, OK – I thought for some reason you lived in the Fort Pierce area. Well, anytime you can turn a young Borg fan, it’s a mitzva. Turn a dozen and you’re en route to lamedvovnikhood.

        Yep, I’ve let loose in cathedrals, the old Chez Borg being not the least amongst them. My favorite cathedral in the world has to be the mountaintop cathedral at Laon, with the legend of a heavenly ox who appeared to help the laborers get the stones up the mountain celebrated by the sculptures of oxen along the cornices where the gargoyles ought to be. It’s not the biggest nor most architecturally spectacular ones I’ve been in (and when you’ve spent a long weekend in Chartres or prowled Notre Dame or Santa Sophia in Istanbul the bar is set pretty high, you know?) but it is among the most peaceful and has a gorgeous rose window.

        Mont St.Michel is not the architectural jewel of Europe; it looks like a fireplug. But – down the hill a bit from the cathedral itself is La Mere Poulard, a restaurant specializing in lobster omelets, among other things. In the kitchen, which can be seen through a gap in the wall between it and the dining room, are a half dozen or so women in peasant costumes who whip the omelets by hand to country chansons, all in varying rhythms, like some bucolic Voodoo drum circle. You never forget them once you’ve seen and heard them.

        I now mention the Tropicana Dump again, just to snap myself back to harsh reality so I can get some work done.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        By the way, come to think of it, that’s what the Tropicana Dump is really lacking – gargoyles! Crouching Orc-like sculptures of Vince Naimoli encircling the entire outer circumference of the building, right where the immobilized, primitive dome – I don’t have my dates handy but one can only hope Bucky Fuller shuffled off this mortal coil before he had to see his genius squandered upon such a shabby jumble – meets the rim of the sarcophagus.

        Rays fans are so spoiled by the solicitous ownership they now enjoy that they forget the parasite that used to own the team. There should be some mnemonic stimulus to remind them of what they were able to rid themselves (a comfort eluding Feesh fans at the moment). The great thing is, even a dozen sculptures of Naimoli clad in peasant motley couldn’t make that accretion of uninspired architecture any uglier.

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        That cathedral in Laon is stunning. I will add it to my adventure book.

        Gargoyles at the Trop? I like it.

        I didn’t become a fan until Sternberg bought the team in 2006, which coincidentally, was the year I moved to Kenwood. I had no respect for previous ownership. I liked what Sternberg was doing, and I thought he was moving the team in the right direction. He can be a little too thrifty–I wish he’d go nuts one year and just sign free agents galore, screw the front gate ticket sales, just to win–but he’s too sane to do that.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Somebody might be wearing some plantains if he don’t watch hisself! Grrrrrr!

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Nando likes to wear plantains.

        More people need to pitch Miggy inside. I know he didn’t like it but he’s a little too comfy at the plate, and he needs to back that ass up. It got his attention. Boy, Miggy was heated–it’s odd to see the jovial fellow so angry. I had very good seats–second row, to left of Rays dugout, and I can read lips. The obscenities were in both Spanish and English.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I don’t have a problem with throwing inside, but that was too high. Throwing near heads is totally different. (I don’t even mind a HBP sometimes, as long as it’s not in danger zones.) You done pissed off Leyland this time. Might be a fight today.

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Tigers went after Zobrist, the calm and Holy Christian, who almost became a minister? Wussies.

        I think Rodney was overthrowing last night–he was trying to hit 100 mph. I don’t think it was intentional. I understand, a hitter doesn’t like a ball near his head, but the pitch before the first one that went towards Cabrera’s head, Rodney air mailed to the backstop on the outside corner. He has control issues sometimes. He’s not known for headhunting. This might get ugly this afternoon. I hope no one gets hurt over something stupid.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        We are lovers, not fighters and that was to make a point, not escalate into a fight. Of course they’re going to pick a mild guy to hit then. Plus, Zobrist hit a homer Friday night.

        Since Rodney owned intentionally throwing high and inside, he doesn’t get a pass. He did it on purpose, and it’s a good thing he had control that time so Miggy didn’t get it in the head. You’ll notice Porcello threw lower.

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Ha! That’s MY line, ya thief! lol

        Lovers wouldn’t have hit a batter at all. They would have just let it go. The only thing you hit is the ball. As long as my boys win today–that’s the only retaliation I want to see.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Meh, heads are different. Miggy gets hit plenty (and Prince a whoooole lot) and there’s usually no retaliation. We don’t usually go that way. That was just too close to the head for comfort.

        Oh, and Boom!

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Bases juiced… c’mon Porcello. Do what you do best…

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        No retaliation. Just the win. Good game. I would have expected a higher score with Porcello on the mound.

        I get why Miggy was pissy, but he is seriously way too comfortable over the plate, and ‘Nando was just throwing wild. A ball hit the effin’ backstop. The backstop. It flew right over the catcher’s mitt when he reached up high for it. He was like Rick Vaughn out there last night. Hitting someone just ’cause your guy got buzzed unintentionally by someone struggling with control–I don’t know about that. If you watch the replays of the whole at bat pitch by pitch (I recorded the game), you’ll see what I mean. Today’s HBP was obviously intentional, and they went after our meekest, holiest player. I still respect the eff out of the Tigers, but I’m taking my team’s side. And I am TOTALLY OBJECTIVE. 😉

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Did you see lukescottsbigbat’s homer? You did, din’t you. Never mind poopy ole Alex Cobb. I give autographs, too. In fact, I’ll sign body parts.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        You and Jim Morrison would have enjoyed each other’s company.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        I doubt it. I only like REAL Americans. People who die and are buried in FrenchLand are not real Americans. Show me Jim Morrison’s birth certificate. His real one. I bet he’s from FrenchLand. Thats why he died there.

      • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Well, at the very least, you would have enjoyed signing each other’s body parts. In a purely aesthetic vein, I mean.

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        You’re not right in the head, you know that? You can sign my butt.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        DEAL! Know what I’m going to sigh WITH? hur, hur, hur…

      • indaburg - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Oh, dog. I walked right into that one. Sheesh.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Yes. Yes you did. Now lets see that butt…

      • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        And that goes for you too, pig boy.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Hello, delete function!

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        You don’t fool me. Your feelings betray you, young Jedi…

      • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Shut the f*ck up.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Come visit my blog and say something stupid.

      • jwbiii - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        lukescott, I would suggest to you that are many real Americans buried in France.

        Let us not forget our northern neighbors, either.

  6. ndnut - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Off topic: is there any way for me to find out who the umpires will be in a given series. I am attending a Twins-Yankees game on the 4th.

    • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      No, but bring your slingshot anyway. Some of our favorites just might be amongst them.

  7. APBA Guy - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Adam Wainwright’s second pitch of the game, a 12-6 curve at about 72 mph, buckled Coco on his “Bernie Lean” bobblehead day. Who would do something like that to poor Coco?

    And it didn’t get any better than that for the beloved A’s. As I feared, Wainwright in the big park was just too much.

    There was a moment, just a moment in the 7th before facing Donaldson that I though Wainwright might be suffering from the heat. He stepped back off the mound, looked down for a good moment or two, then gave up a two strike double to Donaldson. Obviously he recovered.

    We’ve seen two monumental pitching achievements this series so far. First El Capitan and yesterday was Wainwright. Today is a carbon copy of the last few days: hot, dry, high sun, lots of glare. Could be another day for the pitchers.

  8. cavemanna - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Dodgers winners of seven out of eight and fully healthy.

    • Old Gator - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Until winning seven out of eight gives them a complex.

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