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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 10, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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The National League East has become a one-lane comfort cruise. The Braves topped the Marlins 5-0 last night at Turner Field to extend their winning streak to 14 games.

Brandon Beachy tossed eight scoreless innings for his first win since Tommy John surgery last June. He gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out six. There are questions about the Braves’ rotation, but if Beachy manages to regain his form down the stretch, that would be a big boost come postseason time. Remember, Beachy had a 3.07 ERA in 41 starts in the majors prior to the surgery.

The Braves got all of their offense last night from the home run ball, as Justin Upton and Chris Johnson went deep in the bottom of the first inning while Brian McCann connected for a solo blast in the third. After hitting just four home runs in 77 games between April 28 and the end of July, Upton has amassed six of them through eight games so far this month.

With a win later today, the Braves would tie for their longest winning streak (2000) since the team moved to Atlanta. They currently hold a 15 1/2 game lead over the Nationals, with their first division crown since 2005 looking like an inevitability.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 2, Nationals 9

Twins 7, White Sox 5; Twins 3, White Sox 2 (10 innings)

Padres 2, Reds 7

Angels 5, Indians 2

Cubs 3, Cardinals 0

Tigers 3, Yankees 4 (10 innings)

Pirates 1, Rockies 10

Athletics 14, Blue Jays 6

Mets 4, Diamondbacks 5

Red Sox 6, Royals 9

Rangers 9, Astros 5

Brewers 10, Mariners 5

Rays 6, Dodgers 7

Orioles 5, Giants 2 (10 innings)

  1. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Gosh darn it might has to do everything his self where the neck did Don Kelly go?

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Where have you gone, Donnie Ke-el-ly,
      Detroit turns its lonely eyes to you,
      Woo, woo, woo.

  2. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Argle -miggy-

  3. tiggersarebouncy - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Miggy went Boom! to help Mariano blow back-to-back save opportunities for the first time in years but it wasn’t enough for the Tiggers – who came out of their road sweep of the punchless Indians with a false sense of confidence. Fortunately the Yankees watched their Bugs Bunny so they knew enough to take a left turn to the dugout on Alburquerque.

    Miggy drove in all 3 runs and even scored one, but even he can’t beat the Bronx Bombers alone. It’s good to see that he can still hit even if it’s painful to watch him try to run. Going Boom! at least solves the problem of having to try to sprint around the bases.

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Miggy going boom off Mo with two out in the ninth is definite proof that he’s on something. No, not PEDs, something much more sinister. Dude is obviously a cake-user. Test him now! A pure, wholesome pie-eating boy would have scored THREE runs on that two-run homer off Rivera and won this thing.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I think it’s probably the boli-bread pudding from Hysterio.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    The Sawks’ shiny new toy (well new to us at least) was unable to hold a six-run lead. Christ, I miss Jose Iglesias. Papi hammered the ball, Ellsbury swiped a base – the offense was doing it’s thing, but after the fifth inning it was up to the bullpens. Some guy named Francisley Bueno was muy bueno but the Sawks young prospect Drake Britton was not.

    Fortunately the Floating Devil Carpets have a completely entertaining reverse-closer named Fernando Rodney. 30 walks in 46 innings – 7 blown saves – FUN! More, please Mr. Maddon. I think he’ll be o.k., now is when you need to show faith in him and keep running him out there.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    While reading the capsule comments on Rotoworld, I was struck by the number of pitchers who were described as being “hammered” last night. Why doesn’t MLB test these guys to see if they had been drinking before going out on the mound?

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    A-Rod still does not have an extra base hit this season. By contrast, St. Jeter homered in his first at bat this season.

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      That’s because A-Rod is the devil.

      • Old Gator - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Only the ass is immortal, Bud…

        And yours….belongs….to me.

      • moogro - Aug 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        I nearly spit up my hard-boiled egg reading that reference.

    • Old Gator - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Put the two of those ancient warriors together on the bench and you have the baseball equivalent of I’m Not Rappaport.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    The magic number for the Braves and the Feesh alike last night was fourteen – as in, fourteen wins in a row for the Braves and the fourteenth shutout of the season for the burpless Feesh. Earlier in the season, the Feesh often managed to avoid a shutout by putting up one or two otherwise useless runs, often late in the game when they were either already too far behind for them to matter or just enough to fall short by a run or two by game’s end. Now, they don’t seem to be bothering even to do that. Feels like April and May around here – just thirty degrees hotter and about twenty percent more humid. At least it’s good for my complexion.

    I wasn’t watching the game, mercifully enough – I was up at the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo listening to the superlative master folk/blues guitarist Joel Zoss putting on his usual jaw-dropping display of fingerstyle artistry, abetted by a young string bassist who was really up to the taksk of following Zoss out into the ether and back down to the Delta within the space of a measure. Ohboy. Sadly, the lissome Brie has left the employ of the cafe to take a postgrad course in child psychology in Europe for six months (known as psychologie des horribles in France). But, we do have the buxom Cheryl now. That’ll do.

    Ergo, I have nothing but the bucket score to report – Jacob Turner clearly wasn’t sharp, and gave up three jacks in the first inning. Oww. The Iron Giant continued to shrink, going hitless again in three ABs without a walk. In other news, the Feesh optioned catching bust Rob Brantly to AAA to work on his hitting, fielding and throwing. That’s good. Brantly’s implosion was one of the big shocks this season; I really expected some serious development out of him, but instead got to witness the birth of the new Crash Davis. Meanwhile, the Feesh called up another Rio Mendoza habitue from among its rich selection of busriding lifers – forgot the guy’s name but not his BA, which was lower than Brantly’s though not nearly as bad as Mathis’. Between the two of them, they would average about .210 with one home run and sixteen ribbies. Just what you want from your catching position.

    Nothing much going on tonight, so I won’t feel like I’m wasting my time on this give-a-shit shell of a team that Scrooge McLoria has flung together for us if I watch it with the sound off while reading Anthony Burgess.

  8. nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I see the harpy is up early, and on a weekend. Now that’s dedication.

    • Old Gator - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Might also be – and more likely, too – a sign of a deep seated neurosis, shading into psychosis, related to REM deprivation caused by an inability to assimilate residues of seratonin in the cerebral cortex. In layman’s temrs, this particular thumb harpy (there’s more than one of them – WordPress has crummy security and it’s not a tough site to diddle) is a compulsive asshole whose etiology admits readily of explanation.

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      That is the most verbose, obtuse, convoluted explanation of the obvious I’ve ever seen. Thanks Gator! :-)

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The Beavermen do what they have been doing too often this year, pitching abominably and seeing the opposition, in this case, the Beloved A’s, take full advantage. Reddick’s 3 HR night, the first for the A’s since 2004 and the immortal Erubiel Durazo-who could probably still hit Toronto pitching-will hopefully get him cranked up for the final 7 weeks of the season.

    Despite the shellacking, the Jays have a good chance tonight as the A’s simply do not hit good left-handed pitching, and with Buehrle starting, who’s been good lately, the Jays could erase the memory of last night’s debacle immediately.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      We live in hope.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Buehrle was just adequate today. It was the lefties in the pen (Cecil, Loup, and Oliver) that solidified Toronto’s win today. Another big day for Reddick! What woke him up?

      • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        I dunno, but he’s doubled his season HR total in 2 games.

  10. uyf1950 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Very pleasantly surprised by the Nova has pitched since being called back from from Triple A. Yes he struggled a bit yesterday but he was able to escape innings with no damage early in the game. Only giving up 1 ER in the 7th inning.

    He’s looking more and more like the Yankees #2 behind Kuroda and ahead of CC. Oh and BTW the Yankees had an all to rare win yesterday. Funny how baseball works out they get swept by the White Sox although they could have won 2 of those games. Woulda, coulda, shoulda but they didn’t and that’s all that matters. In any case they get swept by the WS and beat the Tigers. Figure that out if you can.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      The Yankees are only half dead. Miracle Max may still save them.

  11. kcrobert10 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Hey baseball fans in the world this just in the royals are no longer a bad baseball team. No longer can you look at your schedule and just mark down w’s when you see the royals. They may not get to the post-season this yr due to a horrific May but the have played solid ball the rest of the time. Also they are young with even more talent in the minors they will be a force to be reckoned with for yrs to come.

  12. tigertaz27 - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Why don’t you just list the team that won first then the the team that lost. Looks stupid listing the team lost first then the winning team. Pet peeve of mind.

    • nbjays - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Visiting team is listed first, home team second.

  13. misterj167 - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Meanwhile, on Baseball Tonight:

    “ARod gets a rude treatment from Yankees fans but the Yanks win despite a 2-out, 2-run, game-tying homer from Miggy in the 9th. That ends the Tigers’ extraordinary winning streak, and what a ride it was, Bob.”

    “That’s right, Doug. Winning streaks that long are rare indeed, very rare indeed, you almost never hear of one longer than 12 games, and the Tigers sure had one going, yes sir, and the Yankees sure put an end to it. Meanwhile the Nats start a winning streak of their own by beating the Phillies, taking a comfortable three-game lead over their division rivals, and two games over the Mets. What a tight race that NL East is if you don’t count whoever it is that’s in first. But we’ll get someone on that eventually.”

    “Good work Bob! Meanwhile, here’s part six of our documentary: ‘Nats vs. Phils, who’s the REAL beast of the East?’ “

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