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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 18, 2013, 8:56 AM EST

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It sure looks like the battle for the National League Central will be going down to the wire this season.

Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke decided to get most of his regressing out of the way in one start, yielding eight runs on 10 hits over just two innings Saturday night in a 15-5 blowout loss to the Diamondbacks. The Cardinals, a bit earlier in the day, took care of business at Wrigley Field, blanking the rival Cubs 4-0 with Yadier Molina homering for the first time since his knee sprain. The Reds couldn’t muster any offense at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, falling 2-0.

Pittsburgh is 72-50 with a two-game division lead over the 70-52 Redbirds. Cincy (69-54) is 3 1/2 back.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Yankees 1, Red Sox 6

Cardinals 4, Cubs 0

Diamondbacks 15, Pirates 5

Rockies 4, Orioles 8

Dodgers 5, Phillies 0

Royals 5, Tigers 6

Reds 0, Brewers 2

White Sox 8, Twins 5

Giants 6, Marlins 4

Blue Jays 6, Rays 2

Mariners 3, Rangers 15

Nationals 8, Braves 7 (15 innings)

Mets 2, Padres 8

Astros 5, Angels 6 (10 innings)

Indians 7, Athletics 1

  1. misterj167 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “Spectacular win for the good guys tonight, Bob, after the umpire shamelessly ejects Strasburg for wanting to exact some well-earned revenge for the attempted murder that occurred the night before!”

    “Absolutely, Doug! And what great resiliency after being up then losing the lead then hanging on to win what has to be the biggest game the Nationals have played all season! You can tell that this is the pivotal moment we’ve all been waiting for!”

    “Bob, I’m so excited now because I can just feel the surge of momentum the Nationals are building towards what will no doubt be the division championship they’ve clearly earned by measure of the tremendous skill and class they have brought to baseball. No other team in the history of the game could have hung on to win this stunning victory against…against…wait, who were they playing again?”

    “Heck if I know, Doug!”

  2. unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    John Lackey came through with a big-boy gutsy performance although his stuff seemed below par. Just one strikeout to go with 3 walks and 6 hits through 6 2/3 – he simply did what was needed. Papi hizo ¡ Bum!

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Lackey did what was needed yesterday…he shut down the suddenly red-hot Yankees offense.

      It was a much-needed win, and kudos to him for a gutsy performance. Not flashy, not pretty…just grinded it out and got the job done.

      And thankfully the Jays slapped back the Rays. With the mini-slump the Sox are in right now, they need as much of a cushion in the AL East as they can get.

    • indaburg - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      The carpets just finished walking off the Jays again. Your move, Dirty Sawks. Let’s go, Yan-kees (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap). Hopefully CC can regain some of his old girth and pitch a gem tonight.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        A 2 to 1 game today that once again showed that baseball is a game of inches. That first inning homer by Longoria was caught by a fan whose glove might have been on the wrong side of the fence. Visual evidence was inconclusive. The double by Encarnacion in the 9th hit the top of the fence and incredibly bounced back onto the field rather than over the fence. The Rays had horseshoes on that one. Another inch and it would have been a game winning homer. A very close game. Now go out and beat Boston.

      • indaburg - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Baseball is a game that loves to prove the saying: sometimes ’tis better to be lucky than good. Lobaton, the Rays’ back up catcher got the walk-off two out if three games. On teams with such talents like Bautista, Encarnacion, Longoria, and Myers, who is the big hero? Jose (who?) Lobaton.

        Your boys always play us hard too. It is never an easy win for the Rays when we play the Jays. Nope. I take no great pleasure either in beating the Jays–I like their fans a great deal (one in particular) but it’s a necessary evil to catch those Sox.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        By the way, Todd Redmond, who started for the Jays, was pitching in his home town as a major leaguer for the first time. A lot of his friends and family were there.

      • indaburg - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        I did not know that until the Rays broadcast focused a great deal of time on him today. They even interviewed his mother and father–they were once Rays’ season ticket holders. I also learned Redmond’s college alma mater is my nursing school alma mater–St. Petersburg College. Nice to see a local boy doing well.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Bottom line PC is the jays lost again so that’s another series dropped. Also Pilar went hitless again so he is 0 for 13 with 5 K’s so far and Gose pulled another hat trick again today and has still proven he can not make contact and is a strikeout machine with no power. And J.P. Arencibia is a backup at best and im not even so sure about that even, in otherwords, LOOKING GOOD!!! :)

      • indaburg - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Really? Tracking a rookie with an O-fer? That’s kinda low even for you.

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        No it isn’t. Our resident Artificial Stupidity has no lower limit. Aside from having no idea of what he’s talking about, the miserable little nobody with the hypertrophic inferiority complex also has no…idea. You know, as in “no ideas.”

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        Not just you – the O’s won too. Everybody’s acting like they’re too good for the wildcard all of a sudden.

        You’re really rooting for the Yankees? Seriously? Are you still mad at Pedro for hitting Gerald Williams or something?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Do you stream “Star Wars” and root for Darth Vader too?

      • indaburg - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Say what you will, but Darth Vader is bad ass.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Speaking of bad ass – I thought Girardi was going to deck the home plate ump. Yikes.

      • indaburg - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        I completely respected Girardi’s reaction last night. I hate that Ryan Dempster is making me defend A-rod and the Yankees. Of course, I don’t know A-rod personally but from what I have seen of him, he represents a lot of characteristics that I dislike in people. Arrogant, self-centered, lacking in self-awareness. At the same time, who does Ryan Dempster think he is? Who do the Red Sox think they are, if the command to bean A-rod came from higher up? Hypocrisy, much? Sheesh.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        All Dempster. One hundred and ten percent Dempster. Low rent, no winners there. If anything A-Rod’s reax was classier than Dempster’s behavior. Just, Ick.

      • indaburg - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Word. Dempster did the near impossible. Make A-rod a sympathetic character.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        First Selig, now Dempster. One could almost get the impression that baseball is and always has been full of unsympathetic characters.

      • indaburg - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Ha!

        Yeah, who would think baseball is full of unsympathetic characters?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    When you get off the mound too late to beat the Panda to first base, you have gotten off the mound late. Let that be a lesson to Henderson Alvarez, who parlayed his brain fart into a four run rupture in the fabric of reality. The Feesh succumb to yet another debacle of their own making. One the bright side, the Iron Giant got ahold of a Matt Cain beachball and crushed, and I do mean crushed it, into a (by official measure) 447-foot moonshot into the Budweiser bar in deepest left center – and that measurement only because it bounced off the big glass wall above the bar before falling into the crowd below. I suspect that he was taking out the accumulated frustrations of a sixty nine at bat dinger drought, not to mention a lost planet season in genral and his continued indenture to Scrooge McLoria on that one hapless baseball.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Question: how do you follow the horrific Feesh debacle on a daily basis without going insane or succumbing to the urge to commit suicide?

      Cheers to you, my friend, but I simply couldn’t do it. I guess the beautiful “Macondo” weather helps, right?

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Well, two things militate against it. One, I don’t go to the ballpark and will not as long as that ambulatory coprolite Scrooge McLoria owns the team, so I’m never exposed directly to how awful they are. Two, I was insane to begin with.

    • ptfu - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      The Iron Giant’s moonshot over the moonshine was the pitch after he was knocked down by a Matt Cain brushback. Not saying he was annoyed, or extra motivated–but if he was, hitting a ridiculous home run is the right response.

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        The Giant claimed that the pitch actually grazed his wrist, and he also nearly got called for a third strike by seeming to swing while ducking away from it. All of that got swallowed up by the majesty of the shot he hit, though. That, and the image of Matt Cain stomping, spitting and cursing and deriding himself on the mound after he gave it up were priceless.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Alzheimer

      • APBA Guy - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Go away, troll.

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        He can’t. He’s an Artificial Stupidity (AS) and therefore imprisoned in the matrix. He can’t go to the digital playground because the other ASes would beat him up. He can’t go to the digital special education site because it doesn’t open until after labor day. He can’t go to the e-readers because capitalization, punctuation and correct spelling crash him. So, we’re stuck with him and his programmed compulsion to make a fool of himself. Which, by the way, might indicate that he originally coagulated around a bit of biographical data about Clarabell (toot! toot!).

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Labor Day.

        Edit function!
        Edit function!
        EDIT FUNCTION!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      I was out of town for a few hours this morning, but I see that the thumbs down fairy was busy.

  4. philliesblow - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    It’s Miggy’s world. The rest of MLB is just living in it.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      It would certainly seem that way, yes. He’s playing inhuman baseball right now.

      Keep in mind, though, that’s he’s 30, and he’s been as consistently great as Albert Pujols was in his first 10 full seasons.

      Hopefully he doesn’t decline and fall off a cliff the way Pujols has due to hitting his early 30s. His hip injury this year might be a sign of things to come.

      • paperlions - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Lest anyone forget exactly how good Pujols used to be:

        Miguel Cabrera through his first 11 seasons (with 6 weeks to go): wOBA .408, wRC+ 153, 55 fWAR

        Albert Pujols through his first 11 seasons: wOBA .430, wRC+ 167, 83 fWAR

      • cohnjusack - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Keep in mind, though, that’s he’s 30, and he’s been as consistently great as Albert Pujols was in his first 10 full seasons.

        No, not really…at all

        Comparing Cabrera 2004-2013 and Albert 2001-2010:

        -Albert hit 60 more home runs
        -Albert hit 37 more doubles
        -Albert drove in 52 more runs
        -Albert scored 176 more runs
        -Albert stole 39 more bases
        -Albert’s BA was 7 points higher
        -Albert’s OBP was 23 points higher
        -Albert’s slugging was 49 points higher
        -Albert’s OPS was 72 points higher
        -Albert’s OPS+ was 15 points higher
        -Albert’s WAR was 27.6 higher

        It’s not actually terribly close either. Alas, Miguel Cabrera has to settle for being “absurdly great” instead of “so absurdly great that his first 10 (full) seasons were better than Pujols’s!”

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Okay, okay…

        I think Pujols is a first ballot HoFer simply based on his first 10-11 seasons. It’s just a shame he’s fallen off a cliff and aged so fast. I was really looking forward to him breaking all sorts of records as he entered his thirties.

        Maybe he can get healthy and regain some of his former magic, but it’s not looking good so far.

      • paperlions - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        The point, I think, is not that Miggy is not fantastic, he is….the point is “holy fuck, Pujols was 12 kind of fantastic”.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Believe me, I am in awe of Pujols’ first 11 seasons.

        I hope he can bounce back.

  5. uyf1950 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    The Yankees hit a bump in the road yesterday but today’s a new day. Still 6-3 over their last 9 games they have a chance to to get to 7-3 which was the number I had hoped the Yankees could win before this stretch of 10 games. CC just needs to come through tonight and so does the offense. I have a good feeling about tonight’s game for the Yankees then the Jays come to the Bronx for 4 games.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      The Yankees are playing really good baseball right now.

      I think their playoff chances are slim-to-none barring a massive surge and an epic collapse (2011 Sox, anyone?), but they could definitely play spoiler.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Slim I would agree with but not none. Still plenty of games for the Yankees to make up ground in the wild card. Then once you get to the dance anything can happen. But we’ll see.

  6. APBA Guy - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The A’s game was over early as the good Ubaldo was in attendance. But the crowd at least had Reddick’s toss at third to cheer. The right field faithful doing “Babu” in unison was pretty amusing.

    Dumbest move all night: pitching to Miggy Cabrera in a tie game, 9th inning, bases empty.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Well yeah but the choices between the next two hitters were pretty noxious too.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Alzheimer

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Fourth time, and you still can’t spell it. You’re not only vapid and pointless, you’re hopeless. Artificial Stupidities like you give imbecility a bad name.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        From a current statistics standpoint those two hitters are measurably below Miggy now, though obviously they are very, very good in their own right.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Alzheimer warning

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        What happened, Artificial Stupidity – did your canary turn yellow?

  7. uyf1950 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    How in the world a comment could get 57 thumbs down when there are only 16 comments as of this post is beyond me. Even if you assume another 16 fans stopped by and just read the comments, didn’t post and thumbed that post down that still would max out at at 30 thumbs down plus or minus.

    The comment I’m referring to is towards the top by: Old Gator.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      its probably because gator bait doesn’t even write about baseball when he is here, he is off in another world far far away and there isn’t enough acid in the world to help th average person get to that world

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        @Artificialstupidity: you’re not the average person; you’re considerably behind on the curve. It may be that you’re not reaching me because, lacking frontal lobes after your botched lobotomy, there are no synapses upon which your acid can act – unless, as is likely, someone tricked you into paying twenty five dollars a tab for candy dots.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Alzheimer

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      uyf: it’s the thumb harpy, some idiot or idiots who have figured out how to game the WordPress system with fake accounts, linked so that they can put up a large number of thumbs in either direction with a limited number of clicks. No one takes these tallies seriously. Poor Dim One Note Harry, our puerile esident Artificial Stupidity, is definitely one of them – a week or so ago several of us watched him put up a dozen or so thumbs approving one of own his vacuous japes within the space of half a minute after posting them.

      Of course, if, like him, you were a sorry little nobody with nothing to offer, afraid to go outside, having flunked out of Whopper College, skipped your GED midterm and lacked any other purpose in life, you would have plenty of time to solve the WordPress system too. It’s the cyberspatial equivalent of a Radio Shack desktop.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      The “thumbs down fairy” was at work early. Since fairy rhymes with Harry, it is a much more accurate description than “thumb Harpie”. Credit to the new phrase goes to paperlions.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        And the jays are now 21-33 against the AL East

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        And our resident artificial stupidity is still a monotonous decerebrate.

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        PC: my only problem with “thumbs down fairy” is that it has inferences of homophobia about it. I don’t believe PL had that in mind but it’s kinda implicit in the terms by now. That’s the kind of thing you would expect from our resident Artificial Supidity, and I don’t think we need to descend to gutter level with Poor Dim One Note Harry, even inadvertently.

  8. steelers88 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I’m pretty sure ESPN hates the Pirates. They decided to show the Rays VS Redsox instead of the Cardinals VS Pirates on Sunday night baseball.

    • tylermoltisanti - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      I’m done with ESPN’s east coast bias. Fox Sports One FTW.

  9. historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Miggy went boom! Also, PRINCE went boom! That’s two HR’s in his last four games. Perhaps Prince is coming out of his slump. (crosses fingers) But the Big Bad Bravery Award of the day goes to our new little sexy fire, Iglesias, who just one day after getting HBPiD trying to bunt, had the — dare I say it? — balls to square up again. This time it was a beautiful bunt and he made it all the way to first, rather than falling over after a few steps and clutching his sexy parts and writhing around on the ground in front of a sellout crowd. No, this time it was good and it was an RBI. Thank you, sir. You are bad.

    Today, His Heterochromianess takes the mound. I’m hoping we take the series. Eat ‘em up, Tigers! Grrrrr!

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Is that signoff in memory of that unfortunate guy who got hit by a boozehound while wheeling his pal across the street in his wheelchair? Very sad moment.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        I prefer to think of it as keeping the rally cry alive.

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