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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 25, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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It only seems right to use this space to update the situation in the National League Central — baseball’s tightest divisional race by far here in late 2013.

Shelby Miller allowed just three hits and one earned run over seven innings and Carlos Beltran slugged his 23rd home run of the season Saturday as the Cardinals won their third straight game 6-2 over the Braves. Out in San Francisco, the Pirates fell 6-3 to the Giants after a rare poor start from left-hander Francisco Liriano. That leaves us with a tie for first place between two 76-53 teams with a little over a month to go. And don’t sleep on the Reds either.

Cincinnati pulled out a 4-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday at Great American Ball Park behind Chris Heisey, Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick and Zack Cozart home runs. The Reds are 2 1/2 games back.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Athletics 2, Orioles 1

Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

Tigers 3, Mets 0

Twins 2, Indians 7

Rangers 2, White Sox 3

Nationals 7, Royals 2

Brewers 3, Reds 6

Blue Jays 5, Astros 8

Rockies 0, Marlins 3

Yankees 2, Rays 4

Braves 2, Cardinals 6

Diamondbacks 12, Phillies 7 (18 innings)

Cubs 3, Padres 2

Pirates 3, Giants 6

Angels 5, Mariners 1

  1. dondada10 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Lets go Rays! Great victory over C.C. and the Yanks by David Price and Co. The Rays are two ahead of the Sox in the loss column.

    Yanks 5 back of Oakland for the second wild card.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      ABBOY!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      BTW, I did enjoy that Burkhardt dude. What did you think of Rod? He was more sedate than usual. They must’ve put him on his best behavior for the national broadcast. He usually is funnier than that and more complimentary — to players on both teams.

      Also, is that Young guy a ball hog or what?

      • dondada10 - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        I really enjoyed him. That was my first time seeing him on a telecast.

        Eric Young?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Yes.

    • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Thanks, dondada! I really appreciate the support. I hope Cobb can pull this off against the Empire. It’s currently 1-0 Rays. Nova looked shaky in the first, but looks like he is settling down and now, we’re in for a pitcher’s duel.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        C’mon, Rays!

      • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        Ah, well. Thanks for your support too, ‘philiac. Now, it’s let’s go Dodgers! (They were my dad’s favorite team prior to his adoption of the Rays, so I feel good about rooting for them.)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        I was watching our game and we won (big), then I switched to the O’s and they won, and then I switched to your game. You’re welcome. This new away cap is AWESOME. :D

      • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        And in case you were wondering, he loved the Dodgers because they were the first team to integrate.

      • dondada10 - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Bottom 10th. We got this!

      • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Sigh. Enter Sandman. Longo gave it a good ride to the 370 in left field in the bottom of the 11th (he’s one of the few who actually can hit the great Rivera), but he just missed that one. Dang it. Oh, well. We meatloafed it (2 out of 3 ain’t bad).

  2. wonkypenguin - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    All I keep thinking is “Please don’t let the Pirates blow it all now.” I’m not a Pirates fan or anything. It’s just a wish to not see that meltdown occur.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Not sure if there will be 2 wildcard teams from the AL East, but it sure looks like here will be 2 wildcard teams from the NL Central.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I already commented on El Keed’s ridiculous 8-K, 0 BB seven scoreless performance over the Rocky Mountain Oysters last night, but I hadn’t seen the insane grab he made of a railgun shot straight back at him by Tulowitzki that he just reached up and snatched out of the air. You should all go to the Feesh homepage – not something I would normally recommend to anyone this Bermuda Triangle of a season, of course – and click on the Keed hilites to see it. And the look on Tulowitzki’s face. Priceless.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Thanks; however, I will take your word for it. I have no desire to look at the Marlin’s homepage.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        You can watch it on MLB’s game highlights too. It’s worth finding. Hilarious! Tulo just stood there holding his bat, stunned.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Tulo’s incredulous/awed “Did you catch that?” was wonderful. I rewound it a couple of times on Quick Pitch.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    His Heterochromianess, y’all! 19-1. Some confusion at the plate meant he swung at a pitch and what? A double! As Torii put it: He pitches, he hits, he’s a modern day Babe Ruth. In case you missed it, Scherzer made the little suit-and-tie gesture that Tigers players make when they get a hit. Everyone busted out and the pitchers, I think, particularly loved it. V admitted to being jealous…and acknowledged that he would be hearing about it for a looooong time. Post-game, Max made a point of mentioning — not that he struck out 11 — but that he hit a 96 mph fastball off of Harvey. It was his first hit since 2009. Hilarious. He also noted that he didn’t pitch as well as he could’ve but got the outs when he needed them. He had more walks than normal this season and it took him a number of pitches to get some outs. It was a good game, regardless — and I really need some two-colored celebration goggles.

    For his part, Harvey was unhappy at how he pitched, but Miggy didn’t do much against him, so be proud of that. Our runs mostly came on oddities, and by “oddities” I do mean Inge 2.0 and pitcherwannabehitter ball. It was worth staying up to watch the game post-blackout. Screw you, MLB. Eat ‘em up, Tigers. Grrrrrr!

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Oh, and, Infante, we have to work on your sliding, son. Aim for the plate.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        That was funny but not as funny as Yonder Alonso losing first base the other day. And it turns out it was right where he left it. Ain’t that always the way?

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Just point it out to him. It’s just yonder, Yonder.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      If Scherzer manages to get through the rest of the season without a loss, he will now have surpassed Roy Face for the all time best single season winning % record. (Face, of course, finished 18-1 in 1959.)

      • spudchukar - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Remember Elroy Face was a reliever. In those days there wasn’t the Saves statistic, or else he could have been bestowed with the moniker, Saving Face.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I know Face was a reliever. He was the first to record 20 saves twice. He’s still the record holder for single season win%, at least until/unless Scherzer finishes with only 1 loss also.

        I’m also aware of the flaws in the pitcher win stat. However, 18-1 and 19-1 are pretty damn impressive.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      You are right about old blue eye. He is having a great season.

      • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        I like Scherzer’s brown eye better than his blue eye. Don’t you make his brown eye blue.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Good one.

      • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Thought you might like that. :-)

  6. jwbiii - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Yesterday’s Tough Guy Award goes to Carlos Ruiz, who caught all 18 innings of the Phils’ loss to the Dbacks. Sandberg used Kratz as a PH in the 11th and chose not to switch him in at that point.

  7. janessa31888 - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    After their pathetic performance on Friday, the tribe bats woke up and gave Big Zach some run support. Swisher and Santana came up with key hits. Good job to Mr. Scrabble finishing up the game. We know never to take bullpens for granted anymore.

  8. leerosenthall - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Phils-D’backs game was epic. I was hoping Casper Wells would pull off a Chris Davis performance a la last year against Boston, but, alas, it was not to be. Great game, though. Chooch was impressive too. Halladay will likely get shellacked today, but Tyler Cloyd proved he’s got game.

  9. spudchukar - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    A very encouraging outing by Shelby Miller. Now if Lance Lynn can mimic his effort today a lot of St. Louis’ angst over the starting pitching will be temporarily alleviated. Probably a day where a number of regulars get rest against the lefty Minor. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jay, Beltran and Molina getting the day off, before the crucial stretch against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Jays are now 16 games below .500, they are on the verge of being swept by the only team most people feel is worse then the jays. 18 1/2 games out of first 16 games out of the wildcard, no hope, no future, just a battered, sad, pathetic team that’s ready for the off season and for the pain train to end. It really looks like its time to join the expos and send the jays off to the grave yard where teams that no longer play go.

    • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Our resident Artificial Stupidity has such an abysmal inferiority complex that the poor little shut-in needs to thumb himself up over and over again to create the illusion – which is, of course, fooling nobody but himself – that anyone gives a slug’s patoot what he “thinks” – although this term is used for metaphorical effect alone, since Poor Dim One Note Harry evinces no evidence of actual cognitive processes.

      • indaburg - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        I hear ya, OG. I could give two shits about the thumbs up thingy–the Facebooking functionality is almost as retarded as harry. I mean, nothing is as retarded as harry… well, an ameba, maybe. No, not true. Sorry, little ameba. You’re smarter. So, he’s one of a couple of commenters with lots of thumbs up. Noooooo, nobody sees through that at all. I’m torn between laughing, and also feeling a little bit sorry for him. It’s so sad, really.

        I really, really hope my lowly, underfunded, and practically fanless $60 million Rays sweep his entitled $180 million decrepit Yankees. Cobb needs to get out of this 4th inning first. 2 outs, Empire threatening with two men on 2nd and 1st. Score tied at 1.

        Great play Zobrist! Inning over. Phew. De-fence. clap-clap.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Once again gator bait is worried about thumbs again, oh what a small life we must live when how many thumbs someone gets is the most important thing to you each day. I feel sorry for you, really do…..almost

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Wow a rays fan!! That’s a rare find, im not sure which is more rare, a rays fan or jays fan? Well one thing is for sure, both are on the endangered list so enjoy them while they are here folks!!

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Pretty amusing, if inadvertently so, Poor Dim One Note Harry. You’re the same idiot who can exhort us to “keep those thumbs down coming” in one breath and then claim you don’t care about the thumbs – and then go play with your duplicate accounts to pile as many of them on your own posts as possible. Does it ever occur to you (or for that matter does anything ever occur to you?) that we all know what you’re doing, you pathetic illiterate dimwitted schmuck?

  11. deathmonkey41 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    CC Sabathia just doesn’t like leads- just like the guy trying to kill Steve Martin in The Jerk didn’t like cans. Give him a lead and he’ll give it back in the bottom of the inning or the top of next one- depending on whether he’s playing home or away. Yes, that’s “Our Ace.”

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