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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 31, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Gonzalez AP

CC Sabathia hardly delivered an ace-like performance last night, but fortunately for him, his offense was there to pick him up. On the strength of a five-run fifth inning, the Yankees defeated the Orioles 8-5 at Yankee Stadium and remain very much alive in the AL Wild Card race.

Miguel Gonzalez failed to get an out in that fifth inning, as he gave up a go-ahead three-run homer to Ichiro Suzuki and then loaded the bases before giving way to T.J. McFarland, who allowed a two-run single to Robinson Cano. Sabathia allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled and has failed to complete seven innings in eight out of his last nine starts. The Yankees need that trend to change if they hope to make a series run in October.

The Yankees (71-63) now sit 4 1/2 games behind the Rays for the second Wild Card spot while the Orioles (71-62) are four back. The two clubs will meet again this afternoon when Scott Feldman pitches for Baltimore and Ivan Nova starts for New York.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 6, Cubs 5

Royals 2, Blue Jays 3

Mets 3, Nationals 2

Indians 2, Tigers 7 (7 innings- rain)

Cardinals 0, Pirates 5

White Sox 3, Red Sox 4

Marlins 1, Braves 2

Twins 3, Rangers 2

Angels 5, Brewers 0

Reds 6, Rockies 9

Mariners 7, Astros 1

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0

Rays 3, Athletics 4

Padres 2, Dodgers 9

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    CC Sabathia, doing his best to keep the Yanks out of the postseason. Since the ASB, 50.1 IP, 7.33 ERA, 8 HR(!)

    • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Looks like the same age 33 cliff that Pujols fell off of has claimed another victim. It’s a pity dirtyharry1971 isn’t here to point out that he’s actually been a WORSE pitcher than even R.A. Dickey this season.

      R.A.:10-12; 4.39 ERA; 182.2 IP; 171 H; 97 R; 89 ER; 29 HR .245 Avg; 1.28 WHIP
      C.C.:12-11; 4.91 ERA; 183.1 IP; 196 H; 109 R; 100 ER; 28 HR; .271 Avg; 1.35 WHIP

      • dondada10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Sucks RAD is have a so-so year. I really hope he bounces back for you guys.

      • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Forgot to mention:

        Dickey only cost the Jays $5M this season and $12M each of the next two (plus a $12M option in 2016).

        CC is costing the Yankees $23M per year for 2013, 2014 and 2015, plus $25M per year for 2016 and 2017.

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Speaking of Poor Dim One Note Harry, has anyone noticed that the thumb harpy disappeared at the same time as our resident Artificial Stupidity?

      • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Just a coincidence, Gator. It’s more likely that Harry and the Thumb Fairy both got abducted by aliens… at the same time.

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        I’m afraid that we’re never going to agree about “fairy” versus “harpy.” But I hope you realize that it has less to do with proprietary egotism on my part than it does with my training in the classics.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        CC had off season elbow surgery which has effected his velocity, he wil be 100% next season. Dickey on the other hand is 38 and never had success in the AL, only the NL so expecting him to bounce back isn’t likely. CC also brought a WS to New York, dickey will never do anything even remotely close to that cause the jays will never win another WS again. ONce again I am correct and you are, well….jealously wrong

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        No, once again you are a worthless, empty-headed ignoramus who comprehends absolutely nothing of value about baseball.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Harry might be right about Sabathia having a better season next year; however, he reminds me a lot of Zito and that famous albatross contract. Nothing against Sabathia who seems to be a decent person; however, I doubt that he will ever resemble an Ace again.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Jezz, OG, you conjured him.

      • stex52 - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Gator, you conjured with the name of he-who-must-not-be mentioned. The curse is now on you.

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Our resident artificial stupidity, lacking any kind of insight into anything as he does, doesn’t want to take into account that Sabbathia will be older, most likely fatter, into the bargain – as if Dickey will age but C.C. won’t. C. C. may be recovering from elbow surgery but then Dickey has been fighting back problems all season – something our resident artificial stupidity overlooks in his insistent myopia about…about…well, everything. As I mentioned above, the fool really understands nothing about baseball – least of all, the spirit of sportsmanship and respect for fellow professionals that characterizes the game at its best. Our resident artificial stupidity is just a sneak-through-the-fence bleacher bum who sounds like a marinated slob even when sipping the chocolate milk mommy brought downstairs for him.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Yep thats our ACE.

  2. jwbiii - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Updated playoff odds:

    Team  Cool   B-Pro
    Cle    7-1     7-1
    Bal    9-1    10-1
    NYY    7-1    15-1
    KCR  500-1   143-1
    
    WsN    9-1    28-1
    Ari   42-1    37-1

    Who the #2 wildcard team is and how well they do is also important. The A’s are hosting the Rays, beat them, and passed them in the standings. The AL teams are now chasing the Rays.

    The Reds lost in Colorado, but the Nats and the Dbacks also lost, so there was no change and the schedule just got one day shorter.

  3. doublezero74 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Way to mail it in

    • jwbiii - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Anybody in particular?

      • indaburg - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Everybody.

      • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Hey, gotta keep the USPS and Canada Post in business.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Return to sender

  4. nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Buehrle pitched on the wrong day, apparently, seeing as how yesterday was “Seven Shutout Innings Day”. Still, great outing for Buehrle. He’s owned the Royals over his career — that was his 23rd win vs Kansas City.

    I am starting to think that Ryan Goins at second base is the Real Deal, and that bodes well for the Jays’ future at that position. This kid is smooth as butter, defensively, so if he can continue to swing the bat even half decently, he’s a major upgrade over anyone they’ve had there since Aaron Hill.

  5. indaburg - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Damn, am I bummed this morning. That A’s have overtaken the Rays for the Wild Card. Our play-off probability just keeps going down, down, down. Price looked shaky last night. He was probably pissed off about having to pay $202 to get to the stadium: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/rays-caught-in-bridge-gridlock/2139375. Moore looked like shit in AAA. Hellickson’s head is a hot mess. The pitching situation is a mystery. Myers is slumping terribly. Dark days here in the bay. At least we have Cobb going tonight.

    • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Doom!

      • indaburg - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        LMAO

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      This is some new usage of the word ‘overtaken’ of which I’m not aware. Buck up little camper – you’re in the driver’s seat.

      • indaburg - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        I dunno. Take it up with MLB: “A’s overtake Rays for lead in Wild Card race.” http://m.mlb.com/news/article/2013083059047946/

        Standings: http://m.mlb.com/standings/#/js/standings/?t=wc&y=2013

        Don’t forget, I’m a Mets fan in recovery. Pessimism comes naturally.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Mookie.

      • indaburg - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        What does Craig’s daughter have to do with this?

        Yes, Al, I do believe in miracles. :-)

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        M-m–m-m-Mookie. M-m-m-m-m-Malcolm.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      You and Historio should form a club, the “Playing the A’s is Annoying Society”. The Rays made it close yesterday, but seriously, what was Price doing throwing Suzuki a change-up? The A’s traded him because he was losing bat speed. Price can dial it up to 96. Total brain cramp. Parker now has not lost in 17 straight starts, tying the franchise record held by St. Catfish Hunter.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        We have a club already, but it is not about your A’s.

        /sniffs

      • indaburg - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Right now, playing the A’s, the Angels, the Royals etc. is annoying.

        (Dumping Parker from my fantasy team and keeping Samardzijajajaja was a HUGE mistake. Low K/9,but the kid has tWtW.)

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    We saw both Goins and Bonifacio play second base last night. Goins clearly played the position much better than Bonifacio. Goins has much better baseball instincts than Bonifacio. I do wish Bonifacio well with the Royals, and yes he was the victim of a very bad call by the first base umpire last night.

    Another spectacular play at third base by Lawrie last night. An infield featuring Lawrie, Reyes and Goins is very solid. Encarnacion and Lind are both adequate at first base; however, I think that most Canadian baseball fans would like to see Morneau replace Lind next season.

    Gose, Pilar and Sierra are getting extensive playing time in the outfield. Gose is a lot certain to make the team next season. His stand up triple was fun to watch last night. The other 2 may still need more minor league seasoning.

    • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      I’m not as enthusiastic about Morneau. It would be great if the 2006-2009 Justin Morneau could come back, but I think his best days are behind him. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    The Feesh lost their fifth in a row, left their obligatory bases-loaded-with-one-out-without scoring, squandered all sorts of scoring opportunities otherwise and are showing all the signs of “let’s-end-the-season-a-month-early-and-go-watch-football” syndrome, even when the beneficiary of their lassitude was El Keed (6 IP, 3H, 2 ER, 8Ks). Their one run came as a result of a triple El Keed himself hit, scoring on a Yelich single – whereas Yelich himself died at third as part of the aforementioned bases loaded fizzle, whereby the Rainbow Warriors failed to take advantage of a suddenly wild Julio Ahmadinejad, or whatever his name is.

    Talk about flat – Columbus was less afraid of falling off the edge of the Earth than these guys ought to be. If not for El Keed, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the folks at Baseball Almanac forgot to enter any stat lines for this season.

    • nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      And yet they still have 5 more wins than Houston. For all their ineptitude, this Feesh team clearly lacks The Will To Lose.

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        That’s merely to say that it’s one more thing they lack. They don’t lose out of will. They lose out of a combination of being pretty awful and not giving a shit anymore. El Keed has won ten games and should have won twelve, at least. Subtract those ten wins and…..

  8. historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    It was a dark and stormy night. The kind of night that ends ballgames in the 7th, the clouds weeping at the loss of MVP Miggy from the field. But, lo, ere the rains came to wash it all away — fret for your prozac — there were momentary breaks in the clouds. Little Sexy Fire pulled another of his incredible plays, resulting in a DP that caused the winds to shift in favor of the D — fret for your pilot. Some say a comet will fall from the sky. V-Mart’s 2-RBI double with bases loaded sailed over Michael Bourn’s head and dropped down easily. Bourn’s confusion reflected in open arms, shrugged shoulders, and shaking head. He’d lost sight of it and only the coldest of souls could not feel a twinge of embarrassment for him. Mercifully, Mother Nature intervened later to wash it all away. Mom’s gonna fix it all soon. Two teams eliminated now; we have a mere 30 days left in the season. Some say the end is near…

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      2 observations – seriously creepy game summary – and Maynard was such an angry angry young man.

      Learn how to swim? Si motherfuckers. All the way to Arizona Bay.

  9. misterj167 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    However hot the Nats have been, and they have, the Braves are right there with them. Great pitching by Teheran, great defense by Simmons (twice!) and Schafer, and one mistake by Fernandez to Freddie Freeman (didn’t he read the scouting report? Don’t throw first-pitch strikes to Freddie!), and the Braves win another one.

    They’re not walloping people, they’re still dealing with huge injuries and under-performing players, yet still find a way to win ball games. By the way, Fernandez was awesome, hope he has a long and outstanding career against everyone but the Braves!

    I said it before and I’ll say it again about the Nats, I don’t care how hot they are now, teams that play like crap for 3/4 of the year don’t deserve to get into the playoffs. And I don’t want to hear it from their obnoxious fans who were planning the victory parade since Spring Training about injuries. Every team gets them and the Braves have had more injuries than they have. But unlike the Nats, the Braves have depth, and they play fundamental baseball. That’s been the difference in this division.

  10. Anoesis - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Puig went 4 of 5 with 2 stolen bases. Guess that benching helped. Gonzalez hit two dingers against his old club, that AA team just north of Tijuana. Zack Greinke is 13-3 and Carlos Quentin is done for the year. All is right in the world.

  11. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Baltimore has lost 3 of the last 4 and seems to have ZERO interest in making the playoffs this year. One step forward, two steps back.

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