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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Sep 21, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

Carlos Beltran AP

The Cardinals have themselves a little breathing room in the National League Central.

Though closer Edward Mujica struggled again and put the Brewers in position to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly while John Axford was victorious in his return to Milwaukee. Aramis Ramirez drove in five runs in a losing effort.

The Pirates imploded and lost to the Reds in 10 innings last night, so the Cardinals are now two games up in the division with eight to play. Their magic number sits at seven.

Your Friday box scores:

Braves 9, Cubs 5

Astros 1, Indians 2 (7 innings)

Reds 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)

White Sox 5, Tigers 12

Marlins 0, Nationals 8

Orioles 4, Rays 5 (18 innings)

Mets 6, Phillies 4

Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 6

Giants 1, Yankees 5

Rangers 1, Royals 2

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9

Mariners 2, Angels 3 (11 innings)

Twins 0, Athletics 11

Dodgers 0, Padres 2

  1. NatsLady - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Fangraphs has the Reds, Cards and Bucs all at 92 wins or more. That’s REALLY annoying… 88 wins could take a WC in the AL, but, you’d have to play fake baseball…

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Hmmm, fake baseball, eh? We should come up with some kind of catchy nickname for that. “Fakeball” is too obvious. How about “Baseball the way almost everyone in the world plays it, except the National League”? Or BBTWAEITWPIETNL for short.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Don’t be defensive. Let those McCain types whine about their pitcherwannabehitter ball. It’s an exciting end of the season and they’re worried about their lawns. Forget that!

      • paperlions - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        It’s similar to hitterwannabefielder ball, watching guys that can hit and do nothing else stumble around the bases and in the field…just different embarrassing things to watch.

      • spudchukar - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Once, the most revered sport in the Summer Olympics was the decathlon. For some reason it has lost its luster. In Baseball the all around player no longer has the appreciation it once did. Coincidence, I think not.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        paper, you don’t even understand — maybe that’s the problem. DH’s don’t want to field. That’s the point. Also, less bunts, which, I know, that’s what puts asses in seats. /s

      • paperlions - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        I understand perfectly, you just don’t seem to be able to recognize the difference in fielding ability like you do in hitting.

        Cabrera and Fielder both seem to want to field…despite both being horrible at it and both belonging in the DH spot.

        I know you think they don’t suck in the field, but their fielding is like watching pitcher hit.

        Compare those guys to a real defender like Iglesias, or Machado, or Simmons…and the difference is similar to that between Cabrera hitting and a pitcher….just because pitchers get hits over 10% of the time and even hit HRs from time to time doesn’t mean they are good at it…just like Cabrera accidentally resembling a fielder from time to time doesn’t mean he is good at that either.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        Sigh. Are you crabby lions today?

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Congratulations to the Red Sox for finishing first in the AL East. As Matthew pointed out last night, most of the credit belongs to the incumbent players who pulled up their socks this season rather than the newcomers to the team.

    I want to thank John Farrell for using Tazawa in last night’s game as he has been terrible against the Jays and great against everyone else. The home run by Lind off Tazawa made the final score look respectable. I am glad that it was Lind who had the honor of hitting the traditional Blue Jay homer off Tazawa, as Lind suffered while Farrell was managing the Jays. Red Sox fans who doubt the accuracy of my comments are invited to check out the stats of Tazawa against the Jays.

    • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Incumbent players? Great closer? Nonsense. I give full credit for the Sox’s success where it belongs. Team Chemistry and The Beards.

      Congratulations, Red Sox. Well played. I hope we meet again in 2013. Seeing how you’ve owned the carpets this season, I bet you do too.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        It just goes to show why our society should not shun the homeless. They play great baseball.

      • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Word.

    • cur68 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Gibbons has been annoying the crap outta me with using Lind off the bench when a Lefty starts. Lind might not hit lefties as well as righties but he’s STILL a better option than anyone else and he can play 1st better, too. The score might have been better with a full 9 of Lind.

      At any rate, it was great to see Gose have such a good game after his practice throw hit Rasmus. Poor kid was really shaken up after that. As for Rasmus, he got the ball right in the eye. He might be in for serious problems with it, too. I was reminded of Kirby Puckett when I saw the isolation shot of what happened. If that eye was open when the ball hit, it could be badly damaged. Terribly unfortunate thing to happen. Both Gose and Rasmus had been en fuego for their last span of games. Rasmus had found that homerun stroke and Gose was finally killing breaking balls and legging out hard hit in-field hits. Their slugging was going right up. This incident might derail both of them.

      Get well soon, Colby.

      • paperlions - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Lind has a career wRC+ of 58 against lefties, it is 57 this year….to give an idea of how horrible that is….Arencibia has a wRC+ of 57 this year.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      In 9 appearances against the Jays this season, totaling 8 innings, Tazawa has given up 9 earned runs including 6 home runs. In the 59 innings he has pitched against the other teams, his ERA is 1.98 and he has given up only 3 home runs. I have to give credit to the mysterious Man In White for his excellent scouting job on Tazawa.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Jordan Zimmerman went through the febrile Feesh batting order like a hot hair curling iron through a tun of butter last night. It was the eighteenth shutout of the year for the Finless Wonders. He had something like seven strikeouts through the first five innings, then stopped showing off and just got down to the biz of popouts, flyouts and groundouts, winding up with nine all told. I wonder if these Feesh hitters also like to be dominated…well, never mind. What a guy on the road does with his strange is his own bidniss. Anyway, the Feesh exploded for singles in the sixth and ninth. Way to go.

    Chris Coghlan, who, with Mount Polanco rumbling and threatening retirement, is apparently Scrooge McLoria’s non-third baseman of the future, authored one of their two hits – which, in the warped world of the Rainbow Warriors, is kinda like claiming the base for himself. Reminds me of Bullwinkle crying “Excelsior!” when he reached the crest of the landfill. Remember?

    • NatsLady - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      NN

    • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      I want to thank whoever it was that made me think of “Gorton Fisherman” every time I see “Jordan Zimmermann.” Argh! I think it was that damn chicken.

  4. johnnysoda - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Let’s try another And That Happened:

    Yankees 5, Giants 1: There’s a new grand slam king of all time, and it’s Alex Rodriguez. I haven’t looked around yet, but I would bet just about anything that there’s at least one column out there complaining about how poor old Lou Gehrig’s record has been broken by that evil monster A-Rod. Sigh.

    Rays 5, Orioles 4: An 18 inning affair featuring 21 pitchers, and Jim Johnson was somehow not one of them. I know managers don’t like to use their closers on the road, but man, you’d figure after a while they’d just give in. David DeJesus had the walk off single after close to seven hours.

    Reds 6, Pirates 5: Mark Melancon blows his second straight save at just about the worst time possible, while Jordy Mercer makes his 14th error of the year on a ground ball that should have have sealed it for the Pirates. Kind of makes me wonder where Jason Grilli and Clint Barmes were during all of this. Maybe they were bitten by a radioactive spider, or something.

    Cardinals 7, Brewers 6: St. Louis extends their NL Central lead to two games, but it wasn’t easy: they scored two in the ninth on Matt Adams’ home run, had Edward Mujica blow another save, and needed a Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly to bail Mujica out. There’s easier ways to win ballgames, I’m sure.

    Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 3: The Red Sox clinch the AL East. There’s still 7 games left to play for them, and they’ve already exceeded their win total from last year by 25 games. Incredible.

    Tigers 12, White Sox 5: Max Scherzer finally gets his 20th win. He pitched well (6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K), but the Tigers’ offense was so dominant, it didn’t really matter. Torii Hunter had 4 hits and 3 RBI.

    Nationals 8, Marlins 0: Dominant performance by Jordan Zimmermann, pitching a complete game, two hit shutout. The Nationals’ elimination number remains at 4.

    Indians 2, Astros 1: I got a trivia question for you guys. Who was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Astros?
    The batting practice pitcher!
    I’m here all week, folks.

    Royals 2, Rangers 1: Texas has now fallen out of a wild card playoff spot. First the near miss of 2011, then the collapse of 2012, now this. Been some tough autumns down there. In happier news Kansas City ends their streak of nine consecutive losing seasons, and continues to have a pulse in the AL Wild Card race.

    Athletics 11, Twins 0: 14 different position players were used by Oakland in this one, which makes sense, considering it was 11-0 by the seventh inning and all. Their magic number is down to 2.

    Braves 9, Cubs 5: A ninth inning rally brings the Braves’ magic number down to 1. Kevin Gregg gave up all four runs in that ninth inning, prompting talk of releasing him. Considering the Cubs have been long eliminated, and there’s only about a week left in the season, I don’t know how it even matters. But hey, whatever floats their boat.

    Angels 3, Mariners 2: Chris Iannetta provides the walk off single in the 11th inning. The Angels, by the way, still have a shot at .500. Would not have seen that one coming in July.

    Mets 6, Phillies 4: The Phillies tried to rally back from a 5-0 deficit, but they came up short to ensure their first losing season since 2002. On the Mets side, David Wright came back from the DL and homered on the second pitch he saw.

    Padres 2, Dodgers 0: The Padres have won six of their last eight, all against some of the best in the National League. It’s just too little, too late, though.

    Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 4: I looked at the box score of this game for a about a minute, and couldn’t think of anything to say about it outside of that it was the Diamondbacks’ first game as an eliminated team. For every game involving two contending teams, there’s another involving two just playing out the string.

    • RickyB - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      I am still holding out hope for a seven-way tie for the two wild card spots. Mathematically still possible. Even as a Yankee fan, the seven-way tie would be glorious. Who’s with me?

      • chill1184 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I agree, I want chaos

      • RickyB - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        If you don’t believe me, this is ALL that needs to happen:

        Baltimore wins next 3 vs. Tampa Bay
        Giants beat the Yankees next 2
        Houston beats Cleveland next 2
        KC beats Texas next 2
        Angels beat Seattle next 2

        THEN:

        Houston takes exactly 2 of 3 against Texas
        Angels sweep 3 from Oakland
        White Sox sweep 2 from Cleveland
        Yankees sweep 3 from Tampa Bay
        Toronto sweeps 3 from Baltimore
        Angels sweep 4 from Texas
        Minnesota sweeps 4 from Cleveland
        Boston sweeps 3 from Baltimore
        Houston sweeps 3 from Yankees
        Toronto sweeps 3 from Tampa Bay

        And finally, there is a little wiggle room:
        Kansas City has to beat EITHER Seattle OR the White Sox once in final seven games.

        I’m not asking for much …

      • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        What little sanity I have left could not withstand your scenario.

      • spudchukar - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Pretty sure the Houston wins aren’t going to happen.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Bravo on your summary of the games.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        That was excellent.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Definitely. Johnny, the job is yours. You get your own basement, bathrobe and bubble pipe. Who needs Craig? He skips out on us on a workday, leaves is with this edited-for-television recap on a weekday morning….

    • ch0psuey - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Thumbs up to you sir. HBT sign this man up! :)

    • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      I concur with the other commenters. Excellent work, sir. You are hired.

  5. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Pirates are in deep trouble. Their bullpen is falling apart, their offense sucks!, and their starting pitching is regressing. The Pirates in the second half are just 32-30. Like I have been predicting Reds VS Nats in wild card game. The Pirates got lucky in the first half. They are really just a .500 team this doesn’t bod well for next year. Neal Hundington should have his eyes wide open. This team is NOT a playoff team. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up blowing the whole team up except for McCutchen, Marte, Walker, Alvarez, Martin, Cole, Burnett, and Liriano. Well at least we have the Steelers….Oh wait they suck! LET’S GO PENS!!!!!!!

    • chill1184 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Oh come on, its not that bad for the Pirates. Everyone was saying that the Rays were dead in the water only a few days ago and look whats happening. As for our Steelers I dont know what to think

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      The Pirates have a 99.4% chance of making the playoffs, while the Nationals have a 1.1% chance. Predicting that the Nats will beat them to the playoffs is no more sane now than it was yesterday.

      The Pirates should definitely trade away everybody, because even though they have a great core of young players, this is their best season in 20 years, and they will almost certainly make the playoffs, they blew a game in the ninth inning last night! Which proves that they are secretly terrible.

  6. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Dan1111.
    99.4% chance that’s still not 100% still a chance they miss the Playoffs. I’m not talking about getting rid of the core guys get rid of everyone else!

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      You didn’t say they have a slight chance of missing the playoffs; you predicted that they will miss the play-offs and called them “not a playoff team”. If this turns out to be true, then kudos to you.

      Admittedly there was some dissonance in your comment about trading the “whole team”, except for eight guys. But still, you are implying they should trade away young players like Tabata, Walker, and Locke. This is a good young team that would benefit from a few complementary pieces, but certainly doesn’t need “blowing up”.

  7. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    They have been have just a .500 since the all star break they are just a .500 team! This isn’t just last night it has been the whole second half! This is a trend.

    • deepstblu - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Jeez, you guys sound like Philly fans. C’mon. Deep breaths. Now. Next series, Pirates get the Cubs while the Nats get the Cardinals. If things aren’t better going into next weekend, THEN you can panic.

  8. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I’m not even that big of a baseball fan so I’m just watching the Pirates to get me to October 3rd for when a real team that can actually win championship plays! The Pittsburgh Penguins!

  9. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    To bad the Pirates have a losing record against the bad teams!

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Too bad the Steelers are in decline just as the Pirates are about to make the playoffs.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        You mean: “how awesome”!

  10. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    dan1111
    They will not spend $ for complementary pieces, they will stay pat over the winter. They always do. Jeff Locke sucks!

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      You can reply to comments.

      Where do you think players like Russell Martin, Liriano, and Burnett came from? Do you think A.J. was called up from the farm at the age of 35?

      Locke has had a promising first season in the majors. But like the Pirates as a team, the very last thing he did was bad, so he must be terrible.

  11. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Dan1111
    The Pirates are a .500 team. They have been playing like it to. They’re just a flash in the pan. At best they will be a .500 team next year.

  12. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    The Indians moved into the second Wild Card position and will finish the season against poor teams. Kansas City is the long shot team that interests me. After 2 more games against the faltering Rangers, they play Seattle 3 times and the White Sox 4 times.

    • chill1184 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      The Rangers down the stretch right now are looking like 2007 Mets and I say that as a Mets fan.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        As long as Bush keeps going to the games, he’ll bring his hideous mass murdering karma along with him. It’s bigger than a Japanese wunderkind.

  13. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Not if the Steelers win on Sunday!

    • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      What are these Steelers of which you speak?

  14. steelers88 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I’m done rooting for the Pirates. I’m changing my team to the Tigers.

    • cur68 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Oh, THAT’LL make a certain Tiger’s fan VERY happy. She LOVES you football troglodytes. Make sure you address her as “Larva” and insult the Bread Pudding as often as you can, eh? She digs that.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Oh, Jesus! We don’t want you. My God. You probably love bacon and ice cream. Go back to your PFT pigpen. The D is NOT about hate. I’ve been loyal when we lost for 2 decades, so I damn sure don’t want a bandwagon fan like you who can’t stay faithful to his own perennial loser. I didn’t wear the OE D and take crap about it for years so younz (gag) could jump aboard now. Cretin.

      /sniffs

      • sadtwinsfan - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        twins lose 11 to 0!!

        can i be an honorary tiger’s fan at least for the rest of this year? i grew up on ernie harwell and stayed loyal even through the 87 alcs, before i decided this is where i live so get on board.

        please, please i only need to do so until delusionaltwinsfan can take over in the off season.

      • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        You don’t like bacon OR ice cream? Good lord, woman. Your problems are worse than I thought!

        He sounds like a D fan to me… he’s ornery enough.

      • happytwinsfan - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        treasonous sadtwinsfan!!!

        i don’t think anyone here wants to hear a sadtigersfan fearing that fielder will become an adam dunn on the back end of his contract.

    • indaburg - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Excellent choice. You would make a grrrrrreat Tigers fan!

  15. jwbiii - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    
    Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
    TBR*   73.4    67.1   3 Bal, 3 @NYY, 3 @Tor
    Cle*   65.8    49.0   2 Hou, 2 ChW, 4 @Min
    Tex    48.3    70.4   2 @KCR, 3 Hou, 4 LAA
    KCR     5.2     4.0   2 Tex, 3 @Sea, 4 @ChW
    Bal     4.0     9.0   3 @TBR, 3 Tor, 3 Bos
    NYY     3.2     1.0   2 SFG, 3 TBR, 3 @Hou
    
    WsN     1.4     1.2   2 Mia, 3 @StL, 3 @Ari

    All chalk for these teams (Yes, the Royals should be favored over the Rangers in KC). This puts the Indians and their creampuff schedule into a wildcard berth.

    Elimination news: Diamondbacks are out. The Angels’ tragic number is now 1.

    • jwbiii - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Boy, did I screw that up. Again, with today’s B-Pro projections.

      Updated playoff percentages:

      
      Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
      TBR*   73.4    67.1   3 Bal, 3 @NYY, 3 @Tor
      Cle*   65.8    49.0   2 Hou, 2 ChW, 4 @Min
      Tex    48.3    70.4   2 @KCR, 3 Hou, 4 LAA
      KCR     5.2     4.0   2 Tex, 3 @Sea, 4 @ChW
      Bal     4.0     9.0   3 @TBR, 3 Tor, 3 Bos
      NYY     3.2     1.0   2 SFG, 3 TBR, 3 @Hou
      
      WsN     1.4     1.2   2 Mia, 3 @StL, 3 @Ari
    • jwbiii - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Updated playoff percentages:

      
      Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
      TBR*   73.4    78.1   3 Bal, 3 @NYY, 3 @Tor
      Cle*   65.8    59.9   2 Hou, 2 ChW, 4 @Min
      Tex    48.3    49.7   2 @KCR, 3 Hou, 4 LAA
      KCR     5.2     6.2   2 Tex, 3 @Sea, 4 @ChW
      Bal     4.0     4.2   3 @TBR, 3 Tor, 3 Bos
      NYY     3.2     1.8   2 SFG, 3 TBR, 3 @Hou
      
      WsN     1.4     1.1   2 Mia, 3 @StL, 3 @Ari
      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        In the afternoon games, Tampa Bay won, Baltimore lost and the Yankees won. The Yankees have moved ahead of Baltimore but are still longshots.

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