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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 19, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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It took a little while, but the Diamondbacks finally have their first win against the Dodgers this season. Thanks to a two-run single by Aaron Hill in the 12th inning, Arizona topped Los Angeles 4-2 at Dodger Stadium last night. Or early this morning, really.

The game was tied at 1-1 until Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow allowed the Diamondbacks to take the lead when he threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk to Martin Prado in the top of the ninth inning. Really. However, Juan Uribe tied things up in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer against Addison Reed. The two sides traded zeroes in the 10th and 11th innings before Hill put Arizona ahead for good. Trevor Cahill, who was moved to the bullpen this week, pitched a perfect bottom of the 12th to notch his first career save.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Diamondbacks, who currently sit at a major-league worst 5-14 on the season. They were winless in their previous five games against the Dodgers this season.

Your Friday box scores:

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2

Reds 4, Cubs 1

Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

Cardinals 1, Nationals 3

Angels 11, Tigers 6

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

Orioles 8, Red Sox 4

Yankees 5, Rays 11

Braves 6, Mets 0

White Sox 0, Rangers 12

Mariners 4, Marlins 8

Twins 0, Royals 5

Phillies 1, Rockies 12

Astros 3, Athletics 11

Giants 1, Padres 2

  1. johnnysoda - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    (full disclosure: typed the day before)

    Reds 4, Cubs 1- Alfredo Simon continues his hot start for the Reds (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) as the Cubs lose once again. They’re now at 4-11, by far the worst record in the NL Central. I’m sure tickets for that Diamondbacks-Cubs series next weekend are selling like hotcakes.

    Marlins 8, Mariners 4- A matchup between the two MLB teams farthest apart from each other- it’s about 3,300 miles from Safeco Field to Marlins Park, or about a two day drive. It’s the first time the Mariners have made that long trip since 2005- they were supposed to have done that in 2011, but the good people of U2 failed to consult a calendar when scheduling a concert at Sun Life, forcing the series to be moved. Strange happenings.
    As to this game, Giancarlo Stanton had a walk-off grand slam. This sounds very exciting, until you realize it was a tied game with nobody out. I mean, it’s still cool, but it lacks that same excitement as a tenser situation, you know?

    Nationals 3, Cardinals 1- Michael Wacha didn’t pitch too badly until the seventh, where he threw a two-run wild pitch which proved the difference. But hey, at least it didn’t rain, unlike all his other starts this season.

    Braves 6, Mets 0- Aaron Harang pitched seven no-hit, but very inefficient, innings for the Braves. He was as such rendered to watching Luis Avilan give up a clean base hit to David Wright with two outs in the eighth inning to break it up. Extra noteworthy about this game is that I almost went to it, but backed out as it was chilly. Would’ve been a trip to see a no-hitter by the opposing team, if only to see the fan’s reaction.

    Brewers 5, Pirates 3- The Pirates attacked first on Russell Martin’s two early RBIs, but quickly gave up the lead and left six men on in the last three innings. Pittsburgh continues to struggle in the early going, having lost six of eight (cue Pirate fan neuroticism) while the Brewers continue to bludgeon anyone who dares stand in their way of an NL Central upset.

    Blue Jays 3, Indians 2- Only a day after giving up three walks and two wild pitches without an out, Sergio Santos almost blew it again by walking two with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to load the bases. Fortunately for his reputation, he got out of it with a Michael Brantley groundout.
    In other news, the year after getting a spot in the Wild Card playoff game, the Indians drew a mere 16,335 on a Friday night. The Astros draw more than that on the weekdays while losing two of three for three straight years. Show some support, Indians fans!

    Orioles 8, Red Sox 4- Brock Holt got called up by the Red Sox for this game. I remember when Brock Holt was first called up by the Pirates in 2012. They lost 21 of their next 30 games. Based on the way this one turned out, hopefully for Boston, that is not a sign of things to come. They’re off to a slow start anyway, at 7-10.

    Athletics 11, Astros 3- As I alluded to earlier, people are actually going to Astros games- they’re sixth in the AL attendance right now. How the hell can anyone out there possibly want to pay to watch this team? My guess is that, next to the ticket price, there’s a really small minus sign, meaning that they’re actually paying you $60 or whatever to come to the game, instead of you paying them $60. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

    Angels 11, Tigers 6- Detroit attempted a very mild comeback when trailing by ten in the seventh inning by putting up a five-spot. It did not happen, of course, but if they somehow came back that would’ve been pretty cool. Until I thought about the pain Angels fans would’ve felt watching that. That would have dampened my enthusiasm. But only slightly.
    In other news, Pujols hit homer #497. The Angels come around here (“around here”: Yankee Stadium) next week, so he’s got a good shot of hitting #500 here. I’m sure outfield tickets for those games- and the ones in D.C. this week- are already selling out.

    Rangers 12, White Sox 0- Leonys Martin had three hits and four RBI while falling a double short of the cycle, anchoring an offensive clinic for Texas. Felipe Paulino was allowed to give up 13 hits and 10 runs before the Sox finally showed some mercy and took him out.

    Royals 5, Twins 0- Mike Moustakas, after watching his average dip as low as .100 this week, is now riding a torrid three game hitting streak, including a home run tonight. The Twins, after walking eight times in one inning yesterday, only saw one tonight.

    Rays 11, Yankees 5- Cesar Cabral gave Sergio Santos a run for his money for worst relief outing ever: 0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 HBP, 1 WP, and an ejection. It was a lowlight of a complete bullpen meltdown that saw New York give up eight runs in the last two innings.

    Rockies 12, Phillies 1- Complete domination on both ends- Colorado racked up 18 hits on 12 runs (including three hits apiece by Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs, and Troy Tulowitzski), while Tyler Chatwood shut the Phillies down (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).

    Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2- Aaron Hill’s two-run single in the twelfth gave Arizona a rare win. A player named Tuffy Gosewich played for the D-Backs in this one. He must really dislike his real name (James) to be professionally known as “Tuffy”.

    Padres 2, Giants 1- Tyson Ross dominates the Giants (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) to give the Padres the win to kick off the series.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Rays 11, Yankees 5- Cesar Cabral gave Sergio Santos a run for his money for worst relief outing ever:

      And to top it off, he was DFA after the game.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Cabral was much worse than Santos. I am disappointed that the Yankees showed such little faith in him. I wish that he got a second chance.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      A couple of things that Johnny did not mention about the game in Cleveland is that it was a cold night, and a lot of Jays fans were there cheering loudly. The crowds this weekend should be better.

      I give John Gibbons credit for letting Santos erase the memory of the previous day’s debacle. He did go out to the mound with 2 out and the bases loaded and told Santos that he had confidence in him.

    • wlschneider09 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Great recap, but there’s no way anyone is driving from Seattle to Miami in 2 days. Even averaging 75 mph it would take 44 hours.

      • johnnysoda - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        I was just going by what Google Maps said:

        https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Marlins+Park,+501+Marlins+Way,+Miami,+FL+33125/Safeco+Field,+1250+1st+Ave+S,+Seattle,+WA+98134/@40.2812713,-101.2314146,4z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x88d9b6e89443a14f:0x77bf55a8ac3f8e86!2m2!1d-80.22028!2d25.778664!1m5!1m1!1s0x54906a9f508c5f6f:0xf0e9153c9554cdf6!2m2!1d-122.332271!2d47.591351!5i1?hl=en

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Never trust Google maps. It’s got to be at least a three day drive, if not more. That’s assuming that Snoqualmie Pass is clear – and that’s never a sure thing even in mid-July. If it’s not snow or a rockslide, it’s a flipped semi.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Depends how you do it. I’ve driven between Miami and Seattle twice, once each way. First time, drove to Seattle using the Florida Turnpike to I-75 to I-10 to LA and then I-5 north along the west coast. That took four and a half days, but we weren’t pushing it. Then, drove home via I-90 over the aforementioned Snoqualmie Pass (in June, it was clear), then diagonally southeast on I-84 to I-70 to I-55 to I-64 to I-75 for the last leg home. Took three days and change, with fairly minimal stops to sleep at a variety of cheap motels. Oh my aching arse.

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

  3. renaado - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    SHUTOUT!

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      i trust you mean the braves game

  4. penguins87and71 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Pirates pitching is starting to worry me, 3 of the Pirates pitchers, Liriano, Morton, and Roudrigez have a combined 4.91 ERA.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Thursday the Yankees and the pitchers were the windshield, last night Friday the Yankees and especially the pitchers were the bugs. There are going to be those types of games over a 162 game season. Now that that one is out of the way the Yankees can start on a new winning streak tonight with Nova leading the way on the mound.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      how are the yankees in first place? so far they’re proving us nay sayers wrong.

      hesitant tip of the hat

      • uyf1950 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Hopefully they can keep it up, I think they will but it’s still early. My guess is the AL East will be a horse race with at least 4 if not all 5 of the teams being in the race until mid September. We’ll see,

  6. happytwinsfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    i see that the royals, on the back of a four game winning streak, have moved into a statistical tie with the tigers for first place. it’s nice to see royals fans catching a ray of sunshine even if it came at the expense of the twins. we’ll see which way the sun is pointing this afternoon. maybe we can trade places.

  7. APBA Guy - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    The Beloved A’s face the happy prospect of 7 of the next 10 against the Astros, just as the Astros begin to revert to expected form. Against this backdrop, Jed Lowrie tried to bunt with a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Staring and words ensued, and Bo Porter spoke harshly to former Astro Lowrie. Reliever Clemens threw at Lowrie’s knees during his next at-bat.

    Strategically, it’s unwise to rile even the Astros when you play them so much in the next week, and are counting on winning at least 6 of those games.

    Practically, I have no idea of what obscure unwritten rule Lowrie broke, though his bunt attempt at that point does seem like piling on.

    Stex has been absent lately, possibly in early season mourning, so his superior observation of the Astros woud be welcome here, but my impression of Cosart, gone after 1/3 inning and 7 ER allowed, is that he has pretty good stuff. But he became completely unraveled after the Callaspo homerun. His loss of confidence is obvious.

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