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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 4, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

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Dee Gordon made a long-lasting mark in the Dodgers’ extra-innings defeat of the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami, becoming the only player in recorded franchise history (dating back to at least 1914) to tally five hits and three stolen bases in the same game. He drove in two runs, scored two, and is now batting .357/.387/.464 on the year with 10 RBI and 16 runs in 28 games played. The 26-year-old second baseman is also on pace for 99 steals.

Yasiel Puig contributed a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Carl Crawford slugged a go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the 11th, giving Los Angeles the 9-7 shootout win at the normally-pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. The Dodgers are 18-13 and trail the red-hot Giants by only 1 1/2 games in the National League West standings.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Rays 3, Yankees 9

Cardinals 0, Cubs 3

Athletics 3, Red Sox 6

Orioles 1, Twins 6

Mariners 9, Astros 8

White Sox 0, Indians 2

Nationals 2, Phillies 7

Blue Jays 6, Pirates 8

Tigers 9, Royals 2

Giants 3, Braves 1

Brewers 2, Reds 6

Dodgers 9, Marlins 7 (11 innings)

Mets 10, Rockies 11

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3

Rangers 3, Angels 5

  1. aresachaela - May 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    TANAK-OUT!! 4-0!! Let’s keep it going Ma-Kun and Yeankees!!

  2. metalhead65 - May 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    don’t look now but Johnny Cuteo is healthy and back to being an ace again! another masterpiece last night. now comes the part where the saber geeks come up some stupid stats that say otherwise right? that’s ok I will ignore them and watch the game.

    • elpendejo59 - May 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Do you really need to get defensive in every comment, even before someone does reply? Your act is so tired. No one disputes Johnny Cueto is a good pitcher. Johnny Cuteo is a bum though.

      • jimeejohnson - May 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        What do you expect from a right winger?

      • metalhead65 - May 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        so don’t read my comments then. you can’t say anything about a player on here without getting a load saber stats about him in return and I do not want to read them. as for Cueto being a bum let it go man, he was defending himself against a raging mob and did what he had to defend himself.

      • metalhead65 - May 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        and jimmie you say that like it’s a bad thing, better than being a left wing tree hugging obummer loving democrap.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        It is a bad thing, representing as it does callousness, selfishness, thuggishness, simplistic brutality, contempt for labor. And that slimebag Cueto “defended himself” the way George Bush “defended” American by slaughtering a quarter of a million Iraqi shopkeepers, cab drivers, doctors, housewives and children to keep them from unleashing their stockpile of nuclear weapons against our oil companies. Good work, Halliburton!

  3. Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Ackcherley, Drew, Macondo Banana Massacre Field is still peetcher-friendly, especially if we’re talking about Carlos Marmol. He’s the friendliest reliever on the team. Apparently dissatisfied with the two runs he gifted the Bums after gracing the stats of four batters in a third of a frame on Friday night, he returned to play Santa Claus to a struggling Carl Crawford last night and this time made sure his present held up. Don’t forget that with Scrooge McLoria as a looming archetype of impecuniousness, it was perfectly natural for Marmol to reassert the spirit of the Tennis Court Oath within when given an opportunity. It may be that he was just trying to play the sportsman and show the Terrors of Tinseltown that he was appreciative of their generosity to the toothpick wielding Jeff Mathis and Jeff Baker, treated by LA to their first home runs of the season. Then too, it could have been his Vloek van der Geitbok prion infection he acquired while slumming at Wrigley acting up again that caused him to float that “crush me” sign right over the plate for Crawford. Let’s put the best face on it, though, and pat Marmol on the back for his bountifulness of spirit instead.

    So: after chewing to the bone the rusty Jacob Turner, just back from the DL, the Bums must today face El Keed who has been on a tear. This ought to be a very interesting game. Hot dogs, check. Peanuts, check. Shelling peanuts, by the way, is terrific exercise – it improves hand-eye coordination, tactile sensitivity, and reinforces reflexes by gratifying periodically. Hot dogs and popcorn can’t say that (although in all fairness, if you’ve been talking to hot dogs and popcorn maybe it’s time to talk to a professional instead).

    • groupofsevenrules - May 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      After a good day’s fishing yesterday (cold, but they were biting) I’m going to relax this afternoon and turn my satellite south to watch El Keed. Gator, that tomato-basil-feta panko stuffing of yours graces a trout like a culinary benediction – thank you sir from both of us. I have your curried egg salad and chutney recipe up next, if I can only work up the industry to boil six eggs.

      I did not understand why the Feesh signed Marmol – it was as if they wanted to re-run the Krazy Karlos Zambrano experiment with a slightly saner subject who couldn’t even pitch as well in the first place. Every time he walks out of the bullpen you know he’s going to give away the store.You might have something with the prion vector issue. If it’s too small to see, who’s to say it ain’t there, right? But as another ex-Cub it could just as well be rotten karma. I also wonder what it’s going to take to convince the Iron Giant to keep going after those low outside sliders. Every pitcher in the league seems to know that’s his out pitch.

      Meanwhile, what would you think about moving Ozuna into the cleanup spot? Casey McGehee seems to be evolving into this generation’s Cody Ross but without the power. He’s clutch but still, you do want some pop from the four spot, yes?

      • groupofsevenrules - May 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        *….STOP going after those low outside pitches, I mean.

      • jimeejohnson - May 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Egg salad with chutney! Mmmmmmmm.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Yes, it’s true they had nothing to lose insofar as they weren’t going anywhere this season regardless.

        Marmol throws hard but he also serves up fresh taters with the consistency of an Idaho spud farmer, and this season he’s shown an unerring instinct to give them up when they’re most lethal. Over his career he’s given up more than a walk per every pair of Ks (393 vs 742) and has been getting consistently worse. He has been terrible this season, with 11 hits allowed in 11.1 innings, a 6.35 ERA, 8 walks to 13 Ks. Last season he posted a 4.41 ERA and averaged a home run every seven innings, with 40 walks to his 59 Ks in 49 innings.

        I take it that Seven’s comparison with Zambrano was a Cubs joke more than anything else but, while we’re at it, last year for the Feesh Zambrano gave up a little over 8 home runs per 9 inning, had a 4.49 ERA, walked 75 and struck out 95. Zambrano was a little worse than Marmol – so far – but these stats are close enough so that the comparison is significantly closer than “ridiculous.”

        While we’re at it, let’s have a look at the “ex-Cubs factor” elaborated by the late great Chicagoland journalist, Daley-slayer and chronicler of Windy City lore, Mike Royko, in his now classic article of Ron Berler’s study of the effect of having three or more ex-Cubs on a team at one time: (scroll down to the second installment):

        http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/730735.html

        ‘Twas at this unimpeachable field of lore that Seven referred. Perhaps after you’ve ackcherley been here for a while your reading comprehension and grasp of baseball mythology will improve a bit.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Jimmee, just for you:

        1/4 cup mayonnaise
        3/4 – 1 full teaspoon curry powder (I like a stronger curry)
        1/8 teaspoon celery salt
        3 to 4 drops of Tabasco, or to taste (I use more ’cause I strong like bool)
        3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
        1-1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
        1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
        1 1/2 tablespoons mango or other fruit chutney, chopped
        6 hard-boiled jumbo eggs, chopped
        1/3 cup chopped celery
        3 scallions, chopped

        In a bowl stir together the mayonnaise, the curry powder, the celery salt, the Tabasco, the cumin, the mustard, the lemon juice, and the chutney. Stir in the eggs, the celery, and the scallions and season the salad with salt and pepper.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        I would say, rather, that not seeing the comparison is more of a way of refusing to look at it. And just because you can’t see the joke doesn’t mean it isn’t funny. The “ex-Cubs factor” has been a running joke in baseball ever since Berler’s stats were first published twenty years ago, so I guess another way to look at it is that enough folks have found it funny to keep it alive for over two decades now.

        Correction to the Zambrano home runs typo: roughly 1.3 per nine innings (161 dingers in 1959 innings). Let’s re-do Marmol’s dinger docket per nine innings: 48 home runs in 575 innings. Again, about 1.3 per. Be as stubborn as you wish. There it is.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        And both of them carrying that Indonesian goat curse prion to boot. Royko misidentified it as a “virus” (great article by the way, OG. I never knew that the ex-Cubs factor was actually based on someone’s research like that), but maybe Cur can check his medical history to see when prions were distinguisehd from viruses. It’s an easy enough mistake.

        El Keed took a wicked shot off his leg from Gordon. I think his wobbly inning must have been due to the pain from the bruise. I was surprised they let him come out again. But still, 10K and 2ER in 7IP ain’t bad.

        Incidentally, you do realize what we’re dealing with here, don’t you?

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Of course, speaking of “tells.” I’ll pass it along to Craig.

        Meanwhile, the Feesh boolpen is in the process of barfing away El Keed’s game. Marmol sits, can’t use Cishek because he’s overused, and A. J. Ramos walks Chone Figgins – talk about a gift! – and then the Giant wretchedly misplays a bloop single into an RBI double. Tie game. Bums will be up by one before too much longer.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Whoops, fooled me. The Feesh ween a challenge at second in the top of the ninth and win it in the bottom of the 10th for A J Ramos, who blew the save for El Keed the frame prior. For you Dodgers fans who weren’t watching, Yasiel Puig made a really heroic effort to catch Jeff Baker’s walk off drive off the boolpen fence, slammed into the wall and knocked himself silly, but he seemed OK and walked back to the dugout unassisted. You cannot try any harder than that. Applause for a gladiator. More tomorrow – I’ve got some pork chops that have been marinating in papaya juice and the Gator’s secret blend of herbs and spices that need to go on the grill.

  4. moogro - May 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    seeing no haiku
    but knowing most of the games
    still feel imcomplete

  5. renaado - May 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Damnit! 5 games now!? Braves need to stop swingin those high fastballs!

    • aresachaela - May 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Just goes to show that this current Braves team isn’t what they are offensively last year Ren. A team that heavily relies on pitching isn’t gonna help them win, they need to put those balls in play too. Not to mention there run production is the second lowest in the MLB LOL.

      • renaado - May 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Haha… I know alright… Doesn’t matter, it’s still early in the season. I’m sure they’ll find there groove soon.

  6. Professor Fate - May 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Dee Gordon hitting well to go along with his base stealing and defense. Who’da thunk it? It’d be great if he ends up being the solution at 2nd the Dodgers desperately need, but I’m not going to get too excited until he does it consistently for more than a month or so.

  7. nbjays - May 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    News flash! Aaron Loup is no better as a closer than Sergio Santos.

    *cries*

    • historiophiliac - May 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      There, there, Canadian. I’m told you might just need to rub some seal blubber on it. Or drink profusely.

  8. happytwinsfan - May 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    The Tiger’s gait seems to be lengthening, and a seasonal cross roads for the Twins may be approaching. The fork will be in the direction of the Twins starting pitching.

    A good start for Correia, a fairly good start for Nolasco, albeit only being possible because of several excellent plays made on hard hit balls, and best of all is the placement of Pelfry on the disabled list, sometimes known as the unable to get major league hitters out list. Today we will see either the Resurgent Hughes or the Yankee Hughes. Tuesday we will begin to see if the league is adjusting to the Amazing Young Gibson of if he has adjusted to them. Wednesday Deduno will either drive the hitters crazy or walk them.

    Down on the farm Meyer and May are racking up the strike outs and look close to ready for a call up, and a pitcher whose name I had not heard before has a Triple A ERA of 1.86 and is now on the roster.

    If, before the loping Tiger travels too far, the Twins rotation includes the three tall, fireballing sinker ball pitchers, Gibson, Meyer and May, the Mighty Righties, along with a usually okay Nolasco, and either a Resurgent Hughes, the adequate Correia, or a drive the hitters crazy Deduno, the direction may be very different from pre season predictions.

    Regressions to the mean be damned, inside baseball miracles are to be found.

    • renaado - May 4, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Just searched this “Regression to the mean” thing and surely it’s quite complicated I’d say the least. I’m sure this kind of statistics have some flaws in it too base on my standpoint when it comes to Baseball, cause we know this is a game of adjustments and usin failure as a motivation to improve.

      • happytwinsfan - May 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        All “regression to the mean” means is that if a player suddenly starts doing a lot better than he has in the past, he usually doesn’t keep it up.

        As for baseball being a game of adjustments, that’s exactly right and I think those adjustments, say an adjustment in a pitcher’s mechanics or a hitter’s approach consist of the smallest things and can make all the difference. That’s why whose on top and whose on the bottom can change so fast

      • renaado - May 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I see, so this “Regression to the means” is statistics still bein applied to this?

      • aresachaela - May 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        HAHAHA!! You really do have a knack about statistics stuffs Ren XD XD XD. It’s summer already LOL, put those silly equation or whatever that is your thinkin out there now ;-) .

  9. jimeejohnson - May 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Hope the Giants and Dodgers last series of the season decides who wins the west.

  10. thomas844 - May 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Dee Gordon right now is what Reds fans hope Billy Hamilton will be one day.

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      I wonder if Davey Lopes sees a bit of himself and Maury Wills in this kid. He’s exciting as hell to watch. His speed and agility reminds me that “Dodgers” was shortened from “Trolley Dodgers.” Let’s see if El Keed has any more luck keeping his mercurial arse off the bases today.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        Coda: Gordon lined one off El Keed’s thigh in the 5th for a single. It hurt. This episode was followed with some limping around and then some funny banter between Gordon and El Keed along the lines of “hey, watch out for the family jewels.” Both were laughing. Then Gordon took orf for second a batter later and Saltalamacchia gunned him down. Two innings later, El Keed returned the favor by striking Gordon out.

        The Iron Giant has now hit two home runs off of Fife, one to left and one to right.

  11. uyf1950 - May 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Tanaka signed to amaze by the Yankees has continued to do just that. Six starts so far, all quality starts. He’s 4-0 in those 6 starts with 2 No Decisions and the Yankees are 5-1 in those starts. I hope he keeps it up.

  12. darman55 - May 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    That’s it. dodger fans will be proclaiming Gordon the greatest second baseman in the history of the dodgers since the legendary Steve Sax!

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