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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 10, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

Jedd Gyorko AP AP

The Padres entered Friday’s action ranked last in the National League in batting average, on-base percentage, OPS, and runs scored. So of course they beat up on Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez.

Fernandez was tagged for six runs (five earned) in five innings last night as the Marlins fell to the Padres by the score of 10-1 at PETCO Park in San Diego. Jedd Gyorko did the heavy lifting for the Padres’ offense, swatting a two-run homer off Fernandez in the second inning and then a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning.

Tyson Ross earned the win after striking out eight batters over seven innings of one-run ball. After a strong showing during the second half last year, the 27-year-old right-hander owns a 3.02 ERA and 45/18 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings across his first eight starts this season.

Your Friday box scores:

Marlins 1, Padres 10

Astros 3, Orioles 4

Phillies 3, Mets 2 (11 innings)

Cardinals 4, Pirates 6

Angels 4, Blue Jays 3

Indians 6, Rays 3

Rockies 3, Reds 4

Twins 2, Tigers 1

Cubs 2, Braves 3 (10 innings)

Red Sox 0, Rangers 8

Yankees 5, Brewers 3

Diamondbacks 3, White Sox 9

Giants 3, Dodgers 1

Nationals 0, Athletics 8

Royals 6, Mariners 1

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  1. johnnysoda - May 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Rangers 8, Red Sox 0- David Ortiz plays the spoiler this night, breaking up Yu Darvish’s perfecto in the seventh on an error, and then breaking up the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth. It’s the second time in his career that Darvish had lost a no-hitter with one out to go. Maybe someday.
    In related news, I had to love how hysterical Harold Reynolds on MLB Network was getting over how that error should’ve been a hit. Had Darvish completed the no-hitter, he might have started trashing the studio is frustration.

    Reds 4, Rockies 3- Joey Votto’s walk-off homer avenges Jonathan Broxton’s blown save in the ninth (of course, he still gets the win). Bigger story: Nolan Arenado’s 28 game hitting streak is halted, exactly halfway to Dimaggio. If anyone wants to take bets that record is broken in your lifetime, I will gladly book them.

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 4- Neil Walker’s four RBI help the Pirates win their fifth out of their last seven. I guess you could say they are (puts on sunglasses) righting the ship.
    (no one laughs)
    See, get it? Cuz they’re pirates, y’know, pirate ship?
    (crickets chirp, tumbleweed rolls by)
    Tough crowd…

    Orioles 4, Astros 3- Manny Machado’s first home run off the DL helped Baltimore stay in a tie for first place. You know when the last time the Astros were in first place past May 9? September 21, 2003. Machado was 11 on that day.

    Angels 4, Blue Jays 3- Raul Ibanez’ sac fly/double play gave the Angels the lead in the ninth, snapping Toronto’s five game winning streak. Jose Reyes’ three hits increased his batting average .207 and his on-base percentage to .282. That’s what’s called a lead-off hitter not doing his job.

    Twins 2, Tigers 1- Phil Hughes throws seven shutout innings for Minnesota. Justin Verlander was almost as good with 6 2/3 shutout innings, but the 2 RBI single he gave up to Kurt Suzuki leaves him the second banana on this night.

    Indians 6, Rays 3- This is a nine inning game that took 4:10 to play. There are certain things in this world that are not OK and this is one of those things that is not OK.

    Braves 3, Cubs 2- Julio Tehran’s eight brilliant innings of one-hit ball was rendered to a footnote by Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Fortunately for Braves fans, Freddie Freeman got the walk-off single in the tenth. Wesley Wright purposely walked Justin Upton to face Freeman, which is not the brightest decision in the sport’s history. I mean, I know he was setting up the double play, but still, I’d rather take my chances with Justin Upton than the best hitter on the team.

    White Sox 9, Diamondbacks 3- Just after his walk-off homer on April 30, Miguel Montero proclaimed that the Diamondbacks would “shock the world”. One must wonder after tonight if he meant they would play any more meaningful baseball or if they could just show the world they could win four games out of six. And, of course, this loss is the total opposite of “shocking the world”.

    Yankees 5, Brewers 3- A night where the rookies shined- Masahiro Tanaka earns his fifth win with 6 1/3 sharp innings while Yangervis Solartes’ three run home run proved the difference. Three straight for the Bombers.

    Phillies 3, Mets 2- Another ridiculously long game (4:39 for eleven innings and only five runs) that sees Marlon Byrd beat his old team with a double in the top of the eleventh. Ever since the calendar turned to May, the Mets have been in an absolute freefall, losing seven out of their last eight.

    Athletics 8, Nationals 0- The first visit to Oakland by the Nationals while based in D.C. was not pleasant- Tommy Milone dominated them (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), while Doug Fister gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his Nationals debut. At least Scott Hairston, with two of the Nats’ three hits, had a good night.

    Royals 6, Mariners 1- Three hits apiece by Eric Hosmer, Sal Perez, and Alex Gordon help Kansas City split the series going into the weekend. Jason Vargas’ seven scoreless innings aided the cause. No crazy intentional walks were ordered by Ned Yost.

    Padres 10, Marlins 1- Jose Fernandez tossed five mediocre innings while Jedd Gyorko knocked in six. Not performances you’d expect by either of them, as Fernandez had dominated so far this year while Gyorko was hitting .146 going into the game.

    Giants 3, Dodgers 1- With that, the Giants now have the best record in the National League, at 23-13. As long as the year is an even number, they can’t be beat.

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Welcome back Johnny.

    • randomdigits - May 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      At 19-14 the Orioles are alone in first place, a half game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East.

  2. aresachaela - May 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    5-0!! Way to go Ma-kun!! Let’s keep those wins rolling in.

  3. happytwinsfan - May 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    PItcher’s duel:

    The Resurgent Hughes, his east coast scarred lungs swelled with restoring upper Midwestern air, not allowing nary a single bloodletting break to the skin, slew the first twelve with but 49 tosses of the hurled pill.

    His adversary, the Gracefully Aging Verlander, moaned and groaned and did the same with 57 tosses.

    The rain appeared and disappeared.

    The Resurgent Hughes continued, slaying three more, the desperately prowling predators of the yesteryear city of mid last century exuberance, still unable to slake their thirst with the blood of their pursuer.

    The Gracefully Aging Verlander perseveres. The contest remains bruised but bloodless.

    The Resurgent Hughes slays three more.

    The Gracefully Aging Verlander will not surrender, but the Tiger hide is pierced and blood is on the ground.

    Resurgent Hughes quickly slays three more. The rust landers are bewildered while their end comes closer.

    The Gracefully Aging Verlander has done his best and retires to the calm bequeathing palliatives of the trainer

    Young arms, younger hearts, the Tiger’s thirst dies unquenched.

  4. Old Gator - May 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Boy, you just knew something wasn’t right with El Keed even before the game began, and you just knew the Feesh were going to take a vacation from the plate during batting practice. Was it the jet lag catching up with them or was it an immune reaction to tequila? Did he have a cold or stomach bug? Hard to say, but after I rushed home early from the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo to get the game up by ten o’clock, I see this image of El Keed leaning on the dugout rail as the ground crew was going through their makeready motions – expressionless, a bit droopy. I didn’t see him crack a smile – his grin is his trademark, for Buddha’s sake – all night. This is not our Keed, who usually vibrates like a tuning fork and sports a “yeah, man! Let’s go kick some butt!” expression that deepens and brightens as the moment to take the mound approaches. From time to time the camera caught him staring intently yet blankly at the field while the top of the Feesh ordure stumbled lackadaisically through the top half of the first, and then he walks, rather than swaggers as usual, out to the mound with an “oh-kaaayyyy, let’s get this over with” expression. And I’m already thinking, uh-oh, this isn’t right. And it wasn’t.

    He made it out of the first inning unscored upon but without a strikeout. I think it took him something like fifteen pitches to get Everth Cabrera to ground out. The second inning…well…it started orf with Garret Jones throwing away Grandal’s linehugging bouncer to El Keed trying to cover first, and that’s when the wheels began to come orf. Gyorko the Man-Frog deposited either an inertial fastball over the wall, and the next three or four guys all teed orf on El Keed’s wheelhouse-high down-the-pipe offerings – a couple of catches made against the walls, a double orf the top of the wall. El Keed couldn’t get as much velocity as a marble in a fourth grade science fair cardboard particle accelerator mockup, and his location might as well have been dictated by some shyster real estate salesman. He struggled unscored upon during the third, fourth and fifth but you could see the real Keed hadn’t stood up. In the nightmare sixth inning he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, got two balls on Gyorko the Man-Frog, got desperate to throw a strike and…well….off to the showers, six runs down without getting an out in the inning.

    The Pods were having their best night of the season. I doubt if Bud Black asked for an extension after the game, but you know a team is relieved with an eight run lead when they can’t be bothered to score on Pedro Marmol. I guess Kevin Slowey was just too much temptation for them, though – two more in the eighth, just to ice the cupcake and remind the Feesh that there were unwritten rules by which they were expected to abide in the top of the ninth.

    I hope El Keed’s grandmother was along for the trip. Olga, your nieto strikes me as being in dire need of a big bowl of sopa del pollo, and don’t skimp on the yuca and lime.

    • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Damn, Gator: I can’t drink caffeinated beverages! And is it just me or are these blogs getting better every day without the negativity and hate? Have a great day and thanks for the erudite posts with food references. Sports and Cuisine: what more is there?

      (Sex, Drugs that aren’t really drugs, and Rock & Roll)

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        (Bowing modestly)

        Didn’t know you were a chef. Yeah, Cuban chicken soup is one of the joys of living deeply embedded in Cuban civilization here in Macondo. My dear old Ukrainian grandmother would spin in her grave if she could see me squeezing lime juice into her Jewish penicillin recipe. The Island version uses sliced sweetcorn, sliced yam and yuca and small flour dumplings in addition to the chicken and noodles – it’s more of a stew, ajiaco in a caldo de pollo as it were. And you finish it orf with that divine squeeze of lime. Sometimes I go out back of the house on a chilly night and stand naked in the rain hoping to catch a cold so I can have an excuse go over to the local cafe Cubano and order me a bowl full.

        Incidentally, been experimenting with bitter melon lately. I slice them in half the long way, use a grapefruit spoon to core them and remove the seeds, slice them into 1/3″ pieces (unless I’m going to stuff them), blanch them for about one minute in boiling salted water, let them dry and they’re ready to use. This process gets that alum-like, chalky, bitter taste out of them and brings out their exotic flavor. They’re great in curries, masalas, Chinese recipes calling for green vegetables, and here’s my favorite use for ’em: one whole medium to large bitter melon, sliced and blanched; 1/3 cup onion, roughly diced; 1/3 cup chopped sweet pepper, 1/3 cup roughly chopped broccoli or Chinese broccoli; 1 small hot pepper, chopped; 1 plum tomato, sliced, 1/2 cup bean sprouts, 1/2 tbsp grated ginger, 3-4 garlic cloves, grated. Saute all of this together in canola or, for added flavor, sesame oil until veggies are almost tender. Meanwhile, mix 1/2 tbsp Thai fish sauce, 2-3 squirts of low sodium soy sauce, dashes of salt and pepper, and a dash of garlic powder with 3 beaten eggs or 3/4 cup egg substitute. Pour over the veggie mixture, cover the pan and fry until the omelet sets. You can eat this with rice or brown rice the way it is eaten in the Phillipines, or just have it for breakfast. The bitter melon in one half of the omelet will knock down your blood sugar by five points.

        As far as sex, drugs that really are drugs and rock n’ roll, I squandered by youth on them. The rock n’ roll is the only one that appears to have done any damage.

      • renaado - May 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Definitely Old Gator, Java rice and fried rice surely is a thing here in the Philippines, mix it with soy sauce and a Datu puti sauce is really a taste of perfection.

  5. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Everyone raise your hand if you had Yangervis Solarte leading the Yanks with 18 RBI on 5/10? Ok, now everyone who isn’t lying…

  6. uyf1950 - May 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    A good outing not a great outing by Tanaka for the Yankees. He needed a little help from Warren and McCann in the bottom of the 7th to get out of a jam nevertheless a quality start 6 1/3 IP’ed, just 2 ER’s and 7 K;s with an ERA of 2.57 on the season.

  7. uyf1950 - May 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Just my opinion and I know it’s still very early in the season before anyone jumps on what I’m about to say. But at this point in that early season the AL East looks like a race for the division between: Orioles, Yankees and Jays in no particular order. The Rays and Red Sox right now appear to be on the outside looking in. Again, just my opinion.

  8. happytwinsfan - May 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Our species recently developed ability to near instantaneously receive and transmit information of any type to and from any place at virtually no cost beyond that which the legal owner of the information wishes to impose, is revolutionizing everything in endlessly unexpected ways. It at least equals in importance the invention of the alphabet 1800 years ago.

    Below is an example I discovered while waiting for this afternoon’s edition of the Amazing Young Gibson. That still being several hours off there is time to make a proper asparagus cream sauce in place of a mediocre commercial version. For a more complete cardiac estrangement I also recommend the substitution of condensed milk, if not half and half.

    Brown Rice Kitten Casserole

    There is nothing tastier than kitten meat. Properly cooked, it tastes like a cross between chicken and cornish game hen. For true kitten meat connoisseurs, there is nothing better than kitten meat from kittens that were skinned alive. My six and eight year old just love it, and not only that, but I get them to help by holding the kittens as I remove their fur just prior to slitting their little throats (the kittens, not my kids:) We can hardly wait as each new littler is born to be able to make this tasty meal. And, by the way, the meat from newly-born kittens makes for great hors d’oeuvres if you’re having any kind of get together, though plan ahead and freeze the kitten meat so you have at least four or five litters worth.

    2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of asparagus soup
    10 3/4 fluid ounces milk
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 pound chopped cooked kittens (use 6 kittens for a family of four)
    1 cup uncooked brown rice
    2 (14.5 ounce) cans French cut green beans
    1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
    1 cup chopped onion
    3 cloves garlic, crushed
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried dill weed
    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium casserole dish. In a large bowl, mix the soup, milk, water, chicken, rice, green beans, cheddar cheese, onion, and garlic. Season with parsley, basil, dill, salt, and pepper. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, until rice is tender. If water is absorbed too quickly, add more as needed.

    Serving Suggestion
    Brighten your plates with kitten paws and tails. Use them to garnish the meal like parsley.

    • aresachaela - May 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      RIP little kitten… May you find peace in yarn heaven 😦.

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      (Camera pans back to show kittens playing with yarn ball)

      Announcer (with pronounced glottal stop): These playful kittens are enough to delight any child’s heart! And now – all that natural goodness is captured for you in….

      (Scene cuts to large wax coated cardboard bucket full of lumps of fried things)

      …Kitten Delight! This week only, Kitten Delight’s family bucket, which feeds nine, can be yours for only nine ninety nine, including our delicious sardine side and catnip donuts!

      Don’t cook tonight! Call Kitten Delight™!

      • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        As a professional chef I have to say this blog is more rewarding than any other! Thanks.

  9. ch0psuey - May 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    First Padre game I miss in a while and the bats come alive Jesus maybe I need to miss more games….

    • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      I say watch your Padres but with your fingers and toes crossed and a rabbits foot strapped to your forehead.

  10. ch0psuey - May 11, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    I missed another and 9-3 padres…. I am bad for the team gotta sit some out lol.

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