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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 11, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

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The Rockies have the top-scoring offense in Major League Baseball and they wasted no time showing their strength on Saturday evening in Cincinnati.

Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson opened the game with back-to-back solo home runs, and then Justin Morneau went deep for a two-run shot in the top of the third inning. Dickerson was the standout performer in the 11-2 rout of the Reds, finishing with two doubles, two homers, and a career-high four RBI. Colorado starter Jordan Lyles racked up a season-high eight strikeout while moving to 5-0 on the year.

The Rockies open play Sunday with the best run differential in the big leagues and a 23-16 record.

They trail the Giants by one game in the National League West standings.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Angels 5, Blue Jays 3

Twins 3, Tigers 9

Giants 2, Dodgers 6

Astros 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)

Cardinals 3, Pirates 4

Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 3

Yankees 4, Brewers 5

Cubs 0, Braves 2

Rockies 11, Reds 2

Phillies 5, Mets 4

Indians 1, Rays 7

Red Sox 8, Rangers 3

Nationals 3, Athletics 4 (10 innings)

Royals 1, Mariners 3

Marlins 3, Padres 9

  1. proudlycanadian - May 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I was hoping that the Jays could trade J. A. Happ, but after yesterday’s performance, it will not happen. I doubt that anyone would want him. It is time to dump him and replace him in the rotation with Marcus Stroman.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Amen. I suppose they’re trying to ease their young prospect into the game. But why?

      Mercifully, I did not have a chance to watch this game but the recaps were awful enough. I see that Gibbons wouldn’t talk to reporters after the game, either, not that listening to him is much of a treat in the first place. The guy is so stand-up. Perhaps he ought to have a designated spinner to cover for him whenever his pitcher implodes. I never understood what the Jays were thinking when they hired him.

      By the way, I want to point our that yesterday morning Old Gator wrote here on STS that Jose Fernandez looked sick before he took the field and performed without his usual vivacity. Later yesterday afternoon the Feesh announced that EL Keed had been pitching with a case of food poisoning, and had actually been heaving away in the clubhouse before the game. Point one: Gator knows his team’s people really well. Excellent call, OG. Point two: what the hell was Redmond doing putting him out there in the first place, much less leaving him out there if he knew he was sick? It’s not like the Feesh have no one else to put on the mound in an emergency, is it?

      • proudlycanadian - May 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        The Jays have activated Mighty Casey and dropped Getz. Lawrie is now a second baseman.

  2. johnnysoda - May 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Angels 5, Blue Jays 3- Two RBI each for C.J. Cron and Chris Ianetta helped the Angels take the first two games of the series. The Blue Jays got six hits here: each one by a different player.

    Tigers 9, Twins 3- A six-spot in the second inning- which included a three-run home run by Miguel Cabrera- gave Max Scherzer the cushion he needed to pitch a decent one (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). I almost said “strong one”, but decided that line really isn’t that strong. But it’s OK, I guess.

    Dodgers 6, Giants 2- Anyone remember when Matt Kemp was considered one of the games’ premier players? Well, he tried to make people remember today, with the game-tying single in the sixth and a home run in the eighth.

    Pirates 4, Cardinals 3- Pittsburgh continues to get back on track with their fourth straight win. The Cardinals, at 18-19, are off to a slow start. For comparison, last year they were 24-13 through 37 games.

    Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 3- The White Sox scored one in the ninth to make it mildly interesting, but Addison Reed shut the door to get his eleventh save. The rubber game will be played tomorrow as Arizona plays a day game on the South Side for the first time. Yeah, I know that really doesn’t matter, but I just wanted to bring up some irrelevant note to bring some life into this.

    Brewers 5, Yankees 4- Francisco Rodriguez was acting like his old self again, while CC Sabathia was acting like his new self (5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Sabathia’s ERA now stands at a whopping 5.28, as his hopes for 300 wins drift further and further into the sunset.

    Braves 2, Cubs 0- Ervin Santana’s seven shutout innings gave him his fourth win and kept his ERA below 2. He’s been an important puzzle piece for the Braves thus far, as they continue their fight to the death with the Nationals.

    Rays 7, Indians 1- Three RBI for James Loney and two sac flies for Matt Joyce, as Tampa continues to try to stay relevant in the AL East fight. Loney’s three hits brought his batting average up to .326, good for top ten in the AL.

    Rockies 11, Reds 2- A bludgeoning in every sense of the word: two home runs and four RBI for Corey Dickerson, three hits for Charlie Blackmon, and two hits for Troy Tulowitzki to keep his batting average above .400. Colorado’s a game back in the NL West, believe it or not.

    Phillies 5, Mets 4- To the Mets: Glory days, they’ll pass you by, glory days, in the wink of a young girl’s eye…

    Orioles 5, Astros 4- Houston rallied to take the lead going into the top of the ninth, which was followed by a near hour-long rain delay. This was like the baseball equivalent of a television cliffhanger going to a commercial break, only in this case, it was a lot longer than a few ads. Much to the excitement of those who stuck around, Delmon Young tied it with two outs in the ninth, and Steve Clevenger had the walk-off double in the tenth.

    Red Sox 8, Rangers 3- Martin Perez was not exactly as good as Yu Darvish (3 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) as Boston walks all over the Rangers. Three hits and four RBI for Shane Victorino.

    Padres 9, Marlins 3- Seth Smith was a single short of the cycle. Not that notable, except for the fact that the Padres have never had a player hit for the cycle (neither have the Marlins, BTW), and this guy was a freakin’ SINGLE short! At least the Padres won their second straight.

    Athletics 4, Nationals 3- Oakland rallied for two in the ninth off Rafael Soriano, and John Jaso- who had three hits- had the walk-off double in the tenth. He also hit a home run earlier in the night and is a catcher hitting lead-off. Hurray for Jaso!

    Mariners 3, Royals 1- Home runs by Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley proved the difference, and Chris Young wasn’t too bad on the mound (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). He helped the game wrap up in a speedy 2:18. Seattle’s only 2 ½ games off the lead in the AL West.

    BTW, when I typed this up in Microsoft Word, it said “Hurray” was the correct spelling of that word, but here, it says it’s incorrect. Odd.

    • jimeejohnson - May 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      You’ve got to be Royal Crown….Cola. Thanks for your great synopsis. Not sure what the plural of synopsis is.

      • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Synopses.

        And yes, excellent as usual. It’s fortunate that we have Johnny to do for free what the guys who get paid to work here apparently won’t be bothered to do for a paycheck.

      • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        That door on the left leads to the kitchen. This morning, I had smoked trout on a bagel with cream cheese, tomato, onion and cucumber with a side of Texas red grapefruit and a cup of freshly ground McBird Blend coffee shipped to me by a pal in Wyoming who owns an old bed and breakfast and cafe where he imports, blends and roasts his own.

        The door on the right leads to the basement, where the recently banned Circling the Bases trolls are kept. Every so often, one tries to squeeze out under the weatherstripping.

      • jwbiii - May 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        I do hope you’re not wasting that good coffee on harry.

      • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        There is no way to drink good coffee and waste it at the same time.

    • asimonetti88 - May 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I watched the Mariners/Royals game. Chris Young put together a fine start. He was putting the ball in the right spots and the Royals just couldn’t figure him out. Fernando Rodney came on in the ninth and got a Kazuhiro Sasaki save where he keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Ackley’s home run was the big one and he hit the crap out of the ball.

      The Royals’ young pitcher Ventura was a ton of fun to watch even if he took the loss. You can tell he is still young and learning, as he had some wild pitches and was sort of all over the place, but overall his stuff has front end starter potential and if they keep developing him they have a really special player on their hands.

  3. gloccamorra - May 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Don’t let the Rockies’ outburst fool you, there’s a reason they won 45 at home and lost 52 on the road last year, and it’s the home/road hitting splits, not the pitching. Last year, they hit .293/.347/.462 at home and .246/.298/.374 on the road. This year it’s better, .355/.401/.600 at home and .263/.310/.432 on the road. They’re only a game back now, but that Jekyll/Hyde hitting has to stop.

    • ezthinking - May 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      If any team plays .600 at home and .500 on the road, they are in the playoff hunt – .550 win % or 89 wins. The Rockies are ahead of the home pace and a game below on the road, .590 win % overall.

      Also, it might not hurt to recognize that the Rockies are 3rd in the NL in road hitting by OPS and 5th in all MLB. Pretty much any team would take the Rockies road stats.

  4. happytwinsfan - May 11, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    My silence is deafening.

    • jimeejohnson - May 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Too loud.

    • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      A little less bass, please. It’s beginning to sound like the long version of In-a-gadda-da-vida.

  5. historiophiliac - May 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Miggy go boom! V-Mart go boom! I’m not saying anything nice about Mrs. Kelly’s son. His head is so big, anything just clearing the wall should hit it.

    Things I learned yesterday: the Rams are in St. Louis now, this was the first time since like 1937 that no mouth-breather from UT was drafted, and you have to do maths to email the White House.

    My mom wears zubaz!

    • happytwinsfan - May 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      (attempts to reply)
      (but voice remains disabled)
      (signs and looks away)

      • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        ‘Tis a dark talent….

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Well, we were winning, and then I left to take my mom shopping and we lost. You’re welcome. My mother does not thank you.

  6. emdash01 - May 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    With LaRoche on the DL, that makes 5 of the Nats’ 8 starting position players who have been on it, with two intervals having 3 at once. Given that, the team’s record and offensive production are pretty encouraging.

    That doesn’t make the way they lost last night any less frustrating, though – Soriano cut off a throw to the plate that had a good chance of getting the tieing run out. I’ve never heard the Nats’ TV team sound more appalled by something the team has done on the field.

  7. Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Well, since I already got my pat on the back from Seven (due no doubt to remorse over his comment about my politics the day before), I won’t reiterate what we learned about El Keed’s crummy meal the night before the game. However, last night brought good news and bad news. The bad news is that Redmond brought in Carlos Marmol to untie the tie and incinerate the game in two thirds of an inning. The good news is that the Feesh’s top arsonist was designated for assignment after the game. The better news is that Scrooge McLoria is going to eat three quarters of a million shekels after idiotically signing the stiff in the first place. The local spawrtsriters are now calling the Marmol signing a “gamble.” No. Jumping out of a plane without a parachute in hopes of building up an invisible cushion of air that will dissipate your impact with the ground is a gamble. Playing chess with Stephen Hawking is a gamble. Trying to cop a cheap feel off Rhonda Rousey is a gamble. Giving Carlos Marmol a million one was stupidity.

    Nate Eovaldi, like El Keed the night before, couldn’t find the plate and even though he limited the Pods to only a pair of runs as he struggled through 112 pitches in five innings before giving way to the Marmol apocalypse. He didn’t look sick, just bewildered.

    In other news, the Feesh managed to win their last two games at home and their first game on this road trip with a snoozing offense. They haven’t scored more than three runs in any of their last five, getting blown out 10-1 and 9-3 in their last two. Ergo, their batter’s box somnambulism on this trip has deep roots back at Scrooge McLoria’s Money Bin before they even got out of here. The pronounced run differential for which they were patting themselves on the dorsal fin during their home winning streak had begun to shrink before they started packing. Worst of all, the last two nights looked, smelled and felt like good ole Feesh on the road has for most of the young season.

    Well, the Rainbow Warriors send Henderson Alvarez out to try and stop the Pod juggernaut. Then they head up I-5 to where the Bums are lurking and licking their wounds from last week. Should be a lot of fun.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Okay OG, fair’s fair. In truth I don’t really know what an American Conservative is, anyway, though socialists seem to be all of a piece no matter where they are from, the Internationale uniting the human race and all. My knowledge of American conservatives comes mainly from the self-identified ones on this board and I know they can’t all be as stupid as the unlamented sandrafluke and hateonlyhate. I’ve seen you write on rare occasions that you have “Republican friends” you claim have rationally arrived at their convictions by actually thinking about them. I find it somehow comforting that you of all people acknowledge their existence.

      I doubt if American conservatives have any idea what a Canadian conservative is. This is especially true since we’ve long ago stopped fighting the national health care battle, while yours can’t seem to make up their mind to get on with things – I see they’re making another pit stop in Benghazi while they try to figure out what their next issue will be, but I predict they will return to Obamacare (which Canadians find hilarious) sooner or later. Come to think of it, I don’t know what a Canadian conservative would be if there were no Quebec (in which context, there really is quite a difference between a WESTERN Canadian conservative and the rest of them). Modern Canadian conservatism came into existence with Meech Lake. Prior to that, it had been about the same thing since the Mackenzie Rebellion.

      However I did read in an obituary of your beloved Gabriel Garcia Marquez that he once said that the only difference between Colombian liberals and conservatives is that the conservatives went to mass at five PM and the liberals at 7 PM.

      • Old Gator - May 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Yeah, some idiot on here compared Alberta to Mississippi in the comment section to the post about the kid who got booted off some baseball team up in your redneck of the woods for having long hair, by his atavistic coach. Like frequent lynchings, indentured servitude on levee gangs and five year prison sentences at hard labor for stealing sugar were somehow comparable to getting thrown off a youth league baseball team. Right. I’m afraid that the hard core habitues of both sides lack…um…a sense of proportion. And I don’t think most Americans are aware of the “let ‘em walk” attitude of a large number of western Canadians towards the Quebecois. But then if socialists are all the same everywhere, perhaps we could also say that right wingers need some straw man to obsess about everywhere, too. We could say as well that “conservatives” and “right wingers” are used waaaaayyyyy too interchangeably down here, conflating reasonable conservatives with right wingnuts. I don’t know if that’d always be the case north of of the border, though.

        As far as the Garcimarquesian quote, if I’m not mistaken it was ackcherley uttered by GGC’s grandfather, known in the family as “El Coronel,” who fought in the “Thousand Days’ War” in Colombia, the war that eventually cost the nation Panama. GGC then incorporated it into his memoirs and some version of it into his late novel El General en su Laberinto, about the last years of Simon Bolivar.

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