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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 17, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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Out of 14 games played last night, six ended in shutouts. While four of them were team efforts, two of them were full-blown pitcher shutouts. Chris Tillman of the Orioles gave up five hits and struck out three while blanking the Royals and the Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchison gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one while keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard.

In the bulllpen-aided shutouts, Alfredo Simon tossed seven and two-thirds scoreless innings against the Phillies, Max Scherzer did it against the Red Sox through six innings that were interrupted by a 47-minute rain delay, Zack Greinke tamed the Diamondbacks through eight and Chris Archer handled the Angels for five and two-thirds before letting the bullpen finish the job.

The 1960s are fun, aren’t they?

Your Friday box scores:

Brewers 4, Cubs 3
Athletics 11, Indians 1
Reds 3, Phillies 0
Nationals 5, Mets 2
Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
Blue Jays 2, Rangers 0
Orioles 4, Royals 0
White Sox 7, Astros 2
Mariners 4, Twins 5
Cardinals 5, Braves 2
Rockies 3, Padres 1
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 0
Rays 3, Angels 0
Marlins 7, Giants 5
Pirates vs. Yankees: POSTPONED

  1. moogro - May 17, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Home plate umpire in the Rockies game had in interesting strike zone.

    • renaado - May 17, 2014 at 7:12 AM

      Just saw that, Can’t believe Arenado got ejected in that game.

  2. johnnysoda - May 17, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    And That Happened- Friday Edition. Turns out I have time after all: don’t leave for about ten minutes. Go me.

    Tigers 1, Red Sox 0- Max Scherzer returned after a 45 minute rain delay and pitched six shutout innings. Four straight for the Tigers, who are on pace to win 109 games.

    Nationals 5, Mets 2- Tough beat for the Metropolitans, as Jayson Werth robbed Daniel Murphy of a three-run home run to end the game. Mets have lost three straight and continue to break the hearts of all the fans who thought they were legit.

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3-When you take one of the best teams in the NL and the worst team, well, the outcome writes itself. Seventeen saves now for K-Rod, while Will Smith earns his eleventh hold of the year while maintaining an ERA of 0.44.

    Reds 3, Phillies 0- A three run home run by Devin Mesoraco was all the offense needed as Alfredo Simon throws 7 2/3 shutout innings. After their fairly disastrous start, the Reds are only two games below .500.

    Athletics 11, Indians 1- Meanwhile, the other Ohio team continues a disastrous start, which may prove yet to be simply a disastrous season. Oakland was up 9-0 after the third inning, aided by six RBI from Josh Reddick. Especially noteworthy considering he was batting eighth.

    Blue Jays 2, Rangers 0- It was a dramatic pitching duel between Drew Hutchison and Yu Darvish before the Melk Man hit a two-run double in the eighth. Hutchison went the distance here for Toronto. The Rangers are only 20-22 so far and are six games out of first place.

    White Sox 7, Astros 2- Adam Dunn played first for Chicago this evening, and did was White Sox first baseman do, which is homer. The White Sox continue to be a mild surprise, while the Astros…well, not so much.

    Twins 5, Mariners 4- Seattle attempted a rally with three runs in the eighth, but it just didn’t matter as Glen Perkins got his eleventh save. The Mariners have lost five of eight to fall below .500.

    Cardinals 5, Braves 2- Seven strong innings from Lance Lynn gave the Cards what they needed. The Cardinals have won three straight as they start to play like the Cardinals again.

    Marlins 7, Giants 5- The Marlins win their eleventh out of thirteen at AT&T Park. If they ever talk about moving, they could just share the stadium with the Giants. They’d make the playoffs every year.

    Rockies 3, Padres 1- Jorge de la Rosa had a no-hitter through six innings before Chris Denorfia tripled to lead off the seventh. That was the only hit he gave up through seven as Colorado goes to five games above .500. The other day, I read an article listing Colorado as a “pretender” while the Rays, at 18-24 at the time, were listed as “contenders”. The NL team still has something to prove, apparently.

    Rays 3, Angels 0- I was kind of hoping the Rays would lose so it would fit better into that narrative, but it didn’t matter none. Five pitches combined for the shutout.

    Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 0- Yasiel Puig gets three hits while Zack Greinke has his millionth good start in a row or whatever the figure is. Been a good deal for the Dodgers so far.

    • renaado - May 17, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Awesome recaps as always, johnny.

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      Have fun at the Preakness Johnny.

    • johnnysoda - May 17, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Missed one:

      Orioles 4, Royals 0- Chris Tillman goes the distance for Baltimore while Nelson Cruz drives in two. The O’s have taken two straight from Kansas City and remain in the AL East drivers seat

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Good recap of the Greinke show and I think this is his 100 102 003 311th good start in a row leading back to before the Carlos Quentin fight but who’s counting? Puig was at his usual bat flipping best and the Daimondbacks couldn’t tame him. Dodger blue with the emphatic victory and no word on if they went for a dip in the pool

    • indaburg - May 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      At 4.5 games out of 1st with a 19-24 record, plenty of baseball left, and reinforcement in the way of healthy young starting pitching returning soon, the Rays are still contenders. That narrative was faulty–you have a link to that article? I’m not some Kool-aid drinking homer–the Rays have been utterly painful to watch. They’re simply the benfieciaries of a weak AL East this year.

      • apkyletexas - May 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        You missed another one – my Pirates’ amazing pitching staff (plus the rain) shut down the mighty Yankees lineup.

      • elrock7 - May 17, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        at seasons end, the AL east will again be dominant

      • hittfamily - May 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Cobb coming back will help a ton! As will replacing Balfour with Oviedo, which I predict will happen sooner rather than later. I don’t think there is any question that McGee is the most dominant of all our relievers, but he’s arb eligible, and arbitrators pay big for saves, but much less for holds.

        The Rays have gotten league average or better production (according to wRC+) from first, 2nd, 3rd, SS, LF, CF, RF, and DH. The offense has been great, as 10 of 13 rostered players have 100 wRC+ or better. It’s the pitching that has been brutal. Cobb enables Ramos to go back to the pen, and that strengthens both the starters and the bullpen.

        Lot’s to be optimistic about for Rays fans. I’m just wondering when they hire Molina to the coaching staff rather than the playing staff.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    An enjoyable pitchers battle between Hutchinson and Darvish. Hutchinson was more efficient and got help from the speedy Anthony Gose in CF. Darvish got a lot of K’s but ran up his pitch count. In the top of the 8th, the Jays tried a little small ball. Kratz got a surprise bunt single that was aided by a bad throw by Beltre. Next up, Gose was safe on his bunt. The Rangers were expecting Reyes to also bunt, but he tried to hit one out of the park. He was 2 feet short, as Rios made a leaping grab at the fence. Kratz to third. Melky then hit a 2 run double. Rios has a great arm, but Gose beat the throw home. Gose looks like he is back in the majors to stay.

  4. janessa31888 - May 17, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Alas and alack. This season is heading downhill fast. Our pitching staff is a giant pile of garbage right now. And our defense stinks, too. If I could find anything

    • proudlycanadian - May 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Some impressive batting practice pitchers on the Indians.

      • janessa31888 - May 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        Zach McCallister and Carlos Carrasco, in this case. Carlos cant handle relief any better than he starts. Just think, Phillies fans, he could have been Your problem. Way to swindle us in the Cliff Lee trade. Yes, I’m still bitter.

  5. janessa31888 - May 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    good to say about them I would, but right now, things look as bleak as the weather around here. Distracting myself by watching my favorite show “Numb3rs”. I just love Charlie.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - May 17, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Johnny boy, ya forgot the O’s recap! I’d offer to cover but missed the gam last night while moving and ending up a feet short on the coax… It was painful I don’t wanna talk about it.

  7. detroitr1 - May 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Tigers 1, Red Sox 0. Eerily reminiscent of game 1 of the 2013 ALCS…Every time Ortiz came to the plate, Tigers fans collectively started to get feverish. Fox Sports Detroit didn’t help matters by replaying that video of Hunter going upside down trying to pick up some loose change in the Sox bullpen.

  8. Old Gator - May 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    I don’t know why I find the Giants so boring. I love everything else about San Francisco and environs, from the monarch butterfly migrations covering the redwoods in the spring and fall to the bagna cauda at the Stinking Rose to the Beat Museum to the oyster shots and virgin mint juleps at the Olema Inn to my fond memories of the great 60s bands and the concerts on the Panhandle to the dungeness crab to the Victorian architecture to my beloved San Andreas fault. But something about this team just puts me to sleep and I can’t put my finger on it. I dozed orf last night just after Gregor Blanco awoke from troubled daydreams to find himself transformed in his on-deck circle into an enormous would-be hero as Casey McGehee played Cosmic Charlie and the ice cream cone with a two out infield dribbler that led to Gregor’s game-tying single in the seexth inning. Maybe the problem is that the Feesh keep beating them in their home ballpark, as though they were the avatars of the rotten karma the Jints accrued by hosting for years the guy who was arguably the most egregious (and obvious) cheater in the history of the game in what was arguably the most egregious (and obvious) desecration of some of baseball’s most hallowed stats. Who knows?

    In any case there was McGehee stalking through my semi-consciousness (one of the working definitions of “dozing orf,” as opposed to “falling asleep,” is that one leaves the television on in the process), seeking redemption with a fervor that would have freaked a bolus out of Lagerkvist’s Barabbas, driving in the game winning RBI in the ninth with a single so hard it would have knocked the cover from the Lost Ark. Thereupon Steve “The Executioner” Cishek tromped in from the boolpen to the celestial music of the spheres and clamped the lid back down before any of the spirits released therefrom could engender a Todt-face meltdown of the latent triumph.

    All hail St. McGehee, whose epicyclic mythos of fall and redemption reinvigorated the type site of new age baseball criticism and loosened the grip of the strange attractor’s gossamer reality waves. Ohhhhhhhhmmmmmmmm…….

    • renaado - May 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Casey McGehee certainly found his groove durin that time when he plays with the Rakuten Eagles in Japan. Gotta thank Senichi Hoshino for managin that championship team last year.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      “….seeking redemption with a fervor that would have freaked a bolus out of Lagerkvist’s Barabbas….”

      My God, OG, would you PLEASE leave a few of my ribs uncracked? Michelle thought I was having a seizure.

    • elrock7 - May 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      dude, the days of LSD are long gone

      • jimeejohnson - May 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        I think you’re lying.

      • Old Gator - May 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        …but the flashbacks will last forever.

    • jimeejohnson - May 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Damn: you went to concerts on the Panhandle in Golden Gate Park! I was about 8 years too young. Some say the Giants win only in even numbered years. At least they won’t let the Dodgers run away with the National League Pennant. Have a great day!

      • Old Gator - May 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Yes indeed. Also went to shows at Longshoreman’s Wharf and saw bands with names like The Warlocks, Buffalo Springfield, Big Brother with Janis, and The Great Society. Saw Quicksilver a couple of times too. Once saw the Airplane with the Ace of Cups. And in 1989 the Airplane did a nostalgia tour, for which I flew in from Macondo – at the Panhandle show, Weir and Wasserman opened, the Airplane played a long, long set, and the next night they played two shows at the re-opened Fillmore West with John Mellencamp’s drummer (I never did find out why Spencer Dryden didn’t join them) and an opening set by Hot Farking Tuna. Next night, the Airplane played the Greek, and the next, the Dead at Shoreline. Dear Buddha, what a weekend.

  9. APBA Guy - May 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Geez, OG, the Gigantes v. Marlins game last night was really good: back and forth, a couple of home runs, some clutch pitching by Cishek. If that couldn’t keep you awake, maybe you need to start watching with a nice 19 year old girlfriend :)

    Anyway, the A’s game was over after the second inning. After striking out the side in the 1st, McAllister was grooving everything in the second-when he could find the plate-with Reddick and Donaldson the principal beneficiaries.

    From a Cleveland perspective the most significant moment was the debut of UVa alum Kyle Crockett, who will no doubt prove to be as gentlemanly and scholarly as Sean Doolittle, Ryan Zimmerman, et al. Wahoo-wa Kyle!

    • Old Gator - May 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Like I said, it was the team that put me to sleep, not the game. If the Feesh had been playing the Astros, there’s no way that same heavy-headedness would have set in. I even considered the possibility that it was some natural tranquilizer the escargot in puff pastry that I had for dinner. I mean, who knows what snails ackcherley use to lubricate their feet?

      • jimeejohnson - May 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        August 12: Jerry Garcia Day at AT&T (Pac Bell) ball park on SF Bay. I just happen to be flying into SF that day. And you know that notion, to go to the game, just crossed my mind!

  10. natstowngreg - May 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Once again, Natitude triumphs over Metitude. A Nats-Mets game rarely passes without some oddity. More often than not, against the Mets.

    Like a Nats starter (Tanner Roark) NOT giving up runs in the 1st.

    Like a rare David Wright error, aiding and abetting 3 Nats runs.

    Like a Bobby Abreu baserunning blunder (and an alert play by Danny Espinosa) causing a DP (helping Ross Detwiler pitch a scoreless inning, in his return from the Purgatory of idleness).

    Like Daniel Murphy’s almost-tying almost-homer. As often happens, Rafael Soriano lived on the edge of disaster, and survived. Jayson Werth’s catch, of course, would have been more spectacular were he not 6-foot-5, but it allowed Soriano to untuck his jersey for another harder than necessary save.

    • jimeejohnson - May 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Meet the Mets,
      Beat the Mets,
      Step right up
      and greet the Mets: Boooooooooooooo!

      Signed: Mets fan since 1967.

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