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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 24, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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The slide continues for the Red Sox.

Cole Figueroa delivered a pinch-hit RBI double off Burke Badenhop in the bottom of the ninth inning last night to give the Rays a 1-0 win over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Boston has now dropped eight consecutive games and own the fourth-worst record in the majors at 20-27.

John Lackey was excellent, allowing just five hits and one walk over seven-plus scoreless innings, but the Red Sox offense just couldn’t get anything going, That’s becoming a familiar refrain. They went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position and left eight men on base. Chris Archer went six scoreless innings for the Rays while matching a career-high with 11 strikeouts.

After the game, David Ortiz provided his analysis of the situation:

Your Friday box scores:

Red Sox 0, Rays 1

Indians 4, Orioles 8

Dodgers 2, Phillies 0

Athletics 2, Blue Jays 3

Nationals 3, Pirates 4

Rangers 2, Tigers 7

Cardinals 3, Reds 5

Brewers 9, Marlins 5

Yankees 5, White Sox 6

Royals 1, Angels 6

Rockies 2, Braves 3

Astros 1, Mariners 6

Cubs 1, Padres 11

Twins 2, Giants 6

  1. johnnysoda - May 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Orioles 8, Indians 4- The usual suspects- Markakis, Jones, Davis, and Cruz- all played well for Baltimore here. Jason Giambi hit his first homer of the year for a losing cause. Now, I know that Giambi made some mild waves last year with the Indians, but it still baffles me every time he’s in in the lineup, because it feels like he just crashed and burned sometime around 2004. Yet, he’s still playing major league baseball at 43. God bless him.

    Pirates 4, Nationals 3- Pittsburgh wins their third straight as Jason Grilli returns to the mound. For the second straight night, however, the Pirates needed a great catch to bail out their closer: this time, it was Josh Harrison with a great play to end it. The Nationals scored their runs in strange ways: two sacrifice flies and a passed ball that was challenged but upheld. Grinding them out.

    Blue Jays 3, Athletics 2- Steve Tolleson’s first home run of the year proved the difference for the Jays, who remain in first place in the AL East. Tolleson’s only played in 70 games in his career at 30 and has only four big league home runs, but if the Jays win the East by one game, he can say he was responsible for the division win. Go him.

    Tigers 7, Rangers 2- Three hits by Ian Kinsler helps the Tigers snap a four game losing streak. Torii Hunter had two RBI groundouts- wonder how often that happens.

    Brewers 9, Marlins 5- Carlos Gomez’ four hits and Mark Reynolds’ four RBI > two mammoth home runs by Giancarlo Stanton.

    Reds 5, Cardinals 3- Todd Frazier’s three-run home run proved the difference for the Reds as they win their second straight.

    Braves 3, Rockies 2- Gerald Laird had a go-ahead single in the eighth was the difference as the Braves extended their lead in the NL East to 2 ½ games. The Rockies lost more than the game, however: they lost Nolan Arenado, potentially until after the All-Star break. Not good for a surprise team trying to keep pace.

    Dodgers 2, Phillies 0- Clayton Kershaw gets back on track with six shutout innings against the Phillies. Brian Wilson struck out two in his lone inning of work. Must have felt some good vibrations on the mound.

    Rays 1, Red Sox 0- Last year, this was one of the ALDS matchups. Now it’s a battle between the two worst teams in the AL East. How times change. Cole Figueroa’s ninth inning double gave Tampa their second walk-off win in as many days.

    White Sox 6, Yankees 5- The obviously foolproof four-out save strategy blows up in Joe Girardi’s face, as David Robertson gives up a walk-off two-run home run to Adam Dunn. The Yankees continue to scuffle, having lost four out of their last five. They’re also a mere game above .500.

    Mariners 6, Astros 1- Felix Hernandez pitching against the Astros produces the expected outcome (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Willie Bloomquist and Kyle Seager were responsible for all the Mariners’ RBI. Four straight losses for Houston.

    Angels 6, Royals 1- Nori Aoki had a good night, with three hits and a run scored. Too bad no one else on the Royals had one.

    Padres 11, Cubs 1- The Padres scored seven runs in the first two innings- including two home runs- to put this game to bed early on. I went to a Yankee game once where they scored twelve runs in the first inning. It was exciting during the inning, to be sure, but the rest of the game was so dull and anti-climatic it’s not even fun to be there. And, of course, there’s always the fear of them blowing it and having a very painful loss. Such is the way the baseball world turns, I suppose.

    Giants 6, Twins 2- Speaking of which, the last time the Twins visited the Giants, the Twins scored eight runs in the first inning off nine straight hits. That’s actually worse than the home team doing it, because then there’s really no hope and you realized you just blew all that money to watch your team get destroyed before it even got started. No such problems here, however. Pablo Sandoval’s three-run home run was the offensive highlight for the Giants, while Joe Mauer hit his 21st career triple.

    Diamondbacks-Mets, PPD- They got three and a half innings in before deciding to call it off, due to a pretty severe thunderstorm that included hail. The temperature hasn’t climbed above seventy-five for a while around here, but fortunately, that’s supposed to change over the weekend.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Brain Wilson gives me indigestion every time I see his hairy face. If he was my neighbour I’d upgrade the dog to a Rottweiler (I grew up with a Rott and he was great at keeping weirdos away) and train him to leg hump bearded people (watch it Santa). Aside from the acid indigestion Dodger blue was better than Phillies red yesterday and our maligned young Cuban fielder was his usual fun to watch self. Even my new favorite blue, Dee Gordon, was back on base and stealing bags

      my adopted underdog team, The Blue Jays, also did well with their callup pitcher Liam Hendriks. Once again, nice work blue. If these guys can take the series from The Mighty A’s, then the rest of baseball is going to have to pay them some attention and give them their due. They are a very good team with big hitting, excellent plate discipline, and better than average pitching. but still I am going to cheer for The A’s this afternoon. California first, everyone else after.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Oakland made Hendriks feel at home as they wore Australia’s team colours (Green and Gold) in yesterday’s game. Dickey will try to baffle the Oakland Eh’s today.

      • indaburg - May 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        My experience has been that people who own Rotties are rather strange themselves…

        Your adopted underdog team is the Jays? Bandwagoner. ;-)

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        am I still a bandwaggoner if I adopted the team in the off season when everyone said they would be awful and I disagreed?

      • indaburg - May 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Well, in that case, no. Seeing as they’re pretty much the same team as last year, the same team that pretty much all the experts picked to win the AL East, it’s not a bad pick.

        But perhaps you’re a closet Canadian. What’s with the ‘u’ in neighbour, eh?

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        the computer gives me a red line if I don’t throw random ‘u’s in words. its very odd. For instance it wants me to spell “color” “colour”. I think my IT staff did this to me on purpose. he set this lap top up for me and he is from Coquitlam British Columbia Canada. I have trouble spelling “neighbour” anyways so I default to what the computer wants so its right in some country

      • indaburg - May 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Likely story…

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        why would anyone want to not be a Canadian if they were? They tend to be kind, funny and pleasant people who travel well. Us Americans do not have that reputation much to my regret

        And the blue jays are not in fact the same team as the one’s picked by all in 2013. I opined in the off season they had to get better at defence (since the where 4th in errors committed) starting pitching (ERA+ well below average) and striking out a lot. I said if they threw fixes at all of those things to be a much better team than they were going into 2013. I get to be right for a change.

        Upgrades at catcher and infield defence have paid dividends. much better plate discipline all the way around. Depth at starting pitching with many options in the bullpen.

      • indaburg - May 24, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        They’re lovely people, generally speaking except for the whole seal clubbing thing. You should be flattered I mistook you for one. Defence? You might want to fix the settings on your computer lest someone else mistake . It’s not hard.

        They really didn’t make that many upgrades. Their major pieces were already in place. Their offense was a beast last year, one of the best. It’s their pitching that needed to match them, and that’s what is happening this year. That, and an even weaker AL East. Last year AA was hoping to take advantage of a vulnerable looking AL East. This is the year.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 25, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        “practice” “practise” ‘defense” defence” I don’t care. my IT staff is a pleasant young man and this is the way he set up this lap top for me and if it gives him a little joy knowing he’s messing with his boss a bit, then good.

        Now saying the blue jays didn’t make any upgrades certainly misses a whole slew of moves they made. I think you mean upgrades in terms of new warm bodies. I mean it in terms of fixing problems. No big signings but defensive moves, practical moves, moves to address where they were weak and to make the most of what they did well. The Jays troll, dirtywhatever, mocked these moves when I described them in the off season. You’re making light of them and saying its all the pitching living up to expectations. Know how many starting pitchers the Jays have that are the same as last season who are better? Buehrle. I don’t count Happ because he’s just back and I’m unconvinced he’ll be any good. His ERA+ last season was 91 and its not much different at 96 so far this season. The fact is Buehrle appears better due to improved defense behind him. Buehrle’s babip last season was inflated at .306. Its now down to .292. Fielding matters. Dickey is pretty much the same pitcher last season as this one, but the errors at catcher have gone away. That’s the result of catchers working with Tomo Okha in the off season. Again, fielding matters. So no, its not the so much the pitching as fixing the things that make pitching look much worse than it is.

        And that offence? Well its better too. Much improved plate discipline, hitting away from the shift, a healthy Melky Cabrera, much improved base running with Reyes back and he and Gose adding speed to on the basepaths.

        I’ll give you that the AL East is weak. Mostly due to the faltering Rays. I had this as a 3 way fight with the O’s, Rays and Jays. The rays should be owing the division and are instead floundering. I hope to see them back in the mix soon but I’m often more wrong than right. I seem to have called the Jays correctly from their offseason and flubbed the catch on the rays.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        Yes, of course I mean upgrades in terms of bodies–they made hardly any changes to their roster and this is basically the same team as last year that everyone expected to do well. Last year, they either underperformed or got hurt. This year, mostly same players, different story. Ask the Red Sox how it’s going with mostly the same players, different year (granted Ellsbury is a huge loss). All those little things you’ve discounted for pitching are little things that can make the difference. Like I said, the Jays offense was a beast last year and it remains so. It just needed a little help from the pitching, which it’s getting this year. Yes, fielding matters. Good fielding makes your pitchers appear better.

        The AL East is not weak mostly due to the faltering Rays. Although they share a fair piece of the burden, it’s a division wide thing. The Red Sox are giving us a run in the faltering department, and the O’s and Yanks are barely hovering over the .500 mark. They also have glaring weaknesses. When the experts were predicting the Rays to take the AL East, I didn’t agree. We were still too weak offensively and if our pitching faltered, which it did initially, we were dead.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Its easy to agree or disagree now. I don’t recall anyone but the Canadians agreeing with my blue jays assessment in the off season and I definitely dont recall anyone saying the Rays were going to be bad then either. All predictions now are tainted by stating them after we all know. If anyone had a prediction for the Rays like you describe they must have kept it to themselves when I was picking them to win the division.

        we should have this conversation again in March 2015 if you want to hang your hat on predicting your team.

      • indaburg - May 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        I wasn’t around too much in March this year or I would have agreed with you. I didn’t like the directions these message boards were taking. I stopped responding to Jays’ idiot troll months ago because, well, he was an idiot. My expectations of my team were tempered–my friends know I wasn’t as high on the Rays as most of the experts. I hate high expectations.

        All I’m saying is I’m not surprised by the Jays doing pretty good. They were never a bad team–they underperformed and suffered injuries. There was a point last year well into the season where all the teams in the AL East were at .500 or above. (Last year, I wanted to mash their offense and the Rays pitching. What a team that would have been.) The Jays have always been my “back-up within the division” team regardless of how well they performed, especially so this year since they’re powered by my people (Dominicans).

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        A nice win today by Dickey. Bautista and Encarnacion were shut down; however, Gose and Reyes each scored 2 runs. Speed kills. The only Toronto home run was by Lawrie.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        The A’s better come with their A’s game tomorrow. I am not happy with this loss. Sure the underdog won and I always root for an underdog but in my mind the A’s have been that underdog for a long time too.

        I’m not too unhappy of course.The Dodgers might still rally on the Phillies (down 4-0! Dammit!) but they might not. Its always good when blue wins so if not the Dodgers then at least The Jays. Come on blue!

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Pomeranz against Happ tomorrow. Who knows what will happen? I expect that many runs will be scored.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        I know. Happ has been better than I would have thought but I can’t but help to think that he’d be another Esmil Rogers-eque tire fire in due course.

        Pomeranz I know better. so far this season he has a terrific WHIP and ERA, and his ERA+ is cartooinsh at 399 through limited starts. He’s been a strike thrower without a lot of walks over 29 innings. The A’s will have the advantage in this one.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        I am not a fan of Happ; however, the Jays are hot.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        agreed. They may have enough hitting to overcome Happ if he fails (which is likely). The A’s didn’t get to be where they are by being easy to sweep though. I have some faith in them since they can hit too

  2. renaado - May 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Nice win by the Braves today, I really have no idea why Fredi took out Chris Johnson out of that game in the 2nd inning and have him replaced with Ramiro Pena, still, awesome walk off hit by Laird durin that time. Terrible to see Arenado gettin injured out there…

    • renaado - May 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      “1st inning”… GGG!!

      • renaado - May 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Nvm this.

        /Erased.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Fredi removed Chris because he was having a typically Chris Johnson juvenile tantrum and Daddy Fredi thought maybe it was time to remind his gibbering puer aeternus that he is thirty years old in people years. It reminded me of Johnson’s cluck-cluk-buk! display against the Feesh last season when he kept snittering away at El Keed and made sure to remain safely outside the ensuing fracas while jumping up and down as though trying to loosen the pogo stick Vlad Tepes had shoved up his ass and gesticulating like he was having a seizure and changing facial colors from scarlet to crimson to cardinal to russet to puce like a psychedelic anole on a light organ. Then I hear he went back to the clubhouse and smashed his rattle.

      • renaado - May 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Dang Old Gator! In just one game, one inning this much have happened…

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Well, not exactly, Ren. Chris ackcherly encountered Vlad during the mid fifteenth century in Romania, where Chris was mistaken for a Turk because of his immature behavior. Prince Vlad had him impaled on the pogo stick instead of the usual wooden pole because of his youth. So, he’s been carrying that thing up his ass for five and a half centuries. It meant that when he finally escaped from the Transylvanians he had to carry his hierloom wristwatch out in his pocket just like anybody else.

    • mckludge - May 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      According to the Braves website, they pulled Chris because he blew up in the dugout and tunnel, and fragments of the bat he shattered there hit Laird and Gonzalez. Not the first time Chris threw a tantrum, and not the first time he got pulled because of it.

      • renaado - May 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        I see, no wonder he got pulled there. Good thing the Braves won without him.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Yes, you might say Chris Johnson is a type “A” personality – for asshole.

      • lazyhorse420 - May 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Do we really have to see this nonsense and profanity about Chris Johnson? I didn’t think profanity was allowed in comments.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        It’s not. Of course, neither is speeding allowed, or smoking grass without glaucoma, or having a pet python in Florida. Those things, like calling Chris Johnson an asshole, are all too goddamned bad about you.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        @lazyhorse, you haven’t been here long but in the short time since you first appeared on this blog you’ve had nothing nice or positive or remotely interesting to say about Craig or anything else here. All you’ve done is make snide comments and wag your finger. Now, you don the mantle of Miss Prissy Gladgums to lecture about profanity. Please. Granted, you’re not remotely in the same class of obnoxious as some of the late and unmourned trolls who have been eliminated from this site, but until you start making constructive or informative comments here, nobody is going to take your discomfort at comparatively mild profanity very seriously.

      • lazyhorse420 - May 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Seven – thanks for the little diatribe. Apparently I’ve made the mistake of thinking most readers would prefer not to be subjected to swearing on this public forum.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        We’ve never taken a poll about it. We’ve also never polled them to see whether they’ve appointed you their official censor, either. Perhaps you’d be more comfortable here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/kids/

      • unclemosesgreen - May 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Look – we have a concern troll! How cute! – they’re like the Trollkins of the Troll-verse. I just want to take you home with me and dye your hair orange and shrink you down and put you on top of my pencil. Adorable!

    • aresachaela - May 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Oh my goodness, Ren. Told you to lay off the cappuccino this morning.

      • Reflex - May 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        She lives! But seems not to have any XD left in her. Finals that tough?

      • aresachaela - May 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Ugh… Yeah, 4th exam almost made me got a nosebleed(not because it’s hot!!) results are on the 30th so I’m crossing my fingers about it. So for now faces and XD’s are off till I PASSED :D .

      • aresachaela - May 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        NOOOO!! I can’t believe I blew my faces here!!

      • Reflex - May 24, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Here, you can have some of mine, work has been way too stressful to utilize them properly…
        XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD

        Hope that helps get you through finals!

  3. holographicribs - May 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Brian Wilson is a diarrhea person.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Herman Melville was a logorrhea person: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/uploads/authors/herman-melville/448x/herman-melville.jpg

  4. steelerfanforlife - May 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Better not let Craig see you talk bad about the Red Sox DJ! He may just write an entire article on how terrible a writer you are!

  5. Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Bad night for the Feesh, except for the Iron Giant and Garret Jones. The former launched a couple of patented Iron Giant moonshots, the second of which carried over the Budweiser bar on the second deck in left center field and bounced back among the peasants after hitting the outer glass wall behind it. Unfortunately, there was nobody on base for any of the four bombs and the Feesh fell hard to the Brooze, pretty much as they were expected to do. Tom Koehler had an uncharacteristically petrous outing, serving seven runs worth of meatballs to Team Sausage. Hey, that town is full of Germans. Doesn’t anyone eat schnitzel up there? Midsummer is the wrong time for folks from the snow belt to visit Macondo, of course – better come down over Festivus when you can wear your hair bikinis to the S&M beach at the foot of Third Street, get bombed and sing “O Tanned and Bound” on Christmas eve.

    Anyway, not having seen enough sturm und drang out of his starter, Redmond brought in Cold Hand Brad, who promptly coughed up two more runs over a couple of woeful innings and probably punched his ticket to designation (and gee it must be an experience to be “designated,” mustn’t it? Kinda reminds me of that first paragraph of Cien años de soledad: “El mundo era tan reciente, que muchas cosas carecían de nombre, y para mencionarlas había que señalarlas con el dedo.” I dunno – if I had everyone pointing at me just because they didn’t know what my name was, I would probably think I had blundered onto the set of the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Pretty cool.

    Of course, being a holiday weekend Scrooge McLoria will prolly hold orf on checking him out until the plane fares to New Orleans go down again on Tuesday.

  6. janessa31888 - May 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Wanted :good infielders. And a new bullpen.

  7. Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    First, get a new logo.

    • janessa31888 - May 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I would love to. But bullheaded people are running the team and they are stubbornly refusing to see how offensive their precious Wahoo is. Imagine the cool logos we could have if we went back to being the Spiders.

      • gloccamorra - May 24, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        The Spiders were a National League team. You can still have the Naps, after Napoleon Lajoie. Think of all the jokes! BTW, Lajoie’s friends called him Larry.

  8. Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    First, get a new logo.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      This message has been brought to you by your Department of Redundancy Department.

  9. APBA Guy - May 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    The Angels insist on playing good baseball and are now only 2.5 games behind the beloved A’s in the AL West. Scott Kazmir put one on a tee for Tolleson and he hit it out, as Jonny observed above.

    In the Giants game, Timmy struggled mightily but successfully against an underwhelming Twins team. The Panda’s homerun, part of a near .400 hitting streak over the last 10 games, trumped Mauer’s triple.

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Kazmir was also responsible for the winning run. He tried to pick off Pillar at second base even though nobody was covering second. Once he got over the shock, Pillar ran to third and eventually scored on a ground out.

  10. buffalo65 - May 24, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Where is that Dirty Harry character? Must be on holidays again. Lol. Love it when the jays win. Stupid posts are down 80%

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Harry has been banned; however, his thumbprint is sometimes seen.

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