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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 25, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

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The biggest story from Saturday was the defending-champion Red Sox losing their ninth straight game.

On the very opposite end of the American League East standings the Blue Jays won their fifth straight game, with R.A. Dickey pitching a season-high 8 1/3 innings and Brett Lawrie homering in a 5-2 defeat of the host Oakland A’s. Dickey yielded just one run on five hits and now has an ERA below 4.00 (it’s 3.95) for the first time since joining Toronto last winter.

The first-place Jays are 28-22 and boast the only positive run differential (+21) in the AL East.

This is the latest they’ve led that division since July 6, 2000.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Indians 9, Orioles 0

Athletics 2, Blue Jays 5

Yankees 4, White Sox 3 (10 innings)

Dodgers 3, Phillies 5

Rangers 12, Tigers 2

Rockies 3, Braves 1

Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2

Brewers 1, Marlins 2

Red Sox 5, Rays 6 (15 innings)

Royals 7, Angels 4 (13 innings)

Cardinals 6, Reds 3

Nationals 2, Pirates 3

Cubs 3, Padres 2

Twins 1, Giants 2

Astros 9, Mariners 4

  1. johnnysoda - May 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Rays 6, Red Sox 5: One might have thought, after Boston put up a five-spot in the top of the first, that their losing streak would be snapped. Instead, they were shut out for the next fourteen innings while the Rays rallied to tie it. Tampa won it in the fifteenth on a walk-off error, because of course. The Sox are now on the verge of their first ten-game losing streak since 1994.

    Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2- R.A. Dickey pitched to his Cy Young form (8 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) as the Blue Jays win their fifth straight. They’re now up by two games in the AL East. Somewhere, dirtyharry is going into convulsions.

    Yankees 4, White Sox 3- Things looked bleak for the Bombers, as they were down 3-0 with two outs in the ninth with one man on. However, they managed to come back for three in the ninth and sealed the deal with a Jacoby Ellsbury home run in the tenth. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hawk Harrelson smashed the glass in his booth after the game.

    Indians 9, Orioles 0- Seven shutout innings for Corey Kluber were backed by a five-spot in the fifth and a four-spot in the seventh. No one on the Indians got more than two hits, but Carlos Santana did walk three times. That’s something, I guess.

    Phillies 5, Dodgers 3- Ben Revere had four out of the Phillies’ seven hits in this one. Let the record show, by the way, that Revere has had 1,449 at-bats without a single home run. That’s the longest streak for a position player in MLB history. Someday…

    Rangers 12, Tigers 2- Rick Porcello was fairly disastrous (5 1/3 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) as the Rangers ran roughshod over Detroit. Eleven out of Texas’ twelve runs came on extra-base hits. The Tigers have lost five of six.

    Rockies 3, Braves 1- Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki both homered to back a strong outing from Juan Nicasio (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K). The Rockies continue to hold on to a wild card spot, but I’m still pulling for them to win the NL West, which they have never done.

    Marlins 2, Brewers 1- The Brewers got eleven hits, but couldn’t piece them together into runs as the Marlins move into second place. By the way, the Marlins have never won their division, either, making for a grand total of 0 division championships for the expansion class of 1993. The 1998 class, by comparison, has won seven. You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.

    Royals 7, Angels 4- It was a fine battle until the thirteenth, when Mike Morin threw away the go-ahead run to give the Royals a lead they would not relinquish. Greg Holland earned his fourteenth save.

    Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2- Anyone remember when the Mets were decent? Yeah, those were the days. The Diamondbacks could fit into the decent category nowadays, however, as they now have a winning record for the month of May. Can’t say I saw that one coming.

    Cardinals 6, Reds 3- St. Louis wins their eighth out of ten, more than making up for their awkward start out of the gate. They’re now within a game and a half of the first-place Brewers.

    Pirates 3, Nationals 2- It was a battle of the first picks as Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg squared off on the mound. By the way, I realized I had never heard of the name “Gerrit” before Cole came along, so I looked it up. It’s a Dutch name, meaning “brave with the spear”, and is the form of the name “Gerard” in that language. I also learned that it cracked the top 1000 in popular baby names many years ago, peaking at 903 in 1916. The more you know.
    As for the game at hand, Josh Harrison had a clutch two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to give Pittsburgh the lead. They’ve now won four straight, while the Nationals have lost four straight and have fallen below .500.

    Giants 2, Twins 1- Pablo Sandoval knocked in all the runs for the Giants while Ryan Vogelsong kept the Twins in check (6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Three straight for the Giants, who look for the sweep tomorrow.

    Cubs 3, Padres 2- Travis Wood was very sharp as he defeated the throwback-clad Padres. Some may disagree, but brown and gold is not a good color combination for a baseball uniform.

    Astros 9, Mariners 4- Speaking of uniforms, the Astros wore their 1970s-1980s uniforms in this one, which is great, considering those were the last good uniforms they ever had. They had the incredibly bland design of the 1990s, maroon and bad-looking pinstripes in the 2000s, and the block-letter monstrosities they wear now. You know what they say, don’t fix whatever isn’t broken.

    • nbjays - May 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Great ATH as usual, Johnny. I admit, I loved the dirtyharry comment, although henceforth I will only refer to him as He Who Must Not Be Named.

    • proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Bravo Johnny. Probably your best summary yet. Great research regarding Young King Cole.

    • renaado - May 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      I’m positive both Achaela and dirtyharry are doin the “fistpump” right now. Another awesome recap johnny.

    • 9foldmuse - May 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      I liked the safety-vest colored uniforms at the time but I was, ahem, listening to Pink Floyd and the Dead a lot, so… Here’s to low-def TVs perched on a couple of milk-crates. BTW your summations are much more informative and enjoyable than the weekday ATH.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    As Drew wrote, The Jays are the only team in the AL East with a positive run differential. They are scoring runs with the long ball and with small ball. They lead the AL in home runs, but yesterday 4 of their runs resulted from the speed of Gose and Reyes. The bullpen has come around now that Janssen and McGowan are in the pen. There are still a couple of question marks in the rotation; however, if the Jays continue to hit well, they have a chance to win the Division.

  3. paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    It’s almost like the Red Sox lost their chemistry…well, that or last year they were lucky with health and got a lot of high end performances that were not likely to be repeated, and an old team got a little older, and young players didn’t step in an automatically play at their peak levels….nah, gotta be the chemistry.

  4. janessa31888 - May 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Great job, Johnny! I really appreciate your weekend recaps.
    Scored nine runs and only committed one error? Things are looking up for the Tribe.

  5. lazyhorse420 - May 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Porcello looked good early, including a 4 pitch 2nd inning. I quit watching, but it looks like thing fell apart in the 4th and 5th.

  6. Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I had a chance yesterday to see my honorary baseball niece whom I have been bringing along as a right-thinking young Blue Jay fan since introducing her to the game in 2011. I realized that this is the first time she has seen the Jays on top of the standings. Needless to say, she is thrilled and has already begun to dream about a World Series. Down here on earth, we are planning to attend the Canada Day game in person d.v. and hoping that the Jays are still in contention. She is much enamoured of Adam Lind (not so much with the beard — why do all the players want to look as if they’re named Zeke and Hiram?) and hoping he is not traded away for some more pitching or a solid player at 2B.

    What is most exciting is that, even when the big bats in the middle of the line-up don’t come through, we are getting the wins in other ways. The bunt, the single in the hole against the shift that moves the runner over, ridiculous speed on the basepaths, and even (glory be!) some good pitching. I know that regression to the mean lurks in the wings like the landlord in some 19th century melodrama, but it’s certainly fun while it lasts.

    Yrs. sweepingly,
    A. Fan

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Stop off at Caplansky’s and pick up a couple of smoked meat sandwiches before you head down to the Rogers. Or, come to think of it, you could also stop at Yitz’s the night before and score a bag of mixed berry rugelach (better pastries at Yitz’s, better sandwiches at Caplansky’s). Weekends, Caplansky’s has those smoked meat bacon donuts, too. Ach! Beats overpriced ballpark hot dogs by a loooooong shot…..

      • Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Thanks for the advice, OG, but keeping kosher here. So ballpark dogs and fries from the Old Spadina booth at the Dome will keep us happy. As for overpriced: We’re planning on 500 level seats, so we should have some money to burn on the commissary end of the excursion.

        By the way, have you heard of Ben & Izzy’s? Excellent — I mean, /excellent/ deli sandwiches. Next time you’re up north, don’t miss them.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        They have kosher smoked meat there, I assume? Okay, I see it – since I usually stay at one of the hotels near the airport I guess I take the 401 to Allen going north, quick right on Wilson, right on Bathurst going south about a quarter of a mile, it’d be on the right. Okee dokey, one should never turn down a deli recommendation at least to try it. How’s their cabbage borscht?

      • Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Me. I don’t eat that cabbage stuff. So no useful information to offer, Gator. You can report here once you’ve had a taste for all of us.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        I shall. I will probably next be in TO mid-next month. I’m salivating like one of Pavlov’s pooches already.

  7. Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Good afternoon for the Feesh. Jacob Turner pitched a gem, shutting down the Brooze so that the boolpen could come in and give everyone an entertaining scare in the seventh and eighth before Steve Cishek trotted in, earned his 10th save and slammed the door on those sausage fingers. It’s too bad that Halloween falls after the end of the season or the Feesh boolpen could perform The Nightmare Before Christmas over at the children’s theater at the Arts Center. Turner hasn’t pitched badly at all since last July, which was when he won his last game. He’s been no-decisioned and had said boolpen blow a few for him, but you can see that he’s learning his trade and keeping with the program, as it were.

    And the Midwest’s greatest monster? Well, baseball’s answer to Sabbatai Zevi managed a hit and managed to score one run against a shaky A J Ramos, but also collected some of his rotten karma when he failed to score ahead of a Reynolds single when Carlos Gomez got nailed at third by Christian Yelich. So let’s perform a basic Kabbalistic hermeneutic here, without counting letters: he plays on Shabbos and gets nullified by a guy named Christian. That’s what you call falling out of the Tree of the Sefirot tushy first, bubbeleh. That’s what you get for taking trefe testosterone.

    The Feesh play their rubber game (and I always wondered why they called it that, until I realized that teams playing rubber games are often headed out on the road afterwards, you know, the road, where the strange is waiting expectantly for them. Be safe, not sorry.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Speaking of “trefe,” OG, some weeks back you posted a recipe for pork sides, didn’t you? I meant to copy it but never did and now the Great Spirit only knows where it is. You just reminded me, right here in the midst of waking up the morning after yet another sparkling Jays triumph.

      By the way, up here we never forget to close our parentheses. We’re too energy conscious for that. And please stop tormenting me with memories of smoked meat sandwiches.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        @shayna: why thanks. I suspect that you and koufaxmitzvah are probably the only two other people on here who had a l’medvovnik‘s idea of what I was talking about. Now please stop reading right here.

        @seven: okay, here we go again: commercial bacon is lousy with carcinogens or sugar, so I buy fresh untreated pork side cut into six inch long, quarter inch thick strips. I spray them lightly on both sides with canola oil cooking spray. Then, I keep a nice sized container of wholemeal flour mixed with lots of dried crumbled rosemary, a little sage, a bit of salt and a fair amount of black pepper (to taste). I flour the strips of port side thoroughly and drop them into a very hot frying pan with just a little bit of canola oil and fry them crispy on both sides. That’s all. It won’t help your arteries but it will leave your mitochondria and telomeres unscathed compared to the toxic waste dump in a plastic package that supermarket bacon is.

    • Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Brilliant, Gator’el, brilliant.

      • Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        By the way, consecutive translation available upon request. Enough in-jokes scattered over these comments to keep a family table at the bar mitzvah hysterical.

  8. apkyletexas - May 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Unbelievable – not a single word about Strasburg vs Cole pitching matchup yesterday or today. When did this site become another suck ass piece of mainstream media garbage? Used to be a cool group of writers that sometimes “got it”. Sad really.

    • proudlycanadian - May 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Who is Strasburg? Johnny did cover Cole.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Waaaaaa, you aren’t talking about my team enough!

  9. sensiblevoice - May 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    hey, how many jews do we have over here? Are we taking over pbt? Cool.

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      I know of four chosen ones, and Craig has a smidgen of wise blood in him too. At least, enough that he understood my moehl joke. You would make five by my count. There are a couple of trolls who come on here and accuse us all of being “sheeple” whenever we agree with Craig, so I guess there ought to be one or two Marrinos out there….

      • Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Like onions in the chicken soup — enough for flavour, but not so much as to predominate.

      • Old Gator - May 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        A wise onion in the chicken soup defers to the dill.

  10. Shayna - May 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Double E just took the parrot for a walk. 1-0 Toronto over Oakland. Whoop!

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