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Settling the Scores: Sunday’s results

May 26, 2014, 6:29 AM EDT

Josh Beckett No Hitter AP

I know Monday is usually an “And That Happened” day, but it’s also Memorial Day and, based on my reading of the traffic stats from the past couple of big no-work holidays, most of you have other things you’d rather do than read blog posts at 6:30 in the morning. So let us just get to the scores and give those of you who don’t have other things you’d rather do get right to the comments section in which you lament/cheer your team in far more detailed terms than I do up here. Cool? Cool.

Dodgers 6, Phillies 0: OK, I will chime in for this one, if for no other reason than to tip my cap at Josh Beckett for one of the rarest accomplishments in all of baseball: making a Josh Beckett-pitched game last only two hours and thirty-seven minutes. I mean, heck, there are a couple three no-hitters every year. The real rarity here is a Beckett game not dragging on to the 3:40 mark or longer.

Brewers 7, Marlins 1
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1
Diamondbacks 2, Mets 1; Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2
Rangers 12, Tigers 4
Orioles 4, Indians 2
Nationals 5, Pirates 2
Rays 8, Red Sox 5
Giants 8, Twins 1
Yankees 7, White Sox 1
Padres 4, Cubs 3
Angels 4, Royals 3
Astros 4, Mariners 1
Braves 7, Rockies 0
Cardinals 4, Reds 0

  1. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Enjoy your holiday! Ours was last Monday.

    The Jays swept the A’s in 3 well pitched low scoring games. I expected that these 2 teams would score a lot of runs. Instead we got pitching duels that were won thanks to aggressive base running by the Jays.

  2. johnnysoda - May 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    And That Happened: Sunday Edition

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 0- Josh Beckett throws the first no-hitter for the Dodgers since 1996, blanking the struggling Phillies. Free “pizza” for everyone who is an subscriber. I say “pizza” because, for a northeasterner, calling Domino’s “pizza” is a bit of a stretch. But I digress.

    Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1- It was a sweep north of the border as the Blue Jays win their sixth straight. Edwin Encarnacion homered while Jose Bautista had a two-run single. While the Blue Jays are quickly becoming a nice story, I must warn everyone that this can easily happen:

    Rangers 12, Tigers 4- Yeah, this. Last week, the Tigers were white hot, and now even their best pitchers are playing like a bunch of fourth grade softball players (Verlander gave up six earned runs here). The ability to keep hot streaks going is what separates the men from the boys over the course of the season.

    Cardinals 4, Reds 0- Adam Wainwright was huge, with twelve strikeouts over eight shutout innings. The Cardinals take two of three from the scuffling Reds.

    Diamondbacks 2, Mets 1; Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2- You couldn’t ask for a better day for baseball in Queens, and the Mets took advantage by having a single-admission doubleheader. The Mets lost in very Mets-like fashion in game one, as an error by David Murphy gave Arizona the lead for good. Game two went better, as Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched like his old self (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), and was backed by four runs. He even (everybody!) helped his own cause with a single.

    Braves 7, Rockies 0- Lost in the shuffle of Beckett’s no-hitter is the fact that Julio Tehran pitched lights out here as well (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) as his ERA stays under two. Four homers for Atlanta were all the offense needed: two of them were the result of Evan Gattis.

    Orioles 4, Indians 2- Nelson Cruz hit his American League-leading sixteenth homer as part of the Baltimore victory. That’s proving to be a very smart signing.

    Nationals 5, Pirates 2- Two RBI for Ian Desmond and two wild pitches helped the Nationals avoid the sweep by the Allegheny. Francisco Liriano is hot, then he’s cold. He’s yes, then he’s no. He’s in, then he’s out. He’s up, then he’s down. I could quote the rest of the song, but you get the idea.

    Yankees 7, White Sox 1- When I saw the timing of this game, I circled it on my calendar, as I was looking forward to seeing the two best rookies in the American League (Tanaka and Abreu) face off. Alas, Abreu spoiled those plans. Tanaka still pitched like himself (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and was backed by four hits from Derek Jeter. It’s a split on the South Side.

    Brewers 7, Marlins 1- Jimmy Nelson pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings to earn his first big league win. I would say he has nowhere to do but down, but unless he had thrown a perfect game by striking out every batter on three pitches, that’s not true. Ryan Braun had four hits and Jonathan Lucroy (who is hitting .331) had three.

    Rays 8, Red Sox 5- Sean Rodriguez broke a tie with a three-run home run in the seventh, and Yunel Escobar followed with a two-run double. He then went to third on defensive indifference, and all the frustration the Red Sox had over losing all these games spilled over into a full-scale brawl. Ten straight losses for Boston, who now have to play two games against a first-place team on the road. Good luck, guys!

    Angels 4, Royals 3- Kansas City took a three-run lead into the seventh, but Mike Trout, David Freese, and Chris Ianetta combined to ruin those plans. The Angels have won twelve out of their last sixteen and are only 1 ½ games out of first place.

    Twins 8, Giants 1- Michael Morse’s four RBI and Hunter Pence’s home run helped back a strong outing from Madison Bumgarner (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K). Eduardo Nunez, former Yankee bust, played left field for the Twins here. I was initially surprised, then I realized Nunez had played a little outfield for the Yankees during his time there. Not very well, of course, but he played it nonetheless.

    Astros 4, Mariners 1- Dallas Keuchel goes the distance as the Astros winning series, which is a major cause for celebration down there. He was aided by home runs from George Springer and Marc Krauss.

    Padres 4, Cubs 3- The Cubs drew within one with no one out in the ninth off Starlin Castro’s home run, but Huston Street restored order and sat the remaining Cubs down in order. 30 losses now for Chicago, who continue three long years of misery on the North Side.

    Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

    • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      Nice job Johnny; however, I have to correct you slightly. Bautista’s second RBI came on a sacrifice fly. Reyes had singled and stolen both second and third before Bautista hit the sacrifice fly.

      • johnnysoda - May 26, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        You are correct. However, Bautista ALMOST had a two-run single, if Reyes hadn’t gotten in the way.

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        On that play, Reyes was thrown out at home on a great throw by Cespedes. It took a perfect throw to get him.

      • Shayna - May 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        I haven’t said so before but I join PC in my appreciation for your weekend ATH-like posts. If you’re trolling for a job here, you’ve got my vote.

        And as for my Jays: I’ve been amused to note the tone of some of the commentary. Before the A’s series, the thrust was that this would be the acid test. If we swept the A’s, we were legit and would have to be taken seriously. Now that we /have/ swept them, the goal posts have been moved (to borrow a metaphor from another sport). Now what will distinguish the Jays from wannabes is the early June stretch in which we face the Tigers and the Cards. If I were a player, I would be annoyed at the continually receding horizon of legitimacy. There may be (heaven forfend!) a bad stretch; in fact, it’s almost a certainty. (I hope we have enough margin to survive it.) But that doesn’t undercut the fact that our guys are firing on all cylinders and displaying a type of baseball we haven’t seen for some years.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Shayna (which is what my grandmother used to call my daughter’s tushy when she was a baby, btw – we wouldn’t even let the old lady pick the kid up unless we knew her teeth were in the jar by the bathroom sink),

        Unfortunately, the Jays have been earning derision for enough years now that they’re going to have to play well most of the season before anyone becomes solidly convinced. Surprise teams, especially the ones with a history of underperformance, always have to endure that kind of skepticism.

        I have a good friend in TO (and a very well known one in Canada for his songwriting and musicianship though his sister is better known for her singing – hint, hint) who is a big Jays fan who has been suffering for the past few years, and up until very recently has been highly reluctant to commit emotionally but has just now tiptoed over the line. I can’t blame him – he’s a huge Leafs fan and we practically had to put him on antidepressants last year after that last catastrophic playoff game – but I keep trying to keep him enthusiastic.

        Time will tell. Yes, it will.

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Is your friend a Junkie?

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Shayna, you nail it precisely. The shifting finishing line of legitimacy we see receding in front of the Blue Jays is a source of some amusement for me. The next phase of this will be when we have commenters saying “of course they’re good-we all knew they would be good-its the same team we said would be good-its no surprise they’re good”. none of them except their few die hard fans managed to articulate those sentiments in the off season when they might actually have some weight now so I’m looking forward to asking the bandwaggoners where all these predictions were when they would actually have been predictions as opposed to after the fact attempts at ego building or whatever

        The Rays are in Toronto for a three game set and riding a streak. I predicted them to win the division since they had hitting and pitching as their run differential from last season was +54 and an OPS+ of 106 last season while the team ERA was 3.74 with an ERA+ of 103 (all things I cited in the off season when I made these predictions). That is very good hitting with above average pitching in tough parks so they could hit and pitch last season and there was every reason to expect more of the same this season. They’ve had some injury issues to their rotation but so have every other team in the AL East so the Rays are nothing special in this regard. If the Yankees can manage to hang around at the top of the division with their patchwork rotation and duct tape Geritol hitting then there is no reason to expect that the Rays can’t. That they have not is due to below average pitching (ERA + of 98) and below average hitting (OPS + of 98). Given the numbers from last season I don’t see how anyone could have predicted this season and when in the off season I proposed their dominance for the division not a soul gainsaid it so anyone claiming to expect their performance so far I’m ignoring.

        I think the Jays winning streak ends this evening but not only because of logical reasons as I have a feeling that makes me think of Napoleon’s question when told the virtues of a new General, eg. the general’s heroism, bravery, battle skill etc – he waved his hand impatiently. “That’s all very well,” Napoleon said, “but is he lucky?” So far I think the Rays have been getting a lot of bad luck and things are evening out so right now they are lucky and riding a wave of good luck going into this contest along with being a genuinely skilled and dangerous team. They should surge from here to be in the division lead by the all star break unless injuries decimate their rotation and their hitting. They are simply too good not to do so. if I’m wrong, and I am wrong a lot when I predict baseball, then good. I cheer Dodger blue and in my mind Blue Jay blue is close enough for me

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Bedard is from Navan Ontario and is starting for Tampa Bay today.. He is also “Eric Bedard” and is not as good as Drew Hutchinsonn.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Like I said if I’m wrong then good. I make these predictions from information not eyeball test or being a homer. I like the Blue Jays chances though. their hitters are as fearsome a crew to have ever driven their enemies before them to the lamentations of their women so Eric Bedard and the Rays may get lit up like Rome burning from the torches of the barbarian hordes. In other words and sticking with my Robert E Howard analogy I hope to be wrong and the Rays are crushed beneath the sandalled feet of Bautista The Barbarian and his Golden Dominican Horde. The numbers tend to say otherwise though. But lets go, blue!

      • tmc602014 - May 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        I would agree with the others here, that it is good to see the Blue Jays enjoying some success, although “success” is always a moving target. 50+ more wins may equal real accomplishment. However, I would submit that the Jays have been “good” for some time, it’s the rest of the vaunted AL East that have fallen a bit behind, making it easier for the Jays to shine. The current hot streak against out of division foes doesn’t hurt.

    • renaado - May 26, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Awesome win by the Braves today. Surely a homerun galore there, Gattis 2 homeruns led the charge, while both J-Up and Chris Johnson hit 2run homers, not to mention Teheran’s gem is truly a sight to see. Another awesome recap today johnny.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 26, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      It still hasn’t really sunk in what Beckett did and how fast. I usually fall asleep during his starts but he delivered in spades yesterday with not only a no-no but an economical one without his usual fiddling around. Is he too old to learn from this? Can he modify his chronic farting around to actually pitch with a faster tempo and no attempt to bore the batter to death while his defence resorts to picking dandelions in the outfield his audience drifts off to sleep? This remains to be seen but in the meantime Dodger blue can take a moment to reflect on how a fireballing young sprat has matured into a crafty breaking ball pitcher with just enough velocity to get it by batters sitting on his curve so I also tip my hat to Beckett.

      • slickdemetrius - May 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Aahhh, picking dandelions in the outfield, what memories! Became a bit of a problem though when I was moved to catcher…

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        I made my middle school sweetie a nice outfield dandelion bouquet once and got benched for running over and giving it too her during a break in play. my teammates gave me holy hell too. My sweetie of course swallowed this little gesture hook line and sinker and I remain to this day a devoted believer in dandelion bouquets.

    • gloccamorra - May 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Internet commenters: filling in the details the professional writers leave out.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Yes, and for even less money.

  3. cohnjusack - May 26, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Wainwright’s ERA has dropped to a whopping 1.67

    • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      That is what clean living and a breakfast of Wheaties does for you.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        A bitter melon omelet will do the same thing for you blood glucose, and without the urge to run to the men’s room in the middle of the movie.

  4. knowshonknowshirtknowservice - May 26, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Dallas Keuchel (rhymes with Michael) is on an ungodly tear. 3 starts, 26 and 2/3 IP. 16 H. 21 K, 1 BB, 2ER.

  5. uyf1950 - May 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    If you’re a Yankees fan like me you have to be thankful the Yankees signed this young man from Japan. He’s just what the fan base ordered. Even if you are just a baseball fan you have to appreciate his performance so far this season.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      “Just a baseball fan” – as opposed to a Yankees fan you mean?

      Just kidding. I’ve been raving about Tanaka since his first spring training appearance. He’s the Real Deal.

  6. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I thought that the Rangers were finished due to all the injuries. How dare they go out and ignore the narrative?

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Well, they are from the same state that elected Ted Cruz. It’s entirely possible that the problem is with their level of literacy.

  7. hittfamily - May 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Odorizzi’s last 4 starts: 21 2/3 innings, 4 earned runs, 31 K’s, 10 BB.

    • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      What happened to him? He stunk early in the season. I guess that it is a good thing that the Jays will miss him.

      • nbjays - May 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        And an even better thing that we will miss David Price. Dude has flat out OWNED us!

      • hittfamily - May 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Cobb vs Buehrle tomorrow is shaping up to be a can’t miss. Both have been outstanding this year!

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Should be fun.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Don’t be so happy you’re missing Price, nbjays. Dude has been stinking up the joint lately. Your countryman Bedard, on the other hand, has a ridiculous (yet unsustainable) 0.98 WHIP over his last 30 days.

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        We know and love Bedard. He can be terrible.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Oh, I know he can stink up the joint. I was not happy when the Rays signed him. It’s only recently that he’s been on fire. Completely unsustainable if you look at the underlying numbers, but in the past 30 days, Bedard > Price.

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        I fully expect a home province discount from Bedard.

      • indaburg - May 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        Yes, make him feel comfortable and at home. Goodness knows that he needs all the help he can get.

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Yep! That was the Erik Bedard we know and love.

      • indaburg - May 27, 2014 at 5:31 AM

        That was not pretty. Good offensive show by your boys.

  8. Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    The Feesh went flat as flounders yesterday as the Strange Attractor began to hummmm and chitter and vibrate and emit electromagnetic pulses and gossamer reality waves again. I could see those characteristic plateau-like oscillations on my instruments. The Feesh are hiding something in there, under the grandstand, that’s gonna send us back to the stone age. You know, like the designated hitter. Anyway, the Feesh haven’t far to fall before the Attractor claims them as its own, for however long. And this afternoon they go to battle with the underperforming Gnats, who must be looking at their road record and daydreaming of their pending revivification.

    Incidentally, the idea of Feesh on the road isn’t anything new to Macondo residents. We’ve been plagued for years by Asian walking catfeesh with their little poisonous dorsal spine and a miserable affinity for getting under picnic tablecloths at some of the local parks. More recently, we’ve been entertaining northern snakeheads, who can also absorb a limited amount of oxygen through their skins as they slither through grass and mud like lame serpents from canal to canal. We also get Feesh on the road following the occasional waterspout. However, Scrooge McLoria keeps his money bin buried deep in the bedrock so the chance of a twister ripping it up and scattering his largesse across the city is pretty remote. And anyway, whoever heard of a backloaded cyclone?

    • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Casey McGehee’s glove is more like the Strange Repeller. It’s too bad the Feesh didn’t acquire an actual third baseman.

      With regards to your Toronto pen-pal, last month I got “Miles Away From Our Home.” Not their best, I know, but good nonetheless.

      • groupofsevenrules - May 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Oh, have you contracted that musical habit from OG too? My older brother tells me he used to go see Handsome Ned at the Dakota when he was a…kid???….and remembers when the Junkies were just starting out as a band called “The Hunger Project.” Their last one – “The Wilderness” – is just bloody exquisite, that’s what it is.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        You make it sound like he gave me syphillis or something. ;-p

        But yes, he sold me on them. OG strikes again. I figure if he likes the Grateful Dead and bebop it’s worth listening to his other faves.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Miles from our Home is a goody. “Good Friday” is an amazing song, and there’s a lot more going on in that song than meets the ear. The CJs have a live album out there called Waltz Across America with a live version of GF, but also with a really beautiful acoustic version of “Hollow as a Bone” on it – slower, sadder, just gorgeous. But aside from Trinity, which is a classic, they’ve just gotten better and better – but they’re not exactly mainstream and they’ve taken some huge risks. Seven is right about “Wilderness.” One of the remarkable songs on that one, “Angels in the Wilderness,” was inspired by Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Mo, you also want to give a listen to Pale Sun, Crescent Moon, especially to the songs “Crescent Moon,” “First Recollection” and “Ring on the Sill.” Joseph Campbell would have loved that album.

  9. moogro - May 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    It seems so weird that it’s May 26 and the Yankees won’t play Chicago again for the rest of the year.

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