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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 7, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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Well, would you look at that, the Rays won themselves a baseball game. Behind six scoreless innings from veteran left-hander Erik Bedard, the Rays topped the Mariners 4-0 last night to end their 10-game losing streak.

Going against his former team, Bedard gave up four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, and Grant Balfour combined for six strikeouts over the next three innings to finish off the shutout victory.

Little was expected from Bedard coming into the year, but he has a respectable 3.61 ERA over 10 starts and one relief appearance. He has a better ERA than David Price and Chris Archer right now. Wouldn’t have expected that in the spring.

Even after ending the long skid, the Rays still own the worst record in the majors at 24-38. They are currently 14 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East and eight back in the Wild Card race. They have a lot of work to do to make something out of their season.

Your Friday box scores:

Mariners 0, Rays 4

Marlins 3, Cubs 5 (13 innings)

Athletics 4, Orioles 3 (11 innings)

Cardinals 1, Blue Jays 3

Brewers 5, Pirates 15

Red Sox 2, Tigers 6

Phillies 8, Reds 0

Dodgers 7, Rockies 2

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

Indians 4, Rangers 6

Nationals 6, Padres 0

Yankees 4, Royals 2

Mets 2, Giants 4

Astros 5, Twins 4

White Sox 4, Angels 8

  1. tellyspop - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Finally! (TP covers face with hands, sobs quietly.)

  2. johnnysoda - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Blue Jays 2, Cardinals 1- The Cardinals turned a triple play, but the Blue Jays won the game. Advantage: Blue Jays. Six straight for the Jays.

    Pirates 15, Brewers 5- The Pirates led virtually every step of the way here, emboldened by an eight-run six innings. Two of those runs scored on bases-loaded four-pitch walks. That kind of stuff looks ridiculous in middle school baseball. This is a big league game, people.

    Athletics 4, Orioles 3- This is what the definition of drama is: Oakland threw out two would-be winning runs at the plate in the top of the tenth, including a player trying to steal home. Stephen Vogt then had the go-ahead single in the eleventh, and Sean Dolittle struck out the side for an extremely anti-climatic bottom half.
    Oh yeah, and Nelson Cruz tried to steal home in that tenth inning. With Chris Davis up and runners on second and third. What a maroon.

    Cubs 5, Marlins 3- Anthony Rizzo’s walk-off home run in the thirteenth gives the Cubs four straight. Man, just when it seems like a team is going to be laughably bad (Cubs, Astros, Diamondbacks), they start getting hot. There’s just some things you can’t explain.

    Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2- Craig Kimbrel becomes the Braves’ all-time saves leader with career save #155. There were some nervous moments when the Braves had men on first and third and a three-run lead, but Trevor Cahill got the third out for Arizona, setting up Kimbrel’s save.

    Tigers 6, Red Sox 2- Home runs by Ian Kinsler, Torii Hunter, and Victor Martinez gave the Tigers the win in the series opener. It would be funny if they swept Boston again and started getting really hot again, as if the time in between the two Red Sox series was the only valley in the season.

    Phillies 8, Reds 0- Strong outing from Cole Hamels (7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) gives the Phillies the win to begin things by the Ohio River. The Reds continue to be depressingly bad, while the Phillies continue to be bad, but it’s not as depressing because everyone pretty much expected it.

    Rays 4, Mariners 0- Erik Bedard threw six shutout innings to snap the Rays’ losing streak. Question: if the Rays break their losing streak, and there was no one there to see it (14,577), was it really broken?

    Yankees 4, Royals 2- Chase Whitley was finally allowed to pitch more than five innings, and he responded with a sharp performance (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). Brian McCann’s three-run double in the third was the difference.

    Astros 5, Twins 4- Dallas Keuchel had six shutout innings for the Astros. As far as I’m concerned, the way Houston’s playing, we might as well just give them the Commissioner’s Trophy right now.

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 2- Eight losses in the row for the Rockies. I mean, I’m not a Rockies supporter, and generally don’t care as to what they do, but it really is kind of depressing to see them fall from grace so far. I mean, they really haven’t had much success in their history, and it would’ve been nice to see them have a little more of it. Guess it’s not meant to be.

    Rangers 6, Indians 4- The eighth and ninth hitters- Michael Choice and Rougned Odor- combined for four RBI. Rougned Odor!

    Nationals 6, Padres 0- Tanner Roark blows the Padres away (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) to keep the Nationals within a game of first place in the NL East.

    Giants 4, Mets 2- Four straight losses for the Mets, courtesy of Buster Posey’s two-run homer in the eighth. I had thought, after the Mets got swept by the Cubs, they would turn around and promptly sweep the Giants. There’s still hope for two out of three.

    Angels 8, White Sox 4- Three RBI for Kole Calhoun help the Angels win the opener. Not much of a travel excuse for the White Sox, as they just wrapped up an interleague set against the Dodgers. The Angels, meanwhile, were the ones who just flew back home. Suppose it didn’t matter none.

    Little public service announcement now:
    6:52 PM EDT
    5:52 PM CDT
    4:52 PM MDT
    3:52 PM PDT
    California Chrome goes for the Triple Crown on NBC.
    Watch it. You won’t regret it.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Enjoy the race on TV Johnny and enjoy the wedding.

    • indaburg - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Well, johnny, you can ask that kind of existential question about the Rays’ entire theoretical 16 year existence. 14k is better than I thought they would get as bad they have been playing. They had trouble drawing 10k when they were good on some weeknights.

      Very exciting game between the A’s-O’s. There was even more drama of the silly variety in the A’s-O’s game with Machado taking exception to the manner in which Donaldson tagged him out on the basepaths. Benches and bullpens cleared. Later in the game, Chan went up high and tight towards Donaldson and eventually hit him.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Hi Johnny. The result from the Belmont is not a big surprise. California Chrome never struck me as being a super horse. I hope you enjoyed the libations at the wedding you went to instead of the Belmont.

  3. nbjays - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    As usual, an awesome Weekend ATH, Johnny!

    Craig who?

  4. karlkolchak - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Tanner Roark now has a better ERA (2.91) than all the Nats’ big name starters. Not bad for a former 25th round draft pick acquired from Texas for the spent carcass of Christian Guzman.

  5. yarguy - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    The race times are depressingly lower 48 only. There’s more than Maine to California:

    8:52 PMDT
    8:32 NDT
    7:52 ADT
    2:52 AKDT
    1:52 HADT (Aleutians only)
    12:52 HAST (Hawaii only)

    I would think Hardball Talk has readers in all these time zones.

    • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Oh right, I can think of nothing more worthwhile to do than to tie up a weekend afternoon watching next year’s glue and dog food going around in circles.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Great news, OG! Lueke has been DFA’d. His locker is empty per Tomkin’s tweet. At last, that blight is gone.

      • johnnysoda - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        It’s possible to not like something without being an ass about it.

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Just as it’s possible to like something and maintain a sense of humor about it.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Be nice now, the racing of organic transportation devices sports a colorful tradition going back a millennium plus.

    • dan1111 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      11:52 BST for this HBT reader. That said, Gator hit the nail on the head.

  6. uyf1950 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Chase Whitley pitched very well for the Yankees. The Yankees finally taking the training wheels off him and allowing him to go 7 innings.. His emergence could very well mean Nuno is no more for the starting rotation. Maybe with a little bit of luck the starting rotation is getting into a grove. Tanaka, Kuroda, Phelps, Whitley and then Pineda and CC at some point. We’ll see how for some of them their next couple of outings go, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Obviously, Tampa Bay will not make the playoffs this year, but they still have a chance to finish ahead of the defending World Series champions.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      I think they have a pretty good chance of finishing ahead of the defending World Series Champions.

    • indaburg - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      There are still 100 games to go. You don’t think we can win 70? Erik Bedard is our ace.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Some people think that the final 2 letters in last word in your sentence be “ss”.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        PC, that’s no way to talk about your fellow countryman! Besides, I could think of a number of Rays who are better suited to that title before Bédard.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        I have seen a few negative comments about him. Furthermore, there are numerous Canadians that I have negative thoughts about.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        In a country of 35 million, there are a few you don’t like? Huh. I thought y’all stuck together. :-)

        Bédard seems intense, very competitive. He seems to have an antagonistic relationship with the media but a quick Google search reveals headlines like, “Bédard Doesn’t Like People Asking Him Obvious, Stupid Questions.” So he doesn’t suffer fools. I can respect that. I’ll admit, I didn’t want him on the Rays but this was back when I thought we were going to be, you know, good. Now, he’s our stopper. (Yes, I’m laughing.)

        As far as I know, he hasn’t raped anyone or used homophobic slurs, so he’s off my ass list. My standards are low.

  8. phillysports1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Dominican Power Blue Jays.

  9. lazlosother - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I went the Royals Yanks game with my son. Whitley looked good. Some sloppy play by NY, with Ryan thrown out stealing 3rd with no outs and Jacoby up. Ichiro got picked off first late in the game. Earlier in the game Perez (I think) drove Gordon in with a single, then took second because Roberts had a senior moment and didn’t bother to cover.

    In other news, Gordon continues to be a stud with a couple of hits and scoring both the Royals runs. Girardi actually had him walked in the 9th with a man on 2d, bringing the winning run to the plate. Moustakis couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat, he’s totally lost up there. KC needs to get Gordon some help.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Some sloppy play by NY

      Also known as a day that ends in “y”.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Actually there was one out when Ryan got thrown out trying to steal 3rd. But that’s no excuse, it was still very poor judgement on Ryan’s part. BTW, it’s not the 1st time he’s made a poor running decision this season. As a Yankees fan I hoping that the Yankees decide to give Johnson more playing time at 2nd base since Solarte is getting much of the play at 3rd base,

      • lazlosother - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Yah, I would like to see Kelly get more time as well. We bought the tickets a while back and of course hoped to see Tanaka, but have no complaints about watching Whitley. Ichiro drilled the ball twice but one was directly at the CF. Lots of NY jerseys and caps at this one. Kaufman is a really nice place to see a game. Last time I was there Carlos was playing for the Royals.

  10. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    A brutal, brutal night for the Iron Giant – ohfer six with four Ks. Last guy I read about who’d had a night like that was Job. At least the Giant had better sense than to berate the baseball gods over it.

    • dan1111 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      What do you call things that are even less significant than first world problems?

      • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Spawrts tork raydeeo.

  11. goawaydog - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Welcome back Matt Cain and welcome back movement on his pitches. When buster called for a pitch on the inside or outside of the plate Cain hit it but the ball took the back roads to get there. Great outing.

    • 9foldmuse - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Those orange jammy-tops have better “Giants” script on them than last year but they still nasty, and not good nasty like Cain last night.

  12. mikeflorioisaredskin - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Wow the astros 9 out of the last 12. Here we go
    #summerofspringer

    • clydeserra - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      they are looking good.

  13. musketmaniac - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Buccos Rising

  14. APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    In a game reminiscent of Cespedes’ game the other night, when he threw out two at the plate, the A’s repeated the feat against the O’s in the 10th last night. The Moss toss was a close play, the caught stealing on Cruz was not. Stephen Vogt finished the game in right field, his second appearance there this week. Eventually, that will cost the A’s, but for now the A’s are 2-0 doing this. A’s bullpen does it again:
    5 IP, 0 runs, 5 hits, 6/1 K/BB.

    • clydeserra - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      sure. It cost the A’s already, with moss in left v Tanaka on thrusday.

      The big question I have is what to do when Reddick comes back. I love the three catcher roster for BoMel’s platoons, but there is no obvious place for someone to go. Sogard and Punto at least have been holding their own on defense. I am not comfortable with a punto callaspo platoon. Blanks has a niche that Reddick and Vogt can’t fill.

      On the bullpen tip, did you see O’Flarhety threw in stockton? I think it was 10 pitches, all strikes.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        I did not see that O’Flaherty was up. That could be the last we see of Jim Johnson, if O’Flaherty can contribute.

        My guess is that when Reddick comes back they bite the bullet and send Blanks down. The other option is to send Gentry down. But, the way things are going, you have to believe that whatever maneuver they decide on, in the back of the FO minds is the looming problem of having Chavez, Gray and Pomeranz all looking at the 150 inning chasm. They’ve been careful about Pomeranz, but Gray and Chavez could be there in early August.

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