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Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

Jun 8, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT

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Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez notched his first hit as a major leaguer. It happened to be a home run. Every Tigers starter except Austin Jackson had an RBI. Jon Lester surrendered five runs on 12 hits over four and a third innings.  All that helped the Red Sox to their fifth straight loss, as they continue their streaky ways.

Crazy idea: the Red Sox aren’t streaky. They just kinda stink and they happened to catch two other teams — the Rays and Braves — who have been stinking an awful lot lately to break up all of these losses with that winning streak.

Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 0
Cubs 5, Marlins 2
Brewers 9, Pirates 3
Twins 8, Astros 0
Reds 6, Phillies 5
Indians 8, Rangers 3
Rockies 5, Dodgers 4
Mariners 7, Rays 4
Giants 5, Mets 4
Orioles 6, Athletics 3
Padres 4, Nationals 3
Tigers 8, Red Sox 6
Diamondbacks 4, Braves 3
Royals 8, Yankees 4
Angels 6, White Sox 5

  1. johnnysoda - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 0- Shelby Miller blows the Blue Jays away, pitching a complete game, three-hit shutout. Mark Buehrle gave up only one run over seven innings himself, but the bullpen- namely Brandon Loup- made it look more lopsided then it should’ve been.

    Cubs 5, Marlins 2- Two home runs from Junior Lake aided the Cubs’ fifth straight victory. I’m preparing my emergency kit right now.

    Brewers 9, Pirates 3- It was fairly close until the eighth, when Milwaukee put up a four-spot to put the game to bed. Five errors for the Pirates in this one.

    Rockies 5, Dodgers 4- The Rockies blew a 3-0 lead in the seventh, but tied it back up in the bottom half, and won it on a walk-off triple by Brandon Barnes in the tenth. Yasiel Puig left this one with a hip injury, but it did not appear to be serious.

    Twins 8, Astros 0- Danny Santana had a big day- four hits and five RBI. Aaron Hicks made a pretty sweet catch to end the game, but considering it was 8-0 at the end, it wasn’t quite as dramatic.

    Angels 6, White Sox 5- The Sox had a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Halos roared back for six, including a Mike Trout grand slam. Not fun for the Chicago fans that stayed up late for the end of this one.

    Diamondbacks 4, Braves 3- Actually, it could’ve been worse. The White Sox could’ve been like the Braves, who blew saves in back-to-back innings, and then lost it in the eleventh on a Gerardo Parra single. In case anyone was wondering, the record for most blown saves in one game is four, set by the Marlins against the Phillies on July 24, 1998.

    Padres 4, Nationals 3- This wasn’t fun, either: the Nationals were one out away from the victory when Yonder Alonso hit a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth. Cameron Maybin then had the walk-off single in the eleventh.

    Giants 5, Mets 4- Stop me if you’ve heard this one before- a team from the east blows a late-inning lead against a west coast team. Man, this was not a fun night for a lot of fans who stayed up late. Hope they have no plans this a.m.

    Royals 8, Yankees 4- I was hoping that, if California Chrome could not win the Belmont, a Yankee win could salvage the sporting day. The Yankees could not salvage the sporting day. But hey, maybe there are some California Chrome fans out in western Missouri who were happy that the Royals won, so it brightened their day. That’s nice, I guess.

    Indians 8, Rangers 3- Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana both homered to give Cleveland the win. Both teams sport identical .500 records now. Now, I’m not sure, but it feels like more teams are hovering around .500 this year than normal. Maybe it’s just me.

    Reds 6, Phillies 5- The Phillies attempted a rally after falling back 6-2, but it fell short. Their 25-35 mark through 60 games is the worst for that team since 2000.

    Mariners 7, Rays 4- Cole Gillespie has his first home run in a million years to aid the Mariners. They’re, believe it or not, three games above .500.

    Tigers 8, Red Sox 6- The Tigers spread the contributions around here- eight Tigers drove in a run. The only Tiger not to knock in one was Austin Jackson, who had three hits and scored one anyway.

    Orioles 6, Athletics 3- Seven strong innings from Kevin Gausman helped the Orioles’ cause. The Blue Jays may have a solid lead right now, but the Yankees and the Orioles are in a nice battle of their own for second. That’s noteworthy, I suppose.

    • hoopmatch - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Good job on the wrap-up, Johnny. Are you angling for a paid position with HBT?

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      “Not fun for the Chicago fans that stayed up late for the end of this one.”

      Tell me about it.

    • moogro - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Johnny, you do us a service. Thumbs mean something. The silent majority of thumbers gives you a thumbs up. HBT will never close.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Good work Johnny!

  2. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    The Feesh, once they departed that gunite wart where the Razed plazed and which prolly felt like home to some extent – being just a few minutes’ drive across Alligator Alley (assuming Yasiel Puig is your driver, I mean) from Macondo Banana Massacre Field – have reverted to road mode again. Let’s face it, Wrigley Field is an alien planet. I think that the Feesh’s road problem may well be that they’re unnerved the by the sight of so many people in the stands. All those eyes. It’s like being watched by meerkats, and we all know what a creepy feeling that is. Plus, they’ve been stung by three former Feesh who have dweendled into Cubs, and their offensive production is about as enthusiastic as orphans working in a sweatshop.

    On the positive side, the Iron Giant finally busted out of his ofer eight schneid with a rocket-powered double but for the most part the team snoozed against Samar…Samar… yeah, the guy praying for a miracle by the trade deadline. Also on the positive side, one of my friends in Chicago, as he is wont to do when the Feesh are in town, sent me a couple of frozen spinach pizzas from Lou Malnati’s (just as I will have to send him a couple of medianoche sandwiches from Enrequita’s next week when the Cubs come to Macondo Banana Massacre Field).

    Fizzling back to within two games of the strange attractor, the Feesh are beginning to feel the tug of those gossamer reality waves again. Hidden deep in the basement of Scrooge McLoria’s money bin, it has once again begun to hum and vibrate, generating odd plateau-shaped patterns on the oscilloscopes at local junior high school science labs, just like the ones that preceded the meltdown at Janjira. Henderson Alvarez will attempt to abort the slide this afternoon, before the Feesh depart for that parody of a Veteran’s Administration clinic that the Rangers have become.

    That, and I need to stop orf at Orifice Depot this afternoon and see if they’ve received their first shipment of California Chrome brand super glue yet.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      You keep going for the glue when you should be stocking up on Velveeta!

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Why? Is war imminent?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        This is America. War is never “imminent”, it is omnipresent. We’ve been fighting 2 wars for 11 years, we just can’t get enough.

        Just like we can’t get enough horsemeat and Velveeta sammiches.

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Whoops! Looks like you tweaked a Teabagger!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Philadelphia freedom

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Dingggggg donggggggg…..

    • ud1951 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      If your beloved Feesh’ offensive production is about as enthusiastic as orphans working in a sweat shop, the Cardinals offensive production (42 less runs so far this season than your Feesh) may be beyond the reach of analogous description, 4 runs in the 8th inning yesterday with the gracious assistance of poor relief pitching notwithstanding–the birds on the bat and reigning NL Champions currently are dead last in the majors in scoring runs after the 6th inning.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        I confidently predict that by the time the season is over, the Cardinals will no longer be dead last in any offensive category. There’s too much talent on that team. And – God help me for saying this – it’s still early.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Complaints about scoring by two teams with winning records… while Padres fans are wondering how the Marlins and Cards can score so many runs!

        The Cards are last in runs scored after the 6th inning – with a right handed starter who has fewer than eight strikeouts, in a night game on the road, in a city that begins with the letter “C”?

        How about last in the majors scoring runs in all innings since the season started? All the other teams have scored at least 200 runs so far, and the Padres still have five runs to go.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      I get as many tips on food as I do on baseball. Enrequitas Friday special sounds great.

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Oh man, let me tell you something about my adopted national cuisine. I live maybe three minutes from a great little cafe cubano called Las Dos Palmas. Much as I love the place and its staff – I’m their resident Anglo – when I rrrreeeeeallllly get a jones for Cuban cooking I drive halfway across town to Enrequita’s. The especialidades are wonderful, yes, but there is no, repeat no, repeat no better bistec empanizado sandwich on the face of this Earth. When you order the breakfast sandwich, which includes eggs, ham, chorizo, queso blanco, lettuce, tomato and onion, you will be mislead – you’ll be given a choice between a “small” and a “large” version. This is ackcherley a choice between a “large” sandwich and two large sandwiches. I have never been able to finish orf the “large” one, as they call it – and I once beat a full grown Burmese python in a raccoon eating contest!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Miller had a great game for St. Louis. Aaron Loup was not as bad as his line score in that game. His manager made a mistake when he ordered an intentional walk. Naturally, that runner eventually scored. Steve Delabar was the main culprit as after he replaced Loup he once again allowed the inherited runners to score. Delabar has been a big disappointment this season.

    Congratulations to Miller and St. Louis. For a while, it looked as if he would pitch a Maddux. He fell just short.

    • nbjays - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Delabar is the new Rogers.

      /sigh

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        That is…unkind.

        Have you noticed that teams never seem to conclude long winning streaks by losing just ONE game? There seems to be an imperative to drop two or three or four, as if to compensate the baseball gods for their indulgence. I’ve always wondered about that. Let’s see how the Jays do today, whether they can bounce back or not.

      • nbjays - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Hey, I’ll take “Lose two in a row then win six in a row” all season long.

    • bfunk1978 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      And here I had just conceded a 3 game sweet to the Jays, but man…the Cardinals finally decided to start hitting two games in a row.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        The Cardinals got some very good starting pitching.

  4. renaado - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Both the Nats and Marlins are just 1.0 games back behind the the Braves, clearly trouble… On another note, back to classes tomorrow!

    • nbjays - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Good luck, Ren!

      • renaado - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        Thanks :-) !

    • aresachaela - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      /Yawn……

      ITS OVER!! ITS ALL OVER!! My nightmare has finally come!! Save me, oh lord of cutting class :-P

      Joke, hope were still in the same class though XD!!

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Kudos to Gausman on his first win as a starter. Still throwing 97mph on his 97th pitch and mixing his change up in effectively made me a happy yard bird fan.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      A great game for Gausman. Baltimore is back in second place.

  6. aresachaela - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Yeankees lose yet again, Phelps SUCKS yet again(as always)… We need 5 MA-KUNS!!

  7. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Has a team ever gone from worst to first to worst again The RedSox are truly going to do it…shows how lucky they were last season and I do not think its the hitting it’s the pitching! Who knew?

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      History can once again be made by the Red Sox.

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      No.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        “No”, it’s never happened, or “no”, the Red Sox can’t/won’t do it?

  8. uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    It was almost as if Girardi didn’t want to win this game leaving Phelps in so long. He should have been taken out after he walked those 2 straight batters in the 6th inning. Instead Girardi left him in for another 5 batters that Phelps couldn’t get out. The game was lost after that. Like I said it almost seems as though Girardi didn’t want to win and he wanted to save his bullpen for another game or games ahead.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      There are times when some relievers aren’t available and others are overworked, so the starter is told to tough it out, “for the team”. The manager doesn’t WANT to lose a game, but with nearly 100 games left, he tries to keep the team from digging a hole it can’t climb out of. It happens a couple times a year for nearly every team.

  9. hcf95688 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Most giants-like game of the season. The two biggest plays of the game? Error by David Wright, strikeout/wild pitch/video replay to lead off the 9th.

  10. historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    His Heterochromianess, y’all! Don’t be misled by the summary on MLB that said Lester and Scherzer both gave up 10+ hits. Max also had 9 SO and Lester laid a goose egg — so, no, those were not comparable outings. His Heterochromianess did not give his best performance ever, but it was still mighty fine. Mighty fine. When Beautiful Brad came out in the 7th to pull him, Max gave him the DIC-eye and that sent BB back to the dugout. Here’s what I imagine that conversation went like:

    BB: Gonna pull you.
    HH: For Coke? Really? You think he has a better chance than me against Ortiz. GTFO.
    BB: Aiyep

    Sure Max gave up a hit, but in my heart I know Coke would’ve given up a multi-run HR.

    Now to get the unpleasantries out of the way: Nathan. #$^%$&^%^*$@!!!!!! Clearly, ????????? will soon be our closer…or I’m going to need a new liver. I wonder if I can charge it to Nathan? At least he felt guilty for taking those half-hearted obligatory high fives at the end.

    More happily, it was so adorable that Miggy couldn’t stand not to congratulate ?Suarez? after his 1st HR. he he Also, the super-sexy double play was AWESOME. It made me miss Little Sexy Fire quite a bit. Kinsler is starting to ease the ache in my heart from missing Prince too. Anyway, I hope the Curse of the Zubaz has been broken — it started with beating Boston and I guess we just had to close the circle. Eat ‘em up, Tigers!

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Fatten up Tigers!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Y’all sure caught the sad sack Sawks at the right ebb in their flow.

      And hey – welcome back to HBT.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        What, no sad sack haiku? Tsk. Pretty sure you could do something worthwhile with “Rubby De Dubby.” In all fairness, you got Drew back just in the nick of time for us. Thanks, Obama!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        We want to B strong – but instead we B sorry – Tiggers bounce with brooms.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Don’t jinx it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Doing my best. :-)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        And oh – good to see you going all “League of Our Own” on the cavemen today. Like Joan of Arc crossed with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Lol

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Apparently, when Sheriff Philiac is away, the place gets lousy with the Misogynists. Gotta set down the law. “I’m not a humanitarian. I’m a hellraiser.” — Mother Jones

        We got the better team anyways. COPO is a heavy hitter and with the various contributors, they ain’t got a chance.

        /flips bat

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        So flashy.

        /plunks the next batter

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Sorry, burgie. LMAO.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        She had it coming. While you were on sabbatical she wished a second ten-game losing streak upon the Sawks. Meeee-yow.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Welcome back, Mike Napoli!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Aaaaaaand, Diving Don Kelly gives up a triple… :(

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Evan Reed? I wanted Phil Coke.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Maybe Rapist or Phil Choke. Great choices.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        If Reed is lonely in the bullpen, Lueke is on waivers.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        Well, you get your Coke.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        You know what I want now? More Coke!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Dodged a huge Coke turd there.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        I bet you had the Coke sweats

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Shesus. It ruins beer when you sweat it out like that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Lol – had you sweating Stella bullets?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        I have no idea why I’m so anxious. We already won the series. We don’t have to sweep.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Some guy named Suarez is killing the Sawks. Which is ironic because the most valuable player on any of John Henry’s teams is a guy named Luis Suarez.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        C’mon, ????????!

  11. goawaydog - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Gotta like Michael Morses enthusiasm

  12. echech88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I know he gets a ton of press already but man can you imagine if Mike Trout played on the East Coast? A game tying grand slam in the 8th inning last night kinda got the “tree falls in the woods but no one is there to hear it” treatment from the media because of the late night on the West Coast.

    Fun hypothetical to imagine how the hype machine would be different if him and Harper switched teams.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      If he was no the Mets, he’d probably suffer a career ending injury and the Mets would still suck.

  13. janessa31888 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    The Indians are now a stunning 5-20 on the road.

  14. APBA Guy - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    The A’s were not really in the game yesterday. Gaussman was very good, and Donaldson pulling the 0-4 w/ 4K’s sombrero after his “confrontation” with Machado (is it just me or is he starting to complain about everything now?) shows that, as with any other MLB team, good pitching will beat the A’s.

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