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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 14, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Jordan Zimmermann was great for the Nationals last night, but Lance Lynn was just a little bit better. Lynn tossed eight scoreless innings while Matt Adams homered in his return from the disabled list as the Cardinals cooled down the Nationals with a 1-0 victory at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Lynn retired his first 16 batters until Jose Lobaton singled with one out in the sixth inning. He ended up giving up just two hits in all while walking none and striking out eight. Trevor Rosenthal struck out three in the ninth inning and worked around a two-out error from Kolten Wong to notch the save.

As for Zimmerman, he threw his second straight complete game in the tough-luck loss. Amazingly, he needed just 76 pitches to complete his eight innings of work. Per, that’s the fewest pitches thrown in a complete game since Aaron Cook threw 74 in a nine-inning complete game for the Rockies on July 25, 2007. The all-time record belongs to Jose Bautista — no, not that Jose Bautista — who threw a 70-pitch complete game over eight innings for the Orioles in a loss on September 3, 1988.

Your Friday box scores:

Nationals 0, Cardinals 1

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0

Cubs 2, Phillies 1

Twins 2, Tigers 0

Padres 2, Mets 6

Pirates 8, Marlins 6 (13 innings)

Indians 3, Red Sox 10

Angels 3, Braves 4

Royals 7, White Sox 2

Reds 6, Brewers 5

Rays 6, Astros 1

Yankees 7, Athletics 0

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 4

Rangers 1, Mariners 0

Rockies 7, Giants 4

  1. aresachaela - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    “Derek Jeter #2, thank you for always respecting the game.”

    -Yankee fan from Tv

    Can’t hold tears…..

    • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      You are one thumb harpy magnet.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        No, no, those aren’t thumb harpies. Those are, indeed, multifariously offended Beep-worshippers who don’t think it’s kind to kick the shell of a once great ballplayer when it’s down. Neither do I, but I would not sully my touchpad by joining with such rabble. Therefore Aresachaela, I say unto you, tsk, and again, tsk.

      • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        She should’ve just put a “face” there to indicate sarcasm.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        You either have faith in your sarcasm font or you don’t. If you don’t, there’s always cynicism – though it lacks sarcasm’s aplomb and elegance.

      • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        “If you don’t, there’s always cynicism – though it lacks sarcasm’s aplomb and elegance”

        Definitely agree with you there Gator!

  2. janessa31888 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Normally, I would moan and groan over the dismal state of our starting pitching(and the horrible defense), but it’s such a gorgeous day here I can’t be dismal for too long. I’ll just eat another juicy strawberry from our garden.

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Five to six ripe strawberries, sliced thin the long way
      1 tablespoon white wine
      1/4 tsp. brown sugar
      1/4 tsp. cinnamon
      1/4 tsp. nutmeg
      1 tbsp. butter
      1 dash lemon or key lime juice

      Melt the butter in the pan. Saute the strawberry slices with the wine, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.When the berries have just slightly lost their color, add the splash of citrus juice.

      Spread over a blob of sour cream or créme fraiche atop your french toast, pancakes or crepes. If bourgeois, top with syrup. Enjoy. It takes away the pain of being dead in the standings.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        “If bourgeois, top with syrup.”

        I almost missed that, even though I have had my coffee. I must be getting old.

        I always scan for your recipes before setting out to “carpe deum,” since they often cause me to amend the shopping list a little bit. This one sounds nice a simple but very, very tasty. Okay, we’ll give it a try tomorrow. No fishing this weekend – I did well enough last weekend and the one before that I am out of excuses for avoiding my quality time commitments.

        Tough loss for your Feesh last night whereas the Beavermen had a pretty good outing for a recent change. When are you going to TO and which game are you and your rock n’ roll buddy taking in?

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        I fly up on the 23rd at an absolutely ridiculous hour, head for Shayna’s recommended Ben and Izzy’s on Bathurst for lunch, since it will save me the trouble of driving down to College Street in the middle of the day and I need to file a report with her. I also have to hit Yitz’s for a bag of their sublime ruggelach on the way to my hotel as a little house present for my pal the following day, though no doubt we’ll hit Caplansky’s for lunch and we’re taking in the Borg game at the Rogers that evening. I have a few other friends to see on Wednesday and then fly home Thursday morning. Too short, I know, but any trip to TO is a pleasure.

      • indaburg - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        It sounds delicious, but it needs more alcohol to truly numb the pain.

        I have all the ingredients. I will try it for breakfast tomorrow.

  3. historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    ha ha Our game was hilarious! Miggy came to the plate with bases loaded — and hit into a double play. Joy and rapture! Joe Nathan walked one in. What fun! And, Phil Coke came in to end it all. What a riot! Sigh.

    Best part of the game:

    Replay delay=PLENTY of time to #VoteTigers! Go to NOW!— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 13, 2014

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    It’s hard to we to describe in words not only the Yankees performance last night but more specifically David Phelps performance. So I’ll leave it at just one word: INCREDIBLE. Go Yankees, keep it up.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Phelps was just o.k. He’s a mediocre pitcher who had a decent but pretty lucky game. His control was decidedly mediocre and the A’s bailed him out repeatedly. If he had been pitching to the Red Sox he would have given up 8 walks in 3 innings before taking a shower. When the A’s hit the ball it almost always went right to a Yankee glove.

      You are probably the single least objective commenter on this site. There was literally nothing incredible about that game and there was certainly nothing all-caps incredible happening.

      If you meant “INCREDIBLE” in the sense of lucky and unlikely to be repeated, well then yes.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        There once was a cranky-pants — Mo-G.
        He called out uyf1950.
        He’s a homer, my man,
        Which is to say: baseball fan.
        Box score’s all we need of reality.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        You’re on the precipice of a Murray Chass stat argument here. I’m a total homer, I just understand baseball. UYF has absolutely no idea what he’s looking at and even less of an idea what he’s talking about. He understands baseball on the same level that dogs understand card tricks.

        David Phelps had the 8th or 9th best pitching game score of the night. INCREDIBLE! Jordan Zimmerman pitched about 100 times better than Phelps and lost.

        You’re one of the bigger homers on earth, but if Rick Porcello (best Tigger Phelps comp) pitched that exact same game you’d be here thanking Jobu and the A’s for bailing him out repeatedly.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        I aspire to at least an honorable mention in the Least Objective Commenter” on this site category.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        You have a long, long way to go. But I have faith in you.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        If he had been pitching to the Red Sox he would have given up 8 walks in 3 innings before taking a shower.

        While I agree that Phelps performance wasn’t incredible, he had only 5 swinging strikes and 21 called, let’s hold off on the “Sox would have done X to him”.

        Athletics – 10.6% 1st/.160 3rd/110 2nd
        Sox – 9.9% 3rd/.130 23rd/93 18th

        The A’s, so far this year, are a more patient team with far more power than the Sox. Some times pitchers get lucky and everything is hit at a defender, and sometimes they find holes like the Yanks 4 spot in the 8th.

        Personally I’d put Phelps back in the bullpen/AAA when either CC or Pineda comes back, but we have awhile to go before then.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Wonderful use of advanced metrics.

        My assessment that the Sawks would have fared better was based on familiarity with Phelps’ garbage stuff, not some imaginary offensive superiority.

        The A’s will do better against Phelps this season if they get another whack at him, but as you suggested, he would be back in the bullpen if the Yankees had any options.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        The Tiger’s Smyly made a valiant effort (in spite of the absence of a vowel in his name), but like the Braves of the early – mid nineties, if you try and match starting pitching with the Minnesota Twins, you lose.

        How’s that unclemosesgreen?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        It’s ok, but I’m not really getting the sense that you’re totally invested in your own b.s. here. 😉

        I need to see more absolute commitment to senselessness. Also, randomly throwing in some all-caps wouldn’t hurt.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Point taken. I’ll see if I can do better when the Soldiers Of The North march to beantown to conduct a CLINIC IN WINNING BASEBALL!!!!!

      • clydeserra - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        you know the A’s lead the league in walks, yeah?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Not before copo pointed it out. But O feel as though I may faintly recall the A’s being associated with high OBP.

        Something about currency and balls?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Hmmm. You seem to be suggesting I’m reasonable. Must go to 11.

        /turns dial

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        I’m saying that when the wind is southerly you probably know a hawk from a handsaw.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      @ unclemosegreen, Try as you might to rain on mine and the Yankees parade (so to speak) about Phelps performance it doesn’t change the fact he pitched 6 2/3 innings of 2 hit ball against arguably one of the best teams if not the best team in the American League.

      It’s unfortunate that you don’t show a little more class in your replies to posters, but then again you being a Red Sox fan pretty much explain everything I need to know,

      BTW, I make no apologies for being a Yankees fan and being a homer. Have a good day and I wish the 4th place 31-36 Red Sox luck today.

      • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Sonny Gray really struggled there in the 1st and 2nd innings of work but cruised later on, Phelps got the run support he needed in the early innings and gained momentum.

        Clearly just a day where Phelps was good, but stats indicates otherwise though

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        It’s been a long time since the Yankees had a “parade.” Lol.

        Maybe a parade of bandwagon Borgstripe fans jumping off the ride. Bunch of front-running fans who can’t even fill Yankee Stadium. You’re going on fumes and memories, the good times are OVER. The only INCREDIBLE thing is that you don’t get it yet.

        By the way, enforcing antiquated haircut and shaving rules doesn’t make an organization classy. Just arrogant, foolhardy and anachronistic, like you. You’re also a liar UYF, you don’t wish the Red Sox luck today, or any other day that ends in Y.

        That’s just your pissy, sniffy, passive-aggressive way of trying to take the high ground after you’ve been called on yet another series of mentally-challenged assertions.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        @ unclemosesgreen, if you say so. Have a good day.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        IF I say so? I just said so. Directly, without using the passive voice you can’t escape.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Mo is dancing on his crutches again. What happened, did you wake up and discover that your elves had patched your shoes for you while you were over at the clinic?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Hey hey OG – the crutches are already to one side – already back to using the cane. I really need a shillelagh though.

        Funny story about a local cobbler. Of course it’s a Connecticut story, so it’s an insurance story as well. A buddy of mine is an independent insurance agent who inherited a “quirky” book of business from his father. Amongst them – a 70-something year old cobbler in the Italian side of town. He got into some beef with the local, uh, protection. One night someone broke into his storefront and absconded with just the left shoe of every pair. Made for a heckuva claim.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        The “protection” doesn’t usually have that kind of a sense of humor. Is your town a Prizzi satrape?

  5. johnnysoda - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Cardinals 1, Nationals 0- Jordan Zimmermann, as is becoming typical for him, pitched extremely well (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Unfortunately for him, Lance Lynn one-upped him, retiring the first sixteen Nationals and giving up only two hits in eight innings. At least Zimmermann can say he threw a complete game.

    Cubs 2, Phillies 1- The Phillies put the winning run on in the ninth to make it mildly interesting, but the bullpen held up Jake Arrieta’s strong start (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Starlin Castro’s two-run home run in the fourth was all Arrieta needed in terms of support.

    Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0- The Jays had been scuffling going into this one, having lost three of their last four. They pulled this one off, however, which could potentially lead to them getting back on track, winning the AL East, and eventually winning the World Series, which in turn sparks a Blue Jays dynasty unprecedented in MLB history. At least, that’s what everyone said would happen last year.

    Twins 2, Tigers 0- You know how I was talking about how great the Tigers were last month? Yeah, now they’re only five games above .500. They still hold a two-game lead in the AL Central, however, largely because no one else seems too interested in taking the division lead.

    Braves 4, Angels 3- It was over by the second inning with Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson homering in the first frame. Aaron Harang took care of business for six innings, and Craig Kimbrel earned his nineteenth save.

    Red Sox 10, Indians 3- Everyone on the Sox either had a hit or scored as Justin Masterson failed to make it to the third inning. This is a guy who was the Indians’ opening day starter, and he’s already had five starts this year in which he’s given up five or more earned runs. Fun.

    Pirates 8, Marlins 6- It looked as if it was going to be disastrous for Pittsburgh when they blew a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and came pretty close to losing it entirely. However, the Marlins left the bases loaded, and the Pirates held on long enough so that Greg Polanco could hit his first big-league homer and give them the win. After their lethargic start, Pittsburgh’s now only one game below .500.

    Reds 6, Brewers 5- The Brewers rallied to tie it with four in the seventh, but Billy Hamilton’s ninth inning single bailed the Reds out. Three straight now for Cincinnati.

    Royals 7, White Sox 2- A five-spot by Kansas City ensured an early end in this one. Billy Butler drove in Omar Infante twice, while Infante himself had three hits.

    Rays 6, Astros 1- In what has become a sea of darkness for Tampa, Alex Cobb’s start was a ray (puns!) of light (6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K). Granted, it was against a very strikeout-happy team, but when you’re playing as badly as the Rays are right now, you take what you can get.

    Mets 6, Padres 2- Bobby Abreu got a taste of his glory days tonight, with four hits, two RBI, and two runs scored. The game was delayed by nearly two hours thanks to rain, but they got it in.

    Rangers 1, Mariners 0- It was a great pitcher’s duel, with Nick Tepesch throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings while Felix Hernandez shut out Texas for 8 1/3 innings. However, he proved to be the one to blink first, as he put the eventual winning run on base before being pulled. Mike Zunino’s two hits were the only thing separating the Mariners from being no-hit. Four straight losses for Seattle.

    Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3- The Dodgers win, Clayton Kershaw was great, Matt Kemp homered, and the Dodgers won the Stanley Cup. It was a good night in L.A.

    Yankees 7, Athletics 0- This game was the first of a key stretch for the Yankees, and David Phelps started it off on the right note (6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). Ichiro Suzuki had two hits, and is hitting .319 for the season.

    Rockies 7, Giants 4- The Giants took a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but promptly surrendered five runs to blow it. San Francisco’s lost four out of five, but still has a comfortable NL West lead.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Nice work Johnny.

    • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Things got a little shaky there in the 8th, good thing the Braves avoid a possible tie in that game.

    • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Very nice Mr. Soda. It was an excellent night in LA as you say. Kershaw needed a lot of pitches but he did well enough to get to Kenley Janssen. Kershaw went seven solid innings and improved to 9-3 against Arizona this year. I snoozed through Brian Wilson doing awful things but the dog started a fight with the cat and woke me in time to see my fantasy league closer Jansen come in to get them out of it with a win. Hanley Ramirez had two hits and a walk with his shoulder full of cortisone and A.J. Ellis had a single and two walks as he’s just back off the disabled list. even my wife’s crush Matt Kemp had a homer. His first homer in a month so well done Matt but stay away from my wife. Dee Gordon’s bat is back to being Dee Gordon’s bat and not Joey Votto’s bat, but back-to-back glove work miracles in the fifth inning, robbing Gerardo Parra up the middle with a jump throw then Paul Goldschmidt with a diving stop, reminded me why I love the kid. Dodger Blue did it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM


        ANTI-DOG BIAS!!!!

      • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        He always starts the fights. Always. he’ll pick on the cat especially when DeLorean is sleeping in my lap. Since he can’t have that spot he’ll lurk on the lounge chair next to me and bide his time waiting until the cat is asleep all curled up. Then he’ll bite DeLorean’s tail or whatever he can reach and run for it. The poor cat comes to life in a whirlwind of claws and goes after him. He’ll out lap poor DeLorean either via the kitchen and back hall or the potted plants next to the sliding doors and back into my den and launch himself into my lap. By the time poor DeLorean gets back to me he’s lost his spot and is in a killing mood. I have to protect my lap, so I usually resort to fending off DeLorean with my feet. DeLorean then will treat me like a leper for about a week for taking the dog’s side. My wife has taken to luring him over with a treat and letting him sit with her. He adores her anyways, so it gives him a chance to assert his rights to her. She however has a social life like Ivana Trump’s so she never sits still long enough for the poor thing to get a decent lapnap in. I may snooze in the late innings of ballgames but I know who’s doing what in my lap. And that is an important life skill.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM


        DOGS RULE!

      • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM


        My cat is a peaceful and loving creature who likes children and women. He comes when you call him and will play tag when the mood strikes him. He’s twice killed rats that have been in the house and even saved the dog’s life from a bigger dog. You’d think the ungrateful little sod would like DeLorean and let him sleep in peace but he is an over bred puggle with a sense of entitlement more suited to a yorkie. If my wife hadn’t rescued to him as a pup and insists constantly that there is some good in him somewhere I’d have packed him off to live with my daughter who spoiled him rotten. He’s also much too small for me as I grew up with Rottweilers and Rhodesians. Besides, he has a very embarrassing name thanks to my daughter and her brother conspiring to have me out walking the evil little beast and saying what amounts to a slang for buttocks in Italian. I’ve fooled them though. I tell everyone he’s named “Coolio” instead. I understand that is one of those rappers that my daughter likes so she doesn’t object but my son will insist on using his real name.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        WAIT, WAIT, WAIT -Oh, whoops, I had my headphones on, was I shouting?

        Are you telling me that your kids named a tiny dog “Culo” just to screw with you in front of the neighbors?

        Because if that’s what you’re telling me, you just made my week.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        His name is Coolio. That’s all I’m going to say about that

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        hee hee

    • johnnysoda - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Another time I wish I had the “edit” function- that should say the Kings won the Stanley Cup, of course.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Thank God the hockey season is over before summer officially begins.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        And basketball season looks to be heading for a crashing conclusion on Sunday, too. Thence, Macondoans can stop being distracted and get on with what they love to do the most during the summer: head for New England, the Jersey shore or the Carolina mountains until late August.

        And then the roads of Macondo belong to me.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        I thought you were using hyperbole to exaggerate the excellence of the Dodgers night while referencing the Kings, so it worked for me anyways.

      • moogro - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        It seemed like Dodgers won the Stanley cup with all the people milling around on a hot summer night.

    • moogro - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Anyone who gives Johnny a thumbs down should have their finger electrocuted. He does a good job and he’s volunteering.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Just a thumb harpy with dyslexia. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  6. renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Back to back shots by both Gattis and Johnson in the 1st inning proves to be the making, Harang pitched 6 decent solid innings of one run ball.

    Hope Heyward’s alright…

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      So far it looks like J-Hey just has a bruised hand. I’ll cross my fingers for you.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    A nice win for The Jays even though they were outhit by 9 to 4. On the other hand, the Jays hitters were walked 6 times while Toronto’s pitchers did not walk anyone. Drew Hutchinson continues his uneven year. He has been hit hard at home, but has been terrific on the road.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      You see, your boys are back to their winning ways, right on schedule.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        We hope it continues. 2 more games against Baltimore this week and 6 more against New York this month.

  8. happytwinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    The Twins have only won game one of three, so many would say it is too early to gloat. I say first pitch today is a little more than five hours away and the window may be short.

    We got their name, we go their number, we go them by the…….paws!

    • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Upon whom are you defecating, man? It is never to early to gloat.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Shouldn’t that be “too” instead of “to” (first instance not the second)?

        Sorry, but I’ve always imagined that being a smart mouthed kid in one of your classes would be fun, but dangerous.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Typo. It happens. I used to be perfect, but I got old.

        Smart mouthed kids were the glory of my working years, assuming there was some ackcherl cleverness in play. I had one kid who did hip-hop evenings and weekends to make some side money and went on to the sunset side after he graduated. He was a real challenge. He would compose some very off-the-corner paen to the reading assignments that were worth looking forward to. He did one in response to James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” that was priceless. Of course, this was, what, maybe twenty years ago. More. Kid had real talent, as hip-hop goes (and I confess to having very little interest in it; I’m a modern jazz snob). I wonder how he made out. It’s rough working territory.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      I’m only one Guiness in at this point, but I believe in the Sanchez. I’ll have mine with extra Suarez, hold the DK. If it comes with Joba, okay, but I can’t take any more Nathan. Oranje!

  9. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    One could only imagine what epic moral struggle between spontaneous epithets and his born-again evangelism must have been going on in the mind of poor Clint Hurdle in the bottom of the ninth at Macondo Banana Massacre Field last night. His boolpen came out like they were celebrating Steve Blasses birthday or something, groping for the plate as if it were etched in space in braille, coughing up a four run lead on six walks and exactly two hits. I was munching on a late game turkey frank and feeling, half-lotus on my bed trying not to drip hot dog relish into the copy of R. Meltzer’s The Aesthetics of Rock that lay open in my lap, very much like I had a second deck seat between third and home at the ballpark. The game was that engrossing, that much fun. Although you could feel the strengthening of gossamer reality waves emanating from the strange attractor from the fifth inning onward, as the paternity-minded Nate Eovaldi half-pitched, half wondered if his extremely pregnant wife had gone into labor yet as the Feesh’s run deficit dilated from two to three to six runs, by the bottom of the inning the game had drowned them out by radiating a heavier dose of those uniquely baseball improbability rads.

    After that, Dan Jennings, A.J. Ramos and Steve Cishek held the Bucs in check until the thirteenth inning when….sorry, we are having difficulties with the picture portion of this transmission. We are working on the problem. (Continued in the Gregory Polanco First Home Run thread)

  10. musketmaniac - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Let the Bucco Bandwagon begin. Oh and if you have J. Harrison in fantasy I would trade him asap. his days in Pittsburgh are almost done.

  11. musketmaniac - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    hey philly fans. Vance Worley will be attempting to resurrect his career tomorrow. Anybody got a scouting report.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      He’s terrible but his rec-specs are amazing.

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

    Lots of Saturday comments, which is nice. What isn’t nice is the A’s slump, exemplified by their futility against David Phelps last night: 2H and 3 BB. That’s a nice inning for the A’s offense this year, not the line score for a whole game.

    Couple that with the Jeff Francis Experiment going horribly wrong-again-and this is a game best forgotten about for A’s fans.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Don’t worry, thanks to east coast bias, no one noticed. 😉

  13. cohnjusack - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    …the Cardinals 4th shutout in their last 5 games.

    If only they could score some damn runs.

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