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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 21, 2014, 8:58 AM EST

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Thanks to a walk-off three run homer from Carlos Beltran, the Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 5-3 last night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The Yankees actually had had the early lead in this one thanks to an RBI double from Mark Teixeira in the first inning. Meanwhile, Hiroki Kuroda was cruising. He didn’t allow a hit over the first five innings. However, the Orioles touched him up for two runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and added an insurance run against David Huff in the top of the ninth. Zach Britton came on to close it for Baltimore, but he put two on with two out before Brian McCann knocked in one run with a single. Beltran then followed with the game-winning blast into the left-field bleachers.

You can watch the home run here:

Beltran really struggled after returning from the bone spur in his elbow, but he has begun to turn things around over the past few days. The 37-year-old has six hits in his last 17 at-bats, including two home runs and two doubles.

As for the Yankees, they have now won four straight to move to 39-33 on the year. They are tied with the Angels for the fourth-best record in the American League.

Your Friday box scores:

Orioles 3, Yankees 5

Tigers 6, Indians 4

Pirates 3, Cubs 6

Braves 6, Nationals 4

Astros 3, Rays 1

Mets 2, Marlins 3

Blue Jays 14, Reds 9

Mariners 7, Royals 5

Phillies 5, Cardinals 1

White Sox 4, Twins 5

Brewers 13, Rockies 10

Rangers 3, Angels 7

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 4

Red Sox 3, Athletics 4

Dodgers 5, Padres 6

  1. johnnysoda - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Blue Jays 14, Reds 9- Great moments in “it ain’t over till it’s over”, part 1: the Blue Jays were down 8-0 after the second inning, only to rally for eleven runs in the last four innings. Dioner Navarro was responsible for the tying run in the eighth, and Erik Kratz drove in the winning run in the go-ahead ninth. So if the Blue Jays get hot again, or if the wheels on the Reds completely fall off, you can look at this game. In other news, one of the pitchers for the Reds in this one was named Jumbo Diaz, which is hilarious.

    Yankees 5, Orioles 3- Great moments in “it ain’t over till it’s over”, part 2: New York was down 3-1 with two outs and one on in the bottom of the ninth, but the Yankees rallied to win it, capped by a Carlos Beltran walk-off homer. That makes it four straight for the Bombers.

    Marlins 3, Mets 2- One New York team had the thrill of the victory, the other, the agony of defeat: the Mets trailed by one in the top of the ninth, and lost on an attempted sac-fly double play. They also had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the eighth. I know Mets fans will say “hey, we may be in last, but we’re only 5 ½ out!”, but last is still last, guys.

    Braves 6, Nationals 4- Craig Kimbrel gave up a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth to Jayson Werth, but Atlanta recovered to score two in the thirteenth. They’re now up by a full game in the NL East.

    Mariners 7, Royals 5- The Royals saw the Blue Jays rally, and tried to do the same after falling behind 5-0. Unlike the Blue Jays, however, they left five men on in the last two innings and lost the game. They’re now in second by half a game.

    Tigers 6, Indians 4- The Martinezes were the big bats for the Tigers in here: Victor Martinez had a two-run homer in the fourth, and J.D. Martinez launched a bomb of his own in the eighth. Joe Nathan earned his fifteenth save, despite having an ERA above 6.

    Astros 3, Rays 1- George Springer and Jonathan Villar homered while Jarred Cosart threw eight shutout innings.

    Twins 5, White Sox 4- It looked like a bad one for the Twins when the Sox rallied for two in the ninth. The Twins came back, however, as Brian Dozier had the walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Tomorrow will break the tie for last place in the AL Central. How exciting.

    Cubs 6, Pirates 3- Starlin Castro’s three-run home run was the major offensive strike for Chicago here, to salvage the baseball day for Chicago.

    Brewers 13, Rockies 10- It was Coors Field retro out there, with 23 runs scored between the two teams: 13 of them in the first three innings. Five players had at least three RBI, and eleven had multi-hit games. Eleven pitchers were used here, as well. Good times.

    Diamondbacks 4, Giants 1- The Giants have, all of a sudden, gone into free fall mode, losing six in a row and nine of ten. Their lead in the NL West is down to only four games, after being as large as nine and a half at one point.

    Padres 6, Dodgers 5- However, the Giants are very lucky the lead is not down to three, as it would’ve been but for a three-run rally by the Padres in the ninth. Everth Cabrera had the walk-off sac fly for the Friars.

    Angels 7, Rangers 3- Garrett Richards threw six solid innings, as the Angels continue to quietly be one of the most consistent teams in the AL. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 35-38, so I think they’re past the “just a phase” stage of the season.

    Phillies 5, Cardinals 1- Make it nine out of eleven and five in a row for the Phillies. A.J. Burnett threw a complete-game shutout, and (everybody!) helped his own cause (good job!) with an RBI double in the fifth. He also scored in the fifth on a Jimmy Rollins fan-aided double.

    Athletics 4, Red Sox 3- A Josh Donaldson three-run home run was all Oakland needed for the win. They’re now eighteen games over .500, and as long as they don’t catch the losing syndrome that has struck their Bay Area neighbors, they should be in good shape.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Oh, Johnnysoda, the weekend savior.

    • renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      El Oso Blanco’s hittin streak to 19 games now which is the current highest in the Majors not to mention breakin up the tie in the 13th, really tough to see Kimbrel gave up that tyin run in the 9th… Still an awesome game nonetheless.

    • renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Oh, Another great recap Johnny!

    • cshearing - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      The best thing about Jumbo Diaz? He looks exactly like you would expect. Dude’s heavy. Looks like he might have some decent stuff though, even if this was not a great performance.

      • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Jumbo is, indeed, a very large man

    • abaird2012 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Well done. Just one nit to pick — how do you have a complete game shutout with a score of
      5-1?

    • hcf95688 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      I hate to nit pick, BUT…”A Josh Donaldson three-run home run was all Oakland needed…” well, yeah, if they wanted to tie. Fortunately, Coco Crisp had a great two out at bat in the 8th inning, driving in the go ahead run after consecutive batters were hit by pitches. That was all Doolittle need to preserve the win for the Amazing A’s.

      • johnnysoda - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        True, but it was the difference between an Oakland win and a loss.

      • hcf95688 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        The three base runners allowed over five innings (none after the 5th) by the A’s bullpen and a great catch by Gentry didn’t hurt the cause either.

      • clydeserra - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        wold have been all they needed if not for little nicky punto not fking up the double play ball in the 2nd.

        the best thing little nicky punto did last night was not swing at strike three in the 8th, preventing a double play allowing Crisp to come up for the 2 out RBI single.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        The A’s win last night was classic 2010 decade A’s: starter pitches well enough to keep them in the game, the bullpen is impeccable:

        5 IP
        2 hits
        1 BB
        6 K’s
        0 runs

        BTW all the hits and the walk were by Jim Johnson in the fifth. From the 6th on, 4 innings, the Red Sox got nothing.

        Then it was CoCo’s 2 out hit that pushed across the winning run.

        Also, the Donaldson HR would not have been a 3 run job had not Pedey misplayed the potential DP grounder off Lowrie’s bat, only getting one out. Instead, Cespedes walks and Donaldson homers with two aboard. That helped, as the Sox came back to tie off Mills.

    • moogro - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      ATHF! ATHS!

  2. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    David Huff is absolutely terrible.

  3. nbjays - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    The Jays used 19 players of their 25-man roster to win that game, including 6 pitchers pitching, two more as pinch-runners, two pinch-hitters and a backup catcher. Jose Reyes was the only hitter without a hit or a walk. All in all, the Jays got 16 hits and 9 walks while only striking out three times. A team effort.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      After the game, Hendrcks was returned to Buffalo and Rasmussen was called up. Rsmussen fills 2 needs as he is a fresh arm and he is a lefty.

  4. papajack1259 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    As a Red Sox fan why is Miller on our team & Why is he pitching in any game that is within Five runs no wait eight runs …….please as a 63 year old cancer survivor I’ll pitch an inning and we’ll see if I can lose a game or two…..mr Farrel, Mr Cherington, Werner, anybody…….dump this bum!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Personally, I think they should keep him.

      • clydeserra - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        i was totally fine with him. i was hoping he would hit two more guys, that would be new, 4 hbp in one inning

  5. historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I never thought I would say this, but bless you, Joba. I was practically ready to kill Kohl there, and I don’t know how Brad couldn’t hear me yelling to pull him. And wash your dern hat, son. It isn’t bringing you luck.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Oh, I meant to mention the Miggy toe tag. It was hilarious.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      *Krol

      Dang!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      It’s really too bad that horrible, ugly, stupid Brad didn’t bring in Phil Coke.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Joba has been one of the tigers best bullpen arms. Who saw that coming?

  6. uyf1950 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    The Yankees pulled one out of their hat last night. It was nice to see Kuroda have a decent outing he’s had several recently and especially nice to see Beltran come through in the clutch. Still it shouldn’t have come to that the Yankees left a lot and I do mean a lot of RISP stranded. But I’m thankful for the win anyway.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      The Yanks had no business winning a game they should have put away in the first six innings. How’s that for parsing?

  7. yahmule - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Established closers got frigging destroyed last night. Chapman, Jansen, Holland, Perkins.

    • yankeedjw - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Don’t forget Kimbrel.

      • yahmule - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Don’t know how I missed him. Thanks.

  8. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    rest in peace first place royals.

    6/17-6/20. Never forget.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      It’s a half game back. Get your boxers out of a wad.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        you’re not the boss of me.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        You’re so mature.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    @papajack and @lukedunphys – yes, it is a terrible thing to have your team burdened with a reliever so predictably awful that when he comes into a game you know that no lead is safe.

    The Feesh had such a reliever once. His name was Kevin Gregg. We saw him walk or hit batters and load the bases and give up big hits, ranging from singles up the middle to grand slams, time after time. So he finally got traded. In market after market, it was the same story. He had an unerring penchant for calamity – but he always seemed to know when to peetch one or two clean innings, just enough for his general manager or peetching coach to believe that maybe, just maybe, he had “solved” something and buy himself a little more time from being traded again or DFA’d. Then he’d turn around and serve up a beachball to some opposing batter at some critical juncture.

    For some reason unbeknownst to any discriminating baseball fan, the Feesh brainstem trust deemed it prudent to pluck said Kevin Gregg from the wilderness of unemployment, send him down to the minors to break out the rigor mortis, and then add him to a boolpen that had been run as ragged as a Syrian peasant burka by a faltering rotation in the wake of the El Keed Tommy John disaster. I want to know whose idea it was to prop up a shaky boolpen with Gregg, because I have a used mud brick church in Port-au-Prince I want to sell that guy. True, Gregg was blessed by a Marcell Ozuna wire-guided anti-tanked missive from the outfield to allow only two of the three baserunners he left behind to score when he was recycled to the showers. However, like you gentlemen, I am well aware that Gregg, his wonky control, his predilection for disaster and his VETERAN PRESENCE will, indeed, be trotted out to the mound again like an Al Qeda packmule sporting guttaperchas stuffed with semtex yet again.

    Anyway, after a night gathered back unto the bosom of the strange attractor, the Rainbow Warriors rode the magic arm of Henderson Alvarez – who miraculously got the win even after a third of an inning by Gregg – and the flying cleats of Jake Marisnick to a marginal escape from its gossamer reality waves. This afternoon, the Mutts send something called a deGrom to the mound to face orf against four-inning wonder Tom Koehler, for whom the fifth inning is as accursed as any mysteriously crewless freighter adrift in the Bermuda Triangle. With the general exception of Alvarez, the post-Keed rotation has managed to turn every fifth or seexth inning into an H. P. Lovecraft subplot. We’re kinda hoping that Koehler can break the spell today.

    • renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Marcell Ozuna’s throw in that game is definitely ICHIRO like… only difference is that he’s playin left field.

  10. goawaydog - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    The Giants June swoon is starting to resemble the Hindenburg. Crash and burn. But it’s still early in the season right? Still a 4 game lead and time to get back on track.

  11. yahmule - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    JD Martinez born again hard?

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