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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 22, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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The best record in Major League Baseball belongs to the Athletics. So does the longest winning streak.

Jesse Chavez allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings and Coco Crisp hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Oakland defeated the visiting Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at O.co Coliseum. It was the fifth victory in a row for the A’s, who are now 47-28 on the season with a shiny +136 run differential. The next-closest run differential in the big leagues belongs to the Giants at +46.

Chavez, who had started just four games before this season, owns a fantastic 2.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 93 innings (15 starts). The 30-year-old right-hander opened the 2014 campaign with a 5.48 career ERA in 234 2/3 innings (mostly relief).

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Orioles 6, Yankees 1

Mariners 2, Royals 1

White Sox 3, Twins 4

Red Sox 1, Athletics 2 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 1, Reds 11

Phillies 1, Cardinals 4

Brewers 9, Rockies 4

Mets 4, Marlins 0

Astros 0, Rays 8

Tigers 5, Indians 4 (10 innings)

Pirates 5, Cubs 3

Braves 0, Nationals 3

Rangers 2, Angels 3 (10 innings)

Dodgers 4, Padres 2

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4

  1. chill1184 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Nice to see deGrom finally get his first win and Duda launch a nice two run bomb

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Yep, you would think the Feesh decided to take a day orf the way they swung their toothpicks yesterday. Third shutout in ten games. They reminded me of the Hekawis’ “we not fighters, we lovers” motto. Once the subject of great expectations for their faux invincibility at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, they’re 3-6 on this homestand. It really is time to slot Ozuna behind the Iron Giant and put an end to the pleasant daydream of a number two hitter batting fourth. Meanwhile the Rainbow Warriors settle back into the warm embrace of the strange attractor, ensorcelled by gossamer reality waves, and their pleasant fantasy of premature contention continues to evaporate.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    JA Happ was hapless yesterday. After getting the first 2 batters he faced out, he walked 4 of the next 5 batters, eventually allowing 3 runs in the first inning. In his previous start against Baltimore, he did not walk anyone. Of course, Baltimore hitters rarely walk. The sooner that Happ is replaced, the happier I will be.

    • indaburg - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Alas, the Reds managed to hold on to that 8 run lead yesterday. I’m counting on your boys and the O’s to keep it out of the clutches of the Borg this year. I’m afraid the Jays are showing their weakness with a lack of consistent pitching–24th in team ERA, 27th in WHIP, 28th K/BB, although when you look at FIP, you do jump up to 17th–and the O’s hitters, whike fearsome, do not have enough ways to score runs, and they also have their pitching issues.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Rays won!

      • indaburg - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Lol yeah. Bitter lol. The rest of the AL doesn’t mind if the Rays and Astros play each other the rest of the season? It’s not like anyone cares what either team does, and we beat them 2 out of 3 times we play. It won’t affect the standings much–we’d have to go like .800 the rest of the season–but I would feel so much better, and that’s what it’s all about.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Awwww. A handicap bracket.

      • indaburg - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Help a sister out.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        /hands over a Modelo

      • indaburg - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        /chugs

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Okay. Now we are down to the Stella and Corzo…

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      One of the few Ruben Amaro trades that looked smart. as in selling high on an unproven 4th to 5th starter that had a great year.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Bring on Tanaka. We’re ready.

    • bigharold - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Careful what you wish for.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

        I’d like to revisit this to remind you that my confidence in the O’s was warranted.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Thank you. Thank you very much.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Who watched the dodger game last night? Anybody see the 8th inning? Alex Torres, reliever for the Padres came out looking like Gazoo from the flintstones. Someone has got to find a picture. Obviously, he was wearing this soft helmet to see if pitchers would be comfortable with this new head protection. Vin said it protects the temples up to 95 mph. There was also padding in the front, too. I applaud making players safer but this was HIDEOUS.

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      And then Aroldis beans him with a 96 mph fastball…

    • jwbiii - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      You can hardly even notice it… pic.twitter.com/WF55Ziw9Mg— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) June 22, 2014

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Better to look stupid than be stupid.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      It protects from frontal impact at 90mph, side impact at 85mph. Average speed of a line drive is 83mph. Getting hit in the head at 86mph carries a 25% risk of sustaining a concussion.

    • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      that doesnt seem hideous.

  5. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I hate you seattle

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      That’s because you’ve never tried Cow Chip Cookies and aren’t properly grateful to Thomas Crapper.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        In 1883 founder B. Angus Hyde set out west and found his gold as a baker with these cookies. How the heck do you know of all these great food gems my brilliant blogger buddy, OldGator? You’re the mahn!

      • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Just call me the second visitation of Judge Holden. Oh, and did I fail to mention the clam chowder and smoked salmon Alfred pasta at Ivar’s?

  6. scoobies05 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    strangely enough burg, the o’s issues lately have been offense. the starters and the pen have been doing very well for the last 3 to 4 weeks.

  7. clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    missed the most noteworthy part of the A’s game. they got royally jobbed by Home plate umpire Quinn Wollcott.

    with 2 out and first and third in the 8th, luke gregorson struck out Mike Napoli. Napoli said he foul tipped it, Wollcott agreed (I don’t think he did, but whatever). but then Wollcott goes further and insists that the ball hit the ground, which it absolutely did not. It was clear to the naked eye, and doubly so on replay.

    the umpires got together and said hey didn’t know. (they need to start paying attention to the game). Apparently this kind of catch is un reviewable, which is BS, its not balls and strikes, its , did he catch the ball. I mean, are we saying the that the 2005 ALDS Pierzinsky dropped third strike is not reviewable? I sure as hell hope it would be and thought it was.

    Next pitch was blocked by the catcher Vogt and kept in front, but the ball bounced feet away and Pedroia somehow broke and scored, Really great baserunning.

    Anyway Wollcott has a choice, own up to it and say he was wrong or turn into the next generation Bucknor/hernandez/Diaz.

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v33920205/bosoak-umpires-discuss-napolis-foul-tip/?query=&game_pk=381651

    • dan1111 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Hard to blame the umps–this is a tough call to make.

      That said, I agree with you that there is no reason this play shouldn’t be reviewable.

      • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        How is it hard to blame the umps?

        You are right, its hard to see as the home plate ump. I think in fact he cannot see, and he should not call it if he can’t see it.

        But the other three? that is an easy call, if you are watching. What they didn’t want to do is overturn Wollcott. Wollcott’s main mistake is calling it in the first place. He has no business doing that,

    • APBA Guy - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Yeah, really poor umpiring there. Melvin got tossed between innings. Still, hard to overlook the clutch Crisp walk-off and overall terrific bullpen work in this series. If that call is made properly, the A’s win and the bullpen is not scored upon.

  8. historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Well, thank you, Joe Nathan for getting three — THREE — batters down to their final strike to end it and giving up hits so they tie the game and send it into extra innings. Baseball is hard on your heart. I could swear that V was in better form and then Phil Choke struck out three — THREE — to end the game. I must have been waaaay drunker than I thought. With hallucinations like that, I must have accidentally gotten happytwinsfan’s glass.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Could have been the mushrooms!

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      You may have gotten hold of the glass I was using when the Twins followed up their series win against the Tigers by sweeping those three close games in Boston.

      The Chicago series so far has been much more liver friendly.

      Maybe Joe can’t quite miss the bat three times anymore, but console yourself by knowing that he’s giving everything he’s got on every pitch, always has.

  9. aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    2 words:

    NUNO SUCKS…

    • nbjays - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      2 more words:

      You’re right!

  10. historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    BTW, did anyone else die laughing when the Fox sportscasters said at the end of the broadcast that next Saturday’s game would be the Red Sox versus the “red hot Yankees”???? LMAO. Ok.

    • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      now come on. they are good looking dudes.

      And at least 10 of them are still age appropriate for most of us.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        In that case, I look forward to Clyde’s Rose Ceremony.

      • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        wouldn’t gift baskets be more appropriate?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Yes, please.

  11. musketmaniac - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I believe it’s Sir Thomas Crapper

    • Old Gator - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Nope, but he did receive three royal patents, including for the little tin ball (now plastic or rubber) that floats in the tank and stops the “flush” process when the tank empties out.

      BTW there has been a rumor that the term “crap” in fact did not originate as an abbreviation of Crapper’s name but is of Ye Olde English origin. To which I say, boolshyte – these people would trace the names of all forms of excrement to Ye Olde English if they thought they could get away with it. These are the same killjoys who renamed Brontosaurus the charmless “Apataosaurus” and “Camarasaurus” would like you to believe that, the same way fundamentalists would like you to believe that premarital sex can lead to terrible things.

      I say, “print the legend.”

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