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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 28, 2014, 7:33 AM EDT

Jose Abreu went long twice in last night’s White Sox win over the Blue Jays.

Abreu went 2-for-3 overall. After Abreu’s solo shot in the fifth, Edwin Encarnacion had a solo shot in the sixth, and then Abreu went deep again in the seventh. At the end of the night the two of them were tied for the major league lead with 25 home runs. Abreu has 64 RBI on the year as well, with a line of  .280/.328/.633.

Cubs 7, Nationals 2
Rays 5, Orioles 2; Orioles 4, Rays 1
Braves 4, Phillies 2
Yankees 6, Red Sox 0
Pirates 3, Mets 2
Athletics 9, Marlins 5
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
Brewers 3, Rockies 2
Rangers 5, Twins 4
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1
Royals 8, Angels 6
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1
Astros 4, Tigers 3
Reds 6, Giants 2
Mariners 3, Indians 2

  1. aresachaela - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    OMG… Nuno got a shutout!? Well, a win is a win anyway, no matter how he sucked at his previous games.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Must be a misprint or a hallucination. It is very difficult to believe.

      • aresachaela - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        Clearly hallucination XD!!

    • rje49 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Yeah, but it was “only” against my Red Sox. They’re pathetic this year. Just thinking, if the Sox can only manage 2 hits against Nuno, what will they be able to do against Tanaka tonight?

      • aresachaela - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        Uh oh!! I’m sensing a “loosing” flag.

        I’d be shocked if they would win against Ma-Kun.

    • renaado - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      A 5 2/3 scorless inning for Nuno is already what you can call a 9th inning “shutout”. Still, the Yankees have some some catchin up to do.

      • aresachaela - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        “A 5 2/3 scorless inning for Nuno is already what you can call a 9th inning “shutout”.”

        LOL XD

      • jwbiii - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        5.2 for Nuno, solid work from the bullpen (Betances, Warren, Thornton).

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      A shutout against the terminal Red Sox.

      Seriously, they should just forfeit the season. The fans can’t take much more of this crap they’re shoveling onto the field.

  2. [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Wait, what happened to the write-up about Josh Harrison and his “rundown”?

  3. johnnysoda - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Cubs 7, Nationals 2- It was a day for an unsung hero to shine in Chicago, and John Baker filled that role very nicely with four RBI. Jason Hammel has also beaten the Nationals seven times in his career. That stat really makes no sense to me, because unless it’s the same team over and over, it really doesn’t matter. I guess it just gives commentators something to talk about.

    Pirates 3, Mets 2- The Pirates almost won on an absolute B.S. call in the bottom of the tenth, after Josh Harrison was ruled safe despite going way, way out of the baseline during a rundown. Fortunately, the Bucs left them loaded in that inning, and won it on a double in the eleventh by none other than Josh Harrison. That’s six of seven for Pittsburgh.

    Yankees 6, Red Sox 0- It’s funny that this series began today, because earlier in the day I was reading Red Sox v. Yankees: The Great Rivalry. It was written in 2005, at arguably the peak of the rivalry. It’s weird to read it, because back then, things between the two clubs were so heated. Now, and maybe it’s only me, but there wasn’t much buzz about this series even in the local media. The times they are a changin’.
    In other news, Vidal Nuno pitched well (5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), and the game was over in 2:42. Apocalypse imminent?

    Rays 5, Orioles 2; Orioles 4, Rays 1- Let’s play two in Baltimore! Game one saw the Rays pull off the upset, while Baltimore turned the tables in game two- including Nelson Cruz’ 25th home run. The O’s are now only a game and a half behind the Jays in the AL East, as Tampa continues to make their fans’ lives miserable.

    Braves 4, Phillies 2- It’s the Freddie Freeman show: he drove in all four Atlanta runs and homered in the first to boot. Hilariously, the Phillies broadcasters in the outfield caught it, and proceeded to throw it back. The Braves are now tied with the Nationals for first in the NL East.

    White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4- It was almost another bullpen meltdown for the Sox when they gave up two in the ninth and faced the winning run at the plate many times. Unlike the disasters in Baltimore, this time they got out of it. Jose Abreu homered twice.

    Athletics 9, Marlins 5- The last time Oakland played in Miami, it was 2003. The Marlins won the World Series that year. As such, I now declare that the Marlins will win the World Series this year, based on this statistical data. And you can’t refute it, because the stats do show that every year Oakland plays in Miami, the Marlins win the World Series. Schedule the victory parade in Miami now, folks.
    Actually, if the Marlins are to get that far, they’ll have to play better, as they’ve fallen two games below .500. Josh Reddick drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

    Rangers 5, Twins 4- The Rangers held a 5-0 lead going into the ninth inning, but had to sweat out a rally by the Twins to hold on. Win’s a win, I guess.

    Royals 8, Angels 6- A seven run third by the Royals helped propel them to the victory. Mike Trout hit a very long home run in the first inning, but that does not count for any extra runs.

    Brewers 3, Rockies 2- Ryan Braun’s walk-off single in the ninth atoned for K-Rod’s blown save. That’s three straight wins for the Brewers as they become the first team to 50 wins this season. The last team to get 50 at this date was the 2008 Red Sox.

    Reds 6, Giants 2- Hey, did anyone realize that the Reds are now three games above .500? Me neither. But it sure does make the NL Wild Card race a lot more interesting. There’s now six teams within 2 ½ games of a playoff spot in the NL.

    Astros 4, Tigers 3- Jason Castro’s walk-off home run in the eleventh gives the 2017 World Champions the victory. It’s unfortunate for Justin Verlander, who pitched decently for once (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K).

    Mariners 3, Indians 2- Seattle continues to be quietly sharp this year, as they’re currently on pace for their best season since 2007. They’re also currently in an AL Wild Card spot. Yet, they’re still not getting much national attention. Maybe someday.

    Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1- The Cards win the first game of the NLCS rematch, aided by a Yadier Molina home run and a Jhonny Peralta double. By the way, every team in the NL Central won last night. You don’t see stuff like that every day.

    Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1- Brandon McCarthy also pitched well for once (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), and, unlike Verlander, led his team to victory. David Peralta’s two-run single in the fourth was the difference.

    • nbjays - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Good job as always, Johnny!

    • Professor Fate - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      “The Cards win the first game of the NLCS rematch…”
      Dodgers won on Thursday 1-0.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Good work Soda Pop! The only thing I can point out as inaccurate is the Cardinals/Dodgers series…last night was the second game. (4) game series tied up at 1 – 1. But you are to be forgiven. I feel a little nitpicky even pointing out. I mean, that is a s h i t pot full of information in that post.
      Again…good work.

  4. nbjays - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Not only did Nelson Cruz hit his 25th dinger last night, but so did Edwin Encarnacion AND Jose Abreu in the same game. Baseball is fun.

    • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Yep. Unless you’re a Feesh fan these days, watching the inevitable fade. Note to Scrooge McLoria: winning smart on the cheap is rare. Winning cheap on the cheap is a statistical anomaly. The Feesh benefited from a Beloved A’s peetching meltdown in the seventh, took a 5-4 lead, and then, for reasons known only to Mike Redmond – dear Buddha, I hope he wasn’t trying to pad his salary by making Scrooge and his brainstem trust look like geniuses – he sent Kevin Gregg forth to the heap to blow the save. The Begoggled One got two quick outs and you just knew he was only building up a head of steam for his forthcoming implosion. Vogt singled and Reddick tripled to left. Blown save? Sucked save. Then Steve Cishek came unravelled like a string ball in a cat bed full of kittens.

      Somehow the Feesh have gone 3-7 and dropped two games under the Strange Attractor, hanging by their pectoral fins to the tatters of a few dangling gossamer reality waves at 2.5 out. Good grief.

      • indaburg - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Baseball south of the 30th parallel N has been a cesspool.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Unless you’ve been, and continue to be, a Mets fan, too!

      • hcf95688 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Ever since the schedule came out, I’ve been looking forward to your reports on the Feesh/Amazing A’s games. I must say, in Gregg’s defense, the LFer did the heavily lifting on Reddick’s “triple”. It SHOULD have been a simple single, but the LFer dove, then seemingly took a nap, allowing it to become a double. Reddick just continued on his merry way to third where he inexplicably was not thrown out. Double and a throwing error on the infielder was probably the correct call, I’m assuming the official scorer was enjoying a mojito a bit too much that inning.

      • clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        wasn’t there a 14 inning game the day before for your feesh?

        Taxed bullpen was taxed.

        Still the fill in short stop saved about 5 runs.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        The Ozuna misplay in left was the key play of the game. With two outs and a 5-4 lead, Vogt on first, Reddick flared one to left. Ozuna charged in. Had he played it on a hop, it would have been first and second, two outs, and the pitcher’s spot coming up.

        Instead, he attempted a diving catch, missed the ball, lay sprawled on the ground like a coelocanth in search of deep water, all the while Vogt and Reddick were running hard, with the result that Vogt scored the tying run.

        This meant that Cishek came out in the 9th in the psychologically crippling non-save situation. After throwing two incredibly nasty sliders at the knees, everything else finished middle-middle, ultimately to be deposited in various green spaces by A’s hitters, who, with the exception of Moss, were not overswinging in the big ballpark.

        Note also that Cespedes tossed the Iron Giant at the plate in the third, a play that to us fans looked sensational, but to the professional eye was:

        “From him, we’ve seen better,” manager Bob Melvin said with a smile. “Still unbelievable. I don’t want to say it’s pedestrian for him, but we’ve seen it.”*

        * from Susan Slusser, A’s beat reporter for the SF Chron.

      • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        It says here that Cishek melts down whether he’s protecting a 1-run lead or a tie. He was due. He served everything he threw up there with the courteous aplomb of a Hooters waitress. It also says here that if Ozuna plays it on a hop you have guys on first and second and the guy on second scores anyway on the next hit. But yes, Ozuna made a boneheaded play. I suspect he thought he could catch it – he did have it in his glove but lost it. I suspect he also figured with Gregg on the mound, he should give it everything he had because the chances that Gregg would serve the next batter a meatball were very, very high.

        Did you know, by the way, that there are two subspecies of coelocanth? One lives in the area of Madagascar, and the other near the Phillippines? Both stand on their heads when they encounter a female. Perhaps there is yet an undiscovered third subspecies orf South Beach.

    • aresachaela - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      “Baseball is fun.”

      YES YES YES YES YES!!

    • clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      it would have been even more fun and notable if all three did it in the same game

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    I have to say Nuno’s performance was completely unexpected. Never would have imagined 5 2/3 innings of 2 hit shutout ball. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a welcome outing. Now the first 3 teams in the AL East all have the same number of loses 37.

  6. jsala02 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    If you haven’t watched Jose Altuve, you need to. I know Castro hit the walk off, but Altuve won the game last night.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Stupid Milwaukee Brewers.

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