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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 29, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

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The 51-32 Brewers have the best record in the National League and the largest division lead in MLB, boasting a 6.5-game cushion over the second-place Cardinals just beyond the midpoint of the season.

Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his major league-high 27th save as the upstart Brewers won their fourth consecutive game 7-4 on Saturday night at home against the Rockies. Milwaukee tagged Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin for those seven runs on 11 hits and a walk, driving his season ERA from 4.84 all the way to 5.40.

The Brewers will be going for a sweep of the Rox on Sunday afternoon.

It’ll be Yovani Gallardo versus Jorge De La Rosa.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Nationals 3, Cubs 0; Nationals 7, Cubs 2

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

Braves 10, Phillies 3; Braves 5, Phillies 1

Angels 6, Royals 2

Rays 5, Orioles 4

Twins 0, Rangers 5

Mets 5, Pirates 3

Rockies 4, Brewers 7

Tigers 4, Astros 3

Athletics 7, Marlins 6 (14 innings)

Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Cardinals 1, Dodgers 9

Reds 7, Giants 3 (11 innings)

Indians 5, Mariners 0

Diamondbacks 3, Padres 1

  1. johnnysoda - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Indians 5, Mariners 0- The Tribe has not had a no-hitter for 33 years, but Josh Tomlin came close to ending that streak (9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K). Kyle Seager was the only batter separating Tomlin from a perfecto, with a base hit in the fifth.

    Red Sox 2, Yankees 1- It was a great pitchers’ duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Jon Lester, who matched strides through eight innings. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Mike Napoli spoiled that with the game-winning home run in the ninth. As someone who (a) is a Yankees fan, and (b) cannot stand Mike Napoli, it was not a fun one.

    Reds 7, Giants 3- Super fun for the Giants- they blew the save in the top of the ninth, failed to win it with men on second and third and nobody out, and then gave up five two-out runs in the eleventh. The Giants’ lead, which stood at 9 ½ games as recently as three weeks ago, is now down to a mere one game.

    White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3- The White Sox make their fans walk tightropes to get the win, but they’ve pulled off two straight despite putting the winning run on in back-to-back games.

    Braves 10, Phillies 3; Braves 5, Phillies 1- It was a Saturday doubleheader in Philly. A five run eighth by the Braves removed all doubt from the first one. Tommy La Stella had a three-run triple. Game two saw La Stella knock a two-run double. It’s always noteworthy when a guy who you didn’t know existed before today did something noteworthy.

    Angels 6, Royals 2- The Halos came back after a ridiculously long (4:05) rain delay to score four in the top of the sixth. The Royals have now dropped to four games back in the AL Central.

    Rangers 5, Twins 0- Adrian Beltre- who has, by the way, built up a pretty solid Hall of Fame case over the last few years- had three hits to propel Texas to clinch a series win. Hands up if you thought Yu Darvish and Phil Hughes would have the same record (8-4) at this point in the year. Put them back down, you liars.

    Rays 5, Orioles 4- Wei-Yin Chen gave up three homers to Tampa to lose it for the hometown nine. Well, really, it was more than nine, as the Orioles used twelve players in this one. But it’s more fun to say “hometown nine”.

    Brewers 7, Rockies 4- The usual suspects: Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun combined to drive in five runs as Milwaukee wins yet again. They’re now up by seven in the NL Central, and have stamped themselves as the NL pennant favorite.

    Tigers 4, Astros 3- I just want to say that one of the headlines for this game on is “Astros’ Hoes Make Presence Felt with Leather” and I just laughed and laughed when I saw that.

    Mets 5, Pirates 3- Despite their painfully ugly uniforms- and yes, I know they were honoring the Negro League, but they still looked like pajamas- the Mets scored five in the first two innings off Gerrit Cole. The bullpen took care of the back half of the game, retiring the last thirteen Pirates. That’s what they call a “relay race”. Well, they actually don’t call it a relay race. But maybe they should.

    Athletics 7, Marlins 6- Sean Doolittle proves himself mortal by blowing the save in the bottom of the ninth. His teammates bailed him out in the fourteenth, as Josh Donaldson drove in the go-ahead run. That’s three of four for the Athletics.

    Nationals 3, Cubs 0; Nationals 7, Cubs 2- These clubs aren’t playing today, so this doubleheader wrapped up the series on the North Side. Gio Gonzalez was lights out in game one (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) as Anthony Rendon had three hits. The Nationals completed the sweep in game two, backed by homers from Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. That ensured a split of the series.

    Dodgers 9, Cardinals 1- The Dodgers gave Zack Greinke seven runs to work with in the first two innings, and he responded with a sharp outing (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K). L.A.’s won nine of twelve.

    Diamondbacks 3, Padres 1- Miguel Montero’s two-run shot in the sixth was the difference for an Arizona victory.

    • aresachaela - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Hey Johnny, you forgot the part where mr. Troll beard said Ma-kun was an “idiot”!! It was when he was heading to the dugout where the camera guys capture the audio of it. Pffft, guy needs to know already their season is over, and calling Ma-kun an idiot cause he made one mistake pitch!? Haha!!

      (And once again, these “flags” can be pretty scary yet accurate)

      • renaado - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Yeah, just saw that one… I’m no Yankee fan but that definitely was uncalled for, Tanaka’s a talented and competitive guy and I’ve watched this guy for years already ever since he was with Rakuten.

        And once again, news stations in Japan are already makin this a big time topic there already.

        Baseball has a lot of surprises in store for Achaela, so if I were you, I’ll just expect the unexpected.

      • aresachaela - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        (Buckle seatbelts.)

        Still UNBELIEVABLE….

    • chill1184 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Excellent recap, bravo

    • renaado - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Amazin recap as always.

    • clydeserra - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Beltre should be a hall of famer.

      Unfortunately he has always been overshadowed by others on his teams, Ichiro, Hamilton, fielder, darvish, every red sock, (I don;t remember the dodger years).

      He was regularly the best position player on his team, but much of his value is defense, and not flashy defense.

      Then there is the outlier 50 home run year that everyone thinks STEROIDS!!!

      its really too bad. he is a hall of famer to me and a joy to watch

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Beltre is a Hall of Famer. His Dodger years were that of an 18-year-old learning his position. A lot of throwing errors on balls that no one else could get to. At the plate, he swung a lot at the ball in the dirt away. He continued to get better, and then in 2004, he had it all put together. Batting cleanup, behind Shawn Green, he was an underaged veteran on a ballclub that introduced Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and James Loney to the MLB.

        As for the PEDs, I think in reality he was popping the greenies.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    He will be free agent at the end of the season, and John Lester pitched extremely well in his audition for the 2015 Yankee rotation.

  3. renaado - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Awesome win by the Braves today and now tied with the Nationals record. That 5 run 8th closed the job on that one.

  4. jrs45 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    At times Tomlin looks like a 1 or 2. BTW Gomes’ blast after McClendon failed to get out of the way was priceless!

  5. uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Quite a pitchers duel in Yankees Stadium. It was too bad a team had to lose that game. Especially bad for this fan that it was the Yankees. But today is another day.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      I am sure that Lester made a favourable impression on Cashman. There will not be a lot of high quality pitchers available as free agents this off season.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        I think there are going to be several “good” ones that will be available. To be honest I don’t see Cashman signing Lester. I think the Sox would be foolish to let him and I don’t think Cashman will spend the dollars and or the years Lester is going to want in a new deal with him turning 31 in January 2015.

    • bronxbomber213 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      I dunno about you bud but this offense is depressing to watch!! I cannot blame Tanaka for last night at all I will take 2 runs in 9 innings every day of the week! When will the Binder grow the nuts to move DJ down in the lineup? I mean he hits the ball about as hard as my 8 year old niece nowadays! I’m sick of seeing him come up with men on and chopping meekly to short or second! Elssbury is not a 3 hitter yet is being forced to produce like one because the likes of Beltran, McCann and Soriano cannot hit the broad side of a barn! McCann is the biggest waste of money and why did he not call time and go tell Tanaka look he’s a fastball hitter burry the split and lets gets run and go home!! I cannot take this offense night In and night out it’s pathetic that this is what $450 million gets you!

      • aresachaela - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Agreed, the Yeanks offense in that game SUCKS! And Ma-kun dazzling as always.

      • rje49 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Yeah, but my Sox offense is worse.
        Hey, why are we talking about how bad each team is this year?

      • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        The Red Sox offense (3.74 R/G) is worse than the Yankees (4.03). Some days, Tanaka is going to be the second best pitcher in the game. From what we have seen of him so far, this will not happen often.

  6. hoopmatch - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Good for Brewers in doing so well this season. How many of you are surprised? My guess is quite a few.

    • umrguy42 - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      I’m surprised, and as Cardinals fan, I’m also annoyed 😀 (Although I can blame the usual “post-WS loss hangover season” thing. Not sure what the Red Sox’ excuse is ;D)

    • leroysbutler - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      Hank the dog!

  7. tyler200829 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Cool the brewers won again. How about the fact the reds have won 4 straight and 3 straight against the giants? That’s okay though, those brewers fans will be really disappointed come October

  8. APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    The A’s pitching has been “unsettled” the last week, giving up an average of 6 runs per game to Boston, the Mets, and Miami. Fortunately the offense has bailed them out in 3 of those 5 games, as they bailed out Gray and Doolittle today. Doolittle’s streak was amazing, scoreless inn his last 24 appearances over 26 1/3 innings. Overall the bullpen was excellent, only allowing 1 run in 9 innings after Gray had given up 5 in 5. Jeff Francis, who’d been hit hard recently, saved the day after Jim Johnson loaded the bases in the 14th with 1 out, striking out Salty on a borderline pitch and getting Solano out on a fly to right.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Salty shouldn’t have been taking a two-strike “borderline” pitch in that situation. To paraphrase the late, great Tuco Ramirez, when you gotta swing, swing. Don’t gawk. Aside from a hit earlier in the game, he has been about as useful at the plate as nipples on a male tortoise since the beginning of June.

      Then again, perhaps we’re being too hard on Salty. Mindful of the inevitable drop in attendance which will accompany the Feesh fade into irrelevance in the division currently in progress, and ever-mindful of the negative impact that heroic performances register on his employees’ arbitration demands, Scrooge McLoria has imposed a one-taking-advantage-of-our-opponent’s-mistakes per game limit on the Rainbow Warriors. Thus, when Sonny Gray threw away Nate Eovaldi’s sac bunt in the second inning and Reed Johnson subsequently doubled in a pair, the Feesh had used up their quota for the night. Note that Kevin Gregg was, thankfully (not that it ultimately mattered), uncalledforupon yesterday. I hope it’s less because his arm was worn out than that his welcome was. He might be useful for blowout fodder, but we gotta hope that he won’t be insinuated into any tight spots again. He makes Mitch Williams look like Mariano Rivera.

      Interessin’ stats of the day: After logging the best home record in the game through May, forging a hologram of invincibility that eventually flickered when enough palmetto bugs crapped the lens, the Feesh are 6-14 at home early this month. They have played five games so far in June of 13 innings or longer and lost all of them. They are now three games behind the strange attractor, which after a month of fits and starts is pulling away as surely as the mother ship at the end of Close Encounters, but Scrooge, as always, has economized a bit by asking it to drop Jake Marisnick and Anthony Disclafani orf in New Orleans on the way out. Nothing like saving on those $49-per-coupon Southwest Airlines ticket books.

      One thing that this series has afforded me is a chance to study this season’s iteration of Billy Beane’s Boys. Formidable bunch of guys. I loved Doolittle’s red barbels but they must have cloned a Cro-magnon simulacrum of the previously Neanderthal Josh Reddick (and I hope they didn’t use any American River feral Xenopus laevis frog DNA – his urine samples will keep coming up pregnant, and worse, how many spontaneously generated Josh Reddicks do we want running around out there?). He used to look like a furry Chthulhu. What happened, APBA? Did he wake up one morning with nits?

      Today is the rubber game – a term I have always found amusing; must have something to do with having gone to college during the sexual revolution – at which time we will see if the Macondo nine remain the “scrappy” Feesh or become the scrapyard Feesh.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Reddick, in true North Florida fashion, had cultivated his beard as an homage to the backwoods folk and the professional wrestlers they adore. However, once his production slipped dangerously close to the Mendoza, the beard, in a supreme sacrifice to the swamp version of Jobu, was sacrificed.

        Doolittle’s beard, on the other hand, is the fashion-forward version straight from the men’s magazines of 2013. Certainly you can appreciate the difference.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Shayna – Sunday morning; welcome back from the Forbidden Zone.

      Just a quick note I thought you’d appreciate: my wife, Rowena, the daughter of a couple of Champagne Socialist British Zionists and a veteran of two summers (!) of Zionist Youth Camps in Israel, reclaimed her birthright yesterday morning when she was Bat Mitzvahed at the ripe young age of 58 (I like the young ones). Better late than never, eh? We’re Reconstructionists (or she is, anyway – I just tag along and sit quietly in the pews fingering my Adi Buddha medallion), which, as you know, means that we utter parve English soy prayers on Shabbos, the liturgical equivalent of Ben and Izzy’s sour cream (though we still do the sh’ma and a couple of the better known baruchas in Hebrew) but we’re loud and we sing a lot, so we make up in enthusiasm what we lack in Hebrew literacy.

      Speaking of which, Rowena taught herself Hebrew over the past year for this – she got ahold of some Ulpan CD’s and flash cards and a couple of Hebrew grammars. She pointedly requested that I not try to help her; she wanted to do this herself and she quickly soured on my interpolations of Sanskrit declensions into the Hebrew lessons. I can’t blame her but come on, those were natural mistakes. I mean, how many other languages get written in that direction?

      Anyway, super proud of my blushing bride of thirty plus years. She was pitch-perfect, especially when sight reading her Zohar passages in cryptographic faux Aramaic. And in her little speech where she accepted her silver plated Torah pointer (which she made me promise never to use as a lobster pick), she ackcherley thanked her husband for his help and support – which, of course, consisted mainly in staying out of her way, even to the point of going to Toronto for four days when the crunch rehearsals came.

      Thought you’d appreciate all that.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Mazel tov, Gator.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Let me add my “mazel tov” too. Self taught Hebrew. Sheesh. And I thought French was grief. You go in for brainy women, don’t you, OG? You must be proud of her. Pass along my genuine admiration for what she accompliished, would you?

      • Shayna - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        After the unpleasantness at the Dome this afternoon, great to read such wonderful news. I join in the mazal tovs of my fellow HBT-niks. V-e-r-y impressive of your wife to have taught herself the sacred language, and even more so if she did it despite your static. (You are a wicked boy if this is true.)

        You might want to read a biography of Ben-Yehuda, the crazy linguist who decided to revive Hebew as a spoken language. It`s a testament to what one obsessed, insane, imperious, inconsiderate, and dedicated loon can do. He nearly destroyed his family but his descendants were the first native Hebrew speakers in about two millenia.

        Now that Rowena (was she named for Ivanhoe’s love?) has all these skills, she shouldn’t let them languish in the dusty corners of her brain. As Hillel famously said, “Go and learn.”

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Heh – my “static” was affectionate and after so many years, she can spot it coming a mile away. I think she figured that if I could learn Sanskrit she could learn Hebrew. The main difference is that one of us can ask directions in Haifa and get to the restaurant we wanted to get to (nice town Haifa – try and find a kosher deli; I dare you).

        She’s been teaching Jewish history and folklore at our synagogue’s Sunday morning and Wednesday evening school for years. Now that she’s learned the language she’ll be teaching bar/bat mitzvah classes as well. Aside from which, she has always been obedient to Martin Buber’s primary directive: “Dance!”

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        PS – yeah, my mother in law was, like the entire antebellum American south, a big Walter Scott fan. Unlike the antebellum south, though, she understood that it was all make-believe. I can only be so grateful that she didn’t name her Lady Rowena, because I guarangoddamntee you that if she had, my late father in law would have nicknamed me “the Tramp.”

  9. happytwinsfan - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    The large screen TV allowed me to watch the Twins – Rangers game with my glasses off, sweet.

    I thought Darvish showed his professionalism in keeping this team in the game into the 8th after going down 2 – 0, even though the Rangers were looking like the only runs if any they were going to score would be a couple of pity runs after the game was blown open.

    And I hate to pile on, but that off the mark by about thirty feet throw from the cutoff position, on what would have been a close play at the plate, that the Rangers no hit, at time defensively disastrous, shortstop made when the Twins scored their second run, was just embarrassing. If Terry Ryan put a guy like that on the Twins I’m sure that Gardenhire would call him and say “I’m sorry, this is a big league club and I just can’t put that guy out there.”

    The eighth was classic Twins. Bases loaded and Gardenhire (BTW he shaved the beard and it looks like he’s been spending time under the sun lamp) calls a suicide squeeze. The bunt is what would normally be a terrible bunt, right back to the pitcher, because the Twins hitter totally focused on making contact and getting the ball on the ground as opposed to popping it up or whiffing trying to bunt for a hit and leaving the runner out to dry. Beautiful.

    Very solid Twins win.

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      I noticed that on the outta town scabbard (harrrrrrrr). I congratulate your abomabile snowmen on their hard win victory, even though it wasn’t over the Tiggers. Watching “Twins” come up on the crawler always reminds me of that great story about Daisy and Viola Hilton. You’ve heard that one, haven’t you?

      You haven’t????

      Some Twins fan. Okay, I can’t just drop that hint and then walk away leaving you unsuccored. Well, Daisy and Viola were famous (and famously promiscuous) Siamese circus twins. Not as extreme, one hopes, as some of the denizens of Geek Love, but certainly as licentious a pair of babes as the early part of the previous century had to offer. They were renowned for identifying a soliciting guys with a penchant for kink. Anyway, the story goes that their trailer pulled into a truck stop one day and they went in for lunch. As they entered, they noticed a truck driver sitting at the counter who looked…well…familiar. “Psst,” Daisy whispered to Violet, “look over there…didn’t we, ummm, you know…” Violet smiled, “yeah, we did. Let’s go say hello.” So they sauntered up behind this guy and tapped him on the shoulder. When he turned around, Daisy said, “pardon me, we were wondering if you remembered us?”

      • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Kinky? So “Twin Hoes Make Presence Felt with Leather”?

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        They weren’t into leather, so far as I know. Being Siamese twins was prolly more than kinky enough in and of itself. That, plus you gotta realize how difficult it is to put on leather clothing even if you are condemned to the isolation of a normal physiology. The stuff is heavy and stiff. Hair shirts are easier but you’ll type yourself as the “M” in “S/M” if you wear them. I think only the human cannonballs wore leather trousers to protect their shins from singing.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        The Tiger’s turn shall come. I’m sure that the Astro’s three run ninth yesterday has put a hitch in her gait.

        Twins baseball is a sensual affair indeed.

      • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        I must admit, when you said people with unusual mating habits named Hilton, I was thinking of the heirs of Conrad Hilton and the Hilton Hotel fortune. My favorite is Nicky (not the currently living one, the face/rear end of an Australian lingerie company), who who had an affair with his step mother, with Zsa Zsa Gabor playing the role of Jocasta, and was Liz Taylor’s first husband. Great niece Paris has nothing on him except for maybe the on line sex scene.

  10. goawaydog - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    The Giants need Angel Pegan back ASAP. He drives the momentum for the team. And of course we need to stop blowing leads in the ninth. I was hoping we could get to the All Star break with a 2-3 game lead but now I hope we get there without being more than 2-3 games down. This is a good team wh was playing over their heads the first part of the season, but they shouldn’t be this bad either. Pendulum swinging too far side to side.

  11. groupofsevenrules - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    We need Joey Bats back in the worst way. NOW. Do we have to wait until Tuesday?

  12. cohnjusack - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    We’re just over halfway through the season for the Cardinals.

    As a team, they are hitting .247 with runners in scoring position.

    So, everyone who last year claimed over and over again that the Cardinals had cracked the code and their BA with RISP was skill rather than luck…what’s your explanation for this?

  13. barkleyblows - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Brewers and their fair weather fans suck.

    They won’t make it very far in the post season. Just gotta keep their fair weather fans somewhat interested. Losers

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Tsk. Hurt your neck looking up at them, did you?

  14. umrguy42 - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    So I caught part of the Blue Jays-White Sox game yesterday afternoon, and I’m wondering – at one point, I forget which side did it, but there was an inning-ending double play, which was a strike-’em-out-rundown-on-the-basepath. I had to wonder, does that count as a TOOTBLAN?

    Also, I was catching it on MLB Network, and I’m thinking I may have been exposed to Hawk Harrelson (definitely a Sox feed), everything was “we’re up”, “our hits”, etc. Blegh, very very homerish.

    • Shayna - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Authoritative word on the TOOTBLANity of the play may be found here.

      And yes, I too caught some of the ChiSox feed and now understand more viscerally why Harrelson gets the comments he does. Feh.

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