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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jul 5, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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The cream is rising to the top in the National League East.

While the Nationals had their five-game winning streak snapped yesterday against the Cubs, the Braves topped the Diamondbacks by the score of 8-2 last night. It was Atlanta’s eighth straight victory and their 10th win in their last 11 games.

Ervin Santana allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings in the victory while the Braves’ offense pounded out 12 hits. Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI singles to lead the charge.

The Braves are back to 10 games over .500 for the first time since late April and currently sit at 48-38 on the year, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals for the division lead. With the Marlins, Mets, and Phillies all fading, it should be a two-team battle for most of the summer.

Your Friday box scores:

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 5

Cubs 7, Nationals 2

Yankees 6, Twins 5

Phillies 2, Pirates 8

Blue Jays 0, Athletics 1 (12 innings)

Giants 0, Padres 2

Royals 7, Indians 1

Brewers 2, Reds 4

Rays 6, Tigers 3

Marlins 2, Cardinals 3

Mariners 1, White Sox 7

Rangers 5, Mets 6

Astros 6, Angels 7

Dodgers 9, Rockies 0

Orioles/Red Sox – PPD

  1. johnnysoda - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Yankees 6, Twins 5- On the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, the Yankees squared off against the same team they played that day- the Twins, then known as the Senators. I pointed this out on twitter to the MLB show High Heat, and it was actually posted on the air. I wonder how many viewers got confused, not realizing I meant the same franchise. Too bad twitter does not give you more space to clarify. Then again, I guess that would kind of defeat the purpose.
    Back to the game at hand, both starting pitchers were gone by the fourth inning, Brian Roberts had four extra-base hits, and the Yankees managed to put together consecutive wins. Truth is stranger than fiction.

    Mets 6, Rangers 5- Travis d’Arnaud’s two run double in the eighth left him the hero on this Independence Day for the Mets. The Rangers have lost fourteen of sixteen, are now twelve games below .500, and are overall a complete embarrassment.

    Dodgers 9, Rockies 0- Clayton Kershaw’s eight shutout innings extend his scoreless streak to 36 innings. We can officially say we are now on Drysdale watch. And, just to make it better, he had two hits and drove in a run.

    Athletics 1, Blue Jays 0- Oakland and Toronto engaged in a 4:05 staring contest, with no scoring for eleven innings Toronto blinked first, after a Nick Punto double in the twelfth.

    Pirates 8, Phillies 2- If the season started on May 2…well, that would be a bad thing, as there would’ve been some kind of a strike or something before the season, and that would not be fun at all. But if it did, the Pirates would be tops in the National League. They played like it, too, with Andrew McCutchen’s four hits, Jordy Mercer’s four RBI, and five strong innings from Gerrit Cole. Not great, however, was Stolmy Pimentel, who managed to walk three batters for the Bucs without getting an out. Even the greatest empires were imperfect, I suppose.

    Cubs 7, Nationals 2- The unusually early start time did not deter the Cubs, who led almost every step of the way and added three in the ninth for good measure. Chicago’s won five road games in a row.

    Padres 2, Giants 0- Nine out of eleven now lost for the Giants, who got their butts kicked by Eric Stults, who was 2-11 with an ERA above five going into this game. This has become sad to watch.

    Royals 7, Indians 1- Yordano Ventura narrowly missed a complete game shutout, but it’s hard to knock his performance (8 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Mike Moustakas’ three-run homer in the sixth was the big blow for the visiting charges.

    Rays 6, Tigers 3- Three hits and three runs for Desmond Jennings were the big blows for Tampa, who all of a sudden have won seven of nine. You just can’t trust anybody anymore.

    Reds 4, Brewers 2- Billy Hamilton hit his third career home run against the Brewers, out of five home runs overall in his career. Four straight losses for Milwaukee.

    Angels 7, Astros 6- Houston’s script for the future was playing out in the fourth after homers from George Springer and Jon Singleton. The Angels, however, brought them back to the present, cumulating with a Mike Trout walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.

    White Sox 7, Mariners 1- Not unlike Yordano Ventura, Chris Sale just missed throwing a complete game shutout, but still struck out twelve over nine innings to continue a remarkable campaign. Not many will make this argument, but one could make a strong argument for him starting the All-Star Game for the AL.

    Cardinals 3, Marlins 2- Things got dicey for the Cards when the go-ahead run for the Marlins got to second base with one out. Casey McGhee saved the day for the Birds, however, when he hit into a game-ending double play. St. Louis draws within four of the Brewers.

    Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2- Twenty-nine years ago yesterday, the Braves played one of the greatest games of all-time, a 16-13 loss for the Mets that lasted nineteen innings and until almost four in the morning. This game, by contrast, was not very exciting, as I stared at the box score for about a minute trying to think of something to say about it. The most notable thing, I suppose, is that the Braves are now 1 ½ games up on the Nationals.

    • aresachaela - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Good work again Johnny XD!! Really love your recaps.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      One minor quibble – it’s Hershiser watch, not Drysdale. Orel has the record.

      • johnnysoda - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        He’s still close to passing Drysdale, however, on the list. My point still stands.

    • Professor Fate - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      I just skim over the lead article and scroll straight to Mr. Soda’s recap of the day.

  2. renaado - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Another dang fine win today again Braves, 8 winnin streaks and counting. Braves bullpen has been great so far in that stretch and hope it keeps rolling on.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Dang? You mean “dan,” don’t you?

  3. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    While the cream rises to the top, various organic colloids and precipitates are settling to the bottom of the division where vampire squids and lipwhiskered sea worms can fatten themselves on the detritus. The Feesh rolled over and played dead for the Cardinals last night – apparently, westbound jet lag is worse than eastbound jet lag. Nate Eovaldi cruised for six plus innings and then derailed in the seventh, serving up a series of down the middle meatballs to Carpenter, Molina and Taveras – the last two engendering futile wind sprints out of the Iron Giant, who slammed the wall in frustration after just missing a catch of one of them, and then continued to snarl at himself through the third out. When he got back to the dugout he slammed his glove and cap down – and the expressions on the faces of those nearest to him were kinda priceless, like circus trainers who noticed that their trained grizzly had started frothing. Eovaldi abetted his own derailing by throwing a wild pitch that plated Carpenter.

    The Feesh collectively subverted their almost-comeback in the ninth with what has, sorrowfully, become their trademark choreography of near-TOOTBLANS (in this case, Donovan Solano missing that a fly ball had been dropped and nearly running back past Reed Johnson on the basepaths, thereby missing out on an opportunity to score from second and just as nearly getting himself thumbed out), and not-quite-ready-for-primetime infielding, again involving the apparently goophered Solano. Carpenter could have been nailed going back to first on a fly out but Solano double-clutched the throw and Garret Jones was slow getting the tag down. Another telling sign of what’s been wrong with this lineup, and about which this particular prophet has been descrying in the wilderness all season, is that Cards reliever Rosenthal would unintentionally-intentionally walk the Iron Giant with the bases loaded and face the usually reliable Casey McGehee instead, getting the double play he needed to end the game. Yes, McGehee has benefited hugely from bringing his yeomanly but popless bat to bear behind his behemoth of a teammate, but this is how you take the bat out of the hands of one of your only two verified power threats.

    Speaking of which, it would be remiss of me not to mention how much fun Cardinal setup man Pat Neshek is to watch. His motion is among the most idiosyncratic in the game; after he throws a pitch with that weird sidearm motion, it’s impossible to predict in which direction the rest of his body will go – sometimes up and sideways, sometimes backwards and to the left….I wouldn’t have been shocked to see him do a cartwheel if he needed to field a bunt. Great entertainment, that one.

    All in all a pretty bad night for the Feesh, who are now 2-8 for their last decadrone and have slid as if going the wrong way on a salmon ladder to seven games out and, once again, a snug four games short of the strange attractor. The heady (though even then apocryphal) talk of the organization splurging on some meaningful trades by the deadline has now officially been contracted into the importance of seeing how this “core” of players will “mature” over the course of the season. That’s not exactly like Bullwinkle planting his “Excelsior” flag at the top of Mount NL East, is it? Ah well, it was facetious while it lasted.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Boris and Natasha are probably fans of the Evil Empire. And now for something completely different: your consistently well written comments remind me of NY Times type, erudite, comments. Thanks for elevating the level of discourse on these blogs. You won’t see this kind of writing on any other NBC sports blogs. But your eloquent writing brings me back here time after time. It doesn’t hurt that the hateful have been banned. Have a great weekend OG!

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Blush.

        Boris and Natasha, fans of a team called the…Yankees? Ay, Raskalnikov! Fearless Leader and the Pottsylvanian politburo would have had them hanging from meat hooks.

        You have a great weekend yerself, friend.

  4. jimeejohnson - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    When I clicked on the link it took me right to Johnny Soda’s recap. Perfect. Thanks, Johnny: why does it sound like somebody named Ed said that already!

  5. APBA Guy - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    What, there was a game in Oakland yesterday? All anyone is talking about is the trade. The expectation is the rotation will look something like:

    Kazmir
    Gray
    Sam
    Hammel
    Milone

    with occasional starts by Mills and Chavez to ease the workload of Kaz and Gray, both of whom the A’s want strong for October. Chavez will probably be moved to long relief, as Otero is in danger of overuse, and Mills sent to the minors. Jeff Francis was DFA’d when Eric O’Flaherty was called up yesterday. O’Flaherty had an uneventful IP in his A’s debut.

    The bullpen will probably be Chavez and Otero for long relief, 6th inning, etc. Abad as the situational LH, Cook and Gregerson as primary set-up guys, and Doolittle to close. Johnson will continue as designated boat anchor.

    As to yesterday’s game, both West Coast day games were low-scoring shut outs. The evening game in Anaheim saw 13 runs. People who don’t live out here do not realize how much glare there is during the day. Personally, I think that the hitters have a very difficult time picking up the ball in the bright sun after playing so many night games. Fielders also have a tough time on fly balls.

    I didn’t see much in the way of hard hit balls yesterday at the Mausoleum, just a lot of weak contact and late swings, all earmarks of guys having a tough time picking up pitches. And lets be honest, that was Tommy Milone out there, not Clayton Kershaw, there’s almost a 10 mph difference on the fastball, etc..

    Still, fabulous trade. The players have to be psyched. How often do you see competitive mid and small market front offices do little or nothing to help their teams, and the teams’ playoff runs subsequently go flat? The Great & Ppwerful Beane, ladies and gentlemen.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      “Sam.” Hahahahahahaaaa……

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      sadtwinsfan says that the A’s would have done better to send Selig a years supply of viagra in exchange for replacing their remaining games against the Angels with games against the Twins. I told him to shut it and go up to Lake Street and score some weed. He better not come back with oregano like last time.

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Why? If you want Selig to stand up straight, just buy him a back brace.

  6. janessa31888 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I wish we had an exciting young star to tear it up and give us a reason to watch this snooze fest of a team. Sorry, tribe, the magic is gone.

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Maybe they should send Chief Wahoo out to cry for a vision. Why stop at mere racism when you can be contemptuous of spiritual traditions as well?

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