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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jul 6, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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Starter Aaron Harang was far from dominant and Andrelton Simmons made a rare pair of ugly errors at shortstop, but the Braves produced 10 runs on 14 hits Saturday to beat the Diamondbacks. It was the ninth win in a row for Atlanta — currently the top dog in the National League East by 1 1/2 games.

Simmons made up for his defensive miscues by tallying four RBI and left fielder Justin Upton slugged a two-run homer. Even center fielder B.J. Upton got in on the act, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

The Braves will be looking for their 10th consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon and a three-game sweep of the visiting Diamondbacks. Alex Wood is on the bump.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday

Orioles 2, Red Sox 3 (Game 1)

Mariners 3, White Sox 2 (14 innings)

Yankees 1, Twins 2 (11 innings)

Marlins 6, Cardinals 5

Cubs 0, Nationals 13

Phillies 2, Pirates 3

Rays 7, Tigers 2

Diamondbacks 4, Braves 10

Brewers 1, Reds 0

Dodgers 7, Rockies 8

Royals 3, Indians 7

Rangers 5, Mets 3

Giants 5, Padres 3 (10 innings)

Orioles 7, Red Sox 4 (Game 2)

Astros 5, Angels 11

Blue Jays 1, Athletics 5

  1. recoveringcubsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I think the lead-in should have said “Braves win 9 in a row, Nationals still right behind them. NL East a lot better than expected!”

    • Old Gator - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      You mean two of five teams a lot better than expected, right?

      • natstowngreg - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        Seems to me the race is shaping up as expected
        Still expect to finish 3rd.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        C’mon, Geeter, your Feesh are a lot better than most (not me, let the record shew) expected.

      • Old Gator - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Until about three and a half weeks ago. They’re now about where I predicted they’d be back when everyone pretty much expected them to be where I predicted they’d be. Mediocre teams usually go on a good run sometime during the year; then their peetchers and hitters get solved by the good ones. That’s what’s happening now.

  2. johnnysoda - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Twins 2, Yankees 1- Francisco “Motherf***ing” Cervelli threw away the game on a would-be inning ending double play in the eleventh. The Yankees remain a dismal- by their standards- 43-43 nearing the All-Star break. Unless they go on a 2007-esque surge at this point, things look bleak.

    Mariners 3, White Sox 2- On the other end of things, the Mariners continue an impressive campaign with a come-from-behind win, cumulating in a Brad Miller double in the fourteenth. They’re now nine games over .500, and on pace to go 89-73 this season. It would be their best mark since 2003.

    Nationals 13, Cubs 0- Unlike the South Side game, this one was a laugher, with the Nationals up 7-0 by the fourth inning. Ryan Zimmerman had four hits and three RBI, while Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth had three RBI apiece.

    Pirates 3, Phillies 2- The Pirates scored all their runs in the first two innings, including a two-run shot by Andrew McCutchen in the first. Pittsburgh now claims victory in round one of the Battle of Pennsylvania.

    Marlins 6, Cardinals 5- Remember how, on Friday night, the Marlins attempted a ninth inning comeback, only to fall short? Well, in this game, they followed through with their rally, scoring two in the top half of the inning. The kicker? Casey McGehee- who made the last two outs on Friday-drove in the tying run.

    Brewers 1, Reds 0- The Brewers snap their losing streak in style, as Matt Garza throws a complete game shutout for the visitors. Coupled with the Cardinals loss, Milwaukee is now up 5 ½ games in the NL Central.

    Rays 7, Tigers 2- Kevin Kiermaier had two RBI triples? Head for the bunkers, everyone.

    Braves 10, Diamondbacks 4- Atlanta stays steady on top of the NL East, as they rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and stayed in front till the end for their ninth straight win. Andrelton Simmons led the charge with four RBI.

    Red Sox 3, Orioles 2; Orioles 7, Red Sox 4- Doubleheader split. Game one saw Boston pull one off, as Jonathan Herrera had a walk-off single. Baltimore avenged that loss with a game two win, highlighted by a huge day by Nelson Cruz- five hits, two RBI, and falling a triple short of the cycle. In this case, however, he was thrown out at third trying for the cycle. It would’ve been the first one in the bigs this season. The last year there was no cycle in the big leagues, just for the record, was 1983.

    Athletics 5, Blue Jays 1- Scott Kazmir threw seven solid innings to hand the Blue Jays their sixth loss in eight games. Just to make it better, Edwin Encarnacion appears to be headed to the DL. Hard to think of a worse time for that, as the Jays’ lead in the AL East is down to a game.

    Rockies 8, Dodgers 7- The Rockies led 8-2 at one point, and managed to hold off the Dodgers’ charge to snap a five game losing streak. I still miss when the Rockies were contenders. It was a lot more fun to write about them.

    Angels 11, Astros 5- Not unlike last night, Houston held a comfortable early lead- courtesy of a Chris Carter grand slam-but gave it all back with seven two-out runs in the seventh. The Angels have won eighteen out of their last twenty home games. The Astros have lost fifteen of nineteen overall.

    Giants 5, Padres 3- Something rare over the last month- a good moment for the Giants. Michael Morse had the game-tying homer in the ninth, and Brandon Belt had the go-ahead blast in the tenth. They cut the deficit to 1 ½ games with that win.

    Rangers 5, Mets 3- Texas put up a four spot before the Mets even came to bat and they never looked back. Robinson Chirinos’ three-run shot in that first inning was the difference.

    Indians 7, Royals 3- Michael Bourn homered and Michael Brantley had three hits to lead the Tribe to victory.

    • lyon810 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Why anyone would give what this post a down-vote is beyond me. It matters not in the grand-scheme of things, but I for one, on weekends, skip ahead of the HBT summary of the night’s action and direct my attention immediately to the comments section for Mr. Soda’s ATH. Keep it up!

      • indaburg - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Some people thumbs down when commenters extend condolences when someone dies. Haters gonna hate.

      • Old Gator - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Morons gonna…moron?

        Well, why not – you can make a verb out a ball of string these days.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        “…. you can make a verb out a ball of string these days.”

        Theet: when I was young we didn’t even have string….we just used cat gut! And by the way: what the hell is a verb?

        Your’s truly: Kooter from Hooterville

      • Old Gator - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Koots: any plant which, when taken up into your digestive system, causes illusions of healing and wellness.

    • indaburg - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Anibal actually had a no-no going into the 5th for the Tigers when the Rays erupted into an offensive explosion. As for Kevin Keirmaier, he is only a surprise if you haven’t been paying attention. At the same time, if you haven’t been paying attention, I can’t blame you. Although the Rays are 8 out of their last 10, we’re still 10 games under .500. See Yankees fans–THAT’S dismal. Not being 3.5 games out with little less than half a season to go. What I would give to be .500 right now and 3.5 games out. I wouldn’t give much actually, because really, it’s just a game, but you know what I mean.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Great game for the Feesh, although with the Barves winning again they remain a dismal seven games out and three games beneath the strange attractor – though it glitters a wee bit more brightly in the firmament for having drawn a little closer. Andrew Heaney punched his discount flight coupon back to AAA by getting shelled for five runs in four innings, including a little practice for the home run derby by allowing back to back bombs to Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the fourth. You remember how in Starman Karen Allen (be still my heart!) asked Jeff Bridges about his home planet and he replied “You would die there”? He might as well have been talking about Feesh baserunners in scoring position lately. Not this time, though. Christian Yelich, who doesn’t look strong enough to do swimming pool aerobics without water wings, went poaching on the Iron Giant’s turf when he crushed a three run home run to dead center field orf Shelby Miller to bring the Feesh back from four down to within one, and then the Rainbow Warriors rallied for a pair at the expense of a shaky Trevor Rosenthal in the top of the ninth to put them ahead. This was a refreshing change of pace for the Feesh. Steve Cishek, who fell orf his horse the other night, climbed right back up and closed out the game like a good closer oughtta.

    Anyway, y’all remember the super shuttle the Borg used to run between the big club and the minors back when the Boss was acting as their travel agent? The Feesh have now made 46 – count ‘em, 46 – personnel transactions in the past month, which cumulatively have been as effective as Laetrille in arresting the team’s slide into the second division.

    Today is the backseat contraceptive game with the Feesh sending Henderson Alvarez, who has been hot as a rod of enriched uranium in an Iranian bunker, to try and bag the series before they head west to snack on the woebegone Snakes and then dispersing for the ASG. Alvarez’ record doesn’t begin to indicate how good he’s been lately, because (a) the boolpen, notably Goggles, keep blowing saves behind him.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Snake Woebegone – it could be the Midwestern A Prairie Home Companion

      • Old Gator - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Garrison Keillor puts on airs of another famous white-suited 19th and early 20th century American humorist, but never the Twain shall meet.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      “backseat contraceptive” : don’t always work, but your very figurative language does!

  4. natstowngreg - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    The Cubs starter was traded. They went with Carlos Villanueva, who was not up to the challenge. Biggest margin on a shutout for Nats, tied for biggest winning margin, period.

  5. historiophiliac - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I’m just gonna drop this here for y’all’s amusement. If you read to the bottom, you get Manny in Oklahoma. My BIL was at the game and said people were mostly indifferent, but the Cubs fans cheered a bit.

    http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-redhawks-okc-holds-off-iowa-cubs/article/4986185

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Manny was retired on the first pitch in his first 3 at bats! He’s still got that patience he was so famous for (Sarcasm intended). At least he’s not playing for the Red Sox: they stink!

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