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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jul 12, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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The Brewers held a six and a half game lead in the National League Central when the calendar flipped to July. Now their lead is down to just one game.

After being down 6-0, the Cardinals rallied back to beat the Brewers 7-6 last night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Joe Kelly struggled in his first start since coming off the disabled list, giving up six runs in three innings, but the St. Louis offense powered back against Yovani Gallardo thanks to home runs from Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, and Jhonny Peralta. Matt Holliday put them ahead for good with a solo home run off Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

The Brewers have now lost six straight games and 10 out of their last 11. The Cardinals will attempt to even things up in the division this afternoon when they send their ace Adam Wainwright to the hill against rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson. It should be a fun one.

Your Friday box scores:

Cardinals 7, Brewers 6

Yankees 2, Orioles 3

Braves 4, Cubs 5

White Sox 4, Indians 7

Nationals 2, Phillies 6

Blue Jays 8, Rays 5

Pirates 5, Reds 6

Angels 3, Rangers 0

Marlins 1, Mets 7

Tigers 2, Royals 1

Twins 2, Rockies 6

Red Sox 8, Astros 3

Padres 6, Dodgers 3

Athletics 2, Mariners 3

Diamondbacks 0, Giants 5

  1. johnnysoda - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Cardinals 7, Brewers 6- Bad times in Milwaukee- the Brewers held a 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Cardinals just kept on chipping away and took the lead on a Matt Holliday home run in the ninth. The Brewers’ lead is down to just one game. Supporters of underdogs weep.

    Cubs 5, Braves 4- Anytime you lose five out of six to two teams that are more than five games below .500, that’s hardly promising. But it’s just what Atlanta has done, despite rallying back to tie it in the ninth.

    Phillies 6, Nationals 2- Fortunately for them, the Nationals didn’t exactly play inspired baseball last night either, with Jordan Zimmermann getting knocked around for four runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jimmy Rollins had two home runs, representing about 22% of his total for the season.

    Orioles 3, Yankees 2- The Yankees fought hard, but at this stage of the game, fighting hard doesn’t mean much unless you win. Which they didn’t do, and haven’t done for most of the season. While the picture gets increasingly black in the Bronx, the Orioles continue to run roughshod over the division; they’re up in first by three games.

    Blue Jays 8, Rays 5- And, just to make things even better, the Jays now jump even further ahead of the Yankees in the AL East. Steve Tolleson had a two-run single in the top of the ninth to give the Blue Jays the lead, making this the second time he has done something noteworthy in a weekend “And That Happened”. I can’t remember what it was, exactly, but I do remember the name.

    Mets 7, Marlins 1- Meanwhile, the Mets have won six out of eight. Zach Wheeler pitched decently (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), and Lucas Duda and David Wright both homered.

    Indians 7, White Sox 4- Corey Kluber struck out “only” five over six innings and gave up four runs to boot, but the Indians were able to back him up enough to get themselves to .500. Nick Swisher homered, for only his eighth bomb of the season. For some reason, I thought he would’ve had a lot more than that. Especially after the last series Cleveland played, it felt like way more.

    Reds 6, Pirates 5- Given the context of the game, I think it’s fair to call this loss “soul crushing” for the Pirates. They led 5-1 going into the seventh and 5-3 with two outs in the eighth, but the Reds launched a rally, and Brayan Pena sealed it with a go-ahead single. Aroldis Chapman earned the save, and struck out a batter in his fortieth consecutive relief appearance, which is apparently a record. Good for him!

    Angels 3, Rangers 0- Did anyone expect the Rangers to be this bad? No! How could you! They went from coming very close to winning the AL West in three straight years to being on pace to go 66-96 this year, which would be a 25 game decline from last year. That sounds pretty depressing.
    If it makes anyone feel better, however, the Angels have the second-best record in baseball and are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

    Tigers 2, Royals 1- Anibal Sanchez settled down after a shaky first to pitch well (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) as the Tigers take the first two games of what is becoming the “Detroit shows them who’s boss” series.

    Red Sox 8, Astros 3- Christian Vazquez had a good night out of the nine spot in the order, with three hits, three RBI, and two runs scored. David Ortiz also drove in three, as every Boston run scored on an extra base hit. Another factoid- six players in the Houston lineup last night are hitting below .240. That is depressing.

    Mariners 3, Athletics 2- It was promoted as a pitching duel, and Felix Hernandez (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) outdueled Jeff Samardzija (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and earned his eleventh win as Seattle takes the series opener.

    Giants 5, Diamondbacks 0- Tim Lincecum was sharp, throwing seven shutout innings. Pablo Sandoval had a homer and three RBI, and Lincecum himself had an RBI sacrifice bunt.

    Padres 6, Dodgers 3- Three RBI from .175-hitting Carlos Quentin gave the Padres the win, and knocked the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West down to a mere game. By the way, the Padres, despite being eleven games under .500, are in fact in third place in the West. Not that that gets them much at this stage, though.

    Rockies 6, Twins 2- Eduardo Nunez’ two RBI was the only thing separating Jorge de la Rosa and four Rockies relievers from a shutout. Troy Tulowitzki, Drew Stubbs, and Brandon Barnes all hit home runs.

    • chill1184 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Well done sir, well done

    • renaado - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      The Braves fought a hard battle with the Cubs… Tyin it in the ninth, to eventually loosin on a walk-off hit by Ruggiano’s single…

      Another awesome recap, Johnny.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      One slight correction: The loss put the Dodgers in a Tie with the Giants, not one game ahead. The Giants lost today, so they’re hoping the Padres can beat the Dodgers again with Kennedy (5-5, 4.40 ERA lifetime vs Dodgers) against Paul Maholm (1-6, 4.56 ERA lifetime vs Padres). The run total over/under should be about 10.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Glad to see the Red Sox winning a few games just in time to fool themselves into buying instead of selling at the deadline.

  3. aresachaela - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    To heck with this!! Ma-kun or No Ma-kun, I will still watch the Yankees play!!

    • renaado - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      I have high hopes that Tanaka will certainly come back this season.

      • aresachaela - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        I hope he comes back quickly 😦 .

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Unfortunately a meltdown by relief pitcher Dustin McGowan cost Mark Buehrle a win; however, the Jay’s bats came back to life in the 9th. The Jays have now scored a lot of runs for 3 straight days and are showing signs of coming out of their funk. A couple of player were injured yesterday and are listed as day to day.

    Adam Lind is expected to be back in 2 to 3 weeks. In effect, the estimate that he would be out 6 to 8 weeks was back dated to the time of his original injury. His replacement, Dan Johnson, had 4 walks and scored 3 runs.

    The Jays were supposed to face David Price today; however, Price is sick and may not pitch again until after the break.

    • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Time for an expression of regret that we won’t get to see the Feather Lice face the Razed “at their best,” coupled with a surreptitious “thank Buddha.”

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Price has been scratched from today’s game. There is still a chance that he will pitch tomorrow.

  5. clydeserra - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Punto and Melvin were kicked out of the A’s M’s game, after it was over.

    James Hoye called strike three instead of ball 4 on a pitch up and in. Rodney missed his target by a foot. Brooks had it as a strike in the plot, but also above punto’s strike zone in the distance from the ground (albeit by a less than an inch).

    Very disappointing way to lose. But it shows you why you want to avoid the play in game against the Mariners. Although for Felix to be the pitcher in the that game on 4 days rest he would have to start on Friday. Of course Iwakuma is no slouch.

    • renaado - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Certainly a high strike out call durin that time, definitely a ball 4. Guess Hoye wants to leave the game on a high note for M’s fans.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      The Mariners pushed back the King’s start so he would face the A’s for the 4th time this season already. He was fabulous, especially after the first inning. The Angels are 17-4 and now only 2.5 back. It’s getting interesting.

    • sabatimus - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I saw the end of the game on MLB. Byrnes got all upset at the call and one of the other guys said something like “it’s in the rule book that way”. 1) The ball went across Punto’s letters, not between the his letters and his knees; it also looked inside; 2) That call is NEVER made (except in this case, apparently). Each umpire is different, and so players have to go with whatever consistency he brings to the table. That call was not consistent with anything except the ump wanting to avoid the prospect of extra innings and go home.

  6. NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Uninspired is about right. Missing Ian Desmond (although Danny Espinosa NAILED a runner at the plate, he also can’t hit righties and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts) and with Jordan Zimmermann, well, below par, there wasn’t much to cheer about–except Bryce Harper woke up and hit a no-doubter off A.J. Burnett for his first home run since the Paleolithic Age (otherwise known as April).

    The Nats are 49-42 for a 0.5384615384615385 winning percent.
    Atlanta is 50-43 for a 0.5376344086021505 winning percent.

    So list the Nats first in the “virtual tie for the NL East lead,” OK? OK.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Hullo, the Feesh offensive juggernaught exploded for a run at some point last night while Henderson Alvarez had a rare bad night at the hands of the Mutts. Fortunately, I missed that fiasco. I was preoccupied listening to eminent bluesman Joel Zoss (who also happens to be the author of Diamonds in the Rough, a terrific book about the early days of baseball) and blueswoman Rachelle Coba, pride of Topeka, at the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo last night while celebrating my 32nd birthday twice with my wife and firebrand left wing radical son. He was celebrating the withdrawal of a corrupt and probably soon to be indicted Rethugnican congressional candidate from the race with the Hemocrat that he’s working for these days, so he had something with which to cheer himself. (The atavistic, David Garcia, withdrew with a blast at the “activist judges” who will probably be sending him to prison eventually. I think we should pay some well-lobbyist-connected right-wing owned construction company to build with substandard materials and illegal alien labor a single prison facility for all of our jailed politicians of all persuasions, who seem to be multiplying like spontaneously generated maggots on a piece of steak in a cheesecloth covered jar in a homeschooling science experiment, and staff it with Blackwater guards.) Nevertheless, I caught the sorry results of the game on my trusty desktop when I got home (spawrts tork raydeeo was preoccupied with the LeBron lapostasy and in that bleak late night dystopia no such game as baseball had yet been invented).

    After dropping two to the woeful Snakes earlier the week, the Feesh are now staring upward four games’ worth at the rapidly redshifting Strange Attractor and can only hope that it can still be seen with the naked eye when the All Star break sets in on Monday. The floundering Iron Giant takes his .299 BA and a couple of weeks of non-productivity to the mashfest and the rest of them go home to plan the much longer camping trips they’re going to take starting in early September. A loss today and they reach a nadir for the season thus far.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      camping trips starting in early Sept?

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Early October. Heh. I’m just guessing that they’re going to be so far orf the pace by September that a few of them might grab their rods and packs and go AWOL.

    • nbjays - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      “…staring upward four games’ worth at the rapidly redshifting Strange Attractor and can only hope that it can still be seen with the naked eye when the All Star break sets in on Monday.”

      Bahahahahaha! Great description, Gator! Awesome stuff!

    • tmc602014 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Can’t tell the facts from the fantasies coming from Gator, but enjoy both. Still trying to parse the meaning of “lapostasy”.

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        It’s a neologism made by smashing “LeBron” into the front end of “apostasy” so hard that only the “l” is left sticking out.

  8. pkers - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Billy Hamilton is, apparently, an acrobat. This from the first inning of yesterday’s game.

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      That was unbelievable. I had to watch it three times.

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Poor Gabby Sanchez. How’d you like to walk back into the locker room last night and face the guys after blowing that one?

  9. goawaydog - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    The Giants and Dodgers are actually tied for first place. Being a Giants fan, i can say they are technically in first place even if it’s only by .001 but after the last month we need all the positive we can get. If the Giants can find some middle grounds between the insanely good start to the season and the insanely bad month of June, the second half chase for the NL west championship between them and the Dodgers should be fun to watch.

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Nats fans approve this post.

  10. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Since no one seems to want to mention it, the Orioles walked off in 10 innings against the Yanks. Additionally, the Orioles, down 2-0 tied the ball game on the following series of events: Hit Batsmen, Error by Jeter, Wild Pitch, Wild Pitch, Sac Fly. Yes, the Orioles scored two runs and tied the game without getting a single hit.

  11. jarathen - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Garret Richards is a beast. I’d be more upset about him missing the ASG except it lets him rest and get back in action with the Angels’ first game back from the break.

    • clydeserra - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Would the Angels please lose again?

      Its getting annoying.

  12. tmc602014 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Nobody thought the Rangers would fall this hard, but there were signs of dysfunction in the way they treated Nolan Ryan, and then this year when Kinsler hoped “they go 0-162”.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      So you’re saying it’s karma what done in the Rangers?

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