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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jul 13, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

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The tide continues to change in the NL Central.

Playing with heavy hearts in the aftermath of shortstop Jean Segura losing his nine-month-old son, the Brewers were blown out 10-2 by the visiting Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Brewers rookie starter Jimmy Nelson was lit up for eight runs — six earned — over 4 1/3 innings and Adam Wainwright was his usual self on the other end, limiting Milwaukee to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Wainwright’s ERA is at 1.83.

St. Louis was six-and-half games back of the Brewers when July began. Now the two teams are tied with one game left before the All-Star break. The Reds and Pirates also continue to lurk.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

White Sox 6, Indians 2

Yankees 3, Orioles 0

Braves 11, Cubs 6

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0

Cardinals 10, Brewers 2

Red Sox 2, Astros 3

Marlins 4, Mets 5

Twins 9, Rockies 3

Blue Jays 3, Rays 10

Tigers 5, Royals 1

Angels 5, Rangers 2

Pirates 6, Reds 5 (11 innings)

Nationals 5, Phillies 3 (10 innings)

Padres 0, Dodgers 1

Athletics 2, Mariners 6

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Shane Greene’s only 2 starts for the Yankees have been a much needed boost for a starting rotation that has been decimated by injuries this season. I only hope he can keep it up.

  2. johnnysoda - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Yankees 3, Orioles 0- One Yankee phenom goes down, another phenom arises: in this case, Shane Greene (7 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), who completely shut down the first place Orioles in just his second career start. Now, as we learned earlier in the year with Yangervis Solarte, a few good games does not make a good player, but this has to be considered promising given the mediocrity of the New York rotation. Man, those were some really long sentences.

    Cardinals 10, Brewers 2- With baseball likely not top-of-mind for many Brewers, the Cardinals shellacked them to move into a tie for the NL Central lead. A win today will be key, lest they go into the All-Star break with a brutal sweep hanging over their heads.

    Pirates 6, Reds 5- Andrew McCutchen was the hero, bailing out the Pirates with a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth and the game-winning homer in the eleventh. More like “McClutchen”, amiright?
    Also, the Reds also blew a golden opportunity in the tenth, when the winning run was thrown out at the plate. They then failed to capitalize with the bases loaded and one out, as Justin Wilson struck out two batters to end the threat.

    Dodgers 1, Padres 0- It was an epic battle that was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, when A.J. Ellis walked them off with a sacrifice fly. Ian Kennedy threw eight shutout innings, but gets nothing except, presumably, a consolation pat on the back.

    Nationals 5, Phillies 3- Ryan Zimmerman broke it open with a go-ahead single in the top of the tenth, and the Nationals never looked back. Jayson Werth had three RBI to boot.

    Braves 11, Cubs 6- Chris Johnson slugged two home runs and Mike Minor hit his second career blast en route to an Atlanta victory. Minor wasn’t so sharp on the mound, however, giving up all of the Cubs’ hits and runs in only six innings.

    Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0- Wade Miley, meanwhile, was sharp on the mound, throwing seven shutout innings for the Arizona club. Aaron Hill homered and Gerardo Parra had an RBI single to back him up.

    Mets 5, Marlins 4- Chris Young, who never does anything productive, did something productive here, hitting a game-tying home run in the seventh for the Mets. Eric Campbell soon followed with an RBI single in the eighth. Both were pinch hits. I don’t have the technology to figure this out, but I wonder how many times both the game-tying and game-winning hits came on pinch hits.

    Astros 3, Red Sox 2- Boston had thirteen hits in this one- including three by phenom Brock Holt- and yet could not convert them into enough runs. A Jason Castro homer in the third was the difference for Houston.

    Tigers 5, Royals 1- The Tigers led 2-1 going into the top of the ninth, and put it to bed with home runs from J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila. Kansas City has lost the first three games of this series and has been outscored 23-6 thus far.

    Rays 10, Blue Jays 3- Kevin Kiermaier once again did something notable on a weekend for Tampa, with three hits, three RBI, and two runs scored. I feel like he never does anything during the week, yet when it’s time for me to write about him, he gives it his best. Guess I should stop acting surprised when he does something noteworthy.

    White Sox 6, Indians 2- It was close until the ninth, when the Sox put up three to put the game to bed. Earlier, Jose Abreu had his 29th home run. I’m pulling for one today, so that he can have 30 before the All-Star break.

    Twins 9, Rockies 3- Charlie Blackmon had a great day for the Rockies, going 5-5 and knocking in one of their three runs. Too bad no one else on his team did. Must have made the after-the-game period pretty awkward, with him being so high on getting five hits, and everyone else being sad after getting their butts kicked by a team seven games under .500. It’s part of the game, I guess.

    Angels 5, Rangers 2- Not-so-fun fact: on May 29, the Rangers were 28-26. Since then, they’ve gone 10-30, a mere .250 winning percentage. They held the lead for a few innings here, however, before a four-spot by the Angels in the sixth gave that club the lead.

    Mariners 6, Athletics 2- Kyle Seager and Robbie Cano- don’t ya know- hit homers to back a fine outing from Hisashi Iwakuma (8 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). The Mariners improve to an impressive eight games over .500.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Johnny, why is it that Greene’s performance is considered “promising” only because he’s on the Yankees. Regardless of the pitchers on a specific staff wouldn’t Greene’s performance be considered “promising” regardless of who he pitched for? I would think so. His two starts were against 2 very solid offensive teams.

      • johnnysoda - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        I would say he would be promising if he was pitching for any team. Considering the Yankees just lost their ace to injury, however, it’s more newsworthy that someone else is rising up.

    • nbjays - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      So why would the Rockies getting their butts kicked by a team that is 7 games under .500 be sad (or surprising), considering the Rockies are 14 games under .500 themselves. It’s not like they got beat by a worse team… not by a long shot.

      • johnnysoda - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Well, they’ve gone from being contenders earlier in the year to not being able to be competitive with mediocrities like the Twins. So it’s not exactly great news for them.

    • indaburg - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      If Kiermaier only hit when you wrote about him, he would have a hard time maintaining a line like .310/.345/.581. :-) The rookie is pretty much the Rays’ only offensive bright spot. He’s an interesting case. I don’t recall hearing much about him before he came up. 31st round pick, it’s not like he was on anyone’s radar other than for his defensive skills. Interestingly, prior to the season, Oliver projected him to have an fWAR of 4.9 (http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2014/6/21/5829332/kevin-kiermaier-and-oliver-tampa-bay-rays-projection-systems-wild-flukes-regression-question-mark), higher even than Gregory Polanco. It’s a good article.

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Oliver is notorious for being horribly optimistic about rookie projections. Regardless, the kid is fun to watch, get to see him quite a bit have YES and NESN. He took a game from the Cardinals with a diving/leaping grab on a drive by Bourjos with 2 outs and the bases loaded that would have plated 3 runs.

  3. natstowngreg - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    FYI, the Nats-Fightins link is actually to Pirates-Reds. See
    http://scores.nbcsports.com/mlb/recap.asp?g=340712122

    The Nats actually won in xtras. Imagine that. Ryan Zimmerman with the clutch hit; the Nats had been 0-for-10 with RISP before that (.234 for the season). But then, we’re used to clutch hitting from Ryan.

    Tyler Clippard failed in the 8th, after 9 straight scoreless appearances. But the real news was Ross Detwiler’s scoreless 9th. After being demoted to the bullpen in favor of Tanner Roark, he was seldom used, and generally ineffective. However, in his last 5 appearances (starting with 4 innings in the 16-inning win in Milwaukee), Ross has given up a run and 4 hits in 10.1 innings. Being able to count on Detwiler for more than mop-up duty makes an already good bullpen even better.

    No Nats were injured in last night’s victory. Meanwhile, Jordan Zimmermann will miss the All-Star Game (same as last year) due to injury. Happily, it’s just a biceps strain, and may not require DL time. Congrats to Henderson Alvarez of the Fish for making his first All-Star Game. No Nats will actually play in the game. I might upset about this, if I didn’t understand that the game is a farce.

    • Drew Silva - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Thanks.

  4. echech88 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Angels now only 1.5 games back of the A’s.

    Oakland coming down to Earth a bit makes the division pretty wide open. Should be a fun stretch run.

    • clydeserra - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      it was funner before

    • tmc602014 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      The thing is, the A’s aren’t coming back to earth, notwithstanding consecutive losses twice in July. Oakland is 7-3 in the last ten. If the Angels sustain good play, we could see the second best team in the league (or in baseball) in a one-and-out wild card game. Which one? Time will tell. Of course the Angels have had a great mid-summer stretch each of the last several seasons and then regressed. The A’s were acknowledged as a top team preseason, but I don’t think anyone expected them to be quite as good as they have been, especially after Griffin and Parker went down. However it goes, NL races are tightening up and this is the only exciting race in the AL at the moment. Sucks to be an Angels fan the last several years – Angels blogs have been full of discontent with the moves of Saint Mike Scioscia, but this year may be a good one.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Another night, another musical distraction elsewhere so I wasn’t subjected to the sink of dejection that the Feesh season has become. Another awful game for the Feesh, with a blown lead late and the iron Giant whiffing three times on another ohfer night. He’s still snapping at those low and away peetches and looking like one very confused and frustrated behemoth; he’s changed his batting stance to a more upright one that makes it even more difficult to go to the opposite field and he ackcherley seems to have moved back in the box. He’s just about stopped drawing walks, too.

    As the Giant goes, so go the Rainbow Warriors. Yet Mike Redmond stubbornly sticks with this unproductive, backasswards lineup with a number two hitter batting cleanup and his lately most productive power threat, Ozuna, batting sixth behind the one man horse latitude of Jones. Defensively, he’s got Yelich in left instead of Ozuna, and you would think you’d want your cannon arms at the flanks where there is less distance to cover to keep guys from thinking about a mad dash home. In addition, the predictable weak spots are looking weaker – Garret Jones has become a non-force in the lineup, and the bench contributors are seeking their Buddha-given levels of mediocrity after a happy little surge of usefulness during the first couple of months of the season. And perhaps most disappointing of all, Saltalamacchia has been just terrible aplate, a snack for the infielders.

    As the strange attractor withdraws towards its accustomed location of the past few seasons astraddle the Oort cloud, the Feesh find themselves at a season-worst five games under and the Mutts, a half game back, snapping at their cloacas. By a comical accident whomever writes the Feesh recaps on their web site noted that they were “in danger of losing their grip on third place.” Back in the old days, third place was something that gripped them. Today we find out if they go into the break firmly ensconced in the third division, which will probably mean that the heady rumors of a big trade or acquisition by the waiver deadline will well and truly evaporate and Scrooge McLoria will place the team back into its anticipated dump mode.

    • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Incidentally, the July Feesh collapse coincides with mango season here in Macondo. Mangos are closely related to poison ivy; they’re both members of the Anacardiaceae family of urushiol-producing plants. Thus, the fat sweet juicy mango symbolizes both the profitability of the way Scroge McLoria runs the Feesh and his toxic impact on our community in general. Unlike the Rainbow Warriors’ batting order, though, our tree has been productive thanks, no doubt, to the enormous amount of rainfall with which Dumballah, lwa of the rainbow, hs blessed us this year. There are children selling mangos on most street corners these days, and lots of folks rubbing Calamine lotion on their rashes after failing to shower immediately when they climb into the trees to pick them. Break out the antihisthamines, Obamacare!

      Anyway, faced with a boomper crop of the divine fruit this month, I have come up with a terrific recipe for pork chops or pork loin. Prep of the meat itself is your choice but here’s a fantastic mango-sage dressing, which is really just a variation on the traditional apple-sage dressing for pork chops:

      2 medium mangos, split, scooped and sliced thinly
      1 medium onion, sliced thinly
      1 tbsp canola or coconut oil
      1 tbsp reduced sweet balsamic vinegar or white wine
      1 tbsp finely chopped sage
      1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
      1 clove garlic, very finely diced or grated
      salt and pepper, to taste

      Over medium flame in a medium sized pan saute the garlic, onion and mango together in the oil until just softened, then add the vinegar or wine, the sage, parsley, salt and pepper, stir together, cover and simmer until bubbly. That’s it. The mango slices should still be semi-firm. Spoon over your pork chops or, if using a little more oil and wine, push the mango mixture to the rim of the pan and saute the chops till done in the same pan so that they’re flavored by the juices.

      Incidentally, you can add a thinly sliced sweet plantain to the mixture when cooking if you’re feeling adventurous.

      This is really, really good, folks. The combination of sage and mango was an experiment but they ackcherely complement each other beautifully.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Thanks, as always, for the fantastic recipes and of course, the erudite baseball commentary.

      • groupofsevenrules - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Back from a few days in Calgary visiting friends and enjoying the mountain scenery on the trip home, and I find a recipe for mangos, which would have cost half as much back there as they’re going to here – IF I can get any. Pork chops though, we can get. So you’re saying that we can substitute apples for the mangos using essentially the same recipe?

        Yes, it has been a terrible couple of weeks of spooky action at a distance linking the Jays and your Feesh. Tanaka going down was awful. Jays fans can appreciate losing key players to the thousand mortal shocks better than anybody except, maybe, Texas this season. I must say, though, that it takes an awful lot more than losing some ballplayers to make me feel sorry about anything that goes wrong in the death factory capital of the western hemisphere.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        DO NOT talk about fantasy baseball here! But a mango salsa marinade? Totally fine!

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Have you ever thought about putting mangos in curry? I’ve done it with peaches and it’s very tasty.

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Everyone eats and thus may be interested in mango salsa.

        Relatively few people play fantasy baseball and even the majority of those people don’t want to read about your fantasy baseball team.

      • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        @Socrates: all the time. Also bananas and, if you can get it fresh, jakfruit. I make a seafood yellow curry with jakfruit – scallops, shrimp, crab – that’s a killer.

        @Seven – yeah, pretty much, just use apples instead, peeled and sliced longitudinally. The apple version also goes very well with sauteed beef, chicken or goose liver. I also add a tbsp. of unsweetened apple juice to the mixture when I use apples, but I have found that, unlike the mango, bananas or plantains don’t work well with the apples.

  6. moogro - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    That McCutchen game was about as fun as baseball gets, unless you needed the Reds to win.

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