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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 2, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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With their ace Adam Wainwright on the hill, the Cardinals had a chance to move within one game of first place in the National League Central last night. Of course, as things often go in baseball, it didn’t work out that way.

The Brewers scored seven runs off Wainwright in a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Aramis Ramirez led the charge for Milwaukee’s offense by going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI double, but five Brewers had at least two hits.

Wily Peralta allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings for his 13th victory. Matt Carpenter made things a little interesting in the ninth inning when he delivered a two-run triple, so Ron Roenicke was forced to bring in Francisco Rodriguez, but he managed to get Kolten Wong to ground out to end the ballgame.

The Brewers now have a three-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. They’ll look to create some more distance tonight when they send Kyle Lohse up against Justin Masterson, who will be making his Cardinals debut.

Your Friday box scores:

Brewers 7, Cardinals 4

Mariners 1, Orioles 2

Phillies 2, Nationals 1

Rangers 2, Indians 12

Giants 5, Mets 1

Yankees 3, Red Sox 4

Reds 5, Marlins 2

Angels 5, Rays 3

Twins 8, White Sox 10

Pirates 9, Diamondbacks 4

Rockies 2, Tigers 4

Blue Jays 1, Astros 3

Cubs 8, Dodgers 2

Royals 1, Athletics 0

Braves 1, Padres 10

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Giants 5, Mets 1: Ryan Vogelsong completely mows down the Mets here (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in the shortest nine-inning MLB game this season: a lightning-fast 2:06. In case anyone was wondering, the Giants played in the shortest game ever, a contest against the Phillies in 1919 that was a brisk 51 minutes. I think that’s shorter than the combined commercial break time for games nowadays.

    Phillies 2, Nationals 1: A day after bafflingly not trading anybody, the Phillies get a temporary laugh with a win against the first-place Nationals. That doesn’t mean it was easy, however: the Nationals had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Bryce Harper and new National Asdrubal Cabrera both fanned.

    Orioles 2, Mariners 1: Wei-Yin Chen was very sharp here (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K), as the Orioles hold on to a solid AL East lead, and yet are not taken seriously by most people. By the way, all three of the games I’ve described so far were over in less than 2:30. I wonder when the last time that happened was.

    Indians 12, Rangers 2: The Rangers might have been feeling good after taking two of three from the Yankees, but that good feeling vanished with this pounding by the Tribe. Mike Aviles drove in three and David Murphy had four hits, although one of them was a borderline error. But I digress.

    Tigers 4, Rockies 2: The same day people on the internet said he should be moved to the bullpen for the postseason, Justin Verlander turns in a decent outing (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Of course, this was against the Rockies. Against any other team, that might have been worse.

    Red Sox 4, Yankees 3: Three of four now lost to the Yankees to last-place teams, and five of seven overall. Ouch. They almost tied this one in the eighth, actually, but Mookie Betts robbed Jacoby Ellsbury of an extra-base hit with a great catch. But Betts still has a sillier name than Ellsbury, so there.

    Reds 5, Marlins 2: Ryan Ludwick busted it open with a two-run double in the sixth and that was all she wrote from there on out. The Marlins have dropped the first two of the series and are now three games below .500.

    Angels 5, Rays 3: Mike Trout set the tone early on, with a two-run home run in the first inning. Josh Hamilton followed suit with a solo shot later on. The Halos are now within a game of first place in the AL West.

    White Sox 10, Twins 8: The Pale Hose fell behind 5-2 in the third, but slowly, very slowly, chipped away to get a 6-5 lead in the sixth. The Twins took it back in the eighth, but the Sox rallied for four in the bottom half to give them the lead. Out of seventeen half-innings in this game, seven of them saw exactly one run score.

    Astros 3, Blue Jays 1: Gregorio Petit’s first home run of his career contributed to the Houston victory. Petit, by the way, has played in four games this season, and hadn’t played in any before that since 2009. #perseverance

    Brewers 7, Cardinals 4: Milwaukee begins a key road series on the right foot. Matt Carpenter was responsible for three of the St. Louis runs, including a two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth. That’s generally what they call “too little, too late”.

    Royals 1, Athletics 0: With new Athletic Jonny Gomes not in the lineup, Oakland drops a tight one to begin the series. A Raul Ibanez homer in the fifth was the only scoring in the game. Raul! So cool!

    Pirates 9, Diamondbacks 4: The situation looked grim for the Bucs, as they trailed 4-1 going into the eighth. Pedro Alvarez had the game tying double in the eighth, however, and they took the lead on a Jordy Mercer double in the ninth. The Pirates are in second by half a game.

    Padres 10, Braves 1: Tommy Medica had five hits, four runs, and four RBI for the Padres. That probably earned him the “Bass Pro Shops Line of the Day” on the MLB Network. Not that he gets anything for that. In fact, he probably doesn’t even know he got it. But at least he has the knowledge helped his team blow away the Braves.

    Cubs 8, Dodgers 2: Long night for Dan Haren (4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Good night for Kyle Hendricks (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K).

    • 4d3fect - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Thanks, soda.

      btw for the life of me, cannot comprehend thumbs down for your write-ups.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        That’s just the thumb harpy. He’s practicing to be one of William Gibson’s artificial stupidities in the matrix when they finally get around to making a film of Count Zero. Ignore him – he’s ornery this week because it’s occurred to him that he isn’t going to pass the first round of screen tests.

      • 4d3fect - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        As soon as I posted, had a look around and saw thumb harpy droppings everywhere.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Yeah, it’s like trying to walk in St. Peter’s Square.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Another 5-minute Official Replay review. With the Cubs up 8-1, Yasiel Puig comes rounding around 3rd on a force play at second and slides around the catcher, further avoids the tag, and then touches home plate with his left hand. Safe is the call BUT HOLD THE PHONE. Rick Renteria says, “I don’t care if it’s the 7th inning and my team is up by 7. I’m not sure that my guy didn’t tag their guy, so let’s go to New York!”

    And what do they do in New York? Other than a minute of slow motion replay from different angles, they then spend another 4 minutes with some stop motion replay, possibly enlarging the right frozen frame to see if that mitt hits the right had right over here….. Oh wait, could it be right there….. Now, one second…. Run that replay from the 1st baseline camera again…. Hold it!…. Wait, now go back, okay, move it up, okay RIGHT THERE! Is that a tag? Where’s his hand? Where’s the ball?

    Hey, Bud, if your replay officials can’t see the correct call from slow motion then stick with the field call, man. Don’t pay these umps in New York to TRY to undermine the on-field call. You pay them to ensure the game goes smoothly. And nothing is smooth with your replay. It’s about as unbearable as the NFL’s replay system, which is a bad thing, Bud. A very bad thing.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      NEW YAWK (say with ultimate disdain like Texas cowboys on Pace Picante commercial)!!!!

      Giants and Dodgers: what a classic rivalry and race for that Western Division pennant!

    • gloccamorra - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Yeah, just replace the sports writers at the scoring table with a senior umpire who can review a couple angles and confirm/change the call from the press box. It’s just as accurate, but a lot faster. Bonus: the umps will do a better job scoring the game than sports writers who don’t know the rules.

  3. janessa31888 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    It was a rare feast day for the Tribe’s feast or famine offense. How refreshing.

  4. phillysports1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Natslady where are you ? You guys made Roberto look like an ACE.

    • NatsLady - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Not for the first time. Dunno what he’s got on the Nats.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    As they have repeatedly this season, the Feesh follow up a winning streak with a losing streak, with their offense going back into aestivation. After touching the strange attractor and then retreating from it precipitously like kids at camp touching the old oak in the middle of the field and shouting “Ringalevio one two three,” the Rainbow Warriors have rewarded Scrooge McLoria’s pre-trade deadline “all in on an El Keed substitution” prevarications with precisely the sort of performance we expected. So it goes. I didn’t have a chance to watch this particular game; two brilliant guitarists in Raiford Starke and Jack Shawde duetting at the world famous Lunar Star Cafe in North Macondo trumps the debut of a mediocre (but controllable) pitcher at Macondo Banana Massacre field. Raiford and Jack played up to their usual jaw-dropping potential, making for an exhilarating night, while it looks like Cosart played down to his. Also, Stex, if you’re out there this morning, what you saw from Jake Marisnick last night is about what you can expect from him, too. He’s a long way from learning how to hit big league pitching. On the bright side, the Iron Giant seems to have recovered his home run stroke for the time being. That may augur well for this team winding up the season at or near the strange attractor, which, given last season’t dismal record, might be enough of a reason for some back-patting in the front orifice in October. But now, especially with Henderson Alvarez gone down for the nonce with shoulder issues, it ought to be apparent that to expect the Feesh to be hanging around in the fall is a pipefeesh dream.

    • moogro - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Ringalevio. Wow. Olly olly oxen free-o.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        The thumb harpy is out again today, I see. Since you obviously went to camp too, you probably remember him – he was the kid who got assigned to the upper bunk even though he always wet his bed at night.

      • groupofsevenrules - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Heyyyyy, OG – no comments on the Jays of late? They went on a nice run while you were away. Three and a half games up on the Borg, only two and a half behind the Orioles, and deep in the thick of the wild card race.

        So, you’ve shaken off the jet lag yet?

  6. clydeserra - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    For the A’s offense, its like Cespedes has disappeared in August.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Nice.

      Wasted effort by Sonny Gray. Harold Reynolds said before the game he expects the Angels to win the Division. He could be right. When was the last time they lost a series?

      • hookstrapped - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        The Angels have lost two series to the Orioles in the past week.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        You’d think I’d have looked that up first :) Sorry!

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    All that Yooper power must have been the ticket! V was good for 8 and Davis’ speed delivered. Hopefully Gonzales’ injury wasn’t significant and he’s back at it.

    It’s Fiesta Tigres this weekend and in honor of, Pudge returns. It was nice to see him again. Sniff I still love you, Pudge.

    • tellyspop - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Back in the day when I lived in the land of the frying pan, I had hoped to see young Pudge get married at home plate during intermission of a Tulsa Driller’s game. Alas Pudge and bride to be were called up to Texas at the tender ages of 19 and 18, so it was not to be except later at the courthouse. Young love so innocent and sweet!

      In the big leagues, Pudge did shine. A two step lead at any base was not safe! He gradually learned to hit and call pitches. He was my Fav! Then in a scene from VH1 behind the music, Pudge morphs into the Stay Puft Marshmallow man, his head, feet, and biceps all baloneyed up. I never could figure that out?

      In my mind we shook hands like time and space then parted ways. Pudge won a title and I became a Conch Republic Rays fan and got skin cancer. Yet I gladly report, except for gravatational pull, my package has remained the same.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Imbibing the blood of waifs, are we?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        You lived in the Frying Pan? I too was disappointed by the hitch in their hitching. Twoo wuv…

  8. phillysports1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Terrible..

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    The Orioles have played 7 consecutive 1 run games and are 5-2 in that stretch. They have won 8 of their last 11 and it’s all been against the beasts in the West and what is surely the most difficult stretch in the teams schedule. Now if only Toronto would cooperate and lose because the gap between first and second isn’t enough.

    • nbjays - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      I don’t want the Jays to lose because the gap between second and third isn’t enough.

  10. phillysports1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Of course. When you trade your cuban

  11. phillysports1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    You trade your Cuban power to add pitching ? Jeff and Sonny is not enough for you ? I hope they don’t make the playoffs now.

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      You can get away with saying that in Feeladelfia. You can’t talk about trading away Cubans down here in Macondo. It brings back too many memories of the Bay of Pigs and the Slobbering Ozzie shoot-down.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Feeladelfia? Cheesesteak might be a bit heavy for the weather in South Florida.

        Ignore the jealous loser thumbs down harpie. Sucks to get banned but when you’re a pea brain hater, that’s what happens.

  12. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Got the lamb with mango and rambutan salsa recipe on the agenda today – I use lychees in place of rambutans up here; you can get them but they cost a fortune and, of course, they taste just like lychees anyway. I’ve also added dried cranberries and pineapple to the salsa. Let you know how it works out. My guess is that this dressing would also go well with loin of pork.

    Also, I may be receiving a palm cabbage or maybe two next week – a neighbor sold his house and the buyer wants to remove the sabal palms from next to the front of his house because he worries that they’d fall against the structure in the event of a hurricane. That’s not likely; the sabals, being native, evolved to withstand anything short of a tornado. But, two big palm cabbages (the heart of the palm directly beneath where the fronds sprout out of it, about a foot to eighteen inches long and about a foot in diameter) are a culinary gift. I like to slice off a disc about 2″ thick, dice it, and sautee it with diced side pork, black pepper, salt, rosemary or sage and yellow hominy. Or, you can shred it, mix it with shredded cabbage and grated carrots, and make a terrific cole slaw with it. More later….

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