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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 9, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

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It wasn’t easy, but the Braves snapped their eight-game losing streak last night with a 7-6 win over the first-place Nationals at Turner Park in Atlanta.

The Braves scored all seven runs against Stephen Strasburg, who was chased after just five innings and gave up four home runs. Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, and Tommy La Stella all went deep for Atlanta. For La Stella, it was his first major league home run. Strasburg hadn’t given up more than two home runs in any of his previous 99 starts in the majors.

It wasn’t long before the lead became tenuous, as Ervin Santana gave up four runs in the sixth inning, including a three-run homer from Anthony Rendon. Then, after a rain delay of over an hour, the Nationals got closer in the seventh with a solo homer from Wilson Ramos and a sacrifice fly from Asdrubal Cabrera. However, Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel were able to combine to get the final seven outs to secure the one-run victory.

The Braves now sit at 59-56 on the year, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals in the National League East. They’ll try to keep chipping away when they send Aaron Harang to the hill tonight against Tanner Roark.

Your Friday box scores:

Nationals 6, Braves 7

Rays 4, Cubs 3 (10 innings)

Indians 6, Yankees 10

Mets 5, Phillies 4

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 4

Padres 1, Pirates 2

Rangers 3, Astros 4

Marlins 2, Reds 1

Cardinals 2, Orioles 12

Giants 2, Royals 4

Red Sox 4, Angels 2

Twins 5, Athletics 6

Dodgers 3, Brewers 9

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 5

White Sox 1, Mariners 4

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    And That Happened: Friday Edition

    Rays 4, Cubs 3- Ryan Sweeney gave the Wrigley faithful a thrill with a game-tying single in the bottom of the ninth, but the mood changed when my good buddy Kevin Kiermaier drove in the winning run in the tenth. Unlike the last time Tampa visited the Cubs, no player was ejected for having a corked bat.

    Pirates 2, Padres 1- Three straight wins for the Buccos. This is a big deal for them, as they are proving that they can win without Andrew McCutchen in the lineup. Granted, these three games have been against mediocrities, but it still means something.

    Orioles 12, Cardinals 2- Six home runs by the Orioles gave them a 12-0 lead after the sixth inning. Manny Machado’s and JJ Hardy’s were both three-run blasts, which helped the O’s hold on to their still-comfortable AL East lead.

    Tigers 5, Blue Jays 4- Devastating loss for Toronto- they led 4-2 going into the ninth, but Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez both homered to give Detroit the lead. The Jays have now lost six out of seven.

    Marlins 2, Reds 1- A home run from Giancarlo Stanton helped back a strong outing from Nate Eovaldi (8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). The Reds had hope late, with men on first and third with two outs in the ninth down by one, but Steve Cishek ended said hope.

    Mets 5, Phillies 4- It was a win that was way more complicated than it had to be: the Mets led 5-1 going into the ninth, before the Phillies scored two runs and got the tying run on base with nobody out. Fortunately for Mets fans, who assumedly heard about the Philly rally last night, their club held on to take the series opener. It also preserved Bartolo Colon’s 200th career victory.

    Yankees 10, Indians 6- Don’t look now, but the Yankees have now moved into second place in the AL East and are only a half-game out of a wild card spot. Carlos Beltran had a grand slam and drove in five runs overall on the night.

    Braves 7, Nationals 6- This game could aptly be called “two innings of terror” for Braves fans: their team held a 7-0 going into the sixth inning, only to see that lead dwindle down to a mere run. Fortunately for the sanity of Atlanta fans and for any remote hope this team still had, they managed to hold on to snap their losing streak. Both Uptons, Tommy La Stella, and Freddie Freeman homered. For La Stella, it was his first time.

    Brewers 9, Dodgers 3- Possible NLCS Preview?!?!?!?!? If it is, then the Dodgers may be in trouble, as the Brewers trailed going into the seventh, only to erupt for seven runs in the last two innings. Martin Maldonado managed an RBI on a sac bunt, and Rickie Weeks had a three-run homer in the eighth to remove all doubt.

    Royals 4, Giants 2- It was the Billy Butler show on this night, as his three RBI proved the difference for a Royals victory. Believe it or not, not only do the Royals have an AL wild card spot as of now, they’re only two and a half games back of the Tigers in the division.

    Astros 4, Rangers 3- Robbie Grossman’s two-run home run in the eighth gave Houston a lead they would not give up. The Rangers become the first team to 70 losses this season. Remember when they were above .500 as recently as late May?

    Athletics 6, Twins 5- Minnesota made it interesting by scoring five in the seventh, but it wasn’t good enough as Oakland held on. Coco Crisp had a three-run triple to lead the Athletics’ offense.

    Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3- The Rockies also achieved their seventieth loss on this night, but the Rangers game ended a few hours before this one, so Texas gets that (dis)honor. Miguel Montero had a three-run homer in the first. David Peralta had an RBI triple in the seventh, then stole home. Bad. Ass.

    Red Sox 4, Angels 2- Yoenis Cespedes returns to a familiar place and launches a two-run double in the third inning. Coupled with a Dustin Pedroia single and a Mike Napoli home run, it gave Boston the series opener win.

    Mariners 4, White Sox 1- The Sox led for one and a half innings, before Mike Zunino’s three-run blast in the fifth gave the Mariners a permanent lead. That home run was Zunino’s eighteenth, by the way. I wouldn’t have guessed he had that many.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      You are right Johnny. That loss hurt. The Jays had the Tigers right where they wanted and uncharacteristically Casey Janssen blew the save.

      • clydeserra - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        and the bases loaded against nathan.

        Damn that Rajai davis.

    • indaburg - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Nice write up, johnny. I think Kiermaier is purposely trolling you.

      Baez also gave the Cubs an early thrill in his 1st AB ever at Wrigley with a single and a scored run. He then proceeded to K in his subsequent 4 AB, but he’s obviously going to have some growing pains as he adapts to big league pitching. Even his Ks were something to watch. He has one aggressive, powerful swing.

  2. westcoastredbird - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Cards/O’s game not as close as the score indicates. It felt like 40-2. Masterson needs to go back on the DL. He can’t possibly be this bad. Somebody give Taveras a lighter bat. Dude can’t catch up to a ML fastball. And yes Matheny got his wish he got to play his bench- Ellis, Descalso, and Robinson. Hey Mike how about having the boys ready for road games. They came out flat against the Dodgers, Padres, and now this.

  3. El Pollo Loco - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Anyone else beginning to think Stephen Strasburg is overrated?

  4. renaado - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Tommy La Stella’s 1st career homerun in 63 games and approximately 229 AB’s, certainly a moment to remember by the Braves promisin 2nd baseman this season. And finally the 8 game losing streak snapped.

  5. Stiller43 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Thanks again johnny! Always love the write ups

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Yeah, they’re always spot on – BTYW Johnny what did you do with your write-up for last Sunday? I suspect that Baer tied one on the night before and snored right through till the afternoon.

  6. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    What a night in Charm City! The Os blasted six home runs in victory over a tough Cardinals team. Post-game festivities included a laser light show, fireworks, and introductions of 20+ past Orioles players all in celebration of the Orioles 60th year. It’s always wonderful to see Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, and of course, Cal Ripken on hand with the crowd roaring. Gives me chills. Fan favorite Rick Dempsey kissed home plate to raucous applause, and for me it was wonderful to see personal favorites like Boog Powell and Mike Bordick and Ken Singleton, and more. Heck, even Milt Pappas was there! A simply glorious celebration all around made for a sparkling Friday evening our wonderful little city.

    Happy Saturday, HBT. :)

    • nvl004 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Awesome game. I thought they might be tired coming home from the road trip but they def came to play!

    • jwbiii - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Sounds like a wonderful time! And lets have a moment of silence for Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Mark Belanger, Paul Blair, Mike Flanagan, Earl Weaver, and all the others who were not able to attend.

      • ripwarrior - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Where was mike mussina ??

      • nvl004 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Mike Mussina was always a very private guy, didn’t like talking to the media. Not surprised he wasn’t there.

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Sanchez was not his best last night — even before coming out injured (I hope the MRI is okay today). Heck, everyone was bumbly at first: errors and balls deflecting off gloves and hittable pitches. When Beautiful Brad came out to challenge an obvious play in the 2nd, I thought: he must be giving them some time to get their heads together. A couple of plays later, he was out again. It isn’t that often that you see the manager affecting the rhythm of play in an inning. We needed it.

    Still, we scored a couple and we looked a little better as the game progressed. Back-to-back homers in the 9th from a couple of our youngsters was a nice surprise. Boy, Canadians are hard. They were booing Janssen lustily. As bad as he is, I don’t know that I’ve heard Nathan booed that strongly at home. I cuss him, but even I don’t booo. Toronto is tough, I tell ya. Anyway, things went smoothly initially in the bottom of the 9th. As per usual, Nathan got the first two outs pretty easily and had the next batter down with two strikes…and then proceeded to screw it up. He walked two and Tigers fans got that familiar feeling. It’s the same old song: One strike left and Nathan blows it. But Jobu was merciful and Thole hit a high one foul. Davis made a great sliding catch to remind the…Torontarians?…Torontials?…Toronitarians?…Jays fans of how it used to be. We needed that one.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      PS Great moves by Gibbons in Lessons on Why Not to Use the Shift.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Colby successfully bunted for the second time against the shift. Kind of disappointed that Rajai Davis bailed out Nathan.

    • indaburg - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Crap, I just reported your comment unintentionally. Bad phone, bad. I wish there was a confirmation screen to report a comment. “Are you sure you wish to report this comment?” “No, my phone has a tiny screen; Hell yes, my head hurts from reading that drivel.” That was a long preamble to say…

      I hope Sanchez’s MRI is okay. He’s one of my favorite pitchers.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Hey! I “accidentally” reported yours too! >:(

      • indaburg - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        LOL

        Next time (and there will be a next time), I won’t admit it! :-P

      • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        It’s on like Lady Donkey Kong!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Today, I give thanks to both Joba and Jobu. Your Tigers may have lost another pitcher (Soria) to an injury.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Don’t give thanks for that.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Stroman and Scherzer were terrific .Neither of them deserved a loss. The best I can say about good old Joe Nathan is that he is consistent. The majority of the 45,900 fans went home happy.

  8. drewzducks - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Esmil Rogers, despite being mocked by some of lesser baseball knowledge, continued his impressive rebirth after having left the toxic environment north of the border and may be another of the many in-season Yankee reclamation projects. Earning his second win in less than a week and having surrendered a single run in his brief nine inning intro to the pinstripes, Rogers and the surging Bombers became one of three teams to pass the floundering Jays for the second wildcard. The inactivity of AA at the trade deadline, in contrast to the subtle, yet effective, roster strengthening moves of Cashman and Duquette, has to come under even greater scrutiny given his rosters’ obvious deficiencies (albeit some injury related, though nothing in comparison to New York’s) and dismal record since the deadline. They better right their ship quickly in order to hold off the surging Yanks, Royals and Mariners, and to avoid yet another year without a postseason appearance.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Esmil will find a way to break your heart, just when you least expect it.

      • drewzducks - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Least expect it? With Esmil, it’s to be expected. Janssen is another story. My team has already been put on mothballs for the season. Can your Jays avoid joining them come September?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Who knows what will happen when Encarnacion and Lind return!

  9. janessa31888 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I confess I would rather watch meaningless pre season football games than watch the Indians “infielders” flinging the ball everywhere where it’s not supposed to go. They are one hot mess right now. This team really should be 10 games below .500 by now with the weak pitching and hitting. I can’t think of a single thing they do well.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      From your description, they are quite good at screwing up.

      • janessa31888 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        That’s very true. Corey Kluber is the only Tribe player worth watching.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Yes, Kluber is the star of that team, but can’t forget about Carlos Santana! After going through two position changes after having been strictly a catcher, his offense was slipping. But, he has settled into first base quite well an has been swinging the bat a lot better. He had a nice night last night.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      As a Jay’s fan, I want to thank Kluber for defeating the Evil Empire today.

  10. Francisco (FC) - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Bartolo Colon’s 200th career victory.

    Wait, I thought it was his 200th Birthday?

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      He definitely isn’t 200 lbs.

  11. groupofsevenrules - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Hey Gator, it looks like your Iron Giant may be awakening. By my count he’s hit three home runs in the last five games. That one last night didn’t have epic distance but based on the reaction of the Cardinals left fielder, it must have been a mile high – looks like it hit the bottom of the strange attractor and then fell back into the stands. Also not a bad performance by Eovaldi.

    When we get a pitching performance like that, no one hits, and vice-versa. Last night really hurt, especially since it was Casey Janssen who blew up on us. Not what you want to watch after a long week of unintentional overtime, and Michelle has begun her first round of faculty staff conferences, which are always as much fun as having a bear steal your fish off your line. Speaking of the great outdoors, with all its joys and pratfalls, I’ve been doing a lot of fishing lately (and have my tackle box provisioned for today’s expedition – a little higher up, in the cold water, where the trout are a bit smaller but distinctively sweeter). Perhaps NBC can give us a “Pro Fishing Talk” channel if the Jays don’t get their act together….

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Trout: Mmmmmmm.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Did you not see the trout recipes I posted here a few months back? I had two for Seven, I think – both baked, one with diced onions, garlic and goat cheese and the other with spinach and feta. I’ll dig them out for you later. I’m a big, obsessive trout eater. Most good trout recipes work pretty well with walleye and lake whitefish, too, incidentally.

        Hokay, the so-called “awakening” of the Iron Giant. I admit in advance that I was out listening to the great local bluesman Joey Gilmore up at the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo, who did a great version of Willie Dixon’s “Spoonfull” but crushed me when he admitted that he didn’t know the lyrics to “Built for Comfort.” He’s one of those laid-back old masters whose fingering and phrasing are relaxed and economical but still incredibly complex. He closed the set with a heart-wringing, drawn-out “Dock of the Bay” punctuated by his confession that he couldn’t whistle….

        Oh, yeah, the Iron Giant. So anyway, I had to reconstitute the game from ancient video records and scraps of papyrus, but the gist of it is that Nate Eovaldi pitched one of the best games of his career only to have to watch from the bench as Steve Cishek, who has been nicknamed “Shrek” by his teammates (for his superlative womp rat stew, no doubt, though it’s equally possible that after watching Aroldis last week he turned green) nearly blow it in the ninth, but managed to hang on for the win. And what’s more, Eovaldi…

        Oh, heh, sorry, the Iron Giant. Yeah, the Giant had the benefit of Casey McGehee back in the lineup after a day orf to polish his bearings, which seem to have gotten a bit careworn. McGehee had a couple of hits, including a critical double, so the day of rest of envy must have done him some good. I was wondering if Ayase-san could arrange for that batting instructor from Sendai to come over and put the mighty Casey through a refresher course….

        Ooops, the Iron Giant. Yes. He ackcherley had an excellent evening with the glove, making one diving catch and another sliding catch, both of which were beauties of ballet-like grace and fluidity. At the plate, he drilled a Space-X shot that put a camera into a low geosynchronous orbit above short left field for overhead shots of future games before dropping back into the upper deck in left. However, overall the Giant went 0-3 with a walk (well, that’s progress) and two strikeouts (that’s not progress) and his BA fell a couple more points. He’s gone from a high of near .325 in June to his current .289 which, of course, isn’t bad, but it’s still like coming home to a rust belt Levittown bungalow from a week at Sandals in Fiji.

        This evening, the Feesh will trot out Brad Penny, which is a bit like the zoo at Akademgoradok showcasing their cloned mammoth. The team’s earlier attempt to rename Macondo Banana Massacre field as Pleistocene Park failed when the frog DNA they had used to reincubate Kevin Gregg produced bone chips in his elbow and he had to be euthanized for the remainder of his career – and also, when InGen backed orf from paying the renaming fee after realizing that being associated with Scrooge McLoria would be worse for their image than having one of their therapsids get loose in the street.

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Covelli! Sportin’ the new fade w/ guest house ‘do, Coco ignited the A’s sleepy offense w/ a 2-strike triple, later scoring on a passed ball. Kaz at 142 IP is approaching last year’s total of 158, his highest since 2007, and he tired in the 7th, giving up 4 on some elevated mushballs and leaving with one more on, who scored on a double allowed by Cook. The bullpen clamped down after that for the A’s 11th straight over the Twins.

    In Anaheim, Jackie Bradley Jr made the catch of the night in the 9th that gave Uehara the save after Cespedes helped out his old team with a 2 run double. Thanks also to Napoli who seems to delight in damaging his old team and proving Scioscia wrong in pushing Nap out of SoCal. A’s now lead the Angels by 4.

    Today, Sam goes for the A’s in an evening start that will create a tough sun field in right for the first hour of the game.

    • clydeserra - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      not to mention to decent crowds for the twins.

  13. raysfan1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    One of many reasons the pitcher win is a flawed stat…in the Rays’ game Boxberger pitched the 9th and blew the save, then the Rays scored in the 10th and won, with Boxberger getting credit for the win. Call me crazy, but Archer, who pitched 6 innings and gave up 1 earned run deserved the win more than Boxberger after pitching 2 innings, giving up a run, and blowing the save.

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