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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 10, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

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The Kansas City Royals — baseball’s hottest team by far — are suddenly back in the thick of the things in the hunt for the American League Central crown.

James Shields looked ace-like in Saturday’s 5-0 blanking of the Giants, allowing just four hits (and no runs) over nine innings while striking out five for his first shutout since September 2012. And outfielder Alex Gordon, the second-best player in the game this season according to FanGraphs’ WAR, went 2-for-4 with a homer, a single, and two runs scored.

The Royals are 9-1 since July 30 and a mere 1 1/2 games back of Detroit in the AL Central standings.

If the 2014 season ended today, it would be Anaheim hosting Kansas City in the AL Wild Card Game.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Indians 3, Yankees 0

Tigers 2, Blue Jays 3 (10 innings)

Cardinals 3, Orioles 10

Rays 4, Cubs 0

Padres 2, Pirates 1

Giants 0, Royals 5

Dodgers 1, Brewers 4

Marlins 4, Reds 3

Rangers 3, Astros 8

Mets 2, Phillies 1 (11 innings)

Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 14

Twins 4, Athletics 9

White Sox 2, Mariners 1 (10 innings)

Nationals 4, Braves 1 (11 innings)

Red Sox 4, Angels 5 (19 innings)

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Angels 5, Red Sox 4- At one point, Garett Richards took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Of course, Boston broke that one up, and eventually took this game into the 19th inning. Mercifully, Albert Pujols ended it on a walk-off homer, but not before John Farrell decided to challenge that play. This, naturally, made for perhaps the most awkward walk-off celebration ever. I mean, first you had everyone cheering about Pujols’ walk-off, then Farrell came out to argue, then everyone sat around for a minute as some bleary-eyed officials back in New York watched the play and confirmed the homer. I suppose, in order to have a more accurate game, some of the little joys in baseball must be sacrificed.

    Indians 3, Yankees 0- It was Paul O’Neill Day at Yankee Stadium, as the legendary outfielder got a (borderline deserving) plaque at Monument Park. Following that, Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner on the all-time hit list. Unfortunately, all that mystique and aura could not stop the powerhouse that is Corey Kluber (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K).

    Blue Jays 3, Tigers 2- Max Scherzer pitched great, as Max Scherzer is prone to doing (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K). However, closer Joe Nathan is equally prone to blowing saves. He blew his sixth one of the year here, spoiling Scherzer’s great effort and setting up a walk-off double by Nolan Reimold in the tenth inning. Brad Ausmus says he’s sticking with Nathan as the closer, however. This is presumably because there are no other good options in the Tigers’ bullpen.

    Orioles 10, Cardinals 3- The Orioles continue to absolutely mash the Cardinals’ pitching, outscoring the Cards 22-7 in the first two games of the series. Following last night’s home run derby, Caleb Joseph, Nelson Cruz, and Delmon Young all homered.

    Rays 4, Cubs 0- Three RBI from Yunel Escobar backed a solid start from Jake Odorizzi (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Today, Tampa will wear one of those “fauxback” jerseys that they sometimes trot out, which is kind of ridiculous. It’s not like Tampa didn’t have a rich minor league history before the Rays, or the Rays didn’t have other designs before their current one (the first jersey they had was pretty sweet). But I digress.

    Padres 2, Pirates 1- All the scoring here was done in the first inning, with Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal the primary contributors to the San Diego victory. Many people made note of the fact that Andrew McCutchen looked ready to pinch-hit on Friday night. Well, the Pirates had four pinch-hitters last night, and none of them were McCutchen. Not promising.

    Brewers 4, Dodgers 1- Make that the first two games in the series taken by the Brewers. Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez both homered, while Aramis Ramirez had three hits. They’re now up by two and a half games in the Central with less than two months to go.

    Royals 5, Giants 0- Big Game James was quite big here (9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). The Royals will go for the sweep this afternoon. If they win, and the Tigers lose, they’re only a half-game out of it.

    Marlins 4, Reds 3- A back-and-forth game eventually ends with the Marlins on top. Three out of the Marlins’ four runs scored on outs, which is not really something you see every day. They’ve taken the first two of this series.

    Mets 2, Phillies 1- Yet another extra-inning game on the road for the Mets. This time, however, they pull it off, thanks to a Lucas Duda single in the eleventh.

    Astros 8, Rangers 3- It was 6-0 after the fifth inning and Houston never looked back from there. Robbie Grossman had three hits, and Jon Singleton drove in three. Not-so-fun fact: since June 1, the Rangers are 17-43.

    Nationals 4, Braves 1- This one was held up by a rain delay that took longer than the game itself (3:41 delay, 3:38 game). The Braves fans who stuck this one out deserved to be rewarded with a rare win, but the Nats put up three in the eleventh to spoil those plans.

    Diamondbacks 14, Rockies 4- A nine-spot by Arizona in the bottom of the eighth removed all doubt. David Peralta had five RBI, including a grand slam. Mark Trumbo and Alfredo Marte also homered to support the winning cause.

    Athletics 9, Twins 4- Derek Norris: one hit, two walks, five RBI. He had two RBI walks and hit a three-run blast. Stephen Vogt also homered as Oakland has taken the first three games in this series.

    White Sox 2, Mariners 1- Alexei Ramirez doubled to tie it in the seventh, and Conor Gillaspie won it with a single in the tenth.

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

      What a loss for the Braves this day since snappin the losin streak yesterday… Gotta admit, that rain delay was a lag but good thing there’s time zones.

      Appreciate the fine work as always, Johnny.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      The Detroit narrative is that Nathan blew the game. The Toronto narrative is that The Jays wanted the game more than the Tigers did. Young Marcus Stroman went deeper into the game than Scherzer. By the way, in his MLB starts this season, the 5 foot 8 rookie is 6 & 3 with a 2.59 ERA. The shots of the Jays players on the bench during the final innings showed how much the team was into the game. It did not matter who pitched for the Tigers in the bottom of the 9th, the Jays were going to score. Even if the Jays had failed to score against the bearded fat toad in the 10th, they were going to win the game. They had hard throwing Aaron Sanchez warming up and the Tigers were not going to score against him.

      Today it will be Price against Buehrle. The 2 starters have very similar records this year. The Jays plan to use Buehrle and his 84 MPH heater for 7 innings and then use Sanchez with his 98 MPH heater for the next 2 innings. The game should be close. Unfortunately, I will miss it.

    • indaburg - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I agree the fauxback thing is a rather silly marketing ploy, but the original TB Devil Rays unis were “pretty sweet”? Are you blind, good man?

      I apologize to anyone eating breakfast.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I reported this comment for breakfast violations.

      • indaburg - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        *nod* Can’t blame you.

      • moogro - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Hopefully someday they ill use a Devil Rays uni as a throwback.

      • indaburg - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Wasn’t it enough that the first awful 3 months of the 2014 season were throwbacks?

        Seriously, the Rays did a throwback D-Rays uni night back in 2009. I was at that game. They lost. The cursed name has not been brought back.

    • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Nice recap. I believe the Orioles, baseball’s hottest team by far (if we’re going by strength of schedule, record, and ERA since the ASB), have outscored the Cards 22-5 though. 12-2 game one and 10-3 in game two.

  2. natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I empathize with the Braves fans who made it though the rain delay and game. Clearly, there was desperation to get this game in. More desperation than you usually see for a division game.

    It does makes one wonder, whatever happened to the game curfew?

    But “deserving” to win, because the game went so late? Sorry, no. Same as when I sat through a 15-inning game in May, the Nats losing to the Reds. That’s not how baseball works.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to the recap above.

    • renaado - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Still a heartbreaker since snappin that terrible loosin streak, though… The Baseball Gods are probably against the Braves this days.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        True, but a win the Nats really needed. They need to start winning more often against the Braves. Well worth staying up way, way past one’s bedtime.

  3. natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    The replay guys in New York got work at 2:15 AM EDT. From Atlanta, of all places. Question: was a runner tagged out at the plate? Did the Nats lead 4-1 or 5-1? Fredi won the challenge, keeping it 4-1, and getting him a bonus replay challenge. Not that he needed it.

    At 2:29 AM (according to the clock on my cable box), the game ended. The Nats accomplished two rare things: beating the Braves, and winning in extras. Their lead returned to 4.5. A rare Sunday Night appearance tonight for the Nats, a bit of ESPN-caused scheduling that works out nicely for both teams.

    A quick check of final scores post-game showed that MLB’s night was, surprisingly, not over. They were in the bottom of the 15th in Anaheim. Turned out, the replay guys in New York had one more review to make.

  4. clydeserra - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    hey boston fans, why does manager of the year ™ John Farrell leave in Clay BUckholtz to face mike trout in the 8th? Further why does he have the infield DP depth in the 10th with a lead?

    • APBA Guy - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Totally agree Clyde. Absolutely. Boston had a lead going into the 8th, Buchholz is at 100 pitches, you have your bullpen lined up and Mike Trout due to bat. So what does Farrell do? Let tired, wheezy Buchholz face Trout, with predictable results.

      I suppose the 19 inning game is a just reward for his decision.

      Or is it all a monumental conspiracy to thwart the beloved A’s??????

      • Old Gator - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        I don’t expect Farrell won any hearts and minds when he demanded to review Pujols’ home run, but frankly, I love those horribly extended games – they enable me to use up the leftover hot dogs in my meat bin. You know, the ones that were turning green. Hint: microwaving kills the lichen, and the relish covers up any lingering discoloration.

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