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Settling the Score: Sunday’s results

Aug 11, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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If Devin Mesoraco hadn’t missed a few weeks of the season, he would be right in the thick of things in the NL MVP discussion. The Reds’ catcher homered twice in Sunday’s 7-2 win over the Marlins, helping his club avoid a series sweep at home.

In the first inning, Mesoraco took lefty Brad Hand out to left field for a two-run home run, putting his team on top by a 2-1 score. In the fifth, he padded the Reds’ lead to 7-2 when he took Hand out again, skying a grand slam over the fence in left field.

Mesoraco, in 309 plate appearances, has a ridiculous .293/.366/.580 slash line with 20 home runs and 61 RBI. Most of the 15 players ahead of his 3.4 WAR (via FanGraphs) have between 450-500 total plate appearances. His HR and RBI totals come out to 42 and 128 over 650 plate appearances — a full season’s worth. Quietly, he has been among the game’s best at the plate.

The Reds, at 60-58, are still in the thick of things despite ranking fourth in the NL Central. They sit just five games behind the first-place Brewers and 2.5 games behind the Pirates for the second National League Wild Card slot.

Here are Sunday’s box scores and recaps…

Indians 4, Yankees 1

Reds 7, Marlins 2

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 6 (19 innings)

Mets 6, Phillies 7

Rangers 6, Astros 2

Padres 8, Pirates 2

Red Sox 3, Angels 1

Dodgers 5, Brewers 1

Twins 6, Athletics 1

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 3 (10 innings)

White Sox 2, Mariners 4

Cardinals 8, Orioles 3

Giants 4, Royals 7

Rays 2, Cubs 3 (12 innings)

Nationals 1, Braves 3

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    A great game in Toronto last night. Too bad HBT missed it. Detroit had an early 5 to nothing lead, but the Jays chipped away and eventually tied it in the 9th against Joba. The teams then played another exciting 10 innings before the Jays finally scored. Both teams had chances to end it early but failed to do so. Bautista had several chances to end it, but was 0 for 7 with 2 walks before he hit the winning RBI. Detroit emptied their bullpen early and had to use Porcello in relief. Nathan manager to pitch a scoreless inning for Detroit. The Jays had the bases loaded a couple of times, but were unable to get a bases loaded run until the 19th. Rasmus robbed Detroit of a run in the 18th with a catch off Miggy. He then robbed Detroit of a run in the 19th with a diving catch. The only players not used by the Jays were Hutchinson, Happ and Dickey. Dickey was warming up to pitch the 20th if necessary. The winning pitcher for Toronto was Chad Jenkins who threw 6 innings of scoreless relief. Last night, he had a better line than most starting pitchers in MLB. He was bailed out a couple of times by Rasmus and he was able to induce Hunter into hitting a 1, 2, 3 double play.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      It was supposed to be a day game, but it lasted 6 hours and 37 min. The longest game in Jays history. Meanwhile, down on the farm, 21 year old lefty Dan Norris made his first Triple A start. He struck out 10 batters over 6 scoreless innings. Other teams tried to get Norris at the trade deadline but were told no. 22 year old Aaron Sanchez dominated the Tigers over 3 scoreless innings last night. 23 year old Marcus Stroman pitched 9 strong innings on Saturday. The future of the Jay’s rotation looks bright.

      • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        can a charter be called a rd eye?

        I take it from the kiss Dickey planted on Bautista that he did not want to come in in relief

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        I guess that since he wears #19, that it was appropriate for Bautista to end the game in the 19th inning.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      It was baseball day in Canada. I imagine fans there feel like they got their money’s worth of it.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        A double header plus one inning for the price for one game. Speaking of Price, he did not seem to be injured by that line drive that hit him.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        The Jays had to take a red eye flight to Seattle for tonight’s game. It will be a happy flight. After the game Dickey kissed Bautista on the cheek. Dickey had warmed up, but did not want to have to pitch in the 20th inning.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Ah, proudly, I see your exuberance has awakened the Thumb Harpy from his millennial slumber – although, of course, in the case of this particular thumb harpy (at whose identity we can only guess due to the intellectual deficiencies and emotional impotence evidenced by all the effort he had to put into posting all those downers) the time he had to take from preparing for his welter of Fortune 500 board meetings while that game dragged pointlessly onward seems, somehow, so tragic….

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        (Giggle) There he is again. Did anyone ever see that classic B-minus science fiction classic Beginning of the End? Remember when that deaf mute lab assistant got eaten by the giant grasshopper, and all he could do was scream silently and gesticulate emptily as the big bug closed in on him? I don’t know why – I guess I just enjoy free-associating – but for some reason watching the Thumb harpy harmlessly discharging his entire armory of blank commentary with an inaudible click-click-click reminds me of that scene. Hilarious.

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Without replay review of a steal attempt in the ninth inning, the Blue Jays would have lost this game. Even though it worked against my favorite team (the replay correctly reversed the call made on the field in the Blue Jays’ favor), I’d much rather take 2 minutes and do what can be done to try to get the call right. For all of the controversy created when replay doesn’t work quite right, it seems like it draws little comment when it appropriate changes the game’s outcome.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        The Jays were successful on 2 challenges. Weren’t there some challenges the day before?

    • moogro - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Holy cats that Toronto-Detroit game was fun.

  2. chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    That Tigers-Blue Jays game was interesting to watch

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Eh? More than 6 hours of play? Hard to find it interesting.

      • chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:48 AM

        Well at a certain point you want to see position players pitch and see how many innings it will go. I dont think we’ve had a 20 inning game at all this season yet

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        There was a lot of excitement in those last 10 innings. Both teams had several chances to score. No position players were available to pitch, because they had all been used during the game. The Jays did use a pitcher (Stroman) as a pinch runner.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Ah… Guess our league’s the only one in the world that ends with tie ballgames.

      • renaado - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        “Ah… Guess our league’s the only one in the world that ends with tie ballgames.”

        That ain’t true Yano, KBO games too also ends with tie ballgames headin in to extras… Also lasts at 12 innings when the scores still same.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        Heh? Like I care about them. Carry on then, bud.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Gee, two (2) 19 inning games in two (2) days. The fans got their money’s worth, maybe.

  4. janessa31888 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    What’s with all these 19 inning games? Yikes. I’m grateful the tribe managed to dispatch the Yanks in a conventional nine innings. Surprised Carrasco made it five innings without getting shelled.

  5. southpaw2k - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Now taking bets on which game tonight will go 19 innings! Who ya got? Cardinals/Marlins? Yankees/O’s?* Rays/Rangers? Rockies/Padres?

    *I sure hope this game doesn’t go 19 innings.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Now that you mention it, an 18 inning game between those 2 teams would be just fine.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Could you imagine a Red Sawx/Yanks game going 19 innings? They already take 5 and a half hours to play 9 innings, playing 19 might take a full 24 hours.

    • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      its true, but the A’ s played a 16 inning game with the yankees last year and the red sox obviously payed 18? 17? the night beforelast.

      What I have noticed (and not researched to see if its true) is teams, even take a lot of pitches teams, swing early in counts after say the 12th inning. Guys are tired and they go up their hacking. anything after the 13th goes pretty quickly.

      Look at jenkins last night, he went 6 complete, gave up 7 hits a wak and had 4 strike outs and threw 73 pitches. that’s an average of 12 per inning which isn’t a lot.

    • southpaw2k - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      ESPN would televise every last pitch for sure.

  7. sportsdrenched - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    The Royals are a half game out of the division lead. I’m perfectly Ok if no one nationally talks about that. I like the incognito, ninja, silent but deadly sneaking up on your opponent type thing.

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

      I love to talk about it. Nothing like an impending paradigm shift to go with your breakfast empanadita and Cuban coffee.

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      I’ve been wondering if I didn’t seek temporary, honorary Tiger fan status a bit early. Perhaps a dual status is possible. Thing is I don’t have a George Brett tumbler, although I might be able to find a Amos Otis one.

  8. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Well, the Feesh swam afoul beegtime of the brutal clubsmanship of Reds catcher Devin Mesolithic. What Bill didn’t mention above is that Mesoraco’s record with the bases loaded this season is 6-for-7 with 3 grand slams and 17 RBIs. That is Lou Gehrig level sacks full performance level. Wow. In effect, the Feesh traded the Reds dinger for dinger except that there were men on base when the Reds hit them and none on base when the Feesh did. Casey McGehee hit his third jonron of the season – third, I say, not too shabby for a cleanup hitter not named john Franklin Baker – and was greeted with awe by teammates who looked like they’d just seen Remedios the Beauty ascending to heaven with her clothesline still wrapped around her ankles.

    Sad Hand was doing OK until he melted down and lost the plate in the fifth. It was at the tail end of his Steve Blass impersonation that he heaved his desperation beachball towards Mesoraco and the Cincinnati catcher pulverized it like a handful of goetta. So it goes. On the bright side for the Feesh, the Iron Giant was two for four with a dinger and an almost-dinger that got snatched at the wall by some fat outfielder in a red blouse. He seems to be slowly coming around. Let’s see if his little outburst on the road translates back to Macondo Banana Massacre Field tonight.

  9. thomas844 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    When Votto and Phillips were hitting well the past couple seasons, Frazier and Mesoraco struggled. Now that Votto and Phillips are hurt, Frazier and Meso are hitting well. Get all four of these guys healthy and hitting at the same time and we got ourselves a contender.

  10. natstowngreg - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    The Nats had the opportunity. Not necessarily to put the Braves’ dominance of their season series to rest. At least, to change the conversation some. They failed.

    The bullpen seems to have righted itself this weekend. Hopefully, that will last. This one was on others. Including Alex Wood, who did a fine job. Gio Gonzalez aided and abetted his own loss by forgetting to cover first. Not for the first time. At this point (as the ESPN guys noted), the Nats’ rotation is inverted somewhat.

    Doug Fister (2.49) was expected to be solid. He’s been better than that.

    Tanner Roark (2.86) tried to explain to the ESPN audience how he went from organization fodder to one of MLB’s best ERAs. His career is barely a season old, and his ERA in that time is 2.50. When the guys covering the Nats tweet about pitchers with better, or comparable, ERAs during that time, they throw out the names Kerhsaw, Cueto, Greinke, Lester and Wainwright.

    Jordan Zimmermann (3.06) has been solid. that’s what Jordan Zimmermann is. Solid.

    Stephen Strasburg (3.68): 15.1 innings vs. the Braves this season, 17 runs. Even if one could set that aside (and one can’t), he’s been inconsistent.

    Gio Gonzalez (4.00): A fellow Nats fan asked yesterday, which Gio will we get? For the 3rd time in 5 starts, it was the struggling Gio, the one who couldn’t get through the 5th. It’s sad, because he seems like such a good guy, and we want him to do well.

    The Nats lead by 3.5, headed to New York, then a Pirates-D’backs-Giants homestand. The Braves host the Dodgers and A’s, then to the Pirates and Reds. The Nats can overcome their issues with the Braves if they take care of business against others. The two teams meet 6 more times, between September 8 and 17.

  11. APBA Guy - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Were the A’s looking past the Twins, whom they had beaten 12 straight times, and at the coming road trip that begins against the incandescent Royals? I don’t know, but both the offense and the bullpen sucked monkeys yesterday, with only Hammel’s strong start a positive.

    Speaking of the Royals, they closed out the sputtering Gigantes to complete the sweep. Remember when we were talking about the sequence 2010, 2012, 2014…in relation to the Giants? That seems so very long ago. The Royals looked solid against the Giants all weekend, and yesterday’s 7 steals were just an indication of their all-around improvement over their first half performance.

    • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      yikes, I didn’t see the steals. Please have norris start

  12. deathmonkey41 - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Kevin Long continues to escape scrutiny for turning a team, which once was patient, worked counts, and hit the ball the other way to one that regularly swings at the first pitch and tries to pull everything out of the park for a HR. At some point, you’d think he’d work with guys about hitting away from the shift, but they seem to be content with continually yanking the ball where 6 players are set up. Paul O’Neill made a couple of comments about the approach of several of the Indians hitters and how they weren’t trying to do to much and were hitting balls the other way and up the middle. This prevented them from turning over their wrists and pulling a weak ground ball to a middle infielder…something the Yankees do over and over and over and over again…. But hey, Kevin Long is a genius, so just because all the hitters lack a plan (other than to swing early and often) and lack any kind of sound approach, that’s not the fault of the hitting coach. You can probably blame that on the bullpen catcher or something.

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