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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 16, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Things are getting pretty interesting in the American League West.

Garrett Richards dominated while Kole Calhoun carried the load for the offense as the Angels beat the Rangers 5-4 last night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Meanwhile, the Athletics lost to the Braves, so the Angels are now just one game back in the division.

Richards allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings for his 13th victory of the season. He struck out seven batters and walked none. Calhoun had three hits on the night, the big blow of which was a long go-ahead three-run homer off Nick Martinez in the fifth inning. You can watch video of the blast here.

The Angels will play the Athletics for three in Oakland next week before meeting again for three in Anaheim one week later. The fun is just getting started.

Your Friday box scores:

Angels 5, Rangers 4

Athletics 2, Braves 7

Orioles 1, Indians 2 (11 innings)

Pirates 4, Nationals 5

Mariners 7, Tigers 2

Cubs 2, Mets 3

Astros 5, Red Sox 3 (10 innings)

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2

Yankees 0, Rays 5

Padres 2, Cardinals 4

Reds 3, Rockies 2

Blue Jays 5, White Sox 11

Brewers 6, Dodgers 3

Royals 6, Twins 5

Phillies 5, Giants 3 (10 innings)

  1. chill1184 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Another solid start by Wheeler, the kid has certainly taken steps forward since debuted last season

  2. Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The Feesh displayed their classic attraction-repulsion relationship with the strange attractor last night, going brain dead at the plate after a minor spasm of run scoring in the first inning. Sad Hand got clubbed twice in the top of the first and then settled down to pitch scoreless baseball for six more innings while his compadres killed rallies like an ISIL execution squad with four double plays. When you waste a game in which Garrett Jones ackcherley drives in a run and doesn’t commit any errors, well, you have to start wondering if there’s just something about the strange attractor that terrifies these guys.

    • happytwinsfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Did you know that Mike Redmond’s nickname is “Miracle Mike”. Dunno why, but if I were you I’d grasp it with both hands.

      Can you not summon from the mightiest depths of your wizardly literary powers a battalion of magical words to combat this strange attractor or doth the evil cast of The Loria block all light? Look to the Golden Bough for guidance oh mighty warrior of the pen.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        There’s nothing in The Golden Bough that works for baseball. It’s strictly for cricket – when you see that “sir” prefixed to the author’s name, you’re in heavy colonial territory. Me, I’m strictly a Necronomicon guy.

        Hard to say what can be done about Scrooge McLoria. There have ackcherley been local rumors this summer that he plans to sell the team soon, but you know how influential such wishful thinking can be. As far as the strange attractor, it remains there, worries and fascinates, glitters, oscillates, draws close, teases and recedes. They’ve made a few runs at it since the break and even got ahold of it once, but it always seems to tip over and dump them again just as quickly, like that rubber raft in your swimming pool. Well, it’s the Snakes now and Rangers next, so their chance of getting on top of it are prolly better for the nonce than they’re gonna be after the Arlington Gimps leave town.

      • groupofsevenrules - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Are there really serious reports of Scrooge selling the team?I seriously doubt if Gator would be the only one in Macondo whou would be overjoyed if he did.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Naaahhh, just the usual spawrts tork raydeeo noise ballast blather. I’ve heard it periodically since, oh, that first big losing schneid in July. Scrooge is so widely detested down here that I think a lot of it is, as I said, wishful thinking – though I guess some might hope that if they can grow legs on this particular rumor, just its persistence might discourage the bloodsucking bastard enough to cash in and get lost. Me, I think he’s making too much money to let go anytime soon. Ah well.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        PS – to be honest, I don’t listen to spawrts torque very much. It’s usually inane, segueing into discussions of who’s hot on American Idol, Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber’s DWI plea deal and other stuff about which I couldn’t care less. I have too much good music in my CD case to waste my time listening to so much nasal, juvenile pap. Ergo, when I tune in a few times a week and here the very same story being bandied about again, I figger it’s at least worth mentioning.

      • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        …and here comes the very same….

  3. El Pollo Loco - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Another solid outing by Greinke wasted.The Dodger bullpen is a joke.

  4. happytwinsfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Gentle Man Joe Mauer’s hitting streak reaches 16 and I think I saw, I know I saw, a unicorn. The last 40 will be magical.

  5. moogro - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Greinke on extra rest is extra choosy and goes only 5 with 5 walks, 2 ER. Wright, Howell, League tonights menu: Donnie goes with Wright who has nothing and stays with him until the game is lost, with no one even warming up until way too late. Lefty Howell not brought in to face to face lefty Overbay who tacks on 3 more against League seals it. Dee Gordon is all kinds of entertaining. Puig takes more pitches this year while watching Dee steal bases.

  6. beastmode5150 - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Angels huh? Have you seen the mariners lately?

  7. deepstblu - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Mariners are now your leader for the second wild card. As things stand now, it is entirely possible (with the right outcomes in wild card games) that all of the teams that make this year’s Division Series will be ones that have not won a pennant since 1990 or before (or have never won a pennant at all).

  8. tribester - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    No run support for Kluber again, despite his double-digit strike outs, another extra inning game, an interesting replay moment on potential HBP debacle, and Walters continues to prove his worth.

  9. janessa31888 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Corey Kluber is amazing. Too bad this team can barely score a run. Thank you Mike Aviles.

  10. historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    This was the only good part of the game I went to last night:

  11. APBA Guy - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    The A’s are officially scuffling, having now lost 4 of their last 5. Last night’s loss was the by now familiar “starter gets pummeled, relief allows a few extra runs, and the offense is uninspired.”

    That ominous music you hear isn’t the theme to “Jaws,” it’s the Angels only 1 game behind.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Welcome to our world. At least we aren’t the only ones.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Definitely not. But it’s amazing our two teams made similar moves (added pitching) but haven’t seen the payoff yet. You figure one (or both) should be winning more. Still 40 games to go, and still hopeful.

  12. bigmeechy74 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Alright. Time to get rid of the divisions. It’s really dumb that one of the 2 best teams in the entire damn league is going to have to play in a play-in game. Lets just divide them up by AL and NL and have a balanced schedule then seed them from there.

  13. tmc602014 - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Where’s Johnny?

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