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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 17, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

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Suddenly the American League West is all tied up.

Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick both went yard and Matt Shoemaker pitched well over 5 2/3 innings as the Angels topped the Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The A’s, meanwhile, got a third straight poor start from Sonny Gray and lost 4-3 to the Braves at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

It was the fourth straight loss for Oakland and for Anaheim it was the fourth straight win. The Halos, who weren’t nearly as aggressive as the A’s ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, now have a share of first place in the American League West for the first time since Opening Day 2013.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Phillies 5, Giants 6

Yankees 3, Rays 2

Orioles 0, Indians 6

Pirates 3, Nationals 4

Mariners 2, Tigers 4

Blue Jays 6, White Sox 3

Royals 1, Twins 4

Athletics 3, Braves 4

Cubs 3, Mets 7

Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 2

Astros 7, Red Sox 10

Angels 5, Rangers 4

Brewers 3, Dodgers 2

Padres 9, Cardinals 5

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    By the way, there were only two day games yesterday. Weird.

    Tigers 4, Mariners 2- The big pitching duel between Felix Hernandez and David Price didn’t quite pan out, as Felix failed to go seven innings for the first time in sixteen starts. Price, however, held up his end of the deal (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) in his first start at home for the Tigers.

    Nationals 4, Pirates 3- It took a rally for the Nationals to win it, but Adam LaRoche tied it with a two-run blast in the eighth and Wilson Ramos had a walk-off double in the ninth. Washington’s lead in the NL East holds steady at six games. Four losses in a row for the Pirates.

    Yankees 3, Rays 2- New York’s five game losing streak is over, as El Capitan had the go-ahead single in the top of the ninth, following a great start from Shane Greene (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K). The streak may be over, but the Yankees remain four games back of a second wild-card spot with the clock loudly ticking.

    Indians 6, Orioles 0- Carlos Carrasco shut the O’s down (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) as the Indians take the first two games of the series. Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley both homered.

    Twins 4, Royals 1- Phil Hughes continues to mock the Yankees with his semi-dominance. Here, he threw seven innings of one-run baseball, while picking up his thirteenth win. Despite this loss, the Royals remain a half-game up in the AL Central.

    Giants 6, Phillies 5- The Giants trailed 5-1 going into the sixth, but tied it with four runs in the sixth, and took the lead on a Gregor Blanco single in the eighth. Despite this win, and (spoiler alert) the Dodgers’ loss, San Francisco remains four and a half games back in the NL West.

    Brewers 3, Dodgers 2- Clayton Kershaw went the distance and struck out eleven batters, but it didn’t matter much as the Brewers pulled of the upset. Ryan Braun’s two-run jack in the fourth was the difference.

    Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 1- Henderson Alvarez was solid here (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) as the Marlins even the series. They’re now only one game below .500. Considering the lack of Jose Fernandez and the disaster that was the 2013 season, this is definitely a positive development for Miami.

    Red Sox 10, Astros 7- Big night for David Ortiz: he hit his 400th homer as a Red Sock, had three hits overall, and drove in six runs. It wasn’t a big night for the Astros, as they blew 5-1 and 6-3 years. Then again, after four seasons of this kind of stuff, Houston fans are probably numb to it.

    Braves 4, Athletics 3- All of a sudden, the Braves have gotten semi-hot, taking the first two games of this series. Chris Johnson highlighted the offensive attack with three hits and two RBI. Four losses in a row for Oakland and six of seven lost overall, who (another spoiler alert) is now tied for first in the AL West.
    Anohther thing: these two teams were celebrating “Throw Back the Clock” night, in which the two teams wore their uniforms from 1914, when the two clubs met in the World Series. Only problem is, the uniforms had numbers on the back of them. Come on, guys, if you’re gonna be authentic, you gotta go all the way!

    Angels 5, Rangers 4- Yeah, so now the Angels are tied with the Athletics for AL West dominance. By the way, did anyone realize that Oakland once led this thing by six games? And that the two clubs get to play each other next weekend in Anaheim? That series looks like it could be a much bigger series than anyone realized.

    Blue Jays 6, White Sox 3- The Blue Jays gave up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but got it back in the top of the seventh. The Melk Man had the go-ahead double in that seventh inning.

    Mets 7, Cubs 3- The Mets only had four hits, but they made them count. Four of their runs scored on a bases-loaded walk, a combination sac fly-error, and a groundout, respectively. Grinding them out.

    Padres 9, Cardinals 5- Jedd Gyorko’s grand slam in the top of the eighth gave the Padres the lead. The Cardinals probably hoped that the rain delay that followed would kill the San Diego momentum. They were wrong.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks for the great write-up, as always. I would like to add that in that Dodgers vs Brewers game, Braun’s 2 run homer gave the Brewers their first lead but the game was tied at 2 until the 6th when Carlos Gomez also went deep for the third run. It was the first time all season that Clayton Kershaw has given up more than one home run in a game. Tough to see him take the loss on an otherwise dominant complete game!

  2. moogro - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Kershaw with the CG loss with 97 pitches. Except for home runs to Braun and Gomez, was dominant. Gallardo was better and could have finished, but for the close game. Dodgers smashed 12 balls into the ground, and never looked comfortable.

  3. uyf1950 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Maybe all of those injuries to the Yankees starting rotation have a silver lining for the 2015 season. It’s given Shane Greene a chance to show the Yankees that he can pitch for the Yankees and in Yankees Stadium. Something he probably would not have had a chance to do had it not been for those those injuries. I also like what McCarthy has shown in his short time with the club. Now if just Pineda can stay healthy for a change and Tanaka can fully recover from his partial shoulder tear, which right now he seems on track to do.

    That leaves CC, Nova and Phelps as the remaining question marks. I still think even IF everyone comes back healthy and productive the Yankees should still look to sign one of the top 3 FA pitchers: Scherzer, Lester OR Shields. I would prefer Shields he will require less total money and fewer years.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Henderson Alvarez came orf the DL last night and looked rusty – for the first three or four batters. After giving up that single run in the first inning, he was his damned near unhittable old self, and hauled the Feesh to the soft white underbelly (it’s Blue Oyster Cult week) of the strange attractor by dint of his usual terrific stuff, walking one, whiffing six over seven innings, while the Snakes did everything in their power to giftwrap a couple of runs for the Feesh with five, count ’em, five errors, and made a complete joke out of an even better pitching performance by the luckless Wade Miley (7 IP, 1 BB, 9K, 1 ER).

    This afternoon the erratic Tom Koehler goes up against Josh Collmenter. Hard to tell is Josh was born with that face or if he just grew it to please that neanderthal of a manager of his. Koehler usually doesn’t do well against the Rattlers – he has a horror of labial pits and forked tongues – as the Feesh go for the series clincher at Macondo Banana Massacre Field. I drove by it in the rain last night and it looked less like a deformed Cuisinart than a whitewashed version of Leslie Nielsen’s spaceship from Forbidden Panet. That stadium is pretty much whatever you think it looks like; tomorrow it will resemble a modern art museum in a small midwestern city that’s angling for a bigger pushpin on someone’s map. Meanwhile, its inmates have been prepping to take possession of the strange attractor like those guys who rode the sandworms in Dune.

    And rumor has it that, in his eternal search for pitching, pitching and more pitching, Scrooge McLoria tried to grab Miss Texas orf the waiver wire, felt something soft in his grip, and suffered a mild heart attack. Well, you’ve had a good run, but it’s tea and milktoasts for you from now on, Scrooge.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Wow. I can only give one thumb up, and I’d like to acknowledge the BOC, FP, LN, & Dune references as the most unlikely to appear in a baseball blog. Keep on keepin’ on, G!

  5. goawaydog - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    I hate to say I turned into that kind of Giants fan yesterday but when the club got down 5-1 I went outside and played catch with my kids on a beautiful sunny day. Today the kids don’t get the benefit of the doubt if it comes down to it.

  6. thegoods24 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Fans got a raw deal in the DP vs King Felix matchup. That game was called HORRIBLY, the ump was incredibly inconsistent on calling balls and strikes. I’ve never seen Felix get that frustrated and worked up over calls. Price was getting the corner strike and Felix wasn’t at all. Huge bummer for baseball fans to not get a good showing from the officiating end for such an exciting pitching matchup

    • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      So what you really mean is that you think Seattle fans and Felix got a raw deal. But I appreciate your nod to some hypothetical baseball fan gently weeping at a great tragedy. I’m guessing a lot of fans out there probably couldn’t care less though.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Dangit, I closed that after “Seattle.” Edit function!

      • thegoods24 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        No, I meant baseball fans since most appreciate a game decided solely on talent and play rather than officiating. But I guess you disagree

      • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        I’m sure you really believe that that is your actual objection too. That does not make you correct, however.

  7. bigmeechy74 - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Shane Greene is the best pitcher in baseball BY FAR. The 1-2 combo of McCarthy and Greene is better than Koufax and Pedro Martinez in their prime. The yankees are guaranteed to win 2 out of every 5 games from here on out. If they just go .500 in the other games that mccarthy and greene don’t start then They will cruise to the playoffs and probably win the division.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Did you smoke your breakfast this morning?

    • APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Thank you, Shane Greene’s Mom.

  8. natstowngreg - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Bad news: Gio struggled again. Five innings, 3 runs, on 102 pitches. Since a 13-0 win over the Cubs July 5, his ERA has risen from 3.52 to 4.06. As the Nats move closer to the playoffs [playoffs? Insert classic Jim Mora, Sr. clip here.], the question will come up, which starter will go to the bullpen? Unless he turns around his performance, it should be Gio, sad to say.

    Good news: The Nats executed a comeback reminiscent of 2012. Craig Stammen, the bullpen’s utilityman, went 3 scoreless. Adam LaRohce (.159/.238/.227 in July, .333/.438/707 in August) tied it. Wilson Ramos just tried to hit the ball the other way to move the winning run to 3B. But Gregory Polanco was playing in, allowing the ball to bounce into the Nats bullpen.

    So, the Nats beat the struggling Pirates, the Braves beat the struggling A’s, the lead remains at 6. The Nats have the #1 playoff seed (though the Dodgers and Brewers have played, and won, more games). Doug Fister vs. Edinson Volquez in an unexplained 5:05 PM EDT start at Nats Park; Mike Minor vs. Jon Lester on Sunday Night Baseball from Turner Field.

    • NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Can’t see Gio in the bullpen. But I do worry about Roark’s innings. I know, I know, he’s over 25. But he’s never come close to what we’re expecting, and they’re ALL major league innings. Hopefully he can give one or two more starts and then go in the bullpen for long relief (and just enough of that to keep him sharp) for September.

      Gio was trying to work fast. (The Fister effect?) No dawdling, no muttering. But he still has that aggravating tendency to get to an 0-2 count and then nibble. I don’t mind one in the dirt, but why does EVERY 0-2 count have to involve four foul-offs and get to 3-2? (He struck guys out, but mostly the bottom of the lineup.)

      • natstowngreg - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I suppose it’s possible Roark would go to the bullpen over innings. That would make sense. I also don’t disagree with your analysis of Gio’s problems.

        But you can’t have Gio in the October rotation the way he’s pitching. We have to hope he gets over it, soon.

    • NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      And, yeah, I don’t get the 5:05 start, but it makes for a lazy Sunday morning, that’s for sure.

  9. bigmeechy74 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    It’s dumb that either the A’s or Angels will have to be in the play-in game

    • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      We’ve got over six weeks to go till that’s determined. A lot could happen in six weeks. An asteroid could hit us. There could be a tsunami. A nuclear power plant could melt down. Rick Perry could run out of Vaseline and sign a clemency order. The A’s or Angels could go on a colossal losing streak and the play in game could be Mariners versus Tiggers. Anything. Relax. I predict that we’ve got some terrific baseball ahead of us.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        seen but I still think it’s dumb. I wish they would just do away with divisions and just seed the best records 1-5

  10. tellyspop - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    The Friends of Tellyspop Society and I managed to squeegee in a Conch Republic Rays game yesterday against the Yankee Carpetbaggers. Recently acquired Drew Smyly started for the Conch against some guy named Greenjeans.

    It was the first time I had seen Smyly pitch. He has a nice curve, good location and a decent fireball. However, in the second inning with two outs he walked Franco Cervix, then faced slugger Martin Prado, 174/224/326, 1 HR, who smacked a nice fastball up into the stands. Mind you all this with two outs and 0-2 on Prado. sigh. Drew pitched very well after that and the Rays managed to eek their way back into the game at 2-2.

    The amount of Yankee fans in attendance at the game was a ghastly number. I understand it is cheaper to fly to Tampa, get a hotel and rental, food and drink, plus great seats in the Conch Legend section at the Trop, than it is to buy two upper deck game tickets at Yankees’ War Memorial Stadium. It was sickening. I would rather befriend a large Burmese python than to deal with this out of town sporting pestilence on a regular basis. I noticed the Yankee fans sitting in the Rays Legends section were NOT asked to remove their crass and obnoxious team gear.

    Captain Gift Basket started out as the DH for the night, saving the Rays from his defensive prowess. Unfortunately the Bronx Runt managed to get a lucky hit in the ninth scoring the go ahead run while the New York Cranks cheered their heads off! We went off to drown our sorrows with some grain alcohol and Tropicana orange juice. Captain Gift Basket’s last appearance at the Trop will be September 17 and I am lobbying hard for, and will personally pay his parting gift of a one way ticket to Cuba on a cheaply made rubber raft.

    Blinded with headache this morning and squinting precariously at the standings, I was mortified with the knowledge that The Conch Republic Rays at 61-62 have the same record as the sphincterous Miami Beach Pink Flamingos! May a cable TV repairman shimmy up the leg of Jeff Loria.

    yer humble servant,
    Report transmitted from Doc Ford’s via TOR at full encryption.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      What are they putting in the water in FLA?

      • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Heh heh – as long as we’re trafficking in film references, ever see Wild in the Streets?

  11. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Standard-issue game for the recent A’s. Almost a carbon-copy of the previous losses, but without the bullpen fire-starters. As Brian Kenny would ask: concern, panic or doom?

    • Old Gator - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      How does the Cespedes trade look to you now, my friend? Frankly, I was horrified by it but I figgered it was none of my business. The A’s have been playing like an uncatalyzed reaction ever since.

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