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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 24, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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The A’s and Angels are all square again at the very top of the American League West standings.

Jon Lester struck out seven Anaheim batters and allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings, and Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead tally on an eighth-inning wild pitch as Oakland took down the visiting Halos 2-1 on Saturday. A’s closer Sean Doolittle closed it out for his 20th save of 2014.

Including Sunday’s series finale — which will pit Scott Kazmir against Jered Weaver on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball — the two teams meet eight more times this season. Can the Angels survive the loss of Garrett Richards? Do the Athletics have enough offense without Yoenis Cespedes?

It should continue to be an interesting race as August turns to September.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

White Sox 3, Yankees 5

Rays 4, Blue Jays 5 (10 innings)

Tigers 4, Twins 12 (Game 1)

Mariners 7, Red Sox 3

Orioles 2, Cubs 7

Giants 2, Nationals 6

Astros 2, Indians 3

Pirates 10, Brewers 2

Royals 6, Rangers 3

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 5

Cardinals 6, Phillies 5 (12 innings)

Braves 0, Reds 1

Tigers 8, Twins 6 (Game 2)

Angels 1, Athletics 2

Mets 4, Dodgers 7

Marlins 4, Rockies 5 (13 innings)

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Twins 12, Tigers 4; Tigers 8, Twins 6: A hellacious weekend so far for the Tigers’ pitching staff. Game one saw Buck Farmer- which sounds more a like some cartoon hillbilly than an actual major league pitcher- pitch dismally (1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), as the Twins extended the run total in the first two games of the series to 32. The pitching was similarly bad in game two, but this time Detroit held on. Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez each had three hits.

    Athletics 2, Angels 1- The reason why the Athletics got Jon Lester (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). He pitched seven strong innings, but it was merely tied until the eighth, when Joe Smith of the Angels threw a wild pitch. Oakland clinches the series win, and can take the division lead tonight.

    Yankees 5, White Sox 3- The Yankees retire Joe Torre’s number, and they respond with a victory. Martin Prado’s two-run double and Beltran’s homer were the big blows, as the Bombers win their third straight.

    Blue Jays 5, Rays 4- Jose Reyes had the walk-off single as the Blue Jays win a game that is currently under protest by Tampa. The Jays, who once held the lead in the AL East, have dropped eight back in the AL East race and four behind in the AL Wild Card.

    Mariners 7, Red Sox 3- For the second straight game, Boston held a 3-0 lead, and the Mariners responded with a big inning to take the lead back for good (in this case, the Mariners scored seven in the fourth). I assume on days like this, Yoenis Cespedes takes a look at the standings and cries.

    Pirates 10, Brewers 2- Just when people were getting ready to declare the Pirates dead, they come into Milwaukee- a place they are not especially fond of- and absolutely mash the Brewers’ pitching. They’ve outscored the Brew Crew 18-5 in the first two games of this series, and are within a very doable four games of the NL Central lead.

    Cardinals 6, Phillies 5- Matt Carpenter had the go-ahead sac fly in the top of the twelfth. St. Louis evens the series at one game apiece, and are now within a half-game of the division lead. There are assumedly a lot of sweaty palms in Milwaukee right now.

    Indians 3, Astros 2- Four Indians pitchers combined to hold the Astros to only three hits, but it still took a walk-off single from Michael Brantley to get the job done for Cleveland.

    Cubs 7, Orioles 2- This game had to wait out a rain delay that took exactly as long as the game itself (3:09). This time, presumably, the Cubs’ ground crew knew where it was at, and was able to keep the field playable. Baltimore, however, probably wishes they hadn’t messed up again, as they were defeated by the Cubs for the second straight day. Their AL East lead, however, remains a cozy seven games.

    Nationals 6, Giants 2- Washington responds to the end of a winning streak by- possibly- starting another one. Asdrubal Cabrera had his eleventh home run between Cleveland and Washington. They, too, are comfortably up in a NL East. Beltway World Series? It’s possible.

    Reds 1, Braves 0- Another well-pitched game by both sides, but this time, the Reds wound up pulling it off. Brandon Phillips’ single in the sixth was the difference. Despite this win, however, Cincinnati remains six games below .500.

    Royals 6, Rangers 3- Alex Gordon’s first inning homer started it all for the Royals, who clinch a series win. They’ve won 17 of 21 in August, lead the AL Central by three games, and get to play another series against Texas at home. I don’t want to say that Royals fans can start buying their ALDS tickets now, because we still have a ways to go. But I really hope they’ll be able to.

    Rockies 5, Marlins 4- The Marlins looked like they would continue their semi-magic when they took the lead in the top of the ninth. Colorado, however, tied it back up with a Corey Dickerson homer in the bottom half, and won it when Dickerson singled in the thirteenth.

    Dodgers 7, Mets 4- Jacob DeGrom’s return from the DL could’ve gone better (6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Adrian Gonzalez had a big night for L.A, hitting a home run and driving in five runs.

    Diamondbacks 5, Padres 2- Yangervis Solarte tied it for the Padres in the eighth with a two-run single. Didi Gregorius saw that, and raised San Diego a three-run homer.

    • nbjays - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Well done as usual, Johnny. You should be doing this on weekdays, too.

      • Old Gator - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Welcome back JS.

      • johnnysoda - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Thanks, Gator. I was away over the weekend, which is why I couldn’t post one yesterday. It’s also unlikely I will be able to post any next weekend, but we’ll see.

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Regarding the Nats, its a win streak even if its only one game, yeah?

  2. renaado - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Leake just baffled the Braves lineup, both sides pitched well. Still, a great game.

    Braves offense really sucks these days…

  3. hardballtalkusername - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Including tonight’s game, the Angels and A’s have eight more games against each other, not five as the article indicated.

    • Drew Silva - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      You’re correct, thanks.

  4. historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    What a difference good starting pitching makes. V wasn’t his best but he could still manage to carry half the game (and we needed it). Thankfully, now we are back to our strong rotation: Max, Price, Porcello (that still feels weird). Things should be better the next few games…she said, hopefully.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    LOL it’s so unfair that one team gets to have the 3 best players in all of baseball. The lack of competitive balance is a joke. Some small market teams have to scrape by while ONE team gets to have the THREE best players in the entire sport! Ridiculous!!!

  6. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    The night after pouring thirteen runs across the plate, only “magic” the Feesh demonstrated during their putrescent offensive performance against one of the worst pitching staff infections in baseball was akin to what Mickey Mouse performed in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” what with stranded baserunners multiplying like broomsticks and buckets. The Rainbow Warriors left fifteen on base last night. Add to this offensive debacle that Steve Cishek blew yet another save and is beginning to look well and truly solved, and suddenly last week’s chatter about piscid pixie dust has become muted. The only inspiring moment of this study in frustration was a terrific tumbling over the shoulder catch of a short left center bloop orf the bat of Justin Morneau by Adeiny Hechavarria in the bottom of the tenth inning:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140823&content_id=91109138&notebook_id=91171992&vkey=notebook_mia&c_id=mia

    ….that didn’t so much “save” the game as salt its and delay the inevitable for another inning as the Feesh were clearly entangled in gossamer reality waves emitted by the strange attractor, back to whose bosom the Feesh were gathered. With the loss the Feesh fell to four out of the wild card competition just as the Barves are beginning to find themselves again. Reality bites.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Solving Steve Cishek sounds like an interesting narrative arc. It always goes south at some point for a carpetbagger.

      • Old Gator - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Like Killing Mister Watson without the alligators and egret feathers.

  7. blacksables - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Nice to see you guys are hyping the final game of the Little League World Series today.

    Oh wait, you’re not doing that. You were all about the LLWS 4 days ago.

    What could have changed? What could have changed?

    Guess it’s not important now that there is no click-inducing headline.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Actually, there is a click-inducing headline. Guess what it is? Hint: Thanks, Obama. Maybe if you asked nicely, Drew would start a Sunday storm.

    • renaado - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Chicago’s Jackie Robinson team defeatin Las Vegas in a close scoring game, Philadelphia’s Mo’Ne Davis eliminated none other by the boys of Chicago… South Korea clobbered Japan in the internationals bracket.

      Dunno If these topic were posted here though… I’m really fallin behind as of late.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        “South Korea clobbered Japan in the internationals bracket.”

        Manager Hidaka-san and company really did well in the tournament. The boys of Tokyo Kitasuna really showed pride and determination.

        We got beat. They’ve gained our respect. /bows head.

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Nobody should ever hype the little league world series. It is gross. they are little children. they are not being compensated for their work.

      You should ignore it. now and always.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Much like the national spelling bee? I can see your point. Still, if Chicago wins, it gives us some insight maybe on black participation in baseball in the US…maybe.

      • renaado - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Well, South Korea and Japan were really hyped about the LLWS though… Not to mention almost all media outlets there televised it. The South Korea vs Japan game drew at least 12 million viewers based from the MBC ratings entertainment from South Korea. Dunno if it’s the exact number, but I’m positive many people there watched it.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Do you ever not complain?

      • blacksables - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        What’s wrong, did you think I said something about the Orioles?

  8. hcf95688 - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I think we all know what the A’s do when the ground starts shakin

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    That tremor that woke everyone up last night was not caused by the sold-out Mausoleum fans applauding the fireworks after the game. That was the kind of thing that, when I first moved here, would have kept me from falling back asleep. Now, it’s “Hmm, the house is still standing, are you ok?”-GF nods-“Sleep well, then.”

    Anyway, back to even in the AL West. The past two years the A’s were loose and free, no weight of expectations upon them. This year there is much more serious business afoot, and it shows in their grim faces during the game. Lester never let any Angel rally get off the ground until he allowed his only run, but then, CJ did the same.

    There was a very close call at the plate on Donaldson attempting to score on a hit and run double from Norris. The call at the plate was out, the replays were inconclusive, and much TV chatter ensued. Personally, I thought Donaldson did three things wrong: he hesitated rounding second to pick up the ball, rather than picking up his 3B coach on the way to second. Then he took the great circle route rounding 3rd, adding about 3 steps to his peregrination. And finally he slid head first around the tag rather than feet first through the block (for a demo on how this is supposed to look, see Colby Rasmus slide last night right through the leg of Rays’ catcher Casali. Textbook.)

    Anyway, the play should never have been close. Thank goodness Smith uncorked one with CoCo on 3rd.

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      On the Donaldson play, also, Memo to Mr. Gallego: Re Donaldson, he tweaked his knee yesterday. don’t send him.

      Also, Mr. Gallego: There were NO OUTS.

  10. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    From what they are saying on the Orioles’ telecast, apparently Joe Maddon is protesting last nights game against the Blue Jays. No one seems to be able to adequately explain what happened and why Maddon thinks they are going to grant him his protest and replay the game. Can anyone fill me in here?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Is this the same thing we discussed yesterday about the rule about when the next play begins and replay challenges are no longer allowed?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        It appears to be. I guess Maddon is saying the next play began and is protesting basically the entire game.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Tigers had a similar incident and Beautiful Brad got tossed for arguing it — only the ump in our game went the other way.

        Why’d you lose to the Cubs again? :(

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        It’s maddening. The entire team seems to be slumping. Swinging at everything. I’ve about had it with Chris Davis. He can’t make contact to save his live. 2-3 strikeouts per game has gotten very old. They aren’t even trying to get him out, just throwing fastballs over the middle of the plate now.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Trust me, I know the feeling.

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