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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 30, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

Albert Pujols AP AP

The Angels are beginning to create some distance in the American League West.

Behind a strong start from Jered Weaver and home runs from Chris Iannetta and Albert Pujols, the Angels defeated the Athletics 4-0 last night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Weaver allowed just three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings in the victory. He’s now tied with Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello for the American League lead with 15 wins. As for the offense, Iannetta lifted a two-run homer off Jon Lester in the fifth inning which fell out of a leaping Coco Crisp‘s glove and over the center field fence. Pujols added a solo shot for some insurance in the seventh.

The Angels now have a season-high three-game lead over the A’s, who have lost 12 out of their last 18 games. Still trying to find their footing after Garrett Richards‘ knee injury, the Angels will send Cory Rasmus to the hill tonight in what is likely to be a bullpen game. Oakland will counter with Jeff Samardzija.

Your Friday box scores:

Athletics 0, Angels 4

Twins 1, Orioles 9

Reds 1, Pirates 2

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 3

Phillies 1, Mets 4

Marlins 2, Braves 5

Red Sox 8, Rays 4

Tigers 7, White Sox 1

Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

Indians 6, Royals 1

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 5

Rangers 13, Astros 6

Brewers 2, Giants 13

Nationals 8, Mariners 3

Dodgers 2, Padres 3 (12 innings)

  1. chill1184 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Another fantastic outing for deGrom (who should at least get an honorable mention in the NL RoY convo) and was nice to see Dilson get some solid contact in his first game.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Pretty cool that both NY teams have awesome young pitching staffs. Even though I’m not a yankees fan i can appreciate greatness when I see it. When you have guys like Shane Greene, Capuano, mcCarthy etc pitching quality start after quality start then you know you are on to something special. It should be interesting when they are in the play in game vs oakland. Maybe McCarthy vs his old team? Or would you go with greene? So many options for Girardi. But hey the rich keep getting richer

      • longfootlefty - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        In what world are Capuano and McCarthy “young”? Or possess “greatness”?

        If you aren’t a yankees fan pretending not to be…..then you are simply delusional.

  2. janessa31888 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Corey Kluber thinks to himself “Why do they give Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco Run support, but not me?”

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Verlander started a little shaky, but he improved as the game went on — more K’s toward the end. I was subjected to the foozball last night, so I was reliant on phone updates for our game. All those scoring alerts sure were fun. This afternoon’s game should be good — with Max on the mound — but tonight is supposed to feature pitcher debuts for both teams, so Dog help us what we get there.

    (And here’s why foozball is so dumb: they reviewed a TD last night *after* the extra point. So ridiculous. I don’t want any of that nonsense in my baseball.)

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      foozball is pretty fun I think. I prefer good ol’ fashioned pool or shuffleboard but it’s still a pretty cool game

      • historiophiliac - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Meh. It’s not pinball.

    • jwbiii - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Scherzer v. Sale is must see TV. The nightcap? Maybe a manhattan or three.

  4. clydeserra - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Way to miss the story on Crisp DJ. he immediately left the game while re straining his neck. he was out for almost 2 weeks with a strained neck in july.

    If he misses more than a day or two, the A’s are sunk in the division.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Correct, an outfield of Fuld, Gentry, and Reddick doesn’t scare anyone, and guarantees Donaldson won’t see much in the way of pitches to hit. Last night was a good example, as Weaver pitched out of trouble all night. We believe in Stephen Vogt, but realistically, he’s only going to come through between 1/4 and 1/3 of the time, like anyone else. And last night his hit came late and yielded nothing, whereas had it come in his first two trips he’d have had 2 RBI’s and maybe the game changes.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        I never understood why people were so happy about that cespedes trade for lester. I thought it seemed incredibly stupid from the moment i heard about it

      • clydeserra - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        the slow motion shot of the glove over the wall and the ball slowly slipping out was pure poetry

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Yeah, I saw that on ESPN’s box score last night. If he has to go on the DL, that’s probably all she wrote.

  5. card0109 - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    The Twins past a historic milestone last night with Trevor Plouffe’s homer in the seventh. The solo shot was the 10,000 home run in franchise history, dating back to April 27, 1901 and Billy Clingman hitting a home run for the Washington Senators.

  6. natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    *insert quote about baseball being a funny game here*

    The Nats failed against the non-contending Phillies. Off to Seattle to face King Felix at non-homer-friendly Safeco. Six (6) homers, 4 off Felix (first time he’s ever given up that many). Shaky 1st, but another solid Jordan Zimmermann start. Nats lead remains at 6, still in #1 NL playoff slot.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Greg, when you use “…still…” as part of the statement, that means you are hanging on, not moving forward.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Perhaps, but the Nats have the best record in the NL. Not sure how a team can rise to a playoff seeding higher than #1.

        Of course, the Nats can increase their advantage, but they can also drop from #1. Nothing is guaranteed in the last 4 weeks. Not the NL East, not home field advantage.

        The Nats are 43-25 (.632) at home, 33-32 (.508) on the road. This, in a season where the average team is only 35-31 at home. Seems to me, getting home field is particularly important for this team. Not to mention that it should give me more playoff games to attend.

  7. moogro - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Josh Harrison single-handedly carried the Bucs last night. 6 Stellar defensive plays and a clutch hit, and scoring the winning run. Strongest one-man show I have seen all season.

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