Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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How about a little appreciation for Jason Vargas? Granted, pitching against the Padres at Safeco Field isn’t exactly the toughest matchup in the world, but after his six-hit, complete-game shutout last night, he is now tied with James Shields for the American League lead with three shutouts.

OK, so I’m mostly mentioning this so I have an excuse to post a picture of the throwback unis the Mariners were wearing last night. Am I crazy for actually liking them?

Your Friday box scores:

Padres 0, Mariners 6

Phillies 7, Blue Jays 6

White Sox 6, Cubs 4

Giants 4, Tigers 3

Yankees 5, Mets 1

Indians 8, Reds 2

Cardinals 5, Rays 3

Marlins 5, Rangers 15

Pirates 1, Nationals 2

Orioles 0, Braves 4

Red Sox 7, Astros 5

Brewers 2, Twins 6

Royals 0, Rockies 9

Dodgers 5, Angels 0

Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 5

Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4.

In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able to get Andre Ethier to pop up, bringing up Curtis Granderson. Granderson worked the count 2-2, then fouled off a pitch. And then he appeared to swing through a curve that bounced in the dirt. Catcher Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out, but Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, so it was a foul ball.

Wolf conferred with the other umpires. After a brief delay, the strikeout was overturned and Granderson was given new life in the batter’s box. Only… replays showed that Wolf got it right the first time.

Understandably, Maddon was livid. On the broadcast, one could see Maddon gesturing to the umpires to look at the replay on the video board behind the stands in left field. The argument fell on deaf ears and he was ejected. Thankfully for the Cubs, justice prevailed and Davis struck out Granderson on the next pitch.

It’ll be interesting to see if Maddon makes any political comparisons after the game. He likened the slide rule, the impetus behind his Game 1 ejection, to the soda tax.