Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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You guys aren’t going to believe this, but A.J. Burnett was pretty awful again last night.

Burnett was knocked around for a season-high nine runs over five innings in a 12-5 loss to the Orioles. This included a six-run second inning, where the struggling right-hander surrendered four doubles and two home runs.

The loss pushed Burnett’s ERA to 5.31 for the season and 11.91 during the month of August. He has allowed 30 runs over 22 2/3 innings this month. Just for comparison’s sake, MLB ERA leader Johnny Cueto has allowed 30 earned runs for the entire season.

Your Friday box scores:

Yankees 5, Orioles 12

Marlins 6, Phillies 5

Royals 1, Indians 2

Braves 0, Mets 6

Nationals 3, Reds 4

Rays 6, Blue Jays 1

Cubs 2, Brewers 5

Athletics 15, Red Sox 5

Pirates 4, Cardinals 5

Angels 7, Rangers 11

Padres 0, Diamondbacks 5

Tigers 8, Twins 1

Rockies 1, Dodgers 6

White Sox 4, Mariners 2

Astros 1, Giants 2

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.