And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

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Rays 5, Tigers 0: The no-no for Matt Garza. Indeed, there were only three hits in the whole game. Unfortunately for Max Scherzer and the Tigers, one of them was a grand slam.  For Garza, only one walk — and that guy was erased on a double play — making it a near-perfecto. It was the fifth no-hitter in baseball this year. Only 17,000 witnessed it live.

Twins 19, Royals 1: Just a magical night last night I guess as right on the heels of Garza’s performance, Zack Greinke and the Royals bullpen combine for a 20-hitter. How often does a 4 for 4, 4 RBI night not stand as the game’s best hitting line? That was Danny Valencia’s. Joe Mauer, however, pulled a 5 for 5, 7 RBI night out of his hat, however.

Red Sox 6, Angels 3: Dan Haren’s debut with the Angels ended early when a comebacker smacked him in the arm. It swelled up but Haren thinks it’s just a flesh wound. He’s going to be reevaluated today. If he has to miss some time, boy howdy, that would be bad luck for Anaheim.  For Boston, two homers from Big Papi and the return of Victor Martinez made the night a nice one.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Philly sweeps the Rockies despite a near-meltdown by Brad Lidge in the ninth. After the game Lidge said “it just goes to show that you never know what’s going to happen.”  Ya know, Brad, with you we kind of do know what’s going to happen. We just don’t know if the self-inflicted wounds will be fatal or not.

Cubs 5, Astros 2: Carlos Silva now has 10 wins on the season. Pitchers who do not have 10 wins: John Lackey, Cliff Lee, Francisco Liriano, Trevor Cahill, Johan Santana, A.J. Burnett, Matt Cain, Dan Haren, Tommy Hanson . . .

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Jim Edmonds hit a two-out pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning that proved to be the game winner. He’s hitting .283/.353/.513 despite being in tremendous pain from various injuries and despite taking 2009 off.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that this is his last year, but it’s been a gutsy friggin’ year for a guy who may or may not ultimately be Hall of Fame worthy, but who probably won’t get as much consideration as he probably deserves.

Yankees 3, Indians 2: Another homer for Curtis Granderson — a two-run job that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth — and one for Nick Swisher, but none for Alex Rodriguez. Which sucks. Not because I really care too much about 600, but because I’m really tired of the live cut-ins that ESPN is doing with his at bats. Jake Westbrook had a nice start going until that bomb, having given up only two hits. The trade bonuses in his contract may prevent him being dealt, but maybe he raised an eyebrow or two.

Marlins 4, Giants 3: The Feesh are now above .500. But get this: after the game the Marlins announced that Chris Coghlan may miss 6-8 weeks with a knee injury. How’d he get it? He hurt himself while delivering a pie to the face of Wes Helms’ following Sunday’s walkoff win over the Braves.  Coghlan can expect a call from Kendry Morales’ lawyer any day now for stealing his bit.

White Sox 6, Mariners 1: John Danks (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER). out-pitches King Felix for his fourth straight win. A nice catch for Ichiro though, robbing Mark Kotsay of a homer.

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5: It was 80s night at Rogers Centre last night with 80s music, clothes and
all that jazz. The Orioles’ didn’t participate, however, as they were
often quite good in the 80s. Jose Bautista hit his 28th homer as the Jays beat the O’s for the tenth straight time. Another short night for the O’s starter. After the game Juan Samuel said “we just can’t continue to do this or we’re going to kill those guys down in the bullpen.” In the team’s defense, there have been times this year when just such a thing was called for.

Cardinals snap Familia’s saves streak, rally past Mets 5-4

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NEW YORK — Yadier Molina and pinch-hitter Kolten Wong each stroked an RBI double in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended Jeurys Familia‘s streak of 52 straight saves in rallying past the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer off Adam Wainwright to cap a three-run comeback in the seventh that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. But then Familia, who hadn’t blown a regular-season save opportunity since July 30 last year, finally faltered.

Jedd Gyorko drew a one-out walk in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Randal Grichuk. Molina hit the next pitch to deep center field, and Grichuk scored standing up to tie it.

Molina was thrown out at third by Familia (2-2) on pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker’s comebacker, but Hazelbaker stole second and scored when Wong lined a double just inside the left-field line.

Familia’s franchise-record saves streak was the third-longest in major league history behind Tom Gordon (54) and Eric Gagne (84).

Jonathan Broxton (3-2) tossed a scoreless eighth and Seung Hwan Oh got three quick outs for his sixth save.

Including a split of Tuesday’s doubleheader, St. Louis took two of three from the Mets in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders. It was only the second time in the past decade that the Cardinals have won a road series against the Mets.

Logan Verrett pitched seven efficient innings and slumping Neil Walker went 3 for 3 with a base on balls for the third-place Mets, who have alternated wins and losses in their last 13 games. They dropped 5 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington.

New York did manage to keep Gyorko and the rest of St. Louis’ hitters in the ballpark after the Cardinals had homered in 17 consecutive games – their longest streak since a club-record run of 19 games in 2006.

Gyorko went deep in both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader, giving him seven homers in nine games.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run double off Verrett with two outs in the third, and Matt Adams followed with an RBI double that made it 3-1.

Wainwright, who entered 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in July, nursed that lead until the seventh – repeatedly pitching out of trouble. He nearly did so again after striking out Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera with runners at the corners.

But then Travis d'Arnaud scored on a wild pitch and Cespedes socked a two-run homer off the facing of the second deck in left-center on the 117th and final pitch from the 34-year-old Wainwright.

 

 

Report: Mariners have interest in Reds’ Jay Bruce

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 14:  Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds waits to bat prior to hitting a three-run homer in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 14, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.

Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.

Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.