Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Brett Lawrie’s 11th inning walkoff homer was the game’s only run. This kid is fairly fantastic. And he was born, like, seven months before the first Gulf War. And based on that pic, doesn’t have much in the way of confidence issues.

White Sox 2, Twins 1, White Sox 4, Twins 0: Phil Humber pitched seven scoreless in the first game. Zach Stewart nearly threw the perfecto in the second. I don’t intend to take anything away from either of those guys in saying this, but hoo-boy, the Twins can’t hit.

Phillies 9, Braves 0:  Oh, I get it. I now know why Chipper Jones said he wasn’t afraid of the Phillies. He was out of the lineup last night and didn’t have to play against them. The rest of the Braves squad was apparently terrified of Cliff Lee. And for good reason.

Yankees 11, Orioles 10: Brian Matusz and Freddy Garcia left it in the locker room and this one turned into an offensive orgy. Rookie Jesus Montero did, um, whatever the person who can say they had the best time at the orgy does, hitting two home runs.  No, I had no idea where that analogy was going when I started it and, in hindsight, I probably should have just deleted and started over.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: I watched part of this. There was a lot of crowd noise, but I’m pretty sure I heard this part, referring to the NL Central race, come through loud and clear.

Royals 11, Athletics 6: Tied at six entering the ninth, the Royals erupted for five runs to win it going away. Billy Butler hit two homers. The win prevents the Royals from being mathematically eliminated. Will they keep it up and make an unprecedented run at the AL Central title?!!  No! But the suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last.

Giants 7, Padres 2: San Francisco has a less laughable case at still being in a race, but it’s not a particularly strong one either. But they looked swell yesterday, with Madison Bumgarner striking out 13 in eight and a third. True, it came against the Padres and they couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat, but let’s let the Giants have this one.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7: And we can let the Giants have that one, but we can’t make too much of it because the Diamondbacks just aren’t all that interested in losing baseball games anymore. They’ve won 12 of 13 games and maintain a seven game lead. Justin Upton homered. Paul Goldschmidt drove in three.

Rays 5, Rangers 1: I’m pretty sure James Shields was a starting pitcher in the early 1970s but was kidnapped by some evil scientist and transported to modern times to test the effects of a pitcher throwing multiple complete games on an unsuspecting populace. Results: our minds are completely blown. Shields throws his 11th CG. A four hitter, with the only run allowed scoring on a groundout in the ninth.

Angels 7, Mariners 3: And Anaheim gains a game. They’re now two and a half back of Texas.

Cubs 4, Reds 3: Matt Garza gave up one earned run in seven and two-thirds. Two unearned runs because the Cubs defense is butt, but we’ve all come to expect that. Dontrelle Willis is now 0-5 since his return to the bigs.

Tigers 4, Indians 2: Doug Fister struck out 13 and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth that was all the Tigers ended up needing.

Pirates 3, Astros 1: James McDonald allowed one run in seven and a third innings. Seven and a third dreary, drizzly innings. Rainy baseball on cool days late in the season between two teams that are way the hell out of the race make me very, very sad. Summer’s almost gone. Almost gone. Almost gone. Where will we be … when the summer’s gone?

Nationals 7, Dodgers 2: Two homers for Mike Morse and one a piece for  Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. Morse has a line of .315/.369/.562 with 26 homers and 83 driven in. And no one ever really talks about him.

Marlins 9, Mets 3: It’s always fun to see the annual “Javier Vazquez makes a late season run of good starts in meaningless games, thereby fooling someone into giving him another contract” event gaining steam.

Jacob deGrom outduels Clayton Kershaw, Mets take 1-0 NLDS lead

Jacob de Grom
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Jacob deGrom put together one of the best post-season starts in Mets history, outdueling three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw to pitch his team into a 1-0 NLDS lead. The right-hander fanned 13 over seven shutout innings, holding the Dodgers to five hits and a walk as the Mets won 3-1.

deGrom’s game score of 79 is the fifth-best by a Mets starter in the playoffs, behind Jon Matlack, Mike Hampton, Bobby Jones, and Tom Seaver, according to Baseball Reference. As Katie Sharp notes on Twitter, deGrom is one of three pitchers to hold the opposition scoreless on 13 or more strikeouts and one or fewer walks. The other two are Tim Lincecum and Mike Scott.

In the eighth inning, reliever Tyler Clippard allowed a one-out double to Howie Kendrick followed by an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez as the Dodgers finally got on the board. Closer Jeurys Familia entered and recorded the final out of the eighth inning by inducing a weak line out from Justin Turner. In the ninth, Familia worked a 1-2-3 frame to wrap up the game.

Kershaw remains winless in the post-season since Game 1 of the 2013 NLDS, a span of seven starts. He gave up a solo home run to Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning, then walked the bases loaded in the seventh inning before departing with two outs. Reliever Pedro Baez entered and allowed two of his inherited runners to score when David Wright lined a single to center field. On the evening, Kershaw was on the hook for three runs on four hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts. Though he lost his command a bit towards the end of his start, the lefty pitched quite well and will be on the receiving end of some unnecessary criticism as a result of taking another post-season loss.

deGrom and Kershaw both struck out 11 batters, the first time that has happened in a major league post-season game.

Michael Cuddyer didn’t look too good out in left field for the Mets.

Game 2 of the NLDS will continue on Saturday at 9:00 PM EDT. Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets opposite Zack Greinke of the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom create MLB first with 11 strikeouts each in the playoffs

Jacob deGrom
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

For the first time in major league history, both pitchers in a playoff game have struck out at least 11 batters, per’s Paul Casella. Mets starter Jacob deGrom has pitched just a hair better than Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw overall. deGrom has blanked the Dodgers over six frames on five hits and a walk. Kershaw made one mistake, resulting in a solo home run to Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning. He’s allowed four hits and four walks total in 6 2/3 innings.

The last time opposing starters each struck out 10 in a post-season game was back in 1944 in Game 5 of the World Series when Mort Cooper of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 12 and Denny Galehouse of the St. Louis Browns struck out 10.

Michael Cuddyer not shining in left field early in NLDS Game 1

Michael Cuddyer
AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has already made a pair of mistakes in left field and he’s only four innings into the first game of the best-of-five NLDS against the Dodgers.

Leading off the second inning, Justin Turner sent a well-struck liner to Cuddyer which was quite catchable, but the ball clanked off of the veteran’s glove. Turner was credited with a double. Mets starter Jacob deGrom was able to work around the misplay, striking out Andre Ethier, A.J. Ellis, and Clayton Kershaw to close out the frame.

With two outs in the third inning, Corey Seager sent a fly ball down the left field line. Cuddyer took an inefficient route and the ball bounced about a foot inside the foul line, then into the stands, giving Seager a ground-rule double. To add insult to injury, Cuddyer ended up tumbling over the fence. deGrom, again, worked around Cuddyer’s mistake, striking out Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning.

Because he bats right-handed, Cuddyer got the start in left field over the left-handed-hitting rookie Michael Conforto against Kershaw, a southpaw. Conforto mustered only a .481 OPS against lefties this season compared to Cuddyer’s .698. Despite the batting disparity, one wonders how short a leash manager Terry Collins has on Cuddyer given his defense.