And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games.

Giants 15, Cardinals 0: This one got even more out of hand. Marco Scutaro drove in seven, hitting a grand slam, doubling in a couple and singling in one. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless, but it was kinda unnecessary.

Padres 2, Cubs 0: Clayton Richard shut the Cubs out on five hits. The Cubs now own the longest losing streak in the game at eight.

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Ryan Braun was 0 for his last 18 before he hit the game winning RBI double in the eighth. In other news I almost wrote “Russell Brand” instead of Ryan Braun. Man that would have been a different ballgame.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2: Maybe this game was just boring, but all the various game stories I’ve read seem to want to talk about how that this win clinched the 16th straight home series win by the Rays over the Blue Jays which fails the interesting factoid test for me in that it’s neither independently interesting — it doesn’t make you say “aw, neat!” — and it has zero predictive value.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6: Neil Walker homered and drove in five. I thought a month or two ago that the Pirates would not be for real if Andrew McCutchen was the only legitimate offensive threat. Well, he’s not that anymore. Walker has been tough stuff.

Nationals 4, Astros 3: Of their four runs, only two were technically driven in and both of them came from the bat of Gio Gonzalez, who hit a two run homer. The others: on a balk and on an error. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Houston Astros.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Where in the hell did that come from, Jeremy Guthrie? Eight shutout innings with zero walks and six strikeouts.

Braves 12, Phillies 6: Neither starter had anything — Tim Hudson and Kyle Kendrick were both touched for six runs — and it was six-all in the seventh when Dan Uggla hit a bases clearing double and another run scored on an error. Oh, and David Ross stole a base. It was his first in 636 career games. Even without the stolen base, he’s easily baseball’s best backup catcher over the past four years. No question about it, right?

Yankees 12, Tigers 8: The Tigers lost for the first time in six games thanks in part to Curtis Granderson driving in four. It wasn’t easy for the Yankees, though. They had a 7-0 lead which the Tigers closed to 8-7 by the seventh inning. The Yankees rapped out 18 hits and scored their 12 runs on the back of only one homer, so that should make “the Yankees are too home run-dependent” crowd shut up a bit.

Orioles 9, Mariners 2: Steve Johnson made his first major league start. And he struck out nine over six innings for the win. Matt Wieters went 2 for 5 and drove in five for his second straight big game.

Athletics 9, Angels 8: The Angels hit five home runs — two by Kendrys Morales — but they weren’t enough because LaTroy Hawkins and Zack Greinke got rocked. A’s closer Ryan Cook’s explanation for the A’s success: “It’s chemistry, man.” Not enough facepalms in the world.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Josh Hamilton homered and had four RBI. Josh Beckett gave up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, three of which were homers. Someone tell me if he’s hurt or if he just sucks, because I can’t decide if I should boo him or not.

Indians 6, Twins 2: I wrote this up yesterday, but suffice it to say, the streak ends at 11.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 4: Eric Young hit an inside the park homer. Cool. Matt Kemp answered with a more traditional homer, this of the three run variety. I’m sure he was far less tired after that than Young was. Matt Treanor was 0 for 3, but he’s the only one in the game whose wife won a gold medal in the Olympics yesterday, so he can be excused.

The Pirates are, not surprisingly, leaning against trading Andrew McCutchen

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Over the winter there was serious talk about the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen to the Washington Nationals. His move to left field to allow Starling Marte to take over center further served to make McCutchen a less important part of the Pirates long term plans.

Then the season began, Marte got suspended for PEDs and, after a bumpy start, McCutchen caught fire. He hit .411/.505/.689 in June he has a .333/.444/.561 line in the month of July. For the year he’s now at .292/.384/.507 with 17 homers and 57 RBI. Even with Marte back on the roster, McCutchen is the Pirates’ center fielder. What’s more, the Pirates, after beginning the season slowly have righted the ship somewhat and are now only three games back in the NL Central.

All of which makes this, from Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, unsurprising:

That option is a quite reasonable $14.5 million, so it seems sorta crazy that they wouldn’t pick it up. Of course if they remain coy enough about it for now perhaps someone will bowl them over with an offer. Letting McCutchen walk seems insane. Unloading him for a hefty haul would, well, still be kinda crazy given how popular McCutchen is with the fan base, but not truly insane.

The Brewers are talking to the Tigers about Ian Kinsler, Justin Wilson

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The Brewers were rumored last week to have been “aggressive” in talks for Tigers reliever Justin Wilson. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports, however, that the talks are a bit more wide-ranging than that.

Crasnick says that the two clubs are also discussing Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, potentially in a package deal with Wilson. Crasnick says that the Brewers “would love to have Kinsler,” but their main focus at the moment is pitching help. Of course, the Brewers current second baseman — Jonathan Villar — is hitting a meager .223/.285/.348 in 334 plate appearances.

Kinsler is having a down season for him — .237/.331/.400 — but he’s better than that and, of course, would represent an improvement. He’s under contract through the end of this year but he has a very affordable, $10 million club option for 2018. Wilson will be arbitration-eligible this offseason, so he’s still under team control as well. As such a Kinsler/Wilson package would likely cost the Brewers a high price, so you have to think they’d try to exhaust cheaper options before making such a deal.

The Brewers had been in first place in the NL Central since June 7, but the Cubs caught them yesterday. They’re in a virtual tie, with Chicago percentage points ahead. This should prove to be a very interesting week for the Brewers’ front office.