Clayton Kershaw

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

48 Comments

Dodgers 2, Royals 0: Clayton Kershaw is so damn inconsistent. Last time: no-hitter. This time? He gave up several hits. Last time: full game. This time? Only eight innings. You think you’re fooling us by continuing to not give up any runs, Clayton, but we can tell that you’re falling off.

Phillies 7, Marlins 4: Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer and the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak, but the highlight here was the standing ovation Tony Gwynn, Jr. got in his first at bat following his father’s death. Good on ya, Philly fans.

Nationals 4, Brewers 2: A sixteen inning affair, with Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run homer in the top of that inning saving us (or depriving us, depending on your point of view) from seeing Adam LaRoche and/or Lyle Overbay pitching. The Brewers threatened many times in extra innings, but Nats relievers ended up throwing 10 scoreless innings.

Pirates 6, Rays 5: Pittsburgh moves above .500 for only the second time this year, the last time being mid April. Since May 6 they have baseball’s best record. Which, yes, doesn’t matter unless everyone else started May 6 (note: they did not), but it’s still worth noting.

Mets 10, Athletics 1: Billed as a pitchers duel — Kazmir vs. Colon — only one of them showed up with his sword. The Mets rocked Scott Kazmir for seven runs on eight hits in three innings. Colon, on the other hand, continued his fine season,, allowing one run over eight innings. He even got a hit for the second game in a row. Mets hitters smacked four homers.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6: The Jays had a 6-0 lead entering the sixth, the Yankees rallied in the sixth and seventh to tie it and then a walkoff error by the Yankees gaves this one to the Jays. It happened when Jose Reyes hit a leadoff double in the ninth inning and then, when Melky Cabrera tried to bunt him over to third, Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw the ball away. Miss U A-Rod.

White Sox 4, Orioles 2: Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings and Gordon Beckham homered as Chicago ended a five-game losing streak. They had lost nine of 11 overall and eight straight on the road before this.

Cubs 7, Reds 3: Jake Arrieta was perfect through six. He ran out of gas in the seventh, giving up two runs on three hits, but he had enough of a cushion where it didn’t matter. He’s 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts.

Tigers 8, Rangers 2: Ian Kinsler returned to Texas and homered against his former mates. Unlike what we said with Zack Greinke yesterday, we have a pretty good idea that they are, indeed, no longer mates if they ever were as Kinsler gave a little wave to them as he trotted the bases, which probably was not well received. In other news, glad you’re still not taking that trade personally, Ian.

Rockies 10, Cardinals 5: Justin Morneau was 3 for 5 with a homer and six driven in. Shelby Miller was ineffective and then incapacitated due to back tightness. The Rockies snapped a seven-game slide. Morneau is hitting .304/.340/.522 with 13 homers and 57 RBI on the year. Not bad for a guy who looked to be close to done a year or two ago.

Editor’s Note: Hardball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $30,000 Fantasy Baseball league for Wednesday night’s MLB games. It’s $25 to join and first prize is $5,000. Starts at 7:05pm ET on WednesdayHere’s the FanDuel link.

Diamondbacks 9, Indians 8: Another long game, this one 14 innings. And, time-wise, it was the longest in the history of Chase Field: five hours and 22 minutes. Miguel Montero said, though, that due to walks and stranded runners and slow play, it felt longer:

“It felt like seven hours. The game was slow anyway. Through seven it was like a three-hour game already. We had to play the extra innings and that made it longer.”

My condolences to anyone who had to watch this one.

Braves 3, Astros 2: The Uptons both homered. It was the fourth time they have homered in the same game, tying the record for brothers doing so held by Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. Jose Canseco is on his way to the league office to petition for a rule change that allows “Bash Brothers” to count so as to help preserve his legacy.

Padres 7, Giants 2: San Diego has won five of seven. They really got to Tim Hudson, who has suddenly lost the thread. He ha allowed a combined 13 runs over his last two starts after giving up just 19 runs over his first 13.

Angels 8, Twins 6: Staked to a 5-0 lead in the first, C.J. Wilson surrendered five to the Twins in the second. But then Mike Trout put the Halos back in the lead in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer, and the rest was just details.

Mariners 8, Red Sox 2: Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth, helping the Mariners win their fifth straight. Boston has lost five of six and has given up 20 runs to the M’s in two games. Just some ugly times for the defending champs.

Chris Sale doesn’t regret protesting wearing White Sox retro uniform

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12:  Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox reacts during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images
4 Comments

White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from Saturday night’s start against the Tigers due to a confrontation he had with White Sox coaches and front office staff over the 1976 retro uniforms the club was to wear. Sale used a knife to cut up his uniform as well as the uniforms of some other players, protesting the club’s decision to wear them. The White Sox suspended Sale five games “for violating team rules, for insubordination, and for destroying team equipment.”

Sale spoke about the incident for the first time, as MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports. The lefty apologized to fans who came to see him pitch and said he regrets “not being there for my guys,” referring to the bullpen, which had to cover for Sale on Saturday. Matt Albers got the spot start and went two innings.

Sale felt the uniform would have impacted his performance, saying, “[The ’76 uniforms] are uncomfortable and unorthodox. I didn’t want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn’t want anything to alter my mechanics. … There’s a lot of different things that went into it. Looking bad had absolutely zero to do with it. Nothing.”

Sale was firm that he doesn’t regret standing up for he believes in. “Absolutely not,” he said. He continued, “Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning? Absolutely not.”

With his five-game suspension to end after Wednesday’s game, Sale is on track to start Thursday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Dee Gordon will return from his 80-game suspension on Thursday

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10:  Dee Gordon #9 of the Miami Marlins runs the bases against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Greg Fiume/Getty Images
Leave a comment

At the end of April, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was handed an 80-game suspension by Major League Baseball after testing positive for exogenous testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing drugs. Gordon says he took those substances unknowingly.

Gordon will return to the Marlins on Thursday, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. The club was 10-11 prior to Gordon’s suspension. Since then, the club has gone 43-35 and is now tied with the Mets for second place in the NL East, five games behind the Nationals. Impressively, the Marlins have collectively hit .272/.330/.408 in Gordon’s absence, which compares favorably to the league average .252/.320/.410 triple-slash line.

Gordon, who made the NL All-Star team in 2014 and ’15, was hitting .266/.289/.340 with three doubles, two triples, five RBI, 13 runs scored, and six stolen bases in 97 plate appearances. Derek Dietrich has handled second base in the meantime and has done an admirable job, batting .275/.366/.398 with 22 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 314 PA. Nevertheless, Gordon is likely to return to full-time duty at second base.