The tide continues to change in the NL Central.
Playing with heavy hearts in the aftermath of shortstop Jean Segura losing his nine-month-old son, the Brewers were blown out 10-2 by the visiting Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Brewers rookie starter Jimmy Nelson was lit up for eight runs — six earned — over 4 1/3 innings and Adam Wainwright was his usual self on the other end, limiting Milwaukee to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Wainwright’s ERA is at 1.83.
St. Louis was six-and-half games back of the Brewers when July began. Now the two teams are tied with one game left before the All-Star break. The Reds and Pirates also continue to lurk.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
White Sox 6, Indians 2
Yankees 3, Orioles 0
Braves 11, Cubs 6
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0
Cardinals 10, Brewers 2
Red Sox 2, Astros 3
Marlins 4, Mets 5
Twins 9, Rockies 3
Blue Jays 3, Rays 10
Tigers 5, Royals 1
Angels 5, Rangers 2
Pirates 6, Reds 5 (11 innings)
Nationals 5, Phillies 3 (10 innings)
Padres 0, Dodgers 1
Athletics 2, Mariners 6
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.