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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Clayton Kershaw dominates the Padres, striking out ten and allowing one run over eight innings. He moves to 15-3 on the year and drops his ERA to 1.82. His K/B ratio this year: 184/22.

Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 0: Make that five walkoff wins for the Nats in the past six games and ten wins in a row overall. This one was made 1960s-style: 0-0 tie into the bottom of the ninth, a single, a stolen base and then the winning run came home on a throwing error.

Cubs 2, Giants 1: Giants 5, Cubs 3: The resumption of the tarp game revealed that, welp, none of it really mattered. The Giants scored one more but the Cubs’ two runs from Tuesday night held up. In the nightcap Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with a homer. I figure the Giants want to get the hell out Chicago by now.

Yankees 3, Astros 0: Brandon McCarthy with the four-hit shutout. He has been phenomenal since coming over from Arizona. Even if the Yankees season doesn’t turn out the way they hoped when they traded for him, they should have at least convinced themselves that McCarthy can be part of the rotation rebuild they need to do this offseason.

Twins 4, Indians 1: Phil Hughes outdueled Corey Kluber, allowing one run on five hits over seven. We weren’t expecting that, especially given how awesome Kluber has been in the second half. As Matthew notes, however, Hughes is having a surprisingly un-sucky season this year. Who knew?

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Braves 8, Reds 0: The Braves have won six of seven, finally finding some offense during this stretch. A lot of it has come from Justin Upton, who has a 12 game hitting streak and drove in three here. The Reds, meanwhile, have lost six in a row.

Rays 1, Tigers 0: It ain’t often that a dude throws a one-hitter and his team still loses, but it happened to David Price. Could be worse — could be a Harvey Haddix situation — but this still has to be frustrating. For what it’s worth: the one-hitter loss thing has happened 65 times in baseball history and four times this year. Losing a one hitter in which no walks were allowed to the winning team, as was the case here: three times in the past century.

Angels 2, Red Sox 0: A four-game sweep at Fenway ain’t what it used to be, but it’s still pretty good, especially for a west coast team on an east coast swing. Matt Shoemaker allowed only one hit while pitching into the eighth. He had a no-hitter until there were two down in the sixth, actually. He struck out nine. More importantly: he gave the pen a breather in advance of the big series against the A’s which starts tonight.

Yordano Ventura represented the best and worst of baseball’s culture

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 28:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers in the first inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 28, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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It was reported this morning that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Former prospect Andy Marte was also killed in a separate car accident. Along with Jose Fernandez and Oscar Taveras, the baseball world has lost a lot of young, exciting talent in a very short amount of time.

Ventura was, like all of us, a complex human being. At his best, he was an exciting, talented, emotive pitcher who featured an electric fastball which sat in the mid-90’s and occasionally touched 100 MPH. At his worst, he was an immature, impressionable kid trying to fit in by exacting revenge against batters he felt had wronged him by slinging those electric fastballs at vulnerable areas of their bodies.

Baseball needed Ventura when he was at his best. It is players like him and Fernandez, not Mike Trout, that bring in new fans to the sport. To baseball die-hards, Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the pinnacle of entertainment because we know he’s an otherworldly talent. But to the average fan, Trout is just another player who hits a couple of homers and doesn’t do anything particularly interesting otherwise. Trout is milquetoast. Ventura was never an All-Star, but fans knew who he was because he made his presence felt every time he made a start. He was fun, if sometimes vengeful.

Ventura’s baseball rap sheet is rather lengthy for someone who only pitched parts of four seasons in the big leagues. Early in the 2015 season, Ventura found himself in a handful of benches-clearing incidents in quick succession. On April 12, he jawed with Trout, apparently misunderstanding the motivation behind Trout yelling, “Let’s go!” Though catcher Salvador Perez intervened, Trout’s teammate Albert Pujols ran in from second base and the benches cleared shortly thereafter. On the 18th, some drama between the Athletics and Royals continued. Ventura fired a 99 MPH fastball at Brett Lawrie, resulting in his immediate ejection from the game. More beanball wars ensued in the series finale the following day. Finally, on the 23rd, Ventura hit White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu with a 99 MPH fastball in the fourth inning. Ventura was not ejected… until after the completion of the seventh inning. Walking back to the dugout, Ventura barked at White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton and — you guessed it — the benches cleared. All told, Ventura was fined for his behavior with the Athletics and suspended seven games for the White Sox incident.

In August 2015, Ventura called Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista a “nobody” and accused him of stealing signs. He apologized shortly thereafter. Two months later, during his start in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, Ventura got into it with Jays first base coach Tim Leiper. Nothing happened beyond that, but apparently it was part of the Jays’ plan to try to put Ventura “on tilt.”

Most recently, in June this past season, Ventura hit Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch. Machado charged the mound and got in at least one punch before the players spilled out onto the field in a blob of royal blue and orange. Ventura was suspended for eight games.

Ventura was by no means a model of civility, but he was a product of baseball’s intransigent culture forcing players to assimilate or be ostracized. The old culture taught players to never show emotion. Hit a home run? Put your head down and circle the bases in a timely fashion or risk taking a fastball to the ribs. Players like Fernandez and Bautista — typically players from Latin countries — challenged those old cultural norms and are, as a result, the vanguard of the new culture. Ventura displayed aspects of each, the worst of the old culture and the best of the new. He was not a one-dimensional person; he was strikingly complex. At one moment willing to use a fastball as a weapon, the next stopping by some kids’ lemonade stand and giving out fist bumps. Baseball is made more entertaining and more interesting by its personalities and Ventura’s was a behemoth, for better or worse. His absence from the sport will be felt.

MLB remembers Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 28:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers in the first inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 28, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Following the tragic passing of 25-year-old Yordano Ventura and 33-year-old Andy Marte, both of whom were killed in separate car crashes on Sunday morning, players and executives from around Major League Baseball expressed an outpouring of grief and support for the players’ families and former teams.

Fans have gathered at Kauffman Stadium in memory of the former pitcher.