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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights


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.

Video: Justin Turner gives Dodgers early Game 4 lead with two-run double

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Clayton Kershaw has looked sharp on the mound and at the plate so far in this must-win NLDS Game 4 at New York’s Citi Field.

After no-hitting the Mets in the first two frames, Kershaw smacked a one-out single to left-center field in the top of third inning. Howie Kendrick followed soon after with a two-out single to left and then Adrian Gonzalez blooped a ball to shallow center that drove in Enrique Hernandez, who had reached earlier on a fielder’s choice grounder to second base.

That all set up this Justin Turner two-run double down the left field line that put Los Angeles up 3-0

That’s now four doubles this postseason for Turner, which is a Dodgers franchise record for the Division Series. Los Angeles is trying to force a Game 5.

Video: Hector Rondon closes it out, Cubs advance past Cardinals to NLCS

Hector Rondon
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In the first postseason meeting between the two longtime archrivals, the Chicago Cubs prevailed over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Watch as Cubs closer Hector Rondon whiffs Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty with a nasty 0-2 breaking ball to clinch a Division Series victory and send Wrigley Field into a frenzy (this is actually the first time in franchise history the Cubs have won a playoff series at home) …

Chicago dropped Game 1 but took three straight to finish off St. Louis. Next up is a matchup against either the Dodgers or Mets in the National League Championship Series.

Cardinals miss Martinez even more than Molina

Carlos Martinez

After taking Game 1 of the NLDS in an outstanding performance from John Lackey, the Cardinals dropped three straight to the Cubs by scores of 6-3, 8-6 and 6-4. It’s not difficult at all to imagine a healthy Carlos Martinez swinging one of those games.

Martinez wasn’t the Cardinals’ best starter this year, but he was the one who could shut a team down by himself, with little help from the defense needed. Martinez struck out 184 batters in 179 2/3 innings while going 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA. He left his next-to-last regular season start with a shoulder strain that was going to cost him the entirety of the postseason no matter how far the Cardinals advanced. It was a killer blow for a team whose offense had already been slowed by injuries.

October just came at the wrong time for the Cardinals, what with Martinez down, Yadier Molina nursing a significant thumb injury, Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk far from 100 percent and Adam Wainwright still weeks short of potentially pulling off a Marcus Stroman-like return to the rotation.

It’s Molina absence Thursday and lack of effectiveness otherwise that serve as a popular explanation/excuse for the Cardinals’ loss. And the downgrade from him to Tony Cruz behind the plate was huge, even if Molina is no longer the hitter he was a couple of years back.

Martinez, though, had the potential to even up the NLDS just by doing what he did in the regular season. And had Martinez been in the rotation, the Cardinals wouldn’t have moved up Lackey to start Game 4 on three days’ rest. They’d have been the clear favorites in a Game 5 Jon Lester-Lackey rematch back in St. Louis, though we’ll never know how that might have worked out.