And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Indians 4, Royals 3; Royals 2, Indians 0: The resumption of the suspended game was probably a foregone conclusion, though the Royals did make it interesting by adding a run in the 10th. The full game was far more interesting from their perspective, however, as Danny Duffy tossed six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest. This, combined with the Tigers’ loss pulls Kansas City to within one of Detroit in the division. This combined with the Mariners’ loss gives them a two-game lead in the wild card. Not a bad night all things considered.

White Sox 2, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt — who I will freely admit I had never heard of before the moment I read this box score — tossed seven and two-thirds shutout innings against the second best offense in the American League. Tyler Flowers with a two-run homer for all of the game’s offense. Bassitt is from the Toledo area, I gather, so dominating the Tigers in Detroit was probably pretty special to him.

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4: Seattle does not, to put it bluntly, keep pace. Jose Bautista was 3 for 3 with a homer and walked to reach base a fourth time. The walk came with the bases loaded. James Paxton was absolutely rocked. And not in a good, Def Leppard kind of way. It was in a bad, nine runs in two and two-thirds kind of way.

Athletics 8, Angels 4: Oakland does, in contrast, keep pace and remains at the top of the wild card standings. The A’s plated six in the first inning and Jeff Samardzija was excellent, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. The pen was not as excellent — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off of Evan Scribner — but Oakland had enough of a margin by then.

Giants 5, Dodgers 2: The Giants still have some fight in them for the division, pulling to within three and a half of L.A. after this 13-inning win. Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 13th and then Gregor Blanco put it away, more or less, with a two-run double. Blanco also homered to lead off the game. Even if the Giants don’t catch L.A., the win helps them keep pace with the Pirates, whom they must beat out by a game in order to host the wild card matchup.

 

Yankees 5, Orioles 0: Derek Jeter is going out with a bang. He drove in three, hitting an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. His three runs driven in push him past Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente and ties him with Paul Molitor on the all-time RBI list. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was dominant, allowing only one hit in seven and a third, striking out eight and allowing just one walk.

Pirates 1, Braves 0: I guess having a new interim general manager for, like, nine hours was not enough to goose the Braves’ offense. Andrew McCutchen homered and Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen didn’t give the Braves’ squat. It’s gotta feel really good to be a Braves pitcher these days and know that if you don’t pitch a complete game shutout, you got no chance.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0: Adam Wainwright wins his 20th, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings. Jon Jay dove in three, Matt Adams two. The Cards look ready for the playoffs to start.

Padres 1, Rockies 0: San Diego wins their fifth in a row and seventh of eight. Eric Stults shut Colorado out for six and a third. Rene Rivera’s RBI double in the first constituted the game’s only offense. With an early run, no more offense and the thing ending before 10pm, this was basically the quintessential Petco Park game. I’ve been to hat park, I dunno, seven or eight times, and almost every game has been like that.

Rangers 4, Astros 3: The Rangers have won nine of ten. Hey, we all start slow, right? Guilder Rodriguez — who played in the minor leagues for 13 years before being called up when rosters expanded — had his first two major league hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single. After the game he said “This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born. It’s unbelievable. I feel great.” Sorry. I need a moment. Got some dust in my eye.

Diamondbacks 6, Twins 2: Theory: an interleague game between non-rivals in late September, both of whom really suck may be The Least Essential Game in Major League History. It counted, though. Josh Collmenter pitched effectively into the seventh and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer.

A child was carried out of Yankee Stadium after being hit by a foul ball

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A scary thing just happened in Yankee Stadium. A young fan, it appeared to be a young girl, sitting down the left-field line was struck by a Todd Frazier foul ball. Play was halted on the field as she was attended to. They carried her out, not waiting for a stretcher to come. It was hard to see how bad her injuries were, but those on the field — including Eduardo Escobar of the Twins — were visibly shaken.

Major League Baseball has encouraged — not demanded or required, but merely encouraged — teams to extend netting farther down the foul lines in the name of fan safety. Many teams have done so. The Yankees have not, and have remained somewhat non-committal about it all.

We’ll provide an update of the girl’s condition once it is known.

Everything you wanted to know about collusion but were afraid to ask

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Most of you are likely aware of baseball’s history of collusion. Specifically, the three instances between 1985 and 1988 when the league, the owners and their general managers entered into a conspiracy to suppress salaries by agreeing to share information and to not to sign free agents away from other teams. The scheme, which violated the explicit terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, led to a series of arbitrations which resulted in the owners being forced to pay the players $280 million in damages.

While you may know that large-arc story of collusion, there is an awful lot of stuff relating to it all that is seldom talked about. Interesting stuff which, despite its genesis over 30 years ago still impacts baseball to this very day. If you want to hear some talk about that, I was on the This Week in Baseball History podcast with Michael Bates and Bill Parker last night, and we talked about it, all in honor of the first decision in the three collusion cases which came down 30 years ago this week.

We covered a lot of topics you may not know arose out of the collusion cases. For example:

  • Did you know that the collusion cases led more or less directly to the existence of the Marlins, Rockies, Rays and Diamondbacks?
  • Did you know that it led, eventually, to Bud Selig becoming commissioner?
  • Did you know that it contributed greatly to the 1994-95 labor impasse which led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series?
  • Did you know that it spun off litigation that continued for nearly 20 years after the collusion plan, so that in the year 2005 people were STILL talking about what Steve freakin’ Garvey was supposed to earn back in the 1980s?
  • Did you know that, in one key respect, the collusion cases of the 1980s had their genesis in something Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale did back in 1966?

Maybe you knew some of that, maybe you didn’t, but it was all kinda wild. If the topic interests you, I highly recommend you take a listen to the podcast. We go light on the legalities, heavier on talking about stuff like what might’ve happened if Kirk Gibson signed with the Royals in 1986 and never made it to the Dodgers in 1988. It’s baseball talk that you may not hear every day.