And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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[I slept late, so I’m letting Reds manager Brian Price do the first recap]

Reds 6, Brewers 1: Anthony Desclafani’s shut down every f****** Brewer he faced, it f****** seemed, tossing eight f****** shutout innings.  He allowed only two f****** hits and now has a f****** scoreless innings streak of fifteen f****** innings. Zach Cosart hit a three run homer on a pitch from Wily Peralta that was, to be candid with you, a vulgar term for feces (both bovine and equine).

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox had to face Cody Allen. Not a problem.

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I didn’t see Terry Francona’s postgame comments, but he’d be excused if he let Brian Price draft his remarks for him. What a f****** day for Ohio baseball.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 1: It was a day not fit for man nor beast in Boston, but it was Patriot’s Day, and that’s a big deal so they were gonna get this game in regardless, it seemed. As it was, the Orioles made three errors that led to five unearned Red Sox runs. Not that the unearned runs weren’t, as it were, earned by O’s pitcher Wei-Yin Chen: he walked four dudes and made an error in the Sox’ big inning. After that it was all about dodging raindrops and waiting for the umps to call the game. Which they did in the seventh.

Tigers 2, Yankees 1: Down 1-0, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh to put the Tigers over. A nice outing from CC Sabathia — encouraging and efficient, even in a loss — but a better one from Alfredo Simon. The Tigers have been getting great pitching from Simon, Shane Greene and David Price.

Cubs 5, Pirates 2: Kris Bryant was 3-for-4 with three RBI, including this double plus (and doubleplus) error and misplay that I’m choosing to count as a home run, because Little League is the best. Bryant is 6-for-14 with a double and four RBI in the four games he’s played since being called up.

Royals 7, Twins 1: Edinson Volquez allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five in seven innings, allowing only one run. Kyle Gibson allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings and didn’t strike out a single batter. Indeed, he’s struck out only 5.2 batters per nine innings in his career, which is insanely bad in this strikeout-happy era.

Padres 14, Rockies 3: Ah, it’s great to be back in Denver. The Padres unleashed a 17-hit attack in which they put up nine runs in the first two innings. Matt Kemp had three hits and four RBI. Odrismar Despaigne allowed only two runs in six and two-thirds and got his first career hit. After the game, he revealed that his fellow Padres pitchers told him they’d take him out shopping for new clothes today if he got a hit in Coors Field, so good for him. The Padres have won 5 of 6.

Athletics 6, Angels 3Stephen Vogt hit a three-run homer and Dan Otero pitched four shutout innings in relief after starter Kendall Graveman couldn’t get it together in three frustrating innings.

Astros 7, Mariners 5: Luis Valbuena is on fire. He hit two homers — solo shots in the first and eighth, giving the Astros the lead both times — and has five over his past seven games. Six of the Astros’ nine hits were for extra bases.

Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price

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The Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Bryan Price. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jim Riggleman. The team also fired pitching coach Mack Jenkins. The club also added Louisville manager Pat Kelly to the staff as the new bench coach and Double-A pitching coach Danny Darwin as the new big league pitching coach.

It was only a matter of time for Price, whose Reds have begun the season 3-15. This was Price’s fifth season at the helm and the Reds never won more than 76 games in any of his previous seasons, doing so in his first year, in 2014. They won 68 games in both 2016 and 2017 and 64 games in 2015. While that’s far more attributable to the Reds talent level than anything Price ever did or did not do, at some point the manager will take the fall for a team that makes no progress.

Price’s tenure will likely be considered largely forgettable in the view of history, but he did have a pretty memorable moment as Reds manager in April of 2015, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade at the media because they reported the availability or lack thereof of certain players for an upcoming game. Which is part of the media’s job, even if Price didn’t fully grok that at the time. The tirade itself was pretty epic, though, with then Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans reporting that “there were 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).” 

Taking over will be Jim Riggleman, who last managed in the big leagues with the Washington Nationals, resigning in June of 2011 because he was unhappy that he did not get a contract extension. It was a weird episode, the sort of which a lot of guys couldn’t have come back from, perhaps being considered quitters. Riggleman took a job managing the Reds’ Double-A team, however, then moved on to Triple-A and then the Reds’ big league coaching staff. There’s something to be said for persistence. And for being a big league lifer.

Anyway, Price’s exit is not likely to change the Reds’ course too much in 2018. But, as it is so often said in baseball, sometimes you gotta make a change all the same.