And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Reds 11, Cardinals 0: Time to worry about the Cardinals? Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips both homered and drove in three to hand St. Louis its fourth loss in five games. They lost 9-0 to the Cubs on Monday. The Pirates loss kept them from losing ground, but they’re playing their absolute worst baseball of the season right now. Good thing momentum is not a thing in baseball. Everyone will tell you it’s a thing and that how a contender plays in September matters, but don’t believe it for a second.

Brewers 6, Pirates 4: Pittsburgh blows a chance to pull to within three and a half games. But hey, it was the Brewers, who have now beat the Buccos seven straight times. Logan Shafer singled home the go-ahead run in the 13th and Luis Sardinas added an insurance run, all off Radhames Liz. If the Pirates’ season ends with a one-and-done in a wild card game rather than a chance to play in a full playoff series, they’re gonna have nightmares about the Brewers all year.

Mariners 5, Rangers 0: If back in the spring you told a Mariners fan that, on September 10, Nelson Cruz would knock his 40th dinger and Felix Hernandez would shut out a playoff contender for eight innings and notch his 17th win, I imagine they’d feel pretty good about things. They might ask you why in the hell Mark Trumbo was on the team, but hey, he knocked in two runs too, so he must’ve been a deadline deal for that one bat to put the M’s over the top, right? In other news, baseball is a cruel, cruel sport and we’re all stupid suckers for investing our emotions in it.

Rockies 4, Padres 3: I imagine much the same could be said about a Rockies fan who learned that Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 38th homer and Carlos Gonzalez hit his 37th homer last night. Of course, if you were a Rockies fan who expected big things from this team before the season started you’re so delusional that nothing will ever truly get you down.

Indians 7, Tigers 5: As we learned this morning, Brad Ausmus is going to be fired. Was this his last game? With that out there, how do you not resign? Anyway, Michael Brantley homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the eighth. People in Detroit pining for the Lions season to start. When was the last time that happened? Was Eric Hipple involved?

Mets 7, Braves 2: Bartolo Colon‘s shutout streak ended at 31 innings, but you don’t have to work too hard to beat the Braves anyway. Colon also hit an RBI single. It’s not really fun to make fun of him hitting anymore now that he’s actually good at it.

Blue Jays vs. Yankees; Cubs vs. Phillies: POSTPONED:

See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
whistle blowing
through my brain.
Signals curling on an open plain,
rolling down the track again.
See the sky about to rain.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.