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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Dodgers 6, Giants 1: Tempers flared, but it was much ado about nothing. Clayton Kershaw was awesome, tossing seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks. He’s sporting a 2.15 ERA on the year. The middle of the Dodgers’ order did work, as Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger each had a pair of hits.

Rays 7, Indians 4: Corey Dickerson homered again, giving him three in two days. Logan Morrison and Jesus Sucre went yard while Alex Cobb fired seven innings, giving up three runs. Indians starter Josh Tomlin couldn’t make it through the third inning. Bradley Zimmer did hit his first career home run as a lone bright spot for the Indians.

Kevin Kiermaier also made a terrific catch to rob Jason Kipnis of a home run to end the game.

Tigers 5, Orioles 4: After Wednesday’s 13-inning effort, neither side was interested in another long, drawn-out affair. The Tigers took a 5-4 lead for good in the fifth inning when Tyler Collins blasted a three-run homer, his second long ball of the afternoon. The Wilsons, Alex and Justin, pitched scoreless innings of relief in a rare stress-free night for Detroit’s bullpen.

Yankees 11, Royals 7: Royals pitching on this evening was, as we baseball experts say, “not good.” The top of the Yankees’ lineup went a combined 9-for-18 and the 6-7-8-9 spots knocked in eight of the Yankees’ 11 runs. Every starter in the Royals’ lineup got a hit, but it went for naught.

Pirates 6, Nationals 1: Gerrit Cole pitched a gem for the Buccos, giving up just one run on three hits and a pair of walks with three strikeouts in seven innings. Despite a 2-4 record, Cole owns a 2.84 ERA. Josh Bell broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a three-run blast off of Jacob Turner. Andrew McCutchen added two more with a single in the seventh.

Cubs 7, Reds 5: The Cubs rode a five-spot in the second inning and a two-run third to victory. The offense provided only one extra-base hit and six hits in total, but it also drew six walks. Kyle Hendricks turned in a quality start, giving up two runs in six innings. On the Reds’ side, Zack Cozart had a three-hit night to raise his average to .350.

Brewers 3, Padres 1: The Brewers scored twice in the top of the ninth against closer Brandon Maurer to break a 1-1 tie and eke out a victory sans hero Eric Thames, who hasn’t been seen since Sunday. Both starters were quite good. The Brewers’ Matt Garza yielded a lone run over six frames while the Padres’ Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

Seattle 4, Athletics 0: Christian Bergman pitched into the eighth inning for the Mariners, ultimately tossing 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. James Pazos got the final five outs for the win. The Mariners padded a 1-0 lead with three runs in the fifth and never looked back.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4 (11 innings): The Mets’ bullpen continued to falter, sending the team to its seventh consecutive loss. Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores each had three hits and Michael Conforto homered, but the offense was lacking elsewhere. Matt Harvey got the start and gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Yasmany Tomas hit an RBI double to tie the game for the D-Backs in the bottom of the seventh and Chris Herrman, of all people, hit a solo home run in the 11th off of Rafael Montero to break a 4-4 tie.

Astros 3, Marlins 0: Lance McCullers was excellent, pitching six shutout frames. The bullpen held the fort from there, as Chris Devenski, Will Harris, and Ken Giles finished out the ballgame. Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 with a pair of triples, raising his average to .311.

Rangers 9, Phillies 3: The Rangers have now won eight games in a row. The offense just smothered Phillies starter Zach Eflin, taking him for at least one run in each of his four innings. They tossed up a four-spot in the second to put their boots on the Phillies’ necks early. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and three RBI. Jared Hoying had four hits, including his first major league homer. Delino DeShields had four hits, too. As for the Phillies, All-Star Odubel Herrera is down to a .685 OPS and Maikel Franco is down to .643.

Red Sox 5, Cardinals 4 (13 innings): The Cardinals went ahead 4-0 after two innings, but the Red Sox scored twice in both the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game. Mike Leake turned in a great start for the Cardinals, but Trevor Rosenthal couldn’t hold the lead in the eighth. In the top of the 13th, Mitch Moreland hit a two-out ground-rule double and scored on a Chris Young pinch-hit single to left field against Sam Tuivailala.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 4: The Braves won, but it came at a cost. Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by an Aaron Loup pitch and had to leave the game. We’ll know more later, but according to Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports, the Braves are concerned Freeman suffered a broken wrist. The Braves weren’t expected to be real competitors this season, but they’ve won five of their last six and Freeman has been otherworldly through the first ~23 percent of the season. As for the game, Kurt Suzuki homered and Mike Foltynewicz turned in a quality start.

Angels 12, White Sox 8: The Angels had three four-spots in the second, sixth, and seventh innings to outlast the White Sox. Mike Trout homered again — a three-run shot — giving him five in six games and 13 on the season. Cameron Maybin had three more hits and Martin Maldonado had three ribbies. For the Pale Hose, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and the 4-through-7 spots in the lineup combined for nine hits, but it wasn’t enough.

Rockies vs. Twins: Postponed. Sadface emoji.

Anthony Alford to miss 4-6 weeks following wrist surgery

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Blue Jays’ outfielder Anthony Alford will miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, the team announced on Saturday. Alford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier in the week after sustaining a left hamate fracture on a foul pitch, and could miss significant time in what looks to be a lengthy rehab process. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the procedure has been scheduled for next week and will be performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona.

Alford, 22, was called up to the majors from Double-A New Hampshire last Friday. He went hitless in his first three outings, finally catching a break against the Brewers on Tuesday when he pinch-hit a leadoff double in the seventh. The injury occurred two innings later when Alford fouled off a pitch in the ninth inning, fracturing his wrist in the process.

Alford will join eight other players on the Blue Jays’ disabled list, including outfielders Steve Pearce (calf strain), Dalton Pompey (concussion) and Darrell Cecillani (partial shoulder dislocation). He’s expected to be replaced by 24-year-old outfield prospect Dwight Smith Jr.

Stephen Strasburg hit a new career high today

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Good luck getting a hit against the Nationals this weekend. Stephen Strasburg followed Max Scherzer‘s 13-strikeout performance on Friday with a dazzling outing of his own on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander whiffed a career-best 15 batters in seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk in the Nats’ 3-0 win.

It took Strasburg several innings to get into a groove after pitching into (and out of) a jam in the first inning. The Padres loaded the bases with Allen Cordoba‘s leadoff single, a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman and a four-pitch walk to Cory Spangenberg. By the third, Strasburg was cruising, striking out the side on 18 pitches and keeping the Padres off the basepaths until the sixth. He recorded his 15th and final strikeout in the seventh inning, catching Padres’ prospect Franchy Cordero swinging on a 1-2 pitch to effectively end his outing.

While 15 strikeouts set a new career record for the Nationals’ ace, he came close to reaching the mark twice before. The first time, he struck out 14 of 24 batters during his major league debut against the 2010 Pirates, though the 5-2 win did little more than keep the Nationals neck-and-neck with the Marlins at the bottom of the NL East. Five years later, he tied his 14-strikeout record against the 2015 Phillies, tossing a one-hitter in eight innings to cement his ninth victory of the season.

The only one who doesn’t seem overly enthused by the new record? Strasburg himself, who told MLB.com’s Jamal Collier and AJ Cassavell: “It’s pretty cool, but there’s another game five, six days from now. I’ll enjoy it tonight, but back to work tomorrow.”