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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights


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.

Report: Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption as mayor of San Cristobal

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Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 60 million pesos for corruption as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, Hector Gomez reports. Mondesi served a six-year term as mayor from 2010-16. He initially ran on the ballot of the Dominican Liberation Party, but switched to the Dominican Revolutionary Party over a year later.

Mondesi, 46, played parts of 13 seasons in the majors for the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels, and Braves. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1994 with the Dodgers, made one All-Star team, and won two Gold Glove Awards. He is the father of the Royals infielder of the same name.

Sherwin Williams is trying to back out of a charitable contribution at Angel Stadium

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The paint company Sherwin Williams created a neat promotion at Angel Stadium. There’s a giant paint can with the brand name in left-center field. If a player hits a ball into the can, Sherwin Williams will donate $1 million to the Angels Baseball Foundation, the Angels’ charity for kids.

Angels outfielder Justin Upton appeared to trigger that charitable contribution when he hit a solo home run to left-center field against Indians closer Cody Allen on Tuesday night. The ball bounced in front of the can and then went in on a hop.

ESPN reports that Sherwin Williams is using a technicality to try and get out of the obligation. Because Upton’s home run didn’t land in the can on the fly, Sherwin Williams is saying they’re not obliged to make the $1 million donation. In 2014, Frazee Paint and the Angels agreed to the paint can promotion and indeed the press release says, “…if an Angels player hits a home run that lands in the can on the fly, the company will make a $1 million donation to benefit the Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of children in the community.” Frazee Paint is now owned by Sherwin Williams.

According to Forbes, Sherwin Williams is worth $29.2 billion, ranking at 724 on the Global 2000. One would imagine ponying up the relatively minuscule sum of $1 million would be worth it rather than taking the P.R. hit from the dozens of articles that have been and will continue to be written about the company’s pedantry over a charitable donation to needy children.

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