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And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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These are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Astros 1, Padres 0 (10 innings): There’s no point in saving the best for last here, especially when the “best” is the Padres losing a 10-inning game on a dropped pop-up. (Yes, you read that right.) This is one of those things you just need to see to believe:

Ah, Padres baseball.

Yankees 8, Orioles 3: The Yankees are back over .500, thanks in no small part to Brett Gardner‘s monster day at the plate. The veteran outfielder made the most of each plate appearance on Saturday with two hits, two walks and two RBI in the Yankees’ first win of the series.

Red Sox 10, Rays 3: The Rays haven’t quite found their groove yet this year. The Red Sox came at them hard and fast on Saturday, clubbing three home runs — including J.D. Martinez‘s first home run with the Sox and Xander Bogaerts‘ second career grand slam — en route to a double-digit finish. On the plus side, at least we got to see Daniel Robertson… pitch?

Mets 3, Nationals 2: Tensions ran high in the third inning of the Nationals’ loss, when Anthony Rendon was tossed from the game following a second called strike three in his second at-bat of the day. Rendon didn’t vocalize his frustration with home plate umpire Marty Foster, but demonstrated his displeasure by tossing his bat — and was promptly given the hook along with club manager Dave Martinez.

Bryce Harper slugged a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning — his fifth homer of the year so far — but the Nationals took their second straight loss to the Mets after Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier tag-teamed for a two-run rally in the seventh.

Tigers 6, White Sox 1: A 32-degree chill didn’t do much to cool Miguel Cabrera‘s hot bat on Saturday afternoon. While the veteran slugger had an injury scare after tweaking his hip last week, he returned in full force against the White Sox with a two-RBI base hit — one that sizzled off the bat at 114.4 mph — and a productive out.

Mariners 11, Twins 4: Speaking of spring chill, the Mariners and Twins played in a major-league record 27-degree atmosphere on Saturday — the lowest-recorded temperature in either club’s history. That didn’t seem to slow either team down, however: Minnesota mounted a three-run rally in the sixth with a blistering RBI double from Miguel Sano and back-to-back singles from Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar, while the Mariners wore down the Twins’ bullpen with 11 runs in five innings, including Kyle Seager‘s first home run of the year and a 353-footer from Guillermo Heredia.

Cubs 5, Brewers 2: The Cubs’ fourth win of the season went exactly according to plan: six quality innings of one-run, nine-strikeout ball from Yu Darvish, an early Eric Thames home run, and a ninth-inning rally capped by Jon Lester‘s pinch-hit, run-scoring bunt. Wait, what?

Royals 1, Indians 0: Forget these 14-inning marathons and explosive ninth-inning rallies. The Royals and Indians went all-in on a true pitcher’s duel on Saturday, characterized by six shutout innings from Ian Kennedy and eight innings of one-run ball from Trevor Bauer. Lucas Duda supplied the sole run on a first-pitch blast to right field in the seventh, giving the Royals just enough of an edge to lay claim to their second win of the year.

Giants 7, Dodgers 6 (14 innings): Despite Buster Posey‘s first home run of 2018, despite Chase Utley‘s game-tying knock in the seventh, despite a cumulative 19 pitchers used in a five-hour, 14-inning affair, this was more or less a one-man show. Andrew McCutchen collected a career-best six hits off of the Dodgers, including an incredible 12-pitch walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th.

Phillies 20, Marlins 1: There was no more lopsided game than the Phillies’ 20-run barrage against the Marlins this weekend. It was their highest-scoring game in nearly a decade, punctuated by two grand slams from Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr, Jorge Alfaro‘s first home run of the season, and Carlos Santana‘s 1,000th career hit. Not too shabby for a team that managed to eke out just 19 runs over their last six games combined.

Reds 7, Pirates 4: The Reds have caught precious few breaks this spring; entering Saturday, their only win was a 1-0 shutout over the Cubs. Eugenio Suarez quickly remedied that, however, single-handedly mounting a four-run rally in the sixth and eighth inning with a two-RBI single and two-run homer to give the Reds the lead (and tie a career-best five-RBI performance, to boot).

Rangers 5, Blue Jays 1: Mike Minor hasn’t started a game since 2014, but you wouldn’t have known it by his pitching line on Saturday. The Rangers’ lefty dealt six solid innings en route to his first win, striking out seven of 21 batters and limiting the Blue Jays to two hits, two walks and a Ryan Rua sac fly.

Rockies 3, Braves 2 (10 innings): The Rockies kept things simple during their first extra-inning game of 2018. Trevor Story home run? Check. Ninth-inning implosion? Check. Heart-stopping catch to preserve the tie in the 10th? Check. Walk-off walk? Check and check.

Athletics 7, Angels 3: Things didn’t go exactly as planned for the Angels on Saturday, even on the heels of their decisive 13-run win on Friday night. In their first game without Shohei Ohtani since March 31, everything that could go wrong did: JC Ramirez left his start after pitching through two innings with forearm tightness, the bullpen imploded, and even two jacks from Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena couldn’t overturn the A’s seven-run spread — including Jed Lowrie‘s 410-foot blast and Matt Chapman‘s first triple of the year.

And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Angels 8, Astros 7: Charlie Morton and Shohei Ohtani have been two of the most talked about pitchers to start the season and they faced off in this one. Not too stellar a faceoff, unfortunately, as Mike Trout homered off of the first pitch Morton threw him and Andrelton Simmons followed him in the act. The Angels would score two more off of him in the third and he wouldn’t last four. Meanwhile, Ohtani gave up four runs, including a homer to Derek Fisher and would see another run for which he was responsible score on a Brian McCann go-ahead blast. His night would end having given up four runs as well. Anaheim tied it back up on an Albert Pujols single and then Simmons would hit his second homer of the night — a three-run shot — to give the Angels a lead they would not surrender. Fun fact: Mike Scioscia ran out of mound visits in this one. Unless I missed one, he was the first manager to do so in a game since the mound visit rule was established.

Cubs 10, Indians 3🎶Kyle Schwarber came back to Ohio . . . and his city was gone . . . but the guy who wrote about it . . . was a Republican pawn . . . A, oh, way to go O-hi-o . . .🎶 Two homers for the best thing to come out of Middletown, Ohio over the past decade or so. A homer each for Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. Same result as Game 7 in 2016. Pretty much the same weather too. Unfit for man or beast or Josh Tomlin

Yankees 8, Twins 3: Gary Sanchez hit two homers and Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius each went deep as well, with Sanchez and Gregorius each driving in three. Didi has been having such a fantastic year that, eventually, I’m assuming the people who run the ads at Yankee Stadium will spell his name right:

Mets 6, Cardinals 5: Jay Bruce‘s tenth inning homer gave the Mets a lead they’d hold on to for the win. Yoenis Cespedes hit a homer earlier that I’m pretty sure killed (a) a baseball; and (b) Luke Weaver:

463 feet, my man.

In other news, Matt Harvey entered in the top of the fifth inning of this one for his first relief appearance since his demotion to the pen. It didn’t go great. He gave up a run on back-to-back two-out doubles and left after throwing 35 pitches, only 20 of which were strikes. In still other news, the Cardinals initiated a replay challenge after Bruce’s homer, claiming he missed first base. He didn’t miss first base and it wasn’t even particularly close, so I have no idea what the Cardinals were doing there. La Russa may be gone but part of his essence still lingers, I suppose.

Rockies 8, Padres 0: Eight runs in Colorado — seven of them coming in the first two innings — isn’t news, but seven shutout innings from a starting pitcher is. That’s what Kyle Freeland did for the Rockies, striking out eight and grabbing the win. Trevor Story hit a grand slam. There was a scary moment when Freeland was hit by a comebacker, but he stayed in the game. Rockies manager Bud Black said it may have helped: “It smoothed him out. He didn’t overthrow. His focus might have been more heightened, because he was in a little bit of discomfort.” Sources say that Black plans to kick Freeland square in the beans just before he takes the mound for his next start on Sunday.

Giants 4, Nationals 3: Mac Williamson hit his second big homer in as many nights and once again helped the Giants to a win, with his sixth inning solo shot putting San Francisco up for good. The Giants other three runs came via a Brandon Belt two-run homer and a first inning wild pitch from Tanner Roark. Williamson credited the adrenalin from running into a wall the previous half inning for his homer. In light of that, sources say that Bruce Bochy plans to kick Williamson square in the beans just before his first at bat in his next game this afternoon.

Mariners 1, White Sox 0: Marco Gonzales (6 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 8K) and four M’s relievers combine for a five-hit shutout and Mitch Haniger‘s RBI single in the fourth was all the scoring. Chris Volstad got the start for the White Sox. He did pretty good considering, you know, he isn’t really a starter. The White Sox are off to their worst start in 68 years. I wonder how they’d be doing if they, you know, tried.

Reds 9, Braves 7: Cincy took a 5-0 lead behind some dominant pitching from Tyler Mahle, no-hitting the Braves until the seventh inning, but the Braves finally figured him out and crushed the first couple of relievers who followed him, eventually tying things up with four runs in the ninth. Scooter Gennett put an end to Atlanta’s comeback-win delusions, however, launching a two-run walkoff homer in the 12th. That was Gennett’s second homer of the night and his third and fourth RBI. Freddie Freeman went deep twice for Atlanta, both solo shots.

Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 4: Alex Avila went deep and had three hits and Daniel Descalso and Jarrod Dyson also homered. Dbacks starter Robbie Ray struck out 11 Philly batters but couldn’t escape the fifth inning. I imagine Philly fans either didn’t care or didn’t notice since the Sixers were playing. This is a good time of year for baseball teams in hockey and basketball towns to fly under the radar for a bit.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: Curtis Granderson threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the ninth inning and then hit a walk-off homer in the 10th — off of Craig Kimbrel no less — to give the Jays the win in the team’s first game since Monday’s deadly terrorist attack killed ten in the city. The Sox lose their third straight game and suffer their first loss to the Jays in Rogers Centre in their last eight meetups.

Athletics 3, Rangers 2: Andrew Triggs allowed only one run over six innings while scattering for hits and punching out six. Mark Canha homered and Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson each doubled in a run to help Oakland to their fourth straight win. Worse news for Texas than the loss was Adrian Beltre straining his left hamstring. No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy, but it’s kind of ridiculous that, 25 games into the season, three of the club’s four Opening Day infielders are hurt and the fourth one is playing left field.

Brewers 5, Royals 2: Lorenzo Cain homered against his old team, but that was just late gravy. Earlier Travis Shaw hit a three-run shot that put the game away in the third inning. Sal Perez made his first appearance of 2018 after coming off the disabled list and hit a solo shot. Zach Davies picked up the win after allowing two over six.

Marlins 3, Dodgers 2: L.A. took a 2-1 lead into the eighth but Starlin Castro doubled in the tying run that inning and Cameron Maybin doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth. The Fish snap their five-game losing streak.

Rays vs. Orioles; Tigers vs. Pirates — POSTPONED: The 27th and 28th rainouts of the year so far. So it seems appropriate . . .

28 days of rain
Flash floods in February
Back in our boats again
Bath water and the baby
What am I gonna do?
There’s been a lot of drinking
Looking at ghosts of you
While all the world is sinking

10.000 miles into the atmosphere
My body shakes
Is there a welcome here?

Closest thing to heaven
How do you do it?
Closest thing to heaven, heaven