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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 12, Marlins 1: Didi Gregorius hit two homers, Aaron Judge added his own blast and Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with three knocked in. Luis Severino, comfortably supported, allowed only one hit over six shutout innings while striking out eight. Giancarlo Stanton went hitless and struck out twice in his first game against the Marlins since being traded. He was booed by the Yankees faithful again. I’m sure he’s happy with the win, but it was probably not how he pictured this game for the past four months.

Rockies 6, Pirates 2: Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story each went deep in support of German Marquez, who went six, allowing two runs on two hits. Story’s three-run blast broke him out of a terrible skid in which he went 1-for-15 with ten strikeouts in his last series against the Nats. Or, perhaps it just temporarily interrupted a longer skid, the form of which we do not yet know. Baseball and end points are both arbitrary things.

Nationals 8, Mets 6: Bryce Harper hit a 406-foot homer with a broken bat. That’s pretty cool. He’s not the first one to do that, of course, but he’s definitely in good company:

That homer came in the first inning, giving Washington a 1-0 lead. The Mets would then proceed to score six unanswered runs, giving them a 6-1 lead heading into the eighth. Washington would then rally for six in the eighth, kicked off by Harper’s two-run single, followed by a Matt Reynolds bases-loaded walk, a Wilmer Difo two-run single and another bases-loaded walk, this time to Michael Taylor. Two of those runs were charged to Jacob deGrom, whom Mickey Calloway allowed to start the eighth inning after he had cruised for the first seven. deGrom only recorded one out before departing. It took four more Mets relievers to get the final two outs of that inning. Woof.

Rays 8, Rangers 4: Tampa Bay jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings and ended up assaulting Rangers starter Martin Perez for eight runs — seven earned — on ten hits over four innings. The early runs came on errors and singles and a fielder’s choice. The final couple came via solo shots from C.J. Cron and Daniel Robertson. Not to be confused with Drew Robinson, who replaced Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar, who left with an apparent injury, after Rays outfielder Mallex Smith slid into him hard, causing Profar to hit the ground. He’s now being monitored for concussion symptoms.

There aren’t any great angles on the video I’ve seen of the slide, but it seems like Profar was in front of the bag, in between it and Smith, in effect walking into the slide himself as opposed to Smith going out of the baseline to take him out. Smith’s slide did come rather late, though, so at least some in attendance think the Rangers won’t take to it kindly:

Braves 2, Phillies 1: Julio Teheran and Aaron Nola dueled, allowing one run and two runs over six, respectively. Odubel Herrera homered in the first but made a couple of costly mistakes. The first came in the third inning when he was on his way to second on what could’ve been a double but he failed to slide into second and was tagged out. Had he made it — and it seemed like he would’ve — Philly would have had runners at second and third with one out. The second miscue came in the fourth inning, when Herrera, the center fielder, and rightfielder Aaron Altherr each failed to call for a fly shallow fly ball with a runner on third. Altherr ran over from right field to make the play, but his throw to the plate was late, allowing Ozzie Albies to score what ended up being the winning run. Herrera should’ve called off Altherr and taken that ball and, with straight-ahead, forward momentum, would’ve had a way better chance of nailing Albies. Albies said after the game that their confusion in the outfield was what inspired him to break for home. After the game Gabe Kapler had a closed door meeting with Herrera, after which Herrera apologized to his teammates. That’s not what you want.

Reds 10, Brewers 4: Cincinnati’s eight-game losing streak ends thanks to three runs driven in by Billy Hamilton and a six-run sixth inning off of Brewers reliever Oliver Drake. Joey Votto got his first extra base hit of the season if you can believe it.

Athletics 8, White Sox 1: A’s starter Daniel Mengden was outstanding, allowing one run on six hits over eight innings. Matt Olson homered and Jed Lowrie drove in three. The White Sox didn’t have many highlights in the game, but this one from Yolmer Sanchez was pretty spiffy:

Mariners 2, Astros 1: James Paxton‘s one run over six innings beat Dallas Keuchel‘s two runs over eight. Nelson Cruz‘s fourth inning homer and Dee Gordon‘s RBI double in the sixth beat George Springer‘s first inning solo shot. Houston has lost three in a row and they ain’t exactly tearing up the pea patch on offense.

Dodgers 10, Padres 3: A five-run third effectively ended this one but the Dodgers added four in the ninth to put an exclamation point on the night. Yasmani Grandal, a former Padre, was the big bat here, driving in five via an RBI double in the second and hitting a grand slam for those four ninth inning runs. Matt Kemp, also a former Padre, who was actually traded to San Diego for Grandal, hit a three-run homer.

Orioles vs. Red Sox, Cardinals vs. Cubs, Royals vs. Blue Jays — POSTPONED:

Momma loves her baby
And Daddy loves her, too
And the sea may look warm to ya, Baby
And the sky may look blue
Baby
Baby Blue
Baby
If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life
Dragging behind you the silent reproach
Of a million tear-stained eyes
Don’t be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
With your fear flowing out from behind you
As you claw the ice

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