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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 6, Dodgers 1: Justin Verlander dominated the Dodgers, allowing one run on two hits over eight innings, snapping their six-game winning streak. Audition for Verlander? He lives in L.A. in the offseason and would waive his 10-5 rights to play there, I imagine. Not that the Dodgers really need any help.

Royals 7, Indians 4:  Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs for the Royals. Between him and Whit Merrifield, Kansas City has more guys with names that sound like they belong to prep school bad guys from a 1980s snobs vs. slobs movie than any team in baseball history. Add Cam Gallagher to that list. He drove in a run too. Afterwards they had a meeting to try to figure out just how they keep losing to the nerd fraternity/poor kid camp/random band of neighborhood misfits in whatever improbable sporting event they’re all competing in. Thing is, they’ll never figure it out AND the nerds/poor kids are gonna steal their girlfriends. Sad.

Angels 5, Orioles 4:  Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons homered and Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth. The Angels have won nine of 11. Orioles pitchers issued nine walks. Yep, the Angels walked nine times.

 

Braves 8, Reds 1: Atlanta rode a six-run fifth inning to victory and that inning was powered largely by a Tyler Flowers grand slam. Braves starter Sean Newcomb tossed five shutout innings, allowing five hits but also walking five guys which is sort of what he does. I don’t have a “five times” GIF.

Twins 12, Diamondbacks 5: The Twins scored nine runs in the first — yes, they scored NINE TIMES — thanks in part to an Eddie Rosario grand slam. Per baseball rules, a forfeited game is scored 9-0 in favor of the winning team. The Dbacks shoulda just thrown in the towel after the first inning and hopped their flight to New York a lot earlier. Really, playing out the rest of this one had to pale compared to 2-3 extra hours to do stuff in New York. In other news, Bartolo Colon won his third game in five starts for the Twins. It’s his first ever win over the Dbacks, which was the last team he had never beaten.

Marlins 6, Mets 4: Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer, turning a 2-1 game into a 5-1 game. It was his 45th dinger of the year. Adam Conley backed him up by allowing one run over seven innings and striking out 11 before the Marlins bullpen got a bit roughed up, but they held on. The Mets have lost six of nine, which is not nice.

Rays 3, Mariners 0: Blake Snell tossed seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits. Kevin Kiermaier homered. He went 5-for-12 with a couple knocked in on his first weekend back following a two-month absence, so he definitely landed on his feet. Seattle took two of three from the Rays, however, and remains one and a half games back of the Angels and Twins for the second Wild Card. Tampa Bay is four back.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 1Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in three with an RBI triple and an RBI single and Rick Porcello and three relievers allowed only one run on three hits. Boston extends its lead over New York to five games after taking two of three from the Yankees.

Athletics 3, Astros 2: How are things going for the Astros lately? Like this, mostly:

That’s how two of the A’s three runs scored. The third: on a passed ball. Woof.

Cubs 6, Blue Jays 5: It was tied 3-3 heading into the 10th inning and then the Jays scored two. Most times that’d be enough to win an extra innings game — in fact, per ESPN, teams with multi-run leads in extra innings were 50-0 this season before yesterday — but the Cubs scored three, with one coming in on a wild pitch and two coming in on Alex Avila‘s walkoff single. Two of the Cubs base runners that frame reached on strikeout/wild pitch combinations too. Not an inning Roberto Osuna will remember fondly.

White Sox 3, Rangers 2: Miguel Gonzalez shut the Rangers out for six and two relievers made it eight shutout innings in all. Texas made it close in the ninth thanks to a two-run homer from Rougned Odor, but it was too little too late. Tyler Saladino doubled in two runs for Chicago in their three-run fourth inning, Omar Narvaez singled in the other one.

Brewers 8, Rockies 4Jesus Aguilar hit two homers, driving in three and scored three times. Keon Broxton knocked in a couple of runs with a single. Chase Anderson allowed one run and two hits in five innings in his first start since late June.

Phillies 5, Giants 2: Pedro Florimon doubled in a run early and hit two-run single late to give the Phillies the lead. Rhys Hoskins homered for some insurance in the ninth, his fifth in 11 games. If you’re really bad, having one young kid come up late in the year and look good is a pretty decent silver lining on that cloud. No word what the Giants are doing for silver linings these days.

Nationals 4, Padres 1: Gio Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits — all singles — and struck out eight in six and two-thirds. Daniel Murphy drove in two of the Nats four runs. The Nats took three of four from San Diego.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Josh Bell homered and drove in four runs in the first ever Little League Classic, which took place on a converted Little League field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, not far from the Little League World Series. Coolest part, aside from the fact that the players all hung out with Little Leaguers all day and the Little Leaguers getting front row seats at the game: after it was over, the major leaguers lined up on the field and did the “good game” high five line, just like you did when you were 12. The highlights, with the handshake at the end:

And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Blue Jays 7, Athletics 5: Josh Donaldson hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 10th. Brett Lawrie, I dunno, sat in his house and binge-watched season two of “Master of None” last night, very satisfied with the season overall, but somewhat troubled at the overly-dramatic and contrived conclusion to the Dev-Francesca arc which, while potentially satisfying in another context, was tonally off compared to the show’s otherwise grounded milieu.

Orioles 9, Pirates 6: Trey Mancini rode pine for eight innings before coming in as a pinch hitter in the ninth. He tied the game with a two-run homer there, stayed in the game, and hit a three-run walkoff homer in the 11th. I think we should all take this as an excuse to come in late to work today, telling our bosses that it’s not how you begin the day that matters, but how you end it.

Rays 3, White Sox 1: Rays starter Jacob Faria made his big league debut last night. All he did was take a three-hitter into the seventh inning for his first big league win. After the game, Faria called this the “best two-week span of my life.” The game story then goes on to note that, in a two week period in late May and early June 2011, Faria was drafted by the Rays and then got engaged to be married. I feel like whoever wrote that story was throwing some subtle shade, trying to get Faria in trouble with the missus.

Dodgers 2, Nationals 1: Clayton Kershaw (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 9K) and Stephen Strasburg (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 8K) had themselves a pitcher’s duel. Kershaw won it, but it he got an assist from Nats catcher Jose Lobaton, who allowed Adrian Gonzalez to reach on a passed ball strike three. Yasmani Grandal then drove him in with a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth.

Rockies 8, Indians 1: Colorado wins its fourth in a row as Nolan Arenado drove in three runs and Charlie Blackmon drove in two more. That was plenty of support for Kyle Freeland, who allowed only one run on six hits while pitching into the seventh. His counterpart, Trevor Bauer, didn’t do so hot. His diagnosis included an ~executed pitches~ moment:

Got myself in trouble by walking people. When I got in jams I feel like I executed pitches to try and get out of them and did the best I could to minimize the damage. The ball didn’t go to people today. I don’t know why.”

I don’t read all the postgame quotes, but any time any of you see some ~executed pitches~ talk, please let me know.

 

Yankees 8, Red Sox 0: CC Sabathia tossed eight shutout innings in the Year of Our Lord 2017, conclusively proving that there is, indeed, life after death. Chris Carter — who has been mostly dead all season — hit a three-run homer and drove in a fourth run with a single. Then again, there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.

Tigers 4, Angels 0: Buck Farmer has made two starts this year. The first one, on May 27, featured him pitching shutout ball into the seventh, striking out 11. This one featured him pitching shutout ball into the seventh, striking out five. Farmer left the game with a 1-0 lead, but Justin Upton provided a bunch of insurance with a three-run homer in the eighth.

Reds 6, Cardinals 4: St. Louis had a 4-1 lead in the seventh, but the Reds rallied for five in the bottom half of that inning, thanks mostly to Patrick Kivlehan‘s  pinch-hit three-run homer. Big day for the late arrivers yesterday. The Cardinals, who have been killed by utility guys two nights in a row, have lost six in a row.

Braves 14, Phillies 1Mike Foltynewicz has always had amazing stuff, but like a lot of young fireballers, he hasn’t always been able to control it. If his last two starts are any indication, he’s figuring it out. Foltynewicz tossed seven shutout innings for the second game in a row. Nick Markakis hit three RBI doubles, driving in five as the Braves romped

Mets 4, Rangers 3: The Mets starting pitching was supposed to be their strength coming into the season but for various reasons it’s been their achilles heel. Zack Wheeler, however, helped straighten things out, at least for a night, with seven innings of one run ball. Jay Bruce helped with two homers which drove in three of the Mets’ four runs. Despite all of that it still took a ninth inning error by the Rangers to allow the Mets to score the go-ahead run.

Marlins 6, Cubs 5J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna homered as the Marlins avoid the sweep. Addison Russell had the night off. Yep, just a relaxing night off in which he could clear is mind and sharpen the saw, as the motivational types say. He should be good to go today, refreshed and renewed for the dog days just around the corner, with nothing to trouble his mind.

Brewers 6, Giants 3: Jimmy Nelson had been lights out his last two starts. He wasn’t as sharp last night against the Giants as he was against the Dodgers and Dbacks in those outings, but he still got the job done, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs over seven innings. Sometimes a pitcher just needs some help. Nelson got it from Jesus Aguilar, who went 2-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the fifth.

Royals 7, Astros 5Jason Vargas scattered six hits over five innings. Cheslor Cuthbert drove in three and Lorenzo Cain hit a solo homer. The Royals were likely happy to have avoided Dallas Keuchel, who was scratched before the game with an unspecified illness that involved barfing and stuff due to what sounds like stomach flu.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 4Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury homered in the Snakes’ five-run third inning to back Zack Greinke, who wasn’t as sharp as usual but still got the win. The Padres have dropped four straight.

Mariners 6, Twins 5: Mike Zunino hit two homers, his second one a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, giving Seattle a walkoff come-from-behind win. Kyle Seager and Carlos Ruiz also homered as the M’s win their ninth in ten games.

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 3, White Sox 2: – Jose Ramirez hit a bases-loaded single with two out in the 10th inning to give the Indians a walkoff win and a three-game sweep. It’s hard to imagine anything bigger happening in Cleveland sports yesterday, so I won’t even look.

Angels 2, Athletics 0: Jered Weaver has struggled this year but you wouldn’t know it by watching him yesterday. He pitched a three-hit shutout. And it was a Maddux to boot, requiring only 95 pitches. It’s hard to imagine anything worse happening to a sports team from Oakland yesterday.

Giants 5, Rays 1: Brandon Belt homered and the Giants swept the Rays. This actually was the best thing that happened in Bay Area sports yesterday.

Braves 6, Mets 0: Julio Teheran has gotten very, very little run support this year so he decided yesterday to toss a one-hit shutout. Given what’s going on with the Braves this season he should be allowed to bank five of the runs his teammates scored for future use.

Marlins 3, Rockies 0: Tom Koehler tossed six shutout innings. Walked six. Struck out six. Gold old lucky 666. The Rockies mustered two hits off of him and none off the pen. They must’ve wanted to get back to the hotel in time to watch Game 7.

Orioles 11, Blue Jays 6: Matt Wieters had four hits and drove in four runs and the O’s rattled off 19 hits in all as they took two of three from the Jays. As we sit here on the first official day of summer, Baltimore stands one game ahead of Boston and three games ahead of Toronto in what looks like will be a really fun AL East race.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1: David Price allowed one run on eight hits over eight innings and Mookie Betts had three hits, including a go-ahead homer in the seventh. Boston takes two of three from Seattle and now goes on to play Chicago. Call me crazy — call me a gambler — but I can guarantee a Sox win the next four days in a row. Seriously. Bet you $100.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1: Archie Bradley allowed one run over six innings and the pen tossed three scoreless. Jake Lamb doubled in Paul Goldschmidt once and tripled him in once. I wonder if anyone has ever RBI’d a guy in for the cycle by doing that as well as singling in the same guy and then hitting a two-run homer with him on base. It has to have happened, right? Everything has happened in baseball once.

Twins 7, Yankees 4: Max Kepler and Eduardo Escobar each drove in a couple. Brian Dozier homered as the Twins salvaged one after losing three straight to the Yankees.

Astros 6, Reds 0: The top of the order has carried Houston for most of the early part of the season. Yesterday the bottom of the order, as both Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena homered and drove in a couple. Mike Fiers tossed five and two-thirds shutout innings. Might’ve tossed more if he hadn’t been brought down by a Jay Bruce comebacker.

Royals 2, Tigers 1: Cheslor Cuthbert hit a walkoff single in the 13th inning to give the Royals their third win in the four-game series against the Tigers. After an eight-game losing streak at the begining of June, the Royals have won eight of their last nine.

Rangers 5, Cardinals 4: When Jurickson Profar was called up a few weeks back his manager said he was concerned about his playing time, suggesting that if he can’t play regularly on the big club for whatever reason he may need to be sent down so he can get in everyday reps. Yesterday Profar showed that, yeah, he can do OK off the bench too, hitting a two-run pinch hit single in the eighth to bring Texas back from behind. Profar is hitting .349/.379/.494 in 21 games since returning to the bigs after a two-year absence.

Dodgers 2, Brewers 1: The Dodgers win with a walkoff walk as Tyler Thornburg gave Yasmani Grandal a free pass with the bases loaded in the ninth. Kiké Hernandez homered in the eighth for the Dodgers other run. I’m assuming Craig Counsell didn’t like that homer, but I’m guessing a walkoff walk ticks off a manager even more. Kenta Maeda struck out eight in six and a third innings of one-run ball.

Padres 6, Nationals 3: Drew Pomeranz gave up three homers — two to Michael Taylor — and pitchers who give up three homers tend to lose most of the time, but they were solo shots and that was all the damage the Nats could do. Taylor went 4-for-4 and was a triple shy of the cycle. I’m sure he’s kicking himself that one of those homers didn’t fall a few feet short and ricochet off the wall some. At least assuming he thinks cycles are cool.

Cubs 10, Pirates 5: Willson Contreras homered in his first major league at bat. On the first pitch he saw, actually, so he probably should’ve just retired on the spot. Knowing when you’ve peaked is an important thing and saves you from embarrassment later in life. Kyle Hendricks struck out 12 in six innings. The Cubs swept the Pirates, who are 15 games back and three games under .500. Even if the Cubs are making a mockery of the NL Central race this year, I did expect the Pirates to be a lot better than this. Everyone did, didn’t they?