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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 8, Indians 1: Luis Severino keeps doin’ the do, allowing one run on two hits and striking out nine while pitching into the seventh inning. The Yankees had a comfy 5-1 lead when Aaron Judge hit his three-run homer, but three-run homers are friggin’ boss whenever they happen. It was Judge’s 35th on the year.

Cardinals 13, Reds 4: The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. In the next eight innings the Cardinals outscored ’em 13-1. All of St. Louis’ runs came in just two innings, actually, with four in the second and nine — nine? — nine in the fourth. Jose Martinez hit his first career grand slam in that fourth inning. Seven different Cardinal batters drove in a run and everyone got a hit except Adam Wainwright. Homer Bailey gave up ten runs in three and a third innings of work. He’s made 17 starts since he signed a six-year, $105 million deal with Cincy before the 2014 season. In those starts he’s 5-10 with a 7.71 ERA. Woof.

Rays 2, Brewers 1: Chris Archer allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven over six innings. He didn’t get the win, however, because Jimmy Nelson allowed one run over eight, striking out nine. Steven Souza Jr. settled all of that, though, with a walkoff solo homer.

Orioles 12, Tigers 3: The Orioles jumped all over Anibal Sanchez, plating four in the first inning and four more before he was chased in the fourth. Actually, it was less them chasing him than them bashing his brains in, smacking five homers off the Tigers starter. The bashers: Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini, who went back-to-back to back, and Manny Machado and Joey Rickard who just piled it on. Machado would drive in five on his 4-for-5 day, doubling and singling in runs as well. The Orioles have won seven of nine.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 3: Sox win! Mookie Betts got the day off and Chris Young started in his place. All Young did was drive in five of Boston’s six runs thanks to two homers — one of which was a three-run shot — and an RBI double. The other run came via an Eduardo Nunez dinger. Doug Fister was solid enough, allowing three runs in six innings. Chicago gets swept. They’ve lost six in a row and 23 of their last 27. They’re breathing down the Phillies’ necks in the race for the number one overall pick in next year’s draft. But that’s OK because “best farm system in baseball” flags fly forever.

Marlins 4, Braves 1Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer to help Miami avoid a three-game sweep. The two baserunners on board when he hit that fly got their via a hit-by-pitch and a walk from Braves’ starter Lucas Sims. J.T. Realmuto hit a homer right after that. Sims will have better days. Maybe as good as Jose Urena‘s day. He allowed one run on three hits over six.

Pirates 5, Padres 4: Sean Rodriguez was traded by the Pirates to the Braves in the offseason, then had his 2017 season almost completely derailed by a frightening automobile accident in which he, his wife, and two of his children were injured. The Braves traded him back to Pittsburgh in a cost-saving move over the weekend and yesterday he made his first appearance in a game with the Pirates since his return, entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth. In the 12th he ended it by hitting a walkoff homer. Welcome back, Sean Rodriguez! No one gets a do-over in life, but this is pretty good as far as hard reboots go.

Twins 6, Rangers 5: Texas jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first but that’s all they’d score in the game. The Twins got four of those runs back in the second, tied it up via an Eddie Rosario homer in the third and took the lead for good via a Robbie Grossman RBI single in the fifth. Brian Dozier and Max Kepler also homered for the Twinkies. Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo each hit dongs for Texas. Gallo’s been doin’ a lot of that lately.

Astros 7, Blue Jays 6: Toronto took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth but the Astros rallied for four thanks to a Carlos Beltran forceout with the bases loaded, a two-run triple from Alex Bregman to tie it and then an RBI single from Juan Centeno. The rally came against Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna. His ERA has jumped from 1.91 to 3.47 in the space of five appearances. Nori Aoki, who was traded from Houston to Toronto just last week, had a two-run homer for his new club against his old club.

Nationals 9, Cubs 4: Washington takes two of three in what the smart money would have as one of the two NLDS matchups this October. Tied at four in the eighth, Matt Wieters hit a grand slam. The inning before he drove in a run on a sac fly. His counterpart, Willson Contreras hit two homers, but both were solo shots. Baseball: where one is better than two sometimes.

Phillies 3, Rockies 2: A lot of late rallies yesterday. Here the Phillies were down 2-1 in the ninth when Cameron Rupp hit a two-run double to put Philly over. Nice amends for Rupp, who had been thrown out at home an inning earlier.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 3Jeff Samardzija was solid enough into the seventh inning and Albert Suarez got a seven-out save, which is not something you see too often these days. Hunter Pence hit a two-run single, Jarrett Parker homered and Nick Hundley drove in two.

Athletics 11, Angels 10: Yet another late rally, this one of the five-run variety in the eighth inning — with all the runs scoring with two outs — pushing the A’s over the Angels. Khris Davis hit a two-run homer that inning after which Ryon Healy doubled, Chad Pinder knocked him in with a single, Matt Chapman doubled and then Bruce Maxwell knocked in Pinder and Chapman.  Earlier Mark Canha and Pinder homered as well as the A’s mounted an 18-hit attack.

Mariners 8, Royals 7: Royals 9, Mariners 1: Seattle jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first one and then hung on, as Nelson Cruz hit a three-run shot and added a solo homer later. It was all Royals in the nightcap, with Eric Hosmer and Melky Cabrera combining to drive in seven and Jake Junis allowed only one run in eight innings of work.

Dodgers 8, Mets 0Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings and Tony Cingrani and Kenley Jansen kept the Mets hitless in the final two frames as well. New York’s only baserunners came on Travis d'Arnaud‘s third-inning single and Brandon Nimmo‘s ninth-inning walk. Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each homered for the second game in a row for L.A., who beat the Mets in all seven games they played this season, outscoring them 57-15. Bellinger has 32 homers on the year. Turner is hitting .349. The Dodgers are now on pace for 115 wins. They’re 24-3 since July 4. If they only go 21-30 the rest of the way they’ll win 100 games.

Winners and losers of the trade deadline

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Winners

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers gave up what seems like a lot for Yu Darvish – top prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy, and Brendon Davis – but the club is clearly primed for a run at the World Series and adding Darvish only helps those chances. You may fight for a World Series in 2022, but a lot can happen between now and then.

Additionally, Calhoun doesn’t have the glove to stick at second, making him a future corner outfielder or DH. The Dodgers’ outfield is spoken for and moving to the American League as a DH may be the best thing for Calhoun’s future. Alexy and Davis are still many years away from the majors such that the Dodgers shouldn’t be banking on them in any significant way.

Darvish, meanwhile, is a time-tested starter and although he’s just a year and a half separated from recovering from Tommy John surgery, he’s shown he is still a fearsome right-hander. He has a 4.01 ERA this year, which seems mediocre, but ERA retrodictor like FanGraphs’ FIP and xFIP and Baseball Prospectus’ DRA all see him as having pitched better than his results indicate. Furthermore, the Dodgers’ rotation is currently missing ace Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, and Scott Kazmir. Rich Hill dealt with blisters all of last year and Hyun-Jin Ryu is not a picture of perfect health. Adding a No 1.5, so to speak, in Darvish not only adds production, but stability.

But that’s not all the Dodgers did. The Dodgers also snagged lefties Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani from the Pirates and Reds, respectively. While the Dodgers’ bullpen was already strong – its 2.83 aggregate ERA is second-best in baseball – adding two lefties to the roster never hurts. Watson has held left-handed batters to a .569 OPS over his career, Cingrani .712. Teams have clearly seen the success other teams had had, like last year’s Indians and Cubs, playing match-ups with the bullpen. The Dodgers are looking to emulate that strategy in the post-season this October.

New York Yankees

The Yankees acquired third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox two weeks ago. They added Jaime Garcia from the Twins on Sunday. And ahead of Monday’s deadline, they acquired Sonny Gray from the Athletics. In the White Sox trade, the Yankees gave up No. 3 prospect Blake Rutherford and No. 19 prospect Ian Clarkin along with Tyler Clippard. The Yankees sent Zack Littell (now the Twins’ No. 16 prospect) and Dietrich Enns. For Gray, the Yankees surrendered Dustin Fowler (now the Athletics’ No. 3 prospect), Jorge Mateo (No. 5), and James Kaprelian (No. 11).

Like the Dodgers, it seems like a lot. Due to all of the relatively recent baseball media covering prospects, teams and fans alike had begun to covet potential stars a little too highly. Now, we’ve seemed to reach an equilibrium. Teams aren’t hoarding prospects as much as they used to just a few years ago and are now willing to make a sacrifice in an attempt to win now. It’s a healthymidpoint between mortgaging the future and steadfastly refusing to compete. The Yankees stand at 56-47, just a half-game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. They’re only 3.5 up on the Rays. If the Yankees were to slip in the AL East, they’d have to compete with the Royals, Rays, Mariners, Orioles, Twins, Angels, and Rangers who are all within five games of the AL Wild Card.

Frazier provided an immediate upgrade at third base, bringing his above-average bat to the hot corner, replacing Chase Headley’s .715 OPS and the meager .448 Ronald Torreyes put up in 51 plate appearances. Robertson, of course, is familiar to the Yankees, having pitched there from 2008-14. He put up solid but unimpressive numbers over two and a half seasons with the White Sox, but is still a quality right-handed reliever who can handle high-leverage situations and record a couple of strikeouts when necessary. Kahnle has been one of baseball’s hidden gems, carrying a 2.18 ERA with a nice 69/7 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings. The only qualified reliever with a higher strikeout rate than Kahnle is Craig Kimbrel. Add Kahnle and Robertson to a bullpen that already has Aroldis Chapman, Adam Warren, and Dellin Betances. The Yankees’ bullpen is not going to be fun to face in a post-season game.

Colorado Rockies

Dark horse winner here. Could’ve gone with the division rival Diamondbacks just as easily for adding J.D. Martinez. The Rockies are 60-46 but 14.5 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. They are clearly focused on the Wild Card, where they hold a 5.5-game lead over the Brewers for the second slot and are only a half-game back of the D’Backs for the first. The Rockies added Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers, upgrading their weakest position. While Lucroy was having the worst season of his career, hitting .242/.297/.338 in Texas, Rockies catchers weren’t any better as Tony Wolters musterd a .642 OPS in 67 games, Ryan Hanigan .673 in 24, Dustin Garneau .613 in 22, and Tom Murphy .236 in eight. At least Lucroy has a long track record of hitting and it’s reasonable to expect him to get out of his funk before the season is over.

The Rockies also acquired Pat Neshek from the Phillies. Neshek was the Phillies’ lone All-Star, compiling a 1.12 ERA with a 45/5 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings, emerging as one of few bright spots on the roster of baseball’s worst team. Moving to Coors Field from Citizens Bank Park is not nearly as bad as it would be moving from most other ballparks. Plus, Neshek is striking hitters out at a 30.5 percent clip while walking them 3.3 percent. His average of 9.4 strikeouts per walk is baseball’s fifth-best rate among qualified relievers. Missing bats and rarely putting base runners on for free are two great traits to have if you’re going to pitch at Coors Field.

Losers

San Diego Padres

The lowly Padres, 47-58, were expected to be among the more active sellers leading up to the deadline, but only managed one trade. They sent pitchers Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill to the Royals for Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and Esteury Ruiz. Ruiz barely snuck onto the Padres’ top 30 prospects list. Strahm is out for the rest of the year with an injury, and Wood is a veteran swingman.

Most prominently, lefty reliever Brad Hand remained untraded. Hand was the Padres’ lone representative at the All-Star Game and took over the closer’s role when Maurer was traded. He compiled six saves with a 2.00 ERA and a 70/14 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. Not trading him by today’s 4 PM ET deadline means the club will either have to move him through waivers between now and August 31 or trade him in the offseason. While there were a handful of solid relievers that changed addresses within the last week, few threw from the left side with Hand’s rate of success.  He could’ve been this year’s Andrew Miller. Instead, he’ll close out meaningless games for the final two months of the season most likely.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox didn’t stand pat going into the deadline. The club acquired third baseman Eduardo Nunez from the Giants and reliever Addison Reed from the Mets. The addition of Nunez is solid insurance in case prospect Rafael Devers doesn’t live up to the hype. Nunez had a .752 OPS in San Francisco before the trade, helping upgrade Boston’s most problematic position. Reed put up a 2.57 ERA in 49 innings of relief with the Mets.

It would have really helped if the Red Sox were able to add a starting pitcher, though. Right now, the rotation is still fearsome as it features Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Drew Pomeranz. Sale has a 2.37 ERA and could be the AL Cy Young Award winner when all is said and done. Rick Porcello is still the defending Cy Young winner despite an unimpressive 4.55 ERA. Pomeranz has stayed healthy through 21 starts with a 3.46 ERA and Rodriguez has been solid with a 4.16 ERA. David Price will help when he’s healthy.

Pomeranz, though, is no perfect picture of health as he battled a forearm injury after the club acquired him from the Padres last summer. Price may not be reliable coming back from his elbow injury. Rodriguez has been solid but unspectacular through parts of three seasons. Adding a Darvish or Gray would’ve gone a long way towards helping the Red Sox keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East, but after the moves the Yankees made, they’re the clear favorites in the division for the final two months.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins are in a tough spot right now. Ownership is in flux as Jeffrey Loria is still in the process of selling the team. Trade rumors have swirled around most of its standout players, including Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, Brad Ziegler, and Dan Straily. The club only made two trades, however, sending David Phelps to the Mariners for a handful of minor leaguers, as well as A.J. Ramos to the Mets for two prospects. They got their No. 6 (Merandy Gonzalez), No. 8 (Bryan Hernandez), No. 20 (Brandon Miller), No. 23 (Pablo Lopez), and No. 24 (Ricardo Cespedes) prospects in the deals.

If the Marlins got those players from Phelps and Ramos, imagine what they could’ve gotten for the others. The Marlins already have $95 million committed to the roster for next season, $84 million in 2019 and $74 million in 2020. That means that new ownership will have significant financial obligations to account for when taking over from Loria. Trading those expensive veterans is not only best for them, taking them out of a confusing situation, but helps with the transition. Everyone is tired of the Marlins holding a fire sale, but in this case, it would have made a lot of sense.

Trading Stanton would’ve been the most difficult thing to do as he is signed through 2027 to a $325 million contract. But trading the others was very realistic, even if it meant taking less than perfect value in trades. Prado, Gordon, Straily, and Ziegler almost certainly won’t be part of the next great Marlins team, so keeping them around is a loss, but at least the club still has the next month to work out deals via waivers.

And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Rays 5, Yankees 3Corey Dickerson hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a three-run third for the Rays and the new-look Rays bullpen (Sergio Romo? Dan Jennings? Steve Cishek?) combined to shut down the Yankees late. That snapped the Yankees’ six-game winning streak despite the fact that Yankees pitchers struck out 16 Rays batters. I wonder what the winning percentage of teams that strike out 15 or more opposing batters is. I bet it’s pretty dang high.

Blue Jays 11, Angels 10: For that matter I wonder what the winning percentage is of teams who have six-run leads heading into the bottom of the ninth. I bet it’s even higher than the 16-strikeout thing. That’s the lead the Angels had — 10-4 — and they still lost this one. The winning four (!) runs came on a Steve Pearce walkoff grand slam. Those don’t happen every day. Indeed, if you’re Steve Pearce, who hit one here AND hit one on Thursday afternoon as well, they only happen ever four days at best.  Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as well. It ain’t over ’till it’s over, folks.

Tigers 13, Astros 1: Justin Verlander tossed six shutout innings on what, theoretically, could be his last start as a Tiger. I’m guessing he starts again as a Tiger on Friday because moving that contract at today’s deadline is going to be tough, but it could’ve been. He left with a 3-0 lead but the Tigers scored ten runs in the last three innings to make it a laugher. Justin Upton hit a grand slam and drove in six on the day. James McCann hit a two-run homer off of Astros first baseman Tyler White. It was that kind of day.

Reds 6, Marlins 4: Reds starter Luis Castillo allowed one run on three hits over eight innings and catcher Tucker Barnhart drove in three as the Red snapped a six-game losing streak. Castillo beat Dan Straily, for whom he was traded back in January. That has to feel pretty good.

Royals 5, Red Sox 3: The Sox snapped the Royals’ nine-game winning streak on Saturday, so the Royals started another one on Sunday. Here Alex Gordon hit a two–run triple in the Royals’ four-run eighth inning, with Alcides Escobar singling in the other two runs in the rally. Royals starter Jason Hammel after the game: “The vibes good right now. The vibes real good.”

 

Holy crap, that was a bad movie. But I love both Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum, so they are forgiven for all of their transgressions against God and art.

Phillies 2, Braves 1: Freddy Galvis hit a walkoff single to give Philly the win. He also did this:

Glavis is having his best offensive year and he’s been flashing amazing leather all season long. Most people don’t see it because most people don’t watch teams that are 38-64, but it still counts.

Rockies 10, Nationals 6; Nationals 3, Rockies 1: Nats starter Erick Fedde made his big league debut in the first game of the twin-bill. Didn’t go too hot as the Rockies beat him up for seven runs — five earned — on ten hits in four innings. Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-5 and scored four runs. DJ LeMahieuNolan Arenado and Ryan Hanigan each drove in two runs. If you would’ve put a gun to my head yesterday morning and asked me if Ryan Hanigan was still playing, I probably would’ve said no. In the nightcap, Edwin Jackson allowed one run over seven innings to give the Nats the win. If you would’ve put a gun to my head in March and asked me what the Nats record would be if Edwin Jackson was starting games for them in July, I would’ve said something like “49-54, because obviously everyone else is injured.”

Cubs 4, Brewers 2: John Lackey gave Chicago six solid innings. Well, five solid innings before allowing a two-run home, but that’s fine. Kris Byrant homered. Rookie catcher Victor Caratini hit his first career home run. In other news, “Caratini” would be a great name for a smoothie you get from the little snack bar at your gym. It’s healthy as hell but kind of gross, even if they do serve it in a fancy glass. Just drink water, dude.

White Sox 3, Indians 1: It was 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth with Bryan Shaw on the mound for Cleveland. That didn’t faze White Sox first baseman Matt Davidson, who hit a two-run walkoff homer. That snapped Cleveland’s nine-game winning streak. Carlos Rodon pitched into the seventh, allowing one run on six hits and striking out nine in his best performance of the season to date.

Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2: Jose Martinez played the hero, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put the Cards on the board and to tie things up and then hitting a sac fly in the sixth to put St. Louis over. Lance Lynn allowed two runs over six and the bullpen allowed only one hit over three shutout innings.

Orioles 10, Rangers 6: The O’s win, as Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo homered in a five-run fifth, but Adrian Beltre was the story of the game, of course. The future Hall of Famer — and yes, he was one before hit number 3,000 — doubled in the fourth inning to reach the milestone. Watch:

Mariners 9, Mets 1: James Paxton tossed six shutout innings, striking out eight, to win his sixth decision in the month of July. Time may be an arbitrary construct, but that’s still pretty cool. Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the first inning which would prove to be the only runs the Mariners needed. They didn’t know that of course, so they kept playing.

Pirates 7, Padres 1: Andrew McCutchen hit three solo homers.  He’s now batting .292/.385/.535 with 22 home runs, 66 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 431 plate appearances. Josh Bell hit a pinch-hit homer and Gerrit Cole allowed one run over seven, striking out eight.

Athletics 6, Twins 5: This one went 12 innings, but not 13, because Yonder Alonso homered to walk things off. Oakland leads all of baseball with walkoff hits, in case you want to know if that correlates with W-L record (Ron Howard voice: “it doesn’t”). Minnesota had a 4-0 lead at one point but blew it as relievers Taylor Rogers and Brian Pressly couldn’t lock things down in the eighth inning, blowing what would’ve been a Bartolo Colon win in his longest start since April (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER).

Dodgers 3, Giants 2: I usually do most of my Sunday recaps on Sunday evening and put in a place-holder score for the Sunday night game that I fill in when I wake up Monday morning, with something like “Team __, Other Team __”. I obviously don’t know who will win that game, so I just pick one of them to go first, often making a meaningless little prediction in my mind in order to determine it. Last night I just autopiloted it and wrote “Giants __, Dodgers __.” Given how each of these teams is going of late, that was kind of dumb and caused me to delete and rewrite. Here Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu traded zeroes for seven innings before Conor Gillaspie homered in the eighth and Yasiel Puig singled home the tying run in the ninth. Kyle Farmer won it for L.A. in the 11th with a pinch-hit two-run double. The Dodgers sweep the Giants and I doubt them again, even slightly and meaninglessly, at my peril.