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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 5, Twins 2: The Indians had been looking up at the Twins in the standings for much of the season, but this series seemed like a turning point. Cleveland completed a four game sweep yesterday, thanks to Edwin Encarnacion hitting two dingers and Tevor Bauer allowing two runs while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Jose Ramirez gets special honors for abusing the Twins all weekend long. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored in this one. For the series, Ramirez was 11-for-18 with four doubles, two homers, six runs and four RBI.

Rockies 7, Giants 5: Have a day Nolan Freakin’ Arenado. He hit for the cycle, completing it with a walk-off three-run home run off of Mark Melancon, turning a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 win. The Rockies are in first place and are tied for the most wins in baseball. As for the Giants, they are losers of six in a row, sit in last place in the NL West and have a better record than only one other team in baseball: the Phillies. This time last year San Francisco had the best record in baseball and we asked if they’d continue the even year World Series magic. Now we have to ask whether it’s time to blow it all up.

Athletics 4, Yankees 3: A week ago yesterday The Yankees hopped a flight to L.A. riding high. Yesterday afternoon they got back the plane to New York with a 1-6 road trip behind them. If there was a soundtrack to all of this it was probably “California Love” when they headed west and “Free Fallin'” when heading home. Khris Davis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third, right on the heels of Chad Pinder‘s two-run double tied it at two. New York would probably like to forget about California now, but they start a home series against the Angels on Tuesday.

Red Sox 6, Astros 5: Xander Bogaerts hit two homers and hit an RBI single in the seventh — his fourth RBI of the game — to give Boston the winning margin in this one. With the win the Red Sox move into a virtual tie for first place with the Yankees.

Blue Jays 7, White Sox 3: The Jays spotted the Sox a 3-0 lead by the fifth inning, but Russell Martin hit a two-run homer to tie things up in the sixth and Ryan Goins RBI triple two batters later gave Toronto the lead for good. Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer to rub things in an inning later.

Rays 9, Tigers 1: Jacob Faria allowed one run over seven innings and struck out nine, but he didn’t have to be that good given the beating the Rays put on Buck Farmer (2.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 HR). Farmer has made four starts this year. In the first two he tossed shutout ball into the seventh inning and came away with wins. In his last two he’s allowed 13 runs in four and two-thirds innings. Steven Souza drove in four. Logan Morrison knocked in three. LoMo is having an improbably good season.

Dodgers 8, Reds 7: Kenta Maeda allowed one run over five and doubled in a couple of runs. Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs over three. It may very well have been Arroyo’s last appearance in the majors. If so, a tip of the hat to Arroyo, who most thought was done three years ago and who had himself a damn fine career. As for the rest of the game, Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner homered for L.A. The Reds almost rallied all the way back from an 8-1 deficit but it was not to be. Cincinnati has lost nine in a row.

Mets 5, Nationals 1: Jacob deGrom allowed one run — unearned — in eight innings, allowing only three singles. He smacked his first career homer to boot. Trea Turner stole four bases in a losing effort.

Cubs 7, Pirates 1: Anthony Rizzo continues to take out of the leadoff spot, knocking three hits including a double and a homer in this one. Willson Contreras drove in three runs. John Lackey allowed two hits and struck out four over six innings.

Orioles 8, Cardinals 5: Ubaldo Jimenez had lost his starter’s job but the guy who took it from him sucked too so Jimenez got another crack at it. Not a bad crack, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over seven innings as the O’s take two of three from St. Louis. Now to see if he can string a couple together in a row.

Braves 5, Marlins 4: Brandon Phillips hit a walkoff single. He also hit a walkoff single on Saturday night. Phillips is having a solid year for Atlanta, hitting .306/.351/.431. Not bad for a guy who was picked up a couple of days before pitchers and catchers reported.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4: Arizona jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and then blew it. Gregor Blanco tied it back up in the ninth with a single, however, and Reymond Fuentes, who came into the game as a pinch runner in the eighth put the snakes ahead to stay with a homer in the 10th.

Brewers 2, Padres 1: Jimmy Nelson tossed a complete game, allowing one run on six hits and striking out ten. That was his first career complete game in 89 starts over five seasons. Hernan Perez and Manny Pina hit solo homers in the sixth for all of the scoring Nelson would need.

Mariners 7, Rangers 3: Texas beat the M’s by a combined score of 20-6 on Friday and Saturday nights, but the M’s salvaged one here thanks to Kyle Seager‘s three double, three RBI afternoon. Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer off of Yu Darvish in the first as Seattle scored four that inning and never trailed.

Royals 7, Angels 3: Jason Vargas keeps on doin’ the do, picking up his 10th win of the year. Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double and Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in support. Vargas’ career high in wins was 14 with the Mariners in 2012. This is only the fourth time he’s gotten to double digit wins in his 12-year career.

 

And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 9, Athletics 4: Trevor Bauer entered the game with a 6.30 ERA and a 4.61 FIP on the season but last night he reminded everyone that his stuff is electric when it’s on. Bauer struck out 14 Oakland A’s  batters in seven innings while walking only one and scattering seven hits. He was in an early 3-0 hole — he didn’t scatter them that well — but fought through it. It took three relievers to get through the eighth and ninth, and they struck out four of the batters they retired as well, giving A’s hitter 19 Ks on the night.

Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4: Chase Utley singled, doubled, tripled and was hit by a pitch, scored twice and drove in a run. Logan Forsythe reached base five times. The clubs combined to use 13 pitchers in this one. The Dodgers pulled ahead of the Rockies for first place in the NL West.

Yankees 8, Orioles 3: Brett Gardner homered twice in the first four innings as the Yankees jumped out to an 8-0 lead, ending this one relatively early. Also:

Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 0: Robbie Ray dominated the Buccos, tossing a complete game four-hit shutout while striking out ten and not walking a soul. He has now tossed 23.2 consecutive scoreless innings. The game lasted only two hours and ten minutes. Work fast, throw strikes. It worked back in the day, it works now.

Blue Jays 6, Reds 4Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning. Josh Donaldson homered too. It didn’t break a tie but it did hit the fifth deck of Rogers Centre, which is a pretty exclusive club:

Mets 5, Brewers 4: A 12-inning affair with Jay Bruce providing the heroics with a walkoff RBI single. We wouldn’t have even been in extras, however, if it weren’t for Asdrubal Cabrera allowed the tying runs to score in the seventh when he misjudged and then dropped a bases-loaded infield popup with two outs. That’s just painful to watch. Also painful: the Brewers have lost seven of nine.

Mariners 10, Rockies 4Kyle Seager homered and drove in four. Robinson Cano also went deep. The M’s have won three in a row. The Rockies have dropped two straight and dropped behind the Dodgers in the division.

Marlins 7, Phillies 2: Marcel Ozuna had three hits, a homer included, and scored twice. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 14th dinger, Justin Bour reached base four times and Dee Gordon had two base hits as well. The Marlins’ offense has come alive of late, scoring 57 runs in their last nine games.

Rangers 9, Rays 5: Elvis Andrus went 3-for-5 with a homer and drove in five. The Rangers bullpen pitched in too, overcoming a shaking Nick Martinez start to toss four and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Red Sox 13, White Sox 7: Sox win! The bottom of the Boston lineup did the damage here, with Deven Marrero hitting two homers and driving in five out of the nine-spot and Jackie Bradley Jr. knocking in four from the eight hole with a dinger of his own. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland also went deep. Jose Quintana, who was supposed to be the prized starting pitcher on the market this summer, is now 2-7 with a 5.60 ERA and has allowed 66 hits in 64.1 innings. Ouch.

Astros 7, Twins 2: Mike Fiers, who would still be in the bullpen if Charlie Morton hadn’t gotten hurt, struck out eight over six innings, Jose Altuve had four hits and drove in two as the Astros win their sixth straight.

Royals 1, Tigers 0: Eric Skoglund, making his big league debut, combined with three Royals relievers for a three-hit shutout. Skoglund allowed two hits in six and a third and struck out five as Royals pitchers fanned ten Tigers hitters in all. That served to outduel Justin Verlander, who allowed only an Eric Hosmer RBI single in the sixth.

Nationals 6, Giants 3: Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over six and a third innings with six strikeouts to pick up his first win in over a month. He also (all together now) helped his own cause by singling home a run in the second inning and later reaching on an error which helped load the bases ahead of a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jayson Werth. There was no retaliation or incidents of any kind a day after the Bryce HarperHunter Strickland brawl. As it was, Harper went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, leaving the bases loaded twice. The San Francisco crowd booed Harper during every at-bat because laundry.

Angels 9, Braves 3: Abert Pujols hit his 599th homer. For his career, not the season, because that would be a record. He also notched his 2,873rd career hit, which ties Babe Ruth on the all-time list. Pujols has done it in 30 fewer games. Young Parker Bridwell got his first career win by allowing three runs on six hits over six innings. Bartolo Colon was shelled again allowing nine runs — only two earned — and failing to escape the third inning. His defense did him no favors, but he also allowed seven hits, so it wasn’t a glorious outing for the old man.

Padres 6, Cubs 2: That’s five straight losses for the World Champs, the last two of which have come against arguably the worst team in baseball (Philly has a worse record but the Padres have a far worse pythagorean record). Austin Hedges had a home run and a career-high four RBI while rookie starter Dinelson Lamet allowed two runs over five innings and struck out eight.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Astros 16, Twins 8: Most of the time, if you take an 8-2 lead into the eighth inning, you’re gonna win that game. But just most of the time. Some of the time your bullpen is gonna give up 14 runs in the final two innings like Minnesota’s did here. Eleven of those runs came in the eighth, thanks to eight hits, two walks, a hit batter and a balk. Two of those eighth inning hits were from Carlos Beltran who singled and later hit a three-run homer. The Twins played a 15-inning game on Sunday so that pen was taxed already, but this was kinda ridiculous. Houston has won five in a row and has the best record in baseball.

Nationals 3, Giants 0: Fisticuffsmanship! As you’ve seen by now, Bryce Harper charged the mound and tussled with Giants reliever Hunter Strickland after getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and both were ejected. What you may not have seen is just how “nah, not my problem” Buster Posey and Strickland’s teammates were about it all when Harper went after their man:

After the game Posey said he wasn’t going to get into the middle of a bunch of big guys tumbling around, but you have to figure that part of it was disapproval of Strickland plunking Harper over what seems to be a three-year old grudge over Harper hitting a couple of homers off of him him in the playoffs. Which is about as immature as it gets. A close second on the immaturity scale: Strickland having to be dragged off the field by his teammates like he was:

You have to figure that a lot of Giants vets are not too pleased with Hunter Strickland this morning.

White Sox 5, Red Sox 4: Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer and knocked in a fourth run — the go-ahead run — with an infield single in the seventh. For Boston, David Price made his season debut and was meh, allowing three runs in five innings. Dustin Pedroia sprained his wrist and is heading back to Boston for tests. In other news, while I am aware that David Price and Dustin Pedroia are big stars and the events surrounding them in this game is news, it is rather odd to read a game story about a White Sox win in which a White Sox player drives in four runs and not have a single mention of the White Sox until the seventh paragraph. 

Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1: Rich Hill made his second straight start against the Cardinals. This one went better than the last one, in which he gave up five runs in four innings. Here he allowed only one run on two hits over five. He’s still not super efficient as he’s trying to adjust his mechanics to accommodate his blister issues, but he was effective. In other news, I was watching this one with my wife. Chase Utley comes to the plate and we talk about him some. I say something to the effect of “he’s been heating up lately, but I think he’s kind of toast at this point.” Literally four seconds after I finish the thought Utley hit a homer. Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe homered too, but their timing wasn’t as good.

Mariners 6, Rockies 5: It’s not often that you use seven pitchers in a game and still win it, but that’s what Seattle did with rookie Sam Gaviglio and six of his friends getting it done, more or less. They had help from Danny Valencia, who had three hits and Kyle Seager who knocked in two with a double.

Orioles 3, Yankees 2: The O’s snap a seven-game slide thanks to seven strong innings from Dylan Bundy and a couple of runs knocked in by Jonathan Schoop.

Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 3Chris Iannetta of the Dbacks tied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer to left off Pirates closer Tony Watson, but then Andrew McCutchen led off the bottom of the ninth with a walkoff homer. From deflating to elating in the space of mere minutes.

Indians 5, Athletics 3: Carlos Carrasco took a shutout into the seventh and ended up allowing two runs while striking out seven over seven. The Tribe got homers from Austin Jackson, Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion is hitting .348 and has three homers in the past week, so people freaking out about that signing being a bust can relax some.

Mets 4, Brewers 2: Robert Gsellman allowed two runs — only one earned — over seven innings. He also drove in one via a sac fly in the fifth and another by drawing a walk with the bases loaded in the sixth. That walk was issued by Milwaukee reliever Rob Scahill, who just prior hit a guy to load the bases. The run from the walk wasn’t charged to Scahill, who wasn’t the guy who put the guy who scored on base, but boy howdy that’s some less-than-stellar relief work.

Padres 5, Cubs 2: Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam that helped send the Cubs to their fourth straight loss. Weird stat: the Cubs had only three hits but they drew 10 walks and had two batters hit by pitches. Only scoring two runs with fifteen base runners to work with is bad, but so is a team allowing 15 bases runners in that fashion. Even in victory the Padres make you smack your head.

Tigers 10, Royals 7: The Tigers’ late rally wasn’t as impressive as Houston’s, but they were down 7-6 in the eighth and put up a four-spot. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run single that inning and reached base four times. One of the times came when he walked with the bases loaded in a six-run Detroit fifth inning.

Blue Jays 17, Reds 2: This was a bloodbath. Troy Tulowitzki hit a grand slam, Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Russell Martin added a two-run shot. Toronto had 23 hits. Their franchise record for hits in a game is 25, which came against Texas back in 1999.

Marlins 4, Phillies 1: Edinson Volquez got his first win of the season after seven losses, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer and Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton each drove in a run.

Rays 10, Rangers 8Tim Beckham hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the Rays’ five-run seventh inning. Colby Rasmus hit a two-run double in that same frame. Steven Souza had four hits and scored four times.

Braves 6, Angels 3Matt Adams and Danny Santana each had two-run doubles during Atlanta’s six-run third inning. The Angels were probably catatonic anyway, as they learned before the game yesterday that they’re going to be without Mike Trout for an extended period. Dead Team Walking.