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Umpire ejects Blue Jays manager, pitcher and catcher in the space of a minute

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We have an Ump Show in Toronto.

Umpire Will Little ejected Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman and catcher Russell Martin on the same play in today’s A’s-Jays game after they took issue with a called ball. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had been ejected just two pitches earlier. As the above photo shows, Martin took issue with Little’s strike zone earlier in the game when he was batting.

Stroman had issued six walks before his ejection and both he and the Blue Jays bench were unhappy with Little’s strike zone all afternoon. Stroman’s unhappiness, however, did not appear to be super demonstrative. He did not visibly show up Little or get into an argument with him. If anything, he seemed to be just muttering to himself which should not be a problem.

Little felt otherwise, however — acting as if his honor was being questioned or something — and tossed him. Stroman then charged toward Little, which is not a thing you see everyday. He’ll probably get a fine or a suspension for that, but really, this was a B.S. ejection, and the fact that Little ran both the pitcher and the catcher moments after running the manager compounds the B.S. Apparently Little’s ego is worth substantially impacting a team’s ability to compete in a game.

Here is the final walk, issued to A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, followed by Stroman’s charge.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

White Sox 3, Cubs 1: Cubs were hot, White Sox had lost nine straight so of course the Sox beat the Cubs. Baseball is cool on the merits, but one of the best things it has going for it outside of the game action is that it does not lend itself to people spending an hour talking about each game on some studio show beforehand, making predictions about who will do what, the “keys to the game” and all of that. Baseball is wonderfully random. It just . . . happens.

As for what happened here: Adam Engel and Matt Davidson homered and Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run and seven hits in seven and a third.

Astros 13, Phillies 4: Well, some things are predictable, like Jose Altuve getting his hits. He got four on Sunday. He got four last night. He has a 16-game hitting streak now, during which he’s hitting .528 (38 for 72). He’s batting .365/431/.574 on the year. He’s like Wade Boggs with more power and, presumably, a lower tolerance for airplane beers. Altuve drove in three. Alex Bregman homered and doubled twice. Brian McCann went deep. Josh Reddick, Yuli Guriel and Carlos Beltran each drove in two in this rain-interrupted game which gave the Houston batters a number of Phillies relievers to feast upon.

Blue Jays 4, Athletics 2: Francisco Liriano pitched on three days rest to cover for the blister-afflicted Aaron Sanchez. He could do so because his last two outings were short affairs due to, you know, not pitching so good. Here he was fine, giving up two runs over five innings. After he left three Toronto relievers pitched four no-hit innings. Russell Martin homered. Justin Smoak walked with the bases loaded.

Indians 6, Reds 2: Josh Tomlin gave up a couple of solo dingers but that’s all he gave up, allowing two runs on four hits over six. Carlos Santana himself hit a couple of solo homers negating all of that. Bradley Zimmer drove in two with a sac fly and an RBI single. The Indians tie up the 2017 Ohio Series 2-2. As we always note, the loser of the series wins Ohio.

Royals 5, Tigers 3: The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead but the Tigers tied it up with RBI singles from Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila in the sixth. The Royals put it away in the 12th inning, however, with homers from Sal Perez and Mike Moustakas. This 12-inning game was shorter than the Tigers’ nine inning game on Sunday.

Orioles 5, Rays 0: Kevin Gausman tossed six shutout innings, striking out eight and the bullpen added three shutout innings to close it out. Adam Jones homered. Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop turned a nifty double play:

Cardinals 8, Rockies 2: Mike Leake shut out the Rockies for seven innings as his mates scored two in the first, fourth, seventh and eighth for a nice, symmetrical bit of run support. Randal Grichuk, Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham homered for the Redbirds.

Marlins 4, Rangers 0: Adam Conely caught the seven shutout inning bug himself — lot of that going around lately — and Giancarlo Stanton homered twice to tie Aaron Judge for the league lead. He’s on pace for 53 dingers.

Diamondbacks 10, Braves 2: R.A. Dickey‘s flutterball didn’t flutter so good and he was touched for four runs on five hits in three and two-thirds. Braves reliever Matt Wisler gave up four runs on five hits in two innings and he doesn’t have a knuckler to blame. A.J. Pollock did a lot of the touching up, driving in four with a homer and an RBI double and single. Zack Greinke allowed two over eight innings in this non-contest.

Mariners 4, Red Sox 0: James Paxton tossed — you’ll never guess — seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out ten. Kyle Seager hit a solo homer. The Red Sox’ bats are snoozing lately. Boston’s lead in the East is down to two games, but they’re tied with the Yankees in the loss column. It must be Dennis Eckersley’s fault.

Dodgers 6, Twins 4: The Dodgers were down by a run in the eighth when Cody Bellinger launched a three-run homer on an 0-2 pinch to put the score in cement. That made a winner out of Dodgers reliever Edward Paredes, making his major league debut at age 30 after ten years toiling in the minors. Bartolo Colon pitched for the Twins. He wasn’t bad for the 2017 version of him, allowing three runs over five innings. No telling if that buys him another start or if he continues to consider retirement.

Mets 5, Padres 3: Jacob deGrom is one of the few things that has gone right for the Mets this year, and it’s gone really right. He wins his eighth straight start, allowing two runs and striking out eight over eight innings. Wilmer Flores homered and Yoenis Cespedes tripled in a run.

Pirates 10, Giants 3: Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and grounded in a run and Jordy Mercer hit his own three-run shot. Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts. Both sides took issue with home plate umpire Chris Conroy’s strike zone, with Bruce Bochy and acting manager Dave Righetti getting tossed and with Clint Hurdle acknowledging that it was a tough zone. Bochy kind of cut to the heart of the matter, though, when he said, “. . . but that really had nothing to do with what happened tonight. We gave up three-run homers.” Yup.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 6, Giants 2: Detroit jumped out to an early lead they’d keep for good thanks to a two-run homer from shortstop Dixon Machado and a couple of base knocks from Alex Presley. Anibal Sanchez was solid over six, which makes me wonder what has happened to the real Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers taking two out of three from the Giants makes up for the 2012 World Series, right?

Cardinals 4, Marlins 3: Luke Voit homered and doubled in two. It’s the second time I’ve mentioned his name this week and I’m still not 100% convinced he’s a real person, so I suppose I have to watch a Cards game this weekend. Randal Grichuk homered too. When he first game up I thought he was made up too, but I was proven wrong, so I’m giving Voit the benefit of the doubt. For now.

Brewers 11, Cubs 2: This was a train wreck of a game from the Cubs’ perspective as Chicago pitchers walked eight guys in the first four innings and change. Two runs were walked in with the bases loaded in the third alone. Milwaukee scored all 11 of those runs thanks to only one homer — Ryan Braun‘s two-run shot in the third. Jon Jay was forced into action as a pitcher for Chicago. He pitched a scoreless inning!. The defending champion are now 4.5 games behind the first-place Brewers.

Reds 6, Rockies 3: Reds rookie Sal Romano got his first big league win in his second career start, scattering six hits and allowing two runs. After the game he got a scratch under his eye suffered during the celebration after the game. Not the best way to close the day, but better than his namesake, Salvatore Romano, got from “Mad Men.” I waited the last several seasons for him to return — they gave a bunch of lesser characters callbacks — and never got to see him again. That was some bullcrap, frankly. Sal was great.

Pirates 6, Phillies 3: Josh Bell homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Gregory Polanco had four hits with a home run and two RBI. Andrew McCutchen had hits with two doubles. The Pirates have won three straight. All against the Phillies, though, so once you run that through the converter, it works out to only 1.5 straight.

Blue Jays 7, Astros 4: Russell Martin had three hits, one of which was a homer. Josh Donaldson had a two-run single. Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran homered for Houston in a losing cause. Oh, and Carlos Correa got all salty about Jays closer Roberto Osuna taking a while to throw over to throw him out for the game’s final out. Baseball players are so whiny sometimes.

Indians 11, Padres 2Edwin Encarnacion homered and had four hits in all. Jose Ramirez homered and drove in three. Lonnie Chisenhall drove in three runs and Yan Gomes homered. Josh Tomlin allowed only two runs in seven innings. This was the Indians third straight game without Terry Francona.

Rays 4, Red Sox 1: Chris Sale struck out 12, which is pretty good! But he gave up four runs and seven hits, which is bad when your opponent gives up less. Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three. That opponent — Jake Faria — allowed only one run in six innings. He struck out only two. Remember: strikeouts are fascist.

Twins 6, Orioles 4: Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run triple to highlight a six-run third inning off of Dylan Bundy and the O’s. That was enough support for Jose Berrios who bent — four runs, three earned over six — but did not break. Max Kepler drove in two as well.

Athletics 7, Mariners 4: Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth. The win was Bob Melvin’s 500th with the A’s. He also won 337 with the Diamondbacks and 156 with Seattle. For some reason I have no memory of him managing Seattle. In my defense, that took place in 2003 and 2004 and my life was something of a blur then so I probably missed a lot of things.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4: The Dodgers really are something lately. Here they were down 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth but rallied to win it anyway thanks to a Fernando Rodney four-walk meltdown a Corey Seager RBI single and then a Chris Taylor walkoff RBI single. L.A. takes three straight from Arizona and has won six of seven overall. They’ve opened up a five and a half game lead in the West.

Braves 5, Nationals 2: This one featured a three hour and five minute rain delay. With no rain for almost all of that time. The Nats were just worried it might rain which, uh, yeah, OK. There was, eventually, about 15 minutes of rain way, way after the game was supposed to start. Crazy idea: next time, start the game and then delay it briefly, after its in progress. Such a practice might catch on! Anyway, when the “rain” was over, the Nationals announced that fans could get free soda, free bottles of water and free ice cream at the concession stands. Smart play given that all the kids probably went home already. As for the game, Freddie Freeman doubled in Ender Inciarte twice and was doubled in once himself by Nick Markakis Kurt Suzuki homered. The game ended at close to 1:30AM.

OH MY GOD GET THE TARP ON THE FIELD!!!!