Stephen Vogt

Getty Images

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

29 Comments

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Twins 4, Yankees 2Eddie Rosario had two RBI doubles and Eduardo Escobar hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth as the Twins took advantage of Caleb Smith. The game stories all go heavy on Aaron Judge being 1-for-21 since the All-Star break. People want to blame the Home Run Derby for it rather than simply chalk it up to a slump and the fact that most players do not maintain the sort of torrid pace Judge maintained in the first half over the course of a whole season. There’s copious evidence such regression happens in baseball. There’s almost nothing to support jinxes or curses or whatever whammy people think the Derby puts on hitters. So of course people believe in the whammy. Humanity deserves whatever it has coming to it, even if it, quite predictably, refuses to rely on data to see what it has coming to it.

Rays 3, Athletics 2: Jake Odorizzi allowed only one run on one hit in seven innings. Kevin Cash after the game: “Good to see Odo perform that way. The stuff looked good. Everything looked much crisper today, and I’m just happy for him because we’re going to need him.”

?

Cubs 4, Braves 3: Chicago wins its fourth straight out of the break thanks to one run over seven innings of work from Jon Lester. Lester doubled, walked and stole a base too. He didn’t even draw a throw, either when he was on base or when he took off. It’s amazing how easy it is to steal when pitchers can’t or don’t hold you, eh Jonny?

Nationals 6, Reds 1: Ryan Zimmerman set the all-time homer mark for Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos players, Bryce Harper hit a three-run shot and Stephen Strasburg fanned 11 batters in seven innings. The Nats jumped out to a 5-0 lead before this one even got going and Brian Goodwin added a solo homer later.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: Steve Pearce homered in the second to help the Jays out to a three-run lead but Boston came back and tied it with a three-run seventh inning made possible by Marcus Stroman tiring and by Stroman committing an inning-perpetuating error. Pearce singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth, however. Jose Bautista had an 0-for-5, four-strikeout evening. That’s special.

Orioles 3, Rangers 1Seth Smith hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Chris Tillman and three relievers allowed only one run on three hits. Baltimore needed that kind of outing from its staff after getting beaten like a bowl of eggs in three games against the Cubs.

Pirates 4, Brewers 2: Gregory Polanco notched four hits, doubling twice, driving in two runs. He also threw out a potential go-ahead run at the plate in the form of Manny Pina to end the sixth inning. Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt left the game in the fifth inning after catching an elbow to the head and injuring his knee in a collision with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl at the plate. Vogt held on to the ball and tagged out Kuhl, but after the game his leg was in a brace. The Brewers will know more about his condition today.

Cardinals 6, Mets 3Adam Wainwright allowed three runs — two earned — while pitching into the sixth. He also hit an RBI double to help his own cause. Paul DeJong and Tommy Pham went deep, with Pham’s plating three runs.

Marlins 6, Phillies 5: Dee Gordon knocked a walkoff RBI single in the 10th. Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, once in the first and once in the fifth. Justin Bour homered in the fifth as well.

Mariners 9, Astros 7: George Springer tied things up with a sac fly in the eighth, forcing extras. Actually, the Astros had a chance to end things in the ninth thanks to a double and a couple of walks but Jean Segura put on a defensive clinic, throwing one runner out at the plate and making a couple of nifty backhand grabs. Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia homered in the top of the 10th to give Seattle the win. Four M’s batters homered in all, with Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino going deep.

Tigers 10, Royals 2: Jason Vargas was a pleasant surprise in the first half  but he received a rude awakening to begin the second, getting hammered for six runs on seven hits and giving up four walks in less than three innings of work. The first run of the game came on a first inning bases loaded walk to Victor Martinez. If that’s how your night starts it’s gonna be a long, short night for a pitcher. Nick Castellanos and Mike Mahtook homered. Ian Kinsler hit a pair of triples. To add injury to insult, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar left the game after being hit on the wrist by a pitch. He luckily escaped with only a bruise.

Rockies 9, Padres 6: A five-run third for the Rockies put them up 7-2, basically setting this one in stone. Charlie Blackmon homered and Trevor Story hit a two-run double. Rockies starter German Marquez struck out nine in six and two-thirds innings of work. Jabari Blash of the Padres hit a 477-foot homer. More like Jabari BASH, amirite?

 

Indians 5, Giants 3Josh Tomlin struck out five and allowed three runs while pitching into the eighth as Yan Gomes homered and Francisco Lindor knocked in a couple. The Indians played their first three games after the All-Star break in Oakland and now they’re playing a series in San Francisco, which gives them an extended trip to the Bay Area. That’s pretty sweet from a logistical perspective. Beats the heck out of back-to-back series like, Tampa and Dallas, for example.

And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

Getty Images
21 Comments

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Pirates 14, Cubs 3: The Pirates scored ten runs off of Jon Lester in the first inning. Only four were earned but that’s just by virtue of one error that itself didn’t cause a run to score. They hit Lester hard — six hits, two of which were homers and one of which was a double — and walked three times. People keep wondering why the Cubs are struggling this year. There are a lot of reasons for it, including a lot of their hitters falling back from last year. But I think we all overlooked how unlikely it was to expect some of their veteran starters to repeat the years they had in 2016.

Dodgers 5, Royals 2: Clayton Kershaw, man. Complete game, two runs, 13 strikeouts no walks. Justin Turner hit two homers. The Dodgers enter the break with 60 61 wins and a 7.5 game lead in the West — their biggest of the season — and a +163 run differential. Most teams love the All-Star break. The Dodgers have to wonder if they can somehow just keep playing. And it may get even worse for the NL foes. For now the Dodgers have . . . The Rally Granny:

They should have a bobblehead night for her soon. Or at least a bobblesomething night.

Brewers 5, Yankees 3Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Stephen Vogt hit a solo homer in the second. From the AP Gamer:

The Milwaukee Brewers have scored 81 runs in the first inning this season, more than any team in baseball. That’s not exactly a fluke. In fact, it’s by design . . . “A lot of starters settle in after the first inning and we’ve kind of taken that same approach with every pitcher,” Shaw said. “Try to jump on them early and grab the momentum and then work on it after that. We’ve been a really good first-inning team.”

Shaw shouldn’t say that out loud. If other teams hear him they may try to steal the Brewers’ “score a lot of runs early” strategy. Because before now no one has thought to try to do that.

Astros 19, Blue Jays 1:

Carlos Correa homered twice and drove in five. Jose Altuve got three hits for the fifth straight game. The Astros become the fifth team to notch 60 wins by the All-Star break, joining the 1998 Yankees, 2001 Mariners, 2003 Braves and this year’s Dodgers.

Rays 5, Red Sox 3Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth as the Rays take three of four from the Red Sox. The Rays are four over .500 and only three and a half back of the Sox.

Nationals 10, Braves 5: Nats starter Joe Ross left after just three and a third due to some triceps soreness but the Nats’ pen picked him up. Matt Wieters drove in three and Anthony Rendon drove in two and reached base five times. Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with three driven in in a losing cause. He’s 10-for-26 with two homers, three doubles and eight RBI in six games since coming off of a two-month DL stint. Dude is a machine.

Phillies 7, Padres 1: Six homers for the Phillies, two from Freddy Galvis. Nick Williams, Cameron RuppOdubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr went deep as well. Jerad Eickhoff struck out eight in five innings. Philly snapped a five-game losing streak.

Orioles 11, Twins 5: Adam Jones hit two homers and drove in five. Ruben Tejada and Seth Smith each had three hits. The win aside, the O’s could use the All-Star break.

Cardinals 6, Mets 0: Lance Lynn tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and Trevor Rosenthal and John Brebbia .  finished off the shutout. Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit all went deep.

Angels 3, Rangers 0: JC Ramirez tossed six shutout innings and three relievers finished it off. That made the Angels one reliever less-efficient than the Cardinals I guess. Albert Pujols homered, Andrelton Simmons doubled in a run and Juan Graterol hit a sac fly. Ramirez after the game, when asked about what he plans to do during the All-Star break:

“I’m going to Vegas for a couple of days. I need my mind to get away from baseball.”

I’d read the hell out of a story about what non-All Stars do during the break. They’d have to be honest, though.

Rockies 10, White Sox 0Kyle Freeland flirted with a no-no, losing it with one out in the ninth. He struck out nine and walked only three. Shortstop Pat Valaika had his back with five driven in thanks in part to a three-run homer.

Mariners 4, Athletics 0: Yet another shutout. Here Felix Hernandez looked King-like again, allowing only two hits over six innings and striking out eight in his best start of the season. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run shot. He leads the AL in RBI with 70, tied for the MLB lead with Nolan Arenado and Macell Ozuna.

Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1: Homer Bailey was shelled in his first two games back from the DL, allowing fourteen runs in four and two-thirds. In his last two: two runs in twelve and two-thirds. Here he allowed one and worked around four walks and seven hits. Joey Votto singled in a run, Scott Schebler doubled in one. The Dbacks enter the break having lost five of six.

Marlins 10, Giants 8: Giancarlo Stanton is ready for the Home Run Derby. He homered twice here, but it was A.J. Ellis‘ tie-breaking two-run home run in the 11th which loomed the largest for Miami. Not that Stanton was chopped liver: he scored four times and walked twice. He was also hit by a pitch. They needed it all as Miami blew a 7-3 lead in the seventh before winning in extras.

Tigers 5, Indians 3: First time I’ve watched Sunday Night Baseball in a few weeks. David Ross was in the booth which gave him and the other two guys an excuse to talk more about David Ross than the Indians and Tigers playing in front of them. Which is quite a trick given that the game lasted almost four dang hours. Corey Kluber was alright but inefficient, so he was out after five and the bullpen didn’t have his back. Michael Fulmer was more effective, allowing two earned runs over six innings. But again, that just distracted from us all thinking about David Ross’ career, the 2016 World Series, Dancing with the Stars and all of that. What a time to be alive.

And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

Getty Images
30 Comments

Hope you had a nice holiday. Now, back to the grind. Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Reds 8, Rockies 1: Homer Bailey scattered eight hits and allowed only one run in six innings, picking up his first win since August of last year Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett homered. The Rockies have lost 11 of 13.

Padres 1, Indians 0: Corey Kluber struck out ten dudes and allowed only one run on five hits over eight innings and got the loss. The Padres starter, Trevor Cahill, couldn’t even finish five innings so a guy who threw 12 pitches in two-thirds of an inning got the win. But please, tell me that wins and losses matter for pitchers. Six Padres hurlers combined to shut the Tribe out on five hits. The lone Padres run scored on a fielder’s friggin’ choice.

Royals 7, Mariners 3: Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas hit homers and the Royals ganged up on Felix Hernandez for six runs — five earned — in six innings. Hernandez has a 5.04 ERA. The man who once was king?

Brewers 6, Orioles 2: Eric Thames‘ April turned out to be a bit of a fluke — he was never gonna keep that pace up — but he hit two homers yesterday. Stephen Vogt and Travis Shaw did too, backing Jimmy Nelson who allowed one run, unearned, over seven innings. Milwaukee is in first place, three and a half up. It’s July 5, folks.

Athletics 7, White Sox 6: Melky Cabrera singled in a run to tie things up in the top of the ninth but Franklin Barreto, who had been slumping badly — hit a walkoff homer in the bottom half to give the A’s the win. He also hit an RBI triple. Yonder Alonso — who gave Barreto a pep talk just before that triple — hit two homers.

Pirates 3, Phillies 0: Jameson Taillon struck out nine over five innings but used a lot of pitches to do it, so four relievers finished off the shutout. Andrew McCutchen hit two homers, solo shots, both of them. Clint Hurdle on the homers:

“He hit the first one good and the second one more good”

Baseball man.

Rays 6, Cubs 5: The Rays put together a five-run fourth against Jon Lester as the Rays beat the Cubs in their first matchup against Joe Maddon since he skedaddled. Steven Souza and Tim Beckam each drove in two.

Marlins 5, Cardinals 2: Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer off of Lance Lynn. Lynn said this after the game:

“I would like to have that pitch back”

Sorry, Lance. We’ve reviewed your request and it has ben denied on the basis of baseball not working that way.

Twins 5, Angels 4: Byron Buxton had three hits, including a homer. Someone alert the authorities, as we may have a case of identity theft going on here. Kyle Gibson allowed two runs in six and two-thirds innings, walking two and striking out four. The cops should maybe keep an eye on that guy too, actually, because that ain’t the Kyle Gibson I know.

Tigers 5, Giants 3: The Giants’ six-game winning streak comes to an end as Victor Martinez homered and singled in a run and Michael Fulmer allowed three runs over eight innings of work. Miguel Cabrera, left after six innings due to left hip tightness. Manager Brad Ausmus said he expects Cabrera to play on Wednesday night. Cabrera, of course, would play if he had a sucking chest wound and a case of scurvy. Whether it’s a good idea that he plays Wednesday is anyone’s guess, but I’ve come to assume that if Cabrera says he’s aching but OK, he’s injured and if he actually leaves a game due to an injury, he should probably be in a hospital. On one level: admirable. On another level: that’s hurt the Tigers many times in the past.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 1: CC Sabathia came back from his stint on the DL and couldn’t make it out of the third inning. His counterpart, J.A. Happ, allowed only one run on four hits in six innings. That one run came via an Aaron Judge homer that was an absolute rocket, denting a metal casement above a door behind the left-center field wall. He’s strong.

Nationals 11, Mets 4: Daniel Murphy did what he usually does: kill the Mets. Here he drove in five runs on four hits and Bryce Harper drove in two on three hits as the Nats won in a laugher. Murphy is hitting .341 on the season. He’s hitting .405 against the Mets since leaving them following the 2015 season.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3: Clayton Kershaw was dominant, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning, shutting out the Dbacks that long and striking out 11. It was probably good that the no-no got broken up by Chris Owings‘ infield single, because Kershaw was at 100 pitchers or so already. That said, the Dodgers bullpen almost cost the big guy a win here, with Brandon Morrow putting two on in the ninth and then Kenley Jansen allowing a three-run homer to Daniel Descalso. Kershaw hasn’t lost since May 6, by the way. He’s 9-0 in 12 starts since then, with a 1.98 ERA. His 13 wins is tops in the bigs.

Red Sox 11, Rangers 4Andrew Benintendi had a pretty decent day: 5 hits and two homers, driving in six. I mean, it could’ve been better. When he hit that second homer he already had one, plus a double and a couple of singles, so a triple would’ve given him a cycle. Shame, really. Yu Darvish was selected for the All-Star team the other day. Here he was torched for seven runs on eleven hits. Boston has won six straight.

Astros 16, Braves 4Jose Altuve homered and drove in four runs, Yuli Gurriel doubled twice to drive in four and Josh Reddick hit a grand slam which, yep, counts as four as well. The Astros win in a romp. Braves rookie Sean Newcomb came into the game with a 1.48 ERA in his first four career starts. He left this one at 3.58. Baseball is hard.