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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Pirates 10, Nationals 4: Adam Frazier had a heck of a game out of the leadoff spot for the Buccos, going 3-for-5 with four RBI. Tanner Roark started for the Nationals but gave up seven runs in five-plus frames. Roark finished 10th in NL Cy Young Voting last year with a 2.83 ERA, but he’s now sporting a 4.73 ERA this season over nine starts.

Rockies 5, Twins 1 (Game 1): Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run in the first inning to put the Rockies up early and they never looked back. Arenado also made a sweet backhand play in the bottom half of the first. While he hasn’t had an explosive month and a half the way Bryce Harper has, it still would not be surprising if he once again winds up in the NL MVP race.

Twins 2, Rockies 0 (Game 2): Jose Berrios pitched one of the best games of the year, blanking the Rockies on two hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Berrios looked lost last year, when he put up an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts, but he’s been much better so far this season. He held the Indians to one run in 7 2/3 innings last Saturday. The Twins now have a slight first-place lead in the AL Central now. Who’dathunkit.

Cubs 9, Reds 5: Six losses in a row for the Reds now. Javier Baez gave the Cubs a large early cushion, crushing a grand slam in the first inning off of Amir Garrett. Kris Bryant also crushed a solo home run to center field in the fourth. Ian Happ collected two more hits to raise his average to .353 and his OPS to 1.324 since being called up.

Tigers 6, Orioles 5: J.D. Martinez stays red-hot as he blasted another homer, a three-run shot. He also drew three walks. In six games since making his season debut, Martinez has five homers and 11 RBI in 25 PA. Three Orioles homered: Chris Davis, Adam Jones, and Seth Smith. But the Tigers’ bullpen, surprisingly, was able to hold onto a narrow lead — something that has been a rarity this season.

Rangers 8, Phillies 4: Nine wins in a row for the Rangers now. To be fair, they’ve beaten up on the lowly Padres, Athletics, and Phillies, but still. Ryan Rua struck the big blow in this one, as his fifth-inning three-run home run capped off a five run inning. Martin Perez pitched well, holding the Phillies to two runs on five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

Brewers 4, Padres 2: The first-place Brewers added to their lead in the NL Central as the Cardinals had the night off. Leadoff man Eric Sogard collected four hits and three RBI. Eric Thames finally made an appearance, but as a pinch-hitter and he made an out, stranding two runners. Zach Davies put up a quality start, yielding two runs in six innings. For the Padres, Hunter Renfroe went yard again, giving him three in his last five ballgames.

Blue Jays 9, Braves 0: After Wednesday’s fracas, the storyline going into Thursday’s game was centered around Jose Bautista, who flipped his bat after hitting a home run last night. Sure enough, Julio Teheran threw an inside fastball and hit Bautista on the thigh. Both benches were warned and nothing else happened. Thankfully, a better narrative emerged as catcher Luke Maile and starter Marcus Stroman hit back-to-back home runs, becoming the first American League battery to go back-to-back since May 9, 1970, per Sportsnet. That’s before the DH era began. As for the pitching, Stroman was solid but inefficient, lasting only 5 2/3 innings after throwing 103 pitches.

Royals 5, Yankees 1: Danny Duffy’s excellence continued, as he tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. Mike Moustakas gave the Royals plenty of breathing room with a three-run home run in the fifth.

Athletics 8, Red Sox 3: Red Sox starter Hector Velasquez got knocked around for six runs in five frames in his major league debut. The A’s hit three homers, including Khris Davis who now has 12 on the year. Trevor Plouffe collected three hits. Every regular in the Athletics’ lineup had a hit except Stephen Vogt.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 2: Hyun-Jin Ryu held the Marlins to two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Yasiel Puig crushed a two-run home run halfway up the bleachers in left field off of Edinson Volquez in the second inning. Statcast measured that one at 442 feet. Kenley Jansen turned in an immaculate inning in the ninth to close out the game. There were a total of three immaculate innings in 2015 and ’16 combined, but we’ve already had four this season: Drew Storen, Craig Kimbrel, Max Scherzer, and Jansen.

Mariners 5, White Sox 4: The Mariners picked up their fifth walk-off win of the season as Guillermo Heredia singled to bring in Jarrod Dyson in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jean Segura hit a three-run home run to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He now has a .359 average and a .915 OPS.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the Scores. Here are the Highlights:

Twins 9, Royals 1: This was a two-run game until the seventh when Miguel Sano came up with three men on. He reached down and upper-cut a triple that went to the deepest part of the park, clearing the bases and breaking the game wide open. This came just after he ended the top of the sixth by snagging a rocket line drive off the bat of Sal Perez that had extra bases written all over it. I feel like this is going to be a big year for Sano.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1: Dylan Bundy allowed one run while striking out eight over seven innings while Adam Jones and Chris Davis went deep. It feels like we’ve been waiting for the O’s first round pick in 2011 to arrive for a long time — and last year was a nice preliminary arrival — but if Bundy is the effective starter everyone always hoped he’d be this year, it’ll provide a big boost for an O’s team with questions in the rotation.

Nationals 6, Marlins 4: Ryan Zimmerman homered while Bryce Harper and Matt Wieters each drove in two runs. Tanner Roark started a bit rough but settled down, eventually retiring 13 of the last 14 he faced. “Archer: Dreamland” debuted last night. It too is starting a bit rough — not a ton of laughs in the debut — but I think I’m gonna dig it. It had some surprising depth for a show that usually leads with . . . something less than a lot of depth.

Red Sox 3, Pirates 0: Chris Sale made his Red Sox debut and he didn’t disappoint (7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7K, 0 ER). Jameson Taillon made his season debut and he was equally impressive (7 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 6K, 0 ER). This would end up scoreless into the 12th inning when catcher Sandy Leon ended things with a three-run bomb off Antonio Bastardo. This was redemption for Leon, who got thrown out at the plate in the third inning after running through third base coach Brian Butterfield’s stop sign.

Braves 3, Mets 1: The Mets are “sniffing around” for starting pitching help, eh? Too bad they don’t still have Bartolo Colon, who allowed one run over six innings in his Braves debut. Jacob deGrom held the Braves scoreless for six, but Hansel Robles blew the save in the seventh. On to the 12th here was well, where Matt Kemp doubled in two. After a bullpen meltdown on Opening Day, Braves relievers tossed six innings of three-hit, zero run ball.

Rays 4, Yankees 1: No 12-inning affair here, as the Yankees and Rays got all the scoring in the game over with by the bottom of the second inning. It was in that frame where Derek Norris singled in two runs and Corey Dickerson singled in a third. In the previous frame Dickerson homered. Alex Cobb and four relievers limited the Yankees to a second inning Jacoby Ellsbury homer.

Reds 2, Phillies 0Brandon Finnegan allowed one hit and struck out nine over seven innings while Joey Votto homered and Zack Cozart singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh just in time to allow Finnegan to register the win. There was a 50 minute rain delay here but they made up for it by getting this one done in a mere two hours and twenty-five minutes.

Indians 9, Rangers 6: The Indians sweep the Rangers to begin the season and they did so with a ninth inning rally. Down 6-4 and facing Sam Dyson, the Tribe loaded the bases with two singles and a walk before Carlos Santana drew another walk to force in a run. Then up came Francisco Lindor, who took Dyson out of the park to right field for a grand slam. Just like Sandy Leon in Boston, Lindor’s heroics made up for a miscue. In the fifth inning Lindor helped Texas take the lead when he was late to the bag on a force play at second that would’ve ended the frame and then threw the ball away in a seeming panic while trying to throw out the batter heading to first, allowing two runs to score. The slam is all he’ll remember.

Brewers 6, Rockies 1Eric Thames, Travis Shaw and Jonathan Villar each homered and Wily Peralta tossed five shutout innings. Thames was never a big success in the bigs but, as you probably know, he spent the past three years in Korea where he hit 147 home runs and drove in 382 with the NC Dinos. While that may have merely been a function of a guy finding a home in a lesser, hitter-friendly league, I suspect it was really a matter of him figuring stuff out. He won’t average 45 homers a year in the majors the rest of his career, but he may prove to be one of the more intriguing signings of the past offseason.

Astros 5, Mariners 3: Another extra innings walkoff homer, this one from George Springer in the 13th inning down in Houston. This one was of the come-from-behind variety, as Seattle had gone ahead by one in the top of the inning. Springer drove in all five of the Astros’ runs last night, having earlier doubled in two to tie things up in the seventh.

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 6: San Francisco led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth but the Snakes added three runs that inning and two more in both the six and seventh. A.J. Pollock went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Yasmany Tomas had two hits and an RBI. Chris Owings got two hits, walked twice and stole two bags.

Angels 5, Athletics 0: Garrett Richards made his return but had to leave early due to tightness in his biceps. Not a great sign — that can often be caused by overcompensating for a sore elbow — but Richards and the Angels said it was no big deal after the game. We’ll see. As it was, he pitched shutout ball before leaving in the fifth. The Angels spoiled Jharel Cotton‘s season debut with RBI singles from Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Danny Espinosa and an RBI double from Andrelton Simmons.

Dodgers 3, Padres 1: Rich Hill allowed one run over five somewhat rocky innings — he walked three and gave up a homer — but the Padres couldn’t make more hay out of it and relievers Sergio Romo, Alex Wood and Kenley Jansen shut them down over the final four frames. Yasiel Puig hit a homer.

Cubs vs. Cardinals; Tigers vs. White Sox — POSTPONED:
I’ve been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I’ve cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways

We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms

 

Dominican Republic dominates USA with 7-5 finish in World Baseball Classic

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Team Dominican Republic secured their second win of the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Saturday, mounting a rally in the eighth inning to take the edge over Team USA, 7-5.

The USA jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on a couple of fielding errors to score their first run in the third inning. Christian Yelich and Brandon Crawford contributed two RBI singles, padding the USA’s lead to 3-0 by the fifth inning.

In the sixth inning, Giancarlo Stanton muscled an RBI double off of right-hander Jumbo Diaz, then came home to score the USA’s sixth run when Crawford lashed an RBI double of his own off of left-hander Fernando Abad. The Dominican Republic finally responded in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking Tanner Roark deep with a Manny Machado home run and tacking on an extra run with Carlos Santana‘s RBI single.

From there, Team Dominican Republic held the USA hitless. Welington Castillo added an RBI double in the seventh inning, but it was the combined effort of Nelson Cruz and Starling Marte that carried the team to victory in the eighth inning. Cruz and Marte raked in four runs with back-to-back jacks against the indomitable Andrew Miller, cementing the Dominican Republic’s tenth consecutive victory in the World Baseball Classic.

With the loss, Team USA faces several interesting tie-breaker scenarios. Via Andrew Simon of MLB.com:

If Colombia upsets the Dominican Republic and the U.S. defeats Canada, the first three would be 2-1, with Canada eliminated. The tiebreaker rules would determine which team would head to San Diego for the second round — beginning next Tuesday — and which two would battle it out in a tiebreaker game on Monday at 6 p.m. ET in Miami.

However, if the D.R. wins and the U.S. loses, the Dominicans would advance at 3-0. In that case, the tiebreaker rules would determine which 1-2 teams would get to play the tiebreaker game to advance, while the third would be eliminated.

Team Colombia and Team Dominican Republic are currently knotted 3-3 in extra innings. Team USA is scheduled to face off against Team Canada on Sunday evening at 7 PM EDT.