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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: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Pirates 7, Rockies 2: Jameson Taillon hadn’t pitched since May 3 due to surgery for testicular cancer he underwent on May 8. A month and three days later he came back to the mound and held one of the best offenses in baseball scoreless over five innings. It was nice that he was able to do this against the Rockies too, as Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis underwent the same testicular cancer surgery six months earlier and has talked to Taillon during his rehab. Bettis was in the Rockies’ dugout for the game, no doubt unhappy at the fact that his team lost, but maybe less unhappy than he might’ve been in just about any other situation.

Braves 11, Nationals 10: The Braves and Nats traded punches early, but the Nats settled in with a three-run lead after a four-run fourth inning. Atlanta scored two in the eighth to draw close and then, in the ninth, Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead three-run home run off of Matt Albers for what proved to be the winning runs. Matt Adams had two dongs for Atlanta. The Nats are on a four-game losing streak and have blown a couple of saves in that span. They’re gonna run away with the East but they’re gonna need to do something with that pen eventually.

Mariners 14, Twins 3: Quite the day for comebacks, eh? Here the M’s didn’t have to come back like the Braves did and Mitch Haniger certainly didn’t have to come back from an ailment anywhere near as serious as Taillon did, but he was pretty impressive all the same. On the disabled list since late April with an oblique injury, Haniger, in his second game back, went 4-for-6 and scored four runs. Nelson Cruz drove in four. Danny Valencia and Mike Zunino hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to rub it in.

Red Sox 6, Phillies 5: Another comeback. Boston was down 4-0 after the top of the first inning but they clawed back, tying it on a Hanley Ramirez homer in the bottom of the eighth and winning it when Dustin Pedroia singled home Deven Marrero in the 11th. Mookie Betts had four hits — three of which were doubles — and Andrew Benintendi homered. Boston has won three of four.

Mets 6, Cubs 1: Jacob deGrom tossed a complete game, allowing only one run on five hits. Asdrubal Cabrera hit two homers and Jay Bruce hit a two-run shot of his own. That’s four wins in a row for the Mets. That’s the fifth loss in six games for the Cubs.

White Sox 10, Orioles 7: The O’s left the Bronx, but they still gave up double digit runs. They’ve given up 40 runs in their last three games, in fact, which suggests to me that, just maybe, they have some pitching problems. Kevan Smith hit his first career homer and drove in three for the Chisox. Avisail Garcia drove in three as well.

Rangers 6, Astros 1: Yu Darvish allowed one run on one hit in seven innings. Nomar Mazara hit a three-run homer, but that came late, after the Rangers had the lead. They got the lead when Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo hit back-to-back triples in the third inning.

Yankees 5, Angels 3: Masahiro Tanaka got bumped a day for some extra rest. Turned out to work, as the recently struggling Yankees ace allowed only one earned run — three overall — in six and two-thirds innings of work.

Also, whoever runs the Angels Twitter account needs to learn patience. During the game, they tweeted this:

Then, in the eighth inning, Judge hit a two-run homer that broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Yankees the game. So, yeah, the shelf life on that burn was pretty short.

Padres 9, Reds 3: The Padres battered Bronson Arroyo for nine runs on thirteen hits over four and two-thirds, including a six run second inning. Franchy Cordero hit his first big league home run and drove in two. Austin Hedges was 3-for-4 and drove in three. Today’s post started with some interesting and inspiring comebacks. My gut tells me that we shouldn’t get too attached to the Bronson Arroyo comeback story, however, as I suspect it won’t be going on much longer.

And That Happened: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Friday’s scores and highlights:

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2: A much-needed off day on Thursday appears to have done the Cubs some good. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead on Dexter Fowler‘s leadoff home run, but were eclipsed by a two-RBI effort from Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant‘s 12th home run of the year. The win snapped a six-game skid for the Cubs, their longest of the season.

Giants 10, Phillies 0: Speaking of clubs who could use a break, the Giants picked up their first win after getting swept by the Nationals this week. Right-hander Ty Blach posted his first career complete game shutout, allowing seven hits and striking out four of 32 batters as the Phillies tried — and failed — to dig in at the plate. Blach’s efforts were backed by an electric offensive drive, propelled in large part by Denard Span‘s five-hit, three-run performance. Notwithstanding the Padres’ 8-5 win over the Rockies later that evening, the Giants are now tied with San Diego for fourth place in the NL West. Progress!

Orioles 3, Red Sox 2: Manny Machado may not have the hardest- or farthest-hit home run of the season, but he certainly has the most 460+ foot homers in 2017. The Orioles’ third baseman went yard again on Friday, recording his 11th blast of the year on a 465-foot whopper off of Boston right-hander Rick Porcello.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 5: The Blue Jays are one game shy of returning to .500 after defeating the Yankees on Friday night. Josh Donaldson struck twice, recording his first multi-home run game since last August’s record-breaking three-homer outings against the Twins.

Not to be outdone, Yankees’ rookie outfielder Aaron Judge smashed his 18th long ball of the season, proving he hasn’t lost his magic touch after putting up 10 home runs in April.

Marlins 7, Diamondbacks 5: Move over, Mike Lowell… there’s a new RBI leader in town. Giancarlo Stanton mashed his 579th career RBI on Friday, bumping Lowell from the top spot on the franchise leaderboard. In true Giancarlo Stanton fashion, he delivered the record-setting RBI via home run:

The Marlins won handily, helped by a strong showing by the bullpen after starter Jose Ureña was chased out of the fifth inning. With the win, the Marlins are 7-3 over their last 10 games, good for fourth-best in the NL East.

Tigers 15, White Sox 5: The Tigers didn’t look like a third-place team on Friday, overpowering the White Sox with a 15-run spread. It was the second such game of the Tigers’ 2017 season, following a 19-run win against the Mariners in April. The last time they recorded two games with 15+ runs was back in 2013, going 17-2 against the Astros and 16-2 over the Royals.

Highlighting the Tigers’ efforts? Miguel Cabrera‘s 1,000th career extra-base hit, a two-run double that bounced over Melky Cabrera‘s head in the second inning.

Pirates 12, Mets 7: Rookie catcher Elias Diaz treated the Pirates to a game-winning, six-RBI effort during his emergency start on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a three-run double and three-run home run. The home run — a mammoth 419-foot shot crushed to left field — was the first of Diaz’s major league career.

Things still look tense in the Mets’ camp, as Matt Harvey failed to pitch out of the fifth inning yet again. He’s made it through six innings just once in his last seven outings, and pitched to some of his worst results against the Bucs after giving up six runs, four walks and five strikeouts through five frames.

Reds 3, Braves 2 (10 innings): The crowd at Great American Ball Park welcomed Braves’ second baseman Brandon Phillips back for the first time since his trade to Atlanta this offseason, and it was clear that there was great affection on both sides. Following the standing ovation for Phillips, however, the Reds got down to business. Mike Foltynewicz pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, allowing just two walks and striking out a season-high 10 batters. Devin Mesoraco stepped up at the plate, delivering a leadoff home run in the tenth inning for his first career walk-off knock.

Phillips, meanwhile, went 0-for-5 against his former club, striking out twice and extending his hitless streak to three games.

Astros 7, Rangers 1: Carlos Correa doesn’t need to keep proving why he was named AL Player of the Month in May, but he seemed happy to do so against the Rangers this weekend. He broke through in the fifth inning and scored the first run of the game with a mammoth three-run homer off of Rangers’ right-hander Yu Darvish. The Astros returned for another big inning in the eighth, putting up a four-spot to secure their 39th win of the year and handing Dallas Keuchel his ninth win of 2017.

Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (12 innings): The Dodgers set all kinds of strikeout records during their extra-inning victory over the Brewers on Friday. Clayton Kershaw racked up a season-high 14 strikeouts, whiffing Cody Bellinger in the second inning for his 2,000th career strikeout.

Behind their ace, the Dodgers’ bullpen fanned another eight batters, bringing the club to a franchise-leading 26 strikeouts on the night. After striking out four of eight batters to record the win, closer Kenley Jansen now has 39 whiffs and zero walks in 22 innings — a major league record to start the season.

Royals 4, Indians 0: It’s been a long time since Jason Vargas has looked anything close to dominant on the mound, making his seventh career shutout all the sweeter during Friday’s opener against the Indians. Vargas crafted a complete game shutout for the first time since 2014, issuing seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts with a four-run backing from the Royals’ lineup. Fueling his win, too, were four double plays — the most he’d induced in a single start since 2012.

Nationals 13, Athletics 3: The Nationals are showing no signs of slowing down after earning their ninth win in 11 games. Stephen Strasburg led the charge through seven innings, holding the A’s to two runs and four hits and striking out seven of 28 batters. Opposing starter Andrew Triggs wasn’t so lucky. The right-hander was dinged for nine hits and six runs against a league-best offensive drive and exited in the fourth after expending 81 pitches.

Twins 11, Angels 5: The Twins had themselves a home run party on Friday, and Albert Pujols was definitely not invited. Joe Mauer got Minnesota on the board in the first inning with a two-run shot to left field, followed by a pair of two-RBI homers from Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler in the third. Pujols, on the other hand, is still marching down that #RoadTo600 after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a run-scoring double play.

Padres 8, Rockies 5: The last-place Padres have a five-game win streak now, thanks in part to their 13-14 record at home. They vaulted over the Rockies during Friday’s series opener, hammering Colorado starter German Marquez with a six-run comeback through the first five innings. Wil Myers sealed the win with a home run in the seventh, his 12th of the year. Put simply, baseball is weird.

Mariners 12, Rays 4: After taking an 89 MPH pitch to his left hand on Thursday, Nelson Cruz returned to the Mariners’ lineup in full force on Friday evening, going 2-for-3 with a pair of base hits and a walk. The rest of the Mariners followed suit, tagging the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi with five runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk and Taylor Motter‘s grand slam.

First baseman Danny Valencia was the star of the show, however, posting five RBI and coming one triple shy of the cycle en route to the Mariners’ 12-run finish.