Baseball is one of the best things. It’s not “The Sesame Street Characters do ‘Scenario’ by A Tribe Called Quest” good. But it’s one of the best things.
Here are the scores. Here are the highlights.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 0: John Lackey struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and [all together now] helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single. Cards fans booed Jason Heyward for some dumb reason but Lackey was the 2015 Cardinal they should’ve been more upset with on this night, because he owned their guys.
Marlins 6, Nationals 1: Jose Fernandez settled down after a rocky couple of innings and ended up going six and getting the win. At the end of the second he had a little smacking-himself-in-the-head outburst. After the game, Don Mattingly said “He’s just so emotional.” Later, he did not add, “Every time he thinks of you. He’s just so emotional, baby, ain’t it shocking what love can do?”
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: A 1-0 lead in the eighth didn’t hold up for Boston as Toronto put four across, all charged to Koji Uehara, but capped off by a Russell Martin two-run single off of Craig Kimbrel. All of that rendered Clay Buchholz‘s strong, six and two-thirds shutout innings performance an interesting side note.
Mets 5, Phillies 2: David Wright hit two homers and Lucas Duda and Neil Walker each added their own. But another star of the show was Noah Syndergaard, who allowed one run in seven while striking out eight and while throwing the ball really, really hard.
Rockies 5, Reds 1: Trevor Story went long again — his eighth on the year — to ignite a four-run eighth inning for the Rockies who are 8-5 at the moment. Call me in a month if they’re still doing that, but for now they’re playing some better than expected baseball.
Angels 7, White Sox 0: Hector Santiago was staked to a 5-0 lead before he even had to throw a pitch, which is kind of nice. No pitching to the score for him, however, as he struck out 10 over seven shutout innings. Yup, no screwing around for Santiago. Except for the fact that he threw a bunch of screwballs, because that’s what he does.
Twins 7, Brewers 4: Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park homered, and Minnesota had 14 hits. Which is saying something given that the rain turned this into a six-inning game. Maybe mother nature or Rob McKenna,who is unknowingly a Quasi Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer, took mercy on the Brewers.
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 7: Jake Lamb hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth and the Dbacks rallied for two more in the 11th, including another Lamb RBI, to win a very, very long game. Jean Segura, who hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th, and Lamb each had three hits. The Dbacks scored five runs over the final four innings, which is the kind of thing that gives managers and pitching coaches nightmares.