Craig Calcaterra

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides home for an inside the park homerun to win the game 4-3 over the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights


We all have bad days. Our job gives us headaches. We have disagreements with our significant others  We struggle with the challenges of being a parent. And the fears. We have trouble falling asleep at night, worrying that we haven’t done the best we can do with our lives and our short time on Earth.

Being a big famous ballplayer doesn’t make anyone immune from those bad days. It just changes them a little bit. They worry about their short careers and injury. Being separated from family for road trips is a special challenge. While most of them don’t have to worry about money or the figures on that darn Johnson account, they sometimes strike out five times in a game and then let a two-run lead disappear in the ninth by allowing a ball to go under their glove.

At least that was Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor‘s day yesterday. Poor Michael Taylor. The Platinum Sombrero and then this, to give the Dodgers a walkoff win:

A Little League homer is pretty great, though, even if it’s tough stuff for the fielder who allowed it to happen. Anyway, here’s hoping your day is better than Michael Taylor’s day was yesterday.

Here are the scores:

Marlins 3, Braves 0
Yankees 9, Rockies 8
Mets 4, Royals 3
Astros 3, Angels 2
Cardinals 7, Cubs 2
Brewers 4, Athletics 2
Blue Jays 5, Diamondbacks 2
Orioles 7, Padres 2
Giants 7, Pirates 6
White Sox 8, Red Sox 6
Indians 6, Rays 1
Tigers 5, Mariners 1
Rangers 6, Reds 4
Twins 6, Phillies 5
Dodgers 4, Nationals 3

Andrelton Simmons turned a nifty heads up double play

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 15:  Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws to first base during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim  on June 15, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Andrelton Simmons‘ defensive prowess requires no introduction. But he’s not the best merely because the amazing feats of range and physicality he displays with regularity. No, sometimes it’s a matter of simple savvy.

This afternoon Simmons and the Angels are facing the Astros in Houston. In the bottom of the fifth George Springer came up to bat with one out and runners on first and third. He lofted one to Simmons at short. He could’ve easily caught it for out number two. Instead, he let it drop in front of him so he could turn the double play by picking up the ball, walking it to second himself and then firing to first:

There’s a rule that says you can’t intentionally drop a ball to create that situation. But there’s nothing that says you have to catch it. Simmons wisely didn’t and got his team out of the inning without a run scoring. If he hadn’t, the Astros would’ve had another shot to get that runner in from third. At the moment it’s a 1-1 game, so that might prove to be a pretty big play.

Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with apparent injury

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets connects on a first inning double against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on June 22, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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As if Mets fans weren’t worried and panicked enough due to the team’s injuries and offensive problems of late: Yoenis Cespedes was lifted from this afternoon’s game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

Cespedes grimaced a bit on one of his swings, but took a walk. He left the game after reaching first base and was replaced by Alejandro De Aza. No word in what the problem was, but they’ll update soon. And then we will too.