Craig Calcaterra

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, right, is congratulated by catcher Tyler Flowers after earning a save during a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, April 28, 2016. The Braves defeated the Red Sox 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

And That Happened: Thursdays scores and highlights


Gonna mail this one in this morning. Partially because of the light slate of games yesterday, partially because of a late night for me but mostly because of the Dee Gordon news which has me thinking of a lot of other things I want to write about this AM.

It’s worth noting that the Braves won a game. It comes just ahead of a series at Wrigley against the Cubs, so the winning streak will likely last a single day, but the 2016 Braves have to take what they can get.

The Marlins had a notable night outside the Gordon news too, finishing off a sweep of the Dodgers, which had to make Don Mattingly happy. For what it’s worth, Gordon singled in a run and then came around to score in the seventh. His RBI tied it and the run he scored ended up being the one necessary for the Marlins’ margin of victory. That means nothing, but you know some jackwagons are gonna make a big deal out of that and I figured I’d get ahead of the jackwagons and note that, yes, Gordon and the Marlins knew what was coming before it was announced because that’s how the appeals process works, but no, it makes no difference, because that’s how the appeals process works.

Anyway: Here are the rest of the scores:

Tigers 7, Athletics 3
Cubs 7, Brewers 2
Phillies 3, Nationals 0
Orioles 10, White Sox 2
Braves 5, Red Sox 3
Diamondbacks 3, Cardinals 0
Marlins 5, Dodgers 3
Pirates vs. Rockies — POSTPONED
: In the early morning rain with a dollar in my hand. And an aching in my heart, and my pockets full of sand. I’m a long way from home, and I miss my loved one so. In the early morning rain with no place to go.

UPDATE: Kris Bryant left the game because he rolled his ankle

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant warms up before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

UPDATE: Turns out Bryant leaving the game had nothing to do with being hit by two pitches. Rather, when he was running the bases after reaching in the third — the time he reached WITHOUT being hit by a pitch — he rolled his right ankle.

It must not be super serious — he stayed in the game for a bit after that — but it was enough to where it wasn’t worth risking any further damage.

4:18 PM: Tough day at the office for Kris Bryant.

The Cubs are playing the Brewers at Wrigley. They’re currently up 5-0 thanks to them teeing off against Taylor Jungmann, who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. I haven’t been watching the game so I can’t tell if it was out of frustration or ineptness, but Jungmann hit Kris Bryant twice.

The first one was almost certainly unintentional, as it came with one out in the first inning and a man on first. The second one came in the fourth with the Cubs up by five already but it’s not like it followed a homer or something. There were two outs and a man on. Jungmann faced one more batter after that and walked him and then got yanked. I’d say it’s a 99.9% probability that he simply didn’t know where the ball was going and his manager took him out because he’s a danger to himself, others and the Brewers’ chances at making this game even remotely respectable.

No word on why Bryant is out yet, but presumably it’s because he’s already taken enough wear and tear in a game the Cubs are likely to win. If there is anything beyond that, we’ll update.

Trevor Hoffman, Dave Winfield named All-Star Game “Spokespeople”

Trevor Hoffman

Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield have been named the “official spokespeople” of the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Both, obviously, starred for the San Diego Padres during their careers. After the late Tony Gwynn they’re easily the two most famous Padres of all time, right? Have to be.

What do All-Star “spokespeople” do? Without looking I’m going to assume that they give evasive answers about the bad behavior of the All-Star Game and serve as a buffer between the press and the All-Star Game which, frankly, would prefer its privacy. Given the low ratings for past All-Star Games you’d assume that it had plenty of solitude already, but you can never be too sure.

OK, I’ll look:

As All-Star spokespeople, Hoffman and Winfield will help to generate public awareness for the 87th Midsummer Classic and its surrounding events. They also will participate in All-Star events and will make a variety of appearances throughout All-Star Week in San Diego, including attending MLB All-Star FanFest, ballpark events, community refurbishment projects and more.

There you have it. If, for some reason, you become unaware of the All-Star Game between now and mid-July, blame Winfield and Hoffman for dropping the dang ball or otherwise doing the job in a horses**t manner.