Craig Calcaterra

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets at bat during the seventh inning having already hit two homeruns during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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There were two events which occurred last night which overshadowed everything else, so we’re going to let them speak for the rest of today’s recaps and just move on from there.

First, and most obviously, was Max Scherzer striking out 20 dudes. That ties him for the most in a nine-inning game with Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens, who did the deed twice. A guy named Tom Cheney struck out 21 in a 16-inning game for the Washington Senators against the Orioles in 1962. Cheney’s milestone was kind of a fluke. He’d only pitch in 41 games over three seasons after that year. The other guys: legit beasts. As is Scherzer, of course. Once in a while I remember him with the Diamondbacks, all stuff — great stuff, mind you — and no plan, and marvel at what he’s done since.

The other big fun story was Noah Syndergaard hitting two home runs in the Mets’ win. It was a 4-3 win. Syndergaard drove in all four of those runs on his bombs. I’m guessing there are stats out there about how often a pitcher has driven in all of his team’s runs in a win and I assume the vast majority of those instances were games in which his team scored one or two runs. I can’t recall a game, at least in the nine seasons I’ve been doing these And That Happened recaps, where a pitcher did it with as many as four runs.

Oh, and finally there was this:

Bartolo’s trot was better. I was watching the Mets-Dodgers game and the most notable thing about Syndergaard’s trots was just how awkward and unpracticed they were. Now he has a lot of practice.

The rest of the scores. We’ll get back to highlights tomorrow. None of them would beat these two things anyway:

Padres 7, Cubs 4; Padres 1, Cubs 0
Orioles 9, Twins 2
Rangers 6, White Sox 5
Astros 5, Indians 3
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 7
Mariners 6, Rays 5
Giants 5, Blue Jays 4
Royals 7, Yankees 3
Nationals 3, Tigers 2
Red Sox 13, Athletics 3
Braves 5, Phillies 1
Pirates 5, Reds 4
Marlins 3, Brewers 2
Cardinals 5, Angels 2
Mets 4, Dodgers 3

 

 

 

 

Bryce Harper suspended for one game

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals tosses a baseball in the air during the fourth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park on April 24, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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I suspected this would happen and now it has happened: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions following his ninth inning ejection against the Tigers the other night.

“His actions,” according to MLB, “included returning to the field, during Monday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park” after he was ejected. The press release did not mention his F-bomb to the umpire, but I imagine if that hadn’t have happened he wouldn’t have gotten the single game suspension. For what it’s worth, however, managers have been suspended in the past for not leaving the field following their being ejected or for returning later. Ask Bobby Valentine and his mustache about that.

Harper’s suspension had been scheduled to be served tonight, but he has elected to file an appeal. I would guess that he’ll just drop the appeal when he wants a day off on, say, a day game after a night game, as MLB is unlikely to reduce a one-game suspension to zero games.

I like Harper’s game overall and I’m not gonna lose my sleep over a young man getting caught up in the moment. But you can’t just come back on the field and start cussin’ out Blue and not expect a little blowback. This is the blowback and it’s not too bad. He should probably consider himself pretty lucky that MLB acted reasonably here and didn’t get too caught up in Bryce Harper Derangement Syndrome like some quarters of the media and the fan base at large do.

Todd Frazier needs stitches in his lip after diving into the stands

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 11:  Todd Frazier #21 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the top of the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier hit a homer during today’s White Sox-Rangers game. That’s good! But then later he needed five stitches to fix a cut on his lower lip after diving into the stands to chase down a foul ball. That’s bad! The cut doesn’t seem too severe, as he is considered day-to-day. That’s good!

Unfortunately the medication used to treat the cut contains potassium benzoate. That’s . . . [that’s bad].

You can see the play here. Seems he knocked his mouth into a seat. Sorry dude.