Craig Calcaterra

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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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You get the short version this morning, folks, as your blogger is somewhat exhausted after a late night. The occasion: seeing Jason Isbell, his favorite artist, in concert 100 miles out of town before driving back in the wee wee hours this morning. The show was fantastic. Sadly, however, of three possible baseball references your blogger thought were reasonably possible, only one came to pass last evening:

  • As I mentioned yesterday, Isbell is a Braves fan. He did not, however, mention that they were playing Cincinnati even though we were in Cincinnati. Maybe he just didn’t know that Freddie Freeman was in the process of hitting for the cycle as he played. I hope a roadie was fired for not telling him as he switched out guitars between songs.
  • Isbell did not play “Super 8,” which is a hell of a rocker and contains the line “Then a big boy busted in/Screaming at his girlfriend/Waving around a Fungo bat.” Who writes songs with the word “Fungo bat” in them? No one! This is why I love the dude.
  • Isbell did, however, play the song “Relatively Easy,” which contains the line “Remember him when he was still a proud man/A vandal’s smile a baseball in his right hand/Nothing but the blue sky in his eye.” Of course he’s singing about a friend who overdosed on Klonopin, so it’s not the most uplifting thing ever, but that’s not for me to understand.

Anyway: I’m happy but tired. And you guys get stuck with a mere rundown of scores. Sorry. I’ll do better tomorrow. In the meantime, go buy “Southeastern” and “Something More Than Free.” Change your life, man.

Rockies 6, Yankees 3
Padres 6, Marlins 3
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2
Giants 10, Brewers 1
Nationals 5, Cubs 4
Red Sox 6, Orioles 4
Blue Jays 7, Phillies 2
Braves 9, Reds 8
Mets 11, Pirates 2
Rays 3, Mariners 2
Astros 4, Cardinals 1
White Sox 5, Tigers 3
Royals 9, Indians 4
Angels 10, Twins 2
Rangers 7, Athletics 5

 

 

National League All-Star voting update: The Cubs are in control

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Five Cubs players are currently in starting position in the latest National League All-Star balloting. Four of them — first baseman Anthony Rizzo, third baseman Kris Bryant, outfielder Dexter Fowler and second baseman Ben Zobrist – are within 150,000 votes of the top overall spot in terms of vote totals. Addison Russell leads at short, inexplicably.

The others in the top spot are Yadier Molina at catcher and Bryce Harper and Yoenis Cespedes in the outfield.

The totals:

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What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s afternoon action

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We have five afternoon contests today, including a Clayton Kershaw performance. Yes, he gets his own solo billing now. And why not? Kershaw is 7-0 over his last eight starts and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game over that stretch. He has likewise struck out at least ten batters in eight of his last 10 starts. The dude is as dominant as it gets.

Elsewhere we see the continuation of the Cubs-Nationals series with Jason Hammel taking on Stephen Strasburg. The Yankees play the Rockies too. Here’s hoping that the carnage of last night doesn’t carry over into today. Someone, please, think of the bullpens.

New York Yankees (Ivan Nova) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 3:40 PM EDT, Chase Field

Miami Marlins (Justin Nicolino) @ San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo), 3:40 PM EDT, Petco Park

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto), 3:45 PM EDT, AT&T Park

Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 4:05 PM EDT, Nationals Park