Craig Calcaterra

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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Athletics 8, Rangers 5: Ryan Madson gave up a two-run homer to Ian Desmond and the lead to the Rangers in the top of the ninth. Khris Davis took the lead and game right back in the bottom half with a walkoff grand slam. He also hit shots in the second and the sixth to put together a 3-for-5, 3 HR, six-RBI night. People who don’t root for the teams he plays for don’t pay too much attention to Khris Davis, but when they do, it’s because he’s hit multiple homers in a game. He’s done it eight times in his career now. That’s the same number of times Mike Trout has done it. Davis has done it in two fewer seasons.

Indians 13, Reds 1: Big night for guys named Davis, I guess. Khris did his thing and so too did Rajai, who had three hits, drove in three and scored four times. Danny Salazar pitched fantastically and enjoyed a ton of run support. In other news, can someone tell me what Steve Delabar did to piss off Bryan Price? I mean, before he walked guys with the bases loaded FOUR STRAIGHT TIMES? There’s “wearing it” and then there’s “really frickin’ wearin’ it.” This was the latter. He walked five guys in all. In a third of an inning’s worth of work. That takes some effort.

Royals 8, Red Sox 4: The AP game story refers to Paulo Orlando as “The speedy Brazilian.” I’m suing the AP over that, as I had previously trademarked that as the name for my discount, high-volume bikini wax shops for which I’m sure there’s a big, big market. The speedy Brazilian who will not be found in exurban strip malls all over the American midwest this time next year, making me millions, hit a two-run homer, a two-run single and tripled.

Mariners 10, Orioles 0: If a team forfeits a game they officially lose it 9-0. Which means that the O’s would’ve had a better night if they just stayed at home and watched the NBA playoffs or re-watched “Daredevil” or something. Season one, though, not season 2. That was fine, but there were too many random ninjas in it and that got kind of exhausting. A better opponent for Daredevil would’ve been Nelson Cruz, who was just as relentless as those ninjas but far more effective. Five RBI on the night for him, two via the longball, three via singles.

Phillies 3, Marlins 1: Vince Velasquez struck out ten in five innings. His only knock on the night was in the efficiency department, in that he needed 103 pitches to get through those five. It was cool though, as Phillies relievers struck out seven more Marlins batters in the final four innings. Maybe the Marlins batters were replaced with the ninjas from “Daredevil.” Or with Stormtroopers. Because they were missing everything.

Pirates 12, Braves 9: Never manager for the Braves but the same result as, for the second straight night, the Pirates jump all over the Braves early and then hold on as the Braves remember how to hit. Gregory Polanco had three doubles. John Jaso, Andrew McCutchen and Francisco Cervelli also had three hits a piece.

Rays 12, Blue Jays 2: Lotsa blowouts last night. This was one of them. The Rays jumped all over Marcus Stroman, lighting him up for seven runs in five and two-thirds. Brad Miller had three hits and three RBI. The Rays have outscored the Jays 25-4 in the first two games of this series.

Tigers 7, Twins 2: Did Brad Ausmus’ outburst on Monday night inspire the Tigers once again, suggesting he’s the right man to lead this team after all or, given that he sat out with a one-game suspension last night, did they just loosen up in his absence and play their best game in a couple of weeks, suggesting that he’s the problem and needs to be gone? Those questions will be asked, and more, on today’s episode of “Choose Your B.S. Narrative.” Only asked, not answered, because those kinds of questions are never answered. If they were, there would be no reason to ask again and a lot of sports writers would be out of a job. Anyway: Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers during the Tigers’ seven-run seventh inning.

Mets 2, Nationals 0: Syndergaard outduels Scherzer, striking out ten in seven shutout innings. He’s a beast. Bryce Harper went 0-f0r-4 and is now hitting .250 with only one extra-base hit since he told that umpire to F-off. My column on what all of this means:

Astros 6, White Sox 5: Welcome back Evan Gattis. The Astros’ long-absent DH made his return and hit a two-run homer in the 11th. Houston held on in the bottom half and won despite the White Sox’ efforts to come back on a night in which they came back a couple of times before. Rookie Tyler White hit a pair of solo homers and a double.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth before it was broken up by Ben Zobrist double. Still a nice night for the guy against one of the scariest teams in baseball. Anderson on his night:

“When you execute pitches, I feel like you can get anybody out, no matter who it is. You could put nine Ken Griffey Jr.’s out there, but if you execute pitches, it is hard to hit.”

True, but in Griffey’s defense, he turns 47 this year.

Rockies 3, Cardinals 1: The Rockies have won five straight. Here they were paced by Chad Bettis, who took a shutout into the seventh inning and [all together now] helped his own cause with an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Diamondbacks 5, Yankees 3: Michael Pineda gave up five runs on nine hits in five innings, so that’s not good. Zack Greinke was good, however, at least until the eighth when he ran out of gas. The win clinches the Diamondbacks’ first ever series win over the Yankees. Well, regular season series win. They beat them in a series back in 2001 if I remember correctly.

Dodgers 5, Angels 1: Clayton Kershaw balked Albert Pujols into scoring position in the second inning and the big guy came around to score but otherwise the Angels weren’t doing anything against him. Eight innings, that one run, 11 strikeouts, no walks. Ho-hum. Kershaw’s K/BB ratio on the the year: 88/4. I mean for cryin’ out loud.

Giants 5, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game, striking out 11, walking none and allowing only the one run as well, so I guess he was an inning better than Kershaw on the night. Brandon Crawford drove in all five of the Giants’ runs. Benches cleared here as Madison Bumgarner stared down Wil Myers after striking him out and then the two barked at each other. When asked about it after, Bumgarner said “I just wanted to be mad for a minute.” I fully expect fans and commentators to complain about his attitude and deportment for that, just like they do for Latin players who simply want to be happy for a minute when they do something good.

Hahaha, that’ll never happen.

Rougned Odor gets an eight-game suspension, Jose Bautista gets one game


Update (6:35 PM EDT, Bill Baer): Here’s the full rundown for those that want it quick:


Major League Baseball has not yet officially released its ruling, but Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Rougned Odor has received an eight-game suspension for his fight with Jose Bautista on Sunday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that he has also received a $5,000 fine. He is appealing the discipline.

Jose Bautista received a one-game suspension for his role in the fracas. With his role, primarily, being clocked on the jaw by Odor, but I guess it takes two to tango.

In addition to Odor and Bautista, Ken Rosenthal reports that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been suspended for three games for returning to the field during the brawl that followed Odor’s punch. Gibbons had been ejected earlier in the game. Also, Elvis Andrus was suspended one game for throwing a punch and Kevin Pillar.

Odor’s eight games will probably seem light to some given his pretty impressive punch to Bautista’s jaw and given how quickly footage of it went viral, but eight games for on-field incidents like this is a pretty standard sort of penalty. Personally I speculated that MLB would hit Odor harder than that given how rare actual fights are these days and given the social media reach these figurative black eyes entail these days, but at the end of the day a disciplinary act has to be relate to precedent lest it be overturned in a lengthy and unpleasant arbitration proceeding.

Cubs to sign Joe Nathan


Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are signing reliever Joe Nathan.

Nathan, 41, last pitched on Opening Day 2015 for the Tigers before going on the disabled list with a flexor strain in his right elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Over the winter it was thought that he’d be able to contribute out of the bullpen in late May or early June of this year if he has no setbacks, and none have been reported. Assuming this is a minor league deal, this is a low-risk gamble with some possible upside. UPDATE: It’s a major league deal, actually. Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that it’ll be at the major league minimum, prorated, with lots of performance incentives.

Nathan has 377 saves with a 2.89 ERA and a 967/340 K/BB ratio over 917 innings in his 15-year career.