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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Cubs 9, Brewers 2: Kyle Schwarber hit two homers and drove in four. In 31 games since his callup he’s hitting .330/.420/.621 with eight homers. It just boggles the mind how many amazing rookies baseball has this year. The Cubs have won seven in a row and stand four and a half games ahead of the next-closest team in the wild card race. Which, in addition to being good for them, is kind of good for us as we may very well get to see two win-or-go-home division title races in the NL East and West given that no wild card may be available to them. Some real old school Thunderdome stuff, baby! Two teams enter, one team leaves! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls . . . dyin’ time’s here! Bust a deal, face the wheel! Bartertown! Somebody stop me, please!

Reds 10, Dodgers 3: Billy Hamilton had a huge game, going 4-for-4 with a homer, stole a base and scored four times. He and his teammates took former Red Mat Latos to the woodshed, scoring five runs — four earned — in four and two-thirds. The Dodgers are certainly looking like a two-starting-pitcher club. Sadly, it’s gonna be hard to come up with a “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” kind of slogan for them. I mean, what in the hell rhymes with “Greinke?”

Rangers 6, Twins 5: Mitch Moreland smacked a two-run homer and drove in four. After the game manager Jeff Banister said “We’ve just got to play with the grit every day from here on out that we showed today.” Rare use of “grit” in a game when a dude knocked in four and hit a homer.

Angels 7, Royals 6: The Royals had a 5-1 lead heading into the eighth before the Angels rallied big. And here I thought six runs in the eighth and ninth inning against Royals relievers violates the laws of bullpen thermodynamics. Wade Davis was a bit rusty after not pitching for a week but, still, he’s wade Davis. And the Halos rallied off of Greg Holland too: he allowed four runs and four hits and a pair of walks without retiring a batter. It was a weird game all around, of course: Albert Pujols even played third base.

Mets 12, Rockies 3: The sweep. Curtis Granderson and Kelly Johnson each homered and drove in three and Noah Syndergaard allowed three over seven innings. That’s 11 wins in the last 13 for the Mets who now sport a four and a half game lead over the Nats.

Blue Jays 4, Athletics 2: And the Blue Jays never lost again. Mark Buehrle allowed two runs in seven innings and Ryan Goins hit a three-run homer.

Yankees 8, Indians 6: The Yankees finally break their losing streak and get out of their offensive funk. Brian McCann and Stephen Drew each homered and Brett Gardner drove in three. Their big series in Toronto starts tonight.

Pirates 10, Cardinals 5: Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer in a seven-run first inning which helped the Buccos knock Lance Lynn out of the game after only two-thirds of an inning and snap an eight-game losing streak at Busch Stadium.

Giants 3, Nationals 1: Yunel Escobar hit the first pitch of the game for a homer and then the Nats did nothing else the rest of the night. The Nats have lost three in a row and seven of eight. Two teams that need to get moving due to that wild card getting farther and farther away. Remember where you are, guys. This is Thunderdome, and death is listening, and will take the first man that screams.

The fans hit the Yankees just as hard as the Blue Jays did yesterday

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It was a rough day at the office for the Yankees yesterday. Not only did the Blue Jays beat them for the third straight game, but their fans beat up on them pretty good too. And I’m not talking about booing. I mean that they literally beat up on them.

First, after Jose Bautista’s fourth inning homer, a fan in the left field stands threw the ball back onto the field. Rather than falling harmlessly on the grass, it smacked Brett Gardner on the head on the fly:

 

Gardner got a mark on his head, but was otherwise fine. It’s easy to think of how that could have been way worse, though.

Then, in the ninth inning Mark Teixeira chased after a foul ball that was just barely making the stands along the first base line. After reaching in to make the play, a fan came booking after the loose ball and slammed into Teixeira’s arm:

 

Teixeira jawed pretty hard at the guy. As I probably would’ve too. That could’ve easily led to some sort of shoulder injury which could sink the Yankees season. All for a damn ball.

Folks: the Yankees are your team. Try not to injure them, OK?

Mike Trout’s power scored the first run, his legs help score the second. AL leads 3-1.

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Mike Trout got things going in this game with his power. He kept them going with his legs.

Clayton Kershaw came on for the NL and gave up a single to Alcides Escobar. Trout grounded into what would’ve been a double play for anyone else running, but he bolted down the line like nobody’s business and beat the throw. I can’t recall seeing anyone with that kind of hustle in an All-Star Game, at least not lately. Trout safe at first, one out.

After another out Albert Pujols walked, putting Trout on second. Then Prince Fielder came in as a pinch hitter for Nelson Cruz and singled to left. Despite a strong, strong throw from Joc Pederson, there was no getting Trout who slid home for the American League’s second run. Next up was Lorenzo Cain, who doubled to left plating Pujols. Kershaw buckled down and struck out Brett Gardner, ending the inning.

It’s now 3-1, A.L. at the end of five.