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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights


Cubs 2, Dodgers 0: The second no-hitter against the Dodgers in 10 days, this one courtesy of Jake Arrieta. The best part of this is that the final inning required him to strike out two past-their-prime former Phillies stars. No, wait, the best part of this was not having to listen to Curt Schilling weigh in on it as it was happening. Arrieta, for what it is worth, is now 17-6 with a 2.11 ERA on the year. The only two guys in the NL who have as good or better a shot at him for the Cy Young Award this year were watching this from the opposing team’s dugout. Our coverage of the no-no can be read here and here.

And yes, he’s wearing pajamas in this pic. Joe Maddon had one of his crazy-Joe Maddon getaway dressup days he’s famous for, which is why Arrieta had to give interviews about the biggest moment of his professional life while wearing longjohns with mustaches on them.

Blue Jays 9, Tigers 2: Four more homers for the Blue Jays including another one from the on-fire Edwin Encarnacion. That gives the Jays 184 homers on the year. That’s seven more than they had as a team all last year and it ain’t even September yet. Russell Martin after the game:

“If this isn’t the feel of a championship team, I don’t know what is. I feel like we’re great offensively, we’re great on defense, we’re pitching great, our bullpen has depth. I like what we have going right now.”

If the baseball was a 19th century melodrama, now would be the time someone would contract a case of dreaded consumption. Or maybe a dark figure would emerge from the Blue Jays’ collective past to bring shame upon them in the community, forcing them to retire to a dark room in their mansion as recluses.

Mets 5, Red Sox 4: The Mets avert a sweep. Michael Cuddyer was 3-for-3 with a walk and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh. Juan Uribe had a big hit too. If you knew nothing else about the Mets season and I told you a year ago that Uribe and Cuddyer would be big Mets offensive weapons in the second half of 2015 you’d probably assume they were 23 games out of first place or something, yet here they are.

Indians 9, Angels 2: Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam and Josh Tomlin was solid, leading the Indians to their fifth straight win. The Angels, meanwhile, have dropped three in a row, are at .500 and stand three and a half out of the second wild card position. On any other team people would be talking about Mike Scioscia being fired after the season, but I’d sooner expect Arte Moreno to force a Mike Trout trade than to see that happen.

Rays 3, Royals 2: The Rays salvage one against K.C. thanks in part to Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier homers. That was the first win by Tampa Bay over the Royals in the seven games they’ve played them this season.

Yankees 20, Braves 6: Well that was an ugly slaughter. You may think that this bothers me, but nah. I’m all-in on the Braves tanking the rest of year. They’re only two and a half games “behind” in the race for the number one pick next year. Yes, there are four teams “ahead” of them and it’s always hard to “climb” over that many teams in the season’s final month, but I have “confidence” in this “baseball team.”

Nationals 7, Marlins 4: Jayson Werth homered and drove in three and the Nats came back after being down by three to in by three. Three three three three.

Padres 9, Phillies 4: James Shields got the win. It was his first road win since May. Hey, I wouldn’t want to leave San Diego if I lived there either, so it’s hard to blame him. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte all hit homers as the Padres avoid a season sweep by the Phillies. Which would’ve been a somewhat more dubious proposition than the Rays being swept for the season by the Royals.

Rockies 5, Pirates 0: Jorge De La Rosa tossed six shutout innings and struck out seven. The Rockies scored their runs on a double, a triple and a two-run throwing error by Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton. That’s a homer, a single and a bases-loaded walk short of the dubious outing cycle.

White Sox 6, Mariners 5: The White Sox tied it in the ninth thanks in part to to a Brad Miller throwing error and than walked it off in the eleventh inning with a Tyler Saladino RBI single. David Robertson tossed two scoreless innings in relief and got the win. That’ll be the upper right hand story in the Closer Newsletter this week. Subscribers will be thrilled with that tale of transgression, adventure and the limits of human endurance.

Brewers 4, Reds 1: Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings. Of course these days your aunt Tilly could pitch seven strong innings against the Reds. Do people have aunt Tillys anymore? Did they ever?

Twins 7, Astros 5: Ervin Santana struck out ten Astros in seven shutout innings and got the win even though his bullpen tried to sabotage him in the ninth, allowing a five-run Astros rally. Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano homered. Sano is hitting .287/.398/.591 on the year with 13 homers in only 49 games. That’s something like a 42 homer pace for a full season. Sano is 22-years-old.

Rangers 6, Orioles 0:Derek Holland is giving the Rangers exactly what they need as they push for the wild card. Here he struck out 11 in a three-hit complete game shutout. Baltimore is now closer to Boston and Detroit in the AL standings than they are to the second wild card.

Cardinals 7, Giants 5: Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and Mark Reynolds all hit homers as the Giants drop two of three to the Cardinals. A lot of people are talking about how the Dodgers are a struggling mess, and they sort of are, but the Giants aren’t exactly taking advantage of it.

Athletics 7, Diamondbacks 4: Marcus Semien hit a two-run bases loaded single with two outs in the top of the 11th. Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher, got his first ever major league win.

Carlos Correa out fourth straight game with hamstring injury

Carlos Correa

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa hasn’t appeared in a game since Tuesday night due to discomfort in his left hamstring. And he’s apparently still hobbled.

Correa is out of the Astros’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Twins due to what’s now being described as a hamstring strain, per Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.

This is probably a case of the ‘Stros playing it safe with a young star. They do have a four-game lead in the American League West standings and Correa has been pushed hard over the last three months.

Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop and batting second Sunday versus Twins right-hander Ervin Santana.

Look for the 20-year-old Correa to return to action early this week. He’s slashing .278/.347/.510 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI, and 11 stolen bases through his first 68 major league games.

Ervin Santana calls Yankees Stadium “a joke” after giving up two homers yesterday

Ervin Santana

Greg Bird took Ervin Santana downtown twice yesterday, and that’s what cost the Twins the game. After the game, Santana had this to say about the homers he gave up. One of which he gives Bird credit for, the other he does not:

“The other one was a very good pitch, out and way, and he just hit it very good,” the pitcher said. “I know, probably in another park that’s a double. But here, it’s a joke.”

Maybe Yankee Stadium is a bit too homer friendly. After all, in the seven seasons the new Yankee Stadium has been open the Yankees have hit 166 more homers at home than on the road. Right field does seem to be a bit of an easier poke now than it used to be.

But in this specific instance Santana is nuts. Bird’s first homer went an estimated 384 feet and reached the second deck. It’d be out in every park in baseball:

His second one was even longer:


It was estimated at 420 feet and went to the back of the bullpen. Again, out in every park with the possible — and I mean only possible — exception of those couple of parks who have deep center fields or right-center alleys like AT&T and Minute Maid parks. It’s certainly out in any version of Yankee Stadium.

Of course, Santana is 0-4 for his career with a 8.14 ERA and has given up six homers in four career starts in new Yankee Stadium, so you can imagine his thoughts on the place are something less than rational.

David Price makes his Toronto debut this afternoon

David Price

You have a few minutes to find a TV set which picks up the Twins-Jays game at 1pm Eastern if you want to see David Price make his debut for the Toronto Blue Jays.

It’s a day game because it’s a holiday in Canada. Which specific holiday it is depends on your province — this is pretty complicated, actually — but if you’re not in Canada it’s only important because it means afternoon baseball on a Monday, and that’s always a nice treat.

Price will face off against the Ervin Santana and a Twins team he has handled pretty well so far this season. On the year he’s 3-0 in three starts and has only given up three earned runs in 23 innings while striking out 20 and only walking five. Not a bad matchup for his first day on the job at the new office.

Ervin Santana is pitching well for the Twins since returning from his 80-game PED suspension

Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana signing the biggest free agent contract in Twins history at $55 million over four years and then getting suspended 80 games for a performance-enhancing drug before throwing a pitch was … well, let’s say less than ideal for Minnesota.

However, since returning from his suspension three weeks ago Santana has pitched very well for the Twins. He’s thrown scoreless ball in back-to-back starts, blanking the A’s for 7.2 innings last Friday and shutting out the Angels for eight innings yesterday.

Overall in four post-suspension starts Santana is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio in 27.2 innings while holding opponents to a .196 batting average. Of course, if he continues to pitch well and helps the Twins reach the playoffs after four straight 90-loss seasons Santana won’t be eligible to pitch in the postseason due to the new suspension rules.