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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


Maybe the most boring ATH of the year. Really, every game was “pitcher pitches OK but not dominant and he got enough offense but no one truly went hog wild.” I’d say it made my choice to watch TV instead of baseball last night a good one, but the TV I decided to watch was, finally, the season finale of “True Detective” and that was a total disaster. So what I’m saying is that Monday night was super lame. Anyway:

Yankees 8, Twins 7: The Yankees loaded the bases in the tenth with no one out, so the Twins went to a pulled-in, five-man infield. Chase Headley grounded sharply to Eduardo Nunez. Should’ve been at least an out at home, maybe a double play even. Nope: Nunez bobbled it and it turned into a walkoff groundout. Brian McCann had a big game: he homered, drove in five and hit a tenth inning double which put two men on and inspired Paul Molitor to load the bases for Headley. The play of the game everyone wanted to talk about, though, was the comebacker to Bryan Mitchell’s face. It was scary, but he ended up with “only” a broken nose and was back in the dugout by the end of the game.

Cardinals 2, Giants 1: Michael Wacha was dominant and Stephen Piscotty tripled and scored in the eighth. After the game reporters asked Wacha if this was some sort of atonement for giving up the walkoff homer to the Giants in Game 5 of last year’s NLCS. Wacha: “Everyone tries to amp it up and make a story out of it, but I was just trying to approach it just like another game.” Irresistible force: reporters trying to fashion narratives. Immovable object: players taking it one day at a time. It’s the eternal struggle.

Orioles 4, Athletics 2: The O’s complete the sweep in a series that wrapped around until Monday which is, basically, against the laws of both God and Man. Steve Clevenger hit a three-run homer. In Sunday’s rout he had four hits. Not bad for a dude who just got called up on Friday. The A’s seven-game road trip comes to an end. They went 0-7 on it. Tonight they’re back west but they have to face Clayton Kershaw, so that’s great for them.

Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 1: Jeremy Hellickson beats Gerrit Cole by pitching one-run ball into the sixth and with the help of his own RBI single and a Jake Lamb homer. Five relievers followed Hellickson because that’s 21st century baseball.

Indians 8, Red Sox 2: Danny Salazar had his fourth straight start in which he’s given up one run or less and Lonnie Chisenhall had a solo homer and three RBI. A five-run fourth inning off of Matt Barnes.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3: The Fernando Rodney Experience was in action in the ninth as the Mariners closer gave up two bunt singles, hit a dude and then walked in the winning run. Kudos to Lloyd McClendon for using his closer on the road in a tie game, which goes against The Book. Unfortunately his closer is Fernando Rodney. UPDATE: Forgot that Rodney got demoted. Never mind then. It was a poop-show all around. The Rangers are now only a half game behind the Angles for second place in the AL West and one game out of the second wild card spot.

Marlins 6, Brewers 2: The Marlins win for the fifth time in seven games. Justin Nicolino pitched into the seventh and Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home. Dee Gordon had two hits, two RBI, scored a run and stole a base.

Rays 9, Astros 2: Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three. Fun fact: the Rays have a better record than the Washington Nationals.

Angels 2, White Sox 1: C.J. Cron and Albert Pujols each homered and Andrew Heaney allowed one run over six. Carlos Rondon tossed a complete game loss. That’s at least the second time one of those has happened in a week or so.

Padres 5, Braves 3: Colin Rea won his first big league start last week and wins his second big league start here. Only 509 to catch Cy Young. The Padres scored three runs on four hits off Braves pitcher William Perez in the second inning so he had some breathing room.


Albert Pujols will not make his return to St. Louis in 2016

Albert Pujols

Given that the NL Central and AL West are matched up in non-rivalry intergleague games next season, it was anticipated that the Angels would visit St. Louis at some point and that Albert Pujols would make his return to Busch Stadium. It was so anticipated that the Cardinals were even going to plan a bunch of special things for the occasion.

Nope. Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports that a near-finalized 2016 schedule doesn’t have the Angels going to St. Louis. Rather, the Cards will host Texas, Oakland and Houston. Oh, and none of the nine Cubs-Cardinals game in St. Louis will take place on weekends. His full report is here.

Making the schedule is difficult. There are so many variables that I can’t even begin to understand how they’d be able to ensure that a specific player-driven thing be added to the algorithms and formulas and whatnot. Still, kind of a bummer that Pujols won’t get to visit the Cardinals.

Angels demote Matt Shoemaker to Triple-A Salt Lake

Matt Shoemaker

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker burst onto the scene in 2014 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings, but his past minor league numbers suggested he was pitching way over his head and that idea has proven accurate in 2015.

Shoemaker was officially optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday after allowing six earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Royals. The 28-year-old right-hander has a rough 4.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 105/30 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 total frames this season at the major league level.

His regression has been a pain for the Halos, who currently trail the Astros by 2 1/2 games in the AL West standings. Anaheim does have a slight hold on the second AL Wild Card spot.