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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights



Giants 3, Astros 1: Madison Bumgarner doing Madison Bumgarner things. Allowing one run in a complete game in which he struck out 12. He only threw 105 pitches too, which is hard to do when you strike out that many guys. In support, Belt belted two homers. I’m sure no one has ever used the “Belt/belt” combination with him before. My use of it there was totally novel, I guarantee it.

Blue Jays 4, Athletics 2: Blue Jays fans, for good reason, are getting excited:

Toronto is just a half game back of the Yankees. They were seven back of the Yankees on July 28. I finally submitted that passport application on Monday, so go ahead and make the World Series, Toronto. I’m totally prepared for it.

Indians 5, Yankees 4: Michael Brantley hits a walkoff single in the sixteenth inning. That’s four straight losses for New York. The four runs, though, is something of an offensive outburst for them lately so, um, progress?

Marlins 5, Red Sox 4: The Sox had a 4-0 lead in the sixth and blew it. Which seems to have happened to them a number of times recently. In the tenth Dee Gordon tripled to lead off and then scored on a walk-off single by Justin Bour. After the game Marlins starter Justin Nicolino said this:

“Guys like David Ortiz and (Pablo) Sandoval and growing up watching them was really cool, but actually getting to facing them and seeing them in the batter’s box was pretty cool, too.”

The other day I felt old when someone mentioned their dad liking Bartolo Colon. But for cryin’ out loud, Ortiz didn’t even play 100 games in a season until 2000. Sandoval debuted in 2008. Kids are ruining this game for the rest of us, quite frankly.

White Sox 3, Angels 0: Carlos Rodon struck out 11 Angels in seven shutout innings and Melky Cabrera doubled in a couple of runs. Trayce Thompson hit his first career home run. If you had asked me who “Trayce Thompson” was before this game I probably would’ve said “Um, the woman who replaced Vicki Lawrence as Carol Burnett’s second banana when Lawrence left for her own variety show?” Which is just wrong, as she stayed with Carol until the end, God bless her. Fun Fact: Vicki Lawrence also appeared on “The Love Boat” in five different episodes as five different characters. TV was way different back then, you guys. You know, way before Justin Nicolino was born.

Mets 4, Rockies 0: There were a few starts in there a little while back when people were worrying about Matt Harvey. They need not have worried. Here he shut out Colorado for eight innings on four hits and didn’t walk anyone. In fact, it’s the third straight start in which he hasn’t walked anyone.


Rays 2, Braves 0: Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings of shutout ball and that was basically that. Braves starter Williams Perez tossed a complete game loss. You don’t see a ton of those these days.

Cubs 6, Brewers 3: Chicago has won 11 of 12. With this win and the Pirates’ loss they’re only two and a half behind Pittsburgh for the first Wild Card. Not that that matters a ton, but jeez, a home playoff game for the Cubs in 2015? Could you even imagine that a year ago?

Royals 6, Tigers 1: I had my brother visiting from last Saturday until this morning. He is nominally a Tigers fans and has been since he was a kid, but he has sort of let baseball go in the past decade or so and is really just a hardcore hockey fan now. Yesterday we were in the car for two hours coming back from a trip to an amusement park with the kids and he decided to quiz me about how the Tigers are doing. He is generally aware that they aren’t doing good this year, but wasn’t sure why. When I got to the part about the bullpen he said “is Phil Coke still there?” My first impulse was to laugh. My second impulse was to think “heck, maybe he’d help these guys? Maybe he could even start!” At any rate, they lost again, with Lorenzo Cain going 4-for-4 and homering and Mike Moustakas homering and driving in three. K.C.’s lead in the division is a silly 12 games.

Twins 3, Rangers 2: The Twins may be sliding out of the playoff picture, but they’re not packing it in like some teams we could mention. Here they showed some late fight, scoring all three of their runs in the eighth and ninth inning, capped by Eduardo Escobar’s two-out double in the ninth. Making the playoffs this year was never expected and that they contended as long as they did was a nice surprise, but certainly give them credit for showing some fight and being generally entertaining.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 3: Another of many comeback wins last night as the Cards rallied when down 3-1 in the fifth behind a Jason Heyward RBI single and an RBI double from Yadier Molina. Stephen Piscotty singled in the go-ahead run. Meanwhile Carlos Martinez got stronger as the game went on, pitching eight solid innings. The Cards maintain a six-game lead in the Central.

Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 1: There are some things you just don’t come back from and an 11-run second inning is one of those things. The Dbacks rocked David Buchanan like a hurricane for all 11 of those runs. Not that they needed them all as Jeremy Hellickson allowed only one run in eight. David Peralta hit a grand slam. Hellickson himself went 2-for-3 and drove in three. The 7-8-9 hitters in Arizona’s lineup went 7-for-13 with seven driven in.

Mariners 6, Orioles 5: Austin Jackson singled in the winning run in the tenth. Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo homered. Cruz’s homer extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games, which is tied for the longest in baseball this season.

Dodgers 5, Nationals 0: The Yasiel Puig show: he tripled with the bases loaded and hit a two-run homer, driving in all five of the Dodgers’ runs. Zack Greinke, meanwhile, recovered from his last rocky start to shut out the Nats for six innings. Puig’s triple should’ve probably been a fly out or, at the very least, should’ve scored one run, as it was a shallow fly down the right field line that Clint Robinson misplayed badly. But that’s how the Nats are rolling these days.

Padres 11, Reds 6: Colin Rea made his MLB debut, pitched well and got a hit. Hard to beat that. And staked to an 8-0 lead after two innings, he could relax some too. Jedd Gyorko drove in two for him, singling home two runs in the first and hitting a two-run homer in the second.


Jason Heyward and the Cardinals have not talked extension

Jason Heyward

St. Louis gave up a lot to get one season of Jason Heyward, sending Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta for the impending free agent outfielder and reliever Jordan Walden.

In the past the Cardinals have had success acquiring a short-term player and signing him to a long-term contract extension before he hits the open market, but it doesn’t sound like that will be happening with Heyward.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Heyward and reports that “there have not been substantive talks about an extension” and “there’s been no pressure from either side to hasten a deal.”

Heyward has had a good but not great season, starting slow and playing well recently on the way to hitting .286 with nine homers, 18 steals, and a .772 OPS to go with his always outstanding defense in right field. At age 26 he’s in line for a big payday and the Cardinals will receive draft pick compensation if he turns down a qualifying offer to sign elsewhere.

Heyward has talked repeatedly about how much he likes playing in St. Louis and certainly seems very interested in remaining there beyond this season, but it’s possible that both sides want to see what his market looks like as a free agent before making a commitment.

Cardinals leaning toward exercising Jaime Garcia’s $11.5 million club option for 2016

Jaime Garcia

As recently as mid-May, it looked like a foregone conclusion that this would be Jaime Garcia’s final season in a Cardinals uniform. He made only seven starts in 2014 and opened 2015 on the disabled list with lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder. But the 29-year-old joined the Cardinals’ rotation on May 21 and has registered a 1.77 ERA across 66 innings. He missed more time in June and July with a groin injury, but Garcia is back to full strength now and delivered seven scoreless innings Saturday in St. Louis’ 3-0 defeat of the Brewers.

This all has the Cardinals front office reconsidering Garcia’s $11.5 million club option for the 2016 season …

Garcia, owner of a 3.32 career ERA, also carries a $12 million club option for the 2017 season.

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia went seven scoreless innings and rookie outfielder Stephen Piscotty hit a pair of RBI singles as the Cardinals bested the Brewers 3-0 on Saturday night at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Garcia now holds a 1.77 ERA through 66 innings (10 starts) this season and the Cardinals’ pitching staff has combined for 36 straight scoreless frames.

They’ve rattled off three shutouts in a row.

St. Louis stands 71-39 with a six-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central standings. Sunday afternoon’s series finale in Milwaukee pits veteran John Lackey against Jimmy Nelson.

Lackey is sporting the best ERA (2.85) of his illustrious 13-year major league career.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0

Astros 1, Athletics 2

Giants 6, Cubs 8

Dodgers 5, Pirates 6

Rangers 11, Mariners 3 (11 innings)

Mets 4, Rays 5

Rockies 1, Nationals 6

Red Sox 6, Tigers 7

White Sox 6, Royals 7

Cardinals 3, Brewers 0

Twins 4, Indians 17

Marlins 2, Braves 7

Reds 4, Diamondbacks 1

Phillies 4, Padres 2

Orioles 5, Angels 0

Cardinals notch third straight shutout, now have thrown 36 consecutive scoreless innings as a team

Jaime Garcia

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia tossed seven shutout innings against the Brewers on Saturday. The act was followed by one scoreless inning apiece from Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal, putting the finishing touches on a 3-0 win.

Saturday’s win is their third consecutive shutout and runs their team-wide consecutive scoreless innings streak to 36 innings. They last gave up a run on August 5 in the fourth inning to the Reds in a 13-inning victory.

The Cardinals entered play Saturday with baseball’s best starting rotation ERA at 2.78 and baseball’s best bullpen ERA at 2.28. Now 71-39, the Cardinals also own baseball’s best record by a considerable margin — 5.5 games over the Royals and Pirates.