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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights


Nationals 8, Yankees 6: Down by four after four and a half innings, the Nats chipped back and then won the whole dang thing on a Ryan Zimmerman two-run walkoff homer in the tenth inning. Bryce Harper homered too. It was his 15th, which leads the NL. Washington is now 13-4 in May and are tied for first place in the NL East. So much for all of that April hand-wringing.

Cardinals 10, Mets 2: Not gonna say that this was a laugher, but Cardinals lefty specialist Randy Choate actually had a plate appearance here. Drew a walk! The guy has played for 15 years. This was just his sixth plate appearance ever — his first since 2004 — and the first time he has ever reached base. I wonder if anyone gave him a GPS in order to find first. Randy Grichuk drove in three and every Cardinals starter had a hit except for Matt Holliday.

Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 2: A.J. Pollock hit a pinch-hit, tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth. The righty Pollock hit it off of lefty Mike Dunn. Chip Hale said after the game that Pollock would not have been used as a pinch hitter if the Marlins had a righty up in the pen, ready to bring in to face Pollock:

“We were watching the pen real carefully and there was no righty up at the time,” Hale said. “That was the only way I was going to use him for Peralta. If there had been a righty up I probably wouldn’t have done it.”

After the game, new Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that he had his lefty face Pollock because he “went with the gut feeling.” That gut, at that point in time, had less than two full games’ managerial experience in it.

Twins 8, Pirates 5: A lot of weird things here. Like, in the second, Joe Mauer came up with the bases loaded and poked a single through the left side. Just a weak rolling grounder hit the opposite way. And it cleared the dang bases:

Clint Hurdle’s comments about that play after the game were harsh, but fair:

Oh, and Pedro Alvarez hit a home run into the Allegheny River on the fly. And it landed in a boat. For real:

461 feet.

Angels 3, Blue Jays 2: Hector Santiago has started eight games this year. In six of them, this one included, he has allowed one earned run or fewer. Not too shabby. Especially given how well the Blue Jays have hit left-handers this year.

Brewers 8, Tigers 1: Six runs in the third inning for the Brewers, thanks in part to back-to-back-to-back homers from Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez. Note: you can hit back-to-back-to-back homers, but three guys can’t stand back-to-back-to-back. Physically impossible. Baseball is a funny game.

Orioles 9, Mariners 4: Jimmy Paredes homered and drove in four. Paredes has reached base in 20 straight games. His big game came at a good time too, as last year’s DH, Nelson Cruz, was in town. He homered, but the local fans had no reason to long for him last night.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 3: The otherwise slumping Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. David Ortiz homered too and Wade Miley pitched well (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7K), which hasn’t happened too often lately.

Rays 5, Braves 3: The Rays took advantage of Braves starter Mike Foltzynewicz to the tune of eight hits, a walk and five runs in five innings. He struck out seven, but the stuff I said about him last week still holds. The Rays have won five of seven.

Indians 3, White Sox 1: Trevor Bauer snapped the White Sox’ winning streak by pitching one-run ball into the eighth and striking out seven. He has made three starts against Chicago this year and has owned them completely.

Royals 3, Reds 0: Yordano Ventura, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined for a four-hit shutout. This after the Royals shut out their last opponent, the Yankees, on Sunday. Johnny Cueto took the loss and is now 3-4. He has received a total of two runs of support in those four losses. He’s probably going to be dealt at the deadline. I’m guessing he can’t wait.

Astros 6, Athletics 4: Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus each hit two-run homers. Houston has the best record in the American League and Oakland has lost five of six.

Rockies 6, Phillies 5: Philly’s six-game winning streak is over, as Nick Hundley hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth. The Rockies, despite the win, struck out ten times. That’s the seventh straight game in which they’ve done that. According to the gamer, that’s one shy of the record, currently held by the 2011 San Diego Padres.

Padres 4, Cubs 3: James Shields got a no-decision, but he struck out 11 while allowing two runs in seven innings, outdueling Jason Hammel. Derek Norris hit a two-run double in the eighth to break a tie. Former University of San Diego player Kris Bryant made his return to town and went 1-for4.

Giants 2, Dodgers 0: Six and a third shutout innings for Tim Hudson as the Giants win their fourth in a row. They’re three and a half back in the west. Which is fairly interesting.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Alex Rodriguez


Yankees 4, Orioles 3:

According to numerous baseball sources, the hip surgery Rodriguez is now recovering from will likely derail his playing career, leaving him in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement. He still has five years and $114 million left on his contract.

“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” said a baseball official.

“If he did that, he’d be a part-time player and presumably unable to achieve any of the incentive clauses in the contract or even the milestones.”

Twins 6, Athletics 5: The game story says “An impromptu dance party broke out in the Minnesota Twins clubhouse after their latest victory.” Given that this is the first time they’ve been three games over .500 in five years, I’m going to assume they were dancing to “California Gurls” or “Tik Tok” or something.

Rangers 5, Rays 4: Four in a row for Texas. The Rays could’ve been out of the second inning with the score tied at 0-0, but with two outs, Chris Archer struck out Rougned Odor, the pitch went wild and Odor made it to first base. Right after that Archer walked in two runs in a row and then gave up a two-run single. Great Moments in Keeping One’s Composure, I guess.

Diamondbacks 11, Padres 0: That there is a good, old-fashioned butt-kicking. Tuffy Gosewich hit three doubles and drove in four. It’s almost like his team signing a catcher earlier in the day lit a fire under him. By the way, between the composure thing with Chris Archer and the motivation thing with Gosewich, I’m deep in the narrative woods here. I realize that. But as the A-Rod excerpt from above has taught me, it’s way easier to just make up your own reality. Hell, you can win a Spink Award if you do it.

Dodgers 14, Brewers 4: The Joc Pederson unit must be malfunctioning: he didn’t hit any home runs and actually singled. The Yasmani Grandal unit is working just fine, though: 4-for-4, two homers and eight RBI. At the moment: Grandal: .301/.414/.534 with four homers; Matt Kemp: .292/.328/.417 with one homer. Give me a few minutes to come up with some story about why that is, too. I bet I can.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 1: John Lackey was dominant, striking out ten and allowing one run in seven and two-thirds. He also drove in a run [all together now] helping his own cause. The long start saving the bullpen some work was key here, as the Cards’ pen has been worked a lot lately. Which is the real issue with the Adam Wainwright injury. Attrition. One less starter who is likely to pitch deep into games, wearing down the staff over time. If Lackey can be the guy who pitches eight innings on the regs, it’ll go a long way toward making up for the loss of the team’s ace.

Tigers 4, White Sox 1: Kyle Lobstein scattered five hits, pitching seven and two-thirds himself. In Detroit it’s less about saving the bullpen and more about doing whatever is humanly possible to avoid having to use it. So, good show, Kyle.

Royals 7, Indians 4: Cory Kluber is 0-5 now. I know won-loss records of pitchers ain’t worth a diddly durn, but man. Eric Hosmer hit a homer drove in three. He’s hitting .324/.403/.565 on the year. It feels like he’s been around forever and that he’s never fulfilled all that potential he had back when he was a prospect. But he’s still just 25. If he’s breaking out now, it’s like the Royals added an All-Star bat or something.

Pirates 7, Reds 2: Seeing Andrew McCutchen go 3-for-4 after his slow start has to be encouraging. Seeing their five-game losing streak end has to be even more encouraging. Pittsburgh notched 11 hits and had 18 baserunners.

Astros 3, Angels 2: After two straight nights in which the Angels walked off the opposition, they were on the bad end of some ninth inning magic. Lost in the Wednesday night walkoff was the fact that Huston Street blew a lead. He did it again here.

Marlins 7, Giants 2:Dan Haren drove in two runs, scored two runs and pitched shutout ball into the seventh. Tim Hudson gave up six runs on 15 — 15! — hits in six and two-thirds. You don’t see starting pitchers stay in long enough to give up 15 hits very often.

Video: Giants win when batted ball hits Angels’ runner for the final out

Tim Hudson

Tim Hudson pitched eight effective innings for the Giants, but his bullpen was in the process of taking him out of the running for the win when Lady Luck helped out on defense.

Hudson started the ninth inning, but issued a lead-off walk to Collin Cowgill, so manager Bruce Bochy took him out and brought in Sergio Romo. Romo allowed a one-out single to Mike Trout to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Albert Pujols, who had homered earlier in the game. Romo struck him out.

With the left-handed-hitting Kole Calhoun coming to the plate, Bochy brought in southpaw Jeremy Affeldt. Affeldt, however, gave up an RBI single to Calhoun, which brought the Angels closer at 5-3. Closer Santiago Casilla then came in to try to end the threat. David Freese singled to center to bring in another run, making it 5-4. Taylor Featherston came in as a pinch-runner for Freese at first base.

The Angels were, then, down by one run with runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the ninth. Matt Joyce swung at Casilla’s first offering, a 92 MPH fastball. The Giants were shifted to the right side, but none of their three infielders on that side had a chance to make a play on the ball as it hit Featherston. By rule, Featherston was out and the game ended. Second baseman Joe Panik, played in right field, probably could have made a play on it, but there was always the chance he misplayed it in some fashion. It’s certainly one of the more unconventional ways with which to win a ballgame.