And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

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Reds 6, Athletics 4: Wild. Francisco Cordero couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth, giving up a Kevin Kouzmanoff homer to send it into extras. The Reds hit three dingers off the A’s pen in the tenth to take a 6-2 lead. Cordero then walked the first two A’s batters to start the bottom of the tenth and was yanked. The A’s end up having the bases loaded with no outs, but only score two — both on groundouts — and then Jack Cust whiffs to end the game. Thanks to the A’s massive failure, Cordero ends up getting what may be the least-deserved win by a pitcher this season.

Diamondbacks 10, Yankees 4: A.J. Burnett and his straight, deception-free fastball gets shelled by the Dbacks for seven runs on nine hits, leaving the outcome of this one without any doubt from the get-go.

Nationals 2, Royals 1: The Royals manage 11 hits but only one run thanks to two caught stealings, a pickoff and a couple of sacrifices. Viva small ball and everything, but you give away outs like that and you make even a tomato can like Livan Hernandez look good.

Manny Machado called for interference with Orlando Arcia

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Fresh off our “Manny Machado didn’t hustle” post, here’s one about him trying a little too hard. Machado was called for interference in the bottom of the fourth inning during Monday night’s NLCS Game 3 against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium. It was actually Machado’s second attempt to interfere with Orlando Arcia during the game.

In the bottom of the second, Machado led off with a single. Cody Bellinger followed up by hitting a grounder to second baseman Travis Shaw, who fed to Arcia. Machado slid towards Arcia enough to disrupt the play, allowing Bellinger to reach first base safely. The Brewers didn’t challenge, in part because Arcia didn’t attempt a throw.

Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth. Machado again leads off and again reaches base, this time with a walk. Bellinger hits another grounder. First baseman Jesús Aguilar snags the ball and fires to Arcia covering the second base bag. Machado slides into second base and reaches out with his right hand to mess with Arcia’s throw to first base. It succeeds, as Arcia’s throw skips past first base towards the dugout. Brewers manager Craig Counsell challenged the call, alleging slide interference (the “Chase Utley rule”). The umpires reviewed the play and agreed that Machado did indeed interfere with Arcia, so Bellinger was called out. What made Machado’s effort even worse is that Bellinger would’ve reached easily regardless, so there was no need to interfere with Arcia.

The Dodgers trail the Brewers 1-0 through the first half of the game. The Brewers got their run early thanks to an RBI double by Ryan Braun off of Walker Buehler in the top of the first. Jhoulys Chacín has pitched excellently for the Brewers thus far.