And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0: Brett Lawrie’s 11th inning walkoff homer was the game’s only run. This kid is fairly fantastic. And he was born, like, seven months before the first Gulf War. And based on that pic, doesn’t have much in the way of confidence issues.

White Sox 2, Twins 1, White Sox 4, Twins 0: Phil Humber pitched seven scoreless in the first game. Zach Stewart nearly threw the perfecto in the second. I don’t intend to take anything away from either of those guys in saying this, but hoo-boy, the Twins can’t hit.

Phillies 9, Braves 0:  Oh, I get it. I now know why Chipper Jones said he wasn’t afraid of the Phillies. He was out of the lineup last night and didn’t have to play against them. The rest of the Braves squad was apparently terrified of Cliff Lee. And for good reason.

Yankees 11, Orioles 10: Brian Matusz and Freddy Garcia left it in the locker room and this one turned into an offensive orgy. Rookie Jesus Montero did, um, whatever the person who can say they had the best time at the orgy does, hitting two home runs.  No, I had no idea where that analogy was going when I started it and, in hindsight, I probably should have just deleted and started over.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: I watched part of this. There was a lot of crowd noise, but I’m pretty sure I heard this part, referring to the NL Central race, come through loud and clear.

Royals 11, Athletics 6: Tied at six entering the ninth, the Royals erupted for five runs to win it going away. Billy Butler hit two homers. The win prevents the Royals from being mathematically eliminated. Will they keep it up and make an unprecedented run at the AL Central title?!!  No! But the suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last.

Giants 7, Padres 2: San Francisco has a less laughable case at still being in a race, but it’s not a particularly strong one either. But they looked swell yesterday, with Madison Bumgarner striking out 13 in eight and a third. True, it came against the Padres and they couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat, but let’s let the Giants have this one.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7: And we can let the Giants have that one, but we can’t make too much of it because the Diamondbacks just aren’t all that interested in losing baseball games anymore. They’ve won 12 of 13 games and maintain a seven game lead. Justin Upton homered. Paul Goldschmidt drove in three.

Rays 5, Rangers 1: I’m pretty sure James Shields was a starting pitcher in the early 1970s but was kidnapped by some evil scientist and transported to modern times to test the effects of a pitcher throwing multiple complete games on an unsuspecting populace. Results: our minds are completely blown. Shields throws his 11th CG. A four hitter, with the only run allowed scoring on a groundout in the ninth.

Angels 7, Mariners 3: And Anaheim gains a game. They’re now two and a half back of Texas.

Cubs 4, Reds 3: Matt Garza gave up one earned run in seven and two-thirds. Two unearned runs because the Cubs defense is butt, but we’ve all come to expect that. Dontrelle Willis is now 0-5 since his return to the bigs.

Tigers 4, Indians 2: Doug Fister struck out 13 and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth that was all the Tigers ended up needing.

Pirates 3, Astros 1: James McDonald allowed one run in seven and a third innings. Seven and a third dreary, drizzly innings. Rainy baseball on cool days late in the season between two teams that are way the hell out of the race make me very, very sad. Summer’s almost gone. Almost gone. Almost gone. Where will we be … when the summer’s gone?

Nationals 7, Dodgers 2: Two homers for Mike Morse and one a piece for  Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. Morse has a line of .315/.369/.562 with 26 homers and 83 driven in. And no one ever really talks about him.

Marlins 9, Mets 3: It’s always fun to see the annual “Javier Vazquez makes a late season run of good starts in meaningless games, thereby fooling someone into giving him another contract” event gaining steam.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Red Sox clinch the AL East and they do it as Mookie Betts, I presume, clinches the AL MVP Award. He has a strong case for it on the merits, but his three-run homer in the eighth in the division-clinching game, in a week in which he was hobbled by an injury, are the sprinkles the voters like to see on top of that MVP cake. (See Jones, Chipper, 1999). Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt each hit homers as well. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam in a losing cause. The Yankees loss also drops them to a mere game and a half above the A’s for the top Wild Card slot because . . .

Athletics 21, Angels 3: . . . Oakland romped in a game that was . . . something less than competitive. Marcus Semien had three hits and drove in five while Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four. Angels Catcher Francisco Arcia pitched the last two innings. He gave up three runs but he also hit a homer, which I’ll call a “net two” in my wholly invented plus/minus system for two-way players. That made him better than three of the other Angels pitchers yesterday, none of whom had the chance —  or the guts! — to bat. Look for the Calcaterra Plus/Minus System to be adopted widely in the coming years. It’ll come in handy literally tens of times. Maybe.

Blue Jays 9, Rays 8: The Rays led this one 9-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Jaime Schultz and Sergio Romo could not hold that lead, giving up three home runs in the final frame, including Justin Smoak‘s walkoff blast. Danny Jansen hit a three-run shot in the ninth and Lourdes Gurriel hit a two-run shot. As I noted the other day, Tampa Bay has been surging in the past month or so. Surging so much that they had even entered the fringes of the Wild Card discussion, pulling to within five and a half games as of yesterday morning. This gut-punch loss, however, drops them back to six and a half back with ten games to play.

Braves 8, Phillies 3Kevin Gausman allowed three runs in six and a third innings and Lucas Duda hit a pinch-hit double to drive in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and give Atlanta the win. Coming into yesterday’s action, the Braves led the Phillies by five and a half. Daunting, but since the two teams had seven matchups against one another in the season’s final eleven days, Philly had a puncher’s chance. They needed to win most of these matchups and otherwise hold serve, but it could be done. Now, one day later, it’s that much harder. Indeed, If Atlanta takes two of three this weekend, it’s all over.

Mets 5, Nationals 4: The Mets blew an early three-run lead, built thanks to homers from Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce. Max Scherzer settled down after that, however, and ended up striking out 13 Mets in seven innings of work. The Nationals still trailed but came back from a two-run deficit in the eighth inning to force extras. That’s all the scoring they’d do, though, and their old friend Jose Lobaton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th to give New York the win. Between him, Dusty Baker and a bunch of relievers they case off, the Nationals have a whole army of departed Force Ghosts watching them from the sidelines like Yoda and Obi-Wan watched Luke. Except, of course, they’re watching the Nationals face plant as opposed to triumph.

White Sox 5, Indians 4Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th to give the White Sox the win. Sox reliever Hector Sanchez pitched three scoreless innings to end the game. It was the White Sox’ first win in Cleveland this year in nine tries.

Tigers 11, Royals 8: Christin Stewart hit two homers — career homers number one and number two — drew a bases-loaded walk and drove in six in all. It was the most RBI a Tigers player has had in a game in 11 years. Given that those 11 years covered Miguel Cabrera‘s prime, that’s quite a trick. It was only Stewart’s 11th career game. He’ll remember it for the rest of his life.

Reds 4, Marlins 2: Cody Reed pitched six shutout innings — picking up his first win as a starter — and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled as the Reds take the first game of a four-game series in Miami. Question: will this be the least-attended four-game series in baseball this year? It’s gotta be in the top five.