And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee stood to lose yet another one, as he and the Phillies were down 2-0 entering the seventh, but three runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings saved his bacon. First win of the year for Lee.

Marlins 7, Brewers 6: On Tuesday Milwaukee beat Miami in ten so yesterday Miami returned the favor. I didn’t see if Ozzie Guillen unleashed an expletive-filled rant after this one too. Yes, I know they won. It could have been expletives of joy.

Pirates 6, Astros 4: Seven of eight for the Pirates who are quite happy being in first place. Michael McKenry and Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs apiece.

Orioles 4, Mariners 2: Chris Tillman made his first start of the year and was outstanding: Two runs — both unearned — on two hits in eight and a third. But, well, Mariners.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 1: This game looked boring based on the box score, so what I really want to know is whether the people of Canada viewed the Royals wearing hats with the camouflage logos as an act of international aggression.

Cubs 5, Braves 1: Can the Braves rewind the season, regain Randall Delgado’s big time prospect status and trade him for Zack Greinke then? I somehow feel like that would have been a good move and would have led to a better season. Homers for  Bryan LaHair, Jeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2: David Ortiz hit his 400th homer, but Oakland sweeps the Sox. Brandon Moss had three hits including a dinger. Overall he was 6 for 8 with five RBIs and three runs scored against his old club in this series.

Cardinals 4, Rockies 1: Adam Wainwright allowed one run over six innings on eight hits. I am contractually obligated to note that, because it was eight hits in six innings, those hits were scattered.

Indians 12, Angels 3: Ervin Santana was rocked like a hurricane, allowing eight runs on six hits in an inning and a third. Three-run homers by Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman.

Yankees 4, Rays 3: Alex Rodriguez drew a bases loaded walk off Kyle Farnsworth, who was making his second appearance of the year. Joe Maddon after the game:

“Kyle Farnsworth is a big part of our present and our future. For us to get to the promised land, he’s got to perform well, which he shall. I’ve never seen him do that before …”

I guess Joe Maddon just met Farnsworth, like, yesterday.

Nationals 9, Giants 4: Madison Bumgarner got shelled, allowing seven runs on nine hits in five innings. The Nationals hit four homers and Ryan Zimmerman drove in three.

White Sox 5, Rangers 4: Kevin Youkilis worked Mike Adams for nine pitches in the bottom of the 10th inning with a man on and then served one to left field for the walkoff. The crowd cried “Yooooooouk!”  Youkilis is six for his last 14 with a homer and six driven in.

Padres 8, Diamondbacks 6:  Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer. Four of his six hits have been home runs. Have we ever had a Three True Outcomes catcher before? I suppose Grandal has to take a walk before get on that subject, but let’s keep it in our back pocket. Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer.

Tigers 5, Twins 1: A lengthy rain/storm delay meant that rather than 100 degrees at game time it was 78 degrees. The Tigers seemed to like that, as Miguel Cabrera hit two homers and Justin Verlander tossed a complete game. This box score is sort of the platonic ideal of a 2012 Detroit Tigers game.

Dodgers 4, Reds 1: L.A. took two of three from the Reds and, with the Giants loss, regained first place in the NL West.

Report: Astros’ assistant GM yelled ‘Thank God we got Osuna!’ at female reporters

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Last year, then-closer for the Blue Jays Roberto Osuna was arrested in Toronto on an assault charge. He allegedly assaulted the mother of his then three-year-old son. The charge was eventually withdrawn in exchange for a peace bond, but Major League Baseball still suspended Osuna for 75 games without pay.

Due to the off-the-field ugliness, the Astros were able to acquire Osuna on the relative cheap, sending Ken Giles, David Paulino, and Hector Perez to the Blue Jays. Osuna has been mostly great for the Astros since the trade, finishing the 2018 season with 12 saves, a 1.99 ERA, and a 19/3 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings in his new uniform. This year, Osuna racked up an American League-high 38 saves with a 2.63 ERA and a 73/12 K/BB ratio in 65 innings.

With the Astros holding a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth in ALCS Game 6 against the Yankees, manager A.J. Hinch called on Osuna to get the final three outs to send his team to the World Series. He ended up allowing a leadoff single to Gio Urshela, then a game-tying two-run home run to DJ LeMahieu. Nevertheless, the Astros won it in the bottom of the ninth thanks to José Altuve’s walk-off two-run homer off of Aroldis Chapman.

In the postgame celebration, Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated reports that Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman yelled towards a group of three female reporters, “Thank god we got Osuna! I’m so … glad we got Osuna!” Taubman repeated the phrase half a dozen times. One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet.

The Astros declined to comment on the issue and did not make Taubman available for an interview. That shouldn’t come as a shock because the Astros have organizationally failed repeatedly to meaningfully address Osuna’s behavior. GM Jeff Luhnow released a poorly thought out statement last July about Osuna, claiming that the Astros’ due diligence was “unprecedented,” and citing that Osuna is “remorseful” and “willingly complied with all consequences,” despite pleading not guilty and not having had his day in court yet, thus no consequences. The Astros released another statement in August defending their belief that “Roberto deserved a second chance.”

Later that month, Osuna went after his critics, saying, “Everybody is judging me for things they don’t know. I don’t like that.” In the postseason, teammate Ryan Pressly defended Osuna from a heckler, telling the fan, “You can talk all the sh– you want. Just don’t bring that stuff up.”

The Astros also kicked out a fan who protested Osuna’s presence by holding up a sign displaying a domestic violence hotline number. After receiving plenty of criticism for that, the Astros decided to display flyers, featuring the National Domestic Violence Hotline number, in women’s restrooms at Minute Maid Park.

Taubman’s behavior is not the first strike for the Astros on this issue. Acquiring Osuna was strike one. Luhnow’s statement and the club’s subsequent statement were strikes two and three. Osuna’s backlash was strike four, Pressly’s defense of him was strike five, and the whole issue over the DV hotline sign was strike six. The Astros are in danger of having the side strike out on this issue.

It’s also worth mentioning that Luhnow worked for McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm, before getting into baseball. McKinsey has been consulting for the Astros since 2017, The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reported in July. McKinsey has, ahem, a checkered past.

The Astros have clearly and intentionally thrown ethics to the side in order to run a baseball-related business. That they have repeatedly mishandled a very serious domestic violence issue within the sport shouldn’t come as a surprise, and it shouldn’t be surprising that the Astros are hoping the issue goes away with the World Series set to begin on Tuesday.

Update: The Astros released a statement. Via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle:

The story posted by Sports Illustrated is misleading and completely irresponsible. An Astros player was being asked questions about a difficult outing. Our executive was supporting the player during a difficult time. His comments had everything to do about the game situation that just occurred and nothing else — they were also not directed towards any specific reporters. We are extremely disappointed in Sports Illustrated’s attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist.

The Astros had an initial chance to respond to the story before publication and didn’t take Sports Illustrated up on it. They also didn’t deny that Taubman said what was reported. They’re disputing the context and the intended audience, but that doesn’t really make them look that much better. Perhaps an organization with a less spotty history would get the benefit of the doubt, the Astros certainly haven’t earned it.

Furthemore, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle and Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports both confirmed Apstein’s report. Atkins tweeted, “The Astros called this @stephapstein report misleading. It is not. I was there. Saw it. And I should’ve said something sooner.”