Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Break up those Astros.

Thanks to a go-ahead ground rule double from Jonathan Villar in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Astros topped the Orioles 2-1 last night in MLB’s annual Civil Rights Game to extend their winning streak to seven games. That’s the longest current streak in MLB. It’s also their longest winning streak since 2010.

The double from Villar snapped an 0-for-26 stretch. Brett Oberholtzer allowed just one run on four hits and no walks over seven innings in the victory while Chad Qualls recorded a four-out save.

The Astros are 15-13 in May, so they have secured themselves their first winning month since September of 2010. The painful rebuild is showing signs of progress.

Your Friday box scores:

Orioles 1, Astros 2

Rockies 2, Indians 5

Mets 5, Phillies 6 (14 innings)

Rangers 2, Nationals 9

Twins 6, Yankees 1

Braves 3, Marlins 2

Royals 6, Blue Jays 1

Rays 2, Red Sox 3 (10 innings)

Cubs 5, Brewers 11

Giants 9, Cardinals 4

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 4

Padres 4, White Sox 1

Pirates 2, Dodgers 1

Angels 5, Athletics 9

Tigers 6, Mariners 3

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.