And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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I’ll preface all of this by saying that I felt like I needed a break from watching baseball last night so rather than turn on any games I watched “Billy Madison” for the 100th time. Fact: the kids from Miss Lippy’s class are now 26-years-old. Now that that’s out of the way, on to the scores.

Dodgers 5, White Sox 2: Clayton Kershaw didn’t allow any hits for the first three innings, then gave up a two-run homer to the now-recovered and returned Jose Abreu, then settled back down and gave up no more runs the rest of the way while striking out nine.

Indians 3, Red Sox 2: The Red Sox’ winning streak is over thanks to seven shutout innings and ten strikeouts from Justin Masterson. Masterson had one start and a 0.00 ERA in March and now has one start and a 0.00 ERA in June. April and May were tire fires, but those one start months are pretty awesome for him.

Mets 11, Phillies 2: Hey there, Wilmer Flores. His first homer — and only his second big league homer ever — was a grand slam and he drove in six runs in all. Bartolo Colon posted his third straight strong start in a row. With the makeup game added this was a five-game series. The Mets won four.

Mariners 10, Yankees 2: Felix Hernandez improves to 8-1 with seven strong innings. David Phelps was touched for six runs in six and Alfredo Aceves gave up four runs in mopup duty. In the meantime Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager each drove in three. The Yankees have dropped four of the past six games

Marlins 3, Rays 1: Randy Wolf picks up his first win since 2012. The Rays have lost seven straight and now have the worst record in the American League.

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Brewers 6, Twins 2: Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer. Reynolds is on pace for 36 homers while hitting .208 and posting an OBP below .300. In other words, he continues to be Mark Reynolds.

Royals 6, Cardinals 0: The Missouri teams traded zeros until the seventh. Problem was that while the Royals quit that game, the Cardinals kept up with it and ended up being shut out. It was the Cardinals’ fifth loss in six games and second shutout in a row.

Pirates 10, Padres 3: It was a four hour, four minute game in which the home team surrendered ten runs and was forced to throw 249 pitches. In only nine innings! How many souls do you figure were left in Petco by the time the thing ended? A few dozen? Jordy Mercer homered and had four hits. Neil Walker had three hits and three driven in. Padres pitchers surrendered 16 hits in all.

Umpire Cory Blaser made two atrocious calls in the top of the 11th inning

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The Astros walked off 3-2 winners in the bottom of the 11th inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Yankees. Carlos Correa struck the winning blow, sending a first-pitch fastball from J.A. Happ over the fence in right field at Minute Maid Park, ending nearly five hours of baseball on Sunday night.

Correa’s heroics were precipitated by two highly questionable calls by home plate umpire Cory Blaser in the top half of the 11th.

Astros reliever Joe Smith walked Edwin Encarnación with two outs, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to bring in Ryan Pressly. Pressly, however, served up a single to left field to Brett Gardner, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Hinch again came out to the mound, this time bringing Josh James to face power-hitting catcher Gary Sánchez.

James and Sánchez had an epic battle. Sánchez fell behind 0-2 on a couple of foul balls, proceeded to foul off five of the next six pitches. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Sánchez appeared to swing and miss at an 87 MPH slider in the dirt for strike three and the final out of the inning. However, Blaser ruled that Sánchez tipped the ball, extending the at-bat. Replays showed clearly that Sánchez did not make contact at all with the pitch. James then threw a 99 MPH fastball several inches off the plate outside that Blaser called for strike three. Sánchez, who shouldn’t have seen a 10th pitch, was upset at what appeared to be a make-up call.

The rest, as they say, is history. One pitch later, the Astros evened up the ALCS at one game apiece. Obviously, Blaser’s mistakes in a way cancel each other out, and neither of them caused Happ to throw a poorly located fastball to Correa. It is postseason baseball, however, and umpires are as much under the microscope as the players and managers. Those were two particularly atrocious judgments by Blaser.