And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Clayton Kershaw dominates the Padres, striking out ten and allowing one run over eight innings. He moves to 15-3 on the year and drops his ERA to 1.82. His K/B ratio this year: 184/22.

Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 0: Make that five walkoff wins for the Nats in the past six games and ten wins in a row overall. This one was made 1960s-style: 0-0 tie into the bottom of the ninth, a single, a stolen base and then the winning run came home on a throwing error.

Cubs 2, Giants 1: Giants 5, Cubs 3: The resumption of the tarp game revealed that, welp, none of it really mattered. The Giants scored one more but the Cubs’ two runs from Tuesday night held up. In the nightcap Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with a homer. I figure the Giants want to get the hell out Chicago by now.

Yankees 3, Astros 0: Brandon McCarthy with the four-hit shutout. He has been phenomenal since coming over from Arizona. Even if the Yankees season doesn’t turn out the way they hoped when they traded for him, they should have at least convinced themselves that McCarthy can be part of the rotation rebuild they need to do this offseason.

Twins 4, Indians 1: Phil Hughes outdueled Corey Kluber, allowing one run on five hits over seven. We weren’t expecting that, especially given how awesome Kluber has been in the second half. As Matthew notes, however, Hughes is having a surprisingly un-sucky season this year. Who knew?

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Braves 8, Reds 0: The Braves have won six of seven, finally finding some offense during this stretch. A lot of it has come from Justin Upton, who has a 12 game hitting streak and drove in three here. The Reds, meanwhile, have lost six in a row.

Rays 1, Tigers 0: It ain’t often that a dude throws a one-hitter and his team still loses, but it happened to David Price. Could be worse — could be a Harvey Haddix situation — but this still has to be frustrating. For what it’s worth: the one-hitter loss thing has happened 65 times in baseball history and four times this year. Losing a one hitter in which no walks were allowed to the winning team, as was the case here: three times in the past century.

Angels 2, Red Sox 0: A four-game sweep at Fenway ain’t what it used to be, but it’s still pretty good, especially for a west coast team on an east coast swing. Matt Shoemaker allowed only one hit while pitching into the eighth. He had a no-hitter until there were two down in the sixth, actually. He struck out nine. More importantly: he gave the pen a breather in advance of the big series against the A’s which starts tonight.

Reds are the frontrunner for Nicholas Castellanos

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”

The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.

Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.