And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Orioles 18, Red Sox 7: Scoring 18 runs is neat. Doing so with the benefit of only one homer — a solo shot — means this was less of a big walloping than it was a continued and sustained beating. Kudos to the Orioles for avoiding those rally-killing bombs for the most part. Seven Oriole batters had multiple hits and four had three hits. Delmon Young drove in five runs and three others drove in three runs each. The Red Sox’ collective starting rotation ERA is 5.75. Which isn’t good, in case you were curious.

Yankees 6, Mets 4: A-Rod homered — he’s one away from Willie — and the Yankees took two of three in the Subway Series. Which means, based on the coverage I saw about all of this late last week, they now officially own New York. The Mets will sign over the deed to Citi Field in a noontime ceremony today. All persons identifying as Mets fans in the city, please report to the Javits Center for reeducation.

Phillies 5, Braves 4: Ryan Howard hit a homer for the second straight game as Philly takes two of three from Atlanta. Major League Baseball officials will meet in New York today to see if the second one counts, however, as it came against Trevor Cahill, who is under investigation for being a secret agent embedded with the Braves to bring them down from the inside. An alternative theory is that he’s really two kids, one on the other’s shoulders, in a trench coat disguised to look like a Braves uniform. That’s my theory anyway.

White Sox 3, Royals 2White Sox 5, Royals 3: Avisail Garcia with the walkoff single. Which, since it came at the conclusion of a game that was suspended in the ninth inning and had thus just resumed, probably felt a tad less climactic than these sorts of things tend to be. In the second, full game David Robertson got the save. After having won the resumed game, which he began. Meaning he threw the first and last pitch of the day. Which sort has my mind all blown up in here.

Tigers 8, Indians 6: I was at various stores and bars and places over the weekend and everywhere I went seemed to have a Tigers-Indians game on. I didn’t really watch a lot, but as I looked up from my lunch or a beer or while paying for a shirt or something at a cash register, it seemed like Cleveland was giving Cabrera an intentional walk. Probably wise. In this one he homered and drove in three. He has three homers on the year, all against the Indians.

Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 0: Francisco Liriano and the pen combined to toss a three-hitter. Liriano walked six as he did it, but sometimes even hitters are at a disadvantage if the pitcher doesn’t know where the ball’s going. The Pirates rapped out 14 hits. Which is a term I love. “rapped out.” I get a mental image of the Pirates on a stage, “Super Bowl Shuffle”-style, saying “We’re the Pittsburgh Pirates and we’re here to say . . .” Remember when sports teams did that stuff? Holy crap.

Cubs 5, Reds 2: Addison Russell started the season 2 for 19 with 11 strikeouts, but maybe his double with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, clearing the bases, will kickstart him. Or maybe it’ll take a while. I dunno, he’s a kid. Think about what you were like when you were 21. My god, we were all awful at everything when we were 21.

Marlins 6, Nationals 2: I’m not the alarmist type. I’ve seen enough baseball to where an otherwise good team struggling in April turned it around and, come August, people had forgotten all about that poor start. But the Nationals were supposed to be good a couple of years ago and never got off the ground so I imagine some Washington fans are a tad concerned. This game finished off the sweep by the Marlins, giving them their fifth win in a row. Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI triple. And he scored after literally crawling back to third base, because fundamentals:

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I feel like I’ve seen more messed up rundowns so far this season than I’ve seen in the past three seasons combined.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 1: The sweep continues Toronto’s futility at Tropicana Field. Which is weird because it’s the one ballpark in which they can maybe squint a bit and feel like they’re back in Rogers Centre. Chris Archer tossed seven shutout innings. He hasn’t allowed an earned run since his first start of the season, back on April 6.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3: The Cardinals stranded eight runners in the first three innings and 14 overall. If hitting with men on was a special St. Louis skill like so many Cards fans insisted to me a couple of years ago when their RISP average was super high, maybe they’d have done better  here. Absent that, I’m gonna say that maybe there’s some luck involved in all of that.

Rangers 5, Angels 4: Less of a series than a meeting between mom and dad to swap custody of Josh Hamilton. The Rangers salvage one in the three-game series here. Leonys Martin hit a homer in the 11th and the Rangers scored a second run, which proved necessary, on an error.

Astros 7, Athletics 6: The win came on a two-run rally in the ninth when Evan Gattis hit a two-run double on a pitch up in his eyes. The A’s had walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases and get to Gattis, but he showed them. The Astros swept the A’s. Houston is in first place in the AL West.

Twins 4, Mariners 2: Joe Mauer with a two-run triple with two outs in the 11th. It was hit hard and likely falls in against anyone, but it’s probably not crazy to say that a better right fielder than Nelson Cruz at least gets to that ball faster, takes an angle that allows him to cut it off and doesn’t let it roll to the wall. Maybe it doesn’t matter, but I feel like M’s fans are gonna be dealing with the tradeoffs Nelson Cruz creates all season.

Padres 3, Dodgers 1Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris homered to help the Padres avoid the sweep and their fourth straight loss. Brandon Morrow allowed one run on five hits over seven innings.

Giants vs. Rockies: POSTPONED: The rain came down

Soaked the old habachi
And I wish I could sing, like allen callaci
And then you would know
How sad it was, when the rain came down

Drop by drop
Gallon by gallon
Brother if I could sing,
If I could sing like allen
You would know
And understand how sad it was when the rain came down

Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020

A.J. Hinch (left) and Jeff Luhnow (right)
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You no doubt recall that former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow were given the one-year bans and were subsequently fired in January due to the Astros sign-stealing scandal. It’s possible, however, that each of them could be back in baseball without having missed a single game.

That’s the report from Buster Olney of ESPN, who has learned that Hinch and Luhnow will become eligible in 2021 even if there are no games played in the 2020 season. The reason: Hinch and Luhnow’s suspensions are tied to “the end of the 2020 postseason.” In contrast, players who are suspended for PED offenses for violations of the league’s domestic violence policies are suspended for a set number of games. Their suspensions will not begin until games begin and, if the number of games in the 2020 season ends up being fewer than the number of games in their suspension, it will carry over to 2021.

It would not shock me a bit if another team hired Hinch at some point down the road. And, despite the league’s finding that Luhnow fostered a “toxic” environment in the Astros’ front office, I would not be at all surprised if he were hired as some sort of advisor down the road and, potentially, found himself running a team again. His tenure in Houston was discovered to be objectively awful from an ethical perspective, but (a) he won; and (b) he cut costs, and those are the two biggest priorities for most teams. Not necessarily in that order.