And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


Hi folks. If you weren’t here Sunday or yesterday you’ll notice that everything looks a lot different. Posts explaining and/or apologizing about it can be read here and here. Short version: (1) yes, we know there are issues, we are terribly sorry about them, but they are being addressed; and (2) all of this has happened before and will happen again. Thanks for your patience. 

Mets 8, Nationals 5: In the biggest series of the season for both teams so far, round one goes to the Mets. Yoenis Cespedes homered and doubled twice. Dude is hitting .311/.358/.669 with 13 homers in 34 games since coming over in a trade. You’ll recall that the initial idea for the Mets was to add Carlos Gomez. Since he was traded to Houston he’s hitting . . . not that. Max Scherzer gave up five runs in six innings. His ERA by month: April: 1.26, May: 1.67, June: 2.33, July: 3.40, August: 6.43: September: 5.25. I guess that technically means September shows progress? But seriously, yikes. Mets lead the division by five with 25 left to play.

Yankees 8, Orioles 6: Greg Bird hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh. Off a lefty called in specifically to face him, so I guess that idea that the Yankees needed to re-sign Chris Chambliss or Moose Skowron or someone to platoon with Bird is no longer as pressing a concern. Alex Rodriguez and John Ryan Murphy also homered.

Tigers 5, Rays 4: Rajai Davis homered twice. Indeed, eight of the nine total runs scored in this game came off of homers. Drew Smyly made his return to Detroit. And James McCann, Smyly’s former college batterymate homered off of him. Those two little innocuous coincidences — and it’s stretching the meaning of the word “coincidences to even call them that; they’re really just factoids — would be enough to fuel a week’s worth of intense coverage if this was football instead of baseball. Which is why paying any attention to football writers and commentators is dumb as hell.

Reds 3, Pirates 1: Bad defense for the Buccos and they got handled by Anthony freakin’ DeSclafani. Labor Day? More like LABORED day! Right? Anyone? . . . Eh, the heck with you all. You don’t know real comedy.

Brewers 9, Marlins 1: Hernan Perez had three hits and three RBI and Zach Davies earned his first major league win in his second career start. The season has definitely improved for Milwaukee. It began with a lot of old guys getting beaten and now it’s a lot of young guys getting beaten. Cool thing about that is when the young guys help you win the occasional game, it’s way more satisfying than seeing the old guys do it.

Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 4: Jackie Bradley Jr. had four hits with a two-run home run and four RBI and the Sox beat the tar out of Mark Buehrle, who was working on a lot of extra rest. Seven days, in fact, which in Buehrle Standard Time is, like, a month? Two? Toronto’s lead over the Yankees is cut to a half game.

Indians 3, White Sox 2: Ryan Raburn hit a pair of solo home runs off Chris Sale of all people. Trevor Bauer, meanwhile, found his mostly-gone-in-the-second-half mojo, allowing two runs over seven innings. His record is now 11-11. Make a wish.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 0: Dexter Fowler had a leadoff home run and two-run double in the first two innings and the Cubs were up 8-0 after three. Nice of them to let everyone leave early and get back home to their barbecues and stuff.

Athletics 10, Astros 9: The A’s had an 8-2 lead after six innings and the Astros nearly battled back, thanks in part to a Carlos Correa homer that had escape velocity and is currently en route to Proxima Centauri. The A’s held on, though, adding some late. Sean Doolittle got the save. His first save since September of last year.

Rockies 6, Padres 4: Nolan Arenado was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. But then he left the game after going into the stands to get a foul ball and hit his face. His quote:

“I don’t know what I hit — a chair or an arm rest,” he said. “It hit me deep and it hurt me. I thought if I dove I would land on some people but there was no one sitting there.”

Story of San Diego’s season, right?

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1: Highlight of the Dbacks season right here:

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Or not. Patrick Corbin throwing six scoreless innings and Phil Gosselin and A.J. Pollock homering was good too. The Snakes snap a four-game losing streak.

Rangers 3, Mariners 0: The Rangers gain a game on the Astros, who lost, and now stand two back in the division and hold on to the second wild card spot. Still not getting my brain around them contending like this. Jeff Bannister has to be the manager of the year in the AL, right? Him or A.J. Hinch?

Braves 7, Phillies 2: If you win a battle between the worst teams in baseball, does that not make you a loser? Interesting philosophical question. Smallest crowd in Citizens Bank Park history at 15,124. I’m shocked these dogs drew that well.

Twins 6, Royals 2: Tommy Milone allowed two runs over seven innings and Eduardo Escobar drove in three. Wait: Paul Molitor has to be in that Manager of the Year running too, no?

Dodgers 7, Angels 5: Getting three runs off of Zack Greinke in six innings in 2015 is the equivalent of pummeling any other guy, but it still wasn’t enough. Scott Van Slyke had four hits and drove in four runs in this wild one that featured 12 runs, 14 relievers, 23 runners left on base, 27 hits and lasted nearly four hours. It was so bad that I was switching back and forth to . . . college football. And I basically gave up college football three years ago or so. Now I gotta turn in my sobriety chip and start over, one day at a time.

MLB crowds jump from ’21, still below pre-pandemic levels

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PHOENIX — Even with the homer heroics of sluggers like Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball wasn’t able to coax fans to ballparks at pre-pandemic levels this season, though attendance did jump substantially from the COVID-19 affected campaign in 2021.

The 30 MLB teams drew nearly 64.6 million fans for the regular season that ended Wednesday, which is up from the 45.3 million who attended games in 2021, according to This year’s numbers are still down from the 68.5 million who attended games in 2019, which was the last season that wasn’t affected by the pandemic.

The 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers led baseball with 3.86 million fans flocking to Dodger Stadium for an average of 47,672 per contest. The Oakland Athletics – who lost 102 games, play in an aging stadium and are the constant subject of relocation rumors – finished last, drawing just 787,902 fans for an average of less than 10,000 per game.

The St. Louis Cardinals finished second, drawing 3.32 million fans. They were followed by the Yankees (3.14 million), defending World Series champion Braves (3.13 million) and Padres (2.99 million).

The Toronto Blue Jays saw the biggest jump in attendance, rising from 805,901 fans to about 2.65 million. They were followed by the Cardinals, Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers, and Mets, which all drew more than a million fans more than in 2021.

The Rangers and Reds were the only teams to draw fewer fans than in 2021.

Only the Rangers started the 2021 season at full capacity and all 30 teams weren’t at 100% until July. No fans were allowed to attend regular season games in 2020.

MLB attendance had been declining slowly for years – even before the pandemic – after hitting its high mark of 79.4 million in 2007. This year’s 64.6 million fans is the fewest in a non-COVID-19 season since the sport expanded to 30 teams in 1998.

The lost attendance has been balanced in some ways by higher viewership on the sport’s MLB.TV streaming service. Viewers watched 11.5 billion minutes of content in 2022, which was a record high and up nearly 10% from 2021.