And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights


Reds 11, Cardinals 0: Time to worry about the Cardinals? Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips both homered and drove in three to hand St. Louis its fourth loss in five games. They lost 9-0 to the Cubs on Monday. The Pirates loss kept them from losing ground, but they’re playing their absolute worst baseball of the season right now. Good thing momentum is not a thing in baseball. Everyone will tell you it’s a thing and that how a contender plays in September matters, but don’t believe it for a second.

Brewers 6, Pirates 4: Pittsburgh blows a chance to pull to within three and a half games. But hey, it was the Brewers, who have now beat the Buccos seven straight times. Logan Shafer singled home the go-ahead run in the 13th and Luis Sardinas added an insurance run, all off Radhames Liz. If the Pirates’ season ends with a one-and-done in a wild card game rather than a chance to play in a full playoff series, they’re gonna have nightmares about the Brewers all year.

Mariners 5, Rangers 0: If back in the spring you told a Mariners fan that, on September 10, Nelson Cruz would knock his 40th dinger and Felix Hernandez would shut out a playoff contender for eight innings and notch his 17th win, I imagine they’d feel pretty good about things. They might ask you why in the hell Mark Trumbo was on the team, but hey, he knocked in two runs too, so he must’ve been a deadline deal for that one bat to put the M’s over the top, right? In other news, baseball is a cruel, cruel sport and we’re all stupid suckers for investing our emotions in it.

Rockies 4, Padres 3: I imagine much the same could be said about a Rockies fan who learned that Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 38th homer and Carlos Gonzalez hit his 37th homer last night. Of course, if you were a Rockies fan who expected big things from this team before the season started you’re so delusional that nothing will ever truly get you down.

Indians 7, Tigers 5: As we learned this morning, Brad Ausmus is going to be fired. Was this his last game? With that out there, how do you not resign? Anyway, Michael Brantley homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the eighth. People in Detroit pining for the Lions season to start. When was the last time that happened? Was Eric Hipple involved?

Mets 7, Braves 2: Bartolo Colon‘s shutout streak ended at 31 innings, but you don’t have to work too hard to beat the Braves anyway. Colon also hit an RBI single. It’s not really fun to make fun of him hitting anymore now that he’s actually good at it.

Blue Jays vs. Yankees; Cubs vs. Phillies: POSTPONED:

See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
whistle blowing
through my brain.
Signals curling on an open plain,
rolling down the track again.
See the sky about to rain.