And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Giants 3, Dodgers 2: “Not in our house. Not yet.” Or so the Giants seem to be telling the Dodgers, who could clinch in San Francisco if they, you know, figured out how to win a ballgame in San Francisco. They haven’t for a long time, and last night’s thriller was just their latest failure in AT&T Park. Alejandro De Aza hit a walkoff sac fly inthe 12th inning to set up Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner tonight. East coasters: take a nap and watch this one.

Cubs 1, Royals 0: Like the Cards-Pirates game, this was a long scoreless battle, broken up by a walkoff pinch-hit homer by Chris Donorfia in the 11th. That obscured a nice pitchers’ duel between Yordano Ventura (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6K) and Kyle Hendricks (6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 9K). It may ultimately not make a difference — The Cubs trail the Pirates by three and a half games in the race for home field in the wild card game — but it’s keepin’ the magic alive. (“Siri, remind me to look and see if “Keepin’ the Magic Alive” is the name of an album by a late-70s, early-80s arena rock band, because it HAS to be, right? Maybe REO Speedwagon?”)

Nationals 5, Reds 1: Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the eighth before Tucker Barnhart broke it up with a clean single to left field. Matt Thornton pitched the ninth inning. He didn’t assault anyone.

Cardinals 3, Pirates 0: Six Cardinals pitchers combined on the shutout in a game that was scoreless until the ninth when Jon Jay singled in a run and then Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer. The real story here, of course, was rookie Stephen Piscotty being carted off the field after a violent collision with Peter Bourjos in left-center field. Knee-to-the-head stuff, which could’ve been extremely dangerous. Thankfully his tests came back negative for concussions and other serious business and he’s merely being held in a Pittsburgh hospital overnight for observation. We should know more on his condition today.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3: They usually win with long bombs, but here the Jays’ winning run came via a single, a sacrifice and a dribbler combined with a throwing error in the top of the ninth. Doesn’t matter. The O’s are officially eliminated. Toronto’s fifth straight victory, combined with the Yankees’ loss puts the Blue Jays’ magic number at two.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 1Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley each hit two-run homers off Ivan Nova and Eduardo Rodriguez — who the AP is calling E-Rod, which I refuse to do and no one can make me, dammit — scatter seven hits over six innings and allowed only one run. The Yankees could’ve clinched a playoff spot here and could’ve gotten their 10,000th win as a franchise here but, um, didn’t.

Twins 4, Indians 2: Associated Press headline:

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If Phil Hughes has a secret life in which he goes to underground clubs and competes in freestyle rapping competitions, it’s almost certain that he uses the name “Ill Hughes.” He as an alter ego in some of his songs who merely goes by “Ill Phil.” It’s a complicated subculture.

Tigers 7, Rangers 4: A third straight loss for the first place Rangers who now find themselves a mere one and a half games ahead of Houston. Justin Verlander allowed one run in six innings, and Tyler Collins hit a three-run home run in a five-run fifth. Prince Fielder singled, doubled, homered and drove in all four of Texas’ runs in a winning effort in a losing cause.

Angels 5, Athletics 4: The Angels win their 6th straight on a bases loaded pinch-hit RBI single from David Murphy in the bottom of the ninth. The Angels remain a half game back of the Astros for the cared (tied in the loss column). A huge four-game series against the Rangers this weekend. But first two more against the A’s. Who are trottin’ Barry Zito out against them on Wednesday, which has to totally pump up the Astros and Rangers. Indeed, they have to be STOKED about that.

Astros 3, Mariners 2George SpringerEvan Gattis and Chris Carter all homered. Carter has homered in three straight games. The Astros are holding on for dear life, but they’re holding on.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something, you know, better.