And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Baseball is one of the best things. It’s not “The Sesame Street Characters do ‘Scenario’ by A Tribe Called Quest” good. But it’s one of the best things.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 0: John Lackey struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and [all together now] helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single. Cards fans booed Jason Heyward for some dumb reason but Lackey was the 2015 Cardinal they should’ve been more upset with on this night, because he owned their guys.

Marlins 6, Nationals 1: Jose Fernandez settled down after a rocky couple of innings and ended up going six and getting the win. At the end of the second he had a little smacking-himself-in-the-head outburst. After the game, Don Mattingly said “He’s just so emotional.” Later, he did not add, “Every time he thinks of you. He’s just so emotional, baby, ain’t it shocking what love can do?”

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: A 1-0 lead in the eighth didn’t hold up for Boston as Toronto put four across, all charged to Koji Uehara, but capped off by a Russell Martin two-run single off of Craig Kimbrel. All of that rendered Clay Buchholz‘s strong, six and two-thirds shutout innings performance an interesting side note.

Mets 5, Phillies 2: David Wright hit two homers and Lucas Duda and Neil Walker each added their own. But another star of the show was Noah Syndergaard, who allowed one run in seven while striking out eight and while throwing the ball really, really hard.

Rockies 5, Reds 1: Trevor Story went long again — his eighth on the year — to ignite a four-run eighth inning for the Rockies who are 8-5 at the moment. Call me in a month if they’re still doing that, but for now they’re playing some better than expected baseball.

Angels 7, White Sox 0: Hector Santiago was staked to a 5-0 lead before he even had to throw a pitch, which is kind of nice. No pitching to the score for him, however, as he struck out 10 over seven shutout innings. Yup, no screwing around for Santiago. Except for the fact that he threw a bunch of screwballs, because that’s what he does.

Twins 7, Brewers 4Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park homered, and Minnesota had 14 hits. Which is saying something given that the rain turned this into a six-inning game. Maybe mother nature or Rob McKenna,who is unknowingly a Quasi Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer, took mercy on the Brewers.

Diamondbacks 9, Giants 7: Jake Lamb hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth and the Dbacks rallied for two more in the 11th, including another Lamb RBI, to win a very, very long game. Jean Segura, who hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th, and Lamb each had three hits. The Dbacks scored five runs over the final four innings, which is the kind of thing that gives managers and pitching coaches nightmares.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.