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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Athletics 8, Rangers 5: Ryan Madson gave up a two-run homer to Ian Desmond and the lead to the Rangers in the top of the ninth. Khris Davis took the lead and game right back in the bottom half with a walkoff grand slam. He also hit shots in the second and the sixth to put together a 3-for-5, 3 HR, six-RBI night. People who don’t root for the teams he plays for don’t pay too much attention to Khris Davis, but when they do, it’s because he’s hit multiple homers in a game. He’s done it eight times in his career now. That’s the same number of times Mike Trout has done it. Davis has done it in two fewer seasons.

Indians 13, Reds 1: Big night for guys named Davis, I guess. Khris did his thing and so too did Rajai, who had three hits, drove in three and scored four times. Danny Salazar pitched fantastically and enjoyed a ton of run support. In other news, can someone tell me what Steve Delabar did to piss off Bryan Price? I mean, before he walked guys with the bases loaded FOUR STRAIGHT TIMES? There’s “wearing it” and then there’s “really frickin’ wearin’ it.” This was the latter. He walked five guys in all. In a third of an inning’s worth of work. That takes some effort.

Royals 8, Red Sox 4: The AP game story refers to Paulo Orlando as “The speedy Brazilian.” I’m suing the AP over that, as I had previously trademarked that as the name for my discount, high-volume bikini wax shops for which I’m sure there’s a big, big market. The speedy Brazilian who will not be found in exurban strip malls all over the American midwest this time next year, making me millions, hit a two-run homer, a two-run single and tripled.

Mariners 10, Orioles 0: If a team forfeits a game they officially lose it 9-0. Which means that the O’s would’ve had a better night if they just stayed at home and watched the NBA playoffs or re-watched “Daredevil” or something. Season one, though, not season 2. That was fine, but there were too many random ninjas in it and that got kind of exhausting. A better opponent for Daredevil would’ve been Nelson Cruz, who was just as relentless as those ninjas but far more effective. Five RBI on the night for him, two via the longball, three via singles.

Phillies 3, Marlins 1: Vince Velasquez struck out ten in five innings. His only knock on the night was in the efficiency department, in that he needed 103 pitches to get through those five. It was cool though, as Phillies relievers struck out seven more Marlins batters in the final four innings. Maybe the Marlins batters were replaced with the ninjas from “Daredevil.” Or with Stormtroopers. Because they were missing everything.

Pirates 12, Braves 9: Never manager for the Braves but the same result as, for the second straight night, the Pirates jump all over the Braves early and then hold on as the Braves remember how to hit. Gregory Polanco had three doubles. John Jaso, Andrew McCutchen and Francisco Cervelli also had three hits a piece.

Rays 12, Blue Jays 2: Lotsa blowouts last night. This was one of them. The Rays jumped all over Marcus Stroman, lighting him up for seven runs in five and two-thirds. Brad Miller had three hits and three RBI. The Rays have outscored the Jays 25-4 in the first two games of this series.

Tigers 7, Twins 2: Did Brad Ausmus’ outburst on Monday night inspire the Tigers once again, suggesting he’s the right man to lead this team after all or, given that he sat out with a one-game suspension last night, did they just loosen up in his absence and play their best game in a couple of weeks, suggesting that he’s the problem and needs to be gone? Those questions will be asked, and more, on today’s episode of “Choose Your B.S. Narrative.” Only asked, not answered, because those kinds of questions are never answered. If they were, there would be no reason to ask again and a lot of sports writers would be out of a job. Anyway: Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers during the Tigers’ seven-run seventh inning.

Mets 2, Nationals 0: Syndergaard outduels Scherzer, striking out ten in seven shutout innings. He’s a beast. Bryce Harper went 0-f0r-4 and is now hitting .250 with only one extra-base hit since he told that umpire to F-off. My column on what all of this means:

Astros 6, White Sox 5: Welcome back Evan Gattis. The Astros’ long-absent DH made his return and hit a two-run homer in the 11th. Houston held on in the bottom half and won despite the White Sox’ efforts to come back on a night in which they came back a couple of times before. Rookie Tyler White hit a pair of solo homers and a double.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth before it was broken up by Ben Zobrist double. Still a nice night for the guy against one of the scariest teams in baseball. Anderson on his night:

“When you execute pitches, I feel like you can get anybody out, no matter who it is. You could put nine Ken Griffey Jr.’s out there, but if you execute pitches, it is hard to hit.”

True, but in Griffey’s defense, he turns 47 this year.

Rockies 3, Cardinals 1: The Rockies have won five straight. Here they were paced by Chad Bettis, who took a shutout into the seventh inning and [all together now] helped his own cause with an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Diamondbacks 5, Yankees 3: Michael Pineda gave up five runs on nine hits in five innings, so that’s not good. Zack Greinke was good, however, at least until the eighth when he ran out of gas. The win clinches the Diamondbacks’ first ever series win over the Yankees. Well, regular season series win. They beat them in a series back in 2001 if I remember correctly.

Dodgers 5, Angels 1: Clayton Kershaw balked Albert Pujols into scoring position in the second inning and the big guy came around to score but otherwise the Angels weren’t doing anything against him. Eight innings, that one run, 11 strikeouts, no walks. Ho-hum. Kershaw’s K/BB ratio on the the year: 88/4. I mean for cryin’ out loud.

Giants 5, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game, striking out 11, walking none and allowing only the one run as well, so I guess he was an inning better than Kershaw on the night. Brandon Crawford drove in all five of the Giants’ runs. Benches cleared here as Madison Bumgarner stared down Wil Myers after striking him out and then the two barked at each other. When asked about it after, Bumgarner said “I just wanted to be mad for a minute.” I fully expect fans and commentators to complain about his attitude and deportment for that, just like they do for Latin players who simply want to be happy for a minute when they do something good.

Hahaha, that’ll never happen.

Report: Astros’ assistant GM yelled ‘Thank God we got Osuna!’ at female reporters

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Last year, then-closer for the Blue Jays Roberto Osuna was arrested in Toronto on an assault charge. He allegedly assaulted the mother of his then three-year-old son. The charge was eventually withdrawn in exchange for a peace bond, but Major League Baseball still suspended Osuna for 75 games without pay.

Due to the off-the-field ugliness, the Astros were able to acquire Osuna on the relative cheap, sending Ken Giles, David Paulino, and Hector Perez to the Blue Jays. Osuna has been mostly great for the Astros since the trade, finishing the 2018 season with 12 saves, a 1.99 ERA, and a 19/3 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings in his new uniform. This year, Osuna racked up an American League-high 38 saves with a 2.63 ERA and a 73/12 K/BB ratio in 65 innings.

With the Astros holding a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth in ALCS Game 6 against the Yankees, manager A.J. Hinch called on Osuna to get the final three outs to send his team to the World Series. He ended up allowing a leadoff single to Gio Urshela, then a game-tying two-run home run to DJ LeMahieu. Nevertheless, the Astros won it in the bottom of the ninth thanks to José Altuve’s walk-off two-run homer off of Aroldis Chapman.

In the postgame celebration, Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated reports that Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman yelled towards a group of three female reporters, “Thank god we got Osuna! I’m so … glad we got Osuna!” Taubman repeated the phrase half a dozen times. One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet.

The Astros declined to comment on the issue and did not make Taubman available for an interview. That shouldn’t come as a shock because the Astros have organizationally failed repeatedly to meaningfully address Osuna’s behavior. GM Jeff Luhnow released a poorly thought out statement last July about Osuna, claiming that the Astros’ due diligence was “unprecedented,” and citing that Osuna is “remorseful” and “willingly complied with all consequences,” despite pleading not guilty and not having had his day in court yet, thus no consequences. The Astros released another statement in August defending their belief that “Roberto deserved a second chance.”

Later that month, Osuna went after his critics, saying, “Everybody is judging me for things they don’t know. I don’t like that.” In the postseason, teammate Ryan Pressly defended Osuna from a heckler, telling the fan, “You can talk all the sh– you want. Just don’t bring that stuff up.”

The Astros also kicked out a fan who protested Osuna’s presence by holding up a sign displaying a domestic violence hotline number. After receiving plenty of criticism for that, the Astros decided to display flyers, featuring the National Domestic Violence Hotline number, in women’s restrooms at Minute Maid Park.

Taubman’s behavior is not the first strike for the Astros on this issue. Acquiring Osuna was strike one. Luhnow’s statement and the club’s subsequent statement were strikes two and three. Osuna’s backlash was strike four, Pressly’s defense of him was strike five, and the whole issue over the DV hotline sign was strike six. The Astros are in danger of having the side strike out on this issue.

It’s also worth mentioning that Luhnow worked for McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm, before getting into baseball. McKinsey has been consulting for the Astros since 2017, The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reported in July. McKinsey has, ahem, a checkered past.

The Astros have clearly and intentionally thrown ethics to the side in order to run a baseball-related business. That they have repeatedly mishandled a very serious domestic violence issue within the sport shouldn’t come as a surprise, and it shouldn’t be surprising that the Astros are hoping the issue goes away with the World Series set to begin on Tuesday.

Update: The Astros released a statement. Via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle:

The story posted by Sports Illustrated is misleading and completely irresponsible. An Astros player was being asked questions about a difficult outing. Our executive was supporting the player during a difficult time. His comments had everything to do about the game situation that just occurred and nothing else — they were also not directed towards any specific reporters. We are extremely disappointed in Sports Illustrated’s attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist.

The Astros had an initial chance to respond to the story before publication and didn’t take Sports Illustrated up on it. They also didn’t deny that Taubman said what was reported. They’re disputing the context and the intended audience, but that doesn’t really make them look that much better. Perhaps an organization with a less spotty history would get the benefit of the doubt, the Astros certainly haven’t earned it.

Furthemore, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle and Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports both confirmed Apstein’s report. Atkins tweeted, “The Astros called this @stephapstein report misleading. It is not. I was there. Saw it. And I should’ve said something sooner.”