And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights


Sorry for another shortened ATH this week, but I’m catching an early flight and it takes me, like, three hours to feed the cats before I go away for a couple of days. My life is very glamorous. Bill will be coming on later today to cover, but I would be remiss in not joining the rest of humanity if I did not first wonder what in the heck is wrong with Matt Harvey.

Harvey didn’t make it out of the third inning, getting hammered for nine runs in all, six earned. Daniel Murphy got to him in the first inning with a two-run shot. He made it cleanly through the second. The third was a disaster, with the Nats plating seven more. Yes there was an Asdrubal Cabrera error which led to three of those runs being unearned, but make no mistake, Harvey had nothing and the Nats had his number. As Harvey left the mound Mets fans in Citi Field booed him as he exited. Harsh, but expected given how Harvey has pitched this year and the expectations of Mets fans who have watched their team skid of late. On the season Harvey now has a 5.77 ERA and has given up 65 hits in 48 and a third.

Meanwhile, his counterpart, Steven Strasburg struck out 10 and allowed only one run in six innings while upping his record to 7-0. A few years ago when Strasburg pitched in New York, Mets fans chanted “Har-vey’s Bet-ter!!” at him. Their premise has been invalidated. Certainly for now but, if Harvey and the Mets can’t figure out what’s wrong with their former ace, possibly for good.

Here are the box scores.

Nationals 9, Mets 1
Blue Jays 3, Twins 2
White Sox 2, Astros 1
Cardinals 13, Rockies 7
Indians 7, Reds 2
Pirates 8, Braves 2
Brewers 5, Cubs 3
Mariners 7, Orioles 2
Giants 3, Padres 1
Angels 7, Dodgers 4
Yankees 4, Athletics 1