And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mariners 16, Padres 13: The Mariners were trailing 12-2 after five. The Mariners rallied in the sixth, plating five runs. That was a more or less conventional rally. Kyle Seager hit a bases-loaded, two-run single and then Dae-Ho Lee hit a three-run homer. Fine. A 12-7 lead for the Padres is still good, right? Then the seventh inning happened. Padres relievers loaded the bases, but they also got two outs. Then:

That’s right. Seven straight two-out RBI singles which plated nine runs. A two-inning, fourteen-run rally against a team which was called a “miserable failure” by its owner a couple of days ago. What do you think he’ll have to say about them today?

Reds 11, Rockies 4: Two homers for Eugenio SuarezZack Cozart and Adam Duvall also homered as the Royals take three of four.Jay Bruce tripled and doubled to drive in a pair of runs. Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies. My god Coors Field games are just a mess of ink.

Twins 6, Rays 4: A leadoff inside the park homer for Eduardo Nunez:

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Like most insider the park homers, Nunez had help from a fielder. In this case Brandon Guyer, who seemed like he wanted to spend some quality time with that baseball in the right field corner. Rappin’ with it. Trying to get down to the core of what makes that baseball that baseball. No judgments here, man. Oh, you need to go? OK, that’s cool. Next time you want to talk, mano a mano, you come see old Brandon, OK? Alright, I’ll throw you in towards the infield now.

Yankees 5, Tigers 4: The Yankees had a 5-1 lead after their half of the seventh and held off the Tigers who scored one run in each of the last three innings. Thank Didi Gregorius for heading off some of that rally. He fired a relay throw that nailed Justin Upton at the plate in the eighth and then started a slick double play that kept the Tigers’ ninth inning scoring to one run.

Marlins 4, Pirates 3Christian Yelich hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 12th. He also doubled in Martin Prado to tie the game at 3 with two outs in the ninth. Hero of the game, I guess.

Indians 5, Royals 4: Francisco Lindor tied the game with a triple in the ninth then, moments later, came home to score on Mike Napoli‘s walkoff sac fly. The Royals had led 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth. Not quite a Mariners-Padres rally, but a rally all the same.

Brewers 4, Phillies 1: Jonathan Villar and Chris Carter homered and Chase Anderson allowed one run on three hits while striking out six in five and two-thirds. That’s seven straight losses for the Phillies and nine of 10. So I guess that little fairytale is over.

Orioles 12, Red Sox 7: The Orioles his seven homers.Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones each homered twice and Manny MachadoPedro Alvarez and Francisco Pena each hit one. The Red Sox starting pitching continues to be a disaster. This time Rick Porcello gave up five runs on six hits in five innings, surrendering three of those bombs. The bullpen stunk too — Noe Ramirez gave up two runs and Junichi Tazawa gave up three, with each allowing two homers– probably to make the rotation not feel so bad. That’s really nice of the bullpen.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 2: Yesterday, as this game was winding down, I wrote a post with the headline “Julio Urias Gets Pummeled by the Cubs.” People on Twitter gave me hell for saying he was “pummeled,” claiming that if I had seen the game instead of the box score I wouldn’t have said that. I’ll grant that, yeah, his defense let him down some and a lot of balls found holes, but you don’t get to claim that five earned runs in five innings, including three home runs, is anything less than bad. Sorry. The kid will be good one day, I bet, but I’m guessing he’s not walking around claiming he had a great day yesterday either, no matter what kind of semantical gloss you put on it.

Diamondbacks 3, Astros 0: Zack Greinke turned in his best start of the year, tossing seven shutout innings and striking out 11 while only giving up four singles. After that disaster of an early season he now has seven wins and the ERA is down to a quasi-respectable 4.29. Greinke said his slider was off, but . . .

“The swings they were taking it was acting like it was really good so I started throwing them more as the game went on”

Maybe it wasn’t inherently good Zack, but our sliders are what they pretend to be, so our sliders must be thrown like the pitches they pretend to be. I think Kurt Vonnegut said that.

Giants 6, Braves 0: Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth while striking out 11. He also hit a big homer as Braves starter Aaron Blair gave up three of those. Bumgarner is 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA on the year and he said after this game that this is really the first time he’s put it all together all year. Wonder what his line would look like if he had been OK out of the gate. Scary.

Washington Nationals roster and schedule for 2020

Nationals roster and schedule
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The 2020 season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. First up: The Washington Nationals roster and schedule:


When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the Nationals roster to begin the season:


Yan Gomes
Kurt Suzuki


Eric Thames
Starlin Castro
Carter Kieboom
Trea Turner
Howie Kendrick
Asdrúbal Cabrera


Juan Soto
Victor Robles
Adam Eaton
Michael Taylor
Andrew Stevenson


Max Scherzer
Steven Strasburg
Patrick Corbin
Aníbal Sánchez
Austin Voth
Erick Fedde


Sean Doolittle
Daniel Hudson
Will Harris
Tanner Rainey
Wander Suero
Hunter Strickland
Roenis Elías


The Nationals shocked the world last year, recovering from an abysmal start to the season to win an NL Wild Card before cutting through the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Astros to win the first championship in franchise history. While the roster is largely unchanged, there is one gaping void: the loss of third baseman Anthony Rendon, who signed with the Angels. Rendon, a perennial MVP candidate, led the majors with 126 doubles and the NL with 44 doubles while smacking 34 homers with a 1.010 OPS last season. He’ll be replaced by the young Carter Kieboom and the veteran Kendrick and Cabrera. Those are some large shoes to fill.

With Rendon out of the picture, Juan Soto becomes the crux of the Nationals’ offense. Last year, he tied Rendon with 34 homers while knocking in 110 runs. He also, impressively, drew 108 walks, by far the highest on the team. The Nationals will likely have to utilize their speed even more. Last year, Soto stole 12 bases while Adam Eaton swiped 15, Victor Robles 28, and Trea Turner 35.

As was the case in 2019, the pitching will be how the Nationals punch their ticket to the postseason. Max Scherzer finished third in Cy Young balloting, his seventh consecutive top-five finish. The club retained Stephen Strasburg and brings back Patrick Corbin as well. There really isn’t a better 1-2-3 in the game. The rotation will be rounded out by Aníbal Sánchez and one of Austin Voth or Erick Fedde, though both are likely to see starts during the season.

The back of the bullpen is led by closer Sean Doolittle, who posted an uncharacteristically high — for him — 4.05 ERA last year. He still saved 29 games and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, so they’re in good hands. Daniel Hudson and Will Harris will work the seventh and eighth innings leading up to Doolittle.

As mentioned in the Braves preview, it’s tough to make any definitive statements about a 60-game season. Variance is going to have much more of an effect than it would in a 162-game season. Additionally, the NL East is highly competitive. It would be wrong to say with any degree of confidence that the Nationals will win the NL East. For example, the updated PECOTA standings from Baseball Prospectus only project a five-game difference between first and last place in the NL East. What we can say is that the Nationals will give everyone a run for their money in 2020.


Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

  • July 23, 25-26: vs. Yankees
  • July 27-28: vs. Blue Jays
  • July 29-30: @ Blue Jays
  • July 31-August 2: @ Marlins
  • August 4-5: vs. Mets
  • August 7-9: vs. Orioles
  • August 10-13: @ Mets
  • August 14-16: @ Orioles
  • August 17-19: @ Braves
  • August 21-24: vs. Marlins
  • August 25-27: vs. Phillies
  • August 28-30: @ Red Sox
  • August 31-September 3: @ Phillies
  • September 4-6: @ Braves
  • September 7-8: vs. Rays
  • September 10-13: vs. Braves
  • September 15-16: @ Rays
  • September 18-20: @ Marlins
  • September 21-23: vs. Phillies
  • September 24-27: vs. Mets

The entire Nationals schedule can be seen here.