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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1: Sox win! This on a Jose Abreu double which plated two in the top of the 10th. Tough, tough no-decision for Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright, who pitched nine innings allowing only five hits and one unearned run. The unearned run, however, came on a passed ball. Pitchers cannot be charged when a run scores on a passed ball, but a knuckler is often a person of interest in passed ball cases.

Indians 7, Rays 4: The Rays held a small lead or at least kept it tied until the eighth but then Francisco Lindor — who was 3-for-4 on the night — hit a solo homer. Four batters later Juan Uribe hit a two run shot. Both homers came off of Erasmo Ramirez. The name Erasmo, which is a regional derivation of “Erasmus,” means “beloved,” by the way. The diminutive of it is “Elmo.” Saint Elmo — also known as Saint Erasmus — was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron saint of sailors. Saint Elmo’s fire is said to be a sign of his protection. Here Erasmo was supposed to protect the Rays chances of winning the game — to serve as a fireman, as it were — yet gave up three runs. Bad relief pitcher performances are often referred to in terms of arson, with it being said that rather than putting the fire out, the pitcher “poured kerosene” on things or what have you. Which is to say that Erasmo Ramirez had quite the ironic night last night, bringing shame to his very name.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you you don’t learn things while spending all day on the Internet.

Tigers 8, Mariners 7: Justin Upton hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, but late leads tend not to hold for Detroit, so he had to go and hit a walkoff homer in the 12th. Upton has had a subpar season overall, but he has definitely come alive in June, hitting .288/.358/.562 with five homers and 20 RBI. In other news, Miguel Cabrera hit a home run that hit the concourse in deep right center at Comerica Park and then bounced onto Adams Avenue which, I can tell you my friends, is FAR. They estimated the distance to the concourse he hit at 461 feet.

Rockies 5, Marlins 3: My ex-wife, who is not a baseball fan, used to like to annoy me by intentionally referring to baseball stuff incorrectly. She used to call players “baseball mans,” uniforms “costumes” and runs “points.” Last night Rockies’ first baseman Mark Reynolds said after the game that “[i]n the heat of the game you’re just trying to score more points than the other team.” I hope he and my ex-wife are very happy together and I wish them nothing but the best in the future. In less important news, Reynolds hit two homers. Between this and Justin Upton’s performance it was a big day for guys who played for the Diamondbacks between 2007 and 2010.

Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 1: Jake Lamb smacked a two-run homer and Shelby Miller returned from the DL looking like a different pitcher (i.e. one who knows what he’s doing), allowing one run and walking only one in six and two-thirds. Pitching against the Phillies would help anyone look good, but definitely an improvement.

Pirates 1, Giants 0: Madison Bumgarner made only one mistake: giving up a solo homer to Erik Kratz. Sometimes you only get one mistake, though, and it turned out Bumgarner’s was the only one that mattered in this game. Jeff Locke allowed no runs in six and two-thirds and the Buccos’ pen took it the rest of the way.

Rangers 4, Orioles 3: A Dante game in that these guys weren’t even supposed to be here today. This being a makeup game from a rainout earlier in the season. Still counts for the Rangers’ seventh win in a row, however. The O’s took an early three-run lead but Texas won by one, as they have the last four contests in which they played. I’ll now go play The Kinks’ “Living on a Thin Line,” which is one of the more underrated Kinks songs out there. Indeed, I think their late period arena rock/Arista Records phase is underrated overall and is due for a critical reevaluation. As Ray Davies — whose birthday it is today, by the way — once said, you didn’t see The Stones, The Who and the Beatles consistently producing new, contemporary and at times excellent work well into the 80s. The Kinks should be given credit for remaining a legitimately working band far longer than the others did rather than trading on their history and nostalgia and stuff.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2: Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Moss homered and the Cards’ early 3-0 lead held up. Held up for a long time as there was no scoring here after the third inning. People often talk about how cool it would be to have time machines, but they would be disastrous for games like this one. Someone — maybe the Cubs’ bullpen catcher or something — would invariably be sent forward a couple of hours to the end of the game to see what happened. When he came back and said “hey, this was decided after three innings,” why wouldn’t Joe Maddon change his strategy and either forfeit or send out position players to pitch to save his pen for tonight or something? What I’m saying is that time travel would undermine the very basis of competitive sports, which is the uncertainty of outcome. Maybe Joe Maddon would counter with some theoretical talk about timelines and how there is no such thing as predetermination. Maybe I’ll get a press pass for tonight and ask him his thoughts on that.

[Craig gets an email from Major League Baseball permanently and forever denying him press credentials. Craig nods and understands]

Astros 10, Angels 7: Houston had a 7-0 lead after five innings and a 10-2 lead after seven, but this ended up looking closer on the scoreboard anyway. Doug Fister was strong, allowing two runs over seven innings for his eighth win. The Astros haven’t lost one of his starts his last ten times out. Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Carlos Correa each hit home runs.

Dodgers 4, Nationals 1: Clayton Kershaw is starting to get bored with this league, I think. On a night when he didn’t he have his best stuff and wasn’t working as efficiently as he usually does, he was still basically unstoppable. Seven innings, one run, eight strikeouts, no walks. He’s 11-1 with a 1.57 ERA. In other news Kenley Janson got his 162nd career save, setting the Dodgers all-time saves record. Justin Turner homered. He’s hit five in his last eight games.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.