Settling the Scores: Monday’s results

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Kris Bryant had himself a night. In helping the Cubs overcome the Reds 11-8 on Monday evening, the third baseman finished 5-for-5 with three home runs, six RBI, and four runs scored. He’s the first in baseball history to hit three home runs and two doubles in a game, and his 16 total bases set a Cubs record. The last player to rack up 16 total bases in a game was Josh Hamilton against the Orioles on May 8, 2012, when he hit four home runs.

Bryant gave the Cubs an early lead, doubling home a run in the top of the first inning against Reds starter Dan Straily. He then smacked a solo home run to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning. In the fourth, he pushed the Cubs’ lead to 7-3 by absolutely crushing a two-run home run. Bryant slugged homer number three with the bases empty in the eighth off Ross Ohlendorf, making it a 9-7 Cubs lead.

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Fans at Great American Ball Park, the Reds’ home, pleaded Bryant for a curtain call. He did not deliver. After the game, Bryant said, via the Chicago Tribune, “I’ve never been the type to show up an opponent or anybody. I don’t think it’s ever happened in baseball, and I don’t want to be the first. I’m just not that type of player. I’m glad my teammates are having fun with it. I’m glad there are a lot of Cubs fans here, but I’m not that guy.”

Jake Arrieta, who didn’t pitch particularly well, also hit a home run in a wild night of offense, his second of the year.

The box scores.

Dodgers 5, Pirates 4
Rays 13, Red Sox 7
Nationals 11, Mets 4
Indians 8, Braves 3
Royals 6, Cardinals 2
Rockies 9, Blue Jays 5
Athletics 8, Giants 3
Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 0
Astros 4, Angels 2
Rangers 9, Yankees 6

Dodgers place pitcher Noah Syndergaard on injured list with no timetable for return

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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.

“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”

Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.

Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.

Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”

“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.

“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”