And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Dodgers 8, Nationals 4: Chase Utley hit a leadoff homer and drove in three on three hits. Scott Kazmir gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight. He’s 6-0 in his last 12 starts. The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Dodgers the club lost and they fell to eight games back of the Giants. Since then they’re 12-6 and are 4.5 games back. Baseball is a team sport, you guys.

Marlins 2, Phillies 1Christian Yelich homered and drove in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th inning. He’s been on fire since making a mysterious tweet about someone making a defamatory video that someone tried to claim depicted him doing . . . something, but which was not him. I’m still stuck on the notion that someone, somewhere in this country considered Yelich, a nice player but by no means a super celebrity, the reasonable target for a faked, well, whatever video.

Blue Jays 5, Diamondbacks 1: Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer. He’s hit nine homers in seven career games at Chase Field. After the game he suggested it was maybe the batter’s eye at that park. Who knows. As Crash Davis said, “if you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear, then you *are*! And you should know that!” But I guess a nice batter’s eye is good too. Aaron Sanchez won. He’s 9-0 in his last 15 starts. Maybe he’s wearing women’s underwear.

Rays 10, Rockies 1: Blake Snell pitched well and Even Longoria drove in three as the Rays routed the Rockies. In other news, am I the only person who ever sits and wonders how they’d explain the modern world to time travelers who suddenly appeared at their door? Like, say, suddenly Thomas Jefferson — and for me it’s always been Thomas Jefferson for some reason — were to just show up and it was my job to explain to him air travel and world events like the Civl War and Wourld War II and everything that had happened in the past 200 years or so? Sometimes it’s in a baseball context and the person would be Cap Anson or someone and I’d have to explain that, yeah, we have teams in Denver and St. Petersburg, Florida now. I guess if it was Anson I’d also have to explain why we allow non-whites to play. He’d probably get super mad about it too, but I suppose if Jefferson had to deal with the end of slavery — THAT was a tense imaginary conversation, brother — Anson could grow the hell up too. Man, I’ve gone on about this long enough now to where I sure hope I’m not the only one who has had super lame daydreams about historically significant time-travelers. That would be rather nerdy and embarrassing. So, um, if I am the only one, know that I am TOTALLY joking about that and it never, ever happened. Yeah.

Pirates 3, Brewers 2: Josh Harrison hit a walkoff homer. Well, it was actually a triple and an error which allowed him to score, but every kid in America who is unfamiliar with official scoring would call it a homer. We’re so hung up on rules and stuff, man. Free your mind, sheeple. In other news Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon took a 105 m.p.h. line drive to the head and somehow was allowed to stay in the game. That seems . . . responsible and stuff.

Mets 2, Cubs 1Rene Rivera drove in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the top of the ninth and then Jeurys Familia escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the ninth to save it. The late drama eclipsed nice starts from Jake Arrieta (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8K) and Noah Syndergaard (5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 8K).

Yankees 7, Orioles 1: Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and doubled in a couple more. Chase Headley hit a two-run shot as well as the Yankees win their third straight and move a game over .500.


Red Sox 4, Giants 0: David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and Brock HoltBROCK HOLT! — hit a solo shot. The Giants have lost four straight to start the second half. After the game Bruce Bochy said “We just need somebody to get a big hit and inject some life into this offense.” Yet this same man is not allowing Madison Bumgarner to hit for himself in this weekend’s series against the Yankees. Physician, heal thyself.

Twins 6, Tigers 2: Tommy Milone shut out the Tigers for eight innings before running out of gas in the ninth. Still, not too shabby for a pitcher no often accused of being not too shabby. Eduardo Nunez was named the Twins Heart and Hustle Award winner yesterday morning and drove in three yesterday evening. Not a bad day for him.

Braves 5, Reds 4: The Braves led 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Reds rallied for two to force extras but then Ender Inciarte hit a sac fly for the go-ahead run in the 11th. Tyrell Jenkins allowed two runs on four hits in six innings in his second big league start. That’s somethin’ I guess.

Indians 7, Royals 3: Danny Salazar held the Royals to three runs — two earned — in six and two-thirds and struck out seven. The Tribe’s 3-4-5 hitters, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana, drove in two runs a piece. Cleveland maintains a 6.5 lead over the Tigers and an eight game lead over the Royals in the Central.

Angels 8, Rangers 6: Two three-run homers for Albert Pujols. That’s pretty good, huh? Both came off of former teammate Kyle Lohse, who is 0-2 and has allowed 13 runs in 9.1 innings pitched so far. That’s pretty bad, huh? Both of these guys debuted in 2001. I feel like only one of them will be playing past 2016. In other news, Texas reliever Tony Barnette hit Pujols in the head with a 92 mph pitch in the seventh inning. It was an accident — Barnette apologized profusely on the field — and Pujols is OK, but I’m sure some old school jackass somewhere thinks Pujols deserved it for hitting a couple of bombs.

Athletics 4, Astros 3: Marcus Semien won the A’s Heart and Hustle Award yesterday morning. Then he scored the game-winning run from second base on an infield single. That’s . . . something we probably need to see:

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More like the Heart and Hustle and Reddick Hit Away From The Shift and Correa’s Throw Was Offline Award, but that’s pretty spiffy all the same.

White Sox 6, Mariners 1: Melky Cabrera hit a tie-breaking homer leading off the seventh inning and Todd Frazier added a two-run shot in the ninth as the White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak. Brett Lawrie hit a solo homer too. Jose Quintana allowed one run over six innings. That creep can roll, man.

Padres vs. Cardinals — POSTPONED: I wish, I hope, I wonder
Where you’re at sometimes
Is your back against the wall?
Or just across the line
Have you been standing in the rain
Reciting nursery rhymes?
Trying to recall
Some long lost kind of peace of mind
Peace of mind
Try spending the night sometime
All alone in a frozen room
Afterneath you’ve lain
Your Saddle in the rain

Olson blasts two HRs, Acuña has 4 hits as Strider, Braves overpower Phillies 11-4

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ATLANTA – Given a seven-run lead in the first inning, Atlanta right-hander Spencer Strider could relax and keep adding to his majors-leading strikeout total.

“That game felt like it was over pretty quick,” Strider said.

Ronald Acuña Jr. drove in three runs with four hits, including a two-run single in Atlanta’s seven-run first inning, and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-4 on Sunday night to split the four-game series.

“Getting a lead first is big, especially when you get that big of a lead,” Strider said. “… When we’re putting up runs, my job isn’t to be perfect. My job is to get outs.”

Following the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced right-hander Michael Soroka will be recalled to make his first start since the 2020 season on Monday night at Oakland.

Matt Olson hit a pair of two-run homers for Atlanta, and Strider became the fastest pitcher in modern history to reach 100 strikeouts in a season.

“It’s incredible,” said Acuña through a translator of Strider. “Every time he goes out to pitch it seems like he’s going to strike everybody out.”

Acuña hit a run-scoring triple in the fifth before Olson’s second homer to center. Acuña had two singles in the first when the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate, collected seven hits and opened a 7-0 lead. Led by Acuña and Olson, who had three hits, the Braves set a season high with 20 hits.

Strider (5-2) struck out nine while pitching six innings of two-run ball. The right-hander fired a called third strike past Nick Castellanos for the first out of the fourth, giving him 100 strikeouts in 61 innings and topping Jacob deGrom‘s 61 2/3 innings in 2021 as the fastest to 100 in the modern era.

“It’s cool,” Strider said, adding “hopefully it’ll keep going.”

Olson followed Acuña’s leadoff single with a 464-foot homer to right-center. Austin Riley added another homer before Ozzie Albies and Acuña had two-run singles in the long first inning.

Phillies shortstop Trea Turner and left fielder Kyle Schwarber each committed an error on a grounder by Orlando Arcia, setting up two unearned runs in the inning.

Strider walked Kody Clemens to open the third. Brandon Marsh followed with a two-run homer for the Phillies’ first hit. Schwarber hit a two-run homer off Collin McHugh in the seventh.


Michael Harris II celebrated the one-year anniversary of his major league debut by robbing Schwarber of a homer with a leaping catch at the center-field wall in the second. As Harris shook his head to say “No!” after coming down with the ball on the warning track, Strider pumped his fist in approval on the mound – after realizing Harris had the ball.

“He put me through an emotional roller coaster for a moment,” Strider said.


Soroka was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, setting the stage for his final step in his comeback from two torn Achilles tendons.

“To get back is really a feather in that kid’s cap,” Snitker said.

Soroka will be making his first start in the majors since Aug. 3, 2020, against the New York Mets when he suffered a torn right Achilles tendon. Following a setback which required a follow-up surgery, he suffered another tear of the same Achilles tendon midway through the 2021 season.

Soroka suffered another complication in his comeback when a hamstring injury slowed his progress this spring.

Acuña said he was “super happy, super excited for him, super proud of him” and added “I’m just hoping for continued good health.”

Soroka looked like an emerging ace when he finished 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 2019 and placed second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the NL Cy Young voting.

The Braves are 0-3 in bullpen committee games as they attempt to overcome losing two key starters, Max Fried (strained left forearm) and Kyle Wright (right shoulder inflammation) to the injured list in early May. Each is expected to miss at least two months.

RHP Dereck Rodriguez, who gave up one hit in two scoreless innings, was optioned to Gwinnett after the game to clear a roster spot for Soroka.


Phillies right-hander Dylan Covey (0-1), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 20, didn’t make it through the first inning. Covey allowed seven runs, five earned, and six hits, including the homers by Olson and Riley.


Phillies: 3B Alex Bohm was held out with hamstring tightness. … LHP José Alvarado (left elbow inflammation) threw the bullpen session originally scheduled for Saturday. Manager Rob Thomson said there was no report that Alvarado, who was placed on the injured list on May 10, had any difficulty.


Phillies: Following an off day, LHP Ranger Suárez (0-1, 9.82 ERA) is scheduled to face Mets RHP Kodai Senga (4-3, 3.94 ERA) in Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series in New York.

Braves: Soroka was 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in eight games with Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed a combined four hits and two runs over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts. RHP Paul Blackburn (7-6, 4.28 ERA in 2022) is scheduled to make his 2023 debut for Oakland as he returns from a finger injury.