And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Cubs 4, Brewers 0; Cubs 4, Brewers 1: Trevor Cahill and four relievers shut out Milwaukee in Game 1. Jason Hammel shut ’em out for seven innings in the nightcap. Aroldis Chapman saved both ends of the doubleheader. Anthony Rizzo pulled some parkour crap on a catch in foul territory.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 3: Mookie Betts with two homers and five RBI. Hear me out here, but I’m beginning to think he might be fairly good. He’s on a 38-homer pace at age 23. He’s hitting .426 with 12 homers and 18 RBI in 11 games against the Orioles this season. Look forward to a good 10-15 years of dreading this guy, Baltimore fans.

Blue Jays 12, Yankees 6: Rebuilding ain’t all about seeing nice young players come up and do well early, Yankees fans. It’s also about blowing 6-0 leads after five innings and allowing eight-run eighths. Russell Martin homered twice. Troy Tulowitzki had four hits. My friend Jake, a Yankees fan, has never had to witness a rebuild in his adult life, but he’s already feeling how they go in his bones. Here he is tweeting right after Martin’s eighth inning homer made it 6-4 and Josh Donaldson had reached base:

Yeah, he called it. There’s a certain warmth in knowing these things.

Dodgers 15, Phillies 5: All Chase Utley did was come back to Philly, hit two homers, drive in five and get a warmer reception from the Philly crowd than any Phillies player has since, like, 2011. The Dodgers, by the way, are now in first place in the National League West.

Indians 3, White Sox 1: Corey Kluber allowed one run over six innings while striking out seven while Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis each drove in a run. Kluber is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts. The Indians now have a six-game lead in the Central.

Royals 6, Tigers 1: Raul Mondesi‘s first big league homer — off of Justin Verlander of all people — was one of four dingers hit by the Royals. Meanwhile Danny Duffy continued his sharp pitching of late, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in seven and two-thirds, striking out five.

Twins 4, Braves 2: The first round of the battle of the two worst teams in baseball goes to Minnesota. I was going to skip this entire series on general principle, but then Atlanta goes and calls up Dansby Swanson, so I’ll probably watch tonight. I haven’t reduced myself to such a low level since . . . the Braves played Minnesota three weeks ago. Dammit, baseball, you’re the worst. Why can’t I quit you?

Reds 6, Marlins 3: Associated Press headline:

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A “Barnhart Slam” would make a great name for (a) a small, rural semi-professional wrestling event, possibly at a county fair; or (b) a breakfast special at Barnhart’s Country Kitchen, just off Route 16, five miles south of Turkey Knob. Cecil Barnhart runs both the restaurant and the wrestling show. He’s got his fingers in a lot of pies. Made his money in mining equipment, I hear. Got a pretty daughter.

Rays 15, Padres 1: A big day for dudes hitting two homers. Brad Miller did it too, joining Utley, Martin and Betts. I think that’s all anyway. Even Longoria, Nick Franklin and Corey Dickerson also went long. Longoria had three hits and tied Carl Crawford for the most games played for the Rays, all-time. That’s somethin’.

Rangers 5, Athletics 4: Danny Valencia singled in the tying run in the ninth to force extras and the A’s added two runs in the 10th to make it 4-2. That’s a great position to be in. At least if your bullpen doesn’t then give up four walks, a two-run single and then hit a batter with the bases loaded to end the game. That’s the second walkoff HBP to happen in the past eight days. The Reds did it to the Cardinals last week. In other news, Coco Crisp got the start a day after complaining to the press that the A’s are benching him to keep his 2017 option from vesting. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Cardinals 8, Astros 5: Jedd Gyorko has hit three homers in his past four games. Here it was a three-run shot to give the Cards breathing room in the sixth inning. Tommy Pham went deep too, tying things up after St. Louis fell behind by two. The Cardinals maintain their one-game lead for the second Wild Card slot.

Rockies 6, Nationals 2: DJ LeMahieu had three hits and reached base for the ninth straight plate appearance, raising his average to .342, which is good enough for second in the National League. He was 3-for-3 with a walk here, went 4-for-4 on Monday and walked in his final plate appearance on Sunday. Ten pitchers were used in a game that lasted less than three hours. I guess Dusty Baker and Walt Weiss were running to the mound each time they made a call to the bullpen.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 5: Noah Syndergaard allowed two earned runs while pitching into the sixth inning but, more impressively, hit a deep two-run homer in the fifth, his third of the year. Kelly Johnson homered too as the Mets built a six run lead by the sixth inning and then held on as a the Dbacks’ rally fell short.

Angels 7, Mariners 6: Hey, the Angels won! First time after 11 straight losses. Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Cliff Pennington hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning as the Angels rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the fifth and a 6-5 deficit in the seventh.

Pirates 4, Giants 3Jung Ho Kang hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth as the Pirates win for the fifth time in six games, knocking the Giants out first place for the first time since May 10th. San Francisco has the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break at 9-20.

Umpire Cory Blaser made two atrocious calls in the top of the 11th inning

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The Astros walked off 3-2 winners in the bottom of the 11th inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Yankees. Carlos Correa struck the winning blow, sending a first-pitch fastball from J.A. Happ over the fence in right field at Minute Maid Park, ending nearly five hours of baseball on Sunday night.

Correa’s heroics were precipitated by two highly questionable calls by home plate umpire Cory Blaser in the top half of the 11th.

Astros reliever Joe Smith walked Edwin Encarnación with two outs, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to bring in Ryan Pressly. Pressly, however, served up a single to left field to Brett Gardner, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Hinch again came out to the mound, this time bringing Josh James to face power-hitting catcher Gary Sánchez.

James and Sánchez had an epic battle. Sánchez fell behind 0-2 on a couple of foul balls, proceeded to foul off five of the next six pitches. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Sánchez appeared to swing and miss at an 87 MPH slider in the dirt for strike three and the final out of the inning. However, Blaser ruled that Sánchez tipped the ball, extending the at-bat. Replays showed clearly that Sánchez did not make contact at all with the pitch. James then threw a 99 MPH fastball several inches off the plate outside that Blaser called for strike three. Sánchez, who shouldn’t have seen a 10th pitch, was upset at what appeared to be a make-up call.

The rest, as they say, is history. One pitch later, the Astros evened up the ALCS at one game apiece. Obviously, Blaser’s mistakes in a way cancel each other out, and neither of them caused Happ to throw a poorly located fastball to Correa. It is postseason baseball, however, and umpires are as much under the microscope as the players and managers. Those were two particularly atrocious judgments by Blaser.