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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Giants 3, Rockies 2: Kelby Tomlinson, which is somehow not the name of an SEC quarterback, hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the ninth to lift San Francisco. “Just hoping to get a pitch that I could handle and get it in play there,” Tomlinson said after the game, showing that his promotion from Sacramento last week was due to his finally mastering his cliches.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 6: Two outs in the ninth. Bases loaded. The Yankees clinging to a one-run lead in a wild, back and forth game. Justin Smoak drives one to deep left field! It’s to the wall! It’s . . .

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Hey, nice grab Brett Gardner. Let’s watch that one:

The Jays have lost four of five and are now tied with Boston atop the AL East. The Yankees, while still four and a half back in the East and three and a half back in the Wild Card, are seven games over .500.

Nationals 9, Braves 7: Braves rookie Dansby Swanson hit his first big league homer — an inside the park job — but you gotta pitch too and the Braves didn’t do enough of that. No one did, really, as these two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in this three hour thirty eight minute game. It was tied at six until the eighth inning when Nats scored three. They also had a five run third inning.

Cardinals 9, Pirates 7: Also a 9-7 game but this one took exactly two minutes less time, maybe because only 12 pitchers were used instead of 14. This one ended with the Cards knocking the Pirates over the head with a sledgehammer, man, hitting three homers in the top of the ninth, turning a one-run deficit into a three-run lead. Matt Carpenter was one of the homer hitters. His was of the pinch hit variety. It was St. Louis’ 15th pinch hit homer this season, which is a major league record. Pittsburgh has now lost eight straight.

Astros 4, Indians 3: Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off of Corey Kluber, who had been pitching lights out for the last two months. Gonzalez hit two doubles as well. The Astros have won 13 of their last 17.

Mets 5, Reds 3: The Mets hit four homers, including a two-run shot for Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh which gave the Mets the lead. Cespedes also nailed Brandon Phillips with a great throw from the left field wall to end the eighth inning:

Royals 10, Twins 3: Brian Dozier homered again — he has 39 on the year now and has homered in five straight games — but Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in five. Things were tied heading into the ninth but the Royals scored seven that frame on four RBI singles and a Morales three-run shot. Sal Perez had to leave the game in the sixth after being hit by a pitch in the wrist.

Phillies 4, Marlins 3: Giancarlo Stanton was activated and had a pinch hit but the Marlins are still free falling, losing their tenth in the last eleven games. Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis each drove in two runs for the Phillies. Adam Morgan had been 0-9 with a 6.72 ERA in his last 15 appearances but the Marlins made him look like pretty darn good.

Orioles 11, Rays 2: Manny Machado hit a grand slam in the O’s six-run fourth inning. He added an RBI single in the eighth. Chris Davis and Adam Jones homered too, as the O’s pull to within one of Boston and Toronto and add a game lead to their position as the second Wild Card team because . . .

White Sox 2, Tigers 0: . . . Detroit couldn’t do anything against Miguel Gonzalez and three White Sox relievers. Jose Abreu homered. He was hitting just .242/.304/.382 through the end of May. Since then he’s put up insane numbers to bring his overall line to a pretty nice .294/.347/.480 with 23 homers and 87 RBI.

Brewers 12, Cubs 5: The Cubs have been on fire of late (with “of late” being defined as “the entire 2016 season, save a week or two when people pretended that something was wrong with them”) but a five-run first inning from Milwaukee cooled them off a bit. Jason Hammel didn’t fool anyone in that first inning, as Jonathan Villar homered to lead things off, Ryan Braun had an RBI single, Domingo Santana singled in two and Martin Maldonado added a sacrifice fly. After that it was all bratwurst and High Life.

Athletics 3, Angels 2: The A’s were down 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth when Ryon Healey hit an RBI single and Joey Wendle drove two in with a single of his own. Your job today: poll ten baseball fans you know and ask them if they know what team Ryon Healy and Joey Wendle play for. God, I love September.

Rangers 10, Mariners 7: Elvis Andrus homered and hit three doubles, driving in a couple. He also had two errors in a game that, based on the box score anyway, looked like a sloppy mess. Texas has won eight of ten.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 2: Shelby Miller continues to be lost in the desert, allowing five runs — four earned — on 11 hits in four and a third innings. Ross Stripling wasn’t all that sharp, but he hit an RBI single in the second which have the Dodgers a lead they’d never relinquish and the bullpen was strong for L.A. The Dodgers remain four games ahead of the Giants, which is their biggest lead of the year.

Red Sox 5, Padres 1: Clay Buchholz, making his first start in a couple of weeks, allowed one run while pitching into the seventh inning as Jackie Bradley Jr., and Chris Young homered. The Sox are now tied for first with Toronto in the East.

Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph: meet Juan Marichal and John Roseboro

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Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns. No one is gonna be talking nearly as much about the outcome today, however, as they are the carnage.

Specifically, the carnage that led to Browns defensive end Myles Garrett getting ejected from the game after ripping Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off, swinging it at him and connecting with Rudolph’s skull as the game came to a close. Things were already chippy as all get-out, but that obviously led to a brawl which will lead to a ton of suspensions, including a possibly record-breaking one for Garrett. For all your analysis on that, check out PFT, obviously.

The incident will dominate the sports shows today because malicious attempts to injure another player with a piece of equipment are pretty rare in professional sports. There was at least one incident in baseball history, however, that was analogous to what went down in Cleveland last night.

It took place on August 22, 1965 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during a Dodgers-Giants game. That’s when Giants ace Juan Marichal, playing the role of Garrett, took a baseball bat to the head of Dodgers catcher John Roseboro, standing in for Rudolph.

The Dodgers and Giants are rivals, of course, and in 1965 the two teams were in a pitched battle for the N.L. pennant, with the Dodgers leading San Francisco by a game and a half as the day began.

Pitchers in 1965 were a bit more aggressive about claiming the inside part of the plate than they are today, and on that day, everyone seemed cranky. Marichal knocked Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills down with some chin music in the top of the second for, it appears, committing the terrible transgression of bunting for a single in his first at bat of the game. In response Koufax fired a fastball over Willie Mays’ head, sending the ball to the backstop. So everyone was even, yeah?

Nah. Marichal responded in the top of third with an inside fastball that sent Dodgers first baseman Ron Fairly sprawling to the dirt. At that point home plate umpire Shag Crawford issued a warning, indicating that that the next close pitch from either team would result in an ejection. Walter Alston’s Dodgers, though, were a clever bunch. Sure, maybe a close pitch was going to get an ace ejected in a pennant race, but there are other ways to buzz someone’s tower, right?

Pitchers batted in every game back then, of course, and Marichal came to bat in the bottom of the third. Koufax didn’t throw at him, though. Instead, Roseboro, catching for L.A., threw the ball back to Koufax in such a way as to have it sail close to Marichal’s head as he stood in the batter’s box. He later admitted in his autobiography that it was no accident, he was trying to intimidate Marichal.

Marichal flipped out, clubbing Roseboro with his bat, after which all hell broke loose (all photos, and the original caption from 1965, are from Getty Images):

 

Juan Marichal holding bat, John Roseboro attacked, and Sandy Koufax closes in.

 

Roseboro throws a punch at Marichal while latter swings bat and Koufax comes in to try and break it up.

 

On deck batter Giant Tito Fuentes pulls Roseboro away while Marichal wields bat at Koufax while umpire Shag Crawford and Giant coach Charlie Fox try to break it up.

 

Umpire Shag Crawford wrestles with Marichal while Dodgers Jim Gilliam (19) and Koufax come in. Rear is Giants coach Charlie Fox. Marichal falls to the ground on top of Shag Crawford while Giants Orlando Cepeda joins the melee.

 

Umpire Shag Crawford is shown here wrestling with Marichal as Dodgers Jim Gilliam (#19) and Sandy Koufax join in. In the rear is Giants’ coach Charlie Fox.

 

Identifiable L-R: Dodger Jim Gilliam (19); John Roseboro (with chest protector); Giants Orlando Cepeda (30); Cap Peterson (17); Warren Spahn; and Mgr. Herman Franks (3).

Willie Mays was credited with keeping the brawl from getting worse. Roseboro had military and martial arts training and, as you can see in the second photo, he was not slowed by his head injury — an injury that would require 14 stitches — from trying to take Marichal apart. Mays was the one who ultimately pulled Roseboro away and out of the fracas. He even held a towel to Roseboro’s head which by then had begun to bleed profusely. The fight eventually ended, with several players sustaining injuries due to kicks and accidental spikings of hands and legs and stuff.

The incident delayed the game for 14 minutes but the fallout beyond that was pretty tame compared to today’s standards. Marichal got an eight day suspension which, because of scheduled doubleheaders, caused him to miss ten games. He was also fined $1,750, which is around $15,000 today. Roseboro only missed two games due to his injury. The Dodgers would lose this game thanks to a big homer from Mays off of Koufax, but the Dodgers would go on to win the pennant and defeat the Minnesota Twins in the World Series.

There was additional fallout: Roseboro sued Marichal for $110,000 in damages. They’d eventually settle, with Roseboro receiving $7,500 from Marichal.

But there was no lingering bad blood. In interviews after the incident both players admitted that there was much more on their minds in 1965 that might’ve contributed to their aggression on that day. There was the rivalry, of course, and the pennant race. But Marichal had been much more personally distracted by a civil war in his native Dominican Republic that raged in 1965 and would not end until September. Roseboro had been, understandably, affected by the Watts Riots in Los Angeles which had taken place just over a week before this game. When you feel helpless about situation A, you often channel your feelings into situation B and both men said that something like that was probably simmering.

Marichal would play for the Dodgers for two games in 1975, the final year of his career. Roseboro had already retired, but Marichal’s cup of coffee with L.A. allowed them to meet up at a Dodgers old-timers game in 1982. There they posed for this photo: 

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“There were no hard feelings on my part,” Roseboro told the L.A. Times in 1990. Roseboro died in 2002. Marichal was an honorary pallbearer at his funeral.

Let’s check in with Garrett and Ruldolph in 37 years to see how they’re doing.