And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Padres 3, Giants 1: Oh man, the Giants. Luis Perdomo outdueled Madison Bumgarner because of course he did. The Giants offense has been putrid — they scored just five runs against the Padres in their three-game series, dropping all three to the lowly Padres. San Francisco had the best record in baseball at the All-Star break. They now have only a half game lead over the second Wild Card qualifier right now, the Mets, and a one game lead over the closest team not currently in playoff position, the Cardinals. They both lost yesterday too so, OK, the Giants are safe for now, but this is getting into historic collapse territory.

Rays 8, Blue Jays 1: Alex Cobb won. The last time he had won before that was September 23, 2014. That’s quite a stretch. Cobb allowed one run while pitching into the seventh and was supported by homers from Corey Dickerson and Kevin Kiermaier. Congratulations, Kevin!

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 0: Jon Lester with eight shutout innings, backed by homers from Anthony Rizzo — who drove in three — and David Ross. The Cubs can clinch the division with a win tonight at home vs. Milwaukee or if the Cardinals lose to the Giants in San Francisco.

Dodgers 2, Yankees 0: Goose eggs until the ninth when Justin Turner doubled in a run and then later came around to score on a Yasmani Grandal fielder’s choice. Clayton Kershaw only pitched into the sixth, as he’s still building stamina, but he was very Clayton Kersahw as he did it, allowing only one hit and striking out five.

Nationals 1, Mets 0: Tanner Roark shut ’em out for seven innings and the pen handled the rest. Wilson Ramos‘ homer in the seventh was the game’s only scoring.

Orioles 1, Red Sox 0: Kevin Gausman shut ’em out for eight innings and the pen handled the rest. Mark Trumbo‘s homer in the second was the game’s only scoring.

Brewers 7, Reds 0: Junior Guerra shut ’em out for six innings and the pen handled the rest. Scooter Gennett‘s homer in the third inning, Domingo Santana‘s homer in the eighth inning and Manny Pina‘s RBI single in the second inning was the game’s only scoring. OK, this pattern is starting to break down.

Athletics 8, Royals 0: Sean Manaea shut ’em out for five innings and the pen handled the rest. Yonder Alonso‘s double in the first inning, Marcus Semien‘s double in the third inning, Bruce Maxwell‘s single in the third inning, Khris Davis‘ single in the eighth inning and Ryon Healy‘s single in the eighth inning was the game’s only scoring.

Yup, six shutouts went down yesterday. Good effort, you guys.

Phillies 6, Pirates 2: Freddy Galvis homered again. That’s 19 on the year for him, 10 of which have come in the past 32 games after he said he adjusted his swing. Before this year his career high for homers was 7 and he had a grand total of 20 career homers in 322 games before this year so, yeah, I’d say that’s an adjustment.

Tigers 9, Twins 6: It was tied at six entering the bottom of the seventh when Miguel Cabrera homered to give Detroit the lead. They added two more in the eighth via an Ian Kinsler single and a wild pitch. Kinsler went 4-for-5 with three RBI in all and Cameron Maybin and Cabrera each drove in a pair. Detroit is a game back of the Jays for the Wild Card now.

Mariners 2, Angels 1: Eight straight wins for the Mariners, thanks to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager homers. Seattle is right on the Tigers’ tails, one and a half back of the second wild card.

Marlins 7, Braves 5: Game highlight: Marcell Ozuna throwing out a runner at first base from right field. It was a pitcher, but it’s still pretty impressive. Ozuna also hit a three-run homer, so he had quite a night. Earlier, the benches cleared after Braves pitchers threw two separate pitches at Jose Fernandez’s head. This came after an exchange of plunkings in which Fernandez hit Nick Markakis on the hip with a fastball — Markakis had homered earlier — and Julio Teheran plunked Martin Prado. Somewhere in that Braves dugout likewise remains institutional memory of the Braves and Fernandez getting into it a couple of years ago over home run trots and other assorted bullcrap. All of which is dumb, honor culture nonsense that could easily get someone seriously hurt and looks particularly bad on a couple of teams going nowhere.

Indians 6, White Sox 1: Jose Ramirez tripled in a couple of runs, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer and Josh Tomlin was effective for five innings. There were 1,122 fewer dogs at this game than there were the night before.

Astros 8, Rangers 4: Hey, the Astros beat the Rangers. That’s rare. It was costly, however, as both Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman eft with injuries. An oblique and a hamstring, respectively. Turn out the light, Houston, the party’s over.

Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 6: Jean Segura homered twice — he did it the day before too — as the Dbacks sweep the Rockies. Arizona scored 34 runs in the three-game series. The Rockies should go back to Colorado now and think about what they’ve done. The rest of us should never speak of this abominable baseball again.

Jones, Maddux, Morris consider Bonds, Clemens for Hall

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Hall of Famers Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris and Ryne Sandberg are among 16 members of the contemporary baseball era committee that will meet to consider the Cooperstown fate of an eight-man ballot that includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro.

Hall of Famers Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell also are on the panel, which will meet in San Diego ahead of the winter meetings.

They will be joined by former Toronto CEO Paul Beeston, former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, Anaheim Angels owner Arte Moreno, Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng, Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter and Chicago White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams.

Three media members/historians are on the committee: longtime statistical analyst Steve Hirdt of Stats Perform, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Neal and Slusser are past presidents of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Hall Chairman Jane Forbes Clark will be the committee’s non-voting chair.

The ballot also includes Albert Belle, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy and Curt Schilling. The committee considers candidates whose careers were primarily from 1980 on. A candidate needs 75% to be elected and anyone who does will be inducted on July 23, along with anyone chosen in the BBWAA vote, announced on Jan. 24.

Bonds, Clemens and Schilling fell short in January in their 10th and final appearances on the BBWAA ballot. Bonds received 260 of 394 votes (66%), Clemens 257 (65.2%) and Schilling 231 (58.6%).

Palmeiro was dropped from the BBWAA ballot after receiving 25 votes (4.4%) in his fourth appearance in 2014, falling below the 5% minimum needed to stay on. His high was 72 votes (12.6%) in 2012.

Bonds denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and Clemens maintains he never used PEDs. Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days in August 2005 following a positive test under the major league drug program, just over two weeks after getting his 3,000th hit.

A seven-time NL MVP, Bonds set the career home run record with 762 and the season record with 73 in 2001. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens went 354-184 with a 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Randy Johnson (4,875). Palmeiro had 3,020 hits and 568 homers.

Schilling fell 16 votes shy with 285 (71.1%) in 2021. Support dropped after hateful remarks he made in retirement toward Muslims, transgender people, reporters and others.

McGriff got 169 votes (39.8%) in his final year on the BBWAA ballot in 2019. Murphy was on the BBWAA ballot 15 times and received a high of 116 votes (23.2%) in 2000. Mattingly received a high of 145 votes (28.2%) in the first of 15 appearances on the BBWAA ballot in 2001, and Belle appeared on two BBWAA ballots, receiving 40 votes (7.7%) in 2006 and 19 (3.5%) in 2007.

Players on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list cannot be considered, a rule that excludes Pete Rose.

This year’s BBWAA ballot includes Carlos Beltran, John Lackey and Jered Weaver among 14 newcomers and Scott Rolen, Todd Helton and Billy Wagner among holdovers.