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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Astros 17, Twins 6: Houston hit six homers — two from George Springer, one of which went a mile — to complete a sweep in which they outscored the Twins 40-16 in three games. Overall the Astros have won nine in a row, scoring 62 runs in those games. This sort of thing tends not to last but boy howdy is Houston scary right now.

Brewers 7, Mets 1Junior Guerra shut out the Mets for six innings while Eric Thames hit his first homer in three weeks and Jacob deGrom failed to get into the fifth inning after giving up seven runs. Not everyone’s spirit was broken, however:

One is not defeated as long as one is still firing off freedom rockets. The Mets apologized for that, but dang it, they shouldn’t have had to. Mr. Met is the only guy on that club still fighting.

Athletics 3, Indians 1: Battle of the Shortstops! The A’s got all three of their runs via two homers from Chad Pinder. The Indians got their one run via a homer from Francisco Lindor. This game, which was on in a bar I went to, started at 6pm and lasted a quick two hours and thirty minutes. Having a ballgame start and end while you’re sitting in a bar usually makes you feel like kind of a lush, but in this case it was OK.

Marlins 10, Phillies 2: Justin Bour hit two homers, giving him 15 on the season. and giving the Marlins their fourth straight win. The other day I said that the Padres were arguably the worst team in baseball. The Phillies are making a very loud argument to the contrary.

Padres 2, Cubs 1: The Padres release of their claim on the title of worst in baseball is not just due to the Phillies Phutility, of course. Their beating the Cubs for the third straight time helps that quite a bit. Here Luis Perdomo and two relievers combined to hold the Cubs to three hits. In other news, the Cubs are 25-27 with a 0 run differential. The Chicago White Sox: 24-28 with a +19 run differential.

Orioles 10, Yankees 4: Adam Jones homered, doubled, singled and drove in five runs while the O’s lit up Masahiro Tanaka for seven runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds. Tanaka’s ERA is sitting at a hefty 6.34 on the year. That sucks. If I had told Yankees fans before the season that he’d pitch like that and yet the Yankees would still be in first place playing .600 ball come June, y’all would think I’m crazy.

Diamondbacks 6, Pirates 5: The Dbacks had leads in the ninth inning and the 11th inning and lost them both times, but Chris Owings singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning for the win. The whole affair took six hours: four and a half hours of game time and an hour and a half rain delay.

Blue Jays 5, Reds 4: The sweep. Devon Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning as the Jays win for the eighth time in nine games. They were 18-10 overall in May. They’re still in last place in the East, but only 5.5 games out and now they get a chance to play the first place Yankees while they’re hot.

Rays 7, Rangers 5: The Rays were down to their last out in the ninth inning when Keven Kiermaier pounced on a Matt Bush pitch to tie it up and force extras. Logan Morrison and Derek Norris homered in a three-run 10th inning to give the Rays the win. Tampa Bay leads all of baseball with 83 homers, though the Astros are only one behind despite having played two fewer games.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 1: Sox win! Drew Pomeranz struck out eight over seven one-run innings. Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4, including a tiebreaking single in Boston’s four-run sixth inning, in his first game since he was activated from the disabled list. It’s worth noting that Mike Pelfrey struck out five while pitching five scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He has a 1.13 ERA over his last three games. Mike Pelfrey. Who friggin’ knew?

Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1: Carlos Martinez was sharp, allowing one run on four hits and striking out nine over eight innings. He was nearly matched by Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed one run over six, but Dexter Fowler‘s eighth inning homer off of Ross Stripling put the Cards ahead for good.

Tigers 6, Royals 5: The Royals scored three in the first inning but the Tigers came back with six runs over the second, third and fourth and never relinquished the lead after that. Victor Martinez and Alex Avila went deep for Detroit.

Angels 2, Braves 1: Eric Young Jr. hit his first major league homer since 2014, breaking a 1-1 tie in the eighth. Matt Kemp hit his 250th career homer in a losing cause.

Mariners 5, Rockies 0: James Paxton and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. It was Paxton’s first start since May 2. He didn’t look like he missed a beat. He has not allowed an earned run in five of his seven starts and has a 1.26 ERA.

Nationals 3, Giants 1: Max Scherzer tossed a complete game, striking out 11, allowing only one run on five hits and needing only 100 pitches to get ‘er done.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.