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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.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.