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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Seems like everyone woke up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday. Such fun!

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 10, Red Sox 7: The Yankees won this because they built an 8-1 lead by the fourth inning thanks in part to two two-run homers from Gary Sanchez and a two-run triple from Giancarlo Stanton. What everyone cares about, however, is what went down in the seventh inning when the benches cleared. Setting the stage for it was a hard — probably dirty — slide by Tyler Austin into Sox’ shortstop Brock Holt, with at least one spike up, kind of whipping his leg into him:

Joe Kelly didn’t care for it, so when Austin was up in the seventh he drilled him, leading to some fisticuffsmanship:

 

This is one of those deals where both guys were wrong, I think. I’ve seen Yankees fans defending it, but the slide was B.S. in my view. At the same time, throwing at guys, even for B.S. is dumb. I know it’s expected given the deeply-embedded codes and rituals of baseball culture, and I know that as such most fans will adjudge Austin the punk here and Kelly just doing what baseball players do, but it’s still dumb. Guys get broken wrists and worse many times a year from being hit by pitches and no matter what provoked you, throwing at guys is stupid and dangerous. Heck, ask Elvis Andrus, whose season may have ended last night on a plunking.

Of course, THAT being said, once Austin was hit, those same codes and rituals of baseball culture tend to dictate that you take your lump like a man and then take your base, because guys can get hit in a big free-for-all too. Even after the game Austin was saying he thought his slide was clean, but I bet even his teammates disagree, even if they keep that opinion to themselves.

Upshot: it was all stupid and unnecessary. At least for most people. For some, it was very, very much needed:

It’s pretty clear that the media has been hungering for old timey bad blood between the Yankees and Sox for many years now. Well, they got it.

Rockies 6, Padres 4: This brawl won’t be talked about as much as the Yankees-Sox fight but it was far more entertaining if, for no other reason, than Luis Perdomo threw his dang glove at Nolan Arenado in self defense after plunking him, after which he backpedaled like an All-American cornerback taken in the first round of the draft:

But wait! Perdomo wasn’t even the only Padres player to throw his glove! Freddy Galvis got in on that action too:

I guess Perdomo’s glove-throw slowed a charging Arenado down for a second, but I doubt Galvis’ throw did damage. Hard to get much mustard on a Rawlings.

Anyway, there would be five ejections here and the Rockies would score five runs after the fight settled down. No one will remember any of the baseball. Many might ask, though, how this managed to get so out of hand, seeing as though the bad blood began the night before, when Padres outfielder Manuel Margot got hit in the ribs by a pitch, putting him on the disabled list. Before this fight, Trevor Story got plunked in the first Hunter Renfroe got hit in the second. At some point someone’s gotta say “that’s it, it’s over.” By not doing that, someone could get their wrist broken. Or, as will no doubt be the case here, suspended for several games.

Braves 5, Nationals 3: Matt Adams‘ ninth inning homer forced extras and extras were pretty interesting. The Braves almost went ahed on a straight steal of home by Ender Inciarte in the 10th, but the ump and replay said he was out. Judge for yourself. Looked safe to me, but maybe I’m biased. Didn’t matter. Though Kurt Suzuki‘s 11th inning homer didn’t hold up, Peter Bourjos‘ 12th inning two-run single did, giving the Braves the win. Fourteen pitchers were used in this one and, since the Braves ran out of position players, they had a relief pitcher batting with men on base in the 12th. I have always loved baseball and likely always will love baseball, but modern baseball’s comically extreme emphasis on relief pitchers is pretty dreary.

Twins 9, Astros 8: The Twins took an 8-1 lead against Lance McCullers, but the Astros chipped back with four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, then rallied for two more runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. In the bottom half Max Kepler, who had homered earlier, drove a 3-2 slider from Brad Peacock into the stands in right field for a solo homer and a a walkoff win.  Minnesota took two of three games against the defending World Series champions. Not too shabby.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: Junior Guerra allowed one run and four hits in five and a third, buoyed by three early runs thanks in part to homers from Hernan Perez in the second and Eric Thames in the third. Adam Wainwright kept the Cards close with seven workmanlike innings, making the Cards rally in the ninth a plausible threat, but Matt Albers settled down after allowing a Tommy Pham homer to lock down the save.

White Sox 2, Rays 1: Is it really a bullpen day when your first arm out of the bullpen tosses five shutout innings? That’s what Yonny Chirinos did for the Rays, matching goose eggs with James Shields for four innings before C.J. Cron doubled in a run for Tampa Bay in the fifth. Chirinos would end up tossing five and a third scoreless and, after the game, make some comments that made it clear that he would like to be a real starter and not just the first boots on the ground in a mass bullpen deployment. The Rays lead would not hold, however, as Matt Davidson smacked a two-run homer off of Austin Pruitt in the eighth to put the White Sox over. No word if Pruitt had anything to say about his role afterward.

Mariners 4, Royals 2: Kyle Seager plated a run for the M’s in the first with a sac fly and two more in the eighth with a two-run homer. James Paxton didn’t get the win due to the timing of the runs but he did allow only two while striking out ten Royals batters over six innings. Nick Vincent got the win after throwing six pitches in a tie game and then watching the homer from the bench after he already knew he wouldn’t come back in. The win stat is dumb.

Diamondbacks 7, Giants 3: Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy each hit longballs and Goldschimdt would add in an RBI double. Safe to say he’s coming out of that early season slump. The Dbacks have won all four series in which they’ve played so far this year.

Indians 5, Tigers 1: The Indians rode a complete game three-hitter from Carlos Carrasco and a four-run fourth inning to take down the Tigers. All five of Cleveland’s runs in this one scored on singles.

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3: The Orioles avoid a three-game sweep and see their offense wake up a little bit with 11 hits. Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs, Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings. Given fights and extra innings and stuff all over baseball yesterday this one was pretty conventional, but check this out:

Phillies 4, Reds 3: Scott Kingery is making his presence felt on the young season. A couple of home runs in his previous couple of games and now he hits a walkoff. A walkoff sac fly, not a home run, but a walkoff win is a walkoff win. Another hero here was Odubel Herrera, who robbed Scooter Gennett of a two-run homer in the 10th with this leaping catch:

J.P. Crawford hit his first career homer and Cesar Hernandez went deep too.

Mets 4, Marlins 1: The Mets keep on humming along, taking this one and pushing their record up to 10-1. Zack Wheeler reminded us what all the fuss was about with him a few years ago by allowing one run over seven innings and striking out seven. He needed to be that good because Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia shut the Mets down for six. In the seventh, Adrian Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit two-run single. Wilmer Flores and Todd Frazier would add insurance runs with a ground rule double and a sac fly, respectively.

Angels 7, Rangers 2: Shohei Ohtani singled in a run in the first inning and ended up 1-for-3 with a walk. He also got picked off of first base by his former Nippon Ham Fighters teammate Chris Martin, but let’s not dwell on that. Kole Calhoun had three hits, including a two-run single, and scored twice and Jaime Barria (1-0) allowed one hit — a dinger — over five innings while working around three walks and a hit batsman to win his major league debut. The Angels sweep the series. Elvis Andrus broke his elbow. Bad night all around for Texas.

Cubs 13, Pirates 5: Javier Baez hit two homers again — he did it on Tuesday too — and scored the go-ahead run after a fun time on the base paths in the sixth. He actually struck out swinging leading off the inning but reached safely when the ball got past Francisco Cervelli. He advanced to second on a bouncer to first and then stole third base. At that point Tommy La Stella  hit a grounder to second on a drawn in infield but Baez broke for home anyway and beat an errant throw to the plate. Quite a night, eh? Kris Bryant added three hits and two RBI, Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs.

Athletics 16, Dodgers 6: The Athletics bats were not impressed with Alex Wood, tattooing the Dodgers starter for seven runs on seven hits in less than four innings. They were equally unimpressed by Wilmer Font turning regular mopup duty into one of those ugly you-gotta-wear-it games, ringing him up for six runs on six hits in two frames. Khris DavisMatt Chapman and Jed Lowrie all hit homers, and Lowrie ended up with four RBI on the night. Marcus Semien had two hits and four RBI himself and extended his hitting streak to nine games.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 4, Angels 3: I know I wake up kinda early, but the fact that people were still tweeting about this game from Angel Stadium when I woke up tells ya that it was something of a marathon. Fourteen innings with starting pitchers pinch-hitting and all of that kind of zaniness. Not terribly dramatic, though, as it was tied in the third inning and no one scored again until the 12th. The teams traded runs that frame — Aroldis Chapman blew the save — and then played two more. In the 14th Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela, who hit a sac fly to give New York their temporary 12th inning lead, singled home the go-ahead run. Thanks to all of their injuries the Yankees lineup was so anonymous that a split squad lineup for a mid-March trip to Sarasota looked at it and said “damn,” but the Bombers have won six of seven anyway.

As for the Angels:

I don’t know about “all around,” Brad, given that y’all lost, but it’s good to see that fan-pleasing media savvy you cultivated in Detroit has not abandoned you now that you’re in Anaheim.

Mets 5, Phillies 1: Everyone was talking about Bryce Harper getting ejected last night. I know he’s a big star and stuff, but a player getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes is one of the least exciting things around. No one ever gets ejected for interesting things like, I dunno, dancing like Jarvis Cocker after taking a walk or something.

That would be dope.

Anyway, Steven Matz bounced back from his nightmare outing last week to allow only one run on three hits over six innings. Jeff McNeil homered. Peter Alonso was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, which is one of the tougher ways to knock one in. The Phillies have lost four of five.

Diamondbacks 12, Pirates 4: Pittsburgh took a 4-1 lead into the seventh and then disaster struck. The Dbacks put up 11 runs in the seventh and eighth, which was bad enough, but it got worse. Pirates pitcher Nick Burdi appeared to seriously injure his arm, crumpling to the mound and doubling over in tears after throwing a fastball. This really sucks for a kid who had Tommy John surgery back in 2017 and now, no doubt, has something seriously wrong with his elbow or bicep. The Pirates will likely update today.

As for the Dbacks, Christian Walker hit a two-run homer, Eduardo Escobar homered and and finished with three RBI. It was the Dbacks’ ninth comeback win of the year. They’ve won 12 games overall.

White Sox 12, Orioles 2: José Abreu went 3-for-6 with a homer and five RBI. James McCann went deep for a three-run shot. The Orioles’ highlights: two errors from their shortstop, a base runner getting picked off of third base with the bases loaded and a reliever tossing three wild pitches in a single inning. They only drew 8,555 fans, though, so maybe they can pretend this didn’t happen.

Rays 6, Royals 3: Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh to turn a 3-3 game into a 5-3 game as the Rays came from behind. Yandy Díaz, Brandon Lowe and Daniel Robertson knocked in runs as well. This was Zunino’s first game back after paternity leave so he probably had a bit more adrenaline coursing through his veins. Which, if he is a new father is actually terror, but let’s be nice and call it adrenaline.

Cardinals 13, Brewers 5: There were a ton of one-run games on Sunday. On Monday we get three teams scoring more than a dozen and winning in laughers. Here Dexter Fowler atoned for his boner on Sunday by going 4-for-4 with a homer and driving in four. Paul Goldschmidt homered — his ninth — among three hits and three driven in. The Cardinals outhit Milwaukee 18-5.

Twins 9, Astros 5: Jorge Polanco had four hits, including a two-run homer and drove in four, Jason Castro dingered as well, Max Kepler and Nelson Cruz had RBI singles and C.J. Cron hit a two-run double. The Twins win their fourth straight. The Astros pitching staff has now allowed 29 runs in their last three contests.

Rockies 7, Nationals 5: If you’re gonna get your 998th career hit, why not make it an RBI double? If you’re gonna get your 999th career hit, why not make it another double? If you’re gonna get your 1,000th career hit, why not make it a homer that breaks a 5-5 tie late in the game and serves to be the winning run? That’s what Nolan Arenado did last night. A shame he didn’t make 999 a triple for symmetry’s sake, but that’s on MLB for not making me their show-runner. Mark Reynolds and  Raimel Tapia also homered for Colorado and Trevor Story extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Athletics 6, Rangers 1: Toledo Ohio’s own Chris Bassitt tossed five shutout frames for Oakland. No, I have no idea if Toledo claims him with pride or anything. I mean, they should, but I just said that because I looked up his player page and saw that he was born in Toledo. For all I know his family actually lived in some hoity-toity neighborhood in Maumee. Which I guess would be fine. I had a client who once lived and owned a business in Maumee. Nice guy. He’s in jail, but the last time I talked to him he was in good spirits. Of course that was 13 years ago, he’s still in jail and has a few more to go on his sentence so he may be grumpy these days, but at heart I’m sure he’s still a nice guy. Don’t look at me like that. I did my best on that case.

Wait, where was I? Ah, yes, the A’s-Rangers game: Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in three and Matt Chapman added a sac fly. Fernando Rodney pitched in his 907th career game, which puts him 24th on the all-time list, passing Cy Young. Bob Melvin after the game: “Fernando Rodney broke Cy Young’s record, pretty cool stuff.” Get you a manager who tells dad jokes about you. Not one who says a 14-inning loss was “a great baseball game all-around.”

Tigers vs. Red Sox — POSTPONED:

This morning it was summer
By noon a cold front building
Where did you go?
Where did you go?
I got to find some shelter
’cause any minute now
It’s gonna blow
It’s gonna blow
But I don’t mind the rain
So strike me once again:
I’ve got nothing to lose
And it looks like we are in for stormy weather
With death and destruction coming through
Oh, look out there she blows
Now everybody knows:
Stormy weather always makes me think of you
And watch out ’cause the storm is coming through