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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 12, Marlins 1: Didi Gregorius hit two homers, Aaron Judge added his own blast and Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with three knocked in. Luis Severino, comfortably supported, allowed only one hit over six shutout innings while striking out eight. Giancarlo Stanton went hitless and struck out twice in his first game against the Marlins since being traded. He was booed by the Yankees faithful again. I’m sure he’s happy with the win, but it was probably not how he pictured this game for the past four months.

Rockies 6, Pirates 2: Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story each went deep in support of German Marquez, who went six, allowing two runs on two hits. Story’s three-run blast broke him out of a terrible skid in which he went 1-for-15 with ten strikeouts in his last series against the Nats. Or, perhaps it just temporarily interrupted a longer skid, the form of which we do not yet know. Baseball and end points are both arbitrary things.

Nationals 8, Mets 6: Bryce Harper hit a 406-foot homer with a broken bat. That’s pretty cool. He’s not the first one to do that, of course, but he’s definitely in good company:

That homer came in the first inning, giving Washington a 1-0 lead. The Mets would then proceed to score six unanswered runs, giving them a 6-1 lead heading into the eighth. Washington would then rally for six in the eighth, kicked off by Harper’s two-run single, followed by a Matt Reynolds bases-loaded walk, a Wilmer Difo two-run single and another bases-loaded walk, this time to Michael Taylor. Two of those runs were charged to Jacob deGrom, whom Mickey Calloway allowed to start the eighth inning after he had cruised for the first seven. deGrom only recorded one out before departing. It took four more Mets relievers to get the final two outs of that inning. Woof.

Rays 8, Rangers 4: Tampa Bay jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings and ended up assaulting Rangers starter Martin Perez for eight runs — seven earned — on ten hits over four innings. The early runs came on errors and singles and a fielder’s choice. The final couple came via solo shots from C.J. Cron and Daniel Robertson. Not to be confused with Drew Robinson, who replaced Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar, who left with an apparent injury, after Rays outfielder Mallex Smith slid into him hard, causing Profar to hit the ground. He’s now being monitored for concussion symptoms.

There aren’t any great angles on the video I’ve seen of the slide, but it seems like Profar was in front of the bag, in between it and Smith, in effect walking into the slide himself as opposed to Smith going out of the baseline to take him out. Smith’s slide did come rather late, though, so at least some in attendance think the Rangers won’t take to it kindly:

Braves 2, Phillies 1: Julio Teheran and Aaron Nola dueled, allowing one run and two runs over six, respectively. Odubel Herrera homered in the first but made a couple of costly mistakes. The first came in the third inning when he was on his way to second on what could’ve been a double but he failed to slide into second and was tagged out. Had he made it — and it seemed like he would’ve — Philly would have had runners at second and third with one out. The second miscue came in the fourth inning, when Herrera, the center fielder, and rightfielder Aaron Altherr each failed to call for a fly shallow fly ball with a runner on third. Altherr ran over from right field to make the play, but his throw to the plate was late, allowing Ozzie Albies to score what ended up being the winning run. Herrera should’ve called off Altherr and taken that ball and, with straight-ahead, forward momentum, would’ve had a way better chance of nailing Albies. Albies said after the game that their confusion in the outfield was what inspired him to break for home. After the game Gabe Kapler had a closed door meeting with Herrera, after which Herrera apologized to his teammates. That’s not what you want.

Reds 10, Brewers 4: Cincinnati’s eight-game losing streak ends thanks to three runs driven in by Billy Hamilton and a six-run sixth inning off of Brewers reliever Oliver Drake. Joey Votto got his first extra base hit of the season if you can believe it.

Athletics 8, White Sox 1: A’s starter Daniel Mengden was outstanding, allowing one run on six hits over eight innings. Matt Olson homered and Jed Lowrie drove in three. The White Sox didn’t have many highlights in the game, but this one from Yolmer Sanchez was pretty spiffy:

Mariners 2, Astros 1: James Paxton‘s one run over six innings beat Dallas Keuchel‘s two runs over eight. Nelson Cruz‘s fourth inning homer and Dee Gordon‘s RBI double in the sixth beat George Springer‘s first inning solo shot. Houston has lost three in a row and they ain’t exactly tearing up the pea patch on offense.

Dodgers 10, Padres 3: A five-run third effectively ended this one but the Dodgers added four in the ninth to put an exclamation point on the night. Yasmani Grandal, a former Padre, was the big bat here, driving in five via an RBI double in the second and hitting a grand slam for those four ninth inning runs. Matt Kemp, also a former Padre, who was actually traded to San Diego for Grandal, hit a three-run homer.

Orioles vs. Red Sox, Cardinals vs. Cubs, Royals vs. Blue Jays — POSTPONED:

Momma loves her baby
And Daddy loves her, too
And the sea may look warm to ya, Baby
And the sky may look blue
Baby
Baby Blue
Baby
If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life
Dragging behind you the silent reproach
Of a million tear-stained eyes
Don’t be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
With your fear flowing out from behind you
As you claw the ice

The Brewers aren’t going to give up the National League pennant easily

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The Dodgers only need one more win to clinch the NL pennant and advance to a World Series showdown against the Red Sox, but they might not get that chance tonight. Following David Freese‘s leadoff home run off of Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley, the Brewers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.

In his second start of the NLCS, Dodgers’ southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-on, two-out situation when Jesus Aguilar came up to the plate in the first inning. Aguilar worked a 2-1 count against Ryu, then lashed a two-run line drive double to right field, bringing both Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun home to score. In the next at-bat, Mike Moustakas drove in Aguilar with a first-pitch double to right, while Erik Kratz‘s RBI single topped off the Brewers’ four-run spread to give them an early 4-1 advantage.

Ryu didn’t get a reprieve for long. In the second, Christian Yelich and Braun went back-to-back with another pair of doubles to advance the Brewers 5-1 above their National League rivals. The lefty was pulled after just three innings of seven-hit, five-run, three-strikeout ball — per MLB.com’s Bill Shaikin, it marked just the second time the 31-year-old had given up four or more runs in a start this season.

The Dodgers started to work their way back in the fifth inning: Freese returned with an RBI double that plated Brian Dozier, who scooted around from first and easily beat the tag at the plate to score the Dodgers’ second run of the night. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings. The Brewers still lead in the fifth, 5-2.