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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Angels 7, Twins 4: Shohei Ohtani homered — his fifth dinger on the year — and hit an RBI double and Justin Upton homered for the third straight game. Ohtani is batting .354/.400/.667 with five homers in 65 at bats. The Angels have won seven of nine.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4: Boston led 4-0, New York stormed back to tie it at 4 in the seventh, but J.D. Martinez put an end to the Yankees’ hopes of a comeback win by launching a solo homer off of Dellin Betances in the eighth to salvage the series for the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs and homered. The Sox pull back even with the Yankees for the AL East lead at 26-11. New York and Boston have split six games this year. The next time they meet: June 29 at Yankee Stadium.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 3: Because I’m a suburban husband I found myself at a suburban wine tasting club/restaurant kind of place last night with the missus. As she and her friend chatted I noticed another suburban husband next to me watching this game on his phone as his wife chatted with her friend, just as stuck as me. I asked him if he cared if I watched over his shoulder and he said “nah, gotta do what ya gotta do.” I asked him why he chose this game and he said “raining in New York.” Anyway, that’s the first time I’ve ever watched a baseball game on someone else’s phone over their shoulder at a suburban wine tasting place. I guess there are worse things to do with your Thursday evening. As for the game: the Mariners scored four in the first on a Kyle Seager grand slam and one in each of the next four innings, which included a second Seager homer. Jean Segura had four hits. The Viognier was not to my liking but I did take home two bottles of the Cab Franc. As any Frenchman knows, all the best Cab Francs come from wine clubs housed in malls.

Orioles 11, Royals 6Adam Jones homered and knocked in three and Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also went deep as the Orioles came back from a first inning 4-0 deficit to win their second straight. Normally winning two in a row is not a thing I make note of in this feature, but it’s only the second time Baltimore has won two in a row all year, so let them have this, OK? 

Braves 9, Marlins 2: Ozzie Albies hit a grand slam as part of the Braves seven-run sixth inning and knocked in five in all. Freddie Freeman went yard too as the Braves win in a laugher. I must say, if the team you root for must go on a two-city road trip, I highly recommend that it be the Tampa-Miami road trip.

Brewers 5, Rockies 2: Jhoulys Chacin hasn’t pitched for the Rockies since 2014, but in my mind he’s always been a Colorado Rocky. Last night, though, he faced the Rockies while wearing a Brewers uniform and he did pretty well, allowing two runs while pitching into the sixth and picking up the W. He was relieved by Boone Logan, who was last a Rocky in 2016, but in my mind Boone Logan will always be a Yankee. Matt Albers pitched next. He’s been on like eight or nine different teams. To me he’s a man of the world.

Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1: Zack Greinke deserved a better fate than this. He allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, working the corners and looking great. He even drove in a run with an RBI single in the fifth. The problem was that Tanner Roark also allowed one run on four hits in seven innings and this one went to extras, where Matt Adams singled the opposite way, foiling the shift, to knock in Trea Turner in the 11th and give Washington the win. I realize this game went extra innings, but am I the only one who finds it ridiculous that a 2-1 game in which both starters went seven frames required 12 pitchers in all to finish? That’s insane, right? I’m not just taking crazy pills here?

Phillies 6, Giants 3: Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer which pulled the Phillies out of a 3-1 deficit as part of their four-run fourth inning and that margin would hold. Vince Velasquez struck out 12 in six innings as the Phillies complete the four-game sweep. The Giants were dominated by Phillies starting pitching this week, folks: Zach Eflin, Aaron NolaNick Pivetta and Velasquez combined to allow four runs in 24.2 innings, striking out 40 strikeouts. In all, the Giants struck out 55 times in the series. Woof.

Reds 4, Dodgers 1: Tyler Mahle allowed one run over five and three Reds relievers held the Dodgers scoreless for the final four innings. Scooter Gennett homered, doubled and drove in three and Billy Hamilton tripled in the Reds’ other run as the Dodgers’ nightmare season continues.

Cardinals 2, Padres 1: Miles Mikolas is easily the second most notable signing from the Japanese league this year. Here he allowed one run over six and two-thirds and picked up his fifth win on the year against no losses. Tommy Pham homered in the fifth to give the Cards a 2-1 lead that would hold up.

Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves

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ATLANTA — After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season.

Hamels reported shortly before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that he didn’t feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.

The Braves placed Hamels on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 18,, but that was a mere formality. General manager Alex Anthopoulos already contacted Major League Baseball about replacing Hamels in the team’s postseason player pool.

“Cole knows himself and his body,” Anthopoulos said. “You trust the player at that point when he says he can’t go.”

The Braves began Monday with a three-game lead in the NL East .and primed for their third straight division title.

Even with that success, Atlanta has struggled throughout the shortened 60-game series to put together a consistent rotation beyond Cy Young contender Max Fried and rookie Ian Anderson.

Expected ace Mike Soroka went down with a season-ending injury, former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was demoted after just one start, and Sean Newcomb also was sent to the alternate training site after getting hammered in his four starts.

The Braves have used 12 starters this season.

Anthopoulos had hoped to land another top starter at the trade deadline but the only deal he was able to make was acquiring journeyman Tommy Milone from the Orioles. He’s on the injured list after getting hammered in three starts for the Braves, giving up 22 hits and 16 runs in just 9 2/3 innings.

“There’s no doubt that our starting pitching has not performed to the level we wanted it to or expected it to,” Anthopoulos said. “I know that each year you never have all parts of your club firing. That’s why depth is so important.”

Hamels, who signed an $18 million, one-year contract last December, reported for spring training with a sore shoulder stemming from an offseason workout.

When camps were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamels was able to take a more cautious approach to his rehabilitation. But a triceps issue sidelined again before the delayed start of the season in July.

The Braves hoped Hamels would return in time to provide a boost for the playoffs. He also was scheduled to start the final game of the regular season Sunday, putting him in position to join the postseason rotation behind Fried and Anderson.

Now, Hamels is done for the year, his Braves’ career possibly ending after he made that one appearance last week in Baltimore. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk in a loss to the Orioles.

Hamels reported no problems immediately after his start, but he didn’t feel right after a bullpen session a couple of days ago.

“You’re not going to try to talk the player into it,” Anthopoulos said. “When he says he isn’t right, that’s all we need to hear.”

Atlanta recalled right-hander Bryse Wilson to replace Hamels on the 28-man roster. The Braves did not immediately name a starter for Tuesday’s game.

With Hamels out, the Braves will apparently go with Fried (7-0, 1.96), Anderson (3-1, 2.36) and Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.74) as their top three postseason starters.

Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a career record of 163-122. He starred on Philadelphia’s World Series-winning team in 2008 and also pitched for Texas and the Chicago Cubs.

Last season, Hamels went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for the Cubs.