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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Brewers 7, Rockies 3:  Making your major league debut in Coors Field is probably a bit anxiety-inducing, but Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta didn’t have any trouble with it. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and left later that inning having given up just the one hit and two walks with 13 strikeouts. Better than any first day at work I’ve ever had. Including this job. When I started here in 2009 I was still moonlighting at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. I posted like three baseball stories, lost track of time and almost missed a meeting. Thankfully it was state government so it, like most other things, didn’t start on time.

Orioles 17, Rays 1: The rout is notable, but the O’s winning five of six and taking their second series in a row is probably better news for the O’s. Better news than that: Dylan Bundy tossing seven two-hit shutout innings. The only bad news: Buck Showalter didn’t have some rando throw the last three innings in order to get a save in a 16-run game. Loooove those kinds of saves. As for the offense, Joey Rickard homered twice and drove in five, Danny Valencia homered and went 4-for-5 and drove in four, Manny Machado had three hits and Trey Mancini went deep too.

Tigers 5, Mariners 4: Coming off a no-hitter and facing a Tigers team without Miguel Cabrera or Nicholas Castellanos, James Paxton was probably better-positioned to pull a Johnny Vander Meer than most guys. It was not to be, however, as he gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. Jose Iglesias hit the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth for the walkoff win and, far worse for Seattle, Robinson Cano fractured his hand after being hit by a pitch.

Back to the thwarted second no-hitter: If I’m remembering my sports history correctly, whenever a second no-hitter is ended, Vander Meer cracks open a special bottle of champagne, content that his accomplishment remains unique. Yes, Vander Meer has been dead for nearly 21 years, but it’s still more plausible than that story about the 1972 Dolphins doing it. Mercury Morris or someone claimed they did that in some interview once and everyone believed it for 40 years. People say the media landscape is a mess now given how many outlets are out there pumping out so much garbage content, but in the 70s and 80s, when there were only three channels and no Internet, a lie could live on for years without being refuted or even questioned because people believed whatever was on TV. Dark times.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: J.D. Martinez homered and had three RBI. Mookie Betts had two hits and did this:

The Sox finish up a tough 10-game road trip 6-4 and keep pace with the Yankees at the top of the AL East and, thus, at the top of baseball.

Braves 4, Marlins 3: Ronald Acuña and the Braves offense has gotten all of the press in their early season success, but let’s give it up for Sean Newcomb. The Braves second year starter now has 20 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt after his six innings of one-hit shutout ball yesterday. He pitched around four walks to do it, but the bottom line was pretty spiffy. Ender Inciarte homered. Freddie Freeman scored from first base on what should’ve been a pop-out to shortstop. Yadiel Rivera dropped it, though, and Freeman — who took off on the crack of the bat, just like his Little League coach taught him — never stopped running. I didn’t watch the game but I’m guessing Joe Simpson — who loves hustle and heads-up play about 10,000 times more than he loves raw talent — probably stroked out with joy talking about it.

Indians 11, Royals 2: Corey Kluber allowed two unearned runs in seven innings to become the big leagues’ first six game winner. His mates had a 9-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning, so the stress was off.  Yan Gomes, and Jose Ramirez had three-run homers for Cleveland and Michael Brantley had a two-run shot of his own. Fifteen hits on the day for the Tribe. You’ll usually win if you have 15 hits.

Phillies 4, Mets 2: By one measure, Jacob deGrom‘s return from the disabled list went great. He didn’t allow any hits or runs! By another measure — innings — it wasn’t so hot. As in, it went one inning. He walked three guys and tossed 45 pitches and, between having command of absolutely nothing and a rain delayed start to the game, Mickey Callaway figured he didn’t need to pitch two. Aaron Nola allowed one more run than deGrom, but he did it over six innings, and sometimes length matters. Nick Williams and Carlos Santana went deep for Philly.

Giants 5, Pirates 0: Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer, Gorkys Hernandez went deep and Derek Holland tossed shutout ball into the seventh to help the Giants snap a six-game losing streak. Kinda surprising it was a shutout given that Holland walked five, but it was muggy in this part of the country yesterday and no one really had a lot of follow-through. Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-14 in his weekend return to Pittsburgh. He had more standing ovations than hits.

Astros 6, Rangers 1: Dallas Keuchel allowed three hits in seven shutout innings and lowered his ERA to 3.10 and his WHIP to 1.10. He’s the fourth-best pitcher on the team this year. Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered for the second straight game. Houston has won five of six. Adrian Beltre left in the seventh after re-aggravating a left hamstring injury. He had just gotten off the DL for that hamstring five days earlier. What a drag it is gettin’ old. I can feel your pain, though, Adrian. My hamstrings are fine, but yesterday one high school friend posted on Facebook about going to her daughter’s college graduation and another posted about her grandson. Yeah, I’m from West Virginia so that’s not necessarily a crazy set of circumstances, but it’s still rather sobering.

White Sox 5, Cubs 3: Big day for pitchers walking a crap-ton of batters but generally getting away with it. They labored, really, which is sort of appropriate on Mother’s Day I suppose, not that your mom would consider walking a bunch of dudes to be equivalent to literally giving birth to you. Anyway, Lucas Giolito was one of the many laborers yesterday, walking seven and striking out only three but getting the win all the same. He tossed three wild pitches too, so maybe the Cubs just were afraid to dig in. The White Sox snapped a seven game losing streak and finally won their 10th game of the season. Matt Davidson homered for the 11th time this year. He’s on a 48-dinger pace. There’s a grand history of Chicago hitters smacking somewhere around 50 homers for last place teams, so if Davidson does it he’ll fit right in.

Yankees 6, Athletics 2: Corey Kluber was the first pitcher to six wins this year. Luis Severino was the second. And, shocker, Giancarlo Stanton is recovering from his early season struggles, going 4-for-4 in this one with a homer and three RBI. Stanton, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez give the Yankees four players with at least 10 home runs 40 games into the season. The last time a team did that was the ‘roided-up Rangers back in 2003.

Angels 2, Twins 1: Shohei Ohtani allowed one run and three hits into the seventh and struck out 11 dudes, but left with a no-decision because Fernando Romero was dealing too. Zack Cozart walked the Angels off, though, with an RBI single in the ninth. The Twins totally had their chances, putting four straight batters on base in the ninth inning, but they couldn’t score off of it due to a runner getting gunned down at home.

Reds 5, Dodgers 3: The Reds entered this series in Los Angeles as one of the worst teams in baseball. All they did was sweep the Dodgers to win their sixth straight game overall. Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto homered. It was the Reds’ first four-game sweep of Dodgers since 1976. And that’s saying a lot given that those clubs shared the NL West for nearly 20 years after that. The 2018 Reds aren’t going to win the World Series like the 1976 Reds did, but it does underscore how much of a train wreck the Dodgers are right now.

Padres 5, Cardinals 3: Clayton Richard struck out ten guys in eight innings of five-hit, two-run ball. Adam Wainwright couldn’t get out of the third, throwing nearly 80 pitches and walking six guys. Did I say that a lot of guys labored yesterday? Because, yeah, a lot of guys labored yesterday.

Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 4: Mark Reynolds had not played a big league game all season before last night but then he went 3-for-4 with two homers. The Diamondbacks had not lost a series all season before the Nationals came to town and then they lost four straight to Washington. Reynolds homered the sixth inning and then broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run shot off Archie Bradley in the eighth.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.