And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Reds 7, Rockies 5: Jesse Winker hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to cap the Reds’ comeback. Cincinnati was down 5-2 in the eighth before Joey Votto knocked one in on a grounder and Eugenio Suarez brought the Reds to within one on a fielder’s choice. A Wade Davis wild pitch brought in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. That was actually his second wild pitch of the inning. He also hit a batter. The Rockies have lost five of seven and the bullpen has been a big reason why.

Dodgers 8, Pirates 7: The Dodgers needed a spot starter for their spot starter, Dennis Santana, who was scratched just before the game. They didn’t have one so they used Johnny Wholestaff, who was acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the day. Dave Roberts used nine pitchers in the nine inning game, with Pedro Baez the only one getting as many as six outs. Not too bad considering that, 12 hours before, he was optioned to Oklahoma City. Because of another injury, however, he never even got to the airport before being called back. Weird day. Anyway, Joc Pederson went deep twice and Cody Bellinger hit his third home run in the past three games to give the Dodgers their 15th win in their past 20.

Twins 7, White Sox 2: Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer in the Twins’ four-run fourth and Eduardo Escobar hit a two run shot. The Eddies have been a two-man wrecking crew this year. Imagine where the Twins would be if any other batters bothered to apply to join the wrecking crew. Maybe they need more Eddies. Jose Berrios scattered six hits and allowed only two runs in a complete game win.

Cardinals 4, Marlins 1: Miles Mikolas allowed one run, unearned, on three hits over seven and was backed by homers from Jose Martinez and Luke Voit, the latter being a pinch-hit shot.

Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Anthony Rizzo homered and drove one in on a sac fly and Tommy La Stella and Kris Bryant had RBI singles as the Cubs win their fifth game in their past six. This came despite the fact that their starter, Tyler Chatwood, walked seven guys, hit a batter and threw pitches over dudes’ heads three times. The kicker: after the game he said he “felt the best I had in a while.”

Tigers 7, Red Sox 2: Jalen Beeks made his big league debut as the Red Sox starter. He’ll do his best to forget it, as he allowed five runs in his first inning of work, surrendering a two-run homer to Leonys Martin. Martin would also triple and score later in the game. Beeks’ counterpart, Matt Boyd, allowed two runs while pitching into the seventh.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4: Baltimore took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but Brad Brach, who had not given up a run in his previous ten outings, coughed it up as Randal Grichuck doubled in two runs and Kevin Pilar singled him in to force extras. In the tenth Teoscar Hernandez led off with a double and a few batters later Aledmys Diaz singled him in for the walkoff win.

Mariners 5, Rays 4: Seattle built a four run lead by the ninth inning thanks to homers from Denard Span and Mitch Haniger and managed to hold on despite a Rays rally in the final frame. Mike Leake allowed one run in his first eight innings and was called out for the ninth without much in the tank. He gave up a leadoff double who Alex Colome allowed to score in addition to allowing a run of his own. Colome managed to shut the door on his former teammates before the day was lost, however.

Astros 5, Rangers 2: Cole beats Hamels, as Gerrit outpitches Cole. I could do this all day, folks. Haven’t had this much fun since we had two Zambranos in the league. Evan Gattis homered and drove in three and Alex Bregman hit a dinger too as Houston beats Texas, which come to think of it, is also a funny thing to say.

Athletics 4, Royals 1: Alcides Escobar and Matt Olson traded homers early but the A’s three-run sixth, led by Matt Chapman‘s two-run double, decided things. Athletics pitcher Paul Blackburn made his first appearance of the season, allowing one run over six. The Royals have lost five in a row.

Phillies select active duty Navy aviator in MLB Rule 5 draft

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SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies took U.S. Navy aviator Noah Song in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, hoping the former top pitching prospect can still be effective once he completes his military service.

There is no definitive date on when the 25-year-old Song might be able to join the Phillies.

Song was picked from the Boston Red Sox system in the draft for unprotected minor league players. Philadelphia put him on the military list while he continues his active duty and he won’t count on the 40-man roster, the pool from which major league teams can select players for the 26-man active roster.

Song impressed in his only pro season, making seven starts for Boston’s Class A Lowell affiliate in 2019, with a 1.06 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. With a fastball clocked in the upper 90s mph, the right-hander dominated that year as a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, going 11-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 94 innings.

The Red Sox drafted Song in the fourth round – he likely would’ve gone much higher, but his impending military service caused teams to back off.

In November 2019, Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a memo clearing the way for athletes at the nation’s military academies to delay their service commitments and play pro sports after graduation. Song’s request to have those new rules retroactively applied to his case was denied.

Song began school as a flight officer in the summer of 2020 and finished that phase last April. He started additional aviation training in May.

Song was among the 15 players, including three Boston pitchers, taken in the big league phase of the Rule 5 draft, which wasn’t held last year because of the MLB lockout.

Washington took righty Thad Ward from Boston’s Triple-A roster with the first pick. Baltimore took Red Sox minor league pitcher Andrew Politi with the ninth choice and the Phillies chose Song with the 11th selection.

Teams pay $100,000 to take players in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. The players must stay on the big league roster next season or go on waivers and, if unclaimed, be offered back to their original organization for $50,000.