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Settling the Scores: Saturday’s Results

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Paul Goldschmidt hit two homers for the second night in a row and drove in four on his 3-for-4 night to help the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies. It was also the fourth game in a row that he’s had three or more hits. On May 22 he was hitting .198/.320/.355 with five homers. He’s now hitting .250/.360/.496 with 12 homers. I guess that happens when you set things to God Mode for a while.

Ji-Man Choi of the Brewers hit a two-out, pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning off of Phillies reliever Luis Garcia to give the Brewers a 6-3 lead in a game they had been trailing 3-2. After that the wheels fell off, with Milwaukee scoring six more unanswered runs in the final three frames. Philly’s bullpen is something of a tire fire, y’all.

Elsewhere around baseball, Trevor Story also hit two homers in that Arizona-Colorado game, albeit in a losing cause. Jon Lester allowed one hit over seven innings and his mates completed the one-hitter as the Cubs shut out the Pirates. Danny Duffy shut out the A’s for seven and struck out ten in the Royals victory.

Aaron Judge‘s seventh-inning homer lifted the Yankees to yet another win over the Mets, pushing their record to 42-18 in 60 games — that’s .700 ball, folks — and sending the boys from Queens to their eighth straight defeat. The Rays broke their eight-game losing streak by defeating Seattle.

Standings-wise, the Yankees continue to hold off the Red Sox by a half game in the AL East, Houston’s win and Seattle’s loss brings those two to a tie in the West, the Braves and Nats both won, keeping them basically even in the NL East, the Brewers maintain a half game lead over the charging Cubs in the Central and the Dbacks’ win, along with the losses by the Rockies, Dodgers and Giants, give Arizona a 2.5 game cushion out West.

Here are the scores:

Nationals 7, Giants 5
Brewers 12, Phillies 3
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3
Angels 2, Twins 1
Cubs 2, Pirates 0
Red Sox 4, White Sox 2
Royals 2, Athletics 0
Tigers 4, Indians 2
Cardinals 6, Reds 4
Padres 5, Marlins 4
Rays 7, Mariners 3
Astros 4, Rangers 3
Yankees 4, Mets 3
Diamondbacks 12, Rockies 7
Braves 5, Dodgers 3

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.