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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

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”