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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

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.