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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Reds 6, Braves 5Adam Duvall had a two-run single, Jose Peraza homered and scored twice and the Reds win again, taking their ninth in their last ten games. Most of those wins have been come-from-behind jobs. This has been the Reds’ best ten-game stretch in six years. Atlanta has lost five of seven.

Royals 5, Brewers 4: Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer in the seventh which kicked off a five-run rally and gave them all of the runs they’d need. I’d say more about it, but you know my heart. That’s, apparently, all you need to say to explain anything when it comes to the Royals.

Astros 7, Blue Jays 6: Toronto led 5-0 after the first half inning and led the rest of the entire game until Alex Bregman came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, Houston down by one, a man on first and one out. Jays reliever Ryan Tepera got Bregman to whiff on two straight fastballs but he did not miss on the third, smacking out off the wall above the Crawford Boxes in left to give the Astros a walkoff win. It was Bregman’s third straight game with a homer. His first since I accidentally called him “Lance Bregman” in yesterday’s recaps.

Mariners 8, Orioles 7: Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer in the ninth to force extras and Denard Span hit a sac fly in the 11th to give the M’s the lead and, eventually, the win. The M’s are now 7-0 in extra inning games and lead the majors with 25 one-run wins. The results of extra innings games and close games have a way of being rather random, and doing well in them vs. doing poorly in them by the luck of the draw can be the difference between a good season and a bad one. Not saying the M’s are simply lucky — luck is the residue of design and tends to visit the skilled more than the unskilled — but they are getting all the breaks in 2018.

Phillies 3, Yankees 0: Seven shutout innings — I can’t not make mention of pitchers doing that now — from Zach Eflin and a second inning three-run homer from Rhys Hoskins tell the whole story of the game. I mean, other stuff happened, but it was basically for naught. Eflin’s and Hoskins’ work is the brass tacks.

Red Sox 9, Angels 6: Boston put up six in the second inning thanks to a solo homer from Eduardo Nunez, a two-run shot from Sandy Leon and a three-run shot from J.D. Martinez. How very progressive of them. Martinez’s homer was his 25th, which leads all of baseball. Leon would add a late RBI single and Martinez would later score on a wild pitch. The Angels lost their fifth straight and 12th in 16 games. Even worse: Angels reliever Jake Jewell was taken off the field on a stretcher with a very ugly ankle injury sustained while covering the plate on that wild pitch. We’ll have more on that later this morning.

Athletics 3, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt and two relievers combine to shut out Detroit. The A’s margin was wafer thin most of the game, with a fourth inning Jed Lowrie RBI double being the only scoring until the ninth, but then run-scoring doubles from Josh Phegley and Dustin Fowler provided some breathing room. Oakland will go for a four-game sweep this afternoon.

Pirates 5, Mets 3: New York led 3-0 heading into the eighth and still led 3-1 entering the top of the ninth, but the Buccos put together three singles and a walk off of Jeurys Familia, who did not record a single out for the first time in his carrer, and then got an RBI single and a sac fly off of Anthony Swarzak for a late game-winning rally. David Freese hit the go-ahead safety for Pittsburgh.

Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 1: Robbie Ray made his first start in over two months, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings. Now that he’s handled the Marlins, I suppose the Diamondbacks will end this rehab stint and let him face major leaguers.

Rangers 5, Padres 2: Mike Minor was perfect into the seventh inning and left after seven having given up only one hit and no runs. His manager pulled him after that despite having thrown only 85 pitches and, postgame, Minor was kind of annoyed, saying he’d like to get himself a complete game shutout at some point in his career. Guess no one told him that seven is the new nine. Anyway: Shin-Soo Choo reached base for the 40th straight game and Delino DeShields did this:

White Sox 6, Twins 1: James Shields pitched seven innings and shut the Twins out over that span. Kyle Gibson pitched seven innings and allowed five runs on eleven hits. Each man’s relief allowed one run. Advantage: Shields. Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia each hit a solo homer. Six White Sox hitters each had an RBI, in fact.

Indians 5, Cardinals 1: Guess St. Louis got all of its scoring out of its system on Tuesday because they couldn’t muster much of anything against Shane Bieber, who gave up only the one run over six. Cleveland got second inning solo homers from both Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall and two more runs in the third. Bieber has given up just two runs in his last three starts and lowered his ERA to 2.22.

Dodgers 7, Cubs 2: L.A. jumped on Kyle Hendricks for six runs on eight hits in the first two innings, with homers from Max Muncy and Joc Pederson and a two-run double from Yasmani Grandal. The Cubs, who led 2-0 early, would close the gap to one run by the eighth but Cody Bellinger‘s eighth inning solo shot provided some insurance. Los Angeles has hit 51 homers in the month of June. With three games left this month, they have a shot to set a team record for homers in a month, which is currently 53, and have an outside shot at the all-time record for team homers in month with 58.

Giants 1, Rockies 0: Tied nil-nil — I really have been enjoying the World Cup — until the bottom of the ninth when Brandon Crawford hit a walkoff homer. That came after seven shutout innings from both Madison Bumgarner and Kyle Freeland.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to the Hall of Fame

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Longtime Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker were elected into the Hall of Fame. Voting results from the Baseball Writers Association of America were unveiled just moments ago on MLB Network. Jeter (99.7%) and Walker (76.6%) were the only players on the 2020 ballot to earn at least the 75 percent support necessary for induction into Cooperstown. Jeter was in his first year on the ballot and Walker was in his 10th and final year.

Jeter, 45, was selected by the Yankees in the first round, sixth overall, in the 1992 draft and would spend the remainder of his professional career with the organization. Over parts of 20 big league seasons, Jeter hit .310/.377/.440 with 260 home runs, 1,311 RBI, 1,923 runs scored, and 358 stolen bases.

Jeter was a terrific player during the regular season, winning the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year Award, five Silver Slugger Awards, and earning 14 All-Star nominations. However, he did his best work in the postseason, helping the Yankees win five championships during his tenure. He even earned the 2000 World Series MVP Award. Overall, across 734 postseason at-bats, Jeter hit .308/.374/.465 with 20 homers, 61 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases. While his postseason line is similar to his regular season line, it is worth considering that he faced tougher pitchers on average under more pressure in the postseason.

While defensive metrics weren’t kind to Jeter, he made some very memorable plays in the field. There was, of course, his flip to catcher Jorge Posada to tag out Jeremy Giambi at home plate in the 2001 ALDS, salvaging a throw that missed the cutoff man in the seventh inning of a game the Yankees only led 1-0.

There was also Jeter’s famous dive into the stands in the 12th inning of a July 1, 2004 game at home against the Red Sox. With the two clubs tied at three apiece, the Red Sox threatened with a runner on second base. Pinch-hitter Trot Nixon hit a weak fly ball down the left field line. Jeter ran full speed into the outfield, catching the ball that would have otherwise landed fair, his momentum taking him full-bore into the stands. After a few tense moments, Jeter famously popped his head up, face bloodied from making contact with a seat.

Jeter retired as the Yankees’ all-time leader in games played (2,747), hits (3,465), doubles (544), and stolen bases (358). He’s second in runs scored (1,923), third in total bases (4,921), fourth in walks (1,082), fifth in career WAR (72.4), eighth in batting average (.310), and fifth in RBI (1,311). Jeter is sixth on the all-time hits list behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, and Tris Speaker.

Jeter, who was one vote shy of unanimous election, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller on July 26. Simmons and Miller (posthumously, in Miller’s case) were elected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee last month.

Walker, 53, was not drafted. Rather, the Expos signed him to a minor league contract in 1985. He would go on to spend 17 seasons in the majors, the first six with the Expos, the next nine and a half with the Rockies, and the final season and a half with the Cardinals. He hit .313/.400/.565 with 383 home runs, 1,311 RBI, 1,355 runs scored, and 230 stolen bases.

That Walker spent a majority of his career with the Rockies was used by some against him, as Coors Field has famously inflated hitters’ numbers. Unsurprisingly, Walker had a 1.172 OPS at Coors Field. However, even his aggregate away split — an .865 OPS — was significantly above-average, even considering the offense-friendly era in which he played. Walker was also a tremendous defensive corner outfield, racking up 94 defensive runs saved above average according to Baseball Reference.

Other players receiving a majority of support from the BBWAA, but under the necessary 75 percent include Curt Schilling (70%), Roger Clemens (61%), Barry Bonds (60.7%), and Omar Vizquel (52.6%).

Players who received less than a majority of support but more than the five percent minimum to remain on the ballot are: Scott Rolen (35.3%), Billy Wagner (31.7%), Gary Sheffield (30.5%), Todd Helton (29.2%), Manny Ramírez (28.2%), Jeff Kent (27.5%), Andruw Jones (19.4%), Sammy Sosa (13.9%), Andy Pettitte (11.3%), and Bobby Abreu (5.5%).

Players who received less than five percent of the vote and thus will fall off the ballot are: Paul Konerko (2.5%), Jason Giambi (1.5%), Alfonso Soriano (1.5%), Eric Chávez (0.5%), Cliff Lee (0.5%), Adam Dunn (0.3%), Brad Penny (0.3%), Raúl Ibañez (0.3%), J.J. Putz (0.3%), Josh Beckett (0%), Heath Bell (0%), Chone Figgins (0%), Rafael Furcal (0%), Carlos Peña (0%), Brian Roberts (0%), and José Valverde (0%).