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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 19, Reds 4: A day after Terry Francona used the wrong pitcher in a key situation, the game plan was, apparently, to score so many runs that it didn’t matter who was pitching. As for the Reds, the best pitcher they trotted out there all night was shortstop Alex Blandino, who tossed an inning of shutout ball, striking out two dudes. Before that, though, Jose Ramirez homered twice, driving in five, all before the fifth inning when he was given the rest of the night off. Jason Kipnis went deep too, Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin drove in three a piece in the Indians 19-run-on-19-hit blowout.

Rockies 19, Diamondbacks 2: The Rockies likewise scored 19 runs on 19 hits. Carlos Gonzalez hit two homers and drove in six and Ian Desmond went deep and drove in five. The Dbacks used not just one, but two position players to pitch, with Daniel Descalso coming in in the dang FOURTH inning and pitching two and two-thirds and Alex Avila handling the final two innings. Descalso gave up three runs but Avila shut the Rockies out while he was on the bump.

Mets 3, Phillies 0: Jacob deGrom was once again dominant (8 IP, 0 ER, 7K) and once again got no run support. Vince Velasquez had a fine day himself (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) and got no run support himself, and this one went to extras tied at zero. That changed in the tenth when Brandon Nimmo socked a pinch-hit, walkoff three-run homer off of Mark Leiter Jr. to give the Mets the win. It was New York’s third walkoff homer in the last week, with Jose Bautista doing it las Friday and Wilmer Flores doing it on Monday.

Pirates 2, Nationals 0: Trevor Williams and four Buccos relievers combine to shut out the Nats and an early Starling Marte homer was all of the scoring on the day. The game lasted two hours and thirty-four minutes. Classic getaway day stuff. That’s how Rob Manfred is gonna solve the pace of play and game length problem, by the way: one-game series, with every day being getaway day.

Giants 5, Cubs 4: Buster Posey won this one with a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th. That salvaged an early blown lead in which the Giants led 4-0 after the first inning. Homers from Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Javy Baez brought Chicago back by the seventh, forcing extras. The game lasted over four and a half hours so, no, maybe not all getaway days are the same.

Rays 4, Tigers 2C.J. Cron‘s hit a three-run home run in the seventh to help the Rays sweep the Tigers in their three-game series. That’s five straight wins for Tampa Bay and 14 of their last 18.

Twins 8, Royals 5: Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer and the bottom third of the Minnesota lineup — Max KeplerJake Cave and Bobby Wilson — combined to go 6-for-11 with five runs scored. Logan Morrison went deep as the Twins take their sixth win in their last seven games.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 2Chris Sale struck out 12 in seven innings of shutout ball as the Bosox win their ninth straight game and their 14th in their last 16 contests. Rangers batters struck out 18 times in all, in fact. Mookie Betts had two hits, Xander Bogaerts had three and J.D. Martinez drove in two.

Yankees 9, Orioles 0: The Orioles had been giving the Yankees fits and Sonny Gray has been on the hot seat, so of course New York wins behind six shutout innings and eight strikeouts from Gray. Greg Bird hit a grand slam and Tyler Wade and Austin Romine each went deep. Giancarlo Stanton didn’t homer but he knocked in two.

Marlins 5, Brewers 4: Starlin Castro singled in a run in the bottom of the 12th to give Miami the walkoff win. The Marlins took two of three from Milwaukee, winning twice in extra innings. Jesus Aquilar, added to the NL All-Star roster before the game via the Final vote, had three hits and drove in three but this is a team game, folks.

Braves 9, Blue Jays 5: Ozzie Albies hit two homers and drove in four as the Braves win for only the second time in eight games, moving back into a tie for first in the NL East. The homers were Albies 19th and 20th on the year. Which is a good thing, because after the game he revealed that his mom was in the stands — she flew in from Curacao — and that before he left Curacao for spring training back in February, she told him she wanted him to hit 20.  Given that he hit six last year that seems like an unreasonable request, but some moms are like that I suppose.

White Sox 4, Cardinals 0: Carlos Rodon pitched three-hit shutout ball into the eighth and Tim Anderson tripled and drove in two as the Chisox beat the Cards to end their six-game losing streak. Joakim Soria got the save. Not gonna say I don’t look at White Sox box scores too carefully, but if you had put a gun to my head an hour ago and asked me where Joakim Soria was playing at the moment I probably couldn’t have told ya.

Athletics 8, Astros 3Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer and Khris Davis added three RBI as the A’s built a 6-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning. Davis has a 13-game hitting streak. Those six runs came off of Lance McCullers. After the game A.J. Hinch said, “you could just tell he was battling himself,” thereby breaking the first and second rules of Fight Club.

Mariners 3, Angels 0: Marco Gonzalez won his 10th game on the year after twirling a two-hit, seven shutout innings gem. David Freitas homered — his first ever in the bigs — while Nelson Cruz doubled in two. Freitas’ mom, wife and son were all in attendance. He’s 29 and he’s been up and down from the minors to the majors over the past few years. Hopefully he has bigger baseball highlights in his career, but this could be one of those things he looks back on one day as his greatest day as a ballplayer. It has to be pretty cool to know, just as you’ve done something, that it’s something you’ll always remember. Given how most people’s lives unfold, it doesn’t happen to most of us.

Dodgers 4, Padres 2: Kenta Maeda allowed a run on four hits while pitching into the sixth inning and Matt KempLogan Forsythe and Chris Taylor each had RBI singles. The Dodgers are now only a half game back of the Diamondbacks. With a win today, L.A. — who was heavily favored to win the division this year — can move into first for the first time all year long.

Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph: meet Juan Marichal and John Roseboro

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Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns. No one is gonna be talking nearly as much about the outcome today, however, as they are the carnage.

Specifically, the carnage that led to Browns defensive end Myles Garrett getting ejected from the game after ripping Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off, swinging it at him and connecting with Rudolph’s skull as the game came to a close. Things were already chippy as all get-out, but that obviously led to a brawl which will lead to a ton of suspensions, including a possibly record-breaking one for Garrett. For all your analysis on that, check out PFT, obviously.

The incident will dominate the sports shows today because malicious attempts to injure another player with a piece of equipment are pretty rare in professional sports. There was at least one incident in baseball history, however, that was analogous to what went down in Cleveland last night.

It took place on August 22, 1965 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during a Dodgers-Giants game. That’s when Giants ace Juan Marichal, playing the role of Garrett, took a baseball bat to the head of Dodgers catcher John Roseboro, standing in for Rudolph.

The Dodgers and Giants are rivals, of course, and in 1965 the two teams were in a pitched battle for the N.L. pennant, with the Dodgers leading San Francisco by a game and a half as the day began.

Pitchers in 1965 were a bit more aggressive about claiming the inside part of the plate than they are today, and on that day, everyone seemed cranky. Marichal knocked Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills down with some chin music in the top of the second for, it appears, committing the terrible transgression of bunting for a single in his first at bat of the game. In response Koufax fired a fastball over Willie Mays’ head, sending the ball to the backstop. So everyone was even, yeah?

Nah. Marichal responded in the top of third with an inside fastball that sent Dodgers first baseman Ron Fairly sprawling to the dirt. At that point home plate umpire Shag Crawford issued a warning, indicating that that the next close pitch from either team would result in an ejection. Walter Alston’s Dodgers, though, were a clever bunch. Sure, maybe a close pitch was going to get an ace ejected in a pennant race, but there are other ways to buzz someone’s tower, right?

Pitchers batted in every game back then, of course, and Marichal came to bat in the bottom of the third. Koufax didn’t throw at him, though. Instead, Roseboro, catching for L.A., threw the ball back to Koufax in such a way as to have it sail close to Marichal’s head as he stood in the batter’s box. He later admitted in his autobiography that it was no accident, he was trying to intimidate Marichal.

Marichal flipped out, clubbing Roseboro with his bat, after which all hell broke loose (all photos, and the original caption from 1965, are from Getty Images):

 

Juan Marichal holding bat, John Roseboro attacked, and Sandy Koufax closes in.

 

Roseboro throws a punch at Marichal while latter swings bat and Koufax comes in to try and break it up.

 

On deck batter Giant Tito Fuentes pulls Roseboro away while Marichal wields bat at Koufax while umpire Shag Crawford and Giant coach Charlie Fox try to break it up.

 

Umpire Shag Crawford wrestles with Marichal while Dodgers Jim Gilliam (19) and Koufax come in. Rear is Giants coach Charlie Fox. Marichal falls to the ground on top of Shag Crawford while Giants Orlando Cepeda joins the melee.

 

Umpire Shag Crawford is shown here wrestling with Marichal as Dodgers Jim Gilliam (#19) and Sandy Koufax join in. In the rear is Giants’ coach Charlie Fox.

 

Identifiable L-R: Dodger Jim Gilliam (19); John Roseboro (with chest protector); Giants Orlando Cepeda (30); Cap Peterson (17); Warren Spahn; and Mgr. Herman Franks (3).

Willie Mays was credited with keeping the brawl from getting worse. Roseboro had military and martial arts training and, as you can see in the second photo, he was not slowed by his head injury — an injury that would require 14 stitches — from trying to take Marichal apart. Mays was the one who ultimately pulled Roseboro away and out of the fracas. He even held a towel to Roseboro’s head which by then had begun to bleed profusely. The fight eventually ended, with several players sustaining injuries due to kicks and accidental spikings of hands and legs and stuff.

The incident delayed the game for 14 minutes but the fallout beyond that was pretty tame compared to today’s standards. Marichal got an eight day suspension which, because of scheduled doubleheaders, caused him to miss ten games. He was also fined $1,750, which is around $15,000 today. Roseboro only missed two games due to his injury. The Dodgers would lose this game thanks to a big homer from Mays off of Koufax, but the Dodgers would go on to win the pennant and defeat the Minnesota Twins in the World Series.

There was additional fallout: Roseboro sued Marichal for $110,000 in damages. They’d eventually settle, with Roseboro receiving $7,500 from Marichal.

But there was no lingering bad blood. In interviews after the incident both players admitted that there was much more on their minds in 1965 that might’ve contributed to their aggression on that day. There was the rivalry, of course, and the pennant race. But Marichal had been much more personally distracted by a civil war in his native Dominican Republic that raged in 1965 and would not end until September. Roseboro had been, understandably, affected by the Watts Riots in Los Angeles which had taken place just over a week before this game. When you feel helpless about situation A, you often channel your feelings into situation B and both men said that something like that was probably simmering.

Marichal would play for the Dodgers for two games in 1975, the final year of his career. Roseboro had already retired, but Marichal’s cup of coffee with L.A. allowed them to meet up at a Dodgers old-timers game in 1982. There they posed for this photo: 

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“There were no hard feelings on my part,” Roseboro told the L.A. Times in 1990. Roseboro died in 2002. Marichal was an honorary pallbearer at his funeral.

Let’s check in with Garrett and Ruldolph in 37 years to see how they’re doing.