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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Reds 2, Cardinals 1: Man, what a night in Great American Ballpark!

Cardinals starter Daniel Poncedeleon was making his major league debut. Not just that, he was doing so 14 months after a head injury suffered on a comebacker nearly killed him, fracturing his skull, causing bleeding on the brain and leading to emergency surgery. The fact that he was on the mound is a testament to his fortitude. The fact that he tossed seven no-hit innings is just next-level amazing. He was never going to hang around for the full no-no — he was at 116 pitches when he left — but it was an amazing night for him anyway.

Unfortunately for him and the Cardinals it did not end in a win, however, as Luis Castillo and the Reds relievers allowed only one run, which was enough to win it thanks to Eugenio Suarez‘s ninth inning solo shot, which was followed up by a pinch-hit, walkoff RBI single from Dilson Herrera.

Rays 7, Yankees 6: Gary Sanchez‘s lack of hustle allowed the Rays to score one run in the first and cost the Yankees a run and likely the ballgame in the ninth. Bill wrote about it all last night if you want to read it. Where you can’t read that much about it is at the New York Daily News, which you may have heard eviscerated their sports coverage yesterday in a cost-savings mass layoff. The result: as of this writing the only story on the Daily News’ website about it is an AP wire report. There is not a single local story or column about it at all. In the New York Daily freakin’ News.

I know I have written a lot of critical things about tabloid sports coverage in New York in the past. A WHOLE lot. But I also know that that coverage is not intended for me, back here in Ohio and that New Yorkers have a very, very different and higher set of expectations for their Yankees coverage. When a game ends because a Yankee doesn’t hustle, they expect AT LEAST a local gamer talking about it and providing context for it and have come to expect a fire breathing column or two about it the next morning. Again, the column may have been one that I rolled my eyes at but the column is not intended for me. It’s intended for people who love to read that stuff and who feel closer to their team and their fellow fans by virtue of reading it. The old Daily News knew that, by the way, which is why they happily dismissed critics like me when we were critical.

By the way, some are noting, likely correctly, that a big reason for the layoffs is to help the paper’s parent company pay off its CEO, who is leaving amidst a sexual harassment scandal. $15 million bucks, for a person who should be pilloried and who should spend the rest of their professional life in utter disgrace. That is why half of the Daily News’ editorial staff got fired yesterday. But nope, he gets a check for more money than a few dozen of the fired editorial staff will see in their lifetimes put together. That’s the sort of thing our system encourages.

Pirates 7, Indians 0: This one was shortened by rain but not before being made non-competitive by the Pirates beating up Corey Kluber for seven runs — only three earned — on nine hits in four innings. Just because there were a lot of unearned runs does not mean Kluber didn’t get hammered, by the way. Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run triple off of the struggling Cy Young winner, who says he feels fine physically after skipping a start due to a bum knee. Color me skeptical. The Pirates have won ten in a row, by the way. And 12 of 13. And 52 of 101 if you wanna get logical conclusiony about it all.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 3Rick Porcello tossed scoreless innings, Mitch Moreland homered and Andrew Benintendi drove in a couple. It’s really not fair that the Red Sox get to play the Orioles, man.

Dodgers 7, Phillies 6: It was 5-5 heading into the ninth when a wild pitch with runners on and a Matt Kemp RBI single gave the Dodgers their winning margin. Earlier it was a homer fest with Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson going deep for Los Angeles. Muncy’s blast was a solo shot, he’d later hit a sac fly and he was part of that ninth inning rally too. Ross Stripling was bad, allowing five runs in four and two-thirds, but the Dodgers pen tossed three and a third scoreless innings after that, with Kenley Jansen allowing one run but closing it out.

Also, Chase Utley is making his final appearance in Citizens Bank Park this series. Not surprisingly, he got a standing O from the Philly Pfaithful:

Athletics 15, Rangers 3: It was 100 degrees once again at game time in Arlington, but that’s nowhere near as hot as the Oakland A’s have been. They won their 24th game in their last 31, with Jonathan Lucroy‘s grand slam leading the way. Stephen Piscotty also went deep, as the A’s hammered Cole Hamels for seven runs and nine hits in five innings. It’s probably worth noting that the Yankees are in the market for a starter and some have said they should look at Cole Hamels. If the New York Daily News hadn’t been Thanos’d by a greedy and shortsighted company yesterday, someone would’ve probably written at least a sidebar about Hamels’ start too.

Tigers 5, Royals 4: The Tigers rallied for three in the top of the ninth to complete a comeback win when Jim Adduci doubled in two runs and then James McCann doubled in Adduci. “Jim Adduci,” by the way, should not be a modern ballplayer’s name. It is, however, totally the name of a first baseman from the American League in the early-to-mid 1960s. He was your dad or your grandfather’s favorite player. Not fast, not too powerful, but he stuck and he seemed like an upstanding guy. After an OK but nothing fancy six-year career he opened up Jim Adduci Chevrolet, just outside of town where they were building the new bypass. It prospered for years, and Adduci retired to the Florida Gulf coast with his wife Helen — of course it was Helen — in the early 90s. Adduci passed peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2007, surrounded by loved ones. He is missed by all.

Twins 8, Blue Jays 3: One in the first, two in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth put the Twins up 8-1 and the rest was just details. Logan Morrison drove in three of those runs with a two-run single and a solo homer. Max Kepler hit a two-run shot. Minnesota snaps a three-game losing streak.

Padres 3, Mets 2: Jacob deGrom pitched eight innings, struck out ten and allowed only two earned runs but he and the Mets lost because he’s the only dude on that team who seems to know how to play baseball. The Padres big blow came when Manuel Margot hit a go-ahead triple in the fifth inning, but the reason it was a go-ahead run was because, just before, a runner scored on a single who shouldn’t have even been on base but was so because Mets right fielder Jose Bautista dropped a fly ball. The Padres made it 3-1 in the sixth when Wil Myers scored when shortstop Amed Rosario let a chopper get under his glove and bounce into the outfield. That should’ve been an out too. deGrom has given up three runs or fewer in 17 consecutive appearances. He’s 5-5. No jury would convict him if he took a flamethrower to the Mets’ clubhouse. Well, at least if there weren’t people in it. He could be excused of some heavy property damage is what I’m saying. 

Braves 12, Marlins 1: Freddie Freeman homered and doubled, Charlie Culberson had four hits, including a pair of doubles, driving in three, and Dansby Swanson homered as the Braves unleashed a 16-hit attack on the Marlins. Freeman’s two-run homer, by the way, was to the opposite field, as he was hitting against the shift. He said afterward, “I was trying to hit the shortstop and it went up in the air.” Maybe we don’t need rules to deal with defensive shifting. Maybe we need better, smarter ballplayers.

Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 1: The Dbacks put up five in the third, capped by Jeff Mathis‘ two-run double and Paul Goldschmidt‘s second inning homer made it 6-0, ending things before they really got going. That was more than enough for Patrick Corbin, who allowed one run on six hits and struck out nine.

Brewers 6, Nationals 1: Jhoulys Chacin was solid Christian Yelich smacked a bases-loaded triple and Erik Kratz drove in a pair of runs as the Brewers pick up a game on the Cubs. Things are going splendidly for the Nats. They lose a game on the Braves, their hitting coach gets ejected for yelling crap from the dugout and Trea Turner had a ball hit his bat land in fair territory — which the ump immediately called fair, making it a bunt — but failed to run out of the batter’s box at all, leading manager Dave Martinez to say that hey’ll probably bench Turner today. Guessing the Washington Post didn’t go with wire copy on that this morning.

White Sox 5, Angels 3: Jose homered and drove in two runs and Lucas Giolito allowed three over six. Shohei Ohtani hit a solo homer that put the Angels up 3-1, but that obviously did not hold.

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.