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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 3, Twins 0: Nathan Eovaldi did not disappoint in his Red Sox debut, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, striking out five and not walking a batter. J.D. Martinez supplied all the offense as he doubled in two runs in the second and singled in a third in the fourth. Boston takes three of four from Minnesota.

Orioles 11, Rays 5: Chris Davis has had a horrendous year but he hit two dingers and drove in four yesterday. Austin Wynns and Jonathan Schoop also hit homers, with Schoop driving in three as the O’s take three of four from the Rays. Speaking of series, the AP gamer I read had this line in it: “Baltimore took three of four from the Rays to improve to 8-24-3 in series play.” It took me a minute to process that, because even though we often make reference to teams winning a series or things like “the Mudville Nine have won nine of their 11 past series” or “have dropped six straight series,” we generally do not keep a running count of a teams “series record.” You can’t easily find that sort of thing on most standings boards either. It sounds really soccer-y, doesn’t it? I wonder if the AP assigned a soccer guy to do its gamer yesterday.

Yankees 6, Royals 3: The Yankees’ new starter, J.A. Happ, looked pretty good in his team debut as well, allowing one run on three hits over six innings to pick up the win. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer early and the Bombers never trailed. While it’s not as exciting because the Royals are having a miserable season, Brett Phillips made his debut for his new team. He did this:

It looks like his eyes were closed too. That’s some Les Nessman playing softball for WKRP while flashing back to his childhood violin lessons stuff.

Wait, what? Moving on . . .

Indians 8, Tigers 1: Corey Kluber has been struggling lately but he looked just dandy in Detroit yesterday, allowing one run while pitching into the eighth. He was backed by homers from Yonder AlonsoMelky Cabrera and Edwin EncarnacionRajai Davis added a triple and two doubles. The Indians have a nine-game lead in the Central.

Reds 4, Phillies 0: Luis Castillo shut the Phillies out over seven, striking out nine and allowing four hits while Scooter Gennett‘s two-run homer provided half the Reds’ runs. The Reds take three of four from the Phillies.

Marlins 5, Nationals 0: Jose Urena is one of those guys who looks bad a lot but when he looks good looks really good. Here he was really good, shutting out the Nats through six with the pen finishing the job. He also singled in the Marlins’ first run of the game. Martin Prado knocked in a couple to help Miami earn the series split from Washington. Now the big question: it was reported last week that the Nats could become sellers based on the outcome of this series. They’ve been hovering around .500 and not making headway. They had a .500 series and have picked up only one game on Philly over the past several days. If they don’t sell, what did they see in the past few days, exactly, which gave them confidence?

Braves 4, Dodgers 1: As you probably know by now, Sean Newcomb came one out away from a no-hitter, with Chris Taylor breaking it up. You’ve probably also read that this was not the end of the news involving Newcomb yesterday. Heck, it wasn’t even the end of news about ballplayers’ crappy old tweets surfacing yesterday, about which we’ll have more later this morning. What a day. Anyway, Nick Markakis drove in three of the Braves’ four runs, hitting a homer in the process. Markakis, by the way, has a reputation for being taciturn and about as unexcitable of a player you’ll ever come across. If you asked Nick Markakis about old tweets he’d likely, truthfully say “what’s a tweet?” Let’s check, shall we?

Yep.

Mets 1, Pirates 0: Zack Wheeler did it all for New York, tossing six shutout innings and knocking in the game’s only run with an RBI double in the fifth. Austin Jackson made his first start as a Met, going 2-for-3 with a walk. The Mets and Buccos split the series.

Blue Jays 7, White Sox 4: A five-run ninth from the Blue Jays stuns the White Sox. Teoscar Hernandez homered to lead off the innings, new Jay Brandon Drury knocked in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double and Luke Maile hit an RBI double as well. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was a part of that rally too, hitting an RBI single in the eighth inning and another RBI single in the ninth, but he hurt himself trying to stretch to second base on that play and had to be helped off the field. It looked terrible, but afterward he was revealed to “only” have a sprained left ankle and a bruised left knee. He’ll have an MRI today to make sure there is no more damage, but regardless, it’s a shame given how good Gurriel has been since his debut. The Jays took two of three from Chicago.

Rangers 4, Astros 3: Texas looked like garbage vs. the A’s last week and then they come in to Houston and sweep the Astros in three. Baseball, man. Astros manager A.J. Hinch:

“I don’t really want to talk about it . . . we’re getting beat up. I think we need to get to the next series. We have some things to address. We are not working as perfectly as we normally do.”

That’s like what Commander Data says after he experiences anomalies in his positronic net on “Star Trek: TNG” episodes. Which, sure, I suppose the Astros are closest thing to that sort of machine in baseball, so I guess it’s appropriate.

Rockies 3, Athletics 2: Tom Murphy hit a two-run shot and Ryan McMahon hit an RBI double to give Colorado a 3-0 lead after three and German Marquez limited the damage to a pair of solo homers from Matt Chapman and Khris Davis while pitching into the eighth inning to give the Rockies a three-game sweep over the A’s in Oakland. That snaps the A’s six-game winning streak and keeps the Rockies, who have the NL’s best record over the past two weeks, on a roll.

Mariners 8, Angels 5: A seven-run top of the first from Seattle off of Angels’ starter Felix Pena ended this one before it began and Marco Gonzalez limited Anaheim to two runs on seven hits over the first six innings. Mike Zunino led the M’s with three RBI, hitting a two-run double in that big first inning and adding another RBI double in the third. Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and drove in three in a losing cause. The Angels still took two of three from Seattle.

Giants 8, Brewers 5Buster Posey had four hits, including a three-run double and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run triple — wait, a triple? — yes, a triple, as the Giants avoided a four-game sweep. Right after the triple Sandoval strained his hamstring scoring from third, however, so that may be his last hit for a while. It was a standup triple, too:

Don’t hurry to get that ball or anything, Christian Yelich.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 4: Paul Goldschmidt, Nick Ahmed and A.J. Pollock all homered for the Snakes, with the first two guys hitting two-run blasts. That’s all they would get and that’s all they would need as the completed a three-game sweep of the Padres.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 2: Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo homered, Javier Baez hit a two-run double and Kyle Hendricks settled down after giving up two early runs, retiring the final 17 batters he faced. That salvaged the series for Chicago, which dropped two of three to the Cards. The Cubs maintain a one and a half game lead in the NL Central.

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.