And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 15, Yankees 7: Steve Pearce was the big hero here, hitting three homers and knocking in six. Aaron Boone may be the goat, having pulled CC Sabathia after three innings while the Yankees held a 4-2 lead. I guess he thought it was the playoffs when that sort of nonsense happens all the time and I guess, on paper, there is an argument that this Yankees bullpen should be able to give you six shutout innings or something close to it. In the event, well, no. Mookie Betts had four hits and two walks, Pearce, J.D. MartinezIan Kinsler and Andrew Benintendi each had three hits. Boston extends its AL East lead to a season-high six and a half games. This was just a good old fashioned butt-kicking. The sort of which would lead to insane tabloid stories the next day in New York if, you know, big media conglomerates hadn’t gutted one of the tabloids, but here we are.

Rays 4, Angels 2: Tampa Bay scored all four of their runs in the fourth via C.J. Cron‘s two-run single, a wild pitch and a sac fly while Johnny Wholestaff limited the Angels to two hits. The Angels have lost four straight and Mike Trout had to sit this one out after jamming his wrist on Wednesday. A season that started so promisingly for L.A.A. has gone straight into the terlet.

Cardinals 3, Rockies 2: Down 2-1 in the ninth, the Cardinals strung together a couple of singles from Greg Garcia and Harrison Bader to put runners on the corners. Bader then stole second base after which Jose Martinez hit a two-run walkoff single. The Cardinals took three of four from Colorado.

White Sox 6, Royals 4Jose Abreu hit a tying home run in the eighth and pinch-hitter Daniel Palka hit a three-run homer a couple batters later to give the Sox a comeback win and to help them avoid a sweep. That was Palka’s third pinch-hit homer of the year. Asked about it after the game he said “I wanted to hit a homer.” None of that “just looking for a pitch to hit, just trying to make contact” jazz. Follow your dreams, kids. Reach for the stars.

Phillies 5, Marlins 2: Another late comeback, this one a four-run ninth inning rally to give the Phillies a walkoff win. Down 2-1 entering the final frame, Rhys Hoskins walked to lead things off, Carlos Santana reached on an infield single, Asdrubal Cabrera walked to load the bases and then Nick Williams grounded out to force home Hoskins’ pinch-runner, Scott Kingery. The next batter up was the last batter up: Maikel Franco, who deposited the third pitch he saw into the left field seats for a three-run homer and a Gatorade shower.

Nationals 10, Reds 4: Max Scherzer struck out ten Reds in six innings, singled in a run and laid down two sacrifice bunts, Trea Turner hit a two-run homer and knocked in two more with a single and Bryce Harper homered as a the Nats cruised. Washington has won three in a row and six of eight.

Braves 4, Mets 2: The Nats may be winning, but with the Phillies and Braves each winning they picked up no ground in the East. Indeed that’s four wins in a row for Atlanta, as they took this one thanks to Johan Camargo, who hit a two-run double in he Braves’ three-run third inning. Ozzie Albies had previous knocked in Ronald Acuña, who led off the inning with a triple. He also threw out Wilmer Flores trying to stretch a single into a double in the sixth. Mike Foltynewicz allowed two runs on five hits in six innings for the win. Atlanta is 10-3 against the Mets this year.

Rangers 17, Orioles 8: Another butt-kicking on a night full of them. Jurickson Profar hit a three-run home run and had an RBI single in just the first two innings. Texas scored 10 runs during those first two innings, in fact. Rougned Odor homered as well and walked five times. My lord, how on Earth do you walk a guy five times? Joey Gallo homered. Elvis Andrus had two singles and a double. Infielder Tim Beckham pitched for Baltimore. Just some fun, ugly times at the old ball yard. The Rangers are still in last place but they have won five of six. The Orioles are in last place but have been mentally planning their October fishing weekends for several months now.

Padres 6, Cubs 1: Robbie Erlin held the Cubs to one run over his five innings of work and Austin Hedges hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth to give the Padres a lead that would hold and to give Erlin the win. Four Padres relievers held the Cubs scoreless for the final four innings as San Diego ended its seven-game losing streak.

Dodgers 21, Brewers 5: Oh, I’m so full. I couldn’t possible have another butt-kicking. Hmm, well, it does look good. Ok, one more . . . Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each and, hoo-boy, did the Dodgers kick the Brewers’ butts. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner hit homers too, but only one each. Slackers. All three outfielders for the Dodges had four RBI. Infielder Hernan Perez and catcher Erik Kratz pitched for the Brewers. Each of them as now pitched three times — three times! — in 2018. This on a contending team.

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 1: Most of the time a contender losing 8-1 would be considered the blowout of the day, but not on this night. Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke dueled, though neither was particularly sharp. Bumgarner was particularly dull, in fact, walking three and giving up seven hits in five innings but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Evan Longoria homered in the first and Bumgarner helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fifth and the bullpen held on until the Giants rallied late.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 3: Mike Hauschild was the story here. He had just been released by Houston and had not pitched in the bigs in over a year when the Jays signed him before the game, put him in and watched him pitch six impressive innings of relief, shutting out the M’s over that span. Kendrys Morales had a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning. Tyler Clippard started — his first start in over ten years — and went one inning. Fun times. Felix Hernandez started and went five. Sad times, really, as he’s a shell of his former self these days. He didn’t figure in the decision after allowing two runs in those five, but many in Seattle are talking about him heading to the bullpen.

Bonds, Clemens left out of Hall again; McGriff elected

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

SAN DIEGO – Moments after Fred McGriff was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, almost two decades after his final game, he got the question.

Asked if Barry Bonds belonged in Cooperstown, a smiling McGriff responded: “Honestly, right now, I’m going to just enjoy this evening.”

A Hall of Fame committee delivered its answer Sunday, passing over Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling while handing McGriff the biggest honor of his impressive big league career.

The lanky first baseman, nicknamed the “Crime Dog,” hit .284 with 493 homers and 1,550 RBIs over 19 seasons with six major league teams. The five-time All-Star helped Atlanta win the 1995 World Series.

McGriff got 169 votes (39.8%) in his final year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot in 2019. Now, he will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 23, along with anyone chosen in the writers’ vote, announced Jan. 24.

“It’s all good. It’s been well worth the wait,” said McGriff, who played his last big league game in 2004.

It was the first time that Bonds, Clemens and Schilling had faced a Hall committee since their 10th and final appearances on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. Bonds and Clemens have been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, and support for Schilling dropped after he made hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, reporters and others.

While the 59-year-old McGriff received unanimous support from the 16 members of the contemporary baseball era committee – comprised of Hall members, executives and writers – Schilling got seven votes, and Bonds and Clemens each received fewer than four.

The makeup of the committee likely will change over the years, but the vote was another indication that Bonds and Clemens might never make it to the Hall.

This year’s contemporary era panel included Greg Maddux, who played with McGriff on the Braves, along with Paul Beeston, who was an executive with Toronto when McGriff made his big league debut with the Blue Jays in 1986.

Another ex-Brave, Chipper Jones, was expected to be part of the committee, but he tested positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall.

The contemporary era committee considers candidates whose careers were primarily from 1980 on. A player needs 75% to be elected.

“It’s tough deciding on who to vote for and who not to vote for and so forth,” McGriff said. “So it’s a great honor to be unanimously voted in.”

In addition to all his big hits and memorable plays, one of McGriff’s enduring legacies is his connection to a baseball skills video from youth coach Tom Emanski. The slugger appeared in a commercial for the product that aired regularly during the late 1990s and early 2000s – wearing a blue Baseball World shirt and hat.

McGriff said he has never seen the video.

“Come Cooperstown, I’ve got to wear my blue hat,” a grinning McGriff said. “My Tom Emanski hat in Cooperstown. See that video is going to make a revival now, it’s going to come back.”

Hall of Famers Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell also served on this year’s committee, which met in San Diego at baseball’s winter meetings.

Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Belle, Don Mattingly and Dale Murphy rounded out the eight-man ballot. Mattingly was next closest to election, with eight votes of 12 required. Murphy had six.

Bonds, Clemens and Schilling fell short in January in their final chances with the BBWAA. Bonds received 260 of 394 votes (66%), Clemens 257 (65.2%) and Schilling 231 (58.6%).

Palmeiro was dropped from the BBWAA ballot after receiving 25 votes (4.4%) in his fourth appearance in 2014, falling below the 5% minimum needed to stay on. His high was 72 votes (12.6%) in 2012.

Bonds has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs, and Clemens maintains he never used PEDs. Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days in August 2005 following a positive test under the major league drug program.

A seven-time NL MVP, Bonds set the career home run record with 762 and the season record with 73 in 2001. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens went 354-184 with a 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Randy Johnson (4,875). Palmeiro had 3,020 hits and 568 homers.

Schilling fell 16 votes shy with 285 (71.1%) on the 2021 BBWAA ballot. The right-hander went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA in 20 seasons, winning the World Series with Arizona in 2001 and Boston in 2004 and 2007.

Theo Epstein, who also served on the contemporary era committee, was the GM in Boston when the Red Sox acquired Schilling in a trade with the Diamondbacks in November 2003.

Players on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list cannot be considered, a rule that excludes Pete Rose.