And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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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.

Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves

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ATLANTA — After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season.

Hamels reported shortly before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that he didn’t feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.

The Braves placed Hamels on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 18,, but that was a mere formality. General manager Alex Anthopoulos already contacted Major League Baseball about replacing Hamels in the team’s postseason player pool.

“Cole knows himself and his body,” Anthopoulos said. “You trust the player at that point when he says he can’t go.”

The Braves began Monday with a three-game lead in the NL East .and primed for their third straight division title.

Even with that success, Atlanta has struggled throughout the shortened 60-game series to put together a consistent rotation beyond Cy Young contender Max Fried and rookie Ian Anderson.

Expected ace Mike Soroka went down with a season-ending injury, former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was demoted after just one start, and Sean Newcomb also was sent to the alternate training site after getting hammered in his four starts.

The Braves have used 12 starters this season.

Anthopoulos had hoped to land another top starter at the trade deadline but the only deal he was able to make was acquiring journeyman Tommy Milone from the Orioles. He’s on the injured list after getting hammered in three starts for the Braves, giving up 22 hits and 16 runs in just 9 2/3 innings.

“There’s no doubt that our starting pitching has not performed to the level we wanted it to or expected it to,” Anthopoulos said. “I know that each year you never have all parts of your club firing. That’s why depth is so important.”

Hamels, who signed an $18 million, one-year contract last December, reported for spring training with a sore shoulder stemming from an offseason workout.

When camps were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamels was able to take a more cautious approach to his rehabilitation. But a triceps issue sidelined again before the delayed start of the season in July.

The Braves hoped Hamels would return in time to provide a boost for the playoffs. He also was scheduled to start the final game of the regular season Sunday, putting him in position to join the postseason rotation behind Fried and Anderson.

Now, Hamels is done for the year, his Braves’ career possibly ending after he made that one appearance last week in Baltimore. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk in a loss to the Orioles.

Hamels reported no problems immediately after his start, but he didn’t feel right after a bullpen session a couple of days ago.

“You’re not going to try to talk the player into it,” Anthopoulos said. “When he says he isn’t right, that’s all we need to hear.”

Atlanta recalled right-hander Bryse Wilson to replace Hamels on the 28-man roster. The Braves did not immediately name a starter for Tuesday’s game.

With Hamels out, the Braves will apparently go with Fried (7-0, 1.96), Anderson (3-1, 2.36) and Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.74) as their top three postseason starters.

Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a career record of 163-122. He starred on Philadelphia’s World Series-winning team in 2008 and also pitched for Texas and the Chicago Cubs.

Last season, Hamels went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for the Cubs.