And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Braves 4, Giants 1: Mike Foltynewicz took a shutout into the ninth inning and still managed the complete game, allowing one run on six hits and needing only 108 pitches against a Giants team that is mailing it in like Adam Sandler’s character mailing in the Healthy Choice pudding proofs of purchase in “Punch Drunk Love.” San Francisco has not gone to Provo to beat up a phone sex line operator and has not fallen in love with Emily Watson, but they have lost 10 in a row.

Nationals 3, Phillies 1; Nationals 7, Phillies 6: Despite the Nats’ deadline selloff they still have a lot of stars. They didn’t really need them in Game 1 of this twin bill, however, as Erick Fredde (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) and four relievers tamed Philly’s bats in the day game, with a homer from Spencer Kieboom helping things along. In the nightcap it was the Juan Soto show, with the Nats’ spectacular rookie homering in the top of the 10th to put Washington up to stay. He had homered way back fourth inning too and had a 3-for-4, four RBI game in all. Atlanta’s win combined with this double header sweep puts the Phillies back six and a half games in the NL East. They’re back six and a half in the Wild Card too.

Royals 6, White Sox 3: Brad Keller allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in seven innings, winning for the fourth time in his last six starts. Two of those starts have been against the Chisox, one against Baltimore and one against Toronto so it’s not like he’s been facing a Murderer’s Row or anything, but we can only play the cards fate deals us. If life gives you marshmallows, make Rice Krispie treats.

Cardinals 11, Pirates 5: Miles Mikolas allowed one run and punched out seven in seven innings of work. The punch-outs were actually strikeouts. If he had really punched out seven members of the Pirates he’d go to jail. Sort of like the woman who is now in jail for killing her husband after writing an story called “How to Murder Your Husband.” Some things in life — like Mikolas having an All-Star season in which he’s gone 15-4 with a 2.99 ERA are hard to see comin’. Other things aren’t.

Reds 3, Dodgers 1: Cincinnati goes to 6-0 on the year against the Dodgers — something I doubt even the Big Red Machine did back in the day when these two teams shared a division — thanks to Luis Castillo allowing only one run while working into the seventh and the bullpen locking it down. Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler went deep for the Reds. Cincinnati will try to complete the season series sweep of Los Angeles this afternoon.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0: The Cubbies regain a two-game lead in the NL Central thanks to Jose Quintana tossing three-hit shutout ball into the seventh inning and Victor Caratini singling in a run in the second and doubling in one in the seventh. Quintana is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 career starts against the Brewers. That creep can roll.

Astros 5, Tigers 4: Houston took a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning thanks to homers from Jose Altuve, Tony Kemp and Tyler White, then hung on after Detroit scored four in the fourth thanks largely to a JaCoby Jones three-run bomb. Houston’s bullpen gave the Astros five innings of shutout ball after that.

Athletics 3, Orioles 2: A three-run third inning held up for Oakland as Mike Fiers allowed one run over six innings. Fiers is 5-0 in seven starts since the A’s acquired him from Detroit. Not a bad deadline pickup, eh?

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2Brock Holt hit three-run home run to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead and the Sox piled on after that, winning the game and becoming the first team in 2018 to clinch a playoff berth in the process. Chris Sale came off the disabled list and pitched for the first time in a month, tossing one scoreless inning with two strikeouts as the “opener.” The bullpen took over after that. A win today will give Boston an even 100 on the season. They’re on pace to win 111. The team record is 105.

Marlins 5, Mets 3: Jacob deGrom‘s season continues apace. he allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out nine but got little support and took the loss. His counterpart, Jose Urena, allowed one over six. JT Riddle homered for Miami and Lewis Brinson drove in a couple. deGrom is 0-2 in four starts against Miami this year. The Marlins have won three of those four games.

Indians 2, Rays 0: Shane Bieber struck out 11 Rays batters in six and two-thirds shutout innings with Brad Hand and Cody Allen finishing off the four-hit shutout. Yan Gomes and Edwin Encarnacion‘s homers were all the scoring in the game. The Rays used a standard starter-relief approach in this game as opposed to bullpenning it up, with Tyler Glasnow giving them seven innings of work in which those solo shots were all he allowed. Pretty darn good — usually good enough to win — but when your offense doesn’t do anything, welp.

Twins 10, Yankees 5: Sonny Gray got the start and made a strong case for going back to the bullpen, lasting only three innings. The wheels really fell off though when Jonathan Loaisiga came in and barfed up six runs in an inning and a third. Four of those runs came on a Joe Mauer grand slam in the Twins’ six-run fifth inning. Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam of his own in the sixth inning but by then New York was down 10-1 so welp again. It’s gonna be delicious when the Yankees win 100 games and still have to travel to Oakland as the bottom seed in a one-and-done Wild Card game.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3: Ketel Marte hit a two-out, two-run triple to break a sixth-inning tie and drove in four runs in all on the evening. Colorado had chances to make it game again in both the seventh and the ninth but couldn’t make it happen. The Dodgers laying an egg in Cincinnati is somewhat mitigated by the Dbacks beating the Rockies here. Colorado’s lead in the NL West remains at one and a half games. Arizona is two and a half back.

Angels 1, Rangers 0: A two-hit shutout for the Angels. Sure, it took eight pitchers, none of whom threw even two innings, to make it happen, but it’s 2018 and that’s just how things are these days. Los Angeles’ only run came on a second inning Jose Fernandez solo shot.

Padres 2, Mariners 1: Edwin Diaz has 54 saves on the year but he took the L here thanks to Wil Myers knocking an RBI double in the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and send the M’s to yet another defeat. They’re now eight and a half out of the Wild Card with 18 games to play, so yeah, it’s over.

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.

Biden called the Braves’ drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” The team got its White House visit in with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and the Major League Baseball playoffs begin again. The Braves trail the New York Mets by 1.5 games in the National League East but have clinched a wildcard spot for the MLB playoffs that begin Oct. 7. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk said he hoped they’d be back to the White House again soon.

In August 2021, the Braves were a mess, playing barely at .500. But then they started winning. And they kept it up, taking the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.

Biden called their performance of “history’s greatest turnarounds.”

“This team has literally been part of American history for over 150 years,” said Biden. “But none of it came easy … people counting you out. Heck, I know something about being counted out.”

Players lined up on risers behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most discussed was one who hasn’t been on the team in nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

Hammerin’ Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a shot to left field on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players for Atlanta and in baseball history, a clear-eyed chronicler of the hardships thrown his way – from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced during his pursuit of one of America’s most hallowed records. He died in January at 86.

“This is team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.

McGuirk said Aaron, who held front office positions with the team and was one of Major League Baseball’s few Black executives, was watching over them.

“He’d have been there every step of the way with us if he was here,” McGuirk added.

The president often honors major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, typically a nonpartisan affair in which the commander in chief pays tribute to the champs’ prowess, poses for photos and comes away with a team jersey.

Those visits were highly charged in the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, didn’t take kindly to criticism from athletes or their on-field expressions of political opinions.

Under Biden, the tradition appears to be back. He’s hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday he joked about first lady Jill Biden’s Philadelphia allegiances.

“Like every Philly fan, she’s convinced she knows more about everything in sports than anybody else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too nice to the Atlanta team because it had just beaten the Phillies the previous night in extra innings.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later questioned about the team’s name, particularly as other professional sports teams have moved away from names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians, and the Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – following years of complaints from Native American groups over the images and symbols.

She said it was important for the country to have the conversation. “And Native American and Indigenous voices – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.

Biden supported MLB’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics contend is too restrictive.