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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4: Colorado trailed all game but the bullpen gave them five perfect innings to end it and then DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer to bring them from behind and to walk of Arizona all in one shot. After the game Le Mahieu describe his dramatic dinger thusly: “It was cool. Just a great moment. That was awesome.” Thank you, Chris Farley. The Rockies have held on to their one and a half game lead over the Dodgers — and have held the Dbacks down — by taking two of three so far in this four-game series which concludes this afternoon.

Brewers 5, Cubs 1Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and scored three runs, Lorenzo Cain added three hits and Mike Moustakas had a two-run single as the Brewers take two of three from the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Milwaukee had a decent hole to climb out of a little over a week ago, but they took four of six from the Cubs in two series and, while their Wild Card spot is secure, they now find themselves just a game back in the NL Central. Not too shabby.

Twins 3, Yankees 1: Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, supported by an RBI double from Ehire Adrianza, a Willians Astudillo RBI single and Max Kepler‘s RBI double, which scored Astudillo, who gave us one of the more entertaining runs of the year as he came around the bases:

The Yankees have lost three of four and now only lead the A’s by one game for the top Wild Card slot.

Braves 2, Giants 1: Anibal Sanchez and Derek Holland dueled, each allowing one run over six innings. It was enough to make you think it was 2011 or something. Tyler Flowers — who is TOTALLY the first guy you think of to hit an infield single — hit one to knock in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and give the Braves the sweep. Atlanta now leads the NL East by seven and a half games with 16 to go. San Francisco loses its 11th straight, which is the club’s longest such streak since 1951. They were the New York Giants then. They also won the pennant that year — that was the Bobby Thomson, Shot-Heard-Round-The-World year, but there will be no such glory this season.

Dodgers 8, Reds 1: After six straight losses to the Reds the Dodgers finally beat ’em. A defacto bullpen game as Ross Stripling went three and a third and then six relievers combined to shut the Reds out for the final five and two-thirds. Joc Pederson homered. One run scored when Yasmani Grandal hit a ball to the wall and a kid reached over and grabbed it while the ball was still in play, resulting in a run scoring fan interference double. Which is frankly amazing. The Reds have fans? Who knew?!

Astros 5, Tigers 4: The three game sweep for the Astros didn’t come easy, with all three of the games being one-run affairs that, but for a bounce or a break here or there, the Tigers could’ve swept. That certainly went for this one. With Houston clinging to that one-run lead in the eighth following a lead-cutting Nick Castellanos two-run homer, the Tigers had a man on first with two outs and Dawel Lugo at the plate. He hit a liner down the right field line that could’ve been trouble, but George Springer did this:

It’s a tie game if he misses that. He didn’t miss it.

Rays 3, Indians 1: Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the seventh, looking dominant as he did it. Jose Ramirez ended that — and ended a nearly month-long homer drought — with a leadoff shot in the eighth, but that’s all Cleveland would get in the game. Snell finished that inning and two relievers held the Indians hitless in the eighth and ninth. Ji-Man Choi homered for the second time in three days, this one a two-run shot.

Pirates 4, Cardinals 3Jameson Taillon allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings and Jacob Stallings knocked in three to help the Pirates avoid the sweep. That win helps make the Wild Card race bit more interesting. St. Louis currently holds the second slot, but now it’s only a two-game lead over Los Angeles with a four-game series between ’em getting underway in Los Angeles tonight. If the Cards had won here there’d be a bit less pressure.

Mets 13, Marlins 0: This was supposed to be a doubleheader but a 5-hour, 35-minute rain delay washed out one of them. They did get the second one in, with first pitch going off at 9:45 p.m and the game ending after midnight. The Marlins would’ve done better to simply forfeit it and go back to their hotel and watch TV, as that would’ve gone down as only a 9-0 loss. As it was, Zack Wheeler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh and allowed four hits over eight shutout innings in all. Jay Bruce hit a grand slam, Jeff McNeil had three hits and Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith each homered for New York. Listed attendance was over 20,000. Needless to say, there were not 20,000 people at Citi Field last night.

Padres 5, Mariners 4Austin Hedges and Hunter Renfroe each homered as the Padres sweep the two-game series over the plummeting Mariners. Late in the game something fun happened. And by “fun” I mean “the quintessential 2018 baseball game” in that four San Diego relievers — Trey WingenterRobert StockJose Castillo and Craig Stammen — combined to strike out nine consecutive batters between the sixth and eighth innings.

Nationals 5, Phillies 1: Speaking of plummeting, Philly loses its fifth straight and goes down for the ninth time in 11 games. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmeman and Juan Soto all went deep for Washington and Stephen Strasburg allowed one run on five hits over seven, striking out nine. “We haven’t played good baseball due to a ton of variables,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after the game. Yah.

Athletics 10, Orioles 0: Oakland put up ten runs in the third inning thanks to eight singles, two walks, a double, and a homer. Mats Olson and Chapman each drove in three in that inning, which was the only inning to feature any scoring in the game. I’d say something like “hope no one decided to stand in line for concessions that inning or else they’d miss everything,” but it ain’t like there was anyone at this game. They were probably offering to deliver concessions to fans in their seats. Wouldn’t have been that hard I suspect.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0: Boston wins its 100th game of the year. It’s the first time the Sox have won 100, in fact, since they won the AL Pennant in 1946.  Here the game’s only run scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. That was a tough break for the guy who delivered it, Aaron Sanchez, who otherwise pitched wonderfully. Not as wonderfully as David Price, however, who tosses seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits, striking out seven and not walking a soul. Price is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break and has not lost since July 1.

White Sox 4, Royals 2: Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to give the Chicago the lead and, eventually, the win. Jose Rondon also homered for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Angels 8, Rangers 1: Rookie Francisco Arcia — who has spent 11 years in the minors — homered twice, hit a two-run double and drove in four. His fellow long-minor-league-tenured rookie, Jose Fernandez, hit a homer for the second consecutive game. He’s 30, by the way. The late season can be a drag for non-contenders, but these quasi-Moonlight Graham stories are always nice to see.

Marlins vs. Mets — POSTPONED:

Another rainy day in New York City
Softly sweet, so silently it falls
As crosstown traffic crawls
Memories in my way in New York City
Tender, tough, too tragic to be true
And nothing i can do
City workers cheer
The taxis disappear
Another rainy day in New York City

Minor League Baseball accuses MLB of making misleading statements

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Yesterday several members of Congress, calling themselves the “Save Minor League Baseball Task Force,” introduced a resolution saying that Major League Baseball should drop its plan to eliminate the minor league clubs and, rather, maintain the current minor league structure. In response, Major League Baseball issued a statement accusing Minor League Baseball of refusing to negotiate and imploring Congress to prod Minor League Baseball back to the bargaining table.

Only one problem with that: according to Minor League Baseball, it has been at the table. And, in a new statement today, claims that MLB is making knowingly false statements about all of that and engaging in bad faith:

“Minor League Baseball was encouraged by the dialogue in a recent meeting between representatives of Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball and a commitment by both sides to engage further on February 20. However, Major League Baseball’s claims that Minor League Baseball is not participating in these negotiations in a constructive and productive manner is false. Minor League Baseball has provided Major League Baseball with numerous substantive proposals that would improve the working conditions for Minor League Baseball players by working with MLB to ensure adequate facilities and reasonable travel. Unfortunately, Major League Baseball continues to misrepresent our positions with misleading information in public statements that are not conducive to good faith negotiations.”

I suppose Rob Manfred’s next statement is either going to double down or, alternatively, he’s going to say “wait, you were at the airport Marriott? We thought the meeting was at the downtown Marriott! Oh, so you were at the table. Our bad!”

Minor League Baseball is not merely offering dueling statements, however. A few minutes ago it released a letter it had sent to Rob Manfred six days ago, the entirely of which can be read here. It certainly suggests that, contrary to Manfred’s claim yesterday, Minor League Baseball is, in fact, attempting to engage Major League Baseball on the issues.

In the letter, the Minor League Baseball Negotiating Committee said it, “is singularly focused on working with MLB to reach an agreement that will best ensure that baseball remains the National Pastime in communities large and small throughout our
country,” and that to that end it seeks to “set forth with clarity in a letter to you the position of MiLB on the key issues that we must resolve in these negotiations.”

From there the letter goes through the various issues Major League Baseball has put on the table, including the status of the full season and short season leagues which are on the chopping block, and implores MLB not to, as proposed, eliminate the Appalachian League. It blasts MLB’s concept of “The Dream League” — the bucket into which MLB proposes to throw all newly-unaffiliated clubs — as a “seriously flawed concept,” and strongly counters the talking point Major League Baseball has offered about how it allegedly “subsidizes” the minor leagues:

It is simply not true that MLB “heavily subsidizes” MiLB. MLB teams do not pay MiLB owners and their partner communities that supply the facilities and league infrastructure that enable players under contract to MLB teams the opportunity to compete at a high level and establish whether they have the capability to play in the Major Leagues. MLB just pays its OWN player/employees and other costs directly related to their development. MLB does not fund or subsidize MiLB’s business operations in any form and, in fact, the amounts funded by MiLB to assist in the development of MLB’s players far exceed anything paid by MLB to its players, managers, or coaches at the Minor League level. Through the payment of a ticket tax to MLB, it is arguable that MiLB is paying a subsidy to MLB. Either way, talk about subsidies isn’t helpful or beneficial to the industry. The fact is that we are business partners working together to grow the game, entertain fans, and develop future MLB players.

You should read the whole letter. And Rob Manfred should probably stop issuing statements that, it would appear, are easily countered.