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And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 8, Red Sox 0: James Paxton was absolutely dominant, tossing eight shutout innings and allowing just two hits while striking out 12. Mike Tauchman — an outfielder the Yankees acquired from Colorado at the end of spring training — hit a three-run homer and doubled in a run for four RBI on the night. Not a bad evening for the Bombers, whose lineup, thanks to injuries, looked like something you’d see in a split squad game in spring training.

Pirates 5, Tigers 3: Joe Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates but his bullpen let him down. Matt Boyd pitched well for the Tigers but his offense let him down. That led to extras where Starling Marte saved the day for Pittsburgh by smacking a two-run homer in the tenth. I’d say something like “this will make Pittsburgh sports fans feel a bit better after the Penguins got swept out of the first round of the playoffs,” but I’m told by Pittsburgh friends that no, this will not make anyone feel better about that.

Giants 7, Nationals 3: The Giants have a poor, punchless offense but they punched pretty well last night, getting homers from Evan LongoriaBrandon Belt and Steven Duggar, all off of Stephen Strasburg. The Giants have won four of five. In other news, Dave Martinez was ejected in this one for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. Martinez’s explanation:

“I was in the dugout. I said, ‘Hey, let’s go. You got to be better than that.’ I didn’t cuss. I didn’t say much other than, ‘Let’s go.”’

I’m normally on the manager’s side with this stuff as I find it comical that umpires cannot be expected to handle even a little chatter regarding their strike zone without being entitled to eject a guy. But I also argue on the Internet a lot, and one of the laziest, most cowardly Internet argument tactics I encounter on a regular basis is someone saying “c’mon, you’re better than that.” It’s so weak. If you have a point, make it, don’t just go to that kind of smug, conclusory and condescending bit of ad hominem. As such, I am fully on the ump’s side here and I would like Martinez to be suspended for approximately 79 games or something.

Phillies 14, Mets 3: This one was over before it began with the Phillies putting up a ten-spot in the first dang inning. Steven Matz was charged with six of those runs — with two unearned runs coming on his watch as well — without recording even a single out. Drew Gagnon ended up mopping up that mess, having to wear five and a third innings of it while allowing five earned and one unearned run himself. But hey, bright side: Mickey Calloway didn’t have to worry about using Edwin Díaz for more than three outs. As for the damage [Craig lowers his glasses to his nose and looks down at the box score like a cashier at a deli looking at long, long, carryout ticket before hitting every key on the register] Scott Kingery and J.T. Realmuto each had three hits and five RBI, Maikel Franco hit a three run homer and Cesar Hernández doubled in a run.

Rays 4, Orioles 2: Tyler Glasnow keeps on keepin’ on, twirling seven innings of two-run ball, scattering seven hits in the process. After spotting the O’s two runs, the Rays came back and scored four unanswered, with Avisail García hitting a two-run homer and singling in a run. Glasnow won his fourth consecutive start to begin the season. He’s allowed only three runs in those four games. The Rays have the best record in baseball.

Cubs 4, Marlins 0: José Quintana tossed seven shutout innings, striking out seven. In so doing he extended his scoreless innings streak to 14. That creep can roll, man. Javier Báez went 3-for-4 and homered. The Marlins are terrible.

Diamondbacks 9, Braves 6: Braves starter Max Fried was good. The Braves offense was good. The Braves bullpen, however, gave the viewer the feeling one gets when one clogs a toilet at a party at someone else’s house, the water rises with no sign of stopping and a line of people are outside the door yelling, “c’mon, already, will ya?” Except there’s no window in the bathroom for you to jump out of to your merciful death and you just gotta watch it all happen, hoping, at the very least, for that bizarrely peaceful, slow motion, out-of-body feeling one hears about people experiencing when they are overcome with brain chemicals designed to help them become OK with being resigned to their fate. Arizona scored seven runs off of the Braves bullpen in the final three innings. Chad Sobotka and Jesse Biddle were the chief arsonists, failing to retire a batter as the Diamondbacks scored four runs in the seventh. Atlanta tied it back up again and then A.J. Minter gave up a homer to Christian Walker to give Arizona the lead for good. In all, six Braves relievers combined to allow seven runs on five hits, six walks and two hit batters. Atlanta’s pen has a 5.43 ERA and has allowed 36 walks in 59.2 innings. Woof.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Homers from Lorenzo Cain, Yasmani Grandal and Christian Yelich paced the Brewers to another win. Yelich now has nine homers on the year. Eight of them have come against the Cardinals. We tend to reward late season performance — like Yelich’s 2018 performance — with MVPs, but I don’t think that thoroughly dominating a division rival like this in April is any less important than doing it in September. The Brewers have won nine of their last 10 against St. Louis, including four in a row.

Blue Jays 6, Twins 5:  Teoscar Hernández was the hero for the second night in a row, following up Monday’s three-run homer with a key RBI single in the top of the seventh to give Toronto a 6-4 lead. He also started a game-ending relay play that was pretty dang sweet:

If that runner isn’t pegged at home they’re, at best, heading to extra innings. Nice play.

Rangers 5, Angels 0: Mike Minor tossed a big boy shutout. Like, pitching all nine innings and stuff like starters used to do. Three hits, no runs obviously, seven strikeouts and a mere 103 pitches. He was backed by homers from Asdrúbal Cabrera and Joey Gallo.

White Sox 5, Royals 1: Yoan Moncada smacked two homers, Yonder Alonso went 4-for-4 with a homer and Leury García went deep as well. Reynaldo López allowed only one run over six. Moncada, once considered the top prospect in the game, is hitting .333/.371/.652 with five homers and 16 driven in in his first 16 games.

Rockies 8, Padres 2: Nolan Arenado — who turned 28 yesterday — homered for the third straight game. Jon Gray allowed one run over seven as the Rockies hand the Padres their third straight loss. And, if you’re curious, with the Padres losing and the Dodgers winning, that never-ending argument in my Twitter mentions has resumed.

Astros 9, Athletics 1:

Colin McHugh: What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?

A.J. Hinch: No, Colin. I’m trying to tell you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to.

Six shutout innings for Neo McHugh over here. Alex Bregman hit a grand slam. There is no spoon.

Dodgers 6, Reds 1: With two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh inning, the Reds decided to walk Enrique Hernandez and pitch to Alex Verdugo in order to (a) give Zach Duke a lefty-lefty matchup; and (b) to set up the force. It’s a smart baseball move. Verdugo made them pay for it, though, by hitting an RBI double to turn a three-run game into a five-run game. Afterwards he said “it was a slap in the face” for them walk Hernandez to get to him. Whatever you need to motivate yourself, kid, but in my experience I have found almost everyone who uses the phrase “a slap in the face” to describe something that happened to them that falls short of an actual slap in the face is being mildly insufferable in the moment. That said, Verdugo is batting .370 with two home runs and 10 RBI, and has hit safely in six of seven starts this season, so like I said, if insufferable works, go with what works.

Indians 4, Mariners 2: Shane Bieber and three relievers held the Mariners to just six hits, though one of them was a Jay Bruce homer. That extended Seattle’s major league record string of games with a home run to start the season to 20 games. They’ve also lost five in a row, so I imagine that streak seems less fun every day.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Angels 11, Blue Jays 6: Mike Trout was a beast, homering twice and driving in seven. The second homer was a grand slam in the fourth. Honest question: do you not consider intentionally walking Trout with the bases loaded there? I guess you don’t do that when it’s tied at three and it’s so early but the thought probably at least briefly crossed Charlie Montoyo’s mind. Trout has now hit 10 home runs in his past 19 games to move into a tie for the AL lead. He’s a fairly solid ballplayer as far as these things go, yeah?

Reds 3, Astros 2: The Reds are hard to figure. A lot of the time they look like the second division club their record suggests they are. Other times they’re fun and interesting and do things like sweep the Astros. Baseball, man. Here they rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth with two outs for the comeback win. Nick Senzel singled home the tying run, took second on a throwing error and Jesse Winker singled him in for the walkoff. It was the first time the Astros have been swept all year.

Yankees 12, Rays 1: More like Blake Shelled, amirite? The reigning Cy Young winner walked four guys and gave up six runs in the first inning and was chased after getting only one out. The game at that point was basically over. CC Sabathia, meanwhile, picked up his 250th career win. Gary Sánchez hit a three-run homer and drove in four. Gleyber Torres hit a grand slam to turn an 8-1 game into a 12-1 game late. Just a general blood bath. The Yankees have won five straight games and have now built up a 3.5-game lead over the second-place Rays in the AL East. The Rays and Yankees meet again in a couple of weeks. The Yankees have to like that. They’ve taken seven of nine from Tampa Bay.

Nationals 6, Phillies 2; Nationals 2, Phillies 0: Patrick Corbin was strong, allowing one run over seven, with both Gerardo Parra and Brian Dozier homering and doubling in runs. The nightcap was the Max Scherzer show, of course, with a broken nosed and black (and brown and blue)-eyed Scherzer tossing seven shutout innings while striking out ten. He’s one of the few men who could use that “you should see the other guy” joke and have it be true. He mowed the Phillies down, jack.

Athletics 8, Orioles 3: Chris Bassitt took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Josh Phegley had a three-run homer as the A’s completed a three-game sweep. Baltimore has lost eight in a row and is on a pace to lose 116 games.

Padres 8, Brewers 7: Franmil Reyes hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run shot earlier. Manny Machado, as we noted last night, thought he had a three-run homer but didn’t, but since the Pads won they’re all probably fine with it. Yasmani Grandal, Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun all homered in a losing cause.

Mariners 8, Royals 2: Hello! My name is Domingo Santana. You killed my father. Prepare to die. Or something. Two homers and five RBI for the Mariners’ right fielder. Who is not left-handed.

Pirates 8, Tigers 7: The Tigers led 7-1 after their half of the third inning but woofed it away anyway. Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run homer in the sixth to complete the Pirates’ rally. He had three hits in all.

Braves 7, Mets 2: Freeman hit a two-run shot in the first, the Mets tied it at two in the fourth and Josh Donaldson broke that tie with a two-run homer of his own in the sixth. From then on the Braves just added with RBI doubles from Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis, whose pinch-hit two-bagger drove in two. In the end the Braves won their eighth of ten on their ten-game home stand and pushed their NL East lead to four games over Philly.

Cubs 7, White Sox 3: Willson Contreras hit a three-run homer in the first and homered again in the third en route to a five-RBI night. Lucas Giolito lost for the first time in 13 starts, going back to April 6.

Indians 10, Rangers 4: The Tribe put up a five-spot in the first thanks to a three-run homer from Jason Kipnis and a solo shot from Roberto Pérez. Kipnis would add a second homer in the fifth. The Indians have won 10 of their last 14 games.

Red Sox 9, Twins 4: A day after a 17-inning game often comes down to whose starter can simply show up for the longest amount of time. Eduardo Rodríguez did that for Boston, going seven to pick up the Sox pen. Brock Holt drove in three with a single, a sac fly and by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Boston has won seven of eight. The Twins have dropped three of four.

Cardinals 2, Marlins 1: Offense was hard to come by here but Paul Goldschmidt — who didn’t even enter the game until the ninth inning — hit a walkoff solo shot in the bottom of the 11th to end it:

Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4: Arizona took an early 2-0 lead but it wouldn’t last as the Rockies got to Zack Greike for five runs on 11 hits over seven. Ryan McMahon was the big bat for Colorado, going 3-for-4 and driving in three. Daniel Murphy homered as well as the Rockies’ mastery of the Dbacks continued. They’ve taken seven of nine from Arizona this season.

Dodgers 9, Giants 2: Chris Taylor homered twice and Cody Bellinger went deep as the Dodgers picked up their 50th win on the season in their 75th game. The bad news: starter Rich Hill left after one inning because of left forearm discomfort. He’s going to have an MRI today but he’s headed to the injured list.