And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are he highlights:

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2: Adam Wainwright outduels Aníbal Sánchez, which I’m sure is something I wrote in the recaps in 2010 one time. Wainwright lasted into the seventh and only allowed a couple of solo shots. Kolten Wong bunted in a run and Harrison Bader hit a two-run single that put St. Louis on top in the fourth and there they stayed. Wainwright also kicked a comebacker to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for a just-the-way-they-drew-it-up 1-3 putout to end a bases-loaded threat:

At 19-10, the Cards have the best record in the NL and they have won four in a row. Everything’s comin’ up Redbird.

Astros 11, Twins 0: Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and allowed only one hit in seven dominating innings as the Astros snapped Minnesota’s four-game winning streak. George Springer had an RBI double and homered. Carlos Correa knocked in three. Jake Marisnick hit a two-run shot and Alex Bregman went deep as well. The win was A.J. Hinch’s 392nd as Astros manager, which ties him with Art Howe for third on the all-time franchise list. He’ll pass Larry Dierker for second place with 435 at some point this year. Then he’ll only have Bill Virdon to catch, which will most likely happen next year. The Astros have had 23 managers. At the bottom of the list is a guy named Salty Parker, who played in 11 games for the Tigers back in 1936 and managed only 12 total games in the majors, 11 in 1967 and one in 1972. I bet he knew every greasy spoon diner from Bangor to Barstow, though.

Indians 7, Marlins 4: Former Columbus Clipper Carlos González hit a three-run homer, former Columbus Clipper Carlos Santana hit a solo shot and former Columbus Clipper Trevor Bauer struck out ten over seven innings to lead the Tribe to victory. Just dropping the Columbus stuff because people suddenly remember my city exists thanks to the hockey team and I figure I may as well try to expand the brand a little bit. Bauer didn’t pitch wonderfully — he was sloppy early — but he still posted his 60th consecutive start without allowing more than four runs. According to the good folks at Elias, that’s the second longest such streak for a pitcher since 1970. The longest is held by Greg Maddux. Elias didn’t say how long his was in the thing I read, but I’m gonna assume it was, like, 120 or some crap.


Tigers 3, Phillies 1: Spencer Turnbull stymied the Phillies, allowing one over six and the Tigers pen tossed three shutout innings. Miguel Cabrera singled in a run in the third and Niko Goodrum homered him in seven pitches later for all the Tigers’ runs. Thing I just learned: Goodrum’s given first name is Cartier. He’s someone to . . . watch.

Mets 4, Reds 3: A long Todd Frazier homer gave the Mets a 2-1 lead heading into the eighth. With Edwin Díaz unavailable having pitched in the previous three games, the Mets relied on Jeurys Family for a two-inning save. The eighth inning went fine. The ninth, not so much, as Familia allowed two runs which forced extras. Peter Alonso saved his bacon in the tenth, however, hitting a walkoff sac fly. Jeff McNeil had four hits on the evening.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 1: Rick Porcello tossed eight shutout innings — it was the longest outing of any Boston starter all year — striking out eight. He was backed by homers from Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland and various and sundry other run-scoring events. Boston has won four of six.

Padres 4, Braves 3: Franmil Reyes was most of the Padres’ offense as he socked two homers and doubled in a run. Eric Hosmer homered too. That backed Chris Paddack who tossed six innings of two-run ball. Guy has high-90s heat and then shows you breaking stuff in the 70s. It’s sort of not fair.

Brewers 4, Rockies 3: Jesús Aguilar stayed hot, hitting a three-run homer in the seventh to pad what was then a 1-0 lead. It was necessary too as Colorado mounted a three-run rally in the ninth off of Junior Guerra, who Craig Counsell was pushing into this second inning of use. Unlike the Familia thing in New York it was not a save situation at the time, but not a good night if you wanted two-innings from your late game relievers, eh?

Pirates 6, Rangers 4: Texas led 3-0 heading into the ninth but the Pirates rallied for three, with an RBI single from Adam Frazier and a two-run double from Josh Bell to force extras. In the 11th the Buccos rallied for three more with homers from Bryan Reynolds and Starling Marte. A Joey Gallo homer in the bottom of the 11th was all Texas could muster as an answer and that was not enough because that’s just how math works. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for Pittsburgh. I’m sure there were some quotes after that about how now they can get back on track and start playing well again like they did a couple of weeks ago and shake off that uncharacteristic losing stretch. God love baseball players for being intentionally oblivious to corrections and long arcs of probability and all of that.

Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 1: Zack Greinke won his fifth game of the year by allowing one run and pitching into the eighth, backed by a homer and an RBI single from Wilmer Flores. CC Sabathia made history with his 3,000th career strikeout in the loss. He’s only the third lefty in the 3,000 strikeout club. He’s not catching Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson, of course.

Unless . . .

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. . . this photo of him from last night suggests that he has the power to go all Dr. Strange and pitch as three guys at once. If he can do that — and if he doesn’t retire this year as planned — maybe he has a shot at ’em.

Dodgers 10, Giants 3: David Freese hit a three-run homer, Kiké Hernandez and Justin Turner hit solo shots. Turner’s was, somehow, his first dinger on the year. There was a delay in the start to this game due to a glitch in the replay system which prevented both teams from being able to watch plays in order to determine whether or not to challenge calls. As it couldn’t be immediately fixed, both teams retained their managerial challenges but were also given unlimited crew chief reviews if they requested one. We were probably lucky this was a blowout, then, because if it was close that might’ve really slowed things the hell down. As it was, the contest lasted only two hours and forty-five minutes.

Angels 4, Blue Jays 3: Brian Goodwin hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning. Jonathan Lucroy homered for the Halos as well. Local kid Griffin Canning made his big league debut for Los Angeles. He started out strong — he retired his first 10 batters and struck out five straight at one point — but couldn’t make it to the fifth. I’m sure the warm welcome felt nice, though. Brandon Drury hit his third homer in four games for the Blue Jays.

Cubs 6, Mariners 5: Chicago was down 5-4 in the eighth when Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer to save the day for the Cubs. Brad Brach pitched one and a third innings for the win and Steve Cishek got a four-out save, so let’s forget what I said above about how the multi-inning relief thing didn’t work out so good last night.

Orioles vs. White Sox; Rays vs. Royals — POSTPONED:

The rain falls hard on a humdrum town
This town has dragged you down
Oh, the rain falls hard on a humdrum town
This town has dragged you down
Oh, no, and everybody’s got to live their life
And God knows I’ve got to live mine
God knows I’ve got to live mine

William, William it was really nothing
William, William it was really nothing
It was your life

Orioles sign OF Aaron Hicks, put Cedric Mullins on 10-day IL with groin strain

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.

Mullins went on the 10-day injured list, but the Orioles are hoping Hicks can help defensively in the spacious outfield at Camden Yards. Hicks was released last week by the New York Yankees with more than 2 1/2 seasons left on his contract.

“We had noticed that he was a free agent even before the injury,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “When the injury occurred and it became pretty clear this was going to be an IL, it seemed like a good fit even more so at that time.”

The Orioles are responsible for paying Hicks just $483,871, a prorated share of the $720,000 minimum salary. The Yankees owe him the rest of his $10.5 million salary this year, plus $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

The 33-year-old Hicks hit just .188 in 28 games for the Yankees this year.

“We have stuff that we look at from a scouting and evaluation perspective,” Elias said. “It’s very different from just looking at the back of a baseball card, and we hope that we get a bounceback from anyone we bring here.”

Hicks batted .216 last season.

“Hopefully that’s a good thing for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Baltimore deal. “A lot of time here and a lot of good things happened for him here. I know the last couple of years have been a struggle. But hopefully it’s a good opportunity for him and certainly wish him well. Not too well being in our division and a team we’re chasing, but hopefully it’s a really good fit for him.”

Mullins left a loss to Cleveland after he pulled up while running out an infield grounder. Outfielder Colton Cowser – the fifth pick in the draft two years ago – is hitting .331 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he went on the IL in the past couple weeks.

“Certainly he was building a case towards promotion consideration prior to his injury and prior to Cedric’s injury,” Elias said. “We’ll just see where we’re at.”

Hicks was active for the game but not in the starting lineup. Austin Hays, normally Baltimore’s left field, was in Mullins’ usual spot in center.

When the wall in left at Camden Yards was pushed significantly back before last season, it made left field a bigger challenge defensively.

“In this park … you really need two center fielders,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Aaron’s got a lot of center-field experience. Played left field here before also. Brings the defensive aspect and then the switch-hitting.”