And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Pirates 5, Athletics 3: Starling Marte hit a three-run walkoff homer — which came with his team down by a run — in the bottom of the 13th! That’s as dramatic as it gets I’d say . . .

Padres 8, Dodgers 5. . . Hunter Renfroe says “hold my beer.” All he did was hit a two-out, pinch-hit walk off grand slam, turning a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 win. It may not have come in extra innings like Marte’s, but it did come against Kenley Jansen, which is no easy trick. Well, perhaps a bit easier yesterday as Jansen didn’t seem to have his best stuff, but that’s a big dang hit right there. It also got his teammates off the hook, as they blew a 4-0 lead earlier in the game.

Tigers 5, Royals 2: Over the weekend Miguel Cabrera blamed his lack of power this year on not having any good hitters behind him. That’s a pretty spurious claim as it is, but even if lineup protection was a thing it doesn’t explain Brandon Dixon hitting a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth. He didn’t have Prince Fielder or Victor Martinez hitting behind him either and he managed to get a hold of one. Weird.

Mariners 10, Indians 0: Jay Bruce hit a first inning grand slam to start the rout and end the Mariners’ six-game losing streak. Rookie starter Eric Swanson was fantastic for Seattle as well, getting his first career win while taking a no-hitter into the sixth. This, from the AP report of the game, is how the M’s celebrated his win:

Seattle’s rookie right-hander was grabbed by teammates, thrown into a laundry cart and pushed into the showers . . . they targeted Swanson, who was doused with numerous substances. “A little greasy, but it was cool,” Swanson said of the postgame party. “I had to pick ketchup out of my ears.”?

That sort of makes winning your first big league game sound like something you don’t want to do, does’t it? I dunno. Maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, the Indians managed just two hits all day. Their team batting average fell to an AL-low .215. That whole “let’s defend the division by not having an offense” plan that, based on their offseason moves, they apparently had seems not to be working out as they had hoped.

Braves 3, Marlins 1: Starters Julio Teherán and Pablo López were aces, each tossing six innings of shutout ball and the sides managed just a run each in regulation. In the tenth the Braves scored twice, one on an Ender Inciarte double and another on a Charlie Culberson foul out on which Inciarte tagged up an scored. The double scored Max Fried, who is a pitcher who was pinch running, all the way from first base. Check out his mad dash:

He said afterward that that was less of a head-first slide than it was him stumbling forward and falling. Hey, whatever works, man. Just don’t pull your hammies. The win was nice but the Braves need your arm more than your legs. Atlanta sweeps the Fish.

Phillies 7, Nationals 1: Zach Eflin has been pitching really well lately and he kept it up yesterday, allowing only one run on four hits with five strikeouts in seven innings to help Philly take two of three from the Nats. Washington, who was short-handed due to a rash of position player injuries, has lost eight of 11.

Red Sox 9, White Sox 2: Sox win! Boston takes three of four from the Chisox thanks to a seven-run eighth inning. Xander Bogaerts‘ grand slam was the big blow. The Red Sox scored nine runs in an inning the night before, so I’d say either that offense is starting to click or else the White Sox need to get better pitchers. Wait, those are not mutually-exclusive, so forget the “either/or” construction. Boston has won six of seven. And seven of ten. Pick whatever endpoints you’d like. They’re playing well.

Brewers 3, Mets 2: Christian Yelich had missed five games with a sore back and then only pinch hit in Saturday’s marathon before smacking a 440-foot two-run homer in this game to help Milwaukee sweep the three game set. That’s nice, but even nicer was the pick-me-up they got from starter Zach Davies. When you’re coming off an 18-inning game that turned your bullpen into a smoking crater, you need a big game from your starter, and Davies gave them that: he went seven and two-thirds, allowing only two runs on six hits. Can’t ask for anything more.

Rangers 10, Blue Jays 2:  Rougned Odor and Asdrúbal Cabrera each homered and combined to drive in seven runs as Texas wins in a laugher. Odor was 0-for-his-previous-21 when he went yard in the second. Texas takes two of three and are sitting at .500, which is not too bad given this team’s expectations. The Jays dropped five of six on their road trip.

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 7: Colorado was down 7-3 entering the bottom of the eighth when they put up a five-spot via a bases-loaded walk, a bases-clearing triple and an RBI single. The triple came from Raimel Tapia, tying the game. The damage was all charged to Archie Bradley who had been cruising of late. Guess we all have bad days sometime.

Astros 10, Angels 4: There were a bunch of grand slams and three run shots yesterday. Alex Bregman hit a salami himself in this one, a day after hitting two homers on Saturday night. Guess it’s fair to say that he likes hitting down at at Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey, where this two-game set was played. Or maybe he just likes hitting against the Angels. All the Astros seemed to here. In addition to Bregman’s damage, Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Michael Brantley hit a two-run shot in the ninth. Houston outscored the Halos 24-6 in the two-game set.

Yankees 4, Twins 1: An eight-inning game due to rain but I imagine everyone had seen enough by then. Domingo Germán picked up his sixth win on the season. Mike Tauchman hit a two-run homer. The Twins came into this series with the best record in baseball and ended up dropping two of three. Death, taxes, and the Yankees owning Minnesota.

Giants 6, Reds 5: The Reds hit back-to-back-to-back homers on three consecutive pitches from Jeff Samardzija in the first inning and when a game starts like that you probably assume the homer-hitting team is gonna beat the homer-surrendering team. Nah. Not here. Not with a Reds team that, in addition to simply not playing well at times this year, has had horrendous luck too and look like they can’t even buy a win sometimes. The homers here actually led to four runs — the first one, from Eugenio Suárez was a two-run homer, while Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich hit solo shots — but the Reds bats went quiet afte that Giants came back. They scored one in the fifth and then Buster Posey hit a three-run shot in the sixth to tie things up. Brandon Crawford‘s two-run homer in the ninth put the Giants up for the first time and for good.

Cubs 13, Cardinals 5: Another game another grand slam, this one from Kris Bryant in the course of the Cubs’ six-run eighth inning. Not that it was close at the time, as Chicago entered the frame with a 7-2 lead. Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote each drove in two runs. With that the Cubs have win their seventh in a row, they sweep the Cards in the three-game set and hand St. Louis their fourth straight loss. Meanwhile, after a 3-8 start to the season the Cubs have won 16 of 20 and have now passed the Cards and sit atop the N.L. Central all by themselves.

Rays vs. Orioles — POSTPONED:

This circus is falling down on its knees
The big top is crumbling down
It’s raining in Baltimore, fifteen miles east
Where you should be, no one’s around

I need a phone call, I need a raincoat
I need a big love, I need a phone call

These train conversations are passing me by
And I don’t have nothing to say
You get what you pay for
But I just had no intention of living this way

I need a phone call, I need a plane ride
I need a sunburn, I need a raincoat

Olson blasts two HRs, Acuña has 4 hits as Strider, Braves overpower Phillies 11-4

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ATLANTA – Given a seven-run lead in the first inning, Atlanta right-hander Spencer Strider could relax and keep adding to his majors-leading strikeout total.

“That game felt like it was over pretty quick,” Strider said.

Ronald Acuña Jr. drove in three runs with four hits, including a two-run single in Atlanta’s seven-run first inning, and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-4 on Sunday night to split the four-game series.

“Getting a lead first is big, especially when you get that big of a lead,” Strider said. “… When we’re putting up runs, my job isn’t to be perfect. My job is to get outs.”

Following the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced right-hander Michael Soroka will be recalled to make his first start since the 2020 season on Monday night at Oakland.

Matt Olson hit a pair of two-run homers for Atlanta, and Strider became the fastest pitcher in modern history to reach 100 strikeouts in a season.

“It’s incredible,” said Acuña through a translator of Strider. “Every time he goes out to pitch it seems like he’s going to strike everybody out.”

Acuña hit a run-scoring triple in the fifth before Olson’s second homer to center. Acuña had two singles in the first when the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate, collected seven hits and opened a 7-0 lead. Led by Acuña and Olson, who had three hits, the Braves set a season high with 20 hits.

Strider (5-2) struck out nine while pitching six innings of two-run ball. The right-hander fired a called third strike past Nick Castellanos for the first out of the fourth, giving him 100 strikeouts in 61 innings and topping Jacob deGrom‘s 61 2/3 innings in 2021 as the fastest to 100 in the modern era.

“It’s cool,” Strider said, adding “hopefully it’ll keep going.”

Olson followed Acuña’s leadoff single with a 464-foot homer to right-center. Austin Riley added another homer before Ozzie Albies and Acuña had two-run singles in the long first inning.

Phillies shortstop Trea Turner and left fielder Kyle Schwarber each committed an error on a grounder by Orlando Arcia, setting up two unearned runs in the inning.

Strider walked Kody Clemens to open the third. Brandon Marsh followed with a two-run homer for the Phillies’ first hit. Schwarber hit a two-run homer off Collin McHugh in the seventh.


Michael Harris II celebrated the one-year anniversary of his major league debut by robbing Schwarber of a homer with a leaping catch at the center-field wall in the second. As Harris shook his head to say “No!” after coming down with the ball on the warning track, Strider pumped his fist in approval on the mound – after realizing Harris had the ball.

“He put me through an emotional roller coaster for a moment,” Strider said.


Soroka was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, setting the stage for his final step in his comeback from two torn Achilles tendons.

“To get back is really a feather in that kid’s cap,” Snitker said.

Soroka will be making his first start in the majors since Aug. 3, 2020, against the New York Mets when he suffered a torn right Achilles tendon. Following a setback which required a follow-up surgery, he suffered another tear of the same Achilles tendon midway through the 2021 season.

Soroka suffered another complication in his comeback when a hamstring injury slowed his progress this spring.

Acuña said he was “super happy, super excited for him, super proud of him” and added “I’m just hoping for continued good health.”

Soroka looked like an emerging ace when he finished 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 2019 and placed second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the NL Cy Young voting.

The Braves are 0-3 in bullpen committee games as they attempt to overcome losing two key starters, Max Fried (strained left forearm) and Kyle Wright (right shoulder inflammation) to the injured list in early May. Each is expected to miss at least two months.

RHP Dereck Rodriguez, who gave up one hit in two scoreless innings, was optioned to Gwinnett after the game to clear a roster spot for Soroka.


Phillies right-hander Dylan Covey (0-1), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 20, didn’t make it through the first inning. Covey allowed seven runs, five earned, and six hits, including the homers by Olson and Riley.


Phillies: 3B Alex Bohm was held out with hamstring tightness. … LHP José Alvarado (left elbow inflammation) threw the bullpen session originally scheduled for Saturday. Manager Rob Thomson said there was no report that Alvarado, who was placed on the injured list on May 10, had any difficulty.


Phillies: Following an off day, LHP Ranger Suárez (0-1, 9.82 ERA) is scheduled to face Mets RHP Kodai Senga (4-3, 3.94 ERA) in Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series in New York.

Braves: Soroka was 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in eight games with Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed a combined four hits and two runs over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts. RHP Paul Blackburn (7-6, 4.28 ERA in 2022) is scheduled to make his 2023 debut for Oakland as he returns from a finger injury.