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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Padres 4, Mets 0: Over the weekend Padres starter Chris Paddack said he was “coming for” Pete Alonso, who Paddack sees as his rookie rival. It was not so much trash talk in my view as it was confident talk, but however you want to characterize it, Paddack backed it up. Paddack pitched shutout ball into the eighth, struck out 11 Mets batters and Alonso went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, two coming with Paddack on the mound. Paddack threw his three fastest pitches of the season — 97.9, 97.9 and 97.2 m.p.h. — last night. All three were to Alonso.

Paddack outdueled Jacob deGrom too who, after the game, downplayed it. From the AP gamer:

DeGrom didn’t sound all that impressed by Paddack: “His stuff was OK. He just located it well tonight,” the Mets ace said.

Uh-huh. For his part, Alonso sounded like he wasn’t all that thrilled with Paddack’s pre-game talk either. while he admitted he didn’t “answer the bell” and that he failed in a couple of spots with runners on base, he also didn’t really tip his cap to Paddack so much as sniff at him:

“If he was upset about (the award), I’m assuming he could have been a little jealous. He had a hell of a first month. I’m happy to win it. If he was mad about that, there’s five other months. There’s five months left in the season.”

Which, fine. It’s OK to say the guy was cocky and you don’t care for it, but let’s not pretend he didn’t back it the hell up. The only regret here is that the Mets and Padres don’t play in the same division and thus there’s a fair chance they won’t match up with Paddack in the limited number of games they have left.

Reds 12, Giants 4: What a mess of a game. There were bees at the beginning. Then Giants pitchers plunked four Reds batters in a single inning, which had not been done in 126 years. There was a fifth plunking too, when Pablo Sandoval was pitching in mop-up duty in the eighth. At least he was fairly effective on the mound, tossing a shutout frame. He also homered. The exit velocity on his homer was 108. he threw a curveball in the game that only went 68. He also stole a base which is something he had not previously done since 2012. Not a bad showing for the Panda. Of course the actual story of this game was the Reds pounding San Francisco, led by rookie Nick Senzel who homered twice in just his fourth game as a major leaguer. Senzel went 4-for-17 in the series with three solo homers.

White Sox 9, Indians 1: Before yesterday’s game Trevor Bauer jokingly tweeted at White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson to take it easy on him:

It didn’t work. Anderson went 2-for-4 and drove in two, with his second hit being the two-run single that ended up chasing Bauer in the sixth. Yoan Moncada wasn’t heeding any calls to take it easy on Bauer either, homering and driving in four. James McCann went deep as well as the White Sox put a hurting on Bauer, touching him for eight runs — seven earned — on five hits. It put an end to that streak we mentioned last time out in which Bauer had not allowed more than four runs in 60 starts. Indeed, it was his worst outing ever. His counterpart, Ivan Nova, went seven innings, allowing one run and scattered eight hits.

Yankees 7, Mariners 3: Yankees batters got to Félix Hernández early with homers from Luke Voit, Brett Gardner and Thairo Estrada putting the Yankees up 5-0 early. That lead would be extended to 7-0 by the third with a couple of RBI singles. CC Sabathia wasn’t aces or anything but he gutted out five innings to qualify for the win. The Yankees win their 12th in their last 16 games.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1: Jonathan Villar hit a grand slam off of Boston starter Josh Smith in the second inning and that was basically that thanks to O’s starter John Means‘ seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Not bad for a rookie who was facing a team that had just scored 30 runs in its previous three games.

Twins 8, Blue Jays 0: Martín Pérez didn’t have any trouble with the Jays, allowing only two hits in seven shutout innings while punching out nine. Last time out he tossed eight shutout innings against Houston. I’d say he’s on a roll. Jason Castro homered and had three RBI and Eddie Rosario hit his 12th homer on the year, which has him tied for the league lead. The Twins have won seven of ten and have a three-game lead over the Tribe in the AL Central.

Rays 12, Diamondbacks 1: There were lots of great starting pitching performances last night, including this one from Blake Snell, who one-hit the Dbacks for six innings while striking out nine and not walking a batter. Tommy Pham hit a grand slam and Avisail García hit a two-run shot and drove in a third run on an RBI single as the Rays routed Arizona.

Brewers 5, Nationals 3: We chronicled the Nats’ travel issues yesterday. Turns out they didn’t get to Milwaukee until noon. The show must go on, but the Nats sure did look sloppy, committing four errors and blew two leads as the Brewers take their fourth straight.

Cardinals 6, Phillies 0: Add Miles Mikolas to the pile of dominant outings last night. He blanked the Phillies for seven innings, surrendering just three hits along the way. Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong all went deep for the Redbirds. Mikolas, when asked if he wanted to stay in the game to pitch the shutout:

“I felt like I had a little left in the tank,” he said. “You don’t want to burn out your tires this early in the season.”

Mike Schlidt was right to take him out. Mixed metaphors is a tell-tale sign of fatigue. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t go the well too many times, ya know?

Marlins 6, Cubs 5: The Cubs’ bullpen melted down in the ninth. Trying to protect a one-run lead, Pedro Strop walked three batters and then his replacement, Kyle Ryan, allowed another run on a comebacker when he sorta looked the runner on third back for a second but the runner, Neil Walker, didn’t really stop heading home and Ryan threw to first some reason instead of being dead to rights in a play at the plate. Oh well. The Marlins’ rally was too much for the Cubs to come back from even with a ninth inning homer from Kris Bryant. And even though, as a team, they drew six walks. The Cubs recalled Carl Edwards Jr. from the minors before the game. If they hadn’t, my guess is that, thanks to Strop’s struggles, they’d have recalled him after.

Astros 6, Royals 4: George SpringerCarlos Correa and Robinson Chirinos each homered and Correa had three hits in all on the night to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesí each hit two-run homers for the Royals but those four runs were all they’d get.

Dodgers 5, Braves 3: Kevin Gausman probably should’ve just accepted the suspension he got yesterday rather than appeal it and make this start because the Dodgers hit him up for five runs — three earned — in four and a third. By the time Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered for Atlanta it was too late. Walker Buehler got the win, going seven and allowing three on those two dingers.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 3, Rays 0: This was a big game for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka came up big, shutting out the Rays on two hits while striking out ten in a complete game performance. D.J. LeMahieu hit a two-run homer and Cameron Maybin had a solo shot. With the win the Yankees up their lead in the AL East to a game and a half.

Angels 10, Blue Jays 5: The Halos put up a seven spot in the second thanks to homers from solo homers from Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun, a three-run homer from Shohei Ohtani and a two-run double from Mike Trout. Trout would add a solo shot of his own in the sixth and got four hits on the day. Cavan Biggio went deep twice for the Jays but one man can’t do it alone. Well, he wasn’t totally alone as Randal Grichuk hit a two-run shot but two men can’t do it alone either, especially when their friends on the pitching staff took the day off.

Reds 3, Astros 2: Luis Castillo allowed two over six — he actually worked into the seventh, allowing only two hits, but walking six — and he was backed by RBI singles from Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suárez. This one featured a nearly one-hour rain delay that gave us this vision of rainbow and lightning:

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Braves 12, Mets 3: Brian McCann, Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. all went deep as the Braves win in a laugher. McCann has been hotter than a two dollar pistol lately, having gone 8-for-16 with four homers and nine driven in in the past week. Albies went 3-for-4 and knocked in four. The Braves have won 10 of 11 and have scored 90 runs in that stretch. That kind of outburst makes it easy for starters like Mike Soroka, who won his eighth straight decision.

Rangers 7, Indians 2: Mike Clevinger came back from the injured list and the Rangers treated him quite rudely, scoring five runs in less than five innings. Danny Santana hit a two-run homer. Meanwhile, his counterpart Lance Lynn allowed one run over seven innings, striking out nine and not walking a batter.

Red Sox 2, Twins 0: Home runs come in buckets these days but we had a good old pitchers duel in Minneapolis last night, with Rick Porcello (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8K) outdueling José Berrios (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 10 K). A J.D. Martinez RBI single in the first was all the scoring this one saw until the Sox added an insurance run on a Xander Bogaerts RBI double in the ninth. Boston runs its season-high win streak to six straight.

Cardinals 5, Marlins 0: Miles Mikolas and three relievers combine for an eight-hit shutout while Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer and Matt Carpenter had a solo shot and scored on an error. Mikolas had lost five straight decisions before this one. Miami has been shut out 13 times this year.

Giants 3, Dodgers 2: Tyler Beede held he mighty Dodgers lineup to one run over six despite walking five guys, picking up his first big league win in his seventh big league start. An early Bandon Crawford two-run double and an unearned run in the sixth was all the scoring the Giants needed.

Athletics 3, Orioles 2: Mike Fiers allowed two, both unearned, in six innings of work. The A’s scored two unearned runs themselves, both on the same play. The only earned run in the game came via a first inning double from Matt Olson. The best defense on the day came from this couple in the stands who got two foul balls and didn’t even have to get out of their seats to get ’em:

No one scored after the third inning here. It’s like one of those days when you go into work and finish off some report or something before 9:30 and then spend the rest of the day screwing around on the Internet. Or, as I like to call it “every day at work for me in 2008.”

Padres 2, Brewers 0: All kinds of nice pitching performances last night, including this one from Joey Lucchesi, in which he tossed seven shutout innings, making a run on a wild pitch and a Manny Machado solo homer hold up. The Brewers were shut out on four hits.

Royals 6, Mariners 4: Jorge Soler hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning to bring the Royals back from a 4-3 deficit and Martin Maldonado hit a ninth inning solo shot for some insurance. Soler somehow has 19 dingers on the season. He’s got ’em pretty quietly, but then again I suppose everything that happens with the Royals happens pretty quietly these days.

Phillies vs. Nationals — POSTPONED:

I stood out in the rain
Holding my breath
Waiting for you
You never came
You broke my heart
You broke my heart
I know who’s to blame
You’re to blame

And I don’t care about you
If you don’t care about me
We can go our separate ways
If you want to
The ties of love are strong
But they can be undone
And we’ll go our separate ways
If you want to