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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 5, Padres 2: The Padres took an early 2-0 lead but that’s all they’d get against a sextet of Yankees relievers on what was a bullpen day for the Yankees. Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner homered in the second to give the Yankees the lead and Gary Sánchez went deep in the eighth to give them some breathing room. Oh, and Yankees fans booed Manny Machado and chanted “overrated” at him. How friggin’ brainwashed are these people for blaming their own team’s tightfisted ways and refusal to acquire the best players available on the guy who never got a competitive offer from them?

Astros 6, Cubs 5: Gerrit Cole struck out 12 in six innings of work and Cole Hamels gave up six runs in four innings of work. So, fine, you know how this game went. The biggest takeaway here is that for the second straight start, Cole Hamels took on someone with Cole in his name. The last time being Cole Irvin of the Phillies. A.J. Cole is a reliever so I guess he won’t face off against him, but at this point I suppose anything can happen.

Athletics 8, Angels 5: That’s ten wins in a row for Oakland. Here Matt Chapman homered for the third straight game and  Jurickson Profar and Josh Phegley hit bombs as well. Here’s what Bob Melvin said about the A’s current run: “We’re just a little bit relentless right now with how we’re going about out our business.” I’ve never seen the term “relentless” modified with both a diminishing factor like “a little bit” and a cliche that is aimed at making things seem mundane like “going about our business.” If I was the concept of relentlessness I’d sue Melvin for slander.

Marlins 3 Nationals 2: Max Scherzer allowed one run in six and even drove one in. He can’t do alone, though, and this year his Nats teammates have not been much help to him. He left the game with a 2-1 lead but Tanner Rainey allowed the tying run in the seventh and Kyle Barraclough allowed the go-ahead run an inning later. The defense let him down too. As a result of this loss the Nationals fell to 2-10 in games started by Scherzer. He could do almost anything to his teammates right now and I’m guessing no jury would convict him.

Orioles 5, Tigers 3: I guess someone had to win a matchup between two of the worst teams in baseball. Here Baltimore benefitted from some dumb and sloppy play by the Tigers and from homers off the bats of Renato Núñez and Jonathan Villar to take the first of a three-game set. Detroit has dropped 12 of 13.

Rays 8, Blue Jays 3: Yonny Chirinos tossed five no-hit innings but he was on a pitch count so they pulled him. The first reliever in gave up a hit so the combined no-no was gone but they still only allowed the Jays four hits on the day. A couple of those were homers which made things close in the seventh, but the Rays pulled away. Austin Meadows homered and drove in three for Tampa Bay. And Kevin Kiermaier did this:

Pirates 8, Reds 5; Reds 8, Pirates 1: Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a tie-breaking two-run triple and then Starling Marte homered as Pittsburgh’s put up a four-spot in the eighth inning of Game 1. Josh Bell went deep too as the Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak. They began a new losing streak — one is a streak, right? — when the nightcap began with starter Mitch Keller surrendering six runs in the first, including a grand slam to José Iglesias. It never got better as Reds starter Sonny Gray looked good through six while Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig homered late to make it a laugher.

Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 3: Raimel Tapia singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Colorado their third walkoff win in four games. It could’ve easily been the Snakes’ game as Jarrod Dyson led off the top of the tenth with a triple but was stranded. When you don’t score after a leadoff triple things just really aren’t going your way.

Red Sox 12, Indians 5: It was 5-3 Boston in the fifth when Terry Francona called Óliver Pérez from the bullpen. Before he could begin work he stopped the game because a spike broke on one of his cleats. He waited on the mound in socks while someone fetched him a new pair. Then he changed his shoes. Watch: this is the most riveting highlight you’ll see this year:

Newly-shod, Pérez promptly gave up an RBI double to Jackie Bradley Jr. and then served up a three-run homer to Sandy León to break things wide open. Boston keeps cruising. Cleveland has lost seven of eight.

Brewers 5, Twins 4: The only good news for the Indians on the day was that the Twins’ win streak was snapped at seven. Here Orlando Arcia hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth and drove in three on the evening. The Brewers bullpen gave Craig Counsell four and a third innings of scoreless relief with Jeremy JeffressJunior Guerra, Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader throwing bullets. For his part, Jeffress dodged a bullet, Neo from “The Matrix”-style:

As you can see, Jeffress took a bit more damage than Neo ever did. He left the game after that but he seems to be OK.

Dodgers 9, Mets 5: Cody Bellinger can’t be stopped. He homered again here, bringing his batting line on the year to .383/.469/.761, and he flashed some fantastic defense. Check out this putout at third as Carlos Gomez tries to tag:

Earlier he cut down Michael Conforto at home plate to save a run. The guy has MVP written all over him right now. The Dodgers have won 10 of 12 and lead the West by eight games.

Mariners 6, Rangers 2: The M’s snap a six-game losing streak. It was power and speed here. The speed: Mallex Smith, who stole four bases on the night. Three of them came in one inning after a walk. The steal of home came on a pickoff throw to first, but he still showed off his wheels with it:

The power came via Dan Vogelbach‘s big time dinger to the third deck in right field that, yes, stayed fair:

You know you hit a moon shot when the camera tracking the ball gets the retractable roof in the frame.

Royals vs. White Sox — SUSPENDED:

Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
What I’ve got they used to call the blues
Nothin’ is really wrong
Feelin’ like I don’t belong
Walkin’ around
Some kind of lonely clown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.