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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights


There were 187 runs scored in 15 games yesterday, for an average of 12.46 runs per game. On Friday night there were 202 runs scored in 15 games for an average of 13.46 runs per game.

This is supposed to be the age of high-90s starters with wicked stuff and shutdown bullpens. And I guess, given how many guys they strike out, it sorta is. But when these dudes fail to miss bats, boy howdy do they fail to miss bats.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Reds 11, Rangers 3: Jesse Winker homered, had four hits in all and drove in five and Yasiel Puig had three hits including a two-run homer in one of many, many routs on Sunday afternoon. The Reds avoid the sweep.

Indians 8, Tigers 0: Trevor Bauer seems to be coming around. Here he threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits while striking out eight. He didn’t need all of this run support but got it anyway, thanks to a homer and three RBI from Jason Kipnis and three hits and four driven in from Oscar Mercado. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort:

Gardenhire met with his players after the game, and made it clear he wasn’t happy with their lethargic play on Sunday.

“I’m not happy. I respect the hell out of these guys, and I know the losing is beating them down, but it doesn’t take any effort to run out a pop fly,” he said. “You owe that much to the guys on the bench and the fans in the stands.”

Which is to say that they lollygag the ball around the infield. They lollygag their way down to first. They lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes them? Larry!


Padres 14, Rockies 13: On Friday the Padres mounted a late, wild comeback. They did it again yesterday, as the Rockies took a 13-10 lead into the ninth inning, only to watch Wade Davis and Jon Gray combine to allow four runs and blow it again. Wil Myers singled in a run, Greg Garcia hit a two-run triple, and Matt Strahm drew a bases-loaded walk to give San Diego the winning margin. Really, though, it’s less important to talk about the details here than it is to simply gesture vaguely at this whole series and say that it was a giant, pitching-free mess. The teams combined to score 92 runs across a four-game series between Thursday and Sunday at Coors Field, setting a new modern era major league record. Which should be a good reminder that anyone who argues that anything modern must be better is full of crap.

Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: Boston trailed 3-2 in the ninth but Marco Hernandez hit a homer to tie it. Boston scored five in the tenth and needed four of those for the win given that Baltimore scored three in the bottom half. It was ugly — and long, lasting four hours and forty-five minutes and requiring 430 pitches — but in the end Boston had its fifth straight win and seems to finally be breaking the gravitational pull of .500 baseball.

Rays 6, Angels 5: The Angels scored first and threatened late but Tommy Pham homered in the fifth to give the Rays a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. After the split the Rays are a half-game behind the Yankees with a three-game series between the teams starting tonight.

Yankees 10, White Sox 3: Brett Gardner and Austin Romine each had four RBI and Cameron Maybin homered as the Yankees win easily to split the four-game series. Fun fact: coming into this game both Gardner and Hall of Fame-inductee Harold Baines each had exactly 38.7 career WAR, according to With his big day I presume Gardner passed Baines. Funner fact: the Yankees are gonna get Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back within the week and they’re adding Edwin Encarnación now. If the Rays wanna make hay in the standings they had better do it starting this week.

Cardinals 4, Mets 3: An eighth inning homer from Mets-killer Paul DeJong broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Cards the win. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run shot earlier. The Cardinals won three of four in the series and in every game they came back against the Mets bullpen for the win.

Pirates 5, Marlins 4: The Pirates trailed 4-2 deficit, but then Corey Dickerson hit a pinch-hit RBI double in the sixth, Melky Cabrera hit a game-tying triple in the seventh and Josh Bell followed that up with a go-ahead double that scored Cabrera. Pittsburgh takes two of three from Miami.

Braves 15, Phillies 1: Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer — it was the third straight game in which he went deep — and had three hits in all.  Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer and Ronald Acuña Jr went deep as well. Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies each hit two-run doubles. Atlanta takes two of three from Philly to build a two and a half game lead in the East.

Nationals 15, Diamondbacks 5: A big day for Big City as Matt Adams hit two homers — one was a grand slam — and drove in seven as the Nats rout the Snakes. Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki went deep too. Adam Eaton had three hits and two walks. Aníbal Sánchez got the win for Washington. It was his 100th career win — against 106 losses, but we’ll let that go — in his 14-year career.

Blue Jays 12, Astros 0: Trent Thronton shut down his former team into the seventh inning and when it was all said and done he and two relievers combined for a seven-hit shutout. Meanwhile, Teoscar Hernández and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each drove in four for the Jays. Hernández had two homers, Gurriel had one as did Rowdy Tellez and Freddy Galvis. This game tied a season-high in runs for the Jays. A high set last Thursday. Everyone is scoring in buckets lately.

Royals 8, Twins 6: Martin Maldonado had had three hits and drove in two for the Royals. He also wore a necktie on his chest protector in honor of Father’s Day:

Jorge Bonifacio added two hits and two RBI for the Royals but did he look as good? No, I say.

Brewers 5, Giants 3:  Eric Thames and Jesús Aguilar homered and Christian Yelich had two doubles to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Matt AlbersJunior GuerraJeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader combined for five shutout innings of relief for the Brewers.

Mariners 6, Athletics 3: Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead two-run double, Tom Murphy added a sacrifice fly and Dee Gordon hit an RBI triple to pull off a four-run rally in the eighth which brought Seattle back after being down 3-2.

Dodgers 3, Cubs 2: Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed only two unearned runs in seven innings. Cody Bellinger tied things up with a solo shot in the sixth and Russell Martin singled in a run in the eighth to give the Dodgers their third win in the four-game series against the Cubs.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here’s where we stand:

  • The Cardinals won and the Brewers and Cubs lost, putting St. Louis’ lead in the NL Central back up at three;
  • The Twins lost and the Indians won, dropping the Twins lead in the AL Central to four;
  • The top three teams in the NL Wild Card race lost and the next three all won. That means the Nationals are in top Wild Card position, a game and a half ahead of the Brewers and Cubs, who in turn are both three games ahead of the Phillies and Mets. The Diamondbacks are four and a half back; and
  • The A’s, Rays and Indians and Rays all won, keeping the AL Wild Card race at status quo with Oakland two games over the Rays who are a half game ahead of Cleveland.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Cardinals 5, Nationals 1: Adam Wainwright allowed one run over seven, out-pitching Max Scherzer. Dexter Fowler robbed a home run too:

The Cards beating the Nationals reduces the Braves’ magic number to clinch the NL East to two. Which means that, for one of the first times in 16 years, the Braves trading Adam Wainwright to the Cardinals actually paid off some for ’em.

Mets 7, Rockies 4: The Mets were down 4-2 in the eighth but rallied for five runs in the final two frames for the win. The rally was pretty much all small ball too, with Pete Alonso — who had homered earlier — walking with the bases loaded and runs coming on ground outs and double play balls and a couple of singles. Jeff McNeil also homered for the Mets who passed their single season team record for dingers with 225. Something like half of all of the teams will set new home run records this year.

Athletics 1, Royals 0: Homer Bailey and Danny Duffy traded zeros for seven innings and the their relievers continued to do so into the eleventh. Jurickson Profar led off the bottom of the eleventh with a walk, however, stole second base and then scored when Mark Canha hit a walkoff double to end it. When the dust settled, A’s pitchers had gone 11 shutout innings striking out 19 Royals batters in all.

Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 4: Abraham Almonte and Christian Walker homered and Mike Leake bent but didn’t break in six and two-thirds mostly effective innings to give the Snakes the win. But who cares about a Marlins-Dbacks game? What you really should know is that I watched season 2, episode 1 of “Columbo” last night and it was great. John Cassavetes was the killer. I love him in everything. Blythe Danner played his wife. She was pregnant with Gwyneth Paltrow during the filming of this one and it aired ten days before Paltrow was born. They put Danner in bulky sweaters and stuff to hide it. The great Myrna Loy, from “The Thin Man” movies, was in it as Danner’s mom. Pat Morita had a bit part as the “house boy” even though he was like 40 when it was made. Racist much? Yeah, well, it was the 70s. George Gaynes — the guy from “Punky Brewster” and the “Police Academy” movies was in it too. The director of the episode was Nicholas Colasanto, who later played Coach on “Cheers.” And the mansion Cassavetes character lived in was the “Benson” mansion:

And yeah, that Jag served as a plot point too. Lovin’ “Columbo” these days, you guys.

Indians 2, Tigers 1: Death, taxes, Columbo acting befuddled, getting under the hubristic murderer’s skin with his constant questioning and then, just as the episode is about to end, putting it all together and catching the criminal in their web of lies and deception, and the Indians beating the Tigers. This time in extras with Yasiel Puig hitting a walkoff RBI single.

Angels 3, Yankees 2: CC Sabathia only lasted two and two-thirds innings in what was his final regular season start in Yankee Stadium. Maybe even his final game there period as there’s no guarantee he makes the postseason roster. He allowed two and Adam Ottavino gave up an unearned run in the sixth, but it was via his own throwing error and that was the difference in the game. The Angels bullpen tossed five shutout innings.

Mariners 4, Pirates 1: Four M’s pitchers combined to allow one run on six hits while Kyle Lewis and Tom Murphy each homered. The M’s have won four in a row.

Blue Jays 11, Orioles 10: Baltimore led 7-1 heading into the sixth, the Jays rallied to make it close, the O’s scored a couple more to make it 9-5 heading into the ninth but the Jays rallied even bigger, scoring six in the final inning — four of which came on a Randal Grichuk grand slam with two outs — to take an 11-9 lead and then held on 11-10. All of that offense saved Clay Buchholz‘s bacon. He allowed 10 hits, seven for extra bases, in three and two-thirds innings but got the no-decision. His ERA on the season is now 6.48 in ten starts. His nice 2018 season in Arizona seems like it was a hundred years ago. His heyday in Boston seems like a million.

Giants 11, Red Sox 3: The Giants win gave Bruce Bochy his 2,000th victory as a manager. That puts him in pretty exclusive company as he’s only the 11th guy to do that. Every single guy ahead of him on that list is in the Hall of Fame as Bochy will be too one day. Giants starter Jeff Samardzija took a no-hitter into the sixth inning while Boston pitchers for tagged for 15 hits. The Giants scored two runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth to make it a laugher. They go for the sweep this afternoon.

Phillies 4, Braves 1: Zach Eflin allowed only an unearned run while working into the seventh and was backed by homers from Bryce Harper and César Hernández. Jean Segura drew a bases-loaded walk too. The Braves have dropped three in a row.

Padres 2, Brewers 1: Padres starter Dinelson Lamet, who missed all last season with Tommy John surgery — struck out 14 dudes in six one-run innings and got just enough offense behind him — in the form of a two-run homer from rookie Seth Mejias-Brean — to make that stand up.

White Sox 3, Twins 1: Eight Sox pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up allowing only one run on three hits in all. Zack Collins homered and Yoan Moncada doubled twice. And check out this play-off-the-wall and throw to third by Adam Engel, cutting down Eddie Rosario who was trying to stretch a double into a triple:

Worth noting that Rosario would’ve made it if he didn’t take a moment to admire what the initially thought was a homer. And, of course, if he stays on second he’s fine and the Twins have a chance to draw closer in a tight game.

Reds 3, Cubs 2: The Cubs came into this series having won five straight but the Reds have dropped them twice in a row. That’s not idea. Here José Iglesias smacked an RBI double in the top of the tenth to give Cincinnati the win. Reds pitchers played a big part too, of course, with five of them, led by Tyler Mahle, combining on a four-hitter.

Rays 8, Dodgers 7: An eighth inning Cody Bellinger homer gave L.A. a 6-4 lead but the Rays rallied for two runs off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth. Which sort of resets the recent “Jansen is back!” narrative that had begun to form. Austin Meadows led off the 11th inning with a homer and Ji-Man Choi hit a sac fly for an insurance run that, thanks to one more Dodgers run in the bottom half, ended up being needed, as the Rays held on for the victory. Just one more thing: eighteen more pitchers used in this one, which went four hours and forty minutes. At least this one was closer, seemingly more riveting baseball than the previous night.

Astros 3, Rangers 2: Gerrit Cole struck out ten and allowed only two runs in eight innings to pick up his 18th win. And, en route, picked up his 300th strikeout on the season. Cole has not lost a game since May 22, you guys. Yuli Gurriel and José Altuve each homered, supplying all of the offense.