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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Phillies 6, Mets 3: The Phillies beat the Mets in walkoff fashion for the second straight day and, once again, they came from behind to do it. Philly trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth but Maikel Franco tied it up with a two-run homer off of Edwin Díaz. Two more Phillies batters reached to bring up Jean Segura. Díaz, still pitching, then served up a walk-off three-run home run and that was that. The Phillies came into the series losers of seven straight but completed a four-game sweep. The Mets came in embattled and flailing and continue to flail.

Rangers 3, Tigers 1: Rangers starter Ariel Jurardo tossed seven shutout innings and was staked to a 2-0 lead thanks to two Joey Gallo solo homers and Shin-Soo Choo hitting a sac fly for a third run. Texas has won five in a row and, thanks to the Astros skid, are only four and a half games back in the AL West.

Pirates 10, Astros 0: About that skid: Josh Bell, Kevin Newman, Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Jacob Stallings all hit homers for the Pirates as they routed the Astros for the second straight game. Joe Musgrove tossed six shutout innings and three Bucco relievers no-hit Houston for the final three innings. The Astros have lost nine of 11 games and, as stated above, now only lead the Rangers by four and a half. I’d love to see a race here given how few races we’ve seen, so please, keep this up Houston.

Rays 5, Twins 2: This game was tied at two by the second inning and then it stayed tied until the friggin’ 18th. I love me some baseball and everything, but that’s a bit much. Especially considering that there was a nearly one-hour rain delay here before they got underway AND the game lasted five hours and forty-two minutes. As it was, Yandy Díaz broke the tie with a sac fly before Willy Adames and Ji-Man Choi each singled in runs to give Tampa Bay the winning margin. Nineteen pitchers were used in this game. It wasn’t that long ago when two teams wouldn’t have had nineteen available pitchers between them for a ballgame.

Brewers 4, Mariners 2: Orlando Arcia hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee’s four-run fourth inning after Chase Anderson bunted in run on a suicide squeeze. Anderson likewise allowed only one earned-run while working into the sixth to help the Brewers salvage one in the three-game set.

Cubs 9, Braves 7: Atlanta took a 6-1 lead by the fourth but it didn’t hold thanks to the Cubs scoring seven runs between the fourth and the fifth. Former Brave Jason Heyward tripled in a run in the fifth to tie things up and Victor Caratini hit a two-run homer, scoring Heyward, to give the Cubs the lead in the same inning. The clubs traded runs to make it 9-7 Cubs by the sixth and that set the stage for new Cub — and former Brave — Craig Kimbrel to lock down his first save in his first game in 2019. as is often the case with Kimbrel, it wasn’t a stress-free affair. He got two quick outs before putting two on and then getting out of the jam thanks to a diving play by Anthony Rizzo when Kimbrel failed to cover first base. I suppose that happens when you didn’t get a spring training and thus didn’t get to do all of those pitcher fielding drills.

Nationals 8, Marlins 5: Victor Robles and Matt Adams homered in Washington’s five-run sixth inning to erase a three-run deficit. Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki also went deep. The Nationals have won 8 of 10 and are not at .500. What a difference a month makes. 

Dodgers 12, Rockies 8: A Coors Field special, with 20 runs on 33 hits between ’em. Three of those hits and four of those runs came off of Wade Davis in the ninth inning, with Chris Taylor singling in a run and Kiké Hernandez hitting a three-run pinch-hit homer to turn a tie game into a Dodgers win. Taylor had for hits on the night. Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Justin Turner all homered for L.A. Muncy homered twice. The Dodgers have beaten the Rockies 12 straight times.

Diamondbacks 5, Giants 1: Dbacks starter Alex Young made his major league debut, allowing one run on five hits in five innings, with a Brandon Belt solo homer as the only blemish. After that Snakes’ bullpen no-hit the Giants for the final four frames. I feel like “Brandon Belt hits solo homer, Giants otherwise shut out” is something I’ve seen in the box scores 10 times this year, but it’s probably just me imagining things. Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly went deep for Arizona.

Angels 8, Athletics 3: Kole Calhoun and Shohei Ohtani each hit two-run homers and every Angels batter in the lineup had at least one hit. Starter Griffin Canning allowed only three hits over six while striking out six in helping the Halos to their fourth straight win.

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.