And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mets 14, Twins 4: This one was close most of the way. The Twins led 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh, in fact. That’s when Dominic Smith hit a three-run homer to give the Mets the lead and then the floodgates opened in the eighth and ninth. Amed Rosario went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBI. Pete Alonso hit a moon shot homer that went almost 480 feet. Seven of the runs the Mets scored were unearned as the sloppy, slumping Twins’ lead in the AL Central fell to only four games.

Indians 7, Tigers 2: Mike Clevinger allowed one over six and struck out 12 Tigers — he struck out the side in both the first and second frames and had nine Ks through four — and Indians pitchers punched out 17 of ’em in all. Oscar Mercado had a two-run double, Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4, Mike Freeman had two hits, including a run-scoring bunt single, Greg Allen doubled home a pair, Jason Kipnis had an RBI single and  Francisco Lindor homered. The four games that separate Cleveland and Minnesota now is the closest they’ve been since mid-May.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5: A Tyler O’Neill homer in the fifth brought the Cards to within one run and a three-run blast by Paul Goldschmidt put them up for good. St. Louis takes two of three from Pittsburgh who has dropped five of six.

Brewers 5, Braves 4: Christian Yelich hit his third homer in four days and Manny Pina hit a two-run homer and drove in three to help the Brewers to a 5-0 lead by the end of the sixth. Keston Hiura had two doubles and ended up 8-for-11 in the series. Atlanta rallied late, with four Josh Donaldson RBI in the eighth and ninth but it ended up being too little as well as late.

Cubs 5, Reds 2: Yu Darvish tossed six shutout innings to outduel Sonny Gray and to get his first ever win at Wrigley Field which is quite a dang thing to say given that he’s more than halfway through his second season as a Cub. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered for Chicago, which were the only two hits Gray gave up. The Cubbies have won five of six.

Giants 11, Rockies 8: The Giants were on an extended stretch of offensive futility earlier this year but lately it seems like they’re scoring 8, 9, 10 runs or more on the regular. Here all eight position players in the lineup got hits in San Francisco’s 18-hit attack, led by Donovan Solano who had four hits including a tie-breaking homer. Stephen Vogt homered and doubled. Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double. Brandon Belt had an RBI single among his three hits. The Giants sweep the four-game series, have won five straight and 12 of 14 to pull themselves to within two and a half games of the second Wild Card. It’d be rather exciting I suppose if it wasn’t reported that they plan to sell off parts at the trade deadline regardless. I mean, I get it given where this team is now and given that their surge has a lot to do with the National League simply sucking, but it’s still a hell of a thing and says a lot about the state of baseball in 2019.

Athletics 10, Mariners 2: Homer Bailey debuted for the A’s and there aren’t many teams better to give you a nice warm welcome than the Mariners. The same Mariners Bailey shut out into the eighth inning a month ago gave him no more trouble yesterday as he allowed two runs over six to pick up his first win with his new team. It helped that he had six homers hit by his teammates, with Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar both homering twice and Chad Pinder and Ramón Laureano each went deep as well. The A’s had some bad news, though, losing Matt Chapman to an ankle injury. Oakland has won six straight and 12 of 14.

Dodgers 7, Phillies 2: Six Dodgers pitchers combined on a two-hitter, keeping things close until David Freese hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh and Justin Turner hit a two-run blast in the eighth. A long rain delay in this one for nearly three hours, causing it to end at pushing 2AM. And hey, day game today. An early one too, starting at 12:35PM. Should be a crisp affair.

The rain delay was fun, though:

Orioles 9, Nationals 2: Seems like it’s been awhile since we’ve had a good old Nationals bullpen collapse but I suppose like avalanches in the Rockies and tornados in Kansas they’re always bound to happen again. Starter Erick Fedde dominate the Baltimore Orioles for six innings but that passed as Trey Mancini hit two homers for Baltimore, Anthony Santander and Chris Davis each hit RBI singles, and Rio Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly as Baltimore scored eight runs between the seventh and eighth innings.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: Rafael Devers homered and drove in four of the five Boston runs, Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two while pitching into the seventh inning and Brandon Workman worked in and out of trouble in locking down a one and two-thirds innings, 45-pitch save. Teoscar Hernandez hit two solo homers and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had one, but the Jays nonetheless lost their seventh in ten games.

Padres 3, Marlins 2: Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth but lost it when Starlin Castro led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. Oh well. Paddack still got the win, though, allowing the one run while striking out eight in seven and two-thirds. Austin Hedges hit a two-run homer. Paddack was a draft pick of the Marlins, by the way. The Marlins got Fernando Rodney for him in 2016. Guessing they want that deal back. They probably want a lot of deals back, really.

Diamondbacks 19, Rangers 4: It was 12-0 after two and 14-3 after three so I guess Dbacks and Rangers fans got to go to bed early. Eduardo Escobar homered twice and drove in five. Kevin Cron, Jarrod Dyson and Carson Kelly also homered for Arizona. The Snakes had 21 hits in all. The teams combined to hit eight homers overall.

Royals 7, White Sox 5: Jorge Soler and Nicky Lopez hit back-to-back RBI singles twice and Danny Duffy was effective in getting the win for the Royals. That’s six straight losses for Chicago. Ian Kennedy got the save. Not gonna say I haven’t paid much attention to the Royals this year but this is, actually, the first time I believe I’ve noticed he’s a reliever now.

Astros 11, Angels 2: Gerrit Cole did Gerrit Cole things, striking out 11 while allowing one run seven innings of work. Jake Marisnick shrugged off boos to notch three hits. He’s 5-for-7 in these past two games against the Angels so I imagine he’d love them to keep booing him. Michael Brantley and George Springer went deep for Houston.

Rays vs. Yankees — POSTPONED:

‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
Come in, she said
I’ll give ya shelter from the storm

And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured
I’ll always do my best for her, on that I give my word
In a world of steel-eyed death, and men who are fighting to be warm
Come in, she said
I’ll give ya shelter from the storm

Padres clinch NL wild-card spot during 2-1 loss to White Sox

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres are going back to the playoffs for the first time in a full season since 2006, a spot that they clinched during the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

The Padres were batting when the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers in 12 innings. The sellout crowd of 41,407 at Petco Park stood and cheered the sealed wild-card spot.

The Padres trailed 2-0 at the time but Kim Ha-seong homered a few minutes later.

The Padres had a chance to win in the ninth when they put two runners on with two outs against Liam Hendriks but pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro, who has five walk-off plate appearances this year, grounded out.

Fireworks went off and the Padres players were given hats and shirts, but there was no wild on-field celebration. Manager Bob Melvin was drenched with a cooler of water and the players gathered near the mound for photos. They were cheered by what was left of the crowd as they headed to the clubhouse.

San Diego is one game ahead of Philadelphia for the second of three NL wild cards.

The Padres won a wild-card series against St. Louis after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season before being swept in the division series by the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Before that, they hadn’t been to the playoffs since winning the NL West in 2005 and 2006.

It’s the seventh playoff berth in franchise history and the fourth since Petco Park opened in 2004. The Padres haven’t been to the World Series since 1998, when they were swept by the New York Yankees.

The Padres reached the playoffs this year without electrifying shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who was on the cusp of returning from a broken left wrist when he was suspended for 80 games by MLB on Aug. 12 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Slugger Manny Machado has carried the Padres most of the season offensively and they added Juan Soto from Washington in a blockbuster deal on Aug. 2.

The Padres hired the veteran Melvin after last year’s brutal September collapse cost Jayce Tingler his job.

Lance Lynn (8-7) and Blake Snell 8-10) were locked in a scoreless duel Sunday when Elvis Andrus homered off the San Diego lefty with one out in the sixth, his 16th. His shot reached the top balcony of the brick warehouse in the left field corner at Petco Park.

The White Sox went ahead 2-0 on Adam Engel‘s two-out single in the seventh that brought in Andrew Vaughn, who had drawn a leadoff walk.

San Diego got on the scoreboard when Kim homered to left off Lynn with two outs in the seventh, his 11th.

Lynn allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

Snell allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.


White Sox: RHP Bailey Ober (2-3, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday at home against the Minnesota Twins, who will counter with Johnny Cueto (7-10, 3.39).

Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.03) gets the start Monday night at home against the San Francisco Giants, who will go with Carlos Rodon (14-8, 2.88).