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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Twins 10, White Sox 3: For the first time in his career, Nelson Cruz had a three-homer game. All three came off of Lucas Giolito. The first was a solo shot in the first, followed by a two-run blast in the third and another two-run round-tripper in the fifth. That gives Cruz 25 for the season, putting him on pace for 40. He has also homered in four consecutive games. Giolito gave up seven runs in total over five innings. José Berríos was solid, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.94 in the process.

Mets 4, Padres 0: Jacob deGrom continues to pitch well. On Thursday afternoon, he blanked the Padres for seven innings, yielding only four hits and a walk while striking out nine. deGrom, now with a 2.86 ERA, hasn’t allowed a run in his last 17 innings of work. All four of the Mets’ runs came in the first inning against Eric Lauer, including two on a Todd Frazier double. Frazier took to Twitter after the game to snipe at MLB.com beat writer Anthony DiComo, who posted some Frazier-centric stats. Noah Syndergaard sniped at DiComo last week as well. And, of course, there was that whole thing last month involving Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas, and Newsday’s Tim Healey. It must be fun to cover the Mets.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered again, giving him dingers in four consecutive games. Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler also went yard, all off of Joe Musgrove, who was on the hook for six runs over five innings. Miles Mikolas got the old quality start, yielding three runs in six frames. The Cardinals, winners of eight of their last 10 contests including five straight, find themselves tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates, meanwhile, have lost eight of their last 10 and find themselves in last place.

Indians 5, Royals 4 (14 innings): José Ramírez broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 14th with a solo home run, but thankfully the Indians added an insurance run on a Jake Bauers RBI single later in the inning. The Royals loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 14th but could only bring one run home. Ramírez had a pair of doubles along with the homer, raising his OPS to .718. He began the month of July at .634. This month, he has hit 9 doubles, six homers, and knocked in 18 runs in 19 games.

Rockies 8, Nationals 7: The Rockies rallied late to win this back-and-forth slugfest in D.C. Tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the ninth inning, Fernando Rodney promptly served up a game-tying solo home run to Ian Desmond. He would later give up a go-ahead run on a Daniel Murphy ground out. Anthony Rendon and Matt Adams hit homers in a losing effort for the Nationals, while Desmond, Murphy, Garrett Hampson, and Ryan McMahon each went deep for the Rockies.

Red Sox 19, Yankees 3: The most forgettable of nights for the Yankees, especially for starter Masahiro Tanaka. The Red Sox ambushed him for seven runs in the first inning. They would bash him again in the fourth, scoring five runs in the frame. He left with one out in the fourth and was ultimately responsible for allowing 12 runs on 12 hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The last time a Yankees starter gave up 12 or more runs in a start was Red Ruffing in 1939. If we’re talking earned runs, then it’s Carl Mays in 1923. The bleeding didn’t stop once Tanaka was out of the game, as Stephen Tarpley gave up four runs and position player Austin Romine yielded three runs. Xander Bogaerts was the star of the game for the Red Sox, racking up four hits, four RBI, and four runs scored. He homered twice. Eight players had multiple hits and eight had multiple RBI. The Yankees just escaped a slugfest in Minnesota. Over their last four games, the Yankees’ pitching staff has forfeited 46 runs.

Orioles 10, Angels 8 (16 innings): The last game of the night was, of course, the one that happened to go 16 innings. Kole Calhoun gave the Angels a 4-2 lead when he hit a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the lead was short-lived. The Orioles rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth. Trey Mancini broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth with an opposite-field solo home run off of Hansel Robles. Brian Goodwin, however, still wanted to play baseball, so he hit a game-tying solo home run off of Mychal Givens in the bottom of the ninth and the game went into extra innings. The score would remain 5-5 until the top of the 15th when Jace Peterson came through with a two-run single. Hanser Alberto tacked on an RBI single to make it 8-5. Tanner Scott battled with control issues in the bottom of the 15th, allowing a leadoff single followed by three consecutive one-out walks to force in a run. Mike Trout tied the game and very nearly walked it off, but David Fletcher was thrown out at home plate. The play was reviewed but the ruling on the field was upheld, even though it looked like he actually got his hand on home plate just ahead of the tag. Jonathan Villar put the O’s back on top with a two-run homer in the top of the 16th. Stevie Wilkerson, an outfielder, took the mound for the bottom of the 16th, making his third pitching appearance of the season. As everyone expected, Wilkerson and his 55 MPH fastballs worked a 1-2-3 inning for the save. He’s the first position player ever to record a save.

Rangers 11, Athletics 3: Danny Santana continues to raise his trade stock. He finished the night with three hits and six RBI, hitting a two-run double in the fifth inning and adding a grand slam in the sixth. The veteran Santana, who has racked up at least 100 defensive innings at six positions in his career, could be dealt in the coming days with the trade deadline approaching and hte Rangers hovering around .500. Elsewhere, Ariel Jurado turned in solid start, limiting the Athletics to three runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts across seven innings.

Mariners 10, Tigers 2: Tim Beckham hit a grand slam in the third inning, giving the Mariners a lead they would never relinquish. It’s only Beckham’s fourth homer since the start of June after hitting 11 in the first two months of the season. Daniel Vogelbach also picked up three RBI in this one. Erik Swanson opened for the first two innings of the game before handing the ball to Wade LeBlanc, who held the Tigers to two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph: meet Juan Marichal and John Roseboro

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Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns. No one is gonna be talking nearly as much about the outcome today, however, as they are the carnage.

Specifically, the carnage that led to Browns defensive end Myles Garrett getting ejected from the game after ripping Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off, swinging it at him and connecting with Rudolph’s skull as the game came to a close. Things were already chippy as all get-out, but that obviously led to a brawl which will lead to a ton of suspensions, including a possibly record-breaking one for Garrett. For all your analysis on that, check out PFT, obviously.

The incident will dominate the sports shows today because malicious attempts to injure another player with a piece of equipment are pretty rare in professional sports. There was at least one incident in baseball history, however, that was analogous to what went down in Cleveland last night.

It took place on August 22, 1965 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during a Dodgers-Giants game. That’s when Giants ace Juan Marichal, playing the role of Garrett, took a baseball bat to the head of Dodgers catcher John Roseboro, standing in for Rudolph.

The Dodgers and Giants are rivals, of course, and in 1965 the two teams were in a pitched battle for the N.L. pennant, with the Dodgers leading San Francisco by a game and a half as the day began.

Pitchers in 1965 were a bit more aggressive about claiming the inside part of the plate than they are today, and on that day, everyone seemed cranky. Marichal knocked Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills down with some chin music in the top of the second for, it appears, committing the terrible transgression of bunting for a single in his first at bat of the game. In response Koufax fired a fastball over Willie Mays’ head, sending the ball to the backstop. So everyone was even, yeah?

Nah. Marichal responded in the top of third with an inside fastball that sent Dodgers first baseman Ron Fairly sprawling to the dirt. At that point home plate umpire Shag Crawford issued a warning, indicating that that the next close pitch from either team would result in an ejection. Walter Alston’s Dodgers, though, were a clever bunch. Sure, maybe a close pitch was going to get an ace ejected in a pennant race, but there are other ways to buzz someone’s tower, right?

Pitchers batted in every game back then, of course, and Marichal came to bat in the bottom of the third. Koufax didn’t throw at him, though. Instead, Roseboro, catching for L.A., threw the ball back to Koufax in such a way as to have it sail close to Marichal’s head as he stood in the batter’s box. He later admitted in his autobiography that it was no accident, he was trying to intimidate Marichal.

Marichal flipped out, clubbing Roseboro with his bat, after which all hell broke loose (all photos, and the original caption from 1965, are from Getty Images):

 

Juan Marichal holding bat, John Roseboro attacked, and Sandy Koufax closes in.

 

Roseboro throws a punch at Marichal while latter swings bat and Koufax comes in to try and break it up.

 

On deck batter Giant Tito Fuentes pulls Roseboro away while Marichal wields bat at Koufax while umpire Shag Crawford and Giant coach Charlie Fox try to break it up.

 

Umpire Shag Crawford wrestles with Marichal while Dodgers Jim Gilliam (19) and Koufax come in. Rear is Giants coach Charlie Fox. Marichal falls to the ground on top of Shag Crawford while Giants Orlando Cepeda joins the melee.

 

Umpire Shag Crawford is shown here wrestling with Marichal as Dodgers Jim Gilliam (#19) and Sandy Koufax join in. In the rear is Giants’ coach Charlie Fox.

 

Identifiable L-R: Dodger Jim Gilliam (19); John Roseboro (with chest protector); Giants Orlando Cepeda (30); Cap Peterson (17); Warren Spahn; and Mgr. Herman Franks (3).

Willie Mays was credited with keeping the brawl from getting worse. Roseboro had military and martial arts training and, as you can see in the second photo, he was not slowed by his head injury — an injury that would require 14 stitches — from trying to take Marichal apart. Mays was the one who ultimately pulled Roseboro away and out of the fracas. He even held a towel to Roseboro’s head which by then had begun to bleed profusely. The fight eventually ended, with several players sustaining injuries due to kicks and accidental spikings of hands and legs and stuff.

The incident delayed the game for 14 minutes but the fallout beyond that was pretty tame compared to today’s standards. Marichal got an eight day suspension which, because of scheduled doubleheaders, caused him to miss ten games. He was also fined $1,750, which is around $15,000 today. Roseboro only missed two games due to his injury. The Dodgers would lose this game thanks to a big homer from Mays off of Koufax, but the Dodgers would go on to win the pennant and defeat the Minnesota Twins in the World Series.

There was additional fallout: Roseboro sued Marichal for $110,000 in damages. They’d eventually settle, with Roseboro receiving $7,500 from Marichal.

But there was no lingering bad blood. In interviews after the incident both players admitted that there was much more on their minds in 1965 that might’ve contributed to their aggression on that day. There was the rivalry, of course, and the pennant race. But Marichal had been much more personally distracted by a civil war in his native Dominican Republic that raged in 1965 and would not end until September. Roseboro had been, understandably, affected by the Watts Riots in Los Angeles which had taken place just over a week before this game. When you feel helpless about situation A, you often channel your feelings into situation B and both men said that something like that was probably simmering.

Marichal would play for the Dodgers for two games in 1975, the final year of his career. Roseboro had already retired, but Marichal’s cup of coffee with L.A. allowed them to meet up at a Dodgers old-timers game in 1982. There they posed for this photo: 

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“There were no hard feelings on my part,” Roseboro told the L.A. Times in 1990. Roseboro died in 2002. Marichal was an honorary pallbearer at his funeral.

Let’s check in with Garrett and Ruldolph in 37 years to see how they’re doing.