And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Happy Labor Day everyone. I hope you have a good day off, if indeed you have a day off. I also hope that, no matter what you do — be it work, play, grill, watch ballgames, spend time with your family or any combination of those or other things — you take at least a few moments to appreciate why you have that time today and what the purpose of Labor Day truly is. What its origins are, what it is meant to commemorate and why it matters.

Here are yesterday’s scores. Here are the highlights:

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2: On Saturday, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth off of Archie Bradley to bring the Dodgers back from a 2-0 deficit and help them beat the Diamondbacks 3-2. Yesterday, after Arizona took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Kemp hit a walkoff two-run double — again, off of Archie Bradley — to give the Dodgers another 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Oh, and on Friday the Dodgers came back late as well, winning 3-2 thanks to an eighth inning Justin Turner home run.

Three dramatic, come-from-behind 3-2 wins over their division rivals, two on late homers, one on a walkoff double that was almost a homer. Three games out of four to take the series. And, as of Labor Day a half-game lead in the NL West. There may be some more ups and downs in the season’s final month — the season has been full of ups and downs for the Dodgers — but at the moment they are riding pretty dang high.

Here’s Kemp’s walkoff:

Brewers 9, Nationals 4: Christian Yelich — the guy whose name you need to mention the next time one of your friends says “there’s not really a good MVP candidate in the National League — hit a grand slam and pushed his season line up to .316/.381/.559 with 27 homers. He has been particularly hot of late, hitting four homers and knocking in 14 on Milwaukee’s six-game road trip. A road trip which saw them pass St. Louis for the first Wild Card spot in the National League. If that’s not MVP stuff I don’t know what is. Keon Broxton hit a three-run homer as well to help the Brewers take two of three from the Nats. Next up: a three-game series against the Cubs at home, followed by three games against the Giants, after which they play three more against the Cubs in Chicago. They’re five games back in the division, so it’s basically now or never for Milwaukee if they want to avoid the Wild Card game.

Cubs 8, Phillies 1: Given how things are going for Philly lately, a Wild Card game seems like a delightful fantasy. This rough stretch lately has them four games back of the Braves in the NL East and now they find themselves three and a half back in the Wild Card, with the Dbacks and Rockies standing between them and the Cardinals. Here they were dominated by Jon Lester who scattered eight hits across six shutout innings, striking out seven and not walking a batter. That performance came against Philly’s ace, Aaron Nola, who struck out 11 but also gave up four runs on five hits and could make it through six. Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo an Javier Baez all homered. It was Baez’s 30th dinger on the year. It was also his 100th RBI. Not bad for a middle infielder who simply does not believe in taking a walk. Chicago takes two of three from the Phillies and have won eight of ten overall.

Braves 5, Pirates 1: Atlanta had been on a bit of a rough patch but Philly losing and the Braves taking two of three from Pittsburgh helps them maintain a fairly safe lead in the East. Ronald Acuña hit his seventh leadoff homer of the year — his 23rd overall — and scored the go-ahead run in the Braves’ four-run eighth inning. Julio Teheran pitched seven innings of one-run ball. The lead over Philly stands at four, but now Atlanta has three games against the Red Sox and then four in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Thus the “fairly” in that “safe lead” I mentioned above. Seven of their last ten games of the year come against the Phillies too, so the division is by no means settled whatsoever.

Tigers 11, Yankees 7: Rule 5 draft pick Victor Reyes hit his first major league homer, doubled twice and singled, driving in three runs to help the Tigers earn the series split. Detroit seemed to be cruising to victory here, having taken an 8-3 lead into eighth, but the Yankees scored a couple that frame and almost scored four more when Greg Bird just barely missed hitting a grand slam. Given a reprieve, the Tigers added some needed insurance in the ninth before the Yankees scored two more in the final frame.

Blue Jays 6, Marlins 1: The last time we mentioned Sean Reid-Foley in this space, he had just had a bad major league debut against the Kansas City Royals, after which he talked about how he “couldn’t really feel [his] body because [he] was so nervous” and how it “felt like [his] legs weren’t really working . . . Every pitch, nervous.” He may or may not have been nervous yesterday, but if he was he didn’t show it, having no trouble with the Marlins whatsoever. The rookie struck out ten and allowed only one run in seven innings of work, notching his first career win in the process. Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer. It helps the nerves a great deal when dudes hit three-run homers for you.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 0: Sox win! James Shields threw six scoreless innings and Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka homered. Palka’s was fun: he hit one over the fence early in the at bat that the umps called fair but which was clearly foul. Palka rounded the bases, the call was overturned and he picked the bat back up to continue his at bat. Then he hit a homer that did actually count.

Royals 9, Orioles 1: Jorge Lopez allowed one run over seven innings of work as the Royals sweep the O’s and take their fifth game in a row. The other two of those wins came against the Tigers. They have seven games left against Detroit and the White Sox. The Royals are now a full five and a half games “behind” Baltimore for the worst record in baseball, and given how “tough” that schedule is, they may have a hard time “winning” that particular crown.

Reds 6, Cardinals 4: Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer in the top of the tenth inning — RBIs 99 and 100 for Suarez — to push Cincy past St. Louis. Suarez describing his homer after the game: “I put my bat barrel on it and hit it well and the ball went out.” Thanks, Eugenio. Brandon Dixon hit an insurance homer right after that. I didn’t look to see if he said anything equally as enlightening.

Rangers 18, Twins 4: Texas rode a nine-run sixth inning, hit six homers and had 12 extra-base hits in this laugher. Nomar Mazara hit two of the homers. Other dingers came courtesy of Robinson Chirinos, Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus and Drew Robinson. Rangers starter Yohander Mendez got his first career win thanks to six shutout innings. He could’ve been way worse and still won. Someone should have a talk to him about wasted effort, pitching to the score things of that nature. Pace yourself, Yohander. It’s a holiday weekend for crissakes.

Athletics 8, Mariners 2: Stephen Piscotty homered twice and drove in five runs as the A’s increased their lead for the second Wild Card at a pretty safe five and a half games over the Mariners. Edwin Jackson allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work. Felix Hernandez took the L. He’s 0-7 in his last nine outings.

Mets 4, Giants 1: Noah Syndergaard dominated the Giants, tossing his first ever complete game while striking out 11 and allowing only two hits. Michael Conforto’s two-run homer in the second inning was all the backing he needed.

Rays 6, Indians 4Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three as the Rays keep rolling. They took their 11th game in their past 13. And the run has not come against cupcakes: they took two of three from the first place Indians, split two against the first place Braves and swept the first place Red Sox in that span.

Rockies 7, Padres 3Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh to help the Rockies earn the split. Not that splitting against the Padres is ideal given that the Dodgers have won three in a row, but at least those Dodgers wins came at the expense of the Diamondbacks. Man, the NL West is confusing.

Astros 4, Angels 2: Shohei Ohtani got his first start since early June. The good news: his elbow didn’t hurt and did not, he said, cause him problems. The bad news: he only lasted two innings and saw his velocity decline precipitously from pitch to pitch. George Springer certainly noticed it when he faced him for a second time, hitting a two-run homer off of him and, after the game, saying he hoped Ohtani was OK given that his fastball was ten miles per hour slower than when he saw him an inning before. After the game Mike Scioscia said Ohtani’s velocity dropoff was due to tightness in his back and a sore right ring finger after he deflected a ball off of it in the second inning. Which, sure, fine, but it’s also the case that dudes with bum elbows compensate with other muscles sometimes, maybe not even realizing they’re doing it, and they mess themselves up pretty badly as a result. Given the Angels’ poor recent history of rehabbing dudes with ligament problems — Garret Richards, anyone? — I still don’t really believe they have Ohtani out here pitching meaningless games for them. But hey, the Angels are unmatched when it comes to wasting young stars in their primes, so who am I to judge?

And That Happened: Sunday's scores and highlights

And That Happened: Sunday's scores and highlights

Happy Labor Day everyone. I hope you have a good day off, if indeed you have a day off. I also hope that, no matter what you do — be it work, play, grill, watch ballgames, spend time with your family or any combination of those or other things — you take at least a few moments to appreciate why you have that time today and what the purpose of Labor Day truly is. What its origins are, what it is meant to commemorate and why it matters.

Here are yesterday’s scores. Here are the highlights:

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2: On Saturday, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth off of Archie Bradley to bring the Dodgers back from a 2-0 deficit and help them beat the Diamondbacks 3-2. Yesterday, after Arizona took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Kemp hit a walkoff two-run double — again, off of Archie Bradley — to give the Dodgers another 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Oh, and on Friday the Dodgers came back late as well, winning 3-2 thanks to an eighth inning Justin Turner home run.

Three dramatic, come-from-behind 3-2 wins over their division rivals, two on late homers, one on a walkoff double that was almost a homer. Three games out of four to take the series. And, as of Labor Day a half-game lead in the NL West. There may be some more ups and downs in the season’s final month — the season has been full of ups and downs for the Dodgers — but at the moment they are riding pretty dang high.

Here’s Kemp’s walkoff:

Brewers 9, Nationals 4: Christian Yelich — the guy whose name you need to mention the next time one of your friends says “there’s not really a good MVP candidate in the National League — hit a grand slam and pushed his season line up to .316/.381/.559 with 27 homers. He has been particularly hot of late, hitting four homers and knocking in 14 on Milwaukee’s six-game road trip. A road trip which saw them pass St. Louis for the first Wild Card spot in the National League. If that’s not MVP stuff I don’t know what is. Keon Broxton hit a three-run homer as well to help the Brewers take two of three from the Nats. Next up: a three-game series against the Cubs at home, followed by three games against the Giants, after which they play three more against the Cubs in Chicago. They’re five games back in the division, so it’s basically now or never for Milwaukee if they want to avoid the Wild Card game.

Cubs 8, Phillies 1: Given how things are going for Philly lately, a Wild Card game seems like a delightful fantasy. This rough stretch lately has them four games back of the Braves in the NL East and now they find themselves three and a half back in the Wild Card, with the Dbacks and Rockies standing between them and the Cardinals. Here they were dominated by Jon Lester who scattered eight hits across six shutout innings, striking out seven and not walking a batter. That performance came against Philly’s ace, Aaron Nola, who struck out 11 but also gave up four runs on five hits and could make it through six. Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo an Javier Baez all homered. It was Baez’s 30th dinger on the year. It was also his 100th RBI. Not bad for a middle infielder who simply does not believe in taking a walk. Chicago takes two of three from the Phillies and have won eight of ten overall.

Braves 5, Pirates 1: Atlanta had been on a bit of a rough patch but Philly losing and the Braves taking two of three from Pittsburgh helps them maintain a fairly safe lead in the East. Ronald Acuña hit his seventh leadoff homer of the year — his 23rd overall — and scored the go-ahead run in the Braves’ four-run eighth inning. Julio Teheran pitched seven innings of one-run ball. The lead over Philly stands at four, but now Atlanta has three games against the Red Sox and then four in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Thus the “fairly” in that “safe lead” I mentioned above. Seven of their last ten games of the year come against the Phillies too, so the division is by no means settled whatsoever.

Tigers 11, Yankees 7: Rule 5 draft pick Victor Reyes hit his first major league homer, doubled twice and singled, driving in three runs to help the Tigers earn the series split. Detroit seemed to be cruising to victory here, having taken an 8-3 lead into eighth, but the Yankees scored a couple that frame and almost scored four more when Greg Bird just barely missed hitting a grand slam. Given a reprieve, the Tigers added some needed insurance in the ninth before the Yankees scored two more in the final frame.

Blue Jays 6, Marlins 1: The last time we mentioned Sean Reid-Foley in this space, he had just had a bad major league debut against the Kansas City Royals, after which he talked about how he “couldn’t really feel [his] body because [he] was so nervous” and how it “felt like [his] legs weren’t really working . . . Every pitch, nervous.” He may or may not have been nervous yesterday, but if he was he didn’t show it, having no trouble with the Marlins whatsoever. The rookie struck out ten and allowed only one run in seven innings of work, notching his first career win in the process. Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer. It helps the nerves a great deal when dudes hit three-run homers for you.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 0: Sox win! James Shields threw six scoreless innings and Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka homered. Palka’s was fun: he hit one over the fence early in the at bat that the umps called fair but which was clearly foul. Palka rounded the bases, the call was overturned and he picked the bat back up to continue his at bat. Then he hit a homer that did actually count.

Royals 9, Orioles 1: Jorge Lopez allowed one run over seven innings of work as the Royals sweep the O’s and take their fifth game in a row. The other two of those wins came against the Tigers. They have seven games left against Detroit and the White Sox. The Royals are now a full five and a half games “behind” Baltimore for the worst record in baseball, and given how “tough” that schedule is, they may have a hard time “winning” that particular crown.

Reds 6, Cardinals 4: Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer in the top of the tenth inning — RBIs 99 and 100 for Suarez — to push Cincy past St. Louis. Suarez describing his homer after the game: “I put my bat barrel on it and hit it well and the ball went out.” Thanks, Eugenio. Brandon Dixon hit an insurance homer right after that. I didn’t look to see if he said anything equally as enlightening.

Rangers 18, Twins 4: Texas rode a nine-run sixth inning, hit six homers and had 12 extra-base hits in this laugher. Nomar Mazara hit two of the homers. Other dingers came courtesy of Robinson Chirinos, Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus and Drew Robinson. Rangers starter Yohander Mendez got his first career win thanks to six shutout innings. He could’ve been way worse and still won. Someone should have a talk to him about wasted effort, pitching to the score things of that nature. Pace yourself, Yohander. It’s a holiday weekend for crissakes.

Athletics 8, Mariners 2: Stephen Piscotty homered twice and drove in five runs as the A’s increased their lead for the second Wild Card at a pretty safe five and a half games over the Mariners. Edwin Jackson allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work. Felix Hernandez took the L. He’s 0-7 in his last nine outings.

Mets 4, Giants 1: Noah Syndergaard dominated the Giants, tossing his first ever complete game while striking out 11 and allowing only two hits. Michael Conforto’s two-run homer in the second inning was all the backing he needed.

Rays 6, Indians 4Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three as the Rays keep rolling. They took their 11th game in their past 13. And the run has not come against cupcakes: they took two of three from the first place Indians, split two against the first place Braves and swept the first place Red Sox in that span.

Rockies 7, Padres 3Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh to help the Rockies earn the split. Not that splitting against the Padres is ideal given that the Dodgers have won three in a row, but at least those Dodgers wins came at the expense of the Diamondbacks. Man, the NL West is confusing.

Astros 4, Angels 2: Shohei Ohtani got his first start since early June. The good news: his elbow didn’t hurt and did not, he said, cause him problems. The bad news: he only lasted two innings and saw his velocity decline precipitously from pitch to pitch. George Springer certainly noticed it when he faced him for a second time, hitting a two-run homer off of him and, after the game, saying he hoped Ohtani was OK given that his fastball was ten miles per hour slower than when he saw him an inning before. After the game Mike Scioscia said Ohtani’s velocity dropoff was due to tightness in his back and a sore right ring finger after he deflected a ball off of it in the second inning. Which, sure, fine, but it’s also the case that dudes with bum elbows compensate with other muscles sometimes, maybe not even realizing they’re doing it, and they mess themselves up pretty badly as a result. Given the Angels’ poor recent history of rehabbing dudes with ligament problems — Garret Richards, anyone? — I still don’t really believe they have Ohtani out here pitching meaningless games for them. But hey, the Angels are unmatched when it comes to wasting young stars in their primes, so who am I to judge?

Rays rule…Dodgers lead NL West…Serena advances at Open

Rays rule…Dodgers lead NL West…Serena advances at Open

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays hung on in the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-4, taking two of three from the AL Central leaders. The Rays have won 11 of 13 and are a season-high 10 games over .500.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the last-place San Diego Padres 7-3 to salvage a split of their four-game series and stay within a half-game of the NL West lead. The Rockies came into the series one-half game behind Arizona before losing the first two games.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona 3-2 for sole possession of first place in the NL West. Kemp’s one-out drive put Los Angeles alone atop the division for the first time since Aug. 7. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks by identical 3-2 scores three days in a row.

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams started fast and finished strong to reach the quarterfinals by beating Kaia Kanepi (KY’-uh kuh-NEP’-ee) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Williams, seeded 17th, won the first set in just 18 minutes. She quickly seized control again after dropping the second, racing to a 3-0 lead in the final set. The six-time U.S. Open champion, who missed the tournament last year and gave birth to her daughter, advanced to face 2016 finalist and No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova.

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Abraham Ancer of Mexico opens with three straight birdies on his way to a 6-under 65 and leads by one shot over a familiar figure going into the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship. It’s not Tiger Woods, but the guy playing with him — Bryson DeChambeau, who is coming off a four-shot victory in the first FedEx Cup playoff event and shot 63 while playing with Woods for the first time in a tournament.

Crooks try to burglarize MLB star's home, but he scared them off

Crooks try to burglarize MLB star's home, but he scared them off

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig looks out over the field from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s home was the target of a burglary earlier this week.

Per TMZ Sports, two men attempted to break into Puig’s house in San Fernando Valley on Thursday when his Ring security device went off on his cell phone and he was able to yell at them to get them to run away from the scene.

TMZ added this marks the third time since March 2017 that burglars have made their way to Puig’s home.

In March 2017, police officials told reporters more than $170,000 in jewelry and other items were taken from Puig’s home.

Shortly after Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros last November, a man broke into the house and stole costume jewelry that carried a value of $150.

Mark David of Variety reported the Dodgers All-Star purchased his house in San Fernando Valley in October 2014. He also bought another place in Encino, California, three years later.

TMZ noted there aren’t any suspects in the latest attempted burglary at Puig’s house.

The 27-year-old Puig is in his sixth season with the Dodgers. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2014.

Jansen returns from DL earlier than expected for Dodgers

Jansen returns from DL earlier than expected for Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 27, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Star closer Kenley Jansen has been activated off the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier than expected after being cleared by a cardiologist.

Manager Dave Roberts says Jansen is available for Monday night’s series opener against St. Louis.

Jansen hasn’t pitched since Aug. 7 and was on the 10-day DL after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat on Aug. 9 when the team was in Denver to play the Rockies.

Jansen was initially expected to miss about a month. He was previously treated for an irregular heartbeat in 2011 and 2012. He has said it’s likely he’ll need offseason surgery to deal with the issue.

”It’s a huge lift,” Roberts said. ”He’s the best in the game, so it changes the way they’re (Cardinals) going to manage.”

Jansen is 0-3 with 32 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 51 games. The Dodgers’ bullpen has a 5.17 ERA since Jansen went out.

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Dodgers' Max Muncy: Bashes 27th homer

Dodgers' Max Muncy: Bashes 27th homer

Muncy went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Dodgers‘ 11-1 rout of Seattle on Friday.

He had just one hit in his last 12 at-bats coming into this contest but Muncy broke out of that with yet another home run, continuing what has been one of the more unexpected power showings in baseball to this point in the season. The 27-year-old now has 27 long balls in 100 games in 2018, and he’s been far from a one-trick pony, as the .255/.377/.575 slash line he’s posted is also phenomenal.

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