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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

May 20, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

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Indians 5, Tigers 4: Michael Brantley with the walkoff job ends Cleveland’s four-game losing streak. It wasn’t easy to get there — Detroit’s J.D. Martinez hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth to tie it up at four — but the Indians will take a win any way they can get it these days.

Reds 4, Nationals 3: Todd Frazier connected for a two-run homer in the 15th inning off Ross Detwiler. But the real story was the leather flashed by the Redlegs in order to get to the 15th inning in the first place. Brandon Phillips robbed Wilson Ramos of a hit with a catch behind second base with a runner on third to end the 12th inning. Then, in the 14th, Billy Hamilton made a diving grab to rob Anthony Rendon of a hit and, in all likelihood, the game-winning RBI given that there was a runner on second. Check them out here.

Braves 9, Brewers 3: Atlanta’s offense has been turrible, turrible, but they finally broke out. Every player except Chris Johnson had a hit and Freddie Freeman, Ryan Doumit And Justin Upton all had homers. I’m assuming that the offense was caused by me not watching the game, as every time I’ve tuned in lately they’ve been pathetic. Instead I watched the first four innings of the Tigers-Indians game followed by the first two hours or so of “Magnolia” because I apparently didn’t want to be happy last night.

White Sox 7, Royals 6: Kansas City was up 5-0 after one inning. But that’s why they play nine. The Chisox scored three in the third, one in the fourth and then had one run in in the fifth to make it 6-5 Kansas City before Paul Konerko connected with a two-run homer. Lots of great bullpen work from the Sox, first after Scott Carroll struggled and then after closer Matt Lindstrom ran into trouble in the ninth.

Astros 5, Angels 2: Dallas Keuchel continues to be a stopper for Houston. He ran out of gas in the ninth, falling one out short of pitching his second straight shutout, but he picked up his fifth win anyway, despite two runners he put on coming around after he gave way to a reliever. Having someone step up like he has been can be the difference between a team being super, dispiritingly bad and merely bad, as the avoidance of big losing streaks and the occasional preservation of a the bullpen is a nice thing, mentally speaking.

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  1. proudlycanadian - May 20, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Congratulations to the Astros, Indians and White Sox for remembering how to win.

    • renaado - May 20, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Gotta agree, especially with the Astros team now averagin 5 runs per game this season. They’re hot as chilli pepper!

      • stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        The awful slump of the first month (Astros) is over. The top of the lineup is starting to hit with some regularity. Could some hope of respectability be on the horizon? It would be a huge step not to be 100 game losers again.

        Singleton looms at AAA, giving them a chance to fill the black hole at first base. Now the question becomes, can they cobble up enough pitchers to be decent? Cosart must learn to throw strikes. Maybe McCullers or Folty will still make it up this year to steady the bullpen.

        It has been a long drought. I don’t expect miracles this year, but a real improvement could sure liven the fan base.

    • jsala02 - May 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I think Singleton will be up by the end of the month and we can finally say goodbye to Chris Carter.

  2. renaado - May 20, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    ‘nother fine win today Braves, and dang, what a crazy 8th that is.

  3. term3186 - May 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Seems kinda harsh on the stros. They HAVE won 3 in a row and 6 of the last 8.

    • stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      It’s not an unfair assessment yet. Their arc this year is still 100 losses. If they get into the 90’s with hope for improvement next year then I will jump fully onto the “Astros are better” bandwagon.

  4. janessa31888 - May 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Michael Brantley is the only bright spot on the Tribe right now. Glad they re-signed him.

  5. skeleteeth - May 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I don’t know if it was so much Keuchel running out of gas as it was Altuve taking his time with the throw to get Trout. Even Pujols hit, another ground ball, after that was helped out of the infield so it wasn’t like the Angels were squaring the bat up. It will be interesting what he does in his next start after going so deep in his last two.

    Also, really impressed with Richards as well after his first 3 innings. Kid doesn’t seem to like pitching at home or something but he seemed to as unwound as they come after he threw that ball into left in the first. Nice to see him keep it together and go deep into the game albeit with zero support from his offense.

    • renaado - May 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Richard’s pick off throw there at 3rd in the 1st inning (now prohibited) probably bothered him at the early innings, but progressed later on after that.

      • skeleteeth - May 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        Fake to third, throw to first is prohibited.

      • renaado - May 20, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        !! Oops, guess I’ve been watchin a lot of NPB games lately. Sorry bout that.

    • clydeserra - May 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      You are impressed with a 7 inning one strikeout performance against the Astros?


      • skeleteeth - May 20, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Considering how is outing started, yes. Maybe he wouldn’t have been able to go as deep against another team but he’s gone 7 innings in 6 of 9 starts and 3 straight. He’s also pitched whole innings and not been bailed out by relief in any start. Keeping composure as a young pitcher is impressive.

  6. happytwinsfan - May 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    No Twins game tonight. The void is not just empty, but perverse in its suggested substitutions. Some scifi channel type has a beautific blue eyed youth dutifully accepting the moral challenges of his kung foogie capable father figure (can’t think of his name but I’m sure he’s been recently been seen in a theater near you). Even with my most sentimental Pandora on full blast, this crap doesn’t’ just suck it bites back. The heart rendering face shot of the morally exuberant youth followed by the slaying of the frightful flying lizard, doesn’t just waste our moments of hope, it jades them. Baseball also sometimes does this, but never manipulatively, calculatedly, intentionally (with the exception of the 7th inning patriotic stretch – and the semi deification of recently passed on players).

    My boys (or so I hopefully imagine) are back in action tonight at 8:10 CST. Keep it real.

    • dluxxx - May 20, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      The Tigers lost and the Twins didn’t. That’s progress.

    • nbjays - May 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      No patriotic stretch stuff in Rogers Centre… we unabashedly sing “OK, Blue Jays” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” while actually stretching. No “GBA” to be heard.

      • Old Gator - May 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Last game I watched at the Rogers (last fall), they had the biggest, most muscle-bound cop I’ve ever seen in my life – though he also had a baby face that really seemed odd compared to his sculpted layers of beefcake – standing on the field over by the raining. There were tears in his eyes when they sang “O Canada,” and a respectful stance at attention when they sang the Star Spangled Banner. I was wondering if he would wince when they got to the lyric “land of the freeeeeeeeeeee” and yep, he did. Canadians haven’t needed to steel themselves against that chalkboard screech we’ve built into it. Americans know it’s coming and we brace ourselves.

  7. sportsdrenched - May 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    The Astros showing signs of life. I’ll see them play next week in KC. It looks like Keuchel will start the game I’m going to….if he doesn’t have TJ Surgery by then. You never know about that these days.

  8. Pat Richardson - May 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I stopped watching the Braves game at the end of the 5th and finally watched Nebraska, which had been sitting in a Netflix sleeve for 5 weeks. So, I promise to ignore tonight’s game in favor of a depressing movie if you do. Dallas Buyer’s Club?

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