There was a doubleheader in Detroit on Tuesday night, but the Rangers-Indians bout in Cleveland was postponed, so we end up right back with 15 games. Zack Greinke made his Astros debut, the Mets were looking to remain the hottest team in baseball, the Red Sox were hoping to win for the second straight game after ending a season-altering losing streak and there were a lot of fun matchups (A's-Cubs, Braves-Twins, Phillies-Diamondbacks, Nationals-Giants, etc.). And do you know which team is playing the worst baseball right now? They were a contender a few weeks ago.
How did everything go down? We've got you covered right here. Onward.
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Baseball scores for Tuesday, August 6
- Game 1- White Sox 5, Tigers 3 (box score)
- Brewers 4, Pirates 3 (box score)
- Yankees 9, Orioles 4 (box score)
- Game 2 - Tigers 10, White Sox 6 (box score)
- Reds 8, Angels 4 (box score)
- Mets 5, Marlins 0 (box score)
- Royals 6, Red Sox 2 (box score)
- Rays 7, Blue Jays 6 in 10 (box score)
- Athletics 11, Cubs 4 (box score)
- Braves 12 Twins 7 (box score)
- Astros 11, Rockies 6 (box score)
- Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 4 (box score)
- Nationals 5, Giants 3 (box score)
- Padres 9, Mariners 4 (box score)
- Dodgers 3, Cardinals 1 (box score)
Mets' surge continues
Meet the Mets. They just won't lose. Granted, they've been playing terrible teams, but they are beating up on their competition with relative ease for the most part. They've now won 12 of their last 13 games. They are 18-6 since the All-Star break. Yowza.
Zack Wheeler dominated in this one, going eight scoreless innings and rewarding the Mets for not dealing him at the trade deadline. He struck out five and walked one. On the offensive side, Pete Alonso did a Pete Alonso thing:
He's long since broken the Mets' rookie home run record and he now eyes the relatively-low franchise record. That was No. 36 for Alonso and he joins Carlos Beltran (41), Todd Hundley (41 -- Beltran and Hundley are tied for the record), Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry, Carlos Delgado, Howard Johnson and Dave Kingman as the only Mets players ever to hit more than 35 homers in a season. He's going to get the record, it's only a matter of when.
As for the Mets, they are now just 1 1/2 games out of the second NL wild card.
Red Sox remain broken
The Red Sox broke an eight-game losing streak on Monday by beating the hapless Royals. On Tuesday, they lost to those same hapless Royals. They were leading 1-0 through three, but then starter Andrew Cashner fell apart in the middle innings, coughing up six runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth combined. The offense mustered only two runs and another loss is added to the docket. They've lost nine of 10 and it would take quite the run to make the playoffs again.
While we're here and this kind of goes with the Alonso story, Jorge Soler of the Royals clubbed a pair of homers. Here's No. 2:
That was Soler's 31st of the season. The Royals have the only franchise record lower than the Mets in the HR Dept: 38 (Mike Moustakas in 2017).
Should Soler stay healthy -- and to be fair, that's been a problem throughout his career -- he'll likely break that record. Royals fans have never cheered for a 40-homer player and it looks like that's going to change this season, again, if Soler can stay on the field. That's pretty cool.
Greinke's Houston debut not great
Zach Greinke's Astros debut wasn't awful, but there were plenty of warts. He was missing all over the place, throwing only 56 of his 99 pitches for strikes. With falling behind at times, he ended up allowing five earned runs on six hits. Initially it looked like five runs but only two earned, but the official scorer changed an error to a hit, so Greinke wears the five earned.
For Astros fans unfamiliar with Greinke, worry not. This isn't his usual output. Now, it should be noted that he does throw a lot of balls, but he's generally more effective outside the strike zone than this. He was facing the Rockies, who are in the NL West with the D-Backs, so perhaps the familiarity with how he works was part of the equation and, again, he wasn't terrible. He was possibly an error away from giving up just two runs in six innings.
Rays win on walk-off wild pitch
Wild one in the Trop!
The Blue Jays built a 6-0 lead through 3 1/2 innings, but the Rays put up six runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie it. Then no one scored again through nine innings. That's pretty crazy, no?
In the bottom of the 10th, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs. Blue Jays pitcher Buddy Boshers (that's an 80-grade name, by the way) nearly worked out of it, getting two outs and then getting two strikes on Austin Meadows. And then:
The Rays have won nine of their last 11 and hold a half-game lead over the A's for the second AL wild card. Speaking of whom ...
A's batter Lester
The Cubs took Game 1 of his fun interleague matchup, but the second game of the series got ugly in a hurry. The A's put up an 8-spot in the second inning:
Thanks to an injured and pretty tired bullpen, Lester had to wear this one, so he stayed in the game and ended up allowing a whopping 11 runs. That matches a career-worst. Back on July 22, 2012, Lester gave up 11 earned runs in four innings. In this one, it was "only" 10 earned. Also, on July 9, 2017, Lester gave up 10 runs in 2/3 of an inning (only four were earned, but still ... ), so Tuesday night probably wasn't the worst outing of Lester's career. It was up there, though.
Yankees now have 10 players with at least 10 homers
Mike Tauchman of the Yankees went deep again on Tuesday:
That was his 10th of the season and he joins Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier as Yankees with at least 10 home runs this season. That's 10!
That is big but it's not a record. The 2018 Yankees had 12 players in double digits. These Yankees could get there, though. Edwin Encarnacion needs to come back and hit one. Didi Gregorius has seven. Maybe Cameron Maybin (six) or Austin Romine (six) get there. If all four happened, that would be 14. They have a real shot here. It's a relatively obscure record, but it would definitely be notable, especially since teams don't even carry 14 active position players at a time.
It should be noted the Twins have 11 players in double digits, but they don't have anyone else with more than four homers.
Giants are fading
The Giants had a surprise surge in July, which resulted in them holding trade chips like Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith. They are now 1-5 in August and have gone 4-8 since the peak of their smoke-and-mirrors hot streak. The schedule the next few weeks is pretty tough, too. The best guess here is we look back at that month of July and realize how much the hot streak completely tied the hands of new club president Farhan Zaidi.
Lamet flirts with history, so do Mariners
The Padres are the only team in baseball that has never had a no-hitter. The Mariners have been no-hit twice this season and no team has ever been no-hit three times in a season. It was a good formula, but it just didn't compute.
Lamet did walk four, but overall he basically had a career night. He got close to history, struck out 12 and only allowed two hits in seven innings.
Pirates are miserable
The Pirates were only one game under .500 and 2 1/2 games out going to the All-Star break. They've been an utter joke since. Their loss Tuesday night meant that they are now 4-20 since the break.
- Madison Bumgarner, Ian Kennedy and Hunter Pence. . Among those we think would be on the move are
- The Cubs placed righty reliever Brandon Kintzler on the injured list with a pectoral injury. As a corresponding move, righty Pedro Strop was activated from the injured list.
- . Beckham blamed his failed test on a "tainted" supplement. His suspension will carry over into next season.
- Giants starter Johnny Cueto struck out five in two perfect innings in his first minor league rehab start Monday. He is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Cueto could rejoin the club in September.
- The Giants designated the struggling second baseman Joe Panik for assignment, the team announced. He hit .235/.310/.317 in 388 plate appearances this year. LHP Connor Menez was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Indians placed outfielder Jordan Luplow on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain, the club announced. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Outfielder Greg Allen was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Tigers placed third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the 10-day injured list with a thumb sprain, the team announced. It's unclear how long he be sidelined. Infielder Dawel Lugo was called up in a corresponding move.