MLB Thursday scores, highlights, updates, news: Severino brilliant, Mets win marathon
Miguel Sano stays hot for the Twins and much more in our running Thursday roundup
Though it's Thursday, we still have a mostly-full slate of games, with 22 of the 30 MLB teams in action. As a bonus, there's plenty of day baseball as well. Let's get to it.
Final scores and games in progress
Twins 11, Tigers 5 (box score)
Red Sox 4, Pirates 3 (box score)
Cubs 4, Dodgers 0 (box score)
Rangers 8, Angels 3 (box score)
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 (box score)
White Sox 10, Indians 4 (box score)
Yankees 3, Rays 2 (box score)
Brewers 5, Reds 1 (box score)
Royals 3, Athletics 1 (box score)
Mets 9, Marlins 8 in 16 innings (box score)
Rockies 3, Giants 1 (box score)
Mets outlast Marlins
The Mets and Marlins game started around 7 p.m. ET. It ended near 1 a.m., following 16 innings of action that saw the two sides combine to use 17 pitchers -- that included the Marlins burning Friday night starter Adam Conley and the Mets getting 11 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen.
The decisive blow came off Travis d'Arnaud's bat, as he delivered a solo shot in the top of the 16th to give the Mets a 9-8 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. d'Arnaud's home run was the Mets' fourth of the night with Wilmer Flores and Yoenis Cespedes (two) also accounting for homers.
Hey, there's no such thing as too many home runs if the end result is a win.
Severino shuts down Rays
You can never be certain what you're going to get from Yankees right-hander Luis Severino. On Thursday night, however, he dominated the Rays in a victory.
Severino struck out 11 batters in seven innings, issuing just two walks and allowing two runs -- one coming on a Peter Bourjos home run (hey, even beautiful days sometimes have clouds).
Severino leaned heavily on his fastball, throwing 60 of them at an average of 96.8 mph. He also tossed 28 changeups and 16 sliders, per Baseball Savant -- noteworthy given his changeup was his third pitch last season, used roughly 10 percent of the time.
Keep an eye on that development heading forward -- it could help determine whether or not Severino can stick in the rotation.
Almora, Dodgers lineup bail out Anderson
Brett Anderson tallied his first win with the Cubs on Thursday, besting his old Dodgers mates by a 4-0 score. Anderson threw five shutout innings, allowing five hits and walking four batters -- or two more than he struck out. Though the Dodgers had someone reach in four of Anderson's five innings, and even loaded the bases against him in the fifth, they were unable to push a run across.
Blame some of that on Chicago center fielder Albert Almora Jr., who made a few dazzling catches:
The loss dropped the Dodgers to 5-5 on the season. The Cubs, meanwhile, are now 6-3.
Ozuna's tear continues
Last season, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna had a big first half. He hit .307/.360/.533 with 17 home runs before cooling off after the All-Star Break to the tune of a .209/.267/.342 slash line.
It turns out Ozuna might be a fast starter, because he entered Thursday with a 197 OPS+ and 12 of the Marlins' 39 runs batted in. Ozuna added four more to his total with this grand slam:
Sano is scorching
The Twins didn't win their sixth game last season until they had 14 losses. In 2017, they are now 6-3, and Miguel Sano is a big reason for that.
On Thursday, it wasn't just Sano, of course. Thanks in part to home runs from Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler, the Twins were already leading 7-2 when Sano put the game out of reach with this colossal shot:
More than anything, the contrast from last season's start to this season's seems to mirror that of Sano. After a great abbreviated rookie year, Sano hit .143 with zero extra-base hits and one RBI through the Twins' first nine games last year. Through nine games this year, Sano is raking. How does a .310/.459/.793 triple slash with three doubles, a triple, three homers and 11 RBI sound? In honor of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming back soon, we can definitely say it's pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
- The Indians have activated Lonnie Chisenhall and as a corresponding move, they sent Tyler Naquin down to Triple-A.
- A top Yankees prospect .
- Shouldn't the Wrigley Field ?
- The Marlins Jose Fernandez statue, while the Braves and the Mariners did the same
- Josh Donaldson
- Michael Martinez of the Indians became the first position player to pitch this season. He threw a scoreless inning.
- Rockies starter Jon Gray re-aggravated his toe injury.
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