Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: The Yankees were down 3-1 in the seventh when Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off of Ryan Brasier. It was Gardner’s 100th career homer and gave the Yankees the sweep in the two-game series. J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez went deep for Boston, but they fall for the third straight game and find themselves alone in the basement of the A.L. East. At 6-13, this is the poorest start for a World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins opened 5-14. And in the Marlins case they had an excuse, having been stripped for parts in the offseason in one of the more cynical and dumb tear-downs in living memory. The Sox’ excuse? They’ve just sucked.
Dodgers 3, Reds 2: For the second day in a row an intentional walk did not pay off for the Reds. Here, in the sixth, the Reds chose to put Cody Bellinger on base with two outs and a runner on in order to face A.J. Pollock. Pollock made him pay with a three-run homer that was all the scoring the Dodgers got and all the scoring the Dodgers needed. No word if Pollock thought it was a “slap in the face” to be pitched to in that situation.
Phillies 3, Mets 2: Finally some pitching in this series. Jake Arrieta worked into the ninth, allowing two, outdueling Zack Wheeler who gave up three over seven. Hot Scott Kingery homered again, as did César Hernández. The Mets had their chance in the ninth, pushing across one run and then loading the bases, but Héctor Neris struck out Keon Broxton with a 3-2 heater to end the game.
When Keller is given a minor suspension which serves as zero deterrent from pitchers throwing at batters and thus shows that MLB’s executives think retaliation for bat flips is just fine, remember that MLB’s marketing department thinks bat flips and stuff are great. Including the specific bat flip that led to Keller plunking Anderson.