MLB Tuesday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Dodgers hit new low
It’s Tuesday, which means there’s a full slate of games — 15 in total, including an afternoon game. Keep it here throughout for all the latest news, scores, and notes.
- Padres 4, Rockies 0 (box score)
- Pirates 7, White Sox 0 (box score)
- Yankees 3, Nationals 3 – Suspended (weather)
- Phillies at Orioles – Postponed (weather)
- Tigers 9, Indians 8 (box score)
- Mets 12, Blue Jays 2 (box score)
- Athletics 5, Red Sox 3 (box score)
- Marlins 4, Dodgers 2 (box score)
- Cubs 3, Braves 2 (box score)
- Twins 4, Cardinals 1 (box score)
- Rays 6, Royals 5 (box score)
- Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 1 (box score)
- Astros 5, Angels 3 (box score)
- Mariners 9, Rangers 8 in 11 innings (box score)
- Giants 5, Reds 3 (box score)
The Dodgers’ new low
The good is that third baseman Justin Turner returned from the DL and made his 2018 debut on Tuesday night. He had a single. That’s good.
What’s not good is that the Dodgers lost to the Marlins. They’re fresh off a four-game home sweep at the hands of the lowly Reds, so that’s five losses in a row. They’ve also dropped eight of their past nine, and now they’re a season-worst nine games under .500. Stated another way, the five-time defending NL West champs are now on pace to lose 99 games.
There’s also this …
|San Francisco||21||21||.500||3½||171||196||-25||11-7||10-14||5-5||2-2||11-12||4-6||W 2|
|L.A. Dodgers||16||25||.390||8||173||176||-3||8-13||8-12||3-4||0-4||12-16||2-8||L 5|
|San Diego||17||27||.386||8½||164||208||-44||11-18||6-9||2-4||2-5||12-16||5-5||W 1|
Those are the NL West standings as of the Dodgers’ Tuesday night loss. Yes, the Padres have won more games than the Dodgers.
It’s still sort of early, sure, but it’s also the middle of May. Maybe the Dodgers are just a bad team?
Altuve leads Houston comeback
The Astros trailed the Angels by a score of 3-1 in the eighth when reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. Altuve fell behind 0-2 but then dusted off his bad-ball skills for a bases-clearing double …
And note that pitch location …
The Houston second baseman had been in a 2 for 18 slump before the clutch two-bagger above. Also critical to the Astros’ victory was Josh Reddick. He doubled to lead off the eighth, and he also made a difference with his powerful throwing arm …
Considering that Jaime Barria outpitched Gerrit Cole in this one and considering that the Angels at one point in the eighth had better than a 90 percent chance to win this game, the Astros were fortunate to pull this one out. They’ll take it, of course.
The Indians’ bullpen is a wreck
Going into the bottom of the sixth on Monday night in Detroit, the Indians had a five-run lead and a 94 percent chance of winning the game. Starter Josh Tomlin permitted another run, and then the Cleveland bullpen took over. Here’s how that went …
|A. Miller (L, 1-2) (BS, 2)||0.1||2||2||2||3||0||0||3.09|
That accounts for the crushing loss, which put the Indians back below the .500 mark for the season. That also brings us to this …
Suffice it to say, that’s not optimal, especially for a team that aspires to win the World Series. That partly explains why the Indians in 2018 are now only 5-10 in one-run games. The Indians have also now blown 12 leads on the season. By way of reminder, it’s May 15.
Particularly troubling is how lost relief ace Andrew Miller has looked since returning from the DL. Since returning from a hamstring strain, he has allowed four runs and walked five batters in 1 2/3 innings. The Indians play in the weakest division in baseball, but right now they’re contributing to that weakness as opposed to benefiting from it.
Oh, and the Tigers are now one game out of first place.
Buccos keep hanging around
Sure, it was the lowly White Sox, but the Pirates’ 7-0 victory moved them back to seven games above .500 on the season. Trevor Williams worked seven scoreless frames and lowered his 2018 ERA to 2.72.
If you’re not a Pirates partisan, then you’re probably waiting for them to come back to earth. This, of course, is a team that lost 87 games a season ago and then traded away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. They were supposed to be bottom feeders in the tough NL Central. Maybe they’ll collapse at some point, but it keeps getting later and later out there, and here they are.
On that front, they’re moving the needle. When it comes to the SportsLine (@SportsLine on Twitter) Projection Model, the Pirates as of Tuesday night’s victory are now forecast for a winning season. Here’s a screencap of the projected final standings, which are available on the CBS Sports mobile app …
Yep, a winning season. In the era of the second wild-card berth in each league, that’s enough to afford contention. So perhaps the Pirates will continue not cooperating with our preseason assumptions.
The Cardinals can’t score
Minnesota’s Jose Berrios became the latest to tame the St. Louis offense. After plating only a single run in Tuesday night’s loss to the Twins (the Cardinals are now 0-3 against the Twins this season), the Cards are now tied for 13th in the NL in runs scored. In 12 May games, the Cardinals have scored 38 runs (and 17 of those runs are clustered in only two games this month). Surprising? The Cardinals last season ranked a respectable seventh in the NL in scoring, and over the offseason they added Marcell Ozuna to the fold. As well, full seasons from Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong, and Jose Martinez figured to raise the bar. So far, though, it hasn’t happened. Thanks to a team ERA of 3.38, though, the Cardinals are hanging near the top of the NL Central.
Yanks-Nats game suspended with tie score
The Yankees and Nationals weren’t able to finish their Tuesday night series opener because of weather …
The highlight of the game so far? It’s gotta be Masahiro Tanaka, batsman …
On the topic of actual batsmen, Giancarlo Stanton registered career hit No. 1,000 in this one.
Lyles almost perfect against Rox
Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles was moved from the bullpen to the rotation mere days ago, and in his first start of the season he pitched quite well against the Cardinals. On Tuesday against his former team the Rockies (they released him in August of last year), he was even better:
The 27-year-old Lyles also flirted with history. He was within five outs of twirling the first perfect game/no-hitter in Padres franchise history, but Trevor Story ended his bid with a line-drive single in the eighth. Here’s a look:
There’s a deserved “standing O.” Lyles walked the next batter, and then his day was done. The Padres bullpen closed it out. With Tuesday’s effort, Lyles lowered his 2018 ERA to 2.53. In two starts, he has allowed one earned run in 12 1/3 innings while striking out 16 and walking two.
Piscotty homers in first at-bat off bereavement list
Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty was activated off the bereavement list in time for Tuesday’s game in Boston. His first at-bat?
It was last week when Piscotty came to bat for the first time since his mother’s death and he was given a standing ovation. He promptly singled. The funeral services for Gretchen Piscotty — after losing her nearly year-long battle with ALS — were Monday. Piscotty was away from the A’s for four days before his activation Tuesday.
And then he homered.
What a special moment. Good for Piscotty.
Just look at this Syndergaard sinker
Mets righty Noah Syndergaard has managed only one qualifying season in his young career, and it’s entirely possible that injuries will always be a part of his story. That said, Thor has some of the most electric stuff you or anyone else has ever seen. The latest example came Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.
Mercy. That’s almost triple digits with absurd late arm-side run. To the batter it probably looks center cut as it blazes toward the plate (albeit center cut at 98 mph), but then it just explodes away. Syndergaard’s of course entirely mortal at times, but at times he looks just untouchable.
As for the Mets’ romp at home over Toronto …
You can now make that 12-0 vs. the Jays at home.
Your weird play of the night
Let’s pop in on the Cubs-Braves tilt in suburban Atlanta. With two out in the bottom of the first, Braves linchpin Freddie Freeman worked a walk off Yu Darvish and then stole second (his fourth swipe of the season). Cubs catcher Willson Contreras tried to hose Freeman, and that’s when things got wild. Here’s a look …
Kyle Schwarber‘s defense is obviously not a strength, but he put this throw on the money, as it hit Contreras’ mitt in perfect tag position. It was a wise risk on Freeman’s part with two outs, but Schwarber made a hustle backup play and then a perfect throw. Anyhow, just your standard 2-6-7-2 putout to save a run.
That run turned out to matter in a big way. The score was tied at 1 until the bottom of the eighth until Ronald Acuna’s first SunTrust Park home run made it 2-1, Braves. That brings us to the bottom of the ninth, when the Cubs mounted a comeback …
That’s a big one for the Cubs.
Pollock out 4-8 weeks with thumb fracture
A rough May has gotten even worse for the first-place Diamondbacks, as they have announced that center fielder A.J. Pollock has an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. The expectation is that Pollock will miss four to eight weeks. Pollock injured himself on a diving attempt in the outfield Monday night.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended on Tuesday for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. .
Looking ahead, the Mariners are now poised to move Dee Gordon .
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