The Rundown for August 13, 2018

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE DESTROYS MORE HOMES… Fire officials in northern California say the Mendocino Complex Fire destroyed nearly 30 homes over the weekend to raise its total of homes destroyed to 146. The blaze, which became the largest in California’s history last week, destroyed another 118 non-residential structures and damaged 37 structures, including 13 residences. The 331,399-acre wildfire threatens an additional 1,025 structures. It is 70 percent contained and expected to be fully contained by September 1, according to Cal Fire.

RALLIES IN D.C… White nationalists were vastly outnumbered by anti-racist protesters who turned out for opposing rallies in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Jason Kessler led the white nationalist rally on the one-year anniversary of a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Counter-protesters were separated from rally-goers by fences and about 50 feet of grass.

HAWAII GOVERNOR IGE WINS PRIMARY… Hawaii’s Democratic Governor David Ige won Saturday’s primary election to further his bid for re-election. Ige topped U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa by a 124,528- to 107,583-vote margin. Ige trailed by as many as 20 points in March after voters were angered by his response to a false ballistic missile alert. He will be a heavy favorite against Republican opponent Andria Tupola in the November general election.

NASA LAUNCHES SOLAR PROBE… NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe from Cape Canaveral early yesterday and is sending it seven times closer to the sun than any other spacecraft has traveled before. The craft was built to withstand extreme heat and will travel through the solar corona to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere, which gives rise to the solar winds. During its seven-year mission, the spacecraft will travel within 3.8 million miles of the solar surface.

OMAROSA SAYS SHE RECORDED HER WHITE HOUSE FIRING… Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide to President Trump, revealed during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that she recorded White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room. The network aired portions of an audio recording that Manigault Newman provided. Kelly told the former “Apprentice” star that he was concerned about “significant integrity issues” and he urged her to make a smooth exit to preserve her reputation.

CHRIS HARDWICK’S RETURN PROMPTS ‘WALKING DEAD’ WALKOUT… Chris Hardwick’s return to “Walking Dead” has reportedly prompted a walkout among staffers. A female executive producer is among approximately 25 show staff who have left since AMC announced Hardwick would resume as host of the show. The fallout follows accusations by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that Hardwick sexually and emotionally abused her.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Meg” took in $44.5 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Mission: Impossible—Fallout,” dropped into second place with $20 million. “Christopher Robin” slipped into third place with $12.4 million. “Slender Man” opened in fourth place with $11.3 million. Another newcomer, “BlacKkKLansman,” capped the top five with $10.7 million.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Washington 3… Pinch-hitter David Bote connected for a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Cubs over the Nationals. Chicago overcame a dominant effort by Washington starter Max Scherzer, who allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings and struck out 11. The victory widened Chicago’s lead to three games over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

ATLANTA 8 – Milwaukee 7… The Braves outslugged the Brewers to pull a percentage point ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East. Ozzie Albies smacked a tiebreaking solo homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Dansby Swanson’s two-run homer tied the game in the sixth. Ronald Acuna also homered with a runner aboard.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Philadelphia 3… Freddy Galvis unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning to highlight the Padres’ win over the Phillies. Eric Hosmer had a couple of hits and an RBI. Joey Lucchesi (6-6) pitched two-hit ball over six innings.

Arizona 9 – CINCINNATI 2… Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs as the Diamondbacks pounded the Reds to move a game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West. Daniel Descalso got things going with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Eduardo Escobar homered with a runner on and David Peralta added a solo shot. Zack Godley (13-6) allowed two runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

COLORADO 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3… Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home DJ LeMahieu with the winning run and the Rockies won their third straight in the four-game series. Charlie Blackmon homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. Mets 4 – MIAMI 3… Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer and Michael Conforto added a solo blast as the Mets edged the Marlins. Noah Syndergaard (8-2) gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Pittsburgh 3… Dereck Rodriguez (6-1) limited the Pirates to a run on two hits over seven innings as the Giants held off the Pirates. Joe Panik and Nick Hundley drove home two runs apiece.

Boston 4 – BALTIMORE 1… Chris Sale (12-4) pitched one-hit ball over five shutout innings and struck out 12 in his return from the disabled list as the Red Sox handled the Orioles. Steve Pierce hit a solo homer. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Texas 2… Aaron Hicks stroked a two-run single and Didi Gregorius slugged a two-run homer during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Yankees past the Rangers. Giancarlo Stanton also went deep. CC Sabathia surrendered just one hit over six shutout innings.

Cleveland 9 – CHI. WHITE SOX 7… The Indians built a 9-1 eighth-inning lead and held on to down the White Sox. Melky Cabrera had a couple of hits, including a three-run homer. Jason Kipnis and Yandy Diaz both had three hits and two RBIs.

Oakland 8 – L.A. ANGELS 7… The Athletics made it nine wins in 11 games by outslugging the Angels and pulled within 2-1/2 games of first-place Houston in the AL West. Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and eclipsed 1,000 career hits. Marcus Semien had three hits and knocked in a run.

Seattle 4 – HOUSTON 3 (10 innings)… The Mariners outlasted the Astros to complete a four-game sweep. Mitch Hanigar doubled home Dee Gordon with a tiebreaking run in the top of the 10th inning. Ryon Healey tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the ninth. Mike Zunino also went deep. Seattle trails Houston by just four games in the AL West race.

TORONTO 2 – Tampa Bay 1… Travis singled home a run and Jonathan Pillar scored on Randal Grichuk’s grounder as the Blue Jays scored both runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to top the Rays. Toronto starter Marcus Stroman left with a blister after allowing a run on five hits over five innings.

DETROIT 4 – Minnesota 2… Matthew Boyd (7-10) held the Twins to a run on two hits over six innings in the Tigers’ victory. Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single.

St. Louis 8 – KANSAS CITY 2… The Cardinals pulled away in the late innings to put away the Royals and win their fifth in a row. Yadier Molina stroked a ti-breaking two-run single in the top of the seventh inning. Paul DeJong added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Miami (TBD, TBD) is at Atlanta (Toussaint, 0-0; Foltynewicz, 9-7) for a doubleheader…
St. Louis (Mikolas, 12-3) hosts Washington (Milone, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 4-4) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 5-5)

the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-9) are at Detroit (Lewicki, 0-2 )…
Kansas City (Reid-Foley, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Keller, 4-5)…
Seattle (Gonzalez, 12-7) is at Oakland (Manaea, 10-8)

the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 6-7) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 15-5)…
Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-9) hosts Cleveland (Clevinger, 7-7)…
Arizona (Greinke, 12-7) is at Texas (Colon, 6-10)…
San Diego (Richard, 7-10) hosts the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 7-7)

GOLF NEWS… Brooks Koepka closed with a 4-under yesterday to take a two-stroke victory over Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship and win his second major of the season. Koepka all but sealed the win with three straight birdies on the final three holes of the front nine. Woods pushed him hard on the final round, finishing with a 6-under 64.

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