When I set out to write a sports blog, I considered what my goal was. Did I want to provide breaking news? Was I looking to entertain? I struggled with picking which sport I wanted to cover. In the end I chose to cover a few of the main sports, or at least the ones I am interested in. Today I might write a post about the NFL, but tomorrow might be about hockey. If you are looking for an expert or for an entertainer I’m not the right person. If you are looking for someone organized or a blog that follows logical progression then go back to Google and try again. Instead I promise to just post my thoughts on current sports. My thoughts about the big game or the new rule change. I love Football, Baseball, and Basketball. I have recently become more interested in European Soccer. If you haven’t figured this out yet, this is going to be like my life, I am totally going to wing it.
Scores in bold.
Royals (17-32) 3 AT Cardinals (25-24) 10 Double Header – In game 1 Brad Keller was strong through 7 innings of 2-run ball. Jorge Soler hit a 3-run shot to cap off a 6-run 3rd. In game 2 Marcell Ozuna homered for the second time in the twin-bill. The Cardinals hit 4 homers and the Bullpen shut down the Royals through 4 innings. The Cardinals scored 10 runs on 12 hits to reverse their fortunes from game 1 and split the double header.
Athletics (25-25) 7 AT Indians (25-23) 2 – Frankie Montas struck out 9 batters over 6 scoreless innings. Mark Canha homered and drove in 3 and Nick Hundley homered and had 3 hits. The A’s win made it 6 and a half in a row. Their game on Sunday was suspended but they were winning when it was called off so we could say 7 in a row. Either way the team is on a role and has reached the .500 mark.
Reds (22-27) 9 AT Brewers (29-22) 11 – Josh VanMeter (not a typo) hit an RBI double and Tucker Barnhart hit a 3-run shot to life the Reds to an early 5 run lead. Keston Hiura and Derek Dietrich traded homers and the Reds remained in control 6-1 going into the bottom of the 3rd. Mike Moustakas went deep, and the Brewers scored 5 straight runs to tie the game. Jose Iglesias singled in 2 runs to give the lead back to the Reds. In the Bottom of the 6th the Brewers put up a 5-spot and although the scoring wasn’t done, the Reds were.
Mariners (23-29) 1 AT Rangers (24-23) 2 – two of baseball’s most explosive offenses combined for just 3 runs. Marco Gonzales pitched gave up just 1 earned run over 7 strong innings for Seattle. Texas used the Opener and 3 relievers to hold the Mariners to a lone run. Hunter Pence has had an incredible career revival and added a 10th homer to his season totals.
Diamondbacks (25-25) 2 AT Padres (26-24) 5 – Eric Lauer pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball and got the win to complete the sweep. Greg Garcia had 3 hits and an RBI for the Padres who collected 12 hits on their way to their 3rd win in a row. The Diamondbacks offense continues to struggle as the team lost their 5th straight game. Kirby Yates closed out his 3rd game in 3 days and leads the majors with 20 saves.
Yankees (31-17) 7 AT Orioles (15-34) 5 – Thairo Estrada and D.J. LeMahieu went yard in a 4-run 2nd. Gleyber Torres continues to pound Orioles pitching this year with another multi-homer game. Gary Sanchez hit his 15th homer as the Yankees continue to roll despite a slew of injuries. The Yankees are just 1 of 4 teams in baseball with over 30 wins and they don’t have Severino, Judge, or Stanton. The Yankees Bullpen pitched 4 innings of 1-hit ball and struck out 6.
Red Sox (26-23) 6 AT Blue Jays (20-29) 5 F/13 – Rafael Devers homered in the 8th to give Boston a 4-2 lead. Justin Smoak homered in the bottom of the inning and Danny Jansen singled home the tying run in the 9th to send the game to extras. Mookie Betts and Rowdy Tellez traded bombs in the 12th and then Michael Chavis hit the winning home run in the 13th. Xander Bogaerts had 3 hits in the win for Boston.
Dodgers (32-18) 1 AT Rays (28-18) 8 – Tommy Pham homered in the 4th and Max Muncy went deep in the 6th. Rich Hill pitched 6 solid innings his only real stain was the home run, but the Bullpen blew it in the 7th. Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier hit 3-run shots in a wild 7-run 7th. The Rays used their Opener to hold the Dodgers to 1 run on 5 hits. It’s easy to find problems with the Opener or dismiss it as unsustainable, but this team won 90 last year and have jumped out to 28-18 in 2019.
Marlins (15-31) 6 AT Tigers (18-28) 3 – Christin Stewart doubled, and the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Marlins have had a fun little win streak and thankfully it will continue. Garrett Cooper hit his 1st MLB homer and Brian Anderson went deep in the 6th. The Marlins have won 5 in a row and no longer have the worst winning percentage in baseball. The Tigers haven’t won a game since the 12th of the month.
Nationals (19-30) 1 AT Mets (23-25) 6 – Maybe a freak injury to Cespedes and Mickey being almost fired was what they needed. The Mets still provided some Metty entertainment, as Robinson Cano hurt himself hustling after being benched for not hustling. The game itself was a pitching duel as Max Scherzer struck out 9 over 6 shutout innings and Jacob deGrom gave up 1 run and just 2 hits over 6 innings. The Mets were held scoreless until the 8th when Juan Lagares doubled home 3 runs and Rajai Davis hit a pinch-hit 3-run homer. While the Mets ride a mini winning streak, the Nationals have to be in panic mode. The team has lost 4 straight and is 11 games under .500, the Bullpen is a dumpster fire and the team need competent 4th and 5th starters.
Rockies (22-25) 9 AT Pirates (24-22) 3 – Jon Gray pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 runs for Colorado. Josh bell hit a moon shot for his 15th of the year, but that’s where the Pirates fun ends. Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters hit 3-run bombs for an explosive Rockies offense. Everyone in the Lineup, including Gray, had a hit and the Rockies piled on 16 hits and 6 walks.
Phillies (28-21) 4 AT Cubs (29-18) 8 – The Phillies used some key base hits to take a 3-0 lead. Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run bomb and Albert Almora hit a grand slam. Javier Baez added another homer to pile on and the Cubs took the lead in the series. Bryce Harper had 3 hits as he seems to be emerging from his slump.
White Sox (22-26) 9 AT Astros (33-17) 4 – The White Sox turned a triple play, something that is only averaged about 5 times a year. Eloy Jimenez went deep, and Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam. Alex Bregman hit his 15th jack of the year, but the Astros only scored 4 runs on 12 hits. Everyone in the Lineup had a hit, but they were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left 7 on.
Braves (27-23) 9 AT Giants (21-27) 2 – In a bizarre line score, Jeff Samardzija gave up 6 runs none of which were earned. Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman homered to cap off a strange 6-run 2nd inning for the Braves. Austin Riley hit his 4th dinger of the year and it was a 3-run blast. Max Fried gave up 2 runs over 6 innings to improve to 7-2 on the season.
Scores in bold.
Athletics (24-25) 5 AT Indians (25-22) 3 – Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar went deep to lead Oakland. The A’s Bullpen pitched 5.1 innings and only gave up 1 hit and 1 walk. The Athletics are still under .500 but have played well of late and are looking to make a run. Francisco Lindor homered for the Indians who seem to fall further back from the Twins with each passing day.
Yankees (30-17) 11 AT Orioles (15-33) 4 – Clint Frazier homered twice to lead the Yankees to another big offensive day. Gary Sanchez homered for the second day in a row and had 4 RBI second only to Frazier’s 5. The Yankees scored 11 runs on 12 hits and have won ten straight at Camden Yards. The Orioles dropped their 4th in a row and are in danger of somehow being even worse than last season.
Rockies (21-25) 5 AT Pirates (24-21) 0 – German Marquez was brilliant through 8 innings. He struck out 7 and allowed just 3 hits in the shutout. Trevor Story hit his 11th blast of the year and Charlie Blackmon had a big RBI triple in the win. Marquez put a stop to a 4-game losing streak for Colorado as they look to turn things around.
Phillies (28-20) 2 AT Cubs (28-18) 3 – After good pitching from both sides, Andrew McCutchen singled home 2 runs to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the 7th. In the 9th the Cubs loaded the bases and scored the tying run on a fielder’s choice. Javier Baez pinch-hit and lined the walk-off to right. Zach Eflin gave up 1 run over 6 innings and Jose Quintana pitched 6 shutout innings. Kris Bryant scored twice and had 3 hits in the win as the Cubs moved to 10 games over .500.
Red Sox (25-23) 3 AT Blue Jays (20-28) 10 – Rowdy Tellez went yard twice for the Blue Jays. Marcus Stroman gave up 1 run over 6 innings and got his 2nd win of the year. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. collected 2 more hits but also committed his 4th error. The Jays scored 10 runs on 11 hits to rout Boston. The assumption is the Red Sox have too much talent to play this poorly and that’s true, but they can’t afford to fall too far behind Tampa and New York.
Dodgers (32-17) 7 AT Rays (27-18) 3 – The Dodgers have won Kershaw’s last 14 regular season starts. Last Night he gave up 2 runs over 6.1 innings and struck out 9 to improve to 4-0. It was a strange game due to the fact that no homers were hit. The Dodgers had 12 hits 9 of which were singles. The Rays are now 2 games back from the Yankees and have lost 6 of their last 10.
Marlins (14-3) 5 AT Tigers (18-27) 3 F/11 – Harold Ramirez and Brian Anderson homered to give the Marlins a 4-2 lead going into the 9th. Miguel Cabrera singled home a run and the Tigers scored another on a sac fly to save the game and head to extras. In the top of the 11th Chad Wallach doubled home the winning run and the Marlins won their 4th straight.
Nationals (19-29) 5 AT Mets (22-25) 6 – Trea Turner and Juan Soto hit RBI doubles in the 8th to give the Nationals a 5-4 lead. Pete Alonso hit his 16th homer in the bottom half of the inning and then Amed Rosario hit a walk-off single. Zack Wheeler pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 runs and J.D. Davis hit a 3-run blast for New York.
Reds (22-26) 3 AT Brewers (28-22) 0 – Sonny Gray struck out 9 over 6 shutout innings. Phillip Ervin had an RBI double as part of a 3-run 1st inning. The Reds were held scoreless after that, but thanks to their pitching it didn’t matter. The Reds have allowed 165 runs this year which is second in baseball behind Tampa.
Mariners (23-28) 3 AT Rangers (23-23) 5 – Lance Lynn struck out 11 hitters over 7 innings of 2-run ball. Joey Gallo went deep for the 15th time this year to give Texas a 5-2 lead in the 8th. Nomar Mazara had 3 hits including 2 doubles as the Rangers 3-5 hitters had 6 hits and 3 RBI. Omar Narvaez had 3 hits and homered in the loss. The Mariners have fallen into last place in the division despite their incredible start, while the Rangers move to .500 and are second place.
White Sox (21-26) 1 AT Astros (33-16) 5 – Justin Verlander dominated for 8 innings last night and now has a record of 8-1. He struck out 12 and gave up just 1 hit which was a solo shot from Jose Abreu. Yuli Gurriel homered early and the Astros scored 4 in the 5th.
Braves (26-23) 3 AT Giants (21-26) 4 – Freddie Freeman singled in a run in the 7th to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. In the 9th the Giants were down to their final out when they started stealing bases and hitting singles to make things interesting. Kevin Pillar had an RBI single to make it a 1-run game and Joe Panik had the walk-off single with men on 2nd and 3rd. the Braves were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and left 9 on.
Twins (32-16) 8 AT Angels (22-26) 3 – Mike Trout homered, and the Angels led 3-0 after 5 innings. The Twins scored 3 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th and then tacked on 1 more in the 8th to score 8 unanswered. Marwin Gonzalez homered and had 3 RBI in the win. The Twins wins double their losses and according to Sarah Langs (great writer for MLB.com) it’s the earliest the Twins have been 16 games over .500 since 2001.
Diamondbacks (25-24) 2 AT Padres (25-24) 3 – Eduardo Escobar and John Ryan Murphy went deep to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. Zach Greinke was dealing until the 6th when Manny Machado hit an RBI single and Eric Hosmer followed with a 2-run shot. The D-backs spoiled another good pitching performance and their losing streak is at 4 games. The Padres move a game over .500 and the 2 teams are tied for second in the NL West.
Scores in bold.
Red Sox (25-22) 12 AT Blue Jays (19-28) 2 – The Red Sox had a Lineup of Mitch Moreland, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers as their 3-4-5 hitters. The 3 each had 3 hits and Bogaerts and Devers had 3 RBI as well. Michael Chavis hit his 9th homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his 1st. Everyone in the Lineup had a hit for the Sox who collected 16 in total. David Price allowed 2 unearned runs through 5 innings giving up only 3 hits. The Red Sox are 11-4 in their last 15 games as they try to erase a rocky start.
Athletics (23-25) 6 AT Indians (25-21) 4 – Matt Chapman hit a 2-run shot in the 9th to provide some necessary insurance runs for the A’s. Matt Olson and Jurickson Profar also went deep in the win. The win was a needed one for a struggling A’s team that is clawing back to .500. The Astros have built an 8.5 game lead, but there are still plenty of games left and of course the 2 wild card spots up for grabs. The Indians dropped 5 games behind the Twins, surely that race is no where near over.
Yankees (29-17) 10 AT Orioles (15-32) 7 – Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez homered, and the Orioles built a 6-1 lead after 5 innings. The Yankees scored 2 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th and Gleyber Torres went deep for the second time to make it a 1-run game. Aaron Hicks tied it in the 9th with a sac fly and Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run blast to give the Yankees the lead. The Yankees are a full game ahead of the Rays and have won 12 of their last 16.
Nationals (19-28) 3 AT Mets (21-25) 5 – The Mets have been a dumpster fire on and off the field the past week so winning feels more important than ever. Ahmed Rosario and Pete Alonso went deep, and the Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Anthony Rendon homered and the Nats began to chip away at the lead, but a Juan Soto RBI made it 4-3 which was as close as they would get. The Mets used their Starter, Wilmer Font, for 4 innings and then left the rest of the game to the Bullpen. For Alonso, it was his 15th bomb of the year.
Phillies (28-19) 5 AT Cubs (27-18) 4 F/10 – Jake Arrieta gave up 1 run over 6 innings in his return to Wrigley. Daniel Descalso tripled in 2 runs and scored on an error to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the 8th. Jean Segura singled home the tying run in the 9th and J.T. Realmuto went deep in the 10th. Despite Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper struggling, the Phillies have a 4-game win streak and are 9 over .500.
Mariners (23-27) 9 AT Rangers (22-23) 10 – Mike Minor pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball and struck out 11 hitters, but then he left the game. With Minor still pitching, Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice as the Rangers compiled a 7-run lead. Hunter Pence and Joey Gallo went deep to make it 10-2 Texas in the 7th. Tim Beckham hit a grand slam in the 8th to make it a 4-run game. Edwin Encarnacion doubled home a run and then Daniel Vogelbach hit a 2-run shot to bring the game to within 1, but that’s as far as they would get. Every Ranger got a hit as the team totaled 15 hits and 10 runs.
White Sox (21-25) 0 AT Astros (32-16) 3 – The Astros used 5 pitchers to shut out the White Sox. Brad Peacock struck out 9 over 5 innings. Jake Marisnick and Tyler White homered to lead Houston to the shutout win. The Astros have won 14 of their last 16 games and have the best record and run differential in MLB.
Braves (26-22) 4 AT Giants (20-26) 1 – The Braves young core was on full display again in another win. Mike Soroka pitched 8 dazzling innings giving up just 1 run on 2 hits. Ronald Acuna Jr. went deep twice from the leadoff spot and Austin Riley added another homer. The Braves have won 8 of their last 10 games and sit just 2.5 games back from Philadelphia.
Twins (31-16) 3 AT Angels (22-25) 1 – Miguel Sano came back from injury a few days ago and didn’t take long to make an impact. He hit a 2-run blast in the 8th to give the Twins the lead. Jake Odorizzi continued his strong campaign with 5 shutout innings. Rookie Luis Arraez had 3 hits in the win. The Twins have won 6 of their last 7 and lead Cleveland by 5.5 games.
Diamondbacks (25-23) 1 AT Padres (24-24) 2 – Chris Paddack has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. He threw 6 innings of 1-run ball to drop his ERA to 1.93. Franmil Reyes hit his 15th blast of the year to put the Padres ahead. The Diamondbacks had the bases loaded with 1 out in the 7th but failed to score. The team was 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left 7 on dropping their 3rd in a row. The Padres have also scuffled lately but are back to .500.
Sunday’s scores in bold.
Cubs (27-17) 6 AT Nationals (19-27) 5 – On Friday Kris Bryant his 3 home runs in 3 consecutive innings. Wilson Contreras had 4 hits for the Cubs who had 18 hits in the 14-6 win. On Saturday Stephen Strasburg allowed 1 earned run through 8 dominant innings. During the Nats 5-2 win, Joe Maddon protested the windup of Sean Doolittle but the umpires disagreed. On Sunday Night Baseball Anthony Rizzo homered and Albert Almora Jr. had 3 hits to lead the Cubs to the series win. Howie Kendrick homered in the 7th to make it a 1-run game, but Steve Cishek closed the door on the final 7 outs.
Rays (27-17) 5 AT Yankees (28-17) 13 – On Friday Gio Urshela hit a walk-off single to complete a miraculous 3 run 9th. The Yankees 4-3 win put them in 1st place. On Saturday Brandon Lowe went deep to tie it in the 7th and Austin Meadows homered in the 11th for the win. The Rays Bullpen held the Yankees to just 2 hits over 5 innings in the 2-1 11-inning win. On Sunday the Yankees used a 7-run 6th inning to take over 1st place and take the series. Brett Gardner homered and had 3 RBI to lead the Yankees 12-hit attack.
Rockies (20-25) 5 AT Phillies (27-19) 7 – On Friday Bryce Harper doubled home 2 runs and Andrew McCutchen homered for the Phillies. The Phillies Bullpen pitched 4 scoreless to preserve the 5-4 win. On Saturday Aaron Nola struck out 12 hitters over 6 innings to improve to 4-0. Bryce Harper hit a bomb in the Phillies 2-1 win. On Sunday J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper went deep to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 lead. Harper drove in 3 runs in the Phillies win completing the sweep.
Mets (20-25) 0 AT Marlins (13-31) 3 – On Friday Jorge Alfaro went deep and drove in 3 to put the Marlins over 10 wins. Pete Alonso homered twice in the 8-6 loss. On Saturday Pablo Lopez held the Mets to just 1 hit over 7 brilliant innings. Jon Berti homered for Miami who won their 2nd straight, this one 2-0. On Sunday Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game shutout on just 89 pitches. Alcantara struck out 8 and gave up just 2 hits and 1 walk. Curtis Granderson hit a jack and the Marlins completed a sweep of the Mets.
Astros (31-16) 3 AT Red Sox (24-22) 4 – On Friday George Springer hit a 2-run shot in the 8th to put the Astros up in the ALCS rematch. The Astros 3-1 win was their 9th in a row. On Saturday every Astro had a hit and the team scored 5 in the 1st. Michael Brantley had 3 hits to lead Houston to the 7-3 win their 10th in a row. On Sunday Mookie Betts had 3 hits and Michael Chavis crushed a homer. The Red Sox had 11 hits to end the Astros win streak.
Dodgers (31-17) 8 AT Reds (21-26) 3 – On Friday Rich Hill struck out 10 over 6 shutout innings. The Dodgers hit 4 homers including Cody Bellinger’s 16th in the 6-0 shutout. On Saturday Tyler Mahle shut down the Dodgers over 6 innings. Jesse Winker went yard for his 10th homer in the 4-0 Reds win. On Sunday Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 6-1 and extended his scoreless innings streak to 31 with 7 shutout innings. Cody Bellinger hit his 17th blast and the Dodgers scored 6 runs in the final 3 innings.
Orioles (15-31) 0 AT Indians (25-20) 10 – On Friday the Orioles held the Indians to just 1 run on 3 hits. Jonathan Villar and Steve Wilkerson went yard in the 5-1 win. On Saturday Adam Plutko gave up 1 run on 1 hit over 6 innings and the Bullpen kept it that way. Carlos Santana and Jordan Luplow hit homers to lead Cleveland to the 4-1 win. On Sunday Shane Bieber struck out 15 batters over a masterful complete game shutout. Carlos Santana homered to lead an Indians offense that scored 10 runs on 11 hits in the shutout.
Athletics (22-25) 4 AT Tigers (18-26) 1 – On Friday Frankie Montas struck out 10 batters over 8.2 innings. Mark Canha and Chad Pinder homered in the 7-2 win. On Saturday Daniel Mengden pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball to hold off Detroit. Jurickson Profar had 3 hits, and Chad Pinder and Nick Hundley homered in the 4-1 win. On Sunday the A’s held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the 7th when the game was stopped due to rain. Because the Tigers didn’t get a chance to bat in the 7th the game will be resumed from the bottom of the 7th in September, the next time the two teams play.
Brewers (28-21) 3 AT Braves (25-22) 2 F/10 – On Friday the Braves hit 3 home runs in a 9-run 6th. Max Fried pitched 6 scoreless innings to improve to 6-2. The Braves had 17 hits in the 12-8 win. On Saturday Austin Riley hit his 2nd homer to put the Braves up, but Lorenzo Cain doubled home a run in the 9th to send the game to extras. Freddie Freeman hit the walk-off blast in the Braves 4-3 win. On Sunday Christian Yelich hit his MLB-leading 19th homer and Freddie Freeman homered in his 4th straight game. Rookie Keston Hiura hit his first dinger and Brandon Woodruff gave up just 2 runs in 8 innings. All of the runs came off home runs and it was Ben Gamel who won it in the 10th for the Brewers.
Cardinals (24-23) 4 AT Rangers (21-23) 5 F/10 – On Friday Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo went deep as part of a 7-run 2nd. The Rangers used the struggling Jose Leclerc as their Opener and he pitched a scoreless 1st in the 7-3 win. On Saturday Paul DeJong homered and had 4 RBI to lead the Cardinals. Dakota Hudson gave up 2 runs over 6 innings in the 8-2 win. On Sunday Dexter Fowler went deep in the 9th to force extras and Paul DeJong hit a sac fly to give the Cards the lead in the 10th. Willie Calhoun singled in the tying run and Nomar Mazara ended it with a sacrifice fly.
Blue Jays (19-27) 5 AT White Sox (21-24) 2 – On Friday Aaron Sanchez left the game after 3 innings so the Jays used 2 relievers to shut down the Sox over the final 6 innings. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 3rd homer in the 10-2 win. On Saturday Lucas Giolito threw 5 innings of 1-run ball which turned out to be a complete game because of the rain. Yonder Alonso had 2 hits and drove in 2 for the White Sox in the 4-1 win. On Sunday Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a 2-run shot to take the lead for the Blue Jays in the 8th. That brings Guerrero’s total to 4 homers this week.
Giants (20-25) 3 AT Diamondbacks (25-22) 2 F/10 – On Friday the Diamondbacks shut out the Giants despite giving up 9 hits. David Peralta hit a blast in their 7-0 win. On Saturday Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval went deep to help even the series. The Giants scored 8 runs on 11 hits in the 8-5 win. On Sunday Pablo Sandoval hit another pinch-hit homer to lead the Giants. Brandon Crawford made a brilliant defensive play to save the game in the 9th and send it to extras.
Royals (16-31) 5 AT Angels (22-24) 1 – On Friday Albert Pujols was 2-3 with an RBI for the Angels. The Angels Bullpen pitched 4 scoreless frames to hold the Royals in the 5-2 win. On Saturday Mike Trout hit home run number 250 of his career, and Shohei Ohtani hit his 2nd of the year. Griffin Canning pitched 7 scoreless innings in the 6-3 win. On Sunday Hunter Dozier drove in 2 runs and Danny Duffy pitched 6 innings of 1-run ball to avoid the sweep.
Twins (30-16) 4 AT Mariners (23-26) 7 – On Friday Martin Perez pitched 6.2 innings of 1-run ball to move to 6-1 on the year. Max Kepler had 2 hit and 3 RBI in the Twins 7-1 win, their 4th in a row. On Saturday Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron each hit 2 homers and Byron Buxton hit a grand slam. The Twins hit 6 homers and had 19 hits in the 18-4 blowout. On Sunday Daniel Vogelbach and Edwin Encarnacion hit their 13th homers on the year and Mitch Haniger added his 12th. Jorge Polanco had 4 hits in the loss.
Pirates (24-20) 6 AT Padres (23-24) 4 – On Friday Jordan Lyles punched out a dozen hitters through 7 innings of 1-run ball. Bryan Reynolds went deep in the Pirates 5-3 win. On Saturday Josh Bell went yard twice to give him 14 on the year. Elias Diaz had 3 hits for Pittsburgh in the 7-2 win. On Sunday Colin Moran hit a 3-run shot as part of a 4-run 1st. Moran ended up with 2 hits and 4 RBI in the win.
Scores in bold.
Mets (20-22) 6 AT Nationals (18-25) 7 – Gerardo Parra and Kurt Suzuki doubled home runs in a 4-run first for the Nationals. Robinson Cano hit a ground-rule double and Michael Conforto went deep to tie it up for the Mets. Gerardo Para then hit a 2-run shot in the 5th and Kurt Suzuki tacked on another run in the 7th to put the Nats ahead for good. Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil left the game with minor injuries.
Brewers (27-19) 11 AT Phillies (24-19) 3 – Christian Yelich hit home runs number 17 and 18. Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas went deep to lead the Brewers in pounding the Phillies. Zach Davies gave up 1 run over 6 innings improving to 5-0 on the year, he also added 2 hits and an RBI. The Brewers scored 11 runs on 13 hits and won their 3rd in a row.
Athletics (20-25) 17 AT Tigers (18-24) 3 – Jurickson Profar hit a grand slam as part of a 6-run 3rd. The A’s then scored 3 in the 6th, 4 in the 7th, and 2 each in the 8th and 9th. When the offensive onslaught mercifully ended every one of the A’s starter had a hit and Josh Phegley led the team with 4 hits and 4 RBI. This is only half the story though, because while the A’s offense was putting up a football score Chris Bassitt was dealing. Bassitt pitched 8 shutout innings and only gave up 4 hits. Dawel Lugo hit a 3-run shot in the 9th to at least avoid the shutout.
Rangers (19-22) 16 AT Royals (15-29) 1 – Three separate Rangers banged out 4 hits in an absolute blowout. Rougned Odor went deep twice and drove in 4 to lead the Rangers to 16 runs on 21 hits. The Royals actually led this game after 3 innings before the Rangers tied it up in the 4th at 1. The Rangers then scored 15 runs over the final 5 innings. Lance Lynn pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball to hold the Royals during the rout.
Orioles (14-29) 7 AT Indians (23-19) 14 – Jason Kipnis hit his first 2 jacks of 2019 and drove in 6 runs to lead Cleveland. Carlos Gonzalez had 3 hits to lead the Indians who had 14 hits. Trey Mancini homered and drove in 3 in the loss. Trevor Bauer had another rough outing and in his last 7 games he has an ERA of 4.40. The Bullpen for the Indians stepped up and held the Orioles scoreless over 4 innings.
Cubs (25-16) 2 AT Reds (20-24) 4 – The Cubs got to Luis Castillo for 2 runs in the 1st. Castillo ended up pitching 5.1 innings and the Bullpen gave up just 2 hits the rest of the way. Jose Peraza homered, and Eugenio Suarez drove in 2 runs to give the Reds the series win. After starting the season 1-8 the Reds are playing better and look like a competitive team.
Cardinals (23-21) 2 AT Braves (23-21) 10 – The night after his sparkling debut, Austin Riley went 3-4 with an RBI. Freddie Freeman went deep and had 3 hits and 2 RBI as the Braves scored 10 runs on 13 hits. Julio Teheran pitched 5 shutout innings for the Braves who now trail the Phillies by a game and a half. Marcell Ozuna hit his 13th dinger for the Cards who dropped another one to prolong the slump.
Blue Jays (17-26) 2 AT White Sox (20-22) 4 – Dylan Covey and Marcus Stroman let up just 1 run in a surprisingly well pitched game. The White Sox Bullpen didn’t allow a hit over the final 3.1 innings to hold the game. Freddy Galvis homered, and Toronto scored on an error in the 6th to tie the game. Ryan Cordell used a suicide squeeze to push across the go-ahead run.
Twins (28-15) 11 AT Mariners (22-24) 6 – C.J. Cron and Byron Buxton homered in the 4th as part of a 7-run inning. Miguel Sano had 2 hits and an RBI in his return from injury. Cron ended up with 4 hits and 2 RBI to lead a Twins offense that scored 11 runs on 16 hits to win their 3rd in a row.
Pirates (21-20) 3 AT Padres (23-21) 4 – Ian Kinsler hit a 3-run shot in the 6th to decide the game and Eric Lauer gave up 1 earned run over 5.2 innings. Franmil Reyes hit his 13th jack of the year for San Diego. Trevor Williams had to leave with an injury in a blow to Pittsburgh. Gregory Polanco homered in the loss.
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Orioles (14-28) 1 AT Yankees (26-16) 3 Double Header – In game 1 Gleyber Torres homered twice and Gary Sanchez hit his 12th to lead the Yankees to the win. The Yankees Bullpen pitched a scoreless 3.2 innings to close the door. In game 2 Domingo German improved to 8-1 thanks to 7 brilliant 1-run innings. Gleyber Torres hit his 3rd homer of the day and Luke Voit added 3 hits as the Yanks swept the doubleheader.
Angels (20-23) 7 AT Twins (27-15) 8 – Byron Buxton and Jason Castro went deep to lead the Twins to an early 8-3 lead. Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin each had 4 hits and the Angels almost made a comeback. Mike Trout was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 8-7 but Shohei Ohtani grounded out to end the game.
Pirates (21-19) 1 AT Diamondbacks (24-20) 11 – Zach Greinke pitched 7.2 innings of shutout ball but had to leave with an injury. The D-backs once again crushed Pirates pitching. Blake Swihart hit an inside the park home run as part of an 11-run 11-hit day. Eduardo Escobar hit his 9th blast and drove in 3 for the D=backs who have gone 6-1 against the Pirates this year.
Blue Jays (17-25) 3 AT Giants (18-24) 4 – Shaun Anderson had quite the debut for the Giants, he gave up 2 runs over 5 innings and had 2 hits. The Giants Bullpen helped the young pitcher by shutting out the Jays over the next 4 innings. Aramis Garcia and Brandon Crawford went deep to lead the Giants to the win.
Cubs (25-15) 5 AT Reds (19-24) 6 F/10 – Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Kyle Schwarber homered, and it looked like the Cubs were on their way to another win. Eugenio Suarez, who doubled home a run earlier, hit a 2-run blast to tie it in the 8th. In extras it was Yasiel Puig who played hero with a walk-off single. Yu Darvish struck out 11 hitters over 5.1 innings, but it wasn’t enough as the surging Cubs suffered a rare defeat.
Mets (20-21) 1 AT Nationals (17-25) 5 – Patrick Corbin has lived up to his big contract so far. He punched out 11 batters and only surrendered 1 run on 4 hits over 8 innings. All 9 of the Nationals hits came from the first 5 hitters in the Lineup. They were led by Anthony Rendon who had 3 hits and Victor Robles who went deep again for his 8th of the year.
Brewers (26-19) 5 AT Phillies (24-18) 2 – Gio Gonzales pitched well again this time pitching 5.1 innings and giving up a run. Ryan Braun had 2 hits and Jesus Aguilar drove in 2 to lead the Brew Crew to their 7th win in their last 10 games. Bryce Harper hit a ball to the warning track and later picked up a hit in what hopefully is the end of his slump. The Phillies are the only NL East team with a plus run differential in what has been an uncompetitive division so far.
Astros (29-15) 5 AT Tigers (18-23) 1 – Apparently Justin Verlander still feels at home in Detroit, although if we judge by his pitching every ballpark is his home. Verlander struck out 9 and gave up 1 run over 7 innings. Alex Bregman went deep for the 14th time this year and its hard to say if he or the Astros are more locked in. The Astros have won 8 in a row and far and away are playing the best baseball right now.
Rays (26-15) 1 AT Marlins (10-31) 0 – Good teams should sweep the bad teams or at least take 2 of 3. The Rays completed a sweep of the worst team in baseball with a 1-0 shutout. They used the Opener and struck out 12 over a complete shutout. The lone run of the game came courtesy of rookie Anthony Bemboom who doubled home a run in the 2nd. The Rays are holding a slim lead over the division.
Rockies (20-22) 5 AT Red Sox (23-20) 6 F/10 – The 2 teams once again played into extras but this time it was the Red Sox who came away with the win. Michael Chavis hit a walk-off single to win it for the Red Sox. Mookie Betts had 3 hits and J.D. Martinez drove in 3 as part of the Sox 13-hit attack. The Red Sox Bullpen pitched 4 shutout innings to hold it for the offense to bring home the winning run.
Cardinals (23-20) 0 AT Braves (22-21) 4 – The Braves are flexing their young muscle as the top farm system from the last few years is growing up. Mike Soroka gave up just 3 hits over 7 scoreless frames. Austin Riley (MLB #34 on Top 100 Prospect List) hit a no-doubter for his first MLB hit. Charlie Culberson also went deep as the Braves inch up on the Phillies.
Rangers (18-22) 6 AT Royals (15-28) 1 – Ronald Guzman went yard and drove in 3 to lead the Rangers. Willie Calhoun and Shin-Soo Choo also homered for Texas. Mike Minor got through 5 innings with only giving up 1 run but had to leave after giving up 8 hits. The bullpen shut down the Royals for the final 4 frames. Adalberto Mondesi had 3 hits in the losing effort.
Padres (22-21) 0 AT Dodgers (29-16) 2 – Kenta Maeda did it all last night. He struck out 12 over a scoreless 6.2 innings and had the game’s only RBI. He held the Padres to just 3 hits in the masterpiece. Eric Hosmer had 3 of the Padres 4 hits in their 3rd straight loss.
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Indians (22-19) 9 AT White Sox (19-22) 0 – Carlos Carrasco tossed another gem, this time he pitched 7 scoreless innings. Jordan Luplow hit 2 homers to lead the Indians on a 5-homer night. The Indians scored 9 runs on 11 hits in the shutout victory.
Cubs (25-14) 3 AT Reds (18-24) 1 – Kyle Hendricks gave up 1 run over 8 innings and collected 3 hits and 2 RBI. Kris Bryant also had 3 hits as part of the 11-hit performance. The Cubs won their 3rd straight and are 9-4 against their own division.
Mets (20-20) 6 AT Nationals (16-25) 2 – Noah Syndergaard gave up 2 runs over 8 innings to shut down the Nationals. Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam in the 1st to give the Mets the early lead. Victor Robles hit a 2-run shot which accounted for the Nats offense. The Mets won their 3rd in a row and only trail the Phillies by 3 and a half games.
Brewers (25-19) 6 AT Phillies (24-17) 1 – Brandon Woodruff shut out the Phillies through 6 innings. Keston Hiura (MLB #20 on Top 100 Prospects List) made his debut and had 2 hits and a walk. Yasmani Grandal homered and had 2 hits and 3 RBI to lead an offense that had 12 hits. The Brewers are 9-2 when playing an NL East team.
Rays (25-15) 4 AT Marlins (10-30) 0 – Charlie Morton pitched 6 scoreless frames and only let up 3 hits. Avisail Garcia homered and had 3 hits and 3 RBI for the Rays. The Rays are 13-5 on the road this year and are barely hanging on to a 1-game lead over the Yankees. The Marlins have dropped their 6th straight and lost 9 of their last 10.
Rockies (20-21) 5 AT Red Sox (22-20) 4 F/11 – On a night of strong pitching performances Chris Sale stands tallest. He struck out 17 hitters over 7 innings. The Rockies used 2-run homers from Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon to rally back and take the lead. Mitch Moreland singled home a run in the 8th to force extra innings where Mark Reynolds singled in the go-ahead run.
Astros (28-15) 11 AT Tigers (18-22) 4 – No offense has been as hot as the Astros lately. George Springer hit an inside the parker for his 16th homer and Carlos Correa hit his 10th. The Astros scored 11 runs on 14 hits for their 7th win in a row and their +83-run differential tops the majors.
Cardinals (23-19) 14 AT Braves (21-21) 3 – The Cardinals hit three 3-run homers on their way to a rout of the Braves. The Cards got a hit from every member of the Starting Lineup and recorded 13 of them. Hopefully for the Cardinals the win will snap them out of their recent funk.
Angels (20-22) 3 AT Twins (26-15) 4 – Mitch Garver homered but later had to leave the game with a leg injury. Shohei Ohtani had 3 hits for the Angels who had 11 hits but only 3 runs. The Twins Bullpen (and a great throw by Byron Buxton) held the Angels scoreless over the final 3.1 innings.
Rangers (17-22) 5 AT Royals (15-27) 11 – Within 2 innings the Royals led 9-0 even though they had 0 homers. Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler had 3 hits for a Royals team that belted 14 hits half of which were doubles. The Rangers lost their 5th straight in the matchup of league doormats.
Pirates (21-18) 6 AT Diamondbacks (23-20) 2 – Joe Musgrove gave up 1 hit over 7 shutout innings. Josh Bell has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball and hit 2 more homers to give him 12. The Pirates managed 6 runs despite being 0-8 with runners in scoring position. The D-backs offense went missing again as they only scored 1 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th.
Blue Jays (17-24) 7 AT Giants (17-24) 3 – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 1st and 2nd homers of his career and they both were bombs. Vladdy finished with 3 hits and 4 RBI in the monster game. The Blue Jays scored 3 in the 1st and 3 more in the 6th to help seal the win.
Athletics (19-25) 3 AT Mariners (22-23) 4 – Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham, and Mitch Haniger each hit jacks in the Mariners victory. Mike Leake gave up 1 earned run over 6.2 innings and the Mariners won despite 2 errors. The Mariners completed a 2-game sweep over the disappointing A’s.
Padres (22-20) 3 AT Dodgers (28-16) 6 – Joc Pederson hit his 13th homer and Cody Bellinger hit his 15th in a 4-run 3rd. Cody Bellinger became the 1st player this year to record 40 RBI. Clayton Kershaw improved to 3-0 while throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball. The Dodgers improved to 20-9 against righthanded pitchers.