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Scores in bold.
Dodgers (63-34) 8 AT Phillies (49-46) 9 – Bryce Harper hit a moonshot in the 2nd and a walk-off double in the 9th in a wild comeback win. Matt Beaty hit a 3-run shot to give the Dodgers a 2-run lead going into the bottom of the 9th. Harper finished with 5 RBI for the Phillies in the win.
Rays (56-41) 3 AT Yankees (60-33) 8 – Edwin Encarnacion went deep for the 28th time this year and was joined by fellow teammate D.J. LeMahieu in the homer club. The Rays led 3-2 going into the 8th when the Yankees bats came alive. Aaron Judge hit a 2-run shot to put them up and Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam to cap off the 6-run 8th.
Nationals (50-43) 8 AT Orioles (28-66) 1 – Austin Voth gave up 1 run over 6 innings to earn the win. The Nationals had 5 hitters with multi-hit games and 3 of those recorded 2 RBI. Matt Adams and Juan Soto went yard in the win.
Blue Jays (36-60) 10 AT Red Sox (51-44) 4 – Justin Smoak homered in the 6th to give the Blu Jays the lead, and they would add 4 more in the 9th. The Jays offense scored 10 runs on 14 hits and every batter had at least a hit in the win. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tripled and doubled, and Teoscar Hernandez hit an absolute bomb.
Padres (45-49) 7 AT Marlins (35-57) 12 – Brian Anderson hit a 3-run shot in the 1st and the Marlins put up 4 more in the 2nd. Only the pitcher didn’t have a hit for Miami as they put up their 12 runs on 14 hits with 6 hitters having at least 2. The Padres have now dropped 4 in a row in a tough start to the second half.
Tigers (29-61) 0 AT Indians (53-40) 8 – The Indians used 4 pitchers to pitch a 1-hitter and allow just 1 walk while pitching around a rain delay. While the pitching was dominating, the offense was doing its part by putting up 5 runs in the 2nd and 2 more in the 3rd. Oscar Mercado and Tyler Naquin went deep to lead the offense.
Reds (43-49) 3 AT Cubs (51-44) 4 F/10 – Eugenio Suarez hit a homer to start a 3-run 1st, but the Cubs answered back with 2 in the 2nd on a homer from Robel Garcia. Kris Bryant brought the Cubs level with a solo shot in the 6th and Kyle Schwarber won it with a walk-off homer in the 10th. The Cubs Bullpen stepped up with 4 scoreless innings in the win.
Diamondbacks (48-47) 9 AT Rangers (50-45) 2 – The Diamondbacks have been dealing with some injuries to the Starting Rotation and needed someone to step up. Alex Young won his 3rd game in 4 starts with another good performance. Young allowed just 1 run in 5.1 innings and the bats had his back in the win. Ildemaro Vargas hit a 2-run homer on his birthday as the Diamondbacks scored 9 in the win.
Mets (43-51) 3 AT Twins (58-35) 2 – The Mets took advantage of a passed ball and an error in the 1st to score 2 runs. Jonathan Schoop homered, and Max Kepler had an RBI to tie the game in the 4th. Michael Conforto had the last say with an RBI single in the 5th, he would finish with 4 hits The Mets Bullpen gave up 3 hits across 5 scoreless innings to close out the game.
Braves (58-38) 1 AT Brewers (49-47) 13 – Brandon Woodruff won his 11th game by pitching 6.2 innings of 1-run ball. The offense was explosive as they scored 13 runs on 13 hits. Christian Yelich hit a grand slam for his 33rd homer of the year. Keston Hiura homered and had 3 hits in the win.
Pirates (45-49) 3 AT Cardinals (47-46) 1 – Dario Agrazal gave up 1 run over 6 innings but was matched by Jack Flaherty who allowed 1 run over 7 innings. Flaherty also doubled home a run, but that was the only support he got on the night. Colin Moran singled home a run in the 9th to take the lead and the Pirates tacked on one more for insurance.
White Sox (42-49) 0 AT Royals (34-62) 11 – Glenn Sparkman pitched a complete game shutout with 8 strikeouts. Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield each had 3 hits and homers in the win. Merrifield’s was an inside the parker. The Royals scored 11 runs on 14 hits to hand the White Sox their 5th straight defeat.
Giants (46-49) 8 AT Rockies (46-49) 4 F/10 – Something is going on in the Bay Area because the Giants and A’s are on fire. The Giants took care of their 4th win in a row with some late offense. Mike Yastrzemski had 3 hits and 3 RBI and Alex Dickerson had 4 hits in the win. Drew Pomeranz allowed 1 run over 5 innings but didn’t get the win because the Giants allowed 3 in the 9th and then scored 4 in the 10th.
Mariners (39-59) 2 AT Athletics (54-41) 9 – Matt Chapman and Matt Olson went deep in the 5th as they each have 20 or more homers. Chapman had 3 hits and 5 RBI in the game. Daniel Mengden pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball to earn the win. The A’s have won 5 in a row to storm into a Wild Card spot, and more impressive they are just 4.5 games back from Houston.
Astros (59-37) 2 AT Angels (50-46) 7 – Albert Pujols doubled home 2 runs and Luis Rengifo had an RBI triple during a 6-run 1st inning for the Angels. Rengifo would add an RBI double in the 6th to score the Angels 7th run. The Angels Bullpen pitched 4.2 scoreless innings to lock down their 5th straight win.
Scores in bold.
Giants (45-49) 2 AT Rockies (46-48) 1 Double Header – In game 1 Brandon Crawford hit 2 homers had 5 hits and 8 RBI in just one game. The Giants scored 5 in the 1st and 7 in the 3rd on their way to a 21-hit night. Jeff Samardzija gave up 2 runs over 6.2 innings in the 19-2 blowout. In game 2 it was almost an opposite story. Stephen Vogt and Brandon Crawford hit solo shots to produce the Giants only runs. Dereck Rodriguez gave up 1 run over 5 innings and the Bullpen only allowed a hit over the final 4.
Dodgers (63-33) 16 AT Phillies (48-46) 2 – Cody Bellinger went deep twice to retake the home run lead and the Dodgers put up a similar show to the Giants. The Dodgers had 7 hitters with multi-hit games on their way to scoring 16 runs on 19 hits. Clayton Kershaw pitched 6 innings of 1-run ball for the win which put the Dodgers 30 games over .500.
Rays (56-40) 5 AT Yankees (59-33) 4 – Travis d’Arnaud hit homers in the 1st and 3rd to give the Rays a 2-0 advantage, but Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 homers of his own. The Yankees led 4-2 going into the 9th when d’Arnaud hit home run number 3, a 3-run shot that gave the Rays the lead and ultimately the win.
Blue Jays (35-60) 8 AT Red Sox (51-43) 10 – Michael Chavis hit a grand slam to cap a 5-run 1st and after the Jays scored 4 runs over the next 2 innings, the Red Sox scored another 5 in the 3rd. Both teams had 13 hits and scored in bunches, but it was 2 extra runs by the Red Sox that decided it. Xander Bogaerts had 3 hits in the win.
Tigers (29-60) 6 AT Indians (52-40) 8 – Oscar Mercado hit 2 jacks and Jose Ramirez doubled home 2 runs during the Indians win over the Tigers. The Indians scored 8 runs on 14 hits and only Bobby Bradley didn’t record a hit. The Indians have won 8 of their last 10 and are in a tie with the A’s for the second Wild Card spot.
Reds (43-48) 6 AT Cubs (50-44) 3 – Luis Castillo picked up his 9th win of the season after giving up 3 runs over 6 innings and striking out 10. Eugenio Suarez and Kyle Schwarber each homered early and Yasiel Puig went deep in the 6th to put the Reds within 1. Curt Casali tied it the next inning with a blast and the Reds took advantage of a Cubs error to take the lead.
Braves (58-37) 4 AT Brewers (48-47) 2 – Max Fried was taken out after 5 innings, but he made them count. He didn’t allow a run and earned his 10th win of the season. Freddie Freeman hit a 3-run shot for his 25th bomb of the year. Ryan Braun went deep and Keston Hiura tripled home a run for the Brewers in the loss. The Braves won their 5th game in a row and have taken 8 of the last 10.
Pirates (44-49) 0 AT Cardinals (47-45) 7 – Miles Mikolas tossed a complete game shutout despite allowing 8 hits. Tyler O’Neill hit 2 home runs and finished the day with 3 hits and 4 RBI. The win was the 3rd straight for the Cardinals while the Pirates have dropped their last 4.
White Sox (42-48) 2 AT Royals (33-62) 5 – Jakob Junis tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball with 10 strikeouts to earn the win. Hunter Dozier had 2 of the Royals 10 hits in the win. Jon Jay had 4 hits for the White Sox in the loss which was the 4th in a row for the White Sox.
Astros (59-36) 6 AT Angels (49-46) 9 – The Astros built an early 3-0 lead only to give up 7 runs over the 3rd-5th innings. Albert Pujols went 3-4 with 3 RBI and Kevan Smith also drove in 3 in the win. George Springer hit 2 jacks and drove in 3 runs in the loss. The Angels have won their 4th in a row and 7 of their last 10.
Sunday’s scores in bold.
Pirates (44-48) 3 AT Cubs (50-43) 8 – On Friday Yu Darvish blanked the Pirates over 6 innings allowing just 2 hits. Jason Heyward had the go-ahead RBI with a single in the 8th as the Cubs narrowly won 4-3. On Saturday Jon Lester homered and gave up 3 runs over 6.2 innings. The Cubs scored 7 runs in the 1st on their way to a 10-4 win. On Sunday Jose Quintana allowed 3 runs over 6 innings as the Cubs swept the Pirates. Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr., and Kyle Schwarber went deep in the win. With the sweep the Cubs now lead the Brewers by 2.5 games while the Pirates are just 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.
Nationals (49-43) 3 AT Phillies (48-45) 4 – On Friday Stephen Strasburg tossed 6 shutout innings to earn his 11th win. Victor Robles had 2 RBI and the Nationals shut out the Phillies 4-0. On Saturday Juan Soto was the hero as his 3rd hit of the day was a 2-run shot in the 9th to give Washington the lead. Maikel Franco homered and Aaron Nola struck out 9 over 6 innings of 1-run ball in the 4-3 loss. On Sunday Maikel Franco hit a walk-off homer for the Phillies. Jake Arrieta gave up 1 run over 5 innings in the win. The Nationals and Phillies hold the 2 NL Wild Card spots after the first weekend after the All-Star break.
Blue Jays (35-59) 2 AT Yankees (59-32) 4 – On Friday Domingo German improved his record to 11-2 when he threw 6 scoreless innings in the win. Edwin Encarnacion hit a bases clearing double in the 5th during the Yankees 4-0 win. On Saturday the Blue Jays used 6 pitchers to hold the Yankees to 1 run. Randal Grichuk scored 2 runs with his single and the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-1. On Sunday Masahiro Tanaka pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball and was backed by a 2-run shot from Mike Tauchman. The Yankees are 2 games from the best record in baseball and lead the Rays by 6 games, while the end of the year can’t come soon enough for Blue Jays fans.
Rays (55-40) 4 AT Orioles (28-65) 1 – On Friday the Rays scored 7 runs in the 1st and 5 in the 7th. The offense put up 16 runs on 20 hits as 7 Rays had multi-hit games. Yonny Chirinos gave up 2 runs over 7 innings in the 16-4 win. On Saturday the 2 teams played a double header. In game 1 the Orioles used 5 different pitchers to hold the Rays to 1 run on 3 hits in the 2-1 win. In game 2 the Rays offense went off again scoring 12 runs with 6 homers in the 12-4 win. On Sunday the Rays came within a couple of outs of a perfect game. Ryan Yarbrough allowed 1 run over 6.1 innings as the staff allowed just 3 hits in the win. Austin Meadows and Michael Brosseau went deep to lead the Rays. The Rays own the top Wild Card spot by 1.5 games and sit 6 games back from the Yankees, while the Orioles are looking at another 100-loss season.
Dodgers (62-33) 7 AT Red Sox (50-43) 4 – On Friday Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 hitters over 7 innings of 1-run ball in the World Series rematch. Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts went deep in the 8-1 win. On Saturday the Dodgers flipped the script with an 11-run performance. Cody Bellinger hit his 31st bomb as the Dodgers homered 4 times in the 11-2 win. On Sunday Night Baseball Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez went yard in the 8th to tie it, but the Dodgers scored 3 in the 12th to come away with the win. A.J. Pollock homered and had 3 hits and 4 RBI to propel the Dodgers to the series win. The Dodgers lead the NL West by 14.5 games in their quest for a 7th straight division title. The Red Sox are just 2.5 games out of an AL Wild Card spot as we begin the second half.
Mets (42-51) 6 AT Marlins (34-57) 2 – On Friday the Marlins got 7 RBI and 5 hits from their 2-5 hitters. Caleb Smith gave up 2 runs in 6 innings to earn the win over the Mets in the 8-4 game. On Saturday Noah Syndergaard struck out 9 Marlins over 7 innings of 2-run ball. Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano hit 2-run jacks in the Mets 4-2 win. On Sunday Robinson Cano homered and had 4 hits to lead the Mets offense. Jacob deGrom gave up 1 run over 5 innings in the win. The Marlins season is effectively over, while the Mets sit 6 games out of a Wild Card spot, but it is tough to see a path for them to compete for the Playoffs.
Twins (58-34) 3 AT Indians (51-40) 4 – On Friday Jorge Polanco had the go-ahead hit with an RBI double and Mitch Garver homered to widen the lead. The Twins Bullpen 5.1 shutout innings in the 5-3 win. On Saturday Max Kepler homered twice off Trevor Bauer and Jake Odorizzi allowed 1 run over 5.1 innings. Jake Cave went deep and had 3 RBI in the 6-2 win. On Sunday Carlos Santana broke a 3-3 tie in the 7th with a solo shot. Shane Bieber allowed 3 runs over 6.1 innings while striking out 9 for the win. As many predicted, the Twins have leapfrogged the Indians in the AL Central and currently lead by 6.5 games. The Indians are just half a game back in the Wild Card race and have been playing great baseball as of late.
Astros (59-35) 12 AT Rangers (50-44) 4 – On Friday Danny Santana won a back and forth game with a walk-off hit in the 9th. The Rangers scored 9 runs on 10 hits in the 9-8 win. On Saturday Alex Bregman hit his 24th blast and Jose Altuve and Myles Straw had RBI hits in the 11th. Altuve’s hit was his 4th of the night. The Rangers did score a run in the bottom of the 11th but it wasn’t enough to top the Astros in the 7-6 extra inning loss. On Sunday Jose Altuve hit a grand slam and Yuli Gurriel hit a 2-run shot as the Astros scored 7 runs in the 7th. Both of them finished with 3 hits in the win. The Astros hold a healthy 6 game lead over the A’s in the AL West, while the Rangers begin the second half only 3 games back in the AL Wild Card race.
Giants (43-49) 8 AT Brewers (48-46) 3 – On Friday the Giants hit 5 homers, and the 5th was a grand slam from Buster Posey. The Brewers outhit the Giants 13-10 but fell 10-7. On Saturday Ben Gamel hit a walk-off double to take down the Giants. Lorenzo Cain had 3 hits as the Brewers doubled 8 times in the 5-4 win. On Sunday the Giants scored 6 runs in the 7th. Tyler Beede gave up 3 runs over 6.2 innings in the win. Christian Yelich hit his 32nd homer of the year, but the day belonged to the Giants offense which scored 8 runs on 11 hits. The Brewers trail the Cubs by 2.5 games and are only half a game from the Wild Card. While the Giants are only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card race, this seems to be their ceiling.
Diamondbacks (47-47) 2 AT Cardinals (46-45) 5 – On Friday Robbie Ray pitched 6.1 innings of 1-run while striking out 8 batters in the win. Christian Walker and Ketel Marte went deep for the Diamondbacks in the 4-2 win. On Saturday Dakota Hudson gave up 2 runs over 6 innings and Tyler O’Neil provided the offense. O’Neil doubled home 2 runs in the 1st and hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd in the 4-2 win. On Sunday Adam Wainwright pitched 7 shutout innings and Paul Goldschmidt homered against his old team. The Cardinals record is good enough to have them in the fight for the NL Central as the 1st half begins, while the Diamondbacks are only a game and a half out of the Wild Card spot.
Tigers (29-59) 12 AT Royals (32-62) 8 – On Friday Martin Maldonado homered to give the Royals the lead, and Jorge Soler hit his 24th bomb to seal the win. Nicky Lopez had 3 hits to lead the team in the 8-5 win. On Saturday Brad Keller gave up 1 run over 8 strong innings in the win. The Royals scored 2 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th in the 4-1 win. On Sunday Gordan Beckham homered to cap off a 7-run 3rd inning. Harold Castro and Niko Goodrum had 4 hits as everyone in the Lineup picked up a hit. The Tigers scored 12 runs on 19 hits in the win. With both these teams 30 games under .500 they will be fighting for the 1st pick.
Reds (42-48) 9 AT Rockies (46-46) 10 – On Friday Jon Gray allowed 2 runs on 7 innings while Sonny Gray allowed 1 run over 7 innings. David Dahl and Daniel Murphy hit jacks in the 8th to give the Rockies the 3-2 win. On Saturday the pitching that dominated the night before was nowhere to be found as the 2 teams combined for 26 runs on 39 hits. Phillip Ervin went 6-6 with 3 RBI and Yasiel Puig had 4 hits and 4 RBI in the 17-9 win. On Sunday the Rockies scored 4 in the 1st and 6 in the 5th. Ryan McMahon had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the win. The Rockies are a game and a half out of the NL Wild Card and the Reds are 4.5 games back.
White Sox (42-47) 2 AT Athletics (53-41) 3 – On Friday Mike Fiers shut down the White Sox over 7.2 innings. Ramon Laureano, Jurickson Profar, and Mark Canha went deep to lead the A’s to the 5-1 win. On Saturday the A’s scored 7 in the 1st and 4 in the 4th to build a quick 11-0 lead. Matt Chapman had 3 hits to back Chris Bassitt who pitched 6 shutout innings in the 13-2 win. On Sunday the A’s walked it off on an error to complete the sweep. Ramon Laureano homered for the A’s as the sweep gives them sole possession of the second AL Wild Card spot. The White Sox fell 8.5 games out of the Wild Card race to start the second half.
Mariners (39-58) 3 AT Angels (48-46) 6 – On Friday the Angles honored Tyler Skaggs by wearing his jersey and by throwing a combined no-hitter. Felix Pena threw 7 of those no-hit innings and was backed by an offense that scored 13 runs. Mike Trout had 3 hits and 6 RBI in the 13-0 win. On Saturday the Angels were back at it as Matt Harvey allowed 1 run over 5.2 innings. Mike Trout hit his 30th blast of the year and Albert Pujols had 4 RBI in the 9-2 win. On Sunday Matt Thaiss broke a 3-3 tie with a 3-run shot for his first MLB homer. The Angels Bullpen gave up 3 hits and no runs in the final 4.2 innings to complete the sweep. The Mariners are long out of the Playoffs and it is becoming increasingly harder to remember their hot start. The Angels are 5 games back from a Wild Card spot.
Braves (57-37) 4 AT Padres (45-48) 1 – On Friday Josh Donaldson reached 20 homers with 2 to down the Padres. Dallas Keuchel gave up 1 run over 7 great innings in the 5-3 win. On Saturday Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers had RBI hits as the Braves scored 3 in the 10th. Manny Machado hit 2 home runs in the 7-5 loss. On Sunday Cal Quantrill gave up just 3 hits over 6 shutout innings while Mike Soroka pitched 7 scoreless innings. Freddie Freeman hit a 3-run shot in the 8th as the Braves took the sweep. The Braves lead the NL East by 7 games while the Padres are just 3 games out of a Wild Card spot.
Dear Moe, we saw a superstar being born in the 2015 World Cup. For most of these players their hardest challenge came before they had made it, but for you maybe it was after. The injuries and moves to different clubs showed us that even a superstar can go through rough times. However here you are in 2019 determined, competing, and still a part of what makes US Soccer great. So, thank you for inspiring us and teaching us how to deal with struggles, with pure grace.
Dear Abby, maybe the thing to write about would be how you overcame not being called up to the National team for a while, but that was before 2016 happened. We remember rushing to Google praying that Sepsis wasn’t as bad as it sounds, turns out it was. You rebounded, not just came back but came back with a vengeance. Just living would have been good enough for most, but here you are a dominant Center back on the world’s best team. A great player sure, but an incredible and inspiring person, thank you.
Dear Tierna, you rose so fast we are still learning about you. What we can tell is that you are ready for this stage and yet humble. The journey you took here has allowed you to recognize how crazy the ride has been, how close you are to those little girls in the bleachers cheering you on. Playing for Stanford was a dream until you made it your reality. Thank you for teaching us humility and how to appreciate the moment.
Dear Crystal, sure every great athlete seems to have an inspiring comeback story, but you have something more. It is so rare for a player to be left off the team and come back and play well, but what’s rarer is the smiling while doing it. The player dancing and laughing it up is the same player who was left off the 2015 World Cup roster? Yes, and she’s playing different positions to boot. You handled your toughest moment with a strength and clarity that we can only dream of. You weren’t seen in 2015, but boy do we see you now.
Dear Julie, getting to know Julie Johnston was great, but getting to know Julie Ertz is something else. You had made it as a back when you were asked to move to mid, and all you did was become the 2017 Player of the year. You are a vocal leader and are not afraid to show emotion on and off the field. The work you and your husband do for the Ertz Family Foundation is truly impactful. Thank you for showing us how to be a team player and a good person.
Dear Adrianna, like most of the women on this team you aren’t just an inspiration for young girls but rather for all people. You rose to the top of the game from humble beginnings and you still attribute it to others who helped you. You set records for club and wait patiently for the chance to shine for country. Thank you for showing us what hard work and a love for others can do.
Dear Ashlyn, being the Backup can’t be easy, but you train everyday as though you will be the Starter. The impact you have on the team is not possible to measure through saves or player ratings, but it is there. Off the field you are an icon for the LGBTQ community, and an inspiration to any couple looking to balance work and relationship. The inspiration you provide on and off the field may be hard to measure, but they aren’t hard to appreciate.
Dear Tobin, you have become a legend in the game, a magician with or without the ball. You perform moves that would impress even Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry. Watching you grow as a player has been a joy. You came back from injury and rose to every challenge put before you. Thank you for your intensity, passion, and genius with the ball.
Dear Lindsey, you are a model of bravery. For a kid to make the decision you did and succeed just shows how special you are. You showed us what we can do if we set our minds to something. PSG was lucky to have you, but the USWNT is where you belong, and you show it every game. Your passion for the game is easy to see, thank you for teaching us bravery.
Dear Ali, we assume this is your last major tournament for the team but counting you out doesn’t ever seem to pay off. You did it, somehow you made it back onto the team despite being counted out. Your grit and determination are unmatched and make you the special player you are. When Ali Krieger has something to say, she says it and when she has something to prove, she proves it.
Dear Rose, every World Cup we meet new stars, but rarely do they shine as brightly as you do. Your incredible talent assures us that the team will be in good hands for years to come. Off the field you are part of the young fun-loving group that always seem to be singing and dancing. Hamstring injuries are tough, but Rose Lavelle is tougher.
Dear Carli, your role has changed but your determination and work-ethic haven’t. Thank you for all the great memories and for never being satisfied with the status quo. We only see you in your greatest triumphs, but we know about the hard work you have put in to get to those moments. You are a USWNT legend on par with Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. You lived 110% and we will never forget it.
Dear Allie, there is no video on the internet that could make one cry faster than your story of your grandfather. Your genuine feelings for him bleed through and show the unbelievable person you are. On and off the field you make the people around you better. Thank you for being so genuine and real and just know that your grandfather is looking down and loving what he sees.
Dear Jess, you have been through more than anyone can imagine. What strength is must have taken you to overcome the tough times and get to where you wanted to be. A true super-mom in every way, you are perhaps the most inspirational story on the team. Jeremiah could not ask for a better role model and neither could we.
Dear Sam, it seems like half the team claims you as their best friend. It emphasizes the work you have put in not just on the field, but off it. You are the definition of a team player in far more than just Soccer. You are loved in a way that few are, and that isn’t by accident. So, thank you for being the teammate that the team needs.
Dear Alex, you are the face of the USWNT, and it is easy to see you don’t take that lightly. You answer for the celebrations, the unequal pay, and all other questions that are posed to the team. We see your sportsmanship after every game, and we see how poised you are at all times. When you wear that green armband, we look on with pride because our captain is Alex Morgan, a role model for young girls around the world.
Dear Alyssa, they said we couldn’t replace her, they said that you were unsure and not good enough. You didn’t listen and wrote your own incredible story. You rose above the criticism, you put your head down and kept working. Thank you for showing us that people will say what they want, but the work that you put in will prove things in the end.
Dear Kelley, or Worms or Janice or whatever, no one switches intensity like you do. Off the field you are a ball of sunshine, but on the field you’re a fireball who plays like a maniac. Off the field you are joking with everyone and always smiling, but on the field, you are in everyone’s face and pulling off crazy sliding tackles. Both Kelleys are necessary to the team success and both of them make you the person and player that is so great.
Dear Christen, America groaned when they saw Megan Rapinoe would miss the semi-final. It became your moment and you did not disappoint. Scoring is something you have always done but this one was special. Because of the moment, but also because of who you lost. Pointing to the sky in honor of your mother makes for a legendary sports moment, because we love Soccer, but we love good people more.
Dear Mal, you are the youngest player in US history to score a goal in the Olympics. Doing things at a younger age seems to be your trademark. You made the tough decision to forgo UCLA and go pro. You inspire us because there doesn’t seem to be a challenge too big or an obstacle too difficult to overcome. Thank you for showing us how you constantly challenge yourself so you can keep growing.
Dear Megan, you were already one of the more outspoken athletes before the tournament and true to form you continued to say what was on your mind. You do not let any slight towards the team slide by and you constantly remind us of the hardships of women playing in this game. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in and for always being you.
Dear Becky, you are what makes this team tick. You are the rock in the back, and the player that other players look up to. You have grown as a leader and player to the point where there is nothing we can fault you for. The defensive stalwart of the best team on Earth can pose challenges for a normal person, but you live it with a rare sense of calm.
Dear Emily, the joy you bring to your teammates and us is indescribable. You are the life of the party and always ready for a laugh. We can only imagine how much planning is going into your first goal celebration. Thank you for teaching us to always smile, laugh, and enjoy the moment.
Scores in bold.
Marlins (32-53) 2 AT Nationals (45-41) 5 – Anibal Sanchez gave up 1 earned run over 6 innings to earn the win as the Nationals swept the Marlins and pushed their winning streak to 4. Kurt Suzuki and Anthony Rendon went deep to lead the offense and with the win the Nationals moved into a tie for the NL Wild Card.
Indians (48-38) 8 AT Royals (29-59) 4 – Jose Ramirez hit 2 homers and his 2nd capped off a 6-run 7th for the Indians. Francisco Lindor had 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Indians had 12 hits. The Indians Bullpen took over in the 3rd and pitched 6.1 innings of 1-run ball. The Indians swept the Royals and have a 4-game winning streak going.
Brewers (46-42) 0 AT Reds (41-44) 1 – Brandon Woodruff gave up just 1 run over 6 innings but was tagged with the loss thanks to Luis Castillo. Castillo took a no-hitter into the 7th before settling for 7.2 innings of 1-hit ball with 9 strikeouts. Jesse Winker had 3 hits and came around to score on an RBI single from Yasiel Puig in the 1st for the game’s only run. It was the 3rd win in a row for the Reds over the Brewers.
Tigers (28-54) 11 AT White Sox (41-43) 5 – Jose Rondon homered but it was the Tigers who led going into the 6th. Niko Goodrum went deep, and the Tigers put up 5 runs in the 6th on their way to the win. Everyone in the Tigers Lineup had had a hit as they scored 11 runs on 15 hits. Matthew Boyd gave up 4 runs and only pitched 5.1 innings but managed 13 strikeouts before he was done. Leury Garcia had 4 hits for the White Sox in the loss.
Cubs (46-42) 11 AT Pirates (42-44) 3 – Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. homered early but the Pirates quickly scored 2 of their own. Willson Contreras hit his 18th blast of the season to put the Cubs up by 2 and they led by 1 going into the 5th. They scored 5 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th as they routed the Pirates. Joe Maddon was ejected in the 4th in what seemed to be a calculated move. Bryant ended up with 4 hits and Contreras had 3 RBI in the win. Jose Quintana gave up 3 runs over 7 innings.
Twins (54-32) 2 AT Athletics (48-40) 7 – Marcus Semien hit a solo shot in the 5th to tie the game and then hit a grand slam in the 8th to give him 5 RBI on the day. Tanner Anderson allowed 1 earned run over 4.2 innings and the Bullpen shutout the Twins for the remaining 4.1. Chris Herrmann had 4 hits and an RBI in the win. The Twins were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
Cardinals (43-42) 5 AT Mariners (38-53) 4 – J.P. Crawford and Matt Wieters traded solo shots and then the Mariners took a 3-1 lead after 3. Dexter Fowler homered to tie it, but Tim Beckham came right back with a blast of his own. In the 7th Tommy Edman singled home 2 runs to give the Cardinals the go-ahead run. The Cardinals Bullpen shutout the Mariners through 5.2 innings to seal the win.
Yankees (56-29) 8 AT Rays (50-38) 4 F/10 – Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th bomb of the season to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. In the 9th Aroldis Chapman was shaky, and the Rays scored 2 to tie, but couldn’t push across the winning run. In the 10th the Yankees scored 5 runs, 3 of them off a Gary Sanchez 3-run shot that put him at 24 on the year.
Red Sox (46-41) 8 AT Blue Jays (33-55) 7 – Danny Jansen homered twice, and Freddy Galvis hit his 15th blast to put the Blue Jays up 6-1 after 4. Michael Chavis hit a 3-run shot to cap off a 6-run 6th to give the Red Sox the lead. In the 8th Eric Sogard doubled home a run to tie it, but Marco Hernandez hit a homer in the 9th for the go-ahead run.
Phillies (45-42) 6 AT Braves (52-36) 12 – The Phillies scored 4 in the 1st but the Braves scored 9 runs over the first 4 innings. Dansby Swanson went deep twice and drove in 5 runs as the Braves hit 5 homers in the win. The Braves scored 12 runs on 12 hits as they took 2 of 3 from the Phillies.
Angels (44-44) 3 AT Rangers (47-40) 9 – Lance Lynn won his 11th game as he tossed 7 innings of 2-run ball. Rougned Odor hit 2 jacks and drove in 5 runs and Nomar Mazara had 5 hits in the win. The Rangers banged out 14 hits to take down the Angels. Mike Trout hit his 25th homer of the year and his 3rd in the past 2 nights.
Padres (42-45) 1 AT Dodgers (60-29) 5 – Hyun Jin-Ryu won his 10th game and shut out the Padres through 6 innings. Ryu allowed 3 hits and lowered his ERA to 1.73. Max Muncy went deep in the 2nd and Cody Bellinger hit his 30th homer of the season in the win. Bellinger also has 71 RBI this year.
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Tigers (27-54) 6 AT White Sox (41-42) 9 F/12 Double Header – In game 1 Dylan Cease made his MLB debut and picked up his 1st win. James McCann, Yolmer Sanchez, and Ryan Cordell each had 2 hits and 2 RBI for the White Sox in the 7-6 win. In game 2 the White Sox scored 3 in the 7th to force extras and then Yoan Moncada saved them in the 10th with his 2nd homer of the game. Jose Abreu hit his 20th homer on the walk-off 2-run shot. Moncada, Abreu, and Ryan Cordell each went deep and had 2 hits and 3 RBI.
Marlins (32-52) 1 AT Nationals (44-41) 3 – Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters over 7.1 shutout innings. He threw 110 pitches, had an immaculate inning, and allowed just 2 hits in the gem. Brian Dozier and Matt Adams went deep late as the Nationals won their 3rd straight game.
Cubs (45-42) 5 AT Pirates (42-43) 6 – Victor Caratini homered, and Addison Russell had an RBI hit to put the Cubs up early. Josh Bell doubled home a run and Melky Cabrera hit a blast to put the Pirates in the lead. Javier Baez hit his 22nd bomb of the year but was countered by Josh Bell who hit his 26th. Caratini went deep for the second time in the contest, but the Pirates walked it off with 2 runs in the 9th. Corey Dickerson’s walk-off sac fly gave the Pirates their 3rd win in a row at the expense of the Cubs who have lost 4 straight.
Red Sox (45-41) 3 AT Blue Jays (33-54) 6 – Lourdes Gurriel, Danny Jansen, and Brandon Drury all went deep in the Blue Jays win over the Red Sox. Drury and Freddy Galvis each had 3 hits for the Blue Jays who ended up with 11. Christian Vazquez homered for Boston in the loss.
Brewers (46-41) 0 AT Reds (40-44) 3 – Sonny Gray struck out 12 batters over 8 brilliant shutout innings. Gray allowed just 4 hits and 1 walk and all 4 of the hits were singles. Yasiel Puig hit his 19th home run of the season in the 2nd and the Reds scored 2 more in the shutout victory. Puig had 2 hits and 2 RBI, he also scored 2 of the 3 runs. The Brewers are wasting a good opportunity to put some distance between them and the Cubs.
Orioles (25-61) 9 AT Rays (50-37) 6 – Rio Ruiz hit a 3-run shot to give the Orioles the lead, but the Rays would get some runs including Michael Brosseau’s first MLB homer. It was tied 3-3 going into the 9th when the Orioles put up a 6-spot in the top of the 9th and the Rays scored 3 in the bottom half of the inning. Renato Nunez hit a 3-run blast to cap the 6-run inning. John Means allowed 2 earned runs over 7 innings lowering his ERA to 2.50.
Yankees (55-29) 5 AT Mets (39-48) 1 – Domingo German picked up his 10th win after throwing 6 innings of 1-run ball as the Yankees bounced back in the Subway series. Didi Gregorius and Gio Urshela went deep for the Yankees to start a new home run streak for the team. Jeff McNeil went yard for the Mets in the loss.
Phillies (45-41) 2 AT Braves (51-36) 9 – Josh Donaldson hit a 3-run shot in the 4th for the Braves. In the 6th Bryce Harper homered and J.T. Realmuto singled home a run to bring the Phillies within one. Austin Riley and Matt Joyce homered for the Braves in the bottom of the 6th as they scored 6 runs in the inning. Bryse Wilson gave up 2 runs over 6 innings to pick up his first win of the season and get the Braves back in the win column.
Angels (44-43) 6 AT Rangers (46-40) 2 – Every once in a while, Mike Trout takes over a game and yesterday was one of those games. Trout hit a 3-run shot in the 3rd and a solo shot in the 6th to record 4 RBI. The Angels Bullpen tossed 4 no-hit innings while striking out 8 hitters to close out the game. It was announced that Tommy La Stella will be out for 8-10 weeks with a fractured tibia.
Astros (55-32) 4 AT Rockies (44-42) 2 – Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Astros scored all their runs in the first 3 innings. It was Bregman’s 23rd of the season. Wade Miley threw 6 innings of 1-run ball to earn the win. The win was the 5th in a row for the Astros who are tied with the Yankees with the most wins in the AL.
Indians (47-38) 4 AT Royals (29-58) 0 – Mike Clevenger struck out 9 hitters over 6 scoreless innings while allowing just 4 hits. Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez each homered in the win. Danny Duffy gave up 2 runs over 6.2 innings but was tagged with the loss. The win was the 3rd straight for the Indians while the Royals have dropped their last 3.
Giants (39-47) 7 AT Padres (42-44) 5 – Evan Longoria and Alex Dickerson homered as part of a 3-run 3rd but the Padres led 4-3 after 5 thanks to a Fernando Tatis Jr. bomb. Donovan Solano, Pablo Sandoval, and Brandon Belt hit back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles as the Giants scored 4 in the 6th. Hunter Renfroe hit his 25th blast of the year in the loss. The Giants won their 4th straight as the Padres dropped 4 in a row.
Twins (54-31) 4 AT Athletics (47-40) 3 F/12 – Ramon Laureano hit a 3-run shot in the 2nd to put the A’s in front. The Twins scored 1 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th before Jorge Polanco tied it in the 8th with a homer. Mitch Garver singled home a run in the 12th and the Twins held the lead to win it in extras. The Twins Bullpen shut out the A’s over the final 6 innings in the win.
Cardinals (42-42) 5 AT Mariners (38-52) 2 – Mike Leake shut out the Cards for 7.2 innings while Adam Wainwright gave up 2 runs in 5 innings. Dylan Moore went deep, and the Mariners tacked on another run in the 6th as they entered the 9th with a 2-0 lead. Tommy Edman’s 3-run shot capped a 5-run 9th for the Cardinals who completed a surprising comeback win.
Diamondbacks (43-45) 4 AT Dodgers (59-29) 5 F/10 – Cody Bellinger hit his 28th homer and the Dodgers scored 3 runs in the 2nd. The Diamondbacks fought back as Christian Walker went deep and they tied it in the 7th. Carson Kelly homered in the 9th to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 lead and a chance for the Bullpen to redeem themselves after the walking debacle. 2 quick hits to start the inning tied it and Cody Bellinger hit his 2nd homer of the game to provide the Dodgers with 5 walk-offs in their last 5 homer games.
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Orioles (24-61) 3 AT Rays (50-36) 6 – Charlie Morton struck out 12 batters over 7 innings of 1-run ball as he picked up his 9th win. Brandon Lowe was 3-3 with a homer and 2 RBI and Tommy Pham also had 2 RBI for the Rays. The win for the Rays was their 4th in a row, while the Orioles dropped their 3rd straight.
Phillies (45-40) 2 AT Braves (50-36) 0 – Dallas Keuchel gave up 2 runs over 7 innings but was tagged with the loss after Aaron Nola threw 8 shutout innings. The Phillies runs came courtesy of an RBI double from Jay Bruce in the 4th. The Phillies second straight win puts them 4.5 games back from the Braves in the NL East.
Yankees (54-29) 2 AT Mets (39-47) 4 – James Paxton gave up 1 run over 6 innings but was bested by Zach Wheeler and the Mets. Wheeler allowed 2 runs over 6.1 innings and the Mets scored 3 in the 8th to take the lead for good. J.D. Davis homered and doubled for the Mets in the win.
Red Sox (45-40) 10 AT Blue Jays (32-54) 6 – Rafael Devers homered twice and had 6 RBI on 4 hits to lead the Red Sox over the Blue Jays. David Price was the winning pitcher after throwing 6 innings of 2-run ball, but it was the offense that was the story. Christian Vazquez homered and had 3 hits for the Red Sox who scored 10 runs on 15 hits in the win.
Brewers (46-40) 4 AT Reds (39-44) 5 F/11 – Eugenio Suarez reached 20 homers in the 1st to give the Reds an early 2-0 lead. Christian Yelich hit yet another homer to give him 31 on the season and was joined by Eric Thames and Mike Moustakas in the homer department. Yasiel Puig went deep in the 7th and Joey Votto tied the game in the 8th with an RBI double. In the 11th Jose Iglesias singled with Puig on second, but on a bad throw by Yelich, Puig scampered home with the walk-off run. The Reds Bullpen pitched 4.1 no-hit innings in the win.
Marlins (32-51) 2 AT Nationals (43-41) 3 – Patrick Corbin wore number 45 for his friend Tyler Skaggs. He used that emotion to throw 7 innings of 1-run ball as the Nationals beat the Marlins. The Marlins started the scoring with an RBI single from Garrett Cooper, but the Nationals answered with 2 runs off a Juan Soto blast. The Marlins tied it in the 8th and then Trea Turner walked it off with an RBI double in the bottom of the 9th.
Cubs (45-41) 1 AT Pirates (41-43) 5 – Joe Musgrove gave up 1 hit over 3 innings before a rain-delay ruined his start. The Pirates used 5 Relievers to hold the Cubs to 1 run over the final 6 innings. Starling Marte had an RBI double and Adam Frazier had 4 hits including a 3-run shot to hand the Cubs their 3rd straight loss.
Angels (43-43) 9 AT Rangers (46-39) 4 – The loss of Tyler Skaggs loomed over this game and made it hard to care about the baseball. A loss of a young life is a quick and painful reminder of how important our lives are and how inconsequential baseball is. The Angels got production up and down the Lineup in the win. Jonathan Lucroy had 3 RBI and Kole Calhoun went deep as the Angels had 8 hits and 11 walks. The Rangers 3rd consecutive loss dropped them behind the A’s in the AL West.
Astros (54-32) 9 AT Rockies (44-41) 8 – Yuli Gurriel homered and doubled in the early innings as the Astros led 5-2 after 4. The Rockies put up a 5-run 5th and tacked on another in the 6th to take an 8-5 lead. RBI doubles from Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman put the Astros within one, and they took the lead on Yuli Gurriel’s second bomb of the night. Altuve had 4 hits and Gurriel drove in 4 as the Astros won their 4th game in a row.
Indians (46-38) 9 AT Royals (29-57) 5 – Jorge Soler is a strange player because he is hitting .240 and yet has 23 homers and 17 doubles with 57 RBI. He only has 1 error, but analytics show he is a bad defender. Although he homered again, he isn’t the story because the Indians put up a 5-spot in the 3rd on their way to the win. Jake Bauers had 4 hits and 3 RBI and Tyler Naquin also had 4 hits in the win.
Twins (53-31) 6 AT Athletics (47-39) 8 – Miguel Sano and Matt Olson homered and then Chris Herrmann hit a grand slam to give the A’s the lead. Jason Castro hit 2 homers and Mark Canha went deep as the 2 teams hit 6 homers. The A’s won their 4th straight game and moved ahead of the Rangers into a tie with the Indians for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Cardinals (41-42) 4 AT Mariners (38-51) 5 – Jose Martinez went deep as the second batter of the game, but the Mariners answered with 2 runs in the 2nd. Omar Narvaez homered in the 5th to give the Mariners a 3-run lead. Jose Martinez and Yairo Munoz hit jacks to tie the game. In the 8th Tim Beckham hit a solo shot to take the lead and the Mariners went on to win.
Giants (38-47) 10 AT Padres (42-43) 4 – Tyler Beede gave up 1 run over 7 innings to earn the win. Evan Longoria homered twice and finished the game with 4 hits and 5 RBI. Franmil Reyes hit his 25th blast of the season in the loss. 4 Giants had games with 3 hits or more as the team scored 10 runs on 17 hits for their 3rd win in a row.
Diamondbacks (43-44) 4 AT Dodgers (58-29) 5 – Eduardo Escobar doubled, and Nick Ahmed hit a 2-run homer as the D-backs jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Enrique Hernandez tied the game in the 4th with a long ball but the D-backs scored again in the 5th to retake the lead. Closer Greg Holland came on in the 9th and got 2 outs before falling apart. He walked 4 straight batters before giving way to another Reliever who promptly walked in the winning run.